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Test Drive Meme


Arrival: So you've just arrived in Nyoi-Cho. Congratulations! You must be so excited about having your wish granted. Or maybe you're upset that the result wasn't quite what you expected? If that's the case, then that's too bad! There are no take backs and no redoes, so you're stuck with what you have! Maybe you should have been more careful about how you worded that wish...

Oh well. There's no use in dwelling on it. You're a magi now, and that means adjusting to a whole new lifestyle! Maybe one of the townspeople can help you out.

Only... they're acting a bit strangely, aren't they? They're all too happy to show you around, but there's something unsettling about the way they're behaving. Almost cheerfully dissonant. Any questions about the history of the town are met with blank stares and brief silence, before they plaster a smile onto their faces and change the subject. Any attempts to tell them about your duties as a magi or anything else that relates to the magical will get similar reactions.

Isn't there anyone normal here that you can talk to at all?

Home Improvement: The houses that the magi are given access to really are something, aren't they? There's almost no limit to what they can do! Why don't you create the house of your dreams, or maybe recreate and relive your favorite childhood scenes? Invite some spectators over to marvel!

A Day in the Life: Everyday hero by day, magician by night! You've got a busy day ahead of you and no time to waste! Maybe it's school, or maybe it's work, maybe it's both! Being magical doesn't make you exempt from paying those shopping bills!

Practice makes Perfect: This magi stuff sure looked easier on TV. You don't understand your power and it's frustrating trying to use it in combat when you don't get it. Maybe it's time to just take some time to figure this out. Good thing none of the citizens can see you when you transform! Test out those new skills, cause a little mischief, or be the helping hand someone might need!

Fighting Evil by Moonlight: Things aren't as easy as they looked on TV. Nightmares are tough and there's real danger in there. There are victories... but, some are not as clear cut as others. Is today a successful attempt, or are you on your last legs standing up against an enemy far stronger than yourself? Do you forge on ahead, or do you retreat?

A Corrupted Soul Gem: You neglected to take care of your soul gem, and now you don't feel quite yourself anymore. You feel like you're losing your sense of self - all you seem to be able to focus on is your old regrets and past failures. What's happening to you?

A Dreadful Nightmare: You had an absolutely horrid day. As you drift off to sleep, your mind dwells on all the injustices you've had to endure. In response, your bed swallows you up, and your room shifts into a horrific Nightmarescape. What sort of Nightmare are you? What kind of Nightmarescape do you create? Hopefully your fellow magi can stop you before you cause too much damage!

A Witch's Curse: A Nightmare is nothing in comparison to the horror of a Witch. Perhaps you've been bitten by her sweet kiss, now only able to see the futility in all you do. Perhaps you've just witnessed one of your most beloved friends succumbing to the darkness in their heart, forsaking their wish for a curse - or perhaps you have decided to do it yourself. One thing is for sure... there's no turning back now.

Wildcard: Feel free to use any information from the FAQ or the World Info page to make your own prompt!
myapology: (and not even fleeting tears remain)

Yoshino Koiwai | Masamune-kun no Revenge

[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-12 02:43 am (UTC)(link)
a | arrival (spoilers for chapter 37 of masamune-kun no revenge)

[The Koiwais prided themselves on excellent service; their role as the attendants of the Adagaki household had spanned multiple generations, and it was to the point where Yoshino had been raised from birth to become skilled in the task.

And yet, with one single thoughtless action, Yoshino had hurt the person she was supposed to look out for deeply. It was a mistake that she regretted terribly, filling her with a deep sense of guilt; so when the chance came to rectify it, she leapt for it immediately.

"I wish for Aki-sama and and Piggy to reconcile."

Just with that one sentence, she's whisked away to another world. A world without Aki-sama.

She stares down at the ground, sighing deeply.]

I wonder if things will really be okay like this...

[After all, regardless of the intentions behind the wish, she's essentially abandoned her duties.]

b | hunting

[A pitch-black, blob-like familiar wanders the streets of Nyoi-cho, carrying a piece of fruit in its hands. A few paces behind it, Yoshino can be seen, following it closely with a look of concentration on her face. In fact, she's so focused on that familiar that she doesn't notice you at all. When the familiar ducks under your legs, Yoshino blindly pursues it, crashing straight into you.

A look of mortification immediately comes onto her face.]

O-oh! I'm so sorry!
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[personal profile] skyisthelimit 2017-02-12 09:40 am (UTC)(link)
[While normally Sky might have been more aware of the familiar coming up from behind him he had been doing some following of his own. He only notices when the blob moves underneath him.

He's taken by surprise as he snaps his gaze downward, saber in hand, but unfortunately before he knows it something is crashing into him. He's caught off guard enough that he's knocked forward, but not wanting to get mauled by one of those familiars he's quick to get back to his feet. His weapon is raised but he keeps from attacking when he realizes there's no monstrosity behind him but instead a young girl. A mortified young girl.]

Er [words eventually find him along with a sheepish chuckle and a warm smile.] Could have been worse. Are you alright?
myapology: (i don't even know the reason)

[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-12 09:12 pm (UTC)(link)
[She nods. She's about to breathe a sigh of relief at the fact that the person she'd bumped into her appears to be friendly, but then she catches sight of his summoned weapon.]

Um, could you maybe be...

[Assassin. Yakuza. Serial killer.

No, it would be foolish to immediately jump to the worst-case scenarios, wouldn't it? Instead, maybe this person is...]

...a magi?
skyisthelimit: (10)

[personal profile] skyisthelimit 2017-02-12 09:48 pm (UTC)(link)
[Sky lowers his weapon and lets his guard down a bit, not wanting to seem threatening. But he's still very aware that a familiar literally just passed through here and decides to keep focused on his surroundings.

Still, he gives a nod of his head when the question is asked. Ah, that makes sense. The locals didn't seem to notice him when he was transformed, did they? So this young lady must be a Magi as well.]

Yes, that's right. And judging by the way you seemed to be relentlessly in pursuit of that...thing, I'm going to assume you're a magi as well.
myapology: (beyond my far faraway recollections)

[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-12 11:36 pm (UTC)(link)
[Another nod. Her gaze travels back to the familiar.]

I'm new. I thought this would be good starter practice.

[Read: it looks small and non-threatening.]
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[personal profile] skyisthelimit 2017-02-13 05:35 am (UTC)(link)
[He glances over at the familiar. It definitely didn't look like much, but he doesn't want to underestimate an enemy. He's not sure if that's what she's doing or not, but, well...]

Ah, I see. Well, I'm new here as well. Maybe it would be easier if we both went after it. Safety in numbers, as they say.

[Read: he's a little concerned.]
myapology: (i don't even know the reason)

[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-17 07:19 am (UTC)(link)
Mm, okay. It's fast; it should be easier to corner if there's two of us.

[Maybe she could take one side, and he could take another.

...Ah. Now that they're going to be working together, she really should introduce herself.]

My name is Yoshino Koiwai.
needlenosed: (pic#10461157)


[personal profile] needlenosed 2017-02-12 06:23 pm (UTC)(link)
[ In general, Jughead had been treating these little excursions like he had been given a quest in a video game. It'd be easier if he had some kind of marker, but instead he's being forced to keep an eye out on the gem the little cat-looking guide gave him.

Not that he's paying too much attention. That's why he completely misses the familiar until it passes through his legs, glancing back at it looking kind of dumbfounded. His reaction time's off the mark, and Yoshino smacks right into him, sending him right onto the ground.

Jughead sits up, rubbing at the back of his head and blearily blinking a few times. ]

I'm awake, I'm awake-- [ It takes him a moment before he focuses on the girl in front of him, startled and apologetic. At first, he's a little tense. Familiars or whatever here could take the form of little girls, he doesn't know. But then again, that blob passed by without so much as attacking him. ] Uh... don't worry about it. I get the feeling I'm not who you're targeting. Maybe?

[ Probably? ]
myapology: (beyond my far faraway recollections)

[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-12 09:01 pm (UTC)(link)
[She shakes her head vigorously when he says, "I get the feeling I'm not who you're targeting," then follows it up with a few nods. It's a bizarre, probably confusing reaction; one meant to convey, "No, you're not the one I'm targeting. You're right." It would probably have been easier to just use her words - there's less room for misunderstanding with those, after all - but what can she say? She's not particularly good with situations like this.]


[She points behind him to the familiar, quickly in the process of scurrying away. "That's what I'm after."]
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[personal profile] needlenosed 2017-02-12 09:34 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Shaking her head, which means that he's not who she's targeting... or, nodding, which means that actually he is? It sure as heck was confusing, and it took him a moment to understand once she points behind him. ]


[ There it goes. He slowly gets back up to his feet, looks back to the mystery girl, then at the familiar. ]

Weeell, it just so happens that I've been looking for the same thing. You think if we get rid of it together, that'll count as me doing my civic duty as a magi for the night?

[ As a. Ridiculously roundabout way of asking if she needs help. ]
myapology: (until the day you call my name)

[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-12 09:59 pm (UTC)(link)
[She seems to ponder this for a moment, but she doesn't answer in the affirmative.

It's not because she doesn't want his help; truth be told, she would feel more reassured if he were to come along. It's just that her goal was never to kill that familiar in the first place.]

I'd heard that familiars don't clean your gem.

...But, if we follow it, maybe it can lead us to something that will.
needlenosed: (pic#10461149)

[personal profile] needlenosed 2017-02-12 10:12 pm (UTC)(link)

[ He could've sworn that just defeating the familiars would restore your energy... or was that Dragoncide? Man, reality and fiction mixing was rough. When he thought about it, he didn't exactly have the best plan in place to take any of them out in the first place. Didn't have too much time checking out the ol' magic reserves. ]

Well, my talents lend themselves more to sneaking missions anyway. Sure, let's see where this lil' fellow takes us.
myapology: (i don't even know the reason)

[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-12 10:39 pm (UTC)(link)
[She nods, breaking into a run so that she can catch up with the familiar before it can duck out of sight.

It doesn't take long for something to happen, though; she's barely taken three steps before the space around them is warping into that of a nightmarescape. A thin, narrow trail of ink stretches out before them, laying out a path. Above, sights that belong in a child's crayon drawing can be seen. Scribbly curved lines form into the shape of birds, flying overhead with a cartoonish imitation of a caw.

Yoshino looks back in Jughead's direction, as if to look for a gauge on what she should do.]
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[personal profile] needlenosed 2017-02-13 02:19 am (UTC)(link)
[ Whoop, running then. And then, suddenly, everything goes weird.

Everything looks to be fairly crude and badly drawn, and Jughead feels like he's walked directly into a coloring book. Or a really, badly animated cartoon by the looks of those birds. When she looks back at him, he throws up his hands. ]

Don't look at me. I didn't pack any erasers.

[ Shrug? He barely even knew what his magic did. Jughead cautiously stepped forward, hands in his pockets. ]

I guess the first thing we'll do is just keep an eye out and hope no one tries to scribble on us.
myapology: (the water flows)

[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-13 07:31 am (UTC)(link)
[Well, he seems calm about this, at least. Calm enough to be cracking jokes.

That's good.]

If they did, it might serve as good camouflage in a place like this.

[What better way to blend in in a shoddily-drawn crayon world than to look like a shoddily-drawn crayon scribbling yourself?

Yoshino takes a few steps forward, as if testing the waters, but as bizarre as their surroundings are, it doesn't seem as if anything within is hostile. For the time being, anyway. Some of the birds have definitely taken notice of their arrival, as can be noticed by the way they're beginning to land on nearby tree branches to gawk at the newcomers, but that's as far as anything has done so far. Maybe camouflage would be unnecessary.]
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[personal profile] needlenosed 2017-02-14 12:56 am (UTC)(link)
Hey, maybe that'll happen anyway. The longer we stay in here, we'll turn into doodles.

[ He just says matter-of-factly. He's not in a situation he'd consider scary just yet: after all, this doesn't look like it'd be considered a massive undertaking in the first place. It should be a some place crawling with enemies to smack around, followed by the world ending final boss.

Still, no complaints here as he looks up at the birds and whistles a bit. There's less effort to start out on Easy to learn the controls, and other such metaphors. After a few seconds of looking back at those birds, he shakes his head. ]

Friendly. At least until we make noise. Don't suppose whatever magic you got's quiet, is it?
myapology: (i'll be sure to keep waiting always)

[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-14 05:45 am (UTC)(link)
[The best response to a question like that is to show Jughead her weapon, Yoshino figures. She's always been more for action than words, anyway.

She holds her arms out in front of her, one bent at the elbow and one pulled straight, and an assault rifle materializes into her hands so that one hand is at the trigger, and another is gripped around the barrel.]


And you?
needlenosed: (pic#10256706)

[personal profile] needlenosed 2017-02-14 06:00 am (UTC)(link)
[ Uh. Uh huh. ]

Wow, he didn't really skimp in the weapon department for you.

[ Who just gives a shy-looking girl a gun? He sure hopes that thing came with a manual or something, otherwise someone's going to wind up swiss cheese.

Speaking of. Jughead scratches at the back of his head, before holding his hand open vertically. What materializes looks to be a comically oversized spatula, which gets... well, not much surprise on Jughead's part. ]

Whatever works. I'd probably do better work with a knife and a fork, but I can deal with this. [ Which basically means... ] I guess I'm getting up close with anything that comes at us.
myapology: (within countless cycles)

[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-14 06:09 am (UTC)(link)
[A cooking implement. Kyuubey gave this guy a cooking implement to fight with. "Just what did you do to make him hate you enough to do that?" she almost wants to ask. If he had to be given something food-related, he could've done a lot better than a spatula, something that didn't even have a sharp point or even edges.]

...Is that really all he gave you?
needlenosed: (pic#10256708)

[personal profile] needlenosed 2017-02-14 05:15 pm (UTC)(link)
[ What does he say? If he had to guess, the complaint department wasn't exactly something he could contact about his weapon. Even so, this was a lot less likely to backfire on him, at least as far as he knows. With a dry chuckle, he waves it a bit. ]

Sure, you didn't know? I'm the magi's cook now. I'm here to refill your stomach if you're feeling low. [ A pause. ] It'd still hurt if I whacked someone with this.
myapology: (i don't even know the reason)

[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-16 04:56 am (UTC)(link)
[Well, she supposes that's true enough.]

And it's quieter than mine.

[And easier to carry around, come to think of it. This assault rifle of hers definitely loses in the mobility department, so for the time being, she unsummons it. She doesn't think shooting at these birds will do them much good; there's no way they're any more than familiars, if they can even be considered that.

She scans her surroundings again, and it's not long before her eyes are drawn to the ink trail.]

...The Nightmare is probably down that way, don't you think?
needlenosed: (pic#10461172)

[personal profile] needlenosed 2017-02-26 03:21 am (UTC)(link)
I'd say so. Hey, just saying, you're not going to have to keep a lid on it when we see it. Unless-- I don't know, do we get any kind of bonus for stealth?

[ Eh, probably not. Still, if he's the one that has the weapon that can actually do some kind of damage, he should probably be out in front. Jughead keeps his spatula handy and swings it idly in his hand, trying to give it a twirl as he follows down the ink trail.

It'd be better off if they had a giant eraser, or something. ]

Just curious. I'm generally the non-violent, non-flattening type. If things get bad, you're not a bad shot, right? I don't have to watch the back of my head?
myapology: (until the day you call my name)

[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-28 05:54 am (UTC)(link)
That depends. Would you consider the element of surprise a bonus?

[Though... She glances back at the birds again. With all these familiars around, watching their every move, she'd be very surprised if whatever Nightmare is up ahead doesn't already know they're here.]

As long as you don't make any unexpected movements, you have my assurance that I won't shoot you.

[But maybe that doesn't sound like the most reassuring statement in the world, so after a beat, she adds:] I've been trained on how to use a firearm. Don't worry.

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[personal profile] verytastyverytragic 2017-02-12 10:25 pm (UTC)(link)
[Hunting came naturally to Haruka.

Truth be told, this was...well, different was a bit too simple a word to explain the discrepancy between this and her usual prey. She supposes there should be some relief, some kind of feeling that killing Nightmares was so different from killing people, but really, there wasn't. At best, the difference was somewhat curious to her, a small amusement at the back of her mind.

Even if she had become more averse to her usual hunting-stalking, to the demands of her being once her memories - Haruka's memories - had become so much more firmly entrenched in her, it was still easy to fall into the most basic needs and mindset of herself. The familiars were amusements. Certainly, they were more dangerous than most of the humans Haruka had hunted, but then again Haruka hardly amused herself by hunting the most dangerous of people. The perverted, the disgusting, the trash of society. Most times once it was clear she was dangerous they'd run from her, but she was usually upon them by then. Sometimes they'd flail, try to push her back. Occasionally they'd be armed with something like a bat or a pipe or a knife, but even that mattered very little to her, and how unprepared to use their weapon they usually were.

She was a hunter by nature.

Following the little blob was a slower task than hunting people were, though. It was a necessity though, to have to catch the thing off guard. It was almost a mercy that this place had granted her her teeth as a weapon at least. Preferable if she still possessed her actual strength, her ability to rip and tear and eat, but if all she was to be given was her teeth, well. That was a start. The body was still too weak to be aggressive aside from the most dire of situations, though. So trying to sneak up on the thing, grab it, and bite it apart was her best course of action.

And then it turned out she wasn't the only one stalking it. Haruka wondered if the other girl was even aware of the fact Haruka was in front of her, so much so that she doesn't bother to try and grab the familiar as it darts under her. She gets pushed back softly as Yoshino runs into her, already expecting it from the girl.

And just smiles at Yoshino as she tries to apologize. Pleasantly. Pleasant is always best, at least at first.]

They can be tricky sometimes, can't they?
myapology: (until the day you call my name)

[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-12 10:51 pm (UTC)(link)
[Strange as it probably would sound to say, nervousness revealed a lot about a person. Yoshino wouldn't go as far as to call it an inherently trustworthy reaction in someone, but there was nonetheless a disarming quality to it. That was the reason she turned so often to nervousness herself; the reason she played the part of the small, trembling animal when she was trying to lull the other party into a false sense of security.

It's also because of that reason that Yoshino immediately feels a sense of unease from the situation she's found herself in. The girl she'd bumped into - the one talking to her now - was pleasant; the picture of calmness. For most, that would be reason to be put at ease. But for Yoshino's part, all she can think is the way there seemed to be no moment in which this person was even slightly taken aback.

It isn't proof of anything conclusive, of course. Not evidence that would ever be permissible on a court of law. But for Yoshino, it evoked the image of possibilities to her that gave her reason to be on-guard.

Well, it never did hurt to be careful when meeting a stranger.]


I had been so engrossed in following it that I entirely forgot my surroundings.