Meeting the Best Friend

Poor Alexis. His first meeting with Naru's best friend probably should have been preplanned. With more warning. And maybe with alcohol instead of ice cream smoothies.

Date: 2016-09-03
Pose Count: 92
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-03 19:57:55 53655
IT's not quite late enough for things to be particularly busy around the game center yet. WEll. Relatively speaking, anyway; in a city things are always bound to be a little busy.

Things are KIND OF busy just outside the building, too, for that matter. Or more specifically, in a side alley just by the building. A small group of late-teens stumble away from the alley in particular, and immediately start moving off away down the street in a hurry. A minute or so later, one more teen comes stepping onto the street from there -- but this one does not quite belong. Mostly because he is very, very caucasian. And kinda tall for his age here, actually, more or less; clad in a pair of faded jeans and a brown leather jacket.

Oh yeah, and his lip seems to have been very recently split, with the faintest bit of blood dripping from it that he attempts to wipe away with the back of his hand. There's a bandaid slapped onto his nose, too, but that's probably a significantly older wound.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-03 20:14:00 53658
Usagi yawns as she walks down the sidewalk toward the Crown, having managed to successfully sneak out of the house.

Okay, she didn't sneak. And okay, even if she's sort of avoiding potentially embarassing conversations with her Papa at the moment, that doesn't mean she can't still give him a hug and a kiss! Which she did, just before telling him she's going to the Crown!

(And she got some yen for more milkshakes! Yay!)

She blinks as a bunch of kids stampede from the alley. One knocks into her shoulder, spinning her a bit, but victory is hers and she doesn't go down! (Added victory, it was her left shoulder.)

She raises her hand, not quite able to clench a fist through the brace, as she shouts after them.

"Hey, watch where you're going, you jerks!"

And of course, since she's doing this while walking backwards, she bumps into a solid feeling person.

"Waugh!" A stumble, and still grumpy for the other boys, her cheeks turn into a puffer fish as she turns around. "Hey!"

It's probably amusing to some people passing by that a tiny, annoyed girl has her arms crossed, is tapping a foot, and giving a puffer fish scowl up at a boy a good foot taller than she is.
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-03 20:27:39 53661
The tall boy is jostled ever-so-slightly when USagi bumps into him, but he doesn't stumble back even half-a-step's worth. Instead, he blinks his eyes slowly in bemusement, and slooooowly turns his head to the side and tilts it down low to actually look to the girl. Another blink.

"You know," he says. "Before you say anything, I *was* actually just standing here." His hand wipes at his freshly-split lip again.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-03 20:32:45 53663
"Tch!" Usagi takes out a water bottle and a tissue, wetting it. "How do I know that! For all I know, you were with those other boys, bumping into innocent girl shoulders where ever they could! Hold still, this might sting!"

Despite her crankiness, the dabbing of his lip is gentle. She's done this before.

When she's done, her shoulders droop. "Auuuugh, I'm sorry. I was just looking forward to a nice ice cream smoothie because I need one, and then I got trampled by a herd of elephants! It's not your fault. I'm sorry!"
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-03 20:38:15 53665
"If you wanna be technical--" says the german boy - his japanese is surprisingly good, actuall, even if it's accented - and winces lightly at the ddabbing cloth. Just lightly. He's way too used to getting his wounds dabbed with actual disinfectant. "...I kind of was with them. And it kind of was my fault that they ran over there."

One broad, leather-covered jacket rolls around slowly. "So, you know."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-03 20:44:14 53667
Usagi throws the tissue in the garbage. And then, puffer fish face!

Then a sly, calculating expression! (Which, honestly, doesn't have quite the same effect as other's would. She looks like a kitten plotting a piece of string's downfall rather than someone after world domination.)

Smug, her hands go on her hips and she tilts up her nose! "That means you owe me an ice cream smoothie. Emotional trauma and all that!"

But wait.

Oh noes!

What if he thinks...!

Usagi takes an adamant stomp closer, expression very determined! "I'm not asking you out! I am very taken and very happy! So this isn't any funny business!"
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-03 20:55:28 53670
"Ehhh?" The german's head tips to the side and his mouth goes jackslawed for a moment there. "Hold on. How is that on *me* when it was those guys who--!" He goes on, and then pauses when she steps forward.

He doesn't step back from her, but he DOES lean backwards eeeever-so-slightly. "...What?" He blurts out then, and all-too-quickly, hints of red spread over his face and his further bumbling somehow brings his accent up even more obviously. "I-- I d-didn't think that! Why w-would you think I'd think that! I'm not just some pervert! GEEZ!"

Aaaaand just like that, with a huff, he stomps himself back, and turns towards the door to the building. "Whatever! I'll buy you the milkshake!"
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-03 21:06:06 53674
Usagi flaps her arms. "What, so I'm not cute enough for you, is that what you're saying?!"

But then she perks up and skips after him. "Yay! Thank you~! I'll buy the next round!"

When she's in step beside him, she looks up at him with curiosity. "By the way. What's your name, Bandaid-kun?"
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-03 21:11:50 53677
"OH MY GOD," he groans out in exasperation, and actually throws his arms in the air. "YOU ARE PLENTY CUTE. I just don't immediately fawn over every girl I run into!" There may be steam flowing from his ears.

WIth another huff, he sticks his hands into the pockets of his jacket, only peeking back down to Usagi when she asks for his name. "...Alexis Raskoph," he offers, first-name-first rather than last-name-first. ALso it's probably absolutely an awful name for japanese people to pronounce. "... It's fine to just call me 'Alex'."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-03 21:22:34 53681
Usagi smugs. Of course she's cute!

When she hears that name...

"AHHHHHHHH!!!" She points a finger at Alexis. "AHHHHHHHHH!"

And then Alex is glomped by a suddenly very happy Usagi, showing an amount of affection not typically seen in Japan. (Or usually anywhere, especially toward strangers!)

Fortunately for Alex, this behavior is typical of Usagi, or at least not so uncommon that the pair doesn't get more than a couple curious looks. (Motoki may keep a more discrete eye on them.)

"You saved my Naru-chan!" She looks up at him with stars in her eyes. "Isn't she one of the bestest people ever? Did you give her a helmet to wear on the motorcycle?"

Then, just as suddenly, she's tugging one of his hands. If he doesn't follow willingly, she tugs until she's sliding on the floor. "Come on, come on! You don't gotta buy me any! I'll buy you ten!"
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-03 21:31:34 53682
"...Uh?" Alex stops first when Usagi goes all SQUEE and just stares down at her in bemusement. "...Are you o--"

THe sentence never finishes, since Alex suddenly has an Usagi hanging off of him, and he instead is going "AAAAAHHH WHAT" and flailing his arms rapidly while she's still there.

His armflailing calms down to a halt, at least, when she starts asking question, and his eyes go blinking rapidly at her instead. "Huh?" His brain doesn't properly catch up right away, though. "Uh... Yes...? And yes..."

And then he's being tugged along by hand. So suddenly and forcefully that even in spite of his considerably-larger size and own physical strength, he just goes stumbling along right after her. "Eh? Ehh? Eeeeeehhhh????"
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-03 21:39:53 53685
Tug, tug, tug!

Usagi does her best to push Alex onto a stool at the counter, chattering away. "Naru-chan's been my bestest friend since we were like six! I'm her number one fan! And president of her fanclub! See?!" She pulls out a worn membership card, obviously hand-made. On it is a crude drawing of Naru's face, recognisable only by the words written out in childish handwriting. Naru Osaka Fanclub.' And of course, below that is written PRESIDENT and the card is marked '000000000000000000000000000000000000001' at the bottom (because Naru should have many, many fans!).

"Usagi-chan." Motoki leans on the counter, his expression both amused and affectionate. "Have you even introduced yourself? Or let the guy breathe yet?"

Usagi blinks for a moment.

"Oh! Right!" She hops on her own stool and holds out her hand. "Hello! I'm Usagi Tsukino! It's
very'' nice to meet you!"

Another bright, beaming, happy face for Alex!
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-03 21:56:20 53686
"Wah!" Alex actually lets out when he's brought onto a stool, eyes all widened out in shock while his brain is still trying to catch onto what is going on. It's not exactly helpd by the club card being shoved to him. He STARES at it. "Um... Okay..."

And then he blinks at her. "Oh," he lets out. "Oh! You're her!" He points a finger at her promptly. "She keeps talking about you!"
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-03 22:08:55 53690
Usagi points right back! "And she keeps talking about you!"

Her hand slaps against the counter. "Motoki-nii! One Usagi Special, please!" There's no official Usagi Special. It's just whatever her regular has been lately. "And whatever smoothie thingy he wants, too! Oh and hot fries! Yummy!"

A few moments of happy humming!

And then, because it must be said. And her expression is uncharacteristically serious. "But, you probably know I needa say this." She looks up at Alex, eyes large and wide. And maybe there's a touch of Sailor Moon and a dash of a princess in that expression. "If you hurt her, I'll find where Papa kept saying he had places for the bodies of my boyfriends before he met Mamo-chan." She blinks, and she's just Usagi again! "Not that I think you wanna be her boyfriend! But if you do that'd be nice! And I'm not saying if you two get in a fight! Or if you get brainwashed and turned evil! Just, you know! If you break her heart because you're really a mean person and try to crush her spirit, I'll hunt you down is all!"

Motoki comes back with their shakes and blinks at Usagi. He sets down the two glasses and reaches over to ruffle Usagi's hair. "Usa-chan. You're far too sweet a person to hunt people down."

Usagi shooshes Motoki and whispers! "Shhhh he doesn't know that!"

And Motoki doesn't know about Sailor Moon!
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-03 22:21:10 53693
"W-...what..." is all Alex manages to say to that, at first, with a what would amount to a sweatdrop and all with his expression. "I, uh... right... Sure..." he mutters on further, with a slow blink.

"...She talks about me?" He manages to bring himself asking eventually. "What on earth for? I'm just some guy, I'd thought, and I mean..." A hand comes up to rub at the back of his head. "...I would like to think I'm not mean to *most* people, at least. Naru included."

Motoki just gets an idle wave from him. "I dunno. Something good?"
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-03 22:42:25 53696
Usagi leans over and studies Alex with Great Intensity.

She studies facial cues, his eyes, body language, all without really realizing what she's doing.

Obviously a bit pleased with what she sees, she sits down. "Sorry. I hafta be careful. One of my friends is dating a buttface."

Motoki, of course, decides to make things easier on himself and just make two Usagi Specials.

Which has about fifty gallons of ice cream, peanut butter, chocolate, and a variety of other flavors that shouldn't go but somehow do.

Usagi looks up at him in confusion. "Why wouldn't she talk about you? You're her friend, aren't you?"
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-03 23:02:57 53698
"I didn't say I *wasn't*," Alex protests half-heartedly, with a faint smile appearing ever-so-briefly. "I mean, I like her and all, but I'm just some guy is all."

When the ice cream comes over, he just... well, stares down at it for a good long moment. Oh good lord. So much smoothie. "...Right then..."

And then glance back over to USagi. "...A buttface, huh?"
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-03 23:18:23 53699
And don't forget the hot plate of fries!

Usagi gives a happy wiggle in her seat as she attacks the smoothie.


When she comes up for breath, she gives him an imperious look. "Well. If Naru-chan talks about you, I wouldn't say you're just some guy. After all! She talks about me, and I'm awesome!"

Well, usually.


She has her moments!

Then she's a ball of scowls. "Yeah. The biggest buttface in the world. And he wasn't mean to me directly until yesterday! Before that, he was really mean to a friend of mine, which grrr! But yesterday, he was just plain rude!"

And caused her to break her wrist. But that's beside the point!
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-03 23:35:20 53700
"...I mean, surely you can talk about people even when they're not awesome, right?" Alex points out sheepishly with a slight tip of his head.

He's still just poking at the smoothie instead of actually starting to devour it, yet, too.

"WHat... exactly did he do?" HE asks then, and throws a very pointed look to her cast-covered hand. Squint.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-03 23:41:58 53701
"Well, yeah, but there's talk and then there's talk! I mean, not that kind of talk. But she likes you! Which means there's gotta be some awesome in you somewhere!"

She blinks at his shift in focus before looking down at her brace. "What? Oh! No! I mean, he was there. And I really wanna blame him, trust me! But that would be unfair, even if he is a buttface." She sighs. "He just said really really mean things. Most of them aren't even true, they're just twisted in a way that he believes them!" She bangs her fist on the counter! "I did nothing to break them up! I just encouraged her to follow her hear!"

A pause. A sweat drop.


She doesn't injure herself any further, but the fracture still isn't completely healed!
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-03 23:58:04 53702
"...What do you mean 'that kind of talk'?" Alex asks with a rapid blink of confusion. Usagi might be going way too fast for his brain here, apparently.

"Break up with someone...? You mea--"

And then the fist slams into the table. His color fades away from his face before Usagi even reacts to it. "Uhm..." He lets out in concern, and slowly shuffles over closer to her. "Are you... um..." He turns a look over to Motogi. "...Please get some ice."
Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 00:12:29 53703
The Crown is a great gathering spot, and it's gathering another teen. The door opens and permits a Naru to step into the gaming centre, with her bag looped over her shoulder. She heads past the games towards the seating that provides milk shakes.. ice cream smoothies. There's a pause as she notices Usagi and Alex sitting together, a surprised blink and then a flash of wary, a hint of blush and a lot of curious.

Curious wins as Naru approaches the pair of them and there's a hint of shy mixed in with the delighted smile for both of them. "Hi! I didn't expect to see you two here. Together."

Which fades at the sight of Usagi's splinted wrist and her frown comes with a concerned tone. "What happened?"
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 00:32:05 53704
Usagi shrugs, her shoulders the epitome of innocence.

She does, however, sigh. "They got back together!"

Motoki frets and hovers and ices Usagi's wrist, because Usagi.

Usagi, of course, more or less forgets about any injury. Motoki practically has to dive over the counter to keep her wrist iced as she barrels into her friend. "Naru-chan!!!!~~~"

If Alex though her glomping him was a big deal, it looks nothing like this!

Usagi nuzzles against Naru, happy hums!

And then she blinks at Naru, looks at her wrist (and Motoki) and back at Naru. Her eyes dart toward Alex before she looks back at Naru. "Taka-baka was being a buttface. I punched a wall instead of him."
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 00:40:27 53705
"Na--" Alex starts saying, but Usagi is likely bolting over onto Naru already. And thus, Alex is left to staring dumbfoundedly at Usagi hanging off of NAru, mouth hanging open ever-so-slightly while he stares on. "Uhhhh..."

Slowl, his eyes blink at Usagi again, and sheepishly points out, "Punching walls is generally *not advisable*, you know. I should know. I've punched a lot of things in my time." ... Probably including a wall.

His eyes flick briefly over Naru, too, but it's only the briefest few seconds before he's glancing away, instead, and his cheeks momentarily flash with a faint hint of red. Ahem.
Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 00:46:55 53706
"Taka-baka is generally a buttface." Naru agrees wholeheartedly as she's ambushed, wrapping her arms around the other girl in a warm hug, clearly well used to being glmoped. There's a heavy sigh at the reminder of Usagi's wrist. "Was Ami there? Is that.." Naru shakes her head a little. "No hitting walls, and no messing up your wrist.." She gives Usagi another squeeze. "Unless you did it just to try and get out of taking notes in class?" She teases a little before untangling herself and moving to invite herself to settle next to Alexis.

"Hi. You don't get to punch walls either. I've never done it, and I'm thinking perhaps I'll try skipping that stage of fighting." Naru comments to Alexis, just a touch of colour hitting her cheeks too as she reaches out to steal one of Usagi's fries.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 00:52:03 53707
Usagi gives a 'HMPH!' "She was not, but don't think I'm not gonna tell her!" She sits back on her stool, one arm crossed over her chest, the other still being iced.

Motoki looks dizzy...

"I'mma tell her her boyfriend was the biggest buttface! The king of buttfaces! And, worse, I'mma tell her he made me cry!"

Usagi steals one of her own fries, too. She exchanges a look with Motoki, and the blond boy looks over at Naru. "What kind of smoothie you want?"

"I highly recommend skipping it, Naru-chan. It was only just barely worth getting Mamo-chan Booboo Kisses."
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 00:56:16 53708
"Um. Hi," Alex murmurs in return to NAru, for whatever reason going ever-so-slightly akward in his tone, all complete with him glancing away. "You're, um. Doing good?" Cough.

Usagi, on the other hand? She gets another bemused *look* from him. Maybe he's starting to wonder if he ended up deeper than he should have. "...So why *did* you punch a wall?"
Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 01:00:00 53709
"Lychee please." Naru replies to Motoki first and then points to the fries. "And more fries please, cause the three of us are going to destroy this pretty quick." She is already reaching for another fry.

"He made you cry?" Naru blinks at Usagi and shakes her head. "I expect Ami is going to want to know, even if she probably /doesn't/ want to know." There's a little wrinkle of her nose.

"I'm good!" Naru smiles to Alex. "How're you? Today, so far, creeper free, which always makes for a good day." She gives him a gentle nudge with her shoulder and then goes back to stealing fries. Good thing she ordered more.

"Well, Taka is dating a friend of ours and so there's a bit of an agreement not to punch /him/. Even when he's being a buttface." Naru explains briefly on her theory on why Usagi punched a wall. Or at least a good enough theory compared to the reality of the fight.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 01:02:07 53710
Serious nod, mmm-hmmm! Ami-chan should know either way!

And then she blinks at Naru, and then Alex. "Oh no, I was aiming for him." She gives a large, cheesy smile. "But I guess you can say he ducked!"

She sighs and dives back into her milkshake.
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 01:10:06 53711
"...Yeah, uh, that would do it," Alex admits sheepishly to Usagi what with her explanation theree, and he lets out a quiet chuckle while he sheepishly goes on to rub at the back of his head.

And on to Naru his eyes wander, even if for whatever reason his gaze is still just a faintly akward one. "That's good," he says. "I would be annoyed if someone like that popped up while I wasn't there. OR someone else, really. Anyone. I still don't understand how you ended up being unlucky enough for so many of those guys to want to get a piece of you." His nose wrinkles. "Guess the city's just full of perverts."
Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 01:16:45 53712
"Oooh." Naru winces at the mention that he ducked. Right. Ow.

A glance back to Alexis and Naru reaches a hand up to gesture at, but not quite touch, the barely closed split lip. "Clearly you found someone .. or someones.. who are creeper enough." She gives an easy shrug. "That is an excellent question as to why I'm serious bait. No theories yet, other than a lot of bad luck and wrong place wrong time."

The arrival of her ice cream smoothie is a momentary distraction, and more fries too. Naru adds after a lingering sip of creamy ice cream goodness. "The city being full of perverts is why I dont run at night much." She shudders at /that/ memory. "It's just as dark, but somehow early morning dark holds way fewer people with opinions on my choice of outfit to run in."
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 01:21:54 53713
Alex pfffts when Naru points out the likely story behind his most recent form of injury, and crosses his arms together. "Just a bunch of punks," he murmurs. "Ain't nothing, those ones. Just some morons that needed a bit of shaking up." Uh...huh.

A faint frown comes up on Alex's face when he notices NAru's shudder, and his lips purse after. "...Yeah. Probably better that way," he murmurs in agreement.
Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 01:31:58 53714
"A bunch of punks?" Naru hunhs softly. "Well, I'm glad that all you ended up with is a sore lip. One broken friend is enough, thank you."

Naru wipes french fry grease off her fingers onto a napkin as she goes digging into her bag to emerge out with her sketchbook to settle on the table. "I appreciate the company when I run anyhow, even if.. Usagi.. did I tell you that I managed to totally goad Izumi into coming running with me. I told him I was sure he couldn't get up that early, and then he had to prove me and Kazuo wrong." She comments into Usagi's funk and focus on ice cream.

There's a glance to Alexis and a grin. "I am pretty sure Izumi is part cat, he's gifted at sleeping and napping and sprawling languously."
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 01:38:03 53715
"Pfft! Like some street punks are gonna put me down!" Alex even puffs his chest out when he says that. So self-assured when it comes to street-fights, apparently. "Especially when they're the rich kid type that act all tough but never have been in a proper right fight. Break a few noses and they start running like they have diarrhea." ...What?

And then there's a name he hasn't heard of, agian. "...Who's Izumi?" HE asks, curiously, and then tilts his head suspiciously to Naru's way when she sends that glance his way. Squuuiiint.
Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 01:49:30 53716
There is a quirk of Naru's brow at that descriptor and then a little laugh. "Un hunh. Did they ambush you and then get a rude awakening?" She asks curious as to the order of operations here.

"Izumi is one of Mamoru's housemates." Naru explains with a gesture towards the still sulking Usagi at the mention of Mamo. "Kazuo, also a housemate.. you've met him. There's two more housemates, and then school friends and partners and you pretty much need a flowchart at that point, and possibly a cheat sheet to even start to guess who might be over there at any given time.

Naru flips open her sketchbook, past a few pages of doodles and drawings to find a blank page. "You think I know a lot of people? Mamo and Usagi have me beat by many times over."
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 01:53:27 53717
"...You know, stuff happened and all," Alex mutters, jutting his lower jaw outwards briefly when he casts a look to the other side once more over.

"You're still kinda involved with a ton of people by my standards at least," he points out, then. "So that doesn't really--" He leans over, to peek at the sketchbook. "...Oh."
Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 01:57:19 53718
"Stuff happened, and possibly things." Naru comments to him with a light little nudge and a grin.

"That doesn't really.. what?" Naru asks, looking up from her sketchbook and over to him before sliding it over to him in offer and reaching for another fry as she does. "I like talking to people. You meet some really fascinating people that way, and hear about their lives and what's going on, and sometimes they're creepers, and usually they're not."
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 02:06:15 53719
"...Y-yeah. Yeah, that's exactly it!" Alex goes on with a rapid nodding of his head. "Stuff and things." Sagenod.

"...It's just that in comparison to the kind of thing I'm used to, it's still a 'lot' with you and a 'lot' with them. Not much difference there, you know?" Still, he stamps two of his fingers onto the sketchbook to let him drag it across the bar towards himself. "...It's all just diagrams as far as I am concerned."
Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 02:17:14 53720
"Riight." Naru pffts at him and then takes a sip of her milkshake and considers. "Okay, fair enough. Lots of people and lots and lots of people is still variations on lots."

"You know you're going to end up knowing lots of people, right? If only by extension of knowing me and Usagi now too. It just /happens/." Naru warns with a smile to him.

"Well. I can't say I've ever had my art call 'just diagrams' before." Naru chuckles and gestures. "You can look if you want, my sketchbook isn't crazy private or anything. I wouldnt have given it to you if it was."

There's a whole lot of doodles and sketches, of people, of random things. There's some almost photorealistic drawings in brilliant colour of things she clearly saw on her European trip in various museums and galleries. Those are truly remarkable, although its clear that all of them are the same hand.
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 02:27:31 53721
"You know I wasn't talking about your art," Alex points out in a quiet murmur that has the sheepish tone returning to his voice all over again. "...Which, you know. Is actually pretty damn good, honestly." Aaaand he slowly starts flipping through the pages, sending a curious look over the book to Naru after a moment. "Oh. So no crazy weird fanfics or anything? Alright..."
Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 02:34:34 53722
"Thank you." Naru replies as she leans in a little closer to him to be able to look over his shoulder as he flips.

She winks at him at the question. "Crazy weird fanfics would be in the stuff I'm /not/ showing you." Naru grins brightly, her voice still amused. "Although that's writing, and I'm just an artist. So if you need your crazy weird fanfic illustrated, you need only ask."
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 02:40:46 53723
Alex's eyes lift up from the from the book, and peer to the side and back enough to look at Naru right over there behind his shoulder. He considers her words.

And then he immediately turns as red as a tomato and promptly tosses his eyes back down towards the book, head lowering in an effort to hide the coloring. ".................Right."
Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 02:46:21 53724
There's just a moment of pause as Naru spots the blushing and then she giggles brightly, which probably doesn't help the blushing cause even a /little/.

"You totally have crazy weird fanfics that you've written." Naru accuses with a delighted teasing grin and she reaches out to retrieve her sketchbook back. "You wouldn't be blushing like mad if you hadn't."
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 02:57:29 53725
"I don't..." Alex protests in a quiet murmur -- and as quiet and akward as it might be, the particular words do sound mostly sincere, still. But he just keeps blushing, still. All the more brightly in red even so. And no, her giggling doesn't help at all.

And so after the sketchbook has been taken back, he turns to face the bar fully again, and... actually decides to take a sip of the smoothie brought out to him finally. Even if it might be for the sake of trying to cool himself down.
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 02:58:31 53726
"And I'm not blushing. I'm not."

Keep telling yourself that, Alex.
Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 03:02:37 53727
"Un hunh." Naru looks willing to buy the notion tht he doesn't actually have any crazy weird fanfics that have a need for illustration. She reaches for another fry, ensuring that the communal fries are well accessible to everyone, including the quiet Usagi.

And then Alexis attempts to protest that he's not blushing. Naru turns to look at him and then laughs. "Riiight." She reaches her hand out towards his cheek. "Totally not red cheeks at /all/. And it's so hard to /not/ blush when someone is pointing out that you're blushing too."
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 03:13:32 53729
"I..." Alex begins to protest right after, but...

Then Naru's hand is suddenly on his cheek.

And just like that, Alex's face looks as if he'd dunked his head into a can of red paint. Burning red paint.

"I-I-I dunno w-what you're t-t-talking about...!"

Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 03:21:18 53731

This is giggled into the remnant of her shake.

She swallows, finally, feeling much better after having listened to them be all cute after her funk.

She leans over and, delicately and quietly, legitimately barely a sound, whispers.

"Her family owns a jewellery store. If you get her gifts, buy her art supplies instead."
Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 03:24:26 53732
"I think at this point I'm pretty much contractually obligated on some level to remind you that you are absolutely capable of adorable." Naru points out to Alex, as she pulls her hand away from his blushing cheeks, with just a little flush of her own.

Naru sees Usagi lean in to Alex and whisper.. something too quiet to hear. She waggles a fry at her bestie. "What did you tell him?"
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 03:30:59 53733
"I am *not*..." Alex claims in a grumble. It's effect is taken away just a bit when he ends up having to swallow audibly after Naru's hand has left his face. At least the red color has started draining away from his fa--

Nevermind, it all returns rght back there after Usagi's whispering, and with him tossing a wide-eyed look at USagi herself. "W-w-w-what are you talking about???"
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 03:33:25 53734
Large, fluttering, innocent eyelashes for both Alex and Naru! (Odds are Naru will manage to get it out of her.)


This is totally ruined as she holds up a glass to hide her mouth and giggle quietly. "Huehuehue."

But no, she's gotta be careful!

After all, if she blows this, she may need to make due on her birthday promise to Naru!

(Not that she'd mind! But well, she's pretty sure Naru'd rather kiss a pretty boy!)
Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 03:42:33 53736
Naru smirks a touch as Alex chokes and Usagi looks innocent. Which is basically an utter lie. Especially when Usagi starts to giggle. Naru shakes her head, with a little roll of her eyes and a soft laugh of her own as she looks over towards the freshly blushing Alex.

Naru leans over to 'whisper' to Usagi, although it's deliberately not a quiet whisper. "I think we broke Alex."
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 03:46:00 53738
"I'm not broked," Alex insists in a quiet mutter, and slowly nudges the smoothie closer towards himself. "...ANd dunno what you are talking about. Either of you." Aaaand he turns away from the two to just ssssssssiiiiiiiiiiip at the smoothie. It's a really long sip.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 03:48:43 53739
Usagi nods and hums as she looks at Alex.

The nodding and hums increase when he turns away!

Stage whisper!

"I think you're right. Should I go easier on him? I did my dutiful death threat already."
Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 03:53:09 53741
"Wait.. what?" Naru blinks at Usagi, turning her attention away from Alexis and his overly long sip to blink at the other girl.

"Dutiful death threat?" Naru repeats with a questioning note. "What? Why?"
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 03:56:09 53742
Alex peeks sidelong to the two girls hwen he hears that. He doesn't actually say anything, though. He just watches the two of them, to see how this unfolds.

And sips at the smoothie. ssssssssssiiiiiiiiip.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 03:58:47 53743
"Because Daddy wasn't here to make it!" She sighs and waves her hand. "It's okay! Motoki-nii told him I'm not scary. Plus the guy is like ten meters tall. Would you be afraid of me? Besides. If things--"

She looks up and sees Alex's peek! Her hands come up to cover his ears, but while she think he can't hear them, she doesn't cover his ears very well...

"Besides, if know. Wouldn't you rather be able to assure Daddy I already did the threat for him?"
Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 04:06:20 53745
Because that will work /so/ well.

Naru erms softly and then arches a brow at Usagi. "I know you well enough to say yes, you can be that scary.. but this isn't one of those times." Naru has to admit and then she giggles softly.

"Papa Tsukino already offered." Naru points out and then adds. "And that's a big if."

Because of course Alex isn't listening, and sitting /right there/.
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 04:07:47 53746
Alex's eyes promptly widen out in utter exasperation when his ears get covered up. ...Sort of. Mostly. And his eyes go on to flicking back and forth between the two of them.

"Um," he lets out eventuall. "If things become like... what?"

Apparently he was not content to just stay pretending he can't hear them.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 04:26:09 53749
Usagi droops a little. "Awwww, daddy's got dibs?"


She SULKS and FLOPS back on the counter. "Nothiiiiiing."

And then Motoki brings her another milkshake! Cheer! "I'm just being a nosey and medlesome best friend! That's all!"

Sheerful omnoms of the ice cream treat!
Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 04:34:36 53750
"I told Papa no /too/." Naru points out to Usagi with a snort of amusement at her sulk and then turns back to Alex.

Naru points to Usagi as she provides the answer in the form of 'nosey and meddlesome' and there's a nod. "Exactly that. But I love her /anyhow/."

Naru reaches for her own milkshake before it finishes melting. "I'm starting to see some advantages to moving all the time." She comments to Alex, although her grin says she doesn't really mean it.
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 04:38:49 53752
"...What?" Alex's eyes go blinking on rapidly, at both of the girls, gaze turning back and forth between them in utter confusion. "What??? What did I just miss...?"

And Naru's comment receives a roll of shoulders and a more sober comment of, "I wouldn't really say that..."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 04:40:44 53753
"Well, you didn't tell me no, so bleeeee!"

Victory is hers!

And then a squawk!


She blinks up at Alex. "Naru-chan didn't mean it. She was just poking fun at me."

She taps her chin, of course. "And, hmmmm. About a decade of us spending too much time alone together."
Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 04:47:01 53754
"I dont really mean it, cause I can even /imagine/ it." Naru admits, almost absently offering Alex her hand. "Cause.. yeah. About a decade of us spending too much time together, and so I can tease her, cause it would never actually be a /thing/. Even now, and all the new and chaos of the last year, we're still besties."

Naru turns to Usagi and grins. "Did your obligatory death threat include a shotgun that your family doesn't own? Cause if so, then I'll say no to you /too/."
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 04:48:26 53755
"...Shotgun?!" Alex repeats THAT particular word with another rapid series of exasperated blinks. "Uhm..." More shifty-eyes sent between the two. "...Why exactly am I getting death threats here anyway? Um..."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 04:53:55 53756
Usagi's heart warms and fills! "Right! Because Naru-chan is amazing and awesome!"

An exasperated sigh at Alex! "Why weren't you this woe when I made the threat the first time?!"

She leans over him, propping an elbow on the counter. "There was no shotgun. I never even bought that one. I just basically said if he turns out to be a buttface, I'll find the places Daddy talked about. You know, with body-sized holes? Of course, this excludes brainwashing, arguments, and all that stuff. Just if he breaks your heart! And that's whether or not you end up dating!"
Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 04:59:58 53757
"Papa brought up the shotgun, cause Usagi gets her sense of humour from /somewhere/." Naru points out with a snicker and then a pause. "Papa is /her/ Papa by the way. Papa Tsukino." You know you visited a lot when you call your best friend's father, Papa.

Naru nods at the excusions as Usagi lists them out, because brainwashing is apparently relevant enough to mention. "I really don't think it's going to come up. The heart breaking part, that is."

The mention of dating potential makes Naru's sketchbook /really interesting/, all of a sudden as she goes looking for a clean page and a pencil.
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 05:04:09 53758
"...Brainwashing???" Alex's eyes go blinking rapidly ALL OVER AGAIN from that. "W-...wait..." He lets out then, with an audible swallow. "Why do you keep talking like..." He peeks over towards Naru briefly, and starts blushing faintly there.

Rather than continuing on from there right after, he leeeeaaans a bit towards Usagi, and for once HE is the one to whisper; ".....Why do you keep talking about the dating?"
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 05:16:37 53760
More arm flaps! "Sense of humor! I'm sure Daddy would find a shotgun if he had to! Even if it was only full of paint! That would hurt!" Serious face at Alex! "Papa and Mama both adore Naru-chan to bits and pieces, mm-hmm! Even got a bed in a separate room in case we ever fought!" She blinks at Naru. "Did you ever have to use it? Or did I?"

And then...a blushy Alex, and an elsewhere focused Naru!

Oh noes!


She done did it again!

But she quits drooping as she gets whispered at. And then she whispers back. "Because I think Naru-chan is amazing and wonderful and awesome and anyone who doesn't want to date her is a fool. But I logically know that's my mild bias talking. Well, she is all that, but I realize tastes differ! So if it makes you uncomfy I'll try hard to stop, but please do keep in mind she's one of the people I love the mostest ever!"
Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 05:18:59 53762
This time it's Naru's turn to er.. do just about anything else, really.. to find .. well she's already found her pencil.

A few absent lines on the page as Naru isn't listening in to the whispers. Nope. Not at all.

"We both have. Remember the one time where we both tried to go up there at the same time. Then we got into a fight over who was going to go back down to the comfy bed." Naru replies to the conversation she's not listening to. Whoops.
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 05:21:44 53763
"Uh, um..." Alex glances briefly to Naru, and then back to Usagi, and... "THat's, um... I mean, uh..." He turns back to the way of the bar away from Usagi, and wraps his arms over the bar counter, hands clasping together and thumbs going all twiddling together. The blush has just gooooone and grown brighter.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 05:28:11 53764
Drooooooooooooooooooooooooooooop Usagi. Again again!


She looks up at Alex, and then...!

A tearful Usagi strikes! She latches onto his arm, sniffley and woeful! And crying!

"Don't be mad at Naru-chan because I'm a big dummy! And don't think she's really, really weird because I am! She's the bestest, really, and even when things were icky I'd just think about her and and everything was a little bit better!"

Naru Osaka 2016-09-04 05:35:50 53765
"Howsabout, Usagi-chan.. " Naru proposes as she watches her bestie cling to Alex and sniff at him tearfully. "Alex and I will figure out if we're dating, which is a really big if.. at some point in the future, but not right this second." She glances between the poor Alex and Usagi and she can't help but smile a little.

"You're too sweet to me, Usagi-chan. Just let Alex and I be shy, okay? We're both really good at it, clearly." Naru points out into the sniffles and the tears.
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 05:45:10 53766
"Uh-- Eeeehhh???" Alex never stopped blushing, but now he's just *all the more confused* with Usagi. What with her clinging onto his arm. he just stares at her for wide-eyed for a few seconds before he, hesitantly, draws his free hand up towards her shoulder to carefully pat on it. "It... It's not like that, I'm not... mad at her or anything..." he mumbles akwardly, and then quiets when Naru starts talking. ...And gets another surge of a flush at the talk of maybe-dating, and falls silent again on his own count. Akwaaaaaaaard.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 05:49:57 53767
"Really really?" Her eyes are large and watery at Alex.

"I'm not sweet enough Naru-chan! Hush!"

Large eyes on Alex again! Large, teary eyes! "Good! Because you can't be! Not because I'm being a dummy!"
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 05:57:55 53768
"...I think you're probably just sweet enough," suggests Alex sheepishly with a brief, akward bit of laughter there.

"Really," he assures Usagi then, with a firm nod. "Really. I mean..." His blush flares a bit brighter briefly. "I do like her and all, you know?" Another brief bit of akward laughter, coupled with an equally-akward eyes-closed smile and his free hand scratching at the back of his head.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 05:59:46 53769
SNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIFF sniff sniff sniff! "Of course you do! Because she's the bestest!"

And it's probably half this situation and half everything else, but poor Alex is being subjected to a very Crying Usagi!
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 06:05:51 53771
Oh god. Alex is so not used to dealing with these kinds of things, so Usagi is basically an equivalent to Defcon 1 for him right now. After a few seconds of silent internal debate, he caaarefully draws his not-clinged-on arm around the girl in a half-hearted hug and pats at her back. "Yeah... she's a good friend. Hey, hey... Would she want you to be all sad now?"
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 06:08:20 53772
MOOOOOOOOORE sniffs! "No! But she's used to me crying! I do it a lot!"


She rubs her face with her hands, all sniffles and tears and woe.


She looks up at him. Her face is still wet, but no more tears are coming out. "And if you hide what you feel, or what you think you feel, you become emotionally constipated and full of ulcers!"
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 06:15:32 53773
"Right.. right... it's... it's okay..." Alex goes on mumbling with complete uncertainty, first. He even reaches for a napkin from the bar to offer to her for the purpose of drying up her face from all the tears.

And then she says that. His eyes widen out a bit, they blink rapidly, and if that blush had disappeared at some point, it comes back around. "Uhm... right..." He lets out, somehow managing to sound all of akward, uncertain AND confused at the same time, before turning his gaze to some VERY INTERESTING patch of wall over there. So interesting.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 06:17:42 53774
Usagi looks at him, very confused! Still, she dries her cheeks and is on the tail end of the sniffles.

"I wasn't talking about you if that's what you were thinking. Though it's important advice to take! Just..." She shrugs and looks down a little, to the left, my my interesting water rings. "Life's short, Bandaid-kun. If you can't cry when you need to, it may just be...shorter."
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 06:24:22 53775
"Uh-- Right!" Alex blurts out and returns his eyes back down to Usagi only very briefly, only to fall into an akward series of forced chuckling there. "Yeah, I knew that! That you meant that. The other thing I mean. Yeeeeaaaaaaaahhh."


His expression turns more sober with her last words, though, and his head tips downwards a bit. "I dunno," he says, with a sigh. "I haven't had much point for crying for myself in a long time."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 06:27:27 53776
Usagi perks up a little and looks up at him! "So that means you're happy for you? That's good! Though...I'm happy for me but I still cry sometimes."

She hums in thought for a bit. Then she tilts her head and looks at him with Much Suspicion! "It's not because of some weird 'boy' thing, is it? How people think boys should be?"
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 06:35:01 53778
"Sure," Alex says with an entirely too nonchalant roll of his shoulder made in time with that single word. "It ain't anything special, there. So don't worry about it, eh?" He brings his hand up, and... actually pats it on top of her head, with a brief flash of a grin. "So you don't need to cry because of me either, yeah?"
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 06:35:56 53779
Usagi lets out a small 'eee!' and the hand on her head and almost purrs!

And then, out comes the tongue!

"Bleeeee! I'll worry about you if I wanna! So there!"
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 06:43:37 53780
There's a more genuine brief sound of laughter in Alex's throat, and he actually outright uses his hand to ruffle at her hair. "If ya say so," he says in turn, and flashes a grin as wide as they get. "But ya know. If someone cries because of me, then I should be thinking of myself as a failure." ...Failure as what? Huh. "You're really passionate about your friends though. That's..." The grin recedes slowly, but rather than going away completely, it instead turns to something warmer, a small smile. "Kind of admirable, actually."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 06:49:14 53781
Okay, yep, there's the purr! (Hannah's ruined her. She loves being ruffled!)

"Hey!" She slaps at his shoulder, and with her left hand, so it's really like being pelted by a very small fish. "If someone cries over someone, it's not because they're a failure, it's because they care! Dummy!"

Of course there's no venom in her words. But she believes them! (Okay not that last one!)

But then she preens. "Of course I am! My friends are amazing. And if they don't see it, I gotta show them!"
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 06:57:15 53782
"Well..." Alex lets out a quiet sigh. "I'd rather not make anyone I'm not needing to fight cry, you know?" He murmurs with an awfully somber tone, and starts drawing away from Usagi now, since she's stopped crying by now.

"Yeah. Naru's lucky to have a friend like you."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 07:11:29 53784
She looks at Alex, thinking suddenly about a boy and an eclair and a handkerchief returned when he couldn't even think about her. "That's a very good thought to have, Bandaid-kun. Not wanting people to cry. But they do, and they will." She beams again and tilts her head. "Best you can do is try your best to make sure they don't!"
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 07:28:25 53786
"Yeah, I guess so," Alex allows with a quiet sigh, and... well. He turns his eyes off somewhere else for a moment-- not out of any akwardness this time around, but rather, his gaze just goes sort of... far-off, there. "...I guess there's something beautiful in that too. To have someone cry for you, instead of because of you." ...The hell is he talking about?
Usagi Tsukino 2016-09-04 07:41:15 53787
Usagi nods. "It's sad when people cry because of you."

And die for you and all sorts of things!

She stretches in her chair, suddenly finding the topic too grim! Bunnies! Think bunnies!

"Where you from? Is it very different here? I know a few Americans. Is that where you're from?"
Alexis Raskoph 2016-09-04 07:44:55 53788
"Huh?" Alex apparently needed to be broken off from whatever line of thought he was currently in, and it takes a few blinks sent at Usagi's worth of time before his brain catches on. "...Oh. Germany. Um. It's... pretty different, I guess. Been in England too. ... With my parents."