Bikes, Nightmares, Chocolate Fountains

Alexis, Norie, Kunzite, and Sayaka intersect somewhere with awkward memories for two of them, and proceed to discuss everything from motorcycles to relationships to the Nightmare Prince and Norie's own dreams to avoid talking about it.

Date: 2017-06-04
Pose Count: 37
Stahlritter 2017-06-04 00:10:17 77795
The summer's starting to make it's way through TOkyo now, too-- there's plenty enough warmth moving through the city, at least, to get people into more comfortable clothing for the new season.

Except for Alex. Who somehow just keeps insisting on wearing his trademark brown leather jacket wherever he seems to be going.

WHich in this particular case? Along the street just before the boardwalk, leaned up against a light pole next to his bike, helmet tucked underneath one arm while a hand clutches onto a take-away cup of... something or the other. With his eyes set towards the now-repaired ferris wheel in the process of being set in place, visible over the smaller buildings lining the pier.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-04 00:17:20 77797
Some people rely on trademarks. The leather jacket in Alexis's case. In Kazuo's, the jeans and the rolled-up sleeves and the opened collar. It means that he's recognizable for a little distance.

(Well, now that he's left off watching from rather more of a distance and keeping to the rooftop road. Which he did a little ago, slipping down into an alley off a side street, walking from there.)

He's not the only one who pauses by the fountain. He is probably the only one who pauses to frown at the dolphins. But he keeps walking after, approaching Alex in a fashion that gives him plenty of opportunity for evasion.

Well, if Alexis at any point stops watching the ferris wheel work long enough to notice.
Lacrima 2017-06-04 00:24:36 77799
Norie Okana steps out of a nearby shop as she looks down at the road for a moment. This happens perhaps after Kunzite just passes it on one of the few doors he does pass when coming down out of the alley.

She looks back up with a sigh as she looks to the left perhaps to leave, but perhaps not before also looking to the right to see if the bus is coming yet. This is when she catches two things: The color of a leather jacket she's familiar with in the summer. And the usual things Kazuo wears- while not super distinctive on it's own, is with that hair and the tallness. She blinks a moment and turns that direction instead.

She begins walking as she then jogs just a little to catch up. She's seen dolphin fountains too many times here to bother looking at it.

Also seriously. Even she doesn't frown at dolphins, KUNZITE.

She pauses a moment. No ones talking. Is this an awkward moment. A pause.

"....Hello?" she asks. "Is something wrong?" because that's the first thought that comes to her mind here.
Stahlritter 2017-06-04 00:32:09 77800
Alex doesn't really turn his eyes over towards Kunzite while he's approaching. For all intents and purposes, it'd seem that he's not paying attention enough to notice.

Slowly, he brings the takeaway mug up to his lips, and sips at the content swithin. Only to call over the rim of it suddenly, "'Sup?" -- or the Japanese equivalent of such, anyway. It comes with the briefest sideward peek sent to Kunzite's way, then.

But it's Norie he looks more fully at, afterwards. His brows rise up at the question, and he looks over to the other man's way for a few seconds before looking back to the vampire.

And he shrugs.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-04 00:38:44 77801
Kunzite has never, ever claimed to be a role model.

He does, however, incline his head politely toward Norie. "Good afternoon," he says to her. "Nothing wrong at present. A handful of unfortunate memories, perhaps; on my part anyhow." Not saying anything about the ferris wheel. Not one word.

He does glance back toward Alex, half-echoing the shrug that wasn't directed at him in the first place. "How's the bike?"

Obviously, that is the really important question.
Lacrima 2017-06-04 00:53:04 77804
Norie Okana gently looks over to the Ferris Wheel then back to the others. "....Okay." she says. She shrugs a bit then over at Alexis with a short look of expectation. HOW IS THE BIKE ALEXIS!?

Still, she asks. "....Are you considering buying a motorcycle, Kunzite?" she asks curiously. "Alexis is a good source for that probably." she says. She narrows her eyes at Kunzite a little, tapping her chin. Trying to imagine him on various bikes from Ninja Cycles to large Harleys, now.

She then looks over to Alexis. "I take it things went well when I left the other night?" she asks without being specific for Alexis's sake.
Stahlritter 2017-06-04 01:01:03 77805
Alex looks back and forth between Kazuo and Norie thus. With a slow, slooooow blink of his eyes. "...The bike's fine," he says, for both of their benefit since that seems to be the biggest question on everyone's mind. "Little creaky after I brought her out of the garage I stashed her in. I think she might have been a little upset I neglected her for so long." His hand reaches over to run along the bike, though -- oddly affectionate, at that. There's a quiet murmur of "Never again" in german, too.

It's probably worth noting, also, that the mention of 'unfortunate memories' did bring him to send a look to the ferris wheel again.

But much like Kunzite, he doesn't say a word about it.

His eyes snap over to Norie's way, however, when she asks *that*, and-- in a rare show of... *something*, his face all but *lights up* with red. "Uuummm... Well... uh... It went." With the nonanswers again.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-04 01:06:50 77807
Kazuo managed not to glance back at the fountain, at least. Then again, he's had, oh, an extra year's processing time over Alex. Makes a difference.

"My housemates have enough engines between them already," he says. "I don't need to make the place any more filled with ridiculous ostentation than it is. Besides, I have the keys for Mamoru's, to avoid just such problems on the occasions when he's down with medical problems." There's a little twitch by the corner of his mouth, though not enough to start resembling a smile. Even at Alexis's petting the bike in reassuring.

Alexis's suddenly starting to resemble Nephrite's car in color, though, prompts Kunzite's eyebrows to lift. He does not ask. He does not say anything.
Lacrima 2017-06-04 01:13:12 77808
Norie Okana arm cross. "If you upset her again I'm not fixing it again." she says insistently and straight face. "Or I will work intensely harder to fix it next time." she says. "I'm sure you don't want to find out either way." she says icily.

Then she looks to Kunzite and raises her brows a bit, which passes for some sort of smile replacement for her. "You're right. After that you'd need to buy three chocolate fountains." she insists.

She looks back to Alexis. "I told you that you should had kept the bike back then. But. Also can't blame you for hiding it." she insists.
Stahlritter 2017-06-04 01:17:08 77810
"Uuuuuuuuuuhhhhhh," Alex lets out in an akward little sound and turns his eyes off ot the side deliberately, with his finger going to scratch at his cheek as he mumbles something that sounds vaguely like ".......I have no idea what you are talking about."

Of course he doesn't
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-04 01:21:03 77811
    Augh, it's hot, and for once, Saya has some free time on her hands. So she's out and about, riding her bicycle, heading to the store to run some errands. Dressed in jean shorts and a simple blue t-shirt she looks casual and for once not running off to cram school. Yay! Then she sees some familiar people ..Familiar people hanging out at a fountain, and she slows down, searching for a place to park her bike, grinning and waving. "Heey!" she calls out. Probably should watch where she's going though, a little too close to a parked car.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-04 01:26:41 77813
Kazuo inclines his head again to Norie, grave as usual, over the three chocolate fountains. "Which is at least four more than anyone needs." The rest he lets Alexis handle, glancing up instead to lift a hand in answer to Sayaka, whether or not he's the one that wave is focused on.

Huh. That trajectory does not look good. "Careful!" he calls, weight shifting to let him move fast if he needs to -- but his attention is focusing further out, less worried about the possibility of her hitting the parked car than about the possibility of her falling into traffic. Or overcorrecting into traffic.
Lacrima 2017-06-04 01:36:48 77817
Norie Okana turns and wears this absolutely bemused look on her face for just a second. Oh Alexis, speak of the devillllll. She head tilts. "Hello Sayaka-chan." she calls out. Kunzite handles the warning so she doesn't add to that.

"Perhaps you can enlighten to me as to how the evening went when I left the other night." she says as she raises a brow. She'd be wearing a shit eating grin IF she was capable. But she isn't.

Then back to Alexis. "Since he is being such a /boy/ about it." she says in a deadpan joking manner meant to poke fun and bust balls rather than seriously upset Alexis.
Stahlritter 2017-06-04 01:47:11 77819
"W-...what?" Alex mumbles out over Norie's continued insistence, eyes blinking rapidly-- and then he folows literally everyone's gazes to Saya. "--Ah." SOmehow, the red on his face gets redder. Just for a moment.

But then the trajectory's taken note of on his part too. "Saya--" He calls out, and the mug in his hand is discarded in the very next instant. Unlike Kunzite, he's already bursting over to her way.
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-04 01:52:13 77821
Sayaka Miki peeers over at people and grins sheepishly.
    Fortunately by the time Norie and Alex catch her attention, she's already parkedher bike without any issues. Unfortunately Morie is blunt as a spoon. As expected.
    "Ummmm...Errr...The other night?" her rapidly reddening facd rivals Alex's own.
    "Heh....Ummmm hi, Kunzite-san, it's been a while, how're you?"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-04 01:59:14 77822
No need to play human flag and alert traffic to the need to stop right now, check. Kazuo therefore continues on his usual habit of conserving energy. He doesn't, in fact, even comment out loud on the remarkable shared blush factor or the sudden vanishing of Sayaka's and Alex's joint vocabulary on the subject; he limits his reaction to that to one glance Norie's way. One resigned and faintly amused glance, that he spends a good second and a half more on than he actually needs to.

Then he's bowing politely toward Sayaka. "Overworked," he says. "I have a great deal more sympathy for homework problems now, for some reason. I trust the hunt has been good?"
Lacrima 2017-06-04 02:06:39 77823
Norie Okana takes Sayaka's blush as a good sing, thusly she stops. She looks over to Kunzite and then draws two fingers and presses them together twice, before stopping. The gesture should be obvious but 'together' seems to be the general word she's trying to get across here without saying it.

She looks back up.

She then eyes Kunzite. "Homework keeps the teachers from flocking around you like a vulture." she says. "Or. Professors...? In your case....?" she asks.
Stahlritter 2017-06-04 02:13:48 77826
Well. When it turns out that everything's just fine, ALex comes to a stop just before Saya's bike when she dismounts, and akwardly lets out a quiet "Um." Only to spin himself back around to facing Kunzite and NOrie's direction. Seeing Norie's gesture to Kunzite, well...

That doesn't exactly help the whole blush situation. Or the lack of vocabulary for that matter. His hand even goes to rub at the back of his head while it sloooowly turns to the side to avert his eyes.
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-04 02:21:37 77828
    Well. As if things weren't awkward enough, Norie goes and makes that gesture, and thankfully they start talking about something other than the two of them.
    Then suddenly he's way up close and Saya looks like she might just catch on fire she is so red.
    "Errrk...Ulp." she clears her throat, smiling shyly back him. "...Hi. How you been?"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-04 02:30:39 77829
"Professors, yes." Kazuo glances sidelong at Alex and Sayaka, then back to Norie. "I'd intended to pass on some information about that last dream incident, but I doubt we're getting any actual focus from either of those two in the next few hours. Possibly weeks. Are you amused by observing primate habits at the moment, or would you prefer the news over the comedy?"

Why, yes, he does keep the pair in his peripheral vision. Just in case someone throws something at him.
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-04 02:33:58 77831
Sayaka Miki blinks as her phone suddenly goes off and ulos, "Darnit!! I forgot I have to meet Naru-chan for a tutorial session! ummmmm...I'll see you after okay, Alex-kun?"
    Annnd she gives him a quick peck on the cheek before running off.
Lacrima 2017-06-04 02:37:04 77832
Norie Okana may be languishing in this specific bit of 'suffering'. That much may be evident to Kunzite. It seems good natured at least. Since there's actual suffering. Then there's teasing your friend into ultimate embarrassment.

"Oh this research is very important." she insists in deadpan.

Dream incident. She frowns a bit. "Dream. You weren't there for the most recent. A giant creature tried to break out into the waking world directly. I proceeded to rip it apart from the inside while the others handled the outside." she says.

"What did you learn?" she asks. "I mean. Besides. The obvious. There was another poem. By the way." she says. "But it appeared in that book...."

"...Akashimaru?" was it. "Was holding." she says. "Something about. Finding love again. But that something had happened badly there." she says. "You'd need to get it from her, herself." she says quietly.

"Bye Sayaka-chan." she says more seriously as she looks to Alexis with a smug smug smug look at that cheek peck.
Stahlritter 2017-06-04 02:44:50 77834
"Uh--...." Is the last thing that Alex really manages to say before there's suddenly a peck on his cheek nd he's just... sort of sheepishly left to staring after the blue-haired girl's retreat. "................sure...."

Yeah. That's followed by him, still-blushing, turning a *glare* over to Norie's direction. What with that smug look and all. He even turns to kick the earlier-discarded, empty takeaway cup to flying over and bouncing off of her shin.

Yes, he is such a boy.

With a cough, he sticks his hands into the pockets of his jacket and takes the few requisite steps back towards the pair, at least, and in a very DELIBERATE effort of directing conversation away from all THAT, he mutters, " what about that dream then."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-04 02:51:39 77836
Kazuo, with perfect gravity, bends down to pick the cup up from the ground post-bounce. He weighs its emptiness in a hand as he straightens. "The book from the treasure chest," he says, "followed me home. By which I mean that it was on my bed when I woke up. It had had one verse of poetry in it when I checked it in the dream; it had a second when I woke. I took it to Akashimaru to let her look at it, and she found signs in it that an entity she fights, something called the Eater of Dreams, might have tampered with the Nightmare Prince's past. I left it with her, as you saw in this more recent dream, with the understanding that she'd contact us as it added new verses. I can pass you on copies of what it had, if you wish them."

He pauses for a moment. "-- somehow I suspect that we should also explain the phrase 'Nightmare Prince,' unless you've already come across that, Alexis."
Lacrima 2017-06-04 03:01:30 77838
Norie Okana frowns at Kunzite. "If there has been more I would like to see them yes. You've already came to the conclusions I did. Obviously. That the 'Prince of Dreams' became 'The Nightmare Prince' though some suggestion..." a pause. "Eater? I think something like that phrase of eating was a theme in the most recent..." she says quietly. "So there may be something there." she says.

She looks to Alexis. "Remember that dream we all entered?" she asks. "Those have been the result of a 'Prince of Nightmares' tampering with what I guess is the 'local dreamscape'. Causing others to slip into others dreams easily." she says quietly.

"He seems to want to destroy dreams and replace them with nightmares. Though things have degraded so badly that apparently some 'nightmares' are close to breaching into reality now." she offers.

"The last dream I actually appeared along with my coffin. Which I did not expect. Like I didn't even get into my usual dreams before it happened." she offers.
Stahlritter 2017-06-04 03:11:45 77840
The look that Alex gives both Saya and Norie is one of blank bemusement. Interspersed with the occasional brief blink.

"...'Nightmare Prince'," he repeats. "'Dreamscape'." Another blink. "...I am barely keeping up there now, but just enough to get the feeling that this is just a *tad* above my paygrade. In a manner of speaking."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-04 03:17:51 77841
"I'll pass them on as I receive them," Kazuo assures Norie. "Particularly if the borders are that thin. I've fought a nightmare in the waking world before; it's particularly awkward, since something of dreams tends to seep through and change the environment. Something like a witch's labyrinth, except that those hate everyone equally after their own pattern, while the dreamstuff can frequently react to your subconscious and personalize the unpleasantness for you."

Then he shrugs to Alex, even. "You're not at particular disadvantage in dreams," he says. "You were considerably more effective than Ariel, for instance; she's normally at an advantage there, but she has personal involvement that distresses her to the point at which she has trouble overcoming paralysis."
Lacrima 2017-06-04 03:26:44 77842
Norie Okana frowns. "That. And Ariel-chan is a pacifist. She doesn't need to fight if she doesn't want to. She has us to help with that kind of thing when her normal way of handling it won't work." she says quietly. Yeah. Norie doesn't begrudge personal choices like that.

"I'm just glad I haven't been a liability against nightmares. Considering how closer I am to them than you others are."

She looks to Alexis. "Being in a dream means you can make some rules. You wanna be a superhero in em. You just think it and suddenly you can fly kick and or eye laser beam." she says. "That seems to be how they work." she says.

"I am mostly glad nothing or nobody have entered my dreams. Not that they are dangerous. But they are private sometimes." she says silently.

"That and they're prone to destructing and reconstructing if my mental state isn't very well and that apparently has a bad effect on what's in there at the time." she mutters.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-04 03:35:45 77843
"I've been informed repeatedly that you're less likely to be a liability than I am," Kazuo says aside to Norie, in much the same tone that he used to agree with her about the chocolate fountains. "Not in those words, granted, but the implications were fairly clear. We each have our various advantages. And lack thereof. Though I imagine that being present in your dream as it came apart and reconstructed itself might be unpleasant for those not adept at handling themselves, yes."
Lacrima 2017-06-04 03:51:58 77844
Norie Okana Head tilts. "You... have?" she asks confusedly. She doesn't understand that statement. Isn't she the horrible dark energy being? "Why? I'm a confused. You're not some sort of horrible ball of darkness. I mean. You were. But not right now?" she asks.

She shakes her head a bit. "My dreams are getting earlier and earlier in the other one's life though." she offers. "He's a lot older than I initially thought. Part of me hopes I can get some dreams from. Before. He was that thing. Find out. Who he was. And why he chose to become that thing." she says softly. "Because I do know it was a choice he made, happily. That much I know."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-04 04:10:13 77845
"Sharing a nature with a nightmare does not necessarily make it easier for that nightmare to affect you," Kazuo says. "It may, depending on the nightmare, but it may very well not. Nightmares tend to take advantage of psychological weaknesses in their targets. Doubts. Fears. Extant nightmares. You saw the condition I was in when Akashimaru picked me up, the once." Not precisely himself: a battered and bloodied child, all open expression and shocky politeness and careful admiration of horses. "It's the sort of vulnerability these things can move into. We do take steps to guard against that, obviously, or I wouldn't be mentioning it. But it's still more of a weakness against that sort of enemy than your nature is likely to be."

The mention of Lacrima's dreams changing draws his focus closer. "The amount of information you might win on your current condition is considerable, yes. But the amount of information lingering on him must be considerable, also. One hopes that is not presently proving to be a problem. It sounds more a matter of interest than a trouble for you."
Lacrima 2017-06-04 04:26:00 77846
Norie Okana frowns. "It's a slight trouble. This person was destroyed, mind and body. Yet. I have a residual image of his life." she says softly. "The dreams I have are specifically not. Interactive. The people in them ignore me. Even 'him'." she says. "I can't interact with people or things besides very basic things like. Opening a door." she says. "So it's more like I'm in a movie I can't change than an actual dream." she says.

"If 'he' was... inside me. Or something. I think I'd know by now."

"See. I don't. KNOW where this power comes from." she says quietly. "The way 'I got it' isn't the way it's passed on is what I do know. I'm an accident." she says.

"But. If.. If I can figure out. How one is SUPPOSED to obtain it. I might begin to construct a working theory on 'repairing' my condition. Because. 'He' had some aspects of the positive emotional spectrum. He was able to feel things I do not." she says. "It leads me to believe that I'm 'broken' in some way because of this."

"-and there are other questions I have that are more. Psychological in nature." she says.

"For example. When. I get out of. This disguise. I am in. 'Norie'." she says. "I look a certain way as. Lacrima. But Lacrima is not a self imagine I've ever had of myself. Or imagined myself as. It leads me to believe that the power chose that form for me like it did my name- or- there's something. In those memories that tell me."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-04 04:31:58 77847
"Some sort of imprint of his memories, lingering?" Rhetorical question. Norie's already answered that. Kazuo regards Norie thoughtfully for a moment. "Huh. I wonder. The power's tied in with identity; this is an interesting aspect of that, but the fundamental tie isn't knew. If the power was somehow tailored to his psyche, and yours doesn't quite fit -- that might possibly explain a great deal."

His expression goes a little wry. "Or might be completely incorrect. Of course. I think you're entirely right about the importance of those memories in either case."
Lacrima 2017-06-04 04:52:57 77848
Norie Okana nods. "It is important. A good deal of what I've learned I can do is through those dreams. Sometimes I'm not able to do it UNTIL I have that dream." she says quietly. "The only ability I have that I didn't 'learn' through those dreams was the initial.... draining ability. To feed myself--- or came from a new source. Like the things Takashi-sama has taught me about dark energy manipulation." she offers.

"I've been told I should find a black or dark magic spell book to see if I can't use it. But such tomes aren't exactly common. The only one I know of is Sora's old tome." she says. "And Melanite's old tome only details the crystal magic."

Then she deflates and loses that cool logical tone.

"I don't like feeling like this. I hate it. The most I get is. guardedly relaxed." she mutters.

"It's been two years." she says. "As of the start of this month. Since I bought the necklace." she says.

"The first year was hard. But I didn't start running into anyone until this year. This second year has been better. But only marginality so in ways."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-04 04:59:05 77849
"You've been able to use the crystal magic, at least to some degree," Kazuo notes. "Not perfectly, but neither was Melanite." Only. The word 'only' is more of a relief than he'd care to show or admit. Given some of the magics that Melanite liked to work.

But the change in her tone prompts him to study her a little more closely again. "Years tend to do that. It's very rare that every aspect improves at once."
Lacrima 2017-06-04 05:14:14 77850
Norie Okana nods. "I've been working on that slowly. I'm only trying to keep to productive uses of it, or fix my own weakness." she says. "Like. Those crystals you saw. When Ami was trying to fix Alexis that one time." she says. "I made those because I wanted a way to refill my energy in the case of an emergency and 'draining' someone wasn't an option. It is painful because it isn't a voluntary drain. and I still need to drain someone to contain that energy in the first place." she says. "But it's better than the potential alternative." she says.

"Given it's. Origin. I feel there's a ... " she tries to think of the term. "Obligation? To make a more productive use of it then. Straight up hurting people." she says.

"Given I can do that WITHOUT magic crystals if I wanted." she asides.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-04 05:19:44 77851
Kazuo's mouth tugs at the corner again, at the last. "And likely more efficiently. Though in some cases the stones can increase the efficiency. That, and storage, and fine-tuning, have always struck me as the most effective uses; but other people have had other opinions."