You Must Not Harm Sailor Moon

Date: 2015-10-23
Pose Count: 25
Usagi Tsukino 2015-10-23 00:22:47 12066
Sailor Moon is technically supposed to be home. She is technically supposed to be studying. Probably even technically supposed to see if Mamoru is still wanting to tutor her.

Luna thinks she's at home.

Her parents thinks she is at home.

Everyone thinks she's at home.

She is doing none of these and is very much not at home.

Besides, if they knew she was just hopping around, working on getting her muscles to where they're sort of supposed to be, they may scold her.

Or worse.

Expect her to do it more.

Still, Sailor Moon is not in the greatest shape of her life, and leans against a large vent one a roof as she catches her breath.

Then she squints into the dimming light at an alley before.

"Didn't I fight there, once?"
Runealy Waldia 2015-10-23 00:30:13 12067
Rune is technically supposed to be in an apartment. She is supposed to be resting and making sure she has someone with her if she goes out to exercise. Thinking about things does not strike her as 'exercise' though, and so she left on her own for a little while. A few train and bus rides later, she was clear across Tokyo and visiting familiar places.

And so on this evening, when Sailor Moon looks into an alley and talks to herself about its significance... the alley talks back.

It takes a few seconds for it to reply. The alley needs a moment to recall whose voice that is, and work up the nerve to respond.

When it manages that, the alley speaks thus: "You did. Some kind of spider monster, I think it was."

Interesting thing: The alley apparently sounds exactly like an anonymous princess - indeed, only referring to herself as 'The Princess' - who has been attacking Sailor Moon and her friends over the last several months.
Usagi Tsukino 2015-10-23 00:35:29 12068
Sailor Moon shrieks as she is answered. She ducks behind the brick ledge, wondering if alleys would suddenly become alive everywhere.

Then another horrible thought strikes her.

Has Luna found her?

Then her ears and brain recognize the voice and she stands up, hands on her hips.

"Hey, you're not a sentient alley. I mean cat. What are you doing here?"

The question should sound accusatory, but it's more curious.

And whatever the answer is, Sailor Moon really hope the answer doesn't involve fighting.

Just in case.

"Um...if you want to fight, would you mind a rain check? Unless you have your heart set on it. I'm just...ah...recovering a bit from a bad tummy ache." She pauses again. "I'll buy you a milkshake instead?"
Runealy Waldia 2015-10-23 00:40:28 12069
Rune winces as her melodramatic answer sends Sailor Moon screaming and scurrying for cover. When Moon returns for a second look, she can be found - untransformed, in a dress clearly several centuries... and continents... out of fashion. She stands beside a dumpster, looking up to the roof-edge to meet Sailor Moon's gaze.

The look on Rune's face is a quiet one, reserved and unaggressive. "Fight you? I'm out of opportunities to. I don't want to anymore, either. And as I am now, if I tried... you would almost certainly win. I'm in no condition to try it." She may not realize Moon has her own issues on that front.

"So... no. I'm not going to attack you. Not now, not tomorrow, not next week... not ever again. I have no reason to, and every reason not to." A few headshakes follow.
Usagi Tsukino 2015-10-23 00:45:06 12070
"Really?" Her voice floats down to the dumpster in happy tones. "I'm so glad!" And she has no real reason not to believe her, so she believes her.

She hops over the ledge and lands, fortunately not as ungraceful as she's been known to do but still without panache, and brushes off her knees when she stands.

"We should do it proper, then. Starting Over, I guess." She holds out her hand. "Hi, I'm Sailor Moon! It's very nice to meet you."

Before hands make contact, though, she tilts her head. "Are you okay?"
Runealy Waldia 2015-10-23 00:54:54 12071
"Yes, really." Rune's voice isn't as excited as Moon seems to be, but quickly turns surprised... both from Sailor Moon vaulting down to join her in the alley, and from Moon offering a hand and introduction. "That easily? So many of you are like that... I'd thought we would have to cut off contact with your world forever once we were finished here, but it seems that's not what you want."

That choice of words is interesting, since Rune has not previously indicated to Sailor Moon anything about being from another world.

"I'm Rune, and I'm not okay. I'm the Crown Princess of Waldia, and I'm here so that hopefully I can /become/ okay if I start doing things right, this time." While there are no obvious wounds, her overall appearance is a little sickly, pale... not at all conductive to the melodramatic behavior she tried to show off in previous encounters, hoping it would make Runealy look more impressive.

So she raises a hand to meet Moon's, but doesn't complete the grip either; she just lets it float a few inches away and adds: "So, 'yes, really.' I'm sorry, we're done attacking you, you never deserved it... and if there's something I can offer to make amends for it, you have my attention."
Usagi Tsukino 2015-10-23 01:11:18 12072
Princesses. There sure are a lot of them. Sailor Moon sighs.

So she shrugs. "I don't know about the others, but I...don't like fighting. I just do it to keep the people I love safe." Which, if she's honest, on some levels she loves almost everyone.

And her heart hurts for Rune, because she looks tired and lost. And she really wants to help.

When Rune's hand hovers, Sailor Moon closes the gap and clasps her fingers around the outstretched palm.

"What's the right way?" She wonders.

And she is also shrugging. "You didn't know us. And you haven't really tried since. You've helped, even, so." She nods. Still, she knows the words may not put Rune at ease. After all, she still really guilty for a stain that is undoubtedly in Mamoru's apartment. She should really buy him a rug.

"But...I was serious about the milkshake. Or fries. Or something..." Her free hand waves. "Healthy, if you prefer." Her head tilts and her heels clip the ground when she gives a bounce. "You can help us. I...don't know how." Her cheeks blush at the admission. She is not a plan girl. "But I can ask. And we can try to help you, too."
Runealy Waldia 2015-10-23 01:19:23 12073
"You shouldn't like fighting. It's fast, scary, and things can change forever in an instant in a fight. One mistake, if it's big enough..." Rune lets the thought trail off with a few slow headshakes. "You and your friends all say that. 'To keep people safe.' It's about the only good reason to fight. And most of you use that exact word. 'Safe.' Where I am from, we use that word to mean protected, and happy. You must have both in order to be safe. So if that's your reason, if making other safe is why all of you go out there and do one of the most terrifying things imaginable... you really are just as good as I've said."

That was one of the more unusual things in her attempts to attack the Sailors, after all. She would try to lure them into ambushes, or capitalize on other fights... and while those plans never succeeded, Rune would loudly praise Sailor Moon and Jupiter and Mars and the others for protecting others, offering glowing remarks even while trying to hurt them.

"I'm still working on finding the right way. Virtue has some ideas. Another group might have some choice words about it too, I'll be meeting them soon. All I know is I have just a few months left to find that right way, to save my world, and I better get on it. So... 'milkshake', 'fries'..."

It takes Rune a moment to place those words. "...Food, some sort of meal? I've seen them on menus here, I think. If you're offering, at least let me pay for it. It's a really small, token repayment, but it's a start until you do know how I can help."
Usagi Tsukino 2015-10-23 01:34:09 12074
Her cheeks flush at the compliment. "It's...the only reason I do."

If keeping people safe had never been on the table, she doubts she would have gone further than her first battle.

She brightens up at the mention of Virtue and other entities getting involved. "Oh, good! There's a good bunch of minds. If anyone can figure a way to help, it's definitely them."

She pulls away to hop around a bit, fingers digging in the cuff of her boot before she pulls out a change purse. "I have money! It's okay! I've been carrying it around Just in Case. Milkshakes after a fight, or after exercise - um, not exercise - is amazing. And if you prefer healthy, I can't give you much tips there, but if you have a sweet tooth! And I don't mind buying for friends. Or, ah, potential friends?" Is she being too presumptuous?

She almost goes for a hug. But then she remembers Mamoru-kun, and how some people don't like touches, and hovers instead. But then she doesn't, and wraps her arms around Rune, warm and bright and all cuddly bunnies. "Don't worry. We'll just have to try our best, okay?"
Runealy Waldia 2015-10-23 01:40:06 12075
"The best reason, then. You don't need tons of reasons if you have the best one." Rune pulls free of the handshake once Moon reaches for money. "I have money too, but if you're insisting..."

A tiny laugh follows. "From 'why are you attacking us' to 'potential friends'... that really is something amazing. Friends, or potential friends, you said. I'll..."

She cuts off mid-sentence, puzzled as Moon kind of flits around the edge of her personal space, then... goes in. There's a moment's tension, before she eases up and leans into - and mirrors - the embrace. Then Rune finishes the sentence: "...I'll let you pick. Do you want 'potentially', or 'actually'?"
Usagi Tsukino 2015-10-23 01:47:22 12076
She giggles as she pulls back, hands lightly around Rune's. "'Actually' works for me if it does for you, so yay!"

Then she is turning, skipping toward the mouth of the alley, before she stops and twirls around. "There's a place right down there." She points to her right. She can smell the food from here!
Runealy Waldia 2015-10-23 01:52:59 12077
While still not as bright as Sailor Moon is about it, Runealy is starting to ease up... a tiny smile forming. "Then it's 'actually', and I'll do my best to make sure you're safe too." Then she jogs to catch up with Sailor Moon, apparently fine with this plan to go eat. That Sailor Moon is doing so in magical guise barely registers as a 'problem' to her; it would almost, almost be normal back home and not all that odd.
Usagi Tsukino 2015-10-23 02:08:18 12078
Sailor Moon doesn't skip any more. Instead, it's a nice stroll, and she reminds herself she doesn't have to scramble to keep up.

They'll get looks in there, of course, but she won't really notice. She's already forgotten she's in henshin, because normally it's only done during fights.

At the door to the little cafe, she pushes in with her back. "Milkshakes and french fries? Like, a big basket to share? And you can dip the fry in the milkshake and it's so gooooooood."
Runealy Waldia 2015-10-23 02:10:52 12079
"Huh? A basket?" Rune ponders this, and it occurs to her she hasn't really tried anything like this, but Moon's enthusiasm seems to be enough to win her over to the idea and now she's looking a bit more enthused. "Sure! Let's try it, sounds like you've got this all figured out."
Usagi Tsukino 2015-10-23 02:15:34 12080
She giggles again - always giggling - and sits in a booth. "Oh, I am an expert on this stuff. If this stuff were a class, it'd be one I'd actually pass."

It's a quiet night, being a weekday, so there aren't a whole lot of people. A few stares, sure, because Magical Girl, but said girl is focused on the menu.

She looks up at Rune, her expression dead serious. "Banana chocolate or strawberry?"
Runealy Waldia 2015-10-23 02:21:51 12081
Rune probably looks just as out of place, but she's used to being stared at and generally presumes it's happening... just usually for different reasons than is happening here. Being a highly visible princess back home helps with that.

"Problems with class, huh? Same here, but I'm trying to turn that around too."

Then, deer-in-headlights moment. Flavor choice. "Ah?" This is apparently important, if Sailor Moon is that firm about asking it. "B... n... st... no wa..." A nod, "Strawberry sounds okay?"
Usagi Tsukino 2015-10-23 02:27:26 12082
She beams. "Strawberry's a good choice! I'll have the banana chocolate. And if you wanna try mine, you can!" More flavor choices, yay!" A lady comes and takes their orders, though it's a wonder she hears them with how wide her eyes are. Still, the order is taken and Sailor Moon beams. "Thank you!" While waiting, her feet kicks at the booth, feet not quite at the ground.

"I have a few friends who try to help me study. One friend actually showed me how pi works with gummy worms. And then he assures me irrational numbers aren't out to get you. They're apparently just crazy."
Runealy Waldia 2015-10-23 02:30:47 12083
Rune's own 'thanks' is a bit more subdued than Sailor Moon's, but still notably brighter than the tone she was speaking with while cryptically answering questions from the dumpster-side.

"Pie with worms?" Runealy looks... less than thrilled with this culinary choice, not quite realizing it's a modern math concept. "I guess? Glad you figured the rest of that out, though. Come to think of it, what do you do around Tokyo when you're not keeping people safe? This city is huge, millions of people. I'm not even sure if the population back home is measured in /a/ million, singular. It seems like you'd never run out of things to try?"
Usagi Tsukino 2015-10-23 02:36:52 12084
Sailor Moon lets out a peel of giggles. "I'm so glad I'm not the only one who thought of pie." She calms down a bit, still all smiles. "It's some weird...math thing. It measures around the outside of the circle using the line in the center of it." Her eyes brighten. "Look! I remember! Go me!"

She hums in thought, tapping her chin. "There's a lot of shopping places. And a zoo. And Disneyland Tokyo but, well, I haven't been there." Such a sad travesty that must one day be amended... "There's a whooooole bunch of places. And it seems a new store is opening every week! ...though those tend to be places run by bad guys. But until the fighting starts, they're really neat!"
Runealy Waldia 2015-10-23 02:45:45 12085
"Well, where I'm from 'pie' is food, not some weird..." Rune tries to puzzle through the idea and finally ventures something halfway intelligent: "That sounds like something an engineer might know about? So you're way ahead of me on that one."

Then all sorts of shrines to modern culture are listed, and Rune listens to this with rapt interest. "There really is no end to it then, huh? Well... Sailor Moon," The idea that she might not want to use that name in public hasn't quite taken hold to Rune's mind yet, "tell me something. Out of all the ones you haven't been to... which one do you most want to see?"
Usagi Tsukino 2015-10-23 02:52:52 12086
"Pie ''should' just be food. Math is evil. Pie is good."

Her cheeks flush, but the milkshakes and fries are delivered. Sailor Moon takes a piping hot french fry and dips it in her milkshake. Then in her mouth it goes!

"I want to see...a botanical garden." She shrugs a little. "I get nostalgic looking at pictures. I don't know why. I just think it would be pretty to go see one. What about you?"

Another fry, another dab of milkshake, another chomp.
Runealy Waldia 2015-10-23 02:56:33 12087
"Well, I don't know about 'evil', but..." Rune lets the thought trail off, with another 'thank you' as food arrives. She just watches Moon go through it at first, but quickly gets the idea and tries to duplicate it. Fry to shake, fry to mouth... chew, ponder, then her expression lights up as her mouth decides this is a-okay.

"Wow, you are on to something with this! Me? Well... I don't know, I'm still learning. I spent most of my time here doing the wrong thing, you know. But if we find our answer, if we set this all right and everyone gets through it okay, I think when we come back to give back a little... one thing we'll do,"

A nod over to Moon, "Is take you to that garden. Or wherever else you like. Not right now, but once we return."
Usagi Tsukino 2015-10-23 03:06:50 12088
"See? I'm a food genius." She eats another fry the same way with happy hums.

She is sad at the thought of Rune leaving, but they're already making plans for her return! "Oh, I like that idea! Even if I've already been there, there's a good chance I'll want to go again. And again. And possibly even again!"

Another fry, another dip, another chomp.

"I'm not good at notes. Or plans. If I think too much about everything I have to do, I may cry. Which isn't odd for me, but." She shrugs. "But in the moment? It's easier on my nerves if I say whens instead of ifs. That doesn't always happen, but when I can, I'm...more steady?"
Runealy Waldia 2015-10-23 03:12:35 12089
"You sure are," Rune is quick to agree on Moon's expertise. "And you can go as many times as you like, once we get back. Well, it's probably 'if'," she's speaking less confidently, but using some of Moon's own words to articulate this. "My friends and I have everything to do, everything to think about, even if we cry." She has been the one to do most of the crying, but this remains unsaid. "So if everything works, we'll come back and do that. You might even be able to come with us, if you want... hopefully it won't be necessary. For now though,"

Another fry-dip, another chomp. "'In the moment' is fine. Thanks for asking 'why' over and over until I finally answered you... I'll make sure it was worth the trouble." Her smile persists now. It's still easily eclipsed by Moon's higher moods, but this is an improvement all the same.
Usagi Tsukino 2015-10-23 03:18:11 12090
She grins. "If you visit or not, if I just know you guys are safe, I'll be happy. Friendships cross worlds, you know!" Right? Her senshi were technically proof of this, right?

"And if I get to visit, I wanna try your pie. And if I come to help, I also want to try your pie."

Then her grin broadens. "Silly. It's already been worth the trouble."