Puella 101

Kyouko and Mami meet with Sayaka and lay down some wisdom on what being a Puella means.

Date: 2015-12-17
Pose Count: 20
Kyouko Sakura 2015-12-17 01:17:35 18731
    Kyouko knew that Sayaka had gotten magic. It's not really a surprise to her, although she's still not quite sure how she feels about it. After their discussion in the hospital, and then being told by Ayana that Sayaka had 'gotten some magic', she wasn't really surprised when Sayaka contacted her. But she was a little.. trepidacious?

    Ever since they had met, she had been the magical girl and Sayaka had been the normal girl who needed her protection. This was no longer the case. Kyouko can't help but be a little worried about how this might effect their friendship. Not to mention Sayaka was now part of the strife-filled world of the Magical Girl, although as Mamoru and others had pointed out to her, that had been the case already. At least now the girl could stand up for herself instead of needing to rely on others. But Kyouko kind of liked being relied on.

    All these thoughts and more are going through her head as she walks up to Mami's door. Good ol' dependable Mami. This was sort of a 'safe zone' as far as Kyouko was concerned. She knocks, and then walks in without waiting for Mami to open the door (or as soon as she does, if its locked), as if she owns the place. This is her normal way with Mami. She does kick off her boots at least, and then walk over to flop on the couch. "Hi Mami."
Mami Tomoe 2015-12-17 01:23:59 18733
With both Kyouko and Sayaka coming, of course, Mami didn't have the front door locked. You also fear a lot fewer mundane threats when you can summon large caliber rifles from thin air. She sighs as Kyouko lets herself in, and flops on the couch like she belongs there.

There's a large part of Mami Tomoe that wants to take affront, to march Kyouko out the door and walk in again, the polite way. But she knows that likely wouldn't work with Kyouko, it would be a lot of trouble... and deep down she's glad for any company she can get.

"Hello, Sakura-san." she says, though a large degree of exasperation flows into her voice. "Miki-san isn't here yet."
Sayaka Miki 2015-12-17 01:29:29 18734
    Well, Sayaka was gonna meet with both Kyouko and Mami after telling Kyouko about her plans of becoming a magical girl. It wasn't that long ago that she was due to be discharged from the hospital, and of course the next logical step was to have a chat with both Magical Girls to get in some Puella 101 training.

    However, it appears that she is in fact, very late for the appointment, which is strange because Sayaka's usually very punctual with these sorts of things. In fact, a good thirty minutes pass before both girls get the news..

    At approximately the same time (Kyouko a few minutes before Mami), both Kyouko and Mami will receive a very urgent text from Sayaka that reads: "Please..Help me!" followed by an address. Looks like it came from Sayaka's phone.

    Fortunately, the address is quite nearby, probably only a block away in a nearby park.
Kyouko Sakura 2015-12-17 01:35:01 18736
    Kyouko quirks a brow at Mami. "I can see she ain't here yet. Now listen, Mami, I don't want you fillin' her head with any of your-" She pauses, as her cellphone beeps in her pocket. She pulls it out.. glances at it.. and then lets out a choice curse that Mami would say is 'most uncouth'. "Sayaka needs help." She offers no more explanation than that.

    She jumps to her feet, henshins on the spot in a flash of red light, and leaps from Mami's balcony. Whether or not Mami follows is irrelevant to her- its only a few short jumps across rooftops before she's falling to the ground in a flutter of skirts at the place Sayaka messaged, eyes flashing about for either Sayaka or signs of danger.
Mami Tomoe 2015-12-17 01:38:55 18737
Naturally Mami Tomoe is close behind Kyouko, using her ribbons to lash swingpoints around and making as good time through the air as her once-kohai. With Mami, there are a lot of her enemies that could've sent that text and expected help, to say nothing of an intended future partner in witch hunting!

She lands next to Kyouko, and her eyes scan the same - but she also calls out for Sayaka mentally. "Miki-san, where are you? Sakura-san and I came as fast as we could. Is it a Witch?"
Sayaka Miki 2015-12-17 01:48:52 18740
    It's not hard to find Sayaka, although she hasn't sent a message since that first one. She lays on the ground, barely conscious, her soul gem laying next to her not far away. It's almost completely black, clearly tainted as if she's used quite a bit too much magic.

    She's of course unhenshined, having reverted back once she was a safe distance away from the danger. Without her healing abilities and with most of her energy used up, she retains the many gashes and claw marks received from the horde of Youma, in addition to Ayana's brutal hammar attacks and energy draining assaults rolled into one.

    Fresh out of the hospital, and she looks like she might need to go back, unless the Puella can heal her up first!
Kyouko Sakura 2015-12-17 01:51:34 18742
    Kyouko spots Sayaka right away, and the color drains from her face. "Ah, lord." She mutters to herself, striding over at a pace that isn't quite a run but isn't far off. She kneels down quickly and pulls Sayaka up against her, supporting the girl. "Saya-chan? Saya-chan!" She taps the girl's cheek briefly.. then her eyes flick over and land on the Soul Gem. She sighs softly.

    "Ah.. right." She digs around in her pocket and comes out with a Grief Seed. Still holding up Sayaka, she tosses it towards Mami. "Mami, would you?" She gestures towards the blue Soul Gem on the ground. Then she looks back down at Sayaka. "And here I thought you'd be safer.. you're gonna give me a heart attack, girl."
Mami Tomoe 2015-12-17 01:54:26 18743
Mami catches the Grief Seed in the air and leans down to Sayaka's soul gem. "Didn't anyone warn you that you need to be careful with your magic? You can't just burn yourself out all at once like this..." Mami says, touching the black Grief Seed to Sayaka's soul gem, where it pulls the dark pollution from it.

"What were you fighting that got you beat up like this?" she asks. Something about the nature of the scars and wounds doesn't seem like a Witch. Plus, if she'd been this weak in a Labrynth... she wouldn't be here, that's for sure.

"What were you doing?"
Sayaka Miki 2015-12-17 02:01:21 18744
    Sayaka seems eerily still in Kyouko's arms..As if she were in a deep sleep. It's only when Mami purifies her soul gem, that she stirs, indigo eyes opening slowly as she focuses on Kyouko and Mami. "Kyou-chan..Mami-san.." Her voice is soft, but she can gradually feel her energy coming back.

    Frowning a little, she glances around, trying to figure out what happened. "Oh....Heh.." She smirks, "I'm sorry. I guess I've been more trouble as a Puella, than as a Rattan.."

    Sayaka sighs, looking at her soulgem as it reverts back into a magical ring on her finger. "Well, actually, I was returning from the hospital, when I ran into trouble..Some villain named Riventon was absorbing massive amounts of energy on a nearby rooftop, using a giant magical wheel thing..And apparently his familiar is Ayana, the girl who put me in the hospital."

    As if that wasn't creepy coincidence enough.."I guess I must have overdone it, every time I came near Ayana, she drained my energy..Then Riventon unleashed hordes of Youma on us all. Fortunately I wasnt alone, Cute Wolf Tsukiko and Homura were there, among some others I dont know. But I must have used up too much magic too quickly, amnd..."

    She looks away, feeling a bit ashamed of herself. How foolish of her, crashing and burning on her first magical girl run, testing the limits of her powers, and in such a massive fight too.
Kyouko Sakura 2015-12-17 02:06:18 18746
    Kyouko scowls at Mami. "I told her! Before she even went and wished!" She turns that scowl on Sayaka. "Maybe you should have listened to me!" Her expression softens a little bit as she listens to the girl talk.. she does remember what it's like, after all, to be new. The unfamiliar power. Its all vague, hazy past to her, but she does remember.

    "Ayana.." She mutters. "So that's how she knew. And Riventon.." She's heard the name, but she doesn't know that he and Takashi are the same person, so she doesn't know just how much she owes him a beating. "And.. oh lord. Does this mean I owe Homura?" She sighs. Well, there are worse things. Like Sayaka being dead.

    Even though it looks like Sayaka is recovering once Mami purifies her Gem, Kyouko stands and sweeps the blue-haired girl up with her, princess-style. "Let's go back to Mami's apartment. Then we can talk." She puts some emphasis on that word.. and then leaps up into the air, carrying Sayaka the block to the balcony of Mami's place, where she sets her down. She didn't want Sayaka to have to henshin again so soon.
Mami Tomoe 2015-12-17 02:20:00 18747
Mami sighs as she finishes bleeding the blue-haired girl's energy into the Grief Seed. "Well, I think I might have told her too." she admits. It turns out Mami was quite worried too, though she might have expressed it in a bit more... nuanced manner than her once-partner.

"Miki-san, you need to be careful. I understand wanting to get involved..." and Mami really, really does "...but it doesn't do anybody any good if you burn out your magic and die for it!" Well, anyone except Kyubey.

Mami follows them to her own apartment, providing a shoulder for Sayaka to lean on if she needs one, bringing her over to the same couch Kyouko was on earlier.

"Let me get you something to eat. Just rest for a moment."
Sayaka Miki 2015-12-17 02:22:21 18749
    Sayaka frowns, shaking her head. "Don't..Kyouko. Dont tell me I was foolish! I made a good wish, something I could never regret. Even if it caused me this much trouble already, I'm not sorry I made it. So don't judge me..Please." Actually, she was a little fearful to tell Kyouko she had gone and made a wish to begin with, uncertain of how she would react, and not entirely sure why it bothered her so much if she knew the nature of her wish.

    Still, she lets herself be swept up, still feeling tired and a little fearful to even attempt to henshin again, as she leans a bit tiredly on both Puella. "But..I'm sorry if I worried you. Really. I guess there's a ton of stuff I still need to learn about being a Puella, before I go rushing into battles like that. Again.." Not that Sayaka would have been able to simply run away while people were getting hurt by Riventon's energy draining wheel.

    What decent, self-respecting heroine would run away from a fight afterall? She glances over at Mami, smiling faintly, "Thanks for healing me up..Guess I owe you both."
Kyouko Sakura 2015-12-17 02:26:18 18750
    Kyouko helps Mami get Sayaka to the couch, then she flops down next to the blue-haired girl while Mami goes to get snacks, crossing her arms over her chest and scowling at Sayaka. It's a scowl of worry though, and if Sayaka knows her at all by this point, she'll be able to tell its primarily that and not anger on the redhead's face. "I didn't say you were foolish. And if you made a good wish then.. good. I'm not mad about that."

    "But I /am/ mad that you apparently didn't listen to me the other night! I /told/ you about how you have to cleanse our Soul Gems with Grief Seeds didn't I? You should have made sure you had one before you went getting into a fight like that." She sighs after a moment though and leans back, looking away to watch Mami in the kitchen. "I'd never judge, you, Saya-chan. I just don't want you to get hurt again."
Mami Tomoe 2015-12-17 02:41:00 18753
Mami tilts her head slightly at the interaction between Sayaka and Kyouko. She listens a bit thoughtfully, before she comments on her own. "Really, right after you contract is a dangerous time to be throwing magic around... no grief seeds can put yourself in a real predicament, as you see here."

Mami looks at Sayaka. "Miki-san, it's very important that you keep some spares on you, especially if you're going to fight something that isn't a witch."

Curiosity gets the better of Mami, and she asks a bit quietly, after getting up and returning with a slice of lemon pie. "I am glad that you found something worth wishing for. Are you happy, Miki-san?"
Sayaka Miki 2015-12-17 02:42:39 18754
    Sayaka sighs tiredly as she lays back against the couch, staring upwards towards the ceiling as if lost in thought. And indeed, she's still imagining the happiness she saw on Kyousuke's face when his wounds had been miraculously healed...In fact, she blushes faintly as she fantasizes about Kyousuke..Before something in Kyouko's voice brings her back to reality.

    "I know! I just thought at first..Maybe this was a witch. But I guess it's not always easy to determine, or find a witch." She frowns, "Soo basically I should only focus on witches until I can obtain enough grief seeds? Wow, you make it sound so hard being a Puella Magi."

    Why, it must be so easy for the likes of Sailormoon and her friends, who dont have to go and fight a powerful monster just to survive, before they can even consider entering any other kind of battle!

    "Soo...That's why Homura suddenly retreated mid-battle, I guess.."

    Finally, she glances back at Mami, that weird, dreamy look glossing over her eyes again, the faint blush in her cheeks perhaps giving her away. "Yes. I am happy. How could I not be, after what I wished for.."
Kyouko Sakura 2015-12-17 02:48:17 18755
    Kyouko nods her head in agreement with Mami. "You'll find you can sense Witches. You can feel them from pretty far away, different from other kinds of monsters. I guess you wouldn't necessarily know what that feels like yet, though." She tells Sayaka.. then reaches into her pocket and pulls out another Grief Seed. She presses this into the blue-haired girl's hand. "Here. For emergencies. Don't worry, I have a few."

    "It ain't easy. I told you that, too." Kyouko says, just a hint of impatience in her voice. She can't help but feel a little bit frustrated- not that Sayaka wished, but that the girl apparently didn't believe her, or thought she was exaggerating about the things she had told her the other night.

    When Mami asks about the wish, and that look crosses over Sayaka's face, Kyouko says nothing, but she looks away with a hint of a frown on her face and a hint of color in her cheeks.
Mami Tomoe 2015-12-17 03:01:07 18757
Mami's eyebrow raises. It's a slight gesture, only a momentary betrayal of her inward thoughts against her outward decorum. The fact that Kyouko is giving Sayaka grief seeds is not something Mami would have considered possible a scant few months ago.

"Right now, you should rest, Miki-san. But you should consider joining me on a hunt sometime - so you can learn the ropes properly." she says, and her eyes drift to Kyouko.

"I've wanted to show you more of our world, to let you understand as much as I could before you made the contract. But you look happy now, so I'm sure it's not something you'll regret."
Sayaka Miki 2015-12-17 03:05:17 18759
    "But...It doesn't matter. No matter how hard it is, it's still worth it! So.." She grins, "I'll just try harder. I'll fight hard for my wish!" Yes, it's definitely worth it, even if it requires a bit of pain. Sure, it's a lot harder than what Sayaka believed it would be, and Sayaka had a rather romanticized vision of it, but..

    Kyouko presses the grief seed in her hand, and Sayaka smiles, "Thanks. Kyouko, I owe you one.." She places the grief seed somewhere safe in her pocket, altough as Kyouko looks away, it affects Sayaka somehow..Did she..Not like Kyousuke, or..Was it something else?

    Biting her lip, Sayaka tries to shrug it off. Maybe she's just mad about Sayaka being rash, that's all..To take her mind off things, she glances over at Mami, whose response is a bit gentler at least.

    "Soo...I can sense witches too? How exactly does that work, and how are they different from other enemies out there? I mean, sure they have those labrynth things right? And that time that Madoka and I got lost in a labrynth, there was that weird egg-thing on the surface before we got sucked in. What was that all about?"
Kyouko Sakura 2015-12-17 03:07:20 18760
    "Don't worry about it." Kyouko says to Sayaka, and her tone suggests she means it. "You need it more than I do, right now. Once you get your feet under you some more, you can pay me back sometime." Whatever cloud had passed over her face at seeing Sayaka's happy reaction to her wish goes as fast as it comes, and she glances back to the girl with a slight, lopsided smile.

    She doesn't disagree with Mami saying she'll take Sayaka on a hunt, either. "I'll help you too, Saya-chan, of course." She tells the girl next to her. "Anytime you want. But you should go with Mami too. She's a pretty good teacher, actually. She.. kinda showed me the ropes, when I was new." She scowls over at Mami. "Don't let that go to your head or nothin' Mami. S'just the truth."

    She lets Mami field that question about the Witch portal.
Mami Tomoe 2015-12-17 03:21:38 18762
Mami looks down at Sayaka. She knows that there's something else going on here, some sort of undercurrent between Kyouko and Sayaka that maybe they're also both not aware of - but she also knows it'd be rude to pry.

Mami smiles softly at Kyouko. "Of course not. It's just the truth. I was there for you when you needed me." It's almost a sharp rebuttal for Kyouko, designed to point out the difference between them in a small way. Still delivered with that smile.

"And I think these sorts of questions are things that might be better asked once you're up and about and able to do them with me. But... Witches are the enemy of us Puella Magi. We hunt them, and they drop grief seeds, which we use to keep our Soul Gems clean so we can use our magic." she begins with a small bit of a beginner's rundown.

"None of the others are really as good as it as we are. I can show you how to use your Soul Gem to track witches. What you ran into was a grief seed - if they're left alone, they can spawn a witch. Only Puella Magi like us can handle them safely."