What doesn't the fox say


Lots of food. Lots of talking. Sandwiches. And more talking.

Date: 2017-03-22
Pose Count: 99
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-22 15:35:12 73886
It's a few hours past noon, and most of the frathouse is empty, for the moment. Soon, the various students will all be coming home, but right now the little fox has the many rooms of the apartments largely to herself. Not entirely, no, but now is quite probably the best time she'll ever get to wander the house unimpeded in search of a suitable den. Sure, she could have spent the past several hours exploring the many interlinked penthouses, well before the residents were likely to return, but that would have cut into prime napping time, and she found this spot to lay in where the sun hit just right and lost all track of time.

Still, there's exploring to be done, and exploring she is doing, as she wanders her way through the apartments. Doors would be a problem for the fox's tiny paws, if it weren't for the fact she can possess them to open on their own. Convenient, that. What's less convenient--or perhaps more traumatizing--is what she finds in Nephrite's apartments. Nope, not going back in there again. The fox quietly closes the door behind her with a bit of magic as she makes her way hastily back into the main apartment. Never. Again.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-03-22 15:39:30 73887
    Kyouko's schedule is mutable- she works full-time at the conbenie, but her shifts tend to change based on what the other employees need. Sometimes she works mid-morning until evening, other times she works afternoon until closing. Today, it seems, she had been working in the morning, and had only recently finished her shift for the day.

    Her own apartment was currently empty, Naru still at school and Momo at her own job at the local thrift store, so, being a person who does not like to be alone if it can be helped, Kyouko had decided to wander upstairs and see who was about. She did this in the most convinient way, which is to say she henshins and leaps up the balconies outside the building, to land lightly upon that of the penthouse before de-henshining and opening the sliding glass door to step inside.

    She kicks off her shoes, glancing around, heaving a faint sigh as this place appears just as deserted as her own apartment for the moment. She heads towards the kitchen, to see what offerings may have been left on this particular afternoon.
Naru Osaka 2017-03-22 15:42:29 73888
Still at school is a bit of a misnomer, as the reality is that Naru isn't in classes, but rather in transit towards home. Where, in this case, 'home' can be equated to 'the apartment building that ECFH and Kyouko's apartment both reside in'. It's a lovely day, gloriously sunny, and she sees no reason to rush, per se.

ECFH isn't quite been invaded twice over yet. Sooon, oh so soon.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-22 15:52:36 73889
The sound of the balcony opening and closing gives the little fox pause, ears and nose twitching as she tries to determine the scent and sound of whomever has come in. Obviously it's someone magical; there wasn't anyone on the balcony a few moments ago.

Unable to recognize Kyouko by those senses, the fox pads towards the livingroom and ducks under the couch. A few moments later, she re-emerges as a girl, dressed in a 'What does the fox say?' teeshirt and a garishly clashing skirt. There's probably some kind of law against wearing these two colours together, but Ayana merely straightens the skirt, makes sure it's folded over her tails properly, then pads her way towards the sounds in the kitchen.

Fox ears up and alert, the kitsune peers around the corner curiously to spy on Kyouko.

"Oh," she says, eyes widening a little. "I remember you," she says quietly. "You were the one who threatened me for beating up the blue-haired girl." More than a year ago.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-03-22 15:56:19 73890
    Kyouko has just grabbed an apple out of the bowl on the counter, and is biting into it even as she turns and finds herself confronted by Ayana peeking around the corner into the kitchen. She blinks a few times, chewing the bite of apple in her mouth as she considers the girl in the horribly mis-matched clothing.

    "Yeah.. I do remember that, actually." She says, after a moment and a swallow. "You're Ayana, right?" Her tone is somewhat cautious, but not hostile- she's heard about Ayana from Naru and others in the time since that incident, enough to know, at the very least, that the girl no longer works for Takashi.

    This does not, however, remove the caution from her tone because she still has no clue why Ayana is in this apartment. So she asks. "What are you doing in here?" Straight to the point, and followed by another bite of apple.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-22 16:05:51 73891
The foxgirl eyes Kyouko's apple thoughtfully, for a few moments. It's been at least a few hours since she's eaten, and apples are awfully tasty. On the other hand, this one threatened her once. Cautiously, she pads into the kitchen towards the bowl of apples, watching for reaction from the redhead.

"Mmm," she agrees. "I'm Ayana. But I'm not Riventon's familiar anymore," she explains. "So you don't have to worry about me beating up your girlfriend again. I mean, unless she attacks me, but then I'd probably just run away. I don't like fighting."

Reach. Snag. Apple! Ayana brushes the apple on her shirt, then grips it with both hands as she bites into it. Nomf.

She swallows almost without chewing, then pauses to consider Kyouko's question. "Well, being a fox for a while," she explains. "I didn't want to go to school anymore. And I didn't want to have to be a girl. I mean, except sometimes it's okay? But I have to be a girl too much at Iki-chan's house, and they make me go to school and do chores and I just ... needed to be a fox for a little while. So Saito-senpai and Mamoru-kun said I can stay here and they're mostly treating me like a pet, which is okay because I like being a pet. What are you doing in here?" she counters question for question; so much more timid than the arrogant and self-confident creature that challenged Kyouko about Sayaka.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-03-22 16:16:48 73892
    Kyouko watches Ayana pad over towards the bowl of apples, one brow quirking slightly. She may have changed quite a bit in her time since coming off the streets, but that instinct of 'my food, must protect' is still very strong. She manages to master it, however- there are plenty of apples in the bowl, and even if this girl can't be considered a 'friend', there's no harm in sharing. Within reason.

    "I know you're not with Riventon anymore." Kyouko says, "Or else we wouldn't be having this conversation in the first place." She is far less inclined to give leniency to known villains than some of her peers. "And I wasn't scared of you beatin' up Naru, anyway. She's your friend, isn't she?"

    At the latter, she just shrugs. "Well, I guess I can understand that. School sucks, and you gotta be what you are. Although I can't say I find the idea of being a 'pet' particularly attractive, myself."
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-22 16:18:23 73893
The kitsune's ears fold back, and her eyes scrunch up, and she peers at Kyouko over her apple, very confusedly. "Naru?" she asks, clearly having not expected that name to be associated with Kyouko. "I was talking about the blue-haired girl. Are you dating two girls?! You're as bad as Reiko-chan! Why do you have to have all the girlfriends, anyways? Ugh, is it really so bad to just date one person?"
Kyouko Sakura 2017-03-22 16:20:37 73894
    Kyouko blinks, then sorts. "No.. trust me, in this house it may make me the odd one out, but I do not, in fact, enjoy the idea of dating more than one person at once. Naru is my girlfriend.. I sometimes forget it's still a new enough thing that it's not necessarily common knowledge." A mildly self-deprecating smirk at that.

    "The blue-haired girl you're talkin' about is Sayaka. She was my girlfriend, last year, but isn't anymore. Hasn't been for a while." Then she gives a mildly reproving look. "Try not to jump to conclusions, huh? That's how you get unfortunate misunderstandings." She takes another bite of apple.
Naru Osaka 2017-03-22 16:21:48 73895
The sound of a key in the lock is the immediate clue that Naru has made it home, or at least to this flavour of 'home' for the moment. There's no jumping to balconies in her world, she goes for the mundane and vaguely dull option of coming through the front door. Shoes kicked off and coat stowed, Naru pads her way into the apartment proper. Her schoolbag lands next to the couch and she glances over to the voices.

"Hey Kyouko.. Oh.. hi Ayana." Naru blinks at the kitsune, not for the addition of ears and tail, not even for the eye searing outfit choice, but to see her here at all. She catches just the end of Ayana's comments and laughs. "I think it's a feature to date just one person, personally, I've never been one for requiring flowcharts or venn diagrams to track my relationships."
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-22 16:28:23 73896
The kitsune's ears perk alert at Kyouko's explanation--or maybe it's at the sound of the key in the lock. "Oh," she murmurs, around another bite of apple, as she turns to see who's coming in. "Ah! Naru-senpai," she greets, then smiles a little and takes another bite of the apple.

There's a moment of uncertainty, as she stands between the pair of older girls. Then she hastily gets out of the way, moving to the side of the kitchen.

"Sayaka," Ayana murmurs the name thoughtfully. "Sorry, I didn't know. You seemed really protective of her, so I thought you loved her forever like Iki-chan and me."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-03-22 16:32:17 73897
    "Hi Naru." Kyouko says, a smile appearing on her face at the sight of the other girl entering the apartment. Finishing the last bite of her apple, she tosses the core into the compost bin before walking over to give her girlfriend a smooch. "Definitely a feature." She agrees, with a grin, before turning back to glance at Ayana.

    "Well, I was protective of her. But, turns out that sometimes things change." A brief shrug of her shoulders, as if to say 'this is just how the world is'. "Though, to be fair," She says, with a quirked brow. "I'd still threaten somebody if they were trying to beat her up. Just cause we ain't dating anymore doesn't mean I'm gonna sit by and let somebody hurt her if I could stop it."
Naru Osaka 2017-03-22 16:36:20 73898
"Hey love." Naru gives Kyouko a quick smooch and then looks curious as she /actually throws out an apple core/. Clearly the world really is tilting today.

"I'm glad to see you, Ayana. I was getting concerned not spotting you at lunchtime, but clearly you're not hurt or anything, which is most reassuring." Naru is not going for an apple, she's moving to put the kettle on.

Naru stays quiet in the conversation about protectiveness over Sayaka, giving a little nod at the idea of not sitting by and letting people hurt her, ex-girlfriend or not.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-22 16:40:00 73899
The foxgirl's ears twitch in consideration as sh processes Kyouko's words. A few moments of silence, then she bites into her apple again, still thinking it through. The idea of 'things changing' on the love front is somewhat novel to her, it seems.

"I see," she says after a few moments of thought. "Well, I hope Sayaka is okay with it." She doesn't quite get how this works. Her ears perk back up and she looks to Naru. "Sorry," she says. "I couldn't do it anymore. Pretending to understand all the things they teach--pretending to care about it. All the detention, and extra work, and cleaning chalkboards, and I just ... I can't be at school. It's not made for foxes. I'll probably have to go back next year. Ugh. School is stupid."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-03-22 16:44:40 73900
    Kyouko has been civilized in all sorts of ways in the past year. She won't always throw out apple cores, but it seems like this once she was focused enough on the conversation at hand not to give it undue thought. She idly watches Naru putting the kettle on, before turning back to regard Ayana again.

    "I hope so too." She says, with a mild shrug, in regards to Sayaka, knowing full well that it's not that simple.. but also communicating the fact that it is, in fact, not her problem anymore whether Sayaka is okay with it or not.

    She smriks a bit at Ayana's description of school, but wisely chooses to remain silent with another glance at Naru. Perhaps guessing that her girlfriend would not approve of her encouraging Ayana to drop out and get a job like she did.
Naru Osaka 2017-03-22 16:47:33 73901
"No apology needed." Naru shakes her head. "I'm glad you choose to leave school rather than were too ill or injured and had to leave." She absently climbs on a counter to be able to reach the mugs on the shelf above, there are some hazards to being petite.

"I dont think school is for everyone." Naru continues as she hops back down, mug in hand and then pauses. "Either of you two want something hot to drink?" She really should have thought to ask before she jumped back down.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-22 17:11:39 73902
Ayana's ears flicker a little. This is the point where the conversation has come to a decided uncomfortable phase, and she isn't sure what to say. So isntead, she just takes another bite of her apple. It's nearly finished. She follows that bite up with another, then another, then sets the core on the counter.

"I'm fine," says the foxgirl to Naru after a moment, then a pause and she asks, "Actually, can you get a bowl of water? Saito-senpai hasn't refilled the other one, yet," she mumbles.

A pause, then she frowns and asks, "So ... do you both live here, too? Howcome so many people live here?"
Kyouko Sakura 2017-03-22 17:14:54 73903
    "I'll have tea, if you don't mind." Kyouko says, but before Naru can climb back up onto the counter, she walks over, leaning past the other girl with a hand resting momentarily on her back in order to grab her own mug and bring it down (She has to stand on tiptoes, but no counter-climbing for her). She smiles, then turns back towards Ayana again.

    "I'll get it." She says, not particularly questioning the request as she then moves to fetch a bowl and fill it with water- although she just hands it to Ayana afterwards rather than setting it on the ground.

    Then she blinks. "No, we-that is, I, live downstairs." She points at the floor. "In the same building, though. Naru lives with her mom in another building entirely, but.. she likes to come hang out here."
Naru Osaka 2017-03-22 17:17:58 73904
The acquisiton of a mug without climbing is met with a grin from Naru. "Show off." The teasing is affectionate, playful even and she moves to drop a tea bag into the freshly acquired mug.

"My mom's rarely home, and I rather enjoy the company here and down at Kyouko's. So I'm here often." Naru confirms with a nod and then manages to look just a touch sheepish. "And I might be a teeny bit addicted to one of the video games over here."
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-22 17:24:11 73905
Ayana looks confused when Kyouko hands her the bowl. She stares at it, then bends down and places it carefully on the ground (where carefully means she only spills a little bit). "I guess I'm just visiting, too," she says after some consideration. "Usagi-san brought me clothes to borrow, but I have my own at Ikiko's home. And Saito-senpai says I can stay here, but it's not my home and I feel a little like I'm invading."

There's a frown, on her features, as she looks down at the bowl, then sighs. "Sorry," she mumbles, then frowns even more. "No, not sorry. Why did I even say that?" She was just scolding Unmei for that last night! Ugh. Suddenly, her garish outfit is drifting towards a pile on the ground, as girl becomes fox. Kicking her way out of the loose clothes, the little black fox makes her way to the water bowl and starts lapping at the water.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-03-22 17:27:17 73906
    "What can I say, I love showing off for you." Kyouko replies to Naru with a lopsided grin and a wink which says the comment is teasing and serious in equal measure. She rolls her eyes slightly at the mention of video game addiction, but doesn't comment.

    Then she shrugs to Ayana. "Lotsa people come through here. It's just one of those places, y'know? It might not be your home, but as long as you aren't staying when people are asking you to leave, there's no need to feel like an invader."

    She then blinks as Ayana turns back into a fox to lap at the bowl. She eyes the creature for a moment, then says, "Is that really easier?" Before shrugging and turning back to Naru. "Anyway. How're you, babe? School alright?"
Kunzite 2017-03-22 17:31:55 73907
"You're not invading." Kazuo's voice is familiar, casual, and probably completely expected by Naru and Kyouko; showing up at random momets is what he does. "It's Mamoru's home. Five more of us live here full-time. Unmei is in an extended stay while we teach her how to manage living on her own. A couple of people are frequent enough guests that they keep clothes here. And Mamoru invited you, on top of the general open-door policy."

He doesn't worry about the fox transformation; out loud response is apparently unnecessary. He does, on the other hand, take his life in his hands by ruffling Kyouko's hair in passing. Or trying to, anyhow. "Is a spear easier for you to use than a bow?" he asks her, and then adds, "Good afternoon, Naru." No competition for the mugs. Not yet.
Naru Osaka 2017-03-22 17:38:09 73908
"Right, because this place is /totally/ devoted to 'easier'." Naru quips back to Kyouko with a soft snort of amusement as she leans on the counter, waiting on the kettle.

Naru glances over to Kunzite as he joins them. "Coffee, or are you good?" She considers a moment. "I should bake something. Muffins perhaps. Faster than a loaf."
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-22 17:40:53 73909
The fox glances up at Kyouko's question. Easier? What a silly question. She wags all four tails as she leans back down to take a few more sips of water, then steps away from the bowl and bounds up onto the counter. A few sniffs of the mugs, then she passes by them on her way towards Kazuo. Eventually, she either reaches him or the end of the counter, and from thence she lets out a soft, "Yap."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-03-22 17:46:56 73910
    "If Mamoru invites you," Kyouko says, with a hint of a dry tone in her voice, "There's really nothing the rest of us can do. It is his apartment." She smiles at Kunzite, though as he attempts to ruffle her already-mussed-looking hair, she grabs his wrist and turns it into a faux-twist, ducking away and smirking at him before letting go, the whole exchange clearly affectionate.

    "I dunno if easier is the right word." She says, in response to the spear vs. bow question, but she shrugs her shoulders and lets the point stand, not seeming to think it worth an extended debate. She blinks as Ayana leaps up onto the counter, but says nothing as she goes to yap at Kunzite, instead grinning to Naru at the mention of baking. "Is it any wonder I love her?" This addressed to no one in particular.
Kunzite 2017-03-22 17:55:07 73911
"Coffee would be appreciated," Kazuo says. "If the smell won't disturb our guest too much." As if, despite what he said earlier, there were only one person present temporary or new enough to count as a guest. Once he has his hand back from Kyouko (smile answered with a tilt of his head), he uses it for petting the fox on the counter. "Naru will probably want to use the counter for a clean space to make food on," he notes to Ayana. "So food might happen faster if you decide to be polite and not stay on it."

(... yes, he's in range.)

"Mn. I don't know about nothing,," he adds to Kyouko after a moment. "He does listen if we complain. Eventually. If we complain loudly enough." There's that little gleam in gray eyes, for when he's teasing and opting to let people know about it. Whether the person he's teasing is in hearing range is an excellent question.
Naru Osaka 2017-03-22 18:01:45 73912
"If there's protests to be made about coffee potential, now is the time to raise them. If anyone is sufficiently sensitive to coffee smell and isn't in this room, they will just need to hold their breath for a few minutes." Naru notes generally to the assembled group, as the kettle comes to the enthusastic noise that indicates that it's nigh upon decision time for hot beverages.

The potential for baking does indeed seem to be high, as Naru calmly moves to start collecting measuring stuff, giving a glance to the fox on the counter. "It would be easier without a fox on the counter, it's true, but I am adapable."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-22 18:03:46 73913
"I listen even when you're not complaining out loud! It's the price I pay for doing annoying things with impunity," a voice calls from just out of sight, outside the range of the door-and-counter, and not in the direction of the other door. "There are other kitchens that can do coffee. Anyway I'm ordering delivery. Korean barbeque sound okay?" This last is attached to the prince leaning around the doorframe on the side of the hall leading from the bedrooms.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-22 18:08:24 73914
The little fox closes her eyes and leans into the petting. Softly, she purrs her appreciation. And yes, she's hearing his requests to get off the counter. Honest. She'll even get there, in a moment. But first, she's getting pets, and those are distracting.

When he stops petting to occupy himself elsewhere, the little fox comes back to her senses, then glances towards Naru briefly. Coffee smells are not a problem. Being in the way of food, however, is a problem.

So she leaps towards the nearest best thing. Catch, Kunzite!
Kyouko Sakura 2017-03-22 18:17:27 73915
    "I dunno," Kyouko says to Kazuo, sounding mischeviously unsure, "I think he's counting on the fact that we all lo-" She cuts off abruptly as Mamoru sticks his head in around the doorframe, forcing an irritated scowl onto her face that does not, actually, belong there at the moment and is obviously fake. "Suuure you do," She says, slightly more loudly towards him.

    But then Korean barbecue is mentioned and her eyes light up. Scowl is instantly replaced with beam. "Yes!" Then she glances, perhaps a little guiltily, towards Naru. "Not that your baking ain't also very okay, babe." She says, assuring her girlfriend that takeout barbecue does not, in fact, replace handcrafted baked goods. (And hopefully getting both in the end, which is the sneaky plan).
Kunzite 2017-03-22 18:22:49 73916
Caught! Thank you, Luna, for the practice. "Easier and coffee," Kunzite confirms to Naru, and carries Ayana a couple of steps back, both arms occupied temporarily in keeping the fox secure. "That we all love complaining? Yes. True." He glances Mamoru's way, whether the prince in question is visible or not, and there is almost an actual smile.

Still, there is fox, and securing fox means that hands are not quite usable for actual petting at this point. Or for gesturing in Mamoru's direction. He migrates toward a seat, somewhat slowly to leave Ayana the option of solving the problem her own way if she chooses. "More than okay. And any of the unmarinated meats should be fox-safe." Meat AND muffins. Always the best choice.
Naru Osaka 2017-03-22 18:36:18 73917
"My goal here is to have a muffin with my coffee." Naru points out as she absently gets the cloth to wipe down the counters before finding the flour. "And it is literally easier to bake muffins than it is to go buy one, to my mind."

Kettle screams for attention, and there's a brief foray into drink making, tea for Kyouko, coffee for Naru and Kunzite, before returning to muffins.

"I'm hardly about to protest Korean bbq though, muffins are snack, not real food." Naru points out as she passes Kyouko her mug and leaves Kunzite's handy for when he gets a free hand.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-22 18:44:22 73918
"Haaaaa," Mamoru says, eyes twinkling at Kyouko and Kunzite-- and then smirking at Kunzite; he obviously sees right through that-- and then he snappoints at the white-haired fox perch. "I'll get plenty of both. I like marinated better but I don't even think I'm in the majority there," he says, glancing uncertainly at Naru and Kyouko again. And then he eyes Naru's coffee methods incredibly askance. She gets a LOT OF SIDEEYE.

And then the prince just huffs out a breath. "Make zucchini muffins and I'll forgive you for not just assuming no full pot of coffee would ever go to waste."

It's possible he's exaggerating being an entitled dick for the opportunity to get smacked. More than possible. Or maybe even just because he walked in on them talking about him making unilateral decisions and~

Then he lifts his phone to his ear and vanishes around the corner again, and a moment later his voice is receding as he orders basically at least a sample of everything and a crapton of a number of the available options.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-22 18:51:28 73919
Caught, the little fox nuzzles up against Kunzite's chest, all too happy to be carried, even if he can't pet. And he'll probably get to that, soon, too, if her wildest dreams come true! Not that they're quite so wild as all that. Conversations of coffee and even barbequeue are mostly lost on the kitsune. It's not that she's not hungry; not that she won't happily devour everything put in front of her mouth (whether it's safe for her to do so or not)--it's just that right now, she's in the arms of one of the few people in the world that she's nervous to touch.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-03-22 18:57:19 73920
    Kyouko accepts her tea from Naru, wrapping her hands around the warm mug, and positively beaming at both the comment about 'easier to make muffins' and 'muffins are snacks'. "God I love you." She says, meaning it but her tone clearly communicating the facetious nature of the moment, as she laughs, shaking her head and sipping from the hot tea.

    She gives a sly wink to Mamoru as he twinkles at her and Kazuo, but then he's going off to order and she's not about to stop him doing that. "I will eat literally all of the meats." She calls after him, at his uncertainty. Her eyes stray to watch the fox in Kazuo's arms for a few moments, but she doesn't seem in any way off-put by the sight, merely contemplative.
Kunzite 2017-03-22 19:02:34 73921
"You'll try," Kazuo answers Kyouko lazily, and settles into place on one corner of the couch. If he can set fox down across his lap, then he can pet. And scritch ears. While pretending he doesn't notice the garish pile of temporarily-unclaimed cloth.

Noticing other things, on the other hand -- he leans so that his lifted voice will be away from the focus of fox-ears, and calls after Mamoru, "Come back here and pick up your coffee."

Apparently the stray mug is now Mamoru's coffee. Who knew?

A moment later, he's lifting eyebrows at Naru and resuming in a more normal tone. "What precisely is the difference between a snack and real food?"
Naru Osaka 2017-03-22 19:09:50 73922
Naru has almost acquired an empty kitchen to bake in, by some flavour of miracle. She putters contentedly, acquiring zucchini and looking to Kyouko. "You want to grate for me?"

Flour and oil and eggs are located next, and of course sugar. Her own coffee is waiting, and could, its true, become Kunzite's, and she can make another easily enough. There is coffee potential for all!

"Snacks are what one has after school with a coffee. Usually carbs, at least in my world, which I will fuss about the nutrition of that some other time. Meals include more than one food group for me, as I am an avowed omnivoire. Especially after that ill fated and exceptionally short lived attempt at vegetarianism." She shakes her head a little, pausing with a measuring cup of flour. "Soy bacon is just no."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-22 19:14:03 73923
One advantage of it being close to the end of the school term is that clubs aren't as busy, especially if they've been on the ball in the past few weeks. While it might not seem like an advantage to some, for those who have things they're planning on doing, the spare time is a godsend.

And so it is with Ikiko -- after briefly checking in with the Animal Care club to see if there was any unexpected happenings, she's on her way to an address that Ayana had texted to her. There's a large sandwich in a small box in her backpack: a mix of ham, pepperoni, beef, egg, tuna, and mustard. A quick check of her phone (including comparing to another entry in her contacts list), and Ikiko ducks into an alleyway. A flash of silvery light, a couple of hops across the rooftops as Tsukiko, and then another flash of silvery light after she's landed on a certain rosebush'd balcony.

She walks in the door, grinning and pulling out the sandwich. "Hisakata sandwich delivery!" she quips. "Got a Kitsune Special here for Ayana!"
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-22 19:43:35 73924
Ayana leans into the petting and ear scritching all too happily. Her eyes close, and the little fox allows herself to simply exist in the moment of being a pet to the second most important male figure she's ever had in her life.

It is, therefore, no surprise that she misses the entrance of Ikiko for several moments. The sound of Cute Wolf's voice doesn't draw her out of that place of bliss. It's not until the smell of the sandwich reaches her little twitching nose that Ayana's eyes open lazily. She stares up at Kunzite for a moment longer, and then the smell fully registers.

Ikiko!

Faster than fast, the fox leaps out of Kunzite's arms and bounds for her girlfriend. She leaps straight up towards Ikiko, heedless of whether she will be caught, or whether Ikiko has arms free to catch her. The sandwich can hit the floor for all she cares. It's not like she doesn't eat things off the floor all the time!
Kyouko Sakura 2017-03-22 19:46:34 73925
    Kyouko sips from her tea again, enjoying the warmth of the cup in her hands as she watches people exit the kitchen to leave her in comfortable semi-isolation with Naru- though that comfort soon turns into routine as she is given the task of grating, which is something she has been getting quite adept at over the past few months. "Sure." SHe agrees easily, moving to stand beside Naru at the counter and begin doing just that.

    Ikiko's arrival causes her to crane her neck and peer around the counter into the living room to see who it is- not someone she knows, but considering the reaction the fox gives, she assumes it is someone that Ayana knows, and by the tone of her arrival, someone coming in peace, so she returns to her grating.. the promise of muffins motivation enough.
Kunzite 2017-03-22 19:51:16 73926
Oof. Kazuo checks hastily in the fox's wake to make sure that the coffee wasn't toppled. It hasn't been. It also hasn't been claimed by He Who Is Ordering Barbecue yet. Kazuo thus leans over, reclaims it without fanfare, and takes a sip, before glancing in the direction of the sandwich delivery. "I'd been wondering how long it might take before we had a visit," he says. "Ikiko Hisakata, Kyouko Sakura, Naru Osaka. Kyouko is the one dealing with the zucchini. Naru is the one gracing us with the potential for muffins, and horrifying us with tales of the existence of soy bacon."
Naru Osaka 2017-03-22 19:53:34 73927
Naru too leans over to peer at the newest arrival. Unlike Kyouko, she recognizes the girl and there's a half wave, mostly with a spoon. "Hey Ikiko. There'll be muffins soon enough. If you want tea, just say. If you want coffee, I really /will/ put a pot on and make Endy happy." There's a smile as Kunzite takes care of introductions.

Naru refocuses upon mixing things together and finding the muffin tins, the cameraderie of working with Kyouko in the kitchen indicating that they might do this at least moderately often. "Raisins or no?" She calls out to take a poll of the room on if there's a strong opinion one way or another and then she laughs. "Seriously. Friends don't let friends eat soy bacon. Nor vegan cheese."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-22 20:02:00 73928
Ikiko Hisakata was halfway expecting the pounce, so it's not too hard to drop the still-wrapped sandwich onto the also-dropped backpack in time to have an armful of Ayana -- although she does get knocked down to a sitting position. "Missed you, beloved," she murmurs as she nuzzles the kitsune.

One hand does a slight wave towards Kazuo and Naru, but for the most part Ikiko's focus is on Ayana. "When you said that nobody knew how to fix your sandwich, I figured it'd be wise to bring the recipe along with the actual sandwich," the sometimes-wolfgirl smiles.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-22 20:17:57 73929
Ayana is very good at focusing. She is very bad at not focusing, except for actual threats. Thus, right now, her entire world consists of Ikiko and the smell of mustard on her fingers. The little fox lets out soft whimpering noises as she squirms and wags her whole body in excitement. All of which is lost on most of the audience, but to the ear of Cute Wolf Tsukiko her message is clear: "I missed you, too!"

Ayana pads up onto her hindlegs, forepaws against Ikiko's chest, so that she can lick the girl's chin and face with her excitement. But then she bounds right back off, turns a circle to sniff and lick at Ikiko's hands, and then--finally satisfied that she's greeted Ikiko sufficiently, Ayana moves to the fallen sandwich. Priorities are in order: Girlfriend, greeting, food.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-03-22 20:20:52 73930
    Kyouko is introduced, and she bends again to give a bit of a wave as she does so. "Hey. Nice ta meetcha." She glances at Naru at her girlfriend also greets Ikiko, but seems to already know her- this is, however, unsurprising because Kyouko has long ago decided that Naru knows everybody.

    The mentions of muffins soon causes her to redouble her efforts, and soon there is a good amount of grated zucchini ready to be added to the bowl of ingredients. "Raisins are good." She offers, then adds, "I'm sure real bacon or cheese is better, but they can't be that bad.." Knowing Kyouko, even if they were, she'd eat them anyway.
Kunzite 2017-03-22 20:25:38 73931
"That's a poor strategic choice," Kazuo says gravely to Ikiko. He's wearing a white shirt. The inevitable fox hairs on it are pretty visible. "What excuse will we be able to use to lure you over now?"

A pause, and he reviews something mentally, then calls to Naru, "Foxes get kidney damage from grapes. So if you'd mind splitting the batch, it might be safest." Inari might have opted to protect Ayana from more interesting parts of omnivory. And Mamoru could probably heal anything left over. But why test it if they don't have to?
Naru Osaka 2017-03-22 20:28:32 73932
"For those of us with a somewhat more discerning palate, they are that bad." Naru assures Kyouko on the topic of vegetarian bacon and vegan cheese. The grated squash is added to the rest of the mix, and at the wise suggestion from Kunzite, half the muffins are raisined, and half go without as Naru spoons batter into a greased muffin tin. "Can do!"

Muffins are introduced to the oven, and conversation in the kitchen gets quieter as Naru steals a bit of not quite so public time with Kyouko while doing dishes. They're probably being adorable. Best not to look.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-22 20:35:44 73933
Ikiko Hisakata unwraps the paper from the sandwich and skritchies the fox, then pets with a gentle smile. Happiness is a happy foxgirlfriend. <3

At Kazuo's remark, the smile livens up to a grin once more. "Well, you could always ask," she replies with a mock seriousness, then takes a less silly tone. "With the school term almost over and end-of-year club issues dealt with, I should have more time available."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-03-22 20:48:49 73934
    "Oh sure, I forgot I'm an unsophisticated street kid." Kyouko shoots back at Naru, but with humor in her voice, as she helps get the muffins ready to bake and put them into the oven.

    Then the kitchen indeed lapses into quiet conversation, the faint sound of lowered voices drifting out but nothing intelligable as the muffins bake and Kyouko and Naru take the opportunity to get caught up on each other's days (and probably be adorable, indeed).
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-22 20:51:53 73935
Ayana waits just long enough for the paper to be torn off, then tears into the sandwich with abandon. Sure, she has a little mouth (fox!) but she makes the most of it, eating the sandwich's many layers of meat quickly and hungrily.

Kazuo's statement earns him a very brief glance and a whuff of disapproval, but then it's back to the food. Far more important than arguing over whether the sandwich was an excuse or a valid reason.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-22 20:53:18 73936
And of course it's not until after Naru and Kyouko leave that there's motion at the same balcony that Ikiko'd landed on a little bit ago. Motion as in 'the billowing swoosh of a black and red cape'. Door's opened a second later and Tuxedo Kamen steps in, carrying a really respectable-sized box and with takeout handlebags hanging from both wrists. The scent of a whole lot of cooked meat wafts in with him. "Delivery was going to take too long. I said I'd pick it up," he says, dropping henshin and looking somewhat windblown for it.

He's totally missed Ikiko so far. The box is really good. So he wanders past her and Ayana and goes to set the box and bags down on the counter dividing the kitchen and living room. "Did Naru actually put a pot on or should--" he starts as he turns around, then startles. "Oh-- Ikiko-- hi! You should stay for dinner. I mean unless you're a vegetarian."
Kunzite 2017-03-22 20:58:45 73937
Kazuo arches eyebrows at Ikiko. "Asking? Directly? I'm not certain that's allowed." ... that's probably not helping any with Ayana's disapproval. He stretches a little, shaking his head with that same solemnity, then easing up a moment later. "Will the new term be easier for you, then, or do you just mean on the break between them? I'm going back to school myself, so we won't have quite as much time available to take care of things here. No real trouble, just a little disruption while we straighten schedules out."

And then there's a new arrival at the balcony, and Kazuo turns his head and relaxes again almost in the same moment. There's not a word spoken on his part. He merely holds up the cup of coffee in his hands toward Tuxedo Kamen.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-22 21:12:59 73940
"It should be easier," Ikiko replies to Kazuo. "Part of the liveliness this year is because it's my last year as an elementary student, so I had to make sure that things would go smoothly for the elementary branch of the club once I go into middle school. After this year, it should be three years before the club keeps me as busy as I was during this season this year."

She grins a bit in amusement as Mamoru doesn't notice her for a few moments. "Is that barbecue I smell?" she asks as the grin widens. "Sure! Just give me a moment to let my parents know." A short text mentioning that some friends invited her to dinner is quickly sent off.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-22 21:21:38 73941
Ayana glances up at the smell of barbequeue. It's not enough to make her stop eating her sandwich, but she's pretty sure that's going to be her second course. The problem is, she has managed to deduce that there are a lot of people in this house, and her little mouth is too small to eat quickly.

So the fox shifts, abandoning all decency in favor of picking up the sandwich with two hands and shoving it in her mouth. Clothes will come in just a moment. First she has to finish this so she isn't left out of the delicious smelling barbequeue.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-22 21:38:16 73943
Mamoru gives Ikiko a thumbs-up, starts glancing toward Kunzite-- Ayana shifts in the corner of his eye and he automatically refocuses, then cough-laughs and decides not to comment on the clothes-forgetting. "I get mocked," he does say on his way toward the Man With The Coffee, "for only shoving whole muffins in my mouth at once. I applaud your dedication. Don't choke."

And then he reaches to take Kazuo's coffee, takes a swig of it, and hands it back. "I'll make a pot," he tells him with no small amount of amusement. "But thank you."

The prince is in fine form today, apparently. He trails his hand through white hair on his way back toward the kitchen, then heads inside to make coffee and get surgical gloves out of a drawer to start unpacking barbeque and putting a bunch of un-marinated into a bowl for Ayana.
Kunzite 2017-03-22 21:47:05 73944
That trailing hand is caught and held for a moment, but released rather than hold up the acquisition of foxbarbecue. Kazuo glances in the direction that prompted Mamoru's cough, then hastily averts his eyes and gets up to go hunting the clothes Ayana discarded last time she decided to re-fox and de-girl. These are handed to Ikiko without comment, question, or another glance. No. Why, no, he's not saying one word.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-22 21:53:54 73945
Ikiko Hisakata accepts the clothes with a wry expression, waiting until Ayana's done with the sandwich before using a napkin to wipe any errant mustard away.

She looks over at Mamoru when he mentions how he eats muffins, then glances back at Ayana. "I can see why she fits in so well here," she giggles to the Devourer Of Muffins. "Although that would keep the muffins from cooling off between bites."
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-22 21:57:02 73946
Ayana wrinkles her nose as the napkin is applied to her mouth and nose. She leans away, then glares at Ikiko. "Not nice," she says, then leans in for a kiss. The kiss is followed by her grabbing the teeshirt and skirt, and then she turns away from the boys so she can pull them on. Dignity is overrated, but humans have rules, and she at least knows them even if she doesn't respect them.

Now clothed in the garrishly clashing clothes, with the all-too-ironic 'What does the Fox Say?' English on the tee (she probably can't even read it), Ayana turns and leaps at Ikiko again, this time to hug her girlfriend tight with proper arms.

"Hi," is all Ayana says, now that she can use her voice.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-22 22:09:41 73947
"That's among the reasons, yes," Mamoru tells Ikiko with a laugh, pot of coffee so swiftly set up and started that he's already unpacking the bag; a second later and he's got the gloves on. First there's setting everything up like a buffet, with plates on one end and the various dishes lined up.

For Ayana, he goes with the dishes marked as not marinated, picking out a large assortment of meats and stuffing a bowl. That gets pushed across the counter in Ikiko and Ayana's direction with the back of his wrist.

There are, in fact, various utensils placed at the end with the plates for those who want; he doesn't think anyone else is as interested in not getting barbeque all over his hands as he is, so he doesn't leave the gloves out. Just fills up his plate and disdains using hashi or a fork, himself.

The coffeemaker burbles away in the background, and he trails back out of the kitchen -- and it can be noted that the whole time, he's smiling a little, and decidedly not looking at Kunzite.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-22 22:18:59 73948
The quick kiss is nice -- the taste of mustard is an interesting kick, but at least she's not wearing the mustard afterwards. The glomp afterwards is even better, with Ikiko hugging right back and nuzzling her foxgirlfriend. "Hello, beloved," she murmurs back. The scent of barbecue is oh-so-tantalizing...

...but for this moment, cuddling with Ayana is even more satisfying. <3
Kunzite 2017-03-22 22:37:07 73949
Ayana is going to drive Nephrite to new heights of fabric-protest, if they're not all careful. In the mean time, Kunzite glances at dressed fox and Ikiko, doesn't quite smile, and redirects his attention elsewhere. "You're going to make me actually get up to get food, aren't you," he notes to Mamoru. This is something less than a complaint, for all that he and Kyouko were joking about that earlier.
Naru Osaka 2017-03-22 22:48:51 73950
Wherever Naru and Kyouko vanished to after dishes were done, when the oven timer goes BING!, Naru wanders back into the kitchen to check on muffins.

And sniff the air, to the smell of barbeque. "Clearly my timing on snacks versus meals is entirely off." She notes absently as muffins apparently become dessert now, in favour of barbeque first. "I can get you some, if you want Kunzite. You do just have to let me know what."
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-22 22:57:14 73951
There's food. There's Ikiko. And for a moment, Ayana is torn. That moment doesn't last long. Another kiss is given to the younger girl, and then Ayana detaches and disentangles and bounds towards the plate of food Mamoru's put out. "For me?" she asks him curiously, as she sniffs at the plate.

Hopefully she got the right one, because Ayana hardly waits for an answer. Forks and chopsticks are all disdained in favor of once again reverting to her canid form. This time the clothes fall onto a chair, at least. The fox hops right up onto the table and starts eating, happy to have a chance to just be a fox. And fed. And surrounded by people who love her.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-22 23:02:26 73952
"Sure is," Mamoru tells Ayana with a laugh-- and unnecessarily, to boot. He just grins, then continues on.

"I have a--" he starts in answer tp Kazuo, and then Naru comes back, and he glances at her and closes his mouth, his footsteps Kunzitewards pausing. Should he roll on ahead with what he'd been planning on saying if Kunzite did actually sort-of complain? After all, it was a setup he'd been waiting for--

--and he just feels like kind of a jerk now. He gives Kunzite an uncertain glance, then takes a breath and decides to say it anyway. "Well, I've got way more on my plate than I can cope with, and since you're good at helping me with that..."

He huffs out a lame laugh at his own joke, then just offers the plate he's already carrying to the seated knight. "You want utensils, a lot of napkins, what?" he asks, shifting his weight. "I have to go get my coffee anyway."

The last is said right before he starts tugging one of the plastic gloves off his hand with his teeth.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-22 23:11:14 73953
Ikiko Hisakata giggles as tasty meat wins over smooches for the moment. She stands up and puts her backpack and such out of the way, then heads over to the buffet and assembles a respectable (and moderately balanced) plate of food, then sits next to Ayana. While she's not the most fastidious eater when it comes to barbecue, she does try her best to get the sauce to go in her mouth instead of on her face -- and if there's anything that's more or less reasonable to eat as finger food (like, say, ribs), she does her best to wrangle them with one hand.

(The other hand is kept clean for ease of petting Ayana, of course.)
Kunzite 2017-03-22 23:17:33 73954
Kazuo takes Mamoru's plate in one hand, and Mamoru's forearm in the other, pulling him toward the couch. Not forcibly yanking him down, granted, but displaying Decided Intent before he lets go. "Eat," he says, transferring plate back if he can get away with it, and getting to his own feet. "I'll get your coffee. Thank you for the offer, Naru. Your timing seems excellent to me, since it keeps the rest of us from descending into pure carnivory for a few hours." Not all of them have canid biochemistry! ... a scritch in passing is enough to tell Ayana 'yes, for you' without actually making her parse words.
Naru Osaka 2017-03-22 23:23:54 73955
"Clearly I'm the only one who was thinking 'hunh, mebbe I should put a pot of rice on' around here." Naru comments, amused as she watches the contented carnivoires descend upon barbeque and nods to Kunzite, watching Mamoru deliver food and be set on a couch to eat. "Protein /and/ carbs. Clearly a meal."

In spite of the thoughts of rice, Naru finds a plate and her own collection of tasty meat in tasty sauce, letting muffins cool before they get added to the nomming pleasure of anyone who wants one.

"We should have cake this weekend. To celebrate school being over." Naru decides after a moment of meat chewing silence.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-22 23:44:51 73956
The prince is tugged down, eyes briefly wide, and then he looks up at Kunzite as the latter gets up. His face has a funny kind of expression on it, but it matches whatever it is that Kazuo'd picked up in the contact. "Okay," he says, smile coming back crooked. "Thanks."

Since the glove didn't actually get pulled off, he does, in fact, eat. Plate on his knee, he's ridiculously careful about not getting barbeque on his shirt in any way. He legit could just henshin and cheat that way, but he already cheated in picking up the takeaway, and nobody's called him out on the gloves.
"Muffins are carbs, don't need rice," he informs Naru around a mouthful, hand hovering over his mouth to hide the see-food. "'Less you want it."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-23 00:01:28 73957
At one point when she's just done with one meaty item but before she goes for another, Ikiko takes a deep sniff in the direction of the muffins. "Ooh, those smell delicious!" she beams. "I'll definitely savor those, once I finish savoring the savory!"

She listens as Naru suggests an end-of-school party. "If you'd like, we could bring a dish or two as well," Ikiko offers.
Kunzite 2017-03-23 00:14:05 73958
Kunzite does not in fact retrieve much in the way of utensils. Second plate, check. Leaves of lettuce, also check. He searches through the barbecue for the inevitable container of green onion salad, and fetches that - and a muffin - with him along with Mamoru's coffee. (These things are not to be combined.) Then, well. Raking meat and a bit of green into lettuce rolls means there are vegetables involved in this meal, right? More than the zucchini?

"This sounds like it's growing into a get-together again," Kazuo notes. "Possibly not one outright the size of New Year's. Makoto prefers ample warning on something like that."
Naru Osaka 2017-03-23 00:17:38 73959
"There are six of us here, or not far, and two of them are Kyouko and Ayana. Over and above who else might be home and drawn out by the temptation of barbeque." Naru comments to Mamoru as she sets her plate down to make rice. "A dozen muffins is not going to cut it for carbs. And if I'm the only one eating rice, I will steal the leftovers for fried rice tomorrow."

"Mmmm. Up to you guys if it's a /thing/." Naru points out, as someone who doesn't actually live there. "I just figured on making a cake, with enough to share." She smiles easily and nods to Ikiko. "Eating is a popular pasttime up here, in case you hadn't already worked that out."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-23 00:33:15 73960
Mamoru shifts over a little bit and picks up his plate so he's not jarred when Kazuo sits down, then shifts right back to where he was and puts the plate back on his knees, swallowing his mouthful. "Pot-luck graduation party," he counter-suggests. "Informal. Not open invite like New Year's. I can't cope with a huge crowd for a little while, just a big crowd I can hide from effectively." His gaze slants toward the white-haired man. "No appointments this weekend anyway, so it'd be as good a time as any, and better than some."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-23 00:41:17 73961
Ikiko's eyes widen as Kyouko's appetite is compared to Ayana's. She pauses for a moment as she considers the implications of it, then snags a muffin so that she has it claimed before the rush starts.

As for the graduation party, she listens as the would-be hosts discuss planning. Once that's sorted out, it'll be easier to tell what, if anything, she can contribute.
Kunzite 2017-03-23 00:49:10 73962
"Residents, the girls, guests, and guests-of-guests," Kazuo suggests back to Mamoru. "Daisuke counting as a guest, if he manages to work his way free. Still a big crowd, but about as small as we can reasonably make it, and everyone knows your limits." He glances back to Naru, and adds, "Unless I'm leaving anyone out in my count?", which suggests she counts in at least one of those categories. Possibly 'unofficial resident.' "Not everyone will be free for it, so it won't be as ... sizable."
Naru Osaka 2017-03-23 00:56:28 73964
Naru clicks the button on the rice steamer and reaches for her coffee to take a sip, being one of those who isn't quite on par in inhaling food as Ayana and Kyouko, nor Usagi for that matter. Her barbeque is going to wait for rice.

"That sounds about right, and being casual and informal and short notice will cut down on how many turn up on the weekend." Naru flashes a smile. "Between work and school, I might just be sending cake myself, for that matter. Should be moderately quiet, which will be good to not stress Mako out too much."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-23 01:08:41 73965
"Okay," says Mamoru, giving up and leaning against Kazuo's arm. "And just everyone can bring a vat of the dinner, dessert, or appetizer they like best and it'll be glorious food chaos. I mean. Vat is an exaggeration but." He picks through some more of his meat selection, thinking. "Or people can bring stuff if they want to and I can just buy a truckload of takeaway. Probably safer. And less fuss over returning dishes. And less fuss all around. And lots of leftovers is always fine because they never last."

He's gradually turning a little more inward in his body language as he speaks, and actually primarily looking at his plate, and when he stops talking he doesn't immediately stuff more food in his mouth.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-23 01:28:28 73966
"I could bring a veggie tray or two," Ikiko offers, speaking up into the lull. "Adds some balance to the food chaos, but without having to worry about dishes getting home."
Kunzite 2017-03-23 01:48:07 73967
Kazuo eyes Mamoru sidelong, watching his gaze drop and his eating turn into non-. "Or," he says, tone dry as ever, "Naru could turn up with a cake, and Ikiko could coincidentally stop by around the same time, and anyone else could get luck of the draw. I imagine the takeout will happen all the same, I don't expect to be cooking this weekend and I'll be stunned if Makoto is."

He gives up eating in order to ruffle a hand through Mamoru's hair. It's not the same thing as petting a fox, no, human hair acts differently. "Things will settle down in a while. No sense overloading you before then."
Naru Osaka 2017-03-23 01:53:59 73968
"I'll send a cake up." Naru comments, as clearly she is fine with taking one more person out of the equation to keep Mamoru from hiding under the couch cushions.

"I'll be cooking, but that's hardly anything new." Naru smiles, the idea clearly isn't exactly a hardship. She (almost) lives with Kyouko and Momo, cooking is an eternal refrain.

As if on cue, the rice steamer goes click, and Naru moves to serve herself rice to go with her barbeque, setting the pot with the rice paddle next to the meat offerings in case anyone else might be interested.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-03-23 02:03:05 73969
There is chagrined relief. "That sounds better," Mamoru admits, as if it weren't patently obvious. He also doesn't seem to mind his hair getting ruffled. There's a glance up as Naru says about sending a cake up, and he blinks. "I don't have to be social in front of you," he objects. "The second some of the Senshi are in the equation I feel like I'm being judged, or worse, they think there's something wrong if I'm not talking." A beat. "Only some of the Senshi. Obviously."

A slightly longer pause, and Mamoru bites off a glove specifically to drag a hand down his face. "Nobody tell any of them I said that. I'm going to go write letters to department heads at Keio or something, I'll see you guys later."

This said, he gets up-- there is contact with Kunzite as he does, in passing, but then he's on his feet and he goes to the counter first to pick up a pair of disposable takeaway hashi, then vanishes down the hall toward his room with his plate of barbeque.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-23 02:05:10 73970
Having finished her plate of barbequeue, the little fox raises her chin. The conversation is about food. Naturally, that means she's invited, and going to eat most of it. At least, that's her point of view. Licking her lips clean, the kitsune wanders her way towards the dishes from which the meal was served, clearly hunting for another helping. She does not, however, seem intent on stopping to serve herself the helping so much as eat it out of the dish.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-23 02:17:53 73971
Ikiko Hisakata waves to Mamoru, then yelps as Ayana heads towards the meal dishes with intent. "You could just ask for me to serve you, you know," she giggles to the fox, scooping up Ayana's now-empty plate and trying to keep her from going face-first into the food. Ikiko tries to refill the plate with the same type of things it had first been filled with, plus one of the raisin-less muffins, before placing the plate back down for the kitsune.
Kunzite 2017-03-23 02:23:55 73972
There are exactly two people good at pretending to be normal human beings in this conversation, and one of them is a werewolf. Kazuo gets up in Mamoru's wake, to provide the other half of the let's-keep-Ayana-from-self-induced-hypercalcemia brigade -- namely, the fox-distracting part while Ikiko is getting her More Food Proper. "Part of the point is that she doesn't have to use words for a while, I think," he says to Ikiko. Then glances to the chair with the discarded clothing draped over it, and looks faintly amused. "Or hangers."

The flicker of a glance to Naru doesn't use words either, but by now she probably can pick up on rueful, amused commiseration from him without his expression ever having to change.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-23 02:27:51 73973
The little fox makes a soft noise of unhappiness as she's intercepted by not one but two Very Important Persons. She glances up at Ikiko, then looks to Kunzite. Well at least she's getting lots of attention. When she's allowed to go back to the eating, she tears into it with abandon, apparently having forgotten all about the momentary distraction from her prior objective.
Naru Osaka 2017-03-23 02:31:18 73974
Naru watches Mamoru flee to 'write letters', and the wordless commentary from Kunzite just brings a quiet smile to her face. "I'm going to go make sure Kyouko gets a muffin or two." She comments, bringing her bowl of rice and barbeque and a couple (ish) muffins with her.

"Good luck Ayana." Naru comments as she deftly manages food and bowl and mug. "Good to see you Ikiko, and I'll talk to you later, Kunzite." With those simple enough farewells, Naru is gone.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-23 02:39:46 73975
Ikiko Hisakata blinks slightly at Kazuo, then pets Ayana while contemplating what he said. "Not even caninespeak, huh?" she softly barks to the fox, then quietly giggles and kisses the top of her head. "Although I can see the point of relaxing like that," Ikiko adds as she switches back to Japanese for the sake of Kazuo.
Kunzite 2017-03-23 02:49:40 73976
Kazuo inclines his head to Naru in passing in her exit, less good-bye than 'later, then'; then does so a second time to Ikiko. "Mn. A good deal of what she intends to communicate never comes out in words, even so." He glances down at Ayana for a moment, studying the position of her ears; then looks up again to Ikiko. "Your Animal Care club," he says. "There are cats, I presume; there are always cats. How well do you manage to get along with them?"
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-23 03:09:30 73977
"Awkwardly," Ikiko admits. "I acknowledge them and do my best to read their body language, since feline-speak is so different from caninespeak that I can barely understand what they're saying. Mostly, if I'm dealing with them, I hold out a hand in case they want to rub against it, but otherwise I let them do their thing."

She sits back down and watches Ayana. "Mostly, though... in the club, there's usually enough people to help out that someone's good with cats; outside of on-campus time, my club-related activities are mostly giving meals to the canine strays around town," she adds.
Kunzite 2017-03-23 03:12:59 73978
"And it can't help that cats aren't domesticated," Kunzite says. "If they're hurt or upset, they act as if nothing's wrong; and when that fails, they find somewhere they think no-one will notice them, so that no other predators will try to take advantage of their weakness." He settles back down in his own place, reaching for the coffee. "It must be difficult for you to deal with, when even if you could read them clearly, they won't just tell you what the problem is. Or even if there is one."
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-23 03:18:38 73979
The little fox looks up again, licking her lips. A faint yawn, and then she looks to Ikiko. For a moment the kitsune looks studious and thoughtful, but then she turns back to the food and continues filling her neverending stomach.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-23 03:21:13 73980
Ikiko Hisakata sits and quietly listens. While she's not the best at creating metaphors, understanding them isn't too hard -- especially when the parallels are this obvious.

She taps her head on the tabletop and quietly groans. "Love and friendship are confusing," she sighs. "Definitely worthwhile, but still confusing."
Kunzite 2017-03-23 03:27:29 73982
"Entirely." Kazuo glances after Mamoru, for a moment, but that's all he shows in the way of commiseration. "We surprise each other endlessly. But that's a good thing, in the long run; it's a headache, sometimes, but it keeps us from getting bored."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-23 03:44:08 73985
"It was certainly a surprise when Reiko asked me out," Ikiko notes ruefully. "Even more so when I found out that it was sort of Ayana's idea. Then Reiko suggested that it be a three-way dating setup instead of V-shaped, and it sounded wise at the time..."

For a moment she recalls one of the common threads of de facto curses: attempts to help that wound up getting flubbed when put into practice. Ikiko sighs again, then props up her chin with a hand. "I still want to help Reiko figure out if dating girls is something that she should go for, but I don't want to make Ayana unhappy in the process," she remarks with another sigh.
Ayana Tasogare 2017-03-23 03:46:56 73986
This? This is a conversation Ayana does not want to have. It is noteworthy, because the fox hops down off the counter and walks away, heading to another apartment--likely into a hidden place where she will be very hard to find. And there's food left on her plate.
Kunzite 2017-03-23 03:55:56 73987
Kunzite glances after Ayana's wake. Wherever she hides herself, there will be food where she knows where to find it, and water, and she can find things to line a den with. And if she's gone too long, he can search for unexplained heat. But walking away from this conversation --

-- well. That's not only her right, that's the point, isn't it.

"I'm not sure whether she knows exactly what she wants, herself," he says once the fox has made her way out. "Multiple-way relationships are hard to balance. Harder still to balance without hurting anyone. They depend on communication, and upon everyone involved understanding one's own emotions well enough to work things out. It's not easy."

He shakes his head slightly. "And it's little of my business. The only thing I know for certain is that Ayana doesn't want you hurt, either."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-23 04:04:36 73989
Ikiko Hisakata nods. "And I'm pretty sure Reiko doesn't want to hurt either of us, either," she adds.

Then her face turns thoughtful. "I wonder if it's the same kind of thing that has her lacking confidence in her own powers?" she muses. "Or at least a similar thing. It's hard to provide needed support for someone when it's not exactly clear where the support is needed."
Kunzite 2017-03-23 04:07:16 73990
"I don't know," Kazuo says. "I don't even know if it's something inherent to her, or if there's lingering dark energy from the Shadow Witch in her still. That's not something I can determine without invasive procedures. And after this long, I can't even be sure there's a difference."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-03-23 04:21:36 73991
"Mmm," Ikiko replies. There's a lot for her to think about, and not much is coming to mind to say at the moment.

She finishes off the last of the barbecue, then picks up the muffin she had saved. "I should probably head home," she remarks as she picks up her backpack from where she had put it. Ikiko glances down the hall in the direction Ayana had gone. "Sleep well, beloved," she calls softly, a sad smile on her face, then nods to Kazuo. "Thank you for helping to take care of her," she bows, and then she heads for the front door of the apartment. Tonight calls for a long walk, not a rooftop jaunt.
Kunzite 2017-03-23 04:24:27 73992
Kazuo inclines his head to Ikiko without rising. "If it's taking care of her," he says, "then I should be thanking you. Good night to you. And our door is always open." Literally.

... Ayana's might not be, depending on her den of the moment, but theirs is.