Black eyes clenched shut as the sharp object drew ever closer, threatening to end her life here and now. When she imagined dying, she hadn't thought it would be like this. She had hoped she would get the chance to grow old with the man she loved, and hopefully have children along the way. It would be a peaceful death, one that would involve no pain or suffering. Just slipping away into darkness without a second thought. With no regrets or transgressions to fret over. Right now, at this moment, the young woman felt so incomplete. Like there was still many things she had left to do. And to top it all off, she wasn't even in her own body! She was a stupid, fuzzy pin-cushion! How could she die here, like this, to a demonic creature that took on the form of her lover?! It was all just too much to handle!
Just as she had expected to feel the killing blow, the weight that had been crushing her was suddenly lifted, allowing her to take the first deep breath in what seemed like forever. Dark hues snapped open, observing their surroundings with caution. The shadowy Theo was now locked in battle with what looked to be Amagiri. After seeing her lover impersonated so perfectly, it was truly hard to believe that this really was her mentee that had come to save the day. But then again, why would one of the spirits that inhabited this cursed place come to her aid in the first place? Surely, it would have just killed her... Right? Or... Perhaps it was all just a guise to make her believe that it was him. Yes, that seemed to be the most logical reasoning behind this. Scrambling to her feet, the little pink panda prepared herself, muscles taut in case there was a need to pounce. That changed not a moment later, though, when a sudden burst of lightning shattered through the ceiling, creating a blinding flash of light and a startling noise. "Nngh!" Rin grumbled, stumbling backwards as if stunned by the attack that wasn't even meant for her.
As her eyes opened once more, they widened in shock at what she saw. Blood was spattered against the walls and the ceiling, and some had even managed to make it's way into her fur. If this weren't such a tense moment, she was sure that she would have lost the contents of her stomach. The sight was a gruesome one, that was for sure. Something she wasn't quite prepared to see. The fact that such brutality had come from her mentee made it all the more frightening. Amagiri was usually a very peaceful soul, choosing to speak gently and calmly about issues before handling them in a harsh manor. Although it would be difficult to do so in such a trying situation, he would have found a way. For some reason, this managed to convince the pink haired mage even more that this wasn't the man she called her friend. Eyes filling with tears once more, Rin glared at the being that stood menacingly before her. This wasn't Amagiri, but for some reason, the idea of hurting something that even just looked like him tore at her heart-strings.
Instead of standing and fighting, the little creature flipped around, deciding that fleeing would be a much better solution to this situation. Perhaps she could run fast enough that it would lose her. Picking up speed, the panda weaved through the intricate maze of a mansion, turning down random corridors without taking a moment to look back or even think about where she was headed. The only thing that mattered right now was getting away. Getting away from all of this madness. The voices that seemed to scream and cry at every turn. The looming threat of having to harm something that looked so similar to her companion. And probably worst of all, the fact that she might die in a horrible place such as this. Why did this have to happen? Why did this fucking mansion never end? There were no exits... No hope of ever being rescued. Only the madness that seemed to reign over this domain like a twisted mistress.
Rin had been about to lose all hope. Her stamina was quickly depleting. There wasn't much time left now before she would be unable to go on. Fortunately, though, there had been a change in scenery. The pitter patter of tiny paws came to a halt when they reached the end of that final hallway. A heavy sigh ejected from the little panda's lips as she stared in awe at what was before her now. It was the entrance hall in which the two mages had stood not long before. A spark of hope was set alight within the small woman's soul. Perhaps she would be able to escape now!
She had to find Amagiri first! It would be wrong to leave this place without him!
But... It would be wrong not to just... Check to see if the exit was open. Yes, she had to check!
Running forwards, the little creature made a break for the door, a thirst for escape swirling within her irises. But alas, that would be simply too easy, now wouldn't it? A looming figure stood in her path, blocking her vision and causing her to come to a skidding halt. It was too good to be true, after all. The being cloaked in a heavy veil of smoke, masking any features it may or may not have had. The only thing that could be seen was one, misty looking hand. It almost seemed to be beckoning to her, whispering in her ear sweetly in a language she both could and couldn't understand.
"Venit in tenebris latere, parvulus."
Almost immediately after these few words were spoken, an intense pain began to shatter through Rin's skull, tearing an ear piercing scream from the woman's throat. There were so many voices in her head. They wouldn't stop speaking. Yelling. Screaming. Crying out.
And then it was silent once more.
"Oh, my dear Rin. I wish you wouldn't hide me so. I've done nothing but help you throughout our journey together."
Rin knew that voice all too well. It was her own, after all. But the twisted tone was anything but pleasant. Why was it that Zulu was here now? The side of herself that she attempted to hide so well had shown itself, battling within her head for control.
"Just let me handle this, my dear! Then it will all be over! We can get out of here and return home to loverboy! You could use a good lay after all of this, am I right?"
The voice only seemed to get louder and more shrill as it spoke, causing Rin to clasp her paws against the sides of her face. Tears streamed rhythmically down her cheeks, staining the peachy colored fur that they traveled through. She had had enough. Her mind and body were too weak to resist any longer. It was time to give in now. Give in to the beast that lived within her own heart.
Eyes that had once been black now revealed themselves to be a bright, menacing red. A sickening smirk plastered itself against the panda's face, showing off sharp, white teeth. The creature that had once been Rin now turned, facing the hallway from which she came once more. Now wasn't the time to run like a coward. If she wanted to survive, she would need to stand and fight, no matter who or what she was fighting against. The killing machine that hid within Rin's small, fragile frame wasn't one to back down from something like this. She hadn't once before, and she wasn't about to now.
"Alright then... Let's get this show on the road, shall we?"
Rin was gone now, and Zulu was here to stay.