UNIVERSAL LADY JUSTICE AYA PART I
Aya Masa- The main character. 14 years old.
Shizuko Ayumi- A mysterious magical girl. She is very flexible, agile, and fast. Capable of ripping off parts of walls or the ground to make magical knives.
Athena- Aya's pet falcon.
Suzume Masa- Aya's protective and strict mother.
Detective Finch- A private detective and the owner of the apartment complex where Aya lives. Friendly with Aya, but busy with detective work.
Miki Tenjou- Aya's closest friend. Her family runs a concert arena in Arahi. She is about the only one who could stand for Aya.
Chou Bo- An overeating, yet still skinny girl who sits with Aya during lunch. Doesn't like being demeaned by her weight and eating habits.
Kyoko Liu- A half-Chinese, half-Japanese schoolboy who is always busy.
Ashley Haylon- The in-crowd leader at Aya's school. Always likes to exploit or harass Aya and a few others.
Ashley's Posse- A group of girls who follow around Ashley Haylon. They are presumably her loyal followers.
- Erica Foibel
- Kayla Zisha
- Elaina Circums
Shuriken- A portable cylindrical drone with bladed internal rotors for flight and melee combat. Can be optionally armed with a small gun on the bottom.
Pincher- A small quadrupedal drone. Has two scythe-like blades that slice across from each other.
Tap Your Mind
(Scene starts with a white screen. Then fades into a peaceful park at around springtime.)
V.O. Aya: Have you ever wished for a dream come true when you were young, even when a cruel reality pressured you to believe that it never could?
(Aya Masa, the main character, is running around freely in clean clothes.)
V.O. Aya: Until one day...when the harsh illusion of reality just...broke?
(Aya spins around and lands happily on a mound while seeing Miki Tenjou come by on her right. The two look at each other, then Miki lies down beside her as they smile.)
V.O. Aya: And that reality became something of a wish come true?
(Kyoko Liu, seeing them from a distance on their left, comes over and lies down with them.)
V.O. Aya: Friends. Peace. Freedom. Justice. This is all that I wanted.
(Aya looks back and forth between her friends.)
V.O. Aya: I know it’s typical, but I wanted a new utopia, a new haven. As a normal girl...
(Aya reaches in her shirt's right pocket and pulls out a white cylindrical crystal. As her friends watch, she raises the crystal with her left hand and her right hand showing a ring.)
V.O. Aya: And a magical one.
(After looking at each other one more time, they turn to the sky as streaks of light fly across the sky. They are revealed to be flying magical girls, followed by multiple aircraft trailing smoke. The magical girls shoot multi-colored energy into the air that explode into an immense and moving fireworks display. An awed Miki and interested Kyoko watch as Aya jumps with her glowing crystal in the air. The flying magical girls notice her cheerfully wave back.)
V.O. Aya: However, it wouldn't have happened if it weren't for everything that I've done for everyone.
(They swoop down and create trails of energy close to the ground as they pass by the main trio. Aya merely grins as the flying girls return to formation with the aircraft squadron.)
V.O. Aya: And what they've done for me.
(Miki and Kyoko stand up close to Aya as she raises her glowing crystal.)
V.O. Aya: I am Aya Masayoshi, but known to everyone as Aya Masa. This is the story of how I fulfilled my dreams and desires. My desire for the power to fight. My desire to bring hope.
(Scene spins and zooms away to show the island of Arahi, between Japan and China, and then the Earth. The Earth glows iridescent with swirls, first of gold, silver and bronze, then of black and white. Once the whole Earth appears very small, all colors and auras fade and the planet flashes into a dark background with a glowing white crystal.)
V.O. Aya: To me. To my friends. To magical girls. And...to the world.
(The crystal glows brighter until the glare covers the screen.)
V.O. Aya: It started long ago...When my life was Hell on Earth.
(Scene: Aya's room.)
(Aya's alarm clock goes off. After a while, she wakes up slowly to stop the alarm and stretches. She sits on the side of her bed and sees her clock.)
Aya: (sarcastic) Late again...(yawns) How much more suffering can I take?
(Aya gets up and puts on a set of slippers. She opens the curtains to a large window, seeing the city and small backyard behind the apartment complex. Aya sighs as she looks down. Athena flies onto the windowsill outside. Aya looks to the falcon as it screeches.)
Aya: There you are, Athena.
(Aya reaches out into a gap within her desk and takes out some food. She opens the window slightly and feeds Athena. The falcon leans into her hand and nibbles on the food.)
Aya: There you go. Glad that you're here at least. (looks down, sighs)
(A faint alarm sound goes off and Aya turns around. She touches Athena, who has finished her morsel.)
Aya: Guess that's it for now.
Aya: Don’t worry. Next time we'll hang out more.
(Aya closes the window and the curtains as Athena leaves. She rubs her hands together to shake off the food crumbs.)
Suzume: Aya! It's time to go!
Aya: I'm up, Mother! Coming!
(Aya walks out her door to see Suzume Masa nearby.)
Aya: Uhh, what is it, Mother?
Suzume: Nothing, just wanted to know if you were up.
Aya: I'm fine, Mother.
Suzume: (suspicious) Hm, anyway, you should get ready now.
Aya: (irritated) I know, Mother. You don't have to tell me.
(Aya walks away. Suzume walks into her room to scan the place.)
(Suzume turns away.)
(Scene: Shower, then kitchen, and finally outside to the complex parking lot.)
(Aya is taking a shower)
V.O. Aya: This is the Aya I was before. Just a little girl in an apartment.
(Aya and Suzume eating together at table.)
V.O. Aya: You may find this life of mine ordinary, but the fact is...it's far harsher.
(The Masas rush outside, near their car.)
Suzume: Come on, Aya! We're going to be late!
Aya: I know, Mother! Coming!
(The two quickly get into their car.)
(Scene: The Masa's car)
(Aya is seated in the rear seat of the sedan, and watches quietly out the window. Then, she turns to her mother.)
Aya: There's something I want to ask you.
Suzume: Not now, Aya.
Aya: I've been wondering...why are you always so protective of me like this?
Suzume: (frustrated) It's best if we don't talk about this.
Aya: But I'm always wondering! You used to be so kind and polite. Was it that incident from before? The one where father died?
Suzume: Please, Aya. Just not now...
(Aya lets out a stressful sigh and looks back to the window, leaning on her hand.)
V.O. Aya: My mother didn't used to be like this. When I was young, we used to be a happy family together. She was kind, would appreciate my schoolwork, and did what she could to help. It all changed on the day my father died.
(Flashes back to a young Aya sitting on the floor of her room reading a book. A shadow is cast over her, and she turns around see a silhouette of her father. He kneels down and puts a small box at her side. Aya twists her body to reach the box and opens it. Her eyes widen at the sight of a gold ring with falcon wings and a white jewel in the center. She takes the ring out and holds it in the air with both hands.)
V.O. Aya: From what I knew about my father, he would do anything for me. I even have a ring from him, which was quite expensive, but very pretty.
(Returning to the present in Suzume’s car, Aya looks at the same ring worn on her right index finger and gives a light smile.)
V.O. Aya: I've never taken it off since he gave it to me and it reminds me of the best times I've had.
(Aya looks to her mother with worry.)
V.O. Aya: But ever since the incident when he passed away, my mother became very protective of me. Always driving me to school, checking on me, and having strict rules even for when I go out.
(Aya turns away and looks out the window on the side. She leans on it and sighs as she watches a decaying park pass by.)
V.O. Aya: It made me want to break out of this lifestyle. But that wasn’t the worst of it.
(Scene: Entrance to Arahi No. 28 School)
(The car stops at the school. Aya gets out and turns to her worried mother. She turns away and continues walking as the car drives away.)
V.O. Aya: What's more is school. Another nightmare.
(Aya walks along the hallway and find Miki Tenjou on the side.)
Aya: Hey Miki!
Miki: Hi, Aya...
Aya: Looks like I'm not that late.
Miki: Your mother, I'm guessing.
Aya: Yes, this time she's the one who got up late. (sigh) She's really on my case all the time. Why is that?
Miki: I think you should talk to her about it.
Aya: I already tried, but she just--
Ashley: (nearby) Well, look who decided to come late today.
(Ashley comes with a crowd and approaches them. Some of the crowd watches.)
Aya: Ashley Haylon.
Ashley: And what reason would that be? Your little mama wouldn't leave you alone? (giggles)
Miki: Not as much as it would be if it were you.
Ashley: Boy, when did you start standing up for yourself all of a sudden? Did you forget my status over here, Miss Tenjou?
Miki: Doesn't mean that everyone has to love you.
Ashley: Oh dear. (a little louder) Is it just me, or do I sense a lesbian couple here?
(Aya is hurt by some giggling in the crowd. Miki puts a hand over Aya's chest)
Miki: (to Aya) Just ignore her, Aya. Like always.
Ashley: I guess I rest my case. The more you try to hide it, the more you prove it's true. (giggles)
Miki: Come on, Aya. Let's go.
(The two rush away from Ashley, who merely watches them.)
Ashley: (to herself) Losers…
(Students enter a classroom with scratched desks and traditional computers.)
Teacher: Good morning, students. Please take your seats.
(Aya arrives at her desk, very near the entrance to the classroom.)
Student: (to self) Can't we just start class without the normal bowing.
Teacher: (overhears student, forcefully) It doesn't matter whether or not it suits your tastes. This has been tradition since the formation of Arahi, so please carry them out.
(Everyone follows the teacher to various degrees.)
Teacher: Stand...Bow! Time to begin class.
(Everyone starts logging onto their computers.)
Teacher: Now before class starts, test scores from last week will be up as soon as you log on. Please review this with the rest of your scores as there will be two more before the final this semester.
(Aya logs onto a computer and looks at a set of recent test scores. She sees a very low grade with a note to be seen after school and Aya's hurt turns to anger. She looks at Ashley at a desk in the next row, who reveals her scores to be good and sticks her tongue out at Aya. Aya grows more infuriated.)
Teacher: And as another announcement, Masayoshi Aya.
Teacher: Please head to the office after class.
Aya: (weak) Yes…
(Scene: Lunch hall)
(Aya constantly looks around with her lunch tray. Some tables are completely full, and others are partially occupied by staring, unfriendly students. . She looks down, hurt, and then walks over to a more vacant table in the corner with Miki.)
Aya: (sigh, sitting next to Miki) Once again, just a table with me and you...
Miki: Me, and you, and--
(Chou Bo suddenly comes in with a mountain of food on her tray. She sits across from Miki, who backs her food up uncomfortably. Chou then starts to dig into her food.)
Miki: And Chou.
Aya: And Chou.
Miki: Surprised how Chou can eat so much and still stay so skinny.
Chou: (stops, hurt by the comment) Miki...
Aya: I don't think she was really trying to insult you. Not like the other students at least. Actually, I like you no matter what people think of you.
(Chou still doesn't talk and now slowly eats. Aya sees Kyoko Liu suddenly rush in and sit across from her.)
Miki: (to Kyoko) I thought you weren't going to be at school today.
Kyoko: Can't talk. I need to eat and then go.
Aya: What's been keeping you busy these days?
Kyoko: Aya, not now.
Aya: (stressful sigh) Almost feels like we don't have anytime to talk about our problems. All I want is to help.
Miki: Aya, I think you should settle your own problems first.
Aya: Even then, I don't think I can handle it alone. (looks to the side, facing Ashley) And Ashley, because she has so many friends, she could always replace my best grades with hers and humiliate me with every chance she has. Someone's got to help me with that.
Kyoko: What could any of us do to help you with that?
Aya: Someone's got to speak up about it. Not everyone should just watch her and do nothing about it.
Kyoko: Aya, you know why.
Aya: I know, because her family is one of the few powerful ones on Arahi.
Miki: Not to mention how much control she has in the school, considering a relative of hers being a higher up in the administration. And consider the state this island nation is in now, the teachers are stuck on their payroll.
Aya: But she's being a stake doing this. She should be the one to get hammered down.
Kyoko: So would you. Speaking up about her cruelty could ruin your life. Just let it go.
Miki: Even with my family’s support, such power at our age is unrealistic.
Aya: Maybe not me, but...(pause) I wish someone could help!
Kyoko: You have to face reality.
(Scene: Outside of the school, evening)
(The bell rings for the end of school in the evening. Aya looks around out in the school gate. She goes through the crowd while hastily searching her surroundings and peaking through the walls for Ashley. After she gets far away from the school, she looks around once again and back where she came from. Aya sighs in relief and walks cautiously away.)
(Scene: Empty Road)
(Aya continues walking. Cut to flashbacks of Aya getting cut in the chest by a knife. She stops and clings onto her chest. While turning around to find no one, she flashes back again to herself kneeling down with her bag nearby. After returning to the real world, she has collapsed and starts tearing.)
Aya: I hate doing this! Why can't I just have a normal life without relying on luck?
(Aya hears a falcon screech. She turns left to see Athena in the sky. Athena flies towards Aya at her surprise.)
(Athena lands on Aya's left shoulder and screeches.)
Aya: Athena? What are you doing here?
(Athena flies to her other shoulder and screeches again. Aya looks to the floor.)
Aya: I wouldn't mind if you came here to cheer me up. But I need more than just your help. I'm sick of being treated like I'm all on my own. After my father's death, my mother has become stricter than usual. And at the same time, school started treating me poorly. First, Ashley starts abusing me, then my friends and teachers give me less and less support. I don't know even if I'll really be good anymore. Just...how much power do I have to resist?
Aya: (starts weeping) I know I can't give in now. I know that gaining power through stealing and pain is not the right way to go. But how long will those ideals last? Besides, you are the only thing that keeps me going ever since I rescued you from what would be your lonely grave like all city falcons. And my mother still doesn't know about it yet. But even then, I know there's little possibility for you to pay me back and falcons like you don’t live very long in the city. And when you're gone, what else will be for me to hold onto?
(Athena screeches. Aya turns to Athena.)
Aya: So tell me, Athena. What is it? What do you want to show me?
(Athena looks towards the street and screeches. Aya faces the same direction. A small object falls, clinks and rolls on the sidewalk.)
(Aya walks up to the object, revealed to be small white clean-cut cylindrical crystal.)
Aya: A crystal?
(Aya observes the crystal.)
Aya: (thinking) It’s pretty. (drops the crystal, thinking) But I don’t think it’s that important.
(Aya looks to the ground. The crystal suddenly flashes a bright white glow. Aya jumps upon seeing the flash and continues to watch the crystal's glow.)
Aya: (thinking) It’s...glowing?
(The crystal continues to flash and glow, causing Aya to smile.)
Aya: Well, that’s something out of the ordinary.
(The crystal stops glowing, Aya’s smile drops down.)
Aya: (sighs, thinking) But still not enough.
(The crystal flashes a stronger glow. Aya covers her eyes for a while before lowering them.)
Aya: (thinking) No lights are inside. (observes) But it’s still pretty and...strange.
(She looks around the empty street, then stares at the glowing crystal.)
(Aya looks at Athena. Athena screeches.)
Aya: Do you really want me to keep this?
Aya: It definitely is pretty. But what’s so important about it?
(Athena screeches and Aya looks back at the still glowing crystal. The glowing eventually stops and Athena flies away.)
Aya: (sighs) I guess I’ll keep this for now.
(Aya puts the crystal in her bag and continues walking.)
Aya: (thinking) After all, what’s left to lose?
(Inside her bag, the crystal glows.)
(Scene: Aya's apartment complex)
(Aya opens up the door to the complex, then knocks on a nearby door. The owner, Detective Finch, opens the door for her.)
Finch: Hi there, Aya!
Aya: (feeling down) Hi Finch.
Finch: You're a little late today. What's going on?
Aya: Nothing worth reporting. May I come in?
Finch: Sorry, Aya. I have to leave now.
Finch: (walks out the door) Detective duty as always. Much more often than before. I can at least unlock your door.
Aya: Hm. Sorry if I'm being so rude, always coming into your house and hanging around for so long.
Finch: No, it's alright. But sometimes, I just feel like you should be with friends your own age more.
Aya: (looks down and away, sighs) I know.
Finch: After all, you can't keep on living like this. Always coming into my home to take shelter.
Aya: That I know, too.
Finch: Well, do you have any...you know, friends?
Aya: (sighs with guilt) I do, but they're just about as isolated as I am.
Finch: Still, it doesn't mean that it should get in the way. One of these days, you're gonna have to find someone to be with besides adults. It's not how you should live.
Finch: (walking up a set of stairs) Anyway, the door is always open when you need to visit.
Aya: (low voice) Thanks.
(Scene: Aya's room, evening)
(Aya places her bag on a table, walks up to her window and opens up the curtains to see Athena coming down to the window sill.)
(Athena screeches. Aya opens the window and lets her hand out with food. Athena nibbles.)
Aya: Here you go.
(Athena stops nibbling, turns towards Aya's bag and screeches. Aya looks at her bag, then opens it to take out the crystal. She stares at it, walking back towards the window. She lowers the crystal to see Athena also watching her.)
Aya: Could you have something to do with this?
Aya: (reaches out hand to pet Athena) Well, even if it was a coincidence...(looks at the crystal) or if this had no meaning, it's still good that you helped me find it.
(Aya lets her hand back in and Athena shakes herself. The falcon screeches, then turns around to fly away. Aya merely sees Athena vanish into the sky, then looks back at her crystal. She closes the window and the curtains, then hears a door open.)
Suzume: (calling) Aya? Are you there?
Aya: (turning to her door) Right here, Mother!
(Aya puts the crystal back in her bag.)
Suzume: It's time to prepare dinner now. Are you ready?
Aya: (walking to the door) I'm coming!
V.O. Aya: There were many things about the crystal I didn't know when I found it. How it fell from the sky out of thin air, why it kept glowing, if it meant anything, or if Athena was even involved.
(Scene: Aya's room, nighttime)
(Aya is in bed with her blankets over her. She stares and observes at the white crystal.)
Aya: (thinking) It’s no longer glowing...
(Aya stops playing with the crystal and hold it upright. After a while, she sighs.)
Aya: (thinking) What am I thinking, waiting for something to glow without any explanation? As much as I wish for it, how can one believe magic exists?
(Aya closes her eyes depressingly. The crystal flashes at her shock and she watches for a few more moments.)
Aya: (thinking) It’s happening again.
(The crystal continues glowing.)
Aya: Why does it keep doing that? Why does it keep glowing, when there’s no explanation? Or I’m feeling depressed like this?
(The crystal’s glow dims down. Aya puts the crystal under her pillow and tries going to sleep.)
Aya: I guess it can wait until tomorrow, see what the others think. (closes eyes) Besides, how can a crystal like that really change my life?
(As Aya sleeps, the crystal continues to flash glows under her pillow.)
V.O. Aya: But what I didn’t know then was…that after that day, not just my life, but the whole world as I knew it...started to change.
(Scene: Outside Arahi No. 28, morning)
(Aya quickly walks down the school entrance while checking her bag.)
Aya: (to herself) There, safe where it should be. As long they don’t notice, it should be fine. As for homework...
Ashley: Looks like you’re in a rush.
(Aya jumps upon finding Ashley and her posse approaching her.)
Ashley: Let me guess, it’s something you wanted to hide from us?
(Ashley notices Aya squeezing her bag.)
Ashley: And it seems that it’s in that bag of yours. Let me guess, it’s some personal letter you have, isn’t it?
Aya: Just today’s assignments, wanted to make sure I had them.
Ashley: Since when were your assignments so important?
(Aya holds her bag tightly to her waist. Her fists begin to clinch.)
Aya: Why do you have to go through personal belongings?
Ashley: And why do you bother to keep giving yourself lame excuses?
(Aya tightly shuts her eyes to shrug the hurt.)
Ashley: Well, if it's so personal, then why don't you just show it to us?
(Erika and Kayla advance on Aya, who hesitates and steps back for a moment. Letting the bag drop to the ground, Aya tightens her arms. Erika and Kayla grab her by the sides as she struggles. Elaina stall as Ashley approaches the captive Aya.)
Erika: Ashley orders it, Aya.
(Miki walks with the rest of the uninterested students. She stops to notice Aya resisting.)
Kayla: Damn it, stop struggling!
Erika: Give yourself up or you’ll be more suspicious.
(Kayla draws a knife that moves dangerously close to Aya’s wrists. Aya suffocates as her struggling slows. Elaina hesitates a little as Ashley approaches Aya’s bag.)
Ashley: Now, let’s see what secrets you have in here...
(Ashley grabs the bag as Aya’s close to panicking with Elaina and Miki showing signs of worry. Before Ashley could open the main zipper, the bell suddenly rings and attracts everyone.)
Ashley: Well, what do you know? Saved by the bell.
(Kayla and Erika let go of Aya. Ashley throws her bag at her, who catches it and is pushed back to the ground.)
Ashley: Perhaps I’ll know after school.
(Ashley and her posse walk away. Aya’s left to pick up and Miki approaches Aya.)
Miki: That isn’t like you.
Miki: Resisting Ashley like that...that was out of the ordinary.
Aya: I had to fight back.
Miki: For what? Whatever it is, Aya, there must be something going on.
(Aya looks around to see no one looking.)
Aya: (whispering into Miki’s ear) Come with me during lunch.
Aya: (whispering) I want to show you something.
(Scene: Outside Arahi No. 28, noon)
(Miki meets up with Aya at a wall corner.)
Miki: So what is this about? You seem desperate to show me.
Aya: That's because you're the one I can trust without letting it slip out. Of the three people I trust that is.
Miki: So, what is it then? What’s in that bag that’s so important to you?
Aya: (reaches in her bag) To me...(takes out the crystal and shows it to Miki) It's this.
Miki: A crystal?
Aya: I found it on my way home from school just yesterday.
Miki: Doesn't look like much. It could be made out of sheer glass.
Aya: I don't think it is. There must be something more to it than that.
Miki: Why say that?
Aya: Because it fell from the sky!
Aya: When I walked home from school yesterday, I found this falling from the sky.
Miki: You’re sure it’s not just glass.
Aya: (closes eyes, shakes) I know it’s not like that!
(The crystal glows to the girls' surprise.)
Miki: H-How is it doing that?
Aya: (plays with the crystal) I don't know. Whenever I feel down, it suddenly glows...
Miki: There must be something in it.
Aya: (looks around the crystal) I don't see anything in it that would cause that. And there doesn't seem to be a way to open it.
Aya: I hope you could help me hide this from Ashley.
Miki: I don't know. That would make her more suspicious of you.
Aya: Just for once, Miki. Until I have some place safe for it, you can act like this didn’t happen.
Miki: (looks away, pause) I'll do what I can for today. But that's about as much as I can give you.
Aya: Thanks, Miki. I'll owe you for this.
(Scene: Outside Arahi No. 28, late afternoon)
(School bell rings. Aya leaves through the school entrance with Miki close behind. Aya sees her friend, then Ashley further behind. Aya sneaks off and both Ashley and Miki see her. Ashley also runs to pursue Aya. Miki notices Ashley from behind and walks to impede her. Ashley merely knocks her to the side.)
Ashley: Move it, bitch!
(Miki falls down and a few others get caught by her and trip. Even Ashley is victim to it. Aya watches the incident from far away. She shows a partial smile, then continues to run. Ashley gets up from the fall and notices Miki. She finds Aya taking a turn from a distance and pursues. Meanwhile, Aya sees a very long train coming at a railroad crossing. She runs faster, even as two metal gates start to close the crossing. She luckily makes it before the gates close. She looks back and continues to run, but at a normal pace. Ashley comes to the railroad crossing and watches the closing gates. She tries to run to catch up, but fails miserably as she runs into the gates. She falls back and gets up to watch the coming train completely block her view.)
Ashley: Next time, you won't be so lucky...
(Aya continues to run until she reaches an important turn on the right. She begins to slow down to catch her breath along the road. She eventually stops and crouches down to relax.)
Aya: (sigh) Close one...
(Aya reaches in her bag and picks up the crystal inside. She sits at a curb and keeps the crystal in her left palm. A while later, Aya looks to the street she came from, then hangs down.)
Aya: (to herself) How much more trouble could I get in?
(A large metallic sound is suddenly heard and Aya raises up. She quickly looks around the completely empty streets to find where the sound came from. More noise is heard, involving people and electronic sounds, and Aya finds it coming from further down the street. She picks up her bag, puts the crystal in her shirt's right side pocket, and walks down the street.)
(Scene: Nearby Alleyway)
(Aya quickly peeks in an alleyway, tracing the source of the noise. She gasps, seeing a duo of street thugs with lead pipes, a number of small drones, and the magical girl Shizuko Ayumi fighting them. Shizuko flips and cuts through a Pincher with her knife. She ducks to dodge bullets while throwing another knife at a Shuriken, breaking it apart. One of the thugs comes from behind her; Shizuko sees and spins him to the ground with a kick. She slices a charging Shuriken and leaps into the air, holding onto both walls with her feet.)
Aya: (to herself) What's going on here? Who is this girl?
(Shizuko grabs knives made from the brick walls. Looking upward, she sees Aya and notices her crystal.)
Shizuko: (to herself) The crystal...
Thug 1: (calling to Shizuko) Hey, you brat! You gonna stand up there or something!?
(Aya sees the thug about to throw his pipe. Gasping, she drops her bag and runs to pick up a wooden stick. The thug already throws the pipe at Shizuko and Aya freezes. Shizuko hops down to avoid it and lands on her hands with her legs locked on the other thug's neck.)
Thug 2: (struggling) Get your dirty legs off me you!
(Shizuko uses her legs to rapidly kick the thug down. She jumps backward to stand upright. She sees the first thug with an aggressive look, who swings at her, the pipe thundering down. She backs up to avoid it, kicking the second thug down at the same time. She looks up again to see Aya coming from behind the first thug, who notices Shizuko's strange look and turns around. Aya whacks him to the ground with the stick, but the thug recovers quickly and punches her, and she drops her crystal and stick. Shizuko is shocked, but is then surrounded by a few more drones. She hurls two Shurikens, but gets knocked down by the second thug. She continues to see Aya avoiding the first thug's pipe.)
Shizuko: (calling to Aya) The crystal!
(Aya looks to the downed Shizuko, who rolls to avoid another attack. She looks at her crystal.)
Aya: The crystal...
(Aya grabs the crystal and stick beside her before rising up.)
Shizuko: (dodging) Use it to transform!
Aya: I don't know how! (blocks an attack and spins)
Shizuko: Just tap your mind into the crystal and you'll transform.
Aya: Tap your mind?
(Aya barely dodges an attack by stepping back. Her stick is knocked out of her hands by another blow with the pipe. She sees the thug charging at her.)
Thug 1: You're finished!
(Aya closes her eyes while holding tightly on the crystal. The crystal then glows very brightly, blinding the attacking thug and attracting attention from the others. Two large white circles, one above and another on the ground, appear and center on Aya. She opens her eyes, being shocked and looking hesitantly at what's going on around her. The two circles fade into a light brown color as they sandwich into the center of Aya. They shrink into Aya, who then sees herself completely bright light-brown and naked. A metal gauntlet manifests on her left arm, then a left metal boot, right boot, and right gauntlet. Afterwards, Aya sees a dark brown cloak appearing with a pendant, then a shiny beige tunic, and finally a brown scabbard on her left side. She looks in front of her to see the glowing crystal transforming itself into a fashionable, metallic sword. As the bright colors fade out, Aya looks around herself as a magical girl and at her sword.)
Aya: (to herself) Impossible...
(A few drones turn to Aya as Shizuko and the second thug watch. The first thug recovers after being blinded by the transformation.)
Thug 1: This still means nothing!
(Aya sees the charging thug coming after her and panics a little. She barely dodges the thug's attack and repels him with her sword.She sees several drones coming towards her and she swings her sword around when they are close. Two drones dodge her swings, but she successfully cuts through a Shuriken. She sees a Pincher close to her, jumps to crush it, and stabs it with her sword. She is later hit in the back by the first thug and hits the ground hard. Shizuko sees this while avoiding the enemy attacks. She quickly knocks down the second thug hard with a kick, throws two knives to destroy nearby Shurikens, and rushes to Aya. Aya avoids another attack by the first thug and kicks him in the groin. She stands and and punches him in the face. Shizuko comes in to kick him twice, knocking him down. The duo sees three more drones heading towards them: two Shurikens, one Pincher. The flying drones fire at the girls. Aya ducks while running towards the Pincher. Shizuko evades while scrapping off the sidewalk to materialize two more knives. Shizuko throws the knives at the Shurikens, destroying them. The Pincher dodges Aya’s blows, but she slams it with the fuller of the sword, breaking the Pincher’s left side. Shizuko uses another knife to stab the drone’s circuitry. The two look around to see all the drones destroyed and the thugs knocked down. Aya observes her sword, and then looks down with a big sigh of relief. Shizuko walks a little towards Aya.)
Shizuko: You need to improve.
(Aya looks to her.)
Shizuko: But I know you will.
Aya: I just wanted to help. That's all. (tries to lean on her sword, but it slips)
Shizuko: I appreciate it.
Aya: (walks up to Shizuko) By the way, who are you?
Shizuko: (turns her head away in guilt) No one asked.
Shizuko: Shizuko. Shizuko Ayumi.
Aya: Shizuko? That's a nice name. I'm Aya. Aya Masa.
Shizuko: (still not looking at Aya, but thinking) Aya...Sounds much nicer.
Aya: (looking down in discomfort) Well, not when it comes to school...
Shizuko: I don't think so. You should be proud.
(The girls watch the two thugs get up and retreat out of the alley.)
Thug 2: This isn't over, magical girls!
(The two rush into a car and drive away down the street.)
Aya: (to Shizuko) Magical girls?
Shizuko: And now, they'll also be coming for you.
Aya: Those thugs?
Shizuko: The AMF.
Aya: Hm? (sees Shizuko walking into the street, rushes towards her) Wait! Where are you going!?
Shizuko: I'm leaving here.
Aya: Are you going somewhere? Like, do you have a home or something?
Shizuko: No. Not even a family.
Aya: So, you're an orphan?
Shizuko: Yes, we girls all are.
Aya: (to herself in shock) Really... (Thinks for while, then continues walking towards Shizuko) Well, not all of us are. You could just stay at my home. At least for now.
Shizuko: I'd prefer not. You'll only get us killed.
Aya: I don't think so. You say we're both magical girls, right? And they'd be coming after us, right? Isn't it better to stay together then?
Shizuko: You still don't know what you're dealing with here.
Aya: (more serious) I still want to know! I can no longer just watch people get hurt without knowing what's wrong! I want to know what's going on here, and now I can finally help!
Shizuko: You'll only know how truly helpless you are.
Aya: (starts crying out) I still want to take that risk! I even think we could be friends. All I want to do is help. (pause) Please...just this once.
Shizuko: (pauses, then gives in with a sigh) Just for now. Until you're ready to stand on your own.
Aya: I’ll be ready. You don't need to worry.
Shizuko: Okay then. (looks up to Aya, who gives a friendly smile) But first.
(Shizuko raises her knife in front of her and closes her eyes. She glows brightly, then fades back, wearing ragged clothes. The knife transforms back into a white cylindrical crystal to Aya's surprise.)
Aya: (surprised) That crystal...
Shizuko: I know. It's the same with your sword.
(Aya curiously raises her sword the same way Shizuko did with her knife.)
Shizuko: Tap into the crystal with your mind.
(Aya closes her eyes. She suddenly glows brightly and returns to her normal outfit. She opens her eyes to see her crystal where her sword was.)
Shizuko: I'll explain later.
Aya: My home is that way.
Shizuko: (turns around) Oh.
(Shizuko walks back to Aya, who picks up her bag. The two walk together side by side. Shizuko stops for a moment and faces Aya)
Shizuko: One more thing.
(Aya stops turns to Shizuko.)
Shizuko: When you say...that we could be friends, what did you mean by that?
Aya: Because whatever you feel...I think I feel the same way. You are not alone.
(Shizuko nods and the two continue walking together.)
(To be continued, Ending, Credits)
V.O. Shizuko: Now that Aya is a magical girl, the AMF will be coming for her soon. She doesn't look like she has skills yet. And being with her too long could get me in trouble. Well, I can at least tell her what I know and spar for once. Just hope she doesn't come apart too quickly. Next Episode.