Pressure Cooked Homecoming Dinner

After certain events regarding a little princess Guardian Chara, Nagihiko has taken over the Souma kitchen and is cooking up a storm to take his mind off things and putting them on others, like Kukai's happy return from the hospital.

Date: 2016-05-12
Pose Count: 28
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-05-12 12:21:10 41221
Kukai is on his way home. Finally out of the hospital, though Nagihiko wonders if this means the stubborn boy will take it easy for the next few days or not.

If he doesn't...

If someone asks if he needs help right then, his eyes chase them away. The Soumas, aside from the youngest, aren't quite used to...glinting eyes. Or pretty boys taking over their kitchen to stress cook.

(He'd do it at home, but well, Kukai's on his way home. Also, if he did it at home, people would ask what's wrong and not be chased away by angry eyes.)

Rice is cooking, various meats are sizzling in a pan. There's broth simmering and noodles waiting to go in. Something sweet is cooking in the oven.

Everything he's cooking he's brought himself. If one stress cooks at someone else's, one brings their own ingredients. And then, if allowed, they leave the remainder of the food and spices there.

At least, that's how he does it.

Though maybe he went overboard buying the twenty pound bag of rice...but it was on sale!

Temari is trying to help. Though Nagihiko hasn't been ignoring her, and isn't quite angry with her, she's still a bit cautious.

Nagihiko remembers why he's stress cooking and almost over whisks the sauce.
Kukai Souma 2016-05-12 12:34:09 41222
For the most part the Souma brothers (the ones at the house, which is to say, everyone but Kaido) have left Nagihiko alone in the kitchen, although Shusui had offered to help a time or two. They're not exactly sure what the relationship between Kukai and Nagihiko is just yet officially, but it'd be hard to not have figured it out by now. At least, you'd think so.

The time ticks by interminably - the two of them were expected to be home 20-30 minutes ago, at least, that was what Nagihiko expected with how long Kaido's been gone. It's just more time to work on the food though, right?

A blonde head sticks around the corner, watching Nagihiko work back and forth, nose twitching. "...Smells good."
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-05-12 12:45:20 41223
When Nagihiko turns to look at Unkai, still whisking the sauce, he's on the tail end of an internal replay of Events. His face is a bit scary for a second or two, almost like a hissing cat, before he blinks and finally pauses in his furious whisking.

Realizing he may be inhibiting people's eating habits and times, he spoons out a small bowl of rice and sets it within reach of the blond. "Thanks."

It's a bit of a mutter, and meant also to be a thanks for letting him use the kitchen. Though...he wonders if he gave them a choice. It's kind of a blur.

He goes back to whisking and clears his throat. "Some people stress eat, some people stress cook. I'm just glad I know how."

He looks at the clock and his whisk moves faster. How long does it take to bring someone home from the hospital? Did something happen? One would think nothing would happen between there and here, but this is Kukai we're talking about.
Kukai Souma 2016-05-12 12:53:52 41224
Unkai arches both eyebrows at that look and leans back for a moment. "Whoof. Whoever you're mad at, I'm glad I'm not them." He grins lazily, leaning on the side of the door, then waves off the bowl of rice from Nagihiko. "No, wait, put that back. I can hold on till it's all done. No worries."

He steps into the kitchen, looking back out to see if anyone's watching them, then nods. "Some people stress drink, some people stress knit, some people kick soccer balls against walls for hours on end till the sound makes you want to choke them." His eyes watch Nagihiko's and he waves him off. "It was on the news, there's a big traffic jam because of construction. They'll be home any time now. Relax."

He leans against the wall, watching the purple-haired boy move back and forth. "...So none of us have asked, but I figure somebody should be forward with you. I think we all expected Kukai to bring home a nice girl at some point. You were a surprise. Not that we mind, exactly - I think we all live in terror of whomever Rento ends up meeting - but..." He looks at Nagihiko. "Has he really committed to you that much, that you'd fall asleep on his hospital bed, and stress cook for him?"
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-05-12 13:04:13 41225
Nagihiko scrapes the rice back into the rice cooker, barely missing a beat in his kitchen dance. And that's what it is, really. "Does he do it a lot?" He would imagine so. Their lives aren't exactly stress free.

And he does relax, arm slowing on the whisk until he's satisfied with its consistency. He scrapes some of the meat into a platter and drizzles the sauce over it, setting it aside and placing the lid on it.

There's a bit of a clatter at Unkai's...observations, and at that question, for a moment, Nagihiko feels white as a sheet of paper and sketchily drawn. So much for discretion!

He could probably still salvage this, though. He's not exactly sure what level of commitments there are.

He clears his throat. "It wouldn't matter. He's still important to me, either way."

His look is sly, and very much Nadeshiko. "And don't worry. There's still a chance you guys will get those grandchildren."
Kukai Souma 2016-05-12 13:09:47 41226
Unkai shrugs. "Every so often. More lately in the past few months. I guess he has things on his mind." Unkai's eyes are on that meat and rice and this kitchen hasn't been this active, not even for birthdays, in a long time.

The topknotted young man hmphs and then shrugs, one arm resting in his jacket, as he sees those big eyes and that faint nervous look. "Well, yes, he's important to everybody here. But you're right, I suppose in the long run it doesn't matter much. You're both young. Whatever happens is just part of life."

Unkai turns and chuckles. "Yeah. The wonders of modern medicine." There is a sound from the entry hallway and a greeting cry from Rento. "Whoop, sounds like them, there." He heads into the hall to go hug his dumb little brother.
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-05-12 13:27:18 41227
He nods a bit. "Yeah." There's not much more he can say, really. At least not in a way that'd be the truth or raise suspicions. Although, Nagihiko's a bit surprised he hasn't been stress cooking as often as one would think.

He relaxes a bit. "It's the time for experimentation and exploration, right?" He pauses what he's doing and looks up in thought. "Or is that college?" He shrugs and continues to put together the other dishes, finally pouring the noodles in to cook. As pots and pans are finished, he soaks them in the soapy water in the sink. Others are cooled down enough for a quick scrub and wash.

He would respond to the modern medicine, but his head jerks in the direction of the front door. Temari floats out of the kitchen, nose still turned up at Daichi as she hugs against Kukai's neck.

Back in the kitchen, Nagihiko finishes up the dishes that require immediate attention.
Kukai Souma 2016-05-12 13:34:52 41228
Daichi was going to hug Temari too, but she looks so grumpy that he just looks hangdog, and decides she's got a good idea, flying off through the house to the kitchen to give Nagihiko a hug instead!

Kukai grins and heads into the apartment, sniffing the air. "Wow, what smells so good?" Rento points over his shoulder with a thumb. "Your friend Nagihiko has been cooking for a couple hours - he brought in a big bag of stuff and hasn't let any of us help! It smells really good, though. So I've been sitting in here watching TV and staaarrviing." Shusui nods. "I offered to help, but he said he was all right." Kaido is silently off to get into his room, change clothes, and maybe relax for a bit, after giving Kukai a brotherly pat on the back.

Kukai ohs and then carries the boxes from the hospital and his papers that Kaido had given him into the kitchen, setting what's left of the baked goods on a counter out of the way before moving over towards Nagihiko, finally having a chance to reach up and hug Temari because if he hugged her while his brothers were around him it would look very, very strange. "Hey Nagi.. have you been here all day or something, cooking?"
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-05-12 13:50:58 41229
When Daichi hugs him, there's a moment where he's scooping the last of this into that dish there. Another lid is placed, and then he hugs the small chara back. "She still upset with you?"

His cheeks warm as he hears complaints about his kitchen dominion. Heh, oops. But hey, helping in the kitchen was one thing. Asking for food was another altogether.

When Kukai enters, Nagihiko appraises his ability to stand, looking him over and checking for signs of exhaustion or pain. Momentarily satisfied he won't fall over, Nagihiko offers him a warm smile as his cheeks turn pink. "Not...all day. A couple hours?" He nods over to a folder on the counter, far enough away from the chaos. "I copied my notes for you."

Temari sulks against Kukai's neck. "He's mad at me."

"I'm not mad, I'm annoyed, there's a difference!" Furious scrubbing of a pan!
Kukai Souma 2016-05-12 13:57:53 41230
Daichi pouts and nods. "Yeah... wouldn't let me hug her or anything." He snuggles in against Nagi and hugs tightly, much more content now.

Kukai looks fairly steady - the doctors had said his ribs were mostly fused and mended properly, but he may want to keep a bottle of ibuprofen hand for a while. He goes over to the counter as well, but the notes are the last thing on his mind - hugging Nagihiko is much more important. And lasts several long moments, each of which do more to help him heal than any bottle of painkillers. "Thank you for everything. It's really kind of amazing. The kitchen looks amazing."

When the hug breaks Kukai looks down at Temari, then back at Nagihiko, and grins, a shadow of that famous, infectious grin, speaking more quietly - brothers in the other room, you know. "Why would anybody be mad at somebody so cute, Temari?" He looks over at Nagi. "... What'd that pan ever do to you? What happened?"
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-05-12 14:07:16 41231
He gives Daichi a comforting pat. "Give her time. And probably find out why she's angry at you and apologize."

In the hug with Kukai, stress ekes away far better than days of stress cooking ever could. He relaxes and sighs, arms curling around shoulders and waist. When its done, he feels much better, but still blushes at Kukai's observations. "Well, I figured best place for it would be here. I'm pretty sure you'd want something besides hospital food."

Temari, despite her sulk, preens under Kukai's praises. When Nagihiko answers, his voice is as low as Kukai's, but more of a growl. "Apparently, we decided attacking Kunzite was a good idea."

Temari tilts up her nose. "He wooed us under false pretences."

Nagihiko slumps. "He wasn't wooing us. And she more or less told him about Nadeshiko. After Amu had to stop me."
Kukai Souma 2016-05-12 14:19:25 41232
Kukai is able to relax in that hug as well as in any hospital bed, letting out a slow, long-held breath. "Oh. Yeah. Well it wasn't bad, but I'd get hungry and even as good as blueberry muffins and chocolate chip cookies are when that's what there is to eat between meals they get sort of old. This looks amazing." He steps back and grins. "We better hurry or my brothers will be in here insisting that you give it up."

Kukai then... blinks, looking at Temari. "...Temari... I don't..." He laughs. It just sort of squeaks out. "Kunzite? You attacked... Kunzite.. because he was wooing you?" Another laugh or two. "Wall-kun was..." He has to grit his teeth and turn away for a moment. "Temari, believe me, he wasn't wooing you. I don't think he knows what a woo is."

The last bit, though, makes Kukai reassess Nagihiko, and give Temari a moment's look. "Well..... he's very good at keeping secrets, is Kunzite. He keeps a lot of good ones. And Amu had to stop you?" He boggles.

Daichi goes over to Temari. "Wha'd I do wrong?"
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-05-12 14:31:17 41233
Nagihiko lowers his voice for Daichi so Temari won't hear. "Something about Sora."

He scritches the back of his head and looks at the platters of food. "Well, I guess its ready. Just has to be served." Now that the cooking frenzy is done, he's suddenly unsure of what to do.

But when Kukai's...explaining things to Temari, he start to furiously scrub pans again, red in the face. "Yes, she did. And she wouldn't even let me drown in the bubble."
Kukai Souma 2016-05-12 14:36:02 41234
Daichi ohs and then... blinks. "Wait, what'd I do with Sora besides.. um.." He scratches his head. He knows what he did with Kukai and her, but it's hard to explain. "I'm sorry Temari... I won't do it again."

Kukai nods. "Well. We can talk more about it after dinner, if you want. Are you... staying over?" He's blushing by the end of that statement and what it implies. Nothing TOO perverse, but there's something about going to sleep with the scent of purple hair that thrills him.

Kukai's blush does end by the time he hears about drowning in a bubble, though. He's trying not to snicker as he goes to call his brothers. "OK, food's ready, we're gonna serve~" Nope, no he isn't, not with four hungry young men piling through the door all at once, all talking about how good it smells and how hungry they are.
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-05-12 14:48:27 41235
Temari is stubborn, but at least now she's not as angry. Progress! "It's not a game."

Nagihiko is discovering its very hard to consider future snuggled when one's face is burning off. "I don't -- maybe? If I haven't spontaneously combusted from Post Traumatic Mortification."

Fortunately, there's a swarm of wild Soumas. He pulls out plates and chopsticks and bowls and spoons and sets them near the food. "Okay, um, buffet style, I guess? Have at it."

His nose twitches and he jerks his head to the oven. He's a quick blur of movement and a moment later the room is filled with an ever sweeter scent. He turns off the oven, satisfied he pulled it out at just the right moment.
Kukai Souma 2016-05-12 14:54:15 41236
Daichi pouts even more, talking quietly with Temari. "No it's not a game! It's even bigger than a game! And Kukai's gonna be the best ever like everything else he does, and I'm gonna make sure of it!"

Kukai joins his brothers. The food never stands a chance, but there's plenty to go around for 6 young men who've not eaten for many hours. They do scatter quite efficiently when Nagi lunges at the oven, though.

After a few minutes they're all seated at the table, an extra chair pulled in for Nagi next to Kukai, who's happily working his way through rice and fine slices of sauced roast. There is a chorus of 'yes, this is the best meal they've had in months or longer.'
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-05-12 15:02:24 41237
Temari levels a stern look at Daichi. "I don't think Sora would agree."

Nagi's slow to join, even when he settles in the seat beside Kukai. His cheeks are no longer burning, but there is a nice shade of pink at the praise. He eats slow at first, but is soon at the speed of a growing boy. He does, however, have years of grace at his disposal, so the speed is masked by manners. "There may be left overs. There are whenever I do this at home." He scans the table and arcs an amused brow. "...okay, maybe not."
Kukai Souma 2016-05-12 15:24:17 41238
The meal passes in comfortable conversation and inquiries about Kukai's status (fine, has to be gentle for a day or two, more because he's still tender in a few spots than anything else), inquiries about work (Shusui's job as a coder is being annoying), what was missed on TV the other night (Kaido makes a statement about having missed some action show), and similar, low-intensity, companionable discussion. They even make an effort a time or two to include Nagihiko, about TV and keeping Kukai from doing anything too busy at school.

However, when most of the food is gone and Shusui takes it upon himself to begin storing and making leftover meals out of what's left for everyone and doing the dishes ("You cooked. You don't wash dishes, too."), the table begins to empty. Kukai nods at Nagi and motions towards the hall leading to his room, then stands and heads that direction, waiting for Nagi to follow him.
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-05-12 15:41:58 41241
Dinner with the Soumas is...a different experience. Dinner in the Fujisaki household is more or less silent at the best of times, extremely proper at the worst when they were entertaining company. He's happy enough just watching the conversation around him, answering questions when asked (I haven't really been keeping up with that show. Don't worry, if he overdoes it I'll break his legs.) and just generally experiencing.

He wants to protest about the dishes, because they let him stress cook after all and he's pretty sure he didn't give them room to say no. After a moment or two it's obvious its a futile battle, especially since he doesn't feel the need to get angry about it.

He sees Kukai, and he's able to blend into the scenery to make his escape.

Once in the relative quiet of the hall, he stretches onto his toes before rolling his shoulders. Temari, who's at least called a truce with Daichi, yawns sleepily beside him.
Kukai Souma 2016-05-12 15:58:37 41242
Kukai smiles and opens the door to his room, stepping inside and closing it behind Nagihiko before going over to sit down on the bed, yawning as well. "Thank you again Nagi. It was awesome, and a lot of work."

He thinks back to before the meal. "Um. Hmm. So... did anything else happen that I need to know about?" He scoots over, making room for the purple haired boy besides him. "Or is it, y'know, mostly just what you told me?"

Daichi is yawning too, one arm around Temari's middle, as he scootches down into the soft little nest he's got going on up on one shelf, listening to the two of them talk.
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-05-12 16:11:26 41244
Nagihiko is pleasantly flustered. "It was just stress cooking. I'm just glad I was allowed to do it."

He hums as he takes the spot next to Kukai. "So far as I know? Not really." And then he's blushing and burying his face in a pillow. "Okay, yeah, no, can we just erase that from history? Just pretend we only had a nice tea party and he wants to join Virtue?"

He lifts his head just a little. "It's going to be even more awkward than your brother asking...questions."
Kukai Souma 2016-05-12 16:32:45 41246
Kukai laughs. "Wait, allowed? None of us really like cooking - Shusui's all right at it, but he does it all the time. So yeah, it probably sounded great."

He puts an arm around Nagi, but then the purple-haired dancer is flumping onto the pillows. "Eeeeyeah. OK. Sure, that - I can do that. Sure." He blinks, then huhs, looking at the door. "Which one asked questions?"
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-05-12 16:36:28 41247
He arcs an eyebrow. "Careful. You may end up with me cooking over more often." An empty threat or fishing? Or both. He doesn't know.

Nagihiko leans against Kukai when he surfaces from the pillow. "I'm usually more...controlled. Around people I don't know." Ug. A deep breath, an exhale. "Unkai. I think...I did okay damage control?"
Kukai Souma 2016-05-12 16:39:22 41248
Kukai chuckles. "Don't make promises you don't want to keep 5 nights a week. They will have you out here with a cot in the closet if you say you'll cook."

He turns, facing Nagihiko as he sits up, and puts a leg in behind him, pulling him close to rest his head on his shoulder, arms around his middle. "Nagi... you don't have to do damage control about or around me, or my brothers. We all just say what we think. I don't even know what damage control is..."
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-05-12 16:54:05 41251
Nagihiko snorts. "Do you really think they could keep me here if I didn't want to be?" Not that there isn't something alluring about the more familial environment here, but still. Cooking is fun and he kind of wants it to stay that way.

He curls against Kukai the best that he can while also trying to avoid anything that may still be tender. He snorts, and when he speaks it's with Nadeshiko's voice. "I don't know, Unkai-kun, I just know I want to kiss him a lot." She lifts her head and tilts it to one side, continuing in a sing-song voice. "And bake him pie~."
Kukai Souma 2016-05-12 16:59:48 41252
Kukai laughs and then pokes him in the shoulder. "Keep you here? Well, no, but it'd be easier than 'Nagihiko-san, please, will you come back out and cook for us?' all the time?" He grins. "It's fine, really. I think you should just keep it as a special thing."

Kukai does sort of make a part surprised, part amused noise at Na-chan's voice, then mimics his older brother's voice, poorly. "Well that's ok Na-chan, he seems to like it and he could use a girl, so you kiss him whenever he wants. We'll eat the pies for him, he's got to stay lean."
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-05-12 17:06:10 41254
"So do I. Maybe birthdays, bank holidays. American bank holidays. That sort of thing."

He laughs at the impression. "That was bad. Okay, what about this?" His voice is Nagihiko's. "I don't know, Unkai-kun, I just know I want to kiss him a lot."
Kukai Souma 2016-05-12 17:25:17 41256
Kukai nods and pats Nagihiko's sides. "Mm. Only the important days." Then he blushes, snuggling in with Nagihiko, and winks. "Y'know, I think I can manage that." And he does, too!