A Pertinent Investigation

Ami examines Kyouko's Soul Gem to see if she can learn anything about Hannah's Linker Core, since Kyouko is carrying a sliver of it. Daisuke is there too.

Date: 2017-05-18
Pose Count: 23
Kyouko Sakura 2017-05-18 18:56:44 76729
    This whole Hannah business is kind of a cluster-eff, as far as Kyouko is concerned. She doesn't understand what everybody else sees in the girl, and would as soon have just offed her years ago and put her out of everyone else's misery. However, this is why she is not the boss- and why she trusts Mamoru to make these sorts of calls for her. It's really for his sake, not for Hannah's, that she agreed to help.

    That said, she's not particularly annoyed or grudgingly doing this. It's been decided this operation needs to be done, and if she can help make it go smoother, and therefore keep her friends safer, she'll help. Even if it means letting Ami poke at her Soul Gem. This is never a particularly comfortable thing for a Puella, as Kyouko can attest to more than most.

    Still, she's here, after work at the ECFH. She's lounging on the couch in jeans and a t-shirt, reading a manga, and waiting for Ami (or whomever else) to show up so she can get it over with.
Ami Mizuno 2017-05-18 19:27:49 76735
A doorway opens where there is no doorway. This might be alarming to some, but in Mamoru's Apartment it isn't that infrequent an occurence. Ami Mizuno emerges from the subspace tunnel and into the kitchen dressed for the afternoon in a pair of short-overalls over a teeshirt with a picture of a little green man in an orange suit orbiting what looks to be the moon.

Terribly professional doctor attire, this is not.

Grabbing one of the latest sweets from the counter, Ami shoves it in her mouth, then doffs shoes by her doorway before exiting the kitchen for the rest of the house. "Mmm, Sakura-san," she greets Kyouko when she finds her almost straight away. "Hi, how are you?"
Kyouko Sakura 2017-05-18 19:31:07 76736
    Kyouko senses the doorway open, even if she's not entirely sure what she's sensing. Her metaphorical ears perk at the unfamiliar swell of magic, and she straightens up, peering about- then relaxing when she sees that it is just Ami making her apperance. "Oh, Ami-san.. hiya." She greets, waving a hand casually as she slumps back down on the couch, crossing one leg over the other at the ankle.

    "I'm fine. Look, Mamoru told me I might be able to help with those whole Hannah-catchin' thing because of what she did to my Soul Gem way back when. Like I told him, I'll do whatever I can to help out, if only to make it easier on the people who have to subdue 'er, but." She shrugs. "I dunno if you'll learn anything particularly useful."
Ami Mizuno 2017-05-18 19:37:31 76740
"You're probably right," Ami says as she takes a seat in the recliner next to the couch. "But this isn't just to capture Hannah; it's to try and cleanse her of whatever she's done to herself, and convince her to stop being an idiot. I am as much hoping you can help her, as I am worried that what she's done to you might have some side-effects. It's worth looking into," she notes as she pulls the Mercury Computer out of nowhere. Setting it on the coffee table, Ami swipes a few times, then starts tapping keys to insert something in a log. "What exactly did she do to you, anyways?"
Kyouko Sakura 2017-05-18 19:42:26 76742
    "I'm not interested in convincing her to stop being an idiot, because I think that ship has long since sailed. Mamoru and people have been givin' her chance after chance for the past two years and she hasn't shown the slightest interest in changin' her ways." Kyouko shrugs. There's no anger in this statment, not directed towards Ami. "At some point, the chances need to run out, and she needs to pay for throwing away so many. That's what I think."

    She sighs. "But, Mamoru wouldn't be Mamoru if he wasn't an idiot about helping people, and I've benefitted from that too, so. Anyway, I'm doing this for him, and to help keep the rest of you guys safe. Not for Hannah. She made this bed and she can rot in it, for all I care." Grumpy Kyouko. Then she shrugs. "She did a lot of stuff, and most of it is not relevant and I don't much like recallin'. The relevant part is that she cut off a sliver of her Linker Core.. the same way Takashi does to make his Nullhearts, I think.. and like.. injected it into my Soul Gem."

    "I think she was trying to see how the two types of magic interacted, because she was tryin' to find out if she could use our powers.. Puella powers, and she wanted to make sure they wouldn't.. I dunno, explode on contact or anything. Anyway.. it's still in there, I can sense it. But it's never done anything, as far as I can tell, and I don't think she learned much from doing it. But it is a piece of her Linker Core, so maybe you can use it for something relating to the part still with her."
Daisuke Hansuke 2017-05-18 19:50:28 76743
There is a small flash off of one of the balconies, probably the one leading into the room where Kyouko and Ami are. Daisuke Hansuke has decided to teleport up onto the balcony rather than use stairs or even leap to the roof. He brushes on past the door, past some rose bushes and probably Fiore, who knows!

He places his hands into his pockets and huhs a bit as he looks over to Kyouko and then over at Ami. "Hello." he says. "I uh. Came over to visit. Is it a bad time?" he asks a bit awkwardly.

He looks between the two and then waves a hand. "I'm going to go get a glass of water quick." he says as he strides into the kitchen.
Ami Mizuno 2017-05-18 19:52:38 76744
"I can certainly understand the feeling," Ami says quietly of Kyouko's disparaging remarks towards Hannah. "But I have to believe that everyone can be saved. That doesn't mean she should not pay for her crimes, but there are punishments far more appropriate than death. After all, death doesn't give her time to feel remorse." Also it isn't permanent, as they've recently discovered, but Ami doesn't say that bit aloud.

The explanation of what happened, though, earns arched eyebrows from the bluenette. Takashi does what? Interesting. That bit gets filed away for later.

Instead, Ami focuses on the rest of what Kyouko says. She frowns a little at it all, then says, "Well, best to find out now. It may be innert, but that doesn't mean it will be eternally. Hannah-chan's pretty clev--"

--Ami cuts out at the flash of teleportation magic. She glances towards the door, then smiles a little as Daisuke enters. "Daisu-kun," she greeets him. "Mmm, I think it's up to Kyouko whether it's a bad time." Turning back to the redhead, Ami says, "I tend to keep these conversations in confidence, in case there is anything embarassing or problematic. It's your choice whether others hear it."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-05-18 20:02:43 76748
    Kyouko shakes her head slightly at Ami's words. "Believing you can save everybody is the best way to save nobody." She says, with conviction, "Tough choices suck but they have to be made, or else nothing gets accomplished and the whole ship goes down." She shrugs. "But that's not why we're here. I ain't trying to convince anybody not to go ahead with this plan. I just wanna make it as safe an' easy for the people I do care about as I can."

    She blinks, looking up as Daisuke enters, and then heads into the kitchen. She shrugs. "Nothin' goin' on here is secret, and I'm too thick-skinned to be embarassed by it. I don't like dwelling on it, but if I'm gonna have to talk about it anyway I don't particularly mind if people hear."

    She holds her hand up, and in a flash of red light, her Soul Gem transforms from its ring form, around her right middle finger, into its egg-like Gem form, sitting on her palm, glowing faintly red. "Knock yourself out. Just be gentle with it, huh?"
Daisuke Hansuke 2017-05-18 20:09:14 76753
Daisuke Hansuke returns with a glass of water and looks at the two again. "Oh what's going on then?" he asks. "Sounds like you're discussing old things that happened?" he asks. He looks around. "Kunzite isn't around, huh?" he asks.

He peeks back into the kitchen. "I smell something sweet..." he says as he looks back and seems to think about this for a long moment.

He walks on over and has a seat in one of the nearby chairs, and not the couch proper the two girls are on. He listens a little to determine what's going on.
Ami Mizuno 2017-05-18 20:32:15 76756
"Well," Ami considers quietly, "maybe you're right. And I've considered before whether Taka-kun has crossed that line. But for now, I choose to believe neither is so far gone that they cannot be redeemed. But ... Beryl was," she points out gently. "I'm certain that if Hannah or Takashi ever reach that point, we will seriously discuss it."

But then there's a soul gem on display, and Ami is very careful around those. Reaching up to touch her earings, Ami actiavtes the slim blue visor that is her augmented reality. She studies the gem where it resides in Kyouko's hand a moment, then reaches into the little puch in the front of her overalls and pulls out a blue rubber glove. She pulls that on with a snap, then reaches to--very gingerly--take the soul gem from Kyouko.

And then the bluenette goes silent while she studies this piece of Kyouko's soul.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-05-18 20:38:59 76761
    "I don't get paid to make the tough choices, just to carry 'em out." Kyouko says, shrugging. Downplaying her own role, though Ami assuredly knows that she is not the type to simply go with the flow if she believes said flow is wrong.

    She glances towards Daisuke as he moves to sit down with his treats, shrugging. "It has to do with this plan to help Hannah with her.. thing she has goin' on. Since she messed with my Soul Gem a long time ago, Mamoru and Ami think maybe they can learn something useful from it."

    She quirks a brow as Ami puts a glove on to touch the Gem. She almost makes a comment about her soul not being /that/ filthy, but refrains after a moment. Better too cautious than too reckless, when it comes to Soul Gems.

    Interestingly, there's quite a bit going on in Kyouko's Soul Gem, although how unusual it appears probably depends on whether Ami has ever looked closely at any others. Most of it is the strong, crimson red color which is Kyouko's own magic, but examination will reveal traces of light green- the color of Hannah's Linker Core. This magic doesn't seem to be 'integrated' with Kyouko's own so much as simply existing in a shared space with it, and is comparitively very small. There is also a third type of magic which is shot through the red like veins of mineral in rock- this magic is a reddish-orange color, and 'feels' very similar to that of Mamoru or the other Shitennou- that is the result of Kyouko's Naming, and her Oath to Mamoru.
Daisuke Hansuke 2017-05-18 20:51:14 76766
Daisuke Hansuke sits back and watches the examination go on. Daisuke doesn't have any special examination senses albeit from some common sensing-style magic--none of which is being trigged right now because nothing obvious and dangerous is going on.

He does blink once at the rubber glove though. Would a rubber glove even protect you from anything magical? Maybe it's just a non-magical concern. He's not about to ask Ami in the middle of her investigation as he takes a sip of his water.
Ami Mizuno 2017-05-19 00:55:46 76799
Ami spends several moments studying the soul gem, carefully turning it in her gloved hand without touching it with her skin. Eventually, she reaches up to banish the goggles and look at it with her own eyes. That inspection is far quicker, and then Ami offers the gem back to Kyouko. "Have you noticed any changes since Hannah's linker core was inserted?" she asks curiouly. "Increase or decrease in power levels, appetite, physical urges, or intellectual activity? Anything of the sort?'
Kyouko Sakura 2017-05-19 00:58:36 76800
    Kyouko watches Ami inspecting the gem, not commenting. She doesn't interrupt, but she does keep her eyes on the Gem for as long as Ami holds it- it kinda makes her nervous having it be out of her hands, for obvious reasons.

    When Ami hands it back, she takes it, and then banishes it back into the form of a silver ring around her finger. Much safer that way. She shrugs her shoulders at the question.

    "Ya gotta understand, this happened a long time ago. Almost two years. A lot of stuff has changed in my life since then, so yeah, there's been changes. But nothing I can specifically link to that bit of magic bein' in there. Honestly it was long enough ago, and I was pissed enough when I got out of her dungeon, that I don't remember exactly how I might have changed in the time right after. It certainly hasn't been givin' me any trouble recently."
Daisuke Hansuke 2017-05-19 01:12:35 76801
Daisuke Hansuke looks between the two as he rests his hand against his chin a moment in thought. He sips his water and then taps his chin. "What's the deal with Hannah anyways? I'm not exactly in the loop here. But it sounds like she did something to Kyouko a while ago? So why is that important now?" he asks as he looks between the two again.

"If it's too big a deal to tell me, that's fine." he smiles.
Ami Mizuno 2017-05-19 01:34:04 76802
"Because what she did to Kyouko is what she's been doing to herself, only in reverse," Ami replies, sighing as she leans back in the seat. She crosses her legs and sets one foot to tapping the air thoughtfully while she considers things. "She's been mixing all sorts of nasty things in her linker core, and it's driving her slowly insane. Possibly it's responsible for some of her own idiotic actions, but more likely it's just making her already questionable ideas worse."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-05-19 01:36:39 76803
    "Specifically, from what I hear, she somehow used Witch magic or energy or somethin'," Says Kyouko, shrugging, clearly not familiar with the details. "Which don't surprise me, since that's what she was always studyin'. Had a Witch locked up in her basement for ages, could still be there for all I know. Anyway, apparently she finally messed herself up so bad she's deteriorating. Mamoru wants to help of course, so there's some big plan."

    She frowns. "Which I dunno the details of, cuz apparently Mamoru thought I would flip out and kill her if given the chance, so he didn't want me there." She sighs after a moment. "Which.. I guess is pretty fair. But I guess he thought maybe Ami could learn something about Hannah's Linker Core from my Gem that they could use to help her, or hinder her, or both."
Daisuke Hansuke 2017-05-19 01:46:56 76804
Daisuke Hansuke head tilts. "Well there is one thing there." he offers. "Isn't that technically a sample of Hannah's Linker Core before she screwed it up?" he asks. "Dunno how that is useful but if fixing her is a thing, that could be useful?" he asks. "I dunno how Linker Cores work." he says.

"And my abilities are more turned to magical healing with wavey hands that doesn't really teach me things." he says as he places his glass down onto the coffee table.

"Really , Ami-san here would know better than I would." he offers.
Ami Mizuno 2017-05-19 01:58:07 76805
"Which is why I'm here," Ami says, amusedly at Daisuke. "But 'maybe' is the answer to your supposition. Honestly, in the case of Hannah's linker core, though, it will be far easier for me to juist destroy the current one and urge a new one to grow. But I was as worried for Sakura-san's health and safety as I was interested in what I might learn from her linker core. Which," she notes to Kyouko, "is quite a lot. Thank you very much."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-05-19 02:00:11 76806
    "Yeah," Kyouko says, eyeing Daisuke. "That's why I just had her examine it. Cuz Mamoru thought maybe she'd be able to learn something useful." She shrugs her shoulders. "It's like you say.. a sample, but whether or not there's anything that can actually be done with it, I dunno. Was worth a shot, anyway."

    She glances to Ami, smiling a crooked smile and waving a hand dismissively. "Aw, you didn't have to be worried about me. If it was gonna cause some kinda problem it probably would have a long time ago. But I'm glad you might have learned something. I won't say that crap two summers ago was worth it, but at least something useful comin' out of it is better than nothing."
Daisuke Hansuke 2017-05-19 02:04:46 76807
Daisuke Hansuke nods. "Well that's good then." he grins. He sips his water as he looks around a bit. "I'm gonna lounge around here for a bit in hopes I can catch someone." he says. A pause.

"Eh. Um. Venus. Doesn't come here a lot. Does she?" he asks in that cautious manner someone does when they're afraid of running into someone else.
Ami Mizuno 2017-05-19 02:16:09 76808
"I don't have to," Ami agrees quietly, "but I would hate myself if I could have prevented danger to you, and failed to at least attempt to. As is, I think you have more to worry about than you realize, but less than I feared. There is the potential for Hannah to use this against you, if she's in close proximity with you and if she thinks of it. Effectively she can manipulate your magic. I don't know what she can do specifically with it, and Hannah may not have thought of it at all. But be careful."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-05-19 02:49:02 76810
    Kyouko eyes Ami, now. "I dunno. She can try." She shrugs. "I'm not that worried about it, honestly. My soul is strong.. god knows, I've done enough to toughen it up. If it comes down to it, I'm confident my willpower is greater than hers." She pauses, then adds, "Which maybe means she should worry about that." She pauses, seeming to consider. Then she shrugs. "Either way, I'll be careful. Better to be aware than not."

    As for Venus, she glances at Daisuke and shrugs. "Um.. sometimes? I wouldn't really say 'a lot', but I see her here every once in a while." She stands after a moment, stretching. "Anyway, if you got what you needed Ami-san, I gotta get back downstairs. Momo's expectin' dinner." A faint sigh.

    "If you need anything else, call me, right?" She smiles. "I want this whole thing to go as smoothly as possible, one way or the other." Then she turns and heads for the door.