Green and Mint

Miho and Moriko meet in the Park.

Date: 2018-07-01
Pose Count: 35
Miho Kagami 2018-07-01 17:07:05 92390
It's a nice bright sunny day, and Miho is riding her bike through the park, dressed in a forest-green T-shirt and black shorts, plus a pink helmet. There appears to be some sort of scroll inside her bike's basket. She coasts her bike to a stop near a small group of trees which looks just dense enough to hide, say, a picnic from casual passerby; she hops off and starts walking her bike over to it.
Moriko Hayashi 2018-07-01 17:13:53 92391
Moriko Hayashi is already at the park, her skates off and next to her, the helmet resting upside down next to them and a pair of sandles replacing them for now. Otherwise she's wearing a pink top and a pair of capris. She's got three poker chips in front of her and a 4th in hand. An open book in the other shows that she's trying to learn how to properly palm and misdirect with them. Just because she prefers card tricks doesn't mean she doesn't want to learn the others after all. There's also a small, green gem sitting in the crease of the book, holding the page for now in case of gusts of wind.
Miho Kagami 2018-07-01 17:19:47 92392
Suddenly, one of the pedals on Miho's bike slams into the back of her leg, causing her to let out a boyish squawk and leaving a couple of red marks. She lets out a higher-pitched whimper, then giggles and mock-sternly waves her finger at the pedal and says, "You stop that!" in her usual scratchy and fairly androgynous voice. "Oh well," she mutters, and resumes walking her bike into the trees, much more careful about the pedals this time.
Moriko Hayashi 2018-07-01 17:23:15 92393
Moriko Hayashi turns her head at the sound. There's a look of curiousity on her features, something of a hint of recognition. Spinning on the bench, she grabs her crystal and slips it into her pocket, then the rest of her stuff is gathered up which ends with the skates hooked over a shoulder by a strap. Walking towards the girl, she waits until she's closer (Should Miho have stopped) to ask curiously, "Are you okay miss? That sounded like it hurt."
Miho Kagami 2018-07-01 17:31:52 92394
Miho had just put down her bike, sat down against a tree, and unrolled the scroll, which is revealed to be a surprisingly long ofuda. Grabbing her leg, she starts focusing on the red marks left by the pedal ...

And then she lets out a squawk as Moriko comes up behind her, a burst of minty-green light appearing from her fingers! "Uhhhh yes I'm fine nothing to worry about!" she babbles nervously; her voice somehow manages to sound simultaneously higher-pitched, and even more androgynous.
Moriko Hayashi 2018-07-01 17:43:39 92395
Moriko Hayashi facepalms at the sudden sqwuak. She leans to the side to look at the ofuda, not actually too familiar with them. Making her way over, she starts to try and peek at it, seeming to ignore the green sparks. "Are you sure? You're acting strange~" Her tone teasing. She then hesitates, running a thought through her head.

There's a sudden look of maybe-recognition, then she looks more closely at Miho. Then it clicks and she suddenly pulls that gem free, "I uh, know some of the stuff going on?" She offers, holding it up. Then she quickly pockets it, "Mine is just broken though."
Miho Kagami 2018-07-01 17:50:07 92396
Miho tries to put her hands over the ofuda, which seems to display a sort of seismograph with a blue line that ends with a major quake. "Uhhh, you saw nothing!" she says frantically, with a faint note of resignation underneath it.

... which completely switches off when the girl gets out her crystal. "... Oh. Okay," she says, relaxing and getting control over her voice again. She laughs nervously. "I ... My name's Kagami Miho. I don't have any, uh, 'artifacts' or anything like that, I just have a curse and a blessing that's been passed down. What do you mean, broken?"
Moriko Hayashi 2018-07-01 17:53:25 92397
Moriko Hayashi shrugs and says, "It doesn't work. It's supposed to be green I guess." She shrugs, not seeming concerned about it as she pockets the crystal again. Hooking her thumbs in her pockets for a moment, she instead switches poses, hands behind her back as she considers. "Hayashi Moriko." There's a moment of curiousity, then she asks almost pointedly, "Did you have another name too?" Which might be mistaken for the cover names, or it might be something else. The kind of question someone who has more curiousity than tact.
Miho Kagami 2018-07-01 17:59:23 92398
Miho hmms, peering at the pocket where the crystal was put. "I'd ask whoever gave it to you for instructions," she says. "Maybe you're just missing something. She pauses at the other question. "I'm not sure yet, I just know my blessing came from someone with the title 'Life Mahou Wonder' ... but ..."

She peers at Moriko, seemingly scrutinizing her, then breaks into a smile. "Hey ... are you trans too?"
Moriko Hayashi 2018-07-01 18:02:26 92399
Moriko Hayashi pats the pocket and says, "I was told to keep it on hand and not to give it to another friend of ours from back then." She shrugs after while adding, "What kind of curse then? If you've got the blessing from... is it a past life?" She sounds like she's trying to wrap her head around magic.

Then her cheeks go red and she says, "I wasn't trying to be that blunt in asking!"
Miho Kagami 2018-07-01 18:07:28 92400
Miho giggles and leans back against the tree, a blush of her own starting to form. "Sorry, sorry!" she says. "I mean ..." She looks around. "It's best to just ask upfront instead of just guessing or whatever, and I mean, we're alone here, so it's not like we have to worry about anyone listening in or anything." She laughs. "And also, I just wasn't expecting to meet, y'know, another trans girl."

She hmms, and puts her hands back around her leg. "... As for the curse ... my great grandmother got hit with a Death Curse, and Life Mahou Wonder used her Life Blessing to counteract it." She grins up at Moriko. "And it's been passed down from mother to daughter since then," she adds significantly.
Moriko Hayashi 2018-07-01 18:12:01 92401
Moriko Hayashi turns on her heel and huffs, "It's not as much fun when the answer's just out though is it? There's no mystery to solve!" She then peeks over her shoulder, cheeks still red. "Yes though." Arms crossed, she slowly turns to face the other girl and asks, "Is it that rare here? I thought it was more-... well I was afraid of being a new half." She scowls, then stops.

"ANYWAY! Curse from mother to daughter sounds annoying. I have nothing like that unless you count mom being a Marine." Her head tilts just a touch, "What's the line on your paper for?"
Miho Kagami 2018-07-01 18:22:16 92402
Miho shrugs. "It's, y'know, kind of personal, yeah," she says. "I ... think I prefer being either straightforward or keeping it hidden, instead of dancing around it or trying to out someone who doesn't want to be outed. And that's whether we're talking about gender or magic." She shrugs. "Not that I don't like a good mystery myself," she adds, "but the above still stands. I'm mostly just good at watching people, just to learn how to act more feminine."

She nods to the ofuda. "Basically, it's measuring how much control I have over my power when I try to use it," she says. "I have healing powers ... among other things ... but I kind of need to be calm and focused to use 'em." She focuses on the red marks on her leg, letting her hands rest on them for a moment, and the ofuda acts like a sort of meter or dial, wobbling ever so slightly. A faint minty glow starts emanating from her hands for a moment, but disappears without an apparent effect.
Moriko Hayashi 2018-07-01 18:32:59 92403
Moriko Hayashi rests her hands on her hips and grins, "I'm as feminine as I need to be. I've known plenty of tomboys, trying to obsess over it was going to drive me insane." She then drops her hands and adds, "Besides, I've got other things I have to focus on too." Leaning forward, she points and adds, "If you're trying to hide magic, you should get like, an art portfolio to hide the giant magic scroll thing. It stands out."

And then there's the explanation of the ofuda. "So it's a meter." There's a pause, then a grin, "I wonder if magic works with those electrical meters. The kind with the two prongs." She holds two fingers up for emphasis of that.
Miho Kagami 2018-07-01 18:45:21 92404
Miho nods and shrugs. "The thing is, people in this city who aren't in-the-know do not notice," she says. "They just refuse to see things that 'can't be real'." She looks up at Moriko. "Which is good for you 'n' me as far as transitioning goes, but ... I literally got attacked by a monster that wanted to get access to my curse that blew up part of the pier, and the only thing the news said was that there was some kind of 'incident' that happened at the docks that made people run away. A month ago, I saw a crater in the park here that was obviously left by someone falling from a high altitude, and the only response was the city's landscapers showing up and complaining about red tape." She grins. "And the last person I said 'you saw nothing' to? They just rolled their eyes and walked off." She makes a face. "It wasn't fun, though, so, uh, I'll keep the portfolio thing in mind."

At the speculation, she just shrugs. "Dunno, I just got this from an onmyouji who saved me from the monster I mentioned. When she used it, it was just a straight line from beginning to end." After another moment of just focusing on her leg, the line goes flat and turns green, and a sustained minty glow comes out of her hands and wraps around her leg. The marks left by the bike-pedal accident simply vanish.
Moriko Hayashi 2018-07-01 19:08:42 92405
Moriko Hayashi shrugs and says, "My friend was convinced I wouldn't be able to see or believe any of it." She grins and leans forward, "I can't see all of it, but at the same time, I enjoy the benefits of wanting to believe everything, so that I can disprove it. If you go in with the idea it's real and try to take it apart from the top down, it's more fun."

There's some consideration, then she adds, "I think that crater was the big knight guy that saved me from the sickle thing actually." She scowls, "Anyway! That's a neat trick." She's been watching the attempts to heal, steadily creeping forward to do so. "Also you should check your pedals if they're slipping that easy."
Miho Kagami 2018-07-01 19:22:18 92406
Miho nods. "I found it easy to believe, myself," she says. "Which was unusual in and of itself. I'm pretty sure it was basically because my magic has been pretty much 'active' inside me my whole life." She smiles. "If you've actually seen your first youma and you're still skeptical ... I guess the only thing to do is figure out how to transform. Was this on May 24? The crater was caused by this bright light that fell from the sky on that afternoon, I've been wondering about it since then."

She looks down at her leg. "Hmm, well, the pedals slipping isn't the problem," she says. "It's more, I need to watch where I'm putting my legs when I'm walking it along so that the pedal doesn't hit 'em, it doesn't even happen that much."
Moriko Hayashi 2018-07-01 19:34:34 92407
Moriko Hayashi shakes her head and says, "I don't know why I find it easy to believe if I want to take it apart, but there you go." She shakes her head, laughs and continues, "I don't... uh, yeah. Wasn't thinking about that. I don't think it was though. I just know we made a mess of things."

She considers the comment, then shrugs, "You smacked it pretty hard there tiher way right?"
Miho Kagami 2018-07-01 19:52:13 92408
Miho peers at Moriko. "You sound like someone who likes mysteries," she says. "Even when the answer's right in front of you." She hesitates. "I ... don't really have much 'wisdom' to give you or anything, I don't actually know where to go from there, but ... yeah, I dunno."

She shrugs. "As far as messes go, I know a friend with a magic book she can use to create these barriers that only magical people can see, and any collateral damage that happens there just vanishes when she switches it off." She makes a face. "I haven't been wondering about the falling light that hard, ever since I found out that I have much more important things to worry about," she says. "It turns out that there's multiple monsters trying to chase me down to use my curse, and like four different people have pointed out that I'm gonna end up needing to transform just to defend myself, so ... yeah." She looks at her right hand for a moment; briefly, a minty glow starts to spiral around it, but she clenches her fist and it vanishes. "I already know I'm willing and able to heal people, I've just kind of been trying to bring myself mentally to the point where I'm ready to transform and fight monsters."

She just shrugs at the comment about the pedal hitting herself, and murmurs, "Not really, it just startled me."
Moriko Hayashi 2018-07-14 15:30:19 92584
Moriko Hayashi shrugs, "The mystery's fun, that's the core of stage magic after all. I don't think knowing the tricks behind it makes it any less fun either though!" There's a headtilt, a moment of thought, then she asks, "Well, I didn't really ask for wisdom, so I think you're off the hook."

"I didn't see that. It was just a big armored guy and a monster-thing. I was mostly just hiding or trying to make something work. Neither seemed to want to cooperate..." She scowls, "ANYWAY! Being able to heal yourself or others is at least a nice thing right? Unless it's a monkey paw thing, that might not be nice. You said it was curse related..."
Miho Kagami 2018-07-14 15:40:36 92585
Miho nods. "Well, like I said, you should talk to the person who gave you that crystal," she says. "I bet they'll clear everything right up. As for my own stuff ..." She shrugs. "The blessing and the curse are separate, the blessing was originally just to keep the curse down. I'm fine with healing, it's just the 'henshin into a hero' part I'm having trouble with." She smiles. "But that's just my own problem, I'm still figuring out how to rationalize it all."
Moriko Hayashi 2018-07-14 15:43:28 92586
Moriko Hayashi adjusts her satchel and sticks her tongue out, "I plan on doing that. It's just been busy. And saying, "I was attacked and my magic woo wasn't working." isn't the best intro." Finding something to lean against, she settles in comfortably and asks, "Do you have to do the henshin thing? Seems really inconvenient. Seems like it would be easier to just hide that you're magical and just burst on scene you know?" She shrugs, "Though that doesn't work out for super heroes I guess."
Miho Kagami 2018-07-14 15:50:55 92587
Miho chuckles. "Sounds like a perfectly good intro if you're that annoyed," she says. She shrugs. "Well, right now the only way I can use my blessing is to heal people and make nifty special effects," she says. "I've ... tried, but it seems like the only way I can do things like shoot lasers is if I'm in henshin." She hesitates, but decides not to mention the Death Curse's memory of getting blasted by a Wonder Shining Ray. "Besides, most superheroes I've seen tend to be able to keep their powers secret if they run off to change and then run back onto the scene."
Moriko Hayashi 2018-07-14 16:08:03 92588
Moriko Hayashi shakes her head and says, "I am annoyed, but that's a rude way of doing it and not very... uh." She stops, thinking, "Not very helpful in the short or long term in getting said help. I'll be fine, I was fine after all. Just have to get them in one place long enough to teach me how to activate it, right?" She holds a finger up and adds, "That's true, but that's through training, not because it gets turned off!"
Miho Kagami 2018-07-14 16:16:45 92589
Miho nods. "That's fair, that's fair," she says. "I've, uh ... had a bunch of issues dealing with people once I started transitioning." She shrugs. "... That said, I now feel like I have more friends in Tokyo at once than I ever did in total before I moved here." She grins. "I guess part of it helps that just about everyone I've met is either magical, or is just in-the-know about magic."

She peers at Moriko. "Hm. My gut tells me that real-world magical girls work very differently from pop culture superheroes." She shrugs. "I mean ... I don't have any experience, of course, but ... I dunno."
Moriko Hayashi 2018-07-15 19:04:43 92625
Moriko Hayashi shakes her head and says, "I uh, was always kind of girly, my friends never questioned it." She doesn't sound like she's complaining. She does add quietly, "I changed my name when we moved back to Tokyo though."

She considers for a few moments, then points to Miho and asks, "So what kind of magical girls have you run into then? You say they're not like the shows. I uh, didn't watch a lot of them, so I'm curious!"
Miho Kagami 2018-07-15 19:16:27 92626
Miho nods. "I figured out pretty quickly that I'd 'always' been a girl, I just never realized it until it was out in front of me," she says. "... I also never realized that there was a supernatural component, but lemme tell you, this is an improvement."

The other question makes her smile. "Well, there's actually several different kinds, really," she says. "I met Tuxedo Kamen and a couple of his cronies once, he's the one who gave me the lowdown on magic originally." (She decides not to explain why he gave her the lowdown on magic.) "There's a bunch of people who use 'Intelligent Devices', which are these magical devices from ... at least two different planets. I've had a couple encounters with a witch with a magic book. There's this whole category of brightly-colored magical girls called Pretty Cures, who ... aren't allowed to fall in love for some reason, but apparently it's only written down in the rules, there's actually stopping them. I even met someone who seems to be part-fox-youkai, and the onmyouji I mentioned whose costume is basically just a shrine maiden outfit." She shrugs. "I don't feel like any of them really completely fit anything I've seen on TV or in manga."
Moriko Hayashi 2018-07-15 19:27:24 92627
Moriko Hayashi nods and says softly, "I uh, same mostly? I didn't think of it that way though? It was just me." She shrugs a touch and tries to change away from that subject again though.

"Tuxedo Kamen? That's an odd name. Why Tuxedo? Who fights in one? That's silly." Says the girl who will be fighting in a stage magician's coat. A tuxedo coat one could say. She listens quietly and says, "You know when you said brightly colored I was thinking my friends, but huh." She shrugs. Shakes her head and says, "I didn't really expect any of that I guess?"
Miho Kagami 2018-07-15 19:36:03 92628
Miho takes the hint about that thread of conversation, and just smiles faintly. "Just between you and me, he is kind of silly," she says. "But yeah, I wasn't expecting any of this either. One minute, I was just trying to work up the nerve to call a classmate to help me with schoolwork. And then the next minute, everything changed." She tilts her head curiously. "Who are your friends, by the way?"
Moriko Hayashi 2018-07-15 19:59:37 92629
Moriko Hayashi rolls her shoulders back and says, "Kind of silly? Like... well alright." She shakes her head. Then she holds her hands up and says, "Nono, I uh, I don't know if I'm supposed to share that kind of thing?" She pauses, "They're about color though?" Then she shakes her head and settles in. "I forgot their name. Sorry."
Miho Kagami 2018-07-15 20:03:58 92630
Miho blinks, and nods. "Okay, right, sorry about that," she says. She grins. "I've been treating ... outing each other about magical secret identities as basically being the same thing as outing each other in any other category, if you take my meaning." She shrugs. "So don't worry about it."
Moriko Hayashi 2018-07-15 20:22:20 92631
Moriko Hayashi nods and says, "It's a bit strange to think about, it's weird right? But it's not that weird in context, so I try to think of it that way. Which is why I'm kind of paranoid about saying it, I don't want to ruin something right?"
Miho Kagami 2018-07-15 20:26:07 92632
Miho nods. "Definitely true," she says. "But here's what a Pretty Cure told me: Don't worry, it is weird. You'll eventually get desensitized to it, but it will never stop being weird. The point at which you should start worrying is if what's normal is weird." She shrugs. "Of course, I'm nowhere near getting desensitized yet, myself."
Moriko Hayashi 2018-07-15 20:42:27 92633
Moriko Hayashi nods at that and says flatly, "I'll get used to it, you can get used to just about anything. Doesn't mean it's not weird." She shrugs after, then pulls out her phone and holds up a finger. She taps at the phone for a few moments, then says, "I need to get home, sorry!"
Miho Kagami 2018-07-15 20:43:14 92634
Miho smiles and nods. "Exactly my point!" she says, and waves. "I'll see you around, then! My phone number is ..."