Coffee, with a side order of Questions.

Questions about dark energy, and Lacrima, and soccer balls. All the questions, and there's coffee too! Kukai explains a few things about magic to Naru, at least as he knows them.

Date: 2016-06-20
Pose Count: 17
Naru Osaka 2016-06-20 12:47:45 45702
A text message, out of the blue, really. An occupational hazard of giving strange, or oddly not strange, girls one's number. They might even use it.

    Hi. I was wondering if you were free for coffee? It's Naru.

And so, Naru is settled at a coffee shop, having vultured enough to get a table that's tokenly quiet, but where she can see the door and keep an eye out for Kukai. She's already got her coffee, some sort of frothy dessert sort of cocoction, and a pastry too. She's got her sketchbook out, but closed for the moment, keeping an eye on the door instead.
Kukai Souma 2016-06-20 12:54:24 45703
Kukai grins at the message for a moment. Coffee? He's always up for coff- wait. Naru? Usually coffee is what he drinks with Nagihiko, but hey, no problem. He can go get coffee. He returns the text.

TXT to Naru Osaka: Sure, I can come get some coffee. Just tell me where.

So, a few minutes later, he is making his way towards the coffee shop looking around for Naru. He sees her and waves, then heads over to the counter, ordering a nice chilled, sweet, strong coffee. It's just how he likes it.

He moves over towards her, then grins and sits down across from her. "Hey Naru. How're you doing today?"
Naru Osaka 2016-06-20 12:57:52 45704
A little wave from Naru to Kukai as he arrives, to ensure that he's spotted her and then Naru settles to taking a sip from her latte and waiting for him to come settle at the table.

"I'm good! Today is a much better day, so far at least." Naru smiles warmly. "How're you? I wasn't sure you'd remember me. I half expected a text back saying 'Naru who? Why do you have this number?'" She giggles softly, shaking her head. "So thanks for at least pretending you remember me, even if you don't."
Kukai Souma 2016-06-20 13:10:07 45705
Kukai nods, then grins as he sits down. "That's good. Hey, at least it's a better day for you. And sure I remember you. We spent an hour or two at the street market. It was a pretty good day, all things considered." He laughs. "I'd be more polite than that, I'd hope!"

He smiles and then takes a sip of his coffee, looking at her before motioning at her. "So... what brings you to call me to come visit and have coffee with you?"
Naru Osaka 2016-06-20 13:14:09 45706
"It was a lovely day." Naru agrees with a little laugh. "And as an added bonus, Ami rather liked her derpy lion, and the twinkle lights mostly work. Only a couple burnt out bulbs. So it was a successful shopping day too.

Naru chews on her bottom lip a moment and then erms. "It sounded slightly less insane when I was thinking it, than explaining it. But I .. met someone who mentioned your name. I don't think the two of you are currently close, so it might be awkward even asking, but I was hoping you might tell me more about her. Lacrima?"
Kukai Souma 2016-06-20 13:25:35 45707
Kukai grins at her and then nods. "That's great. I'm glad your friends liked your gifts and things. I wish mine had been as fruitful, but it wasn't a total loss anyway. You'll have to take a picture of the mural and show it to me when you get it finished."

It's a little strange. Kukai looks perfectly happy and nice as she's talking, leaning in to listen to her, eager and maybe a little proud at the idea of someone talking about him. Then she says the name, Lacrima, and his face falls, somewhere between anger and disappointment. "... Her. Right. Sure, I know her. I'm going to ..." He looks away for a second. "Well. You don't need to know what I'm going to do next time I see her, but it's going to involve soccer balls and electricity and fire and seals and stakes and whatever blunt objects I can get my hands on at the time." He sounds cold, angry.

He rubs his chin and sighs. "Ok. I think I got the worst of it out. What do you want to know? Who she is? Who she was? What happened to her? What happened between us? It's all sort of out on the table. And if you want the short version, here it is - don't trust her, don't get near her, don't let her touch you."
Naru Osaka 2016-06-20 13:29:48 45708
Naru is patient as Kukai gets it out of his system, almost as if she was expecting it. She sips her latte, watching him calmly, thoughtfully a moment and then notes, into the quiet after. "Questions about soccer balls and electricity and fire are on the list too now, by the by. Just as a forewarning."

There's a slow breath in, held half a moment and then let out in a touch of a sigh and Naru nods. "Any or all of the above, really. I've met her, the warnings about getting near and touching are a few days too late, but that's alright. I.. well.. I suppose I'm too curious for my own good, but I'd love to know more."
Kukai Souma 2016-06-20 13:54:23 45709
It takes him a moment to collect his thoughts and consider where to start. Finally he looks at her and grins, rubbing the back of his head. "Well, ok. We'll get around to those at some point." He sips his coffee again, buying another second, before setting the cup down. "It's actually really sad, her story. She was a normal girl - I even know her real name, but I don't know if I should tell you." He thinks for a moment. "That being said, if she gets a taste for you she'll hunt you, and if you don't know her real name she might ambush you. Norie Okana. She was actually a student at Seiyou Public but then several months ago she bought a cursed necklace in an antique store that began changing her. She struggled for a while to hold onto who she was, but in the past month or so she's given into her dark side. A few days ago..." Kukai stops, obviously mad and controlling himself. "A few days ago she drained somebody I knew, somebody important to me, into a coma. She's in the hospital now, and they don't know if she'll ever wake up."

Kukai leans back in his chair, considering his coffee. "I take it you've run into her draining abilities. Consider yourself lucky that you walked away. She's getting more aggressive and vicious with them. What's worst is that she might've been able to control herself at one point, focusing on criminals and villains, or taking tiny drops of energy from everyone she passed, but now she's become nothing more than a youma. And I know you're supposed to always help people, but this time? I don't know if I can stop myself."
Naru Osaka 2016-06-20 14:02:45 45710
"The tidbits I could pick up while we were .. chatting.. made me think that it was a sad story." Naru nods in quiet agreement, listening carefully. She sips her coffee, letting Kukai explain his side, with only a few little nods, soft 'mmm mmmm' at points that confirmed what she already knew.

The mention of a necklace makes her blink and Naru quirks her head. "Oh wow, I didn't know about the necklace. Also, all of this is /much/ shorter a timeline than I expected." She chews her bottom lip a moment and then nods.

"I have, and I did. She managed some degree of control, she didn't even knock me out. Nearly, but not quite. I could engage her in conversation, and I think the confusion of a non-magical girl being able to stay coherent enough to talk was enough to give her pause and let her find a bit of control." Naru considers a moment and then adds. "Draining your friend that much was really high in her mind. It's weighing on her, she's struggling still. Her temperment swings really quickly though. She was fascinating to talk to, and sad at the same time."
Kukai Souma 2016-06-20 14:34:49 45711
Kukai hmphs and shakes his head, letting out a sigh. "Yes. It is a very, very sad story. But it's made worse by Norie's actions." He sees Naru blink and quirk her head before nodding. "Yeah. I'm... it's sort of surprising. I suppose I should really say that it's a sign of how addictive the power of dark magic can be to someone who's never experienced magic at all before."

He sighs and reaches over, patting her hand. "Talking to her can help sometimes." He looks to one side. "You might not want to say that you know who I am. I think that might have been what made her drain the other girl so much. I'm not surprised she's worried about it, though. I know she's still fighting, but I think she's just going to keep losing, over and over again. And as far as I can tell she's got multiple people inside her."
Naru Osaka 2016-06-20 14:41:18 45712
"I shall take it under advisement if I end up with an unhealthy fascination with antique jewelry?" Naru offers with a slow nod. "I will say, however, as a non-magical type that distinguishing between dark magic and light magic isn't quite as cut and dried as it seems to be for those of you with powers. It all feels sort of odd, and vaguely uncomfortable to lesser and greater degrees, so I can sympathize on that point at least."

Naru smiles just a touch as he pats her hand. "I did get the sense that bringing up that I knew you was perhaps not in my best interests. She was not overly complimentary towards you." There's a fresh new little frown. "Multiple people? The necklace is effectively mind controlling her?" Naru works on deciphering out how this works.
Kukai Souma 2016-06-20 14:53:55 45713
Kukai laughs and then nods. "That's probably a good idea. I don't want to have to chase you around town. I think your friends would light me on multiple kinds of fire first. And I know." He rubs his chin. "I wouldn't think light, good magic would be uncomfortable at all, but that's me. I suppose it does feel weird, though, that first time or two. And it's not like I don't sympathize with her, but there's an aspect of personal will that goes along with it."

He grumbles. "I hate that the people I meet and like get caught up in this crap. It bothers me. And only in the past week or so have I not been complimentary towards her. I wanted to help her, for pete's sake. And.. yeah, the necklace apparently has the ghost of the previous owner, the original evil spirit, inside it, and it takes over the wearers. I don't know if separating her from it would help her much, but I don't know if I want to try. She probably wouldn't be too amenable to it anyway."
Naru Osaka 2016-06-20 15:02:01 45714
"Ahh, but your powers are yours, yes? So of course they feel natural after that initial getting to know stage. For me? It's always vaguely foreign, and its usually being done to me, or through me. I don't ever have the control, so yeah. Bit uncomfortable." Naru tries to explain and then adds. "Drain though, is generally painful to lesser and greater degrees. That's a whole different kettle of fish. I also suspect that you would not be the first person to go 'hey Naru, you've gone odd', considering I see Usagi et all pretty much every day at school." She smiles easily, comfortable with the notion that the sailor scouts might /notice/ if their friend went vampiric.

"This is like the /least/ of the crap I get caught up in. Sooo.. not your fault even a little. Wrong place, wrong time utterly on my part. I've been targetted before, and she was purely oportunistic on grabbing me." Naru is terribly calm and matter of fact about her trouble magnet tendancies. "She did mention you were trying to help her. And yes.. I did wonder if taking the necklace away would help. I didn't actually /notice/ a necklace on her though, but I was really not looking for one. I was a little busy trying to keep her talking, and hoping she wasn't going to knock me out and leave me in an alley. Which would have sucked, I'd of missed the gallery opening." She shakes her head a little, because missing a gallery opening is the important part of this.

"Hmmm. Granted. I can't actually do much on my own, so this whole conversation is mostly academic." Naru admits and then gestures at him. "So tell me about you. Soccer balls of lightning and fire?"
Kukai Souma 2016-06-20 15:15:26 45715
Kukai sighs and then nods. "It's... I guess it's weird. And I hate the idea of someone always doing something to someone else, even if it's their choice. I suppose it would be uncomfortable, then." He winces and nods. "Even with some form of protection, drain sucks. It's really awful. You feel tired for so long afterwards."

He laughs. "Well Usagi's about as weirdly unweird as somebody in our position gets. But yeah, I think she'd notice." He sighs. "You get grabbed a lot then, I take it. You probably did the best thing you could, just keeping her from going full crazy. I've seen her knock out a lot of people in alleyways. And, gallery opening?"

He blushes as the conversation turns to him, then grins. "Ah. Oh, boy. It's a long story. I can tell you the whole thing if you want, but the short version is that I have a Guardian Character whom I henshin with to turn into someone who focuses on lots of sports-based moves named Sky Jack. Flying skateboards, electrically charged soccer balls, a cricket bat when I get really mad, and I'm working on some other things."
Naru Osaka 2016-06-20 15:26:27 45716
"Drain sucks." Naru agrees with a nod. "Kunzite pretty much had to drag me home and shove me towards my apartment, because I was fairly well a zombie at that point. I slept about twelve hours solid, and then spent that day on the couch with movies. Eating helps, that was Kunzite's advice, and it was good advice. Fiore was less painful, but took longer to recover from, but he was pretty set on killing me. Norie was not."

Naru nods at the query about how often she gets grabbed. "It's ramping up too, and we're not entirely sure if its just poor luck, or what. But yeah, I get grabbed fairly regularly. I .. I wonder if I did before, and just didn't notice, y'know? Cause you don't, when you don't know. Your brain sort of just handwaves it." She smiles and nods at the question about the gallery. "An artist I follow on the internet, her first show was opening at a gallery downtown. So.. well.. I really wanted to be there. I made it too, although I can't say I was exactly the most.. coherent. I don't think I embarassed myself too badly, but I wasn't exactly at my conversational best." She sighs a little, disappointed in her own ability to make small talk while semi-consicous.

"I'll take as much of the story as you're willing to tell." Naru smiles at him and then blinks. "Wow.. no /wonder/ you practice everything as you, so that when you're You, you're better at that too, right? Does it transfer like that?"
Kukai Souma 2016-06-20 15:53:12 45717
"Yup. Drain sucks." Kukai sighs and then grins. "I've never been that tired. Well. Maybe one time but it doesn't count, exactly. And yeah, most people sleep off the rest of the day or two and then get up, feeling ok. Food helps your body recover. And... Fiore? That's a name I haven't heard, I don't think."

"It's... well, you hope it's poor luck, in a way, because people actively targeting you would be worse. I don't think there's any way to tell, though." He nods, listening about the gallery, sipping his coffee, and then laughs. "I don't think anyone minds, Naru. If they ever ask, you can just say you were extremely tired when you got there and weren't at your best. Which is true, right?"

Kukai sighs and thinks, gathering the information together, then smiles back at her. "Well, it's my dream to be the best sportsperson in the world, and that dream is part of what makes my magic. And yeah, I mean, if I gain too much weight or don't practice or don't try to keep up to what I want to be in my dream, I'd lose it. I can get confused sometimes about what I wanna do, but otherwise it's kinda straightforward."

He hmms. "OK. So. Every child has an egg in their heart, a dream of who they want to be when they grow up. These dreams can be big or small, but some people have really amazing dreams, big dreams, that could change the world, even in a little way. Sometimes those people don't know what to do, and ask for help. When their heart's egg hears those wishes, it can sometimes birth a Guardian Chara, who then helps them achieve their dreams."
Naru Osaka 2016-06-20 16:02:51 45718
"I do.. or did.. have someone actively targetting me. And yes, its worse. One star, do not recommend." Naru nods as she finally remembers to break apart her pastry. The chocolate filled croissant really does look delicious and she offers to share with Kukai. Even with the 'gain weight' comment in there. Whoops.

"It's exactly true." Naru agrees about the gallery. "Just frustrating, when you're looking forward to meeting people, making a good impression ideally, and then to be quite so zonked. That's alright, though. Her work is excellent, she'll have more shows I'm sure."

Naru listens to the notion of dream fueled Guardians and blinks a moment. "That is.. really cool. So yes, your hopes for the future, and what you practice and the like really do affect your magic. That's really interesting!" She giggles softly. "Confused in the whole 'all the sports' kinda way?"