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Joker ([personal profile] pipers_son) wrote in [community profile] lostcarnival2017-04-07 05:15 pm

but oh my heart is flawed // closed

Who: Joker and a whole bunch of people (Tamaki, Psionic, Childermass, Ginko, Doll, Hinawa)
What: After a good couple of years faking it, Joker finally breaks. He just wishes that multiple people didn't see it.
When: Early on in the Alola stop
Where: A couple places, including in a tree
Warnings: Alcohol. Joker's messed up past including child murder. A slight mental break.


[Snake is leaving.]

[Joker see it coming a mile away. All the bits of packing in their tiny shared space, and... Who couldn't see such obvious signs? But even with that kind of warning.... He doesn't do anything about it. Tries to ignore it, get back to work and do what he can, because the alternative is facing not only that hurt but so much else.]

[But there's no ignoring it when he steps into the trailer and all traces of Snake are gone.]

[Keep smiling and move forward. For years, that's been the only way he's been able to survive. Keep moving, keep making for over the hill, and until then, so that no one worries or sees too much... Keep smiling.]

[The words repeat through his head as he moves through the darkened carnival, a mantra to keep him going.]

[Just.... keep smiling.]
dontpokethat: into the sea (and drive a ride on lawnmower)

[personal profile] dontpokethat 2017-04-15 01:39 am (UTC)(link)
Then why add more?

[He looks at Joker for a moment... then sighs, and leans back against the trunk. Maybe he'll need to take a different approach here...

Then Joker speaks again. Ginko looks up, his ears tilting thoughtfully.]


...Mushi, yeah. What about them?
dontpokethat: you have to just forget about it and move on with your life (if you want something done)

[personal profile] dontpokethat 2017-04-15 01:58 am (UTC)(link)
Mostly, no. Sometimes, people will be... turned into mushi, through some means or another. But mushi aren't human souls.
dontpokethat: and i never will (never thought about it like that before)

[personal profile] dontpokethat 2017-04-15 02:17 am (UTC)(link)
...I don't know.

[He really can't claim to know one way or another. He rests the back of his head against the tree and stares up into the sky.]

I suppose... hm. In some cases, there's been evidence of people retaining memories after they're turned into mushi, even though their bodies are no longer solid.

So... maybe an argument could be made there.
dontpokethat: ill be dead in my grave (if anyone needs me)

[personal profile] dontpokethat 2017-04-15 02:29 am (UTC)(link)
['Drama queen Hell'... Ginko raises his eyebrows slightly, but doesn't comment on that part.]

No idea. I haven't given it much thought, but... I couldn't say.

[He doesn't ask what's bringing it on this time. Doesn't push or pry. He can only hope that Joker will explain if he feels like it.]
dontpokethat: you have to just forget about it and move on with your life (if you want something done)

[personal profile] dontpokethat 2017-04-15 02:39 am (UTC)(link)
...What?

[Ginko looks down at Joker again, his ears pinning back.]

Joker, you-- we need you here.

[He regrets that phrasing immediately. Same goddamn thing he said to Psi. Of course.]

There's no way they could have left you behind.
dontpokethat: because i have something to prove (no i didnt drop all this on the floor)

[personal profile] dontpokethat 2017-04-17 04:52 am (UTC)(link)
...I do get what you're saying. [That reasoning sounds all too familiar, actually.] But I can't agree with it.

Tormenting yourself... doesn't help anyone. It can't change the past, no matter how much you might want to. There are better ways to make up for what you may have done wrong, even if they don't feel like much. I... can't claim to know what's happened before, let alone tell you how to feel about it. But I know you now. I know you're an important part of this place, and that you care about the people here, and that they care about you.

You're doing good here. That's more important than torturing yourself over whatever you may have done wrong, no matter how much you might feel like you deserve it - or whatever you might do to try and hide it.
dontpokethat: then someone who isnt me can do it (if anyone can do it)

[personal profile] dontpokethat 2017-04-19 05:20 pm (UTC)(link)
[Yeah, this is doing... absolutely nothing to make Ginko less concerned. But the fact remains that there's kind of a more immediate problem now.]

--Shit! [Ginko lunges forward, managing to get one arm around Joker and haul him back onto the branch. Sometimes years of practice carrying a box of supplies and also other people around come in handy.]

Okay. I think we should probably talk about this later. [Because this kind of seems like something that shouldn't be left off like this, but also...] I'm going to try to get you off that branch, okay? I need you to hold onto my shoulders so you don't fall.
dontpokethat: the hell out of this god damn town (going to astrally project myself)

[personal profile] dontpokethat 2017-04-21 01:05 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, that's the goal. [That name sounds familiar. Has more of Joker's family ended up here, then? At least he won't be left unattended like this.

Okay, there's step one.]
There we go. Now, just hold on...

[He leans over to get his arms around Joker, just under his wings, and-- okay, hold on, first to try and get his wings more disentangled from those branches. Shit. Through some miracle, he manages it without dropping Joker. But they've still got to get down. ...And now Ginko is supporting Joker's weight as well as his own, and still working with hooves.

He turns carefully on the branch and scoots over to get his hooves on the next foothold down, holding Joker against him with one arm and keeping a grip on the tree with the other. Okay, good. Another step down, and another...]
Definitely hold on, this might take a bit of--

[And then his hoof slips from its support, sending both of them plummeting a good ten feet to the ground. At least Joker has some cushioning between himself and the ground (though that might be worth more if he weren't a vampire already), but Ginko isn't so lucky.

There goes ALL THE AIR IN HIS LUNGS. Give him a moment.]
dontpokethat: and not move (i have to lay low for a while)

[personal profile] dontpokethat 2017-04-23 04:04 pm (UTC)(link)
[Ginko appreciates it; he does like not having his ribs broken.

He groans and starts working on sitting up as he catches his breath, keeping a hand on Joker's back so he doesn't end up just dumping him on the ground.]


We fell. Or... I did, sorry. You hurt or anything?
dontpokethat: everything gets worse forever (hey kids i know youre struggling now)

[personal profile] dontpokethat 2017-04-25 03:01 am (UTC)(link)
...I meant besides the vampire thing, but... fine.

[He gets them both sitting up and looks Joker over with a frown, checking for scratches or bruises.] If you're okay, we should get going. I need you to hold on again so I can stand up, alright? I'll support you.
dontpokethat: when i say things (i think i speak for everyone)

[personal profile] dontpokethat 2017-04-27 02:25 am (UTC)(link)
That's right--

[Ah jeez. Ginko clambers to his feet, holding out his hands cautiously, already preparing to catch Joker.] --Hey, careful.
dontpokethat: goodbye forever (ive already forgotten what you said)

[personal profile] dontpokethat 2017-04-28 09:40 pm (UTC)(link)
[Shit okay this is a thing now he guesses. Ginko tenses for a moment, then sighs and pulls Joker's arm over his shoulder.]

...She's gonna be fine, okay? [It's not like a lot is going to happen to her alone in the trailer.] You're going to do just fine. Right now, just focus on getting back.
dontpokethat: goodbye forever (ive already forgotten what you said)

[personal profile] dontpokethat 2017-04-28 09:57 pm (UTC)(link)
[If Joker won't say any more, neither will Ginko; instead, he stays focused on keeping him supported on the way to Supervisors' Grove.

By the time they reach the trailer, keeping Joker upright is definitely putting some strain on him. He's pretty sure he didn't break anything, thank goodness, but he's still very glad to reach their destination.

Once they get there, he steps up and tries the door; if it's unlocked, he'll just go in, helping Joker step up. Otherwise, he'll step back and knock a couple times.]

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