Unicorn Burps and Rainbow Fluff

In which Usagi finds out what happened to Lacrima and Kukai.

Date: 2017-03-02
Pose Count: 17
Usagi Tsukino 2017-03-02 06:36:05 72323
And it is drizzly and cheerful, and Usagi's quite happy for it.

Of course, her default setting is happy, so this isn't that uncommon! Only recently it sort of has been. But not now! Or something...

Either way, she's enjoying the nice afternoon in her cute wellies. (Without a raincoat, though, because she didn't think that far ahead.)

Splosh splosh in the puddles!

And now she's trudging back into the shopping area, intend on finding something cute for herself. A new eyeshadow pallete? A cute new skirt? Either way she's actually here for something not plushie related!

But wait! She knows that girl!

Ug, no matter what she does, she just always seems to end up annoying Norie. Understandable, maybe. After all, if she were a walking ball of dark energy she'd be cranky, too. But still!

And she would leave the girl alone but there's been vagueness surrounding her the past week or so. And she's overheard enough to get the sense that something isn't quite right with her.

Which, yeah, this just pushes all of Usagi's Care Mode buttons.

As discretely as she can, she just sort of sidles up to Norie. And she looks all casual and NOT AT ALL SUSPICIOUS.

"So lovely day we're having right how are you?"
Kukai Souma 2017-03-02 07:43:31 72331
Last night's rainy downpour had turned into a mild, cool drizzle, suitable for umbrellas and hats and thin jackets and the like. People were in steady patterns today on the street, buying things they wanted and needed with more rain scheduled on the way.
Kukai Souma 2017-03-02 07:45:23 72333
Still, though, even with such a cool, moist day, there were streaks of sunlight coming through the clouds, and people sound generally cheerful, especially inside the shopping centers of Tokyo.

For the most part, Kukai-N was not in a place where she could think about shopping and exploring for new items. Mostly because she didn't want to spend someone else's money, and mostly because she didn't feel the need. Food was plentiful in groups around her, even though she had to hunt out the right ones.
Kukai Souma 2017-03-02 07:45:37 72334
Straightening her dress and Norie disguise from where the man had grabbed her shoulder with intent, Kukai-N patted his unconscious head and exited one of the employees only rooms in the back halls of the center, walking back out to the main concourse and feeling quite a bit better. Well, as good as she could feel, anyway. Comfortable, perhaps.
Kukai Souma 2017-03-02 07:46:35 72335
Kukai-N hears splashes nearby, as if some kid is jumping in puddles out of sight. If she could smile, she would, at the sound. She was mostly full, as well, so some of the stress of daily life right now was off her, and with a full stomach came the strength to brush off the dark whispering voice.

It's possibly the last thing she expected for someone else to approach her as she turns to face ... oh, well, that's Usagi. Oh dear. In the back of her mind that dark scratching grows hissy and somewhere between angry and... scared?

Kukai-N blinks at the unanticipated question in two parts and works through it. It is a lovely day, more or less, yes, in its own way, but lovely may be different for her than for most people. As for how she is, Kukai-N's face darkens. "... I'm miserable, and you should know it. .... I know Kunzite knows, so certainly Mamoru knows. How much did that puffed up pastry tell you?"
Usagi Tsukino 2017-03-02 07:47:05 72336
Of course there's that deep, nearly hidden part of her that's hissy and scared. Pretty much, to Norie's physical self, Usagi is a walking allergic reaction waiting to happen. Or, you know, death.

Which Usagi does not want, no sirree!

And she should be offended by the puffed pastry comment, shouldn't she? But she's more worried about other things. Her eyebrows raise in genuine concern and sympathy and she hugs the girl! "I don't really know, I'm sorry! I know there's something going on, but neither of them have said anything."

She pulls back and just looks at the girl for a moment, hand petting over her cheek and forehead. "What's going on? Why are you miserable? Was Takashi a buttmunch to you, too?"
Kukai Souma 2017-03-02 07:53:18 72337
Kukai-N leans back from the too-closeness, but one does not escape Hurricane Usagi that easily, oh no. The inner dark scratchiness reaches a shrill pitch as Usagi huuugs Kukai-N close and she squirms, just a little. "No, I... they haven't told you? I.."

Kukai-N eyes Usagi for a moment, wishing she could properly appreciate that petting hand. "If I told you something incredible and surprising and strange, would you believe me, and then would you promise not to repeat it to everyone and anyone since you are the biggest gossip I know and move secrets around faster than a telephone club?"
Usagi Tsukino 2017-03-02 07:58:49 72338
Usagi's eyes widen as she leans back a little, looking very much like a kicked puppy. "I don't gossip if its something important and could hurt someone...I may tell my girls but that's also so they stay informed!"

Then she waves her hand and rolls her eyes. "But yes. Unless it can get someone hurt, I won't tell. This is a Gossip Free Zone."
Kukai Souma 2017-03-02 08:04:16 72340
Kukai-N rolls her eyes. Her girls, and the Shittenou that don't know, and everybody - at this point, she might as well wear a soccer ball around her neck. "...Fine, fine. And.. I don't know. I doubt it, though."

She sighs and then stretches, rolling her eyes. "A week or two ago, I was walking down the street and I saw Norie standing nearby. I stopped to talk to her because I'm not actively trying to pound her anymore, and then Sakura was hollering for me to stop this.. blue vole frog mole thing that had leapt up and attached to Norie, and I grabbed it, and it switched our bodies. Or our minds. Or something." She takes a deep breath, then lets it out. "I...I'm Kukai. Not Norie. And everything is awful."
Usagi Tsukino 2017-03-02 08:13:51 72342
Usagi rolls her eyes, too. Because Norie is being a goober.

Her eyes widen, though, at the revelation that this isn't Norie! And that--!!

And she almost smothers him with more hugs but then she pauses! "Not calling you a liar but what did I used to call you!"
Kukai Souma 2017-03-02 08:19:17 72343
Kukai-N's eyes narrow at that eye roll. She knows what Usagi's thinking. At least, she thinks she does, through the suspicious lens she always feels. Those widening eyes as she talk are familiar as well.

And then there are more hugs and Kukai-N does her best to not sprint away at top speed, standing her ground. "... Your dance partner. You called me that when we danced at the Walpurgis afterparty and funeral. Satisfied? I can answer more questions if you want." She huffs. "I wouldn't tell you such a crazy story if it wasn't true."
Usagi Tsukino 2017-03-02 08:26:14 72345
Instead of looking relieved that Kukai is telling the truth, Usagi looks really sad. "Oh no..."

And of course, it may take a time or two to tell, but she can eventually tell! So instead of hugging Kukai she hugs her purse. "Aside from the expected ick, are you okay?"
Kukai Souma 2017-03-02 08:31:32 72347
Kukai-N just looks at Usagi. "...Why are you sad, now? Good grief. You're not the one suffering, I am." She shakes her head and then lets out a breath she was holding as Usagi hugs her purse instead of her. "...No. I'm not. I've had to learn to drain people for their energy, Usagi."

She looks to one side, thinking. "It's... the one good thing I feel right now. I don't have the ability to be comfortable in this form Norie does. And I have to eat more because I'm trying to keep Daichi from vanishing. At least I have a lot of friends who are all willing to help me stay fed."

She winces. "It is a... difficult existance." She grits her teeth quietly, bracing because she knows Usagi will probably not be able to resist hugging her purse too much longer.
Usagi Tsukino 2017-03-02 08:37:45 72349
Usagi gives Kukai a Look. It's a look that clearly says 'Duh, dummy.' "You know why, Dummy. If you weren't all steeping in dark cooties, you'd know the answer is 'sympathy.' Sheesh."

But still! Oh noes! Her eyes water because even poor little Daichi! He's just the cutest little Daichi ever!

And she does hug, but at least its quick!

However, this is probably to give her warning. If she hadn't thought about it, the hug probably would have lasted longer. "I wish I could help there, but you really shouldn't drain me. I think you're allergic to my energy, because it's basically all unicorn burps and rainbow fluff." And her expression is Dead Serious when she says this.
Kukai Souma 2017-03-02 08:43:48 72351
Kukai-N grumbles something about 'don't want their pity', but then nods. "I guess. And I wouldn't be if I could help it." She winces at the hug, but manages to pat Usagi on the shoulder in an imitation of thanks.

Kukai-N sighs and taps her head. "I know. There's a little voice in my head that balls up and says the worst things about you every time I see you. I wasn't planning on..." She stops, then shakes her head. "Well the first time I saw you I thought perhaps I could drain you if you offered, and then the voice went manic. So not now. In any case, so.... I have been getting along, waiting for Sakura to say that the Change card has finally recharged or whatever. Tell me about your life, keep me distra..."

She stops for a moment and thinks back, then arches an eyebrow at Usagi. "....Unicorn burps and... rainbow fluff?"
Usagi Tsukino 2017-03-02 08:47:27 72352
Usagi grumbles as well, only more loudly, something about there being a difference between sympathy and pity, you dummy. "I know."

She's hugging her purse again! "Well, I bet the stuff it says is not as bad as some of the things I've thought about me! So don't feel bad if you do!" Still. Ouch!

And she nods along, eager to help, and almost starts to answer when he realizes what she said.

She shrugs. "Well, you know. People probably say stuff like that already anyway. Why not get them to say it the way I want them to say it? Besides, can you think of anything more pure than a unicorn's burp?"
Kukai Souma 2017-03-02 08:55:53 72355
Kukai-N side-eye glares at Usagi, but then hmphs, crossing her arms, one hand toying with the handle of the umbrella hanging off a loop of her dress at one side. "You'd probably never want to meet it in person. I don't want to meet her in person and I'm living with her now." She reaches up, rubbing the back of her head for a moment.

She shakes her head, and then hmphs. "I've never heard anyone say anything like that. It sounded weird. And ... probably. Burps are nasty." She wrinkles her nose, then sighs. "Come on. Do you want to go somewhere, or find a place to sit, and we can talk if you want."