Bettering Yourself through Sweat and Anger

Kyouko is working out on the ECFH with Naru for company when Koji, Norie, and Kunzite appear. Much discussion ensues, about a bunch of things, but largely about Hannah and the plan surrounding her.

Date: 2017-06-06
Pose Count: 68
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-06 17:52:51 77972
    Early afternoon, and the sky is blue and the early summer sun is beating down on Tokyo. It's probably pretty warm at street level, but we're 47 (48, really) stories in the air which means that it's perhaps slightly on the chilly side of comfortable, though the warm sun does a lot to counteract the brisk breeze. The ECFH is pretty quiet- most of the inhabitants are still off at school or university or perhaps off doing something afterwards before coming home.

    The place isn't deserted though- the door which leads to the interior stairwell that opens onto the roof is propped open. On the rooftop is Kyouko, on a small grassy patch amidst the gardens and concrete paths, though within sight of the door. She's going through her workout routine, dressed in a black workout top and knee-length tight shorts, the sort of thing an MMA fighter might wear. And that's a pretty apt analogy, because that's the sort of workout she's doing.

    Kyouko learned several years ago, when she lost her magic for a time, that relying entirely on skills and powers imparted by said magic was a mistake. During that period she started training in martial arts outside of her magic, and even after regaining her powers, she's kept it up faithfully. Oh, most of her instincts and some muscle memory definitely carries over from her henshined form, but she firmly believes in mundane training as well as the more magical kind.

    She has one of those standing pads set up, the sort with a metal frame on a stand, and is busily punching and kicking it in various combinations. Her movements are fluid and obviously practiced- outside of being a combat-focused magical girl for 6 years now, she's been doing this mundane training for almost two years, and it's familiar and in a way, comforting. The 'thwap thwap' of fists and feet hitting pad echo around the rooftop.
Naru Osaka 2017-06-06 17:59:15 77973
Why Naru isn't at school is a question best left unanswered. Whatever that answer might be, it has Naru at ECFH this afternoon. She is doing schoolwork at least, or something that has her sitting at one of the patio tables, writing and sketching into a notebook. Her coffee cup is still steaming and every so often, she glances up and watches Kyouko work out. Cause of course she does. There's even a little smile as she watches.
A Siberian cat 2017-06-06 18:10:39 77974
Keeping to schedules can be an important thing. But also breaking them occasionally can be just as important. Which is why right after visiting his parents in the hospital, Koji has come to the Frat House to knock on the front door.

Standing outside like he is, there's concern written in his expression and his stance, the young man having been exposed to a lot in a short period of time, and it beginning to take it's toll. The top button of his uniform shirt is open. His braid is not as neat as it could be, and the hiking boots he wears when not in school are scuffed. Almost impatiently, he knocks a second time.

<<Koji, du musst aufhoeren, sich darum zu kuemmern. Sie haetten nicht um Hilfe gebeten, wenn sie nicht glaubten, dass du ihnen nicht helfen konntest.>>

Thankfully, the link between the two makes him understand the words, but not really understand them, and he murmurs back, "After the nightmare, after that creepy woman at the TSAB... I want to help, but... I don't know what they really want us to DO."

Inside his head, the Unison Device sighs deeply, <<Sie haben dir geholfen, als deine Eltern in Gefahr waren. Das ist die wenigsten, die du ihnen schuldest. Sie sagten mir zu mir, auch wenn ich argumentierte, sollten wir nicht.>>

That makes the boy grumble a bit, "Throwing my own words back against me? Fine. I... I just..."

<<Du hast Angst, und das ist ganz natuerlich. Warum bist du bis jetzt kein Wunder gewesen...>>

And so they continue to talk as he waits outside.
Lacrima 2017-06-06 18:17:34 77976
Norie Okana steps out of a cloak of darkness. She's brought a briefcase with her. NO this isn't a business visit, but rather- the briefcase protects against potential Dusk Zone infection of sweets. VERY SPECFICALLY, an array of cupcakes that get dropped off in their red bow tied package with a thank you card. There. Cupcakes have been delivered. Since no one seems around, she's just going to leave when there's a presence at the door!?

Who... who actually knocks. Before coming in here. NO ONE she knows knocks. Everyone just appears. Or uses the balcony or the roof. She curtly furrows her brow and feels like she's about to tell a solicitor that nobody wants their business here in a rude manner. She opens the door and---

"....Koji-san?" she asks. "Why would you... oh. Wait. Of course. Of course you would knock." she says sourly like it's a bad thing. "Nobody else does." she says. "I think tha---"

Then there's a 'thwap thwap' heard through the open door to the roof.

"....ah. My correction. Someone is home." she says as she begins to walk to the roof access door. She leaves the door open for Koji to enter and close it and she walks up stairs to find... well There's Kyouko punching something. Which for some reason does not at all describe her because this is how she imagines someone like Kyouko spends all day everyday-- and there's Naru, apparently doing something school work related.

"Hello Naru-chan." she says softly. Kyouko doesn't get any sort of greeting yet. Either this intentional as a spite, or she's not wanting to mess up her exercise. Probably the first thing thou.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-06 18:24:15 77977
    Kyouko punches the pad a bunch more times just as Norie comes up the stairs from below. Thwap-thwap-thwap! That last punch is hard enough to send the entire metal tripod rocking back, though it doesn't quite fall over, righting itself with a wobble as she steps back, breathing somewhat hard. She tosses her head, clearing some sweat-damp strands of red hair from her eyes, as she turns to say something to Naru..

Only to find Norie there, saying something to the other girl. Kyouko eyes Norie for a moment, suspicion in her stance, though to be fair being suspicious of everybody is part of her job description. When it becomes apparent that Norie is not, at least at this moment, doing anything potentially threatening, she just shakes her head and turns back to the pad. Thwap-thwap-thwap.
A Siberian cat 2017-06-06 18:27:55 77978
One. Norie knew his name... it takes Koji a moment to remember the hospital incident, and he bows, but only in time for her back to be turned on him.

The 'Of course you'd knock' comment does make him look a little embarrassed about it, but he still moves to one side and takes off his hiking shoes for house-shoes because that's what you do when you come here. And so of course he picks out the same teal-colored ones that he always does from the available rack.

And then she's off and heading up a set of steps he's seen but never gone near. No one else is down in the main room for a moment, so taking up his bag, Koji makes his way up slowly towards the roof, peeking over and around the edge of the steps to see what's happening without being impolite. He didn't even get to ask if Mister Chiba was here.
Naru Osaka 2017-06-06 18:30:24 77979
A quirk of Naru's head as she looks towards the door to the apartment. Was that someone knocking downstairs? Maybe? It stopped at least, and then there's people coming up. She lives a hand to wave. "Afternoon Norie, what brings you by?"

There's a glance back to Kyouko a moment as the thwap-thwap-thwap picks up again. Naru turns back to see Koji peeking around the door. "Ah, and Koji too. C'mon up, it's quite comfortable up here. As long as you dont' get too close to the edge, if you ask me."
Lacrima 2017-06-06 18:44:56 77980
Norie Okana head tilts. "Koji arrived about the time I did." as if to imply they did not arrive together. "I brought cupcakes. There is a thank you card for Mamoru and Kunzite on it." she says softly. She nods. "I brought Koji up here when I realized someone was actually home." she says.

She glances over to Kyouko as she gets a glance. "Hello Kyouko Sakura. How are you?" she asks.

Yes. Her full name. As usual.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-06 18:48:00 77981
    Kyouko gives the pad another good round of drubbing, muttering to herself under her breath, though what about isn't clear since she at least had the decency to mutter at a volume obscured by the sound of her beating upon the thing. She finishes just in time to hear the end of Naru's words, and her red eyes flick curiously over to the door to see Koji peeking his head out, as noted.

    She snorts absently as she finally turns from the training pad, at least for the moment, to walk over towards the table where Naru sits (and Norie stands). "Ahh, it ain't so bad. Only 500 feet in the air, what could go wrong?" She winks at Naru as she says it, before snagging a water bottle that had been sitting on the table and taking a long swig from it, before wiping at her face again as she puts it back.
A Siberian cat 2017-06-06 18:54:42 77982
He almost ducks back behind the door when he's called out, but then Koji just uses it as a single semi-graceful motion to pick up his schoolbag and open the door. Stepping out where the three girls are, he bows to each in turn (Norie a second time), out of politeness, "Sumimasen. I just was hoping to speak to Mister Chiba about..." Trailing off while looking between the three, he just bows his head slightly, "About the help he's asked me to provide. I promise not to be a bother. I can even come back later if that's better."

He does add after that, "Thank you for letting me in, Miss Okana."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-06 19:00:17 77983
Naru makes a face and gives a little shudder as Kyouko 'helpfully' provides details on how far up they are. "Gnngh. Thank you." She tucks her notebook closed, tucking her legs up under her in her seat. "Cupcakes are nice, I'm sure they'll be well appreciated, Norie."

Naru looks to Koji and quirks her head before smiling. "Visitors aren't a bother here, they're normal. I don't think .. Mamoru is home, but he likely will be soon. Pull up a seat. Can I get you a coffee? Tea? Orange pop? I /know/ we've got lots of orange left, I'm not sure what else is in the fridge currently."
Lacrima 2017-06-06 19:09:33 77984
Norie Okana head tilts. "Help?" she asks at Koji. "is there a problem....?" she asks. She furrows her brow and then searches her thoughts. Has Kunzite or Mamoru ment---oh... OH. Yes. Yes they did. She just keeps it to herself though. She wasn't personally invited to help. NOR does she want to. And for all she knows, she's thinking of something else.

She nods to Naru. "Cupcakes are always nice. This is coming from a horrible dark construct." she insists deadpan and cooly.

She looks over to Kyouko again as she purses her lip. "Lots could go wrong this high up. Unmei-chan almost fell off the edge one time because I scared her by accident." she says. "Well. She did. Fall off the edge. Only onto a fire-escape."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-06 19:14:08 77986
    "Stupid fire escape." Kyouko mutters, reflecting her opinions on Unmei, though honestly she wouldn't wish the girl dead, she's just being a grump. She takes another drink of her water, placing it down, and then grinning and leaning over to kiss Naru's cheek a little too teasingly to be truly apologetic. Then she's turning to walk back towards the practice pad.

    She turns her head as she moves through the grass, though, so she can say to Koji, "Yeah, like Naru said, Mamoru ain't home. Still at school I guess. But it shouldn't be that long, I don't think." She glances at the sky, figuring the time, then shrugs before snapping off a punch that rocks the upright pad on its feet again. She had to remove herself from the table in order to avoid appearing over-eager for the cupcakes.
A Siberian cat 2017-06-06 19:17:52 77987
Shaking his head to Naru, Koji replies, "I'm fine, thank you... I drank some tea already on the way over after seeing my parents at the hospital." To which he looks to Norie and offers an almost timid smile, "They're doing better today. Actually... Dad was making some comments about the nurses to me, and Mom actually had enough energy to lean over and hit him on the shoulder."

The boy chuckles just a little at the comment, for all anyone else can understand the reference, "It's a slow recovery because they were under for so long... but, if it wasn't for the people here, I don't think I'd have ever known something else was doing it."

The smile remains for a second longer, and then fades away as he watches Kyouko working out, and just seems to linger there, in a sort of studying gaze, even moving to a spot where he can sit down... on the ground of all places.
Naru Osaka 2017-06-06 19:21:31 77988
"How about we don't discuss falling off the roof, hmm?" Naru asks with a quirk of a half smile, leaning just a touch into that kiss upon her cheek.

"What happened to your parents, Koji?" Naru asks, curiously, nodding at his declining of something to drink. "I suppose I should just ask what you're helping with too, and fully assauge my curiosity, but I'm not actually expecting much of an answer."
Lacrima 2017-06-06 19:32:30 77989
Norie Okana looks to Koji. "How are your parents doing?" she asks. "Are they recovering? I've been meaning to tap my friend for information about devices and things like them." she says. "Whatever was on the other end of one of those felt like such a thing." she says. "I've felt them before. There's at least one around the labs often."

She looks to Naru and nods a moment before looking at Kyouko- that comment gets a wry look from her, like she's trying to gauge if she was serious or not. For now she merely looks back to Koji expectantly.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-06 19:36:34 77990
    Kyouko hits the pad a bunch more times in quick succession, before landing another solid hit and then turning away again.. to find like, everybody looking at her. She pauses, suddenly mildly self-conscious. "What? Ain't you never seen a person training before?" This addressed to the group at large. Apparently Naru watching her is okay, but being stared at en-masse is a bit unnerving. Not that she's embarassed, it just feels mildly awkward to be the center of attention.

    She shakes her head slightly, stepping away from the pad again and putting her hands on her hips. "Ya'll are welcome to take a shot at the pad if you want to." She walks over to where a pole, maybe five feet long, lays in the grass, and with a nimble kick pops it up so she can grab it with her hand. It's just a stick, basically, but is clearly meant as a stand-in for her magical spear. As she does, though, she listens for Koji's answer to the questions asked, curious herself but not wanting to repeat what's already been said.
A Siberian cat 2017-06-06 19:51:31 77992
A bit startled at the response, Koji replies to Kyouko first by saying, "Oh... me? N-no, thank you." Spoken while looking down and away as he rubs the back of his neck, "Truth be told, Tyrfing does all the fighting. I just... well... sort of step back and allow him to take over. I wouldn't even know how."

To the others though, he looks up, and takes a breath while adjusting his glasses, "About two weeks ago, Miss Okana and the gentleman with the long white hair who lives here came to the hospital to investigate what was happening to my parents. After I'd bonded with Tyrfing, they hadn't woken up, so they were moved to a hospital here in Tokyo. But it'd been almost a year, and no sign of recovery. They, and Miss Rashmi and her friend, they all found and fought off the things that were draining them... and me." The admission making him get a little blush of shame in his cheeks, "Tyrfing didn't even know it was draining us, he was so weak himself... but he's been getting better since then. Less times we've had to change forms to allow our mana to recover. According to him, if we give it a little more time, he could even manifest himself independently without needing me to go into subspace, and could train me."

Then, he actually smiles at Norie, "I know you're... well... you don't seem like you care, but I think you really do. And I hope I can repay the kindness you've shown me, and to Tyrfing."

Moving along, he adds, "Mis-... Umm... Chiba-san had asked Miss Rashmi and myself to come here recently, and he asked us to help a group help someone who's in trouble. A woman who's doing something with witches and linker cores... someone who's really close to Miss Haruna. Anyways... I want to help... I... I just don't know what he wants me to do. I'm not good with Barriers or other things like Rashmi is, and while Tyrfing can fight, I don't know if we're strong enough to fight her. So... I'm just unsure what I can provide short of giving Tyrfing to someone else while this is happening. Someone with the power and skill to use him to his best."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-06 20:00:25 77993
"Who is Tyrfing?" Naru asks simply enough, as curious as ever. She reaches for her coffee cup and nods. "Long term drain is insidious, it is all sorts of awful. I'm sorry you and your family had to experience that."

Naru listens further and then ahhs softly. "Excellent to hear that there's more help in coping with Hannah."

Naru gives a little gesture to Kyouko at the offer to train. "I've already been on a run today, I'm good. No matter that I'm falling behind in my weapons training.. as always."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-06 20:04:44 77994
There's a quiet sound from the direction of the stairs down. Then there's a particular individual with long white hair from the direction of the stairs down, though 'gentleman' might be stretching it. "Can't imagine why," Kazuo says, tone only a trifle dry. "Simulating a flamethrower must be one of the easier things in the world."
Lacrima 2017-06-06 20:06:09 77995
Norie Okana ahs. "Yes, then you mean that situation. Mamoru asked me for your guys contact information." she says frankly. "I cannot help with that situation." she says softly. "She's a co-worker and I'd rather not get involved." she says plainly. "Besides. I'm a liability anyways. Considering what needs to be levied to fix it." she says.

She frowns at Koji. "I do care. I just can't show it. It's /hard/." she says a little frustratingly. "I know when I should feel certain things. Just. Not. Actually. Feel it. It's not quite the same. Really."

"Even though I'm no different than whatever was probably feeding on you and your parents." she says. "Given I feed on people too. But. It's kinda over fast. And they don't remember anyways." she says quietly.

She then hears Kazuo talk and she peers over. "Kunzite." she says quietly. "Hello. I left. Cupcakes. Downstairs. For you and Mamoru." she says softly. "On the kitchen counter." she says.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-06 20:12:23 77996
    Kyouko also doesn't know who Tyrfing is, or at least not the details of the situation, but she takes it to mean that Koji relies on his magic to fight for him- which is true, in a way. "That ain't no good." She says to him, shaking her head. "One day you might end up without that crutch, but still needing to defend yourself. S'all well and good to have powerful magic, but rely on it too much and you'll end up screwed when it gets taken away."

    So saying she unleashes a flurry of violence against the pad with her stand-in spear that probably would have left it in pieces if it were not specifically designed to withstand such, the pole a whipping blurr as she spins and strikes with it. Clearly, as competant as she is at punching and kicking, polearms are still her forte.

    In the aftermath of this, breathing hard again, she pauses and considers Koji's story. She notes, but doesn't comment, on his words regarding his parents. As to Hannah, she says, "You're not strong enough to fight her. Trust me, I've fought her. But that's why there's a team, see? Every little bit helps. Don't short-sell yourself, kid."

    For Naru, she rolls her eyes. "I know you did, you woke my ass up at 5:30, remember?" She grins, then glances at Norie, but doesn't comment on her words.. either because she has nothing nice to say or because in some ways, they strike a bit too close to home even for her.

    Then Kazuo is arriving, and she has a bright smile for him. "Nii-chan~. You wanna hold the hand pads for me?" Asked oh-so-sweetly, because most people say she hits too hard and it still stings even through the pads.
A Siberian cat 2017-06-06 20:25:03 77997
"But you brought cupcakes." Koji adds, almost mumbling it with the arrival of Kazuo, causing him to duck his head where he sits. But Naru had asked a rather important question, so the young man takes off his glasses, and holds them up towards Naru, "This. This is Tyrfing... well, it's the part of him you can see, anyways."

The breadth of the question though makes his eyes go a little sad, and he closes them for a moment, "He used to have his own body, but something happened when we merged to fight the monster that was attacking my parents. We can't separate." He pauses, and then says, "Maybe this will help."

Taking his cell phone from his pocket, he flicks open it's side-stand and settles it down on a table by Naru. The image on the phone is the head of a rather large snow leopard.

One that speaks in a thickly Germanic Japanese apparently, through the phone's speaker, <<Don't worry about the kid. Couple nights back with the tussle with that freakshow in the Dreamworld kinda threw him off again. Wouldn't blame him... kid's smart enough to know he's in over his head, right?>>

The commentary does make Koji frown a bit, but he does say to Kyouko, "We're... working on it. It's why we've been going to the arcade. The dancing game. He can follow the patterns and move my body easily... it's how we got top score. But I'm making him not try and be pushy about being competitive about it. So we can work together rather than just going back and forth."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-06 20:38:30 77998
"Five-fifteen." Naru corrects Kyouko with a grin. "Even if you managed to pull the covers over your head and disbelieve until five-thirty." Her voice, entirely teasing and she snorts softly at Kunzite as he comments on the flame thrower. "That's different." How, exactly, is unclear.

Naru turns her attention to Koji's phone as he starts to explain, and considers the snow leopard displayed there. "Ah. I see." She doesn't seem terribly put out by the notion that he's fused with a giant cat. These things happen. "Ahh, so it's terribly recent, based on what I'm hearing." She nods a little, thoughtful. "If I can help, let me know."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-06 20:39:48 77999
Kazuo inclines his head to Norie at the mention of the cupcakes. "I saw them in passing," he says. "Thank you." The secret economy of the magical world runs on grief seeds for Puella and on baked goods for everyone else.

'I'm no different' causes him to tilt his head and glance back toward her, eyebrows lifting just a touch. "You retain awareness of existing in a social context," he says, "and a reasonable evaluation of consequence and of your own abilities. That makes a considerable difference between you and most of that type." He does not repeat what he said in the dream, the more fundamental difference; he eases off instead, turning the greater share of his attention toward Koji and Kyouko.

And Tyrfing, whom he eyes for a moment; the amount of emotion he displays is as usual in the range of 'minimal to actually imperceptible,' but in this instance it shades a little more toward amusement than disapproving. "He had good ideas," Kazuo says. "In dreams, those count. The game's a good beginning, too. Need to understand where you are before you can control how you move."

He doesn't comment toward Naru's that's-different. Largely because it's Kyouko's turn to get eyed. It is entirely possible that he is doing so for Naru's amusement. "Did you forget to bribe Nephrite again?"
Lacrima 2017-06-06 20:50:14 78000
Norie Okana gives Kazuo a wry look. "Well I don't like what I need to do to survive for one. Most of these. Things. Revel. in it. Or enjoy it." she says sourly. "For me it's like needing to take wholly awful medicine in the form of actions I don't like doing." she says. She does looks towards Kyouko and then back to Koji.

"Ah. The dream." she says. "I'm going to be visiting Ariel and her mothers tomorrow." she says. "I want to make sure everyone is well and I have some personal questions to ask." she says.

"I just didn't want to go right away. For obvious reasons. Ariel just got her mother back. Time. And what not." she says a bit. "Right?"
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-06 20:56:43 78001
    Kyouko can't see the leopard-face on the phone from where she stands, but she can hear the germanic-accented speech. She's familiar enough with Devices to get the general idea, even if she's never seen a Unison Device (and wouldn't know to identify him as one). "All of us are in over our heads." Is her wry comment. "Only way to survive is to swim, if you don't wanna sink."

    She nods to Koji, then. "Alright. Well, keep workin' on it. It's important. And ain't nothing wrong about being competitive. Being competitive drives us to excel. And crap." Words of wisdom, though Kyouko's competitive streak is perhaps a bit too wide at times.

    She rolls her eyes towards Naru. "Five-fifteen then. And you may be behind in your weapons training, but I bet you could outrun every youma in the city." She grins. "And I don't mean that to imply you run away, I mean it as in you could run circles around them at this point."

    She sighs at Kazuo, then. "He's still sulking about the whiskey thing." She says, without going into detail. "You'd think he'd lock the door but.." she shakes her head, whirling her pole around again before setting it back down in the grass.

    She listens to what Norie says, but again has no particular comment, not being overly familiar with the situation she's referring to aside from what she's heard 2nd hand from the others.
A Siberian cat 2017-06-06 21:11:02 78003
The talk about visiting Ariel causes Koji to start a moment, "Oh. Ummm..." And he suddenly goes digging into his bag, and brings something out, "Would you give her something for me?"

What he passes over is something probably utterly mundane to people, but it's a pair of small bamboo wood picture frames, just big enough for wallet-sized photo to be made a little nicer. The kinds of photos you can get done at any arcade, "I thought... maybe sometime she and her mother could get pictures together, and keep them in these. So they always have something of each other."

While Koji is talking with Norie, the face on the screen continues to talk with Naru, <<Help? Not sure if anyone here can. I mean sure... there's at least a half-dozen Device Users here in the city, and I've detected others. Just not sure if anyone here's any skilled in Device repair or not.>> The face scowls and grumbles, <<Don't even know if it CAN be fixed, to be honest. Not like if they did they'd let me in the arcade so I could show pole girl over there how it's done with those dance games. Beat her fair and square once.>>

So yes, the competitive one is revealed there as well, but Koji continues to hold out the items for Norie as he nods once to Kazuo for his words, getting a bit more of a blush as he fumbles his glasses back into place, before saying towwards Kyouko, "The... only thing I know how to do is Kyudo. I'm on the archery club roster this year... they say I'm actually fairly good. Tyrfing even makes himself into a bow for me to use when we need."

The image snorts and rolls his eyes, <<Can't get the kid to learn to punch worth a damn, might as well at least let him do what he knows, eh?>>
Naru Osaka 2017-06-06 21:15:56 78004
"What's up with Ariel?" Naru asks and then frowns a little, reaching out to give her notebook a little nudge. "I feel as if I've been hiding under a rock for months." There's a slow sigh, a little shake of her head.

Naru settles her attention back upon Tyrfing and she nods. "I'm not as familiar with the intricacies of Devices as I'd like." She can't help but smile at the competatitve streak. It sounds very familiar. "That's Kyouko, and she'd say the same back to you. Just for the record."

Naru looks over at Koji and oohs. "Archery? That's cool. I've never tried archery." She turns back to Tyrfing and there's a grin. "I don't punch either, for that matter. Not everyone needs to punch things."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-06 21:23:58 78005
"For myself, I intend to continue giving you credit despite your protests," Kazuo says to Norie. Then: "Ah. Akashimaru relayed to us another verse from that book, that appeared after the fight against the giant. Nothing new from the most recent incidents, so -- a total of three, now. If you don't have them all already, I'll pass them over." 'Incidents' may or may not be a mildly suspicious plural. Either way, he includes Koji in the offer with a tip of his head, and perhaps Naru and Kyouko in passing.

The mention of Nephrite 'sulking about the whiskey thing' wins Kyouko a small, but distinct, smile. "Of course," he says then, answering her original question. "Though if you want a half-decent workout, you'll need to wait a few minutes. It'd interfere with conversation."

The discussion of archery he tracks closely, but doesn't take part in. Naru's question might, possibly, make him regret that choice just a touch. Or maybe regret not going ahead and going aside with Kyouko. "One of Ariel's mothers," he says, "was captured and corrupted, made into an involuntary servant for an entity calling himself the Prince of Nightmares. Over an extended course of dream interventions, we were able to break her free. Unfortunately, she is one of a number of people he put into harness, and the others are not yet free. As a result of their activities, the boundaries of dreams are breaking down, and the boundary between dreams and the waking world. There have been two incursions that I know of so far; there will be more, since Ariel's mother has confirmed that he means to make a full-scale invasion. Also, discussing the Prince in a dream with intent may now be enough to gain his attention, which means in turn it will shortly become possible to do so accidentally from the waking world."
Lacrima 2017-06-06 21:36:09 78006
Norie Okana scoffs at Kunzite, because of course he'll continue that. "Yes. That one we heard. I'd like a copy of them." she admits. "Of the words, or scans from the book if that'll work. Really. It's not. Important. Persay? Just. I worry. When stories talk about things like that. When it seems related to actual events." she says.

"....what's strange is that I don't know why...." she frowns.

"Regardless. Yes. Thank you." she says.

She looks over to Naru and then nods as Kazuo answers the question. "She's free now. That's good for Ariel, but like Kazuo says, there's more to free." she says.

She does frown at that, though. "We shouldn't use his name. I vote his new name is now Morton the Second." she insists in deadpan. "Basically. A codename could help."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-06 21:44:42 78007
    "Archery is a good start. But just because you're only good at one thing now don't mean it gotta stay that way. Hell, when I started in this biz," (Biz here referring to magical girling), "I couldn't do crap. Sheltered preacher's daughter, y'know? Couldn't tie my own shoelaces. If you wanna survive out there, you gotta push your limits. Expand your horizons." What she doesn't mention is that the one who basically kept her from buying the farm within a week back then was Mami. She's not going to admit that in public.

    She snorts at Tyrfing's comment about DDR. "You're welcome to try. I been holding that record for two years now, but I ain't afraid to defend my title." Then she mock-scowls at Naru. "No, but you got a wicked arm anyway." A grin.

    To Kazuo, she shrugs. "Alright, I ain't going anywhere, although I should note Mako-chan and I manage to have perfectly reasonable conversations while working out." Conversations which, it's true, largely consist of grunts and 'ow' and 'nice hit', but we all have different definitions.

    She listens to the explanation of the situation with the dream stuff. She'd been peripherally aware of it, through Mamoru and Kunzite, but so far uninvolved. She makes a face. "I always feel so helpless with the dream stuff. I never have dreams.. well, weirdo magic dreams. I think it might be because my soul is in a Gem? I mean.. I ain't the only one," She inclines her head to Kazuo, rock-brother, "But maybe something about Puella Soul Gems isolates us from that sorta thing. I dunno."
A Siberian cat 2017-06-06 21:53:59 78008
Tyrfing speaks up first from the phone, a bit more somber, <<Don't bet on it Kyouko. Since I share Koji's subconscious, I got pulled into this mess first. I've been protecting him from being drawn in so far, but then Godzilla in the bathtub happened. And this last time was worse... we were both there, but it was either me or him. The other could only watch, at least until I merged with someone else. Whatever your Puella thing is, it won't protect you forever.>>

The image leans in closer towards Naru, and then puts a hand up to 'murmur' his way, <<Hey... what's the deal here anyways...>> Nodding towards Kazuo, <<What's up with him?>>

Koji immediately turns around and protests at his phone, "TYRFING! That's rude!"

The beastman rolls his eyes and huffs, <<What, it's not like YOU'LL ask, now will you.>>

The frames are left by Norie as he goes over and swipes up his phone, pointing at the image's chin, "That's not the point. You just don't pry into people's personal lives like that!" He then looks to the others, and he looks mortified, "You'll have to forgive him, he doesn't always understand propriety. We're so closely bonded, he knows everything about me... so he just assumes..." Knocking the the phone against his leg, eliciting a <<HEY!>>, "That he can just ask anything he wants."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-06 21:56:38 78009
"Hmmm." Naru listens to that explination from Kunzite and is quietly thoughtful a few moments. "Well that explains a few things." She comments after a moment and then nods again. "So now we shall see if attempting not to think about .. Morton.. works much like attempting not to think about pink elephants. In any case, if I bump into him, I'll be sure to let someone know. I dream enough for both of us." She nods towards Kyouko at her Gem theory.

Naru leans in to the cell phone at the 'whisper' and she grins. "That's a really big question, so you might want to narrow it down just a smidge on what bit of the 'deal' you're curious about." She sits up from replying to Tyrfing and grins to Koji. "To my mind, he is welcome to ask. I don't feel obliged to answer necessarily, but how will he know if he doesn't ask?"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-06 21:59:03 78010
"Certainly." That to Norie. Kazuo slips his phone from a pocket, bends his head over it.

(No, it is not a Virtue phone. One does not ask Eclipse members to help beat down Miss White. One also does not tempt them to misbehavior by letting them see a potential access point to Virtue's network.)

He does comment absently to Kyouko, "Or maybe the isolation is broken in my case through another factor. Remember how Mercury remade me."

Apparently the 'soul is in a gem' part does not surprise him. Or make him blink.

Nor does he get involved in the spat between Koji and Tyrfing, merely concentrating on making sure the text of the verses gets relayed to Norie. Eighty percent of his history is public knowledge in the community anyway; it's not as if he's about to worry. And Naru has saying that aloud covered.
Lacrima 2017-06-06 22:04:31 78011
Norie Okana looks to Tyrfing. "Puellas specifically have a bum deal that guarantees it won't be forever." she says. "Unless some part of their wish interferes with that- and even then I wouldn't call that... life." she says. A pause. "A Puella Magi is a girl that makes a wish to this cat-rabbit creature named 'Kyubey'. Except you have this bum deal of fighting these terrible monstrosities to keep yourself from despairing yourself into death." she doesn't add anything else she knows. Probably too heavy. Koji would start doing stupid things to 'save' Puella.

Maybe someone else will tell him or maybe he'll learn on his own someday.

She dutifully copies the verses to her own phone. "Thank you." she says softly as she works on that. It takes her a moment. She types okay, but there's three pages there of poem. She'll be done soon.

"Kazuo used to be something like what I am. Like it. Not quite the same. But enough similarity that we have both experienced the same feeling or event-- like the multicolored shape dreams." she says quietly. "He's human now. Of course." she says quietly. "Besides. I don't know where my soul is 'anchored'. Whether it's in the body or the necklace." she says quietly.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-06 22:08:44 78012
    Kyouko rolls her eyes towards Tyrfing. "Listen, if shit starts getting real, and I mean that literally in this case, then yeah I'm sure I'll be fightin' along with everybody else. I wouldn't have it any other way. But when it comes to like.. gettin' sucked into weird dream worlds while sleepin'.." She shrugs. "It just don't happen to me, or at least it hasn't so far. I seen too much weird crap to rule anything out completely."

    She gives Norie somewhat of a sour look. "I don't really see what the whole lecture has to do with dreams." But she's not going to protest- it's common knowledge after all, at least the parts that Norie just shared.

    She just nods at Kazuo, conceding the point, and then smirks at Naru's response to the question about the older Shitennou. She turns back to the pad and starts punching it again in a series of rapid one-two hits, the comfortable thwak-thwak resuming.
A Siberian cat 2017-06-06 22:19:31 78014
Putting the phone back down so they both can listen, Koji seems rather thoughtful about all of this, and Tyrfing replies, <<Huh... sounds a bit like the TSAB. Except without a pay grade. Never did trust them, but my last Lord was one of their operatives, and she was allright.>> A slightly wistful sound in his tone.

In the meantime the young man adjusts his glasses as he considers things, gulping once before saying, "I'm not going to ask anything more about it, Miss Okana. It doesn't sound very pretty, but I'm sure there are people trying to work to help the ones caught in it." Not even realizing he's already been thrust into the sight of the person who IS, for good or ill. The topics all seem to drift in his mind, and then he looks at Naru, to ask, "Has anyone just tried to ... well... talk to Hannah? I don't mean someone she knows. Someone who's involved in it, or has already... done things. Someone who she wouldn't see necessarily as an enemy?" He looks around a moment at the others, "Just... by the sound of it, there's people who've tried, but they're people she might see as having agendas."

Tyrfing just remains quiet, but from where Naru can see him, there's a slight expression of pride on that digital face.

Koji goes on after a moment, "My mom... she's got a friend who doesn't always make the best choices in life. They used to do a lot together, back when my mom wasn't really... well, she used to beat up on guys in gangs for fun." The admission making him seem a bit more ashamed for admitting to someone's past, "Anyays, she's always saying to her friend If you can't trust yourself, then you trust me instead.. I suppose... maybe if this Hannah person heard those words from someone who hasn't already passed judgement in her eyes, maybe it'll be enough to get her to sit down and be helped."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-06 22:27:29 78017
"There's been a lot of people who have tried to talk to Hannah." Naru nods in agreement. "A lot. Friends, colleagues, loved ones, those who don't just have an agenda beyond compassion, certainly not as an enemy. I am never one to deny the talking option, but I think we're solidly past it, especially from one that she doesn't know at all. She's.." Naru pauses and frowns a little.

"She's not in denial, exactly. She has a pretty good grasp on what she's doing, and how it's hurting people. She just can't actually stop herself long enough to get help." Naru explains after a moment of thought. "And depending on the moment, she doesn't want to give up things to accept the help."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-06 22:31:52 78018
"'Human' is debatable," Kazuo notes absently to Norie's summary. "'Ghost attached to a rock wearing a human suit' is admittedly a less-than-aesthetic description. Human-passing, at least." His attention stays down on his phone, even when he addresses Koji instead. "She has an obsessive focus on being able to handle problems by herself. Even when she trusts other people, to the extent that she does, she's not particularly able to let go of a bad solution that's her own to pursue a good solution that's out of her hands. 'Bad' and 'good' in this case should be evaluated on terms of both ethics and practicality. Beating her into the ground to make her let go of something that's killing her or other people is unfortunately something of a regular event."
Lacrima 2017-06-06 22:36:18 78019
Norie Okana looks to Kyouko. "He said 'whatever your Puella thing is', so I informed him what one was." she says frankly. "Now he knows." she says cooly. ""'Whatever your Puella Thing' is about." she says.

She looks to Koji. "Oh. You know her real name." she says. "I imagine talking to Hannah is like talking to a brick wall that can get angry and punch you across a square mile before you hit terra firma again." she says cooly. "I mean. You can try. Just understand it probably won't end well." she says.

She looks to Kazuo and just gives a blink. She purses her lips. "You're attached to a rock? I don't think I knew that..." she says. "Just that. You didn't have a bo----" then she makes this weird face and then slaps a hand to her face.

"The stone is 'kunzite' isn't it?" she asks like she's an idiot.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-06 22:40:56 78021
    Kyouko scowls at Koji, and at the general notion of talking to Hannah. "She's past the point of talking to." She says, her tone heavy with dislike and anger. "She's been given chances and she refuses to take 'em. At a certain point, you throw away enough chances, you stop getting more. That's the way it's gotta work or else it invalidates all the people who work to change themselves. She's been doin' this shit for years and people have been trying to help her and she throws it away over and over again."

    She seethes visibly for a moment.. then sighs and shakes her head. "That's what I think, anyway. Luckily for her, Mamoru is a good sight more forgiving than I am.. than he outta be, if you ask me, but he's the boss not me. Probably better that way."

    She shrugs at Norie, then. "He meant being insulated from dreams, coulda just said 'her soul's in a magic rock'. Still, whatever, it's public knowledge anyway."

    Then she grins at Kazuo. "Human enough for us."
A Siberian cat 2017-06-06 22:54:28 78022
Just laying back now and staring up at the waning daylight above them all, Koji grumbles out, "And all it took was for me to get bonded to an ancient magical device of war to finally make friends." Saying it with almost a note of sarcasm in his voice as he closes his eyes to think.

But then Tyrfing speaks up, directing it at the rest, <<Hey, I get it. All accounts, this should be an ambush. Get her where we can contain her, knock her around until she's too tired to put up a fight, then lock her down so tight she can't wiggle a damn finger. Tactically speaking, and all of my knowledge says we don't give her a chance to even figure out who's doing it.>>

But then the image sighs, <<But kinda like you, pole girl, I gotta do what the boss says. And the boss is of the mind to be the message bearer, by the looks of it. Make it clear it's come nicely or get bounced off the pavement. I think...>>

Then Koji cuts him off, "Tyrfing, I can talk for myself."

Not looking at the others, the clouds reflect off the glasses for a moment as he says, "Caring about people means you give them another chance. Even if you think they're always going to let you down. I understand what you're all saying too. This isn't something anyone wants... so someone's got to be the messenger. I'd rather be the one then... I'm not anyone who cares about her so much it'll hurt, or hates her so much I can't see reason. Besides... it'll give the stronger people time to set up. No sense in putting your biggest piece out on the board as bait."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-06 22:59:49 78024
    "Caring about people," Kyouko injects, with a tinge of annoyance in her voice, "Means taking them out when they need to be stopped, to stop them hurting other people. That's how I'd want it if I ever became a danger to the people around me. Trying to save everybody only leads to saving nobody."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-06 23:03:33 78026
Naru leans over a little to pat Koji's arm lightly, sympathetically, at that muttery grumbly scarcasm. She resettles as she sits back up, picking up her rapidly cooling coffee cup. "I agree about the chances, to a point. I agree about the ambush. I also know that I am not amongst those calling any shots on anything at the moment, so I provide what information I can."

Naru glances to Kyouko and there's a bit of a nod. "Caring sometimes has a rather tough love aspect to it, especially when folks have stopped being rational."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-06 23:07:32 78027
Kazuo doesn't even say 'yes' out loud to Norie. The noncommittal noise he makes is entirely sufficient. He does, at least, finally put the phone away in favor of sharing a resigned look with her.

"And yet," he says to Kyouko, "most of us are here to have this conversation because Endymion does try to save everyone. It doesn't always work. But he tries." A moment's pause. "Granted, he's come to understand that often enough unconsciousness counts as the first step in saving." And he keeps people like the two of them and Zoisite around for the moments when that won't be enough.

He regards Koji for a lingering moment. "I have no authority over your actions," he says. "But I recommend that you consider that you are bonded to a Device. That means that you are, at present, one of her preferred targets. You may wish to think very carefully about the wisdom of presenting yourself to her at close range."
Lacrima 2017-06-06 23:21:29 78029
Norie Okana seems to be sour at herself for some reason. Yup. She has a sourpuss, but it doesn't last too long as she looks up and head tilts. She looks at Kyouko and frowns. She then looks to the others. She doesn't say anything about the plan to pop Hannah in the head. But then she probably won't relay it. Afterall. Mamoru already mentioned there's a plan back when he asked for Koji's and Rashmi's numbers and she hasn't told Hannah anything. Yet.

She sighs and shakes her head. "I try not to upset people." she says frankly. "But not like I can help the things I do that upset people." she says frankly.

She head tilts over to Kazuo and frowns. "I'm still about the second drain. Not that. That one was an attack. But I do know it worried more than one person." she says a little glumly.

"I should had just refused. But. He insisted. Too."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-06 23:26:16 78031
    "Also," Kyouko notes to Tyrfing, "Stop calling me pole-girl. Makes me sound like a stripper. Name's Kyouko." She then nods to Naru, firmly.

    To Kazuo, she raises her brows. "You're half-right, nii-chan. We're here because when he reached out a hand to use, we took it. Look, you can't save somebody who don't wanna be saved. It just doesn't work. They need to meet you halfway, even if all that means is not actively working against you. Hannah has thrown away chance after chance, and on top of that, she keeps doin' the same shit over and over again. What's that old saying? Performing the same action over and over and expecting different results is madness, or something like that."

    She sighs heavily. "I admit, I'm biased. I got a grudge with her and maybe I can't see past it but at the same time, she and I ain't so different, y'know? Except that she's had all the same chances I've had, or near enough, and I'm here, and she's still out there."

    She shakes her head.. walking over to the table and sitting down next to Naru, her expression sour. "Well. I said my piece. There's a reason Mamoru didn't want me on the team for this one, and I can't say he was wrong to make that call."
A Siberian cat 2017-06-06 23:28:47 78032
Finally Koji sits back up, and reaches over to pick his phone up off the table and turns off the image of Tyrfing there. Pushing it back into his pocket, he says softly, "You said it yourself. How am I supposed to know unless I ask. Mister Chiba's asked me to put myself in danger to help everyone who'll be there." Looking a bit more pointedly at the non-Lacrima residents of the roof before standing up and brushing himself off, "I have to think about what's best for your group, and how you would handle this. Apparently, one of your team has a plan to work with Rashmi... but no one's talked to me."

It's not accusing, but it's rather blunt, "I got asked to maybe get beat up or even really hurt to help a stranger. I don't want to get in the way. The best place for me is being bait. So unless Chiba-san has some kind of grand plan for me he's not going to share until the last minute, I haven't fought with, or worked with anyone here. I don't know how you function, or what you do best. But asking me there and then just having me sit back and do nothing... it's a waste of Tyrfing's... or our abilities. I may be a novice, but I have to play my part."

So he turns for the steps after picking up his bag, "Please let Chiba-san know I'm ready, and all he has to do is call. I'll leave my number downstairs."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-06 23:37:59 78034
"No. You don't know unless you ask." Naru agrees with a nod as Koji stands, her attention following him as he stands. "As much as you need to play your part, and I promise you, that there won't be a soul there who is doing nothing. Novice, bystander, experienced combatant. Not a soul." She clearly has more to say, and for once, she keeps it to herself as she watches him turn for the steps with that declaration.

Naru turns back to drink her coffee. Rather deliberately, even.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-06 23:47:09 78036
"You are not responsible for his choices," Kazuo says to Norie. "But we've discussed that before, and it still bothers you." He studies her for a moment longer ...

... then turns back to Kyouko, steady. "If you wish," he says, "I'll show you, later, precisely why I don't take your side on this. If you wish, and only if; given that your grudge is justified, you are entirely within your rights not to care."

He turns to Koji, then, his eyebrows twitching slightly upward. "Priorities," he says. "'World being eaten by nightmares' ranks slightly higher than 'one woman being aggressively mad.' There are people involved, like the person who's talked to Rashmi, who've had time to plan. Some of the rest of us, somewhat less so. But we'll talk with you soon."
Lacrima 2017-06-06 23:58:20 78039
Norie Okana frowns at Kazuo and bites her lip. This makes the point teeth obvious but she doesn't keep it long. "It does still bother me. Because I should have had the strength to say 'no'. But. I did. Need the energy that way." she says softly. "-and he'd assured me I wouldn't be hurting him, yet it still.... 'set everyone's danger senses' off in some manner." she says.

She sort of resettles as she sighs. She stands. "-and with what happened in the dream I've just been feeling off." she admits. "But that's how I usually feel after. Irrationality." she says. "Like that." she says.

She sighs. "I should go now." she says.

"Please enjoy the cupcakes. They're not... special or anything. I bought them in a shop." she says. Nope. No super special Koji-cupcakes here. :(

She gets up, bows to Kunzite and Naru and... then gives a soft nod to Kyouko and then begins to also take off.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-07 00:05:26 78041
    Kyouko is sitting at the table, frowning and toying with the water bottle she's picked up without actually drinking from it. She doesn't look up as Koji, and then Norie depart.. sighing a little bit, and, once it's down to just Naru and Kunzite, leaning sideways just a bit to touch shoulders with Naru, seeming to draw at least a little comfort from the contact, slight as it might be.

    Then she glances at Kazuo. "Take my side in general, or with Hannah in particular? Because you know it ain't just about her. I really believe that in order for somebody to be saved, they need to want it.. even if they don't know they want it."

    She quirks one corner of her mouth up. "Still.. I'd be interested in what you have to say. I know better than to discount what you have to say about something."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-07 00:10:09 78042
"Take care, Norie." Naru bids the vampire farewell as she drinks her coffee. When it is back to just the three of them, there's a little nudge from Kyouko, returned before she sets her mug down, nudging it away and reaches for her sketchbook again.

A flip of a few pages, and Naru picks up her pencil and sets to sketching. Quick, deft and decisive strokes. Forceful, even, making an abstract design upon the page.

It's clear she's still listening to Kunzite and Kyouko, but her attention is upon the page.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-07 00:25:27 78044
"I'm still sensitive to active dark energy," Kazuo points out mildly to Lacrima. "I was in the next room. My idiot prince did not warn me ahead of time when he did this, mostly because I would have explained to him in exactly which ways he was being stupid, and then we would have found a different and less potentially hazardous way to handle the situation. Therefore I reacted. Zoisite was irritated because our prince was being an idiot and he was not in a position to tell him no. He still reported to me accurately, making sure that blame did not attach to you. There was internal upset, yes, but largely because of unaddressed internal issues; we've taken care of those. The entire problem was, if anything, more my fault than yours; I hadn't taken care to make sure Endymion understood all of the reasons when I said that he shouldn't do that."

A pause. "And Mamoru will think the cupcakes are special all the same."

(It is obviously his boss who is a sap. Not Kazuo. Not one bit.)

Once the other two are gone, he glances to Kyouko at her words. "I agree with that belief," he says. "Endymion may try to pry that desire into evidence in unlikely parties. But he agrees that if he can't -- steps need to be taken. Hannah, though..." He's silent for a moment. "She doesn't know she wants it. And she doesn't understand that she's asked. But she has. Do you want to see the evidence now, or later?"
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-07 00:35:08 78047
    Kyouko glances over at Naru, and her forceful sketching. She watches the pencil move over the pad for a few moments, able to read at least some of the emotion behind those strokes even if she isn't sure what the other girl is drawing.

    After a moment she stands up, picking up her water bottle as well. She glances to Kunzite, studying him for a moment as he talks. Finally, she shakes her head.

    "I don't need to see the evidence, nii-chan." She says, with a soft sigh. "I don't even know if I would believe it. But I believe in you, and I believe in Mamoru. And if you guys think this is the path that needs to be followed then.." She shrugs her shoulders. "That's enough for me."

    "I might bitch and moan about it. But I'm with you, even if I don't like where the path leads." She grins. "That's what being family means, right?"

    She turns, leaning over to steal a kiss from Naru, then straightens again. "I'm gonna go downstairs and get a shower. I'm done working out for today, I think." She pauses by Kazuo. "I'd hug you, but I'm all sweaty, so. Consider the lack of a sign of my affection." She grins, then turns and heads down the stairs inside.
Naru Osaka 2017-06-07 00:42:24 78048
"She wants help when she's having moments of clarity, and she has asked." Naru agrees. "She doesn't know how to accept either. I agree about chances not being unlimited, but I also haven't given up on Hannah just yet." She looks up as Kyouko leans in for a kiss, a soft murmur promising to be down in not so very long.

Naru isn't quite ready to leave her spot, turning away from Kyouko to look at her drawing, with slashes of pencil marking providing meaning only to her. "It's odd not to know people." She comments, utterly changing the topic.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-07 00:52:21 78049
Kazuo's hand finds Kyouko's shoulder for a moment in passing. "Just make sure Mamoru gets at least one of the cupcakes." All he says. Maybe all he really needs to.

He does not pursue her down. Doesn't sit with Naru, either, or try to study the drawing-in-progress. "Odd to say that," he says, "when the people we know make up such a small fraction of the people in the city. But yes, all the same."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-07 00:57:06 78050
"Perhaps more accurately, it's odd not to know people here." Naru amends and then glances up at Kunzite and nods. "But you knew what I meant. Equally odd to have people not know you. Perhaps even more odd." She sets her pencil down upon her sketch.

"I'm not used to people getting under my skin quite that easily." Naru comments thoughtfully.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-07 01:03:28 78051
"He has a talent. And a point. The two work well together." Kazuo rubs his thumb over the side of his index finger; not a usual fidget for him. "Puts me in mind of Mamoru. Before Mamoru remembered who he was. The same combination of perceptive and broken. Dangerous. I like his friend, though."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-07 01:06:32 78052
"He had assumptions." Naru gives a little shake of her head. "And left in a haze of 'I dont know you people, or what you do, and you don't know me, but call me when you want me.', which isn't so much wiht getting to know people." She frowns a little. "Which one? The cat, or the Rashmi he referenced who I also don't know."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-07 01:14:01 78053
"He doesn't know enough yet not to have them. And he's damaged." Neither of which is a contradiction, not of Naru's statement and not of the shake of her head. Assessment only. "The cat I can appreciate. He's out of his depth too, but I can see how he's dealing with it. Rashmi I've met, but I don't know her well. Mercury's working with her."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-07 01:20:13 78054
"I can also appreciate the cat." Naru agrees with a little nod. "I haven't met her at all. Hardly surprising, at the moment, and irritates, even if it's entirely on me." She pauses a moment, and reaches to lift her pencil and close her notebook, setting the pencil down upon it. There's a moment and then she reaches out to adjust how the pencil sits on the book.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-07 01:29:59 78055
It's that last small gesture that prompts Kazuo to look Naru's way, studying her all the more closely for a few seconds.

"You look like you're the one who could use a session of punching things."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-07 01:38:51 78056
"I considered going for another run tonight." Naru glances up at him and then there's a twist of a half smile. "More to my taste than punching things. Although I wouldn't turn that down either, if it was the only option." She takes a slow breath, refinding zome zen. "Realstically, I'll end up doing homework."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-07 01:44:33 78057
"Better for your fingerbones." Kazuo tilts his head toward her, eyes lazily part-closing. "Let me know if you want a side trip for homework purposes."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-07 01:51:07 78058
"Even I've worked out how to punch without hurting my fingers." Naru points out with a snort as she leans over to pick up her mug, and get to her feet to take it downstairs.

There's probably still going to be a run tonight.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-06-07 02:09:41 78059
"What if I want a side trip for homework purposes?" comes a grousy voice from the stairs, and there's Mamoru's bespectacled head and sleep-mussed hair ascending. "And how do you punch without hurting your fingers? I mean even if I do it by the book, I end up having to heal microfractures if I hit hard enough."

Grousy. One step better from cranky. He looks like he fell asleep in formalwear and then dehenshined recently enough that the impressions of cufflinks are still denting his wrists. "Hi Naru-chan. Yay, you're done with Wall-kun."

And then he steps out of the stairwell and plants his feet, then messes up Naru's hair as she passes and stalks Kazuo-wards with Intent. "I took dramamine. Surprise me."