Too hurt to escape

Amu decides to visit Kukai and force feed him brownies. Oh, and ask him about some important stuff, too. But really, it was the brownies.

Date: 2017-01-17
Pose Count: 24
Kukai Souma 2017-01-17 22:08:10 68078
Kukai Souma is in pain. He's also in his bed, having foregone the whole 'let's go patrolling for monsters and youma' thing today after having fought Miss White with what felt like half of the ECFH team, and still barely winning. He'd told his brothers that no, really, he's ok, he's just taking some time to rest and relax today, he'd kinda hurt his shoulder yesterday and just wanted to lie around today.

It had meant that he'd needed to call in sick to school, which wasn't what he had had in mind, but right this minute what's going through his head is 'please, let me not have damaged or torn my shoulder permanently or anything.' Mamoru had looked at it and said it would heal, but he was more tied up trying to take care of Sailor Jupiter after she had cratered. And that was fine, but it still didn't mean that his shoulder and arm and body hurt any less. It wasn't the half-murder Hannah had caught, but...

And even though everything had happened last night, life still went on. Which meant that Amu had texted him earlier and nattered a pile of things about the stabbing and Lacrima killing somebody the other night again but through the ache of trying to text one handed and not understanding what's happened, he had eventually just said 'if you want, come over, or after school, just I can't text anymore.'

So as Kukai laid in bed, a towel wrapped around his upper shoulder holding some of Nagihiko's aunty's ointment or liniment or cream or whatever it is onto the wounded, angrily colored spot, with more on his wrapped up right hand, there's a knock at the front door. It opens to reveal Unkai, one of Kukai's older brothers, the blonde with the topknot and the wrapped old-school vest with one arm resting inside it, staring out at Amu. "...Yeah? Can I help you?"
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-17 22:16:18 68080
Amu Hinamori gulped and stared up at him, before taking a deep breath and... "I'm here to see Kukai-kun? I'm one of the guardians?" she said. She had a basket in hand, filled with brownies. And they were good brownies, too. The kind that had big chunks of gooey, delicious cookie crumbs and stuff in them. And they had a flaky, oreo cookie crumbs topping. "I'm here to check up on him, make sure he's okay."

She was in full sweet and spicy mode, the whole panic and anxiety she felt suppressed as she just stared up at the guy, practically daring him to tell her no.

Alas, he was one of kukai's brothers so... it was doubtful such a display would get more than a laugh. "Is it okay if I come in and see him?"
Kukai Souma 2017-01-17 22:27:44 68084
Unkai arched an eyebrow in a familiar fashion to Amu, then looks over her basket of goodies, picking one of them up from off the basket and grinning. "Yeah, I know you. Sure, come on in. It's good to see Kukai having a girl visit him. I'll even keep Rento in the living room with me." He takes a moment to think, then steals another brownie and moves out of the doorway. "Kukai's in his room. Go on in." Unkai closes the door behind her and locks it after she enters, heading back into the living room where Kukai's next oldest brother is sitting.
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-17 22:33:05 68087
Amu Hinamori sighed with exasperation as she made her way up the stairs, letting out a sigh of relief. Then... "H-hi Kukai-kun." She was almost able to ignore how cute and sexy he looked, laying in bed, wrapped up in bandages, hurt, vulnerable, making her--

NO! NO NO NO! Business! BUSINESS! "I-I made you brownies," she said, holding them out, then pausing. "Want me to feed you one?" Then... wait, realized what she just asked. FLAIL! "N-no, I-I didn't mean like that, I-I meant, s-since you're hurt and probably shouldn't move your a-arm too much o-or anything a-and I thought you might like them if you want one I-I just thought it'd taste good for you if you want I-I mean you don't havve to if you don't h-here!" and practically shoved it in his chest, her cheeks burning.

The girls, of course, dog piled daichi, so happy that he, at least, was okay.

"I-I'm sorry I kept bothering you when you're not feeling well. I... I can talk with you about this another time, if you like?"
Kukai Souma 2017-01-17 22:48:14 68090
Kukai sits up, looking over at Amu and grinning. "Hi Amu. Finally made it?" He shifts a bit, looking up at her and the basket of brownies as she enters his room. "Oooh. Brownies. They look good." He eyes the brownie she holds up, then erks and leans back as it goes flailing through the air. "I was gonna say yes but if you're gonna be all panicked maybe I should just take it~" And then she shoves it into his chest and almost mushes it into his pectorals. "Hey, hey, I can't get to the shower to wash this off so well.." He looks at her, then reaches up with his good arm to pick up the brownie.

Daichi, who is in fine if tired and achy shape, ees and hugs all three of Amu's Charas, snuggling in with them!

Kukai rolls his eyes and smiles. "I'm not dead or unconscious or anything, I'm just hurt, Amu. My brain is fine, too. So..." He looks around his room, then scoots his legs over, making room for her on the bed. "Sit down and talk. You said Lacrima... killed somebody?"
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-17 23:22:37 68097
Amu Hinamori squirmed and went even redder and just... "I-I made you a bunch of them. And, ummmm..." Placed the basket by him. "I knew your brothers would swipe a bunch of them, so... I-I made them myself. Su supervised."

"Amu is getting better!"

She nodded and... watched him hold it. Oh gosh he was sooooo cuuuuuute when he was hurt. She wanted to lean down the lick the brownie off his chest and-- GAHHHH! No, no, bad Amu, bad!

She sat down besides him and smiled. "So... Kukai-kun. Lacrima... apparently she and a guy named Alexis got in a fight with this monster. It... wounded him and... and she... he was dying. And she didn't want him to die. Y-you should have seen her. She was bawling a-and asking me to kill her. To... to purify her. And... and then she... he was dying and she turned him. Into a vampire. Like... like her. And... and I don't know... if... if I should take her up on the offer. To purify her. Like she asks. Like she wants. And I don't know what to do..."
Kukai Souma 2017-01-17 23:35:02 68101
Kukai grins and munches on the brownie, a few crumbs falling down onto his chest. It takes him a moment to reach up and brush them off, knocking them off of the bed onto the floor, focusing on the sweet treat. "These are really good Amu, you did great!" He scoots up, nodding at Su. "She is! You're a good teacher Su."

He looks up at Amu, listening to her talk about the fight, about ...Alexis? He rakes his brain, conjuring up a faint image of a boy with his arms around Naru. He was dying? He got into a fight with a monster? Oh no... But then. "She turned him into a vampire?" Kukai laid back, eyes closed, mind spinning.


He laid there for a long minute, almost not breathing, before sitting back up and tossing the half-eaten brownie back into the basket, his appetite gone. "This is bad." He looks up at Amu for a minute, trying to think, trying to process through what's happened. "... No. And there's a reason. Imagine if Alexis had run into this monster by himself, without Lacrima around. He'd have just died, outright. He'd had laid there and bled out. I'm... look, her turning him into a vampire is awful. It's horrible, especially considering how much of a massive pain in the ass Lacrima has been. But... if she hadn't been there, it would be that much worse. And maybe, you know, we can find some way to reverse the process. So... no. Don't purify her. Or him. Just yet. And if they ask why, tell them that."

He lies back, then suddenly beats the bed next to him with his good arm a few times. "Damn, damn, damn, damn!" He is obviously infuriated. Daichi has tugged the girls in closer to him, looking up at Kukai with a worried look on his face.
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-17 23:42:53 68105
Amu Hinamori stared at the crumbs. Desire. To lick them. So. Strong. A-and then he complimented her! "W-well... I-I practice enough, i-if they weren't good it'd be pretty lame," she said, brushing off the compliment.

"She's really, really happy you like them," Ran said. "And she wants to lick the crumbs off your chest!" Miki added. "But mostly she's happy you praised her for them," Su said.

Amu's cheeks went scarlet. "Don't listen to them they're all liars!"

And then... that. Why was he tossing it... oh. Oh thank goodness. She lowered her eyes. "I-I'm sorry... Kukai-kun. If I'd just... if I'd kept a close eye on Lacrima... she might not have been there. Or... or I might have been there and been able to help. Or I might have... or if I'd just done something to act. I-I was the one who said... who said I'd watch Lacrima, but... but when she really needed to be watched, when someone needed to be there I... I was nowhere near her. I should have been there."

She chewed on her lower lip. "... I don't want to purify her, Kukai-kun. I think she's growing. I think... I think she's changing. You should have seen the way she was. She was... distraught. She cared for Alexis. She really, really did. And it... really hurt her. To hurt him."
Kukai Souma 2017-01-18 00:12:14 68109
Kukai blinks, looking over at the girls for a moment, then blinks, looking up at Amu and grinning. "You want to... lick...?" He can't continue. Even in such a dark, angry mood, they still bring a grin to his face.

Still, though, he leans back, scooting up on the bed and apparently trying to sit up. His arm protests, apparently, as he hisses in pain and grunts, leaning against the headboard. "It's... it's ok. I gotta.. I don't know. Whew." He looks at Amu and shakes his head. "No, it's ok. You can't say 'what if' after the fact. You did what you could. We just have to do what we can. And there's..." He shakes his head, pointing at the door. "I mean I coulda been there, but Tokyo is a giant city. We're only a few people. We do what we can. Don't beat yourself up about it."

He reaches over, patting her leg, and then sighs. "Maybe having somebody she has to take care of will help her, too, but now we've got another problem, we've got this new guy to take care of. And to be honest he'll need more help than Lacrima may. We'll.." He winces, scooting back down and stretching out again. "Maybe you should go see them first and I'll go see them in a day or two." He looks up at her, then reaches up with his good hand, grasping her lower arm. "The most important thing we can do, though, is prevent Easter and Eclipse from getting their claws into Alexis. A lot of people offered help to Lacrima when she was still Norie and she never listened. Maybe he'll be different."
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-18 00:44:09 68112
Amu Hinamori goes even redder. "D-don't believe them! they're liars, every one of them, they're all evil and malevolent!"

"We're you!" they say in unison. She just gets redder.

Slowly she puts her hand on his and smiles. "Y-you're... you're right. I'll... I'll find Alexis and... talk with him. Offer him Virtue's help. Heck. I'll offer him my help. If need be. There's... only..." She gave a soft sigh. "I'm not sure I could help and properly feed two people. I had to cut down on Lacrima-chan a lot since it... made me really, really sick after a while and I don't want to go back to that. But..." She clenched her knees. ".... Do you think he's the same as her? completely... dark... energy? I mean, what if we... purify him, and it cures him?" Pause. "But what if it makes it worse... too..." She sighed and leaned towards him a bit, then slowly leaned away because, well, no. Tadase wouldn't probably like that.
Kukai Souma 2017-01-18 01:13:55 68115
Kukai just... looks... at Amu. He's pretty sure she thinks all sorts of things. When the girls say 'We're you!' he gets a big grin out of that, though.

He pats her hand and then nods. "That sounds good. And.. maybe not let an untrained vampire feed off you without being ready to zot him, ok? That might not be good. And yeah, you can't do it very much without being sick."

He sighs, then shakes his head. "Lacrima is very much a special kind of crazy who has voices in her head. I don't think he can be the same sort of nutbar as her. And as for the purification... the thing is, the dark energy may be the only thing keeping him alive at this moment. If you take it away, he may die. So..."

He sits up, patting her shoulder again. "It's ok. We'll figure something out soon." As for Tadase not liking it, Nagihiko would probably not like it either.
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-18 01:20:59 68117
Amu Hinamori nodded and then, because Amu is just the BEST at making the worst possible decisions. She hugs him. Which puts her head to his chest. So he could feel the blush, but she still held on. "Kukai-kun... I just... sometimes I wonder if I even know what I'm doing anymore. I want to help all these people, I want to do all these... these things and figure out how to make them all match up in a way that's good for everyone, you know? But I can't even figure out my own life half the time!"

"How do you do it? How do you always just... know what you're doing? You're so much stronger than I am, you just... I want to help people. But what if my help just makes things worse? I came... I came so close to open heartening Lacrima-chan. I came within INCHES of doing it. I had transformed and... and I'd even started. I just had to say the last syllable. What if I had? What if I'd actually..." Her hands clenched him tightly. "What if I'd done it? I was so close. I was so, so close. I almost killed her, Kukai-kun..."
Kukai Souma 2017-01-18 01:33:20 68119
Kukai awws and hugs her back, squeezing her middle. She's warm, really hot, actually. Huh. He scoots back against the headboard, letting her go after a moment. "Oh, wow. Knowing what I'm doing is the last thing I'm doing. I wanna help everybody, too, but what I've realized is that I know how I feel. I know what I think is right. I know who my friends are and my enemies and what I'm doing from moment to moment. Trying to go any further than that is maybe more than I'm cut out to handle right now."

He shrugs, then laughs. "Know what I'm doing? I never know the outcome of what I'm doing or anything like that. I just tend to barrel headlong ahead." He listens to her talk, then hugs her tighter with his good arm, squeezing. "But you didn't. You held back, you changed your mind, and you did the right thing. You did good. You did good, Amu." He holds her close for a long moment.
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-18 01:38:47 68121
Amu Hinamori giggled softly, closing her eyes. "I don't even know who our friends and enemies are half the time. I just... I want to... sometimes I just wish I could decide on one... thing to do and DO IT. Not hesitate, not... not doubt myself. Not be afraid everything could go wrong. Barrel through. But... I'm so scared," she whispered. "I-I... I'm afraid I'll make things worse and... and I won't be able to fix it..."

"You're so strong, Kukai-kun. All of you are. You, Na-chan, Tadase-kun. Sometimes... sometimes I think you should have been the ones with the humpty lock. With the... with the purifying powers. You'd use it so much better than I could."

The three girls were whispering amongst themselves. Totally not planning to do an impromptu 'kiss the girl' musical. They both had other people, it'd be bad!
Kukai Souma 2017-01-18 01:54:51 68123
Kukai nodded, then smiled as she giggled. "Well if you did that, Amu, you wouldn't make the right decision when it came down to it. You are always thinking over all the aspects of things, and that's good. You always come through when you need to. I've not yet been dissapointed in you."

Kukai shrugs and then shakes his head. "If I'd had the Humpty Lock, I wouldn't be who I am, and I wouldn't be able to protect it like you can. Something about you makes you so much more powerful than the rest of us are. You do fine. We haven't complained so far." He hums and looks at her, then squeezes her again. "Hey. Where'd the basket get off to? I want that brownie back."

Daichi leans in to the girls, then gasps, grabbing their shoulders. "Heeey! What're you doing?"
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-18 02:00:49 68124
Amu Hinamori blinked a few times, looking up at him. "W-what? You think I... make the right decisions?" she asked softly, her cheeks getting a little redder. "You're really never disappointed in me?" Oh gosh he was the best...

Then her eyes widened. "W-What? I'm not more powerful than you! I mean, you're amazing! you're so strong and determined and you never, ever give up! I couldn't even do half the stuff I do if not for you! A-and Na-chan is amazing, the way she can just... be whoever she feels like, she's so smart and beautiful and he's the same way! And Tadase-kun is... well... he's a king. An amazing king..." And then... he was asking about brownies? Awkwardness averted. She pulled off him, reached out and grabbed the one he half finished. "Here, say aw~" as she held it out. And had it by his mouth before she realized what she was doing. And her cheeks got even redder.

The girls dragged him into the pile and they whispered about musicals! Disney musicals, to be clear.
Kukai Souma 2017-01-18 02:38:38 68130
Kukai nods, then smiles at her. "Sure. I mean so far you haven't screwed up about anything except maybe letting Lacrima feed off you too much. If anything, your worst aspect is having too big a heart even for your own good. And that's not a bad thing."

Kukai shrugs at her. "I can't purify. Full stop, that makes you stronger than me in the sort of business we do. Maybe you can't fight as well as I do, but that doesn't have anything to do with strength. As for the rest of us, well... we're here to help you when you need it." He grins, then winces. "Well. When our arms and shoulders aren't almost out of socket." He sighs and leans back, then perks up, opening his mouth and taking a bite of the brownie. And probably her finger too if she doesn't move it fast enough.

Daichi is dragged into a girl-Chara pile and immediately feels lost. What are these... musicals... things they're talking about?
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-18 02:43:25 68131
Amu Hinamori went a bit redder at that. "Y-you really like... that about me?" She leaned in a little closer. Gosh. Darn it Amu. Did she have to fall in love EVERY time?

She let out a light yelp when he bit her finger, dropping the brownie and moving her finger to her own mouth to suck. Ow ow ow ow. Wait. he bit her finger. Then he put it to her mouth. Were.... was that... a-an indirect kiss? Did they just--

"You want to, kiss the girl~" the charas sang. Deciding to put a display for poor Daichi so he could learn! Later they'd be having a musical watching night with him, they promised.

Amu blinked, then just looked at them flatly. "Really?" she asked. Just throw off the mood, girls.
Kukai Souma 2017-01-18 02:50:12 68133
Kukai nods at her, then smiles. And then a few seconds later accidentally bit her finger. "Whoop!" Munch, munch, swallow. "Sorry..." He stares at her as she sucks her finger, then winces. "Sorry. That looks like it hurt. Um." He looks around, trying to find some medicine he can apply from his bed.

And then her Charas start singing, and Kukai just stares, blankly, at them, much as Daichi does. "...Why are you singing that? I don't wanna kiss Amu..." He looks at Amu, a little confused, but then grins. "Nadeshiko would skewer both of us on the same naginata." His nose is maybe a little pointier.
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-18 02:53:30 68134
Amu Hinamori sighed, rubbing her finger. "It's fine, it was an accident. And you didn't bite that hard so... no problem." She eyed him a little longer, then slowly reached out, grabbing the brownie and bringing it back to his lips, far more carefully. "And sorry about them. They're idiots."

"We're not idiots!" "We're backup singers!" "And she's totally kiss Nadeshiko-chan too!"

Amu just sighed. A long suffering sigh. "You think you want to trade? you go running around in the cheer leader outfit and stuff for a while, I can be the cool snow boarder?"
Kukai Souma 2017-01-18 03:17:13 68135
Kukai grins and nods. "Ok then, good." He looks down at the brownie and takes another bite, nomming, then grins, nodding at her comments. That last comment from the girls, though? Kukai ends up coughing, covering his mouth with one hand, trying not to choke on his brownie at the mental image of Amu and Nadeshiko smooching. Thankfully there's a glass of water on his nightstand, and after a minute he's able to swallow.

Kukai sighs, and then looks over at the three of them, then back at Amu. "Well... I think I'd skip the skirt. And you know how to snow board too, anyway. I think?"

Daichi is just... lost, off to one side. However, he does end up focusing on something - a basket of brownies. That looks like a good substitute for trying to understand Ran, Miki, and Su.
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-18 03:23:20 68136
Amu Hinamori urks, glaring at the girls. "You three are going to end up killing him, knock it off." She then smiled to him. "Anything else you'd like? I could go get you something to eat, or make you some soup." She glanced to his arm. "I'm... sorry I wasn't there to help with that. But... I am happy you didn't get hurt trying to protect me this time."

She then giggles. "You sure? I bet you'd look cute in it." She barely managed to keep herself from envisioning it. Barely. "And yeah, I guess I do, huh? But you're way better at it than me."

They are! The charas fly down and sit near the edge. Su gives him a tiny plate with a smol brownie. Before miki can. Who glowers at Su
Kukai Souma 2017-01-18 03:48:38 68137
Kukai shakes his head, smiling. "Nah, I'm fine. I've got a basket of brownies and Shushi's supposed to bring home tempura, so I'll be good soon enough." He laughs a little. "You were here helping take care of this. You were getting the mages outta the way and using your rod to take Miss White's legs out and fighting the mobster youmas. All of that was super useful." He grins. "Yeah. No dying in front of you anymore. I can't count on the Silver Crystal or whatever to be on hand to help me come back."

Kukai rolls his eyes and looks to one side. "I think Nagihiko's been saying the same thing. But yeah. It's good." He yawns a little and looks at the three girls trying to serve brownies to Daichi, who's happily taking them all.
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-18 03:53:07 68139
Amu Hinamori blushed and scratched her chin. "I... I didn't do much. I mean, I mostly just carried bodies around. I knew since Sailor Jupiter was there, as powerful as she is, if I stuck around I'd just get in her way. So... I thought hostage removal would be the best. If it wasn't for Ran, I wouldn't have been able to carry the two of them at all." She then gasped. "NO! You are NOT allowed to die. If you do, I will kick your butt, do you understand?" GLARRRRRRE.

She then giggled. "Really? Well, Na-chan is the best at it. If she thinks you'd look good, you'll look good~"

Before long, they were stuffing them in his face. Because su wanted to be good hostess, miki wanted to jump daichi, and ran... ran just wanted to play too.