Catchup Time

Miho and Hokuto chat a bit about current events, Sailor Earth, and what needs to be done to learn how to better use the Life Blessing.

Date: 2018-08-31
Pose Count: 19
Miho Kagami 2018-08-31 01:07:01 96642
Miho hasn't really been in touch with Hokuto since late July, so she invited her over to Midori-ya to catch up. There's ... quite a lot to catch up on, at least on Miho's end. Now Miho is sitting in a booth with a drink and some pastries, waiting for her arrival.

There's something subtly ... different about her posture and expression. Her timidity seems to be basically gone, for one thing; she almost seems confident now. This is marred by an equally-obvious tiredness. She looks sort of like she's just been recovering.
Hokuto Minase 2018-08-31 01:16:52 96643
Hokuto's quite willing to meet at the Midori-ya - it's quite the pleasant place, after all - and it has been a while since she's seen Miho. "Well, hey!" she calls as she wanders in, a small duffle hung over one shoulder. "Way too long no see, Jade-chan."

She walks over, still smiling, dressed casually in a knee-length denim skirt and a lace-trimmed t-shirt, with a snazzy denim jacket tossed over that. "Soooo, you look like you need to catch up on a week or so of sleep. Shall I drag you off to our country retreat so there's nothing to do but laze around and play video games all day?"
Miho Kagami 2018-08-31 01:29:43 96644
Miho's response is an immediate snicker. "'Jade-chan', huh?" she says wryly, in her usual fairly scratchy and androgynous voice. She's wearing her now-usual outfit of a simple blue shirt, a black skirt, shorts underneath her skirt, and pink girl's shoes. "Well, it just so happens I have been lazing around and playing video games, so ha!"

And then she sighs softly. "... In all seriousness, though," she says. "... I texted you when I transformed the first time, and about Noroiko that fox-spirit from my shadow, and ..." She shrugs. "Well, mostly for the past few weeks, I've been just sort of recovering from this world-ending threat I got involved in stopping a couple weeks ago." She shrugs vaguely. "... and occasionally getting wrapped up in various minor threats. And not-so-minor threats, too, but ever since an incident this past weekend, I've just been spending all my effort on not spending any effort if I can avoid it." She grimaces. "... Been in henshin a lot, too, because I --" She abruptly stops, and looks straight at Hokuto. "Oh, right," she says in a low voice. "Because I'm transgender, and I have the correct body while I'm in henshin as Life Mahou Joy."
Hokuto Minase 2018-08-31 01:39:53 96646
Hokuto slides into a seat across from Miho, settling her duffle in the corner of the booth. "Jade-chan, yes. What, you don't like video games?" She winks at the girl across the table from her. Then eyes the patries.

"Yes, I did get your text," she answers, listening to the tale. "That was the Golden Kingdom stuff? Yeah, I didn't get involved in the fighting, there, it was all over before I worked out what was going on." She shrugs.

She leans close to hear the whispered part, then ohhhhhs softly. "Well, dang."
Miho Kagami 2018-08-31 01:49:45 96648
Miho grins. "I'm on my third replay of Sonic Forces on Switch." She notes Hokuto's gaze, and pushes the plate of pastries into the middle. "Here, I got enough for the both of us," she adds flatly.

She nods. "So anyway, yeah. My curse has spoken up a couple times -- oh right, you were there when it talked in the park. Anyway, it turns out that the voice was probably Noroiko." She shrugs. "First time she popped up, she basically said that I was either going die, either from her or from the spider-demon Kagekumo who kidnapped both me and Miho-baasan. Second time she said anything substantial was the incident this weekend, where she basically tried to urge me to let her help somehow, since she wouldn't benefit if I died there." She rolls her eyes. "Needless to say, I declined."
Hokuto Minase 2018-08-31 01:57:08 96649
Hokuto hmmms softly. "Sonic.... enh. I prefer Danmemo, myself." She shrugs. "Drew a Sparkle Princess Aisz last weekend." With a grin, she takes a pastry, examines it briefly, then takes a bite.

"Okay, that explains things a bit better. I thought you'd run into another youkai." She hmms, tilts the pastry to one side, and peers at it again. "And that was probably a wise decision. That kind of help often comes with more of a catch than you expect."
Miho Kagami 2018-08-31 02:07:06 96654
Miho nods. "Yeah, she not-so-subtly suggested that I could wield the power of the Death Curse the first time she popped out of my shadow," she says. "The good news is that right now, she's apparently powerless unless I ... do whatever needs to be done to let her out. Presumably using the Death Curse, like I said." She gives a grandiose shrug. "So, uh, that's another reason why I'll never ever use it, basically." She takes another sip of her drink, and another bite from a pastry.
Hokuto Minase 2018-08-31 02:12:08 96655
Hokuto nibbles on the pastry some more, then sets it aside, hmming. "Yeah, probably a wise decision," she muses. "Things've been pretty quiet for me. A few issues to deal with - there was a mizuchi up north that needed someone to mediate a dispute with a local okami pack, for example - but aside from that, not a whole lot." She picks up the pastry and takes another bite, then hmms. "I could go for a drink... maybe a cola."
Miho Kagami 2018-08-31 02:23:41 96658
Miho nods. "Sounds like you've been handling that stuff better than I have," she says dryly. She shrugs, and shakes her head. "I mean. I guess part of the problem is that I'm just way too new, and I don't even know what I need to do in order to figure out what I need to do for the most part." She pauses. "... I dunno if this place has cola, it's more, like, a cafe kind of thing?"

Miho considers this for another moment over a few bites of pastry, then says, "Hey, do you think you could help me learn how to use the Life Blessing? I mean, in ways beyond just ... conjuring it up in one of three flavors, and shoving it into people and hoping for the best. Which is admittedly a pretty good 'best'," she adds quickly. "It does know what it's doing better than I do. But ... I feel like this whole thing could be better than it is now."
Hokuto Minase 2018-08-31 02:33:37 96661
"Better? No, just more practice." Hokuto smiles lazily. "Give it time, you'll learn." She considers for a moment, then adds, "I could take you on one of my trips, introduce you to some of the youkai about. Some groups would appreciate a visit from a healer."

Hokuto nods again. "Certainly, certainly. I'm not much of a healer myself, but I'd be glad to help you learn to work with energy, at least. That'd help you work things out."
Miho Kagami 2018-08-31 02:41:34 96663
Miho considers this. "... You know what, I kind of feel reluctant to go on a tour or whatever, but I think my actual ability to get intimidated by meeting new people has just been destroyed by Kagekumo and Sailor Earth," she says. "I mean. I'm fine with healing people as long as purification isn't gonna hurt 'em. My powers are one hundred percent purification, even when I'm, like, boosting your attack-power or whatever. I dunno if you've met Lacrima-chan, but, like ..." She frowns, looking slightly guilty. "... she's honestly kind of scared of my powers, and rightly so."

She nods. "All righty, thanks!" she says. "I don't expect to be able to ... implant the Life Blessing in people right away, or like ..." She shrugs, then just smiles. "Well, I'll cross that bridge when I come to it!"
Hokuto Minase 2018-08-31 02:57:07 96666
"Mmm.... I think they should be okay with it... we'll have to run some tests to be sure, though." Hokuto would certainly not want her friends hurt by it. "I'll have to keep that in mind if we do the trip." She hmmms and considers it briefly. "Yes, I've met her, and I can fully understand that."

She gestures with the half-pastry remaining, a sliver of almond going flying. "I'm sure everything will work out. Especially if we can get you plenty of chances to practice."
Miho Kagami 2018-08-31 03:01:53 96667
Miho nods. "The main problem I have right now is that I'm not really particularly clear on what I need to do in order to practice," she says. "Like, that seismograph-ofuda you gave me at the beginning was good for what it was, but I basically sort of ... ran out of ways to improve once I got down concentration. Which ended up being totally dependent on my emotional state," she adds. "I healed Lamya-san when she was near death, when I was basically in a panic, and I healed Rashmi-chan during last weekend's incident when I was like five minutes from a complete breakdown, and, like, they didn't take as much time as it took me to heal my leg the first time, and being in henshin helped, but it was just way longer than it should have been, I think."
Hokuto Minase 2018-08-31 03:21:39 96671
"Well," Hokuto muses. "We'll have to do some experimenting, I suppose." She hmmms and considers. "You got good use out of the one I gave you? Excellent, excellent... control will come with time and practice." She hmms again, taking a bite of pastry. "Would you say you were panicking, both times?"
Miho Kagami 2018-08-31 03:26:48 96672
Miho shakes her head. "Only the first time," she says. "The second time I was just overwhelmed with ... I guess emotional exhaustion. I spent most of the week before that just ... not doing enough to rest from the Sailor Earth showdown." She smiles faintly. "Even if we did end up turning her into Sailor Flat Earth, it was just kind of ... too much for me at the time."
Hokuto Minase 2018-08-31 03:33:21 96675
Hokuto nods. "But in each case, you were completely focused on the task. You threw your whole self into it." She smiles and gestures with the pastry crust. "That's how it often works, when you push yourself to the limit, you find power and strength that you hadn't expected."
Miho Kagami 2018-08-31 03:54:57 96680
Miho hmms, and takes a moment to finish off her pastry, then shakes her head. "Not really," she says. "My emotional state mostly just got in the way of concentrating, really. I kind of had to fight to focus enough to bring out my healing-power." She smiles. "Still. It's better than I was when I started, I think. Definitely stuff to think about when we start working on it in more detail."

And then she laughs. "Wow. And to think this time in June, I was ... timid and panicky. Now here I am, flying around and helping people save the world, and healing people who were at death's door so that it's like they were never hurt in the first place."
Hokuto Minase 2018-08-31 03:55:18 96681
Hokuto hmms to herself as she listens, nodding briefly. "Either way, the emotional surge helped build the power... you just needed focus to control it. Not at all unusual." She pauses and blinks. "Flying? Dang.... I wish I could."
Miho Kagami 2018-08-31 03:59:27 96682
Miho giggles. "Well, y'know ... flying is, like, being lively, and all that stuff," she says cheerfully.