Kunzite's Back and Koji's Moving


Like it says on the tin. Tall and white-haired has his soul back in (more or less in) his body! Koji's getting evicted. Usagi's adorable. Mamoru doesn't know how not to ruin Takara's good mood. Rashmi knows how to sort of fix it. Koji's parents are hilariously embarrassing. Mamoru will never tell. Kunzite gets catted.

Date: 2017-06-23
Pose Count: 58
Mamoru Chiba 2017-06-23 16:36:00 79364
So last night, Mamoru fled from Hannah's dorm with Kunzite's stone, and only Usagi and Jadeite know where they went, and Jadeite's the one who gets to sleep now. It's after school on Tuesday and Mamoru's not gotten home yet-- but Usagi has both key and balcony, and Jadeite's too unconscious to answer any doors anyway, so-- when people knock, Usagi is the one who gets to wonder if it's Koji or Hiroshi.

As usual, there's a lot of food in the kitchen, a lot of which is ALREADY PREPARED because of Koji yesterday and because the general state of people always making more of it in this place -- though the scarcity of occupants today means that most of the extant batch of baking and leftovers has not been hoovered up by hungry youth.
Koji Silvia 2017-06-23 16:56:39 79370
Yes. He still knocks.

While Koji might have been in residence since his recovery from helping to subdue Ms. Sharpe, that ingrained politeness that has become one of his hallmarks cannot seem to be stamped out by anyone, his friends included. So after the three triple-taps on the door, he moves back so as to allow for someone to see his face through the peephole, when his phone rings. Tugging the smartphone out, he turns slightly to one side, and checks who it is before responding, "Mom? OH... you got your phone back from the nurses. Great. What's going on?"
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-23 17:01:39 79373
*bing!* Go the elevator doors, and upon opening Rashmi steps out, guiding a grinning young cane-wielding girl toward the door to the 'common' apartment used as crash space. "Okay," she says, "few things to remember, Hirmura-san. Don't call him Chiba-sama unless you really need to get his attention and don't care how many points you'll lose with him getting it. It's usually pretty crowded in there, so if you need to get some air ask someone to show you to the balcony. Also the place is neutral ground for everyone, so it could be that you'll end up being around people you'd rather be doing something about. Don't. Most of the house rules are variations on 'No fighting' and-- Oh hey hi Koji-kun!" Her explanation trails off as she spots Koji on the phone, giving the boy a cheerful wave and a bright smile.
Takara Himura 2017-06-23 17:06:16 79375
Takara Himura is nodding along with Rashmi's explanation of the place, one hand on the shoulder of Rashmi, and the other holding her collapsable cane. "This is so cool!" bubbles the girl. "It's like the Legion of Suerpheroes!" A pause, as her nose catches the scent of food. "... with baked goods!"
Usagi Tsukino 2017-06-23 17:11:08 79376
Usagi, of course, is an amazing wonderful awesome best hostess. At least that's what she tells herself when she sticks her tongue out at magazines because they are wrong!

Her key flops around in the lock before she tugs the door open, shoes fly off and bunny slippers slide on (with maybe a little wiggle and a tongue stick out to see if anyone has dared usurp her footwear in her absense) and she's plodding through the house.

"HI JADEITE IT'S JUST ME KEEP SLEEPING!" After all, it would be rude to wake him up and have him panic at sudden noises!

She scurries around the kitchen while humming nonsensical songs, switching between one then the other with no discernable reason, setting out FOOD and eating a lot of it because with Mama in the hospital and her father having left for work after (literally) dragging her out of bed, her lunch earlier had consisted of pretty much pop tarts, snack cakes, and beef jerky.

So she (poorly) sets up food and there's not a moment where her mouth is full of it as she does.

Then there's a knock!

"COMING!" Trallomp, trallomp, door open! She blinks for a moment because there's more than one person, so she uses her momentary confusion to basically swallow her mouthful. There may be a moment where she has to whack her chest and lean against the wall because she should have chewed first. "Hi!!"

She reaches out and yoinks Koji in, because they've actually met and yoinking should only be done to people you know!

The other two she waves in. "I think it's more like Stark's Tower! If Stark were the bestest guy ever hi Mamo-chan isn't home yet but I'm here! Usagi Tsukino, very pleased to meet you both!"

On the back of the couch, a black cat bleers at the newcomers with a softly twitching tail. She's heard the things said outside and sighs. "No, no, Usa-chan. Mamo-chan is clearly Bruce Banner with out the angry purple pants."
Koji Silvia 2017-06-23 17:15:23 79378
The expressions on Koji's face go like this...

Huh?

Oh!

Hi...

*GLRK!*

That last one is specifically because of him being gravitationally Usagi'd into the suite once more, and almost losing his phone to the couch gods. He chuckles softly, and then mumbles out, "H-hi Usa-..."

And then suddenly he's off to one side of her once more, almost spinning and dizzy as she continues to move in her weatherly ways. A voice pops on the line, and he suddenly near-yells back, "No Dad! You cannot talk to her! N-no... No, I am not bringing any of my new friends by to see-... Dad... Mom... wait... No it's not that at all!" All of that followed shortly by, "If you're going to hit him, keep it to the arms and chest, Mom..."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-06-23 17:16:42 79379
Right about then is also when anyone who can pick up active magic going on near them definitely get a ping-- and Usagi gets the 'Mamoru is suddenly very close by!' internal spidey-sense notification. A moment later a bathroom door closes hurriedly, rapidly followed by a bedroom door, both in the direction of 'down the hall'.
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-23 17:22:32 79383
"U-um.... Hi, Tsukino-san," Rashmi says, wiggling the fingers of her free hand at Tropical Storm Odango and guiding Takara through the door. "Here, there's house slippers for everyone just.... right... there, yes." Exchanging her own shoes, she waits for Takara to finish, before guiding the blind girl further into the apartment. "...So I just thought I'd bring Himura-san by to introduce herself, since she's new in town and all..."
Takara Himura 2017-06-23 17:37:31 79390
"I'm Takara Himura," the blind girl grins, introducing herself as she switches out her shoes for fuzzy slippers. "oooh, nice" She grins and steps into the apartment proper, waving at all the people she hears with a huge grin. "Stark Tower? Is there a bunch of magical tech gadgetry laying around? All powerful reality warping gems?"
Usagi Tsukino 2017-06-23 17:42:36 79393
Usagi opens her mouth and closes it. And does this again. And a third time. "No Hollywood high-tech gadgets but...well, mine's a crystal, so I don't think that counts." She taps her chin in thought. "Does making people not dead anymore count as reality warping?"

THIS IS A QUESTION FOR KUNZITE!

"There's food in the kitchen, and on the table, so help yourselves because I will, too, and if you--" Her MamoSenses tingle and immediately she stops and perks in the direction of slamming doors, and she's sure heart eyes pass through walls and if so they're bouncing off an indisposed Mamoru.

Then she jerks right back as though she didn't do something totally sappy. "--want something to drink, there's some of that, too, and I'mma make a coffee real quick. It's not for me, because it's gonna be black as my so-- no, wait black as my hea-- yeah, can't even finish that with a straight face black as my pupils! Hah!"

She hums some more and skips back to the kitchen and accosts the Keurig for a few moments. "And if you don't want any food go ahead and just sit down!"

Luna, of course, bounces from back of the couch to cushion to floor to park herself primly in front of the bathroom door, ready to jump nearly six feet vertically for a shoulder perch and a jaw-face rub.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-06-23 17:53:33 79400
Finally, Mamoru comes out of the hallway leading to the bedrooms, and though he looks somewhat pale like he's recovering from having lost his lunch, he also looks far more relaxed than he has basically most of the weekend. He's wearing a long-sleeved unbuttoned cotton oxford shirt over the t-shirt and jeans he was wearing yesterday, and very abruptly, he has a cat on his shoulder -- when she lands, he winces slightly, but recovers nearly instantly, and is just as quickly cuddling her face with his face and a lifted arm to scritch the other side of her jaw, smiling. "Hi, Luna," he says softly.

Then he's in the tiled and muraled living room, and he smiles at everyone. "Yo. He's okay now. He'll be out in a moment. How's everyone doing?" Apparently 'many people in the living room' is taken entirely in stride-- but he does blink at Takara being there. "Oh hi, Himura-san. Uh-- I'm supposed to let you know that when Hannah gets her powers back, she's going to come find you and kick your ass for trying to kill Raging Tempest. But she'll bring you here afterwards to get healed."
Koji Silvia 2017-06-23 17:55:39 79402
Amazingly, Koji has never met Luna, though the two of them did leave cat hair on the same couch not too long ago. But that's a conversation for another feline. Instead, Koji smiles nervously up at Usagi while he gets those teal house-slippers he prefers to wear on, putting his hiking boots up on the shoe rack before saying towards the Hostess, "If you want, I can make the coffee and lay out some food for everyone, Miss Usagi."

Chuckling a bit, he mutes the phone so that his father cannot hear anymore before saying towards Rashmi and Takara, "Hello... I'm sorry I didn't introduce myself properly. I'm Silvia Koji." And of course he bows to Takara, just a rustle of cloth to her senses. As he rises back up, he then brings his phone to his ear in time to hear something that makes his ears and cheeks burn. Turning around from the others he says into the phone in a hushed tone, "No Dad, you are not coming over... you're not being discharged until Friday, and if you try and sneak out, I'll call the police and tell them there's..."

The threat trails off before it gets any worse, and Koji sighs, "No... Dad, please put Mom back on the phone. No. No. No."

All three of those done in a completely flat tone, and then, "Oh good... Mom. Tell Dad I need him to sign the release forms for his clothes and items so I can get them from the desk? The landlord wants the keys. He has a new tenant coming by to see our place tomorrow. No... I already put everything into storage. Mister and Miss Kabuto got their son to bring his truck. No... she packed your things not me. Ugh... MOM. No... you're being as bad as Dad... not helping."

He turns and waves once more to the others, and then goes back to his soft conversation, "Also, can you sign the forms I left with the nurses? It's the reservation paperwork for the motel. They won't take the signature and card from me this time."
Takara Himura 2017-06-23 18:02:01 79405
Takara is halfway to the cornucopia of food when Mamoru informs her of her impending doom. Any talk of superheroing dies on her lips as she scowls, eyes wide. "What? Why? Who's Raging Tempest?"
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-23 18:03:28 79407
"....Right," Rashmi says, slapping her palm to her face. "Himura-san, you don't use Devices... okay. Get something to eat, I'll give you the basic rundown on what I know about Devices, okay> Which isn't much, but it's enough for me to have an idea of what I'm doing."
Kunzite 2017-06-23 18:10:06 79411
Arrival number two from the inside hallway: six foot six of white hair, white shirt, and blue jeans, staying back far enough not to be caught in the splash of an Usagi impact unless she actually bowls Mamoru over (in which case, at least hitting him will protect skulls from floor or walls). This time, Kazuo is not in uniform, not glowing, and not transparent. He is also wearing a dark blue knit cap, cable-knit double helices and all, pulled down fairly low on his forehead.

Yes, this looks just about as ridiculous in combination with his hair and it generally being June as one might expect.
Takara Himura 2017-06-23 18:15:13 79412
Takara Himura dutifully gathers a platefull of food, indescriminately piling on a mountain of various baked goods and other easy to eat with fingers snacks. She turns, finds a couch to sit on, and sits upon it to give Rashmi her undivided attention.
Usagi Tsukino 2017-06-23 18:20:02 79413
Usagi blinks. Miss? "I'm almost done with this one! But um..." Koji offered and she feels really bad about refusing! "Um, I guess I could have one? If you don't mind? This one as black as my soul?" A pause. A blink. "Which is basically like mostly milk and sugar with a touch of coffee?"

She gasps and looks at Takara. "Raging Tempest? Eep! She breaks bones for that!" She scurries toward Mamoru and hands him his coffee and kisses his chin and happily rubs her face against his shoulder. "Mmmm, Mamo-chan."

Because, as she is aware, one does not tackle their boyfriend with a hot mug of coffee.

There's a hiss at Luna, who bops her paw on her charge's head. "My Mamo-chan."

"No, my Mamo-chan."

Not heated, of course, because one's a cat and the other's Usagi. There may be a mild tongue-sticking out war.

And then she is distracted because KUNZITE and he's not transparent and ghosty anymore and aiee!

"AIEEEEEE!!!!" Fortunately there's not much distance to gain speed with, but she does crash against him and snuggle Kunzite in hugs! "I'm so happy you're not ghosty anymore!"
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-23 18:24:00 79414
...Attention that is *swiftly* divided, for upon Kazuo's emergence Rashmi lights up like a Christmas tree. "Takeba-san!" she chirps, waving merrily. "You're all better, that's wonderful! Chiba-san thank you so much even though I know you were already going to but still this is wonderful and... right... um.... sorry, hang on, I should..."

And there Rashmi freezes in place, politeness and her joy at Kazuo's return warring with the need to dispense knowledge onto Takara, the gears in her head visibly grinding. Bowing to the room in general, she apparently decides to bank on the forebearance of the penthouse's inhabitants, and dashes to the couch opposite Takara. "....Sorry. Okay. So. Devices. People who use them sort of need them to do any sort of magic, like me with Nicomahea. The thing is, Devices are, like, way smart, smarter than any computer that's out there now, in some ways smarter than most people. So Devices aren't just useful for the people who use them, they're usually like best friends too. And I know you didn't mean anything by it when you tried to stop Hannah, but... you kinda tried to divide one of the people who mean more to her than anything.... Um. And I'm not sure if she has a Familiar, but if she does, then if you'd broken Raging Tempest, you'd probably have killed the Familiar too."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-06-23 18:26:52 79415
"Raging Tempest is--" Mamoru starts, moving toward the coffee Usagi started brewing like he's magnetically drawn to it, but Rashmi takes over and he lets out a sigh of relief-- even as Usagi's actually bringing him coffee. "Yes good, a mage explaining is far better than me attempting it. Thanks, Rashmi-san," he says with fervent gratitude, slinking an arm around Usagi and kissing the top of her head. Then eyeing her and Luna. "No, *my* Mamo-chan," he teases.

He's a nosy buttinsky, so he's also keeping half an ear on Koji's quiet phone conversation, and has started frowning. This is only briefly interrupted by Kazuo's appearance-- which is, in turn, interrupted by Usagi's near-teleport to the tall tall tall knight, and Mamoru sputters a laugh.

Rashmi is thanking him for fixing Kunzite?? He stares at her for a second, open-mouthed grinning in disbelief, and shakes his head. "Don't thank me, I couldn't think of how to fix it-- it sort of resolved itself on accident." Then, coffee in hand and Luna on shoulder, Mamoru comes over to Koji and gently takes his elbow to pull him further away from the group. "Hey, can I talk to you and your folks for a minute? We can go in the study and you can put the phone on speaker."
Kunzite 2017-06-23 18:30:18 79416
Today, apparently, bracing to receive a launched Usagi includes one hand going up to be pressed firmly over the hat over Kazuo's forehead. He catches her for a one-armed hug all the same, the second being added a moment later. "Careful," he says with unusually clear-for-him amusement, which means that it's more or less two steps up from barely-audible for anyone else. "I'm still getting my feet back under me. How is your mother doing?" And when flying hair has settled enough to let him see the rest of the room: "Hello, Luna, Terios-san, Silvia-san. Young woman whose name's slipped my mind."

Annnnd Rashmi's talking, and Kazuo cocks his head just a little to listen.
Takara Himura 2017-06-23 18:30:24 79417
Takara Himura's eyes go wide as Rashmi explains, a sticky bun stuck halfway in her mouth. "I tried to kill Jarvis?!?" she says, the bun falling out of her mouth back onto the plate. "I...." she looks geniuinely pained at this new knowledge. "I had no idea." She scowls and gets a look of a kind of stuipd determination about her. "I need to set this right."
Koji Silvia 2017-06-23 18:34:47 79419
Whatever Koji was going to say to his parents, to Mamoru... to anyone really... it sort of shot down by seeing Kazuo up and running once more in a real body. Those are tears... real tears on his cheeks as he mutes his phone and then sniffs hard, wiping at his eyes to hide the expression.

Which makes him an easy target for Mamo to just move off to one side.

After he recovers, he goes back on the phone for a moment and says to someone, "I need to talk to someone, I'll be right back." And then mutes the phone once more.

To Mamoru, he says with tear-blurry eyes and just as grateful an expression, "I think know what you're going to say, but you don't have to. Yes... the landlord kicked us out, but it's not a big deal. We're going to a motel while I help Mom and Dad hunt for a new place. They're going to need my help, since they were in bed so long that moving around is going to be tough for a while."

However, he does reach up, and up, and puts a hand on Mamoru's shoulder, trying to put on his best 'It's allright' face, "Just a fair warning... Dad can be a little... blunt. If you really want to talk to them you can. Just... this is a situation we're ready for, and I have to take care of my parents. Once we're settled, I'll come back so Miss Hannah can examine Tyrfing."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-06-23 18:42:51 79420
Mamoru leans in to say very very quietly to Koji, "Give me the address and the landlord's contact information. I can get in ahead of whoever's coming to look, and Kazuo's 25 and can be a grown-up at the landlord, and your parents can sublet from me. I actually have a side account set up for this kind of thing. I just want to talk to your parents to explain it and get their okay. It wouldn't be any trouble, and it'd be a lot simpler for all of you than having to deal with a motel and storage and looking for a new place."
Usagi Tsukino 2017-06-23 18:46:24 79421
Mamoru gets two tongues for joining in on the Mamo-chan debates.

In the hug, she looks up at Kunzite and beams. "She's doing good. She's going craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy. I think she'd want us to bring the housework to her if we could but between you and me, the rest is good for her." Decisive nod! No one should have to work alllll the time!

She squints at the beanie, purses her lips, but says nothing.

Sensing a need for privacy, Luna gives Mamoru's jaw one last face rub before hopping over to Kunzite's shoulder.

Usagi, still hugging Kunzite, looks over at Koji and Mamoru, head tilting and eyebrows drawing together.

But it's not her business so she changes her focus back again on Kunzite. More squinting and pursed lips. "How if your face not sweating off with that on?"

(It's quiet, honest!)
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-23 18:48:57 79423
The determination to make it right has Rashmi smiling gently. Leaning over, she rests a hand on Takara's forearm. "I still need to talk to her, and when I do I'll let her know that you want to make it right. Hopefully we can come up with a way that doesn't have to end in beatings because honestly, I've had rather enough of that."
Koji Silvia 2017-06-23 18:51:03 79424
Taking a breath, Koji unmutes the phone and says, "Mom... I'll be with you soon. There's someone I want you to talk to. A prospective landlord... sure... allright."

Gulping he smiles up at Mamoru once more, "I've been living in that apartment by myself for almost a year. If we all move back there, I'm going to keep acting like they're not there, even if they are. It's just going to make things awkward for myself and my parents. If you know a good place that you can get a sublet for us, I'd be really grateful because that would speed up the process, and I'm sure once my parents are back at work they can pay off anything we owe."

He pauses and looks past Mamoru to the others, and then back, "It's a new start for my family. We'll get a chance to do this together and make someplace a home. Kind of like you do here."

Though after a moment of consideration, he chuckles faintly, "On... second thought... I really hope it's really not like here. If you know what I mean..."
Kunzite 2017-06-23 18:53:45 79425
Usagi is switched back to a one-armed hug, because one of Kazuo's hands comes up automatically to help steady a shoulder-Luna. "Let's say I'm not planning to go outside that much while I'm still wearing it," he says gravely to Usagi. He also made no attempt to steal Mamoru's coffee from him. Then again, between an incoming Usagi and Mamoru's side conversation with Koji, there hasn't been much opportunity to do so.

Gray eyes flicker back to Rashmi and Takara; the latter won't be aware of the silent nod at her dismay, but Usagi certainly will.
Takara Himura 2017-06-23 18:55:45 79426
Takara Himura gives Rashmi a scowl. "I'm okay with beatings," she admits. "I think I deserve it in this case." She looks at her half eaten plate of goodies glumly, having lost her appitite, and heaves a sigh. "That's what I get for charging in head first."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-06-23 19:01:03 79429
Mamoru's eyes clear; Koji can see in his face that he understands completely. "The new place being your shared space will definitely help a lot of things, yeah," he says, then smiles crookedly, Luna already over on Kazuo's shoulder. (Yes, there was another wince when she launched off, but cats, whaddya want.) "Yeah, not everyone likes living in Magic Grand Central Station. I've always got half an eye on the market. There are a few places that might do-- but I'd definitely want to talk to all three of you to find out what price range and size and location you'd be looking for. Why don't you get this immediate part sorted, and we can all four of us discuss it in more detail later?"
Usagi Tsukino 2017-06-23 19:07:49 79430
Curioser and curioser! There's a moment more of squinty suspicion (and about ten buckets of curiosity) but she lets it go. She sees the tiny nod and looks over at duo. She shrugs, because really, Hannah Handling has only ever been done in an Usagi way by her, and that apparently isn't everyone's way. (There'd be a LOT more hugs if it were!)

"Oh!" She scampers away from Kunzite and plops food on a plate before scurrying back and thrusting it into Kunzite's hands. "You hungry? You want something to drink? Are you tired? Do you want more hugs?"
Koji Silvia 2017-06-23 19:13:50 79432
Koji just nods, and then unmutes the phone, "I'm passing you over to a new friend of mine, Mom. His name is Mamoru Chiba. He's been helping me out since the power problems at the hospital." Looking up and giving an apologetic shrug. The room *DID* lose power, even if it was Mahou related.

He then goes on, "...okay, I'll put him on."

The phone is passed over, and he mouths the name 'Makoto' to the older boy. Stepping back, he gives a fresh wave to Usagi and Kunzite, then checks over with an expectant look at Rashmi.
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-23 19:20:36 79435
Rashmi's silent for a moment, then sighs, nodding. "All right... But I still want to talk to her first," She says, patting Takara's arm. "Now... go meet your new friends, Himura-san. I get the feeling you'll probably get along at least a bit with Tsukino-san, she sounds fun." Chuckling, she gets back up from her seat, moving on to give Koji the 'you okay?' eyebrows, but the redhead doesn't seem to want to intrude on that matter. Instead, she moves to Kazeba, smiling widely. "Everything's all right then, Takeba-san?"
Kunzite 2017-06-23 19:25:40 79437
Scampering Usagis mean that Kazuo actually gets to take a few steps into the room before he's re-confronted. "Still getting my feet under me," he says to Rashmi, "but having them at all is something I'm not going to complain about. At this rate, all should be well shortly. Yourselves?" He's including Takara in the question, apparently.

-- whoops. Food assault! He nods solemnly to Usagi, and says, "I'd appreciate coffee, if anything. Mamoru's been drinking it at me at every opportunity. Luna? Have you had a chance to eat?"
Mamoru Chiba 2017-06-23 19:34:36 79440
The prince's eyes widen at Koji, he can't call a friend's mom by her first name!! He glances over at Kazuo and Usagi as he takes Koji's phone, giving them a super affectionate smile that's also a little apologetic, then tugs Koji the few steps further it takes to get to the study, where there's a little more privacy that doesn't involve whispering, and where Koji can be part of the conversation too, if he wants.

"Silvia-san, hello..." he says as he closes the door over behind them, as his un-stolen coffee gets cooler by the second. Soon he'll be able to drink it without it scalding, and without Kazuo needing to fix it for him~
Usagi Tsukino 2017-06-23 19:37:26 79441
She catches Mamoru's smile and visibly swoons toward him while blowing him a kiss.

(Because it's okay that he's occupied!)

Usagi scampers back into the kitchen to make coffee for Kunzite.

Luna shifts a little, tongue darting out and licking her lips with a purry breath. "Well, yes, however if you find yourself tiring of that chicken, I would be more than happy to assist you in its demise."

There may be a bit of a wiggle in her haunches she tries hard to hide, and she is most decidedly not leaning forward a little. That would just be unseemly.

Then she sighs. "Though perhaps not. Even if I had thumbs, they wouldn't be opposable."
Takara Himura 2017-06-23 19:38:28 79442
Takara Himura pokes at her half eaten sticky bun thoughtfully for a while, before stuffing it in her face. Once consumed, she gets up and makes her way over to Usagi. "Hello, Tsukino-san," she says to her. "Terios-san tells me that I'll get along with you, and you know she's never wrong."
Koji Silvia 2017-06-23 19:49:27 79447
Actually... this part Koji doesn't need to be involved in, so he slips out of the study for a moment to go right for the kitchen for some tea and some food... looking a bit hungrier than he was letting on. But he does pause in the making to look up at Kazuo with this 'Is it okay to hug you?' kind of eyes.

But then the cat is seen, and he brightens up a bit, "Your place allows pets?! Oh, that's really nice... I've always wanted a nice pet, like a ferret or an owl. But the landlord doesn't like pets... well... he SAYS he doesn't but there's at least two dogs in the complex. Can I pet her?"

He was so distracted he did not hear the crescent marked cat speak before!
Kunzite 2017-06-23 20:03:05 79451
"One might say," Kazuo says gravely to Koji. "After all, Luna allows Mamoru to keep the rest of us around. Luna, this is Koji Silvia, whom Usagi may have mentioned to you; his Device, Tyrfing, is currently resting and therefore not as able as usual to communicate. Silvia-san, this is Luna; she plays a number of roles, including helping us with certain other technologies we are not as yet educated enough to understand." As he's talking, he shifts the plate (and the chicken in question) into one hand, and extends the other toward Koji. Maybe that's an it's-okay-to-hug. Maybe it's just a yes-you-can-test-whether-I'm-solid. Hard to tell.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-06-23 20:05:36 79452
--and Mamoru can be heard laughing outright beyond the study door, just for a moment. Poor Koji.
Usagi Tsukino 2017-06-23 20:08:38 79454
Usagi looks up from the Keurig machine, a large hunk of chicken in her own mouth because this is a job that requires hands.

This time she chews before she swallows and beams a bright smile. "Hi! It's nice to meet you! Takara-chan, right?"

She works like she knows how Kunzite likes his coffee, but really, it's just a guess.

"I'm sorry Hannah-chan is mad at you. She's very protective of Raging Tempest. I didn't know and tried to smoosh it once, and she broke my arm! Fractured? Well, hurt it a lot. But now she ruffles my hair and I give her stuffed bunnies when she's sick."

Luna watches Koji come over. She gasps, clearly affronted. But then Kunzite makes introductions and she preens a little, bumping her forehead against Kunzite's jaw. "Well, you lot keep Mamo-chan happy, so I suppose I should allow you to stay." "But yes, you may pet me, right behind the ear, more nails than fingertips but none to rough if you would."

At Mamoru's laugh, Usagi pauses in her ramblings to Takara about school today and ug math why couldn't they just teach things better, and leans toward the sound with a dreamy sigh. "He has such a pretty laugh."

The way she says it, it's possible he doesn't laugh enough. (He probably does, she just likes hearing it!)

And then right back in it! "But yeah! And then my teacher tells me 'Tsukino-san, we can't go teaching everything with candy!' Can you believe that?! UUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGG!"
Koji Silvia 2017-06-23 20:13:45 79456
Of all the things that surprise the young man, clearly a talking cat doesn't rate anything more than a lowers of his head in apology before he reaches up to only the prescribed location and delivers a scritch with the attentive frequency and pressure as required by the obvious mistress of the house as he mumbles out, "Yes, miss Luna. A pleasure to meet you."

And then, he throws that out the window as his arms go around Kazuo's waist and he says in a near-teary voice, "I'm so happy you're okay. Rashmi and I were so worried about you... and I'm sorry I got annoyed at you over what happened. Thank you for being understanding... I... I..."

There may be waterworks involved here.
Takara Himura 2017-06-23 20:16:11 79457
"But if they taught things with candy, more people would learn!" agrees Takara. "And have you tried learning math while blind? It's like learning how to read a completely different language using the same alphabet but just scrambled up!" She sounds so grateful to find somebody she can complain about school with. Rashmi tends to frown on that kind of thing. "I mean, no, Sensai. I don't know what the function of sdfafjl is!"
Kunzite 2017-06-23 20:33:49 79461
... it is true that Kazuo was expecting contact and tears from someone in this room, but when Usagi skipped them in favor of ADAMANT HELPFUL BUNNYNESS, he'd made the mistake of thinking he was safe from the combination. Thus he stands still for a moment, blinking down at Koji once with a faintly perplexed expression.

After a moment, he pats slightly awkwardly at one of Koji's shoulders. "These things happen," he says. "Both the incidents themselves, and the reactions to them." Can he rotate the plate so that the chicken is in Luna's reach? Maybe? ... nnnot quite without the plate also being unsteady, not one-handed. Soon. Soon.
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-23 20:39:39 79463
Watching Koji's tearful hug with a look that can only be described by a heart-melting 'Awwwwwwwww~!' Rashmi chuckles quietly. "...If he didn't, Takeba-san," she says, "I probably would have. Thank you for taking a bullet for me." This last, said with a slightly tightened throat and a deep, grateful bow. "...Also it's good to meet you Luna-senpai... I would have said hi the first time I saw you, but you were kind of napping pretty hard at the arcade, so..."
Usagi Tsukino 2017-06-23 20:51:10 79466
Luna is torn between flight and snagging a piece of chicken from Kunzite's place and shoving it in Koji's mouth. The first because Usagi is the only one she's usually around who cries a lot, and the second because, well, that's the fastest way to get Usagi to stop crying.

(Usually.)

She's also too wobbly on Kunzite's shoulder, trying not to fall or dig her claws in, because sudden hug is sudden.

She finally finds her balance as Rashmi comes over. Trying to act like she didn't nearly fall to the floor in a graceless lump, she licks her paw. "That's alright! I was very tired. Probably would have blinked at you several times before forgetting where I was and fell back asleep."

Usagi UGGGGGS some more in commiseration. "I haven't but I bet it's annoying! And yes! Mamo-chan taught me pi in a day with pocky and sour gummy worms. This was after weeks of not getting it!"

She blinks down at the coffee she's just made. There is a touch of coffee in the cream and sugar. Oops.

She huffs at herself and makes another cup. It will be black this time. He can choose!
Koji Silvia 2017-06-23 20:52:13 79467
The hug is released after propriety says 'now', and Koji takes a couple steps back so that Kazuo has his space once more. He sniffs again, and then bows once more before saying, "A pleasure to meet you, Miss Luna." And then goes to retrieve his tea and return to Mamoru and the study... trying to gauge what's going on, and why the laugh happened...

...only this time he appears with a piece of chicken half-in his mouth and looking a little confused about it.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-06-23 20:58:02 79468
"--forward to your email, and I'll be getting back in touch with you over the course of the week," Mamoru's saying as the study door opens in front of Koji. He smiles at the younger boy. "Anyway, here's Koji-kun back--"

And the phone's handed over. "All set," he says cheerfully. "Nice chicken."

He glances over the room and sees where everyone's at, then finally starts drinking his coffee as he makes his way further into the room, and closer to where his beverage can be thieved. "Usa! Is it okay if I go bother your mom in the hospital while you're in school tomorrow? I don't want to take up family visiting hours when you're all out of school and work and whatnot..."
Koji Silvia 2017-06-23 21:01:33 79469
Accepting his phone back, Koji stays in the study, talking a bit longer with his parents, and then finally comes back out and just sits down on the couch, sipping at his tea and looks a little bit brighter than he did when he walked in.

Perhaps it's the helping hand...

Perhaps it's the chicken...

It's probably more the helping hand, but the food doesn't hurt either.

Smiling over at Rashmi once more, he sighs, and says, "Sorry I didn't say hello earlier. Like you heard... we're being evicted. But Chiba-san apparently knows a lot of good places to rent around and can help the search go much faster. But my Mom wants to meet him before anything goes through."
Kunzite 2017-06-23 21:03:44 79470
"Thank you for being there at all," Kazuo replies to Rashmi. "I won't say it wasn't your fight, not when you were her potential target -- but there were other Device users aware of the problem who chose not to act." Granted, because they found out about it by Hannah stealing their Linker Cores, but all the same. He does not risk bowing. He inclines his head to Rashmi instead, and makes his way to finally take a seat, so that he can set the plate in his lap and tear some chicken into more suitably sized pieces for Luna to nibble at.

Any speculative eyeing of Mamoru's coffee is done from a safe distance.
Usagi Tsukino 2017-06-23 21:11:09 79471
Finally, the coffee is ready. She gasps at Mamoru's request and she looks at him like he just said 'hey I just bought you the moon where do you want it' and was serious about it. That's how bright her smile is. "Ohhhh, excuse me, Mamo-chan's being sweet and I gotta go hug him! And deliver coffee!"

She whirls away and sets the two cups on the coffee table in front of Kunzite. "I think you like it black. If not, there's some coffee in the milk in that one. Take your pick~!"

It's not a tackle, because she's mindful of the coffee, but it's a good, tight UsaHug nonetheless and she squeezes him for a moment before looking up at him.

"Mama would looooooove if you visited her! And you don't have to not go with everyone else, you could if you wanted, but I think she'd like to steal you all for herself for a few minutes." She leans up and chin smooches him!

Luna leans forward, sniffs the chicken for a second, then noms it. She gives Kunzite a huge kitty smile with closed eyes as she chews, making yummy noises as she does.
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-23 21:14:15 79472
"I'd call that being pretty occupied," Rashmi chuckles Koji-wards and bobbing her head. "But it looks like it's okay now? I'm glad to hear it." Kazuo's comment earns a simple shrug and a light reddening of the cheeks. "But from what I heard, not many other Device Users had the right Device that would do what was needed, too? So it's more 'can't' than 'won't,' and it's like Himura-san and I were talking yesterday, if we can help, that's the same as a responsibility to."
Kunzite 2017-06-23 21:26:54 79473
Kazuo inclines his head slightly to Rashmi all the same, as if there were something more to what she'd said than the words out loud. What he himself actually says out loud is only, "Thank you, Usagi." And now that Luna has been properly tended to, he busies himself with food and coffee for a little while. His own coffee. All his. Alllll his. (... it is, unsurprisingly, not 'some coffee in the milk.')
Mamoru Chiba 2017-06-23 21:27:31 79474
Mamoru is definitely not watching his coffee, although now he and Usagi are right next to where Kunzite is sitting, as he wraps his other arm around the short adorable twice-savior of everything and everyone and leans his face in her hair. Good thing Kazuo has his own now! "Well, you know me and crowds," he murmurs into Usagi's hair, bent down a little so it's the side of her head, so she can actually hear him. "And I feel really bad about not having gone to visit her already."

He glances up and smiles a little lopsidedly at Rashmi. "I'm glad you feel that way. I feel the same."
Koji Silvia 2017-06-23 21:34:53 79475
Sipping his tea a few more times, Koji sits there a moment longer, and then says, "I... actually just came by today to pick my things up, Chiba-san... it's been nice of you to let me stay and recover, but I have to get home and finish packing my room. Then I've got to make sure the boxes that my parents want will be at where we're staying until you and my mother can settle on a place."

Pointedly not saying anything about his father, except, "And if my parents were rude, I apologize. They're good people, honestly... my dad is just... well... he's a pervert. Or at least, he loves to act like one. Why Mom tolerates it, I'll never know."

Sounding more like the parent in his current familial relationship, he then nods to the comments being made, "I couldn't sit by either, especially not after the nightmares. It all just makes the normal stuff seem that much more special."
Usagi Tsukino 2017-06-23 21:39:39 79476
"I know. That's why I already told her that and she said to tell you she hopes you feel better and give you a hug from her. Which I'll give you after this one." Then, even though her voice is already soft, she hisses a whisper, still quiet though. "I didn't even tell her your days have been crap, she just knew! She's scary sometimes."

Luna, satisfied with her chicken, climbs back to the back of the couch, still right behind Kunzite, as she stretches out. Her tail fwips against his neck on occasion, just so he doesn't have the audacity to forget her presence.

Usagi sort of freezes and looks at Koji. Wait, is that why his father had asked to speak to her? She thought he was trying to find a girlfriend for his son!
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-23 22:00:29 79478
Rashmi seems to brighten rather considerably under the complimenting, bobbing her head in agreement with Koji. Poor Usagi gets a deeply sympathetic look as Rashmi trots into the kitchen, to fix herself some tea and a small plate of nibbles. "Did you want help carrying your things, Koji-kun? I'm sure Papi won't mind shifting my schedule for an hour or two if you need."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-06-23 22:28:03 79481
"That's fine, and no, they weren't rude," Mamoru calls to Koji cheerfully, "and I told your dad he couldn't have pictures of any of the pretty girls here."

There's definitely twinkling in ocean-blue eyes in Koji's direction -- he's partly teasing, just a little -- and then he straightens his head the rest of the way, in order to look down at Usagi. "All moms are scary," he tells her solemnly. "Especially the nice ones."

Finally, he still hangs on to Usagi, then reaches over to pull the visible parts of Kunzite's hair while he's eating and drinking and becatted, then looks smug and leans down to kiss Usagi properly. "I have to go get changed and stuff, I've been in the same clothes since yesterday and I feel like a slob," he says as he straightens up, finally detaching, then swanning off toward his bedroom.
Koji Silvia 2017-06-23 22:29:23 79483
Looking over to Rashmi, Koji smiles and then gives a slight nod, "Most of what's left is my computer and my clothes. I put everything else into the truck the nice neighbor's son brought over. I'm going to miss Mister and Miss Kabuto when we've moved. They're nice people. They always checked in on me while this was happening. Anyways... I need to go pull the bedding from the guest room so it'll get washed, and I need to make sure I didn't leave anything here before I go."

Standing back up, he looks over at everyone for a moment, gets a slightly brighter smile, and then adds, "I'll make sure to let Tyrfing know about how you've all been helping me out. He might not show it, but he'd be grateful. Just like I'm grateful you'll all try and help him."

And with that said, he heads back and away to get himself sorted and once more temporarily out of the lives of the ECFH... accidentally following along behind Mamoru in the kind of manner one sees with a pup following it's parent along behind.