Ghost in the .. apartment?

The morning after the Punchervention. Ghosts, muffins, conversation, stuffies and lots of tea in ECFH.

Date: 2017-06-19
Pose Count: 72
Naru Osaka 2017-06-19 14:32:05 79004
It is the morning after a helluva night before. Mostly people are sleeping (or unconscious), regaining energy and healing what wasn't healed magically.

The smell of coffee wafts through the apartment, mixing with the smell of baking muffins. There are people here, and they will want some sort of breakfast when they wake up.

Besides, Naru didn't go for a run this morning, and that energy needs to go somewhere. Muffins it is. Stress baking is a /thing/.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-19 14:36:12 79005
    Kyouko hasn't slept, but she's not the type who really needs to during a crisis. Perhaps it's an offshoot of the whole Puella healing thing, or perhaps it's just her- at this point it might be impossible to separate the two anyway.

    She hadn't been hurt during the fight- by the time she had evaced Kunzite's body and returned, everything had been over. This is mildly frustrating, but considering that the outcome of the conflict was (largely) positive, she can't be too upset.

    That doesn't mean she isn't worried about Kunzite, though, which is why she hasn't slept. As long as she keeps doing things, she won't have time to dwell on it, which has meant a lot of fetching and carrying and supervising as Mamoru treated the wounded and got people situated, etc etc.

    Now, she comes back into the room. No longer in henshin, in jeans and a t-shirt, she looks only mildly haggard. She zeroes in on the kitchen, then on Naru, and walks up to wrap her arms around the other girl from behind without saying anything (though after making sure there's nothing hot or sensitive in her hands. Surprise-hugs while cooking can be dangerous).
Naru Osaka 2017-06-19 14:42:01 79006
It's an open question on how much Naru slept, if at all. She slipped off quietly for a little while, to have a moment of downtime if not actual proper sleeping. The 'worried about Kunzite' really outweighed the 'injured and low on energy', even if her injuries weren't dire, they still prompted notice once some of the adrenaline wore down.

Naru leans back into that hug with a little sigh, her arms coming to rest on Kyouko's a moment. She breaks the silence with a quiet 'Morning' and a squeeze. "Want tea?"
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-19 14:47:02 79007
    Kyouko just stays there for a few moments, before squeezing Naru in return. "I'm glad you're okay." She says, quietly. It didn't need to be said, but at the same time, maybe it did. Maybe Kyouko just wanted to reaffirm that Naru is every bit as important to her, maybe even more so, than Kunzite, and that she is very glad that she only has to deal with one unconscious family member and not two. Naru probably knew that already, but sometimes things need to be said even so.

    But she doesn't linger. PDA have never been something Kyouko is overly comfortable with, and even if nobody is around right this second, that is unlikely to remain true for long. So after that momentary squeeze, she pulls away, moving across the kitchen to lean back against the counter and cross her arms. "Tea would be amazing." She affirms, keeping her voice low-pitched due to people sleeping (or passed out) nearby.
Naru Osaka 2017-06-19 14:52:23 79008
"I'm starting to figure out shields, even if only literally." Naru points out with a ghost of a smile and a kiss to Kyouko's cheek before the puella moves too far away to get one.

Naru reaches to flick the button on the kettle down again, and by the sound it makes of being near boiling right away, she'd already warmed things up in anticipation of tea sooner rather than later for someone. The climbing on the counter is an automatic thing at this point, to retrieve out a few mugs, one for Kyouko, and a couple more while she's up there, being passed down towards Kyouko. "I lost track of who all stayed overnight, but I figure there'll be visitors this morning." She doesn't add that generally its Kunzite who ensures that there's coffee, and tea and breakfast for houseguests, and he's rather.. indisposed.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-19 14:54:46 79009
    Kyouko nods her head. "Well. That's a good thing." She says, with regards to figuring out shields. "I guess all things considered it could have been a lot worse."

    She reaches up to take the mugs as Naru hands them down, arraying them on the counter and keeping one for herself. "I think that's a safe assumption. I dunno who might have left since I last checked, but there were at least four or five people in addition to the usual crew. Most only lightly injured, at least to look at them. I ain't a doctor." She shrugs. Mamoru has likely worked himself into unconsciousness by this point, so that's the best assessment they are likely to get until he manages to get himself awake again.
Tadase Hotori 2017-06-19 14:56:40 79010
There's a soft knock at the door, but it's really more of a warning knock because the door opens and first blonde hair appears, followed by a pair of curious-looking reddish-brown eyes, and the rest of Tadase leans in. Then he actually walks in upon seeing Naru and Kyouko there. "Osaka-san, Sakura-san." he says in a hushed voice, with a little bow to each as he closes the door behind him.

"Is everyone else still sleeping?" He hopes the quiet is due to sleeping and not... more difficult issues, as he's heard about the situation through the Virtue grapevine, such as it is.
Naru Osaka 2017-06-19 14:58:53 79011
"It could have been a lot worse." Naru agrees with Kyouko and then hops down from where she's knelt on the counter. "We could have to have done all of that /again/." She points out upon the reality of how narrow a margin they squeaked it by in.

Naru leans over and waves to Tadase as he joins the morning crew. "Morning." She nods at his question. "Yes. There's coffee, tea's just about ready and the muffins have.." Naru pauses to look at the timer on the microwave. "Three minutes before I check on them. Can I pour you a drink? There's soda too if you don't want hot beverages."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-19 15:02:00 79012
    Kyouko moves over to capture the tea kettle as it begins to sound it's readiness.. pouring her own cup, before looking over towards the newly-entered Tadase to see if his preference is that or the coffee.

    Either way, aloud she says, "Yeah.. sleeping. Been a busy night, but hopefully there's no long-term damage done." Hopefully. Only Mamoru will be able to say that for sure and as-noted, he is currently sleeping the sleep of the unconscious.
Tadase Hotori 2017-06-19 15:09:15 79013
Tadase takes the tea - so much time with Nadeshiko develops one a very high preference for tea - and nods. "I should make it a point to come around more." he notes, looking between the two of them, but doesn't note anything else. "We've all been busy in our own ways, but I'd like to keep the connections strong in case there's a need for it."

He drinks the tea quietly and, if you looked at it through the right lens, would clearly be the politican who's showed up after a disaster to provide a sort of governmental reassurance. Just in a younger package.
Lacrima 2017-06-19 15:12:39 79014
There's just that little flash of dark energy that lasts a second as Norie Okana appears generally as Norie right now as she steps onto the ground of the balcony via a small little jump through the Dusk Zone. She peeks in through the curtains a moment. There's people here. At least one she's only slightly familiar with so far.

She looks left and right as she moves past the balcony entrance. "Hello." she says.

A pause. "....did something happen? There's a certain air in the room." she says quietly.

She has no donut package with her at least. "I came to. See how. People were doing after the. Nightmare situation. The other week." she says plainly. Yes. That's why. Not that she needs to feel better or anything. Nope.
Naru Osaka 2017-06-19 15:20:53 79015
"To be fair, Tadase, that is a two way street. You haven't visited here, but by the same token, I can't remember the last time I stopped by the Garden. It is good to see you, and yes, we should try and be a little more in contact." Naru is the only one with coffee, but she's clearly not concerned about the pot going to waste.

There's a glance to the balcony as Norie arrives wiht a blip of dark energy and heads into the apartment. "Yes." She nods at the question. "There was an altercation with Hannah last night, and unsurprisingly, it was challenging on many many levels." She pauses a moment. "I think folks have generally recovered from the Nightmare thing, at least."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-19 15:24:57 79016
    Kyouko retreats to her former position in the kitchen after delivering tea to Tadase, leaning back against the counter with her arms crossed, near Naru but not overly so. She occasionally picks up her own tea from the counter to sip at it, but doesn't comment on the young King's desire to remain more in contact- that sort of thing is very much more Naru's department than hers.

    Norie's arrival gets a glance, a brief furrowing of a brow, then a determined look away. She's not particularly happy about the girl's appearance, viewing it as one more thing to have to worry about/keep an eye on, but she's not about to make a stink about it either, both because it's against the rules and because the last thing people need today is somebody making more commotion. She just sips her tea.
Tadase Hotori 2017-06-19 15:28:03 79017
Tadase nods. "It's not particularly uncommon for there to be an altercation with Hannah Sharpe." He doesn't go into detail, but there's the hint of... not hostility so much as disapproval, in his voice, about her. He doesn't elaborate. "It's summer now and we might expect more trouble. I was talking with..." he stops, as though realizing he might not want to elucidate on just who. "...some of our resources, and they note that it seems like we get more... issues, in the summer and winter than the spring and fall. Like there's an ebb and flow to it all."

Norie's arrival makes the hairs on the back of Tadase's neck stand up for just a moment, and Kiseki pokes his head out of the shirt pocket where he'd been sleeping - Tadase uses a finger to pat him on the head and the tinier version of the King yawns and blears out of the pocket, half-awake.
Lacrima 2017-06-19 15:40:29 79018
Norie Okana nods at Naru. "Ah. So you all. Sprung whatever trap you managed to keep under wraps despite talking about it openly in front of people like me." she says cooly. "Good." she says. "I'm assuming she's still alive." she says. "Because this place is not on fire."

She sniffs. "I smell baked goods. What's baking?" she asks softly. She then looks towards Tadase and gives a soft narrow of eyes. "That's an interesting postulation. Have you thought about trying to find out why or do you just leave it at that?" she asks. The tone is almost accusatory, in a 'of course you goody two shoes Virtuettes don't try to learn things'.

She doesn't actually say that though.

She wanders off for a moment to aquire tea.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-19 15:48:09 79019
    Kyouko pushes off of the counter she had been leaning on, moving over to lean down and murmur in Naru's ear, "I'm going to go check on nii-chan and Mamoru. I'll be back in a short while." Not loud enough for anyone else to hear, unless they were trying really hard.

    Then, taking her tea with her, she walks out of the room with a brief nod towards Tadase. "I'll be right back." She says, to the room in general. Then she's gone.
Tadase Hotori 2017-06-19 15:51:40 79020
Tadase looks at Norie. "I let the people who are good at that sort of thing handle it." It's a bit cryptic, but he's got no intent to tell someone who works with Agera about the still-ongoing plan to shove a sort of datacenter under the Garden. (Working in secret under a school is slow going!)

Tadase nods to Kyouko as she leaves, and looks to Naru. "Is Mamoru-Sempai alright?"
Naru Osaka 2017-06-19 16:05:55 79021
The ding of the microwave timer prompts Naru to reach for the oven mitts and nudge Kyouko lightly out of the way so she doesn't get burned by hot pans. Two pans of muffins emerge, and even then, they are unlikely to last long around here.

"Kiseki? Would you like tea as well?" Naru asks politely as the tiny King peeps out.

"I think.. I rather hope.. that Hannah might take some time at this point. I dare say we gave her a lot to think about. Which isn't to say that she won't think with her fists, but still." Naru comments as she sets muffin tins onto the top of the stove to be able to cool a little. "The seasonal ebb and flow is interesting, though."

Naru nods to Kyouko as she murmurs quietly to Naru and then looks to Tadase. "Yes. He'll be alright. Exhausted, unsurprisingly."
Lacrima 2017-06-19 16:12:42 79022
Norie Okana watches Kyouko wander off as she comes back with tea and then softly sips from the cup. She frowns a little. She shrugs a bit. "What Hannah does is her own business. I'm sorry I couldn't help but. Conflict of interest and all that." she says sourly.

She looks to Tadase and frowns. "You don't need to be 'good at that sort of thing' to look into things. Take from me." she says a little sourly more.

She sits down and then head tilts a little. "What brings you here today anyways. I don't see you here." she says.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-06-19 16:17:23 79023
Mamoru finally schleps out of his room and toward the sound of voices and the smell of coffee-- he's wearing a nondescript brown hoodie that's too big for him and spills over his hands, pajama pants, and his glasses, and he's faintly glowing. "No, you do the talking," he's saying, "because I need coffee-- oh, hi Tadase-kun, Norie-chan." The faint glow also means there's a shape -- also faintly glowing -- forming in the air near him.
A Siberian cat 2017-06-19 16:27:05 79024
Oblivious to the world, and probably even to his own state of being, Koji pretty much zombies into existence from one of the guest rooms. When he was told 'pack an overnight bag', he listened, so the cargo shorts and well-loved but faded and cracked Space Battleship Yamato tanktop he has on are actually his and not someone else's.

Heedless of whoever else might be there, or what they might be doing... ashen-faced and looking like he's slept very little (probably not at all), he moves mechanically into the kitchen. It doesn't even register he's not in HIS kitchen. Koji puts water on for tea, begins prepping rice for the cooker, and starts taking out stuff to make food for the day. Anyone who looks close enough would realize three very important details about him at the moment. One is, his hair isn't long... it's short. He's gone from almost girlishly slender to a little tubby at the belly and sides, and the left lens of his glasses is neatly spiderwebbed with cracks, a bandaid wrapped around the hinge on that side as well.

So yeah, there's that too.
Naru Osaka 2017-06-19 16:30:47 79025
Naru doesn't get a greeting, but she does pick up one of the extra mugs that got taken down from the cupboard and pours Mamoru a coffee. Doctored up as he prefers and waiting for him by the time he gets near enough to the kitchen to be handed it.

That task done, Naru settles to getting out plates and more breakfast foods to go with the still hot muffins that require mahou healing to not burn oneself in getting them out of the tin. Other baked goods emerge from the fridge, its a safe bet that Mako has ensured that no one is about to go hungry around here, even if a random crowd have turned up in need of breakfast.

There's a neatly arranged plate of breakfast foods and side dishes and napkins that go out to the living room to ensure that not /everyone/ is in the kitchen. As much fun as kitchens are, there's more seating out there.

Naru eyes Koji who is now in her way in attempting to find rice where things aren't in the same place as he expects and nudges him gently. "I will bring you tea, get out and go sit down." Physical changes? Noted, but not remarked upon.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-19 16:33:47 79026
That faint glow diffuses, spreads, takes on a translucent shape; the whites of cape and hair come clear first, grays and flesh tones and the rare accent of blue come after. "Yes. Coffee will entirely compensate for the energy expenditure, I'm sure."

Apparently it is not necessary for Kunzite actually to have a body in order to use that dry tone.

Kunzite glances away from Mamoru to bow slightly toward Tadase, and incline his head toward Lacrima; apparently he was aware of the newer visitors before he became visitor. "Good morning, all."
Tadase Hotori 2017-06-19 16:36:30 79027
Tadase nods at Mamoru - and goes a bit wide-eyed at the ghost-rock form of Kunzite. He doesn't actually panic - it takes a LOT to make Tadase panic - but his face shows a sort of confused sign of worry. It comes down after a while since nobody ELSE seems to be panicing at least.

Koji - well, Tadse doesn't know them as well and is unable to really note anything other than tiredness, and moves over to make room when Naru nudges him into the common space.

"Good morning." Tadase responds automatically before he realizes he's talking to spirit-kunzite, but then his surprise dies down again - well, you deal with strange things in the world of magic.
Lacrima 2017-06-19 16:37:59 79028
Norie Okana blinks. "Mamoru-kun." she says softly. "I understand something went down with Hannah Sharpe last night." she says. "Glad to see every came back in on---"

Then Kunzite Ghost appears.

"--e....piece...." she takes a deep breath. "Do I even want to know what this is about and if you're dead and a ghost do I need to go kill Hannah Sharpe myself since none of you will obviously do it?" she asks in a dry tone that could either be kidding. or not.

Then she's following Koji into the kitchen a moment as she reaches up to pluck those broken glasses off without asking. Well she tries. She frowns at them a moment- before she places them back on. "Those are a mess. You're a mess. What /HAPPENED/ last night?"
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-19 16:44:17 79029
Given her position during the dustup last night, Rashmi only really had troubled sleep to contend with, that evening. She may have been told that Kunzite's existential status is 'It's Complicated,' but that didn't stop the nightmares of someone taking a bullet to the forehead for her, and so she looks a little bit frazzled, upon stepping out of the elevator. Following a knock on the door and being allowed in, Rashmi quietly exchanges her shoes for house slippers, and enters the living room proper, bag on her arm.

And spots the ghost of Kunzite.

And stares in shocked silence.

Where she will remain until someone nudges her back into action.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-06-19 16:50:51 79031
"Oh thanks," Mamoru says to Naru, taking that coffee and then slinking to a corner chair, glaring at Kunzite's ghost for a second on the way. "Coffee makes up for a lot. You're just bitchy because you don't get to have a cup. Don't worry, I'll drink yours too." He sips it at Kunzite, folding up in the chair. "No, he's fine, we'll figure it out," he says in Norie's direction. "He does this sometimes. It's annoying but better than dead." A beat. "Can someone pull Rashmi in and sit her down?"
Tadase Hotori 2017-06-19 16:54:14 79032
Tadase tries to find a delicate way to say this - and it means he's opening his mouth, closing it, frowning. Eventually sleepy Kiseki takes over and asks loudly. "Tadase wants to know if you're all okay but he can't figure out how to ask it because the tall guy's all spooky." Tadase glares down at Kiseki and half-playfully shoves the small king back down in his shirt pocket.

"Well. What he said. I guess." He leans over and waves a hand in front of Rashmi's eyes.
A Siberian cat 2017-06-19 16:55:19 79033
Naru is fought weakly by Koji, who is favoring his right arm, and mumbling out, "Gotta... Bento... School."

Then along comes Norie who takes his glasses off his face, to which quite possibly the most violent reaction anyone who was not present last night gets to see. Almost before she can put them back on him, he has them snatched back, and is clutching them to his chest, a fresh set of tears attempting to brim on his eyes, but hardly able to do so. That is the opening that Naru has to scoot him out of the kitchen, and right into the face of Mamoru, Tadase, and Ghost-Kunz.

For about a three-count he stares. Then bows.


And he's off like a rocket to the bathroom, where the sounds of someone losing whatever got scarfed last night in the post-Punchterventio haze in prayer to the porcelain god.
Naru Osaka 2017-06-19 16:58:01 79034
"I got it." Naru replies as she sets a few more plates down on the table and moves over to gently nudge Rashmi further into the apartment. "It's okay." She notes. "Come have some tea. Or coffee, if you prefer." Tea fixes everything, unless you're Naru, Kunzite or Mamo, and then coffee fixes everything.

If Naru is startled by the appearance of the ghost, she doesn't give any outward signs as she watches Koji race off, and then there's a slow sigh as she retreats back to the kitchen to get more mugs. And a glass of water, cause Koji is going to want that.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-19 17:02:55 79036
    Kyouko returns through the door she went out through a little while ago. She pauses in the doorway, eyeing Mamoru and ghost-nii-chan. Then she sighs. "I should have known. I went to check up on you guys and couldn't find you, so of course here you are."

    There is mock-annoyance in her tone, but those who know her can clearly tell it hides relief. Maybe she had momentarily panicked upon finding people not where she left them, even if she knew, intellectually, there was likely no reason to do so.

    Either way she crosses over to briefly one-arm-hug Mamoru. Then she eyes Ghostzite. "Sorry, none for you." She says, as if this is a choice and not a physical impossibility. Then she glances towards the sound of barfing.

    "Christ, I leave for fifteen minutes and this place turns into a halfway house." She goes over to claim another mug of tea, and distribute cups and other things as may be required of her.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-19 17:04:40 79037
"Temporarily dislocated," Kunzite says to Norie, in echo of Mamoru. 'He does this sometimes' is left to stand on its own. His image keeps loose pace with Mamoru, staying nearby; it's a normal pace, there is no weird creepy sliding or walking above the floor. Or below it. The glow and the translucency, however, seem to be here to stay for a bit. "Good morning, Terios-san." He lets Koji have the first chance at fielding Norie's question, but that ... does not go well.

Therefore he shrugs slightly at Norie. "We fought a particularly strong wind mage on the verge of losing her grasp on logic and coherency," he says. "The worst damage is taken care of, but there are always aftereffects." That half-answers Kiseki's question, too, in theory. Though Koji gave another answer. "Naru, thank you for taking care of the kitchen. Kyouko, good morning, and thank you for keeping me in good condition. Mamoru, are you sure my coffee will be enough?"
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-19 17:12:07 79038
The waved hand causes her to blink, and stammer out an embarrassed "Um.... h-hi, sorry..." She doesn't really resist Naru's nudging, and sits at an unoccupied spot on the couch in a bit of a daze, holding the gift-bag with both hands. "U-um.... tea please...?"

Yeah, the redhead definitely needs a mental thump or two to get back in working order.
Lacrima 2017-06-19 17:15:49 79039
Norie Okana takes a deep breath and sighs at Koji's reaction. Then she looks over to Rashmi. "Rashmi-chan. Hello. Things seem to be.... going. You should probably sit if you were involved with last night's events since it sounds like it was hectic and energy using." she says softly.

"Tea will help." she says as she moves to sit by Rashmi with a sigh as her eyes glance to the bathroom. "He'll be okay. He probably isn't used to. Dealing with things like that." she says. "Right?"

Her eyes glance back to Kyouko then Tadase as she straightens her face a bit.

"....At least it's temporary." she says to Kunziteghost.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-06-19 17:20:22 79040
"I think," Mamoru says to Tadase and Kiseki, "we're all varying levels of not-okay, but no one is permanently not-okay." It's honestly just a restatement of what Kunzite said, but with less-awake words.

He's also still faintly glowing, himself: Naru may or may not remember that this is a thing when the older boy's being a medium. He winces when Koji starts almost-crying, and then reaches up to mash at his face with the heel of his hasn't-opened-yet fist when Koji makes a run for the bathroom and follows it with horking sounds. The one-armed Kyou-hug is a welcome distraction, and Mamoru leans into it a little before the youngest Shitennou heads to claim more tea.

"And sorry, Rashmi-chan. He'll be okay, I promise. I know-- what it's like. When people do that for you. From both sides, I know. But he really will be okay," he says very quietly-- and then he eyes Kunzite again. "What do you think? I think there's not enough coffee in the world. But drinking mine and yours is a start. Don't make me raid Neil's stash to day drink."

Finally he stands up again and sets his mug down on the coffee table, then hesitates a second before reaching his closed fist over... and placing a glowing emerald-cut stone next to it. "No touching," he tells everyone fiercely, then heads toward the bathroom and picks up Kojiwater and Kojitea from Naru on the way.
Tadase Hotori 2017-06-19 17:24:49 79041
Tadase takes it all in stride - it's not his house so he has limited faculties to assist anyone reorienting the position of their lunch. He does, however, listen to Kunzite and his explanation, and he smiles a little bit when Mamoru gives his sleepy explanation. He's here to check on everyone, but he's relieved to see Mamoru in one peice too - Kunzite, he's pretty sure, can find his way back to being in one peice given the necessary assistance and time.

And when Mamoru puts something on the table and tells people not to touch it, and it's shiny, he pre-emptively buttons his shirt pocket to keep Kiseki in.

"Is there any way I can help?" The question is first said to Mamoru as he heads for Koji, but then his glance moves around the room and it's clear it's an open offer.
Naru Osaka 2017-06-19 17:27:01 79042
Water and tea are provided to Mamoru as he passes, and Naru ensures that more mugs and a fresh pot of tea are handed to Kyouko to make their way out to the living room. She just waves a little at Kunzite's thanks for ensuring that everyone's caffinated, even if no one is really interested in eating yet. There's a fresh muffin that didn't make it to the plate out in the living room, so clearly Naru is planning on actually getting more than coffee in her stomach at some point soon.

"I dont know, Tadase." Naru answers simply. "I'm well out of my depth in knowing how to help, other than making coffee and muffins."
A Siberian cat 2017-06-19 17:27:12 79043
Koji is in there for a couple minutes, and once the coughing and more than a bit of sobbing is done, he comes out to look up at Mamoru, and taking a shaky breath he mumbles out, "I... need a moment."

Back into the guest room, he returns with a pair of circular wire-framed glasses perched on his nose, and the Device still clutched firmly in his just-recovered right side. Taking a breath, he says softly towards at least Mamoru, "I'm sorry for the bother. I'm so used to him being with me, not having him there hurts. I didn't realize he wasn't my glasses until I saw you, Takeba-sama, and someone else there, but I couldn't see your faces."

Again he bows to the older boy, "I... should get ready for school. Finals are next month, and I can't let my math grades slip again. I made a promise to Miss Haruna's sister."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-19 17:32:11 79044
    Kyouko returns into the living room after getting her tea. She eyes Rashmi sitting next to Norie for a moment, then zeroes in on the plate of muffins. At least somebody is hungry, though one might as well say 'at least somebody is Kyouko', as she walks over and snags one at the same time Mamoru is getting up to go see to Koji.

    She glances t the glowing gem set on the table. She doesn't touch it, as per instructions, but she does move over to lean on the table beside where the mug and gem rest, eating her muffin and sipping her tea placidly. But the air of 'guard dog' is impossible to miss.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-19 17:34:08 79045
"Coffee and muffins are a significant amount of help," Kunzite says to Naru. His eyes flicker toward Tadase, then. "Terios-san might appreciate it if someone poured tea for her," he suggests. Norie has the physical company covered, and he opts not to examine what has happened to his life that the identity-consuming vampire can qualify as potential reassuring company for someone, but a little more anchoring to the real world might help.

He inclines his head to Norie herself, then. "It is temporary," he agrees, "and I maintain identity and continuity in this condition. It's an inconvenience, no more." If an inconvenience that means he takes a quiet half-step toward the coffee table when Mamoru sets the gem down, maintaining his distance ... then just takes, or appears to take, the chair Mamoru abandoned for Koji.
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-19 17:36:32 79047
Finally snapping out of her daze, Rashmi draws in a breath, and stands up from the couch with a smile. "It's good to see you again, Norie-chan, how've you been?" As she talks, she wanders about the apartment to people who were at the intervention. With each one, she pauses, and tucks a small plush chameleon into a free hand, or on a nearby surface. The toys aren't quite exactly like Korma-kun, but the resemblance is there, and each is carrying a cheerleading fan, upon which has been written (Thank you SO MUCH!) with a marker. The gifts, given with a quiet "Thank you so much," and then the redhead moves on. The last one in the back has her puzzled for a moment, as she stops in front of the glowing Kunzgeist, but eventually she settles for placing his next to the glowing gem, keeping Mamoru's directive in mind.. Kunzite's stuffy has a bandage wrapped 'round its head.

When Koji tries to say he has to go, Rashmi takes hold of the boy's arm. "Not now, Koji-kun, okay? You can miss a day of school, I'll help you get caught up. But we should probably be around friends, right now, y'know?"
Lacrima 2017-06-19 17:38:16 79048
Norie Okana head tilts. "I came to see how people were after the nightmare situation last week. But it seems this is the new situation." she says with a deep breath. "I'm sorry I didn't. Stay around long. After that." she says. "I wasn't. So great." she admits.

"-and it was probably better to get out before I started bleeding dark miasma or something all over Mamoru's apartment and cause problems without meaning to." she says.

She nods a bit. "You need time to relax and stay home from school for a day." she asides. "It's something we all do when stuff like this happens." she says.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-06-19 17:46:18 79049
A moment is fine; Mamoru understands that perfectly well. Of course he does. And he holds the water and the tea for Koji, just waiting-- and Koji comes back from his room looking ready to get going. He opens his mouth to say something, and Rashmi steps in (and he suddenly has a little plush chameleon! definitely in his hoodie pocket because full hands)-- and Mamoru smiles faintly. "Besides. Math tutoring free. I had people bringing me my homework and class notes while I was incommunicado with the real world for a while -- this won't be that long. I already have a plan set in motion to get you and Tyrfing help, okay? So don't fall apart yet. Wait until it's over. Just think of this as part of the crisis, not the aftermath. We have a few minutes right now to breathe and take stock, but then we get back to work. And Tyrfing will be back as soon as the damage is fixed. So: take that breathing time. Stay here."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-19 17:50:46 79050
"I.. thank you?" Naru looks surprised as a little stuffed chameleon appears on the counter next to her while she's doing muffin dishes. And putting the kettle on again for another round of tea. It is a many tea sort of morning.

There's something to be said for stealing Kunzite's usual anti-social spot of hiding in the kitchen.
A Siberian cat 2017-06-19 17:54:09 79051
For lack of any other place to put it, the other set of glasses with the cracked lens and band-aided hinge are hung from the good side off his dad's old t-shirt, and both the glass and the mug are accepted from Mamoru. There's almost this sense of defeat from Koji as he looks around, and then says to Rashmi, "I... allright."

Into the living room, he goes to sit on the couch, and just sort of stares off for a minute, sipping at the water and tea in alternating amounts until finally, he realizes... there's other people here. Looking a bit tiredly at Norie, he stands up and puts the glass and tea to one side to say, "Hello Miss Norie. I'm sorry about the rudeness. Tyrfing... I... did something stupid. He's hurt. To keep himself from being more hurt, he had to shut down all his essential functions."

Then it's to Tadase, "Hello. My name is Silvia Koji. I go to Seiyou Public School in the ninth grade."

Which for Tadase MIGHT click a few memories in the past year or so... like one of those kids you start looking for that artists love to draw in the backgrounds of their large school settings for manga. No name, but always there someplace.
Lacrima 2017-06-19 18:01:57 79052
Norie Okana shakes her head. "It's fine, Koji-kun." then a twitch. Miss. Miss Norie? It's not so much the term itself but it reminds her for her father when he says it like that. She chooses not to press the issue however right now.

She slowly gets up. "I'm going to go get some more tea." she says as she politely excuses herself.
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-19 18:10:22 79055
Koji is rewarded with a bright smile, and a pat of the arm, as the boy makes his way back into the kitchen. For herself, Rashmi finally remembers some niggling, outstanding bit of social nicety, and ends up in front of Tadase.

"Sorry I didn't introduce myself before," she says, bowing her apology. "Terios Rashmi, grade 9 at Seishou, it's good to meet you."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-19 18:13:38 79056
There is a plush chameleon with a head bandage on the table. Kunzite regards it with mildly baffled curiosity, and after a moment leans to reach out a hand and poke at it. It ignores the hand's existence. He draws his hand back, hastily and not-quite smooth, and glances back at Kyouko without a word.
Tadase Hotori 2017-06-19 18:16:15 79057
Tadase looks around, and drinks his tea. To a certain extent, it's hard for him to not actively -do- something; which is why when Kunzite suggests the tea he gets up a little bit too rapidly and pours some for the afforementioned Terios-san, managing to mostly keep himself serious and stable - only one sparkle sneaks out as he passes off the tea to her. He returns her bow, then turns to Koji. "Seiyou - I'm the King's Chair, there. I don't recall seeing you recently, though. Perhaps my mistake. Seiyou's bigger than it used to be."

But it's obvious to everyone around that he wants to just do more to help than just talk or bring tea - probably unsurprising given the situations he puts himself into.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-19 18:17:03 79058
    Kyouko continues to 'hang out' with Kunzite, which mostly means leaning silently on the table beside where the gem (and Mamoru's coffee, which is benefitting from protection not due its station thanks to proximity) rest. Her muffin is not long for the world, though her eyes flick over to Kunzite's ghostly form as he takes a seat at the table beside her. She eyes him for a moment, then returns to contemplating the room.

    She is the recipient of a stuffed chameleon. She glances as it, then at Rashmi with a slightly arched brow which seems to say 'are you sure'? At least she has enough manners to murmur 'thanks'. Then she exchanges a look with Kunzite which might be slightly baffled.

    As for Koji's return and his ponderance upon the missing of school, she just says, "Crisis-recovery is important. Get used to dealing with it sometimes." Seeing Mamoru returning, she nods at him as if saying 'all yours' before pushing off of the table and wandering into the kitchen with Naru.
Naru Osaka 2017-06-19 18:21:31 79059
More people in the kitchen, more people nudged by Naru back out of the kitchen either to go get their own damn hiding place, or towards food and tea that is not in the kitchen. Kyouko is a notable exception to the 'get out of the kitchen' rule (Mamo would be too, it is /his/ kitchen after all) and Naru leans in to murmur something quietly to her, along with a single armed hug, with a hand still wet and soapy from dishes.

Raising her voice a little, Naru calls from the kitchen. "Likely a premature question, but where /do/ we go from here?"
Mamoru Chiba 2017-06-19 18:37:04 79060
"To keep you from getting more hurt, too," Mamoru tells Koji firmly, yes, following him back into the living room proper. "You broke your arm and got concussed pretty bad. I think maybe I forgot to tell you that part when you woke up last night. You're perfectly welcome to blame me for dragging you into this and then changing the plans at the last second, but... plans never survive first contact with the enemy."

One hand's briefly on Koji's head when the younger boy sits down, and there's a wave of solid reassurance and warmth through that contact, even if there's no energy transfer. Mamoru's still recovering energy himself, and also spending it on keeping Kunzite visible to everyone.

He gets out of the way of Norie, giving her a quick half-smile as she passes, then finger-snaps at Tadase. "These two-- and maybe Hakuomaru? she was there last night too-- need to talk to you about Virtue, maybe, once things are resolved. Or maybe now as a distraction--?" He glances toward Rashmi.

And then Kyouko's nodding 'all yours' to the dimly glowing college kid, and Naru's asking what's next, and Mamoru's suddenly taking a side-trip on his way back to the chair. He reaches up and grabs something -- a couple things -- from one of the bookshelves incorporated into the mural, hiding them in his hoodie, then comes back to sit down in his freed seat next to Kunzite-ghost and in front of coffee.

Gravely, he takes the things out of his hoodie and puts them down next to Kunzite's and Kyouko's chameleons.

Chibi plush Kunzite and chibi plush Apatite. The chameleons get put on the dolls' heads.

That done, he picks up both rock and coffee again, relaxes very slightly, and says firmly, "Hannah's temporarily back in her right mind, with no magic for the moment. She needs something to keep her busy and focused on doing the right thing and helping to start undoing some of the damage she's caused, while she recovers. Gull is looking after her, but giving her a task is really important-- and since she's spent the better part of the past three years studying your collective form of magic," a look at Koji and Rashmi, "the task I'm giving her is fixing you and Tyrfing, Koji-kun. I'll probably ask Mercury to work with her on it, as she's also been studying Devices, though not as long, and Rashmi-chan is familiar with her style now, yes--? Hannah and Mercury are also accustomed to working together."

Then he takes a breath. "And we'll figure out what to do about the-- dislocation. Kunzite's body is still breathing, functioning properly; he's being sustained by what amounts to his guardian right now. That's-- there are other things on the plate, there are always other things on the plate, but that's what's on this table right now with those plushies."
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-19 18:43:57 79061
"....I wouldn't say 'familiar,' honestly?" Rashmi says slowly, still blushing a bit from that lone princely sparkle as she meanders back to a couch, turning her teacup on its saucer. "I mean, I saw a lot of weird stuff there, but I think if I can ask her to help me with target practice and things once she's well enough for small spells I could get a feel? But if Mizuno-senpai can work with her, that should be fine for now. I'll want to have a talk with her anyway."

That aside, she turns to look at Koji, eyebrows rising. "And besides... I think I'd really, really like to figure out the details of what happened to Koji-kun, so we can untangle it."
A Siberian cat 2017-06-19 18:50:46 79062
It comes out almost numbly, "Oh... I used to make snacks for the student council meetings, I remember hearing about the King's Chair." Looking back up at Tadase, he gives a faint little smile, "Well, I guess if you vouch for my not being able to attend class today, I suppose it's allright. My parents aren't still able to really able to..." Trailing off, he just bows his head once more after being ruffled, he looks back up at Mamoru a moment with the first normal look he's given since he got up. 'Really?'

But it slides away as he sits at his tea and listens to what's said. Taking a deep breath, he looks up at where Kunzite is, and then gulps once before saying, "Please... don't do that again. I thought she'd killed you. That you died protecting us, Mister Kunzite. We both had jobs to do. You were supposed to defend Chiba-san and support him. My job was to support Rashmi, and defend her."

He might... actually be... scolding?

"I'm glad you're alive, or allright or whatever this is, but..." his lip begins to tremble, "If you couldn't trust me to do what I was supposed to do, then you should say. I could have traded out and fought Miss Hannah for you, but you took that choice away from me. I know you're stronger, and you're more experienced, but we were supposed to be a team out there. When you pick your roles, you stay on them, because otherwise things fall apart."

Trust a kid to try and preach Raid Boss mechanics.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-19 19:00:34 79063
    Kyouko is in the kitchen, murmuring a brief but animated conversation back and forth with Naru, when she hears Mamoru, and then Koji speaking out in the living room. She frowns briefly.. then turns and walks back out into the doorway of the kitchen.

    "Listen, kid." She says to Koji. "You gotta understand that it ain't about trust. It's about doing what needs to be done, in the moment. Everybody has a job, but if you're a team, that means you help everybody else do their jobs too. That's part of what bein' on a team means. You see somethin' about to go down that could derail the whole plan, you act to prevent it.. no matter what you're supposed to be doing. It's not a lack of faith in you. It's an understanding of the consequence of failure, and the willingness to do what needs to be done to prevent it."

    She hesitates a moment, and then adds, "Also, you gotta understand something else. People like us.. like Kunzite and me.. well. I don't think either of us is looking to die." She looks over and meets Kunzite's eye when she speaks. "But we're prepared to. I can only speak for myself in this, really, I don't mean to put words in his mouth, but the bottom line is I deserve to be dead already, and if die doing something like protecting the people I care about, then that's a good death and it's way, way better than what I ever expected."

    She pauses again, glancing over her shoulder at Naru, before adding, "Like I said.. I ain't looking to die. But you shouldn't treat a good death the same as a pointless one. Saving a life.. sometimes it takes a life. Usually it's worth it."

    Then she scowls at Kunzite. "But nii-chan, if you ever scare me like that again, I will.." She struggles for a moment, unable to come up with a dire enough threat.. "I'll hide the coffee maker." There. Piece said.
Naru Osaka 2017-06-19 19:10:48 79064
Naru inflicts a wee bit more PDA upon Kyouko in the form of a quiet little kiss upon the other girl's shoulder before she vanishes and then comes to lean on the doorframe to the kitchen and listen to the explination of where things are going next. And how things went. And the notion of how this motley crew's teamwork works in reality rather than in theory. A tea towel lets her dry her hands, dishes getting a moment to drain before she goes back in to dry them.

The plushies never fail to make Naru smile, and this is no exception, even if that smile is short lived.

"If Mercury didn't have details on Miss White's magical signatures in her archives, I'd be exceptionally shocked. How helpful that is to you, Rashmi, I can't say. I suspect that sorting out Koji is going to want to happen before Hannah gets much in the way of magic back, but I honestly have no clue if that's a ten minute, ten day, ten week or ten month sort of time frame on her magic." Naru pauses a moment. "And I'm going to hazard that few others know for sure /either/."

Naru takes a deep breath as there's a lot of 'how we work' to unpack. She doesn't comment on it, save for a quiet. "No dying please, Kyouko love.. I'm not done with you yet."

The threat is a real one, even if it makes Naru smirk, not quite snickering, but close.
Tadase Hotori 2017-06-19 19:11:37 79065
Tadase watches the discussion between the group, quietly, not adding his peice in for a moment. But he does take stock of Koji's reactions - not so much the right or wrong of the statement but the point and intent behind it. A sort of measuring of the new face. He turns to face Rashmi and Koji. "Well, I would like to speak to both of you about Virtue, but that time and place are really up to you. I'll make time."

Then, after a moment, he does say something before Kiseki does. "As long as Kunzite's condition is temporary and everyone else has only also suffered temporary issues, it was as good as could be hoped, given the circumstances. Or, at least that's this outsider's point of view." He sips the tea.

"I'm rather glad I'm not coming into this to give any comfort for the news of someone dying, life for a life or not." he adds, solemnly.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-19 19:36:04 79066
... there is not only a bandaged chameleon plush on the table, there is a bandaged chameleon plush on his tiny image's head. Kunzite studies this for a moment, then gives Mamoru a particularly flat look, and voices no complaint whatsoever. He does shift out of Mamoru's chair rather than have the two of them overlap, and leans on the side of it instead.

Until Koji says that. At which point, well -- Kunzite doesn't actually undo his lean, but he turns his head to pay attention.

"We both had jobs to do," Kunzite agrees. "And given your breakdown of them, you would be correct. But your breakdown is not quite accurate. You had a specific task to accomplish, yes. I had the more general one of accomplishing our goals: keep Hannah distracted, make certain that Terios-san prevented Hannah from escaping, make certain that Naru remained standing until Unity Loop called for her assistance, make certain that Mercury could perform her work on Hannah afterward." Cure Gull's remaining standing, again, is merely taken for granted. "And one I spoke of to you when we met at the cafe: try not to let any Device users fall victim to that particular attack. You included."

His voice stays quiet, calm, slow-paced; there's no agitation in any of it. It's just an analysis and an explanation. "I've seen that effect in action before. Your shields would have been as effective than mine were, but not more so. They would, I believe, have kept the effect from continuing past you and also affecting Terios; but you would have been struck. At best, you would have fallen unconscious on the spot; Terios would have been stricken at a time when she had just also lost her defense. At worst, it might have missed you and struck Terios directly, or -- the effect was not designed for someone working with your kind of Device; it might have had permanent effect on you.

"In my case, the worst-case scenario was what occurred: I was temporarily dislocated from my body. This will not be permanent. The best-case scenario was that it might not have affected me at all.

"So: it was not a matter of not trusting you. It was only that doing my job was better accomplished by taking the risk of possibly being removed from the fray, than by the certainty of you or Terios or both being removed, and the possibility of your being maimed or killed. So I did what was necessary, and trusted you to see the rest through."

He lets his attention fall for a moment after -- then glances aside at Kyouko, and lets his eyes widen slightly. "... don't do that. Mamory would strangle both of us."
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-19 19:50:12 79067
"He's got a point, Koji-kun," Rashmi says gently, sipping her tea, and setting cup and saucer on the table. "If it wasn't a proper gun, then she was trying to get rid of my magic. That would've been bad for me, but not deadly, y'know? The worst that would've happened to me is, I wouldn't be using magic for awhile, and she'd probably have gotten away. But Takeba-san's right, we don't have any idea what would have happened to you. If she shot your Linker Core while you were merged... Well, if we're talking worst-case scenarios, think about that for a second."

Looking up at Naru, Rashmi blushes, giving the girl a self-effacing smile. "I don't... actually really know anything about signatures, I'm stull trying to wrap my head around the basic unphysics. But I'm sure once I know more, that'll be really useful, thanks."

Taking up her teacup, she starts to move into the kitchen, pausing at Tadase's side. "I've only heard a little about Virtue, Hotori-san, but I would really like to hear more. Come by the Korma Chameleon sometime after school this week, and we can talk?"
Mamoru Chiba 2017-06-19 19:59:46 79068
"There was a lot less DPS present than initially planned for, and a LOT fewer tanks," Mamoru says reasonably, sipping his coffee. "I told you that when I went into direct combat. My mistake was not informing you ahead of time that plans go pear-shaped considerably more frequently than expected. I recall my asking you to hang back and primarily provide tracking and analysis, with the additional duty of getting anyone significantly injured off the field for the duration. You didn't stick to that, either-- but it's all right for multiple reasons, three of which are 'no one was permanently injured', 'our ultimate goal was accomplished', and not least, 'you're not used to the fluidity of battle and how roles change through necessity'. You're not even familiar with the default tactics of everyone else, and that, too, was my mistake. Kunzite did what Kunzite does. That's why I'm not actually mad at him. I'd have been REALLY mad at him if he actually died, and then I'd've gone on an obsessive quest to bring him back to life-- and honestly, given precedent and who else we're allied with, it eventually would have worked. There are even plans for if he dies and gets reincarnated and we have to start from scratch with an adorable baby Kunzite."

He pauses and looks between Kyouko and Kunzite, gravely. "I've already said everything I need to to both of you on that subject, I think, but I'm willing to have the discussion again if necessary."

Then Mamoru finishes his coffee and jams his fists in his hoodie pockets, slouching in the chair, Kunzite's ghost not casting a shadow on him. The glow is still present. "Either way, getting angry about it now is counterproductive. I'm also running low on energy, and I'm the one channelling Kunzite through his stone, so if there are any more questions, best to get them out now."
A Siberian cat 2017-06-19 20:04:45 79069
Koji says towards Rashmi without missing a beat, "Don't forget to give him the coupon."

But is still staring towards Kunzite, and by extension Mamoru and Kyouko. He's not got the look of someone being stubborn or about needing to be right. It's more like he's processing on it, trying to hold onto this to not think about other things. When he finally speaks up, he opens his mouth... closes it again... and then opens it once more and just takes a deep breath.

"I'm not... very good... with trusting what might happen. I wake up every morning, I make sure I have enough rice for the day. I make breakfast and lunch at the same time, and check the news before I go to school. I go see my parents after school, then go to either the Korma Chameleon to study on Mondays and Thursdays, or to Gullwing on Tuesdays or Fridays to see Miss Aki about my schoolwork. When there's a school activity I sign up because it's what I do. This... this isn't. I thought you were... dead... or worse... and I lost my control. I did the thing I'd promised I wouldn't do from the first day we Merged... and now... I know he's there, but I can't hear him. It's like there's a piece of me missing."

For his own part, he's not tearing up, but he's close to the edge of it, "I'm glad Miss Hannah came out of this allright. We did what you set out to do. It just hurts inside, and I should be blaming myself more than you, any of you. You're all good people... great people. My Mom always says, the best people in the world are always a little broken inside. They have to be."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-19 20:12:57 79070
"It's not done yet Koji." Naru points out. "That trust takes time, and you'll get there, but we still have to sort you out. This current state? That's not how it's going to be forever. Hard to acknowledge now, and I'm sure it certainly feels that way. It'll all sort out in the end, and it's not all sorted out, so clearly we are not at the end yet."

Naru shakes her head to Mamoru at the mention of questions. "They can wait. I'm going for a run." She moves into the kitchen, to drop off the tea towel and <gasp>, leave dishes in the drying rack before giving Kyouko a quick kiss and moving to head out.
Tadase Hotori 2017-06-19 20:15:13 79071
Tadase nods at Rashmi, and smiles again. "I can do that. I prefer talking over a meal to talking in the afterglow of dire circumstances whenever possible, anyways."

Then he listens to Koji's commentary. "The best people may be a little broken, but you can really mitigate that by having friends and allies who'll cover for your broken parts. That's why I try to push Virtue at people - you have to have somebody in this world of magic who understands or it gets really difficult really fast." Perhaps speaking from pre-Guardians experience, or watching others.

Then Kiseki, having finally undone the button on the pocket Tadase stuffed him in, pops his head out and then reaches up to re-adjust his crown. "Also Tadase wants to make sure you're really really okay, Mamoru and Kunzite, but he's been trying how to ask you a second time for about fifteen min-" and he's stuffed back in the pocket midsentence.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-19 20:18:55 79072
    Kyouko shakes her head slightly, after listening to what Kunzite and Mamoru and everyone else has to say, too. She turns her head, offering a slight grin to Naru beside her. "Don't worry. Like I said.. I'm not planning on it. I just.." She pauses a moment, then says, "I don't like the idea of it being a bad thing if you die while saving a whole lot of people. It's better if nobody dies.. I ain't arguing that. But the world is an effed up place, and sometimes bad shit happens, and I don't want people to get judged at for doing what needs doing. There's a difference between being careless, and taking it upon yourself to make hard decisions. This ain't a fairy tale. You don't always get the perfect ending."

    So saying, though, she leans over and exchanges smooches with Naru as the girl prepares to go for her run. Then she turns and walks across the room to Mamoru. No one-armed hug this time.. she glomps on him from behind, wrapping both arms around his neck, and saying something quiet into his ear.

    Then, still draping on Mamoru, she eyes Koji. "Don't blame yourself. There ain't nothing that needs to be blamed for. Everybody's alive, and the mission was accomplished. Save the blame and the tears for the times stuff actually goes wrong."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-19 20:34:54 79073
'With an adorable baby Kunzite.' That gets an actual flinch; it'd be too small to see except that, even translucent, the cape amplifies it. Kunzite moves past that, though, and says quietly to Koji, "He's there. He's sleeping, because he needs to for now. But he's there, and he will be back. We'll find ways to see to that. We owe both of you rather more than that much."

He glances to Mamoru. "Also," he says, "he plays chess. Perhaps we should consider taking a Go board down to Gullwing some evening. It wouldn't be particularly easy for him, but it might help."

He shifts position a little, coming closer to where Mamoru holds his stone, though he doesn't touch either him or Kyouko. "I am," he says to Tadase's pocket, solemnly. "Mamoru will be shortly."
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-19 20:45:20 79074
Emerging from the kitchen with a fresh cup of tea, Rashmi chuckles at Koji. "I left my bookbag at home, actually." ...Which ought to speak for the urgency of the redhead's stuffy-buying mission, if she refused to drag along her study materials. "But don't worry Hotori-san, I'm sure Papi won't mind much if I just have one at the table. Also..."

Another thank-you stuffy is balanced on Mamoru's knee, the Prince given a wide, sunny smile. "You'll probably see Mizuno-senpai before I do, Mamo-san... Could you make sure she gets that? And get some rest, okay? I'd feel terrible if you burned yourself out on our account when you didn't need to."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-06-19 21:12:12 79075
"...I really, really, really understand the piece-of-you-missing part," Mamoru says with a sigh, hand reaching up and head tilting down and to the side so he can rub at his forehead with the least possible physical effort. "And you're not the only one who lost control at that moment. You did-- what you were doing-- right after I got a concussion and then felt... what happened to Kunzite, and I couldn't tell he was alive yet, and I thought Hannah killed him on purpose, I didn't know what was going on. And I lost it. And I might've killed her and you might have died if Tyrfing hadn't taken control of you and merged with me, then explained..."

He shakes his head, the fist still in his pocket tightening around Kunzite's stone. And then he says, his voice taking on that quality that voices take on when their owners are in the process of dissociating from getting suddenly overwhelmed with tired and words and people, talking faster and more tonelessly, "I really understand pieces missing and pain where there should be a connection. I'm sorry. I've been being hard on you."

He starts to get up, but then Kyouko's come over and is glomping him from behind!! and whispering something, and abruptly he sags and closes his eyes, letting his bangs fall into his face to hide them, chin crumpling. He reaches up with the stone-free hand to squeeze her arm around him, and he nods-- and then Kiseki's starting to talk and gets cut off, and Kunzite speaks, and he nods again--

--and then Rashmi's smiling at him and he can't look at her, because he can hear it in her voice and he doesn't want her to see his face right now. It's a testament to how tired he is that he doesn't henshin on the spot just for the mask. He lets go Kyouko's arm to pat briefly at Rashmi's if it's still in reach, and takes a deep breath.

Silence for a moment, with slightly thick breathing.

"Okay. Yes. Going to take a nap. Sorry for stealing the life of the party. Sorry for-- all the trouble. The things I dragged you into. What it's done. I'll be-- what Kunzite said."

Then he is disentangling from Kyoukohug, and the glow around him is fading, and he's silent and holds his position so Kunzite can get anything he needs to out before Mamoru can't hold it anymore, and then he heads back toward where his bedroom is.
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-19 21:24:47 79076
Rashmi watches Mamoru shuffle off to bed, with a concerned frown on her face. Shaking her head after a moment, she picks up the empty gift bag, and finishes her tea. "I may be skipping school, but, I think I should spend some more time with Chandra. He was pretty concerned after last night too, and I don't like letting him stew. I'll see you all again soon, okay? And thank you for the tea, and for having me along."

And with that, she bows, returns to the foyer to re-exchange her shoes, and makes for the door, mulling over possible ways to brighten Mamoru's heart a little.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-19 21:36:09 79077
"I'll remind him to rest," Kunzite promises Rashmi as she departs. "If he needs the reminder at all." Mamoru's volunteering at the moment. "Silvia-san. Please: eat, and rest. Those are your priorities right now; they'll help you recover. Spend a little time with the roses, if you like; you may find they understand." He glances to Tadase. "If you have time to stay with him for a little, I think it would be greatly appreciated. My apologies for not being able to do so myself." Since Mamoru's incapable, and that -- well. Presently makes Kunzite incapable.

Then he steps closer to Mamoru, as the glow around him fades, and the image of him fades with it; there's a last gleam from the gem in Mamoru's hand before it settles to simply being that quietly incongruous cool pink.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-19 21:45:36 79079
    Kyouko stays draped over Mamoru for as long as he allows her to.. imparting what reassurance she can. Never good with words (though she's getting better), always more useful when she acts rather than when she talks. Her expression is less concilliatory and more determined, even when he squeezes her arm. She watches Rashmi over his shoulder.. then gives the other redhead a nod when she starts to depart.

    She looks momentarily like she might object to his self-deprecation, but he's shaking her off and she does indeed back off as nonverbally requested, though she stays nearby, watching as Kunzite says his piece in silence. With Naru gone, Rashmi gone, and Tadase apparently going to sit with Koji, she glances around the room once, nodding to herself.

    And as Kunzite fades away, she turns and follows Mamoru back towards his bedroom, saying something to him quietly as they both exit. She'll see him to his room, but then respect his need to be alone- either way though, she won't return to the living room, at least right away.
A Siberian cat 2017-06-19 21:47:33 79080
Koji has sort of been spacing and sipping at his tea, not really present with anything until his stomach growls at him for lack of anything to eat. He looks up at Tadase, and says to him, "Sumimasen, senpai." And moves up and off to take his empty cup and glass with him. "If you want, I can make something more than breakfast. They have a very full pantry... but Miss Naru did make breakfast for everyone."

When Koji left his spot, his smartphone slipped out of his pocket and is sitting half-stuck in the couch-cushions, oddly forgotten by such a normally fastidious person. He seems to be almost perpetually keeping his hand on his broken glasses hanging from his shirt.
Tadase Hotori 2017-06-19 21:53:27 79081
Tadase nods. "I think I'm going to rest here for a little bit before I move on, myself. You know, it's a long way here from Pikarigoaka." He notes, sprawling a little bit on the more freed-up couch. It's kind of obvious that he's staying to keep an eye on folks, though, and his attempt at sprawling is an effort to look overly comfortable.

The young boy does, however, start to drift off a little bit - as always Tadase is somewhat likely to sleep most places he finds comfortable, a sign of the work he puts himself to doing even when nobody else is around.