Today's Lesson

Sayaka encounters a strange new villain who gives her pointers on her heroics.

Date: 2018-02-17
Pose Count: 20
Sayaka Miki 2018-02-17 01:07:05 88862
Its an early after school evening, on a Friday no less and while most students are rushing off to the arcade to celebrate the weekend, Sayaka lags behind on her own, feeling a bit blue as she wanders through the shopping district, doing a bit of unenthusiastic window shopping. Although Valentine's Day was only a couple of days past, there are still several stores with bright red and pink displays in their windows, advertising chocolate at discount prices, while white chocolate is already being displayed for upcoming white day. She pauses at one store window, peering through at the colourful displays a bit forlornly.
Mr. Black 2018-02-17 01:22:07 88863
From on high a lone figure drops into view, tall and slender with well chiseled handsome features hidden behind a pitch black domino mask. His cane touches the ground first as he sticks the landing from far above, standing with perfect posture grace and poise. He's dressed head to toe in pitch black, with deep black eyes to match, there;s an almost complete absence of color to him.

     Walking towards the arcade with a sense of determination the figure seems in complete control of his surroundings. A brief moment to rest his hand on the hood of a nearby sports car see's the crimson red beauty slowly fade until it turns a dull desaturated grey. The figure takes in a deep breath of the cool air, stopping on the spot just to enjoy the sunlight.
Sayaka Miki 2018-02-17 01:30:56 88864
Sayaka Miki pauses a moment, eyes closed briefly as she daydreams about those mouth watering chocolates. But alas valentines came and passed, and now it's too late. With a sigh she turns away, deciding to head for the arcade. Perhaps some DDR will ease her troubles. She starts to head that way but pauses as she sees the color getting drained from the car. "What the heck?!" she gasps in surprise, shaking her head and decides to follow the tall, dark clad guy..
Mr. Black 2018-02-17 01:36:33 88865
     Mr.Black takes a long moments pause to simply enjoy the evening before continuing on his way. A light wave of his hand by the posters on the outside of the arcade sees them drained completely of color as well, faded into black and white images. "A shame really." He muses to himself. His language is incredibly formal, far more so with each word then one would expect from the modern Japanese language. "This place makes such a wonderful stomping ground." He looks into the building leaning firmly onto his metal cane.
Sayaka Miki 2018-02-17 01:39:54 88866
Puella Magi Sayaka pauses to peer at the greyed out posters. She's not sure what's going on but whatever it is, it can't be good. She sucks into a nearby alley and quietly transforms before calling out to the man in black. "Hey you!" she calls, pointing at him, "I dunno what you're pulling here, but if you're causing trouble, you gotta answer to me! What did you do to that car and those posters? What else have you disturbed?"
Mr. Black 2018-02-17 01:58:32 88867
     Turning around on the balls of his heels the man dressed in all black spins to a stop before taping his cane against the ground. "If I didn't know better I'd think you people were something of an epidemic in these parts." He uses the overtly formal form of the word you, just like the rest of his language, his voice smooth as silk with that unsettling quality backing it.

     He doesn't seem to be too put off by the sight of her. "Please allow me to introduce myself." He takes a low, formal bow. "My name is Mr.Black, however you may refer to be as sensei, as for this evening I'll be your instructor." A smile comes across his face as he comes back up to a full prim and proper stand of perfect posture.

     Even though his words are spoken with an innate kindness there's still something overtly wrong about him. It may go completely unnoticed, but it is there, that sensation, an aura if you will exuding off of the hansom masked man.
Sayaka Miki 2018-02-17 02:18:55 88868
Puella Magi Sayaka arches a brow at the overly formal introduction She is certainly not used to villains being so polite! "Mr...Mr. Black-San?" She purposefully leaves out the 'senses' bit, shaking her head with a smirk. "You still haven't answered my question. What did you do to that car..And those posters? Turn them back to normal, or else..."
Mr. Black 2018-02-17 02:29:05 88869
     "No, no this" He pauses for a moment motioning with a gloved hand. "Is the part where you return my introduction with one of your own." The hand goes back down onto Mr.Blacks cane. "Then following said introduction we move further into the conversation for topics such as questions, requests and the like." Explaining in a calm and respectful tone as he looks her way.

     He's certainly not afraid, or intimidated at the sight of her. Perhaps it's because he's dealt with her kind before or maybe he's just not the type to scare easily, either way he's certainly not dropping the overly formal language and polite tone.
Sayaka Miki 2018-02-17 02:35:20 88870
Puella Magi Sayaka sighs and rolls her eyes. Might as well humour this guy..Afterall, he doesn't seem to pose a significant threat..Yet. "Fine." she strikes a pose, "Puella Magi Sayaka Miki at your service..?" she scratches her head and smirks. "Alright, enough with the introductions. I think you owe me a explanation at least!"
Mr. Black 2018-02-17 02:41:45 88871
     "And an explanation you shall be provided!" Spoken with a genuine smile that crosses his face. There's a slight tinge of unease radiating off of it but it's a smile none the less. "That wasn't so difficult now was it? After all one can not go without proper etiquette in these troubled times to which we call home."

     Kicking up into a tripple back flip Mr.Black lands squarely on the roof of the grey car, causing its shocks to dip for but a moment as he looks down towards. "You see Sayaka-san, this world is built upon many principals that take a great deal of study to even begin coming to terms with." He motions towards the sky for a moment and a bird flying overhead. As he holds out his hand the color drains from the bluebird turning it to solid grey and causing it to land looking dejected. "I use these principals to manipulate the color, and emotional spectrum, using them to fuel my own abilities, and improve their effectiveness."
Sayaka Miki 2018-02-17 02:45:10 88872
Puella Magi Sayaka blinks as she peers up at the bird in surprise and shakes her head. "You can't just go around, draining colour from your unwilling victims! Color beings in this world, it breathes life and warmth into everything around us..So bring it back! Otherwise you might just regret it!"
Mr. Black 2018-02-17 02:58:31 88874
     Mr.Black looks up towards the sky for a long moment before letting a quiet chuckle cross his lips. "I think you'll find I can do, and have done exactly that." He pauses. "Now because I find motive begets motivation." He pauses to lift his cane from the rooftop of the car. "I'll inform you atop this 'grievous crime' I also plan on capturing every single child in that arcade." He motions over towards the building with his cane head still fully positioned to look down at her.

     "Now of course seeing as you'll no doubt realize the level the stakes are at" He adjusts his mask sliding it back into place on his eyes. "You'll respond accordingly, and we can begin our lesson proper." He gives another low bow, bringing his cane back in front of himself. When he looks back from the bow he gives a friendly smile and a tilt of his head to one side.
Sayaka Miki 2018-02-17 03:07:26 88875
Puella Magi Sayaka gasps at the horrible realization, still uncertain of the full implications of his words. "How dare you! I won't forgive you if you touch those kids! This ends now!" she eyes the cane warily, idly wondering if it may be the source of his powers. Summoning a sword from thin air, she rushes at him, hurling the sword at his cane hand, attempting to knock it out of his grasp. "This ends now!"
Mr. Black 2018-02-17 03:24:08 88876
     The strike is aimed true and comes close to contacting with the back of Mr.Blacks gloved hand, but in an instant he's back in the air with a forward flip, one end over the other brings him landing down behind the magical girl. It looked like it should have hit him, and for the astute viewer his glove has a light gash on the back of it exposing the skin beneath.

     "Adequate technique but when planning a full frontal assault I find misdirection a important tactic." He reaches into his suit jacket, before pulling out a blue binder. A quick motion inside sees him ripping out what seem to be graded papers. Fanning his hand in front of himself he throws them onto the ground.

     For a moment it seems nothing has happened, before they begin to grow taller taking shape into the form of young children. The words slip and slide across their forms sliding full of motion. In the center of each of the four children's heads is a big failing grade. In the hands of each comes a ruler, weapons at the ready, as they start to move forward to close the gap.
Sayaka Miki 2018-02-17 04:18:08 88877
Puella Magi Sayaka lands, cursing softly as she misses. Landing lightly on her feet, she eyes him in disbelief as he admonished her, about to laugh at the papers..Before they turn into ruler weird ing students and her eyes widen, deciding to take this cautiously. "Are you kidding me? You call yourself a sensei? You're a terrible role model!" spinning around, she summons four swords, circling in the air around her briefly before hurling them towards each if the paper students.
Mr. Black 2018-02-17 04:44:42 88880
     "Lower your left hand three centimeters further below your right on the blade, and I believe you'll find yourself a much more balanced swing." Mr.Black further adds offering advice in the middle of combat. "If you keep your hands too close together or too far apart you'll throw yourself off balance, and then how will you stop my evil plan?" Just coming right out and calling himself evil, no pretense no grand declaration on how he's above her.

     The swords slam through the paper children shattering them into a shower of papers that scatters across the parking lot. The instant they're destroyed the rulers vanish from their grasp.

     "Excellent use of your abilities, though I would recommend aiming towards the center of mass rather then the head, it makes for an easier target." Reaching into the folder again he throws yet more papers to the ground, which rapidly form into yet more of the paper children. It's not even a moments hesitation before the now six paper monstrosities charge full hog towards her.
Sayaka Miki 2018-02-17 04:48:19 88881
Puella Magi Sayaka laughs incredulously, shaking her head, "Are..Are you kidding me? Seriously, Ice never had so much back talk from a villain before!" still, she finds herself subconsciously following his advice, adjusting her sword grip and stance accordingly as she faces off against more paper students. "Really? You're just wasting my time..Just give up already!" still she rushes at the paper dolls, this time dancing and tweaking with her swirls as she attempts to slice them to ribbons as well, aiming for their mid sections. Hey, maybe his pointers are not so bad..
Mr. Black 2018-02-17 05:01:25 88883
     "No, I'm educating you." Mr.Black corrects, even as the next wave are shredded to ribbons only managing to get off a few passing slices at Sayaka. They may be rulers but if they connect? They are going to hurt a LOT thanks to the force put behind them by the paper-craft creatures. "Any experience you can walk away from more knowledgeable of your own abilities and the world around you is hardly a waste."

     With speed and precision as the papers blow in every direction in the wind Mr.Black begins... folding origami. Little paper dogs. His hands are off the cane allowing it to float in place as if he was still holding it. "I would rather you simply surrendered but if I can't convince you to give up, the least I can do is show you how to defend yourself." He throws the origami into the air, and suddenly 4 hounds are falling from the sky claws outstretched and maws open with razor sharp teeth aimed right for Sayaka.
Sayaka Miki 2018-02-17 05:16:55 88885
Puella Magi Sayaka winces only slightly as the rulers hit her. They're harder than she expected but not enough to cause serious pain. In fact the paper cuts heal up almost immediately after. "Hah, is that the best you got?" she smirks, bracing herself for the next wave, "Sorry, but I can't surrender. Not until I have removed the threat you pose!" with a cry, she lunges at the dogs, leaping skywards with amazing speed and agility to meet them before they hit the ground. "Shooting stinger!" she yells, a blue aura of energy surrounding her as she hurls her sword at the nearest hound, then lands lightly on the ground, back flipping to avoid the slashes of one of the remaining hounds, spinning her body round and round at dizzying speeds with swords outstretched, slicing the remaining hounds to ribbons. When she is finished, she lands on the ground, kneeling in one knee and breathing lightly, a few light scratches and a deeper gash here and there on her body. She's good but still not perfect.
Mr. Black 2018-02-17 06:10:27 88888
     Ribbons of paper rain down from the sky like flakes of snow, coating the ground in a sea of destroyed homework and test papers. There's actually a surprising amount of paper on the ground, enough to cover up to the ankles.

     Yet with his creations shredded to little more then paper Mr.Black doesn't seem to perturbed. To the contrary he begins slowly clapping his hands. "Excellent work, you're quite the fast study." Congratulating her as he offers a friendly and reassuring smile.

     He reaches out in front of himself, grabbing onto the cane. "I was going to take this opportunity to quiz you on your progress, but I'm afraid class draws to a close much faster then I would prefer." He takes another low bow of respect, as the papers begin to swirl around. "Perhaps next session we shall move on to more advanced techniques." He thumps the cane onto the ground and the papers begin to swirl higher into the air, forming something of a brief localized snowstorm. "I do so enjoy private tutoring." As the papers begin to fly color seems to return to the nearby world flowing back in with great haste.

     Through the blizzard of paper Mr.Black comes back up from his bow, and offers one last smile. A moment later he's engulfed by the papers. Just a few seconds later all the scraps of paper collapse into little more then dust, leaving behind no sign of the conflict which has just occurred.