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After the events of Those Who Remained, Akari comes home to Mikoto's hideout. Mikoto was worried -- and rightly so.

Date: 2018-11-09
Pose Count: 13
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-09 01:51:13 99972
It's Akari's turn to get home late tonight.

She's looking a bit disheveled and slightly scratched up. More worrisome is the fact that her hair has acquired a few purple streaks. On the plus side, though, her nice new blue track suit is unharmed. She slips in, closes the door, and fishes Rubindorn out of her shirt. "Have the levels at least gone down?"

Rubindorn pings. <<JA. ES WIRD VON MORGEN VERSCHWUNDEN SEIN.>> Yes. It will be gone by tomorrow morning. On closer inspection, the pendant looks to have a few cracks.

Akari nods. "Okay, good!"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-09 01:57:08 99976
Mikoto has found herself sitting up and waiting for Akari, worried by her absence - and especially the lack of contact, since it's so easy for their Devices to message each other. After a half-hour or so of pacing and grumbling, Hikari ranted at her for a bit, and she ended up putting the nervous energy to use working on some rather boring parts of her research. Get them out of the way, and then Akari will be home, and -

"Akari-chan! You're home!" She drops some delicate-looking thaumatronics bits on the workbench and rushes over to the door to pull her girlfriend into a tight hug. "Hey, hey. It's been hours..."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-09 02:04:28 99979
Akari smiles weakly, and hugs Mikoto tightly and kisses her cheek. She seems just as relieved as Mikoto! "I, uh, ran into a monster," she says. "It was some sort of ghostly girl with plant-powers, who seemed to have it in for Princess Runealy and the Knights of Waldia." She shakes her head, and leans against the shorter girl. "Sent the Princess flying, tried to trap us in thorns, gave me an overdose of dark energy, and sort of ... quit while she was ahead. Uh, I feel like crap, honestly!"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-09 02:10:13 99981
Mikoto turns her head slightly and returns the kiss, then rests her cheek on Akari's shoulder. "You should have called," she whispers. "Have Rubindorn message Carnwennan. I'd have come to help. Just for you, even if I didn't like the Waldians."

She squeezes Akari tenderly, so as not to put pressure on any bruises. "And I do like them. They're good people. But I worry about you."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-09 02:16:12 99983
Akari nods, and just hugs Mikoto close, heedless of her own bruises. "Sorry," she says softly. "Things happened so quickly, and I put up a barrier to keep out the dark energy spores."

Ping! <<UND ICH HABE MICH IN ROSENFORM BESCHADIGT!>> And I damaged myself in Rose Form!

Akari sighs. "Sorry, I just didn't see any other way of slicing out of the traps."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-09 02:27:52 99987
The now-familiar grey kitten form of Hikari twines around the two girls' feet as Mikoto keeps hugging. "Dark energy .. spores?"

((~That sounds awful,~)) Hikari contributes with a wiggle of her nose. ((~Make you sneeze, make you sick, make you bad...~))
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-09 02:31:54 99989
Akari laughs humorlessly. "Yeah, she was using Waldian plants to drain peoples' energy, apparently," she says. "Storing them in these mushrooms, which then released spores."

She looks down at Hikari. "But I think boat on 'makes you bad' has sailed for me," she says. "They didn't really affect me until right after I got out of the trap, and then it was like ..." She shakes her head. "... more a punch to the gut than anything else. It hurt too much for me to go darkness-crazy."

She hesitates. "One of the people who fought alongside me was a fox-girl who lives with Lacrima-san," she says. "I didn't tell her anything that might point her here, though, and she didn't press the issue."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-09 02:37:42 99992
Mikoto nods. "It's okay. So long as you're okay." She hugs Akari tight one more time, then lets her go. "Come on and sit yourself down, you look like you could use some weight off your feet..." She tugs the other girl over towards the 'lounge' space, and a large, comfortable sofa.

"'wennan, log on and place a delivery order, it's too late to be cooking. Pork ramen for us both. Rush it." The Device pings a quiet acknowledgement.

"Mmm. Fox-girl. I've met one of those," she muses. "Nice girl. And I think she was sort of associated with Lacrima, but I'm not sure."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-09 02:54:21 99995
Akari lets herself get moved over to the couch, and she flops down heavily. "Yeah," she says. "The ... residual dark energy will be gone by tomorrow morning." She shakes her head. "We really need to find someone who can purify me. If you know someone who can get the ball rolling on that, it'd be great."

She nods. "Maki-san," she says. "I actually met her at the Crown months ago. At the same time I met Nanoha Takamachi for the first time, too." She shakes her head. "... it feels like such a long time ago ..."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-09 03:00:51 99998
Mikoto settles on the couch next to Akari, and Hikari-kitten leaps nimbly up to curl up on Akari's lap and nuzzle at her hand. "I'll ask around. I'll bet the Princess can help us sort it out." She muses for a moment, reaching over to scritch behind Hikari's ear. "Or Takamachi. I'll bet she knows someone."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-09 03:09:14 100000
Akari nods, and scritches Hikari-kitten behind her other ear. "Yeah," she murmurs. "I don't doubt it." She smiles, and leans against Mikoto. "We just need to go ahead and get the ball rolling, really."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-09 03:18:24 100001
Mikoto nods and leans back against Akari. "Tomorrow," she asserts. "Tonight.... hot ramen, hot bath, warm bed." She settles in comfortably at Akari's side and sighs softly. "I'm glad you're okay," she whispers.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-09 03:20:01 100002
Akari smiles, and kisses Mikoto's cheek again. "The most excellent of plans!" she says. She nods, and murmurs, "Yeah ... me too."