A new scolding

Kukai attempts to convince Amu that medical care is a thing that exists. And should. AND REALLY SHOULD RIGHT NOW, AMU.

Date: 2016-11-06
Pose Count: 24
Amu Hinamori 2016-11-06 02:08:21 59855
Amu Hinamori was laying in bed, the perfect crime. Back in bed, all bandaged up, even got home before her parents knew she was gone. All in all, she was good.

Well, aside from the fact she was sick, got a spear to the side, had stitches and bandages and, frankly, had pissed off her charas.

But other than that she was fine. Her patio door was open, leaving the balcony easy to get in from and letting cool, fresh air into her room. Her parents weren't home either now.
Kukai Souma 2016-11-06 02:28:05 59859
It had been a weird evening. Kukai had been at home, relaxing, when he'd heard a tiny tapping at his window. Looking over, he had been a little surprised to see one of Amu's Charas, Su, looking in at him and Daichi.

Opening the window, Su had spilled in and cryingly told the two of them about Amu, while sick, trying to get into a fight. Now Kukai was standing outside Amu's house, looking up at the closed front doors. Thankfully, he knew the balcony around her house was probably open if she were home. So around the house he goes, looking up at the balcony and yup, there's the open door. "Hey, Amu? You awake?"
Amu Hinamori 2016-11-06 02:31:06 59860
Amu Hinamori groaned and then started to get up. He'd hear a low cry of pain, followed by a soft whimpering. Illness plus a stab wound. Not a fun combination. She was quiet for a few moments before her voice came out. "Ummm, yes. If... if you can come a-around the front door I'll be down to let you in. It'll... just take a moment and--" he'd hear a crash a moment later as she fell out of bed, followed by a groan.

"I-I'm fine. I-I'm fine. Sorry. Just... just be a few minutes..."

Su, meanwhile, gave him a pleading look. "She's not fine. She has pneumonia and every time she starts to get better she tries doing something like going after dark energies she senses or something else. If she keeps doing this she's going to really, really hurt herself."
Kukai Souma 2016-11-06 02:44:49 59861
Kukai blinks, listening to Amu as she crashes and bangs around. "No, no, wait, it's ok! Hang on.." He looks over at Daichi and nods. "Chara Change!" Daichi grins and vanishes, a hairband with a large yellow star appearing on Kukai's head. He looks up at the balcony, considering it for a moment, and then leaps up, the magical empowerment making it easy for him to grab the edge of the balcony and pull himself over.

He looks back down with a laugh at how far he jumped, then shakes his head, turning to look into Amu's bedroom without actually seeing her since she's on the other side of the bed. "...Amu? Hey, where are you? Your charas are seriously worried about you. Somebody mentioned you got hurt...?"
Amu Hinamori 2016-11-06 02:47:33 59862
Amu Hinamori lifted a hand up. "I-I'm fine. Just... going to lay here a bit... s-sorry for... making you worry... got tangled in the blanket." Her hand then fell. She was tangled up in it, but she also was not looking good. Her face was completely red, her fever was really high, she looked exhausted and frankly everything about her screamed that going or doing anything right now was a bad idea.

And if he helped untangle her, he'd find the bandages around her abdomen, and the way she cringed if he came close to touching it. A lot of them, the wound was big, if not deadly.
Kukai Souma 2016-11-06 03:02:07 59864
Kukai looks down at the girl, burning up, wrapped in a bandage, exhausted, and then shakes his head. "...Amu, you really, really need to go to the hospital. We can take you to Mitakihara General, that's where a lot of us go when we're hurt, some of the ... other planet people that I'm blanking on the name on work there as doctors, they help keep too many questions from being asked. Or at least let me take you to Dr. Shelby, she'd be able to help you."

He reaches down, scooping both arms around her, one around her shoulders, one under her rear, picking her up and setting her back into the bed gently. "There we go..."
Amu Hinamori 2016-11-06 03:05:25 59866
Amu Hinamori blinked and then shook her head. "N-no, it's fine. I've already been to the doctors. They told me to get rest. I have medicine, too." She pointed to the desk. "See? Said as long as I drink lots of fluids and don't over exert myself, I should be better in a few days. I'm not even contagious," she said with a smile, before coughing into her hand.

"And I saw a doctor about the piercing. The spear and just..." She gulped. "I-I don't know what Su said, but I was needed, I-I had to be there. I can't do much but I can purify. It's... it's something I can do to help. Something they... need me to do and... and I had to try. I'm... I'm sorry..." she whispered softly, chewing on her lower lip. "Please don't be mad at me..." She barely even had the strength to pull the covers up.
Kukai Souma 2016-11-06 03:32:40 59867
There's a sigh and a shake of the head from Kukai, who reaches down to pat Amu's head, sitting besides her bed in a chair. "Amu, you know that you're not the only person who can purify, right? And if you get any sicker, we'll have to put you in the hospital for sure because you won't be able to help anybody and it'll take forever for you to heal up. So come on, you need to let the rest of us try to help take care of whatever comes up and just... rest."

He smiles and looks down at her, then leans in. "You should remember the time I got blown up, not too long ago? The whole 'gas main' thing? I had to spend two weeks in the hospital - one where I was unconscious, one where I was just piecing myself together again. And so much crap happened while I was out, but there was nothing I could do about it - I had to grit my teeth and lie there. Seriously, that was when Nagihiko and I started getting more serious and Sora came in on the two of us and she was super pissed, like really, really mad. So things carry on when you're out cold, and there's nothing you can do about it, so you have to rely on your friends to carry the weight when you get sick or hurt. And you're sick and hurt, so you should rely on us for things to not suck. OK?"

Daichi is over investigating Ran, Miki, and Su, seeing if they're hurt and giving out hugs and comforts to the ones that're crying.
Amu Hinamori 2016-11-06 03:44:38 59868
Amu Hinamori lowered her eyes. "I.... I know. I know I should. I know I need to. I know if I just...." She chewed on her lower lip. "I know I'm.... so sorry," she muttered softly. "But I was the only one there who could, this time. I was needed." She looked off to the side. "I... I know I can't do much, but this is something... I can do."

She wrapped her arms around herself. "I know I shouldn't have been there but... I just..." She closed her eyes. "What if it'd happened to one of the other girls? I mean, this probably wouldn't have even happened. I bet they never get sick or anything. And they do... real stuff. Important stuff." her fever wasn't making her very simple to understand.

"I just can't.... I can't stand feeling useless anymore. First the arm and now this and... and then I was gone and then..." She gave another sigh. "Like... I don't think... I don't think sailor moon would have ran off over something like this. I bet she never even gets sick. And... and what about the x-eggs? Who's going to purify them if I don't? And Lacrima still needs someone to help her, when all this is over. She even came by and won't let me feed her anymore until I'm better and I just... I just... I just feel like everything I'm doing is useless..."

Su was the only one there, the other girls still gone. But she took the comforts, and the hugs, watching her owner falling apart. She needed lots of hugs.
Kukai Souma 2016-11-06 04:03:22 59869
Kukai rubs his eyes. Trying to explain the concept of taking it easy to Amu was like describing the concept of basketball to someone who had never seen anything round, period. "I know you feel like that, Amu, but we don't always need somebody who can purify, even if it looks like it. What we need is to know that you're not going to require two weeks of downtime every time you get into a fight, and that somebody doesn't have to carry you around on their back because you're so weak you can't even stand up. You can do plenty - when you're not sick. And this sort of thing has happened to everybody. Everyone gets sick, at least once. Or hurt. Or knocked out of capability. And you do real stuff."

He reaches over, patting Amu's head. "You aren't useless, but you -will- be if you keep getting hurt every time you go out, and that's more likely if you're sick and hurt when you go out the first time. You gotta find a balance. And Moon? I can't believe you don't remember that one time the rest of Moon's friends carried her to Dr. Shelby because she couldn't move because she had a shard of dark energy shoved into her back, and they needed you to purify it so Shelby could remove it. Moon was out for weeks because of that. And Lacrima will take care of herself, seriously. She has for months. The world will be here when you're back on your feet."

Daichi just takes this opportunity to pat Su on the back and sit with her and offer Kleenexes when she needs to cry.
Amu Hinamori 2016-11-06 04:07:42 59870
Amu Hinamori nodded and sniffled a little. "I... I know. I mean like... but this is just... a normal sickness. I got a cold and then pneumonia. I mean, what kind of lame magical girl gets that? I just--" She coughed into her hand a few more times. "I just feel like I... like I..." Her voice got really quiet.

"I'm scared if... I don't... if I stop... you'll all realize you don't need me anymore," she said very quietly, pulling her covers up over herself a little bit.

Su was the cry baby of the group, so of course she needed lots of kleenexes and to be held tightly by him. And she wasn't miki, so he didn't even get his butt grabbed.
Kukai Souma 2016-11-06 04:24:53 59871
"Ones who let other evil magical girls smooch the magical energy out of them, Amu." Kukai eyes the weak looking Amu for a moment. "Your internal magic will help you heal, once it builds back up. Again, though, you need to rest. You need to not be in half a dozen fights while it tries to put you together."

Kukai sighs and rubs his eyes. "...Ok. Real talk time. If you died tomorrow, everyone would be wrecked. Ruined. It would be the end of our lives - nothing would ever match up to the wonderful friend we had. But somebody would take your place on the front lines, and we would, as a group, move on. We might not ever get over it, but we would have to keep defending the world. This thing we do, it is harsh and unforgiving and if we lose once we might not get a chance to pull it back from the brink, so we have to keep going. And I hate that. And I hate the idea that I might lose a friend. But I've seen it happen before - I've seen other girls, younger than you, die. And you were gone for a long time and we had to find ways to get around it."

Kukai looks over. "So the idea that you're trying to run yourself ragged to keep up kinda pisses me off, but I understand. You want to help now. Well, if you kill yourself doing it you're just not helping anybody. You have got to have some time to rest. Because we always need you - maybe not as a magical girl, but absolutely as a friend."

Daichi patpats Su's hair bonnet and keeps the Kleenex coming. And his butt is just fine without molestation.
Amu Hinamori 2016-11-06 04:31:21 59873
Amu Hinamori squeaked and turned red. "S-she never, w-we never, I-I never kissed Lacrima! S-she never kissed me! S-she just held my hand a-and there was nothing romantic about it at all!"

Then she listened to those words. Each and every one and kind of sunk into the bed, her eyes closing. "you're... right. I know. I should. But I just... I'm..." She sighed and pulled the blanket up. "If something did happen to me. If i couldn't... anymore... the world would just move on around me. It wouldn't even care, would it? I'd just be another little girl who... fought things she shouldn't have."

"You're right. I just... I wish... I wish I could be like you. Strong, confident. At least Nagi-kun needs you and..." She went silent for a long time. "Kukai-kun? Do you tihnk I was wrong? About... about Lacrima? Helping her, like I did?"

Eventually Su stopped sniffling and instead watched everything, soon pulling out some tea and pouring them both some glasses.
Kukai Souma 2016-11-06 04:44:11 59874
Kukai hmphed. "Sure you didn't. All pale and lovely and thankful in the moonlight? And she didn't smooch you in thanks? I don't even." He leans back for a minute. "Well. Yes and no. Yes it would move on, but no, it would care. You were specially chosen by yourself and your Charas and the Humpty Lock to bear the hopes of everyone into the future. If you die the entire side of Good weakens permanently. Not just because of your power, but the hope and love that your friends give to and recieve from you is lost as well, and that's a powerful thing. Which is why I'm saying 'get better'. We need you."

He laughs and leans back. "I am not strong. I'm fast, and I'm good at getting the attention of bad guys, and I'm tough, but I don't actually hurt them much. And confident? Only because I know that if I put on a good face everybody else will feel that much better. Fake it till you make it. And honestly, for the most part I am quite confident we'll win through whatever comes. It might be hard, though, but that's why everyone helps."

Kukai sighs, rubbing his eyes. "No. I don't think you were wrong. I don't think there was a wrong choice there. It's good that you tried to help her, but I think you overdid it a bunch. I'm all for putting myself out there, but there comes a point where you have to say 'if I give everything doing this, is it worth me being incapacitated later?' Which sounds really harsh, I know."

Daichi hugs Su again and takes his glass, sipping.
Amu Hinamori 2016-11-06 04:52:29 59875
Amu Hinamori blushed and then glanced up. "Did you ever kiss Lacrima?" she asked, with just a hint of teasing. Then she hears that and her heart skips a beat. She wants to believe it, too. But then the doubts begin to seep in. "But... what if... I wasn't meant to be chosen? I mean, the other girls, they...look at sailor moon. She fights monsters, saves the world, balances a double love, is a princess, beautiful and so many other things. I... hunt eggs and can't even balance my love life properly without hurting Tadase. I'm not pretty, I couldn't even imagine what I would be like two years from now, let alone being anything like them. What if I wasn't meant for this?

She sighed again. "The other girls, they shoot fire balls and do all kinds of amazing things. I... jump high. My sole discerning characteristic is that I have no idea what I want to do with my life. How can I possibly help anyone? how can I be any use?"

Su sighed and then glanced to Daichi. "I'm happy Kukai was the first one found. She always listens to him and Nagi the most."
Kukai Souma 2016-11-06 05:03:41 59877
Kukai snorts. "No, I have not ever kissed Lacrima. She's pretty but so is just about every other girl I meet, and the evil ones are usually prettier, which is annoying." He reaches over and pokes Amu's nose with one pointer finger. "If you weren't meant to be chosen then you wouldn't have been. And seriously, I know Moon has just as much trouble in her real life as everybody else does. I'm pretty sure if she could she'd want to be normal like everyone else. And you aren't just hunting eggs. You're protecting the hopes and dreams of children all over Tokyo. That's incredibly valuable. And you're very pretty. Gorgeous and stylish, in fact." He eyes her. "When you aren't beet red and wrapped in bandages, anyway."

He sighs and sits down. "I don't think anybody was 'meant' for this sort of life. It just sort of happens. And those other girls can't purify or fight in melee or repair things or support their friends like you can. Fireballs are a bit of a one trick pony." He grins. "Sort of like electrified soccer balls. But you should understand - you're awesome, just who you are. You'll figure things out eventually - until then you need to let it happen at its own pace and take the world one dumpster fire at a time."

Daichi nods. "Yeah. And Kukai usually has good advice, too." He grins at Su.
Amu Hinamori 2016-11-06 05:09:27 59880
Amu Hinamori nodded and then smiled when he poked her nose. Gently, she moved over to him. "Stealing your warmth," she mumbled, moving a little closer to him. "... You... know when... you say it like that, it almost makes me feel... important," she mumbled softly, sounding a little happy. Then her cheeks went red.

"I might be stylish, but I'm so not those other things. I mean, just look at me, all the other girls in class have started to grow... well... and I... well... look like a boy," she mumbled darkly, her cheeks getting somehow redder.

"And I don't know... I think... electrified soccer balls are pretty awesome... and so are you. T-thank you... Kukai-sempai..."

Su sighed with relief. "Indeed. We're so lucky to have friends like you guys."
Kukai Souma 2016-11-06 05:17:28 59881
Kukai dutifully scootched a little closer in his chair besides the bed. He was at least a beacon of warmth. "Well you are important, in a lot of ways. And seriously, so few people can purify that I wanna keep you in tip top shape. Which means you rest when you get hurt."

He looks down at her and laughs. "You don't have to be top-heavy to be gorgeous, Amu. I'm sure Tadase would say the same thing. And you absolutely don't look like a boy." He hmms, then grins evilly. "Of course if you wanna try dressing up like one some day and letting me take some pictures of you and Tadase being cuddly, that would be a lot of fun. I have to keep him in check so Kiseki's ego doesn't blow up the whole school, you know. But no, Amu, you're all girl."

He grins faintly, then shrugs. "You should see me when I'm hitting people with light speed skateboards, or when I'm mad enough to bring out the cricket bat. Those are pretty cool too. But.. You're welcome, Amu-chan. Do you think you can sleep some now? Do you want some water or milk or something?"
Amu Hinamori 2016-11-06 05:22:54 59884
Amu Hinamori nodded, closing her eyes. "I'll try to be more careful. Okay? I just... I just want to be helpful and... and help with everything." She gives a soft, light yawn. "You all do so much for me, help me in so many ways... I just... don't want to let you down..."

She pulled the pillow down to her head, nestling it. "I'll think about it. But I'm not sure I could take it if Tadase-kun ever saw me as a boy. I already feel like I'm not good enough for him as it is. I don't even know if he likes boys, either. I mean, if he did, why wouldn't he go after you or Nagi-kun?"

In response to his last question, Amu nodded. "Well... ummmm... mom left some soup downstairs for me, could you bring up one of the containers? You can ahve one too. It's really... really good..." she gave a soft, gentle yawn.
Kukai Souma 2016-11-06 05:30:28 59885
Kukai nods and pats her head. "You'll be fine, Amu. Don't work so hard, especially when you're sick. You won't let us down, I promise."

He grins a bit. "Nah, I don't think he does. More of a joke than anything, but ok." He rubs his chin, then stands. "Yeah, sure. And I can get my own soup if I want it - that's yours down there. I'll go get one for you before I take off." He heads over to the door and opens it, moving over to the stairs while Amu rests.

Daichi hugs Su again. "Think we'll get ready to go if she's going to sleep."
Amu Hinamori 2016-11-06 05:34:38 59886
Amu Hinamori nods, giving a nod. "yeah. Don't worry, Kukai-kun. I'm fine, really. I'm not even... yawn... tired." She smiled up at him. She even sparkled a bit. Well, okay, it was sweat, but it still counted. She nestled up in the bed while he got her soup.

Su nodded and then made a hushing noise with her hand.

It wasn't hard to find the soup. there were a bunch of little plastic containers, each about one meal, waiting to be microwaved. It seemed her mom made extra special care it'd be easy for her.

Once he came up, he'd find amu was sleeping soundly, eyes closed, breathing heavily. Hopefully this time she'd stay in bed.

Su floated over in front of him and bowed. "Thank you, both of you, for taking care of Amu for me. I know she can be a difficult girl sometimes but... I think she's worth it. So thank you." Before giving a little wave.
Kukai Souma 2016-11-06 05:37:35 59888
Kukai popped one at random in the microwave and gave it a couple minutes, pulled it out, put a hot pad under it, and carried it up along with some silverware to Amu's room. He wasn't surprised to see her asleep, either, so the food went onto the table next to her. He turned to Su and bowed his head back as well, Daichi bowing fully too. "You're welcome Su. It's ok. I know how she feels sometimes. I'm glad she's all right. Where are Ran and Miki? Are they coming home soon?"
Amu Hinamori 2016-11-06 05:41:06 59889
Su sighed and then glanced towards the door. "I hope so. We didn't know what to do, so we all tried to find a different one of you. Ran is looking for Tadase, I went for you and Miki went for Nagi. I'm sure they'll be back soon if they haven't found them by now." She gave a soft smile. "Don't worry, I'll take good care of her until her mom and dad gets home. As long as she lays in bed, she should be fine. Thank you so much for your care."
Kukai Souma 2016-11-06 05:44:14 59890
Kukai nods. "Well... I hope so. If they don't come home, either of them, have Amu call me or you can do it if you can and I'll go looking for them." He reaches over and pats Su on the head, smiling. "I know you will. OK. I'm gonna get out - I've got patrolling to do tonight. See you later."

He heads over to the balcony door, shutting it behind him and Daichi, then carefully hangs over the edge and drops to the ground. From there, it's easy to get to the street and off into the city.