Peacock and Cookie

Unmei meets up with Kukai and the two have a bit of a chat about asking for help and romance.

Date: 2017-04-07
Pose Count: 25
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-04-07 07:41:22 74465
Unmei Tama was actually out jogging. She was doing better, had put on a bit of weight, and a little muscle. She was eating now(though still with some difficulty), and not just boney anymore. She was getting all the help she needed.

Of course, that was why she was going by the park. She was still hecka nervous around other people and didn't spend as much time as she probably could have. But she WAS going back to school. Technically spending the majority of it hiding behind her girl friend. But it was a start!
Kukai Souma 2017-04-07 07:58:20 74466
Kukai Souma was not jogging today. In fact today he's not even walking. He's found a seat near the food stands and has several bowls and such around him, and a large cup of something sweet and carbonated to one side. He's munching away - if not happily, then without cares for the moment. When it comes to help, he's finally found it in himself to ask for help. And that helps.

Kukai pushes away the beef teriyaki bowl and pulls over the moo goo gai pan bowl, munching away at the softly sauced chicken and vegetables and rice, doing his best to keep things off his mind and count on Sailor Mercury and Sakura and everyone else. It was as much as he could hope for.
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-04-07 08:01:04 74467
Unmei Tama froze and stared at him. The carbonated drink, all that slimy food, the noodles, the meat, the...

She had to hunch down and cover her mouth, closing her eyes and taking slow, deep breaths. She could do this. She would do this. Just... just don't look at it. Already she was breaking out in sweat, less from the jogging now, more from just the food.

It took her a few minutes, then finally she opened her eyes and called out. "H-hey. Kukai. H-how have you... urp... b-been?"
Kukai Souma 2017-04-07 08:05:52 74468
Kukai froze for a moment, looking up at the sound of Unmei's voice, one bite of chicken and vegetables in his mouth. He pulled his fork free, chewed, swallowed, and then waved at her. "Hey, Unmei. I'm awful, but I'm getting better. Maybe. It's a long haul."

He nods over at the seat near him and grins. "Well. If you promise not to tackle me or something you can sit down if you want. How have you been?" He makes room, pulling a bowl or two from that side of the table over out of the way for her. "Sorry for the mess - I missed breakfast, and I have not been eating properly lately, so I'm hungry. Was hungry. Now I'm just peckish."
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-04-07 08:16:42 74469
Unmei Tama nodded and sat by him, though she kept her eyes away. "Y-yeah. I know how that feels. Still pretty awful myself." She paused. "I... ummm... I'm happy you're doing better. Any luck finding your crazy clown things?"

Her cheeks turned red. "I-I'm not going to tackle or attack you or anything, I promise. And you shouldn't skil meals. Kun says it's unhealthy. You need a good diet to keep your energy up through the day, or you'll get sick."
Kukai Souma 2017-04-07 08:24:12 74470
Kukai sighed and then shook his head, then realized she was still not looking at him. "...Do I have something on my face?" He didn't, but he daubed at his lips with his napkin to make sure. "Huh." He shakes his head. "It's.. well, up sides and down sides. And no. But I finally broke down and asked somebody - Sailor Mercury - to help me find them. I can't do it alone."

Kukai grins a little. "Well. I have to keep asking to make sure. I'm glad, though. You seem like you're doing a lot better than you were. You seem to be a lot happier without your shoulder devil." He groans. "I know all about eating properly. I've been eating, but not eating healthy - just, whatever was fast and cheap and that sort of thing. I spent the past week or so searching for the Twins and nearly collapsed before I called for help." He sighs. "I still feel sort of stupid for doing it, like I can't deal with this myself and I had to bother somebody who had something really important to do, but on the other hand she didn't mind, and she accepted, so..."
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-04-07 08:31:57 74471
Unmei Tama nodded. "Y-yeah. there are times where you can't just... do things on your own. Where you need help. I was... I was really lucky. Kun and Mamo were there to help me when I needed it. They helped me a lot..." Still making sure to look anywhere but the food. It made her stomach turn.

"... Yeah. I know how you feel. Mamo and Kun are really... special. And I'm sure they have a lot more important things to do than help someone like me. But... they do. They've been with me through... through all the hard stuff," she whispered, hugging herself. "I couldn't do this without them."

She then chewed on her lip a little. "But... to... be honest? Don't... tell anyone. A part of me... misses him. Pin, I mean. And the gem. Being Clotho. I was... strong, then. I was really strong. And tough. And... and I felt more useful. It kind of feels... I kind of feel useless like this a lot, you know? Like, so many people are helping me. But I can't do anything to help them back. And... and I know Pin was pretty bad. But... he really did help me a lot. When no one else would..."
Kukai Souma 2017-04-07 08:44:16 74472
Kukai nods, then rubs his head. "Yeah. The funny thing is that as a team leader I should know all of that. I just... I dunno. I let it get away from me. I don't know why. I've been thinking about it, though. I'll go over it." He huhs, then leans down, getting a bite of the chicken teriyaki and rice bowl.

"Yeah. I have to keep a close eye on Mamoru in case he decides to try to become the Prince of Earth or something. He can't - there's already a king on the rise. But otherwise he and Kazuo are awesome. We fought together back months ago, trying to reach Queen Beryl." He grins softly. "I'm kinda glad I'm forgetting part of that, honestly. Bad times."

Kukai hmms, listening and looks back at Unmei. "Well.. I won't tell anyone. But I.." He leans back, thinking. "To be honest, I hear that a lot from people who've dealt with dark energy. It's addictive, stronger than drink or drugs. Being a better version of yourself is the dream of everyone, even magical boys and girls. But you are useful and good, just like you are. And they're helping you because they understand, and they like you." He reaches over, patting her back. "You're doing ok."
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-04-07 08:50:36 74473
Unmei Tama frowned, looking confused. "King of the world? That sounds kind of silly," she said flatly. "Why would you want to be king of the world? Everyone would spend all day bitching at you about how they want you to do things."

Her cheeks turned red when he did that, and she smiled. "I guess. Kun says all I need to worry about it being the best me I can be. And that I'm a student first, so just... work on that. But like... you're astudent, right? And so is Yuzu. And you guys do student stuff and still do magical people things. And help people. And aren't just a... a drain on people..." she mumbled half heartedly.
Kukai Souma 2017-04-07 08:55:50 74474
Kukai laughs. "I don't know. But it's what Tadase wants, so I'm helping him get there. And I don't know what to say about the rest of it." He grins and nods. "Yeah. You should be the best you you can be. The rest of it will come naturally. And.. well, it's more that I have to do the other stuff, not get to. It's hard work! And you're not just a drain on people - you're a friend and a loved one, and that's enough reason to help you. So don't worry about that, ok?" He takes a few more bites of the chicken, nibbling.
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-04-07 09:08:03 74475
Unmei Tama sighs and nods. "I guess. But like... how... am I not? All I do is take from them. They spend time and energy and... and magic on me. And they get nothing out of it, but more trouble. It's unfair, you know?" She slowly spun a finger on the table. At least this she could watch him eat.

"I just... I...." She sighed. "That's just it. You have to do this. But... you also want to do this. Right? You want to help people. I... I want to too. But I don't know how... How does a normal person help people like... you guys?"
Kukai Souma 2017-04-07 09:15:34 74476
Kukai rolls his eyes. "Oh for Pete's sake. You're not taking anything from them - people work together to do what they want. If you insist they help you when they don't want to, THEN you're taking things from them. That's when it gets bad. Don't feel bad about not being able to contribute like you want to. You will, eventually."

Kukai thinks. "Well. I dunno. On the one hand, risking my life all the time sucks, and it takes a lot of time out of practicing and that sort of thing. On the up side, defending other people's hopes and dreams and being able to use my dream to be a hero? That's nice. So I guess it's ok."

Kukai leans back, pushnig the empty chicken teriyaki bowl away and taking a sip of his drink before continuing. "As for how normal people help us, well, they give us a place to focus ourselves and something to work towards saving. We also need doctors and teachers and people to help us get better, a support team. And some of the normal people have fought with us before, too - it's just a matter of effort and desire. Magic's only part of it."
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-04-07 09:25:40 74478
Unmei Tama nodded, then sighed and crossed her arms. "I'm... really not smart enough to be a doctor or a teacher or anything like that." Her cheeks turned a little redder. "Giving... you think I... give..." And then they turned scarlet. "Do... do you think Yuzu... is happy that... she gets to, I mean has to... s-save me now?" she asked with a weak little grin.

she then flailed a bit, shaking her head. "I-I mean, not like I'm in danger a lot. In fact, now that I'm not actively causing trouble I don't think I've been in any trouble. But, err, I -I mean, if I get in trouble, a-and she has to save me, d-do you think, I mean, err..." She'dseen wayyyy too much anime.
Kukai Souma 2017-04-07 09:28:57 74479
Kukai reaches over, patting Unmei on the back. "It doesn't have to be anything like that. You'll find a way to be useful, I promise. You won't stop until you do, I know it." He grins, then watches her. "I... uh. Actually? I think whenever she has to save you she'll be terrified for you, but I do know that saving somebody makes you feel good."

Kukai watches the flailout and nods. That's what he thought. "I'm glad you're not in danger right now. No plant zombies or alien mind control or being frozen in a magical sea of ice or anything. It all sucks, believe me. If you do get in trouble, though, she'll be there to help you. And I know she'll be there for you."
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-04-07 09:31:19 74480
Unmei Tama nodded, grinning wider as she thought about it. "Maybe being the love interest won't be... so bad. I mean, maybe it'll even be a little... f-fun," she whispered, licking her lips. "Oh my gosh, I could totally give a 'You just saved my life' kiss! I've never been able to do that, eeeee, it's going to be so romantic!" She practically had hearts floating over head as she wiggled about in her chair, squealing like a school girl. "Eeeeee!"
Kukai Souma 2017-04-07 09:36:52 74481
Kukai watches her, one eyebrow arched, as Unmei licks her lips and wiggles back and forth. "You... could, yeah. But don't go out getting into trouble for no reason, you know?" He blinks, not exactly sure what to do with the wobbly reformed ex-villain. "I'm not sure what to do with you..."
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-04-07 09:39:21 74482
Unmei Tama blinked a few times. "What do you mean, do with me? Don't worry, I don't expect you to save me. You already have a girl friend," she said with a snicker. "And please, it's not like I'm going to go trying to fight like, some monster so Yuzu can appear in the last moment and totally save my life and I can hug her and tell her how amazing she is and give her a kiss and eeeeeee..." She was sooooo going to end up doing that...
Kukai Souma 2017-04-07 09:59:32 74483
Kukai just blinks at her. "I wasn't offering to save you, you dork. Not unless Yuzu can't do it. And I know you're not going to try to fight things. It just... stuff happens. I know that. And... you.." He rolls his eyes. "You know you can kiss her and tell her she's awesome without being in trouble, right?"
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-04-07 10:01:47 74484
Unmei Tama blinked a few times and then just rolled her eyes. "Well, duh. But that's not the same. Like, seriously, have you eveer even SEEN a magical girl anime? Like, it's soooo much more romantic if you just kiss the person after they save you. Sure, normal kissing is fine, but like, 'Oh no, I'm in danger, my hero!' kind of kissing is way better. Seriously, you're a guy, you should know this."
Kukai Souma 2017-04-07 10:06:38 74485
Kukai rolls his eyes and looks at her, picking up his bowl of moo goo gai pan. "No, actually, I'm too busy living them to watch them. And it might be more romantic but it's less 'getting soul sucked away' and 'stabbed in the stomach'! You should know that. And the 'oh no, I'm in danger' kissing can get in the way of actually saving you from danger... But you know what? You.. do what you want." He takes a few bites of his food, then waves his fork at her. "And I've only been dating like... 6 months. I don't know this stuff, I don't know any of this stuff!"
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-04-07 10:09:01 74486
Unmei Tama stared at him and cocked her head to the side. "W-what? Only for six..." She just blinked a few times and then counted on her fingers. "I got here back in... and started dating her about... w-well, I've only been dating about two months and I still know more about being a magical girl love interest than..."

Then she just stared at him. "Why in the world am I even arguing about this? Like... this is so unimportant. I'm so sorry, Kai."
Kukai Souma 2017-04-07 10:17:46 74487
Kukai sighs and then shrugs. "I just didn't think about romance, Unmei, until recently. I was focused on sports and hunting X-Eggs and doing my own thing. It was a thing. And then I started seeing Nadeshiko and it was... what it was. Kissing is awesome." He grins weakly. "But yeah. I mean. ...I don't watch movies, I don't play a lot of video games, I just do... sports. And I read a little. C'mon."

Kukai looks back at her, then rolls his eyes. "I dunno why you're arguing with me. It's ok. But I'm right." He grins and pats her shoulder, then leans over, hugging her middle. "It is. But it's ok. You don't have to apologize."
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-04-07 10:22:57 74488
Unmei Tama sighs and pinches the bridge of her nose, shaking her head. "My gosh, Kai. You're so lucky you're cute. And nice. Like, seriously. So lucky."

And then he hugged her and she blinked. Her cheeks turned red and she, to her credit, didn't glomp him. Instead she just smiled. "I just... I really like Yuzu a lot. And... and she likes me. All of me. Even the parts... the parts I don't like. And...and I don't wanna ruin any of this. You know?"
Kukai Souma 2017-04-07 11:00:18 74489
Kukai just... stares at Unmei. "I have this sense that you think I'm dumb or something. And I'm not that cute! And the niceness is an internal trait!"

He pats her back and then leans back. "That's good, then. And I know what you mean - I hate the idea of having my relationship with Nadeshiko ruined, too." He sighs and pokes at his moo goo gai pan, leaning back. "I think I'm about done with this. I believe I'm gonna go home and rest. Or maybe call Na-chan and see what she wants to do. It was good to see you."
Magical Girl Clotho 2017-04-07 11:05:09 74490
Unmei Tama smiled at him, then reached out and booped his nose. "You're super, duper cute," she teased. "And I don't think you're dumb. In fact, I'd be willing to bet you're really smart. You're just ignorant in matters of love and romance between those of a magical nature."

She nodded. "It was good to see you, too. I've probably rested longer than I need to." She stretched out, giving a low grunt. "Nggggggg. Back to jogging for me!"