A Better Introduction


Miku meets up with Sayaka, and learns that Alexis isn't actually dead.

Date: 2017-04-21
Pose Count: 37
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-21 20:00:09 74924
It's been a few days since everything came to a head with Alexis. A few days, and a lot of shaky explanations, from Miku's perspective. Section 2 asked for a full report, wherein she had to tell them that although she could not confirm his death, she had every reason to believe Alex Raskoph was destroyed during his rampage.

With the reports and the self-doubts put aside (if not resolved), Miku is now able to turn her attention back to the poor girl who helped her in all of that. Sakura gave her the number to text, so she arranged a meeting at a cafe a few kilometers off the Verone campus with a pormise to 'explain' things.

Not that she really knows how to explain things.

Miku has come dressed in black: a blousy black dress over black capris-leggings, with a lavender shirt beneath the dress. Her hair is pulled up into a half-pony, held in place by a cream-coloured bow nearly as big as her head.

She's sitting at a table in the corner, all alone, with a coffee on the table before her. But the coffee's barely been touched; Miku's attention is drawn out the window towards the street, where she's watching as people pass by going about their business.
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-21 20:11:20 74926
Sayaka Miki had exhausted herself a lot lately, constantly pushing herself to help those in need, to fight every monster out there, and when she wasn't fighting battles, she was healing people.

    Suffice to say, after the battle with Alex, she had only briefly stopped by ECFH to drop him off before returning home where she instantly collapsed and fell into a deep sleep.

    She would have slept all night and day had she not received a text from Miku who understandably requested an explanation..

    She had eventually arrived at the appointed place and time, looking dishevelled and dressed still in the same clothes as last time: A pair of jeans and a blue tshirt underneath a short black rain jacket.
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-21 20:34:01 74929
Miku looks up as Sayaka drags herself to the table. She blinks in surprise, then her eyes widen. "Miki-san," she mumbles, standing and reaching out for the girl concernedly. "Are you okay? I'm sorry, I didn't mean to drag you out here ..." she trails off, then frowns. She knows why the bluenette's so upset. Of course she's upset. "Was ..." she trails off, then her lips twitch in uncertainty. With a shake of her head, Miku urges Sayaka to have a seat. "Why don't we order you some coffee. How do you take it?" she asks, turning to head towards the counter.
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-21 21:16:55 74934
Sayaka Miki looks up as Miku addresses her, and flashes one of her self confident grins. "Miku-san. Good to see you again.."

    She shrugs as she sits down. "I'm alright, just tired, been pushing myself lately..Guess I need to sliw down.."

    She pauses, "Hmm, I take it double double, should wake me right up! How're you doing?"
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-22 03:42:47 74969
Miku nods her head in agreement and heads to the counter. She orders the largest-sized coffee they've got, with a double shot of espresso, pays, then heads back to join Sayaka at the booth. "I've been okay," she admits quietly as she slides into the seat.

"I mean, all things considered," Miku ammnends quietly. "It's not ... easy losing a friend. Even an idiot like him. You two were ... close?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-22 03:53:46 74970
    Sayaka smiles, inhaling the delicious scent of carefully brewed coffee. "Thanks, Miku-san! I owe you one!" she replies a bit more cheerfully as she hungrily accepts the coffee, sipping on it almost instantly.

    "Ahhh, that's sooo good. Gull-chan really knows her stuff!" well, she at least looks a bit more awake now, and it may be evident by now that while Sayaka is looking exhausted and stressed, she's not really..As sad as Miku might expect her to be.

    "Hmmm, what's that? Losing a friend? Y'mean Alex-kun?" Sayaka smiles softly, shaking her head "Don't worry, he'll be okay... I managed to heal that wound, and in the process it seems that I pushed out some of the dark energy too.."

    She sighs tiredly still, rubbing her eyes as she sips some more of the energy-boosting coffee. "After that, I dropped him off at ECFH. Hopefully Mamoru-san and Kunzite-san wont be too mad at me, but I really couldn't think of a place that was safe for everyone." Saya glances back at Miku and smiles, "Dont worry, I..Took the precaution of tying him up, but I'm sure we can both come and see him soon, after he's had some time to recover.."

    That last question catches her a bit off-guard, however, and she lowers her eyes, avoiding the other girl's gaze. "Umm...Heh..Well, I dunno if you'd call us..Close. I mean..I guess I kinda like him, and we have a lot in common, both kinda tough, stubborn, and wanting to be heroes, but..It's not like anything could ever happen..Afterall, he cant really feel true emotions in his condition, and I dunno if he ever will.." is she blushing?

    "But I mean, that's really silly anyway! Really, I always tend to go after the wrong people...Hehehe....." Saya laughs a bit nervously, awkwardly at that.
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-22 03:56:46 74971
Miku's expression turns to shock at Sayaka's answer. "R--really!? He's okay?!" She nearly jumps up out of her seat, but manages to control herself. "That's ... amazing. I'm so glad. I didn't even know you could do that. Oh, thank goodness," she mumbles.

Sayaka's blushing smile dawns on her then, and Miku turns to look at the bluenette. And, oddly, Miku looks away from her again with a little colour in her own cheeks. "Yeah, I know exactly what that's like," she says with a quiet sigh. "But so you like him, then? Don't worry, I'm not ... really into guys. You don't have anything to fear from me, there. I'm just glad he'ssafe."
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-22 04:07:48 74972
    "Neither did I, at first.." replies Sayaka with a faint smile, "Usually, I'm capable of healing my own wounds, but lately I've discovered that I can heal other peoples' wounds as well.." she frowns a little.

    "I know I promised him that I would kill him if his condition was irreversable..But I figured if I stabbed him enough to seriously weaken him, kill him even without healing, then maybe if I waited long enough, I might still be able to bring at least some of his conscioussness back. It seems to have worked, but I'll have to check in on him soon.."

    She looks back at Miku again and chuckles, "Heh, I guess I do..Like him that is.." she shrugs, "But like I said, it doesnt really matter. It's not like it'd ever lead anywhere." another shrug, "But anyway! I just want you to know that he's in the safest possible hands right now. There's no better person I can think of to take care of him, than Mamoru-san, Kunzite-san, and Sailor Mercury-san."

    That at least seems to comfort her, even if her doomed relationships has always left her feeling kinda..Blue?

    "By the way, I should have asked this sooner, but how is Sakura-chan? Is she doing okay? I hope Alex-kun didnt drain too much of her energy..."
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-22 04:10:10 74973
Miku watches Sayaka in silence for a few moments, leaving the question hanging in the air unanswered a bit longer than she should. Eventually she shakes herself out of the distraction and looks down at her own coffee. "Sakura-chan's alright," she says quietly. "She was pretty weak, but it was nothing a bit of sleep and some miso broth couldn't fix. I kept her at my place until morning to make sure she could walk on her own, then escorted her to see her friend Tomoyo."
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-22 04:13:26 74974
    Whatever unspoken words pass between the two of them, Sayaka either doesnt seem to notice, or is too involved with her own thoughts that she doesnt bring them up at the moment. Instead she nods and smiles.

    "Good. I'm relieved. Thanks for taking her to safety! Honestly, I sometimes feel like Sakura-chan's too young to be running around, getting herself into danger. But then, on the other hand, it seems that destiny chose her specifically for the Clow Cards. And in spite of what she may think, that she's nobody special, I dont think I'm the only one who says otherwise."

    Another nod at the mention of Tomoyo. "How is Tomoyo-chan? Is she out of the hospital yet?"
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-22 04:15:21 74975
"No, not yet," Miku replies with a faint shake of her head. "And I'm afraid I don't know her well enough to have gone to meet her." Despite Sakura's well-meaning encouragement. It didn't help that Miku was upset at the time and happy to get rid of the kid.

She grimaces at her own thoughts, then looks away out the window again. Miku chases the darkness down with a drink of her bitter brew, then sighs and closes her eyes. "So you wanted to know how I could find him," she says as she opens them again a moment later. Pulling the leather-wrapped compass out, Miku places it gently on the table between them. "Still want to know?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-22 04:17:48 74976
    Sayaka nods slowly, "Right, you probably had..Other things on your mind.." she smiles softly, "I guess you and Alex-kun are good friends too, huh.." well, she'll just have to go and visit Sakura and Tomoyo herself soon.

    For right now however, Sayaka is indeed interested to know about the mysterious compass. "Oh yeah! I almost forgot! That compass..Where did you get it from and how did you use it to locate Alex-Kun?" when the compass is pulled out, she peers intently at it in quiet awe.
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-22 04:21:00 74977
Miku shakes her head just faintly at the question about Alexis. "No, I don't think we're good friends," she mumbles. "He's just ... I understand him, and I don't really ... " she trails off, then sighs and lets the topic go. It's hard (and painful) to explain. Especially to Sayaka.

"Anyways," she mumbles, "I made it." Pause. "The compass, I mean. See, I found this ... songbook," she explains. "And whenever I write songs in it, the songs sorta ... come true. Or rather, part of them do. I've kinda learned how to control it. I can write songs carefully enough that what I want will come out. And this time, I made a song about a magical compass that could find whatever the person holding it desired, as long as they wanted it badly enough. There's ... drawbacks to using it," Miku explains. "The song's a ballad, and the story says that it can never bring true happiness. But ... well. It worked."
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-22 04:40:46 74978
    Sayaka frowns a bit, peering quietly at Miku a moment longer. What is it between Miku and Alex that has her..Curious? Uncomfortable, even? Did they have a..Thing..? But it seems she's not comfortable talking about it, and so Sayaka let's it drop. For now.

    Then she explains the compass, and Sayaka leans back in her chair, sipping her coffee more as she listens in awed silence. A song about something one..Desires..? Again that leaves more unanswered questions, and more confusion.

    "Woah, that's amazing. So you can create magical songs and enchant objects with them? But...What do you mean, it cant bring true happiness but it did?" she scratches her head, trying to figure that one out..
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-22 04:56:56 74979
"Well ..." Miku replies quietly, uncertainly. "It's not quite like that?" she says, then sighs. "It's hard to explain. I sing a song, and things get created to match. A thunderstorm, a weird ... super-happy clone of Raskoph-san that thankfully vanished shortly after it was created. A ... demon of music. And t he compass," she says, motioning to it. "It's the compass that can't bring happiness. Because ... well, that's what the song demanded of me. And I just don't think the book's magic would work if I wrote a half-assed song. So I've been trying to write the best I can, when I write in it."
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-22 05:00:51 74980
    "Woah.." Sayaka leans forward on her elbows, peering intently at Miku now. She's always thought Kyousuke's music was enchanted..But it seems that Miku's music is quite literally enchanted.

    "That's...So...Cool. I mean....Wait, what!?" did she just say a super-happy clone of Alexis!? Her jaw suddenly looks like it's about to drop off.

    "Ummm.......Seriously? Are you kidding me!? You...Created...A CLONE of Him!?" She should be deeply disturbed by that, but instead she just bursts out laughing.

    "You're kidding me! And one that's super happy and non-emo!? Geez, I wish I coulda met that Alex-kun.."

    All the other stuff she says somehow rolls over Saya.
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-22 05:04:50 74981
"... can we not talk about the clone?" Miku asks, mumbling unhappily and looking away. It's clearly not a joke. And maybe she's not quite as upset as she's trying to pretend to be. Because let's face it, it is funny, in hindisght, even if it was creepy in the moment. "I was just ... trying to figure out what the book could do, at the time. Or if it even really worked. I wasn't sure, back then."
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-22 05:08:08 74982
    Unfortunately, it seems that Sayaka is having trouble keeping a straight face, and it takes her a long moment to actually collect herself one Miku expresses discomfort about the fact. "Oh...Umm..." she clears her throat. "I see...So sorry about that! Umm......"

    Awkward silence ensues for a few moments longer. "Hmm, well, I'd say that's a pretty awesome power to possess. Although I can see how dangerous it could be too. But at least you were able to construct something helpful in the end. Without that compass, we would have had more trouble finding Alex-kun. Is it only attuned to him, or can you use it to find other..People, too?"

    Why, the possibilities are endless! Perhaps she can even use it to try and locate Madoka..
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-22 05:16:33 74983
"Other people," Miku confirms quietly, thumbing at the compass, "other things. As long as I really want to find them," she explains, then blushes and slowly hides the compass back in her pocket. "Ah--anyways. Yeah, it can find anything. All the other things I've made have gone away, in time, though. This probably will, too."
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-24 02:41:53 75122
    "Oh..But it'd have to be attuned directly to you then, right?" she sighs, "That's too bad..I mean, there are people I really want to find, but I suppose it can be abused too, if that person doesn't want to be found.."

    Sayaka peers thoughtfully, quietly at the compass as it's carefully re-pocketed and chuckles, "Heh, you may not have super strength or other combat powers, but I think being able to create enchanted objects can be pretty useful too."

    She bites her lip as she considers one other thing, "Oh, by the way, I can take you to the Earth Court Frat House later if you like...I mean..i'm not sure if Alex really wants to see me after I beat him to a bloody pulp, but..."
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-24 02:46:32 75123
"You might be able to use it," Miku replies with a faint shrug. "I don't know if it's unique to me. But ... don't think of me as someone who can make enchanted objects. I got lucky this time; it worked better than any of the previous attempts. I probably can't do ita again.

"As for Raskoph-san," Miku says with a faint frown, "if he doesn't want to see you after you saved him from hurting people, then he deserves to be beaten to a bloody pulp again. I'll hold him down for you."
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-24 03:37:59 75137
    Sayaka hmms, "I dunno, I mean, I dont think it's a common practice to be able to create objects. And using your music to do that? That's pretty awesome!" she smiles, "My point is, I'm thankful for your help, in finding Alex-kun too." she does pause at the way Miku refers to Alex, a bit overly formal. Seems Sayaka is still trying to figure out what exactly the relationship is between Miku and Alex..

    "Maybe I would be able to use it, but it'd probably just be for selfish reasons. Perhaps Mami-senpai, and Madoka-chan dont want to be found, or..." or perhaps something happened, in which case she's a little afraid to know the outcome of that.

    As for Alexis..She shrugs, "Heh, we werent exactly on the best of terms to start with, constantly arguing about how he can be saved and what not.." she shrugs, "Mostly, it's just that I promised I'd..End things..If it became too much, and in the end, I couldn't do it. I caved in, just like his friend Norie-san did. So I guess that makes me a hypocrite. He'll probably be pissed that I didnt end his suffering. Or some other silly thing.."
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-24 03:47:12 75140
Miku smiles a little self-consciously, but doesn't offer the compass to Sayaka. "It is cool what I can do," she agrees, "I just don't think I'm very good at it. And I'm not sure I'll be able to do it forever. The book kiinda fell into my lap. It could be taken away just as easily."

"Anyways," Miku says, diverting the subject back to Alexis, "You should go see him. If you care about him--if he cares about you--then nothing should keep the two of you apart."
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-24 03:54:53 75142
    Sayaka arches a brow, "Hmmm, so this book..Perhaps it chose you? Much like Sakura-chan's book chose her." she smiles, "Perhaps it is destiny, and not to be taken lightly. Soo what other things can the book do? Maybe with practice, you can make objects that last longer." she chuckles.

    "I know I'd love to meet a happier, cheerier version of Alex. But..Maybe if we can cure him of his current condition, we might see that Alex. Although.." Saya sighs, "Guess I never really knew what he was like..before all of this.."

    Then Miku suggests such a thing, and Saya bites her lip, blushing a little, looking away. "Oh..Umm..I'm not really sure how he feels about me, to be honest. He's just weird. He gives me chocolates at White Day, sometimes acts like..He wants to get closer. But. Just when I thought I've figured him out, he shuts me out and puts those walls up again. It's kinda confusing. This whole..Vampire thing..Is confusing.."
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-24 03:59:04 75143
Miku's lips twitch just a little. She bites back a comment and looks down to her coffee. Rolling the cup between her hands, she sighs and lifts it to her lips. Soon, the drink is gone entirely. Miku sets the empty cup aside, then looks back up at Sayaka. "You never know if you don't ask," Miku replies quietly. "And what if he doesn't make it?" Miku asks quietly. "Do you want him to die without knowing how ..." she trails off. "Nevermind. You're probably right. It probably is a dumb idea."
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-24 04:05:25 75145
    Sayaka bites her lip, waving down the waitress to order another coffee. Probably not the best idea, as she can get pretty..Nuts..On too much energy. But it kinda calms her down a bit too. At least, at first.

    "Oh um..I already told him. He said, if things were different..If he wasnt a vampire..Maybe we could have.." she shakes her head, "But he IS a vampire so..." she shrugs and laughs a bit more loudly, a bit more awkwardly again.

    "But it's okay, I mean, I just offered to help him, cuz it's kinda what I do. I'm like, a professional hero. Besides, I'm pretty terrible at relationships, I guess. And...It doesnt help that his ex and my ex are kinda..Dating now so...Super awkward.."

    She takes another sip of coffee when it arrives, and orders a super sweet danish as well. Yeah, Saya's gonna be on a major sugar rush after this. "ANYWAY. How bout we talk about something else. Like your music. Sooo, are you part of a band? What kinda music do you play? Or do you just sing for fun? I'm kinda a big fan of all sorts of music, though mostly classical. I guess initially I signed a contract to help out a musical friend of mine.."

    "Ugh..But that was...Well.." Sayaka makes a face when she realizes how awkward that is. Another person she liked and tried to be a hero for. But things didnt work out either. She takes another, looong sip of coffee.
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-24 04:10:09 75147
Miku listens intently to Sayaka's explanations; though she does look a little alarmed that Alexis' and Sayaka's exes might be dating. Then she shakes her head clear and says, "Well, I guess if they like each other, there's no reason your ex and his ex shouldn't date. That's what boys and girls usually do," she says with a faint shrug. "Just as long as your boyfriend didn't cheat on you with the girl, or his girlfriend with your boyfriend or ... err. Whatever. You know what I mean."

Oh, but they're topic-changing, and onto Miku?! Well at least it's music. That is a topic Miku can gladly talk about. "I'm kind-of well versed in all music," she explains. "I got a scholarship to attend the Lydian school of music at Verone, last year, and now I've just started my second year. I mostly sing and play piano, but I'm hoping I can be a composer."
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-24 04:15:34 75149
    Sayaka bites her lip, staring into her cup. "Yeaaah...Actually..They kinda..Did. I mean, I suspect they did, but I suppose 'technically' my ex dumped me before she started dating the other one, but didnt exactly TELL me she was dumping me before hand. And who knows how that worked with him and his ex. So yeah. Kinda awkward."

    She laughs awkwardly at that, shaking her head. "But I mean, it's cool..Naru-chan's a really nice girl.." nothing on her ex though. Because she hasnt seen or talked to her since. Nor has she had the desire to ever see her again, honestly..

    Fortunately, Miku has taken the bit and is talking about her music career. "Wow, that's impressive! I wish I could sing, or play music. I tried playing violin, but it's really really hard! Annnd, I guess I can sing a little but not that great. I'd love to hear your music sometime! Do you have any albums out yet?"
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-24 04:21:48 75150
"A--albums?" Miku asks, blinking at the question. "Well, no," she admits quietly. "I mostly try to focus my composition on classical works, with a modern conflict. But I guess ... I just never tried to do anything with my singing.

She wiggles her lips a little, then says, "We could go do karaoke sometime, if you want. It's a lot of fun, and I bet you're a better singer than you think you are."
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-24 04:27:01 75151
    "Sure!" Sayaka smiles, "I love Karaoke! Sounds like it'd be lots of fun!" she shakes her head, "Dont sell yourself short. I'm sure you'd outshine everyone else there, honestly!" when she mentions not having any albums yet, Sayaka just continues to smile, trying to encourage her.

    "That's okay! I'm sure someday soon, you can get your songs published and then you'll be famous! But wow, classical modern music? Sounds like fun! I hope I can hear your music some day. I can read basic music, but nothing fancy, honestly.."
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-24 04:33:31 75152
"Great," Miku says, eyes widening excitedly. "It's a date!" And then she hesitates, realizing what she's said. "err, I mean. It'll b efun. Singing Karaoke with you. That is. Not a date. Because you like Raskoph-san. I uh." Beat. "Anyways." Deflect! "I'll try and get you an mp3 of one of my compositiions, next time we meet. Or maybe I'll sing the song about the compass for you."
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-24 04:38:56 75153
    Sayaka stares blankly at Sachiko for a moment as she throws in the D-word. Fortunately, that's the last thing shes' thinking of right now, and more importantly, misinterpreting it as simply two girls having fun.

    "Heh, no worries, it'll be fun! I mean, I havent sung in a while now, so I'll probably be a bit rusty, but..I'm sure it'll still be fun!" she grins, "Know any good places around town? I usually just go to the crown..."

    She pauses, "Compass song? Ooh, that's right! Can you sing it now? I'd love to hear it! It's interesting to think that there's a story behind it.."
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-24 04:41:46 75154
"I mean, the crown's great," Miku says in a way that implies she thinks otherwise, "but it's not really a karaoke place." She grins a little, then says, "There are a few in the neon district I go to from time to time. "We'll go to one of those."

Miku considers the request to sing the compass song now, then shrugs and says, "I haven't got a piano, and I'd kidna need one for that. Sorry." She sounds genuinely apologetic. "If we were on campus I'd take you to the theatre and we could do it there, but ..."
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-24 04:46:03 75155
    Sayaka ooohs! "Reaally? theatre? That'd be cool. I mean, I've been there a few times with my musically talented friend, Kyousuke-kun, but mostly just to listen to him play in a performance. I'd love to hear you play sometime."

    She smilles, "And I'm really looking forward to listenning to you sing too! I find music is such a soul-stirring act. I mean, I've always wished I could be musically gifted myself, but, just being able to listen to music makes me feel so good, especially when I hear a song that has some meaning to it, y'know?"

    But it'll have to be another time of course. Saya yawns and stretches, tapping her foot a bit. Looks like that caffeine is already having an effect on her.
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-24 04:54:43 75156
"Y..yeah," Miku says quietly. "Another time." She smiles a little, then leans forward briefly before leaning back away. "Anyways, I just ... wanted to explain things to you. And um. I'm looking forward to the Karaoke. But you don't have to stay anymore. You should go see him. Alex. I mean. If you like him, he should know. Probably. And I'm going to head back home, and work on that recording for you. Okay?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-04-24 04:58:40 75157
    Sayaka nods slowly, smiling, "Yeah, sounds like fun!" she sighs, "Guess you're right though, I should check in on him either way. At the very least,to explain to Mamoru-san and Kunzite-san why I just dumped him on their couch. In chains.."

    She winces, shaking her head, "Geez, I hope they dont get the wrong idea. My note was kinda hasty, and I was half-out of it at the time so.."

    With a shrug and a smile, Sayaka finishes the last of her coffee and nods. "Yeah. Then, I'll see you soon, Miku-chan! I'm glad we got to meet, even if the circumstances were a bit unconventional.." she smirks, "Of course, that seems to be the norm for me, honestly!"
Miku Kohinata 2017-04-24 05:01:50 75158
"K-kohinata," Miku replies quietly, but she doesn't press the issue. Instead, she nods her head just a little, t hen smiles. "It was good to see you. I hope we can continue to be friends after this." She leans aside to start packing up her things into her backpack, getting ready to head home.