Practice Makes Protection

Makio comes across Akari and Millie training in the park, but the proceedings are interrupted by a storm cloud youma!

Date: 2018-12-21
Pose Count: 34
Rosalie Janus 2018-12-21 00:55:39 101908
Ever since the warehouse encounter in November, Akari and Millie have been training a lot, and they aren't slowing down in the slightest just because Millie can't transform right that minute. This is by design; if you literally can't fight without magic, in Akari's opinion, that's a hair's breath from not being able to fight at all. QED.

Right now, they're in one of the out-of-the-way clearings in the trees. Rubindorn picked the spot at random today, and it just happens to be reasonably close to Cafe Mew Mew. Akari's in her tracksuit, with Rubindorn hanging around her neck but tucked into her shirt. The sound of wooden swords clacking together is plainly audible, and if anyone were to go out of the way to look, they might see a training session which looks a lot more ... intense than your basic kendo practice.

"Getting better, Millie-chan!" says Akari, grinning. In spite of the chilly December air, she's actually worked up a sweat.

... She doesn't use henshin-magic because her creators thought why would anyone recognize her when she's eleven inches shorter and doesn't have glowing eyes or magical tattoos!? (With the added bonus of having blue hair in a ponytail instead of a mop of purple hair, though Doppelkreuz couldn't have anticipated that.) Her voice is at a noticeably higher register and it's a lot less gruff, but the foreign-looking girl definitely has Nightbell's voice.
Millie White 2018-12-21 01:12:45 101910
The Warehouse was Millie's frame of reference. Every day, every training session, every swing of the wooden blade was to become stronger than she had been that day. The encounter with Tarnished had all but lit a fire underneath her and slowing down was not an option, magic or not. That was how she found herself once again in the park, training with Akari, who had been working just as hard.

"You're lucky I don't have a shield!" The Canuck growled back with a wild yet lopsided grin. The weather was chilly yet Millie wore her plain black t-shirt and dark blue jeans; her green overshirt lay discarded at the base of a tree. The chill didn't seem to slow her down, let alone bother her. The defunct Cure wiped the sweat from her brow, brushing her bangs out of her eyes slightly.

"That was a nice counter though, Akari-san. Have you been working on that while I'm not looking or something?" Millie joked, adjusting her stance into a more defensive one, as if asking Akari to attack her.
Makio Ryu 2018-12-21 01:23:29 101912
Ending another shift, the blue haired 'cyclops' comes out of the Mew Mew Cafe. As is his usual habit, he crosses the street and comes to take a rest in the park before making his way to whatever thing he was bound for next today. However, as he settles into a swing with whatever box of pastries he's taken with him this time, Makio's unhidden eye peers up at the sounds of battle. Thus, almost as soon as he is sat down, the boy raises to his feet again and tries to track down the source of the noise. Locating the training session at hand, his unhidden eyebrow raises some.
Rosalie Janus 2018-12-21 01:34:37 101913
Akari giggles at Millie's wisecracking, darting forward and back as she swings her sword. (Really, everything about her attitude is as different as night and day. Or, well, as different as Nightbell and day.) "I'm just that dedicated, y'know?" she says dryly.

As Makio approaches, Rubindorn contacts her telepathically. MISTRESS, SOMEONE IS APPROACHING.

Akari abruptly jumps back and holds her sword off to the right in a signal she arranged with Millie earlier to let her know that Rubindorn detected someone. (If it was an obvious threat, she would've held it to the left, but in this case it's merely uncertain.) "We gotta be at our best before the tournament, y'know?" she adds casually, and just happens to glance in Makio's direction at that moment. "Oh, hi there!"
Millie White 2018-12-21 01:48:43 101914
Akari was a darter, Millie had learned this from their time training together. Even though the bluenette was taller than her, she was also faster, and Millie knew there was no point in trying to dodge. Instead she bent her knees slightly, held the hilt of her practice sword tightly, and leaned into Akari's strike with one of her own. The swords collided with an impressively loud clack before Akari jumped back again. Millie snorted at Akari's words, but didn't get a chance to respond before Akari flashed the signal. Her green gaze flickered to Akari's to show she understood.

"We will be. Don't think I'll go easy on you because we're friends." Millie said, stepping casually to the side. The motion looked like she was simply stepping closer to speak to her friend, but in reality she had moved to a position where she could better cover Akari's blind spots. Old habits died hard. Millie's gaze followed Akari's before falling on the newcomer. Emerald eyes seemed to bore right through him for a moment before a kind smile split her features.

"Hello there." Her Japanese was a little slow and clearly accented. Instinctively she sniffed the air, but even now she was unable to pick up any magical scent.
Makio Ryu 2018-12-21 01:53:51 101915
"Ah, a tournament, you dudes had me wondering for a second," the bluenette boy states with a grin that's barely shifted from his face, "Working across the street from here, it's kinda crazy all the stuff that goes on here, so be careful, ok?" He smiles and holds up the box he's carrying. "Need some sparing fuel," he wonders before looking more specifically toward Akari, "....and do you have a realative around? I'm usually really good with remembering people...and you look familiar an' all, but I don't really /recognize/ you..."
Rosalie Janus 2018-12-21 02:05:48 101916
Akari shoots Millie a grin. "I should hope you wouldn't hold back!" she says, keeping up the ruse.

She blinks and nods. "Oh, right, the Mew Mew Cafe?" she says. She looks curiously at the box. "Um, I think we're good for snacks at the moment. Pastries aren't the best for exercise, heh ..."

She blinks at the other question, and shakes her head. She doesn't recognize him at all due to henshin magic, but ... she's pretty sure she knows what that's about. "Not that I know of," she says, deliberately lowering the tone of her voice and adding gruffness. Yep, that's Nightbell's voice all right! (She let Millie hear that voice once before, too.) She brings her voice back to her normal Akari tone and says, "But my name is Akari Hayabusa, and this is Millie White. What's yours?"
Millie White 2018-12-21 02:16:25 101917
Dudes? Millie couldn't help the lopsided grin that took up residence on her face at the use of the strange vocabulary. His warning was perhaps more important than even he knew. Or perhaps...? No, he couldn't know about the Wolkenritter, could he? No, she was clearly overthinking things. That was until he mentioned Akari looking familiar, and asking if she had any relatives. Millie's broad shoulders immediately tensed. The first thing that came to mind was that this could be someone from Eclipse here to grab Akari. Even with that thought in mind, Millie paused.

...and it was a good thing she had, because it seemed that Akari might recognize this person. The gruff voice that emanated from her friend was a little unsettling, but she understood; had she likely met this person back when Nightbell was a thing? Millie stayed silent as Akari introduced the both of them before asking for the newcomer's name. When she looked at the boy with the pastries, her gaze was searching but soft, far from hostile.
Makio Ryu 2018-12-21 02:17:38 101918
"Makio Ryu," the guy with his bluenette bangs covering one eye responds, "I tend to see people around alot between working at the Mew Mew, helping at my dad's sea park, and hanging around here or at the arcade, so I could be confusing you for some other person." His one visible brow does seem to furrow some on hearing that gruffer voice of Akari's. Amusingly a lot of Mahou have recognised him on talking style alone thanks to what they called an 'American accent'. He does tend to talk a bit much...friendly to the point of rudeness almost.

"You've got a point though," Makio points out, "I don't know how I keep my shape for swimming between working at the mew mew and all the candy my parents keep sending me. ...waaaaait...speaking of swimming, I think I get it now. Have you been to any of the swim meets at school? You're from Infinity, right? I'm one of the swim team."
Rosalie Janus 2018-12-21 02:29:46 101919
Well, at least he doesn't seem hostile ... wait a minute. "I mean, I don't mind trying out macaroons myself from time to time," she says with a smile, "but I feel like the middle of sword-practice isn't the right time for that kind of thing, y'know?" She shakes her head. "I go to Infinity, yeah, but I'm on the kendo team, not the swim team. Your name doesn't ring a bell."

At that moment, there's a strange sense of ... darkness, to those with magical senses. It seems to be coming from the south.


Akari blinks, and glances southward. Millie-chan, Rubindorn's picking up something Dark over there, she says telepathically. Millie can't transform, but her Linker Core works well enough for Rubindorn to facilitate two-way telepathy when they don't seem to need instant reactions.
Millie White 2018-12-21 02:36:27 101920
The boy, who they now knew to be Makio Ryu, was strangely easy to talk to, and Millie hadn't even been the one speaking to him. He seemed to be easy going, which was a surprisingly rare trait Millie had noted. Even though her emerald gaze was warm, she reminded herself not let her guard down, no matter how kind he seemed.

Makio's mind moved from swimming to a relevant topic, thinking he could perhaps know her from school. He went to Infinity, which indeed was the school that Akari attended. Was she on the swim team? The only club she knew Akari to be in was Kendo. Millie's gaze flickered to her friend, almost curiously.

The telepathic communication almost took her by surprise; it was something Millie was still getting used to. Immediately her gaze snapped southward, the softness in her eyes disappearing all too quickly. Damnit... was it a youma? Eclipse? There was no way for her to know, not without her mana scent.

'Is it coming towards us?' Millie asked telepathically, concentrating so she didn't accidentally say it out loud again.
Makio Ryu 2018-12-21 02:51:33 101924
Makio Ryu raises that aforementioned furrowed brow upon hearing macaroons and bell. Though he seems distracted by something as that sense pops up from the south, probably only /further/ cementing that something's up with him. "Seems like there's some kind of cold front or something blowing in," he states, "Maybe you two should go wait things out in the cafe or something. I've got a bad feeling..."
Rosalie Janus 2018-12-21 03:01:44 101926
Akari's frown deepens. I think it is, actually, she says. Uh-oh, yeah, it definitely is!

At Makio's suggestion, she laughs. "I tried that on Millie-chan the first time we met!" she says. She pulls Rubindorn out of her shirt. And, yes, it's the familiar double-barred-cross pendant ... except now the gem is a rosier shade of red. She holds the pendant in both hands. "Knight Clothing, set up!" she exclaims.

Ping! <<BESTIMMT, HERRIN!>> Certainly, mistress!

There's a surge of blue light, and then ... it's Nightbell, but not as you know her! She looks practically palette-swapped, now -- blue hair like she has out of henshin, her glowing eyes are golden, and the markings on her skin are now deep blue, plus her Knight Clothing has golden trim, the gauntlets and sabatons are now white, and the blade of her sword is now rose-red.

And that's the moment that a large swarm of black orbs shoots into the clearing, sending out a lightning bolt at Akari!

She leaps back with a yelp! <<PANZERSCHILD!>> Panzer Shield. Akari holds one hand out, and a rose-red Belkan spell triangle appears, blocking the lightning!
Millie White 2018-12-21 03:22:24 101930
Millie barely had time to digest what Akari was saying before there was a flurry of movement. Her friend transformed and that only solidified in her mind that she might know Makio if she was willing to henshin just like that. Perhaps he was a... magical boy? Was that what they were called? For whatever reason she couldn't see herself calling people like Chiba-san or Takeba-san magical boys. There was no time to ponder that, however, as the darkness was soon upon them.

A swarm of black orbs appeared in their little clearing, almost as if they arrived JUST to prove Makio's earlier statement correct; many strange things DID happen around these parts. Anxiety spiked in her gut but Millie stubbornly pushed it back down. Worrying about not having magic wasn't going to help anyone.

Lightning shot out at Akari and it took everything in her not to instinctively try to block it. Her shield hand clenched as Akari summoned a barrier to protect herself. Akari was a big girl, she could take care of herself, but she couldn't deny the frustration of not being able to help. Millie took a step back, closer once again to cover Akari's blind spots, and raised the wooden practice blade. Her gaze flickered to Makio.

"I don't reckon you've got a henshin up your sleeve, eh?" She asked, her lopsided grin a tad strained. She was a sitting duck out here but running now would be pointless when the enemy was already upon them.
Makio Ryu 2018-12-21 03:33:53 101933
Makio blinks at Akari's answer and peers between her and Millie. Eh? "Ooooh, /bell/, Nightbell! I knew you were trying to tell me something," Makio replies before ducking aside for a moment. He frowns as he notes Millie's lack of transforming and asking him about henshining. That really doesn't seem like a good thing. As such he'd suddenly remove something from under his shirt, seeming to touch it to the back of one of his ankles before he's obsucred with light and calling what sounds like 'Mew Macaroon Metamorphosis'. He'd reappear as a longer, brighter haired guy with almost glowingly bright eyes, who also looks like he's dressed in some sort of pirate or sailor get up. A pair of hand guards appear in his grasp as he tries to hop in front of Millie. "No problem..."
Rosalie Janus 2018-12-21 03:43:55 101936
Akari snickers as Makio finally gets it. The lightning disappears, and with it the shield, and she leaps back. "Rubindorn?"

Ping! <<ZEIT-RAUM-SCHRANKE!>> A circle of red and black fractal light appears in the sky above her, and spreads out to form a dome over the park. Hey, even the red of the fractal pattern is a rosier shade!

At that moment, the orbs rattle around, and start bounding around the clearing chaotically, crashing into trees and trying to body-slam Akari and Makio!

"Yow!" Akari rises off the ground, dodging through the air. She glances at Mew Macaroon, and grins. "I knew it!" she says. "Quit Eclipse a few days later the toll booths, by the way, and got purified a month later. Just going by 'Akari Hayabusa' now -- WAUGH!"

She gets clipped by a lightning bolt, and goes flying crashing into a tree, knocking it over! The orbs then bunch themselves up, and charge straight at Mew Macaroon!
Millie White 2018-12-21 03:54:18 101939
Makio indeed had a henshin, and when the light cleared, a very pirate-esque looking young man with longer hair stood before them. She swore she heard something about a mew macaroon metamorphosis. Was that his power origin, a mew something? Millie was a little surprised when he immediately leaped to her defense, but a small appreciative grin lit her features.

Akari began to banter with Mew Macaroon, the latter having understood at last where the two of them knew each other from. Something about a toll booth she didn't understand, but the time frame was interesting enough. Suddenly, mid sentence even, Akari was clipped by another bolt of lightning and sent careening into a tree. The force was hard enough to fell the tree, and the colour drained from her face.

"Akari!" Millie exclaimed, the concern evident in her voice. Without hesitation she bolted towards the tree, which she was afforded the chance to do when the orbs began to charge at New Macaroon.
Makio Ryu 2018-12-21 03:56:25 101940
"Yeaaaaaah, I'd be screwed if I was actually trying to hide from other mahous," Makio states, "They keep managing to figure me out by themselves. Woah!" He flails a little as he tries to make sure he's in the way of Millie, attempting to form the ice blades from those hand guards he was holding. With luck he'd be quick enough to block at least some of the orbs by crossing the 'macaroon shards' infront of himself. "I really gotta learn when to shut up and ok Akari?"
Rosalie Janus 2018-12-21 04:10:39 101943
Akari hurriedly gets to her feet and rises back into the air. "Been worse," she says. "-- Millie-chan, no! Stay back!" She sounds worried, but there's also a bit of resignation in her voice.

The Macaroon Shards successfully defend against the orbs. Even better, they seem to do a little bit of damage; some of the orbs now have purple scratch-marks on them! The youma rears back, and start spitting smaller sparks straight at Makio, seemingly ignoring Akari and Millie for now.

Ping! <<ROSENPFEIL!>> Rose Arrow. Five miniature arrows of rose-red light glitch into existence, and launch into the mass of orbs. Some of them actually burst open now and disintegrate into purple smoke!

The surviving orbs respond by gathering together. There's an eerie hum and a purple glow, and then they suddenly expand and multiply, becoming an entire cloud of much larger orbs! There seems to be a glowing purple eye in the middle of there, too.

Akari stares. "... uhhhh ..."

Rubindorn flatly says, <<SCHEISSE.>> Shit.
Millie White 2018-12-21 04:25:33 101947
Of course Akari would be alright. She was tough, she could handle herself, Millie had to keep reminding herself. A little lightning and a small tree were nothing for the Belkan. At Akari's insistence, Millie stopped where she was, her gaze darting around the clearing. Where did Akari want her to go? If she bolted now and tried to make it to the treeline there was a high probability the orbs would follow her. Better to stay where she was, close to those who could help. Millie gritted her teeth; she hated feeling so useless.

Both New Macaroon and Akari had managed to damage some of the orbs, even destroying some of them outright. What she hadn't been expecting was for the remaining orbs to amass themselves into what appeared to be an angry sentient cloud with one ominous glowing purple eye right at the centre. Akari swore from above her and Millie couldn't agree faster.

The defunct Cure looked down at her wooden training sword, then back up at Akari. All she could do was shrug a little helplessly as she took a measured step backwards. Millie would just have to trust Akari and New Macaroon. Causing trouble in the middle of battle was the last thing she wanted to do.
Makio Ryu 2018-12-21 04:41:17 101950
Macaroon seems surprised when he manages to not only block ALL the orbs, but even do some damage. Huh, that turned out better than expected. Maybe he really iss getting more used to this whole mahou deal thanks to all the predasites he's been dealing with on his lonesome. He'd do a surprisingly graceful seeming thing of darting around, attempting to block (or when it's safe to Millie's position dodge) the sparks. Some would most likely hit their mark, leaving the seal mew a little scuffed up, but nothing serious yet. "Oooh, that makes sense, hah...they're all part of some bigger thing. Of COURSE it wouldn't be /that/ easy." He says that as if he's going 'duuuuh' at himself rather than complaining about it. " lightning shooty, cloud of orbs thing with a glowy eye."

Being a video gamer like he is, Makio can't help making what'll possibly be a silly and incorrect guess. He'd promptly attempt to take a flying leap at the youma, swinging one of the shards in the process. This causes a wave of ice enrgy that the cyan haired mahou boy had tried to aim for the glowing eye.
Rosalie Janus 2018-12-21 04:53:37 101952
Akari frowns. "Yeah ... I guess it was originally some sort of cloud-thing, and it sort of wandered off from that concept?" She shrugs.

As Makio leaps towards the eye, it starts to counterattack using bolts of lightning -- but the ice-wave strikes true, and it staggers back, leaving a brighter gash of purple on the eye! Akari follows it up. <<ROSENPFEIL!>> Five more arrows appear, and stab into the eye.

Lightning begins crackling all through the orbs -- not firing them at anyone, but increasing in volume ...


She tries to position herself between Millie and the cloud, and throws one hand into the air. <<PANZERSCHILD!>> A Belkan spell triangle appears ...

... right before the cloud begins raining lightning down on them for a few seconds! The foliage around the clearing gets blasted to smithereens!
Millie White 2018-12-21 05:10:34 101955
Mew Macaroon was proving to be quite adept. After defending her and injuring the orbs, he had now scored a direct hit on the youma's eye. Akari capitalized on the creature's sudden stagger and fired her signature ruby arrows into the eye. This thing was taking a beating but it still refused to go down. Why did youma always have to be so stubborn? Before she knew it, Akari was screaming her name and Millie looked up, unable to act fast enough to stop what was coming. Akari dove to intercept but all Millie could do was duck and cover.

The rain of lightning pelted the Belkan spell shield and the ground around them as Millie covered her face with her arm to protect her eyes. Even with the spell shield she could feel the heat radiating around them, enough that she fell to one knee in a crouch, gritting her teeth. When the lightning stopped and the dust began to settle, she let out a cough.

"Akari!" She called out, unable to see her friend. Was she alright? All she could do was hope the spell shield hadn't broken as she squinted upwards, stumbling to her feet.
Makio Ryu 2018-12-21 05:11:33 101956
"Yikes," Macaroon murmurs, the male mew mew looking on at the lightning rain, likely taking a shot from it and taking his OWN turn to get tossed back into one of the trees. "Ughhh...hey, stop messin' up the park you big, gloomy, rain cloud thing," he protests as he pushes himself to his feet. He tries taking some rapid swings of his blade holding arms through the air, sending a few ice energy waves flying a short distance toward the cloud thing. He peers worriedly toward the dust cloud as he hears Millie's voice.
Rosalie Janus 2018-12-21 05:30:31 101958
Right before the assault ends, there's a sound like a Belkan shield shattering. Exactly like that.

Akari lands on one knee next to Millie, wincing. Her Knight Clothing has picked up a few burn-marks. "... I got a little cooked, but I'm okay," she says. "Uh, no, Ryu-san, the park will be fine, the barrier I put up gets rid of collateral damage."

On cue, the fractal sky flickers briefly.

Akari grimaces. "Ugh ... We need to finish this as fast as we can!" she says. "Rubindorn, two cartridges!"

Ping! <<KARTUSCHEN BEREIT!>> Cartridges ready! The gun-trigger setup extends from the handle, and Akari pulls the trigger. There's a thunderclap, the sword vents white steam, and Akari shudders from the strain. <<ROSENFORM!>> Rose Form. In the mechanical-and-magical transformation, the sword becomes a huge double-ended polearm with glowing rose-red blades. Then, thrumming with the power of the cartridge, giant scythe blades of light extend ninety degrees clockwise around it. Akari fires another cartridge, and lets out a yelp. <<LODERND GLOCKE!>> says Rubindorn, the Device remaining calm.

Akari begins spinning the weapon almost like a propeller, and launches herself skyward towards the eye of the storm-youma, and there's a faint rosy glow around it as she calls out the translation: "BLAZING ..." She scythes forward, slicing directly into the side of the eye. "... BELL!"
Millie White 2018-12-21 05:46:50 101960
Millie's eyes widened at the sound of the spell shield breaking. She did her best to catch Akari but only half managed it, the Belkan landing on one knee beside her. Millie had already grasped her friend's shoulder, helping to haul her to her feet in case they had to move suddenly. What Akari spoke was the truth, they needed to finish this fight, it had already dragged on too long. The flickering of the time space barrier seemed to agree. Akari ordered her device to ready two cartridges and Millie immediately winced; she knew that it hurt Akari to use them since she had been purified.

Before Akari could fire the first cartridge, Millie's hands had reached out to grasp both of Akari's shoulders in order to help steady her. Her grip only tightened protectively when Akari fired the second cartridge with a yelp. By this time Millie knew what to expect and leaped back before Akari began to spin the scythe, launching herself at the youma. Instead of standing there like a fool, Millie quickly made her way to where Mew Macaroon was; she hadn't missed him getting knocked into a tree. Was he alright?
Makio Ryu 2018-12-21 05:56:00 101961
Makio lets up a sigh of relief. "Oh right, I keep forgetting those things," he states, "They seem really useful!" He's a bit roughed up and probably looks like it hurts to stand on one of his legs, but nothing a /little/ time to heal won't fix when you're a mahou. He offers Millie a little smile on noticing she's come to check on him. "Hey, thanks dude, you should probably stay a little farther away, incase this thing lets loose again though. Speaking of, one sec'." Saying as much he'd suddenly take a jumping roll forward at the enemy. probably looks a little silly since we're talking a seal type roll here, but it's quick paced and has the added bonus of causeing a sort of Area Of Effect style rain of energy beams and ice wave slashes bursting down at the youma. Take that storm cloud.
Rosalie Janus 2018-12-21 06:00:51 101963
The cloud goes still for a moment, and Akari has time to drop back to the ground before the Rolling Macaroon Shards hit it! There's a louder thunderclap from inside the cloud, and all the orbs disintegrate into wisps of black smoke, leaving behind the eye, which then falls to the ground and vanishes into a larger puff of smoke.

Akari takes a deep breath, sitting on her knees. "Okay!" she says, and the barrier vanishes. Everything's back to normal; there isn't any sign the battle even took place. "R ... Rubindorn?"

Ping! <<JA!>> Yeah! There's a surge of blue light, and she's back in her human form in the track suit.

Akari takes a few deep breaths, and shoots Makio a lopsided smile. "... It really does feel better to be on the hero side," she says.
Millie White 2018-12-21 06:09:02 101964
Mew Macaroon looked a bit... worse for wear. True, she had seen worse injuries (The memories of Rashmi surfaced, unbidden) but that didn't mean people should suffer needlessly. When the youma was defeated and things settled after a few moments, Millie made her way to the pirate-esque young man.

The worst injury seemed to be his leg. He could likely walk on it, but why do that when he didn't have to? The Canuck appeared at his side and offered a shoulder for him to lean on so he wouldn't have to put unecessary weight on his leg.

"You really helped us out, Macaroon-san. Thanks, especially for covering me." Her tone was warm as she helped him move towards where Akari sat, if he would allow her to.
Makio Ryu 2018-12-21 06:32:34 101966
Macaroon smiles toward Millie and Akari. The pirate looking mahou detransforms as he accepts Millie's help. "Thanks dude..." he replies before chuckling at Akari, "Yeah, see? Isn't it just a giant waste of energy to be the bad guy? ...and what's the situation with you Millie? No injuries, right? But you know about the whole Mahou thing...and I guess you can't transform for some reason?"
Rosalie Janus 2018-12-21 06:42:47 101968
Akari smiles and nods. "Yeah, thanks a bunch!" she says cheerfully. "If you stop by Gullwing Coffee, I'll have to get you a free drink!" She grins at Millie. "Ryu-san fought against me twice, back when I was Nightbell," she says. She blinks. "He was there both times I went darkness-crazy, come to think of it."

She pauses. She decides to let Millie handle the explanation of her situation. "... I have no idea how I'm going to get us home," she says to Makio. "You're injured, I'm over-strained and probably injured so I can't teleport more than just myself, and Millie-chan can't transform, so ..." She pauses. "Oh right, there's a group of Belkan Knights called the Wolkenritter who are going around stealing people's ... ability to use magic. Which grows back, but ..." She shakes her head. "Anyway, I'm also on the run from Eclipse, so ..." She laughs nervously. "Basically, we both have reasons to be careful getting around."
Millie White 2018-12-21 06:52:29 101970
Once they made their way over to Akari, Millie let Makio stand on his own for a moment while she knelt to check on Akari. The Belkan had definitely had worse, that was for sure, but Millie's brow furrowed gently.

"No more cartridges for a while." She said seriously before she turned to look at Makio. "I'm part of the Cure crowd. I usually have a shield, but it was broken in a fight and I haven't been able to Henshin since. Akari-san has been kind enough to watch my back so the Wolkenritter don't grab my linker core while I'm like... this." She explained before gesturing vaguely at herself. Her eyes roved skyward, noticing the state of the sun. "It's getting late... I don't think anyone should be out late at night at the moment." Millie mumbled gently.
Makio Ryu 2018-12-21 07:09:41 101972
Makio Ryu frowns slightly. "Wolkenritter," he murmurs, "Yeah I hadn't heard about that... I've been really behind on news lately. I'll try to be careful when I'm doing my patrols." He looks more thoughtful at the mention of how they're getting home. "Hmm, if we need to, we can probably stay at the Mew is just a cover op for another Mahou group and all..."
Rosalie Janus 2018-12-21 07:13:10 101973
Akari nods firmly in response to Millie's remonstration. "Got it!" she says. Unlike most Belkans, she actually seems concerned with taking care of herself.

She considers this. "Well, I don't mind staying at the Mew Mew," she says, smiling to Millie. "We can check out our wounds there, and it'll at least give me time to recover enough to teleport you to Verone and myself back to my own home." She gets to her feet and stretches. "And then I'll probably just stay home and collapse for a while, ahaha ..."