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Masu, Miho and Jia meet a new girl, Hotaru! And utterly TRASH her poor, innocent, harmful muffins. So cruel. So mean. So heartless.

Date: 2018-10-26
Pose Count: 25
Masu Yogoshi 2018-10-26 20:10:21 99287
Masu Yogoshi stared at the screen of her tablet, willing it to go faster. It was covered in little calculations, some of which made little to no sense unless you spent way, way, way too much time in chemistry. She grumbled iddly as it worked, occasionally tapping something else, but the majority of her time seemed to be just waiting.

She idly glanced to her left wrist. She wondered if she could convince Takashi to upgrade her device. Give it more processing power. She'd been avoiding Eclipse for a while now. Well. The main office. She still dealt with the important things but... They were demanding more and more of her time. So a lot of her experiemnts were being done off property...

Still, the bags under her eyes painted a clear picture, as did her slightly wild hair. She yelped as her phone rang and.... "Yes? No. Don't... No. Just add in a bit of, use RY4-3. Yes. Of course I do. Why yes, it did work. My, it's almost like i know what I'm doing. Wow, rude," she said, before turning the phone off.

This had to be why UMBRA had youma employees...
Miho Kagami 2018-10-26 20:20:16 99288
Miho happens to be jogging through the park! She's often busy with magical girl stuff in her extracurricular time, but today she's also making sure to take some time for track team practice. (Oh, sure, she could boost along faster than the average magical girl, but there's some things you just need to do on the mundane side of things.) She's wearing a jade-green sweatshirt, a black skirt, and knee-length pants under the skirt, with a water-bottle sticking out of her purse.

She pauses as she catches sight of Masu, but doesn't approach just yet; she looks busy.
Jiaying Maki 2018-10-26 20:25:55 99289
Jiaying Maki actually has a text book instead of her usual sketchbook on her lap. She's quietly reading, not-so-quietly listening to loud, harsh music and taking the occasional note in her book before flipping around through the text book in question.

Taking a break for a moment, headphones off, she tilts her head and watches the heated conversation curiously. There's something of a brief scowl, but she brushes it off. She's wearing a simple band t-shirt and a pair of pants, baggy enough to be comfortable in the cool, but not quite cold weather. Fiddling with her phone, she stands up, brushes herself off and spots Miho out of the corner of her eyes, giving her a wave. Resting nearby, she has a closed umbrella, having had a feeling rain would be rolling in.
Hotaru Kimika 2018-10-26 20:31:59 99290
"Hold on!, I got a surprise!" Hotaru Kimika says as she steps off from her small picnic group. "Oh nooo." goes the picnic group. When she returns with a non-descript bakery box, she returns to an empty picnic blanket as her two friends have vacated quickly. "....Awwww." she says.

She looks around. Running girl. Girl with book. Girl having a heated phone conversation. She closes her eyes and huffs and spins around on one foot with a smile on her face and opens her eyes with--- Miho clearly in view. WELL then.

Hotaru begins jogging towards Miho and tries to catch up. "H--hey!" she tries to catch up with the brown haired girl. "Hey you want to try a muffin!?" she calls out. "I have muffins!" Yes this is a good way to get people to try her baking for sure. Chase them down! In the park!
Masu Yogoshi 2018-10-26 20:40:45 99291
Masu Yogoshi tapped a few more things into her tablet and, once again, caculations started going off on it. 'Failure, failure, failure, 4% success, failure....' She hummed as she worked, before finally stretching out and moving her hands over her head. "Ngggggg...." she mumbled.

Then her eyes leveled on Miho. She gave the other girl a small wave, along with a yawn... Before reaching into her pocket and pulling out a bar of dark chocolate and popping off a piece, biting down on it. Only to cock her eyes as her friend was assaulted by the muffin woman.
Miho Kagami 2018-10-26 20:45:40 99292
Miho smiles, and waves back to both Jiaying and Masu! Need to ask Jia how Norie's doing. But before she can change her course, there's someone calling out to her! She turns around, looking curiously at Hotaru. Then she looks over at the recently-vacated picnic spot. This by itself doesn't quite point to any specific kind of trouble, but her pattern-recognition is nevertheless putting her somewhat on-guard.

"Hey there," she says, in her somewhat scratchy and kind of androgynous voice. "I'm Miho Kagami, what's your name?" She peers at the box. "Also, what kind of muffins?" ... She isn't intimidated by meeting new people, but that doesn't stop her social anxiety from starting to pick up about the prospect of putting her foot in her mouth.
Jiaying Maki 2018-10-26 20:51:01 99293
Jiaying Maki stretches, rolls her shoulders and then pats herself down before jogging after Miho. There's a... strange look given to Hotaru chasing after Miho with a muffin though. Her accent's doing better than it used to be at least as she calls out to her, "You know you can use a sign to draw in customers right?"

Coming to a stop near the two, she leans to the side and murmurs, "She was animated enough on that phone call. Maybe her parents are asking about grades?" Then a look to Hotaru, "You are selling them, right? No chocolate?"

Brushing herself again, she rests on her heels and grins at Miho, murmuring, "Relax." in a surprisingly soft tone for the usually loud fox.
Hotaru Kimika 2018-10-26 20:56:45 99294
Hotaru didn't turn her friends into muffins, that's absurd! Don't even think about it. Her friends just ran away from muffins for some reason Hotaru can't figure out. Ever Ever. She smiles. "Oh! Hotaru Kimika. Sell? No! These we're for a picnic but I guess my friends had to leave!" she says. She opens the muffin box!

...to reveal absurdly plaid muffins. Muffins are not meant to be this plaid, but there they are. Plaid! How? They're not magical one way or another just badly baked for sure.

Also they smell way too eggy for muffins. How are they even keeping the shape of a muffin?

"Delicious looking right!?" she asks. She looks towards Masu. "You want a muffin, too right!? I know you do!" she says.

No she probably does not Hotaru.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-10-26 21:03:40 99300
Masu Yogoshi sighed as she enjoyed the gift of carrying a small computer around with her. She got to her feet and made her way over to them. "Hello again, Kagami-chan," she said, before glancing to the other woman. Her eyes narrowed slightly. "Masu Yogoshi, a pleasure..."

And then her eyes leveled on the muffin and she cringed. "I am afraid not. I have my chocolate and that is plenty... Also, those look... atrocious. Do you require some assistance to learn to cook properly?" she asked, flat out. "I'd say you used too much egg in their construction. And muffins are generally not plaid."
Miho Kagami 2018-10-26 21:08:28 99301
Miho furrows her brow as her anxiety suddenly becomes about putting the muffins in her mouth. She does take a breath and try to calm herself down at Jiaying's unexpected softness, however. "Hi, Maki-san, Yogoshi-chan," she says, grateful for the interruption, and doing her best to calm herself further out of concern for Masu's empathy.

And then she blinks at Masu's sudden total bluntness, which works just as well for dislodging her from her mood. "Um, wow," she says softly. "I mean ..." She tries to come up with something both tactful towards Hotaru and actually accurate, and fails completely. She just lets out a soft sigh.
Jiaying Maki 2018-10-26 21:14:33 99302
Jiaying Maki looks at the muffin in rapt fascination. "I didn't think you could get perpendicular lines in cooking like that." She murmurs. She tilts her head to one side, then the other. Finally she says, "I'd better not risk it, I'm allergic to a few things that get used in pastries a lot." Which isn't entirely a lie. Even her love of eggs won't have her trying that. She eventually says, "I could teach you how to make little egg cakes though. They're uh..." she pauses, head tilted up. "Kind of like muffins? Are muffins maybe? THey're nice. Sweet." She pauses and adds, "I'm Maki, hi there!"

She hesitates again before glancing to Masu after, trying to jog her memory. Something seems familiar. Maybe it's the hair.
Hotaru Kimika 2018-10-26 21:20:14 99304
Hotaru looks towards Masu as her nose scrunches a little. Her brow furrows. "T..they're...! SCOTTISH FIGHTING MUFFINS!" she yells at the top of her lungs. Wooooow way to go Hotaru. Yes. Scottish Fighting Muffins. That's appatizing. Also no they're not. They we're clearly meant to be blueberry- the common breakfast muffin of choice! But are somehow now plaid and look scottish and all.

When she calms down and sulks. "Awwww. No one ever wants to try to my baking or my cooking." she says as she closes the box. She walks over to the garbage and sort of slam dunks the box into the trash can. There is a louder than usual THUD associated with this action. How many teeth would those muffins had broken anyways?

"Yeah. Hi. Hotaru. Like I said." she says a little angrily though at herself! Herself!

"....maybe later." she says at Jiaying.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-10-26 21:28:44 99306
Masu Yogoshi blinked and looked at them. Then... "Are they called scottish fighting muffins because you need to be drunk and suffering from a concussion to risk them?" she asked, shaking her head. "I do believe the scottish AND fighters would be offended." She then idly wondered if she was too harsh. Oh. Yes. Judging by the feelings she was picking up on she was wayyyy too harsh. She eyed the other girl for a few moments and...

"There is nothing wrong with failing to cook," she said firmly. "Of not doing a recipe correctly, or even trying to make something all your own and it coming out atrocious." she said before moving in front of the girl and staring directly into her eyes with... An almost dangerous intensity.

"If you wish to learn... Then you can learn. Trying to coddle yourself and pretend your mistakes are not, does nothing but hinder your own growth and development. But a mistake is only truly a failure when you refuse to learn from it. If you desire to learn to make muffins. PROPER, edible muffins, I would be happy to teach you. Cooking is one of my few talents and I am told my muffins are quite passable." It probably would have sounded more... exciting and good if she didn't say it in that dull, passive monotone of hers.
Miho Kagami 2018-10-26 21:37:57 99309
Miho is still side-eying Masu. "I mean ... you're not wrong," she murmurs, before she focuses on Hotaru instead. "Hey, uh, are you okay?" she says. Yep, Miho's overriding feelings are now worry and concern. For ... this girl who she just met and who tried to feed her potentially lethal muffins. She tries to change the subject. "So, uh, what school do you go to? Maki-san and I go to Seishou, I'm on the track team."
Jiaying Maki 2018-10-26 21:38:57 99310
Jiaying Maki Masu's comment gets a glare and says, "That's enough." Keeping it short and sharp. Though her follow up does get her to relax. "Criticism is important, but it needs to have direction. Not that she was completely innocent, having opened her mouth without thinking.

She shakes her head to clear it. "It takes practice and part of it is taste testing your own food as you're working." She glances at the other two before shrugging and making her way over to the sulking girl. "Chinese food, proper Chinese food can be simple and delicious. Also I have no idea how to cook Japanese unless it comes in a styrofoam cup. Unless it's something they borrowed from us anyway." She's mostly joking about the latter part, but that's because it's funnier that way." She leans forward and says cheerily, "Besides, you don't learn things without messing up a few times right? You'd be surprised how many times I've had a wild fire going on accident." Usually herself, but saying she's a magical foxgirl might get the wrong result.

"I'm in the art club myself, but I do a lot of... side projects these days." Mostly restoring a shrine and studying. Actually applying herself.
Hotaru Kimika 2018-10-26 21:45:21 99311
Hotaru makes the stink eye at Masu. "I know how to cook fine! Just because you wouldn't try it doesn't get you to yell at me from some high horse, Sass-su!" oh yeah now she's angry. It's one thing to be told it isn't good when someone tries it. It's another when someone doesn't even TRY IT and says it's bad. Her brow twitches as her finger flies into Jia's face next. "You. Also can it." she says angrily.

"Neither of you tried it, yet sit here and criticize me on the taste of something you didn't even sample!? Ha!" yup she's annoyed. Super super annoyed. She turns towards Miho, the only one that has not given her unsolicited advice without taste testing the muffins to begin with.

"Infinity. 7th year!" she says crossing her arms. She's annoyed. But trying to not be too annoyed at Miho. Only these other two. She storms back to the picnic blanket and starts angrily balling it up to put it back under her arm and drag it back with her.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-10-26 21:52:29 99312
Masu Yogoshi opened her mouth, but then stopped. She shrugged. "Very well, if that is the way you feel, I apologize for my offer," she added before glancing at her tablet. She tapped a few more times. More chemistry calculations flew across the screen.

A poart of her did feel bad. Perhaps she had been a bit too harsh, but well. Sometimes people NEEDED her to be blunt. All that wishy washyness that the so called 'heroes' employed was half the reason her job was so difficult. She offered aid, and that was just the way it had to be.

"Oh? I didn't realize you were in the track club, Kagami-chan. IT..." She trailed off and her eyes glanced back to Hotaru. They went to the same school. She'd never seen her, though. She looked suspicious for a moment. Perhaps the girl was another puella? No. Well. Maybe. She didn't sense that odd... disjointing from her, though. She did... however... Her eyes shifted to Jia. She did feel SOMETHING of about her now that her focus wasn't divided. She shook her head and gave another yawn, wiping the bags under her eyes before taking another bite of her chocolate bar, tapping on her tablet and then offering a piece of the bar to Miho. "Want some?"
Miho Kagami 2018-10-26 22:05:12 99317
Miho recoils, clearly expecting Hotaru to tear into her as well, and only settles down slightly when Hotaru simply answers her question and then turns away. Okay, wow, she can't believe she made a good impression because of her anxiety!

She glances nervously at Masu, and nods. "Yeah, I joined the club right after summer vacation ended," she says weakly. "Sorry, uh, I meant to mention it when I was talking with you and, and Maria-chan." While Hotaru's still away, she lowers her voice so that only Masu and Jiaying can hear, and adds, "I enjoy running 'in costume', so I figured I might as well do it on the mundane side, too."

She pauses as Hotaru returns. "Uh. Sorry," she says awkwardly.
Jiaying Maki 2018-10-26 22:06:05 99318
Jiaying Maki looks at the finger and says flatly, "Did YOU try it before you presented it?" She shakes her head and continues, "The offer stands, there's no shame in asking for help." And with her bottomless stomach, she definitely has learned how to cook. At least simple, filling stuff.

A look to Miho and she holds her phone up, "Call me later, I need to get going here, but I want to see what you've found out about that myth we were looking at."

Finally she looks to Masu, returning that look for a moment. "I wasn't that mean was I?" She pauses, then offers something of a very light bow, "Sorry if I did. I was trying to cut in front of... an incident and it looks like I missed the chance." She shrugs and holds her phone up to her ear, having dialed someone. Her conversation then continues in rapidfire Chinese. For a moment, she presses it to her shoulder and says, "Sorry guys, I need to go. Kagami, you can give her my number if she does want to take up that offer later." She pauses and adds, "I really should work on a costume. For the costume party that is." She then grins and continues on, her conversation in Chinese resuming.
Hotaru Kimika 2018-10-26 22:16:58 99320
Hotaru angrily answers. "YES I DID. AND IT WAS FINE!" she says to Jiaying. She takes a heated breath. Yes, she's angry and insulted because once again, no one would even try to taste it and just lecture her on taste without actually tasting it.

She frowns and crosses her arms and looks to Miho. She leans towards her. "....Like it's okay if people don't want to try it I guess..." she says grumpily. "But it's another to sit there and tell me how it tastes without actually even trying it..." she says. "I'd be less angry if they tried it." she says.

She frowns at Masu. "Apology accepted. If you don't wanna try it, fine-- but you shouldn't criticize something you haven't even tasted yet." she insists grumpily, fixing the glasses on her face.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-10-26 22:20:40 99321
Masu Yogoshi nodded, listening to her and... "You should be careful. Mixing too much work with pleasure and you risk losing your work/life balance. It can be mentally... exhausting," she said before giving another yawn. And realized how hypocritical she was being. ".... Do as I say, not as I do, in this case," she added quickly. "After finals, I will follow my own advice."

She then glanced to the other girl and took another bite of her chocolate. She was quiet for a long, long time. Just eying the girl. "My apologies, then. You are right. It is very rude to just assume something is terrible and awful if I have not studied or tried it myself. Even if past experiences make me assume it will be."

Hint, Miho, hint.
Miho Kagami 2018-10-26 22:27:22 99323
Miho shrugs at Masu. "Well, it's like I told you before," she says softly, and then shakes her head. She doesn't want to get into the specifics in front of Hotaru, who has been showing no sign whatsoever of being magical.

('Y'know, just like Masu showed no sign whatsoever of being magical at first, and Haruna, and Mamo-kun, and "Maria" and Sora,' her pattern-recognition says. It does not, however, notice anything about what Masu is saying, because Miho has no reason to connect Masu to dark energy.)

She just sort of shrugs helplessly at Hotaru. "Uh ... yeah," she says lamely. Yep, her social anxiety has become predominant again!
Hotaru Kimika 2018-10-26 22:35:02 99325
Hotaru Kimika just looks confused a moment. "Well. Whatever." she says to the coy discussion going on. She has no idea what that's about. She just shrugs. "I gotta get back home I guess." she says as she grumpily begins to trod off. She kicks a stone on her way back.

"Gonna make better muffins." these ones will probably be blue with yellow polka-dots somehow.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-10-26 22:42:28 99327
Masu Yogoshi nodded, and gave the girl another small wave. Then she turned to Miho. "I am serious about that, though. Spending all your time trying to improve what you are isn't healthy. Any way you look at it, you're still just a kid. And you have enough problems without the whole... magical girl thing. Just remember to take a break every once in a while."

"After all, if you have a psychotic break because school and work over whelm you, you'll help nobody." Her tablet beeped and she glanced down. '87% success'. "Speaking of, it's time I get back to my homework. If you ever need my help, give me a call. Okay?" she said before turning to walk away.
Miho Kagami 2018-10-26 22:47:21 99328
Miho gives Hotaru a nervous wave as she leaves ... and then turns back to Masu. "I mean, I mostly just run as Joy for fun," she says, talking more openly. "Being able to stop a bat-monster from trying to drain people at random is just ... a bonus, basically." Although she does have a brief spike of embarrassment as she remembers running into Cure Tide in that particular example ... "And on the track team, I don't even have to worry about that much popping up." She smiles. "But yeah. I understand that you just want to help, Yogoshi-chan. I'll talk to you later!"

And with that, she turns and starts jogging away.