Making Amends


Naru and Kyouko make up after their fight.

Date: 2017-05-31
Pose Count: 22
Naru Osaka 2017-05-31 18:19:54 77562
The text messages weren't very enlightening. Sheepish really. A pair of 'I'm sorries' and an agreement to meet later. It's a leap of faith, or trust, or simply because no one really wants to air dirty laundry in public that Naru isn't meeting Kyouko at the Crown, or for coffee. Instead she's standing outside the door to Kyouko's apartment after school.

There's always a moment of being torn between 'just walking in like usual would be weird' and 'knocking would be just as weird'. There's a few more moments of internal debate before the decision is made.

Naru unlocks the door, pushing it open slowly to peek in, rather than barge in without a care in the world. "Kyouko?"
Kyouko Sakura 2017-05-31 18:24:19 77563
    Kyouko is not a child of the digital age. Well, time-wise she is, but personality wise, no. She didn't grow up with text messages and chat rooms. That's probably why she wanted to reserve her real efforts for in-person. It doesn't feel 'real' to hre otherwise.

    She does feel sheepish, though. Mostly because, in reality, she wanted to do this two days ago. The reason she waited so long was more out of trepidation over how Naru would react than out of any lingering anger or pride on her part. Which says something in and of itself, prideful creature that she is.

    She had been waiting in the living room, in jeans and a t-shirt. Nicer than her usual 'lounging about' clothes, as if she felt she had to dress up at least a little. When she hwears the key, she jumps to her feet, heart racing for a moment, as if this were a much bigger deal than it really is.

    But then she's crossing to the hallway, and peeking her head around the corner. "Naru. Hi.. um.. come in?" She says.. then glances away. "That sound silly to say. This is as much your apartment at mine, really."
Naru Osaka 2017-05-31 18:34:51 77565
The admission that it sounds silly echos exactly what Naru feels and she can't help but giggle softly as she leans on the door to shut it behind her, toeing off her flats. "It /feels/ silly to not just wander in, and it felt even /sillier/ to knock, but I thought about it." She admits with a rueful little smile.

Barefoot she pads further into the apartment.

Naru drops her bag next to the couch, coming up right next to Kyouko and pausing. Close enough to touch, but not reaching out just yet. Her expression is that irritatingly neutral one she's entirely too good at, just hints of shy and possibly her own amounts of sheepish peeking through. "Hi."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-05-31 18:39:40 77566
    Kyouko actually lets Naru take the lead, maybe reinforcing her earlier declaration that it's more 'our' apartment than 'her' apartment. She pauses in the middle of the living room as Naru sets her bag down, then comes over to stand in front of her.

    Kyouko is several inches taller than Naru, though not dramatically so, but she does tilt her head down slightly as she studies that neutral expression, her own almost quizzical. Then when Naru just says 'Hi' to her, she can't help but smile.. and then turn her face away, blushing faintly. "Um. Hi."

    She doesn't reach, either, but instead fidgets for a moment before taking a breath, swinging her gaze back to Naru's. Her expression is serious. Almost grim, although more from determination than from any reluctance. "Listen, Naru. I'm sorry. I shouldn't have taken things so far. I let my temper get the better of me and I just acted without thinking.. and that's saved my ass lotsa times in a fight, but this was a different kind of fight, and I should have known that. I could have hurt you badly. And I don't want that, ever. So.. I'm sorry." She looks down. Definitely sheepish.
Naru Osaka 2017-05-31 18:43:14 77567
"I know better than to react by throwing things. It was stupid, and not cool." Naru replies quietly, looking up at Kyouko. This close, standing still, the difference is more obvious, even if it's not all that dramatic. "I also let my temper win, and I try not to do that. I'm sorry too." She reaches her hand out, to nudge lightly at Kyouko's in offer for the holding.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-05-31 18:47:19 77568
    Kyouko moves her hand to take Naru's instantly upon being so nudged, curling her fingers around those of the other girl. She shakes her head faintly, still determined. "No.. I mean, yes, it was not cool, but you were never going to do any serious damage to me with a mug, even one of hot soup. I could have.. well, I coulda killed you. Thank christ I didn't, and I certainly wasn't aiming to even in that moment of temper but the point is if you had slipped or if I had slipped or anything.."

    She squeezes with her fingers, clingingly tight, even if that's still the only contact. Then she laughs, shortly. "If anything, the last two days have illustrated to me how miserable I am without you around. The thought of making that a permenant arrangement, even if only because you left my stupid ass as I prolly deserve.." She shudders visibly. "I don't want that."
Naru Osaka 2017-05-31 18:51:48 77569
"You have to give me /some/ credit for dodging." Naru points out as she squeezes Kyouko's fingers tightly. "You weren't going to kill me, nor were you going to slip. You're too good to kill me accidentally." She steps that wee bit closer, a slow deep breath, let out in a gentle sigh.

"I've missed you." Naru notes as she comes near enough to almost be leaning upon Kyouko. "The kitchen upstairs is /really/ clean."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-05-31 18:56:21 77570
    "I like to think so," Kyouko says, with a mildly sardonic grin, "But I know better'n to assume I don't make mistakes. I just have to make sure that I make 'em in areas where I can live with the results. This definitely would not be one of those areas."

    Naru comes closer still, and Kyouko peers down at her from very close range. Studying her face as if trying to read her thoughts, even if they're clear enough by her actions. "I know," She says, smiling. "I was up there. I guess I intinctively avoided you."

    She lets her other arm slip up and around Naru's waist.. still not quite pulling them together, but resting her hand on Naru's back lightly. "Let's make a promise, okay?" She says, after a moment. "I think we're both way too smart to promise never to fight. I'm not looking to deny reality. But.. from now on, no weapons, okay?"
Naru Osaka 2017-05-31 19:01:28 77571
"Where do mugs fit into the scale of weapons?" Naru asks as she slides her arms around Kyouko's waist in return. Not snuggled in, because there's still more looking and talking to be done, but there's no doubt about the closness.

"We're going to fight." Naru agrees, with a touch of rueful in her tone. "We both have a temper, and I don't think /that/ is going to change anytime soon." She pauses a moment. "Although if we could arrange for it right before my next race, that'd be great. Totally personal bested that next run."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-05-31 19:06:17 77572
    Kyouko laughs a little bit, shifting in place, her thigh brushing against Naru's briefly as she moves, close as they are standing. She tilts her heads lightly, still studying her girlfriend's face thoughtfully. "It does make me feel kind of special," She says after a moment. "I mean.. most people have no idea you have a temper. I think, having experienced it, that they are probably happier that way."

    She squeezes faintly. "But.. I should control myself better too. It's just.. with you it seems like all my filters go away. All my emotions are turned up to 'high'." Echoing a sentiment she first said to Mamoru the other day. "Normally that's a good thing. But.. I guess it applies to anger too."

    "But I'll do better next time, I promise. At least, I won't swing any deadly weapons at you." She leans forward so her forehead thunks gently against Naru's. "I really missed you, Naru, even if it was only a few days."
Naru Osaka 2017-05-31 19:11:33 77573
"You're special in my life in that way too." Naru admits and nods. "There's fewer filters, and emotional .. everything is just so much more present. The good, the bad and the ugly. I laugh with you in ways I don't with anyone else. I cry on your shoulder the way I wouldnt even dream of with other people, and yeah.. we push each other's buttons. Not always a good thing."

Naru leans her forehead lightly against Kyouko's. "No knives, on either side. Mugs, fists and words. Deal?" She steals a light kiss, as if sealing her side of things. "I missed you too."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-05-31 19:14:53 77574
    "Sometimes a good thing, though." Kyouko amends to that last, and then follows up the light kiss with one of a bit more substance, which forgoes talking for several moments until finally she responds, just a little more breathless, "Let's start with words.. save the other options for the important fights. More important than 'didn't check the pockets of my laundry'."

    She turns then, pulling away from Naru but not releasing her hand. Just so she can move to the couch, and pull Naru down next to her. No hesitation now, as she puts her arm around the other girl and snugs her up against her side. "So," She says, after a moment.. "..did you get yelled at, too?"
Naru Osaka 2017-05-31 19:18:31 77575
"I'm hoping." Naru murmurs after that kiss. "That laundry fights are about where our fight potential starts and stops. Possibly also dishes. I can see that one too."

The drag to the couch is a willing one, and Naru flops down next to Kyouko, snuggling in close. "I got Disappointed at." Naru wrinkles her nose. "And I already felt stupid, which makes the Disappoint even worse. You got yelled at?"
Kyouko Sakura 2017-05-31 19:21:43 77576
    "Maybe," Kyouko agrees, on the topic of dishes, smirking just a little bit. "And I hope so too. But.. who knows. We live.. exciting lives. I hope we'll always agree on what we should do but.. well. I ain't willing to take the bet." She squeezes her arm around Naru. "The important thing is that this always happens. I can live with fights. I can't live with you."

    As for yelling, she just sighs. "Not.. actual yelling. No raised voices. But Mamoru was mad at me. I think it was the first time that I can remember him being actually mad at me. I got lectured." She looks down at her lap. "Honestly I was a little afraid he was gonna toss me out on my ass, at first."
Naru Osaka 2017-05-31 19:37:33 77577
"I don't think fighting with your girlfriend is going to get you kicked on your ass, even if he was mad." Naru frowns a little, giving Kyouko a squeeze. "Why was /this/ quite so mad making for him?" She clearly doesn't entirely follow where Mamoru's thoughts went.

Naru tips her head to settle a kiss upon Kyouko's cheek before resting her head against the other girl's shoulder. "We might be mad, and sulky and cranky and take some time apart, but I can't imagine not getting here in the end."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-05-31 19:42:06 77578
    Kyouko shifts slightly as Naru settles next to her with her head on Kyouko's shoulder. It just feels right, and only reinforces her mental conviction that this is the proper order of things. Not the fighting and being apart. "It wasn't that we were fighting," She says quietly. "It's that I went for a knife. It's.. well. He pointed out that, because of my skills and experience.. it wasn't exactly a fair fight, so to speak. You probably could have come at me all day with that knife and I would have been fine, but if I had really wanted to hurt you.."

    She pauses, then goes on, "And that's not him, or me, saying you're weak. But we're strong in different ways, and that was a way totally weighted in my favor. Which means I should have been extra careful, and I wasn't. That's why he was mad.. because I put you in danger. And that's why I'm mad at myself, too."
Naru Osaka 2017-05-31 19:52:11 77579
"Mmmm." Naru considers that sentiment. Possibly an odd dichotomy to muse on one's girlfriend's ability to seriously hurt you while being actively snuggled up close. "I'm better at dodging, but that's a fair point. I can't compete with you with a weapon, and I never will. And that's just fact, like saying you'll never draw like I do. It's just not my thing, like art isn't your thing."

"Even super pissed, and we were both pretty super pissed, you were careful." Naru points out. "You /could/ have hurt me, and you didn't. I barely have a scab anymore, and I don't heal like you do and it's only been two days. Some bit of you was still thinking."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-05-31 20:00:15 77580
    "Yeah," Kyouko says, leaning her head sideways against the top of Naru's head. "And really.. I mean, in the long-run, art is probably a better skill. Being good with a weapon is useful. Maybe even necessary. But in a perfect world, there wouldn't be a need. But there's a need for people to make beautiful things."

    She shakes her head slightly, more felt than seen by Naru. "I did hurt you. Maybe not badly, but I did hurt you. And it could have been worse. I wasn't going for any kind of serious damage, it's true, but like I said.. what if you had slipped at that exact moment, or something?" She shivers faintly. "I don't wanna think about it. I won't be that dumb again, I promise."
Naru Osaka 2017-05-31 20:08:46 77581
"We could only wish for a perfect world, but I don't think your skills are going to become redundant anytime soon, my love." Naru points out with a gentle squeeze.

Naru is quiet, thoughtful over that notion. She hugs close at the shiver, when not wanting to think about the slim, but possible, chance of actual harm coming from one of those fights. "I trust you." She comments quietly. "Even with a knife, even in a fight. It'll be alright."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-05-31 20:17:24 77582
    Kyouko nods her head after a moment.. falling silent, and just enjoying the feeling of Naru against her side, something she had been made acutely aware over the past few days just how much she had come to appreciate. And how the lack of it made her days that much more empty-seeming.

    "I trust you too, even though that's not really the issue here." She says, finally. "And I think it will. I really love you Naru." She lifts her head so she can look down at the other girl. "Like, for reals really. And the last thing I want is for you to get hurt. Especially by me."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-02 17:23:38 77685
"I love you too." Naru replies, leaning in and letting her eyes close a moment in relaxation. The sort of relaxation that the last couple of days has been lacking on her side too. A slow breath, held a moment, and let out in a sigh. A contented sound.

Naru opens her eyes to look up into Kyouko's and there's a smile. "We'll be fine. As long as we keep remembering this part too, we'll be fine." She relaxes again, snuggling in close and then there's an impish smile. "Although you might regret the timing on working things out when I warn you that tomorrow's a long workout before school, so I'll be up even /earlier/ than usual."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-02 17:26:30 77686
    Kyouko smiles brightly in return at Naru's words.. revelling in that quiet moment of relaxation as well. Something she's missed just as much. Drinking it in, now made all the more precious-seeming for its recent lack.

    Then she lets out a groan and raises her free hand to cover her eyes. "Oh.. I suppose you don't want to fight again, and then we can make up tomorrow evening?" She asks, with mock-hopefulness.. then laughs, and puts both arms around the other girl to give her a firm squeeze. "No.. Naru, I will take all the morning workouts in the world in exchange for this. It'll take more than that to chase me away."

    She pauses, then nods, and re-affirms. "We'll be fine." But she seems in no hurry to move from the couch, right that moment.