Pikarigaoka Patrol

Sky Jack and Cute Wolf Tsukiko encounter each other while on patrol in Pikarigaoka, and conversations are had.

Date: 2017-07-20
Pose Count: 19
Kukai Souma 2017-07-20 05:22:14 80676
Even at night, Tokyo in the summer is hot. It leads to smaller outfits, an uptick in the sale of drinks of all types, and everyone except for the youma seems worn by the constant heat. Fortunately for Sky Jack, flying through the air is cooling, and his magic does a good job of keeping him comfortable in hot or cold.

Tonight it's time for a low-pressure patrol - a few short skirts over the area, and then back to the house. The residental neighborhood is packed in close to one another, but it's small buildings in this area, houses and a few apartment buildings and the like. Jack alights on the top of the tallest building in the area and rests for the moment, letting out a breath as he looks over the community. It's quiet, for now.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-07-20 05:36:42 80678
While Cute Wolf Tsukiko tends to limit her patrols to closer to her neighborhood, she does make time to occasionally go further afield, just to see how the rest of the city is doing at night.

At least it's slightly less hot at night, and the breeze from jumping between rooftops helps with the cooling!

Riding on her shoulder are the wolf-motes, down to a small handful at this phase of the moon. With Tsukiko's normal speed of patrolling, they stick close to her to use less energy, but they are keeping an eye out on behalf of the wolfgirl as she watches the ground level.

An unexpected silhouette on a tall building catches their attention, and Tsukiko can feel the direction of their focus. "Something up there, huh?" she says, glancing that direction before landing and changing direction. With a leap or three, she lands on a corner of the roof that Sky Jack is on, far enough away to assess the situation but close enough for conversation.
Kukai Souma 2017-07-20 05:53:56 80681
Sky Jack sighs and stretches. He'd had enough rest lately - now it's time to get back to work. Still, a nice break during a patrol is a good thing.

He sighs, looking around the rooftops and along the streets, and only a moment after he hears the sound of someone else landing on the rooftop does he blink and look over at her. "Uuhh~" He takes in the crouched and inquisitive form on the corner. "~hhoohboy. Hello? Who're you?" The edge of his skateboard noses up, almost pointing towards her, cautious but not aggressive just yet.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-07-20 06:01:58 80682
Cute Wolf Tsukiko straightens up and gives him a friendly smile -- namely, one that minimizes the appearance of her fanglies. "Name's Cute Wolf Tsukiko," the wolfgirl beams. "Nice to meet you, probably!"

No auras of darkness, no rampaging monsters... so far, so good! There's a slight wag of her tail, but overall her stance is attentive.
Kukai Souma 2017-07-20 06:14:05 80684
Sky Jack huhs, then smiles back, the tip of the skateboard lowering back to the roof. Even if she's got fangs and a tail, well.. Oh, wait. He's heard that name before, he thinks. "Ah, ok! I'm Sky Jack. It's nice to meet you! I think I've heard your name before from somewhere."

He hmms, examining her. No obvious darkness coming off her. He kicks off with the skateboard, the wheels frictionless at will as he slides over towards her, then gripping when he wants to stop in front of her, raising a hand to give her a wave. "So are those really your ears and tail? That looks cool. Are you in the area looking for anything?"
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-07-20 06:24:37 80689
"I know a fair number of people in the magical community," Tsukiko notes. "So you might have heard of me from a mutual acquaintance."

She twirls as he comes over, the wolf-motes trailing off of her shoulder for a moment while they catch up. "Yup! The ears and tail surprised me at first, but I've gotten used to them," she grins. "And I'm not really looking for anything in particular; I'm just doing one of my longer range patrols tonight."

The wolfgirl glances out across the rooftops. "How about you? Searching for something, or just patrolling?" she inquires.
Kukai Souma 2017-07-20 06:37:17 80690
Sky Jack nods, then grins. "Maybe! I probably could say the same for you! I know a lot of people too, so I dunno why our paths haven't ever crossed." He grins as she twirls, examining the wolf-motes as they spin around her. "Wow. Well, that's pretty cool! I know a couple other animal girls, but they're not all good..."

Jack shakes off the thought and then nods at her. "I'm not really looking for anything in particular. I've been gone out doing personal work for a while and now I'm back, so I was doing a slower patrol than normal, looking for youma, monsters, people in trouble, that sort of thing." He motions to the residential area. "It actually looks really calm around here. I was sort of surprised. Has it been busy lately?"
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-07-20 06:48:15 80691
Cute Wolf Tsukiko thinks for a moment. "Of the animal girls that I know of, one of them is more or less neutral with a dark past," she muses, thinking about Ayana. "There's a couple of animal boys as well -- one of them isn't bad from what I've seen, while the other is a jerk."

She considers the question Jack asked. "Haven't been by this neighborhood in a while, so I can't much about that," she admits. "Uminari City's been more or less quiet, other than the youma at the concert last Saturday. Patrols have been generally uneventful, though."
Kukai Souma 2017-07-20 06:57:03 80693
Sky Jack snorts, then nods. "I know one animal girl who's a jerk with a jerk past. Not you, though, somebody else." He nods. "And I know one animal boy who's a jerk with a jerk past. Cat ears and tail, you know the one? But I haven't seen him for months."

He makes a small noise, considering, as she talks. "Huh. Weird. I wonder where all the youma went? They didn't all die off while I was distracted, certainly. If I didn't know better, I'd say it was that they're building up for something big, but..." He shrugs. "Who knows."

Sky Jack sighs and leans on the side of the building, thinking, then grins at her. "So are you involved with Virtue or any of the groups or anything?"
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-07-20 07:08:22 80694
"And little floating cat companion? Yeah, I've gone up against him in the past," Tsukiko nods ruefully.

The mention of a lack of youma gives the wolfgirl a thoughtful expression. "One youma summoner -- the one behind Saturday's attack -- seems to be keeping a mostly low profile," she muses. "Another one no longer uses darkness, although I'm not sure if she's figured out replacement powers yet. There's another guy who... heck, I don't even know what he's up to these days! But, knowing him, it's probably nothing good."

She shakes her head. "No official affiliation, no," Tsukiko shrugs. "I'm friends with Kunzite and crew, and occasionally hang out over at their place, but I've mostly been independent so far."
Kukai Souma 2017-07-20 07:19:18 80695
Sky Jack nods. "Yeah. The one with the floating catboy companion? He's got a friend who summons youma but I haven't seen her either for a long time. And ... hmm." Sky Jack eyes Tsukiko for a moment. "The one who no longer uses darkness - she wouldn't happen to have been dragged around by the nose by an evil book, would she? I fought her a time or three. And yeah. If I know who the other guy is you're talking about, he's nothing good." Sky Jack grins.

"Oooh. Yeah, I know Kunzite and the prince and the others. They're all pretty cool. As for being independent, that's ok. I work with Virtue, myself, and Platinum Royale."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-07-20 07:32:48 80696
Cute Wolf Tsukiko smiles wryly. "I'm just glad she now has a non-dark book," she groans. "Dark magic book plus relationship trouble equals rolling snowball of bad news."

"Platinum, eh? No wonder you're patrolling here: this is your backyard," the wolfgirl notes, glancing towards Seiyou. "I was at the Halloween party that got crashed by Phantom, so Platinum and I have seen each other in action."
Kukai Souma 2017-07-20 07:47:38 80697
Sky Jack huhs, then grins. "She's got a new book now, huh? I should go see her at some point, see if she's less hard to deal with." He winces. "I know that from two angles - one, she's been having relationship trouble for a while, and the book hadn't helped. Two, I had relationship trouble recently and thankfully it just ended a little bit ago with nobody dying. So..."

Sky Jack looks over towards Seiyou and grins. "Yup. And... wow, that was forever ago. Phantom, huh? I don't..." He scratches the back of his head, thinking. "I don't even remember Phantom. And yeah. Well, you may have seen him in action more recently than I have. He's been busy forever it seems. Oh well. I try to carry the slack for him."

Sky Jack eyes Tsukiko again for a moment. "Y'know..." He rubs his chin. "Nah, never mind. So yeah. It's nice to meet you, at least! I mean, you haven't tried jumping me and eating me yet, so that's good."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-07-20 07:58:08 80698
"I'm a diluted werewolf!" Tsukiko giggles. "Much less feral than if I had a full wolf-soul, and after three generations since the initial bite, the soul fragment that is there is domesticated!"

She eyes Sky Jack as he decides against saying something. "Come on, what were you going to say?" she calls, an expression of cheerful challenge on her face. "Something was on your mind, but you tried to back out of it. C'mon, spill it!"
Kukai Souma 2017-07-20 08:03:40 80699
Sky Jack laughs and then nods, grinning. "So what you're saying is that there's somebody out there that scratches you behind the ears and you can't help but wag your tail at them. Got it. But wow, werewolf, really? That's... kinda scary, actually." He shakes his head, thinking. "A full blooded werewolf, could that actually get through our magic defenses? It's something to think about."

Jack hmms and then grins. "Ok, ok, I'll say it. Well, it was two things. One, we run around in such similar circles that I bet we know or at least have heard of each other out of henshin. I just didn't want to bring it up in case that bothered you for some reason. And the other thought is that I'm starting to get hungry after patrolling. Would you like to go get a snack before we head out?"
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-07-20 08:24:33 80700
"A kitsune, actually," Tsukiko smiles happily, her tail wagging at the thought of Ayana. "She's trying to figure out what she wants to do in life, but there is love." Plus some additional complicated stuff, but no need to mention that right now.

She frowns a bit at the werewolf question. "I'm... not sure," she admits. "Family lore states that a 'soul like a diamond' can resist a werewolf's bite, but I don't think magical girls were common when my great-grandfather was a young man, so I'm not sure if it counts or not. Phalanx souls kinda work, but they require special magic and are even less common than diamond souls."

The wolfgirl grins back at Jack's two things, then nods. "Sharing out of henshin identities is something I tend to wait on until after fighting alongside someone," she agrees. "Earning the respect and trust, and that kind of thing. And as for food..."

All 3-7 wolf-motes give a faint, hopeful howl. "Yeah, I could use a snack," Tsukiko agrees. "I know a burger stand up in Uminari City where the night crew doesn't bat an eye at magical folk, but I'm not as familiar with the options here in Pikarigaoka."
Kukai Souma 2017-07-20 08:36:56 80701
Sky Jack laughs, his eyes flicking over to that tail. "That's good. Love is a good thing." He hmms, rubbing his chin and thinking. "I don't even know what diamond souls or phalanx souls are, so I couldn't tell you. It's maybe something to think about. For now, it's ok, though."

He nods and smiles. "Sure. That's what I was thinking, too. No reason to rush things - I think we'll be friends, yeah?" He grins. "As for a burger being in Uminari City, if you want, I could get us there in a little bit on my board? If you wanna ride." He taps one foot on the skateboard, and it responds by lifting a few inches off the ground, then lowering.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-07-20 08:43:34 80702
"A diamond soul is a pure, strong soul," Tsukiko explains. "Kinda fits the description of a magical girl, doesn't it? A phalanx soul is more like the proverb about breaking sticks: a single stick is easily broken, but a bundle of sticks is strong. Strength through quantity, instead of quality."

The wolfgirl steps on the skateboard. "Uminari City it is, then!" she declares. "This also has the added advantage of making for a shorter trip home afterwards. Thanks for offering a ride!"
Kukai Souma 2017-07-20 08:46:11 80703
Jack nods, then hmms. "Yeah it does. I suppose that's what it means, if anything does. And as for the other one, I guess that could be a group of people that all work together, I guess?" He shrugs. "It's worth learning about."

Sky Jack grins, making sure she's on the back of the skateboard and he's on the front, then lifts off from the top of the building. "Hang on tight! We'll be there in a big hurry!" The two of them shoot off into the night sky, towards that most universal of things, hamburgers.