Questions for Sakura

Interested in learning more about a recent battle with Bell, and why Sakura was so outspoken during it, Rune, Gaofele, and Hinote visit the Card Captor to ask some questions.

Date: 2018-10-07
Pose Count: 21
Runealy Waldia 2018-10-07 23:00:39 98742
Rune has, for some time, been intentionally avoiding contact with Sakura. This is not something she has spoken about openly with others, and Sakura has never done anything to really provoke this 'silent, unknown policy' by the elder princess. Thus, Rune was somewhat surprised when Tomoyo -- whom Rune barely knows -- got in touch about a 'final judgement.' There were many things she did not understand about that, but it did provide a means of getting in touch with Sakura now.

For whatever reason, the princess decided to reach out to Sakura. Contact was made, and Rune politely asked to meet her at a location of Sakura's choice; Rune admitted up front she had questions about the battle against the giant steel horse and its rider. Arrangements were put in place as to when and where to meet.

At the park, Rune walks toward some tables and seats some distance away from the playground. She's in full royal dress, as she usually is, and looking back to her friends. "I... feel like I should have spoken with her sooner." There's some hesitation in those remarks.

Her gaze moves to Hino in particular, turning to walk backwards in order to fully face him. "Remind me, is she the one who tried to help us out when we first arrived here? I never could bring myself to face her for very long, even after we stopped attacking Earth. Perhaps that will change today."
Gaofele Doiru 2018-10-07 23:08:59 98743
"She is, at least in terms of mundane assistance," Gaofele nods. "Some of the food I brought when we were still in the convenience store was gifted to us from her family."
Hinote Kagari 2018-10-07 23:10:57 98744
Hinote Kagari is dressed modern but fancy. He's wearing his usual white dress shirt with a burgundy tie and organeish-ruddish brown sport coat over it. "I thinnnnk so?" he asks. "It's been a while." he admits just a little sheepishly. "But that's the besides the point. I think you're right about speaking to her sooner." he says.

He snaps a finger at Gao "Ah-ha! That's it." he says as he draws his hands back and looks at his watch. "Um. Is she late?" he ask curiously. He begins to look around and tries to see if he's hearing anything that might indicate 'youma trouble' or something.

Or maybe. Maybe she's just legit late!?
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-10-07 23:21:24 98745
Sakura Kinomoto was late late late! The small girl had been up all night trying to figure out why her key wasn't working and mulling over if she should worry the others with it, no. It wasn't their problem. It was hers!

So of course she ended up sleeping late, had to get her chores under control, and then finally get her roller blades on and... Was racing through and...

Was coming in way too fast as she flailed. "Ahhhh! Look out!" She shrieked, as she bee lined right at Rune. Welp. On the up side, she was a little girl so... Even if she slammed into her, it'd still be easy to stop her without hurting her.
Runealy Waldia 2018-10-07 23:25:42 98746
"All this time, I've been avoiding her because of that." Rune keeps pacing backward, "I never really felt right facing her, in light of her offering help that was so... so fundamental," she finds the right word for it, "as that. Shame is a powerful thing, I suppose." It's an admission Rune is able to make in a fairly calm tone, though.

"Late, though?" Rune considers Hinote's idea: "I believe she is, but Tokyo is an enormous city. There could be thousands of legitimate reasons, so perhaps we should wait a little bit just to be certain. After all... hnn?!"

There's Sakura, coming in very loudly and suddenly. "Summoning...!" Rune cuts herself off mid-sentence, realizing this does not require transforming into magical form. She nonetheless does jump onto the bench-seat of a nearby table, and reaches a hand out to try to grab for one of Sakura's hands at the same time in the hopes of stopping her. Due to how odd this maneuver is however, it's more likely that Hinote or Gaofele will be in a better position to help Sakura.
Gaofele Doiru 2018-10-07 23:31:58 98747
While Gao doesn't dive out of the way quite to the degree as Rune did, he does try stepping out of the way of the onrushing Sakura, sticking his arm out with a slight bend to try and catch her. "I know you're running a bit late, but you're not that late, Sakura!" he chuckle-grunts.
Hinote Kagari 2018-10-07 23:33:27 98748
Hinote Kagari oh dear. There's a girl on roller blades heading for Runealy. This is not a terrible attack, but it would be nice if also the Princess wasn't struck so he moves to place his hands out and try to act as a buffer-- something for Sakura to bump into if she needs to that also isn't a tree. "Wo--oah there." he goes regardless of the outcome of this attempt or if Gao gets her before any collision can happen or slown down or whatever.

"Right. Not THAT late. I was starting to worry a little is all." he says matter of fact.
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-10-07 23:41:00 98749
Sakura Kinomoto yelped and... Oh good the girl was out of the-- EEK! Wait, no, slow...

However, there were arms to help her and... Shae latched onto Gao and Hinote's arms, stopping her wild running, before stumbling back. She then gave a soft, timid chuckle. "Hey guys. Sorry I uhhhh.... Woke up late. You guys haven't been waiting long, have you?" she asked with a nervous smile.

"I'm really, really, really sorry...."
Runealy Waldia 2018-10-07 23:45:30 98750
Unable to get more than a token grasp of Sakura without losing balance, Rune ends up having to let her sail on by... and it seems Hinote and Gaofele are able to pick up where she left off. "Ahh... that's a relief. Thank you, both of you."

Once things have had a moment to calm down, she then regards Sakura and steps down from the bench-seat. "Several minutes, but Tokyo is an incredibly vast city... its size towers over my world's capital. I am not about to be upset that you're a little late in light of that, 'late sleep' or not. Thank you for joining us."

Rune has a fairly soft, patient smile now that she's no longer alarmed by impending collisions. "I just wanted to meet you, and find out more about what happened a few weeks ago. That massive steel horse and its rider... especially its rider, seemed important to you. Can you tell us more about that?"
Gaofele Doiru 2018-10-07 23:50:35 98751
Gaofele Doiru pats the younger girl on the shoulders once she regains her equilibrium. "It was a bit of a surprise seeing you again there, but it had been quite a while since we last saw each other," he adds.
Hinote Kagari 2018-10-07 23:55:22 98752
Hinote Kagari shakes his head. "You're fine." he says. "Promise." he says with a smile. He nods to Runealy. "Well couldn't let her speed into something dangerous and hard like a tree." he offers. He nods a bit. "Right." he says.

"Things seemed to stop when you two started talking. Rather than a fight to whoever gets beat up the most." he says. "Which is how those things usually end sometimes." he says with a sigh as he brushes a hand through his hair a bit. "I mean it's a better end to a fight like that, but." he shrugs. "Fights aren't fun overall." he says with a half cocked smile.
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-10-08 00:05:31 98753
Sakura Kinomoto nodded and sighed. "Yeah. Bell-sempai is my big sister. Err. Adopted her. Sorta. But she's not really that bad, honest! She's just very misguided. But she's great. She's kind, and sweet, and gentle, and wonderful! But she sometimes makes mistakes, like the horse," she said with a sigh. A sigh you might have about 'Oh dear, my sister decided to buy a game she doesn't like' rather than what she ACTUALLY did.

"And really? Most of my fights tend to end that. Well, most of them. Takashi-san tends to be... difficult. But eventually I'm sure he'll come around, too. So, what did you want to know about her?"
Runealy Waldia 2018-10-08 00:13:31 98754
"Some fights can end far, far worse than that," Rune comments in a low tone before forcing herself out of that mood, instead returning to a light smile. "So that's Bell... well, honestly you've told us the most important part, just now. She's important to you, and that explains a lot. If we can help it..."

She nods to Gaofele, then Hinote, "...we'll need to be careful around Bell. Going all-out should be avoided if we can help it."

Then her gaze returns to Sakura. "Would it be okay to ask about the circumstances that lead to her being... 'somewhat adopted'? Forgive me if that is a very prying question, but I'd like to understand who we're fighting... and perhaps how to defeat her without fighting, at some point."
Hinote Kagari 2018-10-08 00:21:28 98755
Hinote Kagari nods and listens as he scratches his bottom chin. "Yeah. Gotta pull punches there. But also can't just let her hurt people. If she was willing to stop for Sakura-san here though, then perhaps it could be possible to talk her down in the future." he says.

"Besides. We all have personal experience with the misguided aspect here." he says in a more serious tone. He seems to be lost in thought.

He looks to Sakura. "Yeah. Knowing more would help here." he says. "But if you don't feel comfortable telling us anything that's okay." he says quietly.
Gaofele Doiru 2018-10-08 00:24:41 98756
Gaofele Doiru nods in agreement with the others. "Focusing on immobilization during a fight might help reduce the chances of hurting her," he observes. "And I do have a few tricks up my bracer in that regard."
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-10-08 00:25:48 98757
Sakura Kinomoto nodded. "Of course. Her and I met and... Well. She doesn't have anyone . No sisters, no brothers, she's just... Alone. And everyone needs someone, you know? So I told her I'd be hers," she said firmly. "And sometimes she messes up, and so I gotta help her. But like... just yesterday she protected me when Lacrima-san tried to steal my cards. Again. They... really do that a lot," she said with a sigh.

"Oh! Right, ummm... I think bell is gonna try and cause more problems this thursday. I'll send you all the details, okay? I'll go to stop her though. Sigh... She's so misguided right now. I think Takashi-san and Lacrima-san are bad influences on her... But I'm trying to get her to hang out with better influences...."
Runealy Waldia 2018-10-08 00:33:01 98758
"Mm? An orphan, then?" Rune winces upon using the word. "I know someone who was somewhat like that... so if that's why you adopted her..." The elder princess' voice trails off as she finishes with a frown and two soft words: "...I see."

She's not terribly happy when Hinote mentions 'experience', but comments on it. "More experience than I'd like, but I suppose that means experience with both ends of it... and making things work out for the better in the end."

This darker mood likewise doesn't linger terribly long, as her gaze snaps back up and turns to Gaofele and Hinote. "Thursday, then. I'd like it if we could be there and help Sakura with this. Would you two be willing to be there? And if so, would you treat Sakura's advice and requests as having equal or even greater weight than my own on that day?" She gives a nod to Gaofele in particular. "'Restraint', as you say, might be very important in helping them."
Gaofele Doiru 2018-10-08 00:46:53 98759
"Barring some form of other emergency, I should be there," Gao nods.
Hinote Kagari 2018-10-08 00:52:21 98760
Hinote Kagari believed it was important to mention that. That they have experience with that sort of thing. Kind of on both sides of the ideal of this kind of situation. He nods. "I'll be there." he says to Runealy. "But yeah, Gaofele is gonna be more instrumental with that. Fire isn't exactly the best way to subdue someone. But pulling my punches should be easy enough." he says.

He crosses his arms and gives a curt and polite nod to Sakura. "If your sister is worried about what may happen if she splits from the people she's working with. Let us know that too." he says softly.
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-10-08 00:57:10 98761
Sakura Kinomoto nodded, smiling up at her... Then hugged Rune. "Thank you! I was sure you'd understand! You have that same warm glow that I feel from Haruna-sempai." She let go and then... "Ummm... if you don't mind me asking... Are... Are you a princess? Because oh my gosh you're so pretty and your outfit looks like something a princess would wear and I've met a bunch of them and I'd love to meet another!" she stared up with those starry eyes of an excited child. Oh dear...
Gaofele Doiru 2018-10-08 01:00:57 98762
Gaofele Doiru just chuckles at Sakura's reaction to Rune. "Oh, now there's a long tale," he grins...