Comforting Shadows

Kukai gets a visitor - Sora! And then she gets four visitors - Kukai's brothers!

Date: 2016-05-04
Pose Count: 21
Kukai Souma 2016-05-04 21:33:04 40425
It is a warm afternoon, leading on towards evening, in Mitakihara General, and an eminently bored Kukai Souma is sitting up, the back of the mechanical having lifted to raise him up because sitting up by himself still hurts all over, idly flicking through the TV channels.

Some of his bandages have been removed, but the one over his left shoulder leading diagonally down across him, and the thick wadding around his middle are still in place. There's no brothers or anything in there for now, but Daichi is sitting on his shoulder, watching TV as well, half-asleep.
Sora Hisakata 2016-05-04 21:37:11 40426
Sora has finally managed to gather up the courage to come visit. And in doing so, she's determined to get this right, having brought along a box of homemade cookies. They're not great, but they're perfectly reasonable, and she knocks on the door in case there's anyone objecting before going in.

"Kukai-kun, what'd you do?" She asks as she enters, trying to avoid looking straight at the boy. She plants the box somewhere near Kukai, where he can reach it. "Are you going to be fine?" There's a tinge of red on her face.
Kukai Souma 2016-05-04 21:53:41 40429
Kukai looks over at the door as she enters, then smiles as she sets the box of cookies over onto the counter. "Hey, Sora-chan..." He reaches over towards her, then grins. "Well.... publically, I was walking by a diner and the gas main in it blew up. Privately..." He sighs and leands back.

"I went to go get a Heart's Egg I thought Miss White had back, and she didn't, but her friends attacked me and I didn't dodge very well. I don't think they meant the diner to blow up, and they did carry me to the hospital, at least." He smiles. "I'll be fine, though. At least, in a few days. I'm healing really well."
Sora Hisakata 2016-05-04 22:04:11 40430
Sora blinks as Kukai outright talks about magic, even as she sits down right next to him. Then, with a guilty heart, she lies. "I don't know any of that stuff." She reaches out for Kukai's hand. "I know my cousin Ikiko is involved in some weird stuff, but I'm just another curse hunter. I can dissolve basic curses and figure out where curses are, but that's about it."

She sighs, and then adds. "Be careful, okay? I know there's crazy stuff out there, and I don't want to see you like this." She pushes the box a little closer to Kukai, and without looking at him says, "I made something for you." She's getting a little more red in the face just saying that.
Kukai Souma 2016-05-04 22:12:11 40432
There is a small yawn from Kukai as he sits up, looking at Sora for a minute, then leans back, rubbing his head. "It must be the painkillers. I'm not thinking straight right now, sorry. Please just... ignore what I said." He squeezes her hand and leans back.

"Well... I'm as careful as I can be, but there's things that I gotta do while I'm out there, y'know?" He looks at the box, then opens it with one hand, pulling out a chocolate chip. "Ooh. More cookies. Thank you. I almost ate all the other ones." He takes a bite, humming. "Thank you. They're good."
Sora Hisakata 2016-05-04 22:26:52 40433
"Thanks." Sora blushes just a little more when Kukai admits to liking her baking, and she isn't looking his way, perhaps trying to hide that. "So, uh. How often do you end up going to hospital?" She asks, a little uncertainty creeping through her voice.
Kukai Souma 2016-05-04 22:40:39 40437
Kukai Souma smiles, then shrugs. "Honestly? This is my first time. Usually I heal really well, or..." He shrugs. "And I don't get hurt really bad, usually. This is the first time I've ever been here..." He eats another cookie, nomming happily.
Sora Hisakata 2016-05-04 22:54:39 40440
"Make sure it's the last time, or I'll beat you up." Sora threatens, in a way that seems quite counterproductive. There's no malice in it though, "You got that?" She does smile, the fact her baking is appreciated seems to make her happy.
Kukai Souma 2016-05-04 22:56:24 40441
Kukai Souma sighs and leans back, then shrugs a little. "I hope it's the last time. This sucked a whole bunch!" He looks over to her, then sits up and moves the box over to the side table, putting an arm around her. "I'm ok. Or I'll be ok. Thank you."

He pats her back, comforting her, which is funny considering he's the one in the bed, then looks at her. "Has Ayana been bothering you any more?"
Sora Hisakata 2016-05-04 22:58:54 40442
Sora puts her arm around Kukai too, then, moving in a little closer. "Not really." She shrugs, she doesn't seem to think it's an important topic. "Let's not talk about that stupid fox." She blushes a lot the way she sits, but she doesn't let that stop her. "So when you're out of hospital, we're going on another date, right?"
Kukai Souma 2016-05-04 23:03:53 40444
Kukai nods and pats her back. "Well, all right." He shifts back to the side, letting her sit down for a moment, then looks at her. "Ah.. really? Sure!" There's no green fire about him this time. "I mean I'd like that. If you want to. I..." He laughs. "Man I feel really unprepared for this."

There is a loud clomping sound in the hallway, as if several people are approaching the room as a group. Kukai perks up for a second, listening. "Huh? Oh boy. I wonder..."
Sora Hisakata 2016-05-04 23:06:22 40445
Sora doesn't notice the sound of the group coming, or at least doesn't understand what that might mean. As evidenced by the fact she's leaning in with an attempt to kiss the boy she's got a crush on, and just successfully asked out on a date. If she had a clue, she wouldn't.
Kukai Souma 2016-05-04 23:21:51 40446
Kukai erks and then Sora's lips are pressed against his, and she's all he can see for a long moment. It's soft and gentle and warm and probably does a lot to help heal him, in its own way. After a few moments there is a soft cough from behind them.

Once they look back at the door, there are four young men standing there - a muscular shaved gorilla of a man with stern, iron eyes, short brown hair, corded arms, and a barrel chest, wearing a tshirt and tight jeans, a tall, lanky man wearing a blue striped jacket over a white shirt and brown pants, blonde hair pulled into a topknot, with an appreciative smile towards the two of them, a younger man with short windblown black hair in a nice sweater and tailored pants, whose glasses seem to be reflecting the light and hiding his eyes, and a shorter, younger, feminine looking young man with pinkish-mauve hair, wearing a vest and button-up shirt and black pants, a wide, happy grin on his face.

The blonde one speaks up first. "Hey, Kukai. Once you get out of here are we going to have to keep you from running in front of busses or something so pretty girls and boys don't all keep coming to visit you?" The mauve one speaks up. "If I'd known Kukai had such an active love life I'd have not worried about him so much!" The oldest one, the muscle-bound one, speaks. "I would worry more. Kukai, be polite and introduce us?"

Kukai is bright red at this point. "Sora, these are my brothers, Kaido." He points at the muscle-bound oldest. "Unkai." Blonde topknotted ronin. "Shusui." Black hair and glasses. "And Rento." Youngest with pink-mauve hair. "Guys, this is Sora Hisakawa. We've been..." He looks at her. "What have we been doing?"
Sora Hisakata 2016-05-04 23:28:55 40448
Sora's face goes redder than a traffic light at this stage, when Kukai's brothers come in and start commenting. She scrawls away a bit and looks down at her feet. "N-nice to, uh... m-meet you?" She's stammering, and flustered, and overall entirely uncertain of what to do.
Kukai Souma 2016-05-04 23:39:00 40450
Unkai and Rento move over towards her. Unkai's the first to speak. "Wow, Kukai, she's cute. Almost as cute as that purple haired girl." Rento swats Unkai in the stomach with the back of his hand - it looks gentle, but it still causes the blonde young man to suck in his breath. "Never mind him, sweetheart, he doesn't know how to talk to anybody with any gentility." Shusui slips in, pulling Unkai and Rento to one side, giving her a clear route out at all times if she desires it. "Ok guys, don't crowd them, if you fall on Kukai the doctors will hang you up to dry."

Kaido moves around to the other side of the bed to examine Kukai closely, then peers at him. "How are you today?" Kukai grins weakly. "Uh. Head's still swimmy because of the pain medicine, ribs still ache, cut still aches, everything still hurts, but I think I'm getting better. I got out of bed on my own earlier today." Kaido nods, then stands up, keeping his eyes on him. "You'll be fine."

Kukai looks back over at Sora. "Sorry about them. They're not used to being polite around girls." There is a chorus of annoyed snorts, groans, and dismissals.
Sora Hisakata 2016-05-04 23:47:20 40451
At this point, Sora gets up and though still red-faced, decides she's not going to take it. She balls her fists and sizes up Unkai. "I wonder how cute you'll think I am when you've got your own hospital bed." She whispers softly, and though she isn't looking at Kukai, he might be able to notice her eyes gleam red for a few seconds.

And then she punches, aiming right for Unkai's gut. She's not holding back either, and though she doesn't have any martial arts experience, she's got enough muscle to make a punch count. "It's fine, Kukai-kun. I know how annoying family can be."
Kukai Souma 2016-05-04 23:55:21 40453
Unkai was fortunately moving away from the punch but still lets out another whoof as it lands. "Easy, easy! Do you want me to call you ugly instead?" He rubs his stomach and sizes her up after a moment, looking over at the surprised Rento. "Man, she's got a fist on her. Is that why you like her, Kukai, cause she hits hard?"

Kukai laughs and reaches over, then stops for a moment as he sees her red eyes. "Don't hurt them, Sora, they're just buttheads, and I love them." His hand rests on her shoulder, patting for a moment. Rento grins and goes over, hugging his little brother obnoxiously. "Aww, and we love you too, you little pain!"
Sora Hisakata 2016-05-05 00:15:02 40455
"I want you to stop being such a jerk and show some proper respect." Sora responds to Unkai, and heads back to where she was sitting before, mollified by Kukai's insistence, her eyes already back to their normal shade. "They might be buttheads, but that doesn't mean I'm going to sit down and take it when they open their asshole; which in a butthead is the mouth."
Kukai Souma 2016-05-05 00:36:10 40458
Unkai arches an eyebrow at Sora, then hmms, moving to the foot of the bed. Kukai pats Sora on the back and then nods. "Um.. yeah." He grins weakly. "Well... be nicer to her, guys. Keep your assholes closed." Shusui snorts, a faint grin on his face. Kaido arches an eyebrow and looks at Sora, before looking at Kukai. "Aggressive." Kukai sighs and looks at her. "So... I guess I'll be ok, unless you find some reason to punch me."
Sora Hisakata 2016-05-05 00:46:04 40459
"Do you want me to look for one?" Sora teases, the punching bit seems to have undone a lot of her awkwardness for the time being. Which probably is for the best anyway, and instead she tells Kukai's brothers. "I am a star player of the Seishou Middle School Volleyball Team; of course I'm aggressive, you don't win just by taking it, you have to move."
Kukai Souma 2016-05-05 01:21:43 40465
Kukai laughs. "I think that's why I like her." Unkai nods. "Well what about the slender purple haired boy that came in the other day? Or the blonde girl in the black dress and her black-haired friend? Or the three that came in when Kaido was around?" Rento pipes up. "Or the pink-haired girl in the fancy dress last night when you work up?"

Kukai winces and raises his hands. "Guys, guys, it's not like that..." He looks over at Sora. "You might wanna take off, I'm gonna have to yell at them for a minute. Thank you for coming, and for the cookies." Rento pipes up. "Cookies? She brought cookies?"