Kyouko isn't used to ribs that don't heal on their own, so Life Mahou Joy gives her a hand.

Date: 2018-07-30
Pose Count: 18
Kyouko Sakura 2018-07-30 17:39:15 93216
    Kyouko Sakura is no stranger to pain. This is the girl who cracked her own soul gem, who walked with a cane for three weeks after Walpurgisnacht, who blew herself up just to spite Queen Beryl. What she is a stranger to is pain which does not go away on its own very quickly. Puella, you see, heal at an astounding rate. It's a side-effect of a body that is, essentially, a construct. Not all heal as fast as Sayaka, but in the past, a few broken bones would have knit and been healed good-as-new within a few hours. That's just how it is with Puella.

    The problem is that Kyouko isn't quite a Puella anymore.

    It's a thing she's been aware of for a while now, the altering of her power. But this is the first time that the consequences have become clear. The fact that, as aberrant an existence as Puella are, there are definite perks to the condition, and as wonderful as being Shitennou is, it comes with some drawbacks.

    That's why, about twelve hours after getting thrown with bone-crushing force into a concrete wall by Sailor Earth, Kyouko is still stretched out on the couch in the ECFH. She's de-henshined, wearing a tanktop and jeans, with an ice-pack wrapped in a towel held against her right side just under her arm. She's trying not to move too much, because currently moving hurts. She's not whining, or crying, but rather looking up at the ceiling with a determinedly 'I can handle this, its fine' look on her face.
Miho Kagami 2018-07-30 17:47:16 93217
Miho just happened to decide that it was time to pay another visit to the ECFH. She noticed in one of her earlier visits where the other rules-list was ...

... and so now Life Mahou Joy arrives, for the first time, arrives via the balcony. She gives a quick knock, then steps in. "Hey, Sakura-san," she says, in a clear, bright, and probably almost wholly unfamiliar voice. And then almost immediately, in a lower tone, "Oh right ..." She lowers her pitch a into a sort of androgyny, adds scratchiness, and then says, "This is Miho, by the way," in Miho's voice.

She's about to de-henshin, but then she sees the towel which clearly has something wrapped in it. "... Everything okay?" she says, letting her voice go back up.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-07-30 17:50:22 93218
    Kyouko doesn't even bother to look around when she hears.. senses, really- someone land on the balcony. This is pretty normal for around here, although when she hears an unfamiliar voice, her eyes do flick to the side. She starts to move a little, then winces and stays where she is. "Ah.. oh. Miho, huh." She says, in a voice which hangs on the edge of politeness.

    She shifts slightly, then when Miho asks if everything is okay, she grunts. "Oh sure, fine. Just got a rather painful reminder that my body has decided quick healing is for suckers these days." She tilts her head down towards the ice. "Think I broke a rib or two last night while trying to teach that damn Endymion wanna-be a lesson." A sigh. "Not even sure if we got her, in the end."
Miho Kagami 2018-07-30 17:59:23 93219
Life Mahou Joy nods, and immediately walks over. "Want some help with that?" she says, her gloved hand briefly glowing with minty-green light. "It is kind of why I joined Virtue in the first place," she adds dryly

She hesitates. "'Endymion wannabe'? You're talking about this so-called Sailor Earth? I saw stuff about that on HeartNet last night. I was in the wrong part of town, though, I didn't find out about it until it was all over."
Kyouko Sakura 2018-07-30 18:06:45 93221
    Kyouko quirks a brow as Joy walks over, eyeing the green and glowing hand. "You're a healer?" She asks, sounding a bit suspicious- not because she has any reason to doubt Miho in particular, but just because it is her nature not to trust people she doesn't know very well. After a moment though, she seems to consider her options- Mamoru still can't heal until he gets his magic back from Earth, and who knows when Daisuke might be by next. Seems silly not to accept an offer when its given.

    "Alright, fine. But just the minimum, alright? I don't like other people's magic getting all mixed up in me." Unless its someone she trusts- again, no shade to Miho. Kyouko is just paranoid about things like this, the same way she doesn't really go for casual touch except with a select few individuals. But even aside from just the fact that it hurts, she can't fight like this, at least not well, and that's reason enough to want to get it handled.

    "Yeah, Earth. It went down really quick, whole thing couldn't have been more than ten minutes start to finish. Apparently she's decided to stop skulking around, finally."
Miho Kagami 2018-07-30 18:22:21 93224
Life Mahou Joy blinks. "Yeah, that's what I told you and Osaka-san the last time I met you here," she says. She hesitates, and shrugs. "Hmm, all right, I'll do my best. Definitely better reasoning than Stahlritter-san trying to refuse treatment and tough it out just for the machismo of it. Wish I could've helped you guys last night, though."

She holds her hand a few inches away from Kyouko's side, and focuses. "Gonna need to be quiet for a moment, my Blessing needs takes calm and focus," she murmurs. Just under thirty seconds later, her hand begins to glow with a more sustained minty green light, and the energy of the Life Blessing flows into Kyouko, easing her pain and starting to heal her ribs.

Another fifteen seconds later, Joy abruptly closes her hand, and the glow extricates itself from Kyouko and then vanishes. "All righty," she says. "Bare minimum, like you said." It's closer to halfway-healed. "How's that? Can you stand?"
Kyouko Sakura 2018-07-30 18:26:19 93226
    Kyouko snorts in faint amusement at the comment about 'Stahlritter-san'. "Yeah that sounds like Alex, alright." She says, with a superior attitude she totally does not deserve to have. She shrugs slightly at the comment about last night. "There will be plenty of chances, believe me. There always are."

    She nods and says nothing as Joy places her hand near her side and concentrates. After a short time, she lets out a soft exhalation as the pain does indeed begin to fade. She glances down as Joy stops what she's doing, and nods her head. "I could stand before, it just hurt like hell if I tried to do anything like 'move'." She notes, but she swings her legs off of the couch and stands experimentally.. twisting this way and that. There's a bit of a wince at the extreme edge of her twist, but otherwise she seems pretty limber.

    "Yeah, that'll do." SHe says, shaking her arms out a little. "Just not used to the whole 'not healing right away' thing, yet. Thanks."
Miho Kagami 2018-07-30 18:32:23 93228
Life Mahou Joy nods. She kind of wants to heal Kyouko fully, but she's going to respect her boundaries. "I haven't personally seen Alexis-kun trying to tough things out, but from what Rashmi-chan tells me ... yeah."

And then ... she looks away and grimaces slightly as she's briefly engulfed in a minty-green glow, and then it's Miho standing there. "No problem!" she says, in her usual scratchy-and-fairly-androgynous voice, then hesitates. "'Not healing right away?'" she says. "What do you mean?"
Kyouko Sakura 2018-07-30 18:35:46 93229
    "I mean," Kyouko says, as she.. well, she doesn't flop, it's still not quite ready for that, but she does sit back down on the couch in a more normal posture, leaning forward with her elbows on her knees. "That Puella heal really quickly, and from wounds that would be fatal to normal people. I've been stabbed through, had my arm near torn-off, broken practically every bone in my body, and generally a few hours later I'm good to go again." She snorts. "I think it used to drive Mamoru crazy that I wouldn't let him heal me sometimes, but I knew it would get better on its own quick enough."

    She sighs. "But I'm not a Puella anymore, at least not entirely. When you do something like make an Oath to the Prince of the Earth, it changes you, and I mean that literally. Seems like I don't get to have that kinda super-fast healing anymore." Which is a bit of a problem for Kyouko, whose fighting style often can be summed up as 'relentlessly reckless'. "It takes some getting used to, is all."
Miho Kagami 2018-07-30 18:45:42 93231
Miho grimaces slightly at Kyouko's description of her injuries, then nods slowly. She knows what a Puella is from looking up on HeartNet, too. "I mean, I know how he probably felt," she says. "I just want to help everyone now that I have my powers." She grins. "But if I got hurt, I think I'd try healing myself first, too, so I also know where you're coming from there."

She thinks about all this for a moment. "You know, this is gonna sound like hold hat to you, but we really need to get Mamoru-san's powers back," she says. "I ... kind of want to try seeing if my Life Blessing can help him out, but I'll definitely try to show up the next time something happens."
Kyouko Sakura 2018-07-30 18:53:10 93232
    "It's not really about self-reliance." Kyouko says, with a faint smile. "It's pride, and the fact that I don't like owing people. Because old habits die hard, and I'm used to living a life where debts can get you killed. Even though I know most people around here wouldn't abuse 'em like that.. well. Like I said, old habits die hard. It's hard for me to feel like I owe somebody something I can't really repay." She shrugs. "I'll get over it. Someday."

    On the topic of Mamoru's powers, she says, "The only thing that's gonna get him his powers back is when we put Sailor Earth in the ground." Said coldly, firmly. She believes it. "I ain't turning away any help, mind, if you can help out then you'll be welcome. Just warning you that it ain't gonna be pretty."
Miho Kagami 2018-07-30 19:05:44 93235
Miho smiles and nods. "Well, okay, I can definitely understand pride, too, I'm just saying," she says. "Glad you're on course for getting over it, though, I won't pester you about anything else."

Even if Kyouko genuinely believes that Sailor Earth needs to die, Miho really looks like she doesn't want to believe it. She opens and closes her mouth a few times, then shrugs. "Yeah, I mean ..." Her voice is slightly lower-pitched now, and even more androgynous. "I hope we don't have to kill someone ... but ..." She shakes her head, and crosses her arms with her left arm grasped in her right. "It's probably gonna be inevitable no matter what, right?" She smiles weakly. "I try to be realistic, and I know the world isn't ... all sunshine and rainbows." She frowns. "And ... someday ... maybe even I ... might need to ..."

Her left arm begins emitting green-black wisps of shadow where she's grasping it, and her right hand gets a minty glow. Her shadow becomes solid black and whispers, "... murder someone ..."

Miho smacks her left arm, and the magical effects vanish. "None of that, you!" she says sharply. She smiles nervously at Kyouko, bringing it back to her usual out-of-henshin pitch. "Sorry, that's, uh, that's my Death Curse. It seems to sort of ... parrot my negative emotions and bad moods and stuff like that, but it skews everything towards ... the ... worst possible way of looking at stuff, basically."
Kyouko Sakura 2018-07-30 19:14:20 93238
    Kyouko narrows her eyes at the little display of Death Curse, and she gets noticably tense for a moment, at least until Miho subdues it with relative ease. She eyes the girl, however, because the last thing she wants hanging around the place is a ticking time-bomb if it turns out she isn't as in-control as she appears to be.

    Still, for the moment, she seems satisfied to give Miho the benefit of the doubt, and she relaxes after Miho's arm returns to normal. "Just as long as you aren't going to try and murder me, or any of my family, we're cool." She says, with a faint smile. Then she looks serious.

    "It's not like I wanna kill anybody. I mean, I don't get pleasure out of it. But sometimes it's either you or them, and that's just the way the world is, and in those situations, it's always gonna be them if I have anything to say about it." She shrugs. "Look, Mamoru is the nicest, most forgiving dude in the whole world. He gives people an insane number of second-chances they don't deserve, and I should know. He hates hurt people, anybody, even people who have done him wrong. But even he's come to the realization that there ain't any other choice here. She's proven herself unable to be reasoned with, and she's tried to hurt us, and worse, people we know and love who have nothing to do with this, and unless we stop her she's going to keep doing it because she's crazy. Not to mention, it could literally be endangering the entire world for her to be holding Mamoru's powers hostage, and that's not an exaggeration. He's the soul of the planet. Not a metaphor. The actual planet."
Miho Kagami 2018-07-30 19:23:03 93239
Miho grins, noticing Kyouko's look. "Don't worry, the Death Curse is only dangerous to me," she says. "And even then, that glow from my other hand was because the Life Blessing was winning." She makes a face. "... also I've sort of nicknamed the voice Liquid Miho, or maybe like Liquid Joy since my ... magical name is Life Mahou Joy. It's, uh, it's a really dumb reference."

She nods along with Kyouko's speech, just listening intently and taking it all in. "I understand," she says, her voice going down to its lower pitch again. "It's why I ... basically accepted it right away instead of trying to argue about it. If even Mamoru-san says it's necessary ..." She takes a deep breath. "... I'll, I'll defer to him."
Kyouko Sakura 2018-07-30 19:29:13 93241
    Kyouko seems able to take Miho's word for the fact that her Death Curse isn't dangerous to anyone else, at least for now. She doesn't get the reference, as she's hardly played any video games in her life, but she just nods and smiles anyway.

    "That's good." Kyouko says with conviction, as Miho says she won't argue about it. "Because even if you wanted to, I'm the wrong person to try and convince. I think Mamoru's too soft already. And he knows I think that, but he's the Prince so he gets to make the call. If it were up to me, we wouldn't have waited this long, but.." A faint shrug. "Anyway. Look, this isn't your fight. We'll accept your help if you want to give it, but if it makes you uncomfortable... if you don't want to get your hands dirty, nobody is going to give you grief about it. Healing help is more than valuable enough."
Miho Kagami 2018-07-30 19:36:31 93243
Miho nods. "Okay, got it," she says, managing a smile. "I've got enough fights from the youma that're after me in particular, anyway. And helping out my immediate circle of friends." She shrugs. "I'll see you around, all right? Lemme know if you need my help again, Mamoru-san and Osaka-san have my number."
Kyouko Sakura 2018-07-30 19:38:46 93245
    "Yeah.. and if you need help with any of those, the ones that are after you, don't hesitate to ask, alright?" Kyouko says, sitting back on the couch again. "Unless there's some other crisis going on, which usually there isn't, I'm always on board for dealing with some youma. Nothing complicated there."

    She nods her head as Miho seems to be readying to depart. "Yeah. And thanks. It really does feel a lot better, and I'm not sure when I would have gotten to have it dealt with if you hadn't stopped by."
Miho Kagami 2018-07-30 19:42:38 93246
Miho smiles and nods. "Okay, got it!" she says. "Later, then!" She heads back out towards the balcony, pauses, and then transforms back into Life Mahou Joy in a minty green column of light before she steps out and takes flight.