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Lita: "Don't worry, Danielle will be punished in due time. When the stars are in the right position..."
Danielle: "...you're joking, right?"
Lita just gives Danielle a look that screams "Maybe I'm not." She turns back to Sergey and smiles.
Lita:"Anyways, that's a neat costume you got there, Aicha. Would be a shame if something happened to it." She rested her hand on sword.
Sergey quickly shook his head
Sergey: "Nono, this prank was one of Aicha's standard ones, I'm to blame f-"
At this point, Sergey yelped as Aicha bit him in the leg (half) playfully
Aicha: <Nope, I told you before that I'm taking responsibility for my pranks myself>
For a few moments, Sergey simply kept silent before finally sighing and trying to change the topic
Sergey: "W-Well, thanks, I made it for her"
He smiled lightly
Sergey: "I'm quite good with a thread and needle - not that it was really complex to begin with."
Sapphy: I checked there. They're all really pricey right now. Ooh! This one's a bargain!
-Her phone starts ringing. Sapphy picks it up.-
Sapphy: Hello? Oh hey Sapphy!
Yeah, I've found two possible ones. There's one that seems to be a really shoddy model, but there's a cheaper one on sale.
Because it's too comfortable! It's not meant to be a 5-star hotel for crying out loud! So, what do you think I should go for, value or discomfort?
Point. I guess if we wanted to try the business offer again that would be the way to go.
True, I'm no sadist. Ok, you've convinced me. Cheap one it is!
-She hangs up.-
Sapphy: Sorry about that.
Lita: "You got all kinds of talents! So uh...wanna hang out?"
Sergey nodded lightly
Sergey: "Sure thing~ I can make some food for us if you want - as a small token apology"
Meanwhile, Aicha went over to Danielle with a grin, giving a thumps up
Ever: —Honestly, I'd really prefer to play Catan.
Brie: None of us know how to play Catan, though.
Ever: When has not knowing what we're getting into stopped any of us from doing anything?
-Amanita and PEFE!Every both raise their hands-
Brie: Also, you're not actually nearly as incautious as you present yourse—
Ever: (quickly) We don't have time to discuss me.
Amanita: I don't see how this game is going to interfere with psychoanalyzing you.
Ever: Then you are badly underestimating the level of focus required for this game.
PEFE!Every: We're all competent multitaskers.
Brie: Yeah, there's no getting out of this.
-she pulls out the UNO deck-
Okay, so just to be clear, whatever happens, we're still family?
Amanita: If you hit me with a draw four, I'm disowning you as my cousin.
Ever: Hit me.
-Brie slaps them-
Ever: And that's 21.
-they toss a few cards into the discard pile, only for Amanita to slap a reverse card down-
Amanita: Tough break.
-Ever picks up their cards, and Amanita puts some of hers down-
-Brie promptly slaps the pile, adding it to her hand-
PEFE!Every: I'm confused. Surely the point is to discard as many cards as possible?
Brie: Don't play the game if you can't keep up, Every. Got any threes?
PEFE!Every: Go fish.
-she takes the card Brie offers-
Amanita: -laying her cards out in a tarot pattern- —I don't think it's bad when taken as individual choices, but it reflects lazy patterns overall, you know? If your protagonists aren't accomplishing anything, maybe you need to reflect on why not?
Brie: -flipping over the first two cards of Amanita's reading, an upright yellow 3 and a merkstave blue 6, and shaking her head sadly as she places them into the discard pile and draws twice- Honestly, of my many issues with the movie, that wasn't one of them. Plotwise, I think he was doing his best with what he had. I just object to the misuse of the characters.
Ever: -flipping over the other three cards, a draw 4, a yellow turn skip, and a wild card, with a smile, and placing one of their cards on each of them before putting the lot into the discard- Yeah, they really...missed every available opportunity. Also, you're due for a run of bad luck.
Amanita: I'm not sure I trust your reading here. It sort of felt like they couldn't decide whether to serve the nostalgia or toss it out? And I suppose that fits with the themes, but it didn't really come together into anything cohesive.
Brie: -building a card house with her hand- Like, I can respect wanting to throw a wrench into the old plot structure, but at the same time you can't just throw a wrench into every plot structure.
PEFE!Every: -flinging cards at Brie's card house to try and knock it down, without much success- What movie are you talking about?
Amanita: Oh yeah, you haven't seen it, have you...
Ever: Honestly, we should catch her up on the whole series.
Brie: Long as it's not the prequels.
Ever: Prequels first.
Brie: You just suck as a person.
Ever: Is this because I beat that straight flush of yours?
Brie: It isn't even supposed to be possible to have a royal flush! It's a one in however many chance!
PEFE!Every: That would, by definition, make it possible.
Brie: Whose side are you on?!
-Amanita flings a card at Brie, who catches it without blinking-
Amanita: Holy shit.
Brie: ...Yeah, I didn't really expect that either.
-she adds the card to her hand-
Well, draw two.
Amanita: Fuck. Okay, Ever, your turn.
Ever: Read 'em and weep, ladies.
Amanita: In an UNO game? Really?
Ever: Ain't no rule says I can't draw Exodia over the cards I actually have.
Brie: ...We'll correct that in later patches.
PEFE!Every: You can't even draw, though.
Ever: Ain't no rule says I can't enlist Breeze's help.
Amanita: Actually, a rule very specifically prohibits that.
Ever: For mindreading, not for artwork!
Beck: Why would anyone want discomfort?
Henry: I wouldn't know. The worst beds I've ever slept in were 5-star hotel beds. Now about that blue diamond...
Nico: ~Okay now we're-~
Grodus: ~Let me try.~
-hits Lita's memory with the psychic equivalent of a defibrillator-
Olivia: I've been a lone vigilante for so long... it'll be a nice change of pace.
"Trust me, I was a lone gunman myself for awhile. Turns out backup helps out, a lot," Silas responded.
~It's always good to have more team members.~
"Yeah, especially with the weird shit that hits us."
Daydre is sitting in the hallway playing [a game] on her Switch. Azure is sitting on her lap being inconvenient.
Azure: <... Hey where's Rowan been? Isn't he usually like, attached to you? I haven't seen him in like, a couple days.>
"Oh, he borrowed the scarf to participate in an Extreme DDR tournament in Celadon."
Azure: <What the fuck is Extreme DDR?>
"Hey, who taught you that word?"
Azure: <I'm like two years old, also you've definitely said it in front of me before.>
"... Oh, yeah. Wait it's been two years already?"
Azure: <Are you gonna explain what Extreme DDR is or not?>
"Oh, it's competitive DDR but the contestants are allowed to hit each other."
Azure: <... That seems stupid.>
Rowan and some random teenager are locked in DDR based combat. The teenager takes a swipe at Rowan, who narrowly dodges by ducking. While he's crouched Rowan starts pressing the panels with his hands and sweeps a leg out to catch the teenager off-guard. The teenager manages to avoid this, but is set off balance enough that he misses a beat and breaks his combo. Angered, the teenager lunges at Rowan- who is still pretty low and simply uses the teenager's momentum to foist him into the air. With a roar of triumph Rowan throws the teenager on the ground and off the machine.
Announcer: "AND THAT'S THE MATCH! Stand by while the judges calculate the points!"
Rowan stands and wipes the sweat off his face.
"I can't really judge. It sounds like he finds it pretty fun?" Daydre shrugs.
"I don't really get the rules though, they seemed pretty complicated."
Azure: <... Okaay then.>
Edited by Daydre on Jun 7th 2019 at 5:49:07 AM
Lita: "Sure thing! What can you cook up for us?"
Danielle beams at Aicha.
Danielle: "You're planning something, aren't you?"
Zeke: "You never told me you were in with the yakuza..."
Luciana: "I'm not, she is, and she's my warlock patron."
Zeke: "I think that makes you in with them!"
Tamamo leads the two into a back room, a man in a suit opening the door for the trio.
Tamamo motions for the two to sit down and goes and sprawls out on a couch.
The two sit down nervously.
Tamamo: "Right, this briefing is now in order☆"
Tamamo: "Ahem! That Mismagius is what we today call a Glitch. An eldritch horror that arises from breaks in reality. The name Glitch is rather recent, obviously being a reference to computer glitches, but similar phenomena have been attested for at least a thousand years."
She stands up, her outfit changing to that of a schoolteacher, and pushes up the newly-apparent glasses.
Zeke: "Is... is this common?"
Luciana: "I've never seen her do this."
Tamamo: "No talking in class♡"
Luciana coughs and the two sit back up straight.
Panels on the wall behind the couch Tamamo was laying on spin around, revealing a large screen.
Tamamo: "The precise glitch in question is difficult to discern without more information, but given its apparent dislike for me, I have a theory."
The screen does a powerpoint transition into a picture of the Mismagius.
Zeke: "How did you get that?"
Tamamo pulls down her glasses and stares over them at Zeke.
Zeke tries and fails to look unintimidated.
She grabs a pool cue and taps the screens.
Tamamo: "This glitch is one I've encountered before, 400 years ago, when I had a trainer. We killed it, at the cost of her life."
"It is a danger to the world if left unchecked."
Tamamo: "This is why you've been granted your power, Luciana Cain. To combat this glitch."
Luciana: "If you've encountered it before, are you going to tell us how to beat it?"
Luciana and Zeke look at her expectantly.
Tamamo: "Well, not right now. First, we need to assemble a team."
Luciana: "A team."
Luciana: "Of other magical girls."
Luciana: "Oh Arceus."
-The Furrets still walk-
Me: Huh... I guess she's not answering...
Piku-chan: <Guess we'll hafta do this the hard way...>
Me: You're quite right, Piku-chan.
-suddenly, I look up and notice a Furret on my head-
Me: Please don't tell me that there is a Furret on my head...
Piku-chan: <Okay. I won't.>
Lita: "Oh my goddess, why am I the mature one?"
Lita was currently sneaking around the residential quarters of the Stormchaser, tailing Danielle who had with her a hastily made book of coupons and a tray of paper cups filled with their homemade fruit-vegetable cocktail.
Danielle: "Trust me, it'll be great. Once they wake up, they'll see the coupon and-."
Lita: "Immediately throw it in the garbage, because that's what it is."
Danielle: "Have a little faith. Don't you wanna make beaucoup bucks and become successful?"
Lita: "I wanna become a hero..."
The pair happen on Halis's room, Danielle carefully navigating it with Lita half-whispering to try and get her to stop. The bickering causes Danielle to lose focus and, uh oh.
Eyup, the entire tray was dumped on the sleeping Halis.
Lita: "Now look what you-"
There was currently a Danielle shaped void in the universe where Danielle was standing. Lita could her her footsteps echo off down the hall.
Halis sputters and flails, clearly freaking out about having been so suddenly awoken.
Halis: "aaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA NOOOOO PLEASE DON'T IT WASN'T MEEEEEEEE!"
Just as suddenly, they start hiding under their proper bed, covering their head with a pillow.
Halis: "If I hide here they won't catch me, if I hide here they won't catch me..."
They seem to still think it's a nightmare of some sort.
Lita: "Oh, um, it's ok."
Lita gingerly sits on the bed and pats the Halis-shaped lump.
Lita: "I am so sorry. My friend can be a little...pushy sometimes. You're awake now."
Halis: "...I uh... a-awake? That was a dream?"
They stop hiding a bit, looking around.
Halis: "Oh... uhm, so it was, then. It felt real, though."
They look at Lita, confused.
Halis: "Who are you?"
Lita: "Just a...wannabe hero in way in over their head. And uh, you are?"
Halis: "...I'm Halis... or Halsei, depending on how you look at me. I'm technically a hero of some kind, or at least I'd like to think so."
They get up, sitting on their bed properly.
Halis: "Then again, recently I haven't even been sure what "I" am, so maybe it's best if we don't focus on that?"
They're fiddling with their scarf a bit.
Lita: "Well...that's ok. It took me a little while to figure myself out to. When I was younger I was convinced I liked guys. Now? Not so much."
Lita notices Halis's scarf.
Lita: "That's a nice scarf. You should get cleaned up before it's ruined."
The scarf appears to have already cleaned itself, however, by the time Halis looks at it closer.
Halis: "Are you sure this needs cleaning? It seems fine to me..."
They cough a bit.
Halis: "Anyway, that issue I mentioned is more of a literal, physical issue than just perceptions of others, but again, it's not immediately important. Why did you two come in here? Was there something you needed?"
Lita: "No, just my alternate universe grandmother trying to get you to buy her hippy-dippy juice. Nothing to worry about unless your really passionate about fruit-vegetable cocktails."
Lita gets off the bed.
Lita: "So uh, sorry for breaking in I guess. We didn't mean to wake you up. Curious though what were you dreaming about? You seemed awfully panicked."
Halis keeps sitting, looking up at Lita.
Halis: "I was dreaming of the consequences of doing something I'm still somewhat unsure of, honestly, but... alternate-universe grandmother? That sounds complicated and confusing."
They sigh, laying back down.
Halis: "...What would you do if you don't feel like yourself for one reason or another, or that you're living some sort of lie?"
Lita:"...I'm not sure."
She thought for a bit.
Lita:"Heavy conversations require hot-drinks. Wanna head to the kitchen to hash this out?"
They think about it for a minute, then get up, prepared to follow.
Halis: "...Alright. Thanks in advance."
They seem to have cheered up a bit.
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