Welcome Home, Jia-chan!

Lacrima and Amu Hinamori welcome Jiaying back to Tokoyo after her trip back home for a bit!

Date: 2016-10-26
Pose Count: 22
Lacrima 2016-10-26 02:29:19 58725
Lacrima is dressed in normal clothes as she waits at the terminal exit of the airport, sitting with her arms crossed and staring at the floor. If she imagines there is no people around her. Temptation won't get her. She'd gotten over her feeding temptation. Right? She can... can get over this temptation, to not be alone in her misery. Right?

This is also whey she invited Amu Hinamori along. As a check. She'd stop anything she was doing, right? If it was dangerous? "Thank you." she says quietly to Amu. "For coming along with me." she says.

She slides her smartphone into her field of view.

"Her plane should be arriving soon and then passengers should depart." she says.

"This should be her flight." she says.

She does peek up at the terminal exit every so often. Quick bursts.
Amu Hinamori 2016-10-26 02:35:28 58727
Amu Hinamori smiled and gave a little nod. "Of course. This is what friends do for each other." She had an arm around Lacrima's shoulders. More because she was so tired she felt like she was going to pass out. "Let me know if you need anything, okay?" She'd mostly come because, wlel, there was no telling if Lacrima would need to feed or something and, if she did, what better than a cool and spicy snack?

She was so tired... She closed her eyes, jsut for a moment, leaning a bit more heavily on Lacrima.
Jiaying Maki 2016-10-26 02:40:57 58729
Jiaying Maki makes her way through the gates looking tired and still somewhat withdrawn. She hefts her carryon bag and waves to Norie and someone she doesn't recognize right away. Making her way over, she rolls her shoulders and says, "Hey N-" she pauses, "You two." Before leaning in to give Norie a hug and Amu if she accepts it. Then she yawns and steps back, looking around at the airport. "So.. shall we go?" Looking like she's somewhat uncomfortable being around the big crowd of people at this point.
Lacrima 2016-10-26 02:48:13 58730
Lacrima oh god. Jia-chan! she's here! She does stand up finally and gives Jiaying a /tight/ hug. It's very unusual for Lacrima to hug back tight- usually they're weak and cold. Well the hug is still cold.

"I'm so glad you're back." she says softly. Jiaying can probably guess why. Given the dream. "Just so. I know I'm not crazy." she says. "You were there. In the dream. Right?" she asks. "Just...making sure." she says.

She turns back around to Amu and nods. "Let's begin home." she says. "I mean. To Jiaying's home." she says softly.

She looks down a bit as she begins to walk.

"Um. Need to stop. Anywhere. Before home?" she asks quietly.
Amu Hinamori 2016-10-26 02:52:13 58731
Amu Hinamori nodded softly. What? Dream? "There was a dream? You two share dreams now?" she asked blearily. Cool. That was cool. She was half asleep so that was cool. "Oh. I'm Amu. Nice to meet you," she said. She was fairly sure they'd met but she couldn't be sure and she was too tired to really think about it. "I ummmm... I'm Lacrima-chan's friend. She's pretty awesome. I've been feeding her. It's nice." She had bags under her eyes. Even her charas looked tired.
Jiaying Maki 2016-10-26 03:06:50 58733
Jiaying Maki hrks at the tight hug, but she returns it easily enough. Stepping back, she offers a brief bow of her head to Amu and says, "Nice to meet you. I'm Jiaying Maki." There's the comment about her feeding Norie, which gets a worried look shot to Norie. After that she steps back and nods, "Home sounds nice." as she points to the baggage pickup.

On the way over, she nods and says, "I was there at the dream, it was a very... strange situation. Did you manage to figure out how that happened?" While keepign the subject of it to herself or the time being. Waiting for her bags, she quietly rubs her chin before asking, "Are you okay Norie?"
Lacrima 2016-10-26 03:14:50 58734
Lacrima lets Jiaying call her Norie because she needs to hear that name right now. Norie. Norie Norie. She looks back to Amu and frowns. "If you're not okay, after being drained- I'll cut back on what I take." she says flatly. She looks back to Jiaying.

"Amu...-chan..." she's hesitant to say that -chan. But... she's trying to be friend and familiar.

"Offered to let me feed from her, instead of going out hunting- when she's able." she says. "It's okay. It's safe. Besides. Well she's tired." she says.

Norie's cheated and had one of Eclipse's mysterious black sedans pick them up. Private. Not a cab. There's a nice black windowed shield between the back and the driver compartment. It's private and soundproofed in back.

She looks to Amu. "I had... a dream. And. Another. Acquaintance of mine, and Jiaying, ended up in it too." she says quietly.

She looks back to Jiaying. "I'm sorry. I don't know what happened or caused that." she says meekly. "Ariel drifts through dreams and maybe... I dunno. I missed you a lot when you left so maybe that tugged you in via her?..." she asks. "That's my... best guess."
Amu Hinamori 2016-10-26 03:18:44 58735
Amu Hinamori nods. "No, no, I'm fine. I'm still out of commission for fighting, anyway. So I'm completely fine. I just didn't sleep well last night, that's all." Gave her hand a little squeeze. Once they were in the van, she tried to stay away and listen, a smile on her face.

She barely made it out of the parking lot before she drifted off, lightly snoring and her head resting on Lacrima's shoulder. Seriously. If Eclipse wanted to kidnap a magical girl it would be the easiest thing in the world for them. Just get them to tire themselves out by pretending to be hurt.

Even her charas were lightly snoring in their bags. Maybe she was a little over drawn. Not that she'd let lacrima go hunting, instead always making sure she was there to be fed on.
Jiaying Maki 2016-10-26 03:45:17 58738
Jiaying Maki runs her fingers through her hair as she hesitates, not sure if she wants to go for a ride in the vehicle, friend or not. She swallows her doubt and climbs in, settling in. She seems more cautious in general. Nodding to Amu, she starts to ask something, then stops and instead watches her quietly, then watches Norie. Chewing her lip, she eventually drops the subject and instead rests her head against the window and closes her eyes. "I hate flying." She says after a moment, "I always feel weird after."

Cracking an eye open, she asks Norie, quietly as it looks like Amu has drifted off, "ARe you alright Norie? I mean after the dream and in general." There's a moment's hesitation again before she continues, "Did anything happen while I was gone?"
Lacrima 2016-10-26 03:56:59 58739
Lacrima blinks as Amu falls asleep. She sighs and shakes her head as she looks at Jiaying. "I dunno. I used to get airsick." she says. "I don't now." she says. "I haven't tested high up I can float yet." she says.

She frowns a bit and wraps her hands around her. "No... I've been. Keeping myself locked up." she says. "Since the dream. Because I don't trust myself." she says.

"Amu's made that possible." She says. "Since I didn't need to leave to feed." she says.

"I'm glad you're back." she says again. Well. As glad as she's capable of feeling. She's still...dour. and deadpan.

"Did you learn a lot?" she asks quietly.
Jiaying Maki 2016-10-26 04:04:21 58741
Jiaying Maki nods and says softly, "Make sure you don't give in, you'll regret it-" there's a moment's thought, "Especially after we figure out how to make the split stick so you can feel like you again."

Pulling her legs in and resting her hcin on her knees as she leans against the window she nods, "I did learn a few things. Time alone and away did me a lot of favors as well." She glances towards the window, watching the buildings pass by. "Have you had any more dreams, or anything else of note since the other day?"
Lacrima 2016-10-26 04:11:13 58742
Lacrima frowns. "I... feel like me?" she asks. "I still don't really know what happened that day. My memory is still fuzzy." she says.

She head tilts. "I'm glad." she says quietly. "That you feel a little better." she says.

"No. Nothing of note." she says on the dreams. "The usual.... swirling colors." she says. "That's about it." she says.

"That was the first... dream I've had in a few months. Like that. That's how I... learned to do. The things I do." she says. "In those dreams." she says.

"Well most of them." she says.

"Was it nice to be back in your home country?" she asks. "I have a strange sense of homesick. Because I feel homesick for a place I've never even been." she says with a slight huff.
Jiaying Maki 2016-10-26 04:17:24 58743
Jiaying Maki says flatly, "I think I much prefer the nice quiet little place we used to live on, even if auntie keeps insisting I try her strange teas and concoctions." She scowls and murmurs, "Still not sure that's not how I ended up in the dream you know."

She nods slowly after a moment while adding, "Do you think we were there by accident or was it reaching out trying to... what, maybe get us too? Failing to realize I don't want that kind of power and Ariel would probably do the same." She shrugs, "I don't know her well, but she seems nice."
Lacrima 2016-10-26 04:22:21 58744
Lacrima frowns. "I've encountered her more than a few times. Her and her big dog." she says. "She protects...dreams. Or something. I don't know much about it." she says. "But she's like that. Just. Talking." she mutters.

"I dunno why you were there. The dreams aren't.. interactive. They're just. Memories. Like. My brain put a tutorial tape in it's player and that's what you're seeing." she says.

"I didn't really. Have any friends left. When I had my first few dreams." she says.

"Maybe my 'friends' get pulled in with me?" she asks.

"I don't even think this power thing works on people who already have it." she says. "But I probably shouldn't experiment with this." she says.
Jiaying Maki 2016-10-26 04:41:09 58746
Jiaying Maki stretches and rolls her shoulders a few times before settling back in against the comfortable perch she's taken up. "I know you said they're interactive, but that's the only reason I could think of. I mean... it would make sense wouldn't it." SHe shrugs.

She quickly shakes her head and holds her hands up in an X, "No. Definitely not. Don't even do it in the manor, it's tempting and that's bad. Please."

She stifles a yawn and settles back into her seat. Eventually asking, "I need to talk to the cape guy about your split yous. He had ideas on saving you, maybe we can do something temporary, that is-" She thinks before continuing, "The tag still burned you, but you were you."
Lacrima 2016-10-26 04:50:38 58747
Lacrima frowns. "Well. I don't. Have a body?" she asks. "I'm just dark energy. So even if the other influence is gone. I'm still. This thing. No matter what." she says softly. The sedan stops in front of Jiaying's apartment. She steps out, walks to the drivers side window, talks to the dark, shilloueted figure past the tinted glass and she nods.

He's taking Amu back to her house.

She walks back around and opens the door for Jiaying if she hasn't opened it herself. "The driver will make sure Amu gets back to her own home." she says.

She gently sighs. "I mean. I know I guess... there's 'two mes', because sometimes I find myself arguing with myself in my head. But..." she says quietly.

"There's things we agree on... we both. Like Natsumi-chan. And you." she says. "It doesn't think it's wrong I want to be 'normal'." she says. "It never argues with me on that." she says.

"Just. Confusing." she mutters.
Jiaying Maki 2016-10-26 05:02:03 58748
Jiaying Maki climbs out of the car, watching Amu quietly. Looking back up at the now familiar apartment building, she says flatly, "Do you trust them to take her home alone?" Having seen at least one evil clone thing, she's being a touch cautious.

Looking to Norie, she says, "Well, one step at a time. Emotions first, some kind of actual body second. If she could be saved, you can be." The way she says she, it's clear she doesn't think highly of whoever it was either.

She hesitates at the last comment. "Is it for camoflage or for something else? Be very careful on anything it doesn't argue with you about. Think of it like xiangqi." She pauses and adds, "Shogi. You'd know shogi better."
Lacrima 2016-10-26 05:12:35 58749
Lacrima frowns. "If you say so." she says quietly. "Yeah. I trust that person." she says quietly. "It isn't some sort of monster driving us." she says. "It was a special favor." she insists.

She walks up into the building and up stairs and--- they're back in the apartment!

Not much is probably out of place unless Jiaying left her ghost friends here and they did stuff.

Lacrima sits down on her futon and frumps.

"She...?" she asks.
Jiaying Maki 2016-10-26 05:20:52 58750
Jiaying Maki makes her way into the apartment, watching what she says until they're inside and the doors are closed. Settling down on her pile of cushions, she curls up, grabbing a pillow over to rest her head against before she answers any questions. "She?" she asks to make sure she's talking about the right she.

Pulling the pillow in against herself, she nestles in and asks, "I didn't think it was a monster driving- I just have to make sure. Weirder things happen."
Lacrima 2016-10-26 05:24:09 58751
Lacrima speaks. "Yes, you said. 'If she can be saved, so can you'. Who's she?" she asks. She head tilts a bit and frowns a little- but frowning is nothing new for her for little reason.

A pause. "I was going to. Order something out. Tonight." she says. "Did you want anything?" she asks.

"Or do you have... jet lag?" she asks.
Jiaying Maki 2016-10-26 05:30:57 58752
Jiaying Maki lifts her head and says, "The other fox. The one that split your two yous in the first place." She doesn't add any other personal thoughts to that situation. Instead the mention of food comes up and she nods, "Food is always worth it, even if I"d rather be curled up and sleeping. What were you going to order out?"

She slowly sits up, tail curled around her pillow and arms and pillow. "I'm going to start trying to find his minions by the way. I want to see if any of them survived." There's a pause, "I may not be telling you who they are- just in case."
Lacrima 2016-10-26 05:36:53 58754
Lacrima kind of thinks on this, she purses her lips. "I don't... think you'll.. find anyone." she says. "I mean... I feel like that? But... it's worth a try. Anyways." she says.

She looks to the phone and back. "I was going to order fried chicken of some sort. Expensive. But. I'm kind of feeling like I need a lot of something wasteful and gluttonous at the moment." she says.

She frowns. "Ayana-chan." she says. "I think I upset her. Somehow."