Korah slapped Joshua's hand, and gave him a glare. "D-dont touch me!"
Joshua smirked and looked at her. What shone in that violet gaze, she wondered. He looked....softly at her.
"I don't need your sympathy." Korah spat, looking away. "I don't need you looking at me like that. Especially since you lied to me!"
"Lied to you? How?"
"You said you could help me get my memories back, and I didn't remember a thing. Nor did I get my other things." Korah retorted, annoyed by his calm. "You LIED, and I hate you for that!"
For the first time, since Neku had known Joshua, he saw him get mad. The calm, teasing look in his eye changed to a coldness that was undescribable. "WHAT IS WRONG WITH Y-!" Joshua stopped midsentence. Joshua turned to Neku. "Neku, call Beat, and tell him that were on our way to the cafe."
Neku understood that his friend wished to be alone with her, so he whipped out his phone and dialed Beat, stepping away.
"There," Joshua said. "He's talking to Beat, so it'll take a while." He looked back at Korah. "Do you know what happened to you when you were inside the river? You turned into a puppet! And I don't think you have the red skull pin either."
"Yeah, maybe I did." She yelled back. "But maybe its because of YOU!"
"Why wod I hurt an old, dear friend of mine?"
"I dunno, ask yourself!"
"I'm back." Said Neku. With a hopeful look, he looked at Joshua, whom shook his head. Korah shook hers too, but at Joshua.
"I'm sick of you, Joshua!" She snarled. But as she ran, she toppled over Neku. She fell on top of him on the concrete. Joshua ran to her side and helped her up. "Are you-?"
"IM FINE!" She snatched her hand away and ran.
Joshua growled. Why was she always doing this to him? He turned to Neku. "Go to the cafe, I will meet you in about 7 or 10 minutes." Neku nodded, running in that direction.
Korah sat sadly on the stairs at Udagawa, her only safe place. Joshua had flown so he was right behind her now. "You know," his voice startled her, "we used to come here all the time. Perhaps thats why you always come here, too?"
Korah was thinking, so at first, she didn't speak. She stood, and faced him, her eye calm. "If what you say is true, and you truly were my friend before, then....then how could I believe you? Its just one man telling me these things...."
Joshua smiled. He stepped closer. "I'm telling you, you're different, Korah."
"There's a fine difference between different an' bein' a freak." She glared up at him. "Imma freak."
"No, you're not!" Joshua got mad again and grabbed her shoulders. "You used to be an amazing friend!"
"Don't you think I WANT to remember? To have my old life back? To actually HAVE friends?" Her pupil grew tiny. "People LIKE Shiki and Rhyme! I envy them every day!"
Joshua looked away for a second, then returned his gaze to hers. "You will never be like them, because you are different. No one in Shibuya is like you, and thats fine. That should be fine for you. You survived my game without a partner, with my help and pulling strings, of course. But its the thought that counts." His gaze darkened. "The world doesn't end with you....it BEGINS with you. It NEEDS you." He turned away to stare at the graffiti.
Korah slowly, but smoothly,pulled out her pistol.