The Doctor Is IN

Mamoru's back in his body and has had a week to recover, and people come by. The conversation ends with a new rule being instituted in the ECFH: Coffins are BYOC.

Date: 2018-08-18
Pose Count: 56
Mamoru Chiba 2018-08-18 19:52:32 94815
It's been about a week since everyone helped get Mamoru's soul back and then Usagi and who knows probably the Shitennou given the givens jammed it back in his body somehow like...

It probably just floated back in. Either way, he literally waves his hand around when people ask.

Today is still too hot, and threatening rain to boot. The sky's heavy with bulbous grey clouds and there's ozone in the air, and now and then thunder rumbles in the distance. Mamoru's been out on the balcony for the better part of the afternoon, despite the threat of storming, not even reading a book-- just sitting there in one of the chairs, bare feet up on the railing, wearing cargo shorts and a loose starry blue yukata. He has a can of Finally Perfectly Legal beer that he contemplatively sips now and then, but for the most part he's just...

Sora Hisakata 2018-08-18 19:58:41 94816
"I thought I was going to have to knock." Kazeko greets as she is flying towards the balcony. "Good to see you up and about, Chiba-san. How are you doing?" She lands near him, and leans against the railing, just as unperturbed by the threat of storms. She seems like she wants to ask or say something but hasn't quite worked out how to get to that.
Rei Hino 2018-08-18 20:04:39 94818
Most people use door bells and buzzers - they were hand crafted to startle, irritate, and draw attention after all! - but that's not how Rei Hino shows up.
    Somehow, coincidentally, a crow just... perches on the railing by Mamoru's legs and stares at him inquisitively.
    "CAW!" it cries very suddenly, and then flies away in a hurry, leaving a few feathers floating in the wind.
    And THEN the door buzzer goes off. And because Rei Hino lives in a shrine, she maaaaybe doesn't know not to hold it down? Because, uh...
Miho Kagami 2018-08-18 20:07:17 94819
Life Mahou Joy is flying even faster than usual as she makes her way to the ECFH, and she's sticking close enough to taller buildings that she isn't as big a target for the lightning. Even as a magical girl, she doesn't feel like getting soaked if she can avoid it.

When she sees Mamoru standing on the balcony with Kazeko, she brightens considerably, and picks up speed a bit more. "Hey, Mamoru-kun!" she says in that clear bright voice she has in henshin. "Hi, Kazeko-san!"

Her head jerks around as she hears the buzzer, and she furrows her brow, but she doesn't comment on it.
Lacrima 2018-08-18 20:08:47 94820
Lacrima has been dealing with this wound and it's getting better, but slowly. If it was just a cosmetic issue, she'd 'meh' and get on with her life. But it stings and aches and sometimes jab enough to cause her to be unable think straight. So she appears in a dark energy mist on the balcony- like she always does- she doesn't want to contaminate the apartment or set of a super alarm or something. She doesn't know what defenses if any the ECFH is and she'd rather not know about them-- or learn about them the hard way.

She is wearing a black tank top, and blue denim knee length shorts and sneakers. She has bandage wrapped around her collar bone, to around the upper shoulder and around- which may seem odd to people that know she can self heal with dark energy.

"Oh! Everyone seems to be on the balcony today! Hello Kazeko-chan!" she says. "Hello Mamoru-kun! How are you feeling?" she asks. "Is. Everything back to the way it should be?" she asks quietly as she fidgets and winces, grabbing that wound. Then there's a caw.

"...did. Did that crow just say hello to you?" she asks

She looks back to Life Mahou Joy and waves softly. "Hey, Joy-chan." she says. Joy already knows what's up with the wound.
Kazuo Takeba 2018-08-18 20:09:33 94821
Kazuo handles the door. Because Mamoru is on the balcony, and Kazuo is not about to expect him to get up. Therefore the door that Rei is buzzing, one of the four off the little stub of a hallway from the relatively private elevator, opens to show -- well -- a six-and-a-half-foot figure dressed in jeans and a white button-down, top button open, with sleeves rolled up. Kunzite's civilian form doesn't quite have a uniform, but it'd be hard to tell from watching him.

"Good afternoon," he says, and steps out of the doorway to yield the way to the miko. "Usually, the door with the sign on it," the one saying USE THIS ONE, "is unlocked; we'd rather have people able to come and go freely."

The apartment, for all that it's stiflingly hot out, is relatively cool. There are advantages to having someone in the household who eats energy; heat counts.
Mamoru Chiba 2018-08-18 20:20:29 94822
Mamoru starts to stir to get up as he sees Kazeko flying toward the balcony, but ultimately decides against it; he's too plugged in, initially, and as Kazeko lands and leans, she can see him beginning to focus, to bring himself out from being completely abstracted. He's smiling either way, but it's a vague one until he's brought himself back enough for his eyes to crinkle a little at the corners. "With all my senses," he answers her question about how he's feeling, the smile turning into a crooked grin at his own dadjoke answer. He apparently notices her hesitation, because he drops his feet and sits up. "What's up?"

And then a crow lands and he squints. "Are you Phoebos or D--" he starts to ask, and then he gets dissed and shrugs and the buzzer goes off and he winces. But Kunzite's got the door, and Joy is landing. "Hey!" he says absurdly cheerfully. "I wanted to thank you again-- actually, thank both of you, thank everyone, for helping-- but really, Joy, I deeply appreciate having a functioning body to come back to."

This he's saying as Lacrima shows up, and he looks even happier-- for an introvert, this is unusual behavior; usually the more people that show up consecutively, the more overwhelmed he gets. And then he spots Lacrima's bandaging and parses the way she's moving, and zeroes in on that. "I'm feeling everything and it's so refreshing. I think that crow just yelled at me, but I'm not sure," he answers, and then frowns, beckoning Lacrima closer. "Let me see that."
Rei Hino 2018-08-18 20:24:17 94823
Rei looks up when the door begins to open. "Mam- *ah*!" She looks upward in mild surprise, having to mentally shift gears from 'prepared to poke noses' to 'actually have functioning manners'. She tilts her head with a look of mild sheepishness, "Ah, is that so?" Score one for being completely out of the loop. Really, this past week has been the most social she's been in aaaages. Maybe the 'other' Mars rubbed off on her.
    Speaking of which. "Good to see you, Kazuo-san." She says, with a respectful little bow, and a hint of self-consciousness. Last time she saw him - well, last time she saw him he was doing Sailor Moon poses, but BEFORE THAT - she was talking to him as a Princess talks to a house guard, essentially; not condescending EXACTLY, but... she isn't strictly comfortable with it, looking back. Now Kazuo is... Kazuo, and Kazuo is intimidating.
    She steps inside; wearing a fairly humble red yukata, and keeping her hair vaguely under control with a simple band near the back of her neck. "Oh, my." She remarks upon look at the increasingly crowded patio. Eeeeverybody got flight powers but them, it seems! Le sigh.
    She glances up at Kazuo - as if she needs some kind of go ahead to approach Mamoru - and steps into the doorway leading to the patio, regarding Mamoru with bemusement and a tilt of her head, "Well, crows are good judges of character." She remarks in lieu of a proper greeting, and then smiles fondly, "Mamoru-kun."
Kazuo Takeba 2018-08-18 20:29:31 94824
Elevators. Elevators count as flight powers. Clearly. Kazuo closes the door neatly behind Rei, regards the assemblage on the balcony, and does ... not trail behind Rei as she approaches the balcony. He detours quietly into the kitchen instead. Possibly not being followed will help? Maybe.
Lacrima 2018-08-18 20:33:20 94825
Lacrima says "Good. Takashi-sama has given me a paid vacation for his own interim vacation, so I have some free time and don't need to worry about going to do dumb things." she mutters. She winces again. "Nrg- yeah. I'm here to..." she sighs. "...I feel really bad. Asking. After all that." the Earth situation. "But this hurts like a nasty b-word." she says.

She'll begin to unwrap the wound as she looks over to Kunzite, and move closer in the process. "My... brother. Erm. Blood. Brother. Ryo. Caught me unaware in an ambush in the park. His sword hit into my shoulder and down into it." she says. "I started bleeding. Ariel, Makio, Kukai and Joy we're there at least." she says. "I don't think I could had gotten out of there." she says.

"Also Kukai called him a 'Buttknight'." she adds like that's an important factoid. "-- but anyways.. I haven't been able to heal the wound. Just make it scab- and it hurts and stings a little- but sometimes it jabs and that's what's bothering me." she mutters.

The wound is an awful black scab of some sort, running from her collar bone-- around the upper shoulder, and to the back. Like someone indeed cut a large sharp object into there.

She looks to Rei, and there's Kunzite. She gives the two a wave with the opposite hand. "Hi Rei-san! Hey Kazuo-kun!" she says.

She looks to Mamoru. "Joy can't heal it because her healing is based in well- purification." she says.

"But." she says. "I know I can take your energy without harm to myself. So. I'm hoping.. you might be able to." she says, fidgeting.

"Sorry, again." she says. Like asking this is the most horrible burden in thr world. It isn't. But she still feels a little guilty after the Earth fallout.
Miho Kagami 2018-08-18 20:35:59 94826
Joy smiles at Lacrima and Mamoru. "You can just call me 'Miho' here, I think," she says. "I'm just ... not comfortable out of henshin, for reasons ... which ..." She realizes that she's right next to Kazeko, who she's not out to, and she glances inside and sees Rei, who she's also not out to. "... for ... reasons."

She steps aside as Mamoru walks up to Lacrima. "I am so glad you can handle that, Mamoru-kun," she says. "I mean, you know better than I do just how amazingly frustrating it is not being able to heal your friend, but ... like she said. Pretty much all my powers would hurt her. Even standing too close to her when I transform."
Sora Hisakata 2018-08-18 20:41:25 94827
There's a faint chuckle at the joke. "I guess that means you're fine." She smiles and is about to ask what she's interested in when Joy and Lacrima bring their issue and she just shuffles past towards Kazuo. "I can wait. That is more important than what I came for." She says in a very insistent tone in passing, then smiles towards Kazuo and Rei. "Takeba-san, and ... I don't think we've formally met. I'm the Cute Witch Kazeko, I used to owe Chiba-san and Takeba-san, but I think we're even now."
Mamoru Chiba 2018-08-18 20:47:49 94828
"Rei-chan," Mamoru grins back at Rei, twisting in his seat even as Lacrima comes closer-- and then despite the fact that Lacrima's short (in comparison), the wound's high up enough that he really does have to get up so he can see it properly. "Hopefully I'll be able to fix it," he tells Lacrima and Miho, gracefully glossing over Miho's "reasons" answer, "but yeah, there are certain advantages to not being able to purify, as inconvenient as it is sometimes. And jeez, stop apologizing. I owe you bigtime for getting that info out of Agera-san, first, and second, for helping so much in the fight. Besides which you know I never mind healing." There may be a brief eyeroll in there, though it's not actually mocking.

He places his hand on Lacrima and suppresses his general reaction to dark energy-- which is actually, interestingly, much smaller than it used to be-- and it glows faint gold. On contact, the pain stops. And then he abstracts a little again as he starts his usual non-invasive exploratory.

The closest he's come to 'operating', physically, on a dark energy being... there are two cases. One of which was Zoisite when he'd been hit with Moon Healing Escalation and resisted, and half his apparent mass was destroyed on the cellular level. The other case was Takashi himself at D-Point, and Mamoru's mind shies away from that rapidly. Does she have simulated muscle, tissue, veins? Bones?

"All right," he says to Kazeko, deferring to her judgement, and his voice is distracted and a little tense.
Rei Hino 2018-08-18 20:50:37 94829
Rei greets each of the other guests in turn - all manners as opposed to how she talks to Mamoru, though one does worry she's going to throw out her back with all the bowing - and manages to convincingly disquise the twitch of her lip when Takashi is mentioned! Mostly!
    She does watch Mamoru's attempts to heal Lacrima with interest however; she generally doesn't get a chance to see this unless something terrible's happened. Or if Usagi just scrapes her knee or something, but that tends to be more embarrassing than awe inspiring. She peers around him a bit - why are all the boys so tall?! - but tries not to distract him or get in the way.
Kazuo Takeba 2018-08-18 20:54:03 94830
Kazuo does not, as yet, return greetings. Because, while he's visible from the balcony, he's on the far side of the living room, behind the half-wall that divides it from the kitchen. Because. Well.

Because in a few moments he comes out with a tray. The contents of said tray: a pitcher of water and several glasses; a handful of melon sodas; a plate of cookies (not Makoto-baked, but not bad, either); and a plate of donuts, because Lacrima. Apparently waiting while Mamoru is distracted comes with side benefits.
Lacrima 2018-08-18 21:05:13 94831
Lacrima nods. "O..okay then." she says softly, as Mamoru touches her and-- the pain stops. Well that's a good sign right? She relaxes at that, because it's relief from the poking and jabbing. "Okay. I don't feel the pain anymore." she says. "So that's a good sign right?"

Mamrou tries to poke. There's.. something there. But it isn't human. Like a twisting solid shell of dark energy acting as skin, with small twisting 'rivers' that seem to be veins- and a general support structure- but it's abstract. Changing and twisting. But understandable to some degree.

-and it appears some of that is damaged with the sword strike- slicing connections so true with it's magic cut. It looks like like it's trying to connect- it can't- so it stings. and keeps on trying and it stings. It might succeed on it's own in time-- but it looks like it'd take a few weeks for that to actually happen.

She idly sees Kunzite approach with donuts out of the corner of her eye. A moment, she thinks to the donuts. A moment my frosted, sprinkled pretties.
Miho Kagami 2018-08-18 21:12:12 94832
Miho smiles and nods to Rei, and grabs one of Kazuo's cookies, taking a bite; this isn't the first time she's eaten while in henshin, and the experience is still surprisingly ... mundane. She watches Lacrima's shoulder with interest as Mamoru focuses on it, and she tries to get a sense of the wound through the magical senses afforded by her Life Blessing. But nope, all she can see is 'a bunch of darkness', just like the rest of her. She's got me coming and going, she thinks.
Mamoru Chiba 2018-08-18 21:25:37 94833
Here's where Mamoru closes his eyes and stops listening, blocking out the distractions of active senses that give constant noticeable input in favor of touch and empathy. Dark Energy is something with which he's familiar on an unfortunately deep and disconcerting level, and it floods his empathy with negativity and corruption and pain, all of which his hindbrain recognises and shies away from as surely as his conscious mind had avoided touching on Takashi's horrible ordeal at D-Point.

Mamoru is also used to ignoring the hell out of his hindbrain's insistent warnings, much to the annoyance of his guardians. This time it's useful.

He follows those rivers, lets his power and consciousness and magical senses sink into the sticky clinging ravenous darkness, and firmly puts a limit on how much energy Lacrima's body can unintentionally take from him. Instead, he gives it, and his hands glow a much brighter gold; the gold sinks visibly into the ugly scabbing and glows from the cracks in it. He constructs fresh connections of his own energy, putting them in place for her body to adapt to its own specifications, all the while metaphorically showing the dark energy his teeth and refusing to be taken or corrupted or drained.

What had been sliced through and essentially magically cauterized with the touch of the magical blade-- the points of contact, he breaks down by replacing them with gold, which she can use, and one by one the echoes of the blade that had been preventing her from healing are removed, like extracting shrapnel.

"Almost done," he whispers, "just another... couple..."

He's gone pale, and his soul reaches out to borrow focus from Kunzite, everpresent no matter the distance, and it shores him up one last time to finish the complicated and onerous task. It was so much easier, he thinks as he finally draws his hands away and opens his eyes, helping Lacrima with her mind. But he'd do this again, too.

Mamoru exhales and drops himself back into his chair, flecks of gold still shifting in his dark blue eyes. "All right now?"
Rei Hino 2018-08-18 21:30:25 94834
Rei immediately puts a hand on Mamoru's shoulder as he sinks into his chair, as if he needed the support or steadying, and doesn't remove it as she hunches over slightly to stay near him out of concern. That was... way more harrowing than she expected. "Are you okay? Do you need anything?" She asks, and prepared jabs forgotten in place of genuine concern, though she casts a look to Lacrima. "... Did it work?"
    She... somewhat impulsively grabs a donut and brings it into Mamoru's field of vision, because he could probably use something nice.
Sora Hisakata 2018-08-18 21:34:07 94835
Kazeko winces as she sees Mamoru's face when he's done. But, she doesn't mention it; she's sure Mamoru knows what he's doing, if he needs help he'll ask. Instead, she waits just long enough for him to recover to get to the reason she's here. "So uh, Chiba-san remember how back over in that place, in the heat of the moment I called on you to power one of my spells. Uh, I wanted to make sure that didn't have any negative outcomes on you or anything. That spell's supposed to draw upon the strength of the kami."
Rei Hino 2018-08-18 21:38:01 94836
Rei... stares for a long moment. "... Mamoru-kun is not a shinto god." It's not just that she doesn't believe it. She won't ALLOW it!
Miho Kagami 2018-08-18 21:39:06 94838
Miho exhales, looking relieved. "Whew!" She smiles. "Mamoru-kun, feel free to lemme know if you ever need help with purifying in parti--" She does a double-take at Kazeko. "You what-now!?"
Lacrima 2018-08-18 21:40:37 94839
Lacrima closes her eyes tight as Mamoru works. Mainly, because she can /feel/ him in there. And indeed, she can feel that push back. She's also trying to control her own body from trying to grab, too- which probably helps Mamoru hopefully but she can only do so much.

Regardless, Mamoru operates. She can't see him going pale, she has her eyes closed tightly. She doesn't know why.

She remembers closing her eyes when getting shots at the doctors. Maybe it's like that she thinks. She does open them near the end , when Mamoru's whispering. Oh dear that's not good, she says as her eyes open.

She wants to tell him to stop, but he seems insistent. Pushing through it-- and then. Collapses back into the chair. At least he isn't passed out. She relaxes a bit and stands there. A donut enters her field of vision and she kind of wants to steal it. But it's being offered to Mamoru, not her.

She looks down to the scab, it's still there- but she narrows her eyes and--- well her body does what it normally does. It stitches itself back together with a ghastly shadowy way.

She gives a deep breath. "Thank you, Mamoru-kun." she says. "That worked. It stopped hurting and I was able to do that." she says.

She does look concerned for his state, but she's sure that if something was actually wrong with him she'd already be on fire via Zoisite or something--- well maybe not that. At least one of them would had shown up in a hurry. She knows that much is true. She's seen it happen twice.

She then blinks at Kazeko, before she stiffles a 'chrk!'. Trying not to giggle at that. She's almost succeeding.
Mamoru Chiba 2018-08-18 21:49:46 94840
"I'm okay," laughs Mamoru a little breathlessly, color coming back; his hand comes up and across his chest to briefly rest on Rei's on his shoulder, and then he laughs again at the doughnut waved in front of his face. "Why thank you," he says, taking it and taking a big bite, then nodding with emphatic self-satisfaction when Lacrima says it worked.

Unfortunately he's still chewing when Kazeko explains what she came to talk to him about.

OKAY NOW HE NEEDS A GLASS OF WATER and hey Kunzite brought some of that out too, great! Coughing and choking on doughnut, eyes watering, he fishes for a glass and the pitcher and puts the doughnut down on the arm of his chair. No mater how he gets said water, it's still a second after he drinks some and gets himself breathing properly again and wipes at his eyes with the sleeve of his yukata that he can answer kind of raspily, "You what? It... it what??" with the exact same level of 'NUH-UH' that Rei's displaying. "H-how? What-- I mean-- I wasn't... like... physically there, I mean, I was but that's only because apparently my soul is literally a physical object like Usako's?? But-- I mean no I'm fine, I don't-- I'm sorry I can't possibly be understanding you correctly..."
Rei Hino 2018-08-18 21:55:02 94841
Rei whack-whack-WHACKS Mamoru's back as he coughs, looking SOMEWHAT FRAZZLED between her choking and the RAW HERESY that she remarks on. Not that Shinto's big on heresy necessarily, but WHAT THE HECK
Sora Hisakata 2018-08-18 22:00:55 94842
"When I performed the ritual, at the point where I'd normally beseech Raijin and Fuujin to demolish the enemies of Japan, I instead called upon you to demolish the enemy of Earth." Kazeko explains helpfully and glances towards Rei with a shrug but remains addressing Mamoru "At the time it felt like it should work, and it did. I could tell that it changed the magic." She shrugs and then directly addresses Rei, "I'm not sure if that makes him a kami, but if it makes him able to fill a kami-shaped hole in my spell I don't really care about the distinction." Of course, Kazeko's own beliefs are a bit more syncretic than proper Shinto.
Lacrima 2018-08-18 22:04:03 94843
Lacrima can no longer hold it as she bluts it out...

"Our Mamoru-kun... who art in heaven...."
"Hallowed be thy name."
"Thy kin-----I can't finish it!" she begins to laugh viciously and almost topples over.

She rubs her eyes, and starts to calm down from the gigglefit. She does listen to the explanation though, as she settles down. She makes for the donut tray.

"S--sorry." she mutters. "Just. You mentioned that and---" she sputters a bit. "Snrk okay I need a moment sorry. It's not dumb! I swear! Just... funny imagery alright!?"
Mamoru Chiba 2018-08-18 22:12:43 94844
And now his back has giant Rei-hand-marks all over it, and his eyes are still tearing, and now he's trying hard not to laugh, himself, and finally Mamoru just drops his face into his hands. He says in a muffled voice, "It probably won't work now that I'm properly alive again. There's a lot of things that won't work now that I'm properly alive again. Not that I'm in any way complaining..."

He slouches down in the chair and picks up his doughnut again, then gives Lacrima Such Sideeye and points pointedly at the tray of doughnuts. (If he were mad, her scolding wouldn't consist of her favorite food. Everything is all right.)

"You weren't really invoking me, I think," he starts trying to rationalize. "Just a convenient name to use for, I guess, what my soul was between when I died and when I got reincarnated? Or maybe just for-- for the place where I grew up. The first time. Which... I don't really feel right naming, since it's-- inaccessible."
Rei Hino 2018-08-18 22:14:04 94846
"Yeah." Rei says, though she's not sure if it makes sense, or if she just NEEDS to make to sense. She's definitely not trying to convince anyone ELSE. "... Yeah."
Miho Kagami 2018-08-18 22:27:18 94850
Miho relaxes at Mamoru's words, in a manner that only now calls attention to her preceding tension. She briefly pats Rei's shoulder, and says, "Some sort of Prince Endymion thing?" She shrugs, and smiles weakly. "I, uh, really don't know how most of this works."
Lacrima 2018-08-18 22:35:50 94852
Lacrima calms down after a bit and just moves to the tray of doughnuts and now occupies her mouth a bit them. She might be going donuts akimbo here- one in each hand. It feels nice to not hurt anymore. As she looks back up. She looks to Miho.

"Magic isn't exactly an 'exact' science." she says. "Sometimes some things produce the same result, but in different ways, but vise versa is also true. Sometimes things work that shouldn't." she adds.
Rei Hino 2018-08-18 22:38:46 94854
Rei nods solemnly. "A lot of it seems to be shaped by the heart or the will of the person using it... though there doesn't seem to be an exact pattern to who can actually DO that. ... ... Or who gets to crystallize it and makes jewelry out of it." Does it bother Rei that she doesn't get a red crystal? Not really. Does it bother her that she doesn't totally know exactly why she's FIRE, and why she powers up into a magic MODE? Eeeeeeeehhhhhhhh
Sora Hisakata 2018-08-18 22:43:25 94855
"I did specifically address you as Endymion, I remember that. Just felt right at the time, and I decided to go with it. We weren't anywhere close to Japan anyway, so I'm not sure if the Kami would even have been able to answer." Kazeko adds a bit of her own speculation, but then settles, "So if you're not noticing anything off that seems traceable to that, that's fine. I wasn't planning on doing it again anyway."
Miho Kagami 2018-08-18 22:44:43 94856
At Lacrima's words, Miho looks down at her minty-green magical girl costume. "Given your beliefs on how magic works, I can't exactly argue with that," she says dryly. She nods to Rei. "We were actually talking about that the other da--" And then she groans. "I ... just realized I've been thinking of Lacchan's 'situation' as something that can be cured, or at least 'mitigated enough', and I also realized why I've been thinking like that."
Lacrima 2018-08-18 22:57:41 94857
Lacrima finishes another donut. She picks up another. "'Curing' my condition. Would involve finding a human body someone could shove my soul into." she says. "And- even then if we could figure that out- there's no telling that the curse on me won't do to the new body what it did to my original body." she says quietly. "I can feel plenty enough now, thanks to Ariel-chan's help and Riventon's bracer I wear. Riventon-sama is going to be making another upgrade to it soon." she says. "He knows the most about my condition anyways." she says. "As it we're."
Mamoru Chiba 2018-08-18 23:20:08 94863
Mamoru licks powdered sugar off his fingers and sits back, resting his head against the back of his chair and picking his feet up to rest them on the railing again. "Well, Endymion's actually my name-- like, both times; what I'm saying is that it's probably also just a convenient tag for the glowy rock and its mainline to the much bigger glowy blue rock floating in space. But yeah, no, nothing's weird. Just my sense of self, now, but I'm sure I'll forget by the time the sun goes down."

Then he nods to Miho and Lacrima, but addresses Miho. "We kept thinking there must be a way to change her back, but... it's like... Kunzite had the same situation, a few years ago, but it was a super one-shot deal that had just as much to do with his mystical tie to a specific part of the earth and the religion that grew there over the centuries, and his connections to the rest of us and to the place where I was born, and to a whole lot of really bizarre mystic stuff that fit suspiciously snappily into place when we put it all together-- it's not like our fix for him was repeatable. Also, he didn't have the dark energy body by the time we made him a new one. We kind of exploded it when he went nuts and tried to glaciate Tokyo."
Miho Kagami 2018-08-18 23:55:31 94875
Miho smiles faintly. "So, option 2, then," she says dryly. She nods, listening along with Mamoru's explanation, and then ... blinks. "So, he's, like, my ... fourth friend who used to be a bad guy?" she says dryly. "Or ... fourth, depending on one who I'm kinda not on good terms with." She shakes her head. "Well, anyway, uh, the thought I was having was ..." She glances at Kazeko and Rei ... but she feels safe right next to Mamoru. "So, I'm transgender," she says, "and, somehow my mind just went 'oh, she's also a girl in the wrong body! Obviously there must be similar solutions with a similar type of endpoint!' And ... yeah." She shrugs.
Lacrima 2018-08-18 23:59:27 94876
"Yeah. Kunzite used to. Be something like what I am. A dark energy construct with a soul wrapped up inside." she says. "I try not to talk about it directly a lot. It bothers him. But it's why I speak to Kunzite a lot on things because it turns out some things we're similar. Like." she says. "Remember when I mentioned my dreams? And the dark void with sparkle shapes? He had that too. So it's possible it's a dark energy construct with a soul thing and normal for us." she says.

She nods. "Yeah. I don't or didn't have any of that." she seems to shift uncomfortably at that. "Look, Miho-chan. I've pretty much came to peace with the fact I'm not really going to be a human again. I'm just always going to be this thing and stinks and it's awful but it could be worse." she says.

"I mean I could be dead? I could be some minion of a higher class of dark monster-- but I'm not that for sure. I'm free to make my own choices, which I understand most things like me don't all the time." she says quietly.

She does eye Miho and purses her lips softly, at those words.
Mamoru Chiba 2018-08-19 00:11:20 94881
Mamoru, lazily sprawled and scandalously dressed as he is, seems to have no problem with anyone here being near him. His expression, interested and bright-- if occasionally awkward-- softens considerably at Miho's explanation. He glances to Lacrima, listening also, and then he says mildly, tone gentle, "That's actually really sweet of you, Miho. I have a tendency to look at things via patterns I know, too. Sometimes it works really well-- sometimes it's off-base, by a little or a lot. But it's always grounded in empathy and the desire to help, isn't it? You're ahead of the curve, figuring it out. Not a lot of people self-examine like that."

Then he looks at Lacrima again and gives her a crooked grin. "You're also a LOT better off than Kunzite had been. It seems like it's easy for you to keep your mind clear and to control the impulses the dark energy tries to impose, but I know that's taken a lot of work. It just-- healing you just now really underlined how far you have come, and how hard you've fought to get to where you are. I'm really, really proud of you."
Miho Kagami 2018-08-19 00:17:42 94884
Miho nods. "Yeah," she says, smiling wanly. "I understand, now that I've actually figured out what it was. You're not 'transdark' or whatever, there's no hormones for vampirisim."

She smiles brightly at Mamoru. "Oh, thanks!" she says. "Um ... yeah. Ever since I started figuring out that I've been noticing things," and she looks at Lacrima as she says this, "I've sort of been focusing on that as I guess one of my strengths, basically." She shrugs. "It hasn't helped that much yet, but ..." She makes a face. "... basically, it's just one of the ways I feel like I need to step up my game, after last weekend."
Lacrima 2018-08-19 00:32:28 94891
Lacrima nods. "Yeah. I understand he was brainwashed at the time, too." she says.

When Mamoru talks of her she blushes, fiercely. "W..well... I wouldn't... be here, or a friend even- if it wasn't for people like Takashi-sama or You, or Kunzite or Ariel or Ikiko or Kukai and lots of others." she mutters. "Just..."

"I remember. When Ami spoke to me. About wondering if the idea used to give Kunzite a body could work for me- and she said that. One part was having connections, to people- willing to put their life on the line for you.. was part of it." she says. " the time. I didn't have any friends and people we're still kind of trying to off me a lot. I remember being told that-- and it felt like a knife was jabbed into me and was turned." she says. "I think if I we're told that today, for the first time. I wouldn't feel that at all." she says a little confidently.

She then eyes Miho and blinks. "T..transdark?" she sputters a little. "I was just thinking that but it felt... wrong to say it." she mutters. "But you're right, it isn't quite like that."
Mamoru Chiba 2018-08-19 00:53:31 94897
"Last weekend...?" asks Mamoru hesitantly, trying not to look blank. "What was last weekend?"

Really, Mamoru?

He glances at Lacrima, and gives her a super affectionate smile. "I'm positive you shouldn't feel that way anymore, Lacchan. I'd love to see how your courtyard garden is doing these days."
Miho Kagami 2018-08-19 00:59:34 94899
Miho smiles at Lacrima. "What a huge difference friends and experiences make," she says. "I mean, that applies to all of us. Just four months ago, I was cowering from Alex-kun and Hisakata Sora-san." She smiles. "Hey, I won't be offended, since you're a friend and you're understanding. You want trans jokes to be told at all, just lemme know and I'll tell them."

She sort of ... eyes Mamoru. "You didn't see the photo I posted a couple of days later?" she says innocently. "It was just some showdown with an arrogant, entitled bad guy." She's trying not to grin now. "Dunno if you've heard of her, these days she's called Sailor Flat Earth."
Sora Hisakata 2018-08-19 01:07:45 94902
Kazeko glances around the room. "Uh, Joy-chan. Keep this quiet, I don't want everyone to know, especially not people who are with Eclipse." Pause, glance at Lacrima, "Present company excluded." Then she closes up her book, mutters a phrase in a long-dead language, and tightens up the chains. There's a flurry of wind and a moment later Sora stands in Kazeko's place. "Hi."
Lacrima 2018-08-19 01:11:38 94904
Lacrima smiles. "Ariel's been visiting me in it a lot. The ballroom is fixed! But I told you that already I think." she says. She kicks her foot. "We've gone on a few proper dates. Even if the last one was kind of ruined because Ryo decided he wanted to murder me and the 'pale witch' with me." she says wryly.

She sighs. "I dunno. What. I'm going to do about Ryo though. He's attacked me in broad daylight before. Just. Out of the blue. No warning." she says. "He's seen through my Maria disguise. But that doesn't surprise me. He's the Hunter of Hunters more or less when it comes to beasts or monsters." she says.

"It's really hard feeling safe right now. He knows where the manor is. He knows where I frequent. He knows who I like and love." she says quietly. "At least I know he isn't hunting me all the time. Just. Need to change how I move. Find new places." she says.

"....can't really fix the last two problems..." she says.

She nods to Kazeko. "Yeah, I know she's Sora-chan already." she says. "We kind of worked together sort of in the past." she adds. She looks to Sora. "Does she know about the other book thing?" she asks. In other words. Does she know you we're the Shadow Witch, she's asking.
Mamoru Chiba 2018-08-19 01:19:51 94908
Sora's change gets an amused look from Mamoru, and. then. Miho. absolutely. DESTROYS him.

Partway through this, his mouth is already dropping open and he's blushing; at 'heard of her' he puts his hand over his heart; when she's finished he just stares for a second. "Savage," he breathes, in awe.

His gaze slides over to Lacrima and Sora, and then he can't keep a straight face anymore; his face goes back in his hands and he just starts laughs.

Taking a breath, he melts back into his chair and rubs his face. "Sorry, it feels like it's been a year. Just trying to distance myself from the whole thing, I guess. Oh my god, did anyone tell you Agera sent us two freaking giant crates of top-shelf alcohol as an apology? Like... 'Sorry my experiment on you ran amok and tried to kill you, that was not my intent' or whatever." Another sigh-laugh, and then he looks at Lacrima in alarm.

"Kuso! Do you have anyplace you can hide? I can figure out how to make it safe for you to stay here for a week, at least, while we look for other options--?"
Miho Kagami 2018-08-19 01:53:22 94922
Miho blinks at Sora, then grins. "I thought so," she says. "I wasn't sure until just now, and henshin-magic kind of messed with my level of certainty, but ... there was this whole laundry list of evidence when I actually put it together in my head. I'd been meaning to ask about that book I briefly glimpsed when we met the first time, Maki-san said at some point that you-as-Sora had gotten your hands on a new book, and you-as-Kazeko told me their names ..."

She smiles at Lacrima. "You and Ariel-chan are absolutely adorable, by the way, Norie-chan," she says. "It's really great that you have someone like her in your life." She frowns. "As for Hisakata-san's other secret ... I figured it out for sure from her reaction to Her Worshipfulness stealing Mamoru-kun's soul." She blinks, and turns back to Sora. "... and now I'm wondering about how you kept trying to give Maria-chan all your food."

She just ... giggles at Mamoru's reaction to her snark. "Heh ... sorry, sorry! I just couldn't resist." The comment about Takashi's 'gift' also gets a giggle. "Yare yare da wa ..." And then the conversation turns somewhere less fun. She sighs and shakes her head. "This has been the longest month of my life. Kukai-kun had it worst, really, he even forgot that I'd met him and came out to him, but ... yeah." She shakes her head. "I dunno if I've said this before, but that boy is just frustrating. You try to tell him anything that isn't his own belligerent assumptions, it just goes in one ear and out the other. And we're worried about someone killing him, too, if he ticks off someone who's tough enough and ..." She glances down at her hand. "... doesn't have a curse outright preventing them from killing anyone lest they have ... uncertain-but-I-don't-want-to-find-out consequences."
Lacrima 2018-08-19 01:54:14 94924
Lacrima stares at Mamoru. ".....Sorry my boss has zero tact." she says, as she suddenly cups her head with two hands a moment. "Though, to be honest. He is genuinely feeling bad about it. I'm not sure if it's for the right reasons-- but, it's not normal for him to have some sort of genuine remorse. Like. He's accepted 'he wasn't right' on this one." she says. "And that's really difficult for someone who thinks they always have the answer to admit." she says.

"...I mean. I'm not saying. Don't facepunch him or anything. He'll face the consequences of what he did and I'm only going to step in any of it gets /fatal/." she says. "and I'm trying to get some consolation goodies together in the event Ami-chan draws the line here." she says. "Because he's still my friend." she says.

She bites her lip. "I... don't want to endanger you guys, by staying here for even two days let alone a week. I mean I can picture it already. 'I shall destroy this safehaven you have created for monsters, you vile person!'" she mutters. "Probably a line like that." she says.

"I mean. I'd like it. To have a week to not worry about maybe being stabbed in my sleep." she admits. "Just worried about bringing some problem to your doorstep after you guys just took care of the last problem." she says.

She huffs at Miho. "...Well I'm always adorable." she insists. "Ariel just amplifies that by like one hundred." she says. "--also. The unicorn tear deal in me. The closer I am to her, the less the darkness muddles up my emotions like the dark isn't there at all." she says. "-it doesn't work as well when she's further away though- and I can't wear Ariel around like a backpack. I mean I could but I don't think she's appreciate being piggybacked everywhere. At least all the time." she says.
Mamoru Chiba 2018-08-19 01:55:40 94925
Mamoru laughs and shakes his head. He says wistfully, "I know his intentions are good. And when he's not being an inconsiderate, arrogant, entitled, presumptuous jerkwad, I really like him. I wish we could be friends."

And this is why he has removed himself from the vote as to how hard the combined forces of Senshi and Shitennou get to facepunch Takashi Agera.

But his eyebrows go up at Lacrima's fussing, and he sits up to push the plate of doughnuts her way. "You realize the place is magically reinforced for a reason, right? We'll just move all the breakables elsewhere in case he comes party-crashing and we have to kick him out with astonishing force. Pretty sure no matter how powerful he is, he can't actually explode us when we're all working together-- and you know my guys can all get here in a matter of seconds if I'm in trouble, and odds are damn good the entirety of Mahou Grand Central Station will dogpile him if he dares to break the house rules."

Sitting back again, about as un-tense as it's possible to be, Mamoru literally waves his hand with a sort of royal carelessness. "Pretty sure it'd be a relief to kick the ass of a problem that isn't directly targeting me."

Then he glances at Miho, and the corner of his mouth twitches. "Sounds a lot like the creep who was trying to get in Sayaka's pants," he says, half aside to Lacrima. "What was his name?" He snaps his fingers. "Seth-something. Except more jock and less emo."

A beat. "I don't know, you might be surprised. I mean, if I were willing to wear Usagi as a backpack all the time, she'd jump at the chance."
Sora Hisakata 2018-08-19 01:57:38 94926
"That I was Shinoko isn't really a secret so much as something I don't like to talk about." Sora answers Joy with a half-shrug. "Even Riventon-sama knows that the two witches are the same person; though he doesn't the person behind the witch and I'd like to keep it that way." She pauses and considers then adds, "Mostly because of my family. I don't need them being targeted." Pause, "Even though I think they're pretty sure I'm doing something magical. I've never told them and they've never asked." She kind of considers the other stuff, but only has one thing to say about the Ryo bit, "Be careful."
Miho Kagami 2018-08-19 02:07:05 94930
Miho shrugs. "Sounds like the Takashi situation is plenty complicated," she says dryly. "I'll just ... reserve judgment, insofar as he seems plenty remorseful about the Sailor Flat Earth situation. In his own way, I mean."

She gives a shrug. "I'm definitely with you on the subject of problems that aren't directly targeting me, Mamoru-kun. The one silver lining is there's no further sign of Noroiko since she sort of stuttered when we started waking up from Her Worshipfulness's ... Pyrite Kingdom, and no shard youma at all, but ... as far as that goes I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop." She shrugs again. "I dunno, Ryo was ..." She deliberately doesn't use an honorific there. "... well, he seems plenty 'jock' to me."

She nods to Sora. "It's all right, Hisakata-san," she says. "You were basically 'friend who used to be a bad guy number 2', after Norie-chan. I don't hold the past against people when they're trying to be good guys now."
Lacrima 2018-08-19 02:17:20 94936
Lacrima nods at his summation at Riventon. "I remember you said you wanted to try to be his friend." she shifts. "I'm sorry it turned out this way." she says. She shakes her head. "I mean that's not my fault. But I can feel apologetic still." she huffs.

She makes a face. "Ugh... Seth." she says. She looks to Miho. "Seth is basically a huge creep that creeped on Sayaka-chan for a bit. You'd tell him something, and he'd basically do the opposite." she says. "He is a vampire. Like I am. He has a physical body though. And when I tried to pass on my wisdom of being a vampire---- two vampires mind you-. Kunzite tried too, he'd tell us why we're wrong and it was kind of dumb. I mean. He'd been a vampire for like a little over a week and I'd been one for like years at that point?" she says. "I mean sure, what do I know about bein a vampire." she says sarcastically.

She pauses. She looks to Mamoru. "He's looking for a Princess, by the way." she says. "Lamya's Princess-- the one from the story of St. George and the Dragon. Claims that she's 'his' and overall possessive of this concept in the bad way someone is possessive about someone." she says wryly. "I asked Kunzite to let any potential Princesses know to watch out. Because basically I assume you don't want him trying to kidnap Usagi or like anyone else."

"...I bet he's dumb enough to try."
Mamoru Chiba 2018-08-19 02:37:00 94942
Mamoru actually legitimately snorts. "Half the girls I know are princesses, it seems like. Maybe I should have all of them on call for if he shows up here while you're staying." He pauses. "Well, really, I'd do that anyway. Come stay here while you're looking for a new place, and I'll send out the notice for everyone possible to be on call for that week. We'll move all the breakables into another building for the duration and make sure all the visible activity's in my apartment, since that's the one Homura and Madoka's company reinforced the best. I'll also ask Nephrite to specifically be on the lookout for when he's likely to show up so we're really prepared."

He pauses, frowning a little. "Does he at least keep his hands off uninvolved civilians? Like, downstairs neighbors? The reinforcement means he won't be able to smash through the floor, but if he comes crashing through the side of the building on a mecha-gojira legendary mount, I'm not sure we'd be able to do anything about that."
Miho Kagami 2018-08-19 02:43:59 94943
Miho grimaces. "Wow," she says. "I mean ... I have this instinctive urge to be friends with people, but this Seth guy ... yyyeah." And then she just starts giggling at the idea of someone who thinks that someone trying to kidnap Usagi is a good idea. "Oh, I sure wanna see him try kidnap Usagi-san!" she says. "Preferably with the other Senshi there in the room with her!" She shrugs. "Maybe a Supr-- well, probably not Supreme Thunder Dragon, that ... would be a lot less survivable I guess."

She shakes her head. "But, uh, yeah. Not gonna lie, you should probably take up the offer, Norie-chan, this ..." She shrugs, and grins. "Well, uh, I've sort of ended up with the feeling that ... if there's ever a time when the ECFH place is not the safest place in Tokyo, then it's either gonna have pretty much half the heroes in the city come down on the perp like a half-ton of bricks, or things have gone badly enough that 'safest place in Tokyo' is just an academic consideration basically." (She doesn't know how old Homura and Madoka are, so she doesn't see anything odd about these unfamiliar names owning a construction company.)

She does frown at the question about Ryo leaving innocent civilians out of the equation, because this question is honestly kind of worrying her, too.
Lacrima 2018-08-19 02:49:52 94946
Lacrima sighs. "I'm not sure on that. He's attacked in broad daylight. In public places. Like he doesn't care there are innocents." she says. She nods. "I'll make a stay over bag I..." she shifts. "Normally I wouldn't ask..." she says quietly. "But do you have a place I can put a coffin while I'm here? The closet is good for like. A night or two. But. Not a whole week." she shifts. "I mean. I can sleep on a bed I guess. It'll just be a little fitful I think." she nods.

She nods. "I'm going to." she says softly. "At least for a bit. Until I can figure out if I can move the manor somewhere else. Or if I need to find a new spooky manor" she says quietly. She thinks and ohs!

"Actually, I have an idea I think. But. It'll take about a week to get it all set anyways so." she nods.

"I'll get started on that now though." she says as she looks around. "Right. This is always awkward to do friendlily. Back soon!~" then she disappears into a horrible mist to step back home.
Mamoru Chiba 2018-08-19 02:52:59 94947
"... you know how some places have a BYOB policy...?" Mamoru asks Joy after a second of just Looking at Lacrima, and then watching her vanish in dark sparkles. "There's room. But, if you see her before I do? Tell her the policy here is 'bring your own coffin.'"