Sakura wakes up in Miku's care. And the two of them wind up talking about friends, and about pain.

Date: 2017-04-19
Pose Count: 20
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-19 07:13:35 74828
Poor Sakura didn't get a whole lot of dignity. Miku's strong, and athletic, and brave, and devoted, but she's also incredibly pragmatic. So Sakura was put over her shoulder, rather than carried like a princess, all the way to Verone and Miku's dorms. It's just easier to carry her tha tway.

When they reached Verone, Miku took several back staircases to reach the room she shares with Hibiki, then stepped inside. The place is more like a little apartment than an actual dorm room. There's a separate kitchenette and bathroom with a soaking tub, a small living area, and bunkbeds! The bottom bunk has blankets draped down from the top, concealing it like a little storage area or closet. But there's only a bed down there; a secret place behind the blankets. It's there that Miku laid Sakura to rest; helping her out of her shoes and socks, and carefully placing her on the covers with all the care a friend can muster. She undid Sakura's outer coat as well, and put that aside, leaving her only in her undergarments, to avoid her overheating. Her clothes, however, are carefully folded at the end of the bed, available to be put on before she leaves the chilly darkness of the little cave-bed.

Without, the lights are off in Miku's little apartment-dorm room. But Miku is not in the bed above. And Hibiki? Hibiki hasn't been here for months.

The virtuoso is, instead, curled up with her knees to her chest, back to a wall, staring out the large plate windows towards the darkened sky. There are tears in her eyes, but she isn't crying loud.

And the room smells heavily of broth; some kind of miso, it seems.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-19 07:20:29 74829
Sakura Kinomoto would, eventually, awaken. She groaned and started to sit up. She looked around in confusion, before crawling out of the bed. What happened? The last thing she remembered was Alexis and... "Ah!" she yelled, looking around frantically. But nothing happened. She reached up and held her head, cringing as she felt a little pressure behind her ears.

But in a moment, it was gone. Odd, she swore she felt... something. Must have been her imagination. She grabbed her clothes and began to get dressed, looking around in confusion. "H-hello?" she called out. "Miku-chan? Sayaka-chan?" A small pause. "Alexis...-kun?" she squeaked a little nervously.
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-19 07:22:40 74830
The sound of Sakura's voice draws Miku from her reflection. She grabs a tissue and wipes her face dry, hastily trying to make it look like she hasn't been crying. The tissue gets ditched in the trash can before she pads towards the little bed-cave and pulls the covers aside. Squatting down in front of the bed, Miku peers into the darkness, her eyes full of worry and red with her tears.

"Sakura-chan?" she asks worriedly. "Are you okay?"
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-19 07:30:44 74831
Sakura Kinomoto stared up at her and gave a nod. "Uh huh. What happened? Are the cards okay?" she asked worriedly. "T-they can't be on their own for too long, other people can't talk to them like I can, they'll get worried. They--"

Then stopped when she stared at the girl. She had been crying. Sakura care mode, engage. And then she was suddenly hugging Miku around the waist, closing her eyes. "I... I don't know what happened but... but everything will be alright, okay? If we were captured or... or something, we'll figure it out. Okay?"
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-19 07:33:20 74832
"I have your th--huh!?" Miku is taken entirely by surprised when Sakura hugs her, and she instinctively reaches around to pat the girl on the back of the head. "Wh--no. It's not ... it's nothing like that," she explains quietly. "Just ... just ... I was thinking about something," she explains quietly. "Someone." A faint sigh as she glances over her shoulder at the window, then looks down to Sakura. "Listen, Alexis drained you pretty good. I've ... I've got some soup made. If you can make it to the table," she motions to her worktable, not so very far away, "I can bring you some. You should eat. Drink. Get your strength back before you try doing anything crazy."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-19 07:39:50 74833
Sakura Kinomoto nodded. "O-okay. Food sounds really good." She'd pull away... and then almost fall over, having to grab onto Miku. Her eyes widened and suddenly she looked a lot more tired, her grip rather weak. It only lasted for a few moments before she reached up and grabbed her head, the weakness fading. "S-sorry. I think whatever he did to me it... it still hasn't passed."

She then smiled up at her. "If... if you want to talk about it, we can. If this person isn't here anymore then..." She frowned and... "Daddy always says if... if you really care about someone, if you really love them and they really love you, they're always there. Even when they can't be there, or they're... gone. They're always looking out over you and... and in your heart. So... if you have to cry, then cry as much as you need to. There's no shame in it. But... but when it's all over, you need to keep pushing forward and, and trying your best! So when you meet them again, you'll have a bunch of new stories and things to tell them about!" she said with a big grin.
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-19 07:42:39 74834
Miku could have predicted the near collapse. That's why she's there to catch Sakura when she falls on her. "It's okay," she says, helping Sakura to her feet. "He drained your energy. Vampires do that," she explains quietly as she guides Sakura to the table.

After helping her sit, Miku heads towards the kitchenette, and pours some of the miso broth in a large mug, along with some bits of tofu, and a side of tea. All of these are brought to Sakura and set on the table before her. "Careful, the soup's hot," she warns, as she takes a seat.

Then, she stops to think on Sakura's words and lets out a sigh. "The problem is, I don't ... know if any of those things are true," she says quietly. "We've been together since we were little kids. And now she's gone, and I don't know if she's coming back, or if she even misses me. I just don't know."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-19 07:49:28 74835
Sakura Kinomoto nodded and slowly ate for a little bit. She thought on those words as she ate, staring down. Then, finally...

"She does," she said after a moment. "She's your friend, right? I know she misses you then. Because you're nice and wonderful and sweet. And... and you said you've been friends since little kids, right?"

She frowned and tried to think of the right words. Finally, she spoke up. "Tomoyo-chan. She's been my friend as far back as I can remember. Always always been there for me. And even though she's not always there, I know she misses me just as much as I miss her." there was a pause. "I know she loves me just as much as I love her. And... and I'm sure your friend does too! You just have to trust her! Even if sometimes it's hard or scary. You can't give up no matter what, okay? Because she's your friend. And if she's a good enough friend that she means that much to you, that means she's a good enough friend to miss you when she can't be there!" she said matter of factly.
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-19 08:07:47 74836
A faint sigh escapes Miku at the well-meaning, but all-too simplistic advice from the 10-year-old. "Sakura-chan," she mumbles quietly, then shakes her head and looks away. "It's not that simple," she says softly. "Hibiki ..." she trails off, then mumbles, "She doesn't seem the same, anymore. Ever since Gungnir ... nothing's the same."

Miku sighs and looks back to Sakura. She's quiet for several moments, then leans forward to tap the bowl, "Finish your soup. It's important that you eat." Another pause, then she asks, "Sayaka-san. Can ... you introduce me to her again, sometime? She was very brave. I'd like to meet her. And I promised her an explanation."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-19 08:13:55 74837
Sakura Kinomoto nodded and then glanced up at her. "So? Even when people change, that doesn't mean they aren't them anymore!" she said firmly, before she lowered her eyes. She nodded. "Uh huh. I'll introduce you again. She's really cool and awesome."

She was quiet for a moment, staring down and...

"I... changed a lot too. You know? With all of this. More than... more than I thought I would." She was quiet for a moment longer, then... "More than I should have. I... I lost almost a year of time." She clenched her spoon tightly. "All... all of my friends I'd made, and the memories, they were all there. They still have them. The magic ones, at least. They remember me. They... they knew me. But I didn't know them, you know? And... and for the longest time I was so scared it'd happen again. That I'd... lose my life and my thoughts and my memories and my time all over again. I was really, really scared. But... but you know what? Even if that happens... even if everything I do gets... undone again? And I disappear and... have to start over? I'm fine. Because I'll always, always be me. Even if I... even if I lose my whole life a dozen times, and I have to start over every time. I'll still be me. I'll make all my friends again. I'll capture all the cards again. And I won't, no matter what, give up. And... and I think your friend is the same way. No matter how much she changes, she'll always be there. She'll still miss you, because she's your friend. And she will come back and... and be there for you. Because... because even if she changes, even if some things are different. The very core of who she is, the part that... that you're best friends with? That doesn't change. Some things will but... but who a person is, doesn't change. You know?"
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-19 08:19:25 74838
Miku's expression tightens at Sakura's words, and her eyes threaten to water again with tears. "Sakura," she mumbles. "It's not that simple," she reiterates, more tersely--more firmly. "People do change. And even if they're the same person underneath, their opinions change. Their wants and needs and hopes ... change. Hibiki didn't want to be a musician! She didn't want to be anything except lazy! Then she nearly died, and I got transferred here, and then she wanted to be a musician to be with me. But then she got here and realised it's hard work to sing and play piano like I do. And she's realising she doesn't want that. And she doesn't want to stare at the stars with me. She's a Magical Girl--a powerful wielder of the Symphogear Gungnir!

"--and I'm ... just Kohinata Miku," continues the grunette upsettedly. "A star-struck idiot who thought she could have everything, and has lost almost all of it for trying."

A sniffle as Miku tries to hold back the pain, and then she stands suddenly and walks away towards the entrance foyer. "Finish your soup," she mumbles unhappily, as she starts rifling through her backpack a little forcefully.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-19 08:28:25 74839
Sakura Kinomoto blinked a few times. "I... but... but you two can still be friends! I mean, even if you're not the same people, you can always be friends. Tomoyo-chan and me will always be friends, you know? Even when we graduate and even if we go off to different schools and when we get married and have our own families and kids and stuff, we'll still always be the best of friends, you know?" she said, giving a nod.

"And just because you can't do magic doesn't mean you're not special! Tomoyo-chan can't do any magic, but she's still my best friend in the whole world! She helps me in all the other ways with things I can't do! she makes me new outfits and covers for me when I have to capture a card and is there when I need someone to talk to and helps me when I get scared or worried and makes the best snacks in the whole world and supports me in so many ways with so many things I can't do myself! And I bet Hibiki-chan feels the exact same way about you!"

"And I bet she wants to be here with her best friend now but, but sometimes it's really scary because we can't always protect the people we care about and so it's easier to try and hide rather than risking them getting hurt again!" she yelled, clenching her little fists with a great, fiery passion.
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-19 08:30:27 74840
Miku continues hunting through her bookbag while Sakura talks, then starts to make her way back to the table carrying the little satchel with her cards, and the key. As Sakura's passion is revealed, Miku places the items before her on the table.

"Which is why," Miku replies to her, "if I ever find out you're abandoning Tomoyo like Hibiki has abandoned me, I will beat the crap out of you, little kid or no. Finish your soup," Miku growls. "Tomoyo is probably really worried about you. So you need to finish eating so you can go see her."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-19 08:32:59 74841
Sakura Kinomoto actually froze, her eyes going wide. Miku just threatened her. Not even a minor threat like 'You'll get grounded' or 'You'll love tv privaleges for a week'. She actually threatened to beat the crap out of her. "I..." she said softly.

Then lowered her eyes. "I'd... never abandon Tomoyo-chan," she said pitifully. She was not going to cry. Even if she wanted to. She slowly ate her food, nibbling it and struggling to hold the tears back.
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-19 08:35:28 74842
The sudden change in response from Sakura is enough to blow the bluster out of Miku's sails. She sinks back into her own seat and sighs, closing her eyes. She never used to be this angry--certainly not this violent.

Maybe it wasn't Hibiki doing the changing, between them.

"That's a good girl," she says quietly, reaching up to pat Sakura on the head. "If you care for Tomoyo, make sure she knows. And don't keep her out of your life just because she hasn't got magic. People like Tomoyo and I ... we know the risks. We get it. But that's not going to stop us from being there for people like you and Hibiki. So let us decide what's too much. Okay?"
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-19 08:50:08 74843
Sakura Kinomoto nodded, nibbling her food. For a few moments she was quiet and then...

"I... I know. Tomoyo-chan never complains about this. Any of this. About how dangerous it is. I never see her get scared or worried. She always just... runs in." She gave a small snicker. "And... and the only time she gets upset is when she's not there to record it. And whenever there's an emergency, she's always calm and knows what to do. And when I can't think of a plan, she takes care of it. She is so good with fashion and so smart. She knows a ton about computers, too. She doesn't get frightened by ghosts or haunted things. And she's so amazing and wonderful."

She was quiet for a long moment. Then... "And she's gotten hurt, twice. The first time this... this bad guy locked her into a mirror and... and made a monster from it and I was so scared I wouldn't be able to help her." Tears welled up in ehr eyes. "Then... then Alexis-kun got her and I didn't know what he was and... and I wasn't strong enough to fight him. All I could do was...was lure him away. He was faster than me a-and stronger than me and I couldn't protect her." She sniffled and wiped her eyes. "And... and I know I can't... not let her come. But... but sometimes I wish I could, you know? because... because it's so much scarier when I see her get hurt..."

She then looked up. "What... happened to Alexis-kun? Did... Sayaka-chan catch him?"
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-19 08:53:11 74844
"And she always wishes you wouldn't go," Miku replies to Sakura quietly, "because even if you're brave and powerful, it's still dangerous for you. How long were you in the hospital?" she asks Sakura, eyebrows raised.

But then Sakura asks about Alexis, and Miku turns her head away. "I don't know," she lies quietly. "You need to ask Sayaka-san that question. I had to get you to safety and didn't see how it all ended."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-19 08:59:50 74845
Sakura Kinomoto sighs and nods. "I... I know. Sometimes I wish I didn't..."

She looked down and picked up her key and the cards, hugging them. "... They'll all be caught soon. Then... then I don't know what will happen. Maybe I won't be needed anymore..." But they probably both knew that wasn't true. Sakura knew too much. There was no way she'd stop helping, even if she had all the cards. Especially if she had all the cards. "And that was... different. I got hurt because of my own mistake. She... gets hurt because of my mistakes too..." she mumbled.

"O-oh. I... I guess I should... text her then. Thanks. I--" She started to get up and Miku would see it. The sudden just... loss. The words disappeared and her eyes began to partially close and she wobbled a little, giving the other girl just enough time to catch her if she tried. She'd lay there for a moment, before groaning. "S-sorry. I think... I think I just feel a little light headed. Maybe... I should go see Tomoyo-chan now... right? Less intensive that way..."
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-19 09:02:27 74846
Miku's paying more attention than she lets on. The urge to be helpful--to care for this small child--is immense. The moment Sakura wobbles, Miku's arms are t here, gently scooping Sakura up off her feet. "Maybe," she murmurs, as she carries Sakura back to the little cave-bed, "you should rest a while longer. Text Tomoyo and tell her where you are. Text your parents and tell them you're with Tomoyo. And then sleep. I'll wake you up in the morning and take you to see her. Don't worry, no one sleeps in this bed, anyways."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-19 09:05:31 74848
Sakura Kinomoto nods. "O-oh. Okay. I'll just... take a short nap... okay?" she mumbled. Pulling out her phone and sending three quick texts before... closing her eyes.

If Miku paid attention, she might notice that Sakura was holding the cards tightly in her other hand. Even while asleep. No, even if she could... she'd never stop trying to help.