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He did notice that his hair wouldn't lay down straight, and that the collar of his black undershirt shirt kept drooping down his neck. It was only mildly irritating, at first. He brushed his hair down with his hands, pulled his collar up, and kept reading his paper. His hair kept falling in that weird position regardless, and the back of his shirt wouldn't stay in place either. When had it gotten so loose?

Eventually, it bothered Sanzo enough that he got up and changed his shirt, only to find that the shirt he changed into was doing the same thing. It annoyed him, so he gave up trying to read his paper and went out for a smoke instead.

He's got his back to the wall for now, but anyone who catches a glimpse of the ink on the nape of Sanzo's neck will clearly be able to read the name Cho Hakkai.

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yangtze_sanzang
Aug. 13th, 2010 07:25 am (UTC)
It's important to you? He was there, it happened. Better him than anyone else.
brat_monk
Aug. 13th, 2010 07:35 am (UTC)
I'm not the kind of guy who will fuck someone just because there are chemicals in the air. And I'm not the kind of guy who will turn to someone for comfort, not even if Goku died.

Maybe those things are enough for most people, but I'm not like that.

...so why did it happen?
yangtze_sanzang
Aug. 13th, 2010 07:42 am (UTC)
You slept with him, too. You tell me.

[Because the fact that he doesn't know why is bothering the hell out of him, now. He had pretty much pushed the memory down under several layers of protective bitterness, so thanks for dragging that shit up, self.]

What the fuck happened to Goku?

[...yeah, he didn't miss that comment.]
brat_monk
Aug. 13th, 2010 08:01 am (UTC)
If I knew about it, then I wouldn't be asking.

[And, yeah... it's been bothering the hell out of him for quite some time now.]

You don't want to know.

[Or he doesn't want to talk about it, you pick.]
yangtze_sanzang
Aug. 14th, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
Don't give me that shit! What happened to Goku?!

[What, like he'd drop that subject? Hell no.]
brat_monk
Aug. 14th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
[Damn. Now that is annoying. Not the first time he's had his own gun pointed at his head though.]

Fine. I'll tell you.

[It's not a big secret or anything, just a pain in the ass to talk about.]

But it'll take a lot of explaining, so put the damn gun down.
yangtze_sanzang
Aug. 14th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
Fine.

[But he'll keep it close.]
brat_monk
Aug. 14th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
The first thing you need to know is that we were in this weird place that forces you to live in a house with people you don't even know... and they're called your 'family'. It's fucked up.

First, it was just me and Hakkai there. I lived in a house with this drone bitch and two little brats, and he lived in the house across the street.
yangtze_sanzang
Aug. 14th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah?

[Not going to comment on the fucked-up world he'd been in. Hell, the place he was from messed with people's minds all the time.]
brat_monk
Aug. 14th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
The other thing you need to know is that if anyone does anything to piss off the people who run the place, they will get brainwashed. They lose their personality and all of their memories, and believe that they've spent all of their lives in that fucked-up little town, and that they're happy there.

[And it pisses Sanzo off, more than he has words for.]

People like that are called 'drones'. Sometimes, people only stay brainwashed, or 'droned', for a few hours... or it could be days, weeks, or months. Sometimes... they never come back.
yangtze_sanzang
Aug. 14th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a shithole. What kind of assholes run a place like that?

[Not that it mattered, but it was still pretty damn messed up. Then again, if someone could brainwash all of Shangri-La, this wasn't that surprising.]
brat_monk
Aug. 14th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
It is. [And this is a bit off topic from where he was planning to go, but he'll get back to Goku eventually. The more details this other-him has, the better he'll be able to understand what happened.]

The shithole is called Mayfield. The mayor and the police chief seem to run the town, but they're really just figureheads for an anonymous entity who controls the place.

yangtze_sanzang
Aug. 14th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
Tch. I get it.

[Fucked up and dangerous in a whole new way. These different words never ceased to surprise him.]

Get on with it.
brat_monk
Aug. 14th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
When Goku arrived, he wasn't the one I had left in Shangri-La. He was just a tiny little monkey, smaller than he was when I found him in the mountain, and he didn't remember me. In fact, the only person he seemed to recognize was this guy named Tenpou.

[It was weird, being around a Goku who didn't know who Sanzo was. So different than the ones that were here, or the one from home-- the Goku that called his name every five seconds. Sanzo didn't know what to think of it.]

But he was in my house, so I kept an eye on him.
yangtze_sanzang
Aug. 14th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
[Shit. Not only was it Goku, but a kid Goku. A tiny kid Goku, probably before he got put in that cave if he didn't even know Sanzo.

This was making it more and more uncomfortable to have Seiten Taisei carved in his skin.]
brat_monk
Aug. 14th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
He was there for awhile, got into a bunch of trouble. I had to keep a closer eye on him then usual because he didn't have his powers. No one does when they first arrive in that place. They strip you of everything.

[In a way it was a good thing, especially for Hakkai and Goku. No more demon form, no more limiters, no more Seiten Taisei. Goku could run around without the heavy golden diadem on his head, almost like he was a normal kid.]

He tried to jump off the roof of the house once and broke his leg. Then I had to rush him to the hospital, because Hakkai couldn't heal it.
yangtze_sanzang
Aug. 15th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
Idiot monkey.

[...but said fondly, though.]

But that shit wouldn't kill him.
brat_monk
Aug. 15th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
No, it wouldn't. [But it was just part of the explanation, the fact that Goku was so small and fragile. Human.]

The first time he got droned, it only lasted for a few weeks. The second time, he was gone for about a month, and then...

I waited, thinking he would snap out of it. Watching those big, dumb eyes for any sign of... anything, but eventually, I realized...

...he wasn't coming back.
yangtze_sanzang
Aug. 15th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Shit. Shit.

[That was fucked up on a whole new level. Goku not being Goku any more tore at his insides in a very painful way, something Sanzo didn't want to think baout. It made him wonder if the Goku from the place he'd been trapped in would ever look at him again.]
brat_monk
Aug. 15th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
[Sanzo wasn't really sure why it hurt so much. Maybe because the monkey was just... so small, and defenseless. And Sanzo couldn't protect him. Couldn't bring him back. No matter how many times he called, Goku couldn't hear him.]

Even that empty body is gone now. They all disappear or get replaced eventually.
yangtze_sanzang
Aug. 15th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
Fucking messed-up places.

[That's really all he could say. If this him couldn't save Goku, then there had to be something stronger than gods around. Something he couldn't shoot dead and stomp into a smear on the ground.

He wouldn't give up. Sanzo never did.]
brat_monk
Aug. 15th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
[Yeah, he wouldn't give up. It was probably the only reason Sanzo was still around. Most people in that place didn't last half as long as he had, though there were a few who had been there longer. Mostly idiots.]

Hakkai is the only one who stayed.

[And that was all the explanation Sanzo had to give about it. Gojyo had never been in that place to begin with, and none of the others mattered. Hakkai was the only one who was alive. The only one who was real. It was kinda fucked-up, but they didn't have anything else.]
yangtze_sanzang
Aug. 16th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
[Hakkai was the only one who stayed. Well, that explained some things.]

I get you.
brat_monk
Aug. 17th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
[He still doesn't get it. It's almost like, with Goku gone, he lost his will to push people away or something. But that's stupid. Shouldn't it have gone the other way around? He usually pushes them away even harder when something's bothering him. And he did... at first.

Oh, and hey... guess who's got another tattoo now? Sha Gojyo has just appeared on Sanzo's left hip.]
yangtze_sanzang
Aug. 17th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
[His gaze drift downwards as the tattoo appears in the other him's hip.

...well, shit.]


Why the hell is it appearing now?
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