After the Storm


In the aftermath of Naomi's personal nightmare, She attempts to get back into the swing of normal life... With the help of Makio and Jiaying she makes a start.

Date: 2017-10-28
Pose Count: 38
Naomi Yomada 2017-10-28 16:47:51 85572
The cool crisp air of the morning is matched by the October Sun. Heavy footsteps crunch down on frost covered grass as The purple headed girl makes her way into the park. She is carrying a bag full of what looks like junk. There is nothing remotely calm or content concerning the girl. The nightmare may be over but the the storm is still raging inside and she knows it.

Quietly Naomi Yomada takes a seat. Planting herself on at a bench. SHe quietly gets out her things and then her tools. She begins taking things apart and just tinkering.
Makio Ryu 2017-10-28 16:55:12 85573
Makio Ryu is hanging out here for a little before starting work at the cafe. Most of his appearance here last time, he was in his far more put together looking mahou form. Now he's in his more common, bush headed, single eye visable through said bush for hair, sort of appearance. His hoodie is tugged into place a little better as he makes his way in and peers around curiously.
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-28 17:07:07 85574
Jiaying Maki is out and about and still barefoot, though she's at least carrying a pair of lightweight trainers in her bag, if the heels briefly visible as she walks are any indicator. She doesn't seem bothered by the idea either way. As for clothing, she's wearing a simple t-shirt with some band on it, a cream colored jacket over it and a long skirt that hangs just above the ground, mostly obscuring the barefoot thing. And probably her tail since she's still being mostly lazy.

She spots a Makio, waves and calls out, "Heeey" With a grin. Passing right by Naomi, she glances sidelong, curious at the bits being taken apart, but not acting on anything yet.
Naomi Yomada 2017-10-28 17:14:57 85575
Naomi Yomada keeps working on her things completely oblivious to the world around her. She is trying her best to clear her mind. to forget and just live a normal life. Sadly. It isn't working. Even as she tries her best to forget, doing things she loves to do. It won't leave her alone. Having her family gone is just tearing her apart. Finally, she loses it. In a violent strike, All the bits and bobs she working with go flying. She just sighs and hangs her head, resting it on the table.
Makio Ryu 2017-10-28 17:17:04 85576
Makio Ryu puts a little extra into his usual smile and offers a small wave at Jiaying. "Morning," he greets, "Doing ok so far?" He also glaances kind of sidelong as he notices Jiaying doing so.

"Oh! Naomi, right," the male bluenette wonders with a furrowed brow, "Are you...-" He pauses, struggling for how to word things. Being new to this even makes the talking awkward at points. "...is there anything...-" he tries again before shaking his head, "Sorry, I'm still a new kid to this stuff, what I'm trying to ask is, in the most well meaning and uninsulting of ways, if you need anything, I guess?" He pauses and adds, "I work over at the cafe across the street and I've got pretty strong ties to the Sea Park if either of those things are useful..."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-28 17:22:12 85577
Jiaying Maki had been about to reply to Makio's question with a smile and a shrug, but that's interrupted before she can actually say anything! She looks back over her shoulder as bits and bobs fly through the air. She catches a few pieces that come particularly close, set them on the table. There's a faint whisper, somewhere from her bag that she ignores for now. Instead sitting down across from the table.

Makio seems to know the girl, she doesn't particularly. She rests her chin on her hands and asks, "Are you okay?" Her accent not too bad today at least.
Naomi Yomada 2017-10-28 17:27:52 85578
Naomi Yomada takes a deep breath as she glances up. There are tears in her eyes. Her heart is as heavy as can be. "No. No I'm not. My family has been kidnapped. I was taken and twisted into a monster." She frowns and shakes her head. "Everything feels wrong right now. I've not been home since. Imagine seeing everything you love and care about stripped away and being manipulated into believing everything you know to be true is wrong." She shutters. Yup poor girl is going need some therapy. She looks at Makio curiously, "Thank you for your offer. Its very kind."
Makio Ryu 2017-10-28 17:31:01 85579
"I mean, I can only guess at how tough it might be, but...it feels like even the strongest people would need some support," Makio explains, "I know you don't know me or anything, but I happened to be around that one night...brighter, longer hair, not in my face, sorta piratey looking get up, wierd kinda ice sword flipper things?"

He smiles toward Jiaying again before gesturing between her and Naomi. "But umm..this is Naomi, and this is Jiaying...oh, and I'm Makio."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-28 17:44:38 85580
Jiaying Maki hesitates, then says softly, "I wish I could help more than offer a pair of fuzzy ears and maybe a hug." There's a faint whisper from the bag again, to which she replies to in Chinese. "Or a stuffed bunny rabbit." She adds after. She's not doing much to hide her magical nature. The whole turned into a monster thing and Makio's commentary are giving her enough of a clue that she doesn't feel too bad about doing so.

"It all starts with asking for help, either way. Doesn't it?" She leans back, brushing and smoothing her skirt before sitting up properly, trying to avoid looking like a lazy girl half-paying attention.
Naomi Yomada 2017-10-28 17:51:31 85581
Naomi nods. "I umm... Sorry. This is just really difficult. It's not that I'm afraid of asking for help. You don't last long as what I am without learning how important working with others is. Its just, right now, I don't know what to do. I know where my family is being kept. But They are beyond my reach right now. On top of this... I hurt people. I put them in mirrors. I attacked other magical girls. I was one of the enemy. I don't know how to get past that. Even now I can hear /her/ voice in my head." She looks over at Makio, "Its not an easy life. Take it from someone who just got hit with about the worst of it."
Makio Ryu 2017-10-28 18:00:07 85582
Makio Ryu looks thougful. "Well yeah, obviously not easy," he replies, "But it's also obviously not all your fault at all. Hang in there dude, I'm sure you'll make it somehow." He wishes he knew better to say but, he's seriously lacking in experiance here.
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-28 18:10:08 85583
Jiaying Maki tilts her head from one side to the other, considering something. The comment about being what she is gets something of an internal snrk. She opens her bag and checks inside for her phone, pulling it free and leaving it open where something is moving around from time to time. "I uh, haven't gone through that myself. Always afraid it could happen with instincts, but I think they were just bad to start." That's what she hopes at least.

She seems to be rolling ideas around in her head, trying to sort something out. Eventually she says, "I know two people that you could maybe talk to. One would need a translator. I could try to help just by listening?" She seems unsure of this. It's a new area after all, but, "Everyone deserves another chance."
Naomi Yomada 2017-10-28 18:20:03 85584
Naomi frowns, "I have an idea. Its something I never thought I'd do. Then again. I never thought I would turn into a monster and try to destroy everyone and everything. I think... I am going to see about helping out at the shrine. If anything it might help?" She comments as she continues trying to think things out. "If you want to, Jiaying, you may. I just dunno how good anything will work at this point. Part of me thinks I should just power up and go hunting every thing I can find."
Makio Ryu 2017-10-28 18:25:22 85585
Makio Ryu tilts his head. "Yeah, maybe helping out at the shrine would help process through some of the stuff that's rolling around in your head, at least," he replies, "I guess doing things to try and strengthen up mentally or physically wouldn't hurt. I remember people saying things like getting into a training routine helped them think more clearly...I guess my swimming excersizes DO help my focus a little when I am doing them."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-28 18:39:58 85586
Jiaying Maki shrugs and says flatly, "I like the shrine, but I'm always worried about going there. I keep thinking someone's going to poke me with a binding charm or something." She's not really explaining herself, it's more like she's talking to herself there. "Helping there might help though. It's a good place right?"

"Well." She drums her fingers against her cheek, "I'll text her and see if she's okay with it before I send you over. It's a sensitive subject for us." Which is probably a clue in itself!

Looking to Makio, "Training can help. Focusing on that frustrating doesn't though. I uh- I do have familiarity with that part. Someone to talk to, a place to feel safe might help. I... haven't found a way to stop that helpless feeling when you're searching for someone to save them, but can't. I just sort of look forward and do my best."
Naomi Yomada 2017-10-28 18:46:24 85587
Naomi Yomada nods, "Its going to take some doing. This is a really difficult Situation. How do I even approach a normal life now?" She sighs, "I am supposed to have the strength to save my family and to defeat the Phantom Empire. Right now I've never felt weaker though." She sighs. "I think I will get ahold of my friend at the shrine and see if I can help out there for a while." She smiles to Jiaying and then to Makio. "By the way. I'm Cure Spark. When I'm not Naomi. Thats my big secret. Don't tell anyone though cause... Well... Just because the Phantom Empire knows who I am doesn't mean I don't have other problems in this world. Including one particular Youtube Blogger who loves everything Pretty Cure."
Makio Ryu 2017-10-28 18:53:12 85588
Makio Ryu raises a brow at that bit about the youtube blogger. "That's a ---well yeah, I guess I should have exptected that's a thing with how poular people like Sailor V are..." he murmurs, "Umm...well you WOULD feel weakest after something like that, but...you've got people to help you climb back upward again. Sounds like Jiaying's a lot better for the advice than a stupid guy like me though...buuuuut if I can help with sea animal visits, cafe treats, swimming stuff, or just someone to listen to...or heck, maybe I can help with the bigger picture problems too." "Mew Macaroon here new mahou, new team, new everything pretty much..."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-28 19:00:37 85589
Jiaying Maki watches Naomi, listening quietly for a few moments. "The Phantom Empire?" One gets the feeling she almost asked about the menace. She caught herself. "Nice to meet you. Why does Cure sound familiar?" She stops, looking down at the table. "I've met the one with a Seagull. He gave me a cheeseburger." She grins at that memory. Sometimes she's easily swayed.

There's a pause, then she snaps her fingers. "I'm uh... I need a proper name. I just use Nuwu because it's close enough to what I am and no one here knows what it means anyway."

A finger hooks over her shoulder, pointing to Makio, "They're stealing my thunder." She says this teasingly, trying to inject something approaching what she hopes is a spark of comedy. "I'm not affiliated with any specific group. I'm a Chinese fox though. Hulijing. Please don't call me a kitsune. The only one I've met I- anyway. Hi."
Naomi Yomada 2017-10-28 19:08:49 85590
Naomi Yomada takes a moment to think. "Yes. Umm. Cure Gull. She's a friend of mine. We are both Pretty Cures. The Phantom Empire is a threat to the entire planet. They declared war on the Earth, namely love, happiness and good fortune. They are very dangerous. I should know. I was one of them. Trapping people in mirrors and sealing them away. Its just... very messed up." She looks over at Makio, "Welcome to the end of your old life. Trust me, the life of a magical person is seldomly normal."
Makio Ryu 2017-10-28 19:16:21 85591
Makio Ryu smirks a little at Jiaying's comment. "Yeah, she's a fox and we're merged with the dna of endangered animals...I'm a Saimaa ringed seal and my only team mate so far is an Iriomote cat. We've both already had some 'complications' due to being part animal now." He then considers as Naomi explains the Phantom Empire. "The Mew Mews are fighting against some aliens who are youmafying animals to attack the people here."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-28 19:31:58 85592
Jiaying Maki looks back to Makio and says in that same teasing tone, "Oh I feel so bad for you." before sticking her tongue out at him. Then she's focused back on Naomi, "I don't think I've seen anyone trapped in a mirror. I've seen statues, that's... probably about the same." She shrugs and says less distracted, in ah urry like she's changing the subject, "Well, they can declare it, they can break things. We can put it back together and maintain it right?" beat. "That doesn't work as well as I thought. You just have to do what you can."
Naomi Yomada 2017-10-28 19:48:26 85593
Naomi Yomada blinks, "Part Animal? Okay thats new. For me, it was basically seeing my mom put into a mirror and then running into god. He asked me if I wanted to help and made me a Pretty cure. That was over a year ago." She smiles, "It was so much easier then. I could just go around annoying the Phantom Empire and didn't have to worry about my family being kidnapped. Ah well. I will get them back and I'm going to give those jerks a thrashing for all of this!" SHe smiles a little. "Things are going to get better. I am going to make them pay for this though! If they want to fight me, I'll fight. You don't attack civilians." She shakes her head.
Makio Ryu 2017-10-28 19:52:11 85594
Makio Ryu nods in agreement with Naomi before sticking his tongue out at Jiaying's teasing. "Yeah, can't hang out and let those youma attack civies...and I'm sure some of us mahou will be more than willing to help out with kicking phantom empire butt for stealing your parents."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-28 19:55:20 85595
Jiaying Maki huffs and says, "Part huli jing." Beat, "You meant them." She then looks embarassed before laughing it off. Mostly. Sort of. It's a chuckle at least. "I- I think I know what you're talking about actually." she says to Naomi, continuing, "I wanted to know if I could meet other deities. It doesn't work that way I guess. I tried."

"I just stumble into things and flail around before getting lit on fire." In regards to fighting evil. There's some truth to that. "I'm getting better though. And I'm not even going to get yelled at and dragged home by my pointy ears for doing it anymore."
Naomi Yomada 2017-10-28 20:07:24 85596
Naomi Yomada stands up and begins working on cleaning up her mess. "Well, Blue-sama is a god of Earth. He's... kinda cute. Anyway he's really nice. He actually helps us out. Even though his rules are kinda... silly. His rule I should say. He doesn't want any of us to fall in love. I don't think any of us agree with that one. I've not found anyone to fall for yet. So I guess that means I'm still obeying the rules."

She looks at Makio, "The problem with them is The Phantom Empire took over the Blue Sky Kingdom. The Blue Sky Kingdom was a really nice place. Beautiful. Thats where the fairies that help us Pretty cures come from. Now they are all enslaved or mirrored. The Darkness in that place is so heavy we can't use our magic. The Precures can't. Dunno about others. I've been there. I was completely unable to do anything. They walked up to me, took my henshin cards and destroyed them in front of me. Not to mention my Mirror. I literally watched them destroy my life as a Pretty Cure."
Makio Ryu 2017-10-28 20:17:43 85597
Makio Ryu tilts his head. "Not wanting you to fall in love seems kind of wierd on one hand, but it makes a lot of sense on the other," he murmurs. Naomi talking about the Blue Sky Kingdom confuses him a little though. "So wait, is that how you got manipulated? Cause it sounds like you're still a mahou even though they destroyed those..."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-28 20:25:56 85598
Jiaying Maki shakes her head and says, "I know the name, not much else. I wanted to meet Nuwa." she shrugs it off, making a dismissive gesture after and runs her fingers through her hair, tucking the errant strands back again. "You've seen it, you know what happens. Use that to keep you focused, but don't brood on it, it doesn't end well."

Looking back to Makio, then back to Naomi she says, "You use cards? I- huh, yeah I have seen that actually." She looks down and falls silent. "Sorry, kind of like new things. Wrong time."
Naomi Yomada 2017-10-28 20:40:05 85599
Naomi Yomada shakes her head, "I got new ones." She sighs, "Makio-san, I made a wish. The Pretty Cures that Blue-sama makes have this thing. Whenever we defeat a creature of darkness. Like the Terribads. We get these cards. If you collect them all, you get a single wish. It can be anything. Wishes though can have consequences if we aren't careful." She pauses and pulls out a bottle of water to sip on. "I collected all the cards so I could make a wish. You seen the situation. If I wouldn't have made a wish, I would have been corrupted again. Anyway, when I made my wish, it made me a Pretty Cure again. This time its different though. Like there is no way I could have deflected the attack that was being used on me the other night as I used to be. Here I'll show you." She pulls out a Jewel encrusted Ocarina, marked with a heart. She shows the bottom of it which flips open. A small mirror, just big enough for a playing card sized card. Then she gets out her new Henshin Cards. "These overlay each other and i transform. Cool huh! " She snickers.

"Brooding, while I wouldn't mind doing it, won't save my family. I need to get good with my new abilities and get ready to kick butt!" She takes a long sip of her drink before sliding the Spark Ocarina back into her bag.
Makio Ryu 2017-10-28 20:47:56 85600
Makio Ryu nods in understanding. "I helped a girl that used cards before," he notes, but she got cards based off the thing she defeated..." He watches as Naomi shows them the ocarina and what she does with the cards. "Yeah, that's pretty neat... I don't think I'd be much help, since I don't even really know the extent of my abilities at all yet, but maybe some of us could get some training sessions together? It seems like, from that night, I can freeze things solid with my wave slashes if I try hard enough...it doesn't happen from the first try at all though. Using them like normal swords...I dunno, before last night and the fight before I'd only used them on LARGE enemies. Maybe it has less effect the bigger the enemy? I really don't know yet."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-28 21:03:49 85601
Jiaying Maki holds a thumb up and says, "There you go, exactly" in regards to getting out to kick butt rather than brooding on it! She's got some personal experience there though.

The demonstration gets a curious look. Then a few moments of thought. Then some faint laughter, "Sometimes, when I hear some of the stuff you guys do to get your powers, I almost wonder if I could try to do the same. Or just browse wherever my girlfriend finds evil books." Beat, "I'm joking. I've got enough magical problems." . . . "Really."

With everyone else describing powers and doing things, she eventually just decides to show too! "I uh, do Chinese sorcery? I can do a few other things, but I'm not supposed to bind spirits for fighting anymore. That got me in a lot of trouble."
Naomi Yomada 2017-10-28 21:08:27 85602
Naomi Yomada smiles, "Pretty Cures are supposed to be Legendary Warriors. When the world is in peril The Legendary Warriors called Pretty Cure will rise to defend it. Apparently its happened in the past and will continue to happen whenever there is a need for it." She shutters. "I'm pretty sure I'm not the best example of a Legendary Warrior."

She then snickers, "Oh I know that girl. I was helping her to learn to fight a little. She's really sweet. I like helping her."
Makio Ryu 2017-10-28 21:16:06 85603
Makio Ryu raises a brow at Jiaying. "Well yeah...why wouldn't binding a spirit cause trouble," he wonders, "You'd think that'd make the dead mad or /something/. It does sound kind of neat but...I don't think I'd have been able to do something like that..." Naomi's statement causes a little nod. "I'm not some ledgendary warrior, but I hardly think I'm some world protecting hero either...but here I am, some sort of person who has the right DNA to help be the most effective weapon against aliens that are trying to attack."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-28 21:25:30 85604
Jiaying Maki blinks, then snaps her fingers, "I know that girl too, one of her cards tried to eat her. Or something. Acid?" She frowns, trying to remember, then shakes it off. "Name a hero in history and they've always had a dark time. That one's not surprising." She reaches out to try and poke the girl, "Just have to bound back."

To Makio, she scowls, "Meifeng doesn't mind it and I release them when they're not all stabby and evil. Or when they're done haunting places. I was more in trouble for putting them at risk. And... others if they got loose." She shrugs.
Naomi Yomada 2017-10-28 21:30:36 85605
Naomi Yomada gives a weak chuckle. "I put one of my own friends in a mirror. That qualifies me for the jerk of the year I think." SHe shakes her head. "Tell ya what, Makio-san. If you ever want a little training, I might be able to help. I'm a Pretty Cure, If anything you will learn how to throw a punch!" She snickers. She stretches and puts her things in her bag. "I guess I should probably get back to my friend's cafe. She's letting me stay there until things improve."
Makio Ryu 2017-10-28 21:34:09 85606
Makio Ryu rubs at the back of his neck as Jiaying scowls. "But it /was/ a problem, yeah," he states, "It's not like I'm trying to say something wrong, just it seems like a very sensitive thing to mess with..." At Naomi's statement he offers a nod. "That'd be good, cause all I have with fighting so far is instinct...I'm pretty sure that'll land me in trouble eventually if THAT'S it."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-28 21:39:29 85607
Jiaying Maki shakes her head and mutters, she's never going to it down is she. The comment about mirrors gets a quick response from the foxgirl, "My girlfriend lit me on fire." Which is said in a quiet undertone.

Leaning back, resting her hands on the bench, she asks, "Which cafe? There's a lot. Maybe I can swing by with the friend if she's okay with it at some point."
Naomi Yomada 2017-10-28 21:44:24 85608
Naomi Yomada stands up, "Umm, That would be Haruna Kurosawa's place. Its newish and really nice." She smiles and stretches, "Hey, it was nice talking to both of you. A pleasure to officially meet you Jiaying-san and Makio-san. I look forward to hanging out and stuff. I am still going to get in touch with my friend. Hopefully things will start improving."
Makio Ryu 2017-10-28 21:47:27 85609
Makio Ryu nods and waves after Naomi. "Take care," he calls, "You can find me at the Mew Mew, here, the sea park, or the Crown when I'm not at home or school, if ya need to catch me for anything!" He peers worriedly at Jiaying. He was a big mouthed jerk again, wasn't he?