Mutually-Supporting Sisters

Akari is feeling worse about Dr. Murano's death. Sakura is heartbroken over Yukito turning her down. With Haruna's assistance, they're at least able to find support in each other.

Date: 2019-03-10
Pose Count: 21
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-10 22:03:44 104121
Akari is sitting in the bunker in her Bell-form, dressed in her stretchy blue track suit with Rubindorn hanging around her neck, hunched over the coffee table and frowning as she looks over her laptop. One window is open to a website with various names and etymologies; another window is open to a document where she's been writing names. And then striking them out. Clarabell Davidson Harley, Rosemary Corbin Sparrow, Isabelle Olympia Corsa, Rosalie Astra ... a whole bunch of different things.

"I dunno, Ruby," she murmurs, though her heart isn't quite in it. "I kinda like 'Rosalie', but ..."

Ping! <<DU SIEHST WIEDER LUSTLOS AUS, HERRIN.>> You're getting listless again, Mistress.

Akari sighs and sits back. "Right," she mutters, rubbing her golden cat-eyes. "Time for another break?"

<<JA, DEFINITIV.>> Yes, definitely. There's just the faintest trace of relief in Rubindorn's cutesy voice.
Haruna Kurosawa 2019-03-10 22:27:05 104122
Haruna Kurosawa was standing at the counter as Akari dealt with name changes. Haruna was making the schedule for next week aswell as neatly putting a check into a cardboard lined envelope that would be sent via certified mail to a distributor so they could continue to actually have various coffee and foodstuffs to serve. Business was good! But proper planning and a good valued supply chain could only keep it that way!

No one wants to go to the coffee shop with no pastries and half the coffee types off the menu! They can go to any conbeanie for just regular coffee afterall!

She gently licked the envelope and closed it as she eyed Akari over it.

"If you name yourself Harley Davidson I am going to giggle incessantly but.. whatever you want~" she sings teasingly.
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-10 22:50:47 104123
Akari furrows her brow. "I am not going to name myself Harley Davidson," she says flatly.

Rubindorn points out, <<SIE HABEN "CLARABELL DAVIS HARLEY" BUCHSTABLICH DORT!>> You literally put "Clarabell Davis Harley" there!

Akari giggles weakly. "Okay, okay, but I crossed it out!" She groans, and then sighs. "... I need some fresh air." She gets up and stretches. "Maybe I'll text Millie-chan, I've kind of ... not been really been keeping up with training and all that stuff for the past ... several days." She starts heading toward the stairs.

<<HERRIN?>> Mistress?

Akari blinks. "Oh right! Uh ..." In a surge of rosy pinkish-red light, she changes back to her human form, and then heads upstairs and gingerly steps out of the "broom closet."
Haruna Kurosawa 2019-03-10 22:53:36 104124
Haruna Kurosawa uh-huhs, as she giggles. "Yeah call Millie-chan and let her know what's up if you've been hiding away since stuff." she says softly. She grab the envelopes and march upstairs to move to put the letters in the small business's mail box to be picked up later! She nods.

"Fresh air sounds like a good idea! Fresh Mocha even better~" she sings cheekily.
Sakura Kinomoto 2019-03-10 22:56:05 104125
Sakura Kinomoto opened the door, her head lowered. She... was not peppy. At all. Instead, she looked like she just dragged herself... and four cars... through the door. "Could I have a... sniff... a-apple fritter?" she asked Corvus. She didn't even look up at him. Didn't even smile. You'd think her mother just died... again.

Wait, no. The only time Haruna had likely seen her this distraught was when she thought her mother was... Wait. No. This wasn't quite that bad. Like. She wasn't crying. Wait, no. Occasionally little tears forced their way out. But she wasn't full on bawling. She was just... very.... very distraught...
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-10 23:00:42 104126
Akari considers this a moment. "I'll have to pass on the mocha," she says. "Caffeine doesn't work quite as well as it should. Maybe just hot chocol-- ehh!? Sakura-imoutochan?"

She straightens up, eyes going wide with concern as she looks at Sakura. "Hey, uh ..." She can't quite work up the energy to rush to her sister's side, but she does walk over there more quickly than just a casual pace. "W-what's wrong?"
Haruna Kurosawa 2019-03-10 23:13:52 104128
Corvus gets Sakura two apple fritters because Corvus has a thing about sad little girls somewhere in the back of his many thousand years memory-- doesn't charge her and instead looks to Haruna just as she comes up like Corvus has magical Haruna sensing powers and was gonna let her know something may be up! Haruna blinks at Sakura's general state.

She leans over and gently sliiiiips up to Sakura's side and gently wraps an arm around her shoulder and makes sure she has her fritters as she looks to Corvus, then Akari and then begins ushering them to a booth near the back. "Come on, Sakura-chan, let's get you sat down and I'll go get a carton of milk!" she says! Which instead, Corvus is already retrieving!
Sakura Kinomoto 2019-03-10 23:15:02 104129
Sakura Kinomoto urked and quickly turned around. She gave a.... very obviously fake smile. "O-oh! Akari-sempai! I uhhh.... n-nothing is wrong... it's..." Okay, so lying. One of those things that she wasn't good at. "It's... nothing important... just..."

Another soft sniffle. And then the arm, and she was being guided and... well... "Just my heart shattering into a million, billion pieces..." she mumbled. "I-I told... I told Yukito-sempai and he... he..." Judging by how badly her hands were shaking. The fact she couldn't even keep her tears down and well... Buried her head into Haruna's stomach and started sobbing as she was left off was a pretty clear indication of how it went.
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-10 23:20:12 104130
Akari follows along with Sakura and Haruna. A million different possibilities are going through her head, but it zeroes in on ...

... yep. Yukito turned her down.

She sighs softly, and puts a comforting hand on Sakura's shoulder. "I ..." She sniffles. "... y-yeah," she says, sounding like she's starting to get choked up as well. Seeing her sister get choked up like that ... well, it's doing bad things to Akari's ability to hold herself together.

Maybe getting some fresh air isn't such a hot idea after all ...
Haruna Kurosawa 2019-03-10 23:21:54 104131
Haruna gently places the milk Corvus brings down and the Apple Fritters down in front of her. She doesn't force Sakura to eat as she gently pats Sakura's shoulder and then suddenly there's Sakura head buried in her stomach as she finds out what happened to put Sakura into her current state.

Oh... Oh! So Yukito.. didn't accept Sakura's confession. Uh-oh. She frowns a little and gently pats Sakura's head softly. Haruna is able to hold her candor a little better as she looks to Akari and nods a little rapidly. She'll handle most of this. She knows Akari is having trouble on her own.

"I'm sorry, Sakura-imouto." she says softly. Not a honorific she uses with Sakura-chan often but it seems appropriate right now.

"What did... he say exactly?" she asks.

Is that murder in Haruna's eye for a moment Akari can see? Yeah. Yeah it is. :I
Sakura Kinomoto 2019-03-10 23:24:31 104132
Sakura Kinomoto sobbed and shook her head. "S-something about... about family and... like brother and... and he's... big and... I-I don't know," she said. "I-I could... barely focus on... he... I-I.... I thought he'd..." Her hands tightened a bit and she just sobbed. She sobbed and bawled under she couldn't any more. Finally, she just leaned against the other girl, sniffling. "I-I'm sorry. It's... it's not important... I-I know you're.... h-having a lot of t-tough times... t-t-to... sniffle..." And there she went again. Trying to be strong for all of them...
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-10 23:29:34 104133
Akari considers this, and just hugs Sakura. Now's clearly not the time to come out to her as "transgender"-with-a-giant-question-mark ...

"It ... it really hurts, doesn't it," she says softly. "I ..." She looks away for a few seconds. "It's ... fine if you don't want to talk about it, o-or if you do want to talk about it ... but ..." She gives Sakura a squeeze. "We're, um. We're here for you. Okay? We're your big sisters."
Haruna Kurosawa 2019-03-10 23:40:07 104134
Haruna Kurosawa shakes her head rapidly. "Of course it's important, Sakura-chan, if it's making you upset like this." she says with a soft frown. She makes a face and gives Corvus a glare that basically says 'get the car ready I'm gonna punch a jerk'-- nevermind that she doesn't own a car- Corvus basically know it means 'I'm gonna throw someone through no less than twelve windows, minimum' more or less.

She nods rapidly at Akari's words. "Yup, where your big sisters." she says. "You can talk to us about anything or come to us about anything! I can't promise we'll have all the answers but we'll do our best!" she says with a series of rapid nods.

Corvus has returned to helping customers. Corvus isn't a part of girltalk. He's a seagull. He does seagull things.

"He's big..." a pause. She blinks and taps her bottom lip. She assumes this means 'older' but Haruna has strong feelings about that! Sakura's... nearly 12 right!? And Yukito looks.. nearly fourteen last he saw him maybe!? That's like!-----

Haruna digs out her smartphone and does INTENSE MATH, carries the eleventy and huffs, like just two years! That's not 'big'! Huff huff huffy!

"Well...! We'll find some other hot guy!" she says. "For you! Or a hot girl! Look a hot someone for you Sakura-chan!" she says. "Other fish in the sea and all that!" she says pointing to the ocean outside.
Sakura Kinomoto 2019-03-10 23:53:38 104135
Sakura Kinomoto nodded. "I-I guess... I... I just... it really hurts. Like... like my heart is being squeazed and I can't do anything about it... I-I just want it to stop hurting..." she whispered, shaking.

"H-how do I geti t o stop hurting? I just... I want it to stop... please..." she said, shaking her head. "I-I don't ever want to f-feel anything again... it just... k-keep hurtings..."

"I-I don't w-want someone else!" she said, pulling back from Haruna. "I-I want him! H-he's the nicest and and b-best and kindest person e-ever! I-I just..." she said, wiping her eyes on her sleeve. "I-I just... I just want him to be h-happy and... and why can't he b-be happy with me?" she asked, shaking her head.
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-11 00:03:28 104136
Akari tries to blink away her tears as she looks uncertainly over at Haruna when she suddenly trails off.

But then she actually winces slightly as Sakura reacts ... poorly to Sakura's other comment.

She immediately hugs Sakura as tightly as she can. "It ... it just takes time," she says softly. "Y-you ... it's just ..." She sniffles. "There's ... no easy trick to make you feel better. I've had a bad breakup ... someone else turned me down before I ... well ..." She shakes her head. "Th-that part doesn't matter. But ..." Her voice trails off.

She looks down at Sakura. "S-sorry, I'm ..." She shakes her head and sniffles again. "I'm feeling ... even worse than I did before, because I ..." She swallows. "A couple weeks ago, a man called Yagami-san mentioned his family, and he said that ... family is supposed to care for each other, and it's ... hurting to realize that Dr. Murano never cared for me ... but ... I m-might get better ... sooner."
Haruna Kurosawa 2019-03-11 00:12:21 104137
Haruna Kurosawa sighs a little and shakes her head. "Sakura-chan. That's a..." wrong way of thinking?... "...a not good way of thinking." she says quietly. She's trying hard not to invalidate Sakura's feelings when it comes to that point. "That's the way of thinking that leads to... jealously and... bad things." she says quietly. "I mean, if you still. Want to try for him? I guess there's nothing stopping you. But you need to keep it questions and small actions..." she says softly.

She nods rapidly. "But... let your eye wander." she says quietly. "At others." she says. "-and don't be afraid to let your heart fly if it starts to like that." she says.

Then Akari goes into her deal and she winces and gently gives Sakura a little pat on her shoulder. "Akari-chan has had a bunch of problems recently herself." she says quietly. "I've been helping her where I'm able. I guess I'm not very good at it..." she admits.

"But-- doesn't stop me from trying!" she says with a series of rapid nods.
Sakura Kinomoto 2019-03-11 00:29:11 104138
Sakura Kinomoto nodded, sniffling 'I don't... I can't make him love me..." she mumbled. "I-I know I... I have to get through it and... and let it go and... and stuff... but..." she shook her head and leaned into the hug. "I-I just... I wish I could make my heart accept that..." she mumbled, shaking her head.

"I-It's not... fair..." she muttered. "I just wish..." She glanced to her cards and blinked. Wait, they were glowing. She sighed and shook her head. "Even if you could do it, i wouldn't EVER do that... if he doesn't... then..." She wiped her eyes. "I'll just try to... to be happy with... with him being happy...."

Then she blinked and looked up. Her eyes widened. "W-wait... you didn't... Oh my gosh! "A-akari-onisan! I'm so sorry! W-what happened? Are you okay? Is there anything I can do?"
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-11 00:48:10 104139
Akari nods along with what Haruna's saying. It makes perfect sense, and also lines up with some of her own experiences. The biggest problem that she can see is that Sakura got herself far too invested in the relationship before she even asked if Yukito was even interested, but that is obviously not going to help ...

She blinks and frowns at Sakura, giving her a squeeze. "Oh, um. N-nothing really at all ... I mean, nothing new since Saint George killed Dr. Murano, who I ... I know I told you and Haruna-chan I used to think of her as my mother ..."

Rubindorn flatly whispers, <<HERRIN.>> Mistress.

Akari blinks, and sighs. "... the other day ... I just had a panic attack when ..." She shakes her head. "There was a weird complication where for a second my mind thought I was Clara Meriva, my creator, who scanned her brain to create me." She shrugs uncomfortably. "I've ... resolved the ... the issue, though."

Rubindorn whispers, <<UND DEIN NAME.>>

Akari frowns. "One thing at a time, Rubindorn!" she whispers back.
Haruna Kurosawa 2019-03-11 01:07:57 104140
Haruna Kurosawa softly sighs and nods at Sakura sadly, as she grimaces a little when Akari starts to talk about everything that happened again and she gives Akari a pat on the shoulder as consolingly as she can. She gently sighs and leans back and closes her eyes and sighs a little.

She nods rapidly at Sakura and then to Akari. "Things will be okay... okay? Just... things... take time." she shifts uncomfortably. "It's just... hard to know how much time. But..."

"You both... can't give up. Okay?" she asks softly.
Sakura Kinomoto 2019-03-11 01:34:49 104141
Sakura Kinomoto nodded, laying her head against Akari and sighs, breathing in the warmth and love from her friend. "I don't... know if it'll ever stop hurting... but... but If it does... I'll be happy..." she mumbled. "A-and I won't give up, if Akari doesn't," she said with a weak smile, nodding.

"Your... mind thought you were... someone else? How?" she asked, laying against the other girl and trying to be calm and relaxed. Thoughshe couldn't keep herself from looking at the ground. "And I'm sorry. It's... it's going to be okay. No matter what, we... we all have each other. Okay?"
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-11 01:42:13 104142
Akari nods to Haruna. "I've never even thought of giving up," she says simply, giving Sakura a quick nod at well. "It's just ..." She smiles weakly and shrugs. "Painful, y'know?"

She gives Sakura a gentle squeeze. "I know," she says softly. "And I'll be here for you as much as I can, too." It takes a moment to gather her thoughts. "As for how it happened ... it was just ..." She shrugs. "I keep having memories or dreams of being Clara, since my mind was based on a scan of her own brain. It's almost like I'm a reincarnation, sort of, the way other people have described it. And I just hit a 'thought' that ... Clara would have felt strongly about, so I ... found myself feeling strongly about it myself, 'as Clara'."

She looks down at Sakura. "... really, though," she says softly. "Thank you, for all the help you've ever given me." She looks up at Haruna. "You too, pseudo-sis."