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Mai-X-Project Act II - Redemption of the Gods - Episode XVII: Eternal Anxiety

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Mai-X-Project Act II - Redemption of the Gods - Episode XVII: Eternal Anxiety

Post by Luu Sky Sapphire on Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:26 am

HiME  Episode XVII: Eternal Anxiety  HiME





Current BGM: I Am Setsuna - Path to Redemption

The high towers, that seem to reach beyond heaven itself, rose before the practically endless populace of Pioneer II. This dense paradise; showered with intense lights that shine like stars. Some constantly moving, which illuminated the night sky beautifully. Vehicles that ran on roads; others that floated in mid-air like drones. What a wondrous sight from the angle Mai Tokiha, the HiME of Flames, stood. Here, in one of Pioneer II's many artificial parks, Mai gathered her positive thoughts as best she could. Though, they had turned to dust whenever her fears and concerned kicked in. Mai heard the voices coming from the floating vehicles, kindly greeting her as if she were royalty.

"OUR HERO! MAI TOKIHA! LIBERATE PIONEER II FROM THE EVIL THAT PLAGUES THE UNIVERSE!"

These words may or may not come back to haunt her. Shaking her head, Mai considered the alternative extreme for a second. What if she cannot liberate this world. It was difficult enough knowing that her quest to fulfill the wishes of these people, resulted in moderate success. Her brave friends who volunteered first were knee-deep in the threshold of death. For all she knew, they were dead already. Dead, while all she did was stand here. Looking at the shining lights that came in all colors of the rainbow. Safe. Allowed to sleep. Not that Mai has actually slept. Not well.

Off the side, a shadow slowly engulfed the HiME, causing her to jump a bit.

"Oh, Hikari. Please stop doing that. I was just thinking to myself."

"Nasty habit," The swordsman snickered. "You disappeared so suddenly. If you wanted time to yourself, you could of said something."


Mai sighed. "I couldn't. We've been at it for weeks now,"

Hikari grinned widely, "We suuuure have~"

"NOT LIKE THAT!!!!" Mai fired back. "I mean, I've just been so focused with what I must accomplish, that I never stopped to think about our friends."

The masked swordsman narrowed his eyebrows and looked out into the gorgeous distance, filled with those flashing ever changing lights.

The HiME sulked a bit, stepping away to lean back against one of the many artificial trees that decorated the park. "They've been gone a really long time. Then there's that blackout 4 days ago... "

Hikari turned to face Mai, "They're fighting for not only themselves, Tokiha. They fight for you. For what's right. I doubt they're dead. This is just another one of Arika's pranks. However, if they had died during these campaigns, then it is what it is."

Mai raised her voice, "how can you say that?! Don't you care what might of happened to them? You kept me in the dark for weeks to make me better. Well, guess what? There comes a time where I don't want to care about *me*. I want to care about the people who put themselves in danger *because* of me!"

Hikari looked out into the distance again. "These past 3 weeks haven't been a waste, Tokiha."

Mai bit her lip, "if they come back dead, nothing...NOTHING was accomplished!"


The masked swordsman stuffs his hands in his pockets, walking slightly past Mai. Never looking at her.

"You're exhausted. Go back to bed, so tomorrow we can find a couple of assholes from the Guild and bury them in the recent "Jack&Jill" case. You must perfect the-"

Mai turns towards Hikari, swinging her right arm in protest, while keeping the left palm pressed against her chest. "I already told you, we cannot just pin four murders on patsies. The real killers need to be found and taken off this space station."

"One hundred percent agree with you, Tokiha," replied Hikari. "They're vermin and should be exterminated." he continued, "But you've got crimes, and you've got criminals on file. In an otherwise perfect society that is already playing the part of Arika's horny sorority chicks. And if you're meticulous, somehow you make a match. For now, we're in the "Getting-The-Shit-Done business."

Mai couldn't believe what she was hearing. "What are you talking about?! You know who did it! Kagutsuchi witnessed your meeting with them, behind MY back! Come on! COME ON!"

"Take a Xanax the size of a Blue Whale," Hikari fired back without much effort.


"NO! I DEMAND TO KNOW, HIKARI! HOW COME ARIKA HAS US INVOLVED IN THIS SHIT?! SHE BROKE THE AGREEMENT LIKE I SAID SHE WOULD! WHAT THE FUCK WAS SHE THINKING?!"

Hikari sharply turned to meet Mai's eyes with his own. "What did you say?"

"I. SAID. WHAT WAS SHE THINK-"

Hikari raised his voice even louder than Mai's, "How dare you, man?! Who the Hell are you to question Arika Yumemiya, huh? You don't question Arika's orders; you follow them! I OUGHT TO KICK YOUR ASS! YOU KNOW JACK, TOKIHA. YOU WERE THE ONE WHO LOST HER COOL AND FAILED WHEN YOU KILLED YOUR FRIEND SHIHO WITH UNCONTROLLABLE HATRED!"

Mai couldn't respond back, remembering back to her brutal murder of the Dark HiME Shiho. While it saved everyone, and uncovered new truth behind EMPRESS; it was last minute desperation. Sloppy if she did it again today. There would be no doubt that, with the way she had been feeling, Mai would do it again. Hikari reached behind his back and tossed the Moonlight Blade's curved hilt to the ground in front of Mai.

"That's the sword of my Queen. A Queen I never knew. Now take a look at it again, Tokiha. I've lost count on how many people I've killed with it. How many demons were slayed. How many Gods were struck down. Add the body count of my friends, Shin and Rain, who are back home-ALONE, wondering if I'll ever come back. The only reason MY goddamn universe even exists, is because we made it possible! WE BUILT IT, WITH THE BLOOD OF MAN, AND THE MISERY OF HUMBLED IMMORTALS AND THEIR SO-CALLED "MAGIC POWERS"! Hunted down evil fucking parasites that would of committed thousands of political crimes, tipped the good-and-evil scale in an unhealthy, one-sided orgy that would of ruined infinite lives across space and time. We protected the good people, Tokiha. So that THEY can grow, and the cancer! AND ARIKA, AS MUCH OF A PIECE OF SHIT SHE IS; IS GIVING US THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS. SO WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU, TO QUESTION ANYBODY?!"

Mai's eyes widened. He was right, she thought to herself. She knew he was right. Arika had given her hated nemesis the chance to make a difference, even before her first expedition into the unknown. It was just too difficult to accept. Was this the reality? Is nothing as it seems? Could her friends be safe, and all her worries were for nothing?

Though Mai brought a bit of shame upon herself, "Playing Arika's game...", she had to trust in her partner's judgement. He was unlike anything she had seen before. These past 3 weeks have proved it. "is difficult, Hikari. Understand that much, I beg of you."

The swordsman smirked, removing his mask to show the HiME kinder eyes. "Perfectly. But this is what we must deal with. Arika's game of chess is the greatest metaphor for life. A new job. Career, whatever you want to call it. You play the game, innovate, challenge yourself and others, grow wise. That is when you will truly change things. It'll never be easy, especially when it's our turn to step through that portal one day, and face Galaxia."

Mai lifted her gaze to meet Hikari's deep ocean jewels with her violet gemstones. "I don't need easy. I just need possible."

3 WEEKS EARLIER

As Gabrielle, Midori, Oscar and the others bravely risked everything to turn the tables against Arika, Mai wiped a tear away. She felt proud that she was able to deliver her speech to her friends, sharing the honesty she carried in her heart. The HiME turned to face everyone who stayed behind. She felt comfort in their presence, happier knowing she would be able to see them for a while longer. Think positive! Think positive!

"They will all come back through the Gates of Valhalla. Believe it, Mai. You have no choice...stupid Mai. Believe it. Believe it."

It was no use. "You be positive, Brain. I'll be realistic," scoffed Mai.

Anna, Princess of Arendelle, ran up and embraced Mai with the warmth of a snow pea. "Miss Mai! Your words gave me SO much inspiration and hope! There's no way my sister will return defeated with the strength you shared with her! I just know it!"

Hikari chuckled and patted Shane on the back, holding back his strength by a lot. "I'd say this calls for a celebration, huh Shane-O-Mac Daddy?"

"GRRR! HIKARI! THIS IS NO TIME TO CELEBRATE! Our friends are in heaven knows where! We must pray for a safe return!" Mai huffed. "And hasn't poor Shane drank enough? I can smell the Absinthe from here!"

"Miss Mai!" interrupted Anna, "won't we be able to see what my sister and the others are up to on that...big....thingie....thing?"

Mai nodded. "Yes, Anna-san. Dita-san mentioned that the broadcast will appear tomorrow. All three missions will be shown on every monitor throughout this space station."

"Right you are, Mai!" shouted the beautiful news-reporter Dita Mirkov, as she lowers herself down to meet the others. As she steps off the floating metallic platform, Anna zips on over to ooh and ahh at it with great exaggeration.

"You'll be able to see the action from any holo-monitor, including your current homes! All holo-televisions are already installed, if you haven't noticed already. Watch your friends any time you want. President Arika is aiming for the highest ratings in recorded history."

Mai frowned at Dita's foolish remark. "Yeah. What fun to watch your own friends suffer."

"What was that, honey?" replied Dita, being slightly distracted by Anna caressing the idle floating platform.

"Nothing, Dita-san. Thank you for everything, really. I could never repay your hospitality," commented Mai with a gentle smile before turning towards Natsuki. "Natsuki, there's a wonderful American style restaurant a few blocks away from our suite. They call it "Rainforest Cafe". Can you meet me there in an hour? I'm hungry from so much worry, tee hee."

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Re: Mai-X-Project Act II - Redemption of the Gods - Episode XVII: Eternal Anxiety

Post by firesphere306 on Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:39 pm

Natsuki turned her eyebrows into a frown, finding the name of the restaurant to be rather ridiculous. "A Rainforest Cafe? What do you eat there? Bug? No matter, let's go there Mai. We need a much needed chat after everything. "I'll meet you there in an hour, Mai. I could go for a hamburger right now." Her eyes crossed in front of her thinking about food. It's been awhile since they were able to eat something that wasn't made from a campfire.

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Shane felt her back being patted and looked up at Hikari. "W-what? Oh...right. Don't worry about it. We can celebrate whatever we want. We're to?" She waved to them but then started to walk away from the group. "Hey...uhhh..guys..see you...tomorrow?" She shrugged, scratching the back of her head.

The lean woman, walked around, her hands in her pocket as she looked up at the city lights. Her eyes blurry but she could still tell what was on the signs in front of her. As she was walking, she caught sight of a woman with orange hair being chased by Aliens.

Turning her head to the side, Shane squinted her eyes and stuck her foot out to trip the Alien and seeing him fly forward. The orange haired woman stopped, looking down at the Alien and seeing Shane. She walked over to her, sticking her hand out and started talking in a different language.


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Post by Luu Sky Sapphire on Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:07 pm

"Wait, Miss Mai! Isn't there anything you'd like to say to the live and television audience throughout Pioneer II?" interrupted the Russian reporter, winking playfully at Mai in the process.

Mai bounced. "Oh, yes! Of course. Um...citizens (that sounds so lame...) of my new home. We thank you for your generosity, and that of President Arika. But, please, pray for my friends who are risking life and limb for us all. They're the ones you should be concerned about. The people we love are worth more than anything right now.

The large audience surrounding the remaining Heroes become swept with emotion. Tears fell down the cheeks of the women, children cheered and men nodded with great respect. The floating camera bot focused once again on Dita Mirkov.

"You heard her, viewers! Support the cause! Catch all the action on each expedition 24/7 on your holo-monitors! Nothing will be left out; nor edited! This is Dita Mirkov of the Galaxy Network's Starship Channel! Reporting LIVE from The Gates of Valhalla!"

As Dita signaled cut, Mai sighed a large chunk of relief. She meant what she said, of course. It was just such a taxing process. She recalled back to her graduation speech that Fumi Himeno coaxed her into doing. "It's a good thing nobody filmed it. My stutter could make a nun swear. I still think Sister was the one who yelled "HURRY UP" in the audience..."

firesphere306 wrote:Shane felt her back being patted and looked up at Hikari. "W-what? Oh...right. Don't worry about it. We can celebrate whatever we want. We're to?" She waved to them but then started to walk away from the group. "Hey...uhhh..guys..see you...tomorrow?" She shrugged, scratching the back of her head.

"Later, Shane-O-Mac! There are a lot of muffins to butter here. If you don't come back, we'll all understand" replied a devious Hikari before focusing his attention on Dita.

The Russian beauty removed her headpiece and ordered the crowd to return to their business. Hikari had to give this woman credit, she seemed capable and determined to make this rag tag group feel comfortable. The celebrity status forced upon the Heroes will always be there, of course. But Dita is doing a fine job in minimizing the headache.

"Princess Anna, I heard from my personalized space doorman, that there's a chocolate factory down in 3rd City. Run. RUN! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! *_*"

Anna jumped in excitement, "RUNNING!!! SEE YOU GUYS TOMORROW! MY TRAINING SHALL BEGINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!"

Hikari waved the Princess goodbye and started walking towards Dita as she began hauling her floating platform with equipment. Mai quickly catches him.

"Hey, where are you going? Shouldn't you be preparing for my training tomorrow?" teased Mai, raising one eyebrow and smirking.

The swordsman chuckled. "I've got some business to attend to before I work with you, Tokiha. Enjoy your time with Kuga tonight and get your mind off the others for now. Besides, Rainforest is the finest restaurant ever set up since Medieval Times."

Hikari stopped and looked at Mai once more. "Tomorrow, you'll wish today lasted an eternity. CIAO!"

The swordsman's words worried Mai a little, but she immediately shook it off to focus on Natsuki.

firesphere306 wrote:Natsuki turned her eyebrows into a frown, finding the name of the restaurant to be rather ridiculous. "A Rainforest Cafe? What do you eat there? Bug? No matter, let's go there Mai. We need a much needed chat after everything. "I'll meet you there in an hour, Mai. I could go for a hamburger right now." Her eyes crossed in front of her thinking about food. It's been awhile since they were able to eat something that wasn't made from a campfire

"Huh? OH! NO, NATSUKI! This place is supposed to be the cream of the crop for family restaurants! There is one in Tokyo, but I never got the chance to try it. HERE! I grabbed the menu from the front desk lobby!"

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Raging Thunder Buffalo Wings
our traditional style buffalo wings served with carrots, celery sticks and blue cheese dressing
Rainforest Pita Quesadillas
grilled chicken, roasted peppers, caramelized onions and melted cheese on grilled pita bread. served with fresh pico de gallo and sour cream.
Spinach & Artichoke Dip
creamy spinach, tender artichokes, parmesan and cream cheese, topped with pico de gallo and served warm with crispy tri-colored tortilla chips
Cheese Sticks
mozzarella sticks lightly breaded, fried golden brown and served with marinara sauce
Awesome Appetizer Adventure
ideal for two or more, featuring our chimi-cha-chas, spinach & artichoke dip with tri-colored tortilla chips, cheese sticks and chicken tenders. served with fresh guacamole, marinara and coconut curry sauce. add a side of st. louis style ribs
Onion Stack
dig into these fried onion rings, piled high and served with ranch dressing and ketchup for dipping
Lava Nachos
crispy tri-colored tortilla chips topped with seasoned ground beef, peppers and onions, black beans, corn and queso sauce. garnished with green onions, cheddar cheese, sour cream and pico de gallo.
Chimi-cha-cha
light, crisp wonton skin embraces roasted chicken breast, sweet corn, onions, black beans, fresh lime, roasted red peppers and our four cheese blend. served with fresh guacamole and pico de gallo
Chili Con Queso
creamy melted cheese with tomatoes, onions and green chili peppers served with tri-colored tortilla chips
Soups & Salads
Tomato Basil Soup
tomato basil soup garnished with parmesan cheese
Seaside Clam Chowder
a new england specialty loaded with tender clams, potatoes and vegetables
Journey Combo
pair your choice of soup with either a half-sized chicken salad sandwich, jungle turkey wrap or any half-sized fresh salad
Paradise Chopped House Salad
mixed greens, roma tomatoes, carrots and cucumbers with your choice of dressing.
Little Islander Caesar Salad
a classic caesar salad to start your adventure
Big Islander Chicken Caesar Salad
a classic caesar salad tossed with grilled chicken and shaved parmesan
Jungle Chop Salad
romaine and iceberg lettuce, black olives, cucumbers, carrots, candied pecans, blue cheese crumbles, dried cranberries and grilled chicken tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
Volcanic Cobb Salad
grilled chicken breast, romaine and iceberg lettuce, crumbled blue cheese, black olives, diced tomatoes, chopped egg, carrots and bacon. tossed with our paradise balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
China Island Chicken Salad
crisp greens tossed with grilled chicken breast, potato sticks, sesame seeds, carrots, rice noodles and scallions. tossed with our china island salad dressing.
Calypso Salad
iceberg, romaine and baby greens with goat cheese, dried cranberries, strawberries, red onions and caramelized pecans. tossed with our paradise balsamic vinaigrette dressing. add grilled chicken
Sandwiches & Burgers
Rainforest Burger
our 100% beef burger topped with a fried onion ring, served on a toasted bun with your choice of lettuce, tomato, pickles and cheese. with bacon or sauteed mushrooms
Rumble In The Jungle Turkey Wrap
shaved turkey breast, roma tomatoes, crisp bacon and romaine lettuce tossed with caesar dressing, wrapped in a flour tortilla and served with coleslaw
Blue Mountain Chicken Sandwich
lemon marinated grilled chicken breasts, topped with bacon, swiss cheese, roasted red peppers and leaf lettuce. served on a toasted bun with our zesty safari sauce and coleslaw.
Tuki's Turkey Club
a traditional blt with shaved turkey breast, pepper jack cheese ond mayonnaise on toasted sourdough bread. served with coleslaw
Bamba's Barbecue Wrap
shredded beef or chicken wrap with our smokin mojo bbq sauce, fresh cilantro, onions and our four cheese blend wrapped in a flour tortilla. served with mango sauce and coleslaw.
Chicken Salad Sandwich
pulled chicken, tossed with tarragon, celery, onions, toasted almonds and mayonnaise. served on a croissant with lettuce and tomato
Philly Cheese Steak
our version of a beef cheese steak served with lettuce, tomato, swiss and monterey jack cheeses, served on a toasted hoagie roll. add mushrooms, onions and peppers
Rio's Reuben
a classic reuben with corned beef, melted swiss cheese, steamy sauerkraut and thousand island dressing on grilled marble rye, served with coleslaw
Bbq Bacon Cheeseburger
our 100% beef burger topped with our smokin mojo bbq sauce, cheddar cheese, bacon and a fried onion ring. served on a toasted bun with your choice of lettuce, tomato and pickles.
Guacamole Burger
our 100% beef burger topped with a fried onion ring, pepper jack cheese, crispy bacon and fresh guacamole. served on a toasted bun with your choice of lettuce, tomato and pickles.
Rainforest Natural Burger
a meatless patty of garbanzo beans, vegetables, sesame seeds and assorted spices. topped with fresh guacamole and served on a toasted bun with your choice of lettuce and tomato.
Seafood
Caribbean Coconut Shrimp
a taste of the islands! tender shrimp skewered and rolled in fresh coconut, fried golden brown and served with mango sauce
Fish Tacos
your choice of tempura fried or blackened mahi mahi wrapped in corn tortillas with red cabbage, fresh cilantro, pico de gallo and our avocado cream sauce. served with caribbean rice and black beans.
Fish-n-chips
flaky cod fish, golden fried, served english-style with safari fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce
Taste Of The Islands
coconut shrimp, blackened tilapia topped with a mango salsa and dynamite scallops and shrimp.
Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi & Coconut Shrimp
fillet of mahi mahi brushed with cream of coconut, topped with our macadamia nut crust and baked to perfection. served with a tangy teriyaki glaze and mango puree. paired with our coconut shrimp
Tribal Salmon
atlantic salmon fillet seared on a cedar plank and topped with a roasted hazelnut and frangelico butter.
Fried Shrimp
tender shrimp lightly fried golden brown, served with coleslaw, safari fries, tartar and cocktail sauces
Pasta & Pizza
Rasta Pasta
grilled chicken, penne pasta, walnut pesto, broccoli, red peppers and spinach tossed with garlic alfredo sauce.
Planet Earth Pasta
italian sausage and penne pasta lightly tossed with olive oil and garlic in marinara sauce. topped with fresh mozzarella cheese.
Pastalaya
shrimp, sauteed chicken, bell peppers, onions and andouille sausage tossed in a hot and spicy cajun sauce and served over linguini. only for the truly adventurous! may be served with caribbean rice upon request
Maya's Mushroom Ravioli
mushroom ravioli simmered in a rich lobster cream sauce with roma tomatoes and fresh spinach
Tropical Tortellini
tri-colored cheese tortellini with sun-dried tomatoes, peas and mushrooms tossed in alfredo sauce. add grilled chicken
Flying Dragon Pepperoni Pizza
pizza sauce, pepperoni and our four cheese blend
Brave New World Pizza
char-broiled, hand-pulled chicken breast and our smokin mojo bbq sauce, topped with our four cheese blend and chopped cilantro
Beef, Pork & Chicken
Parmesan Chicken
parmesan breaded chicken breasts topped with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and served with linguini.
Tuscan Chicken
balsamic and tomato marinated chicken breast char-broiled and dressed with cucumbers, kalamata olives, tomatoes and garnished with a honey dijon mustard sauce
Flat Iron Steak Combo
7 oz. char-broiled flat iron steak served with your choice of fried shrimp, coconut shrimp or 14 rotisserie chicken.
Primal Steak
center-cut, choice new york strip steak, aged 21 days, char-broiled to perfection and topped with steak butter. pair it up with coconut shrimp
Chicken Fried Chicken
breaded chicken breast fried golden brown and served with red skinned garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and country gravy.
Amazon Fajitas
sizzling chicken or beef fajitas served over grilled onions and bell peppers. served with sour cream, fresh guacamole, lettuce, cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, caribbean rice, black beans and warm flour tortillas
Paradise Pot Roast
this will get your taste buds talking! tender thick-sliced pot roast and vegetables over mashed potatoes and served in its natural juices
Mojo Bones
slow-roasted, st. louis style pork spareribs, basted with our smokin mojo bbq sauce and served with safari fries and coleslaw. full rack or half rack
Amazon Feast
a combination of rotisserie chicken and mojo bones served with safari fries and coleslaw
Chicken Chimichanga
flour tortilla filled with chili-rubbed chicken, onions, bell peppers and cheddar cheese fried to a golden brown. topped with queso sauce and served with caribbean rice and black beans
Rotisserie Chicken
half of a slow-roasted chicken served with your choice of two of the following: red skinned garlic mashed potatoes, safari fries, caribbean rice, coleslaw or seasonal vegetables.
Ribs, Steak & Shrimp Trio
a hearty platter featuring slow-roasted, st. louis style pork spareribs basted with our smokin mojo bbq sauce, char-grilled flat iron steak, topped with steak butter and caribbean coconut shrimp. served with safari fries and coleslaw.

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Post by firesphere306 on Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:42 pm

Natsuki looked at the picture on the menu, sighing and looking at her with an eyebrow raised. "It has fucking Toucan on it, Mai." Natuski took the menu and and scanned through it, the green eyes trying to look for anything good for her to eat. "Fish tacos....burgers.....shrimp....rice.........there is a lot of stuff on here. You're right, Mai. Let's go there. You convinced me."

Thinking herself, she smirked "What do you think, Duran? Up for some food?" Natuski materialized Duran and he appeared next to her, nodding. "Alright, we're ready. Oh starving, I should say." She swept her hand to the side and tucked it behind her ear.

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The woman looked at Shane and pulled out a multi pass with her picture on it. She pressed it near her face and looked into her eyes. "Multi pass."

Shane shook her head and looked at the picture. "Leeloo....your name is Leeloo. Ha...you can't speak any english at all? Come with me, I'll help you out." She wrapped her arm around her. "Let's get you some help alright, I won't leave you here by yourself if you can't speak English."

Leeloo and Shane went a little ways, looking for anything that they could find. "You hungry? Do you want some food?" She kept walking and saw a man that looked madly hurt. His skin was rotting and almost looked dead. Shane's eyes widened, "Oh...oh fuck...a zombie?" She yelled, grabbing Leeloo's hand and running the opposite way.

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Post by Luu Sky Sapphire on Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:16 pm

firesphere306 wrote:Natsuki looked at the picture on the menu, sighing and looking at her with an eyebrow raised. "It has fucking Toucan on it, Mai." Natuski took the menu and and scanned through it, the green eyes trying to look for anything good for her to eat.  "Fish tacos....burgers.....shrimp....rice.........there is a lot of stuff on here. You're right, Mai. Let's go there. You convinced me."

Thinking herself, she smirked "What do you think, Duran? Up for some food?" Natuski materialized Duran and he appeared next to her, nodding. "Alright, we're ready. Oh starving, I should say." She swept her hand to the side and tucked it behind her ear.

Mai held her hand up to Natsuki's face. This caused Duran to tilt his head to the side.

"Hold on there, Natsuki! You're not going to attend dinner looking like that!" whined Mai, placing her hands on her hips in protest. "Honestly, you're always so casual no matter where we go!"

Mai's places her hands on the blue haired HiME's muscular shoulders, and stared deep into her eyes.

"WE HAVE A LOT TO DO BEFORE DINNER!" exclaimed Mai before dragging her best friend away. "I'll bring her back, Shizuru-san! I PROMISE!"

Current BGM: "Everybody Wants You" by S Club 7

A montage of Mai dragging Natsuki to several clothing stores all over Pioneer II's 4th City. To her relief, many familiar brand name stores were brought over from her Earth. Most, however, were from many shops across space and time. Now expanded to unimaginable business ventures! Mai did not waste time trying to process the idea; for she was in shopping heaven! Natsuki tried on just about everything that suited her, and everything that sparked Mai's curiosity.

"Natsuki! Your butt is perfect for this low cut floral dress!"

"NO. FUCKING. WAY! ONLY SERENA WILLIAMS WOULD FIT IN THAT SHIT!"

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"Try this lip gloss, Natsuki!"

"Mmm, it's delicious! What do they call this one?"

"Let's see...spicy jalapeno surprise party..."

"ICE WATER!!!!!!!!!" materializing her Ice Pistol Element, Natsuki shoots herself in the mouth.

~~~

"Hey, Mai. How about this old fashioned ensemble?

"Yeah, no. Those sleeves hide your killer biceps!"

Natsuki pouts. "What if I don't want to expose my skin?"

Mai giggles. "You'd be doing a disservice to men and women everywhere!"

"NOW SEE HERE, MAI!!!! WHY DON'T I CARRY AROUND A SIGN THAT SAYS "FUCK ME" TO MAKE THINGS EASIER?!"

~~~

Mai laughing uncontrollably, "never wear that again, Natsuki-chan! You make those One Direction boys look tough!"

Natsuki took great offense to Mai's teasing statement. "What's wrong with wearing a tee shirt with a rubber ducky on it? I like duckies..."

~~~

"Your hair is beautiful, Miss Kuga," commented the sassy hair salon woman. "Why not add some highlights to make it stand out more?"

"Why don't I highlight your FACE?!" Natsuki scowled, as the hair salon woman backed away in terror.

Mai looked over at Duran, and vice versa. Both sweat dropping.



~~~

We now see the Rainforest Cafe, located in Hikari's New York City town. Natsuki approached the front entrance in her new outfit.

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Leeloo and Shane went a little ways, looking for anything that they could find. "You hungry? Do you want some food?" She kept walking and saw a man that looked madly hurt. His skin was rotting and almost looked dead. Shane's eyes widened, "Oh...oh fuck...a zombie?" She yelled, grabbing Leeloo's hand and running the opposite way.

As Shane made quick haste with her newfound friend with the funny accent and attire, a woman in a red dress overheard the commotion. She quickly made her way down the alleyway and open fired on the zombie with a quick draw of her dual handguns. Down went the undead beast.



"Down boy," the woman in red grumbled before turning her attention to the fleeing couple. "Hey! Get back here! It's alright, he was the last one that got away. There won't be any more coming."

As the pair turned to face their savior, the woman in red's air was sucked out of her body upon seeing Leeloo. "You've got to be kidding me. Did one of them survive the attack on Umbrella Japan?"

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Post by firesphere306 on Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:50 pm

Natsuki frowned, looking into a a glass mirror with her eyes shifting to bullets. "Mai...I look like....Shizuru slapped me with a broom filled of lipstick. I look ridiculous!" Natsuki pouted on the way to the restaurant. She fiddled with her new outfit. Her arms were crossed in front of her, looking at the lights and sounds. Her eyes widened, seeing a guerilla towering over them. She materialized her guns, pointing them straight at it and seeing the host at the bar. Lights began to flash around them, acting like a thunderstorm and making her gaze around the area.

The host put his hands up when he saw the guns. "I...I...table for two?"

Natsuki put them away and seeing the guerilla stop the noise.

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Shane and Leeloo stopped looking at the identical woman.

"Uhh...I must be fucked up....why...how is there two of you?" She pointed to the both of them, her confused face looked like she was about to give her a stroke.

"Leeloo Multipass." She showed the woman. "Help....trip?"

"Huh? You were looking for a trip?" Shane asked her finally hearing more than just multipass.

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Post by Bluholic711 on Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:26 am

"Mako, remind me again why we are doing this?"

Ryuko and Mako stood in front of a small bath and spa house. The stlyish banner in front of the banner read "Blissful Waters Bath and Spa", and it glowed with a pink light.

"What do you mean, Ryuko-chan? We are going to have a girl's day out! Besides, I heard good things about this place."

The dark blue haired girl scracthed the back of her head. She wasn't really into ...pampering her body. Ryuko could bath and clean just fine, thank you very much. And who's to say that there weren't any prying hands and peeping eyes in this bath and spa house?

Ryuko's body had been feeling sluggish lately. Perhaps it was still trying to adjust to the pause of adrenaline rush she's felt since that last battle.  

"We've had girl's day outs for the past couple of weeks now. We should train some time soon."

Mako looked at her best friend with wide eyes, as if she spotted an exotic animal. Was her friend trying to sell herself short of a well deserved body treatment? That was most certainly out of the question! Her blue haired classmate needed this just as much as she did.

"Ryuko-chan! Is training the only thing you think about? Come on, girls like us need to enjoy ourselves too."

"Yeah, well, if you say so," Ryuko sighed. "I still feel out of place. And, I don't want just anybody giving special treatment. I can wash myself just fine."

If only Mako had enough sense to listen. Instead, she laughed off her friend's protests.

"Too bad! That's going to change, my dear bestie!" Mako said, grabbing one of her friend's arms. "Now, let's get our butts in there and get pampered!!"

And with that, the brown haired girl energetically ran towards the spa house, giggling as she dragged her best friend along.

Ryuko could do nothing but sigh with reluctance and wince in slight pain.  

"Ow! Mako, cut it out! You're gonna yank my hand off!"

And so it began, a journey like no other. Two teenage girls embraked on a journey like no other. The journey of pampering.
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Post by Luu Sky Sapphire on Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:24 pm

Natsuki frowned, looking into a a glass mirror with her eyes shifting to bullets. "Mai...I look like....Shizuru slapped me with a broom filled of lipstick. I look ridiculous!" Natsuki pouted on the way to the restaurant. She fiddled with her new outfit. Her arms were crossed in front of her, looking at the lights and sounds. Her eyes widened, seeing a guerilla towering over them. She materialized her guns, pointing them straight at it and seeing the host at the bar. Lights began to flash around them, acting like a thunderstorm and making her gaze around the area.

The host put his hands up when he saw the guns. "I...I...table for two?"

Natsuki put them away and seeing the gorilla stop the noise.

Hearing the commotion from inside the jungle themed restaurant, Mai walked past the greeter; who had graciously allowed her to pass without question. "Welcome to Rainforest Cafe, Miss Tokiha!"

Mai bowed to the kind man, and proceeded into the gift shop. The gift shop was a children's wonderland! Shelf after shelf, and end cap after end cap filled with animal water bottles, toys, plush dolls and lunchboxes of every Earth animal you could think of. The HiME remembered the time Takumi sent her self-photos of him and Akira Okuzaki enjoying themselves at the Tokyo location. Ever since then, she wanted to visit this outrageous diner. In many ways, Mai was denied her childhood because of the responsibility she had for her brother. Takumi was never a burden, even before and during the events of the Carnival. It's just that Mai had no time to enjoy the pleasures many people take for granted. For the working class individual with no responsibilities, visiting places like these seem routine, and not very special. For Mai, it was a magical opportunity. It's how her love for karaoke getaways was born.

The host at the inner entrance (that separated the gift shop and the dining area), waved over to Mai. He seemed relieved that Mai had arrived. In his mind, Natsuki was the most beautiful of the HiME. Yet, the most unapproachable. At least Nao continues her outer facade of luring clueless men, so there's no scowl to run away from!

"Sorry, Natsuki-chan!" giggled Mai, placing her palms together in an apologetic position. "I had trouble looking for the right shade of lipstick to match my dress. Do you like it?"

Currently wearing:


The host blushed, "you look totally awesome, Miss Tokiha!"

Mai giggled and waved the host off. "Oh, Stop! It's just that 4th City is going through summer season. So Miss Dita says..."

"YES!" inserted the host in matter-of-fact fashion. "Miss Mirkov must of told you that all 4 layers in Pioneer II change seasons every month. Now that you and Miss Kuga are here, shall we sit you ladies down?"

As Mai and Natsuki sat down at the V.I.P. section, which was located in-between the mechanical gorillas and the giant elephant (along with it's calf for added effect). Mai and Natsuki admired their surroundings, especially Natsuki. She secretly had an uncontrollable love for animals and plush dolls. She had hidden her desire to purchase all the  stuffed animals earlier.

"Welcome to Rainforest Cafe, where everyday is an adventure once again! My name is Alphonse! Might I grab you some drinks to start with?"

Alphonse was a tall, 6 foot tall muscular man with a fit build. His beard nicely shaped, and he spoke with great enthusiasm. Despite his good looks, he found himself a little nervous around the HiME. This went beyond knowing they were the Heroes who will save this floating utopia. This was just good ol' fashion boy shy around girls. Mai dismissed it with a playful giggle. Women usually love an initial nervousness from a man, it's complimentary and cute to them. To Natsuki, it got old really fast!

"Yes, I would like a "Monkey Business" replied Mai.  The "Monkey Business" comprised of one part Bacardi rum, one part Monin mango fruit puree, one part Monin wild berry syrup, one part Mr. & Mrs. T's sweet & sour. Blend with ice and serve. Mai couldn't resist any of it.

_________

Shane and Leeloo stopped looking at the identical woman.

"Uhh...I must be fucked up....why...how is there two of you?" She pointed to the both of them, her confused face looked like she was about to give her a stroke.

"Leeloo Multipass." She showed the woman. "Help....trip?"

"Huh? You were looking for a trip?" Shane asked her finally hearing more than just multipass.

Alice chuckled, putting away her firearm and walking over to face her orange haired clone.


"It's your lucky day. Luckier knowing you were able to survive the Tokyo raid."

Strange as it may seem, Alice's clone with the strange speech pattern didn't response with any sort of familiarity. Nothing in her eyes showed signs.

"Do you even remember me? Or did Miss Good Looking next to you wipe your memory?" Alice quipped. "Hey. Shaggy. If you're with Umbrella, I suggest you run now. I came to this place for some damn peace. And if you're not..." smirking as she admired Shane's perfect face and elf-looking lips. "Then consider yourself Mrs. Lucky."

What did Alice mean by that?! Considering the history of this woman, and the world she came from, only lost and rugged women met her criteria!

---

"Okay, you guys! That's a wrap! Tomorrow, our first interview will go LIVE! I want everything to be perfect with a capital "P"!

Dita clapped her hands together, then felt a finger poke her Sacrum. "EEK! Who did-ahhh, I thought that was you, Mister Speedy."

"Miss Mirkov," smirked the swordsman.

The Russian reporter rolled her eyes and smiled flirtatiously at the man.

"Just Dita is fine. Between us, there should be zero formality," continued Dita, as she signaled her team to pack the remaining equipment.


"And why is that...Dita? Sure, us Heroes have been given unlimited Meseta to purchase anything our hearts desire. Live where we want without owing a single fee. My bellboy didn't reject my generous tip. Could of put the kids through space college! Are we really THAT highly regarded, Dita? I'm flattered."

Dita waved her hair back and pressed the button of her floating platform which carried her equipment back to her private suit. A service bot waited at the top to place her things back into the room. Hikari quickly commented on how convenient the bot was.

"The perfect future for mankind. Maybe TOO perfect. President Arika often mentioned how the Multiverse is a ever-growing entity. Whenever a child dreams, a new universe is created. When some lonely author writes fanfiction, a new universe is created. Whenever a scientists lands on an unterraformed planet, a new world is born through the creation of naturally cultivated life. We're all God in many ways. And here we are. Mai's motley crew, in charge of saving it all."

Dita closed her eyes and took in the sensation of Hikari's expressive explanation.

"You people are the hope for the people and visitors who come here. I am just here to film, report and present you all in the greatest show in the history of creation. All will know what Miss Tokiha's group has done. This... is what I do. My passion burns to nab monumental stories. You will be known for the liberation of all that is. I will be known for documenting it in all it's glory."

Hikari smiled and with incredible speed, he offered a rose to Dita.

"I'd like to hear more. Permit me?"

Dita blushed lightly, then turned away,. She was keen on it, but..."I couldn't."

Hikari inserted the rose into Dita's space jumpsuit sleeve near her left breast.

"It would make us  quite the jubilant pair."

The Russian woman laughed loudly. She pinched the rose with her index and thumb. Pretending to be somewhat taken by it. "Then I'll be quite disheartened. By tomorrow, this rose could wilt."

A gust of artificial wind blew Hikari's blackened violet hair enough for Dita to stare deep into his eyes. The raging oceans met with the exotic twin island paradises as Hikari leaned towards the reporter.

"I'll swipe you another."

The man took Dita's breath away. Her arched back felt a sensational shiver travel up. Her brain tickled, in turn sends blood traveling down to parts forbidden. Hikari was no fool, though. Dita's smiled could of been deceptive. Sarcasm, incredulity, condescension, confusion, contemplation or even facetiousness. Out of all the women, only Rain was capable of producing unpredictable, and exciting results.  He had Dita pegged, but internally gave her credit for keeping up with him. Human women are the most complicated, believe it or not.

Dita brushed her hair back with one hand and began walking away towards the nearest transportation teleporter.

"Starlight Express for dinner. 3rd City AT 8:00 PST." The feminine reporter struts away, blowing a kiss Hikari's way. The swordsman turned around to see a couple of civilians whispering words of approval and proper recognition.

"Yeah, these people know what's up~"

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Post by firesphere306 on Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:35 am

Natsuki scanned over the menu, touching the laminate and trying to move it out of the light. The light casted a glare on the menu, making Natsuki irritated. Groaning, Natsuki leaned forward so that she was closer to Mai. “Why does this place have to be so….dark.” Natsuki turned her head up at the light that was covering them, and making the shadows of their features dance across her face. “Yes….I would like the same drink that SHE is having…and could I get your Rainforest Burger. Served on your toasted bun with, tomato, pickles and cheese…oh and add the bacon.” Natuski took the menu away and placed it back on the table.

She turned to Duran again, giving patting him before sighing into her seat. She looked at Mai, watching the lights reflect of her orange hair before another round of sounds rang out in the room. “NO! Not again.” Natuski said looking at a jaguar that began to howl.
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Shane shook her head at the look-alike. “I didn’t do anything to her yet. She keeps going on and on about a pass and I’m trying to find where she needs to go. Would….you like to come with us?” Shane whipped her hair back out of her eyes, looking Alice up and down before crossing her arms. “IN fact….I insist you help us.”

They began to walk down the street, passing by a crowd that kept bumping into them and Shane kept a hold of Leeloo, making sure she wasn’t hurt.
Looking over Leeloo spotted one of the Aliens that was chasing her back on the ship, she glared at them before running over and high kicking him into the face, making Shane drop her mouth. “W-well….didn’t see that coming.”

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Post by Luu Sky Sapphire on Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:52 pm

Blu wrote:"Yeah, well, if you say so," Ryuko sighed. "I still feel out of place. And, I don't want just anybody giving special treatment. I can wash myself just fine."

If only Mako had enough sense to listen. Instead, she laughed off her friend's protests.

"Too bad! That's going to change, my dear bestie!" Mako said, grabbing one of her friend's arms. "Now, let's get our butts in there and get pampered!!"

And with that, the brown haired girl energetically ran towards the spa house, giggling as she dragged her best friend along.

Ryuko could do nothing but sigh with reluctance and wince in slight pain.  

"Ow! Mako, cut it out! You're gonna yank my hand off!"

And so it began, a journey like no other. Two teenage girls embraked on a journey like no other. The journey of pampering.

Outside, in the crowded lobby of the spa, a beautiful woman can be seen stomping towards the door in anger. She was being followed by other women in business suits; all led by a short and frantic little man. He had the face of a worm, with the (lack of) dignity to match.

"NO, ALICIA! WE CANNOT HAVE YOU QUIT ON US NOW! WHAT ABOUT THE CONTRACT?!" whined the small man, while his associates nodded in unison going:

"Contract! Contract! You're still under contract!"

The glamorous; white robe clad woman turned around and snapped back with intense protest. "LISTEN, YOU LITTLE WEASEL! YOU WERE THE ONE WHO TOLD THE PRESS THAT YOU WERE ON THE SEARCH FOR SOMEONE YOUNGER! MORE "CUTE". You always did like the younger ones, Mister Kazuma. GOOD LUCK FINDING SOMEONE WHO WILL PUT UP WITH YOUR DISGUSTING FASHION TRENDS!"

With that, the woman exited through the automatic doors and headed off in her limo. Still dripping wet. Kazuma looked like as if he were an neglected pimple that was ready to pop.

"Oooooooooooooo!!!! THAT....HARLOT! THIS IS THE THANKS I GET FOR LAUNCHING HER CAREER!?"

"Career! Career! Career! Launching her career!"

"Tut tut, ladies. We must go through the painfully long process of finding the next Baby Doll right away!The Galaxy Network has me by my precious jewels! Miss Mirkov might even cut funding?! WHAT AM I TO DO IF THAT HAPPENS?! I was born rich! Never worn the same socks twice!"

Mister Kazuma pulled what was left of his hair, before the receptionist came over to calm him down.

"Sir, please," whispered the receptionist, "don't make a scene here. Your clients and staff are always so well behaved. Multi-zillion Meseta industries tend to go south at times; that's life."

Kazuma tried his own tears with a tissue offered by one of the associates. "Thank you, Janet. My deepest apologies for-for-for....AHHHHH! I'M RUINED! IS THERE NO ONE ON THIS FLOATING CAPSULE WORTHY OF BEING THE QUINTESSENTIAL EXAMPLE OF "CUTE" IN THE UNIVERSE?!"

As the commotion continued, Kazuma hears a strange laughter coming from the room across the hall. "Strange, but interesting laugh..." he thought to himself before rushing over.

"That spa is occupied, Mister Kazuma! I would advise against-" Janet the receptionist called out before being interrupted.

"Remember who OWNS Blissful Waters Bath and Spa, Janet!" Kazuma retorted before opening the door, only to find both Ryuko and Mako having a playful water fight together. In the middle of the fun, Ryuko continued to echo her raspy, and rough sounding laughter. This was music to Kazuma's ears, but he was not expecting a fascinating looking girl to match.


"Baby Doll..." he muttered with giant hearts in his eyes. Kazuma snaps his fingers. "Take notes!"

"Take notes! Take notes! Take notes!"

" *I* have found my new inspiration! YOU THERE! CUTIE WITH THE OUT-OF-PLACE RED STREAK! GET DRESSED! YOU ARE GOING TO BECOME A STAR!"

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Kara wrote:Shane shook her head at the look-alike. “I didn’t do anything to her yet. She keeps going on and on about a pass and I’m trying to find where she needs to go. Would….you like to come with us?” Shane whipped her hair back out of her eyes, looking Alice up and down before crossing her arms. “IN fact….I insist you help us.”

They began to walk down the street, passing by a crowd that kept bumping into them and Shane kept a hold of Leeloo, making sure she wasn’t hurt.
Looking over Leeloo spotted one of the Aliens that was chasing her back on the ship, she glared at them before running over and high kicking him into the face, making Shane drop her mouth. “W-well….didn’t see that coming.”

"If it helps, neither was I," replied Alice before racing to Leeloo's side. "So, you're being hunted? Is it Umbrella? If they are stationed on this artificial planet, I'll make sure they're all hunted down and killed."

Alice looked back at Shane, who despite not having any concept of proper posture, looked amazingly gorgeous to her. "Of course I'll help. The only thing dangerous about you is that post-sex bed hair of yours."



"I like it. My name is Alice, by the way. I worked for the Umbrella Corporation. Now, I'm lost in this...place. President Arika, right? I owe her one for bailing me out of an attack launched on Arcadia. It's how I ended up here. What about you, handsome? Since my twin can say little, but do more."

---

Anna, the bubbly Princess, could be seen at a large center square located in Arendelle Town. She figured it would be the best place to start looking for the Chocolate Factory. If what Dita Mirkov said was true, surely she would accommodate Anna with a local chocolate paradise. "Excuse me?! Do you know where the Chocolate Factory is?!" Anna questioned. Many of the Arendelle natives that were around actually didn't know!

"We're very sorry, Your Highness. We seldom ever leave Arendelle Town to nurture business close to you and the Queen."

"Bummer!" cried out Anna before kicking a collection of scattered pebbles away.

"Do not fret, Your Highness! Many visitors from the outside always visit Arendelle Town. Perhaps that can assist you. Just ask anyone who doesn't resemble us in appearance."

Anna pondered the obvious for a second. "Yeaaaah, that does make sense. THANKS!"

Fortunately for the Princess, there were several tourists entering Arendelle Town to admire the  Scandinavian culture peppered everywhere. The Princess set her cross-hairs on a couple admiring the beautifully crafted wooden boats on the pier. This Arendelle had a pier?! Pioneer II was more advanaced than Anna had originally thought!

"HELLO THERE! I am Princess Anna, and I see that you're having Tørrfisk. It's SOOOOOO good!"

The couple were stunned to see one of the Heroes before them.  It's unknown where they both came from, but the man and woman had tight space jump suits on and were carrying tons of electronic equipment. Both appeared to be in their late 30s.

"Princess Anna! It's an honor to meet you! We saw you on the Holo-Monitor!"

"Yes, Your Highness! Um, may I call you Your Highness?"

"YES! I TOTALLY ACCEPT THAT!"

"Great! Wow! You are even more graceful and beautiful in person!"

"I love this place. I LOVE ITTTTTTTTTTTTT. HEY! Your Norwegian is amazing!"

The man laughed, "oh, no! I'm actually speaking Tekka! A language from our home planet in the Oni system. Pioneer II translates everything you're saying into something the other person can understand. It's really incredible."

Anna jumped back, "WHOA! SO IT WASN'T JUST US!"

"Apparently not?" the woman chimed in, smiling as she still couldn't believe she was in the presence of primitive royalty.  "I have to take your picture...may I?"

"WHAT'S A PICTURE?!" asked the stunned Princess, forming an "X" with both of her tiny index fingers.

The woman places her hand on Anna's shoulder. "It's like a portrait...and instant portrait!"

"That sounds impossible!" cried out Anna.

The man sweatdrops. "Trust us, Your Highness. It's really not. Please!"

As they grouped together, Anna spotted the man poking his chubby fingers into some rectangular shaped...thing...that resembled one of Dita's weirdo...things. Once he finished whatever he was doing, Anna was amazed to see the object floating away from his hand like some magical fairy. It stopped and hovered in still backwards position.  A flash went off, before placing itself in front of the Princess' face to see. She flinched when it had made it's sudden stop.


"That's me! AND YOU GUYS! THIS IS, LIKE, SO A-MAZING!" Anna commented, suddenly grabbing the...thing...and proceeds taking random shots of the area. The couple looked at one another in total confusion.

"Gee, honey," the man nervously muttered, "guess royals are just like us, after all."

"This is a good thing...right?" replied his confused lover.

---


"Table, Miss Mirkov?"

"Reservation for two."

"Ah, yes. The special V.I.P."

Currently attire for Dita Mirkov:

Dita Mirkov had arrived at the Starlight Express restaurant. All eyes had centered on her elegant, yet simple colored dress. Her bare arms and shoulders glowed underneath the showering white lights. The entire restaurant was lavish and filled to the ceiling with the most gorgeous decor in the galaxy. Food and wine from every planetary system being enjoyed by all who were fortunate enough to make a reservation. However, those in the V.I.P. were given exclusive entertainment. As Dita struts her body passed the crowd of oval shaped tables, and happy, drunken species from many different universes, she notices that it was open karaoke night. She laughed at the scattered-brained woman and her three intoxicated friends attempting to sing an oldie from a universe home to alien gangsters called "The Hutts".

Current BGM: Jedi Rocks from Return of the Jedi Special Edition OST

Dita sighed as the waiter quietly poured water into one of her fine crystal glasses. Actually, this glass was made of Kibian crystals; mined in the vast reaches of the present galaxy. Used for all purposes, Kibian crystals were difficult to craft as they were made from properties 1,000,000 times stronger than Madson steel alloy. A-450. Only the Plasma swords, typically used by the Hunter's Guild were used to craft such a powerful mineral.

The beautiful Russian woman overheard the host comment that the karaoke session will return shortly. Mumdar, a famous pianist who worked exclusively for Starlight Express, was called on to provide background noise until then. Mumdar was a freighting looking fellow, Dita thought. With insect-like fingers, and legs that could crash a warship. Yet, he was a gentle soul who spoke to no one. He only played what he felt inside.

Current BGM: Sega Piano Nocturne - Can Still See The Light

"He's really good," spoke a rugged man who appeared next to Dita. The Russian realizing that it was Hikari Tsunami himself; hid her embarrassment by offering a disinterested smile. Though, it was difficult to remain disinterested. The man, not wearing his signature mask, had appeared in a well tailored yellow tuxedo suit. Yes, yellow! Dita kept the amusement to herself for now.


"He's okay," replied Dita. "That wasn't nice of you, Mister Tsunami. Always present yourself to a lady in proper form."

"I did," countered Hikari.

"What?"

"You were easily swept up by the music. I can forgive you for that."

Dita gave Hikari a light slap on the wrist, continuing to smile even wider than before. "Well, YOU look like a banana."

Hikari laughed loudly. "Don't I? Even with creatures and humanoids from many universes, including my own, they all seem to share a brain when it comes to playing dress-up."

At this point, Dita had to wipe her tear away with her silk napkin. She couldn't stop giggling. "I love a man with a sense of humor," she continued, attempting, but failing to regain her composure.

Hikari grinned, never keeping his eyes off Dita. He then signaled the waiter over. "Garçon! Garçon!"

The gruff waiter who had served Dita's water earlier had returned with haste. "What do you mean, Garçon!? Brutus is the name. What will you both have? It's on the house for the most BEAU-tiful woman in all of news media, and the greatest fighter of the Heroes. I've seen your work. You are a tactical genius, Mister Tsunami."

Hikari waved his hand in protest, "If your flattery is as good as your service, then consider yourself my new best friend."

"REALLY?!" shouted Brutus, realizing that he had just startled the other booths.  "Sorry! Um, what can I get you both?"

"Funny you should ask," exclaimed Hikari, turning over to Dita, who appeared to be enjoying this low-key show A LOT. "Because I'm new around here, I'll let the lady decide. There's...much I can learn from her."

Dita's mouth open a little to let in a gasp of pleasure; quickly (but failing) to focus on Brutus.  "Uhhh-huh! We'll both have the Galaxy special Number 5. Complete with the special dressing, and salad fresh with leaves from planet Mira."

"Right away, Miss Mirkov!" exclaimed Brutus.

"Don't keep Mrs. Strawberry and Mr. Banana NesQuik waiting!" shouted Hikari.

"I WON-" down went Brutus, tumbling backwards into the kitchen area.

Dita couldn't stop laughing. Her cheeks were flushed red by this point. Once she was able to focus on the young man she had invited, their eyes met and remained connected for what seemed to be an eternity before Hikari broke the silence.

"Now for the really fun part, "Miss Mirkov".

Dita returned to putting on her exterior act of disinterest. "Don't think for one second that I'm an open book."

Hikari tossed  a smirk her way, "I'm already on Chapter One. And I'll decide when the bookmark is used~"

Dita blushed, "You might regret it~"

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Kara wrote:Natsuki scanned over the menu, touching the laminate and trying to move it out of the light. The light casted a glare on the menu, making Natsuki irritated. Groaning, Natsuki leaned forward so that she was closer to Mai. “Why does this place have to be so….dark.” Natsuki turned her head up at the light that was covering them, and making the shadows of their features dance across her face. “Yes….I would like the same drink that SHE is having…and could I get your Rainforest Burger. Served on your toasted bun with, tomato, pickles and cheese…oh and add the bacon.” Natuski took the menu away and placed it back on the table.

She turned to Duran again, giving patting him before sighing into her seat. She looked at Mai, watching the lights reflect of her orange hair before another round of sounds rang out in the room. “NO! Not again.” Natuski said looking at a jaguar that began to howl.

Mai found Natsuki's annoyance to be the stuff of legend. Though Natsuki had taken a liking to the stuffed animals, she hadn't quite graduated to animatronics. How amusing that animatronics were being used in such a lush space station. Everything on the outside world was so much more advanced. What do you expect from what was Hikari's modern day New York City. It felt right to Mai, as it resembled home. As beautiful as all these cultures, beings and civilizations were, there was nothing more charming than the familiar. On second thought, Mai wondered if that might be a problem. She shook her head to erase said thought.


"Relax, Natsuki! Duran doesn't seem to be bothered by the Gorillas!" cackled Mai before Alphonse took the menus away. "Would it make you feel better knowing Kagutsuchi would of definitely blown this place to smitherinos? If anyone is more on edge than you, it's him."

Mai laughed, and felt a small vibration in her chest. It indicated that Kagutsuchi lightly protested Mai's teasing claim.

"I'll have your orders out right away! Um...can I ask you girls something really quick?"

Mai blinked in confusion; looking at Natsuki for a second before turning back to Alphonse. "Shoot?"

"Is Duran able to...reproduce? I've always wanted a metal puppy!"


Mai's eyes became two small dots. She quickly turned to Natsuki, while sweat-dropping profusely. "Natsuki, don't do anything rash!" vO_Ov

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Re: Mai-X-Project Act II - Redemption of the Gods - Episode XVII: Eternal Anxiety

Post by Bluholic711 on Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:57 pm

With towel clad bodies, Ryuko and Mako were enjoying themselves in the large hot spring. From the beginning, Ryuko was completely uneasy in going in. However, thanks to Mako's happy go lucky influence, the girl with the red streak learned to loosen up a bit.

After all the conflict, they needed some fun back in their lives.

"You know what, Mako? You were right? We really needed this time for ourselves."

"I told you so!" Mako giggled, throwing some water towards her best friend's face. Ryuko's blue eyes went wide with surprise and then mischief.

"Hey! No fair!" Ryuko shouted good naturedly.

The blue haired girl splashed water back at Mako, thus engaging into a splash fight.

However, their fun was interrupted by a small man with a group of ladies with suits.

"Huh?! Who are these people? More admirers?"

"It sure as hell doesn't look like it!" Ryuko growled with frustration, "Oi! You rude salary people! Get out."

However, the midget's associates rose up from behind Ryuko and grabbed her by both arms.

"Whoa, where did you-?!"

"Mister, why are you taking my best friend away?" Mako asked, confused of random events unfolding in front of her. "We're in the middle of bath time."

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Post by firesphere306 on Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:10 pm

"Never mind that." Shane waved her arms in front of her, silencing Alice. "Wait, did you say....Arika? She helped you out? That little shit is bad news, slick. She's the reason why everything is such a mess!" She ruffled up her hair, and looked around at the city lights again. "This Arcadia place? Was it a safe place? Was it your home? What is this umbrella? Is that where they make those things?"

Leeloo circled around her clone once more, placing her fingers on Alice's cheek. "War? Solder? Very strong."

Shane stopped her questioning to look at the orange haired clone. "What was that, Tangerine?"

"Strong....solder. Very strong." Leeloo stopped touching Alice's face and looked at Shane. "Strong."

Shane nodded "Okay, I get it. She's strong. Look, Alice. How about we get something to eat. You look like you could use a drink or to." She winked at her. "Then, perhaps you can tell me more about Arika. I can relay it to the others. There's more of us."

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Natsuki tapped on the counter, feeling slightly annoyed by the question. Then, she thought about her answer, scratching her head she turned to look at Duran. "I haven't given that much thought about Duran being able to reproduce....but.....yes. I believe Duran could." Natsuki then took a moment to let a some daydream pass by her. Of her and Shizuru holding Duran's puppies in their laps.

Natsuki quickly shook her head and looked at Mai. "This food better get here fast before it eat's itself. Do you think they could reallllly reproduce though? Have you ever thought about that, Mai?"

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Post by Luu Sky Sapphire on Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:07 pm

Alice raised an eyebrow at the hostility the gorgeous shaggy woman was giving her.


"Hey, "Slick." If it weren't for her, I would of been under Umbrella's microscope for the 100th time. You must of been deceived by someone who resembled President Arika."

Much to her delight, Leeloo's touchy fingers didn't seem to bother Alice.

"Not taking it personally, if that's what you're thinking. She's not one of the clones I remember, but I consider her a baby sister already."

Alice gave Leeloo a nice gentle hair stroke before focusing back on Shane.

"Anyway, good lookin', Arcadia turned out to be a sham by an old friend who decided to turn against us. Fuck knows what Jill is doing to Chris, Claire, K-Mart and the others right now...it doesn't matter. I'm not allowed to return until I finished the President's task of cleaning up the Undead facility someone tried to open here."

The strong woman in black casually walks over to the zombie's head and crushes it with her right foot.

"This good looking guy is a result of their work. Some sick idea of using actual zombies for television. Replacing actors with the real thing. The Galaxy Network plans on funding it, but I won't give them the chance. What do you two say? Help me wipe out the last of them? After we grab a drink, of course. Could use a little whiskey in my system before heads start rolling. Literally."

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Mai belted out one of her famous loud laughs. "You know, this is why I always say you take things so literal, and seriously!" She then gave her best friend a devious look that screamed tease. "I'll humor you for now. We've always assumed that our CHILDs were organic beings to some capacity. That certainly isn't the case with Duran, or even Akane's Hari. The thought of...metallic puppies...is...is..." Mai laughed again before she could even finish. It's partly the thought of such a strange possibility, but mostly the serious expression Natsuki keeps making.
While Natsuki secretly fantasied about the possibility of Duran offspring, Alphonse returned with the complete meals and drinks combinations.

"I thought I'd bring everything out at once. Normally, nervous customers tend to finish their drinks before the main course has arrived," Alphonse commented in matter-of-fact fashion.


"That's awfully kind of you, Alphonse," replied Mai before placing her left hand on Natsuki's. "But Natsuki isn't worth the trouble. You could of brought us our drinks sooner. It helps her distract frustration a bit. And even at the ripe age of 27, Natsuki still blows bubbles in her soda." Mai continued, trying her best not to crack up.

"I don't mind nervous women!"

Mai noticed that Natsuki was getting close to exploding out of her chair. Alphonse noticed it as well, stopping him in his tracks.

"Um...I think I should go now. If you need anything, shoot me a holler!"

"Or," Mai snickered, "she could just shoot you."

Alphonse runs away, leaving Mai and Natsuki to enjoy their excellent meals and beverages. "Oh, Natsuki, you are still the greatest male repellent. I mean...my knight in shining armor. Now let's eat up!"

As the two ate their main courses, and swallowed the tangy taste of their alcoholic tropical mixes, Mai had to get "it" out there.

"To tell you the truth...I'm afraid of the training tomorrow."

---

However, the midget's associates rose up from behind Ryuko and grabbed her by both arms.

"Whoa, where did you-?!"

"Mister, why are you taking my best friend away?" Mako asked, confused of random events unfolding in front of her. "We're in the middle of bath time."

Kazama swayed his arms like a screwy director who found his muse.

"Your friend is going to be BIG! BIGGER THAN ANYTHING YOU'VE SEEN BEFORE AND-hold on. Who are you again?"

Kazama's personal associates circled Mako in what looked like a mob hit. Arguably, it was a lot worse. Why get slugs in your gut, when you can get clucks in your face?"

"WHO ARE YOU?!"

"WHO ARE YOU?!"

"WHO ARE YOU?!"


The small man straightened his hideous tie.

"It matters not who she is, ladies! THIS!" pointing directly at Ryuko, who stood there with a look of extreme confusion. "THIS...IS MY MASTERPIECE WAITING TO HAPPEN!"

Kazama, who was only 2 inches smaller than Mako, took the swordswoman with the red streak by the hand, "I know not your name, Miss. But you are going to become the new face of Baby Doll. You'll be rich beyond your wildest dreams. Fulfilling the fantasies of men and women everywhere! I'm done with old hags! NO MORE INSULTING THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE PEOPLE! KAWAII IS THE NEW SEXY. AND YOU, MY BABY DOLL, ARE THE NEW SEXY! YOUR NAME WILL BE IN LIGHTS AND...what is your name, young one?"

Out of nowhere, the spa receptionist, Janet, enters the room to (hopefully) put an end to the madness with a little information she discovered.

"Uh...Mister Kazama! My apologies for interrupting your "business dealings." Which, by the way, are criminally wrong."

"Criminally wrong?" replied Kazama, giving a smoker's cackle at Janet's expense. "What would an artificial intelligence desk woman know about what's right and wrong? Secondly, what makes you think this adorable girl doesn't qualify as top asset to my modeling empire?!"

"Don't you recognize her, Mister Kazama?" questioned Janet, "She is one of the Heroes that Dita Mirkov is covering. You know, the one that arrived with Mai Tokiha? Savior of this space station?"

"WHAT?!" exclaimed Kazama, almost tripping over the steamer rocks in the center of the room. "KID, YOU ARE WITH THOSE FREAKS?! DON'T TELL ME YOUR FRIEND WITH THE BOWL CUT IS ALSO ONE OF YOUSE!"

Janet smiled with glee.


"Looks like she is off-limits, huh, Mister Kazama? Maybe you can find another girl in her adolescence to prey on."

"MONEY WILL BUY COOPERATION!" shouted Kazama, as his assistants somehow manifested behind both Ryuko and Mako.

"COLD."

"HARD."

"MESETA."


"YOU'LL LIVE LIKE EMPRESSES OF YOUR KINGDOMS. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE!"

Kazama, on his tippy toes, gets in Ryuko's face, "I'm being nice here, my Baby Doll. I'm inviting your friend with you. Come on~ I am a very rich man~"

---

Anna had at last reached the chocolate factory, despite being distracted by a few landmarks along the way. Not to mention having a little too much fun with the transport portals. The chocolate factory was located in 4th City, the layer of Pioneer II that didn't contain Towns based on where the Heroes came from. Anna did her best to not get distracted by everything else that painted this vast landscape of giant buildings.



"OH, MY GOD! HERE IT-oh, I gotta check that out later-OH, MY GOD WHAT WAS I LOOKING AT-OH YEAH! HERE IT IS! THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY! IT'S SO BIG! Oh, Sis, why didn't you stay behind! I'm not leaving ONE piece of Swiss goodness left as your punishment!"

The excited Princess skipped towards the main gate of the factory, only to find a gathering of protesters. At the center of the gate, a fine man with a regal bearing did his best to calm the civilians down.  He wore one of those funny spandex suits Dita wore, only he had the pattern of chocolate chip mint ice cream.

"Quiet down, please! We understand your concerns about the problem that has ravaged our wonderful facility..."

"SOME "PROBLEM!" YOU HAVE RUINED EVERYTHING!"

"Yeah! Your claim to be the greatest chocolate makers in the entire galaxy. Yet, you bring us trash!"

Anna was horrified by what she was hearing! One after another, the civilians fired relentless accusations at the poor man. He didn't seem like someone who would pull tricks on people. The Princess walked up to one of the protesters, an alien woman with a strange, but beautiful face. To Anna, all races were beautiful...so long as they resembled something.

"Excuse me, Miss! What is going on with that poor man?"

"Poor man," replied the alien woman, rolling her three eyes in the process, "this hack job has ruined the delicious chocolate he used to produce. I left my planet of Aktarr, 23 galaxies away, just to purchase his chocolate. Now, I won't even bother coming back."

Anna covered her mouth in total shock. Chocolate must never be tainted! Except for the batch Hans brought one time. The Southern Isles chocolate is the only exception! But this factory man wasn't Hans; his submissive body language says otherwise. As thoughts continued to swirl inside Anna's oddly shaped head, the alien woman spoke further.

"What brings you here? Surely the news of this fraud that reached all over Pioneer II."

Anna bounced. "Oh! Sorry, my mind kind of wanders at times-oh, look! My palms are already sweaty! Um...I'm actually one of the Heroes with Miss Mai Tokiha. Anna, Princess of Arendelle!"

"The sister of the Queen, right?"

"Yes! She's my crush, I mean, she's my crutch!"

The alien woman chuckled with sounded like an electronic synthesizer being played by an infant.

"It's okay, Princess. On my planet, we marry our own family members. Love is boundless."

"RIGHT?! THAT'S WHAT I'VE ALWAYS BEEN SAYING! Oh, shoot, almost forgoooooot! Why is everyone mad at this man, exactly?"

"You are too dense to be royalty. If you had paid close attention to the Galaxy Network's report, Sundae Fundae has turned his universally adored chocolate into disgusting filth only found on the moons of Vira."

"What on Vira?!"

"A moon created entirely of excrement."

"NO. WAY. Is that even possible!?"

"You don't leave your Earth castle much, do you?"

"It's called responsibilities, lady!" retorted Anna before focusing her gaze on the factory. "Watch and learn from true royalty! Excuse me! Coming through! Beautiful Princess coming through! Watch where you're touching, you naughty boy!"

The factory owner, Sundae Fundae, looked at this small young woman made her way through the dense crowd with ease. Most recognized her as one of the Heroes, while the few took her word that she was actual royalty. Fundae hoped that this young lady's actions would distract the mob for a bit before he planned a retreat to the factory. Before he could even accomplish such a task, the Princess had arrived to get her answers.

"Sir Sundae Fundae? I am Princess Anna of Arendelle! Chocolate expert and extraordinaire! It's an honor to meet someone who will satisfy my cravings-and I don't mean casual love making, get your heads out of the scummy ponds, people!"

Sundae couldn't wrap his head around the idea of a size 0 woman who claimed to eat chocolate by the truck load. "Yes, I've heard of you and the Heroes. Listen, I appreciate that you took the time to sponsor my factory, but as you can see, nothing is going as planned today. Please bother me another day, okay Miss?"

Anna waved her arms frantically in protest. "No, no no! It took me over 2 hours to find this place, and I really-REALLY want your chocolate! I don't know exactly what's wrong with these people, but if that means more chocolate for me..."

"Miss. Your Majesty. Whatever. That's my problem, I can't give you any chocolate. The people are right. My quality has taken a serious dip, and I don't know why."

"Oh...tush!" exclaimed the Princess, "prove it to me!"

The civilians who overheard their conversation began chanting, "PROVE IT!"

The alien woman from earlier had caught up with Anna. "Yes, Fundae. Show her why your ice cream and chocolate is the work of space slugs, and not of a genius. You'll regret this, Princess-y."

Fundae let out a long sigh. "Very well, but don't hold me responsible. I'm being hit with enough intergalactic law suits as it is. OPEN THE GATES!"

As the gates opened just enough for Princess Anna and Sundae Fundae to enter, the crowd began to disperse; laughing at their expense along the way.

---

"You always knew you wanted to be some force for good?" questioned Dita Mirkov, as she graciously played around with what was left of her special salad. "Not everyone begins their dream wanting to carry such a heavy responsibility."

Hikari washed down what was left of meal with a glass of wine. The wine in question was unique to Pioneer II. "Got me there, Miss Mirkov. By the way, did you know this grape juice plus is not as strong as this joint thinks?"

"What makes you say that? Kibari wine is for extraterrestrials and magical warriors. Are you not both?" replied the Russian beauty in a playful tone.

"One sip would put a human being into a coma. And it would put aliens and high ranking sorcerers out for a few hours if they finish an entire bottle. So our host tells us...but I'm on my 5th bottle. Care to explain?"

Dita gave a light smack to Hikari's resting left hand (which she greatly enjoyed) as she adjusted her seat. "Are you going to complain all night, or are you going to answer my question?"

Hikari laughed, then reached for the nearest cloth napkin to dab his mouth. "Perhaps both, since it satisfies you."

"Mister Tsunami. Hearing you criticize this "classy joint" is not enough to satisfy me."

"Yet, you're giving off an air of excitement. Like a school girl who is about to be told a pinky swear secret," replied Hikari, half smirking; never keeping his eyes off his company's own beautiful round pearls. "Picture this. You're 6 years old. Lost. Scared. Devoid of all advantages people take for granted these days, like a home, school or even parents."

Dita's eyes widened a bit in response to the last part, "I'm sorry..."

"Don't be. See, with all that absent, your mentor arrives to tell you that nothing is truly lost if your heart is still beating. Air in your lungs. The will to survive. The last thing I expected to be was a "force for good". Setsuna-sensei laid it out to me that I was on this-well, I should say *my* Earth for a specific purpose. It was a punishing four years of training. Instead of learning about letters, dinosaurs, the Cat in the Hat...I was being taught human history. Cultures all over the world. All languages possible. Most importantly, how to kill a man...or a woman. Because, sweetheart, anyone can be a threat. All this was the best learning experience; thus I began to cherish the idea of protecting the decent people of my world. The much shorter answer," pouring more Kibari into the tall glass, "I hated the responsibility at first. Now, it's my brainchild."

The Russian woman's breath was taken away, "excuse me if I had to come up for air. In all seriousness, you are just so...incredible. Your data file listed all your adventures, but to hear them directly from you would be another experience entirely."

The Knight chuckled and flipped his hair back. "Wait until you hear about the time I, along with my partner Shin Ying and a Takarazuka performer battled a subterranean cult group in Asia that wanted to summon an alien god to Earth."

Dita raised an eyebrow, "Oh yes, I only read the part that said you were romantically involved with this performer."

Hikari waved his hand and shook his head while smiling, "Kokoro Hanagiri. She part of the Flower Troupe. Met her during my expedition in Shanghai. Kokoro and I broke it off before it even officially begun; following our adventure in Asia."

"Why is that?"

"She was simply freaked by what had transpired. A life with my friends and I is a handful, so I don't blame in the slightest."

Dita let those words settle in for a moment. She felt as if she was setting her sights too high. This man, along with all the Heroes that had arrived here, had gone through Hell. If she even considered the possibility of...no. The Russian woman panicked interally, but was saved by what Hikari had asked next.

"No doubt your line of work is similar in that regard, Miss Mirkov," Hikari continued, unintentionally breaking the ice for Dita.

"HA!" Dita bellowed out, "The Galaxy Netwok is an endless game, Mister Tsunami. One I greatly take pride in. Before coming to Pioneer II, I was already the number one newscaster in the galaxy. Kingdoms from hundreds of star systems would always request the Starship Channel to shed light on the politics that either plagued, or nurtured our intergalactic society."

Hikari sweatdrops a tad at that last statement. "The Starship Channel is a reality show set to focus on entertainment. Surely you mean political satire? Not legitimate coverage of the issues going on within your network?"

"Technically, Starship Channel started off as a reality series meant to entertain. We have evolved since then because, unlike other stations in the galaxy, we were the only ones unafraid to tackle the truths."

"The truths, Miss Mirkov?"

"Yes, the truths. You can't create real change within a, say, network ring of corrupt leaders. Other stations were either paid off, or were terrified of what "they" might do."

Hikari moves in a bit closer to Dita, adjusting his seat until he was within ear shot. "Wouldn't that be career suicide if "they" finally had enough and nailed you to the wall?"

Dita licks her heavy shade of crimson lips, inching her mouth towards Hikari's long point right ear.

"Career suicide's not so bad when you consider the alternative is suicide by career."

The Knight was impressed, grinning from ear to ear. Perhaps the others were wrong about Dita. She took pride in her journalism without the slightest concern of consequence, so long as the truth is revealed. Why she was chosen by Arika remains suspicious regardless. For now, Hikari trusted in his instincts. That Mai and his new friends were being documented in a positive light. If the fates allow, the real truth behind "President Arika" might also...

"Tell me, Miss Mirkov."

"Yes, Mister Tsunami?" Dita's body language continues to be inviting.

"Did Ari-"

The Knight in the banana suit had to stop himself for a second, as the current musical act caught his attention. Throughout Hikari and Dita's entire conversation, 6 performers have come and gone. None of them bothered, or were noticed by the two until now.

Call meh Rustay if ye' mussssst
It tisn't noice but eye admit that it fitssss
For a dead-end engin' fallin' to bitssss
Call meh Rusty if ye' lyyyyyyyyyyke


Dita wondered why Hikari looked so offended by the performance. "It's just a Dwarf from the Azeroth universe singing a song."

>:3 "Singing for lack of a better term, Miss Mirkov. AM I THE ONLY ONE HEARING THIS?! THE MAN IS DESTROYING A CLASSIC!"

Dita tugged on Hikari's sleeve. "Stop that!"

"No, I won't stop! Time to fix this!"

In a quick half second, Hikari was already on the stage with the microphone in hand. The dwarf, with his eyes closed, beside him continued to sing, believing his was still holding onto the microphone. This caused Dita to jump back in amazement.

"I knew he was fast, but holy stars in the sky. The poor dwarf didn't even feel it..."

Hikari didn't even bother introducing himself, he just restarted the song. The Knight started swaying his hips in a suggestive manner, dancing slowly with the rhythm of this odd number from old Earth.

Currently being sung by Hikari Tsunami: Call Me Rusty by Starlight Express


Woooooo wooooooo,
Wooooooo woooooooo,
Nobody can do it like a steam train

It's Rusty! Split! HIDE!

Out of the way
Anyone can do it to a steam train

Woo woo,
Woo woo,
Nobody can do it like a steam train

You going in for the race, steam train? Should do
Nobody can do it like a steam train

Who can do it like a steam train?
He said nobody, so he's nobody
Hi, nobody
Nobody
Steam train
That'll teach you to show some respect for diesel
'Cause diesel's gonna win it
Okay, Rusty?

Okay, steam train?

Okay, Rusty?

Call me Rusty if you like
Rusty's how I look
And Rusty's my name
Slow corrosion is eroding my frame
Call me Rusty if you like

Call me Rusty if you must
It isn't nice but I admit that it fits
For a dead-end engine falling to bits
Call me Rusty if you like

Come on Rusty,
Come on Rusty,
Come on Rusty
This is not the dream I dreamed when they first lit my fire
Mainline coaches streamed behind as my steam rose higher
Switching and hitching at everyone's call
Never occurred in my vision at all
But when they start the racing and you notice the steam
You know it's me that's moving on
And proving you should listen to your dream

Call me Rusty if you dare
'Cause when you see me on the finishing line
And when I take the place that's rightfully mine
Call me Rusty if you dare

Listen to this big shot talking he seems to imply
All the trains will just move over and let him by

Rusty you can not believe all that stuff

You mustn't go racing you're not tough enough
You'll either be a hundred miles away at the back
Or worse they'll find you scattered in a million rusty pieces 'round the track
Call me Rusty if you dare
'Cause when you see me on the finishing line
And when I take the place that's rightfully mine
Call me Rusty
Hello Rusty, good boy Rusty, hello Rusty, good boy Rusty
Call me Rusty...

I. DON'T CARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRE!!!!!!

The crowd explodes with applause, with only Dita Mirkov reacting with intense laughter. Her throat was so sore from laughter, she had to ask for a glass of water. Hikari tossed the mic over to the next performer, a beautiful blue alien woman who found herself applauding beforehand.

"It's all yours, sweetheart!" shouted Hikari before reaching his table. Dita quickly asked for the check, then got up to regain her composure.

"Wow! That was the hardest I've ever laughed. My organs feel like they're about to fall out-what was that song?!"

Hikari rolled his eyes, and toasted the last of his wine to Dita. "A very...fabulous...song from my world. The artists knew how to write toe tapping hits that get you moving!"

"That being said," Dita said point blank before tipping Brutus the waiter. "It's getting late. Thank you for joining me for dinner, and making my abdominal hurt worse than my last Pilates class. You are aware that you have escort service at your suite. I see, Mister Tsunami, that you're a man of needs. Feel free to choose your lady from your suite's complementary services."

Hikari half smirked, locking his sharp gaze on Dita's loveliest features. Always returning to her eyes.

"I already have."



"Guess I have no choice~"

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Re: Mai-X-Project Act II - Redemption of the Gods - Episode XVII: Eternal Anxiety

Post by WolvenBane08 on Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:36 pm



Xan watched as Laekna picked her beloved mace out of the Forge’s armory, then, after a moment’s thought, picked up a sturdy longbow as well. She walked over to her wife, brushing a few unruly strands of golden hair out of Laekna’s face and giving her a soft smile.

I’ll be fine, amethyst eyes seemed to say. Don’t worry about me.

Laekna nodded in silence, seeing that glint of stubborn determination—and desire for revenge—in her eyes, and feeling it through their Bond.

“Take care, Sunshine.” Xanda told her quietly. “Some of them are even quicker to fight than Lavi, you’ll have your work cut out for you.”

“Well you know me,” she replied. “If they get too stupid, I’ll just let them hurt until they smarten up.”

“Because that worked so well with our old Unit.” Xan drawled, Summanus snorting his agreement and amusement.

Laekna rotated the hand holding her mace once, testing its heft.

“Then I’ll give them a smack or two with BFT, here.” Lae replied with a cheeky grin. “That will catch their attention.”

Xan chuckled at that, knowing from experience that the business end of Lae’s mace—creatively named Blunt Force Trauma—was a place no one should ever want to be. The deceptively slight piece of metal was imbued with all manner of nasty Talfyr runes, and all tied to Lae’s magic so she could inflict as much or as little damage as she wanted.

“Get moving,” Xan told her gently as she noted the others vanishing through the portals. “I promise Sparkles will at least be trained to be punctual.”

“Hey!” The boy in question protested.

Lae nodded, reaching a hand up to cup her wife’s face and pull it down for a sweet, lingering kiss. Her thumb brushed across Xan’s temple, still not used to seeing amethyst where there had once been blue tourmaline. She looked more like her father than ever now, and Laekna comforted herself with knowing that if Alkordi could survive watching his wife and seven eldest children be murdered by his sister and still possess that trademark Lutien sense of humor….Xanda would be fine as well, in time.

“Bring them all back, Angel.” Xan told her wife as she walked towards the portal. “I’ve still got pranks to pull!”

Laekna shot her wife a look of fond exasperation and an offensive gesture before disappearing into the portal.



Xan smiled softly as she turned her attention to Kaltus, giving him a calculating look. Out of the corner of her eye, she spied a massive haft. Too long for any blade, but too short and bulky for a greataxe.

“Grab that,” she said, nodding to the haft.

“What is this even for?!” The boy exclaimed as he walked over to it. “It’s taller than I am, and isn’t even a weapon yet!”

“That,” Xanda told him, “is the start of your new weapon.”

Kal’s eyes bulged at that.

“But I can barely lift it!” He protested, voice a full octave higher than usual.

“And that, dear boy,” Xanda said, giving him grin that was less a smile and more a baring of teeth. “Is what training is for.”

Kaltus gaped, alternating between staring at her and staring at the haft.

“What is it even made of?” He inquired eventually.

“No idea!” Xanda chirped. “But I can feel that it’s the sturdiest thing here.”

“But why—”

“You want to help heal, but you want to fight too.” Xanda explained. “You need something that reflects that.” She moved to a sheet of butcher paper and picked up a piece of charcoal as Kaltus trailed behind her.

“You’re light and flighty—”

“Hey!”

“So you need something with some real power behind it, both physically and magically.” Her hand arced gracefully across the paper as she sketched out her idea. The small smile curling at her lips giving away how much she was enjoying the chance to design from scratch again.

“You’re a master of flight and speed,” she continued. “So you need something with some heft to give people pause if you’re grounded.” Her hand paused as she looked over her design with a critical eye.

“A….great-hammer?” Kaltus inquired, skepticism fairly palpable.

“With a blade!” Xan grinned, adding a smooth arc to the hammer’s top. “Because you can never have enough slicey!”

“But I don’t know the first thing abou—”

“You. Can. Learn.” Xanda punctuated each word with a finality that made him gulp.

Back at home, he’d been able to flake out on lessons all the time. Between his twin sister’s specialized training as a Seer, his four older siblings, all the other Mancers training at the Haven, and his Auntie Rai’s endless shenanigans…it was pretty easy to slip through the cracks and avoid the lessons he didn’t enjoy.

He was regretting that now, though, as he took in the hardness of Xanda’s eyes and stance. He would never say that his parents coddled him, but they weren’t as firm as they could have been since—like all of their children—he displayed an absurdly strong gift for magical combat. And on Aelwyd, there is always magic.

But he wasn’t on Aelwyd now. And there were no helical strands of pure Magic and Null circling the world and keeping the Design whole. Hell, there was no Design at all here, or anywhere else they might go.

He realized with sudden clarity that he’d lived his whole life with a massive crutch in the form of Aelwyd, the Helix, and the Design. And now, quite suddenly, he had to stand on his own.

No, not stand, he thought grimly. Run. Fight. Survive.

His kunzite eyes drifted back up to meet Xanda’s cool amethyst—watching him in his musings—and nodded once. Firmly.

“Where do we start?”

Xanda relaxed her posture with an air of approval, eyeing him up and down once more.
“With strength training.” She said blandly. “And hand-to-hand combat to teach you how to take a hit and keep going.”

He nodded, knowing instinctively that this would be nothing like the fun, light-hearted sparring he was used to. Though she concealed it well with pranks and humor, this woman in front of him—much like the one he’d heard legends of back home—was a battle-hardened warrior.

And he was a raw recruit.

“And if you’re late,” Xanda added as an afterthought, remembering his tardiness to her wife’s lessons that morning. “The amount you regret it will increase by a factor of ten for every minute after the appointed time.”

“And if you’re late?” He asked, trying for humor.

“Then I probably need backup.” Xanda fired back.

Kaltus gulped, suddenly wondering if the stories of the legendary Paragon Queen of the Elves back home hadn’t actually been exaggerated…and if he was about to find himself on the receiving end of one of those brutal-but-effective training styles. According to many a legend, the Paragon Queen had been able to raise a deadly army out of a handful of scattered, untrained Elven clans in only a handful of months.

And with the technology available on Pioneer II, this half-Elf warrior may well be able to cut that time clean in half.

“And of course,” Xan added with entirely too much pleasure in her voice, “I fully expect you to keep up with the training regiment my wife has laid out for you.”

“But—”

“Consider it….motivation.” She interrupted him smoothly. “You want to not be carried out of the ring every day, then become an effective Healer.”

Oh, yeah. Kal thought as his jaw hung open. Mom would love her.

Summanus’ rumbling laughter over the whole affair echoed across the area. Things would certainly stay interesting.
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