The event horizon of the black hole. Logically, nothing should be capable of entering this space, yet those outside looking in would not see the void of absolute black, but rather a tremendous sphere of red data encircling it entirely. At this point, the one thing in the universe that's impossible to escape is now impossible to enter, as any being attempting to do so finds themselves attempting to step into a reality where their own physics cannot work, and their own power is lost.
At this void, where the pull should be irresistible for anything to escape from, there had been a being who sat outside of it. One who resisted its sway and its owner's detection while simply peering inside. That view inside would be obscured from this angle at the very least by what had unveiled itself, and this one couldn't help but scoff internally. The one person they told this cosmic entity to be wary of was the very same that still got the upper hand on him. Still, he would not hold that against Sirius. It was hard to not be caught unawares by Gate's machinations at least once in your lifetime. And the one who teetered this void had been the streak from earlier at the Undernet that had gone unnoticed and undetected yet again. And as he hovered in place, he couldn't help but bemuse the "reality" of the situation now.
"Truly I find myself faced with differing realities all too often. My curse and my blessing."
Glint stayed his hand, not acting out against what would obviously peer back at him. It made sense to strike while Sirius was otherwise preoccupied, and it was the crux of Burai's entire strategy to begin with. But even still Glint took no action against the spherical unknown, instead striking up a conversation with it instead.
"You seem to have this in hand, but I will still ask all the same. Do you have this under control?"
The field makes no changes in its operation, and makes no response to Glint. But all the same, he can feel... surprise? At this distance, it's as though he's quite literally feeling the being's emotions for himself, and he strangely experiences no malice coming from it.
3: Oh, hello. I didn't expect you to talk to me.
The being pauses for a moment, gathering its thoughts for a moment.
3: I think so, but this is my first time actually doing something myself like this, and Sirius is extremely powerful. I calculate a 90% success rate right now, but could you please stay here just in case? If I do fail, I don't want him to hurt the earth.
Being able to feel the being's emotions so directly was a new experience for him, especially with no malice at all to it. As was his name that he offered, he was born into something that was malicious by nature. But between them both, where they could operate on their own accord now that no one else was here to speak with them, he gave a nod back to the being. As he was willing to do exactly that when their goals ultimately aligned here.
"I can. I don't want him to hurt the earth as well."
And it was laid bare for where he stood in this moment as well. He was glad for this too, as Sirius was reaching the climax much sooner than the child emperor would have perceived. He had already made a poor enemy in just one of those he gathered, but several there he was poorly equip to deal with. It was always a matter of time before that end would come to pass and they would have to make certain the aftermath was contained.
"And while I don't mean to add any pressure to you, it would be best if you succeed. I was confident in my approach, but if I made an error while the earth would be fine, practically nothing else would be. Another was supposed to take care of that, but I'd rather not trust his indiscretion on what things he would allow to slip through the cracks."
The feeling coming from the orb was happiness at Glint's response, and possibly even reassurance of at least having a safety net.
3: Thank you, I will do my best. Now that we know that a black hole is capable of executing data, it's not going to be hard to install myself here. Sirius doesn't even seem to have any automated counter-measures to stop m-.
The voice comes to a sudden stop, with a feeling of mild shock accompanying the silence. It was obvious that it had said too much after basking in a moment of relief, but caught itself before continuing.
3: If you don't mind my asking; you mentioned bringing another to help, but did you plan to actually fight Sirius alone? I don't mean any disrespect, but I wouldn't have thought you'd have that much power after watching you fight with Vile. You must have a lot more power than you let on, if that's the case.
That certainly was the largest failing of his server here. Not only was the only counter-measure Sirius himself, the experience Sirius would even have in stopping someone who used their experience fully, even for the first time, would be difficult for him. It wasn't incapable of course, but for someone who liked to play with toys in flights of fancy, he was hardly the most experienced in his field by any stretch of the imagination. It could almost feel as if Glint offered up a smile on his face if he could portray one as it caught itself with relief and moved on. And the subject it moved on to was important as well, as it only made sense to call that into question. Why was he on his own here while the other wasn't anywhere nearby at all? He would provide it with the answer still.
"That's correct. The plan was for me to defeat him on my own. He may not be able to grasp his own upper limit, but he failed to realize the same did not apply for others looking upon him. And even with all of his power and attention devoted to me, he couldn't win against me. It was no disrespect to Vile, but I was more willing to take the damage than to show any further power on my part in our engagements thus far."
He had much more in his reserves than displayed, vastly more at that. Be it at the Maoh Network or against Vile, he didn't exercise that strength in either occasion. Whether there was a deeper reason behind it or not was difficult to say, but it was clear that he spoke with both confidence and certainty on the subject of dealing with Sirius. And while he didn't need to, he added one more piece to confirm the only reason why he would not have done so in the first place.
"The only cause for my inaction was my desire for others to be able to do the same in the event they ever needed to. Reassurance that this would never be a problem in the future."
The red field... laughs. Not a sinister cackle, but a legitimate laugh, unable to contain its amusement at Glint's words.
3: Oh wow, thank you so much for telling me, but I do have one question: can I please tell Vile?
The laughter calms down, but the calming feeling of amusement lingers.
3: He's been getting ready to fight you again. His plan is to use me as a trump card, but even more than last time, and I keep telling him that I don't know how to actually hurt you guys yet. If he hears this, he's going to go ballistic, and I have to see it for myself!
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This time the pause was on Glint's end. But in return, a laughter of his own came to life. He hadn't been able to do that in such a long time. So, so long at that. But this was certainly a good thing to be able to laugh about given what it was. Yes, he supposed that was something that he wouldn't mind considering to have happen.
"Yes, I don't mind if you fill him in for that reaction. He has quite the hurdle ahead of him. But you'll be there to keep him from going overboard."
It was a confrontation that was bound to happen again after all. And without doubt this one would be one of the best ways to help even those odds to some degree. Even if he still didn't know how to hurt them, he could use other means as he had been in order to at least help them get out of the situations they would find themselves in after they pushed the envelope against them. After all, a statement he made then still applied even now. Speaking of Vile going ballistic in the future...
"What do you plan to do with server after installing yourself in it?"
A sound that could only be a restrained squeal comes from the field, and another laugh.
3: Thank you! I'll be sure to record it to show you next time we meet!
A humming sound follows yet another laugh as the exuberance calms down a bit and the presence starts to gain more focus; in particular focusing on Glint's question.
3: Oh, the plan right now is to put it back to where it came from. Gate says it's not smart to keep it long-term, so really we're just trying to keep everyone safe. You seem to know a lot about Sirius, so let me ask; this looks to me like it's a stray part of Sagittarius A. Am I on the right track? I really want to make sure that it's put back where it belongs.
That certainly was going to be something to look forward to. With a hearty nod, he indeed would look forward to seeing the Undefeatable Hero of Villains come to terms with something that was not as close as he thought it would be with his trump card in hand.
"I'll be looking forward to it."
It was good that it came to this as well, as it meant that the other thing would come to light now. And something that could present a problem to this process if it was skimmed over and left in the dark now. And so of course he would bring it up instead of leave it hanging. It was imperative to not have that sort of mishap occur by accident due to passing it by accidentally.
"That is about in the right track. Don't be alarmed when you move to set it back, as you will notice some variances as you do. Those won't influence your process at taking care of this so long as you don't deviate from where this would naturally belong or investigate into those."
The presence is hesitant for a moment, unsure of how to respond to Glint's veiled warning, but continues regardless.
3: Well, you probably already know that investigating things is sort of one of my functions in a way. But you've been really kind today, so okay: I'll trust you. I can put it back where it lives, and I won't probe around.
The presence feels satisfied with this result; a fine compromise.
He was glad to see that it was willing to compromise. It was a warning meant to serve in their best interest right now. To focus on what was at hand. And it was because of that and because of unspoken thoughts that even though he had obtained the compromise, he would say something else now as well.
"Thank you. If you must do so anyway however, it will be fine if you investigate it after your work here is fully concluded, but not while you're in the middle of something like this. You'll understand when you see it."
It was difficult to explain directly with just words. But he knew that once anyone saw, they would understand why it would be more than a standard hindrance on the way to the planned goal. It would be what caused those ominous words to be exchanged between Gate and Sirius. Something that was certainly important, but not at this time. Something they should be keenly aware of, and always wondering. And something to be dreaded if one were able to become fully aware of what lied in its entirety.
Feeling amicable and happy to be getting along with one that should be an enemy, the presence responds in kind, obviously a bit caught up in the moment.
3: Okay, thank you. I really just want to make sure that today turns out good for everyone in the end, even you and your friends.
That statement leads into a sudden pique in the field's interest, and another question soon follows.
3: Oh, while we're talking about them: are any of your other friends nearby? I don't want to seem pushy, but I'd really like to meet a few others while I still can. If they'd be willing to just talk like you have been. Ms. Magnolia is the main one; she seems nice, but I think she may be a bit scary underneath that. I don't know why, but I also think that she may be really sad even deeper than that...
The voice trails off a bit as an empathetic worry gently radiates out from the ambiguous field.
It had its intentions in the right place, certainly so. In a way, he could see why Gate was one of the ones that one among their ranks was unwilling to accept. It had been a point of contention between two of their rank, as they had directly parallel views on the matter of the WWW as a whole. But it wasn't entirely off the mark with Magnolia at least. She certainly always appeared to be nice and quite the fun person to be around, but most everyone had something under their layers. She wasn't exactly an exception to that either.
"She certainly has a bit of a scary side to her, but not as much as the others. She can be here in a moment's notice. Magnolia?"
He had looked to the side when he spoke her name. He hadn't spoken to anything in particular, as there was clearly no one nearby or even remotely so. But it was brief and sure that another presence could be felt streaking across to the position, coming to a halt in the spot Glint just so happened to look to next. He could tell that she had been eager to be called, as she was already sporting a smirk when she arrived and stopped.
"What is it, Glint? Having second thoughts on fighting Sirius yourself? I can still do it on my own if you want me to. Otherwise I'm going to be stuck sitting around until--"
She had caught herself then, blinking once she realized he was actually outside of where she thought he was. Had they chosen to go with that tactic instead of the other one? Was it because they believed it might have compromised their member more than they wanted to so they elected to simply pump the gas instead of the brakes? Even then she could recognize this feeling too, looking over toward the field. Why was it here? ...Ah, so that was how it was.
"Oh, you're not alone. Hi there!"
She offered up a wave without missing a beat, even though it was pretty clear that the other side probably couldn't wave back.