Anime: The Novel!
2.5: The Masquerade
It feels great
to sit in a room entirely full of people decked in the best costumes at
Tales of Anime, but it also makes you feel sub-par. After all, we had no
real music, no skit, and were barely able to track down the rest of our
team – and we were the opening act!! *shudder* We had two Vergils
(including myself), two Dantes, one Nero, and one Trish. I figured
we’d just walk on, strike some poses, and walk off, but Trish had
other ideas. She proposed she come on stage, and we all come running
after her crying “Mommy!” and group hug her.
I felt this was
not only physically impractical (5 people on 1?), but also irrational
(where did the Dante/Vergil doubles come from?) and aesthetically
unappealing to me (not a big fan of Dante x Trish). Since Vasher had the
sword Force Edge, I briefly entertained the possibility of positioning
it in the center and both of us rolling onstage to grab for it ala DMC3
Mission 20. But who am I kidding? I could barely move in this costume!
So instead, I suggested Trish indeed come on first, and the other Vergil
and Dante indeed fight over her, but Vasher and I come on later. We
would take one look at the spectacle, shake our heads and say, “We
don’t need her!” Then we would drop our respective weapons, I would
exclaim, “Dante!” and Vasher echo, “Vergil!” and we would hug!
We all decided
Nero should come on last. Trish would look him up and down and ask,
“Where’s your black leather?!” And, unlike the rest of us, he had
none, so Trish would tell him he’s adopted, and he would sulk. Huzzah!
Not bad for ten minutes of planning. I got to borrow Vasher’s Force
Edge for the skit and she kept her gun.
When the time
came, we were all herded backstage and quietly awaited our cue. We
couldn’t see the introductions from our position, but we could see
that Dan and Reuben were sitting in the front row. Yay! I get to
embarrass myself in front of Dan and Reuben! How exciting!! Trish came
on first, and the rest of us soon followed. There were stairs leading up
to the stage o.o;;... don’t trip on the coat... don’t trip on the coat... don’t trip on