Sayaka and Kunzite finally get to talk. Mostly about Sayaka's recent relationship history. Sayaka is somewhat startled to find out Kunzite has a relationship history at all. Sometimes the Wraith-hunting part of the evening is a vast relief to all concerned (except presumably the Wraiths).

Date: 2017-07-26
Pose Count: 22
Kazuo Takeba 2017-07-26 01:35:04 80900
It's not that Kunzite is hunting Sayaka, precisely. He'd like to speak with her, definitely. But what he's actually looking for is Wraiths. Problem is, just because he's a soul in a stone possessing a more-or-less human body doesn't mean he has the sense for them that an /actual/ Puella does. Only a sense for energy flows and movements. Sometimes that's useful for finding them, after a fashion. But only when they already have a victim.

Or when they're already in the beginning of a fight.
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-26 01:37:15 80901
    Downtown is always busy in Mitakihara, even at night. Fortunately the rooftops are not so much. Sayaka had taken a short break from being a Puella Magi, but alas there is no rest for the weary. She's back in action, running along the rooftops, following the faint trail of wraiths.
    It feels good, being back in the saddle, but she seems distracted, nearly missing sight of them appearing behind her. She narrows her eyes, turning around a second late as one of them slashes at her. They are the humanoid kind, not terribly powerful, but there are four of them and they're fast.
    As for Saya, she's a bit rusty these days..With a grimace, she takes the hit, stumbling back a bit. "Right. Good t'see you. At least we can finish this quickly." she grins, eyes narrowed as she draws her sword and rushes at the nearest wraith.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-07-26 01:49:02 80902
"They run in packs at the least convenient times." Kunzite drops down behind her, lifting both hands. "Covering your left --" He doesn't know why he bothers to call it. Sayaka goes forward in combat; he's never seen her do anything less, not for so much as an instant. But he gives her the warning all the same before he lifts both hands and brings them up perpendicular to one another. The gesture does the work of a brighter hero's shout: a beam of that oddly cool pink energy he uses, intermingled with warmer gold, lashes out at the farthest to the left, the one most likely to have time to get around behind Sayaka.

His own sword would be a more efficient use of his energy. But he's seen Sayaka move in combat. Having him in melee range with her would only slow her down. Hell, the only real question is whether she'll have two of the other three reduced to the geometries that compose them while he's dealing with the one... or all three of them.
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-26 01:54:07 80903
She grins, slicing easily through the first, jousting - dancing perhaps with the second. She hears a familiar voice behind her and relaxes. "Kunzite-san, it has been a while." Saya grins as she dances with her opponent, having some fun it seems, before dealing with it. Of course, Kunzite will have no problem handling the remaining wraiths. they're not a huge threat, and he's undoubtedly more skilled, more powerful than she.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-07-26 02:03:08 80904
More experienced, certainly. More powerful? ... he has fewer consequences for his running out of energy. But in terms of raw power, Kunzite is not at the level that quite a few people expect him to be. Being drowned in dark energy for years, being torn out of it all at once, being installed in a new body and not necessarily quite properly in place in it at the moment ... these things have consequences that he has yet to entirely overcome.

It's not that Sayaka suffers for that lack of power on Kunzite's side; he's able to dispatch his own first by knowing where to aim, and keep his second occupied while she plays with hers. A second beam damages it but misses its best target, and from there he's on the defensive, keeping his dark shields up to deflect its unnervingly cutting wails, keeping watch to be certain that there isn't a fifth lurking to ambush them while they're distracted. Keeping everything going until Sayaka gets tired of playing and can come to deal with the last.

In the silence after, he bows to Sayaka as if their meeting had been in a pleasant afternoon garden, rather than rooftop-running and Wraith wreckage. "Miki-san. Far too long. One hopes you are recovering well?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-26 02:06:56 80905
Indeed, she 'plays' with her target a little longer than is necessary. And her moves are slightly sloppier than normal. She's not particularly serious or really into it tonight it seems. Something is definitely on her mind. But eventually enough is enough and she slices through it cleanly, causing it to fade away in a whorl of cold mist.

Once the other two are dispatched likewise by Kunzite, a single grief cube tumbles out of the remaining smoke and mist. Saya steps towards it, inspecting it with a slight smirk before picking it up. Turning around, she offers it to Kunzite.

"Yeah. I guess. I've been..Trying to rest up a bit, but I guess destiny calls?" she smiles faintly, shrugging, "And I want to give this to you, to replace the one you used on me. And. I want to thank you, and Mamoru-san, for saving my life. My memory is still a bit hazy about what happened, but I hear you and him took care of me, pulled me back from the brink."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-07-26 02:17:00 80906
Kunzite lifts both hands again, this time without power behind the gesture; he closes them over her hand and the cube alike, for a moment. "How many do you have in reserve yourself, by now?" he asks her quietly. "If you have a sufficiency, we'll accept it gladly -- but if you're down to a couple, we'd rather you keep it. Our reserves are supplemental to yours, not to replace them."

He tilts his head toward Sayaka, which is pretty near to bowing it again, given their relative heights. "It was our pleasure to be able to help. And we wouldn't have been able to do anything if Locke hadn't brought you to us in the first place."
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-26 02:19:31 80907
Puella Magi Sayaka hmms, "I have three grief cubes now. Although they're not as useful as grief seeds. But I'll be fine. Been trying to lay low for a bit, after everything.." she sighs, shaking her head. "I mean, I like playing the heroine and all, but when its your friends who keep getting corrupted, and you have to stick your neck out time and again to save 'em, it's a little exhausting. Now.."

Sayaka bites her lip, glancing back at him curiously. "Seth-kun.." she shakes her head, "So he is the one who helped me, who brought me there. Then I am thankful for his help. I...I've been terrible to him, threatenning to..To put him out of his misery, for deceiving me like that. But I suppose, I am not totally blameless."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-07-26 02:24:58 80908
Kunzite averts his eyes for a moment at the mention of friends getting corrupted and having to stick necks out, for some reason. But Mamoru's not actually there for him to be embarrassed at, so he shifts his attention back to Sayaka. "Please, keep this one, then. If we turn up any more tonight, I'll take one from that; if not, well. We'll keep hunting. But I'd rather know you have a reserve and an emergency reserve." They're slower than grief seeds. And one isn't always enough. He presses her hand between his, gentle, and draws his hands back.

At the rest of what Sayaka says, though, his pale eyebrows lift a trifle. "Deceiving you? I knew things had gone badly, but I didn't know they'd gone badly in that way. What happened?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-26 03:01:20 80909
Puella Magi Sayaka nods slowly and sighs. "I suppose...With 'him' out at large, it is probably for the best. But the next grief cube or seed we come across, I'll have to insist that you take it." she takes back the cube, slipping it away. "Thank you. I owe you one. I wont forget that either. You or Mamoru-san. I..Didnt want to be a burden on anyone, but.."

She sighs, stepping towards the edge of the rooftop, staring down below at the peaceful quiet street. "He..Stole a kiss from me. One that could have killed me. But the first time, it was consentual. Seth-kun..Has been a tremendous comfort to me, and a good friend, helping me through everything that I've been going through. I guess I've been lonely for a time, and cramming with school.."

"Then when I met Lexi...Err, Alex-kun for the first time, I threw myself into trying to help him, save him from himself. But it was exhausting, giving him my energy to help him, trying to find ways to save him, and..." she draws a deep breath, avoiding Kunzite's gaze. "Eventually falling for him, even though it seemed impossible. Then, being forced to fight him, nearly killing myself in the battle..Being rejected by him. More than once. Amu-chan setting me up on a blind date to cheer me up."

She smiles sadly, "Then that one time, Seth-kun and I..."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-07-26 03:12:17 80910
Kunzite doesn't so much as shake his head to Sayaka. All he does is say, "There's no debt. You fight because you have to, yes, but you fought first for others. So it's our privilege, once in a while, to fight for you in turn."

After a moment, he steps up at the edge with her, looking outward as she looks down. Keeping a quiet watch is habitual for him, always -- she's seen him do it in social situations, when he can escape direct conversation long enough. Seen him do it in fights, keeping an eye out for others lest something get past their guard. Doing it now, even when it seems there's no need, is only natural.

"Dealing with Raskoph can be frustrating," he says. "He's intent on pretending he has no weaknesses and no feelings. That becomes a weakness in itself. The more so, while he was -- well." A vampire. As Sayaka knows all too well. "And looking elsewhere in that frustration seems entirely understandable. Particularly when he may have given no clear signs."

(The term 'pot calling the kettle black' might be odd to apply to someone as pale as Kunzite, but only until he says something like that last sentence.)

"... but you said, the first time it was consensual. Did something happen?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-26 03:18:08 80911
Puella Magi Sayaka sighs, reddening slightly at the query, nodding slowly. "Yes. I suppose it did. We..Went on a date, Seth-Kun and I. And it was awkward at first, because we already knew each other, and to be fair, I WAS kinda drunk when Amu-chan called me up..Y'know, trying not to feel hurt that Alex-kun had rejected me for the third time, but..Yeah, it went well. We..We..kissed..."

And that shouldn't be a bad thing but.."And..." Saya clears her throat. "Not long after, Norie-chan had a 'talk' with Alex-kun, about expressing his feelings, and he suddenly warmed up to me and......" and her face turns even brighter, clenching her fists.

"Geez, this is REALLY embarrassing! I mean, I know, you're not exactly the type of person who would understand or even want to listen to this sort of thing, but it seems I alwasy end up talking to you about sensitive stuff like this.." Saya laughs nervously. She really needs more girlfriends to confide in.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-07-26 03:29:39 80912
"If it helps," Kunzite says without a blink, "someday I'll tell you about the worst date I was ever asked on. That might make things seem a little more even."

He rakes a hand through his hair, drawing the length of it back over his shoulder. "And I understand that it's complex, trying to deal with more than one person you're interested in, and the changes in each of them. And it's part of your life, Miki-san. That makes it important. Did Raskoph stop rejecting you, then? Since you say he warmed up?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-26 03:33:42 80913
"Kunzite-san..YOU went on a date?" she smirks a bit, and cant help but smile, biting back a laugh. "Sorry! I mean..I didnt mean to sound like a jerk. I mean..You're pretty good looking and all, and I'm sure you never have trouble getting a date, but...You know, you always seemed so serious, and..Uh..Not really..Interested..In...."

She laughs nervously, shaking her head. "Sorry, guess it's none of my business. Umm..." Saya sighs and nods, "Yeah, it's pretty complicated. I mean..I liked Lex....Err...Alex-kun for the longest time. And yeah, after Norie-chan..Basically scolded him, he finally warmed up and said he was just trying to 'protect' me, blah blah, and suddenly all the emotions rushed out and..Annd...And we...Kissed..?"

Ugh, more awkward blushing, "S-so you see. it's kinda complicated. I didnt intend to deceive anyone. It was just bad timing, and awkward moments and confused feelings and such. But, it was...I feel like I betrayed them both. And now, with Seth-kun in his current predicament, if he ever finds out the truth, it'll only make things worse.."

She frowns, taking on a more serious tone now, "Which is why it really is my mess, and my responsibility to help him..Somehow. If I can."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-07-26 03:42:03 80914
"I didn't say I went on that one. Only that I was asked on it." The flash of gray eyes is an echo of Sayaka's humor, and Kunzite tilts his head gravel. "I'm not very good on dates. Fortunately for me, not all relationships are built on them."

He listens to her again, tracking carefully as proouns and contexts shift. "So you were on poor terms with Raskoph for a while," he says, "and went on a date with Locke during that time, and kissed him. Then came to better terms with Raskoph, and kissed him. But you don't mention any promises to Locke that anything would happen in future, or any promises to Raskoph that he was the first person you ever had any interest in. In which case, as for me, I see no betrayal there. Locke had no claim on you unless you gave him one. Raskoph had no claim on you before showing his interest at all, and afterward, again, no claim unless you gave him one. And even if you did -- you said Locke stole a kiss? Against your will? That hardly seems something you'd bear any blame for."
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-26 04:13:46 80915
Puella Magi Sayaka sighs a little, rubbing her eyes. "Well. I guess technically I went on one date with both of them, and kissed them both once. But..Dont tell Norie-chan that. She thinks we're steady and all. Alex-kun and me that is. And..I really like him and I've been pursuing him for a long time now. But.." she sighs, "Well, I guess it's just a kiss, I'm sure I'll figure my way out of this mess, just like I do out of most stuff, right?" she grins, still a bit nervously, "Umm anyway, we should continue hunting. I still owe you a grief cube!"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-07-26 04:20:44 80917
"It seems to me," Kunzite says, a trifle wry, "that figuring your way out of it might start with figuring whether you want to make either of them your priority. If only because neither of them seems to be the kind inclined to share. But that choice is yours, entirely."

He straightens, then adds, quieter, "As it's your choice whether or not you're inclined to talk about what happened that night. I won't press further. I will tell you that Seth has shown a pattern of behavior that that may fit into, and that if you are ever willing to share the details, it may tell me something about whether there's hope for his current condition. But your life and your history are your own, and neither he nor I have claim on them."

A gesture outward. "Shall we, then?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-26 04:29:00 80918
"Dunno." she sighs, "Alex-kun has always been my priority...Ugggh, my heads' gonna explode! I just cant..Think about this right now." she does peer back at him curiously.

"Hmm..? What do you know about Seth-kun? I mean, in terms of if there is a way to help him. I know the origins of his..condition, are quite a bit different than that of Lex-chan's condition. I know he had a heart condition, and his dad and elder brother, who are apparently working for the same organization as Takashi..Eclipse?"

She shrugs, "Well, they are scientists who did..Something to him, but I'm not sure if it saved his life or took it over. If you know something more, than please share. If there is a way to help him, I need to know. I tried to heal his heart with my powers, and it seemed to work for a bit, but now..I guess I just wasnt strong enough."

She nods slowly, and takes a running leap off the edge of the roof towards the one across the narrow alley. "c'mon, I think we should check down here." of course he can probably float or teleport..
Kazuo Takeba 2017-07-26 04:48:18 80920
"I know that Locke has been contaminated with dark energy in the long term before I met him," Kunzite answers, matter-of-fact. "I know that it has been affecting his behavior for at least the last year or so. To the point at which one of the first extended conversations I had with him took place because someone did not wish to be alone with him, and asked me to chaperone. I know that he does not believe it affected his thinking, but did believe it existed. I know that he believes that it dates back to something his mother did when he was six. I know that he decided it was more interesting to brood over the matter than to try to do anything about it. I know that he had a heart condition. I know that a few weeks ago, he had forgotten that he had ever had a heart condition that someone might have been concerned about. Which implied strongly that the latent condition had been in the process of going active. His turning up as a seven-foot-tall obligate energy vampire was less of a surprise than an inevitability."

Kunzite gives a little shake of his head, exhaling quietly. "I don't have high hopes for his recovery. One needs to genuinely want to recover for that, and even then it's far from guaranteed. And so far as I can tell, he has for a long time now felt entitled not to particularly care what other people think, or say, or want, or do not want him to do -- except when they call him out on misbehavior, at which time he cares very much about defending himself. It's possible he may come around. It's possible I may have an inaccurate impression. And it would be hypocrisy for me to write him off -- and beyond that, there's the damage that whoever's responsible might do, and there's his sister to consider. I worry about her. But -- I don't believe it was your strength at issue, Miki-san. You can't heal an abscess without draining it first. No-one can."

And then he's following her lead, taking a couple of long steps before making another jump behind her. No floating, no teleport. He's burned enough energy tonight, and with luck there'll be more to come. Time to conserve.
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-26 05:41:07 80922
Puella Magi Sayaka listens intently, slowing down a bit as she lets that sink in. "Dammit, Seth-kun..Why'd he do that? To be fair, I dont know him nearly as well as you do, although we have crossed paths briefly many times. But, geez, he's almost as stubborn as Lex-chan. I just..Hope I can get through to him, somehow.I just hope he will even listen to me." she sighs, peering around some more, heading towards the ledge, peering down into the alleyway. There are some homeless people there, and wraiths are starting to gather, feeding upon their hopeless emotions. "Look. Down there." she points.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-07-26 05:44:27 80923
"I hope so, too. Certainly you have a better chance of getting through to him than I do." Kunzite's eyes stay on her for a moment, before he bows; and when he draws his own sword, he salutes her first. "You're faster than I am. I'll do my best to stay out of your way."

With any luck, there'll be more to add to Sayaka's store, too. And maybe they can even avoid traumatizing the victims.
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-26 06:06:24 80925
Puella Magi Sayaka grins and nods. "Yea, I'll do my best." and for now, any thoughts of her troubled heart are shoved aside as she focuses on the battle below, diving towards the first wraith, doing her best not to wake up the two homeless people as she moves swiftly, silently and with an air of grace through the dancing shadows, slashing and slicing this way and that. Sometimes it's easier to deal with life's problems by kicking monster butt.