Moving Forward

After a disappointing Halloween party, Sayaka and Kyouko go on a long overdue patrol together, and try to sort out their confused feelings for each other and their changing lives.

Date: 2016-11-01
Pose Count: 15
Sayaka Miki 2016-11-01 22:42:32 59451
    Fortunately, Sayaka had recently got her phone back from the repair shop. The very first number she had texted of course was Kyouko's. She hadn't forgotten about the promise to go patrolling together..Although a small part of her doubted the red head would even come.

    That had been five minutes ago. Already, the wraiths had started to gather, particularly interested in the Puella, as they had been over the last several weeks, ever since she had started to fall into despair. Fortunately, she wasnt quite as useless as the last time that she'd had to rely on some other magical girls to rescue her. Still, as the wraiths slowly make their way towards her, Sayaka seems..Sloppier, less alert than usual.

    In fact, she doesnt even notice them immediately as she stands on the rooftop overlooking the harbour, staring at the moon quite forlornly, wondering where exactly she went wrong..

    "Kyouko..." she murmurs aloud, wiping a stray tear from her eye. She missed her so much it hurt..But would things between them ever be the same?
Kyouko Sakura 2016-11-01 22:45:43 59452
    Kyouko had responded to Sayaka's text message, saying she would be there soon. And she doesn't disappoint. Wraiths are wandering about below.. but suddenly several of them simply split in half in an arc of red light, the redhead's spear cleaving them in two. She catches the Grief Cubes straight out of the air as she dashes through. These are the weakest form of Wraith, luckily, and they aren't even really a challenge to a veteran Puella.

    She lands on the rooftop next to Sayaka afterwards, her spear slung back against one shoulder, tossing the cubes into her pocket. "You called?" She asks, with a bit of a lopsided grin, though her brows draw together slightly at seeing the troubled look on Sayaka's face. "Are you okay, Saya-chan?"

    She gestures down below, to where there are still Wraiths milling about. "I didn't take 'em all, there's plenty left for you too!"
Sayaka Miki 2016-11-01 22:52:01 59453
    She catches a flash of familiar red, and her heart pumps a little faster. She came. Sayaka smiles softly, feeling a little stronger, driven by hope. Unfortunately, a wraith had creeped up behind her, moments before Kyouko joins her on the rooftop. But this time she's actually ready for it, and she swings her sword at it with a loud battle cry, slicing through it, injuring it but not defeating it.

    ~why..Have I become so weak..?~ She thinks, stumbling back a bit as the wraith mirrors her, temporarily weakenned, before it stumbles off the roof's edge, to join those that are easily cleaved by Kyouko's more precise attacks.

    Finally Kyouko joins her and Sayaka turns to face her, sword hand a bit unsteady, but a faint smile upon her face. "Kyou-chan..You came.." she takes a hesitant step towards her, but stops herself, remembering what she'd said at the party..Something about not wanting to deal with a relationship right now..? Perhaps she wouldn't appreciate a hug from Sayaka right now.

    At the question, she forces another smile, and just shrugs. "I'll be fine, just a bit rusty, I guess. Um...How've you been?"
Kyouko Sakura 2016-11-01 22:54:57 59454
    Kyouko shrugs her shoulders. "You know how it is.. busy." She says, still seeming quite at ease- either not noticing Sayaka's hesitance, or pretending not to. Although if she's pretending she's doing a pretty good job, as her manner seems as casual as ever.

    "Sorry I haven't been in touch as much lately.. I mean, I know your phone was broken, but even so. It's been a crazy couple of months." She says, with a faint sigh.. turning to look down over the edge of the roof at the Wraiths milling below.

    She glances back at Sayaka after a moment. "How about you? You been able to find enough Cubes? I guess so, cause you're here talkin' to me. Ehh.. you're strong, I probably shouldn't even worry." A smile.
Sayaka Miki 2016-11-01 23:01:51 59455
    "Yeah..I know.." she nods slowly, "I mean, you're busier than ever, what with your part time job, your little sister..And your new role as a..Shi..Shittenou?" she laughs a bit nervously, "I mean, it's great. I'm really proud of you. You got everything you always wanted, and now you're a hero who fights for justice and your life has meaning. You even have a family, and a team to belong to." Although she smiles again, her smile still seems strained. She really is happy for her. Really. But..There's sadness there too. Something, she's afraid to touch on for many reasons.

    When her phone is mentionned, Sayaka glances down at it and nods. "Yea..Sorry about that. I wanted to stay longer at Mamoru-san's that night, but..You know..Been falling behind in my studies. My parents are worried about me, and.." another shrug, "Guess I've just been losing my touch as a Puella. It's ah...Not so easy, when you have to fight alone."

    Sayaka decides not to mention how she was nearly defeated by a bunch of wraiths not too long ago, so overcome by hopelessness and lonliness that she was powerless to transform.

    "I get by, I try my hardest. You know me, too stubborn to give up." another half-hearted smile. Some of the wraiths down below seem to pause, to stare right at her, as if they could sense her hopelessness. Slowly, some of them start to change course towards their rooftop.
Kyouko Sakura 2016-11-01 23:12:20 59456
    "I'm proud of me." Kyouko says, smiling. "It hasn't been easy.. and I have you to thank for a lot of it, Saya-chan. Don't forget that. You were one of the first ones to show me that I could be more than what I was. Without you, I'd probably still be living in a ruin and fighting for scraps."

    She frowns slightly as she hears Sayaka say that she has to fight alone, though.. shaking her head. "Saya-chan, you don't have to fight alone. I've got other responsibilities now, it's true.. and maybe I can't be everything you want me to be, and if that's true I'm sorry. Momo-chan and Mamoru and nii-chan are important to me. But you're important to me too, Saya-chan, and no matter what else happens, I'll always be your friend and I'll always be here to help you when you need it."

    She moves a step closer and puts her hand on Sayaka's shoulder. "What I said the other night.. about not being sure I wanted a relationship right now? That doesn't mean I don't want to see you, or that I won't be here for you. I just.. need time to adjust. All this stuff.. who I am, who I'm becoming, it's a lot to deal with, to figure out. I need to unravel that puzzle before I start working on a new one."

    She looks Sayaka straight in the face as she says this, her expression serious and her eyes intent, but warm. "But you're not alone. No matter what we are, or aren't, I will always come if you call me for help. I promise."
Sayaka Miki 2016-11-01 23:22:26 59457
    "It hasn't been easy, I'm sure, and..You know I dont want to get in your way or drag you down, right? But still I.." she sighs, "I just wish..I could be a part of your life. I wish we could still be partners, like we were before. Just you and me against the world, fighting alongside each other. And even if things are complicated between us, as they always have been..Just having you by my side made all the difference, not thinking too much about what 'we' are."

    Sayaka laughs nervously, shaking her head. "But, I guess that'd just be selfish of me, wouldnt it. I mean..You have new responsibilities now, so...I mean, I never get to see Madoka anymore either, because she's always with Homura. And even Hitomi's off doing her own stuff now. Maybe they have different destinies, or maybe we all just grew apart, because there was someone more important in their lives. I guess, sometimes, it's just a little lonely.."

    She wraps her arms around herself, looking down at the ground, avoiding Kyouko's eyes. Of course, Sayaka feels guilty, selfish even for feeling this way, but..

    "I guess, I just dont know what my place in this world is anymore. I always wanted to be part of a team, but now it's just me. You say I can call you, but does that mean we're no longer partners? I cant be a part of your world, helping you fight your battles with the senshi anymore?"

    She closes her eyes, pulling away as she stares over the edge of the rooftop again, "So..You just need...Space, then?" her voice is still a little shaky.
Kyouko Sakura 2016-11-01 23:30:59 59458
    Kyouko frowns a little bit, glancing down at the rooftop, obviously not pleased with the way Sayaka is responding to her words.. although she also can't really blame the girl. She's never been very good at expressing herself, and she's sure that she just isn't explaining it right.

    "You don't get in my way, Saya-chan." She says after a moment, her voice sounding somewhat morose. "And you are a part of my life. Look, just because I don't have as much time to patrol with you don't mean we can't still patrol together. Like tonight. The thing is, before it was just us, y'know? But now there's all these different things, pullin' me in so many different directions. And bein' your partner is important too, but.. well."

    "I guess you'll just have to share me." She quirks a little smile. "But I'm still here Saya-chan. Stop saying you're alone in the world. Maybe we, all of us, did grow apart, but we're also growing.. becoming better than we were, or at least I hope we are."

    "I can't tell you that you're part of a team or whatever.. that's not my call to make. But you're always welcome to help me fight my battles." She says this seriously, her tone level, but solemn. "I mean it, Saya-chan. You don't need to. My battles are mine, and not yours. But if you want to, I would always be happy to have you fight by my side. Whether it's just against Wraiths, or whatever the next big threat happens to be."

    "You'll always be a part of my world, Saya-chan. I'd be sad if that wasn't true. My world is just bigger than it used to be."
Sayaka Miki 2016-11-01 23:38:57 59459
    Something that Kyouko says seems to calm her down, to comfort her at least. She turns around to glance at her, smiling faintly, "I guess..You're right..Kyouko. Do you think I could learn more about the senshi? About the Shittenou? I still know very little about what it is that they..And you do. I mean, I dont want to intrude or anything, but maybe just understanding your mission might help me understand you better..And maybe I can help you not feel so overwhelmed too. Maybe then, I wouldn't feel so useless."

    As for Sayaka, her world seems so..So small right now. Glancing down below, she sees that the wraiths continue to gather, and are starting to head towards some nearby people. "Then, I guess, we'd better take care of those guys down below. At least...It's a start, for now."

    Whatever else is overwhelming and confusing her right now, can wait for just a little. Afterall, she always felt a little better after a battle. "C'mon!"

    And she leaps towards the harbour, sword drawn. She can feel a bit of her old zest coming back as she slices into some of the nearby wraiths, deterring them from their original goal, long enough for the unsuspecting couple to walk away, totally oblivious.
Kyouko Sakura 2016-11-01 23:41:54 59460
    Kyouko laughs a little bit. "Honestly, Saya-chan, I don't know the Senshi that well. Most of 'em, anyway. I mean, I know Usagi, and I've become pretty good friends with Mako-chan.. that's Sailor Jupiter. But the others I've barely spoken to. The Shitennou.. well, mostly our job is just guarding Mamoru. Like bodyguards, I guess. He's the Prince of the Earth.. when he gets in trouble it tends to be big."

    As Sayaka leaps down to attack the Wraiths, Kyouko gives a grin.. a ferocious, one-fanged grin, and she leaps down after the sword-wielding girl. "That's my Saya-chan!" She returns, sounding happy.
        Kyouko fights alongside Sayaka, moving in sync with her, her spear flashing alongside the other girl's sword, stabbing and slicing through the Wraiths in harmony. They may not have fought side-by-side in a while, but that doesn't mean she's forgotten how to do it.
Sayaka Miki 2016-11-01 23:52:46 59461
    "Bodyguards, huh? Well, with you as Mamoru's bodyguard, I'm sure he's well protected. Oh yeah, I guess I already know Kunzite-san, and I've met Nephrite-san before too." she smirks as she continues to slash and slice through the wraiths. For a moment, they seemed attracted by Sayaka's presence, but as her spirits seem at least a bit more uplifted now, suddenly they're easier for her to defeat. Still, she takes her time enjoying the thrill of the fight.

    "I missed this.." she murmurs aloud, almost seeming to dance with her sword as she brings down two wraiths, sweeping up their grief cubes in one hand as she turns to face more. "Fighting alongside you again..It feels good. I'm sure we can make this work, and I can help you carry your burden whenever you need to..It'll be alright, wont it?"

    Saya closes her eyes for a moment, missing a step and gets slashed by a wraith from behind. "Gaah!" she yells out in pain and fury, spinning around to quite violently dissect it. For a moment, she pauses, breathing lightly, "But I wonder, if I have a greater destiny too..?"
Kyouko Sakura 2016-11-01 23:59:59 59462
    "Saya-chan, watch out!" Kyouko calls as she sees Sayaka get slashed, and cry out in pain. She snarls in fury, but Sayaka has already dispatched that particular Wraith before she can get there. Instead, she whirls her spear overhead, fragmenting it into wood linked by chain, sending it into several more of the Wraiths like a storm of blades and chains.

    Before long, most of them are gone, and she has a decent haul of Grief Cubes. They aren't as potent as Grief Seeds, so more of them are needed.. but even split between the two of them, this is a pretty good night's work.

    She pauses, catching her breath for a moment as she turns to Sayaka again.

    "'Course it'll be alright, Saya-chan. See, I've learned that there's always a way.. and always people to help you, if you just let 'em." She smiles. "I'll be honored to fight by your side, whether it's my burden or yours that needs help carryin'."

    She tilts her head then, examining the other girl thoughtfully. "You already help protect this city from evil, Sayaka." She points out. "If you ask me, that's a pretty great destiny all on its own. But could there be more? Probably. You have skills, and you have determination. No matter what you end up doing with your life, I'm sure it will benefit the world in a big way. I believe that, cuz I believe in you. Whether we walk together or different paths, I have no doubt you'll be a hero."
Sayaka Miki 2016-11-02 00:09:08 59463
    Finally, after a while, together they manage to defeat all the wraiths. Several more grief cubes tumble out, and Sayaka smiles, relieved. "We did it!" she smiles, breathing a bit more heavily, but at least she did a better job today than she's done over the last several weeks.

    Smiling, encouraged, Sayaka nods and gathers up some of the cubes, leaving enough for Kyouko, "I should bring some back to Madoka-chan and Homura-san. They've been distributing them to those who are most in need. I've no idea how many more Puella are out there besides us four, but I'll do my best to help everyone out.."

    She glances over at Kyouko, still a bit uncertain of the future but..Maybe it really will be okay, whatever the future holds for them. "Thank you, Kyou..Kyou-chan." Saya seems to watch her for a moment too long as she thinks. "You've changed. You've grown..Gentler.."
Kyouko Sakura 2016-11-02 00:13:25 59464
    A faint blush touches Kyouko's cheeks at Sayaka's words, and she glances down after a moment, shrugging, her newly short hair ruffled about her face from the fighting before she pushes it back with a hand. "I'm trying to be.. more than I was, Saya-chan. You helped me start down that path.. so thank you."

    She reaches out and grips Sayaka's shoulder again. "Remember, like I said.. I'll always be your friend, and I'll always be here to help you when you need it. Don't hesitate to call. And I'm sure I can find time to patrol with you at least once a week or somethin', on a regular basis. We can work that out, too."

    "For now, I better get back home. Momo-chan should be home soon and I need to make sure she has dinner. It was really good patrollin' and fightin' alongside you again Saya-chan. Let's make sure to do it more often, huh?" She smiles again.. and then turns to leap away over the rooftops.
Sayaka Miki 2016-11-02 00:19:03 59465
    Sayaka nods. "You've come a long way. I'm glad I could help, and I hope we can continue to help each other." she bites her lip, thinking about Momo, nodding slowly, "Yeah..I guess you should check up on her. But if you ever need a babysitter..?"

    Again, Sayaka stiffens a bit as she touches her shoulder, feeling her warmth, wanting to reach out and hug her, but holding herself back. "I know..And I'll always be here to help you too, I promise."

    Then all too soon, it's over, and Kyouko's leaping across the rooftops, soon out of sight. "And, maybe some day, we can figure 'us' out too..Right..?"

    Drawing a deep breath, Sayaka turns and picks up her school bag, glancing at her watch and hurrying home herself. Oh, it's getting late, her parents will worry too..And she still has that study session to go to, tomorrow morning!