Oceans of Ice

With Ami.

Date: 2018-03-09
Pose Count: 39
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-09 02:28:29 89289
Ami Mizuno is settled in at a table, studying. It's Ami; of course she is. She's got a small sundae beside her that she dips into every once in a while with a silvery spoon. She's dressed in blue, naturally, a light blue sweater and blue jeans.
Sailor Earth 2018-03-09 02:34:53 89290
There's a presence that likely Ami will feel just before she hears her announce herself - by leaning over the booth from behind and poking just her head over. She has black hair, and eyes like the ocean on a bright, sunny day.

"Yo!" Sailor Earth says, a smile on her face. She's dressed in a casual outfit today, and may be the first time Ami has seen her out of henshin - A black shirt, a green jacket, and a knee-length darker green skirt.
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-09 02:39:49 89291
Ami tilts her head at the vaguely familiar, cheerful girl. She's reserved, blue eyes guarded. "Hey," she says, politely enough. But those eyes, icy and wary. This isn't right, somehow--but nothing's wrong, either, so...

"What's up?"
Sailor Earth 2018-03-09 02:46:57 89292
Sailor Earth never takes her eyes off Ami as she gets up from her own booth and comes to stand beside Ami's. "You're absolutely the Princess of Mercury. Your intellect almost shines out right through your eyes." She doesn't mention the coldness. "May I take a seat here?"
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-09 02:49:02 89293
If the Princess of Mercury was guarded beore, she's downright weirded out--and therefore internally freaking out--now. "Princess of Mercury?" Ami asks politely, gesturing to the seat across from her. "What's that?" Smart, but playing dumb--or trying. It's hard for her.
Sailor Earth 2018-03-09 02:56:12 89294
"That's you." She says, bluntly. "Or it was you." Sailor Earth puts a finger to her lips for a moment. "Still are. Just different." She at least has the decency to lower her voice for the next part.

"Just like I'm the Princess of Earth. And the leader of the Sailor Guardians." She pauses. "...or at least I should be, but I guess you don't remember it that way, just like the others don't?" She loses her happy demeanor, here.
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-09 02:57:30 89295
Ami Mizuno stares. "You're what?" she says, less polite now. "That's not it at all." Her usually bright eyes frost over entirely. "I don't remember you at all. Please, tell me what I am supposed to be forgetting, Miss...?"
Sailor Earth 2018-03-09 03:04:20 89296
Sailor Earth sighs, and flops into her side of the booth that she was never really given permission to be on with a disgruntled look, another sigh blowing a tendril of black hair out of her eyes. "Of course not. Even you don't remember it right."

"We were all together then, all friends. The Golden Kingdom, the greatest empire the universe had ever known, the most perfect. Pristine. Glorious. I was the Princess, and you and the others were part of my court - and then of course there were the four soldiers."

"I remember how you tutored everyone else, how you never lost patience, I remember playing games of skill and strategy across the table from you and trying to best you. I remember laughing with you."

"I know the girl I loved - still love - the Princess from the Moon. And my best friends. And then I know that darkness attacked and ruined everything..."

"And now I'm here, and everyone says someone else is me, and I could feel him stealing my strength like a... celestial tapeworm! And by trying to set things right, people get hostile to me..."

Another, defeated sounding sigh. "You can call me Mirai since you know Mamoru Chiba as someone else who isn't me and that name's stuck there for now..."
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-09 03:06:35 89297
Ami listens, to her credit, but her eyes never thaw. Instead, she says softly, "And, Mirai, what do you think makes us remember things incorrectly?" A patient tone, too patient. She's going to ask questions. She won't attack. She'll listen and gather information.
Sailor Earth 2018-03-09 03:10:22 89298
She looks up. It's not something she'd honestly considered before - or at least it doesn't seem to be. "I'm not sure. Whatever created this other me. The one that's a boy and not a Sailor Senshi like the rest of us. The one that's out of line. Wrong."

"Maybe the same thing that brought down our Kingdoms before, gold and silver turned to tarnished bronze and copper. I hear you've already fought the witch. I wish I could've been there."
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-09 03:11:17 89299
Nodding, Ami's eyes never leave Mirai's face. "Tell me more about what we've forgotten," she urges quietly.
Sailor Earth 2018-03-09 03:26:30 89300
"Everything!" Mirai says, almost exasperatingly. "Your friendship with me, the way you all helped me get the girl of my dreams, the time we spent together, the wondrousness of the world we all left behind!"

"It's so hard to see friends say they don't even know you. Like... just put yourself in my shoes. You've got these vivid, real memories of... the greatest group of friends anyone could ask for. But they don't have any of the memories. And you're isolated, all alone."

"I lost you all once, but now that I'm back, it's almost worse."
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-09 03:27:26 89301
Ami Mizuno nods slowly, eyes dipping to her melting sundae. She takes a bite, thoughtful, before looking up at Mirai. "I see."
Sailor Earth 2018-03-09 03:28:29 89302
Mirai pauses a moment. "You're thinking, right? I should've come to you sooner. If anyone can come up with a solution I'm sure it'd be you. Whatever name you go by in this world, you're still the girl I remember."
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-09 03:30:02 89303
Ami Mizuno nods jerkily. "Call me Ami." No last name, just her first. And she considers, staring into those ocean eyes, her frosty blue eyes not melting an iota. "I don't know," she says finally. "It seems... convenient. Like it's something to lure us into a trap. Perhaps not willingly. But something... is wrong here, and it stinks."
Sailor Earth 2018-03-09 03:36:17 89304
Mirai looks at Ami, then looks away and down. "Even you don't think I'm... me, do you." she asks, her voice surprisingly quiet. Almost door-mouse quiet. "You think he's me. Because he got here first."
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-09 03:36:49 89305
"I don't know what to think," Ami says plainly. "I don't know. I need to sit with it for a while, Mirai."
Sailor Earth 2018-03-09 03:38:50 89306
She's quiet for a moment. "I just want you to remember me. I want everyone to remember me. And remember the Golden Kingdom. Remember how great everything was, how wonderful. That's what I want. It's eating me up inside."
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-09 03:40:07 89307
Ami Mizuno nods, watching the black-haired girl in front of her. "Maybe if you wrote down the details, all of them?" she asks. It shouldn't be surprising. Ami has always been a stickler for detail and exactness. "Perhaps... try to jog our memories with words."
Sailor Earth 2018-03-09 03:51:24 89308
Mirai leans back. "I was assigned the four kings... but they were all business. You all were friends. Do you remember... when I confessed to you before a Grand Ball I was worried about my dancing skills? And then you laughed and admitted you were too. And so we practiced because that's what you do - and it all ended up okay? I have... a lifetime of stories like that."
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-09 03:54:17 89309
Ami Mizuno smiles a little, but it's still so, so cold. Like the ice cream next to her, which has mysteriously stopped melting... "Write down some of the highlights for each of us. See if it jogs memories. That one doesn't jog for me, but keep trying." She nods again, encouraging despite herself.
Sailor Earth 2018-03-17 22:48:59 89548
She takes a big heaving sigh. "I could go into it. I could go into the times you gave us all tutoring because you were so far ahead of us and how kind and gentle you were about our relative shortcomings, or how we helped each other in other things." Sailor Earth looks down.

"But being the only one that remembers any of this is heartbreaking, you know. I can't believe it's only me that remembers it just like a room I just walked through. And nothing I can do jogs it. And I'm pretty sure like... two of you have already threatened to fight me."
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-17 22:51:19 89549
Ami gives a nod. She frowns softly. "Well, I won't promise to fight you, but I will promise that whatever the truth is, it will out." Eyes still frosty, expression wary. "No matter what the truth is."
Sailor Earth 2018-03-17 22:57:45 89550
"I don't want us to come to blows, we were so close." she notes, but there's just a tiny hint there of determination that flares up when she continues. "But I want everything that was stolen from me back. I can't just stand idly by. You would know that if you remembered me. There's so much on my shoulders here."

"I just want the six of us to ice skate together again in the glow of the moon, on the palace's grand lake in the winter. Or to dance with my Bunny in the grand ball. Or share baked goods. Or any number of memories that fill my mind."
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-17 23:00:02 89551
Ami nods, slow, eyes not thawing an iota. "The truth always outs, Mirai. It's going to be what it is, and..." She heaves a soft sigh. "We'll figure it out. We always do." Ami's a genius. There's Kunzite, and the rest of the team. The truth always outs.
Sailor Earth 2018-03-17 23:03:52 89552
"Well what do you suggest I do, until then. Sit on my hands? I've waited so long. I've waited for all of the history of this world." She sounds exasperated, exhausted. Very emotional compared to Ami's coldness. Like she's just barely holding back a bottled up emotional torrent.
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-17 23:04:33 89553
Raising a brow, Ami says softly, "You've waited this long. A few more days shouldn't be the end of everything."
Sailor Earth 2018-03-17 23:07:08 89554
"That is easier for you to say than me." she stresses. "You were always so patient, tactical. I remember that, too. Always trying to urge my caution."

Another deep breath. "I'll try to wait. Is there anything I can do to help other than dropping a leather-bound diary of my missing memories to you all?"
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-17 23:07:48 89555
Ami can't help but smile, then. "Submit to a scan, of course."
Sailor Earth 2018-03-17 23:11:45 89556
"What kind of a scan?" she asks, leaning forward, eyes blue with almost a degree of interest.
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-17 23:17:20 89557
Ami Mizuno raises an eyebrow sharply at Mirai. "It's as if you forgot the Mercury Computer," she says sharply, the edge of broken ice creeping into her words.
Sailor Earth 2018-03-17 23:23:19 89558
"It's more like I never really understood all of the things you can do with it? I mean, it's not like you were keen on sharing it." Mirai counters.
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-17 23:26:39 89559
Ami Mizuno smiles. It's not the meanest smile; I mean, this is Ami we're talking about! But it's definitely not her nicest, either. "I won't tell you until I'm sure the truth is out." She's well aware Mirai won't like this answer.
Sailor Earth 2018-03-17 23:30:07 89560
Mirai folds her hands. "What if it tells you the wrong thing like everything else? I know my energy is all... wonky weird. Up until recently I couldn't even heal. And that's like... one of my things."

"I think it's because someone else has been leeching off it." She doesn't point the finger at Mamoru but... she's very much pointing a toe.
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-17 23:31:29 89561
Wishing her face were more expressionless, Ami feels her eyebrow creep upward. "Mm," is all she says, instead of taking the bait. "Anyway. Where can I meet you that I can scan you?"
Sailor Earth 2018-03-17 23:34:32 89562
"Somewhere you won't get any outside interference." Mirai pauses. "I guess that sounds like the setup for an ambush or something. I'll let you pick the place and the time and you can bring friends if you need to."

"All I want to do is put the matter to rest, not attack one of my best friends."
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-17 23:35:08 89563
Ami Mizuno nods slowly. "Let me think on it. Meet me here tomorrow and I'll take you where we're going."
Sailor Earth 2018-03-17 23:40:36 89564
Earth nods. "Sure. I'll be here. I mean... not like I've got a whole lot else going on." She stands up. "I really want to put this matter to bed. I hope you see what you need to see to realize that... you may need to adjust your timelines. Or whatever." She's a little flustered, and starts to walk out.
Ami Mizuno 2018-03-17 23:41:08 89565
Ami watches Mirai go, before going back to her studying.