Meeting: Walpurgisnacht

Puella Magi Homura changed Scene 841's Description to: Homura Akemi and Mami Tomoe host a meeting about Walpurgisnacht. A lot of conflicting personalities come and their personalities conflict. Also it turns out that it's Homura's birthday.

Date: 2016-01-10
Pose Count: 140
Homura Akemi 2016-01-11 00:01:27 21876
    Homura Akemi's house is very spacious. It can't really be said to be empty, because it is most certainly not empty today, but there is a lot of wide open space. There's white carpets, white walls, some colorful curved couches and some tables set out in front of them. All of the couches have been rearranged today so that they all face the giant wall-sized screen. A pendulum swings overhead, back and forth, though something about it seems a little unreal.

    All along one side of the room are little nooks filled with lit candles, and beside each nook is a row of tables with all sorts of food set out. There's the cakes that Mami brought, because of course Mami brought cakes, but there's also some food that Homura has supplied. Well, it's more like food that Homura paid someone else to supply. It's a mix of breakfast foods and lunch foods. Brunch.

    On another table not far away, there are drinks. There is a punch bowl, and you know with this being Homura's house that punch is indeed spiked. There's tea and teacups. There's a cooler with cans of many sodas and a few beers, and there's coffee. The tea is well prepared, and the canned drinks are about what you can expect, but the coffee is especially terrible.

    Most of the doorways in the house are open. The doorway to the kitchen reveals the smell of more food and a very plain white kitchen. The doorway to Homura's bedroom is the only one closed and locked.

    Homura Akemi herself has a table with a built-in keyboard, and she's currently arranging the wall-screen to display several pictures of Walpurgisnacht. Some of these pictures are animated, showing off both her attacks and the kinds of things she's able to endure.

    The other members of the Inquisition, a group of Puella Magi who are (debatably) led by Homura, are here and in henshin. Meriko is lazing on a couch, in a very slouched position, with her feet on a table. Belina is in the kitchen doing something that makes kitchen noises. Laisa is sitting on the opposite end of the room from Meriko, filing her nails.
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-11 00:05:53 21877
Mami, of course, arrived early - because why wouldn't she and she had nothing better to do - and brought with her a literal stack of cakes. She gave up, at least, on putting them in individual plates with fancy dressing.

This has annoyed her to no end.

But they're here for Walprugisnacht, not a party, and she's brought a binder full of her own information (not being as technically savvy as Homura) - and she's standing next to the table with Homura, in full henshin herself. She has no ideas this might not require some intervention and... creative application of ribbons... if anything gets out of hand.

So of course, Akemi-san has set out spiked punch and beer. This will go perfectly.

But Mami is keeping a pleasant, co-operative demeanor despite all the possible concerns and imagined problems.
Hannah Sharpe 2016-01-11 00:07:39 21878
One should realize tw things about Hannah Sharpe. She at once possesses this odd rough flare for the dramatic, and a complete lack of shame in just about everything. It might be her American upbringing, or just inborn style, but that's just how she is.

And likely explains why she princess-carries one Cure Gull into the room, even as she somehow manages to hip-check one recent acquaintance-slash-potential-acquisition Shinobu straight into the room. She slips out of her shoes, walks to the drink area, kicks a canned beer up into the air and lets it land on her head. She's already henshin'd, so it's pretty easy to do. And then walks over to flop down on that couch right near Meriko. Feet hit the table similarly. Cure Gull is just sort-of deposited in her lap, and she's likely to try to further hip-check Shinobu to sit. Around then she snaps open her beer and starts sucking it down.

Only then does she grin, her Device offering her sight this entire time.

"Yeeesh, you've been busy, Homu! Who's the new friends?" She finally offers, grinning to pretty much everyone.

At least Hannah's not mad about Homura's sudden Inquisition. She /did/ give her free reign to handle this situation, after all.

"Nice house, by the way."
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-11 00:09:35 21880
Anshi Hayakawa arrived with Mami, carrying even more of Mami's cakes for her. She's got a smile a mile wide as she sets those cakes out, careful to help Mami arrange everything just right. "This is gonna be really cool," she whispers to Mami as she helps set everything up. "I can't wait to hear what everyone has to say."
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-11 00:10:16 21881
    Kyouko is here. She doesn't /really/ want to be, because let's face it, she actually can't stand a fair number of people who are going to be in this room, and of the ones she can stand, most of them are in the 'mild annoyance' category. The feeling is almost assuredly mutual.

    However, one must have priorities. Kyouko has heard tell of Walpurgisnacht in her time as a Puella, and knows it presents a very real danger to this city. On top of that, she now has a few people in this city she actually cares about, and a place she calls home. She will not easily suffer these things to be destroyed.

    And so she comes. She just waltzes right in with that smug, 'I'm the best and I know it' swagger of hers, as if she owns the damn place. Mami at least will be familiar with this method of entry, but this is technically the first time she's been to Homura's house, at least in this timeline.

    "Fancy." She mutters to herself, almost like an imprecation, as she moves to one side of the door and casts her gaze around. Her eyes narrow slightly on Hannah as the girl arrives, but she doesn't comment. They have a truce, and truth be told, she doesn't even hate Miss White /that/ much anymore.

    She spots Sailor Moon and flashes her a genuine, if fangy smile before leaning against the wall at the back of the room and crossing her arms across her chest.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-11 00:10:42 21882
Sailor Moon hops up the stairs to the front entrance, knocking, ringing the doorbell, basically making a nuisance of herself!

Of course, the door's open, but it would be rude to not let them know someone was here!

"I'm coming in, thanks for inviting me, here's some snacks!"

She holds up a bag of assorted candy, because, well, Sailor Moon!

She also has a pen and notebook, because she's determined to be Better at being all leadery! Mercury will want information she's sure!

And her pen and note book are very professional! A fuzzy bunny pen, and a notebook with pink hearts!

"Ohhhh, Homura-chan! Your place is lovely! Oooo, punch!"

She dives for the punch, and is quick to drink a glass! She takes her second to a couch, being Very Careful not to spill!

"Oh, White! Shino----person I don't know! Gull! PEOPLE!"

A curious look at White! Will there be fighting?

And then there's a Kyouko! Huzzah!
Runealy Waldia 2016-01-11 00:11:56 21883
Rune shows up promptly; she has a fairly good idea what this meeting is about and knows just enough already to be concerned. So when the alien princess arrives, her mood is very quiet, reserved, and serious. She is not in magical form, not expecting to need to be for a 'simple' (if important) meeting.

And so as she settles toward the couch, she looks surprised to see so many others here transformed. "Did I do something wrong?" Runealy's glance wanders from person to person. Many are friends, some are unknown, some concern her. Some manage to fit into more than one category.
Vespa Rayne 2016-01-11 00:12:41 21884
THUNK! Vespa nearly falls back trying to get her massive axe thought the door. "I don't think that will go thought..", the fairy Sunbeam sitting on top of fairy head comments. The Axe Knight mutters. "What else am I supposed to with it? Can't just leave it outside now can I?", besides she didn't know who else would be would be here and it make for a great indimation factor. For now she places in the hallway next to the door out of the way. She can get it if she needs to.

She goes over to the table where the drink and food is and places a box of Scones, on the table. She pours herself a cup of tea, she look around seeing if there anyone else she knows is here.
"Oh hey there Feathers.", she say waving to Cure Gull.", she doesn't see anyone else she reconizes at the moment.
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-11 00:13:18 21886
Miss Blue walks in just behind Hannah and Gull, already with the WPS group. The Inquisition, and certain others, will surely recognize the young Mage, her rapier sheathed at the belt of the royal-blue business suit she wears.

She pauses at the door to offer the hostess a brief bow, and her boots transmute themselves into slippers with a flicker of virtual projections de-rezzing. "Thank you for inviting us, Akemi-san. I hope you and your students are doing well."

On the outside, she's coolly polite, easily a match for Amu Hinamori's 'cool and spicy' best. On the inside, not so good. It's been a difficult few days, and she's forcing herself to maintain her routine out of sheer apathy.

She picks up a can of soda from the table, then heads over to take a seat with White and Green.
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-11 00:13:41 21887
Shinobu Kimura is being lead and guided into the home of Homura. A number of subtle hip checks keep her from walking into things. Sadly the last one throws her off by about a thousand miles. She isn't guided to the seat so much as knocked over onto it. "Yeesh! Was that really necessary?" She shakes her head and gets comfortable in her seat. Then someone half says her name and she turns toward said voice. Oh look blue lifeenergy! "Woah. Umm hiya." She simlply blushes a little as she gets comfy. "I don't think I've ever been around this much magic in one place." She states and holds her cane close.
Takashi Agera 2016-01-11 00:15:19 21888
Takashi arrives alone, already in his Frost Knight henshin - and upon seeing Kyouko there, wonders if he might have been safer (and less likely to cause utter chaos) by showing up as Riventon. Runealy Waldia's presence dashes that, though. He's in full armor but his Armed Device is in standby form - because a large halberd is not a great thing to try to sit on a couch with.
Haruna Kurosawa 2016-01-11 00:17:03 21889
Cure Gull weeeeeee!~

That's Cure Gull the entire way here. She's being carried and she potentially loves it. No, not potentially she does love it. Being princess carried is an amazing feeling

She's dressed up in her bussiness suit because she is here on WPS's behalf and because there was going to be a cool small party. She peeks over at Shinobu, incrediously, so when she's despoisted in a lap, she peeks over to Shinobu--- before she smiles. "Hello!~" she says at her.

She leans down to Hannah's ear a bit and whispers. "Someone you know?" she asks.

She perks up at Runealy. "Heya!" she says. "Eh, no, I don't think so..."

She leans back down to Hannah. "We're not here to gang up on Rune-chan, right?" she asks in a whisper.

She leans back up. Awkward smile.
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-11 00:21:03 21890
    Madoka has been invited to the meeting and shows up just about on time. By the time she gets there the place is already a whirlwind of activity. First things first she slips over to the area where the food is being served and gets herself a piece of Mami's delicious cake, serving herself a slice and moving quickly on, not wanting to cause a blockage. She's being extra careful not to drop any crumbs on Homura's white carpet!

    Speaking of Homura, Madoka lifts a hand and waves to the dark haired Puella Magi, but doesn't go over and bother her. She has a lot to prepare for! She actually intends to just hang around the edges of the meeting and quietly observe since she doesn't have any magical powers and can't fight Walpurgis herself.

    Many other people get this same treatment- a smile and a little wave, but Madoka staying put in one little corner of the large room without imposing herself on anyone so they can stay focused on the meeting that's probably going to start in earnest any moment now.
Minako Aino 2016-01-11 00:21:29 21891
Minako Aino/Sailor V shows up at the door! Not marching inside right away! Instead, she pulls open her bag and looks through it, making sure she has all of her things prepared.

"Notes. Check. Pens and papers. Check. Little tablet. Check. Four cellphones. Check. "


"Stupid cat, to be STUFFED into my bag. Check!"
Kazuo Takeba 2016-01-11 00:25:47 21893
And then there are the people that absolutely nobody saw on the way in. Because they weren't walking. There's enough time given for Sailor V to clear her check of cellphones and cats, and to actually be inside, and then to be actually far enough in she's not expecting to be stabbed in the back by the next arrivals -- maybe. Then the door opens once more, for two people. The first of whom is tall and pale, uniformed, white-haired and white-caped, showing no sign of lingering injury from the spear Kyouko put through his side - then again, it was a month ago. And, for once, he's not cloaked in guardian shadows. Kunzite pauses just for a moment, gray eyes surveying the room and gauging the likelihood of any of the assembly deciding that a murder attempt is worth annoying Homura, before he risks stepping forward enough to let the second man with him enter.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-01-11 00:26:12 21894
The second to enter at that moment, right after Kunzite, is barely a man: a boy whose face, in plain sight, is one that very many of the people present know all too well. Look, it's Mamoru Chiba! And look, he's dressed as Tuxedo Kamen, but without the mask, without the hat-- and with rust-red eyes and an impassive expression.

Well. Impassive until he sees the snacks.

Dark Endymion leans in toward Kunzite and says in a low voice, "Let's take up a spot over there. I think we can keep them from murdering us on the way, and I really, really, really want cakes and punch." Granted, he doesn't actually wait for agreement, just sort of takes hold of Kunzite's sleeve and goes that way with the assumption that the white-haired Dark General will acquiesce.
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-11 00:30:19 21895
    Kyouko is just minding her own business, leaning against the wall and watching people file in. Other than Moon, there's really not a single person here that she likes, how depressing. On the other hand, she doesn't really /hate/ any of them either.. well, except for Homura, and she's running the whole thing. Not much to be done about that.

    Of course, then Kunzite and Endymion parade in like an Evil Bishonen Fashion Show. Instantly, Kyouko's eyes lock on them, and her brows draw together. Then her lip peels back, showing more fang than you see in most kennels.

    She leans forward off of the wall, then seems to hesitate for a moment. Not because she's reconsidering her gut reaction, but rather because she's trying to decide what, exactly, she should do to most efficiently break the legs of a couple of Dark Kingdom prettyboys. (So they can't get away and we can Moon Heal them, you see).
Hannah Sharpe 2016-01-11 00:30:57 21896
So many people! Mami, Kyouko, Sailor Moon! Hannah just gives her usual grin to those entering! Rune gets one too!

"Hey there, Moon! Kyouko! Rifle-girl! Come on in, weather's fine and Homura's got good taste in drinks!" Yup, she seems to be riding high today, a far cry from her mood as of late.

Also she sends poor Shinobu to the couch. It's about par for the course for her.

"I only have two hands, you know, Shino? I could use wind-chains sure, but that'd just be weird and degrading. So relax, huh, kiddo?"

Smirk. "Get used to it. If you join up, you'll see more magic than you ever wanted to." She whispers back to Shino.

To Gull-chan? "Yup. Potential hire. Not like us, but...well, she's got a really special talent. I'll fill you in later.'

More whispers! "Nah, Rune-chan's cool in our book as long as she doesn't get in the way."

Notably, somehow, Madoka got a hair-ruffle when Hannah entered and a smile! Despite carrying Cure Gull. Device User skills, yo.

And then in comes a Dark General and a Dark Hat-Guy. Hannah's heart skips a good three beats. She's never properly seen Kunzite, but Endy gets recognized immediately. Sightless eyes stare into her friend and non-blood-brother's own.

Her smile is a weak, sad, and yet hopeful thing.

"Hey. I'm glad to see you amongst the living after all, Big Bro." Griin. She tosses the man a beer. That's totally not tears coming down from her eyes. Not at all. Because she's burying them in Miss Blue's shoulder. Ugh.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-11 00:32:50 21897
    Homura glances behind her, at Hannah, as she sits down next to Meriko. "Figures you'd want to sit next to her," she says with a smirk. "Meriko-san, this is White-san. She's my boss with WPS. She's chill. You don't have to worry. White-san, this is Meriko-san. She's the craziest Puella I've found to date."

    Meriko corrects, "I prefer the phrase 'Fearless', or 'Full of Bravado', maybe." The blue-haired turns to Hannah and nods. "Hey."

    Homura continues, "Laisa and Belina are with me, too. I couldn't get them to join WPS, but I could get them to train with me. So that's how it is with them."

    She turns and watches as the others come in. Sailor Moon is met with a look of worried surprise, followed by an awkward, almost apologetic smile. "Hi, Moon-chan. Welcome to my lair!"

    Frost Knight earns a glance from Homura, and a frown, but she soon turns her attention elsewhere. Kyouko earns about the same, except she also gets a, "Glad you could make it, Kyouko-san" from Homura.

    At the mention of 'students' from Mrs. Blue, Laisa and Meriko glance at each other and frown. Homura says, "'Students' is a strong word." Laisa laughs.

    As Madoka enters, Homura's complete attention goes to her. After Madoka waves at her, Homura smiles and waves back. Once Homura is satisfied that Madoka is safe enough for the moment, Homura goes back to messing with the screen.

    Homura Akemi finishes up bringing up images of Walpurgisnacht. She leans over to Mami and whispers, "You know, if you want, we can scan in some of your notes and put them on the screen. I could show you where the scanner is."

    Yes, Homura has a scanner. It's actually next to the wallscreen, in a little hidden door that looks like it's part of the wall until it opens. Sneaky Homura.

    She turns around to start her presentation. "Okay, thank you all for co--" She trails off as Kunzite and Endymion walk in. After seeing that those two, at least, aren't attacking, she continues. "Alright, thank you call for coming. I know some of you don't like each other that much. Frankly I don't care. We're here to discuss a major threat to the city, the Witch known as Walpurgisnacht." Homura suddenly has a pointer in her hand, and she's pointing at the image of Walpurgisnacht on the screen. "If you can't put off your grudges for one evening, then I suggest you take it outside. As for the rest of us... well... Let's get started."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-11 00:34:29 21898
She's taken a spot in a Very Strategic Position. She's not sitting, yet, but her notebook and bunny pen mark her seat as hers. (It cannot be questioned, this is law!)

She catches Homura's look, and is a bit confused by it.

And a Venus! Yay!

There's a sense of...well, the energy shifts in the room. She looks up, sees Kunzite, and she gives him a Face. A face that says 'YOU CREEPER WATCHING ME SLEEP HOW DARE YOU!'

And then her punch glass drops at who she sees next, and she's the first to stain the white carpet.

"Oh, um. Well, then. Welcome, you two. I need more punch."

And now she's hovering over it, and there's a second glass gulped and swallowed. Maybe even a third.
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-11 00:35:53 21899
Shinobu Kimura smiles a little and gives a wave towards Cure Gull. "Hiya." Than she is gets all the lip from Hannah. "Or you could have just said have a seat. I'm blind, not innept!" She comments. Than she whispers back, "I already see more magic than I care to. I wish I could show ya." She states as she gets comfortable. Another brightly colored person appears and this one has something living in her pack! "Umm Miss?" SHe states to Sailor V. "You may have an animal or something behind you. It's alive, I can tell."
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-11 00:40:02 21901
Runealy gets a nod from Mami - a nod as if to say 'I recognize you, it's okay' - and a smile. "You're fine, Rune-san." Then Kyouko gets a... very strange look, somewhere between 'good she's here' and 'pile of mixed emotions.' She does get noticed, though. And Hannah gets a distinct glare, but no ribbon beanbag rounds to the face, so it's an improvement in their relationship.

"Akemi-san is right. Walpurgisnacht represents a dire threat to all of us. To things we care about. To plans we're making. This is not the time to spend energy fighting each other, when this monster is coming. Please keep that in mind. Everyone here has shown up to help defend this city for their own reasons, but we are united in purpose."
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-11 00:41:36 21903
Miss Blue takes one look at Dark Endymion, then down at Hannah's reaction to his arrival. This ... isn't good.

She slides an arm around Hannah to hold her close, leaning just as close. "Keep it together, partner," she mutters. "Don't let them see you hurt." She just wishes she could do something about her own hurt.

Homura's introductory speech goes right over her head, but she's heard enough from WPS briefings to know the general gist of what's up.
Haruna Kurosawa 2016-01-11 00:45:31 21905
Cure Gull sort of wiggles into the couch because she can't sit in Hannah's lap the entire meeting, sadly. She listens to Homura and places her head forward, and looks over to Shinobu and gives a tiny wave with a smile. "We'll talk later then!" she she beams.

OH. Where's Corvus in all this!? Well, he sort of just appears on Gull's shoulder. The seagull seems to be fixing his tie and walked from behind Gull's hair-- yes he's in a tie and adorable, silver bussiness suit. "What'd I miss?" he asks.

"Not much." Whispers Cure Gull.

She looks over to Hannah as she talks to....

...Tuxedo Kamen...

Her eyes go wide, and then there's a hard scowl-- which quickly becomes perturbed- and then a worried expression.

There's probably nothing that can be done here--- but she does place a hand to Hannah's back and gives a reassuring back rub-- and then a little whisper. 'Make sure your device is scanning! Maybe we can learn somethin'. It works like that. Right?' she asks. Haruna watches spy movies sometimes.

She doesn't say anything to Endymion- in the end. What could she say? 'snap out out of it?'. feh.

Corvus whispers something to Gull, and she nods a little sadly.

She does peek over at Madoka and give a little finger wave and a smile. Her eyes pass by 'Frost Knight' and she hrmmmmmms. No one she knows! She listens to Homura's presentation and warning.

She can play nice for a bit. There's no one here she has an overwhelming need to punch anyways. She looks to Miss Blue thankfully with a smile.

She looks down at the beers. Her eyes narrow. She looks back up. Shifty eyed. >,> <,<

OH, she also belatedly waves back to Sailor Moon before she potentially notices Endymion. Or maybe not!
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-11 00:50:59 21907
    Madoka's wave to Homura is a little more energetic when she's waved back to. She squeaks in surprise and then gives a smile to Hannah as she passes by. ..carrying Gull?! She certainly wasn't joking about the two of them dating then, was she? The finger wave is returned. She looks slightly embarrassed as Shinobu is hauled along for a ride as well. So she met Miss White? So much for staying out of magical trouble!

    Luckily the cake is really good! She eats a few more bites. The atmosphere seems to suddenly get pretty tense when the latest two arrivals show up, and Madoka looks in their direction. Kunzite is a complete unknown, but she recognizes not-quite Tuxedo Mask right away. She lifts a hand to her chest and has to make a mental effort to steady herself for a moment. She heard he was alive, but this is the first Madoka has seen him since Homura came to her house and told her he was killed.

    "Mamoru-kun..." she whispers, resisting the urge to go do... anything that might put her in danger, really. She's not the only one here by any stretch of the imagination who is worried about him, so she's not about to go make a scene.

    When the images of Walpurgis appear on the screen she looks up at them, a small frown suddenly set upon her face. So that's the powerful Witch that Homura has spent so much time trying to defeat on her own. With the meeting starting in earnest she's paying close attention.
Vespa Rayne 2016-01-11 00:51:57 21908
Vespa takes a seat turns it around and sits down waiting for the breifing to start quietly drinking her tea. There seems to be a bit of tension in the air, hopefully nothing bad will happen. Everyone here is for a common goal for the moment anyway. ...and someone spills something on the carpet, not a good start. She just going to conectrate on the presentation.
Takashi Agera 2016-01-11 00:53:26 21910
Frost Knight takes up a stance behind the couch, near Sailor Moon. He's looking across at Endymion - he hasn't forgot being thrown through a wall - but his focus is at least half on the presentation. He's already helped stop one world-ending threat this year with that Sunrise lady. But he did that as Riventon. Well, maybe time to earn some hero credit in a way that doesn't involve getting knocked through a plate glass window.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-11 00:59:54 21912
    Homura watches as Sailor Moon spills some punch. She sighs. "I probably deserve that," she mutters. She actually wasn't expecting Sailor Moon to come, but... could she really be surprised that she did? There's no small amount of guilt in her for subjecting the poor girl to this. Seeing Hannah react similarly just makes it a bit worse. Seeing Madoka's reaction makes it much worse.

    She turns away from the crowd, and from the heartbreak, and focuses again on the screen. She taps a few buttons. Several videos of Walpurgisnacht appear on the screen, some of them stationary in a single spot, others with very shakey cameras. Each one paints a very clear picture: One of destruction, devastation, and hopelessness. It's clear from some of the videos that Homura is the cameraman, and in some she's fighting this creature alone. In others, Kyouko, Mami, or Sayaka is there. Any image of Madoka being there has been edited out. She doesn't want that particular idea getting in anyone's head.

    "First off, I know you're going to ask where I got these videos from. Truth is, I'm a time traveller. Or at least I used to be. No, I don't want to give details, and no, I can't tell you your future. None of the futures I've seen are anything you'd look forward to anyways. Most of them end just like this. Those of you who see yourselves on the screen, well, that happened in other timelines. That is all that I intend to say on the matter."

    She clears her throat, before going on. "In previous attempts, we had very severe disadvantages. Or rather, we lacked an advantage that we currently have." She turns to face the crowd again, sweeping her arms to gesture to the entire room. "I didn't have the help of all of you. Defeating Walpurgisnacht with two or three Puella Magi is difficult, but possible with losses, both to ourselves and to the city itself. Often I'm the only Puella who survives, and even on a good day I still wouldn't be able to save the thousands who die when it first appears. However, If we overwhelm Walpurgisnacht with enough magical firepower, the kind of firepower that we who are currently in this room can bring to bear, then we should be able to destroy it without losses to ourselves or to the city."

    Homura's eyes focus on Kyouko for a moment. She is interally hoping that she doesn't try anything, but Kyouko is the last person to ever listen to people.

    "If you have any questions, please feel free to ask."
Kazuo Takeba 2016-01-11 01:01:47 21913
Kunzite answers the touch on his sleeve by -- accompanying almost-Tuxedo-Kamen, as directed. No complaint and no stalling; moving with him as out of long-practiced habit. Even if Dark Endymion's stated desire for cakes and punch takes them toward Sailor Moon. It's not her he's keeping half an eye on, look she's giving him or not; even Kyouko's show of fang doesn't draw his attention fully toward her, though it does win a little twitch at the corner of his mouth. Then again, he has enough experience with her not to be too distracted by where she appears to be.

No; the Dark General isn't acting like a threat, right now, not beyond the degree he does by breathing. He's just Endymion's silent shadow. Though it's probably not coincidence that, at any given moment, he just happens to be standing between the red-eyed man and Sailor V. Even the images of Walpurgisnacht that Homura displays don't initially distract him - probably because they're at least partially familiar.

Homura saying she's a time traveller. That distracts him, if only for a moment.
Minako Aino 2016-01-11 01:02:39 21914
Minako Aino/Sailor V shakes her bag at Shinobu a few times, flicking the ear of the little furry white kitty-head sticking out from it. "Of course he's alive, as you can clearly see. That's how cats work. Nice and alive. I didn't do any animal abuse!" she insists, mostly telling the truth.

Then she gets serious, her lips pursed in a straight line.

"Just... way too many of us here, and so many new faces. Irresponsible," she comments, a little critically, while her bag jostles and shakes frantically. "Just one person has to let the secret out. Just *one* person has to be a traitor. Makes bodyguarding difficult. Or we lose a lot of Virtue, " she continues, before Artemis raises up his paw and gives V a nice scratch across her cheek to get her attention towards Dark Kingdom generals.

She drops her cat, an expression of confusion and terror marring her features.

She raises her finger, slowly.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-11 01:05:10 21916
    Homura notices that V is raising a finger and assumes it means she has a question. "Yes?"
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-11 01:05:22 21917
There is just so much life energy and various colors around her that it is flat out impossible to identify anyone by that alone. Shinobu is completely lost within a sea of life and magic. When a voice rings out taking charge of the situation and starting to speak of something super bad and dangerous named Walpurgisnacht. This has her confused and she is left wondering if this is what Kyubey was talking about. She doesn't say anything. No point in it right now. The only ones who she could talk to about it are the ones talking anyway! Someone says something about speaking to her later but that could be anyone here so she just continues listening. Then, As the floor opens for questions., She raises a hand.
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-11 01:05:57 21918
Mami says, "I understand your concern, Sailor V, but this is not a threat we can afford to pull any punches on. If we don't stop it, there won't be a Tokyo, a Virtue to protect. This is not a youma. This is not a witch. This monster ends civilizations if it's left unchecked. Akemi-san and I talked, and just the very act of fighting it with a few powered individuals is highly dangerous to all of them. A mistake could cost us everything we've gone to all the effort of protecting." This is said mostly to Sailor V, but also as a reminder to everyone. Homura can field the actual... question.
Hannah Sharpe 2016-01-11 01:05:58 21919
Hannah /laughs/. And then she offers a fist-bump to Meriko!

"Crazy? Bravado? Same thing to me! Nice to meet you, Meri!"

The two other puella get a smile and a wave, way overdone, too!

"A shame, but that's fine too. As long as it's making our 'objective' go forward, I'm fine with it." A nod to HOmura. The boss approves.

Down to business though. "Yeah. As much as I like hitting people, this is business. Be professional, people." She speaks it aloud, but it's also mostly towards her own employees. She has an /image/ to maintain after all.

To Shinobu? Smirk.

"Then learn to walk faster. I can do it, you don't get to complain, kiddo!" She's mostly just taunting the girl. It helps her improve, anyway.

Hannah gets an arm from Miko, and a hand to her back in a rub. But the two other girls are on point, and Hannah belatedly activates her scanner. It's scanning /everyone/. But particularly focused on Kunzite and Endy. Almost pointedly. And way too openly. Miss White has a bit of a grudge here, and her Device backs it up.

She tenses up in Blue's shoulder, wipes off the tears, and thanks to the two, she seems professional and solid again. She can do this.

The magical girl burns the sense of Zoisite into her mind, though. He's definitely her enemy. But that will come later. Her mind solidly stays at the images, though. Nnn.

"Right then." Cough.

"What is that thing capable of, Homu? Tell us everything. Do you have a plan for taking it out? We've got a small army of magical people here. And I don't know about you guys, but I'm willing to risk my life for this city. We've all got our own ambitions, but that's binding us, right?" She'll 'look' to every person here, with a nod.

Then she goes quiet as Homura goes into detail, though.

"So we're going in guns blazing?"

Slowly, slowly, she fully grins.

"Gang up on this little pretentious Witch that just wants to devour things, beat it down to pulp, and keep this city in one piece and go back to our ambitions?" Hannah laughs, long and hard.

"....I like this plan. I like this plan more than any you've ever come up with, Homura." No, she leaves questions to others. She's too amused and way too excited. God help everyone.
Minako Aino 2016-01-11 01:06:24 21920
Minako Aino/Sailor V doesn't have a question - it's the sort of 'finger raising' where the room gets minimally darker and her finger gets minimally brighter. She is careful to lean away from Shinobu's face so as to not blind her eyes.
Haruna Kurosawa 2016-01-11 01:09:23 21922
Cure Gull softly asks. "Time Travel...!? Wait, you didn't have our help? Who was there?" she asks, scratching her head. She then nods.

"So We're goin in hard and fast!? Okay I can do that...."

"...I should speak to Kami-sama about this too. But... if he knew anything. I think he'd had told at least some Pretty Cure by now..." she says crossing her arms.

She beams. "Let's get ready to punch it with all we got!" she says at Hannah! She makes a punchy motion at the air.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-11 01:09:32 21923
Still sort of just hovering over the punch bowl, she raises her hand and asks.

"Homura-chan, can I get a copy of this presentation? Maybe go over it later?" With Mercury.

She looks up and sees her second aiming at Kunzite and Endymion. Or one of them. "Not here, Venus."

She also is avoiding Certain People! And her nose is fuzzy.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-01-11 01:12:13 21925
Endymion eyes the frisson at their arrival with vague unease, but catches the can of beer Hannah tosses him like he's been doing it his whole life. There's no recognition in his face-- not that she can see his face-- but it's clear to anyone with experience reading that face that he's also glossing past her recognition. Enough people mistake you for a different guy, you start ignoring it. "Thanks!" he calls to Hannah cheerfully enough, reaching the snack table and pocketing the beer for later.

He really doesn't notice Kyouko and her anger, or the various levels of distress in the room as people look at him. He gives Sailor Moon a polite smile as he puts a cake in his mouth with absolutely zero shame, and waits for her to finish basically doing shots of it before he pours his own cup.

And then, with Kunzite standing between him and Sailor V, Endymion moves with his mouth full of cake and his hand carrying a cup of punch, and leans against the wall NOT near anyone else. He drinks his punch and listens, and scans the images and video being shown; he mentally notes the patterns the monster's showing. He also basically only focuses on the questions being asked and the answers being given.

...look, Endymion doesn't even notice the guy taking up residence behind the seat where Moon's put her bunny notebook, and he hamburgered him a few days ago.

Finally, he lifts a hand. The one with punch in it, so it's not a threat, as such. "Does it have any known weaknesses, or is it just sort of-- 'hit it with absolutely everything and wait until it blows up'?"
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-11 01:13:23 21926
Shinobu Kimura turns her head to where she heard the loudest voice. Her hand slips into her pocket for a moment before speaking out. "Not all of us here are so powerful as to approach something this big. How can those of us who aren't as power inclined help? Personally if I could get into a radio station I'd be calling for mass evacuation if it's as bad as you say but that isn't likely to work out for anyone." Hannahs comment to her causes her to just rub her head.
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-11 01:14:07 21927
    Kyouko is moving away from the wall now. Her face is set in a determined scowl. Kunzite may be relieved to see she is not walking towards him. Homura and Mami may be slightly less relieved to see she is walking towards them.

    'Stalking' might be a better description of what she's doing, actually. And she doesn't seem to want to take anything less than the most direct route, as she actually climbs over the couch Hannah and Co. are sitting on, stepping on the back and then on the cushion between them on her way as if she doesn't even see them.

    She marches right up to the front of the room, to Homura's table. Then she elbows Homura out of the way, after giving Mami a 'really, are you ok with this?' sort of look. There's no mic for her to grab, but if there was, she'd be grabbing it right out of Homura's hand.

    Homura may elbow her right back of course, but before she can, Kyouko locks her hands on the edge of the table and leans forward, red eyes blazing as she looks out at the room. "Homura, I'mma let you finish, but first I want to draw everyone's attention to the mother-f--kin' Dark Kingdom General and current brainwashed captive in the back of the room." She points an accusing finger towards Kunzite and Endymion.

    "I want to do this because I owe one of these jerkwards a good stabbing an' the other one a swift kick in the nuts, an' I'll let you sort out which is which. But I didn't realize when I agreed to come here that I'd have to share my effin' breathin' air with a bunch of no-good, wishy-washy sad-sacks who are content to let these two a-holes wander in here and not immidiately hit them over the head with a chair!"

    Her voice has been raising as she's been going, and by this point she's straight-out shouting. "So while I think Walpurgisnacht is effin' important and shit cause I don't really wanna die, how come we can't knock those two goddamned posh tonkers the eff out and then talk about it after we have them securely locked in the back room?!" She slams her fist down on the desk, and then looks around as if she seriously expects an answer.
Vespa Rayne 2016-01-11 01:15:37 21928
Vespa is squeeing interally. A real time traveler! Soo coooollll. Ahem. Back to the matter a hand. She watches the video with a serious look on her face. She hms a bit."That's a big one.. Gaint killer", she motioning to her massive axe in the hallway.. "was meant to take down things like that. What kind firepower does this Walpaugh.. Walpa. Walpurgisnacht! have? What should we be expecting when we fight this thing?"
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-11 01:18:26 21929
Augh! He was like...right there! Not even the punch bowl is safe! She can still smell his dastardly evil (glorious) scent! RUDE!

So, she takes two cups of punch, a plate of goodies, and goes to the couch.

And then, UG! He's talking!

But ohhh, hey.

Before she can get into the ohhhh hey, Kyouko's at the front of the room.

"Really, Kyouko? No, I didn't notice. Thank you sooooooo much for the reminder." Sarcasm Drunk Bunny is Sarcastic and Drunk.

"AND YOU!" She points to Homura. "Time travel? Nifty! But also not. Awwww, hugs later?" She's serious!

"And YOU!" Angry finger at Endymion! Gulp of punch for fortification! But wait, she's not mad. Oh, right! The ohhh hey!

She crosses her legs and leans forward. "What kinda strategy you got in mind, hmm? Talk nerdy to me."
Takashi Agera 2016-01-11 01:18:44 21930
Takashi's brain sort of shuts off upon hearing Homura Akemi is a time traveller. A lot of things start falling into place. He doesn't know enough to make /all/ the connections yet, but a lot of them form in his too-fast brain.

And then Kyouko Sakura takes the stage and... makes a reasonably good point. Well, it makes sense to him. He's kinda new to this 'pretending to be a hero' thing and Dark Endymion is kind of a jerk. But on the other hand, Kunzite stood by when his Familiar was rampaging.

"Look, why don't you just get them after the meeting's over. Do whatever you have to do but I want to make sure whichever one of your survives the tussle is there to help us kill the big spooky gear thing."
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-11 01:19:06 21931
Miss Blue keeps her hand on Hannah's shoulder, partly to comfort her co-worker, partly to restrain her if she decides to get up and get in someone's face. At least someone gives a damn that she's hurting, too.

She keeps quiet in order to listen to the rest of the discussion, at least until Kyouko gets up and hogs the mic. "Because we need their firepower as much as everyone else's, you insensate moron. Now sit down and let the person who knows what she's talking about finish helping us plan out how to beat this thing's face into its arse, and we'll worry about dealing with other problems after we're all not going to be blown to smithereens."
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-11 01:19:57 21932
Anshi looks a bit surprised at Kyouko's words. Her eyes are wide and her mouth is open. But Mami suggested she not say much, today; there's a lot to go over. So she keeps quiet and moves towards Madoka's side. To Madoka she whispers, "Hi. I think some people don't like some other people here. I'll protect you if things get ... awkward."
Hannah Sharpe 2016-01-11 01:20:12 21933
Kyouko Sakura does have one good point, though. Hannah tilts her head, and smirks. It's a little like a shark waiting to bite and rip into someone, as she peers over at Kunzite and (less so) Endymion.

"Our little firebrand does bring up a good point. What /are/ you guys doing here? I didn't exactly expect people like you to care about the city." She rounds on Homura. Blind girls are /really/ good at peering into the soul without actually peering.

"...Got something to explain to the audience, Homu?" Peeeeeer! Blue comforts her at least. She's leaning on her and Gull pretty hard.

Also, Sailor Moon. Holy snap.

Arms cross, and she nods. Cue a renewed and improved respect for the woman.
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-11 01:23:47 21934
"Umm, Why wouldn't they be here. Their lives are at stake too. I don't know who these people are or anything but for something as big as this? It may be better to just work together then give em a head start after the witch that wants to kill us is dead." Shinobu states in a volume where she can be heard.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-11 01:27:34 21936
"Because they've tried to kill us every other Tuesday since forever, Shinobu-chan." Gosh this cake is so yummy!

She looks up, face going dead serious for a moment. "Guys, I think someone spiked the punch." A questioning eye at Gull!
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-11 01:27:45 21937
    Madoka has to steady herself mentally for a second time when various videos of Walpurgisnacht and people fighting it fill the wall-sized screen. Something inside her gut seems to clench and she sets her cake down for the moment, watching the largest of the videos as it plays out. It doesn't look like they're fighting for a city so much as they're fighting over the ruins of one. How many people must be dying when buildings are broken in half and rise into the air? Never mind when they're thrown at the Puella Magi as weapons.

    She shifts a little on her feet. So this is why Homura is so worried about Madoka making a contract. If the entire city was going to be destroyed, how could she not want to protect it? There is some hope in her, however, because of just how many people have assembled for the meeting. If this many magical heroes(and villains?!) turned their powers upon a single witch, even one as strong as that, surely they would defeat it quickly. Right?

    She blinks in surprise when Homura outs herself as a time traveler to everyone in the room, which might as well mean everyone ever. Well then. That at least gives Madoka a few less things to have to tip-toe around when talking to certain other people.

    But then Kyouko is suddenly making a scene and while she isn't entirely wrong Madoka lets out a little sigh and shakes her head. She's actually a little glad Sayaka isn't here to see this.

    She looks over to Anshi and laughs nervously, "Eheh, I think that's putting it lightly. Anshi-ch-" pause. "Anshi-chan! Oh, um, I see you made a contract." For now her eyes are back down on the people in the room rather than the big screen.
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-11 01:32:51 21940
Anshi reaches out to gently take Madoka's hand. "I did," she agrees with a quick smile as she whispers to Madoka. "But people seem to be really unhappy here. I don't want to hurt anyone, and Tomoe-senpai thinks that we're going to need everyone to fight this witch. So I'll just protect you if it comes to it. Okay?"
Homura Akemi 2016-01-11 01:34:12 21941
    Homura frowns at Sailor V. She turns to Laisa. "Laisa-san, dear, please make a Void Sphere right here, in front of me." Laisa does so, and a ball of void appears. Homura walks to the side of it, holds up her hand, and a flash of purple blasts from her hand into the void, vanishing. "We have countermeasures here to most magical attacks. Laisa's Void can absorb magic. Kunzite can absorb magic and throw it at you. Meriko can create glass walls and if I'm feeling merciful we'll use Tomoe-san's ribbons instead of broken glass. That's all."

    To Shinobu, Homura says, "Um... right... Um... I don't think I know you. Shino-san, was it? What was your question?"

    To Hannah she answers, "A quick, sudden strike is our best bet. We can afford nothing less than it's complete and utter annihilation. A creature like this deserves no mercy or forgiveness." Another tap on her keyboard, and she brings up a series of pictures showing what Walpurgisnacht can do. There are parts of skyscrapers flying about and being thrown around. Walpurgisnacht itself seems to have some kind of firebreath. There are also pictures of Walpurgisnacht's stronger familiars, shaped like magical girls but looking like they're made out of empty space.

    Then she goes to answer Hannah's and Vespa's questions at once. "First off, a disclaimer. This timeline is very different from any other timeline I've been in. It may have capabilities that I've never seen before, so I'm afraid I can only tell you so much. However, these three things are the main threats. The firebreath will get you if you get too close, but if you're fast you can avoid it. The biggest problem is the skyscraper. If she hits you with a skyscraper then well... that's enough to take even strong Puella Magi out of the fight. Don't get hit by one of those. The familiars are something to watch out for. They are agile and powerful, and two or three of them are enough to overwhelm a veteran magical girl."

    To Sailor Moon she adds, "Yeah, I'm making a video. I can send you a copy."

    To Gull she simply says, "No one but other Puella Magi was there to help."

    To Shinobu, she responds, "This Witch is so powerful that normal people cannot help but notice its effects. They will think that a supercell is forming, and they will call for a mass evacuation. Provided that we can hold Walpurgisnacht off long enough, we can rely upon the normals to evacuate themselves. When that time comes, using your radio to forward the news of the evacuation will help."

    Endymion's question is answered with a bit of hesitation. Homura frowns, "I've yet to find any notable weaknesses while fighting it. It's basically just a matter of overpowering it."

    Then Kyouko comes up, and Homura tries to push her away. That push becomes a shove as Homura says, "Because that's a pointless fight to have right now! There's no way we can get Mamoru-kun back without first defeating Kunzite, and currently defeating Kunzite isn't an option. Best case we'd give one of them a bloody nose before they both teleported away." Yes, she's saying this right in front of them. "Secondly, frankly, I'd much prefer Endymion's firepower. I know a lot of us don't like that. I don't. I don't much like you either. But we need people in order to win."

    "I asked for their help and they agreed on the condition that we wouldn't attack them. So I'm not going to attack them. I'd prefer it if you didn't either."
Kazuo Takeba 2016-01-11 01:35:18 21942
Sailor V's raised finger does ... not result in the room getting further darker around Kunzite and Endymion. The white-haired General does not invoke his power, though one hand might drop to his side, might slip into the fabric of his cape. No protest over Hannah's scan, either; it's not as if Miss White hasn't had an opportunity before. Kyouko's speech, though -- that does get a response.

Kunzite smiles. Just for a moment. Just briefly, because that expression on his face does not actually help the situation.

"We have an interest in this fight," he says toward Kyouko's outburst. "We'll be there, likely in force, whether you're pleased with the idea or not. We can coordinate our efforts with you, so that neither side is particularly distracted by deciding we need to defend yourselves on multiple fronts. Or you can pick a fight with us now, and go into combat with Walpurgisnacht with fewer resources and some of you injured, and further distracted, because we will still be there. More efficient to settle the matter now.

"We can, after all, play nicely when the occasion demands." Kunzite doesn't gesture toward Frost Knight; he keeps his hands still, and tips his head toward the figure with the halberd instead. "As might be remembered. Two months ago, more or less; the girl possessed by the ... eating thing, whatever it was." His eyes flicker back toward Kyouko. "Your friend was in the area. I kept my word."
Homura Akemi 2016-01-11 01:35:59 21944
    "Oh and you might see some elephants and a parade on the day of Walpurgisnacht," mentions Homura. "The parade is harmless. Just ignore them."
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-11 01:36:58 21945
Shinobu quickly retorts to someone who sounds remarkably familiar to her, "This isn't you trying to kill them or them trying to kill you. This is something big and nasty trying to kill all of us. This is an all hands on deck type thing Miss." She frowns and the words she heard just a few hours ago come pounding into her head. Hanging her head she props herself against her cane. "I don't know you either Homu-Sama, Nice to meet you. I will do ALL I can."
Minako Aino 2016-01-11 01:39:18 21946
Minako Aino/Sailor V peers at Homura, then Laisa and Meriko in turn. "Was that a threat to my princess?"

She's brighter, about to start attacking Dark Generals and encouraging Kyouko's speech! But she pauses - if only because she is holding it for other potential threats from the *other* side of the room, where she wasn't expecting any danger from at all.

Artemis drags the backpack he's iding in across the room towards the door...
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-11 01:40:02 21947
Miss Blue nods and keeps her hand firmly on Hannah's shoulder. She has no intention of letting her get up and start a fight right now. Much as she'd like to do so herself, her own targets are elsewhere. Pragmatism was a rule of the Gray Rose, and it still is for her today.

(What's that she's humming? Something in English, about 'pink elephants on parade'....)

The insightful might notice the hand not on Hannah's shoulder is resting on her sword's hilt. Today is not a day to irk her.
Vespa Rayne 2016-01-11 01:40:03 21948
Vespa makes mental notes. Don't get hit by skycrapers. Watch out for the firebreath and ingore the pink elephants on parade. Wait what?
The Axe Knight tires to be a voice of reason."Let's kill this monster first then you all can go back to beating each other up okay? On problem at a time..", she takes a sip of her tea too.
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-11 01:42:05 21950
    Kyouko scowls at Miss Blue. "Sometimes gettin' blown to smithereens is a fair choice, when the other one is letting some godamned bro-stealing scumbags waltz around like it's a dance at the Dysfunctional Family Center!" She slams her palm down on the table again and looks at Shinobu, and Takashi (who she notices for the first time and glares at extra hard, but she has bigger fish to fry currently, "And we don't /need/ them! There's plenty of us here to deal with this!" She speaks from ignorance, but her dander is up.

    She pauses, as Sailor Moon interrupts with her.. whatever the hell that was. Kyouko actually looks slightly taken aback for a moment, peering at Sailor Moon, before she shakes her head slightly and continues, "Or how about we just all beat the crap out of them now, and then Moonie there can do her laser therapy and then they can help us AFTERWARDS? Like, what the hell!"

    She turns to Homura, as the girl shoves her, and shoves her back like this is a playground fight. "Is this really your plan? Really? And.. Time Traveller? Nice photoshops, Homura, but I ain't buyin' that. You're about as convincing as Mami trying to say a curse word. Let me ask you, let me /really/ ask you. Is this city worth more to you and your friends? What is this city to you? It's just a place. But they-" and she turns and levells her finger at Kunzite and Endymion, "Are people you know and you're ok with letting shit happen this way?!"

    And then Kunzite has the temerity to address her directly, and she rounds on him, still behind the table she stole as if she's the judge of some anger-filled course proceeding. "Oh, isn't that just effin' great, nii-chan." She doesn't seem to catch herself using the familiar term. "Look around you. You talk big, oh, some of us will get injured, oh, we'll still be there. Give me a break! Do you really think that you could walk out of here if I decided I wasn't gonna let you?" Kyouko's ego is possibly rivaled by the local postal code, but even then it's a close match. "I /owe/ you. I owe you big." She bares her teeth at the white-clad General, fangs flashing, "And when I smell blood it tends to appear." Now that's an ominous statement. She still hasn't actually tried to stab anyone though.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-01-11 01:45:29 21951
"Don't have a strategy yet, Sailor Moon. Won't until I've reviewed more of the footage, and probably won't have an efficient one at all, since I've no doubt there's not a single person here who'd be willing to let me place them tactically. You'll probably want to leave it to your side-- which, if there is one, I will be willing to follow. To a reasonable degree. I'm not willing to lose my men," is the initial answer to Moon's tipsy demand.

But then! Accusations fly!

"I've never tried to kill you," Endymion protests indignantly at Sailor Moon after he finishes his punch, though Kunzite and Homura actually do take care of the questions thrown around about their presence. He leans past Kunzite to put his empty punch cup on the table, then crosses his arms and leans against the wall again. He does see Sailor V now, and he blinks. "Princess?"
Haruna Kurosawa 2016-01-11 01:46:04 21952
Cure Gull whispers to Corvus again. Corvus looks off at Endymion for a moment before he shakes his head and whispers back to Gull. She sulks a bit and sighs and crosses her arms with a huff.

Then Kunzite speaks and she snaps her eyes on him as she frowns more angrily. "What!? Afraid they might kill everyone worth brainwashing into tin soldiers!?" she says with a huff.

But that's all she says as she looks back at Homura.

"So just Puella Magi... okay." she says thinking on this.

She seems to buy the time traveler story at least. Why lie about something as silly as that?

She sits back down grumpily and she has a can of beer in her hands. She snaps it open.

Corvus flies down on Gull's arm and pushes it down and makes a :I face at Haruna.

Haruna humfs!
Runealy Waldia 2016-01-11 01:46:39 21953
Rune finds a lot to take in. Enough that she has been stunned for a while. Certain guests have been jarring - seeing Mamoru as he is now is only slightly less bad for her than others closer to him. Hannah as well; her feelings toward Hannah are very complex, full of good and worrying things in equal measure. Yet Homura's statement is able to keep her relatively calm; wide-eyed and worried, but not starting fights.

Watching the 'presentation' has her stunned as well; the threat in question is... behemoth. As big as a building. Bigger. Castle-sized? Bigger than that, maybe? How do you fight that?

...Time-traveler? Homura cuts off many of the things Rune would have wanted to ask, but the implications race through Runealy's mind anyway. Nonetheless, she keeps focus on Walpurgisnacht once the initial shock is over. "You're talking about needing to throw what would amount to an army," she has the same words for this Hannah does, 'army', "at this. Obviously we need to, but... wow. I can barely imagine how that's going to look. Even if you call it a 'quick strike'."

"It can attack with... 'skyscrapers', you said. Tokyo's giant glass towers. And familiars, too. You'd need some way to 'dodge a tower', while dealing with that. At least we know, but... knowing, and countering, are two different things." She looks to Homura, "Where do you even begin with that kind of evasion?"
Hannah Sharpe 2016-01-11 01:47:29 21954
Hannah sighs at the end of it all.

She runs a hand through her hair, and just leans back. A deep, deep sigh. Her 'brother' doesn't recognize her. Kyouko is offering enough anger that even Hannah can't summon enough rage to fire back. No, the young woman looks /tired/.

"I get it. Let's save all the anger and stabbing for later, okay? If we don't kill this thing, then everyone is out of their ambitions. Tokyo draws all of us crazy idiots, right?"

A shake of a head. "If we lose our stage, we're all screwed. So as much as I'd love to make fist-shaped impressions on those two right now, let's all...God, when did I become the reasonable one? Calm down." THose words seem to /hurt/ Hannah.

But then she peers to Rune.

"Way I see it, either punch through the thing, or I can start giving people enough wind-enhancement that they can fly out of the way."
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-11 01:47:46 21955
Mami steps forward, and there's a larger than usual matchlock revolver in her hand. (The fact that it's filled with a rock salt round rather than a real one isn't as relevant as the threat.) It is all but shoved into Kyouko's face.

"If you're not going to be nice then YOU can leave. The only person here to start trouble is YOU. You are the disruptive, dangerous presence. You can either sit down or I will MAKE you sit down. Or you can leave. But I will not have you threaten the entire city just so that you can have whatever catharsis you think you need."

"Even for you, Kyouko Sakura, this is an awful lot of people to make enemies of at once." Mami is taking none of Kyouko's crap right now - it's a stern, dangerous Mami Tomoe staring out at her, daring her to try her. For all the way she looks at Kyouko, she might as well represent a threat on the scale of Walpurgisnacht itself.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-11 01:48:22 21956
Sailor Moon tries hard to take notes. She scribbles, and jots, doodles when her eyes unfocus. She raises her head as Homura answered her question. "Thank you so much!"

More doodles. More notes.

She pauses, though, when Homura explains herself.

Her pen stills, and she looks up. "Actually, I don't like it, either, but it's really smart to try to get their power on our side for this. They're both strong, like you said, and I know M...Endymion's really smart. So, yeah."

She sighs and goes back to note taking, not pausing when Venus speaks again. "No, Venus. I don't feel threatened. Please come keep me company, though?"

A good Venus snuggle may be very much needed. "I want hugs."

She blinks at Endymion's initial assessment. "Gosh, I really want to kiss you, now..." This is either murmured or said in that way only tipsy people can.

Oh snap! Wait! Endymion doesn't know?! Crap crap crap crap --

On the outside, she's still a bit tipsy. A lot. "Don't worry, honey! I'm sure next Tuesday you'll try to kill me." A smile.

And trying to cover! "Princess? Pfffff. Whaaaaat? Who said anything about a princess. Pfffffff. Endymion, I think you need to--"

And then Kyouko. Again. And for the first time, she's angry at the girl.

"Damn it, would you just stop?! You don't think this isn't killing me? But Homura's right, Kyou-kun! This isn't just...GRAH!"

She stands and stomps over to the punch bowl! She hesitates a moment! Picks up the whole thing and stomps back to the couch!

"If anyone wants some, feel free to take some!"
Kazuo Takeba 2016-01-11 01:53:30 21958
"Not photoshopped," Kunzite says to Kyouko, although it's more of an aside. "We analyzed it. It's real. You won't trust our results; find someone to do the work for you as a check." He shakes his head, starts to answer her angrier words -- flicks a glance aside at Cure Gull --

And then there's Mami.

His expression ices over, and he starts forward. Halts almost before he's begun. Because he's still keeping station between Endymion and V, and there's a limit to how far he can move without compromising that.
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-11 01:57:51 21959
    Madoka is squirming over in her corner of the room, standing next to Anshi. She's seen Kyouko look this terrifying before. But she hasn't seen Mami look that terrifying. She's not sure she's ever seen the blonde Puella Magi start to lose her patience to anything close to this extent. She was trying to make herself look small before, but now she's literally pressing herself against the wall.

    The one thing she's not doing? Trying to leave. She's reasonably sure she could, but even with this incredibly tense situation she isn't about to miss this meeting, even if it ends up being less a meeting and more a combat zone.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-11 02:00:30 21960
    Homura actually stutters and steps back at the mention of, "Homu-Sama." She doesn't make a show of it but at the moment Mami is now actually standing between Homura and the rest of the group.

    Uuuuugh public speaking. Could this get any worse?

    To Sailor V, she says, "I'm not threatening your princess. I am threatening anyone foolish enough to start a fight in my house. I'm also making the point that fighting here is going to prove very futile."

    Or at least, Homura hopes. She has at least tried to prepare for this.

    Then Kyouko speaks up, and Homura grabs her by the collar and pulls her to her face. "Listen, asshole. You think you don't need them? Look at the damn screen."

    Homura shove-turns Kyouko towards the wallscreen. There are suddenly no less than 10 videos of Kyouko bleeding to death in various ways. "But whatever, right? Yeah, that's just a photoshop, right? Why don't you just go off and get yourself killed like you always do? Screw you. I don't need you."

    There's no lack of bitterness in her voice as she says that. No lack of spite either. She mostly backs off once Mami starts getting in Kyouko's face.

    To Runealy, she answers, "If you see them coming ahead of time, you can run or fly out of the way. They're usually pretty predictable, but... well... sometimes I don't manage to dodge them, and that's the end of the fight."

    Usagi takes the punch bowl, and Homura notices. She calls out, "Belina? More punch?"

    "Do you want it spiked again?"

    "Yes! Yes we want it very spiked!"

    Suddenly, without warning, 'Crawling on my Skin' starts playing over the speakers. Homura's confusion is plain on her face. She turns around to the screen to notice 'INCOMING CALL: Mom'. She holds up her hand to say, "No... no don't answer that!"

    'Command: Answer. Picking up...'

    "That is exactly what I didn't want you to--"

    "Hiiiiii Homhom-chan!" It's an older woman's voice. Old enough to be, predictably, Homura's mother. "How's momma's favorite birthday girl?"

    Homura blushes. It's her birthday? She completely forgot... oh crap.

    "Uh... hi mom? Um... I actually--"

    "Oh don't be shy dear! Did you get your present? Enjoying your winter break? Father was very happy with your grades!"

    Off mic a male voice says, "She could've done better!"

    'Mom' apparently ignores him. "Are those other people I hear? Did you invite some friends over for your birthday part? Oh that's so wonderful! We were afraid you wouldn't make any friends at all!"

    Homura's face is stone right now. "... something like that."
Minako Aino 2016-01-11 02:02:43 21962
"You're threatening *my* people? I can threaten your people and be even more ruthless about it!" a particularly incensed Sailor V tries to shout over what appears to be somebody doing a weird mom impression in the background.

That's when the Crescent Beams start.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-11 02:05:04 21963
Chug chug chug.


"Can you spike my bowl some more, Belina-san? Pleeeeeease? And put more punch in it?"

Chug chug.


And then she squeals! It's Homu-chan's birthday!

She stands, turns and thrusts her punchbowl to Frost Knight, races up, and gives Homura a quick hug!

And then, Venus.

She stomps down and grabs Venus's hand! "Stop being mean on her birthday, you--OW! OW OW OW! Dammit, Venus, that HURT!"
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-11 02:05:19 21964
(("Protection!")) speaks a mechanical voice from the couch.

And that's when the Belkan spell-glyph appears in mid-air, extending to cover the entire WPS contingent and intercept the beams.

Mikoto's hand tightens further on Hannah's shoulder, to keep her from rising and replying. "Not. Now." she grits out through her teeth.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-11 02:06:02 21965
    As promised, Void spheres suddenly appear to eat at least half of those Crescent beams, but there are enough going around that poor Laisa can't keep up with all of them.

    Homura just stands there and weakly, embarrasedly, returns the hug. "Thanks, Moon-chan."
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-11 02:06:16 21966
Shinobu Kimura stands up. Using her cane she starts making her way through the rather blinding life and magic energies within the room. Carefully She makes her way to the back, trying to hide the rather upset look on her face. She may not have seen the video but she knows worry when she hears it and this is definitely a situation to worry about.
Takashi Agera 2016-01-11 02:06:24 21967
Takashi is still trying to take in the information Homura wanted everyone to have - the information she let out that lets him make conclusions - and the slowly building powder keg.

And then he has to rapidly bring up a wall of ice to absorb a crescent beam. Nobody knows why Frost Knight was a lucky winner. But that's all he needs right now.

His halberd draws out to its' full size, and he rushes over to Madoka. "We should probably go home before I stab someone. I'm not even sure if it'd be an enemy or a friend at this point." he says, firmly. "Do you want a lift?"
Vespa Rayne 2016-01-11 02:07:22 21968
Vespa blinks and blinks again at Sailor Moon ..display. ..and then all heck break loose.Beams everywhere! She ducks behind the couch, and start making her way over to the cooler where the beers are and takes one. She start to drink it.
Runealy Waldia 2016-01-11 02:09:30 21970
Rune blinks several times as she realizes that, ultimately, Homura's appeal for sticking to business has... gone awry. Sailor Moon's situation is... very, very distracting. She wants to butt in, to say something, but fears a fight breaking out... a fight that would be totally appropriate any other time, but now it might be a dangerous schism in the face of Walpurgisnacht. So she just stares in worry, managing little more than one-syllable gasping attempts at saying something to Moon, to Mamoru, to anyone else. Ultimately, Kunzite talking about unknown words like 'photoshopped' helps; she decides to just be confused about that instead.

Hannah provides another distraction. "Shooting a hole through the tower? I guess I could try. There's a limit to how many people you can make fly, and would be able to be used to it in time to use it, right?" Going along with this line of thought is a desperate bid to try to keep this meeting to be constructive, to not degenerate into a fight. Even as it seems it's going to wind up that way as Homura lashes out at Kyouko...

...And... definitely turns into a fight as Crescent Beams fly. And last she knew, Rune was here basically alone. She has friends here, but nobody she would be absolutely one hundred percent sure would be teaming up with her no matter what. It's just too confusing.

Think fast. ...She thinks she has it. "Wa... Waldia declares its neutrality in this immediate matter!"

Suspecting a potential five way fight (Puella Magi schism against one another, Sailors versus... potentially everyone, with V's wild shots just now, random bystanders possibly taking sides, and White's group)... she is just calling 'nope' to this and fleeing for the door, yelping as a beam goes right past her shoulder.
Kazuo Takeba 2016-01-11 02:09:33 21971
Kunzite lifts both hands, sharp and abrupt, and where Frost Knight shielded /himself/ from the Crescent Beams --

-- in time with Kunzite's gesture, a smooth arc of darkness manifests, a neat shell of it surrounding Moon and V. It's not fast enough to intercept all of the beams, no more than Laisa's reaction can. But those that it intercepts vanish, absorbed.

... it shields the room. It doesn't block them in entirely. It particularly doesn't block them, or anyone else, from the door.
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-11 02:09:49 21972
    Kyouko really doesn't seem to give anyone else's arguments any credence. /She's/ the senior Witch Hunter here (other than Homura and Mami, but who's counting), /she/ knows how to hunt Witches, all of this sounds like a bunch of crap to her! She does, however, have the good grace to look slightly guilty when Sailor Moon rounds on her, but her face resolves into steely determination a moment later, even in the face of /Hannah/ of all people telling her to calm down. This is the girl who has punched her through walls /more than once/.

    And then she has a gun in her face, and she's staring down the barrel at Mami Tomoe. She freezes- but she doesn't look afraid. If anything, the look she gives her former partner down the barrel of that gun is as cold as ice. Which is on fire. "Really, Mami? Is that what you think? Because I remember a time you weren't an idiot. Or maybe you're just real good at pretendin' and- GRK!"

    This last is because Homura has seized her by the collar and is hauling her around to look at the screens. Her eyes widen slightly at the sight of herself being killed in a bunch if awful ways. That scares her, but Scared Kyouko is actually as dangerous, if not more-so, than Angry Kyouko. "You know what, eff you!" She just shouts at Homura, for lack of any more reasonable argument. "You don't need me? I don't need /you/ or your alliance of /freaking cowards/." She slams her arms up to break Homura's hold just as the phone starts ringing.

    To her credit, she doesn't attack anybody. She just stalks over to the window and throws it open. She vaugely hears the start of the conversation behind her as she climbs onto the windowsill. Just before she leaps out and into open space, she shouts back over her shoulder as loud as she can,

    "Hey 'momma', try not raising such a /jerk/ next time!" and then she's gone, falling towards the alley below.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-01-11 02:10:50 21973
There's only one thing for it.

Prince Endymion, the strongest soldier of the Dark Kingdom... grabs a bunch of cakes, ducks a bunch of crescent beams, yells out, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOMERUN-CHAN!" and says something right next to Kunzite's ear.

Then vanishes.

With cakes.

Also more beer.
Haruna Kurosawa 2016-01-11 02:11:35 21974
Cure Gull eyes go wide as Crescent beams start and Mikoto throws up a screen. Corvus jumps to Cure Gull's Shoulder when things start flying!?

This is when she starts drinking the beer as she stands up-- but keeps behind the protection skill.

"HEY! SAILOR V! CUT THAT OUT! CUT IT OUT NOW!" she screams over the shield.

Nrrrrgg She looks back at Hannah. "Boss-chan~ What do you want to do?" she asks. She's the boss, afterall- and she's here on WPS payroll this time, sadly.

"I can try to difuse this but..."

"Probably be a loosing battle at this point."

Then she pauses.

"Akemi-san!? It's your birthday!? Bu--I didn't.. even get you anything. Bah! WELL HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TIME-CHAN!" she calls out over the impendeing chaos.
Hannah Sharpe 2016-01-11 02:13:54 21975
Hannah smiles to Blue and Gull. Way too wide. Blue thankfully keeps her from punching anyone. No, for once, she just sinks into the couch, ignores her own bloodlust, and throws up a shield.

And then out goes Kyouko.

Ahem! "HEEEEY THERE!" Time to help Homu.

Pop. Sip. More beer.

"Ignore the commotion. We're larping! Your daughter makes a /cute/ cleric, don't you know, Miss Akemi! Kasagami White, nice to meet ya! Might have heard of me! Anyway, don't worry, I'm a professional. Birthday-slash-larp party! So have a nice night, huh?" Then she'll get R.T. to try to Device away the call. With magi-tech, you see.

And then team Dark is out.

Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-11 02:14:04 21976
The punch bowl is now on the floor. There's a mess every where.

She walks up to Venus, almost sober with the look of hurt and...almost anger in her eyes. "You are going to stay here and help clean this up. Do you understand?"

Then she's storming out of the house.

And of course, she does what every drunk girl does.

No, not that. Apparently Sailor Moon has a strong stomach.

That's right! She's crying! Because basically, screw today.
Hannah Sharpe 2016-01-11 02:14:28 21977
She also whispers to her friends. "Stay frosty people. And don't die." How helpful, Hannah.
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-11 02:16:49 21978
Shinobu Kimura goes towards the door then remembers, She doesn't know how to get home! So she's sticking around for now. Things get a whole lot brighter to her as the darker types poof. Quietly she leans against a wall trying to not knock anything down. "Where do I even start..." Her voice is soft and trails off but there is potential that she will be heard by someone.
Hannah Sharpe 2016-01-11 02:16:52 21979
OH, and then Sailor Moon's crying. Hannah shakes her head, and then stands up. She nods to her employees, and Shinobu too.

"Right. Let's try this 'company morale' thing." She offers to the others.

Sailor Moon is getting a WPS Brand Hug whether she wants to or not. Wind magic even draws her into it.

"Hey. Stay strong kiddo. We'll knock him out of it."
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-11 02:19:13 21981
And a WPS Brand Hug means all of WPS, whether they feel up to it or not. Mikoto needs hugs of her own, so giving Usagi one is almost as good.

"Just remember, this isn't him. It's the poopyhead who kidnapped him. Save it for them."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-11 02:20:20 21982
Sailor Moon blinks, surprised at finding herself in a hug all of a sudden. By Mikoto and, of all people, Miss White.

She nodds, though, knowing it's true.

But also.

"You were right about me."
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-11 02:20:29 21983
Mami has... literally no idea what to do. Kyouko's out, probably, but that still leaves Venus and the spilled punch and everything. So she does the only thing she can possibly do. She whispers to Homura. "There's a chocolate cake in the fridge that's yours. Happy birthday. You were a wonderful host, the guests were just rude. Call me if you need anything!" And then Mami casually walks out the door (as long as nobody tries to stop her) with a nearly stepford smile.
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-11 02:22:40 21984
    Oh my god. Homhom-chan.

    All hell breaks loose but for a moment Madoka is just giggling madly at the nickname Homura's mother has for her. The giggling seems fairly appropriate as crescent beams start flying all over the place- this is why Madoka picked an out of the way corner. "Happy Birthday, Homura-chan!" she attempts to shout over the din with an embarrassed expression on her face. "You raised a wonderful daughter, Akemi-san!!" A stray crescent beam shoots far over her head, only to be absorbed by a sphere of void.

    If the only thing she can do in this mess is save a bit of face for Homura, she'll do it.

    Frost Knight comes over and asks if she wants to leave. "I. Um. Erm. ...if they don't stop the shooting yes." But she might actually want to stay if the shooting does stop.

    A hand is lifted and a wave sent towards Mami, "The cake was really, really good, Mami-san!!"
Minako Aino 2016-01-11 02:25:00 21986
Minako Aino/Sailor V realizes her charge is safe and escaped, which is good.

Her targets have also escaped, which is bad.

She takes one final look around at the various Puella and Puella-friends, transformed or not alike, being obvious about it and wagging a finger at Homura meaningfully before making her escape.

Her escape is through a window.
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-11 02:25:20 21987
Shinobu doesn't know what to say or do at this point. Instead she moves to the yellow energy moving away. "Umm excuse me Miss?" She states to Mami, "Ummm could I ask for your assistance please? I came with a friend who I think is busy. I don't exactly how to get home." She blushes a little bit and steps closer to her.
Haruna Kurosawa 2016-01-11 02:26:00 21988
Cure Gull follows along after Hannah and watches...and makes a mental note.

She mumbles 'Learn how to use wind power to snag people for hugs.' to herself.

"I heard that." says Corvus.

She humphs.

She places her beer can down and stands next to Hannah and beams.

"If you ever need help, Moon-chan... I'm always around! And---I kinda...owe you too... so..." she mutters tapping fingers in front of her together shyly.

"S--so! Yeah! Just yell at me if you need me!" she says, hands on her hips.

She pauses.

"Right about wha?" she asks.
Vespa Rayne 2016-01-11 02:26:56 21989
Vespa sips her beer. "Well that was interesting..", she hms looking around, she looks up at Sunbeam still on her head. "Time to go", the fairy nods in agreemnet. "Time to go.", and with that she waves to whoever is left. "I'll say this was a interesting meeting, not dull at all.", she walks to the door picking up her axe walking out the dor. THUNK! It got caught on the door frame. Again. "Darn it!"
Homura Akemi 2016-01-11 02:29:03 21990
    Homura is more and more embarassed... and then Hannah says something that comes to Homura's rescue. "Yes! Yes we are larping. That is what I am doing on my birthday."

    Mom's confused voice says, "Oh... well okay. Well it sounds like you're busy! We'll call you back later!"

    "You know where to find me..." says Homura.

    "Bye bye, Homhom-chan! Bye Homura-chan's friends!"

    The phone hangs up, and Homura mutters, "... right where you left me."

    Homura looks around at her house, turns to Mami and says, "Thanks. Next time... let's... find somewhere else to do this."

    When Sailor Moon says that V needs to help clean up, Homura mutters, "Well actua--" Whatever bitter thing that Homura was about to say gets cut off when Homura sees Sailor Moon start to cry.


    She walks up to Sailor Moon, face as cold as stone, saying, "... I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I didn't realize you'd be coming when I invited him. I saw him around town one night and I thought he could help. I didn't even consider how it would make you feel. I'm sorry."

    Sailor Moon does get a hug from Homura. Venus, for the moment, gets ignored. Even as she leaps out a window.

    Madoka, however, doesn't. Homura turns to her and says, "... Sorry, Madoka-chan. If they were really going to shoot at you, I could've pulled you out of it. Still, I wouldn't blame you if you wanted to leave."

    Frost Knight gets ignored, too.

    Homura looks around and rubs her forehead. "Is that all of the fighting? Are we done fighting now?"

    Shinobu's plight gets Homura's attention, and Homura says, "If you're willing to wait a bit I think I can help you get home. How far away is it?"
Kazuo Takeba 2016-01-11 02:30:14 21991
Well, one of V's targets has escaped. Kunzite hasn't. But white against the white walls is perhaps understandably missed, particularly with the shield of darkness between V and him. Which, once she's headed thataway, he dismisses and lets fade. That at least doesn't leave a mark on Homura's carpets. He glances to their owner; leans back against the wall, folds his arms in the absence of most of the people most likely to try to stab him, and waits. Silent and still, except for a brief nod to the idea of the fighting being over.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-11 02:32:59 21992
Moon feels a little bit better. Hugs are the best and she is tipsy. And she is still getting hugs! Now from a Homura!

"No, no." Sniffle! "It's good you're trying to get their help on this. I didn't tell you I was coming. It's not your fault! I just...didn't handle it well. I'm sorry." Watery smile! "I'm really sorry about the mess and--"

Wait. Venus...left?

Angry eyes as she straightens her spine, glaring death daggers at the window. "I'll stay and help clean up."
Takashi Agera 2016-01-11 02:34:25 21994
And Frost Knight is trapped somewhere between Madoka Kaname and all of the billions of thoughts running through his head. He should stay, right? Stay with Madoka after all of this madness. Does he want to stay?... He doesn't. That's... something that bears further inquiry. He puts it on the steadily growing pile of things that also bear further inquiry.

He reaches down and hugs Madoka-chan. "Well, try not to get between..." he looks out at the room "...anyone here and anyone else, really." Frost Knight walks away, steadily, stopping to nod at Miss White, Miss Blue. And then leaning down to Usagi. "Really, he's a jerk anyways. I know, he put me through a plate glass window. I wasn't even doing anything wrong."
Hannah Sharpe 2016-01-11 02:35:54 21995
Hannah sighs as the call and /everything/ finally ends. Cue beer number five. She wishes she'd brought Boris.

A thumbs-up to Homura. "I think we're good." One long pat on poor Usagi's back! A ruffle to the head of everyone involved.

Frost Knight gets a nod. And a wink!

"So." She tries to steer this bus back to business.

"Anything else we need to know Homerun-chan?" Grin!

"Because otherwise I'm going to annihilate that cake in the fridge."
Haruna Kurosawa 2016-01-11 02:37:29 21996
Cure Gull smiles. "Don't worry, Corvus will help clean!"

Corvus says. "What."

"Help clean!" she insists.

Corvus rolls his eyes and flaps out the window.

"Corvus where are you going you need to help!" she yells.

"Ugh! Fine. I'll help. After."

"After cake with Miss White." she insists.

"And more Beer. Because now he isn't here to stop me!" she beams wide with a smile.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-11 02:39:09 21999
    And more punch finally comes out, carried by Belina. It's placed on the table, and the tumped over punch bowl is found, picked up, and carried off. Belina makes a 'tch' noise and escapes to the kitchen again.

    Homura turns to Kunzite, says, "Sorry about that. It's not quite as peaceful as I hoped, but this is as much planning as I think we're going to get."

    As Moon offers to stay and help clean up, Homura smiles. "You're a very good friend, Moon-chan, but you don't have to. It wont be that hard to clean either way."

    Frost Knight speaks to Moon, and Homura is close enough to overhear. "Ah, well it's a good thing Mercury-san was there to rescue you, hm?"

    To Hannah, she says, "Oh yeah. The date. Signs point towards the end of the month. That would be a good time for any of us to get our loved ones out of town, as much as we can manage to. That's about it I think."
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-11 02:39:27 22000
Shinobu Kimura hear's Homura's voice and she turns to face her. "Umm... Okay." Turning to Mami, "Thanks anyway Yellow person!" SHe giggles a little before moving her way back towards the seat where she had left not long ago. Back to silence from her. Her cane is once again being used as a prop as she leans into it. Her face shows that she has a LOT on her mind. Potentially more than just the killer witch on the way.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-01-11 02:41:08 22001
If anyone's actually looking out the window, they may briefly see Endymion looking in, spotting who's left and that no one's shooting Kunzite, and then leaving again.
Kazuo Takeba 2016-01-11 02:44:24 22004
Kunzite inclines his head to Homura. "These things happen," he says. "We'll need to keep the volatile ones separated from Zoisite, if he's present. We won't be short on space to do that in, and I'll keep an eye on him." And presumably on everyone who just exploded in the middle of the meeting. "Figure out a prioritized list of the people you want to make sure stay in the fight, and get that to us; and let us know if you figure out where it's going to make landfall. Did Endymion give you a contact method?"
Homura Akemi 2016-01-11 02:45:55 22005
    "I've got his number, yeah," says Homura. "It tends to come by water, so I suspect the harbor, but really it could come from anywhere."
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-11 02:46:09 22006
Mami Tomoe stops and looks at Shinobu, and her fake smile fades, slowly but surely, to a soft real one. The saftey cane makes it obvious what the problem is, so Mami doesn't mention it impolitely. She walks up behind Shibou as she leaves. "Sorry, I was a little distracted with all of that..." she just kinda shudders. "Where do you live? I'll walk you there." she says, with a hand on the girl's shoulder.
Hannah Sharpe 2016-01-11 02:47:23 22007
A swift nod!

"I'll pencil that in! Well, WPS, congrats. You and your families get a company-backed vacation to....actually I have no idea yet, I need to look into the cruise rates. But I'll take care of it." Chest-thump!

To the rest? She grins to Corvus. "Remind me to get you a janitor's hat, Pidgeon-kun!"

Hannah's already up, helping clean up and making small talk with the Puella. Networking is key.
Takashi Agera 2016-01-11 02:48:36 22009
Frost Knights eyes glare like green daggers at Homura as his head turns around to look at her fast enough you might think it'd cause whiplash. "Yeah, unlike some people, apparently Mercury-san and Ami-san aren't cold hearted enough to watch someone get beat up for no reason by a jerkass who's apparently spending his afternoons in the Dark Kingdom's spa." Takashi adds.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-11 02:49:05 22010
She sways a bit. "Woah. I think if you didn't have twenty living rooms right now, I'd help. But...yeah. Um."

She says her goodbyes, gives hugs, (steals the punch bowl and leaves a note promising to return the bowl later) and leaves.

To the roof!
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-11 02:49:12 22011
Shinobu Kimura smiles to the person, "Oh! Okay umm, Homura-Sama, you seem busy. I think I will just go with this lady here." She motions toward Mami before she begins making her way toward the door again. "Thank you Miss. I'm not much help right now. I live at Infinity U. I am a first year senior there and I just transfered in for this next period. I live in one of the dorms." She smiles softly.
Kazuo Takeba 2016-01-11 02:50:07 22012
Kunzite acknowledges Homura's information with a nod, that becomes a bow, courtesy in direct contrast with Frost Knight's tone. And as he straightens, shadows bloom against the wall, swallow him, leave only the (miraculously) untouched white of that part of Homura's home.

Which means he beats Sailor Moon to the roof by seconds.

This is going to go well.
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-11 02:50:19 22013
    Madoka smiles a little, "Don't worry, I won't let myself get into any trouble. That's why I stayed near the wall." Yes, it had occurred to her that this meeting might be a little tense once she saw how large the gathering would be. She sneaks him a quick hug upon seeing the look on his face, "It's okay, you don't have to stick around for me. I understand if you don't want to get caught up in any of this mess."

    She starts walking over to Homura, only to wince and look out of the corner of her eye at Frost Knight as he calls Mamoru a jerk. Well, if he really -did- get put through a window... but still.

    Homura is administering hugs to Sailor Moon, and it makes Madoka smile. A few moments later Madoka is the one administering a hug to Homura, from behind. "I know you would have, Homura-chan. I wasn't worried, since it was only one person shooting." Though they did shoot a lot! She gives a little squeeze and says, "Happy birthday!" again, just in case she didn't hear the first time.

    Still hugging Homura she looks between the dark haired Puella and Frost Knight, "W-what happened? You saw, Homura-chan?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-11 02:51:54 22014
Miss Blue sighs with relief as the most likely sources of an actual battle are finally parted completely for the night. It's finally safe to let Hannah off her leash, it would seem. And for Mikoto to grab some cake and another soda to drown her sorrows in.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-11 02:54:55 22015
    "What? Considering the kind of magic you use, I thought you were just friends," says Homura, to Frost Knight. "Was I wrong?"

    To Mami and Shinobu, she says, "Thanks, Tomoe-san! Take care, Shinobu-san!"

    She will never get used to being called 'sama' by anyone.

    Madoka is hugging her from behind, and Homura smiles. "Thanks, Madoka-chan. I'm glad I could have you over for my Birthday even if I completely forgot that I had one of those."

    Then the awkward question is asked, and Homura says, "Yeah... well... I was hunting Witches at the time. I came across their fight. I had no idea when it started, and no idea who Frost Knight was, but Mamoru-kun was there and I wanted to take a recording of it. It was... before I heard the story of Frost Knight rescuing you. I wasn't really in a position to do much about it."

    Well, that's her excuse for not helping, anyways.
Takashi Agera 2016-01-11 03:02:42 22017
Frost Knight turns the rest of his body to face Homura and Madoka once Sailor Moon leaves. "Well, what happened is that an overdressed evil asshat with spooky red eyes who used to be named Mamoru Chiba punched me in the face. And then tried to kill me. By energy blasting me through the storefront at Clover Tower."

"And Homura was there the whole time and she didn't do anything. I know because my device picked up her energy and I heard her snarking back and forth with him as I left. But thankfully, Sailor Mercury and another girl were, and I got out with only needing to rest for two days instead of another week or two in a hosptial."
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-11 03:13:42 22026
Miss Blue looks over at Frost Knight, considering briefly. Mamoru Chiba. She's heard that name before. Hadn't connected him with anything magical aside from having friends she knew, but still. ... and now he's evil, apparently.

She still hasn't made the connection to Endymion or Tuxedo Mask. She's not bothering to think hard enough about it, for one.
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-11 03:14:06 22027
    Madoka continues looking between Homura and Takashi as they both recount their sides of the story. "I understand if you don't want to fight Mamoru-kun, Homura-chan," A wild guess, "But if he's about to really hurt someone you should probably do something?" She's being extremely vague here, because the last thing she wants is to be the cause of another fight, this one between two people she cares a lot about.

    She lets out a bit of a distressed sigh and comments to no one in particular, "Everything is always so complicated." She lowers her head a bit, which since she's hugging Homura from behind means her chin is now resting on the other girls shoulder.

    She blinks then at one of the things Frost Knight says, "In the hospital for a week?" She straightens back up and looks around a little but, no, Mamoru is nowhere to be seen. "That's... If you were able to beat Riventon up in his own lab, and Mamoru-kun might have put you in the hospital for a week without help, he must -really- be strong!"
Homura Akemi 2016-01-11 03:15:46 22028
    Homura frowns at Frost Knight, "Really? You're playing the victim card right now? How do I know he wasn't just attacking because you were standing close to Mercury-chan? How do I know you two weren't doing something to him? I don't know what you're talking about 'being there the whole time'. I happened to be in the area looking for Witches, that's all."

    Well, it's actually true that Homura didn't notice the fight until it was about halfway over. "By the time I noticed you were losing, the fight was already over and fog covered the area. I don't know what you expect me to do in a situation like that."

    "... and what's this about another girl? Clover tower is a pretty fancy place to take someone. Mind explaining what that was all about?" Homura may not have been willing to say that behind Frost Knight's back, but to his face? With the jerkish things he's doing right now, she's certainly willing to say it to his face.
Takashi Agera 2016-01-11 03:31:58 22037
Madoka brings up a good point. It's a really good point. He does not like this point. He settles on lying some more. Lying got him into this part of the discussion it can get him out of it, right? "I got the drop on Riventon." he says, bluntly. "Otherwise it might not have gone so well. He was distracted. Endymion wasn't. Dark Power makes you incredibly dangerous." he says. He doesn't want to lose some of that threat Riventon has built up to people - people afraid are less likely to fight and get in the way.

And then there's Homura. Being Homura. Pissing him off. By acting so superior. "Well that's an awful assumption to make, Akemi-san. Literally bleeding dark energy and I'm the bad guy?!" He manages to say this without smirking, laughing, or otherwise putting through the utter hypocracy of this statement. His father would be proud. "I know you have never liked me but that seems strong. And for your information, I was bringing Ami-san the information on the whole Suddenly Tokyo Is Tearing Itself Apart thing. Just because I didn't meet her outside of a ramen cart doesn't mean anything." He looks at Madoka, resting her chin on Homura like that. This really upsets him.

"Akemi-san, if you can time travel, why don't you go back to the time before you became an insufferable know it all, fix that, and pull the stick out of your behind while you're there."
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-11 03:42:23 22042
    "Homura-chan, you don't have to be so cold about it if he was actually being attacked." Madoka says with a little sigh. She doesn't know who 'Mercury-chan' even is, so she has no idea if she'd attack Mamoru or not.

    Another girl? What? Her eyes peek sideways at Homura before turning back towards Takashi. Actually, his explanation for that makes a lot of sense in many ways. "Eheh, he did warn me about that, didn't he, Homura-chan?" She doesn't say it, but Madoka also knows exactly now extravagant Takashi is about any kind gifts or meals, or pretty much anything he's publicly seen doing.

    She also isn't oblivious enough not to nice the way he looks at her as she hugs Homura, and quietly detaches herself from the other girl after giving her a squeeze.

    And yet...

    She tilts her head and gives Takashi a very confused looks. "But... I thought it was wrong to assume people were bad just because they have dark energy?" Pink eyes blink a few times, and she reaches a hand up and scratches a little at the side of her head. " aren't saying that dark magic makes someone a bad person and dangerous to be around are you, Frost Knight?"

    The look she's giving him is very confused, and very worried.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-11 03:47:55 22047
    "Ami-san. First name basis," says Homura, a bit teasingly, and a bit suspiciously. She knows she's pulling at a thread that isn't there, but she still wants to make Takashi sweat a bit.

    She waves her hand in the air dismissively, "Honestly, if we're going to judge people by dark energy use, then what does that say about those who were born with the stuff? If dark energy is a part of who you are, then what does that say about you?" The fact that Madoka shares her sentiment emboldens Homura more than a little. Then she feels guilty about that, because Madoka's feelings.

    And then Homura is told to travel back in time and pull the stick out of her butt. She laughs. "You jerks don't listen when I try to warn you about important stuff, and then when I turn out to be right you accuse me of being a know-it-all. Hahahaha. That's just too stupid for me to even be mad at."

    As much as Homura was enjoying the Madoka hugs, it does hold her back a bit. Homura can't draw weapons while Madoka is close to her. Even now with Madoka pulling away, she's still too close for Homura to want to fight.

    That may be for the better.
Takashi Agera 2016-01-11 04:00:09 22051
Takashi stops. He stalls for a moment, and shakes his head at that question. It's a good question - albeit a dangerous one - and one he knows the answer to. It's also one that he does not want to say the answer to. It's a good thing he can think quickly. "It's one thing to have it, it's another thing to use it so boldly, so clearly, so without remorse." he says. "To use it to attack others... that shows INTENT. Intent to cause harm. More than a punch or a kick or even a gun, because Dark Energy used as a weapon harms the very soul."

"Yes, first name basis. I find when I am sharing information about impending apocalypses it helps to know the people I am sharing it with. It's reasons like that Verde 45 was not the scene of a clusterfuck like your house was just a few moments ago, or did your brain stay back in time when you went forward? She's my CHESS PARTNER." Hmm. Chess partner. Takashi should try to play chess with Madoka someday, perhaps.

"I tried to listen, you know. I came here, I wasn't even one of the ones making any trouble. I'll still be there to fight the creepy gear lady monster thing. I have a lot of questions about why it seems tied so closely to you, but I was willing to take you on good faith until NOW."
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-11 04:17:11 22060
    They both have good points. Good enough that Madoka is stuck somewhere between them. Takashi's response is good enough that it puts most of her worry to rest for now. Not all of it, but most.

    There is also a fair amount of personal insult slinging going back and forth. That is the part that upsets Madoka. Even if the entire nature of this conversation is personal she doesn't like it, and disapproving looks are given equally to Homura and Frost Knight as they're slung. As far as Madoka is concerned they're all a bunch of hot air, and none of them are going to do much to sway her- though whether they're even intended to is pretty debatable.

    She lets out a whining groan when Takashi decides he's not going to give Homura the benefit of the doubt after this little spat. As much as they're fighting though at least it isn't coming to physical, or magical, blows, so she isn't starting to freak out and yell at them to knock it off.

    There is one little thing that's nagging at her though. "Frost Knight... you really shouldn't talk like that about Homura-chan's time travel. It really isn't fair."

    Because yeah, actually, that's a bit of a sore spot for Madoka. Especially after she thought about what it would mean to have everyone lose all their memories over, and over. But mostly because she knows exactly why Homura put herself through all that in the first place, which in a way makes it an insult to her as well.
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-11 04:19:38 22062
It's certainly been a fascinating conversation thus far. Mikoto's been watching the three, head bouncing back and forth as she eats the (quite tasty!) cake.

Dark energy doesn't necessarily mean a bad guy... yeah, she'll buy that for a dollar. Ayana seems a good enough example. And there are reasons why the Grey Rose got their rather notable reputation.

At least she isn't the only one who isn't quite a party to all the secrets behind what's going on. "You have to admit, it is kind of hard to believe," she comments, finally reminding the trio that they're not quite alone yet. "I mean, sure, we all run around breaking the laws of physics over our cute little knees on a casual basis, but still, that's a pretty big one."

She looks over at Frost Knight. "Or is it envy?"
Homura Akemi 2016-01-11 04:30:31 22067
    "Oh really? Using it boldly and clearly is bad? Because I remember you used it while we were playing with bumper cars," points out Homura. Yeah, she's bringing that up. "Don't think I forgot about that. That was the moment when I started thinking you could actually be a danger. How could I forget?"

    "Endymion was actually using it during a fight. You used it casually, while we were... just playing."

    Homura glares at Frost, adding, "... and I don't know what you mean by not causing trouble. Maybe you didn't pick a fight in the middle of the literal meeting," Like SOME people. "but you certainly came over here and stirred up a lot of trouble for me after the fact, didn't you?"

    She looks down at her nails, examing the back of them. "My tie to it is pretty simple. It killed someone I care about. That's all there is to know about it."

    Homura notices one of Madoka's disapproving looks and starts to wilt. What Miko says kindof goes over her head. Takashi being envious of Homura? Maybe. "Well, there's no way I could demonstrate. This timeline has a number of magical girls who didn't exist in previous timelines. One of them is blocking my reset power. The pictures are the only proof I have, really."
Takashi Agera 2016-01-11 04:41:46 22072
Takashi seems to be far less affected by the Madoka Disapproval Look than Homura is. All it does is actually urge him on. That dark energy that the conversation's been talking about has been growing, a feedback loop with his negative emotions, leaving him less able to control himself entirely, less open to caring, more willing to prove his pride. Madoka's words, at least, do reach him - less subtle than a look. "Fine, I'll drop that." he says, though his face actually can only find a little kindness in it for Madoka.

Mikoto chimes in, and Takashi nods. "Frankly, I find it fascinating and interesting, and it's a shame it's attached to someone who has apparently hated me from day one." Then Mikoto gets a glare too. "I have nothing to be jealous about." he proclaims broadly.

"And who was the first person who brought magic into our amusement park day? Are you going to lie in front of Madoka and say it was me? Because it wasn't. You spent that whole day trying to push my buttons and a rough touch from a bumper car is all you got out of it. And you're still using that to try to claim I'm dangerous." He claps sarcastically. "You should be hoping all of your threats have the control I do."

"I wasn't even talking to you. I was talking to the girl in the long pigtails. You butted in. Like you always do. You have been butting in since the dance, either alone or conspiring with someone who, I will note, is the same person you didn't stop from knocking me through a wall and is now evil."
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-11 04:56:44 22078
    Madoka was beginning to hope maybe Takashi and Homura could see eye to eye. There hadn't been any bad incidents between them that she knew of for a while, and something Homura said the other day made her think she might be willing to let bygones be bygones.

    This conversation is starting to make it seem like all that is more and more unlikely. More and more old issues are being dredged up, many of which Madoka didn't even about.

    "You two...were fighting at the amusement park?" That... actually makes her profoundly sad. She thought that even if they weren't exactly enjoying each others company they were getting along. "Does that mean the three of us can never really do things together and have fun?" Her voice isn't sad enough to be wobbly or squeaky, but it's very downcast. Part of her hopes for the future is evaporating right in front of her and she can't see any way of making it stop.

    Homura's mention of what ties her to Walpurgisnacht puts a sad, bittersweet sort of smile on her face.

    It doesn't seem like they're going to stop, and by now Madoka is pretty sure if she intervenes she's just going to end up causing more conflict, or alienating one or both of them. She walks over to one of the couches and sits down, hunched forward a little and watching the two hash it out from a distance.
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-11 05:09:53 22083
Miss Blue nods to Madoka. It's almost too bad she couldn't be here as Tessen, Madoka would know that particular hero from the hospital visit. Still. "I think it's just that sometimes, people fight, Kaname-san," she explains.

"It's just the way humans are. We compete, we want to be better, to show each other how cool we are. I know I do it myself. These two just need a healthier way to channel that energy. Think you can help with that?"
Homura Akemi 2016-01-11 05:11:00 22084
    "I couldn't care less about who started it. We were just playing. People like us can play rougher than others. So what?" Homura doesn't deny starting it at all. Instead she just blows it off. "I would've backed off if you couldn't handle it. You're really casting some serious shade on me over nothing, and it's not like you weren't pushing my buttons, either."

    Then Madoka is sad. Homura internally curses at herself. Maybe Homura shouldn't have said anything. She wants to apologize, and wants to make things right with Madoka, but the simple truth is that things aren't right and there's nothing Homura can say that's going to fix that.

    "... Madoka-chan... It's not that I don't have fun with you. Just..."

    She wishes she could say that it wasn't that bad. Yet she can't bring herself to say it because it literally is.

    Her hesitation is obvious. She's looking down at the ground now, downcast. Then she looks up at Frost Knight.

    "Wow. You really don't get it do you? You really have no idea how other people feel, or how you make others feel. Could it be that you aren't smart enough? No, no, it couldn't be that. You probably just don't care."

    She doesn't even explain what that means, in the context of why she interfered with that dance, or why she so strongly dislikes Takashi.

    "Though I do think it's interesting that you referred to yourself as being a threat to me. All you're doing is dating my friend. Does that make you a threat? Maybe you weren't 'just playing' after all."
Takashi Agera 2016-01-11 05:26:30 22090
Takashi seems a little bit stunned at the way Madoka's reacting. No, it's not good for her to feel that way. He can feel that too. But he also feels under attack, under duress, and he's upset she's taking Homura's side, she doesn't see...

"Oh so when you use your powers you're just playing, even if you're going out of your way to make me upset. But when I give a little bit back I'm dangerous. Just say how you really feel, you'll do or say whatever it takes to make me look bad. I tried to put up with you for Madoka-chan's sake but..."

His hand is a clenched fist. It takes a lot to not out himself then and there, seep some level of power into it. It takes a self control that he's carefully developed. He doesn't have an asnwer to her comments about how people feel - because it does cut deep. Part of this whole project is to try to figure all of that out.

"Well, you've treated me like a threat from day one, getting up in my face, being hostile, trying to wear me down and get on my nerves. I've just refrained from behaving the way you seem to want me to."
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-11 05:31:49 22093
    "I was trying, but I think I just made it worse," Madoka replies to Miss Blue. Though after she says it she realizes part of the time she was actually just reacting in surprise to what was being said. Those were the times that she did actually make things worse, weren't they? But that insight doesn't mean she suddenly knows a way to make things better.

    Just playing, but playing rough? Madoka could almost buy that, actually, if it wasn't for all the animosity that surrounds the two. She's not quite miserable as the two continue to talk angrily with each other. She actually is starting to get the feeling that this was bound to happen sooner or later, and was probably a bit foolish for not seeing it.

    But if she's honest with herself she knows she'd still have done almost everything the same, anyway. There's a certain amount of stubbornness in Madoka as well, especially when it comes to trying to make people get along better.

    "They're both wrong in some ways, and neither of them are wrong in others," she says to herself as much as Mikoto. "What can I even do..? I could ask them to stop, and maybe they would, but then it they would probably just start again sometime when I'm not here." And that could be dangerous.
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-11 05:40:16 22097
Miss Blue nods, and settles back in her seat, toying with the half-eaten cake. "Mmm, well," she muses. "I think part of it is... mm, they're both worried for you, Kaname-san." She takes a bite and savors the rich, creamy sweetness.

After a moment or three of enjoying the cake, she adds, "They don't like each other, they both like you... I mean, if they were both guys, I'd expect a challenge of some sort. But they aren't, so they don't know how to deal with it."
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-11 05:42:45 22099
After a moment, Mikoto adds, "Which would promptly dissolve into total chaotic comedic misunderstanding, naturally. Unfortunately life isn't a manga."
Homura Akemi 2016-01-11 05:54:51 22106
    The corner of Homura's frown curls. "You were the one saying that using dark energy casually makes you dangerous. Don't put those words in my mouth. It's not my fault you look bad. I'm just pointing out whatever I see. If anything, just by saying that, you are trying to make me look bad."

    Homura's phone rings. She looks at the text. "Sailor Moon... and she wants Mercury?" She glances to Frost Knight. "I don't suppose you'd---" Her phone pings again. "Oh never mind. She's calling me."

    After messing with her phone for a bit, she mutters something about, 'not right now'.

    She frowns at Frost Knight, pointing at him and saying, "If you mess up my apartment while I'm gone, I'm telling Madoka."

    Then she turns her shield and she's gone. She might be back soon. She might not.
Takashi Agera 2016-01-11 06:12:37 22116
Takashi just SIGHS and then Homura's grumbling about something else. And he's ready to counter - and then she's turning her shield and she's gone and Axion is commenting on the disturbance. He's got a reasonable idea now of what that might be, but it'll take testing and experimentation.

Meanwhile, he can't wreck Homura's house (without being pinned for the crime) and Madoka's still here, talking to Miss Blue. And Takashi can feel all those negative emotions, all of that confusion from before, the curiosity about what Homura said, the concern about Walpurgisnacht, all boiling in one emotional stew deep within him.

And so he walks over to Madoka, sitting on the couch, and he looks at her, and he can't find the right words to say. He knows there are words, but he can't find them, and he's just looking at her, his own face a mixture of complicates emotions, his own feelings still bubbling under the dark cloud of that energy flowing through him.

And he just sits down and looks at her, still silent. "Madoka-chan... I'm sorry." he says. Those words sound like they're the right words, but they still don't feel... right. Is he really sorry?

He looks at Madoka still, and his heart is so clouded now he's not sure which parts of him are real and which parts aren't. Still that doubt, concern from before. "I think... I need to go home. Before Akemi-san gets back. And I need to talk to you... can we... meet for that puzzle sometime soon? Please?" he asks, his eyes earnest.
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-11 06:18:38 22120
    Madoka turns her eyes to Miss Blue for a few moments in a blank sort of look before returning them to a spot on the floor. "Homura-chan is my best friend, and Frost Knight is my boyfriend. Of course they both care about me, and are worried about me." She gives a small shake of her head, "If it wasn't for me they wouldn't have very many reasons to fight. They probably still wouldn't like each other, but I don't think they'd have near as much to argue over."

    She isn't blaming herself, instead more stating the facts as they are. Homura leaves quickly with what is effectively 'duty calls', and she sits up a bit more straight in her seat on the couch. Takashi walks over and sits by her and as soon as he does she scoots closer, wrapping her arms around him and leaning against his side.

    "It's okay, I understand," she tells him softly. "I don't think the two of you are ever going to be friends, though I hoped you might." She turns her head up towards him and gives him a small smile. And then he says he should probably leave before Homura gets back, and she... can't really disagree with that.

    She wishes she could though. "Okay," she comments to that, not making things easy because she's not letting go of him. His question gets a genuine smile from her though, even if it has to break through a bit of her transient melancholy. "I'd be happy to, Frost Knight. As soon as you want."
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-11 06:31:15 22125
Miss Blue nods and settles back on the couch, eating another bite of cake while the others talk. She's not met Frost Knight before (although she has fought Riventon, but she has no clue to the connection between them), so she doesn't have much in the way of small talk to make. And she doesn't really want to interject between the happy couple anyways.

It's just really, really reminding her of what she can't have, right now. What's been burning her heart out for the past few days. Even the mention of dark energy reminds her of Ikuto's own troubles with Easter.

Finally her plate is empty, and she sets it on an end table beside the couch. Then she drains her soda, crushes the can, and hurls it across the room, to bounce off a wall and land in the punch-bowl.
Takashi Agera 2016-01-11 06:39:58 22131
Takashi nods. "Thank you, Madoka-chan." he says, as she hugs him and leans towards him. THAT, at least, gets through to him. That makes him feel better. Even though that he can feel it.

"I'll text you soon. I need to go home and... cool off, I guess." he says, turning and walking out the door.

He makes it a jump away before switching henshins, becoming Riventon and going for a long, long flight before heading home. Flying always makes him feel better.
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-11 06:49:03 22136
    It makes Madoka feel better too, which is why she got a little clingy for a moment. "I'll be waiting to hear from you." She isn't putting him on at all either. As much as it might have seemed to either of them she was choosing sides, she was really just upset by the fighting itself. True, she got a little worried for a moment there when Frost Knight himself seemed to be painting dark energy as inherently dangerous, but he talked himself out of it quickly enough that it didn't stick.

    She gets up and walks with him to the door, watching as he jumps off. She's not sure if she should wait for Homura to come back or simply head home herself. Well, in the meantime she can start helping to clean up a little, she decides. Starting with the can floating in the punch bowl.
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-11 07:02:50 22141
Miss Blue sits there, watching Madoka work for several moments. It's hard to gather the energy to move, right now. At least someone has a chance at a happy love life. She certainly doesn't, not anymore. Not with everyone interfering and that Damn. Stupid. Stubborn. Cat. Who. Won't. Listen.

Eventually she can't sit still anymore, and rolls herself off the sofa and to her feet. Silently, she steps over to help Madoka clean up the mess left from the party, and the fight, and the idiocy.

After dumping a load of paper plates in the trash, she speaks up.

"Treasure what you have in them, Kaname-san. It's more precious than gold."
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-11 07:13:33 22149
    Madoka smiles at the help with the trash, but it soon becomes apparent there's a bigger problem. The leftovers. Mami's cakes seemed to be by far the most popular dish. In fact they were the only foods even touched! Maybe that's what happens when a planning and strategy meeting turns into a short briefing and nearly everyone diving for the exits as cold anger suddenly grows hot.

    "Hm?" she sounds when Miss Blue speaks up, only to give her a small smile in thanks for the advice. "I will. They're both very important to me; I think that's why it upsets me so much when they fight." Oh, it would still upset her if she hardly knew them, yes, but not nearly to this extent.

    She heads into Homura's kitchen and digs around a little, getting plastic wrap and aluminum foil and heading back into the main room, going about the business of covering up all the uneaten brunch foods. "I wonder if her shield can act as a super-refrigerator..." The thought of a sudden catered banquette appearing out of nowhere gets a giggle.
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-11 07:22:36 22157
Miss Blue nods. "At least you have someone," she says, wrapping up a plate of appetizers and carrying it to the kitchen, then returning for another.

"Hmmm, maybe," she muses. Although she doesn't know much about the powers of Homura's shield, so she's just going along with it for now. She lacks the energy to bring herself to ask more detail. "It'd certainly be a neat trick."

Eventually the room is relatively clean, it assuredly needs a vacuum's attention but she's not about to go poking around someone else's home to find one. "I'm sure we'll meet again, Kaname-san," she says, heading for the door. "Be well... and remember what I said."