Takoyaki Troubles and Trials.

Norie, Rashmi, Koji and Chandra eat Takoyaki. Norie talks about her situation to Rashmi. Rashmi worries the space police may come after her. Koji becomes a cat and they learn about that and it ends with Mamoru appearing, making a justice speech and making everyone have star eyes and or blush.

Date: 2017-05-10
Pose Count: 70
Lacrima 2017-05-10 19:44:27 76226
Norie Okana is a young, normal looking girl who dresses particularly bland and has long black hair that comes down to her shoulders, though not beyond. She always wears a trademark deadpan at best expression. This is not a girl who manages to smile a lot, if at all.

It appears she's trying very hard to remedy this though because she has five baskets of Takoyaki and a small pile of empty paper baskets next to these suggests she's been through at least five prior. She also has two drinks that appear to be big foam cups of soda. At least one can be seen to be half done if you look at how dark the lower half of it is in the sunlight today.

The poor lady at the truck the Takoyaki is kind of staring in abject confusion. How is that girl eating so much!?

Magic. Literarily.

There are empty chairs around her, though and empty tables.

She seems to be staring intently at the local nearby themepark as a roller coaster peaks and then goes back down, right now.
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-10 19:55:54 76228
Few things are better study aid than a good basket of takoyaki and a nice hot cup of tea.

No, really.

Whereas Norie seems to go for quantity, Rashmi seems to be content with just the one basket, arranged to one side of her homework and within the small palisade of textbooks and reference materials dominating one of the other tables.

Now and again she looks up, eyebrows rising at the sheer mass of food on Norie's table, but, politeness is king and homework is emperor, thus prioritizing keeps the redhead from speaking up.
A Siberian cat 2017-05-10 19:57:52 76229
And lo, the scent of fresh made takoyaki draws another victim to it's clutches...

Koji is out of school for the day, but that doesn't mean he's necessarily off the hook as well when it comes to homework. Which is why he's got his bookbag over one arm, and a long case for his bow and arrows from school over the other. Part of his training uniform is sticking roughly out to one side from an open zipper line as he looks like he was a bit rushed out the door, though as a Seiyou student this is a bit far afield to travel... unless the Takoyaki hear is really THAT good. Either way, he makes his way up towards the back of the truck to make his order, not having spotted any familiar faces yet.
Lacrima 2017-05-10 20:19:58 76230
Eyes scan the people around Norie. Koji isn't anyone she seems to know. Her eyes pass over to Rashmi. Her eyes narrow a bit. This girl she knows. The one who messed up the warehouse job. The one that was in the dream with Ari-chan. Rashmi may not stare or say anything, but she does stare, from behind blue eyes.

She stands up and grabs her (now three) baskets of Takoyaki and her now single soda cup, and invites herself over. She walks past Koji in the process, eyes tracing him, curiously just for a minute, but she says nothing.

She invites herself to Rashmi's table. Sitting down and places her cup and baskets down.

"You." she says. "You were the one who ruined the warehouse job and was in that dream." she says, sitting there deadpan as ever. She doesn't have the purple hair, or the eyes, or the pale skin right now-- but she does has that familiar deadpan tone of voice. The kind that doesn't seem to carry much emotion besides boredom at the moment.
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-10 20:29:46 76231
"Hi did you need some space?" is Rashmi's immediate response, shifting her fortress a little bit to accomodate Norie's snacks. Then she pauses, looks back up, and tilts her head. "The wa-- oh right! Yeah that was me, but honestly you both really should have expected *someone* to come in and ruin things for you. I mean, they were just trying to do their work, y'know? Why ruin that?" With a shrug, she turns back to her history paper.

"On the subject, though... The curry shop? Please don't ever let anyone mess with it, okay?"
A Siberian cat 2017-05-10 20:35:41 76232
Thankfully, Koji misses the first parts of the conversation, busily ordering up a pair of baskets of tako in anticipation of going to sit on the grass, snack, and work on some English homework... only to hear THAT.

He turns around and looks over until he sees the pair, and his head tilts in consideration before he recognizes Rashmi. Which seems to be a theme here today. But instead of directly interfering with things, he moves to a table where he can watch but not be 'in the way', making sure to put his bookbag and archery kit on a chair next to him to be safe. Fishing into his bag, he takes out one of those big bottles of Oolong he's been seen drinking and cracks it open, taking a swig.
Lacrima 2017-05-10 20:39:43 76233
Norie sits there as she raises a brow. "Actually, they were given a very generous cash offer to clear out. Well above market value for the business. The owners didn't want that. So they were persuaded in another way." she says frankly.

Then she asks someone not to 'mess with the shop'. "Is there a reason I should be messing with it?" she asks frankly. "A mom and pop curry shop isn't the kind of business that's messed with unless it's personal."

Her eyes look a little to the left but she doesn't turn her head all the way. She does ask.

"Friend of yours?" she asks.
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-10 20:43:21 76234
"You said before, I'm new. And you would probably believe some of the weirdness I've heard happen, but I didn't at first. So I just want to be sure." Rashmi's eyes move more obviously to Koji, and should he catch her eye he gets a smile of greeting. "I'd like to think so. Probably we're not talking quietly enough and he got a little unnerved."
A Siberian cat 2017-05-10 20:47:26 76235
There's a smile in return to Rashmi, and then he ducks his head as it suddenly embarrassed by something, and another gulp of the tea from the bottle comes as he tries to cover any other looks from him that are obviously his minor shame in being seen as eavesdropping.

But it's actually for another reason. As he tilts back and closes his eyes, he starts seeing a small error signal in his vision... which causes him to drink a little bit more to hide the slight tremble of nerves.
Lacrima 2017-05-10 21:03:40 76236
Norie Okana 's eyes scan back to Rashmi. She frowns. "Oh, so you are new." she says frankly. "Where did your Intelligent Device come from?" she asks. "I don't use one. I'm not a mage." she says. "My name is Norie Okana. I am also known as Lacrima." she says. "I am La Vampira, or 'Vampire'." she says.

"It's probably in your best interest not to bother my feeding if you run across one. People recover from it quickly enough. And If I starve myself- I just become something worse and feed without restraint." she says. "Understand?" she asks. "That's the warning I give anyone that may feel inclined to interfere. Don't worry. I don't like having to do it either." she says frankly.

She's been eating between sentences. She's down to a basket. She seems to eat fast, but somehow not also shovel food into her mouth.
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-10 21:11:52 76237
"Found him," Rashmi says with a shrug, eyebrows rising at the way Norie manages to put away the food that quickly, and that neatly. "....So you make sure people aren't hurt by it? I.... nh..." Fiddling with the end of her plait, the redhead shrugs. "Well I don't like it, but, it's also not my diet, so... as long as nobody really gets hurt, I don't think I have much to say about it, you know?"

She pauses a moment, then extends a hand across the book fort, summoning up a friendly smile. "Rashmi Terios, Okana-san. It's good to meet you properly."
A Siberian cat 2017-05-10 21:17:20 76238
Koji Silvia stands up suddenly, bowing almost like he WANTS to apologize to the two girls, but instead, he starts legging it for the fair's bathrooms, or at least the area around the building as the error messages continue to build up in his vision. He manages to get out and away from the view of the others, but at the same time, anyone who might have any Devices might detect something odd. A spike of magical energy, almost like a power surge from a faulty circuit.
Chandra 2017-05-10 21:21:25 76239
An abnormally hairy-faced boy approaches from behind Rashmi, dressed in a long green and black coat, with eyes like silver. He's got a rapacious grin on his face, hands in his pockets, and an air of mischief about him. That boy--Chandra, by name--shoots a wink towards Norie almost immediately, then moves to the counter. Practically oozing a sense of self-applied suave, Chandra leans into the truck and politely asks, "Can I get three orders, a peach tea, and your phone number?"
Lacrima 2017-05-10 21:27:35 76240
Norie Okana eyes Rashmi. "Mmmm...." she says thoughfully when the girl says she found the device. She generally knows about the Artha-- and Riventon's claim to salvage rights that sadly, (at least to her and Riventon) that no one else respects.

She frowns. "Oh. It hurts. But not for long. Basically. They fall asleep for a few hours and wake up tired. That's it. I'm capable of draining people into comas and possibly death if I'm allowed to run wild. So it's basically the choice between a lesser evil-- draining people at my own pace and controlled- aswell as pick suitable healthy targets--- or run amok draining whoever is in front of me for a night until I drain enough to snap out of it." she says. "Like I said. I don't like it either. I didn't ask for this to happen me. But it's necessity for others safety, aswell as mine."

Then there's an overtly hairy boy that walks past and winks and she merely blinks at this. What was that about? She seems to tap her bottom lip as he orders.

At around the same time, she seems to flinch and grabs her head and run a hand up her face. "Mmmmmph." she says.

"Did you feel that?" she asks. She stands up and turns in the direction Koji ran.
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-10 21:33:20 76241
"Chandra stop trying to pick up girls when they're working!" Rashmi calls from her seat at the table, sighing the put-upon sigh of the younger sister to a cad.

But about the time Norie flinches, there's a soft chime from her bookbag, and the very very faint sound of a wise male voice speaking in mild Engrish, in the same sort of cadence one would hear from a GPS navigator; << FAULT DETECT. COMMAND INPUT READY. >>

Pursing her lips, Rashmi also gets up from her chair, extracting a small jewel-like charm from her bag. "Chandra? Can you keep an eye on my homework? I'm going to go see what's up, okay?"
Chandra 2017-05-10 21:38:17 76242
Chandra looks mortified--horrified--at being called on his flirting. "But--!" he starts to protest, but then he, too, senses the fault. He glances in the direction of Koji, then frowns and pays for his takoyaki with another wink and a grin for the girl behind the counter. She does not seem thrilled.

Taking his food towards Rashmi's table, he slides into a seat with a mouthful of dumpling and mouths around it, "Fuh, nuh fpfrlm." A mouthful of food makes it difficult for him to enunciate. But she'll probably get the idea.
A Siberian cat 2017-05-10 21:44:20 76243
About the time that Chandra is sitting down with his mouth stuffed with food... and someone is yelling Koji's name for the THIRD TIME for his own double order of said delicious fried octopus... there's a tangible distortion in the air behind some bushes near the bathroom building.

Koji doubles over, wincing as his form quite literally glitches, body shimmering and parts of his disappearing and reappearing a random. In the air close by him a slightly familiar voice to two of those present says...

<< FEHLER. >>

<< FEHLER. >>


Things begin to glow a bit more intensely from where the bushes are, silver-blue haloing and some lightning-like crackles in the air...

Which end in a sort of anti-climatic *POP* and what's standing there where once was a young man from Seiyou Academy... is a cat. A rather large, and rosette spotted... CAT.

"Not again." The feline grumbles to itself in a familiar voice.
Lacrima 2017-05-10 22:00:40 76244
Norie Okana let's Rashmi on ahead. She doesn't know Koji, or who he is. She doesn't look or sound worried. It's more curiosity. She wants to know what that surge was. A youma to study? An accident? Something coming into this world from another to make note of? Curiosity is a feeling she still has, so of course she's going to super indulge it whenever possible.

She does peek up slightly over the bushes. She can't sense anyone in the bathroom proper right now. Mundane or otherwise. But something is going on behind the small building.

She blinks.

"Oh. It's just a cat." she says frankly. She does take a particularly long look at it's forehead for any moon or crescent shaped symbols though.
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-10 22:07:17 76245
Rashmi Terios has apparently no problems with running on ahead, but as she skids to a halt around the back of the bathroom, she tilts her head, visibly puzzled. I'm *sure* I heard Silvia-san's voice, she muses along her mental link with Chandra, dropping into a ladylike crouch and peering at the oversized cat. "Um... Are you.... okay?"
Chandra 2017-05-10 22:11:50 76246
Chandra glances up from his food in the direction Rashmi's gone, paying far more attention than his otherwise distracted demeanour might imply. "Mmm," he mumbles quietly, sending the same thought along the link. You did. I'm sure he's fine, but if not we can always offer him some extra kitty kibble.
A Siberian cat 2017-05-10 22:15:06 76247
A Siberian cat would be the first to say he's not oversized! But with Rashmi standing there right before him, looming in his view like all humans do in this state, the feline formerly known as Koji instead puts on the kitty-scowl that is known the world over as the 'You just woke me up, now what the heck do you want.' face.

The cheeks puff slightly as the huge tom looses a 'pfeh' sound and then in an effort to continue to hide his current status, he toddles off between Rashmi's legs, rubbing against one of them for a moment as his head butts on her calf, and then right over to the takoyaki stand as he sniffs around, trying to find where the tastiest treats are to be had. One look over those feline shoulders at Rashmi is given, as well as a few flicks of the tail as she gets 'the butt'.
Lacrima 2017-05-10 22:27:02 76248
Norie Okana head tilts at the attention that the cat gives Rashmi. "Oh. Is this your cat? Do him and the monkey fight?" she asks curiously. She looks around and frowns. "I think your friend ran off." she says as she raises a hand and tries to sense out in that direction. Then to the opposite as she shrugs.

"Do you want to go try to find him? He seemed to leave in a hurry. I'm curious." she says.

"But. Perhaps it is none of my business right now." she says. She turns back over to the boy and head tilts as she peeks back from behind the bathroom area and then back to the others.

"Does your cat normally follow you around town?" she asks. "That could be bad for the cat. Lots of cars."
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-10 22:31:30 76249
"...One sec..." Rashmi murmurs. ...Chandra... I can't tell without looking up a spell for it, but, I'm pretty sure that cat isn't normal. You said it's Silvia-chan, right?"

Ambling out from behind the bathrooms, she leans against the wall, turning her charm over in her hand as she stares at the cat. "I'm
pretty sure'' he's still here, Okana-san," she murmurs. "I just want to be sure."
Chandra 2017-05-10 22:37:50 76251
What? Silvia? Sorry, I thought you were talking about the cat. But, Chandra can cast a spell without looking it up. He squints a little, studies through Rashmi's senses, then notes, Well, I don't know if it's Silvia, but that cat's more like me than he is like yo--err. Well, more like me than like the girl behind the counter. He's definitely got some magic to him.

Speaking of, Oh dear, here he goes. Why can't I flirt with her while she's working? Can I flirt with her after? She's cute! Please, someone stop him.
A Siberian cat 2017-05-10 22:38:45 76252
Looking back and forth between the group, the girl behind the counter calls for Koji a sixth time, and then gives up and gives his order to someone else.

What would a cat do...

What WOULD a Cat do...

And once more as Chandra seems to be distracted with the girl, the big feline tenses and leaps up onto the table, causing it to almost wobble as all 15 pounds comes down on it. And then leans over to MOUTH a dumpling out of Chandra's order!
Lacrima 2017-05-10 22:52:01 76253
Norie Okana frowns and watches the cat steal food from the boy's table. "H--hey!" she says. "You don't steal someone's FOOD." she says a little sourly to the cat. "Bad kitty!" she says.

If there's one thing that hits Norie 'home', it's the theft of food.

She frowns to Rashmi. "Does your cat normally steal food, too?" she asks.
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-10 22:55:11 76254
"He's not my cat," Rashmi sighs. "...And I kind of hope Chandra doesn't hurt him. He gets amazingly territorial about his food."

Chandra, you don't know if she's married, you don't know if she has a boyfriend, and what would you even *do* on a date anyway DON'T ANSWER THAT try not to hurt the cat, okay?

"Anyway... Chandra says he's not even a cat.... sort of. He's magic, kind of like Chandra is, so... I'm pretty sure that's Silvia-san."
Chandra 2017-05-10 23:14:18 76255
"Oh, you know," Chandra says, responding to Rashmi directly now that they're closer again. "Hang out, go a little bananas--ohh, maybe go nuts. You know, all kinds of monkey business!" He gives Rashmi the most ridiculous, cheesy grin.

And then he notices the cat making off with his food. And that is not acceptable. "HEY!" he yells, reaching out to grab the cat by the scruff. "Bad kitty! If you want food you ask! WHy! Oh man, you got your fur and slobber all over my tako-balls."

Tossing the cat back towards the ground, he picks up his other trays of tako-balls, then points one at Rashmi, "I am going for a walk to see if there are any ladies not working who I can try to pick up! And to make sure your catfriend doesn't steal any more of my food."
A Siberian cat 2017-05-10 23:25:36 76256
A Siberian cat lands on all fours rather primly, but unlike most cats where they might begin grooming themselves in an effort to act like all that happened was planned... this one makes a sad set of eyes for the table and the dumpling that was almost his. SO HUNGRY.

And then Rashmi says his name, which causes the cat's tail to bottlebrush hard and his eyes to bulge! Despite his best efforts at trying to behave like a proper old moggy, he instead shakes his head a few times, then folds his ears and lowers it in a particularly familiar fashion, before a familiar but somehow smaller voice says, "P-pardon me."

That cat lets off a big sigh, and just hops up into one of the other seats, head resting on the table as he then adds, "You weren't supposed to know."
Lacrima 2017-05-10 23:31:25 76257
Norie Okana eyes the cat crosseyed as she blinks! And then purses her lips. It's not that surprising, She's seen a talking cat before. Two of them. One belonging to that strange girl that tried to 'steak' her.

"Ah. So you were the boy earlier. What happened?" she asks. "Do you have some sort of curse that turns you into a cat randomly?" she asks.

Chandra leaves. She eyes him. "Brother or Schoolmate?" she asks to Rashmi.

"He doesn't seem polite. I wonder if he'll actually be successful in his endeavor." she says.
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-10 23:35:18 76258
"Brother, sort of," Rashmi says, pursing her lips. "....Y'know what one second." And with that she bops off back to the tako truck, returning in short order with two more baskets of takoyaki and a cup of tea. Setting one basket down in front of the cat, and another at an empty seat clearly assumed to be Norie's, she starts clearing away her book-fort, positioned such that the cafe's owner wouldn't have to wtch a cat eating her food.

"We were paying attention," she says simply, to Koji. "I've heard that laguage before, and Chandra's kind of necessarily more knowledgeable about magic than I am."
A Siberian cat 2017-05-10 23:51:20 76259
All intentions of talk are interrupted by hot takoyaki. And then a cat gingerly dipping his muzzle down and plucking a piece up, doing the trick all cats can manage to eat and suspend something in the air at the same time. Once one of the pieces is gone, and he's using his paw to clean his face, the feline finally speaks up about it.

"If you have to know..." Kojicat replies while licking his whiskers, "A monster attacked my parents during our last vacation to the eastern islands." He pauses to look around a moment, "This cat was always at the onsen we would stay at. But he never liked anyone. Never wanted food. The owners said he'd been around forever. I went looking for him and that's when this huge black beast rose up out of the earth and began draining... something... from me. I felt weak... and then the cat appeared. And told me his name was Tyrfing, and he needed my help to defeat it." Another moment as the tail flicks, "Then the cat showed me my parents... they looked dead. And it... he... told me that the only way I could save them too is if we... well... he called it merging. So I did."
Lacrima 2017-05-11 00:02:05 76260
Norie Okana strokes her chin. "Language?" she asks. She taps her bottom chin. "What language?" she asks. She seems intently interested in this as she head tilts. "Oh. So. You entered into a contract with some sort of creature." she sighs. She's heard this storu before. At least he didn't describe a rabbit-like-cat creature.

Not that she thinks that thing takes boys anyways.

"So why did you turn into a cat?" she asks.

"That sounds like any number of monsters. Including me." she says.
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-11 00:10:54 76261
"Chandra said that it's sort of the way it is with him," Rashmi muses, "and *he* turns back into a monkey most of the time, to conserve magic. Small animals I guess don't require so much?"

Turning back to look at the cat, Rashmi pauses in the middle of stowing a particularly weighty English text in her bookbag. ".....Did you save them?" she asks, quietly.
A Siberian cat 2017-05-11 00:16:25 76262
A Siberian cat lowers his ears a moment, and then rests down on his haunches, looking at the food. Eventually he nomphs down another piece, and licks his chops, "He calls it... Konservierungsmodus, which is his way of saying Conservation Mode." Looking back at Norie, the big cat huffs a fresh sigh, "What happened is he's... broken. Once the fight was over, and we'd won, we couldn't separate like he says we should. Every so often, he says anyways, the residual mana builds up, and in order to stop it from causing even more damage to us, we have to purge it, and well..." He paws the air.

Looking back at Rashmi, he seems to be a little saddened, "Yes, they're allright. But they've actually been in the hospital the last months. The doctors say it's acute exhaustion... but Tyrfing told me it's something else. They'll recover... eventually. But he says because he's not... something about purpose... anyways... because he was made to fight, he doesn't know how to fix them, or himself."
Lacrima 2017-05-11 00:27:45 76263
Norie Okana head tilts. "Ah..." she says. "It sounds like they're the victims of a longer term affecting energy drain if it did to them what it did to you." she says. "If you want, I could look into it for you." she says. "I've been studying various monsters and youma for about a year now. I've taken a number of readings and samples." she says.

"I might be able to find something that can help." she says.

She looks back to Rashmi and raises a brow. "Oh. Is Chandra your familiar?" she asks. "Hrm..." she says, tapping her bottom lip.
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-11 00:29:44 76264
"I know someone I could call too," Rashmi says, bobbing her head... then pauses, glancing up at Norie for a moment, and raising an eyebrow. "...But the factory kind of tells me that anyone we'll want to talk to to help... probably best off staying in everyone's separate corners. I'm afraid I don't know much of anything about Devices though... But I *might* be able to find help there too. Not quite as sure about that."
A Siberian cat 2017-05-11 00:34:20 76265
A Siberian cat 's ears fold once more and he then lowers his head, "Oh... I... I'd really appreciate the help. B-but... Tyrfing says that he doesn't want the Bureau to find him. He thinks they'll decommission him." Looking back and forth between the two girls, in an odd gesture, the big cat walks over to try and rub against Norie, a gesture of feline affection.
Lacrima 2017-05-11 01:06:11 76266
The /Bureau/. She makes a face. "You mean the TSAB." she says flatly.

"I don't work for them. I'm not friends with them. It's quite the opposite, I assure you there." she says icily.

Then she shoots Rashmi a glare. "I'm not saying 'I know someone', I'm saying 'I AM the someone'." she says flatly. "I'm a researcher. I learn. The more I learn about these things. The more I can understand myself." she says.

"Do you understand?"
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-11 01:09:47 76267
The glare has Rashmi pinching the bridge of her nose for a moment. "Okay," she says slowly, "but that doesn't mean I'm wrong about help *I* could call in. Which... The TSAwha? ...I was thinking about people here, do we have a government agency too?"
A Siberian cat 2017-05-11 01:12:56 76268
The cat in question in all of this suddenly moves to hop off the table and then scurries off into the bushes... coming back out in his normal form a few moments later. He's just putting on his glasses so that for a moment his eyes look rather like a certain large beastman the pair saw, and then the irises return to their normal human set.

The glasses rest on the bridge of his nose once again as Koji moves forwards to face the pair, "Again, sorry me for causing you both any bother. But if you can help my parents and I can keep my friend safe, I'd be grateful. I don't know why he doesn't like them, except he's afraid they will lock him away. He won't tell me why."
Chandra 2017-05-11 01:24:23 76269
The silver-haired hirsuit teen returns only a few moments after he left. The takoyaki he left with is gone, replaced by a half-eaten banana. He bounds up onto a seat next to Rashmi with a giant grin on his face, then observes, "Hey, hey, guess what! I met a girl! She wanted to go bananas, too!" Hence, the banana. Probably.
Lacrima 2017-05-11 01:36:16 76270
Norie Okana frowns. "TSAB. The Time Space Administration Beauru." she says. "Basically 'Space Time Police From a World Called Mid-Childa'." she says. "At some point in the past, a ship called 'The Artha' exploded in an accident and it's pieces, and items from it, sometimes phase into the timestream and dimensional space here." she says.

"IN fact. It's very likely both your items came from that explosion. That's how those devices got here on Earth." she says. "That accident." she says.

She looks to Koji. "I will help. You will accompany me. A friend of your choice with accompany us. This is for safety's sake. And I'd rather have a witness should someone accuse me of doing anything 'wrong'." she says.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-05-11 01:40:23 76271
Basically right there's the point at which a tall kid in effortlessly stylish clothes and a pair of wireframe glasses swans up to the counter and orders the same takoyaki as everyone else there, and also some coffee that's been sitting on the burner long enough to turn into the kind of liquid that could lubricate the ball-bearings in a pair of venerable rollerskates. He also does a certain amount of glancing over his shoulder, looking one way, looking another... almost like he's doing something illegal.

But no cops show up. Also no Shitennou or Senshi. In fact, no one in particular takes much notice of him at all, except for a couple of speculative elevator stares. He gets his food with no interruptions, and then turns to go find a place to sit under shade somewhere--

--and then he sees Norie, and his eyes light up, and he starts toward her table. But then his steps slow, because he sees she's not alone, and it's people he's never even seen before.

Not so suave or effortless anymore, Mr. Chiba. He stands about five feet away, awkwardly uncertain, but he's close enough to catch the tail end of what Norie says.

THERE. There's an in. "I'd vouch for you!" he says hotly, with zero preamble.
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-11 01:42:04 76272
A murmured, and by the sounds of it less than cheerful conversation is taking place at one of the tables by the tako truck. For her part, Rashmi bobs her head in answer to Norie's suggestion. "I'd happily nominate myself, if it hel--eep!" Mamoru's interjection has the dark-skinned redhead squeak in fright, actually lifting a couple inches off her chair. Turning, she favors the young man with a puzzled look, then turns back to Norie. "...Um... friend of yours?"
A Siberian cat 2017-05-11 01:47:45 76273
Rashmi's shock is echoed by the other young man here, the one in a Seiyou school uniform complete with the normally absent and utterly formal pin on the neck with the school seal. Koji's glasses go half-way down the bridge of his nose as he stands up, and then pushes them abck into place before he gives a polite bow, and says, "H-hello Sir."

Adding a second, he moves, "If you'd like to sit with your friend you can have my seat. I was just over there." Motioning towards where his school archery club bag and his bookbag are resting on a chair. He then looks at Rashmi and then to Norie as if trying to question with his eyes who this is... but the reflection of the light obscures his expression.
Chandra 2017-05-11 01:49:47 76274
Chandra pokes Rashmi in the side. "Get it? Bananas?" he asks, clearly missing the mood of the conversation entirely. "Aww," he whines when her gets neither laughs, groans, or any other form of acknowledgement of his joke.

Glancing towards Mamoru, he squints at the guy, then leans forward and offers a smile, "Hi! I'm Chandra. And this is Terios Rashmi, and Silvia Koji," he suggests, motioning to the two. "Would you like a banana?" Thus, he offers his half-eaten banana towards Mamoru.
Lacrima 2017-05-11 01:52:08 76275
Norie Okana blinks and turns around. Ah. "Mamoru-san." she says. She motions to Rashmi. "This is Rashmi-san." she says. She motions. "This is Silvia-san." she says. She motions to Chandra. "That is a monkey acting as a human." she motions to Chandra.

She looks to Rashmi. "Kind of? He's someone I know. Who has helped me on a few occasions, along with some of his friends. His name is Mamoru Chiba. Anything else he wants to tell you will have to come from him." she says. She looks back to Mamoru. "By the way. Kunzite has informed me of your weakness. I shall be sure to text Anne Rice excerpts when I wish to incapacitate you." she says with the most serious, deadpaness that can only come from someone making deadpan humor.

She never smiles throughout this exchange, but well. She never smiles regardless.

"Silvia-san's parents are in some sort of energy-drained induced coma, as far as I can figure out." she says. "I am offering to go look at the situation, as this is the result of a youma attack." she says. A pause.

"Kunzite might help me figure out more, aswell." she taps her chin. "Perhaps I will text him tomorrow and see what he thinks..." she says.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-05-11 02:04:58 76276
"--I-- what?" Mamoru asks blankly, blinking owlishly at Chandra. He looks at the banana. He looks at Chandra. He looks at the banana.

He looks at Chandra.

"I'd get in so much trouble for a secondhand kiss," he says finally, "so no thank you, but I appreciate the offer."

Norie has acknowledged him! And -- Silvia-san? is offering his seat; Mamoru lifts his takoyaki and coffee like he'd rather be lifting open hands to stay the offer. "No! No that's all right, I can pull up another chair, I don't want to displace you--"

--and he does indeed put down his food and questionable coffee on their table, and then he sketches a quick bow of greeting to the lot of them. "Rashmi-san, Silvia-san--" HE EYES NORIE. "--Chandra-san, pleased to meet you." (He toes over an unoccupied chair from another table and swings it around with its back to their table, then straddles it, because apparently that's how he's rolling today.)

Mamoru eyes Norie again, and then thanks all the kami that he's not currently drinking that tar-coffee. "Norie," he whispers urgently, "we don't talk about vampire fiction in mixed company." And then, face slightly pinker under the tan than it ought to be, he clears his throat. "Ah, so. A magic conversation. Your parents? I'm sorry to hear that. If anyone can help you, though, she's right-- it's her." A sidelong glance at Norie this time, less appalled and more thoughtful. "He probably could, yeah. And hey, seriously, let me know if when you figure it out, there's anything I can do to help, too. Even if just as a backup battery source. They said medical school would be hard, but I think that's just in comparison to other majors. Compared to high school, I have so much more time than I did..."
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-11 02:11:08 76277
"....For a what." Rashmi's brain just sort of stumbles over the banana thing, and it takes a couple seconds to regain her footing. "....Chandra finish your lunch and sit down, okay? We're in serious time now." Reaching out, she taps her knuckles against the monkey-man's shoulder.

"So okay, I guess I'll be seeing what can be done for Devices without the Space Police finding out abou--WAIT A MINUTE if these are from them, are we even *allowed* to have them?!"
A Siberian cat 2017-05-11 02:16:06 76278
Oddly enough, it's Koji who fills in for Rashmi, the young man saying in an odd sort of swiftness, "Midchildia made several grades of Intelligent Devices, everything from a baseline civilian model meant just for duties like construction or survival in hostile environments, to military models that might ALMOST rival the works of the Belkan Empire."

He pauses, as if he suddenly realises he was talking, and seems to duck his head slightly before looking back and forth at all the people who seem to be much more in the know than he is, though he adds in much more of a timid tone, "I... I mean to say... well... my friend? He used to be bonded to an Agent. And she died 72 years ago... during the bombing." He then winces, and rubs at his neck, "She... sacrificed herself to try and contain the Kazekuma to be destroyed by the blast at Nagasaki. It... almost worked."

Then the rest comes out in a sort of babble, "He's not a bad person, really he isn't. Sometimes he's a little gruff, and sometimes he thinks people are out to get him, but he means well. I think he's hurt... in his heart. He really liked his Lord... her... I mean. And they were really good partners, not like us. I'm just... filling in." Those last words make him hang his head.
Chandra 2017-05-11 02:18:07 76279
"Wait a minute, I'm a monkey!?" Chandra asks, reaching up to pat his face in confusion. Yep, lots of hair there. Then, he glances at Mamoru briefly before challenging the table, "Which one of you did it? Which one of you made m--" but he cuts off, because Rashmi has declared t his 'serious time' and that means no jokes.

"Awww," he whines, as he sits down. Shoving his banana in his mouth, Chandra eats, glancing between the others at the table curiously.
Lacrima 2017-05-11 02:30:06 76280
Norie Okana gives Mamoru a deadpan look. Is that just a slight twinge at the lips? Maybe. It's hard to tell. If it is. It's the closest she's got to anything like a smile in a while. She looks to Rashmi. "It depends. They have no power here technically. It turns out 'Earth' is this really ridiculous vacuum and the area around it is a mess and sucks things towards it. And it can't get back out. So basically the group here is stuck." she says.

"I don't think they can trace devices. If they could, many of friends would had been found by now. Like Riventon-sama and Miss White-san." she says.

She looks to Koji and narrows her eyes. "That's the second time in recent history I've run into an item with connection to World War II." she says flatly. "I'm wondering now, if that's a coincidence." she says.

"But that fits. The devices and the people on it were scattered throughout space and time on Earth. Some probably phased way back. RIventon-sama would know more. He's the one I learned most of this information from."

"Basically. You shouldn't need to worry about them. I don't think."

She looks back to Mamoru and nods. "Thank you for the offer. If you can help wake them up, I'll get in touch." a pause.


"I've forgotten." she says.

She bows. "Thank you for helping save Alexis-kun." she says softly. "I know Mercury-san did most of the figuring out, but that wouldn't had been possible without your own abilities." she says.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-05-11 02:57:17 76281
"Yeah I-- don't think the space police will come knocking anytime soon," agrees Mamoru, holding his hand up in front of his mouth because it's full of takoyaki. Still not smoov. Somehow still hot. Go figure. And then dark blue eyes go very kind behind the college kid's wirerims, and he swallows quickly and shakes his head. "Don't worry. No one's accusing him of being a bad person. And if he's telling you you're just filling in, then you'll just have to work hard to prove him wrong. We all lose people we love. That doesn't mean we get to dismiss the people who try to fill their shoes."

The older teenager glances toward Chandra, and his eyes twinkle a little, crinkling at the edges, but he doesn't say anything. As Rashmi said, it's Serious Time. Even if he was talking with his mouth full a second ago.

--but then Norie's gone from the most extreme display of amusement she's given in recent history to seriousness to addressing him again, and gravely at that. He blinks, and then looks a little put on the spot, but then-- then there's something about his bearing that changes slightly, like a heavy mantle settling over his shoulders. Equally serious and grave, his response is brief and weighted. "You know you're very welcome. I have a responsibility to do all I can, don't I? But I am still honored that you asked me."

And then -- all of a sudden -- his demeanor changes all over again and he's practically sparkling at Norie. "Besides, I like you." And then he glances up and announces to the table at large, "Norie's good people. I know you don't know me from Jay-Z, but since you're magic you'll probably hear all kinds of stories about me, so yeah-- here."

He stands up and takes a dramatic pose. "Young maidens," he stage whispers theatrically, "who are beset by curses and deem their lives thereafter terrible, but who nonetheless move on to do their very best and turn what was once tragic into something to be viewed with admiration and given due honor, are the most amazing of allies and the most formidable of opponents to those who would cause misery for its own sake! To treat girls who have built lives for themselves against all odds with anything less than the utmost respect is unforgivable, and I, Mamoru Chiba, will stand for Norie Okana!"

And then he flourishes a bow to the vampire girl at the table, flicks his wrist around, and produces a blood red rose from thin air, its scent a charming and wistful thing full of gold and promise and ancient magic. He reaches to tuck it behind Norie's ear, then scoops up his takoyaki and coffee and says apologetically, "I am super sorry to justice speech and run, but I only had like half an hour with no guardians in sight and I wanted to get takoyaki all by myself like a big boy."
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-11 03:01:34 76282
*Blink. Blinkblink. Blink.* "....Wait, wha? Who are you, again?"

But that rose... somehow, the smell coming off of that rose manages to whisper every last little thing any young girl infatuated with princes and ballrooms and the nicer trappings of Empress Catherine's reign -- which is, basically, *every* young girl at one point or another -- might find entrancing.

Which is how Rashmi managed to be rendered quietly starry-eyed. Not by the theatrics of the relentlessly smooth college boy.

But by flowerstank.
A Siberian cat 2017-05-11 03:05:22 76283
"And who is Jay-Z" mouths Koji in a reverent sort of quiet as the man puts out enough charm that no magic is required.

Yeah, Koji is a bit starry-eyed too, but then with the slender and feminine figure he's kinda sporting thanks to the effects of being bonded with Tyrfing, the uniform is the only thing that keeps him from mistaken for a proper girl. He adjusts his glasses finally, and then he looks around a moment, and then down at his feet once more. He adjusts the hem of his uniform top for some reason, and then back again as he just sort of stands there...
Lacrima 2017-05-11 03:11:30 76284
Norie Okana gets a flourishing justice speech and a rose in the ear and she blinks and suddenly Mamoru is leaving (it seems?) and she huffs! Because yes, she /is/ blushing because blushing is still a thing she can /do/. She blinks to the others and coughs. "Like he said. He is Mamoru Chiba. He knows about... everyone. Even the badguys." she says curtly. "His place is..."

"Kinda like magical girl Switzerland. A place with rules and the ability to enforce them." she says.

"I like to deliver cakes there. It's nice to also have a place where people won't attack me out of the blue. But I try not to visit too often. Obviously people don't like me there. Also. I scare the bejebus out of one of his current guests." she giggles just a bit in deadpan. "She almost fell off the roof last time. I stopped that."
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-11 03:22:41 76285
"...I wonder if they like curry," Rashmi muses, then gives her head a shake. "...Anyway, um... well.... there you go, Silvia-san. It looks like you've got all the help you need! And he was right about one thing... you're *not* just filler. The way it sounds... He's just sad and hurt about his friend dying, you know?"
A Siberian cat 2017-05-11 03:27:35 76286
Koji Silvia rubs the back of his neck, and then decides to try and bridge something else since Mamoru has decided to slip away from the world as quickly as he came along, "I..." He starts and then stops, and finally just nods to Rashmi once more, before adding, "...could have given him the coupon."

Byt after that he looks at Norie, "Do you... like to bake? I cook a lot for my parents... now mostly for myself... but my friend, Tyrfing, he doesn't get cooking. He prefers baking. He calls it... Chemistry you can eat." He pauses once once and looks away, "Not that he really eats. I mean... I eat... well... it's complicated." Another breath, "Anyways." And looks back at Norie, "If you'd like to bake together sometime, we could. Nothing... weird. Just... making something we know other people will like. My way to thank you for doing this. If you can even help my parents, I'll... I'll..." Groping for the words, and then says, "He says I'll owe you a debt of honor."
Lacrima 2017-05-11 03:40:26 76287
Norie Okana head tilts. "Well if I do a favor for you, you can always owe me one." she says flatly. "As for baking, no I don't bake. But I like buying things custom made." she says softly. "That's what I do." she says.

"That sounds like a proper device. I understand a lot of that is... 'magical math'?" she asks. "That's how Riventon describes it to me." she says.

She looks to Rashmi. "I'm pretty sure he and them would eat just about anything as long as it fits under 'food'." she says. "Same with me." she says. "Eating isn't a nessacary act for me, but it's one of a few handful of things that I can still do without interference from what I am." she says. "lots of things don't work with me anymore. I don't have a lot of my positive emotions, for example." she says.
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-11 03:53:31 76288
"*Really wonky* magical math," Rashmi says, bobbing her head. "I'm still figuring out all the things a mage can tune with each spell... But it's sort of fun!" ...Oh god, one of *those* kids, the kind that *like* to learn... At Norie's statement, she tilts her head, puzzled. "So wait have yo-- ...no. No, sorry, you probably *have* tried and I'd just be mean for asking. But, if it helps? I'm sorry I thought you were responsible for that dream, and I won't ever make that mistake again. This is a really good thing you're doing, Norie."
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-11 03:54:29 76289
Rashmi Terios blinks, and turns to the monkey at her side. "Okay Chandra, I'm *pretty sure* serious time is over."
Chandra 2017-05-11 03:58:02 76290
Chandra looks up from his banana, then smiles at Rashmi. "Sweet! But um. I think I'm gonna go talk to another girl about another banana. Maybe." He grins, then bounds off the chair and heads towards the street.
A Siberian cat 2017-05-11 03:58:46 76291
Koji Silvia goes over to pick up his archery kit, his bookbag, and then swipes up the last couple of Takoyaki that were bought for him to swallow in a single go. They might be only warm, but darn it... it's TAKOYAKI. This is the only way to get/have it. Once he's done, he looks between the two girls, and then just bows his head, "I need to get to the hospital to check on my parents. I'll find a time when you both can come by... oh..." He digs into his bag to take out a pad and pen, writing down his number and passing it to both the girls. Finally he nods to Chandra and says, "It was nice to meet you... sorry I was so rude."

And with that, he heads off the opposite direction from the eminently cool Mamoru Chiba.
Lacrima 2017-05-11 04:06:10 76292
Norie Okana head tilts. "You're asking me if I've 'tried' to feel 'positive emotions'? Yes. Plenty. I can't. I remember what they feel like, and when I should have a particular reaction, if that makes you feel any better." she says.

"That's about the only thing separating me from the youma. I remember what it was like to be human. Those things usually have never been human." she says quietly.

"I'm nothing but a mass of dark energy with intelligence, really. Heck. It's 'costing' me energy just remaining in this disguise that 'used' to be me. The one you see me as during that night and dream- is with the disguise off." she says.

"But that barely looks human. Mundanes will sense something off about me. Like that nagging feeling something is wrong. Magical people just see it for what it is." she offers.

She nods to Koji and accepts the number. She'll call later.

"Ah. No. Ari-chan, the unicorn, is a friend of mine. She visits my dreams and tries to help me work things out. She doesn't judge me or what I need to do. One of the few who were willing to 'talk' to me when I was in my early stages. I was more or less an irrational mess and uncontrolled because I was starving myself purposely. Trying to not hurt people." she offers.

"Just. All over the place. I was barely getting by in school. Was on the verge of being expelled because I'd start fights or... appear to hurt people because I wasn't actually fighting them in so much as 'draining them'."

"I don't remember anything when I pass a certain hunger point. I just... wake up. Usually with one or two unconscious people around me. It isn't pleasant."
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-11 04:12:34 76293
"Take care Silvia-san!" Rashmi calls, waving after Koji, then turns back to Norie. Her face falls a little bit further with every sentence, and by the end of it she just looks... sad. Not pitying, though a less rational mind could confuse the two, but simple, sincere sadness on behalf of another person. "I'm sorry you've had to deal with all of that," she says quietly. "I really am. And... um... hang on..." A folded, slightly-crumpled piece of paper is tugged out of the bookbag, and the crabbed handwriting of a future scholar is scribbled on the back. Turning back to face the vampire, she thrusts the paper out. "I know I'm not a dream unicorn and probably can't help as much... but here. Just in case you want someone else to talk to, sometime. ...Also if you ever feel like coming back to the curry shop."

Seriously how many of those flyers does she have on her at any given moment?
Lacrima 2017-05-11 04:26:38 76294
Norie Okana nods a bit. "Sorry is not something I want. I mean. I know it makes people feel better to say it, but you didn't do this to me. I did not ask for this either. I wish I had some sorrowful story about how my loved one was killed so I cursed god and became something horrible, but the fact of the matter is... all I bought was a necklace. Then I got sick. Then I was this thing." she shrugs.

"I mean. It isn't. All bad? Maybe? I can't die. Not easily. I just reform back in the Dusk Zone if too much of me gets destroyed. There's someone special who also can't die easily, in my life, so it's not like I'll be 'alone'." she says. "It's gotten easier to control myself once I just... well. Gave in and stopped worrying so much about feeding. It's just a thing I need to do. Most of the friends I have understand that now. I do have one who volunteers to be fed from. So that's nice. and Mamoru and Kunzite said that 'selfish caring' is still caring. I do care... but only if it'll effect me? It's just. What I am. Is selfish and self serving. I try to. Do mental gymnastics to use that to my advantage. If that makes sense?" she tucks the flyer awaythoughtfully into her other hand. You don't fold up and mistreat someone else's effective business card.
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-11 04:34:38 76295
"I know, and it's... I'm not apologizing *to* you, it's more... It still makes me sad *that* is happened to you, you know? I mean if you're the kind of person who tries *really hard* not to hurt people by being a vampire, it's kind of hard to imagine you'd ever *deserve* something like this. And I'm not even sure anyone ever *does.*" With a shrug, Rashmi hefts her bookbag, giving Norie a genuine smile.

"I think they're right, though. As long as you care, that's what matters more than anything. If ever you find a way to get your good feelings back... I kind of have the feeling it'll start from there, you know?"
Lacrima 2017-05-11 04:51:30 76296
Norie Okana head tilts. "I ask myself that a lot. 'What did I do wrong?'. And the fact is. I did nothing wrong. Sometimes I feel bad when I 'enjoy it'." she says. "But sometimes I do?" she says. "Enjoy it. I mean. I'm told I'm unique in a lot of ways. Many things 'like me' don't know or remember what it was like to become human." she says. "It's not a common occurrence for a human to become something like me. Usually, it's the other way."

"But there are things wrong. My family is worried about me because I don't smile anymore. My brother is afraid of me on a subconscious level. He was my 'first victim' because he's just the person who woke me up when I first woke up like this." she says.

"I should... go. Now." she says quietly. "I'll visit the shop soon. And call when your friend feels ready for me to check his parents." she says softly.
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-11 05:06:34 76297
"I will," Rashmi says, sincerity in her voice. "And call me if you ever need to talk, okay? I mean it."

Collecting a transformed Chandra and depositing the monkey on her shoulder, she raises a hand in a cheerful wave goodbye, gathers all the takoyaki garbage, and dumps it in the trash on her way home.