Moping in High Places

Hinote and Ruenaly meet each other while on the hunt for energy.

Date: 2015-08-15
Pose Count: 15
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-15 09:00:31 7627
Guardian Hino henshined about an hour ago. He spent the night hoping rooftops. He thought he found a valid target, but it just turned out to be one of these dark... dog things he fought before. Not super powerful, and dark energy completely useless. He found himself, finally, on top of Clover Tower. Not inside. But on the outside. he was sitting off the edge. He was used to high places the past few months, when he realized he could do weird jumping things when he was henshined.

Now he was just overlooking the city in the dark. Alone. He seemed in deep thought about a lot of things. Tuxedo Kamen. The girl he beat the living tar out of-- and who managed to break through his armor and cut his self- a wound that was strong enough to stick around when his henshin finally gave out. But that brought him up to two crystals. He was worried since this started if he could do it. He did it. Boy... did he do it.

He was out of the hospital now, though. So there was no excuse to not be out seeking.

He wonders how long it'll take his parents to realize he's been coming home so late. They probably don't think very deliquent thoughts about him.

He just closes his eyes. Just a moment.

It's a nice warm summer night out.
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-15 09:09:22 7628
Hino is not the only one out and about tonight. Of course, it's likely that several people wander Tokyo at even this hour and some of them probably venture the rooftops as well. Runealy is doing something similar at this hour, leaping from place to place until she sees a familiar shape in the distance. "Huh... is that him?" Working her way closer to the tower confirms it, as a familiar shape is joined by familiar silver armor and red cape.

Losing interest in any immediate patrol, Rune heads his way. Several boosted leaps will eventually get her close to Hino if he stays where he is on the tower, flickers of silver energy-glow from her boot wings heralding each jump and making it very easy to notice her.
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-15 09:18:03 7629
Guardian Hino opens his eyes. He sees silver flickers in the distance. His eyes go wider and he grips the hilt of his sword. A target!? -- No. No it's The Princess. He takes a deep breath. He's secretly relived. He's enjoying relaxing a bit. The city kind of sparkles in the night from this high and far out.

He raises a hand to let her know she's been spotted. He stays right where he is, and waits for her to come to him.

"Hello Princess." he says with a soft smile. "Are you out seeking tonight too?" he asks. "I haven't seen many out tonight. Nothing exciting." he says looking back out over the city.

"Why don't you have a seat next to me?" he asks. "It's a nice night out." he says.

He then pauses. "I'm sorry I didn't get the name of the girl I took the energy from the other night." he says sadly. "I know that's important to you. But she wouldn't say, and her fairy companion just called me a 'Brute' after I beat her, and wouldn't answer any questions for me." he says.

He tsks. "Brute."
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-15 09:23:24 7630
Rune blinks when Hino goes tense; she caught that flicker of readiness, but calms down when he does. Landing nearby, she starts to comment: "You can call... no, wait," she realizes he's doing exactly as asked, protecting even her name in case it might be a clue leading the wrong person to their homeworld. "...Right, thank you. I was out looking, but didn't find much." She sits down, then has a short cough - a tiny little thing only lasting a moment - before listening to recent events.

"That's okay. If she didn't want to talk, she didn't. I'm just sorry you had to hear that. 'Brute'... just know that you won't be insulted like that when we get home. You got another one, though?"

She thinks on her next words for a moment before concluding: "That's good. Same here. It looks like we're finally starting to make some real progress on this. Two more steps toward saving our home, all we have to do is keep this momentum up." She's not /proud/ of it, but it's a good result... so she's relatively calm about making that assessment.
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-15 09:42:36 7631
Guardian Hino catches the cough. But a cough really isn't much to worry about. He coughs when his throat is agitated afterall. "Not any since I came in crawling into the store bleeding." he says with a smirk. "Ha... sorry about that. She managed to strike hard enough to get through the armor. And all I could really do in the end was. Just thrust my sword into her." he says with a heh. "No.. I know. I'm not worrying about it too much." he says.

He closes his eyes again. "I met with Sol and Rai the other day. They're both good people. Sol asks me a lot of weird questions sometimes. I showed Rai where all the shops where when I restocked the other day. I hope she gets to take you out soon. She's excited to be here. She finds it amazing."

"I'm trying to think how I can go about cornering the Senshi. They present bountiful targets. But they're rarely... alone." he says.

"I could always just... Vulture. But."

"It makes me feel dispicable when I do that. I feel better about beating someone from thier full strength and then taking when they're done." he admits.

"I guess. it feels less wrong that way to me."
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-15 09:54:20 7632
Hino might have commented on that with a smirk, but talk of returning hurt like that draws a moment of wide-eyed worry; recollection on Rune's part. He manages to quickly distract her from it with other topics though, and she goes along with them. "They're friends. I've only known Sol for a few months," pressing circumstances brought them together, "But Rai, we go back a ways. She'd do things like that back home too, and sometimes I felt more like I was following her lead than anything. Kind of weird, but it was fun."

As for the Sailors and fighting fair, Rune just has a slow head shake. Not of disapproval, but reflection. "Do what you need to. We're each working on this in our own way, and if that's how it works for you then that's fine. Wanting to test yourself and do this 'honest' is... well, that's a way of growing too, isn't it?"
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-15 10:18:07 7633
Guardian Hino nods. "That's right." he says.

"I just hope that when the time comes, it's enough, Princess." he says. He looks back over the city. "Princess. How much energy have you managed to gather by yourself?" he asks curiously. "I don't really. Go into the office in the store- so I haven't checked. I figure that's your private place. None of my bussiness unless you ask me in." he says.

He looks down at the ground. "It's really pretty up here at night. I never thought I'd be on the top of this thing like this." he says.

"I'm guessing there's not a lot of tall structures back home like this where you live." he says. "I'm sure the countryside isn't lit up like a beautiful Christmas tree." he says.

He pauses a moment.

"Christmas is a holiday we have here. We give gifts to those most special to us on that day. Is there something like that back home, Princess?" he asks curiously.
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-15 10:30:35 7634
"It will have to be. It has to!" Rune insists; she can imagine what it will feel like if they have gone through all this, hurt so many innocent people in the name of survival, and it proves to not be enough. Absolutely gutting, twice over. ...Not that they would have long to think on it once the ensuing apocalypse got started. Several headshakes and another tiny cough dismiss this idea, though.

"What's Chri--" Hino's on it. After his explanation, she comments: "The castle and the Barrier Shrine are the biggest ones I personally know of. There might be bigger out there, but I doubt it? And Mitakihara Hospital is a lot taller than my home, really. I'm used to it being the largest thing out there, but so many buildings here in Tokyo just make it seem tiny in comparison. And... yes. We have special days."

She thinks on it. What's the most important one? "Salvation Day. That's the most important one. It's when the First Queen and her friends, the predecessors to the Guardian Knights, lured most of the demons into a huge trap and sealed them away. Lots of people give gifts to each other then, because it's the day we remember, more than ever, that we're here! That we're alive and with each other and we have the chance to build good lives." She's a bit more animated than usual while talking about this bit of history.
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-15 10:36:31 7635
Guardian Hino smiles. "Thought so." he said in relation to the buildings.

He listens to Runealy's story about Salvation day. He smiles. "I will need to learn all your special days, and what they mean. Salvation Day is very important then. When it's coming up, I want you to let me know ahead of time. I'm going to get you, and everyone else with us, something special." he says with a curt nod.

He then hrms. Was that another cough? He looks down to his gauntlet covered hand and removes the gauntlet, placing it to the side. He takes the back of his hand and places it against Runealy's forehead.

"Are you feeling okay Princess? Do you feel a little ill?" he asks. He's thinking Runealy may have caught a cold. Do they even have 'Colds' in Waldia? He purses his lips a little.
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-15 10:40:18 7636
Illnesses certainly do exist back home. For all of Runealy's patriotism, it is not a land of infinite miracles where nobody gets sick or hurt. That she uses the archaic term 'healers' for modern doctors is illustrative enough of this. "We'll teach you all of them. You're going to get to celebrate every single one you want, promise! There will... huh?"

She's interrupted by the hand to her head, which feels pretty normal. If there's any variation from what is healthy and proper temperature, it's too slight to tell by just a hand-to-head check. "Sure? I'm fine." A lie, but she's getting better at not immediately wincing at twisting the truth. And at the moment, it's easy to cover this up.
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-15 10:53:04 7637
Guardian Hino hrms. No fever. He pulls his hand back and puts the gauntlet back on before he does something silly like drop it off the top of the tower. "You're just coughing a little is all. I don't think you getting sick right now is a very good idea. Do you want me to pick up something like cough syrup on my way back home?" he asks. "If your throat is all itchy, it'll help so you're not coughing." he says.

He does smile a little brighter. "I know you're going to make sure I'm taken care of and taught things about your world when I go." he says. "I trust you. I know you're not going to break your promise." he says with a curt nod.
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-15 11:01:14 7638
Runealy lowers her head, mood briefly dimmed by something Hino said. It's very short-lived before she calms down, however. He's right about one promise being kept, but she is certainly taking a creative definition of honoring another one. "I'm not sick, but if it would make you feel better I'll go ahead and use some of this syrup you're talking about. Some kind of Earth medicine, right? I'll cover the cost, so don't worry about that. That trust goes both ways, you know. You're trying to do this like... 'not a vulture', you said. You're still doing pretty good though, and I'll be counting on you. Every crystal we fill is going to give us just a little bit better chance to get through this. We'll all do what we can, in the way we think is best, to get to that point. To live," A nod aside to Hino, "and live with ourselves afterward. I've said it before, but it's true. If this is your method, then you're doing it right."
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-15 11:17:40 7639
Guardian Hino nods. "It's important to me." he says flatly. "I can live with it. As long as I know I've earned it. As long as my opponent lives through the ordeal." he says. "I've gotten better at spotting Puella Magi, so I don't accidently engage them." he says.

He goes ahead and stands up on his feet finally. "I guess I'm not gathering any energy tonight though, unless I run into somebody on the way home who appears to be a valid target." he says.

He pauses. "Would you like me to stay at the store with you tonight, Princess?" he asks softly. He appears to be readying to leave.
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-15 11:23:39 7640
"'Engage'... there's a formal word for it, huh." Runealy idly comments aas she rises, after Hino does. "Me either. I think if we were going to find something, we would have before we wound up here. We're still making progress though, so it's okay if sometimes we have an empty night like this."

She stops to consider the question. "That's really up to you," is her answer after a few seconds. "Your time left with your family is measured in months at this point, so if you want to treasure as many of those days as possible, you should do it. If you want to be with us tonight, that's fine too. I won't dare make that decision for you."
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-15 11:27:07 7641
Guardian Hino smiles. "I'm going to go home then, Princess." he says. "I'll check back in tommrow. I'm trying to make the most of the school break." he says. "Goodnight." he says before he leaps off the side of the tower. He'll probably drop behind a bush and drop his henshin then-- and begin the walk home. No point in being the Guardian Knight right now if he's no longer hunting for the night.