Shot in the dark

Sakura is attacked by the shot card then saved by a mysterious stranger...

Date: 2017-07-02
Pose Count: 13
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-07-02 22:44:28 79875
Sakura Kinomoto was laying face down on the ground, panting with exertion. And pain. Can't forget the pain.

"Sakura!" Tomoyo yelled.

"S-stay back!" Sakura yelled. She was under her shield spell as the little orb of light zoomed back and forth, shooting little lasers of light. They hit the barrier and stopped.

But each one drained a bit more magic from Sakura and, while normally a shield like this would have been easy for her... now? Now her reserves were so drained the barrier was already flickering. And Tomoyo didn't know what to do. They'd made calls, but, well... no service area! D:
Seth Locke 2017-07-02 23:19:12 79880
Sometimes, it feels good to get away for a bit.

Not long ago, Seth went through an ordeal that almost took his life, but he got better. Or at least, he seems to have gotten better.

Ever since then, he's had the deep-down feeling that everything until his discharge from Mitakihara General was a dream. Maybe it was the adrenaline flowing from feeling he had managed to dodge a bullet?

But then again, maybe not.

He was known to be heavy on medication, and even then, he still had painful attacks, upon which he had to resort to emergency meds. That is, until his discharge from the Hospital. From then on, he never needed that medication again.

Then, he started to get some odd sensory inputs. It seemed like smells were stronger, voices or noises were louder. First, it was only on occasion, but it was happening ever more frequent...

And, that's why he was here, leaning against a tree in an isolated area in the outskirts of Tokyo, trying to get his thoughts straight.

"What the hell is happening to me...?", he can't help but ask himself.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-07-02 23:33:48 79884
Sakura Kinomoto shuddered, laying on the ground and then, slowly, getting to her feet. "O-okay. I need to--" And then the shield broke and she shrieked. The laser hit her on the arm and she stumbled back. Then it dove at her and she rolled, barely avoiding another one, before running. "G-get away, Tomoyo-chan! S-save yourself!" she yelled. "It--" And then fell off a small hill, rolling down it, barely avoiding some lasers as she went.
Seth Locke 2017-07-02 23:47:13 79887
A faint abstraction of all his thoughts and conjectures, and he's back to reality long enough for him to hear a shriek not that far away.

...Like, half a mile away, for a better reference.

Focusing his hearing, he abstracts himself from the noise of the critters moving about in the ground and trees... the wind blowing and rustling branches filled with leaves...

There! He has it pinpointed now, the voice. He recognizes the words 'save yourself', and knows for sure that there is trouble brewing.

And with that, he runs towards the source, not letting any obstacle come in his way; someone's in trouble, concerned citizen to the rescue!

And unknowingly, he's speeding up...
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-07-02 23:55:00 79889
Sakura Kinomoto rolled on the ground once she hit it, dirty and filthy and adorable in her, for some reason, adorable sheep themed costume. She laid there, face down and groaned.

Then the sound. Oh gosh. The card had caught up. She looked up and saw as the light amped up and readied itself to fire on her.

Oh no.
Seth Locke 2017-07-03 00:21:58 79894

This is the voice that's made heard: powerful, eldritch. It booms out from the trees to Sakura's left.

What is seen, is pretty much like a blur that jets from those same trees, headed straight at the orb that's about to fire, a blur which engulfs said orb... And pushes it out of the way, to pin pin and slam it against the nearest tree.

It impacts with the force of a localized explosion, splitting wood, cracking half of the trunk open, shards and dust jumping outwards.

When the dust settles, a figure dressed in black fabric with sepia ornaments stands, hand reached out to pin that energy ball. In contrast with this feature, the hair is a silvery white, almost like pure silver. The figure's eyes, a human, remain closed for a brief moment.

"You will not", the voice seems more human, now, "hurt this innocent girl."

The figure's eyes flare open, and two eerily glowing red eyes with slitted irises gaze upon the shining orb. He tightens his grip...
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-07-03 00:36:10 79899
The orb was actually a person! Sorta. The shot card had a human form. Which had just been slammed into a tree and now had @.@ for eyes. Yeah, that um... that hurt.

Sakura groaned and then stared. And... because she was Sakura... "H-hey! Don't... don't hurt it! It's just frightened!" Seriously, she could be getting mauled by a tiger and still be all 'don't shoot it, it's just hungry!'

She lifted the wand and... "Just... just leave it alone!" Wait, she was going to try to PROTECT it?! She was bruised, and cut up, and had bags under her eyes. And he...

Looked like a monster.
Seth Locke 2017-07-03 00:51:36 79901
"Are you /kidding/!?", he almost bellows out, head snapping in the girl's direction. "It just tried to kill..." A hint of recognition, there, "you..."

There are no words that come from the dark figure, except for a frown. And with that, he drops the humanoid form of the Shot card, stepping away with his back turned. Is he, like... trying to keep his features hidden somehow?
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-07-03 01:02:54 79902
Sakura Kinomoto blinked a few times then... "W-well... yes. But... but it's not its fault! It's just frightened and confused! The cards aren't bad! They just need help! They're scared and don't know what's going on!" The card dropped to the ground. She lfited her wand. "Return to your true form. Clow card!" she yelled.

The card did so, fluttering up into the air and then... hovering over Seth's head. He earned it.

Sakura dropped to the ground, groaning. She was exhausted, and wounded. But... "D-don't... take it. It's... it's not bad... please..." she begged. "It's just scared, that's all. I..." She held out her hand towards the card.
Seth Locke 2017-07-03 01:15:28 79904
Seth Locke looks at the Card that now hovers over his head, frowning. "...What?" Either that Card got a more severe blow to the head than imagined, or it has a serious death wish to want to remain with him.

He shakes his head at the card, and points to Sakura. "Go", he says, as if his words could actually magically reach the card somehow. Whether it doea or not is up for debate.

And it can be noticed, then... Instead of fingernails, he has fully grown black claws.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-07-03 01:20:10 79905
Sakura Kinomoto slowly moved forward. If he didn't take the card, it fell to the ground and she grabbed it and... "It's okay now," she whispered. "You're safe. I'll protect you and keep you with your friends..." Then, slowly, she sat up and looked up. "Who... are you?" she asked gently, staring. "Do... I know you? You seem familiar..."
Seth Locke 2017-07-03 01:46:44 79909
And, at this point, there's almost a whisper of panic when Sakura mentions familiarity. And he starts to turn away.

"You do not", comes out as a dry response. And, before disappearing into the foliage, he replies. "Good luck with your Cards."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-07-03 01:48:48 79910
Sakura Kinomoto hugs the card to her chest. It was safe now. They would all be safe. She... wondered who that was. What that was. She stared for a moment and...

"Sakura-chan?" Tomoyo asked as she ran over to her and then leaned down to help her up. "Are you okay?"

"I'm... fine. Just... need to go home. Oh dear. I'm sorry I ruined your dress..."

Tomoyo stared, then just hugged Sakura. "Sakura-chan... I... I just... I..." There was a long moment of silence. Then... "I'm just happy you're okay. I have so many new dresses I want you to wear!"