Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Character Creation and Discussion (second reincarnation)
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Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Fighting demons and the like
WindS-B - Chapter 3.5: Changing Winds - Part 2
After a gorgeous meal and lively party, the guests split up in groups.
One group helped cleaning up, the easy-going ones sat and talked or took an afternoon nap.
But the younger and energetic ones left for a hike.
Fuuko, who was familiar with the surrounding area, was among that group.
Destination, the large lake near the villa, though the word 'near' is used it still is a considerable distance.
Taking in account the time it takes to go and return, the group brought along some snacks and fishing gear to catch fish for dinner.
For Elly, it's the first time she's visiting Fuuko's homeworld.
The lake looked impressive from the villa, but once they crossed the forest surrounding it...
"Uwaaa~" Elly awed once more at the sight of the lake's sparkling surface and crystal clear water.
And once more, Fuuko sticked her chest out with pride, "Amazing isn't it?"
Elly nods, "It sure is~ Makes me want to go for a swim~" as she said that, she was about to remove her shirt when someone spoke.
"If the lil'lady intends to swim, don't go too far from the margin. The lake's king 'll get'ya."
"Hmm?" Elly looked in the voice's direction and saw an old man sitting on a rock, holding a fishing rod.
"Ohh, it's Gramps!" Subaru and the other sisters approached the man.
"Heya, been a while." He nods to the girls, greeting them.
While the Nakajima sisters talk to the old fisherman, Elly leans towards Fuuko.
"Who's that person?"
"A neighbour, though, his house in quite far from our's. He's been fishing here for the last 50 or so years."
"Wow, that's something."
Fuuko nods, "Subaru-san and the others met him during a party we held here, just like now."
Looking at the old man talking with a lively expression, Elly smiled and walked over.
"Oya? A new face?" The old man noticed her right way, "One of your sisters?" He asked Subaru.
"Ah, no. I'm--"
"She's my partner." Fuuko interrupts Elly as she comes closer.
"I'm Ellyja." She bows slightly.
"Nice to meet'ya." The old man nods, then turns to Fuuko. "An' how'ya been?"
"Fine, as always."
"Hmm..." He looked at Fuuko from head to toes, "You haven't grown much since I last saw'ya."
"Uh...t-that's." Now that the thought about it, the old man didn't know the 'circumstances' surrounding her family.
"I go'just the thin' for that!" The old man hands over his rod to Nove and grabs a nearby basket he uses to store the fish.
Sticking both hands in the basket, splashing sound is heard inside. After a quick struggle, he pulls out a lively catfish with a shiny body.
"Loo'at it. Quit'a healthy one Hahaha~" The old man laughs.
"I-It sure is..." Fuuko forced a smile. (...He's a fish maniac.)
(I-I see...) Elly sweatdrops.
"Here, tak'it." The fisherman signaled Subaru and she grabbed one of the baskets they brought, scooping water from the lake.
"Is it really okay?" Fuuko asked.
"Aye, don'mind. I go'plenty." The old man puts the fish in Subaru's basket.
"Excuse me, about the previous conversation..." Elly stepped in.
"Aye, which one?"
"About a king in the lake."
"Aye." The old fisherman nods, "A large creature lives in this lake, so be careful if you go swimming."
"I heard about that too, though aside from its silhouette, I've never seen it." Fuuko comments.
"Oh, speaking o'the devil..." The old man looks at the lake.
Near the middle of the lake, there it was, an enourmous shadow underwater.
"B-Big..." Elly stepped back.
"It's alrigh'. It neva gets'too close to the margin."
"Is that so?" Elly sighed in relief.
"Yeah, I used to come here often when I was little. No worries." Fuuko adds.
"Heey~ Everything's set up." Wendi signalled the girls.
With the fishing rods prepared, and baskets ready, the calm Dieci was already fishing, while Cinque was preparing an unusual equipment.
In her hands, a small box with throwing knives of different shapes.
Taking one with a arrowhead tip, she ties a fishing line to the hole on the other end.
Elly and Fuuko watch as Cinque assumes a throwing stance while looking at the lake.
Knife ready between the fingers of her right hand and the line coiled around the left hand with enough slack to throw it.
Waiting patiently, Cinque observes the flowing water, until...
"Ha!" With a flick of her wrist, the knife is sent flying, entering the water and hitting a fish.
Pulling the line, Cinque reels in the line with her hands, retrieving the fish.
"OOOH~" Elly claps at Cinque's prowess.
Noticing the feat, Dieci comment, "Cinque-nee, that's pretty cool but...you killed the fish."
"Ah..." Cinque then realized, they're supposed to keep the fish alive to stay fresh.
"C-Cinque-nee, don't worry!" Nove walked over to her. "We can cook it now and eat it ourselves!"
Indeed, the walk to the lake was long, it wouldn't be surprising if some of them were already getting hungry.
"Then, me and Elly will go pick up firewood." Fuuko announced.
"Right, counting on you!" Nove grins at Fuuko's follow up.
The rest of the afternoon went by smoothly, with the girls fishing, snacking and talking.
For Elly, this was a new experience. Being born and raised in Mid-Childa, she had never seen such a wonderful place.
Hiking, walking in a forest, preparing a campfire, fishing and eating what you caught youself.
Thanks to meeting Fuuko, a new and colorful world opened to Ellyja.
With the sun almost setting, it was time to return.
Going together half the way, the girls bid farewell to the old man as he took another path.
"Next time..." Elly spoke.
"Hmm?" Fuuko looked at her partner.
"It'd be nice if I could bring my family." She smiled as she looked at the sky dyed orange.
"Fine with me." Fuuko raised her arms, folding them behind her head. "My parents would like it too."
Elly smiled, "Then I'll talk to them when I get back~"
"Mhm." The golden eyed girl nods in approval.
Arriving to the villa, preparations for dinner had already started, Subaru and the others handed over the fresh fish to the assigned cooks and went help with other tasks.
The tables arranged into a two rows, everyone sat along them.
Unlike lunch, dinner went by quietly. With light conversations and reminiscing old times.
After dinner, the front yard was cleaned up, and the tables stored in a shed near the house.
Moving inside, part of the group continued talking, while the other helped clean up.
Fuuko took Elly to her room. With all the fuss of the party, she forgot to show it to her.
A spacious bedroom, one window, a couple of wardrobes on the opposite side.
On the walls, shelves with books or animal plushies she got as present.
A dresser with a mirror and larger, adult-size mirror next to it.
Finally, a large bed, big enough for three people to sleep in. The bed was positioned so the sun would shine on it in the morning and the moon during the night.
"Uwaa~" Elly looked around.
"D-don't stare so much..."
Noticing the wardrobes, Elly went straight for them.
"H-Hey!" Fuuko went after her.
"Is this where all those cute clothes are?" She remembered the album Koji showed her.
"G-geh..." The short girl sweatdropped.
"Let's see~" Elly opened the wardrobe and examined its contents.
"Most of them are old and probably won't fit anymore..."
"Hmm, but some here look like they still do." Elly looked at Fuuko with sparkly eyes.
(Ugh...she really wants to see me wearing them...)
There was no escaping, Fuuko knows Elly for 3 years now, and this is one of those times when she won't give up.
So she surrendered to her partner's request and went along with it.
Together, they choose clothes from the wardrobes and Fuuko put them one on for show.
Sometime's they'd also go to the mirror and change Fuuko's hairstyle.
Being a rare sight, Elly seized the chance and took pictures of her cute partner.
Elly herself tried to wear the larger ones, but even those where dangerously short for her...not to mention tight on the chest.
Time flew by without them noticing and it was already late.
"It's this late already..." Elly looked at the time, it was past midnight.
Tomorrow, they're supposed to wake up early, eat breakfast and return to Mid-Childa.
Elly got up, "I'll be going to my room then."
"Wait." Fuuko unconsciously grabbed the sleeve of Elly's shirt.
"What?" Elly looked at her small partner, looking up at her with large golden eyes.
"Sleep here, in my room...with me." Fuuko blushed as she spoke.
"Eh?" Elly blinked.
"...Don't want to?"
"T-That's not it. Just surprised."
"I...don't want to be alone tonight." Fuuko herself couldn't understand this uneasiness, it felt like something was grasping her heart tightly.
"...Okay." Elly nods, "I'll just go get my bag."
Elly's sleeve slips from the young girl's slender fingers and watches her go out the door.
Leaving Fuuko's room, Elly hurries to fetch her bag from the room assigned to her.
On her way back, she noticed the front door slightly opened.
Tickling her curiosity, the red-haired girl goes investigate.
Going outside, she looked around.
"Ah." Elly turns towards the familiar voice.
Fuuko's parents, who are sitting on a long bench at the front of the villa.
"Hmm?" Noticing the bag, Maren spoke, "Is something wrong with the room?"
"Ah, no. It's not that. It's Fuu-chan..."
"Fuuko?" Koji blinked.
"She invited me to sleep in her room." A little embarrassed, Elly scratched her cheek.
The couple was a little surprised, but then smiled warmly.
"I see. Then please look after her." Maren bowed slightly.
"For Fuuko to say that, she must see Ellyja as a close friend." Maren explains.
"I-Is that so?" Elly blushed a little.
Koji nods, "So, from now on, look after her while we're not around."
"Ah. Y-yes'sir." Elly stands straight.
"Thank you." Maren smiles.
"Go on. Hurry back before she gets worried."
"Yes." Elly turns to the door but then stops and looks back at the couple. "G-Good night." She lowers her head a little.
Waiting for Elly to get far enough, the couple looks at each other.
"Looks like today was no good either..." Koji sighed.
Maren held Koji's hand, "We still have some time left...maybe next time."
Koji looked at the starry night sky, "This can't go on for much longer. Our time is running out."
"Yeah...I can't bring myself to tell her either."
"Just imagining the face she'd make when she hears about this...I--"
"I know...we love her too much to make her sad, it's our own fault..." Koji forces a smile.
"We'll have to tell her someday, without fail."
"Yeah." Koji paused, "Let's go inside, it's getting cold."
Holding hands, the couple goes into the house.
Elly entered Fuuko's room suddenly, and saw her looking at herself in the mirror, wearing only underwear.
"...What are you doing?"
Fuuko jumps back in surprise, then notices Elly.
"C-Changing! What else does it look like?!" Fuuko blushed furiously. "--Or rather, knock first will ya?!"
"Sorry." She giggled, closing the door behind her.
Reaching for the drawers, Fuuko pulled out her pajamas.
Elly too, changed into the pajamas from her bag.
The two slipped into the bed.
"Mmm~ Fuu-chan's bed is nice and soft~"
"Hurry up and sleep."
"Oh? Then you don't want to snuggle up?"
"Haa?" Fuuko blushed. "W-Why would I?"
Elly opened her arms, "Come on~ into Elly-onee-chan's chest~"
"Whaaa?" She raised an eyebrow.
"If you don't come to me, then I'll go~~"
"Eh? W-wai-wait! Mhmm?!" Fuuko face was gently pressed against Elly's chest.
"Like so..." Elly held her close.
"D-Don't be so pushy!" Fuuko complained.
"I can't help it, Fuu-chan's cute~"
"Uuu...T-tomorrow we'll have to wake up early, so let's sleep."
"Well then~" Elly kisses Fuuko on the forehead, "Good night, Fuu-chan~"
"B-b-b-bb-bu-Eh?! W-Why d-d-did you--" Fuuko stutters as she brings her hands to her forehead.
"Hehe~ A good night kiss~" Elly smiled.
"I-I-idi--aah!" Overwhelmed by embarrassement, Fuuko buries her face into Elly's chest to hide her face.
"Hahaha~ T-That tickles~"
"No more talking! Sleep!"
"Yes ma'am~" Elly replied in a playful tone. "Sweet dreams, Fuu-chan."
Elly closes her eyes, wishing for tomorrow to be another good day with Fuuko at her side.
[The next day...]
Maren and Koji didn't get much sleep.
Being the hosts, they also wanted to look after their guests, even if they are long-time friends.
So, the two made preparations for breakfast, so it'd be done by the time everyone awakes.
It was then that it started, a strange sensation filled the couple's chest, the knife Maren was using slipped from her fingers, falling harmlessly on the counter.
"D-do you feel that?" Koji asked, his eyes wide open.
With a similar expession, Maren nodded.
As if an unseen whimsical being had decided their fate, the hourglass shared by both was reaching its end.
"Dammit...what horrible timing." Koji complained.
Looking at their hands, the fingers trembled as if they were afraid of dying.
Of course they were, not because of themselves, but their daughter...
"Fuuko..." Maren muttered.
Trying to walk, Maren quickly lost her balance, but Koji managed to catch her.
"It's no use...we won't make it to her room." He gritted is teeth in frustration.
Supporting each other, they somehow made it to a sofa in the living room, sitting just before they lost the strength on their legs.
Side by side, the couple leaned on the sofa.
"So...this is how it's going to end." Koji mused.
"Heh., apologizing again? I told you many times already: I don't regret it one bit." He smiled at her.
Maren chuckled, "It's just me being myself again."
"Yeah...ever since that day, you started apologizing more often."
"That's because I am living on borrowed time...yours."
Koji shook his head weakly, "I gave it to you, and you balanced it between us."
"And thanks to that, I am here with you."
"Though, it seems my life wasn't good enough to keep us alive for long...each time we pushed ourselves, we shaved a few years off our remaining time..."
"I should have been more careful..."
"What's done is done, and with all the incidents that happened, we couldn't just sit back and watch."
"But, living at a human's pace wasn't half bad, was it?"
"Indeed, compared to my previous experiences. In these 12 years, I was able to live more than in the last couple centuries."
"Falling in love...getting married...giving birth to a child." Maren smiled as she thought of it.
"You forgot 'becoming a woman'." He smirked.
"W-wha?" Maren blushed.
Koji raised an eyebrow, "My my...what are you thinking about? I meant growing up."
"Please don't say such misleading statements!"
"Haha, sorry." He laughed weakly.
"Ever since we got married, you started teasing me."
"That's because you're cute."
"But, you've become beautiful, Maren." He looked into her eyes.
"Koji..." She looked back.
Their faces approaching, they kiss lightly.
Resting her head on Koji's shoulder, Maren speaks.
"Could you...say my name, one more time. My full name."
"Of course..." He paused, trying to make his voice as gentle as possible, "...Marenshia."
"Kouji..." She replied equally as they held hands.
"It seems time's almost up...though..."
"It feels like we're going to sleep." Maren spoke as her eyelids were getting heavy.
"Yeah...that's it. We'll be taking a nap."
"Next time we wake up, we may be different people, but..."
"We pledged, so, no matter where we are."
"We'll find each other."
"...and repeat those words again." Koji rested his head on Maren's.
*tries to hold back the tears*
Also, incoming Part 3's Preview...
Part 3 Preview
The break of dawn...
Inevitability and coincidence...
Sweet whispers of madness...
And the blade of revenge, pointed at the innocent.
Changing Winds...when paths divide
This is the end of warm and fluffy feelings...from this point onwards WindS-B gets serious!
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