Awkward Stars

Just how awkward can it be when a friend of Norie Okana and her girlfriend meet?

Date: 2017-06-14
Pose Count: 23
Natsumi Matsumoto 2017-06-14 18:23:15 78610
The scent of old and new books filled the air, a miasma of glue, ink, and paper with a sort of earthy undertone flowing easily throughout. The only sounds were the quiet swishes of pages turning at the tables.

Natsumi was in the mythology section, standing there with a book open in her palm and her brow steepled. The side read 'Gods in the Stars' and she seemed immensely puzzled by something within.
Eilam Hisakawa 2017-06-14 18:37:28 78612
    Libraries were generally not where Eilam came to enjoy himself. History was... well, for him an entirely different matter. He used to come to libraries a lot more, but now with things like the internet, one can generally just... purchase an electronic copy of books, or rent one or something. But perhaps out of nostalgia(and a tiny bit because he had not been in a proper library for a long time and was curious how they might look now), the well-dressed boy walked along the floors inside while trying to keep out of the way of others.
    His movement wasn't the slowest, though he did have what amounted to a decorative stave with him which had a padded bottom to keep it from making a lot of noise as he walked. Dressed well and looking like he just got out of some fancy dinner, he actually wasn't favoring it too heavily today, feeling okay for a change. He even had his hair up and loosely pulled back instead of left down like it normally was. "I wonder when they are going to finally put mythology with fiction." came a soft remark from him, not really at anyone, though as he passed by and partly into the section to glance at some of the titles, Natsumi might have been able to hear such.
Natsumi Matsumoto 2017-06-14 18:47:20 78614
Natsumi was clothing in a pair of capris and a billow-y blouse, enjoying the weather in comfort. Her hair was back in a bun and she maintained a sort of studious look, although the pen she was chewing on sort of ruined it all.

She just barely caught what Eilam had said and she snorted before voicing an audible retort. "Maybe when it stops making quite so much sense. It could all be real, after all.". She glanced up from her book, his clothing illiciting a raise of the brow from her. Who wore evening wear to the library?
Eilam Hisakawa 2017-06-14 18:51:06 78616

    Eilam looked at the girl, not really knowing who she was, by look or voice or any such. "Honestly... just imagine, maybe two thousand years ago, all of these greek myths? Were just authors having a bit of fun writing silly stories. What if in two thousand years our silly vampire stories are considered mythology because the people then think we honestly believed in things like that?" Though after he said it he realized that at least vampires were kind of real. a point, seemingly.
    Which kind of made him pause unsure what else might actually be real.
Natsumi Matsumoto 2017-06-14 19:01:20 78620
There was a quiet chuckle from Natsumi as she shook her head at him. "All mythology has some basis in truth. They fairly well charted there lives by what they felt they knew. They made astrology even, and I do believe in that. I'd be a fool not to.".

She paused, waiting to see his reaction to that statement. It wasn't often a good reaction, really. People sometimes threw rocks at her in her nightmares. The old stoning to death for witchcraft nightmare. In real life people usually just laughed at her for being crazy.
Eilam Hisakawa 2017-06-14 19:07:31 78622
    "Not two hundred years ago people believed they could cure sickness by draining patients blood. Doctors then most certainly believed it and now they would be considered insane and jailed for trying, thankfully." He shook his head at that and shivered a little. For him more bad memories of things in the past. As much as he /disliked/ the idea of modern doctors finding out about his problems, at least it wouldn't be the madness that used to be. "As for your... astrology bit, you may believe what you wish, but don't you think that is a bit... self-important? The sun revolves around the earth kind of thinking? That we are so important to existence that the very stars revolve around us, for us and guide us if we look real closely? Not really any different, in my view, than looking for patterns in tea leaves, or superstitions." He didn't laugh, to be quite fair. Though he didn't really seem to put any faith in the thought either.
Natsumi Matsumoto 2017-06-14 19:13:26 78625
Oh great, one of these people, thought Natsumi before shaking her head at him. "We still actually use leeches for some sicknesses. How is that any different? And I can actually read your future in tea leaves, although I find it to be tiresome because not everyone likes tea and sometimes you have to pour some of it out. The stars are much more reliable. Who knows why they guide us.".

The crab charm on her bracelet pulsed momentarily and she moved to tuck her wrist behind her, the other hand still supporting the book open in her palm. "If it is often right, why deny that it may well be serving that purpose? I can even study astronomy at the same time. Double purposes. But the stars tell me things, although sometimes they with-hold as well...". She murmured something about saving her girlfriend seeming impossible.
Eilam Hisakawa 2017-06-14 19:20:15 78628
    "Oh? I was... unaware that was even a practice still. I thought we had grown away from that point." he honestly seemed a bit surprised by that. "I am not the most fond of medical environments, so I have never really... learned as much about modern things as I should have, I imagine. Not that it matters much in the end for me either way."

    Honestly, Eilam didn't really know how to discuss the subject of belief in star powers or astrology with anyone, though. Partially through not caring to try and convince her otherwise, if she wants to believe something her choice, but also because part of him had actually become a tiny bit more hopeful since he was introduced to magic. That... there might actually be things out there that were magical. "My future, you say? If you really believe that... that might be fun." Part of him seemed tired as he said that, but something about the small smile he had seemed genuine. "Considering I have a terminal illness and I probably have a couple of years at best, maybe it will give me something to look forward to."
Natsumi Matsumoto 2017-06-14 19:24:25 78629
A slow grin dawned on Natsumi's face. "Well, I don't have star mappings for this week because it has been cloudy, but perhaps some other time I could divine your future for you. My girlfriend, Norie-chan, comes by my club room sometimes at Seiyou for readings. I wouldn't mind at all if you did as well.".
Eilam Hisakawa 2017-06-14 19:32:54 78632

    "Norie? ... your name would not happen to be Natsumi, would it? If so, that would be rather coincidental." The idea that Norie believed in Astrology was... curious, but she was also rather depressed and desperate for some answers, in a sense, so he could see it.
Natsumi Matsumoto 2017-06-14 19:44:55 78635
Natsumi Matsumoto adjusts a pair of glasses on her face, a recent addition from pouring over books a little too much. "My name is Natsumi Matsumoto. How do you know my name?". She squinted from behind the lens at Eilam, having pulled her wrist from behind her and started to toy with the charm.
Eilam Hisakawa 2017-06-14 19:52:48 78638
    "Your girlfriend is a friend of mine. We met some time back when she was feeling a bit down, in an old church she likes, if I recall right. She speaks of you fairly often, when we do have the chance to talk." Shifting a tiny bit, he seemed to favor the walking aid he had with him a bit more, "Eilam Hisakwawa. I go to Infinity University. Thank you for being one of the things that makes her smile to talk about. She is usually rather dour, so she needs all of those she can get."
Natsumi Matsumoto 2017-06-14 20:08:08 78648
There was a narrowing of her eyes at Eilam as Natsumi's suspicions rose. "Not sure if I recall her ever mentioning you. You aren't some evil person are you?". Her charm flashed bright ruby red as if in warning and she looked him over. "Because if you are, I have a fix for that.".
Eilam Hisakawa 2017-06-14 20:14:00 78649
    A soft snort came from his nose. So she hadn't spoken of him? Well, that's not /too/ bad, at least she didn't speak too MUCH of him, which he would have been disappointed about. "And what are you going to do, attack an unarmed, terminally ill Infinity University student in the middle of a public library because he's a friend of your girlfriends? I mean... there is something to be said of caution, and something to be said of silly. Why would she ever mention you to anyone that would hurt you?" Though the mention of evil did make it seem like she, too, was at least partially magical. Knowing his luck after he made catty remarks about astrology, she is an astrologically-powered magical girl or something. Which earned a bit of a sigh.
    "I know you're into kissing girls, but please tell me you're not one of those types who is suspicious of all males? I barely have the energy to stand up, let alone bother others."
Natsumi Matsumoto 2017-06-14 20:20:22 78651
There was a very obvious roll of Natsumi's eyes in response to Eilam's inquiry. "No, I happen to be aware that my girlfriend hasn't dealt with the best of people in trying to find a way to take care of what is wrong with her. I'm not fool enough to believe that everyone is exactly what they look like. I've been told from the start to be wary of appearances. For all I know you're some centuries old vampire lord luring Norie into your trust.".
Eilam Hisakawa 2017-06-14 20:27:35 78654
    "What is wrong with her?" Eilam looked towards Natsumi rather flatly, "There is nothing wrong with Norie, just like there is nothing wrong with a three-legged animal. I think she is the happiest she has ever been, you know, especially since she has you and your untrusting butt to manage to be embarrassed about despite her ability to express emotions being muted as it is. As someone who has lived with something 'wrong' with them their whole life, I can tell you it is a rather disappointing feeling to have others think of you as there being something wrong with you." The boy didn't seem angry, or even like he was intending to lecture, he was almost concerned somehow. "I do hope you are not looking for ways to 'fix' her? Too many people I know have done stupid things trying to 'fix' people around them and only hurt them worse."
Natsumi Matsumoto 2017-06-14 20:38:15 78657
Natsumi Matsumoto jammed the book back onto the shelf and turned an accusing finger towards Eilam and started jabbing it furiously through the air. If her power was to shoot energy from her finger-tips, he'd possibly be in pain, but it wasn't. "You don't think muted emotions is wrong? She is the one that first told me something was wrong with her, and always seemed to be trying to find ways to fix it. I've asked those that guide me directly and been told me it should be none of my concern, but you know what? I love her, and I will be concerned all I damn well please.".

A stricken look came over her face and she held a hand to her mouth, glancing around with embarrassment. Apparently she had let herself go a little too much. Somehow the crab on her bracelet looked smug though.
Eilam Hisakawa 2017-06-14 20:43:51 78660
    He, however, just seemed amused. A bit of a smile on his face. "I am happy you love her, honestly. Just... please, for her sake, do not try to fix her. If it happens, if some way comes up that does not put her safety in danger, that is... her choice. But even if you love her as much as you seem to, that means you can hurt her all the more if you do something stupid trying to 'help' her. I should know, considering I have been alive for hundreds of years and had it happen to me too many times. People trying to 'fix' me, or trying to 'cure' me. Or even those that history no longer remembers who thought they would help the world by understanding me, at my expense. She is vulnerable, Natsumi... more than you realize. What she might have said is wrong with her? Puts her in danger of other things. Such as those that love her hurting her by accident while trying to help. Just..." Eilam shook his head with a sigh, "I am rambling, and i did not mean to, so I will cut myself off there. Just please, if you really love her, be willing to love her just how she is for the rest of your life, instead of focusing on trying to fix her problems for her."
Natsumi Matsumoto 2017-06-14 20:55:09 78661
Natsumi Matsumoto gave an exasperated sigh, re-tracting her hand and rubbing at her temple. "I don't do anything but look to the stars for guidance, and only when asked. I guide, and sometimes I defend. That is all I do. I'm not like some of the people out there. I don't want to do tests on her, or destroy her or something. I just want to show her the way, if there is a way. To be there beside her when she finds it. Sorry I got a little crabby, but I don't think you get me at all. You think you do, but you don't.".
Eilam Hisakawa 2017-06-14 20:59:16 78662
    "You are right, I do not get you. I do not know you well enough to try to know you. But what I do know?" he still seemed amused, "She cares about you. And... I think your little outburst here shows you care about her too. That is good enough for me, I think. About all I do need to 'get' about you, as it were." And with that, Eilam started to turn before pausing to ask, "I imagine you do not have a job, right? Would you be offended if I offered you some money so you could spoil Norie a bit? I mean... you seem a bit like the proud type, so you might not enjoy gifts, but I could pay you for your... divination services. I think even just spending time with you she would like, so maybe you two should take a bus or boat or something to somewhere you two can spend some time away from everything together."
Natsumi Matsumoto 2017-06-14 21:05:52 78663
There was a soft snort from Natsumi. "The gifts I give come from the heart, not someone else's pockets. I can take her places well enough myself. Watch that you don't upset her yourself. Because if you do, I'll be there. And I can be a lot more crabby than I was today.". She felt like that was the proper warning about people upsetting her girlfriend. It sounded nice at least.
Eilam Hisakawa 2017-06-14 21:09:40 78664
    That gets a bit of a laugh out of Eilam. "Gifts can come from the heart, as you say, just as well as assisted by someone else. How many times have you asked your parents for money to do something? I am sure at least some of that you spent on Norie, right? Well, your choice. I am more for spending the time you have well, seeing different things. You never know how long you have to do just that after all." Though he realized that came off rather depressing, and let out a soft breath, "The offer remains. Or you could even go on a date with me, sometime, and I could show you what I mean about enjoying the time you have. The world is quite a bit smaller than we used to think, but still bigger than most people realize these days. I imagine Norie would find that rather fun, should we all get along decently. I'll have her text you my number later or something so you could think on it." and with that he started to walk away.

    Did he really just ask her on a date? Well, sort of. ...indirectly as something to amuse Norie, but still.
Natsumi Matsumoto 2017-06-14 21:13:20 78665
Natsumi Matsumoto called out a hearty, "I'll do this my way. Also I'm gay, it'd be weird going out on a date with you.".

That settles it. She was taking Norie out on a paddle boat as soon as she could. At night though, because that was the most gorgeous time. It'd be like they were floating on the night sky.

Just... Hopefully it won't be as weird as talking to that guy.