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Farewell...

Post by V_Phantom on 28/9/2016, 4:47 am


Hikaru's Refuge - Outside




As Wo brought her out of Hikaru's home, Aurum slipped away of her grasp and fell on her palms and knees, as she vomited a little bit of blood... The sheer stress of inflicted upon her by Hikaru's ominous apocalyptic revelation managed to cause such a powerful psychosomatic reaction on her, that it made her physically ill despite being in perfect health (hell! even better than perfect, given the Kaijuu DNA that had been grafted upon her) otherwise.

-“...I don't understand it... WHY?! Why would anyone do something so infinitely abhorrent and horrendous?! WHYYY?!?!

She said as she turned her head around in order to look Wo directly to the eyes for a brief, but utterly shocking moment; the overwhelming horror and utter anguish in her face exacerbated by the excessive tears flowing from her eyes.

-“Killing all life that has ever existed and will ever exist in each and every single universe...”

She said as she grasped the grass underneath her palms and clenched her hands which such strength, that blood started dripping out of them.

-“...why? ...it doesn't make any sense... it makes no sense at all...”

Those were the last words Aurum could utter before closing her eyes, as heavy and bitter blood tears started flowing and rolling down her cheeks. Then.. she finally collapsed on the ground... as her heart stopped forever... crushed by the endless sadness and despair, born from knowing and feeling, that each and every single life on the entire omniverse was about be irrevocably extinguished.

-“Farewell, my dear friends... I'm so sorry I couldn't do anything to help you... Please, forgive me...”


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Re: A Tale of Destruction and Friendship

Post by wikkit on 28/9/2016, 3:49 pm

"I mean, it changes..."

That's true, it had the rare change over the last 17 years, at least from her point of view.  Whether or not these were just symptoms worsening or actually somehow developing new ones after many years was yet to be seen, even if she had personally believed it to be the latter.  This was, in truth, one of the many reasons she decided to not leave her room, and she was pretty good at making herself take it as reality.

The issue lied in that, yes, nobody seemed to be getting sick.  Nobody was getting weak in the knees, having their hair turn white (though you'd never tell with that Woh girl), vomiting blood or complaining about headaches.  Sophie was trying to get a call in, probably too busy to back her up, so she had to admit her doubt.  "...It probably doesn't, you're right.  Sorry for lying to you like that," she quietly said as she looked down at her newly acquired spider.

Still a strange kind of pet, but she wasn't going to complain.  "Do I need to fe-"

Someone's yelling, followed shortly afterwards by the shattering of glass came from outside, and Sabitsuki, against the better judgement that told her to sit and ignore it at all costs, got up and peeked her head around the corner.

Aurum was there, lying on the porch, blood on her mouth and body, and streaming from her eyes.  Sabitsuki didn't wait a single second, terror instantly gripped her face and she bolted upstairs. Elbowing past anyone and everyone in the way, she sprinted as fast as her legs could take her to the first immediately empty room she saw, slamming the door and locking it.




There wasn't much other way to describe it, but Wo saw someone die right in front of her.  Completely shocked as Aurum fell out of her tentacle and started vomiting blood, she dropped her glass of water and dazedly tried to ask her what she meant by anything she was saying, but she wasn't listening.  As the blood wasn't stopping, she did the only thing she knew to do and rolled her on her side so she wouldn't drown in it, but as she mumbled something, it became evident.

Aurum died on that porch, a whole 10 minutes after they first met.

Did she just kill someone?  Her grip on her body was light, ginger even, there was no way she could crush a human like that!  They weren't nearly as delicate, those tapes never showed something like this happen!  Humans were hardier than that!  Aurum was entirely right, it made no sense at all!

As the other girls crowded behind her, she could hear one of them running from the sight, and she couldn't blame a weak stomach like that.  She wanted to vomit herself.  Wo slumped down on her knees, blood from the girl covering her arms and chest, and she couldn't muster much more than a whispered, "Oh, in the name of the First..."
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Re: A Tale of Destruction and Friendship

Post by JamesShields01 on 29/9/2016, 4:03 pm

Hikaru's Refuge - Outside - Tragedy


Lumina had barely arrive along with Hikaru at the spot where Aurum and Wo were when the former clearly started going worse. Blood profused from her mouth and as she collapsed on the ground, it flowed from her eyes as if tears as well.

As Lumina rushed over to the fallen princess, she quickly touched the pendant hanging from her neck, causing a bright light to surround her. A moment later, after the glow faded, Lumina stood there with her appearence slightly altered. Her  obes had small crystal all over them and she was wielding a large crystal shield on her left arm.

She dropped on the ground next to Aurum, laying her shield down close to herself and then touching with one of her hands. With her other hand, she touched Aurum directly above her heart and then began drawing as much energy as she could from her Soul Augmenter. A bright white light enveloped both of them, as Lumina did the best she could to heal the fallen girl and bringing her back to life.

But after a while, despite using most of her energy, there was no response. The healer quickly casted another spell, to check Aurum's vital signs. The result was undeniable. Aurum's heart had stopped for good. There nothing even she could now. She was gone forever.

She hadn't known Aurum for long, but despite that, a deep sense of despair and sorrow quickly come over Lumina. Someone had died on her watch. That was something that he had always feared.

She pulled her hand away and collapse further into the ground. Why did that happen? Could she have prevented this? Was it inevitable or could she have save this if only had gotten faster? If only had closer when it had started, hadn't isolated herself uptairs.

She had definitely failed this girl. She had failed her duty. Healing was about the only thing that gave her any worth and now she was a failure at even that. Just like at everything else. Maybe everyone back home had been right after all

As heavy sobs coursed through her body, she only barely managed to whimper, "N-No ... I-I'm s-sorry ... I-I should have s-stayed ... I-I could have helped y-you ... C-Could prevented t-this ... I'm s-sorry ... "


Hikaru's House - Kitchen -> Outside - Loss of Life

"Of course. If none else has anything more urgent, I will certainly help you try to contact your home. Now, as mentioned, this will be a difficult endeavour. The problem is two-fold: Firstly, as said before, this the issue of compatibility between this communicator and the kind of communication technology that exist in your world. The other issue is reaching your world in the first place. That would be most easy with the knowlege of the dimensional coordinates. I know the places I previously called well, so that was easy. But unless you supply something like that, this may be a very hard task," Fate explained to Sophie.

Then suddenly, before the other girl could reply, there was yelling coming from outside and the sound of something shattering.

She witnessed Sabitsuki rushing outside and decided it was best to follow her. The other girl stopped for a second on the front porch and then, clearly terrified, bolted back inside.

Fate then turned towards the sight that had scared the other girl so much. At that moment, it became clear to her why she had such a horrified reaction. Aurum lied on the grass, blood flowing down her and gathering on the ground below. Wo and Lumina where slumped on the ground next to her.

From all that, it was quite clear that whatever had acome the princess had quickly killed, without anyone have been able to do anythign about it.

Fate began to walk over to the scene, unsure of what do. She was clearly lost for words. She had hardly known this girl and yet it was such a tragedy that sorrow quickly overcome her. What was worse was she had died here, away from her loved ones and currently without a away to currently get her back to home to them.

She kneeled on the ground next to the other girls, unable to look away from the sorrowful sight and unsure of what to do about anything, as tears of sorrow start to fall down.



Suddenly, chaos ensued. There was yelling from outside and several people quickly rushing towards there.

As Sakura and Kero went towards there themselves, someone who had been outside rushed past them back towards the house.

Outside, a horrifying scene awaited them. Aurum was laying on the ground, all the blood gathered on her and the ground and the girls surrounding being clear signs that something had gone terribly wrong.

She had never had to face death directly like this before. Her mother had died long ago before she could even remember. Yet it was clear even to her had going on.

Tears rapidly streaming down and sobs racking her tiny body, Sakura rushed over and joined everyone. She too kneeled on the ground, then staying motionless, currently incapable of doing anything but watching the horror that unfolded.

Meanwhile, while also clearly horrified, Kero tried his best to comfort her by laying on her shoulder and softly touching her neck.


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Re: A Tale of Destruction and Friendship

Post by Kkutwar on 29/9/2016, 4:26 pm

Before the Unfortunate Demise

Taking in Fate's and Hikaru's responses to her, Alice Ingress stood in silent whilst quite visibly thinking things over. "What if... The Omega Device isn't an intentional weapon of destruction? It is rather illogical to build an omniversal destroyer, yet since Fate mentioned someone similar... Was the Omega Device actually about sealing away destructive multiversal forces? That would be a far more sensible invention, with the destructive capabilities meant to be directed & focused with the Alpha Devices..."

Though she acknowledged somewhat the other discussions, Alice didn't interfere because she felt she shouldn't and because she mulled over what to do. Still, the occasional moment, such as that strange robot girl asking about reproduction got her to make mental comments. "Well you see, when a woman is strapped down to a table and subjected to horrific experimentations, most of her limbs will explode because of an outgrowth of soul- And that is how humans reproduce."

However, seeing the distressed princess complain about feeling sick, Alice looked her over in curiosity. From a glance the girl seemed fine, and when asked for someone to escort her outside Alice waited first to see if anyone else would do so. Thus witnessing the robot(?) girl supporting Aurum, Alice calmly watched as they went outside.

"Hmm, I wonder how naturally heroic she is compared to her misunderstanding of magical girl shows. Still, that's one teammate I don't have to worry about when the cards are cast and things happen. I should try personally talking with her later, that's for sure."

Though hearing about the ill girl's sickness managed to draw some of Alice's attention, she turned to Hikaru & Lumina as they pasted- Giving a little smile and a wave for deciding to help Aurum. The young woman couldn't help herself much from smiling wider as Blaire became notably excited at Kero's return. And yet...




After the Unfortunate Demise

Startled by Aurum's sudden scream, a look of horror crosses the young woman's face as she watches Blaire begin shivering in terror. Her fists clenching, Alice's look of horror turns to rage as she realizes what her daughter's terror means. Briefly glancing towards Sakura & Kero, she mutters perhaps too quietly in a controlled yet angry voice. "Don't, please."

With that said she heads outside towards Hikaru, stopping just short to notice Aurum... Aurum's bloodied body. Looking over to Wo, Alice lets out a sigh before speaking with a bit more calm. "Don't worry, this isn't your fault. Blaire would of said so if it was." Turning over to the healer who tried to revive Aurum, Alice lets out a gentle yet sad sigh.

"Don't blame yourself, she didn't die because of you either- She was already dead the moment Blaire noticed. Resurrection isn't as simple as restoring the body though... You have to grab the soul and put it back. I'm not very experienced in the healing arts, but it is true. However, there is someone to hold responsible..."

Turning towards Hikaru, it becomes clear once Alice speaks that though sounding calm her anger is apparent. "You're the one that brought Aurum here, regardless of intention. Thus, did you even factor in the possibility that the people you summoned might not be compatible with this environment? Or that their hearts might be too weak to handle such crushing news? Did you or did you not consider our health when you summoned us? Because she-" With that Alice points towards Lumina, her anger clearer "Does not deserve to suffer for your mistakes!"




As Alice walked out and left Blaire alone with the others, the terrified little girl looked up to Sakura & Kero. Following after them, Blaire flinches upon seeing Aurum's soulless body. Turning towards the not much older girl & grabbing the little lion, Blaire sits on the ground with her legs crossed and holding him to her chest- Petting him with her right hand. Spectral tears ebbing off from her face and drifting in the air, the little girl finally looked back up to Sakura.

Sniffling, she calls out in a tiny voice. "D-do you... D-do you have a Mr. Lion that can put souls back? It, it isn't fair that she... Y-you can put her soul back right?" Tucking her head in next to Kero himself, the little girl rocks her body. Refusing to look up, Blaire just continues to softly cry "Put her back, put her back, put her back..."

Hearing Blaire's crying, Alice looks over to Sakura. Sadness on her face seeing the young girl came out here, the angry from her voice drains as she calls out "Please, just take her inside. Neither of you should be out here..."
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This is episode 3 all over again!

Post by DeisTheAlcano on 29/9/2016, 11:38 pm

Hikaru's Refuge - The House


Sabitsukit admitted that she was probably lying about her illness' true nature and apologized for that. She seemed to accept her spider and was about to ask Raquel what sort of care it needed when a scream from outside the house abruptly ended the conversation.

Checking what was the source of the scream revealed that Aurum crying blood and lying on the ground. Wo frantically tried to wake her up to no avail.

"Wha-what the fuck happened?"

None of this made any sense to Raquel. Aurum didn't look sick or in pain but she didn't seem like the victim of a murderer either. And Wo was taking care of her, she wouldn't kill a fly.

"S-she was fine just a minute ago. You can't just... die like that" Raquel told herself as if making sure that's how things worked

The girls reacted as one normally would. They were sad and tried to find an explanation for what had happened. Some accused themselves, and one specifically accused Hikaru of inadvertedly causing the girl's death. Raquel couldn't deny that she didn't exactly enjoy getting pulled out of her world but right now she didn't feel angry... just scared. Terrified in fact. Someone she had seen alive and well just a few minutes ago had collapsed and died right outside the house.

As usual, her mind started thinking of ways to escape. She didn't want to deal with this mess. She hadn't been part of it and she intended to keep it that way.

And Sabitsuki seemed to share her opinion because she when upstairs right after finding out what had happened. She and Raquel had just had their first meaningful interaction and it had abruptly ended when someone died. Awesome.

Raquel felt that she couldn't just leave her alone and followed her to the room she had locked herself in. She hesitated to knock on the door since letting her process the event on her own wasn't a bad thing. But she did it anyway. Maybe because she also needed someone to talk to and, so far, she had only talked to her kidnapper, an scatterbrained alien, and a clumsy girl.

"Can I come in?" She waited for a response and did her best to hide the pain in her voice "Please" She placed her head on the door "I just want to talk"
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Re: A Tale of Destruction and Friendship

Post by D.L. Yomegami on 30/9/2016, 2:32 pm

Hikaru's House -> Outside

Since it seemed no one else wanted to go first, Sophie got up and went over to the device.

"Well...." she started, frowning, "I wouldn't know any 'coordinates.' Before now I wasn't even aware other worlds existed. Then there's...."

She didn't get the chance to finish before there was a lot of screaming and general madness. Apart from "nothing good," she wasn't sure what happened, and judging by the way Sabitsuki had just bolted out of the room she wasn't sure if she wanted to know. All the same, everyone else seemed concerned, and she was concerned herself. So she opted to apprehensively follow the others outside.

The sight that greeted her made a knot form in her stomach. Aurum had just rolled over and died, within literal minutes of feeling unwell. What was worse that it'd happened so fast to be downright comical, like some sketch on a particularly vulgar comedy show. Except it wasn't funny at all, because now it was happening for real. Furthermore, looking at all the blood, she had a good guess as to why Sabitsuki was so horrified. She probably felt personally responsible for this, didn't she? Sophie highly doubted Sabitsuki's illness was responsible here, but if it wasn't that, then what was it?

She got just close enough to hear the conversations, but as the scene was crowded enough as it was she opted to keep her distance. While she didn't cry, she definitely looked rather sorrowful.


Hikaru's expression went completely blank as she watched Aurum die. Then she knelt on the ground next to her, looking absolutely, horribly guilty. Yet at the same time, she seemed somewhat resigned, as if she'd seen this sort of thing happen before.

"Damn it," she said under her breath, "Damn it all."

After that she just sat there as the crowd around her grew, seemingly ignorant of their presence. It was only when Alice started addressing her directly that she bothered responding at all. Even then, there was a noticeable pause between when Alice finished speaking and when Hikaru finally looked up at her.

"...Of course I didn't," she started, "If I was at all intelligent, none of this would have happened." She then looked back down at Aurum, and then at the rest of the assembled group. "But I'm not, and now everyone's suffering for it." She grimaced. "My whole life has just been one screw-up after another. Everything I've tried has just failed miserably. Why should I be surprised that this stupid plan of mine would lead to something like this happening?"

Another pause. "This is no one's fault but my own. You're right to blame me for it."
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Re: A Tale of Destruction and Friendship

Post by JamesShields01 on 2/10/2016, 8:01 am

Hikaru's Refuge - Outside -> Kitchen
 

Sakura couldn't help being very concerned when Blaire came over to them, obviously distraugh and while holding Kero, begged her to use her Cards to get Aurum back to life. 

Sakura scooted over and gathered the younger girl in her arms and said softly "I'm sorry ... I can't ... I wish I c-could but ... I-I really want to save her too .. But not even my Cards can do anything about this ... " 

Meanwhile, Kero happily allowed the spectral little girl to pet him away once, this time to offer her some comfort and while softly touching her himself with his small paw, said, "S-She's unfortunately right, kid ... There's really nothing we can't do. I'm really sorry too. But it will be alright ... ""

Then Alice spoke to her, obviously concerned, asking her to take Blaire. 

Sakura briefly turned towards the older girl, softly replying, "S-Sure ... I will do that," Before getting up, with Blaire still in her arms and started to carry her back inside. 

Once back in the kitchen, she just stood there for a while, wondering about what to do now. This was a really terrible situation, specially for someone as young as Blaire to witness. It was just so saddening ... 

She had to do something. She couldn't do anything for Aurum anymore, thst was for sure. But she had to try to do something for the young girl currently with her. Someone that little shouldn't have to be this sad. 

Maybe ... Blaire had asked her to use one of her Cards to help Aurum ... She hadn't been able to do that, but maybe she could use them in another way, to try to cheer the younger girl up. 

While keeping an arm carefully still wrappec around Blaire, she reached with her other hand and took the key pendant from around her neck. 

"Hey, Blaire, watch this," She said warmly, as she held the Key in front and a large, golden glowing magic circle, with a star on the center, appeard below them. 

The Key started to float on its own in the air and was coverec by a glowing but transparent sphere. Sakura then began the necessary chant, " O Key which hides the power of the stars, reveal your true power before me. I, Sakura, command under our contract. Release!" 

Energy then started to flow from the circle to the Key and the latter start to change. The small shaft became much longer and turned from gold to pink, while the head and the star and wings contained within it had somewhat enlarged. 

She then readily grabbed the released Star Wand. Then since for the next move she would need both hands free, walked over to the nearby and help Blaire ease on it. 

Then, opening the Book that was still holding, she started to go through the Cards contained inside, trying to decide which ones would be best for her what she needed. Finally, as she came upon one in particular, it was like she was being called to use that and indeed, she had a good idea of how to go about it. She plucked the Card out and held out it out in front of her, with the back turn to Blaire.

"Here, Blaire, let me the beautiful flower i'm named after," She said, while her magic circle reappered. She flipped the card around, so it was revealing as having the image of a yong woman in a elaborate, appropriately flower-themed, dress and with the name 'The Flower' printed out in the bottom.

Sakura then went through her next chant, "Flower, make cherry blossom fall around us, FLOWER!" while throwing the Card up and after spinning the Wand a bit, held its top close to the former, at which point, the wings on either side of the circular head spread out and the Card started spinning.

Then, above them, the woman depicted in the Card appeared and started to dance in the air, twrirling around and as she did, countless cherry blossom petals began to spiral down, so they were falling in every direction they might look at.



Hikaru's Refuge - Outside - Grieving



A few of the others girls attempted to comfort Lumina, telling her that Aurum's death wasn't her fault, that would have been gone anyway regardless you what she could have done. That all fell on deaf ears though. It was cold comfort to her.

Lumina atrongly shookec her head, she weakly called out, "N-No ... I-I'm sure ... I-If only I had stay there ... I-I could have done something ... C-Could have made her better before it came to ... T-This ... "



Fate watched concernedly as Lumina blamed herself for what had happened to Aurum. Then Alice called out, saying it wasn't hers or apparently, Wo's fault that had happened, that it was apparently bound to happen.

Since she was currently close to the elven girl, she gently touched her shoulder and said softly, "She's right ... No one could have expected it to develop this ... You certainly can't be blamed for not being around when that started. There no signs that would happen then, everything was relatively calm and going well. So please, don't fault yourself for this."

But then Alice accused Hikaru of being the one really responsible for Aurum's tragic demise, by bringing her here and telling those devasting truths without considering what effect it could on her or anyone else. While she could somewhat understand where the other girl was coming from, it wasn't going to help anyonr and predictably, Hikaru was quite affected by it.

At that point, Fate got up and while looking at everyone in general, she began, "No one should blame themselves for this tragedy," She then eyed Alice specially as she added, "Nor should blame others for it either. We may all not knowing this poor girl for long, but we all are going through quite a tragic loss, together, regardless ... "

She then turned to face Alice, as she said, "You know, long ago, I was once told a terrible true ... About myself rather than anything else ... That crushed me nearly as much as ... This," She took another glance at Aurum's bloody corpse, before turning back to the one was speaking with, as she continued, "But those situations ... They are as different as night from day. In my case ... I was told that truth most likely with the intended purpose of it doing that to me ... It was told to me by the one responsible for that truth's existence in the first place."

She steeled herself, looking quite determinec as she further added,
"Tell me this ... If you are told a shocking truth, by one other than the perpetrator of what started that truth, so you can do something about it ... Who should you truly blame if that truth shakes you to the core and that leads to a tragedy such as this: The one told you that truth, despite with good intentions or the one responsible for that being true at all to begin with? To me, the answer is clear. This blood lies on Haruka's hands more than anyone else's! Possibly one of the first, of possibly countless, lives lost to his terrible plan, although indirectly ... "

As she turned back to look at Aurum's remains, her features softened as she went on, "What we must do now ... Is to honor this poor girl's tragic death, her memory. First by finding a way to pay proper respects to her ... Unfortunately, we currently have no way to send back to her loved ones ... Even if we did have the means to, without Aurum herself, we can't know where came from. So, the best we can currently do is give her a proper burial right here. And then," She up at the sky, specifically towards the everpresent black spot, before turning her gaze back at everyone, looking determined as she went further, "We must honor her by putting a stop to the very thing that caused this tragedy! We have to finish what we were called here to do and do our very best, fight the hardest we can, to prevent the Zero Collapse from bringing such a despairing situation for real! I'm sure that is what Aurum would have wanted us to do ... "
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Re: A Tale of Destruction and Friendship

Post by Kkutwar on 3/10/2016, 4:42 pm

Hikaru's House, Outside

Sighing sadly as Lumina and Hikaru beat themselves up, Alice glances back as Sakura takes Blaire inside. Yet as Fate began to speak, the young woman looked towards her- Face composed, showing not a trace of anger or surprise. Still, Alice calmly listens to her, waiting for Fate to finish speaking before saying anything herself.

Flexing the fingers of her right hand, Alice takes a deep breath before turning towards Hikaru. Her gaze flickering over the group assembled, she finally speaks calmly yet seriously. "Hikaru, your biggest mistake was not taking this seriously enough. You're trying to save a literally countless number of universes, yet instead you offer us tea and have merely let us run around."

Folding her arms and looking up to the black speck in the sky, the young woman continues in the same tone. "However, you're the only one who knows about Haruka and what's going on- The Zero Collapse can only be stopped with your help. Thus..."

Looking back to Hikaru and giving a small friendly smile, Alice speaks in a warmer voice. "You can't afford to beat yourself up over an accident- You did grab us at random and you had no reason to assume anything bad might happen. As for earlier..."

Her eyes gazing over the group assembled, Alice lightly bows apologetically before speaking outright to everyone. "I needed to ascertain Hikaru's character, thus I'm sorry for my harsh words. Fate is correct though- No one is at fault other than Haruka. He is the one that made this situation even possible. Thus, if you want to do right by Aurum, then let us retrieve the Alpha Devices. We won't accomplish anything punishing ourselves and each other for a tragedy none of us made."

With her words spoken, Alice then walks up to Lumina's side, and talks to her politely. "Look, you're not the first person I know who blames themselves for something they couldn't control. One of my best friends is constantly trying to cure their little sister's anterograde amnesia. It is sad to watch, but neither of you can fix these things in your current state. Thus, if you'll let us, we can help you improve your magical skill. Besides, I'm certain Aurum's soul will be around for a while- Probably no Destiny Diviners here, so we could just preserve her body until you can retrieve her soul."




Hikaru's House, Kitchen

Not complaining as Sakura picked her up and sat her down in the kitchen, Blaire maintained her curled up position with Kero. Yet as Sakura spoke up, Blaire looked up with sad curious- And her face warmed in intrigue as Sakura began to perform magic. Eyes sparkling with a bit of interest at the key, Blaire didn't even mind as the not much older girl sat her down on a piece of furniture.

Still holding Kero even as her grip lightened, she looked on in marvel at the book Sakura as holding. Though she pulls back startled by the sudden appearance of Flower, it was clearly the result of surprise than anything else. Her eyes focused on the beautiful young lady, Blaire stood up on her seat. With Kero in her arms and her soft little face gazing up at The Flower, Blaire speaks up softly but politely.

"You're really amazing Miss Flower, though I'm not sure Miss Hikaru is gonna like the mess... Still, that's really cool Miss Flower. I've liked flowers ever since Miss Long showed me some, so um... C-can you make a Strelitzia? I really liked it when she showed me one..."

Looking down at Kero who was still in her arms, Blaire walked up to Sakura and held him out to her. "I'm really sorry for taking him, so here's Mr. Lion. Though, um, Miss Flower is a very nicely made Homunculus too... Sorry for not saying that sooner."

Glancing over her shoulder towards Flower, Blaire tilts her head downwards as she speaks in a softer tone. "Um, is it okay if Miss Flower and I can play together? I-I don't want to be rude and take away another one of your Homunculi without asking..."
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Re: A Tale of Destruction and Friendship

Post by wikkit on 3/10/2016, 5:05 pm

Wo didn't move much as the people around her reacted to Aurum's death, or when Alice started berating Hikaru for this, or when Hikaru seemed like she might shut down and die herself.  Something inside of her had just ceased working for a moment, and she simply stopped processing information.  It wasn't as if she was literally malfunctioning, or something, she had just no way of reacting to this situation.

What could she say right now, anyway?  That she couldn't understand what was going on?  As she was thinking, Fate had these beautiful words to say, and she could barely come up with a coherent thought.  If she spoke up right now, Wo would just make herself look like an idiot.

...But, everyone around her was still talking like they picked up on something she didn't.  Was this what humans do?  Die of sadness?  She finally moved herself, shaking her massive head to dismiss that notion, and then asked no one in particular "I want to know how she died.  What makes someone just...fall down and bleed to death like that?  Why?"




Sitting in the corner of the room, leaning against the wall and staring at the door like it was about to kill her, Sabitsuki really wished she could ignore all of this and dream right now.  If there was one thing Sabitsuki didn't need to see, it was the sight of Aurum's corpse.  Now two years' worth of internal lies and paranoia had become entirely validated, because she had just made someone die only minutes after being in the same room as her.

When Raquel knocked on the door and asked to come in, it took a bit of time for Sabitsuki to respond.  Was it just her?  Was everyone else waiting right behind her?  They all seemed like smart people, with how much she was talking about how terrible her sickness was they'd put two and two together.  She could get the jump on them, maybe try to escape...and then what?  She saw the world earlier, and this was the only landmark in it.  There was no way she could outrun everyone with her constitution...and even if they wanted to kill her, she was hesitant on whether she could fight back.  In her dream she had killed things before, but never unintentionally like this...

It was a tense few seconds of waiting, but she eventually responded to her.  "Raquel, I'm not letting you in," she yelled over to her, her voice quivering with fear.  "Killing me isn't going to cure all of you, it would just be senseless!  I'm sorry for what I did, but I can't fix it now!"
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Post by D.L. Yomegami on 4/10/2016, 8:28 pm

Hikaru's Refuge - Outside

"I was trying to take this seriously," Hikaru said to Alice feebly, "I just thought it'd be wrong of me to send you into the thick of things immediately upon your arrival, so soon after I'd pulled you from your homes. Being me, I just can't win." She sighed, then looked between the others, "But you're right. The sooner I get you searching for the Alpha Devices, the more tragedies we can avert. Once we've given Aurum the respect she deserves, it's time to send you to the location of the first Alpha Device."

She pushed herself to her feet, then turned to Wo. "A person can only take so much. Sometimes they fall so deep into despair that their bodies just...give up, be it from an incoming apocalypse, their personal lives falling down around them, or any number of other reasons." She glanced down at Aurum again. "That's exactly what happened here, even if usually it isn't this bloody. I've seen it enough times to say it with certainty. As sad as it is, the Zero Collapse's full extent is easily enough to be too much for people. And as long as it continues to exist, Aurum won't be the last person to die this way."

Then back to the group in general. "I'd very much like to return Aurum to the world she came from, once all's said and done. She doesn't deserve to have her final resting place be here, far from home in a place she probably didn't even know existed before today. Without knowing the customs of her home world, I can't say for sure what would be best." She frowned in thought and paused for another couple moments. "But I have an idea. In some worlds, it's customary to cremate the deceased and then mix their ashes in with soil. Then they're said to live on in the plants that grow there. In this case I'd be putting the soil in a pot and using it to grow some flowers from her home world to make returning them easier. Does anyone have an objection, or perhaps a better idea?"


Hikaru's Refuge - Outside -> Upstairs

For her part, Sophie just remained quiet as the others talked. As much as some blame was getting thrown around, at least no one was getting into a nasty argument over it. Furthermore, she had confirmation that Sabitsuki had nothing to do with Aurum's death. In which case, she thought she should know that, preferably as soon as possible. She could also help comfort Lumina, but it seemed Fate and Alice were already doing a good enough job of that and she couldn't think of anything else she could add to it.

So off to attempt to comfort Sabitsuki it was.

"...If there's anyone who needs me, I'll be back soon," she said, before turning and heading back into the house.

She didn't see exactly where Sabitsuki ran off to, but seeing as she wasn't in the kitchen it wasn't much of a stretch to assume she'd gone upstairs. She then made her way upstairs herself, eventually finding the room Raquel was standing outside of. Presumably Sabitsuki was inside that room.

"I don't suppose you've seen Sabitsuki?" she asked Raquel, "I'm hoping she's okay...."
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Post by DeisTheAlcano on 5/10/2016, 9:27 pm

Hikaru's Refuge - Outside a bedroom


Sabitsuki took a few seconds to answer and when she finally did, Raquel didn't know how to react.

"What? I don't want to kill you!"

She was perplexed by Sabitsuki's reasoning. The girl had assumed that Aurum's death was her fault and that Raquel was trying to kill her to stop her illness from spreading. She had kind of glossed over the fact that no one would want to be near her if they had actually followed her logic.

And that Aurum wouldn't be the first one to die.

"You just said it wasn't infectious. I mean, did you even touch Aurum?"

Sophie showed up and asked Raquel if she had seen Sabitsuki and hoped she was doing fine.

"She is inside. She thinks she infected Aurum and that's what killed her"

She got back to knocking on the door, trying to see if Sabitsuki would actually let them enter now that her friend was here. She not only wanted to talk to her to try and convince her this wasn't her fault but she also needed to talk about this. Aurum's death was incredibly shocking to her, even if she tried to hide it.

"Please, Sab, just open the door. Sophie is with me, too"
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Post by wikkit on 6/10/2016, 8:29 pm

Wo wasn't exactly lifted up by this revelation.  Humans were apparently that fragile in mind, if not in body...so, how would the rest of them fare against the same kind of horrors?  Who knows what kind of things they'd find across dimensions, would they be able to hold themselves together?  These questions...they'd be really rude to ask to their faces, wouldn't they?

Calling forth what water that hadn't dried out from her former glass, she used it to try and clean herself of the blood covering her as Hikaru talked about funerals.  Back home, the family was given a single body part, usually a finger if they had one, to enshrine in their house...and the rest of the body was sent to the proper authorities and recycled.  Those ancient works had dealt with human rites on rare occasions, so she imagined that her idea wouldn't go over well.  Not like they even had a proper authority to donate to...

She finally got herself off the ground, mostly clean from the blood which now floated by her side in a tiny globule of reddened water, and said to Hikaru, "I'm fine with that...I just don't want to carry her again."  Right now, she was still dazed from what had happened, but more than anything she really wanted to get this business out of her head.




"I just said it wasn't infectious, because I didn't see someone die right in front of me!" Sabitsuki wasn't even sure why she was arguing with her, because it wasn't like any of them had much more time to come to an agreement on anything.  This was just delaying the inevitable on her part.

"I mean...I...what else killed her?  What?"  She sure wasn't aware of anything that would do the job like that.  "I've bled...I've bled like that before.  I've seen it happen to me like that, so...she must've been the weakest out of all of you.  People from different countries have different immunities, and you're from different dimensions.  None of you have the same immunity..."

All of this monologuing was stopped when she said Sophie was outside, waiting for her.  She was the closest one to her, she must've been the one the most sick out of all of them.  She'd probably die next, for all she knew.  Both of them had gotten up close, so they thought they didn't have anything to lose.  Sabitsuki needed to do something, if just because she didn't want to die sitting down like this, tears running down her face and scared.  She'd done it before, when she feared for her life.

If she was going to die fighting, she wanted to feel like herself, so with an orange flash a very familiar iron pipe appeared in her hand.

She got up, sliding up against the wall with her pipe raised in front of her, and slowly made her way toward the door.  "Sophie...you just met me.  I'm sorry that I did this to you."  Sabitsuki was trying to hold her composure as much as she could, but unbeknownst to her, her voice started to sound unusually cold and distant, much different than earlier.  "You were nice, even if I was afraid of you...and I don't want you to remember me like this.  But...what can it be?  Nothing explains bleeding to death like that, it just doesn't happen to people."  She stood in front of the door, hesitating on whether they expected her to open the door for them, or for them to break it down when she was right in front of it.  "I've got no better explanation, and neither do you."
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Post by DeisTheAlcano on 8/10/2016, 5:22 pm

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Sabitsuki explained that different people had different immunities and that Aurum had died probably because she had the weakest immune system out of all of them. It made some sense, what could have killed her otherwise? Raquel wasn't an expert on that but somethings weren't adding up.

"But it doesn't make any sense. I mean, why doesn't it kill you? And why did it kill someone just now instead of anyone you've ever met since you were born?"

The mention of Sophie made her stop talking for a while. When she resumed that, she sounded incdredibly detached. If she was freaking out before, she had lost it now. She was talking nonsense about not wanting to be remembered like by her disease and Raquel was afraid she would try to off herself to avoid infecting any more people.

"Hey, what are you trying to do?"

She didn't miss a second and summoned more spiders. The arachnids went under the door and climbed it up to check on Sabitsuki, looking at her in the eye. The pale girl was in front of the door holding a metal tube. Where had she gotten that? Did Hikaru seriously use the rest of the bedrooms to save the pipes she had laying around in her house?

Anyway, Raquel didn't want to escalate the situation and tried to convince her to calm down while she tried to open the door. Really small spiders made their way to the locking mechanism of the door and started unlocking it from inside.

"Look, Sab, just drop the pipe and calm down. If anyone is responsible here, it's Hikaru"
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Post by D.L. Yomegami on 8/10/2016, 6:22 pm

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"...Did what?" Sophie asked, sounding even more worried than before, "Make me worry about you? Sabitsuki, that's just the sort of person I am. And I'm not sick, either, if that's what you're talking about."

She didn't know what Sabitsuki was going to do, but she was certainly saying some weird things and certainly sounded much more...detached. In fact, that was about the same tone of voice Samantha used to address the Bleaksteel, if less angry. Raquel also just said something about her carrying a pipe. Putting all of that together, it sounded like she was getting ready to off herself, which they didn't need on top of Aurum randomly dying. Or maybe...oh lord, she hoped it wouldn't come to that.

"If it means anything...Aurum's death was not your fault," she said, "Nor was it anyone else's. Hikaru said she just...lost hope and lost the will to live. It's strange, I know, but...." She paused. "...No one else is ill right now. As Raquel just said, if your disease really was that nasty, wouldn't everyone be dead right now?"

She paused again, before taking a deep breath and pulling her Divinity Spark back out. She kept her hand close to it, ready to transform at a moment's notice, but didn't go for it just yet.

"...Sabitsuki, I just want to make sure you're okay. Even if you did make me sick, I wouldn't hold it against you." Her voice now, while still worried, was considerably sincere. However, there was also a noticeable edge to it. "I don't want to hurt you. Not unless you try to hurt us first. In which case...I'll do everything I can to keep you from hurting everyone else."
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Post by wikkit on 9/10/2016, 1:40 am

Sabitsuki didn't respond to Raquel's words, only breathing heavily as she tried to mentally prepare herself.  If she was going to do it, she was not going to be distracted in the slightest.  When a spider crawled up the door, she raised her pipe and prepared to splatter it, and keep hitting the door until it broke down...

But she hesitated.  This spider was entirely disposable, just like Raquel said, but it couldn't do anything to her, right?  Hitting it was only going to give away any sort of surprise, and it didn't need to be killed if it wasn't going to hurt her, or get in her way.  She stood there for a moment, before she realized what had just happened.  She was planning on killing the both of them, but she couldn't even bring herself to kill something that wasn't even alive.

Freezing in place, both physically and mentally, she tried to process why.  She'd killed so many things in her dreams, human and non-human, but none of them were alive, just like this one spider.  Why was it so hard to add one thing to that list?  What made it different?  Before she could answer, Sophie told her that apparently Aurum had died of...sadness?  That made her stop even more.  Sophie could be awkward some times, but she didn't seem dumb enough to say something that unbelievable and expect someone to believe it.  It didn't make any sense, and Sabitsuki whispered "I don't..." but her friend continued talking.

Sophie said she wanted to see her okay, and she wasn't holding anything against her, and it all sounded...truthful, but she could sense that little hint of something like anger in her voice.  And then, she threatened to stop her from killing anyone.  Something in that made Sabitsuki review what was happening, and in a moment of clarity she saw that she was going to kill someone that could honestly be the closest thing she had to a friend right now.

Slowly, the pipe came down, and she relented.  There was no way she could do this.  Her grip weakened and it slowly slipped from her grasp, landing on the floor with a loud thump, and she let it be silent for a few tense seconds.

Eventually, Raquel and Sophie could hear her monotone voice weakly say "I'll let you in."  She unlocked the door, and slowly opened it so that she filled the gap, leaning on the wall and wearily staring at them.  Her face was still wet with tears from earlier, but her expression looked more like someone who hadn't slept in days instead of sadness, half-lidded and entirely exhausted.  Her voice was still cold as she said "I'm sorry for scaring you like that," but instead of the slightly sinister tone it just sounded very, very tired.
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Post by JamesShields01 on 9/10/2016, 7:32 am

Hikaru's House - Uptairs 


Fortunately, it seemed that both hers and Flower's displays had managed to cheer Blaire up a bit, which caused Sakura to smile warmly at the not much younger girl. She also conplimented Flower on the display, but also worried about what Hikaru would think of the resulting mess. 

"You don't need to worry about that. Flower can probably easily take care of that later," 
Sakura readily replied. 

In response to Blaire's request, Flower smiled sweetly and nodded, before causing a bright glow to appear in front of the spectral little girl. The glow then expanded unto the shape of the desired flower. It was composed of a long and thick green stalk, which ended in a beak-like formation, atop of which sprang six petals, half being bright orange while the remaining half was of a more metallic blue coloration. It would hang in the air until it was taken.

Blaire then walked up to her, offering Kero back and apologizing for taking him, at which point he flew back to her, before turning to the little girl and saying, "That's alright, kid. You did kinda of need that. I don't think either of us minded it." 

To which Sakura readily nodded and while smiling warmly, said, "Yeah, it was not really a problem. I think you probably needed him more than me back there," then since the younger girl had complimented her on Flower, she added, "Well, thank you, but like I told your mom, I didn't create her or the other Cards. She may have been reborned under my magic, but was actually created by Clow, long ago." 

Then, after Blaire asked to play with Flower, she nodded and said, "Of course. I did bring her out for you, after all. And oh, you may have noticed it already, but Flower really likes to dance." 

The entity in the question then carefully descended to the ground, twirling around for a while longer, before turning to Blaire and extending a hand to her. 



Hikaru's Refuge - Outside

 

Having spent most of her energy in her failed attempt to revive Aurum and being further drained before her current dreadful emotional state, Lumina was once again covered in a bright glow, before reverting to her normal form, with the pendant form of her Soul Augmenter now laying on the ground where the shield had been. She then promptly picked it up, 

She carefully listened to what Alice had to say, before slowly shaking her head and saying, 
"I-I ... I wasn't trying to r-ressurect her ... I-I was just trying to heal in case she was still, i-if only barely, alive ... B-But like you said ... S-She was already gone by then ... I-I don't even know if I could something like what you are saying ... I-I certainly have no knowledge of how to do it ... " She gaze turned downcast as she added, " A-And even if I did ... I-I probaly wouldn't be able to p-perform it anyway ... I-I'm hopelessly w-weak ... N-nobody back home could help m-me ... Y-You can try if you w-want ... B-but you're probably gonna be very d-disappointed ... " 

She looked thoughtful as she considered the matter of ressurecting Aurum once more, before deeply frowning and further adding, " And well ... I-I don't know if we could preserve her long enough anyway ... O-Obviously, we wouldn't want to bring her back while all this is still going on ... C-come back to this would only make her s-suffer again ... But we don't know how long it will all take us ... " 

As Hikaru then said her own piece on the matter, she once again looked thoughtful and then after a while, she said, "M-Maybe we should do as she says ... L-Let her rest in p-peace ... T-There's just so much that could go wrong with trying to do otherwise ... "  




Fortunately, the matter was sucessfully resolved, with Alice agreeing wth that Haruka was the only true responsible for this tradegy and both her and Hikaru agreeing that they should honor Aurum by fulfilling their mission to retrieve the Alpha Devices and use them to stop the Zero Collapse. 

The matter then turned to what should be done for Aurum. Alice seemed to be trying to get them to preserve her body to revive Aurum later. She didn't know how to feel about that. On one hand, she could understand that desire. But on the other hand, she couldn't help thinking of what happened withn Presea and Alicia and thus it made her really unease. 

She then listened to Hikaru's suggestion of cremation Aurum's body and using the ashes to grow flowers from the deceased princess' world. She considered that and found herself in much more agreement with it. 

However, she did have some questions about how they would go about doing, which she readily raised, "I have no real objections to do it but ... How would we accomplish that? I mean, I think that something that is a careful process that is usually done with special equipment. And regarding the flowers ... Are you able to easily reach back into her word, now that have brought her from there? And even if you are, how would you whch ones to pick? For something like this, I gather that it would be best if they held some significance ... " 
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Post by DeisTheAlcano on 10/10/2016, 8:35 pm

Hikaru's Refuge - Near the Bedroom


Sophie changed the whole situation by asserting that Aurum's death had nothing to do with Sabitsuki but was actually product of the former losing all hope. Raquel could hardly believe what she was hearing. Aurum had just lost the will to live? She certainly seemed like a nice girl but that was a bit hard for her to swallow. Still, it seemed to convince Sabitsuki so she said nothing to contradict Sophie's claim.

Sophie continued talking and told the pale girl that even if she had infected her, she didn't blame her but then not so subtly threatened to stop her if she ever tried to hurt someone. That was surprising because Sophie was the last person Raquel expected to use violence against someone else but it's not like she didn't agree with the sentiment. Althought she at least hoped it didn't come to that.

Sabitsuki finally opened the door for them and apologized for acting as she had. She had evidently cried and looked tired after the whole ordeal so Raquel thought it wise to let her know there wasn't anything to worry about. She placed her hands on both of Sabitsuki's shoulders. She was relieved this crisis had been taken care of and her face clearly showed that.

"It's fine... we don't want to lose someone else, right?"

Raquel walked away from the door to give Sabitsuki some space, she was still affected by Aurum's death, after all. They all were. Speaking of, now seemed a good time as any to talk to the person that was ultimately responsible for this.

"Let's go down with the others. There is someone that has a lot to explain" she walked in the direction of the stairs until she realized something.

Maybe brushing the whole thing off so quickly wasn't such a good idea. The last thing Raquel wanted was coming off as a careless individual.

"I mean, if you want"
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Post by D.L. Yomegami on 11/10/2016, 10:07 pm

Hikaru's Refuge - Outside

"Equipment isn't an issue for me," Hikaru explained, "You did see me summon the communication device earlier? It'd be a little bulkier, but bringing it in won't be much harder, so long as it doesn't start approaching the Alpha Devices in general power level."

Then she frowned. "The plants would be a little more difficult. Now that I know Aurum's world exists, I would be able to grab plants from there easily enough. The problem is that I wouldn't know for sure which plants would be significant for the occasion. I'd likely still be able to grab something important to her culture, but it might not be something entirely relevant. The best I'd be able to hope for is something that won't unintentionally insult her memory." She sighed. "All the same...I'd still like to try."

She was then silent for another couple moments in thought. "...Alternatively, I could just summon a means of preserving her body as opposed to burning it, then dedicate a part of my garden here to giving her a nice resting place until I can return her body to her home world. That way they could give her the necessary rites, and on the off chance we find a means of resurrecting her then we won't have to worry about restoring her body as well. And I don't trust myself to not burn everything down in the process of cremation, anyway."

Then she turned to Wo. "...Whatever we decide on doing with her, I don't suppose I could trouble you to clean Aurum as well? If it truly troubles you too much then I suppose it's not as big an issue, but it would be nice if she wasn't covered in her own blood."

Finally, she opted to address Lumina. "For what it's worth...I'd say it's a little too early to start declaring yourself completely useless. As tragic as this was, the quest as a whole hasn't even started yet. Once it truly gets underway, you'll start encountering things beyond what you might have known back in your home world. While that may sound discouraging...sometimes a little adversity is just what you'll need to improve yourself. One way or another, I'm certain you'll all come out of this stronger than when you started."


Hikaru's House - Upstairs

Those few moments Sophie waited for Sabitsuki's response were among the tensest in her entire life up until that point. It took long enough that she almost feared she'd have to make good on her declaration. Then the pipe dropped, and then she opened the door. She looked and sounded absolutely worn out, but given everything that just happened Sophie didn't blame her at all.

She let out a small sigh of relief before offering her friend a small, but hopefully comforting smile. She dropped her hand away from her Divinity Spark, although she didn't put it away just yet, before giving her friend some space.

"It's perfectly all right," she said, "Like I just said, I tend to worry a lot about the people I care about. And the important thing is that we didn't have to deal with another crisis so soon after losing Aurum. No one really took that well; what would they think if you or someone else followed so soon?"

She shook her head, then turned to Raquel. "I guess it's up to you whether or not it means anything...but Hikaru already feels responsible for what happened. She...she really tore herself apart over it, even. I don't think chewing her out over it even more is going to fix anything." She shrugged, then glanced back at Sabitsuki briefly. "For that matter, I think that...maybe it's best Sabitsuki gets some time to herself? While I don't think anyone's going to blame her for it, I also don't think immediately going back there would be good for her? Maybe? Up to you, Sabitsuki."
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Post by wikkit on 14/10/2016, 4:59 am

...Cleaning the body like that isn't much better than having to carry it, really.  But, if she was going to really become someone to look up to, she'd have to make sacrifices.  It's not like this one was even a real sacrifice, now was it?  Wo quietly replied "Yes, I can do that," and turned around.  A moment or two later, and she arrived with a full pitcher of water from the kitchen.

The worst part about it was that she had to constantly be staring at her corpse in order to keep concentration like this, slowly moving the gyrating orb of water over her body.  The bloodied water went away into the only place Wo knew to get rid of it, little droplets of red slowly separating from the larger mass and moving into the ground.

A while later, which certainly felt longer in Wo's head, and Aurum's body was now as clean as she could make it.  She didn't do much for the blood on the ground, and now Aurum looked a little bit more damp than before, but she didn't look hideously filthy anymore.  Wo sighed, getting up from the corpse again.  "It's done, Hikaru," she said as she looked at the summoner, obviously not happy.  "You might think it's selfish of me, but...that's all I want to do with this, right now.  I'll stay within earshot, but I just need some time to think."  Not waiting long for an answer, Wo floated straight up to the rooftop of the house and sat on the edge.  The infinite expanse wasn't the most exciting thing to look at, but it beat staring or being next to a corpse any longer.  Anything was better than that.




"It's not fine.  Don't pretend that it is," Sabitsuki said, her expression not budging an inch as she stared past the both of them at the wall.  "We were both convinced we were gonna kill each other there, Sophie.  I can't say that's good...but, nothing happened in the end, so I guess I won't worry about it."  Of course she was gonna worry about it, but right now she wanted less sympathy and attention after all of that, so time to lie to their faces.

She sighed, rubbing her face as if trying to keep awake.  "I think Sophie's got the right idea...on the part dealing with me.  Taking us here was still a stupid idea, but I don't want to deal with that.  You go do it if you want, and I can just...sit."  Not like she'd been doing anything else besides sitting beforehand, but it's not like people ever get tired of it.  Besides, there was a bed, she could probably just sleep if she really wanted to.  "Just don't try and kill her, or something."
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Post by DeisTheAlcano on 16/10/2016, 10:04 pm

Hikaru's Refuge - Outside


Sophie advised Raquel to not confront Hikaru since, after seeing how she had taken Aurum's death, she felt that blaming her wasn't going to fix anything. Raquel considered it but she still felt Hikaru was responsible for at least part of this situation. As for Sabitsuki, it was sensible for her to stay there, catch her breath, and process what had just happened. And although Sophie didn't exactly say it, it seemed she was okay with staying behind with her.

"Yes, it would be better if you relaxed and took a nap. I will handle things from here"

Sabitsuki's comment about not wanting to see Raquel killing Hikaru, made her stop dead on her tracks. Even the girl that was a self-proclaimed walking epidemy was afraid of her violent behavior. If circumstances were different, Raquel would drop everything and make sure Sabitsuki knew who she was talking with but the pale girl had gone through enough and there was a literal end of the world around the corner.

"I'm not like that" she said, speaking through her teeth and not making eye contact to repress her annoyance. Whatever, she could blow off steam with Hikaru. And who better to accompany her than her spiders, of course? "Come on, kids!" the whole swarm near the scene followed the girl downstairs, some of them even climbed to her arms to catch up.

Raquel slowly made her way to the door and went outside, her spiders still grabbed onto her. The scene was grim. Aurum's body wasn't covered in blood anymore but it's not like that helped much, it still was the corpse of an innocent girl.

"So, what's the plan now?" she looked around at the group, was the fate of everything really in the hands of these people? It's not like she felt confident enough to take on this responsibility, either "I mean, Aurum's death was awful and all... but we can't just sit around with our thumbs up our asses while that thing is out there killing Quetzal knows how many people"

She gave the speck in the sky a look. It didn't look threatening at all. Certainly weird, but it was hard to believe that that thing was eventually going to kill everything in existence and the only one that knew what to do to stop it had kidnapped girls from all over the multiverse to do it. It was a grey situation but Raquel wasn't going to sit around and let the world end if she could do something. Specially not after Aurum had died because of it.

"I'm not going to let that thing kill anyone else"
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Post by D.L. Yomegami on 19/10/2016, 11:25 am

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Sophie had already gathered that Sabitsuki's life hadn't been all that pleasant, but now she was wondering just how awful it really was if her mind defaulted to killing people as a solution to arguments.

"I feel like I've been repeating myself a lot here, but I should say this again: I don't want to hurt people, let alone kill people. Even if we did get into a fight...I wouldn't have fought back. I would have just taken your hits and hoped you'd realize what you were doing before you got too carried away. And if you didn't? At least you'd only be hurting me and not anyone else. I take hits for Samantha all the time; being the shield isn't anything new for me."

She shook her head. "Maybe I'm just making an overly general assumption here, but I really don't think people are as bad as you seem to think they are. If you'd actually give them a chance rather than assume the worst all the time, I think you might be surprised. Just something to think about."

She shrugged. "Anyway, you really do look tired, so...I'm going to help the others. Talk to you later, I guess." She turned away and took a few steps, before then turning back to Sabitsuki briefly. "Oh yeah, Hikaru's planning on having us head out soon. I don't think she's going to force you to help, and I'm certainly not going to. I just thought you should know."

At that, assuming Sabitsuki had no more to say to her, she'd make her way back outside.
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Post by wikkit on 22/10/2016, 12:40 am

On the topic of people, first impressions, and maybe not being inwardly hostile towards everyone, Sabitsuki said "Maybe...I'll try."  Of course, it wasn't like she hadn't ever tried that before.  In fact, she tried that often, and it only went so far before people end up doing things.  Just...things in general.  She didn't want to dwell on it.

When Sophie started departing, she spoke up to say "Don't worry, I'll help.  It's not like I've got any other choice, but I'll do what she asks of me.  This was all...just a brief bump in the plan.  Send someone in to wake me up when we leave."  She didn't wait for an response from her, carefully but quickly shutting the door.

Now, she was alone, and she had no intention of spending this time sleeping.  There was no way she'd sleep soundly after all of this, she'd just sit there restlessly for as long as it took Hikaru to take them out.  However, she had something that, in many ways, was as good as sleep, if not better.  Something she'd come to love and fear at the same time, a state of consciousness unlike any other.  There was only one thing she was missing to pull it off.

She'd focused on the computer, her favorite thing, for some time now.  Even as the model had changed over the years, it was the one thing she'd used to enter this state for the longest period.  Could she find something so memorable to take its place?  This room didn't have much in it, but there was something that fit the bill that she could see from here.  Pulling out the chair from its desk, she placed it in front of the window, and looked out to the endless plain of grass.

After getting a good look and taking it, the blue sky, and the black speck all into memory, she firmly closed her eyes.  Sitting perfectly still and visualizing both it and herself, she could see the back of her head as she sat in that chair, staring out at the grass in the distance, all else between her and it a black void.  Yes, this would work perfectly, it seemed.  Since she might have only a little time to escape the worries of this strange journey she was in, she immediately counted down and drifted off into the flow.

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Re: A Tale of Destruction and Friendship

Post by Kkutwar on 24/10/2016, 4:56 pm

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Standing in silence to allow everyone to speak and to process their words, Alice's eyes glance over Hikaru during all the speech. Stepping back a bit after a while, the young woman faces the group as a whole and speaks strongly yet calmly.

"I suggest we don't cremate Aurum's body even if we can't revive her. Her native culture may find it offensive for starters, and ultimately we aren't her friends- Just a bunch of strangers, so it isn't our right to perform any kind of funeral rites for her. Thus, preserving her body and delivering it to her friends is the only right course of action we can take."

Focusing her gaze on the spider-master, Alice folds her arms against her chest before speaking once more. "I agree, time is of the essence and just sitting around won't help any of us here. Very least we could be training or acquiring useful items for our journey. Speaking of training..." Looking over to Hikaru once more, Alice calls out warmly.

"Could I have you retrieve a spellbook from my universe? I would like for Lumina to have it, so she can broaden and improve upon her healer skills. I myself have no skill with healing magic, thus so far it would seem Lumina is the only one. Still..."

Looking towards Wo and down at Aurum's body briefly, Alice returns to looking at Hikaru. "Is there anything you can give us before we go out for the Alpha Device? Food, healing potions, useful gadgets and so on? Our own abilities may be impressive, but we can't handle every possibility on our own."




Hikaru's Refuge, Upstairs

Taking the plant and smiling up at Flower, Blaire's face scrunches up as she tries to think of something to say. Leaning slightly closer towards Sakura and with the plant closely held in her hands, the little ghostly girl finally speaks up a little worried.

"Did Miss Flower and the others die then? I've never heard of a Homunculus being remade without first falling apart... Uh, you know, they get all glowy & their body breaks up? I've never seen it happen, but that's what the books says..."

Looking down at her hands and then back at Flower, the little ghostly gives Sakura an uncertain smile before asking more quietly. "Um, so Mister Clow... Why did he make them? I-I wouldn't want my precious Homunculi falling apart, so didn't he make them immortal? I would be really sad seeing Mr. Lion or Miss Flower fall apart, so Mister Clow would be too right?"

Sticking the plant in her hair and turning towards Flower, Blaire gives a more happy smile as she floats over to her. Taking her hand, Blaire looks up to the magical young lady and asks politely "I-I don't really know how to dance, so could you teach me Miss Flower?"




Note: Just go ahead and write up a dance scene for Flower & Blaire, she really doesn't know how to dance.
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Re: A Tale of Destruction and Friendship

Post by JamesShields01 on 27/10/2016, 2:44 pm

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Lumina listened in somewhat distressed silence to the arguement about what to do with
Aurum's remains. Finally when Alice spoke once again, she found herself completely agreeing with it and decided to speak up again.

"Y-Yeah, I suppose Alice is correct. W-We really don't have the right to make any sort of decision about this other than preserving her b-body ... U-Unfortunately, I don't know any means of doing so, specially for long term ... I suppose we will have to go with what Hikaru suggested and have her summon something to do it ... Though we have no idea of what and I gather that it would be better for her if she did ... "

Both Raquel and Alice argued that it was time that they started actually doing about something about the impending Zero Collapse. Alice also spoke about training and asked Hikaru to summon a spellbook in order to help her with healing.

At that point, Lumina spoke up again, while reaching into the large leather bag she was carrying for something, "W-Well, I do already have one with me ... " After finding it, she clutched a large tome against her chest, like it was precious, while adding,
" Mom and Dad gave it to me w-when ... " Her face clouded for a moment and seemingly not being able to continue on the topic, she instead said, "A-Anyway ...
I-I don't think I have anywhere nearly mastered even this one. I-I doubt I could manage to do anything with something from a entirely different reality, but we could try, I guess ... "

While Alice kept speaking, reached to retrieve something else from her bag and once the other girl was done, she extended out the grabbed items, a bottle with a bright purple liquid inside and a bunch of leaves, while saying, " I-I still have some potions and herbs with me here ... I-If needed, I could make more if I'm provided with the necessary means ... So at least that matter is settled ... " She finished while putting the items back into the bag, as they were not yet needed and wouldn't be for quite some time, hopefully ...



Fate also had been listening carefully to the arguements regarding how they should proceed following this grievious matter. Fortunately, Alice provided a solution that both others and she herself could get behind, specially now that the focus was no longer on resurrecting her but merely on making sure her loved ones got to make the decision of what to do with her remains

"Yes, further thinking about it, I think I will have to agree with them. Preserving Aurum's body really does seem the best solution. And I believe I can help with providing the means for us to do so. I have personal knowledge of a situation where a body was kept wholly preserved for many years ... The issue is that machenery was rather bulky, consisting mainly of a large tube containing some sort of liquid, in which the body was preserved ... I don't know if we could quite reproduce it in this enviroment, but I figure it is at least worth a shot ... " She then said.  

Several of the other girls argued that they needed to actually go about doing what they were brought here to do and she had to agree with them. They could not allow any more tragedies to come about as a result of the Zero Collapse, directly or otherwise.

She nodded firmly and said determinedly to all those present, "I agree with them. Once we have settled this tragic matter, we should move along with our intended mission. Hikaru said that the first Alpha Device is not far away, so if we move in a timely manner, we should be able to recover it without much opposition."


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Sakura also became worried as she witnessed the younger girl in front over become saddened over what she had said.

Her expression turned pensieve as she shook her head and said, "No, it was not like. Most of them were mostly fine at the time. It's just ... It's a bit complicated. See, remember when I told your mom that I ended up releasing the cards and had to re-capture them all Well, after I did that, I had to pass a sort of test by other Guardian of the Cards, Yue. After I managed to, they all became completely loyal to me, but their magic was still Clow's, who was no longer around in his original form. So in order to make sure they stayed well and happy, I had to remake them under my own."

Kero floated closer to the pair and after giving a short nod, said, "And also, Clow meant for all this to happen ... The Cards being released and re-captured, then being transformed, he arranged events to ensure all that. He even came back in another form to cause the events that would ensure the latter ... Now, not even I know the exact reason for the existence of most of them. Clow was the only who could ever done such a thing, due to his unique magical heritage and power. But I can assure, he did do his best to make sure we would be all well, so you don't have to worry anything about that."

With a much brighter expression, Sakura firmly nodded, saying, "That's right. I promised to take good care of all them and that is what I'm going to do. So please don't worry, Blaire."

Fortunately, it seemed that the prospect of playing with Flower had already cheered the younger girl up a bit. After Blaire floated up to her and asked to show how to dance,
the young woman, likely realizing the difference in size and noticing what the spectral girl had said about not knowing how to dance, then drew her closer, almost holding her and proceed to slowly and gracefully twirl around the petal covered spot. After a while, she would do a final turn, before losing her hold on the little girl and returning her to her former position closer to the table.
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Re: A Tale of Destruction and Friendship

Post by D.L. Yomegami on 31/10/2016, 5:27 pm

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Hikaru simply nodded after Wo, before turning her attention to the others.

"Well, it sounds like it's unanimous," she said, with another small, determined nod, "We'll preserve Aurum for future return to her home world. As for right now, I think anyone who has a few parting words for her should say them now, and then while you're out searching for the Alpha Device I'll work on making a nice temporary resting place for her here. I'll also see if I can do anything more with that communication device from earlier. If I can't make it so it can reach everyone else's homes, I can probably make it so that I can keep contact with you while you're in the field."

Then she turned to Fate and frowned. "...How bulky are we talking about, here? If it's something rivaling the size of my house here, then it's probably not the best idea. Furthermore, I'm concerned about aesthetics here. I doubt Aurum's home world has much in the way of heavy machinery; I'd much rather give her a more natural resting place outside of whatever we're using to preserve her, if I can."

Then to Alice. "I can certainly provide additional supplies. In fact, I can probably assemble each of you a personal travelling pack, if you so desire." She frowned. "That being said, I can only really prepare you so well. I'm not a goddess; I don't know anything more about what's coming up than you do. So I can't guarantee everything I give you will be helpful in every given situation."

Then she glanced between her and Lumina. "Any specific spellbook you have in mind for her? Without knowing specifics I can't guarantee I'll grab something that'll be useful for her. At worst I could wind up grabbing something that could be outright harmful, and well...I really don't want to make this situation any worse than I already have." She shook her head. "In any event, I think it's better for her to have it and not need it than need it and not have it."


Sophie arrived just in time to hear the collective decision on the matter. She supposed she agreed with the decision, though truth be told she wouldn't have objected to any decision. She again opted to remain silent and keep her distance from the rest of the group, staying just close enough to hear the discussion going on.

Once again, she felt a pang in the pit of her stomach. She hadn't been a magical girl or fighting the Bleaksteel for very long, so perhaps it was to be expected that she had never been directly present at the site of someone's death. It almost didn't matter what exactly killed Aurum; the fact remained that she'd died and Sophie was there to witness it, even if she was mercifully spared seeing it actually happen. The idea of being present in the same area as an actual human corpse almost made her want to go back inside the house and wait until it was over and done with.

This wasn't the first time where she questioned her decision to become a magical girl in the first place. Samantha outright warned her that it was not going to be easy. She'd accepted that and decided to help her anyway, even knowing that this sort of thing was a very real possibility. It was so easy to just shrug it off when told about it...but having it happen for real was a very different story.

Then she reminded herself of why she agreed. She knew this sort of thing could happen, and this probably wouldn't be the last time she saw it. It was a chance to do something good, for herself and for the world. And now, when there were much greater things at stake? It would be foolish of her to back down now. She could make it through this. She'd help everyone else, not only for this poor girl's sake, but for the sake of everything.
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