You gotta POWER through!

Kyouko and Makoto help Sakura catch the power card! Also, Kyouko earns caramel popcorn to be delivered later.

Date: 2017-04-20
Pose Count: 26
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-20 23:00:57 74866
Sakura Kinomoto was not having a good night. At all. She'd sent out a mass text again. 'Help help HELP! Park!' it had said.

Now, why was it going so badly? Well, Sakura had met a new card! And the card looked sooooo small and innocent. A tiny little girl, she looked like she was about Sakura's age. And apparently trying to capture her counted as a challenge.

Sakura had done rather well, at first. She'd used the fight card. Got in a few good punches and kicks, kneed her once. Then Power had tried to punch her. And missed.

And smashed a five foot hole through a brick wall, leaving Sakura staring with a look of horror, before turning to the creature.

"O-oh," she squeaked. Before running, calling for help.

Now she was trying to fight it(with the fight card), but she was a little ten year old girl and while she was able to land solid hits, -they weren't doing anything-. And this was Power. She only had to hit -once-.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-04-20 23:06:27 74867
    Kyouko is bad about checking texts. Oh, she always checks them eventually, but usually not until minutes or even hours after she's gotten them- she didn't have a cell phone until relatively recently, and hasn't quite formed habits that are so second-nature to most girls her age. This time, however, Sakura had gotten lucky. Because Kyouko had been upstairs when the texts came in.

    And then she had lost at rock-paper-scissors.

    And so she finds herself heading towards the park, leaping across rooftops with graceful ease, the cape of her Shitennou henshin fluttering behind her, until she lands in the park with a solid 'thump', spear in hand. She glances around, and her eyes narrow in the direction of Sakura and the Power Card- that much magic isn't hard to sense.

    "They better not eat all the popcorn while I'm out.." She mutters, as she heads in that direction.
Makoto Kino 2017-04-20 23:12:15 74868
Sailor Jupiter touches down just a beat behind Apatite, landing a bit more lightly in a swirl of wind that ruffles her hair and tugs at the other girl's cape. She homes in on Sakura and Power just as quickly - two running steps and she's bounding into the air again, buoyed by the wind of her power.

In short order, Sakura will find herself scooped off her feet and safely out of Power's immediate punching range. "Hey," Jupiter says, flashing a quick, reassuring smile. "The cavalry's here. Wanna fill us in?"

Although really, the trail of wrecked spots where Power's other hits landed tells the story pretty well as it is.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-20 23:15:01 74869
Sakura Kinomoto yelped as she was scooped up and then away. She let out a sigh of releif, before pointing. "It's... a ummm, a card! I don't know which one! But it's really powerful and dangerous!" Odd, Tomoyo wasn't with her today.

"It may look small, but it's really powerful. I think it's like... the strength card, or the power card, or the hit card!"

The girl cocked an eye, then... ran at Apatite, trying to punch her next. The kind of punch that would dust bones.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-04-20 23:20:16 74871
    Apatite hadn't moved from where she landed, as Jupiter dashed forward to collect Sakura. This was less callousness and more that she seemed to know what Jupiter was doing, and instead of going with her, had seamlessly interposed herself between the Senshi and Cardcaptor and the rampaging card itself, her red eyes watching the small-girl-appearing-thing with almost casual-appearing unconcern, although the focus of her gaze was anything but.

    "That's one of those annoying cards?" She asks, sounding vaugely skeptical. Not that it was dangerous- the damage surrounding them made that clear. She just wasn't used to the idea of a card appearing as a little girl.

    Then she pauses. "There's a 'hit' card? Who names these things?"

    But before she can get an answer, Power is dashing at her, and trying to punch her! Luckily, Kyouko's combat instincts are as sharp as ever, and she steps fluidly to the side, letting the fist swoosh by her in the air. Almost as if on instinct, she lashes out with her free hand to try and land her own blow upside the card's head-

    Only to have her fist crack against it like punching a brick. "Ow!" She yelps with a grimace, jumping back and shaking her hand. "Okay.. maybe need a new strategy."
Makoto Kino 2017-04-20 23:29:08 74872
"I see," Jupiter says, green eyes turning towards Apatite and the small pink card girl. And indeed, it's hard to miss the results of Apatite's punch. The wind settles once more as Jupiter touches down again, setting Sakura back down on her feet. "We'd better be careful, then."

With her hands freed, she turns to orient herself fully on the card, and her eyes narrow a little. "If hitting her's not going to work..." she murmurs, lifting both hands before her. A spark crackles in an arc between her palms before they press together, gathering energy between them into a tight white-hot sphere.

"Sparkling Wide Pressure!" Her arm cocks back, and then she's hurling the ball-lightning at Power like a fastball.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-20 23:31:41 74873
Sakura Kinomoto shrugged. "I-I don't know! Kero-chan usually tells me the name of the card but he's still sick! Clow Reed named the cards!" And, well, everyone already wanted to punch him.

The card turned towards the blow and... she punched it. She punched lightning.

It worked about as well as one would imagine. The little card was sent hurtling back a moment later, crashing through a tree and looking a bit bruised and battered. But, slowly it got up. It then looked around... before grabbed a tree and with a silent grunt, yanked it from the ground and hurtled it at them.

Sakura, to her credit, got out of there. "Dash!" And ran to avoid it. So they didn't have to save her.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-04-20 23:36:53 74874
    Kyouko leaps back just as Jupiter's ball of lightning flashes in, and the card unwisely attempts to punch it. "Ha! Not everything can be solved by punching, as I have recently learned!" She snerks.. then blinks as the little-looking girl pulls a tree out of the ground and threw it towards them.

    With a red flash, Apatite's spear whips around, slicing neatly through the tree, letting the two halves of the trunk fly past her to crash into the ground, the wind ruffling her short red hair. "Dammit, stop wrecking the park!"

    A glance is cast over towards Jupiter and Sakura. "It seems like non-physical attacks are our best bet." She calls. "I'll distract it.. try an' zap it again!" And then she's dashing forward, her spear whirling in one hand, as she begins a series of complicated, lightning-fast stabs and feints, trying to keep the card's eyes on her and not on the others- while maintaining enough distance to get out of the way of incoming attacks.
Makoto Kino 2017-04-20 23:46:43 74875
Sailor Jupiter has a second or two to feel proud of herself... then Power is uprooting the tree, and her eyes widen even as she's leaping hastily out of the way of the two pieces of ballistic tree wreckage. "Seriously?" she protests, in time with Apatite's complaint about the damage to the park.

At Kyouko's all towards her and Sakura, Jupiter nods quickly in understanding. "Got it!" she calls back, and raising her hands again she begins to circle around for a better shot at Power. "Don't get too close - I don't wanna catch you in it!"

Apatite engages the card up close, while Jupiter watches for her opening. Overhead, dark clouds have gathered where there were none before... and soon enough, the lightning rod in Sailor Jupiter's tiara sparks, and she jabs a hand towards Power to unleash a silvery lance of electricity. "---Ha!"
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-20 23:57:21 74876
Power was, as they'd soon discover, not the smartest girl. As Apatite charged in, the card moved at her as well. Then was forced to back up from the blade. Oh, seemed blunt hits didn't do much, but maybe blades would?

Then the card got frustrated. It stomped its good, sending the ground ahead of it flying, pelting the poor girl with rocks, dirt and brick and possibly knocking her back. It then started to charge forward to try and hit her...

Then a lightning bolt struck her, sending her flying back again. She laid on the ground for a moment longer this time before, slowly, getting to her feet.

She looked hurt and battered. Then she punched the ground, shattering it and sending dirt and rubble flying everywhere, as well as a cloud of dust in about a fifteen food area.

Sakura, to her credit, drew her windy card to clear the wind a second later. However, once it was cleared...

The card was gone? They'd then be able to hear some rustling... the crunching of metal. She'd grabbed and broke a street light, yanking it out of the ground and was running at Kyouko, swinging it.

The poor park. :'(
Kyouko Sakura 2017-04-21 00:02:23 74877
    Apatite, for her part, does notice that the card seems to be avoiding the sharp edge of her blade. She doesn't really get a chance to take advantage of this though, because before she can press her attack, Power stomps the ground and forces Kyouko to duck back, getting pelted with debris. "Agh, dammit!"

    In the end this works out though, because it forces her back just as Jupiter's bolt of lightning zaps in and smashes Power another good one. Lowering her warding arm and shaking chunks of rock from her hair, Apatite grins. "Hey, nuce hit!"

    Her elation is short-lived, however, because the small card-girl re-appears.. wielding a street light like a staff. "Oh, for chrissake.." Kyouko mutters, before flashing her spear up yet again. Her thin little spear shouldn't be able to block a metal bludgeon the size of that streetlight on its own, but it suddenly flares with crimson light as she channels power into it.

    And when the light intersects it, the spear stops the swing with a thunderous clang. Kyouko grunts, falling back a step. "Why the hell does it hate me so much, you're the one who keeps zapping it!" She shouts across at Jupiter as she tries to fend the thing off.
Makoto Kino 2017-04-21 00:23:14 74878
"I don't know!" Jupiter shouts back. "Maybe she's not very smart!"

Lightning is having an effect, but clearly not enough of one. With a grimace of frustration, she clenches her fists and charges towards Power from the side. A wind kicks up and surges ahead of her, becoming a dizzying flurry of flower petals that engulf Power to confuse and disorient her.

If that doesn't take some of the pressure off of Apatite, then maybe having another target in reach - one with electricity sparking and hissing from her fingertips - will help distract Power enough to give one of them an opening.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-21 00:28:09 74879
Power was distracted, backing off from the sudden flowers and wind. It was confused alright.

Granted, then it took a baseball bat swing at Jupiter, aiming for her center of mass.

Sakura cringed, before drawing a card. "Umm, umm... wood! Bind her!" Vines rose up from the ground, wrapping around power. they survived all of two seconds before the girl just yanked herself free, then taking another swing at whoever was closer of Sailor Jupiter and Apatite. On the up side, she didn't seem to be smart at all.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-04-21 00:33:19 74880
    "I think.. that goes without saying!" Apatite shouts back to Jupiter between dodges and parries, as she does her best to deflect the powerful blows, not having time to try and land any of her own.

    At least, until Jupiter closes in as well, taking some of the pressure off of her. Her lip curling in a snarl, baring a single fang, Kyouko presses the advantage, her spear whirling, being used more as a quarterstaff than as a slicing weapon for the moment.

    Sakura tries to restrain the thing without much success, and Kyouko spits a curse as it rips free. "Dammit.. alright, Jupes, we'll have to do this just like when we practice!"

    "You like punching?" She then snarls at Power. "Then let's try punching again!" She waits until Power is dodging away from Jupiter, then reels her hand back. Crimson light explodes from her fist as she channels her magic away from her spear and into it , her hand glowing like a small star as she just hauls off and tries to punch Power right in the side of the head again with considerably more force than last time.. and if she hits, hopefully sending her stumbling straight towards Jupiter for the follow-up.
Makoto Kino 2017-04-21 00:48:01 74881
It's good that Jupiter wasn't entirely sure if her Flower Hurricane would have any effect on the Power Card or not. If she hadn't been on her guard, that streetlight-bat swing would've caught her full-on. As it is, she just barely manages to jump back from being completely clobbered. The metal pole whiffs close enough that a thin bright thread of electricity leaps from Sailor Jupiter and jolts along the conductor to Power's hands.

When Apatite calls out, once again Jupiter nods short and sharp in understanding. "Roger!" she shouts back, no further discussion needed.

In the aftermath of Kyouko's attack, Jupiter is poised and ready for Power to come her way. She's seen enough of what Power can do that she doesn't even try to hit her head-on; instead, a quick shift of her stance tries to redirect all that strength and momentum, to send Power into a judo throw that - if it works - will drash her straight into the ground.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-21 00:53:26 74882
The lightning surges through Power's hands, making it cringe and drop the pole with a mighty clang. The card looked at its hands in shock... And then POW! The blow hits it, sending the card straight at Apatite, the card's eyes closed and then BAM! Jupiter slams it into the ground, the ground shaking a little from the combined power attack.

For a moment, there was silence. And then... The card started to get up. It stood up, stared at them and then...

It fell down on its stomach and began to silently cry, pounding on the ground with its lil fists, making it shake and rumble. Sakura blinked a few times, staring and then lifting a hand. "I... I think it's done," she said softly. And, true enough, after a few moments, the card... went limp and just quietly cried on the ground. Sakura stepped forward.

"Return to your true form! Clow card!" The magic of the card gathered up, flew into the air and then... flew down, floating in the air between Apatite and Jupiter.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-04-21 00:57:25 74883
    Apatite looked on in satisfaction as Power reeled from her blow straight into Jupiter, who finished the job with a nice throw. "Hey, good throw!" She says, grinning as she steps closer. "I'd high-five but uh.." She shakes the hand she just used for a super-punch, "I think I broke my hand." She grimaces. "It'll heal, no worries."

    Then she blinks and looks down as the little card-girl starts to cry and tantrum. "Oh great," She says, sarcasm in her voice, "I made another little girl cry. All in a night's work, I suppose."

    Then she blinks again as Sakura does her thing, and the card turns back into.. well, a card. She eyes it, floating there in the air between them. "Damn things sure cause a lot of trouble." Is her grumbly comment.
Makoto Kino 2017-04-21 01:06:43 74884
As quiet returns, Sailor Jupiter stands still braced for combat, breathing hard from the effort. Only when it's clear that Power has no more fight left in her does the Senshi of Thunder relax out of her combat stance and look up to grin crookedly at Apatite. "Nice setup," she replies, before her expression shifts to concern. "...Geez, way to go all-out."

The important thing is, the card's a card again. Jupiter glances at it for a moment, brows drawing together - all that trouble from a little square of cardstock - before she looks toward Sakura. "You'll keep it under control now?"
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-21 01:10:27 74885
Sakura Kinomoto nodded and walked over, picking the card up. "O-of course I will! I... I'm sure she's not that bad, really. I bet she was just lonely." Well, they didn't go for the card, so she decided it was best to add it to the collection. She wrote her name on the card, before adding it with the deck of cards.

She then smiled down at it and grinned. "Don't worry, it's okay now. You're with the rest of your friends and you'll all be together soon. I promise," she said soothingly, before putting the cards in her pocket. She then looked up and.. "Oh! Right! Um, hi! I'm Sakura Kinomoto, a pleasure to meet you!" she said, bowing her head politely.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-04-21 01:13:21 74886
    You couldn't pay Kyouko enough to take one of those cards- she knows what a pain they've been for pretty much everybody, and she's just as glad to let Sakura have it. She rolls her eyes faintly as the cardcaptor claims the card was 'just lonely'. "Uh huh. I was pretty lonely for a long time, and I never went around causing.." She pauses, then shakes her head. "Y'know what, forget I said anything."

    Kyouko already knows Sakura of course, so she correctly assumes the introduction is for Jupiter. She does sigh a little bit and say, "You really need to work on handling these things without the panicky mass-texts, Sakura-chan. We were right in the middle of a movie and I am so sure Mamoru and Neph-nii are eating all the popcorn."
Makoto Kino 2017-04-21 01:19:04 74887
Jupiter looks rather more sympathetic at Sakura's explanation, and she nods approvingly as the card goes into the desck. "That's good, then," she says. "It's nice to meet you, too, Sakura-chan. I'm Sailor Jupiter." A faintly amused sidelong glance toward Kyouko before she adds, "I'm glad we were able to help."

She can't help but laugh a little at the complaint about the guys eating the popcorn. "They probably are," she agrees with a quick grin. "It's okay, we can make more."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-21 01:20:03 74888
Sakura Kinomoto nodded. Then... looked sad then. "Oh. I... I'm sorry. I just..." She was quiet for a moment, then padded her pockets and, after a few moments, perked up. "It's not pop corn! But, ummm, I have half a candy bar I was saving for when I got home!" she said, pulling out a jupiter bar. With nuts! And held it out to her in both hands with a big grin, trying to make it up to the other girl.

Then looked to jupiter. "O-oh. Right. I don't really have any more... u,mmmm... I-I could get you something later?" she offered. "If that's okay?"
Kyouko Sakura 2017-04-21 01:23:25 74889
    Kyouko eyes the candy bar for a moment.. then sighs, shaking her head, and giving a bit of a smile. "Keep it, Sakura-chan, you don't need to bribe me to come help. It is sorta my job these days. It's better you send out texts askin' for help than don't and lose the fight. Nobody wants you to get hurt.. just keep workin' to get stronger, okay? For your own sake.. as well as ours. And the popcorn's."

    She glances around, then looks back to Jupiter. "Well, if everythin's under control here, I guess we can head back, huh?" She eyes Sakura again. "You alright now?"
Makoto Kino 2017-04-21 01:28:23 74890
"It's fine, it's fine," Jupiter assures, lifting both hands to forestall Sakura's concerns. "Don't worry about it, Kyouko just likes to complain sometimes." She pauses for a teasing glance Apatite's way. "Right?"

Completely without thinking about it, she reaches to give Sakura a friendly little pat on the shoulder. "As long as Sakura-chan's all right, yeah, we should probably get back and let the boys know what went down. I'm sure they'll want to know what happened."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-21 01:30:03 74891
Sakura Kinomoto blinked and... well. It was chocolate. If she didn't want it... well. She'd just have to get her friend some popcorn later, then. Maybe she could ask Touya if he could get one of those small bags of caramel popcorn. She pocketed it and then... gave them both a great big hug! Poor Kyouko.

"Thank you both so much! I'll see you around!" before running off.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-04-21 01:32:40 74892
    "No, I like to complain all the time, just usually I can control myself." Kyouko says to Jupiter, but with humor in her voice. Then she sighs and lifts a hand to wave as Sakura dashes off. "That girl seriously needs to slow down." She says, then glances around the park again. "But well.. uh. No harm done? Well, not to any people anyway."

    She turns and jerks her head back towards the city proper. "C'mon. Let's go give our report. Maybe the movie ain't over yet." And then she's leaping back up to a tree, and then onto a nearby building, to do just that.