Bravery and its Aftermath

After the fight with Ayana goes south, Mars takes Sayaka to the hospital. While there they have a conversation about being a magical girl, but Mars has no idea how Sayaka intends to gain her power.

Date: 2015-12-09
Pose Count: 17
Rei Hino 2015-12-09 00:42:45 17982
Sailor Mars carries Sayaka Miki through the halls of the hospital, looking a bit guilty as she follows a nurse. She tried, she really did try, to protect this girl from her attacker, but things didn't go so well. Mars finds herself wishing that she had called for backup, but the battle went pretty quickly. Would there even be time for that?

Showing up at the hospital in costume was a bit awkward. Mars just explained that she really didn't have time to change after she saw the girl passed out. That seemed like a good enough explaination for the nurses.

As they enter the room, Mars sets Sayaka down on a hospital bed, and steps back as the nurse does some preliminary checkups. No broken bones, and all Mars got in response when she asked about fire damage was a strange look and a confirmation that no, there was no sign of that either.

The nurse leaves, and Mars sits down next to Sayaka, waiting for a moment. For what? She isn't sure. Maybe the other girl will wake up or something.
Sayaka Miki 2015-12-09 00:48:04 17983
    Well, the good news is that Sayaka's injuries are not severe. The girl was pretty tough to begin with, but to be fair, she IS still a young girl, and a mundane at that. Secondly, she was attacked by a super powered familiar, Takashi's no less. She suffered several lacerations across her stomach and ribcage which required some stitching and a blood transfusion.

    She's only in the emergency room for a short while however, but Mars is allowed to sit with her and answer some procedural questions as Sayaka lays in the hospital bed, weak and only semi-conscious, as the blood transfusion slowly takes effect.

    It seems an eternity before she finally stirs, strong enough to wake up and peer around her in sudden confusion, even struggling against the various needles, wires and tubing used to fix her up. She always was a stubborn one.

    "Ugh...What's going on? What's happening, how'd I get here? Kitsune! Where'd she go?!"
Rei Hino 2015-12-09 01:04:15 17984
Mars looks up as Sayaka awakens. The senshi of fire offers her a smile as she tries to resist the needles, putting a hand on her shoulder and saying, "You're going to be okay. You're in the emergency room. You took a few cuts. The fox girl ran away. I was able to drive her off, but... she still managed to drain you."

Mars plays with the end of her long raven hair as she looks down into her lap. "It was very brave of you to attack her, but... a weapon like that isn't much help against someone like her. I hope you don't make a habit of that."

She turns her soft smile back to Sayaka as she adds, "Though... you certainly have enough courage! I'm surprised that you were able to even see that without passing out. Most people who don't have magic just go to sleep the moment something like that happens."
Sayaka Miki 2015-12-09 01:12:56 17985
    Ah, a hospital. Of course..."Oh, I see. So I passed out then.." She sighs, remembering slowly what had happened. Sayaka had been attacked by the fox-familiar, just out of the blue. Why she had been a target, Sayaka has no idea. Was it because of her potential for being a Puella?

    "Ugh.." She grits her teeth, clenching her fists, "I just wasn't strong enough, was I. I cant stand feeling so..So helpless!"

    Glancing over at Mars, Sayaka's expression softens a bit, "But you saved my life. Thank you. Guess I'm too hard-headed for my own good. I always did try to protect and defend others against bullies. But I didnt expect her to be so..So strong."

    She smirks, "I suppose the 'smart' thing to do, would be to run away, but..I've never run away from a fight, before being introduced to this magical world. I must be so easy for you, having powers, never having to be afraid or having to run away from a fight.." Why, Sayaka almost envies her.
Rei Hino 2015-12-09 01:21:26 17986
Easy? Mars scratches the back of her own head. Can she really say it's easy? "I don't know if I'd call it easy. Doable, sure, but not easy. I'll admit that most of the creatures I face aren't as strong as the fox girl. Most youma aren't strong enough to actually win against a team of magical girls, but once in a while you have to face an especially strong enemy like her, and I shouldn't have taken her on alone."

Placing her hands in her lap, Mars leans back into her chair, looking up as she says, "And yeah... in your situation, it would've been smarter to run away, and she wouldn't have been able to drain you, but... I remember when I was first starting out, I didn't have any powers yet, and I was there taking on a monster I really had no business fighting at the time."

Mars holds her hand over her mouth as she chuckles. "I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm just as bad! It isn't wrong to stand up to bullies, but if you don't have the strength you'll probably end up getting hurt."
Sayaka Miki 2015-12-09 01:28:37 17987
    "Yes..I suppose that's right." afterall, how many times has Madoka been in the hospital? Why, she even warned her against trying to help, that she would only get in the way! But Sayaka just cant accept being on the sidelines, or being the 'damsel in distress!'

    "So, you were once normal then? Do you regret becoming a magical girl, or was it the best thing that ever happened to you? I mean, sure, sometimes you can run away. And oftentimes there's a hero to save the day. But sometimes, you have no choice, you're stuck there in a room with a youma, and if you dont have powers, and you're not strong enough, you're toast. Heh, it happened to a dear friend of mine and now he's in the hospital. Heck, he might not ever get to play the violin again.."

    It's a long speech, and Sayaka's already feeling tired and so she sighs softly, leaning her head against her pillow. She should probably rest, but she has so many questions for this Sailor Senshi!
Rei Hino 2015-12-09 01:37:31 17988
Mars listens to Sayaka's questions, and a bit of her story. So, someone she knows has been hospitalized due to a youma? And might not ever get to play a violin again?

"That's horrible," says Mars, with a sad frown, "I'm so sorry that happened. If I had my way we'd all just be safe from monsters like that, but... as long as there are people out to harm others for their own selfish reasons, then magical girls like me will have to fight against them."

Mars ponders the earlier question. Does she regret becoming a magical girl? She emphathetically shakes her head. "But no, I don't regret becoming a magical girl at all. It's something that I was always meant to become. It's who I am. Being a magical girl is tough sometimes, and you can't always be sure that you'll win even if you do have powers, but I wouldn't trade it for anything..."

Mars pauses for a moment before saying, "... but... if someone wanted to become a magical girl, I'd warn them to be careful about where they get their powers from. There are some trustworthy sources out there, sure, but there's also people like the Dark Kingdom who will offer you power only to turn you into a villain."
Sayaka Miki 2015-12-09 01:44:56 17989
    "I see.." She nods, eyes focused intently on Sailormars, totally intrigued and hanging on her every word. "Yeah, I can see how that could be. Even when my friend Kyouko, briefly lost her powers, she was kinda devastated. Heck, she was tempted by the Dark Kingdom too and became one of their most feared generals, because she regretted being so powerless. I guess maybe that desire can be twisted. But if it's for a noble cause, maybe that desire to protect others is not such a bad thing..?"

    Sayaka blinks, wondering if she's saying too much. But then again, this is a Sailor Senshi, heck, maybe she's even met and battled Apatite herself. "Eh..Hehe.." She laughs nervously all the same. "I'm sorry, I'm sure Apatite was one of your enemies at one time. But now she's been healed by Sailormoon and she's a good Puella now."

    And that brings her to her last question, "And what about you? Was your becoming Sailormars your destiny then? Is that what it means to be a Sailor Senshi?"
Rei Hino 2015-12-09 01:54:20 17990
"Oh?" asks Sailor Mars. "You know Kyouko? Yeah, I don't know much about her except that she's close friends with someone else I know. A friend of mine tells me that Puella Magi have a hard life. He asked me to lend them help if they ever needed it."

Mars smiles and flips her hand, saying, "... but don't worry about the Apatite thing. It's in the past, and we know that Kyouko wasn't really herself. If anything, the fact that she's been purified gives us hope that the other generals of the Dark Kingdom could probably be saved, too. Sometimes you try your best and someone leads you astray... I can't really hold that against her."

Mars leans further back against her chair, tilting it back against the wall. "... I think a lot of us are still trying to figure out what it means to be a Sailor Senshi. I know that I felt called to it, like the identity 'Sailor Mars' was just a part of me, but... as for what our mission and purpose is, well, all we know is that we're searching for someone very important to us, so that we can look after her, and we don't even know where she is and what she looks like. We're also pretty sure that the Dark Kingdom is our enemy, but we don't really know what their story is."
Sayaka Miki 2015-12-09 02:01:39 17991
    Sayaka hmms, "I wish I could help you out, but then I'm just an unpowered, ordinary girl.." She smirks, wondering if she should tell Mars about Kyubey, but decides against it. There are already enough people trying to convince her against making that contract, and she doesn't need more people preaching against her.

    "Oh yeah, I've met Sailormoon once or twice. She's a really sweet girl, I'm ever grateful to her for purifying Apatite. So I guess there's more of you, huh? And who is this important person you're looking for? Is it another Sailor Senshi??"

    And that makes her wonder all the more. Senshi seem so mysterious, from what little she knows of them. "So..Is it kinda like, your destiny, to become senshi? And how come you're named after planets? Are there more of you besides yourself and sailormoon?" undoubtedly there are, she's sure of it.
Rei Hino 2015-12-09 02:11:24 17992
Mars smiles at Sayaka, saying, "Someone like you would make for a wonderful magical girl, brave as you are. If it's the kind of thing that you want to do, then don't think you'd regret it." If Mars really understood much about Kyubey, this would be a much different conversation, but it's not something she's really gotten involved in.

"Sailor Moon is very sweet. When I first met her she seemed kindof unreliable, but I think she's coming into her own now. The fact that she was able to purify Apatite kindof shows that, I think."

As for the important person, Mars considers. How much could she really say? Well, Sayaka doesn't seem like a bad person, and the bad people kindof already know anyways. "We're looking for the Moon Princess. We don't really know much about her except that she's the Moon Princess, and we're supposed to be her guardians. As for how many of us there are... um..."

Mars counts off, "Well, there's me, there's Moon, there's also Mercury and Jupiter. Sailor V turned out to be Sailor Venus. So far there's five senshi. Plus, Tuxedo Mask helps us out sometimes. There might be other senshi out there, but I haven't met them yet."

Mars has to actually pause and think about some of Sayaka's questions. A lot of it is stuff that she hasn't questioned yet. "Well, we have ties to the planets in our solar system. It's kindof a mystery to us, so we don't really know the details, but I have a connection to Mars, Moon has a connection to the Moon, and so on. I don't really know how to explain it. I'm hoping it'll make sense to us one day."
Sayaka Miki 2015-12-09 02:17:41 17993
    Sayaka beams. "Really? You think so? That just made my day!" Unfortunately Sayaka doesn't know much about Kyubey herself. Why, he seems pretty innocent, and he sure is offering a lot, giving them a wish in return for being magical girls? What could possibly go wrong? Sure, there's old grumpy-pants Homura who's all 'Dont trust Kyubey! Ra-ra-ra!' and 'dont make a wish you'll regret!' etc etc. But..!

    Sayaka has a funny look on her face as she has these thoughts, yawning a stretching a bit. "Gee, I wish they'd give me some food. I'm so tired and hungry all of a sudden..." Honestly, she has no idea what Sailormoon is like when she's not posing and looking cool and fighting the bad guys.

     Sayaka doesn't know Moon well, having met her only once or twice. As for this Moon Princess? "Wow, a real live princess? That sounds pretty cool. I guess if it's destiny, it's totally different from making a contract, but all the same.." Maybe it's her destiny to be a hero too..

    "Ooh, you know Tuxedo Mask too? He's really nice. I guess I owe him a couple times for saving my life, and helping out Kyouko-chan too! How's Tuxedo-San doing these days, anyway? It's been a while.."
Rei Hino 2015-12-09 02:30:31 17994
Mars beams. She made Sayaka's day? Well, that helps her feel better after failing to stop her from getting drained. "Oh, I'm sure they'll bring in food soon if you're hungry. I think being tired and hungry is pretty normal considering what happened. You got cut up a bit, but... I've seen people recover from worse. I'm sure you'll be fine."

The senshi nods excitedly as Sayaka talks about the Moon Princess. "Right? I mean, someone like that has to be pretty cool, right?" Mars really has no idea. What would she think if she knew the truth? "But yeah... I know Tuxedo Mask. I can't really say I got off on the right foot with him. At the time we thought he might be an enemy, but actually he's really kind in his own way. He's a good friend, though I think he could stand to be a bit more careful."

"Right now he's kindof... well... he's having a rough time. I can't really share the details on that."
Sayaka Miki 2015-12-09 02:35:05 17995
    Sayaka grins as it seems that right on cue, they've brought some snacks! It seems the nurse wants Sayaka to eat to regain some of her strength! Why, she still looks pale and tired, inspite of her efforts to appear to be tough! Being helpless is totally not her MO!

    "Alright, food!" She's not as much of a pig as certain Red-headed tempermental people she knows(!) but Sayaka is still legitimately hungry, and eating all this good food certainly helps regain her strength a little. Even so, it looks like she'll be stuck here for some time longer.

    "Sailormars-chan, thank you for saving me and bringing me here. I guess I'm in your debt now too! I'll keep an eye out for this Moon Princess if I can. I seem to be a bit of a trouble magnet, although not quite as bad as my friend Madoka-chan!" She grins, "Seems like we run around a similar circle of friends too.."

    Her smile fades a bit when Mars talks about Tuxedo-chan. "Hmm? Is he okay? Is he safe? Can you tell me that at least?" She's not too sure what the secrecy is about, but maybe it's none of her business either.
Rei Hino 2015-12-09 02:45:11 17996
Mars watches quietly as the nurse comes in with food. She keeps quiet while she comes in, smiling at her breifly when eye contact is made and saying, "Thanks for looking after her." It isn't until the nurse leaves that Mars really starts continuing the conversation.

"He's safe," says Mars. "I think I can say that much, but... sometimes when you're involved in the magical world, really dangerous things happen, and you have to keep secrets. Sorry, I know you're a friend of his, but I just can't tell you. Even if you could keep a secret, someone might overhear it... but he's safe, I can assure you of that."

With a smile, she adds, "But really, you don't need to thank me or be in my debt or anything. This is part of my duty as a Sailor Senshi, too. Defending the innocent is something I was born for. I'm happy to do it."

Mars looks at a clock on the wall, saying, "I think I should go soon, but I'm glad you're okay. You might miss school today, but that can't really be helped."
Sayaka Miki 2015-12-09 03:01:22 17997
    "Ahh, I'm relieved, and, I think I understand." Sayaka smiles faintly at Mars as she explains how secretive the thing with Tux-chan is. "Well I'm sure you know best, I just hope he's not getting himself into trouble either, but then again, I guess that's what the life of a hero is all about, right?"

    Still...Would Sayaka risk everything, living a life of danger, just to become a Puella and a heroine? Possibly..If her desire was strong enough and if Kyousuke didn't manage to get his hands healed. But maybe she's getting ahead of herself. As soon as she is able, Saya decides she will have to visit Kyousuke, not like she hasn't done so every day for the past several months of course.

    "Yes, I suppose a heroine's life is never dull. I'm sorry to have kept you so long Mars-chan, thank you again for rescuing me! Next time I'll try not to get in the way.." She's got a sneaky grin as she says that..
Rei Hino 2015-12-09 03:09:12 17998
"Heh." Mars's laugh has a bit of worry to it. "Yeah, you're telling me. Though my normal life isn't that dull either. It's a constant challenge. Sometime's it's scary, and sometimes it's fun. I think we're making a positive difference, so that makes it all worthwhile."

Mars stands up from her chair, brushing off her skirt for a moment before turning back to Sayaka. "Be safe! Take care of yourself. If you need help, don't be afraid to ask a senshi!"

Mars turns towards the exit, never having gotten a good look at Sayaka's grin. Being a magical girl -is- fun, as far as Mars knows. Sure, some magical girls have it harder than others, but there's no way that Sayaka would get involved in something like that, right?