Kirakishou !UdzMmUq0Oc 2009/11/21 (Sat) 22:09 No. 104613 ▼
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The great clock tower chimed once again signaling Mokou’s freedom from these educational confines. It was all she could do to keep from running out of the school as fast as she could. Given her... fateful encounter that morning, she had to exercise some caution. Another run-in like that was not what she needed right now. The teachers were on high alert about her as well, given the fight before break, and even the slightest hint of her fighting would be more than enough. They’d threatened her with expulsion this time.
Waiting for just the right time, Mokou slipped out the front gate in a gaggle of other girls. No doubt Remilia would be behind the school, waiting for Mokou to slip out her normal way. ‘The joke’s on you Remilia. I’m not so stupid as to fall for the same trick twice.’ Mokou thought smugly, consciously ignoring the fact that if Remilia was back there, she’d won a small victory by making Mokou use the proper entrance.
Once clear of the school, Mokou made a beeline for her usual path. Crowds of babbling school girls were not something she usually chose to spend her time with. As she merged onto her normal path she let out a sigh. ‘Finally, some peace and quiet’ her pace slowed considerably. Meeting Kaguya after school meant that Mokou had considerably more time than if she had to rush home. So much more peaceful to spend it strolling along the streets, taking her sweet time to reach the station.
Usually more peaceful, anyways. Strolling down the street in front of her was one of the brats from the other day at the convenience store.
“Oi! You brat! Stop!”
The girl whipped around, a horrified look on her face. Mokou, almost in a dead run already, ran towards the girl. With amazing speed, the girl turned and fled. “Get your sing-song ass back here, you little bitch! You’re gonna pay for those popsicles!”
‘God DAMN what speed that little shit has.’ Mokou was panting and gasping for breath. She’d chased that girl for quite some time, never really gaining on her, until she had finally lost her. The girl must have run in circles or something, Mokou figured, as she was back near the school. Well, she could see it anyway. She’d never really been this direction from it before, though. ‘Ugh. I wonder how much time that cost me’ Mokou wondered idly, finally catching her breath. She was about to leave, after looking around to get her bearings when she heard someone shout. Glancing around the corner of a nearby alleyway, she was shocked to see Meiling and Keine.
“What do you think you’re doing to her!” Meiling roared. “Get off of her!”
The three ignored Meiling, continuing to shout and struggle with Keine.
“Fine. I warned you.” Meiling charged forward and leapt. One of the girls went flying as Meiling’s kick connected firmly. She spun back around and nailed another one squarely in the face with her fist. The third released Keine and charged Meiling. Sliding her foot forward, Meiling flipped the girl into the wall. She slid down the wall, landing on her head with a dull crunch. Feeling that the situation was now well in hand, Meiling reached out, offering her hand to Keine.
She smiled brightly at the battered girl. “Are you ok?”
“T-They’re not down. They’ll be back up in a minute! You have to run. Now!” Keine was frantic.
“They’re not going anywhere for a while,” Meiling chuckled, “I may not look like it, but I’m actually quite skilled in martial arts.”
The girl Meiling had punched now lunged at her. Meiling was barely able to sidestep in time.
“Blue. Green. Rise.” The one who was still standing called out to the other two.
The girls spun around on the ground and were jerked to their feet. They hung there in the air limply, arms and legs dangling down, feet floating just off the ground as if they were held up like a puppet on strings. The unseen puppet master then pulled the strings taut.
“What the...?” Meiling stepped back, throwing her arm out between the girls and Keine. “Get out of here” She growled to the girl who had been getting beaten on a scant few moments ago.
“No... It’s me they’re after. Run!” Keine’s voice was barely above a whisper.
“Not a chance of that. Looks like the chance to run has passed anyways.” The three girls, now fully regrouped, charged Meiling.
Mokou watched the fight from her vantage point at the end of the alleyway. Meiling was getting her ass handed to her now that the three were working together. ‘Damnit. I may not like the girl, but I’m not about to sit here while she gets the shit beat out of her.’ Mokou was just about to charge in to help Meiling when there was a sharp tugging at her school bag. ‘Eh? What the...?’
“You can’t beat them like this!” A gruff voice spoke from within her bag.
“THA HELL?!” Mokou shouted.
Unseen by her, one of the girls started towards the noise.
“No time to explain. Take this,” A pink pen shot out of the bag at Mokou. She managed to catch it, somehow, before it impaled her face.
“Now, repeat after me. ‘Magical Pretty Super Special Awesome Transform!’, quickly now!”
“Like HELL I’m saying that!”
“There’s no time! Do it now!”
“Fuck this. ‘M-Magical... Ergh. ‘MAGICAL TRANSFORM’”
Mokou was enveloped in a bright light. As it faded away, she seemed to be wearing something entirely different. “Oh HELL no. No. no. no. No. I am NOT wearing this. This is worse than Kaguya’s costumes.”
“We can deal with it later, now DUCK!”
“Wha-?” Mokou barely dodged in time as the girl with blue eyes rounded the corner and swung at her.
“Eh? A Magical girl..."I don’t recognize you...”
“Don’t worry about her. Your primary attack is ‘Conflagration’. Call out it’s name and then shoot the flame into the doll!”
“I don’t really get what’s going on but... CONFLAGRATION!” Mokou’s fist burst into flames.
“Good! Now aim it at the girl and concentrate. It’ll shoot off at her!”
Mokou looked at her fist, engulfed in flames. “I’ve got a better idea.” Rearing back, she punched the shocked girl square in the face. Instead of flying back, like Mokou expected her to, her head just exploded into a fine dust. “Oh shit! Oh SHIT! I just killed her!”
“Don’t worry about it. She wasn’t a person, she’s just a doll. See?”
The body crumpled to the ground as Mokou watched, horrified. A fine smoke was released from the body and a card appeared as the body finished evaporating from inside the clothes. Horror turned to shock, turned to disbelief.
“Wh-What the fuck was that?!”
“Now hurry! The other two will be taking notice now.”
Mokou dashed into the alleyway to just in time to see the girl throwing Meiling to the side.
“You have severely damaged our compatriot. You will be suffering quite a bit at our hands now.” The green and red eyed girls launched themselves at Mokou.
“Con.. Con.. Damnit what was the attack again?”
“Right! ‘CONFLAGRATION!’” Mokou’s fist burst into flames again, with out a moment to spare. The first girl barreled down on her. Taking a step back, Mokou wound up and punched as hard as she could. Her fist went through the first girl’s head and into the second one’s head a moment later. ‘They’re not very smart it seems’ Mokou allowed herself a moment to relax. “Now, just who in the hell was telling me all this crap?”
A small, round, red bird waddled into the alleyway. “Sup. Name’s Phoenix.”
“Uh...” Mokou blinked a few times just to make sure she was really seeing what she thought she was seeing.
“Phoenix! What did you do?! Why didn’t you stay with that girl who’s bag I snuck you into?” Keine rushed over to the small animal and scooped it up into her arms. Cradling it she turned to Mokou. “Where did you find him, anyways? He should have still been with that girl.”
“Eh? Whatcha talkin about? I’m the girl who’s bag you shoved him into, apparently. Given that you’re still the same hobo lookin girl, and those three... things were still the same bitches they were the other day...”
Keine got right up in Mokou’s face, her brow furrowed in concentration. “You... you kind of look similar... I guess. It must be some effect from the transformation.”
“While this is all nice and good,” Phoenix interrupted, “We’ve got more pressing problems. One of the other MG’s are coming, and fast too. We need to get out of here!”
Mokou glanced down at Meiling. The girl was a little beat up, but still conscious. She seemed to be recovering from the beating much faster than Mokou would have thought. ‘She’ll be fine here on her own.’
“Alright, let’s get going.” Mokou went to leave the alleyway.
“Y-You’re just going to leave her here?” Keine sounded quite upset, “She risked her life to save me! You can’t just leave her here!”
“You may not always agree with me, cutie, but we need to get out of here. The thing that’s coming is two to three times more powerful than the neophyte over here.”
“But... but...” Keine stomped her foot. “Fine! I’ll turn myself in. Just to make sure that they leave her alone! Unless you help her!”
“Yeah, sure, fine, whatever,” Mokou really didn’t like the sound of two to three times more powerful, given that she had just punched through three girl’s heads. “I’ll grab her, now you two just hurry up and--”
“And what, prey tell.” A new voice spoke from the end of the alleyway. All eyes were upon the newcomer as she entered. Striking violet eyes with wavy blonde hair down to mid-back, she was clad in what appeared to be some kind of pajamas. A strange nightcap rested on her head with a crescent moon pin attached. “Are you hurrying up to do?”
“Ah...” Mokou moved between the new arrival and Keine. “And who th’hell are you?”
“So crass.” The girl waved her hand, “But I could ask the same of you, and why you interfere with our re-capturing of a valuable specimen. I’ll kindly ask you to hand the girl over, once,” The girl coughed, “After that, I’ll have no choice but to force you two.”
“Not a chance in hell, Sagacity!” Phoenix shouted from the ‘safe’ confines of Keine’s arms.
“Oh? The phoenix is here as well? It would seem that I have stumbled upon quite a bounty. Quite a bounty indeed. Now, this is your first, and only, warning. Hand them over and leave quietly before I’m forced to unleash my powers upon you.” Taking notice of the semi-conscious Meiling, the girl speaks again. “Unfortunately, it seems that there’ll be collateral damage as well.”
Mokou grit her teeth. “Keine, get Meiling out of here.”
“JUST DO IT.”
“Don’t think that I’ll be allowing you to do as you plea-”
“CONFLAGRATION!” Mokou’s fist burst into flames for the third time in as many minutes.
“Your body can’t handle the strain! Don’t do it!”
“Oh? So you’re aligned with fire?” Sagacity grinned, “It’s been a while since I’ve seen any magical girls aligned with the primary elements. Very well then, come. Test your mettle, novice.”
The girl’s eyes opened wide in surprise as Mokou charged her. Just before her fist connected with Sagacity’s head, however, it was stopped by some unseen force. Mokou drove forward with every ounce of strength she hadh, but in the end she was repelled, body and all, from the girl.
“How exciting!” Sagacity cried, “It’s been quite some time since someone managed to get that close to me! Exquisite!!” Excitement showed plainly on the girls face. Her hands moved quickly, forming some sort of archaic pattern, while she chanted quickly.
“We have to get out of here! Now! If she finishes that spell...” Phoenix gulped loudly.
“Fuck!” Mokou dashed back and supported Meiling with Keine on the other side. They half dragged her down the alleyway before running into a barrier similar to the one that had stopped Meiling’s fist.
“Shit. Well, I’m sorry I dragged you into this, kiddo.” Phoenix hung his head. “The best thing we can do now is pray for a mir-”
“UWAAAA~” Sagacity cried out. Mokou turned back to see what had just happened. Out of nowhere a short girl with wavy black hair had slammed a comically sized wooden mallet into Sagacity’s face. The girl clutched her face in her hands, calling out curses as her assailant. Mokou and Keine stared in shock at the scene unfolding before them. Their pint sized savior waved for the group to follow her while pointing down a manhole cover. Not hving to be told twice, Mokou dragged Meiling over to the hole.
“N-no! I’m not going down there!” Keine stared at the hole with great apprehension. “You can’t get me down there!”
Phoenix barked out at Keine.“There’s no time, kiddo, Get moving!” To which Keine simply blanched.
“I-it’s too dark... and cramped... and, and...”
Mokou was already half way into the hole, Meiling perched precariously on her shoulder. “Look, I don’t care if you stay or come, but I don’t think that other girl’s gonna wait much longer for you to make up your mind.” Mokou descended quickly into the darkness.
Sagacity was stumbling back to her feet, and seemed to be preparing to cast again.
Keine swallowed hard. “A-alright.”
After Keine and Phoenix had descended safely, their silent benefactor followed closely behind them, pulling the manhole cover back into place.
“T-This was a mistake... I have to get out of here!” What little color remaining in Keine’s face drained away rapidly.
“Too late for that now. We should probably follow our hostess, though.” Phoenix nodded at the rapidly disappearing girl with Mokou in tow.
“Don’t leave me here alone!” Keine called out running after the other girls.
Their silent guide continued making her way through the passages, seeming to know instinctively which intersections and junctions to turn at. Mokou really couldn’t tell the difference. Keine, however, seemed to be growing more panicked as they continued. Frequently glancing about, she seemed to think that Sagacity or her goons were going to be crashing down upon them any moment.
Meiling groaned slightly from her position on Mokou’s back. Those girls from before had given her quite a working over, she looked like she was going to be in quite a bit of pain when she finally came to.
It was surprising how light she was. Phoenix had been surprised when Mokou mentioned it. He had explained that while most magical girl transformations bestowed amazing powers and abilities, those were usually magical in nature, not physical. So while they may be truly fearsome with their spells, physically they were still little girls. Mokou, on the other hand, besides being aligned to a ‘primary’ element, seemed to get a physical boost from her transformation. Given how rare either one was to have both was truly an oddity indeed.
While Mokou continued following the group, she thought about what she and Phoenix had been discussing. She almost ran into Kiene when she suddenly stopped.
“What th...” Mokou trailed off, looking at the gateway before them. It was immense. Ten feet tall or more, and looked to be made of some sort of solid black material. Keine ran her hand over the surface of the door.
“Obsidian? It’s certainly smooth enough to be, and solid enough to be, but this much...” Keine seemed to be distracted from her claustrophobia, and the fear of reprisal from Sagacity by the strange door.
The diminutive raven haired girl toddled up to the door. Both Mokou and Keine watched in shock as she pressed up against the door, then passed right through like it wasn’t there.
“Hey! Wait! Don’t leave us alone out here! What if Sagacity comes back?!” Keine’s panic started to return.
Mokou glowered at the other girl “Humph. What kind of a name is Sagacity, anyways? It doesn’t even sound like a real name.”
“It’s not. Magical girls don’t use their own names so as to protect their identity. They’re also almost impossible to recognize unless they reveal themselves to you. You could see a magical girl who was your best friend, and unless she transformed in front of you, or she told you her true name, you wouldn’t recognize her. Your own mother wouldn’t recognize you right now.” Phoenix paused to placate Keine again.
“Eh? What do you...” Mokou looked down at the outfit she was wearing, really drinking in how bad it was for the first time. She had thought it horrible before, but upon close examination it was far worse than she feared. Knee high red boots with bows, that were somehow baggy as well. A poofy red mini-skirt, with several tags/talisman of some variety plastered on there. A split white vest with an overly fancy bow on her bust, with a phoenix pin attached there. Detached sleeves that also partially covered her hands completed the ensemble. It was absolutely horrifying, and totally girly.
“Oh. No. Oh HELL no.”
“Why are you so upset?” Keine seemed to have forgotten her panic again.
“Am I going to have to wear this damn thing every time I transform? And why am I so upset? Would it have killed whoever made this to have given me some pants?!”
Phoenix chirped up at this point. “No... We can alter the outfit to suit your needs, but, personally? I think it looks good on you.” The small, round bird mimicked taking a drag off of a cigarette. He blew a few lazy smoke rings into the air. “I really think that I did an excellent job with it. Really, I do. Has to be my best work yet. You just look so very cute.”
A hand closed around Phoenix while he sat there, blowing smoke rings into the air. It clamped down tightly on him.
“AShsghash! That hurts!”
“It should, Bird. I don’t do cute. You’re gong to change this. And change it now.”
“I can’t do anything about it right now! You’d have to de-transform, and if you did that you’d reveal your identity to these people.”
Phoenix squawked in pain. “You haven’t been listening to me, have you? Magical girls go to quite extreme lengths to protect their identities. Too many problems arise from people knowing you’re a magical girl... It’ll also put your friends and family at risk.”
“So. You guys are saying that you’ll be a threat to me?” Mokou sneered.
“I can’t say right now.” Keine stated bluntly, “If you bring any real physical harm to Phoenix, then we’d be quite at odds. I don’t know what your story is with that girl, though, so it’s really your call. Another thing you might wish to consider - we don’t know who else may be watching this doorway right now.”
“Fine, fine. Whatever. But you and I are having a long talk later. Understood, bird?”
Phoenix flinched in Mokou’s grasp. “Y-yes, ma’am.”
“Good.” She dropped the small red bird who immediately fled back to the safety of Keine‘s bosom . “So now what? I really don’ think that little girl is coming back.”
Hardly were the words out her mouth when there was a loud noise from the door. A split appeared up the middle of the giant stone door and half of it swung back into whatever interior lay within. The black haired girl popped her head out, a large grin plastered on her face. Much less frantically than before she waved for the group to once again follow her.
Once inside, they were quickly ushered down a long hallway into what appeared to be an atrium of some sort. Huge arches supported the ceiling with a hole in the center. Light streamed in from somewhere far above through it. Across the room, some ten feet away, sat a girl upon a rather nice high backed chair. In front of her was a small solid wooden desk, above it a semi-transparent image floated. The lavender haired beauty behind the desk seemed to be arguing quite fervently with the image, her eyes pressed shut. Whether this was in concentration or for some other reason remained to be seen.
Mokou looked over at the space their guide had occupied moments ago only to see empty air. “Uh... where’d she run off to?”
“She’s over there.” Phoenix waved a wing in the general direction of the desk.
The short statured escort waved them over.
As they approached, they could more clearly make out the argument between the image and the lavender haired girl. This side of it, anyway.
“Yes, yes. I’m well aware... It was most unfortunate, yes... yes, yes” The girl sighed, rubbing her still closed eyes, “Did I not just say that I’m well aware? Now, if you would just... Yes, I know the deal, I was the one who brokered it in the first place, remember? ... Yes, No...” Visibly upset, the girl slammed both of her hands down on her desk, driving herself into a standing position. Now staring down at the image, she began anew. “No. No more of this foolishness. We both know that you’re not really upset by Tewi’s actions. Nor were you even hurt in the slightest. At most, she startled you, broke your concentration, and, at worst, embarrassed you. Hardly enough to warrant breaking the alliance just to come down here and attack me. What you’re doing here is trying to get information for free, which isn’t going to happen for something like this. I know that you’re not stupid enough to try it either. You and I both know that the risks far outweigh any of the benefits you could reap. Consider it this way, for the time being. The new girl is under my protection, and you were about to assault her... Yes. Yes, I’m quite certain that you have more pressing matters to attend to. It was, as always, a pleasure speaking with you, Sagacity.”
Reisen sank back into her chair, letting out an exhausted sigh. Tewi runs up next to her, and whispers in her ear.
"Oh, our guests are already here? Thank you, Tewi." Their host patted the shorter girl on the head. "Welcome to our home. I’m sorry you had to hear that little... exchange, but it’s becoming quite frequent any more. With out an enemy to fight, the various groups are turning on themselves. So sad really... Oh! Please forgive my rudness, I haven’t introduced myself have I? "
Reisen stands once again, feeling her way around the desk before extending a hand to the air.
"My name is Reisen Udongein Inaba, but you can feel free to call me Reisen."
Reisen smiles brightly.
Mokou adjusted Meiling on her back again. "Sorry, My hands are a little full right now."
Tewi pulled at Reisen’s sleeve, trying to get her attention. Reisen knelt down next to Tewi who quickly pressed her face up to the side of Reisen's head, whispering in her ear.
"Ah! I understand now. You'll have to forgive me. I lost my sight quite some time ago... Tewi, be a dear and fetch some chairs please."
Tewi nodded at Reisen. She quickly vanished off the way everyone had come in, presumably off to get a chair.
"You must be exhausted after an encounter like that. Especially on your fist day. You must be quite strong willed to be able to pull out your attack three times in a row so soon after awakening to your power, though, I suspect that you had some help." Reisen grins knowingly, turning towards Keiene and Phoenix. "I don’t suppose you’ve had time to explain everything to her?"
"How did you..."Er... Well, not exactly, it’s been a bit... Busy. I told her the basics, but I haven’t had time to fill her in... Wait, how do you-"
"Information gathering is my specialty. Given that Sagacity was going on about my interference with a neophyte, the abilities she displayed, and the fact that her description matches no known magical girls, it's easy to draw the conclusion that she is, indeed, a novice."
Keine eyed the blind girl warily, clutching Phoenix more tightly to her.
"I'll take your silence as confirmation that I'm right. So," Reisen turned back to Mokou, "Just what has your little familiar told you?"
"Well, ah, something to make my hands start burnin, and somethin about magical girl secret identities."
Tewi returned with several stacked chairs and quickly set them up. Mokou eased the unconscious meiling into a chair, while Keine and Phoenix took a seat in another. Mokou, however, remained standing.
"Oh, and some 'magical... Somethin, somethin, transform' thing."
Reisen giggled, "Yes, the transformation phrase. Usually long, involved, and completely embarrassing."
"Oh god yes. I don't think I'll ever remember tha whole thing. Luckily, I managed to get by with only half of it though."
"Hm? Half of it? That's quite unusual..." Reisen tilted her head to one side, whether it was because she was listening or concentrating was unclear.
"Ah!" Reisen seemed to realize something, "So he hasn't filled you in on the histories, or what is currently going on... Shall I explain?"
Phoenix cleared his throat. "I do believe that's my job. I may not have had a chance to explain to her yet, but I will do it."
"What, you gonna tell me that I'm some long dead princess, resurrected to fight the evils of the world or somethin?" Mokou put her hands on her hips, glaring at both Reisen and Phoenix.
Reisen and Phoenix looked at one another for a moment before bursting out laughing.
"I see someone's been reading too many comics." Wiping away a tear, Reisen continued, "It's nothing like that at all, really. Almost never is, really. Just about anyone can become a magical girl, supposing they fulfill a few requirements. They need to be female, of course, have a degree of magical talent, and are generally under twenty. The age requirement seems to be only there if you're becoming one. Once you've become one, it seems to be a life long profession. As of right now, there are at least 4 known magical girls who are over the age of twenty."
"Ok? So what's this 'history' thing you keep going on about?"
"Ah, yes." Reisen Nodded, "The history. The history begins with the moon, as often times it does..."