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Minami Sonobe

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.

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a character in “Deadman Wonderland : Sinful Roots”, as played by Akantha

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"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms."


Sonobe Minami




"It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."



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★ Name ☆
Sonobe Minami

★ Age ☆
20 Years Old

★ Role ☆
Deadman

★ Bird Name☆
Shrike

★Gender ☆
Female

★ Branch Of Sin ☆
Acacia Thorn

★ Romantic Interest ☆
TBA

★ Face Claim ☆
Kanoe Yuuko




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★ Theme Songs ☆
Pride - Nothings Carved In Stone

★ Personality ☆
Upon first meeting Minami, the first impression is of a sweet girl who doesn't belong in the prison. She's sweet and comforting to be around because she is often relaxed and smiling cheerfully compared to other more dreary inmates. Her smile lights up the room. Minami can appear to be an airhead who doesn't realize the situation she's in because of her cheeriness but that's just misunderstanding. She understands the rules and prison very well. Nevertheless Minami is a great friend and supporting person as she often cheers on her friends and sticks up for them. She always helps where she can and its almost like she is a cute little lamb among wolves.

Which is funny…because that's just what she wants you to believe. Minami is a viper hiding in the shadows. She is manipulative and loves to toy with others. She also loves to see them suffer. However, that's not to say that she wants them to die. After all, what use is a dead person to her? The people who love her, adore her, and spoil her keep her alive. They keep all the other baddies at some distance. They risk their lives for 'cute wittle Mimi' and she survives another day. Her first priority getting out of wonderland. Her second priority is not losing anything else that belongs to her because she already lost her voice in one carnival match. So to that effect, she will do anything it takes. Her mask has become like a second personality totally in the sense that it's so real that it's not just acting anymore. She feels the friendship and does like to be around them but when they turn their back or if they were to get into a fight, she would instantly lose all such endearing emotions like the drop of a hat. She wouldn't risk her life for someone else unless it benefited her in some way. Minami is selfish that way.

However, deep down, most of her sadistic and manipulative behavior comes from her trauma. She almost died once and she will never let herself come close again if she can help it. This is why she is so determined, and why she has developed two different personas. Her desire to live is her desire to take revenge on those that wronged her. Death wasn't enough to satisfy her thirst for revenge.

★ Branch Of Sin Explination/ Abilities ☆
Acacia Thorn: This ability allows Minami to make bramble-shaped constructs out of her blood wherever it is spilled. Her first technique using her blood is to weave in and out of her opponents attacks and carefully place her blood in pinpointed spots before activating her Branch of Sin. Her Branch of Sin expands the blood into a giant spike which could easily impale her unaware opponent who thought he had just cornered her. This often gives her opponents second thoughts about going for fatal wounds because a sprayed arc of blood could easily mean doom for her opponent if it lands on him.

It could also mean trapping them in a cage of thorns where she could probably manage to kill them without having to get so close. She could simply splash some blood into the cage and stab them. Of course, this technique wouldn't work very week on deaden with projectile Branches of Sin since they could shoot her from the cage. Also, she can't just spill blood willy nilly so she has to time her attacks and such carefully.

The second technique and her most precious is to let her blood spill onto her nails so that she can use her branch of sin to grow talon-like structures on her hands. They aren't curved like real claws since her Branch of Sin mimics the thorn of an acacia tree but they are long and pointy enough to piece any foe.

★ Talents And Skills ☆
✧ Athletic: Plenty of endurance and speed. Stronger than most women but not all.
✧ Manipulation: She's gotten good at it over the years.
✧ Pain Endurance: No pain will ever truly amount to the day she realized her sin.

★ History ☆
Minami grew up with her Father in the city of Nagano, Japan. They were relatively well off and didn't have much trouble. Minami never remembered her father and she didn't worry about it because she loved being with her father. She went to Saionji middle school and then to an Elite High School in Tokyo after acing the entrance exams with flying colors. Even though she happened to excel at her academics, she wanted to go into physical education. In her high school life, many of the other kids shunned her because they thought she was a country bumpkin or that she was haughty and full of herself. She didn't tell her father about the troubles she faced during that time and kept it too herself. She didn't mind being alone even though it was depressing sometimes.

By the time she got to her second year, Minami had joined the track team and had become the vice-captain. Her times were setting records in the school and she worked hard to be even better than the captain. During this time she grew extremely close with the manager whose name was Saito Fumonji. He was a quirky guy but he had a smile worth a thousand words. She started to grow feelings for him but kept them closed in her heart because she could never gather the courage to tell him. By the time of her third year in high school she had become the team captain and was preparing for college. Saito eventually asked her out and she accepted and they agreed to have plenty of happy salad days. Everything was going so great until that day. Even now, it seems like a dream to her.

During the last few days of her high school life, after she had accepted a scholarship to an elite private school for a spot on their track team and everything was going great with Saito, tragedy struck. A gunman came to the school with a licensed shotgun that was actually owned by his father who was a known huntsmen and professional businessman all over the news. He had been attending and apparently in the elite school there was a type of special bullying going on. The student who scored lowest on the exams in the school would be subject to beatings, ostracizing, and more. However, many of the people who had been bullied wanted revenge and they all planned to kill the highest scoring students in the school. It was an elaborate plan but only the gunmen thought that they were serious. So the day that it was planned, he came and found himself alone. Realizing this, he lost his mind and grew angry at the world. As he recklessly shot down students and proceeded to set the building on fire, people dying beneath him could hear him laughing and mumbling "I'll kill the cowards who are ignorant and afraid. I'll kill the elites who think they are gods among men. I'll kill them all and be saved." The teachers tried to rally the students and guide them to safety but the student populace had finally realized that the gunmen was planning on killing them and panic broke out.

During this, Minami had been in the classroom with the other students. When the panic and chaos exploded students began pushing each other to escape. Minami tried to keep up but the group overwhelmed her and pushed her down. She could hear some of the other students who had fallen as well and the screams as an entire hallway of students trampled them; breaking ribs, sternums, legs, and causing internal injuries. Minami could only watch as a tiny girl fell near her and hoards of students stepped on her, crushing her until blood streamed from her mouth and her fingers which were reaching for help bent in strange ways. When the hallway cleared Minami crawled as far as she could. If she didn't escape, the gunmen would find her and finish the job even if she happened to bleed out beforehand. She could feel her broken ribs move inside her as she pulled herself down the hall. Blood dripped into her eyes from where feet had stomped and cut her head from the edge of a loafer. One leg was useless and it dragged behind her. Her stomach burned and a strange draining sensation filled her. She heard footsteps behind her before she could dodge and a foot landed on her broken leg. She screamed and tried to pull away but it was useless. Her vision blurred and she gurgled blood. The gunmen looked down at her with a loathing pity and she looked back at him, truly looking at him and saw the cockiness and newfound confidence he had. She wished she could have cursed him but she only trembled in fear. However, that was when Saito knocked him down and stole his gun. Her boyfriend shook like a lamb and pointed the gun at the murderer. She could only watch as Saito shot the gunman. She couldn't even speak. Instead Saito picked her up and carried her to the auditorium where the other students had locked the door. To this day she wondered what kind of courage and strength it had taken for him to come back to her. She loved him.

Saito banged on the door and when they opened it after several painfully long minutes he stepped inside. Minami could feel herself fading but she didn't want to worry Saito by panicking. He set her down and started asking someone to help her. Minami finally looked over to see the other students and what she saw shocked her. They looked apathetic, hateful even. They all looked at her as if she were to blame for the entire incident. Saito explained to them that the gunman was dead and that she needed help. No one moved. Saito stood and grabbed the nearest person in fury, not thinking about what would happen as he mentally broke down. It was understandable. His girlfriend was going to die and all he wanted was for someone to call an emergency vehicle. The students surrounded him and began to beat him down. It was like a tidal wave of fear and fury, sickeningly moving together like a cold machine was hauling Saito to his death. The students were just killers, giving their fear and anger to Saito to bear. Minami felt something change inside her, a numbing and furious sensation that itched deep inside her gut, as she watched Saito fall unconscious and then die as his body received internal injuries that were ultimately fatal. Bludgeoned to death by his own classmates. When the students turned to her, she knew they were going to cover it up. She smiled, a smile that didn't reach her eyes…and killed them all. She impaled each and every one of them until the screams died out. The sound of sirens in the distance was the last thing she heard before darkness took her.

After that, it was pretty clear that the authorities weren't sure what to make of the school wide massacre except that a gunmen killed a good portion of the students and almost all of the faculty and that the rest were somehow stabbed by the same object all at one time. The authorities were trying to cover it up but the media were calling it a mystery massacre. They thought that a new gang was on the rise. Later, the public found out that only a small group managed to survive and they had refused to say a word about anything that happened that day. Some were taken in as suspects of the crime in the auditorium. Minami on the other hand was sent to Deadman Wonderland and that's where she's been since. She knows plenty about the rebellion although she isn't sure if she wants to join because that is a heavy risk to take. Although, that doesn't stop her from making friends with the rebels.

In her second to most recent Carnival Corpse she lost the battle against the Pheasant and ended up losing her vocal cords. Losing to Pheasant and losing something as precious as her voice deeply affected her and now she is even more determined to win even at the cost of her morals. It may be borderline obsessive but most of the time nowadays, if you wanna find her, you have to go to the training room. You can find her there working out her muscles and endurance and sometimes if she finds a friend, sparring lightly. She still hasn't learned to cope with others not understanding what she wants but she is learning steadily and eventually she hopes she can attain a newbie to train to be her attendant for her. Even so after a few weeks of not speaking, she received a mechanical voice box from one of the rebels that she is friend with that emits a common feminine voice but she dislikes using it because it's not her voice and when she speaks, it feels like someone else is speaking. So, that's why she would prefer to have someone by her side who can understand her instantly and translate when she would prefer to stay silent. However, that seems bleak since newbies come and go and training one would be pointless if he or she ended up dead in a week. Plus, having close bonds are rare in Wonderland. As for her attitude towards the match, she doesn't hold the man nicknamed pheasant to blame since she would have killed him or tried to and somehow she's still alive which she knows she should thank him for but she doesn't wish to be around him yet. It causes her a phantom pain in her throat because her emotions escalate and she remembers when they took it away from her in that gruesome surgery. Although she didn't scream during the surgery, that moment traumatized her slightly.






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★ Strengths and Fears ☆
Minami is determined to live which gives her the strength to survive and the ability to face whatever Wonderland is going to throw at her. It also gives her a ruthlessness that allows her to distance her emotions if it came down to killing her friend one day. However, she fears that she will never escape and that she won't be able to win against a strong opponent if she doesn't train and keep working hard.

★Likes ☆
✧ Running
✧Others Suffering
✧Training
✧Living
✧Eating
✧Having Supplies

★ Dislikes ☆
✧ Swimming
✧ Laziness
✧Tough Opponents
✧Ignorance
✧Idiots
✧Weaklings
✧Anemia




So begins...

Minami Sonobe's Story

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~Yuki Nakagawa~
Yuki rubbed her eyes as she looked around her small cell room. It was another usual morning and it the the same usual routine. She wasn't sure what time it was but at this moment she didn't care. After struggling herself out of bed she went to a small bag in the corner of the room. It had been three days and it was about time she had to take the candy. She took a deep breath as she took one of the few she had. In the wonderland, this was needed to live and people were willing to do anything for it. She had to hide her's or else someone would try to take it. She unwrapped the large ball and ate it hating the bitter taste.

She stood to her feet and gripped her hands slightly already hearing the laughs of the guards outside as they passed through. It was about the time that they released the people of g ward for a little 'interaction time'. Most of them just hoped that they would get into fights so that the guards could get a show. She turned her head to the doors as the guard unlocked it. "Alright Dove get out." The male said. She sighed and began to walk out slowly. Soon she looked around a bit before going to the small shop in the wonderland. She had quite a bit of cast points and she would usually help others with it. Of course, saving some for candy. She purchased a few medical wraps and medicines to keep in her room as well.

Soon she began to head to her leaders cell. She wasn't sure if he had left it yet but it didn't hurt to look. She approached the door and looked around slowly. "Gai, it's me. I've brought wrappings for your arm...." Not a single day went by without her feeling guilt about what she had did to him. She promised herself that she would help him in anyway that she could so that one day he would truly forgive her. She didn't really know if he hated her or not but she didn't really mind the hatred. She could understand it completely. But all she wanted to do was help regardless of if he didn't want her to.

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Minami's eyes fluttered open, her vision focusing as she awakened. She lay on her back on a decently comfortable wooden bed. The mattress was old and had hardened after use but it was better than nothing and it cradled her form perfectly. She gazed up at the bland metallic ceiling. She felt a sort of melancholy fill her with anxiety. A dream. She thought mildly to herself. However, despite the nonchalance of her thoughts, her emotions were stirring with fear, and another feeling akin to despair. It had been awhile since she had dreams such as the one she now remembered faintly. It was a dream of people drenched in blood staring at her. Pools of sticky red liquid surrounded them. Sometimes even she was covered in the blackened wetness of freshly spilled blood. There was never any light in these dreams; only a darkness that absorbed every sound and reflected every emotion. It wasn't the people that scared her though. It was one person who stood among them with glare that shook her core. A gaze that held contempt, animosity, and condemnation. Yet, she couldn't face that person earnestly even if she wanted to. The woman couldn't speak even in her dreams. Minami rolled onto her side and closed her eyes with a shallow sigh of air. The scar at her throat tingled briefly to as if to remind her that she didn't own a voice of her own anymore. She pushed her thoughts on to other matters even though the seething sensation of her emotions remained, tamped down inside her chest. It was almost time for the residents of G-Ward to start 'interacting'. She needed to cheer up before she faced any of them. Survival comes first. She reminded herself.

Minami moved to the side of the bed and brushed the white blanket off of her. As she stretched, she allowed her gaze to reacquaint itself with her room. It was mostly empty save for the bed, a metal desk, a wooden chair off to the side, and a small locked metal box where she kept all her other items. She didn't feel the need to make it more homey since it was irrelevant to her cause. Extra items didn't help her survive, they only hindered her resolve to leave and move on. After she felt fairly loose and relaxed, she moved to the metal box on the other side of the room after retrieving the key from under her pillow. She unlocked it and retrieved a pair of workout clothing and closed the lid. Minami relocked the box and turned back towards her bed to put to key where it had been. She stored it underneath her pillow and straightened the bed briskly before tossing the set of clothing on the bed. She began to dress herself in the shorts and plain black t-shirt. Once she finished putting on her clothes and a pair of socks and sneakers; she moved to the door to wait patiently. Irritation still mired her emotions but she mentally squeezed her feelings and pushed them completely down. In their stead arose a slight smile and mirthful gaze borne of honest feeling of pleasure, however corrupted it was.

She heard footsteps become louder as they approached her door. Eventually some of them stopped and she heard the faint click that was her door unlocking. Her mirth rose as she thought of the people beyond the door. She felt a false happiness swell higher in her chest and her smile broadened. Minami escaped the room and went to commingle with some of the other residents. Many were happy to see her, waving and returning her smile as she passed them. Some stopped to chat with her with little things happening around the ward while she would nod happily or try to express herself through small gestures. She didn't have it in her to hear the voice emitted from the transmuter today either. Once the tide of residents had turned into only a few here and there in the hallways, Minami made her way towards the training room. When she entered it was surprisingly empty. The smell of sweat and disinfectant clung to the air so she wondered if the other people had already wandered off to other places. She moved to an open area and began stretching. She wanted to make sure she wouldn't cramp when she began to push her body to the limit. As she bent at the waist to reach to the floor, her mind reeled to other more interesting things.

Minami thought back to the carnival corpse with Snowy Owl. She had lost pathetically. Now, as a result, she had no vocal cords. The only voice she could wield wasn't her own. It was a small machine that allowed her to speak but she didn't feel like she was the one speaking whenever she used it. It was like she didn't even really inhabit her own body. Although some of the other inmates who she were somewhat close to were supportive and had helped a lot, it didn't stop the pang of anger and regret blossom in her chest every time she remembered it. She lost because of her own weakness and that was what bothered her. She had thought she was strong enough not to lose and had been arrogant in thinking such things. She stopped stretching and made her way over to the punching bag. She didn't wear any gloves, she wanted to feel every punch. Minami wanted to feel the collision of her fists with the bag until they felt raw. She wanted to feel alive, and strong. Minami never wanted to feel weak again no matter the cost. She felt like she could wile, trick, and brave her way through to the end…but she needed to push herself past the limits of the weakness inside her.

A sharp, cruel clarity burned in her gaze as she stared at the black punching bag. No one was in the room with her and she let her facade come down just enough for her to let her true emotions boil inside her and rise to the surface. Minami quickly tied her long black hair up and readied her stance. Many thoughts battled for attention and she quieted them by resolutely pushing them away. She lashed out, her right fist connecting with the bag and it rocked powerfully with the force of her hit. Her muscles felt relaxed and easygoing like they should have and she recoiled back from the bag as it rebounded towards her and lashed out with her left fist to send it tilting backwards again. Eventually she began working up a pace and her thoughts narrowed on the rhythm. Right, Dodge, Left, Back, Right… Exhilaration filled her as she felt her knuckles burn from the friction with the bag's tough surface. Time passed and sweat began to make her aware of the temperature in the room. Her breath became rough as she pushed herself to keep up the quick pace. Her mind was quiet and calm. Her emotions were as still as a stagnant lake. However, when her muscles began to surpass burning and started to cramp with the need to stop, Minami grabbed and held the trembling punching bag until it stilled. She listened to her ragged breathing and leaned her forehead against the bag, letting her body calm down. The sweaty woman briefly glanced to her knuckles which began to sting to catch her attention. Blood seeped in a minuscule amount from the middle finger's knuckle joint on both hands and the other knuckles were just mostly raw. It would heal perfectly fine in time and was easily ignored compared to the wounds that had carved her flesh in the carnival corpses' and in the past. Her stomach, however, was a different problem. It growled loudly and cramped enough to make her briefly frown. She would have to go get some food from the shops if she wanted something filling that wasn't just medicine in the form of candy; not that she would eat her candies without absolutely needing to after the usual three days time. Minami plastered a warm smile on her face and left the room, prancing towards one of the shops wondering happily what she would eat.

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Minami had stopped by her room deciding she would put on some normal clothes and put away her sweaty workout clothes instead of heading straight to the shops. She grabbed on a simple light blue dress that she had bought with the cast points from one of the specials shows in wonderland. It came down to her knees and accented her figure modestly. It also had small pockets. She liked it. It reminded her of the style of clothing that she used to wear before she was charged with murder. Minami pulled out one candy from the three she had in the chest. She unwrapped it and plopped it into her mouth, wincing at the bitter medicine taste. She instantly felt better and lightly touched the metal collar around her throat. The collar injected poison into her system and only the candy could keep her from dying. She had taken her last candy two days ago and now she felt completely refreshed. The feeling was probably only psychological since not taking the candy after two days didn't make her lethargic or weakened. She had amassed a decent amount of points participating in shows and so far, she had been in three carnival corpses. Although she had only won two, she had gained plenty of cast points. She had also made a point of saving most of the points for emergencies as she only had the basic necessities to buy.

She moved to the side bathroom and showered quickly. The bathroom was tiny and once again only held the necessities. When she had first come to G-Ward she had been surprised that the facilities were so accommodating compared to the empty cell with only bunk beds in the regular wards. She hadn't realized that they came with a price. Fighting in games even more dangerous than the 'dog shows', she fought in the carnival corpse. Her stomach was starting to do flips. Once she got out and dried herself off, she pulled on the dress and brushed her hair. Minami glanced over her appearance and deciding that it was satisfactory, approached the door.

Minami walked towards the shop where she could purchase food. As she walked down the halls, she watched the other cell doors pass by her. The hallways were practically empty as many of the deadmen were off doing their own thing. Plus, the amount of deadmen in G-Ward didn't even begin to compare to the amount of regular people in the other wards A though F. Nevertheless there were enough to fill the hallways when everyone was let out for the day. Minami quickened her step and her jubilant smile pulled at the corners of her lips. The cheerful woman rounded a corner and a certain sight caught her attention. A guard had one of the new deadmen by the arm. Another guard stood to the side of the first. Minami scrutinized the situation, her expression not changing in the least. The poor boy looked frightened and it sent pleasurable shivers through her. How interesting. She mused with delight. When she was close enough to touch the boy she faced him and grabbed his hand, exclaiming "Oh here you are!" A sweetened purr entered her voice as she leaned close to him, lightly placing an innocent kiss on his cheek. It was then that she glanced up in surprise and gasped. "Oh! I'm sorry! We had a date today. I'm so sorry he bothered you." She couldn't see the guards expression but they seemed confused and somewhat surprised by her cheerful and innocent appearance and also her automated voice. She noticed the grip on the boy's shoulder loosen just a fraction but it was enough. She turned her gaze back to the boy, "You're already late. I'm so hungry already. Let's go, okay?" She whined, flashing the guards puppy-like eyes. "I'll see you around mister guards. Please punish him another time." She smiled and jerked the boy out of the guards hand astonishing him. The second guard realized what was happening and reached out for her yelling, "Oi! I'm not done talking-" She danced out of reach and laughing mercurially before dashing away with the boy in tow.

When they reached enough distance from the position of the guards she slowed and turned to face the new boy, releasing him. "Sorry about that. It was the only way I could think of helping you." She paused, looking over the boy's features now that she could get a good look at him. He appeared to be meek but she wondered what was under that mask. No one in G-Ward was completely innocent. Which was why the guards were surprised enough to let them escape besides the way she appeared. They were probably just picking on the new guy like a bunch of bullies. In that sense, she was almost a hypocrite. Minami wouldn't pick on him but she would deceive him. She could already see his face full of anguish and betrayal. It teased her like a feather on her bare skin causing her to giggle. The sound was oddly strange to her ears since it no longer sounded like she was the one laughing. It sounded metallic, like a robot with emotions. It disturbed her. She clasped her hands behind her back and grinned happily. "My name's Minami but you can call me Mimi if you like. What's your name? I'm pretty sure you're new here since I've never seen you around. If you need to know anything you can ask me, okay? Are you hungry, because I sure am. Wanna get something to eat? My treat today. You can pay me back by being my friend, okay?" She rambled. Her mechanical-sounding voice held the inflection of friendliness. It was almost real.

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Oh, how he felt like he was going to die. Jay was absolutely frozen when they wrapped around him, their arms like coiling snakes waiting to wring his neck. Luck was on his side, however, and by the time he had opened his eyes, Minami had grabbed his hand. Jay would have freaked even more but that kiss, oh that kiss, stunned him. He wasn't any trouble once that happened and before he knew it, Minami had taken him out from between the two guards and into another den of lions.

Jay didn't feel it at first, but the moment Minami began to talk, Jay felt off. She was pretty, pretty to the point of strangness. He had always been wary of people, but the more he looked at Minami's mechanical gestures and overly empowering smiles, Jay was starting to feel like this lady was more dangerous than he thought.

But that kiss was starting to make his cheek feel hot. Jay swore there must have been something in her lips as he felt a blush consume the rest of his face. Suddenly those previous thoughts of suspicion began to fade and his embarrassment took its place. The attention was nice and the look in her eyes were glinted in the ceiling lights. It didn't even seem to bother him when she began to speak.

"My name's Minami but you can call me Mimi if you like. What's your name? I'm pretty sure you're new here since I've never seen you around. If you need to know anything you can ask me, okay? Are you hungry, because I sure am. Wanna get something to eat? My treat today. You can pay me back by being my friend, okay?"


Wow, she talked alot ...

Of course, when he got down to it, she didn't seem that bad. She wasn't asking what he had done or if how he had gotten into Deadman Wonderland, no, just something simple. His name and if he was hungry. Jay nodded. Getting something to eat seemed good.

"Y-yea . . . I'm . . . Jay," Jay was twiddling his fingers, "Food is good . . . thank you."

He tried his best to avoid the friend comment. Companion, maybe; person of interest, perhaps; but friend, no one could be that close to him. Jay was to paranoid for that . . .

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Minami hid an inward chuckle at his estranged expression. He appeared to be agonizing over her friendliness and she suspected he was suspicious about her. Oh well. He doesn't seem too put off. Which means he isn't sure I think. She mused silently, watching him with interest as he twirled his fingers while he replied. "Y-yea . . . I'm . . . Jay. Food is good . . . thank you." His stutter amused her. She could feel a sort of mild excitement. It was akin to a predator laying eyes on their prey and looking for weaknesses as the hunt began. Not that she was going to hunt him down; unless he fought against her in the carnival corpse. Then she would have to reconsider that notion. Minami nodded to signify that she was listening to him. "Isn't food always good?" Minami teased, winking at him so he didn't take her teasing as mocking.

She turned on her heel and clasped her hands behind her back and she started the rest of the way towards the shops. "C'mon then." She called to him, glancing over her shoulder with a smirk. Jay didn't seem like the type to survive very long in Wonderland but the more she thought about his reactions and his demeanor, the more she wondered. She hadn't missed that he hadn't agreed to be her friend. Most idiots just absently agreed, charmed by her smile and aggressively friendly attitude. Although, most of those kinds of people were male too. The female deadmen were a bit harder to warm over since most of them were just as clever as Minami. Sometimes. She added to that thought. They used their feminine assets as well; albeit in different ways. The only exceptions were the women who didn't care to make friends or put on any kind of illusion that showed otherwise. Those types of women were the ones who were either extremely confident that they wouldn't lose in a carnival corpse, or maybe that they were already resigned to death which made them unafraid of the outcome. Minami was too cautious to act that way and plus, after the last carnival corpse, she didn't have the same kind of confidence she used to in her abilities. She could kill without feeling guilty about it at all and was completely ruthless. She hadn't been named after the Shrike for no reason. It was a bird of prey, being smaller and cute, but no less violent. It stabbed its prey on the thorns of the acacia tree after capturing them. Minami was proud of that name. However, the last battle had put a hitch in her unwavering confidence and had made her infinitely more wary but also more determined to be stronger.

Minami stopped in front of the shop. A few other deadmen were there and she waved and smiled politely at them. One in particular made a point to talk to her. Tsukiya had been in G-Ward for just a while longer than Minami and he was two years older than her. There wasn't much known about him since he wasn't talkative guy although she knew him for the pervert that he was. He had a bit of a sadistic streak but it was definitely more subdued than hers was. His appearance often made him encounter two types of people. There were people afraid of him because of his shady, angry appearance or people who looked up to him because he was decently strong. He had won his share of carnival corpses. Minami hadn't ever had to face him and for that she was grateful. He wasn't a terrible guy, just a bit of a ruthless idiot with his squinty eyes and muscular body. "Hey Tsukiya." She greeted joyfully. Tsukiya grinned and if she hadn't known him, she would have been taken aback. It looked menacing but that was just his natural smile. "Hey." He gruffly replied, taking a quick peek at Jay before looking back to her. "You're making more friends as always. Here to eat?" He commented stupidly. Minami inwardly scowled at him but her exterior smile didn't change as she nodded. Minami didn't feel like asking so she tilted her head in a questioning look and Tsukiya raised a thin brow. "What?" He paused analyzing her expression and impatience gnawed at her. "Oh. I came to pick up some candy from down the hall and stopped by here. I haven't taken a candy in two days and not dying from poison sounds nice. Also, ya know." He jerked a thumb at the men behind him and grinned. He was hanging out with the usual gang is what he meant and Minami chuckled, turning towards the stand. "I see. Have fun then Tsuki." She playfully responded, stepping up to the counter.

Minami looked to Jay curiously wondering what he wanted before deciding to give him a minute while she ordered what she wanted. Minami liked sweet things, and even more so things with bread. The deliciously sweet fluffy bread that melted in her mouth….She was ecstatic just thinking about it. She pointed to the yakisoba bread before realizing the lady wouldn't understand. Sometimes it was so annoying to have to use that mechanical voice all the time. Sometimes she just wished there was someone who could understand her without needing to hear 'that' voice. Although, that might also mean getting to know someone enough for them to see just a bit of her true intentions. Minami focused on the task at hand, "Ah, I'll take the yakisoba bread. Oh! I also want the anpan and melon bread too!" She rocked on her heels with true excitement. There weren't many things she enjoyed doing in wonderland but eating happening to be on the short list. She then gestured to Jay, "Also, whatever he's having is with mine." She pulled out her cast points card and stepped aside so Jay could order what he wanted. Minami watched him, wondering what he would get. It's often said that the foods people like reflect their inner states. Minami could figure this was true of herself. She used to be a sweet lady and therefore liked sweets but they were covered with thick fluffy bread. A thick outer shell. Although, it was ever so delicious no matter what it was represented. Impatience bit deep again as her stomach ached silently.

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Jay was quite confused with Minami. As friendly as she seemed and as happy as she put herself to be, more and more seemed to indicate an angrier person below the surface of her mask. It puzzled him to no end as Jay watched Minami smile happily at Tsukiya. As soon as the older g-ward prisoner began to talk, Minami seemed to get incredibely irritated. One second was all it took for Jay to catch her. It was like a crack in the mask where he could see something stirring inside the beautiful dark haired girl. But just as quickly as he saw it, Minami's irritation disappeared.

Once Tsukiya left, Jay began to look at the food in wonder and excitement. There was just so much to eat, so much delicious looking food. Jay was absolutely drooling, but held back his hunger quite well as soon as he could get a grip on the reality of things. Being in a prison changed much of how he viewed things. Now, everytime food was presented to him, Jay thought an extra seventeen times before jumping . . . compared to the initial five thoughts of fear, paranoia, and insecurity.

After his numerous thoughts, Jay blinked as she saw Minami grab the two sweet bread. When he watched her try to order without speaking, it seemed quite intreguing to see other people not understand. Pointing aside, Jay could tell what she wanted the moment her eyes shifted towards the bread and a smile cross her face as she looked at it closer. Then there was the hand signals, the body gestures, the instinctive voice, etc etc. How strange; perhaps, people should learn how to interpret others much more efficiently.

But back to the actual bread!

Jay couldn't help but feel off about eating sweets in a replacement to a meal. Still, he didn't want to patronize someone feeding him, thus he kept to himself and pointed at a healthy broth of chicken and vegitables. It looked warm in that bowl of his and he was absolutely famished for such a meal. Minami paid, the broth barely putting a scratch on her funds, and Jay pulled back from food line.

"You . . . really like sweets," Jay meekly muttered as he ate his soup, "don't you . . ."

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Minami stashed her cast card back into the folds of her pockets and adjusted her grip on the packaged food bundled in her hands. "You . . . really like sweets," Jay commented mildly, taking a sip of his soup. "don't you . . ." Minami didn't reply, thinking on his statement a bit. Although they were similar to snacks, she counted them as meals. They packed a punch with carbohydrates and calories and it was better than some health-freak food. Considering the workouts she put herself through every morning, it was necessary to pack her body with as many nutrients and carbohydrates as possible. Plus, it didn't bother her that the sweet taste made her taste buds scream in delight. She eyed the soup bowl in Jay's hands with a curious look before chuffing lightheartedly. It looked like a savory kind of dish. Something like that would taste rotten to her. Jay looked liked he needed the healthy meals anyway. Snacks wouldn't do him any good, no matter how filling they were. She peered down at his body this time.

He didn't look like the type to survive in a fight in the bigwigs around wonderland. An image of Yuki floated to her mind and she just barely held back the shudder. That woman had never lost a fight so far and she had taken Gai's arm. That type of strength would wreck havoc on a boy like Jay and most likely Minami would have a hard time too. Nevertheless, on a closer inspection, he wasn't entirely scrawny and disgusting. He just didn't seem like he would have a six pack under that uniform. Minami dismissed the thoughts, beginning to feel like a pervert as she scrutinized his body with a smile still plastered on her face.

She abruptly turned to hide the blush and grit her teeth. Survival. Yes, I was assessing his capabilities. He's nothing to me. A pawn in this game. She excused, but an inner voice chided her. It's just been a long time since anyone new has been around..Since I've had a new toy. Minami quickly cooled off and looked to Jay. "Yeah, I have a reason. Want to go eat somewhere less busy to eat?" She said not making a comment to his uneasy attitude or telling what exactly her reason was for liking sweets although her nice tone didn't change. He didn't need to know about her workouts or why she was so desperate to be strong. It would just lead to further complications. However, she had the feeling he would notice her avoidance of the topic. He might ask later… Minami hoped he would catch the hint. "If you're coming then let's go. It's a once in a lifetime chance. I also want to talk to you more." She giggled with a wink over her shoulder as she turned to walk back the way they had come. They could speak away from prying eyes; Maybe that way, Jay would finally relax and loosen up and be more forthcoming with her. Minami itched to figure out what the little newbie was all about. After all, if it came down to a carnival corpse; she was going to be ready.

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Jay was quick to nod his approval with the change in venue. People were already starting to look at him weirdly, either because he was with a cute girl . . . or he was about to be made into chow by said cute girl. Jay gulped, but followed anyways as he didn't want to seem rude. However, that didn't stop him from showing his nervousness.

He felt like a prey in her game, being tethered along while she danced, played, and frolicked as she saw fit. That being said, it was strange that Jay felt himself just pulling towards Minami. He knew something was wrong and that it was only a matter of time before things went to somewhere far less preferable . . . but perhaps an illusion was nice. This was the longest he had ever interacted with anyone and this image of normalcy was comforting in some ways.

Still, that didn't mean he wasn't keeping his guard up. He had noticed her willingness to not answer questions. Her dodge had given him more reasons to keep watch of her. Her wink to him had given him chills, but they were good chills, the type of chills you would have when you woke up after a long nap. Was she doing that specifically to get at him?

When they did find a quiet seating arrangement in the hallway, Jay sat down quickly. The spaces in front of him were quite nice and comfy looking, but so was the seating next to him. He prayed to whatever god that existed that she would not sit next to him . . . lest she smell his fear. Of course, God didn't seem to like him, so he wasn't too sure if that prayer would work.

"T-thanks . . . Miss Minami . . ."

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Minami paused misstep as he sat down in the hall. She was somewhat surprised he had the gall to sit down before her but that was just her sadistic complex talking. She gazed down at him as he got comfy, "T-thanks . . . Miss Minami . . ." He muttered. Internally she scowled at him. "Mimi." She corrected, outwardly grinning mischievously. Minami took the space next to him but she put space between them because all his squirming and nervous jitters would annoy her if she sat any closer. Minami set her buns on her lap and thought about which to eat first before finally choosing the yakisoba bun. It opened the plastic packaging and slid it down the roll before taking a small bite. The sweetly sour flavor mesmerized her and she chewed slowly, memorizing the taste.

Minami stopped after a few more bites and turned to Jay. "So, I'm not going to pry or anything so you don't have to tell me why you ended up here.." She turned back to her bun and took a tiny nibble, thinking on how to get closer to him. "But I figure it wouldn't hurt to be friends. Plus, in this place you are going to need it." Her gaze darkened at the thought of the other deadmen; the menacing ones at least. She remembered when she had first came here. She had been a wreck and they hadn't taken any mercy on her. She would have died if not for the fact that she was somewhat strong and had a horribly amazing reason to keep living. She didn't want to see Jay end up like that for reasons she knew were selfish but she also wasn't going to put in a whole lot of effort to save him. Also, friends were just another way of saying temporary allies that at any time could be total strangers.

"I assure you not all of us are so nice or rather easygoing." She mumbled, the automated voice crackling a bit with her chuckle. "Have you read the rulebook? The one about the candy; also do you know about the carnival corpse?" She prompted, once again taking another tiny nibble from her bun.

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Jay frowned with more sips of his soup entering his mouth. He did read the book and was aware of the candy, but just everythign about the carnival corpse seemed to stab at him in the gut.

It had mixed his two worst fears, people and violence. There, in the ring, the people would aim to hurt him. It wasn't just paranoia either, where he just simply shrugged it off until he got away, Jay would be stuck with that person until he or whoever the hell he was versing got knocked out. That meant he had to use his powers to win, but how could someone NOT hurt someone else when they have god forsaken acid blood!

And then, of course, there was the punishment. He really didn't want anything happening to him. Minami was the first Deadman he had talked to and even she had lost her voice. Minami's reaction to her own voice was what scared him the most, as she seemed to miss and hate her new voice. He couldn't ever do that to someone else . . . or to himself. What if he or his opponent had to lose an eye, or a leg, or an arm, or even . . . privates.

God, that was shudder inducing. Still, he needed to get candy somehow. Thus when Minami's eyes began to burrow into him, he relented and spoke once more.

". . . yes Ms. Min- I . . . I mean Mimi," he muttered after gulping down another spoonful, "I don't . . . I don't like people . . . or violence. I think I need to have candy too . . ."

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She smiled and nodded while hearing him. She walked to the door and opened it slightly before looking to see if anyone was there. "Hehe yes well, not all people are as trusting of me as you are. I suppose i only brought it upon myself." She slowly opened the door completely and walks out and sighs slightly. She then smiled before turning to him. "So. Where might they be? I don't know much about the youth so... I don't know what they enjoy doing."

She always spoke as if she was far older than she really was. She was use to belittling herself because she knew that she was a awful person on the inside. However, on the outside, she tried her best to prevent that from coming out and covering who she really was.

She rubbed her chin slightly and sighed. "Well... Perhaps they are eating..... Maybe we can check in the eating area." She said before looking to Gai for approval. It wasn't usual that they recruited but when they did, they always tried their hardest to convince people to join the cause.

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Gai let out a little bit of a laugh at this. "Don't act as though we're so ancient, Yuki," he smiled. "On the outside, we'd be still be young. Still running around at parties and drinking our nights away with friends."

He sighed a little as he stepped out, checking that everything in his room was concealed and in-order. With that, he slipped the door closed, hearing it seal shut with a soft click. Deadman Wonderland was, if nothing else, secure - it wasn't as though they could afford an escape, not with the power of the Deadmen on the line. Of course, the designers were only human, and had made numerous mistakes in its construction.

Mistakes that Gai was going to exploit.

On Yuki's suggestion, he made for the cafeteria, and arrived there promptly, the bright-haired woman in tow. He strode through confidently, deciding not to grab any food - he detested Deadman Wonderland's food, after all, and stayed away from it at all costs; he ate what little he had to, and stole the guards' food where he could. Instead, he simply strode right for the distinct sound of Minami's mechanical voice, and a boy sitting opposite her whom she didn't recognise.

"Good morning, Mimi," he said, with a friendly nod and a smile to the young girl, before turning his attention to the unrecognised boy, who - as expected - looked scared out of his mind. He extended a hand for the boy to shake.

"I don't believe we've been introduced, I'm afraid," he said. "My name is Gai Havelock. You are?"

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Jay pulled back from Gai, suprised by the blond's presence. Being paranoid, Jay was always usually aware of his surroundings and never had a problem detecting people. Not many could sneak up on him and the more the teen thought about it, perhaps he was far too focused on Minami to react properly. Jay stuttered as he poked at Gai's hand.

"H-h-hello Mr. Have-lock . . ."

Jay was aware of both Gai and Yuki. Gai, as Jay looked at him, was the scary blond guy that completely destroyed at his Corpse Carnivals, only defeated by Yuki. He looked like the type that was suave and confident, Jay's opposite in all regards. However, there was other parts of the blond that Jay couldn't discern and that was the most scariest part about him. Gai was hiding something and Jay was not comfortable.

Yuki was even scarier. She may have been nice then and there, but Jay had seen her fight with Gai. That other part of her, that darker and cruel soul of a creature, was . . . incomprehensible to him. The destructiveness was so far out and joyful in its ability to kill and maim, the mere presence of Yuki was giving the teen a nervous tick to him. Thusly, Jay tried to avoid Yuki's gaze, but sweat when he realized she was looking at him.

"I-I'm Jay . . . Jay Valus . . ."

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"Please, call me Gai," the tall blonde smiled. He could see from the start that Jay was terrified out of his mind - scared to death of everything that was going on. Hardly surprising - the boy's eyes flickered between the two veterans.

So, he must've seen what the recording of his fight with Yuki; he hardly blamed the boy for being terrified of her after witnessing that. He'd seen and done many terrible things in his life, but even he shuddered a little at those memories. It had taken more than a little while until he'd been able to look her in the eyes again.

"A pleasure, Jay," Gai nodded. "A shame we should meet under such circumstances, isn't it? But, not much we can do - not yet, at least. How are you?"

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Jay gulped; not wanting to appear weak, he replied back as swiftly and steadily as he could. This, however, only served to show how terrified he was of the two.

"I-I'm fine AND I DON'T NEED ANYTHING!"

This was clearly not the case as he had barely eaten for a while. Not only that, but there was also the fact that his lack of candy eating had visibly given him some visible marks on his body. As for what he thought about the two new strangers, Jay was far too paranoid to let his guard down. What if they were here to get him to fight? or kill him? or WORSE! (he didn't know what this worse was, but it was healthy to think of such things) In any case, he didn't need to be indebted to someone that would perhaps use him like a toy. He was already someone else's pawn for now . . .

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~Yuki Nakagawa~
Yuki smiled as she saw the two males interacting. It seemed to start off well.... She hoped. His gaze on her seemed a bit unsettling. He probably knew of her fight. She sighed slightly hoping that wouldn't come to. She slowly found a seat and sat down next to Minami. Her smile as caring as always. Minami didn't seem to like her either but that wouldn't stop her kindness.

"Good day to you Minami. How are you feeling?" She said in a kind voice. She knew that if she was able to get even a word out of her, it would be nice. She was prepared for her silence regardless. She looked towards the two males and smiled. "My my. Those two. Quite a interesting sight hm? A veteran and a new comer. Quite the encounter."

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Finally, Akira had finished his remaining workouts for the day and was ready to relax for a while, and hopefully, possibly have no more troubles with the inhabitants of Deadman Wonderland. It wasn't exactly that he didn't like them, it was more like they hated him for some ungodly reason. Though he had no real qualms with them, as long as them kept out of his hair and away from him. It was a lot less nerve wrecking if he just tried to avoid them at all cost, as he rather not face the consequences of fraternizing with them.

He was ready to possibly get something to eat, and this time he made sure to neatly tuck in his cravat. Whenever he began to near the he heard an audible shout. {Yay, now all the characters are in the same spot}

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Minami was silent as she heard the familiar footsteps approach. She didn't dare respond to Jay, aware of the incoming pair. She didn't want to reveal her interest yet since Gai was such a clever man. Perhaps even more clever than she was. She turned her head to search out the recognizable blonde locks that Gai had.

"Good morning, Mimi," he said, with a friendly nod as she met his eyes. Minami nodded in greeting and returned his smile with an equally pleasant one. Gai turned his attention to Jay next to her and she could feel him stiffen beside her. It was unnerving. As Gai made introductions with Jay, Minami looked to Yuki who was tagging along with Gai today. The woman made her hackles rise uneasily and it took effort to tamp them down. Her smile edged into something more playful and she raised a brow. Yuki probably felt guilty about injuring Gai and that's why she was tagging him, however, her devotion went past alliances and obligations. Minami mused over the thought of the ferocious Yuki, the mysterious queen, the two-faced monster, the soldier liking a cocksure guy like Gai. Then again.. Minami turned her gaze on Gai once more and looked him up and down briefly. Gai was handsome and smart. Just the type to be dating a girl like Yuki out in the real world. Minami startled out of her thoughts when Jay yelled, "I-I'm fine AND I DON'T NEED ANYTHING!" Minami didn't flinch or blink even though he had managed to shock her by his newfound boldness.

However, she was yet again shocked as Yuki sat down next to her. She stiffened but kept her posture relaxed as she watched Yuki out of the corner of her eye, her main focus on Gai and Jay's interaction first and foremost. "Good day to you Minami. How are you feeling?" She said in a kind voice. Minami, after several long seconds, finally turned her head to face Yuki. Inside her mind, a battle warred on whether she should respond but finally Minami grinned and shrugged. "Fine. Per Usual." Her voice was calm and friendly but her guard remained up. Minami followed Yuki's gaze back to Gai and Jay. "My my. Those two. Quite a interesting sight hm? A veteran and a new comer. Quite the encounter." Minami snickered in response. The sight, although disturbing, was amusing since her sadistic nature enjoyed seeing Jay ruffled but she didn't like being cornered like this either so the amusement was dampened considerably soon.

Another set of footsteps made her eyes widen. This time she couldn't hide the flinch as she peeked up the hall at the incoming figure. It was the man who had almost killed her. The man who had caused her voiceless state. Minami leaned towards Jay and turned her attention to Gai, choosing to act like she hadn't noticed the incoming company. " Gai! I was helping him already. Geez, you're always being so heroic. Give me a chance to be a hero too." She teased playfully, giving him pouty sulk and a following wink.

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Gai blinked once at Jay's outburst, before his eyes softened a little. The boy was clearly scared out of his mind by recent events, and being confronted by him mightn't be doing that much good. That said, he did need to establish circumstances swiftly enough. The boy didn't seem to be of much use, but he might prove surprising.

"You seem to have things completely under control, then, Jay," Gai said, with a bit of sarcasm; but he tried to say it without a mean edge. When he spoke again, his voice was soft, kind.

"Listen, it's okay. You're new here. This is a terrible place; I won't lie about that. We need to stick together, all of us. I'll do whatever I can to help you."


He heard footsteps behind him, and turned, seeing a familiar dark-haired figure approaching. He decided that, since everyone was here already, he might as well drag Akira in as well - what was the worst that could happen?

"Akira! Over here!" he called, waving to the young man. He turned his attention back to Minami as she spoke to him, smiling uncontrollably at her jab.

"I apologise for my own tendency to save the day, Minami,"
he grinned. "I will endeavour in the future to become the villain of this piece, as so to give you a chance to defeat me and claim your right as the true hero of Deadman Wonderland."

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Jay felt like a deer trapped between two walls of spikes. On one hand was Minami with her mechanical and disturbingly vicious intentions, rolling off of her like the blood of a freshly made kill. On the other side was Gai and the entirety of his mysterious persona was giving Jay the shivers. All he wanted to do was to run and hide, but that seemed impossible with the way that he had been positioned. Thus, the teen instictively began to pick at his fingers. Perhaps his blood could get him out or he could use it to make them back up or something! Honestly, Jay didn't know what to do.

And then . . . he came.

Three people with seemingly good intentions were one thing, but three people and one cold looking, frown holding man was just enough to tip the scale. It was true; they were out to get him. The first three were all nice faces, probably fake but still nice nice. This new person was showing their real intentions that they were here to make hurt him for whatever he had done. Jay looked around in a panic for a way out. Even if he did squeeze out, he would have to fight his way through around two others and then face this new person. This guy, what ever his name was, gave him chills that almost froze him down to the core.

Suddenly, Minami was leaning towards him with those fake eyes of her's, speaking through her mechanical voice box like a mechanical drone awaiting kill orders.

"Gai! I was helping him already. Geez, you're always being so heroic. Give me a chance to be a hero too."

Jay snapped backwards, almost reeling at the thought of merely touching Minami.

"NO!" he pulled his arms up in an X-shape. His voice was quivering in fear as he tried to keep them all away from him.

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Minami refrained from sighing as Gai noticed the newcomer as well. He smile irked her horribly; it was like a burn that was being scratched by more thorns. She already knew what was coming. "Akira! Over here!" Gai waved to the man, beckoning him. She kept the inner scowl off her face.

"I apologize for my own tendency to save the day, Minami," His grin turned her pout into a smirky laugh. "I will endeavor in the future to become the villain of this piece, as so to give you a chance to defeat me and claim your right as the true hero of Deadman Wonderland." Gai replied. Minami waved her hand in dismissal at the statement. She had become close enough with Gai that he would probably know she wasn't truly interested in such frivolous things. "I don't want your job. Just a chance to shine in the limelight too." She responded, the teasing edge to her voice fading as she noticed, finally, that something was very wrong with Jay.

His face was pale even for his pasty skin tone and he looked terrified. No, he had probably passed that emotion long ago. As her gaze bore into him, he raised his hands in a defensive position. His cry echoed through her and she froze, stunned. The fear excited her and made her crave to see him writhe in pain but something faint and unwavering rose to her mind. Something that she had buried a long time ago, a few months after her induction into wonderland to be exact. It was a feeling akin to sympathy, or perhaps more akin to caring. It was a feeling that went beyond her own self-preservation rule and ripped up her teetering existence; baring its teeth to the Minami that only wanted to survive. A name rose to her mind and she felt tiny beads of sweat on her forehead as she recognized it. Saito. She could see his slim form, his stiff back, the tremble of fear as death rode the anger of the students around him. She suddenly felt claustrophobic and she rose from her spot, keeping her gaze settled on Jay.

Two feelings warred inside her. Kill him. Kill the boy and grow stronger.. Something whispered inside her and she ignored it because another whisper brought her to her senses. Help him. A sense of normalcy, you could have it back.. She blinked slowly and then realized she had been frowning deeply in pain. Her smile seeped bit by bit onto her expression as she built up her walls again and she reached down to touch his hand. "Guys. Jay is shy, especially with two cute females here. Oh, and let's not forget our top-beauty queen Gai." She directed her statement absently at the others, her voice slightly toneless but her expression was friendly enough. She side-stepped Gai and gently held out her hand to Jay. "Want to play somewhere else? Its up to you if you want to come with me. I'm just tired of sweets. I want something salty." Minami lied but nobody would notice that if they didn't know her well, and she placed her bets on no one commenting on the fact. She tried to meet his eyes, hoping for Jay to understand that she was trying to give him an escape route if he so desired. If he wanted to brave the others, well so be it. But her nerves had been frayed and she wasn't planning on sticking around for much longer.

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Character Portrait: Yuki Nakagawa Character Portrait: Minami Sonobe Character Portrait: Gai Havelock Character Portrait: Jay Valus Character Portrait: Akira Saito

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~Yuki Nakagawa~
Yuki gasped slightly while hearing the slight protest from the male. Jay was it? She sighed slightly recalling the look on his face. She had it as well when it was her first time here. Such a young soul forced to be here. She stood slightly from her seat and shook her head. "My goodness. You two are so noisy. Your scaring the poor thing." She said while giving a slight puffed face to Gai and Mina. She then turned to Jay and lightly placed a hand on his shoulder. "Poor thing..."

Yuki had a feeling he would fear her turn but one thing she always was was honest. She turned to Gai slightly before giving a warm smile. "Gai, if i may, i think i would like to speak with the lad." She knew she had to pick her words carefully but all she wanted was to tell him of their intentions and how much help they could be. Maybe even a peace offering.

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Character Portrait: Yuki Nakagawa Character Portrait: Minami Sonobe Character Portrait: Gai Havelock Character Portrait: Jay Valus Character Portrait: Akira Saito

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When he saw Minami's hand, Jay was indeed scared to say. But seconds passed as he looked at each and every one of their faces. Where was the hitting? the yelling? the pain? He had been waiting for something to come, but they weren't doing anything to hurt him. In fact, Minami and Yuki had sadness in their before going back to trying to comfort him. Was he really in the much trouble? Minami seemed to want to take him out as she began to speak.

"Want to play somewhere else? Its up to you if you want to come with me. I'm just tired of sweets. I want something salty."

Jay bit his bottom lip, he didn't know if he wanted to go, but just then Yuki spoke out as well.

"Gai, if i may, i think i would like to speak with the lad."

That comforted him; Not the sentence mind you, but the last word. Lad - it was a term he had grown fond of when he had been a boy. When he lived under some broken down underpass, there was an old lady that came nearly every other day to feed him. She had always called him lad and Jay kept that word close to his heart.

With a sigh, he pulled back from Minami's hand and looked down.

"S-sorry . . . I'm . . . yea . . . we can talk if you need me to . . ."

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Whenever he rounded the corner, he did see three familiar faces, but also the face of someone he hasn't seen before, not even when wondering the hall of Deadman Wonderland. Akira concluded that he was new to G-Block, though decided against messing with him, as he didn't really have the patience to do such a thing currently. One of the faces that he saw amongst the group of people was one he had faced in Carnival Corpse once before, and one, Minami, and the two others, Yuki and Gai, who he has regularly seen as well.

"Akira! Over here!"

Just as he had approached Gai had calmed him over, and he took this and an opportunity to at least get a look at the new guy. To be honest he didn't look like much. Scrawny, lacking muscle, the first thoughts that game to Akira's mind was that he wouldn't last very long at all in Carnival Corpse, though he couldn't say much, given that he still hadn't witnessed his Branch of Sin. All and all, he didn't look like much. So he decided to ignore him from there on. After he had unexpectedly shouted, Akira had noticed that he was really nervous, and whenever he spoke he stuttered. He let out a sigh, and tried to relax himself so he wouldn't look as intimidating, though he still had the perpetual frown on his face, it just didn't look as intense.

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Character Portrait: Yuki Nakagawa Character Portrait: Minami Sonobe Character Portrait: Gai Havelock Character Portrait: Jay Valus Character Portrait: Akira Saito

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Minami waited for Jay to take her hand. She knew he would. He wanted out and she was the best choice. Minami felt triumphant in that moment, especially since her rival was Yuki. However, her confidence shattered when Jay slowly pulled back and responded to Yuki with a weak, "S-sorry . . . I'm . . . yea . . . we can talk if you need me to . . ." Minami watched his expression seemingly relax a fraction and fury ignited in her chest like a lump of burning coal. She chuckled, more for the sake of appearances and drew back her hand, letting it hang at her side.

She didn't completely know what to say after being rejected. No one had even rejected her sweet-natured advances. Not that they had been intentionally sweet. She looked to Gai instead, quelling the urge to grab Jay. She had found him first, he was hers to toy with. Yet, Minami knew that the attachment didn't stem from that, it stemmed from the fact that he reminded her of someone precious from the past. There were no soft feelings or attachment for Jay, just his appearance and manner of behavior. She brought that line of thought to an end as she spoke.

"Well then, I'll be taking my leave. I'll see you later Gai." Minami patted the man's hand in a goodbye gesture, a warm smile lingering on her face. She didn't dare touch his shoulders since she knew she would hate anyone touching her throat where the scar was or commenting on it. Minami briefly waved to the others and then departed.

The girl headed towards her room to be alone. Once she found herself behind closed doors she sighed heavily and flopped onto her bed with a soft thump. For once her thoughts were pacified into the dull murmur here and there and she rolled over onto her side. That situation had gotten out of hand. She had let her guard slip just because a man had flashed by her eyes. Not just any man… Her mind decided to remind her. She growled and closed her eyes, shutting out the light in her room. He's dead. That is the fact. I don't care if that scrawny little shit dies. What happened today, won't happen again. She protested inwardly. Her fury calmed bit by bit as she lay on the bed reviewing what happened. I may be able to control my feelings on what happened..but Saito is different. Of course I would react that way. That's why I was so interested in the twerp from the get-go. Yuki and Gai can have him. That's right. I don't need to be burdened by him. I have to survive and get out of this place. I have to..Her thoughts trailed off as she wondered what or who was waiting for her out there. People probably thought of her as a murderer and she didn't know where her family would be. They hadn't contacted her since she'd been in here. What if they think I'm dead? No. The promoter wouldn't do that..would he? She questioned before she tightened her fists in pain. I would be naive to believe the promoter wouldn't do something like that. She sighed and rolled onto her back and opened her eyes to stare at the ceiling, finding comfort in the neutral color. It doesn't matter. Out there is way better than in here. I'll destroy any one who gets in my way of that. Minami concluded, feeling better now that her morals were steady again.

Minami maneuvered into a sitting position and looked to the flat television on the wall. It was off since there wasn't any carnival corpse happening at the moment. When would the next one be?