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After On Her Way Out, Akari and Mikoto return to the hideout. Akari invites Mikoto and Hikari to join the Aces.

Date: 2018-11-17
Pose Count: 23
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-17 01:05:49 100436
Akari is healed and Rubindorn is repaired, so now it's time to head back home with Mikoto. Akari is back in her hoodie and sunglasses as they approach the door to the hideout.

"Honestly, I still can't believe just how well everything's gone, aside from the Eclipse thing," she says softly. She puts her arm around Mikoto's shoulders. "It's almost surreal, in a way."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-17 01:09:14 100437
Mikoto, today, has dressed up a bit, a short skirt and long black leggings, a nice white silk blouse under her hoody (a match for Akari's, of course). She leans happily against her girlfriend - quite happy to think of her that way - and smiles as she reaches over to unlock the entrance.

"Ehhh, don't jinx it, Bell-chan. Things have gone remarkably well, and I'm as glad as you are for it... I just don't like to tempt fate when I know they're out there, watching, waiting..."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-17 01:15:55 100438
Akari chuckles and nods as she opens the door. "I know, I know ..." She shrugs. "Still, though. Even if I haven't quite escaped from Eclipse, I'm finally free of the corruption!"

As soon as she's inside, she pulls off her sunglasses and hoodie and sets them down, Rubindorn now on display; she still has the tank top and stretchy pants underneath. "And now, I can do this!"

Rubindorn pings. <<BESTIMMT, HERRIN!>>

There's a surge of blue light which momentarily glitches out as she changes into her Bell-form.

She smiles at Mikoto, who she now towers over. "I've really never just hung out in this form before," she says. "... I mean. We could get into the philosophical questions of whether it counts as the same form as it was before I got purified. Some sort of 'ship of Theseus' thing. But yeah."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-17 01:24:25 100439
Mikoto happily leans into the amazonian Bell, wrapping an arm around hers to cling tightly. "It's still you inside. Far as I'm concerned, nothing else matters." She grins and leans her head against Bell's shoulder.

She's comfortable enough right there, though the couch in the lounge is available enough. "Hmm, this is nice. And you're warm like this."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-17 01:28:51 100440
Akari gingerly sits down on the couch. "... still not used to the difference in scale, though," she murmurs. "But, um ... yeah, wow!" She shrugs. "And I think it's even more 'me inside' than it was before I got purified."

She smiles, and gives Mikoto a gentle squeeze. "Warm, huh? ..." She looks herself over. "... I guess I am producing more mana like this. Or at least using more mana, since some of it's going to the tattoos and my eyes ..." She glances at Mikoto. "I'm still 'human' in this form, my glowing eyes are just cybernetics."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-17 01:40:36 100441
Mikoto nods. "It's all you, now. Not some dusk zone whatever." She shrugs and settles in, placing herself in Akari's lap. "Ahhh, this is nice."

She places a hand over Akari's as they squeeze her, and squeezes the larger girl's hands. "Never let anyone tell you that you are less than beautiful."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-17 01:47:49 100442
Akari giggles as Mikoto sits in her lap, and she wraps her arms around her in a big hug. "Yep! On both counts!"

She looks her arms over again. "Honestly? I don't think anyone's actually commented on my beauty or lack thereof except you." She nuzzles lightly against Mikoto's cheek. "I guess in a city full of magical girls who are varying shades of cute and beautiful as a matter of course, I'm gonna need to rely on my girlfriend for that, too!"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-17 01:52:52 100443
Mikoto chuckles lightly, playfully, happy to be relied upon as she snuggles into her girlfriend's embrace. "They can all go hang and be jealous, then. Because I'm the one that's got you." She grins and twists her head to place a kiss on Akari's cheek, but all she can reach is the girl's jaw. That's fine with her.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-17 01:58:49 100444
Akari giggles, and leans down to kiss Mikoto on the lips, although her position is kind of awkward as well. "Well, I just meant ..." She shrugs. "... yeah." She settles down and ruffles Mikoto's hair. "I just realized I haven't gotten a chance to try out my Knight Clothing," she adds. She smiles. "Too comfy at the moment, though!"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-17 02:03:35 100445
Mikoto smiles, leaning in to return the kiss, twisting a little in Akari's lap to get more comfortable with it. "Mmmm, yeah," she agrees. "Knight Clothing... hmm. Got something new in mind, then?" She reaches up to try to tame her ruffled hair, but grins. Very comfy indeed.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-17 02:10:55 100446
Akari shrugs. "I wasn't really planning on changing anything," she says. "It's just that the darkness messed with the appearance. Just like it messed with my appearance," she adds. "I was just curious how it'd look."

She hesitates. "... I do know I'm significantly less powerful now," she says. "I used to think that I was worth three of the heroes, it's just ... since most of the enemies we fight are already creatures of darkness, the thing being multiplied by three was zero."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-17 02:21:24 100447
Mikoto nods. "I bet Rubindorn could project an image, if you asked." She doesn't seem to be interested in getting up. "I do that sometimes to see what new outfits will look like."

She muses for a moment, considering. "If you're less powerful... well, the dark can amplify things. It just costs." She muses again, hmming to herself. "I guess we'll have to do some more training, get you back up to speed."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-17 02:31:13 100448
Akari smiles and nods. "Hmm ... Ruby, can you do holograms?"

Ping! <<NEIN.>> No. The Device's cutesy voice sounds thoughtful. <<ICH KANN MICH JEDOCH MIT RITTERGLOCKE VERBINDEN.>> I can interface with Ritterglocke, however.

Akari shrugs. "It can wait, then."

She considers a moment. "Speaking of that," she says, "Fate-san told me that she and Nanoha-san are starting a group called 'The Aces'." She shrugs. "It's open to all magical individuals, for rapid response to threats like Precia and the like, although I only know a little about that particular thing. I told her I'm interested in joining."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-17 02:45:02 100449
Mikoto hmmms, considering it. "Another time, then." She would shrug but she's too comfortable cuddled into Akari. Maybe once one of them gets hungry she'll be willing to get up for dinner.

"Hmmm, with Fate and Nanoha-chan? They're both good... young, but good." She muses. "And going to be tied to the Waldians, if Fate's involved. Which isn't a bad thing."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-17 02:50:14 100450
Akari nods. "I raised the issue of what would happen if someone in Eclipse joins who has 'capture Bell on sight' orders," she says. "Fate-san told me they'd have enforced-neutrality rules like at Chiba-san's place." Her tone of voice suggests that she doesn't know much about that, either. "So worst case scenario, someone who tries to attack me gets a Starlight Breaker to the face." She smiles. "I offered to help with the enforcement, but I said I'd rather wait until I had a better idea of my own capabilities."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-17 03:06:58 100451
"Hmmm, so leaving the door open for Lacrima, then?" Mikoto mulls the possibility. "They should know I'll defend you, too," she assures Akari. "No hanky-panky allowed."

She chuckles lightly, then a kitten jumps up into her lap, apparently having crawled out from under the couch. ((~I'm with you, too! Anyone who makes 'neesan this happy is good by me!~))
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-17 03:12:54 100452
Akari chuckles. "Or Riventon-san, or Frau Doktor or whatever." She shrugs. "Though I can't see Yuki-san on a task force like that. Notwithstanding her recklessness, she was way more comfortable in a lab."

She smiles. "Oh, hey there, Hikari-chan!" She pets the kitten in Mikoto's lap. "Well now. Glad you approve of me, then!"

And then she shrugs. "So, yeah. Either of you interested in joining something like that?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-17 03:17:58 100453
"Mmm, Yuki-san, that's Frau Doktor? Or someone else?" Mikoto hmmms softly and reaches over to skritch behind Hikari-kitten's ear. The familiar preens under the attention, now having two humans to attend to her snuggly needs.

Mikoto considers it. "I like working with Nanoha-chan. If you're in, I'm with you."

((~If 'neesan is with you, I'm in too~)) adds Hikari, flicking out her tongue to lick at Akari's hand.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-17 03:22:31 100454
Akari blinks. "Oh, right, yes, Frau Doktor. Yuki Murano." She strokes along Hikari's back while Mikoto handles her ears. "But yeah. I told Fate-san that Nanoha-san knows how to contact you, Mikoto. One of them will probably get in touch with one of us sooner or later." She smiles. "And then there'll be all three of us there."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-17 03:34:59 100455
Mikoto nods. "I'll make a note to play nice with her if she does join." She doesn't want to hurt Akari by hurting her friend.

((~I won't,~)) Hikari insists. ((~If she hurts you or 'neesan, I'll hurt her.~))

"Now, now, Hikari-imouto," she starts, but the feline familiar interrupts.

((~No, someone has to keep you two lovebirds out of trouble. And that's me.~))
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-17 03:54:05 100456
Akari chuckles, and gently ruffles the kitten. "You can join the team that enforces neutrality, then."

She shrugs. "But yeah," she says. "I didn't really have any plans for after I got purified, besides generically 'being a good guy and fighting monsters'. And I'd still feel kind of weird about joining Virtue, since being the time when I was a bad guy is still so fresh in my mind." She smiles. "But this is something I could actually see doing in the long term. I kind of feel like I've found my place in the world, sort of."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-17 04:05:27 100457
"Neutrality it is, then." Mikoto smiles and rests her head against Akari-Bell's shoulder.

((~Neutrality it is,~)) Hikari agrees.

"I had... oh, all kinds of plans, when I started. I was going to show them all how to do it right." She sighs softly. "Never did work out, things just... were okay. Then Hannah and Sayaka got me involved with WPS, and I didn't look back."

A few moments later, she adds, "Never did join Virtue. Never really wanted to."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-17 04:16:24 100458
Akari nods pensively, wrapping her arm around Mikoto and just holding her close. "No idea if I'll join in the long-term," she murmurs. "I mean, there's a logical tactical advantage, if the Eclipse problem runs long enough. I'll just be able to get in touch with more people ..."

She shrugs, and smiles, just relaxing with her girlfriend and her girlfriend's sister-familiar. "But that's something to think about later."