Here For A Pick-Me-Up

Ail targets Gullwing Coffee! ... pity he doesn't know about the owners. Or the customers...

Date: 2017-06-08
Pose Count: 28
Seijuro Ginga 2017-06-08 23:29:55 78194
It's a warm summer day at Gullwing Coffee and the sale has drawn in a lot of people - cold coffee has a lot of fans, and the sales day has luckily coincided with the perfect not-too-warm weather to draw people out! This means the line is pretty much out the door, and for most people, there's not a care in the world - except the hardworking staff, because lots of people means lots of work!

In fact, for most people nothing at all is wrong, but much as the lines of coincidence and magic intertwine, some magical girls may find themselves just passing by or in line as the situation heads towards a change.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-06-08 23:41:13 78204
Sakura Kinomoto was, of course, working. She was still tired a lot, but she'd rested extra hard, BEGGED Haruna to let her do it, even offered to take a pay cut because she knew Haruna would need the help(Okay, so she missed the point as to WHY Haruna wouldn't want her). Kero-chan had even agreed to come and keep an eye on her in case there was any problems(okay, demanded to.)

The end result was the tiny, adorable sakura running from table to table. Looking half dead on her feet, but actually getting the majority of the orders right, for once. She occasionally looked like she was going to fall over, but Tomoyo had helped cover the bags under her face with makeup, so it was all good. And she probably had to take the occasional break. Which was why, well...

Tomoyo was there and, for once, she wasn't recording Sakura. She was helping(since sakura wasn't feeling her best.) And, as opposed to the excited Sakura, Tomoyo was the epitome of refinement, swaying from table to table, a smile always on her lips, no hair out of place, in much calmer, gentler colors that helped her to blend into the background. She was working far better than sakura was, but she worked extra hard to ensure that Sakura still had center stage.

Kero was on the top of the room, likely in a vent or on some shelf or something. Out of the way but able to keep an eye out in case a certain jerk showed his face.
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-06-08 23:41:30 78205
Haruna Kurosawa is busily attending to ice coffee levels. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. Because if you run out you can't sell any and it's best not to keep people waiting. So ice and iced frozen drink machines are getting the majority of the attention. Corvus, in his white haired human-form is busily filling orders with the help of some random co-worker that Haunra hired a bit back.

It really takes a special kind of worker to put up with Haruna's weirdness though.

Frozen Coffees. Frozen Non-Coffee Drinks. And There's a FROZEN HOT CHOCOLATE!? As features in the sale. The machines have practically paid for themselves twice over today already! Even the back patio is being used! Because it's gorgeous out.

Haruna also didn't accept the paycut. (in fact. Sakura is getting time and a half today. :I Really everyone is. It's a BUSY day and she knows it.). SHE DID let Sakura help if only because Tomoyo was willing to help her so that should make up for any slowness on the busy day.

The crushed ice machine in back makes a loud clunk. She frowns and goes back there and there's a series of shakes. Another clunk and she comes back dusting her hands off. She may have punched the ice machine back into working.
Makoto Kino 2017-06-08 23:48:09 78210
Makoto had to stop into Gullwing for the summer sale, of course. She doesn't get by Haruna's coffee shop as often as she would like - it's tough being a high school student on a budget - but she tries to support her fellow magical girl's business when she can and this is definitely the time to do so.

Besides, Mako likes a good iced mocha.

There's definitely a nice crowd, and Mako looks on approvingly over her delicious cold beverage. "Looks like you're doing good work, Haruma-chan!" she calls - and then the small tired waitress bustles past her and Mako does a surprised double-take. "Sakura-chan? How long have you been working here?"
Seijuro Ginga 2017-06-08 23:56:52 78213
Walking out of the store, however, is a tall bishonen with a straw between his lips, rapidly making the coffee vanish from his small cup. It's Seijuro Ginga, and since the summer has hit Seijuromania has noticibaly died down, leaving him without a gaggle of schoolgirls chasing him.

He's quietly been noticing just how many people are here now, though - and how many are packed in such a small place! As he walks away from the group, he chuckles to himself. "This is perfect - I couldn't have planned it better. There are so many here - young and old, and they're so happy, so energetic. I can't pass up this chance.

He shifts behind a tree, and becomes the strange alien, Ail, behind it. There's a moment there - where the change in energy might alert nearby magically active heroes and mascots - and then he puts the flute to his lips. The normal people won't notice the soft, lilting melody, but to the magically inclined it will pierce the din of people nearby.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-06-09 00:02:14 78216
Sakura Kinomoto nodded, giving a small smile to the next guest. "Here's your iced coffee and cocoa!" she said happily. Before... well, she gave them to the right table, at least. Just had to swap them.

Then Mako! she perked up and nodded. "Oh, yes! Haruna-sempai was really nice and let me come work here the moment they opened!"

"And I designed her outfit," Tomoyo added. "Isn't she so cute?" In her tiny lil maid outfit. Pink, of course.

Sakura blushed. "T-tomoyo-chan!"

"You are though, Sakura-chan." Before subtly walking by the table Sakura just did, switching the drinks back to their correct orders. She'd been doing that a lot today, making far less of a headache for Haruna, at least.

"Huh?" Sakura said. "Oh, that music sounds absolutely lovely..." she mumbled, closing her eyes al ittle.
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-06-09 00:07:48 78219
Haruna Kurosawa beams at Makoto! "Hi Mako-chan!" she practically sings out. "Yeah it's really busy! If you need to a place to sit, it's gorgeous outside and there's patio seats left. Otherwise Um... I think I need to have someone do another clean sweep..." she says scanning over the dining area as she purses her lips. "Gonna need to have a repairman look at the ice machine in back too." she says.

"If I keep punching it it's probably gonna join the Phantom Empire." she asides slyly in a whisper.

She leans back up and smiles. "Sakura-chan has been working since day one! She's a real hard worker! I mean. I don't keep her long days. But she really wanted the money to buy Christmas gifts..?" she asks.

"And she just stayed on after." she smiles. "She even worked off the advance she wanted in like a week?" she asks.

"Anyways, Mako-chan~ What can I g----"

Then there's that melody. And it feels odd, and even Corvus gives Haruna a side-eye for a moment. Yeah. Something is up.

"Do you feel that?" she whispers to Makoto more seriously.
Makoto Kino 2017-06-09 00:18:08 78220
Mako smiles brightly and waves to Sakura, not wanting to interrupt the younger girl while she's working but very pleased at how well things seem to be going here at Gullwing.

At least until the sound of a flute reaches her through the coffee shop noise, with a feeling like cold fingers on the back of her neck. Suddenly, Makoto's expression is much more serious.

"I feel it," she agrees in an undertone to match Haruna's whisper. Already she's straightened to her full height, looking around for the source of... whatever it is. "Do you hear music?"
Seijuro Ginga 2017-06-09 00:28:47 78222
The music flows across the vicinity, growing slightly louder even though it still seems in the distance. Behind that tree, Ail pulls a single card from his deck, and as the melody comes to a crescendo, a wave of distinctly negative energy rushes through the air, and the card takes the shape of a female humanoid made up of several colors of jagged crystal.

As she rises into the air, colorful motes of sparkling energy begin to rise up from the ground - and as they pass around and through the civilians into the air, they take energy with them, causing people to suddenly start collapsing to the floor in line or slumping over tables.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-06-09 00:39:09 78225
Sakura Kinomoto reached out for one of the motes, a smile on her face. "Oh... how pret--"

Kero was there a moment later, in front of his hand. "Sakura, don't touch that!" he ordered.

"Oh..." Tomoyo said, suddenly slumping over and landing gracefully in a chair, out. Seriously, how does she do that?

Sakura looks confused, then... "Oh!" She drew her key. "The key that holds the power of darkness. Reveal your true form to me! I, Sakura, command thee under convert! Release!" Her wand formed in her hand and she swayed slightly, the sudden expenditure of magic already burning her weakened magic reserves.
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-06-09 00:43:56 78226
Haruna Kurosawa watches motes drain people and she frowns. "I do now. Come on! THIS IS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN TO NORMAL BUSSINESSES. NOT MAGICAL PEOPLE OWNED BUSSINESSES. IT'S LIKE AN UNWRITTEN RULE, NOT COOL!" she says as she turns around from Makoto and yells that into the air.

"Well fine, they wanna use music for evil...." she says with an an almost sinister look. Though not really sinister. Makoto's seen Scorn before. That look has nothing on a Scorn look.

<I...I...dol! Time to changeeee!> goes Haruna's PreChanMirror as she changes into an Idol Precard- that is- your typical J-pop idol.

Also Corvus suddenly gains a roadie outfit and he looks dejected because he hates the black t-shirt white seagull winged 'THE METAL GULLS' T-shirt he suddenly has like his gettup was more metal roadie than anything.

"Sakura, keeeeeep up! No sleeping on the job!" she winks at her. "Somethings outside I think...." she says as she hops over the bar with a twirl, while holding a microphone.

"Hey, stooooop!" Cure Gull yells into the mircophone. "MUSIC SHOULD ONLY BE USED FOR GOOD. ALSO. NOT FOR DRAINING MY CUSTOMERS!" she yells as she stares down the crystal creature and Mister Flute User.
Makoto Kino 2017-06-09 00:53:26 78227
"Looks like we're gonna have to teach somebody the rules," Makoto tells Haruna, very dryly. She's already pulling out her henshin pen, and at nearly the same moment as the other two--


Electricity flares from the star cap of the pen, swirling around Makoto and leaving Sailor Jupiter in her place. As soon as she's fully transformed she's on the move, ducking those colored motes and scooping Sakura up under her arm. "Hang in there, Sakura-chan. Stick with Gull-chan, I'm gonna see who needs a punch in the face."

So saying, she deposits Sakura on the bar next to Gull and lunges into motion again, fists clenched as she makes for the crystal creature.
Seijuro Ginga 2017-06-09 00:58:54 78229
Ail steps out of the shade of the tree, and smacks his head with his free, non-flute holding hand. "You're kidding me. Magical people owned shop?" He's clad in the same sort of armor Makoto will probably recognize from Fiore - in fact he looks just like him, albeit with a different hair color.

The crystalline Cardian looks ready to open her mouth when suddenly in comes Makoto and she has to focus on defense - which makes the colored motes of energy theft stop in mid air as she jumps away, landing on a table and then jumps off again, trying her best to keep away from those dangerous punches, letting out a little "Ch-!" with each movement.

"Come on, the humans are here for a pick me up and so am I."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-06-09 01:04:03 78230
Sakura Kinomoto frowned and shook her head. "Yeah! No attacking shops! We all work really, really hard to make sure Haruna-sempai's shop is the best around and he works really, really, really, REALLY hard to ensure all of her guests are well taken care of! You're just being a big, mean bully when you attack good people like this!"

She said before drawing her card. "And, um, um... wood!" She drew the card and clicked it. "Bind them both up!"

Suddenly branches would spread out from the card, rying to wrap and bind around the two, or at least slow them down.
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-06-09 01:09:20 78232
Cure Gull is still all idoled up as she huffs. "THAT ISN'T THE SAME AS DRINKING COFFEE! Notable Gullwing Coffee WHICH IS ALWAYS GREAT AND WHOLESOME AND FAIR TRADE!" she insists into her microphone.

She huffs and turns to the crystal creature.

"Coffee is so great. o/~" she sings. "It beats eggs in a crate o/~"

She sings. "So let me put you straight.... ~ o/~"

"STOP RUNING MY SALE! IT ENDS AT EIGHT! o/~" she yells as a massive wave of sonic-like energy vibrates out at the crystal creature. This is when the idol precard loses it's charge. No one said that a magic card made you a good at lyrics. JUST THAT SHE SINGS THEM VERY WELL!

Now she's back as Cure Gull, as she huffs.

"THAT'S THE TICKET SAKURA-CHAN!" she calls out as she uses a card to try to bind.
Makoto Kino 2017-06-09 01:29:00 78234
Sailor Jupiter promptly scowls at the sight of Ail, looking as though she's tasting something sour. "You," she says. Yeah, she remembers this guy from Osa-P.

Monster first, she has to remind herself. Deal with the immediate threat, then shake this dude until he rattles. Now if she can just manage that without wrecking Haruna's shop...

Surgical accuracy is not exactly in Jupiter's skillset, but she'll do what she can. Pressing her hands together, she summons electricity between her palms, shaping it into a tight, brightly-crackling sphere. "Sparkling Wide Pressure!"

As she calls out the words, she hauls back and fastablls the lightning-orb at the monster.
Seijuro Ginga 2017-06-09 01:37:33 78235
There's a lot of things that all happen at once, and they work in tandem. Sakura's card summons up a long greasping tree that explodes forward, and graps Ail and the youma. "Chrisma?!" the youma explains, verbage not being her strong suit. She starts to claw and rip and the wood - making good progress and sending a cloud of chips into the air - while Ail merely teleports out of it and ends up standing on the roof of Gullwing Coffee.

Just as the youma breaks free of the wood, it gets bowled over by the sonic energy bursting forward from the Pop Precure, and then as it gets to its feet slammed by the thunderous energy! There's a huge surge and smoke, and as the smoke clears - there's now three, significantly smaller (so, Sakura-sized) single-color Chrisma youma - red, green, and blue - and each one of them with gleaming sharp claws glinting in the summer sun dives towards one of the magical girls. Ail, on the other hand, watches safely on the roof. But that doesn't shut him up.

"Yeah, I'll just keep hunting you humans until you give up what we need. You're just making things more difficult for all of us. I just need the energy!"
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-06-09 01:41:30 78236
Sakura Kinomoto wobbled a bit, almost falling over. It made her sluggish and stop. She almost fell over...

Then suddenly one of the youma were on her. As it charged at her, she drew a card, lifted the wand, and then... dropped the card. "W-what? WAIT!" She reached for it, but it was all the opening she needed. She shrieked, the claws coming at her...

Moments before the thing was blasted back by a fire ball. Big ol' kitty Kero dove down in front of Sakura, baring his fangs before unleashing another torrent of fire on the creature, making it... well, erupt. Or whatever it is they do when wounded.

Sakura wobbled forward and hugged kero. "Thanks, Kero-chan... I'll make sure to get you some strawberries later, okay?"

"Any time, Sakura. It's my duty to protect you, remember?"
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-06-09 01:45:39 78238
Cure Gull GASPS out as she places her hands to her face. "Oresky, when did you get all hot and bishy!?" she asks Ail. This is done with such dripping sarcasm to it. Basically. she's saying that Ail is full of himself.


Oresky looks up from the newspaper he's reading titled 'Blue Sky Kingdom Weekly' the front page story is 'QUEEN MIRAGE CONTINUES TO BE THE BEST. CONSIDERS GIVING HANDSOME DARK GENERAL MEDAL.' -> Article by Ore-Sama, Number One Journalist.'. Nevermind he's the only journalist since that world was taken over. He seems to look around nervously for some reason. Are his ears burning!?


Cure Gull has had enough of that garbage and merely summons up wind energy around her fists as she moves to meet the spiky armed crystal being with a mighty hard punch. "GULL WINDY PUNCH!" she calls out as she leans forward with the wind infused punch.
Makoto Kino 2017-06-09 02:03:33 78239
Now there are more monsters. That was not how that was supposed to work; Jupiter looks briefly vexed. Fortunately Gull has the one after her under control and it seems that Sakura's mascot companion has her ably covered.

Which leaves the one coming after her.

Sparks snap across her fingers as Jupiter braces to meet the green monster's five - and at the last moment twists to the side and grabs hold of it, taking control of all that momentum and using it to slam the thing down with shattering force into the floor.

...she'll help Haruna with repairs later. Somehow.
Seijuro Ginga 2017-06-09 02:18:56 78243
It's a quick takedown, this time - each of the crystaline sub-youma doesn't have the durability of its larger original sort - and it really seems like more of a last-ditch effort. Is this youma, this Cardian, notably weaker? Or are they just extra passionate about protecting another magical girl's shop?

The reasons are irrelevant, though, as erach one of them cumbles under the magical girl's attack - Kero's fire, Gull's windy punch, and the sudden side-slam from Sailor Jupiter - leaves them shattered and scattered as dulling jewels on the floor. There's an audiable snarl of anger from the rooftop as the scattered peices tumble towards a central point in the floor, flicker out, leaving a card with the shilloette of three colored crystal girls, before suddenly unleashing a smokey black energy and fading out.

Ail drops off the roof and looks ready to fight for a moment before he realizes he's not in a position to. "You know this isn't over, just because you beat one. I'll win." he says, self-assuredly. He doesn't know who Oresky is.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-06-09 02:24:27 78244
Sakura Kinomoto just sat there, looking a bit dazed. However, her first instincts upon seeing a card took over. "Huh? Ah! Return to your true form... oh. Already... ummm..." She blinked. "S-shadow! Grab that card!" she said, enveloping it in darkness before bringing it to her.

She stared at it in confusion. "What? It's... a... card, isn't it?"

"It's not a clow card," Kero said with a sigh. "It's useless, don't--"

"NO IT'S NOT!" Sakura yelled defiantly, before hugging it. "You saw it! It was a... a something, just like the cards were! It had feelings and thoughts and... and I'll protect it just like the others!" she said defiantly. Oh gosh...
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-06-09 02:38:07 78247
Cure Gull blinks as she huffs and then leans back and then slacks a bit. "Ugh." she turns back to the shop. "Whelp. Glad I did a whole bunch of business before this happened because this insurance claim is gonna be nuts!" she says. It's not in an annoyed way. More of a 'wow!' way. Not quite happy about it though.

She sighs and walks over to Sakura. "That was great, Sakura! But um. Looks like you'll have a few days off at least." she says with a weak smile. "Need to close for repairs. Insurance will cover it though." she says.

"I mean. I kind of got insurance under the idea that phantom might burst through the wall." she asides to Jupiter. "So no worries." she says with a smile.

She doesn't seem to mind the damage so far as people are safe, if unconscious.

"...I bet I can still get you that drink quick if you still want it." she asides. "After I make the whole emergency call and all." she admits.
Makoto Kino 2017-06-09 02:44:12 78248
Sailor Jupiter smiles back at Gull apologetically, moving to join her and Sakura. "Sorry about that," she says with a glance back towards the mess. Despite Haruna's assurance that it's covered, she still feels kind of guilty, especially given the comment about closing for a few days.

"...I think I'll take you up on that drink, if it's not too much trouble, Gull-chan," she says. "Once you're done making calls."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-06-09 02:47:10 78249
Sakura Kinomoto nods. "R-right. It's fine. I'm sorry I couldn't be more... helpful," she mumbled, still staring at the card, holding it protectively... then collapsing forward.

Kero catches her and sighs. He then stares at the card and... nudges it towards Haruna. "Can you take this to one of those... science girls? Have them check it out, make sure it's safe? if it is, Sakura can have it. Maybe it'll do the card some good, having a master like Sakura."
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-06-09 02:55:39 78252
Cure Gull blinks. Sci--science girls? She giggles a bit under her breath as her transformation flashes off. "I'll take it to Mercury-san." she says softly. "But... maybe. Jupiter is better suited for that. Because they know each other better!" she smiles. She offers the card to Jupiter.

"Does that make sense? I mean. I can take it." she says. "Doesn't seem to be powered anymore at least..." she sighs a bit and nods. "I'm gonna go get on that then. AND Your drink. Frozen Mocha was it?~" she sings.

"But remember, she wants it back!" she says. "Sakura-chan that is~ With the card. Not the drink. I can't take a drink back, silly."
Makoto Kino 2017-06-09 02:59:17 78253
Jupiter blinks once in faint surprise, looking from the card to Kero and then to Haruna. "...Sure," she says after a moment. "I can take it to Mercury and have her check it out."

A beat, and then she nods to Haruna. "As long as it's not dangerous, I promise to bring it back once she's done. And yeah," as she's speaking, her transformation fades away, and it's Makoto again smiling back at Haruna. "Frozen mocha, please!"
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-06-09 03:05:46 78254
Sakura Kinomoto was snoring on kero's back, hugging him. The guardian just sighed. "I hope we can get this fixed soon..."

Soon, once they were gone, Tomoyo would be one of the first to wake up and... "There was magic, wasn't there?" she asked, looking wide eyed. "I missed it? Did you record Sakura-chan?" she asked. SHAME, Haruna, shaaaaame.