Smooth Like a Gravel Road

Reiko, Ikiko, and Ayana are hanging out-- and decide, between the three of them, to add more complications to their relationship.

Date: 2017-03-09
Pose Count: 24
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-09 05:45:18 72971
Mid-afternoon, and it's still chilly enough in Tokyo that tights are not uncommon for the girls, and light jackets are worn all around. Ayana is no exception, in her blue and red middle-school uniform, with black tights beneath, and a black windbreaker against the chill. While most of the students are finishing up their clubs, the kitsune has sprawled out on the floor of the hallway, just outside the Animal Care Club, with a notebook and her colored pencils. Waiting for Ikiko is boring, but at least she can draw pictures while she waits.

Too bad she sucks at drawing!
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-09 05:55:46 72972
Reiko Touyama doesn't suck at drawing. She, in fact, rocks at drawing. But she isn't arriving at the Animal Care Club room to draw or help Ayana draw. Though, she does blink when she sees Ayana there and squats down a little to see what she's drawing. "Whatcha drawing, Ayana-chan?" she asks softly, as she lays down in the hallway. Ugh. She hopes the floors have been cleaned recently. Well of course they are!

She kind of fidgets a moment. "Didn't know you waited for Ikiko to come outta club." she says. "Is she almost done in there?" she asks.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-09 05:58:22 72973
With just a bit over two weeks left in the school term, the different branches of the Animal Care Club -- elementary, middle school, and high school -- are working together to make sure that the transition to next school year will go smoothly. There's a fair amount of discussing, especially since the elementary branch will need a new student leader, but overall things are being figured out, and should be solved by the end of this school year.

"See you tomorrow!" Ikiko calls back to the three advisers as she heads out, one of the last students to leave the clubroom. She smiles at how well things are going with club stuff, then her smile widens as she spots her girlfriend -- and, as an added bonus, one of her friends!

Walking over, she sits next to Ayana,giving the kitsune a kiss on the cheek. "Hi, Ayana! Hi, Reiko!" she smiles.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-09 06:04:37 72975
Ayana looks up at Reiko like she's stupid. The picture likely makes no sense to Reiko, but Ayana explains, "Obviously it's a picture of Ikiko taking me for a walk in the park." That might explain the black blob and the tan blob, but it really doesn't explain the red or the blue blobs. And it really doesn't explain why the black blob is larger than the tan blobs. In fact, mostly it makes no sense.

"She should be out soon," Ayana explains, rather than push the issue about her amazing artistic talents. "I always wait for her, if I don't have detention. I don't have a club, but we walk home together."

Just then, Ikiko emerges, and Ayana looks up with a smile in her eyes. The kiss to her cheek brings the smile--briefly--to her lips, and her skirt swishes just a little with her excitement. "Iki-chan," she greets her girlfriend. "Look, I drew a picture!" she motions towards it, offering Ikiko a chance to see.
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-09 06:14:56 72976
Reiko doesn't really judge bad art. Art is different to each person. She does wonder about Ayana's interpretation. Why is the black blob which see deems to be Ayana bigger than Ikiko, the tan blob? The red and blue blobs would be anything. A fire hydrant and the pond? A bench and the pond? The sky and the ground? Other people she knows?

She shakes herself out of her deep thoughtful and potentially REALLY pretentious artist's trance.

She doesn't explain what the picture is for Ikiko. Likely. Ikiko's gotten art like this before. Probably.

Reiko is suddenly clutching her bookbag. No reason. Right?

"Hey Ikiko-chan!" she waits a moment for the kissing to be done as she looks up to the right with a blush. She looks back down. "Uh. How are you? How was Clubs? Mine got out not too long ago." she says.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-09 06:25:03 72977
Ikiko does have more experience at interpreting Ayana's drawings, although she's not much better than Reiko at it. "Ah! The two of us, going for a walk?" she says, reaching up to skritchy the kitsune's hidden ears. The emotion of the picture is quite clear, even if the symbolism isn't!

She gives Reiko a smile and a half-shrug. "The end-of-year discussions have been going well," Ikiko remarks. "Making sure interim club presidents are selected, and all of that good stuff. How about yours?"

There's a pause as she blinks and peers closer. "And are you feeling alright?" she adds, a hint of concern in her voice. "That blush seems to be lingering longer than usual..."
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-09 06:33:56 72978
Ayana's eyes roll back in her head at those scritches. She leans into them happily, and her skirt shifts to and fro as her hidden tails wag in excitement. A moment later, her head is resting on Ikiko's knee, and she's smiling stupidly towards Reiko.

The momentary euphoria wears off whenj the scritches stop, and Ayana sighs and moves back to her picture. Let Ikiko sort out if Reiko is sick, Ayana still has to add the pond! But she's already used blue for the birdy she's hunting, so instead she decides to use grey for the pond. That makes sense.
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-09 06:47:43 72979
Reiko Touyama places two hands in front of her, two finger tips poking one another in the universal motion of awkwardness known by everyone. She looks over to Ayana and smiles meekly and looks to Ikiko and takes a deep breath.

Breath in.

"Well! it's like..."

"Well you see..."



"Uh! We should. Uh! Would you like to go on a date sometimes!?" she suddenly just blurts out. Whelp.

There's probably worse ways to ask someone that. Not many probably. But a few. Maybe. Smooth like a gravel road covered in chunky peanut butter sprinkled with walnuts.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-09 06:55:00 72980
Ikiko's expression goes from friendly concern to befuddled blankness in a moment.

She blinks. Then blinks again.

Slowly Ikiko turns towards Ayana, partially to see if the kitsune heard the same thing that she did, and partially to see what Ayana is going to do if that was in fact what she heard.

At least Ikiko doesn't look angry or disapproving. Utterly confused, yes, but neither angry nor disapproving.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-09 07:01:00 72981
Ayana's ears--her real--ears, are quite visible at this question. They perk up, then lay flat, then perk up again. The layers of uncertain emotion playing across Ayana's face are myriad. Jealousy, selfishness, amusement, disappointment, encouragement, happiness, all at once!

But no, she's not going to answer this question for Ikiko. Once she gets her emotions back under control, Ayana returns Ikiko's look, one ear tilted back and down, the other perked straight up. her eyes arch a little, encouraging Ikiko to answer the question.
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-09 07:07:48 72982
Reiko Touyama eyes Ayana's face. Oh god. She figured she'd ask while she was here because she's sure Ikiko would have questions to this effect. She said it was okay days earlier! Two tiny koifish peek out from behind her as if they were shaking and hiding from Ayana's response then poofs when Ayana looks to Ikiko and then she flexes her fingers a bit.

Oh yeah that blush isn't leaving her face anytime soon. A koifish sort of gently loops up and settles down on Reiko's head and puts it's fins under it's head propping it up like it wanted to watch the ensuing potential scandal. It almost looks sad it doesn't have popcorn.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-09 07:18:46 72983
Ikiko Hisakata blinks another time or two at Ayana's (lack of) reaction. Well, that's... encouraging, even if still quite unexpected.

"I... can't say I expected this," Ikiko murmurs, reaching over with a finger to idly rub the head of the watching koifish as she tries to gather her thoughts. Being asked out on a date by a good friend who knows that you have a girlfriend, and said girlfriend seeming to encourage this... well, it's not exactly an everyday occurrence, now is it?

She takes a deep breath, then lets it out. "Since Ayana seems to be supporting this, then... sure, we can go out," Ikiko shrugs, then looks from Reiko to Ayana and then back again. "Although I'd love to know why you asked me out," she adds.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-09 07:22:16 72984
Ayana's ears both fold back in surprise. 'Encouraging' and 'supporting' are not words she would use to describe herself. But she did suggest it. Why did she suggest it!? This is an awful idea. With a faint frown, the Kitsune turns back to her art and begins furiously drawing her pond. Nope, she is not going to interrupt this.
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-09 07:31:34 72985
Reiko Touyama scratches the back of her head. "Erm. I went over to your house the other day. To visit." she says. "And Sora-chan was there and so was Ayana and she was working on schoolwork and I wanted to come say hi because I've been gone for a bit because of a lot of stuff like being in a coma and that's why orange disappeared and Hiroko-chan is Griselda!..." she says with wide eyes. "Nrg."

"We got to talking about Haru-kun who moved away." she says. "and Ayana said girls are better and that I should try dating one and she said that I could ask you out and she said it was okay and it wouldn't be bad unless I tried to take you away from her and I didn't know what to think first but I thought it over and I thought it'd be really nice to try and I like you and Ayana both so I came here to ask and."

This is just kind of a stream of consciousness. "So I came to ask and-- and---" okay NOW the blush is because she isn't actually breathing between words and there is missing periods and commas because she feels she has to super awkwardly explain herself.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-09 07:42:42 72986
As the explanation goes on, Ikiko's expression softens from confusion to a gentle smile. She pats Reiko on the shoulder as the younger girl works on catching her breath, then leans over to kiss Ayana on the cheek. "That does make sense, now that you've explained it," she nods. "I doubt that anything would dislodge Ayana from her place in my heart, but I think I have enough love to also be your girlfriend for as long as you're willing to try, Reiko."
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-09 07:47:01 72987
Ayana's ears fold back against her head at the answer from Ikiko, but she keeps right on coloring. What was she thinking?! This is a terrible idea! Except if it makes Ikiko happy maybe it's okay. As long as Reiko doesn't come live with them. Ugh. Stupid fox.
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-09 07:52:16 72988
Reiko Touyama blushes!? G-girlfriend!? But they haven't even dated once yet! There's like a who procedure you have to go on a date and show up on time and--and--and--- nrgghghghf!

Yes that's the exact sound she's hears in her head. 'nrgghghghf!'.

"I like Ayana-chan too!" she says. "Maybe we can all triple date together!" she insists.

"Because... because..."

A tiny koi appears with a chefs hat and a tiny pie with a pie server with wide, eager eyes. Uh oh.

"Love is not a pie!". The fish cheers and disappears. "Like, you just don't serve and serve and it's gone or people think they're getting a smaller slice because others are getting a bigger slice until it's gone and it isn't like that at all!" she says with a huff as she crosses her arms with a blush as she makes her love speech.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-09 08:03:41 72989
Ikiko Hisakata considers Reiko's suggestion, especially in context of Ayana's body language. "Well, I wasn't going to suggest it until after you had decided if you liked dating girls at all," she muses. "But if you think you're up to it, then I'm okay with a three-way date!"

She starts skritching Ayana's ears again. "What do you think of that idea, beloved?" Ikiko asks the kitsune.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-09 08:22:40 72990
Ayana's entire body freezes up at Reiko's suggestion. Wait, a what? How is that even remotely a good idea!? A triple date! That'd be like having to share her special time with Ikiko with someone else! On the other hand, maybe Reiko would scritch her ears. The kitsune's ears twitch as she considers the possibilities. Somehow this has gone very much a different direction from her original intent, and she's not entirely sure if she likes that. But she also isn't sure she dislikes it.
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-09 08:36:49 72991
Reiko Touyama sort of also stiffens as she watches Ayana's reaction. Those ears twitch and she hesitantly tries something. She does in fact, reach out to scritch lightly. If she gets her hand chomped she'll assume that it's unwanted. "It'll be super fun Ayana. I mean. I don't mean. Every date. I'm not gonna try to be this lame third wheel and I know you guys need your own time and I'm kinda still gonna be figuring this out and as long as you two are patient with me.." she says sort of scooching her foot.

"And also I like fox snuggles." she insists.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-09 08:45:25 72992
Ikiko Hisakata nuzzles Ayana's cheek. "So," she murmurs to the kitsune. "Think you're up for twice the skritches and twice the cuddles?"
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-09 08:48:10 72993
The tension in Ayana's ears suddenly increases dramatically at the sudden touch, and they flatten back along her head. But then, almost as quickly, it dissipates, and her ears splay slowly out to either side. For a moment, Ayana looks torn between accepting the scritches and running to hide. But that moment passes, and then quite suddenly there is a pile of moving clothes on the ground where Ayana was a moment ago. The little black fox wrestles its way out of the school uniform, then hops up onto hind legs, placing her little forepaws on Reiko's knee. From there, she stretches forward to like Reiko's chin.
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-09 08:53:57 72994
Reiko Touyama bated breath she waits as she tries to figure out if she should run and pretend this didn't happen and sort it out tomorrow with apologies or maybe Ayana with smack her face like she thinks she might also deserve right now because Reiko is so nervous and thinking of all the bad things that she doesn't actually think of the good responses.

And then there is a little black fox licking her chin and she just lets herself fall forward and she snuggles the fox because fox and her friend and Ikiko and oh god she's gonna have to process this all before bed. Grandpa probably may not be able to provide advice on this, she thinks. She's pretty sure 'Grandpa how do I get a foxgirl and a wolfgirl at the same time?' is a thing he can answer.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-09 09:02:37 72995
Ikiko Hisakata usually walks home from school with a two-legged Ayana instead of a four-footed one, but at least the solution is simple: carefully pack up the artwork and the uniform, then carry Ayana's bag. An obvious solution to an infrequent problem, much like the suggested dating. "Looks like you get to help me carry her home," Ikiko notes to Reiko with a smile. "We can talk about date ideas along the way."