All You Need Is Loooooove (and good coffee and pastries because yum)

Usagi runs into Sayaka at the cafe the day after getting Mamoru back. Her recently rediscovered happiness and optimism is perhaps...contagious? (And Usagi valiantly refrains from huehuehueing!)

Date: 2016-02-17
Pose Count: 16
Sayaka Miki 2016-02-17 03:01:51 29352
    It's been a long day for Sayaka Miki - make that long few weeks. Ever since she discovered her true fate was to become a witch, and before that, that her soul was contained in her soulgem, making her nothing more than an empty shell - effectively, a zombie - the young Puella has been working long and hard to eliminate each and every witch that walked in Mitakihara city.

    Her singular mission had forced her to skip school in order to track down witches day and night, excluding people she cared about from her life, and leaving her positively exhausted. Finally, having taken the time to rest for a moment or two, she had stumbled into a quaint little coffee shop, starving for something to eat, and a cup of hot chocolate.

    Which finds her sitting in a table in the corner, staring out the window with an exhausted, blank look on her face. As usual, her soulgem is looking pretty dark, even if it is currently hidden in her ring.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-02-17 03:06:28 29353
So apparently, mystical kingdoms just outside reality doesn't have cell reception. Like, at all.

So, while getting Supplies, both from Mamoru's apartment and otherwise, she's been answering and sending texts.

When she walks into the cafe, she's on the phone with her mother.

"I know, I'm sorry. I just...I'm coming down with what Ami-chan has. Nausea, achy, all that stuff." She listens for a moment before her eyes widen and her cheeks turn red. "What? No!" She hisses into the phone. "Mama, I'm not pregnant!"

Another awkward minute of spluttering, reassuring, and dying of embarrassment were she stood. Finally, she nearly screeches. "Could you just call the school and let them know I won't be in for a few days? Maybe for the weekend? And Naru-chan can pick up my homework!" Or someone.

If anyone.

Heh heh heh.

She makes her order, a froofroo drink for herself and a coffee for when she's done. With both her drink and a yummy pastry!

Order received, she turns to look for a table and spots...Sayaka!

"Without even asking, Usagi just plops in the chair across from the sullen girl.

"Have you heard from Kyou-kun? Is she better after last night?"

Mmmm, cheesecake filling...
Sayaka Miki 2016-02-17 03:13:56 29355
    Sayaka continues to stare out the window looking exhausted, and not really noticing that her hot chocolate is cooling down rapidly. She hadn't bought anything to eat, although her stomach constantly rumbles..Clearly she hasn't been taking good care of herself in a while.

    When the blonde Odango girl invites herself to Sayaka's table, she turns away from the window to stare at her blankly, quizzically for a few moments, trying to place her. "Who...?"

    But, those odango are unforgettable, and while Sayaka's only met Usagi briefly a total of two times if even that, she cannot forget those odango!

    "Oh..Usagi-san, wasn't it? You're...Kyouko-chan's friend?" A soft frown mars her features, wondering why this girl has to ask such questions of her. Hasnt' Kyou-chan told her that she's not seenig her anymore? But..Perhaps not. What's more worrying, is when Usagi asks if she's 'better after last night!'

    That makes Sayaka sit up straight in her seat, staring concernedly at Usagi. "What? What happened 'last night?'" she sighs, shaking her head slowly, "No, I havent' seen her since....Since I drove her away.." Sayaka looks away, almost feeling ashamed as Usagi asks her such difficult questions.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-02-17 03:24:45 29358
She cuts her pastry in half before sliding the unbitten side toward the other girl, setting her bit on a napkin. It's almost done without thought, but she recognizes a growly tummy when she heard it. "Ah yes. Kyou-kun told me about that."

She tilts her head up and looks at the ceiling for a moment. "There was a big fight yesterday. Not as big as Walspurkindoo, but pretty big. Endymion did not fight fair. Actually, not really Endymion. Whoever that...puppet master was. I got a dislocated shoulder! And a broken arm! But don't worry." She waves her hand. "I got better."

She levels a look at Sayaka. "People like Kyou-kun and Jupiter got hurt worse, I think."

She brushes some crumbs off a napkin before sliding her phone toward Sayaka.

It's a new wallpaper. Mamoru is asleep and could do with a hair combing, but she thinks he looks amazing. "I think it was worth it, though."
Sayaka Miki 2016-02-17 03:39:06 29362
    "Huh.." She stares blankly at the pastry that's offered her, as if she's not exactly sure what to do about it. But when her tummy rumbles a second time, embarrassingly so, Sayaka quickly and hungrily reaches for the pasty, munching on it with a strange hungry eagerness.

    "Ah.." She quickly wipes a crumb from her mouth, muttering a thanks under her breath before pausing to glance back at Usagi, curiously. "Wait, what? Endymion..You mean Mamoru-san, fought Kyouko?" And Sayaka's disinterest quickly turns to concern again.

    "Where is she? How is she? Is she alright? Ahh...She hasn't recovered from fighting Walpurgisnacht yet, dammit! What was she THINKING!?" Actually, Sayaka sounds plain mad at Kyouko, but clearly she is hiding an incredible concern for her dear friend.

    Usagi then does something so out of the ordinary, shoving a wallpaper of Mamoru at her in the midst of such a serious conversation, "M-mamoru-san?" She peers at the 'cute' picture, making a face. No doubt, she has a few pics of Kyouko on her own phone, probably even has one as a wallpaper, although she's likely never shown anyone it-yet.

    "Umm, it's very..Ah..Cute..About Kyouko-chan..."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-02-17 03:53:29 29367
Usagi nods and leans forward. "Yes. Or rather, not him. It wasn't even like with Apatite. It was my idea. A very stupid idea. None of us were thinking. All we saw was someone we loved in pain and fought, hard, to him back. I would have done it sooner, but, well."

She props her elbow on the table and waits until Sayaka is done eating before she continues. "She's fine. Or will be. She's resting, so far as I know. But she was willing to go all out, even knowing all the risks involved for him."

Froo froo coffee tastes so much better than regular coffee.

Her eyes do flare a bit at the mention of Kyouko not being fully recovered. But she'll deal with that later!

"He's safe. And resting."
Sayaka Miki 2016-02-17 04:01:37 29371
    "So...Mamoru-san is back to his normal self?" She glances back to Usagi curiously, idly stirring her hot chocolate now as she ponders. Well, that's a relief at least. She saw how hard they fought together against against Walpurgisnacht.

    "Yeah, I guess you do fight hard for those you love, even doing stupid, crazy things for them. But then sometimes you can hurt those you love if you are too careless.."

    Sayaka is more concerned for Kyouko at the moment however, not even realizing how very ironic this all is, and how it pertains to her specifically, "So..Where is Kyou-chan? I...." Want to see her, she thinks, but is afraid to voice that outloud.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-02-17 04:13:51 29380
Usagi thinks that question over a bit. "Well, he's getting there." And her face turns warm and happy. "And I'm gonna make sure he gets at least a week of doing as much nothing as he wants. Or all the somethings he wants, even!" There is no double meanings to her words. She is going to do whatever she can to make sure he feels happy and safe and warm and fat on take-out.

Her eyes are warm when she regards Sayaka. "Yeah, but...isn't that worth the risk? I mean...Jupiter went down tanking for me, because I did something stupid. Fortunately, she's alive, otherwise I very much would be starving to death in my own guilt and grief."

She chews her lips.

"I could..." Text her. But this time, when she looks at the other girl, there's a protective glint in her eye. "If I find out where she is and tell you, you're not allowed to hurt her more. At least not until she's better. I don't know the details, that's...Puella business, but Kyou-kun is my friend."
Sayaka Miki 2016-02-17 04:23:47 29389
    Sayaka arches a brow at Usagi. Why's she being so hesitant to tell her? "Ehh..What do you mean, 'hurt' her? Have I really been hurting her, by trying not to let her get too close to me?" Sayaka frowns, feeling offended by that at first. Afterall, doesn't she have Kyouko's best interests at heart?

    "You're right. It IS Puella business. My reasons for staying away from her, are not because I want to hurt her, but because I want to protect her from something worse. Usagi-san..Tell me, if you were in Mamoru-san's shoes, and YOU were the one being brainwashed by Queen Beryl, would you not want to protect Mamoru-san however you can, no matter what drastic steps you would have to take?"

    She sighs, staring at her hot chocolate. "Even if you knew that it would hurt him in the short-term..If you knew that keeping him away might keep him alive, save his life, would you not break your heart in order for his long term safety?"
Usagi Tsukino 2016-02-17 04:34:59 29397
Her eyes flash. "If I'd been in Mamo-chan's shoes, I'd be needing twelve years of therapy." Her voice is harsh, but she calms down.


"Mamo-chan had even more faith than I did that I'd be able to save him And even when he wasn't...I still wanted to be near him. Even if he wasn't him. And if I were in his shoes then? I'd want whatever chance I could have to come back to him. I'd give up everything if I could go back in time to just spend one more moment with him, if things hadn't worked out."

"What you're doing? The only one that's being protected is yourself. And its okay to do that. I'd pushed people away for...two months? But they wouldn't let me keep on doing it."

She chews her lip and studies her own bit of the pastry for a moment. "It's okay if you don't care about her like...I care about Mamo-chan. You can't choose who you love. But if you're pushing her away just in case she doesn't get hurt?" She shrugs. "Then by that logic, none of us should be happy and in love."

She looks at Sayaka again. "It's Puella business, but its also affecting one of my dear friends. And you have to ask yourself. If anyone's deserving of happiness, even for a short while, isn't it us? The ones fighting day by day to make sure that can still happen?" She gestures to a couple not far from them, too engrossed in each other and clearly in love to notice anything else.
Sayaka Miki 2016-02-17 04:46:21 29407
    "Faith, huh.." She sighs again, taking a long sip of her hot chocolate, remembering the last time she came into this very coffee shop with Kyouko, laughing and smiling. So many warm, heart-felt memories with the two of them. Now, she's so lonely and empty.

    But then, Usagi says something that catches her attention. "I suppose, if you love someone, you'd want to spend all your remaining time with them, rather than push them away..If Mamoru-san was still evil today, would you continue to try and love him? Would you continue to pursue him, even if he might kill you the next time? Even if there was never any hope of him becoming like he once was?"

    Her lips twitch a bit at the mention of loving her in 'that' way. "I'm...It's confusing. When I read that letter, when I realized how she really felt.." Sayaka's face reddens just a bit, looking away, avoiding her gaze. "And it made me feel warm inside, to know she felt the way I do, even if I refused to admit it to myself.." Her voice is soft, full of emotion, too shy to look back at Usagi in the eye, now that her face is red as a beet.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-02-17 05:03:49 29418
Usagi studies her froo froo coffee for a moment. She takes a sip, trying to wrap the cinnamon and caramel around her as tightly as she snugs onto that bond inside her.

"I'd never stop trying to get Mamo-chan back. Even if that thing controlling him broke every bone in my body." Her shoulder slump, and her voice grows even more quiet. "And if its impossible...I'd have done what I had to to end his misery. So that he couldn't be used like that any more. But that...would be if there was no hope left. And hope is what I cling to. And I know that if I lived to like...eighty, I'd die surrounded by cats instead of grandchildren." Oh goodness, so much blushing...

Now she looks at Sayaka. "And its...not just love. It's finding the strength to do it, I think," Her smile is soft. "I'm always afraid, and he's told me that's what made me brave. Acting in spite of my fear." She waves a hand. "But what does he know, he's biased."

She sighs. "It's okay if you're not...ready. Completely. I can act as intermediary if you want, when I'm not down there where cell coverage stinks."
Sayaka Miki 2016-02-17 05:21:37 29426
    "I see..." she nods slowly, sipping her chocolate, toying with many ideas. It's only when Usagi mentions 'hope' that Sayaka pauses. "Hope.." she smiles faintly, "Kyouko-chan has always been my light of hope. Maybe.." Maybe if she had that ray of hope, she might not become a witch. But..It's a risky gamble.

    "I...want to see her, Usagi-san..I miss her so much! But you're right, I dunno if I'm ready to see her yet, because I'm not ready to take that leap of faith. Could I..Give you some messages to pass to her for me? I'd appreciate it."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-02-17 05:28:31 29429
Really, right now, it's all Usagi can do to keep her 'hue hue hue' under control.

She can't be blamed! She's a shipper!

Still, she tries to act like none of that is going through her head.

"I most certainly can! I'll even give you my phone number and everything." A bit of a mischievous glint in her eye! "Would you like to do a...get well video? I just shoot you saying you hope she gets better?"

She nearly preens as she presses a button on her home screen and the audio of a boy describing pi filters through the speakers. "You'd be surprised how certain things help people."
Sayaka Miki 2016-02-17 05:31:22 29431
    Sayaka flushes as Usagi asks her to do a get well video. "Erm..I dunno about that, it's a bit too embarrassing. But I do want to write her a note. Let's see.." She pulls out some sheets of paper from her notebook, and starts writing furiously on it. It takes her a few minutes of silence before she gets all her ideas out, but finally she pulls it out, handing it to Usagi. "Here."

    The note says the following:

    Dearest Kyouko-chan..Please don't take this the wrong way. I always cared deeply for you, no matter how much I was afraid to admit it, to you or myself. When I first read your goodbye letter, it warmed my heart and made me realize there was someone out there who could accept me for who-or what I really am, something that Kyousuke-kun could never do. I just wanted you to know that.

    I also want you to know that I never wanted to hurt you in any way. I'm just going through something right now, and I'm not sure how to deal with it or what to do. I'm scared, Kyouko. I'm changing, I'm no longer human. But Usagi-san made me realize that if you love someone enough, you shouldn't let them go, or give up on them.

    I'm worried about you, I want you to get better, take better care of yourself. And I miss you terribly. That's why I want to see you soon. I just need to deal with some issues on my own, then I promise I'll come see you soon. Cuz I might never get another chance..This isn't good bye, only 'Til next time.'

    Love, Sayaka
Usagi Tsukino 2016-02-17 05:39:59 29433
Usagi takes out her wallet and gently tucks the note inside. Then she takes the reciept for her froofroo coffee and scribbles her number on it. "It's perfectly alright, Sayaka-chan. She can read this over and over, so yay!"

She looks up at the girl when all is said and reaches over to squeeze the other girl's hand.

"I am about to give you some advice. Very important advice. Important advice I speak about from experience."

A pause.

Then a beat.

"For goodness sake, eat, okay? We're growing girls. Even if its just those instant noodles, okay?"