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[A/N: Once I got the previous Superpowers fic done, it feels kinda like the writing block flushed away. I wrote this much quicker than I expected, even if it’s been an idea I’ve brewed on for a while. Maybe in part because I’m really excited to write the next entry in this series, but had to get this one done first. Have to try to maintain some continuity, you know?
I did end up deciding to make the Aya/Chisato vampire story I wrote a month back part of the Superpowers AU. I might need to make some adjustments to some of the details. Some reworks or retcons if you will. But I don’t think I have to change anything major… probably. We’ll take that as it comes. I’ll try to signpost it properly should it be necessary. A lot of this I’m just making up as I go along.
Having Tsugumi be the one to come up with the idea for the support group was an easy one. She’s very Tsugurific, after all.
So the [yet to be named] group is currently five members. It made sense that those would be the only five they could easily put together at the start. I have some ideas for how to bring in more, even if I’m not sure of everyone yet.
Of course, part of the premise for this series from the very start has been: What do people with superpowers do in a world that doesn’t need them? Theirs is a better world than ours. And even as the series has gone on and evolved, I have kept that idea in mind. I don’t really want to introduce some big threat for them to fight against, or team up to save the world, or anything. I kinda just want it to still be fairly slice-of-life. With girls smooching sometimes. Not saying that will definitely never change, but I have no plans for it.]
Ako was having lunch with her friends. She got along well with the other little nerds in the class, and she was slightly popular for being in a band. Maybe also for being so small and cute. Whatever the case, several of her classmates had been to see at least one of Roselia’s concerts.
Someone called her name, so Ako looked over. It was Tsugumi, one of her big sister’s best friends.
“Could I talk to you for a minute?” Tsugumi asked.
[A/N: How easily I betray my own principles. But the recent Christmas event just drove home what had been lurking in my mind for a while now. Arisa is definitely the harem protagonist of Popipa, not Kasumi. So I wanted to do a quick story with that as the core idea. And Misaki and Arisa’s story/episode moments together have a chemistry that made me feel like she should be included. If not as part of the “harem”, then at least as a friend. She was definitely just joking, right?
Also wanted to have Arisa cursing and swearing. :3]
It was a quiet day. Or at least it had been.
She never got any more warning than that before Kasumi was on her. Sometimes she didn’t even get that.
[A/N: I’ve been working on this for far too long, it feels like. Especially considering I’ve written longer stuff than this in a single day. Yet this took several weeks to finish. My ability to just sit down, and actually write down the words in my head has been largely absent. Very frustrating. I had originally intended to do a little something for everyone, but it was already taking forever to write, and I simply didn’t have any ideas for the rest.
Sorry for ending on a bit of a cliffhanger. I hope to do more with the follow-up, but I don’t dare promise when that will come out. With only two weeks to go till Christmas, it might not be until after. We’ll see how my creative energy measures up.
As these different chapters were written on different days (usually just a couple hundred words at a time), there’s probably some mood swings here. Especially with the Arisa/Kasumi chapter which got rather angsty as they tend to do.
I also wanted to show that different people’s relationships progress at different paces. Things have escalated quickly for Tsugumi and Sayo, but with others it brews more slowly.
Final note: I am wondering whether or not to make the “Chisato is a vampire” story canon with the superpowers-verse. It doesn’t quite fit the same formula, but it would be amusing to include. Feel free to let me know what you think, otherwise I’ll just figure it out on my own.]
Udagawa Ako was walking the halls of Haneoka Girls’ high school. Even though she was still in middle school, she was quite familiar with the high school part of the institution. It was past afternoon classes, and the older students had either gone home, or to club activities. But Ako was looking for someone who should still be around.
[A/N: So much for taking a longer break from writing… but this idea has been growing in me ever since I saw this Tumblr post. So not exactly the typical vampire story, but it seemed like it might be fun to do.
Though it wasn’t guaranteed it was going to be Bandori, nor Aya/Chisato. Until today I couldn’t decide what characters or setting might fit into this idea. The idea of Chisato floated around a bit, though her whole big backstory is the child actor thing. So until I hit upon a way to explain that away, I was effectively stuck. Then Aya seemed like the most fitting option to be the one to discover her. I like KaoChisa, but I don’t feel confident in writing Kaoru, really. There’s a reason I keep her appearances in my fics short. Not that I have much experience with Aya either, but I felt my odds were better.
Besides, Aya can kinda work together with any, or all, of the other Pasupare members. So I tend to (half) jokingly think of the Pastel*Palettes as “Aya’s sweet harem”.]
Aya opened the door. “Chisato-ch… an?”
“Oh… Aya-chan…” Chisato looked at her wide eyes.
* * *
“You seem remarkably calm, Aya-chan,” Chisato said.
Aya shifted uncomfortably.
“Or are you perhaps so terrified you don’t even dare cry?” Chisato said in a playful voice.
I’m Maruyama Aya, and I just walked in on my friend Shirasagi Chisato while a pair of large wings stuck out from her back. I don’t know what’s going to happen to me now.
“Ah, no, don’t actually cry, Aya-chan! I’m sorry, I was just teasing,” Chisato said hurriedly as she saw tears forming in Aya’s eyes, and held forth the tissue box to let Aya take one.
“Ch-Chisato-chan… w-what are you going to do to me?” Aya asked nervously, wiping her eyes.
“Do to you? Nothing,” Chisato said. “I just figured we should… ah… talk. About what you saw.”
The wings were gone now, but the sight was burned into Aya’s mind.
“I-I didn’t see anything,” Aya said.
Chisato sighed. “You’re a terrible liar, Aya-chan,” she said, slight disapproval in her voice.
“Chisato-chan…” Aya’s lower lip was quivering. “W-wait, you are Chisato-chan, aren’t you?” she asked.
“Yes.” Chisato smiled gently. “I am the one and only Shirasagi Chisato,” she said. “And… um… I’m not sure there’s any good way of saying this… so I’ll just say it. I’m a vampire.”
“Eh?” Aya thought she must have heard that wrong. “Vampire? But those don’t… exist…”
Chisato chuckled. “You saw my wings, and still you say that? Well, they’re not the only things I keep hidden,” she said, and raised a hand to her face. She pulled a corner of her lip up, and revealed a really pointy fang.
Aya went pale. “A-are you going to e-e-eat me?” she stuttered forth.
“Oh heavens no, of course not,” Chisato said quickly. “It’s unfortunate that you saw me, I was so sure I had locked the door, but I wouldn’t do anything so grisly.” She crossed her legs. “I don’t like eating anything I can talk to. You have no idea how much it kills the appetite to have someone say ‘please don’t eat me’. Or ‘please eat me’, for that matter. Such a turnoff.” It was bizarre how casually she was talking about this.
Morbid curiosity drove Aya to ask: “Th-then how do you get blood?”
Chisato’s expression turned awkward. “I prefer not to, these days,” she said.
“Well, it’s not strictly necessary,” Chisato said. She definitely seemed awkward. “It’s more like… a vitamin deficiency, I believe they call it. Since we can’t actually get vitamins from sunlight, and regular food only has so much… it was more of a… practical thing. Blood is very nutritious. But since humans invented vitamin tablets, there are alternatives. I can handle a mostly normal diet, with some supplements.”
It sounded like she was choosing her words carefully, and perhaps not telling the whole story, but Aya wasn’t sure if she dared to press the issue.
“But you go out in the sun…” Aya said instead. Sure, Chisato disappeared for work a lot, but she had still gone outside with them several times.
“Another modern convenience,” Chisato said with a smile. “We… um… there’s been developed some improved sunscreens that let us go outside, and act just like regular people. Sure, I have to be a little careful, but I don’t have to dress as heavily as I used to, and-” She stopped herself. Whatever she had been about to say went unsaid.
Aya was again too nervous to press the issue.
“Ahem,” Chisato cleared her throat. “Should I happen to go outside without the right preparations… it wouldn’t be pretty. I… probably wouldn’t die, if I found shelter quickly…”
Aya didn’t really want to think about it. There was another thing that had stuck in her mind. “Used to?” she brought up hesitantly.
“Oh. Yes. I’ve been around for a while,” Chisato admitted.
“How long?” Aya couldn’t stop herself from asking.
“You shouldn’t ask a lady her age, Aya-chan,” Chisato said, though she sounded more amused than offended. “Let’s just say it’s been long enough.”
“W-wait, but… I’ve seen you on TV,” Aya said.
“Ah yes, the child actor Shirasagi Chisato,” Chisato smiled again. “That’s me, true enough. How do I put this… as you might imagine, living for a long time can mean you occasionally run out of ideas for things to do. Get bored.” Aya nodded. Not that she could actually know what that was like, but it sounded reasonable. “But there’s a way to revert to being physically young again, and grow up once more. It has its issues, but it’s a way to kill a couple of decades. And to learn more about how current society works. There’s only so much you experience as an adult, after all.”
“Oh…” Aya wasn’t sure what more to say.
“So, will you keep my secret, Aya-chan?” Chisato asked.
“Uh… w-what happens if I don’t…?” Aya asked, then immediately regretted doing so once it was too late to take it back.
“Aya-chan…” Chisato’s voice had a tinge of disappointment. “I would have to disappear, I suppose. It’s not certain anyone would believe you, but I doubt my mother would want to take the risk.”
“Oh…” Aya felt bad for even asking. Even if Chisato wasn’t human, she didn’t want to do that to her. Didn’t want her to go away. They were still friends, right? “I promise to not tell anyone, Chisato-chan,” she said, as firmly as she could.
Chisato’s expression lit up. “Thank you, Aya-chan,” she said. “You might be a terrible liar, but I trust you on this.”
Aya smiled back, even if it was a somewhat backhanded compliment. “So… you’re really not going to eat me?” she asked, just to be sure.
“Well, if you’re offering…” Chisato grinned. “A joke, Aya-chan, forgive me,” she said after seeing the colour drain from Aya’s face, and laughed. “I meant what I said earlier. Besides, biting is a rather… intimate thing. I don’t want to do it to just anyone unless I have to.” Her eyes widened a bit, and she blushed, as if she had just said something she hadn’t meant to.
“Oh, I see, okay,” Aya said, a little relieved, though curious. What was so bad about what Chisato had just said?
“It feels strangely relieving that you know, actually. One less thing to worry about,” Chisato said. She seemed more relaxed, even if it hadn’t really been noticeable that she was tense before. If Aya hadn’t seen both before and after, she likely wouldn’t have been able to tell.
Chisato seemed to be thinking about something. “Hey, Aya-chan. Can I ask you something?”
“Huh? Sure?” Aya wondered what it could be.
“Would you consider going out with me?” Chisato asked.
Aya blinked. “Eh?” She felt shocked. That had been just about the last thing she expected to hear right now.
Chisato’s cheeks were a little rosy. “To be honest, I think you’re unbearably cute. I have entertained the idea of asking you out, but I couldn’t risk letting you find out about me,” she confessed. “However, now that you know anyway… what do you say?”
“Uuhh…” Aya wasn’t sure how to respond. She wouldn’t have guessed that at all from Chisato’s behaviour until then. Maybe that was the power of a skilled actor?
“I…” Chisato casually looked away, as if there was simply something else in the room that had caught her eye. “I’ll understand if you say no, considering all you’ve just learned. But I would be grateful if you at least considered it.” She sounded calm and composed, but her cheeks were still a hue of pink.
Aya didn’t think she was ready to make such a decision on the spot, but she felt bad about the idea of just refusing outright. “I’ll think about it…” she said bashfully.
“Oh! Good. Good, that’s… that’s all I ask,” Chisato said. “I’ll be looking forward to your response. Not that you have to hurry, or anything, of course.” She seemed flustered.
Aya couldn’t help giggling a little. It was weird to think that something as scary as a vampire could be so cute. From what Chisato had said, maybe they weren’t actually that scary? Or maybe that was dangerous to assume.
“Anyway,” Chisato cleared her throat again, and looked back at Aya. “We should- Aya-chan…”
“Didn’t I say not to cry?” Chisato said, slightly resigned, as she reached for the box of tissues again.
“Huh?” Aya reached up to her cheek, and found it was wet. “Oh… s-sorry, Chisato-chan, I… I guess I’m just relieved.” She sniffed.
Chisato took it upon herself to wipe Aya’s tears. “I suppose you will always be you,” she said with a smile. “But we have to get going, you know. Practice starts in a few minutes, and we can’t be too late.”
“Oh, right. You’re right,” Aya said, grabbing another tissue herself to wipe her eyes properly. Though as she got up, she realised there was one more question she wanted to ask. “Um… why did you have your wings out in the first place, Chisato-chan?”
“Uh… well… I start to feel uncomfortable if I don’t get to stretch them every so often… cramped, you could say…” Chisato seemed embarrassed. “I thought it would be fine. But I suppose I should make sure to always wait until I’m home from now on.” She sighed.
“Oh, I see…”
Finding out that one of her best friends was a vampire was not something Aya had expected to happen that day. Nor that said friend would then ask her out. To be fair she wouldn’t have expected either to happen on any day. Right now she had to focus on practice (perhaps easier said than done), but afterwards she had some serious thinking to do.
[A/N: My first Bandori polyam. Okay, so, see, here’s the thing. Since it was pointed out to me, I have paid more attention, and seen some of what people say about Arisa and Saaya. And the anime had some clear hints of Kasumi and Saaya. But! KasuAri is like… the third most important couple in all of anime for me, so breaking them up in any context is simply out of the question. So I thought… maybe I can put them into a polyamorous relationship with Saaya instead, to have some room to explore those dynamics without betraying my soul.
From the start the intention was to check in on them after they’d been together for a little while, and had settled in a bit. I had not initially meant to make it so much of a retrospective reflection though. But that’s what I ended up writing, so there we go. I wanted to try out the different combinations, before having all three together at the end. I’d like to do more with this trio in the future at some point, now that I have done the establishing set-up for them.
The four parts I had roughly figured out from the start, but with my creative energy being quite low lately, it took me longer to write them down than it usually does. I think I’m okay with how they turned out, though.
Arisa and Saaya having gotten closer, but maybe not quite reached lovey-dovey status yet was an obvious candidate for part one. Seeing someone say that a polyam relationship is still valid even if not everyone in it is equally close to everyone else was part of my inspiration behind this.
As for whether Kasumi is truly 1-A’s class rep, I am not entirely certain. I seem to remember her being chosen from the anime, but looking back I think that was for something else. Maybe. Still! It’s an interesting enough idea that I went for it anyway. I feel like the anime portrayed Kasumi as a better student than the game hints at her being. Waking up early, friendly with everyone, eager to help out. Also not entirely sure if it’s class representative, or class president. Maybe it can be translated either way.
For part two I just wanted some KasuSaaya goofing around. Kasumi smelling Saaya has amused me since the start, so I wanted to incorporate that.
In part three… I feel like I’ve written a fair amount of stories with Arisa leaning on Kasumi for support, so I wanted to do something that was more of the opposite for this one. Though to be honest, the reason I don’t specify what happened to Kasumi is because I couldn’t think of anything that wasn’t either too serious, or too trivial to trigger such a response from her. So I decided to just leave it vague and open. I knew the scenario I wanted, but couldn’t think of a good reasoning for getting there, so I just did it anyway.
And finally in part four I wanted more fluffy goofing again.]
[A/N: I’ve been saying I’ve wanted to do a TaeRimi fic for a while now, so I finally sat down and did it. It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to do it, but it felt like I had enough pieces by this point to put something together.
Arisa getting Tae to wear clothes that make her look more cool/handsome was pretty much the first idea I came up with for this concept a while back. I was considering making Rimi just pass out, but thought that would be a little too extreme. It was thinking of what to do for the rest of the fic that took a while. That, and figuring out how to portray Tae’s unusual tendencies as well as possible.
I’d say I’m fairly happy with how it turned out in the end. And I wanted to get this idea done before I started on the next one, as it felt like I had left this one waiting for too long already.]
“Here, O-Tae. Wear this,” Arisa said.
“Why?” Tae asked.
“Just do it.”
[A/N: It’s not that often I get inspired to do a NSFW explicit fic, but I thought this was a neat idea! Then I got so into writing the setup that I was 2000 words in and no one had their clothes off yet. Oops. So it’s a bit of a slow burn, is what I’m saying. I don’t know if it’s going to be fun or interesting to read, but I was very invested in writing it.
Whether Lucina is actually the type to do something like this might be a matter of debate, but I’d like to think that she wouldn’t be too ashamed of it. No one should be. That’s a message I wanted to put into this. Don’t be ashamed of who you are, or what you want/are into, so long as it’s not harming anyone. And no shame whether someone has no experience, or an abundance of it. No virgin-shaming, or slut-shaming allowed here.
BDSM isn’t really my kind of kink, hence why the parts I actually detail are pretty tame. Your imagination can fill in the rest if you want. But I was thinking that since it was Lucina’s first time, both with Bayonetta, and at all, then Bayo would take it easy on her, and start with like… a basic tutorial, if you will. And only then would she introduce more advanced and adventurous stuff at a gradual rate.
So even though it’s a little outside my wheelhouse, I had fun writing it, and hope I didn’t grossly misrepresent anything.]
Lucina thought she had found the right place, though it didn’t look quite like she had expected. It appeared to be a fairly simple cottage, though not of an architecture she recognised. But that was only the outside.
She knocked, and found the door opened itself for her. Not a sudden motion, just a slow slide. She poked her head in. “Hello?” No reply.
[A/N: Guess I’m writing Super Smash Bros fanfic too now. Well, this one time, at least.
Seems like I’m far from the only one who watched and liked the World of Light trailer. Somehow that got me onto the thought of what all of them might do on their time off. The main idea being Lucina trying really badly to flirt with some of the other girls. Though I wanted to have some interludes between her attempts, too. I love you, sweet Luci, but you’re a bit of a disaster. :3
I don’t actually know the personalities of many of these characters very well. So it’s a lot of guessing, assumptions, and what I thought would be funniest.
I considered tagging every fandom I brought into this, but that seemed a bit excessive. I’ve tagged every character, even if they only have small appearances.]
Samus Aran was doing maintenance on her arm cannon.
“Hi!” Lucina said, having walked up to the bounty hunter.
Samus looked at her, and smiled. “Hello,” she responded.
“A nice day for some weather, isn’t it?” Lucina said.
[A/N: Onto part 7 of the Superpowers AU, and it’s Maya’s turn. This was the one instance of thinking up the superpower first, and deciding who should get it second. For a while I was thinking I wouldn’t find anyone for it, and would have to scrap it. Maya was the best candidate, but getting it to work was tricky. Eventually I decided to just go for it.
Also, it’s Maya’s birthday today. That’s a complete coincidence. Writing has been slow lately, but I was trying to get this done sooner. If I had completed it a week ago, I would have posted it then. Finishing on her birthday was more like a happy accident, I guess.
Maya being clumsy/unlucky is not something I think is part of the canon, that’s more artistic license on my part to fit with her power.
Of course the main obstacle to giving Maya a healing factor was her glasses. Taking her glasses away was out of the question. A cutie is always cuter with glasses on. I pondered if it should be fake glasses, but couldn’t think of a reason why she’d have that. So I settled for anything she had before the power activated stayed. Maybe she even has a few scars from before. I thought about exploring that further, but the fic became long enough as is.
The final scene was probably what took the most work. Not just because it’s like half of the fic, but because it took me a while to figure out how to even do it. Pretty much from the start I wanted to do a scene where Maya got seriously injured in Eve’s presence, and only Eve’s presence, but finding a good setup for that was tough. I still kinda feel like I could have done better, but it’s probably good enough.
And now I am out of ideas for more people to give powers to. For now, at least. So far I’ve always had a new idea ready to brainstorm after finishing the previous, but nothing has presented itself this time. What I might do is a sort of… bonus fic thingy, just giving some updates about what everyone so far is up to. Extra scenes. Maybe just a cute thing, or some further character development, or story progression. Additionally I’ve considered a spin-off just full of goofy scenarios. We’ll see. I might write on other things a little bit, to give new ideas time to surface. Or maybe I’ll just call things to a close there. Haven’t decided yet.]
Hi. My name is Yamato Maya, and I’m not quite like most people. How to explain it… I heal fast. Super fast. Any injury I suffer heals itself very quickly. Sometimes within seconds if it’s just something small. I think I might be virtually indestructible, but I am not exactly eager to put that to the test. I hope that’s understandable.
[A/N: I have other things to write, but the idea for doing a Halloween thing with the girls I’ve added to my Extella series popped up, and then I wanted to get it done by Halloween… so yeah, here we are. The idea came after seeing the art for Brave Elizabeth, then remembering that Nero has a Caster version, and Tamamo has a Lancer version. It kinda snowballed from there.
Artwork chosen to best reflect what they’re wearing here, not necessarily based on what the “best” art is. So while I’ve gone with all official artwork, I haven’t gone for the stage 4 art except in a couple of cases where that better reflects how they’ve dressed up.
Decided to go different/original with the Jeannes though, so no art for those, I’m afraid.]
With the spooky times descending upon SE.RA.PH., a certain musical duo had approached Kishinami Hakuno to ask about doing something special for Halloween. They had the idea to go on a quest, but with a twist. Hakuno thought it sounded amusing, and agreed to help out.