Agnes honestly hadn't thought she'd come back here any time soon. And they've told her the cliche "I hope I won't see you back here" line before Agnes had left. Well, she wasn't back back, she was back to see Tomoe. Tomoe was the only kinda-friend Agnes had made during her time in the Islets, she had really not been in a good place back then, suicidal and shit. Agnes was pretty different now than when she left the Islets, but Agnes had kept in touch with Tomoe and now she was visiting face-to-face since the girl was going to get out soon.
Agnes was shown into the visiting area, she had never been there since no one had visited her during her time here. But it was nothing that special, a big room with lots of tables and chairs and some entertainment, and there were people here and there, talking to the prisoners. But Tomoe didn't seem to be here yet. Agnes found a table with two chairs and sat down, leaning back with a sigh and putting her feet up on the other chair. So she should just wait here til Tomoe came?
Fortunately for Agnes, she didn’t find herself waiting for too long. After a couple minutes, the door opened, and a guard walked inside, escorting another detainee into the visitor’s room. Tomoe had changed little in the months Agnes had been off the islets. She regarded the vampire with the same resting bitch face she regarded everyone she met, before silently sliding into the chair across from her. She rested one arm on the table, the nullification bracelet strapped to her arm, and rapidly tapped a finger against the tabletop, a small tick to let out some of the agitation she felt while locked up.
“You know I thought I’d be getting through this entire sentence without any visitors. You ruined my streak.” She said, sarcastically. Truthfully, there had been visitors in the initial years, cops trying to get an extra confession out of her, reporters wanting a scoop. But she didn’t have anyone waiting for her to get out on the other side, no one who vaguely cared enough to visit.
Like Agnes Tomoe didn't seem all too different, but at the same time Agnes did see some change. But she left it alone, and moved her legs out of the way so Tomoe could sit down on the chair she had been using as a leg rest. Agnes had a similar expression to Tomoe's, though Agnes had more like a resting bored face. Agnes was still leaning back casually as Tomoe sat down, and she gave the girl a chill nod.
"Why do you think I came here? Ruining shit is my thing."
Agnes answered just as sarcastically, and the corners of her mouth twitched a bit. This was already starting to feel familiar. After leaving the Islets Agnes hadn't really considered Tomoe to be her friend or anything, she had been in a too messed up state of mind. But now, after months, Agnes realized that it was probably thanks to Tomoe as well that she was still here.
"Less shitty, you mean."
Agnes corrected, and now she cracked a small smirk.
"Don't wanna slice my wrists open anymore, so that's progress. You could almost say I'm sane."
Agnes busted out that dark sense of humour, that Tomoe was really familiar of. Agnes didn't make that many dark jokes anymore, but what was few suicide mentions between old friends.
"And you look like you're ready to get out of here."
"Well well, Good to hear I don't need to watch your ass once I'm out. Save's me a lotta trouble."
Tomoe had been locked up for a couple of years when Anges first arrived. Seeing someone young, angry and alone like she was felt familiar, which is what lead to her keeping an eye on her in the first place.
It wasn't something she wanted to make a habit of, but in this case, it seemed to have been for the better.
"Apparently. As long as I stay out of trouble for a few more weeks I'll be out of here soon. So I've been on my best behaviour until then."
She gave the guard who escorted her inside a Look. The guard, pointedly, didn't acknowledge it.
"It's been a few years, guess things must have gotten worse in that time if you've already come crawling back here." She continued, flashing a snarky smirk to mirror Anges' own. "How's things been out there for you then?"
"I've got plenty of people that watch my ass, though I haven't kicked the ass of only few of them."
With that Agnes meant she had few friends, like Roa and Kadir and Bel. And thanks to them she was a lot better than before.
"Your best behaviour is way better than that of some people outside. I'm surprised this place isn't full."
And Agnes meant it. She had seen some suspicious shit out there, and compared to that Tomoe was basically a model citizen.
"Oh yeah, it's anarchy out there. Kill or be killed. Think Mad Max with necromancy."
Agnes joked and snickered a bit. But her face turned more serious, as she thought of a more proper answer.
"It's been...okay. It's weird to go to school at night, and there's still all sorts of shit going on, but it's way better than...before."
Tomoe would know what Agnes meant by "before". Tomoe was among the few people that knew that Agnes had been a bloodbag for vampires for two years. She had let it slip during a lapse one time, along with the rest of Agnes' past and traumas. Back then she had been ashamed of that slip of the tongue, but these days she thought it was a relief that someone knew.
Tomoe simply nodded, silently. She remembered Anges's past plenty well enough, nothing else needed to be said.
"Yeah, the island's always full of assholes." She was tempted to say I was raised by a bunch of them but she decided against it. She hadn't elaborated to anyone on the islets about her feelings on her now deceased family, even Agnes. She didn't want to bring the mood down now.
"Well, at least things are looking up for you. Hell, maybe once I'm out I'll show you some of the good places. You're 18 right? I know a few bars that are worth visiting, we'll hit the town once I'm out." She added with another smirk. She had no idea what she was going to do once she was out, but partying seemed like a decent plan until she figured out something else.
"Every place is full of assholes, but here assholes have superpowers."
Agnes pointed out with a huff. It was frustrating here, that you couldn't really stand up to an asshole because you didn't knw if they were a demon or a god or some other superpowered creature. When you were a human you could call out a dick and the worst thing they could have was a concealed knife.
"Yup, though that doesn't really matter, I've been hitting bars since 14."
Agnes wasn't exaggerating, she started partying and drinking at a really young age to distract herself from her shitty life. Thanks to that she had a pretty good alcohol tolerance though.
"But partying sounds good. Watching you prowl around drunk should be fun."
Agnes snickered a bit at that thought, she had always enjoyed watching drunk people than being drunk herself.
"Psh, you wish." She rolled her eyes, crossing her arms and shooting her a challenging gaze. "I'm an Oni. It takes a lot of shit to keep me drunk, all that experience of yours ain't gonna stop me from drinking you under the table."
She was only half joking when she said it, but Toko was never one to back down from a challenge, and while being locked up had gotten her to calm down, the prospect of a little competition like that was enough to get her blood pumping.
It wasn't a huge thing to look forward to, but at least it was something fun to think about, as opposed to...what, exactly? What else did she have to look forward to outside the islets? There weren't any other good things waiting for her out there.
"Tell me what else you've been up to." She eventually said, slouching in her seat. "You already know what my routine is like, shit hasn't changed much in here since you left. Whatever news you have is bound to be more interesting than my day-to-day."
Tomoe seemed excited at the prospect of a drinking competition, that was good at least. Agnes really didn't have confidence that she'd be able to beat her, since Agnes being a vampire didn't do much to her alcohol tolerance, but she played along and raised a brow at Tomoe's proclamation.
"Guess we just got to see when you get out."
She just said in a nonchalant tone, leaning back a bit in her chair in feigned confidence.
Agnes had experienced the same Tomoe was now, when she had been released. There was no one waiting for her, no one to miss her or welcome her. Agnes had just been tossed into foreign crowd and she had learned to tread on her own. So she wanted to be the one to welcome Tomoe, even if it was just her.
"Thrilling jail schedule not to your liking?"
Agnes said with a small smirk, but then proceeded to think about what she should tell Tomoe about her day to day life. There was Kadir, of course, and Roa and Bel and few other people she got along okay with. But probably better not rub Agnes' friendships to Tomoe's face now.
"Well, I got electric drums, and been wondering if I should join a band or something. Since playing alone is getting bit boring. Been mostly able to avoid drama, so there's really nothing that interesting going on. Though it's high school, so drama is kind of unavoidable..."