A Real Magical Girl

Unmei and Akari discuss their respective current situations, plus Unmei's new merch.

Date: 2018-12-17
Pose Count: 13
Rosalie Janus 2018-12-17 02:12:55 101821
The weather in Tokyo has been somewhat dreary in the past few days -- there hasn't been much actual rain, but that's about the best you can say about it. This has not stopped Akari from training heavily so that she can get ready to face the Wolkenritter the next time they have to cross blades.

Still, it's not possible for a human mind to focus on a single task 24/7, even when said mind is a modified brain-scan in a body made of magic, and the entire deal with the Wolkenritter is kind of a scary situation. As a result, Akari has been finding ways to take her mind off it.

At the moment, she's doing so by working at Gullwing Coffee, sitting at the register. She's wearing a simple gray dress, a white apron, and a name tag, with a pleasant smile on her face.

She's good at pleasant smiles. It's all part of her infiltration mode. Incidentally, Rubindorn is tucked away in her pocket, on hand without being on display.
Unmei Tama 2018-12-17 02:22:22 101822
Unmei Tama came walking in through the door, her arms wrapped around... Something. A dvd case? No. Wait. Too big for that. And there were pictures of magical girls and... An action figure? Wait, no... Oh gosh. It was another magical girl thing. That girl needed a life.

She moved up and... "Hey, Akari!" she said happily. "Can I get a bana... You know what? It's been an awesome day. I'm going to celebrate. Can I have an apple fritter?" she said, with the biggest grin on her face... And then... If Akari so much as glanced at the box...

"It's a limited edition Magical Girl Soap and Shampoo collectors set! They just came out to celebrate the newest season of Magical Girl Soap and Shampoo, Rise of the Dandermillions!" ... Oh gosh, please no.

"I got mine on reserve and it FINALLY came out! Eeeee!" She was actually hopping up and down on her toes she was so excited for her loot.
Rosalie Janus 2018-12-17 02:35:00 101823
Akari blinks. "Oh, hi, Tama-san!" she says. "Glad to see you're in good spirits today." All of a sudden, she looks a bit more tired and nervous as she lowers her guard. "One apple fritter coming right up!" She sends back the order.

She looks over the merch appreciatively. "Nice," she says. "Was it expensive? Or hard to get?" One of the traits that she noticed in herself early on, back when she still thought that 'Akari' was just a fake identity, was that she's genuinely interested in other people's interests, even if it's not something she personally would be interested in doing herself.

She pauses, then lowers her voice. "You doing okay, by the way?" she adds. "I got there right after Signum ... got you, and I took you to Chiba-san's place." She sounds slightly guilty.
Unmei Tama 2018-12-17 02:41:11 101824
Unmei Tama blinked and... Was something wrong? She looked worried. Unmei was about to ask, then quickly got side tracked. "Yeah! A bit of a pain, but totally worth it. It has limited edition items, and the case to carry the dvds in, oh my gosh. It's so sparkly! It's definitely in my top ten! I've been looking forward to this for months." She almost sparkled now.

Then... Akari said that and she cringed. "Y-yeah. I.... woke up there and kinda... just left. I'm fine. Really. Everything is fine. Mostly. I mean I can't... you know. But... The one who did it said it..." she then sighed. "It'll be fine. It just means I don't... go on patrol for a while... Focus on homework... Be even more of a useless drain on everyone than I already was..." She practically whispered that last part. Then shook her head.

"But look, it has a toy wand in it!"
Rosalie Janus 2018-12-17 02:53:32 101826
Akari chuckles. "... I admit my interests are more in physical pursuits," she says, "but it never occurred to me that you could just be a fan of magical girl anime while being a magical girl yourself." She smiles. "What's it like? I mean ... are the shows anything like magic in the real world? I mean, I know they don't have any real way of getting things exactly right."

She doesn't miss that whispered comment at all. She pulls out a pendant shaped like a double-barred cross with a rosy gem embedded in the crux of the upper bar. "Rubindorn, how's her Linker Core?" she whispers.

The gem flickers. <<ES IST IMMER NOCH VERLETZT, HERRIN, ABER ES HEILT!>> says the pendant in what a quiet tinny voice which sounds like a cutesy version of Akari's own voice. It's still injured, Mistress, but it is healing.

Akari nods. "Well, you are healing," she says. "You'll probably be back to using magic before too long."
Unmei Tama 2018-12-17 03:05:01 101827
Unmei Tama nodded and hummed. "It's... well... It's like our stuff, I guess. I'll be honest, a lot of things they usually get RIGHT. Some things are wrong, though. Things tend to go... perfect in the anime's," she mumbled. "But I really like them. I loved them ever since I was a little... girl. And well... when I had the opportunity to become one myself? How could I POSSIBLY say no?" She then urked. "I mean, Eclipse and all. But... it wasn't all bad. At least I got to live my dream, right? How many people get to say that?"

She perked up. "Soon, huh? That'll be nice. I mean... The patrols took a lot of time. And sometimes it was hard balancing that, school and life... But... It'll be nice to feel sorta useful again."
Rosalie Janus 2018-12-17 03:17:43 101829
Akari nods, listening enthusiastically. "Wow," she says. "I mean, of course they'd make things end up perfectly in shows. Romance, resolving all the plots nicely ..." She certainly sounds like she hasn't had any perfection there nicely. "And ... yeah. I guess when I quit Eclipse ..." She grimaces. "It feels more like I escaped."

Her smile hesitantly returns. "I feel like my situation is ... mostly positive, though," she adds. "Eclipse isn't even one of my biggest concerns right now."

She nods slowly. "It is hard to balance everything, yeah," she says. "I mean, I don't exactly have the most obligations right now. Mostly I've been training as hard as I can for the next time I run into Signum." That, at least, seems to be the cause of her worries.

At that moment, the food come out. "Okay, here you go!" she says, bringing it over to Unmei. "Here's the price." She lowers her voice. "That's with the fifteen percent magical hero discount."
Unmei Tama 2018-12-17 03:21:39 101831
Unmei Tama nodded. "Yeah. Romance... is hard," she mumbled softly. "And definitely. It was like... well... A lotl ike how I felt when I left home and could..." She trailed off. "Well. Definitely better than things were, that's for certain," she said with a nod. "It feels good to be one of the good guys!"

She nodded. "I don't know how you can balance all this stuff ND have a job. I tried to get one, but I felt so over whelmed and just... Being one of us isn't easy."

She then flushed. "I... still get it, even though I'm... you know?"
Rosalie Janus 2018-12-17 03:33:08 101832
Akari nods sympathetically. "And you feel like it's going to be a constant in your life," she says, "but then suddenly, one day, everything falls apart."

She smiles faintly. "Well, it certainly helps that my boss Haruna Kurosawa is in-the-know about magic, so she's ... understanding about incidents when I come in late," she says. "I mean ... I don't patrol as often as I did before." She shrugs. "Mostly I've just been resting and recovering from having nothing whatsoever to fall back on."

She smiles. "You're still a magical girl even if you're hurt," she says. "I'd do it with Nanoha Takamachi or Rashmi Terios if they came in right now. You were doing magical girl stuff beforehand, and you'll be doing magical girl stuff again once you've recovered."
Unmei Tama 2018-12-17 03:37:37 101833
Unmei Tama blinked a few times. And thought back to... that day. When she told Mamoru she needed help. That it wouldn't stop hurting. That she couldn't stop. That no matter how much she ate, it just... Over whelmed her. She remembered them slowly, slowly burning away her gluttony. "Yeah. Sometimes you just gotta hit rock bottom..." she mumbled.

She nodded and chuckled. "Huh. Well, maybe once I finish some of these classes, I'llask her if she'd be at all interested in hiring me. And what do you mean you have nothing to fall back on?"

She smiled and nodded. "Yeah. I'll always do that stuff, though. Because... Oh. Yeah. Heh."
Rosalie Janus 2018-12-17 03:42:52 101835
Akari blinks, and nods thoughtfully. "Yeah, I guess so," she says softly.

She nods, straightening up slightly. "Her name's Haruna Kurosawa," she says. "She usually hangs around here a lot. Fair warning, she's kind of ... excitable." She pauses. "... And by nothing to fall back on I meant my only sources of money were Eclipse, who isn't gonna be giving me anything any time soon, and my now-ex-girlfriend, who left me with nothing but the abandoned warehouse-hideout we were living in."

She chuckles. "And that is why you are a right and proper magical girl," she says. "You didn't even realize that quitting was even an option."
Unmei Tama 2018-12-17 03:52:38 101836
Unmei Tama blinked a few times. "W-wow. Err. That's... yeah. Err. Ex's can be... rough like that," she mumbled. "Heh... eh..." she rubbed the back of her head. "I mean. At least you have a roof, right? That's more than a lot of people have. You'll be fine, really. You seem smart, and talented, and all that good stuff," she said with a nod.

She blinked. "Well... of course it's not. I wouldn't have these abilities if I wasn't gonna use them. That'd be dumb," she said with a giggle. "I should get going, though. Thanks! I twas great seeing you, Akari!" So rude when it came to names...
Rosalie Janus 2018-12-17 03:56:54 101839
Akari nods and shrugs. "Exactly," she says. "I'm doing whatever I can to count my blessings, to look on the bright side of it." She shrugs again. "I probably have it way better than most people who're on the run from the secret evil shadowy organization ..."

She smiles, settling back into that ... calm, ordinary smile. "All right," she says. "See you later, Tama-san!" Akari's willing to give people a free pass about rudeness. She herself keeps stumbling into screwups when it comes to politeness, after all ...