Science rules

Masu and Narumi meet... a ghost! It's a bone chilling experience for both of them. Fortunately, it's not too gastly.

Date: 2018-08-22
Pose Count: 29
Masu Yogoshi 2018-08-22 14:02:49 95470
Masu Yogoshi was sitting at a table... which was absolutely COVERED in notes. chemistry notes by the looks of it.

Formulas filled it and, besides her, she had a tablet resting. "Run..." She listed off a few chemicals and then... "Simulate the addition of Dx." Dun duuuun. She glanced to the pad and sighed.

"No, that's not good at all. Maybe i should try it in the lab? Too many unknowns... " she mumbled. She clenched right hand, before writing out a small equation. Most of the chemical equations seemed to be medically related, different compounds and the like. Occasionally she would rattle off an equation and her tablet would rattle off different results.
Icela 2018-08-22 14:05:27 95471
Sitting in a tree not too far off is a pale, monochrome figure who doesn't quite look like she is real. Her long flowing clothes don't quite have an end as much as they fade. In her hands are a sketchpad and a pencil, and she just flipped over the page and has begun to stare at Masu, choosing to take the chemist at work as her next model. Without asking, asking is for chumps.
Narumi Nendai 2018-08-22 14:15:31 95473
Narumi walks through the park, looking ... well, kind of exhausted, really. She's dressed in a very new-looking sky-blue sundress, white girls' sneakers that look as though they were bought mere hours ago, and deliberately-mismatched pastel-colored stockings.

There's two emotions running through her mind: relief, and a kind of tension and uncertainty. Nothing overwhelming, it's just ... well, she's suddenly had a major change in her life, and she's still recovering. She's gone to the park to try to clear her mind. Her eyes show redness around the edges, as if she'd been crying recently.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-08-22 14:17:26 95474
Masu Yogoshi stopped and glanced over. She swore she was being watch... Then her eyes fell on the woman drawing her. A part of her... Actually she didn't mind.

Perhaps it was a friend of Naru's. All artists knew each other. Right? She got up, leaving hee notebooks across the table, and walked towards her. "Hello. Can i help you?" She asked with a small, weak smile. She started putting her barriers up. She didn't want to--

She faltered and whipped around to see Narumi. Her eyes narrowed. Her barriers quickly built themselves. At least the girl wasn't a tidal wave like miho had been... But she did stare for a bit too long.
Icela 2018-08-22 14:28:01 95475
Icela's emotions are intense. Envy, loathing and hatred. All hidden behind the face of a teenage girl ... or ghost, she doesn't quite look right, "You can help me by getting back to what you were doing. I thought you'd make for a good drawing, that's all." When Narumi shows up all red-eyed like that, Icela smiles and another emotion forms in Icela's mind. Excitement. "One moment." She tells Masu and slides down the tree to head to Narumi. "Hey, are you alright?" All mock concern.
Narumi Nendai 2018-08-22 14:31:40 95476
Narumi, it seems, isn't paying as much attention as she ought to be. It actually takes a couple of seconds for her to notice Masu, and when she does ... she meets her gaze and stares back. There's a brief moment of hostility in her emotions, before she thinks, Wait, no, I don't need that anymore and hurriedly pushes it back. It's immediately replaced with ... well, something that closely resembles performance anxiety.

She just ... stares at Masu like a deer caught in the headlights. She has absolutely no idea what to do now.

And then she gets approached by ... some sort of ghost girl. Her emotional state instantly gets turned into worry, suspicion, and a little bit of fear. "Um ... hi?" she says uncertainly. "I ... guess so ... sort of?" She takes half a step back from Icela.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-08-22 14:43:50 95477
Masu Yogoshi froze as the other girl passed her. She just... Felt... That. That hatred. That desire to hurt. Envy. Everything that was wrong. That could be wrong. It sent a chill down her spine.

And then the other girl moved past her... Towards the vulnerable girl. Her eyes narrowed. She knew a bully... Or mugger... When she saw it. She glanced to narumi and tried to catch her eye... Then motioned to icela and shook het head while the other girl has her back turned.

She wanted to say more but... Saying things like 'i felt a bottomless void of hate in her' tended to get you labled a freak. Or worse, attacked.
Icela 2018-08-22 14:49:02 95478
"You don't look alright. You look like you need someone to talk to, to let off some steam." Icela offers her expert opinion with a gentle but insincere smile. "My name is Icela. What's yours?" She isn't at all aware of what Masu is doing, in fact, for the moment Masu has been disregarded as curious but unimportant.
Narumi Nendai 2018-08-22 14:57:53 95479
Narumi's eyes flit over to Masu. She has no idea what's going on there. Well, whatever was there before, it looks as though Icela is suddenly the higher priority. She swallows. "I'm Narumi," she says firmly, some of that aggression coming back. "But I'd rather ... not ... confide in someone until I've gotten to know them better." The tone of her voice suggests that she has no intention of getting to know Icela better.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-08-22 15:06:45 95480
Masu Yogoshi let out a sigh of relief. The girl wasn't stupid, at least. She gave a nod and started walking towards her table. The girl was smart so... Unless icera tried to kidnap her, she'd not have much reason to interfere.

She couldn't imagine what could make someone feel so much hate and anger. It radiated off the girl in waves. It made masu feel uneasy and she was ashamed she felt the urge to transform. If nothing else, the extra dark energy helped her feel... Better. Safer. Definitely stronger. She then shook her head. The girl was odd but... She didn't deserve an attack from a magical girl...
Icela 2018-08-22 15:12:20 95481
"Sometimes it's easier to confide in someone you don't know." Icela suggests with the same insincere smile, backing off a bit however to give Narumi some space. "That way, you don't have to worry about things getting back to your family." She can't quite hide the sour note there, and the emotional spike of envy at the mere notion is unreasonably intense, "Or really about what they think. Worst case, they are offended and you never talk to them again."
Narumi Nendai 2018-08-22 15:17:46 95482
Narumi shakes her head. "Nah, that ship sailed, and my mom's just rolling with it at this point," she says. It's clear at this point that she's not actually taking the conversation seriously. "I think you're projecting." She looks the ghostly girl up and down. "... in more ways than one," she adds. "Assuming your problems are my own, astral ..." She's inching her way sideways, as if hoping to run away ...
Masu Yogoshi 2018-08-22 15:24:18 95483
Masu Yogoshi glanced back to Icera. Yeah. 'Tell me so i can blackmail you' radiated off the girl. At least her desperation seemed to radiate off her to others as well. Not just Masu.

She smiled to the other girl, nodding. Even motioned her over as an escape. Granted... The alternative was being around Masu. That wasn't much better. At least she wasn't actively hateful. In fact she was generally quite... Willing to work with people.

"Maybe if i added gunpowder..." She mumbled. "Like a really small fire work..."

Maybe icera wasn't so bad...
Icela 2018-08-22 15:33:53 95484
"Projecting? Me?" Icela smiles and glides backwards. Glides rather than walks, "I'm just your friendly park ghost. Trying to help people. If you don't want to talk about it, your loss~" The excitement that was added to her emotional state leaves, though it isn't replaced by disappointment; and she gets back up her tree to pick her drawing back up. "So chemist person, what's your name?"
Narumi Nendai 2018-08-22 15:41:14 95485
Narumi's relief is back, but it's clearly a result of something very different now. She watches Icela retreat towards Masu, and ... stays where she is.

... She really wishes she could use her lucid-dreaming-based powers in the real world, but, well, she's afraid of what else she'd need to do in return. She's still somewhat suspicious of the terms for her first wish, but it's too late now ...
Masu Yogoshi 2018-08-22 15:42:28 95486
Masu Yogoshi blinked. Wait. Ghost?! She knew the girl was evil and... Odd... Bit she had just thought...

Ah. A miscalculation. If she wasn't bothering the other girl, Masu was the obvious choice.

"Masu." She saw no harm in giving her name.... Considering her books and pad had her name on them. "Most ghosts tend to be less... Solid. But the hatred and malevolence rolls off you in waves, it can practically be tasted." Masu could feel it, rubbing against her barriers. Making it difficult to focus. She started stacking her notebooks.

"You won't fool anyone with that. Were i a shrine maiden I'd have exorcised you by now." She'd heard once that empaths were more susceptible to spirits. Now, that was in a fiction book so she didn't know if it was true, but she had no desire to find out.
Icela 2018-08-22 15:55:49 95487
"Thank you for letting me know, I should learn to hide that better." Icela answers Masu's comments about her malevolence, but she makes no attempt to deny the fact. "But well, since you've pointed out that I'm not friendly I guess I might as well inform you that I'm not a ghost either. I'm what is known as an eidolon." The bit about shrine maidens makes her giggle. "I'd love to see them try, I don't care whether they succeed or not, but it'd be good to know."
Narumi Nendai 2018-08-22 15:59:24 95488
Narumi stays where she is, still tense as all get out. She's just close enough that she can hear the conversation, and ... it seems weird to her that Masu recognized that Icela was Evil(tm) but not that she was a ghost or eidolon or whatever any of that means. She swallows, looking around. She's never had to literally run away before, and she's not sure if Icela will chase her or whatever ...
Masu Yogoshi 2018-08-22 16:13:32 95489
Masu Yogoshi sighed. "I'm unfamiliar ith eidolons. A spirit of any kind, especially one that is so malevolent, can't be good. O have heard of a shrine nearby, perhaps they will be able to bring you peace. Alas, such a thing is not my forte. I have little to do with spirits." She seems relatively calm speaking to a spirit... Then...

Sje glanced to the other girl. "You... Seem relatively calm. Considering this... Creature. Most people usually flee from such things, or pretend not to notice them. Bit you are not. You're frightened, but not disbelieving," she said calmly as she picked up the last of her books and stacked tjem, sliding them into her bag.
Icela 2018-08-22 16:17:30 95490
"Honestly I'm just a product of a cruel world." Icela answers Masu with blatant lack of concern for what Masu thinks, the lack of care is palpable even without an empath's senses. "The world in return receives what it deserves, and in doing so the world attains balance." Icela smiles, and glances towards Narumi and adds more for her ears than Masu's, "And if some people have to get hurt in the process, then that's just the way of things."
Narumi Nendai 2018-08-22 16:25:11 95491
Narumi frowns at Masu. "Well, you got me there!" she says, but ...

(Maboroshi no Manako subtly guides her mind away from revealing too much.)

... she doesn't elaborate. "I could say the same thing about you!"

Icela's words definitely catch her attention, though. "Yep, I was right, projecting," she says bluntly. She's still afraid, yes, but ... she looks at Masu again, feeling confident that this won't just be some sort of monster against two people who are completely helpless.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-08-22 16:50:14 95492
Masu Yogoshi sighed. "I'm an empath," she mumbled. "Compared to a ghost, it's not... Too strange," she said softly. "I've felt ghosts before. Never seen one, though. It's... A interesting experience." She put the books in her bag. "I'm not magical, nor do i know the limits of that spirits capabilities. All i can do is sense emotions. So i wouldn't be too relaxed," she said flatly.

"That creature is likely the ghost of some orphan, judging by the feelings of envy and hatred it feels. And likely will attempt to make us feel bad about ourselves if we express any form of weakness it can exploit. We should likely leave."

She was... Incredibly blase about the whole thing. Keeping her tone calm and even.

Though internally it was all she could do to avoid transforming. She hated it but... She was frightened. A little. Even if she hid it well.
Icela 2018-08-22 16:53:37 95493
"This is boring and unproductive." Icela announces, picks up her drawing implements and then ... begins to shimmer out of existence. She isn't going invisible, for just for a brief moment there is this sense that if they truly wish to follow they might be able to force themselves to. Of course, there are no guarantees they'd be able to make it back.
Narumi Nendai 2018-08-22 17:00:29 95494
Narumi nods to Masu, listening along. "So ... people with those kinds of powers really exist," she murmurs. It's actually kind of fascinating to her. She stays silent at Icela's outburst, watches as she disappears, and then ... waits another five seconds before turning back to Masu. "You must've ... 'heard' ... my weird mood earlier, huh?" She shakes her head. "At least that girl left on her own. Wonder what she would've thought was productive? Besides just sort of ... being a jerk."
Masu Yogoshi 2018-08-22 17:13:00 95495
Masu Yogoshi glanced back and... Waited and... Once the girl was gone.. "Oh my gosh that was terrifying," she said, letting her emotions show as she put her hand over her heart. "I was bluffing before, i didn't know if ghosts were even real! I can't feel her any more, but my gosh that was terrifying. I'm sorry, i was just trying to make it bored or... Well. Not act scared because i suspect it would have just amplified its hostility. And trust me. I could feel it. It was VERY hostile," she said with a shudder.

She then nodded. "I do try not to pry but... Sometimes emotions are just... Screamed. And it's hard not to feel them. I'm sorry, i didn't mean to notice but... I couldn't not. Are you okay?" She was back to her calm, bland tone, suppressing again after those few seconds to let go and relax.
Narumi Nendai 2018-08-22 17:24:25 95496
Narumi smiles faintly. "Well, uh ..." She lets out a nervous giggle. "I guess ... that ... was basically a better strategy than mine," she says. "Which, uh, was pretty much standing around rubbernecking, basically." She shakes her head. "Good thing I'm used to hiding how I'm feeling to begin with ..."

Her earlier mixture of relief and worries are starting to return. "I ... just got into an argument with my mom this morning," she says. "Which ... without going into too much detail, she's having me transfer to Seiyou Public School, from Seishou. For reasons that I'm sort of just ... 'ugh fine' about." She feels 'ugh fine' when she says this, too.

(Maboroshi no Manako is satisfied. That's a perfectly innocuous explanation. There's definitely nothing there to even hint that a Nightmare granted a trans girl's wish to have a fully female body, in exchange for letting it watch the waking world, with the bargain's terms technically allowed it to possess her.)
Masu Yogoshi 2018-08-22 17:39:18 95497
Masu Yogoshi blinked a few times and then cocked her head to the side. She eyed the girl with suspicion. "I already told you i am an empath. I can read you like a book," she said flatly. "On top of that, your body language is a tad nervous now. Do i worry you?" Blunt...

If you wish to talk about it, I'm going to get back to my experiments. We can talk at the table. But do know that my abilities may let me feel more than you'd like me to know. If you do not wish to discuss it, i find familial issues to be quite sensitive myself, i understand and will not pry. Everyone is entitled tk their own privacy. " at least she seemed honest?
Narumi Nendai 2018-08-22 18:01:30 95498
As Masu speaks, Narumi tenses up ... and then laughs nervously. "You got me pegged," she says. "I ... you got me completely pegged." She shakes her head. "But ... it really is a personal matter, and I'd rather not just talk about it with a stranger." She smiles. "It's not you, it's me. Sorry, I don't even know your name."

She starts to turn back in the direction she was originally walking in. "So ... in which case, I guess I'll just head off, and stop getting in the way of your experiments."
Masu Yogoshi 2018-08-22 18:05:12 95499
Masu Yogoshi nodded. "That's completely natural. There's no need to be sorry. I could be anyone," she mumbled as she walked back to the table. "We did just meet a ghost and i have strange abilities. I could be a full monster, for all you know," she said flatly. "It is Masu Yogashi. A pleasure to have met you. I wish you the best with your family."

She then went and sat down, going back into her experiments. Now... How was she going to mix dark energy with these? She really did need to find a better way to test it without constantly having to run the tests physically. She'd already lost four roboyouma...