Alex In Chains

Alexis went medieval on the amusement park and summarily got dumped in the ECFH. In chains, yes. There is discussion and testing of heals and a momentarily wiggy near death experience.

Date: 2017-04-21
Pose Count: 102
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-21 18:44:33 74914
It's not so long after Norie's check on Alexis. The sun's stopped merely thinking about coming up and has put the first trace of its edge over the horizon. Buildings still block it, for the moment, enormous shadows, but enough that the rosebush on the balcony is beginning to uncurl a trifle. And it's not the only one awake; there's a distant door closing, echoes carrying the noise down the hall, and then quiet voices. Approaching.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-21 18:53:04 74915
There were faint voices in the living room before. But since no one actually came up to check what all the fuss was about, the actual sources of them remained unknown to most of the residents of the apartment.

Until now.

To be clear: On one of the sofas in the living room lays a familiar figure. A certain tall german boy who may or may not be suffering from an acute case of vampirism.

This would not be a point of worry usually. But considering the tank top he's wearing over his torso is partially shredded and utterly stained in blood and... he's chained. Well.

There is a note pinned to the tank top, though.
'Sorry, he went berserk, had to heal him, resting now, plz take care of him..Thx, BBS! - Sayaka.'

Well that probably explains a lot, considering recent events.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-21 19:01:17 74916
It's not too long before both of the voices are recognisable: Kunzite and Mamoru. "...if he wanted to," the drowsier and more outwardly emotive voice fades in. "I mean, it's not like it wouldn't hurt, but Neph and Zoi can attest to my actually being able to help somewhat on that front." That'd be the prince.

Then they're in the room, and Mamoru comes around the feet side of the couch -- that's not an unreasonably wide berth he's giving -- and tilts his head so he's viewing the world from the same angle as Alex. He's in a starry dark blue yukata, his hair's sticking up a little, and he's got a cup of coffee in one hand -- it's propped by the arm crossed loosely over his stomach. He regards Alex, clearly only partially awake.

"Chains, huh," he observes, part puzzled and part contemplative. "Doesn't really go with the decor. Are you going to flip out?"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-21 19:06:03 74917
Kazuo is dressed as Kazuo is almost always dressed: blue jeans, white shirt, sleeves already rolled up. The cup of coffee, though, matches Mamoru's. He paces around Mamoru in turn, not making a point of setting himself in interception distance based on best estimate of Alexis's reflexes, but ... well, doing it anyway. (Best estimate is considerably faster than Kazuo's actually seen. Given everything.)

He pauses for a moment there, studying the color of Alexis's skin, taking in his responses to Mamoru. Or, depending on Alexis's mental state at present, 'to the buffet.'
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-21 19:13:45 74918
The young german's eyes were intially closed-- but the pat of Mamoru's feet along the floor attracts attention inevitably, and by the time Mamoru actually asks the question, the lids have already raised up, to stare at the Prince with wide, green eyes.

Quietly so, at that, for the longest moment.

"Trying..." He mumbles out, eventually, voice clearly strained. "...Not... to..." Well that's still a significantly better sign than him trying to wriggle his way over to bite.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-21 19:34:11 74919
"Well," says Mamoru after a sip of his coffee, "if you're still hurt, I can take care of that." There's a pause. "If you're having trouble not flipping out because you're still hungry," he adds slowly, glancing at Kazuo for a second and trailing off, then reorienting on Alex with a faintly more awake expression that's somewhat resigned, "then you can get energy from Kunzite. And I will smack you into next week if you find yourself having trouble stopping."

Kazuo may be partly in intercept zone, but Mamoru's taken a half-step forward to lean on the man's shoulder and arm a little. It's body language Alex would understand on a gut level, no matter whether he's human or vampire: it's proprietary, it's protective, it's maybe a little possessive. "And then when whatever's making you want to freak out is taken care of, maybe we can have a conversation about why you're in chains on my couch."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-21 19:40:39 74920
That glance toward Kazuo doesn't receive any direct response, just a slow blink as the man continues to study Alexis. "Trying not to," he says, "is a good start."

Green eyes is a good start.

Also a good start, apparently, is Mamoru's leaning on him; at least, Kazuo reaches his other arm across his body, resting his hand on Mamoru's shoulder.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-21 19:46:50 74921
All of Alex's movement, for the time being, is limited entirely to his eyes-- tracking the movements of Mamoru, first, and then shifting briefly to Kazuo once the Prince has settled by him. Slow blink.

"Would be..." He murmurs in a voice barely above a whisper-- and he pauses for an extended period there, to consider the actual word in japanese to use. "...pragmatic... to leave... un...fed... ... Can't... break... chains... now..."

His eyes briefly shift away from both of the other two men-- turning upwards and off to the left corner of their sockets. Another blink. Searching memories. "Saya... healed... what I... couldn't anymore... Norie... made sure I'm... stable..."


"Think... I destroyed... amusement park... when... we fought..."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-21 19:56:26 74922
"Yeah, well, it was presumably at night, so hopefully no one was hurt," says Mamoru, more or less utterly practically. "If you'd feel better about it, we can move everything out of this apartment that's a pain to replace; this apartment's actually got several interlocking layers of magical reinforcement and protection on it, including in its structure, so if you rampaged before the two of us could knock you flat on your ass you at least wouldn't be breaking out."

There's a slow smile from the prince, and he swirls his coffee around in his cup, briefly laying his head against Kunzite's hand on his shoulder, and he says amiably, "See, my problem right now is that you're in chains on my couch. Unless you like that sort of thing, it's a little unsettling to leave you that way, when you're a guest."

There's a sip of his coffee again, and then he tosses the rest of it back. "Either way-- are you giving this warning about breaking the chains because you're afraid you'll flip out even if you're not hungry? Are you trying to make a point with a hunger strike? I mean-- what's going on, here, Raskoph?"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-21 19:59:17 74923
"I think that Lacrima's given evidence that hunger strikes per se with your condition are an idiot's game," Kazuo adds, tone thoughtful. "Unless you intend to suggest taking advantage of relative weakness to carry out some other possible plan, in which case, you might wish to get around to the suggestion." He shrugs the shoulder that won't displace Mamoru. "Property damage, and the fight, are not our problem at the moment."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-21 20:09:18 74925
"Was... more or less fed... when this started..." Alex mumbles, and now he finally makes an effort of moving-- it draws a heavy groan from deep within his chest when he does, too, and it mostly comes down to him wriggling his body to worm along the couch until he can prop his back against the arm of it. "..Can't guarantee... Won't flip out. Like this... Am at least... weak enough not to... do anything if I do..."

His head turns slowly from a downward bow, to give another peek to Mamoru specifically now, seeming bemused. "...Either... leave me in chains... or lock me... in a reinforced room... I don't..." Eyes drift downwards. "...Want to hurt... more people..."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-21 20:23:07 74927
Mamoru's lips thin, compressed in a line for a second. "I'd like to have a conversation with you that doesn't involve you having to make a superhuman effort to form words, each coming at least five seconds apart. Fine, you don't trust your own willpower. But if your solution to your current issue is literally 'no, please, leave me starving and in chains as a centerpiece in your living room, indefinitely', then I'm going to start taking away your decision-making privileges. Or let Jadeite at your face with a sharpie."

He straightens to disengage from Kunzite and leans up to casually kiss the other man, just under the ear, then pads barefoot toward the kitchen. "In the meantime, I'm leaving you alone with Kunzite, who you know for damn sure has less patience for bullshit than I do."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-21 20:30:41 74928
That last gesture wins the faintest of smiles from Kazuo for a moment -- for just a moment; then Mamoru is headed toward the kitchen, and Kazuo, no longer pressed into the role of temporary architecture, steps forward long enough to unpin the note from Alexis's shirt.

... okay, what's left of Alexis's shirt.

"Also," he says evenly, "who dislikes being given orders by people whose orders he has not agreed to follow. Are you capable of explaining your current condition, and willing to do so? Not the fight. But whatever you've been able to evaluate of your current physical and metaphysical state, and why you're concerned about going berserk again without notice."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-21 20:38:51 74930
Alex's eyes return to tracking Mamoru-- watching after him on the way to the kitchen, only getting distracted from it when Kazuo snatches the note written by a certain blue-haired Puella from his shirt. Wether or not the wide-eyed look he gives the white-haired man is one of barely-held back hunger or not is anyone's guess.

The question-slash-request is considered for a moment. "Lot of... words..." he points out, before asking, "Can... imbue... something with... energy?" Headtilt. "Could... get enough to... talk proper... without risk... of overfeed..."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-21 20:48:09 74931
"Raskoph-san." Kazuo's eyebrows lift slightly, and he steps aside to set down the note on an endtable well out of the way. "It would be somewhat difficult for you to overfeed from me. More so, in fact, than it would be for you to overfeed from some imbued object."

He straightens up, at his distance, and something not entirely unlike lightning crawls over his body, leaving in its wake not the jeans and shirt but the uniform Alex has seen him in before, grays and whites and the earth-brown lining of the flowing cape. He gestures, and the room dims just a trifle from the growing dawn light. Becomes perhaps half a degree cooler, all at once.

Being what he is, Alex can feel the faint, trifling tug at himself -- insufficient to do him even the smallest harm, even in his weakened state; the tendency of his energy to stay with him far overcomes the trace of a drain. Not enough to damage him. Just enough to perceive him on an entirely different level, to study the state of his own energy. Energies. Living and dark alike. Evaluating him; considering how best to proceed.

"We're not the same, no. But we're still too alike for that to be much of a risk."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-21 20:59:15 74932
And thus, Kunzite is studied back in return, by Alexis. There's only the briefest squint of the eyes before they return to their previous widened state similiar to an animal caught in headlights.

There's a long silent moment-- seemingly one spent in consideration of the statement the other man has made, before he finally states, "Need... touch..."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-21 21:16:54 74933
"I know. One moment." One /more/ moment, after that long silent one. And then Kunzite paces forward, and crouches down beside the couch, choosing a position that is, after a fashion, inherently unstable; balanced by a conscious effort. If he passes out, if he's sufficiently startled, he'll fall away.

Which may or may not stop the drain, but it'll certainly give him more space to fight it in.

He lifts a hand, and gives a brief frown of concentration; the shadow around them draws in a little, not filling the entire room now so much as just the space immediately around the pair of them. Around his hand, it concentrates further, dimming to a glove of a translucent black. Shadow with nothing to cast it. Only then does he reach forward and touch his fingertips to Alexis's.

(The energy he bears tastes of the dawn, too: sunlight shed on gardens, calling warmth to the soil and growth to the green; sunlight on sand, burning the air and the dunes to a searing dryness and shimmering heat. It does not harm Alexis, no more than any other living energy does. But it has its own and distinct flavor.)
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-21 21:36:40 74935
Alex's hands are well-tied against his sides to keep them constrained, to the point he can barely wiggle his fingers towards Kazuo's-- at least Saya was thorough in making sure he can't try anything funny.

The fact that he's so low on energy in general at the moment translates to hunger-- and with his vampiric state, instinctually translates towards greed, too. When Alex's eyes close during the drain, the exchange of energy-- he might notice it very nearly causes the floodwalls to break. But even if he doesn't stop him-- there's a nearly superhuman exertion of will then, that brings Alex to wriggle his whole body and force it rolling just that few inches required to seperate his fingers from Kazuo's and press into the backrest of the couch.

"That's enough," he lets out in what amounts to a gasp, face pressing into the cushions of the couch-- but at least he doesn't sound like he's actively destroying his vocal chords while he's talking anymore. "That's enough... Keep me unable to break these things."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-21 21:42:55 74936
The twitch away is noticed -- kinetic energy is energy, too -- and Kazuo draws back his hand as Alex pulls back; the shadow cloaking his hand roils off of it, prepared to combat drain aganst drain if Alex's power chases his --

Unnecessary. Fortunately.

"We can relocate you if necessary," Kazuo notes, "but the guardian of the most useful place to put you in would be rather miffed. Not that I mind irritating it particularly. But Mamoru's fond of it, so we'll delay that."

A few moments' quiet -- that lingering study in the dim. And then: "That's interesting."

(Warning: science at work, if in a vastly more rudimentary form than some others'.)

"I'd have expected your condition to settle down. But it hasn't picked up much, if any, more stability than it had. Your rider's upset. I wonder what at."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-21 22:15:53 74937
Something beeps in the kitchen, and a moment later, Mamoru's leaning in the kitchen doorway with a hot mug of something lumpy. He silently watches, eating whatever it is with a remarkable lack of interest in it. He's not going to mention that irritating that guardian is fine with him, especially if that guardian gets someone new to threateningly take it out on-- he can say so if it becomes necessary.

What he does say, at Kazuo's last, and with a mouthful of oatmeal, is "Probably his trying to control it instead of giving in or submitting to attempts to get rid of it. Fence-sitting maybe."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-21 22:27:54 74938
"Define... 'relocate'..." Alex mumbles against the cushions before he pushes himself rolling back to his back for the sake of... you know, not having his face smooshed there, and voice thus muffled. It does come with a heavy groan, though.

And then Kaz says the word 'interesting'. Which in this situation is not really something one wants to hear. And he's left staring, wide-eyed, at Kazuo, slowly blinking every now and then.

"...You're going ot have to run that by me one more time," he mumbles after that particular moment, though. "Norie said my power levels are fluctuating... and something's causing it to get drained faster than normal, but..."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-21 22:57:05 74939
Define 'relocate'? "Teleport into what amounts to that reinforced room you were requesting," Kunzite says, his tone a trifle bland. "That's a last resort, though."

Something he does not want to see: what happens if Alex tries to drain /that/. It would be unhealthy for someone, and finding out who would be unpleasant for all of them.

A glance is given toward Mamoru in the kitchen doorway, but the inclination of his head is tilted too much to the side to actually be agreement; reserving judgment, apparently. And then Alexis speaks up, and Kunzite's attention snaps back to him.

"There's no external drain," he says, and that's a matter-of-fact declaration, not speculation. "No external influence prompting it. I'd be able to see that. Something in the interaction between it and you is causing it to use up more power, and begin to go haywire."

He glances toward Mamoru. "Mercury?"
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-21 23:07:58 74940
Mamoru stirs the oatmeal thoughtfully, then shrugs one shoulder and nods. "She got a bunch of new info from that guy you guys fought in the catacombs, too, right?" Then he raises his eyebrows meaningfully at Alexis as he comes back into the room proper, dropping himself on the couch opposite. "Can we take the stupid chains off yet? That is literally bothering me the most right now. If you're too weak to break them then you're too weak to stand up against a bowl of oatmeal to the face."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-21 23:28:51 74941
"'Last resort' makes it sound like there's some strings attached," Alex points out his observation, helpfully, with nose going wrinkling briefly. "I pointed this out ot Norie already-- but I. Started bleeding where my old wounds were, last night--" The exact specification goes unsaid, but 'old wounds' likely refers to the wounds he gained just before he was initially turned to the Curse. "She didn't say anything about it. But... I don't like the implication in connection to everything else."

With Mamoru's request, his eyes sweep to give a deadpan stare to him. "I feel like," he murmurs, drily. "That there is some room between 'can break chains' and 'can't handle oat meal bowl'. But I see the point."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-21 23:40:47 74942
"Not strings, exactly," Kunzite says absently. The advantage of Virtue phones: they're made to accommodate henshin changes. He starts thumbing out a message, faintly resigned. "More along the lines of 'economy-sized irritable carnivores and uncertain metaphysics.' Safer than leaving you unsupervised at present, granted."

Clearly, he's pursuing a degree in 'reassuring' at university.

That's a remarkably long message he's sending.

    TXT to Ami Mizuno: Puella Magi Sayaka appears to have made an overnight express delivery to us. Specifically, of Alexis Raskoph. He is not currently berserk. His dark energy component is undergoing interesting fluctuations without external prompting, and he reports that last night he started bleeding where his initial wounds were. Would you happen to have time before school to stop by? Or will we need to keep him somewhere isolated for the day and hope his equilibrium is only decaying slowly? Mamoru doesn't mind blood on the upholstery, but his sensibilities are offended by having someone wrapped in chains in the living room.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-21 23:50:57 74943
"Plus, no wi-fi," Mamoru adds. And then he gives Alexis a big, big, toothy grin. "I don't know, it's really hot and sticky. They say it sticks to your ribs. It'd probably stick to your face pretty well~"

Yes he's teasing. And furthermore, he gestures with his spoon! After licking it so no oatmeal goes splatting around. "That's the thing, Raskoph-san, if your old wounds started bleeding again that sounds like a GOOD sign, to me. Because if your rider's pulling back, maybe to scare you, maybe for some other reason -- trying to make you think you'd be dead without it -- maybe if you let it withdraw it'll leave, and we can heal you properly. Just -- don't do that when you haven't got me or Daisuke or some other healer handy."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-22 00:00:31 74944
"You'll have to excuse me if this does not sound very reassuring to me," mutters Alex, nose wrinkling again in the most distinct of manners-- right before he starts wriggling himself along so that his back is resting against the actual backrest of the couch. It does take some effort though, considering the chains wrapped around him leave his mobility resembling that of a worm more than a humanoid.

"The fact that it was coupled with me utterly losing control," he goes on telling Mamoru, then. "Doesn't fill me with hope, either. And if... well. If it happens in any kind of sudden capacity, there is... not a lot that can be done. Even less so if I am not in control of all my faculties. Which..."

A pause of hesitation.

"...I think. I lost control... because I got so lost in my desire to fight Hannah," he confesses, then. "I was in full energy capacity at the beginning, and I did not at least initially channel a considerable amount into it. Not enough to make me feel the hunger, at least. But then..." Eyes twitch to the side. "...I think. Best description of it is, 'everything went red'."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-22 00:04:05 74945
"Two healers would be ideal," Kunzite notes absently. "One to concentrate on repair, one to concentrate on life support. But we rarely have that privilege."

He finishes his message and lowers the phone, studying Alexis for a moment. Not with that eerie focus that suggests the chill; just evaluating him. He asks then, apparently irrelevant and suitably aside that it could reasonably be disregarded in favor of the conversation with Mamoru, "When's the last time you ate a physical meal?"
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-22 00:10:52 74946
"Hannah makes me see red too," Mamoru admits, actually squirming a little. "She's the only person I know who can reliably make me completely lose my temper. And if part of you fighting her was your rider taking energy from her, even just in passing or picking up her bleedover, then it's possible that's the variable that made you lose it. Her rage is leaky, and when she's throwing her magic around -- well, it's tainted right now, and it has been for a while, and it's leaky too. If that's why you-- well, if that's why, then it's at least not something that happens without a trigger."

He glances at Kunzite, then stands up. "We do have stuff that's not oatmeal. And I'm not feeding you. Kunzite, you've got your jar-opening henshin running-- if you could you de-chain him, I'll make some fried breakfast."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-22 00:17:52 74947
Kunzite's about to answer, but his phone chirps for attention, and he glances down. "We have a visitor en route, or who will be shortly," he says. "I'm a little uncertain about de-chaining, if we may just have to hold him down again for her. But if that's your reasoned preference." He thumbs out a return message, then glances to Mamoru for confirmation -- and if he confirms, he goes to, well. Open a jar. Of vampiric thug.

    TXT from Ami Mizuno: Given I was up all night last night looking for him, and am existing on nodoze and coke right now, I am sure I can spare the time. If you have contact information, you should check on Puella Magi Sayaka; make sure she's alright. From what I was able to tell, they demolished the bayside amusement park.

    TXT to Ami Mizuno: All things in priority order. By which I mean that she didn't leave a blood trail and her note was reasonably coherent, so I doubt she's in an emergency situation. We can see about intercepting her at school.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-22 00:29:40 74948
"I... don't think I fed from her," Alex wagers, after Mamoru's speculation. "I don't have the ability to feed on ambient energy. Not like Norie or Kaz. I need active physical contact with an entity that contains it to take it. If I had actively fed from her-- I'm not sure I would hve stopped, at the time. And... I think I kept looking for her. Or hunting, rather."

"I've had to make an effectively superhuman effort in keeping certain... feelings in check since I turned," he goes on to confess, then. "I think it all just boiled over then. I couldn't hold back the anger I felt at htat point, anymore."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-22 00:39:10 74949
"I'm not a vampire at all," Mamoru points out. "Just an empath. But she's so leaky that if we're fighting-- doesn't matter if I'm fighting alongside or against her-- I lose my shit. And the rider came from Norie, and it used up a lot more energy than you remember exerting, and you didn't black out but you definitely lost control. I'll be interested to see what Mercury can find out."

He pauses in the kitchen door, then, and makes a half-annoyed, half-resigned face. "It's up to you. But if you leave him tied up and you want him to eat people-food, you get to feed him that too." He wanders in and past where he can be seen over the counter, and then can be heard calling out, "You're not a vegan or anything, right? No food allergies?"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-22 00:43:54 74950
"Ah. So you've also been relying on the dark energy to supply the living part of your body with basic nutrients, not only to replace the missing pieces. No wonder your condition's been decaying over time. Both in terms of physical and metaphysical condition, and in terms of emotional control."

Kunzite's matter-of-fact tone pauses for just a moment before he adds, "Though with Hannah -- yes. I'm fond of her myself. But I would, at present, somewhat like to fondly put her through a few walls. No wonder you lost your temper, and no wonder it was strong enough to reinforce your rider."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-22 00:53:35 74951
"..." Alex turns a look back to Kunzite, and... then promptly away right after. What with the accusation of his eating habits. "...I haven't been feeling like eating," he insists in a quiet mutter. "Food... hasn't felt the same." Though on that subject, he does call after Mamoru, "Just whatever. No allergies."

"You're going to have to run this 'rider' bit by me again though," he goes on then, eyes finally returning to Kunzite. "I don't... quite understand what you mean by that."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-22 00:58:01 74952
"Fried whatever coming up," Mamoru calls back cheerfully, and then there are food-preparation sounds. Including eventual sizzling. This might be an adventure.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-22 01:00:46 74953
"Have you been physically unable to process food as normal?" Kunzite asks. "Or merely uncomfortable with it?" ... There are better bedside manners.

At the question about the 'rider' bit, though, he makes a brief one-handed gesture. The non-phone hand. "The entity. The spell. The dark energy. Lacrima's gift. It moves with you and occasionally directs you in ways contrary to your conscious will; 'rider' seems a suitable summary."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-22 01:06:00 74954
"Uncomfortable," Alex responds bluntly, before falling into silence to consider the explanation of the 'rider'.

"This is not something sentient, then?" He asks, on it. "Way back. Norie asked me if I was hearing... voices. Telling me to do things. I never have. I thought you might have been talking about... something like that."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-22 01:09:57 74955
"That's a difficult question for me to answer," Kazuo replies. "Both because I have no direct perceptions, and because the definition of 'sentient' is somewhat vague. But if you feel no outside pressure on your mind, I'd doubt that Lacrima's gift has intelligence of its own. That does not prevent it from influencing you, particularly if you've been relying on it for more support than was strictly necessary; dark energy responds to certain emotions, fear, anger, frustration, and can at times enter a positive feedback loop with them. The anger enhancing the dark energy; the dark energy encouraging the anger."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-22 01:33:19 74956
"So it's a 'concept'," Alex offers in supposing, with... a distinctly *suspicious* glance sent to the way of the kitchen. Very hopeful he does not seem to be. "...The rest of that is... something I am alread yaware of. Mostly the terminology confused me."

When his eyes return to Kunzite, their comes with the blunt question: "So what now?"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-22 01:36:56 74957
"We wait for the specialist," Kunzite replies to Alex. "She's retrieved information that may help her figure out what's going on with you and how best to deal with it. In the mean time, we prepare to feed you --" mysterious fried things -- "protein, if you prove to be able to accommodate it, because if we suddenly need to perform repair on your body, it will be more easily done if you have the appropriate building blocks."

He pauses for a moment. "I don't know how long it will take her to arrive. We can turn on the television, if that would help."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-22 01:41:04 74958
From the kitchen, some of the prep sounds had definitely resembled whisking things together, and also opening the refrigerator door, and also egg-cracking and milk-pouring and things. there is definitely an explosive sound accompanied by the distinctive klok klok bubbling of something being deep fried.

There is also a blender a couple of seconds later. It blends some seriously recalcitrant things.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-22 01:46:55 74959
"I see," is all Alex says about that matter at that point-- his attention moving downwards to look the state of his tank top over. One can only assume the hoodie he used to wear was completely destroyed before he even got here. "Norie said she was going to bring clean clothes to me, but... If you are going to unchain me anyway, can you find me something? I feel like this thing is about to fall off, and while I don't really care much, I get the feeling that some of the female inviduals that move in and out here might be a little uncomfortable with a half-naked vampire roaming around."

The sounds from the kitchen draw his eye too. Suspiciously. He doesn't have a good feeling about this.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-22 01:54:22 74960
"Shortly," Kunzite answers Alex. Say, when it will not involve leaving a potentially unstable vampire alone with an out-of-henshin Mamoru. Paranoid guardian is paranoid, news at ... well ... 5:30, most likely. "I think we can find something in a reasonable analog to your size."

(Lucky Alex.)

"In the mean time, don't worry too much. There are people in the household who are not good cooks. They aren't permitted to use this kitchen." Which would be fine if not that Mamoru is presumably the one making the restrictions...
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-22 02:00:27 74961
"...On that matter, who is in charge of deciding who isn't allowed there, anyway?" Asks Alex promptly, with a suspicious look sent sidelong at Kazuo with those words from just the very corner of his eyes. "I feel like that information is relevant here."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-22 02:04:01 74962
There's a plop, and more deep-fry bubbling. There may also be a cackle, once the blender is finished blending.

A second later, on the tail end of what Kunzite's saying, Mamoru comes out of the kitchen in an undershirt and pajama shorts, carrying what looks like a chocolate milkshake in a tall glass with a straw. Well... a straw is kind of a stretch; it takes two hands to carry, because it's apparently seven bendy-straws connected to each other and taped in place. "Sailor Jupiter," he says cheerfully. "Because I want her to keep wanting to cook here."

He sets the milkshake down on the coffee table in front of Alex, pauses, decides against that, and then puts it on the floor by Alex's feet so the guy can prop the strawmonstrosity up with his knees when he's not sipping. KLOK JOK GOK KLOK goes the deep fryer in the kitchen. "I put lots of chocolate in this to mask the flavor of the ground beef."

A beat.

"Just kidding, it's just really healthy and has vitamins and whatever, so the chocolate's definitely necessary. Enjoy!"

And then back in the kitchen he goes to tong things out of the fryer.
Ami Mizuno 2017-04-22 02:10:59 74963
There is a brief tearing in reality, as subspace opens in the kitchen. With blue hair, blue skirt, and blue expression, Sailor Mercury enters looking exhausted and yet oddly wired. Her visor's already on over her eyes--possibly hiding how bloodshot they are--but at least she looks alert. Mostly. Kinda.

She doesn't even hesitate at the thresholdl; the portal closes behind her, and Mercury grabs a cookie on her way in towards the main room. "So ... chains were necessary?"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-22 02:14:23 74964
"Sayaka dropped him off in them," Kunzite replies to Mercury. "He seems to have his condition under control for now, and it took Hannah to set him off the last time -- but I can't analyze the instability in the dark energy with any precision. So it seemed a reasonable precaution to both him and me to keep him in a situation that would slow him down, at least until we knew whether he might react badly to any needed interventions; and Mamoru is humoring us temporarily."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-22 02:23:39 74965
The milkshake, thus, is stared with INTENSE SUSPICION. And then he peeks up at Mamoru. Down at the shake. Up at Mamoru. Rinse, repeat.

"...You know, when I said that eating physical food feels uncomfortable," he mutters. "I didn't realize this would be the first thing you think of as an appropriate response."

The arrival of the Mercury brings him snapping his eyes to the tear in the fabric of reality, eyes widening in that same caught-in-headlights stare he was sporting before, and calming down again when it becomes apparent that this is someone they are priorly aware of.

"Considering I drained several people and apparently destroyed a whole amusement park when out of chains..."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-22 02:36:35 74966
"He's really attached to them," Mamoru calls out from the kitchen in response to Mercury's question about the chains, and the deep-fry bubbles stop. "Personally, I think it's just because Sayaka put 'em on him."

There are things one says only when one is decidedly out of reach.

A moment later, he comes back out, this time with the yukata back on, since he's done deep-frying. On a plate are some refried noodles with vegetables, and several unidentifiable obviously deep-fried blobs of stuff, one of which is enormous. Mamoru sets it down on the coffee table with a knife and a fork, then points things out. "This is actually what my first reaction was," he says as he points to the biggest object. "Don't worry, it's delicious, not a softball. Those," he points at to piles of much smaller blobs, "are deep-fried leftover unagi rolls and deep fried marinated beef fondue leftovers. And that one's a deep-fried double chocolate chip cookie."

He goes back out to get himself a new cup of coffee. "Mercury, did you want anything to eat? He said 'whatever' but I can do reasonable food too."
Ami Mizuno 2017-04-22 02:39:06 74967
"Kunzite destroyed most of Tokyo," Sailor Mercury notes absently as she kneels down next to Alexis. Her visor's display starts flickering with line after line of information whiel she scans him. "You're going to have to work a little harder before I will agree that chains are necessary."

After a moment, Mercury sticks the cookie in her mouth, but the data's still coming in. She waits a few moments more, then arches her brows just faintly. "Willing to guinea pig something for me?" she asks Alexis curiously. The visor vanishes suddenly, disappearing back into some other space. Now he can see how red her eyes are; how much exhaustion is there. "There's a small risk of you passing out, but no risk of you losing control, and a very, very small risk of you dying. Mamoru-kun, there is a significant risk of increased bloodflow, so if you're willing I'd appreciate you being ready to --" there's a pause as Mercury's processing center seems to shut off. She blinks at Alexis, then turns to glance over her shoulder.

"Corned beef hash and eggs would be so amazing," Mercury notes, her bloodshot blue eyes wide with pleading hope. "I am so hungry, and I've been up all night looking for him."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-22 02:53:14 74968
"He lives with four other university students. Fried everything is survival-oriented." Kunzite has not yet dropped back out of henshin. He does, however, glance Mamoru's direction to see whether he's heading Alexis's way, or back to the kitchen.

If it's Alexis's way, Kunzite will start for the kitchen. If Mamoru's insisting on cooking, well. Mercury's vote agrees with Mamoru's; the other two have been overruled. And it will therefore be Kunzite's job to unpeel substantial amounts of metal from Alexis's person.

And probably find him a new shirt.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-22 20:29:52 74985
"...........Why would you deep fry--" Alex starts to ask, but Kazuo effectively answers that question for him before he's even fully worded it out, so he just lets that matter be. Doesn't stop him from looking continuously bemused by the fried food brought out for him.

Which he is still apparently not intending to eat.

He does, however, mutter over the comment about the chains once Mamoru is out of hearing distance, "Remind me to throw something at him once I'm out of these things."


Mercury's request and list of warnings draws him to blink his eyes a few times over at her in silence, with a blank-toned stare leveled straight at her once the visor's off. "...I feel like those chances are better than usual as is," he notes. "Though I am not sure if... blood flow is an issue. Unless you are planning to deliberately open me up. In which case I think the prince over there might have some issues with me bleeding on his couch. Again."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-22 20:34:06 74986
First, Mercury's talking about sciencing and needing him on hand, and Mamoru stills on his path toward the kitchen-- but then she actually hears what Mamoru just asked her, and he can see -- in addition to that wild hope in her tired eyes -- her desperate need for protein. And calories. He glances at Kunzite at around the same time, then indicates 'chains come off yes' with a healthy dose of side-eye at Ami.

"I'm sure we've got some cans of that somewhere, it's a very Nephrite foodstuff. Corned beef hash and eggs it is. But that means no doing science until you've actually eaten something more than sugar and caffeine," the Prince of Breakfast says firmly, pointing with two fingers at his eyes, then pointing at Ami's eyes. And then he just glares at Alex. "Eat. I mean it. If literally nothing is going to taste good, and you have to eat, then you might as well eat what's in front of you. The softball-sized thing is a deep-fried Big Mac. I'm sure you'd prefer that to an IV."

He goes back into the kitchen, and while he can't hear the muttering, he can definitely hear conversational-volume last part as he crouches to fish in low cabinets for cans. And then Mamoru calls back, "I object to chained-up guests. I don't object to bleeding on the upholstery. You may have noticed it's not a particularly nice fourth-hand couch."
Ami Mizuno 2017-04-22 20:38:25 74987
Mercury's relief at the agreement of her food request is visible. She smiles at Mamoru, gladly accepting the requirement to eat before science. Or at least, superficially so. She can science before, during, and after! But the point, it is clear, is no experiments on Alex on an empty stomach.

So she doesn't!

"He's right, you should eat," Ami notes. "My research so far has given me plenty of reason to believe that even dark energy beings can convert calories into energy when they need to. It's not the most efficient source of energy, but it's not like trying to get your calories from water, either."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-22 20:42:30 74988
"At least your blood would be human," Kunzite observes, as he begins the process of detangling Alexis. "And any contamination, we have methods of neutralizing. We've had worse to deal with." And the renovation left the room without carpet, and that pretty mosaic floor is covered by a layer of something not tile at all.

He does not actually shove the entire deep-fried Big Mac in Alexis's mouth over the mutter about throwing something at Mamoru. Mamoru earned that one his very own self.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-22 20:50:11 74989
'Deep fried big-mac' does not exactly seem to compel Alex any more. "Even if I wasn't a vampire at the moment," he mutters. "I am at least ninety percent sure I would not want to eat that. The IV is sounding more compelling with literally every thing that is coming out of your mouth."

Then his blank stare is leveled promptly on both Mercury and Kunzite alike. "Now you're just ganging up on me at this point. ... Fine. Maybe if I close my eyes focus really hard I won't even notice I'm putting deep fried... whatever down my throat."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-22 20:56:29 74990
There is more sizzling from the kitchen. Mamoru's voice, "Then you shouldn't have asked for whatever. If you want corned beef hash and eggs too, you can have it and I'll eat that. At least drink the damned shake."
Ami Mizuno 2017-04-22 20:59:42 74991
Too late, Sailor Mercury is pilfering the milkshake for herself. In fact, she's already wrapped her lips around the straw, and is sucking it down. Standing, she makes heer her way towards the table ... and only then does she hear Mamoru's call. Glancing down at the shake, she sheepishly offers it towards Alexis. But it's already half gone.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-22 21:05:42 74992
... Providence save them all from her ever becoming a vampire. Kunzite doesn't say a word. His concentration is clearly entirely on removing the insult to Mamoru's sensibilities. And hospitality. Not one word.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-22 21:09:04 74993
"What is he the Prince of again?" Asks Alex in a low mutter that *probably* won't reach the kitchen. "Of being way too literal?"

The chains come off just in time for Alex to turn a blank - but somehow still bemused - stare at Mercury. "...It's fine," he sighs out, while he stretches out his arms and brings a hand to rub at the wrist of the other. "Have at it. And when you're not busy stuffing half a dozen straws down your mouth you can tell me this test you're intending to run on me. I *love* being scienced on."

He does not sound very ecstatic. But that might just be the vamprism.

In the meantime, he picks up a deep-fried... whatever. Looks at it dubiously. ANd shoves it whole in his mouth.

He looks very distinctly the opposite of happy.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-22 21:20:07 74994
In order for Mamoru to avoid spitting in Alex's food before he brings it out, the radio in the kitchen gets turned on. The station it's on is the news and it's saying something about the ferris wheel in the amusement park, and the teenager quickly switches it over to something he likes that almost no one else does: orchestral Philip Glass. And he turns it up so he can't hear the living room.
Ami Mizuno 2017-04-22 21:23:31 74995
Ami shrugs and finishes the shake, then sits down to wait for food while watching Alexis thoughtfully. "It's simple," she explains quietly. "You're going to put on a ring, and I'm going to measure the effects it has on you. If it works, then great. If it doesn't, well ... Mamoru may have some extra blood on the couch, and I will neded to go back to the lab a bit longer."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-22 21:27:24 74996
At least it is, by and large, deep-fried meat. Not some of the horrors that America and Scotland have inflicted on the rest of the world. Kunzite coils the chains neatly off to one side, making no comment about Mamoru's princehood or, indeed, about any of the rest of the conversation. Not even one about mad engineering. He's behaving himself. It might be Mercury's presence.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-22 21:30:17 74997
Mamoru comes out of the kitchen with eggs first, since they're done first, and puts them in front of Ami with a fork and toast and a glass of orange juice. He completely ignores Alex and gives Kunzite an 'I'm going to stab him' look, then goes back without a word.
Ami Mizuno 2017-04-22 21:35:32 74998
Eggs! Ami's eyes widen excitedly at the eggs, and all conversation of any kind simply ceases while she begins chowing down. Ring? What ring? She's eating. Omnomnom.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-22 21:36:04 74999
"I feel like anything that 'could' end with 'blood everywhere' isn't really 'simple'," Alex insists at Mercury with a visible wince-- now left to rolling another bit of deep-fried... something or the other within his hand rather than making to actually try to *eat* it. "... Do you want to explain that better to me or am I--" Aaaaaand then she's downing eggs.

"...Right," he lets go, in a heavy sigh. "... I'll ask after food."
Lacrima 2017-04-22 21:36:49 75000
Norie Okana did not leave for very long between when she left Alexis alone and then come back. She has with herself, as she steps down on the roof, a bag that seems to be from a local department store- a box of donuts- and then a more sleeker black briefcase of the ominous variety.

She steps down the stairs onto the sight of....

Are those fried everythings?

She purses her lips. "Hello." she says. "It seems people found him. Good." she says as she takes steps forward. "I had to go get some things. Depending how long he's staying here." she says.

She looks over to Mercury, and stays back for the moment. She gets a sense things are going on and she doesn't want to interfere just yet. Her eyes follow Mamoru who she catches going back into the kitchen apparently as she arrives. She places the bags and briefcase down on the counter and then removes a box of donuts. She opens the box.

"I see there's food." she says. "But I didn't know who'd all be awake yet. So I brought some for him. And others. Here. If they want." she says.

"Blood?" she asks.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-22 21:47:14 75001
Kunzite accepts the 'I'm going to stab him' look from Mamoru in the same spirit as the ones he usually gives Mamoru -- usually about Nephrite. He turns toward the steps down from the roof, then, sharply, but relaxes when it turns out to be Norie.

(Days when you relax at the vampiric dark energy monster turning up: saying something.)

"Good morning," he says to her. "I'd been wondering how to keep all relevant parties up to date; this will make it simpler. Food. Hm. The refried noodles with vegetables are at least self-explanatory. "The deep-fried items are unagi rolls, marinated beef fondue leftovers, a double chocolate chip cookie, and a hamburger. Mamoru is making corned beef hash, if you'd prefer something more recognizable."

No explanation is offered. Norie's eaten weirder.
Ami Mizuno 2017-04-22 22:05:09 75002
Sailor Mercury finishes the eggs absurdly fast, then looks up to Alexis t houghtfully. "Well you might bleed because you're injured," she notes with a shrug. "And this is going t--" she pauses as Norie comes in, then arches a brow up at her. "Hello, Okana-san," she greets. Looking back to Alexis, Mercury continues her explanation, "The ring should grant you finer control over the darkness. It should dampen negative influences and discourage negative input from external sources. There is, however, a chance that it will simply cut you off from the Dusk Zone entirely. If that happens, Mamoru will have to triage until we take the ring back off and your system can compensate for the sudden drop in energy."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-22 22:13:33 75003
"My wounds are healed," Alex points out. "I only look messy because I haven't had a change of clothes since before me and Hannah destroyed a city block." Beat. "...Though, I guess the wounds I got when I was turned aren't technically healed...? So I guess those count then."

Speaking of change of clothes. The footsteps above don't get lost on Alex either, but his reaction remains largely subdued in comparison to Kunzite's even before Norie makes her proper appearance. "Hello, Norie," he offers to her in greeting. "So far so good. Chains off and somewhat fed and I haven't tried to tear anyone's throat off yet. Progress." His head chin is tipped up and towards the direction of the briefcase. "That for me?"

And upon the actual explanation of the ring... well. He sloooooowly returns his eyes to Mercury.

Cue several long seconds of blank staring and silence.

"...When... did this ring become a thing?" He asks. Slow blink. "I am going to assume it wasn't before I went crazy. Because if it was, I'm going to be mildly crossed about this being the first I hear about it."
Lacrima 2017-04-22 22:23:30 75004
Norie Okana motions to the bag. "That's a change of clothes." she offers. "The briefcase contains two sets of the crystals I used earlier on Alexis to stabilize him. Just in case." she offers. "If you're leaving later, take them." she says to Alexis.

She looks between Alexis and Mercury and raises a brow. "That sounds a lot like the bracelet Riven-sama made for me." she offers out her arm to show it a moment. "It does similar things to that. I was afraid I was going to need to take him to UMBRA and Riven-sama to have something like that made. I didn't want to do that." she offers.

"I'm... glad?" a questioning tone, as always when she considers her own feelings. "That doesn't seem to be the case now." she says.

She looks between Kunzite and Ami. "How are you both?" she asks curiously. "Is Mamoru frying lots of things? Is he alright? Why is he frying things. Is this a coping mechanism?" she asks curiously. She does however, reach for a deep fried cookie. yoink.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-22 22:29:11 75005
"Those are the ones she was speaking of," Kunzite confirms to Alex. "What she is actually saying is 'if this unintentionally cuts off your life support, Mamoru will be on hand to take over while she settles things.' He is, in fact, competent to do so; as I said, we've handled worse."

He might get something thrown at him if he isn't careful, given that Kunzite's come close to being the worse. Hasn't actually gotten there, granted. Not in this life anyway.

"Mamoru was frying things because Raskoph was being sulky and obstructive when we inquired about whether he'd been remembering to feed his flesh as well as his rider, and then again when Mamoru asked about his preferences in food. He asserted he had no opinion or preference. So that was tested. Sooner or later he'll either learn to identify and voice his actual preferences, or sulk himself into a black hole; granted, I'd prefer we experiment with that when it's less likely to become literal."
Ami Mizuno 2017-04-22 22:35:40 75006
Mercury rolls her eyes at Alexis, then picks up her orange juice and downs it almost as fast as the eggs. At least she's breathing while she drinks. Efficiency, however, demands she get the important parts of life out of the way so there's more time for science!

Wiping her mouth clean, Sailor Mercury looks to Norie curiously. "I didn't realise he'd done that," she notes thoughtfully. "I wonder if we should compare notes. His probably works better than mine, for now; he's had more time to study the Dusk zone, after all. But I'd be willing to wager that once I get mine done it will be more effective than his."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-22 22:42:56 75007
Finally, Mamoru, with his yukata loose like he's just pulled it back on again, comes back out with proper corned beef hash and eggs and more toast-- he's actually made enough for anyone who wants some -- scrambled is easy to dole out. A full plate for Ami and another full plate, which might be Alexis' or might be Kunzite's, or his, or Norie's: "There's a lot more in the kitchen," he says, "and there's more plates and glasses, and the orange juice is out. I started the coffeemaker while I was deep frying some whatever, and it's just about ready."

He has also turned the music down. It's also not the aggravatingly frenetic song he was playing anymore, either. Just chill. "Hi, Norie. You want any breakfast-- ooh, doughnuts." One is thieved."

Mamoru glances down at the empty milkshake glass, and all of a sudden brightens, actually looking pleased. "You drank it!" he enthuses at Alex. "So it wasn't bad, right?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-22 22:46:07 75008
"I appreciate that too," Alex offers to Norie. "...What kind of clothes did you get me, anyway?" Suspicious look sent to the shopping bag.

The eyeroll from Mercury he, thankfully, only meets with a brief narrow of his eyes before he scoffs at Kunzite. "Very funny, Kaz."


"...Wait. That *was* a joke, right?" Suddenly, he looks very concerned. "There isn't actually a chance of me turning into a black hole, is there? Because I know I said I'm not afraid of dying, but that seems like a particularly poor way to go..."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-22 22:48:42 75009
Alex only has enough time to stare at Kazuo with that particular concern for a moment, though, before he directs his eyes slowly, sloooooooooooooooooooowly to Mamoru. And then to the empty milkshake.


Suddenly he has nothing clever whatsoever to say.
Lacrima 2017-04-22 22:50:36 75010
Norie Okana nods. "One of the things he promised to do if I started helping him was to procure or design a method to better easily control myself. This was the result of that." she offers. "It helps a lot actually. Once he made a few fine tunes to it It got harder for me to be irrationally angry about things. Not that it cuts it off completely. Just now more often than not such feelings are 'earned' now as opposed to 'being horribly upset at minor sleights'."

She head tilts. "Maybe. You'd need to talk to him about it. I don't have access to his notes." she says. She looks back to Mamoru and nods a bit. "I'll go get some." she says. "In a moment. Thank you." she says.

She looks back to Alexis. "Oh. I got you this lovely pink unicorn shirt and a skirt." she insists as she hands the bag over. It is not that. It's a fairly boring black t-shirt with a front pocket and fairly boring blue-jeans.

"As a reminder Alexis. Even I am not a jerk. And I am made from the stuff." she adds as she makes her way to the kitchen. She stops by Kunzite. "I don't think a black hole. Maybe a spectacular dark super nova." she says. "Better get him to the roof." she says, incredibly deadpan as she tiptoes into the kitchen herself.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-22 22:55:10 75011
"Of course there's a chance," Kunzite says to Alexis. "You're partially composed of dark energy at present. That means that there is always a chance, if you feed it sufficiently with your own negative emotions, of it entering a positive feedback loop. Which you might know better as a death spiral. The berserking incident last night is a manifestation of one of the early-to-middle stages of one type. Fortunately for you, the lady here," he nods toward Norie, "is highly skilled in interrupting and avoiding such things. Pink and unicorns help, in particular."

Yes, his deadpan and hers are matching sets.
Ami Mizuno 2017-04-22 23:06:38 75012
Sailor Mercury studies Norie thoughtfully for several moments, then notices the food in front of her. As quickly as the eggs, those start to disappear as well. Soon enough, Ami's busily chowing down. The food vanishes pretty quickly. She wipes her face, then looks up to Alexis curiously. "So?" she asks curiously. "What's it going to be?"
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-22 23:10:54 75013
"Cool," Mamoru tells Norie, then reaches across the table and eats one of the deep-fried unagi rolls-- and hesitates on seeing Alex's indefinable expression. He doesn't look annoyed after that, just kind of disappointed. "Oh well. At least you got something in you. Sorry even chocolate couldn't make it better." Finally, he sits down on the floor at the low table, and just pulls the second plate he made over to himself.

Himself who is seated right as close to 'in front of' Kunzite as he can get without actually coming away from the table. And at least he looks slightly mollified by Ami liking breakfast.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-22 23:15:40 75014
The looks Alex sends both Kunzite and Norie are reduced quickly from 'concerned' to 'uncetain and dubious'. The unfortunate part about dealing with either of them is that he, at least, isn't capable of telling wether or not they are actually serious or outright joking and messing with him.

This is perhaps a line of conversation he is best off not pursuing for the time being, though.

"So..." He breathes out back to Ami, green gaze slowly turning towards her.

"... When are we doing it?"
Ami Mizuno 2017-04-22 23:18:43 75015
Sailor Mercury arches a brow and glances towards Mamoru. "Well," she says, pulling a ring out of nowhere, "I thought now." It's a simple ring: dark steel, with no particular etchings or markings in it. There's a single moonstone embedded in it at one point inthe band, but it's small and unobtrusive. Offering the ring towards Alexis, Mercury explains, "Go sit wherever Mamoru tells you to before you put this on."
Lacrima 2017-04-22 23:24:17 75016
Norie Okana walks back in with a plate of delicious fried food as she purses her lips a bit in thought. She looks between them as she begins eating. She watches Ami pass the ring over as she looks back to Mamoru and Kunzite.

"I was here the other day to deliver a cake, but it got damaged a little because I scared a girl off the side of the roof by accident.... Unmei? Unmei. That's it." she says. "I've been meaning to try to deliver a new one." she offers.

"I hope the doughnuts are enough for now." she says.

She clicks her tounge a moment. "The clothes are just a black t-shirt and jeans." she finally corrects.

"I went boring as a safe route." she says.

She eyes the ring a moment. That's a lot smaller than her bracelet. She purses her lips in thought.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-22 23:29:31 75017
On the other hand, there's the moonstone. Norie's been doing enough experimenting with crystals to be able to bet that's not by accident.

"The doughnuts are a welcome gift," Kunzite says to Norie, and pushes away from the wall to come forward a couple of steps, taking a place behind Mamoru. To Alex, he adds, "The unicorn part is not quite a joke; our local unicorn has some interesting abilities, though due as much to her personality as any magic. Pinkness is irrelevant." ... the rest of it wasn't having him on at all. And then -- well. There's the ring; no more teasing.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-22 23:35:57 75018
Mamoru, who is eating, and not inhaling it like Ami, leans back against Kunzite a little bit, then gestures -- with his mouth full, at least he's not talking this time -- for Alex to come within arm's reach of him. And then he shovels another forkful in his mouth.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-22 23:51:16 75019
"Yes-- thank you," Alex offers to Norie right before... the ring is offered to him by Mercury.


He takes the thing gingerly, and just... stares at it upon his palm for a moment. "... Just like that, huh..." He murmurs. "Rest of my life. Right there on my hand."

In the grand scheme of things, the 'risk' is not at all great compared to all the other things he has willingly put himself into before. Running into a barrage of arrows with Sakura didn't even take a thought. Punching a coffee-covered Youma was like second nature. Even goign up against the dusk zone creature that ultimately resulted in this whole mess in the first place took barely a thought. This? This feels more deliberate to him, somehow.

"...Give me a minute," he requests in a quiet murmur, and closes his fingers around the ring.

It's not quite a minute that he spends standing just like that-- but it might feel that way, at least, with how quiet he stays through it too. Eventually, his free hand draws itself down to slip into the pocket of the cargo pants that somehow survived everything he's been through in the last 48 hours completely intact to dig out the burner phone stored there and makes to type out a text... only to immediately decide against it and just turn the phone off before returning it to his pocket.

"Okay. Well." With those two words, he backs himself towards Mamoru, sparing the man a quick look over his shoulder briefly, before his eyes turn to Kazuo, then Mercurie and... then finally Norie, whom he ends up addressing.

"For whatever it's worth," he murmurs, while he opens his hand to draw out the ring again. "...I'm not sorry you brought me to this point."
Ami Mizuno 2017-04-22 23:56:13 75020
Sailor Mercury shrugs a little at his statement. 'Just like that'. She smiles, then slides off the stool and starts collecting plates to take to the kitchen. "Take your time," she says as she puts them all in the sink. When she returns, the visor's down again, with text scrolling across the screen impossible to read from the other side--especially since it's not even in an Earthen language.

"It'll be okay," Mercury explains quietly as he hesitates with the ring. "The worst that happens is a little pain, and then we do a little more fine tuning. I told you when all of this started that I'm going to help you. That wasn't an idle promise, Raskoph-san. And I'm not going to fail you."
Lacrima 2017-04-23 00:10:02 75022
Norie nods a little. "That ring will help." she says quietly. "If it's anything like my bracelet. It'll make it easier. And if it's still anything like my bracelet- Mercury-san is right, It'll need tuning over a small while to get it just right for you." she says.

"The only reason I haven't taken you to UMBRA is because I know what Riven-sama will want from you in turn for it. We already discussed that earlier." she says.

She nods to Kunzite. "Ari-chan." she says softly. "That's the unicorn. She's a friend." she says.

She does frown a bit, at those last words as she says something a bit more serious. "Well I'm sorry I brought you here." she says silently.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-23 00:16:28 75023
"I'm not," Kunzite says to Norie, perhaps unexpectedly. "Property damage and risky experiments are still to be preferred over funerals." He rests a hand lightly on Mamoru's shoulder -- or lighter still on his hair if he's settled that far down -- and watches him and Alexis alike, ready to be shrugged off in an emergency, or to move to cover Mamoru or catch Alexis should things start going badly wrong.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-23 00:27:22 75024
"I am not afraid of death, Norie," Alex says, bluntly. "But I am... afraid of leaving things undone. In the end, I at least had... a few more chances. So don't be sorry."

A slow, deep inhale taken, and let out again before he finally murmurs with a note of decisiveness, "Okay." That's all, to mark him picking out the ring and turning it to slip onto a finger that fits it's circumference.

He stares at the thing there. Seemingly bemused again. "It's really not my style," he notes drily. "But..." A quiet, but still audible exhale then. "It feels like--" His eyes shut down and he wobbles on his feet briefly, but enough to lose his balance to the point of needing support. "...Ngh. It's doing... *something*. I think it's trying to adju--"

And just like that, his words get hung off by a strained sound as if his vocal chords made a sudden, instantenous shutdown. It may be of varying visibility to the various people within the room, but there's a distinct dispersal of energy from within him. And the sheer sense of something being *wrong*.

Alex's eyes, thus, snap wide open, and he doesn't so much wobble anymore as he just barely keeps himself from falling over, and reaches a hand over to grasp onto the front of Mamoru's shirt in a blind play for further support to his weight.

Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-23 00:52:32 75025
And there we go: Mamoru drops his fork and chews his food faster as he instantly leans to half-catch, half prop Alex up, his hands already flaring bright and then dimming a little as he finds a steady flow of whatever energy level is necessary to bring Alex back into something resembling equilibrium. Life support systems: go.

Alex might, due to Mamoru's general irritability the past bunch of times he's seen him and his standoffishness otherwise, be surprised at how gentle he actually is. The energy coming from him, the healing, is warm and alive; it's a comfortable thing, calming and golden.

"It's okay," he college freshman says after swallowing hurriedly, "you're going to be okay." He doesn't ask how Alex feels, because he already knows -- and he's a little too distracted to report it to anyone else.
Ami Mizuno 2017-04-23 00:55:42 75026
Mercury tenses as Alexis slips the ring on. She allows her sensors to do the reading, rather than using her own eyes to watch him. Her eyes would seem unfocused to anyone watching her, if they couldn't also see the blue visor in front of her, teeming with information. "Heart rate is up," she mumbles, "respiration is quickening. White blood count increasing dramatically. Pain response heightening. Crap. Kunzite, get it off him," Mercury instructs, but she doesn't stop watching the readout. "Get it off, it's too much. His connection to the Dusk Zone has been utterly blocked. I can still see the energy; it's not severed. But he's going to need a few minutes to recover."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-23 00:57:57 75027
Kunzite's already reaching for Alexis, was already prepared to catch him -- but Mamoru has half of that covered, and is closer; Kunzite sidesteps, catches at Alexis's arm, runs fingers down it to reach the ring in the process. Metal catches, and he pulls, not bothering with precautions for his own protection this time. Making sure he's not damaging Alexis's hand slows him down enough. Anything that happens to him is -- well. Less likely, and easier fixed.
Lacrima 2017-04-23 01:02:14 75028
Norie Okana eyes go wide as she watches this happen. "Alexis-kun?..." she asks as she shoots upwards. She makes for the briefcase as that wave washes out. She winces. What felt 'bad' to everyone else is 'good' to her. It's just how it is. But that also means it's unsettling to her.

She shoves a black crystal and a glowing white crystal into Mercury's hand. "Hold both and press it against his chest. It's like an emergency diabetic shot for what I am." she says. "Basic dark energy. Human energy. It's for emergencies. This probably counts." she says.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-23 01:10:42 75029
It's hard to tell what Mamoru's magic is healing initially, perhaps. But-- his free hand reaching for the front of his own tank top, and tugging down at it to force the neckline downwards? For just the briefest moment, before Kunzite works the ring off, there's... well. To put it bluntly, if one is looking, they can see *through* Alex there. It's not pretty.

"I--" IS the only thing Alex manages to sound out, before his eyes roll upwards to the point that the whites of his eyes are the only thing visible-- and then they close. And his whole body slumps against Mamoru and Kunzite both.

Round 2: Knockout. The two gaping holes briefly trying to re-open themselves on him-- at least they're closing. At least he's alive. But the german's out for the duration.
Ami Mizuno 2017-04-23 01:14:35 75030
Ami accepts the two devices from Norie. She starts to lean forward to use them, but she waits. She hesitates, because she's already picking up on energy from the Dusk Zone flooding in, now the ring's removed. She waits, studying Alexis' bio readings as his body reacts to the intrusion. She waits, and she's rewarded for the waiting.

She didn't kill him. Other than a little (relatively speaking) pain, and a bit of a shock, he's going to be fine.

Sailor Mercury waits until the injuries are well on their way to healing before she turns her attention back down to the devices Norie has given her. She allows the scanners to analyze them, then wrinkles her nose and gently sets them on the table. Much as she'd like to keep them for later study, she suspects Norie will want them back. So she doesn't take them from her. "He'll recover," Mercury says quietly, holding out a hand palm up towards Kunzite. "It worked," she notes, "but too well. I've learned a lot about what's wrong with him, however. And I think I know what went wrong. He's going to need energy--whether it's from calories or borrowed from another source doesn't matter, although from another source is more efficient for him. He's also going to need to rest--maybe as much as a day. I would appreciate if you would keep him here for that day. And I can supply the energy myself, as it was my mistake that brought him tot his point. Monitored, however," she notes for Mamoru's benefit. "I've no interest in losing myself to his condition."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-23 01:27:34 75031
It's not that hard for Mamoru to tell -- for Alex, maybe, or maybe Kunzite -- what's being healed: energy, first, and he's already starting to knit things in Alex's chest back together as Kunzite pulls the ring off and the dark energy floods back in.

The dark energy's a slosh of rank and freezing icewater from an acid-rain barrel to the face for the prince, but he grimly hangs on, and continues to push energy at Alexis anyway. If he can do it faster than the Dusk Zone, maybe he can get more non-dark energy in him than dark, even if he can't tell anymore where the wounds are.

Mamoru nearly says something unprintable in his frustration, and he grips Alexis, keeping him partially upright, then looks at Ami. It's not admonishing or anything, it's just a faintly exasperated lack of understanding. "Why? I can fix those as long as there's nothing-- as long as there's nothing fighting me, fighting to keep me from healing him-- I can keep him alive, and I can fix him, but not with the dark energy all--"
Ami Mizuno 2017-04-23 02:16:02 75032
"Because you can't fix him fast enough," Ami informs Mamoru quietly, sadly. "The rate of his decline versus your rate of healing ... you had about ten seconds before he went into critical condition. The shock of those injuries is too great. But I learned a lot from this," she notes as she moves to study Alexis' still form.

"Give me a week. Maybe two," she says, "and we're going to try again. This time," she notes to Mamoru, "you'll be able to fix it. I promise you we're going to fix this. And not just with extra control. Now that I have a better picture of the injuries, we can better anticipate how to stabilize him while you heal him. You can do it. We will do it. Okay?"
Mamoru Chiba 2017-04-23 02:25:56 75034
Mamoru wants to argue this, to explain the incident in the cave to Mercury, to explain how he kept her alive a couple months ago while he worked on her, to explain how he kept Fiore alive, to explain why he couldn't-- why Takashi-- why he--

He doesn't argue.

He only feels cold, and closes his eyes and turns his head away, giving her a slight and silent nod. Carefully, he transfers the weight of Alexis to Kunzite, and gets out of the way in order to allow the other man to arrange Alexis back on the couch. He has his arms crossed tightly, hands hidden. "A couple of weeks," he says very carefully, studying the tabletop, "should be enough time for me, too."

And then he makes a vague 'agree to stuff' gesture at Kunzite as he suddenly gets up and leaves the room, footsteps speeding up as he goes.
Ami Mizuno 2017-04-23 02:28:27 75035
Ami watches Mamoru's reaction uncertainly. She doesn't know how to respond to the collection of facial features he goes through while he debates arguing. All she knows is that she's disappointed him, and that reminds her of a time only a little more than a year ago when that disappointment would have crushed her.

It doesn't crush her, right now, but it certainly does make her unhappy. "I'm sorry," she manages quietly in response to him, then turns for the kitchen--and her escape point. "I'll text you after I've finished analyzing everything." Almost mechanical, as she starts to hold out her hand, preparing the bead of subspace she'll use to jump away.

Because now, she wants nothing more than to give Mamoru exactly what he wants.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-04-23 02:32:08 75036
Kunzite's hand touches Mamoru's sleeve as he goes, almost (not quite) ahead of that gesture. Knowing him well enough for that. Knowing him well enough not to touch his skin, not now, not in front of the others.

"Don't volunteer your energy," he says quietly to Mercury. "You'll need that for sustaining yourself, and for your work. I'll ask Makoto to make sure you remember to eat. And in the mean time, we'll manage."
Ami Mizuno 2017-04-23 02:47:07 75037
Mercury holds the bead of subspace there in her palm a moment, considering Kunzite's words. She gives a simple nod of her head, then allows the bead to expand. "Makoto's help would be really useful," she agrees quietly, but there's no instruction there. She steps into the tunnel and it closes shortly behind her. Good way to start high school: exhausted and busy with separate personal subjects.