The Perfect CrimeDATE. I MEAN DATE.

Haruna Kurosawa follows up with Miho Kagami after the incident with the weird eel monster. Tells the story of Scorn and Featherfall, and then tries to setup the perfect crimeDATE. She means date, for sister Aki with Miho. Maybe.

Date: 2018-05-24
Pose Count: 28
Haruna Kurosawa 2018-05-24 20:30:39 91449
It's the afternoon lull. The shop is busiest in the mornings and evenings it seems. Basically that means Haruna is skipping around and making sure things are the proper temperature, that the machines work, that fresh coffee is brewed and that the frozen drinks are frozen and that the warm pastries are warm.

Corvus is hanging around in his human form. This is a teenage boy with white hair that looks like he could be Haruna's younger brother sort of. He seems to be boredly leaned forward and is drumming his fingers on the counter.

The patio seems to be in a state of setup. It's time to get it ready for later spring and summer! And get the beach area all setup. Oh yes.

This summer is gonna be /great/, she thinks.

There's currently no one else in the shop right now!
Miho Kagami 2018-05-24 20:39:28 91451
And then Miho arrives looking ... fairly nervous and somewhat worried. She's wearing a black T-shirt, cargo shorts, and pink girl's sneakers (finally!), and carries her purse over her shoulder.

For some reason, visiting in person is easier than calling or texting, but Miho still pauses at the front door of the Gullwing Cafe as if she was at the entrance to some sort of Dark Dungeon of Doom or whatever. She glances at her phone, as if hoping for an excuse to turn around and leave, but there's still nothing from Hokuto, so she sighs and steps inside. She blinks a bit and hesitates as she sees an unfamiliar white-haired boy there; Haruna's excitability is another stumbling block, but she gives a little wave. "Hey," she says, in her usual scratchy and androgynous voice.
Haruna Kurosawa 2018-05-24 20:52:01 91455
'Excitable' is one word for Haruna, yes!

The boy looks up and 'ohs!'. "Oh. Hello." he says with a wave. "You we're uh... was it. Kagami-san..." he says trying to scratch his head. "Hey! Haruna, Kagami-san is here." he calls out.

Haruna pokes up from behind the counter she was bent over behind and peeks. "Oh!~ Hello~" she says. "Hi Kagmi-san~ It's the slow period if you want something~" she says.

A pause. "Right. That's Corvus. Except he's a seagull that can also turn into a boy!". Corvus gives a little wave.

"Anyways, yay! You came! I was expecting a call or a text!" she says.

"So do you know what was up with the stuff the other day?" she asks. "Or still confused and bewildered?" she asks.
Miho Kagami 2018-05-24 21:03:55 91457
Miho blinks at that. "Oh! Corvus-san, hello!" she says, giving him a quick bow. She manages a faint smile. "Aha, I ... didn't recognize you. Obviously. Uh." She just manages not to wince. "But, uh, yeah, hi."

At that point, she's actually grateful for Haruna veritably grabbing Miho's attention. She considering how to answer her, then shrugs. "I sort of ..." She shakes her head. "Still bewildered and confused, I guess," she says. "It's something that may or may not be passed down in my family from ... somewhere, possibly my great grandmother, and I was kind of getting antsy waiting for Minase-san to get back to me since she's heard the term 'Shadow Jade' before, so I ..." She shrugs again. "Well, for some reason, physically visiting a place of business that also happens to be where someone lives, uh, doesn't hit me in the social anxiety as hard as a phone call or a text." She sort of seems to run out of verbal steam at that point, which is the usual sort of thing that happens when talking to Miho Kagami.
Haruna Kurosawa 2018-05-24 21:19:24 91458
Haruna Kurosawa smiles. "I don't live here~" she says. "I just own the place. I live somewhere else." she says with a wink. She listens as she hrmmmms, she taps her bottom lip. "So it's something that's passed down, eh?" she asks. "Not really unheard of I don't think." she smiles.

"Minase-san may know more~ Fox-chan may know something, too I think. Those two kinda know more about that stuff than I do." she says.

"I mean I have my own knowledge of stuff." she says. "But nothing about a 'Shadow Jade'." she eyes Corvus.

"Hey Corvus, Shadow Jade sound familiar?" Corvus shakes his head. "Jade wasn't really a mineral in the Americas that was used. If it was Turquoise I could tell you a little more." he shrugs.

She smiles and shrugs at Miho. "Right. Corvus is a former demi-god from some part of the Americas before modern civilization." she says. "Well. Former crow demigod turned former crow dark force turned silver crow turned seagull." she says with a straight face.
Miho Kagami 2018-05-24 21:27:47 91459
"Oh, whoops," Miho says in response to the bit about living there. "Heh, even better, then! And, yeah, like I said, I'm kinda just waiting for Minase-san." She just listens and nods along until Haruna gets to the explanation about Corvus, and promptly furrows her brow. "... Really? Uh ... okay." She laughs nervously. "I ... See, literally every conversation I have with, with the people who are in-the-know about the whole magical stuff, I learn something new."

She realizes she's still sort of hovering by the front door, so she heads over the front counter to sit down two seats away from Corvus. "Uh ... hm. So, uh, what should I get here ..."
Haruna Kurosawa 2018-05-24 21:39:49 91460
Haruna Kurosawa smiles. "Corvus and I had a goth phase. I mean it wasn't a goth phase. But let's call it that because it's better than the truth but. I mean. I can tell you. The truth. If you want." she says meekly.

"It's a little heavy and involved though." she says.

She beams. "The Apple Turnovers. They're my signature!" she says. "-and I like a frozen double fudge mocha with it, but people like the Cherry / Lemon freeze with it too." she says. "I mean if you want a hot drink. Hot Chocolate or the Double Fudge Mocha, but not frozen." she grins.
Miho Kagami 2018-05-24 21:50:45 91461
Miho furrows her brow at the "goth phase" bit. "I ... am kind of curious about the 'truth' now," she says. "I mean, if you're comfortable telling me. Were you temporarily evil or something? I, uh, you don't have to go into too much detail if you don't want to," she adds hurriedly, glancing at Corvus. "Sorry, uh, Chiba-san impressed upon me the importance of not assuming things, and, like, I wouldn't have tried to guess who you were if Corvus-san hadn't said anything and Minase-san hadn't transformed right in front of me, I already knew about Maki-san." Her face reddens slightly as she remembers the comment she'd made right after the transformation, which Haruna had clearly overheard.

She does her best to focus on the food instead. "Well, if the apple turnovers are your specialty, I'll have to go for that, won't I?" she says, smiling up at Haruna. "Uh ... hm, I don't think I've actually had a cherry-lemon freeze before, so ... or, hang on, did you mean cherry and lemon, or cherry or lemon?"
Haruna Kurosawa 2018-05-24 22:14:25 91462
Haruna smiles. "Cherry AND Lemon! It works fairly well!" she says. She'll go about getting the wax paper and sliding a turnover on it and filling a plastic freezy cup with a red colored ice-slush drink. She places it down, before pursing her lips and taking it instead to a booth in the back as she motions. "C'mere. Sit down. This is a long dumb story." she says as she sighs and sits down. The sigh isn't a depressed on, just more of a 'preparing myself!' kind of one.

"So basically. My parents we're not accepting of who I choose to love when I was little." she says quietly. "My dad hit me over it. My older sister, Aki, punches him in the gut, she takes my hand and we run away." she says.

"She works her butt off providing for me. We go to Mitakihara Public School. Life is tough but it's okay. You know? Anyways. The nearby Tomoe Labs blows up and Mitakihara Public is set on fire and Aki is there helping a few kids setup for a dance. No one else was in the school. All the kids survived, except. No one found Aki." she says a little quietly, as she shifts uncomfortably.

"Everyone was sure she was dead and I was kinda of actually alone. And I became kind of distant. And I drove everyone away. And I was offered a scholarship into Infinity which was built where Mitakihara Public was." she says. "Like everyone else that went to that school." she says.

"Anyways. A few years pass. I'm a big jerk. and I like wearing black and fishnets." she says.

"I go on a field trip. We go to the America's exhibit. There's four tablets. A Bear, a lynx..." she seems to tense. "Raccoon and... a Crow. Tablet." she says.

"A shadowy crow sort of pops out from the tablet. And he goes. 'Woah, you're a mess! That's great! I can use you by promising you that I can make a wish to bring your sister back happen if you steal me souls to power this wish.'." she says.

"AND I was kind of a super mess and I would had done anything to have Aki back and also he'd kinda hooked his little talons into my head anyways at that point." she says.

She takes a deep breath. "So I become a a witch named 'Scorn', I rhyme a lot and I steal souls to bring my sister back from the dead." she pauses to sip at a glass of water she'd brought with her. The story isn't over yet, clearly.
Miho Kagami 2018-05-24 22:22:58 91463
Miho nods, listening along. "Y'know," she says, "I hear about ... parents who aren't accepting all the time, and, like ... it's almost surreal, the fact that my parents actually accept me, who've actually given me the support and help I need." She hesitates, looking like she's about to add something to that, but ... no, she decides she's not ready to come out in that direction yet, especially in the middle of the story. Instead, she says, "So what happened next?"
Haruna Kurosawa 2018-05-24 22:34:18 91464
Haruna Kurosawa says. "Well I'd been collecting souls for a few weeks. And it was... coming off as a string of weird illness comas." she says. "Then I ran into my first magical girl- and I was fought off." she says.

"Then. I met a bigger group. And that's when I met Miss White for the first time." she says quietly.

"Miss White is... this bombastic. Loud American." she says. "And she's blind, but. I forget that a lot." she says. "Miss White works for... well I can't go into detail. But it's basically the Magical Illuminati, or what I'm pretty sure is the basis for the conspiracy theory of the illuminati." she says.

"They kind of wanted me to study and as an ally and I kind of needed protection from everyone that wanted to shove their boot up my keister." she says.

"Miss White is..." she says quietly. "She's the first friend I had besides my sister. And now she's. Kind of my fiance." she says as she bites her lip. "She's kind of always been there for me since that day." she says.

"WOW I got off topic, right. Miss White was sent to drag me back." she says.

"Anyways. The 'good guys', you know. The others, figure out that I'm being played, since Corvus's end goal." a pause.

"Right Corvus is the jerk crow in the story." she says.

"Anyways. His end goal is to free himself from the tablet because the thing that's been hanging around with me is more like a avatar or a projection. They meet with the raccoon in the other tablet, named Procyon-- and he kind of helps them shove him back into the tablet."

A pause. "I'm not done yet." she says. "Sorry! This is a long story." she says with a smile.

"And..." a pause as she sinks a little. "Miss White... erm. Hannah-chan. Hannah Sharpe. That's her actual name. Her family is accepting. And love me to death. Hannah helped me... patch up things. Kind of. With my own family. Not. Fully? Things are still rocky. And I still haven't told them that she proposed. And I mean we can't even really act on that until college anyways. But." she says.

"Yeah..." she says.
Miho Kagami 2018-05-24 22:40:00 91465
Miho blinks, and ... brightens, ever so slightly, when Haruna mentions that she's engaged. "Oh, well, congratulations on that!" she says. "I've ... kind of never thought beyond 'girlfriend', but, like, I'm still in my last year of middle school anyway." She shrugs uncertainly. "Anyway, you were saying?"
Haruna Kurosawa 2018-05-24 22:57:47 91466
Haruna grins. "Well for me and Hannah-chan things just kinda clicked and magic has a way of putting you through more than the normal relationship can and also nothing says 'I love you more than anything' than punch the jeebus out of your girlfriend because a sword is in her head and then you actually die for them and then an actual miracle brings you and everyone else that died trying to save the world!" she says with wide eyes.

She gently leans back. "So. Corvus is sealed. But I'm still tied to him because I still made that dumb deal so I have to learn to live with being filled with horrible despair and darkness and rhyming uncontrollably." she says.

"Procyon helps me out though. Procyon... he made me laugh. I hadn't laughed since I was little." she says quietly. "At that point. "He was this. Goofy little raccoon. Like. Did you ever see an American cartoon named 'Loony Tunes'? It was like that, but real life." she says.

"Anyways. Things kind of. Blur for me. Because...."

"Well the Dark Kingdom, a group that no longer exists because Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Kamen power dunked them into oblivion along with everyone's help, wanted Corvus free because he'd eat everyone on Earth."

Corvus is listening to this, but he's kind of. Remaining silent on it.

"So they kidnap me and then I kind of blank on it..." she says quietly. "I understand I was kinda brainwashed and conditioned and sent back out to start stealing souls again. Only this time it was less restrained and more ritually sucking all the life out of Tokyo from the top of Clover Tower." she says.

"ANYWAYS, Hannah-chan and friends and someone who I know as 'Kami-sama' or... 'Blue' we're there-- all punched sense into me. But not until I'd finished the ritual and freed Corvus." she says.

"Then Corvus ate half of my soul and I was filled with a lot of horrid black.. energy." she says.

"So I was pretty much just gonna. become something awful." she says.

"Then all these people started. Telling me things. And then Blue told me that... that..."

She sort of rubs her far right arm a moment.

"... that my sister was alive. Not... dead. But also not. Free." she says. "She was a captive of this group called the Phantom Empire. And that she was a magical girl. Called a Pretty Cure. And that the only reason that those kids survived was because she saved them. And then she was blindsided after she was weak from doing that..." she says quietly.

"-and that her wish was that when I was old enough I'd join her. And then he gave this thing called a 'Love Seed'." she says.

"It's what a Pretty Cure, that works for Kami-sama, uses to become a become a Precure." she says.

" I used that and.. all the. Kind things everyone had told me over this whole mess." she says quietly. "To transform into a Pretty Cure and restore the broken half of myself." she says.

She pauses, but chooses to finish.

"So." she says. "I go to punch Corvus but. Part of me is still in him, you know, right? He ate half of my soul and...."

"... it felt like I did. Like those three years without Aki. And I peeked further. And I found out that. Something similar had happened to him and that he'd fought against it and for his trouble, all the demi-god spirits that watched over this tribe, we're... enclosed in those tablets." she says.

"-so that anger just festered and was awful." she says.

" rather than.. end it. I did what Pretty Cure do best!" she says.

"Which is basically what you saw me do to that thing." she says. "Sort of. Wipe out. And heal 'darkness'." she says.

"So when that was done. All that was left was this meek little silver crow. Who was sad." she says.

"...Then Procyon had to go." she says.

"But that's okay cuz then I had Corvus." she smiles.

".... oh. Right. We also. Freed Aki. and.. that's a whole other. Dumb story." she says.

"--annnnd I'm sure you're sick of hearing my voice." she beams!
Miho Kagami 2018-05-24 23:08:49 91467
Miho nods slowly, taking hits off the Cherry/Lemon Freeze throughout. "Wow, that was quite the story," she says. "Good to hear it had a happy ending, anyway. That's ..." She shakes her head, and glances down at her right hand -- the hand that had been glowing during the youma fight. "Here's hoping my story, if I ever have one, isn't going to be that ... dark." She makes a face and lowers her hand. "I mean ... magic stuff aside, you basically know about half of what there is to know about me already. I lived in a small town called Nishimura, which was ... the kind of small town where if someone says 'where's that?' you can answer 'exactly.' My dad commuted to Kyoto for work, and he got transferred to Tokyo, so we found an apartment and moved in the day before the school term began." She looks like she's about to say something else, but hesitates.
Haruna Kurosawa 2018-05-24 23:16:32 91468
Haruna Kurosawa grins. "I know that look! The 'where's that?' look. I come from a small fishing village. Very traditional." she says. "Out in the countryside." she says.

"I'm glad your parents are supportive about your choices though." she says more relaxed. "Needs to be more of that in the world." she says. "Things are a lot better for me." she says with a wink.

"Speaking of better things...." she leans forward.

"Seeing anyone?~" she asks teasingly.

"I mean. Some things are still rough. Here or there." she says. "-and they always will be. But. You know."

"One day at a time!" she beams.

Corvus rolls his eyes at the seeing anyone comment. As if this is usual Haruna foolery.
Miho Kagami 2018-05-24 23:34:21 91469
Miho nods. "Like I said, it's kinda surreal having good parents. It's almost overwhelming, sometimes. But yeah, definitely a net positive."

... aaaand then at the question, her face goes red again. She glances at Corvus just in time to catch the eyerolling, and turns back to Haruna. "Hey, first of all, I-I'm, uh --" She sputters incoherently for a few seconds as accuracy wars with staying in the other closet. "Okay, actually, look, I'm a disaster-lesbian in the Go-Home Club and I'm getting redfaced just from that question!" she says, her voice starting to sink in pitch. "Do I look like someone who'd react to being asked out with anything other than panic?" She brings her voice back up to its previous pitch. "I'm not even gonna say anything about asking someone else out ..."
Haruna Kurosawa 2018-05-24 23:43:48 91470
Haruna Kurosawa grins a little teasingly. "It's not a /bad/ thing to be redfaced and blushy over things." she says softly. She gently crosses her arms. "Disaster Lesbian sounds like my sister, anyways. For a variety of dumb reasons. Which is why I was asking~" she says.

"Considering wondering if you wanted to meet my sister sometimes. Maybe go out on a platonic kinda date!" she says with a wide eyes.

"Haruna, no." goes Corvus.

"HARUNA, YES!" goes Haruna.

Corvus rolls his eyes. "Aki's gonna be so grumpy I swear..." he mutters.

"Then let her be!" she huffs.

"Don't listen to him. He's just grumpy because I told him he couldn't eat some French fries out of the trash earlier." she says. "That's basically the major seagull food group you know!" she says.

Corvus huffs. "Not just that. We eat fish too! and... other things and..." he says. Haruna smirks and looks back to Miho. "Anyways, my sister is more low key than I am. We're kind of polar opposites." she says.

"Anyways, this way you don't need to ask someone out and someone isn't asking you out!" she beams. "It's the perfect crimeDATE! I mean Date!" she insists.

Corvus facepalms.
Miho Kagami 2018-05-25 00:02:03 91471
Miho laughs nervously. "Can I just second the 'Haruna, no'? That's two against one," she says. "I haven't even met your sister! A-and she's older than me!" She just groans at the "perfect crime" part. "I was going to say 'I can see three different ways this will probably go wrong', but you just made it four."
Haruna Kurosawa 2018-05-25 00:22:23 91472
Haruna Kurosawa rests her elbows on the table. "So? If it goes wrong, it goes wrong. It's not like that means she'll hate you forever~. And besides. I'm pretty sure Pretty Cures can't pretty mad forever~ Unless we stop being Pretty Cures." she says. " many prettys was that..." she taps her bottom lip.

"four, five including that one." says Corvus.

"Aha!" she goes, as she looks back. "Besides." she says.

"If I could even get her out on a smallll tiny date like that she might relax a little." she says. "About. Things and stuff." she says.
Miho Kagami 2018-05-25 00:29:13 91473
Miho turns. "Corvus-san, is 'five' a large number for Pretty Cures?" she says. "I kind of don't have any basis for comparison there." She narrows her eyes at Haruna. "Are the 'things and stuff' something I should know about?" She pauses, then asks, "Or should I even be asking that?", which is a question that could mean so many things ...
Haruna Kurosawa 2018-05-25 00:36:42 91474
Haruna Kurosawa sighs miserably. "So." she says softly. "Pretty Cures that work for Blue-sama aren't supposed to fall in love." she says. "It's the dumbest butt rule. And I didn't know it due to my circumstances of how I became one." she says.

"Butt anyways. It turns out that Blue-sama can't actually 'undo' making you a Pretty Cure. So the threat kind of has no teeth to begin with. or at least only tiny baby teeth that won't hurt." she says.

"Aki kind of stands by that rule and it stinks because. Sometimes you... see her peeking at couples. Or she seems grumpy whenever I mention the upcoming future wedding or going on a date with Hannah-chan and I think she kind of needs to go on one." she says.

"That's kind of the things and stuff." she mutters.
Miho Kagami 2018-05-25 00:53:54 91475
Miho narrows her eyes. "You're right, that is a ... fairly dumb-butt rule," she says flatly. "But ... Kurosawa-san, the fact that she wants to follow it anyway kind of ..." She shrugs and shakes her head, and her voice does that downward-shift in pitch. "I don't know, it just makes your attempt at getting her a date seem kinda weird, y'know? I ..." She brings the pitch of her voice back up, only for it to shift downward again as she continues. "I'd at least want to meet her without it being, y'know, a date-date. If anything beyond that was going to happen, I mean. Which it probably won't." Again she brings her pitch back up, looking slightly nervous. "But either way though!"
Haruna Kurosawa 2018-05-25 01:13:53 91476
Haruna Kurosawa huffs. "That was before she knew someone could challenge it I think." she says. "I don't think it ever occurred to her to date or try dating. and I'm not sure what she's thinking because I'm not a mind-reader." she says. "-and If I actually make a point to ask her, she'll get defensive like she always does about it." she says meekly.

"Right!" she says more brightly. "Meet her at least!" she says. "Just. After being in a mirror for a few years. She doesn't have many friends. And yeah she's a little older but not by much because of the magic mirror prison." she says.

"Because magic is super weird." she says.
Miho Kagami 2018-05-25 01:23:04 91477
Miho just SIGHS theatrically, and subconsciously crosses her arms with her left arm grasped by her right. "Well, fine ... I guess," she says. "I'm not sure what you expect me to be able to do about that, if you haven't been able to figure it out as her sister, but ... yeah." (It doesn't occur to her that the fact that Haruna is Aki's sister might be part of the actual problem with Aki opening up about romance.)

She blinks at the trapped-in-a-mirror revelation. "Oh," she says. "So, some kind of twin paradox. ... YouknowwhatI'lljust ... roll with it at this point. I mean ... it's at least good to know that magical girls also think it's all weird. Kind of ..." She glances down at her arms as she notices the position she's put them in. "... reassuring. In its own way."
Haruna Kurosawa 2018-05-25 01:32:09 91478
Haruna Kurosawa snorts. "I have a seagull friend and he talks while I talk with a guardian god of Earth through a mirror and then I punch evil jerks in the face until they quit it and my fiance is kind of a corporate villain. Of sorts." she says. "It's like a weird video game but it's weirder somehow." she says.

She grins a little. "It's weird. Don't worry. I mean. You become desensitized to it. But you never stop thinking it's weird." she says. "You start worrying when what's normal is weird~" she says with a grin.

"Right. The turn over and drink is on me~" she says.

"Got a number I can call you at?~" she asks.

"I promise I won't text you or call you all the time~" she says. She can keep that promise at least, and since Corvus doesn't react at that you can tell she's probably being sincere on that much~
Miho Kagami 2018-05-25 01:54:11 91479
Miho frowns at the "villain" part, but then she just nods slowly at Haruna's conclusion about the weirdness. "Yeah, that works for me," she says. "I don't think I can actually imagine getting used to all this, at least from where I'm standing now." She hesitates, then gets a faint smile as she says, "But I do think I should still pay, so it doesn't look like you tried to bribe me with food."

She does look at Corvus for confirmation that it's safe for her to give Haruna her phone number, then shrugs. "Well ... okay, here it is, then," she says. "Answering phone calls is easier for me, at any rate ... Oh! For the record, my cover story for my parents is that I got caught up in the stampede from people running away from the vague 'incident' that happened at the pier and I almost got hit by a car, and that you, Maki-san, and Minase-san were there to help me to my feet. And, and that I had lunch with the two of them after you left, which is actually true." She makes a face. "I'm not used to hiding things from them, but ... yeah."
Haruna Kurosawa 2018-05-25 02:04:17 91480
Haruna Kurosawa nods. "I can get finding it hard to lie." she says. "But in this line of work you kind of need to. For obvious reasons~" she says.

"Alright you can go pay Corvus, then~" she says. She isn't about to fight someone on this, she's tried. She's always lost.

"I gotta get ready for the busy late rush now~ So you can stick around and order more or take off at your leisure but I gotta get busy!" she smiles as she gets up and scurries back behind the counter!
Miho Kagami 2018-05-25 02:11:28 91481
"It's actually surprisingly easy to lie," says Miho. "I'm just not used to it." She gets up as soon as Haruna does. "Then I'll just hurry out," she says, heading towards Corvus. "It was definitely ... interesting ... meeting with you, Kurosawa-san."

And then she pays and hurries out with her left arm grasped by her right, because crowds are definitely not something she wants to be involved with at any time, much less right at this moment.