Kyouko is in a Bad Mood. Unmei attempts to bribe her with fries to minimal effect. Akari also happens by and nearly gets interrogated.

Date: 2018-12-03
Pose Count: 27
Kyouko Sakura 2018-12-03 19:43:38 101359
    It's the afternoon, and the Crown is fairly bustling. It's not entirely unusual to find Kyouko here- it's been a haunt of hers since her early days in Tokyo, though perhaps a bit less often in more recent times. Today though, she is here... and working off some steam on the DDR machines it seems.

    Some punk had had the audacity to knock a few of her high scores down the list a few notches, and regaining those pinnacles was a good way to work off some of her currently targetless aggression. Wearing jeans and a black long-sleeved shirt, her coat hung over the back of a chair at a nearby table, she's just finishing up a song, tossing her head to clear some mildly-sweaty hair from her eyes as she catches her breath, looking in satisfaction at her initials (KGS) at the top of the scoreboard for that particular song once again.
Unmei Tama 2018-12-03 19:54:31 101360
Unmei Tama had been having a bit of a rough time with sleep lately. Lacrima was nice to let her stay there while the whole... Repairing her window was going on. But the place was still haunted. Well. Not haunted. But 'haunted'. She kept having nightmares where she would walk into a room and some killer would be there and... It was getting better, though!

But until it was, to the diner she went! And watching kyouko from the order counter. She... Was nowhere near as good. Once she had been. Close. But... Only by cheating. By using the skill of others to get those high scores. Since she didn't do that any more... She didn't even hit the top ten any more. But she was okay with that. Instead, she'd watched kyouko and... Felt just a little jealous.

Kyouko was awesome. And since unmei was already drinking her shake and since she hadn't come to the whole practice training in a few months, she thought she should at least say hi. She turned to the counter. "Can i make my fry tge next size up?" Once she had it, she made her way to a nearby table and then put it down, walking over.

"Having fun?" She asked with a smile. "Hungry? I accidentally ordered too many fries. You're welcome to some, if you like." Bribery, the biggest step of friendship!
Akari Hayabusa 2018-12-03 20:04:14 101361
One of the skills in Akari's infiltration-mode is being furtive and cautious while externally looking perfectly calm and casual.

She's wandering in after some vigorous kendo practice, dressed in her usual blue track suit and with her long sword-bag slung under one shoulder. Rubindorn's hanging around her neck in pendant form on full alert, tracking everyone around her, and Akari's gaze is flitting this way and that.

She's making a beeline for the line to make her order when she happens to see Kyouko, a familiar face (if not necessarily a friendly one), and she pauses as she sees Unmei talk to her, then starts heading over towards them.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-12-03 20:05:46 101362
    Kyouko is just about to turn away from the machine when she hears a familiar, and not entirely welcome, voice. The sigh she heaves could be interpreted several different ways, but the eye-rolling is purely implied as she steps down off the machine. "Unmei." She says, in a tone somewhere between resigned acceptance and annoyed growl. "I'm really not in the mood for-"

    She pauses then, as the other girl's words sink in, and quirks a brow. "Did you say fries? Well.. I guess I could take some off your hands.." Even Bad Mood Kyouko is a sucker for snacks, as it turns out.

    She doesn't notice Akari heading their way yet, having only a passing familiarity with her.
Unmei Tama 2018-12-03 20:13:58 101363
Unmei Tama blinked. An sunk. Just a bit. To be honest, it didn't really surprise her. Kyouko's reaction was pretty much how she imagined EVERYONE felt about her. After all, she was annoying, silly, st--

Nope! Bad thoughts went that way! She quickly turned her frown upside down and instead nodded, leading kyouko to the fabled fries. "What's wrong? You seem Than usual? Is everything okay? You and naru didn't have a fight, did you?" She asked, looking worried. She had yet to notice akari, instead nudging the fries towards the other magical girl.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-12-03 20:19:12 101364
Hmm. Well, there's strength in numbers, at least. With nothing else to stop her, Akari hefts her sword bag and walks over to the pair. "Hello, Kyouko-san," she says. She frowns, letting Unmei ask the question about Kyouko's obvious tension, and glances curiously at her. "Who's your friend?"
Kyouko Sakura 2018-12-03 20:23:47 101366
    Kyouko reaches out and takes a few fries as they are nudged towards her, transferring them to her mouth where they quickly vanish in a gruesome spectacle. She frowns at Unmei as the girl asks her what the problem is. "No, I didn't have a fight with Naru." She says, shortly. "It's nothing. I just.. look, there's some dangerous people wandering around the city right now. Watch your back, okay?"

    Then she hears her name again, and blinks again, turning to eye Akari, her frown still in place. "Hi.. Akari-san, was it?" She then eyes Unmei. "Friend is a bit of a strong word. This is Unmei Tama. We.." She struggles with exactly how to encapsulate her relationship with Unmei simply. "..have mutual acquaintances." She finally settles on, "And train together sometimes."
Unmei Tama 2018-12-03 20:32:38 101368
Unmei Tama blinked a few times. Dangerous... "Really? I... Think i might have heard about it. A bit. There was this... Oh. Did they attack someone close to you?" She asked, not even touching her fries. "And i will. I've been staying with Lacrima while things get fixed, so i should be safe enough."

Then her eyed were drawn to akari. One of kyouko's friends? Should she leave? Meh. Once the fries were gone. She'd get out of Kyouko's hair. For now, she forced a smile and nodded. " hi! That's right. Some of Kyouko's friends helped me out of a really bad, bad jam i got into a while back." If nothing else, at least she wasn't doing the nicknames any more. Kyouko might have stabbed her if she'd called her 'Kyu' or 'ko-ko'.

"She's one of the strongest, toughest people i know and I'm really lucky to have been allowed to practice with her." she said oh so happily.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-12-03 20:36:51 101369
Akari smiles faintly. "Yeahhhhhh, aside from the training part, that basically describes you and me too, doesn't it?"

She looks between her and Unmei. Well, if Unmei knows the name 'Lacrima', she's obviously in-the-know. "... You talking about the Wolkenritter?" she says, a worried tone in her voice. "I, uh ... I heard from Millie-chan that they got Rashmi-chan. I keep meaning to drop by the Korma and see how she's doing."

She smiles at Unmei. "Well, pleased to meet you," she says. "What kind of 'bad jam'? You mean as in 'youma attack', or, like ..." She hesitates. "... 'worked for Eclipse'?" she says finally.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-12-03 20:42:34 101370
    "No one close to me, but that doesn't matter." Kyouko says shortly, to Unmei. "They're attacking people and so far we haven't been able to stop them." She sounds pretty bitter about that.. and there's the eye-rolling at the mention of Lacrima being a 'safe place'. Her opinion on Lacrima is worthy of even more eye-rolls than Unmei. "Oh sure, that sounds totally safe." She says, unable to hide her sarcasm, though she is still eating fries even as she says it.

    Ironically, although often she would preen at the sort of compliments Unmei piles on her, today they only seem to make her scowl even harder, though she doesn't say anything else to the girl, instead turning her attention to Akari. "Frankly," She says, "I don't know you nearly as well as I know Unmei. Which maybe I should be thankful for, I dunno." Well she doesn't elaborate on that. It's clear she's feeling pretty cranky.

    "Yes, they got Rashmi." She says, when Akari mentions it. "She's alive, and should recover from what I understand."
Unmei Tama 2018-12-03 20:45:52 101371
Unmei Tama sighed and her smile wavered a little. Even this new girl knew about this problem. And no one had even thought to send her a text. It took some random girl mentioning it to her for her to find out. She supposed that wasn't fair, though. Kyoko told her... And she was sure the others would have... Might have... If they thought about her.

That didn't help when akira said that. "Yeah. I am-was one of the bad guys. Now I'm just more of an intern or something," she said with a shrug. "Magical girl Clotho. Retired like... A year ago," she mumbled. She then shook her head, nudging the ketchup towards kyouko to go wild with, before sipping her shake.

"Well no tigers made of fire have burst through my window while I've been there, so it's at least safer. We don't all sleep in--" and cut herself off.

"Wait, what happened to rashmo? Is... Is she..." Yes, she eas okay! "What do these people look like?" She asked, cocking her head to the side.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-12-03 20:52:21 101372
Akari shrugs. "I meant the 'we have mutual acquaintances' part, actually," she says. She gives another quick glance around the room. Well, she's not expecting to get attacked right in the middle of the Crown, but still ...

She smiles faintly as Unmei mentions when she left Eclipse. "Almost two months ago, here," she says. "I ... My sister convinced me to quit." A shrug. "I decided I cared more about her than my bosses."

She nods. "They're a group of ... robot-hologram knights from Ancient Belka. I've only encountered them once, but ..." She fishes out her phone and flips through it. There's photos of Signum and Zafira, apparently in mid-fight.

She pauses a moment, then says, "My creators based me on them --" She coughs; her throat sounds dry. "A-actually, hang on, lemme grab some lemonade first!"

She quickly closes her phone and hurries off. Well ... she certainly seems more like a human than some sort of robot-hologram.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-12-03 20:56:45 101373
    No offense Unmei, sending out mass-warning texts is not exactly Kyouko's department. Not to mention she only found out about the Wolkenritter herself less than a week ago. She continues to munch on fries, standing next to the table rather than sitting. When Unmei asks what the Wolkenritter look like, she opens her mouth to respond, but Akari beats her to the punch by actually having pictures, so she closes it again and lets Akari do the explaining.

    She eyes Akari at the mention of how she was 'based on' the Wolkenritter. She hadn't known that, and might have some questions for the girl when she returns, but since she's hurrying away she just sighs and shakes her head. "They're bad news." She tells Unmei. "So like I said, watch your back until we can figure out how to deal with them."
Unmei Tama 2018-12-03 21:03:28 101374
Unmei Tama cocked her head to the side. "Sister?" She asked softly. "Huh? Robot hologram... So they're like magical constructs and we need to kick their butt, seems easy enough," she mumbled, leaning back. She took another sip of her drink and shrugging. "I'll be available if you guys need me. Not doing anything important..." She mumbled.

And then the other girl left and she sighed. "Eh. I'm sure once they fight you they won't be so tough," Unmei said with a shrug, sipping her shake. "Everyone back at the ECFH doing okay? I'll make sure to stay out of underfoot until this is dealt with," she added, stirring her drink.

"You want some chili fries? I'm gonna go get some chili fries." She quickly got to her feet and walked to counter to order.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-12-03 21:14:54 101376
Akari smiles as she passes Unmei on the way back, carrying a tray with two large glasses of lemonade. One of which is already a quarter of the way empty by the time she gets back. "Heh ... so, uh, yeah," she says awkwardly. She isn't a hundred percent sure being alone with Kyouko is the best idea at the moment ...
Kyouko Sakura 2018-12-03 21:17:21 101377
    A dark cloud of frustration seems to descend over Kyouko as Unmei rattles on about how she's sure the Wolkenritter will be sent packing when they fight her, probably the exact wrong thing to say at this particular time. But before Kyouko's fuming can explode into unfortunate words, Unmei, unknowingly but wisely, leaves to go buy some chili fries. Kyouko has to take a deep breath..

    And then Akari comes back. Before the girl even has a chance to settle down, Kyouko leans forward, fixing her with an intense look. "So if your.. creators based you on the Wolkenritter, I assume you have some knowledge about them. So tell me.. what is it they want, and what is that book they're so keen about filling up with other people's magic?"
Unmei Tama 2018-12-03 21:22:56 101378
Unmei Tama would, unfortunately, return all too soon. With new chili fries! Well. Mostly new. New to her! Either way, she'd chew on one. Then say the worst possible thing... "So, did you guys just find out about them? Maybe you guys could leave a trap with you and like... Some back up. It's not like they can be much stronger than anything else you've fought," she offered encouragingly.

"It's good that rashmi's okay. What'd they do to her? Like... Just punch her through a building, or worse?"
Akari Hayabusa 2018-12-03 21:33:40 101379
Akari blinks, and looks somewhat relieved at the fact that this is the line of questioning. "Well ... the truth is, it'd be more accurate to say that I'm based on the legends about the Wolkenritter," she says. "Sorry, I was distracted just then. And unfortunately, none of the legends I'm aware of mentioned the book or what they wanted to do with the energy they drained." She frowns. "It's kind of frustrating, knowing that my creators were there, and they still didn't know enough to help with this situation."

She nods as Unmei returns. "They're said to have stolen people's Linker Cores, which is the 'organ' that produces your magic," she says. "Or at least drained it completely. The first time I encountered them, they hit a Device-mage named Nanoha Takamachi. Rubindorn's scans showed that she had zero magic left, and her Linker Core was damaged. But my understanding is that the victims will recover on their own, given time."
Kyouko Sakura 2018-12-03 21:37:13 101380
    Kyouko frowns in disappointment as Akari admits she doesn't really know any more than the rest of them, just that the Wolkenritter have legends about them.. which is interesting, sure, but doesn't actually help with the situation going on right now. Then Unmei returns with her chili fries, which Kyouko only then realizes is kind of weird since she only asked Kyouko over because she said she already had too many fries..

    Then Unmei is again prattling on about how they can't be that strong and surely Kyouko is going to be able to beat them easily, and finally Kyouko has just had enough of it. She slams her hand down on the table, hard enough to make the fries jump and the thing rattle, and glares at Unmei. "Listen, this is serious. They are strong, and it's not gonna be that easy to- argh." She stands up suddenly, shaking her head.

    "Sorry, I just can't deal with this right now. Thanks for the fries.. and like I said. Watch your back. See you around, Akari-san." And then she's walking out, just like that, her scowl even deeper than when she arrived.
Unmei Tama 2018-12-03 21:46:02 101381
Unmei Tama nodded, listening to the things they did. Then... She shrugged. "So... They drain people's magic and then they get it back? I mean... Energy drain isn't so bad. No one is really hurt that bad so... And it's not permanent, either. It's not any worse than what i... Errrr... It still needs to be stopped," she added quickly.

And then kyouko slammed her fist down and stormed off. Ignoring unmei's bribery of fries! Ugh! What was that about?! Why was she so mad? And here unmei was trying to be... Nicer... Once she was gone, Unmei sighed and shook her head.

"Don't... Mind her. She's... She doesn't really... Yeah... Outside of the inner group..." She mumbled, taking a fry and circling it in the chili.

"Feel free to have any... "
Akari Hayabusa 2018-12-03 21:57:13 101382
Akari blinks, startled at Kyouko's sudden exit! "Ooookay," she murmurs. "I guess she really doesn't like Eclipse people, former or no ..."

She turns to Unmei and sighs. "Well, the thing is, having your magic stolen is painful," she says. "And they're straight-up attacking people. Rashmi-chan apparently got stabbed, and had to be healed by a Virtue medic or something." She's a bit hazy on the details. She shrugs. "And apparently the book is some sort of artifact of darkness, which means it can't be for anything good, so ... this is definitely a situation where they need to be stopped, by hook or by crook."

Somewhat halfheartedly, she munches on a couple of chili fries.
Unmei Tama 2018-12-03 22:11:16 101383
Unmei Tama sighed and gave a shrug. "Okay, yeah. That makes it worse..." She mumbled. "So... Your sister got you out... Then. Sounds... Nice," she mumbled, finally lifting her chili soaked fry to her lips.

"What'd you do for eclipse? Like... Were you useful? Or just kind of like... They didn't care situation?" She mumbled feebly.

"What's your family like?"
Akari Hayabusa 2018-12-03 22:18:54 101384
Akari considers the question. "I was salvaged from the Dusk Zone and put to work as their weapon," she says. "As an asset." She sounds slightly bitter. "My sister ... is an adorable younger magical girl who just adopted me when she found out that I don't have any family." She smiles at that part. "And now she's the most important person to me in the world."

She sighs softly. "The Eclipse business is still a mess, though," she says. "I won't go into the details, but it's just ... ugh."
Unmei Tama 2018-12-03 22:23:33 101385
Unmei Tama blinked and nodded. What would... Oh. She sighed softly. "Well.... I guess... I mean..." She sighed. "If it helps, you're really cute for a weapon?" She offered. Then sighed. "Yeah i got nothing. I'm sorry that happened. But hey. At least you got out and they let you go," she said chipperly.

"But... Yeah. Eclipse is a mess sometimes. They were just... Abusive definitely bad. Almost all of them..." She mumbled, swirling her shake around.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-12-03 22:31:25 101386
Akari chuckles at the 'cute' comment. "I mean, yeah," she says. "This ... is my 'infiltration' form. It was originally just supposed to be a disguise, but I decided it was more my real self than the other one, which looks more ... monstrous." She shrugs.

She winces slightly at the 'let her go' comment. "... That's actually part of the mess," she says. "The mysterious shadowy figure who got me into Eclipse doesn't want to let me go, so now I have to worry about my old boss coming after me to try to take me back for 'reprogramming'." She just barely fails to suppress a shudder at the thought. (She decides not to mention that Unmei is currently living with said old boss.)

She looks at Unmei. "Yeah, I certainly feel the 'almost'," she says quietly. "But ... yeah."
Unmei Tama 2018-12-03 22:40:26 101387
Unmei Tama blinked and stared. Finally... "Oh. You.. Should ask Lacrima for help. She's really cool and smart. I'm sure she can help you..." Her smile had melted though. She held up a fry.

"They care, though. Taking you back and all. You must be pretty valuable... " she mumbled. "Lots of people must care about you..." She said before tossing it into her mouth snd chewing. "Mmm..."

She was definitely sulking about something. She got to her feet. "Here. Just... Have what you want and toss thr rest in the trash or... Something. I... I gotta go..." She mumbled, turning to walk away.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-12-03 22:42:07 101388
Akari blinks as Unmei abruptly starts to get up and leave. "Um ... bye, then?" she says frowning.

She sighs, and telepathically says, Wow, Rubindorn, this has just been a wonderful afternoon, hasn't it?