Icy Cone Canine Collision

A playful stray inadvertently introduces Ikiko to Unmei. The two girls wind up talking about mutual friends over a fresh round of icy cones.

Date: 2017-06-19
Pose Count: 26
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-06-19 07:49:41 78978
Unmei Tama was jogging today! With her cell phone in her pocket, ready for ANY bad things that may happen. It was a nice, bright, sun shiny day and she felt pretty good. She was eating properly now, getting exercise, doing everything a mature, responsible young lady should do.

Also, she'd stopped and was now eating an icy cone by the fountain cause ICY CONES ROCKED!
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-19 08:05:44 78979
With it not being summer quite yet, the sunshine makes the day cheerfully warm instead of unbearably hot -- good weather for doing outdoors stuff, like feeding some of the local stray dogs. It's also weather that makes some of the younger dogs more playful, which is often an enjoyable thing.

However, when said younger dog runs off with one of the empty food dishes after the feeding session, it's mildly irksome for the human responsible for the feeding. This is why Ikiko Hisakata is chasing after the young dog, bag of bowls and other supplies in her hands.

"Look, I know you're enjoying this, but I need the bowl back," Ikiko calls after the energetic dog in caninespeak. The dog just looks back while running, a 'come on and play with me!' expression on its face.

Ikiko sighs, then yelps as she notices the currently unseeing trajectory of the dog: right towards a person sitting near the fountain! "Hold up! Look out!" she calls, switching from caninespeak to Japanese to try to warn the girl with the icy cone.
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-06-19 08:10:52 78980
Unmei Tama glanced up. "hmm?" And then... "GAHHH!" Dog slam! She yelped and went down, her cone going flying and resulting in her on the ground, dog on her chest. However, she reacted midly quickly and her arms wrapped around the dog. "HA! Gotcha yah little terr-- poffftt pbbt plbbt!" Of course, when grabbing a happy, playful dog, one must be wary of face lickings.

"Ack! no, stop, no, ack!" She let it go and covered her face, trying to escape the slobbery assault. "STOOOOOP!" For all the good it would likely do.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-19 08:25:21 78981
Ikiko Hisakata winces (more at the icy cone loss than at the impact), then jogs over. "You definitely need to find a family to live with," she quietly murmurs towards the dog as she takes advantage of its distraction to recover the food bowl.

After a few more lickings, the dog looks at Ikiko with a smile on its face -- a smile that fades to sheepishness when it sees Ikiko's stern 'really? really?' expression. The dog whines a quick "sorry!" and scampers off to rejoin its pack.

"We'll talk later," Ikiko barks after it, then steps over and offers the other girl a hand. "I'm sorry; are you okay?" the younger girl apologizes.
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-06-19 08:33:47 78982
Unmei Tama took the hand and was hefted up. She wiped her face, revealing... oh gosh was she crying. "I-I'm fine," she mumbled, trying to get all the dirt and stuff off. Awwww, she was definitely crying a little bit.

"I just... need to head home a-and clean up a bit," she mumbled. She had a few bruises, too. "Do I look really bad?" she asked. "Err... aren't you going to catch your dog?" she asked.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-19 08:40:48 78983
"He's... technically not mine," Ikiko replies sheepishly. "One of the neighborhood strays."

She looks over the older girl. "You look like you need a hug," Ikiko states bluntly. "And another icy cone."

First part's easy enough. The younger girl gives Unmei a hug, saying "My name's Ikiko Hisakata, first year middle schooler at Seishou. Pleased to meet you!"
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-06-19 08:45:47 78984
Unmei Tama yelped, her eyes going wide. she stared at the kid. Her mouth fell open. "I... ummm... thanks?" she said softly, looking a bit awkward. "I'm... I'm Unmei. Just... Unmei for now, I guess," she mumbled, a bit disheartened. "And uhhh... I go to Infinity. For now. I guess."

She glanced off to the side. "High schooler. Um. Sorta. It's... there's a lot of ifs in my life lately..." she mumbled softly. "Nice to meet you, Iki," she said. Shortening the name. To be fair, she does that with EVERYONE.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-19 08:52:45 78985
Ikiko Hisakata headtilts slightly at the uncertainty of the introduction, but doesn't push the issue. "Here, let's get you another icy cone," she smiles, taking Unmei's hand and leading her towards where she remembered seeing an icy cone stand. "I'm buying, because you lost yours because of my friend."
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-06-19 08:58:25 78986
Unmei Tama blinked and was dragged along. "W-what? You... you don't h-have to do that," she said softly. "I-I mean, it's my own fault. If I hadn't been there, it wouldn't have happened. I-I mean, I--" She squeaked a lot and seemed quite nervous. however, she did finally let herself be pulled back.

And once there... "I, ummm... I-I guess cherry again? Or should I get apple... the cherry was a bit... actually, can I just get orange?" Well, she'd had cherry before, but it was a bit stronger than she liked. She stared at the younger girl, uncertainty in her eyes.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-19 09:12:33 78987
"People sitting on benches shouldn't have to worry about being overrun by an enthusiastic dog," Ikiko counters as they walk along. "Thus, not your fault."

At the icy cone stand, she gives a soft smile to Unmei. "Two orange icy cones," the younger girl says to the lady running the stand. An exchange of money and a brief wait later, the two girls have icy cones, and Ikiko leads Unmei over to a nearby bench.

Mmm, this is a good icy cone!

"Feeling better?" Ikiko asks once Unmei is settled in and has munched on some of the icy cone.
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-06-19 09:15:53 78988
Unmei Tama nodded. "A little. I umm... really didn't expect that. I guess I should be used to it, though. sorta. Well, not really. I don't know. Sorry," she mumbled, nibbling her cone.

She then glanced over to the girl. "So, err. We haven't met before but... I'm... sorta new. Kinda. Not really. But I am. But not and... it's hard to explain. Sorry. Err. Do you know a lot of people here? Are you friends with... umm... Kun or Mamo?" she asked, struggling to find a common ground. "Do you like go?"
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-19 09:25:32 78989
Ikiko Hisakata blinks. That particular pair of shortened names, in that close proximity to each other...

"I haven't played go very often," she says slowly. "As for friends... did you say Mamoru Chiba and Kunzite?!"

The corners of her mouth quirk upward. "Yeah, I'm friends with them," Ikiko nods. "And if you know Kunzite by that name... then you're probably magical. Which makes it easier to talk about some things."
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-06-19 09:31:02 78990
Unmei Tama blinks a few times. Then face palms. "Oh gosh, right. I-I keep forgetting. Y-yeah. Wait, you're magical too?!" she asked, lighting up. Then urked. "W-wait, good or bad magical? Since, um, I actually kind of... lost my powers and now I've got a deranged and rude magical pea cock after me and using my step sister as a magical girl to make me miserable and I'd really prefer if you didn't work with her, if that's okay? Causse, um, I got Kun on speed dial if I ever get in danger..."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-19 09:37:20 78991
"I'm known as Cute Wolf Tsukiko, a good magical girl," Ikiko giggles. "You can ask Kunzite about me, if you'd like. He's a good friend."

The mention of speed dial gives her an idea. "How about if I give you my number as well?" she offers. "Having an extra person to contact in case of trouble is a good thing!"
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-06-19 09:40:25 78992
Unmei Tama blinked and nodded. "Oh! That sounds good! And cute wolf... I don't suppose you know Ayana, do you? Wait, is that rude? I didn't mean to imply that all, umm, canine themed magical girls knew each other. But, I mean, traditionally it makes sense."

She was quiet for a moment, then... "In all the anime there's almost always some connection. Like in Magical Girl Harp, where they were all magical instrument based powers. Or The Adventures of Lace and Mirage, where all of the magical girls were based on different common magic tricks. Or the Train Patrol, where they were all... well, I think you get the point." someone was a MASSIVE magical girl nerd.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-19 09:51:38 78993
Ikiko's smile brightens. "Ayana's my girlfriend," she beams. There's a slight waft of air; either a really small breeze just went through, or a tail was wagging for a moment. But there's no tails visible, right?

The younger girl contemplates the trope of common motifs. "It's mostly coincidence, really," Ikiko shrugs. "She based the format of her magical name on mine, and I was one of the ones responsible for breaking her free of her evil former master, but there's not exactly a team motif or a general unifying force."
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-06-19 09:54:29 78994
Unmei Tama blinked a few times, nodding. Then snorted. "Surrrrre it is. Let's be honest. If I've learned anything in my stay in japan, it's that all this stuff follows the motifs, too. They exist for a reason," she said with a giggle.

Then blinked. "Escape her... former... evil... master?" she asked softly, taking a bite of her icy. She stared at the ground for a few moments, before speaking up again. "Kun and... Mamo... did that for me... too. Eclipse has... had me and they... saved me. It's.... why I lost my powers. But also why I'm safe..."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-19 10:09:00 78995
Ikiko Hisakata thinks about the magical book she helped Sora acquire, and the naming format she had used with the previous book. "If my cousin decides to name herself 'Cute Witch something-ko'..." she mutters to herself.

After listening to Unmei mention her escape from Eclipse, Ikiko leans over and gives the older girl a big hug -- making sure Unmei's icy cone is braced first, of course! "First you gotta be safe," the younger girl says softly. "Then, if you want to fight evil, you can find a way to have that power. Just need help from your friends. But that's for when you're ready for it, when you're confident enough to step beyond staying safe."
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-06-19 10:11:59 78996
Unmei Tama sighed and looked to the side. "I don't... have any power any more. I lost it when I gave up. I-I don't regret it, though! I'm happier now. Less scared. But... I mean, being a magical girl was nice..." She did hug back. She liked hugs!

"But the peacock was my mascot and... well... when I abandoned those powers... he left. And took my powers with me. They helped me get better. Helped me.... keep being me. So I... I'm a lot happier now. You know?"
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-19 10:21:02 78997
"Losing your power doesn't mean you'll never have power again," Ikiko points out. "It just won't be the same power. Sort of like that one dark magical girl in Train Patrol, who lost her dark powers at the end of the second arc but wound up joining the heroes with her own Train Patrol powers in the fourth arc!"

So Ikiko happens to watch a few of the magical girl shows as well. Who knew?

"I'm not saying that's the path you have to take," Ikiko continues. "It's just one of the options. But no matter which path you choose... we'll be there for you."
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-06-19 10:24:20 78998
Unmei Tama nodded. "Oh my gosh, I know, right?! And then there was the whole point where she had to defeat the near bearer of her dark powers and then they ended up turning her old powers into that cute little caboose scout! I know it was silly but Mini Boosy was one of my favorite characters. She was just so cute in every single scene she was in!"

... Unmei had a problem. She blushed and nodded. "T-thanks. Y-yeah. Kun and Mamo have been amazing. They've done a lot to keep me safe, even kept me protected from... well, Eclipse, my new family, my old family, my old life, everything. They're working so hard for me and... they're just the best, you know? he even taught me go."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-19 10:32:33 78999
Ikiko Hisakata nods. "They're good people," she agrees. "They've been giving Ayana a place to stay while she tries to figure out what she wants her place in the world to be. And... their apartment is a place where magical people can simply relax. That's so incredibly helpful!"
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-06-19 10:33:55 79000
Unmei Tama nodded. "I know, right? It's sooo cool. And some of the girls have even signed their stuff! And he had this huge collection of sailor venus stuff! I mean, come on, who just GIVES that away? some of it was limited edition! It's sooo cool! I uhh, I've put most of it in boxes, though. Turns out having a bunch of magical girl action figures out when people are visiting and it's of them is, well, a tiny bit weird..."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-19 10:40:33 79001
"I can imagine!" Ikiko agrees with a giggle, finishing off her icy cone.

Wait, finishing it off? Well, between the warmth and the cheerful conversation, icy cones go by faster than you'd think.

Ikiko looks at the final dregs of her icy cone, then knocks them back. "How about if I walk you home?" she offers. "That way, you're not as likely to run into someone who wants to make your day worse."
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-06-19 10:46:30 79002
Unmei Tama nodded, grinning to her. "Okay! Do you mind if we jog, though? I ummm... I'm trying to get better at it. sometimes Kun even lets me jog with him. Not often, but like... it's a really nice thing to do with him," she said as she knocked her own back, tossing the trash in the can. She then sighed.

"They... really are amazing, you know? Like... really cool uncles or... even..." She trailed off and shook her head. "They're just really awesome. I'm really lucky to have met them. So, race you to the frat house!" Before taking off!
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-06-19 10:49:36 79003
Ikiko Hisakata giggles. "You're on!" she calls back, jogging after Unmei and helping to pace her along the way.