Shimiko had worked with various servants and caterers to ensure her BBQ party would go off without a hitch. She had been very busy with family, work, and Church affairs recently and this BBQ would be a chance to kick back and relax with those who mattered most to her. The planning process did open up some old emotional wounds though. Usually Natsuru would be the one doing all the planning and hosting, in fact, this was her Tower to begin with. Shimiko thought back to the Dinner Party that the Senou had hosted roughly 4 years ago. It was a fairly dramatic event filled with competitions, tears, fights, and true love. The event had taken a lot out of her emotionally and spiritually. However, she would have traded that experience for the world. It was there that the three comrades became not just friends but sisters. It was there that she had confessed her feelings to Sakata for the first time. And while things didn't exactly work out between them, she saw it as a turning point in her development and for that she was grateful. All of them were gone now, for better or worse. The memories stung but they did fill her with a sense of hope for the future. If good memories could be made then, then why not now?
The outdoor deck was something to behold. It was a truly luxurious setup with state-of-the-art grills, a brand new pool and Jacuzzi, and a series of fashionable deck chairs. The area had been cleaned and prepped for a fun evening. The caterers had brought in all sorts of exotic meats for Miyu to grill. Shimiko walked across the deck with her hands behind her back inspecting everything there was to inspect. She was dressed casually, a pair of short shorts, a tank-top, and a checkered shirt tied around her waist like a makeshift skirt. The blonde also sported a pair of blood-red tinted shades. She kept her hair in its signature pigtail fashion except the clips holding it in place were stylized comets. In the corner of the sky, she could already see it making its way to their location.
The bright blue object pulsated red and each time it glowed she could feel her emotions stirring. This barbecue wasn't just about relaxing and having fun, it was about basking in the eternal glow of something much greater than themselves. It was the official position of the Orthodox Church of Jashin, by decree of its leader Lady Superior Mora, that Hagoromo's Comet was a good omen. Lady Superior Mora had given a rousing sermon in which she decried unbelievers, heathens, and naysayers. She stated that the Comet was being sent to Earth by Jashin. The Lord had directed Hagoromo to create and mold chakra even though the man himself did not realize for which purpose he was being directed. The Comet this unwitting agent of Jashin had created would be sent back to Earth as a reminder to God's true Church that his promise was still in effect. He was coming again in the form of the Necrossiah and when he did, he'd re-establish his Kingdom through a never-ending cosmic crusade of bloodshed. This Comet was a reminder that the time for his arrival was close at hand. Mora had thus commanded her faithful to enjoy the comet's glow and power, but she also instructed them to pray fervently during its passing.
Shimiko had not invited the Orthodoxy's leader to this event. She would heed her leader's words and she would certainly pray during its passing, but ultimately, she wanted this night to also be about her friends and family. That included at least two people who did not share her faith. She had invited Nariko to this get-together and she had done so knowing that she couldn't very well invite Lady Mora as well. The two were cordial with one another, but ultimately there was an aura of distrust that marred their interactions. Mora knew it. Nariko knew it. There was no getting around the situation. Mora must have known and so she did not press her Defender for what plans she might have on the day of the Comet's passing. Instead, she merely told Shimiko that she'd be praying and speaking in private with her Sacristans during that time. It relieved Shimiko of a very unpleasant conversation and for that the teen was grateful.
Shimiko plopped herself down on a pool chair and stared up at the quickly dimming sky. The sun was setting and soon it'd be dark. The twins were probably getting ready, fussing with their clothes as one often did when about to meet their crush. Miyu was probably bringing up more food from the kitchen and of course the rest would be arriving soon. Seid, Nariko, Miyu, and the Twins. It was a decent amount of people. Not too few and not too many. Shimiko looked forward to enjoying this night and making it one to remember.