Mahou Virtue Signaling

Rashmi stops by Unmei's apartment -- and brings snacks -- to try and bring the poor isolated mahou around to the idea of being part of a community that needs her. After which she finds herself in range of Unmei and her DVD collection. There goes the afternoon!

Date: 2018-08-31
Pose Count: 32
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-31 15:27:38 96689
Around about noon, Unmei received a text;

<< Hey, d'you mind if I come over? I wanted to talk to you about some stuff that's been on my mind. >>

When given the okay, she shows up outside Unmei's door not long after, with a bag from a conbenie near her restaurant in hand, and knocks gently on the door.
Unmei Tama 2018-08-31 15:33:19 96690
Unmei Tama was learning something. Rashmi coming over meant food she didn't need to cook. That was reason enough to not object to her coming over. Besides, there was always some anime for unmei to watch and... Evem that was getting boring. And studying and applications for schools was giving het a headache.

So a bit of company would be a welcome distraction. Hopefully she could remember to NOT assault the girl....

So when the knock came she was at the door, wearing a plaid skirt and a white tank top. "Come in!" She called, pullong the door open with a smile.
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-31 15:39:53 96691
"Hi Unmei-chan~!" Rashmi chirps, popping inside the apartment the moment she's bid and depositing her shoes near the door. "I got some snacks and Ramune on my way over, did you want melon or coconut?"

There is only so far one can go to fake an emotion; despite the ruckus from last time, Rashmi is genuinely happy to see Unmei, and smiling no less.
Unmei Tama 2018-08-31 15:48:21 96692
Unmei Tama blinked a few times. "Ummm... Melon sounds good. So, err... Make yourself at home." Woo, snacks! She sat down and smiled. "So what brings her here? Anything i can help with? Or just want to watch a bunch of anime?" She gave a soft, small smile.

Something useful... Yeah. She thought that was unlikely...
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-31 15:55:00 96693
"Well it's a couple of things, honestly," Rashmi answers. "But to sum it all up... Actually yeah, there is something I'd like your help with." Handing over the melon drink, she takes the bag of assorted snacks to the couch and sits.

"See... Virtue's fallen down pretty hard lately, and there's a lot it should have been doing that it hasn't. One of the big things is that it was supposed to be a community, and... it's kinda not. I mean, everyone can call anyone else, but..." Here, Rashmi sighs, shrugging. "Lots of people get too wrapped up in their own thing, or get into a rut of relying on one or two people, and the community kinda withers, y'know? And now that Naru-chan and I are basically the new Planning Committee, and Kukai-kun heading it up... We want to fix that."
Unmei Tama 2018-08-31 16:12:37 96694
Unmei Tama cocked her head to the side. "Mmmm?" She asked, drinking a bit. She then eyed the woman. What. "Virtue... I... Think I'm a member? Like... I don't really knoe who they are. But i think kunzite is a member so... Sure. I csn join? Or... Help?"

She cocked her head to the side. "Though... I'm nkt sure i know what you need me to do? Make sandwiches?"
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-31 16:19:54 96695
"...Well if you haven't joined," Rashmi says, the idea of 'making sandwiches' bringing a small smile to her lips, "I'd really like it if you did. But also... I really, really want your help in making it so we all do the best job we possibly can, y'know? Like... What would be the best possible thing you could want in being part of a community?"
Unmei Tama 2018-08-31 16:24:39 96696
Unmei Tama stared at her. What did she want? She closed her eyes snd hugged her knees to her chest.

What could she ask for? Ehst could she suggest? Nothing. Not a single thing came to mind. What could she possibky offer? The things she wanted could... Be.... Well... Maybe one thing. "Training... Together... Maybe? For new members?" She then hummed. "Maybe... Help for those experiencing dangerous or abusive home lives?"
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-31 16:29:06 96697
And it's clear that Rashmi was paying attention, because Unmei's answer is immediately scribbled down in a composition book kept in her bag. "Training together's definitely a good idea, and... well I didn't realize this, but apparently Virtue does have some safehouses here and there, so, we can definitely give help and safety. This is really good, Unmei-chan, these are good ideas. D'you have any more?"
Unmei Tama 2018-08-31 16:42:17 96698
Unmei Tama shook her head. "No...? I'm sorry. I don't really... Sure what rlse you could do. I mean... Most people just need a bit of help and... It is more... Personal and stuff... I think..."

"i think most people just... Wsnt to not be scared or... You know... Wanna be useful..." She mumbled.
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-31 16:46:39 96699
"Yeah," Rashmi agrees, sighing. "And that's something Naru-chan and I were talking about... We definitely want to make sure that everyone who joins is useful. But we can't do that if we keep asking the same handful of people for help, y'know?"

Closing the book, she tilts her head to one side. "So... Unmei-chan, d'you mind if I ask how your powers work? Because I'd love for you to feel useful, and part of something that actually helps you."
Unmei Tama 2018-08-31 17:06:39 96700
Unmei Tama chuckled nervously. "Err... Its... Nothing special," she mumbled. "I'm just... Well... My powers are flexible, i guess. It... I had to mske a wish and as long as I'm clotho, my wish remains. Well. While i wear my gem. I'm wearing it now. And.... I can weave weapons and spells with threads of fate. They're.... Very powerful an great for tying people up. I just wasn't vrry.... Strong. Ever. So... I'm not the best at using them."

"That's all really. I weave like... Spells and... Weapons.noh... And it seems to draw on... Sins and virtues. The one i am most connected to at any time gives me... Powers. I guess. Makes me stronger with them. But if i do them too much i.... Get... Sick. And over whelmed. It's not fun. I... I did it once. It hurt a lot...." She shuddered.
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-31 17:11:10 96701
"I imagine it's not," Rashmi says, nodding slowly. "But like... What d'you mean by weaving spells?" Pausing, she digs around in the bag, emerging with a box of strawberry-flavored Pocky and offers it over.
Unmei Tama 2018-08-31 17:14:51 96702
Unmei Tama hummed. "I suppose it would be easier to show you." She got to her feet and then... Her hands moved out. As she did, threads began to flow out from the rings, enveloping her and... Creating her magical girl outfit. As if it was sewn in front of her.

Then she started moving her hands around and shaping a sword. The blade... Actually formed, turning into a red tinted blade with a solid red hilt. "I weave them." She then moved her right hand out... And the threads formed the outline of a flame... Whicj then BECAME the fire. "like so."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-31 17:19:34 96703
A year spent in over her head and just rolling with the weirdness of mahou life might make one assume that Rashmi has seenit all. But Unmei's demonstration has the redhead's eyes as wide as dinner plates, and her hands shoot up to her mouth. "Wooooow, that's awesome Unmei-chan! What other kinds of things d'you make? ....I mean you don't need to show me, just... Wow!"
Unmei Tama 2018-08-31 17:23:29 96704
Magical Girl Clotho sighed and shook her head. "Yeah... It's not as impressive as it looks. It's... Flexible. But it's not really powerful." She smacked the flat of the blade against the couch and... It dented.

"i can do a lot of things but I'm actually really weak. My... Power isn't strong. I've never been really fast or clever, either. Or useful. I tend to either just get hurt or hold the others bsck..." She mumbled softly, ubhenshioning and sitting down with a sigh. "Sorry to get your hopes up."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-31 17:29:57 96705
At this, Rashmi blinks, head tipping to the other side. "...That's not true at all, Unmei-chan," Rashmi says after a moment. "I can already think of a bunch of ways it'd be useful... But we'd definitely need to do some training and practice to see what we can do."

"Unmei-chan," she says, twisting the cap off her drink and shoving the plunger down, "I suck at fighting. Before it didn't matter so much, but, lately it's almost gotten me killed a couple times. And I'll never be as strong as Nanoha or Fate-chan... But I know what I can do well, and I can use that to make a lot out of a little. And I'm pretty sure the same applies to you too, just... well... when was the last time you had someone to practice with?"
Unmei Tama 2018-08-31 17:40:35 96706
Magical Girl Clotho coughed. "I ummm... Was training with kyouko and makoto sometimes but... I haven't gone in a few weeks or so. Since... I mean..." She coughed. "They're way better than me and i tend to get in their way. I was just sloeing them down."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-31 17:42:55 96707
Rashmi sighs, reaching out to pat Unmei's shoulder. "I don't think that's honestly the case, but... Right now I think what you need most is to have some confidence in your power. So... apart from anything else, d'you want to get together and do powers training once a week?"
Unmei Tama 2018-08-31 17:47:38 96708
Magical Girl Clotho nodded, and then froze. "Wait. This.... Isn't another way for you to try snd... I told you I'm fine. Really. I'm okay. Listen, i get it. 'Poor unmei, she's alone, no one wants her, lets throw pity at her' and stuff. But trust me. I get it. I get more than enough from kunzite and the others. I'm fine. I don't need anyone. Okay? I'm not just.... Someone to dump all your charity on," she muttered.
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-31 17:51:16 96709
The suspicion is answered with a simple shake of the head. "No, Unmei-chan. I really, really do need your help, this isn't about charity at all. And besides, training with you helps us both, y'know?"
Unmei Tama 2018-08-31 17:57:43 96710
Magical Girl Clotho eyed her suspiciously, but, slowly... She nodded. "Okay... If.... You're sure," she mumbled, sounding very unsure to be honest. "I'll help as best i can. I mean, there are a lot of.... Where did you want to do it?" She finally asked.

"And who are nanoha and fate?" Oof.
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-31 17:59:03 96711
"I'll have to look for a good spot," Rashmi says, looking pleased with the acceptance. "And Nanoha and Fate.... um. You know the Midori-ya bakery?"
Unmei Tama 2018-08-31 18:04:35 96712
Magical Girl Clotho shook her head. "I know that gull shop, but no other bakeries. Is the food there good?" Shs paused. "I... Don't.... Eat out much," she mumbled. "It's cheaper to eat inside so.... If I'm gonna have fun like that, i prefer to save it for shakes or things i can't make myself."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-31 18:07:30 96713
"It's really good, they do some of the best desserts I've had," Rashmi says, then pauses. "...Well um. The ones Papi doesn't make, anyway. Anyway... it's Nanoha's parents that own it, and Fate is... complicated. Long story... But basically her best friend. Anyway.... They're kind of the high-water mark as far as Device Users go, they're pretty scary strong."
Unmei Tama 2018-08-31 18:10:04 96714
Unmei Tama nodded. "Oh. I umnn... The high marks i guess i know are... Kyouko, jupiter... A few others. And I'm like... Nowhere near them. At all. Fighting them like, for real? Is a good way to get demolished," she said with a chuckle. "Are they close to those two?"
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-31 18:21:21 96715
"Pretty much," Rashmi chuckles. "Only more like fighter jets, or shrunken-down mecha. But like I said... just because I'll never be on their level, doesn't mean I shouldn't figure out how to best use what I've got. I've been smacked through too many buildings to think that anymore," she says ruefully. "Getting kinda tired of that honestly."
Unmei Tama 2018-08-31 18:35:54 96716
Unmei Tama cringed. "Yeah... I can't even compare to a jet or anything like that," she said with a shudder. ".... I'm not sure I'll be much help but... I'll try. Okay? Let me know when you're ready and I'll meet you. Anything else you wanted?"
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-31 18:39:34 96717
"Well, I need to talk to Souma-kun about getting you a Virtue phone if you wanted to join," Rashmi says, smiling gently. "And after that... well, most of it'll be a matter of figuring out what you want being a member of Virtue to mean for you, y'know?"
Unmei Tama 2018-08-31 18:48:18 96719
Unmei Tama nodded. "Uh... Huh. I'll... Work on it... Okay?" She said with a weak smile. "What i want virtue to mean to me..." She mumbled. A troubled look flashed on her fsce before she looked away to the remote.

"So! Wanna watch something? I have basic cable...."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-31 18:53:40 96721
"Sure!" Rashmi chirps, smiling. "Or if you want you can show me one of your series? I, um... kind of admit I've always been a fantasy otaku myself, so I'm not going to know much..."
Unmei Tama 2018-08-31 19:02:24 96724
Unmei Tama blinked and then grinned. "In that case you'll love magical knights of..."