Training by Doing

Kyouko and Sayaka train for Walpurgisnacht in the most practical way- by hunting Witches. More talking takes place than fighting though, as is the norm.

Date: 2016-01-27
Pose Count: 10
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-27 02:55:18 25105
    It's after 10pm by the time Kyouko finally texts Sayaka, saying she's done with her shift at the conbenie and is free to meet up for patrolling. It might be a little inconvinient, the way Kyouko always seems to be working, but she has to pay for her own apartment and stuff.. she really can't afford to turn down the opportunity to work.

    She tells Sayaka to meet her at 'the usual spot', which is a rooftop in Mitakihara, about halfway between Kyouko's apartment and Sayaka's house. She is already in henshin when Sayaka shows up, with her spear leaning over her shoulder, standing and looking out over the nighttime city, her long red ponytail blowing softly in the wind as she absorbs all the lights and the cars driving back and forth down below.
Sayaka Miki 2016-01-27 03:00:32 25109
    Sayaka had stayed out for most of the night on the skating rink, enjoying the 'Last Chance Dance', and idly wondering why it was called something so dramatic. She ha not experienced enough witches or heard enough about this Walpurgis Nacht to genuinely fear it, and so she saw the party as just another fun thing to do at night.

    Of course, she did - finally - get a chance to skate-dance with Kyousuke a little last night, before he had to hurry off to practice for another rehearsal the next morning.

    Sayaka spent the rest of the night alone, until Kyouko had texted her, which made her happy, even if it was pretty late at night by now. Hey, she's pretty good at playing hookey these days, and she really needs to get in some training before the big fight!

    Sayaka arrives a few minutes later, all henshined up and ready for action! "So! Where do we patrol today" she smiles as she steps alongside the redhead on the rooftop. Peering down below at the peaceful yet beautiful nightlife, Sayaka sighs softly softly. "Too bad you had to go and work..It was a good party though. But I still think the name's a bit over dramatic."
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-27 03:05:39 25110
    Kyouko glances sideways as Sayaka steps up beside her, a small lopsided smile gracing her features as she regards her companion, before looking back out over the city and sighing. "Oh, I dunno. I figure we can work our way over towards the park. We checked the other direction last night, so that seems good for tonight.." She seems a little subdued, for some reason, not quite as 'plucky' as normal.

    At Sayaka's talk about the party, she chuckles a bit ruefully. "Yeah well, I need to eat, don't I? Can't turn down work.. well, not often anyway."

    At the mention of the name, she shrugs her shoulders slightly. "Look, Saya-chan, I ain't ever seen Walpurgisnacht myself... not the way Homura claims to have done. But I've heard stories." She turns to face the blue-haired girl, and while she doesn't look worried, she does look serious. "This is gonna be a hard fight. You need to be prepared for it.. mentally at least. There's a chance.." She hesitates, and then looks away. "Well, there's a chance not everybody's gonna make it through."
Sayaka Miki 2016-01-27 03:11:55 25115
    Sayaka seems pretty relaxed herself, after the party. More than that, she seems determined, and eager for whatever challenges she may face. This Sayaka has yet to be jaded by the realities of being a Puella, having thankfully skirted all the dark realizations that some others have come to recently - and even her alternate reality versions, perhaps. And that's not even mentionning the whole witch thing either.

    She does however, notice something a little 'off' with Kyouko, and while she might initially have attributed that to exhaustion from work, she knows that Kyouko's usually a pretty hardy girl. "Hmm, are you alright, Kyou-chan..?" she ponders aloud, a concerned expression crossing her face, as she moves a little closer to her, studying her features thoughtfully.

    Mention of Walpurgisnacht has her curious again, and she remembers her brief chat with Homu the other day. "So..Homura's some kinda time-traveller, huh? I guess one reason she travelled back in time was to try and beat Walpurgisnacht. But I wonder just how many times she has travelled back in time? Is this witch really that unbeatable? Even so, there are soooo many people ready to fight, right?"

    Sayaka smiles, "I'm sure we'll beat it this time.." as for not 'everyone making it', she tries not to think too hard on that. "Let's..Just do our best and try not to worry about what we can't change, isn't that why we're here tonight? For training exercises?"
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-27 03:17:18 25118
    "We're here to hunt Witches, just like every night." Kyouko says, with a little laugh, turning to walk to the edge of the room. "C'mon." She leaps down and over to the next roof, her dress fluttering gracefully behind her until she lands on the rooftop and tuns to wait for Sayaka. "It just so happens that fighting Witches is good training for.. fighting a really big Witch."

    "I don't know about Homura's story. I don't trust her.. that hasn't changed." She says, shaking her head slightly as she turns to leap to the next roof, keeping pace with Sayaka so they can talk easily. "But I've heard about Walpurgisnacht from other Puella over the years, not just her. I know its real."

    "I don't think its unbeatable. I don't believe in a fight I can't win." Her face looks determined as she lands on yet another roof, and pauses, looking down at the people walkign far below. "But there's a difference between winning and winning scott free. I'm sure we can do the first.. not sure about the second." She shrugs her shoulders.

    "A while ago, I might just picked up and left, y'know? Just moved to another town and avoided this fight. But now? I kinda like this town." She looks up at Sayaka again, and smiles a little. "And some of the people in it. I don't want to let it get destroyed."
Sayaka Miki 2016-01-27 03:37:24 25131
    Sayaka smiles as she leaps after Kyouko, landing softly on the platform below. "Sounds like a good plan to me! I Suppose you've been fighting witches all your life so it'll be a piece of cake for you. Me? I guess I'll just have to try extra hard to keep up with you, but I'm glad I dont have to run away from this witch as an unpowered human. That's just too unbearably scary..."

    As for Homura, Sayaka just nods, "Neither do I. Something about her..She's too secretive, she doesn't explain her motives, and..." She smirks, "She's a bit too cozy with Madoka. I just hope she doesn't hurt her, in the end." Well, that can be taken any number of ways. Sayaka doesn't elaborate.

    "I think if we just practice a lot...And work as team..we can beat this thing." Sayaka remembers Kyubey once saying that Madoka had potential to be a very powerful Puella. "I wonder..." She starts, but stops herself. No, she had no right to ask that of Madoka, to pull her into these battles. She's such a sweet, gentle girl and Sayaka just wants her to live a happy life. Maybe it's good that Homura is so protective of her, if that's her true motive, to protect her and nothing more..

    After a moment, Sayaka reaches out and squeezes Kyouko's shoulder. "I'm not afraid, Kyou-chan. As long as we stick together, we'll be okay. And hopefully Madoka-chan will stay somewhere safe. Hopefully others who can't fight will do the same. And I'll do my best to help the others too." She grins, peering around, pulling out her soulgem. "So! I'm still not so great at finding witches. It seems like it's all just hit and miss with me so far."
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-27 03:43:39 25132
    Kyouko laughs, shaking her head slightly. "Not quite all my life, Saya-chan. But since I was 11. I'm almost 15 now so.. yeah, seems like it's been a while." She nods her head at the other girl's words. "I'm glad too. As much as I didn't want you to have to be involved, at the same time.. It's nice to know you can take care of yourself, and it's also.. well. It's kinda nice to have a partner again, after all this time."

    As for Homura, as they walk across the roof, Kyouko nods again. "I don't think Homura will hurt Madoka, at least not on purpose. That's one thing I don't think you need to worry about." It's the rest of us Kyouko is a little worried about, but she doesn't say that.

    Sayaka squeezes her shoulder, and Kyouko smiles, raising a hand to squeeze Sayaka's wrist briefly before letting go and turning to jump to the next roof, keeping a sense out for Witches, but not feeling anything yet. "You get a sense for it. It takes a little time."

    She pauses, then reaches into her pocket. She pulls out a Grief Seed, and holds it towards Sayaka. "I want you to take this, Saya-chan." She holds up her other hand to stop any protests. "I know you don't like taking Seeds you haven't earned, an' I respect that, but this is a special circumstance, alright? None of us can afford to hold back against Walpurgisnacht, and I won't have you dyin' on me /after/ we win cause you used up all your magic. So take it now, and consider it a favor for me, okay? You can pay me back afterwards, if you really wanna."
Sayaka Miki 2016-01-27 03:53:45 25136
    "Wow, four years? Really?" She grins, "You must be the most veteran Puella out there, I'll bet you rival even Mami-san!" Oh right, but Mami-san trained her, didn't she? Sayaka idly wonders how long Mami has been a Puella..And what about Homura? But that's a discussion for another time. "Well, I hope we'll be good partners. I dont wanna let you down, or slow you down any either!"

    Actually, this is all very exciting for Sayaka. She's never actually fought alongside Kyouko against an actual witch, their last patrolling session having been interrupted by Shinobu and all.

    "Yeah, I'm sure Madoka-chan is safe with Homura, just wish I knew what her plan was..." Again Kyouko's on the move, and Sayaka easily matches her, proving to be quite athletic, moreso in this form than in her non-henshined form, naturally.

    However, when Kyouko offers her another grief seed, she frowns, shaking her head. "But Kyou-chan..You might need it. Besides, I still have the other one you gave me, plus another one I grabbed from that Santa witch..I..Cant take any more favors from people. I need to stand on my own two feet."

    Even so, Sayaka knows Kyouko's worried for her. Besides the Bluenette is still pretty new at all this. Of the two of them, she's likely to run out of energy first. Hesitantly, she takes the grief seed, even though it makes her feel pretty bad. "Fine. If it'll make you feel better, I'll take it. But, the next witch we take down, I'm giving its grief seed to you!"
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-27 03:59:12 25139
    "Mami is the one who showed /me/ the ropes. I honestly don't know how long she was a Puella before that.. a while at least. But she can't be that much older than me, so." Kyouko shrugs her shoulders, and smiles. "I don't think you'll let me down Saya-chan. As for slowing me down, well.. we'll work on it." She winks, clearly teasing.

    Kyouko can tell Sayaka isn't happy to accept the seed from her, but she looks serious as she meets the other girl's eyes. "It's just for insurance, Saya-chan. If you don't need it, don't use it and give it back to me later. I have plenty for myself, so don't worry about that. I just.. well. I'm trying to cover all the bases, right?"

    She laughs, a bit self-deprecating. "I really have awful luck, you know? Pretty much been one mistake after another in my life. I feel like meeting you mighta been the one stroke of good luck I've had.. so I wanna do everything I can to protect that." She blushes just a bit and looks away. "Anyway, like I said. If you don't need it, give it back to me after the fight, and no harm no foul, yeah?"
Sayaka Miki 2016-01-27 04:08:13 25142
    "Of course.." She smirks, remembering how Kyouko had mentionned that about Mami before. Even so, Sayaka feels she can trust Kyouko more than Mami, especially after the meeting fiasco.

    When Kyouko teases her about slowing her down, Sayaka makes a face, shoving her playfully, "Heey! No fair!" although some of that is serious, "Even so, maybe we can even spar together, you could show me where I need to improve and what my strengths are, without being in a potentially fatal fight.." Of course it might use up more energy but it might be advantageous too.

    "Well, I'm glad your luck's better now. I know you've once felt like you kept losing all the people you cared about..But I promise, I'm not going anywhere." She nods, "Yeah, I promise. I'll save it for you!"