Act 13: Secrets Part 5
“Better?” Dark Starlight smiled as Chaki slowly crewed on the sub sandwich, around them stood a handful of civilians frozen in violet crystals and one terrified girl behind the stand watching the two Dark Magical girls converse casually with Chaki in one of the booths.
“I-Is there anything else I can get you ladies?”
“You can shut up and let us eat in peace.”
Chaki's eyes were looking more full of life and her voice, while still dronelike, had recovered some of her personality. Pausing as she looked around at all the civilians, “I feel better...thank you.”
Jewel sighed, “You spoil her too much Starlight.”
“She's our friend Jewel! Why are you so cruel! We should turn her into a Dark Magical Girl so she is like us not this mindless drone.”
Jewel hissed, “Hell no, she's more useful like this then as she was! We need her powers uncorrupted!”
“My powers?” Chaki says softly.
Jewel smiled devilishly, “Commingling around dear? I do hope you aren’t planning a mutiny. The Only reason your hear is to humor Starlight.”
Starlight sighed, “You've changed Jewel.”
“And you haven’t changed enough,” Jewel sighs before looking back to Chaki, “Yes your powers, in case you haven’t noticed our dark transformations didn't just open our eyes but changed the nature of our powers.”
Jewel paused a moment to summon some volcanic onyx and an amethyst into each hand, “You use to be all about sparkles and pixie dust and I could create any gem stone I wanted but now? Onyx and Amethyst and shadows and twilight so what do you think our cute little healer would become?”
“That's cold Jewel,” Starlight pulled Chaki close, “This is our friend who cares what her powers look like we should be focused on her enlightenment.”
“She's a human just like all the others,” Jewel hissed as she motioned to the sandwich girl, “Your either with us or against us,” before narrowing her eyes at the sandwich girl, “Speaking of which which side are you on?”
The girl trembled as she quickly started work on another sandwich, “Y-Your side of course.”
“Good answer,” Jewel smiled darkly as she looked to Starlight, “If you'd be a dear.”
“What?” Starlight says confused a moment, “R-Right I can do what ShiShi did for us.”
As she got ready to stand she paused, Looking back to Chaki who was holding her close.
Starlight paused, smiling as she hugged Chaki back, “It's alright we're just going to open her eyes to the truth.”
“Tch, typical human,” Jewel sneered as she stood up, “Whatever let's get going those so called heroes are bound to show up sooner or later and we still need to get our proud mother of the monsters a new wardrobe.”
Chaki looks away as one hand goes to her stomach, her voice distant, “I-I'm a mother.”
Jewel reveled in her discomfort as she leaned in close, “That's right dear, your our very own queen of monsters, mother to the Leviathan, like someone out of myth. Aren’t you proud?”
Chaki tensed a moment as he eyes became dull and she stood up making her way to the exit where a familiar young man waited, arms outstretched, “Looking good my love!”
Back to her old, dead, tone Chaki embraced the young man as the pair pressed their lips together in a long breathless kiss, Chaki leaning back as the young man pushed in closer one hand sliding up the helm of her sequined dress to massage the small of her back and exposing her bare bottom the three women present.
“Ninshin? Show a little restraint, we're in public here,” Jewel smirked as she pulled his hand free and straightened the dress while Chaki leaned against him lovingly.
Ninshin smiles darkly as he pulls unbuttons his pants, “Ah but this body has such wonderful urges and my loving wife is already ready to please them, isn't that right?”
Chaki blankly knelt as she began to slide sown his pants.
Jewel growled as Ninshin/Erin's legs were encased in dark violet crystal as she pulled Chaki away protectively, “Chaki isn’t your whore to satisfy your baseline urges! She's your wife show her the proper respect!”
Both the Sandwich girl and Starlight shared a relived sigh as Ninshin gave an annoyed one as the crystal melted away, “You are no fun Jewel,” snearing as he gave Chaki another kiss as one hand fondled her chest, “Fine lets find her some pants and top so I can at least enjoy the feel of her subtle flesh under mine without exposing her lower region. Sound like fun my love?”
“If that is what you wish, my love.”
At the Emperors manor Tizen made his way to the back where Hanran was squatting over a makeshift nest, chest puffed out as she preened herself. In his hand was a wooden box about the size of a chess board, though naturally much thicker to hold its precious cargo within.
“You seem to be adapting well,” He smiles.
“Your highness!” She squawks wings fluttering, “Give me another hour or so and I’ll have you a fresh egg for the pantry.”
Tizen expertly suppressed his wince, “Don't push yourself, you did more then enough revovering 6 of our lost totems.”
“Six?” Hanran flutters as Tizen opens the case to show the six badges who came to live and took animal form, Dolphin, Manta, Cheetah, Rabbit, Mammoth and what looked like another cat, a large one.
Flustering Hanran looks away, “Oh...I had totally forgot I had 3 animals among my normal collection...if this never happened to me you probably would have still only has Rabbit, Cheetah, and Mammoth.”
“You already had the other three?”
Hanran flusters, “I have so many I guess when you said animals they weren’t separate for my normal demon badges to me.”
As the totems danced around her she tilted her head curiously, “I never knew they could do that? Is that something only the animal badges can do?”
Tizen looked thoughtful, “I presume demon badges could take animate form if infused with the right energy but why would you want to?”
Hanran flutters her wings in a shrug, “Just curious.”
The conversation cut short as they heard the alarms from inside and the badges quickly reverted to their normal forms and Tizen turned to rush back inside.
Kotoha was already at the map seeing the marker at the mall nervously as The Duke floated opposite her, David, Rina and Vira were also waiting, “I don't know if I can do this...they already captured everyone else...”
Tizen opened the case as he looked over to the standing armor remembering Chaki's words from before, “We were designed to use more then just the 2 totems were all inherited, We'll be fine if you believe in yourself. And we have the Duke and David backing us now.”
Kotoha paused as she took Cheetah and Sabertooth/Big Cat int her hands, “I-I guess I'll use these, Both my sisters are cats, feels right.”
The Duke smiles as the two badges come to life, “And I will do my part to bind them to your aura.”
“Are you sure this is right,” Ariel asks curiously, “Didn't Jii say that Sabertooth was Wind, will it respond to your Earth?”
“When it comes to felines my power can solve any issues.”
Sabertooth and Cheetah danced in the air around the Duke purring as Tizen reached for Sabertooth, “Let's not, if this one of the legendary ones there is already one out there for Kotoha and we don’t want to remove one of the branches from our court.”
The Duke waves a hand dismissively as his green flames enveloped both totems, “Should you find Earth's true master I can just rebind Sabertooth to a new master, for now only you are able to use their powers and you need as much extra as I can offer.”
“Do it then,” Hesitantly Tizen nods as he hands Rabbit as well to Kotoha, “And that leave Dolphin and Manta for myself.”
“What about this one?” Rina asks curiously as she holds up Mammoth.
“Mammoth is the totem of Shadow not Fire, I can not draw on his power.”
In protest Mammoth trumpets his trunk.
Tizen signs as he pats it's head, “Sorry friend.”
“Are we ready then?” Vira asks impatiently, “Our friends are waiting to be set free.”
Tizen and Kotoha nod as they draw their brushes and the dukes magic envelopes Kotoha, a soft purr resonating deep inside her as her eyes draw into daggers.
“Melody and Manners, Sugar and Spice, Magical Manifestations, Beauty in Flight! Fly High, Love in the Sky, Pure and True, IMBUE!”
“This is horrible,” Kotoha held the mouth plate of her helmet as she gently touched the crystal structure, deep within its reflective faces she could see a terrified face of an innocent civilian. Outside the gate of the mall several of these structures filled the parking lot and barred the doors behind an impenetrable crystal wall.
Aurora moved to the yellow samurai with a comforting smile as she gently pulled her hand away, “It's not as bad as it looks, Jewel's crystal prisons preserve life, they are all quite fine inside and once we break the spell over her they will all be free no worse for wear.”
“A-Are you sure?”
Princess/Vira stepped up next, “I haven’t been with the girls as long as Aurora but even in my time Jewel has used her powers like this to protect civilians caught in the crossfire of our battles, as well as to trap enemies, neither side is any worse for wear after.”
Yellow gives a relived sigh, “That's good.”
“That still leave the question of how we get in,” Tizen/Red moves to the main gate and slashes the crystals with his buster sword only for the massive blade to bound back and nearly knock him off his feet from the recoil.
“Leave that to me,” The Duke smiles, “Now everyone gather around.”
“Huh? What are you gonna do?” Princess asks confused.
“You forget that traveling though mirror and other reflective surfaces is one of my special...”
“I have a better idea,” The loud crash of wood and concrete disrupts Mitten's train of thought as David/The Shark stands back from the hole in the wall he just created.
Mittens scowls, “That was a bit crass.”
“Hey look its not just the five of us you have to transport,” he motions back to the black clad Kuros standing silent behind the ground holding up a banner showing a combined crest of the House of Meowchester, the Emperor, and the Magical Girls.
Mittens/The Duke shrugs, “Then you all go ahead I will stay behind to extract the people from their crystal prisons and catch up with you for our secret plan.”
Red nods, “It's probably a better if they don't see you standing with us, gives us an element of surprise to work with. Let's Go.”
Charging in the quintet, and the Kuros, pause as they see several more civilians and security trapped in crystal.
“Horrible,” Yellow whispered, suppressing bile.
“Let's keep moving,” Red ordered, “It's a big mall and there are a lot of cracks for the enemy to emerge from, let's not let them ambush...”
Ijime emerged from the tiles under their feet and with a single whispered word Tizen was set flying down the hall until a distant crash was heard, it would take him some time to get back to them assuming he was still conscious.
“You're going to pay for that!” Yellow growled, a low feral noise, as she gripped her sword tighty.
“Copycat,” the monster appeared behind her with a whisper, only for Kotoha to spin around and nearly take his head off with her blade.
Ijime leaps back reflexively but the attack still managed a harsh cut across the side of his neck and part of his chest leaving a glowing scar for a few moments.
“What the hell are you,” he hisses, “Why won't you just fall!”
“I am Samurai! I am Guardian of Japan, retainer of the Emperor!” Yellow growled back as she charged Ijime again, “I am your enemy!”
“No,” a sultry voice purred, “You're our sister.”
Yellow froze as ShiShi emerged from the ground with the fallen forms of Ichiboku and Ashi, “You have become with cat, now become one with the Sansu.”
“Join us sister.”
“Join us syster.”
Arms outstretched the monstrous felines that’s were Kotoha's flesh and blood welcomed her. Her knees shook, her body trembled. As the trio enveloped her, ShiShi among them as they embraced her in a group hug.
“There's no reason to fight.”
“Big sister,” Tears rolled down Kotoha's cheeks inside the helmet, “Your all better...I never...”
Her hands went limp as ShiShhis dark energy began to seep into her.
“Get it together Yellow!”
An energy blast from Shark broke the group apart, each risng like hands and toes as they growled in unison at David.
“That monster wants to turn you evil, to corrupt you like she corrupted your family, don't let her into your head Yellow,” the shark counter as she traded blades with Ijime in the dance of battle. Like Kotoha he two was able to withstand his emotional attacks thanks to Shark's armor taking the damage instead of him, while Aurora and Princess were struggling to recover from their attacks and stay in the fight.
“Don't listen to him!” ShiShi hissed, “We are not the enemy, we are only fighting for our freedom! Your sisters understand, Jewel and Starlight understand, come on Kitten join us.”
Yellow trembled again.
“It's a lie,” Kotoha growled her body twisting in the suit, feet pulling up into paws, claws stretching the fabric of her gloves, as a long serpentine tale whipped out from behind her, clad in the armor of the rest of her body, as her helmet stretched and contorted into the shape of a sabertooth, “You've corrupted their purity, Ichiboku fought monsters like you she would never stoop to this, she would never let innocent people be imprisoned, your all monsters!”
With a mighty roar and a burst of speed Kotoha engaged ShiShi, Ichiboku and Ashi like a beast possessed her fanged helmet coming alive like a real beast to snap and bit at them as her armored claws tore at their flesh, and with the speed of Sabertooth and Cheetah bolstering her she was able to keep on the offensive simultaneously with all 3 cat Oni.
“Now's our chance,” Aurora grasps Princesses wrist as they burst down the center, “Let's free OUR sisters.”
“We're counting on you two,” Princess calls back to Kotoha and David, “Stop that monster and free Kotoha's sisters.”
Taking another attack from Ijime some of Shark's armor began to break revealing some of his face as he gave a confident smile, “We got this in the bank.”
Kotoha was to enbroiled in her 3 on one wild brawl to respond but they could feel her heart with them as her fangs clamped down on Ichiboku's neck and forced her to her knees, brow touching the ground.
“I yield! I yield!” She pleaded.
Kotoha froze a part of her swelling with pride as her sisters acknowledgment of her strength another horrified at her instincts to prove herself queen of the pride, the later winning off as she released her hold and stumbled back, her body not designed to stand on two legs she instantly toppled onto her back, “I-I'm s-sorry big sister.”
The trio took the opportunity to pounce and pin er under them, “We forgive you.”
“Your family, after all.”
“We have no reason to fight.”
Once more ShiShi's dark energy began to seep into her body.
“No,” Kotoha growled in resistance, “This not right!”
“Don't fight it sister,” ShiShi purred.
“You have already accepted the truth.”
“Just look at your armor,” This was one was from Ichiboku who held up some shattered glass so Kotoha could see her bestial reflection. “You're already one of us, why fight it little sister?”
Kotoha trembled, as Ijime smirked, “Those girls are better at getting under her skin then me...I'm a little jealous.”
'You're stronger then this.' A voice whispered in her mind bolstering Kotoha's confidence.
'That's right, this isn't who I am, this is just my armor.'
With a though her armor dispersed and the suddenly all human girl that replaced Yellow caught the trio off guard letting her slip out between ShIShi's legs as she stood tall her eyes sparked like emeralds, the centers drawn into daggers, “This is who I really am. Yes I am a cat, just as Venus is part turtle but that does not define me! Nor does it define you, you are more then some animal, more even then the dark energies that have corrupted you. Remember the truth.”
'Remember the truth,' the same voice whispered into the minds of the 3 girls, causing them to all pause, Images flashing through their mind of lifetimes past.
Ijime reeled back from an invisible attack as The Duke rose from the mirror shard as encircled the three Oni girls in a ring of green flames, “I have this little kitten, I'll burn away their darkness in their hearts now that you have unlocked it to me.”
“Y-your highness?” The trio say in unison as they drop to their knees.
He smiles as he pats Kotoha's back, “Now get moving I senses that Red in in battle with another demon wearing the skin of a cat.”
With a nod Kotoha transforms back, her armor still in the feline shape as she quickly bounds down the hall.
“As for you,” The Duke scowls to Ijime as The Shark gets back to his feet, “I'm afraid you aren't worth my full attention like this trio of lovely felines so you'll have to do with a little phantom pain.”
Shark cracked his knuckles as he extended the blades from his forearms and smirked, “Oh don't worry Your Highness I am more then capable of bringing the real pain!”
“Just keep him from talking and we have this in the bag.”
The shark nodded as he lunged at Ijime before he could recover from the phantom pain.
“So we meet at last Red Warrior,” the mysterious figure who offered his blade to ShiShi appears as Red is pulling himself out of the wall, his body aching.
“Who I am doesn’t matter,” the man says beginning to unsheathe his blade, “My blade hungers for a challenge and it has chosen you.”
“I don't fight for the challenge,” Red says walking past.
“That was not a request,” The swordsman's blade cuts toward Red's back but years of honed reflexes lead let him bring his own blade, in it's smaller form, in time to prevent contact and he quickly spins around to face the man with the serrated blade. “Your as good as I thought.”
Red glares back as they two leap back and get some distance, a shock of pain running through him the pain of his impact reminds him he is not at his best but Bear and Phoenix were already repairing his body from their positions on his armor.
“That was no normal strike, are you one of Akuma's Lackeys?”
“I serve no one,” The Warrior says coldly as he body transforms into a form similar to ShiShi and the others of her circle, another lion themed Oni, “But yes I am more then human.”
“I thought so!” Red readies his blade, “Your just another crazed Oni!”
The stranger lunges, blades clash as Yellow charges down the hall following the sounds of combat.
Ninshin in Erin's body growls as he sits outside the store stuffing his face full of ice cream, “'Not comfortable,' they say. 'Need some privacy' they say. She's my wife and I've already seen her naked, what's the big deal now. Besides why does she need clothes anyway she's going to be spending all her time with me anyway creating the next generation of Oni.”
“At least this ice cream is goo...” As he sees Aurora and Princess approaching he cuts himself short, 'you had one job Ijime, one job…'
The girls skid to a halt as they get to the entrance, Princess taking the lead, “Hey you better get to safety this mall is over run with Oni.”
“R-Right,” Ninshin flusters, 'They can't tell.'
“Hold up...Erin? What are you doing all the way over here in Japan?”
Ninshin flusters, “Erin, never head of him.”
Aurora narrows her eyes, “Your right, my mistake...”
And suddenly blasts him with a rainbow attack.
“Aurora! What are you doing?” Princess cries as as she rusn to help up Ninshin only for Aurora to hold him back.
“I know Erin when I see him, Chaki talked about him all the time, it was her first normal friend after all the craziness with Aiko. What's more after all that stuff with Alex, Dark Jewel and Dark Sakura I’ve gotten pretty good at smelling out dark auras and this guy has the rankest. That's Not Erin, that's a Oni wearing Erin's skin.”
Ninshin shrugs as he pushes back to his feet and summons some Lesser Oni to his side and a blade into his hand, “Well you have me there, I'm Ninshin, Chaki's husband, and your destroyer.”
“I think you look cute,” the Fox faced Oni that used to be Ryo smiles as Chaki exits the changing room in a tee shirt several sizes too big for her patterned with images from the latest treasure hunting, tomb raiding, video game girl all over it.
Chaki frowns slightly, some of the life was back in her voice with Ninshin so far away and her stomach full, but it was still mostly dead, “Kinda big.”
Starlight shrugged, “Can't be helped, as long as your going to be used as breeding stock we limited in what we can find that will offer some modesty.”
Chaki sighs as she once again holds her stomach, “I know.”
Just then The Kappa Monster Venus hurries over with a few skirts and bras in hand, “Found some perfect stuff for our blushing bride and mother.”
Chaki took the bra in hand curiously as she pulled back a flap in the front that open it up in the center, a look of disgust on her fact, “what kind of kinky shit is this?”
“It's a maternity bra, it offers all the support you'd want while opening up for breast feeding. Try it on with this skirt!”
Chaki sighs and slips back into the changing room to emerge a few moments later in just the skirt and bra.
She trembles and rubs her arms slightly as she crumples the hem of the skirt, “Feel kinda exposed but at least it's an outfit.”
Starlight smirks, “Chaki never did like skirts.”
“On the plus side now we can find her some nice tops she can just slip off without being totally exposed,” Jewel notes.
At that Chaki's face lights up.
“I knew that would perk you up.”
Lion roared from the chain around her waist in protest.
“I can't do that Lion, this is my family.”
Lion roars again.
“But they are, my 'mate' is waiting outside even.”
Vixen sighs as she takes out her dragon and water badges, “Their at it again, that totem has became way to independent.”
Kappa nods, carelessly letting the water in the hole atop her head spill out spattering Sansu water all over the floor which begins to smoke and eat through it as she takes out her Wind badge and turtle glows for her forehead.
“Hey careful!” Jewel protests, “Your gonna drop us all into the basement!”
Kappa shrugs, “So what, it's not like we couldn’t get back up here and if I can make contact with the ground we can flood this place in the Sansu.”
Jewel growls, “Then go do handstand in the basement and let us shop in peace.”
“That's not actually a bad idea,” Vixen notes, “Creating a permanent rupture between worlds would only help our cause, come on Venus let's go.”
“If you can drag this mall into the Sansu we'll have all the time in the world to find Chaki the perfect outfit, and plenty of food to keep her well,” Jewel notes.
Nodding a bit Venus turns and hurries off Vixen right behind her.
“Right then,” Starlight smiles, “Let's find you some better fitting tops.”
Chaki drops to her knees just then as they feel the force of an explosion outside.
Jewel growls, “Just great the 'good guys' are here.”
“Chaki you okay?” Starlight rushes to her side as she begins to groan, her stomach swelling slightly as her eyes go clear, “Oh dear.”
Then her eyes narrow angrily as lion growls and one of her nails becomes a sharp claw that she uses to cut open her palm, writing a familiar phrase in blood in the air as she leaps back and Aurora and Princess run in.
“Well isn't this perfect,” Jewel growls as she and Starlight are caught between a pincer of the Green Samurai and Aurora and Princess, “Told you she was a liability!”
“But we were getting along so swimmingly!”
“And then we killed the monster control Erin!” Princess cheers.
“He's fin by the way, must be a pretty new possession,” Aurora adds.
“Thank goodness,” Green says relived as she summons a wood cage around Jewel and Starlight, “Now let's finish this before I birth Ninshin back to life and loose my freewill again!”
Blasts of Magic and Gems shatter the wood prison ad the two Dark Magical Girl take the offensive but they are facing a trio who know their attacks well, even Princess, the rookie of the group, had fought along side them long enough to know their patterns.
“You know we can call tactics right? They know our sequences as well as we do,” Green shouts as she ducks behind a mannequin which is quickly encased in crystals.
“Yeah we got a plan, don't worry just keep them off balance!”