Santa Kyouko


Kyouko has presents for everybody.

Date: 2016-12-26
Pose Count: 40
Kyouko Sakura 2016-12-26 15:09:49 64756
    Christmas day at the ECFH. In Japan, Christmas is not nearly as a big a deal as it is in the West- more than a family-heavy, everyone-gets-presents, religious holiday, its more of a day for dates, parties, and hanging out- a festive occasion, for sure, but more casual than the significant event it is elsewhere in the world.

    Even so, it's not completely unheard of to give presents to your friends. And Kyouko.. may have gone a bit overboard. See, she's been poor for- well, basically her entire life. She's never had the means to give things to people until very recently. And now that she does, she's going to take advantage of it, because it's such a novel and food feeling.

    The result is a literal pile of wrapped presents on the coffee table, each one with a name tag, and Kyouko standing over them with her hands on her hips, looking eminantly satisfied.
Kazuo Takeba 2016-12-26 15:21:48 64757
Magneted to the refrigerator in the kitchen are the other presents the household has received: a ten-year-old's attempts at drawing Kyouko herself, Mamoru, Zoisite, Kunzite. (The handmade hand fan that accompanied them is not in evidence. It may have been stolen away somewhere to avoid accidental damage or disassembly.)

There has been a notable lack of Kazuo; the usual signs that someone was up at godknowswhato'clock this morning are absent. Now that he is emerging, he's in good order, at least: hair in its usual straight fall, no sign of tiredness or overindulgence. ... just that jeans and white shirt with sleeves rolled up have been replaced by black pants and gray shirt, painstakingly neat bar the usual one undone button. He is at least, thankfully, not wearing a tie, or the question might be what lawsuit was being filed this morning.

He pauses at the end of the hall, regarding Kyouko and coffee table. "Good morning," he says. "Did someone require disassembly?"
Naru Osaka 2016-12-26 15:28:41 64758
There was /someone/ up at godknowswhato'clock, she just doens't live here to provide the signs in this apartment. It was an entirely differnet apartment that bore the signs of Naru at zomg early.

Which makes it only early that there's the sound of a key in the lock at ECFH, permitting Naru to step into the apartment. She's got her satchel, but lack of school means that she's in jeans and a sweater rather than school uniform. She doesn't actually look surprised to find Kyouko upstairs, although the heap of presents on the coffee table does bring a quirk of a brow. "Morning."
Kyouko Sakura 2016-12-26 15:32:19 64759
    Kyouko beams at Kunzite as she spots him down the hallway. She appears to be in a dangerously good mood, and if there's some fang in that grin, it trends towards mischeviousness rather than sarcasm on this morning. Hunting through the pile, she finds a rectangular package wrapped in white paper with a black ribbon, and all but prances over to present it to him. "Merry Christmas!" Beam beam.

    Then, Naru! Kyouko dashes back to the table, hunting through the gifts to find another one- a small box in blue and white, which she then prances right on over to Naru! "Merry Christmas!" She enthuses, pushing it into Naru's hands before she can even set her satchel down.
Kazuo Takeba 2016-12-26 15:36:12 64761
Kazuo's hands are, fortunately, free. And then not free because there is a package in them. He looks down at the black ribbon; looks across at Kyouko; looks over at Naru with her own Mystery Box.

"For the record," he says to Naru, "I am not the one who gave her the coffee."
Naru Osaka 2016-12-26 15:37:01 64762
"She doesn't drink coffee." Naru replies automatically to Kunzite as she takes the package from Kyouko. The bright grin from Kyouko is infectious, and Naru can't help but return it, watching the puella damn near sparkle.

"Merry Christmas." Naru replies to Kyouko, as she manages to kick her shoes off and pad her way over towards the couch and then starts to giggle softly. "You're practically vibrating."
Kyouko Sakura 2016-12-26 15:39:42 64763
    "And why shouldn't I be?" Kyouko demands, mock-defensively, though not enough to dent her high spirits. "It's Christmas, and I get to give everybody presents!" There's no explanation of why this should make her so happy- these two, at least, may understand even if nobody else would.

    She flops down on the couch, grinning at Naru. "Hurry up and open 'em!" She continues to near-vibrate, eyes darting back and forth between the two in anticipation.
Kazuo Takeba 2016-12-26 15:43:03 64764
"Are you completely sure," Kazuo inquires to Naru, "that that isn't 'she didn't drink coffee until now?'"

Unhurried, he makes his own way over to the couches, giving Naru and Kyouko time to settle first. He does not sit on either couch. Or on a chair. He slides down to the floor in front of the couch instead, evading teenaged feet, and begins calmly to open his present.

... starting by undoing the ribbon. Carefully. Calmly. So that it is theoretically reusable on something else, someday.

He's going to be one of those people who refuses to risk tearing the paper, isn't he.
Naru Osaka 2016-12-26 15:51:44 64765
"I'm willing to take that bet." Naru points out to Kunzite. "Besides, I didn't smell any coffee in the kitchen downstairs."

Naru settles her satchel down, curling up on the couch next to Kyouko, her feet tucked up such that she's not likely to kick Kunzite on the floor. "Do you want your present now? Or after I've opened this one?" Naru asks, possibly legit taunting Kyouko by not opening her present right away.
Kyouko Sakura 2016-12-26 15:54:27 64766
    Kyouko bounces in her place on the couch as she watches Kunzite start to unwrap his present. Her brows knit as he so carefully unwraps the ribbon. It's clear she's about ten seconds from ripping the thing out of his hands and shredding it properly, but she manages to restrain herself.

    When he does finally get into it, he finds a book, of course- that was pretty obvious from the shape and size. It's a book called Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny And Our Lives by 2100". She had picked it out (With Naru's help!) because it dealt with both physics and technology, and has parts about the political ramifications of upcoming new technologies (including in the Middle East).

    Kyouko peers at Naru. "You got me a present?" She asks, apparently surprised, though why she should be is anyone's guess. After a moment though, she just fidgets more. "Open yours!"

    Inside Naru's box are two items, wrapped in tissue paper- a nice hairbrush, similar perhaps to one that Kyouko might have seen Naru using in the past, and a tube of white paint, of the same brand and type Naru would have used on the mural.
Kazuo Takeba 2016-12-26 15:58:54 64767
Black ribbon and virtually intact white paper both take their places on the coffee table, and at the end of it Kunzite regards the blue-and-white book within (skies! clouds! skyscrapers! flying cars!) with a certain degree of gravity. And then, without looking up, laces an arm about one of Kyouko's calves and squeezes briefly. About the most of a hug he can give her, at this angle.
Naru Osaka 2016-12-26 16:06:10 64768
It is clear that Naru knows what Kunzite's book is before he opens it, based on the fact that she's still opening her present when she notes to him. "I want to borrow it when you're done." The fact that it's probably going to be a challenge to Naru's science and language skills is irrelevant. She'll give it a go.

"I got you a present." Naru confirms and then pauses in her own opening to reach down into her satchel and pull out a package for Kyouko to pass to her. She isn't half as neat as Kunzite in the unwrapping, although there are few enough tears in the paper when she's done. The peek into the box brings a squeak of delight and Naru has the angle to be able to ambush Kyouko in a proper hug. "You're sneaky!"
Kyouko Sakura 2016-12-26 16:13:06 64769
    Kyouko beams at Kunzite as he looks at the book and then hugs her calf. She tilts her jean-clad leg back against him.. but that's all she has time for before Naru pounces her, and she falls back against the arm of the couch with the other girl on top of her, laughing as she hugs back, clearly pleased as punch. "Not sneaky! You told me it was a crisis! It was easy."

    She takes her own package and tries to unwrap it as best she can without necessarily disturbing Naru's glomping of her, although she doesn't stop the other girl from resettling more properly if she chooses, either.
Kazuo Takeba 2016-12-26 16:18:25 64770
"Of course you want to borrow it," Kazuo says gravely, angled up somewhat toward Naru. "For the same reasons I want to read it."

-- annnd then he's letting Kyouko go and ducking to the side, dropping down onto one elbow, to avoid either accidentally injuring her knee (why waste grief anythings?) or getting equally accidentally kicked in the head. He edges clear of girls and couch, and, book in hand, works his way to his feet at a safe distance. "I need to make something," he says, "suitable for giving to a ten-year-old. We have sugar. Do either of you have a preference?"
Naru Osaka 2016-12-26 16:20:50 64771
Within the small parcel from Naru to Kyouko are a couple of smaller wrapped parcels. The larger of the two is also a book, an omnibus special of one of the trashy mangas that Kyouko is eternally fond of. The other is properly tiny, a small lego fig of an artist on a keychain within the wrapped tissue paper.

Naru resettles with the similar sort of lack of personal space Kyouko gave her to watch the opening of a present. "White paint was totally a crisis." She agrees gravely before looking to Kunzite. "Mmmm. Are you thinking candy, or are you thinking baking?"
Kyouko Sakura 2016-12-26 16:26:10 64772
    Kyouko beams even harder, if such a thing is possible, as she looks at the presents Naru gave her. "You even got the right volumes I needed!" She exclaims, looking at the manga omnibus, which is indeed of whatever series of soap-opera-shoujo-romance she has been plowing through recently. Then she regards the tiny artist-keychain.. and giggles helplessly.

    No comment is needed, but more hugs are given, and something is whispered that doesn't carry far enough for Kunzite to eavesdrop on (not that he would anyway). And then Kyouko is settling into a slightly more dignified sitting position, her attention returning to Kunzite, although manga and keychain remain clutched together in her hands. "Cupcakes?" She guesses, although it'd be hard to make anything with sugar she wouldn't be happy with.
Kazuo Takeba 2016-12-26 16:28:07 64773
"Possibly both," Kazuo replies to Naru. And then amends, "Cupcakes might count as both. Is there any particular kind of cupcake you'd like?" -- wasn't this about a ten-year-old thirty seconds ago? Apparently now it is about Kyoucupcakes. And Kazuo having an excuse to pace into the kitchen, giving giggles and whispers a decent amount of elbow room.
Naru Osaka 2016-12-26 16:34:42 64774
Naru beams at Kyouko as she starts to giggle and the hug and the whisper is returned before she starts to giggle too, still grinning. "Cupcakes could count as both." She concurs. "Lemon? Chocolate would make Mamo happy." She doesn't comment on the fact that it was about a ten year old a few moments ago.

"Trying to figure out how far you'd gotten in that series took some serious sleuthing. I'm glad I guessed right." Naru grins to Kyouko, stretching out on the couch as Kyouko settles somewhat more dignified. For some values of dignified. "Oooh, is there coffee, Kunzite?"
Kyouko Sakura 2016-12-26 16:39:50 64775
    The hardest part was probably the fact that Kyouko does plow through her manga, meaning that Naru must have waited until the last minute to buy the book to make sure she got the right one. Kyouko realizes that, and it makes it all the more pleasing.

    She gives Naru a last squeeze, grinning at her at the return whisper, then leaps to her feet. Pleased as she might be with her presents (the manga is left on the table for now, but the keychain is still in her hand), she doesn't want to make Kunzite feel like he has to retreat. She pads over to him, towards the kitchen. "I think Chocolate would be good." She says, which means "I like chocolate" but stated in a less selfish way.
Kazuo Takeba 2016-12-26 16:43:35 64776
"I hear chocolate," Kazuo says gravely. Completely not because it's Kyouko's vote. "We could ask Makoto to consider lemon as one of the options for the party." Because nobody else is getting time in that kitchen for two days before New Year's, he's pretty certain.

Naru's additional request prompts him to stop studying what they have in cabinets in favor of dealing with the important things. "There will be coffee." In the near future.
Naru Osaka 2016-12-26 16:47:29 64777
Naru isn't coming to add to the people in the kitchen, but she does twist to ensure that her presence isn't actually needed before she digs out her sketchbook instead. "I promised Usagi a cake for the new year's party, so if I don't see Makoto could someone warn her that there'll be a ugly duckling carrot cake hiding somewhere trying not to detract from her pretties." Naru chuckles, not at all distraught about the reality that her food isn't nearly as awesome as Makoto's.
Kyouko Sakura 2016-12-26 16:53:20 64778
    "Oh yeah, the party." Kyouko says, hovering in the doorway between the kitchen and the living room, trying to split her attention between Kunzite and Naru. "If you need alternate kitchen-access once Mako-chan enforces her dominion over the one up here, you're welcome to use ours downstairs." Kyouko tells Naru. "Easier to carry upstairs than all the way from your place."

    She waits until the coffee is done, and then fetches a cup for Naru, making it up the way the girl likes it without needing to be reminded before carrying it back to the couch.
Kazuo Takeba 2016-12-26 16:56:30 64779
Technically, there are two up there, plus two minimal ones more suited to coffee, instant food, and spare storage. ... Kazuo does not point this out, because that still leaves several good reasons for Naru to use the one downstairs, not least because Makoto may very well lay claim to all of them for the duration.

Also because Kyouko remembers how Naru takes her coffee.

"Are you actually making the carrot cake in the shape of a duckling?" Kazuo inquires instead, as he starts doublechecking recipes and measuring ingredients. Given what Naru's done with vegetables and cheese, this is almost a reasonable question.
Naru Osaka 2016-12-26 17:03:51 64780
"I could bake it at your place." Naru agrees with Kyouko and smiles as she even gets coffee delivery. Win! "Thank you. It has the added advantage of stocking your kitchen with baking stuff, which makes pancakes /so/ much easier." She tucks herself into the corner of the couch with her sketchbook on her lap.

"I could make it in the shape of a duckling." Naru laughs at the suggestion. "Or a bunny is probably even more appropriate. Usagi was sad she missed the cake after the Wraiths, so I promised her I'd make it again. Do you need help in there, Kunzite?"
Kyouko Sakura 2016-12-26 17:08:41 64781
    "I like pancakes." Kyouko says, though if there's a food she doesn't like it has yet to enter the consciousness of anyone present. Coffee delivered, she turns and walks back towards the Kitchen, peering in at Kunzite. It's clear she wants to continue hovering but isn't sure where she can be that won't get in the way. Despite Naru's recent efforts (she made Kyouko chop veggies!), the puella's kitchen-skills still mostly consist of 'stay out of the way of the people who know what they are doing.'
Kazuo Takeba 2016-12-26 17:13:34 64782
"If you come in here," Kazuo observes, "Kyouko will come in here. If Kyouko comes in here, we will never reach the point of actually having cupcakes." ... it would probably have been more tactful to say that when Kyouko was not actually peering into the kitchen, but he has his back turned, so it's theoretically possible he might not have been aware. "Is Usagi aware that carrot cake involves actual carrots, or does she only think it has a sadly unfortunate name? Kyouko, have you had breakfast yet, or do you require pancakes?"
Naru Osaka 2016-12-26 17:19:18 64783
The words 'Kunzite' and 'not aware' dont' generally appear in the same breath all that often. Naru mmms softly and stays where she is on the couch. "Duly noted on kitchen helping." She flips through a few pages, examinging some concept sketches as she does.

"I've never /told/ Usagi that there's carrots in carrot cake, and I'm pretty sure she's never seen me make one, but it didn't seem like something I needed to highlight, per se." Naru comments as she leans over to dig a pencil out of her satchel. "Besides, once you put that much sugar and oil in, it's hardly a virtuous vegetable dish anymore."
Kyouko Sakura 2016-12-26 17:30:44 64784
    Kyouko sticks her tongue out at Kunzite's back, but there's good-humor in it. She's aware of her kitchen-hinder status. Maybe even a little bit proud of it. "I don't require pancakes." She says, faux-haughtily. "I had a bagel." Of note-bagels are not usually sufficient Kyouko-breakfast. But she's trying to take the high road.

    Still, the message is clear. She retreats to the couch, flopping down next to Naru again, tucking one jean-clad leg up underneath herself. "You guys are so mean to me." She says, grinning and without a hint of seriousness.
Kazuo Takeba 2016-12-26 17:37:05 64785
"I will leave it to your judgment whether she's likely to connect bunny-shaped cakes to actual carrots." Naru knows these things in ways Kazuo can only guess at. And Kyouko -- well. Kyouko's due tribute is carried out to the couch a minute or two later; being a Puella means never having to worry too much about raw eggs, which means in turn that having a bowl of cupcake batter for breakfast can be an actual thing.

There may have been a wreath-and-bow shape added to the top of said bowl, in green and red sugar crystals. Well, that was probably meant to be a bow, anyhow. Naru is the artist; Kazuo is not.
Naru Osaka 2016-12-26 17:42:47 64786
"Downright cruel." Naru agrees mildly, her voice neutral at Kyouko's complaints about them being mean. She stretches her legs out, wriggling around to lean on the arm of the couch and settle her toes under Kyouko's legs to keep warm, and conveniently have a lap easel to draw on.

Naru watches the cupcake batter come out for Kyouko, with the sugar design and it makes her smile. She doens't comment on the bowl of batter, settling back against the arm of the couch and smiles. "Duckling cake." She decides.
Kyouko Sakura 2016-12-26 17:47:55 64787
    Kyouko shifts to accomodate her added duties as toe-warmer while Naru begins to draw, but doesn't complain. In fact, she looks pretty smug as Kunzite carries a whole bowl of cupcake batter out to her. She eyes the attempt at a bow-design.. and grins up at him. It may not be wrapped, but he does know how to give her a good present.

    "This isn't pancakes." She says, in a tone that suggests it just might be better, before digging in with a big spoonful that vanishes into her mouth. "But will you still have enough for cupcakes?" She asks, without hesitating in her consumption of the treat.
Kazuo Takeba 2016-12-26 17:52:03 64788
"I think," Kazuo says gravely, "that the supplies can be made to stretch." He bows to the pair of them in utmost solemnity, and retreats back into the kitchen.

There will probably not be any attempt at duckling cupcakes, though.
Naru Osaka 2016-12-26 17:58:44 64789
"Your ability for unending sugar is impressive." Naru comments as Kyouko gets to work on not just cupcake batter, but cupcake better with extra sugar. She glances to Kunzite as he retreats to the kitchen and then looks back to Kyouko as she works on her cupcake batter second breakfast.

"What are you up to today?" Naru asks, curiously as she fleshes out a sketch that's already been started. An outline sketch, rather than something that looks like its going to become a finished piece in and of itself.
Kyouko Sakura 2016-12-26 18:03:07 64790
    Kyouko swallows a mouthful of cupcake batter, idly letting her free hand stray down to rest on Naru's calf above where her feet vanish beneath Kyouko's own leg, which does an adequate job of keeping them warm. "Bein' a Puella does have its benefits." She notes absently.

    She glances sideways at the forming sketch, but it seems somehow rude to watch the creation process at this early stage, so she focuses on the 'breakfast' in front of her instead. "Not a whole lot. I was plannin' to basically sit here and hand out gifts until I got everybody."
Naru Osaka 2016-12-26 18:09:39 64791
Naru wriggles her toes under Kyouko's leg and smiles at the touch to her leg. "A couple at least." She agrees about the benefits of being a puella.

"It's a good plan, really." Naru comments, not making any efforts to hide what she's working on from any who might wander by and consider it. Not that it makes a whole lot of snese, excactly, yet. Boxes on the page? In some sort of puzzle arrangment? She has A Grand Plan, but it's not yet fully formed.

"I'm going to, soon, go and have it out with the mural. We clearly need to have a Talk, me and the mural." Naru seems to think the art work is an entity with thoughts of its own. It might be.
Kyouko Sakura 2016-12-26 18:17:30 64792
    "In that case," Kyouko says happily, not commenting on the series of shapes on Naru's sketchpad which may at some point become a picture she can understand, "I shall happily play coffee-servant and bring you coffee whenever you require it. Or any other treats. I can spare enough time from my present-duties for that, I think. And I want to see you and the mural resolve your differences."
Naru Osaka 2016-12-26 18:25:11 64793
"If /I/ start vibrating and/or not needing a ladder to paint the top of the wall, please stop feeding me coffee." Naru laughs softly as she doodles, using the eraser on the back of the pencil as much as she's using the pencil at the moment. She considers her work and then shakes her head a little. "And if you hear me yelling at it, the mural that is, not my sketchbook, make sure I'm not using the white paint I just got to take out large swathes in irritation."
Kyouko Sakura 2016-12-26 18:28:01 64794
    "I dunno, you're kinda cute when you're hyperactive." Kyouko comments absently, still working on the bowl of cupcake batter. "If only cuz it's outside the normal Naru-range." She glances sideways, spoon sticking out of the side of her mouth. "But I will be quiet put out if you waste the paint I so sneakily figured out to get you by destroying that mural with it. Just so ya know."
Naru Osaka 2016-12-26 18:34:48 64795
"If we've hit that point of fighting, it is not a waste of paint." Naru points out and then she grins. "But no, you're supposed to /stop/ me from rampaging destruction, remember?" Because that's clearly what Naru is well known for, rampaging destruction.

She leans over to collect her coffee now that its perfect amount of cooled and takes a long drink of it. "I think I have an idea on the section I hate. I just have to see if I can pull it off." Naru shakes her head a little. "I've loved doing it, but I will be /so/ glad when it's done. Maybe then I can do some art that isn't creepy that's not in someone's apartment and can be shown places."
Kyouko Sakura 2016-12-26 18:39:41 64796
    Kyouko laughs softly. "You should make some coloring books. I bet you could sell those. Momo really likes the pages you made her. I'm sure you've noticed them taped all over the fridge downstairs." The bowl is just about empty now, and after scraping at it for a few moments, she gets up. She glances down at Naru's now-exposed feet.. then grabs a pillow and places it over them. Not as good, but at least she's trying.

    Then she wanders off to the kitchen to deposit the bowl and get in Kunzite's way for a few minutes.