Trust Issues

Two foxes, one school: Jiaying and Ayana finally talk.

Date: 2016-07-12
Pose Count: 18
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-12 14:02:40 48494
It's after school, it's raining and Jia's forgotten her umbrella which means it's an outstanding excuse to hang out at the school for a little while. Besides, the gym is a good place to practice things like not looking like a fool while practicing martial arts! That she's learning by youtube and books. This can only go swimmingly.

With that in mind, the school is emptying out with mostly just clubs lingering and Jiaying's making her way through the halls towards the gym from her locker, bag slung over her shoulder, headphones around her neck so she can listen for Sora or Naru. She's got a business card in hand that she's occasionally looking at, toying with ideas in her head and she's barely paying attention to what she's actually seeing.
Ayana Tasogare 2016-07-12 14:15:21 48496
Ayana has her nose pressed to the glass. Wet, cold, and miserable is not her idea of a good time, especially when still dressed in the blues and whites of a Seishou middle schooler.

"Ayana-chan," her teacher calls, and Ayana startles away from the window to peer at him worriedly. "Detention's over."

"Yay!" Ayana calls, and rushes out of the classroom, grabbing her bookbag only just barely as she rushes through the door.

"SLOW DOWN!" her teacher calls after her, but Ayana's already gone, rushing through the halls and not looking where she's going at all.

Which, of course, results in her running headlong right into Jiaying.

The kitsune bounces off and skids backwards on the floor a few feet, then blinks in confusion as she stares up at the ceiling from her back. "Kon?" she asks confusedly.]
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-12 14:23:08 48498
Jiaying Maki turns just in time since you know, yelling and vaguely familiar voice. This just means she gets a look at the tr- girl that hits her. Letting out a yelp of surprise, the card goes up in the air as she stumbles back and catches herself on the wall, then quickly tries to catch the card before it falls to the ground resulting in her hitting herself a few times before finally getting a grip on it. Tooooo bad she was leaning too far forward when doing this. She ends up on the ground as well.

"Na shi shenme..." before rolling onto her back, waving to Ayana at the 'Kon' and offering a confused, "Are you okay?" before stiffly standing up to offer Ayana a hand up as well.

Whether the help is accepted or not, she brushes herself off, looks around to see who saw what, then says, "You were- You're the other one right?" The hulijing clearly means fox, but that's a weird way to put it, isn't it? She won't admit she forgot Ayana's name since their first meeting was a different kind of violent!
Ayana Tasogare 2016-07-12 14:26:11 48499
Ayana reaches up to rub her head, then blinks as she spots a hand in her vision. Wait there's another person here!? She forces herself to focus on the hand, then follow it back towards the person who owns it, then groans just a little as she reaches up to accept the help up.

"Sorry," she mumbles as sh e gets back to her feet. "I didn't see you. I'm okay," she adds once her mind has replayed the words that happened in between. Other one? She stares at Jiaying a moment, then tilts her head confusedly. "Other one?" she asks aloud. Then her mind finally catches up, and she snatches her hand back, "Wait, you're Sora-baka's friend," she says with a glare.
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-12 14:31:03 48502
Jiaying Maki holds both hands up and says, "That's not very nice. I got mad at her about that. I don't know why she was doing that!" She crosses her arms, suddenly on the defensive herself! Then it kind of just bleeds away and she taps her foot.

She glances back behind her, then forward past Ayana and says, "Reiko wanted me to meet you because-" She holds two fingers up where her ears would be and wiggles them, "I didn't know about the rest of that going on." There's a moment's hesitation and she adds quickly, "But yes, Sora's a friend." She rolls her shoulders and steps from foot to foot, making sure nothing bruises too bad, she didn't hit her head and there was only some pencils and books in her satchel- She quickly fishes around for her phone and sighs when it's revealed that it's fine. Not even a scratch.
Ayana Tasogare 2016-07-12 14:35:42 48503
Ayana watches Jiaying go through the motions of ensuring she's fine, then reaches up to mimic ear motions herself. "Mmmh. Why did Reiko-chan want you to meet me for that? She doesn't usualy tell people I'm a fox," yeah, she just says it right out in the open. "I mean, unless they're magical girls. Are you a magical girl?"

Pause. "Does Sora-baka know!?"

That seems to be a big concern. "Anyways, if you're her friend we probably shouldn't be friends. She hates me because Ikiko and I are in love, and she doesn't like me living in the Hisakata house. I don't know."
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-12 14:41:44 48505
Jiaying Maki rolls her eyes and says, "I thought Reiko said it while I was there! Though there was that fight and Sora being really dumb and forgetting that what she said applied to my family more than yours and I yelled at her an-. Right." She quietly focuses for a moment, mist seeming to float away from her head as she focuses and suddenly there are a pair of tall black-tipped fox ears in green! She starts to say something, then says something harshly to herself in Chinese as her tail pops out of hiding as well! She quickly wills both back into hiding, drawing in that misty stuff once more.

"Please stop calling her Sora-baka. She was mean then, but she's not here. And I got on her for the same thing." She feels a touch stuck in the middle. What can you do though. "I only know her side of it and I don't. I don't really know what to say there. Uh-I'm Jiaying. Please don't call me baka so I don't have to call you bai chi and that will just confuse me when I have to refer to two people that way occasionally." Hey she's trying to make a joke!
Ayana Tasogare 2016-07-12 14:58:45 48508
Ayana looks taken aback when Jiaying's ears and tail come out. She narrows her eyes a little, then leans away and glares. "How old are you?" she asks, first things first. Because apparently that makes a big deal. "Why are you going to school if you're old enough to look like a human already?"

Then she shakes her head clear and explains, "Inari-kami said I was special because he let me be a girl many years before I was old enough. Are you special, too?" Then her eyes widen, "Wait, you weren't speaking Japanese. What language is that?"

All thoughts of 'Sora-baka' seem to have fled, for now.
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-12 15:04:23 48509
Jiaying Maki looks confused and replies, "Thirteen, I'm not-" She scowls while trying to think of how to put it, then eventually shrugs and says, "I take after my dad's side of the family there." There, better than saying half-breed she figures. "I want to meet Inari- I want to see if they know Nuwa. I want to ask her questions and it seems easier to have any kind of in." She doesn't really expect the Japanese pantheon to know the Chinese, but she can try.

"Chinese, I'm not a kitsune if that's what you're thinking." She finally finishes brushing herself off, now that she's not showing off. A close look would show her disguise isn't super good and she's not using the trickery she was using the first time.
Ayana Tasogare 2016-07-12 15:08:30 48511
"Inari-kami," Ayana says with a low growl in her throat, "is a boy. Or at least he was when I met him. I suppose the kami can be whatever they want. But you shouldn't just call him 'Inari'."

There's a long moment where Ayana stares at Jiaying, as if sizing her up or debating whether to start a fight--maybe Sora isn't wrong to hate her so much, after all. But she doesn't get physical. Instead, she asks, "Why are you here?"
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-12 15:12:43 48513
Jiaying Maki shakes her head and says, "I never said otherwise. I would think a name of a deity would suggest the kami thing?" What, they don't do the honorific thing. She's actually pretty confused by the concept. Then there's a breif stop and she asks, "Wait what?"

Still looking rather confused, she notes the violent look about the other fox and takes a half step back while saying, "Not now." Then the question she receives really confuses her. "What do you mean why am I here? I'm going to class. My father is already angry that I skipped extra days of school after being hurt."
Ayana Tasogare 2016-07-12 15:15:48 48514
"No not here," Ayana says, frowning. She tries to find the words she's looking for, then reaches up to muss her own hair. "Here. Japan. If you're not a kitsune, and you're Chinese, then that means you're one of their foxes, and they're supposed to be mean. Which I guess makes sense, since you're Sora-baka's friend," she grumbles unhappily. "She's mean, too," Ayana notes. "I didn't do anything to her, but she's always mean to me. Are you going to be that way, too?"
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-12 15:22:33 48515
Jiaying Maki crosses her arms and stamps her foot, one almost gets the sense of her bristling at the suggestion that she's supposed to be mean. "Only one person is being mean currently and it is NOT me." Though she is losing her temper. Might have been a sore spot. "I've been hurt every single time something bad has happened trying to help others!" She tugs at her sleeves to show the bandages she's wrapped in and says sharply, "Do not make that assumption." As quickly as it was there, it's gone as she sighs and turns sharply on her heels. "I already told you I was angry with Sora with what she said even. It was closer to the stories I grew up hearing than the stories about you kitsunes."
Ayana Tasogare 2016-07-12 15:31:37 48516
Ayana blinks in confusion at Jiaying's reply, then reaches up to scratch at the back of her head. "Kon?" she asks, because what else will she ask. She tilts her head, then steps forward to peer at Jiaying closer. "Sorry," she mumbles, "I just ... she picks on me constantly. Always. Every time she sees me. Even when she's tutoring me in chemistry she finds ways to pick on me and be mean to me. I guess I've just gotten used to having to defend myself whenever she's around. And the fact that you're her friend ... I don't know what that means, but I thought you'd just take her side. What stories did you hear?"
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-12 15:37:15 48517
Jiaying Maki makes a dismissive gesture with her hand and says, "I don't take anyone's side without finding out what's going on first. It's dumb to pass judgement on someone without trying to help, to give them a second chance." She says the last part with some bitterness to her voice. Turning to face Ayana, arms still crossed she mutters, "I even tried to find out what the reaction was about. I don't know your story, but she seemed to think there was more to it."

Scowling she adds, "And she said she'd continue to tutor you if asked because that's what others want." She taps her foot and then shuffles back and forth at the last question. "I know we're supposed to be mean and nasty. Some of us served Nuwa and that's what I would prefer."
Ayana Tasogare 2016-07-12 15:47:25 48519
"Well you could ask," Ayana points out to Jiaying with a frown. "But I guess the words of a trickster don't mean much," she says with a sigh, then shakes her head. "I don't think I want her tutoring anymore. She's too mean. I'll just be a stupid fox like she wants me to be. Ikiko will be sad, but it's better than letting her be mean to me all the time. I don't know who Nuwa is, but if they're anything like Inari-kami, then ... well I guess that means we're probably not going to be enemies. But I'm still not sure I want to be a friend of Sora's friend while she's still trying to hurt me all the time, even if you got mad at her for it. It's not ... I don't trust you," she finally works out. "I'm sorry. I should go find Ikiko."
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-12 15:58:30 48521
Jiaying Maki shakes her head while holding her hands up. "It has nothing to do with you being a trickster and all to do with you literally running into me and this being the first time I've seen you since. Why not find another tutor, or study?" Then there's that bit about Nuwa and Inari. "They are- ...probably not what I think she'll be. You should never meet your heroes. I know I've met people here claiming heroism that I wouldn't trust."

Finally though, she slumps her shoulders at being told he's not trusted. She doesn't even know this person really. "You don't trust me? That-That is just..." She struggles quietly there or a few moments, muttering to herself in Chinese. Finally, "Petty. It figures both foxes I've encountered have been underwhelming." Jiaying actually looks put out at this revelation. She reshoulders her satchel and waves as she walks off. "Sora's wrong, but so are you."
Ayana Tasogare 2016-07-12 16:00:58 48522
"Probably," Ayana says. "I'm usually wrong," she admits with a sigh. "Maybe someday Sora will stop being mean to me. Then maybe I'll be able to trust you." She shrugs just faintly, then hugs herself and turns to walk the other way, mostly feeling sorry for herself.