Texts From Last Nope

Warning: Alcohol, late-teen mistakes. Zoisite attends the wrong party, drinks the wrong punch, and inevitably sends the wrong text. Then flees to Naru for sanctuary. Naru escorts him home and drops him on Mamoru and Kunzite to sort out the entire text mess, which is Not Her Problem. Absolutely nothing is resolved, but at least it's now out in the open?

Date: 2016-09-07
Pose Count: 67
Zoisite 2016-09-07 19:22:20 54179
Zoisite is staring at his phone with a faint smile on his face, far away with some of Izumi's 'friends' from classes. He's sure the punch is spiked, but he's honestly not expecting it to be quite this impactful. What was it they put in the punch, everclear? Still, most of his brain is more focused on a couple of names in his phone's contacts list.

TXT to Mamoru, Kunzite: kunzite tell mamoru to stop flirting with me in classssssssss
TXT to Mamoru, Kunzite: shit
TXT to Mamoru, Kunzite: shitshit
TXT to Mamoru, Kunzite: i meant to send that to just kunzite
TXT to Mamoru, Kunzite: i mean i dont mind flirting but i mind people maybe-flirting and not being sure
TXT to Mamoru, Kunzite: shit
TXT to Mamoru, Kunzite: can someone pick me up from the party now.

The sound of the party seems to dim as 'Izumi' first blushes, then pales. Shit. He hadn't meant to say that straight out to Mamoru of all people. With all the focus of someone who is far drunker than he has any right to be, Zoisite finds Naru's name in his contact list and decicdes to text her. After all, his 'friend' lives relatively near Naru, and there had been something like a plan of stopping in to say hi before he officially lost all pretense at dignity.

TXT to Naru: hide me. i am dumb and drunk and really dumb. and i dont think i can teleport well like this.

He is, at least, retaining enough wit to not try teleporting to Osa-P. No, instead, he has decided that jumping the balcony of his 'friend's' apartment and floating to earth, and then staggering over to Osa-P to lurk nearby is the smart idea.
Naru Osaka 2016-09-07 19:28:44 54180
Naru looks up from homework as her phone bings, and squints at it a moment. Or two.

TXT to Zoisite: Please don't teleport drunk. Where are you?

Naru closes her books and goes to put on her shoes, grabbing a jacket. It's getting cool at night, and she's spent enough time half frozen in evening chill of late.

It doesn't even take a lot of hunting, nor a reliance on Zoisite managing to notice his phone enough to reply for Naru to find him. She just had to follow the echos of angst and fabulousness. Or the sound of a drunk Zoisite stumbling. Almost the same thing.
Kazuo Takeba 2016-09-07 19:51:57 54181
There are relatively few times when Kunzite is in private. He is, all the same, resigned to the interruptions of electronics; he sets down the small knife he's been patiently sharpening, and reaches for his phone, glancing at it casually.

And stares at it.

He thumbs out the beginning of a text, deletes it, hesitates over the possibility of another, and then gets up to go in search of Mamoru.

Sometimes, "Are you handling that, or are both of you planning to hide under your beds?" works for a hello.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-09-07 20:02:03 54183
Mamoru TXT Zoisite and Kunzite: ilu2

Mamoru TXT Zoisite and Kunzite: one time when i was drunk i almost texted masato sanjouin my birthday because i was texting him and mako at the same time and mako was texting tux who she thought was sanjouin and she thought i was nephrite and i cannot believe i didn't screw that up

Mamoru TXT Zoisite and Kunzite: anyway why can't you tell if im joking or not

Mamoru TXT Zoisite and Kunzite: kunzite tell him he should use his big people words with me oh hi

Mamoru puts down his phone and beams at the white-haired boy in his bedroom door.
Zoisite 2016-09-07 20:24:26 54184
Zoisite waves at Naru. "Can I live under your bed? I won't make much noise." Because, after that absolute debacle, he is never going home ever again. He will live on the streets. He will hide in Paris. He will do literally anything to not face Mamoru and Kunzite and the embarrassment-- and opportunity for rejection.

"I could probably make your mom think it's a good idea." He sounds cheerful about that, at least. Clearly whatever got him to seek refuge with Naru has something to do with his home life.

His phone may be pointedly on 'do not disturb'. Still, it's probably fortunate for everyone in Virtue that Zoisite does not have a way of sending out a public service announcement. Naru's advice about not teleporting drunkenly seems like the sort of thing that should be shared.
Naru Osaka 2016-09-07 20:29:42 54185
"Sorry sweetie, I'm pretty sure the monsters under my bed would eat you." Naru replies casually as she glances briefly to her phone and taps out a message at the speed that seems to be factory installed into teen girls.

TXT Kunzite: I have a drunk Zoisite who wants to hide under my bed. At least it isnt in my closet.

"Is there any reason in particular that you want to come live with me?" Naru asks as she moves close enough to be able to try and link her arm into his. Because clearly petite little Naru is going to manage to keep anyone upright, but she'll try.
Kazuo Takeba 2016-09-07 20:36:17 54186
Kunzite's phone will not stop chiming. He glances between it and Mamoru, giving the latter a calmly level look at the end of the flurry.

Then it protests again, and this time it's not Mamoru. And not Mamoru's phone. He is therefore willing to glance down again this time. "I amend. Apparently Zoisite is planning to hide under Naru's bed instead."

TXT to Naru: should I come and get him, or are you planning to keep him as a collectible? On second thought, he might run away if I turned up. Well. At least his value should appreciate further over time.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-09-07 20:52:14 54187
Mamoru has placed his phone face-up on his desk next to his homework, and he drops his hands in his lap, and he can't actually suppress the grin no matter WHAT look Kunzite is giving him.

Then he leans back in his chair with his elbows back behind it, heel of one foot up on one of the feet of the rolly thing, and ankle crossed over that knee. He is, in fact, the picture of cocky insouciance.

For about three seconds.

Then he exhales and collapses forward, clattering the chair and dropping his face into his hands. Then they run through his hair and his fingers knot in it at the back of his head, and he gives Kunzite an aggrieved look. "Look, I didn't KNOW I was flirting with him, but that doesn't mean I wasn't. In retrospect I definitely was and I'm not at all sorry. How the hell am I supposed to know how flirting works? Like every time I find out something I'm doing is flirting I note it down, but I haven't read a guide or anything, gods."
Zoisite 2016-09-07 20:53:02 54188
Zoisite makes a disappointed face, green eyes focused somewhere around his feet. He even kicks a little, though that just sends him dangerously off-balance. "I could probably take'em..." he mumbles. At Naru's question, he looks startled, and even a little stricken, but not in a way that heralds 'something bad happened at home.'

"Don' wanna talk about it," he mumbles, ruffling Naru's hair in a thinly-veiled attempt at distraction. He leans slightly against her, blowing a raspberry. "Too 'mbarrassed."
Naru Osaka 2016-09-07 21:00:42 54189
"Careful." Naru attempts to keep Zoisite vaguely upright as she glances to her phone and squints.

TXT Kunzite: I fear to even contemplate why Zoi would run from you.

Naru's hair is short enough to ruffle well, the bob going all tousled and still cute. "Mmm hmm mmm." is her immediate reply and she reaches up to make a grab for his tongue.

"At least you have an excuse for embarassing yourself, I usually manage to do it stone cold sober." Naru comments and then gestures, accompanied by a gentle tug on his arm. "C'mon, it's cold out here. Let's at least go inside and get something hot to drink, okay?"
Kazuo Takeba 2016-09-07 21:04:50 54190
"Mamoru." ... yes, that calm and level regard has stayed, if flavored perhaps by a certain something at the corner of gray eyes. "You gave shoujo manga as assigned reading to teach people how to cope with Usagi and her friends. Did it never occur to you to observe which behaviors made the characters in it blush?"

(Kunzite may be intentionally pretending that the entire incident involving Temari and "false pretenses" never occurred. It's okay. Nagihiko is permanently pretending that.)

"In any case. Are you going to go and rescue Naru from him yourself, or shall I ask her to attempt to herd him over in this direction? Given that I appear to be only peripherally involved, I don't think my trying to deal with the problem would help."
Mamoru Chiba 2016-09-07 21:43:07 54191
"...look," says Mamoru slowly, eyeing Kunzite through the locks of his hair falling out from under the heels of his hands, still gripping the rest of it, "he is a lot more likely to drunk teleport away from me at this point than you. Also." A beat. "I knew it made him blush. But he's not shy. You never blush. Like ever. I don't think your blood knows how to rush to your face. Does wishful thinking count in the case of flirting, because if it does, then I did actually know. I just..."

The prince sits up, letting his hands fall to his lap again, and he actually looks kind of wretched as he trails off. "He likes you, I didn't think he'd like me. I don't even-- I mean he told you he wants me to stop. Besides. I didn't even ask you. Or did us talking about Minako count? Usa and I did but we probably should again. Also ... no you're damn well involved like on at least two counts so if Naru's bringing him here you're not getting out of this also Naru better bring him here."
Kazuo Takeba 2016-09-07 21:52:01 54192
There are increasingly few things that Kunzite can actually sort out of what Mamoru's saying with any sense. But there are a couple. "This is Zoisite we're discussing," he points out to Mamoru. "If he actually wanted you to stop the behavior, you'd have found out by now. Possibly by way of the rest of the school wondering about the unscheduled 'fire drill.' It's the confusion he wants to get rid of."

The wretched look prompts Kunzite to come over beside Mamoru's chair, resting one hand on his shoulder and thumbing a message in with the other.

TXT to Naru: I think he and Mamoru have both taken leave of their senses. Would you mind trying to herd him over here? Do you need protective gloves?

... there is notably nothing else said out loud. Not for the moment.
Zoisite 2016-09-07 22:13:03 54193
Zoisite trips-- but ends up just sitting on the air for a moment before dropping back to a stand. He dodges the grab for his tongue with a laugh, wobbling slightly before leaning against the air like a very impressive mime.

"You're a smart girl, Naru-chan! Let's go get warm!" This is at least not talking to Kunzite or Mamoru. Especially Mamoru. Holy crap, not thinking about it, not thinking about it, not...
Naru Osaka 2016-09-07 22:17:14 54194
"I know you're a sweet talker, but my mother will flip dragging you into the house this late." Naru points out as she walks with him arms linked, her voice casual after a couple glances at her phone.

At least one making her smile.

Naru isn't in a rush as they walk, oh so very grateful that she doesn't actually live that far from ECFH.

"Wanna see my newest painting? Its somewhere warm." Naru asks of him as they stroll the night streets.
Zoisite 2016-09-07 22:26:28 54195
Zoisite nods, ruffling her hair again. "'specially since I reek like booze." He nods and ruffles Naru's hair again. "You're a smart, smart girl, Naru."

At the offer to see her newest painting, he brightens. "Yeah! Let's go!" Zoisite is glad to let her lead, occasionally 'tripping' and catching himself on the air.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-09-07 22:27:09 54196
Kunzite's come over and put his hand on Mamoru's shoulder. That means Kunzite's close enough for Mamoru to swivel his chair around just enough to slouch -- well, more like slump -- into Kunzite, forehead against the tall jerk's ribs. His voice is muffled. "At least you're patting my head instead of being cranky."

He'll just sit there like that. Maybe forever. That would be okay. Ish.
Naru Osaka 2016-09-07 22:29:57 54197
"You do have a certain eau du tavern about you." Naru comments as she endures being ruffled again. Her phone bings and she glances to it and there's a soft snort of amusement at whatever she reads.

"Not usually smart, no." Naru shakes her head as she carefully herds Zoisite in what she hopes is not obviously back to his own apartment building. Because that's gonna be a whole new fight when they get there.

"So why'd you get drunk?" Naru asks, quietly curious. "Things okay?"
Zoisite 2016-09-07 22:37:53 54198
Zoisite snickers and shakes his head. "Nah, you're pretty smart. Smarter than the people I was hangin' out with." He gestures widely in the direction of where he'd started out. "An' good at painting, too."

He pauses a little at the sight of the builting, the feeling of something up nagging at the back of his mind. Still, he goes on cheerfully enough.

"Yeah, punch was just really spiked. I was hangin' out with some people from school."
Naru Osaka 2016-09-07 22:42:40 54199
"When I hang out with people from school, we paint each others nails and do homework. I can't decide if I'm being seriously ripped off here, or if its really for the best." Naru comments as she slides an arm around his waist when he gestures widely, ensuring that it doesnt' throw him off balance. Floating or not, she'd rather keep a grasp on him.

"Did you know that I've never actually been drunk?" Naru comments as they take the scenic route around to the front of the building. "One drink, that I didn't even finish, and I was asleep on the couch."
Zoisite 2016-09-07 22:49:32 54200
Zoisite laughs softly. "'s probably better. I was mos'ly keepin' an ear out for troublemaker types, seeing if they're up to anythin' more serious than parties." He shrugs and raises his eyebrows at Naru. "'m not gonna get hurt if I tip over. 'm like one of those creepy punchy clowns." He even lets out a deranged cackle at that, trying to sound as much like 'Stabby the Nightmare Clown' as possible.

Zoi grins a little. "'s a good idea. Only reason I'm this drunk is they way spiked the punch. Like. Wayyyy too much booze in that punch."
Naru Osaka 2016-09-07 22:55:43 54201
"And you're warm and I'm cold, and I promise that your virtue is safe." Naru laughs a little and then gives him a hug and moves away from the cackle.

"C'mon Weeble, inside." Naru holds the door open for him and it is hard for this lobby to look anything other than exceptionally familiar. Other than the fact that approximately 2 people actually arrive here via the front door and not the balcony.
Zoisite 2016-09-07 22:57:56 54202
Zoisite freezes at the highly familiar lobby. "...Naru, this is my place." Nope.


Nope nope.



Zoisite steps away from Naru, the look on his face overblown, melodramatic, and highly reminiscient of a puppy whose tiny trust has been betrayed forever and ever the end.
Naru Osaka 2016-09-07 22:59:55 54203
"Yes dear, because my painting is in the /empty apartment/." Naru points out as she reaches out to grab his arm and keep him from getting all that far. "Which is warm, and contains no one you're trying to avoid."

Logic on a drunk person is a risky proposition at best, but Naru is making an effort.
Zoisite 2016-09-07 23:02:47 54204
Zoisite makes a face at Naru. "...only if I can stay in that apartment, an' only 'cause your paintings are worth it." He grumbles, still giving her an amazing side-eye. He is following her, but no longer in grabbing range.
Naru Osaka 2016-09-07 23:08:51 54205
"Zoi-love.. you do not have to leave that apartment." Naru promises as she moves to the elevator and keys in the top floor. "I'll even get off first and make sure the hallway is clear, okay?"

Something on her phone makes Naru snicker softly, shaking her head, and there's the tap tapping of a reply. Probably a couple of replies.

TXT to Kunzite: I got him to the reno apartment. Beyond here, it's up to you guys. There was a lot of NOPE involved.

"It's one of my most recent ones, and it still vaguely scares the crap out of me." Naru comments conversationally.
Zoisite 2016-09-07 23:32:24 54206
Zoi looks at her phone, then considers looking at his. His hand even goes to the pocket where it is, before other function can complete the 'naaaahhhh' thought. The phone goes away in a hurry. "Who ya' textin'? Usagi?" It seems likely enough- after all, if something amuses Naru, who better to be the source than her best friend?

Zoisite snorts. "Why does it scare you?"
Naru Osaka 2016-09-07 23:36:11 54207
"Alexis." Naru replies almost absently at the query on who she's texting, with just the start of colour in her cheeks as she turns her phone face down for the moment.

"I'm not really winning against my art right now. I'm working on it." Naru explains without explaining. "I'm pretty much waiting for it all to go horribly horribly wrong."
Zoisite 2016-09-07 23:39:49 54208
Zoisite grins rakishly. "Do you like this Alexis? Is he nice? I c'n be scary at him if he's a jerk." The name sounds somewhat familiar to Zoisite, but right now he can't place it. Mostly because the cartoonish bubbles of drunkenness are practically floating around his head.

"...It probably won't. I'd say you're winning pretty well- you're good at what you do, ragazza," he chirps.
Naru Osaka 2016-09-07 23:47:31 54209
"Yep." Naru replies easily enough on the question on if she likes him, colour still in her cheeks, because what could go wrong in telling a drunk Zoi, right? He'll forget by morning. "And he's nice, and he's sweet, and he is on the 'just friends' page, so you don't need to be scary at him. He's not a jerk."

The elevator opens and Naru peeks her head out, as promised to confirm that the hallway is clear. "We're safe.. c'mon."

Naru heads for the empty apartment and pauses by the door. "Well, currently it feels fairly out of control, and I hate that feeling, so nope. Not good at what I do. Paint's easy. Paint and magic is /hard/."

She has a key, and it opens the door into the not quite a construction zone anymore. The finishing touches are going on, including the paint on the walls. One wall has been transformed into a ceiling to floor waterfall, from a night sky up top, the light shifting and playing on the water all the way down to the pool at the bottom. Clearly not yet finished, as pieces are yet blank, waiting for their connections from other parts of the mural.
Zoisite 2016-09-07 23:52:56 54210
Zoisite leans affectionately against her. Odds that he will have forgotten it by morning are not good- he's definitely going to remember tonight. Luckily it'll probably be overshadowed by other things. "Good. 'cause the name sounds kinda familiar and I might need to loom at him if he is a jerk."

Zoisite follows, still stumbling a bit, and carefully leans against the wall as Naru talks. "It'll get easier. Y'just gotta practice. It's like anything else- you had to practice with just paint, right? Until you got good at it? Same thing, different kind of paint." Especially for someone who doesn't have any of the added faculty of past-life memories, she is moving at an impressive pace.

Zoisite steps into the apartment, and his brain just sort of stops. Along with most of the rest of him. He's staring, and it's pretty clear someone is going to have to scrape his jaw off the floor at some point. "...woah."
Naru Osaka 2016-09-08 00:00:26 54211
"I've probably mentioned him before." Naru comments, with a touch of a rueful tone. "We spend a fair bit of time together." Which might be rather an understatement, all things considered. Sucker for punishment, this one is.

"Practicing with paint didn't come with warnings to be careful not to melt my face off." Naru comments dryly and then she turns back, realizing that Zoi's stopped and is staring.

Naru looks from Zoisite to the waterfall and then back to Zoisite. "So I'm guessing it still looks alright even without the extra energy."
Zoisite 2016-09-08 00:17:06 54212
Zoisite nods emphatically. "It looks amazing. 'm proud of you." He beams and wraps an arm around Naru's shoulders loosely for a moment before plopping down right on the air, looking at his phone. He pauses and turns red for a moment before typing out a text to Mamoru.

TXT to Mamoru: big boy words says the guy who flirts by pulling hair in class!!! i dont mind it but it was drving me crazy figuring out if you were or not.
TXT to Mamoru: seriously do you know how annoying it is to lay in bed and wonder if the hot prince is hitting on you
Naru Osaka 2016-09-08 00:21:26 54213
"Its not done yet." Naru comments as she gives him a gentle squeeze and then watches him plunk onto the air and start texting.

Wandering over to the kitchen means that she can get both of them a drink of water. There's not much here, but a package of plastic cups means that she doesn't have to wander next door when she's working, and now means she can bring both back.

"I didn't think you were capable of blushing, Zoi. You're adorable. Here. Have some water." Naru passes him one of the cups before settling on the floor, leaning against the wall.
Zoisite 2016-09-08 00:36:28 54214
Zoisite makes a face at Naru's comment about him blushing, and blows another raspberry. He still accepts the water and sips at it- he's still smart enough to know he will be massively hung over if he doesn't drink enough water. He grumbles.

"Well Endy's been pulling my hair in class and flirting by being obnoxious, and-- he's more than just 'guy I am interested in' so I didn't know if he was actually interested or just being annoying especially since his own relationships already need engineering diagrams and eight-hour meetings to explain. And you're more adorable than I am, damn it."
Naru Osaka 2016-09-08 00:43:47 54215
"Flow chart." Naru notes with a soft snort. "Or a venn diagram. I haven't entirely decided yet, but the eight hour meetings are totally a yes." She takes a drink from her own water.

"Wait.. obnoxious is flirting?" Naru squints at him and then sighs. "I am just going to take this moment to temporarily appreciate my eternally single status." She takes that pause and then looks back to him. "Have you considered perhaps.. asking him?" Naru goes with the radical notionl. Unprecedented, really.

"Seriously? You're blushing and flustered and /floating/." Naru points out. "What /is/ it with boys unable to accept their adorable. Sheesh."
Zoisite 2016-09-08 00:52:49 54216
Zoisite nods solemnly. "It was complicated enough with just Usagi and Kunzite and now there's adding me and the fact that I am totally okay with things with Kunzite and the Prince." It'd be enough to drive someone to drink... oh, wait, that sort-of accidentally happened.

"...Japan is different, but some places seem to think that boys being annoying or even kinda abusive counts as grade-school-level flirting. 'Oh don't mind him pulling your hair, he just likes you.' That kind of thing." Zoisite's tone makes it abundantly clear how much he approves of this attitude. It even comes with a complimentary flip of his hair and him rolling his eyes.

"I'm not blushing any more," he replies, folding his arms. He ruins his affected dignity by going to ruffle Naru's hair again.
Naru Osaka 2016-09-08 01:01:06 54217
"Y'know, in the grand scheme of things.. it's not actually /that/ complicated if everyone is alright with it. That's the only complicated part, is actually making sure that everyone is alright with it." Naru comments thoughtfully and then adds. "Okay, scheduling of date nights might require a google calendar. Or a lot of highlighters."

"It's super complicated if you guys don't talk to each other about it though." Naru pffts at him as she gets ruffled again and then shakes her head a little.

"Still adorable." Naru points out and then adds. "And if that's flirting, its harmless flirting. I am WAY too selfish to want to try and wriggle my way into the flow chart."
Zoisite 2016-09-08 01:04:58 54218
Zoisite grumbles softly in the back of his throat. "Stop making sense, damnit. I just... hell, I think the worst part was going to be saying anything. I mean, if I leave it as schrodinger's flirt, I never get the chance of him saying no and..." Something darkens his face, something he can't quite find the words to explain. Instead, he just leans against Naru.

"Yeah, yeah, I'll be sure to warn allllll the cute boys about you flirting with little old me," he offers in an incredibly dry tone of voice.
Naru Osaka 2016-09-08 01:14:42 54219
"Sorry." Naru doesn't sound even a little bit sorry as she leans back against him.

"You know he loves you to pieces, right? Like.. flirting, no flirting, dating or not dating." Naru's voice is quiet, it doesn't need to be loud the way that they're leaned against each other. She starts to say something else, deciding against it, to just lean quietly against him.

Naru smirks a touch. "No one would believe you."
Zoisite 2016-09-08 01:27:09 54220
Zoisite snorts. "Uh-huh, sure. Super sorry." He makes a face, but pets her hair anyway.

"I know... I trust him, but..." There's something that shadows Zoisite's voice, that speaks of memories of the Dark Kingdom, and possibly something before it. Even drunk, he doesn't elaborate, doesn't say much of anything about it. Instead of speaking, he absently finger-combs Naru's hair.

"Of course they wouldn't."
Naru Osaka 2016-09-08 01:39:43 54221
Naru closes her eyes a moment, listening to Zoisite's words, but more importantly the timbre of his voice and the tone of his breathing, and the feelof him settled against her.

"It will be alright." Simple words. Platitudes really, offered with quiet certainty that goes beyond blind optimism.

Quiet again, savouring the rare moment.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-09-08 02:19:05 54222
It's not immediately after Naru starts savoring the rare moment that one of the apartment doors opens to the sound of hissed one-sided arguing; that would be cruel. But it's soon. The end of it resolves into "--said so. And I agree. Because not even literally kissing you managed to get it through your--"

And then around a corner and Mamoru sees Naru and Zoisite and immediately stops, looking kind of red-faced.

"Uh, hi."
Kazuo Takeba 2016-09-08 02:22:22 54223
It is surely entirely coincidence that Kunzite is just far enough behind Mamoru that he could conceivably block a non-magical exit. He inclines his head to the pair past Mamoru, straightfaced as ever. "Thank you for coming to our rescue this time, Naru."
Zoisite 2016-09-08 02:25:54 54224
Zoisite hears Mamoru's voice and starts laughing so hard he falls out of the air. There is a faint, startled "ow!" followed by further, breathless laughter. The sound of the tail end of the argument was more than enough to set Zoisite off, and Kunzite's appearance just redoubles it.

Because laughing at Kunzite takes precedence over the sudden, inexplicable urge to hide behind Naru, or something like that. Even though his face is now bright red. That's totally from laughing himself stupid.
Naru Osaka 2016-09-08 02:28:46 54226
Soon, indeed, but just long enough for Naru to relax and if it had been much longer than soon, she probably would have fallen asleep on Zoisite.

Instead, she opens her eyes to peer over at the other two and there's a smile out of Naru, and not even a hint of a blush on her as she collects herself up to her feet.

"My pleasure." Naru answers Kunzite with a little nod. "Turn around is fair play and all that." There's a little gesture of her hand encompassing the three of them. as she adds. "You three have stuff to talk about, and I have doughnuts to eat."
Mamoru Chiba 2016-09-08 02:38:52 54227
"There are doughnuts? I want doughnuts," Mamoru says sadly, then grabs Kunzite's sleeve and starts pushing him toward Zoisite. He tells Zoisite, "I told him for you." Still pushing. To Naru, "Can I have some of your doughnuts?"
Kazuo Takeba 2016-09-08 02:42:55 54230
"Leave Naru's doughnuts alone, Mamoru." Only one of these people has the excuse of being drunk. Kunzite reaches over and wraps fingers around Mamoru's wrist; nobody is escaping this one, apparently. That lasts until he has to surrender the gesture, because he's reached where Zoisite fell and settling down on one knee beside him while keeping a grip on Mamoru keeping a grip on his sleeve is one step of awkwardness too far.
Zoisite 2016-09-08 02:50:19 54231
Zoisite snorts at Naru. "You had doughnuts and didn't tell me!?" He looks betrayed. Still, Mamoru and Kunzite moving closer gets Zoisite fidgeting with his hair. "...He wasn't the only one I was saying things about hitting on to!" Zoisite protests, looking and sounding somewhat betrayed. "He's just the one who needs to get hit with it across the face like that, I thought."
Naru Osaka 2016-09-08 02:53:20 54232
"They are not my doughnuts." Naru corrects assumptions on the doughnut location. "They are Alex's doughnuts, I have hope that he has not eaten all of them. At my last query after them, there was still some left."

Naru has no illusions about the survival rate of doughnuts after two teens get at them. "I will bring over fresh doughnuts tomorrow."

There is absolutely someone escaping this one, it's just not one of the principle players. Naru is quietly slipping away, letting them talk without her help.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-09-08 03:02:00 54233
Mamoru gives Naru a wry look independent of doughnuts and Zoisites and Kunzites and flirtings and awkwardness. It is also a weirdly grateful look that is not so weirdly apologetic. He also does not call any further attention to her escape.

Kunzite lets go of his wrist and he lets go of Kunzite's sleeve and Mamoru unreservedly flops down on the tile next to Zoisite and slings his arms around the diminutive strawberry blond's waist. From there. "I know!" he says a lot more cheerfully than he should sound. "But I've been flirting with you, right? So I should be a given. Him, you have to whack over the head with a clue-by-four, so you should hop to it and I'll be around. Don't worry. I like it when I know you're talking about me and there'll probably be some of that between you being awkward at each other and you kissing."
Kazuo Takeba 2016-09-08 03:07:47 54234
It is entirely possible that the last thing Naru hears as she makes her escape may be Kunzite saying to Zoisite, in his usual gravely calm tone, "Our Prince is a weasel."

That's probably not the kind of talking about him that Mamoru was thinking of, granted.

Zoisite winds up with a Mamoru on one side, arms about waist, and a Kunzite on the other side, his arm settling around Zoisite's shoulders. "Our Prince is also ignoring the fact that you are very drunk and therefore that most of the talking about him should wait till post-hangover." Most. Not necessarily all.
Zoisite 2016-09-08 03:15:53 54235
Zoisite leans into the contact with a soft purr, definitely leaning more towards 'trying to trap Mamoru'. "Kunzite is right. I am waaaayyy not sober, but I'm still more sober and less stupid than a lot of kids at that party will be." He wrinkles his nose at the idea of a hangover. "...I want more water, too, but I don't wanna move." Still, being in the middle of a cuddle-pile is good too, and Zoisite makes this abundantly obvious. If he's not careful, Mamoru's going to end up a pillow for a very drunk Zoisite.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-09-08 03:34:10 54236
"I'm not a weasel," Mamoru objects, then sort of half-props floppy asleepish drunk Zoisite up. And again because he seems to be melting. "I just have HOMEWORK. If you'll recall I was in the middle of it when you came to drag me by the ear to hold me accountable for Zoisite's drunk texting."

He considers Zoi for a second, and then he considers Kunzite. "I can carry him if you get the water."
Kazuo Takeba 2016-09-08 03:37:22 54237
Kunzite's hand trails lightly over Zoisite's shoulders as he leans into Mamoru, not trying to keep the hold against the force of gravity. "I can get the water whether or not you can carry him. The only question is whether or not I'm also getting the homework." He tousles the tail of Zoisite's hair lightly, and tries to ease up to his feet. Depending on which of them Zoisite latches on to harder. "Whose room are we migrating to?"
Zoisite 2016-09-08 03:40:42 54238
Zoisite makes a soft, pleased noise and mumbles. "As long as I don't get left alone I don't caaaare," he sing-songs. "But if Endy has homework he should probably do his homework." With that, Zoi starts leaning more toward Kunzite. This turned out better than expected!

It does not mean that he ever plans on getting this wasted ever again. This was a happy accident, not cause for repeat performance, and even 'four sheets to the wind' drunk Zoisite knows that one.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-09-08 03:48:41 54239
And oh no, Mamoru knows Kunzite's not letting him get away with the out that Zoisite's giving him. Zoi starts leaning more towards Kunzite, which means Mamoru has manueverability enough to slide his legs under him and push himself up enough to crouch, then scoop Zoisite up in his arms and get to his feet. It's not lightning-fast by a long shot. It's also accompanied by a half-laugh and a sigh before the heave-to.

On his feet, and more or less cradling Zoi against his chest, Mamoru thinks for a second before deciding and starting to walk. "My room is the path of least resistance. Homework's already there and all laid out in order. It also has the bathroom closest to the bed."
Kazuo Takeba 2016-09-08 03:55:11 54240
"Be there shortly." There's one more moment of touch, hand laid high on Zoisite's arm this time; then Kunzite is detouring toward the actually stocked kitchen. Tray. Pitcher of water. Glasses. Something for Mamoru to nibble on, even if they are presently woefully bereft of Mako-treats and Alexis-doughnuts.

Somehow the path of least resistance isn't exactly sounding like it's going to discourage Zoisite from this sort of thing, but maybe any renewed embarrassment in the morning will help.
Zoisite 2016-09-08 03:58:18 54241
The strawberry-haired shitennou laughs a little as Mamoru scoops him up. "Prob'ly smart. I don't feel sick, but..." Well. He knows he drank more than his body is willing to tolerate, so it won't be all that shocking if he passes out and ends up needing to make a late-night bathroom run. "...just-- Usagi. She going to be okay with this?" Even not-sober, there are Important Questions. Important questions he should be asking sober, but still... He tries.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-09-08 04:05:14 54242
"Mmf," Mamoru tells Kunzite as he makes his assurances and veers off, and then he shifts Zoi in his arms a little to make getting through doors a little easier. "If you think anything is going on other than Kunzite coddling you while you're drunk as hell in my bed while I'm doing homework, you've got another think coming." He relents after a second, hitting the lightswitch with his elbow as they go through door after hall after door. "You were discussed in theory but not in specifics, so I'm going to talk to her again to make sure. I honestly didn't think you'd-- I mean, I knew you liked Kunzite. And I knew Naru liked you. Hell, I don't even know if you like girls. But I thought you just loved me, not, you know, like-liked me."
Kazuo Takeba 2016-09-08 04:12:56 54243
It is not completely impossible that Kunzite might make it back to Mamoru's room before the pair of them do, even without invoking magic. It is far more likely, though, that he falls in a little behind them -- he can move more quickly without having to worry about stray Zoisite limbs, but his detour more than makes up for it.

Unsurprisingly, when he does turn up, he's quiet about it at first.
Zoisite 2016-09-08 04:25:23 54244
"I just meant I don't feel drunk enough to be queasy, but that might have a 'yet' on it," Zoi slurs amiably. Doesn't matter, have prince cuddles and the answer to the vague nag that's been at the back of his head for a while now. "I didn't even dare think about it-- I didn't... I was happier with 'maybe but probably not, don't ask questions or rock the boat' rather than a definite no and making everything awkward. Kunzite just needed a brick to the face so he could catch the hint." There's a flicker of darker emotion there, something that carries a faint glimmer of memory from before the Dark Kingdom, too deep-seated to be caused there. It's a feeling that says asking for something you want will get you sent away, the feeling that you are one of a replaceable many, and not even as good as the rest. Zoi doesn't dwell on this, though, burying his face against Mamoru's shoulder instead.
Mamoru Chiba 2016-09-08 05:08:09 54245
For the moment, Mamoru's silent; Kunzite's there and quiet, and Mamoru's just standing in the middle of his room, holding Zoisite in his arms, then leaning his face against bright hair.

There's the warmth of him, and the lightness and the gold in his touch, that same sense of home and connectedness and everything really maybe being right, that same call that pulled at Zoisite in the Dark Kingdom when Endymion came to find him in the gardens under Paris. The same words echo as feelings through every breath: I need you, he's said so many times. I need all of you.

And another brightness when things were darker still: Zoisite holding him that time, taking his phone, letting him cry to make up for all the times he couldn't afford to; letting him break a little so he could pretend to be all right a little while longer; letting him sleep, protecting him even when that wasn't something one did.

And still more--

Mamoru remembers what the shell of Dark Endymion could not: a silent ghost in the doorway, reflected in the mirror, standing sentinel. The horrible sense of loss when Beryl nearly killed him, the--

These are only flashes of context with the emotion that threads through, that threatens to drown Zoisite in its ferocity. Protective, jealous, greedy love. Part of a whole. The quartered circle-- the five of them laughing in another life, the two of them driving Neph crazy, or dragging Jadeite in on something, the four of them all conspiring to turn Kunzite's hair whiter-- always safe, always always.

The child Endymion's excitement at the prospect of getting them back, meeting them again in this life; the child Mamoru's incompleteness and loneliness growing up without them. The wreckage of the world in the time they were probably taken-- and the confusion and terror and excitement, the desperation of those last days before D-Point; what happened to Kunzite; D-Point itself. The horrible losses. The stones in his pocket-- their ghosts at the final stand; them tolerating his weird skittishness and lopsidedness when Kunzite was buried and silent; all of them catching him when he could finally let go. And never once--

--never once since he forged this life's connections with them has Mamoru ever let go of them. There's a playful little tug on the bond, the string of fate, the connection between the two of them, Mamoru and Zoisite. Mamoru smiles into Zoisite's hair. "Dummy," he murmurs affectionately. "Why do you think you were mad at Kunzite for six stupid months? Do you think I'd've agreed if I thought that? Whatever happened before, you're here. With us. With me. We're not gonna let anything change that unless you want it to."

This said, Mamoru bends his head to kiss Zoisite's forehead, shuffling over to the bed and then ca-a-a-a-arefully lowering him onto it.
Kazuo Takeba 2016-09-08 05:17:35 54246
That long moment of silence is not interrupted, not intruded upon. That's theirs. Kunzite remembers his. And does nothing to trouble this one.

Not till Mamoru lapses back into actual speech, and he can move again, and does -- quietly, in the background. So that he can seat himself on the other side of Mamoru's bed, glass of water ready in hand.

He doesn't say anything till Mamoru's settled Zoisite and lifted at least his head again; when he does, it's only -- even more dry than usual -- "You're not a brick."

It's his eyes that change that from four words to something of the same nature as Mamoru's murmur, and Mamoru's kiss.
Zoisite 2016-09-08 05:27:17 54247
Zoisite practically bathes in the wash of feeling, of unconditional love, of being part of a whole. He doesn't shift, barely even seems to breathe, but there are tears leaking from the corners of his eyes, pent-up emotions he had been adroitly avoiding. Though there aren't concrete episodic memories lending context to the impressions of being replaceable, of being just another (inferior) cog in a wheel, in some ways that makes it worse. There's no way to logically debunk it, except with faith in the better nature of another human being.

Still, being able to feel that love, directly, and be reminded of things he cannot remember for himself, goes a long way toward moving it out of 'taken on faith' territory. At the murmur, Zoisite smiles and gently touches Mamoru's cheek, not saying anything but smiling a watery, fond smile. He settles into the bed and leans so he's in contact with Kunzite a bit, obviously tired.

"No, but calling your ass dense was brick-like," Zoisite mumbles. "Even if you needed to hear it."
Mamoru Chiba 2016-09-08 05:32:18 54248
"I don't think asses work that way. Pretty sure the density's roughly the same for everyone's," Mamoru says, leaning down to brush reddish blond hair away from Zoisite's face with a smile. "I'm going to be right here, doing my homework until it's done, and then you'll have to move over. If you're in the middle you won't fall out, but--"

This is added as Mamoru moves away a little to take his seat at his desk again, "if you're gonna hurl, do us both a favor and teleport to the bathroom."
Kazuo Takeba 2016-09-08 05:37:05 54249
Somehow Zoisite has acquired an arm around him again, as if the entire interlude between were a casual aberration. "I prefer you to bricks, as a general rule. Drink some more before you fall asleep." -- but there's something gentler about his tone, even than the usual hints of warmth Zoisite wins from him. Making even the imperative into an endearment of sorts. And he leans down in turn to kiss Zoisite's forehead just below the hairline. Echo and correction: "We'll be right here."