Redeemed From What Now


Unmei and Kukai meet a dragon! Unmei makes things worse.

Date: 2017-07-07
Pose Count: 32
Unmei Tama 2017-07-07 21:28:47 80134
Unmei Tama was just doing her thing, you know, sitting down. Staring at a small thing of onion rings. She could do this. She would do this. She had the willpower. She'd even managed to eat a bit of pizza the other day. It was the crust. But it still counted!

Timidly, she reached out and picked one up and-- "Ow!" And dropped it. Right. Fresh. Hot.
Kukai Souma 2017-07-07 21:36:58 80135
For the first time in ... a month? Two months? It's hard to remember, now. But it's been a long time since Kukai Souma was able to enter the Crown Arcade without having a particular pair of clowns on his mind. In fact, at the moment, the only thing he could think about was finding something to eat and maybe locating Naru, since this seemed to be her favorite place on the planet and she wasn't answering her texts.

That being said, as Kukai entered the diner, she didn't appear to be in sight anywhere. There was, however, one person he knew, who seemed to be fighting a plate of onion rings more than consuming them. He heads over towards Unmei's table, a small grin on his not-so-tired face. "Hey there. Are they refusing to go into your mouth today?"
Lamya 2017-07-07 21:41:46 80136
In the corner, hiding behind one of the less popular arcade games is Lamya, watching the crowd and the arcade boxes warily. She was originally attracted to the place by the smell of the diner on the second floor, but upon entering she found the place filled with these strange boxes filled with light and noise. Her hiding spot is good enough to keep her unseen from those on the first floor, but for those who can seen down from the second, well, she does stand out a little.
Unmei Tama 2017-07-07 21:43:52 80137
Unmei Tama glanced up at the hey there. She smiled. "Oh, hey, I just--" And then he said that and she froze. Her eyes widened and... you'd chink he just slapped her. Her eyes quickly lowered and her arms wrapped defensively around herself.

"S-sorry... I... I know I should... I should be over it. A normal person would be over it. I'm sorry. I know it's weird. I know I should. But. I... I just keep... avoiding it and... and I just... i-I saw they were on sale today and I thought I could try again and I'm sorry it's stupid I'm stupid I'm sorry," she mumbled, chewing on her lower lip and shaking.
Kukai Souma 2017-07-07 21:51:49 80138
Kukai blinks and then holds up both hands in a protective manner in front of himself. "Whoa, whoa, it's ok, really, Unmei..." He reaches over, patting her shoulder. "You had a horrible situation happen that caused you some damage. You don't have to be over it yet or anything. I mean, we all have our issues to deal with."

Kukai sits down besides her and pats her shoulder, looking at the onion rings. "OK. Look, Unmei. It's not stupid. Please stop saying that. You just..." He lets out a sigh. "Look. I recently had a thing happen where I had to learn some harsh truths. And one of those truths is that you have to be able to make yourself hold back on doing some things you want to do, or you just won't be able to do anything in the world. Some people can't drink alcohol a lot and they have to keep themselves in check around it. Some people have to worry about what they eat. You just have to think about what you eat, that's all, but you gotta eat something sometime, yeah?"

Kukai looks up around the cafe and down into the arcade, spotting someone watching the first floor but not really parsing it because of his interaction with Unmei.
Lamya 2017-07-07 22:08:10 80139
The crouching girl watches everything like a hawk. Especially those strange machines that seem to have some sort of caged animals inside them. Lamya watches as a girl, no younger than herself, walk up it it and starts fiddling with a stick, which causes a menacing looking claw inside to move and pick up one of the hapless, comatose creatures, and deposit it in a well, which allows the girl to grab it. "I WON!" the girl squeals with glee, hugging the strage, furry animal that had been retrieved.

"Interesting," Lamya hisses to herself. She looks around to make sure nobody is watching her and goes up to the claw machine. She studies it for a moment, eyeing it suspiciously, before taking a hold of the stick and jiggling it like she saw the girl do, but the claw remains inert. She scowls at the game. "Why does this claw not move?"
Unmei Tama 2017-07-07 22:23:35 80140
Unmei Tama nodded, leaning over onto him and resting her head on his shoulder. "I can't believe I'm losing to onion rings, though. Can you believe I used to be the villain? I have to be the most pathetic villain of all time," she muttered. Then... "Wish me luck." Picked one up and bit it. And... chewed and looked okay... then... swallowed. Her eyes widened. "I did it! Kukai! I did it!" she said with a big grin, before hugging him. "Yes! I'm awesome!" It was an onion ring! She nudged them to him. "Here, you can have the rest."

She then glanced to the machine and blinked. Saw the girl playing on it and... went straight to magical girl mode. "Ohhhhh. Look! I'll bet you she's... a demon from another dimension, like in magical girl Voice box. No, wait, confusion. I'll bet she's actually an ancient samurai magical girl, flung forward in time, like in magical girl samurai blade XYZ. No, wait, I'll bet she's one of the villains. Like, um, against the sailor scouts. Yeah. Come to explore our verse but now she's confused and she's going to fall in love with a human and begin her redemption arc!"

Someone watched too much magical girl animes. I mean, sure, THIS time she was right. But it wasn't the first time she'd pointed out someone and dragged kukai on a magical goose chase following some poor sap who she suspected was a recurring villain... and it just turned out her forgot his keys somewhere.
Kukai Souma 2017-07-07 22:32:34 80141
Kukai chuckles and then reaches over, picking up one of the onion rings. "Mmph. These are kinda hot.. are they fresh? I'd lose a fight to them too if I tried to bite them when they were fresh." He attempts to nibble the edge of one of the rings and winces, swallowing. "Yeah wow I gotta get a drink now, that stuff's way too hot."

He chuckles and then shakes his head. "I don't think you were pathetic. Just being controlled by something you couldn't manage. That's not such a big problem." He erks as she hugs his middle and pats her back. "Congratulations, you can eat onion rings. No, no, I've got french fries and maybe a sandwich on my mind. You eat a few more of those, it'll be ok."

Kukai stands up and looks over at the girl on the machine. "....Maybe she just dyes her hair, Unmei, or cosplays. Seriously, it's probably..." He suddenly squints as Daichi pokes his head out of his pocket. The two of them look at one another for a second, then Daichi pops up, the little Guardian Chara flitting up and down to see the sea-green haired girl more closely.

Kukai nudges Unmei. "So, can I go get that food real fast now?"
Lamya 2017-07-07 22:41:38 80142
Lamya furiously yanks on the stick, as if applying more pressure will cause the claw to move by itself. "Damn you to all twelve hells you infernal box!" she all but yells at it. "Give to me your tasty morsels so I may feast upon the flesh of.... OH!" She blinks as she spies a quarter on the ground, interrupted by a sudden relevation. "Coins! The box requires coins to operate!"

Lamya picks up the quarter and plops it into the claw machine which causes it's lights to flash and a merry jingle to start playing. "Ha!" Lamya crows trimphantly. "Now, come to me, my tasty little snack..." She works the stick precicely mimicing the movements of the girl that preceeded her and watches hungrily as the claw hovers over a Squirtle. "Yes!" Lowers. "Yes!" Clasps onto the head of a Squirtle. "YES!" And then promptly drop it. "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"
Unmei Tama 2017-07-07 22:47:07 80143
Unmei Tama paled. "E-eat more? But I ate one! One is enough! I can't keep eating them! That's not fair! I gave them to you! You have to eat them! That's the law!" she said, staring at him. Then whimpering, and grabbing his hand. "P-please..." she pleaded. Holy crud girl, it was just onion rings.

Still though, after a moment, her eyes were drawn to the girl and... then grinned. "I'll deal with this, you deal with the onion rings!" Before getting up and running off. HA! The onion rings are YOUR problem now, sucker! also, she'd gotten faster. All that jogging. She ran up to the new girl and... "So, are you an ancient demon from another world, a magical girl samurai from the distant past or one of the token villains come to our world on a secret mission to bring about destruction and oppression on humanity, but are actually going to run into one of the heroes in non magical form and fall deeply in love before repenting? I'd advise against Kukai, he's taken."

UNMEI YOU CAN'T DO THAT! Well, technically her memory would likely be wiped if she wasn't magical, but still! No abusing the 'mortals can't know about magic' thing.
Kukai Souma 2017-07-07 22:52:05 80144
Kukai frowns a little, then sighs and squeezes Unmei's hand. Baby steps. "Sure, sure, I'll eat them. You just relax. I.." He blinks as she stands up, watching her dart down into the arcade. He sighs and rolls his eyes, heading over to the counter to order some food - a diet soda and a bacon and swiss cheese burger, hold the lettuce and tomato. And french fries, too.

Daichi finds Unmei suddenly talking to the strange girl, so he plops himself down on her shoulder, blinking a little. "Unmei, she wouldn't tell you if she was..."
Lamya 2017-07-07 22:56:42 80145
Lamya turns to face the newcomer, with her hands upon her hips. "HAH! FOOL! I am Lamya! Grand Wurm of Silene! I have slept for many years but now I awaken to take my revenge upon the village that betrayed me!" She clutches a fist in the air to emphasize, though, to be frank, she doesn't look that much like a Grand Wurm of anything.
Unmei Tama 2017-07-07 23:04:27 80146
Unmei Tama blinked, then looked to Daichi. "HA! Called it! See? I was right this time!" ... IT WAS ONE TIME! OUT OF DOZENS! "Hi, I'm Unmei! I used to be an evil villain under the name magical girl Clotho. I was some kind of fate chosen thing, I don't know. Clotho was one of the three fates, but not sure much more than that. Pin refused to go into all the details and now he's gone so like... you know." And grabbed the girl's hand.

"Come on, let's go meet Kukai, there's onion rings." And dragged her off. "So, grand wurm is like a dragon, right? I bet your real form looks SUPER bad ass, right? Did you fight a lot of magical girls? Are you a good dragon, or a bad dragon?"
Kukai Souma 2017-07-07 23:09:24 80147
Daichi starts at Lamya's statement, then scratches his head. "Wait.. which village? There aren't any villages in Tokyo. And you're a... Wait, Unmei!" But by now Unmei is off and running, both mouth and feet, and has Lamya by the hand and all he can do is follow them.

Kukai has his tray back at the booth by now and is sitting down, poking one of the steadily more cooled onion rings into his mouth when he looks up to see Unmei dragging the strange new girl along, and a worried-looking Daichi riding Unmei's shoulder. He arches an eyebrow, then turns to see the two of them. "Ah... hello. Made a new friend Unmei? I'm Kukai Souma." He nods to Lamya, smiling, that wide, morale boosting Jack's Grin of his...
Lamya 2017-07-07 23:16:15 80148
"Clotho, yes," muses Lamya. "With her sisters, Lachesis and Atropos. I remember... HEY!" her musings get cut off as she's suddenly dragged off to meet another person. When they finally get to the table, and Lamya can finally get a word in, she scowls. "What... is that" she says pointing at Daichi.
Unmei Tama 2017-07-07 23:18:16 80149
Unmei Tama sat down, dragging the girl besides her. "That's Daichi. He's pretty awesome. Like... a mascot. He's Kukai's mascot." Then looked to Kukai. "I was right. She's a dragon. An ancient dragon who wants revenge on a village that betrayed her. So like, an ancient guardian spirit I think or somehting. See? I TOTALLY called it." She was so proud.

Also, just like... giving away all the info. Thanks Unmei. Just... thanks.
Kukai Souma 2017-07-07 23:47:00 80150
Kukai looks back at Unmei and Lamya. "That's Daichi. He's my Guardian Chara. It's a long story. But.. you're magic, aren't you? That's how you can see him." He nods, as if confirming something he'd suspected.

Then Unmei says Lamya's a dragon and he starts. "Uh. Wait, what? She's a what now? And you just brought her over here? And which village? You.." He eyes Lamya, then pushes the onion rings towards her. "Let's start with something to eat, huh? I mean, if you're hungry. And if you want we can talk from the beginning. OK?"
Lamya 2017-07-07 23:55:16 80151
"Yes," Lamya says, her voice has taken on the air of nobility. "There was a town, not much more than a village, near Silene lake where I had chosen to take up residence." She peers at the strange, crunchy circles, and picks one up sniffing at it. "We had set up a trade agreement with me. They provided me with ample food and I, in return, agreed not to destroy the town." She peers through the hole in the ring suspiciously before devouring it in one bite. She seems surprised at the rush of flavors and slams a fist on the table. "This is most excellent faire!" She, then, proceeds to stuff her face full of onion rings, without any grace or shame.
Unmei Tama 2017-07-07 23:58:31 80152
Unmei Tama blinked a few times, then... "Oh," she said, looking... disappointed. "And here I thought you were supposed to be like, an awesome, magical girl dragon who was nice and like, magical. But it turns out you're just kind of one of those evil bitch people. Ughhhh. Not fairrrrr. I was hoping for like, a guardian dragon thing. That would have been sooooo cooooool! I haven't been able to meet a dragon before, you know?" she said to Kukai. Then perked up and... hugged Lamya.

"Wait! This means you're a bad guy, right? That means we get to redeem you! Yayyyy! Redemption arc!" GIRL NEEDS TO WATCH LESS MAGICAL GIRL ANIME!
Kukai Souma 2017-07-08 00:05:36 80153
Kukai blinks at Lamya. "Uh. Silene Lake? I've never heard of it before. Also.." He side-eyes worriedly at Unmei as Lamya displays excessive gluttony, chomping down on the onion rings. Oh lord. "Ah.. yeah, it's just onion rings. They do good food here." He does however pull his french fries and hamburger a little closer, though.

"Unmei, see? This is why you gotta be careful around people. They can turn out to be dragons that want to eat villages and other people's onion rings." Kukai can't help but grin and groan a little as Unmei gloms onto her. "Unmei. Seriously. I don't... I mean, redemption is a good thing, but she's gotta want it too."
Lamya 2017-07-08 00:08:56 80154
Lamya waves a hand dismissively. "To be honest," she says, completely ignoring Kukai's posessiveness of his food, and leans over to grab a handfull of french fries. "Humans don't really taste that good." She stuff the fries into her mouth and chews. "These onion sticks are delicious, too!"
Unmei Tama 2017-07-08 00:12:17 80155
Unmei Tama nodded. "Those are french fries. They were invented by the french. Cause they like potatoes and had oil." She nodded matter of factly. "And what? Well, redemption is important! You want to be redemptioned, right girl?" Pause. "If you're redeemed and become a good guy, you can eat Mako's cooking. And she could make onion rings that make these taste like wet, soggy, moldy bread." Eesh, girl. "Probably. I don't know. I've eaten some of her food though and it's AMAZING!"
Kukai Souma 2017-07-08 00:15:06 80156
"Those are french fries. They're made out of potatoes." Kukai pops a couple fries into his mouth, his other hand resting protectively on his bacon swiss burger. "And... look, you're not supposed to be eating people in the first place! That's bad!"

"And.. look, yeah, what she said. But you have to want it. And I have no idea what you really want." Kukai feels like the thread of the conversation is getting away from him.
Lamya 2017-07-08 00:19:22 80157
Lamya chews on her mouthful of frech fries, giving Unmei a side eye. "Redeemed from what? I assure you, I'm a perfectly good dragon. I've been at it for quite a few centuries." Clearly her understanding of what 'good' and 'bad' are is a bit different from the other girls. "What I really want is to find the Princess." Pause. "Her heir, will do I suppose."
Unmei Tama 2017-07-08 00:21:15 80158
Unmei Tama nodded. "Ohhh, there's a LOT of princesses," she said. Then looked a little sad. "Honestly, sometimes it feels like everyone is a princess but me..." Oh great, now she's into sad, mope state. Sad face. She stroked the table a little bit. "And good as in a good person, silly. Not a good dragon. I mean, anyone can be a good dragon. You just have to be a dragon. It's really not hard."
Kukai Souma 2017-07-08 00:24:57 80159
Kukai grumbles. "Great, we're feeding a city-destroying force of nature. Good job, Unmei." He takes a few bites of his hamburger, thinking about what to do at this point. "...The princess? Which princess? I don't..." He stops. "Well. I know a few princesses but I don't think they're the ones you're thinking about."

Kukai hmms, then nudges Unmei. "Hey, stop that. You're perfectly fine like you are. And yeah, a good person, not just a good dragon. I... er." He looks at Unmei for a moment. "How exactly do you be a dragon, Unmei?"
Lamya 2017-07-08 00:44:19 80160
Lamya looks hopeful at first, but then her hopes are dashed when Unmei reveals that everybody and their mother is a princess of some sort. "I will need to meet them all," she declares. "One of them must be the one I am looking for." As to the question of being a good dragon, she answers, "Well. Usually it's a matter of finding enough to eat. As big as we are we tend to eat a lot." Lamya doesn't look like she'd reach 70lbs if she was soaking wet. "Then there's arcane studies, eitiquite, heraldry. That kind of thing."
Unmei Tama 2017-07-08 00:49:37 80161
Unmei Tama nods. "Oh, trust me." Pats Lamya on the head. "You're screwed. There are hundreds of princesses in the city. On top of that, more are appearing each and every day. If you're looking for one specific princess, you'll never find her. Sorry."

Then smiled to Kukai. "Okay! So, lesson one. Let's try to get you a good person. If you can pass this lesson, I will buy you another order of onion rings. Okay?"
Kukai Souma 2017-07-08 00:52:10 80162
After another bite of his burger Kukai hmms at Lamya. "Do you still eat as much as you used to? You might give Kyouko a run for her money..." He rubs his chin, considering putting that show together and selling tickets. "Oh. Did you know all of those sort of things?"

Kukai sighs and rubs his head. "It's... not that bad. I mean don't make her lose hope just yet. Are you sure you're not still a villain?" He stares at Unmei, then sits back, intent on watching this, whatever it turned out to be...
Lamya 2017-07-08 01:03:24 80163
Lamya looks absolutely crestfallat at Unmei. "But...." she says, pulling at the black choker encircling her neck. Kukai's question gets a shake of her head. "No. I suppose relatively I do? Obviously I can't devour a whole sheep like this." Gone is her air of omnipotence and superiority and what's left is.... rather much like a dissappointed child. "Yes. I did say I was a good dragon." At the mention of being a villain, Kukai gets a sharp look. "Oh. Yes. Villain. You try feeding yourself when you're as big as a house and you'll see how it is. Eat a few sheep, maybe a cow, and then suddenly you've got a whole mob of humans with pitchforks and torches. And then sooner or later you get some knight who wants to go prove themselves and then they complain that you burned down their house when all you wanted to do was have a little snack!" She sighs despondantly, forehead thudding on the table.
Unmei Tama 2017-07-08 01:11:08 80164
Unmei Tama stared and then... hug again. "Oh, you poor thing! Trust me, I know exactly what you mean. I used to be just like that. I mean, I was draining people, sure. But they got the energy back! I didn't permanently hurt them, no one was really getting hurt, you know? But everyone got mad at me and all 'I'm going to beat you up!' and stuff. Like, I guess it was kinda bad? But I didn't have a choice at the time! Other people just don't understand..." She shook her head.

... Was Unmei bonding with the dragon? How was this happening? Kukai's life couldn't get much weirder, could it?
Kukai Souma 2017-07-08 01:16:09 80165
Kukai eyes the choker on Lamya's neck and then leans forward, listening. "Well... I mean, we kept hearing about good dragons that weren't hunted by knights, right? Or that didn't threaten to burn down villages? Maybe I just don't know. So." He frowns a bit and then sighs, reaching over to pat Lamya's head too. "It'll be ok.."

He looks over at Unmei for a moment. It's somewhere between a new girlfriend and a new pet. "Y'know you caused a ton of trouble, Unmei. I know, I was there to see it." He waves one of the last french fries at her. "Don't just say you didn't do anything." As for weirdness, this only rates about a 4, maybe a 5 on the actual weirdness scale.