Bad Decisions And Worse Voice Mail

Mamoru decides that barely-standing is a fine condition in which to try to bodily fling himself across the city to demand answers from Hannah about Takashi. Usagi decides that it's a great time to descend on Mamoru's apartment wailing about having betrayed him. Kunzite decides it's a reasonable time to go home and WHY ARE PEOPLE SUDDENLY WEEPING ON HIM

Date: 2016-05-29
Pose Count: 35
Kazuo Takeba 2016-05-29 02:40:56 42846
There's a requisite stop by the apartment, before Kunzite goes anywhere else. Checking in to make sure nothing is flooded, frozen, or on fire that isn't designated for such things. A sweep through the more public rooms, idly confirming no windows are cracked, the balcony railing isn't about to give (harder to tell in the evening dim, for most people, but he can see well enough for that), and nothing's been left out that's going to deteriorate -- or mold -- overnight; a look through the kitchen, to make sure nobody's about to starve in the morning, and to make doubly sure they're nowhere near running out of coffee.

He is genuinely not sure what the vaguely obelisk-like thing on the coffee table is, or even what it's made out of (jet? plastic? something else altogether?), but it isn't radiating or draining energy, it's not sharp enough to maim anyone unless they try really hard, and it isn't ticking, so he makes the best guess of Jadeite-or-Zoisite and leaves it alone.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-05-29 02:45:46 42847
And that's when evidence of Bad Decision #1 shows itself in two directions: a very familiar energy signature flaring bright and dimming in more or less the direction of Mamoru's bedroom, and Kunzite's communicator blinking and chiming from Jadeite's sector.

Mamoru's not coming out of his room, but that's definitely the sound of the balcony door in there, opening.
Kazuo Takeba 2016-05-29 02:50:34 42849
It takes less time for Kunzite to finish eyeing the direction from which that sound came than it does for him to answer that chime with a touch -- Jadeite's sector, private to him and whichever of Mercury and/or the mooncats might happen to be listening in. And less time for either of those than for him to start for the balcony door nearer him. "I see him." Not yet with actual vision, but for the first few moments after a teleport that might be a good thing.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-05-29 02:58:37 42851
Decision #2 is merely pretty bad instead of wretched; there's an awning far below, wide and happily providing shade to the rich jerks that live here when they wait for limousines or whatever-- but it's audible. The dramamine usually works. It doesn't work so well when its user has kind of a sour stomach at the moment, a huge upset, and is already feeling pretty miserable before teleporting.

"Oh good," comes Jadeite's voice from the communicator with a huge sigh of relief. "He saw something on his Virtue comm that made him start cursing a lot and then did that lemon-eating face he does right before he teleports-- let me know if you need backup. Or a mop."

At least the sound from the balcony seems to be done.

When Kunzite makes it out there, Tuxedo Kamen is leaning heavily against the railing but pushing himself up, and his movements are telegraphing very clearly that he intends to take a flying leap in less than a second.
Kazuo Takeba 2016-05-29 03:06:47 42853
"I see." That's the only answer Jadeite's about to get, though he can hear the start of the door opening before the connection's cut off. It's all the answer he needs; it's the answer that tells him that the situation has been successfully escalated and is Not His Problem Anymore.

Well. The awning might be. But that'll wait.

"Am I supposed to be catching you now," Kamen's still-civilian-clad guardian inquires, "or at the dramatic last possible moment before you hit the pavement from missing your footing? I can do either, but I need to know my cue."
Mamoru Chiba 2016-05-29 03:14:15 42856
No dignity. Barfing was bad enough, but this--?

Tuxedo Kamen turns a little too quickly, which would be remarkably slow were he in tip-top shape, and has to grip the rail to keep from literally pitching over right there from the sudden wave of dizziness. And yet, it's still a face transfigured by rage and self-recrimination, and his teeth are bright, bared; his eyes are narrow behind the mask. "You can come with me if you want, I'm going to Hannah's to--" He brings a hand up to his head, which only makes him angrier. "To get some FUCKING ANSWERS about Agera! Ami broke up with him and he's gone off his nut!"
Kazuo Takeba 2016-05-29 03:21:33 42858
Never dignity. But he's had less in front of Kunzite, one life and another.

The change happens while Kunzite's still crossing the balcony; his hand comes to Tuxedo Kamen's shoulder, but it's steadying rather than restraint. "All right."

That --

That sounded suspiciously reasonable. And there's an equally suspicious lack of argument. And lack of surprise.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-05-29 03:30:43 42860
It's also probably one of three things that could possibly give Mamoru pause, considering his state of mind.

He blinks, stopped in his tracks, and then squints at Kunzite. "Is this reverse psychology?"
Kazuo Takeba 2016-05-29 03:39:36 42861
"This is being amenable to all possibilities," Kunzite replies, letting his hand drop; it settles on the balcony rail, and he leans a little that direction. "If you fall on your face partway, I can drag you home. If you make it all the way there and Hannah's coworkers presume this is a followup to the Sky Jack incident and decide it's time to beat the hell out of you without asking what you're doing, I can protect you and drag you home. If you make it all the way there and don't start a fight, then you can talk with her without worrying about whether you have the strength left to get back. And if you happen to remember that you own a telephone, so much the better."
Mamoru Chiba 2016-05-29 03:46:12 42863
"..." Mamoru visibly deflates, and de-henshins, then leans more heavily on the railing for a moment with his eyes closed. "Goddammit, Kunzite," he mutters at the city below, quite possibly at the mess on the awning forty-seven stories down. He fishes his phone and his virtue comm out of his pocket, then he slides down the vertical rails to sit on the balcony floor with his knees up, and holds the virtue comm out to Kunzite, screen turned on and faced toward him so he can read what it says. His other hand is fishing through contacts to bring up Hannah's.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-05-29 03:47:02 42866
Usagi can take it no longer! She's been suffering, consumed with intense and incredible guilt!

She barges into his apartment, heedless of who is there, and rushes around to look for him.

She's sobbing, they're loud and heartbroken. "Mamo-chan I'm so sorry I cheated on you its okay if you hate me but please don't!"
Kazuo Takeba 2016-05-29 03:53:08 42867
Kunzite doesn't reach for the Virtue comm. He has too good an idea of what it is for that. He only settles down (both physically and metaphysically; it's Kazuo who sits by Mamoru) to read the screen. And then to tip his head back with eyes closed, for a moment --

Until there's a voice from inside.

Eyes slit open, and he squints at Mamoru. "Reassure me, just for form's sake, that we did not accidentally wander in to one of your more confusing nightmares."
Mamoru Chiba 2016-05-29 04:01:57 42868
Mamoru's got Hannah's contact up on his screen and has hit 'dial'--

--which means that either Hannah or her voicemail will be treated to Usagi's voice wailing that she's cheated on him and Kunzite's voice asking about wandering into Mamoru's nightmares. "Uh," he says to Kazuo, face blank; he stares into his room, then over to the balcony door out of which the white-haired Shitennou'd exited. "No." And then he glances at his phone and winces, and says, "I'm sure it's fine, I'll call you back," and hangs up.

Then he tips his head back to lean against the rail and drops both phones in his lap, and says at a conversational volume, "Balcony, Usako. Head hurting. Wail a little quieter? It's not cheating if it's Minako."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-05-29 04:05:31 42869
Balcony! Right!

But oh! Quiet indignation! Wail quieter?! Here her heart, her heart is shreds! No, he has every right to ignore it!

Soon she's hovering just before the balcony, fidgeting from one foot to another, still crying (but more quietly, which means its more breathy than anything) and confesses everything! "It wasn't! I was confused and I didn't even talk to you first but but but---"

Here it is! She's so despicable but it must be done!

"I kissed Ami-chaaaaaaan!"
Kazuo Takeba 2016-05-29 04:09:50 42872
-- right. Kazuo gets to his feet, the better to try to clear the area immediately around Mamoru for incoming weeping blondes. There's a door into Mamoru's room right there. Maybe Mamoru will be too distracted by the sobbing and that image for him to notice Kazuo trying to make a temporary escape.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-05-29 04:16:52 42875
The black-haired prince responds without thinking first at all. "," he says, impressed.

And then Mamoru's hand jets out to grab hold of Kunzite's trouser leg, and he glares up at him. Oh no you don't.

Then he winces as he un-grips his hand and withdraws it, and starts stretching his fingers and manipulating his joints absently. "Oh come out already," he says tiredly, "we more or less already did talk about it. It's not cheating if it's Ami either." He pauses. "Hey, do you think that's why she broke up with Agera? I mean aside from him being made of dark energy."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-05-29 04:17:25 42876
Hot? That...has Usagi giving a hiccup as she actively stops crying.

But she kind of is because Mamoru doesn't hate her and she wants to give him hugs and cuddles but he's looking like he just tried to teleport off the roof or something, so instead, since he's been delayed in his escape, Usagi pounces onto Kazuo. She wraps around him like an octopus, face hiding and wetting his shoulder.

And yes, she's still crying, but that's because she's so happy!

"Noooo, she doe -- hic -- doesn't love hi -- hic -- him the way he needs and -- hic!!"
Kazuo Takeba 2016-05-29 04:27:11 42879
-- oh no he doesn't. Right. The grab was enough for that; the glare is merely accept--


Oh. So that's why Mamoru wasn't letting him escape. Makes sense. Kazuo resigns himself to his role as temporary standin Mamoru while Mamoru hurts too much to be latched on to, and settles into the rote that's the only way he knows to deal with crying people: left arm around Usagi's shoulders, right hand petting her hair.

(They've been through this before. Mercury will probably not, this time, suddenly appear, then threaten to drop Tokyo's harbor on his head and freeze it.)

"Also," he says past blonde, "according to Makoto, she noticed her judgment starting to slip. Not the sort of thing she'd risk happening twice."
Mamoru Chiba 2016-05-29 04:36:28 42881
"Well I'm sure Usa being an amazing kisser must have had something to do with it," Mamoru insists to Usagi actually, only looking further up at Kunzite toward the end of the sentence. "But that makes sense. She's had a LOT of exposure to dark energy from him. And she learned how to take it into herself while she was with him, so she could siphon it out of Usa a bit while that shard was there. Even if--" He has no idea about the chocolates. None. "--that was a while ago now, probably making out with him got her dark energy cooties too. I dunno how that works."

The very last part of that is muffled, since Mamoru's dropped his head into his hands, holding it pretty tightly at the temples and above his ears. "It's okay, Usako. As long as Ami is okay with it you can kiss her all you want. What you do with your girls is all you."

Right at this moment it's not even codeine talking because he definitely took it recently which means most of it's probably on the awning way down there. It's the headache and the joints and the everything talking. "When did she notice her judgement slipping? It can't possibly be as bad as mine."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-05-29 04:43:50 42882
Usagi sniffles against Kunzite's shoulder until there's a tiny, watery giggle. She may mumble something with the word 'biased' thrown in there.

It's also amazing, really, how calming being held and having one's hair stroked is.

She pulls back a little, not letting go but at least having the foresight to wipe her eyes with her hands instead of his shoulder. "She didn't. But its not that kind."

But she's confused! She looks at Kunzite, still sniffling. "How is his judgement bad?"

And that leads her to another confession. Fortunately for the boys, it's not accompanied by wailing.

"Mine's not good, either. Takashi-kun knows who I am."
Kazuo Takeba 2016-05-29 04:53:32 42886
"Recently," Kunzite answers Mamoru. "Within the last few days. It was a very small matter, but it involved a third party. She may have already taken steps to make sure it wouldn't happen again." Given Takashi's reactions. He reaches absently to brush Usagi's bangs into a more usual place, which makes it slightly easier for him to look down at her. "Makoto was planning to make sure she talked to you, but with this happening, you might want to look Mercury up yourself, rather than wait." Yes. And cry on someone else. No, wait, that's wishful thinking.

He draws a breath, at Usagi's news; glances back to Mamoru, then to Usagi again. "Well. That was only a matter of time. Inconvenient time, but better that we know in advance."
Mamoru Chiba 2016-05-29 04:58:31 42887
"...yeah, he's known who I am since like... Apatite. And considering we were making out on the roof over where he was fighting Kyou-- and he knew it-- and probably all Tokyo knows we're dating..." He SOUNDS apologetic, but he's not very. "Anyway I'm not thinking very clearly is all. I... need a few before going back underground, sorry."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-05-29 05:03:10 42889
She looks up at Kunzite through wet lashes. She nods a little. "We did. We talked about that, too."

She looks down at Mamoru. "I tried to tell him we were in a polygon relationship and had menageries."

Finally for Kazuo, she climbs down from him to sit on her knees beside Mamoru. She's about as close to him as she can get without touching him. Even her voice is quiet. "I can use my crystal. It won't hurt."
Kazuo Takeba 2016-05-29 05:10:19 42891
She tried to tell him what.

Thankfully that is when Usagi lets go, because awkward as it is to try to take a step back in the increasingly crowded confines of this part of the balcony, it's even more awkward to try to take a step back from someone who is physically attached to you at the time. Fortunately, her focus is elsewhere just then, so it should just translate to her as giving her space to be near Mamoru.

Or so Kunzite fervently hopes, anyhow.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-05-29 05:17:28 42892
Mamoru squints a little. "You mean the weird lunar love polygon? I think that ship sailed when the quantum waveform collapsed," he says slowly. "And if you learned that from Minako you probably want to re-learn it from Ami." A beat.

Mamoru blushes and covers his face, dropping it to his knees.

When he takes his hand away from his eyes again, it's to see Usagi kneeling so close to him, with that look on her face. And he could cry.

And that would start a feedback loop.

So instead, he lifts a hand carefully and places it against her cheek, so very lightly. "You'd have to heal the planet to make it stop. That would kill you, sweetheart. Need you to fight for me instead. That's what you need to use that energy for."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-05-29 05:30:28 42893
Usagi shrugs. She's not sure what she means. (She doesn't realize she's meant polygamous.)

She closes her eyes and tilts her head just a wee bit toward his fingers. It's mostly automatic.

That doesn't mean I won't try...

But she's pretty sure if she says that outloud, well, they'd probably have a fight.

Instead, she opens her eyes and tries to smile. "Don't worry. I'll beat him up for you."
Kazuo Takeba 2016-05-29 05:33:58 42894
Kunzite got that part. It's the menageries that made him ever so slightly unnerved. But with Usagi and Mamoru that close, and looking at each other, well ... there doesn't seem to be any call for that, anymore.

And if they weren't out on the balcony, in a known location, he'd try again to fade quietly out of their presence altogether. To give them a little more privacy.

Instead, he just keeps watch. Just in case. There are no flowers, here, but there's more than one person liable to target them now.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-05-29 05:39:09 42896
And then Mamoru unfolds a little, just enough to lean forward and kiss Usagi's attempt at a smile, light and sweet and lingering.

When he pulls back, he fumbles his phone and then offers it to Usagi. "Can you call Hannah for me? I think she heard you crying about cheating on me so it might be an interesting conversation, but I wanted to know if there's anything she can tell us about Agera, given his flip-out. What's left of the painkiller's wearing off, I gotta go."

Then he's reaching up to the railing to start to try to pull himself up.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-05-29 05:45:42 42900
She sighs into the kiss, happy to keep it light.

When he pulls away, she takes his phone and nods. "Um, yeah. Oh dear, poor Hannah-chan."

She looks up at Kunzite before back at Mamoru. "Did you want me to come by later or...?"

A part of her, too, is gobsmacked that Mamoru just handed his phone over all willy nilly. Isn't he afraid she'd peek?
Kazuo Takeba 2016-05-29 05:49:18 42902
Kunzite's only present engagement with this conversation is evaluating whether he can reach to help Mamoru up without actually crowding Usagi. Survey says: only if she moves. He might be stuck with the railing.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-05-29 05:54:42 42903
"Oh--" says Mamoru, grimacing, halfway up and slowing down, "--unlock code is 0630. Um-- can if you want but I'll probably be asleep. And it's a lot of steps for asleep-me. 'Less you call for a port." Sitting down was apparently a mistake. He could reach for Kunzite. But he has a little bit of stubborn pride right now. Even though it'll make teleporting that much less fun in a minute.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-05-29 05:58:42 42905
Usagi is glad he gave her his code! It would have been awkward if--

Hey, wait a minute!

She blushes happily but slowly nods.

Then, because he made her blush, she tries to make him blush. "Awww, I'd climb a mountain to see asleep-you!"

Is it creepy he's just so pretty when he's asleep?
Mamoru Chiba 2016-05-29 06:04:59 42907
There's a wry little quirk of a hint of a grin there at Usagi's happy blushing, and once Mamoru's finally upright, it turns into that smile that's only hers. "Yes, but then I don't get to see you." For half a second, his hand rests warm atop her head, and then he's moving towards Kazuo. Time to go. "So-- see you when I do," he teases.

It's only when neither of them is looking at him directly that the shadow on his face develops into the look of someone who is determinedly thinking past a migraine. Time to go.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-05-29 06:12:17 42908
"What if I pounce you awake, so you can see me, then we can sleep like a cute bunny pile?"

She stands up, feeling a bajillionty times better than when she'd arrived.

She concentrates on her warm fuzzies and tries to flow them into the link!

"Stay safe! If you need anything, let me know!"
Kazuo Takeba 2016-05-29 06:16:45 42910
Bunny pile. Kunzite's eyes glint with amusement -- sometime while the two were talking he's gone again from the more-or-less casual clothes to that uniform. He folds an arm half-around Mamoru, careful both of the ill princeling and of making certain that Mamoru isn't actually facing him at the time. "See you soon, then," he says to Usagi; and then shadows flow up from the balcony, over them both, and a warm energy flickers within them, and they're gone.

And somewhere, undoubtedly, Mamoru is regretting it. Again.