All the Candy Bars

Jiaying and Norie talk about their various medical and metaphysical conditions.

Date: 2016-08-13
Pose Count: 23
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-13 23:36:02 51068
Jiaying Maki is sitting at home, flipping through one of her notebooks and discussing something with Meifeng in Chinese. Every couple of moments, she'll stop to write something down, once more in Chinese, hinting that she may be using these personal notes. If Norie had poked around at all, her notes pertaining to Norie are in Japanese.

It's raining again, something Jia's thankful for. She's sitting in her windowsill while she works, wearing PJ pants and a loose t-shirt. Legs crossed, she makes a few more notes, then hops from the sill to make her way over to her computer, changing the song on the computer before sitting down properly to begin searching for something. She had sent Norie a text asking her to let her know when she's back.
Lacrima 2016-08-13 23:43:21 51070
Norie Okana could text. Or she could just darkphase into a clear corner of the apartment and announce it. "I'm back." she says as the black mist disspates from around her.

She walks over to the futon and sits down as she seems complacement, but neutral and straight faced as always. She has a bag with her. It appears to contain 'all the candy bars'.

If Jiaying's learned one thing, it's 'Norie eats all the candy bars' when she isn't feeling well. She in fact, begins eating.

"What are you doing?" she asks softly. "Today?"
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-13 23:46:48 51071
Jiaying Maki doesn't react to the mist right away, having been searching news stories it looks like. Looking over her shoulder at Norie, she says, "Research." Meifeng says something to her, which causes her to swish her arm around through Meifeng for a moment like she's shooing a fly. The ghost sticks her tongue out, then retreats to her stuffed animal before walking over and sitting on Norie's lap. Jia leans back in her chair before looking over to Norie and says, "I went to visit Sora. She seems to know Shiniko too. Kept acting really strange- she also mentioned that Shiniko had actually hurt me." Turning her chair towards Norie, she asks softly, "What all did you actually tell Sora? I left out that the witch had hurt me originally- I need to know what's been said though."
Lacrima 2016-08-14 00:19:03 51072
Norie Okana pauses mid chew when Jiaying asks about that. Then begins to chew more slowly and deliberatly, like she's using it as reason to not answer right away and think it over. She finally finishes and swallows.

"I told her you'd been hurt a lot by various people and needed help finding someone to help heal in the future because where I could take you isn't optimal, apparently." she says flatly.

"I don't exactly have places to go like that. Or need them." she says silently.

Another pause.

"...I want you to stop looking for a replacement for my 'energy.'." she finally states.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-14 00:22:06 51073
Jiaying Maki watches Norie quietly, resting her chin on her hand, elbow against the edge of her desk. "You told her a name by the sounds of it, she knew Shiniko specifically had hurt me. Or she put the clues together... somehow." Shaking her head, she says, "I don't like going to any kind of healer that wasn't a grouchy old woman that used funny smelling pastes and bandages followed by a pat on the head. She knew who we were and didn't talk. I'd be afraid to go to a hospital because I'm terrible at hiding, which is why I'm afraid to go to your offer as well."

That second pause gets a shrug and a flat, "I haven't really looked for a new source for a few weeks. There's not many other sources that you haven't already tried. What brought that along though?"
Lacrima 2016-08-14 00:38:10 51074
Norie Okana frowns at Jiaying. "But...." she just grumbles and shakes her head. "I told her you'd been hurt a lot. She's worried. Just. Please. Consider one of these other magical healers." she says softly.

She frowns. "Yes I told names." she says flatly.

She frowns. "...Ayana-chan took me to see a ... friend... of hers. To get down to the bottom of my energy issues. He's an energy manipulator, and was able to feed me specific things." she says flatly.

"I eat.... 'Humanity'." she says a little coldly.

"It's why trees, power lines, animals, etc don't work for me. They're not 'humans'." she says softly. "He did something stupid and fed me it 'straight from the tap' and I became a little uncontrolled. I dunno what I said. Ayana-chan wasn't too happy with me because I didn't stop when everyone asked." she spits out.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-14 00:45:19 51075
Jiaying Maki drums her fingers on her desk again, watching Norie. "I know she's worried and I know you are, I'm not upset- I do need to know though. I was intentionally downplaying what happened, I don't want her getting hurt because she wants to try something stupid with me. She's said she doesn't really have much power or experience there." Slumping into her chair she adds quietly, "What else was said?"

Hesitating, watching Norie she nods and shrugs after a moment. "That's why I thought ghosts might work, but I don't know how you quantify humanity. I get the feeling Ayana wouldn't work and I'd be iffy though? - That does explain why Ayana was acting the way she was at the shrine though. She's paranoid about me for some reason. Never did anything though."
Lacrima 2016-08-14 00:56:37 51076
Norie Okana shakes her head. "Ayana works. You would too- probably. But ghosts I guess have other factors." she says softly. She shrugs and sighs a bit.

"Hrm?" she finally says to the discussion of Shiniko and Sora again. "Not much else was discussed." she says flatly. One of the benefits of being almost emotionally dead is the inability to express if you're lying, joking or telling the honest truth sometimes-- until at least later for Norie.

"I just don't want to know what it takes to 'replace' that. Not yet. Not now." she says quietly. "I'll just... keep on doing. What I'm doing. Concentrate on more important things." she says softly.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-14 01:05:14 51077
Jiaying Maki scratches her cheek when she hears that Ayana works, "Hey if a fox works, then I'm pretty sure I do too. It's probably fruit punch flavored- Other factors?" She asks curiously, though beyond that last question, she seems kind of willing to let it drop. "I'll... take you at your word for now Norie." She sits up in her seat and leans forward against the desk, fingers pressed against her eyes for a moment.

"I'm worried about both of you. You're both important to me and I'm trying to help. I kept secrets from Sora, I know she has her own. You've told mine so I have nothing else- I'm sure you have yours. Just promise me if you two actually need help, you won't keep me out of the loop?"
Lacrima 2016-08-14 01:26:01 51078
Norie Okana frowns. "I'll do my best." she says flatly again as she sighs and goes back to eating her candy bars. Unwrap. Shove to mouth. Momnomnonmomnom.

Yeah it's a good excuse to keep her mouth shut for a good moment and not say anything as she sighs a bit and finishes, swallowing.

"Don't worry about me. There's not a lot you can do honestly to help me. Just being here to talk and give me a place to sleep while I figure things out is enough." she says politely deadpan as she can.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-14 01:28:54 51079
Jiaying Maki tilts her head and looks at the bag of candy Norie's looking from. She almost says one joke, catches herself immediately and instead says, "Have any non-chocolate candy in there? I'm still afraid to try it to find out if I'm allergic or not for sure."

A quick subject change from the first conversations! Though the last statement gets quiet consideration, "I'm happy to help out... I'm sure my dad doesn't mind since you don't eat much either. He's- used to oddity at least."
Lacrima 2016-08-14 01:55:41 51080
Norie Okana shakes her head. "I don't need to 'eat'. You two do." she says softly. "I can buy my own things, or eat when it's offered to me." she says softly. She shakes her head and sighs a bit as she closes the bag and places it next to her laptop- which is currently closed.

She also knows that Jiaying knows what she means by 'eat' in this sense.

"I'm begining to wonder if we were on to something about Spain..." she says quietly.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-14 02:13:04 51081
Jiaying Maki rests her head against her desk and says, "I know you can- I wasn't... well. Right." She watches Norie from her sidewards view and asks curiously, "I know you said you enjoyed eating normal food though- That's kind of what I meant."

A light shrug from her lazy spot, then she asks, "What are you thinking of doing in Spain? I still want to...- Well I want to help, but I don't know?"
Lacrima 2016-08-14 02:24:59 51082
Norie Okana nods. "That's what I meant too. But. I'd rather not be an inconvience." she says. "I can buy my own." she says motioning to the bag of 'all the candy bars'. They will all be gone by morning. Watch.

She frowns. "I don't know." she says softly. "But the more I think about it. It nags at me. If I /needed/ to go, or /wasn't meant to go/, the voices would had talked by now." she says. "But I still had this... nagging feeling. Like. 'Go. Go there.'. Not... urgent. But..." she blahs, out loud and falls back against her pillow.

"I dunno." she mutters softly. "So I can't tell you how you can help."
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-14 02:31:24 51083
Jiaying Maki nods quickly and says, "Oops. Well- sorry." She looks embarassed and snrks softly. "So do you need to not worry about that going to your hips when you do that?" Because she's kind of jealous, not that her metabolism and lifestyle don't make it hard to keep that sort of thing in check.

"So- it's something the necklace wants you to do, but it isn't mandatory in it's figurative eyes?" She contemplates that before asking, "Do you think it's trying to trick you into going, or do you think it will help?"
Lacrima 2016-08-14 02:41:43 51084
Norie Okana blinks. "I don't think anything in the necklace has 'tricked' me since I bought it. I bought it. Because it was pretty. It didn't go out of it's way to make me find it. I chose it over the green one that was nearly identical to it because the red was pretty." she says.

"...and before you ask, no, the green one was just a necklace and not magical." she says flatly.

"I'm just the unlucky one who bought it first. That's all." she says.

"I dunno if it's the necklace or me. As I said. No voices. Just. a nagging feeling." she says.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-14 03:04:28 51085
Jiaying Maki rests her head against her hand again, pressing into the crook of her elbow as she thinks. "Well, it would have been a good question you have to admit." With a huff, she sits up, asks, "What would the cost of going to your healers be? Because Sora was so worried she wanted me to go to Kukai. I still want to punch him for both of you, but... that may be the best option."
Lacrima 2016-08-14 03:19:13 51086
Norie Okana replies. "Depends how much 'healing' you'd need and if Riventon-san would even allow the exception for you if I asked nicely." she says plainly. "--and you would probably need to honestly be okay with someone having things like scans and readings and data on you." she says. "At least on my side of things." she says.

"You'd probably be better off with Kukai and his friends. I know the name of the group is 'Virtue'." she says. "But that's it."

She shrugs. "Sorry. I'd heal if I could but it isn't my thing. Like at all. Maybe if you were dark energy like myself..." she says. "But you're not."
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-14 03:22:21 51087
Jiaying Maki shakes her head and says, "I have enough Yin as it is, thank you." She looks embarassed and mutters, "I was worried I'd set off the wards when I vsited Sora's place. She met me at the gates and didn't want me to go in. I think she's embarassed." She had joked about her being ashamed, but she doesn't think it's that.

Watching Norie, she asks "Are they any better? I've seen the so called righteous before. Sometimes they're no better." Case in point, Virtue has attacked a friend of hers, that she knows of! "Maybe Hannah has a third option." She says this while pulling a drawer on her desk and setting the business card she had received down on the desk.
Lacrima 2016-08-14 03:29:47 51088
Norie Okana looks to Hannah's card. She looks back up. "Hannah works for the same people that I do." she says flatly. "So it's 'literarly the same thing.' most likely. She might know other people though." she says. "She likes to make 'deals' though. So. Don't except anything for free." she says.

"Well. Sora has a history in her compound of not liking 'tricky foxes'. It's possible you'd make her look like a hypocrite. But the fact of the matter is, she just doesn't like Ayana too much and that's it." she says.

"Virtue? I dunno. They try to talk to me. Offer help. But it's all lies. Things they tell you to calm you so you stop for a bit." she frowns. This is mostly based off her experiences with Kukai.

"The only people who've actually tried to help me.. are Utau-chan and Riventon-san and Ayana and you." she says softly. "With things and guidance and help. I mean...."

"It's one thing to try something and fail. Like we have. Because that's effort. You're trying and I appreciate it..." she says deadpannedly. "But it's another thing to give me lip service and do nothing..." she says with a sigh.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-14 03:50:37 51089
Jiaying Maki looks at the card and pokes at it a few times before finally asking, "Seriously? She works for you guys too? With a name like witch hunters?" The card is scooped up and she starts to tear it in half, then stops and stuffs it back in her desk while saying angrily, "I'll have to see if I can't... trick some information out there then." Which really means she's just angry and considering ghosts and attaching ghosts to someone.

Not that she can do that with any reliability. "They seem to be talk and no flash if Kukai's the representative- Though I guess personal issues aside, he's-" Well she can't say good guy, good aligned guy? How does that even work.

Jia scowls trying to sort that out in her head. Perking back up, she nods to Norie and says, "I'll keep helping until something works or-nevermind." The mention of failures gets a slight wince, but at least she was given the consolation. "I wouldn't be right if I weren't actually trying."
Lacrima 2016-08-14 04:08:09 51090
Norie Okana frowns. "I'm not upset at you for failures. I'm upset at the things for not working." she says gently. She sighs a bit and looks down and shakes her head. "Yes. We all work for the same group. That group has many subgroups. Witchhunter Professional Services is one of those groups." she says.

"You can still talk to her. Just. You know. Careful." she says quietly.

She sighs a bit and sort of keeps laid down on the futon as she tilts herself to the side to face Jiaying.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-14 04:40:27 51091
Jiaying Maki makes a dismissive gesture and says, "I'm sure I can talk to her, I just don't know what to expect from her now. I figured that kind of name, you expect... more of the other side you know? Which is incidentally why I didn't call. I figured I didn't want to test my luck."

She stifles a yawn and sits up, shutting her computer off for now. "I'm going to get some sleep Norie."