3057/Ripples

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Ripples
Date of Scene: 12 January 2018
Location: Earth Court Frat House
Synopsis: Kyouko has some information to share.
Cast of Characters: Kyouko Sakura, Mamoru Chiba, Naru Osaka, Kunzite


Kyouko Sakura has posed:
    Kyouko has called a Minor Meeting. A Minor Meeting is different from a Full Council Session because it's more like 'hey, I have something to share, whoever is around come listen to me' instead of 'OMFG BIG EMERGENCY, EVERYONE COME'. The implication, therefore, is that while she has something to share, it is not A Crisis.

    Not yet, anyway.

    She can therefore be found sitting on the couch in the ECFH, in jeans and t-shirt speaking of recent arrival from work, one socked foot up on the coffee table as she cradles a still-steaming cup of tea in her hand.
Mamoru Chiba has posed:
And the person who made the tea is puttering around in the kitchen, calmly working on not thinking. Mamoru's textbooks are on the dining room table, not open yet, and his shoes are by the door, and he's been distractedly but affectionately quiet since Kyouko's arrived.
Naru Osaka has posed:
The calling of a Minor Meeting was met with 'just a sec! I want to finish the green!' from Naru. There has been painting. There's even been painting not at her mother's place. There has been painting where /other people could see her work/.

It is still vaguely creepy, a lot of mirrors and mythological creatures, but so far, nothing that has required magical intervention. This feels like a step forward. Perhaps a half step.

Still, Naru didn't quite get all the green paint off her hands before she came upstairs, barefoot in leggings and a t-shirt, probably not entirely realized that there's a smidge of green paint on the hem of the t-shirt she's wearing. At least it's a random freebie t-shirt from some race or other, that basically breed in one's closet.

"Hey love." Naru moves over to drop a kiss upon a Kyouko before heading towards the kitchen in search of her own hot beverage. "Hey Endy."
Kunzite has posed:
Maybe Kazuo was listening for the elevator. He ghosts in a moment after Naru does, moving to wait by the kitchen rather than competing for the increasingly limited space inside it.
Kyouko Sakura has posed:
    Kyouko eyes Naru in a way that says the 'casual, slightly paint-smeared' look works for her, at least in Kyouko's opinion, returning the smooch before glancing over to notice that Kazuo has joined Mamoru in.. well, near the kitchen. Good enough. She half-turns on the couch, looking over towards the half-wall which separates the rooms.

    "So like.. not to get anyone all riled up or nothin'," She begins, still holding her tea. "Cuz I know we all got enough stuff to worry about. But.. well, somethin' got brought to my attention today that I figured I oughta share, since it might possibly eventually become a problem."

    She pauses briefly, then just says, "It seems like Grief Seeds and Cubes aren't working quite as well to purify Soul Gems as they are supposed to. Like.. it's taking more of them to achieve the same level of purification."
Mamoru Chiba has posed:
"Hey yourself," Mamoru says warmly, first pouring and then pressing a mug of tea into Naru's hands. Another's poured, this one for Kazuo, and he trails vaguely after Naru toward the kitchen's half-doorway and stops in it, leaning against the jamb as he offers it to his white-haired guardian.

Then he listens. And he frowns.

"Brought to your attention? You didn't notice it yourself?"
Naru Osaka has posed:
"Mmmm. Thank you." Naru accepts the tea in both hands, only then noticing the paint still on the back of her thumb and reaching to pick at it a moment. She's listening, it's clear by how she pauses at Kyouko's words.

Her attention shifts to Mamoru and then back to Kyouko, his question standing for her as well. "Have they done this before?" Naru adds, because heaven forfend she not have more questions to tuck in as well.
Kunzite has posed:
Kazuo accepts the teacup -- does not attempt to hold it in both hands. He makes certain the wall does not mysteriously collapse on Mamoru, and turns his attention to Kyouko.

His mouth tightens. Just a little. But he leaves the questions, for the moment, to Mamoru and Naru.
Kyouko Sakura has posed:
    Kyouko glances to Mamoru at his question, her lips quirking to the side in what might be a grimace. She shakes her head slightly, short red hair brushing her jaw. "Well, like.. I did? But.. ever since I've become Shitennou, my magic has been changing. A little. I mean, we knew that already, right? With the telepathy and other stuff. And when Ami analyzed me she saw Earth Court magic and stuff so.. like, I noticed it. But I just sorta thought it had to do with that? Like maybe Grief Seeds weren't working as well because I wasn't a normal Puella anymore."

    "But I ran into a girl I used to know today.. another Puella. Not from around here, and apparently just passing through, but I talked to her for a minute and she mentioned it.. said other Puella have noticed, too. That things aren't working quite right anymore." She shrugs her shoulders. "Not devestatingly so. Like.. maybe before it took four Grief Cubes to purify, and now it takes five. Or before you could get three good cleansings out of a Seed, and now you can only get two. Nobodys panicking yet that I can tell, but it seems like it's not just me, and it's not just imagination."

    She glances to Naru, and shrugs. "Not that I know of. I mean, I ain't an expert on Puella history, but not in my experience."
Kunzite has posed:
"Miki's seemed a little low a time or two in the last six or eight months," Kazuo notes quietly. "But that seemed likely to be Miki, rather than a change."
Mamoru Chiba has posed:
"Well..." starts Mamoru slowly, folding his arms as he leans there, "have you asked the white rat what it's about? Or has your sister? Because the only things I can think of is either he's fucking everyone over again, Agera's weird pet is fucking everyone over, or Hana Shiroi is fucking everyone over."
Naru Osaka has posed:
"What weird pet?" Naru asks as she sips from her tea and finishes moving towards the couch. "Oh wait.. the null rat? Right?" She mmms softly, thoughtfully as she curls up on the couch next to Kyouko. At least all the paint on her is dry.

"I haven't talked to Hana in ages." Naru comments almost absently. "I'm not sure.. that she would notice, but she might well be messing around with it."
Kyouko Sakura has posed:
    Kyouko shakes her head, looking mildly uncomfortable. "Kyubey doesn't really talk to me anymore. I think he's.. well, I think he thinks I'm like a bad ex-employee, or somethin'. I could probably hunt him down and try to wrangle something out of him, but he doesn't come to me anymore and he's not easy for me to find. As for Momo.. well, she doesn't hunt enough to need to purify often. It's probably effecting her too, but we hadn't noticed because I keep her supplied and she just doesn't use much magic so doesn't have to cleanse as much as most Puella."

    She glances over at Naru as the otehr girl sits down next to her, scootching over a bit to lean subtly without interrupting the conversation. "I dunno. I don't really have an explanation.. I just thought once I realized it was a global, or at least 'not just me' phenomenon, it was worth bringing up."
Mamoru Chiba has posed:
"Maybe Momo can ask Kyubey?" Mamoru suggests, then takes Kunzite's tea and sips it before handing it back. "Oh yeah, it's definitely worth bringing up, it's just... I'm just whistling in the dark." He glances at Naru. "You think she'd tell you if you asked her?"
Naru Osaka has posed:
"She might." Naru frowns a little, thoughtful still. "Although if she's in the midst of actively starting to take over the world, she might have decided I'm no longer an interesting conversationalist. I don't think she'll obliterate me on sight, but nto sure." She mmms softly. "Kyubey was desperate enough to talk to Kunzite and I directly not so long ago, I don't think he'll do that again anytime soon, however."
Kyouko Sakura has posed:
    "Frankly, I'd be happier if Momo didn't talk to Kyubey." Kyouko says, making a bit of a face. "She's got enough issues without needing to try and sort out the manipulative crap he might say to her. But if no other options pan out, then we can try it." She shrugs her shoulders slightly, then glances sidelong at Naru.

    "I also protest any plan which might involve you getting obliterated on sight." She says gently, prodding Naru in the side with a finger lightly. Then she glances back over towards Mamoru. "I do think somebody at least asking Kyubey about it is probably a good idea. I'll try to find him but I don't know if he'll talk to me."
Kunzite has posed:
"Possibly, after the drought, he's grown weary of being filled with holes by local Puella. Or possibly he has other things on his mind." Kazuo's frown is small but notable. After a moment it's directed at his teacup rather than midair. For some reason.
Mamoru Chiba has posed:
Cooties. Cooties is the reason.

Mamoru's arms are folded again after his thievery, and he nods at what both Naru and Kyouko say. "If I could find him, I'd ask him," he says quietly, "but right now I can't find North in the dark, nevermind a magical rat with flying saucer bunny ears that doesn't usually want to be found by the likes of me."
Naru Osaka has posed:
"He found us, last time." Naru points out with a squirm away from the poking, more for show than for actualy discomfort. "He's not exactly something you can just text to set up a meeting with. I don't know what the Kyubey bat signal is. I'd talk to him again, as well." She doesn't add that she'll talk to anyone. That is rather understood.

"So. If the cubes and the seeds are getting less effective, are there actually enough for everyone?" Naru asks, almost cautiously, as if voicing the question might be enough to make it reality.
Kyouko Sakura has posed:
    "So far." Kyouko says to Naru, with a shrug of her shoulders. "I mean, this ain't nearly as bad as the drought a couple summers ago. There's still plenty to go around they just don't go quite as far. As far as I know, though, nobody's panicking yet. But.." A faint sigh, as she sips her tea again. "If the problem gets worse then it might get to that point. I dunno if it will get worse. But knowing how these things work, I ain't gonna rule out the possibility."
Kunzite has posed:
Kazuo starts to say something -- catches himself, and rubs at his face with his free hand. Then takes a sip of his tea with a side of cooties. "This is madness. Puella are no longer directly subject to Kyubey's interference. Witches and Wraiths aren't directly subject to it either. This doesn't seem like a variable that should be possible to interfere with on a universal level, only on the individual. Which means that, if this effect is real, there's yet another thing we don't understand happening."
Naru Osaka has posed:
"Except.." Naru starts and then pauses, a soft mm as she rethinks what she was going to say and then nods slowly. "Sorry, I can only explain this in colours.. but it would be on a universal level if the nature of them were changing.. like.. they act upon the despair and grief.. on the blackness. But blackness isn't just one colour. It's a blend of many colours.. we'll leave off the additive colour model at the moment.. never mind." She pauses and then shakes her head a moment, reeling back from the tangent she started down. "But anyhow.. what if they had been just as effective at removing all the colours, but now they only remove say.. yellow and cyan, but leave magenta behind.. it wouldnt seem as effective."
Mamoru Chiba has posed:
Mamoru doesn't take Kazuo's tea again, because he's actually drinking it now so it won't get cold and go to waste. He listens to Naru, shoulders hunching up slightly under his button-down shirt, then lets his arms drop and pushes off the doorjamb. "Sounds reasonable," he says, then slips apologetically back into the kitchen to fuss with making himself some tea.
Kyouko Sakura has posed:
    "Well, I can't claim that I really understand any of this stuff, which is probably not a good thing considering I'm theo nly Puella in the room, but on the other hand, keeping us in the dark has sorta always been Kyubey's MO." Kyouko shugs her shoulders slightly. She eyes Naru at the complicated color metaphor. "Um.. it might be something like that."

    She sighs, standing. "Anyway, my job here is done for right now. I noticed a problem and I made sure people know about it. The whole 'theorycrafting' part of heroing ain't really my strong suit, so I'mma let you smarties do that while I go take a shower. I haven't had time since I got off work. I'll be back after. Text me if I need to stab anything, although the situation will have deteriorated a lot more rapidly than I expect if that happens in the next half-hour."

    She leans over to smooch Naru's cheek, then gets up, walking over to hug Kunzite one-armed. Then she swings by the kitchen to punch Mamoru in the arm lightly, and then its out the door towards the elevator.