Big Sis Nightbell (Akari)

Nightbell invites Sakura over so that she can reveal her secret identity as Akari. Akari then invites Sakura to her birthday party!

Date: 2018-08-11
Pose Count: 21
Rosalie Janus 2018-08-11 01:05:48 94066
In the early evening, Nightbell texted Sakura inviting her over to visit to talk about "your idea that I said sounded neat." Obviously, she's talking about Sakura's idea of being Bell's little sister! She gave her the address of an apartment complex in Mitakihara. "Come around the back, then text me to let you know you're here."

There's a brick wall behind the building, hiding the area from the alleyway behind the next building over. The only source of illumination is a light fixture above the back door, which seems to shine directly onto the backdoor itself.
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-11 01:12:26 94067
Sakura Kinomoto is sakura! so of course she doesn't think there's anything dangerous with going to visit the house of a creature of dark energy. Because what could possibly be dangerous about that, aside from everything? So of course she showed up a while later.

She reached out and knocked on the door. "Helllllo? Nightbell-senpai?" she called all. She, of course, brought a baggie of home made cookies, holding them up when the door was open. "Because you're my new friend! and thanks for helping me the other day with the card!"
Rosalie Janus 2018-08-11 01:15:46 94068
And then, a dozen feet away, a black portal opens up accompanied by an eerie ringing sound played in reverse!

... and then Nightbell steps out and the portal vanishes. "Please do not yell that name out loud," she hisses urgently. She's wearing ... a tank top and shorts which are obviously much too small for her, and she's barefoot and carrying a pair of also-too-small sneakers? "I said to text me when you got here, remember?"
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-11 01:19:27 94069
Sakura Kinomoto eeped and nodded. "Y-yeah... I um, sorry...." Wow. She was so mature. She didn't get it, but small clothing meant she was really adult and mature and grew a lot! Probably.

"So where are we going, ummmm...." she mumbled.

What was she supposed to call her now, if not 'nightbell'. She struggled to think of a name for her. Then perked up. "Nee-san?"
Rosalie Janus 2018-08-11 01:26:33 94070
Bell sighs softly, and then smiles. "Eh, don't worry about it," she says. "People will probably forget it almost immediately.

She sounds rather hesitant at the other question. She certainly doesn't blush at the 'nee-san', nuh-uh, and it's totally too hard to notice it in the dim light. "Well, uh ... here's the thing," she says slowly. "... I told you, when I was on my way out, that I have a 'secret'. And ... this is the kind of secret that you absolutely cannot tell anyone, all right?"

She hesitates; everything about Sakura screams 'one of the hero-types' to Nightbell's instincts, rather than 'the kind of person who gets into Eclipse', so ... she then says, "I mean, you must know all about keeping peoples' secret identities ... uh, secret. This ... is broadly going to be the same thing." Keeping it vague in case the answer is no ...
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-11 01:31:52 94071
Sakura Kinomoto blinked a few times and then nodded. "Oh... You want to share your secret.... identity with me?" she asked. Then... Smiled and took her hand. She then looked up at her.

"If it scares you, don't tell me. You're my big sister either way, right? You're going to be someone special to me, whether you're Nightbell-senpai, nee-san, or anything else. Okay?" she said way too innocently.

No no, she'd be fiiiiiine in eclipse.
Rosalie Janus 2018-08-11 01:37:33 94072
Bell shakes her head. "It's not scary, it's just ... sorry, this thing is one of my primary 'functions' basically, and it's given me a very ... persnickety feeling on who I should reveal these things to. And 'Nightbell' isn't the name in the apartment registry." She shrugs. "Okay ... I need to convince myself ... Right, this is supposed to be strictly need-to-know ... and if I'm going to be your ... 'nee-san' ..." No, that's definitely a blush there. "... then you definitely need to know."
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-11 01:41:07 94073
Sakura Kinomoto cocked her head to the side, looking confused. "I don't.... get it? I don't need to know anything unless you want me to. We're friends. And friends trust each other, no matter what. Right? So... don't do anything you don't wanna do. At all, okay?" She gave the hand a squeeze and smiled up at her with those innocent, adorable eyes.
Rosalie Janus 2018-08-11 01:48:25 94074
Bell nods, and smiles. It's kind of an uneasy smile. "That's just it," she says. "I do want to do this, it's just hard is all."

She lets go of Sakura's hand, then takes a dozen steps back and pulls her Rubindorn-pendant out of her tank top. "Rubindorn," she says in hushed tones, "Infiltrationsmodus aktivieren."

The ruby inlaid in the Rubindorn-pendant flashes, but her Device remains utterly silent. There's no ping, no confirmation, nothing ... until dark purple energy surges out from the pendant and engulfs Nightbell. In relatively short order, however, the energy seems to glitch out before turning pale blue.

And then, suddenly, it dissipates. Standing there is ... well, now she looks like an ordinary human girl, though she clearly isn't Japanese. Her hair is pale blue instead of purple, and there's no glowing eyes or markings or anything. She's also a full foot shorter, and her clothes clearly fit her a whole lot better.

"So!" she says, and her voice is the same as Nightbell's except that it's at a slightly higher register, and it seems much easier for her to talk and smile. "Say hello to Hayabusa Akari, the rising star of Infinity High's kendo team!" She grins. "Or, well, I'm the newest member, at any rate."
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-11 01:56:19 94075
Sakura Kinomoto blinked and stared up at her. Wow... She was so... so... "You're so pretty!" She said. "And you're in the kendo club? You might know my big brother, Toya! He helps them out sometimes!" she said happily, smiling up at the older girl.

"It's wonderful to meet you, Hayabusa-sempai. I'm sure we'll always be good friends." And then Takashi tells her to take the cards... No, not really.

"And don't worry, I'll never tell anyone. I promise."
Rosalie Janus 2018-08-11 02:05:57 94076
Akari smiles, and puts a hand on Sakura's shoulder. "Thanks ... imouto-chan," she says. "Uh ... oh yeah! Kinomoto Toya? Yeah, I've seen him once or twice. Never talked to him, though."

She puts her shoes on, then carefully tucks Rubindorn back into her tank top out of sight. "... Speaking of not telling anyone," she says, sounding slightly uncomfortable. "I ... got in touch with someone I know in another branch of Eclipse. That person confirmed that the 'voice' I heard is definitely something that happens to people who are full of dark energy, like me." She hesitates, and then adds, "I didn't give your name or tell them there was a card involved."
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-11 02:09:35 94077
Sakura Kinomoto nodded. "Don't talk to him. He's a total meanie butt head meanie butt!" So articulate. "He's not nearly as nice as you are. Not at all!" she said, shaking her head.

She paused and listened. "Someone... you know? are you in danger? Is there anything I can do? Anything you need me to do?" She asked as she squeezed the hand. "You know, no matter what, if you need my help I'll always be there for you,... okay?"
Rosalie Janus 2018-08-11 02:14:35 94078
Akari chuckles. "Well, I wouldn't know about what older siblings are like." She smiles down at Sakura. "Since I only have a younger one at the moment."

At the talk of danger, she shakes her head. "Hey, it's, it's not like that," she says softly. "I just ... wasn't very well gonna ... tell people about my new imouto, was I?" She grimaces. "... Wow, I forgot how hard it was to talk about my ... other identity ... when I'm in this form." She shakes her head as if to clear it. "You know what, let's just go inside and ... and not worry about all that unpleasant stuff," she says, turning to the door.
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-11 02:23:14 94080
Sakura Kinomoto nodded and leaned in, grinning. "Okay! And yeah... I knew you wouldn't. Oh... If you work in eclipse ummm... There's this guy... Riventon. Look out for him, okay? He's kind of.... not... He's not very nice," she mumbled. "I think he's kind of okay but.... Sometimes he's not the nicest. So be careful if you're around him a lot. Okay?" she said. "At least until he stops being mean."

"Why's it hard? Do you not like being in it much? Does it hurt because of all that energy?"
Rosalie Janus 2018-08-11 02:29:56 94081
Akari privately reflects that one of the great things about having an infiltration mode as one of her core functions is that she is very good at controlling her emotions and facial expressions. "Um, got it," she says. "And the ... difficulty is just because there's ... all kinds of safeties and whatnot to stop me from blabbing accidentally." Case in point: the fact that she and her handler are actually trying to get hired by Riventon. "Uh, don't worry about it."

She leads Sakura up the stairs to one of the apartments. "Oh, whoops, forgot my key," she mutters. "Uh. Rubindorn?"

Ping! <<JA, JA,>> says her pendant, quietly and furtively. The door unlocks, and Akari steps in, revealing ... a perfectly ordinary apartment. It's smallish, but seems generally homey.

Akari smiles at Sakura. "So, here we are," she says. "Home sweet apartment!"
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-11 02:40:29 94082
Sakura Kinomoto nodded and came with her. She then grinned. "Here. How about we celebrate? Sweet!" she called, drawing a card. She drew her wand and... "Make us a cake to celebrate our new friendship!"

A small fairy appeared, giggled and then moved to the table... A massive, tripple layered cake, with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry layers, and whipped cream, and a ton of fruit appeared on the table.

Sakura just stare,d herm outh hanging open. "I said... not to... over do it... I meant like... small... personal cakes..." Sweet just giggled and turned back into a card. "Sorry..."

"So there's a lot of things you can't say even if you wanted to? That must be hard for you..." she mumbled softly. "Does it feel lonely, having to hide so much?"
Rosalie Janus 2018-08-11 02:52:41 94083
Akari blinks. "Wow," she says. "That is certainly ... enough cake." She giggles. "In fact, that is more than enough. Thank you, imouto-chan!"

She considers the question for a moment. "It's ... not that I can't say it," she says. "It's more ... this ... constant feeling of 'are you sure you want to say that?' that keeps running through my head with ... practically every word I say about it." She shrugs. "And it's not really lonely at all. It's just ... it's just a disguise, y'know? Besides, as Akari, I actually have a social life."

She regards the cake for a moment. "... Speaking of which, and speaking of cake," she says. "And this is why I wanted to sort of rush the whole revelation, by the way. I ... couldn't very well tell my classmates and teammates 'I'm a living magical program and I was activated four months ago', so ..." She turns to Sakura and smiles. "... my birthday is officially August 11th, and tomorrow I 'turn sixteen'! One of my classmates has been planning something, since I haven't had any birthdays." She hesitates. "Since my cover story is that I've been a foster kid my whole life." She shrugs. "Anyway, I know this is kind of sudden, but ... do you wanna come to the party?"
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-11 03:07:18 94084
Sakura Kinomoto nodded. "I hope you like cake," she said with a chuckle. "I do. But not this much," she said with a chuckle.

She nodded and listened. "I see. Well... don't worry, I won't say anything about it. I promise, okay?" she said with a grin. Leaning against the other girl and closing her eyes.

Then she said that... She SHRIEKED! "Oh my gosh! Your birthday?! Why didn't you tell me sooner? Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh!" she squealed. "I'll get you something really nice, okay? Do you need anything? I could ask my friend, you could have it at the gull cafe I bet! Would you want to?"
Rosalie Janus 2018-08-11 03:21:30 94085
Akari giggles at Sakura's enthusiasm. "Hey, we've only known each other for approximately one day," she says. "But, well, like I said, my classmate's handling it." She pauses, and then adds, "I don't know exactly when it'll be, because the sum total of what she told me was, and I quote, 'I know a few people, might be able to throw something interesting together.' So, she's probably already got big plans that she's going to be handling. I'll text you from my ... not-Eclipse phone when I have a better idea of when and where you need to go."

She hesitates, then shrugs. "I mean ... there's a part of me that feels kind of weird about this, since I ... don't actually age." She smiles. "But I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited about all this. Just ..." She hesitates. "... If anyone asks how we met, we happened to bump into each other two days ago instead of yesterday, and you sort of jumped on the fact that I said I didn't have any family." She grins. "That last part isn't even a lie, either, it just ... leaves out a few important details."
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-08-11 03:28:19 94086
Sakura Kinomoto chuckled. "Even if we've only known each other one day, that doesn't mean we're not close." She drew a card. Loop? "This card... is the proof of our bond. When I was in danger and needed someone to be there, to help me... you were there. Even if we've not known each other for long, the bonds that enclose us will last a life time. Every card is that. A sign of the friends, of the family I've made along the way. So..." She squeezed her hand again. "Never let the time we've known each other bother you. It was just the first day of many."

She giggled and nodded, then blinked. "Ummm... y-you say it... okay? I really don't like lying..." she mumbled. "I mean.... I know sometimes you need to leave things out but... I'm not good at lying..." she said with red cheeks. "I'll be there though, I promise! I--"

And then her phone went off. She blinked and grabbed it and... "Huh? What? AHHHHH! I'll be home as soon as I can!"

Click, then bowing. "I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry! I really need to go! I forgot to finish my chores! I need to prepare dinner today, too!"
Rosalie Janus 2018-08-11 03:30:37 94087
Akari smiles and nods. "Don't worry about it," she says, giving her gentle a wave. "Guess I'll be seeing you tomorrow, then!"

She then turns back to the kitchen table. "... I'll probably find something to do with all this cake ..."