A new Phantom Empire General arrives and she looks way too familiar...

Date: 2017-09-19
Pose Count: 34
Naomi Yomada 2017-09-19 23:14:30 83034
The Neon District is bustling as usual. People are enjoying the entertainment despite the heavy clouds, threatening to release their bounty on the Earth below. There is of course a single problem with the weather. Its supposed to be sunny. Still, bizarre weather is nothing too strange for Tokyo. What with the frequent youmas, kaiju, and whatever else that likes to trounce the city people are definitely a little jaded.

High above the city streets a strange figure stands watching the city below. Their gaze is like a hawk, peering down, searching for their target.
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-09-19 23:17:52 83036
    Sometimes, being alone in a crowd is nice. That's what Kokoro is here for. Hands jammed in her pockets, shoulders hunched, the tall girl is slouching her way down the street towards a favorite electronics store - mostly favorite for the way the owner doesn't bother her too much, but still somehow seems to know her tastes. Last time she was there, he surprised her by having a copy of the game she was after, set aside.

    She's still not sure how she feels about this 'people being considerate of her' thing.

    She's also completely oblivious to any rooftop observers, focused only on making her way through the district without bowling anyone over.
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-19 23:19:00 83037
Sayaka is hurrying home after a busy day at school. For once she actually did well on a midterm and is quite happy, singing loudly on her MP3 player as she strikes and skips towards home. Glancing up at the skies, she frowns and quickens her pace a bit, not wanting to get dumped on in her school uniform. Unfortunately she left her rain jacket at home and it could get cold later.
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-09-19 23:24:37 83038
Haruna Kurosawa loves water. And the wind. and the beach. But this isn't the beach. BUT IT MIGHT RAIN which is her 'go outside for sure' weather and she has an umbrella out and hop in her step as she spins a little.

Rain makes her think of nice things.

But something feels foul in the air too and she doesn't like that none. This.. has not stopped her from filling a shopping bag to the brim with various movies and model kits of flowerly anime princesses with swords.

Corvus isn't here. Corvus is running the shop while Haruna deals with things today!
Tsubasa Kazanari 2017-09-19 23:29:05 83039
Someone is riding her bike, seemingly oblivious to any shenanigans that may or may not be occurring, avoiding the crowds and sticking to the main streets, and just enjoying some personal time after a long day of classes and recording. Least she wants right now is something to cut into that.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-09-19 23:54:14 83041
Mamoru, on the other hand, is on the sidewalk with an umbrella in his hand, still folded up, looking up at the clouds with a frown. The rest of the bustling district may as well not even be there, so thoroughly is he filtering them out. Up in the sky is the weather system, and the weather system takes from the surface and throws it back down in a cycle governed by the sun and the moon and the orbit of the earth and the greenhouse gases that the planet's population produces and the ones that occur naturally--

--but it's not something he can put his finger on directly. The storms belong to other Senshi, other magics.

He knows, however, when something isn't right-- so he starts digging in his pocket for his phone to text Makoto, nevermind the communicator on his wrist he always completely forgets exists.
Naomi Yomada 2017-09-20 00:02:30 83043
"Found you." The dark twisted female voice of the figure above comments. With a quick action, she jumps off the roof of the building. Falling, falling and falling down to the ground. A gently landing follows as she moves toward her target.

Two little girls are arguing over a Sailor V game. Both want to play and neither wants to wait or be player 2. "Why play a game where you can't be the hero yourself? If you play with me, you get to be the heroes!" That twisted voice sounds kinda cute actually. Its really a mockery of who she used to be. "Let me show you." A twisted smile forms on her lips.

"Let the Future reflected in the mirror turn terrible!" Quickly the two young girls are encased in mirrors wrapped in red ribbons. "Terribads, come play with me!" Immediately a pair of towering terribads come forth. One taking the form of a Karaoke machine. The other taking the form of an arcade game. The twisted doll girl begins clapping and jumping up and down. "Yay! We need toys to play with! Make us some toys, terribads!" Immediately they both begin spreading misfortune. The two menacing Terribads are jet black as usual complete with their red winged shades. Their scarves are deep purple. Buildings begin turning into Doll houses, building blocks, and toys of every kind. This particular young woman is essentially turning the Neon district into her own playroom."
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-09-20 00:07:57 83044
    Walk, walk, grump, grump. That is the way of the Akakuma. Or at least, the way of one particular member of the family. At first, she doesn't notice the change in the crowds' voices, but there's only so much even a determined introvert can miss, and there comes a point where she looks up, and-

    ...that club just turned into a Lite-Brite. What.

    Kokoro has no clue what the heck that was. But it's not natural. So before anything else, she needs to get changed, and then she can figure this out while she's moving. Down the nearest alley the brown-haired girl lunges; there's a crackle of electricity, a flash of lightning, and then a rough, hammer-wielding redhead with violet eyes comes dashing out the next alleyway, glaring around and trying to find the source.

    Of course, the Terribads are hard to miss. It's going to be tough getting to them quickly through the crowds, but Dengeki Shoujo is more than capable of 'swimming upstream' if she's gotta.
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-20 00:13:11 83045
Well. It started out as a nice quiet day on her way home, but even with her headphones on, Sayaka immediately notices something is amiss as evil creatures start transforming buildings into all sorts of toys. "Woah, wait, what?!" she blinks, pulling off her headphones as she glances around at the terribads, having never seen one before. "...The heck!?" With a sigh, she rubs her ring, not even bothering to step into a dark alleyway to transform.

Moments later, flashes of blue light envelope her, and Puella Sayaka emerges. "Geez, You guys just cant give a girl a break, can you? Fine, take this!" She hadnt quite noticed who had transformed the two girls into terribads, but if they are causing trouble, they must be the enemy!

Catching sigh of one of them, she rushes after her, summoning a set of seven swords around her, hurling a number at one of the terribads, trying to pin her against the wall or trip her up if she can. "Shooting Stinger!"
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-09-20 00:15:22 83046
Haruna Kurosawa is close enough to the Terribad creation that she can feel it. It causes her to shiver. "I know what /that/ is." she mutters. She flaps the umbrella close as she tip toes into an alley and then pops out as--- Cure Gull!

She takes a flying upward sweep as she looks around and. THERE they are. "Alright, Oresky.. or Hosshiwa. or Namakelar! I'm coming for you and I'm gonna beat Naomi out of you!" she calls out as she makes a dart downwards before stopping when...

"...That's... a new one." she says with a blink. Did the Oresky Trio become a Quintet? Oh god. THEY BETTER NOT BARBERSHOP, she thinks.

....Wait a minute....

A flash of recognition passes by her. "...Naomi-chan....?" she asks to no one in particular. She needs a moment to process this in her head. They couldn't. They wouldn't. They didn't!

Did they?
Mamoru Chiba 2017-09-20 00:17:40 83048
Well. There's certainly a way to handle at least part of this:

Literally the one useful thing about having been spotted by the media fighting crime with Sailor Senshi, like Sailor V back in the day, is that if monsters show up and people are screaming and fainting and running and buildings are turning into weird stuff, those same screaming runners are actually likely to listen to you if you tell them which way to go.

Mamoru thuds back against a wall, opens his entirely-too-big umbrella in front of him, and

that's not an umbrella

it's Tuxedo Mask's cape!

Abruptly he's herding people like a combination crossing guard and class trip chaperone, with the voice to go with it, stern and loud. "Move quickly but don't run-- that's how people get trampled! We'll make sure this is taken care of, don't worry-- don't worry if your friends are still in there, they'll be fine when everything goes back to normal--"
Tsubasa Kazanari 2017-09-20 00:22:08 83049

Why can't she have a moment to herself.

Tsubasa briefly flirts with the idea of just ignoring it and moving on, trusting oth--and that's where that idea falls apart. She /doesn't/ trust others to take care of it. So, she swiftly parks her bike and starts singing. "Imyeteus, Ame no Habakiri tron~"

Soon enough, the singing sword arrives on the scene, not directing or otherwise interacting with civilians or magical people, no, she's gunning straight for one of the terribads, growing her sword to be a big one even Cloud Strife would be jealous of. She jumps upwards, and goes for a vertical slash long before getting into melee range.

It's the magical shockwave from her swing that's the actual attack here.
Naomi Yomada 2017-09-20 00:34:07 83050
One of the terribads is hit by Sayaka's attack sending them backwards and knocking them into a building. "TERRIBAD!" It shouts. It raises its hand is it holding a weapon? No! A MICROPHONE!! It begins... singing? "TEEEEEEERRRIBAAAAAD TERRRiBaadd!!" The waves from the Karaoke Terribad go flying towards Sayaka and anyone around her.

The other terribad gets hit with Tsubasa's attack. It is knocked down on one knee. It stands up and bellows out its name. It begins firing little pixelated balls remniscent of an eight bit arcade game at Tsubasa.

The dolly girl looks around. Idly she pulls out one of her fans and starts fanning herself with it. "More friends to play with! I know! We should have a party! Come join the party Kindabads!!" Instantly the smaller more human sized creatures come out and start closing on the magical types.
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-09-20 00:46:12 83052
    Kokoro's upstream swim is interrupted by- okay, so the metaphor kind of falls apart. But there are underlings, swarming her way, and it doesn't take long at all for her to start swinging that hammer, left and right. "Tch! Annoying little- c'mere!" Every swing crackles with electricity, tiny jolts of lightning that make each one hit harder - but as much as she might be able to do this all night, they can't afford to get bogged down for the district's sake. "Gh... ain't got time for you little-"

    And like that, Dengeki Shoujo vaults into the air, using pure brute strength to apply the 'up and over' approach. Her downward arc takes her straight towards the Terribad that Tsubasa is fighting; she comes down hammer-first at the exact moment it's starting to fire, a crackling report of thunder accompanying the swing.
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-20 00:53:20 83053
Puella Magi Sayaka grins as she notices some familiar mahou shoujo coming to the rescue. "Heh, Gull, it's been a while! I should stop by your place more often!" The blue-haired nameless swordswoman is given an appraising nod too as she passes her by, and she is grateful to see that Tux is dealing with crowd control. She flashes him a smile and nod as she turns and continues to chase after the first Terribad.

Narrowing her eyes on the first terribad, she is quite surprised when it starts to..Sing..?! "Woah, are you kidding me? You really should go back to singing school, yannow?" she grits her teeth, blocking her ears against the terrible karaoke music, but the blast is what hits her square in the chest, sending her tumbling backwards into a nearby tree with a surprised 'oomph!'

With a mutter, she climbs slowly to her feet, summoning her sword-chain this time, whipping it out towards the terribad, flinging its pointed edge at the creature to try and snag the microphone from its hand and fling it away. "Enough of that!"
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-09-20 00:56:04 83055
Haruna Kurosawa does a loop in the air and then comes down to her feet SOMEWHERE near Tuxedo Kamen as she looks to him with wide eyes. "It's /Naomi/." she seethes. "They did something to her." she says. But she also didn't come down here just to say that. She's also come down to punch Kindabads out of the way of his evacuation efforts just in case.

"I'm gonna fight my way to her." she says.

"Then I'm punching her out and taking her someplace." she mutters. "To de-Phantom her or whatever you call it."

Like she'll be lucky if she even manages to get that close to a general of the Phantom Empire.

Kindabads go flying!
Mamoru Chiba 2017-09-20 01:02:19 83056
The tall boy in the mask and cape and formalwear, directing traffic, gets zerg-rushed by a flock of people-sized monsters and yelps. "Okay you wanna keep going," he yells to the crowd, "and help other people keep going; I just got objected to!"

Then Gull lands next to him and explains, and his eyes widen. "Kuso," he spits, "I am so tired of evil idiots corrupting the hearts and minds of the bright stars that defend this planet! Okay! You do that and-- wow, nice punch!"

A second later, and he nods firmly. "I'll handle the rest of the little guys, keep them off your backs, okay? You go for broke on the big ugly loud ones, then punch her 'til she gets better!" He leaps up on top of a car that's turned into a Playskool version of itself and throws a rose into -- well, no, through -- a Kindabad's head and it vanishes in a puff of blackness, which serves to get the attention of the other ones, and they swarm up and around, focused on him. "THAT's right, come and get me!" he crows, then jumps off the top of the car and takes off running in slow motion, making sure they're following...

...then dives into the front seat of a big Fisher-Price delivery van and scrambles into its depths.

It's parked with its back doors out of sight, and he slips out and closes them quietly, waiting for the Kindabads to pile inside, looking for him. The window's open a crack, so he calls through it, "I'm in here! You have to find me!"
Tsubasa Kazanari 2017-09-20 01:04:51 83058
Some of the pixelated balls hit Tsubasa as she makes her way to the kindabads, flipping over to stand on her hands as a pair of swords extends from her heels. She begins to spin rapidly, the blades catching on fire as she tries to cut a path through the kindabads.
Naomi Yomada 2017-09-20 01:19:58 83059
The Terribads continue attacking. Their targets extend beyond Sayaka and Tsubasa now. They begin targeting Gull and Demgeki. Things Each are using their dark magic to do as much damage as possible. WHen Sayaka tries to knock away the Karaoke Terribad's microphone it growls out. The microphone does go flying. From nowhere a long cord forms. It begins using that as a whip, cracking it at Sayaka.

Meanwhile, SEND IN THE KINDABADS!!! Those that were fought already just vanish as they are quickly defeated. A bunch of them do decided to go after Tuxedo Kamen. They begin piling into the van. Lets face it, they aren't exactly known for their smarts.

Then there is the Doll girl. She hears Gull mentioning Naomi. With a quick flash, she appears on top of the van that Tux is loading up with Kindabads. "Hello Cure Gull! Naomi-chan isn't here anymore. Just cute little me, Ningyo-chan! Don't I look Pretty?!" She comments. "Cure Spark is gone too! Queen Mirage broke her mirror and burnt her cards!" She fans herself a little more. Her stance is weird. Her right hand is under her left arm while her left hand fans her. "Naomi-chan is trying to come to terms with the lies Blue told her. You know! The same ones he told you! The ones that say that love, Hope and all that other junk are so important. They aren't really. All that matters is accepting what life really is!" She giggles.
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-09-20 01:32:47 83060
    The downside to diving into melee range is that... well, now Kokoro is at point blank range with a pixel-shooting arcade monster. And it's shooting pixels. At her.

    One, two, three hits. and Dengeki Shoujo grunts in pain, stumbling back a step or two. But that's as far as she goes. The head of her hammer crackles briefly - but rather than swing it, she drags it along the ground for a pace or two... and then /lets go/.

    And lunges into a grapple with the Terribad.

    Kokoro Akakuma's superhuman strength is rare even among magical girls. And she means to put it to a two-fold use. One is that it will give her a chance for a good, hard headbutt. The other? Well, if it's not moving, that just makes Tsubasa's job easier.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-09-20 01:32:58 83061
'That,' thinks Tuxedo Kamen as he looks up to the top of the truck at Ningyo/Naomi, 'is the opposite of what I wanted!'

Still, the Kindabads are still pouring into the van, so as they trickle off, jammed in there and probably climbing all over each other inside trying to get to him, the masked boy slithers around the side of the van and tries to avoid getting caught by Ningyo, so he can lock and close the van's front door quietly and under noise-cover of everyone else being very loud.

Don't look at me, don't look at me, don't look at me, I am pro stealth, I even have a Hershey bar in my cape and no one knows, don't look at me...

The van is also undoubtedly rocking at this point with the movement of the sheer number of mindless goons inside it, and thumping against the insides, and making a lot of noise themselves, and Tuxedo Kamen pro-stealths the chocolate out of his cape and slides its flatness through the slender back-window opening.

It takes a thousand muscles to make a frown, but all it takes to make a smile is one Hershey bar.

Time to test the slogan.
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-20 01:33:57 83062
Puella Magi Sayaka blinks and darts back at the karaoke terribad starts swinging her chord-whip at her. Gritting her teeth, Saya pulls back her chain-sword, and brings it up to block the first attack. "Persistent, arent you?" eyes narrowed, she lunges forward with her sword, attempting to swing it at the creature and slash her across the arm to try and drop the whip. Or something.

From somewhere or other, she hears mention of Naomi, and her frown deepens. "Naomi-chan? What does she have to do with this?" she turns briefly, listenning, and her frown deepens, totally distracted as she focuses on the Doll girl now, leaving herself open to attack by the karaoke terribad.
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-09-20 01:41:43 83064
Cure Gull throws another Terribad against the wall because she is sick of this shit. "No. That's wrong." she says. Not hesitantly. or shakingly. She is stating a fact. "Naomi-chan! Snap out of it! I know.. what that's like. To be stuck in there...!" she calls out. "To be what you are like now." she says.

"And I know that's wrong. Because it's friends! and caring and love! that got me out of it!" she says tersely.

She eyes Sayaka. "The doll girl /is/ Naomi. The Phantom Empire /did something/." she mutters.

"Don't threat about punching her. If you can KO her, that's GREAT right now." she calls out to Saya-chan.

A pause. Why does she feel someone is doing something either insanely awesome or stupid right now.
Naomi Yomada 2017-09-20 02:08:29 83065
The Terribads are wearing down, taking a lot of damage. They are definitely weakened enough to be finished. Meanwhile, the Van full of kindabads begin fighting each other over the chocolate bar.

"You have no idea what I've been through. Unless you have witnessed your entire family mirrored and hanging in Queen Mirage's Throne Room. Or days of torture. It was only then that I seen the truth. I was alone. My loved ones gone, My hope of freeing myself crushed and burned before my eyes. Friends? THere was no one who could help me. I am not Naomi. Naomi is gone. I am Ningyo and... Ningyo is here to stay a while." She smirks. "Oh umm, perhaps you should pay attention to the other things happening." She snaps her fan closed and points it at the mirrored kids. "They look so cute like that don't they?"
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-09-20 02:15:44 83066
    Wrestle, wrestle, HEADBUTT. HEADBUTT. Kokoro is nothing if not persistent. But there's only so far her brute strength can take her, and they've hit the stage where she falls short.

    While still keeping the arcade Terribad locked up, the red-headed thunder girl calls out, "Oi! Are these things human? 'cause I can smash a monster, but I ain't got anything to knock the monster outta people!"
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-20 02:19:30 83067
Puella Magi Sayaka blinks, "Wait, what? That doll thing is..Naomi-chan!? What's this talk about mirrors and stuff?" she scratches her head, but is distracted by the Karaoke terribad, spinning around quickly to slice into it, to knock it to the ground with a kick, to finish it off with a couple well-placed sword slices. "Die already!" she narrows her eyes as she sees the two girls trapped in mirrors as well. "What the hey? how do we free 'em? And Naomi-chan?"
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-09-20 02:25:14 83068
THAT gets under her skin.

"My sister was taken from me for three years. By your 'Phantom Empire'. I remember being alone. And scared. and pushing everyone away." she says. "I remember being tricked. By a stupid bird. To be given powers. To steal SOULS because I was an idiot. And thought I could bring my sister back from the dead. WHICH SHE WASN'T ANYWAYS." she seethes.


Yes. She just starts swearing. Probably Hannah's influence. Probably.


He heart is in too much turmoil to use her new ability. She's gonna have to try this a different way.
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-09-20 02:36:16 83069
    'Just destroy the monster.'

    Kokoro's face comes back around to the arcade monster. A little crackle of lightning dances out of her eyes.

    "Ain't gotta tell me twice." Grin.

    All at once, the grapple turns into a shove, pushing her terribly bad foe off balance. It's only meant to open up a little room, give her a chance to grab her hammer. The instant her grip settles around the handle, the weapon begins to crackle with intense charge, and she swings it around herself once before bringing it up into a two-handed stance. And the lightning intensifies, radiating, the head of the hammer wrapped in a bright, rippling corona of electricity, arcs dancing off it to Kokoro, the street, anything too terribly close.

    This is kind of turning into her go-to heavy hit, Kokoro realizes. Almost a signature... mo...

    '...ah hell. Now I gotta name it.'

    Her last on-the-spot name was embarrassing. Only pure stubbornness has kept her with it. And she only has a fraction of a second to come up with this one. Come on, think, think, you can't hold that kind of overcharge for long, think of something...!

    All at once, Dengeki Shoujo lunges forward, swinging a hammer that's become more like a solid bolt of lightning than finely-forged metal. And as she does, she roars out a simple name, four syllables.

    "TENHA JINRAI!" Sky-splitting Thunderclap.

    ...oh my god, thank you, brain. Just this once, thank you.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-09-20 02:39:00 83070
With the Karaoke Terribad occupied by Sayaka and Kokoro headbutting the other one, Tuxedo Kamen sneaks away from the van full of rioting kindabads and one seriously busted hershey bar (and Ningyo on top of it). He jumps platformer-style via ledges and flagpoles and fire escapes to where the microphone got flung when Sayaka slapped it out of the monster's hand, and then lugs it out into the now-abandoned street to prop it up on top of a bigger-than-a-dumptruck Lightning McQueen and stand there. Hopefully, his idea will distract Ningyo enough to let Gull pull her move.

His idea?

"HEY NINGYO! I got a better idea! I heard your jerk queen who tortured you and imprisoned your family-- you know, the one you take orders from now? I heard she was friends with Beryl, the fake queen who was also a jerk who tortured and imprisoned and brainwashed my brothers? So you shouldn't go back there because she's a ****-show! You should stay with us instead because...""

There's a deeeeep breath into the mic and and then an actually unfairly gorgeous tenor sings out, "You're the top! You're the Colosseum! You're the top! You're the Louvre Museum! You're a melody from a symphony by Strauss; you're Bendel bonnet, a Shakespeare sonnet, you're... Mickey Mouse...!"
Naomi Yomada 2017-09-20 02:58:35 83071
Ningyo just gives a sharp look at Cure Gull. She doesn't say anything. And then... Someone is on the Terribad's microphone?! She turns and looks at Tuxedo Kamen. When he starts singing, she cants her head to the side and jaw drops. There are simply no words for this.

Then both Terribads are quickly dispatched by Sayaka and Kokoro. The instant they are destroyed, they vanish turning to dust. All of the madness, the crazy toys that Ningyo made turn back to normal. All damage is quickly fixed and the two kids are promptly released from the mirrors leaving them wondering what the heck happened.

This causes Ningyo to snap out of it. She looks around and smirks, "Well, This was fun. I can't wait to play with you again. Bye-bye Gull-chan. Good luck punching the Darkness out of me." With a quick motions she flips open both of her fans?! She had one hidden under her arm! A moment later, she vanishes from sight.
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-09-20 03:09:52 83072
Cure Gull is MID LEAP when she dissapears because when she hits the building Ningyo was on she just crashes into pavement and leaves a concave dent in it as she stands back up and she just winces and then just /cries out/. "I'M GONNA DRIVE HIS HAT. SO FAR UP HIS <BLEEP> THAT HE'S GONNA TASTE IT, I SWEAR NAOMI!" she calls out.

Then she looks around and then eyes Tuxedo Kamen. "....Good distraction attempt." she says. "I mean. Better ways to distract than Karoake but it worked for a little bit. If she kept confused for just a moment longer...." she mutters.

She sighs and brushes her arms off and then sulks a bit as she slides down the wall and back ground level.
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-09-20 03:14:21 83073
    As the Terribad comes apart into dust, a few stray arcs dance around Kokoro here and there, lingering hints of charge from the massive smash. She stands herself up a little straighter, slinging her hammer up onto her shoulder, and then... wait, those people over there are talking.

    "...did something happen?" Kokoro calls out in Tuxedo Kamen and Cure Gull's direction.

    Thunder is really, really loud at point blank range, it turns out.
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-20 03:33:10 83074
Puella Magi Sayaka arches a brow as Tux starts yelling through a monster microphone. But it seems to have..Some sort of effect. And she grimaces at the singing. "Hey, he's actually pretty good..Who knew?" she smirks, turning to face her opponent. And then it turns to dust, along with the other monsters. "Woah, that was...Easier than I thought! Now, Naomi-chan..Bring her back!" and she spins around to face the Doll girl..Who vanishes a moment too soon. "Wait! Naomi-chan!" she sighs, hanging her head. "What will we do now..?"
Mamoru Chiba 2017-09-20 04:02:24 83075
Tuxedo Kamen reaches up and rubs the back of his neck as the Lightning McQueen he's been standing on turns into someone's expensive car, and he looks down at it and winces. Then he looks up at Gull and grimaces. "Sorry..." he says, jumping down off the car and sprinting over to peel her out of the wall. Well. Off the sidewalk, the wall can take care of itself. There's his own healing at the ready if she wants it, and he glances up and over to where Kokoro's calling out. "No!" he calls. "Nothing happened! She got away, that's all!"

Nothing. Happened.

Then Sayaka's worrying about what they'll do, and the college kid chuffs out a laugh that doesn't sound happy. "We'll do what we always do. Keep trying."