While You Were Out

Jiaying is back from Taiwan! Lacrima has updates for her. A lot of updates. A lot of stuffs happened.

Date: 2017-09-01
Pose Count: 23
Lacrima 2017-09-01 14:59:35 82143
Lacrima has been spending the last week transcribing dances from beyond time. Really! Mamoru taught her some weird, vauge before time dances and she's been busy trying to put them into instructional papers. Thusly, her study is covered in papers with foot steps and dance motions on them as she seems to be putting them to a bigger paper that's attached to some sort of easel.

Step, step, step. walk over. draw. step step. draw on the paper. She taps her bottom lip in thought as she sighs a bit and then rips down the paper and restarts from the beginning.

She gets onto her knees and begins to rearrange the papers a little. Balling one up and replacing it with a different step as she steps back up and taps her bottom lip.

"I think that's right..." she mutters.

Then she sighs as she taps her left foot a moment as she takes a seat back and rubs a hand up her face. "Taking a break." she mutters to herself.

She seems to be thinking about something for the meantime.
Jiaying Maki 2017-09-01 15:08:19 82146
Balance is a hard thing to maintain sometimes, whether that be in dance, learning said dance or any number of things. Jia has found this out over the last year and after finding her thoughts drifting, dark thoughts that scared her, she went home. It could be considered a form of cowardice probably. Standing up to others isn't as hard as confronting yourself in a lot of cases. Guidance, training, meditation and a return to the comfort of, to her at least, a more mundane brand of weirdness has helped considerably.

After getting settled at home quietly, she had made sure to text Sora, then Norie. The latter only getting warning when she approaches the door to the manor, checking for new wards, traps and magics before just letting herself in.

Spotting the vampire in question after a brief attempt to sort out where she is in the manor (Dancing makes plenty of noise!) she had caught her just as she was ending. "What's rigth?" She asks, her accent back and as bad as it was when she first came to Japan.
Lacrima 2017-09-01 15:24:32 82149
There's no traps. The wards are still there- but show signs of being recently stressed. There's not an excess of dark energy or anything like that. The manor is mostly the same since Jiaying left. If Jiaying checked the local news, she'd learn that 'Norie Okana is missing' again. Which doesn't really mean anything.

Jiaying texted Lacrima, but Lacrima didn't text back. So when Jiaying comes in and Lacrima hears footsteps, the first thing she says is "Lamya-chan? Is that you? I restocked um.. the...."

She blinks a long moment at Jiaying like she's trying to comprehend what she's seeing before she practically leaps across the room and pretty much tackles Jiaying, mayube not to the ground but--oooof that's a hard hug. "Jia-chan!" she calls out.

"Jia-chan you're back!" she says worryingly. "Is everything okay!?" she exclaims. "How was Taiwan?" she asks with wide eyes.

Yeah. Still worried. Still giving off dark energy vibes. But nerely not as bad as when Jiaying left. /Something's/ gotten better.
Jiaying Maki 2017-09-01 15:31:51 82151
Jiaying Maki makes a mental note about the wards, she'll try and touch them up later, maybe actually do them correctly. Or would that make the whole thing fall apart, she's not sure at this point and is almost afraid to find out just in case something's released. It seems like one of those kinds of situations. There's the mental note of Norie being missing again, which was also filed away for later. Finally, there's this Lamya-chan. "Who?" she asks? Probably just in time to realize she should have worked on dodging! Sort of.

Unless Norie's balance is better than the suddenly tacklehugged Jia, they're probably going for a trip though! There's a 'Hrrrk' sound, a return hug, a pat, then a strained, "I need ribs NOrie." Which will then result in a release of breath and a gasp or two after the grip is loosened.

"Taiwan was fine. I needed it I think. I got yelled at for being kind of dumb about things a lot, but I got to learn a lot too."

There's a few moments of thought, then she asks, "Who's Lamya, why are you missing again, what have I missed, what happened to the manor while I was gone, how have you been, has anything changed in your dreams and I've missed you too." She says that in one breath, just in case it gets squeezed out again after!
Lacrima 2017-09-01 15:49:14 82155
Lacrima blinks and then steps off. "O--oh. Right." she says softly. She clears her throat. "Lamya-chan is. Some sort of dragon. Thing. Person. Who's staying here, because she has nowhere else to go currently. A friend introduced me to her. I'll have to introduce you to a bunch of new people." she says.

Then she asks why she's missing. "Um... b--brother. Learned the truth...about what I am. Said. Her sister was dead. and I'm just something wearing her face. Better to just... stay away. For now. Until I can figure it out..." she says quietly.

"Um. Dreams? Oh! Um. Lots. Of stuff. Mamoru-san has been... helping me. With things. There. Because. I was kind of a mess. After the whole brother thing." she says quietly.

"Lots of. Miasma. Around the manor. Like after the Alexis-kun thing. Um. Alexis is okay! Now! I mean. He isn't a... vampire. Thing anymore. Yeah." she says quietly.

"Lots of things happened while you were away. Um."

"Mamoru showed me. Some dances. From. Dreams. His dreams. So I'm trying to transcribe them. For myself." she says to the mess of papers on the ground. "S-sorry it's a mess."
Jiaying Maki 2017-09-01 15:59:53 82156
Jiaying Maki tilts her head and holds up a finger, then stops. Tilts her head the other way. Stops. Scowls. "Western dragon right?" She then hesitates and asks, "You're not talking a guardian type of dragon right? Or something like a river dragon?" She then quickly shakes her head. Sure she's got a long lineage of monsters and shouldn't be surprised. But dragons are rare! Right? Well so are hulijing. Maybe she shouldn't be so surprised. Her hand drops to her side.

That's passed over with the revelation about her brother. She starts to make a joke, stops on catching herself. Then shakes her head quickly to obscure a brief flash of anger and continues, "I could go scare him for you?" Well she tries. Humor might have become her coping mechanism.

There's a thankful change of subject, and she looks confused. "He does the dream thing too?" she taps her foot, arms crossed with a scowl. "With this many people crossing back and forth. We're sure it's not accidentally slipping over to the other side? Like with ghosts? I haven't seen red string, but I hadn't thought to look."

Alexis not being a moody vampire seems like good news, and gets a nod. The miasma thing she doesn't remember though.

"Anything I should know right away?" She finally asks, clearly processing everything else in one go.
Lacrima 2017-09-01 16:14:55 82159
Lacrima thinks. "She said she liked water so maybe a river dragon? I know she comes from around Europeish." she says softly. "Originally." she says. She sighs a bit. "Please don't antognize my brother. Alexis-kun already punched him AND broke his nose for me- without consulting me about it, and I don't think I want him thinking I'm some weird yakuza with mooks on top of the weird vampire thing." she says softly.

"A lot of stuffs happened, Jia-chan." she says quietly.

"Um. There was. The nightmare situation. With Ariel-chan. We saved her mom from. That Nightmare Prince." she says.

"Oh. Um. Seth. Seth is some sort of vampire. Not my fault. I dunno what that's about except he may be the result of a long term experiment with some sort of magic." she says.

"Um. Um..." she seems to rub her face. "Sorry, I've been a little addlebrained recently. Nothing serious. Just. Lots of things." she mutters. "All that stuff."
Jiaying Maki 2017-09-01 16:18:47 82161
Jiaying Maki tilts her head and asks, "Why would he think the yakuza work with-" she then huffs and adds with a flourish of her hands, a white scarf appearing around her neck and flowing on imaginary wind, "I'd be triad anyway thank you!" Which she then quickly bats away with her hands, the scarf scattering into mist again. She may have been watching some Hong Kong movies while back home it seems.

"Seth has a ghost following him, bloody and malicious that he claimed was his mother. I think it's a cursed lineage." What, she had her own thoughts about that sort of thing. Then she scowls, "He doesn't lose his head at nights right? Those kinds always creeped me out in legends. It's all floaty and gooey." beat, "He's not the bouncing kind either right? I know they've been called vampires before, but they're not!"

She stops rambling long enough though to step forward, give Norie a hug. Then a poke. "What sort of stuff?"
Lacrima 2017-09-01 16:31:07 82163
Lacrima head tilts and shakes her head. "No. Not that I know of. Just taller. and wings." she says. "Huh. Really? A bloody ghost? That's a new one. I'll need to tell Kunzite-kun that." she says as she taps her bottom lip.

She shakes her head as she hugs. It comes easier- the hugs than before. At least to Jia. She sighs and shakes her head-- again. "Just all the stuff I talked about. Stuff like that." she says softly. "Um. Rashmi-chan. Helped me with my brother a little. Or tried to. I don't blame her. Rashmi-chan is a .. device mage? She's a good person. Her family runs an indian curry place down the way." she says.

"Um. Koji-kun. Another mage. I helped saved his parents from. Something we're still looking into." she says softly.

"Um. That's it. For now." she says gently. "Um. Would you like something to eat?" she asks.
Jiaying Maki 2017-09-01 16:39:09 82166
Jiaying Maki looks confused and asks, "Didn't I tell you about the woman in the priestess outfit? I thought I had when you last asked... or were you there? Did I not say it?" She scowls, "Why didn't I if I didn't?"

"I have no idea who Rashmi is either." Though she is filled in a little more on that in short order! "Indian curry? What color?" Beat, "Thai's my favorite. I like it super hot. Makes everything smell different!" There's a grin, sharp teeth present for a moment before she quickly hides it again, both by stopping and restoring the illusion. 'Oops." Is all she offers there.

"What's the something? And I have no idea who that is too, but I can at least look into it right?"

Then there's the offer for food. Her illusions go out the window and she says, "I'll cook!"
Lacrima 2017-09-01 17:01:46 82169
Lacrima nods. "I'm telling you who they are." she says quietly. "I mean. You'll need to meet them still, but. Like I said. Rashmi-chan's family owns a curry place.. authentic Indian curry. You'll like it! They do Japanese style too of course. I go there when I can. I like the lassi." she says softly as she head tilts. "You'll like it then I think. They do the star system where you can order it as mild or as hot as you'd like." she says.

"Oh! Alexis-kun did this awful big curry challenge where you eat like eight star curry. It was awful! So did Kokoro! But Kokoro-chan finished it. Oh. Kokoro-chan is.. another... um...." friend?.... "Aquitaince..." she figures Kokoro would prefer she use that.

She nods and walks out the door and tip toes down to the kitchen.

"Everyone has been. Almost okay. At least that I know." she says quietly.
Jiaying Maki 2017-09-01 17:55:38 82177
Jiaying Maki nods and says, "I know I know, just saying I'll need to meet them, meet them right?" She shakes her head, leaning forward to look at Norie, "So you're eating normal food again? That's a good sign right? Or at least an improvement!" She then stands straight, sticking her tongue out. "Japanese curry is too sweet. I don't like it. It's... well it's not bad, but I don't like it as much." She probably doesn't have much food that she doesn't like to be honest.

The challenge though, that perks her ears up, literally. "That sounds fun. Wonder if it's as hot as you guys say!" Which is interrupted by the mention of another friend. She peers at Norie and asks, "What happened right after I left?" wondering if she missed something bigger.
Lacrima 2017-09-01 18:21:50 82180
Lacrima head tilts. "Um. Not a lot? The dream and nightmare situation is the big one I think." she says quietly. She sort of fidgets. "Um. I've been. Staying with Eilam-kun. Because living alone isn't good for me. I'm really just visiting the manor to do the dance thing." she says. She blushes, just a little at mentioning Eilam. Well that hasn't changed.

"I had my mind switch with Kukai's and we were in each other's bodies for a bit. That was fixed. Got to... feel. Things." she says quietly.

"Um. Emotional wise. I mean." she says quietly.

"Dunno if you were around for that. I forget some stuff. Been too much going on. Not enough time to reflect.." she mutters.

"So what did you learn in Taiwan?" she asks softly.

"Oh right. If you do seek out Seth. Be. Wary around him. He gives in too easy to his urges." she mutters with a loud huff as she peeks around the kitchen. "What did you wanna cook?" she asks. "I have a lotta eggs." she says.
Jiaying Maki 2017-09-01 19:02:19 82187
Jiaying Maki runs her fingers through her hair as she makes her way to the kitchen, picking her way through paperwork and any other scattered debris. Fishing through the stuff, she starts to pull eggs, any meat, some spices, rice, veggies, the works. She even fishes out a wok! If it's available. "Have a rice cooker?" She asks over her shoulder while listening. "I was here briefly for the body adventure. We talked briefly. I left soon after though." Finger held up, "Glad that was fixed."

There's the blush, caught at the corner of her eyes. "Huh, that's new." Though she makes no comment on the perpetually dying guy.

"I learned some control, some history and how to stop hurting myself like an idiot." She holds up a finger, "I also learned focus, discipline and other things that I'll forget within a week of being out here." Which is probably a hint that she's brushing the question off. There's a distinct lack of ghostly followers behind her, even their presence.

As for Seth, she shrugs, setting the wok on the stove to heat, waiting for a bit to test it wtih a few droplettes of water and then fishing some oil out. "I was always hesitant around him. The ghost is not the friendly kind, that's the kind that lost it's way to the other side. Some hatred or something there. He was very forward too, so impulse stuff doesn't surprise me."
Lacrima 2017-09-01 19:07:28 82188
Lacrima rolls her eyes. "Well. More. He forced himself on a girl because he thought a kiss would ease him or something. He's an idiot." she says. "It's one thing to be a horrible, dark matter creature, but it's another to give in to it and feed it." she says quietly.

"You notice I try not to feed my nature when I can. It isn't good for me." she says.

She pulls out a phone and sends a few texts, then pauses and looks back up. "The ghost. Did it have ... slits for eyes and fangs? Did it look... inhuman? I mean. For a ghost." she says quietly.

"If you don't remember, that's fine." she says. She head tilts a bit. She does notice the lack of ghosts, she purses her lips. "...no ghosts?..." she asks quietly.
Jiaying Maki 2017-09-01 19:16:48 82191
Jiaying Maki scowls and says, "That's... not quite what I was expecting when you said that you know." She shakes her head and turns to focus on the woke, taking a few drops of water to scatter on the surface with a flick of her wrist before pouring oil into the pan to begin working on the chicken and veggies.

"I remember the white and red priestess outfits they wear out here, a red stain and..." She pauses, foot tapping on the ground. "Pale, dark hair." fingers to her chin, she looks down trying to focus. It had been a while ago hadn't it. "Maybe fangs and red eyes? I remember asking if it would be okay to do something about it and I swear he mentioned it was family."
Lacrima 2017-09-01 19:43:17 82196
Lacrima sighs and shakes her head as she eyes the cooking, gently tapping her foot as she looks down at her phone and types that out as she looks up as it blings back. "Kunzite conveys his gratitude. Such a figure was seen targeting his sister and that explains that." she says curtly.

She sighs and sniffs. "Smells good." she says. "Anyways. Lamya-chan."

"She's a few good hundreds of years old. Very old. Potentially B.C. ages not sure." she says.

"But she'd been in a hibernative state for a very very long time too." she says. "I'd say MOST of that time."

"If you see her. Please be patient. Modern times is confusing to her." she says.

She goes and sits in one of the old antique chairs in the kitchen.

She head tilts. "Have you stopped by Sora-chan's yet?"
Jiaying Maki 2017-09-01 19:58:37 82201
Jiaying Maki looks surprised and asks, "Wait wait, that thing's doing more than haunt him?" There's a scowl and she fishes her own phone out, seeming to email... herself. That's like taking notes right? She'll see if she can get a better picture one way or the other. Head turned back over her shoulder, "What's he up to now then?"

She continues her preparation, adding spices, doing various things, getting the rice going and so on. "She's older than my mother then, she's not BC anyway." There's a beat and she asks, "Modern times aren't that bad. You just have to dive in with both feet right?"

The last question gets a pause, "She was busy, I haven't been able to see her. I did... actually try though. Even if I feel a bit guilty at suddenly leaving like I did."
Lacrima 2017-09-01 20:09:39 82204
Lacrima nods. "She has a new book. Don't worry. This one isn't cursed. It is currently corrupted, but she's cleaning it heavily." a pause. "We met the author of the Umbral Tome. Her other book. The bad one." she makes this face like she ate something sour. "He flirted with me. Ugh." she mutters.

"Practically gave me the magical version of his phone number." she says. "Anyways." she says. "You might be able to help Sora with finishing the clean up of the book." she says with a series of nods.
Jiaying Maki 2017-09-01 20:14:18 82206
Jiaying Maki crosses her arms and says, "If you know where to find him, I'm going to spend some time stuffing him into a deep, dark hole if I can." She scowls, then sniffs and suddenly adjusts the heat on the wok and begins to flip the chicken over while murmuring, "Oops oops oops oo-gah" before quickly pulling her hands away. Stupid splashing oil!

Looking back over her shoulder after, rubbing her arms a few times she says softly, "Well, I'll talk to her about it. She hadn't mentioned it to me at all before."
Lacrima 2017-09-01 20:29:08 82209
Lacrima frowns and shakes her head. "I'm not worried about it." she says softly.

She nods. "She's keeping it close to her chest for now. You should talk to her about it. She's probably saving it for a surprise. She did a lot of research into the book and everything before we went to retrieve it from some haunted library." she says.

"Well. Haunted for lack of mundanes don't get things." she says. "Not actual haunted." she says gently.

"I'm glad you're back Jia-chan." she says as deadpan as ever.

A pause. She stands up and walks to the fridge to fiddle for drinks. "What do you want to drink?" she asks.
Jiaying Maki 2017-09-01 20:40:32 82211
Jiaying Maki shakes her head and says, "It has nothin-... nevermind." She lets her breath out and shakes her head again. There's the mention that she was keeping it a surprise, a brief shrug, then a nod. "I'll... bring it up to her, or try to do it subtley maybe?" Which is definitely a new word for her.

The idea of something being haunted and a library does get her attention though. "Where was it?" She asks, taking the wok in both hands to flip the stuff and stir it around. A glance back, she actually does smile and adds, "I'm glad to be back Norie."

Drink... a shrug, "Tea? Water? Juice tastes funny still. It's all sugary."
Lacrima 2017-09-01 21:03:39 82212
Lacrima ohs! "Um, in a part of town no one really goes anymore really...." she says silently. "Old. Place. 1940s about probably. Maybe 50s." she says. She head tilts. She doesn't smile, but that's nothing new as she nods a little.

She gets a pitcher of water out and two glasses onto the table.