Coffee Shop Sloppiness.

Norie and Alexis and Sora all meet in a coffee shop. Sakura is a sloppy server due to some sort of energy drain related tiredness.

Date: 2017-04-28
Pose Count: 27
Lacrima 2017-04-28 21:12:17 75372
Norie Okana is sitting here at a table by the window, head laid down and staring at the a beige paper cup that's filled with a chilled, chocolated laden coffee drink of some sort. It's warm and hot out now and there's people on the beach out there! In fact, there's this gorgeous outside patio area but Norie is /inside/ staring at her drink and overall looking glum and depressed and overall not very good.

This is sadly, her usual demeanor when she comes here. She occasionally raises her head to take a sip of the coffee drink as she thuds her head back down.

One of the day shift employees is manning the til. Mr. Background Noname. Mr. Background looks utterly boring and unintresting.

Haruna is at school and it's Corvus's day off. Thusly, the other hired help is here.

Norie moves her eyes to stare at her two donuts. Not Karuo's donuts mean they're subpar, but they're good enough. She hasn't bit one yet. Ones jelly filled even!
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-28 21:17:28 75373
A rumble of a motorcycle echoes outside, for a moment-- closing towards the Cafe, to the point that it can be heard just next to the building before it dies down.

A few seconds later, a tall figure in a brown leather jacket steps inside, with a mirror-visored motorcycle helmet obscuring his face for the time being. He lingers at the doorway there, for a small moment, before pivoting to direct himself to the direction of Norie's table. Closing in with slow, even steps-- and then stopping just besides the table, where he can look down at the girl slumped there.

Slowly, his hands rise up towards his head only then, and smoothly draw the helmet up off of his head-- to reveal the face of a caucasian boy underneath, and the bright green eyes looking down towards Norie, with a faint smile twitching at his lips.

"Hey," Alex says.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-28 21:18:42 75374
Sakura Kinomoto came walking out, with a tray folded over her lap. It wasn't super busy, so she wasn't doing much. She walked up to Norie and gave her a smile. "Hi, ummm... anything else I can get for you? Miss?" she asked with a big grin.

Her eyes had bags under them and she was working a bit extra sluggishly today. In fact, she'd already messed up THREE orders. If it wasn't for her having the day off and Haruna having school, she'd probably have been sent home. But haruna was her friend and she wouldn't NOT help her friend when she needs it.

And then Alex arrives. She turns to the door, opens her mouth to speak and then... freezes. She took a few steps back, raising her tray up a bit. Awwww. She was scared. But he was here to see Norie. She gulped and nervously. "H-hi Alexis-kun. Is there anything I-I can get for you?"
Sora Hisakata 2017-04-28 21:20:36 75375
Shadows bend around as--wait no, Sora doesn't have that kind of power anymore. So it's just a girl in a seishou athletic uniform walking in with a volleyball under her arm and a bag full of books on her back. She notices Norie, and diverts over that way with a smile, "Is that your boyfriend, Norie?" She asks with a smirk, claiming a spot across her on the table.
Lacrima 2017-04-28 21:29:24 75376
Norie Okana eyes linger towards Sakura first as she blinks once. "No. I'm fine." she says curtly, and a deadpan as usual. She isn't a super regular here. She's just trying to drown things in heavily syruped drinks and baked goods. LIke always. Usually it works. She at least leaves with her head up instead of down, usually.

Her eyes trace over to Sora. "Huh. No. My boyfriend is thinner and more prettier than this." she says completely deadpan. She of course means Eilam here.

Her eyes trace to Alexis though who.... is in his leather jacket. And he rode his bike here. And he's /smiling/. And she blinks a serve bit. Because she also isn't sensing the horrible dread prescene of darkness from his general direction like the past few months and also he's in public without a hoodie and---

"Huh?" she asks a little confusedly.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-28 21:35:18 75377
Alex can't quite help but just barely manage to suppress a snort by way of a rasp sounding within his throat over Sora's comment-- and then Norie's answer to it. "You don't think I'm pretty?" he murmurs, in teasing. "But to be fair I *am* a little too old for you anyway, I think." Yeah. Definitely more expressive than before. His voice isn't that dull deadpan anymore, either.

...And then there's Sakura. Right there. His green eyes swerve down over to her, and... his expression falls noticably. Guilt visibly plays along his eyes, and he doesn't manage to keep them on her for very long before he has to look aside. "...I'm sorry," he breathes out, after. "I... Want to say that wasn't me, but..." His eyes close shut. "...That wouldn't make it any more right, even if that was the case."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-28 21:37:47 75378
Sakura Kinomoto gulped and nodded. "It's... it's okay," she said softly. Staring up at him, obviously frightened. Aw, the poor kid. She then glanced to Sora and gave a weak smile. "H-hi! Welcome to Gullwing Cafe! Is there anything I can get for you today? I'd recommend the lemon tarts! They're really good and fresh, too!"

Honestly, at this point the cooks probably make sure to set sakura aside a pastry every time they bake new ones, the lil adorable sugar fiend. Because no one could watch sakura staring at the fresh, cooling pastries without a lil bit of guilt. That and the boss loved her.
Sora Hisakata 2017-04-28 21:40:57 75379
"Well I'd really like the soul of an innocent girl today, but failing that I'll take a lemon tart." Sora answers Sakura with a tone Norie may recognize, she's intentionally mimicking Shiniko. There's even a quick high-pitched giggle, and then she smirks and turns towards Norie, "So who is he then, friend of yours?" No she isn't talking to Alexis directly, she has her reasons.
Lacrima 2017-04-28 21:44:27 75380
Haruna thinks lil-sis is BEST EMPLOYEEE. But that's not here or there atm.

Instead Norie just blinks again. She blinks again and again. She knows Sakura knows about the magic. She knows Sora knows and Alexis knows, and it isn't super busy inside--- everyone is om the patio outside primarily in the cool late spring/early summer breeze.

"This is... Alexis-kun. He was... a vampire. Like thing. Like I was. Because I was an idiot. But uh. He seems. Okay now? Did Mercury-san and Mamoru-san really work so fast?" she asks curiously. "Or is this something else?" she asks cautiously.

She blinks again and shoves half a jelly donut into her mouth. Better to stuff then to let her thoughts run wild she thinks.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-28 21:50:47 75381
When Sakura responds to Alex, his eyes open to give her a sad look-- doesn't really look like he considers 'it' to be 'okay'. But there's nothing else he can bring himself to say. Not now. Not here.

Instead, his eyes track back over to Norie, watching her go through that series of questions-- and by the time she shoves a whole donut into her, maw, the corner of his mouth twitches upwards slightly.

"...Well," he says, tucking the motorcycle helmet underneath one arm, while his other hand draws the zipper of his jacket downwards enough that he can reach for the top few buttons of the shirt underneath, and slowly work them open-- and drag both the lapel of the jacket and shirt aside to show the stretch of freshly-scarred skin dangerously close to his heart. "...We were kind of on a short timetable." It's only shown for five or so seconds before the hand moves to work the buttons closed again.

"Norie," he says then, in a small, gentle sound, and reaches a hand over to... lightly pat the purple-haired girl's head. "You weren't an idiot. I was dying."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-28 21:55:38 75382
Sakura Kinomoto froze in place, her eyes going wide. "Y-you almost died?" she said, before eeking. "R-right! One so--" Then paused. Looking confused. Then nodded. "Right!"

She ran off, ran into a table, shook herself off and soon came back!

With a lemon tart. "Here you go!" she said, putting it... in front of alex, then looking to Sora. "Is there anything I can get for you?" Oh gosh, Sakura, get some sleep girl.
Sora Hisakata 2017-04-28 22:07:31 75383
"Norie is still an idiot, though. She trusted me." Sora jokes self-deprecatingly, and takes a closer look at Alexis, "That looks like it hurt." Then Sakura does her screw up, and Sora repeats her Shiniko impression, "I'd like the soul of an innocent young girl." High-pitched giggle, and then she grabs the lemon tart, "But this'll do." Nom.
Lacrima 2017-04-28 22:11:45 75384
Norie Okana eyes Sora. "You know. If you're relapsing I'm sure there's a bunch of people that would love to know." she says dryly. Deadpan. She's kidding. She looks to Sakura and blinks. "Are you okay? Have you been fighting again?" she asks.

She looks to Alexis and frowns. "Mercury-san told me it's a 'good thing' I can do that. Like a horrible dark bandage for dying. Since she can undo it. But what if the next time it isn't temporary? What if I just turn them into a mass of dark like I am? I'm not even fixable like that." she says softly.

"And I'm still sorry. Just just let me be sorry." she says as she shoves the other donut into her mouth.

"Mmphhkay?" she asks muffledly.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-28 22:18:28 75385
"That's one way to call it," Alex says over to Sora's assessment of his state with a brief flash of a sheepish smile before he turns a small frown down to Norie's way.

He considers her words for a moment before he mumbles out "Okay" and... sets his helmet down onto the table, turns to lower himself onto one knee besides where Norie is sitting, and suddenly pulls her into a hug there.

"I'm going to have to call you an idiot too, though."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-28 22:21:28 75386
Sakura Kinomoto shakes her head, glancing to Norie. "No! Not at all! Well, okay, a little bit. But there was... I mean, I haven't fought anyone since Alexis-kun and..." She kind of trailed off. "And I was... just..."

Her eyes started to close slightly and her tray clanged to the ground as she fell to the side, just kind of falling towards Sora. Welp, at least she was light.
Sora Hisakata 2017-04-28 22:27:22 75387
Sora sighs and catches the little girl, gently pulling Sakura into her lap while she looks towards the others with a kind of 'help me' look. She wants to help, but has no clue how to deal with this, "Should I... no I shouldn't call for an ambulance, right?" She sounds a bit uncertain. "Also no I'm not relapsing, I'm just bored and joking." Besides, Shiniko didn't consume souls, even at her worst.
Lacrima 2017-04-28 22:35:24 75388
Norie Okana eats personhood. That's not quite consuming souls. And besides, what she eats restores itself overtime. It's still a little more horrible than eating straight 'human energy' though. She softly fidgets a bit and then there is a hug and she grumbles and she's cold to the touch but she kind of limply returns the hug. "Just..."

"No more heroing for a bit. Okay...?" she asks. "I'm sure we can figure out something if you want to fight..." she says quietly.

"But I don't want you to get hurt again." she says. "I mean. Fighting. Things like that." she says.

"Thugs aren't anything worthwhile to me. You've seen me just kind of. Take the hits. Before." she says.

Her eyes face over to Sakura. "She's hunting these cards. She seems to overdo it. I can see why my friend is worried about them." she says curtly.

Riventon-sama would'nt be so tired after this kind of thing! Huff! She doesn't say that or names though.

She nods to Sora. "She should be okay. She's just tired and overdid it I think somehow." she says.

"Unless she did something she didn't mention." she offers.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-28 22:44:25 75389
"Pfft, like I'd get hurt that bad again," Alex claims, and draws back just enough that he can flash a wide grin down to Norie. "I'll be alright, okay? Besides..." The grin recedes to a smaller, but still genuinely warm, smile. "I wouldn't make you upset like that again."

Because that's the important part, right?

And then Sakura's falling over-- and Alex instinctually draws away from Norie with his eyes widening out. Good thing Sora's there to atch her more or less first, though. "...She does that," he lets out in a quiet sigh-- nevermind that he'd probably be just as inclined to overwork himself if he was in her situation. With him rising back up to his feet, he rounds the table over to Sora and Sakura's side, with a hand reaching over to touch over Sakura's forehead. "We should probably get her laying down."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-28 22:46:49 75390
Sakura Kinomoto blinked a few seconds later, looking confused. Then yelping. "A-ahh! I'm so sorry!" she said quickly, pulling away and quickly bending down to pick up her tray, her cheeks burning. "R-right! I'll go get your drinks!" she said, quickly trying to run off.

... They... hadn't ordered drinks. And she was going the wrong way.
Sora Hisakata 2017-04-28 23:07:40 75391
When Sakura wakes back up and does that, Sora blinks. "We should let someone know, she's not ok." She says softly, while Sakura is out of earshot. The girl sounds like she's actually concerned, which pretty much confirms that she's not relapsing, at least that's good. "Also I'll be heroing ag--I'll be heroing soon, I hope."
Lacrima 2017-04-28 23:18:46 75393
Norie Okana frowns at Sora. "Please don't tell me it's another talkin book." she says at her.

She sips her coffee drink. She gets up and walks to the man at the counter. She makes a short note to her about Sakura's condition and then she walks back and sits back down as she nods.

"I hope for what it's worth, it was worth having those abilities for a bit, Alexis." she says quietly. "I hope if you get something new it's under more pleasent conditions." she says softly.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-28 23:27:14 75394
"Sakura, that's not--!" Alex calls after Sakura with his hand reached out-- but she's just going, and his hand promptly flops down to his waist-levle right after. "...Geez."

Meanwhile, his eye turns after Norie, and her words cause him to frown faintly for a few seconds, eyes lowering down to his own hand. "...That's the only thing I am uncertain of, tell the truth," he confesses. "I am... glad to be able to feel like normal again? But I... I was able to do something, still. I am not sure what I can do now."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-28 23:30:13 75395
Sakura Kinomoto walked into the bathroom on accident, came out a few moments later, obviously confused. She then headed towards the kitchen and, after a few more minutes, returned with tea on her tray. "Here you go!" she said happily.

Her and Haruna were likely going to have to have a talk later. "Is there anything else I can get for you?" she asked with a smile.
Sora Hisakata 2017-04-28 23:32:18 75396
"So, uh... on an entirely unrelated note, how do you feel about extracting an intelligent magic book from a haunted library, Norie?" Sora asks her friend with a somewhat nervous smile on her face, and then she glances towards Alexis, "Yeah I know that feeling." She sounds a little bit sad about it, and then Sakura comes back with more nonsense. "Kid, go home and sleep." She just says outright, "You're in no state to be doing anything like this."
Lacrima 2017-04-28 23:37:12 75397
Norie Okana frowns. "None of us ordered any drinks." she says at Sakura. "Why don't you take a break? I've told the cashier at the register about your current state. You're not well Sakura." she says flatly. She frowns at Alexis. "I'm sure we can figure something out." she says.

She frowns at Sora. "At the first sign of you acting like before I am burning the book." she says flatly. "Understand?" she says a little more curtly.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-04-28 23:51:46 75398
"They're right, Saku," Alex insists to Sakura too as an echo to the other two, sending a faint frown to the girl's way.

And then, inclining his head back to the way of Norie, he murmurs ruefully, "Well... Not like it's that important, I guess-- people don't need me for all that." His hand reaches out to Norie's way, and gives the top of her head another brief, affectionate pat, like that of a big brother to a sister. "Don't worry about it, yeah?"
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-04-28 23:53:29 75399
Sakura Kinomoto looked confused. "You... you didn't? But i thought that... I-I'm sorry. I didn't mean to..." She stared at her blearily, looking around in confusion. "W-what? No! I-I can't! I can't leave Mr. Nohnaymeh-sempai to work all on his own! That wouldn't be nice at all! He works so hard as it is!"