Not A Big Deal

A pleasant evening of shopping is briefly interrupted by Alexis stopping a purse-snatcher. Also? Kokoro finds out about a Spice Challenge she has not yet faced...

Date: 2017-05-22
Pose Count: 30
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-22 01:53:10 76919
    Sunday night, bustling and busy. Good time to be out shopping one last time before the weekend is over, to get out and catch some fresh air, or simply to be away from a house and 'lost in the crowd'.

    Naturally, that last one is Kokoro's reason for being here.

    Having wasted the evening in the Game Center Crown, the middle schooler is finally admitting to herself that she should probably start maybe meandering in the general direction of home-ish, and so she's come back out onto the shopping strip, shoved her hands in her pockets, and started walking. For once, she's not wearing her school uniform - but rather, a somewhat boyish ensemble of jeans, a T-shirt for some mobage RP or another, and a denim vest. ...And yet, she's got a purse.
Miku Kohinata 2017-05-22 02:09:19 76920
Summers are hot, and this summer is--thus far--no exception. They're also humid. Busy. And generally uncomfortable. Miku wouldn't be caught dead in her school uniform in this kind of weather. So today she's got on a cream-coloured dress with a ruffled skirt that would be far too short, if she weren't also wearing a pair of purple capris beneath! Sandals and her everpresent bow complete the outfit.

Miku is also out in at the shopping center, but she hasn't wasted her day in the arcade. The grunette's got two bags in her arms--one from a nearby music store, and one from a more personal selection, bearing bubblegum and hot pink stripes.

Hungry from a day of shopping, Miku makes her way towards the food court near the Crown, hoping to grab a quick bite before she hits one last store for the evening.
Stahlritter 2017-05-22 02:18:33 76921
A busy place like this is a great playing ground for pickpocket types. Some of them are less smooth about it than others, though, as evidenced by the sudden yell of "MY PURSE! STOP HIM!" echoing over the crowds-- and the sight of a young man running down the strip through them with a black purse cluthed in his arms.

This only lasts for approximately five seconds, though, before his sprint is suddenly halted by an arm covered in brown leather intercepting his face.

And so with his head smacking into it, his lower body jostles forward from underneath it and leaves the would-be-thief falling down upon his back on the street with all coherency knocked out by the sudden impact, and the purse sent flying up into the air -- before landing into the open palm of Alexis Raskoph's hand.

The caucasian, surprisingly tall boy in the unzipped brown leather jacket, white button-down and dark-blue jeans gives a look down at the fallen-down thief after catching the purse and gives a shake of his head before going stepping forwards, and handing out the purse back to it's owner with a simple murmur of "I guess this is yours," and continuing on past her without even waiting for any words of thanks to be provided.

Well he certainly seems to make a scene everywhere he goes.
Lacrima 2017-05-22 02:21:47 76922
Norie Okana is staring into the window of OSA-P Jewelers, Naru's parents shop. Pretty baubles. Diamond Rings. Earrings..... Necklaces. She wondered how often it was that buying jewelry ruined someone's life. She sighs and shakes her head to herself. She hadn't bought a piece of new jewelry since the necklace.

Maybe she was afraid she'd become a vampire zombie werewolf ghost. Because this can only be made worse by piling more monsters that shouldn't exist into her being. Right?

She turns to look and there's Kokoro-- and then there's Miku and she's about to wave to Miku, hand halfway up when that cry comes out.

Then there's Alexis just nonchalantly rescuing a purse. She blinks at this. She doesn't know how to respond immediately to this commotion.
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-22 02:27:36 76923
    It's Alexis that Kokoro notices first. With a commotion like that, who wouldn't? Even she has to stop and watch the miniature drama unfold, and the clothesline earns a pair of raised eyebrows. Wow. Hell of a hit there. But as she's turning to start walking again, she very nearly walks right into Miku. "Whoa-" She's got good enough reflexes to stop herself, but that moment of catching Miku's eye results in a brief instant where several emotions pass across her face at once. She finally settles on a neutral look, though, not quite her usual scowl. "Oh. Hey." Only then does she notice Norie windowshopping. Norie gets a faint nod of type 28-B: 'yes hello I am acknowledging your presence'.
Miku Kohinata 2017-05-22 02:34:34 76925
Miku doesn't see Kokoro right away. Instead, she is busy watching the thief run across the way and debating whether she should go do something about it. Luckily, Miku stops moving when she stops paying attention to where she's going, and she watches in amusement when Alexis has the same thought she had.

Well, at least she was right about him being a good guy.

Miku looks back towards the food court, only to find herself inches from walking into a giant!!

She looks up (whoa, that giant is maturing) and up and--


Miku realizes who she's facing, then blinks as their eyes meet. "Ah. Hi," she says, smiling a little. "I didn't expect to see you here. I was just going to go get some dinner before I head back into the shops. But it looks like Raskoph-kun is making a scene again. Do you want to go see what that's about?"
Lacrima 2017-05-22 02:51:25 76928
Norie Okana decides to depart the window as she makes her way over to Alexis with a short jog. She is wearing her fancy dress so running involves also picking up the skirt a little bit as not to let it catch her legs. She lets it down when she's close enough.

"Alexis-kun? What was that about? Did that man try to steal something?" a pause.
Shehe head tilts over. "There's Miku-chan and Kokoro-san." she says.

Another pause. "Miku apparently knows Kokoro-san." she says softly.

"I wonder how THAT went...." she says as she scrunches her face a little. A grumpy chibi Kokoro fills her head and there's a tiny Miku chibi trying to befriend the Kokoro chibi as it frowns and makes grumble grumble noises.
Stahlritter 2017-05-22 02:57:06 76929
Alex doesn't seem to be at all conscious of the amount of commotion that he in part just caused. For by the time Norie's making her way to him, one of his hands has already made it's way down to a pocket of his jeans to lazily settle there, and he's merely prowling through the crowds. Up until he hears his name called anyway.

He stops, and looks at the girl-- and smiles faintly. "Norie." Not 'Okana-san', not 'Lacrima'. Norie. "Just the usual. Some dumbass thinks someone else's things are better in their own hands, you know?"

Miku and Kokoro getting pointed out draws his eye to the two girls-- and then his head tilts too. "I've seen her before. I think."
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-22 02:59:44 76931
    Kokoro looks from Miku to Alex again, seeming to debate the merits of investigating; it feels a little awkward after she stormed out of the Korma Chameleon, but at the same time, part of her is curious what the heck just happened. "I guess if you know that guy? Okana seems to." Completely oblivious to Norie's imaginings, she shoves her hands in her pockets and starts to head over in that direction herself.
Miku Kohinata 2017-05-22 03:02:49 76932
"Mmm," Miku agrees with Kokoro. "Raskoph Alexis. He's an exchange student from Germany, in my class. Also, he orders the 5 at Korma Chameleon, too, but he can't handle it like you can."

Miku follows Kokoro towards Alexis, curious that the taller girl knows Norie. "You know Okana-san?" she asks curiously. "Interesting."

Like Norie, Miku is now imagining how that introduction went. Little chibi vampire attempts to bite someone, storm and rage magical girl chibi comes along to try and beat her up with a hammer. The vampire turns intoa bunch of little bats and flies off, laughing, as the hammer-girl rages at the sky.
Lacrima 2017-05-22 03:12:48 76933
Norie head tilts at Miku. "Hello Miku." she says. "Hello Kokoro." she says.

She looks over to Kokoro and Miku. "I was out window shopping. I found nothing particular of note." she says quietly.

"Alexis appears to think whatever just happened isn't a big deal." she shrugs a bit. A pause.

She gives Alexis a glare. "Did you go back and do the thing I told you not to do?"

She looks over to Kokoro and Miku. "Nrg. Of course he did." she huffs.
Stahlritter 2017-05-22 03:20:44 76936
"It wasn't *that* big a deal," Alex insists after NOrie, rolling his eyes over before they turn to focus on Miku and Kokoro's approach. More specifically Kokoro, though. HIs eyes narrow slightly. He's trying to think where he's seen that face before.

Then he remembers a sand creature and a lightning strike.


That particular line of thought is broken off when Norie asks *that* question, however, and so he sheepishly takes to scratching at his cheek. ".......So I *might* have asked them for the hottest thing they have," he mutters. "And there *might* have been gas mask -wearing staff involved."
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-22 03:22:24 76937
    Did... did Kokoro just smirk a little? Did Miku just get the tiniest little smirk out of Kokoro?



    The topic switches to Norie, and Kokoro nods. "Yeah. Ran into her after I left the restaurant the other day. And then we, uh. 'Worked' together a little." No more details are forthcoming, but at least there doesn't seem to be any particularly negative reaction towards her.

    Whatever thing Alex did, though, Kokoro doesn't seem to know. All Norie gets is a vaguely confused look. However, Alex gets a much more cautious stare from behind that brunette curtain; she's not sure what that 'ah' was, but something about it sets her on edge.

    ...wait, what was that?

    Kokoro sloooowly turns her head to look at Miku. "They got something above a 5?"
Miku Kohinata 2017-05-22 03:27:35 76939
@emit "Mmm," Miku replies, "but they don't appreciate people ordering it because they have to clear out the entire place. And there's a big ceremony about it. If you want to try it," Miku notes to Kokoro, not attempting to dissuade her, like she did with Alexis, "please tell them in advance and schedule it, so that they don't lose a whole day of business unexpectedly."

She bows just faintly to Norie and Alexis, in greeting, then says, "Raskoph-kun. Okana-san. Okana, it is best to use honorifics, with those you are not so close to." Not a warning or a threat, just a gentle request for tradition.

"Raskoph-kun, that was very brave of you, to stop that thief," Miku says, bowing once again. "Thank you for doing so."
Lacrima 2017-05-22 03:30:42 76940
Norie Okana right eye twitches a little. "BAKA!" she says as she huffs, pointing a finger accusingly. "I told you not to do that! If you had to go to the hospital you deserve that!" she says sourly. "/Gas masks/ feeehhhhhh." she huffs. Oh that's a bad mood. "If that killed you I'm doing what I did again! BAKA!" she huffs and crosses her arms and turns sourly to the right.

She is entirely too mad to catch Miku's scolding. She's in tsundere little imouto mode right now. You can practically see the stink lines almost even as she huffs. She's gonna stew for a bit.

Maybe she'll talk to Miku about the Sayaka thing in a moment JUST to get back at him for what is clearly not at all a big deal but a big deal to her.
Stahlritter 2017-05-22 03:38:42 76942
"Whu--" All of Alex's concentration turns over to Norie and he blinks his eyes rapidly over at her. "...Well I *had* to do it!" He goes on to claim, too, instead of being... you know. Even vaguely sensible and saying something like 'sorry' or anything else of the sort. His hands do come up to be held in front of him defensively.

"Besides, it was just curry! ...Really, really, *really* hot curry, but still! It wasn't gonna kill me!"

Nevermind that there actually exists a spice that doctors say will actually kill you if you eat it.
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-22 03:42:07 76943
    "Schedule in advance. Got it." Well, that's something to look forward to at lea-

    Oh my god, Norie.

    Kokoro is dumbfounded. All she can do is stare. After the talk they had outside Rashmi's (parents') restaurant, this is just so entirely unexpected that she's not even sure how to actually react. To her, to Alex, to any of it. His flabbergasted response is just as unexpected, and by the time he finishes 'it wasn't gonna kill me', she-


    Did... Did she just stifle a snort?
Miku Kohinata 2017-05-22 03:51:37 76945
Miku watches Norie's outburst in patient, detached silence. Odd that the vampire is the emotional one, and the mortal has no emotional response. When it's over, she simply ignores it and says, "Ahh, Raskoph-kun, this is Akakuma Kokoro. Kokoro-chan, this is uh ... Alexis Raskoph," she bumbles his name just alittle,t rying to pronounce it in the order the Germans do it. Family name last!? So disrespectful.
Lacrima 2017-05-22 03:58:51 76946
Things like 'worry' and 'anxiety' are things she can still feel. She scowls just a little bit as she huffs and turns back around to face Alexis. "You 'had to do it? Was someone pointing a gun to your head?" she huffs. Idiota!." that spanish word doesn't even need a translation! It's clear what she said.

Luckily nothing horrible happens when she says it!

She hairflips. "Don't do it again." she huffs, as she still seems grumpy. She looks to Miku and Kokoro. Oh. Right. They... exist.

Yeah a terrible blush just comes down her face.

She clears her throat. "How are you Kokoro-san and Miku-san." she asks as cooooly as she can manage. Smoooooth like creamy peanut butter. uh huh.
Sayaka Miki 2017-05-22 04:03:04 76947
    Ugh, another hot day, and probably not the best day for a workout. But, Sayaka's still feeling frustrated and annoyed, and so, with a lack of witches or wraiths to beat up, she had decided to head to the game center crown to take out her frustrations on some poor videogame character instead.

    Well, at least she doesnt have to worry a bout cram school today for once, and so, she's dressed in casual blue shorts, a white and navy striped t-shirt and running shoes. A little purse is slung over one shoulder and she slowly counts some change, wondering if she has enough to play some games today..
Stahlritter 2017-05-22 04:07:35 76949
"Well no," answers Alex to Norie, and now he folds his arms together, tone turning away from flabbergasted to something more stubborn. "Some things? SOme things a man just has to do out of principle."

Alex's principles are probably somewhat strange to most people.

He lets out a cough after that, and turns himself to actually face Miku and Kokoro again. "...Yes, hello," he mumbles. "'Alex' is just fine too." This time he doesn't give that curious look to Kokoro, though. He can talk to her about *that* later.
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-22 04:11:41 76950
    "Hey," is all the greeting Kokoro has to offer for such a wonderful introduction. At least she said something? She does look Alex over curiously, though, unused to the sensation of being significantly shorter than someone. "I'm alright, I guess," she says to Norie. "Just felt like killing some time." There's no comment on the matter of principles... but if anyone is watching, they might catch her giving Alex just the barest nod of respect.

    Oh look, there's some girl with blue hair Kokoro doesn't recognize. She stares for a moment or two, but then writes her off as just another person in the crowd, and pays no more heed.
Miku Kohinata 2017-05-22 04:13:24 76951
"Ugh, this is awkward," Miku says, shifting her bags from one hand to the other. "I'm going to go get dinner at the food court. You're all welcome to join mei f you want," she says, then turns to head that direction, only to spot Sayaka on the way. "Saya-chan!" she calls as she heads in her direction. "Want to have dinner together?"
Lacrima 2017-05-22 04:15:58 76953
Norie Okana sours a bit. She didn't want to go 'Booooys' but Alexis just more or less said it himself without her sneering that out. She huffs. "Food. Yes. I can eat." a pause. "Though I can always eat. Of course." she says frankly. And besides food might make he---

She catches the flash of blue hair tooo. Oh!

"Sayaka-chan." she calls out. "Yes. Come eat with us."

She grabs Alexis's arm. "You. You're coming too." she says flatly.

This doesn't exactly sound like a request.
Sayaka Miki 2017-05-22 04:19:59 76954
    Sayaka pauses in her counting as she hears a familiar voice or two up ahead. Darnit! Better start from the beginning..Then Miku calls out to her, and she pauses again, glancing up, smiling at the greenette.

    "Oh..Hey, Miku-chan..How's it going? Dinner sounds great..Err.." Then she sees who she's keeping company with, and frowns a little at the sight of Alex and Norie. Ugh. This is gonna be awkward.

    "Umm..Norie-san..Hello...Eh..?" wait, she's actually being pleasant towards her? Saya smiles faintly and nods. "Um..I guess so. Who is your friend?" she glances at Kokoro and nods. "Hi. I'm Sayaka Miki."

    Alex is pointedly ignored.
Stahlritter 2017-05-22 04:26:28 76956
Kokoro gets the faintest hint of a nod in return from Alex there. But spotting Sayaka-- well.

The german's expression immediately darkens to something significantly more rueful, and he starts turning himself away slowll. And for the offer of food he starts to say, "I'm--"

Not hungry, is what he tried to say. Before his arm is suddenly getting yanked on by NOrie, to whom he tosses a wide-eyed look of surprise. "....Eh?!"
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-22 04:27:41 76957
    "I... I guess I could eat?" Kokoro blinks, vaguely perplexed by this sudden turn of events. But sure, okay. And apparently this new blue girl is an acquaintance of everyone's? That gets a renewed look of interest from the tall girl, a more appraising sort of stare from behind hair that covers half her face. It probably looks like a mild scowl to an outside observer. "...Kokoro. Akakuma Kokoro." There's no particular barb to it, more of a general sort of terseness that seems to be her default.

    She completely misses Alex and Sayaka's cool reactions to each other. That won't be awkward later at all!
Miku Kohinata 2017-05-22 04:33:01 76959
Oh, geeze, Miku hadn't anticipated Alexis coming to join her. She gives Norie an uncertain look, then shakes her head and skips a few steps forward to give Sayaka a brief hug. "Dont' worry," she whispers quietly, "we can just ignore him."

As Kokoro and Sayaka become acquainted, Miku chimes in, "Koko-chan goes to Seiyou. She's also actually strong enough to handle spicy foods at the indian restaurant."
Lacrima 2017-05-22 04:48:59 76961
Norie Okana frowns as Alexis seems to leave despite her intent to keep him here. You'll have to confront it /soon/ Alexis-kun, she thinks. She turns back to Sayaka and Miku and Kokoro. "Lead the way." she says softly.

She gives Sayaka an eye for a moment as she turns back forward.

"Of course there is no intensely spicy curry where we're going. I think." she says.
Sayaka Miki 2017-05-22 05:04:12 76963
    Sayaka decides to focus on Kokoro for now, finding it easier in the longer run. "Ooh, you're into spicy curry huh? That's cool. I love spicy food. Nice to meet you, Akakuma-san."

    Then she's hugged by Miku, and she relaxes a bit. "Umm..Well, I dont wanna be a party crasher..." But she doesn't really want to talk to Alex right now either. She sigh, "Yeaah..I guess I'll just...Try and ignore him.." easier said than done.

    Then Alex predicably runs away like he always does. Saya just smirks, arching a brow at Norie and shrugs. "Yeah..Ok.."