None Must Suffer


Sayaka visits Seth in the hospital. Unfortunately, so does a Witch.

Date: 2017-03-22
Pose Count: 44
Seth Locke 2017-03-22 21:05:46 73938
It's late afternoon in Tokyo, but it looks incredibly bright in Mitakihara General. With its lights starting to go on, the place is immersed in a bright white - maybe its a color that stands for optimism in face of bad situations. Maybe the smell of detergent and ether is really to disguise the stench of suffering, of death.

These are some of the conjectures that go through Seth's mind, as he lies on his bed tied to machines that monitor him continuously - and he's got a lot of free time to do some idle thinking.

Looking at the ceiling, he takes a deep breath and relaxes, meaning to sleep - something which he's always been afraid to do, for he fears the next time he closes his eyes, he might not open them up again.
Sayaka Miki 2017-03-22 21:12:49 73939
    Sayaka had stormed off in a huff the last time they met here, not because of anything that Seth had said, but because Norie had made another unexpected appearance which had left her in a bad mood.
    However, she was worried about Seth and so she had ventured back to his room, peering around, making sure the coast is clear before she enters, this time with a tasty bag of cheetos.
    "Hiya Seth, how're you doing today? Feeling any better?" she smiles and waves to him, setting the chips down on the table next to him.
Seth Locke 2017-03-22 21:24:34 73942
Eyes close, and close, and close, and... Sayaka comes in!

Seth snaps out of his dozing, eyes turning to face Sayaka. "Hey there, Sayaka-chan." He clears his throat. "Well, the miracles of modern medicine help, but there is a lingering burning sensation in my chest..." He visibly struggles to get himself into a comfortable sitting position, grimacing as he does so. "And how're you doing?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-03-29 03:24:15 74295
    Her smile fades a bit, although she does her best to cheer him up, pulling open the curtains a bit to let the sunshine in. "Don't give up hope, Seth-kun, I'm sure we'll find a way.." She peers out the window thoughtfully, in silence for a few minutes as she remembers how she told Kyousuke-kun that exact same thing. But Saya had already used up a wish on him. Could she possibly perform a similar miracle for Seth?

    Glancing back at him, Sayaka forces another smile, "Heey, do you like cheetos? They're super cheesy!" She pushes that bag towards him as she listens, nodding slowly, "Hm, does it..Hurt? At least you're feeling a bit better right? Maybe all you need is some good rest."

    And then, Saya pulls out some CDs, "Annd, maybe some music to lighten your day?"
Seth Locke 2017-03-29 03:44:45 74299
"I tasted Cheetos before", he says, a bit of a chuckle. "But eating them is a bit of a no-no." He points to his chest. "Not sure this bad boy would appreciate it."

He grimaces as he struggles to sit on his bed, and there's a bit of a grunting sound. "Just... No Babymetal, please. As much respect as I have for rising bands, when you have a kid sister who discovered the band, and has flooded the house with the songs playing in stereo, over and over again, you can only take so much."
Sayaka Miki 2017-03-29 03:48:49 74300
    Sayaka bites her lip, pulling the cheetos back, "Geez, I'm sorry! I guess that's hard on your heart.." now she feels a little bad. "Hmm, so is there anything they're allowing you to eat? Maybe something healthy? I just wanted to get something to cheer you up..Any idea how long they'll keep you this time?"

    Moving towards the stereo as she pulls out her CDs, Sayaka just grins and shakes her head, "Don't worry, I listen mostly to classical music. Although I guess lately, Alex-kun has been introducing me to more classical pop songs.." She stares thoughtfully out the window as she mentions his name, wondering what he's been up to lately. It's been a while.

    "Hmm, do you like classical music, Seth-Kun?"
Seth Locke 2017-03-29 04:07:56 74303
"I do, actually", Seth replies. "Beethoven, Mozart... Chopin... Bach..." He raises his hands up, as if to move them to the flow of a song. "A single note can bring a tear to the eye, or a smile to the lips, and all these knew how to do it from the very beginning." He postulates, "Music is just a form of magic, that resonates with other forms of magic. A dynamic process that is part of all things."

"Sound... Light... All have frequencies, and all are part of a symphony which our minds have only just begun to comprehend, but can't hope to comprehend it all." he widens his arms. "Creation bellows out its existence through music, Sayaka-chan."
Sayaka Miki 2017-03-29 04:36:35 74309
    Sayaka oohs, "Really? That's so awesome! Yeah, those are my favorite artists too! I especially like Chopin and Mozart. How about..This.." she slips on the many movements of Chopin's raindrop prelude, a nice, relaxing melody..Except for the thunder and lightning that hopefully dont remind Seth too much of the stormcloud in his heart.

    "Yeah.." she smiles, "Not a lot of young people are into classical music I find. But I really like it." she settles down into the chair next to him, closing her eyes briefly as she listens. "It's amazing, how people can just string together a complex series of sounds together to create a symphony that can move the heart.."

    She peers back at Seth curiously, "Do you play any musical instruments, Seth-kun?"
Seth Locke 2017-03-29 05:00:53 74312
"I don't", Seth replies. "I always found to have my parents' scientific leaning." He shrugs, "Runs in the family, really."

"I guess you play, then?", Seth wonders. "Or someone in your life does?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-03-29 05:16:04 74313
    She shakes her head, "Nah, I dont play. I tried a couple of times, to play the violin that is, but I guess.." sayaka sighs, "Guess I just never had the talent for it. Unlike my friends Kyousuke-kun, and Hitomi-chan. Now they're really talented. I sometimes wish I could have one thing I was really good at but..I guess not.."

    Still, Sayaka seems more content these days than she has for a while. "It's okay though, I mean, now I get to be a real life hero, and help people like you. Getting to help people like that makes me feel good, like maybe my life's worthwhile as a Puella. And given the dangers I run if I lose hope, well..It's kinda important to have hope in myself that I can help other people and make their lives just a little happier."

    She actually looks surprised when he says he cant play, "Wow, really? I'm surprised. I mean, you're super talented at everything else, I figured, you'd most definitely be talented with an instrument as well.." Sayaka smirks. "Are we still on for German lessons some time? I'd really like that."
Seth Locke 2017-03-29 05:46:08 74316
"Maybe one day, I'll try playing", he says, discretely smirking. And the ironic side of his brain lights up the image of a harp. (Really, brain? I expected better from you.)

Moving on from that imagery, he points out. "You know, I hear that sometimes, the people who don't feel good at anything can in fact be the ones with the most potential for everything they set their minds in. So why give up on a goal?"

A moment after, he's paying attention to the song, "...This song the one where he saw himself drowned in a lake, isn't it?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-03-29 06:03:36 74318
    Sayaka chuckles, "Hah! You're probably the type of person who could just pick up any old instrument, and play it like a pro.." She sighs and shrugs, still smiling.

    "It's okay. If I can help people like you, and Sachi-chan, and Alex-kun..Then that would be enough, maybe. As it is, I got to help my friend Kyousuke-kun realize his lifelong dream of playing the violin. And that was worth becoming a Puella Magi, even if it means having to battle witches for the rest of my life."

    Then another song starts, Cello Suite no.1, and Sayaka frowns a bit. "Hmm, who is that?" she arches a brow, having heard this song many times but uncertain to whom he refers.
Seth Locke 2017-03-29 06:22:15 74319
"Why, this one's Bach", Seth replies. "His famous Cello Suite no.1, very much put on the contemporaneous map by Hollywood movie industry, for featuring in many movies." He recalls, "Animations too, though not as many."

Then, he changes subject, "So, not wanting to spoil the musical mood... Can you really help me out?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-03-29 06:38:03 74320
    Sayaka nods, "Yeah, I guess I've heard it in a movie or two.." she smiles, "It's nice isn't it? How music can bring up memories like that." Heck, she could get lost listening to music for hours, and she nearly does, having nearly forgotten the promise she had made to him not so long ago.

    Finally, Sayaka glances back at him, blinking a few times. "Hm, help you out..? Oh!" she slaps her forehead, "Geez, I'm such a dummy, I totally forgot! Seth-kun, I managed to, uh..Recharge my batteries, so to speak. I'm ready to try and heal your heart, if you are! That is, if you haven't decided it's a bad idea afterall.."
Seth Locke 2017-03-29 06:45:19 74321
The thought is long. This is not a decision that comes lightly for him. It's a good idea, one you'd almost immediately jump to, but the possibilities it could go wrong...

Ah, screw it!

"If you can at least buy me some more time, so be it!", Seth exclaims.
Sayaka Miki 2017-03-29 06:55:30 74322
    Sayaka nods and smiles, "Awesome! Then lets get this started. Don't worry, I promise I wont screw up, and if things go well, you may have a new lease on life! If not..Well, I'm sure the worst that could happen is nothing.." well, no. Actually the worst that could happen is that Saya might just drain all her energy and turn into a...Well, she'd rather not think about that right now..

    Grasping her soulgem ring, she rises to her feet and focuses upon the magical artefact, transforming instantly into a Puella Magi. With a smirk she hovers over his bed, holding her hands over his heart, pressing gently on his chest.

    "Now, I haven't actually used my healing powers a whole lot, focusing mostly on offensive abilities, and using it subconsciously mostly to heal my own wounds. But there have been occasions where I've used it to heal others." in other words, she might be a bit..Rusty.

    "Just try and relax, Seth-kun, and if possible, try and think happy thoughts, I think it'll help, a bit.."
Seth Locke 2017-03-30 03:51:38 74323
And happy thoughts is what he focuses on. The warmth and comfort of what was once a perfect home for him, thoughts of his mother, her teaching him japanese, of his father satisfying his natural curiosity, of him seeing his sister for the first time, and how happy he was back then.

He nods slowly, "Just try your best."

And unbeknownst to both youths, someone outside listens to the conversation...
Sayaka Miki 2017-03-30 03:59:31 74324
    Sayaka nods and smiles as she rests a hand lightly on his chest, just over his heart. Sure, she can do this. Piece of cake, right? Afterall, she is the most powerful healing Puella out there..Right?

    "Of course, I always do my best, and I never give up!" she responds confidently. Fortunately she had thought to close the door behind her as she came in, and locked it too. It would be disastrous if a nurse were to randomly come in in the middle of her spell. The window however, is not closed.

    As she closes her eyes, Sayaka does what she can to bring her mind to calm clear focus as well. And as she focuses upon Seth and his diseased heart, she tries to picture his wounded organ in her mind's eye, caressed by her strong, healing hands.

    Slowly her hands start to glow in a soft blue aura that may feel slightly warm and tingly over Seth's chest. Her soulgem glows brilliantly now as she focuses her energies upon his body, surrounding his heart now with healing blue magic, seeking not to neutralize the darkness which is beyond her powers, but to fill in the dying and weakenned flesh with some of her own raw energy, to reform broken bonds and recharge his heart anew if she can.

    Of course Sayaka is no surgeon, and all she can do is use the power of her mind and her soul to try and seal whatever wounds are festered in there and encourage cell regeneration in the same way she might a cut or gash. The only difference is that she cannot exactly see this wound..
Seth Locke 2017-03-30 04:34:00 74325
Seth's reaction as Saya places her hands on his chest makes is that of a fontained gasp, like she had touched a wound. And yes, under the thin hospital vest, it may be noticeable, a scar that departs from the area of his heart, like something struggling to run tendrils of scar tissue across his torso.

He sighs deeply, and the symptoms seem to alleviate a bit...

But then, something starts to go wrong, as the walls begin to distort and shift; Sayaka would know these effects upon the environment pretty well.

The same can't be said for the american boy, who asks, "H-hey... What is this?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-03-30 04:57:21 74326
    At first, Sayaka doesn't notice as the walls begin to shift and change; She's so focused upon the task at hand, her tendrils of magic entangled within the wound as she tries to repair the damage that her magical girl senses do not immediately pick up on the change in environment and the presence of a darker magic..

    However, when Seth draws her attention to it, she blinks slowly, peering around as she continues to try and heal him. "Huh..This isn't good.." She frowns softly. Well, at least this time, Saya brought a handful of grief cubes with her. But will it be enough, in her weakenned state?

    "We need to stop..And I need to get you outta here, Seth.." Slowly, gently, she lets go, summoning back the healing magics, flinching slightly as sheer exhaustion takes over her body.

    "I dunno if it was enough to do any good, but, can you stand?" As she speaks, Sayaka peers around, trying to locate the origin of the witch. If she can find the grief seed, perhaps she can destroy it before it hatches completely. On the other hand, should she just grab Seth and flee? It's a tough decision and for now she focuses on trying to find the seed..Or the hatchling as the case may be. But Seth still needs to be ready should things go awry.
Seth Locke 2017-03-30 05:15:28 74327
"I... I think so...", he pulls his sheets, and pulls out the tubing over his nose. As he tries to raise himself from the bed, he grimaces, but it doesn't seem to hurt as much.

"I think it worked, even if just a bit", there's the star of hope in his eyes, but it quickly fades to look around. "What's going on? It's like reality's being bent and twisted..."
Sayaka Miki 2017-03-30 05:22:06 74328
    Sayaka does not hesitate to rush to his side and help him up to a sitting position at least. "I'm glad you're feeling better." she smiles softly, trying to reassure him even as the world around them continues to distort.

    "I..I think we're in a labrynth..Witch's labrynth, that is. The hospital is a common place of despair and fear, that's why it's often targetted by witches. All I need to do is find the witch and defeat it, then things will turn back to normal. But I should get you out of here first before defeating the witch."

    Hopefully she'll be fast enough to do just that. "Listen, can you walk, or should I try and find a wheelchair? I think there was one in this room a moment ago.." She peers around..
Seth Locke 2017-03-30 05:39:14 74329
Nope, no wheelchair in sight! It looks like in order to get out of here, they're going to have to walk out.

He looks around, "There was one right there, but everything's changed." Also, he tries to keep himself controlled, because from one of the papercut doors of the long hallway the room has turned into, a little figurine steps out, looking like a little baby with big blinking innocent eyes. As it gazes upon the two youngsters, it bellows out a cry, accompanied by the effect of a lullaby. And, from all the doors, the same sort of figurines step out. They make their way to the two, making a sound that looks like giggling.
Sayaka Miki 2017-03-30 05:47:08 74330
    Dammit, not a wheelchair in sight! Seth's probably not strong enough to run out of here, and now that they're surrounded, doesnt look like carrying him to some safe place and returning will be an option either.

    Sayaka narrows her eyes as she summons her cutlass. "Fine then, guess you guys leave me only one option! I'll just have to cut y'all down to size!" Gritting her teeth, she rushes at some of the babies, ignoring their seemingly innocent appearances and 'cute' giggles as she cuts through one after the other mercilessly.

    But how many are there? As more come out of the woodwork, she growls and traces a blue glowing circle in front of her. "Shooting stinger!" she yells, summoning six more sword which dance and flash as they rush through the air, each one slicing through another baby.

    "Alright, I hate to do this, Seth-kun, but we cant stay here. I need to find the witch, and if I leave you here, you'll just be a sitting duck.." And she slides her shoulder under one of his arms, trying to help him to his feet. "We'll try and take it slow, and when we get to the heart of the labrynth, I want you to hide. Got it?"
Seth Locke 2017-03-31 22:15:18 74342
The american boy can't help but be amazed at the way Sayaka moves and creates her weapons, her sheer resolve to keep him safe made manifest.

But this is no time for celebration and amazement, because from the ceiling - or whatever passes for ceiling in the fabric of a Witch Labyrinth, scratches and tears can be heard, accompanied by what seem to be knives jutting out. These move, and the ceiling rips and tears, and the view quickly takes on the form of a nightmare.

A figure, some good 200 meters tall starting from mid-waist - which is from where you start to see it at the edge of the ceiling - looms over the two humans. Its fingernails, which tore the ceiling open like fabric, are in fact surgical knives, that melt into wrists that fuse with rather elongated, ropey, even daresay elastic arms. The frame of this nightmarish entity is that of a woman in a nurse's outfit, one that seems to be ready to burst at the button line, no less, and that bubbles into bumps and swirls underneath the vest. The most horrifying is the face, covered in open wounds, and from each of these an eye gazes at the world, twisting and turning in every direction possible.

Runes start to fly and swirl in the air, meaning found as 'Protect... Watch... Nightshift... Save, save, save them all... None must suffer... Euthanize...'

The figure's multiple eyes gleams at Sayaka. Queue in the name on-screen:

"EIR"

The witch has arrived. And it pinches a loud, sharp roar, like a banshee.

"I... I don't suppose this is one of your witches...?", Seth says.
Sayaka Miki 2017-03-31 22:22:18 74343
    Sayaka guides Seth slowly through the labrynth, her soulgem leading her directly to the heart of this crazy place. When she meets the witch who owns this labrynth, she sighs and shakes her head - more..Annoyed, than fearful at its gruesome form.

    "Oh great, a nurse-witch. Seriously, it's like, a dime a dozen down here at the hospital." She glances at Seth, flashing a confident smile, "Now listen, I need you to hide, somewhere safe, until I can defeat this monster. I hate to make you feel helpless, but right now, you need to conserve your strength.."

    Actually she knows very well how it is to get caught up with witches and other monsters and be powerless to defend herself.

    Narrowing her eyes, she pulls out her sabre, pointing it at the witch. "Alright, big an' ugly time to teach you a lesson about proper patient care! I, Puella Magi Sayaka Miki, shall punish you!"

    Saya strikes just a brief pose before she launches herself at the monster, seeking out its weak spot as she hacks and slashes and dances around its form, attempting to cut it down to size. "Tempesto Typhoon!" she yells as she spins around, summoning a massive whirlwind around herself and launching it at the creature.
Seth Locke 2017-03-31 22:47:50 74345
"It's not you that's making me feel powerless, trust me...", And he tries to get up, yet again to no avail. He grimaces as he does so, grunting as his heart starts to stress out. "Shit... Not again..." The little baby critters that do remain - with more on the way - gather around the hospital bed, and start to do the unthinkable: they begin to rock the bed, singing that lullaby.

Sayaka starts her attack, and in response the creature's vest twists and swirls and contorts... To rip open like some vertical mouth, from where machine tubing juts out wildly like tentacles to block and parry Sayaka's strike.

But its focus is not lost on Seth, as a part of its eyes loom on him. It swings a hand, where two of those scalpels are right on collision course with him(!). Well, only one thing left to do, then... The boy takes a deep breath, and rolls off the bed; just in time, too, because those two scalpel-fingers shatter it to bits like they were nothing!

The beast looms, making what it looks like a weeping sound - like mercy, perhaps?
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-09 02:10:27 74573
Sayaka Miki frowns. "Geez..Persistent, arent they?" and she continues to slash through the creatures with her sabre.

    But it seems Seth is in trouble! and as they knock him to the ground, she rushes to help him up, peering around.

    "Can you walk a bit? We just need to defeat the witch, then we can get out of this labrirynth!"

    Glancing around, she spins her sword around at eye-blurring speed, fast enough to generate a whirlwind around herself.

    "Tempestuoso Typhoon!!" she yeljs, launching the typhoon at the familiars and the witch, hopefully clearing the area enough for Seth to run to safety.
Seth Locke 2017-04-09 03:02:06 74574
Now lying on the floor, Seth winces as the IV tubing rattles all the way up to his arm. But there's no time to think, as the boy still has to contend with those baby critters, who start to move towards him...

Baby critters which get swept way by the wind, blown away some considerable distance.

The Witch too is hit by the tornado, her towering frame almost blown off-balance - almost. Now, time for the retaliation...

And it comes in the form of tubing, projected by the gaping maw in that creature's chest, like tentacles, at each of its victims/opponents.

"Sayaka-chan", Seth exclaims, "your attacks don't seem to be doing much against it! But I have a theory!" He announces, "Go for its ey...!"

And that rubbery tubing just gets wrapped around him, more particularly his waist. And it starts to squeeze, softly but sturdily.

'The eyes!', Seth's lips soundlessly pronounce. 'Hurry!'
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-09 03:15:11 74575
Sayaka Miki narrows her eyes, "Dammit!" usually she only has to worry about herself.

    But this time she has Seth to worry about. She crouches protectively in front of him, knowing he wont last long without the hospital equipment.

    It wraps more tibing around his neck and she snarls angrily, attempting to slice him free.

    His advice doesnt go ignored either, nodding with a smaile. "Alright then..Hey big an' ugly, here's lookin' at you!"

    Hopefully that got its attention as she summons a massive sword and hurls it towards the witch's eyes. "Sforzando!" she yells.
Seth Locke 2017-04-15 04:26:32 74724
The american boy grasps for air as the rubbery garrote tightens its grip; inside, something is about to give in, and the fact he's turning blue from that squeeze shows it.

A squeeze that is prevented from ending in an audible cracking sound, as the tendril is cut in half by Sayaka's sword. The Witch's frustrated wail is loud; in retaliation it prepares to slash into the very room, catching whoever she can...

Only to wince in pain as one of her eyes is slashed, dropping fluid that once falling wherever, it starts to corrode.

Luckily, it doesn't fall too near Seth - that would be just too big a bad luck, now wouldn't it?
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-15 04:57:10 74725
    Sayaka narrows her eyes, gathering up her swords, and rushing through the creature as she hacks and slashes it to bits. One never knows when a witch might have regenerative powers. She's not taking any chances.

    Finally, when she's certain that its dead and gone, she does not wait to see if it will produce a grief seed.

    Instead she rushes to Seth's side, checking his vitals before helping him up. "Seth..Are you alright??" there's a note of concern, anxiety even, in her voice as she speaks.
Seth Locke 2017-04-15 05:34:34 74727
The Witch wails and falls into bits, the result of Sayaka's powerful slashes. The Labyrinth vanishes, leaving Seth felled on the cold ground.

He coughs as he tries to get back up to the bed. "You know, I think I'm writing the administration a strong-worded letter about the nurseing staff in this hospital..."
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-16 19:46:43 74743
    Sayaka shivers a bit, feeling doubly exhausted from having healed him initially, and now after fighting the witch. Still, she musters what strength she can to help him back to his bed. "I'm sorry..."

    She laughs a bit nervously, climbing tiredly into the nearby chair, resting her head on his chest. "I thought you would be safe here, and I over exerted myself..I'm glad you're alright though.." she reaches out to squeeze his hand, overcome with emotion for the moment, more concerned about his safety and well-being than her own.

    Even so, as she transforms back, he may notice that her ring is now colored with big swirls of black, a little too dangerous perhaps..
Seth Locke 2017-04-16 19:57:32 74744
Seth Locke winces as he climbs up the bed. "You got it the other way around", he says. "I was saved because you were here." Now that should brighten her day, right?

He looks at Sayaka's ring, so close that his eyes are to see her hand in detail.

"Your ring...", he notes.
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-18 23:19:38 74769
    How long has she been fighting for others? Putting others first? She is so exhausted now, she just wants to sleep. "Hmmm..." she yawns, still resting on the edge of the bed, "Let me sleep...Just a little longer.."

    The grief seed rolls and hits the front left bedpost before coming to a stop, but Sayaka is so out of it right now that she doesn't seem to notice. And her soulgem grows slowly darker. This time, it may be up to Seth to save the day..
Seth Locke 2017-04-18 23:55:07 74771
Seth Locke can't help but notice the Grief Seed as this one drops, and he drags himself to grab a hold of it. He studies it, though he can't really make much of it; but didn't Sayaka at some point say she needed these?

So, he does whatever is necessary to help the magical girl who just helped him - he gives the pin-shaped object to her.

"I think you need this, Sayaka-chan." Of course, he doesn't know /what/ a Puella needs to do with it.

But let's make a careful observation here. When Sayaka walked into the room, she had the jewel on her ring glowing brightly, and it doesn't grow as brightly anymore. So, using Puella powers darkens the gem, which could act as a meter for her energy, as seen from previous occasions when she showed herself as a Puella in the past - depleted, she becomes tired, it would seem.

Right. Now, the Seed - it's dark, maybe even swirling with energy. Energy which at this point seems depleted - since the Witch was destroyed, or contained, or whatever -, looking pretty much like an odd hairpin. Now, apply a bit of science to this, and we know that energy is never obliterated, only dissipated into something else, like another form of energy... But in this case, it might really be a simple migration of energy from point A to point B. Seems pretty textbook, right?

So, almost intuitively, Seth approaches the Grief Seed before Sayaka's Soul Gem...
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-19 00:07:01 74773
    When the grief seed is placed next to Sayaka's soulgem on her stomach, the soulgem seems to glimmer more brilliantly. In fact, as he holds it up, the griefseed seems to be actually sucking up all the dark energy from the soulgem, absorbing a portion of it, enough so that Sayaka actually blinks and opens her eyes, looking a fair bit better than a moment ago.

    "Aah! What happened? Did I just fall asleep?" she frowns, jumping up suddenly, realizing that she nearly stifled Seth by falling asleep on him. "Huh, the griefseed.." eyes widen as she sees that Seth has it, and a look of surprised quickly turns to one of warmth, a grateful smile radiating her features.

    "Seth..You saved my life. Thank you..I cant believe I nearly lost it! This grief seed restored me, I was nearly gone. If you had waited a minute longer.." Well, she doesn't even want to go into what would happen..
Seth Locke 2017-04-19 00:34:36 74775
"Don't worry about it", Seth replies. "After all, what're friends for?"

A slight pause, then he follows with his theory, "I think what's now in here was shutting you down, somehow." He asks, "So, Grief Seeds are the things that keep a Puella Magi going, I take it?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-19 00:38:02 74776
    "Huh..Something like that." she replies, and once she has enough energy, she climbs to her feet, stretching. "Heh, sorry about that, didnt mean to stifle you for a second there. I guess I just really overexerted myself, trying to heal you, and then fighting that witch..May I have the rest of the grief seed? There's enough left in it that I can use it a few times later on.."

    As for how it works, Sayaka just shrugs, careful how she responds to the question. "Well, yeah. I guess the more we use our powers, the more drained we become. Usually we can go several days, even a week without recharging ourselves. But since I used so much energy in a short space of time, this was the result; Exhaustion." No need to worry him about the other terrifying consequences of going too long without a grief seed.
Seth Locke 2017-04-19 00:58:46 74778
"Fine by me", the american boy says as he gives Sayaka the Seed. "I don't use fancy hairpins", he says jokingly.

But, he is getting visibly tired. "Sayaka-chan...", he says. "Can you still... Heal me up, after this battle?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-19 01:00:50 74780
    Sayaka smiles and nods, taking the seed. "Thanks Seth." she slips it carefully away where it wont get lost, before peering him up and down, "Geez, I guess all that running around didnt help much, huh. And it kinda made all the attempts at healing you up pretty pointless.."

    She sighs at the bad timing. She should really rest a bit though, before trying again, "Well..I dunno if I can do much more today I'm afraid. But I can come visit tomorrow and try again.." she pauses, "Dont you feel just a little bit stronger, at least? I'd hate to think all that work was in vain.."
Seth Locke 2017-04-19 01:25:42 74788
"Maybe, I dunno...", the boy says. "I would say I wasn't so tired, but after all this excitement..."

His words are cut short, as an ellegantly dressed man arrives; he knocks on the door first, then enters. "I do apologize, but the visiting hour is almost up, and my brother definetely needs the rest", he says with a charming smile. As he approaches, he quickly grabs his cellphone and, with fingers blazing, he speed-dials something in.

Now, he turns his attention to Seth, "Father's downstairs."

And this makes Seth's mood change from 'normal' to 'serious' - in other words, something's up.

He looks at Sayaka, "I guess we can always look into it again tomorrow", he says, disguising his seriousness as best as he can. "Will you be alright?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-19 01:30:19 74789
    Sayaka nods and smiles, climbing to her feet, heading towards the door but pauses. "Geez, time to go already? And we were having soo much fun!" she smirks, yeah, fighting witches and nearly dying's loads of fun, really!

    But when seh sees someone arriving - is that his brother? She just nods, bowing her head. "Err, okay..Umm..Seth-kun..You take care, alright? I'll see you tomorrow. Hang in there, alright?"

    She nods again, "Yeah, I'll be fine.."