Who Would Dress Like That

Usagi takes issue with the existence of certain costumes. Seth is a little baffled. Hey, they know some of the same people! ... whoops, not so much a good thing ...

Date: 2016-10-26
Pose Count: 13
Usagi Tsukino 2016-10-26 21:38:56 58794
It's after school, and while Usagi could be studying, her next test isn't until next week, and her next big test isn't for awhile yet.

In fact, it's actually because of school she's here. The last test, or essay rather, she'd had, she'd done ridiculously well. (Though to be fair, it rather felt like cheating when she was given an open season pass on greek mythology to choose her topic about. Ten guesses which she chose. A couple more to figure out how she spun a different take, as per the instructions.)

Papa'd been impressed by both the grade and subject matter, asked if she'd shown it to certain boys, of which Usagi laughed really nervously at and said NO.

Because good grade? Very good. Rewriting the Selene and Endymion myth to be less creepy? Very much cheaty.

Still, Halloween Money with the proviso the costume covered more skin than it showed. Which shouldn't be too much of a problem, right?

Inside the seasonal Halloween shop, however, Usagi's holding up a Sexy Disney Princess costume. Her large eyes aren't with wonder or awe, though.


Abject and complete horror.

"Sacrilege!" She hisses, gaining a few glances.
Seth Locke 2016-10-26 21:55:24 58802
And one of such glance is rather nearby, in fact just the adjacent row. It's Seth, who looks at the now-hissing girl. He recognizes the hairdo, and it's the same color, too - because seriously, how many girls sport a hair like that, even in Tokyo? -; he sort-of met her briefly at the Arcade, when she was with Naru.

"Uhm... Is something wrong?", he dares to ask. He too has a couple outfits to try on.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-10-26 22:00:56 58803
Usagi stops mid hiss and blinks a couple times. Recognition hits and she cheerfully waves her hand. The one holding the offensive costume. "Seth-kun! Hi!"

And then his question sinks in and she's hissing again, holding up the very offensive ensemble.

"Look! Look at this! Sexy costumes, yay! Disney Princess costumes, more yay! But to combine them!"

Aside from the costume, her hands are empty. That's the problem with being a reincarnated princess. You just don't have anything to wear.
Seth Locke 2016-10-26 22:23:37 58806
The american boy looks at the costume, and he blinks. "Ah yes, I see the problem", Seth chuckles. "A costume that bets on beauty by leaving little to the imagination, instead of complementing the natural beauty of the wearer." He looks at the article more closely. "You sure this item was sent to the right address? Shouldn't it be in like, some kinky fantasy adult store?"
Usagi Tsukino 2016-10-26 22:32:36 58808
Usagi blinks a couple times, and her mind focuses on the last thing he says. "Those exist?"

Giving a quick, jerking shake of her head, she puts the offending costume back -- in the far, far back where it will hopefully never see the light of day again -- before letting out a long and suffering sound.

"UUUUUUUUUUUuuuuuuuug! I don't know what to beeeeee." Then she proceeds to share with him about as little as she normally would someone she's barely met once in passing. Pretty much everything. "I mean, I already have a princess costume. Sort of. And it's our anniversary but I don't know if he remembers because he's so busy studying and catching up with school which is fine, but if he does remember I want something nice but not something too nice in case he doesn't, which again is fine, but uuuuuuuuuuuuuug!"
Seth Locke 2016-10-26 22:49:24 58810
Seth Locke just nods. And he keeps nodding while Usagi tells her story, coupled with a bit of a smile.

After that, he replies, the soul of calm, "Okay, just two questions will fill me in: 'who's he?', and 'it's your anniversary of what?'."

Okay, that might not be enough to fill him in, because that story spans lifetimes and he's just a mere human, but, at least from a human perspective...
Usagi Tsukino 2016-10-26 23:02:27 58813
Usagi blinks some more. "Our first date was on Halloween! My first date with Mamo-chan!"

And then, suspicious eyeballs. "Hey, you look high schooly. And you sound smart. Do yo go to Infinity? Do you know Mamoru Chiba? Really tall? Eyes bluer and deeper than all the oceans ever made ever? Probably has eyebrows like this when he's focused really hard?" She tries her best to imitate Mamoru's Study Eyebrows. Probably not very well.
Seth Locke 2016-10-26 23:31:57 58818
"...Ah", Seth replies dryly after he hears the name.

"The name is familiar, yes." And all the expression of joy and warmth Seth had until then turns into a sort of dismissive attitude. He looks at the costumes he's been holding onto, and shakes his head as he glances at Usagi mimicking Mamoru's focused face. "I think you'd need to add more 'jerk' to that, with a blush of 'sanctimonious'." He shrugs after that, "Just saying."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-10-26 23:43:05 58819
Usagi, of course, doesn't notice the change in expression at first. She picks up a foam sword, fwacking it against her hand. It doesn't even hurt!

At his last comments, she turns to him with a cheerful and pleased expression. "Jerk? You do know him!"

And then she noticed his changed look.

And scowls.

Very much scowls.

"Hey!" She thwacks him on the head with her very ineffectual weapon. And again. "Don't you get all high and mighty! Don't be all judgey! I know exactly who I'm dating and you don't get to try to make me be all ashamed of who you think he is! My Mamo-chan can be a jerk, but he's my jerk, darnit! And he probably thought he had a very good reason for it!"

Suddenly, all her ire is gone, as she suddenly gasps and looks at Seth with large, watering, and very much Kicked Puppy eyes. "Unless...unless you think I'm not good enough for him? That I'm not smart enough?"

And then she's crying, and of course she's loud, because Usagi, and if such a thing was possible, rivers could be formed with her tears.

"Why would you think something so mean, Seth-kun!"
Seth Locke 2016-10-27 00:21:18 58821
Seth Locke looks at Usagi's reaction right until the very end. He looks around, what patrons there are, they'll be looking at this by now.

...And for just a moment, he wonders if it wouldn't be best to get a scuba diving outfit.

He sighs, "Whatever differences I have with Chiba-san and Takeba-san are mine and mine alone. You've had a good experience with him, I just happened to have one that wasn't so good. I'm sorry, it's not meant to make you feel ashamed." He thinks what he just said, then adds a bit more. "Plus, it's really not my place to judge and opiniate over the quality of someone's significant other, too." He still adds, contemplating how the story tends to unfold. "Bear that in mind when you tell him, please."

The logic? Girlfriend listens. Girlfriend tells boyfriend. Boyfriend gets all antsy, things are made worse.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-10-27 00:38:31 58824
The rivers stop as he talks, and she sniffles through his words, eyes still large and full of tears.

"Okay." Her voice is teensy, very kicked puppy still, but then she blinks and though her face is still wet, the tears are gone. "Takeba-san...? Oh! Kazuo-kun?" She hums in thought, scratching her chin with the foam sword she'd been hugging until now like a teddy bear. And then she remembers Naru-chan had been with him and she snapped her fingers. "Ah-hah! Yes. Kazuo-kun and Mamo-chan tend to be protective of Naru-chan. At first because, you know, she's my bestie! But now because she's, well, Naru-chan. I mean, you've met her. So either something you said or did could probably have been taken as thing it wasn't, or something, and your Japanese is good, but something still coulda gotten lost in translation. Or it's probably not about Naru-chan at all, and you three just rub the wrong way!"

She grabs his hand and tugs him along. "Help me find a costume! I think I wanna be a lady pirate!"
Seth Locke 2016-10-27 01:28:21 58832
The american boy hmms, then shakes his head. "No. I've shown an interest in my mother's native language since about as far as I can remember. I even think in Japanese, when I want to."

Again he shakes his head. "Well, I doubt talking about consuption of beverages, then grazing on the subject of alcohol to end up talking about coffee being good to kill a hangover would be grounds for a blatant accusation of lack of professionalism and inciting a younger-in-age to drink." He lets that sink in, then shrugs. "Well, their protectiveness worked so well, that my German tutoring lessons to Osaka-san", yes, he uses the family name, "have ceased on account of this accusation. And of course, it's only natural I returned to the family name basis."

He looks at the costumes, "You know, if it's Halloween, people should be original. A pirate costume? Been there, done that!" He shakes his head, "Wanna make a costume without having to pay much for it? Well, get a plain dress, past the knee in length, and stain it with red. Get some powder makeup, and heavy shadow for the eyes. Oh, and use your hair loose and dye it black with an easy-to-wash hair paint." He adds, "Then, you use some of the red to sprinkle yourself with it." He rechecks his list, and concludes, "After that, to make it very real, you just have to go about walking or dragging yourself across the floor, wide-eyed and croaking repeatedly."

He hehs, "Ta-daaa! Instant Kayako Saeki!"
Usagi Tsukino 2016-10-27 01:31:27 58833
"Oooo neat!" Sometimes she wishes she knew a second language better. But then that would mean having studied even harder.

And then she blinks and stares at Seth again. And then whaps him again with her sword. "So what you're telling me is you pretty much stopped being friends with one of the best people in the world because her friends were jerks? UG! Of COURSE they're over protective!"

But then he's describing a homemade costume, and by the time he's done talking, her knees are knocking together and she dives to hide in a rack of costumes. "W-w-w-who would DRESS like that?!"