They Call Him MISTER SQUIGGLES!


Lacrima's Lab Pet, a writing mass of tentacles with a giant eyeball- Mister Squiggles- gets out and bcomes giant because that's what youma do. Rashmi Terios, Koji Silva, Jiaying Maki and Hokuto Minase help save Mister Squiggles. CAUTION: Adorable Tentacle Eyeball.

Date: 2017-10-01
Pose Count: 51
Lacrima 2017-10-01 00:08:16 84065
** Some Hours ago **

"Hi Mister Squiggles. It is time to e---" Lacrima blinks and looks at the tube that... no longer contains a writhing mass of darkness and tentacles and a giant eyeball. She blinks and looks around suddenly and rapidly and grabs her sensor again and dashes out the door.

People that know Lacrima get texts this time.

'Mister Squiggles got out. Dunno where he is. Dangerous!'

Attachment: Mister Squiggles.Jpg <- Smartphone photo of a writhing mass of black ichor and tentacles in a tube with a GIANT EYEBALL pressed up against the tube staring intently.

Lacrima finds Mister Squiggles. It isn't good.

'Found him. Clover tower. Bad.'

** NOW **

Lacrima has just sent that text and there is a giant mass of tentacles envelpoing Clover Tower. It has some drained, unconcious people in it's tentacles. There's screaming which suggest people are trapped inside.

"GET DOWN AND COME TO MOMMY!" she yells out. Giant eye ball looking down at Lacrima from the top of the tower shakes it's head 'no', but does nothing else to her besides sit there with unconcious people.

"SPIT THOSE OUT! COME ON!" she calls out. Another head shake.

"COME HOME! INTO THE TUBE. PLEASE!?"

Argh! "PLEASE!? IF THE HEROES COME THEY'RE GONNA HURT YOU! JUST COME HOME!"

This is like trying to get a dog to drop the ball to her. IT ISN'T WORKING.
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-01 00:24:53 84066
With distance enough and time, Rashmi is able to henshin up and fly directly to CLover Tower, texting Koji along the way just in case. 'Clover Tower, Koji-kun. It looks really bad.'

Dropping down to earth next to Lacrima, Rashmi looks more worried than annoyed. "Lacchan... you look kinda scared. Is he a pet of yours, or something?"
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-01 00:31:32 84068
Getting to Clover Tower wasn't too difficult for Hokuto. In fact, she shows up on a motorcycle, that she quickly parks in a convenient alley. She's already henshin'ed well before arriving, to avoid any possible issues on the way in.

She's just not sure what to make of Lacrima. She really doesn't care, though, as long as the girl isn't hurting anyone. And she's certainly taking responsibility for this little rampage. So... why not?

She hops off the bike and jogs over to join Lacrima and Rashmi. "Okay, I know you said Duskzone critters are dangerous, but this is... a little more than 'random gorilla on the loose'." She shrugs. "Just what the heck is it?"
Koji Silvia 2017-10-01 00:38:04 84070
The young Male Mage would almost be grateful that he's not included on the initial text list for when Lacrima requests assistance with her 'little friend', but he's in the middle of staring at a World of Warcraft character generator when his phone buzzes. In general, since it's computer time, he ignores it, until his pencil case blinks and the voice of his partner pops up.

Koji, you need to pay attention to this.

Rolling his eyes, Koji goes for his phone and picks it up to look at the text, grumbling under his breath, "I promise I'd meet Daisuke this evening online, Tyrfing..."

He just stares at the words, and then grabs at the pencil case to stuff in his pocket. Computer off and out the door with just enough time to grab his fall jacket and say, "Sorrysorry I'll be back in a little bit, I have my phone, BYE!"

Since they don't get time to actually ASK him what he's doing as the door slams behind him, they've got all sorts of cause for questions but no answers as he takes up the stairs to the top of the six story apartment complex and goes right for the edge. Taking out the pencil case just before he gets to the building's edge he calls out, "TYRFING!"

Anyone looking below would only see the blue glowing flash of his henshin and unable to see the form in flight as nothing more than a ripple of air while as he tries out Tyrfing's Flugmodus and Geistmodus at the same time.

It's only then that Tyrfing texts back to Rashmi with a Kid's on the way. Stay sunny 'til we get there..
Lacrima 2017-10-01 00:41:24 84071
Lacrima blinks to Rashmi-chan and to Hokuto and answers both questions. "I dunno what Mister Squiggles is. I haven't named his species yet and I have not seen a lot of them but he was a tiny tentacle-let when I found him and I raised him and I usually keep him in a protective tube in my lab with me because I'm pretty sure this is what happens!" she says with wide eyes.

Inky ichor continues to drip down the side of the giant tower.

"MOMMY IS ONLY ASKING ONE LAST TIME! PLEASE COME DOWN!" she yells out. Another shake of the giant eyeball 'no'.

"Argh!" she pulls her hair.

"PLEASE?" she calls out.

Oh god she doesn't know what to do. She doesn't wanna hurt Mister Squiggles.
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-01 00:43:33 84072
"Okay," Rashmi says, placing a hand on Lacrima's shoulder. "Okay. So he can understand speech, and you care a lot about him. So that means we need to capture him, not destroy him. That'll be hard," she says, looking up at Hokuto and raising an eyebrow for confirmation, "but I think we can do it. I can't guarantee he won't get hurt, but we'll do every thing we can to get him captured alive, okay?"
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-01 00:46:21 84075
Hokuto ums softly. "Right. Pet monster. I gotcha." Capture something that big alive. Sure. Youbetcha.

She considers it for a moment, chewing on her lower lip, then pulls a set of ofuda from her pouch. "I... think... Uhm. Give me a minute here." She squats to sit seiza on the ground, producing a brush and a bottle of ink. "I need to re-write about five of these... I've never tried to make a containment ward that big."

Without waiting for an answer she dips the brush and starts adjusting the characters already inked on the paper slips. "I'm ... sure we'll be able to get your pet back safely, ma'am."

No she isn't.
Koji Silvia 2017-10-01 00:50:10 84076
About five minutes after the text response was sent, and just about the time that everyone is attempting to reassure Lacrima that nothing permanently bad is going to happen to Mister Squiggles, there's the sound of in impact on the concrete and someone rolling... ending up banging into the closest bike rack and resolving back into the form of Koji and his Knight Cloth... which is probably the only reason why he's not scratched to heck.

Just because you CAN fly, doesn't mean you automatically know HOW to.

As he stands up and starts to brush himself off, two of the three drones on Koji's back fall off, *POP*, and discorporate while the remaining seven go back into hiding on his person. He looks at the girls, not having spotted Mister Squiggles despite the alert of an anomaly on his HUD and says, "Sorry! I got here as fast as I could!"
Lacrima 2017-10-01 01:09:50 84078
Lacrima huffs! "Mister Squiggles isn't usually so big! He's usually about as tall as me! He was a lot smaller before!" she says. "He's probably huge now because of the energy ingestion..." she grumbles and pulls out her Eclipse phone and taps madly at it. "Which means that getting some out should shrink him back to normal. Or less." she mutters.

She eyes Hokuto. She eyes her a lot as she looks back to Rashmi as she blinks and then sighhhhs.

She doesn't wanna see Mister Squiggles get hurt, but she sighs.

"Go ahead." she says. "Do. What. You need to I guess." she mutters.

"I'll... try to grab people that he drops." she says as she sighs a bit long like.

Mister Squiggles seems to be watching with that one giant eyeball. Blink!
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-01 01:19:06 84079
"Uhhh, Koji-kun.... Situational Awareness?" Rashmi says, pointing up over Koji's shoulder at Mr. Squiggles. "He's a pet of Lacchan's that escaped. We need to capture him alive, so let's get all those people away from him first. Try not to sever the tentacles if you can help it, but if we can't get the people away we can't do what we need. So let's not waste time, okay?"

And with that, she darts up into the air, waving her arms to grab the creature's attention. "Hey! Mister Squiggles! I know it's fun being out and all, but you're really scaring Lacchan! So let those people go, okay? We don't want to hurt you if we don't have to!"
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-01 01:25:42 84080
Jiaying Maki gets the text, but had been a bit distracted initially. When she finally gets to the phone and opens the picture, she fumbles with it and just about drops it. The response to that was, <Include warnings please.> before pocketing it, complaining in Chinese as she hunts down her kung fu style clothes. The kind that she had actually tried to prepare for this sort of thing, lined with some protection and other neat spells she had either learned or had help with.

Running along the rooftops, bounding along, there's a giant mass on top of a tower. "I didn't like this movie when it was a monkey either." Is all she can think. She probably doesn't have an audience for that observation.

There is a crowd of familiar faces though. They're met with a surprisingly light landing from the formerly accident prone foxgirl. Bouncing from foot to foot immediately after, she then settles in and asks, "Any ideas before I blunder into something like a dummy?"
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-01 01:30:43 84082
Hokuto answers Lacrima with only a curt nod, focusing now on her preparations, focusing power through the brush and into the characters as she subtly alters the ofuda she normally carries. It's going to have to be a delicate job, removing her usual purification seal and making it only a containment for the vampire-girl's monstrous pet. Still, she's willing to try, if only because the girl seems so sincere about caring for the thing.

Still she's going to have to take some time to talk to her eventually. This is the second time in as many days one of her critters has gotten loose and needed the onmyouji to clean up after her. The Family will be unimpressed.

It doesn't take too much longer to finish the paper seals she needs, however. Now it's just a matter of putting them in place.

She rises to her feet, looking about to see what's happened while she was working, and she offers a nod to the foxgirl. "Hello," she says, "This seems to be more of a Lost Pet case than the usual monster-on-the-loose... she really wants it back. It's... well, it's worth trying, if only for the chance to practice with a new type of ward. You up for helping out?" She waves a fan of paper slips at Jiaying, not quite offering some to her yet.
Koji Silvia 2017-10-01 01:31:51 84083
Yeah.

That's a tentacle monster.

Inside of his head, Tyrfing just says, Well... I suppose it was inevitable.

But Koji is still staring and then suddenly points up at the single eye of Mister Squiggles and says, "You are utterly adorable!"

There, he said it, and blushing a bit hard, he looks at Lacrima and mutters out, "Well he is. He's like a puppy, a big, tentacles, cute-eyed puppy. I can see why you'd want to keep him."

Not wanting to risk another foray into the world of aerial travel, he instead deploys a sextet of drones from little hatches that open up along the sides of the shortsword hilt on his back as he gives a little wave and bow to Hokuto and adds, "Hello... sorry about my getting here so late. I hope we can properly greet each other."

But from there, it's to work, and he waves from the ground to try and get that blinky eye's attention, "Please come down, friend! Please! No one wants to hurt you!"
Lacrima 2017-10-01 01:37:44 84085
Lacrima looks to Jiaying and blinks. "Mister Squiggles! Stuff happened." she says softly. "Please. Don't. Hurt or purify.." she mutters. "He got out. I dunno how! M..maybe I left a tube access open! I dunno! I haven't checked the tapes yet!" she says with wide eyes.

She eyes Hokuto again and frowns as she fills Jiaying in. She looks back to Rashmi when Koji calls Mister Squiggles... adorable!?

"I know right!? I found him and he was just this lil palm sized eyeball with these tiny tentacles and he was scared so I took him back and I fed him and stuff!" she says with wide eyes.

Mister Squiggles looks down to Tyrfing and--- shakes it's head no again, both at Koji-kun and Rashmi-chan. It almost seems SASSY like this.

"Um. It's tentacles will grow back. It's okay to cut them it just stings." she mutters.
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-01 02:06:30 84088
"All right," Rashmi sighs at the sassy eye, then looks down at those assembled on the street. "Tyrfing! Um.... Nuwu! Rescue the people first, cut the tentacles! Nicomachea?"

A magical circle spreads out beneath Rashmi, as the book starts its work.

*bing!* << COMMAND INPUT READY -- STRIKE BOOST UP -- ACCEL BOOST UP >>

A pair of ribbons streaks from Nicomachea's pages, wrapping around Jiaying's wrist and ankles, giving the magical mystical martial artist a significant boost is power and speed. "There're people still inside too I think, hurry!"
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-01 02:06:34 84089
Jiaying Maki looks at the slip of paper and says, "I'd try to help, yeah. She is a friend. With very weird taste in pets. And a penchant for making me question looking at my phone. I deleted that text No-Lacrima."

She does try to get a better look at the slips of paper though, a hand reaching out to see if they burn her fingers first and foremost. She knows her magic doesn't hurt, but...

That's about when Tyrfing talks about the thing being adorable. Which gets a confused look from the fox. Which she's not going to question. "I'll help though, sure. Uh... do we really have a plan? I can try to contribute with the magic circle if that's what you're trying?"

Looking to Norie, then Tyrfing, she shakes her head, runs her fingers through her hair and asks, "So cutting it's not too bad? That'll make it easier, maybe. Hopefully."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-01 02:12:58 84091
Hokuto nods to Jiaying. "I think I have a plan, yeah. I've been tweaking a set of warding/sealing ofuda, and I think I can lock it down without hurting it or catching innocents... but I need to get these into position."

She holds out four of the ofuda to Jiaying. "This one's going to have to be an octagon, rather than a pentagram like my usual, I need the extra lock-points for the filter and such. If you want details ask me when there isn't a monster rampaging, 'kay?"

Assuming the foxgirl agrees to help her, she'll point out four places she wants the papers placed, on walls of surrounding buildings. "If you can charge 'em, so much the better." She filters some energy of her own into one of them, to show Jiaying how much they'll need.

"We'll have to talk when this is done..."
Koji Silvia 2017-10-01 02:17:45 84092
Narrowing his eyes as the 'little' Hentai-chan seems to be getting a little bit of an attitude, Tyrfing and Koji sigh together and then the world opens up into their HUD. The sextet of drones raise up into the air as he says softly, "Like before. I'll handle Drones Eins through Drei, and you handle Vier, Funf, and Sechs."

Got it, Kid. Ready when you are.

And so the drones begin to fly up into the air as a pair of triplets, and the young Mage says, "Pulse Barret."

In response, the blade-like tips of each of the six begin to glow with blue power... and then they all break off into swirling and jinking formations, firing at the tentacles to keep Mr. Squiggles are engaged by them. Looking back up as his hands move like a condutor to guide his drones, he adds, "I'm sorry Squiggles-kun! But you'll have to come down or else I'll keep doing this!"
Lacrima 2017-10-01 02:42:13 84093
Lacrima frowns and watches intently with wide eyes as she takes a series of sharp breathes.

The creature is begun to be fired on, and it screeeches and it moves and THWAPS out tentacles for Tyrfing. This would be fine and dandy if the tentacles also didn't have unconscious drained people in them.

"MISTER SUIGGLES NO!" she screams. "BAD HORROR! BAD!" she screams out as she waves her arms.

No 'eyeball shake' back as she huffs.

She lets herself float off the ground and begins to rapidly try to flail under the people.

"TRY TO KEEP THEM CLOSE. I CAN ONLY MOVE SO FAST!" she huffs. Probably in regards to catching unconscious people.

She huffs some more!
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-01 03:00:54 84094
Jiaying Maki watches the situation unfold, "Yeah I'll help, yeah yeah. Let's go." As she takes the forms, noting where each piece needs to go, marking it with a mental note and darting off after them. She'd rather hurry and run after them than stand around and try to plan as it does more damage! She's darting around, using her magic to boost her jumps, further boosted with the help of yet more magic! She's throwing her own timing off just a touch, but she'll adjust.
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-01 03:02:50 84095
"Tyrfing! Cut the tentacles! Lacchan and I will catch the people and heyy'knowwhathangonasec...."

*bing!* << WIDE-AREA BARRIER >>

"...Oops. Okay *now* hack away, no need to worry about property damage now!" The occasionally forgetful Rashmi, now that the Barrier is put up, targets Mr. Squiggles' tentacles specifically now, aiming her mana bullets close to the end wrapped around one person or another.
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-01 03:06:35 84096
Hokuto nods to Jiaying, confident that this one, at least, has a clue what she's doing, and heads off in the opposite direction. She's marked out four spots for herself, to place the remaining ofuda, and she races off towards the first one.

As each prayer-slip is put in place, it seems to glue itself to the wall, and then the characters on it start to glow a soft blue. It isn't quite the same hue as her usual, but she's trying something different today, so...

She's just about to place the third when a bit of severed tentacle flies off 'Mister Squiggles' and straight into her back, slamming her into the wall to leave a miko-shaped crater in the brick.
Koji Silvia 2017-10-01 03:10:59 84098
Fingers still flying in the air in front of him as the blasts are doing very little in this case and just causing people to be in trouble to be put in even more danger, Koji grits his teeth and then closes his eyes...

'How many more can we control, Tyrfing?' He thinks to his Device.

Well, Kid... we can try for more. I can give you Vier, Funf, and Sechs. Just focus on deploying Seiben through Zwolf. I'll take over. What's your plan?

For everyone else it just looks like the boy has closed his eyes for a moment, and his fingers are just dancing in the air for now as doing this much takes all his focus. At his feet, a tri-gram Belkan formula appears, and the little hatches on the side of the sword open and more of those diamond-shaped and gem-backed drones fly out, acting a little wobbly at first. But eventually they stabilize.

The air around Koji crackles as he intones, "Leeres Messer. Spinnende Klingenbildung."

Both hands push forwards, twist the air, and all twelve of the Bits fly up and in small groups of threes, they all lock at the gem-points on their rears, and igniting blades of pure energy. Now down to four of these shuriken-like things, they all begin to spin like their Japanese equivalents, and the two under his control go for a pair of Mr. Squiggles' arms, and Tyrfing's goes for a second set!
Lacrima 2017-10-01 03:22:22 84100
Mister Squiggles is being grouchy and flinging tentacles at the heroes and Tyrfing's drones. It actually looks angry because it has an eyelid from somewhere over it's body and it looks like an angry 'V' shape and it's weird looking and---

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! goes the monster as tentacles are lopped off. Lacrima races and catches as a person as the barrier goes up and places them down somewhere on the ground a little further away. Hopefully, Rashmi has the other one that might had fell as she races for another. Just making it.

Hokuto and Jiaying seem to work on getting ofudas up. Who knows it'll work! But it better!

Mister Squiggles however, grows a new tentacle for each one severed quickly. But this also has the effect of visibly making himself small, losing mass to add to himself. That may also work over time!
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-01 03:26:08 84101
This is why Rashmi chose flight as her transportation method of choice; because it's a lot easier to catch someone when you can match velocity and slow them down with Barrier-Jacket-assisted strength. Touching down just long enough to put her catch down gently, she rockets off toward the second, looping an arm around the poor obasan's waist and murmuring encouragement to her unconscious body as she heads for the ground. Once both her civilians are down safe, she darts back up eye-level with Mr. Squiggles.

"You don't like that, do you? But that's what happens when you don't let people go! Now put them down and go back to Lacchan or we'll do that some more!"
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-01 03:29:32 84104
Jiaying Maki hurries along, rolling and dodging through debris, monster bits, people, things, whatever else and manages to tag the first of the spell tags. She slides to a stop some point after it, hopping from foot to foot, looking around to make sure she's not missing anything important before hurrying after the next one! The pause was worth it for one other reason too though! She was able to draw her magic back to herself, the mist forming around her obscuringh er form and trailing behind her as she runs, clinging and swirling!
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-01 03:39:39 84106
Groaning softly, Hokuto peels herself out of the cratered wall, grunting as she wipes blood off her face and then brushes dust off her clothes. "Owwwwww." She stumbles a few steps over, and places the ofuda she'd been about to put up before the monster-bit decided she needed to go hug a brick wall. Like the others, it sticks in place on its own and the characters written on it start to glow.

"Okay," she mutters, pausing to catch her breath, and - leaning against the wall, hands on knees - looks up to check on Jiaying's progress. "Cheery girl," she mutters. "Maybe we can go for pizza later." Eventually she straightens and pulls out an extra ofuda, slapping it to her own chest to let some healing magic loose.
Koji Silvia 2017-10-01 03:42:03 84108
Koji winces at the pained squeeing, and says up loudly, "I'm sorry Squiggle-chan! Please put the nice people down and come home with N-... Miss Lacrima! I'm sure she has some nice evil fish or something at home for you to nom!"

But even as he speaks up, the blades do their dirty-work, those weapons spinning at a high enough velocity so that they look like glowing blue chakram. Flying in pairs, they swoop in for another set to cleave in passes on the tentacles still holding onto people.
Lacrima 2017-10-01 03:51:49 84110
Lacrima huffs! "BAD MISTER SQUIGGLES!" she calls out. "Bad Bad!" she calls out. "No-----" probably better not to yell out what she feeds this thing. "NO ENERGY FOR YOU TONIGHT!" she calls out. She huffs and goes about catching people still.

"NO APOLOGIZING! DE-TENTACALING NOW!" she calls out.

More yells. More people cascading to the ground, more Lacrima acting like she's playing one of those old famicom games where you catch people with a tampoline.

Huff huff. She doesn't breathe but she still almost feels out of breath about this!

New, non-people holding tentacles lash out while being cut off. Squiggles is nearly half his size! That's good right?

Lacrima looks so sad though. Ooooooh. :( Poor Squiggles. She didn't mean that about the energy!
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-01 03:57:48 84113
Diving down to help Lacrima catch and put down unconscious people, Rashmi gives Lacrima a sad, encouraging smile. "He's gonna be okay, though. We just have to do our best, Lacchan, and everything'll be okay."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-01 03:58:39 84114
Jiaying Maki can't quite figure out what they'd name it squiggles. She can't figure out why you'd keep it as a pet. She won't even asking about it. She also won't question why she's friends with an angry ghost, but that's different and totally different! Really!

The next pair of tags are set in place, sliding and leaping over the lashing tentacles. One swings wide enough while she's distracted that she's thwacked by it pretty good. Coming to a tumbling halt, upside down and against a wall. There's a string of rather angry sounding Chinese before she struggles back to her feet. With a sway to her step, maybe a hint of a limp she begins the work needed to get the last of the tags set in place!
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-01 04:13:10 84118
Feeling much better than she did a few moments ago, Hokuto starts running once more, making her way to the last point of the octagon. She pauses when she reaches it, turning to watch Jiaying -- she needs to activate the array when all eight are in place, so she can't finish it until the foxgirl places hers.

This also puts Mr Squiggles in her field of view, once again, she has to wince at the mere thought of keeping such a thing as a pet. "That girl really needs better taste in ... everything," she mutters, shaking her head.
Koji Silvia 2017-10-01 04:19:26 84120
The tentacles do finally catch one of Koji's blade-formations and knocks them apart, sending two into a wall where they shatter into metal-crystal, and the third goes skittering off and flying away. One of the ones being controlled by the Device is just knocked into a wall and gets stuck as all three fly apart and ram most of the way into the wall.

As the two remaining buzz-saws come back and out into the air to face Mr. Squiggles, Koji spreads his hands and causes them all to separate once more. Now the seven that are left able to move float in the air, and the young man says, "Zehn, Elf, Zwolf. Raketenschlag! Burstmodus!"

The three stuck in the wall glow blue and then *EXPLODE*, allowing some of the rubble to fall right on a few of the newly made tentacles to keep them pinned down and allow the rest of the ofudo to be prepared and go off, while the lone blade of the seventh Bit tries to avenge his lost brothers by attempting to Poke Mr. Squiggles in his One Good Eyes.

"Tyrfing! What are you doing!"

Oh quit bawling, it'll grow back!

...

Right?
Lacrima 2017-10-01 04:39:04 84124
Lacrima is catching people and-- that's the last of them after Rashmi hopefully catches her last one as she sighs and stops and turns back around to the fight.

Mister Squiggles is flinging tentacles around and growing new ones and becoming smaller and smaller. Definitely VERY smaller.

She watches Hokuto and Jiaying works tags in. HOPEFULLY Hokuto is almost done and ready to unleash whatever it is they're working on.

Meanwhile Lacrima's eyes open wide. "WHAT!? NO!" she screams out. As Squiggles takes a pokey bit to the eye which causes it to cry out much HARDER and swat at the thing. "THE EYE DOESN'T GROW BACK! STOP IT! YOU'RE HURTING HIM!" she screams. Then goes to her usual insult of: "IDIOT!"

Oh she looks UPSET now. At least it's just discomfort on the monster's part.
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-01 04:41:47 84125
Jiaying Maki tags the third spell tag onto the wall and begins to double down, trying to hurry quicklike now that she can hear Norie yelling and things are probably not going as well as she would hope. She sticks the last one in place, then calls out loudly in Chinese. Stops, calls out loudly in Japanese, "READY!" and begins to run to the outside of the circle, still not fully sure if she'd be affected by this sort of thing or not! She's definitely glad for the distractions and the speed and magical boosts provided by the others. Even if she's going to be feeling that last hit in the morning!
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-01 04:43:54 84127
"Tyrfing! STOP!" Rashmi cries, horrified. "We're trying to keep him alive, remember?! Stay with the mission!" Swooping down, she hovers next to Lacrima, looking at once abashed and horrified. "I'm so sorry Lacchan, I don't know why Tyrfing thought that would be okay but Koji-kun's probably almost as mad as you are..."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-01 04:46:57 84129
Keeping a close eye on Jiaying's path, Hokuto notes her setting the last ward-paper in its place and smiles. She slaps her own fourth into place and starts to charge it.

"FIVE... FOUR...." she shouts out, alerting the rest of the group - and especially Lacrima - of what's about to happen. The characters on all eight slips gleam brighter, and as she reaches "THREE," lines of power spring out from each one to the next in line, building up the required octagon completely encircling the battle zone.

On the call of "TWO", the lines arc into the air to form a dome over top of the creature as well, and on "ONE!" the glow becomes almost too bright to look at.

And then she hits "ZERO", and the ward comes fully to life, the gleaming dome starting to contract down around Mr Squiggles. Anything -not- made of negative energy seems to be completely ignored by it, but loose tentacle bits get swept up as it shrinks.

She's pretty sure Lacrima's outside the ward....
Koji Silvia 2017-10-01 04:47:18 84130
The lone Bit stopped amazingly short from actually doing more than just a small poke in the eye... not stabbing through. But it sort of hangs there in confusion for a moment, vibrating as two different wills fight for control... which allows a flailing tentacle to knock it away and into another spot in a wall to shatter like the others.

The six that were hanging in the air take a square formation to float down next to where Lacrima is, and the image of Tyrfing's avatar's head appears to say to Lacrima direct, but in a grumpily chastised tone, Sorry.
Lacrima 2017-10-01 05:00:20 84133
More tentacles. More attempts to grow them and the creature is getitng smaller and smaller and---

REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE goes the creature as the not-quite purification washes over it. Lacrima winces, but she is well out of the ward's bounds, But she's close enough to feel it and walk back a few feet.

The creature shrinks and shrinks.... to about the size of a medium dog and then it begins to fall down.

"Ah! Don't touch him!" she cries out as she races in when the ward has stopped.... warding and raising her arms out and... plop. She catches Mister Squiggles. Who blinks rapidly.

"Aha! Got you!" she calls out.

"Who's a naughty little squigglebutt! Yes you are. You are! Yes you are!" she says as she begins rubbing the top of the eyeball with a hand. Mister Squiggles blinks once and then just begins to fall asleep because. oh god. ow and it's tired and energy starved now.

"Awwww such a tired little squigglebutt, yes you are!" she says.

A pause as she turns around and sighs. "S-sorry. I still dunno how he got out. I mean. When a cat gets out you go searching and put up missing posters but when Mister Squiggles goes out you start checking for youma attacks." she ughs.

"A..are um. You all okay?" she asks.
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-01 05:05:58 84134
Jiaying Maki sits there at the edge of the sealing circle, half tempted to reach out and touch the active magic. Which she quickly clamps down on mentally. She shifts from foot to foot, watching as the creature shrinks more and more, then is caught and hugged by Norie. The reaction there gets a snrk from the girl.

walking towards the other, she waves her hands around, banishing the mist around her away, giving her a chance to look like a normal girl again. She even looks like she's back to wearing her usual comfy clothes rather than the kung fu style clothes. Which may or may not have been intentional. Brushing herself off, she rolls her shoulders, swings her arms a few times, then rubs her neck and asks, "Everyone okay?"

She nods to Rashmi, "Thanks." And to Hokuto, "You're better at that kind of magic than I am it seems." Tyrfing is given a curious look finally, "I get her. Why do you think the inkblot eyeball is cute?" sounding actually curious.
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-01 05:14:52 84136
"I'm just glad he's okay," Rashmi says, grinning and patting Koji's shoulder. As Jiaying comes in, she bobs her head in answer. "Not a problem, that was good work. You too," she says to Hokuto.

Then, the redhead turns to Look at Tyrfing's image. "Got a little caught up there, mh?"
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-01 05:17:58 84139
Panting as she rests against the wall, beneath her final ofuda, Hokuto nods. Gives a thumbs-up. "Had a slight tentacle malfunction, but, uh... everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here now, thank you. How are you?"

Snarky quote disposed of, she pushes herself back to her feet and waves over at Jiaying. "Good work!" she calls to the foxgirl, then starts over across the field towards her.
Koji Silvia 2017-10-01 05:19:20 84140
In the screen, Tyrfing rubs the back of his neck, and then says as the image looks down and away, Okay, yeah maybe.

Koji blushes a little at the pat on the shoulder, and then he bows deeply to Jiaying, coming back up and mimicks the gesture from the screen almost perfectly before saying, "So... ummm... I think baby octopi are cute. They had wriggle little tentacles, and those big eyes and their round little tops. They all look like they just want to be hugged. Just like Mr. Squiggles."

But that does cause him to give a bit of a level look at Lacrima, "Please don't make us have to come to your place, Miss Norie. I'm sorry your pet got out, but if that's actually from another dimension, it might not be a good idea to have this happen again."

Hokuto's comment does make him smile, "I know that one! Star Wars, right!"

The image of Tyrfing rolls his eyes, Smooth, kid.
Lacrima 2017-10-01 05:24:25 84141
Lacrima huffs. "It's fine! He's usually in his containment unit! and I tried to put him back in the past and he just follows me back! He usually stays in there but maybe he got curious and I accidently left the access port open!" she huffs.

She idly pets the now sleeping horrible youma. She eyes Jiaying and huffs. "Besides, he's cute. He'll be fine. This hasn't happened before anyways in the long while I've had him."

She huffs. "Nothing wrong is going on at my labs. These have been accidents! Two weren't even my fault!" she says. "Not sure about this one." she sulks.
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-01 05:38:04 84143
"It's okay, Lacchan," Rashmi says gently. "I don't have any reason to think otherwise, and besides if they were plots I'm pretty sure you'd do something cleverer than 'feed Dusk Zone fruit to random gorilla' and 'corrupt my lunch and send it on a rampage.'"
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-01 05:56:30 84145
Jiaying Maki crosses her arms, watching Norie. "How many is that recently? Did you guys get a new recruit other than the white haired one?"

She rolls her shoulders again, patting her arms, then sighing and leaning against the nearby wall. "Cute's relative I guess. I like Meifeng after all."

She shoots Tyrfang a look too. "It's not just her place, it's also something I'll be looking into at this point as well. Please do not tresspass. I don't know what the wards will do."

She smiles to Hokuto after, head tilted, "Who taught you? Do they take students?" and lastly to Rashmi, "Well there was the big dog." which is said in a teasing tone.
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-01 06:03:29 84146
Hokuto has to pause and think for a moment. "That was you?" she asks, still rather boggled by the idea of a ham sandwhich youkai. "I mean, I knew it couldn't have been a tsukumogami..."

She shrugs, letting further revelations roll by, as she joins Jiaying. "Mmm. The Minase clan, if you've heard of them." She probably has, if she's looked into the history of onmyouji at all, or public knowledge of monster-hunters and such. For some reason most of Virtue and Eclipse seem to ignore them, though.

"So, does she let things like this loose often?"
Lacrima 2017-10-01 06:04:55 84147
Lacrima frowns at Jiaying. "Leave Koji-kun alone. He's welcome over whenever he likes. So is Rashmi-chan." she says. She looks down at Squiggles then back up. "No, I don't keep him at the Manor. I keep him in the lab. Where it's safe and I have instruments to read him." she says curtly. "And it's SUPPOSED TO KEEP HIM SAFE AND SOUND." she huffs.

She sighs a bit and pets the unconcious monster. "I should. Take him home now." she says. "To the lab." she looks at Hokuto and frowns. "No, no I /don't/." she scowls and begins to walk away before she's annoyed too much to bother doing anything about it.
Koji Silvia 2017-10-01 06:08:09 84149
About to say something, instead something buzzes in the Knight Cloth's pocket of Tyrfing. Turning from the pair he fishes out his smartphone, and Koji looks at it for a long moment... and then just rolls his eyes, "Oh god."

Looking over at Rashmi and Lacrima, he then goes over and just hugs Lacrima once, letting the little squiggle squish some against him, and then repeats the process with Rashmi... sans tentacly extra, "Sorry, I have to go. My dad is convinced he can make dinner... I need to get home before he destroys MY KITCHEN!"

Three of the six Bits re-seat themselves back inside the sheathe, while the others begin to float over his back, creating energy wings to fly with, "Sorry! It was nice to meet you both! I'm sorry to leave like this!" But he kneels down Superman-style and then leaps UP into the air, assisted by his Flugmodus.
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-01 06:28:33 84150
Jiaying Maki holds her hands up and says honestly, "Never heard of the family, I grew up elsewhere though." As if that much wasn't clear with the accent! Still, she tilts her head and asks, "What kind of work did they do? You seem to be on the nice side so... probably helpful stuff. Clearly..."

Glancing to Norie, she returns the frown and says, "Visiting is fine, even joking about the other things is kind of touchy though."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-01 06:42:17 84151
Hokuto nods to Jiaying. "We've been onmyouji since... well, since Abe no Seimei, really. The founder of the clan was one of his students." Some say closer than that, but there's no proof that Hokuto has ever heard of. "I think I'm going to have to keep an eye on that girl, though." She looks over at Lacrima and her snuggle-squiggle. "That's just so ... completely wrong. In a cute way, I admit. But still."