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Track 12 - Be Prepared


[He takes a breath to compose himself. And once he's ready...]

I'm guessing everyone's on edge after that, so I wanted to give a little good news to keep everyone going. Once we get through this - and we will get through this - Rin and I will have a fun little announcement to make. So keep looking forward, alright?

And whatever happens, if you get hurt and see a guy with headphones and orange glasses, that's me. Flag me down and I'll help you however I can. We're all in this together.

Filtered to castmates

Is there anything you guys need? If I can help, just let me know. We're still a team, and I've got your back.

Bonus Track - Stacy's Mom

Action - The Park - Shortly after this thread - for unexculpable

[True to his word, Yosuke's been scouring Mayfield for signs of Ed - and of course he'd find him in the park. He runs up, to the blond, waving]

Ed! I've been looking everywhere for you!

Track 11 - He's Not Here

Action - 947 Beulah - Late Morning - Open

[It was supposed to be a good day. It really was. Yosuke was up earlier than normal, but he was alive and full of energy. He'd made breakfast, had a nice stretch, and was on his way out the door. When he pulled up]

"'Ey! Mistah Hanamura! Rin almost ready? I was gonna give her a lift to school!"

[The morning was a blur after that. He made some quick excuse - she wasn't feeling well, she had a doctor's appointment, she'd be late - he couldn't remember what, but something. Anything to get the drone version of his best friend away. But something sat in the back of his mind. Something he couldn't quite shake, and so he broke out in a run, hauling ass over to Souji's house. Yosuke checked the yard, looked in windows - anything to find a sign that what happened wasn't permanent. That his best friend would be back in a few days, same as ever]

[There was nothing to find]

[He's not sure what made him check up on everyone else, running from place to place if only to catch a glimpse of them, of some belonging. Probably the panic - blind panic in losing his best friend, his partner and their leader. He's not sure what he expects, but it's not any easier to find Kanji gone too. Even Adachi. Which brings us to the now]

[Yosuke is tired and breathless, sitting on the living room couch and looking like a mixture of stunned and lost. Approach?]

Phone - Afternoon - Filtered to Persona casts/Shana

Hey, guys... [He takes a few deep breaths, trying to keep himself under control]

We're down three. Adachi, Kanji... and Souji. You all doing okay?

Filtered to Nanako

[If there's one job he's not fit for it's this, but someone has to do it. But what the hell is he going to tell her? Dammit...]

Nanako? You there? It's Yosuke.

Filtered to Ruri

... can you come over when you get the chance? I could use a hug.

Open/Filtered from Drones

[By now he sounds absolutely exhausted. It's been an emotionally draining day and it's the hardest thing he's ever had to do to even try and keep it together]

Just a heads up for everyone who knew Souji. He's not here anymore. So you're not surprised when you see him.

Track 10 - Canned Heat

Action - 947 Beulah - Afternoon - Closed

[When he woke up and heard the news, Yosuke thought he might cry. No more milk. No more razor blades or mood swings or delusions or paranoia or anything. Just a normal day in hell - and dammit, he'd take it. What's more, he'd succeeded. He'd kept his friends safe for those four days of hell. He'd even met some new people and been almost productive. What's more, thanks to Elizabeth, he'd managed to get himself back on track. He'd stopped obsessing over what he could and couldn't do without his Persona, and re-focused on what he could do himself. Why he was doing it. Who was in control. Since day one in Mayfield, he'd never been more at peace with not having his Persona. So what if he was limited? He could still help. He could protect. He could be awesome and there wasn't a damn thing the town could do to stop him]

[As a reward, he decided to stay inside today. Screw work, screw errands and chores and everything else. Today was his and they could all suck it.]

Action - 947 Beulah - Late Afternoon - Open

[He's a bit surprised to check the mail and find a package at the door - with his name on it. This... this is familiar. He's been through this before. With a shaking hand, he tears it open, wondering what he could be getting in such a small box. He's already got his music gear back, he's got his knives, what else is there?]

[A card]

[With a picture he knows oh so well]

[His breath catches in his throat as he grips the card tightly before slipping it into his pocket. Does... does this mean...?]

[Well, only one way to find out. Closing his eyes, he steadies his breathing and focuses, looking inward for the power that resides there. A hand reflexively digs into his pocket, pulling out a dagger as a card begins to materialize in the air above him. In a swift motion he crouches down, leaping into the air and spinning as he slices through the card with ease, his voice ringing out.]

[And there above him is his persona, in all it's glory - and with a violent burst of wind, the mailbox is torn to shreds. Oops. Not that Yosuke cares - his face is positively glowing. He's got it back, and nothing can change that. Just ignore the guy partying on his front porch over seemingly nothing.]

Phone - Evening - Filtered to Persona Casts and Shana

[He wasn't sure if he should make a big deal of it... but they deserve to know]

So, I got a pretty nice package in the mail today.

Filtered to Elizabeth

... thank you. For everything. I really needed that talk the other day.

Track 08 - I'll Be There

[PHONE - AFTERNOON - Filtered to: Persona casts (all), Ruri, Shana, SHIKI, Gilgamesh, Lancer, anyone I forgot that he has a moderate amount of CR with]

Hey guys, it's Yosuke. I just thought I'd check in, see how everyone's doing. I know it's been sort of rough lately, so...


[He's been coming here a lot lately. It really isn't a bad place to spend time. The park is usually nice and peaceful, and it gives him plenty of time to think. To reflect on his time there, to figure out what he wants, to try and piece together what bits he's learned about the town. Really, he can think about whatever strikes him that particular day.

Today it seems the focus is on himself - him, and the choices he's made recently and not so recently. Decisions he's made, decisions he hasn't made. Time he's spent waiting. Other people he's heard about. Is he really doing what's best? If he has to be stuck in this town, doesn't he deserve to be as happy as he can be? Is he doing what he can to that end? Is the road he's on the right one - hell, is it even going anywhere?

Too bad there are no easy answers.]

Track 07: Dirty Little Secret


[It didn't take long for Yosuke to notice something horribly wrong earlier in the week. Rin was acting weird, the entire town was making unbelievable phone calls, and though people weren't dying as far as he knew, the town was messing with everyone again. Uneasy at both the prospect of hearing everyone else's business and revealing his own, Yosuke took a different path and buried himself in his work. The record store was usually slow, and thankfully whatever was affecting the town had yet to hit him full force.

In a lot of ways it was like his first month in Inaba. Next to no one to talk to for one reason or another, and no choice but to bury himself in his music and work. Still, as lonely as his strategy was, it seemed to be working. He'd avoided nearly everyone and everything successfully, and he felt vaguely proud of himself. With any luck, he might be home free soon.

He certainly felt different as he went into work on the weekend. Probably just a side effect of the isolation, right? What could possibly go wrong now? He'd be fine. He was sure of it.]

Track 06 - Gonna Fly Now

ACTION: The Park - Open

[It's a nice day in the park - the sun shining down, a breeze blowing through - it's the perfect day for Yosuke to work the stress out with a good friend. The entire park is his training area - trees to climb, benches to jump over and off of, and a thousand and one ways to test his speed and agility. Though there's no enemy to fight and no goal to reach, it feels good just doing something.

Sometimes they're working together, sometimes apart, but the two best certainly seem in synch as they get their exercise on all over the park. Aww yeah.]

(( OOC: For this, please specify if you'd like to tag Yosuke, Souji, or both together, as they're there working out in tandem ))

Track 05: Small Town


[As Yosuke's settled himself into Mayfield, he finds one question gnawing at the back of his head.

Is this place really that bad?

Sure, there's the dronings and the weird things that happen, but day to day everybody's able to go about their lives - maybe even find things to do that make them happy. They bring bits and pieces from home and make connections with other people. They can even meet people they never would have at home. Does the good the people make in this town outweigh the bad the town tries to bring them down with?

He's curious. Also, it's a great excuse to take a day off and wander around the town, so that's exactly what he does - he sets out and walks, with no destination in mind]

(( OOC NOTE: He's literally just walking around town today, meeting people, talking to people, whatever. In your reply just note where they're meeting; the park, a store, outside someone's house. It doesn't matter where, just give me a heads up. Thanks! <3 ))

Track 04: Nobody Told Me

ACTION: The Record Store - Morning/Afternoon - Open

[All things considered, Yosuke is enjoying his new job at the record store, familiarizing himself with the music and keeping the records spinning. If you're in the market for some music, come on in and shop!]

ACTION: John Doe Park - Evening - Open

[Yosuke is sitting on a park bench, headphones on as he looks at the ground, despondant. He'd been wondering why he hadn't heard from Chie lately and wanted to make sure she was going to his (late) Birthday Party, so he'd gone after work in search of her.

He hadn't been prepared to see his friend all dressed up and flirting with the drone boys. No training, no kung fu, no arguing - done through and through.

He's not sure how to cope with that. He doesn't even know how long she's been this way. So he's simply sitting there, drowning his sorrows in the music and trying to cope with everything.]