Crosswalks and Cocoa


Takashi walks Ami back home from the skating rink, magiscience is discussed, cocoa is sipped.

Date: 2016-04-12
Pose Count: 56
Takashi Agera 2016-04-12 05:47:01 38111
Takashi Agera had survived the double-skate-date. He'd managed to do it without taking a fall or making a horrible ass of himself - despite what he almost felt was encouragement by the other male there to do so. But with Makoto's energy in such dangerously low levels, Nephrite concerned for her, and Ami trying to collect herself after what she said (and a nasty smack to the head after a fall), Takashi had promised the other two he'd make sure she got home safe.

Which puts him waiting still outside the bathroom she'd hidden in, leaning up against the wall. He has a strange look on his face, because it's been a strange night. But he's just about at the point of knocking on the door to make sure she didn't pass out in there from the aftereffects of her blow to the head.
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-12 05:49:16 38112
The door opens a crack, but only just. A blue eye peers out, then the door opens just a little more. Ami emerge, still dressed in the cute leotard, tights, and skirt her mom bought her for the day. She starts towards where she ditched her skates, then stops short as she nearly runs into Takashi.

Like a deer in the headlights, she stares at him worriedly, a blush slowly forming on her cheeks. "Hi," she says uncertainly. "I thought you'd all left," she admits uncertainly.
Takashi Agera 2016-04-12 05:53:27 38113
Takashi smiles. "No - well, I'm still here. The other two left. Tall and rude left to take Kino-san home so she could rest." he says, looking down at her. "But I'm not going to leave you here to walk home alone. One, you still haven't convinced me that knock on your head wasn't as bad as it looked. Two, it would be very ungentlemanly indeed of me to have a lady walk home from a date alone, wouldn't it?"

He doesn't mention 'three, the other two wouldn't have left if I hadn't promised to'. "
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-12 06:00:46 38114
Ami sighs at the response, then reaches up to rub at her forehead a little. "Hurts," she admits quietly as she starts padding towards where her ice skates and shoes have been discarded. "I don't think I've got a concussion," she notes, "but maybe. I definitely have a headache. I hope that poor person I ran into is okay."
Takashi Agera 2016-04-12 06:07:15 38117
Takashi manages to avoid asking 'who' in regards to the person Ami ran into, but he realizes he can't even remember a thing about them. "Well, I'm sure they have their own friends looking out for them right now." he says, trying to banish the unwanted mental guest. "Which means you and I need to look out for you." he continues, looking at her forehead when they stop. "Any ear ringing, confusion, do you feel tired?" he continues. "I know you know what to watch out for but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't concerned."
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-12 06:10:09 38118
Ami stops suddenly, just shy of reaching down to grab her things, then turns and gives Takashi a very sudden, very tight hug. "I know," she says, smiling a little. "Thank you. I'll be okay," she promises, then turns away and starts packing up her skates.

Once the skates are put away, Ami slips into a pair of thin-soled blue slippers that go cutely with the rest of her skating outfit, even if the whole thing looks like it would be a little ridiculous for walking around town in.

Linking her arm through Takashi's, Ami puts her head on his bicep as they start towards the exit. "What were you and Nephrite fighting about, anyways?" Ami asks curiously.
Takashi Agera 2016-04-12 06:18:08 38119
Takashi grins at the hug, and squeezes her back for just a moment. He still usually gives her a fair bit of distance physically, so times like this matter a lot to him. And even moreso when she leans against him. He breifly considers that, given their history, it's possible he gives her a little bit too much distance.

"Fighting? I don't think it was going to get there. Just some uneasiness." he says, as they start to walk. "Probably all comes down to the fact that while you two are friends, we don't know each other, so we're just both standing there, and it's going to be strange since we have no investment?" he muses.

"And what happened to our respective dates probably made us even more tense than we might otherwise have been. I can't say we'd be friends in the best of times, but all that probably didn't help." he says, being strangely astute at judging the situation. An insight into how he's navigated social situations that don't contain or involve Ami Mizuno.
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-12 06:31:35 38121
Ami doesn't stop leaning as they walk out into the parking lot. "Mmmmhhn," she mumbles. "That does make a certain amount of sense," she admits quietly. "And besides, he's kindof a smooth manipulator. I don't think you'd like him at all if you didn't have to. If he weren't so doting on Mako-chan I'd probably punch him in the nose or something."

She grumbles quietly, then admits, "Anyways, at least that's over with. I think I managed to thoroughly embarass myself in three different ways today."
Takashi Agera 2016-04-12 06:35:20 38122
Takashi shrugs a bit, and admits. "There's probably a fair number of your friends I wouldn't spend time with if they weren't your friends." he says, quietly. "Not because I despise them or anything but... moreso because they aren't my social type." There's another pause, and he adds. "I try not to hang around with people who push my buttons because eventually those people get a reaction."

"But I also understand these same people are important to you, and because of that, I'm doing my best."

"I don't really think you embarassed yourself too badly. I'm just surprised it wasn't me that didn't collide with someone due to the overzealousness of my own hubris. Maybe all that energy transfer had longer lasting effects." he says, looking down at her with a grin.
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-12 06:43:11 38123
Ami makes a face at this idea, but for several moments she doesn't offer any words. Hefting her skate bag, she leans away from him just a little, glances up, then grabs his hand gently in her own and continues to walk beside him. "Well," Ami admits quietly, "I wish I knew what it would take to get you to all get along. I don't know why they push your buttons and I don't. I don't know why they push your buttons and not mine. But ..." Ami starts to say, then trails off and sighs.

"Well, I'm very grateful to you for trying so hard," Ami admits softly. "I just wish I knew how to fix it. Maybe I should put Usagi to work on it. She'd probably know how to make you all get along. She's a genius at people."
Takashi Agera 2016-04-12 06:47:22 38125
"Well, maybe it's because I'm a guy, or maybe it's because I grew up differently than all of you, or maybe it's because I don't have the eons-spanning history all of you do." he says, hypothesizing. "There's a lot of reasons, a lot of advantages you all have that I don't." he reminds her. There's also the part he can't get over where all the same, every one of them - including the girl who's hand is in his - could easily be major roadblocks to his own plans.

"Usagi is... she's very... hyper." he says, settling on that word. "I've sat and had milkshakes with her, on a day I was looking for you. I can see how she has an easy time with people."
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-12 06:58:10 38126
"She can be," Ami agrees quietly. "But she's also incredibly in tune with those around her. She understands emotions like you and I understand arithmetic. It's just fundamental for her." She shrugs a little, then admits, "If it weren't for Usagi, I don't think you and I would have ever met." Pause. "Actually I know we wouldn't have, since she's the reason I'm Mercury. But even besides that, before I met Usagi I didn't have any friends. I tried mensa once, but they were kindof ..." she tries to figure out how to politely described inferior intellects. "... and then there's my swim team, but we're mostly competitive. I don't have much else in common with them. And no one in chess club is a friend. We just argue strategy>"
Takashi Agera 2016-04-12 07:06:50 38128
Takashi nods a bit. "I'll admit, just by knowing you, I'm at least meeting more people. So I can see how Usagi might be that with you. Plus the history." he says, squeezing her hand a bit. "I guess I'll have to thank Usagi for that, then. Because, as I've noted on other occasions, I'm very glad to have met you."

"I'm like that with Science club - I'm in it, but it's like watching kindergarteners try to fiddle with things... I'm just expected to be in /some/ club." he says with a bit of a sigh.

But now as they're headed home, there's a part of him that realizes, to a certain degree, she has nowhere to run to escape some long overdue teasing. "So... assuming you don't have a concussion does that mean at least we're not under any Doctor's Orders to avoid extracurricular activities?"
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-12 07:15:24 38129
"Infinity has a science club?" Ami asks, almost as if she were asking if Infinity has puppies. Apparently she thinks the idea is 'cute' like someone finds small children 'cute', but certainly not respectable. Good thing he doesn't seem to terribly respect the idea, either.

But then Takashi turns the conversation back onto her biggest blunder of the day (at least socially), and Ami's cheeks colour swiftly with embarassment. But she doesn't run away from him; doesn't teleport straight home. This is a sign that she at least has been expecting this, at least on some degree. No, instead she lets go of his hand, balls up her fist, and punches him right in the arm. Admittedly, Ami Mizuno is not very tall, and for all that she's highly athletic, she's still not very strong. That punch doesn't do much, which is why maybe when she tries to grab for his hand again he won't be clutching his arm in pain. "You're so mean!" she accuses him.
Takashi Agera 2016-04-12 07:21:25 38130
Ami's punch recives an 'ow' that's as much one of shock as actual injury. He lets her grab his hand again, but his other hand does rub against the spot - as much reaction as anything - and Takashi's just smiling and occasionally letting out a little laugh. "Oh come on I was going to say something - I just was nice enough to do it where nobody else would be able to witness it. I mean aside from all of the people who just woke up from the redness of your face shining through their windows."

Then, Takashi leans in a bit and elbows her gently in the ribs. "But you know, I never said exactly who's home I planned to take you to." The tone in his voice and the literal ribbing indicates that it's just a continuation of the joke and the teasing moreso than anything else, at least right now. They're not going in the right direction for his house, either.
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-12 07:31:00 38132
"You didn't have to!" Ami protests to Takashi, mock-protesting. She's still blushing, but she mostly has it under control. "You could have continued being gentlemanly, allowing me to slink home with my proverbial tail between my legs. But no, you just have to open your big mouth and ruin all pretense of being a nice guy!" Hmf.

As to the house, she sniffs half-amusedly and admis, "Well it's a good thing I'm leading. We're going to my house," she points out. "If I have a concussion, the best place for me is where my mom can take a look at it."
Takashi Agera 2016-04-12 07:35:39 38133
"And miss the opprotunity to ask that question?" he says, barely holding back his laughter. "Sorry, not a chance. Besides, I think if I started acting like a one-hundred percent nice guy all the time you'd start to worry about me, or be concerned that your head injury was more severe. See, now you know that everything's as it should be." he says, smiling down at her as they walk. "Besides, it wasn't a hundred percent a joke." he whispers, but loud enough she can hear it.

"Yeah, I'll feel as lot better if your mother can take a look at you. I'm pretty sure you're fine but I'd rather be absolutly sure."
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-12 07:41:31 38134
Ami makes a faint choking noise at that whisper, then reaches up and legitimately shoves Takashi. She's still half his bodymass, so she can't shove him too hard or too far, but she shoves him right towards the road! Won't she feel bad if he gets run over.

Maybe.

"You are such a jerk, Takashi Agera!" Ami replies. But even she's starting to smile, with that blush. Is that amusement beneath that embarassment? Surely not.
Takashi Agera 2016-04-12 07:48:54 38136
Takashi isn't expecting the push and ends up just barely balancing on the curb with one foot before finding a his footing back on the sidewalk and sliding back into place alongside her. "Ah, but I'm a handsome, brilliant jerk." he says, with a smile that does reach all the way to his eyes, a real grin, rather than the end result of a true statement of hubris.

As they've been walking, reaching the more upscale parts of Uminari City, he looks to her. "On the bright side I'm much more confident you're doing alright, given the way you've been acting. Can't be much further, now." he says, almost wistful.
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-12 07:54:12 38137
"You are at least one of those things," Ami agrees with Takashi. She punches him one more time for good measure, but this punch has even less weight than the first. But then she takes his hand and leans against him again.

"I could probably make it home in one or two teleports, from here," she explains thoughtfully. "But the weather's really nice today, and I only feel ninety percent as ridiculous wearing this outfit in public as I did warning Nephrite and Makoto off of extracurricular activities. I'm not in a hurry."
Takashi Agera 2016-04-12 07:59:53 38138
Takashi nods. "I suppose that's true. In that sense, I'm glad you didn't leave me in the dust porting out already." Not that he hasn't given her plenty of chances to. "It still looks good on you." he adds, regarding the outfit. And he leans back against her. "I also still relish any time I can spend alone with you."

"Speaking of... if you wan to meet up sometime before we try to do-over tonight's skating adventures, I've got some information for one of my projects that I could really use a second brilliant mind looking over."
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-12 08:13:03 38139
"Mmmm, you mean an actual puzzle to work on?" Ami asks, glancing up at him as they continue to walk. "That would be nice. Ever since we defeated Beryl, and got all the Shitennou free, I've felt like I don't actually know what I'm supposed to be doing. There are minor youma to deal with, but it all feels so ..." she trails off, then blushes. "Well, mundane," she admits. "Like, I don't mind defending the city from minor evils, but I was never much of a fighter anyways. I'm better at solving larger problems, like tactics or puzzles."
Takashi Agera 2016-04-12 08:17:47 38140
"Yeah, an actual puzzle. I think... maybe I could enlighten you as to some of the other things still bubbling around, if you're bored." he muses. "Just because Beryl's out doesn't mean the threats are over. In fact, I can think of a couple related projects off the top of my head. One's a personal thing, and one's more... sating my curiosity." he admits.

"But both should prove anything but mundane, I think." he says, and she might be able to see his eyes shimmer in the starlight, full of the thoughts of wonder at the world he's yet to explore, at information so close he can almost grasp it without being quite able to just yet.

Then, after a pause. "Of course none of them are as interesting as the puzzle I'm walking home." he adds with a wink.
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-12 08:21:02 38141
"Oh my god," Ami says, rolling her eyes so hard it rolls her head. "And you say you don't like Nephrite, but I swear you've been reading his textbook on bad pickup lines!" She doesn't let his hand go, but she does put a little distance between them again. "That's like the fourth you've used in just this walk home!"
Takashi Agera 2016-04-12 08:23:00 38142
"Well, I don't get as many chances to use them as I'd like. This is what you get for spending so much time apart." he adds with a smile. "But fine, fine, I'll lay off." he says, then giving her a bit of sideye as he adds. "...for now."

"Seriously, though. I'd really like your help on this stuff. I think you're the only person I trust to be able to help me - particularly without me spending a few hours explaining it all first."
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-12 08:29:06 38143
Ami snickers amusedly at his 'for now', but she doesn't press the issue. She gets her way, which is more than she expected (or possibly wanted). As they stop for a red light, she turns to regard him curiously, then smiles amusedly and glances across the street again. "It's about the dimensional folding, right? Stacked space you called it?" She nods her head once. "I really do want to look into that more. And I need to continue my work on upgrading the Mercury Computer to be an intelligent device like yours."
Takashi Agera 2016-04-12 08:33:30 38145
Takashi nods. "That's one of them. And I think I could work with you on the computer. It sounds like a fun project. If you don't terribly mind exposing the innards of your computer to me, too." Takashi continues, still trying to press for it as a duo project rather than just handing Ami the info.

"And there's some strange goings on in part of Mitakihara that's undergoing renovation. Strange energy readings. Not Dark Energy but also not normal, and I can't quite get my fingerr on it."

"And that's just what's at the top of my plate." That, and finding a book that could potentially bring about Armageddon, but... everyone knows Eclipse is looking for that book.
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-15 14:59:12 38595
"It's mostly just a programming task," Ami notes thoughtfully. "And I don't think you know the moon language, so I'd have to first write a translation matrix for you."

Magic Computers are complicated.

When the light changes, Ami grabs Takashi's hand and rushes across the street, careful of traffic.

"We'll see," she concedes. Which is a partial victory for Takashi, at least.

"Mitakihara?" Ami asks of his conversation change. "Interesting. Well, analysis is one of the strong suits of the Mercury Computer. I can have a look if you point me in the right direction. Not dark energy but not normal, though? That's a weird way to describe it, but I suppose it stands to reason there would be a plethora of magical energy formats.
Takashi Agera 2016-04-15 15:08:27 38596
Takashi smiles. "Sorry, I speak four languages, but Ancient Moonese is not one of them." Takashi says with a nod (and an excuse to get a little bit of prideful boasting out into the air.) It takes him a moment to move with her when she grabs his hand - which results in, for a moment, the humorous image of the shorter girl dragging tall Takashi across the crosswalk.

He smiles when she makes that small concession of a sort. "I'm sure you won't regret it."

"Sorry, I didn't really give you the right information there - what I mean to say is, it doesn't conform to any existing energy patterns I'm aware of = it doesn't fit the mold for either the kind of energy say, Sailor Moon uses, or the kind of energy of m- a youma." he says, cutting himself off because in some odd way he doesn't want to come out and remind her about that part of himself - as though she could ever forget.

"It's erratic. Unstable. Strange - and therefore, it's very interesting."
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-15 15:15:56 38597
Across the street, Ami starts towards the nearest building; it's a tall apartment complex, maybe some ten or eleven stories in all, and she's heading towards it confidently. Is it any surprise that she lives in one of the swankest buildings in this part of town? Probably not.

"Mmm, well that's what I mean," Ami says. "If it's not dark energy and it's not light energy, then it must be some other format. I'd love the opportunity to study it. Although, eratic and unstable does give me some pause."

When they reach the building, Ami swipes a keycard and opens the door on instinct, then starts inside towards the elevator lobby. "Do you ever wonder how there are all these extant energy sources running rampant, and yet science not only fails to be able to quantify them, but fails to even be capable of noticing their existence except indirectly?"

"And then," Ami mumbles, "it gets explained away using every other wave source possible. It's like there's some sort of weird magical barrier against the observation and discovery of magic. As if magic has a will of its own."
Takashi Agera 2016-04-15 16:13:23 38598
Takashi does let out a little bit of a quiet whistle as Ami heads for the high-end apartment complex. Surprised, though? Not really. Takashi is a 15 year old who owns his own house in Tokyo. His normal is a little bit... off.

"Place is still active contruction during the day, though, so we'll have to sneak out late." he says, with a bit of an impish grin. "Like the delinquents that we are."

"You know, if you watch traffic patterns in Tokyo during a magical event - foot, car, whatever - you can see people who can't even be aware of the situation routing around it. That's why except for like... Witches... that big fights can go on without involving that many people. They just sort of instinctively stay away." he muses. "I think it's not just magic itself, but there has to be some sort of effect that... strives to protect people who are unaware from becoming aware. Same way Sailor V is a crime fighter to the people that know of her."

"I mean... it's not like Tokyo ACTUALLY has the world's most explodey gas veins."
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-15 16:34:46 38600
When the elevator arrives, Ami steps inside, apparently not even thinking about putting Takashi off joining her. She's probably not thinking much at all about the fact that she is inadvertently inviting a boy up to her home. Woops.

"Aheh, yeah," Ami says with a sigh, "but it's weird. I've tried observing it once, but I couldn't actually see any energy patterns causing that effect. It's like even the act of acknowledging that it's happening causes it to cease to exist." She pushes the button for floor 8, then observes, "Someday I'm going to figure it out. Because this obfuscation drives me insane."
Takashi Agera 2016-04-15 16:46:38 38601
Takashi, of course, doesn't at all balk at the fact that he's being invited up, and after only a moment, steps onto the elevator with her as the conversation continues. (But don't think he didn't consider it or notice it, unlike Ami.)

"Well you know, even in... 'normal' science, there's the observer effect, of course. But in this case it seems like it's less a normal phenomena and more like it's actively trying to hide. Which I would say doesn't make any sense... but with magic, I'm not surprised. Just curious." he says.

And he shifts a little bit closer, perceptibly, but easy to miss, too. "Still, for the time being, it's really handy that... for lack of a better word, civilians stay less involved."
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-15 16:49:59 38602
"Right? It's like it's actively trying to hide!" Ami says, somewhat excited at his turn of phrase. "Like there's a consciousness to it. I was never religious before, but I've seen so many amazing things, I have to wonder if maybe there is a god, and Magic is its manifestation. Not like the Christian God, obviously, nor any of the Kami. But ... you know. Some kind of all-powerful force that governs and manifests as ... magic."

Then she blushes and looks away. "Err, sorry. I don't know, that's a theory; a scientific theory, not a religious one. I just can't think of any other plausible explanation for why magic would seem to behave with a consciousness. Maybe there is some other explanation I haven't thought of, yet."
Takashi Agera 2016-04-15 16:57:55 38605
Takashi nods a bit, and smiles - as much because of her surge of excitement as anything else. "It's possible. I hesitate to say wether anything is plausible or implausible - as I understand it, my field of experiences is somewhat abnormal to begin with. And I've seen a lot of things happen even I would consider quite implausible, so it's quite resonable to assume I might not be an authority on that." he says.

"But... more than anything, it bears investigating. The hunches, theories, the phenomena itself? There's probably enough there to keep me busy for a lifetime or two, really." he says, then turns to her. "Or perhaps, keep us busy." he adds, without explicitly stating the idea of them working together 'for a lifetime or two'.
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-15 17:22:31 38608
'Us'. That word seems to awaken Ami to her present situation. Here she is, casually taking a boy up to her apartment, as if he were just another one of the friends she hangs out with. And to make matters worse, this is a boy she's been holding hands with all day. A boy she--presumably--was just on a date with. A boy she wore a terrifically short skirt and leotard for, while skating.

A boy who she kissed, when she thought the world was going to end.

Ami's cheeks turn from faintly rosy to suddenly scarlet, and she takes her hand back out of his and hugs herself. "Y..yea, it's a lot of work," she agrees.

The elevator dings the eighth floor, and Ami jumps in startlement, letting out a soft yelp of surprise. Then, she tries to hastily correct, hoisting her skate bag and stepping out into the hallway. "S...so this is me," Ami says as she walks the few remaining meters to her apartment. Number 814, right near the elevator.
Takashi Agera 2016-04-15 17:35:14 38610
Takashi notices the change in her demeanor, of course - it'd be hard not to - and at first, he starts to step away - but then, for whatever reason, he stops and actually just shifts closer to her as they walk out of the elevator. A distance that could only be considered appropriate for two people who were very familiar with each other - all but touching, as she stammers out her last comment.

Standing in front of her, door, so very very close to her, and looking down at her, still in her skating outfit. "So I guess this is good-night, then?"
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-15 17:40:50 38611
What is she even supposed to say to that? 'Awkward' doesn't even begin to describe how Ami looks, right now. She watches him look her up and down, and if sh e could blush harder she surely would. "W...well," she mumbles. "I g...guess so?" she suggests.

What else is she supposed to do, invite him in!? That is a Bad Idea<tm>. Right? I mean, sure, if he'd wanted to do things untowards with her body, surely he would have done that in the two weeks while she was living in his home. So what harm could it be?

"I mean ... I guess ... do you want some cocoa?" Oh god, she said the words.
Takashi Agera 2016-04-15 18:12:15 38615
Takashi looks substantially less nervous or worried than the bluenette next to him. This is because Takashi is actually, when push comes to shove, more than capable of letting his confidence (or pride) take over any other feelings. (Except perhaps anger.)

He's considering how, exactly, to try to put a finish on the night when Ami throws him something he can only consider a curve ball. Takashi had been thinking 'a kiss goodnight' not an invite inside. Which meant all of his brain functions had been considering how to go about that kiss, and now he's got an entirely different situation.

And so he just nods. "I... yeah, that would be very nice." he says. "Something to warm me up would be good." he continues perhaps a bit longer than he needs to.
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-15 18:29:59 38617
Crap he wasn't supposed to say yes! Now what?! Ami stares at Takashi like a deer caught in the headlights for several long moments, then eventually blinks and turns around so fast it sends her skirt flying outwards. "Right," she says, and swipes the keycard again.

The door opens to reveal a stylish modern apartment, filled with all manner of expensive and artistic things. It's clear that whomever did the decoration actually cares about the arts a lot, which may come as a surprise given Ami is so science-minded, and her mother is a doctor.

"H-h-h-h-have a seat," Ami mumbles, motioining towards the suede-covered black couch in the livingroom. There are house slippers just inside the door, but none sized for Takashi. None sized for a boy at all, in fact.

Ami toes out of her own shoes and slips into a pair of fuzzy blue slippers. Dropping her skating bag beside the counter, she heads into the kitchen to start warming up some milk.
Takashi Agera 2016-04-15 18:55:31 38622
There's a high possibility that somewhere, in the logical part of Takashi's mind, he knew that Ami was just inviting him in out of politeness or a sort of panic. That does not, however, in any way protect her from having him answer in the affirmative - or having him continue to take her up on the offer as they walk in.

The decoration of Ami's apartment is a far cry from Takashi's home - in that there's decorations. There was time and effort spent here, as opposed to the cold functionality of Takashi's house. It feels like a home, rather than a place to live. And it's something he notes.

Takashi notes, with some ever-so-slight annoyance, the lack of slippers sized for a boy - particularly slippers sized for a 5'11'' boy. But politeness reigns over disomfort (at least around Ami) so his shoes come off and he looks to the couch.

"Do you need any help?" he asks, just before he realizes that's a very dumb question to ask when it comes to someone just making cocoa - and he slinks a bit on his way to the couch.
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-16 04:01:56 38683
"No, no, I'm fine," Ami mumbles as she puts the milk on, then pulls out very fancy looking cocoa powder. Apparently she does not half-ass her cocoa.

"S-s-s-so anyways," Ami mumbles as she stirs the heating milk, "we were um. Talking about ... I think it was Mitakihara you said? Or was it Uminari? I don't recall. Weird energy? Why don't you tell me more about that," and make me feel less awkward, please dear god less awkward.
Takashi Agera 2016-04-16 04:25:32 38688
Takashi waits on the couch, and hears her request - not just the request for more information that she actually says, but the flailing in her attitude to give her something to latch onto like a life preserver from an ocean of awkward.

And promptly delivers her a tsunami instead, if at least only momentarily. "Oh, well... I guess if THAT'S the reason you invited me in. And here I didn't think we were under Doctor's Orders to avoid 'extracurriculars'" he says, though he sounds quite dissapointed. He lets it hang in the air before belatedly offering the previous requested Awkward Preserver.

"Joking, of course. Actually, I'd rather talk about this sort of thing in here - it always does seem a bit odd to me to talk about magical things in the open, even if I guess other people would probably explain it away much like they do magical events." he says, trying to cut in right before Ami throws herself, him, or both of them out a window to avoid the embarassment.

And sticking to the talk, too, to give her something to consider other than his likely justly deserved retribution. "So the place is... near, if not on ground zero of that big youma-thing that tore up part of Mitakihara. Part of the rebuilding effort. Gotta think they're related. But there's a rash of reports of strange things going on there - floating lights, voices. And... suicides." he adds, serious now. "The strange thing is also that all of the people reporting it are... normal. So if there IS some sort of law or consciousness like you suspect, this anomaly might be subverting it in some way, shape, or form."
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-16 05:06:35 38689
If it was possible for Ami's face to grow more red, surely it would at that line. Except, somehow, it doesn't. The bluenette just takes a deep breath, then lets it out slowly, and the blushing and stammering seems to fade with it.

Turned away from him, Ami attends to the stove, stirring the milk and adding in cocoa powder.

"I'm not ready for that," she says calmly, a moment later. "We made a lot of progress, today," she points out. "I held your hand. I leaned on you. Look at what I'm wearing," she says without turning around.

Turning off the heat, she finally does pour the drink into two mugs, then adds marshmallows to each.

Here, finally, she turns around, and approaches him. "I know it's not as fast as you'd like, but I hope you can see it is progress." Then she walks right past him, then bends over to put both mugs down on the coffee tables.
Takashi Agera 2016-04-16 05:46:35 38690
Takashi shifts back as Ami comes by, watching her. He's a little confused - because the way she's acting, analyzing everything and not just stammering or turning into a red aerodrome beacon. He's not sure if the calmness in her voice is a good sign or not.

"Believe me, I am very aware of what you're wearing." he says as she places the mugs down on the coffee table. "Incredibly so. And for the record, you really do look amazing." he says, as he's playing a game of look, but don't touch.

"And I don't want you to think that my nudging means I'm unhappy. Today was great." he says, and then after a pause "Though I could've done without the worrying about your injury. But spending time with you, and the walk home? Tonight is great and I'm sure the cocoa will be, too." he adds, with a smile.

"Teasing is an entirely different thing than complaining, after all."
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-16 07:41:13 38694
Ami studies Takashi for a moment, then smiles and turns a little pink in the cheeks again. "Well, sometimes I don't know what to do when I'm being teased," she says as she moves to take a seat on the floor, opposite the coffee table from him. "I just get flustered easily, and embarassed. "

Sipping her cocoa, Ami sighs and sets it back down on the table. "But I'm glad you had fun. I wish we could have stayed and skated longer. I feel like I screwed everything up getting competitive. And then Makoto ..." she trails off with a sigh. "Well, we'll just have to go again," she resolves.
Takashi Agera 2016-04-16 08:00:59 38696
The return of that color to her cheeks actually makes him feel better - closer to the intended results, and he drinks from his cocoa. "It's good, like I'd presumed, of course." he says as he sits it back on the table. "I know you do, that's... at least half the fun, if not more." Takashi admits, grinning at her.

"I'm glad you did too, though. And... well, I'm just kinda amused it ended up being you and not me. With the overcompetitveness." he says with a bit of a laugh that's probably born of a little bit too much brutal honesty.

"To be fair, though, you didn't screw things up by being competitve, just by you know, falling and hitting your head. But... really, we'd have been headed home early with Makoto being as tired as turns out she was."
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-16 08:09:55 38698
Ami studies Takashi for a few minutes, then shrugs just faintly and reaches for the cocoa again. She sips at it a few times, then admits, "I still shouldn't have let my competitiveness get the better of me."

There's a brief pause, here, where she just sortof stares at his chest over her mug, not really at him but through him. Then, she asks quietly, "So ... what now?"
Takashi Agera 2016-04-16 08:19:59 38699
Takashi sips at his cocoa, but does so rather quickly, and looks at the near-empty mug. "Well. I suppose... this time, you invited me for cocoa. And we are now having cocoa." he says, looking across the table at her, and that distance feels close, and yet also very very far. "So... if you like, I can finish this off and head home before I overstay my welcome..."

"Or, if there's anything else you want to talk to me about - you know, I'm here, you're here, nobody else is around to overhear or listen." he says, leaning forward with a half smile before taking another sip of cocoa.
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-16 08:26:39 38700
"I don't know," Ami admits quietly, lowering her eyes. "I probably shouldn't have invited you in in the first place," she says with a sigh. "I don't know why I did. I was flustered, and not thinking. I didn't even mean to bring you up here," she notes.

Raising her chin, she looks at him thoughtfully. "I just get so wrapped up in discussions with you that I lose track of everything else. I really do love how easy it is to talk to you."

Ami seems to hesitate for a long time, then lowers her eyes. "I think ... I shouldn't have you stay," she says softly. "Not because I don't want to spend time with you," she says, looking up at him, "but because I'm just not comfortable right now. And I don't want to remember you as someone who makes me uncomfortable. I'm sorry."
Takashi Agera 2016-04-16 08:38:34 38702
Takashi shakes his head a little bit. "Don't apologize for being honest with me." he says, before there's a visible stop, a flurry of internal argument about THAT little problem and he has to take a moment to get himself back on track. "To be honest back - I probably knew on some level you were flustered, but you know, it would've been legitimately rude not to take you up on the offer." Takashi takes another sip. "And, to be fair, cocoa." he notes, as if this is one of his most airtight arguments.

"And hey, you just said you love talking to me. That's like... two words away." he adds with a smile before finishing his cocoa and sitting it down on the table, then standing up. "If I'm making you legitimately uncomfortable, then I should definantly go. That, too, is different than teasing. But... thank you very much for the cocoa, and the walk, and the skating, and the outfit." Then he coughs a bit. "I mean it was a nice night, and all."
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-16 08:45:56 38703
Ami blushes just a little more at the teasing about the word 'love'. "That isn't what I meant," she protests quietly. But he knows that already. So she just looks away, still smiling, and finishes her cocoa.

For another moment, she doesn't get up. Finally, she does, then reaches for his hands. "Come on," she says quietly. "I can at least see you out. It's not you that's making me uncomfortable, just ... being alone in this place with one. There hasn't been a boy here alone with me ... ever. In my life. Even when Mamoru was here, so was Usagi-chan."
Takashi Agera 2016-04-16 08:59:40 38704
Takashi nods - and then a bit more emphatically when she offers to see him out. "Well, I didn't figure you meant me as much as the situation which currently includes me." As they begin to walk towards the door, he turns back to her. "Hey, at least you didn't suddenly have to go into having me sleeping on your couch for a couple weeks. That'll really shock you." A wink as he turns to put his shoes on.

"You'll hopefully get used to being alone with me, though. I mean, once you realize the worst thing I'm gonna do is tease you, and I really, I can still do that over the phone."
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-16 09:06:36 38706
Ami sniffs amusedly at his teasing. At least this time she's prepared for it, and only the slightest blush hits her cheeks. "You're such a cad," she says to him, slapping his forearm gently. "And I'm back in school, so you'd better not be texting me during class again."
Takashi Agera 2016-04-16 09:11:49 38707
Takashi decides, as he stands there with the door open, to resolve two quandries at once - the fact that she just called him a cad, and the potentially-awkward moment of figuring out if he should or should not kiss her on the way out. "Nonsense, I'm a perfect gentleman." he says, taking her hand in his and leaning down and kissing it in an highly overdramatic way.
Ami Mizuno 2016-04-16 09:14:43 38708
To say that Ami was not expecting this particular move on Takashi's part is an understatement. When he takes her hand, she's utterly surprised. With a slight tilt of her head, Ami watches as Takashi lowers his lips to brush her knuckles.

Confused, enchanted, and a little embarassed, she slowly takes her hand away, flexes it once, then raises that same knuckle to her lips. "Good night, Taka-kun," she mumbles, as she bites her fingers uncertainly.