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No sense of direction. 
8th-Sep-2009 10:57 pm
Who: Roxas and OPEN
Where: Castle that Never Was ( Random Hallway )
When: Afternoon
Summary: Roxas tries to find his way around and ends up lost. Perfect time for anyone to bother him.
Warnings: PG-13 at best
Status: Completed

Xemnas had seen him personally to his room following his examination with Vexen. For once he had been grateful to met with the Superior of Organization XIII. They talked for a short period of time, before Xemnas insisted he rest for a few hours. Roxas did not remember being so tired, but he must have been. The minute he laid down he fell asleep. He dreamt a Nobodies dream, everything around him was dark and empty for miles on end. Roxas woke with a start, his breaths came in labored bursts and his forehead was covered in a light layer of sweat. He felt as though he had been running for hours. When everything finally felt relaxed he sat up from bed and went to his door.

Roxas was surprised to find Axel absent from his post, which was always some where close near by. He was tempted for a brief second to call out for him, but thought it was better to wait. Roxas waited for the automatic door to his room to slide shut before he started down the hall. He was certain he could find his way inside the castle, and he did his best to recount how many turns it took to get downstairs to the main room. Roxas thought it was two lefts, a stair case, and a right. It wasn't until he was done descending three stair cases, making several left turns, and two rights that he realized he was without a doubt, lost.

"How is anyone supposed to find their way around this place? It all looks the same!" He snapped to himself before he turned around and looked back up the closest stair case. Could he make his way back? What if he couldn't and ended up more lost?
9th-Sep-2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
Larxene's heeled boots echoed on the bare steps beneath her feet as she made her way up the East staircase, and she heaved an impatient sigh. She had been surprised not to find Zexion in the library, especially with an impending mission so close, and she had some questions about Namine before the undoubtedly annoying little girl fell under her supervision. Vexen should have been her go-to man, having been the one to test Namine, but frankly Larxene would rather swallow some of the man's formaldehyde than suffer through a conversation with him. Everything was "run some more tests"-this and "you wouldn't understand the data"-that, and Larxene didn't appreciate condescension from a man who spent all his time in a skulking around a dingy laboratory scolding anyone who disturbed him as though his work were actually important.

Roxas' outburst of aggravation jolted her from her decidedly anti-Vexen reverie and she peered out towards the nearest landing where she spotted the boy, his back to her and looking rather flustered. Her features automatically fell into a vague sneer, and she smiled to herself as she moved to stand behind the boy, leaning casually against the wall.

"What's the matter?" she asked without preamble, and her friendly tone had an unmistakable undercurrent of smugness to it. "Haven't exactly mastered Corridors of Darkness yet?"
10th-Sep-2009 05:04 am (UTC)
Every muscle tensed when Larxene's voice found his ears. He felt like a small mouse that had been cornered by a very large and hungry cat. Like Vexen, Roxas wasn't entirely sure he cared for Larxene all that much. It was hard for him to explain, but his skin prickled just in her presence.

"Corridors of Darkness?" Was his eventually reply and he noticed Larxene seemed annoyed over his fit of silence. He expected her to be just as annoyed that he apparently no idea what she was talking about. Roxas wasn't sure if he was going to enjoy where ever this encounter was going to lead.
10th-Sep-2009 05:49 am (UTC)
Larxene flashed Roxas a smile, but there was little warmth behind it. His reaction was just what she had wanted and she pushed her advantage, leaning closer and shaking her head in a halfhearted attempt at convincing pity. "You mean the Superior hasn't taught you yet?" she said, eyebrows knitted. "Well, perhaps it's not my place to instruct, but...." She trailed off and took a step back, still smiling. "Where do you need to go?"
10th-Sep-2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Larxene's words made his face roll off to one side curiously. It was clear that he was confused about not knowing something about learning anything. So far Roxas only knew of his ability to summon the keyblade. Xemnas had given him proper instruction on how to call it, the Superior seemed to be extremely knowledgeable.

Still, Roxas was lost and he knew he had to get back to his room eventually. He supposed trying to learn from Larxene might be an okay idea. "I was trying to find my way to the lounge."
10th-Sep-2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Larxene couldn't have asked for more, Roxas' blend of apprehension and interest was precisely what she had wanted. Best to keep the boy on his toes; now that she wasn't the newest here she planned on making sure Roxas knew his place. His poorly concealed nervousness only encouraged her, and her smile widened. She flicked her wrist with a lazy flourish, conjuring up a dark portal, shadowy and intimidating as always. Stepping aside, she gestured for Roxas to move forward. "Well? Go ahead," she prompted as though the habit should already be normal for him as the corridor swirled and whispered behind her.
11th-Sep-2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Roxas eyed the portal quietly. He had been through only a small number of these, two in fact since his arrival. Both times it had been at the Superior's request, and he barely remembered the first. With out stretched fingers Roxas tried to get a feel for the portal, the black swirls pulsed with a familiar sense of energy. It was a strange mix of warm and cool on his fingers.

"Where does it go?" Not that he had a reason to distrust Larxene, the question came automatically. He was trying to learn what she just did and how it worked.
12th-Sep-2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Larxene feigned a hurt look. "What's the matter, don't you trust me?" She didn't wait for an answer, and her expression slid fluidly from pout to smirk too quickly to have made the former convincing in the slightest. "It leads to the lounge, of course. Can't you feel the darkness just pulling you in?"

She moved to stand behind Roxas and casually rested an arm over his shoulders, leaning down just far enough to make their stance almost intimate, as though she were whispering in his ear. "I was like you not too long ago, you know," she said. "You'll learn to do this in no time. I wouldn't be surprised if you mastered it as quickly as you did that keyblade of yours." Somehow she wasn't capable of concealing the disdain from her tone, though whether the sentiment stemmed from actual dislike or jealousy was unclear even to her.
12th-Sep-2009 06:47 am (UTC)
Roxas found himself at a loss of words, whether it was over Larxene's words or the distance between them was hard to say. He had heard the whispers from the halls and he already knew that some people weren't happy to have him around. He didn't quite understand it all yet, especially, what his power meant. Roxas had been told so little, and when he asked the Superior or Axel it was always, You'll learn soon enough or it's none of your concern.

"Maybe I should just try and find my own way back?" He said after he had spent another few silent seconds staring at the pulsating portal. Something about was starting to make his stomach twist into one huge knot.

( Larxene is more than welcome to give Roxas a good push in. )
12th-Sep-2009 08:05 am (UTC)
Larxene rolled her eyes, suddenly impatient. Really, she had expected some hesitation, but now the boy just appeared dim-witted and that wasn't nearly as fun. "Oh, just go on," she snapped and shoved Roxas forward, practically head over heels into the corridor. She stepped through with a great deal more grace by comparison: the darkness felt as if it were licking at her body like candle flames, warm, soft, and welcoming. The lounge was visible on the other side and she pulled herself out of the darkness reluctantly, sorry to leave it behind, and the portal dissolved behind her.

"See? You should learn to trust your elders."
14th-Sep-2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
Roxas stumbled forward and just barely remained on his two feet when he fell through the portal and appeared in the group lounge suddenly. It was a strange feeling, like being pulled at the center. Before Roxas could even really figure it out, it was gone and he was in another room.

Larxene's words earned a nod, it seemed she had done as he asked. Perhaps his nerves stemmed from the unknown. He really couldn't be sure, at this point Roxas wasn't even sure what fear or other things he was experiencing was.

It took him a few more seconds before he spoke, and even then he said little as usual, "Thanks."
15th-Sep-2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Larxene followed close behind, closing the corridor at its seams as she went, knitting the darkness back together. It had already dissolved by the time the lounge came into focus, and she looked to Roxas for an expression of awe, reverence, or something to that degree. But her mouth thinned into a line to see him looking nothing more than momentarily rattled. Couldn't this boy express anything?

"You're welcome," she said rather coldly, no longer bothering to even attempt to play the part of potential mentor. Time for a new approach. She seated herself in one of the stark white sofas scattered throughout the room, and gestured for Roxas to come sit beside her.
16th-Sep-2009 12:17 am (UTC)
The boy seemed about as dense as a door knob at times. Roxas really couldn't explain his lack of perception. Sometimes things got through to him as clear as a bell, but most of the time it was like he was a newborn babe and taking his first steps.

Roxas busied himself with looking around the lounge as Larxene made herself comfortable. No one else was here and like the rest of the castle, the lounge took on a rather cold factor when devoid of life.

He was about to suggest he return to his room again, when he noticed Larxene patting the sofa seat. "Is it always this quiet?" he asked with a blink as he stepped forward and sat besides her.
16th-Sep-2009 01:21 am (UTC)
"Yes, always," Larxene said mildly. "It's a lot of space for just twelve of us. Well," she lifted her arm to rest it on the couch behind Roxas' shoulders, "thirteen, now." She smiled down at him and at once her catlike, predatory look had settled back on her features once more. Maybe a closer, friendlier setting would get her the responses she was looking for.

"What do you think of the Organization, Roxas?" A question that would seem welcoming coming from almost anyone else, but from Larxene it sounded more like a trap. Not that she didn't strive to make everything she said sound somewhat ensnaring or incendiary at the very least, but she wanted to evaluate him, not frighten him. Not yet, at least.
16th-Sep-2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Roxas stared at the floor at the question, his eyes moved across the marble in thought. Even if he realized it was a trap, he didn't seem very concerned. Or maybe that was just a result of his confusion. "I'm not sure ... I don't have anything to compare it to."
18th-Sep-2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Larxene blinked in genuine surprise. "Really? Nothing at all?" That was certainly peculiar, all Nobodies had at least some recollection of their lives as possessors of hearts. But perhaps this is why Xemnas kept insisting the boy be brought in for testing... who knows what Vexen got up to down there, but she certainly hadn't had to go through any of that. "Fascinating," she breathed, and for once she meant what she said. "So you don't remember anything?"
22nd-Sep-2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
"You sound like Vexen." Roxas stated rather flatly as a chill ran up his spine. That man made his skin crawl, and saying things like that only served as a reminder of the Nobody who seemed intent on taking him apart medically.

"If I did, I'd be able to tell you more. Wouldn't I?" It seemed for a rare second that Roxas actually grew a back bone. His posture changed as did the look on his face. Maybe it was just the small feeling of frustration that was growing inside him from lacking memories of his past self.
23rd-Sep-2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Larxene raised her eyebrows and she sat back into the sofa, seemingly satisfied. "Well, well," she mused. "It appears there is a personality under there after all! Comparing me to Vexen... were you insightful enough to know that would irritate me, or did you just get lucky?" It had bothered her to a degree (it was Vexen,after all), but her aggravation had been washed away with interest in Roxas' sudden aggression before it could take real hold. She didn't wait for an answer before asking, "He's the one who tested you, right? I can't imagine that was much of an introduction to the Organization, I certainly never underwent anything like that." She made a face, disgusted at the very idea.
24th-Sep-2009 05:19 am (UTC)
Larxene obviously knew that talking about Vexen would bother Roxas. He jumped up from the sofa before she could even get out her question about the testing. The skin on his arms were prickling, the man's touch was far too cold to ever forget.

"How nice for you," was all Roxas managed to get out as he turned away a bit. The door wasn't far. He wondered if he could managed to get away from this conversation before it got into details.
24th-Sep-2009 07:21 am (UTC)
Larxene heaved a dramatic sigh and threw a piteous look in Roxas' direction, but her eyes remained sharp and flinty. She wouldn't let him get away so easily. "What I'm saying is I'll listen." She really had to reach to achieve the sympathetic tone she was going for, but she rather thought she'd made it work in the end. "We're equals, maybe I can understand." A laughable notion; she'd be amused if Roxas actually took it seriously.
25th-Sep-2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Roxas sucked in a breath and turned back slightly. His blue eyes seemed like they were trying to burn a hole through Larxene. The blank look on his face made it hard to pin point if he had fallen for her caring lies. It seemed like he had, by the time his lips opened he had turned all the way back around.

"Equals? Then why do some of you look at me like you're afraid?" He asked with a questioning glare. He was new and confused, but it was impossible to miss the glances the others gave him. Sometimes it was impossible to ignore the whispers. He was different from them, the fact that Vexen and Xemnas demanded he go through tests only proved the point.
25th-Sep-2009 03:11 am (UTC)
Larxene let out a high laugh, throwing her head back. Really, the amount the boy obviously didn't understand could have filled a library that would impress even Zexion. "Oh, Roxas," she sighed on the end of a giggle, smiling at him. "Don't make the mistake of thinking we fear you, we just don't know what to make of you. You're a little mystery, and you're being too tight-lipped about yourself to be of any real use, aren't you?" She pointed to her temple, narrowing her eyes in a gesture similar to the one Axel used so frequently. "Think about it. What about you is different from the rest of us?"
26th-Sep-2009 06:39 am (UTC)
Roxas felt like reminding Larxene that it wasn't his choice that he didn't remember anything would just be futile attempt at reasoning. Roxas could feel his hands shaking at his sides, when he glanced down they were balled into tight fists. He was surprised at how angry he felt over this conversation, how easy it seemed for Larxene to twist the conversation and get him to react. She didn't seem to care at this point either, Roxas became certain this is what she was after all along. A reaction.

He forced a shallow breath before he unclenched his fists. He didn't give Larxene a moment to relax, it seemed the keyblade only needed the slightest thought to be called into action. The blunt silver tip glistened in the light of the white marble room as he held it out, extended towards Larxene. He made sure to keep it aimed at the woman's neck.

"I dunno ... why don't you tell me?" he asked with a serious look on his face. Roxas didn't like where this conversation was going on more, if she was going to push him like this he was going to force his hand. At least until he could get away.
26th-Sep-2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
Oh there it was, the boy wasn't totally emotionless after all! How odd for Roxas to seem so angry when he didn't have any memories of feeling so. A mocking smile had begun to creep onto Larxene's lips, but she stopped haflway to see Roxas summon the keyblade without warning and have the audacity to direct it at her throat! Her teeth clenched in anger but she faught the desire to summon her eclair - she wouldn't give herself away like he had. Then she could lose the upper hand.

She laughed again, high and clear, then shook her head and smiled down at Roxas. "That's you're answer, right there. The Keyblade. It sets you apart, makes you different. Not just anyone can weild a Keyblade, you know. You have to be special," she narrowed her eyes, "and you have to have a heart."
29th-Sep-2009 07:11 am (UTC)
Roxas held the keyblade firmly in his hand as Larxene prattled on about the possibility of him having a heart. That was supposed to be a joke right? His eyes narrowed as he pushed the edge of the blade a little closer. Roxas was about to believe a word the woman was saying. He already knew from what Xemnas and Axel had told him, that it was impossible for him to have a heart. He didn't even understand what a heart was exactly, just that it was the one thing they all lacked and needed to reclaim.

Roxas gave Larxene a warning glare before he eased back and lowered his weapon. "Ive had a enough," he stated as he headed for the door. He'd figure out his own way back to his room. It was a bad idea to leave in the first place.
29th-Sep-2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
It was all Larxene could do to suppress a full on grin; Roxas was just too fun. She could practically see the wheels turning in his head. "I'd be careful with where I pointed that keyblade, if I were you," she called mockingly after his retreated form. "Especially when you're not supposed to have it in the first place." Another Corridor materialized behind her before she had even finished speaking, and she slid one foot inside. "Good luck finding your way back. Bye, now!" She turned into the darkness, and left Roxas alone in the stark white emptiness.
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