How It Feels to Be a Hero

Akari brings Sakura up to speed about her new life! But when she tries to call up Lacrima afterward, it looks like things might not be as good as they seem ...

Date: 2018-10-27
Pose Count: 15
Akari Hayabusa 2018-10-27 23:42:38 99360
It's been over two weeks since the incident with the toll booths, and Akari started to realize that she'd been neglecting her other important relationship. She texted Sakura from her non-Eclipse number; once again, she asked to meet in front of the library in the park.

The weather's a bit cooler than it was the last time they met here, and Akari's wearing a gray sweatshirt and long black pants. And ... her Rubindorn-pendant is hanging around her neck in full view!
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-10-27 23:44:36 99361
Sakura Kinomoto would come, of course she'd come. Her big sister wanted her to come! And sakura not coming when she was wanted would be like... Well, it just wouldn't happen. That's how things are. Sky is blue, Takashi is a butt, and Sakura comes to her sisters when called.

However, she was wearing an adorable pink coat with a long skirt and roller blades and was ateensy bit late, making her come shrieking as she flailed about, running. "Eeeeeee!" she squealed, flailing.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-10-27 23:48:46 99362
Akari blinks in surprise. "Whoa, Sakura-chan!" she exclaims, and just ... hurriedly jumps into Sakura's path, reaching out to catch her. "I've got you, I've got --"


Akari winces, arms wrapped around Sakura. "Oof. Okay. I've got you. No ..." She looks down at her. "Uh, are you all right?"

Rubindorn pings very quietly, so that only Akari and Sakura can hear it. <<HALLO!>> says the cutesy voice softly.
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-10-27 23:59:26 99364
Sakura Kinomoto hit the other girl, letting out a sigh of relief. Safe. "Whew. Thank you..." then... "Ohhhh, that soundsl ike a new voice! It sounds much nicer and cuter than the normally angry one!" she said happily, grinning up at the girl. "So, what did you want to talk to me about?" she asked, hands sliding to grip her hands. "It's good, right? Wait... you're not gonna do somwething naughty again, are you?"
Akari Hayabusa 2018-10-28 00:04:47 99367
Akari chuckles softly, smiling down at Sakura. "Rubindorn's just being quiet because she still thinks like this is supposed to be my 'infiltration mode'," she says. "And ... no. I am not going to be doing any bad stuff anymore. I've quit Eclipse!" Well, that's big news. "I even helped a group of people save these teenagers from a cereal youma!"

She hesitates. "Also," she says, "I ... well this is probably more complicated in my head, but ..." She shakes her head. "I used to think that 'Akari' was supposed to be a mask and ... 'Nightbell' ... was the real me." She doesn't even sound comfortable saying the name anymore. "But ... it turns out that 'Akari' is the real me." She smiles. "So, uh, I'd rather you just called me Akari from now on, even if I'm in my other form."
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-10-28 00:10:25 99370
Sakura Kinomoto blinked a few times... And then.... Tackle hugged her! "Yay! Akari-oneesan!" she cried, holding her super mega tight! Then... "So you won't do any more bad htings and have to be scolded? That's great news! I'd make another cake to celebrate but... wellllll... The sweet card likes to over do things. She's so silly, you know?" she said with a small giggle.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-10-28 00:17:14 99372
Akari laughs, staggering back slightly as she returns the hug! "Correct on all counts!" she says. "I ... well ..." She grins. "Really, it's all thanks to you, Sakura-imoutochan. I basically ..." She shrugs. "Well, I just decided I care more about you than about Eclipse. I've been staying with my girlfriend, Mikoto Nakajima, I dunno if you know her, she and her sister Hikari will probably be able to help us eat all the cake." She shrugs. "But I don't need to hide away or anything!"

They start walking through the park. "... There is one important thing, though ..." She looks almost reluctant now, and lowers her voice. "... I ... You know how Lacrima-san got mad at me for telling you that Riventon-san lost his powers?" she says. "Well ... we both need to keep that a secret from everyone else. That was Lacrima-san's condition for letting me leave UMBRA without any fuss or coming after me or anything."
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-10-28 00:20:56 99373
Sakura Kinomoto gasped with wide eyes. "O-oh my gosh. That's wonderful! and I'm sorry, I didn't mean to get you in trouble with work. But I am happy you won't be doing bad things now. You're such a good and nice person and I care so, so much about you! I really hated having to fight you. It... It was... it was so..." She scrunched up her face as she tried to think of the right word. "Poopie." Ohhhhh.

She then blinked and... "Well... ummmm.... I can try, but errrr... A lot of people saw the video of the dark card coming out of him..."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-10-28 00:30:38 99376
Akari smiles and nods. "And I hated having to fight you, so ... yeah." She shakes her head. "You know, I ... 'Nightbell' ... used to tell herself that you were just hopelessly naive, and that you didn't actually understand anything about how the world works," she says. "But ... considering everything you've said about me is right, including doing my chores on time ..." She shrugs. "Well ... I mean ... I don't know if I'm that good, but ... eh." She shakes her head uncertainly.

She blinks. "Ah." She shrugs. "Well, uh ... hmm." She thinks about that for a moment. "Okay, that probably won't be too big of a problem," she says. "I mean ... you didn't immediately realize that he'd lost his darkness-powers, did you? So everyone will probably just think 'oh, a card appeared because of some Final Judgment stuff!' and won't just ... jump to the conclusion or whatever."
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-10-28 00:33:11 99378
Sakura Kinomoto nodded. "Probably. You don't think they'll beat him up or anything, do you?" she asked, suddenly looking worried. "I-I don't want to get him hurt or anything. I just wanted to make him stop, you know... trying to hurt the cards. He's not really a bad person once you get to know him a bit, I think," she said, looking sad.

"... Do you think I should give him the dark card back?" she asked, drawing out the card in question. "I... never wanted to put him in trouble..." she mumbled.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-10-28 00:40:59 99380
Akari grimaces. "He's more worried about people trying to kill him," she says bluntly. "Apparently, some heroes actually did show up before Final Judgment, to tell him they weren't going to let him get away with hurting people after he hurt ... Mamoru Chiba, who I haven't met, and ... well, things escalated and he got beaten up." She shrugs. "To be honest, I'd guess that he's the one who escalated to fighting first, but ..."

She peers down at The Dark. "I ... don't know," she says. "But ... if it is the source of his power ..." She shrugs. "Well, between you and Riventon-san, you're not the one who hurts people and mistreats the cards." She hesitates, and adds, "And as for the other part of it, he's got Lacrima-san and Frau Doktor and the entirety of UMBRA to protect him. He'll ... probably be fine."
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-10-28 00:43:48 99382
Sakura Kinomoto blined a few times and then nodded, staring at the card. "Right. He's got a LOT of people to keep him safe. So... he won't be in danger," she said with a smile. "I'll talk to the others when I can, though. Make sure they don't go after him. I won't tell anyone he lost his power, though. Just that he's feeling sick or something and they shouldn't beat him up. I'll talk to Haruna-oniisan," she said with a nod. "The others will listen to her."

No way THIS could end poorly. "So... how do you like being a hero now?"
Akari Hayabusa 2018-10-28 00:52:51 99385
Akari nods. "Letting her handle it is probably the best way to go," she says. Yep, absolutely no way this could go wrong!

She considers the question. "... You know, I just realized that I was always worried about upsetting you when I went on Eclipse's missions, after you 'adopted' me," she says. "I just never knew it consciously because I've always been bad at figuring out my own feelings." She smiles. "But, uh ... Sailor Mars just ... she was proud of me. It was ..." She shakes her head, grinning ear to ear. "It ... Well, I'm not sure how I feel exactly, but I definitely feel better than I felt before!"

She pauses, glancing down at herself. "... I still need to find someone to purify me and Rubindorn, though," she says softly. "But ... that's not urgent at the moment."
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-10-28 00:56:50 99388
Sakura Kinomoto nods and then gave her one more hug. "Okay. And... we'll find someone. Okay? Someone will purify you, and you'll be the vest bestest ever," she mumbled softly. "I know a few purifiers, too! OH! We should get sailor moon to do it! She's like, the BEST at purifying! You'll like her, she's SUPER duper rfined and majestic and amazing!" ....

"And... We're all proud of you, Akari-oniisan! You made the right choice!"
Akari Hayabusa 2018-10-28 01:02:16 99391
Akari smiles and nods, and hugs Sakura back. "Yeah ... thank you!" she says, not having any idea about how accurate a description that is of Sailor Moon.

She sighs. "... I might as well let Lacrima-san know about the secret-keeping part, at least," she says, getting out her phone. "Maybe she'll have some advice ... Oh, you can just delete my Eclipse number from your phone, by the way, I don't have that anymore."

She calls Lacrima's number, and ... it immediately switches to the "call ended" screen. "What?" she murmurs, calling it again. Again, it auto-disconnects.

Akari lowers her phone, suddenly looking nervous. "... Now that's ominous," she says. "Is Lacrima-san blocking my calls ...?"