The Princess's Teishoku

Kukai invites Runealy to an early dinner, then tries to keep up. They talk about teaming up and worlds and grilled beef meat sets and Tokyo.

Date: 2016-03-29
Pose Count: 27
Kukai Souma 2016-03-29 02:58:19 36273
Along the Clover Path is a little diner-slash-food stall - a bit bigger and better than a hole in the wall, but not by much. It's got a lovely outdoor seating section, and Kukai knows it fairly well, having gone past it a few times on patrol, and so it's here that he invites Rune.

He finds himself sitting on a bench outside the diner, looking back and forth along the road, watching for her one way, Daichi leaning against his head and watching the other. It's bright outside, with the sun high in the sky, but the spring wind keeps things comfortable enough. It's been a couple of days since they last met on the roof of the building after she saved him from a wave of honey and an alien claw, and he's looking forward to talking to her again. As far as he knows, she's the first actual princess he's spoken to. That he knows of, anyway.

He picks at his comfortable street clothes and wonders for a minute if he should've worn a tie or gaiter or something over his button-up shirt and jeans. Nah. She's just a normal girl, it's all good.
Runealy Waldia 2016-03-29 03:10:23 36274
Inviting her is actually fairly easy, in terms of logistics. Rune has a phone. She knows what phone numbers are, and was willing to share it. /Convincing/ her to show up took a little work; she sounded surprised, and may not have quite understood what reasons Kukai had for asking her to be here.

She did nonetheless agree in fairly short order, and is now approaching the diner... by having a hired limo park next to it. This probably looks more than a little out of place. The driver showing Rune out - who is clad in a high-end but nonetheless archaic dress - might be weird too.

With a quick 'thank you' to her driver, who hops back into his vehicle and departs, Runealy looks around for Kukai. It's possible her gaze may sweep right by him at the bench, as she's looking for his Sky Jack guise which she is more familiar with. "Wonder if I was late...?" A question to herself, but it could be overheard.
Kukai Souma 2016-03-29 03:21:06 36275
Kukai Souma watches the limo drive up with some interest. With a slowly sinking feeling he sees it slow. And stop. And the driver get out and open the door for - oh, dear. It is a measure of how powerful Kukai's self-confidence is (or at least how good he is at projecting it) that he stands, rearranges his outfit one last time, and approaches Rune, glad he got the chance to see her both outside of her transformation and in it.

The limo pulls away as she looks right past him, and he raises a hand, Daichi doing the same with a bouncing cheer, waving both hands at her. "Rune? Hi! It's me, Kukai Souma." He grins at her, that infamous Jack's Grin, filled with good cheer and confidence enough to fill the area around them with warmth. "Wow. I saw that limo pull up and thought 'I should've worn a tie.'!"
Runealy Waldia 2016-03-29 03:24:35 36276
"Huh? ...Oh!" It's not that Rune didn't know who to look for, so much as she was stuck trying to find him in a different outfit than she is used to. So the wave and explanation quickly get her attention, and a very faint smile returned to him. "No, it's fine. This is usually how I get around unless I'm in a huge hurry. Sometimes I'll try to save a bit of money by just using a bus or subway, but... that's just what I do. This isn't some big formal thing."
Kukai Souma 2016-03-29 03:31:09 36277
Kukai Souma looks over his shoulder at the departing limo fading in the distance, then looks back at Rune and grins, giving her a thumbs up. "OK! I gotcha. So! Like I said, I promised you a meal for the other night and this place..." He looks at the small establishment. "Well it doesn't look like much but the owner is a professionally trained chef who decided he wanted something smaller and less crazy. So the food is really good! And he used most of his space to keep the dining area outdoors, so it's bright and sunny."

Daichi hops over onto Rune's shoulder and grins, waving at her again. "Hello Miss Rune!" Kukai grins, shaking his head and offering the finely dressed girl his arm. "If you want we can find somewhere else to eat - I think there's a French-styled restaurant up the road a little ways, or maybe something else if you had somewhere in mind?"
Runealy Waldia 2016-03-29 03:39:09 36278
"That sounds like a place back home, run by a master chef who used to travel all over the place... and now he's okay with things being a bit more quiet." Rune looks very contemplative on this, but begins looking past Kukai to check out the dining area in question.

This is interrupted by Daichi perching on her. There's room for that, and the display half tempts her to reach up and finger-pet him... but she refrains from doing so in the end, reminding herself that might be a good way to knock him over; she doesn't want that. So she settles for a "Hi there... gosh, you're kind of cute like that," looking a bit less tense than she was earlier.

An arm-hold? She goes for it, but makes sure to use the one that Daichi /isn't/ on. "No, no. This place is fine. I'm still learning where everything even is here in Tokyo, really. Huge place, and there's no way to check out every single shop and diner. So if you say this is good, you're the expert here!"
Kukai Souma 2016-03-29 03:56:21 36279
Kukai Souma smiles and walks with Rune over to one of the tables, the big umbrella over it keeping the sun from cooking them, and pulls out a chair for her, seating himself after she sits. It's a teishoku restaurant, or 'meal set', that has a main dish, and several side dishes arranged according to the chef's desires from day to day. The main courses are what's listed - sashimi, grilled fish, Hamburg steak, beef, shrimp, Chef's Choice, and the like.

Kukai looks over at the menu for a moment as a waitress joins them, then smiles at her. "The last time I was here I had the grilled fish set and it was really good, but I think I'm gonna try the beef set this time. What about you?" He nods to the waitress. "And water, please, for me, and whatever she'd like."
Runealy Waldia 2016-03-29 04:04:08 36280
Rune notices this courtesy, taking the seat with a "thank you"; her tone of voice shifts, just a tiny bit of breathless surprise to it, but it's a good surprise. She browses through the menu as well, but loses interest in it as Kukai begins listing his own suggestions and ideas. "Huh... think I'll go with what he's having. Thank you,"

Then once the order is done with and they're alone, she faces Kukai with a question. "I don't get it. You've been putting in a lot of effort to reach out to me. Teaming up on the roof the other day, even flying me around. Now you're inviting me here, and I just don't understand. Why do that, when the first thing I ever did to you was hit you like that?" Not that her blow was all that dangerous; from as far away as she took a shot at Sky Jack, the incident was likely more painful or annoying than truly endangering. It would nonetheless be a legitimate reason to be less than kind, in contrast to what's actually going on so far. She looks rather confused by this.
Kukai Souma 2016-03-29 04:15:21 36281
Kukai Souma blinks. That was actually the last thing he'd had on his mind. He'd sort of forgotten it. "Wait. Oh, wait, when I... look, I said I forgave you for that. As far as I'm conerned it's in the past." He shrugs, scratching the back of his head. "I mean I have at least one friend who tried to stab me the other night. I've been yelled at, shot past, punched - but we made up. First impressions are good, but when somebody says they're sorry, I tend to take them at their word."

He laughs. "I'm used to crazy things from friends. You weren't at the party a week or two ago, were you? Two of my friends.. well. Nothing happened, but it could have." Daichi bounces up and nods. "And Temari came back for it, too!" Kukai eyes Rune. "Unless you're saying you weren't really sorry?" There's a faint grin on his face.

He leans forward, putting both hands on the table. "As to why I've been reaching out to you - I dunno. You're nice, and we seem to run into each other a lot. Plus I've never met a princess before. And we worked pretty well together - so I figure, why not?"
Runealy Waldia 2016-03-29 04:19:58 36282
Rune's gaze suddenly shifts aside as Daichi hops around, it definitely catches her attention! "No, I don't remember a party. Haven't been trying to attend any lately though. Most days, as soon as school gets out I go out to look for clues about what's been going on. Haven't found much so far, but I get just enough to keep going and get a little closer a bit at a time. And... yeah,"

She suddenly shifts topics, going along with Kukai's answer. "It has been a long time since I flew with anyone. I can't fly on my own, actually. And that was the first time I'd ever flown by riding someone's board like that. That's really something, where'd you learn how to do that?" This is asked with eyes raised in curiosity, as she has been puzzling through this for a while now and not come up with any obvious conclusions; it's an interesting thing to ponder.
Kukai Souma 2016-03-29 04:34:23 36283
Daichi grins at Rune, and then hovers over to her, sitting in her hand and beaming guilelessly up at her. Kukai grins and nods. "I try to patrol as much as I can but I've got team practice and Guardian business to take care of, too. Maybe we can share notes or something? I'm happy to help you look for whatever."

He grins, then nods to Daichi. "It's all him. Daichi is my Guardian Chara. It's..." He hmms. "Ok, lemme back up. Every child has a dream inside them, a Heart's Egg. As they get older, they get a clearer idea of what that dream is, but sometimes someone will make a wish or pray strongly for help achieving their dreams. That can make their Heart's Egg appear in the real world and hatch, becoming a Guardian Chara. When I was younger, I wanted to play every sport there was, and be the best at all of them, but then I didn't know which one to join. I prayed for help one night, and woke up the next morning to find Daichi's egg. And we've been together ever since."

Daichi is nodding through the whole explanation, and then bounces to his feet in Rune's palm. "Yup! Kukai wants to be me when he grows up! And I can do every sport there is!" Kukai laughs. "Pretty much, yeah. But I can Chara Change with Daichi, and that gives me extra skills at sports and activities, or I can Transform with him. That's Sky Jack." He grins. "And you're familiar with him."
Runealy Waldia 2016-03-29 04:47:09 36286
Being able to hold a person in one's hand, having them casually fit on your palm, is the sort of thing that leaves Rune in visible awe. Small, colorful, friendly... Daichi easily adds up to 'cute', and it takes her a moment to respond to Kukai as she's looking down to admire the Chara in palm, careful not to move her hand too much.

Yet she does manage some response, with a very 'sober' demeanor: "The only 'notes' I've got are revisiting places Fate was at. I've found a few things that way, but nothing really solid. She's definitely my top priority, more than anything else in Tokyo, right now. I don't want to see her get as sick as I did from what she's doing, so..."

She lets that thought trail off to instead listen to the explanation about Daichi's origins and how the duo work together. "Ohh...!" Something is finally clicking in her mind; both about Kukai himself, and her mental voice begins pondering whether this explains some things about Amu or not as well. "So you're trying to build yourself up and get really good at all this? That's..." Despite the dire topic she was talking about just a few moments ago, realizing this about Kukai's goals brings some smile back. It's not as brightly confident as what Kukai and Daichi have been showing, but it is there. "That's really good of you, trying to get better and better like that. Do you have any idea which sports you're going for, or is it still 'all of them'? And..." Something else suddenly comes to mind. "What's this 'Guardian business' you're talking about? I don't remember making an Oath with you?" Someone, namely Rune, has misunderstood which specific 'Guardian' order is being invoked here.
Kukai Souma 2016-03-29 05:04:30 36289
Daichi is practically adorable. He grins up at Rune, then looks over and hops up onto her shoulder as the waitress joins them, setting a large, round carrying tray onto a platform, greeting the lovely girl and the way-out-of-his-depth boy as she sets out their meals - a main course of grilled beef slices atop a thin bed of noodles, and several small bowls, each with a side dish - mixed vegetables, rice, miso, pickled beets, and a few beans next to a piece of spicy onion, as well as water for the both of them. She bows again, thanking them for their patronage, and is out of the way, leaving them with the food.

Kukai finally looks back to Rune, picking up his chopsticks and pulling them out of their paper packet, folding it for a rest. "Well if I see her again, I'll try to call you and let you know." He grins as she finally begins to smile. "Yeah. I want to be a soccer player when I grow up. Or a basketball player. Or maybe cricket. Or a professional snowboarder. I don't know!" He laughs. "Something. Yeah. It's still 'all of them'. I'm gonna get good at all of them and do them all. And be a hero on the side for fun."

He blinks as she mentions oaths. He's made a few oaths, but... "Um. It's got to do with Daichi, actually. The proper name for his... type is Guardian Chara. So there's a bunch of people with Charas at Seiyou Public School, so several of us created the Guardians of Seiyou Public School. I'm the Jack, Amu's the Joker, Tadase is King, Nadeshiko's Queen... Does that make sense?"
Runealy Waldia 2016-03-29 05:10:21 36291
Rune has another 'thank you' ready as the order arrives, and follows Kukai's lead in tending to the meal. "Honestly, by the time I get there it might be too late. Tokyo is huge. Even going as fast as I can, it can take several minutes or even half an hour to get somewhere if I wasn't already pretty close by to begin with. So if you see her, call me... but you'd be even more of a hero if you can slow her down or reach out to her somehow."

Most of the sports he mentions are not at all familiar to the alien princess, but the sheer quantity of them being listed is enough to impress her. "That's pretty ambitious. Hope you can make it work!"

Her gaze narrows upon Daichi as this clarification about which 'Guardian' is being spoken about sinks in. She's not upset; she's thinking, very hard, and her face is contorting a little to match up with that. "...Ohhh... wait, yes! Now I'm starting to get it. That's actually pretty nice, that you're all in a group like that." A single, sharp nod. "Sounds like we have some friends in common."
Kukai Souma 2016-03-29 05:21:18 36293
Kukai Souma nods, taking a few bites as Rune talks, leaning forward and listening to her. He knows all about being late to the party, especially when your friends are concerned and you have to fly across Tokyo in a rainstorm. "Mmm. Sure, of course. I don't like fighting anyway so I'll do what I can." He grins and nods his head as she mentions his ambitions. "I'll find some way to do it all, just watch!"

Daichi has moved down to help Kukai work on some of the beef and beans as she stares at him. Kukai nods. "Yeah. It's like having a big support group or family. We all work to help each other achieve our dreams. Of course, not everybody with a Guardian Chara is a good guy. Or girl." He frowns, having someone in particular he's thinking about. "And not everybody who's a good person with a Chara is good all the time." Another mental image in his head.

He rests his head on his hand and motions at her with the chopsticks. "What about you, Runealy? You mentioned being far from home earlier, and not being familiar with Tokyo. Where are you from, originally? Somewhere in Europe?"
Runealy Waldia 2016-03-29 05:24:52 36294
"So some of you are on the same side, but not all of you?" Rune is poking at her meal, but slowly; she finds Kukai's conversation much more interesting. "That sounds kind of like some of the others I know around Tokyo. Similar abilities, got them the same way, but not all working together." She opts not to name names, just in case.

"Europe, huh..." That idea distracts her, gaze lowering. "That's what I tell most people around Tokyo. It's what my friends and I told everyone we were from when we first got here, too. Whether it was Sailor Moon or someone with a Guardian Chara or anyone else, 'Europe' was the lie we gave them. We're from another world entirely."
Kukai Souma 2016-03-29 05:30:37 36297
Kukai Souma nods. "It's how a lot of things go, it seems. Just like people. We all want different things and everybody goes different ways to get them and that means we end up fighting." And then she starts talking about Europe and he lets out a low breath. "Another... world? Wow." He sits back, soaking that in. "...That's heavy. And you told me. Wow. ....What're you doing on Earth, then? Are you chasing somebody? Is someone after you? And is everyone there magical like you?" He leans forward, picking up his bowl of soup to give her a moment to respond.
Runealy Waldia 2016-03-31 02:56:06 36520
Rune starts to answer questions, only to see that Kukai has a rapid-fire list of them. Enough so that she has to raise a hand in a sort of 'social defensive', 'hold on' gesture once he's done, thinking on this for a few seconds. Which ones to answer first?

Maybe just going in order would work. "That's right. Another world entirely. We don't know what electricity is. 'Cell' would be a type of room design, maybe. 'Phone'... we'd stare blankly at you for asking about those. As for why my friends and I are here? That depends on what you're asking."

She decides to answer multiple variations of that question. "If you're asking why we /were/ here, past tense? We were attacking people. Very specific people, people like you and your friends... people with magic we could take to try to save our world. It didn't work."

She holds up a hand, fully expecting that might prompt some kind of sudden response... a response she wants to address preemptively. "We're here, presently, because something else did work and a lot of people here were part of it. Didn't really seem right to say 'thanks for saving us, bye'. So we're trying to help out in return."
Kukai Souma 2016-03-31 03:17:21 36530
Kukai nods, giving her enough time to talk, sipping at his soup and listening, eyes on her the whole time. He lets her talk, nodding as she speaks, then lets out a breath. "So, you originally came to... harvest magic? That's harsh." He frowns at her, sitting up. "I figure you were forgiven and things were fixed. Are you going home eventually, though? Or is this a case of the permanent exchange student?"
Runealy Waldia 2016-03-31 03:24:16 36535
"Let's call it what it was. 'Banditry.'" Rune opts to use an intentionally harsh term. "Banditry, and using a sort of 'dark energy' like Fate is. People here talked us out of it, and some even came with us to restore our Barrier... our seal holding away a demon army that wants to get free and destroy everything."

She has lost interest in food for the time being, focusing on the discussion. "And no, we're going home sooner or later. We have to. But for right now, this is where we ought to be. So we're helping." Her demeanor is very focused and serious at this point.
Kukai Souma 2016-03-31 03:35:31 36539
Kukai leans back, looking at Rune, judging her for a moment. "... So I don't know what you did in the past, but every time I've ever seen you, you've only ever been honest and honorable and good, even to the bad guys and girls. So don't worry about what happened in the past with me, ok?" He grins, doing his best to dispel her serious attitude. "And it sounds like your barrier is up and strong, which is a good thing. So I know we appreciate you being here and helping us."

He thinks for a moment, picking up a bite of rice on his chopsticks, thinking. "Well.. I have more questions, but I'll hang onto them for now. So for now, here's another one - what do you like to do in your spare time?"
Runealy Waldia 2016-03-31 03:40:55 36541
"It's a very good thing. It means I have time to work on becoming Queen, to make sure the next time this happens it's solved the right way and the line of succession goes on." Rune remains rather firm on this point...

...Then looks surprised, 'disarmed', by Kukai's latest question. "Right now, I barely think about spare time. Getting through to Fate is my top priority. When things are going better, though? Dancing, visiting art galleries... learning a bit more about Tokyo. Camping, sometimes. Usually with a friend to help on some of that. I bet Tokyo has things I'd like to do too if I learned about them, this place is enormous. There has to be something!"
Kukai Souma 2016-03-31 03:50:36 36546
Kukai Souma chuckles and then shakes his head. "You can't just beat your head against the wall, Rune. You have to have 'me time' to allow yourself to relax, to decompress. Otherwise you shatter under the pressure. Muscles only build when you're resting, you know? You can't practice every day and expect to be in some kinda fit shape to do anything."

He motions with the chopsticks at the meal. "Like having a meal with somebody." He grins. "I've never actually been camping. I've spent some time up at my grandfather's temple, though, and that's pretty close! And yeah, there's so many things to do here - it's a major metropolitan area. There's always something to do - it's just a matter of figuring out what you like."
Runealy Waldia 2016-03-31 03:53:13 36548
"Maybe, but... some of this really can't wait very long," Rune retorts in a worried tone. Yet she's quickly distracted by Kukai's other observation, and notes back: "It's an /enormous/ metropolitan area. I think there are more people in Tokyo than on my entire world. So... what do you like out here?"
Kukai Souma 2016-03-31 04:04:24 36555
Kukai hmms and leans back, putting one hand behind his head. "Huh. Well. Sports, of course. Finding new types of food to try out. Making new friends." He chuckles. "On the advice of a friend, I've started listening to a few new musical acts - a few of which are magical girls too. I've been thinking about picking up boxing or martial arts or something, but I don't know if it's my style." This from someone who fights a lot of youma and villains.

He hmms. "I dunno. I think the thing I like the most is learning about everybody - it's the one part of all this that I enjoy more than anything."
Runealy Waldia 2016-03-31 05:13:43 36569
"That's a pretty big list, but it makes sense... this /is/ a pretty big city." Rune thinks on this for a half-second, then offers, "When I'm not busy... I'd be okay with checking out music, or learning more about each other? I..."

After some hesitation, she works up a tiny smile and concludes: "Thanks for bringing me out here."
Kukai Souma 2016-03-31 05:26:24 36570
Kukai Souma laughs and nods, then grins. "Well, sure! Anytime you wanna get out of the house and run around I'd be happy to show you Tokyo, everything I know, and I promise all I'll ask for is the occasional kiss on the cheek." He grins at the pretty princess, the Jack's Grin, full of confidence and joy, then nods. "Thank you for coming. It's been really nice."