Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Character Creation and Discussion (second reincarnation)
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Well, one more piece of Chapter 25 done!
Chapter 25 - Second Date - Part 4
[Cafe near the Shopping District]
With the date interrupted by a jealous Yui and the revelation that the strange woman following them being Maren's older sister, the group moved to a nearby cafe to talk.
They sat at a secluded corner of the shop, soon enough a waitress came to take their orders.
"Three of your famous parfait." Scarlet paused, "And you two?" She looked at Koji and Maren.
"The same for me."
"Very well, please wait a moment." The waitress bowed and headed to the counter.
"You're not eating anyting?" Yui asked.
"They just ate crepes...one was strawberry with whipped cream and banana with chocolate, right?" Scarlet smirked at the couple.
Not letting Koji finish, Scarlet tapped her nose. "We have good a nose...I can even tell that you two shared each other's crepe~" She smirked teasingly.
"Wha--Onii-chan!" Yui glared at Koji, Rein soon followed Yui's example.
Koji sweatdropped, "There's nothing wrong with it...and we were on a date."
Scarlet giggled, "That's true. For lovers it's a common thing to do. Right?" She turned to Maren.
"P-Please stop teasing us." Maren spoke shyly.
That moment, the waitress came with their orders, setting each parfait in front of Scarlet, Yui and Rein, then the coffee for Maren and Koji.
"According to my 'sources', this cafe's parfait is one of the best in Cranagan." Scarlet commented.
"Is it really okay for us to eat?" Yui asked Scarlet, Rein looking as well.
"Sure, go ahead, it's on me~" She winked.
"Well then..." Each took a long spoon, "Itadakimasu!" the girls said together.
"Mmm~!" Yui and Rein let out, "Delicious!" and continued eating.
Maren took her cup of coffee, took a sip and spoke, "Anyway, what brings you to Mid-Childa?"
"Hmm? Can't I check on how my adorable little sister is doing?" She smirked.
"You say that but you're probably here for the 'delicacies', aren't you?"
"Ahaha...Can't deny that." She laughed before scooping some of the parfait and eating it.
"So, what's the other reason to be here? You didn't get in trouble like that other time, did you?" Maren frowned.
"Eh?! No! Nonono! That was a one time thing! I told you I wouldn't get into that kind of trouble ever again." The older sister waved her hands to assure.
"'That kind'? So you're still getting into trouble."
"Ahahaha..." Scarlet sweatdropped, "It can't be helped. Besides, it's only once in a while."
Maren sighed, "Honestly...you should be more responsible."
Meanwhile, the other three at the table could only watch and think, (Which one is the actual older sister?)
"P-Putting that aside." Scarlet changed the subject, "It's good to see you happy. Last time we met, you were--"
"I know." Maren interrupts her, "Those days now seem like a bad dream."
"I see." Scarlet smiles, then looks at Koji, "I guess I have you to thank for~" She winks at him.
"Eh?" Koji blinks. "Aa--Well, I guess." He scratched his cheek.
"So, how far have you two gone?" She grins.
Not expecting that question, Koji chokes on the coffee he was drinking, "*cough**cough* E-Excuse me?!"
The girls too were surprised. "S-S-Scarlet-san?" was all Yui could say.
"I-It's personal! Right?" Maren held onto Koji.
"Y-Yeah." He nodded.
Reading their movements and reaction, the older sister quickly figured out the truth.
"Eh? Just kissing?" Scarlet sighs, "Even though you sleep together?"
"Experience and," Scarlet taps her nose again, "Though, I knew it the moment I got close enough." She smirks.
"W-What do you mean?" Koji asks.
Scarlet smirked, "My cuuute little sister's scent is all over you, and I mean a LOT. She must cling onto you while you sleep~"
Unable to reply, the couple blushed.
"Mumumuuu~" Yui and Rein pouted, and chug down the rest of their parfaits.
"My my," Scarlet chuckled, "it seems your little sisters are upset~"
(You're doing it on purpose just to see how we react...) Koji thought.
"Onee-sama...if you're here just to tease us, then it'd be best--"
Scarlet switched to a serious face. "--Unfortunately, I'm not."
"!!" Everyone was surprised at her sudden shift of mood.
She sighs, "I didn't want to darken the mood, so I was waiting...Oh, well--"
Scarlet performs a few quick movements with her left hand and an unknown magic circle appears for a second.
"It should be fine now." She speaks.
"What did you do?" Koji asks.
"Just a little something to prevent eavesdroppers of listening." She winked.
"Going to such lenghts...that serious?" Maren looks at her sister.
Scarlet nods slowly, "I've been doing some investigating..." but pauses, "...is it okay for them to hear?" She asked Maren.
Maren expression shifted to a worried one, but looked at Koji, then at her sister, and nodded.
"Okay then...With you included, there's only three Crestbearers left. All the others are dead."
Maren's eyes widened, cold sweat quickly ran down her body. "T-Three? Only three?"
"Technically two, because one is the Enlightened."
"A-Are you sure?"
"I've seen it with my own eyes, remains of the villages...It's not a pretty sight." Scarlet frowned at the memories.
"Wait a minute! What are you talking about?! Crestbearers? Enlightened?" Koji asked, not quite understanding.
Scarlet looked at Koji and the girls beside her and raised an eyebrow, "Oi..." Then looks at her sister, "What did you tell them? It looks like they don't know."
Maren lowers her head, "...Bits and pieces." She spoke as if ashamed.
"Maren?" Worried, Koji looks at her.
"You three, what do you know of her past? Of us?" She asks.
"Hmm~" Rein thinks for a second, "She's a fox, has lived long and is very powerful--"
"But sealed her own powers." Yui adds.
"So just the summarized version--" Scarlet paused, "Wait, sealed? You sealed your powers?"
"I see...that was probably the best choice. But--" She turns to Koji, "You're sharing it with him, aren't you?"
"You can tell?" Koji blinks.
"Somewhat. Her magic is mixed with yours so it's hard to distinguish them." She frowned, "But to contract with a human...How long since then?"
"A little over a month." Koji replies. "Took me a while to get used to it, though."
"...And no problems, huh?" Scarlet ponders, "Interesting."
"Ah, Maren-chan also mentioned an evil monster that's after her." Yui remembers.
"So you did speak of it to them." Scarlet turns to Maren.
"I only mentioned it a little..." Maren looks away.
"Scarlet-san, tell us! What is that thing?" Koji asks in a serious tone.
"It's a long, dark story, are sure you want to hear it?"
"Of course! I've made my mind a long time ago! Ever since I decided to protect Maren!" He replies.
"Koji-sama..." Maren looked up at him.
"'Protect her', huh?" Scarlet closes her eyes, "That's going to be a tough task..."
"I don't care! Tell us the whole story!" Koji asked.
"Very well..." Scarlet took a deep breath, "As you know, we are live extremely long lives compared to a human's life span. Growing at the same rate as a human at first, but after reaching a certain level of maturity, we age at a much slower pace."
"But we lack human's creativity, the ability to invent and move forward. We are simple people who are bound by tradition and live surrounded by nature."
"Tradition?" Rein speaks.
Scarlet nods, "Our people are wary, respecting rules and traditions established. For example: 'Avoid interacting with humans, for it beckons disaster.' is one of them."
"Seriously?" Koji said.
"Very. For those villages, contact with humans are kept to an absolute minimum, but exceptions are made if certain skills developed by humans are required, like carpentry and tailoring."
"Those are really uptight rules." Rein comments.
"Well, it doesn't apply to us. I've interacted with a LOT of humans and no disaster has fallen on me ehehe~" She giggles.
"In your case, it's the opposite, Onee-sama." Maren points out.
"*Ahem* Where was I? Oh, right--Our kind lives in small communities with at least one Crestbearer at its core. But we're outcasts so--"
"Outcasts?" Koji interrupts.
"I'll get to that. --The life of a Crestbearer is very restricted. In human standards, it's like being royalty." Scarlet explained.
"Royalty? So Maren-chan is a princess?" Yui asked.
Maren blushed, "N-No, I never lived such a life, so I don't know about it..."
"Anyway, a Crestbearer has limited freedom. They can't even choose who to marry. It's all arranged by the elders."
"That's awful! ~desu" Rein frowns.
"We were lucky though," Scarlet looks at her sister, "Our father was a commoner who fell in love with our mother, who was a Crestbearer, and eloped."
"Waa~ Romantic~" Yui's eyes sparkled.
"We don't know the details, but they were left alone, and were branded outcasts in the process." Maren spoke.
"I can think of a reason~" Scarlet chuckles.
"What was it?" Rein asks out of curiosity.
"Rein, it's best that you don't know..." Koji looked away. (I can tell what Scarlet has in mind...)
"Eeh? Why not? I want to know!" Rein pouted.
"Moving on~" Scarlet said playfully, "They had four children: Our older brother, me, and finally, twins."
"Twins?" Koji looked at Maren, who was depressed as she heard it.
"A girl and a boy, both with golden eyes. Our parents were already happy with us, but the twins brought great joy, because to them meant their union has been blessed." Scarlet explained.
"When our brother came to age, he left to see the world, coming back once in a while to visit us. Back then I was a rascal, so I ran away from home. I got scolded when I came back, so I and ran away again haha~" Scarlet laughs.
"--But those days didn't last long..." Maren speaks.
"Rumours spread of a creature hunting down our kind and killing anything that got in the way." Scarlet paused, "When I heard of it I searched for my family, but it was too late..."
"....." Koji, Yui and Rein looked at the sisters.
"...I was the only survivor." Maren spoke, "I saw it with my own eyes and witnessed my twin brother die right in front of me."
She placed her hand on her chest. "I was only left alive because I was of no use to it."
"What do you mean?" Yui asks.
"Crestbearers can be easily identified by their golden eyes, hair or both, but to use the power sleeping inside them, they need to awaken it." Maren explains. "The monster learned that after killing my little brother."
"The moment a Crestbearer's power awakens a symbol appears on their body, and their magic color changes to a tone of gold. By the way, another name for them is Golden Crest." Scarlet explains.
"After that tragedy, I kept running away and never came back to that place--"
"I noticed that she had survived and tried to find her, but had no luck." Scarlet shakes her head.
Everyone remained silent.
"Anyway, it took decades for us to meet again." Scarlet sighed. "Really, this girl is quite a handful."
"--And in that first reunion I came to know just what kind of person you are...Onee-sama." Maren frowned.
"Aha-ha..." Scarlet looked away.
"So, what exactly is that monster?" Koji asks.
The woman looked at him and sighed, "Honestly, I don't know. Very little is known about it..."
"There's an old story our mother told us that mentions it." Maren spoke.
"Story?" Yui blinked.
Scarlet nodded, "Myth or truth, we don't know. But when we were children our mother told us a story of how our kind came to be."
"Many thousands of years ago..." Maren spoke, "There was only one of us. The first of our kind. She alone mothered twenty seven children--"
"Tw--That many?!" Yui said out loud as she stood.
"Take it easy, it's just a story." Scarlet patted Yui's shoulder to sit again.
Maren continued, "For generations, she and her children prospered and lived in peace...but where there is light, there is also darkness--"
"And out of darkness 'it' was born, a creature that corrupted the world with its greed and was jealous of them. One by one, it devoured her children until only a few were left." Scarlet spoke.
"Not wanting to lose the rest of her children, she fought the creature...and sacrificed herself to destroy it."
"But the world was damaged beyond repair. Using the remainder of her power, she rescued the souls of those that were devoured, dubbed one her children her successor and sent them to a nearby world."
"That's it...if it's true or not, we don't know." Scarlet comments. "But our kind firmly believes in it."
"So, the 27 children..." Koji spoke.
"It's the number of Crestbearers that exist at the same time. One of them being the successor, or Enlightened." Maren replied.
"T-Then...what Scarlet-san said earlier..." Yui looked at her.
She nodded, "Only three remain. The others were eaten...as well as the ones that tried to protect them."
"Then, that monster will be going after Maren-chan?" Yui asks.
"She should be fine for the time being." Scarlet looks at her sister, "She sealed most of her powers, which lowers her 'presence'."
"Presence?" Koji raises an eyebrow.
"You'd understand if you met a Crestbearer that acts as a village's figurehead, the way their power emanates from their body is quite overwhelming." Scarlet explains. "Compared to them, hers is at the level of a powerful human mage, also--"
Scaret looks at Koji, "By contracting with her, you're helping in lowering that presence."
"Is that so?" Koji turns to Maren.
Maren smiles and nods.
Koji smiles back, "I see." The couple stare at each other for a while.
"Mumumuu~" Yui and Rein glare at them.
"My my~ You two, don't go love-love in front of other people~" Scarlet chuckled.
"Ah--S-Sorry..." The two blush.
Scarlet thinks for a second, "Let's see...I think that's all there is to report--Oh! right!"
"What is it?"
"This might not be important, but I'll say it anyway. When I was going around checking the destroyed villages, I came upon some survivors and they all seemed to suffer from the same thing."
"Suffer? Are they sick?" Maren asked.
"They hear whispers. A small voice that keeps talking to them. Some were even driven mad by it and were outright violent."
"Did they get wounded by it? Or have scars?" Maren asked.
Scarlet nods, "They did. How did you know?"
"Because I experienced that a long time ago..." Maren answers.
Scarlet's eyes widen, "Are you okay?!"
Maren nods, "Yes. It's been 30 years since then."
"......That day, huh?"
"What day? ~desu" Rein asks.
"When Maren's powers were awoken and went berserk." Koji explains.
Maren nodded, "So, that was the truth behind the incident...another reason to stop that monster."
[Cafe near the Shopping District]
After half an hour of small talk, the group left. Standing in front of the cafe, Scarlet taps her sister's shoulder.
"Sorry about that, I didn't want to ruin your day..." Scarlet apologizes.
Maren shook her head, "It's okay, it would happen sooner or later."
"Well then--" Scarlet walks up to Rein and Yui, grabbing them both, "I'll be taking these two~" She grins.
"Eh?" The girls blink, "EHHH?!"
"You two have fun." Scarlet winks at them and runs off with the girls struggling.
"......" The couple sweatdrop as they see her off.
"T-That's quite an...eccentric sister you have." He comments.
"Yes. She's my...dear sister." Maren smiles.
Lots of plot-talk and foreshadowing in this piece
Also, this just might be the longest piece I've posted >_>
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