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<i>The two girls shrug, Homura absently pulling out a couple bits of paper and writing down a number on it. That limitless storage space is convenient after all, so it's not like has issues keeping things on hand.</i>
H: "Take that I guess, gimme a call when you want to meet up again. As for us I think we're just going to go back home, it's been... A day, to say the least. And I still don't feel great... Oh and Damon, the only magical favor I can do you is I dunno. Do you need help moving or something, could do that. "
<i>Madoka giggles a bit at her friend's words, though it's fairly clear from the tierd energyless tone and blank face that Homura is... Not exactly all there right now, reason enough to get going in the pink-haired girl's mind.</i>
M: "Mmm, it was nice meeting you all. And glad to see you're alright Damon! But like Homura said, we need to get some rest so we'll see you around."
<i>At that point they'd simply begin leaving the building, walking quietly for a bit until they're gone and begin speaking to each other briefly. </i>
M: "So, how do you really feel right now?"
<i>The raven-haired girl just groans and shivers a bit, speaking quietly.</i>
H: "That obvious, damn. Yeah no I feel horrible, drinking magical grief and despair with my soul... That was a stupid spur of the moment choice I made there, hurts too."
M: "... Yeah that's about what I figured, well we can talk more later I guess. About the others, Sonomi, what we did today... Geez, what a mess. And I have no idea if it was even a move we needed to make. But for now, let's just get some sleep."
<i>Madoka would just frown while leaning against the other girl and absently walking home, there's nothing more to be said for now as Homura nods absently. Wandering back in a comfortable silence despite... Everything that's happened.</i>
<i>Homura would just... Sigh. Dammit, they already know this isn't her. Not the same thing, but she can't get her mind off that dammed laughing. Madoka isn't much better off really, but the two shake their heads for a moment and start to speak up again... Before suddenly finding a third person on top of them, Damon who in the process of hugging Homura has grabbed onto Madoka as well. Causing both girls to blush furiously.</i>
H: "ACK! What the heck is that for Damon!? Missed me, what even!? Since when!"
M: "Um... Hi there Damon? Why are you hugging us though?"
<i>With a huff Homura would nod to the older woman's words towards Sonomi, speaking up in a quiet tone after that brief outburst over the shock of Damon appearing.</i>
H: "Yeah that's... Not a great idea for now. We can talk about it later okay? But not now, not here."
<i>That said, they'd go quiet for the introductions. Taking it in before simply shrugging a bit and deciding to give a proper introduction for themselves as well.</i>
M: "Uh right, Akamine. Nice meeting you I guess, though not under... Great circumstances. I'm Madoka Kaname, we aren't really magical girls anymore but we can still help. And I'm... Just a high school student I suppose, not much to say about me beyond that."
H: "Mmm, I also have a different sort of magic. Homura Akemi's my name, which some of you knew. And I can see how organizing will be tricky here, kind of a pain to deal with but the locals are admittedly quite strong in many ways. They'll be useful if you can get them to focus for more than five seconds."
<i>Boy, what a trick that would be. Actually getting this lot to focus on things as a unified front rather than a disconnected band of weirdos. She'd need someone like Gad's help to manage that, probably. But that doesn't seem likely. For the moment the black-haired girl simply sighs and hopes Damon doesn't jump on her again, or worse, not letting go to begin with. Horrible thought.</i>
<i>Homura would sigh and speak up as Nanaka looks so suspect, she can understand why. And frankly she'll be honest about it.</i>
H: "We... Had to fight another magical girl today, among other things she could control witches. It's just a shame she used that power to... I really don't know what the hell she wanted, just that she tried to kill us. We fought back, and won. It would have been nice to get her help, but that didn't seem doable with her trying to slaughter me."
<i>Madoka's face goes a bit pale upon recalling the lifeless form of Suzuki, not a pretty picture by any means. She's not sure about just saying it, but at the same time not saying anything after that remark would be entirely too odd. As for the infomartion about Walpurgisnacht. Madoka would speak up at that point.</i>
M: "Yeah that, happened today. It was, kind of overwhelming... Anyway though, Walpurgisnacht. Assuming it's really the same thing then she's more like a force of nature than a witch, it's a bit like trying to fight a tornado that hates you? She doesn't have a barrier, just sort of shows up. Tosses buildings around uh... Her familars are like magical girls, except made of shadows. They aren't as tough to kill as you'd expect, but they are every bit as dangerous as a real magical girl."
<i>She'd then pause for a moment, what else is there to add. Madoka can't think of much but Homura... She sighs and speaks again.</i>
H: "Yeah, all that. And frankly I don't know about any weak points, but again on the big assumption it's the same... She's like a giant stage, maybe something inside the stage? I never went inside, but ranged attacks didn't work out. Maybe with enough overwhelming force it could but we couldn't manage it then. Questions?"
<i>And with that both go silent for now, just looking between the two curiously as the lean against each other.</i>
<i>Homura would set her friend down with a slight sigh of relief, they didn't end up with her becoming... One of those. The physical problems won't be an issue, so long as she can be fixed magically speaking anyway. As for Nanaka's words, the pair of girls would simply nod as Homura groans a bit.</i>
H: "Right... A powerful witch, geez. I can't help but feel there may have been a better way, but here we are now huh. Hopefully it isn't worse than Walpurgisnacht, We fought her once. 'Fought', more like 'Watched our friend die to her and barely escaped'..."
<i>Madoka would grimace as that memory comes to mind, pulling the black-haired girl into a hug and shivering slightly regardless of the fairly pleasant weather at the moment. </i>
M: "Y-yeah that... Was a thing. U-um we'll try to help too though, maybe if it isn't just three people things will... Go better?"
<i>The pink-haired girl sounds rather unsure of that thought, and judging by the way neither seems entirely here anymore but rather appearing to be spacing out a bit one can only assume whatever happened before is still remembered entirely too well.</i>
<i>The pair of girls would walk in with amazingly confused expressions on their faces, they didn't expect to see... This many people. Who even are most of these folks. They vaguely recall Nanaka, but besides that though... Nothing. The black-haired girl would simply quietly walk toward the one with a pile of grief seeds while sighing heavily.</i>
H: "I don't suppose you happen to be willing to spare some of those seeds, I don't need em. But my friend here is... A god damn idiot frankly, that's the simple way of putting it."
<i>She sounds beyond tired while speaking, and Madoka would shoot her a look of slight annoynace at the intensely blunt method. Even by Homura's standards that was perhaps a bit much.</i>
H: "Oh, and sorry about being so rude. Kind of had a long day, been doing stupid shit myself so I'm not in the mood for beating around the bush. It's no excuse though, I know."
M: "Yeah... She is right about Sonomi needing help though, that's the knocked out one. I'm Madoka Kaname by the way, and my other friend's Homura Akemi. And uh, what's going on here today?"
<i>With that they'd both go quiet, merely looking around the busy building and wondering what in the hell this gathering is exactly.</i>
<i>As the girl falls down Homura would just sigh, what a pain. Now she's gonna end up carrying a knocked out girl through the streets without any real means of hiding it... Best to stick with the rooftops. A thing the two girls are capable of manging with a combination of trained physical ability and bursts of magic.
The fact Homura has to bridal carry Sonomi during all this is mildly annoying to her, really. But nothing that can't be handled and with any luck they won't run across anyone able and willing to call them out for dashing through the city at high speeds leaping from building to building on their way towards GYM.</i>
<i>Homura follows after the older woman, Madoka... Pauses for a few moments, staring between her girlfriend and Sonomi with a torn look.</i>
H: "If you want to try and look after her, I understand... I don't want to leave you alone though. Just hang onto this at least if you really insist upon staying her with her okay?"
<i>The pink-haired girl would shake her head, standing up and begining to walk after Homura while giving Sonomi a worried expression.</i>
M: "No I get it, we're stronger together after all... Sonomi just... Please try to hold yourself in place for a bit longer. And thanks for telling us about that friend of yours Miss."
<i>The pair both sigh at that point, one holding an assault rifle in her hands and the other a metal bow covered in mystic runes all over it. Both girls eyes darting around not only in search of foes, but exits, cover, any environment that's out of the norm. It's a fairly practiced gaze with which they examine quietly for now.</i>
<i>Homura could explain that Suzuki was her kill, but she won't. If LS wants to take that hit then fine, she'll have to thank the woman later on but for now she'd merely crack her knuckles and speak in a voice that's so obviously tired and worn down.</i>
H: "Sonomi... I'm not here to take anyone's side. I just want you to be okay, I <b>want</b> to actually do something for you because I actually give a damn about you. But I don't have the time or inclination to play stupid guessing games and poke at your words, if you wanted to actually explain then maybe. But this? Nah, I'm done here if it's gonna be this. We'll talk later. Consider actually explaining things instead of merely being vague next time, please?"
<i>As Homura finishes and starts walking she just looks... Beyond worried, clearly depressed by the other girl's utter refusal to try and let them help. As for Madoka she just speaks up in a quiet calm voice.</i>
M: "What she said honestly, I want to help too but... Homura's kinda right, we really don't have time to do this all day Sonomi."
<i>There's a sigh from both girls as they begin preparing to move on, merely waiting for a moment to hear their friend's reply.</i>
<i>Homura's voice would go lower, now whispering and not really wanting to be heard by anyone save the two present in this room. Madoka leaning in closer to hear what she says.</i>
H: "I... You aren't though? What's actually happened Sonomi, I can see your soul gem there getting dark and that's very bad. But what else? Because you're just offering platitudes and not telling us what's actually wrong, I want to help but I <b>cannot do that</b> if I don't understand what's going on."
<i>The pink-haired girl would nod and place a hand on their friend's shoulder, looking at the mentioned soul gem herself with a wince. That's one obvious problem, but corruption never come from nowhere. There's an underlying cause and as Homura said, they don't know it. Either way, she'd whisper as well now.</i>
M: "I don't think you're crying too much, that's fine. Feeling bad is okay and you don't have to do everything alone, but Homura is right. We can't do much for you if we don't know what we need to do or what you're going through. You... Know how to fix that problem Homura mentioned though, right? Do you have any spares?"
<i>Pointing out the soul gem doesn't feel great, but they don't have those dammed seeds anymore so their only hope there is Sonomi herself. Or Lucky Streak maybe, but betting on charity from a random magical girl who probably knows the truth is... Unwise at best, even Madoka knows it. And frankly trying to talk about anything else before fixing that seems like a terrible plan too.</i>
<i>Homura would hold onto the younger girl tighter, eyes closed as Madoka walks closer... Placing a hand on their friend's shoulder as she speaks up.</i>
M: "I get it, I wanna go home too honestly. I used to think about it all the time, but we can't live in the past Sonomi... Trying just hurts more in the end. And if you wanna help anyone, this isn't how you do it. We aren't perfect, but please trust us?"
<i>Homura pauses for a second, still holding the other girl in place with that impressive strength she's not entirely sure on where it comes from, work and experince? Supernatural talent? A bit of both probably given she can keep pace with the magical girl. Either way, she'd speak out in a calm and reassuring voice.</i>
H: "Mmm, I can't say I totally love being in some random madhouse I barely understand even after years either Sonomi. But Madoka's right, we've gotta keep moving. And if you need help then... Well, I don't really have any idea how to get any of us back home. But we'll do what we can."
GYM DX: A Lazy Afternoon
<i>A girl wanders down the streets of Tokyo, smiling slightly and absently checking the weapons resting on her back. A simple light-weight spear, and a bow with runes carved into it.
She'd glance up towards the early afternoon sun with a slightly wistful look, she should all told be in school right now but instead, the pink-haired girl just keeps on wandering through streets into a dark alleyway.</i>
"Guess there's nothing to do but see if anyone else is around here right now. I just don't feel like hanging around in a crowded building all day today anyway so this should be a fine distraction, and I need more practice."
<i>She'd absently walk up to a well kept clean building with a sign that reads GYM DX on it, casually waltzing through its doors with her hands balled into fists while checking the room out. It's got a rather large fighting ring in it, the juice bar, some computer system for VR maybe? She's never seen that before but there it is, huh.
Either way, Madoka takes a deep breath and begins stretching herself out some to warm up. Eyes drifting over towards the building's door every now and then in the process as the girl dressed in what appears to be a gym class uniform waits quietly pondering to herself.</i>
Behind the Den- Err Leblanc: Madoka vs Sayaka
<i>A young girl with pink hair wanders through forgotten city streets, a bow in her hands and a spear on her back. She's dressed in a black leather coat, concealing what if one looked closely they'd realize is a suit of armor. Not metal to be sure, but some kind of fibers woven together.</i>
"Geez... Guess there's no turning back now, gotta go ahead and do this no matter what."
<i>She'd mutter a groan while walking to the building's side... And smash a card against her bow while a large armored woman appears.</i>
"Heat Riser D'Arc!"
<i>The girl would be engulfed by a bright glow for a few seconds, stepping forward as her Persona vanishes once again. And feeling magical power flow through her body while finally stepping behind the old rundown cafe fully.</i>
"Now I just wait... Let's hope this works out."
Faba Magi Capulus Magicus: The One I've Been Saying I'll Make
<i>It's a typical day in Tokyo's Shibuya district, crowds are bustling around, cars move down the streets with the usual slowness one would expect from a large city filled with pedestrians. And on this typical day, we move to... Another typical thing, a lazy cafe with a homey softly lit style and a quiet atmosphere sits in a corner of the city.</i>
It isn't overflowing with customers at the moment, but there are several people sitting and chatting within. An employee wanders about taking orders with a calm smile on her face. Another can be seen now and then dashing about the kitchen while he rapidly cooks various things.
And in a corner of the room, sitting next to an unlit fireplace is a pair of girls. One with long black hair going down to her chest, wearing a black sweater with a dark purple skirt and leggings. She absently munches on some scrambled eggs while glancing up now and then. But is otherwise quiet and paying little attention. The other has pink hair tied in twin tails with white ribbons, wearing a simple plain white dress with a coat over it. Her face is lit up with a smile while she leans toward the other girl and speaks up in a curious voice.[/i]
M: "What's up with you Homura? I'm not used to you being this distracted, has something happened recently I didn't hear about?"
<i>Homura sighs for a moment and rubs the back of her neck, leaning back in her seat and replying in a melancholy tone.</i>
H: "It's... Just about what we heard from the damn Incubator. I can't help but think this is simply the calm before storm if something big really is gonna happen, are we ready?"
<i>Madoka shrugs a bit and smiles regardless, leaning in a bit more and pecking the other girl's cheek before taking a sip from some hot cocoa in a mug.</i>
M: "I'm not really sure, but I think we can handle it... I believe in us, but maybe that's because I can't bear to think about the other possibilities. For now though, just relax and try to have fun~"
<i>The taller girl chuckles a bit and smiles back at Madoka, nodding and looking through the building to see if any they might know has come in. Madoka also takes out her phone for a moment, sending a simple message to one Sayaka Miki asking how she's doing, and if she'd like to meet. Though she's unsure on a reply. Either way, the pair would devolve to small talk and laughing among themselves for a bit while wondering who if anyone interesting might show up today.</i>
<i>A young girl stands outside in an alley facing... A TV she'd plugged into an outlet, there's a grimly determined look on the pink haired young woman's face as she stares at it.</i>
"Just... Jump in huh, or so that's what I've heard. Gotta do it sooner rather than later I think, can't help anybody like I am now."
<i>Her hair's tied back in a ponytail behind her, and she wears a simple pair of jeans with a pink t-shirt, and a red ribbon tied around her head. After taking a brief moment to wait and look around some more, she'd sigh and step forward, hand reaching for the screen and... Sinking in, she in theory knew that should happen, but it's still so strange to see in person. Even so, she leaps into without looking back.</i>
"Whatever I find in here, I'm sure I'll figure it out somehow... Not like I've got any choice but to figure it out after all."
<i>She'd land inside... Somewhere, the screen absently flickering outside where she'd left it, and rippling a bit as if to invite people inside.</i>