They had luckily recovered the Dark Irina in one piece…but that piece wasn’t exactly in pristine condition. The hijackers had used brute force to get in and hotwire the weapon’s precious vessel of acceleration for the unannounced joyride through the streets. Whatever fear and apprehension people had whenever they saw the black beauty of a car take to the streets was now intensified. The shocks had suffered abuse, the front bumper hung limply along with the headlights freed from their fixture, anything else that was glass was utterly shattered from the windshield down to the gauges. The seats were destroyed by claws and who knows whatever else the kishins had in their possession. The beautiful charcoal paint job with red streaks was now scraped with scratches running all along the chassis. Gwen was certain the damage was even more severe based on how the engine cried out in misery or the way the entire frame creaked and groaned just from moving it somewhere to avoid another potential hijacking. The assessment would have to wait for another day and at least no one else could steal it now.
Protecting the innocent was their priority and in Cami’s grasp the revving of her chainsaws spelled certain doom for any corrupt soul foolish enough to venture into their range. By the time their teacher recalled them, they found themselves dispatched to another location. Oh joy. Could anyone say ‘facility mission the sequel?’ Gwen could and that only made her grit her teeth as she focused on running her wavelength and max potential. There were too many of their classmates that had….issues…that didn’t need a heavy dose of Madness on top. Maybe their teachers thought that sending familiar faces would help snap Alice and Elvy back to their senses?
Oh by the way did Gwen forget to mention the Madness?
This place REEKED it.
So much so that Gwen felt a tinge of something she never encountered before. It came directly from Cami, and was most likely trying to make Gwen waver. That was the key to this strategy, even if the effects were more potent here, as long as the duo were together, Cami was less at risk compared to some of the others. That’s why the Madness was trying to attack Gwen, a chain was only as strong as its weakest link, and if she failed then it could be disastrous for others that needed the Healing Wavelength.
“Keep her safe?” Gwen questioned, her eyes turning over her shoulder and seeing nothing in response.
“You lost one partner already.” The Madness taunted, moving about to stay out of the girl’s vision while Gwen turned her attention back to her partner, its voice sounding far more different than the Camilia that Gwen knew. “You failed him to protect him, Alice, Elvy, Morika, and all the others that came and went.” The darkness continued to gloat smugly. Moving to embrace Gwen from behind. “I can help you.” it tempted her in a hushed whisper. “Let go. Let me help you and together we can save Cami from dying here.” it offered
“That was the worst sales pitch you could’ve made for me.” Gwen replied back with a smirk. “It's not about keeping her safe.” she revealed feeling the arms around her waist tightening like a snake attempting to constrict her. “We’re partners, we give each other strength, trusting them to stand up for themselves. Nice try Edgy Madness Cami but you’re not MY Madness. You won’t break me” she then said with a confident laugh while the entity behind her continued to hold her firmly in an embrace.
“We shall see.” The darkness countered, those who would feel the pull into Madness always needed a simple push to start the terrible descent into bloodlust. Gwen would prove troublesome indeed, yet so long as the Wavelength of Madness permeated the air, this shadowy incarnation of Cami’s fears would continue its attempt to break the girl who vowed to be the Meister’s rock and anchor to sanity.
Focusing back on the reality of their dreadful situation Gwen watched both of the twisted and corrupted forms of her classmates. Alice was likely going to be the most physically aggressive of the pair. She always preferred attacking instead of defending despite being first paired with Lew and his shield form. Hime was dangerous in the mentality that she was referring to herself and Elvy as two different people…
“I hate to say it but she’s right Cami.” Gwen whispered to her partner when Hime spoke directly to the crimson haired girl. “Our friends are somewhere in those darky queen personas they have going on…we gotta get to them but to do that we have to wear them down enough for me to work my magic.”
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