RAIN delay

Mikoto gets a little help from your friendly local card captor to capture and restrain the Rain card and avoid getting soaked... too much more. So much water damage.

Date: 2017-08-01
Pose Count: 27
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-01 23:22:01 81071
There were a lot of things Miko had probably learned to explain over the years. Being magical and all.

But constantly having rain appear around her, ruining carpets and all kinds of other things or, at the very least, making a huge mess, was probably not one of them. She had likely got in SO MUCH trouble. And who would buy a rain cloud excuse?

Worst of all? She could pop the cloud, but... it just came back. And the little demon that RODE the cloud kept just LAUGHING at her. What a butt! What kind of prank was this?

Well, mostly harmless. While it did make a mess, it did seem to have SOME morals. Namely, nothing of real value was being ruined. Just made a bunch of messes to clean up and she kept having to dry off. It was mostly just petty. Like someone had cursed her for cutting them off in traffic or something. Still, she'd probably been yelled at a lot for it.
Mikoto Nakajima 2017-08-01 23:27:52 81072
Indeed, it had been intensely annoying. Sure, she could shield against it... some of the time. When she didn't want to make it blatantly freaking obvious that something more weird than a raincloud following her around was going on. So she saved that for special occasions, like her occasional visits to her lab, or her family.

School, however, was becoming a serious problem. There were only so many excuses she could manage for having to run off in the middle of the day. Some of her teachers were starting to think she might be a delinquent... others, that she was having a problem with bullies. Which doesn't even count what her family thinks of that...

So, it's been a miserable few weeks for the normally proud girl. She'd dearly love a way to get rid of the annoying little spirit. She's even considered looking for an exorcist... if she could find one she trusted who had any actual power.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-01 23:33:58 81073
So, of course, on the way home it was a bright, sun shiny day. Beautiful, warm, wonderful.

And of course two minutes later when she left the crowded streets, a cloud of rain appeared over her head. Mother fu--

Not far away, Sakura froze as she started to put her bag away. Did... she sense it? Yes! That was definitely a clow card! She glanced towards the door... could it be...?

"Sakura-chan?" Tomoyo asked.

"A clow card."

"Really? But they've been so quiet lately!"

"I know. Call kero-chan. I'm sure if I can sense it, he can to."

"Okay, I'll go get my camera! I have just the right outfit!"

Sakura froze, turning to her friend. "You... brought one of those to school?"

"Of course I did. Why wouldn't I?"


Meanwhile, back with miko. THE RAIN MAN COMETH!
Mikoto Nakajima 2017-08-01 23:47:06 81074
Mikoto sighs and shakes her head. This is just yet another repeat of the same idiocy. "Go AWAY!" she yells at the spirit, shaking her fist. She's still too close to crowds to risk actually trying to blast it, right now. She'd give away her identity in no time if she did that.

"Hikari," she calls out to the air, answered by a silent voice - her Guardian Beast, communicating telepathically from afar.

<"What can I do for you, neesan?">

"I'm going to need a change of clothes... again."

<"Oooh, that stupid little ponce is bothering you again? I ever get my claws on it...">

"Yes, yes, I know, you'll make it wish it had jumped in the paper shredder. That's okay, 'kari-chan, just... meet me at the place on Amakusa street, alright?"

The feline familiar is quick to agree, and Mikoto tromps on, glowering at anyone and anything that crosses her path, including the street in front of her.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-01 23:59:31 81075
The little rain card giggled, just dropping more rain on her.

And then a magical girl ran by. It... was obviously a magical girl. Well, Tomoyo was following with a camera. But the girl in question had a big pink wand and was wearing an ADORABLE little green outfit with a star on her chest and a big bow shaped hat and... such a magical girl. "I sensed it this--" And then froze, staring at the girl. "Eh... Err... hi!" she said. "Just, err. Cosplaying. Err. You... know how it is," she said nervously, lil tear drop over her face. "I... err... I should..." She blinked and looked the girl over and... "Are you okay? Did you fall in a pool?" she asked, sounding very concerned now.

"Oh, you poor thing!" Tomoyo said as she walked over and took Miko by the hand. "You must be absolutely freezing! Follow me, I'll fix you right up," despite definitely being far younger than the other girl, Tomoyo had a very strange, powerful, 'take no argument' air about her.
Mikoto Nakajima 2017-08-02 00:17:08 81076
And now there's a cosplay girl coming to 'comfort' her. Oh how wonderful. Does she even have any power at all? And there's somebody filming her.

Mikoto snatches her hand away, about to snap at the girl, when something interrupts her.

<~Meister. Subject number one is not a mere cosplay artist. Mana levels are in the zurek range.~>

The taller girl stops in her tracks, just looking at the two youngers, the girl with the magic, and the girl with the camera. "Did I... fall in a pool?" She blinks, stares at the girl, and just starts to laugh, as if the question had been the funniest thing she'd heard all week.

(It probably was, really.)

After a few moments she just can't stop laughing. This little girl with her cute little costume - and easily enough power to match her own - asking if she'd fallen in a pool. "C - c - cosp - play... r - right." she gasps out, in between laughs, shaking her head. Sure. Whatever.

It doesn't take much at all, in her state, to lead her off the street. Frankly she's just on the ragged edge of not caring anymore.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-02 00:28:40 81077
Sakura Kinomoto looked at the poor girl, then frowned. Wait, she couldn't feel it anymore. What happened? "Shoot, it's gone..." she muttered. Then looked to the other girl and... sighed. "Hello! My name is Kinomoto Sakura! This is Daidouji Tomoyo!" As in... The Daidouji toy company. "Let's get you some fresh clothes, okay?"

Tomoyo nodded. "My house isn't that far from here. We'll get you something warm, too. Here. I'll call my driver." She pulled out her phone and started talking and soon...

That was a fancy black car. With like, six men and women in suits that looked like they were hitmen more than bodyguards. "Come on," Tomoyo said with that innocent smile as she stepped inside, Sakura following a moment later.
Mikoto Nakajima 2017-08-02 00:37:56 81078
Daidouji. Now there's a name Mikoto will recognize. And the bodyguards she'd recognize too, if she were bothering to pay attention. (A man in a nice suit on the other side of the street certainly notices. As Mikoto gets into the car, he slides into an SUV and sets out to follow at a discreet distance.)

"Hi," Mikoto says as she sits, still bubbling into laughter now and again. More giggles, at this point, really. "Mikoto Nakajima." A name Tomoyo will assuredly also recognize, as being one on a similar rarified plane of wealth to her own. A ride somewhere warm and a change of clothes is certainly a nice idea, right now. "Daidouji, huh?" She sinks back into the (probably quite comfortable) seat with a sigh. "Been a while."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-02 00:43:08 81079
Sakura Kinomoto was probably getting the most looks, with her getup. And trying to look casual as she could. It wasn't working. Tomoyo was evil. Tomoyo smiled up at the girl. "Nakajima-san? Oh. We may have actually met once, but I am afraid I can't quite remember. Perhaps a dinner party?"

Sakura just looked out the window, concern on her face. She knows she sensed a card. she knows she did! Where did it go?

Of course, once they arrived at the massive mansion, a call would be sent to Miko's parents to let them know where she was, and she'd be dragged inside for some soup and to get some new clothes. Sakura kinda followed behind, looking left and right. She SWORE she could sense it. Sorta. It was faded and hard to determine. BUT IT WAS THERE! She knew it was! GAHHH!
Mikoto Nakajima 2017-08-02 00:49:00 81080
Soup and clean clothes are certainly a welcome way for Mikoto to warm up. She keeps pausing to look around, as if half-expecting to get interrupted by something, but for a while nothing seems to happen.

(A block away, the man in the suit is holding a catgirl by the collar and explaining to her just why she really shouldn't be blowing up Tomoyo's house to 'rescue' Mikoto. It would be incredibly rude.)

"Hmm, let me see," Mikoto muses. "April, wasn't it? The Red Cross benefit dinner?" The sort of hundred-thousand-yen-a-plate 'dinner party' that rich people go to to be seen being generous at, with okayish food and half-decent entertainment that somehow ends up costing at least half of the amount 'donated'.

Eventually, a certain catgirl cannot be restrained further, but does at least decide on a much more ... subtle... approach. It starts with a ring of the doorbell, and nothing to be seen when the door is opened but a cute little silver-furred kitten.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-02 00:53:08 81081
Sakura Kinomoto perked up. "I'll get it!" she said quickly, before running off. Okay, the card had to be nearby. She could still feel it! she KNEW it was here!

"Um, Sakura-chan, the maid will.. okay," Tomoyo said, before glancing to Mikoto and smiling. "Oh! Yes! You were wearing that beautiful red dress with the rose pedals sewn into the hem, correct? It was truly marvelous! I ended up designing a similar dress for Sakura-chan right after! She looked truly breath taking in it... sigh..."

Sakura pulled open the door and... blinked. Then looked down and hunched down. "Awwww. Hello little kitty. Are you looking for your owner?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2017-08-02 01:01:17 81082
"That was the one," Mikoto agrees, cradling the refilled bowl of soup in her hands and sipping from it occasionally. "And you had that lovely sky-blue one, with the cloud motif, yes?" She is something of a fashion fan, after all. She remembers these sort of things.

Meanwhile, at the door, the kitten nods to Sakura, the bounds in and twines about her legs for a moment before hurrying off deeper into the house, making her way towards Mikoto.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-02 01:13:13 81083
Sakura Kinomoto smiled and scritched the kitty. "Oh, you adorable little-- huh? Wait! No, come back!" She chased after it! Ack, no, what if... Oh, wait, she's on her own. Duh! No one to... "Windy! Capture the kitty and bring it here!" Magical winds would rush out, grab the kitty and lift her up, into Sakura's arms. Even if the kitty fought it, it was... well, the wind. Not a lot to fight there. Of course, when it was in her arms, she helf it. Very gently, protectively, but firmly. She supported its body with one hand, the other gently petting it while also holding the wand. "Shhhh. It's okay. But you can't go running around like that. Tomoyo-chan's mom might notice and get mad. But it's okay. I'll take you to Tomoyo-chan and see if she knows you. Okay? We'll find your owner... don't worry, no one is going to hurt you."

Tomoyo nodded. "Oh, yes! It took weeks to get the clouds just right. I based it on one of Sakura-chan's adven-- err, games. She played. I don't think I quite did it justice, though."
Mikoto Nakajima 2017-08-02 01:26:46 81084
Not a lot to fight without making it blatantly obvious that she was using magic herself, at least. (Hikari certainly could simply fly. But that would spoil the game.) So she lets Sakura carry her deeper into the house, towards Mikoto. Besides, respecting the master of the house is something Mikoto's impressed on her is important. (The man in the suit thinks so, too, and made that quite clear to her before she went up to the house.)

"Ahhh, adventures," Mikoto muses, taking another sip of soup. "The most wonderful part of our youth, don't you think?" This, from the lofty age of sixteen. "You did fairly well, I thought, given what you had to work with." It's not as if she makes her own clothing. Outside of designing custom Barrier Jackets, which typically fall into the realm of Impossibly Cool Clothes. Last year's Halloween saw her dressed as Princess Ayeka, for example, slumming at the Seishou party.

"I have to say, you've been an excellent hostess today, however." She's about to add a compliment about the soup, and the yukata she's now wearing, when Sakura-plus-kitten arrive in the room.

This is, of course, the time for Hikari to take action, the kitten twisting with rather more-than-kittenish strength to writhe out of the girl's embrace and scamper across the room to jump into Mikoto's arms.

Seemingly surprised by the cat's sudden 'attack', Mikoto wraps her arms around the (currently) small companion, thrown back into the sofa by the impact, and snuggles delightfully into the soft fur.

Neglected in the impact, the cup of soup goes flying from her hand. Somehow it manages not to go flying everywhere and crash to the floor to shatter into pieces and spill soup all over. Instead it just hovers there, on a slowly rotating little spell-glyph, while Mikoto nuzzles into the kitten's cheek. "Mmm, aren't you a good girl, Hikari-chan, yes you are."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-02 01:33:26 81085
Tomoyo nodded. "Oh, why thank you! It was such a wonderful event. I had a wonderful time. I-- Oh? Sakura-chan? What's tha--" And then kitten torpedo! She chuckled softly. Then yelped, but... the soup wasn't flying. Instead it was... hovering. She reached out, her hand under it. The two younger girls shared at look.

Sakura took a deep breath, then smiled. "So. You aren't one of Riventon-kun's employees, are you? Because... well... if you are, we are going to have to ask you to please leave," she said cheerfully. If the girl looked up, she'd motion to the spinning soup. Tomoyo's hand under to catch it if it fell.
Mikoto Nakajima 2017-08-02 01:39:57 81086
Mikoto takes a moment or two longer to enjoy her feline companion's presence, then looks up and smiles warmly at the younger children. "Adventures indeed," she muses. "It's too lovely a day to talk around things, don't you think?"

Well, it was a lovely day, until someone decided she needed a shower on the way home from school.

The mention of Riventon hardens her gaze, however. "I see you've met the Dark Baka," is her answer. "Sorry, the only 'service' I plan to offer him is percussive psychotherapy."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-02 01:44:15 81087
Sakura Kinomoto nodded. "Oh, good! So you're one of the magical gi--" Her eyes widened. "Wait, I sense the card, it--" And then she was doused in water. It ended a moment later and she slowly looked up.

At the cloud riding girl. Who just laughed. Sakura sighed. "It's right above us," she said dead pan.

Tomoyo nodded, then grabbed her camera. "Okay Sakura-chan! I'm ready, capture it!"

"It's... not really that--" And she got doused again. Hey, at least Miko got to see it happen to someone else for once.
Mikoto Nakajima 2017-08-02 01:49:26 81088
"Right." It's bad enough when she's the one getting dumped on. Seeing it happen to the little girl who was just trying to help her - and is clearly a fellow foe of the Dark Baka - well, that's not an effort that's going to leave Mikoto to just sit back and do nothing.

Although she will giggle a bit at the first time. It's at the second dousing that she springs up from the couch, another spell-glyph spinning slowly at her feet. "Right. That'll be enough of that."

There's a flash, and the kitten dashes across to put the cloud-girl between her and Mikoto. And then she isn't a kitten, she's a slender young girl with silver hair and cat-ears and a tail that whips about behind her.

"Hook bind!" call two voices in perfect synch, and a river of interlinked glowing shards of light spirals out from each of the two towards the cloud-card-girl.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-02 01:56:33 81089
Sakura Kinomoto blinked a few times and then... "Oh, so you can-- Eep!" And then tried to get out of the way. The cloud was too busy laughing at Sakura, it didn't notice until... Right as the chains came at it. It yelped and jumped! The cloud was dispersed in a big puff and she... was caught by the leg, binding it up as it flailed about. Nooooo!

Sakura blinked a few times. Well, that was fast. She sputtered up some water, then raised her wand. "Clow card, return to--"

FWOOSH! Rain ERUPTED everywhere, like a geiser, sending her back with a shriek and DRENCHING the room.
Mikoto Nakajima 2017-08-04 00:04:19 81102
Mikoto smiles as the chain catches hold of the rain-spirit-thingy. Finally, finally, she's going to put an end to the greatest annoyance of her life so far. She tightens down on her grip, pulling to fix it in place, Hikari doing the same on the other side...

And then it EXPLODES into MORE RAIN, drenching both mage and catgirl, and the younger ones as well. Mikoto is knocked back onto the couch by the force of it, tumbling into the soft (and now soaked) cushions with a shriek.

Hikari, somehow, holds on through all that, trying her best to contain the little imp until one of the others can get up and deal with it...
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-04 00:07:48 81103
Sakura Kinomoto hit the wall, hard. She groaned. However, the chain held and made the card focus heavily on Hikari. It shook and writhed in the chain, sending more water at her, but, well... the geiser was its big boom. It didn't have the energy for another and, within a few moments, the creature was panting weakly on the end of the chain, barely able to move, exhausted.

Sakura slowly got to her feet a fit shaky, then lifted her wand. "Okay! Let's do this again! Return to your true form! Clow card!" she called, before tapping the wand down.

in a flurry of magic and wind, the card was drawn in to a small, rectangle card which... then.... flew up into the air and then descended, right in front of Hikari.

Well, she caught the card, she gets the card. That's the way it works.
Mikoto Nakajima 2017-08-04 00:31:54 81104
Mikoto slowly pries herself out of the sofa, wincing and shaking her head, watching the card-spirit struggle against Hikari's hold. She's really hoping this works, because letting this go on is eventually going to drive her CRAZY.

Fortunately, Sakura has matters well if somewhat unsteadily in hand, and the rain-spirit is finally bound into ... a card.

Hikari blinks and stares at it as the card settles into her hand. "This is..." The catgirl blinks again and looks over at Sakura. "What is this?"
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-04 00:40:18 81105
Sakura Kinomoto smiled to her. "It's a clow card! It's a magical artifact made by Clow Reed!" she said with a big grin. "Err... you're welcome to keep it. But please be gentle with it. The spirit isn't bad, really. They're just..." She paused and hummed. "Some of them are more.... bratty and playful than others. But they are really good, honest. You just need to sign it and--"

The door opened suddenly and a maid stared. "L-Lady Tomoyo-chan! What... what happened here?!" the woman cried out in horror!

Tomoyo looked around at the water logged room. "Err... A.... pipe... burst?" she tried. Already in front of Hikari, blocking her from sight. Wow, that girl moved FAST for a non-magical girl.
Mikoto Nakajima 2017-08-04 00:48:34 81106
Hikari ducks back behind the proffered shield, even as Mikoto also moves to hide her. The catgirl, meanwhile, is already shrinking back into her (utterly ADORABLE) kitten form, just in case.

"I really couldn't tell what it was," Mikoto says without quite lying - she certainly can't tell the maid what it was! - and looks down at the soaked sofa, pats her clothes and finds them just as wet, and shakes her head as she sits seiza-style on the floor to gather in the kitten.

"I'm terribly sorry about the mess."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-04 00:52:46 81107
Sakura Kinomoto nodded rapidly, then.... Soon all three girls would find themselves in nice robes as the staff tried to find out WHERE all the water could have come from.

They had no idea and it looked like a pipe burst. But no burst pipe. So much confusion. And Tomoyo was wayyyyy too good a girl to wreck the place. So the staff had no idea.

"So, I'm the card captor!" Sakura said with a smile. "Nice to meet you!" she said helpfully. "I capture the clow cards. Thank you for helping with this one." Before offering the pen to sign it herself... or give the card to her.
Mikoto Nakajima 2017-08-04 00:59:31 81109
Mikoto nods and smiles. "Call me Mikoto, please. I go by a few other names now and then, but they're not terribly important. I'm a Mage-Knight, myself, and I usually fight bigger monsters... this one was just incredibly annoying. Thank you very much for your help, Kinomoto-san, and your hospitality, Daidouji-san."

She doesn't take the pen... but Hikari does, shifting back to cat-girl form long enough to consider it for a moment. Then she smiles and pushes the card back over to Sakura, and sets the pen alongside it. "You keep it. I don't think neesan wants to have anything more to do with little crybaby here."

Mikoto nods. "I do owe you both, though. If you ever need help..."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-04 01:02:51 81110
Sakura Kinomoto took the pen and card and then.... hugged it. She smiled gently, serenly with it. "Shhh. Don't worry. You'll be with your friends now. You won't have to be alone ever again, I promise," she whispered, before sliding it in with a deck of cards like it. She then looked at it, troubled for a moment before shaking her head. She glanced up to Mikoto.

"It was great to meet you! Here!" And then exchanged phone numbers!

From there, they could have dinner, hang out a bit, then have a driver take her home. Welp, looks like she met a nice, if younger, friend!