"Take your bride's hand, Kuraki Tomoe." Suzuna said, her voice shaking slightly - the candles that lit the Ceremonial Shrine seemingly threatening to snuff themselves out and sink the whole wedding into darkness, from which the evil spirit Koyami could lash out from with her killing touch. They stood there - the entire AEGIS Far East Gatemaster unit, some of them wounded, others on their feet by will alone. And yet - they stood at attention, perfectly and precisely - knowing full well that if the ceremony was conducted as properly as it should be, they would all be granted a way out of this nightmare that Kizuna herself locked her soul in just so it could not take over the outside world.
And Tomoe - clad in her past self's hitokiri garb, a white obi with a black hakama - stood beside Kizuna, her best friend, her roomate, her comrade.
And soon to be wife.
Slowly, she reached out with one gauntleted hand - and gently took Kizuna's own, their fingers twining together in a tight, almost relishing clasp - as if afraid a grip weaker than death's would make the ceremony fail altogether. Both were tired, wounded, and desperately want to get home - but Tomoe felt herself smiling despite the pain as she beheld Kizuna, dressed in her silky ceremonial robe - although torn in some places, it still held the regal beauty it had when it was still intact.
"Kuraki Tomoe, Yamamoto Kizuna - each from a clan worthy of respect, of untainted honor. You present yourselves today - to this Shrine, and to each other, in the promise of forever staying by each other's side in matrimony, to live a life where only with each other can you be whole, can you be complete." Suzuna read from the scroll she held out in front of her, biting her lips at the last sentence. Nodding at the couple, she continued. "Do you vow?"
"I do." Kizuna whispered, to the extent of her ability inside the cursed realm - in any other plane, she was mute - incapable of speaking even one word. Tomoe gave Kizuna's hand a reassuring squeeze, and looked into her eyes.
"I do." She said, her voice clear.
"You have vowed in front of this Shrine, and to each other. Take care not to break this sacred oath - for disaster shall strike if you do." Suzuna winked at Tomoe, grinning. "You may now claim your bride as your own, bridegroom."
With that, Tomoe turned to Kizuna - closing the distance between them with one step and leaning down to her, as Kizuna herself closed her eyes and readied herself for the kiss of claiming, one that would forever bind her to Tomoe and Tomoe alone.
"Zenbu wa ore no," Tomoe whispered, just as her lips closed over Kizuna's.
"Mine.." Tomoe mumbled in her sleep, her long ebony hair untied and spilled all over the bed in smooth, black waves. Clad only in her breast bindings and pants - the girl stirred restlessly, hands seemingly moving at their own accord, searching for something that used to be on the bed. Something - or someone.
"Mine..?" She echoed once more, one glowing crimson eye opening slightly - then both eyes widened as they beheld no Kizuna, who was supposed to be snuggled up to her like a kitten would, warming both their bodies in the close contact. Elbowing herself up into a sitting position slowly - Tomoe yawned, scratching her head as she looked around the room.
"The hell?" She half-yawned, half-mumbled. "Where's Kizuna...?"
Swinging her legs off the bed, Tomoe rubbed both eyes - blinking them once, twice, to get the sleep out of her head as she got onto her feet, albeit a little shakily. One hand reaching out for the curtains, she drew them to the side - squinting at the VERY early morning light.
It's not even time for breakfast yet. Tomoe frowned. I'm willing to bet she's not even in the same building...where could she be?
A small note, prepped up on her dresser told her everything.
Training with Suzuna-neechan. Tategami Gym. <3
Tomoe broke out into a full-out - albeit a drowsily-paced - sprint, as her fingers fumbled clumsily with her Tategami High Blazer. She'd immediately went into action, taking a quick shower and brushing her teeth as fast as she can - haphazardly throwing on her school clothes as she did so. Since it was a weekend, it didn't really matter if she got to school a bit disheveled-looking - but as she was registered in AEGIS as a MALE, she needed to keep up appearances no matter what.
She decided to forgo braiding her hair into that tight, painful pigtail - the memory of such torture each and every day making her shudder. Instead, she decided to let it as it is - flowing behind her back, reaching down to her waist. A few quick runs with a comb straightened out any visible bedhair traces - and she was off.
Quickly accessing Tategami via a secret entrance near the post box - Tomoe took the quickest route to the gym, aiming to burst through the doors and catch Suzuna and Kizuna in the act. Unfortunately, she wasn't as awake as she thought she was, and slammed face-first into the LOCKED side of the gym doors instead of bumping the unlocked side of the doors open.
Rubbing her reddening forehead, cursing fluently - Tomoe lashed out with a kick, denting the offensive door. Reaching out with one hand, she threw the other door open - and blinked as she saw an empty Gymnasium.
Realizing that she'd come first, Tomoe entered - discreetly locking the doors once more behind her, and taking a quick walk to the center of the gym, turning to face the doors as she waited. Quickly enough, she heard the doors unlocked by a key - and grinned, rather nastily, at the two girls who entered.
"Ohayo gozaimasu, Suzuna-chan, Kizuna-chan."