Wilder Intentions


Date: 2017-03-20
Pose Count: 34
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-20 20:13:54 73754
It's chilly on the roof of the highrise apartments that serve as the palace for Earth's king. Tokyo's always cool this time of year, but so many stories in the air and it's colder and windier athan on the ground. It's not exactly a good place for a fox to take up residence. Yet the small pile of blankets bundled up in one corner have been arranged into a den for just those purposes.

Curled up just inside the den, a small black-furred fox is snoozing with its nose tucked under its tail. There's a bowl of water, and another bowl beside it that likely held food until recently. Just how a fox climbed so high would be a mystery, if this fox weren't obviously a known creature in this area: a blue collar around her neck, dangling a small little metal tag that reads 'Ayana' on one side, and has Ikiko's contact information on the other.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-20 20:38:42 73755
The thing about the roof is that it's large. It's atop a building that has four penthouse apartments, all of which are stupidly spacious. But-- the stairwell is in the center, and has a good view of the whole thing except where potted trees on dollies have been moved to privatise or windbreak areas.

The corner Ayana's chosen to make her den is one of the ones actually facing the stairwell, so as soon as Mamoru comes upstairs and senses someone else up there, a quick scan's enough to reveal... well, to reveal who it is.

He hesitates, phone in one hand and Kindle in the other, then silently goes over to the patio table that's still in its plastic tent and puts them down. Honestly, the way he's insisted the place be, it's perfectly fine if she's there, even if she didn't ask -- but he suspects she asked Kunzite and he just hasn't had the opportunity to tell his prince. He doesn't mind either way.

It's just that if she doesn't want him to be up there, there might be difficulties.

So: Mamoru finally approaches, making a fair amount of noise he doesn't have to, just so the little fox isn't surprised. The scent, if she's downwind of him, might be confusing: he smells similar to Kunzite -- they spend enough time in each other's presence that they both smell a bit like each other, but these days he's probably actually the one who smells more of roses, of green growing things, of earth and sun and wind. But also chocolate and coffee.

"--Ayana?" he calls over tentatively when he's about ten paces away.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-20 20:50:10 73756
It's the noise that draws her out of her snooze. Those little black ears perk up and swivel towards Mamoru first, before the little fox opens her blue eyes. She turns her head just slightly to peer at Mamoru over her own tail.

And then she stretches, a massive yawn and full body stretch as she slowly rises from her slumber towards the waking world.

When the stretch is through, she scratches at an ear with her hindleg, then looks back to Mamoru.

And then she sits there, saying nothing for a moment, but by the way her ears are twitching she's clearly thinking--listening and considering what to say, perhaps.

After a few moments, the little fox disappears into her den and collapses it around herself.

Then, a moment later, the blankets begin to shift. Ayana emerges a moment later, black hair slightly wild, expression tired, and shoulders bare. She carefully pulls a blanket around herself, wrapping it like a dress, then tilts her head at him. "Are you gonna make me leave?" she asks him uncertainly.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-20 20:58:51 73757
Mamoru blinks, then starts forward in alarm when the den collapses, but hesitates again because it looks on purpose, somehow, and there's no mental scream of OH CRAP going on, so he just sort of stands there halfway and looks confused as the blankets shift. His eyes widen. "No. Why would I do that? I want this place to be safe for people who need it for a while. And you're not even-- I mean you can stay in the apartments somewhere if you want to, if you need to hide--"

He half-spreads his hands before dropping them again, looking a little lost and maybe a little frustrated. "I mean, you're the one who doesn't like me. I'm happy you're here, I just-- I just don't want to have to stay downstairs where all the people are if I need to get away from the noise. Is it okay with you if I come up here? I can stay on the other side of the roof..." he trails off.

A beat, and then he adds, more quietly, "If it's up here you want to stay instead of downstairs, you can move the space heaters over to your corner. They're solar-powered, but there's rechargeable battery backup if it hasn't been sunny-- you can take them downstairs and plug them in to recharge them if they need it."
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-20 21:05:09 73758
Ayana blinks at Mamoru quietly, staying frustratingly quiet while he talks. Frustratingly quiet after he's done talking, for nearly a minute.

Then she observes, tartly, "I'm not hiding. And I don't hate you. Iki-chan probably knows where I am. And it's your roof so you can come up here even if I didn't want you to."

Her ears flick a little in annoyance, then she looks past him towards the space heaters. "I'm only cold when I'm like this," she says. "My fur keeps me warm enough when I don't have to be a girl. Anyways, I don't want to stay downstairs because then I have to ask you for a favor and I understand why you were a jerk to me, but also I don't want to owe you any favors."

She sighs and looks up at him again, frowning a little. "I can go be downstairs while you need to be up here if you just want to get away from people. Or... something. I don't know."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-20 21:17:36 73759
Here's where Mamoru looks mildly confused. "You wouldn't be owing me a favor." He gestures vaguely in the direction of 'down'. "There's house rules that everyone who stays there has to abide by, because it doesn't matter who someone works for if they need a place to recover from something, or get healed-- just basically the big rule is no starting fights if it turns out your enemy's sleeping in the guest room next door. If everyone who stayed here owed me favors, they wouldn't feel safe coming here if they need to."

He shrugs one shoulder uncomfortably, glancing away. "I don't care if you're up here when I'm hiding. I don't care if you're downstairs if I'm not. I like you a lot and I was really upset that I couldn't dance with you when you wanted me to, because I had a really good time the first time, but my girlfriend was really drunk and probably would have started a fight with you at the dance and then everyone would've been upset. Or maybe tipped over the snacks table or something. I had to look after her."

He actually looks upset now. "I didn't think I was a jerk. I was overwhelmed. I'm sorry I was a jerk, I really didn't mean to be." Then, flustered, he waves his hands around. "Anyway the point is, be where you're comfortable. If you're more comfortable downstairs, then please, please stay there. If you don't believe me about not owing me any favors and you're more comfortable up here, please let me know if there's anything I can do help. I'm sorry I thought you had to hide from something."
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-20 21:22:15 73760
Again she stays quiet, listening to him like she's judging his words; like he's not quite making the cut. Her ears twitch again, and she looks away ... then she sighs and lowers her chin a little. "I already said I understand why you had to be a jerk. It made everyone at school think you were just making me look bad, though," she explains. "Everyone hates me at school. Foxes don't belong there, but I still have to go."

Not that she went today.

With a wrinkle of her nose, Ayana looks back to Mamoru and explains, "I don't like fighting with people. But if they pick on me, what am I supposed to do? If Sora-chan were here ... if she were still using the book, she'd call me all kinds of bad names to get me to break your rule.

"And I don't like fighting, so it would be even worse," explains the kitsune. "I just ... don't think I'm very good at being a human. I keep trying, but I think I keep messing it up."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-20 21:36:32 73761
"--she'd be the one starting the fight, so she'd be the one getting kicked out," is the first thing Mamoru points out. "The Shitennou and I enforce it. You can tell someone -- you can tell Kunzite -- if someone's giving you a hard time. Or if you have to defend yourself, you can do that. It's just the people who pick fights that get in trouble, not like in school."

He reaches up and scratches at the back of his neck, glancing away with a sigh. "Lots of people don't belong in school, foxes or not. The system is really messed up. I just got really good at wearing a mask really early."

He lets out a chuff of a rueful laugh, looking back at Ayana. "Most of the people who live here are varying levels of not being very good at being human, even if it's in different ways. Even when you're not staying here, you're welcome to come hang out with us. You know, learn how to be human along with the rest of us. Nobody'll care if you do keep messing it up, or even if you just want to be not-human with us."

He shifts his weight to the other foot -- his behavior, uncomfortable and awkward, is a far cry from both of the situations she's seen him in before. "Is there anything I can do to mitigate the damage I did to your reputation? Because-- I really didn't know that happened. And I graduate soon but while I'm still there--"

For a second Mamoru looks startled as something occurs to him, and then he looks really wry. "Uh, and actually, letting what other people think of you get to you is really, really human behavior. Poor consolation, I know junior high really really sucks, but it's also true."
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-20 21:39:38 73762
Ayana wrinkles her nose, and her ears flatten to either side of her head. "Great, so the only part of being human I'm good at is kissing Ikiko and being hurt." She sighs and pulls the blanket up a little higher, concealing her bare shoulders, chin, and nose. Only those blue eyes peer out at Mamoru, now. Muffled, she says, "I don't think you can fix it. They were mean to me before you came along. Then when we danced they thought it was special. Then ... the second dance, they thought you were just playing me. I don't think you can fix that unless you date me, and you're a stinky boy so I don't want to date you."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-20 21:54:34 73763
Mamoru looks briefly comically offended. "I'm not stinky!" he protests. "But anyway we're both already dating other people anyway, so it wouldn't work even if you were attracted to guys and even if I didn't have problems touching anyone but a really small group of people."

He sighs. "Not even hanging out with us in public would help? I mean, if it's just social reputations those jerks are interested in, they're not worth being friends with in the first place-- but I know there's a difference between not having any friends in school and people actually picking on you. The only way I got people to stop being asshats to me was to work really hard to get good at everything and be friendly but not actually get close to anyone, and I don't recommend it as a method."

He pauses, then almost says something, then doesn't, then decides to say it anyway: "If you want to be a fox and don't mind me touching you, we can still talk, just not out loud, and you wouldn't be cold."
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-20 22:00:46 73764
"They pick on me because I'm stupid," Ayana tells Mamoru quietly. "I'm really good at Math, but I'm bad at Japanese, and English, and History, and Science, and everything else. They call me an 'idiot savant', but I don't know what that means except that I'm some kind of idiot. And then they pick on me because I eat a lot, and because my hair changed color, and because I'm skittish at loud noises. They pick on me because I'm always sleepy, and because I whine when I'm hungry. They pick on me because I have a girlfriend, and also because I wear a collar, and because my girlfriend is younger than me and I live with her and I act like her pet but I am her pet ..." Ayana trails off a little, then sighs quietly to herself.

"Sometimes I wind up draining them by accident," Ayana explains to Mamoru. "They upset me and I just stop being able to control it. Sometimes ... I bit a girl once when she was picking on me. I don't want them to be my friend. I just want them to leave me alone."

She huddles in the blankets a little more, then asks, "Do you speak canine like Iki-chan?"
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-20 22:18:03 73765
"No, I'm-- I'm psychic. Uh-- I can sense emotions, and I can heal, and I can transfer energy out but not take it from anywhere but the earth-- and I'm a touch telepath. A lot of time it's not in words, but... that's basically the biggest reason I have trouble touching people. I didn't used to be very good at shutting it off.

"It still takes some effort, but I'm better at it now, it's just still really unpleasant if people touch me by surprise." Again answering something later first, this one seems to be because it's actually still hard for him to admit and he'd rather get it over with. He doesn't look ashamed, per se, but there's definitely a defiance based on the expectation of being judged.

Then he takes a breath and regains his composure -- enough to say incredibly firmly, "You are absolutely not stupid. You're also not an idiot savant-- that's a person who's inhumanly good at one thing and literally cannot take care of themselves or interact meaningfully with anyone, can't have conversations, can't feed themselves... I mean it's more complicated than that, but you're definitely not that. And if you want help with the subjects you're having trouble with, I do have an on-and-off study group, but Kunzite and I still go once a week to do tutoring at the--"

This is another thing he has to take a deep breath before saying, but it's also something Ayana wouldn't actually be aware of the stigma on, so it's only a brief pause and stumble. "--the orphanage. Where I grew up. And you can come with us and you can sit in with the other kids. And they're struggling with being people, too. A lot of them have had people saying shitty things to them and being awful to them their whole lives, so they don't actually expect other kids to follow social conventions."
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-20 22:21:40 73766
"I don't want help," Ayana says with a shake of her head, ears flicking just a little. "I don't want to go to school. That's part of why I'm here, now," she explains. "Iki-chan's momma and papa make me go to school, and I'm just tired of it. I don't need to know which emperor did what or who invented the whatsit or where babies come from. If I were still a fox I'd be an adult already. I'd probably have already had a litter of my own kits. But I'm not a fox; I'm a girl, because this is what he made me to be. So now I'm both, but neither, and I have to learn things that don't matter, and be someone I'm not. I can't do it anymore. I don't want to do it anymore. Especially now that Ikiko has another girlfriend. I just ... want to be a fox again."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-20 22:40:03 73767
"Ohhhh," says Mamoru, eyes widening, lighting up in understanding. And then right then and there, he crouches down and holds out his hands, looking up at her. "Be a fox. Come downstairs and just be a fox, it's okay. If-- you want to, I mean. Or stay up here and be a fox. But I'd like you as a fox just as much as I like you as a person, and I'm better with animals than people anyway. Maybe we're having trouble because we're both trying to people when we'd rather not." A beat. "I can block the psychic part if you want me to, too. But I wouldn't look in your head either way."
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-20 22:43:08 73768
Ayana blinks in surprise at his response. Her ears slowly rise upwards until they're fully upright, pointed towards Mamoru in her uncertainty. Then, the pile of blankets collapses again, and the black fox starts pawing its way out of the mess of cloth until it's free.

Four tails has she, more than any fox her age ought to have. All four remain firmly present as she trots her way towards Mamoru, unconcealed by illusion or disguise. Just one more reminder that she can never truly be a fox again.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-20 23:12:24 73769
She can't truly be a fox, an ordinary fox with no magic and no complicated thoughts again -- but she can be more comfortable in her skin. When she comes over, he stays where he is; he watches her tails with undisguised admiration and wonder, and keeps his hands out until she's right there. He knows you don't reach for an animal's head, he knows to let her decide whether or not she ultimately wants him to touch her, to hold her, to cuddle and scritch her -- but the moment she's in contact with a hand, whether it's nosing it or pressing her head into it, or anything else she'd do? She'll be able to read his intentions inherently; they're laid out bare for her to see, because he's also unconcealed, not hiding anything.

Intentions: cuddle the fuzzy adorable, comfort the fuzzy adorable, love the fuzzy adorable. Really, really simple set of reactions there.

And then he scoops Ayana up and holds her in his arms, burying his face in her fur for a second, then lifting his head with her cradled against his chest and shamelessly scritching her ears. "Hey, you," he says softly, "you're a really beautiful fox. Your tails are so pretty!" And it's all echoed from his mind, echoed throughout the contact; they're instant gut reactions that match the scent of him.

What also matches the scent of him, surprisingly, is the feeling of hazy summer sunlight, and forests and meadows of wildflowers, of warm spaces in deep caves, of cold brooks bubbling in hidden glades and of wild spring storms and the whole cycle of seasons. It's golden and encompassing and true, and it's no wonder he wants his home to be a safe place for people.

There's nothing but welcome here for Ayana.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-20 23:27:05 73770
At that simple touch, it's clear to Mamoru that Ayana fully expects to be picked up. That's what one does with a pet, right? Pick them up, pet them, cuddle them: all the things he wants are things this little fox fully intends for him to do to her.

As she's pulled up into Mamoru's arms and cuddled close, the little fox emits a soft noise akin to a cat's purr. Now, touching physically, he can sense her emotions all too strongly: it's not hatred for him, just a general dislike for boys in general. But that dislike is overwhelmed entirely by a love for being petted, especially her ears. Too, she's tired, and sad, and clearly in need of the contact he's providing--not necessarily from him, but just in general. She's not hiding; quite the opposite: this little fox desperately wants to be loved, and is just terrible at figuring out how to communicate it to those who can't literally read her emotions like words on a page.

All the compliments give her a little sense of pleasure. She likes being called pretty; likes being petted and adored.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-20 23:46:41 73771
And that is all things that he can do for her. It's a relief to have someone only want what he can give, and what he wants to give. She can feel him relax, too, his own thoughts dropping into uncomplicated patterns: yes, this is what you do with a pet. He also knows people who aren't pets, but who like being treated like them sometimes -- and Ayana is literally a fox, even if she's also a girl, a girl whose girlfriend now has another girlfriend--

The kind of love he's offering is no strings attached acceptance and care and affection, and it's already there. He doesn't expect anything back. He just cuddles and scritches and croons compliments in a quiet voice, resonant more in his chest.

He'd come up here to be alone, but for him--? This is actually better. It's the expectations, it's the being social, it's the demands on his ability to cope with drama and trauma, it's the complicated emotions he has to swim through. But for all that, he craves contact, too.

It's just so rare that it's simple and comfortable.

So he goes over to sit in the corner, dragging Ayana's blanket with his foot until he's there, then nuzzling the top of her head between her ears while the scritching hand temporarily moves away to pull the blanket up over his lap. He can get her a new one, or Kunzite can, if she doesn't like the smell.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-21 00:02:52 73772
Yup, that blanket's gonna have to be washed before she'll use it again. Boys are so stinky! Well, except Kunzite, but he's different. Not literally, it's all in her head. She's just biased, cranky, and unreasonable about (many) things.

Right now, though, cuddles are happening, and the little fox continues to emit soft purring noises as she leans into those cuddles. Her eyes drift closed, and before long she's on the verge of snoozing again, cuddled up securely in the warmth of Mamoru's affection. And if he wants to stay out here for the rest of the night, she sure won't complain; she has fur (and his body heat) to keep her warm.
Kunzite 2017-03-21 00:34:30 73773
It's quite a while before anyone interrupts the two of them -- before the door from the stairs opens, and closes, and the figure that emerges paces unerringly for the pair of them.

Kazuo sets a bag down on the rooftop beside them without saying a word, and then settles down on one knee on the rooftop himself, the better to drape the coat he's carrying around Mamoru's shoulders. The lean provides a convenient opportunity to brush a kiss against Mamoru's temple in the process, unconcerned about the fox witness; she's bribed with an extra scritching hand not to make a break for it during the distraction. And he's careful not to lean in any way that constricts her.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-21 00:47:22 73774
Ayana's on the verge of snoozing; Mamoru actually ends up dozing on and off, briefly, and then remembering he's awake and scritching some more-- but mostly just cuddles. So it is with some surprise that the prince sees how late it's gotten when Kunzite comes up; blue eyes glitter faintly in the light from the stairwell as he watches the white-haired man approach, but Kunzite can see his smile in the dark anyway.

Mamoru leans forward, himself, just a little -- so the coat can get between his back and the wall -- but he's equally careful of Ayana, and when Kunzite kisses his head they can *both* feel the rush of warm more-than-affection. Once he's leaned back again himself, he doesn't drop Ayana or anything; she's still cuddled, but can break free at any time even without biting. "I told her she can come be a fox downstairs if she wants to. Or stay up here. Either is fine by me-- but if she wants to be a fox, being a fox downstairs will get her lots of cuddles instead of potential awkward, pretty sure."

Then he pauses and glances down at Ayana. "You won't chase the moon cats, will you?"
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-21 00:52:31 73775
It's the movement that wakes her from her dozing half-nap. By that point, Kunzite's already pressing his lips to Mamoru's forehead, and the little fox lazily tries to remember where she is. Oh right, there's the smell of boy. Sure, it's not the most unpleasant boy she's smelled, but still boy. And there's another b--oh wait that's Saito.

Mamoru can explicitly sense the moment Ayana realizes who's there. Her entire emotional character changes from lazily content to excited, anxious, optimistic, and eager. All four of those tails wag against Mamoru's side, tickling any exposed skin as she tries to turn and see the much larger knight.

And that's when her nose catches the scent of food. Hopping out of Mamoru's lap, Ayana pads towards it, glancing at Kazuo furtively with each step until she's nosing around the bag curiously.

Moon cats? What's a moon cats? Do they taste like chicken? No? Probably not gonna get chased, then.
Kunzite 2017-03-21 01:05:20 73776
Saito, with his scent mingled with Mamoru's roses -- never so much so as last year, but still mingled -- and with the hint of dry, heated sand that's neither human nor Mamoru's. "I tried to tell her that, too, but I suspect it made more of an impact from you." There's an underlay of something rich and warm and amused, something Ayana's heard hints of before, a fraction closer to the surface this time. That's carried over into the way his fingers run over her fur before he's shifting back to reach for the bag. There's a bowl that's taken out first, and uncovered -- chicken, yes, warmed to a comfortable blood-heat, and peanuts to contribute to the roughage Ayana doesn't get enough of on a domestic diet, and a scattering of berries to vary the flavors. That's set out for her. The thermos is taken out after she's suitably distracted, and the non-fox-appropriate cocoa is poured for and offered to Mamoru.

Still no expectations, that's all. Not even words, though those aren't turned down.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-21 01:28:05 73777
With his arms free of fox, Mamoru wriggles his arms into the coat draped over his shoulders, a glance of amusement thrown Ayana's way as she goes from !! SAITO <3 <3 !! to !! FOOD <3 <3 !! with exactly zero attention for anything else; it's amusement and relief both. He reaches out to take the cocoa gratefully, then sips it. "I don't think anyone who's here often really knows her," he observes after a moment, "and I don't know about you, but I'm not making her go to school."

Then he reaches to touch the back of Kunzite's hand with his fox-warmed fingertips, and the silent question is simple. Is it feasible for her to stay a fox here as long as she wants?
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-21 01:38:41 73778
Ayana sits back on her haunches, staring up at Kunzite while he prepares the food. Someone must have trained her well, because she doesn't immediately snap at the food when he places that first bit down; indeed, she waits until Kunzite is done setting her food out entirely before pouncing on the plate. She almost unsettles it, but manages to prevent food tippage.

While Mamoru and Kunzite are discussing hot cocoa and school, the little fox is busy enjoying her meal with wild abandon. All four tails wag excitedly as she eats, and it's only when it's half way gone that she bothers to come up for air. Licking her chops, the little fox looks to Kunzite curiously before she goes back to her dinner--this time with a little patience.
Kunzite 2017-03-21 01:46:14 73779
"She's met Naru," Kunzite observes, "but Naru understands these things. And it's nearly the end of the term anyhow. I'm sure we can concoct some explanation if we need to." The curious look receives a tilt of his head in answer, though there's not quite any telling just what the question or its answer might truly be.

The silent question, on the other hand ... Kunzite covers Mamoru's fingertips with his other hand for a moment, keeping them less captive than simply snug. Unworried awareness: the people who would fret most if she dropped out of sight know where to ask after her.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-21 02:02:40 73781
"Naru understands a lot of things. Including a hell of a lot of things I don't," says Mamoru with a small laugh, eventually pulling back to heat-leach the cup with both his hands, albeit somewhat reluctantly. Then he glances down at Ayana again, and though she's eating and can't talk and they're not in contact, he figures he can probably read a negative, an I-don't-care, or a positive from her reaction. So he asks, "Do you want me to find a couple of places downstairs that might be good dens, that I know are relatively out of the way but close to Kunzite? And then you can check them out when you're done with dinner."
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-21 02:09:27 73784
The little fox looks up at the mention of Naru's name, and tilts her head curiously in Kunzite's direction. She makes a soft noise of confusion, then gives up on the conversation in favor of food.

When Mamoru returns his attention to her again, she looks up once more. The emotional response she offers is surprisingly complex: yes, she definitely wants such a thing! It's evident in what she's thinking. But--strangely, for a fox--she manages to hide that emotion in her physical response, and instead offers Mamoru a disdainful look. The little growl she makes isn't aggressive or threatening, just a noise of disapproval, followed by a small yap. Then she turns back to her food.
Kunzite 2017-03-21 02:25:51 73786
"I told her I'd need to ask for politeness' sake, when she asked if she could sleep under my bed," Kazuo says, settling back a little, simultaneous with that little growl. "I suspect that that might not be the best location; a den should by preference have a little more privacy than that. For all parties concerned. But there are places close by that are quieter, and can be made to have convenient access to food and water. While still being close enough that she can be at my door in a few seconds, if she needs to, or that I can be at hers. We might want to let her investigate for herself, though, within reason; I imagine recent foreign scents might be a touch unsettling."

He considers this for a moment, then adds, "You might want to let Zoisite know about our guest, though." He does not mention warning Unmei. Unmei's scent will warn Ayana. Unmei cannot set Ayana on fire by reflex. And there is a limit to the amount of squealsqueeze that creatures with sharp teeth will put up with; tempting extra is a problem.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-21 02:37:45 73789
Mamoru looks somewhat taken aback, and is already glancing back toward Kunzite when the latter starts explaining-- and barely avoids sputtering at the first thing he says. He manages, though. He can be politic when necessary. He listens remarkably gravely, then nods. "Sure," he says, getting up. "But I'm also going to check anyway and mark the ones that've got those prereqs but have more traffic. Um-- light green and dark blue, right? I've got colored pencils. I'll mark the ones I think are probably bad ideas in light green."

The cocoa's chilled enough that he can down the whole cup in one go, and he offers the cup with one hand while simultaneously holding his empty hand out for the thermos. He can take the thermos or give the cup! Up to Kazuo. "And I'll definitely warn Zoi.

There's a crooked smile. He's not going to be telling anyone that has a tendency to manhandle intelligent cute fuzzies.

With full or empty hands, the prince bends to kiss the foremost of his guardian knights, then heads for the stairwell.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-21 02:45:20 73790
The little fox finishes her meal, then glances back up at Mamoru uncertainly. There's a long moment where she just studies him and his crooked smile. But then he's leaving and she huffs and glances after him with exasperation.

The little fox turns around in a circle once, then bounds towards the blankets. Grabbing the one Mamoru was using in her teeth, she pulls it away from the rest, then dives into the remaining pile. A moment later, and Ayana is back to girl, draped once more inthe blankets.

"Do I have to find clothes, if I'm going to talk to people?" she asks Kunzite uncertainly. "I can use illusions for it, but some people find that uncomfortable."
Kunzite 2017-03-21 02:52:38 73792
Thermos is returned to Mamoru, chocolate going toward its natural home. Kazuo reaches up to put a hand on Mamoru's arm and steady him in that bending down, too, thieving a moment's lingering in that kiss in the process -- only a moment's, and then he's letting go, turning his attention back toward the fox's huff and then the skittering of claws on the roof's surface.

Ah. That's a good question. "We could find you a robe," he suggests in Mamoru's wake. "That should be the minimum of trouble for you, and easiest to go back and forth through." Maybe literally through. She could probably pull it off a hook, let it fall over her in fox form, and then change without ever having to do more than pull it closed as she got up.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-21 02:56:33 73794
Ayana considers that a moment, then shrugs. "That's fine," she agrees quietly. "I could probably sneak home and find some of my own clothes if you prefer, too. But a robe is fine." She considers him again, then stifles a yawn and allows herself to shift back into a fox once again. Skurrying back out of the blankets, she nuzzles up against Kunzite's leg, very catlike as she seeks attention.
Kunzite 2017-03-21 03:00:16 73795
"We'll manage," Kazuo says. "If you spend enough time on two feet that you want other clothes, then we'll figure something out."

And then there's a fox instead of a girl, and he settles down so that he has a lap to occupy, and picks up with petting and scritching-ears where Mamoru left off. No more complicated human words, for a while.