Stupid Faces

Sittin' on a bench, Momo and Kukai have what may be a very impactful discussion about things that have been plaguing Momo lately.

Date: 2016-09-06
Pose Count: 12
Momo Akatsuki 2016-09-06 15:56:43 54034
The heady scent of flowers wafted through the air, a genuine menagerie of scents that assaulted the nose and eventually paled to the scent of rotting vegetation. Along one of the less used path, a little girl in bright pink cargo shorts, a pastel pink shirt, some frilly pink socks, and a pair of white trainers sits and stares forlornly at a grey flower across the way.

Momo Akatsuki sighs and mutters to herself. "Why couldn't I do anything? For both of them... My friends, people I loved. I'm only like eight though... I shouldn't even be having to do stuff like this.".
Kukai Souma 2016-09-06 16:11:54 54036
It's a lovely, sunny day, but Kukai Souma's nose is twitching as he walks through the park after school. Something around the Botanical Gardens is composting, which is not exactly the scent one expects in the middle of a major metropolis. Still, though, with a little thought Kukai remembers the large piles of evil alien flowers from the past month or so, and that in a way explains that.

What he can't explain is what a little girl all dressed in pink (with a bit of white here and there) is doing sitting back here on a back path close enough to that smell to notice it. Kukai turns, walking towards Momo, Daichi sitting on his shoulder and holding his nose (it's not that bad, Daichi's just a little kid at heart.), and raising one hand. "Hey over there. What're you doing back here, anyway? I'd think you'd pick a better place to relax after school."
Momo Akatsuki 2016-09-06 16:20:40 54038
Momo lifted her head and levelled a glare at Kukai, but her heart wasn't in it. "Oh. It's you.". Her voice wasn't nearly as scalding as she'd have liked and she lumped a sigh, lifting her feet from the ground and pulling her legs up against her chest before wrapping her hands around her legs. "The store where I had ice cream with Hiroko is near by. I guess I should say with Griselda. This is also where I first met Gina which led to... Stuff.".

She looked carefully at Daichi and then turned her eyes on Kukai. "Do you ever wonder if things would be easier if you weren't magical? I've been thinking about it a lot lately. Like what if being magical makes all the bad things happen, and they wouldn't if you were just normal or not around magical people?". Sadness creeps into her voice as she talks this time. She ignored his question about what she was doing out here.
Kukai Souma 2016-09-06 16:38:19 54040
Kukai looks back at Momo for a moment, then shrugs. "Yup. It's me." He arches an eyebrow. "Do I need to worry about you hitting me with a camera on the end of a pink cord or something?" Kukai watches her curl up on the bench and hmms, heading over towards the other end of the bench. "I'm not familiar with those names, honestly, but I assume they're important to you, so."

He sighs, leaning back against the wooden bench and then hmms. "Oh. No. Actually I never thought that. I mean I imagine things would be easier in some ways. I wouldn't have to fight stuff or do things, but there are a lot of downsides to it. I'd probably have been caught in that giant ice wave that went over Tokyo, or maybe caught up in a Labyrinth or by some other youma or something, and as much as I want to say we save everybody that's not true. We can save 95 percent of the people in trouble, heck, even 99 percent, but that still leaves people who suffer, who fall through the cracks. Nothing about not being magical means that you might be able to avoid magic forever."

Kukai rubs his head, thinking. "And honestly, I like being magical. I like feeling like I'm pushing that 99 percent saved rating closer to 100 percent every day. I like standing up to both fight and try to save as many of the dark people we end up fighting. And to be entirely honest, I think I like the idea of punching Riventon in the nose a whole lot. I'm looking forward to that." He looks over at Momo, and reaches over to pat her hand. "And besides. If I wasn't magical, odds are I wouldn't have gotten to know all my magical friends. I wouldn't give them up for anything."
Momo Akatsuki 2016-09-06 17:01:27 54043
With a *POP* of existence a clunky eighties sort of photography camera appears and just sort of floats around the two on the bench, pink as can be. "It all just feels too heavy. I'm only eight and I've lost my best-friend in the whole wide world and then I lost my onee-chan's best-friend too! And I couldn't do anything for either of them! What good is something so heavy if it can't do anything?".

The camera makes a shuddering click, but nothing happens. Apparently it was illustrating her point for her. It sunk slowly to the ground as Momo lowered her head a little, a decidedly realistic *CLUNK* sounding as it touched the ground and exploded from existence.

"Even worse though, is what if my being there made everyone else that was there distracted and they couldn't try as hard as they usually would because they had to worry about me? I don't think I'm any good at this stuff, and maybe Mei-neesan was right to want to keep me out of it.".
Kukai Souma 2016-09-06 17:14:54 54046
Kukai leans back from the camera for a moment before it seems non-hostile. Momo's talking, anyway. "Whoa, slow down. You're focusing way too much on just yourself. I know it feels like you're losing everything but there's a lot to be said for all the people you've helped, right? Look." Kukai reaches over and pats Momo on the back. "I don't think you'd have been made Pink if you couldn't handle it. It's not like you're the only girl obsessed with pink in Tokyo. But you were the right one."

The camera clunks down onto the ground and Kukai eyes it as it explodes into harmless nothingness and dust before continuing. "OK, so. If you weren't there, would they not have still been worried about each other and the other people there? Would your presence make it any less likely that someone would have needed to be watched out over? And it's not like you don't help. You may not be the most forceful person I know but you're really, really good at pinning someone down and slowing them so everyone else can either land a hit or dodge properly."

Kukai sighs, then continues. "As for your sister... I dunno. I think she just wanted to keep you safe. I wanna keep my brothers safe, too. But if they turn out one day to be super powered..." Kukai makes a face. "I dunno. I don't think I wanna think about Kaido or Unkai having magic. But in any case, they're their own people. I can't make them do anything they don't want to. I bet your sister would've felt the same way. And she'd be proud of how much you help. Just... not when you sock people who're trying to help you in the face." Kukai reaches up, rubbing his chin, still looking at Momo.
Momo Akatsuki 2016-09-06 17:32:38 54049
Momo rubs at her face. "Sometimes I want to focus on myself. That's easy, you know? It's the focusing on other people that hurts.". She lets go of her knees, slumping into a pink morass on the bench. "I'm only Pink because I played the game. I barely even remember it, but now it's real.".

"I want to be able to do more than just help. I want to be able to give it just as good as everyone else.". She lifts her hands in a half-hearted boxing mimic, throwing an old one-two. "Instead I mostly miss until I hold stuff down.".

She turns her eyes and stares distantly at Kukai. "I don't know what Mei-neesan would think about it anymore. I haven't seen her in a long time now. And I think you deserved what I did. You were being a stupid face.".
Kukai Souma 2016-09-06 17:39:39 54051
Kukai nods after a moment and then sighs. "I honestly believe it's more than just 'I played the game.' There's gotta be some other reason, but for now that's not important. You'll find it out one day." He looks over at the park, the scent forgotten for now. "Well, you'll figure out some way to fight as well as everyone else eventually. Maybe you could... I dunno. Make camera flashes explode, or imprison bad guys into photographs or something? You'll know it when it happens, though." He grins over at her. "I'm sure you'll get it."

He looks back at Momo, then nods. "I haven't seen my parents in a long time either. Sometimes I wonder what they'd think of what I get up to anymore. But we'll be back together eventually. They won't be gone forever. And neither will your sister." He hmphs. "I was not being a stupid face. You just thought I was being a stupid face."
Momo Akatsuki 2016-09-06 17:47:18 54052
Momo sits up a little bit more appropriately and tugs her shirt back down with a blush as her stomach had briefly shown. "I guess. I hope if I do, I run into that Lacrima girl again.". She clenches her fists. "Or Griselda, or that dumb dumb Riventon. That's what you said his name was right? The guy who messed with orange?".

She gazes quite seriously at Kukai now, and opens her mouth to speak. "You are definitely a stupid face. It's okay, something stupid faces are doing the right thing.".
Kukai Souma 2016-09-06 18:01:39 54055
Kukai barely notices - he sees stomachs all the time. "Mmm. Well the last time I saw Lacrima she was busy getting wrecked by Sailor Moon. Moon let out whatever it is she calls it, Moon Extreme Laser, Moon Love Evolution, whatever, that giant beam of silver power, and even obliquely - that is, indirectly to one side - Lacrima practically melted underneath it. She had to teleport home and I think that was all she could do. So she may be under the weather for a while. And as for Riventon, yeah, the guy who messed with orange. He's too much for anybody to take on alone, and I kinda bet your Griselda is too, but standing up to them is important."

Kukai gazes back at Momo serenely, then grins and shrugs. "Well if I've got a stupid face, at least it's a face some people like." And a few who want to smooch it silly. It's a private thought, but it makes him grin wider. "And I hope I'm always doing the right thing."
Momo Akatsuki 2016-09-06 18:05:10 54056
Momo sits up, a dead-serious look on her face. "Well, I guess if they are really tough and I might not can handle them alone I'll just have to be a stupid face too.". The amount of conviction she puts into the statement is very apparent in the hot-pink fire in her eyes.
Kukai Souma 2016-09-06 18:14:57 54058
Kukai laughs and pats her on the back again. "Attagirl. Join the Legion of Stupid Faces. We'll make a hash out of the bad guys, no problem. And if you need help, I'll come help you." He grins at that fiery, intent look, and nods.