Musings of the Magical Kind

Ikiko finds Momo lost in thought at the park, and offers her much needed comfort about the things she has been facing.

Date: 2017-06-06
Pose Count: 15
Momo Akatsuki 2017-06-06 22:11:47 78013
The warm wind of summer was blowing gently across the grass of the park, lending a push to a little pink-haired girl sitting on one of the swings in the playground area. She didn't seem to be noticing much around her, instead staring at something in her hand in quiet contemplation.

The whisps of wind brought murmurs of her words to anyone nearby listening with each gust. Talk of comas, friends lost, uncertainty. Just quiet murmurs the girl was voicing to herself. Momo hadn't been certain about anything in awhile now.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-06 22:19:46 78015
The warm breeze causes Ikiko's bag of empty dog food bowls to clatter slightly. She had recently finished feeding one of the local groups of strays, and during her conversation with them one of the more outgoing ones had mentioned a young girl doing something odd on the swings.

Was this quietly murmuring girl the one they were talking about?

Walking over by the swings, Ikiko gently clears her throat. "Hey there," she says softly, as to not overly startle the girl on the swings. "Are you okay?"
Momo Akatsuki 2017-06-06 22:25:07 78016
With a start Momo drops her Chroma Crystal from her hand to hang once again at her neck. She rises, the chain it is on still swaying as she turns to look at the person who had startled her from her reverie.

She gently swept a lock of hair back behind her ear, for once having let the flowing pink locks hang down freely. She was still in her school uniform, having gone straight here and been sitting this entire time after school.

"I'm fine... Everything is fine... I guess.". She sighs, as if some great weight is weighing on her conciousness that she wants to let out, but can't.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-06 22:39:27 78020
Ikiko Hisakata glances towards the pendant, her mouth forming a silent 'oh' as she recognizes the Chroma Crystal for what it is -- Reiko's is quite similar, after all!

"Sounds like there's something worrying you," the older girl notes as she sits on one of the nearby swings. "If you'd like to talk it out, I'm all ears and no mouth. Besides..."

She leans closer and lowers her voice. "If I'm not mistaken, you're a friend of Reiko's, and as a fellow rooftop-hopper, I know what not to blab to those not already in the know," she remarks, nodding towards the Chroma Crystal.
Momo Akatsuki 2017-06-06 23:02:18 78025
Momo Akatsuki raises her eyes to try and meet Ikiko's, her lips pursed a little. "I mostly flit around. Jumping from roof-tops isn't that cool when you can just flit around. Reiko is a good friend. I'd call her my best-friend, but she was my sister's best-friend. She's more like... A mentor to me.". She lifts her eyes from her attempt to look into Ikiko's and gazes out at the clouds.

After a moment she gives a little sigh and directs her full attention back on Ikiko. "I'm Momo Akatsuki, and I'm Pink. I'm just... Wondering about things. A girl I like very much was in a coma and she woke up, I don't know if we are still close any more. A good friend... Turned out to be evil. I think we aren't friends anymore. I miss her. I miss knowing what was going on with just... Everything. I might be a little girl, but I thought I was finally getting it. But all this magic and stuff just makes everything complicated..."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-06 23:12:29 78028
"Ikiko Hisakata, also known as Cute Wolf Tsukiko," the sometimes-wolfgirl nods in introduction. "And if it makes you feel any better, magic does complicate relationships at times. As well as complicating other things, too."

She leans back slightly, looking up at the sky. "I'd say keep in touch with the girl that was in a coma," Ikiko suggests. "At the very least, it'll let her know that you still like her. As for your other friend... well, if you can find out why she's evil, then you might be able to do something about it. Sometimes people are evil because they think they don't have any other choice."
Momo Akatsuki 2017-06-06 23:24:34 78030
Momo Akatsuki blinks softly, reaching up and rubbing at her eyes as they start to puff up and redden. Talking about this is breaking down the mask she likes to wear. "Something... About a story. She was the villain, and now she is completely the villain. I don't know if there is a way to save her... I haven't bothered to ask. Reiko has so many other things to worry about.".

A few tears trickle slowly down her face as she sniffles loudly. Maybe being tough isn't the only reason she doesn't cry, she's clearly very loud about it. "And Sachiko... I just feel like maybe I've never been involved enough to go to her again. I was just some girl she met at school, and became her closest friend. I didn't understand anything about her life. I don't even really get why she let what happened to her happen. I don't understand anything anymore except that my sister is gone, and I'm a magical girl."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-06 23:37:19 78033
Ikiko Hisakata steps over to Momo and gives the younger girl a long hug. "I can't promise to make things easier to understand, but I can at least lend a hand where I can," the older girl murmurs. "Both inside and outside of magic."
Momo Akatsuki 2017-06-06 23:39:15 78035
Momo Akatsuki nestles into Ikiko's arms without reservations, just sobbing now without words. She'd let herself become overwhelmed by her myriad worries finally, just talking about them taking down the walls holding back a flooding lake of things she didn't want to really let herself think about.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-06 23:50:06 78037
Ikiko Hisakata just keeps hugging Momo, gently patting her back for as long as the younger girl needs it. Sometimes you just need comfort, and while she doesn't have any younger sibs of her own, Ikiko's nearly instinctual reaction to Momo's tears is to more or less curl up and be there for Momo.

Still, she's human, and only partially canine, so hugging is much more practical than curling up into a ball.
Momo Akatsuki 2017-06-06 23:53:38 78038
The gross sobbing continues for several more long moments before Momo makes a noise akin to boulders tumbling down a mountain during a typhoon and wipes her eyes and nose with her sleeve.

"Sorry for... Unloading all of that on you. If you're magical too, you probably have a whole buttload of your own problems to deal with.".
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-07 00:03:21 78040
"Nothing quite as heavy as what you're dealing with, but persistent in their own way," Ikiko replies with a wry smile. "A girlfriend trying to figure out her place in life, a friend of a friend who is beleaguered by a haunting curse, plus recent nightmares about vicious werewolves. Not to mention the ongoing concern of my family finding out how magical I actually am, and how I got that way..."

She sighs, then offers a warmer smile. "Still, nothing wrong with being a shoulder to cry on when you need it," the older girl says reassuringly.
Momo Akatsuki 2017-06-07 00:19:31 78043
Momo Akatsuki smiles weakly at Ikiko. "I'm not sure I'm in any condition to say I'll return the favour sometime. But thank you, a lot. I think I will go find my friend and let her know I still like... Love... Something her.".

She gives a little nervous giggle.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-07 00:26:35 78045
"Good luck!" Ikiko beams, giving Momo a quick hug. "I need to get going as well, but first..."

She takes a piece of scratch paper and jots something down, then hands it to the younger girl. "My cellphone number," Ikiko explains. "In case you'd like to talk to me, without having to go through Reiko."
Momo Akatsuki 2017-06-07 00:27:47 78046
Momo Akatsuki tucks it away in a pocket on her uniform, giving another weak smile at Ikiko. "I'll text you my number when I get home. As late as it is, I should probably do that fast before Roy or Biv notice I'm gone..."