"I'm home.""We're home." "Welcome back, girls." Principal Kurota, like he said, hasn't moved an inch. "How did it go? Are those kids ready?" "Yeah, I guess so." I say to him, unenthusiastically. "If you can call it 'ready'." "Well, at least they have a plan. That's what counts, right?" "No."I am Itsukuma Masami. Today is the last day before my 'father' Asai is released from a magical prison. I've been going to the people whom I know and asking around on their plans to deal with him in case he has nefarious deeds in mind. Who am I kidding, he's definitely up to something evil.In fact, he's up to something SO evil that he has twisted my arm to stay away from him for the rest of the day. He kidnapped Cirrus, one of my cards-turned-sisters, and made thinly veiled threats in my direction. I'm not too happy about all of it right now. Mom is coming home with Cirrus in tow. So fortunately, I don't have to worry about rescuing her. The bad part is that there really isn't anything stopping Asai from coming back over to my house and doing it again.The whole thing just makes me SO mad. Mom says she has a plan to deal with him, but it involves putting a little cuff around Asai's arm. I don't think Asai would let it be that easy. My plan involves trying to turn Asai into a human, but I've had mixed results at best. My friends plans so far have revolved around fighting Asai head-on. I think that's a really bad idea.Kaori's plan is to just ignore Asai and let the Police and Military deal with him if he becomes a problem.Which is bad, bad Kaori. You're supposed to be the one with all the good ideas! Now I'm home, waiting for Mom to get back with Cirrus. I'm upset, and I have no good ideas.>Calm down, try asking around for ideas. >Nope, get angry and huff about it.>Argue with someone (Julie? Haruko?)>Talk to the principal some more, he seems oddly calm.>Ken'ichi has been asleep the whole time I've been gone. Why are you so smug? >Other?
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>>42587295>Calm down, try asking around for ideas.
>>42587295>Talk to the principal some more, he seems oddly calm.>Ken'ichi has been asleep the whole time I've been gone. Why are you so smug?
>>42587295>Talk to the principal some more, he seems oddly calm.
>>42587295>>Calm down, try asking around for ideas.>>Talk to the principal some more, he seems oddly calm.
>>Calm down, try asking around for ideas.>Principal and Ken'ichiWriting!
>>42587741Well, sadly it's late o'clock local time, so I've gotta go, but thanks for the thread man, it's nice to have something to look forward to when I'm getting up in the morning.
Okay, first thing to do is remain calm.It's not easy, and I always seem to fail at it. But this is the one time where it matters! Gotta remain calm. Need to just breathe in, and out. From here, everything will be okay! Right? "S-so." I'm still feeling a little irritated. It doesn't help that I keep having the fact that Asai will be released in a few hours playing in the back of my head. "-What have you been doing since we left, Principal Kurota?" "I have a trick up my sleeve as well." "Really!? Can you tell me!?""No," He leans back, "No I rather not. It's something that I'll wait to consider. I want to know what everyone else is planning, first." "That's not very helpful. What about Ken'ichi? What is he planning?"He laughs, "Probably to sleep through it."That makes me cross my arms. Ken'ichi pays attention for once and gets his attention."Hey, it might not look like it, but I do have a plan." "Peh, really?" "The way I see it." Ken stretches out his arms. "The reason that Asai hasn't left already is because something he wants is too big to fit through the gaps in the shield. Something person-sized can already come and go from there, right?" "Well, that's true, but-" "Then, if it's something that large, every single person on the Earth is going to notice it. It will then be smashed into dust by cool military stuff. So us getting anywhere near it while the military works their magic will be dangerous to both Asai and to us. Best thing we can do is wait to see how that will affect it and then go in for Asai while he's vulnerable." "..Ken, your plan is almost exactly the same as Kaori's.""Because it's a good plan!" Kaori huffs.>I think we need some other plan>I'm going to test out the monster to human thing again>Kaori, come up with a better plan! >Silence, just silence until Mom gets home.>I don't know anymore.>Other?
>>42589025>I think we need some other plan>I'm going to test out the monster to human thing again
>>42589025>I think we need some other plan>I'm going to test out the monster to human thing again>Kaori, come up with a better plan!
>>42589025>I'm going to test out the monster to human thing again>Kaori, come up with a better plan!
>>42589025>>I think we need some other plan>>I'm going to test out the monster to human thing again>>Kaori, come up with a better plan!Military is cool and all but what if they come after us next?
>>42589025>>42589136Yeah sounds good to me
>>I think we need some other plan>>I'm going to test out the monster to human thing again>>Kaori, come up with a better plan!Writing!
"I think we need some other plan. I don't like these plans very much." "Well, if you're going to come up with one. You'll have to do it on your own, my mind is settled." Ken'ichi flops back down onto the couch. He's so worthless, I swear."I'm going back with the card thing!" I proudly proclaim. "It sort-of worked once! I can make it work again!" "Okay! Sounds like you have a plan then!" Kaori slaps my shoulder. "I knew you would pull through. I'm going to go check on-" "And you're coming with me!" "W-What!? Why!?" "Because!" I smile, "You're going to come up with a better plan while I'm making a better card." "But I like my plan!""Too bad! I don't like your plan! Come up with another one, sis!" "But Masaaaaaami!" I ignore Kaori's whining, and instead make my way back over toward the drafting table.Thankfully, all the components are still set out from earlier. No one has taken or disturbed anything, probably because they don't really know what any of it does. So that means I'm back for more drafting! "But I don't wannnaaaa-" "Kaori, please. Just think of a backup plan! That's all you have to do!" "I have a backup plan!" "No you don't! Sitting back and hoping other people solve your problems is not a back-up plan! Besides, if Asai gets outed for being a danger, who else are they going to go after?" I lean in close to Kaori, "They could come after us, you know. Monsters are dangerous to society, after all." "No, they don't even know we're here!" "How do you know that? Do you want to find out the hard way?" Kaori leans back, frowning."Okay, I'll think of another stupid plan, but it won't be a good one!" "That's all I ask. I'm going to-" >Get started! Hey friendly-monster, get back over here for more!>Look for more test subject-I mean volunteers.>Hey, that other monster made some kind of card-less thing, I wonder if I can do the same? >Eat something sugary now that Mom isn't watching me.>Tell Emillion about his 'friend'.>Other?
>>42590316>>Get started! Hey friendly-monster, get back over here for more!>>Tell Emillion about his 'friend'.
>>42590316>Hey, that other monster made some kind of card-less thing, I wonder if I can do the same? >Eat something sugary now that Mom isn't watching me.Kaori please
>>42590316>Emillion needs to hear about his friend.
>>42590316>Get started! Hey friendly-monster, get back over here for more!>Eat something sugary now that Mom isn't watching me.>Tell Emillion about his 'friend'.
>>42590316>Look for more test subject-I mean volunteers.>Eat something sugary now that Mom isn't watching me.>Tell Emillion about his 'friend'.
>Eat something sugary now that Mom isn't watching me.>Tell Emillion about his 'friend'.Writing!
I just had the sudden realization that Mom isn't watching."-and I'm going to go get some cookies, want some?" "W-what?! It's not even lunchtime yet, Masami!" "I'm going to do it anyway!" "Masami! Don't!" Kaori pulls on my sleeve, "You're going to give yourself a stomachache!" "Nahh! I'll be fine! Really! Want some?" "No! Masami! You're making me think up new plans while you're going to get cookies!?" "I'm thinking of new plans, too! It's just, how can I do it on an empty stomach!?" "Just eat something good for you!" No.I stand up and hop in the direction of the kitchen. That's when I notice a flaw in my plan.Mom has cleverly placed the cookie jar on top of the refridgerator. "Darn it! She knew!" I drag a chair over, and steadily stand on top of it. Carefully balancing, I lean against the refrigerator and awkwardly reach for the cookies. That's when I remember my uneasiness with heights, and slip. At the very least, the jar is grasped tightly in my hands. It offers some comfort as I find myself falling backwards toward the floor. "Oof!" I feel a pair of hands catch my fall, I find my footing and quickly stand back up on my own power."Geez." A much younger voice than mine puffs. I turn around, cookie jar still clutched in hand. "Did you really risk slipping and falling just to get a cookie jar?" Emillion crosses his arms. "I did! Want one?" "No." "You're no fun." Oh right!"Um, Do you remember Taoru? Big spikey monster? Lived in your basement?" "Yeah, I remember him.. I wish I could visit, but-" "He came out of the basement!" Emillion looks as if he's about to faint."H-He's not hurt, is he!?" "No! He was looking for you!" "Why!? Did someone chase him away from the mansion!?" "He thinks I killed you, Emillion." He balls up his fists, "We can't let him wander around! I need to go find him!" >It's fine, really>Relax, someone is watching him>Why is it a big deal?>Want a cookie?>Continue eating, let him panic>Other?
>>42591527>Relax, someone is watching him
>>42591527>>Relax, someone is watching him>>Want a cookie?
>>42591527>Relax, someone is watching him>Why is it a big deal?>his magic thing looked cool but I don't really get it
>Relax, someone is watching him>Why is it a big deal?>his magic thing looked cool but I don't really get itWriting!
>>42592000You there OP?
>>42592805It hasn't even been an hour yet.
"Oh relax!" I say, jamming a cookie into my mouth. "It's not a problem! Someone is watching after him." "S-someone took him from mansion's basement?!" "No one took him, no one even knew he was down there until he came out." I pat him on the head, but that just makes him pout at me. "He came out searching for you, and then Maeda and Ryouta found him. Nothing bad happened. He's helping them make something.""'Something?'" "It's some kind of wrist thing, it apparently works without cards. Which those two need. Everything has been going well." I think about that, and then rephrase:"Well, you DO need to go visit him, and convince him that you're not dead. That was kind of worrying for me." Emillion quit listening, I offer him a cookie and he grabs it and starts munching. He seems to be intently pondering. I'm not sure what the big deal is, really."Emillion? Why is it a big deal? He's allowed to leave the mansion on his own, right?""Yeah, but-" He mumbles through his stuffed mouth. "He doesn't leave the mansion on his own. He's been a hermit for as long as I remember." "Why did your father have him stuck in the basement?" "You know, he was split off from a larger monster.""I heard that from Kaori." "He got the cowardly side. But with it, he became a kind of mad-scientist. He stuffed himself in the basement making things for Master. The last thing he was working on was so complex that I quit following what he was doing." "What was it? Was it a bracelet thing?" "Is that what he's making for those kids?" "Yep! And I still don't know how it works. I mean, it looked cool, but I really don't get it." Emillion sits down, taking another cookie with him."Have you watched 'Iron Man'?" "No." "How about 'Kamen Rider'?" "What Rider?" He sighs, "Then I don't know how to describe it.">J-Just try! Really! >Okay, more cookies then>Want to go find him right now?>Maybe Kaori can help explain>Sounds interesting. What are they about?>Other?
>>42592948>J-Just try! Really!
>>42592948>>J-Just try! Really!>>Sounds interesting. What are they about?
>>42592948>J-Just try! Really!>Maybe Kaori can help explain
>>J-Just try! Really!>>Sounds interesting. What are they about?Writing!
"J-Just try! Really! I may not know a lot of stuff, but I know some stuff!" I feel almost insulted! "No, no, Masami. It's not that you don't know it, it's that you don't watch television." "Well, what is it!?" Emillion hops up, stretching his arms. "They're superheroes, Masami! They protect the innocent, save the world and-"He pulls his hat down, suddenly looking embarrassed. "-They're just really strong." "That sounds interesting, what are they about? Do you watch it?" "NO!" Emillion suddenly seems even more embarrassed. "I mean, of course not. That's for kids, Masami. That's dumb. Don't be dumb." "Well, um, it sounds neat." "Of course you would think that." He turns away from me. "So, what do they do? How does that relate to the bracelets?"He turns back around energetically. "They use these device things, and like get a suit of armor to fight evil, and monsters, and-""That doesn't sound like something your father wanted.""Well, um-" Emillion pulls his hat back down. "He just wanted the power that went along with it. He wanted something like that so he could fight Asai at a moment's notice. I was interested when I heard about it because-" He thinks about his next choice of words."Because shut up, that's why!" "Oh." I lean back on the table. "So he was just making this because he wanted, wait what does it give you, again?""It's supposed to give the wearer a suit of armor. But it has issues, the last time I checked.""Yeah. I know." I grumble. "Anything else about it? How close was it to being done?" "I don't know, this is the first time I know that he left." "Masami!" Kaori yells at me from the table. "Mom just pulled in the driveway!" Oh no! She's here, I'm not done with drafting, and I'm holding the cookie jar!>Quick, get to the table and start drafting>Shove the cookies into Emillion's hands and act innocent! >Hide! >Run out and greet them! >Freeze up, unsure what to do! >Other?
>>42593949>Freeze up, unsure what to do!
>>42593949>shove the cookie jar in Emilion's hands>go back to draftingfoolproof plan
>>42593949>panic>run out and greet them with the cookie jar.>panic again cause we got caught>pout
>>42593949>>Run out and greet them!
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>Run out and greet them!>>42594013Eheheheh
>>42594078This will be the last post of the night, by the way>writing
>>42594078>nat20 bloody hell
Mom's back! Mom is back, Mom is back, Mom is back! "I gotta go see her!" "But wait, Masami!" "No! No time!" I immediately dart toward the door and fling it open. I don't even bother listening to Emillion or Kaori as I hop out and into the driveway.Cirrus, poor Cirrus. This is all my fault. I should have never left you alone when I knew there was a madman out there. I feel like such a terrible friend! It's fine now, it's all fine. She can go back into her card, and she can just stay there. She never has to leave again, I'm sure she won't after this. She's probably too terrified after everything she has seen to do much more than go home and rest. Cirrus, I'm coming, just hold on a bit longer."CIRRUS, MOM, I'M SORRY!" "Masami?" "MASAMI!" Cirrus jumps at me and grapples me in her arms. "It's okay Cirrus, really. It's fine. I'm sorry." I return the hug as Mom steps out of the car. Mom walks over to us and takes us into her arms in one giant hug. "It's fine, Masami. This isn't your fault." "But-" "Masami, you're not the one to blame for this. Please. You should be answering something else right now." "Hmm?""What's that you're holding?" My free hand wraps around the porcelain object that I've been gripping the whole time.It's the cookie jar, I ran out of the house so quickly that I accidentally brought the jar along with me! Oh no!"Masami? What is that?" "Um! Well! Um!" I try hiding it between Cirrus and I. Cirrus looks down, confused at the green container. "It's what I was keeping some cards in, Mom. I was so excited that I forgot to put it down when I came outside!" "Really? Because that looks like the cookie jar, to me." Oh no! She's onto me! "Nope! Card jar. That's where I keep my cards."Mom sighs, and then laughs. She grabs us both into another hug. "You two are just so cute!" "Um. Umm." Does this mean I'm not getting in trouble?>Thread End
Thanks for the thread everyone. Apologies for it not being slightly longer.But that's okay! We'll have a thread tomorrow, hopefully, and it'll all work out.Thanks for everyone who participated, let me know what you thought of today's cuteness. And what you thought of the newfound knowledge about that bracelet.
>>42594364Thanks for running.