Thrown for a LOOP


Sakura and Bell are caught at the shrine, stuck in a loop! Fortunately, working together, they managed to cut back out into the real world. Only three cards to go... But something new approaches on the horizon.

Date: 2018-08-09
Pose Count: 27
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-09 16:38:46 93997
Sakura Kinomoto was sitting at one of the shrines, offering a small prayer, her head down.

She prayed for kero to get well. she prayed to save her cards. she prayed for gull's shop to succeed. shw prayed for yukito to be okay. she even prayed for riventon, that he would stop doing bad things and be nice.

Eventually, however, she prayed for strength snd wisdom. to learn from all the other wonderful magical girls. To be like them. Strong. Brave. Kind. To stop things like... the witch from happening ever again. To protect others... that was her most important wish of all. ,r
Akari Hayabusa 2018-08-09 16:53:54 93998
Why is Nightbell lurking on a rooftop in the general vicinity of the Shrine as she downs multiple cans of energy drinks and listens to dubstep on her sleek black Eclipse phone? Simple: it's because she has glowing red eyes and magical tattoos that make her look like a literal monster, which makes it very difficult to make new friends.

So far, she's spent the whole time really wanting to just go back to being Akari; apart from anything else, being a resolute loner flies in the face of the other advice Lacrima gave her.

"Ughh ..." She's halfway through with her current can; two empty cans sit nearby, with three more full ones next to her. "Rubindorn ... I'll have one more after this one, and then let's just get ready to head back.

Ping! <<SICHER, HERRIN!>> says Rubindorn.
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-09 17:05:51 93999
Sakura Kinomoto blinked and stopped. She looked around... "Hello?" she called out. she... swore she... felt something. Her magic was getting stronger, wasn't it?

Was that what she felt? She reached up to touch her necklace and frowned. was it one of the cards? However, it was already gone...

She sighed and tried to sense it but... nothing. she felt nothing. whyyy?!

Whatever it was, it was gone now. she made her way away from the shrine and... to her surprise... walked right back to it. "are there two shrines?" she asked as she walked by it snd... walked by a third? how...?
Akari Hayabusa 2018-08-09 17:28:22 94001
Bell puts down her third empty can, picks up the fourth ...

Ping! <<HERRIN, ES GIBT EINE RAUMLICHE ANOMALIE IN DIESEM SCHREIN!!>> says Rubindorn.

Bell frowns and puts the can back down, peering down at the shrine Rubindorn pointed out. "A spatial anomaly?" she mutters. "You gotta be kidding me ... Anyone else apparently noticing it?"

Ping! <<DIESES MADCHEN!>> A short beam of light appears from her pendant, pointing straight at Sakura.

Nightbell leaps off the building and swoops down towards Sakura. A surge of dark energy later, and she's in her Knight Clothing. "HEY!" she calls down at Sakura.

... This is probably going to leave her stuck in the area, too, isn't it.
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-09 17:33:44 94002
Sakura Kinomoto glanced up. and yes. yes it would. she stared and then...

"Hi!" she called out, holding her hand out to the girl. "I'm Sakura! Are you new? I don't think I've met you before . You're one of the magical girls, right?" she asked, smiling up at the woman. dhe practically radiated trust and acceptance. some love in there, too. "Don't worry. i think whatever it is is g... wait. no... oh! the shrines! it's mskong me... oh that's clever..."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-08-09 17:44:40 94003
Bell peers down at Sakura, then lands; the trust-and-acceptance grates on her in a way she can't really put her finger on. She's certainly a dark magical girl. "I ... guess you could say that," she says dryly. "I mean, I'm made out of magic, and I'm effectively a girl, so I guess that counts." She pauses, looking around. "What's 'clever'? Do you know what's going on here?"
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-09 17:50:32 94004
Sakura Kinomoto shook her head. "Not a clue!" She said happily, before drawing her key. "Key that holds the power of darkness..."

After finishong her incant, her wand formed in her hand. "but... I think it's one of the cards. So don't be scared, okay? it's going to be okay. I don't think it's angry..."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-08-09 17:54:58 94005
Bell looks at the wand with sudden interest. "Power of darkness, huh?" she says, looking it over.

Her pendant pings. <<ES GIBT KEINE DUNKLE ENERGIE!>> says a tinny voice that sounds like a cutesy version of Bell's.

"Rubindorn, my Device, says 'There's no dark energy'," Bell translates. "Um, what is that wand? And what are the 'cards'?"
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-09 18:05:49 94008
Sakura Kinomoto blinked and cocked her hewd to the side. "Dark energy? That stuff of Riventon's? No. my wand is the creation of Clow Reed." Troll of the past. "And the cards are... well... kind of... dangerous magical artifacts i accidentally let them out... and now i have to catch them. They're mostly really sweet. Some... need a bit more getting used to. but don't worry. They aren't really bad."

"So who are you?"
Akari Hayabusa 2018-08-09 18:16:47 94011
Bell realizes that she hadn't actually introduced herself properly. She shakes her head; must be the caffeine. "Name's Nightbell," she says. "I'm a living magical program from Ancient Belka, but before they could activate me, I got blasted into the Dusk Zone and got corrupted with dark energy over the course of almost a thousand years, until I got salvaged by Eclipse." She shrugs. "My body's basically a magical construct projected by my linker core that mimics a human body, and it's somewhere between thirty and fifty percent dark energy."

She hmms, and looks around, then turns away from Sakura and holds out her pendant with both hands. "Rubindorn, can you try to search for the card?"

Ping! <<BESTIMMT, HERRIN!>> There's a surge of glitchy dark energy, and then her pendant transforms into a sword with a red blade, longer than Sakura is tall! Bell seems to have no trouble holding it, though. Ping ... ping ... ping ...
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-09 18:29:53 94014
Sakura Kinomoto blinked and then... listened. She stared. and finally...

She hugged the poor girl. tightly. "I'm so, so sorry. Being alone for a thousand years must have bern horrible..." she mumbled.

She then smiled up at her. "But... you won't have to be alone ever again. okay? If you ever feel lonely, come find me and we can talk. okay?" she offered.

The card was... there. everywhere. It surrounded then on all sides. Around the entirety of the shrine, bending space so they couldn't escape. Sakura frowned as she knelt by the edge, pokong a hand out... "it's... weird. I wonder what caused this... what card. the reflection card? is that a card?" she mumbled. She tapped the divide with her hand.

"maybe we can crack it?"
Akari Hayabusa 2018-08-09 18:41:07 94017
Bell blinks, blushing faintly at the sudden hug! "Um ... hey, i-it wasn't like that!" she says. "I was only activated for the first time this past April! I didn't see the thousand years!"

(... It suddenly occurs to her that she'd rather be hugged by Mikoto. She quickly pushes the thought aside. What is even up with that!?)

She shakes her head. "Uh. I mean, I'm not objecting to making friends, though," she says. "Rubindorn, any luck finding the card?"

Ping! <<HERRIN, DIE KARTE IST UBERALL.>>

Bell frowns. "What do you mean the card's everywhere?"

<<NUN, ES BEDEUTET WAHRSCHEINLICH, DASS DIE KARTE IST UBERALL,>> Rubindorn says flatly.

Bell frowns, peering at Sakura's hand. "Crack it?" she says. "You mean, like ... just attack the edge of the ... 'barrier'?"
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-09 18:43:47 94018
Sakura Kinomoto shrugged. "i guess. ummmm..." She looked to her and frowned. Finally, she drew a card. "Maybe... here," shw said.

"Twin card!" And a duplicate of Bell appeared. Sword and all. "I don't have a sword of my own but... oh..." She wobbled a bit and fell on her butt. "That... that's harder than i thought it'd be... but... it's a... it'll do as you do. it's your twin... just umm... i don't know how long i can do that for...."

She wobbled a bit.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-08-09 18:51:34 94020
Bell blinks and frowns at her double. "Um ... okay --" She frowns as Sakura suddenly becomes unsteady. "Okay, right, let's do this quick!" she says. "Rubindorn?"

Ping! <<KARTUSCHE BEREIT!>> A gun-trigger setup extends from Rubindorn's handle.

Nightbell pulls the trigger, the sword's hilt vents black steam as it expends a magical cartridge, and the blade begins crackling with electrical dark energy. "MUDAAAAAA!" she shouts, leaping into the air, swinging her sword!
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-09 18:57:45 94021
The clone of her nodded, doing the same as it raced to the opposite side of the building(basically i walked forwsrd fivr feet, turned and cut from the other side). it leaped into te air and... cut!

Together, their blades cut through the dimensional rift and... Boom. The loop cut in half, the two pieces flew up into the air, forming a... weird circle? The edgr began to reform... but sakura was experienced now. "no! Return to your true form! clow card!" she yelled.

The card was... absorbed into a card and soon... materialized in front of them. then flew up... and floated in front of nightbell.

"Err... can... ummm... can i have that?" sakura asked.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-08-09 19:05:41 94023
Bell grabs the card out of the air. "All right!" she says. "Mission accom--"

And then suddenly, she blinks. "What!?" she says, seemingly in response to something Sakura can't hear. "No I'm not gonna destroy it!"

'Destroy it,' says the voice in her head, more insistently this time. 'It trapped you and your new friend. It deserves to be obliterated!'

Bell actually looks afraid now. "O ... kay, um ... I'm getting a really weird glitch, or something ..." She hurries over to Sakura and holds out the card. "C'mon, take it!" she says urgently. Her hand is shaking.
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-09 19:17:27 94025
Sakura Kinomoto stared with a look of horror. destroy it?! But then the card was offered to her and she took it. with a sigh of relief she took out her pen and signed it, adding it to the deck. she then smiled up at her.

"Thank you." and then another hug. "You really helped me with that. I'm not sure I could have done it without you." Giving a small squeeze before letting go. "And what do you mean glitch? OH! Like a phone? you saif you're like a computer, right? do you need to reboot?"
Akari Hayabusa 2018-08-09 19:29:28 94028
Bell blushes at the hug! "Uhhh ..." She shakes her head. "N-no problem."

She takes a step back, wanting to put some distance between Sakura and herself so that the girl doesn't get a faceful of dark energy when Rubindorn reverts to its pendant form. Which it then does. "I ... don't think it works like that," she says. "I said I'm a 'living magical program', which ... I guess there's some analogues to software on Earth's non-magical computers, but it'd be like ... trying to reboot a human, basically? But I just suddenly heard this ... voice ..."

She looks over nervously at Sakura. "... Are you okay, Sakura-san? I, uh, that twin-thing didn't take too much out of you, did it?"
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-09 19:37:22 94030
Sakura Kinomoto nodded. "Oh... maybe you need a really long nap? dad used to have me do that. when i was a little kid!" she added quickly. she wasn't a little kid now. She was twelve. "and... weird voice... ummm... want me to see if i can draw it out?" she offered, drawing the voice card. "i don't know if it'll help but... it might. and... it's fine. making a copy of another person isn't easy."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-08-09 19:42:52 94031
Bell considers this. "Maybe," she mutters. "Um. I ... have literally never had a family. Just ... associates." For some reason, she finds that this bothers her, but she just laughs it off nervously, then peers at the Voice card. "Hmm ... well, I mean ... obviously something supernatural is going on ..." She shrugs. "I don't see any reason not to try it. Go ahead. How does that card work, exactly?"
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-09 19:52:05 94032
Sakura Kinomoto nodded. Then stared. "Never had any family?" she imagined thst. no dad. no big brother. Wait. That'd be awesome. But no dad... She reached out and took her hand.

"That's awful. but... you know what? You'll never have to have no family again. okay? I'll be your little sister. okay?"

She then drew her eand and... ",Voice! Take the voice that plagues her so!" And a card appeared and a strange maiden formed... if she could take the voice or not is up to you.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-08-09 20:07:09 94034
Bell smiles wryly at the comment about being a little sister. "Well ... hmm. I'll, I'll have to think about that ..."

The card activates ... and then there's a twitch of dark purple light all around her, but there's no other effect. Bell blinks. "Rubindorn, did you get anything?"

Ping! <<ES GAB EINE REAKTION IN DEINER DUNKLE ENERGIE!>>

Bell smacks her forehead. "A reaction in my dark energy! Of course! I ..." She looks uneasily down at Sakura. "... The first few weeks I was active, I ... was just going with the flow, just ... following my urges. And ... I hurt a couple of people needlessly, and my handler ended up in the hospital because I screwed up when someone attacked her because I was only thinking of doing the most aggressive thing I could think of, and ..." She grimaces. "Ever since then, I've been doing my best to keep it under control, to not ... give in to my urges. Not just doing what the darkness wants me to do. Fighting the darkness."
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-09 20:13:44 94035
Sakura Kinomoto stared up at her. She nodded and then... "Dad says everyone sometimes has bad desires or goals. Jist things they want to do, but they shouldn't. but... he says there's nothing wrong with that."

She reached up and held her hands, staring up at her. "It's not what pops up in your head that matters. it's what you do with those desires. so... even if you think bad things sometimes, like wanting to kick toya in the shins, it's only if you do it that you're being bad."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-08-09 20:24:26 94037
Bell blinks, looking down at Sakura, and ... smiles faintly. "I know," she says. "This dark energy isn't me." She makes a face. "... I've honestly thought once or twice about trying to get purified, but ... first of all, it makes me in the neighborhood of three times as powerful as I would be otherwise, which I still feel like I kind of need, given the outside threats that attack Earth ... and second of all, my body's somewhere between thirty and fifty percent Dark, and I don't know anyone who'd be able to repair damage that extensive." Wow, backwards priorities much?

She sighs, then produces a business card and hands it to Sakura. On one side, there's an image of a stylized eclipse; on the other, the name "NIGHTBELL" is printed in large, unfriendly letters, accompanied by ... a strange looking phone number. "Feel free to text me if you ever need help dealing with another one of those cards," she says. "Don't worry, the phone number actually works." She hesitates, then says, "Also, I'm ... probably not strictly following the rules by giving you this, so ..." She gently puts a hand on Sakura's shoulder. "... be very careful about actually calling me up, will ya? There's a nonzero risk that you'd be putting yourself in danger."
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-09 20:31:12 94038
Sakura Kinomoto took the card and stared at it. then... smiled up at her. "I understand if you're scared of being hurt. I'm sure there's a magical girl who can heal it. and... about the threats. don't worry. There are a LOT of really powerful magical girls. Like sailor moon, or cure gull, or so many others. And I'm getting stronger every day so... you never have to be afraid no matter what."

She pocketed the card. "and if you need me, ummm... here's my number." she'd say iy."And don't worry. if you call for me... you won't be in danger i promise. "
Akari Hayabusa 2018-08-09 20:35:07 94039
Nightbell chuckles. "Well ... I'll think about it," she says. "Got her number recorded, Rubindorn?"

Ping! <<JA!>>

Bell nods. "See you later, Sakura-chan," she says, turning away. "... The 'little sister' thing does sound neat, but I'd want to show you a certain secret about myself first, and I'm gonna want some time to think about that." And with that, she waves, and then rises off the ground, flying back up to the rooftop she'd been on before.
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-09 20:37:46 94040
Sakura Kinomoto cocked her head to the side. Something... to show her? she hoped it would be fun.

Before leaving, she walked to the shrine. prayed for her new big sisters safety...