Ocean Storms

With Makoto.

Date: 2018-02-23
Pose Count: 14
Makoto Kino 2018-02-23 00:58:37 88973
With one thing and another, it's been a while since Makoto's taken the time to spend an afternoon at the Crown. By now her initials aren't even in the DDR high scores any more - a state of affairs that can't be allowed to stand.

She's been at it for a bit, long enough to have brought a satisfying flush of exertion to her cheeks and to knock several sets of initials off the high-score list. The top spot still eludes her, though, and there's a certain look of determination on her face as she fishes for another coin while she catches her breath from the last set.
Sailor Earth 2018-02-23 01:09:34 88975
Maybe Makoto feels it before she sees it, that presence that is familiar yet foreign, the 'off brand soda' of energy. And then there she is - the girl with His Eyes, His Hair, even his mannerisms as she comes up beside the arcade cabinet, leaning up against the side of it.

"Yo." Sailor Earth says casually.

"Is this what you do instead of formal dancing now?" She quizzes. "I mean. I see your elegance in even this. Still a Princess in any form."
Makoto Kino 2018-02-23 01:17:47 88977
Distracted as she is by digging through her change purse (and plotting out her DDR strategy in the back of her head), Mako doesn't immediately connect the tell-tale presence with the voice addressing her from the side of the cabinet.

"Huh?" Blinking in vague surprise, she glances over - and then she recognizes the girl who's standing there. At once her expression sours. "Oh. You." Looks like that next round of DDR will have to wait.

Tucking her change purse back into her skirt pocket, Mako steps down out of the cabinet and squares off facing the other girl, eyes narrowed. "Want something?"
Sailor Earth 2018-02-23 01:33:13 88979
"I just want to talk." she notes, indicating with one hand the rest of the Game Center, as though saying she wouldn't start anything here. "I want to talk with an old friend even if she doesn't remember me as such."

"The Rose of Jupiter, you know. That's what I called you. Your strength was something I could always lean on when being... all of the things I had to be... was too much."

"It's so hard that you don't remember it at all, or seem to."
Makoto Kino 2018-02-23 01:38:39 88980
Makoto crosses her arms in front of her, every bit of her body language speaking suspicion. At least she seems to accept that Earth isn't going to start anything violent, and makes no moves towards violence herself.

"Yeah, well," she replies, shoulders jerking in a little shrug. "What can I say? I've never remembered much about back then. The bits I do remember feel like someone else's life."

"It wasn't all that great, anyway," Mako adds after a moment. "Everybody died."
Sailor Earth 2018-02-23 01:43:30 88981
Earth shrugs. "Maybe that's a defense mechanism or something. It helps you accept this life. I remember... the glittering towers, the perfect archetecture. The happiness... I've never seen any of you smile like you did back then." There's something about her words that seems to add an unstated 'I've been watching'.

"It was really great up until then. A sad end to a beautiful fairy tale, but one we have the chance to rewrite, if we grasp it."
Makoto Kino 2018-02-23 01:56:58 88983
Those sharp green eyes regard Earth dubiously. "You're a little behind," Mako says. "We've been rewriting the story this whole time. It's what we became Sailor Senshi to do - so that we can live our lives how we want to, instead of being trapped into reliving the mistakes of the past."

She unfolds her arms and shifts her weight a little, propping a hand on her hip. "I'm not 'accepting' this life because I don't know any better. I'm happy with the way things are."
Sailor Earth 2018-02-23 02:07:09 88985
"With an immense amount of respect for the Guardian of Jupiter... you didn't become Sailor Senshi for that. You already were Sailor Senshi. That alone comes from our majestic past."

"I appreciate what you all did, too. Removing the Queen Witch. I should've been there. But I don't want to bring up why I wasn't, it'll only cause animosity. So... all I can do is thank you for that."

"...while you might be happy, I'm not. Not with this fake state of affairs, these crumbling buildings, even the Sun isn't shining as bright. I wish I could show you what I know, let you see what I've seen, so you could see what a facimilie this place is. The way you talked about your past is the way I see this world."
Makoto Kino 2018-02-23 02:15:50 88986
Makoto draws in a breath like a silent inner plea for patience, and lets it back out in a soft sigh. "So... what," she says, brows drawing together enough to make a faint crease in her forehead, "you want to destroy the way things are now, and bring back the fairy tale life you remember?"

A little shake of her head flicks her ponytail behind her. "I don't think the way you remember things is right. But, okay, let's say it is, and it's the rest of us who remember things wrong. If you think that's a reason to hurt people... then you and I aren't ever gonna be friends."
Sailor Earth 2018-02-23 02:21:19 88987
A heavy sigh comes out from Earth. "I don't want to destroy anything, I just want to improve it. It was better than it is now. It would be better for everyone to live in the world I remember than the one I see. Especially now that the Sun Witch has been killed - now there's nothing left to destroy the wonders we can create."

"You know, you were the one that taught me about the application of strength. That it was needed, and how to do it... to take an enemy and pivot them so that even their own strength could be used against them. And you made me promise, once, long ago. That I would use my strength and not hide it in fear."
Makoto Kino 2018-02-23 02:27:41 88989
"If the person you remember was really me, then you should know." Makoto's voice is completely level now, with no lingering edge of hostility. She meets Earth's blue, blue eyes straight on, and her gaze is focused and unwavering. "I'd only want you to use your strength to protect people. Not to step on them to get what you want."
Sailor Earth 2018-02-23 02:37:48 88990
"And if there's one thing you should know about me it's that I will fight for what I believe in." She matches that gaze with the same focus, those blue eyes like oceans slowly getting glints of the storm raging beneath - her tone doesn't give it away, but her eyes do.

"You always were the better with fists, but you don't remember how strong I became, once you showed me how to tap into that strength you saw in me. And I will use that strength to drag this world to a better place. Kicking and screaming, if I have to."

"I'm already fixing some of the things that went wrong. Soon I'll fix them all." A flick of her wrist causes a rose to appear between her fingers, which she sets on the machine. "I prefer to come bearing gifts. But it isn't a neccessity. I am the rightful ruler of this planet." she states, as though noting the sky is blue.

"If this world causes you and I to be enemies that is just another example of its rotten corruption and it's distance from perfection."
Makoto Kino 2018-02-23 02:44:03 88991
Makoto breaks eye contact when Earth produces the rose, but only to track its movement as Earth sets it down on the panel of the DDR machine. Then she looks up again, and tilts her head a little as though to say 'well, that's that'.

"I guess it's gonna be a fight, then."

With that statement, she turns and begins to walk away.
Sailor Earth 2018-02-23 02:46:30 88992
Earth doesn't follow - but she does clench her fists. Hard enough they shake. She turns, though, and walks backwards, dissapearing in a flash of gold light, as easily as walking through a window - without effort, now.