Cat's Cradle


Sayaka and Ikuto meet on a pier.

Date: 2015-09-29
Pose Count: 26
Sayaka Miki 2015-09-29 02:43:23 10531
    A few days have passed since the incident at the concert hall. Sayaka had come to the hospital to watch over Kyousuke, but as he was still in unstable condition and facing surgery, he was not at the present taking any visitors.

    As if that wasn't bad enough, Kyouko's desire to be left alone after her failure to protect Sayaka and her friends from the monster of the day had driven her further into the depths of despair.

    Frustrated and upset, Sayaka had decided to take a walk along the piers to clear her mind. Something about the fresh sea breeze always made her feel a little better, even when she was in the depths of despair..
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-09-29 03:07:13 10534
For Ikuto it wasn't the sea breeze. it was the promise of freedom. It's really hard to go after someone who's on the ocean after all. Besides that, his father might be across that ocean. One day he's going to find him... find his father, bring him back, and get his family back together. Get rid of Kazuomi.

He's also not alone. Yoru is with him, though not because the ocean represents freedom. It's because the smell of the sea includes FISH! And maybe there's a fisherman's boat that he can raid! However, something else catches his interest. "Ikuto!" the little cat-fairy hisses, ducking behind the boy's shoulder as the larger of them walks by the pier. "That's her-nya!" Ikuto pauses, turning his head to look in the direction Yoru's indicated. "The girl from the ice cream place, and the hospital. And from the store-nya!"

He calls himself 'whispering', but he's not being very quiet. This is in contrast to Ikuto's tactiturn nature, so it's probably Yoru's big mouth that gets her attention. Nonetheless, there Ikuto is.
Sayaka Miki 2015-09-29 03:24:32 10537
    At this time of night, the docks are pretty quiet. However, Sayaka is so lost in her thoughts that she doesn't notice the certain familiar pair nearby. However, Yoru's not-so-quiet mutterings do cause her to give pause. What was that, a familiar voice?

    Narrowing her eyes, she peers around at the darkness. There are not many lights out here, and she can't see particularly well in the dark. "Who's there?" she calls out loudly, boldly even. After encountering monsters, she's not all that scared of random thugs and muggers. And lately, she's been carrying her baseball bat around again..

    Just incase..
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-09-29 03:53:12 10538
Ikuto sighs as Sayaka reacts to hearing Yoru's voice. And then he heads in her direction. "Calm down," he states as he walks under a lightpost, revealing his presence. He walks quietly. And zipping out from behind Ikuto's shoulder is the tiny blue catboy-fairy! He says nothing for the moment, but just looks smug.

Remembering his manners at least, Ikuto offers, "...Thank you for gettting him out of trouble." The 'him' is probably not inquestion. "How much do I owe you for the sardines?" he inquires. He's not keen on leaving debts unpaid.
Sayaka Miki 2015-09-29 04:06:27 10539
    Sayaka relaxes once the pair of them become visible under a nearby streetlight. Phew. She was so totally not up for another monster fight. "Oh! It's you guys.." She smirks, remembering her last encounter with the rather impish little Yoru. And maybe Sayaka's a little relieved for the distraction. At least maybe now, at least for a little while, she can get her mind off of other worries.

    She watches with amusement at Yoru heads towards her, and then remembers what it was she was gonna ask Ikuto about. "Heh, Yoru-chan. What kinda trouble have you been getting up to this time?"

    Glancing back at Ikuto, she shrugs and smiles, "Ah, don't worry about it. I'm not that stingy..You really oughta keep him on a tighter leash though! He created quite the scene, y'know? Although...There is something you can give me in repayment.."
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-09-29 04:14:44 10540
"I've been keepin' my nose clean-nya," Yoru claims. Crossing his arms and reclinging in the air, he declares, "I didn't even look for any fishing boat to raid." 'Yet', however, is the operative unspoken word here, and it's pretty obvious.

Ikuto smirks at the banter, but pauses when Sayaka mentions keeping a tighter leash on Yoru. that just prompts a chuckle. Though the mention of something given in repayment gets the smirk to fade. "...What's that?" he inquires to her request. No promises until he's sure he can manage it.
Sayaka Miki 2015-09-29 04:19:09 10541
    Sayaka arches a brow, totally unconvinced as she folds her arms, looking down at Yoru incredulously, "Uh-huh. Sure you are.Bet you're just laying in wait for the right boat to come around.."

    She doesn't know either of them well enough yet, but Sayaka already can tell that Yoru regularly gets into trouble. But it's kinda nice to have her thoughts distracted by such an amusing creature.

    Glancing back at Ikuto, she rubs her chin thoughtfully, "Well, let's see...What do you know about...X-eggs?"
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-09-29 04:50:46 10542
    "Ehehe..." The sheepish response from Yoru at Sayaka's words as he raises a paw-hand to rub at the back of his head. He is, however, smart eonugh not to say anything more. Not while Ikuto's nearby.

    And then suddenly Sayaka asks about something she shouldn't know about. There's a visible frisson of surprise in Ikuto's expression before he smooths it out and returns to the unreadable expression. Then he sends a look to Yoru, who has his paws over his mouth. There's going to be a noseflick in this later.

    Instead of answering her question, he asks one of his own. "...Where did you hear about these eggs?" No he's not revealing anything. Not yet.
Sayaka Miki 2015-09-29 04:59:06 10543
    Sayaka smirks, playing it cool. Hey, Yoru's not such a bad..Whatever he is, and she's not about to get him into trouble. "Well, let's just say when your best friend is a magical girl, you kinda get involved in all sorts of crazy stuff..Might have heard a monster mention something about looking for some X-eggs, and a friend of mine got caught in the crossfire.."

    Her eyes narrow suddenly, taking on a very serious expression. Hey, it's only a partial lie, but she's a pretty good actress, admittedly, "I'd like to know why my friend got hurt, because some creature came looking for something, and he just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.."
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-09-29 06:53:40 10556
Ikuto looks back to Sayaka, the movement slow, as she elaborates on where she 'might' have heard the statement. He's quiet, the wheels in his mind turning behind that unreadable expression. But something occurs to him. A youma wouldn't have any need for an X-Egg, except to consume it for energy. And there's no more energy in an X-Egg than they can get from people. On top of that the energy's already corrupted. So it couldn't be used in the first place, could it? He doesn't say any of this out loud though. What does he say instead?

"If your friend is in this stuff, that's why she got hurt," he answers. "If the people who can stand up against those things don't, then who will? If and you aren't? Stay out of it. For her sake. She'll fight as hard as she needs to, to protect you. It won't ever matter how powerful you are. You being in danger is always going to be an unacceptable risk to her."

They're pretty severe words, yes. The importance of keeping Sayaka out of magical things cannot be overstated; Ikuto had seen what that Witch at the hospital had done. He'd seen what Hannah had done too, when she'd turned into a thing like that Witch. Those things were not X-Charas. Ultimately an X-Chara never killed anybody (that he knew of). Those Witches killed everyone that the assembled magical people didn't save. Normal people don't need to be in those situations.

Ultimately what he seems to be saying is that the less she knows about it, the safer she is. While he's being pretty brusque about it, at least he seems to genuinely care enough to not want to see her get hurt. The concerned frown on his features can be glimpsed, even if he's trying to hide it, to look more as though he's annoyed rather than concerned.
Sayaka Miki 2015-10-01 02:14:16 10671
    Of course, Sayaka's just making this up as she goes along. However, it's not a complete lie. Afterall, she, Kyouko and Kyousuke really WERE attacked by some sort of flaming lizard monster, and Kyousuke WAS injured by the creature..Sayaka certainly did want answers. And for all she knew, it could very well have been searching for these X-eggs.

    However, Ikuto either isn't buying it, or he's still refusing to tell her anything about whatever it was that Yoru had let spill that one time.

    In fact his response causes her to frown in frustration. "Seriously? That's all you can tell me? But no, Kyouko didn't know what this creature was about either, or what it wanted. And I can't stay out of it, I'm already involved. My friend, Kyousuke, was badly injured because of it. I want answers..If Kyouko doesn't know, I was hoping you might...Or..."

    She glances pointedly at Yoru, though says nothing, hoping he might just spill a little more..
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-10-23 04:34:56 12091
Ikuto also looks to Yoru, his eyes narrowed. The message is clear-- 'Don't say a word'. And in response Yoru keeps his mouth covered with his paws and shakes his head. "Nope!" he proclaims, voice muffled behind his paws. "Not gonna make THAT mistake again-nya! You don't need to know who we're collecting them for-- oop!"

"...Ch'," Ikuto hisses. Then he looks to Yoru again, with a venomous glare. Thanks to Yoru now he has to say something. Or, alternately, he could attack her. Make her think he's one of those monsters. The questioning will stop, sure. But is he really ready to go that far? He's trying to keep her out of trouble; how would hurting her himself be anything but counter-productive to that?

He does have an idea, though. The last thing he needs is another complication in this whole situation. Bad enough Easter's hooked up with Eclipse and whatever horrible things they're doing. Ikuto really doesn't need other innocent people getting hurt because they've associated with him. And this situation can give him exactly the opportunity he needs to push Sayaka away from him so she won't get targeted by Easter.

His stance abruptly changes, and he sticks his hands in his pockets. His eyes slide to half-closed, his default 'lazy' expression. With a shrug, he notes nonchalantly, "Whatever attacked your friend, it wasn't an X-Egg."

He smirks evilly, his eyes remaining half-closed. Lazy evil? Something like that. It makes him look like an evil cat. Which is pretty appropriate given who (and what) he is. "Do you really want to know?" he asks, his voice low and malevolent. He takes a step towards her. "Can you handle it?" Another step. "They say ignorance is bliss, you know." Another step towards Sayaka. And if she doesn't stop him, he walks right up to her, pauses, and all but whispers the next.

"...X-Eggs are what happens when I corrupt an innocent child's hopes and dreams for the future... and then steal it for myself."

He didn't want to say it out loud, just in case anyone else was listening. But he wanted her to hear it at least. If she believed he was evil, maybe she'd stop asking the questions that would get her and her friend hurt.
Sayaka Miki 2015-10-23 06:10:46 12101
    "Huh..." Sayaka peers between Yoru and Ikuto, wondering if she's gonna get any sort of answers out of them. And a part of her wonders if she's just asking for trouble - afterall, if Ikuto's into some sort of bad business, he might just want to silence her for asking too many questions.

    Unfortunately, Sayaka isn't looking like she's gonna back down. Afterall, she's already deep into this magic business, and if she's planning on one day making that contract with Kyubey, she'd better learn as much as she can about this magic world!

    "Yeah, I'll deal with whatever comes my way. I might not be a magical girl..Yet..But that doesn't matter. I'm already involved in this world, and I'm no longer innocent to what goes one in the shadows." She smirks brashly, folding her arms as she watches him defiantly, "C'mon then, it couldn't be that bad, enough with all this 'ignorance is bliss stuff...'"

    What she hears however, causes her to blink a few times in surprise. Woah, that's almost like...."So...You create..Nightmares then!? And what the heck is a guy like you, doing caught up in evil stuff like that!?" was she wrong about him? He seemed like a decent guy, protecting her in the hospital and all..
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-10-23 06:12:56 12102
    Ikuto smirks, and then steps back. Notably, out of Sayaka's swinging range. Yoru follows, floating over the blue-haired young man's right shoulder. "Because I've learned a better way," Ikuto replies. "You can't rely on anyone but yourself. If you give up something for someone else, you're the only one that loses out."

    In the air over his right shoulder, Yoru nods, placing his large hand-paws on his hips and nods. "Not unless you're in charge of them! Can't ever give anybody a chance to hit ya in the back-nya! They'll always take it!" He's really trying hard to perfect the same smirk that Ikuto's got, but Yoru is just so terribly not practiced at it that it just ends up looking like a cat who's been fed and is full and happy.
Sayaka Miki 2015-10-23 06:13:03 12103
    "No way, Ikuto.." She frowns, "You're right, we cant rely on others to always be there to help us. I wanna be strong, too! I cant stand being an ordinary girl in this crazy dangerous world, full of all sorts of youma and other monsters..Knowing I'd have no way to defend myself against them..

    Knowing that sometimes, even those who promise to protect me aren't always around to keep their word.." Her voice softens, looking away to the stars for a moment as if it had hit her personally..

    But then she looks back at him again, eyes narros in determination, "Even so, wanting to be strong isn't wrong. Wanting to hurt others to get there is! As for giving up stuff for other people, I think..Maybe some sacrifices are worth it in the end.."
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-10-23 06:13:25 12104
    Ikuto's eyes slide closed, and he breathes a 'hnf' through his nose. "So long as you understand and are doing it for yourself, who cares what anyone else thinks?" Unspoken is, of course, including him. "Don't do it to save anyone else. Because if you fail, it'll have been for nothing. If you have the chance, take it and make it your own."

    ...So which is he doing, encouraging her to leave the magical world behind or encouraging her to join in? It's hard to tell, Ikuto's being so very confusing at the moment!

    "It's wasted power," Ikuto replies. This to the mention of 'hurting others to get there'. "Let's be reasonable. How many little kids with pretty voices are going to be singers? How many kids that are good with machines are going to be racecar drivers? Less than a quarter. That's a lot of power, wasted and broken when they finally realize they're not going to get what they want."

    And also 'let's see how much we can make Sayaka hate us', apparently...
Sayaka Miki 2015-10-23 06:13:31 12105
    Some of what Ikuto says, sounds a bit like what she's heard somewhere else before. Even so, Sayaka's strong sense of justice contradicts with that reasoning. "Well, I dunno, that just sounds a little selfish. Tell me, Ikuto, if you could have one wish in the world, what would it be?"

    She sighs, getting a little passionate as she thinks of Kyousuke in the hospital. "If...If there was someone you really cared about, who was hurt badly, who lost their life's dream because of that injury..Would you not take that opportunity, to wish for them to be healed? Isn't that better than watching them suffer, and wishing instead for your own fame and fortune? I think I would be happier with the former.."

    "As for wasted power, isn't it enough that they tried? You never know if you'll be the best unless you try.."
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-10-23 06:14:04 12106
    The mention of a wish... that draws the smirk on his face to fade quickly, and his eyes widen a little. That's why he's doing all this, isn't it? To get his wish? To make sure he can be free? That's why he's been doing what he's been doing. Why he's been pushing people away.

    Because....

    "...You can't get what you want by being nice."

    As he speaks his head tilts forward a little, hiding his eyes. His voice is quiet though, low, almost unheard.

    He almost seems contrite for a moment. And then she speaks of 'someone' hurt. The contrition disappears like a puff of smoke, and he smirks again, though his eyes are still hidden. "But ask yourself this. How will they repay you? Will they give up something for you? Or will they just take what you give without even thinking about you? And what about when you don't have any more to give? What then? Will they still be there? Or will they throw you away?"

    He pauses, tilting his head back again to look at her more properly. He's got himself under control now, it seems, as his eyes are back to the half-closed 'lazy evil' from before. "If you give them a chance to use you up, you only have yourself to blame."

    He leaves the issue of 'wasted power' conspicuously unaddressed for now.
Sayaka Miki 2015-10-23 06:14:12 12107
    Sayaka peers intently at Ikuto for a moment, wondering what truly motivates him to do what he is doing. She cant help but think that he might be doing so for a noble cause, but...

    "But, why not? 'No good deed goes unpunished?' isnt that what is said? Good things come from good acts. If your selfish, if you hurt others, eventually that'll leave you feeling pretty empty inside."

    She rubs her chin thoughtfully, trying to figure out this mystery. "So..What is your motive for stealing people's dreams then?"

    But she stops short when he asks those questions of her. Practical questions to be sure, but. "Hmm...Maybe I dont need to be repaid. Seeing someone happy, even if I had to sacrifice a bit for it, that's reward enough."
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-10-23 06:14:35 12108
    "It's everyone else's motive," Ikuto replies. "Look at the world. People hurt each other for the littlest things. You can't 'send a message' by being nice. All that'll happen is you'll get chewed up and spit out by the world." He huffs. "But I guess there really is a 'breaking' that has to happen for someone to grow up and see how things really are."

    That smirk goes away again when she asks his motives. "That's my business," he says quickly, possibly a little irritably. Ah-ha... looks like that's a tender spot! Whatever the reason, he's doing it for a reason. Maybe it's a good enough reason to excuse the horrible things he says he does.

    For that matter, all she's got to go on is his word that he does bad things....

    He huffs another amused breath at the mention that she might be willing to sacrifice 'a bit' for it. "Just make sure when you do that you don't end up giving up more than you bargained for." Boy he knows how that goes...
Sayaka Miki 2015-10-23 06:18:06 12109
    "Hmph!" She glares back at him, pacing now. Sayaka'd really like to punch him in the face, but if he's another mahou, she probably wouldn't last very long. "I dont need to be 'broken' in..And I think you're wrong! Isn't that what people are given powers for?! To help people! To hurt people is what makes a person evil.."

    His response to 'motives' earns a quizzical look and an arched brow - maybe even a little bemused smirk. "Heh, so there IS a purpose behind your actions. Well, unless you're being threatenned, I'm sure there's a better way to do it than hurting others.."

    Then there's another warning and Sayaka suspects there's more than he's letting on. "Do you speak from personal experience, or are you unwilling to divulge in that either?"
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-10-23 06:35:55 12110
    Ikuto actually starts to chuckle when she huffs at him so. Maybe he just likes teasing her, who knows? "Not broken in. Just broken. And that's not something you can help," Ikuto notes. "Happens to everyone. The only question is when and how broken you end up."

    As for his warning? "Personal experience." That's about all he's willing to say on that, though. He's also not addressing that question of there being another way to accomplish what he's aiming for than to do what he's doing. He's a douche like that, though.
Sayaka Miki 2015-10-23 06:47:42 12111
    "Broken? What the heck do you mean by that? I'll never end up broken..I wouldn't be so stupid. I know I'd be a better magical girl than a lot of them out there, there's only one reason why I've hesitated to make a contract with Kyubey so far.."

    He speaks in mysterious ways once more and Sayaka frowns, "Oh c'mon, there must be something you can tell me. You've already admitted that you steal people's dreams or whatever."

    Sayaka's gaze softens just a bit, taking a step nearer. "Knowing that, I'm sure a lot of my friends would consider you an enemy and try and stop you. But I don't even want to tell them about you, because I have a feeling there's more to your story, maybe you're not such a bad guy afterall.."
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-10-23 06:56:41 12112
    "You'll see." That's all Ikuto says to her question of being 'broken'. It isn't because he doesn't WANT to say more, though! He wants to chase her away from the magical life so hard she'll never even THINK about looking at magical powers again. But she does have a point... she's already in it. If she can see Yoru, she already believes, and knows there's more than the normal people can see.

    Can't unsee when you've already seen, it, after all...

    Then comes the sympathy. The pity. And Ikuto almost growls. He hates it when people try to save him. He's not save-able. Others are. There's no sense wasting time and hurt feelings on him. "They do. I know I'll have to fight them." Smirk. his words are almost... amused? "Want me to not kill them? Tell them to stay out of my way. Otherwise I won't promise I won't hurt them."

    As for being 'not such a bad guy'? THAT gets a laugh, though it's a bitter, harsh, mirthless sound. "Ask Tadase just what kind of 'good guy' I am," he states. "Ask him about the things I've done to him. Then tell me you think I'm 'not such a bad guy'."

    He is assuming, of course, that Tasdase will tell her about how he supposedly killed Tadase's dog with his violin playing, how he stole things belonging to Tadase's father, and the like. Things aren't quite as bad as they look, but that's not what he wants her to know.
Sayaka Miki 2015-10-23 07:08:45 12115
    Sayaka's really not liking the sound of Ikuto's warning. Is it really so bad being a Mahou? Surely, it's much easier to fight, when you have magical powers. Then you'd have nothing to fear! At least that's how it seems from Sayaka's perspective..

    She seems to sense a shift in his mood when she shows open sympathy for him. In return, Sayak glares back at him. "I would'nt threaten them, and honestly, I doubt they'd listen to me anyway. If you cause trouble, my friends are bound to stop you, no matter what I say or do. Afterall, that's their job. And some of them are quite powerful. I'm not gonna threaten you, Ikuto, because I'm just a normal girl, but I dont want to see you get hurt either.."

    She scratches her head in confusion when he insists that he's a 'bad guy though.' "You're really intent on be a villain, aren't you? Well..Maybe I WILL talk to Tadase, and ask him all about you..
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-10-23 07:15:37 12116
    Well. Sayaka seems intent on pursuing her goal to get powers and fight. It's not really surprising. She's in things now. Actually, it's probably a better idea for her to get powers. If that ball of pink and white fluff can give them to her, all the better. Unless they cost more than she's willing to pay. But then again that's anything. Beside,s if she has power, that's someone else that can punch Easter when it's time.

    As for threatening her friends? "That wasn't a threat. That was a promise. I'm sure I'll face them sometime." A smirk here. "Nothing personal." Of course, when those words are said, it's liable to be anything BUT 'not personal'.

    And then the talk of Tadase prompts a nod. "Might be good for you to hear from someone else who knows the truth about me." Actually not the whole truth, but enough of it for now. And then suddenly there's a sparkle at the top of his head, and cat ears appear. "Just remember everything I said. You're on the edge of the pit. Will you walk away or jump in?"

    He doesn't give her the chance to reply, though. Because he's suddenly leaping up and back to land on one of the nearby buildings, Yoru flying after him. He pauses for a heartbeat of hesitation, remaining in that crouch long enough for a lazily evil smirk, and then starts to leap away over the rooftops, with giant leaps.