A Lovely Multicolored Trap

Kukai ends up calling the one person he doesn't want to call to deal with Sachiko's requests - Runealy.

Date: 2016-04-20
Pose Count: 14
Kukai Souma 2016-04-20 03:14:34 39106
There was a voice message from Kukai on Runealy's phone the next time she checked it, despite it being later on in the evening. "Rune? Look I'm sorry but I don't know who else to talk to. Something serious has come up with a friend of mine and I need to talk to you about it. Can you either come to the restaurant where we had lunch that day, or either let me come to you? It's gotta be tonight."
Runealy Waldia 2016-04-20 03:18:19 39107
Rune still has a little trouble figuring out how to work voicemail... but she eventually figures it out. To some extent. Unfortunately, she tries /talking to the recording/. This does not work well at all, but she soon realizes the need to call Kukai back when 'he' fails to respond to anything she said at the time.

Thus she makes a proper call-back, and sounds concerned. If she gets an answer, she's quick to dispense with pleasantries and respond: "That's pretty urgent, isn't it? I'm on my way, if so." She's already making plans in her head to get a driver to bring her to the diner.
Kukai Souma 2016-04-20 03:20:33 39108
Kukai Souma sighs as his phone rings and he sees whom it is. "Hello? ... Yes. It's not 'be here now now now' urgent but it's pretty urgent. Also..." He thinks for a minute. "How much do you know about magic? Like... not magical boys and girls, but spells and curses and magical items and things?"
Runealy Waldia 2016-04-20 03:22:53 39109
"A little," Rune answers as she presses a button in her home to summon a driver, then steps outside to wait for her ride. She's willing to hold this conversation on the trip over, it seems. "I had to learn the 'Restoration Ritual' for replenishing my world's demon-sealing Barrier, if that's about what you mean. Why?"
Kukai Souma 2016-04-20 03:27:32 39110
Kukai Souma has to think for a minute about whether or not he wants to talk about this on the phone. "...I think a little girl I know has found a magical artifact. Or rather, someone gave it to her, and it bothers me... No. I'll say it. It bothers the shit out of me." He pauses to give the rarely-used vulgarity a moment to hang in the air. "...I've got a video of her showing it to me but I have no idea what it is. So I need a mage."
Runealy Waldia 2016-04-20 03:29:53 39111
The 'harsh language' barely seems to bother Rune; there's no audible reaction to it on its own. Instead, she maintains a 'calm worry' voice. "That's probably not me, in the sense you're talking about. I can take a look anyway if you'd like, but can't really promise it will amount to much."
Kukai Souma 2016-04-20 03:33:26 39112
Kukai Souma sighs. It had been too much to hope for. "Well ok. I guess I'll have to keep looking. It's... well, when you see the video, you'll get it. It's awful. And yeah, if you would, I'd appreciate it. I'll be here when you get here." He sighs, quiet for a minute. "I was trying to deal with this myself but I'm so out of my league."
Runealy Waldia 2016-04-20 03:35:35 39113
"I'll have a ride in a few minutes, and be there as soon as I can, okay?" If he doesn't need anything more right away, Rune will end the call and take a limo to the diner. It will be a while before she gets there, but she is on the way.

If he ends up needing to keep talking, she's still on the line for that. Otherwise, Rune will emerge some time later at the diner, thank her driver and instruct him to wait, then go looking for Kukai.
Kukai Souma 2016-04-20 03:39:00 39114
Kukai Souma lets out a breath. "OK. I'll be here when you get here. Thank you." He hangs up the call as she does, sticking the phone back into his pocket. He pulls his legs up cross-legged under him on the bench and waits, thankful that the afternoon's misting drizzle had faded into a general mugginess.

When he sees the limo pulling up, Kukai hops off the bench and walks over towards it. No date tonight, all business, even with Rune as pretty as usual. "Rune, thank you. Um..." He looks around, then points over towards a quiet, out of the way concrete table and implanted stools around it. "C'mere, we can sit over here out of the way." He's pulling his phone out of his pocket as he goes.
Runealy Waldia 2016-04-20 03:42:05 39115
"Sure, I'm here... if something's going on, I want to help you figure it out," Rune responds to his thanks, then follows over to the table. "I'm still not sure why you came to me first, though? ...Did you? I'd think there are others who would know way more about this sort of thing, so if I was your first resort you might want to try asking others."

She leans toward his phone, not crowding in but definitely getting close enough to wait and watch; the alien princess has been taught that phones can replay imagery to some extent so she knows what's being set up in this case.
Kukai Souma 2016-04-20 03:50:05 39116
"Well the thing is? The little girl in this video? Specifically wants to see you." He sets up the smartphone and turns it up and down, pressing a few images on the screen. After a second a video pops up.

In it, a pretty little brown haired girl in a pair of brown poofy shorts over black tights, a white blouse, and a brown vest is showing off her new necklace - a woven particolored hair braid around her neck, woven tightly and wrapped around itself at the end as a long necked knot. If Rune is familiar with corporal punishment, the brightly colored woven noose around her neck is obvious. The little girl speaks. "Don't tell anyone who gave it to me." She's smiling, so happily. Kukai's voice echoes from behind the camera. "Ok! Thank you. I'll treasure it always."

The video stops and Kukai shudders. "And she's just... wearing it, so happily. She says it protects her from bad spirits and makes her safe from falling and that some special man gave to her who's gonna help her bring back her dead sister. And all she wants is to... to meet you." He looks at Rune for a moment. "Do you even know her? Sachiko Hayakawa?"
Runealy Waldia 2016-04-20 03:55:42 39117
"Me? ...I wonder who it is, then." Rune had not been expecting that. Not at all. The video doesn't offer much insight either; shoe does not recognize the person shown, and this is plain to see on raised eyes betraying her confusion.

The noose symbolism is hit-and-miss. The immediate royal family back home did not use executions, so she doesn't recognize it on that basis. Instead, she recoils from the screen and reflexively grabs at her neck... she /does/ recognize the idea from somewhere else, and it takes a few seconds for her to calm down.

"Meet me, huh? No, that's nobody I know. 'Hayakawa'... I might know that name, but I can't place it. Her, exactly, I don't recognize. Nothing in what you just showed me is really all that familiar."
Kukai Souma 2016-04-20 04:00:06 39118
Kukai Souma is at her side as she recoils, putting a supportive arm around her, hugging her close for a second. "Easy, easy! It's ok. It's all right." He looks around to see if anyone had noticed her reaction, but then lets go, standing up with her. "...She had a sister, Anshi, who was a Puella. She died at Walpurgisnacht. It's... Someone told Sachi about magical girls and then she heard her whole family died and she went a little crazy." He looks at the phone in his hand at the still image of the beginning of the video. "...Is a little crazy. Whomever this person is that gave her the noose, they say they can bring back her dead sister."

He looks at the picture for a minute more, then back at Rune. "....Would you be willing to meet with her? I don't know what else to do. It's ... I don't know how it could be a trap but it's obviously a trap. Everything about it screams bad news. But I'll go with you. I won't let whatever's going on here hurt you or her if I can stop it."
Runealy Waldia 2016-04-20 04:04:36 39119
"Sorry," Rune decides to explain her reaction as Kukai holds her. "Someone attacked me with one of those once. Or something a lot like it. Said it was what people on Earth do to 'bandits like me.' ...We sorted it out later, but..." A few headshakes and Rune goes with the topic change.

"I really have no idea who she is, who would offer her something like that, or much of any real guess why she wants to meet me. Not even sure how it's a 'trap', it just... makes no sense to me. Still, if I'm the key to all this, then..."

A nod to Kukai. "I'm in."