In This Moment

In lives as hectic and dangerous as theirs, Kukai and Nagihiko seek to find moments of happiness.

Date: 2016-03-20
Pose Count: 31
Kukai Souma 2016-03-22 04:57:27 35260
It had been a day since Kukai had escorted Amu home, leaving Tadase and Nagihiko (as Platinum Royale and Yamato Maihime) to fight out their differences at the party. Turning his back on them had been hard, but Amu's tear-filled face had struck a chord, and he couldn't abandon her when his other two friends needed some time to thrash each other about a bit.

What Kukai found disconcerting is that he hadn't heard from either of them the rest of the night. Or in the morning. Or in the afternoon. So by that point he finally broke his silence and texted Nagihiko - Nadeshiko, on his phone.

TXT: Hey. I hope you and Tadase are both still in one piece because I don't want to have to whip either of you for killing the other, but I can't stand to sit here and wait for you to get your head on any straighter. So... what's up?
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-03-22 05:06:40 35262
He'd been Yamato Maihime for a long time after Tadase left him in the park. It wasn't because of the power or the added grace, but because he'd missed her. Having her back was like having all his limbs suddenly in working order again.

However, that also left for a mild Temari hangover.

In fact, he's slept in late, face burrowed in a pillow and hair all askew. It's Temari who head the phone and, seeing who it is, drops it on Nagihiko's head.

When that doesn't work, she pushes at him and tugs at hair and basically annoys him to conciousness.

His eyes blear at the screen and he responds at first without thinking.

TXT: Mrzleblurginurg.

His face is on the pillow again, but only for a moment before that jolt of 'oh shit, Kukai texted me' wakes him up to just enough coherency that he can text back.

TXT: Sorry. We're both fine. No one's been maimed, promise.

TXT: Thanks for walking her home.

TXT: I'm so sorry!

Technically, he's not all right. He's more a jumbled mess of boy nerves than anything.

And he's not exactly clarifying what exactly he's sorry for.
Kukai Souma 2016-03-22 05:19:19 35266
Kukai just stares at the phone for a bit, then laughs. Oh. Nagi wasn't looking at the phone when he typed first. Got it. He sighs and grins, shaking his head, typing away on the little device.

TXT: Well, do you wanna talk about what happened? I mean are we still the Guardians or do I need to start filling out even more boring paperwork?

He looks himself over - shower this morning, the cold seems to have passed, maybe. Quick change of clothes...

TXT: We can either talk here or I can come over if you want. I'm dead bored, though, but I'm also sort of sore.

The evidence of dozens of tiny scattershot burns, all mostly healed but still in the process, are all over him, the product of a life of being a magical boy.
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-03-22 05:30:40 35271
He's rolled to a sitting position by now, which is progress. It still feels like his head is stuffed with cotton.

Temari snuggles against his shoulder and looks up at him with worry.

And all the affection that can be in a smile is directed at the little chara. "I'm okay. Just not used to it. I'll build up a tolerance again in no time, just you see."

He slowly stands and stretches at the next text.

TXT: Yeah. Far as I know we're guardians. So no pile of paperwork for you ;)

Ug, what's with that smiley.

He gathers some clothes for the day, thinking that if ever there was a morning for coffee, this would be it.

He blinks at the next text.

TXT: I can come over.

He mulls over what he has to do first.

TXT: Need to take a quick shower first. I'll be quick and I'll bring coffee.

He decides his cheeks are warm for reasons other than say he'll be in a shower, because that's just ridiculous.
Kukai Souma 2016-03-22 05:39:05 35273
Kukai lets out a slow breath, holding the phone to his chest, his one big worry dealt with. At least they're both ok.

He looks back at the message and then looks around his room. Thankfully he keeps it fairly clean, but...

TXT: That sounds awesome, thanks. I think Unkai and Rento are here too, but they won't mind if I have a friend over.

Kukai has a thought, and grits his teeth. He hates to say it.

TXT: Sorry. Who should I tell them is coming?
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-03-22 06:02:14 35279
There's no answer for awhile. Nagihiko answers with a towel knotted around his waist and a blowdryer on high. So much hair...

Toothbrush in mouth, he texts back with one hand.

TXT: Okay! And Nagihiko. You're sore, I'll make it easier for you. ;)

Augh, again with that damn smiley.

He finishes brushing his teeth and his hair is just damp enough that it won't be too much of an issue. A quick brush and gorgeous flippable hair will soon be his once more.

He almost reaches for the Nadeshiko perfume out of habit. A soft floral scent that smells of spring.

He shakes his head and reaches for the Nagihiko cologne instead. Clean with just a touch of spice.

He loves smelling nice, no matter what clothes he wears.

Once he's dressed, he sends out another text.

TXT: Be there in a few.

Not long after that, he's at Kukai's, coffees in hand and a Temari on his shoulder. He shifts things about until he's able to knock on the door.
Kukai Souma 2016-03-22 06:20:07 35286
Kukai Souma gets the first text and rolls his eyes. Easy? Nothing's ever easy with his brothers. He's just glad Shusui isn't here to be all cunning and push up his glasses and figure things out in moments. Day jobs, they give teenagers precious time away from their families.

Kukai walks out into the living room, where Unkai and Rento are sitting, both talking to each other and the gameshow that's on TV. "Hey, I'm gonna have a friend over in a little while." Unkai makes a non-commital noise. "Girl?" Kukai shakes his head. "No, guy. Nagihiko. We gotta talk about some school stuff." Unkai sighs and shakes his head. "You are never gonna bring a girl home. I worry about you." For this comment he gets a pillow lobbed at him by Rento. The brotherly argument re-heats as Kukai returns to his room to make sure it's cleaned up enough.

So a few minutes later, when there's a knock at the door, it's not Kukai who gets to it first, it's Unkai, the blonde, topknotted fellow in a white t-shirt and pants, who answers. He arches an eyebrow at Nagihiko for a moment, then at the coffees. "You look familiar. Those a bribe to get you through the door?" There's a sound in the distance of someone being highly annoyed - Kukai, probably, at his brother insulting his friend.
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-03-22 06:32:05 35292
Nagihiko arcs his own eyebrow. "You're probably referring to my sister. Twins, you know. Otherwise, maybe I just have one of those faces."

He doesn't budge, but he also doesn't shove his way in. So polite. "And I do not need to bribe, my presence here is reward enough. If you wanted coffee, you should have asked your brother to text me before I got here." Not so polite!

Still, there's a gleam in his eye and a quirk of his lips. He's enjoying this.
Kukai Souma 2016-03-22 06:42:44 35297
Kukai nudges (with his elbow) his samurai knockoff brother out of the way. "Nagi! Hey! C'mon in, don't mind him, he's always like this." He reaches out for a coffee, taking it if Nagi will pass it over, as Unkai grins, rubbing his stomach. "Right, sister. Got it. OK." He shrugs and rubs his stomach again as Kukai escorts Nagi towards his room.

In the background Rento is practically boggle-eyed and drooling at how pretty Nagihiko is, hanging over the arm of the couch.

Kukai opens the door for Nagi and closes it behind them. His room is sky blue and light green all over - the walls, the carpet, the bed. It looks like an open field, in a way. Kukai has a little TV and DVD player on one side, a low table with pillows around it and some papers and things on the other side, and sports posters and pictures all over the walls - actions shots of soccer games, announcement posters from famous games, all sorts of things. His closet is half open, and inside Nagi might be able to see several sets of various sports implements. There's a window that opens onto the apartment complex's back yard, with a goal drawn on one wall. But there's no chairs and no couches, like Nagi's room.

Kukai plops down on the edge of the bed and grins. "Come on in and sit down wherever! And thanks for the coffee."
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-03-22 07:09:32 35302
The devious smile warms into something better when Kukai comes over. He of course lets the coffee cup go, because after all, it's what he bought it for.

That, and its from the same place they went to. And not for silly reasons, of course! It's just some damn good coffee.

He passes by Unkai, giving him a neutral appraisal with his eyes and a slight 'hmm' in response.

He spots Rento, of course. After all, he's an actor, and actors thrive to cater to an audience.

By now, his hair is dry and silky again, so he gives the drooling boy a sly smile and a flip of the hair, sending it flying in the standard shampoo commercial fashion as he follows behind Kukai.

In the room, he's not an actor but Nagihiko, and he just takes a moment to look around the room, taking in the posters and shots. Some of the games he recognizes, while others he doesn't. "This room feels very much like you."

It's obvious by his tone that he thinks this is very much a good thing.

Then he is teasing, or at least his eyes were. "It was an excuse. This one wore me out."

At that, Temari flies out from a mass of hair and practically pounces Kukai, snuggling against him in happy hums. She'll go after Daichi next if he's visible.

He takes a seat on the floor, using the bed as a backrest. His ribs twinge, but he ignores it. He leans his head against the mattress, eyes closed for a moment as he just soaks in the calm.
Kukai Souma 2016-03-22 07:19:28 35306
Kukai totally misses Rento almost fainting in the living room. He wouldn't be surprised, though.

He watches Nagihiko go around the room and grins, arms crossing. "I'd hope so! It's my room, after all!" He blinks, and then is attacked by a tiny Japanese princess. "Temari!" Kukai gets first hug, of course.

But then a little blue and green bullet leaps from off the table and has tackled Temari and is hugging her and spinning around in circles with her and basically being as hyper and happy as he could be. Daichi hugs his friend good and close. "We all missed you so much!"

Kukai nods. "Yeah we did! It's good to see you again finally." He looks back at Nagihiko as he sits down, and scoots down besides him on the floor, careful not to sit on his hands or anything, and stretches his legs out, yawning.

It is very peaceful here. Sun's shining outside. It's quiet, as quiet as an apartment shared between five guys gets in the middle of the residential district, and Kukai's willing to wait for Nagihiko to rest and relax before he talks or whatever.
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-03-22 07:43:11 35311
For all that Temari is dignified and graceful, she's also very, very happy to be back. So she squeals when she's tackled and matches Daichi's enthusiasm with her own, giggling into the hugs. "I missed you all, too! I'm so happy to be back!"

Nagihiko's home is soothing in that way that is usually quiet. He can tell, even through the relative quiet of the area, that this place could be a soothing cacophony of white noise.

He doesn't soak it all in for long, really. Sometimes a brief pause to recharge the soul is all that's needed. And this was like a super charge.

When he lifts his head to sip his coffee, it's still warm.

And that moment or tranquillity fades, though its still felt. "How mad are you at us? Or were?"
Kukai Souma 2016-03-22 08:11:09 35315
Kukai Souma shrugs. "Well.... I was more mad that you hadn't gotten around to talking about things before it came to blows. And I figured hey, you needed this - tear away the scab, move the rock, get sunlight on the area, all of that - but I was worried one of you would actually win the fight and force the other to capitulate."

He sips his coffee as well. "For my part, I'd like to report that even after being a cup or two into the spiked punch, I don't remember trying to kiss Amu either on the lips or forehead when I left her at her house. So I feel pretty good now that everything turned out all right."

Daichi is just latched onto Temari and doesn't give a crap if she's trying to be regal and dignified. He's got his friend back too. Huug hug hug.
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-03-22 08:23:39 35317
He sighs. Part of him wants to say how he thought things had already been discussed, at least in regards to Tadase. But that isn't entirely true. So instead, he settles for a shrug. "So was I. Not just at him."

Temari scowls and pouts during her cuddling of Daichi. "He was being a buttface."

"We both were."

He grins at Kukai's assurances regarding Amu, and his look is both sly and affectionate. (A lot affectionate.) "That's because your Good Guy setting is default."

He shifts and stretches a bit, not unlike a cat. "I'm pretty sure it'll be awhile before things are all right. I dropped a few bombshells on Tadase-kun."
Kukai Souma 2016-03-22 08:34:55 35321
Kukai Souma nods and shrugs, brushing off his moniker of 'good guy', grinning. "Yeah well I figured it would have just made things more difficult. Not that I didn't... wait. No. I don't exactly remember the one from earlier in the dance." He blushes furiously and then throws himself back against the edge of the bed, crossing his arms. "My first really good kiss and I don't remember it."

He looks over as Nagihiko stretches, then grins. There's an idle thought about borrowing Yoru from Amu for Nagihiko, just to see. "Well, things will be all right in the end as long as we don't shut each other out. ....I'd love to know what was said, but I'm not going to pry."
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-03-22 08:43:22 35323
He archs an eyebrow and looks at Kukai. "What about Utau? You haven't?"

He's annoyed that, for some reason that...he knows but won't voice that this pleases him. He just hopes it doesn't show.

He shrugs and settles back. "I hadn't kissed anyone who was related or Aunty before then."

After he's done stretching, he looks at the ceiling, trying to fight the rising blush. "Mostly about how Amu-chan isn't the only one I have feelings for."
Kukai Souma 2016-03-22 08:54:16 35326
Kukai shakes his head. "No. I mean... I don't know if I want to? I want..." He leans back, thinking about Utau, closing his eyes. "I mean... she's pretty, and sort of nice when she's not being stuck up or evil. But I haven't had the chance to get close to her yet like I want."

He sighs, eyes still closed. "I want to get to know somebody before I try to kiss them." There's a look on Daichi's face as he watches Kukai talk, but Kukai continues. "I want to...I dunno. I've never thought about feelings like that before. I can't imagine how hard it must be for you to feel that way about more than one... person."

He trails off at the end, a concept budding in his mind. He keeps himself still, eyes closed, though. Relax, relax. It's all harmonious, it's all calm, it's all feng shui, it's all schway.
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-03-22 09:08:17 35327
Calm, zen, feng shui, and all that. So much so that Nagihiko's without walls, and though his eyes are closed, there's a peaceful smile on his face. "I never did until Amu-chan brought it up. I always knew it wouldn't be fair to someone, so I never really thought about it."

His eyes are still closed and he gives a small laugh. "I'm not sure who was more surprised about it. Me when I figured it out, or Tadase-kun when he did. I haven't told the third person yet. Still trying to figure out how to get those clowns it's okay if they don't feel the same. I just want them to be happy."

He's looking at Kukai now, expression still peaceful and calm.

For her part, Temari is trying very hard to hide her blush from Kukai and Daichi both.
Kukai Souma 2016-03-22 09:17:55 35329
Daichi peers at Temari very closely, then hmms and sits besides her, affecting the same air of eyes-closed cool that Kukai has. Probably where he got it from.

Kukai thinks for a long moment about things and then opens one eye, reaching over to put an arm around Nagihiko's shoulders supportively, patting him on the back and hugging gently. "Well. I'm not sure how he'll react when you finally tell him. There were a lot of things said at the party I think we were all surprised by, and things that happened, too."

Kukai sighs, a slightly long, theatrical sigh. "I keep saying I'm good with emotions but I guess I just can't read everything. I'm surprised I didn't see it before that night, though. Don't worry. Once you get things straightened out with Amu and Tadase I'm sure you'll be able to tell Mamoru-san how you really feel. You'll need to watch out for that Moon girl though, but you're pretty enough, she'll come around." Kukai's nose right now is a cross between a tengu's beak and an isoceles triangle.
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-03-22 09:31:53 35330
It feels like a dance of sorts, the way Kukai's talking.

And at the end, he sits up so he can look at Kukai with surprised, blinking eyes.

And then he just laughs. "Mamoru-san, sure. Let's go with that."

It's a moment before he can talk again. "I'd honestly be too afraid of the bunny if I did. She seems like she can have a temper on her at time."

Temari isn't amused. Her arms are folded and she's scowling at Daichi.
Kukai Souma 2016-03-22 09:42:56 35331
Daichi opens one eye and looks at Temari. Whoops, she's looking back and she looks mad, better close eyes again, look all cool and stuff. Yep, Daichi is the coolest. He can't help but grin at himself, too.

Kukai opens his eyes and shares the laughter with Nagihiko, grinning, before shifting, putting his arm around Nagi's middle and leaning back. "Yeah, she's scary."

He sighs, looking up. "....I dunno. Can I admit something to you?" He stares up at the ceiling, where there's a poster of a soccer game taped firmly to the roof of the room, bulging downwards slightly towards them in the middle. "I don't think I'd be a good boyfriend. Gifts and presents and affection, sure, but I'm always off in the middle of the night patrolling, or at school practicing, or at a game playing. I barely have enough time for my brothers. I spend all my time going and doing and moving and being who I am."

He rubs the back of his head, embarrassed and a little upset at himself for admitting such a failing. "It's the thing I don't try."
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-03-22 09:55:50 35332
As Kukai speaks, Nagihiko's face retains the peaceful expression. Temari, on the other hand, is turn from angry to very, very sad. It's with a sniffle that she crashes into Daichi, trying to hug the life out of him.

"That makes sense, I guess." He shifts a bit, and maybe its a bit selfish of him to do, but he rests his head against Kukai's shoulder. "But you have to remember, we're...our life expectancies aren't all that high. I'm not even sure I'm going to reach the age where I can legally drink. So I think we owe it to ourselves to try to find happiness where we can. Even if its just moments. And I really should try. Because your not being happy is probably the saddest thing I can think of."

And he's suddenly glad he went for selfish, because there's a slight stinging in his eyes now. The only thing for certain that would give him away at the moment is the slight shudder in one breath.
Kukai Souma 2016-03-22 10:09:20 35333
There's a sudden fire about Daichi. His eyes open just in time to catch Temari and he pulls her in with one arm, hugging her back, and with his other free hand points at Kukai. "Kukai Souma!" The little Chara has a tone in his voice he's never taken with Kukai before - frustration. Maybe even anger. "You have never backed down from a challenge before in your life! When you wanted to play every sport Seiyou Public School offered you prayed for help and made it happen! When someone challenges you to anything you always go in, no matter what! I'm not gonna let you walk away from this challenge now!"

Kukai suddenly starts, listening to both Nagihiko and Daichi - mostly Daichi. His eyes flash - hard to tell if it's magic or his own desire - and he looks down at the lovely purple-haired boy resting against his shoulder, and then nods. "You're both right. I can't back down because I'm scared. I can't waste one day when I might be dead the next. I have to try to be as happy as I can be. I can't stop trying, even now."

He shifts, one hand coming up to cup Nagihiko's cheek. Kukai is blushing furiously red all of a sudden, nerves and fear and excitement raging inside him, but he doesn't stop. In the next moment, he finds his forehead pressing against Nagi-kun's, and his lips, warm and soft and a little dry, similarly pressing against the soft, purple-haired boy's lips, deep, clumsy, searching, passionate.
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-03-22 10:39:04 35334
Temari snuggles close to Daichi, just sniffling, but she nods with much enthusiastic agreement at what he said!

Nagihiko jerks a bit at the start, then lets out a relieved breath when Kukai agrees to try to find and seek happiness where he can. He'd meant it when he said it would be one of the saddest things if the other boy didn't.

And he honestly hadn't been trying to suggest himself as that happiness. He's meant what he's said all along, that it's okay that his feelings aren't reciprocated.

This doesn't stop the hitch in his throat at the warm hand along his cheek, or the fierce flutter in his chest shortly after.

And his surprise only causes a moment of hesitation where he's frozen in place before his own hand comes up, fingers delving through unruly hair.

He's just as clumsy, just as passionate, and its a moment more before he finds his footing.

That doesn't matter, though, because in the way that counts, this is his first kiss. Because it's given and returned.

He closes his eyes to shut out everything else, because there's everything to deal with still and everything is still so uncertain.

But for this moment, he is the one chosen. In this moment, he realizes it's okay for him to be happy, too.
Kukai Souma 2016-03-22 10:55:03 35335
Daichi can't help it. He cheers for Kukai and thinks that looks pretty good from his angle! He cuddles up with Temari and kisses her on the cheek for a second, then pulls back, giggling madly.

It is several more moments before Kukai pulls back, just an inch or two, still resting against Nagihiko, one hand resting against the back of his head, the other around his midsection, feeling his heart beating like a drum, some part of him drinking in the electricity of the moment, of the emotion, feeling that same sensation of lightning all around him even though he's just sitting in his room. Kissing Nagi-kun. It's even better than dancing with the lightning.

He lets out a faint little laugh, petting at the small of Nagihiko's back, still almost as close as two people can get, eyes half closed. "mm..." There are no proper words, now.

And naps are fun. Naps are awesome. Waking up from a nap and seeing the brown haired boy your mistress likes kissing the incredibly pretty purple haired boy is the single best thing in the world. Inside her carrying case there's a little blonde angelic turbine spinning and giggling to herself and trying not to knock the case over.
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-03-22 11:13:14 35336
If Temari were the swoon-to-fainting type, she'd do so now. Instead, she giggles along with Daichi, squealing just a little at the cheek smooch.

Somewhere in the kiss, Nagihiko's other hand had curled into Kukai's shirt, holding tight to the cotton weave. His fingers loosen when the kiss ends, but he doesn't let go.

His own breaths are unsteady puffs, even as the tips of his nose flicks against Kukai's as they pull away, just.

His nerve endings tingle along his skin and he has the same euphoria after a show.

There's a laugh, and he grins in response, a bright thing that matches his eyes.

And he's coming into dangerous territory, because he's just about caught his breath and it's usually here he says something completely stupid.

"I think I'd rank that up there with 'dance of the cherry blossoms.'"

Oh, good. Hopefully that wasn't stupid. His brain is kind of too mushed up at the moment to tell.
Kukai Souma 2016-03-22 11:24:17 35337
Eru can't stand it any more. She zips out of her case and goes over to join Daichi and Temari, fluttering into place besides them and sighing happily. "Isn't it just wonderful?" Daichi hugs Temari and turns, putting an arm around Eru and giving her a kiss on the cheek too, to which she squeaks and hops backwards a little bit, bright red now!

Kukai smiles, rubbing the tip of his nose against Nagihiko's, pulled in close by his shirt, hip to hip with him as he keeps him close. "I... yeah. Better than the game-winning goal." His brain isn't much better at this point, but he's happy. Completely and purely happy, in this moment.

He blushes, looking down at Nagi's lips, then back into his eyes. "So... is it that good every time?"
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-03-22 11:36:18 35338
Temari is a series of enthusiastic nods as she as she giggles again. She gives Eru a curious look for a moment, because Unfamiliar Chara, but then she giggles again at the reaction of the cheek smooch.

Nagihiko's smile broadens at Kukai's own comparison and silently agrees. Not that he's made many goals of his own, game-winning or otherwise, but each one has always been a rush. And this, of course, was better. Undestilled bliss.

He hums as he briefly bites his lip in thought, glancing up as he considers. "You know, I'm not sure. There may need to be some more samples to compare it to. You know. For science."
Kukai Souma 2016-03-22 11:48:57 35339
Daichi awws and follows Eru just a little bit, but then goes back to cuddling Temari. Eru flitters around and hides on Temari's other side, at that point, still wanting to watch.

Kukai watches. Lip bite. Brain locks up. Always happens. He lets out a breath, just watching, and then grins. "Hooray science, I guess?" He leans in, pressing his lips warmly against Nagihiko's again.
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-03-22 11:57:25 35340
Temari gives Eru another curious look, but she's too happy to be Suspicious! Instead, she pulls the little angel chara close and heaves a happy sigh.

The reaction is seen, of course, and filed away for later. Whether it will be recalled with devious intent is anyone's guess, but the answer is most likely 'yes, yes it will.'

He sighs into the kiss, because really, the last one was far too long ago, and parts his lips. This time, he's a touch less clumsy and a lot more bold.
Kukai Souma 2016-03-22 12:14:26 35341
Eru eeps again, but hugs the strange Chara as well, sighing happily at the luuuv. Daichi seems quite self-satisfied.

As the world begins to fade into a pleasant, warm sensation, filled with soft lips, Kukai returns this new kiss with just as much boldness, filling in his nervousness with confidence like he always does, and works on learning to enjoy the moment.