I'm Not Freaking Out

After the events of Bad News, Akari's number one priority is of course letting Sakura-imoutochan know about the situation.

Date: 2018-11-01
Pose Count: 13
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-02 00:13:53 99627
Akari never really considered what it would be like to have to hide from her former masters. The way things are supposed to work is, if her infiltration form is in trouble, she stays in her knight form, and if her knight form is in trouble, she stays in her infiltration form. Her creators never considered that she might end up being in trouble with people who knew both forms.

She texts Sakura an invitation to meet her by the fountain on the pier. The message is casual, slightly less cheerful than Akari has been lately, and perhaps worryingly brief. Akari is pacing back and forth in front of it, and looking quite tense.
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-11-02 00:23:46 99628
Sakura Kinomoto is pretty happy herself. It was a nice, warm day. For fall. She was leisurely rollerskating through the streets, wearing a cute little orange skirt and a yellow blouse. Adorable and soft. And a cute little pink jacket just in case. She couldn't wait to see the other girl. She had her special wand around her neck(of course she did).

Kero-chan was with her, resting in the hood of her jacket. She gave a wave. "Heyyy!" she called, waving as she zoomed over, skidding to a stop. "Hi!"
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-02 00:28:55 99629
Akari's wearing her gray track suit, but Rubindorn seems to have been tucked back into her shirt out of sight today. Her head jerks up as Sakura approaches, with the exact expression of someone who was half-expecting to be attacked. "Oh, um ... Hi, Sakura-imoutochan!" she says. "How are you doing? Oh, uh, is this Kero-san?" She's clearly trying to put on a casual attitude, but it's really obvious that something has her rattled.
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-11-02 00:32:24 99630
Sakura Kinomoto stared at her with a quizzical look and... "Yes... it is," she said softly, eyes narrowing. "Say hi, Kero-chan."

"Hi Kero-chan," he said drozzily before rolling over.

Sakura gave a soft giggle, before reaching out and taking her hands. "Is something wrong? You seem really, really jumpy. Are you in trouble? Did something bad happen? Did you get in trouble with your parents?" she asked softly.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-02 00:53:49 99631
Akari giggles at Kero's antics, but it's a very nervous giggle. At the question, she pauses. "I don't have parents," she says. "Eclipse found me in the Dusk Zone, remember? You're my only family, it's the whole reason you adopted me in the first place." She gives Sakura's hands a gentle squeeze.

She sighs. "Okay, so ... one of the higher-ups in Eclipse took an interest in me when Frau Doktor first activated me," she says. "He only ever appeared as this shadowy figure on a screen ... He always treated me as an 'asset' for Eclipse, as a weapon." She sounds disgusted and uncomfortable. "And ... I don't know the exact details, but apparently, when Lacrima-san filed my paperwork for getting me to leave Eclipse, he told her no, she needs to capture me and take me back in. And that's not something she can just disobey, she needs to actually put some effort into capturing me."

She pauses. "... And so Lacrima-san has been getting in touch with heroes who can protect me from ... herself." She shakes her head. "I found all this out from Sailor Mercury." She smiles weakly at Sakura. "She really tried to reassure me. But now I'm in 'completely not able to let my guard down' mode, basically."
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-11-02 01:07:46 99632
Sakura Kinomoto blinked a few times. "Lacrima... Oh. Ohhhhhhh. I see. No, I know what you do now!" she said happily, squeezing her hands. "Here's what we need to do. There's a place called the... well, it's run by Mamoru-sempai and he's the absolute nicest and kindest person ever! And there's a whole bunch of people who go there, and whenever people get hurt they go there. And, most importantly..."

"It's completely neutral. They take people in and help them. It wouldn't be a forever thing, but it WOULD be someplace you could go to relax, and while we plan what to do about Lacrima. And don't worry, when the time comes, I'll be there with you. Okay? We'll make sure she doesn't hurt you. AND that she doesn't really get hurt. So that way, you, she, and her bosses will all be happy. Right?" she asked, smiling up at her with that' I'm gonna fix everything!' smile.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-02 01:19:43 99633
Akari smiles down at Sakura. "I ... think I've heard of that place," she says softly. "I dunno the details, though. The Knights of Waldia offered to protect me, too, back at the toll booths. Um, I don't suppose you could get in touch with them for me?"

She taps her chin. "I mean, if Lacrima-san gets enough people together, I don't think I'll actually be in any real danger, and neither will she as long as we can coordinate so she doesn't get attacked with purification. And as long as the mystery man doesn't catch on." She pauses. "Although I need to get purified, too ..."

She smiles down at Sakura, though there's still a faint nervousness there. "... Basically, um ... logically, I know everything's going to be all right. I'm just kind of ... irrationally tense, I guess?"
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-11-02 01:29:58 99634
Sakura Kinomoto nodded, giving her a tight hug. "We're going to the ECFH right now. And you will be safe. There are a TON of really powerful magical people there. Like Kyouko-sempai! She's really, really strong. And then there's Sailor moon..." And red flooded her cheeks. "She's so strong and elegant and beautiful... you'll love her. Trust me." Another squeeze of the hand. "And all of them are the best. Mamoru-sempai is amazing! He's kind and sweet and when I almost died and was in the hospital he took away all the pain! So... trust me. You'll be safe. I promise!"

Then she took her hand and started dragging her off.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-02 01:41:01 99635
Akari smiles at Sakura, and she returns the hug tightly, almost as if she doesn't want to let go!

But then she blinks in surprise as Sakura starts tugging her. "Uh, wait, right this minute?" she says. "Uh ... okay, first of all, I need to let Mikoto-chan know about this." She shakes her head. "I'm pretty sure I'm safe in her hideout ... for now, at least."
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-11-02 01:54:33 99636
Sakura Kinomoto nodded. "Yes, right this minute. You can call her while we go. It's a while away. But... this way I can explain everything. And you'll be safe, okay? I promise," she said with a smile. "And you'll have two hide outs. And I'll talk to the other girls, too! This'll work great!"
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-02 02:30:17 99637
Akari considers this. "Well, uh ... I guess so?" she says. "I just, uh ..." She frowns. "I think ... it would be best if we still got in touch with people first." She smiles. "Don't get me wrong! I trust you more than I trust my own instincts sometimes, heh ..." She shakes her head. "It's just ... I'd ... rather not just drop in unannounced, basically, if you understand me." She shrugs. "I wouldn't mind if you gave me their address, at least."
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-11-02 02:35:26 99638
Sakura Kinomoto nodded and sighed. "Well... I'll try. Here, their address is..." She then gave the address. "And I'll make sure to message them and let them know. Okay? Sound good? Won't it be a lot of fun?" she asked as she rocked back and forth. "You'll finally be safe. Will you be able to get there if I can't, though?"
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-02 02:38:52 99639
Akari smiles and nods, and gives Sakura another hug. "Of course!" she says. "I can probably get around the city just fine. Unless Eclipse has some sort of youma taxicabs going on." She shrugs. "But yeah, shouldn't be a problem." She smiles. "... Seriously, though, thank you. I'm so glad I have a sister like you!"