Akari Apprehension!


Lacrima gets a more urgent order to go after Akari at ''School'' of all places. Lacrima drags Unmei along for another fake ambush. Luckily, Rei, Millie and Rashmi are there to protect her!

Date: 2019-03-14
Pose Count: 36
Lacrima 2019-03-14 00:36:09 104165
Lacrima frowned at the phone. This one had come from up on high. They want her to go after Akari...

....in School. After School. Lacrima smashes a hand against her face, and mutters some series of curses in Spanish. Two texts go out. One is a personal one to Unmei.

    TXT to UNMEI: Unmei, it's time to go pretend to capture Akari... I could use your help on this one. They want me to catch her at school. Arghk.

MEANWHILE, The group on her phone she has setup to txt the entire group of friends she has on call for this get a different text.

    TXT to AKARI RESPONSE GROUP SUPER ALPHA SQUAD!: I'm needing to try to nab Akari-chan from school because 'ugh of coruse I do' -.-;. Gonna be hitting her after school when clubs are done.

This starts with Lacrima firing a blast of weak dark energy across Akari's path as she walks home from school- after clubs so it's a little later in the day! and it's misaimed and not strong even if it does strike her, but it's meant to give her attention. Hello, I'm here and we're doing this again and I hate myself- more less, the communication is!

Unmei is probably with her.

"Akari. It is time to come home!" she says in dramatic, villain fashion and filled with mellodrama!
Unmei Tama 2019-03-14 00:56:40 104166
Magical Girl Clotho was, of course, with her and... Well. While Lacrima may have been 'Grrrr, I hate this.'

Unmei? Well... "YES! Akari! It is time! You may think you can defeat us, but you're wrong! We have planned this perfectly!" she said, lifting her right hand up. The threats moved to form a long, edged polearm.

"I know what you're thinking. 'Oh, I can escape this'. But you're wrong! Today is the day you fall before our blades."

She then paused. "Oh, right. And I'm doing this as a personal favor to my friend. So not evil. Just to clarify. NOW WE'RE GONNA KICK YOUR ASS! THREADS OF SERRATION!" Yes. She even gave herself special attack names. She was REALLY getting into this!

She rushed at Akari, jumping from the roof, racing at her and slashing and--

Wait crud WHY WASN'T SHE TRYING TO MISS?! "MWA HA HA HA! NOW FALL!"
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-14 01:03:27 104167
    Several minutes ago:

The kendo club is filing out of the locker rooms; Akari has changed directly into her usual blue track suit, in the name of not being stuck in her school uniform on the way home (i.e. if something unexpected happened), and she has her backpack slung over one shoulder and the long bag with her kendo swords over the other.

"Glad to see you're back on the upswing, Hayabusa!" says the captain of the club, an idiosyncratically severe twelfth-grader named Mizore Tachibana. "Too bad you missed the inter-school tournaments this year, but you're definitely gonna have to be in the one next year!"

Akari's smile back at Mizore looks full and genuine; at the very least, she's gotten high enough on her upswing that she is able to mask her feelings with her infiltration mode. "Thanks, Tachibana-taisho!" she says. "I'll see you tomorrow, either way!"

Unfortunately, Akari is wrong about this. Unbeknownst to either of them, this would be the last time anyone in Infinity's kendo club ever saw the ordinary foreign-looking orphan named Akari Hayabusa.

    Now:

Akari is making her way to a convenient alleyway where she can teleport away, when ... she stumbles back from the blast of darkness. She's adept at making it look like she's less skilled than she really is in this form; there is absolutely no need for the shadowy figure on the screen to find out just how much better she's gotten, or that she can use magic in this form now. "Lacrima-san," she says flatly. "And Clotho-sa--"

Aaaand now Clotho is getting way into it. Akari shoves her hand into her pocket, frantically pulling out her Rubindorn-pendant. "Knight Clothing, Set Up!" she exclaims. There's a surge of rosy pinkish-red light (well ... that's different, it isn't blue), and she's in her Bell form, Knight Clothing active, and Rubindorn is in the ten-foot-long double-ended spontoon form -- which she uses to parry back against Clotho's attacks! Due to her slower reactions, however, she's still pressed back by Clotho's forcefulness.

Good. That'll show Mr. Mysterious that Clotho actually is trying to capture her.
Millie White 2019-03-14 01:28:42 104168
One thing that was easy to understand about Millie was that she was more than willing to drop whatever she was doing if that meant protecting someone she cared about. Heck, she'd been known to do so with complete strangers as well. That was why it came as no surprise when the Canuck immediately veered off her current course after school when she received the text. This wasn't just some stranger; this was Akari.

Ducking into an alleyway allowed her to henshin into Cure Shield, and the mahou was off, leaping over the tops of buildings with only Lacrima's information to go on. It would be enough, she knew she could find them... and find them she did. They were off in an alleyway, where about seventy five percent of mahou battles seemed to take place in, which actually made a lot of sense to her. Cure Shield leaped from the roof and plummeted like a blur towards the ground, landing with a crunching of pavement directly between Akari and Clotho.

"Sorry I'm late, Akari-san." Cure Shield said before turning to face Clotho. Her being here was a bit of a surprise, but she tried not to let it show; this had to be convincing, after all, right? The Cure held her shield in front of her. "You won't get any farther." the green knight growled as her gaze flickered from Clotho to Lacrima.
Rei Hino 2019-03-14 01:32:23 104169
Rei Hino's brow furrows as the text appears on her phone. She's already not a big fan of this situation - she doesn't like to dance around Eclipse's intentions at the best of times, even if she believes Lacrima's sincerity - but considering last time this happened, someone *actually died*, it fills her with a particular note of gut clenching dread.
    But, no grim visions or portents this time. No flame pillar, either, but that's beside the point.
    Akari still needs help..
    In the lingering moment after Clotho and Cure Shield clash, a burst of fire arcs out towards Clotho - nothing too severe, but it's freaking FIRE so it makes a point. "HOLD IT!" Sailor Mars shouts as she appears a ways to the clashing duo's side. "That girl is under Virtue protection! Leave now, or I WILL chastise you!"
Rashmi Terios 2019-03-14 01:36:48 104170
Henshin-ing at school is always nerve-wracking, even if school is technically out; one never can guess how many hapless students bullied into after-club cleaning are around to accidentally witness something they'd have been best off not seeing, after all. Thus even as Rashmi ducks into a handy, leafy row of bushes backed up against an out-of-the-way wall, and rockets skyward a moment later, she can't help but wonder who may have seen her...

Aaaaaand her train of thought turns into a spectacular pile-up as she makes the skies over Infinity, only to find Clotho descending on Akari with clear inten--

Ohthankgod Millie tanked it. Aaaaand there's Mars... Okay this should definitely be a proper battle to satisfy anyone. Dropping down, Rashmi lets gravity take over for a bit, only to snatch its fun back about twenty feet off the ground.

"C'mon, you guys," she says, dropping onto a complex magical circle that sketches itself out of the air in lines of golden light. "Do we really have to do this? We're friends, after all!"
Rei Hino 2019-03-14 01:43:17 104171
Sailor Mars clears her throat. "No we're not! Bitter enemies!" She insists, shooting Rashmi a bit of a look!
Lacrima 2019-03-14 01:52:55 104172
Lacrima takes a deep breath. Okay good. Lots of people showed up and they outnumber her and Unmei. This is optimal for this both looking food and Akari-chan remaining safe! No one tries to attack her and everyone goes for Clotho... y-ikes! Lacrima throws herself in front of Mar's fire arc since that's the one that would probably smart a lot.

-and also Lacrima is made of un-ending darkness so it won't murder her or put her in triage for a month if she's lit on fire instead of Clotho.

Lacerima purses her lips. "FRIENDSHIP... DOES NOT MATTER ON THE BATTLEFIELD." she says in Metal Gear Villan sort of fashion. "YOU DARE STAND BEFORE MY MIGHT!?" she bellows out as dark terrible energy bolts lance out from the sky overhead in a haphazard pattern against the others.

"We will take Akari-san! You cannot hope to stop us!" she calls out to the others.

She is clearly hamming it up really badly. What's funny is that she's heard some coworkers say worse and they actually meant it.

People are weird.
Rei Hino 2019-03-14 01:57:01 104173
Sailor Mars grimaces slightly as Lacrima blocks the hit - having hoped to seperate Akari and Clotho with her blast. Mars scowls for a longer moment at Lacrima's boasting... then drops her head with a slight "Snnnerrrkkk- AHEM CAWFF!" that she tries to pass off as a coughing fit, then sniffs. "*Excuse me!*" Putting her Mean Face on, Mars says, "Oh yeah! Well! Taste the... burning light of... justice?!"
    Man this is so much easier when her targets are actually evil.
    "Fire SOUL!" She cries to blasts another flashy but possibly under-powered blast of fire at Lacrima.
Unmei Tama 2019-03-14 02:07:14 104174
Magical Girl Clotho yelped at the CLANG of the shield. Okay, so it wasn';t that easy. And then 'evil' speech from behind herself. Okay. So, time to pick dance partners. She nodded. "Okay! LAcrima, you take those two! I'll handle Shield and Akari!" she said. "You know... you could just give up. Make this easier."

She stepped back, before she stabbed with the lance and... It hit the shield? Okay the--

And erupted into threads. the threads flying out and trying to bundle AROUND Cure shield! SHOOT! More threads came from her wings, forming giant clawed gauntlets on her hands as she tried to dash around the shield and go at Bell, slasting with her right hand and going for her stomach. "But you can't win! This is where you belong! Besides, the power of like. Friendship and stuff doesn't mean ANYTHING and it DEFINITELY doesn't win fights and like. Besides. EVERY series has the villains win a few times a season or so!"

... She was still unmei.
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-14 02:11:36 104175
Rubindorn contacts Akari telepathically to let her know of the arriving heroes, which is why Akari disengages and leaps back right before Millie gets there.

She looks up at the others, and sighs softly. 'I'm not in top form,' she says telepathically to her allies. 'Uh. Long story if you don't know about it, Rashmi-chan ...' She looks nervously over at Sailor Mars; the same kind of dread is really obvious in her glowing golden cat-eyes. 'But, uh, that ... should be fine. It'll, it'll make it more realistic that Lacchan could actually capture me, if it wasn't for the three of you here.'

She just ... sighs at Lacrima's Injustice Speech. Ping! <<PANZERSCHILD!>> A Belkan spell-triangle appears over her head to block Lacrima's blasts, and she dodges to the side evasively. "And that is why you'll ultimately fail!" she says. She knows that Lacrima is faking it, but she can't help herself. "My friends are here to protect me, and we outnumber you! Without friends, without those you love, you can't win in the end!"

... Wow. It seems that fighting Lacrima really brings out Akari's Justice Speeches. Of course, Akari usually just fights monsters, not actual villains. Even if Lacrima doesn't really count as an "actual villain."

She shoots into the air to avoid Unmei's attack, and shakes her head as Sailor Mars throws fire around. "Right. Ruby?"

Ping! <<ZEIT-RAUM SCHRANKE!>> Time-Space Barrier. A red-and-black fractal dome forms around the surrounding neighborhood and some of Infinity's grounds, shifting the battlefield half a dimension over and filtering out non-magical life. There, that should allow Lacrima and Clotho to get even flashier!
Millie White 2019-03-14 02:23:25 104176
So her opponent would be Magical Girl Clotho. It was ironic, considering the conversation she and Rashmi had had about seeking training from the uncertain girl. As the other mahou taunted her, Cure Shield offered her an uncharacteristically grim smile.

"I don't give up, and I don't play on Easy." The Cure announced. Not that there was anything wrong with playing games on easy difficulty! She would never shame someone for their chosen difficulty level when it came to gaming; she wasn't a villain after all. Clotho stepped back before stabbing with her lance, and the green knight pivoted so the blade of the lance whizzed by her... only for the thread to erupt from the blade and try to entangle her. Mobility was important, and she refused to be tied down.

"Jadesteel!" The face of her shield began to glow as the gemdial spun, and her trusty green energy long sword was drawn quickly from the protective item. The Cure began to slash at the threads as they tried to bundle around her, the green energy blade finding a bit of resistance against the magical threads as it cut through them. Before she knew it, Clotho was going for Akari, and she let out an actual snarl.

"NO YOU DON'T!" Cure Shield slashed through the last threads as Akari rocketed into the sky, and she immediately dashed at Clotho. The Cure used her size to her advantage and closed the distance, aiming a sword slash directly at Clotho's centre of mass in order to force her to block, to get her attention off of Akari. "This isn't your season." The Cure taunted.
Rashmi Terios 2019-03-14 02:26:58 104177
Rashmi's desperate attempt to keep the 'snrk' inside is ultimately bolstered by Akari's untimely mood whiplash. Clearing her throat, she glances down at the Belkan, and nods. << I heard, >> she instructs Nicomachea to send to Rubindorn. << And I'm really, really sorry. If you need someone to talk to... >>

In her out-loud, voice, however, she gives purpose to the circle slowly revolving beneath her feet. "Nicomachea! Let's cover Mars!"

*bing!* << SOLAR SHIELD -- BLUE SHIFT >> A series of circular panes of yellow 'glass' layer themselves into being just past Rashmi's outstretched hand, and she drops to interpose herself between Lacrima and Rei, shields angled to sweep up the worst of Lacrima's multitudinous dark blasts.
Lacrima 2019-03-14 02:53:30 104178
Lacrima is about as villainess as an adorable tiny fruit bat, which means not very villainess. She is unable to 'tank' for Unmei anymore as the time space barrier builds around the area. Excellent. She huffs as she eyes Mars as she flinches and raises her arms and there's a loud 'screech' as flames sear into her, oh god, ow that hurts-- but it's only pain and not purification which means the feeling of pain and hurt go away fairly quickly when Mars ceases her attack. She looks a little ragged. This is acting of course. She's fine.

She searches her head for what Takashi might say to Mars because in her head, that's a good villian thing to do. "Foool! The past shall not haunt the present anymore and those reborn shall.. be returned... or something...! For you are interfering with my master plan to gain favors and praise!" she cackles insanely.

She looks almost 'eggghhhhh' for a second after the cackling stops because, yes she's still acting as she throws a tremendous bolt of energy towards Mars--- which means Rashmi's shield is mostly like to intercepts those. She may be trying to help interception along if possible.

"Foooooools!" she bellows out. "You can't stop me and one of my best friends! FOR EVEN FRIENDSHIP. CAN WORK FOR EVVVVVVILLLL!"

Ugggghhhh face again after that for a longer second.

"You're doing fine, Clotho-chan!" she calls out. "Goood work yes!"
Unmei Tama 2019-03-14 02:59:54 104179
Magical Girl Clotho blinked a few times and then. Oh my gosh... "R-really? You think so? Thank you! I'm trying my hardest and don't worry, I'm definitely going to--" BAM! She got clobbered by the shield and toppled back, skidding on the ground a few feet. She laid there a few seconds and then... She growled. "Okay."

Slowly she got to her feet and glared at Shield. "You wanna go? I'LL GO!" She ran at shield and then slashed... The weapons turned to threads, once again trying to bind-- No. They weren't this time. This time it was a distraction. "YOU WON'T WIN BECAUSE YOU'RE INSIGNIFICANT LITTLE WORMS AND WE'RE THE WOOD PECKERS!" .... What.

Of course, while the threads tried to bind up the sword, she tried to move on that side, a mace forming from more threads into her left hand. She tried to go from Shield's sword hand, to get AROUND the sheild, and go towards her back, trying to swing and drive the mace into the back of the other girl.

"And we're going to kick your ass because we're just BETTER than you! AND NOW YOU'VE MADE ME ANGRY!" Okay, so maybe she went a little... too hard in that attack. But it was cure shield. She'd probably be able to block it.
Rei Hino 2019-03-14 03:08:29 104181
Sailor Mars puts her arms up in front of her as Lacrima's attack approaches, only to recoil in surprise as Rashmi's shield absorbs the dark bolts. A wicked smile comes to her face, and she gives a grateful look to Rashmi before scowling at Lacrima's speech. "The past is... fine! It's okay!" She grimaces, and leaps through Rashmi's barrier, arms crossing, and then sweeping outward to unleash a rain of small fire balls down towards Lacrima with a dramatic cry of "IT'S WHATEVER! TAKE THIS!"
    It's a dramatic scene! And Sailor Mars great leap takes her up! And up! And... and up?! OH JESUS LORD! "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee....?!" One can almost see a twinkle in the sky as Mars goes sailing over the next few city blocks.
Rashmi Terios 2019-03-14 03:13:18 104182
Pause. Blink.

Did... Did Mars just jump through Rashmi's shield?

The shield that Rashmi habitually tunes for kinetic reaction in the direction the shield is turned?

...Was that new star in the sky, Mars?

.....Oh dear.

Blinking up at Lacrima for a moment, Rashmi shrugs, before summoning a half-dozen Barrets, dialing down their striking power in favor of homing ability, then loosing them all in a very Macross-y swarm. "...Nico, take a note to find Mars ASAP so we can apologize?"

*bing!* << Affirmative, Master! >>
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-14 03:16:53 104183
Okay, neither Clotho nor Lacrima are focusing on Akari at the moment. Aaaaaand oh crap, there goes Mars. "Right, then!"

Ping! <<KARTUSCHEN BEREIT!>> Cartridges ready! ... A physical gun-trigger setup extends from the center of Akari's polearm, and Akari literally has to reach over and pull the trigger. She shudders as her Device lets out a thunderclap and then vents steam. <<ROSENFORM!>> Rose Form. Thrumming with the power of the cartridge, giant scythe-blades made out of hard light extend 90 degrees clockwise around the polearm.

Of course, Nightbell was a good little minion. She told UMBRA about Rosenform, and UMBRA found out that it put a great deal of strain on the Device as an effect of the Dark Energy corruption.

But she's been purified, and there's no strain on it now as Bell charges forward, deftly slashing directly at Lacrima and quickly dodging back to make room for Rashmi's barrets.
Millie White 2019-03-14 03:18:21 104184
The sword strike was blocked, but the shield bash was not. Her opponent was sent flying from the force and skidded to a halt a few feet away. The tone of Clotho's voice was familiar; it was the tone of someone who was done playing around. Uh oh. Even though this was all technically 'pretend', it was easy to get lost in a fight. Not that she thought Clotho had no self control, but when one was trying to make something look convincing? Things could happen.

"WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?!" The Cure roared as she brought her sword up to slash at the threads, to stop them from trying to bind her again. Cure Shield knew there would be more to it than that; the binding hadn't worked the first time, and Clotho was no fool. Her sharp green gaze caught the threads forming a weapon on the other girl's hand, and she swore under her breath. She could block it, yes... but this had to look convincing to Lacrima's higher ups. As much as she was here to protect Akari, she wanted to protect Lacrima as well. Time to take one for the team.

Cure Shield slashed animatedly at the threads, as if that were her main focus, before her eyes widened. The Cure tried to turn to face the attack, but she 'wasn't fast enough'. The mace just barely missed the shield, managing to strike the green knight in the gut. The force was immense, and it sent the Cure flying backwards and into a nearby wall with a cloud of dust and debris.
Lacrima 2019-03-14 03:28:00 104185
Lacrima is getting ready to intercept a Mars attack when Mars... goes slingshoting off into the distance and she blinks merely once. She sighs miserably. "It means you are worms. Food for birds. Like Woodpeckers." she says blankly. She eyes Rashmi and just gives her a tired 'uuggghhhhhhh' at Mars again but soon there's a TON of shot barrets shot into her thanks to her trying to also suddenly dodge Akari's slash-- because she doesn't want to be physically sliced nnnrghghghghg.

There's just something about being physically cut or hit that energy just doesn't bring that hurts a bit more. She frowns a little.

"Well um. One.. down... up? Which direction does that count for?" she says sarcastically about Mars. Regardless she fires off another blaze of more 'normal' level blast for her into Akari and then sort of 'rakes' the beam towards Rashmi at the same time--- burning the scenery with black inky darkness in the interim distance. She blinks at Clotho.

Did...

Did she actually beat her opponent, what?
Rei Hino 2019-03-14 03:29:21 104186
There's a distant sort of... squeaking hum? It's getting louder. Like, rapidly louder. And it's head right for Lacrima like a red skirted comet.
    "... ... ... eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEOHMYGODLOOKOUTSAILORPILEDRIVER!!"
Rashmi Terios 2019-03-14 04:03:59 104187
"Cure Shield!" With Mars rocketing herself into the stratosphere, and Shield getting blasted away by Unmei's weapon, Rashmi switches 'dance partners' with Akari, and turns wide, horrified eyes toward Clotho. Drawing in a deep breath, she starts to intone another spell.... which is when the dark beam rakes toward her, and if not for a last-second panic-leap, she could have had a lot worse than a singed leg due to not paying proper attention.

Picking herself back up, she raises her book, summoning another double-handful of Barrets. Again, tuned more for homing ability than power, but darned if they won't look like a more serious attack than they are. "Solar Barret..... SHOOT!"

And a new swarm is loosed upon the victorious Clotho.
Unmei Tama 2019-03-14 04:13:40 104188
Magical Girl Clotho blinked and stared. O-oh my gosh. Wait. Did she win? Oh my gosh. That... that felt AMAZING. Was this what it felt like to win for once? She just... stood there for a moment, basking in it. For once she didn't screw it all up. She didn't fail. Or get hurt. Or have to be rescued and saved and everyone else fix ehr screw ups or blow herself out.

She just WON! She DID IT!

Im mean, logically, Shield was likely faking it. But Clotho didn't realize that yet, the glow of success just... over whelming for once. Besides, shield would be fine. Probably. It was just a mace to the stomach. It--

Boom boom boom boom.

And Clotho wobbled a bit from side to side, dazed from the sudden attack, falling to her knees. "Owwwwwieeeee..." she whined. She shook her head. "O-okay! Let's do this!" she yelled. Her eyes focusing on Rashmi! She hummed and... Then ran at her, dropping the mace. "How about you just..." And this time? She wove another polearm. With a rather big glave at the end. She leaped off a wall and leaped at her... "GET GROUNDED!" And brought the blade down at her!

... The flat of the blade. Okay. So she wasn't ENTIRELY out of control.
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-14 04:16:27 104189
Akari's eyes go wide. "Shield-chan!" she exclaims almost at the same time as Rashmi, darting to the side -- but not fast enough to avoid getting mildly singed by Lacrima's blast. "Augh!"

'You okay there, Shield-chan?' she says telepathically, the message sent to all the heroes. Akari's entire strategy has been revolving around putting on a good show, and given what she knows about Millie's level of skill, she's pretty sure taking the hit was deliberate.

She hurriedly rights herself, one hand clutching her side, and turns back to Lacrima, golden eyes blazing as one hand reaches over to pull Rubindorn's trigger, letting out a grunt as another cartridge fires. <<LODERND GLOCKE!>> intones the Device's cutesy-version-of-Akari's-voice.

Akari begins spinning the scythe like a propeller, and there's a faint rosy glow around her gauntlets as she announces the translation of the spell name. "BLAZING ..." She launches herself right at Lacrima, swinging the spinning scythe. "... BELL!" It's timed so that, assuming Lacrima doesn't somehow block her attack, Akari will reach the other side just ahead of Sailor Mars's descent.
Millie White 2019-03-14 04:28:25 104190
The Cure had been right not to doubt Clotho. When the debris and dust settled, Cure Shield was slowly getting up from a pile of rubble. Her teeth were grit and her sword was gone, that hand now holding her stomach. She'd feel that tomorrow, but it wasn't enough to take her down.

'Just fine.' The Cure responded telepathically to the magical group chat in everyone's head. The green knight quickly glanced around the battlefield before making a plan. While Rashmi distracted Clotho, Cure Shield charged towards her from behind, aiming to bodily shoulder check the girl in order to get her away from Rashmi. The Cure was taller, weighed more than Clotho, and she wasn't exactly pulling any punches with this attack. At least it wasn't a magical sword, right?
Lacrima 2019-03-14 04:39:50 104191
Lacrima dammits to herself.... they... they're not supposed to be doing this well! Mars was supposed to light her on fire and leave and she's slowly loosing her out. She takes a breath through teeth. She raises her hands to fire another beam into Rashmi when suddenly Akari calls out an attack as she curses to herself and raises her hand to try to tank the scythe. This goes really poorly because it cuts into her arm.... then through her arm and---

Lacrima is just screeching suddenly through the pain! She has to turn herself into a black puddle to sort of slide and throw herself back away from the attack and when she reforms...

Well she doesn't look too good. She could run away. But...

It will be more believable if she tries a final strike....

"V..Very well! If you wish to come back glitched and unconscious, so be it! DRANJE------" she's begining to charge a LOT of dark energy and about to fire off a powerful draining attack when---

Sailor Piledrive. It drives her down into the dirt hard and angrily almost as she has to basically reform from a puddle.. again. It's really surprising she didn't loose cohesion on the strike itself.

"N..Nrg--- dammit.... CLOTHO! WE NEED TO RUN!" she calls out as she begins to retreat. She's running! Because that actually HURT overall and she's actually wearing out for real!
Rei Hino 2019-03-14 04:45:04 104192
Sailor Mars sprawls on the ground, spinning circles in her eyes as she drawls, "YaaaaaaaayuuuuBEDDERrrrun... uuuhhhgggg..."
Rashmi Terios 2019-03-14 04:54:48 104193
Everybody seems to forget Rashmi's default tuning. The oversized polearm blade rakes through the air toward her head... And with a reflexive shout she hunches down, crosses her arms in front of her face, and squeezes her eyes shut, right about as Nico throws up a second flat shield that takes the incoming strike and shatters as it absorbs the incoming momentum... then kicks *back* against the blade with about as much force as was put into the swing.

Looking up again between her arms, Rashmi cannot help but wince as Akari powers up to slam into/through Lacrima. ....But then Mars comes in like a colony drop, and suddenly the redhead begins to regret setting up this whole business, because just owwwwww.

Trying to shake off her cringes, she turns back to Clotho. "...She's right. You should probably retreat."
Unmei Tama 2019-03-14 05:00:34 104196
Magical Girl Clotho swung down at the other girl and... And then there was a counter barrier. She let out a squeak as her blade was knocked back. "H-huh?" she asked.

"Wait, Lacrima?! Are you okay?" she called out. She saw some of that and--

BAM! She was sent flying away with a powerful strike from Shield. She uhhh... hadn't been expecting that. She lost her weapon, hit the groun.... and bounced four times before hitting a wall.

Then groaned. "Y-yes... R-retreat... s-sounds like a good idea... you're... you're all... going to regret this... wasn't even my true form... final boss mode next time... totally didn't notice any of that..."

And then she kind of... crawled... away... "Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow..."

'Didn't hurt at all'. Riiiiiight.

Now she remembers why she stopped being a villain... All the pain... ow....
Rei Hino 2019-03-14 05:00:50 104197
Sailor Mars all but lays in a Rei-shaped indentation in the ground for a little while before she rolls onto her stomach, putting her hands on top of her head as she watches their super evil enemies retreat. She presses her lips together very tightly and calmly says, "Rashmi-san?" before taking a second and blurting, "*What?!*"
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-14 05:03:13 104198
Akari sighs with exhaustion, watching Lacrima and Clotho leave. "... scheisse," she mutters.

She dispels her knight clothing and the time-space barrier -- the Rei-shaped indentation and any other scenery damage vanishes -- but she remains in her Bell form; her track suit is considerably tighter in this form. She looks almost dazed, and there are still tears in her eyes.

'Lacrima-chan never attacked me at school,' she says, and her telepathic voice is nearly emotionless, as it always is when she doesn't trust her voice to speak clearly through tears. 'She didn't want to mess with my civilian life before. It had to be orders from Mr. Mysterious.'

She sniffles. "If ... if she's ... if she's coming a-after me at school ..." She rubs her eyes. "It ... I ... I have to go into hiding. I-I can't work, I can't go to school ..." She sinks to her knees. "I can't be 'Akari Hayabusa' anymore."

She's starting to cry openly now. "I-I knew ... it would happen ... b-but n ... not yet ..."
Rei Hino 2019-03-14 05:04:30 104199
Sailor Mars flinches as Akari speaks, her irritation and near-death-experience forgotten. "A-Akari-san..."
Rashmi Terios 2019-03-14 05:06:14 104200
The startled outrage shocks Rashmi into a burst of arm-flailing that might remind Mars uncomfortably of one of her own friends, and the shocked wide-eyed stare magnified by glasses, of another. "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry, if I'd've known you were going to jump through like that I would have set it up different! It's just tuned to push out all the force it takes, but it pushes back against the direction it's facing, and you were coming in from the other side, and it's set up to collapse into more kick if it gets broken, and and an--"

Luckily, Akari's voice does very well at breaking out of her mental apology loop, and she takes in a deep breath. "Hey... Hey. It'll be okay. We'll figure it out, all right?" Approaching the sniffling Belkan, Rashmi rests a hand on Akari's shoulder. "We've got your back. There's no place she can try anything that we won't be there, y'know?"
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-14 05:27:42 104201
Bell just sits there, trying to control her tears. "I ... I'm not 'Akari-san' anymore," she says in response to Sailor Mars, and she sniffles. "A-All I have is ... is Bell."

<< I'm safe in Cure Gull's hideaway, and I was already working on a new name, >> she adds telepathically. << Given name is probably going to be 'Rosalie', still working on family name. Um, Rashmi-chan, can you and Fate-chan help me do some Device-hacking to see if there's any functionality for changing my appearance? >>

Well ... at least she has a plan of action going.
Rashmi Terios 2019-03-14 05:50:59 104202
At this question, Rashmi blinks, eyes wide. << U-um... I can try? I mean I'm nowhere near a Meister, but, I can ask Nico to look through your infiltrator code...? It may take a bit, though. >>
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-14 05:57:05 104203
Bell just gives a quick nod. She sniffles once more, looks around to the other defenders, and murmurs, "Th-thanks."

Hands shaking, she gets out her phone. "R-Ruby ..."

Ping! <<JO!>> Yep! Rubindorn connects to the phone's bluetooth, and Bell telepathically dictates a text to Fate, Haruna, and Sakura:

    >>> Mr. Mysterious had Lacrima attack me at school.
    >>> I can stay you-know-where, but I won't be able to work for the foreseeable future.
    >>> I can't be "Akari Hayabusa" anymore. Just Bell.