No More Hiding

Erin has been in hiding from the White Flower and her minions, but she knew that couldn't last forever.

Date: 2015-11-20
Pose Count: 15
Erin Takayama 2015-11-20 18:56:52 15711
Erin Takayama has been very difficult to find.

She vanished from the skyscraper without warning, taking several grief seeds with her. One would imagine that she simply went off to hunt magical girls, but she never came back.

She didn't leave any indication of where she was going, either.

All of this was intentional. Erin didn't want to be found. Not until the time was right. Not until it was time to strike. If Erin has learned anything from this experience, it's how to deal with magical girls and magical monsters, and typically it's better to hit suddenly and without warning.

Unfortunately for Erin, she's not the only magical girl with that particular set of skills.

For the moment, Erin is in her apartment, one provided by Virtue for the sake of keeping her out of harm's way. A kind of witness protection program for magical girls, or something like that. At least that's how Erin sees it. It's a sparsely furnished apartment, single bedroom, connected to a small living room and an even smaller kitchen, and most of the stuff that's in it looks like it came with the room. It actually doesn't even have a TV, at least for the moment.

There's several points of entry. The front door goes without saying. There's also a sliding glass door that leads to a balcony porch. There is also a window in the bedroom if someone wanted to literally break something while breaking and entering.

Erin is sitting on a couch in the living room. A wood and glass coffee table sits in front of her.
Hinote Kagari 2015-11-20 19:02:43 15712
Princess Runealy had made some orders. She normally did not. One of these recently was that she was to help protect Erin from her former associates. The other was to help keep her in grief seeds. Gao and Hino have probably been keeping shifts. It's Hino's right now. He's brought a pizza and it's on the table. It's hot and warm and pretty much filled with pepperoni. Half of it is cheese. Hino didn't want to assume everyone likes tons of pepperoni.

"I think we threw those others off. Things have been quiet." he offers.

"Also, have as much pizza as you want. I can order another if we need more." he insists.

Totally a case of talking too soon!
Madison Perry 2015-11-20 19:05:44 15713
    It had been quiet for most of the week. The White Flower has a long reach, but she's not omniscient, and Erin has done a good job of vanishing. Unfortunately, when somebody has the power that Hana commands, it's really only a matter of time until she gets what she wants, and in this case it seems that what she wants is finding Erin.

    There's a knock on the glass door leading to the balcony. It's not even a hard knock, the door doesn't shatter or shake, there's nothing aggressive about it. But the source of that knock is another matter entirely.

    Madison Perry stands on the other side of the glass door, a slightly lopsided grin on her pretty face, one eyebrow quirked above a blue eye. She knocked on the door with the hilt of one of her long knives.

    She appears to be waiting for someone to come open the door for her. Erin knows Madison, though- and probably knows she won't wait indefinitely.
Erin Takayama 2015-11-20 19:12:04 15714
Erin takes one glance at the pizza. It looks delicious. "Thank you! You've all been very kind to me, ever since that day..."

She's reaching out to pick up a slice when she suddenly hears a knock on the glass door.

Her heart stops.

She doesn't even need to look in order to know who it is. The number of people who would even want to see Erin right now is very limited.

When she turns towards the glass door, her fears are confirmed. Things could literally not get much worse. Her first instinct is to run, to flee, but she doesn't follow it. No, there really is no running from this.

Against what is probably her better judgement, Erin stands up from her couch, walks over to the sliding glass door, and opens it.

"So. You're here."
Hinote Kagari 2015-11-20 19:14:57 15715
Hinote Kagari would comment on the pizza and his kindness and what The Princess belives on this matter, but instead there's a knock at the window, a hard frown and a simple uttered phrase.

'To protect justice, I am Guardian Hino.'.

There's an orange flash of a transformation and he accompanies Erin to the door. His longsword is already drawn. It's not on fire- but you don't draw a weapon unless you intend to use it if you need to.

"What do /you/ want." he says.

If Madison wanted to hurt Erin or attack the apartment, he's assuming she wouldn't had knocked- but sometimes these people are crazy and weird.
Madison Perry 2015-11-20 19:18:41 15716
    Madison looks faintly amused as Erin walks over to open the door. She appears to be waiting patiently. Maybe she expected flight, or fight. Maybe she thought Erin wasn't as smart as she appears to be.

    When the door opens, her smile widens. "Hey, kiddo. Took me a while to find you, but you should have known I would." Her tone is jovial, almost friendly, but Erin should know better than to take that as a sign of her intentions.

    She casts a glance at Hinote, but seems to dismiss him, as if not finding his presence worth paying attention to. Her eyes fix on Erin. "So now that I /have/ found you, lemme ask you, kid. What do you think you're doing? Flower's been wondering where you got to, and you know how she gets." This is not elaborated upon.
Erin Takayama 2015-11-20 19:30:49 15717
Erin frowns at Madison. "I should have." Regardless of Madison's friendliness, Erin is wary. She knows Madison. She takes a step back from her. Erin isn't nervous... no, nervous would be a light, happy, simple feeling compared to what she's feeling. She's long past such feelings as fear, terror, or dread. There's almost a quiet resignation to her, yet at the same time it's not like she's given up either.

"Oh I know exactly how she 'gets', but I'm not at her beck and call anymore. Make no mistake, I've turned my back on her."

There's no point in lying about it anymore. Her intentions should've been clear the moment it was realized that she vanished.

"It's not too late for you, you know. You don't have to die along with her. I've seen the way these people fight, and I don't think she's going to win this battle."
Hinote Kagari 2015-11-20 19:36:42 15718
When Erin steps back, Hino stands forward and gets a little in the way. He's putting himself between Erin and Madison. His sword is still out. It's pointed towards the ground. He's not actively threating Madison- but giving the allusion that he could if he wanted. He belives this is important.

"She's right." he says. "I've made a promise to a friend to protect her from the one you're afraid of. I extend this same promise to you if you're worried- even though you did something terrible to a friend I care a lot for." he says as that grip tightens on the sword's hilt.
Madison Perry 2015-11-20 19:39:27 15719
    Madison snorts. She doesn't seem offended, or angry. Everything is always like a big game to her, and this is no exception. "I ain't the one its too late for, kiddo." She says, her tone still almost conversational. "I'm right where I wanna be. You, on the other hand, have made a mistake." She smirks, quirking her brow again. "I don't care how powerful these fools," And she getures, including Hinote standing nearby, "Think they are. Kill the Flower? If they think they can, they're as crazy as you are. Honestly, I ain't even sure it's possible."

    She idly flips one of her knives around in her hair, bringing the sharp tip up to tap against her lip. "You want to be free of her? I guess I can understand that. But there are ways to commit suicide that don't drag as many other people down with you." She laughs, "Though, since they're all gonna die anyway, I guess it doesn't really matter."

    She eyes Hinote when he steps between her and Erin, looking amused once more at his offer. "You seem to be under some misapprehension, pal. I ain't scared of the Flower. I just recognize strength when I see it. She appreciates my... talents, and I appreciate a boss who values my skills." She gestures with the knife, the tip coming an inch from Hinote's nose without actually touching it. "She values Erin's skills as well. That's why, I'm sorry to say, this little 'defection' ain't gonna fly."

    She looks over his shoulder at Erin, meeting her gaze. "I ain't gonna drag you back here and now, cause that's not what I was told to do. But she will be coming for you. I hope you realize that. You can't hide forever."
Erin Takayama 2015-11-20 20:00:39 15720
"Crazy? Coming from you, that's saying something," says Erin, with no lack of bitterness in her voice. "... but I doubt it's impossible. If she's so invincible, then why is she always so scared that someone is going to kill her?"

Erin is feeling especially bold today. Madison is probably used to her being easier to intimidate than this. At the mention of suicide, Erin glances off to the side, but she's quick to lock her eyes back on Madison. Erin's not looking especially aggressive, but she's tense, gripping the handle of the sliding glass door. She doesn't get past that, however, until Madison mentions her talents being 'valued'. The idea of being dragged back only makes her face that much more pale, her eyes just that much wider.

"I'm not going back. I'm not going back! I don't care what happens. The only thing waiting for me there is more pain, more suffering, more horror."

"Or what, did you actually think she'd actually go easy on me if I went back and beg? Give me a break. That's not how it works. That's never been how this works."

"And what happens when she doesn't need me anymore, huh? Am I supposed to simply wait and bide my time until she decides that I'm little more than another potential threat?"

"Maybe you don't care about things like that, but i'm sick of it. I'm making my stand here. Even if it means the end of me, I'm not going back."

She takes a step towards Madison, assertively, aggressively. Only Hino's position stops her from getting any closer. A Grief Seed is in her hand, suddenly. "This isn't about hiding. I don't belong to her. I wont be used like some kind of possession! That's all there is to it."
Hinote Kagari 2015-11-20 20:06:50 15721
Guardian Hino is not terribly angry, so it's easy for him to resist the gut reaction of shoving that sword forward into Madison when he flinches when a dagger comes close to his nose. It isn't a good idea to escalate this. Not here. Not when he hasn't warned anyone else. Luckily, ACTING TALENT let's him blow off the fact he could be shaking a little bit. That's good for situations like this at least. Maybe if you /act/ brave....

He doesn't move though. "So what are you going to do when she's stopped, finally?" he asks to Madison. "Keep running? You're clearly not being coerced or under some control. I think you're scared of what she'll do to you more." he says.

"Erin-san made her choice. She's done with you and your--- 'flower'." he says. "IF that's all you're here to say then you can leave now because I'm not particularly intrested in destroying a nice apartment over words that apparently had to be said." he spits out.

"The defenders of this city won't just stand there and let this happen. You know it." he says.

He raises his sword a little bit in front of him defensively now. He also moves to the side- in case Erin gets serious and does... whatever it is she appears to be doing.
Madison Perry 2015-11-20 20:11:20 15722
    Madison merely shrugs. "I dunno, and I dunno. All I know is what I've seen, and everything I've seen says it's going to go here just like it's gone everywhere else. A lot of bluster and threats, but in the end, we're alive, and you all are dead."

    She continues to look wholly unconcerned, her demeanor light, as if nothing being discussed is more serious than what is for tea this afternoon. "If the Flower were to bite it, well.. I'd just strike off on my own until I found a new place where I could feel.. satisfied." She winks, as if this is some sort of euphemism, and it probably is. For murder.

    "Like it or not, kid," She says, addressing Erin, "She wants you back. Personally, I don't give a shit, but in this arrangement I don't call the shots." She smirks again as Erin aggressively steps forward, but doesn't so much as blink. "At least you're not wimping out. I gotta give you credit for that, kid."

    She shrugs, taking a step back. She then jumps up, engaging her flight, hovering above the balcony. "Well. I think what needed to be said has been said. She wants you back, you ain't gonna come willingly. Fair enough."

    "For what it's worth, I admire your optimism." SHe laughs, then takes off into the sky in a red streak, and is out of sight in moments.
Erin Takayama 2015-11-20 20:23:52 15723
Erin lets Madison speak her piece. When she's finished, Erin says, tensely, "Yes. That's all there is to it. She wants me back. I don't like it. I'm not going back. Those are the key points and they have been covered."

Erin doesn't relax once while Madison is there. Even when Madison is leaving, it takes about half a minute or so for her to stop being so tense. She lets out a long breath. It's a ragged, shakey one. She closes the glass door, walks over to the couch, and sits down, huddling with her arms around her stomach.

"... So... that happened."

She takes a moment to rub her forehead, and then just rests her head in her hand for a bit. "I... sorry... I... You can never be sure when she's going to attack. She could kill a person without flinching. I didn't think she'd attack, but... I didn't want to be caught off guard if I was wrong."
Hinote Kagari 2015-11-20 20:28:23 15724
Guardian Hino watches Madison speed away. He slides his sword back into it's seath. He also doesn't untransform. He turns towards Erin. He watches her move towards the couch. He unhooks his belt and places his sword next to the couch, as he sits down. "Yes, that happened." he says.

He frowns a bit. "Don't be sorry. There's nothing to apologize for." he says insistently. "That was why I'm here to begin with, afterall." he tries to smile a little reassuringly.

"You won't be alone if she makes good on her threat, alright?" he says softly.
Erin Takayama 2015-11-20 20:35:42 15725
"Y... yeah," says Erin. She's not happy about Madison knowing where she is... but there's not much point in hiding.

Preparing would be better.

She pulls her hand away from her face and looks up at Hino, saying, "We should be ready for an attack. It wont take long, I don't think."

Erin looks back down on the ground. It'll take her a while longer to really feel comfortable. Or maybe it's like she said. She'll never be at peace unless the White Flower is gone.