Nephrite replaces stolen whiskey, Makoto brings cookies, and everyone laughs at the idea of Kunzite playing sports.

Date: 2017-08-31
Pose Count: 31
Kyouko Sakura 2017-08-31 21:17:07 82051
    A few days have passed since the unscheduled post-midnight Grief Seed delivery. In that time, things have mostly been normal, which is to say there's been little in the way of blood spattered about the building or people accidentally getting stabbed. Kyouko's been thinking on it though- well, on a number of things which have been brought to the forefront of her mind by the incident, some more relevant than others. It'd be an overstatement to say she was troubled, but there's been a certain pensiveness about her that those close to her would have noted, if perhaps not severe enough to occasion remark.

    This evening, however, finds her lazing about the ECFH as she so often does. Her dislike of being alone (brings back too many unpleasant memories) tends to drive her upstairs whenever her own apartment is empty as Momo and Naru go about their own business- plus, it just tends to be more interesting up here. Wearing loose black pajama-pants with red apples on them and a white tanktop, she's flopped on her stomach on one of the couches, bare feet in the air behind her, manga opened in front of her. She reads the trashiest shoujo romance manga, it really is a marvel.
Nephrite 2017-08-31 21:25:33 82052
Of course, Nephrite has mostly spent that period of time dealing with his own fallout from that night (and eating copious amounts of cake), so he hasn't really noticed any changes in his redheaded sister. He has, however, taken the time to go out and acquire a few things. So when he notices her on the couch, he dashes into his side of the apartment before returning, and soon a bottle of whisky thunks down on the table beside Kyouko. It's not the same kind he finished off in her apartment the other night. Actually, it is significantly nicer than that.

"Here. Have a present from me that isn't made of nightmares."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-08-31 21:37:45 82053
    Kyouko is absorbed enough in her reading that she actually doesn't notice Nephrite skulking around at first. This says something, as normally her situational awareness is nigh-supernatural. She does notice him once he begins moving towards the couch however.. a faint frown touching her face as she half-rolls onto one side, supported by an elbow. "I told you you didn't have to replace it." She says. "I stole it from you in the first place. You're only encouraging my filching of your booze."

    But after a moment, she pulls her legs up into a more-upright sitting position, making room on the couch. "Not that I'm ever one to refuse booze when it's offered.. or, y'know, any kind of edible or drinkable gift." She tilts her head after a moment, eyeing Nephrite. "Are you doin' okay? You seemed pretty frazzled the other night."
Nephrite 2017-08-31 22:03:34 82056
Neil shrugs. "Since you haven't taken to picking cabinet locks yet, you haven't swiped anything I didn't mind you having. Besides, an apartment without liquor in it is a sad apartment. Consider it my contribution to your apartment's happiness." Also, even though either Kazuo or Makoto (or both) probably already replaced the stolen chocolate, Neil made a point of picking up some extra for Mamoru's stash.

He flops down into a chair. "Well, I don't have the impulse to hide under the table anymore. Also I'm not day drinking. So I'm calling that a win." He leans his chin on his hand. "Did you have to do a lot of cleanup from that? Like familiars and stuff?"
Kyouko Sakura 2017-08-31 22:20:33 82060
    Kyouko shrugs her shoulders. "Depends on what you mean by 'a lot'. Kunzite asked me to check out the area, make sure there weren't any Familiars that got away, etc, so I did that. There was at least one I took down, but. Wasn't super dangerous or anything." She ends up sitting cross-legged on the couch, hands on her own ankles, as she regards Nephrite across the distance between couch and chair. For a moment, she looks unusually solemn, before she speaks.

    "Neph-nii.. I was thinkin', and stuff, and I just wanted to say.. y'know, I know Witches freak you out and stuff, and I know why. But I really don't want you thinking you're like.. useless against them, or whatever. Like, for real.. maybe I don't like Sakura anyway, and maybe you did freeze up when you tried to call for help, but. You saved the kid and you killed the Witch, despite being that freaked out. That takes a lot of guts."

    "Maybe it ain't really my place to say this, since you're older than me and I'm just some street kid from Kazamino and you're like the reincarnation of an ancient and powerful warrior or whatever.. but I'm proud of you, Neph-nii. You did really good, and I just hope that when it's my turn to face somethin' that freaks me out that much, I handle it that well." She then flushes faintly, and looks away. "That's all I wanted to say. Sorry if it's unnecessary."
Nephrite 2017-08-31 22:48:27 82069
Talk of Familiars is not quite talk about labyrinths, and does not come with nearly the same anxiety levels. Still, Neil finds himself playing with a loose thread in the chair's arm to distract himself. "Good. Glad there wasn't much for you to take out. Glad that you did."

He's still tugging at the thread as she begins talking about more personal matters, but as she speaks, he goes still. He looks up at her. "Oh my god, are you kidding? First off, you're basically my sister. Second, you're part of my prince's guard, not just some street kid, and the biggest expert on that witch shit that I know. Thirdly, I know you wouldn't let just anybody show up in the middle of the night and bleed all over your carpet. You've got standards, or something. So you being proud of me matters a whole lot." He gives her a faint smile. "Thanks sis."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-08-31 22:56:32 82072
    "I am what I am, Neph-nii." Kyouko says, with a faint quirk of a smile of her own. "What I do, and what I am. You can take the kid off the street, but you can't take the street outta the kid, or something. I just.. well, still feels like I don't really have the right to talk like I'm some expert. Though.." She looks contemplative. "I guess, with Homura and Mami out of town, I an the bigest expert on all that Witch shit left in Tokyo. Hmm." This revelation seems to startle her, somewhat.

    Then she shrugs. "But I meant it. And thanks, also. It's nice to hear, even if I didn't really doubt it anyway." Feeling perhaps just a bit awkward, she turns to the bottle on the table and reaches for it. "So, that taken care of.. what say we crack this open and have a taste? It's tradition, right? When you gift booze, you're entitled to at least one glass of it."
Makoto Kino 2017-08-31 23:06:53 82076
It's at approximately around Kyouko's 'thanks' that someone lets herself in from the elevator. The absent-minded, mostly tuneless humming breaks off as soon as their voices reach her; the quiet rustle of movement does not, and soon enough Makoto is peeking into the living room, tote bag slung over her shoulder and green eyes bright with curiosity.

"Did I come in at a bad time," she wonders with a grin, "or the best time?"
Nephrite 2017-08-31 23:10:16 82079
Neil chuckles. "Gotta get over that imposter syndrome and accept that maybe you're kinda awesome." Near accidental stabbing of princes notwithstanding. He didn't exactly come out of that looking like roses himself.

He grins at her suggestion of cracking open the bottle, and stands. "Why Miss Sakura, I thought you'd never ask." He ruffles her hair on his way to the kitchen in search of glasses. But before he has taken three steps, a voice sounds at the door. And of course glasses are temporarily forgotten, in favor of rushing to pull Makoto into a hug. "Any time you're here is the best time."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-08-31 23:15:52 82081
    "I know I'm awesome," Kyouko replies to Nephrite drily. "But inspiring awe is not the same as deserving of the gifts people heap upon you. Not that I'm in the least ungrateful, mind." Then she glares at the hair-ruffle, not because she really minds, but because that's the sort of thing you're supposed to do when your hair gets ruffled.

    Kyouko grins as Nephrite moves off to fetch some glasses.. then perks slightly as Makoto makes herself known, peering over towards the door. "Mako-chan!" She raises a hand to wave. "I was just telling Nephrite he shouldn't encourage my bad habits.." She trails off as Nephrite hastens to sweep Makoto into a hug, and theatrically rolls her eyes. "Eeeew, get a room, you two." But her tone is obviously playful. She likes seeing her friends happy.
Makoto Kino 2017-08-31 23:32:18 82087
"Hey." Mako comes the rest of the way in to meet Nephrite and wrap her arms around him, leaning into the hug. "Sounds like you guys are having fun."

Kyouko's good-natured ribbing prompts a faint flush of color to Makoto's cheeks, even as she very deliberately leans in against Neil a little more and makes a face back at the redhead. "If you insist," she quips back, "but that means you don't get any of the cookies I brought..." The last word is drawn out in a teasing sing-song. The tildes are practically audible.
Nephrite 2017-08-31 23:47:37 82091
For a moment he just holds her, reveling in the warm strength of her arms. Neil grins into Mako's hair. "I have a lot of rooms. Which one?"

But then there is mention of cookies, and he pulls back with a dramatic gasp. "Cookies? What sort of cookies? We were about to crack open the whisky, want some? We could make tea to go with the cookies." Apparently that is the beverage combination of choice around here lately.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-08-31 23:52:34 82093
    "Any of them where you won't get your cooties all over-" Kyouko begins to say, before Makoto sing-songs at her about cookies. Predictably, this results in the widening of eyes and a shutting of the mouth. A moment later, Kyouko vaults nimbly over the back of the couch, landing on her feet to pad over and beam a smile at Makoto around Nephrite.

    "Cookies, you say? I changed my mind. Neph-nii, you know how I was just saying all that good stuff about you? Well, I take it back. You're a rogue and Mako-chan should break up with you immidiately in order to spend all her time baking cookies." She grins, then turns and heads towards the kitchen herself. "I'll get the glasses, since you seem preoccupied. And I can put on tea."
Makoto Kino 2017-09-01 00:00:20 82095
The reactions from both sides have Mako giggling, hand coming up over her mouth in a futile attempt to hide it. "Oh," she laughs, "I see how it is. Are you guys gonna fight a duel over my baking now or something?"

Heading off any ideas either of them might get about pursuing that thought, she slings her bag off her shoulder and presents it toward Neil. "Ginger cookies!" she says. "They're a bit of an experiment, I used fresh ginger and a bit of black pepper. Might be good with your booze, actually. I'll take some tea, though," she adds as Kyouko departs toward the kitchen; "thanks."
Nephrite 2017-09-01 00:16:15 82097
Neil turns to Kyouko, affronted. "Traitor! You come into my house, you drink my booze..."

He nods sharply at Makoto. "Excellent idea. We fight at dawn! Oh, wait, but then we'd have to wait for cookies." He sighs, shifting to pull one arm fully around Mako and lead them back to the couch. "I suppose we'll have to maintain a truce. For now." Kyouko's spot is claimed, because it means he gets to sit next to Mako. "And ginger with black pepper sounds perfect."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-09-01 00:21:54 82099
    "It ain't your house." Comes Kyouko's half-shouted reply from the kitchen. "You're here on account of havign rich friends, same as me." There's the sound of clinking and the kettle being put on, then she re-appears carrying a few glasses. She vaults back over the couch, seeming unphased by having her spot taken, landing on the cushion on the other side of Makoto. She puts the glasses down on the table.

    "Psh. I'd kick your ass." She smirks at Nephrite. "You're just lucky that I like Mako-chan, and I wouldn't want to beat up her boyfriend." A lean across the girl, to stage-whisper to Nephrite. "Plus, then she'd kick my ass." Snorting, she opens the whiskey with a twist of her wrist, the cork popping out with a hollow sound, before pouring a small amount into the two glasses. "Not like we're getting drunk or anything," She says to Makoto as she holds a glass out for Nephrite. "It's just a symbolic toast."
Makoto Kino 2017-09-01 00:29:02 82100
Makoto needs no encouragement to settle down on the couch next to Neil - though she does take a moment first to pull the plate of cookies out of her bag and free it from its coat of plastic wrap, so that she can set them out for everyone to share. They're dark - dark enough to be mistaken for chocolate instead of ginger cookies, sparkling a little with the raw sugar crystals they were rolled in.

Once that's done, she stows her bag under the table and snuggles in comfortably against her boyfriend's side. "I hate to break it to you," she notes toward Kyouko with an amused look, "but he is one of the rich friends."

The assurance that they're not planning on getting drunk only makes her look more amused. "Did I say anything? Toast away." For her own part, she leans to snag a cookie for herself.
Nephrite 2017-09-01 00:47:26 82104
Neil grins at Kyouko's stage whisper. "That's right, better not hurt me or my girlfriend will kick your ass!" He squeezes Makoto's shoulder. "You'd defend my honor, wouldn't you?"

His eyes go round as the cookies are uncovered. "Oh man, these are ginger?" Immediate shoving of cookie into mouth, followed by a blissful groan. "So spicy! These are perfect."

He picks up his glass. "What are we toasting to again? The return of booze to your cupboards?"
Kyouko Sakura 2017-09-01 00:52:27 82105
    "I hate to break it to you, Neph-nii," Kyouko says, wryly, "But your girlfriend kicks my ass once a week by my invitation anyway, so that's not going to save you."

    Kyouko does, though, have an amusingly similar reaction to Nephrite's as the cookies are revealed. She snaps one up as well, and pops it into her mouth. "Yum." Understated, but genuine. Then she eyes Mako-chan. "Well, he may be rich, but there's rich, and then there's Mamoru." She says, a toss of her head indicating the owning of an entire penthouse floor in downtown Tokyo.

    "We're toasting," Kyouko says, as she picks up the other glass, "To the fact that a girl whose mom only gave birth to daughters somehow ended up with five brothers, all of whom enable her in the worst ways." She leans over to clink a glass. "And we're also toasting doing what needs to be done, even if it freaks you out." Clink. "And we're also toasting Mako-chan's cookies." One last clink. Then she tosses it back.
Makoto Kino 2017-09-01 01:12:04 82110
"Any time," Makoto promises Neil without hesitation, studiously ignoring both Kyouko's warning and the fact that the other girl kicks Mako's ass at least as much in their weekly training sessions as Mako does hers. "What are girlfriends for?"

Of course she's pleased by the praise of her baking, ducking her head a little as an irrepressible smile spreads over her face. Even knowing that Kyouko has no dislikes for food doesn't change how rewarding it is to make things for people who enjoy eating. "Three kinds of ginger, and molasses and the black pepper," she answers Neil. "I'm glad you guys like them."

Kyouko's toast draws her attention; she nods approvingly at each of the first two clinks of glass against glass, laughs again at the third, and raises her cookie in salute. "Kanpai," she says lightly. Then nom.
Nephrite 2017-09-01 01:34:01 82116
Neil leans over and kisses Mako's temple. "My hero."

He listens with a smile as Kyouko lists her toasts. "To family, kicking ass, and cookies. Cheers." He drains his glass too, the heat of the cookie mingling with the warmth of the whisky. Just like Mako predicted, they go perfectly together. The glass clatters as he sets it down. "Now let's get back to saying good things about me. Starting with how handsome I am."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-09-01 01:39:48 82117
    Kyouko regards the glass after she empties it. "That is good stuff. You really must like me or somethin', Neph-nii." She chuckles, but doesn't refill her glass. She wasn't kidding about not drinking to excess this evening- she has to work in the morning. But some rituals need to be fulfilled. Then she rolls her eyes towards Makoto. "As if anything you make wouldn't be good." She says, with a grin.

    Then the tea kettle is whistling, and she hops up again. "I'll get it. You stay here and distract Neph-nii so I don't have to think up anything good to say about him." She says to Makoto, as she hops up and wanders back towards the kitchen. "I've exhausted my supply of compliments for the day."
Makoto Kino 2017-09-01 01:50:29 82119
"Hmm, and so modest, too." Mako is trying very hard to keep a straight face as she says it. It's not working at all, and soon enough she gives up trying and lets out another quiet giggle. Kyouko getting up to sort out the tea leaves her free to snuggle in closer, wholly pleased with the situation. "That's a tall order," she calls after Kyouko, grinning, "but I think I can handle it."
Nephrite 2017-09-01 01:59:32 82121
"Cheater!" Neph shouts as Kyouko walks away.

He grins at Mako. "Modesty is my middle name. Didn't I tell you? Ask Aunt Sandra." He snatches up another cookie. "Oh yeah, she's already started calling me up just to nag me over like, eating healthy and stuff. She's even planning to give Mamoru the same lecture. Not you though, because of course it only took her five minutes to determine that you're perfect." A moment, and then a look of amusement crosses his features. "Oh, and I have news for both of you. You're going to love this."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-09-01 02:04:57 82122
    Kyouko returns a few moments later with two cups of tea- one for Makoto, and one for herself. Not with whiskey in it, tonight, but just the regular old sort of tea. She reclaims her seat, handing off one cup to the girl beside her before glancing over towards Nephrite and cocking a brow. "I'm not sure what kind of news that both Mako-chan and I would get excited about I want to hear." She says, with a grin, as she blows on her tea and then takes a sip.
Makoto Kino 2017-09-01 02:19:55 82124
"Oh really?" Mako's brows lift at what Neil shares regarding Aunt Sandra. "She's probably making up for lost time. Maybe you should start sending her pictures of your meals so she'll know you're not living on takeout and cup ramen all the time."

She accepts the tea from Kyouko with an appreciative dip of her head, curling her fingers around the cup and tilting her head curiously toward Neil. "So," she asks, "what's up?"
Nephrite 2017-09-01 02:26:05 82125
Neil cocks his head to the side as he considers sending photos. "That's actually a good idea. Since a lot of it is yours, and therefore a work of art in itself." To illustrate, he shoves the rest of his cookie in his mouth.

He holds up a finger while he finishes the cookie. He needs his hands and mouth free for the full effect of this dramatic reveal. Then he leans forward conspiratorially. "Kunzite," he says in a very low voice, "has asked me to plan a team sporting activity for us." He pauses to allow the gravity of this to sink in. "He's thinking 'non-magical training.' I'm thinking, we're going to get the opportunity to watch Kazuo figure out how to kick a ball without expressing any emotion whatsoever."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-09-01 02:31:02 82126
    Kyouko is in the middle of sipping her tea when Nephrite reveals the nature of his mission from Kunzite. She sputters, perhapts just a bit over-dramatically. "Pfff. Wait, sporting activity? Are you sure you didn't mishear him say 'studying' or maybe 'philosophical debate'?" She giggles (which really shows how relaxed she is in present company, as Kyouko giggling is relatively rare). "I already do plenty of non-magical training with Mako-chan!" She then protests.. before shrugging her shoulders. "But I guess it would be pretty good for us to like.. practice doing stuff together." Or just have fun. That would be nice, too.

    Then she hops up, snorting softly. "Ugh, I got tea all over myself. I'm gonna go change my shirt. I'll be back in a few minutes." She leaves her tea on the table, indicating an intent to return eventually, before heading for the door and the elevator down to her own apartment.
Makoto Kino 2017-09-01 02:42:55 82128
"Seriously?" The news is enough to have Makoto sitting suddenly up straight, though at least she doesn't spill her tea. "Team sports? Team sports with Kunzite?" The thought leads to another, and she nearly chokes on laughter in her haste to put down her tea. "Team sports with Zoisite? Oh my god this will be an amazing disaster."

With both hands now free, Makoto latches into Neil's arm imploringly. "You guys are going to let me join in, right?"
Nephrite 2017-09-01 02:45:48 82129
Neil rests his hand over hers. "My lady, we could not possibly do it without you."
Makoto Kino 2017-09-01 02:54:09 82130
"Yesssss." Satisfied and delighted, Mako relaxes again, though she doesn't so much let go of his arm as just sink back in against it. "If it was Shitennou-only, I was going to have to threaten not to provide you guys with any snacks." But all is well, and she won't have to resort to those measures. "There's no way I'd want to miss this."