In The Light of Day

After a Nightmare in Tokyo Part One, Akashimaru explains the problem at hand to Hokuto and Guardian Hino.

Date: 2016-05-07
Pose Count: 33
Seishi Tamashige 2016-05-07 02:13:58 40725
Peace has returned to the park, as though the nightmare never was. All that remains of it is the effects on those who went through it - the two girls, the redhead and her black-haired friend, both collapsed from shock or exhaustion. The mark that the hunter's claws left on two of the ones who fought him. And Akashimaru, the girl in the red kimono.

Letting out a shuddering breath, the samurai girl lowers her iron fan at her side. In the aftermath of the nightmare, the springtime daylight is startlingly bright; blinking once or twice, she looks around for the others, frowning a little. "Are you guys all right?" she asks.
Hokuto Minase 2016-05-07 02:17:30 40726
The girl in the miko's robes takes a deep breath, finally able to relax after the tension of the battle. She returns a spread of ofuda to the pouch on her belt, snapping it closed, and slides her bow back over her shoulder, wrapped once more in its carry-bag.

"I am well, samurai-san. We appear to have been victorious, for the moment, at least."

She lingers over the redhead for a moment, checking her for wounds or signs of spiritual damage. A single ofuda is applied to the girl's forehead, where its characters glow brightly, then fade, leaving a blank paper that wafts away on the breeze.
Hinote Kagari 2016-05-07 02:20:30 40727
Guardian Hino pauses a moment. Everything seems okay. He got a little nicked there, but... he seems okay? He's looking over himself- placing two fingers across where he knows he was hit on the creatures apparently way off. He purses his lips a moment and shakes his head a bit as he turns around to face Seishi and Hokuto.

He goes ahead and seathes his longsword as he looks around and then down at the redhead and back up to Seishi.

"I'm alright." he says softly. "What was that, do any of you two know?" he asks as he looks around cautiously.
Seishi Tamashige 2016-05-07 02:24:27 40728
"A dream stealer," Akashimaru answers without hesitation, the firm, clipped tone of certainty. Mouth tightening at the corners, she folds the metal ribs of her tessen closed and tucks the metal bar that makes of it into her belt. "Thank you both for your help. If you hadn't been here, that girl's dream might have been taken."

Each hand slips into the depths of the opposite sleeve, and Akashimaru bows, deep and respectful, a gesture of gratitude to go with the words of thanks.
Hokuto Minase 2016-05-07 02:27:48 40729
Hokuto makes her bow in return, equally formal and respectful. Her usual irreverence is nowhere to be seen, for the moment, her duty taken seriously for once.

"Indeed, such things are most unpleasant. Are they terribly common, these days?" She adjuss the bag with her bow on her shoulder, and considers for a moment.

"This one will be well, with some rest, and perhaps a good meal. I expect the same is true of the other." She paces over to the brunette to examine her.
Hinote Kagari 2016-05-07 02:33:20 40731
Guardian Hino raises his hands gently and places palms outward. "Nonono. It was my pleasure to help, especially if that was your problem to deal with, Akashimaru-san, was it?" he asks. "I'm pretty sure the Princess would had not been very impressed with me if I didn't help you of all people, with your problems." he smiles as kindly as he can.

"Considering the debt Waldia owes you." he says. "So you're welcome, regardless." he says.

He frowns a bit and crosses his arms. "Dream stealer. So is it what it says on the tin?" he asks politely. Aka: Do these things actually steal dreams it seems to be what he's asking.
Seishi Tamashige 2016-05-07 02:41:49 40734
Akashimaru sighs quietly as she straightens back up from the bow, and her expression takes on a rueful cast. "I've only faced one other so directly," she admits. "but I've seen their work before."

Hino's words bring a flicker of a smile to her face, though it doesn't last long given the immediate subject at hand. "It's literal," she confirms; looking down, her eyes settle on the two unconscious girls. "I'm sure they're exhausted. We'd better call for an ambulance or something to pick them up..."

Saying it reminds her of the school bag she dropped, and she looks around quickly - just as O-Yasu, the stubby little baku, lumbers back into sight dragging her bag by one of the straps. "--ah. Sorry."

"Mf," comes O-Yasu's response around a mouthful of strap.
Hinote Kagari 2016-05-07 02:50:08 40735
Guardian Hino frowns. "I see." he says as he brushes off his right arm. "That one knicked me something good on it's way out. By the way... thanks for keeping that still enough for me to lean into it." he says softly.

"That thing was hard to pin down otherwise." he says.

"Alright so. You haven't fought many of those before." he says. "They steal dreams and.. what do they do with them? Do you know?" he asks.

"Just 'eat them'?" he asks.

He sort of frowns and looks around. "People called that a Nightmare, right? I mean the world changed for a bit there, didn't it?" he asks a bit rubbing his right eye a bit. "Or was that imaginary?" he asks. "I know something was wrong." he says.
Hokuto Minase 2016-05-07 02:52:19 40736
Hokuto hmmms softly. "Indeed," she murmurs, "I saw the change as well, Hino-san. So it was real, to some extent.. for some definition of real, at least."

She makes a brief examination of the brunette, and nods in agreement with Akashimaru's diagnosis. "They will be well, with rest and food, correct."

She makes another brief bow. "It is a pleasure to meet you both. I am Hokuto Minase."
Seishi Tamashige 2016-05-07 03:00:19 40738
"Nice to meet you, too, Minase-san. Thank you again." Moving a few steps to meet O-Yasu, Akashimaru drops down to kneel by her bag. "The dream-thieves bring people's nightmares out into the world to steal them, to take back to their master," she explains, with a glance over toward O-Yasu as she opens the bag's flap and begins to search through its contents. "The Eater of Dreams. That's not a metaphor, either."

Her forehead furrows, her hands stilling within the school bag as she looks up to Hino and Hokuto. "They'd been pretty quiet for a few months, as far as I could tell, but it seems like they're making a move again. I'm sure that one will keep hunting dreams until he's stopped."
Hokuto Minase 2016-05-07 03:05:54 40739
With a brief nod, Hokuto considers the situation. "Eater of Dreams... seems like a rather unpleasant sort of dai-youkai. Exactly the kind of thing I'd love to not see."

Suzumebachi flits down from wherever she'd gone off to earlier, and perches on the miko's shoulder. Hokuto smiles softly and reaches up to pat her head.

"You may count on me, at least, to assist with putting an end to such evil."
Hinote Kagari 2016-05-07 03:07:47 40740
Guardian Hino nods. "Minasae-san then." he smiles. He looks back to Seishi.

"Alright, so, that thing brought her dream out to be stolen." he says softly. "To steal them to take back to someone--or something, called The Eater of Dreams." he says as he rubs between his eyes.

Weird Girls looking for the Princess. Insane abusive Moms. Now a Dream Eater. Okay. Hinote can belive this. Heck belief isn't an issue, just he wonders if he can pile this on his growing list of problems.

He decides, that, he can- for one of Waldia's Saviors. He looks back up.

He Squints at the being on Hokuto's shoudler and then down at O-Yasu and then.. suddenly looks to the right. Then the left. "Oh..for the love..."

He turns around and calls out. "Illumneeeeee!" he calls out.

"Come on out, it's over!" he calls out.

No answer, yet.
Seishi Tamashige 2016-05-07 03:16:10 40744
"Unpleasant... well, you aren't wrong." A wry smile quirks up on Akashimaru's face for a moment, though it doesn't quite take the worried look out of her eyes. "Fighting the Eater of Dreams is my responsibility," she says, "but it's definitely good to have some help. I appreciate it."

Whatever she was looking around in her bag for, she seems to give up on it; after a moment longer spent crouched there, the samurai girl straightens back up onto her feet. "For right now, the best thing to do is probably to keep an ear out for anyone complaining about a recurring nightmare. About being chased, probably." She thinks for a moment, then nods as though coming to a decision. "My real name is Seishi Tamashige," she offers, glancing between the two of them. "I'm a first year at Verone. If you hear about something like that--"

Her words break off, because Hino is calling across the park. Akashimaru's eyes flick off in the direction he's calling, and then - seeing nothing - she looks questioningly back to him. "Missing someone?"
Hokuto Minase 2016-05-07 03:19:10 40747
Hokuto ahhs? softly, a little smile flitting across her face. "Verone, you say? Well then, Sempai, it's a pleasure indeed." She's a Verone student herself, after all.

She, too, turns to see who Hino is looking for. "Suzu-chan? Let's find our friend's missing friend, okay?"

The little hornet-girl takes to the air once more, alighting near Hino briefly, then zipping out across the park.
Hinote Kagari 2016-05-07 03:25:48 40748
Guardian Hino ughs. "I'm missing my phoenix friend..." he says. "She was with me earlier..." he mutters. "She musta ran off when I leaned into that thing." he says. "I don't think she'd get scared-- I'm more worried she's hurt." he says.

He scans the tree lines.

"Right..." he purses his lips and reaches to his wrist and brushes over it, as he let's his henshin fade off into a bright red flash. Now he's just Hinote Kagari!

Bump! Hinote gets bumped by a bright red streak and there's a Phoenix hovering. "Ack! I'm here!" says the Phoenix. "Sorry! I was caught up in the sudden warm springtime~" she sings out.

Hinote takes a deep calming breath. "Okay there we go." he places her on his shoulder.

He turns around to Seishi and Hokuto. "Right. Hinote Kagari. Seiyou, 2nd Year Middle. I'm not from Waldia like the others... by the way." he says to Seishi. "I'm from Earth. Originally. Waldias my adopted home. So no needing to explain things to me." he smiles with a wink..

"So.. Verone. Alright." he says.

He crosses his arms.

"Are they always like that? I lack detection magic. What hurts these things best?" he asks. "If they needed well.. 'sparkled'..." he says, using a word for 'purification' here. "I need to bring the Princess along. I'm not capable of that." he says.
Seishi Tamashige 2016-05-07 03:37:12 40749
Relief touches Akashimaru's face for an instant as the phoenix makes her appearance. Not missing, then, just temporarily misplaced. "Good to know," she answers Hinote with a quick flicker of a smile, before reaching up to tug free the red cord that ties back her hair into its high ponytail. As though that one tie was holding her entire transformation together, the red kimono fades away as her hair swishes down around her shoulders, and in less than a second it's Seishi again in her everyday jeans and t-shirt.

"...there's a lot I'm still learning about these guys," she admits apologetically. "From what that guy was saying, it seemed like he was taking strength from the Nightmare. Once the dreamer realized she was dreaming and stood up to him, that should've made him vulnerable. Which is probably why he ran off."

"If you can catch him outside a Nightmare," O-Yasu speaks up from down near the ground, with the voice of a weary middle-aged man, "hitting should work fine. He might be the kind that hides in dreams, though."

Seishi makes an 'ugh' sound at this suggestion. "I have a way of looking for him there, but it's pretty random. I really don't want to have to wait for him to target someone else."
Hokuto Minase 2016-05-07 03:41:01 40751
Hokuto focuses for a moment, then a set of familiar characters gleams as her robes dissolve back into her own casual outfit. "A purification of the victim should at the very least evict the predator. With the right setup, we can push it right into a binding from there."

Suzumebachi flits around the phoenix, grinning as she watches it. She waves cheerily, as if saying 'Hi!'.

"Verone Middle, third-year, here." Since no one else seems to be doing it, Hokuto produces her cellphone, and calls for the ambulance to pick up the two girls.
Hinote Kagari 2016-05-07 04:08:54 40754
Hinote Kagari crosses his arms as he listens as he looks to Hokuto. "Right, okay then. I'll let the Princess know that. She'll be eager to help if she can regardless, and--- this sounds important." he says a moment.

Illume blinks at Suzumebachi. "Hi!" says Illume.

That's all she gets it seems! Illume might be shy, or perhaps, not very talkative right now.

He places his hands into the pockets. "Alright. So. Get them out of the dream. Hit them." he says softly.

"Purify the victim if possible, that'll help it seems then." he says.

"If not fix the problem." he makes these mental notes.

"By the way...."

He says. "Can you do me a favor in turn, both of you? If you see a young girl named Sachiko Hayawaka around, can you let me know? Runealy and I are worried about this girl. She came seeking The Princess by title the other night, then a demon of some sort followed in her wake." he mutters.

"We're trying to figure out where she is." he says. "To ask what kind of help she may need." he says.
Seishi Tamashige 2016-05-07 04:15:24 40755
Seishi pays close attention to what Hokuto has to say, nodding along at points. "That's a few things to work with, at least. It's not a bad start, if we can just track him down again." As she's listening, without looking she slides her cell phone out of her pocket - but no, Hokuto's already calling for help for the girls, so Seishi glances toward Hino instead.

"Sachiko Hayakawa," she repeats slowly. "Got it. If I hear anything about her, I'll do what I can, and let you or the princess know."

A pause; she waits until Hokuto has finished her call and then looks between the two. "I don't mind staying until the ambulance gets here," she notes. "I'll just say they collapsed, it's not like it's a lie. But if you guys don't mind, it'd be good to exchange numbers... just in case."
Hokuto Minase 2016-05-07 04:19:04 40756
The call made, Hokuto does not yet put her phone away. Seishi has a good idea, and she'd like to stay in touch with the other two. "Do you have a picture of Sachiko-chan, Hinote-san?"

Suzumebachi hovers around the phoenix-girl for a bit, chirping softly. She doesn' seem to actually talk, but she certainly seems to be getting her meaning across. She's introducing herself and flattering the other, it would appear.

"I wouldn't mind waiting with you, sempai," Hokuto decides, then gives her phone number.
Hinote Kagari 2016-05-07 04:20:38 40758
Hinote Kagari ohs! he digs into his pocket and pulls out a bussiness card, and bows. The bussiness card, looks officalish-- but not Mahou-related. It seems to have some talent agency number on it, too... but Hinote's personal number too. "That's my personal number." he says. "The one under my name. Not the other one. That's my agent." he chuckles.

He crosses his arms. "Right I don't wanna be here when the ambulance gets here. No offense you two. So unless there's something else.. I should go."

Illume nods matter of factly. "We were going out to eat before that happened!" she insists.

"I also promised her food." he admits sheepishly. "So I need to keep that promise." he smiles.

Illume nods again!

He pauses. "Right, call me if there's anything I need to know. Likewise. I'll call if there's anything I need to know anything, alright?" he asks softly.
Seishi Tamashige 2016-05-07 04:31:29 40759
Seishi's brows lift as she accepts the business card and takes a look at it, a little surprised and more than a little impressed. "Sounds good," she agrees - to both - with a quick little nod. "We've got things taken care of here. If anything happens, I'll be in touch."

With this said, she turns a side-eye downwards toward the overstuffed lump that is O-Yasu. "You should make yourself scarce too, old man."

The sound the baku makes could be best described as a 'harrumph.' "Akahana should hear about this, too," he observes as he turns and begins to pad away.

"I know," Seishi replies, looking faintly guilty for a moment. "I'll catch him up first chance I get."
Hokuto Minase 2016-05-07 04:34:40 40760
Hokuto nods, and takes a brief look at the card before tapping the number into her phone. "Well, then, you'd best feed her. I ought to know, they don't like waiting for that kind of thing."

She smiles and waves. "It was good to meet you, Hinote-san. I'd be glad to fight alongside you again." A wave beckons Suzumebachi back from where she seems to be flirting with Illumene, and the little spirit obediently melts back into her hairpin.

"I should probably brief my family on it, as well. They'll probably want to talk to you, sempai. If you can give me any further information on this Eater of Dreams..."
Seishi Tamashige 2016-05-07 04:47:49 40762
"Your family?" Something about the suggestion takes Seishi by surprise; she blinks at Hokuto for a moment, thinks about it before nodding slowly. "I suppose that would be all right," she says, though she still looks slightly uncertain. "It couldn't hurt anything to have a few more people who know it's out there."

Belatedly, some half-remembered school gossip surfaces in her memory, and a tiny breath of self-deprecating laughter escapes her. "Come to think of it, your family might know more about how to handle this stuff than I do. O-Yasu's filled me in as much as he can, but..." Her shoulders lift in a small shrug as her voice trails off.
Hokuto Minase 2016-05-07 04:51:42 40765
Hokuto nods, taking a seat on the park bench. "Yes, the Minase have been onmyouji for centuries. We're actually a branch house of the Tsuchimikado, although that doesn't mean what it used to." She looks briefly over at the sleeping girls, then back to Seishi.

"So, yes, they're fairly good at this sort of thing. I'd be glad to help you work things out." She crosses one leg over the other and hmms softly. "You've got enough power, I'm sure you could learn some of the basics."
Seishi Tamashige 2016-05-07 05:02:26 40766
"You think so?" Another surprise, that. Obviously it's something that she'd never considered, but now Seishi looks thoughtful. "Maybe I'll take you up on that... although really I should work on getting better with the Shinken, first." The fingers of the hand that wielded the tessen tap absently against the side of her leg. "Got to get a little closer to mastering the weapon I have, before I start trying to pick up more."

Pulling a wry face, she adds, "I can't let myself get behind in kendo club, either. I appreciate the thought, though. I'll definitely keep it in mind."
Hokuto Minase 2016-05-07 05:05:08 40768
The Kendo club hasn't been quite the same since Mikoto left for Infinity. Defected, according to some. A few months ago a group even burned her photograph ceremonially in the locker room, preparing for a match against her.

"Entirely understandable. We all have our own obligations. I have kyudo, myself... good thing we didn't have a meeting today. If I hadn't been here..." Well, Seishi and Hinote would've found a way, she's sure. Still.

"So, how'd you get dragged into all this, sempai?"
Seishi Tamashige 2016-05-07 05:11:12 40770
Seishi's eyes brighten a little with interest at the mention of kyudo. "I was in Seiyou's Archery Club through middle school, until I transferred," she remarks, with a smile that speaks of good memories. "I'm sure my skills have gotten rusty by now, though. Ah, well."

At the question of how she got into this, her expression becomes very wry indeed. "Bad karma," she says, a little flippantly. Then sighs, and shakes her head. "I fought against the Eater of Dreams in a previous lifetime, but we didn't succeed in doing away with him for good. So now I've inherited the responsibility of finishing the job."
Hokuto Minase 2016-05-07 05:14:34 40771
"As rusty as your skills with everything else? I doubt it. It'd be fun to have a little competition sometime." She considered suggesting a private lesson, but that'd be going a bit far for so early in their acquaintance.

"That would explain it, then. I knew I felt something of a ... a weight of history, as it were? - around you. As if something was -- unfinished." She isn't quite sure - her senses aren't that good yet - but she's good at drawing inferences from what she does notice.

"I guess now I know what that was, hm?"
Seishi Tamashige 2016-05-07 05:31:11 40773
The suggestion of a competition draws an interested humming sound from Seishi, drawn out with rising inflection. "You're on," she agrees. "It'd be fun to use a bow again sometime when nothing's trying to kill me."

Soon enough, though, her smile becomes a bit more resigned. "Yeah," she acknowledges, "I imagine that'd be it. Unfinished business. I guess I should count myself lucky I'm not a five-hundred-year-old ghost or something. I'm kind of impressed that you could tell - I had no idea until O-Yasu showed up. But I guess that sort of thing is part of your training, huh?"
Hokuto Minase 2016-05-07 06:00:31 40778
"Spiritual senses, bindings, purifications... everything one needs, for this kind of job." Hokuto smiles again, a little, as she continues to watch Seishi. "Everything except a friend, that is. Family duty is ... demanding."
Seishi Tamashige 2016-05-07 06:20:03 40779
Seishi winces a little in sympathy. "I can't say I know what it's like," she admits honestly. "But I know how tough family can be sometimes. I can't do much, but if you ever need a break, I don't mind listening."

From somewhere off in the distance, the shrill whine of a siren becomes faintly audible, the sound growing clearer as it gets closer. Seishi's head lifts to listen for a moment. "That's probably the ambulance," she says, looking back toward Hokuto. "Thanks for waiting with me."
Hokuto Minase 2016-05-07 06:20:52 40780
Hokuto nods. "It's just the right thing to do. I'll see you in school tomorrow?" She flashes a playful smile, and waves as she heads off. Better not to be seen by the mundanes.