Bubble tea and Video games

A bunch of people try to cheer themselves up at the crown center, then go for bubble tea later.

Date: 2017-08-05
Pose Count: 28
Sayaka Miki 2017-08-05 02:29:40 81128
    It's evening at the Game Center Crown, but it's not particularly busy here tonight, which is just fine with Sayaka. That just means more time to practice DDR and beat that annoying top scorer! Which is exactly what she's doing, now that she has some free time. Too bad there's not much of a crowd today to cheer her on..
Kukai Souma 2017-08-05 02:42:40 81130
Summer means clear skies and cooler tempurature at night, and that means more people are out on the streets. Curiously, not as many of them are in the Game Center Crown tonight, but Kukai Souma finds himself there, trying to decide if he wants to get something to eat here or at a nearby stand. The scents from the cafe are starting to lean him towards the closer source, at least.

It'd been a while since he'd seen Sayaka, and finding her randomly playing on one of the dancing game machines was a little surprising. She was pretty good, even if he wasn't much of one to judge what was good or not - he'd never played it. So he stays off to one side, letting the show take up some time in a relaxing evening.
Seth Locke 2017-08-05 02:57:05 81131
The last few days have been... Difficult for Seth.

Coming to grips with his new nature has taken its toll on him, on those who live with him, on those who care for him - it almost cost Sayaka her life, in a moment where his dark nature took hold -, and this circle is a vicious cycle, retroactively feeding the negativity of his emotions.

And now, he's concerned. For his kid sister, Amanda. Afraid that something will happen to her; his line of thinking dictates a growing paranoia regarding her safety, that he considers alternatives to just him watching over her.

He enters the Game Crown, to try and relax. And there he finds a bit of comfort in his recent days; someone who forgave him for his nature. But... She has a boyfriend, right? Or likes another boy, at least. Long story, I'm sure, but... UGH!!

He approaches the game area where Sayaka is playing.

"Hi", he says. He almost seems a little absent-minded.
Sayaka Miki 2017-08-05 04:04:07 81132
Sayaka Miki laughs and continues to dance, shaking to the rhythm of the featured song as she does her best to out do the latest dance contender. And she does win, grinning and laughing triumphantly. "hah! no one beats the great Sayaka chan!" she chortles as she moves up to the next level, and the girl she is competing against sighs and steps down. However, the next level against the computer is tough, really tough. And this time she gets creamed!

    "Arrgh! No way!!" she grits her teeth, stepping down from the game, all tired and hot and sweaty and reaches for her water bottle before finally noticing Kukai and Seth standing nearby. "Oh! Heey.." she grins sheepishly, rubbing the back of her head. "Ummm, how's it going? How long you been standing there?" her gaze lingers on Seth the longest, because awkwardconfused etc.
Kukai Souma 2017-08-05 04:09:27 81133
Kukai glances over at Seth as he enters. He looks.. dark, and gloomy, and generally sunken into himself. And there's more, but right at the moment Kukai can't quite figure it out. "Hey." It's a common greeting for an aquaintance, right?

He looks back over as Sayaka fusses at the game and steps down, then nods to her. "Hey. Just a minute or two - I was thinking if I wanna get something to eat here, or some takiyaki or some teriyaki chicken or something. And I'm doing ok." He nods over to Seth. "He just got here."
Seth Locke 2017-08-05 04:22:41 81134
"Oh, I was just passing by, when I noticed the dance moves of a certain bluenette", he replies with a mild shrug. "So, I decided to say a hello." A slight pause, followed by, "So yes, it's pretty much like he said."

It's then that he turns to Kukai. "Hey there, Kukai-kun. What's new? How's it going with the Chara Nation?" A term he coined, most certainly.
Sayaka Miki 2017-08-05 04:55:15 81137
    Sayaka Miki smirks, "Hah, I was pretty good up there, wasnt I? I totally beat that other guy on the high score record..Pretty awesome huh?"

    She arches a brow when she sees Seth, giving him a shy smile. "Seth-kun..Hey..How are you?" Saya seems concerned when she sees his downtrodden state and impulsively moves to hug him. "You okay..?" She arches a brow at the chara-nation term but she's heard of charas before. "Ohh, Youre like Ikuto-san, right, Kukai-kun?" she smiles, "They have a new menu on upstairs and a sale on new bubble tea flavors, wanna check it out?"
Kukai Souma 2017-08-05 04:56:21 81138
Kukai nods to Seth. "Not a thing. Ikuto and Utau are off the grid, Nadeshiko had some dancing commitments she had to honor, Tadase and Amu are off doing their own thing together..." He shrugs. "I'm it."

He nods back to Sayaka. "I dunno how the game works, but you were dancing up a storm. It looked pretty good." He nods. "Yup." He pats one pocket, and Daichi sticks his head out, yawning. "We're Guardian Chara bearers. ...And yeah? Well, sure. Do you guys want me to come with you?" He saw that glance between the two of them, at least...
Seth Locke 2017-08-05 05:14:41 81139
That hug. It kinda surprises Seth, but more because his mind is racing through the mudslide right now.

"Well, you tell me. Every day, I wake up with a face that I have to tell myself isn't my own, my kid sister puts up a brave face and speak to someone who looks like a complete stranger to her, and even though I can eat and taste food, I have this craving, if not pangs for...", he lets that last bit slide. "If I'm happy, I can't tell."

He looks at Kukai, "Sure thing, why not?" He smiles a bit. "Gives us a chance to catch up, if anything." He gestures towards a free booth, more specifically the one further away from any potential prying eyes or ears.
Sayaka Miki 2017-08-05 05:17:51 81140
Sayaka Miki smiles at Kukai, nodding slowly, "Hmmm, I haven't seen Ikuto-san for a while. I heard he was missing or something, but I hope he's okay.." she shrugs, "So, you're the only active chara bearer, huh? That must get...Lonely, after a while. C'mon, join us for some bubble tea! It's a great day for bubble tea.." she quickly lets go of Seth, not wanting him to feel awkward or uncomfortable at the hug. "...Sorry.." she murmurs, her gaze lingering on him just a few moments too long. "um. I'm sorry. That really sucks. But i'm sure she'll understand that it's what's inside that's more important." she smiles, trying to be encouraging. "No matter what you look like, you're still her brother and you love her and she loves you. Just give her some time, okay? And if you get hungry for...Other stuff..My offer still stands.."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-05 05:20:55 81141
Sakura Kinomoto was actually up there, on the next floor. With Tomoyo! Drinking some new bubble tea. Or rather, getting it. She took it, held it in both hands and then sipped some. She then giggled softly. "The bubbles are always the funnest part!" she said with a big grin. "They kind of tickle!"

Tomoyo nodded, grinning back at her. "Oh Sakura-chan..."

"Yeah, it--" Then glanced over and waved. "Oh! Souma-kun! Miki-kun!" she called out, waving to the two before trotting over, smiling up at them. "Hi! What are you two doing here?" Then glanced to Seth. "Hello, I don't think we've met. I'm Kinomoto Sakura, this is Daidouji Tomoyo! A pleasure to meet you!" The two girls bowed politely.
Seth Locke 2017-08-05 05:32:28 81142
And this is the part where Seth blinks. Slowly. He smiles - broadly and ironically. And turns his head to the other two teenagers, slowly, almost mechanically. "Of course... It's also awkward when I have to repeat an introduction before those who knew the old me." He raises his eyebrows. "So far, it's been from surprise shrieks, to weapons pointed at me, to ofudas stuck in my head. Oh, fun!" Sheer sarcasm, there.

He looks at Sakura. "Pleased to meet you again, Sakura-chan... Tomoyo-chan...", he adds, "I'm Seth. Seth Locke."
Kukai Souma 2017-08-05 05:35:57 81143
Kukai nods at Seth. "Yeah. You look like you've got something to talk about, at least. And yeah."

Kukai sighs. "I dunno about Ikuto. I guess he's ok, but... And as for being the only active Chara Bearer? It's ok. I mean it's more I gotta get back into things than anything else." He walks with the others towards the cafe, one eye on Seth as he goes, listening to the girl hanging off Seth's arm.

And there's Sakura and whomever her friend is. The one he saw the first time they met, right? Kukai waves a hand at the two of them. "Sakura. Uh.. Tomoyo. Hello, both of you! I'm here to get something to eat - I think I'm off patrol tonight." He bows his head to the two of them.
Sayaka Miki 2017-08-05 05:40:54 81144
Sayaka Miki smiles at Kukai and nods, "Yeah, I kinda know how that is. Afterall, i feel like i'm the only active Puella Magi. Madoka-chan, and Homura-san just kinda..Vanished one day..Mami-senpai did too, and Kyouko-chan is more a member of Mamoru's court than a Puella Magi it seems. So I mostly just hunt witches on my own now." she shrugs, "But it's okay I guess, I mean, I have Lex-chan to help me out occasionally, and..." and she just glances quietly at Seth, not sure how to explain that. Because awkward. She smiles as she spots Sakura, and nods to her friend as well. "Hi! Have we met before? I feel like we did, briefly, nice to meet you, Tomoyo-chan! Sakura-chan, how've you been? We were about to get some bubble tea.."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-05 05:45:56 81145
Sakura Kinomoto blinked a few times. "Wait... Locke-kun? That's you? But you're so... so..." She stared. "Tall. You're almost as tall as my brother!" she said, staring with wide eyes. "You look.... different, too. Are you feeling okay?" She stood on her tippy toes, then jumped on a chair to feel his forehead. "Wow..." ... What? Being short sucked! Especially when everyone else was so tall!

Then glanced to Kukai. "You're taking time off now? Yay! Oh! I should start trying to patrol, too... I actually have a lot more energy now that I solved the whole... all my magic getting drained thing, heh heh."

Then glanced to Sayaka. "Yes! When I was in the hospital, you helped me with this!" And pulled out the shield card. "Remember? You did that super awesome mega sword thing! It was really cool!"
Sayaka Miki 2017-08-05 05:53:51 81146
Sayaka Miki sighs, glancing at her watch. "Heh, well I REALLY hate to ditch you all, but I just realized I have a late night study session with naru chan so um...Take care, okay?" she squeezes Seth's shoulder lightly before hurrying off.
Seth Locke 2017-08-05 06:10:15 81148
"Awkward...", Seth just hums under his breath when Sayaka mentions Alexis. And plus, look... She runs off!

Yes, this is very cheerful.

"Well, we might've had", he directs to Kukai, "but it seems like it was put off for another time." At that, he mildly shrugs.

He looks at Sakura, and pulls out a smile. "Why yes, Sakura-chan. I feel just fine. I feel so fine, in fact, I'd say I'm a whole new me." He sighs, "I guess you could say I was... treated for my condition." He pauses. "It had some side effects."

He gestures towards the booth, "What'll you guys have? It's on me."
Kukai Souma 2017-08-05 06:17:31 81149
Kukai watches Sayaka head off and then shrugs. "Yeah, not in the mood to go around tonight. It's not something you can do every night. And I'm glad you figured that out, too."

Kukai nods back to Seth. "Sayaka probably wanted to be here, but she had something else to do. I wouldn't take it personally." He rubs his head, then looks up at the taller boy. "I'd say those side effects did some stuff to you. At least you're feeling better now, right?" He waves off the offer of buying his food. "No, it's ok. I'm thinking I might just get a snack. The more I think about it the more teriyaki chicken and rice sounds good, so I'll have to hit one of the stands in the park or something. Maybe some french fries if you really insist."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-05 06:25:41 81150
Sakura Kinomoto nodded, then grinned. "Well, I'm happy you're feeling better! Being sick is very uncomfortable! Everyone around you worries and they get upset and sad and it's just no fun for anyone," she mumbled softly. "I'm happy you're doing better, though! And you don't need to get me anything, I just wanted the bubble tea and I don't want to end up ruining my supper." She then sipped before glancing to Kukai.

"Yeah. You work really, really hard. You're such a hard worker..."

Tomoyo, of course, was recording all of it with her camera. Cause that's what she does.
Seth Locke 2017-08-05 06:37:14 81152
"Well, I really insist, man", Seth replies with a chuckle. "You never turn down an offer on free food."

"Okay, so. French fries... Bubble tea..." And with that, he makes his order, which he carries to the counter.

Returning, he sits at the booth. "But, Sakura-chan, that depends on how you define better. As always, my dad bailed on me and Amanda, my imoto, leaving me with no answers as to what was done. And now..." He stops, and sighs. "Say, how is that card doing, the one called 'Shot'? That was one huge bump in the head."
Kukai Souma 2017-08-05 06:47:17 81153
Kukai laughs. "Well. Not so much anymore. I'm taking a little break after that whole Twin thing. At least, from patrolling. I gotta sleep some more."

Kukai eyes Tomoyo for a moment, then looks back to Seth. "Well. Yeah, I mean, it is food, after all." He grins. Soon enough the fries arrive, and Kukai offers some to the other three, as he takes a few for munching. "...Your dad left again? I'm sorry."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-05 07:00:24 81155
Sakura Kinomoto blinked a few times and stared at seth. "Your daddy left?" she asked, sounding sad. Then... leaned in and gave Seth a big, big hug. "I... I'm sorry. That must be horrible. I... I don't know what I'd ever do without my daddy..." she mumbled sadly, clasping onto him tightly. "It must be so, so horrible for you... I'm so sorry..." she whispered, just holding on tight to the poor guy.

She blinked. "Wait, shot...? How did you know about that?" She then gasped. "Wait... did... did you see what happened? Do you know who that... person was? The demon?" she asked with a little squeak, pale.

She let go after a few then glanced to Kukai. "Twin thing? Oh! So you are doing a lot better then, right?" she asked with a smile. "You look better, too!"
Seth Locke 2017-08-05 07:10:22 81156
"He's never been around, Kukai-kun", the white-haired boy says, "but at least now I know why." He looks between Kukai and Sakura, "He was working on some project, and used what results he had on me. So, the end result..." He gestures to himself.

He looks to Sakura, and then frowns. "Demon...?" He almost seems to take it personally. "Or person? Surely, it can't be both..." His head tilts in curiosity, "So which is it?"
Kukai Souma 2017-08-05 07:13:34 81157
Kukai hmms, munching on his fries and nodding to Sakura. "Yeah. I'm doing better. Things are quiet again, I think. And thanks." He grins. "I'm feeling better too."

He looks over at Seth, then nods. "Well. In his own way, he loves you, because he worked so hard for you, right?"
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-05 07:27:47 81158
Sakura Kinomoto nods and hugs herself, shaking. "U-uh huh. It was terrifying. He had big, red wings, and eyes that glowed like fire, and massive horns, and big yellow teeth, and he breathed fire, and he had a pointed tail, and massive claws and..." She shivered again. "I... I don't know what he wanted, or why he helped me, but he was so scary..." ... In her defense, she IS a little kid. So her imagination had obviously run away with it.

She then blinked. "Huh? Oh! Yeah! Daddy always tells me, a parent's love is always there, no matter what! It may not seem like its there, but even stuff we don't understand or like, doesn't mean they don't love us! Like when we get punished, it's because they love us and want us to grow up to be good, like them!"
Seth Locke 2017-08-05 07:38:48 81159
Seth Locke discreetely looks to Kukai, nodding to Sakura as she speaks. In the end, he just says to her, "...Oh. So, he was scary. Kinda like the Satan of the Judeo-Christian religion." He smirks, "I suppose you forgot the pitchfork."

"Now tell me, Sakura-chan... Would you feel inclined to respect a father who would make his son a demon?"
Kukai Souma 2017-08-05 07:43:24 81160
Kukai winces, listening to her description. "That sounds pretty scary, Sakura. At least he helped you and didn't try to eat you or something." He eyes Seth and hmms. "Depends on how the son took it, I suppose. If he was a demon at heart, that'd be bad, but if he was still decent, then maybe there's something there."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-08-05 07:56:52 81161
Sakura Kinomoto shuddered, then blinked. She stared up at seth and hummed, tapping her lip. "I... don't know. I mean, I've met a lot of weird, sometimes scary people. But... they've all been good people in the end. You know? So... just because they look scary, I guess it doesn't mean they are." She then drew out her cards and spread them over the table.

"I guess it's like the cards, right? I mean, they can be scary sometimes, or seem mean, or dangerous, or even bad! But they aren't! A lot of them are just lost or confused or lonely. So... I guess... if a daddy did that... there'd have to be a good reason behind it. Right?" she said with a smile. "Otherwise, it--" And then her phone rang and she yelped. "Ack! W-we were supposed to be at my house ten minutes ago! We need to go! I'm sorry, sorry! Oh gosh I hope Yukito-sempai is still there ahhhhh!" As she just... zoomed out the door.

Tomoyo chuckled and picked up both their drinks, before bowing. "It was great to see both of you. I believe Sakura-chan feels that way too."