As Internal Horizons by Process was finishing up, DJ Pokki began to sense that the energy in the crowd was getting pretty high. Hmm, that's not right. I should bring it down a bit. Pokki made a quick alteration to his set to adapt to the slight miscalculation and flipped through his collection to see the single for Evoke by Wumpscut, which he had just bought. That oughta do it, he thought, and dropped it on the set.

Across the room, he noticed Miho talking to the freak that had shot the place up not a week ago. What's that creep doing here?

Had Pokki been close enough to hear the conversation, he would know that the "creep" was certainly not sitting.

"Have it your way," Miho conceded. Then her tone switched from teasing to concerned. "You don't seem to be taking the events of this afternoon very well. Do you feel like talking to someone about it?"

"Sinze when d'you give a fuhg about about peoplesh emotions?" Came Largo's acerbic response. He picked up the bottle of Balmenach roughly and popped the cork out with his thumb.

Miho shifted her weight uneasily, but disguised the gesture with a facade of getting settled in her barstool. "Have a drink Largo, and let's talk. Without the pretenses."

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I'll wait for you
To make it true.
I take it bones away
Here on your last day.

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Largo poured himself a shot, all while glaring at Miho, and downed it. He winced somewhat at the burning sensation. Beer was so much easier to drink than whiskey when it came to large quantities. He poured himself another shot.

"So what did she say to you? It must have been bad, putting you in this state."

Largo's eyes flashed at Miho.

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And evoke, evoke
Here in the darkness
Evoke, evoke
Here in the darkness
Evoke

When I get evoked
Here in the darkness
Here in the darkness
Here in the darkness
Evoke, evoke

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Anger

"What! You thing youhan comineer and tell me whadda think!? Yer jes tryin' sedushe me inta bein' a partayer horde!

Through the outburst, Miho studied the beer can in her hands.

Miho placed the beer can on the counter. "I'm sorry, Largo. I shouldn't have been so blunt. Rejection can be difficult sometimes.... I had forgotten that." With that, Miho fell silent.

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And evoke, evoke
Here in the darkness
Evoke, evoke
Here in the darkness
Evoke

When I get evoked
Here in the darkness
Here in the darkness
Here in the darkness
Evoke, evoke

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Memories

Game Over. Warm tingling down the cheek. The heartache. No. Not Heartache. Pain. Searing Pain.

Black.

Miho snapped back to the moment. Largo's sharp glare had dulled, although Miho still detected hostility in Largo's expression. Miho noted that the bottle of whiskey was two thirds full now.

Miho tried a different tactic. "Are you enjoying the music, Largo?"

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Innoncence like a lamb for me
You can feel the danger.
You can see.

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Largo listened to the music for a few seconds. He actually liked the music. But he wasn't about to let that out. She'd have to do better than that if she wanted to win this game. "Zombie propaganda." He narrowed his eyes at the crowd and muttered, "Zombies..."

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And evoke, evoke
Here in the darkness
Evoke, evoke
Here in the darkness
Evoke

When I get evoked
Here in the darkness
Here in the darkness
Here in the darkness
Evoke, evoke

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Memories

"Do not trouble your wee little brain about the dead. Not one of these folk were alive when we arrived."

She doesn't understand. We must avoid further danger. They might be coming back.

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Here in the darkness
Here in the darkness
Here in the darkness
Evoke

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Suspicion

Largo turned back to Miho and resumed his glaring. "I won' ledyou do t'me what you done to those poor shouls."

Miho grimaced. "Largo, I'm not playing games with you right now. I want to help you."

Largo examined Miho for a few moments, trying to detect the lie. But she wasn't lying. She wanted this. He took another shot.

But he didn't want to talk to her about this.

When Largo looked away from Miho, she could tell that she was getting through to him. She made a move towards him. "Largo, I..."

"Gettawayfrome!" said Largo, startled by the sudden motion. He jerked back and lost his balance. Somehow he managed to fall to the floor while keeping the whiskey from spilling. As he got back up, he muttered, "Whattarya, tryin' ta kill me?" He looked back at her and hardened himself against her wiles. "Whattam I talkin' 'bout? Course yer tryin' ta kill me." He took a swig straight from the bottle.

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I'll wait for you
To make it true.
I take it bones away
Here on your last day.

Here on you last day

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Miho's watched as Largo inclined the bottle, and his Adam's apple bounced up and down. Her patience held strong. When the bottle was finished, she said, "Well, Largo, you've stood and fallen. Now will you sit?"

Largo contemplated the bar stool for a few moments. Finally, he flopped into the seat, crossed his arms on the bar, and rested his chin on his arms' apex.

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I'll wait for you
To make it true.
I take it bones away
Here on your last day.

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Miho smiled. "That's much better. So are you ready to talk about your day? I can be helpful when it comes to woman troubles."

Largo cast a wry sidelong glance in Miho's direction. He wasn't playing the game anymore, but he couldn't help one last jab. "What would you know about women?"

Miho stopped herself from giggling and shook her head. "Largo, Largo, Largo... In case you hadn't noticed, I am a woman."

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And evoke, evoke
Here in the darkness
Evoke, evoke
Here in the darkness
Evoke

When I get evoked
Here in the darkness
Here in the darkness
Here in the darkness
Evoke, evoke

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Resolution

As Waltah came by to pick up the beer can, Miho motioned to him and said, "<Waltah, bring another bottle. Your choice.>"

"<Of course, Miss.>"

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And evoke, evoke
Here in the darkness
Evoke, evoke
Here in the darkness
Evoke

When I get evoked
Here in the darkness
Here in the darkness
Here in the darkness
Evoke, evoke

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DJ Pokki watched the events with detached bemusement. When he noticed Miho relaxing finally, he stopped paying attention. Don't worry too much, Pokki. Miho can handle herself.

As the final chorus ended, DJ Pokki brought Hotaka on over the last bars of Evoke. If nothing else can be said of Wumpscut, he thought impishly, let it be said that they know how to make a track mixable.

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