31 December 2012 @ 09:24 pm
[On Amamiya's shoulders sit two mini-Amamiyas. On her left shoulder, an Amamiya in an ankle-length robe, with fluffy wings coming out of her back. A ring of golden light hangs in the air over her head. On the other shoulder, an Amamiya in a skimpy leather outfit, with horns poking out through her hair and a tail from her tailbone. She has wings too, but they're bat-like and unpleasant-looking.]

[The two are just tall enough to see each other over Amamiya's head, and they are currently engaged in a vigorous debate.]

Come on, don't warn them! It takes all the fun out if everything!

She has to! You can't just expect her to let others eat it without knowing what they're getting into! It wouldn't be fair and it wouldn't be right.

Snooooozefest! That's what's wrong with you, you never have any fun. Or at least you don't admit to it!

I don't know what you mean.

My ass you don't. Or what, are you embarrassed about a little 'alone time'?

Th-that's private! Even you wouldn't...

Just watch me. Hey, everyone! Amamiya likes to-

[Amamiya claps a hand on the devil conscience, silencing it for the moment. The tiny version of her squirmed and protested and bit at the restraining hand, while her 'good' conscience grinned smugly at the spectacle. Finally, Amamiya herself speaks:

Why, oh why, did I eat that pastry. I must have been out of my mind.

[ooc: So in case it wasn't obvious, the shoulder-devil talks like this and the shoulder-angel talks like this]
31 December 2012 @ 06:23 pm
[Across the Vine in the afternoon, a letter writes itself openly, not directed at anyone even though she really means it go to a number here. It's a little outside her comfort zone to write something so open like this, but it's necessary. A lot of people have disappeared over the last year, and who knows when the next one might happen?

Friends...how much she's come to appreciate them in the last two years, and even more now that she can't simply upend her magical shield to see those she's lost again. It doesn't mean they're gone forever or dead, but it does make them feel distant.]

In just a few hours it will be the New Year. I really cannot believe how fast the last year has gone; soon I will even turn sixteen.

I am sure I will see some of you at the party tonight, but I want to say thank you to everyone who has helped Madoka and me over this past year. It really means a lot to me.

This year has not been without its hardships, but maybe the next year here will be greater if we can work together.

I hope for your favor again in the coming year.
28 December 2012 @ 10:54 pm
 [ Madoka is making a shy voice announcement. She can't be seen, but you can probably hear her shuffling through papers and her pen while she stands at the vine. ]

Um, hello, everyone! Sorry, this is sort of sudden... does anyone want New Years cards?

... Sorry, maybe that was too sudden. It's just that I usually send New Years cards  every year. Even if I don't talk to every one of you every day, you've really been a huge help... this was a really big change for me, the gardens, and I'm really glad to have had so much wonderful help settling in... I um... I don't think I've ever seen addresses or anything around here... so I'd need to know where to bring your card to. I mean, unless... maybe I should write them with the vine...?

[ ... ] Well, no matter how I have to do it, I'll definitely get the cards to you by New Years?
28 December 2012 @ 08:54 pm
[ When the broadcast begins, it's with the purple-haired young woman looking as if she had something on her mind. ] You know, it's kind of odd. I expected an invite of some kind for something for the New Year, like last year's ball, but nothing's come in yet. If that's the case... I'm going to host another party at the inn on Monday night starting at sunset. If I figured it out right, that's when the New Year will be.

[ Smiling, Subaru counts off a few items on her fingers. ] I'll try to have food and games there, but if you want anything special for yourself, you'll have to either ask for it, or bring it yourself. The same goes with music or other entertainment! This should be a great way to meet new people, start new friendships, and also relax after all the work you've put in for the play these past few days.

Everyone's invited — you can come alone, with a friend, or even a date — and there's no dress code, but I will have one rule and one rule only, and that is to have fun! No fights. [ She will not have a repeat of what broke out at her birthday party. ] Mmm, that's it, really. I'll be around there the next couple of days tidying up, so if you need me for anything, or have any question, just give me a call! My name's Subaru. [ She waves to the mirror. ] I hope to see you all there!

((OOC: Like the post implies, I'll put a log up for the party this weekend! Possibly even tomorrow, forward-dated, since I have a four day weekend ahead of myself. o/ ))
28 December 2012 @ 03:27 pm
[Enjoy the sight of a slightly nervous girl on the mirror. She's nervous as she's about to do something she has not ever really tried much before, it's always been free flowing for her.]

Hey there... no. Hello, everyone. I'm not sure how I should be going about this, but... I was wondering if anyone wants to be friends? This isn't something I've ever really done before, I just suddenly figured out I lead a sad and lonely life here and that I never really got to know some people here like I probably should.

So... I guess I should introduce myself then. I'm Sayaka Miki. I... used to be a normal Japanese girl who went to school, and all that, but you know, can't really do that anymore. I think I should be around fifteen by now, but I never really understood how time around here works.
[Wow. She just noticed the date. Which is... Pretty impressive. Two years...]

...It's kind of neat, what all can happen in two years. Find your first love, experience your first heartbreak, find a home and mature in ways you didn't think you would...

[There's a sigh from Sora.]

...I've been here two years now, except for a small absence. A lot has changed, and yet a lot hasn't. It's... Weird.

[It's surreal, really. She's been here for two years exactly. She met Xion on this day two years ago. It's... Huh.]
16 December 2012 @ 08:20 pm
[ Someone has been hitting the eggnog pretty hard. In her defense, she didn't realize there was rum in it and... still doesn't if the cup she's carrying around (dribbling around) is any indication.

If you thought she was a little bit of a pest on a regular day... She's a very friendly drunk now. Pink-cheeked and loud, she will be trawling the Gardens for people to pester (for attention.)]

[[ooc; Open for mistletoe shenanigans too, she's likely to try kissing someone regardless. I am also a super duper slowbro, so backtagging is a thing.]
16 December 2012 @ 07:16 pm
I heard something. Something very special! So I'm going to need someone to explain it to me.

Mostly I want to know how I can get free presents this month. Someone was saying something about it but I really didn't understand. But it'd really be nice if I could get some presents from other people. [HINT HINT] I could probably come up with things to give in return too.

I've got some magical equipment laying around that I could still give away. [Does that even count as a present?] It'll be a fair trade!

[And, as always, if anyone in the mansion wants mistletoe hijinks or just messing around in person, Kris can always be found still working on that pile of cake she got a long time ago. Thank god for magical preservation. IT'S STILL FRESH.]
15 December 2012 @ 12:56 pm

[Opera hasn't shown up too much, but she decides to make an appearance today, looking a little less than pristine-she's sopping wet-and greatly annoyed.]

These "wild places" don't do anything to be warned about. It's just a-

[Her face twists, softens, and her tone does as well.]

It was kind of exciting to see it.

[Her eyes widen, and she looks down at herself, back to the snappish tone.]

That was not what I meant to say at all. I was trying to say that they weren't that spectacu-

[And again, with the change to softness.]

They're beautiful.

[She shakes her head, moving to end the post, but before she does, it can be heard:]

...What the hell?

[[ooc: Her wildcard is the inability to lie for 24 hours.]]
13 December 2012 @ 04:12 pm

[to find herself in an unfamiliar place and unable to sense Natori's presence was... just a bit worrying. but there was no immediate panic, no. Hiiragi had spent most of the day silently going about, searching for her master and an exit.

so neither could be found. alright then.

it isn't until a few hours of fruitless searching later that Hiiragi accidentally brushes against the vines, a scroll unfurling and a pen offered to her. there's a long pause of debate as to whether she should simply move on or investigate it further; the youkai takes her own brush and ink out of her sleeve, and after a moment of hesitation, experimentally swipes a couple lines across the surface. basically all you get to see is this:]


[a woman wearing a horned one-eyed mask can be found around the gardens, heading nowhere in particular yet with a sense of urgency. if she spots your character but they're human, she'll walk right past them without a second glance. but if they're anything other, she'll be turning her head in their direction and slightly slowing her pace.]
13 December 2012 @ 04:29 pm
[A. Video]
[From the looks of things, Nue isn't dressed in her usual dark colors today. Instead, she's wearing the red and white uniform of a Hakurei shrine maiden, meaning she must have finally taken Reimu up on the punishment she had ordered a while back. The fact that the image's backdrop is the Hakurei shrine and she has a broom in hand makes this pretty obvious, too.]

[That isn't what she wants to talk about, though. She just got bored with sweeping, and there's been something else on her mind, too.]

So... Do you think that Pirate Queen is actually going to keep her word? [Her wings flick back and forth like tails behind her, the movement seeming somehow irritable. Apparently, she's incensed just thinking about it.] It's not like I gave her something I can't just make more of, but still. I'm going to be mad if she doesn't come back like she said she would.

[The truth is, Nue is just impatient. It's been a week and a half, maybe, and she's already getting antsy. But she asked for something she hopes will cheer Sanae up, so she's anxious to get her hands on it now.]

[B. Action]
[Alternately, you could come see her sweeping at the shrine in person. Or you could catch her around the fortress later in the day; she still isn't living at the shrine 24/7 now, so she has to go back there if she wants to change out of those stupid miko robes after she's done with her stupid chores.]

[In any case, people picking this option should BEWARE OF ATTACKING MISTLETOE!! Indicate whether or not you want youkai smooches in either an OOC note or a PM.]
13 December 2012 @ 12:37 pm
-Hey kids! It's Goddess Shinki! And she's enjoying the company of tiny robots serving her some delicious and colorful looking sponge cake.-

Hmm... These little golems are quite talented pastry chefs. It's so tastey! I just couldn't help myself~

Oh, Yumeko, dear, I believe we are due for a trip to this library Alice told me about. I've been wanting to gather some new reading material, after all. Bring a satchel.

Also, a query... What IS this Christmas thing I heard whispers of?

-She takes another bite of her cake, giggling.-

[[ Chronologically speaking, the first person she's going to see for the effects of the cake is Yuuka ]]
08 December 2012 @ 10:34 pm
You know, I've never seen a plant grow that fast. I'm not complaining because it looks nice, though I wish it or something would have asked before taking over my home.

[Because the entrance to her tent is covered with the green stuff with red berries. Being a girl from the plains, she doesn't see this type of plant...ever.]

Can you eat the berries? Red usually means it's poisonous but cherries and apples break that rule, don't they? Does anyone know?

[Of course, Lyn is traveling the Gardens to see how many of these things have grown and where. Making sure it's not an isolated experience. If anyone wants to catch her on the way, Lyn would be more than happy to welcome them.]
08 December 2012 @ 03:45 pm
[If you look for interaction with someone today, on the vine, you may instead find the mirror opening to drawn picture of mistletoe. It's there for a few seconds before it's pulled away, the one behind it being Alice.]

I believe it's that time of the year again, and I just want to make sure. Has anyone seen this plant yet? It hangs from above and if you happen to walk, or simply be, under it while with someone else, the two of you will be locked into place and can only be free if the two kiss. It is called a mistletoe and this is basically enforced tradition of a holiday.

I just want to know if I have to keep eyes above me now.
03 December 2012 @ 06:15 pm
[ The Pirate Queen is standing on the bow of her ship, a dark leather boot propped up on the railing, skeletons milling around her. They're loading up crates; who knows what's inside. They're singing and giggling and rattling as they work.

She is ignoring them, stroking the vine with one hand as the mirror forms. ]

It's been a real treat, ladies, but I'm afraid I'm taking off. If I catch a single stowaway, I'm going to gut the little twat and leave her hanging from my mast, is that understood?

[ It's a threat, but she's grinning. ]

I'm not taking passengers, but if you want me to bring you a gift next time I swing through, you'd best come and lick my boots, quickly.

[[ooc; OOC post to follow imminently.]]
30 November 2012 @ 07:56 pm
So, the last months worth of sugary bullshit has me in the mood for something a bit more meaty to chew on. If you guys remember the last time I was talking about this stuff then you know the drill,  you let me do my thing and I'll do whatever you want in return. It's a pretty damn good deal if I do say so myself.

Oh and I think I still owe a few people favors from the last time I did this. Just lemme know what you want and I'll make it happen.
21 November 2012 @ 07:54 pm
[The Vine shows Akiha in her sitting room, a steaming cup of tea before her.]

As our gracious host has been so kind as to give us all more sugar than any of us need and a distinctive lack of most other forms of real sustenance, I would like to take the time to provide everyone with a proper gourmet meal.

As I understand, in America, tomorrow would mark a holiday to give thanks with an extravagant feast. So, for dinner tomorrow, I am inviting all of you to the Tohno Mansion for such a meal. As I am not American, I cannot claim it will be a Thanksgiving feast as per preset standards, but I assure you, it will be an excellent meal with plenty of meat and other culinary dishes we've been unable to have at our leisure as of late.

Dinner will be served at five o'clock sharp. I ask that, as I'm inviting all of you - even those of you I do not get along with - that you be on your best behavior. If you wish to partake in alcohol, I suggest you bring it along with you that I am not keen on sharing.

Please, accept my generosity and join me for the evening.

[Akiha bows her head slightly before picking up her tea to sip.]

[ooc: If there is enough interest, I can put an open log up for this otherwise handwave it.]
19 November 2012 @ 08:49 pm
[In the late evening, the video suddenly turns on as there's a loud thump and a splatter, like something wet just hit the ground next to the vine. At the first, the picture is dark and its hard to make out the shape there. A trembling silhouette, hunched over as it rises unsteadily off the ground - the form seems small and thin, but draped in lengthy darkness - hair? - but also the limbs seems somehow... too long. Claws?

What little light there is reflects off the eyes of the cats coming to greet the new arrival, but as they draw closer, they hiss and their hair stands on end before they turn and run. The figure in the dark collapses back onto the ground again, curling up, shrinking in on itself.

For a moment, all is still. Then there's a soft, muffled noise as that huddled figure trembles. Sobbing. The vine finally sheds some light on the situation, illuminating the curled, dripping wet form of Kazumi, curled up in a glen on the grassy floor, clutching herself and sobbing quietly. It's a few moments before she opens her eyes, looking around, noticing the vine for the first time. She looks helpless, lost, but her first question isn't "Where am I?"]

Who am I? What am I?
19 November 2012 @ 12:24 pm
-The voice on the other end is... tired. Weak from fasting. But probably from spending days upon days crying in her room as well. No one is keeping score.-

If my miracle powers were working... I could solve this famine. Why won't they work? Why can't I do any good here?

... I really am just taking up space, aren't I? A waste of everyone's time...
19 November 2012 @ 12:18 am
[ Yuuka appears on the mirror and she looks tired. Like... "hasn't had a scrap of food or sleep in a week" tired, not "hasn't fought something in a week" and bored. The distinction is in the bags under her eyes and the way she tracks the movement of leaves in the wind lazily. Even her tone lacks any of her normal vigor. ] ...this isn't where...

[ She can't even complete her thoughts. It's pretty bad for herm but if one is wondering the cause of all this, it's quite obvious. The green-haired youkai is literally sleeping in a pile of marigolds. Some have survived this attention, but some haven't.

Yuuka is also clutching something small and white in her left hand, but details are hard to see unless someone finds her in person; at risk to their own health, of course. ]