Haruna, with the help of Rei Hino and Hoshi Kogane finally discovers what's been draining energy, and stop it. What's this about a 'Final Judgement'?

Date: 2017-07-09
Pose Count: 32
Rei Hino 2017-07-09 22:11:27 80232
It's middle of the day, and the shrine is mostly empty. Rei's grandfather is out of town for the week, and Rei herself mostly has the shrine to herself. The place has been cleaned dilligently, she's gotten her homework done, and her long dark hair flutters in the light wind. Phobos and Deimos are sitting on one of the gates, doing bird things.

Rei is in part of the courtyard, where there's some archery targets set up. Her motions are smooth, zen-like, and well practiced. She /is/ a Miko after all. Neat shots plink into the bullseye. Not all of them, but it's always a tight spread. Pull. Aim. Thunk. Pull. Aim. Thunk. The shadows and sunlight frame her every motion, Rei's beauty shining as her thoughts remain calm. Her fire, for now, is stowed away. The picture of a young priestess in training.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-07-09 22:22:18 80233
Sakura Kinomoto was leaning heavily on Haruna. It... was not an easy journey for her. She looked tired, beat, exhausted. She'd passed out about three times on the journey alone. It wasn't that far. The good news was, hey, roller skates! That combined with the fact she weighed about sixty pounds soaking wet, meant Haruna could mostly just steer her. That and the fact Tomoyo(who, for once, actually looked worried and seemed to have less of a 'Sakura can do anything!' mentality) was with her as well, to keep an eye on her.

Kero, oddly, wasn't with them. Or rather, he was, but he was staying back. The shrine made him uneasy and instead he was keeping an eye out for trouble incase, well, trouble came. You never knew with these people.

When they arrived, Tomoyo shook her a bit. "Sakura?"

"I-I'm up!" she said, blinking blearily. "W-what? Where are... oh. H-hello!" she said, hands neatly folded in her lap and bowing forward and... almost falling forward if Haruna didn't catch her. Oh dear, whatever this was better be dealt with fast.

Still, they'd called in lots of muscle. Kero was on the roof tops, keeping an eye out for trouble. Haruna to keep Sakura and Tomoyo safe. Even a prism girl in case there was more stuff. Someone would have to be stupid to cause trouble here.

Hopefully they could remove whatever it was plaging the young child.
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-07-09 22:31:49 80234
Haruna Kurosawa is walking behind Sakura and she's using this stick to nudge her and keep her on track and this feels lame and she wishes Sakura would had just let her grab the company car and have Boris drive them over instead. HINDSIGHT.

She arrives, regardless, with Sakura as she gives Hoshi a sort of half worried smile and it's filled with awkwardness as she does this as they get to the shrine and she sighs and then-- well she just scoops Sakura-chan up because roller skates start being useless on dirt and gravel path inclines.

She then sighs and places her down on the stop of Rei's house and gives a wave over. "Rei-chan!" she says softly.

"We're here!" she calls out as she hops on her tiptoes a moment.
Hoshi Kogane 2017-07-09 22:35:32 80235
Hoshi couldn't quite come up with a convincing excuse for them to be able to borrow one of the family cars for this trip, so walking it is. She made a token effort of supporting Sakura, but it really wasn't needed, so for the most part she's just been there to provide comfort, one of her yellow stars fussing at Sakura's hair of all things, wearing a nurse's cap the entire trip.

When they meet Rei, Hoshi formally bows, "It's good to see you once again, Hino-san. Thank you for your aid the previous time, and unfortunately we must come to you with one more burden. Please forgive us this imposition." The way she says this, it's clear someone has drilled that kind of language into her.
Rei Hino 2017-07-09 22:49:15 80236
Rei pauses, lowering her bow as a familiar voice calls out! It's Haruna-chan! The miko gives a mysterious smile over to the group. She doesn't yet notice just how haggard poor Sakura is!

"Haruna-chan! It's been a while!" Offers the woman warmly, and down goes the bow and arrows and armor. Then she's walking over to greet everyone. "Oh, and Hoshi-san too. Who are your friends?" She asks, smiling to Tomoyo and Sakura. That flips to concern as she takes in the state of the girl. Something about the girl...her Senses tingle.

Hoshi and the group at large then get a bow, Rei jogged into proper miko mode. "It's never a burden. Helping people is what a Miko does. What can I do?"

Then she's over to Sakura, offering an arm. "Would you like to lay down? We can all go inside and talk. I think I have some tea left."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-07-09 22:55:48 80237
Sakura Kinomoto shook her head. "O-oh! No, you don't need to... to put yourself out any. I--" And then she went quiet for a few moments. Just... stopped. "Don't want to b-be any bother. Haruna-chan insisted I come." Did... did she just fall asleep mid sentence?

"I'm sure I'll figure it out and be fine. They're just worried that... that..." And then she dEFINITELY fell asleep, falling right back into Haruna.

Tomoyo sighed. "She's been like that for a while. Kero-chan thinks she's being attacked by some enemy tryng to steal more of her cards again. Haruna-chan suggested we come to you to ask for your assistance."

Then Sakura was back up. "W-wha? Oh! I-I'm so sorry!" she squeaked, her cheeks burning. "Just... come into my room I'm... I'm sure daddy will let us have some cookies if I ask... do you like chocolate milk or regular?"
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-07-09 22:56:32 80238
Haruna Kurosawa Says. "Remember. I talked to you? About. Sakura-chan? And her dreams? And the loss of energy?" she asks softly. "This is Sakura-chan. I was hoping you could. Take a look at her." she says softly. Then Hoshi gives her very proper introduction. "This is Hoshi-chan! One of Sakura's friends from school!" she says.

"Um. Things are getting bad. I had to guide her with a stick here because she's getting worse." she frowns.

"But... yeah. What . Sakura-chan said. Sakura, stay awake best you can okay?" she asks softly.
Hoshi Kogane 2017-07-09 23:08:00 80239
One of Hoshi's stars pops out with a big megaphone to yell into Sakura's ear whenever the exhausted girl nods off, completely ineffectual since there's no sound in space, and Hoshi knows it. "I've met Hino-san, Kurosawa-san. She guided my friends and I to Inari-kami when we needed his aid." Hoshi explains the previous encounter with a tone that makes one thing clear. She trusts Rei can make this problem go away with no trouble at all.

No pressure.
Rei Hino 2017-07-09 23:26:24 80240
No pressure indeed. Rei blushes just a bit, and smiles. "It was an adventure." Offers Rei with a small pose! Confident Miko!

But it's how Sakura seems lost and confused that really does it. " definitely a problem. Don't worry Sakura-chan, we can find you some cookies. I remember Haruna-chan. First let's get her inside. If she was attacked by an enemy, then we need to see if she was cursed. We can do a Fire Reading."

Then she's leading them all into the house proper. It's comfortable, with enough seating for everyone on the couch and chairs. She already has tea out soon, and then the promised cookies.

"Alright. Remind me, Haruna-chan? When did the dreams start, how long ago was this attack? Do you know anything about the attacker?" She questions the group, in between nibbling on a cookie.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-07-09 23:33:25 80241
Sakura Kinomoto nodded as she kind of went along with them, drifting in and out and... "Tomoyo-chan?" she asked dreamily. "Did... we do the test today?"

Tomoyo sighed. "It's next tuesday, sakura-chan. Please help her, miss. She's been trying so hard to be strong and brave, but everyone is concerned and her family is quite worried about her."

Sakura fell back asleep almost the moment they sat down. She was so exhausted and... it was only getting worse.

Tomoyo sighed. "I remember her talking about it starting to happen after we were attacked by Alex-kun. Back when he was... darker. She's been fading in and out ever since then. If... you have any way of tracking it, please do. Sakura-chan works harder than anyone I know and the more tired she is, the more danger she'll end up throwing herself into to not be a drain on anyone. Just ask Haruna-sempai."
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-07-09 23:41:23 80242
Haruna Kurosawa nods. "She's right. Things have been kinda bad since then. Getting worse." she frowns. "She keeps having that dream too." she offers. "The bad one I talked about last time, remember Rei." she says.

"But what Tomoyo says is right. Things aren't getting good on thier own." she says softly.

"We need help..." she says as she bites her lip. "Track it. Find it. If it's something inside her. Try to exercise it or something." she says. Corvus would correct her to 'excise' where he here.
Hoshi Kogane 2017-07-09 23:44:33 80243
Hoshi instinctively reaches for a little glowing yellow crystal, the soothing light of it pure by its very nature, a fundamental aspect of reality distilled into a potent artifact. "I don't know what I can do to help, but I can heal some wounds if I must." She adds softly, now that the reasons behind Sakura's sickness are starting to become clearer, even if they are still quite vague. She sounds worried.
Rei Hino 2017-07-09 23:56:17 80244
Rei nods as the girls all give her information. She purses her lips seriously, legs crossed. A few nods, and she lets them all talk.

First, to Tomoyo. "I know. She reminds me of someone." A little wistful smile. Then, she turns to Haruna.

"I doubt it's a possession. Mostly likely a curse, or some sort of energy draining effect that was left behind. I can't promise anything. The spirits, and my powers, are fickle. But I'll do what I can."

To Hoshi, she nods. "Hopefully it won't be needed. Just, if whatever we're looking for is powerful, be on your guard." Cautions the woman, and then she's standing. An arm to Sakura.

"Sakura-chan? Can we step into the Reading Room? You're going to need to stay awake, and you will need to keep your hand on me. My shoulder, my sleeve, it doesn't matter. It might be scary, but this will help you."

She nods to the others, and then, she's starting to lead them all to where she'll perform the reading, one room over. She already has her prayer beads on. The pit is large, and it should fit everyone. Already, Rei sets to getting the fire going.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-07-10 00:05:30 80245
Sakura Kinomoto nodded, taking the arm. About halfway there she mumbled. "What? No... I'm fine Touya... stop asking... I didn't..." And then almost fell over again. Man, she had it bad.

Of course, once the fire started, woosh. Rei would be able to get her magic going and...

Cherry blossoms erupted from the fire. Swirling around them, enveloping the girls. Just for a moment.

For those who fell to it, they'd seem to still be in the fire pit room. But for those who didn't... they'd likely notice that all of the others had collapsed, covered in cherry blossoms. Those inside the dream would feel oddly... warm, however. Safe. The fire would turn a bright pink moments later, a woman appearing within it. She wore dark gray robes, a clock resting on her body. Her eyes would focus on Haruna and then... she would hold out her hand.

"Haruna-sempai!" Sakura's voice would call out from the flames.
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-07-10 00:24:14 80246
Haruna Kurosawa suddenly finds herself in some other version of the firepit room apparently as she blinks. Things feel differently here. Why?

She is about to take note of who else might had come along when there's a strange woman in dark grey and a cloak on her body and she holds out her hand and she squints. Youma? Something else? Card? Probably... card? She knows some of these cards have distinctly human forms.

"...Hello?" she calls out to the figure before she hears Sakura call out and she kind of just. Grabs the woman's hand without thinking when lil sis calls out.

Surely. This woman is meant to take them somewhere, right? Or Show them something here?
Hoshi Kogane 2017-07-10 00:29:57 80247
Hoshi nods firmly to Rei, and then it begins and watches. She shivers a little as she notices her new surroundings, and the dark clock-lady doesn't strike her as trustworthy, "I think it's time for you to introduce yourself." She tells it, reaching out to grasp Haruna's other hand, being quite insistent with it, the distrust and worry is clear on her face, and a little knight start comes to rest on Haruna's shoulder, glaring at the clock-lady.
Rei Hino 2017-07-10 00:39:07 80248 different. Rei pauses, stands, and the others are already walking in. With one more motion of her beads, she keeps Sakura close. Just in case. So too has she flicked an ofuda into her hand.

But she sucks a breath, and stands. No, she can't let them go alone.

"I'm coming." Adds Rei, and then she grasps for Hoshi's hand. She too would find herself pulled in.

She looks a bit stressed, however, as she has to concentrate to keep the magic going. Her brow is sweating, and not just from the heat.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-07-10 00:47:36 80249
The hand took Haruna, and with it Hoshi's, dragging them into the fire. Sorta. Actually, it was more like the fire moved up to envelop them. They were... in Sakura's home? And she was holding the book and then... the cards went out when she called windy. The three were sent flying out, through a door, the world shifting around them as pettles flew through the air. Suddenly they were in the park. Sakura was there, with Hannah, Ami, and a few other magical girls. "Um, I'm Sakura Kinomoto, it's nice to meet you all." Wait. Haruka had introduced her to Hannah, right?

The world shifts and turns, sending them through chaos and fragmented thoughts. But the woman holds onto their hand and, as long as they hold on, they would be fine. Until...

Haruka would likely feel a pit in her stomach as she stared at the scene before them, the world finally stopping.

It was Scorn. Rei was there as well. Miss white. Ami. It... it was Scorn's first appearance. The fight played out before the group, Sakura's first real fight. The starting of the thread that bound Haruna and Sakura.

The very memories that were, for so long, gone from Sakura.

Except, something was wrong. The more they watched, the more things seemed... cracked. Faded. Broken. Things seemed to flicker in and out of existence. The woman glanced back to Haruna and then held out her hand, wiping it over one of the cracks. It faded for a moment... then reappeared.
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-07-10 00:57:49 80250
Haruna Kurosawa frowns. She appears and there's... Scorn. She gets this miserable look on her face. Rei would remember Scorn. Hoshi doesn't. Scorn sort of looks like your atypical witch with hat, but with feather accents in the hair. And Corvus. Not the seagull. or the silver crow. It's more like a mass of black fire in the shape of a raven on her shoulder.

Blue had told her long ago that Scorn is just a side of her mirror of the heart. Nothing to be ashamed of. You were hurting. That's what your mirror reflected. But she still, tried hard to look, but...

She stared at the cracks as the woman waved her hand over it. It'd fix itself. But then it'd come back. She frowns a bit.

"Are you saying. Something is broken and it won't fix itself? IS that's wrong?" she asks softly.

"What can I... we do?" she asks with concern.
Hoshi Kogane 2017-07-10 01:03:43 80251
Hoshi's scared. This is far outside the realm of her experience, and this involves many things that seem terrifying, and worse, it seems like it involves a mind literally breaking at the seems. "Hino-san, is Sakura-chan going to be okay?" She asks, her tiny voice and the tightening of her grip on the hands of the others both betraying her fear, even though she does her best to hide it.
Rei Hino 2017-07-10 01:05:42 80252
Rei, by now, is scowling. Burning inside. She wants to use the power of Mars to burn away all of this impurity tainting poor Sakura. But she can't. No, they need to see what's wrong. She watches, and keeps hold of Hoshi. Her hand squeezes for the poor, scared girl.

"She will. We're all going to make sure of that. Haruna-chan. Everyone. Believe." Mentally, she's taking notes. But she can do one thing.

She notes the cracks as they appear, and then? Ofuda. The purifying talismans are tossed at them, trying to hold this dream world together. She doubts it'll last long. But she puts everything she has into stabalizing this dream-Fire, and keeping it in one piece. Her breath is ragged, eyes narrowed as she watches, and listens. Prayer beads are strung in her hands as they tremble.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-07-10 01:12:09 80253
Once again, the world shifts. Things shift. Fragments of Sakura's life. Things Haruna would know. The end of scorn. That fateful hug on the tower. The capturing of the water card. Each fragment broken and shattered. Crumbling away. And then...

Something new. Something Haruna wouldn't recognize. Sakura leaping through a window into a warehouse. Kero besides hers. "I can sense the card here!" It was worse here. The world was distorted here. As if watching through an old, damaged television. "It's--" And then her scream. Sakura was flung back. *something* hit her.

The world shifted again and Sakura was trapped in a cage, her legs hugged to her chest. Kero was in a cage, unconscious. Her wand and cards were outside of reach. The girl got to her feet and walked to the bars. She reached out and tried to grab her wand. Reached with all her might. But it was far too far away. She couldn't get through the bars. Couldn't escape. She tried for a few minutes and then... just sat down and began to cry. "H-haruna-sempai. Anybody. Please. S-someone. Save me. I can't do this on my own..." She whispered.

The distortions were getting worse and worse and worse. And then... the world shattered. The woman holding Haruna's hand shuddered, as if the world shattering hurt her as well. She held out her hand and tried to mold it, once again.

This time the world reformed again and... but this time it was clear. There was no fragments, nothing broken. Sakura releasing the cards but... then... "Errr... do... I know you?" Sakura asked, staring at Haruna. Except... this time she was saying it TO haruna. This haruna. They were at the park. The first time they'd met for Sakura. The dozenth or so they'd met for Haruna.
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-07-10 01:29:16 80255
Haruna Kurosawa had always wondered that. Why didn't Sakura remember her when they re-met. Or remember Hannah-chan. Or anyone. But she also hadn't thought about it for a long time. She frowned a bit heavier. "I've seen about enough." she says quietly. She does look down at the dream Sakura with some sadness, but she gently looks a little.

She throws her arm out and she closes her eyes and lets herself settle into her Super Happiness form, as she mutters the introduction under her breath. She doesn't feel like crying it out. This isn't a fight anyways.

"I don't know what I can do." she says in her angelic form. "This doesn't seem like corruption, but something is broken and wrong. What happened in there?" she asks.

"Are you able to show me?" she asks the woman. "Please? I need to know how to fix this. I can just. Start. Glowing good feelings. But... Is that even enough?" she asks as she looks to the others hesitantly. "What can /we/ do?" she asks. "This seems to be in the past.... not..."
Hoshi Kogane 2017-07-10 01:33:36 80256
"Is... is her mind tearing apart at the seems?" Hoshi asks, still scared, but more than that, worried. This isn't normal, and like Haruna, she calls upon her power, not crying it out but simply giving it just enough to trigger. Prism Princess Yellow tries to look for the seems, find more of it, and when she can't her face crunches up a little in frustration, "I don't get it."
Rei Hino 2017-07-10 01:36:51 80257
It's horrible, what she sees, those old memories. How they shatter, and how it seems to hurt poor Sakura. But Rei stays on form. By the time the world reforms again? She's actively chanting buddhist scripture, clutching her prayer beads. She's kneeling. And she's watching.

That form of Haruna's has her gasping, but then she recovers. Focus, Rei!

"Sakura-chan! What is the last thing you remember?" She risks, calling out to the young girl on a simple hunch. Her instinct drives her as always.

" has to be some kind of past trauma. I can't feel any kind of curse."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-07-10 01:41:48 80258
And then things kept going and more and more events occured. Until, finally, they stood before Sakura. "Everything is definitely going to be alright!" Sakura said, staring at them in a pink outfit, with an adorable hat and blue boots and a yellow bow. Then... she looked sad. "Is what I want to say. Is what I did say in a future that never happened. But the fact is, I just don't know anymore." Then sakura appeared from under her cape and was caught by the other Sakura. "I'm sorry," she whispered. "We tried to fix you. We tried to fix what broke. But we can't," she said softly, before glancing up to Haruna.

"I am sorry. I am dream. I... know what was to happen. I saw it. Everything was going to be alright. Everything was going to be fine. She just had to believe and be strong. But now..." Her eyes wavered and she held the sleeping Sakura tightly.

"Things are different now. That timeline is gone. Broken. In a way it was never meant to be. I can no longer see a future where everything is okay. Things have gone in a way they were never meant to." The girl flickered after she repeated herself, cringing. "And soon..." She trailed off, then her eyes looked up to Haruna. "The final judgment is coming. And if Sakura is not ready..." The girl wavered as if she wanted to say more. Her eyes glanced to the side, before looking up to the woman holding Haruna's hand. The other woman gave a nod. Then the sakura looked to Haruna. "If Sakura is not ready, she will disappear from all of your lives. Forever. What has been done cannot be undone, what has been broken cannot be fixed." She then looked down and... "And... everything will not definitely be alright..."
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-07-10 01:55:21 80261
Super Happiness Gull frowns. "But how is this hurting Sakura now? We can be ready for the future. I'm here. So are lots of others. And there's others here with me and heck if it weren't for Rei-chan here we wouldn't even be having this discussion?" she says as she offers her hands forward.

"I dunno what happened there but right now we need for the now to be okay, as it is so she can face it head on." she says softly. "If we can't fix it, fine but she isn't alone and I'll be here and so will Hannah-chan and Re-chan and Hoshi-chan here and Chiba-san and Kazuo-san and lots of others!...."

"But... but not Riven-butt. He's a jerk." she huffs.
Hoshi Kogane 2017-07-10 02:02:39 80264
"No, Sakura. That's where you're wrong." Prism Princess Yellow now sounds confident, not scared, and approaches this Sakura. "It may be hard, it may require work, but we've gotten past worse and I promise you this." She then reaches out to wrap that one in a hug, gentle and not forcing, "Everything will most definitely be alright, just remember that. We'll get through this."
Rei Hino 2017-07-10 02:18:24 80267
Rei stands up again She looks from Sakura, to Gull, to Hoshi. Her heart burns, and she speaks.

"Haruna-chan is right! Sakura-chan, we're going to fix this! So many people care about Sakura-chan, and together, we can stop whatever's caused this."

Hoshi gets a nod, and the miko clenches a fist, as she strikes that classic Senshi pose.

"In the name of Mars, I believe in Sakura-chan!"
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-07-10 02:22:32 80269
Sakura Kinomoto smiles at them. "I hope you're right. She will be fine. All she has to do is capture us and then everything will be done. The past is gone. The future we leave in your hands." Then the petals disappeared. They were back in the room. Sakura groaned as... two lights rose up from her. The two women appeared. Well, the one with a clock appeared. Then, over her shoulder, one with a weird hat that covered her eyes.

Sakura looked confused. "What... happened? I was... then..." Then her eyes widened and... Within moments, the wand was in her hand. "Return to your true form! Clow cards!" she said, bringing the wand down. The two cards were enveloped in the magic before drifting down and... Sakura fell into Haruna's arms again, as the cards fell into her lap. She blinked. "What happened? I..." She then gasped. "I feel tired. But great! I don't feel so... exhausted! What did you do? Did you fix it?" She jumped up and... fell over onto Haruna. "A-ah! I'm sorry! I umm... I guess I'm not a hundred percent yet... I'm sorry, so sorry," she said sheepishly. "I, err... so what happened?"
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-07-10 02:27:45 80271
Super Happiness Gull leans down and gives Sakura a big hug. "You're okay Sakura. We learned some things. I'll tell you later, okay? But we should probably get you into a proper bed for the night." she says softly as she offers a soft smile to those around her. "Thanks for helping, esp. you, Rei-chan!" she beams.

"We know what's wrong now at least." she says softly.
Rei Hino 2017-07-10 02:46:56 80273
This is the point where Rei breathes again. She very, very quickly douses the fire and opens the doors to the Fire Reading Room. She needs air, and now.

"What's important, Sakura-chan, is that together this will all be okay." She reassures.

Rei strikes a confident smile to Gull. "All in a day's work for a Miko." She flicks her hair, just a bit, which flutters.