Quality Time

Kyouko and Nephrite go on a patrol.

Date: 2019-02-25
Pose Count: 28
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-25 00:14:42 103769
    It's night in Tokyo. The perfect time for scouting around. Apatite has been on the hunt recently- specifically, for Signum, the chick who's been stealing the linker cores from innocent mages and leaving them bereft of magic. Ever since their first encounter, she's been hungry for a second shot at taking the woman down. However, Naru had made the point that maybe Apatite should take some backup with her sometimes. Just in case she actually finds something.

    Standing on a rooftop overlooking the water, she frowns slightly, surveying the warehouses and the waves beyond. "I don't know how she can be so hard to find and still attack people so much." She grumbles softly, pulling a strand of red hair out of her eyes. "That kinda stuff tends to be pretty noisy, but I ain't heard nothin' since the last time we fought. Not in person, anyway."
Nephrite 2019-02-25 00:31:12 103770
In a lot of ways, Apatite is the more experienced one at this sort of thing. Jumping on rooftops, scouting around, looking for trouble. Nephrite is usually content to watch and wait for trouble to make itself known, or to be pointed in the general direction of an enemy and told, "punch that." But he's happy to tag along as some added muscle to Kyouko's quest just to be safe. Anyway, he's usually most active at night.

He leans against a low wall on the rooftop, musing over the matter. "Could be she's got some kind of power masking her movements? Or she's got what she wanted and skipped town."
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-25 00:34:12 103771
    "I don't think so." Kyouko says, in response to the point about leaving town. "I've heard of attacks recently. Just not anytime when I've actually been around." She sighs, hopping down from the edge of the roof and coming over towards where Nephrite is leaning. "It's probably more just that she only henshins to attack people, and then spends the rest of the time in an alternate identity. Kinda hard to track someone down like that."

    She props her spear back on her shoulder, turning to look out over the city to the side of the building narrowing her eyes. "But I can't just sit around and do nothin', y'know? Feels better to be out here looking.. even if I can't actually find anything."
Nephrite 2019-02-25 00:44:55 103772
"Well it certainly couldn't hurt." Nephrite glances skyward out of habit, but the sky is overcast tonight, obscuring the stars too much to make reading them viable. "Okay, so she's probably still around, and probably doesn't go far if she's a repeat offender. And she goes after mages. I guess the pool of potential victims is too wide to just follow one of them around and wait for her to attack them."
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-25 00:53:17 103773
    "Yeah. Plus, she seems pretty smart about picking targets." Kyouko says.. following Neph's gaze upwars, frowning a bit at the cloudy sky. "Like, she never comes after me, or Mamoru or Mako-chan or anybody like that. She likes picking on newbies, people who can't fight back as well. She's after magic, not an actual fight." A faint sigh. "Which makes it all the more aggravating that we haven't been able to stop her."

    She walks to the edge of the building. "C'mon, let's go a few more over." She leaps off into the air, cape fluttering, crossing over a few more buildings before coming to a stop at the edge of one further down the same street. "At least it's a nice night. I mean, relatively." Not raining, and not freezing. Two in the plus column.
Nephrite 2019-02-25 01:01:34 103774
Nephrite follows, a combination of shorter leaps and some parkour making up for his comparative lack of agility, and manages to catch up just as she comes to a stop. "I am happy for any night that doesn't involve me getting soaked and freezing," he agrees, surveying the street below. "Hey, if it's a newbie she wants, maybe we need to just put Jadeite in a wig and make him wander around aimlessly, pretending to be a brand new mahou in a big scary world."
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-25 01:04:19 103775
    Apatite snorts at that image, unable to stop the lopsided grin which touches her face as she imagines it. "Bait, huh? Y'know, that's not actually a bad idea. I mean.. maybe we don't even need the wig. But laying a trap definitely has some plusses to it. If we can't find her, maybe we can make her come to us." She taps the butt of her spear on the edge of the building contemplatively, looking down at the cars buzzing by in either direction on the street several stories below.

    "Bah. Why won't people just come out and fight me, fair and square?" She grouses, turning away. "I mean, it's nice to be feared and all, but it's kinda inconvinient when it means your enemies would rather avoid you and keep doing bad crap than just show up and get beat down like they deserve." She glances at Nephrite. "Thanks for coming out with me tonight. It's nice to have some company once in a while."
Nephrite 2019-02-25 01:13:40 103776
Nephrite shoots her a grin. "I guess all the ones who were dumb enough not to fear you yet have been dealt with already. Now it's just the annoying ones who have some sense of self-preservation."

He stretches, and hopefully nobody takes that moment to glance up at this particular rooftop to see a very tall man making himself much taller when he is supposedly meant to be stealthing. Subtlety is perhaps not what Nephrite was built for. "Hey, how could I say no? If you're running into potential action, I want in on it. Anyway, I think it's cool that you do this sort of stuff regularly. You were lone wolfing it for so long, you make the rest of us look like amateurs."
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-25 01:27:01 103777
    Apatite shrugs her shoulders. "I mean, I'm used to doing it by myself. In some ways it's easier, y'know, not to have to worry about what anybody else is doing. But Naru was a little worried, since my last fight with Signum was so.. close." She twists her mouth, hating to admit it. "And she made the point that everybody is going a little stir-crazy, and you all might enjoy an excuse to get out as well."

    She grins, and socks Nephrite lightly in the shoulders. "Plus, you're the most fun to hang out with. Don't tell Zoi I said that." She winks, then shrugs again. "Anyway, the only way to get better at stuff like patrolling and moving and fighting is to do it, y'know?"
Nephrite 2019-02-25 01:34:53 103778
Nephrite stumbles away from her light punches, pretending to be wounded. "Ow, hey now! I'm a delicate flower! No leaving bruises on my beautiful skin!" He grins, righting himself. "What is this doing stuff of which you speak? I prefer to do all my learning via youtube tutorials. Why don't you just livestream all your endeavors instead?"

He crosses his arms, and gives the nearby buildings another cursory survey, even though surely the screaming would be a giveaway if any sort of attack were taking place. "Anyway, there's nothing wrong with needing help. That's literally what we're here for. You don't have to wait until your girlfriend scolds you to ask me to tag along." He snorts. "And of course I'm the most fun to hang out with. I won't tell Zoi you said it, but I'm telling Zoi that because it's true."
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-25 01:40:11 103779
    Apatite scowls. "Hey hey, hold on a second. I don't need help." She pokes Nephrite in the chest. "You're here because I'm doing you a favor, getting you out of the house and some excercise before you get all flabby from doing nothing but watching stars and drinking whiskey. Got it?" She turns away, smirking, and glances across the harbor again. "Livestream the action? Y'know, it's not such a bad idea , if it weren't for the whole 'magic doesn't like to be recorded' thing. Probably wouldn't show up on the internet, or something."

    She gestures down the street. "Let's keep moving. Seems really quiet here tonight." She leaps down to a lower building, moving with effortless grace from building to building in a series of hops, until she pauses again on top of a shopping mall. "There's a good ice cream place down there." She notes absently, pointing to the plaza below.
Nephrite 2019-02-25 01:51:48 103780
Nephrite reaches out to ruffle her hair, fully aware that she is currently in possession of a very long, very sharp object with which to impale him. "Sure, sure. Just admit that you wanted an excuse to hang out with me."

He follows her downward, glancing around to ensure nobody is getting the jump on them as he goes. At least he is used to rooftops, if not the jumping across them part. "Huh," he notes as he glances where she points. "Ice cream later? Since there's no rain and all. Not a bad night to eat it on a rooftop."
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-25 01:58:37 103781
    It is a measure of her affection for her brother that Apatite does not, in fact, impale him with the spear when he ruffles her hair. He does get an impressive scowl out of her. "Well, you know good whiskey at least, but it's against protocol to drink and patrol." She notes primly, as she shakes back her hair and glances around again with a sigh. "Still so damn quiet."

    "I'm always up for ice cream." She says, standing on the edge of the roof with one booted foot propped up on the concrete edge. "But I'm not sure it's open at this time of night. There must be a 24-hour ice cream parlor somewhere in Tokyo, though.."
Saburo Yukimura 2019-02-25 02:08:54 103783
Somewhere, at a 24-hour ice cream parlor in Tokyo, Jadeite feels a chill run down his spine. It isn't the danger chill, or the 'prince is in trouble' chill, or the fabled 'someone is talking about you' chill, so it must be something else. But what? He did his homework, he hatched his eggs and stole a gym fron Mamoru in Pokemon Go, he ate a single, blessed Mako Cookie, he -

oh no.

He forgot about the patrol!

He digs out his phone and texts Apatite and Nephrite. 'Hey, you guys still patrolling? I didnt forget except i might have forgot.'
Nephrite 2019-02-25 02:12:28 103784
Courting death via teasing is Neil's favorite pasttime, after all. Somehow Kunzite has not murdered him and buried his body so deep that nobody would ever find it. He considers it a personal triumph that he goes one more day without being stabbed.

"Or we grab something at 7-11 and finish it off with whisky," he nods. "Won't be the best ice cream, but with enough booze we won't know the difference."

Just then, his phone buzzes. Nephrite pulls it out and snorts. "Hey, it's our bait. We should tell him to bring a wig."
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-25 02:18:24 103785
    Apatite grins and punches Nephrite again, but a lot more affectionately this time. "Now you're talkin' my language. 7-11 ice cream is my cuisine, you're talkin' to a full-time conbenie jockey, remember? Coolish is my stuff."

    Her phone buzzes as well, and she similarly pulls it out and glances at the screen. She rolls her eyes a little bit. She texts back, 'yes we're by the harbor, bring a wig'.
Saburo Yukimura 2019-02-25 02:27:23 103786
'i'll raid zoi's closet.'

He will do no such thing. He values his life. He can also just...use an illusion, he's sure. Whatever they need him to have a wig for can surely be resolved with illusions. He really hopes it can be resolved with illusions.

It only takes a minute or so to teleport tobthe harbor and wander about before he remembers that this is Apatite and Nephrite and they both craved heights. At least it made sense with Kyouko, who was shorter than Jadeite himself - Nephrite really should have felt tall enough as is.

With roofs in mind, it's easier to find them, and he does so a few minutes later, ice cream cone in hand, wig-less. "Can I just use an illusion for the wig? Also, why do we need a wig?".
Mamoru Chiba 2019-02-25 02:30:20 103787
Whether or not it's good timing, Mamoru sends a group text:

    Mamo TXT: we should have a discord server
        Mamo TXT: where is everyone? are you all hiding from luna
Nephrite 2019-02-25 02:37:41 103788
Nephrite immediately scowls at the ice cream cone and points at it accusingly. "That. Where did you get that. Also we don't need a wig. You need a wig so you can be our bait."

His phone is still out when it buzzes again. "Are patrols usually this full of distraction?" he asks Apatite. 'On a roof," he texts. 'By the harbor. Patrolling with Appy. Is Luna gonna eat us?'
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-25 02:43:28 103789
    Apatite likewise scowls at the ice cream cone, for just a moment her expression so similar to Nephrite's that one might actually mistake them for blood siblings. "Yeah, did you bring enough for the entire class?" She jerks her chin towards Nephrite as he mentions bait, nodding in assent. "We're trying to lure Signum out. So we need you to look helpless and cute and toddle around reeking of magic. You can handle that, right?"

    Her phone also buzzes. Again. "Man, I didn't even have a cell phone until semi-recently. It was great before. Quiet. Just me and the stars and the wind in my hair. Now it's all ice cream lording and micro-managing bosses."

    She also texts back, 'i'm leading a team-building excercise designed to improve productivity'.
Saburo Yukimura 2019-02-25 03:06:07 103791
Jadeite's phone buzzes, and as the only one not at least a little bit irritated (and also defensively trying to hide his ice cream), he's quick to text back. 'discord sounds fun! on a roof by the harbor, bring ice cream if you come?'

That's him trying to write the wrong of not bringing enough ice cream. He has officially done his part. "I brought ice cream as a prop for my whole cute and innocent look," he lies, "It's a clever part of the disguise."

And speaking of disguises - a moment of concentration results in him shrinking by a foot, face somehow softer and more delicate, with round cheeks and big green eyes. His hair is colored lavender and drawn up into curly pigtails and his clothes become horrifically pink, clashing terribly with his hair but absolutely unmissable. He looks no moore than thirteen or fourteen, and complete with ice cream is pretty cute and clueless looking. "This good?"
Mamoru Chiba 2019-02-25 03:07:06 103792
    Mamo TXT: ksldjfsjglds KYOUKO
    Mamo TXT: a) luna doesnt eat people she is not a savage
    Mamo TXT: though bets are off if youre already dead i mean shes a cat
    Mamo TXT: im just super bored and no one was home. so:
    Mamo TXT: b) you mean i can come too if i bring ice cream??? i mean you can say no i know im not subtle
Nephrite 2019-02-25 03:11:13 103793
Nephrite stares in horrified fascination as Jadeite transforms into something with lavender pigtails. "I... am both impressed and disturbed that you came up with that so fast."

He holds up his phone, snaps a photo, and sends it to the group text. 'U can come if u save me from this'
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-25 03:17:49 103794
    Kyouko's eyes nearly cross as she observes the thing that Jadeite transforms into. "Good lord, you look like what my sister would produce if you asked her to put together an outfit." Momo really likes bright colors. She snorts as Nephrite takes a picture. "I can only hope that works, at least it'll be easy to keep track of you. Unless we go to Akihabara, anyway."

    Her phone keeps buzzing. "Christ, how does he type so fast." She mutters as she pulls it out and looks at it, rolling her eyes befor texting back, 'dude if you bring me ice cream you can come almost anywhere except into the bath or my bedroom after midnight and even that last one is only because i'm more scared of naru than i am in love with ice cream.'
Saburo Yukimura 2019-02-25 03:28:28 103795
"I think I'm the star of some new anime? I saw a commercial, anyway, or maybe it was a fanart? I can't remember? But it was cute and noticable, so - I'm cute and noticable now!" He turns around slowly - his outfit is sparkly in the back, just to grind in that extra layer of horrible fashion. And then he notices that Nephrite has his phone pointed at him and he scowls. "Okay, who'd you send that too?"

He's pretty sure it won't be anyone too horrible, but also, only pretty sure, so... but never mind, job time.

"Do we know where she last attacked someone, or am I just wandering around, hoping we find the right creep?"
Mamoru Chiba 2019-02-25 03:30:10 103796
    Mamo TXT: oh kazuo just got home and usagi ate all the ice cream. we're gonna go buy some more and then it'll be here when you get back
    Mamo TXT: holy fuck i can't save you from that bye
Nephrite 2019-02-25 03:44:47 103797
Nephrite sighs and glances around at the quiet streets. At least ice cream is waiting for them, even if it is not currently in his hands. "Wandering around seems like as good of an idea as any. She picks on victims that seem inexperienced but have magic, so we could follow on the rooftops while you walk around on the street."

He glances at Jadeite again and has to stifle another laugh. "Well, the good news is, if luring her doesn't work out, we've found Jadeite a new calling as a mascot."
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-25 03:47:07 103798
    "To be fair," Apatite notes, "We're just guessing at her MO. But that seems to be the pattern. She's interested in stealing magic, not in getting her ass beat, so she goes after people with magic who tend to be more inexperienced or young. Or it seems that way anyway. It's not like I've asked her personally. Worth a shot, anyway. I'm not sure if there's been any pattern to the actual locations of the attacks."

    She texts Mamoru, 'tell kaz i said hi'. Then she rolls her eyes as she looks back at Jadeite. "Good lord, don't give him ideas or he'll be showing up at my job asking to be hired."