An Impromptu Picnic


Nightmare attendees regroup around Ariel in the waking world.

Date: 2017-03-27
Pose Count: 26
Ariel Theodore 2017-03-28 00:02:37 74257
    It's not quite like Ariel to sulk is it? Though it wasn't quite on slam the door shut and lock herself in her room. That would be inconvenient for Seishi anyway, considering Ariel's space is a futon in HER room. But it's been clear, the unicorn has been... Down. She probably left a note for Seishi. It was a simple one. Ariel was going out for some fresh air. That's a little more like her, but she's usually more... Direct in the announcement.
    Well in the end she's not hard to find. It's the park closest to Seishi's house. Though the spot, a grassy little clearing, is a bit secluded; she's not even bothering to keep up her human guise; barely paying attention to the butterfly that lands lightly on the tip of her horn as she leans against Lucky; where the massive hound curls around her.
Seishi Tamashige 2017-03-28 00:24:52 74258
Seishi took care to tread lightly, at first - to be there if Ariel needed her, but otherwise to give her some time. She knows what it's like to have your world turned askew.

Only so much time, though. When she reads Ariel's note, she feels that it's been time enough. And so, after a little while and maybe a couple of phone calls, Seishi makes her way to the park.

As expected, Ariel isn't hard to find. Rather than saying anything right away, Seishi picks her way across the grass, moving carefully and in no hurry, until she can lower herself quietly to a seat near where Lucky has curled his protective bulk around his charge.
Hokuto Minase 2017-03-28 00:27:17 74259
Hokuto slides her phone back into her pocket, contemplating the news from her sempai. After what happened the night before, it's not terribly surprising, to be honest: a youkai of that nature would certainly press the advantage once gained. With a lingering glance at the pile of homework awaiting her attention, she shakes her head. It'll have to keep on waiting.

Some short span of time later, the sound of a motorcycle engine passes by the park, coming to a stop as she parks the bike and heads in on foot. Wouldn't want to rip the place up with tire tracks, after all.

Pacing into the park, now, a messenger bag slung over her shoulder, she glances about for signs of the unicorn-girl, occasionally whistling a snatch of tune as she walks. It doesn't take her long to find the clearing, and she arrives just in time to see Seishi sitting down.
Kunzite 2017-03-28 00:28:51 74260
Kazuo sent a message to Seishi indicating concern, in case that weren't sufficiently obvious from his flanking the little unicorn at the end of the dream. Unicorn admitting to going out, however, means he got a message back. And Mamoru's boys -- well, they have ways besides motorcycles of getting around.

Not necessarily ways that are quite as useful, though. Hokuto gets there before he does; more of his path is on foot.
Lacrima 2017-03-28 00:33:17 74261
Lacrima called around those who were there until she found out where Ariel was. Traveling wasn't hard for her. She stepped into her closet, then she'd shroud herself in darkness... then she'd merely appear somewhere in a quiet small brush patch in the park, one of a few she uses to travel to the park as she steps through the Dusk Zone.

She appears as Norie Okana. Black hair. Blue eyes. Normal looking human skin. She travels through the park until she watches Seishi then Hokuto make their way closer to.... ah. Kunzite is walking. She jogs up with him. It'll be better if she arrives with him. She's not sure who is who afterall and most likely the same back to her. Better than to be arriving solo.
Ariel Theodore 2017-03-28 00:41:26 74262
    That is, by far, more people than Ariel had expected to show up, when she said she needed fresh air. Of course the fresh air always did her well, and the trees and grassy green environs of the Tokyo parks were always close enough to her natural habitat to bring her to ease. To ease enoug hso that she doesn't seem to notice when Lucky lifts his head, curious as to who would disrupt his wrd from her quite contemplation.
    Seeing Seishi, at first prompts a long, silent stare from the gigantic hound. Hokuto, a lesser known face to him is givne equal measure, before Kunzite and even Norie arrive. Ariel bleats when she gets nosed against the neck- prompting her to look up from where she had been utterly lost in a daydream. Lucky is as helpful as ever, and with his job done the dog gives a massive yawn and lays his head down. Leaving her to face the lot of them.
    "O-oh. I didn't expect to see all of you here today." She fumbles sheepishly. "It's a nice day, isn't it?"
Seishi Tamashige 2017-03-28 00:45:51 74263
"It is," Seishi agrees easily enough, dipping her head in a little nod to the others as they arrive. It's the truth, after all; it's a very nice day, and the park is welcoming and pleasant. "It's a good time for getting some air and sunshine."

She's quiet for a few moments after saying that, letting the words settle and letting people have the chance to do the same as they prefer. Then those dark eyes turn towards Ariel again, contemplating.

"How are you feeling?" she asks.
Hokuto Minase 2017-03-28 00:51:49 74264
Hokuto slides the bag from her shoulder, letting it rest on the ground as she takes a seat beside Seishi. "I see what you meant, sempai. Definitely not a day to be alone." She lets the older girl focus on Ariel, then, while she simply shares a warm smile with the girl.

By the contents of her bag, she appears to have looted a convenience store on the way over here. She unloads cans of soda, plastic-wrapped rice balls, and even a small platter of dango. While it's all left in convenient reach for anyone who wants to just grab some, she unwraps one of the rice-balls and places it next to Ariel's hand, making a more direct offer.
Kunzite 2017-03-28 01:00:06 74265
Kazuo inclines his head to Norie at her arrival, voicing no questions. Does the same to Ariel and Seishi, when they reach the Lucky-guarded niche. He folds himself down into a seat, a little away, unconcerned about the chill lingering in the earth. Not spooking the unicorn is rather more important. Well. Not spooking her more than she already is. Hokuto and Seishi are better at this part than he's ever been, and -- unsurprisingly -- he lets them take point.
Lacrima 2017-03-28 01:14:05 74266
Norie Okana gently nods back to Kazuo. She purses her lips as she looks at the small group and then back to Kazuo. She steps a little closer and gives a soft nod to either girl. She isn't going to ask names. She does introduce herself. "I am. Norie Okana. I was with you. In the dream last night." she says in a familiar deadpan.

"May I sit here with you?" she asks, politely, as not to try to be startling, not that there should be any of that.
Ariel Theodore 2017-03-28 01:17:00 74267
    It is' a nice pleasant day. Exactly great for that; sunshine and a nice breather. And to get right to the point. Ariel goes completely still, the simple question of her well being seemingly enough to hit her like an arrow and making topaz eyes stare like a doe. And the stare lasts for a few long beats before she rubs at her eyes.
    Now; NOW she takes a moment, looking from face to face to face to face before her chin dips. Hokuto presents a mild, but pleasant distraction, prompting Ariel to gingerly pluck up a can of soda while gathering her thoughts for a reply. "Thank you."
    She is a polite girl, after all.
    But more importantly the thank you is for more than that. Her friends are
worried'' for her. Though the apologetic furrow of her brow says she's not quite sure she pieces Hokuto and Hanabi together. She pops the tab with a 'hsshk!' before holding it in both hands. "And sorry if I made you all worry." She starts, only to pause; something small and secret known perhaps only to herself and Kunzite prompting a thin smile when Norie speaks up. But it fades. "I'm fine. -I mean I will be fine. I think. It's just that he was there the night that my home was turned into that dark place."
Seishi Tamashige 2017-03-28 01:24:19 74268
Seishi flashes a quick, grateful smile as Hokuto produces the snacks and drinks - "Good thinking," she says, "as expected. Thanks." She'll help herself to some dango, with a brief inclination of her head to back up the thanks. It gives Ariel a little more time to get her metaphorical feet underneath her.

"There's no reason you should apologize," she says mildly, when Ariel has spoken. "It'd be stranger if you weren't shaken, after that. You don't have to face it by yourself, though. You don't have to face him by yourself, either."
Hokuto Minase 2017-03-28 01:35:58 74269
Hokuto nods. "We were glad to be able to help you. No one should have to face that kind of thing alone." The last item pulled out of the bag is a packet of doggie treats. Since Lucky seems to be asleep for the moment, she leaves it unopened, for now.

"Don't let him get to you. You are the master of your heart, and your dreams." She pops open a can of soda for herself, then casts a glance over at Kunzite and Norie, nodding pleasantly to them.
Kunzite 2017-03-28 01:43:26 74270
Kazuo gestures to the space around him, in answer to Norie's question. "Be welcome," he says up to her. And only then turns his attention overtly back to Ariel and Lucky.

"Your home is not all right," he says, "and your mother is not all right. That's true. But you've seen for yourself already that that can sometimes change. And I think -- I cannot be sure. But you may already be making a difference, there."
Lacrima 2017-03-28 01:50:12 74271
Norie Okana nods. "Yes. Don't apologize. There is nothing to be apologizing for here. There is someone who should be apologizing here and it most certainly isn't you, or her, or her..." pointing to the two girls next to the unicorn. "Or him." she says pointing to Kunzite. She of course means, that man in the castle is the one who should be apologizing. But then she adds. "Or me." as a final afterthought.

She'd had brought donuts, or something herself, but her means of travel today did not particularly guarantee the donuts don't also come out as a rolling donut youma.

"I'm not good at this. Like those two are." she says. "For obvious reasons, Ari-chan." she says. Like the whole being a horrible vampire that is hard at good feelings/vibes.

"But I'll be there to help as long as you keep asking me." she nods a little, matter of factly as she kneels down on the ground. "It isn't a problem for me. Nor should you see it as a problem or a botherance. If I can't help, for whatever reason, I will say so."
Ariel Theodore 2017-03-28 02:04:25 74272
    Cheeks puff out and floppy ears pin back briefly. But Ariel stifles whatever bothers her with a slow sip of soda. She listens in silence, sullen at firsr but then more attentive; slowly easing out of the withdrawn shell she had holed up in since metting the Prince. "Sorry." Again. Thoguh the furrow of her brow says she's immediately re-thinking that apology. "Er. Force of habit I guess. I just didn't mean to worry any of you."
    But it is not easy to 'not let him get to her'. A fact that becomes apparent after a momentary fidget. It ends with her sliding out of Lucky's curled bulk and clambering into Seishi's lap. Only for Lucky to pick himself up silently, relocate, and curl around the both of them in his brooding and protective dog-manner.
    "I don't think he'll apologize, though." She asides to Norie, first. Kazuo speaks. And he speaks the truth really. Things are not alright. Not now. But with some work...
    She holds on to that thought quietly before speaking again. "The first time I saw him was that night my home turned dark. He appeared, mom said to run. It was the first time I'd ever heard her yell." She says trailing off and blowing silvery hair out of her eyes. "Seeing him again just brought all that back I guess. --I'll be fine. I am fine, really."
    Well she's better now that she's surrounded by friends and food.
    Som donuts would have been nice, though.
Seishi Tamashige 2017-03-28 02:16:45 74273
It is only as Kunzite speaks that Seishi somewhat belatedly realizes that Norie's initial query was perhaps not directed just toward Ariel. The realization makes her look faintly abashed, and she offers the vampire girl a grateful smile, both for joining them and for her words of support.

Very soon after, Ariel is sliding into her lap, and Seishi automatically shifts herself a little to better loop her arms reassuringly around her.

"You're right," she acknowledges. "He probably isn't going to apologize - not without a serious attitude adjustment, anyway. But now we know what we're up against. We know who our enemy is. And that means we're better off than we were yesterday, where it comes to doing something about all of it."
Hokuto Minase 2017-03-28 02:22:45 74274
Hokuto pauses a moment, watching Ariel climb into Seishi's lap, and blinks a couple of times. "And it's not just one of you to face him. It's all of us," she assures the girl. "He certainly seemed to be threatening all of us. And that stupid chibi of his..." She shakes her head, and pauses again, taking a sip of her soda.

"Eh. I suck at all this motivational speaking thing." A wave, and she almost spills her soda, catching herself in time. "It's not like he can hide from us, though."
Lacrima 2017-03-28 02:31:18 74275
Norie Okana nods. "He won't. Which is why we're going to make him sorry." she says a little cooly.

She doesn't smile or smirk, but she never does. "It's okay. I apologize a lot because I don't often know what else to say." she says softly. She seems to sit there a moment as she looks over to Seishi and then to Hokuto. "Whoever did. The Lily Wave." she says. "That was a strong statement. It made me feel uncomfortable." she says.

"Which is generally a good thing." she says. "It's bad when I'm comfortable. It generally means it's unsafe for the rest of you. That castle made me comfortable. Made me think of one of the places I like to be." she says quietly.

"Though his interior decorator is terrible." she says deadpan still. She looks to Hokuto. "You mean Memoria. We encountered her before." she says. "Something about her is... vaguely. Familiar." she purses her lips. "But I can't connect it to anyone I know." she says.

She looks back to Ariel. "Good. It's good that you're fine." she says. "If you want to talk later, you're always welcome to come into my dreams, Ariel. Just. The usual warning. I can't promise you're going to enter a void or altercation of some sort."
Kunzite 2017-03-28 02:33:09 74276
"It's all right to be upset," Kazuo says quietly. "Or to be afraid. As long as you don't let those things stop you from being who you are, or from thinking clearly, or from doing what you're called to do. And you never have. When the moment's come, you've always been able to reach past your fear. And to show others how to do that -- or how to remember that they can. That's important."

That she can call on him, apparently, he considers still to go without saying.
Ariel Theodore 2017-03-28 02:55:47 74277
    Good and settled, as Seishi's arms get around her, Ariel seems to relax more and more by degrees. Until she is once again as still as a statue and placid as a pond on a day without breeze. Though a bit of an odd expression crosses her. "Chibi?"
    Ariel still has no proper clue who Memoria is. But that is an aside. She manages a slight giggle; soft and bell-like in sound when Norie says the Prince's decorator needs to be canned.
    It is Kunzite, though that makes her stop to stare. Har chin props on knees as she curls in Seishi's lap. "I'll be fine, really. I'm a bit better already, now, because of all of you."
    "I don't really want to make him sorry." She says after a beat. "I just want things back to the way they were. But..." There's the but. "I want to know why he said those things. Mom always used to tell me it was important to hope, and dream; what could make him think it was all a lie?"
Seishi Tamashige 2017-03-28 03:07:51 74278
"Ah--" Seishi looks up again towards Norie, suddenly a little abashed. "That was me," she admits in a tone of rueful apology. "That guy made me so mad - I didn't realize it'd splash onto you. I'll be more careful." It wasn't really the kind of act that 'careful' goes along with, and anyway Norie just got done saying it wasn't really a bad thing in this situation... but it's the thought that counts?

Presently her attention settles back onto Ariel, cradled in her lap, and her expression grows serious once more. "He said he's been doing this for a long time," she reflects. "Whatever his reasons are, they must run deep. I wonder if O-Yasu knows anything."
Hokuto Minase 2017-03-28 03:12:00 74279
"Mmm," Hokuto muses. "If he were human, I'd say he was bullied and betrayed in the past. Reminds me of a half-dozen stories I've read. But he isn't. So..." She shrugs. "Probably just trying to get under your skin. Don't let him."

She leans against Seishi's shoulder, then finishes off her soda and tucks the empty can into a plastic bag. "I'll have to check the family records. He sounds like the kind of youkai we'd keep track of, if we'd ever run into him before."

She turns to Norie, nodding. "Was that her name? Don't suppose you have a name for him, other than the obvious?"
Lacrima 2017-03-28 03:15:09 74280
Norie Okana head tilts. "Beings. Like me. When we're lied to. Lots of other things become lies. And it seems to hurt- or affect- us more in a way that makes us act irrationally." she says. "Maybe something like that happened." she says. "But I can only speculate on that on my own experiences on how I acted when I was lied to-- or was perceived to be lied to." she says. She looks to Seishi and shakes her head. "It wasn't damaging. It was more the sheer positivity of the act, which is different than assaulting me with a beam of it." she says. "I can deal with 'uncomfortable'." she says. "I'm very used to it."

She nods. "I don't think..." she purses her lips to try to explain. "I do not think the last owner of the power that made me what I am, ever encountered him. I have intense feelings of deja vu when something like that happens and that didn't happen when we confronted him. I felt more deja vu about the whole court aspect though. With the titles." she says tapping her chin. "But thats a personal thing. Not related to this." she says softly.

She shakes her head at Hokuto. "That was the first time I met that man." she specifically and purposely uses words like 'man' and 'boy' for this 'prince'.
Kunzite 2017-03-28 03:23:36 74281
"Are you certain he's not?" Kazuo asks Hokuto. "You likely have perceptions that the rest of us don't; I couldn't tell either way." But that's an incidental note.

He turns to Ariel then, and says, "If he really believed that dreams were weak, he would have no reason to bother with them. If he really believed that hope were a lie, he would not hope to take control of any individual dream. If he really believed that happiness were false, he would have no reason to do anything at all, since he would not believe that anything he could do would better his condition. So no. He does not actually believe these things are all a lie. He is lying to himself, and telling himself he believes it, because he lacks either the ability to perceive his own nature, or the integrity to fully acknowledge it, or the courage to fully confront it. What caused him to lose these things, or whether he ever had them, I don't know."
Ariel Theodore 2017-03-28 03:36:20 74282
    It is mention of O-yasu that makes Ariel furrow her brow. "We should ask him." She suggests, before letting herself go with a small yawn. Uh oh. But she's not quite out yet, "I don't think he was human. There was a different feel to him. As if he were like me, or mom, or anyone else that came from a dream." She trails. "But he's already done more than get under my skin." She shakes her head out.
    Norie explaines the rationale of one who lives in darkness, and an almost injured look takes to her face ever so briefly. But it is quickly replaced. A look of confusion; bewildered and staring in that silent 'I don't think I get it' way only a child can fashion as she looks to Kazuo. But then she rubs her eyes. "I guess we'll just have to figure it out one step at a time."
    In the meantime though, everyone can quietly relax and enjoy the impromptu picnic in the park with a unicorn. At least until Ariel drifts off.
    That girl is always napping at weird times.