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62486 No.39082[View All]

We have reached thread four. New posts are coming in fast and furious.

Here's the old thread >>28802
Here's a pastebin of the story in the old thread.

Dedicated chat thread to offload off-topic and OOC chatter: >>>/c/7002

I still haven't done any error checking on either of the first three threads. Once I do that, I'll also archive the old threads and add links to the pastebin. In the meantime, you can use archive.org
Thread 1: https://web.archive.org/web/20170612190855/http://pregchan.com/d/res/11128.html
Thread 2: https://web.archive.org/web/20170612183649/https://www.pregchan.com/d/res/24451.html#24451
Thread 3 (only to September. Archive.org releases their snapshots on a 5-6 month delay. You'll have to manually change the capture date once newer captures are published):

Stat sheet as of the end of episode 3:

We are close to the end of episode 4.

Current vote is whether to help Sakura or Nanoha seal Rain.
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dd928 No.54542

Someone needs to break the tie. Either Limits, Luc, or any ovenonymous that's reading (or any other named people on here).

727ec No.54544

I like Blue's idea, let's go with that.

dd928 No.54560

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A pang of conscience tells you that you should warn them off, but not make too big of deal of it. The spaced out girls step on the bus first, slowly shuffle in. You mosey your way back towards the bus stop. You spend a little more time at the intersection than you'd like, but you don't want to make a scene and cross illegally.

By the time you're on their side of the intersection, you see the last few of the other girls stepping on the bus. You pick up your pace, hoping to get there in time. Ami is looking away from you at Usagi, clearly expecting something from her. Usagi doesn't move, so Ami gets behind her and pushed the blonde girl, saying, "Here, let's go."

Usagi cries out, "I don't wanna!"

"Hurry up." The bluenette nags, pushing her towards the door.

"No, I don't wanna!" She grabs the post with the bus schedules and cries, "I really don't wanna!"

"Usagi, don't be silly. Let's get on the bus. Come on, be brave now"

"I don't wanna. I'm scared!"

They clearly know something is up. That detective club idea might not be as farfetched as you first though. Still, it might not be the best for them to get on a bus that's going to disappear into who knows where.

What do you do?
>Just walk past them while their focus is on other things.
>Turn around and go back to where you were.
>Pass by and comment, "Probably not a good idea to get on a cursed bus."
>Get their attention and tease Usagi, "What, are you scared of getting on a bus?"
>Write-in. [What?]

727ec No.54562

I like Option 3…. lets us stay anonymous and hide our injury if we keep walking quickly, while still probably delaying the encounter for another day.

87d7b No.54575

No options look good for no reason I can explain, but hell if I can think of a write-in, so option three.
[grabs some stuffed animals and shuffles to bed to await the outcome]

d30e7 No.54578

So, here's a slight issue. Option 3 is probably the "safe" bet to just pass by and snark and make the poor girl panic just a little more and not get on the bus, except that it would make little sense for someone who clearly knows at least one of these two girls to just walk on by without saying anything, especially since Usagi's sitting here losing her goddamn mind. Meanwhile, Option 4 is more in character for Mamoru as far as messing with Usagi goes, but it's also at least 60% likely that the ensuing exchange between the two of them would end with her getting on the bus just to spite us, which is a bad thing.

So, write-in. Approach like we were drawn more to the crying than anything else. "What in the world is with all the yelling?"

Before we inevitably get drawn into a conversation with Ami, also, make a side glance at the bus driver. She should be pulling off in a minute regardless of if we're getting on or not, but let's keep an eye on her just in case. As for the girls, we should probably try and keep it civil for a minute or two so that we stall them from getting on or worked up enough to get on. The driver should hopefully not be sticking around for long, especially if it looks like we're making a conversation. Once the bus is gone, THEN we can make fun of Usagi for freaking out about a stupid bus, because it's still Mamoru and Usagi in a scene together. And when she yells at us for being mean, we can point out that SHE was the one yelling at the top of her lungs while wrapped around a damn bus stop directory.

Though, that last part is assuming the bus doesn't suddenly fly off into a warp zone in broad daylight right in fucking front of us with no regard for witnesses. That might change the direction of a conversation pretty quickly, if that happens.

b4812 No.54589

Yeah, this seems good.

727ec No.54614

Oooh, I like it.
Changing my vote.

0d6ca No.54621

I'm going to vote for option 4. Girl needs some thicker skin.

4fea5 No.54628

The problem that I have with Options 1 & 2 is that there's no reason to pick them or not pick them.
As for Option 3, did we actually meet the girls untransformed? If so, it's been a while, which is why I'm asking.
And Blue brought up a good alternative to option 4. So I think I'll go with that mountain of text.

d30e7 No.54630

>Did we actually meet the girls untransformed?

Two encounters with Usagi that went to canon, that whole thing with Nagisa at the chanella store, we in character know Honoka, Saki and Mai this morning, and most importantly, we came across them all doing their little training thing the other day that got Sakura brained by a soccer ball and stepped in to check on her when that happened and then ran into Honoka and Nagisa in the forest just before all shit went down there, so we have actual context that yes, all these girls have been hanging out and investigating weird shit going on around town.

dd928 No.54842

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You continue walking towards the two girls and cat and say, "What in the world is with all the yelling? Oh, it's dumpling-head causing a scene." You glance at the bus driver who is staring at you unblinking.

Seemingly forgetting her earlier crying, but with tears still running down her cheeks, Usagi stands up and yells, "I'm not a dumpling head and what kind of idiot goes around wearing a tuxedo without a dress shirt!"

"Usagi! You shouldn't be mean to him." Ami chides her friend, "Sorry about her."

The bus driver away as Usagi sticks her tongue out at you.

You chuckle, "You really are a dumpling head if you're scared of getting a bus. Through all of your commotion, you missed your bus."

"Am NOT!"

"Even little kids aren't scared of getting on a bus, right Ami?"

"That's true." She replies cautiously, "But how do you know my name?"

"You were all over the posters for the Crystal Academy. You're somewhat of a famous prodigy."

"Oh. I guess that's…" Ami's mouth drops as she stares over your shoulder at something behind you.

You turn around, and where you expected to see the bus, you see two. One of them is on the road as you'd expect, the other has lifted off the ground and is flying into a portal. Both have the same marking on the back of the bus, route #66. You have no idea how to even process what's happening. You look at the other driver on the road and pedestrians on the side walk, but no one seems to be paying any attention to the bus flying in the sky and disappearing into a portal.

Usagi looks at where you and Ami are looking and shouts, "No way! No way!"

Some people are looking at the tree of you since you're making somewhat of a scene, but then carry about their business.



475ef No.54852

Option three: Wha?

5d514 No.54858

What was that about the bus flying off in broad daylight? Option three.

d30e7 No.54861

Write-in: "…Uh?"

4fea5 No.54863

Time to go for the hammy gusto.
My write-in is "N-N-N-NANDATTO?!"

727ec No.54866

No no no, gotta go for the jojo reference.


d30ad No.54871

*Strains of Weird Al's "Another One Rides the Bus" in the distance*

b4812 No.54877

Option 3: Wha?

0d6ca No.54898

You sir, are a man of good taste!

0d6ca No.54899

Also: "Masaka! Nani sore?!"

d30e7 No.54905

Thinking about it, I have to change my vote to the only response that makes sense.


dd928 No.54947

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Speaking of JoJo…

dd928 No.55052

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If this was an anime, you're sure you'd be able to form some sort of overly dramatic reaction to the disappearing, and possibly duplicating bus. Instead, you struggle to form words, "Uh… Wha? What happened?"

Ami starts babbling, "A black hole? Fourth dimensional space? A hole in the magnetic field? What was that?"

You're the college educated young man here. You've got to have some kind of explanation for this…
>Right? [What?]
>lol no. [Do what instead?]

d30e7 No.55055

Hahaha yeah no, the only explanation we could possibly have is "Magic" and yeah, Mamoru has no reason to buy into that.

Anyone got any good thoughts for what to do? I'm not able to sit and come up with something good at the moment.

c4f18 No.55057

lol no: Suggest the phenomenon is dangerous and try to chivvy the girls away from it. I don't think it'll work, but it's worth a shot and shows Mamoru cares about their safety.

b4812 No.55058


Well he's had some experience with the old lady who hypnotized him with a tarot card and the tree guy, so my vote would be "Weird alien bullshit."

0d6ca No.55088

I am down with this. Show them we care and level up them social links!

d30e7 No.55090

Uh, excuse you sir, Poisony was not "old". She's just simply older than the rest of our other shipping options thank you yes mhm.

Anyway, now that I've had some time to think about it, I'm gonna agree with Fem. We can do more "investigation" on our own time or whatever, but the Mamoru priority should be getting the "civilians" away from the area before something happens to come back around on us.

dd928 No.55333

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"I'm not sure what that was, but I'm pretty sure it's dangerous. It'd be best if you didn't take this bus. People have been saying that it's a cursed demon bus and…" You point to where the bus disappeared. "It looks like they're right."

You make eye contact with Usagi and with Ami, making sure they understood you. Both of them nod. Wait, did the cat just nod nod as well. No, you're just imagining things. Ami probably just bobbed a little while nodding and that made it appear that the cat moved out of the corner of your eye.

"I think the shock of the disappearing bus is getting to me. It looked like your cat was nodding." The cat looks away from you and rubs against Ami's cheek.

"That's silly. Cat's don't nod." Usagi counter. "Come on, Ami, let's go." She grabs Ami's free arm and drags her away.

Ami looks back at you then follows along with her blonde hair. You see her whisper something to Usagi who then looks back at you, but then looks back in the direction she was going when she sees you're still looking at them.

You wonder what that was about, but the thought does make you feel a little self conscious. You'd like to talk to Rei about how you blacked out again, but that may not be the best idea when your arm is wounded and you're clothes are in disarray.

Instead, you decide to speak with her tomorrow, and head home for tonight. You've only heard rumors of this bus disappearing, so you feel safe taking another bus home.

You clean and disinfect your left forearm, wondering what could have caused such a strange wound pattern, and so deep too. You wrap some gauze around it, take some pain medicine and catch up as best you can on homework. Once it's late, you turn in for the night.

In the morning, you wake up refreshed. It's always a nice feeling when you wake up in your own bed for once. Your day is rather uneventful. KO University has class again today, but with all the disruptions, everyone has been granted an extension on their assignments. Helpful, but you were more or less done with everything anyway. Between professors having been caught unprepared, and lots of students still out from the effects of the tree incident, the work load is very low.

After classes are out, you decide to make good on your decision to meet up with Rei again, and take the bus to Sendai Hill. You close your eyes, and almost doze off at the back of the bus. Perhaps you can lock down a date for your date with the shrine maiden. You'll want to figure out how to thank her grandfather for practically throwing her at you.

Some time later, you hear a voice next to you.

"How many cram schools does Ami-chan have to go to? She doesn't have to go at a time like this."

"That's OK. You can stay in touch with her with this communicator."

"This? Isn't it just a watch."

A cat starts meowing annoyingly and you open your eyes and see who's talking.

"Eh? What's wrong, Luna?" A certain blonde meatball-head asks.

"Why are you talking to yourself?"

"Ahhh! It's you again!"

"Stop screaming, Miss bun-head. We keep bumping into each other."

"Are you a high school student?"

You whip out your student ID card and show it to Usagi, "I'm a college student."

She reads it out, "Chiba Mamoru, First Year, KO University."

You put it away and the two of you sit there in silence for a few moments. Finally, Usagi breaks the silence, "So, what do you know about the Demon 6PM bus?"

What do you know about the 6PM bus?
>Just that there's supposedly a cursed bus. I didn't believe it until I saw it yesterday.
>There's been rumors that people are being kidnapped for ransom. The police have been quiet about it to not risk those people's lives. But with what happened yesterday, that's clearly not the case.
>It managed to disappear like that yesterday, but I don't think anyone but the three of us noticed.
>I thought I told you stay away from that bus. It's clearly dangerous.
>I know that you and your little detective club are investigating it.
>Write-in. [What?]

3400a No.55334

Option three. Some honesty miiiight not hurt at this point.

b4812 No.55337

Agreeing with Fem.

d30e7 No.55346

Same. We don't really have any sort of reason to not converse with her about it.

0d6ca No.55349

I'm also voting for option 3, but more in the hopes that pointing out that we're part of a select group that notices weird crap going on will point us in the right direction to eventually connect Mamoru and TK.

3400a No.55353

Oh, good call.

d30e7 No.55355

Not a bad angle to pursue, actually. We need to connect them eventually, though it would probably happen on its own sooner or later anyway. Having some control over it may help us out in the long run, though.

dd928 No.55592

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"Mostly just the rumors about it. Nothing specific. But did you notice that we were the only ones that noticed it disappear?" You answer.

"Not really, but Ami did. She told me that after we left."

You recall Usagi turning around to look at you the day before. That's probably what that was all about.

"There's been a lot of hypnotized people wandering around, so that could explain why the people one the sidewalk didn't notice anything, but people driving cars couldn't have been hypnotized, so there has to be something strange about it."

"Does that mean there's something special about you?"

How do you reply?

>Nothing really.

>I have these strange dreams.
>I have these strange dreams, and I was going to talk to the Shrine Maiden, Rei, about them.
>Don't you mean something special about us?
>Don't you mean something special about us? Or do you already know what's special about you and Ami?
>Write-in. [What?]

d30e7 No.55601

Hmm. I don't really like any of these, but I just woke up so I can't really think of a good write-in just yet. I can't see us being TOO open with Usagi, but I don't want to just dead end her line of thinking either, because awareness of canon is about all that's going to keep us from repeating it. I'll come back to this.

4fea5 No.55602

Ooooh, this is going to be an interesting answer, no matter how we slice it. Let's unpack this a bit.
>Nothing really.
Probably the most boring of the options, and it doesn't necessarily mesh well with our stated goal of connecting Mamoru with the Tux. Still, though, might be the most realistic answer.
>I have these strange dreams.
Moe might have a response planned for this, but I actually think it would be less helpful than the previous option. It isn't realistic, Usagi can't really help with it…it serves no purpose but to exist, that I know of.
>I have these strange dreams, and I was going to talk to the Shrine Maiden, Rei, about them.
Now we're getting somewhere. This option sounds pretty much tailor-made to drag Rei into the plot where she belongs. Definitely an option that I would consider voting for, since it gives strong direction to the overall plot and a good way of getting us closer to the goals we want.
>Don't you mean something special about us?
Pretty forward of Mamoru to say that without knowing about Tuxing around, even considering he can see that the bus is being weird. Though if Usagi misinterprets that, she could think we're flirting with her and get flustered. That'd be cute. Another option to consider, but slightly less so.
>Don't you mean something special about us? Or do you already know what's special about you and Ami?
This one gets rid of the flirty angle, and replaces it with a slight confrontation that I think would actually make things worse at this point. Though seeing Usagi stammer along, trying desperately to use her Bluff untrained, would be funny. But it's not worth putting her in such a difficult situation until she knows she can trust both Mamoru and Tuxedo Kamen. I'm passing on this option because I don't like creating dilemmas.
Of the two options that I liked, I preferred the one that mentions Rei. But, I do think we need to try and make it flirty somehow. Take any opportunity to use our always-on swag to boost our relationships, that's what I say!
I'm not sure if directly combining options #3 and #4 would work, but maybe something like "Maybe there's something special about us?" *wait for Usagi to (somewhat erroneously but not really) pick out the subtext and get flustered* "I can only speak for myself, but I know I've been having strange dreams lately, and I was going to talk with Rei Hino about them." It dampens the impact of the flirting a bit, but it leaves Usagi wondering if *maybe* Mamoru meant it the *other way*, and that's almost as good. Getting her to think about the possibility of a relationship is the perfect way to attract someone as boy-crazy as she is.

0d6ca No.55603

Personally, I kinda wonder if mentioning Rei would provoke a tsundere jealousy response, but I'm not expert. If Moe will allow it, I'm down for this combination of 3 and 4.

b4812 No.55609

We could combine 4 & 3.

Say "Don't you mean something special about us", getting her all flustered then laugh and then tell her about our strange dreams and explain that we're planning on asking the Shrine Maiden about them.

d30e7 No.55613

Honestly, this is about what I was thinking would be a good idea anyway, so let's go for it. 3-4 combo.

Though I will say that by this point, Mamoru's been around for at least three other incidents. The bugs in the forest the other day, the chanella store, and most importantly, when we broke free of the Devil card long enough wreck a camcorder across Poisony's jaw. Plus shit like him waking out in places, sometimes really badly fucking hurt, gives him a good reason to think shit's up with him.

ca5aa No.55622

Option three, but adding "Maybe she would be able to help explain the odd events around here to you too?"

dd928 No.55761

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"Don't you mean something special about us?" You counter.

"Eh?" She opens her eyes wide, "No, no. There's nothing special about…"

You chuckle a little as the blonde girl doesn't know how to react to your comment. She's pretty cute when she's just being a ditz instead of being aggressive. "I can only speak for myself, but I know I've been having strange dreams lately, and I was going to talk with Rei Hino about them."

"The shrine maiden?" She asks.

"That's the one. You know her?"

"I met her yesterday." Usagi replies, "She's so beautiful." The blonde girl gets this dreamy look on her face.

"Sounds like you like her."

"Mhm" She replies unthinkingly, then yells, "No I mean…" Without knowing what to say, she grabs her cat and hides behind her. The cat meows loudly in protest.

You try not to laugh too much at her antics, but a few chuckles get out anyway. You get up, "This is the stop for the shrine." You exit the bus, hearing Usagi scramble off of it behind you.

>Wait for her.

>Head up to the shrine.
>Write-in. [What?]

d30ad No.55765

Pay no heed, just the semi-annual, semi-relevant musical segue.

b4812 No.55766

Eh, I'm willing to wait for her.

d30e7 No.55784

Wait for her

fef2e No.55791

Yeah, let's wait.

a3bf9 No.55806

Wait. Gotta build them social links.
…Although… I wonder why Moe gave us the option… If this were D&D I'd be checking for traps right now.

4fea5 No.55860

Wait for her. She's getting off at our same stop, and getting ahead of her could lead to us walking right into Jadeite's trap.

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