Just a little Change

Some things are unavoidable. Death, taxes and bad things happen to Kukai. After a run in with another card, Kukai and Norie change bodies. And it looks like it won't be a quick swap back, either. Uh oh.

Date: 2017-02-20
Pose Count: 28
Kukai Souma 2017-02-20 02:47:18 71289
It is a windy, cloudy day in Tokyo - maybe not the most enjoyable day to be out and walking around, but the wind is sweet and brings a faint hint of warmth of spring on it (when it's not filled with sea mist). It's a good enough breeze that Kukai Souma has a heavy jacket on and zipped up, even as he jogs along through the harbor streets, looking out at the boundless sea. Daichi is running on his shoulder in midair as well, the two of them somewhere between jogging and patrolling.
Lacrima 2017-02-20 02:56:13 71291
Up ahead looking out to sea, and standing to the side of the sidewalk is Norie Okana. She's looking introspective, still with her usual straight, somewhat dour expression. The thoughs going through her mind weren't depressing as they normally were. It hurt to ask what she asked to Eilam. Physically and on some base deep level. It's like she personally assaulted herself with positive emotion and it tore her just a little- though she was fine now.

But the answer she got back...

Comfortable. Really comfortable. She hasn't felt this comfortable in a long time. Right now, she was just looking over the ocean.

It'd be spring soon. Not that it mattered to her. It was /always/ just. Cold. In the winter. in the spring. in the summer. in the fall.

She'd miss winter. The snow was so pretty.

Huh, is someone coming down the way?

Yes. It's Kukai. She head tilts. She isn't... feeding right now. She's well fed. She's behaving right now. She doesn't expect trouble.

"Kukai...?" she calls out curiously.
Kukai Souma 2017-02-20 03:11:26 71295
Kukai looks over to the side as he jogs, looking out at the sea for a moment, as he continues down the sidewalk. It's at least cool and comfortable down here without being chilly, so he's content. As for his own troubles, it's not exactly the best time, what with Nagihiko being angry at him, but it could be worse. Nadeshiko was being very nice to him, at least, and helping him recover after several weeks of clown hunting.

There's someone standing on the sidewalk ahead of him, a girl. Wait. She turns and he slows as he approaches. "Oh. Norie. Hello." He eyes her. "You look ... normal. Doing ok?"
Lacrima 2017-02-20 03:18:26 71297
Norie Okana head tilts. "Yes. I... returned home." she says softly. "And I am back at school." she says quietly. She looks back to the ocean. "I'm not hunting tonight so no reason to keep an eye on me tonight." she says matter of factly.

"Normal?" she says. "I suppose that's a compliment." she says. "I don't feel normal. But I think I'm comfortable." she says.

"Better.. control?"

"Now that I'm not starving myself."

"I need to visit Sachi-chan again soon." she says.

"I'm still not sure about being around her for an extended period."

"I can still smell the cinnamon."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-02-20 03:20:47 71298
And then, Kukai would hear a voice he'd probably learned to dread, along with words he'd probably stopped. "STOP!" Sakura yelled.

She came around the corner, chasing a giant... blue... vole like thing? With ig red eyes and a long gecko tongue. Weird. she was in ehr roller blades, wand at her side, and using the dash card to (try) to keep up with the creature. Unfortunately, it made her almost spin out.

"Stand still!" she yelled. Then the creature jumped up and SLAMMED into Norie's chest. Sakura's eyes widened. "Kukai-kun! Stop it!" she yelled.
Kukai Souma 2017-02-20 03:29:04 71300
Kukai nods. "That's good, I guess. You can at least make things right with your family, I suppose." He arches an eyebrow. "...But you have been hunting recently? You look more energetic than usual. You're not draining anybody into a coma, are you?"

He shrugs. "I suppose so. I guess control is a good thing. And..." He shakes his head, frowning. "I guess a little here and there is better than what it used to be. And I guess so - Sachiko will need all the help we can give her." He stops, then looks over at her. "Are you still running around with Riven~"

Then Sakura bursts onto the scene, hollering, and Kukai turned to see a giant blue vole tacklepounce Norie, and there's a cry in the air to stop it. Kukai reached out, grabbing the thing by the midsection, intent on pulling it away! "Norie look out!"
Lacrima 2017-02-20 03:44:06 71303
Norie Okana blinks and frowns. She took exception to that. "I've never drained anyone into a coma besides Sachiko. Sachiko was... was a mistake. I can't control myself when I'm being assaulted with... such positive energy like that pink girl used." she mutters.

"I still need to feed." she frowns. "That'll never change." she says, hands to her hips. "And yes. I am still helping Riven-sama." she says.

She's about to go on a long tirade lecture about this when a girl yells out and she turns to the right.

It's that girl from the 'Maze Card'. The one Riventon was arguing with. "Huh...?" she blinks. She's chasing an odd creature that.. leaps at her. Before she can react properly it's already sort of latched to her midsection and she huffs and reaches down to try to help Kukai remove it. It's like some sort of weird latched cat.

"Get off!" she rasps.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-02-20 03:46:07 71304
The world shifted around them for a moment. Weird, why were they staring at themselves like that? Kukai saw himself, Norie saw herself. It was a whole... thing. Just odd. Then... "Return to your true form! Clow Card!"

The latched on creature turned into a card in their grasp, falling to Sakura's hands a moment later. She let out a sigh of relief and then pulled out her pen, marking it down. She then walked over to... Lacrima? Kukai? The one in the boy. "Thank you, Kukai-kun! For helping me catch the... ummmm...." She looked at the card for a second. "Change card. Huh. I wonder what it does? It never tried to attack me."

It would probably be about this time they'd regain control of their bodies enough to realize something was DEFINITELY off.
Kukai Souma 2017-02-20 04:19:06 71310
Kukai... yeah, he was Kukai. So why was he staring at himself? That's Kukai, there - where'd the mirror come from? He looked over at Sakura and reached up, intent to put one hand to the back of his head as he always had. But his hand came up from his chest and brushes past his.. blouse? Wait, what's going on here?

"Sure, Sakura, of course." That is not his voice! Panic begins rising in Kukai's mind as he steps back, looking at both himself and Sakura, dreading what he thinks must have happened! "Oh, no. Oh no. What's going on here!" A thick, dark fog seems to have laid itself over his emotions and mind, dark, scratchy whispers, and a painful, irritable... something that seems to be growing.
Lacrima 2017-02-20 04:29:41 71312
A short flash. And then there's something she perceives as an out of body experience at first. Then it settles down a bit and... it's cool.. with a hint of warm. This is immediately 'off' to her. She always feels cold. This is not cold. This cool... and... she feels... warm... and she can feel the wind of the ocean, and it strikes her in a way she hasn't felt since...


Oh no...

Panic. But... even this panic seems. not as strong as she's used to as her---his? Hands go up to her face and--- this is not her face.... or her hands...

"What. What just happened!?". That's not her voice either. Oh god.

She's in Kukai's body. and.. that means...

"What happened...!?" she says worried at Sakura. "This is wrong!"

Though he looks back to Kukai...

She feels so.. odd. So... normal. So... alone. In her own head.

She needs a moment to process this while she waits for Sakura to... say literarily anything explaining this.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-02-20 04:33:27 71313
Sakura Kinomoto blinked, staring at Norie. "Huh? What's wrong, Kukai-kun? Did the card do something to you?" She then turned to Kukai. "Oh, err, I don't think we've met. Hello, my name is Sakura Kinomoto. A pleasure to meet you," she said with a smile, before looking back to Norie. "Kukai-kun, what's wrong? Did the card hurt you?" Then looked back down at the card. "Wait... change... did it..." Then paled. "K-Kukai-kun, are you still a boy?!" ... WHAT? It was a valid question!
Kukai Souma 2017-02-20 04:39:48 71315
Kukai-Norie shakes his head. "No, I'm Norie! I mean, I'm Kukai but I look like Norie! What the hell was that card!" He can feel the hackles on the back of his neck rising and something seeming to be curiously interested in his possible loss of control. "Stop being so polite and tell me what you did with that silly card! And change us back right this instant!"
Lacrima 2017-02-20 04:47:08 71316
Norie Okana , in Kukai's body spurts out. "/I'm not Kukai!/ Something is wrong!" she says. "It.. we switched...brains or something!" she says. "/I'm/ Norie! She's Kukai right now! I think that's right!" she says.

Wait...if Kukai's in her body...

Body. In large air quotes. A Mass of Dark Energy in a shape of one.

"Oh god. Kukai. Kukai I need you to tell me how you feel right now." she says with genuine worry on 'her' face. "This is important."

"Did it start talking to you yet?"
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-02-20 04:50:22 71317
Sakura Kinomoto yelped. Wait, what? That's KUKAI? She stared for a moment, her mouth falling open. How did they... what?!! She blinked for a few seconds then... Wait, stop being POLITE?! Have he ever even MET her?!

"Wait, what? It... OH!" She gulped and.... "Change card! Switch them back!" Magic flowed around them and...

Nothing happened. "Better?" Fuuuuuuuuuuuu...
Kukai Souma 2017-02-20 04:59:33 71318
Kukai-Norie pointed at Norie-Kukai (geez.) and nodded! "What she said! I mean... oh, never mind! Yeah, we switched bodies!"

Kukai looked out through Norie's eyes and glared at his own worried expression. "Annoyed that this stupid card has done this stupid thing to me! Frustrated! Like there's nothing..." He stopped, knitting Norie's brow as he looked at his own body. "It? What it? Unless you wanna talk about yourself, no, nothing's talking to me!"

The magic washes around Kukai and Norie's bodies, sweeping through them, and..... nothing. Kukai-Norie let out a little growl of annoyance and turned to stare at Sakura. "Come on, do better than that! Or are you incapable? What's wrong with the dumb card? Or you?"
Lacrima 2017-02-20 05:07:28 71319
Norie Okana frowns. "That's my body." she points at 'Kukai'. "It's a dark energy construct. This is really bad." she says. Energy flows around them. She can feel the pull of... something. But. Nothing happened.

She blinks. Norie-Kukai. (Or Norie-K) lookss at Sakura with a blink then back at Kukai.

"Okay. Good. I mean. About the voices..."

W-wow. Kukai is really.. angry?... wait. No. She knows why.

"Kukai. Listen to me." says Norie-K. "I need you to-- to try to calm down. I know that's really hard right now."

"But--- neutral terms. Think neutral. Try really hard." she pleads worriedly.

This feeling is.... not something she's felt for a bit. Genuine worry over someone-- for the right reasons.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-02-20 05:09:01 71320
Sakura Kinomoto eeped. "S-sorry, I didn't--" And then he says that. She says that. He says that. She looks at kukai and tears well up in her eyes, "I... I-I'm sorry. I-I'll t-try harder... I-I'm so sorry..." She draws it again. And again. Trying over and over and over. But the magic just fizzles out every time, until eventually she falls to her knees, panting. "D-did it w-work?" she asked softly. She was going to burn herself out at this rate. Oh dear.
Kukai Souma 2017-02-20 05:19:46 71321
Kukai-N stands up straight and looks at the two of them, feeling the negative emotions rolling across his mind. Some part of his knows how BAD all of this is and wails in the back of his (her?) brain, shuddering and wanting to think positive, to be good, but right now all he can do is be annoyed!

Kukai-N hmphs and crosses his arms, staring at Norie-K with disdain and annoyance written across his face. "Calm down? Why should I calm down? She could change us back if she wants to but she doesn't!" He nods over at Sakura, who is continuing to fail over and over again. "...Fine. I'll try to think... neutral." Kukai-N closes his(her?) eyes and takes a deep breath, trying to focus, ignoring the tear-stricken Sakura until she speaks again. "...No, keep going, you haven't gotten it yet."
Lacrima 2017-02-20 05:34:03 71323
Norie-K shakes her head. "Sakura...was it...?" she asks. "Sakura-chan you need to stop. This isn't working. You're just going to hurt yourself or either of us if you keep hitting us with that." she says wide-eyed. She looks at Kukai and grits her teeth.

"Sakura. What's supposed to happen? Do you know anyone you can talk to about these cards?" she asks. "We really need them if you do. Right now." she says.

"Listen. Kukai. Can I get my phone? I really think we need to contact someone. Anyone. Immediately." she says with wide eyes.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-02-20 05:37:49 71324
Sakura Kinomoto sniffled and gave a nod. "W-well... I guess I-I could talk to... to kero-chan. But I'd have to go home for that. I-I'm sorry. M-my magic just isn't strong enough. I think... I think change is tired. It's trying but it can't. I'm so sorry..." She started to stand up and then fell back down. "Just.... need a moment. He's at the hospital... Right now."
Kukai Souma 2017-02-20 05:49:13 71325
Kukai-N rolls his eyes and then looks down at Sakura. "Oh, please. All tuckered out today? You'd better get well in a hurry - you've got to fix this and you're the only one who can, before I get REALLY angry." Norie's body eyes the 'exhausted' change card and the slumped down Sakura before letting out a little sniff. "You look like someone who needs to go to the hospital..."

Kukai-N looks back up at Norie-K and suddenly reaches out, poking him hard in the chest. "She needs to fix this, now, and it doesn't matter how tired she is, she can rest afterwards! Oh, this is ridiculous!"

She sort of turns from side to side, trying to contain her annoyance, before looking at Norie-K. "What? ...No. No, you're not reaching into my pockets! I can't believe you, you're trying to get your filthy hands on me!" He backs away from her, fists gritted. "We don't need to contact anybody - we just need HER to do her job! It's her magic, she can control it, why isn't she FIXING US?!" This last bit is let out in a tiny, infuriated scream.
Lacrima 2017-02-20 06:03:17 71328
Norie-K looks to Sakura. "Sakura. Rest. Don't listen to him. The Dark energy it..doesn't... it doesn't let you feel 'good feelings'. Just. He'll be sorry when this is all over. I know it. Okay?" she says as earnestly as she can. Which is pretty earnest when there's actual emotion behind it.

She frowns and looks back to Kukai-N.

"What!? No!" that's so /weird on so many levels because isn't that her body anyways!?/.

Then that scream. "Kukai I need you to please. Please relax. and please try really hard to not let yourself be irrational. I know this is really hard because it took me months. But if you let your emotions run like this, you're going to start chewing through energy reserves." she spits.

"Then what? You want to hurt people? Run rampant...?"

"Even I didn't want that..." she says.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-02-20 06:10:11 71331
Sakura Kinomoto stared at her. She tried not to cry, but Kukai was being so... She wrapped her arms around herself and shook. "I... I'll fix it. I promise I will. I-I'll keep trying. I'll keep trying." She drew the card and... again. And again... and... Norie could probably see it. She was expending all her magic, all her energy. She was going to hurt herself if she didn't stop RIGHT NOW. She was just a little kid, she didn't realize what she was doing to herself!

She wobbled a bit as she raised the card one more time. "Ch... chan..."
Kukai Souma 2017-02-20 06:22:05 71334
Kukai-N rolls his eyes and glares at Norie-K, then hmphs, wrapping his arms around himself and frowning. "I don't want you or anybody else touching me right now. None of that. And... I don't want any of my friends seeing me like this. Or seeing YOU like this. We should go hide somewhere. Separate!" She rubs at her head, making little noises of anger.

Kukai-N looks up at her and narrows her eyes. "...Irrational? I'm being... irrational?" The desire to yell, to scream, to spit out words of anger at the insult is powerful, but somehow Kukai-N manages to pull it back. That idea of hurting people and running rampant is enough to ignite a fear in his heart. "I am NOT being irrational." One finely manicured hand reaches up and practically smacks Sakura in the mouth, fingers covering her lips, as she tries to stutter out the word Change. "Oh, just stop. If you collapse trying to fumble around with your powers you won't be worth a thing to either me or Norie. Sit down and rest and we'll wait till you and your card feel better."

Kukai-N lets out a small sigh, rubbing his eyes, trying to fight back the sudden flood of feeling that engulfs him, the threat that this is going to be permanent, just like every other awful thing going on in his life...
Lacrima 2017-02-20 06:30:38 71335
Norie-K frowns. "The Manor." she says. "We need to go to the Manor and we need to call.. Kunzite. Or Mamoru. Or Mizuno-san." she curses. "No way I can go to UMBRA like this, security would shoot me on sight!" he says with wide eyes. "Dammit I need to text Riventon-sama..."

"..Okay. Okay. I know this sounds really lame but make it about yourself. Yes you don't want Sakura to be hurt because then who will fix /you/." she says with urgency. She knows how what she was works. Mamoru explained it best to her.

She frowns though as she watches Kukai do that to Sakura. "I'm sorry." he says.

"We'll figure this out, okay? I'm not... I'm not gonna keep this body. I don't want to."

"It isn't fair to Kukai. This is going to be horrible."

"Besides. If we're gonna be like this longer than a few days I'm going to need to..."

"Teach you to how to feed..." he says, biting his lip a moment.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-02-20 06:36:00 71336
Sakura Kinomoto nodded, wiping her eyes. "I-I do need to get back to the hospital soon, though. That's where Kero-chan is. Also, I can't let them know I'm missing or they'll worry and... and stuff." She then takes the hint. "A-and if daddy finds out about this, I might not be able to use my magic to turn you guys back!" she said quickly. Right, make it about Kukai. and it was true. If they found out, she might lose her wand, which meant no more magic, which meant no fixing this, which meant bad, bad things would happen. "Um, um, how about you give me your number, I'll go talk to Kero-chan, and then call you and let you know what's happening?"
Kukai Souma 2017-02-20 06:44:00 71337
Kukai-N crosses his arms, raising his nose. "....I don't want to go to the Manor or anywhere else. I don't want any of them to see me like this. It's awful." He rubs his eyes, then blinks. "Wait. Manor? Not the Earth Court?" He then hisses and another painful finger jabs into Norie-K's chest. "You aren't talking to that HORRIBLE guy while you're in MY BODY! Not a word!"

He rubs his arms, pacing, listening to Norie-K talk. "... That's right. That's right. If she's hurt it hurts me. So yes." He sniffs again. "There's nothing wrong with my body. It's a great body. It's the best body. It's an amazing body, better than a lot of other bodies. You'll.. you'll enjoy riding it around, while I'm stuck in THIS thing." He sniffles, just a little."

Kukai-N looks at Sakura and rolls his eyes. "....Look, just.. get lost. And call her if you need anything." He jerks a thumb at Norie-K. "You've got her number - MY number - in your phone, I caught you falling out of the air and everything!"

Kukai-N takes a deep breath and then shudders all over, rubbing his arms. "....Norie, get me outta here, please. I don't wanna be in public right now..."
Lacrima 2017-02-20 06:50:10 71338
Norie-K frowns a little, but not the frown of disappointment, one of sympathy. "It isn't easy. I know. To be in... that thing." even he calls it a thing. It's just kind of a fact. "Look. I have a manor. We can hide there. We should probably text...our families. And make up an excuse for at least a week until we... either get this reversed or figure out something with someone." he says.

He gently moves to take Kukai-N's hand but then stops. No. She hated contact. Maybe 'Kukai' does too. So He motions instead.

"There's a coffin in the basement. I know it sounds weird. But you'll rest easier in it. I promise..." he urges.