Dating Without Balance

Reiko, Ikiko, and Ayana go on a three-way date! And learn how awkward a three-way date can be when you're not used to them.

Date: 2017-03-17
Pose Count: 35
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-17 22:10:02 73515
Reiko Touyama, Ikiko Hisakata and Ayana Tasogare- in Ikiko's backpack hiding in there came out of the movie. The movie was a traditional fantasy epic featuring a Samurai prince wanting to save a princess from the Eastern Dragon and his forces of the undead. Reiko Touyama spins a little. She's blushing as she places her hands to the side of her face.

"That was such a wonderful movie. Wasn't that romantic?" she says dreamily to the other two. A koifish appears. It swoooons dramatically backwards with a fin to it's forehead.

"What did you two think?" she asks Ikiko, and Ayana, even though Ayana is a fox right now, she's sure she can express pleasure or dislkike somehow.

"...did you enjoy it?" she asks the two. "I tried to pick a good movie." she says with wide eyes.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-17 22:21:02 73516
Ikiko Hisakata smiles at Reiko. "I was hoping that the princess would have been a bit more active in trying to get out of the castle, but overall it was a good movie," she notes, reaching back with one hand to skritch Ayana before hugging Reiko with the other arm.

Well, the movie part of the "dinner and a movie" multi-date was complete. "So, what type of food would you like tonight?" Ikiko asks. "I have a few places in mind, depending on what you'd like." Not to mention the several beef sticks she packed in her backpack so that Ayana would have enough snacks to take the edge off of her appetite.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-17 22:39:03 73517
The little black fox pokes its nose out of the backpack, accepting the scritches happily. Her collar is a dark shade of blue, and sparkles with a little bit of glitter. There's a leash attached, dangling loosely out of the bag then tucked back in beside the fox.

At the question from Reiko, Ayana's ears perk up a little--only to fold back down as Ikiko continues scritching her.

"I thought it was silly," Ayana says, her voice little more than a soft yip to Reiko's ears. But Ikiko can understand her, at least. "The princess shouldn't have need to be saved by a stupid boy. He wasn't even clever!"
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-17 22:48:38 73518
Reiko Touyama goes ahead and gives Ayana a scritch and a pet and a smile. "Doesn't sound like she liked it too much as far as I can tell." she shrugs. All she has to go on are the tone of yips though. She grins a bit at Ikiko. "Eh, usually it's the prince saves the girl and then they live happily ever after. Though sometimes it would be neat to see princess saves herself and ditches the guy I guess." she winks.

She taps her chin. "I.. uh. Didn't think that far." she blushes a little ashamed as she rubs the back of her head. "Ahahahah! I've never dated properly? I guess? I mean. With a girl. or girls andIhadnoideawhattodo!" she huffs.

"This wasn't really a thing to ask my grandpa about." she says sheepishly. Sure. That'd go well. 'Grandpa, how do I date two girls at once?'
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-17 22:59:51 73519
"I think they went with the action sequences to get the guys to watch the movie and added the romance plot to get girls to watch," Ikiko notes. "Which isn't bad if you want lots of people to watch the movie, but runs the risk of not having well developed characters -- action movie characters aren't exactly known for their cleverness, for example," she adds with a nod to Ayana.

She manages to stifle a giggle at Reiko's flusteredness. "We could always get burgers and shakes," Ikiko offers. "I know a fast food place nearby that has pretty good food -- wouldn't call it the best in the city, but it's close, and... it doesn't have other complications."
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-17 23:09:07 73520
"I didn't hate it, the little fox whimper-noises at Ikiko. "I just hated the parts with the boy." She licks Reiko's hand briefly, then puts her nose on Ikiko's neck. Hamburgers sound good, and the little fox isn't going to argue with so simple a meal. Especially as it's much easier to get away with getting extras.
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-17 23:26:34 73521
Reiko Touyama nods matter of factly. "Uh huh." she says. "Or it was a romance movie they added too much action too to get boys to come. I dunno. Maybe that's why it's such a mess!" she says. A mess like she is right now! AHAHAHAHHAHAHA. She sweatdrops a moment.

She grins at Ayana and then nods. "Burgers sound good! But what kind of complications are those?" she says as she let's Ikiko lead the way to the burger stand. Her phone beeps. She peeks at it. She texts something back quick. She looks back up with a flustered smile a little.

"Was just grandpa asking me how the date was going. And to be home before ten. Also. I didn't tell him the specifics." she admits. "Cuz. I dunno if he'd understand." she says. "About this kinda date." she blushes.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-17 23:39:09 73522
"Let's just say that someone else who frequented the other place had a... professional disagreement about the repercussions of the time Ayana and I encountered each other's memories," Ikiko winces. "Although... it might have been long enough that we can try going there one of these nights."

She glances back at Ayana. "Do you want to have the milkshake with us, or just the burgers and fries?" Ikiko asks, pausing near a quiet alleyway.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-17 23:48:18 73523
Ayana's eyes widen a little at the question. Milkshake? Milkshakes are tasty, but every time she drinks them ...

... "No thanks," replies the fox. "Just put some water in my dish. I'll be okay."
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-17 23:55:49 73524
Reiko Touyama head tilts, and frowns. "Well that jerk probably doesn't know what she's thinking then!" she huffs. "If I knew them, I'd give them a piece of my mind!" she insists as she crosses her arms with a hrmph! She nods. "We'll all go together!" she says with a huff. "They won't mess with all three of us!" she says.

She eyes Ayana. "What did she say about the Milkshake?" she asks.

She taps her chin a bit. "I wonder if they have hot peppers for the burgers..."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-18 00:06:04 73525
Ikiko Hisakata gives Ayana a small nod. "Kinda what I was expecting, but I figured I'd ask," she replies, then turns to Reiko. "Dairy doesn't always agree with her, especially as a fox," she explains. "And as for the other place, well, we can do that another day as a second date."

And now they're at the burger stand, so it's time to order. "Hi! We'd like two cheeseburgers, with hot peppers on one, plus two more burgers and a tub of fries," she smiles to the person working the counter. "And a large milkshake. Cherry, with two straws."
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-18 00:12:59 73526
"Two?!" Ayana protests into Ikiko's ear. "C'monnnnn, I deserve at least six for being a good girl and suggesting this whole idea. I'm being a good friend to Reiko and sharing you with her! And I'm sooooo hungry." Oh the whining noises the little fox is evincing. Like a crying puppy. How awful.
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-18 00:24:25 73528
Reiko Touyama head tilts at Ayana and smiles. "Oh! Okay!" she says as she looks back to Ikiko and lets her order, two burgers. Check. Tub o' fries. Check. One Cherry Milkshake, two straws, check. Wait what!?

She sort of put's that together in her head and huffs and blushes and almost flails and goes 'no two two!' but she doesn't because she'd make a mess of herself.

She looks down to Ayana who begins whining. "Is.. is something wrong?" she asks. She peeks around at the fox. Did she jam her paw in a zipper or something, she thinks with a frown. She doesn't think it's that kind of whining.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-18 00:30:31 73530
Ikiko Hisakata pays for the food and sits down at a nearby table. "You're also getting half of the fries," she points out to Ayana as she helps the fox out of the backpack and puts the bowls out. "Not to mention the extra beef sticks, which I'm pretty sure you ate already." A bottle of water is used to fill the waterbowl, then Ikiko kisses the fox's forehead.

A glance at Reiko, and this time Ikiko can't prevent the giggle. "I thought a cherry shake would be fitting, given the blossom festival," Ikiko comments innocently.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-18 00:35:24 73531
Ayana continues to whine and protest as Ikiko sets her down, but once the food is in front of her the whimpers die down fast enough. The little fox starts picking through her pair of hamburgers without hesitation. She's not a fast eater, in this form--the small mouth ensures it takes some time for her to arrange the food--but she is a persistent one! At least Ikiko and Reiko have a few moments of romantic silence?
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-18 00:50:23 73535
Reiko Touyama begins to eat because burgers. She pauses a moment. "A moment!" she says with a smile. She takes it up and it gets some sweet peppers on it and comes back and takes another bite. That's good! She then nods. "Yup! Tomorrow, I'm going with grandpa to check out the festival proper. The first night is always super busy and he doesn't like it too much." she says.

Then she goes to take a sip of milkshake. Because mmmmm cherry. At least she didn't pick the hot peppers. Maybe that was a conscious choice. She peeks down at Ayana eating with a short smile.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-18 01:19:35 73540
Ikiko Hisakata munches on her own burger, nomming a couple of fries and taking the occasional sip of the milkshake. "Even with the waning moon, the view at night is still bound to look great," she adds when there's a pause in her eating.

While she's not trying to time her eating with Reiko, there still comes a point when the two of them find themselves sipping the milkshake at the same time. There's a slight pause, and then Ikiko gives the younger girl a warm smile. After all, this is why you have the shared milkshake, right?
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-18 01:38:43 73544
The little fox is mostly done with both burgers by the time this happens. She looks up, looks towards french fries, then looks back up. Her ears come up sharply, and she stares at the two, watching to see what happens. And if her fur is standing a little on end, wh o will notice when there's another cute girl present to distract?
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-18 02:00:05 73551
Reiko Touyama doesn't really track the moon phases, but she bets Ikiko does because of the whole werewolf thing. Does Ikiko need to worry around full moons? She never asked that before! Then, uh whoops! Both sipping at the same time. Or shipping at the same time!? Who will know!? She blushes a bit and smiles back, just a little as she coughs and... totally unromantically chokes of cherry milkshake.

Looks like Ayana didn't need to worry about that one. "Ah..!" she huffs. "S..sorry!" she says.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-18 02:06:07 73552
Ikiko Hisakata pats Reiko on the back. "Careful -- breathing and drinking don't exactly work well when done simultaneously," she cautions with a hint of humor, then gives her a somewhat more concerned look. "You okay?"
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-18 02:27:34 73554
The little fox rolls her eyes just a little. Her hair settles, her ears calm, and she goes back to eating. After a moment she looks up towards Reiko as if to reiterate Ikiko's question, then goes back to eating.

A few bites more and her burgers are entirely gone. All that's left are the french fries. "This is awkward," she observes to Ikiko, just a single inquisitive tone to Reiko. "I should have stayed home."
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-18 02:31:46 73557
She coughs again. "I'm fine! Just went down the wrong pipe!" she says with another worried tone. She goes back to taking a sip. She looks down and frowns at Ayana and replies to what she thinks Ayana said.

"Yes, I know, I'm so /bad/ at this!" she says with a face fault. That wasn't what Ayana said at all, but that's what she answered with!

She huffs and takes another sip of the milkshake.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-18 02:42:13 73559
"Maybe next time we should get an extra-large fruit smoothie so the three of us can share it together," Ikiko muses. "Or... maybe we're overthinking all of this. What if the type of dating that works for the three of us is like normal friend-stuff, but with more snuggling?"

Swapping who's in animal form for any given date might also work, but of the three of them, only one is a shapeshifter, so... that idea remains unspoken.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-18 02:56:32 73563
Ayana lets out a soft yap of disapproval, then shakes her collar and steps forward towards Ikiko. She strains her neck a little upwards, then yaps again, "Just take the leash off. I'll leave you two alone so you can kiss and snuggle without me making it awkward, and see you at home later."
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-18 03:03:18 73566
Reiko Touyama head tilts and looks at Ikiko and blinks with a blush. "That sounds better." she says as she finishes her burger. She looks at Ayana and meeps. "D--did I say something wrong?" she says softly as she bites her lip.

"Am I really that bad at this whole dating other girls thing?" she says worriedly.

What's sad is this isn't any different from the dates she's had with boys. :I
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-18 03:11:45 73567
Ikiko Hisakata scoots next to Reiko, then scoops Ayana up into their shared lap. "Ayana's feeling like she's making this awkward," she explains to Reiko. "It's not a case of you being bad at the dating; it's more of a case of all of us trying to figure out how a three-way date should go."

She pets Ayana for a moment. "She suggested that I take the leash off so she can go home so the two of us can kiss and snuggle without her around, but I still think we should cuddle together as a trio," Ikiko finishes.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-18 03:24:46 73569
Ayana lets out a soft yip of disapproval as Ikiko pulls her into her lap. But ti's hard to fight being petted, so she doesn't. she just leans into the petting and says nothing further. A quartet of fluffy black tails wag slowly in concert with the pets.
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-18 03:43:50 73571
Reiko Touyama sighs. "Yeah. I mean. The movies were a good idea. We all had fun. We need to find something better to do." she says as she taps her chin. "Snuggle time... in the park... after dark..." she says. "or at home... one of our homes..." she says. "Or... the beach! Or a koi pond! My koi pond is almost done!" she says as she leans down and helps pet Ayana and brush her fur and ears.

"I'm sorry Ayana!" she says softly. "That I stink." she says. "As elegant as a fish." she says as she blows her bangs with a loud sigh.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-18 03:53:19 73573
Ikiko Hisakata gives Reiko a one-armed hug while still petting Ayana. "A sleepover sounds like it might work," she notes. "Or possibly a late-night rooftop date. Something where it's just the three of us and we don't have to worry about anyone else. Kisses and snuggles optional, but awesome."
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-18 03:57:31 73575
Here, Ayana worms her way out of Ikiko's pets--something bothering her enough to warrant. She hops back up onto the table on all fours and glares at Reiko. The little fox's sapphire eyes are piercing and unforgiving as she lets out a very soft growl. "You do not stink. Boys stink. You are not a boy. Stop blaming yourself."

Maybe, if she is very lucky, Ikiko will translate so that Reiko understands why she is being growled at.

The little fox stops growling suddenly and perks up, then peers at Ikiko again. "Leash? I want to go for a walk on my own."
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-18 04:15:21 73576
Reiko Touyama head tilts at Ayana and blinks at the growl and then turning back to Ikiko. "Wha?" she says softly.

"What did I say!? I didn't say anything bad..." she says as she sinks back. Yeah. Reiko doesn't have a lot of self confidence.

Maybe she should just go hide... or something. Maybe wishing she could turn into a fish and hide in Ikiko's backpack or something. That doesn't even make any sense but she's thinking it.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-18 04:21:25 73577
Ikiko Hisakata pats Reiko's back and gives her another hug. "Not bad, just self-depreciating," she reassures the younger girl. "As Ayana put it, 'you do not stink. Boys stink. You are not a boy. Stop blaming yourself.'"

She then unfastens Ayana's leash. "She also wants to go for a walk on her own," Ikiko adds, then kisses the fox's nose. "Take care of yourself, beloved," she murmurs.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-18 04:22:32 73578
The little fox wrinkles her nose, then glares at Reiko one last time before padding to the edge of the table and hopping off. Down to a chair, down to the ground. She trots towards the edge of the area, then glances back over her shoulder one last time before disappearing into the bushes.
Reiko Touyama 2017-03-18 04:35:06 73579
Reiko Touyama blinks and frowns. "But I was awful at this. I'm practically good at nothing besides drawing." she winks as Ayana leaves. Ugh. "Am I really that bad? Just. Nrg." she sulks. Self esteem issues suck it seems. She sighs. "Since we're alone, want to go do the rooftop thing then...?" she asks. "Gonna try to fix this mood before I go home." she smiles a bit. "We're done here at least it seems..."

"Unless you wanna get that milkshake to go." she says meekly.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-18 04:45:28 73580
"Why let it go to waste?" Ikiko grins. She stops by the counter to get a to-go cup for the milkshake (while keeping the two straws), then snags her backpack and walks along with Reiko. There's plenty of time to find a place to henshin before traveling around to find a nice rooftop...

...but for now, a bit of hand-holding is nice, especially when combined with an impromptu kiss on the cheek. ~chu!~