Infinity University Charity Ball


A charity ball is thrown for the victims of the Infinity gym explosion, and everything goes perfectly with a wonderful time had by all with frills, thrills, and romance. Well... Almost.

Date: 2015-11-05
Pose Count: 167
Madoka Kaname 2015-11-05 01:00:44 13570
    The Infinity University auditorium is capable of seating nearly the entire student body, and with the seats cleared away it offers an incredible amount of open floor space. The entire space has been finely decorated in the school colors of both Infinity University and Verone Academy, which also had many students present during the accident, cheering on their Kickboxing team. Tonight much of that has been used to make room for a wide dance floor, open and inviting hardwood waxed just enough to allow for fancy moves without immediately causing those in heels to tumble to the ground. For those that prefer to mingle rather than dance there is ample space, as well as seating and tables near several large counters filled with food that's continually refreshed by those staffing the event. It's mostly a plethora of fancy bite sized horderves, but there are some entrees for the especially hungry. To the potential dismay of adults no alcohol is being served at this school function, though a variety of sparkling beverages are available.

    Up on the auditorium's stage, just above the dance floor, sits a small professional orchestra supplemented in part by some of Infinity's and Verone's more talented student musicians. Loud enough to be heard throughout the large room they play a variety of classical and contemporary pieces that give an air of refinement and elegance to the ball. If asked nicely they might even take a request or two.

    Tuxedoed greeters stand at the entrances admitting all who seek to enter while politely reminding everyone that the upscale event is for a charitable cause, accepting checks with white gloved hands while motioning to large containers with cutouts in the top do drop in cash and change to others.

    Here in attendance is one of the organizers of the event, Madoka Kaname. Tonight she's wearing a cream colored ball gown a few shades paler than her usual Infinity jacket with poofy shoulders and a modest neckline. The bodice is fairly form fitting with a wide ribbon about her waist ties at the small of her back into a large bow with a pair of tails but beneath the skirt flares widely before stopping at mid calf, all ruffles and lace. A pair of long white gloves cover her arms up to the elbow, and a pair of matching stockings can be seen in the small gap between her inch high heels and the hem of her skirt. Her hair is up in her trademark short twintails, held in place by her mothers favorite, (and now her own too!), 'flashy' red ribbons.

    For the most part Madoka spends her time greeting people while they enter, looking both nervous and excited at the same time. Once the room is starting to fill one of the boys that helped organize the event comes up to her and asks her in a urgent tone to follow him. She does so, suddenly worried, walking over to the dance floor in front of the stage just as the music quiets down. Once there he grins and stuffs a microphone into her hand, and she suddenly notices the rest of the school organizers have gathered around her to a chorus of, 'Speech! Speech! Speech!'

    It's an ambush!

    "Eh?! Ah, um..." It takes her a few moments to compose herself, much to the amusement of her schoolmates, but she eventually thinks of something to say. "Thank you, everyone, for coming! As you all know there was an accident a couple of weeks ago that seriously damaged our Gym here at Infinity. Luckily while there were many people present at the time there weren't very many serious injuries, but we here at Infinity believe that even a few is too many! Hospital costs can be expensive," she's in a position to know, "so we're here tonight to raise money to pay for those and other incidental costs for the victims and their families. Let's all do our best to make sure our friends and schoolmates aren't ever disadvantaged by our wonderful school!"

    By the time she finishes Madoka's face is as red as the ribbons in her hair, and as the small group around her cheers and laughs she turns off the microphone and quickly hands it back to the boy who gave it to her.
Takashi Agera 2015-11-05 01:12:48 13572
Takashi Agera is there. Of course, he wouldn't be so simple as to wear his school uniform to a fancy function like this, oh no. He's dressed in a perfectly-tailored, egregiously expensive dark midnight blue tuxedo with silver cufflinks and buttons. It is, of course, from one of the high-street stores that is wholy owned by Eclipse.

As he walks in, despite being a known Infinity University student, he provides an (extremely, astonishingly) generous check to the greeters. After all - it's tax deductable.

As Madoka Kaname is giving her speech, Takashi has slipped his way to the front of the group, and is clapping and smiling at her. By the time she's offstage, though, he's away for a moment, mingling with various classmates in the short, small social bursts where he is most at home. He'll find Madoka in time.

For the time being, he's looking for White-san. There's no way Hannah would miss a party like this, and he has a whole chicken worth of bones to pick with her.
Mamoru Chiba 2015-11-05 01:15:43 13573
It's lovely inside and out! Mamoru Chiba was told emphatically NOT to pick Usagi up for the dance -- something about cats and fathers and shotguns and claws, he wasn't really sure -- and now he's sighing, checking the time on his phone because he can't find his pocketwatch anywhere. He's just outside the doors, having gotten there a little early, in time for Madoka's speech and certainly in time to deposit his own donation, and then gone out again to wait.

"It's not like it's school," he mutters, then pockets his phone and sighs, going back in.

Of course he's wearing a white tie and tails, kid gloves, the whole nine yards. When DOESN'T he. Somehow there's room in the slim-fitting tailored extravagance for a book, because he literally takes out a book to read while he's waiting for his date to grace the entrance to the auditorium.
Akane Hino 2015-11-05 01:16:28 13574
    Akane is the type of girl who likes to have a good time, so there's no doubt she'd try to attend if possible. She shows up wearing a dark orange dress and matching flats, a big smile on her face as she enters the dance. Whereever Akane goes, there's lots of cheerfulness to follow, so hopefully she's going to make everyone have a good time with her positive energy!
Haruna Kurosawa 2015-11-05 01:16:38 13575
"Haruna." says Corvus. "HARUNA YOU'RE NOT DRESSED FOR THIS!" insists Corvus.

"Yeah!?" says Haruna.

She raises up the PreChanMirror and----

<Time to Change~ Blueberry Waltz!~> and now she's in a gorgeous blue dress and her hair is all neat and also Corvus is in a tux and top hat and has a :Ix. Face. Yeah he doesn't find this impressive or a good use of magic.

Well Haruna doesn't care because she has the prettiest ballgown with a feather and gold heart motif and she steps in carrying the large skirt of the dress up with her fingers. She feels refined! She /feels/ refined. That's like entirely different from actually being anything like that.

She looks around. "Corvus did you bring that water bottle I asked you too?" she asks sneakily in a whisper. Corvus lifts it up. "yeah?" he asks. "Why do you need wat---"

Haruna whispers. "/it isn't water!/" she says. Corvus squints. Then facewings. "Oh my lord. That girl is a bad influence on you." he says quietly.
Mami Tomoe 2015-11-05 01:20:01 13577
     Mami Tomoe generally doesn't miss parties. However, on the flip side, the way the last party went perhaps was a general sign that she should avoid the next one, but when Madoka Kaname was announced as one of the main organizers of the Infinity Charity Ball, Mami Tomoe knew there was no way she wasn't going to make it.

     Didn't she owe a dance to someone, anyways-?

     Mami has gone slightly more fancy than her last dress was. This means that she is extremely fancy. Her hair is in its' customary drills, but the back part has been done in a circular braid, pinned up with a brown comb and chopsticks with yellow bows. The dress is made up of two parts - the first is a dark brown printed with light brown flowers, with a low straight neckline. It reaches down to the floor, hiding her delicate heels that grant her a few extra inches. It has two puff sleeves, and is decorated with a large silver medallion collar and accessories, and a matching choker. The second part is a yellow over-dress made of silk, with a off the shoulder design. The outfit is highly Asiatic, a striking difference compared to her normal western design.

     Mami makes her donation and then strides into the ballroom gracefully. She does not encroach on Madoka yet. There will be time.
Usagi Tsukino 2015-11-05 01:23:07 13580
Usagi is, as always, running late. "Mom why didn't you tell me what time it is?!"

"I did, dear." Usagi is handed a piece of toast, the check from her father, and cab fare. "Four times. Now, remember. Stay away from the punch bowls. Be respectful. But, most importantly, have fun!"

"I will, Mama! Thanks!" A kiss to the cheek and Usagi was dashing out the door, questionable pumps in hand, purse over shoulder, and toast in her mouth.

This is, of course, partly a reward for an improved test score. (Still not brilliant, but an improvement, thank you Mamo-chan!)

Ami-chan had helped pick the dress out. Billowy skirt, snug at the waist, very flower detailed bodice. And, as Ami-chan said, she looks lovely in it.

(Only downfall is that it's purple...but Usagi used it as a bargaining chip to get Ami-chan to get something that, while modestly covered...areas, had no sleeves. Hopefully no one will remember the...fiasco with...matching sets...)

Usagi doesn't run as fast as she normally would. (Perspiration in fancy dress? Nevar!) But she does jog in bursts, bare feet slapping against the pavement and the pearls at her neck and wrist jostle around.

When she finally reaches Infinity and up the steps, she rolls on her thigh highs, pulling them up in a display NOT made of grace, and then, eating the last of her toast, slips on her heals.

The auditorium is in view! Is she too late? Has it started?

She gives Papa's check to the nice man, slides through the doors and--

CRASH!!!

Not to the floor, fortunately, but the wall she'd just run into looks very yummy.

"Mamo-chan!" A happy, if out of breath, smile.

Then she leans on him to catch his breath.

That's the only reason why she does this, yup yup!
Kyouko Sakura 2015-11-05 01:23:21 13581
    Kunzite teaches at this school. Jadeite goes to this school. There's no reason Apatite wouldn't be here. I mean, she doesn't go to the school or teach at the school or have any /actual/ reason to go to a dance at this school, but when she heard there was going to be one, she stomped her foot and for some reason Kunzite said she could go, so sweeeeet.

    She's got a new dress. It's quite fetching, in her opinion, white with red trim. Same as her evil-doin' coat, except far more feminine and formal. She sweeps into the room from the doorway as if she belongs there, wearing a one-fanged smile that says 'if anyone questions why I'm here there will be stabbings'.

    Once inside, she beelines straight for the tables set up with refreshments, it becoming clearer by the moment why she was so adament about coming. The Dark Kingdom has great caterers, but for some reason Beryl doesn't want her having too many sweets, it's like prison, damn. So the idea of mini-cakes or whatever else they have is making her salivate more than usual.

    She walks confidently in flats.
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-05 01:28:30 13582
Ayana Moriko doesn't really do balls. But someone bought her a dress and a ticket, and then gave her a mission for the night. So it is that the girl arrives with a fancy arrangement of pansies in her hair, and a palm-sized butterfly pin affixed to the back of her dress like wings. The gown itself is a shade of midnight blue trimmed in black with half a lace-trimmed skirts that poof out like she's at the ballet. Various small little pins are affixed by ribbon to her bare arms, continuing the butterfly motif.

At least she's cute, ne?

Ayana makes her way into the ballroom with a bored expression, fingers already on her phone as she plays some otome game or another. There are talking pidgeons on the screen. Don't ask.
Kazuo Takeba 2015-11-05 01:39:31 13587
Kunihiro Saito is not arriving. Because he's been inside for the last hour and a half. Being part of the school staff does things like that, even if the price of entry includes helping set up. Number of platters of food fetched to tables without getting so much as a dash of frosting on his jacket: uncountable. (And he didn't even plant anything in the cakes. The sacrifices one makes to keep one's cover intact.) For the moment, he's stationed himself off to the side in one of the traditional positions for teachers at student events, i.e., 'with a good view of the drinks, just in case.'
Mikoto Nakajima 2015-11-05 01:45:08 13590
Some people come date-free. Some don't. Mikoto has, finally, given up on going it alone, it seems. Everyone knew she had a bad breakup with a boy from Verone at the beginning of the year, and there was all sorts of wild speculation about what she was going to do next.

So her turning up at the ball on Ikuto's arm in a stunning blue cheongsam is a bit of a surprise to, well, everyone who knows her. Or probably even either of them. It's certainly a nice look for her, and she's enjoying all the attention it gets her. And her date.

It's certainly going to be one of Those parties, though. She's dropped off a fairly large donation at the door, and is putting all her acting skills to use in making it look like she's having the time of her life. (Fortunately, having a good friend along makes it much more tolerable.)
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-11-05 01:47:54 13591
It's a lot easier for Ikuto, trying to figure out something to wear. He's pretty dead-set on his color scheme. And there's not a lot of variation in suits like there is with women's dresses. That in mind as he escorts Mikoto to the party, he's wearing a black blazer and matching pants, and a dark blue turtleneck under the blazer.

He had indeed brought a donation of his own, in an envelope that he'd carelessly handed to the person at the door. It's not his money anyway, it's Easter's. About time they started being made to do something good with their ill-gotten gains. He's not really sure about this party thing either, but he's used to being at big formal get-togethers.
Madoka Kaname 2015-11-05 01:55:55 13594
    Madoka notices Takashi as he joins the small gathered crowd, giving him a weak smile as she gives the speech. Public speaking means no enthusiastic ones for the moment! As she hands off the microphone and escapes from being the center of attention the music picks back up, and soon the dance floor is being used by some of the less inhibited attendees.

    All the donations given by check are gratefully accepted, along with an offer for a receipt, either digital or physical; how else is one going to prove their charitable donation to the tax authorities?

    After a minute or two of merely calming her nerves Madoka heads out into the small crowd of people, hoping to find some of her friends. Akane's smile cheers her up a little, happy to see someone enjoying themselves at the event. Apatite is noticed heading for the food, though catching only the back of her head and not recognizing the dress she doesn't realize exactly who that is. From the way she's digging in the caterers must have done a great job!

    This is somewhat offset by the bored looking Ayana, whom Madoka offers, "I like your outfit!" to in hopes of cheering her up a little. She has to stop for a moment as she sees a vision of beauty and elegance! Given the different style it's a tiny moment before she realizes it's Mami, but then she realizes of course it is.

    She notices Haruna next and smiles warmly to her, "I love your dress, Haruna-chan! Corvus-chan looks very dashing as well." She suppresses a giggle at the silver bird being so dressed up to match, failing to notice the contraband!

    Onwards to Kunihiro, who isn't far off. Madoka stops in front of him for a moment, "Thank you for all your help, Saito-sensei! I don't think we could have pulled this off without you." She gives him a polite bow. Could this be the chance Haruna needs?!

    After moving on she is just in time to see Usagi crashing into Mamoru, and for a moment it looks to her as if the upperclassman was simply run into by a girl with far too high heels until- leaning! Her eyes widen a little in surprise. Jealousy?!

    Nope. Not at all.

    Rather than going up to and greeting her friend she merely lifts a hand and waves to him while offering a bright, encouraging smile. A quick peek towards Usagi has a very 'introduce me later!' look to it.

    She looks over just in time to see Mikoto and Ikuto come in together arm in arm. She not so discreetly looks between the two couples, looking pleased. Tonight is already a resounding success, in her mind!
Haruna Kurosawa 2015-11-05 01:59:48 13596
Haruna Kurosawa wonders how would HANNAH-CHAN plan this attack.

Well besides wind punch everything. That doesn't work here.

She peeks around. Okay. One teacher/cheaperone is really staring at the food table where the punch his. "Corvus." she whispers. "You're spiking the punch." she says.

"What. No." says Corvus. "Corvus-chaaaaaan." she whines. "You /Rhyhmed!/" she says. "At me! and made me Rhyme! and Soul Steal! and----" Corvus hrmphs. "That isn't gonna work anymore! That's like ancient history." he insists crossing his arms. She hrmphs. "Then---just do it for me okay!? I can buy you like another month subscription for that MMO you liiiiike~" she says. Corvus sighhhhs and relents and takes the bottle and flies up towards the rafters.

She turns to Kunihiro Saito and walks on over and comes up from her side...."Hello Saito-sensei!" she says cheerfully in her blue dress. Of course she knows Saito's name! She goes to school here! She just doesn't know him more than that.

She gasps! "Are the washrooms still open!? Where are they again!?" she asks. She knows where they are. They're in the complete other direction the food table isn't.

Corvus flaps and hovers downwards- pouring....now. Here comes the booze!

Corvus mutters, mutter mutter White-chan mutter mutter Chiba, mutter mutter bad influences, mutter mutter fox familars.
Kyouko Sakura 2015-11-05 02:03:14 13598
    There are miniature cakes of a chocolate variety. It's not pocky, but Apatite is pleased. There is no one here to monitor her consumption. She shoots a sideways glance at Mr. Responsible Teacher Kunihiro Saito standing a ways off, but the redhead is pretty sure he can't see her through the crowd.

    Red eyes seem backlit by dark energy as she reaches a hand out for the first of the cakes, her fanged smile growing a little wider. There will be no survivors.
Akane Hino 2015-11-05 02:05:01 13599
    Still smiling and walking around, talking to those she knows, Akane looks around at the newcomers to see if there's anyone she recognizes. She hasn't spotted anyone she knows yet, but she's more than willing to make new friends here. If someone wants to come up and say hello to her, odds are she'd gladly say hello back and try to make a new friend.
Takashi Agera 2015-11-05 02:05:06 13600
Takashi is on the hunt for Miss White! To no avail. And, in a setting like this, being on the hunt means 'moving from group to group getting trapped in smalltalk' because he's not otherwise engaged with someone else, or dancing.

It's as he's floating from group to group he passes by Akane Hino - in her dark orange dress and with that big smile on her face, she's hard to miss... so he turns to her.

"Hello... I think I've seen you around school, but I don't think we've ever had classes together?" Takashi asks, smiling a bit.

He sees Chiba-san in the area. He is suddenly /very/ focused on Akane. It's much safer.
Kazuo Takeba 2015-11-05 02:10:37 13602
"Good evening, Kurosawa-san." Saito bows gravely to Haruna. It's not that he knows her; it's that some teachers have that creepy ability to identify any student in the school on sight. Like they studied up, for some reason, or something. Unhurried, he adds, "You look lovely this evening; that dress suits you very well."

And then /finally/ he turns obligingly away from the food tables, to indicate the complete other direction. "There, you can see the signs if you look closely. It looks very different in here, with the chairs missing, and the lighting changed, doesn't it?" He's curious who her cohort might be, but he can't look back without giving away he's doing so, and he's not curious enough to do /that/. Corvus is safe!
Mamoru Chiba 2015-11-05 02:15:38 13604
Slammed into from the back, Mamoru fumbles and nearly-- no, yeah, he drops his book. (Serves him right for reading in people's path in from outside, instead of properly wallflowering against the wall.) But he laughs, because who else, and -- with Usagi leaning against him to catch her breath -- he crouches down carefully to pick up the book again, then equally carefully stands back up so he doesn't dislodge her. He cranes his neck to look over his shoulder, doesn't even see her, frowns slightly, then does something very, very unlike Chiba.

He spins around really fast, tails flying and grin wide, then quickly opens his arms to catch her and laughs. Somehow, the book's been sleight-of-handed away, though the boy has yet to take off his glasses. "Usako," he says, bending to murmur next to her ear, "you're late. Do you want punch and cake first, or would you like to dance?"

It's-- he doesn't actually mean to snub anyone, or be completely unobservant, but... Usagi.

So it is that he doesn't notice Madoka waving, or the entrances of people he knows, or someone's ravenous Apatite making quick and determined work of the cakes, or Saito-sensei chaperoning, or -- really anything or anyone but the twintailed soldier of love and justice in a--

--oh dear god that's a purple dress.

--oh no and the top's made of mesh and sparkling beaded designs.

"H-how about punch first?" he flusters, reddening slightly.
Kyouko Sakura 2015-11-05 02:22:26 13607
    Apatite chews a cake in her mouth. She holds two more of the confections in each hand. By some miracle of magical grace, she hasn't gotten any on her white dress- hey, /sometimes/ her supernatural agility actually prevents her from making a fool of herself. Y'know, if you count walking around a fancy ball with fistfuls of cake not making a fool of yourself. Apatite certainly seems to think it's kosher.

    The redhead is wearing that trademark lopsided one-fanged grin of hers, at least when she isn't chewing, moving between the people like a wraith in her white-and-red dress- a living ghost, haunting the proceedings. Nobody seems to take much notice of her, or realize that she's not a student.
Mami Tomoe 2015-11-05 02:23:03 13608
Madoka's glance is noticed, and Mami flashes the younger girl a somewhat saucy wink before Mami heads over to go fulfil her ap(atite)petite.

She does stay away from the cakes. This is probably safe, lest she lose a hand.

She gets herself some punch before sliding between people, staring at Mamoru and Usagi with a wistful sigh.
Usagi Tsukino 2015-11-05 02:24:13 13609
Usagi giggles when he's spinning and catches her, hands clutching his jacket sleeves to catch her balance.

And then, shiver, shiver, shiver. Breath on her ear! And he's saying something. About punching dancing cakes.

Oh, wait! That isn't it at all!

She opens her mouth to respond, hesitates because choices.

And then her blush is matching his because he's all looky and she's all pretty.

(And he is wearing his reading glasses, which doesn't help her own blushy!)

She clears her throat and nods, choice made. "Um, yeah! Punch. Because I need to mentally prepare stomping all ten of your toes fifty times."

And her hands are wringing. What if he decides she's too uncoordi--

Oh wait, he already knows this!

She grabs his hand and tugs him toward the refreshments.

"And maybe some cakes while we're there!"
Sayaka Miki 2015-11-05 02:25:32 13610
    Well, this is a drag..Sayaka had left the hospital late, hoping that they had checked Kyousuke out by now..Only to be told that his condition had actually worsenned, and it was likely he might never recover. Well, so much for a date..

    So here she is alone, feeling a little lonely as she floats by the fruit punch bowl. In her haste, she wasnt able to find a nice party dress in time, and ended up wearing the same one she had worn at Kyousuke's concert, ironically enough..A simple sapphire blue gown, with a short black jacket for some added warmth. She looks pretty ruffled and tired. But hey, surely this ball will cheer her up!
Haruna Kurosawa 2015-11-05 02:30:06 13613
Haruna Kurosawa gain achivement: 'WINGED REBEL OF HOPE: Spike Punch At A Dance.' and 'MASCOT WRANGLER: Guilt trip your Mascot into Spiking Punch.'.

Corvus returns as Haruna walks towards the washrooms for a moment before acting like getting lost and ending up creeeeeeping up the side of the room. She giggles. "Hehehehe, we did it Corvus-Chan~" she says. Corvus humphs. "I'm not talking to you! Go and Shoo!" he huffs. Haruna huffs! "H-hey! This is fun!" she insists. Corvus humphs. "You say now! Do you don't know what you sow!" he hrmphs.

Oh no! Corvus really is upset!

"Awwww. Corvus! It isn't gonna hurt anyone! and that was a big bowl of punch so it'll just make everyone a little giggly!" she insists. "And don't you see how tense everyone is getting suddenly!" she insists. Corvus does roll his eyes and peek out and taps his beak and takes a deep sigh.

"Okay, Haruna. But can you like. Tell me next time you wanna cause mischief!?" he asks and pleads. Haruna crosses her arms. "Fine~ Now. Let's go get some cake and weird tastin punch~" she whispers.
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-05 02:30:34 13614
Ayana looks up from her phone and scans the crowd. The butterfly wings on her back flutter a little--magic? Or just a trick?--and she takes a few steps forward into the room. "There he is," she murmurs to herself as she spots Mamoru and Usagi. Ugh, he's with a girl. Well that makes things easier. Right?
Mikoto Nakajima 2015-11-05 02:34:11 13615
Mikoto's fancy dress may well outshine her date's more-casual outfit. But, well, ladies are -supposed- to be the glamorous ones. "What do you think," she asks him, softly, as they watch the disaster that is Usagi trying to be fancy and sophisticated. "Dance first, or food first?"

She'd prefer to dance, of course. She's always been the energetic sort, and she's a fairly good dancer. She hopes Ikuto is as well. Besides, better to wait until people are done spiking the punch to go and get any.
Kazuo Takeba 2015-11-05 02:34:39 13616
There goes the conspirator! Saito checks the area around the punch bowl absently for people trying to sneak away, or flee relatively fast, but neither Mami nor Sayaka is sneaking. Or fleeing. There's a faintly amused twitch at the corner of his mouth, and he settles back to watch the fun. Er. The dance. Yes. That.
Madoka Kaname 2015-11-05 02:35:21 13617
    As Madoka waves to Mamoru she's ignored! Now that's a surprise. As is almost everything that follows. He's acting incredibly strange for himself, true, but in a way that's entirely predictable to the mind of a romantically inclined teenage girl. One can almost see the background behind her change into hearts and sparkles as she observes her friend scooping the pretty blonde girl into his arms, "Ahh, they're so cute together I can hardly stand it."

    She wanders over to Mami, whose earlier wink had turned her face a nice shade of pink, "Aren't they adorable? I didn't think Mamoru-kun had a girlfriend, but they look really good together." Then she tilts her head a little to the side and says in a high tone of voice, "I'm a little jealous of them both. In love," an assumption, "and at a dance. Wouldn't it be lovely?" She swings a little from side to side, causing her skirt to swish for a moment in tune to the music.
Kyouko Sakura 2015-11-05 02:36:35 13618
    Apatite is happily making her way along, steadily reducing the amount of cakes she is carrying, when she happens to spot a very familiar blue-haired head through the crowd. She misses a step, a sudden feeling of.. something coming over her. Confusion? Uncertainty. She hadn't expected Sayaka to be here- why, is unclear, since Sayaka goes to this school and so has every right to be here. It's almost like something clouds her mind much of the time, drawing her thoughts away from her former friends.

    She hasn't noticed Mami either, though if she'd recognize the blonde is a little more questionable in her current state. Still, now she's unsure what to do.. her equilibrium thrown off. She turns to walk in the other direction from Sayaka, and nearly runs into Mamoru and Usagi. "S-sorry.." She mumbles, not even looking at them as she turns to go around them, not even realizing who she just nearly ran into.
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-11-05 02:37:56 13619
Ikuto tilts his head to the side. "Either one," he responds to Mikoto's question. "If you want pick of the food, you want to get in early. But if you don't mind waiting for the second wave, we could dance." He's fine with either one.
Mamoru Chiba 2015-11-05 02:40:57 13621
Mamoru's still blushing. He smiles, but it's a faintly strained smile until Usagi grabs his hand and starts pulling him along behind her. Then he's just laughing, reaching up to take his glasses off as he long-leggedy walks behind her. They get vanished inside his jacket somewhere as they come up to the refreshments, and he lets go Usagi's hand to pour them both a cup.

Holding hers out, he says, having managed to calm his face down too, "You know it'll be fine. Just follow my lead, I won't do anything too complicated." He didn't see Kyo-- APATITE, either, on their way through. It could be the ghost-through-the-crowd thing she's got going on, working in tandem with his current preoccupation. He has no idea he's been Spotted. He has no idea the punch has been spiked. He has no idea Kunzite is ignoring it because hilariousness will ensue.

He has no idea he's handing Usagi a spiked punch.

Then he brings his own cup to his lips and downs it like it's a shot. Wait...

...

The boy's eyes widen and he starts gesturing frantically at Usagi, then swallows the rest of his mouthful. "Don't, it's--"

And he didn't see Apatite on their way through because she was elsewhere, but now she's just bumped into him, interrupting the warning. "Yo, w--" he starts, looking back at the offender and the mumbled apology, and he freezes in place. "K-kyouko-chan?" he half-calls, worriedly.
Sayaka Miki 2015-11-05 02:41:47 13622
    After grabbing some punch, Sayaka heads over to the dessert table, grabbing (what's LEFT of the) chocolate minicakes, after some PIG took most of them..Oh well, they're not all that great for your health afterall, and Sayaka at least, is no pig..

    Peering around the room, Sayaka sees a few familiar faces. Initially her gaze wanders towards Mamoru and..Some odango haired girl she's never met before, at least not in this guise..Aww, but they look so sweet together. She sighs longingly as she watches them, wondering as she always does, what love is like. Must be so beautiful.

    Eventually Sayaka spies a certain pink haired girl, and, oh is that the one Kyubey identified as Puella Magi Mami Tomoe, whom she had seen briefly at the hospital? She was never formally introduced to her, and so Sayaka makes her way towards Madoka as she sees her chatting with the blonde, happy to see at least one familiar friend in the crowd..

    "Madoka-chan! Heey!" She smiles, feeling a bit happier. Maybe this party's not a total waste..Seems she hasn't spotted Apatite..Not yet, anyways..
Mikoto Nakajima 2015-11-05 02:47:55 13625
Mikoto considers it for a moment. She had a late lunch, so. "Food can wait, then. Let's dance." She drags Ikuto out onto the floor, twirling around as she walks.

She takes a moment to survey the crowd as she turns, looking to see who she might recognize. Madoka, of course, she's met, but the pink-haired girl is busy. "See anyone you recognize? Maybe someone we ought to get to know while we're here?" she asks him.
Usagi Tsukino 2015-11-05 02:48:08 13626
"Well, if your toes end up in little toe casts, I'll sign them all. With tiny little bunny faces." She's smiling as she takes her glass from him.

He sips first, and he may be trying to tell her something but.

Too late! GLUCK!

Usagi makes a face, as though something sour made it in her cup. But as she swallows, there's a nice hum from it.

"Wow, that's...an interesting flavor."

Her head whips up as he says a name not hers, and a hand clutches a bit where her spleen is.

(In an old man voice, she's all 'Rain's a-comin' folks!' in her mind. And then she yells at hoodlum kids to get off her mental lawn.)

"Yeah..."

While Mamoru is making sure Kyouko-san is...something, she refills her glass.

GLUCK!

Maybe this punch is an acquired taste?
Kyouko Sakura 2015-11-05 02:50:39 13629
    Apatite shouldn't recognize her old name- she's been brainwashed, right? So why does she look back over her shoulder and give Mamoru a /look/ when he says it? It's a look that says 'what the hell am I even doing here'? But she's turning away again afterwards.. pushing her way through the crowd and away from all the people who make her question. Questioning is bad.

    She ends up exiting the crowd of people near where Saito-sensei is observing the punch bowl. She doesn't say anything, but she walks over to stand next to him, looking downcast.
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-05 02:53:20 13631
Ayana continues to wander around the edges of the room, mostly seeming more interested in staying away from people than joining them. She spends most of her time staring at her phone, but once in a while she looks up, spots Mamoru and Usagi, and --"He walked away from her," she murmurs thoughtfully, then narrows her eyes. Okay technically it's the other way around, and only a step, but at this point she lowers her phone and proceeds with awkwardly staring at Mamoru.
Madoka Kaname 2015-11-05 02:53:32 13632
    "Sayaka-chan!" Madoka turns to face the blue haired girl as she hears her voice, her skirt poofing and lifting as she spins to briefly reveal a second , more spin resistant skirt beneath; she came prepared for dancing! Another few steps forward and she draws her friend into a quick hug, "I'm glad you could make it!"

    She picks up an appetizer or two for herself while she's so near the food and her one perspective dance partner isn't around, eating one of them while being very careful not to get any crumbs on her dress. Amidst the chaos around the punch bowl, which has suddenly gotten quite popular, she fills(fills!) three glasses, a wide eyed expression on her face as she tries not to spill any of them before trying to foist one off on Sayaka and Mami.
Haruna Kurosawa 2015-11-05 02:53:54 13634
Haruna Kurosawa aquires a punch cup--- and a cake and sips punch and cake and woah! so this is what booze tastes like! Wow! That's...burning. A little. Not much! She takes another sip. Sip. Sip.

Corvus also suddenly has a cup. He's taking it more easy. He is 300+ years old.

She grins at Chiba-san and Usagi-chan~ "Hiiii! Mamo-Kun~" she says---and then.. wha? Kyouko!? She peeks at the other girl and frowns a bit and sips.

She crawls under the table and ends up behind Chiba san and next to Usagi---

"Was that...." she trails off.
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-11-05 02:56:13 13635
It's a good thing Ikuto knows how to dance, it really is. All the hoity-toity high-class Easter stuff he's had to live through have given him that much. And also music, when Easter wasn't on his case about this or that. So he shouldn't likely step on Mikoto's toes too much. In fact he ought to do all right.

The question of if he recognizes anyone gets him to look around. His eyes linger on a few people-- Mamoru, Sayaka, and Ayana mostly. But when he looks back to Mikoto? "...Not really," he lies easily. It's not that he doesn't want to talk to anyone. It's that... well, he didn't really part on good terms with Sayaka or Ayana. And he's not sure what to think about Mamoru yet.
Mami Tomoe 2015-11-05 02:56:44 13636
Mami takes the second glass. "Hello... Sayaka-chan, is it? You're in Madoka-chan's class, isn't that right?" Mami is a good senpai. She knows her kohais.

She sips the punch, and her bright yellow eyes go wide. "Oh."
Takashi Agera 2015-11-05 02:57:25 13637
Takashi smiles and ducks away from Akane Hino, as Madoka passes by - she must have missed him with his back turned - and he walks over to the table. This results in him somewhat looming up behind Madoka, though in full view of Mami and Sayaka - waiting for the appropriate moment to make Madoka aware of him.

As he waits patiently - and probably flashes bishonen smiles at Mami and Sayaka - Ikuto dances by too. He doesn't KNOW Ikuto out of henshin, but both of them likely know of the Eclipse connection between them on some basic level. Then again, Eclipse is a truly mammoth company.
Mamoru Chiba 2015-11-05 03:08:30 13642
Mamoru stares. Kyouko just looked-- no, that's still Apatite. But her expression, and the confusion... but no, OH NO, OH NO, USAGI AND THE PUNCH.

Eyes wide again, this time distracted from angst-and-worry distraction, he reaches to take Usagi's glass from her and hold it up and away. He leans down to whisper, "It's spiked. The punch is spiked. Let me know if you feel sick or need to leave, it's okay if you do," and puts Usagi's empty cup on the table behind him. Too bad he doesn't know it's her second, or he'd probably be walking her out right now.

He hears his name and as he turns to look he slips an arm around Usagi, absolutely needing to keep track of her now oh god (and that's totally the only reason, for sure.) And it's Haruna! He waves back cheerfully. "Haruna-chan, hi!" She has punch too. But he's the one who spiked the punch the last time... well, he's sure if Corvus didn't think she could handle it, he'd've stopped her.

And-- it's not radar, it's just that Haruna pulling his attention away from Usagi again, while they're at the table, means that he notices Takashi approaching Madoka. And Sayaka. And Homura's not here. His lips thin, and he leans to whisper something to the odangoed princess in purple.
Akane Hino 2015-11-05 03:08:48 13643
    Turning quickly, Akane blushes and walks towards Takashi. "I'm so sorry, I was daydreaming!" She says nervously as she approaches. "I didn't think to say hello to you... Takashi, is it?" She smiles and bows. "I'm Akane Hino, I think I've seen you around before."
Sayaka Miki 2015-11-05 03:13:54 13646
    Sayaka smiles and waves at Madoka as she approaches her and, presumably, Mami Tomoe. "It's so good to see you here!" In the moment, Sayaka has totally forgotten about what happened the last time..But it quickly comes back to her and she instantly feels bad. "Oh, I forgot! About the other day..Madoka, I'm sooo sorry! I didnt realize that Kyouko had kidnapped you and all...."

    She stands there a moment or two feeling kinda awkward as she sips away at the punch - hey this is pretty good stuff! Though it tastes like it's got something...Strong in it...At least it relaxes her quite a bit!

    Glancing over at Mami, she smiles warmly, "Mami-Tomoe, isnt it? I think I've seen you around..Nice to finally meet you! I just love your hair!" She wonders if she should mention Kyubey's mention of her. Or what Homura had said about her being friends with Kyouko..Or would that bring up bad memories for Madoka?
Mikoto Nakajima 2015-11-05 03:16:54 13649
Mikoto has no qualms about accepting the lie at face value. Or maybe she doesn't even catch it. Hard to tell. But she's certainly enjoying the chance to get in some dancing, and watching the crowd satisfies her urge for sneakiness.

"I guess we can count out any chance at cake," she muses. "I'll get us some at the coffee shop on the corner if they eat it all," she promises Ikuto. "I've heard about that blonde's appetite." It's legendary. Even among normal people.
Usagi Tsukino 2015-11-05 03:17:52 13650
"Right! Someone put metal pokies in the punch! No drinky!" Her hand makes a firm 'no' gesture. Fortunately Mamoru's there, otherwise the move would have set her off balance.

Usagi feels warm and floaty. And giggly. And Mamo-chan is so warm! "You're so warm, Mamo-chan." And he has such a pretty brain! "You have such a pretty brain." She pets his hair.

And he's whispering again (shiver shiver shiver) and she focuses enough to pay attention, to commit it to memory, and gives a firm nod. "Right."

He has a pretty face, too. "You are so pretty."

Oh my gosh. There's cake over there! "CAKE!" Lunge.

She steals a cake.

And then she takes off her heels. "Hold these, Mamo-chan!"

Then, as he requested she do in a SUPER SEKRIT WHISPER, she slides toward a pink haired girl.

"MADOKA-CHAN! MAMO-CHAN WANTS ME TO MEET YOU SO HI HOW ARE YOU WANNA DANCE!"

She may slide and crash into a lurker, but she doesn't notice!
Haruna Kurosawa 2015-11-05 03:18:18 13651
Haruna Kurosawa looks at Mamoru and head tilts. She peeks over at Usagi and Mamo-kun. She whispers.

"Mamo-kun, guess what!? I spiked the punch!" she admits with a mischiefous grin! "It was fun! I distracted the chaperone and everything!" she says with wide eyes.

This is probably what Mamoru didn't want to hear.

"Everyone was so tense and now they're not!" she says with wider eyes.

"Corvus helped!" she says. Corvus takes a longer sip of the punch.

She blinks at Usagi. "Oh--uh. Maybe. I should had told you...earlier...Imma...gonna go. Before you punch me in the gut.-- just trying.. somethin new...."

She sneaks back under the table and stays there suddenly! Whoooooops!
Takashi Agera 2015-11-05 03:18:35 13652
Takashi turns away from smiling at Madoka's friends to... smile at Akane! "It's okay. It's easy to sorta get lost in the hum of all these people talking, the music, and" his voice dips lower and he leans in towards Akane "if past parties are any indication, whatever's in the punch."

Then he smiles. "I'm surprised I haven't gotten to talk to you yet, but I guess Infinity's so big there's bound to be a few students I haven't spoken to yet."

Takashi talking behind Madoka is bound to get her attention, but hopefully in a less startling way.
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-05 03:19:22 13653
Here, here is her chance! Ayana sees Usagi drifting away from Mamoru, and so she bounds away fromt he wall, ditching her phone into a fold of her dress, and pops up right in front of Mamoru. "Hello, Chiba-senpai," she greets him, friendly enough. "Do you remember me?"
Kazuo Takeba 2015-11-05 03:20:25 13654
Saito's entertainment at the event: idly keeping track of which student has consumed roughly how much alcohol. It's like a race! A very subtle one, in which the winner takes home a hangover. Saito's actual job at the event: keeping half an eye on certain attendees. One of whom just called a name Saito didn't recognize, and had someone he /did/ recognize look back. Well. That could be awkward.

A few moments later, Apatite filters out of the crowd near him, and he turns to regard her for a moment. He's not Kunzite at the moment; his span of potential reactions is limited... but he has a little leeway. And it might help that Chiba's attention has been pulled away, toward his date and a handful of other women. He studies Apatite for a moment, then turns to collect a napkinful of sweets shaped like in-season fruits and offer them to her. Several kinds of citrus, but there are apples there, too. "Please pardon my presumption, miss," he says gravely, "but you don't look as if you're having the best time." Not entirely because only Usagi right now looks like she's having the BEST time.
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-11-05 03:22:59 13656
"Sweets aren't really a big deal to me," Ikuto replies to the mention of buying cake if there isn't any when they go. "But if you want some and they eat it all, that's fine." He huffs an amused sound at the mention of a blonde girl with a legendary appetite. "I know someone like that." He could be talking about several people, actually. Or himself.
Akane Hino 2015-11-05 03:24:39 13658
    "It sure is," Akane replies with a grin, trying to brush off the comment about the punch. "But a party is a great place to socialize, don't you think? I'm always looking to make new friends! Because more friends means more happiness!" The girl sure radiates cheerfulness doesn't she. "Maybe we could dance in a little while?" She asks Takashi.
Mamoru Chiba 2015-11-05 03:27:24 13659
Mamoru is in the process of holding cakes and wincing a little at Usagi's... yell? Alcohol tolerance? Both? when Ayana pops up in front of him. He smiles distractedly at her for a moment, gaze flitting to make sure he's got Usagi's position locked in his peripheral vision, then looks at her again, a little more focused. "Yo, Ayana-san! Of course I do, how are you?"

A little more focused, but still distracted, because oh god Usagi what--

Gaze back on Ayana, and apologetic. "I'm sorry," he says, then leans in a little to say in a low voice, "the punch is spiked, and before I realized it, my date downed a whole glass of it. I have to look after her, so I hope you don't mind if I'm a little preoccupied."
Kyouko Sakura 2015-11-05 03:27:38 13660
    Kyouko doesn't understand secret IDs. She never had any identity to protect. Apatite seems to share this problem. Luckily she doesn't come right out and say "HEY KUNZITE" but she glances sideways at Saito-san with a look that says 'where's your ice cream now, old man', and a scowl that bares a fang in a much less jaunty way than her usual grin.

    "This party sucks." She finally says, not bothering to moderate her volume because this is another thing Kyouko has always been terrible at, but luckily the room is noisy enough with all the people that it shouldn't carry anyway. "It's full of weirdos and all the cake is gone." A heavy sigh is heaved. "I'm not even sure why I wanted to come, really."
Madoka Kaname 2015-11-05 03:27:47 13661
    "Yes, Sayaka-chan and I are in the same class. We've known each other since we were little." Madoka responds, only to see Mami's reaction to the punch. It causes her to pause, watching Sayaka drink hers. It puts a quizzical look on her face and she's about to take a sip when Sayaka mentions Kyouko.

    She suddenly looks a bit embarrassed, shaking her head, "No, it's okay. She didn't hurt me or anything." A darker blush as she looks over to Mami. "This is supposed to be a day to have fun, so we can worry about all that later, okay?" A desperate attempt at easing any sudden tensions. Once more she starts to drink her punch-

    And then there's a blonde girl shouting her name loud enough to be heard by the entire room. She pales, and then blushes even more furiously. "H-hello! Um..." She doesn't know her name! "Girlfriend-chan?!" She's so frazzled she doesn't even know what to say!


    Of course right then is when she notices Takashi right behind her, probably wanting his dance. But then Usagi just asked her, and wouldn't it be rude to turn her down? "Um, sure!" A slightly pained, apologetic smile is given to Takashi as she hands off her untouched glass of punch to Sayaka, who seems to enjoy it.

    She takes Usagi's hand and steps towards the dance floor. She might as well have fun, right?
Usagi Tsukino 2015-11-05 03:32:33 13664
Yay! She said yes! Oh, is this how boys ask when they ask pretty girls to dance? Heart flutter!

Wow. That drink was strong.

No, wait!

"MAMO-CHAN IT WAS TWO!"

There.

Wait! "G-girlfriend-chan?" Is she Mamo-chan's girlfriend?! SWOON! She should ask him!

Later! Dancing!

Then she's sliding on the waxed floor and her stockings, and she giggles a bit, keeping herself steady, leaning forward. "Don't worry, Madoka-chan. I'll keep my stompy feet away from you."

Hip shimmy, arm moves, nothing to this!

"Oh! I'm Usagi! Hi! Niced to meet you!"
Haruna Kurosawa 2015-11-05 03:33:04 13665
Haruna Kurosawa is hiding underneath the table in shame because she made things harder instead of funner and maybe this is a big PSA about adult drinks!

She takes a sip of punch and frowns and picks up the Virtue phone again.

Corvus is sipping his drink. He's enjoying the bold flavor of cheap red punch and cheap vodka Haruna got somewhere.

"I would keep it off, Haruna-chan. You don't wanna drunk dial that."

Haruna has a WAY too big of a cup she keeps sipping.
Mami Tomoe 2015-11-05 03:33:07 13666
Girlfriend-chan?

... that's not Homura.

Mami watches Madoka get kidnapped from Takashi (again), and she delicately sips the rest of her punch. "It's a pleasure to meet you, Sayaka-chan. You've known Madoka for awhile, huh? She seems like a real kind and gentle soul. Exactly what, and who, we need in this world, someone with kindness."
Sayaka Miki 2015-11-05 03:33:35 13668
    Sayaka stares blankly at the Odango-haired girl and her weird, drunken antics..Then back at Mamoru with an awkward smile. Wow, they sure do make an odd couple! Kind cute though. Glancing back at Madoka and Mami, she takes another quick sip of her punch and winces at the alcoholic strength. Woah, the punch is spiked! Guess odango-hair has a low tolerance to it! Sayaka seems alright though!

    Usagi seems to be asking Madoka to dance however, and Sayaka feels a bit guilty about bringing up that other business here. "Oh, sorry about that! You're right, later. Let's have fun.."

    Sayaka however, enjoys the tangy punch and she takes another sip, glancing back at Mami, "Hey, this punch is pretty good! You guys want some? Think I'll head over and grab some more, be right back!" And she's gone, dancing lightly through the crowds, not really watching where she is going..Looks like it affected her more than she thought!

    In fact, Sayaka is feeling just the slightest bit light headed as she wanders through the crowds, each step incidently taking her closer and closer to a certain fanged, red-head..Still dancing to herself and enjoying the music, Sayaka doesnt notice Apatite skulking about until she's nearly on top of her, practically tripping over her and nearly spilling her drink on her in her reverie!

    "Ack! I'm so sorry!" She starts fussing over the drink, definitely spilled over her own dress, possibly spilled over the other girl's as well as she fumbles for a napkin..
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-05 03:33:50 13669
"It's okay," Ayana tells Mamoru gently, as she pulls a small rose out of her dress. She offers it to him--it's been very carefully dryed and preserved, still with a bit of brilliant colour to it. "She's with the nicest girl in school; I'm sure she'll be fine for a few minutes. Will you dance with me again, Chiba-senpai? Everyone at my school said you only did it because you felt sorry for me. If you dance wtih me again, they've just got to believe you actually like me ... at least as a friend."
Takashi Agera 2015-11-05 03:34:25 13670
Takashi smiles at Akane. It's really hard /not/ to smile at Akane. Takashi is pretty sure he'd have smiled at her a week ago before he embarked on this little moral experiment. It's like... the sun, only the Sun of Happy.

"Well, friends are different than acquaintances, but I'm happy to make either. And dance partners." he adds. "Why wait? We can go out there and make everybody jealous of you like, right now."

Crap, did he just say you? He meant to say 'us' rather than putting the focus on himself. Maybe she won't notice.
Kazuo Takeba 2015-11-05 03:36:33 13671
"That's why people drink at parties," Saito says to Apatite, matter-of-fact. "To convince themselves that they're actually having a good time. I don't recommend it, personally --"

And then there is a Sayaka, and a splash.

His voice takes on a dryer tone. "For just that reason," he says, and there is abruptly a white handkerchief being offered to the red-haired girl.
Kyouko Sakura 2015-11-05 03:41:08 13672
    Kyouko has supernatural agility. It's even more now than it used to be, thanks to Beryl's super-charging of her powers. And so when Sayaka, quite by coincidence, stumbles out of the crowd and trips over her feet, spilling the drink, Apatite responds without thinking about it. She snaps out an arm, catching Sayaka around the waist to steady her, and deftly twisting in the same moment to avoid the splash.. although she isn't quick enough to avoid it getting on Sayaka's dress, only saving her own.

    Only after that split-second movement, with her arm around the other girl's waist in that steadying gesture, does Apatite seem to notice exactly who just fell into her. Saito-san gets to witness her face turn as red as her hair as a panicked look crosses her face. "Ah.. um.." She lets go of Sayaka hurridly, then grabs the offered napkin from the older guy. She holds it out towards Sayaka without looking at her, cheeks still red. "D-don' worry about it."
Madoka Kaname 2015-11-05 03:42:41 13674
    Madoka waves apologetically to Mami and Sayaka as well as she heads off to the dance floor. She's more the type to be led than to lead herself, but with Usagi's stocking on waxed floor sliding she doesn't have much of a choice.

    It's just her luck, too, that the current song ends and another, faster one picks up, one that all but requires quick movements, sashaying, and swinging hips. She does her best to accommodate it, all while worrying that she looks like a ridiculous fool.

    But not Usagi- she's clearly at ease and enjoying herself!

    "You aren't?" she asks in a very surprised voice when the 'girlfriend' bit might have been a bit off. "You two looked like you were dating. Sorry if I got it wrong!" More fast paced dancing and the lack of grip on Usagi's feet means Madoka at times is practically swinging her around the dance floor.

    Actually, it is kind of fun. "It's nice to meet you too, Usagi-chan!"
Mamoru Chiba 2015-11-05 03:45:09 13675
"Sure," says Mamoru to Ayana, smiling again. Then he pauses, because he realizes he's still got Usagi's cakes in his hands, and he can't put them back because they've been touched, and he can't put them on a plate because Kyouko will see them and eat them, and he looks completely stymied. Then he glances over at Usagi again to make sure she's still okay, and she is, but he still has a cake problem, so he gives Ayana a faintly helpless look. "Um, these are hers-- oh, you kept the rose! I'm sorry, I had some punch too..."
Usagi Tsukino 2015-11-05 03:47:03 13677
True to her word, Usagi tries very hard not to stomp on Madoka's feet. (If she does, she is very sorry and says so!)

"I think we are? Something? I don't know what to call it, because my cat will get mad!" WEEEE! Slide slide! "Can you twirl me?" Please oh please!

"It's very nice to meet you, too! He said he thought we'd get along. I hope so!"

"But he's very smart! And knows things like...the theory of...relasomething." She thinks. And thinks! "The theory of Relapudding!" And then she gives her own version of the theory of relativity, chock full of preparation of pudding! "And then you let it simmer for thirty minutes! And voila! Relapudding!"
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-05 03:48:03 13678
Ayana leans up on tiptoes, reaching high as she can, to place the preserved rose behind Mamoru's ear. With her hands free, she takes one of the cakes from him and shoves it directly into her mouth. See? she's a problem-solver! It takes Ayana several moments to chew and swallow, then she smiles at Mamoru. "Now you just have to eat yours! Problem solved!"
Akane Hino 2015-11-05 03:48:30 13680
    Akane doesn't notice the pronoun error in Takashi's words. Instead she simply giggles and nods. "All right, you can lead then!" She says as she playfully leads Takashi out to the dance floor, a bit of cheer in her step as she does so. Once she leads him there, she gets into position to dance with him, waiting to see how he will lead her. "I bet you dance well!"
Haruna Kurosawa 2015-11-05 03:49:43 13681
Haruna Kurosawa is moping underneath a table and peeks out finally after Corvus manages to talk her down from flipping the phone on. She stands back up and crosses her arms. Then shakily walks forward. She's going to find someone to dance with. She is going to find a dance and then she is going to leave and go cry into Tsukasa's chest at the end of the night and Tsukasa will relate the story about he did something similar when he was her age and he'll feed her tea and cookies and send her off.

BUT RIGHT NOW. A Dance. Even on her shaky feet!

Corvus is still on her shoulder. He's finished his punch. He seems fine.
Sayaka Miki 2015-11-05 03:53:51 13683
    Well. That was embarrasing. Sayaka suddenly finds herself being scooped up by some dashing stranger who twirls her around in a sweeping dance movement (Did we mention she's still a bit tipsy?). He even pulls out a napkin, offering it to Sayaka who smiles, face reddening a bit..."Oh, thank you so much! I'm so sorry, err..." Wait, that voice is familiar!..

    "Ky-Kyouko!? What are...How?" Ugh, this is so awkward! She takes the napkin, hurriedly dabbing her dress with it, wondering what she could possibly say right now that wouldn't seem awkward. Hey, she just found out that the red head had kidnapped her dear friend Madoka, and she's not such a good gal, even before she became 'Apatite'. Pluse they're at a party, surrounded by people...

    "Um..."
Takashi Agera 2015-11-05 03:55:22 13684
Takashi does, in fact, dance quite well. If he does say so himself. Which, naturally, he does. But it's also legitimately good, too. Just as Akane and Takashi are hitting the floor, the upbeat tempo song that Madoka and Usagi danced to kicks in. And Takashi does lead, somewhat aggressively, like he's feeding off the energy Akane is putting off.

Not literally though. He's not in henshin.
Madoka Kaname 2015-11-05 03:55:50 13685
    "He's one of the smartest people I know!" replies Madoka, "He's done so much to help me, both with classwork and getting comfortable being around people at school. I like to think that we've become close friends." Then with a giggle she leans in, slowing the dance momentarily, "But don't worry, I'll be cheering for you. You two seem wonderful for each other, I can already tell." Someone excitable and happy and bubbly is perfect for Mamoru, she thinks. Especially after seeing them earlier tonight.

    The theory of Relapudding mostly goes over her head, right until it turns into an actual recipe for pudding, "I'll try to get my father to make some!"

    'Can you twirl me?' A vexing proposition... but she's been having so much fun!

    "Okay, I'll try it!" She twists and turns, twirling Usagi slowly in towards her until one of her arms is around the blonde's waist, hand in hand, holding her close. She giggles again tugs with her arm, twirling her quickly as she spins away and- loses hold!

    Both of Madoka's gloved hands immediately go up to cover her mouth with a gasping, "Ohmygosh!" as Usagi goes flying across the dancefloor.

    Right at Ayana and Mamoru.

    "I'm so sorry!!!"
Kyouko Sakura 2015-11-05 04:00:13 13688
    Apatite still isn't actually looking at Sayaka. Sayaka thinks she has it bad- at least she can remember /why/ it's awkard. Apatite only knows she has these /feelings/ and she doesn't know why but they're telling her that she should probably run away, but she also doesn't want to. She peeks at Sayaka out of the corner of her eye, the redhead still standing there in her pretty white dress just a few feet away, now empty-handed since the napkin has been taken.

    "Why do you always call me that?" She finally says, softly but loud enough to be heard over the chatter. "My name is Apatite. I don't know any Kyouko." She hesitates just a moment, giving Saito-san a look which is half plea, half apology. She has no idea if he knows of her 'arrangement' with Beryl regarding Sayaka, and she's not sure if it would be better if he did or he didn't. "..sorry about your dress." This to Sayaka again, obviously. "It.. looks good on you." She's seen it before of course, at that ill-fated concert. But she doesn't remember.
Mamoru Chiba 2015-11-05 04:01:50 13689
"I-- but-- it-- oh no," Mamoru says, absolutely stricken. He's less one cake and there's a rose behind his ear? A dried rose, no less. Wait-- they have to know there are teenagers here and there need to be more cakes than that, right? They'll bring out more. Logic safely in place, he relaxes somewhat and takes the rose from behind his ear with his suddenly-free hand, tucking it in his jacket.

When he pulls out his hand again, there's a fresh rose, which he offers back to Ayana, and...

...puts Usagi's other cake down on a plate on the table, despite Kyoukos.

He feels somewhat doomed, but a young girl's self-confidence is in question for the worst reason ever, and that's unforgivable.

So as Mamoru finally reaches for Ayana's hand--

--they get smashed apart?! By a tornado!!? No-- a Usagi! He catches her at the last second before she goes careening into the punch bowl, and her hair and her floofy purple dress are everywhere, and she's between Ayana and Mamoru like a tiny furious blonde wall. "U-usako?" he sputters, then looks up at Madoka, eyes wide. What the--?
Usagi Tsukino 2015-11-05 04:04:00 13691
"He's a good influence on me! I almost passed my last test!" This is an Improvement for Usagi!

"Yes, he should! It's yummy science!!"

And then, spin preparations! Usagi is giggling as momentum is gained, and there's a happy shriek as she's spun away.

Spin, spin, spin!

MAMO-CHAN AND SOMEONE! (Jealousy!)

Madoka-chan! (Happy new friend making!)

Other girl leaning up! Touching Mamo-chan all knowy like!!! (GRRRR)

Kyouko-san! (Phantom spleen pain!)

OMGWTFBBQSAUCE--

She's caught by Mamo-chan and she's two seconds from asking him to hold her flower. (She doesn't have one, but she knows the meme!)

She is GLOWERING at Ayana.

"You leaned!" Invaded his bubble! That's HER bubble!

Rage Face.

"And." Quiet voice of doom. "You. Ate. My. Cake."
Haruna Kurosawa 2015-11-05 04:05:49 13692
Haruna Kurosawa looks towards Madoka and blinks and looks over at Mamo-kun and blinks and looks at Usagi and blinks and looks at Ayana---AND BLINKS.....

"H-hey! What did you do!? ARE YOU TRYING TO MAKE THINGS WORSE!" she yells at drunkenly at Madoka.

"I SPIKED THE PUNCH AND YOU'RE MAKING IT WORSE!" she yells.

Corvus just wingfaces and wishes he could go climb into a tablet again or something very much like it.

Haruna squints. "Oh."
Kazuo Takeba 2015-11-05 04:07:24 13694
The urge to interpose is strong, but Apatite keeps talking after her assertion about not knowing any Kyouko, and Saito takes that amendment to her glance his way as a cue. He doesn't actually physically fade out of sight. After all, he is a human being in a room full of human beings, honest, and they don't do that kind of thing on a regular basis. He does fade back a couple of steps, removing himself from the immediate conversation without going so far that he can't keep an eye on things.

Given what's going on over in Ayana's corner, he might be keeping an eye on the wrong --

Oh, hello, Kurosawa. Well. There's other staff to take care of the punch bowl. It's a pity he can't actually laugh out loud right now. No. Keeping eye on Sayaka and Apatite. Yes.
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-05 04:07:56 13695
Ayana blushes as the fresh rose is offered to her, and she accepts it happily, tucking it into her own hair prominently amongst the pansies already there. Her blue eyes practically sparkle with excitement--she gets another dance with the boy everyone was gaga for at her school!--

Then a blonde-haired whirlwind comes between her and her mission. Ayana yelps and spins away, then bounces off of Kunihiro Saito before she stumbles back towards Mamoru again.

Except she doesn't quite make it back to him, because the Whirlwind is glowering and yelling at her. Ayana's eyes widen in surprise, and she backs away a step. "U--u-u-u-uuhmm," this would be a good time to find a hiding place. Except she's literally in the middle of everyone. "Oh, tootsie pops," she mumbles to herself.

This was not a part of her mission briefing.
Sayaka Miki 2015-11-05 04:07:56 13696
    Sayaka shivers a bit in her soaked dress, thankful for the fur, mini jacket draped over her shoulders. And for the first time ever, she's starting to realize that Kyouko really DOES have potential for evil, and that she herself, was just blissfully ignorant of everything she was capable of.

    She doesn't even thank her for the compliment, but wraps her jacket more tightly around her soaked dress, having forgotten about grabbing more punch - for now..

    "Oh..I get it. Apatite then..Suits you, I guess." Cerulean eyes narrow upon the red head, a mixture of sadness and hurt reflecting in her clear irises. "I get it now, I was so ignorant and naieve, thinking you were an angel. But you were right, you DID do some crummy things, kidnapping my friend Madoka, among other things, I suppose.."

     She wants to say more, how she wants to forgive her, how she wants the 'old' Kyouko back, the one she thought she knew so well, but instead, Sayaka says something stupid perhaps, her voice softenning a touch as she just blurts it out.

    "Even so, I still miss you.."
Mami Tomoe 2015-11-05 04:13:40 13700
Mami Tomoe stares at the crowd.

Mami Tomoe turns to the punch bowl, and downs three glasses in quick succession.

That done, Mami ... looks wistful for a long moment. Sad, even. However, she is slowly sidling for the door. Mami Tomoe is out of here lest she end up adopting half of the group and having to explain to like five sets of parents as to why their children have hangovers.
Kyouko Sakura 2015-11-05 04:17:10 13704
    Apatite really doesn't know how to respond to Sayaka's words. And worse than that, the look the blue-haired girl gives her, so full of sadness and hurt. The worst part is, Apatite doesn't know /why/. If she had all her memories, she would understand. She could stick up for herself, try to explain. Try to tell Sayaka about her crappy childhood, about all the betrayal and the anguish and why she did the things she did, and why she felt sorry about them now.

    But she's robbed of that opportunity, and once again things just work out in the worst possible way for Kyouko Sakura, the story of her goddamned life. "I.. I don't.. know what you're talking about." She finally says, and she means it, but she has this sense that she /should/ know, that it's right there just out of reach, and it's frustrating her. "I never claimed I was an angel. If anything I'm the opposite." That much she knows.

    But Sayaka misses her. Augh, why does that tear her up in side? She misses the other girl too of course, or else she wouldn't constantly be secretly checking up on her like she has been doing. "I miss you too." She finally says, in a quiet voice. "And.. I'm sorry that I'm not who you want me to be. I wish I could be." And then she's turning, walking hurridly towards the door out into the hallway, her pace quickened and her face hidden by her bangs as her head tilts down.
Madoka Kaname 2015-11-05 04:18:15 13706
    Madoka hears the accusation before the admission and responds to Haruna with a quick shake of her head, "I didn't mean to! It was an accident. I- I've never led before!" They always make it look so easy on the movies, but it turns out more than a gentle grip is needed when swinging someone away from yourself.

    She walks off the dance floor in embarrassment, ready to go over and apologize even more to the trio of Mamoru, Usagi, and Ayana when she hears the second part of what Haruna has to say. "You what?" she gasps. Who would ever do such a terrible thing as spiking the drinks intended for teenagers in the middle of a charity event?!

    Madoka Kaname stands there, scandalized. She's probably the only one in the room who didn't see it coming.

    Also as the night continues on servers come out and refresh the appetizer and desert trays.
Mikoto Nakajima 2015-11-05 04:21:57 13708
Eventualy Mikoto tires of simply dancing and ignoring the crowds. "Looks like someone we might want to avoid the punch," she muses, leading Ikuto off the dance floor. She's caught sight of Madoka, and steers him over that way, a little concerned. "Shall we greet our hostess properly, then?"

Another twirl and she's at the same edge of the dance floor Madoka wandered off of. "Hey there, friend. Need a little moral support?"
Mamoru Chiba 2015-11-05 04:22:49 13709
"Usako--!" Mamoru looks up after Ayana, face incredibly apologetic, then frantically wracks his brain for what to do with Usagi-on-fire-- oh, right! Kissing her worked last time-- wait, no, she's drunk. He leans down again, his hands on her arms, and says quietly, "She was sad, so I danced with her last time. But you're right, I did tell her they were your cakes. Just-- be nice to her later? I don't think many people are nice to her. She needs friends."

A beat. "And look, there are more cakes now anyway."

He kisses her forehead, though, then straightens up and looks wry, one hand still resting on her arm, the other taking out his phone. "Did you have fun with Madoka-chan? Let me text someone to look after her-- she's more of a target than your friend Naru, I swear-- and then we can dance, okay?"

He takes his glove off with his teeth to do just that.
Sayaka Miki 2015-11-05 04:23:06 13711
    Out of the corner of her eye, Sayaka sees Madoka, and Mami looking kinda sad. She wants to run and talk to Mami, keep her company and maybe even ask her all about the real Kyouko, maybe even get some pointers from her Senpai..But suddenly Apatite's heading out the door and Sayaka frowns, hurrying after her, attempting to reach out and grab her arm, if she's fast enough.

    "Apatite, wait! Quit running away and hear me out! You did bad things, but I at least get to say this!" She draws a deep breath, hopefully managing to catch Apatite before she has a chance to run away. Again. "I'm not too happy about what you've done, what you're doing now, but there's only one thing I regret - getting to know the real you. That is the only person I want you to be!"
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-11-05 04:25:43 13712
Oh yeah, Ikuto heard the proclamation about the punch, and nods to Mikoto's suggestion. "Unless you want to get drunk." He follows her offer the dance floor without complaint. Though he does sort of hang back as Mikoto heads over towards Madoka. he offers a polite nod of greeting to the pink-haired girl, standing there all scandalized, but doesn't speak up just yet.
Akane Hino 2015-11-05 04:26:15 13713
    The energy surges into Akane, and she follows Takashi's lead quite well, giggling as she does so. She's quite the happy one and it's radiating well. "Ha ha, I could do this all night!" She says with a grin as she continues to dance with her new friend.
Kyouko Sakura 2015-11-05 04:26:42 13714
    Apatite is almost to the door when Sayaka rushes up behind her and catches her by the arm. FOr just a moment, the redhead hesitates, letting the other girl hold her in place as she says her piece.

    "I don't know who the real me is." These words are whispered, for Sayaka alone. "Please, if you find out.. tell me?" And then she's pulling away, banging out through the door.. away into the night.
Haruna Kurosawa 2015-11-05 04:28:12 13715
Haruna Kurosawa realizes she just yelled at Madoka-chan. Oh no! She's so hilarously drunk. So she turns and DASHES for the door before any staff or anyone can stop her---BUT Corvus-Chan leaves her shoulder and then lands on Madoka's head as he sweeps his wing off. Madoka now has a head bird.

"Hey...." he whispers down to Madoka. "I'm really sorry about that. Haruna-chan's just been going through a tough time. There's something important happening this month and she wanted to try something different. It didn't really work out. I'm sure she'll find you tommrow and apologize a lot. Please don't be upset at her?" Corvus asks pleadingly.

"I even went along with her silly little thing..." he mumbles.
Kazuo Takeba 2015-11-05 04:30:21 13717
Well. *That* was a misread cue. And -- impact! Saito reflexively half-catches at Ayana to steady her a bit, but his attention is not on the woman who collided with him. (Reactions are different when you don't really care if someone steals your wallet.) "Miss," he starts to say to Sayaka in that calm, grave teacher-tone... but she's already absenting herself.

It would be so much *easier* if he could just deal with the problem directly, but no, no, he still has a use for that identity. And that means he can't move as quickly as he wants to, either. He glances back at Ayana, who is playing against type as a deer in the headlights, and makes certain she's at least stable on her feet, and not about to be annihilated by Wrath of Girlfriend-Chan; then he follows Sayaka, coming up behind her just as Apatite flees. "Miss," he repeats easily. "I think you may have had a little too much of the punch. Would you like to sit down for a minute or two?"
Usagi Tsukino 2015-11-05 04:31:37 13718
Usagi feels like scummy dirt! Awwww. She didn't mean to! But caaaake. (HER cake!)

A very sad and dejected bunny face. "I'm sorry."

She's not being nice, is she?

She's being horrible!

However, there is a forehead smooch, more cake, and the promise of a dance. So she sniffs up her almost tears and nods. "Okay. And...and...you can, if you want, I won't get too jealous if you dance with her later. Or anyone else!"

This is, of course, a lie. She'll get so jealous.

But she'll be so good about hiding it!

(She's lying to herself at this point.)

But!

"If you do, tell her I'm sorry I got cake territorial?"

While he texts, she finds cake, and also one of those water dispenser things. Gluk gluk gluk! Om nom nom! And more gluk gluk gluk! (Don't worry, it tastes like actual water!)
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-05 04:34:36 13720
It's weird, being in the middle of everything, and yet not the center of attention. Mamoru turns to deal with drunken Usagi (and, distnatly, Madoka); Saito-sensei briefly makes sure she's alright, but then turns away.

Ayana stands alone in the very middle of it all, slowly turning to stare at the chaos unfolding around her.

What did she even do wrong? She was just trying to be helpful, and fulfill her mission by dancing with the one boy she knew would dance with her. Slowly, the butterfly be-decked fox-girl reaches up to pull the rose back out of her hair. She twirls it in her finger once, and then slowly lowers her arm to her side. The rose falls to the ground, and Ayana turns for the doors, picking up speed as she goes. Mission: Aborted.
Sayaka Miki 2015-11-05 04:36:14 13721
    Who is the real Kyouko? That's a good question, and one that Sayaka would really like to know her self..Which starts with finding Mami again! Sayaka sighs as she watches Apatite run off into the night, turning around to face the (increasingly crazy) party once more. Mami. She has to find Mami. And Madoka. And maybe Homura. But mostly Mami, isn't she supposed to be an old friend of Kyouko? And this isn't the best of times but..

    She might as well get acquainted with the blonde. She seems so nice and, kinda sad. Sayaka takes another few sips of the spiked punch as she dizzily makes her way through the crowds, searching for Mami. Catching a glimpse of curly blonde pigtails, Sayaka waves and calls out to her.

    "Mami-san, hey!" Quickly, she reaches the punch table, grabs a refill for herself, and a glass for Mami (along with those tasty mini cakes) before making her way towards Mami, "Here, I brought punch! You alright? Sorry I left you back there! And Madoka..Where'd she get to?"
Takashi Agera 2015-11-05 04:39:53 13723
Takashi continues to dance with the energized redhead until the end of the song, dipping and twirling her with much aplomb. He seems to be enjoying it, and she seems to be enjoying it too!

"Say... aren't you on the volleyball team, now that I think about it?" he asks, during a dip as he raises her back up. "Maybe I should come by and watch, if you'd like that." he adds. "I'm Takashi Agera, by the way."

The song ends, and he smiles, but gently slides away from Akane. It seems like some people are leaving, but just as many are staying - and there's an upperclasswoman who was talking to Madoka before. A very elegant upperclasswoman. He shifts over towards Mami as she's trying to make it to the door.

"Hello." he begins. Hello is good. Neutral. Nonthreatening. Right?
Madoka Kaname 2015-11-05 04:42:30 13724
    Madoka looks over as Mikoto calls to her while stepping to the edge of the dance floor. It breaks her moment of shock and she looks over to the older girl. "Maybe. It looks like I'm making things worse again," she comments with an embarrassed look, having closed her eyes. Moving further from the dance floor so she doesn't get in the way of any dancers she blinks and looks up at Corvus as he lands on her head, and whispers into her ear. Oh dear.

    Once more a highly embarrassed look crosses her face. How can she explain this? She has no idea who Mikoto's alter ego is, and doesn't want to go and drop Haruna's magical secrets right here in public.

    She holds her hand up for Corvus to (hopefully!) climb onto, "Hi again, Corvus-chan," she says in an overly happy voice. Then to Ikuto and Mikoto, "This is Haruna-chan's bird, Corvus-chan!" She holds him closer to her face and says in slow words, like one might to an actual pet, "Don't worry, Haruna-chan will be fine! I'll go make sure of it tomorrow. Now you should go after her before she leaves you behind? Okay?" She raises her hand and motions it away from her, trying to get him to fly off.

    Oh dear.

    "It's nice to see you, made it, Nakajima-san," she adds after putting the name with the face. "I love your dress. The two of you look wonderful tonight."

    At least making pleasantries is easy enough and will draw conversation away from conspicuously dressed birds. She hopes.
Mami Tomoe 2015-11-05 04:42:35 13725
Mami hears her name and turns, right as she is intercepted by Takashi. The conversation between Apatite and Sayaka had gotten her attention, and seeing the red-headed girl flee rankles some inner part of the young woman, before she smiles at Takashi cautiously- a little bit of worry crinkled around her eyes.

"Hello. It's nice to meet you. I am Mami Tomoe..." She trails off, as someone approaches. Thankfully, it's someone she knows.

Mami gestures to Sayaka, taking her fifth glass of punch. It gets sipped at. She uses the food graciously to help supplement the drink. "Thank you, Sayaka-san."
Akane Hino 2015-11-05 04:48:42 13726
    "Yeah, I'm with the volleyball team. I'm Akane Hino!" She grins. "Nice to meet you Takashi! You'll love watching me play, I'm totally awesome at it!" And the song ends, and Takashi is sidling away. Akane grins and says, "Don't be a stranger now, come see me again sometime!" She laughs a little more and stretches her arms over her head before going to get something to drink.
Mikoto Nakajima 2015-11-05 04:51:10 13728
"Getting drunk is boring," Mikoto confides, quietly, to Ikuto. "This crowd's busy enough." She flashes one of her little smiles and waits to see if Madoka is paying enough attention to answer her.

Eventually, of course, she does. "At least you're trying," she tells the pinkette, "Sometimes people just don't want to be helped."

She smiles a bit wider. "Hello, Corvus-chan," she greets the bird. "You be good to Haruna-chan."

She gives Ikuto's hand a squeeze, then hmms softly. "I told Ikuto I thought he should wear something with a tie, but you're right, this works."
Sayaka Miki 2015-11-05 04:54:14 13729
    Sayaka reaches Mami, offering her the punch and some of the cakes with a faint smile. Her dress is stained a bit by the punch but fortunately, its dark blue, so it's not too noticeable. Still, Sayaka looks a little sad about something, undoubtedly something to do with Apatite.

    Glancing over at Takashi, she smiles, "Hello, are you a friend of Mami-san? I guess there are still lots of people in this school I dont know very well. Guess I've b een away too long.." She laughs lightly, but it's a shallow laugh.

    Taking another sip of the punch, enjoying it even if it is spiked, Sayaka is still feeling a bit bold, saying stuff she probably shouldnt. She nods towards where Apatite was, glancing back at Mami, "You knew her well, didn't you, Mami-san?"
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-11-05 04:54:32 13730
Ikuto regards the bird. Looks familiar. But if he recognizes Corvus he doesn't say anything. He does, however, give a nod of greeting to the bird. Since yes, he does have a feeling it's a little more than just an animal.

Madoka's compliment gets a reply as well, "Thank you." He actually pauses a moment, before something seems to occur to him. "...Your dress is very pretty," he adds, of the pink-haired girl's dress. It seemed like he was a little late on the compliment, almost awkwardly so.

Mikoto's words of getting drunk get a chuckle. It was less that and more that he didn't want to not be in control of himself. Even the very idea of not being able to control himself made him queasy. He keept that quiet though. Instead he addresses Mikoto's mention of ties. "They don't suit me. Feels like I have a noose around my neck."
Haruna Kurosawa 2015-11-05 04:57:43 13732
Corvus gives a little half salute to the others and nodding to Madoka before he takes off after Haruna-chan. Ugh this is gonna be a long night.
Takashi Agera 2015-11-05 04:57:44 13733
Takashi looks over at Mami, but it's also obvious he managed to squeak in just before two of Madoka's friends. This means he won't get any time with either of them right now.

He smiles at Mami, and at Sayaka. "Sorry, I didn't intend to interrupt. Excuse me, ladies." and does a somewhat exaggerated - but still somehow legitimately elegant - bow out of the way between the two of them. This menas that he is nop, though, free and clear - and with Madoka's previous two friends talking amongst themselves, he can get the much belated dance.

So he moves over - but this time he shows up behind Mikoto, rather than behind Madoka, and smiles - and waves a bit.
Mamoru Chiba 2015-11-05 05:00:07 13735
Mamoru's really not sure what the hell he can say here without misstepping in some direction or other, so he just sort of smiles gamely at Usagi. He lets out a tiny sigh and thumbs out a text, taking his glove from his mouth with his other hand.

By the time he looks up again, Usagi's eating a lot of cake and drinking a lot of water -- good! -- and... damn it, Ayana's gone, and Apatite is gone. Takashi's still not dancing with Madoka, so-- he looks at his screen, reads it, and texts some more. He waits for a second, sees a response, looks relieved, and emojis before pocketing his phone again.

The glove's back on, and Mamoru silently drifts up next to Usagi again. "You know," he says quietly, "I don't actually want to dance with anyone but you," he says to her, finally -- FINALLY -- offering his hand, and a million-dollar small smile, the kind that's mostly in his eyes, the kind that he'll only ever give her.
Usagi Tsukino 2015-11-05 05:08:13 13737
Usagi is now more or less just holding cake now. Not eating it. She's not hungry.

She saw Ayana hurry off, and now she feels bad.

So she sighs, sips water, is far less tipsy with food and liquids, and contemplates how she's basically an immature fourteen-year-old girl she's not gonna blame him when he gets smart and lea--

Oh! He's here!

And, of course, he says Things that earns him a billion watt smile to match his subtle yet so true one, and she places her hand, FINALLY, in his.

As he leads her to the floor, though, she gets nervous.

"I was serious. Every toe cast. All the bunny faces." A hand is pressed to her stomach because there's a full field of butterflies in there trying to take off. "And if it hurts too much, my feelings won't be hurt if you want to stop, okay?"

Okay, they'll be a lot hurt, but mostly because of her and her klutzy feet.
Madoka Kaname 2015-11-05 05:09:56 13738
    Corvus takes off and Madoka acts like it is -completely- normal for a bird to give a salute before flying away, none the wiser that the people around her might not be so surprised to find out about him.

    "It looks nice!" she responds, "I don't think a tie is strictly necessary, and it really helps him stand out." This is offered as a compliment. Then one comes her way and she's legitimately surprised despite having been handing them out all night herself, "Mine? Oh, thank you!" She smiles to Ikuto while blushing a little, "I spent a long time picking it out; I'm glad you like it."

    Then Takashi wanders up behind Mikoto and she smiles to him, "Nakajima-san, Ikuto-san," she's only heard his first name, after all, "this is Agera-san, a classmate of mine and a member of the Science Club." A small pause and another blush, "I apologize if I'm being rude, but I've promised him a dance."

    She steps carefully around Mikoto and offers Takashi her arm, "I'm sorry about earlier, I didn't intend to snub you."
Homura Akemi 2015-11-05 05:14:44 13739
Homura Akemi is here, suddenly. She's dressed in a nice suit. It's not quite as classy as Mamoru's tuxedo, but she is approaching that level of class.

Her cold steely eyes focus on Takashi and Madoka. She's not so clingy or jealous that she won't let Madoka dance with other people, counter to what her obsessive stalking might suggest, but she's still... careful, distrustful of Takashi Agera.

If he tries anything creepy to her... Well, that's only if he's a creep.

Homura starts to approach Mamoru, since she may as well associate with someone she knows... but she stops. Nah, those two deserve their dance.

She has no suspicion that Mamoru might've been holding back on dancing with Usagi due to watching Madoka.
Mami Tomoe 2015-11-05 05:16:51 13740
Mami curtsies a little to Takashi in response to the bow, apologetic in the gesture.

She turns to Sayaka, her mouth settling into a tight line. The lines that it makes around her mouth and the crinkles in her eyes suggest this is a rather delicate topic, and her tone, when she speaks, is not the light and bright social persona that Mami wears very well, even as she pulls a tiny notebook out of her pocket with her phone and a small pencil. She scribbles a phone number down while talking.

"I ... did. At one point. Then there... there was a fallen apple, so to say, and... it seems like..." Mami's voice breaks a little, even as she reminds herself. Magical girls fought other magical girls for the Grief Seeds, she and Kyouko may have had something good for awhile, but in the end, did it, could it really ever matter? Was friendship a thing down the line for these girls?

"... Nevermind. Sayaka-chan. This is my cellphone number. Give me a call... and we can discuss this somewhere more privately."

She hands it over to the blue-haired girl, then heads for the door, twirling on one heel delicately.
Mikoto Nakajima 2015-11-05 05:19:52 13741
Mikoto nods to Ikuto. "I don't mind them. But I entirely understand the comfort issue. You look good enough without them." She watches Corus fly off, and nods to Madoka.

Leaning comfortably against Ikuto, she looks over at Takashi. "Good evening, Agera-san," she says, with a little half-bow. "We may have met in passing once or twice, I'm in the same class with Hannah Sharpe." She smiles a brilliant little smile. "Do enjoy your dance, we'll have other chances to talk." She waves cheerily to Takashi. "Be good to her!"
Takashi Agera 2015-11-05 05:21:22 13742
Takashi smiles. "It's okay. Akane-san stepped in to cover for you." he adds, with a wink. "So I didn't have to stand around the whole time, just most of it." His tone is joking rather than hostile.

Takashi bows his head a bit to Nakajima-san - but notably not to Ikuto, though he does make some slight eye contact - before taking Madoka's arm and leading her out onto the dance floor. It's a slow song, which is good, because it makes talking easier.

"Thank you again for the dance, Kaname-san." he says, looking down at her.
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-11-05 05:22:19 13743
Ikuto looks up as Madoka introduces Takashi. It is entirely possible he knows Takashi, given where Ikuto works. But he's not letting on, if he does. Instead, he offers the same nod of greeting that he gave Madoka as they approached, just a single polite nod. He stays quiet until Mikoto mentions she's in the same class as Hannah. Then he looks up sharply, a surprised look on his face. But he quickly covers it.

He waits until Takashi has moved off before asking Mikoto. "...You know Hannah?" There's a loaded silence after the question, for some reason....
Sayaka Miki 2015-11-05 05:23:38 13744
    Sayaka notices Mami's worried/sad expression, and her face falls. "Aww, gee, I'm sorry, that was so tactless of me! Yeah, let's just enjoy the party! I want to hear more about you.." She suddenly is handed her phone number. Well it's a start! Suddenly Mami hurries off to leave the party, leaving Sayaka feeling pretty bad. Did she upset her..? With a sigh, Sayaka turns around to say hi to Takashi - isnt he in a couple of her classes?

     But he's already running off to go talk someone or other into a dance. Looks like Madoka and Mamoru are both busy. Sayaka sighs, pondering leaving the party herself. Okay....Just one more glass of punch! She heads towards the punch table again, passing Ikuto on her way, and instinctively looks for Yoru around - he's always up to no good. "Ikuto-san! Heey!" She calls out to him in greeting. Finally a familiar face. "How've you been? Is Yoru with you?"

    It's been a while, and Sayaka seems to recall their last conversation about...Bad stuff, or something? right now she's a bit drunk on spiked punch to really care though. She's determined to have a good time tonight, darnit!
Kazuo Takeba 2015-11-05 05:29:22 13745
Apatite, out and fled. Sayaka, fled the other direction. Mami, on the way out, and Saito makes space for her, lingering by the door to survey a little more. Who's that -- ah. That's the one who ran into him. "Miss," he says to Ayana on her way out. "I apologize for not asking before. Are you all right?" What with the collisions, and all. "You didn't lose any of your butterflies, did you?"
Madoka Kaname 2015-11-05 05:32:59 13747
    Madoka is grateful for the slow song as they reach the dance floor, especially considering how the last fast one went. "The two of you looked radiant," she replies with a smile, "I think you made a better impression on everyone than I did with Usagi-chan." She's trying to play that off for laughs this time.

    When they're finally out on the dance floor he has her full attention, to the point that she fails to notice Homura's entrance. He did, after all, go out of his way earlier to ask for an 'uninterrupted' dance so that's what she's going to do her best to give him. "You're welcome, Agera-san," she replies, moving carefully in time to the music. She's no expert but she's a good enough dancer, especially when able to move easily to a slow song like this one.

    With a slight blush she adds, "Thank you for asking me." No other boys had, after all!
Sayaka Miki 2015-11-05 05:33:51 13748
    However, Sayaka suddenly realizes she has an appointment of her own to keep, and with a hurried smile and wave to Ikuto, she rushes out, "Sorry, gotta go! nice seeing you! Good night!" and she's off..
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-05 05:33:52 13749
Ayana was all set to just rush away into the night. But the man she ran into is calling to her, and she's not so far gone as to be ungrateful to kindness. Nevertheless, Ayana's blue eyes look heavy with unhappiness. She slows as she nears Saito-sensei, and then reaches up to wipe at her face. No makeup has she, so there's nothing to run onto her hand. Luck, it would seem, favors her in this small way. "I'm fine," she lies to him oh so blatantly.

"Just a complete failure, as usual," she mumbles, and then realises what she's said. "No, not that. Just ... parties suck. Dances suck. I didn't want to come and now I look like a complete idiot. Just like I always do." She's busy checking over the butterflies as she speaks, but she can't check the one on her back--the largest of them all, the pin that fluttered. And oh but it's gone. "I think I have them all," she says, then turns her back to him. "Is that one still there?" she asks. Nope.
Mikoto Nakajima 2015-11-05 05:34:23 13750
Leaning against Ikuto seems to be quite a comfortable place for Mikoto to spend some non-dancing time. She watches Madoka and Takashi move on, and nods. "Yes, I know Hannah." She gives his hand a squeeze. "She's an interesting person, don't you think?"

And then Sayaka comes over to say hi, and makes certain facts clear. Mikoto looks over at her friend and shrugs. "Hello," she offers to Sayaka. ... and then the girl dashes off. Well. "That was quick. And unfortunate. I'd have liked to meet another of your friends."
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-11-05 05:38:02 13751
The voice of Sayaka gets Ikuto's attention, and he turns to look. "...Sayaka." Hard to tell if it's a question or not; Ikuto has that way of speaking. But suddenly she's off again. Ikuto doesn't attempt to stop her, or to greet her. Probably for the best. As for the issue of Hannah? Ikuto is silent for a moment, but a moment later he gives an affirmative sound.

Mikoto's mention of 'one of his friends' gets a shake of his head. "She's not really a friend. Yoru caused some trouble for her, and she yelled at me over it, that's about all."
Kazuo Takeba 2015-11-05 05:39:34 13752
Sayaka rushes past; Saito estimates the time since Apatite left, and decides it's safe enough not to have to interrupt. Whether this is a good plan, well. See how well he did with making Apatite-related decisions last time? All the same. "I don't see one there," he says to Ayana. "Shall we look for it? I think I remember where we were standing." And he starts that direction. Not without giving Mamoru and Girlfriend-Chan a brief glance. Then again, if the pin got tangled in Usagi's hair somehow, it might /never/ be found.
Mamoru Chiba 2015-11-05 05:40:54 13753
She takes his hand, and for once in his life, he wishes he weren't wearing gloves. But it'll be all right-- everything will be all right, in fact. Mamoru's still smiling, and the corners of his eyes crinkle up as he looks down at Usagi. "Don't be so nervous! You'll do fine."

And-- he spots Homura in his peripheral vision, which means that as he leads Usagi to the dance floor, holding her hand up a little in front of them, he also relaxes even more. "Okay," he says quietly, turning them around with a gentle tug on Usa's hand, then reaching for her other hand as he settles that one at her waist. Quick, lopsided grin: it's a little hard to breathe, she's so lovely and he feels his face warm slightly.

"To start out just think of it like the toes of our shoes are connected by threads, maybe threads ten centimeters apart. Okay? You can watch my feet if you need to, but you'll pick it up fast," he says, still low enough only she can hear, close as she is.

"You can also count to the music. Your feet move with every number. Ready? One, two, three, four--"

And then they start to actually dance, and he actually shuts up.
Takashi Agera 2015-11-05 05:42:11 13754
Takashi smiles and continues talking through the dance. "I'm surprised nobody else did. They must have figured you'd be too busy for a dance." he says with a wink.

"I think I'd have asked for another dance even if the last one hadn't been cut short. I shouldn't have been talking about interships - that's not exactly the most polite conversation to be having with a lady during an elegant dance." This is sort of an understatement - but it also serves its own purpose - to call back the offer of the internship without actually making it again!

"And that's not really why I wanted to dance with you." This is not entirely a lie... "Ever since you got back, it's been hard not to notice you, Kaname-san." This is also not a lie, but probably unlikely to be taken correctly.
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-05 05:45:10 13756
Ayana's whole hair seems to droop as the butterfly is revealed missing. "No," she says quietly to Saito. "No, it's fine. It's just a stupid butterfly pin. It's probably been stepped on and destroyed, already, anyways. Whatever," she mumbles. "Are you a teacher, here?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2015-11-05 05:48:10 13757
"Hmmmm. Sayaka. Pretty name," Mikoto muses. "Pretty girl. You sure she isn't a friend? Maybe more?" She elbows him playfully, clearly teasing. She's watching Madoka and Takashi dance, while she enjoys Ikuto's company.

"So," she asks him, "How do -you- know Hannah?"
Kazuo Takeba 2015-11-05 05:52:48 13758
"It might have been. But in case it hasn't, it's worth looking." Saito does not actually physically steer Ayana in that direction; he does keep walking. Since he keeps talking to her, it's somewhat of the social version. "The worst that can happen is that you're proven right. And yes. My name is Kunihiro Saito; I teach history. You might say I'm a specialist in the worst that can happen. I don't think I've seen you before; what school do you attend?" Yesssss. Give him enough information to let him track down someone with useful contacts and possibly prehensile hair -- oh, right. Teacher. Looking for butterfly pin. Right.
Usagi Tsukino 2015-11-05 05:53:06 13759
Usagi lets out a slow breath. He thinks she'll do fine, so what other choice does she have but to believe him? "Okay. I will."

Her heels, which came back on between her third and fifth cake, click on the dance floor.

There's a lopsided grin that causes her head to duck, a little shyly, before she looks back with a smile of her own. His hands are warm, even through the gloves.

She nods, another breath, as she steadies herself. Watch his feet.

As the music starts, she does just that. Ten centimeters, one, two, three, four.

After a few rotations of not stomping on his toes, she looks back up at him with a brilliant smile. She's doing it!

And then, his eyes are very blue and she can't look away.

Her body relaxes. The hand on his shoulder lifts up, all but her middle finger arched delicately in the air, her spine straightens, the underlying beat of the song trickles through her ears, to her brain, and down to her legs as they move in a tandem she didn't know she knew.

There's a feeling of having done this before, but it's faint and barely noticeable.

Instead, she beams at him. "You are a good dancer. I haven't stomped your toes."
Homura Akemi 2015-11-05 05:53:23 13760
Homura spares a brief glance towards Sayaka and Mami as the two of them suddenly head out. Apatite is also gone. Apparently it's just Madoka and Takashi.

If it were Kyubey or Riventon, her reactions would be a bit different, but Takashi is just some kid she goes to class with that she thinks is a bit stuck-up sometimes. Not really a high-level threat, as far as Homura knows.

She doesn't spare anymore glances Mamoru's way. He's probably off in his own little world now.

For the moment, Homura just walks over to the punch table, picks up a cup, and helps herself.

Is it spiked, like she heard? She sure hopes so.
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-11-05 05:56:11 13762
Ikuto emits a grunt, more of surprise than pain, as Mikoto elbows him. "Hey," he complains lightly. "I've met her once. Twice now. Yoru tried to steal something from a store her friend was working at. She found me later and scolded me for not taking better care of him. Things like that make an impression, I guess."

And then comes the question about Hannah...

See... times like this are why Ikuto needs an editor. Because despite the appearance of being cool and in control of himself at all times, he can be a monumental dork sometimes. He's pretty much admitted that he knows Hannah, and he doesn't really have a lot to do with her personal life. So only her professional life could really be where he knows her from. But he can't say THAT either. So what does he do instead?

Lie like a cheap rug.

"...I've seen her in Infinity's Kickboxing Club a few times," he lies. "She's pretty good."

How his nose isn't growing, Ikuto has no idea.
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-05 05:57:39 13763
Ayana drifts after Saito almost by instinct, like a leaf caught up in the history teacher's wake. "Seishou," she says with a faint shrug, "but I doubt I'll show my face there again. They're just going to laugh at me for being turned down by Chiba-san. Of *course* he never really wanted to dance with me. He just felt sorry for me."

The fox-girl sighs a little, then looks up to Saito with a blank expression. "I'm Ayana," she introduces herself. No last name?
Madoka Kaname 2015-11-05 05:59:39 13764
    "Maybe so, but I don't have any official duties here tonight once we got started." She pauses for a moment and adds, "The thing at the start wasn't planned at all," by which she means the speech the other organizers sprung on her, of course. The wink throws Madoka off a little and causes her to briefly look away while she dances with him, only to be given a string of compliments that visibly fluster her.

    "Me? I've always thought boys never really noticed me at all." Despite the fact her mother has told her to act like they do anyway she's never really taken the advice to heart, as true as she realizes it likely is.

    She once more looks away shyly, not knowing quite what to say but feeling a warm flush on her cheeks. It doesn't hurt that Mamoru and Usagi are also there on the dance floor exuding an aura of romance. "Then... can I ask what was it that you noticed about me, Agera-san?" Madoka asks hopefully.
Kazuo Takeba 2015-11-05 06:08:21 13766
"The way that Chiba-san's date reacted," Saito says blandly, "/she/ at least seems to have thought he really wanted to dance with you. But it is courteous to let one's date have at least the first dance." No telling from his expression whether that's a comment about Mamoru or about Usagi.

He scans the floor in the area of the accident, twitching up the edge of a tablecloth to check behind it. "There's also this, about school gossip. It's a temporary thing. Like bad weather, sometimes it lingers a little while, but eventually it goes away." Granted, that's the one piece of advice that teenagers never actually believe, but the motion is gone through anyhow.
Mikoto Nakajima 2015-11-05 06:09:50 13767
"She -is- pretty good, yeah," Mikoto agrees. "I saw her at the championship," she adds. THe same one where all the damage was done that this event is supposed to cover. It was a good fight... up until things went off the rails. She smiles lazily, remembering it. "'Course, you've seen her fight outside the ring before, haven't you?" she asks, sliding her arm around him. Fortunately they're talking softly, and with all the noise and the music it's hard to overhear them.
Takashi Agera 2015-11-05 06:10:49 13769
Takashi smiles. He looks away. This is not bashfulness. This is him very rapidly coming up with answers to questions. But it could be taken the wrong way.

"Well, I cannot speak for other boys, Kaname-san. But I can speak for myself. It was apparent that you were special from the moment you walked into the room, to me."

More veiled honesty. After all - if it's working, why change it? "I couldn't point to any one thing." or anything tangible, really "It's just something about you that's different, from all the other girls. Special only to you. And if nobody else sees it, that's fine with me."
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-11-05 06:14:29 13771
Ikuto doesn't move to reciprocate the arm. But if Mikoto knows him, she knows that's just his way. If he objected to it, he'd leave or push her away. He's done neither. He does, however, cross his arms over his chest. "...Once or twice," he admits. He HAD been there at the dealing with Hannah's (former) boss. He'd left before the end, though, when everyone was occupied with what to do with the guy.

...That had been when he decided he couldn't trust Hannah anymore. And later, when he'd learned the man had been found headless in an alley somewhere... well, Ikuto wasn't sure he regretted the decision...
Mamoru Chiba 2015-11-05 06:16:17 13772
The rest of the world really does fade out, doesn't it? On some level, some part of Mamoru is amused by this: Homura said they were like a fairy tale, and now it's like a book, being here, doing this, being with her.

It's quickly swept away, vanishing into the sky blue of Usagi's eyes.

It's in my dreams I find the right moment

They step in time, they step in tandem, they move like they've been doing this for thousands of years; her skirts glimmer in the no-expenses-spared lighting of Infinity's auditorium as they swirl around her ankles, drift with her motion. It's effortless. He can't stop smiling, and he doesn't want to.

it is the night that brings me the moonlight

Other people are dancing, but they never even come close. Homura's drinking punch and watching Madoka and Takashi, and Mamoru's forgotten all about the xanatos roulette he was playing earlier. Apatite's not here, Sayaka and Mami aren't here-- he doesn't even notice Ayana hasn't left and Saito's comforting her like the kind and concerned teacher he is. He doesn't notice anything except Usagi Tsukino.

And though I know it's too late to call you

"I was thinking at the last dance I went to how much I wished you were there," he says softly. "I wanted to see you. But they'd just told me I couldn't."

your shadow's always right by my side
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-05 06:16:26 13773
There it is, the little butterfly. It's fallen under the table by where Saito was standing. It seems to glisten and maybe even flutter a little as he moves the tablecloth; or maybe that was just teh wind. "Yeah right," Ayana says to Saito with a frown. "The last dance was like a month ago and they're still talking about me. This will just remind them of how stupid I am. I don't even know why I bother with stupid school. It's not like I need to know any of it, and I'm bad at it anyways."
Madoka Kaname 2015-11-05 06:24:27 13774
    Madoka looks away again when he does, moving in slow step with the music. She turns her eyes back to his, looking up to him, when he speaks to her again. She's never thought of herself as special, and though people have told her she is before it's not quite the same as hearing something like that in the middle of an elegant dance.

    The blush on her cheeks only grows as Takashi speaks. Eventually she responds, "I don't really understand, but if that's really how you think of me maybe it doesn't matter."

    As the music keeps playing and they keep dancing she moves a just a tiny bit closer.
Kazuo Takeba 2015-11-05 06:24:34 13775
"If it's been a month and they're still talking about it," Saito says absently, reaching to fish carefully for the butterfly, "then they're either jealous or amazed. In either case, they believe you're doing better than they are. Perhaps that's the part of what they think that you should pay attention to." The retrieval is a careful thing. It wouldn't do to knock a wing off of it now. He rises, and presents Ayana with the pin. "As for school, I imagine that caterpillars spinning their cocoons don't know why they bother, either."
Mikoto Nakajima 2015-11-05 06:26:21 13776
Mikoto hmmms softly. "She's got an edge to her, that one," she muses. She saw Hannah that night too, after all. And certain other things. "Something like that, it can tempt. Riding the edge has its own purity... freedom. The wind in your face."

She turns about, keeping one hand on Ikuto's back, leaning up against him to pull him back into the dance, slow and close. "Sometimes it's easier to handle, if you have a friend you can trust. Someone to be at your back when you need it... to help you remember which side of the edge is which."
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-05 06:28:24 13777
The little fox-girl gasps in surprise as her butterfly is extracted from beneath the table. And such poetry to go with it. Oh those might be stars in Ayana's eyes as she looks at Kunihiro Saito like he's some sort of hero. "Thank you," she tells him honestly. "Thank you, Saito-sensei. W..would you put it back where it goes?" She doesn't quite want to turn where she can't see him, in case he's just an illusion. Ayana wouldn't put it past herself to accidentally create such a kind and gentle illusion to comfort her. But the butterfly pin goes on her back.
Usagi Tsukino 2015-11-05 06:29:02 13779
Usagi's always wished she'd held just enough coordination to dance and not cause bodily harm. In her mind, she was always graceful. However, in execution, well, Papa had to stop dancing with her because arthritis could set in his toes.

However, now, here, she is so very glad she hasn't been able to until now.

Her mind doesn't know this dance, but her limbs do. And only with Mamoru can she see doing this again with.

Of course, her attention is held within a couple feet around her. Him, and the next step, and the next.

And his smile. It stays, and so does hers.

"Well." If her fingers press firmly on his shoulder and her hand in his tightens in a brief display of...claim? no one can blame her, right? "Next time they tell you not to...come see me, anyway?"

It's supposed to be teasing, but it's more hopeful instead.
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-11-05 06:35:01 13784
An 'edge'? That's a rather strong understatement. But all he says in response is, "...Yeah." He's easily pulled back into the dance when Mikoto moves to do so. He doesn't seem uncomfortable at her closeness. But this close, she might be able to discern the thoughtfulness in Ikuto's eyes. Or is that sadness? It's hard to tell.

It's her words of a friend at one's back that gets the next response. "You don't want to rely on anyone like that," he says quietly. there's suddenly an odd brittleness to his tone, though it's subtle. "If you fall down into the mud, you pull them down with you. You get them dirty too."
Homura Akemi 2015-11-05 06:38:16 13785
Madoka is blushing? Homura peers. What?

Mado, no. No, Madoka, no. You can do better.
Mamoru Chiba 2015-11-05 06:39:12 13786
"I will," whispers Mamoru, leaning in; his steps slow and then stop, and he bends down and down -- a head and a half taller -- and he's just about to...

...both his Virtue phone and his burner phone start buzzing, and a feeling of dread settles in his chest.

He kisses her anyway.

Kaleidoscopic turns in my heart that burns--

...and then Mamoru's pulling away, the worry overtaking the exasperation. "Usako," he whispers, "we're needed."

And he tugs at her hand, pulling her toward the edge of the dancefloor, toward the door.
Usagi Tsukino 2015-11-05 06:41:21 13788
Usagi hears a buzz, and figures it's just those hearts in the background making noises because his kiss is very sweet and--

Suddenly she's being pulled away, but she follows because of course she does.

Worry blooms in her chest. Where's Ami-chan?

She starts running.
Takashi Agera 2015-11-05 06:43:17 13790
Takashi smiles. He moves a bit closer too, all the while as the promised dance edges closer to its end. "Kaname-san... is it alright with you if I call you Madoka-chan?" he asks, "If that's not too much."

"It is really how I think of you though - truly and honestly." For a specific value of truth, and a specific value of 'not giving Madoka all the information, anyways.'

With Usagi and Mamoru leaving, this leaves Madoka and Takashi rather conspicously on the dance floor with very few other people.
Kazuo Takeba 2015-11-05 06:43:19 13791
It is, indeed, the dance of dubious judgment, just at the moment. With Mamoru and Usagi to provide contrast. Mostly contrast. If one ignores Usagi's alcohol tolerance. So of course, they're leaving. Saito doesn't detach to follow them; he says, "Of course," instead, and steps to pin the butterfly in place. Doing so without pinning it to Ayana instead of her dress, *and* without actually touching Ayana herself rather than the dress, is a somewhat intricate operation. Fortunately, he hasn't been drinking. And fortunately, he's experienced enough not to stab the fox-girl when Usagi starts running. He straightens only afterward, and eyes their wake past Ayana's shoulder with a brief frown.
Mamoru Chiba 2015-11-05 06:47:01 13792
And Mamoru runs after and then alongside Usagi, long steps quickly coming up to pace her. Out the doors of the auditorium they go.

Exit miracle romance, stage left.
Mikoto Nakajima 2015-11-05 06:48:52 13793
There is no buzzing of a cellphone for Mikoto, no secret call to heroism. Just herself and the boy who called her 'princess', and risked his life to protect her. And showed far more courage and grace about it than any pampered privileged scion her family has pushed her at.

"You fall down alone, you get dirty... you fall down with a friend, you can help each other up." She can tell there's -something- he doesn't want to tell her, and she isn't going to push right now - not here, certainly - but she does want him to know that she isn't blind. And that she cares. So she enjoys the dance, even as the crowd thins, and the 'miracle romance' flee the scene.

Mikoto likes to make her own miracles. Even if she has to dig them out of the mud.
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-05 06:51:43 13795
Ayana holds very still as Saito afixes the pin to her back. She holds so very still she's not even breathing. Her eyes scan the room, and she realises Takashi is dancing with a girl. Who is that girl? Not someone she knows, but right now it doesn't matter. Right now, she is being pinned. Saito's hands back away from the pin again, it flutters once briefly, like a real butterfly landing on its perch, then falls still again. She turns, slowly, back to face him, a smile on her face. "Thank you, Saito-sensei," she says quietly.
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-11-05 06:56:56 13798
Ikuto is not unaware of Mamoru and Usagi leaving. And he does remember Mamoru's... well, would one call it kindness? Well... sure. Mind, Ikuto hasn't been taking Mamoru up on that offer. Doesn't intend to; he doesn't need to drag anybody else down. But... it's nice to know it's there.

Mikoto's words get a frown from Ikuto, but it's muted. Much like most of his emoting, in fact. But yeah. He hears. "...It's not always that easy," he begins. He seems like he wants to say more... but he stops.

'If you drag your friends down so far they can't get up again, no... they can't help you,' he wants to say. 'You drag them down and break them and then lose them. So falling down alone is the only option.'

He wants to say it... but he doesn't.

What does he say instead? He glances at the food table. "...Aa. Looks like everyone had to the food, like you thought would happen. Want to go get dinner?"
Madoka Kaname 2015-11-05 06:59:58 13799
    Madoka gets a warm and flustered feeling as Takashi moves even closer, though oddly doesn't find it as bad as her usual embarrassment. Actually it's kind of nice, for a change. The question draws a smile from her, "It's fine. I usually prefer to be called by my first name." It's true too, she almost always does. "It isn't too much at all, um... Takashi-kun?" she tries carefully.

    There are more people clearing out now, and the dance floor is starting to be a bit more open for those that still dance. The people that came to make appearances or chow down on free food have mostly left by this hour, not to mention those that have sudden pressing business, leaving the atmosphere a bit more relaxed and comfortable. The orchestra still plays on, staying so long as anyone remains to dance, or listen.

    For her part Madoka still isn't entirely sure what kind of 'special' Takashi means, but she does know what kind she -wants- him to mean. She's always wanted to be special to someone like that, and with him saying the words she wants to hear it's easy to just dance to the music and enjoy herself.
Kazuo Takeba 2015-11-05 07:09:43 13802
"A pleasure, Ayana-san." Saito bows slightly to the girl. It is, after all, a formal dance - time for the students to get a taste of adulthood. So why not? Particularly when they're not going to live to get to the real thing --

Teacher. Right. Teacher.

"Do you think it will be able to stay with you the rest of the night? It's been a little eventful so far, but things seem to be calming down now." What with most of the drunken teenagers having departed for one reason or another.
Mikoto Nakajima 2015-11-05 07:10:16 13803
If they can't help you, then you have to help them, Mikoto doesn't respond. She doesn't hear what isn't said, after all, except by the way it isn't said. So she answers what was said. "If it was easy, it wouldn't be worth doing," she says, squeezing Ikuto's hand as they drift back towards the edge of the dance floor.

Some people do know when to take a hint, at least. "I know a delightful little Thai-French fusion spot, a few blocks down," she suggests. "Shall we?" It's an expensive sort of place, but suitable for the classy dress and all-around sophisticated evening. And who knows who they might run into there.
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-05 07:13:50 13804
"I think ..." Ayana says, allowing herself to scan the crowd, "that I succeeded?" What?! She only just now really seems to come to the realization that Takashi is dancing with a girl, and Mamoru Chiba is nowhere to be seen. She won? She won! Ayana literally hops up and down (the butterfly wings flutter a little), and spins in a circle, then lands and wraps her arms around Kunihiro Saito in a sudden and highly inappropriate hug. "I did it!" she tells him excitedly, then rushes off towards the food and drinks table to see what scraps are left.
Takashi Agera 2015-11-05 07:20:24 13807
"Madoka-chan. That's much nicer than the formal name. And yes, you can call me Takashi-kun. That's much nicer, too." he adds.

The song ends, and Takashi does start to slowly disentangle himself from Madoka. "I don't want to keep you from anything else you have to do, Madoka-chan. That was a wonderful dance, thank you so much. I'll see you in class tomorrow, though?" he asks, squeezing her palm.

He's not making a lot of effort to move quickly away from her, though.
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-11-05 07:20:58 13808
Ikuto nods. Distraction managed, it seems. The thoughtful sadness seeming to retreat from his eyes, the brittleness leaving his tone as he speaks. "I haven't had Thai in a while," he admits.

...Really, he shouldn't be enjoying Mikoto's company so much. He ought to be pushing her away like everyone else. But after doing that for years already, it just... felt good to have a friend that wasn't part of Easter, who didn't know what was going on.

Still. He really ought to be pushing her away. Because he never knows when he's going to be called on to fight her. But maybe if that happens, she'll understand what kind of bad news he is...

...Though he still feels like a heel for leading her on. Kind of, anyway.

Selfish, that's what he's being. But hasn't he earned the right to be? At least a little bit, anyway. But... doesn't that kind of entitlement lead down the path Ikuto doesn't want to go? The path he doesn't want anyone else to follow him down?

ARGH why did friendships have to be so CONFUSING?!

Outwardly, though, he shows little of this. There's a bit of a distant look in his eyes, his brows drawn down in a slight frown. But one Mikoto's bid goodbye to whomever she would like to, he'll escort her to get her coat (he'll get his as well). And then it'll be off to the restaurant.

And probably headlong into more conflicted feelings.

Being a teenager truly is suffering...
Madoka Kaname 2015-11-05 07:49:46 13816
    Madoka smiles in response. Everything is feeling so nice and warm. The song ends and the next one begins and Takashi starts moving away, slowly. Oh, that's right. He only asked for one song, didn't he? She's quiet and still for a long moment before shaking her head, "There's nothing I have to do, Takashi-kun."

    She peeks off of the dance floor and into the crowd. Most of the people she was talking to before have already left, now that she's checking. Though she does get a surprise when she notices Homura. She smiles a little upon noticing her, it's true she'd like a chance to talk to her and thank her for coming, but if she arrived late she'll probably stay late too, right?

    "You wouldn't be keeping me from anything pressing." A short pause as she realizes maybe she's being rude, "But if there's something you need to do, I'd understand." She doesn't say it outright, but her meaning is fairly clear; she wants him to stay and keep dancing with her.
Kazuo Takeba 2015-11-05 07:55:38 13818
There are many things Kunzite is not used to. Being spontaneously hugged by excited teenage girls is one he didn't even realize HAPPENED. ... he hasn't historically spent a lot of time around teenaged girls. Apart from Apatite, who doesn't exactly hug. The baffled look he gives in Ayana's wake doesn't have to be feigned in the slightest. At least she's going /that/ way, and he can retire back to the sidelines, and start plotting how to track down red-haired generals.
Takashi Agera 2015-11-05 08:14:15 13824
Taksashi smiles. He finds the words leaving his mouth fast enough that he almost feels like he didn't think them - like they weren't a planned interaction. "Well since neither of us have anything to do, let's stay together."

And so they do, with Madoka not making attempts to leave the dance and Takashi unwilling to do so the same. He's making excuses to himself in his head. But are they good excuses? Are they TRUE excuses? That is a reasonable line of questioning.

Takashi slowly finds himself closer and closer to Madoka as they dance, and there's a breif moment near the end of a second song where he's now looking down at Madoka, and growing closer to her bit by bit.

She's teeny, he's supertall. This means the actual closing in period takes a fair amount of ...time.
Homura Akemi 2015-11-05 08:17:57 13826
Homura is suddenly right next to Madoka and Takashi. She didn't timestop her way over there, she just walked very swiftly and very quietly. "What in the hell do you think you're doing, Agera-san?"

She pushes her arms between them, putting hands on either shoulder, pushing Takashi away. "I don't know what your game is, but I don't like you getting so close to her."

Turning to Madoka she says, "This guy's a creep and a jerk. Don't listen to anything he says."

Then she's grabbing Madoka by the wrist, suddenly being very pushy, and starts trying to drag her away. "Seriously, what are you thinking? What did he even say to you?"
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-05 08:18:57 13827
Meanwhile, at the food table, Ayana is cleaning away the crumbs, and drinking all the last of the punch.
Madoka Kaname 2015-11-05 08:28:26 13829
    Madoka responds with a quick nod, and when the next song plays and it feels like it lasts much longer. She dances happily with Takashi, her dress swishing a bit as she moves. When the song is starting to come near it's conclusion she's dancing very closely with him. It takes her a moment to realize what he's doing as he starts to lean down, and her heart skips a beat.

    Just as she's about to close her eyes there's an arm between them and her grip on Takashi is broken as Homura shoves him away. "Homura-chan? What are you doing?" That's about all she can get out before she's being dragged physically away, blinking in surprise. She actually offers a little resistance, but it's nothing compared to the strength holding her. "What do you mean? Why is he a jerk? I don't understand!"

    She's actually a little upset at this, but she's also cowed a little by Homura's forcefulness and tone. She answers the question meekly, "He... said I was special."
Takashi Agera 2015-11-05 08:32:08 13832
"Akemi-san, I could ask you the same question!" comes Takashi's /very/ upset response as suddenly there's an angry girl between him and Madoka. He's... rapidly finding it hard to maintain decorum.

"I don't think it matters wether you like me being close to her. I didn't see her ask for your intervention." he adds, and his hand clenches into a fist.

"Those are some pretty nasty accusations, Homura Akemi." he says, using her full name to emphasize his position "...a creep and a jerk? I've never called you any names, why do you start in with the insults."

"You /are/ special, Madoka-chan." This is said with a lot of force. The Madoka-Chan is also emphasized for Akemi's 'benefit'.

"Akemi-san, first the WPS gala, and now this? I can't tell if you're jealous of her or jealous of me, but it's very unladylike." he says, positively seething now.
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-05 08:33:54 13834
Ayana senses, more than hears, Takashi's upset. She turns suddenly, and those little wings on her back flutter enough to nearly pick her up off the ground. She stares at the scene of Madoka being dragged away, then frowns a little. What should she do? The little fox completed her mission; but Homura Akemi was not on her target list. So now she's uncertain whether to help, or watch. Indecisively, she remains by the food table, picking at the crumbs hungrily.
Homura Akemi 2015-11-05 08:40:33 13837
"Well you are special. A lot of people think so. Kyubey. Riventon. Those people don't have your best interests at heart!" says Homura.

'I didn't see her ask for your intervention'.

Homura turns around and glares at him. "No, you didn't see it." She leaves those who don't know about her multiple past timeline experiences to ponder what that means by themselves.

When the accusation of 'unladylike' is levied against her, Homura extends her arm and makes a rude gesture at Agera. There is nothing ladylike about her. "You threatened Kyouko-san and Sayaka-san when Kyouko was weak. You also cut me off at the gala, and don't think that wasn't rude of you!"

She turns to Madoka, saying, "He is not the kind of person you want to hang out with! And if he thinks that words are going to stop me, he's not nearly as smart as people think."

She continues pulling Madoka away. Homura doesn't care if people think she's a villain for it. She's already given them plenty of far more legit reasons to think of her as a villain.
Madoka Kaname 2015-11-05 08:52:34 13842
    Suddenly Madoka's wonderful evening is turning into a disaster, or maybe a tragedy. "Wait! Stop! Both of you, I'm sure there must be some way we can work this all out! Even if you two don't like each other, there's no reason to resort to this," she cries as the situation rapidly spirals out of control. "And Homura-chan, you really shouldn't have done that. Not like this! If you had objections, you could have just said something!"

    'You threatened Kyouko-san and Sayaka-san.' That causes her to almost freeze in her tracks. She visibly pales. "W-what? Why would he- he wouldn't..!"

    Now she's looking to Takashi, "You wouldn't do something like that, Takashi-kun! You wouldn't threaten your classmates. ...tell her!" This is one of the downfalls of seeing the best in everyone. When two people are flinging such accusations at each other, who are you supposed to believe?

    All the while she's being dragged along by Homura, away from the dance floor, and Takashi.
Takashi Agera 2015-11-05 08:58:00 13843
Takashi blinks. Did he do that? Not Sayaka-san, but Kyouko-san, sure. But does Madoka need to know that? "I have no idea what she's talking about! Probably ridiculous rumors, or flat out lies, Madoka-chan!" he shouts. No, Madoka does not need to know that. It's just a little lie, after all. A very loud, little lie.

Homura makes tracks with Madoka, and Takashi wants to henshin and start blowing holes towards the two of them with Dark Magic. But that might 1) somewhat break his cover and 2) defeat the purpose of the ball Madoka worked so hard on by damaging some other bit of the school.

Wait, does he care about that?

But there has to be some outlet for that rage building inside of him. That outlet is the catering and punch table, which he grabs and flips. It's not a little flip - instead of going upside down, it smashes against the wall horridly loudly.

An instructor comes to complain, and Takashi angrily draws a shiny, black metallic Eclipse Executive card from within his wallet. "I donated more than this whole room is worth tonight." And with that, he storms off.
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-05 09:05:42 13845
Ayana stands next to the very table Takashi destroys. She stands very still as he destroys it. When the instructor lets Takashi go, she's still standing there, and he checks on her next. But she doesn't reply.

It's rare that the fox has trouble sifting her own emotions from Takashi's. It's very rare that she has trouble sorting her emotions from Takashi's. Usually, the little fox has an entirely different set of agendas from him. But for the past several months of her life, she has done everything she can to encourage Takashi's happiness; to nurture the seed of love and happiness she senses in there. And now, as he flips the table, the little Fox isn't entirely sure it's not her flipping the table.

Ayana finally moves to brush off the touch of the instructor to her shoulder. "Don't touch me," she growls ferally, fangs briefly visible as she scolds the teacher. One step at a time, the little fox starts towards the door Madoka and Homura were heading towards. Slowly but surely, she begins the hunt.