Ikiko finds Alex spaced out in the middle of traffic in Infinity Drive. With holes in his memory.

Date: 2017-09-17
Pose Count: 30
Alexis Raskoph 2017-09-17 22:36:32 82943
Foot traffic around here isn't very common. Most of it tends to give a wide berth to Infinity Drive itself, and make way towards the Easter Stadium or to Midori-Ya by the underpass that safely allows pedestrians to safely get there without a car.

Most foot traffic. Doesn't mean there aren't some people foolhardy enough to actually walk by the driveway meant for vehicles.

Right now, there's one such fool. Though there's much less walking and more just standing there, by the intersection that leads off to the ramp proper.

And that would be Alex. Sporting the trademark brown leather jacket, but... very much lacking the trademark cocky expression. Much to the chagrin of the car traffic, he's just... standing there, in stillness, and staring off blankly into some far-off space, prompting loud honks of horns in repeat from the cars slowed down by his presence before they work themselves to edging around him along the road, instead.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-17 22:45:46 82944
There's not a lot of stray dogs that make their home in this part of the city, but there are a few. Stubborn and generally self-sufficient, they're not as outgoing as most of the strays in the city.

It's why Ikiko visits them less often than other packs of strays -- once or maybe twice per month, instead of every week or week-and-a-half. They enjoy the snacks she brings, but even then they prefer to be left alone.

So, with the local pack having gotten their snack for the month, Ikiko is making her way towards a bus stop when the sound of car horns a few blocks away catch her attention. Wandering over, she spots a familiar tough guy seemingly daydreaming.

"Hey! Alex!" she calls, carefully walking over and tugging on his sleeve, trying to guide him back to the sidewalk.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-09-17 22:56:03 82945

There's some very displeased yells from opened car windows, too, directed at Alex's way. But... he doesn't seem to be reacting to any of it.

Even when Ikiko comes over to give a tug to him, he doesn't... seem to even notice, at first. The first few tugs don't even jostle him, but eventually he does at least turn his head to look towards her. ... Or, well, by some measure of of 'towards her', anyway. His eyes are clouded-over and hazy, and entirely far-off. It might be more accurate to say he's looking *through* her, really. Still, eventually, he does end up at least wobbling towards the direction she's pulling, and a quiet "...huh...?" flows out from his throat.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-17 23:01:19 82946
Ikiko Hisakata keeps tugging on Alex until he's back on the sidewalk (and out of traffic). His eyes have her somewhat worried; what's wrong with them, and does it have anything to do with why he's acting so spacey?

"Tokyo to Alex, come in, Alex," she says, poking him in the ribs in an effort to try to get him to wake up -- or at least reach consciousness. "Don't tell me a youma stuck a straw in your ear and sucked out your brain."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-09-17 23:13:56 82947
And he just... stares, for a bit longer, once on the sidewalk. But the poke to his ribs does cause him to blink once, twice, and then squint, with a quiet "Nnnngh" let out while one hand turns to grab at Ikiko's offending hand. Not roughly, mind you. Just grabbing to stop her from prodding.

Several more blinks on his part, and while his gaze starts clearing a bit more, it's still a bit... unfocused. Though in a more consciously confused state, with his head turning to look over to the driveway, the highway up above and then to Ikiko again.

"...Where am I?"
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-17 23:24:31 82948
"Infinity Drive," Ikiko replies, pulling her hand back now that Alex is awake. "Your eyes were kinda glazed over, and you seemed to be staring off into nothingness."

She waves her other hand about a foot in front of his face. "What happened? What's the last thing you remember?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-09-17 23:38:49 82949
"Uh..." Alex lets out in a sound of sheer uncertainty-- though now he apparently has enough cognitive function to be bothered enough by Ikiko's waving hand to lazily reach his own over and try to tug it down and away.

HIs eyes keep flickering over the surroundings, meanwhile, clouded over with confusion now.

"...I think..." He murmurs, and shakes his head. "I just... left Kazuo and Mamoru's place. I'm pretty sure. Yeah. I was..." Another blink, and he looks back to Ikiko.

"What... time is it?"
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-17 23:48:33 82950
"Late afternoon; not quite evening," Ikiko remarks. "And it's Sunday, the 17th of September. Just in case you've lost more than a couple of hours."

Given how Alex is acting, it seems reasonable to Ikiko that there's a decent chance that something significantly messed with his mind.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-09-18 00:00:33 82951
"Um... Right... Right, okay..." Alex mumbles after that answer's given, brows furrowing down in thought. Eyes squint shut shortly after, and his hand comes up to pinch fingers along the bridge of his nose. "...Right."

Well, wasn't that just incredibly eye opening from him, now?

The hand moves on over to rub at the side of his face when his eyes open, and he looks uncertainly at Ikiko. "...Thanks. I, uh... I should probably go to... somewhere. Yeah."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-18 00:05:46 82952
Ikiko Hisakata gives him an odd look. "Are you sure you're going to be okay?" she asks. "Because it almost sounds like you left their place in the morning, and have been out of it since then."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-09-18 00:09:26 82953
"...I... think so..." Alex murmurs, though he doesn't really sound very *certain* about the prospect of him being 'okay', for once. "I mean. It wasn't that long ago, really. Just... a little while ago, I think, probably..."

His hand moves to rub across his face briefly, and he peeks off to the side, mumbling in a quieter tone, "...Or maybe yesterday...?"
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-18 00:16:06 82954
Ikiko's jaw doesn't quite drop, but her staring suggests that it's close. "What," she says.

Well, this has crossed into serious territory in a hurry. She pulls out a cellphone and sends a quick text. "I think you need to go back to Mamoru and Kunzite's place," she says, her voice implying that this isn't up for debate.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-09-18 00:22:55 82955
"Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhh," sounds out Alex, and the hand previously rubbing at his face reaches over, instead, to gently tug at the wrist of Ikiko's hand holding the cellphone, trying to direct the arm down.

"I think I'm just misremembering," he insists in a quiet mumble, albeit sheepishly turning a look off elsewhere again, and... now turning to actually make to step around her. "It's fine, honestly, just... Yeah, nothing worth bothering them over, or for you to worry about. I'm fine, really..."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-18 00:32:33 82956
"'Just'?" Ikiko eyes Alex skeptically. "I'm pretty sure it takes more than a color gang to leave you this disoriented."

A hint of an idea crosses her mind. "Look, if it's something as simple as you giving Lacrima a snack, just tell me," Ikiko sighs. "Especially if you volunteered for it -- as long as it's not some sort of new unknown threat starting to menace Tokyo, letting us know what's going on means we can tone down the worry if needed."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-09-18 00:40:20 82957
"Whu--?" Alex stops in his motions, and turns to give an owlish sort of blink at the girl. A few seconds pass with him just staring at her, and he shakes his head. "No, she... wouldn't..." He mumbles, and then turns to look off into the distance again.

"...I think it's just... I haven't slept that well lately, you know? I... Mh. I'm sure it will pass..."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-18 00:45:27 82958
Ikiko Hisakata considers this for a few moments, then nods. "Lack of sleep probably explains it," she agrees. "Although now I'm wondering -- any idea what's causing the lack of sleep? Bad dreams, odd interruptions, not being able to fall asleep in the first place, other things...?"

Hopefully it's just something ordinary, but the way Alex's eyes looked suggests to Ikiko that something else is behind it.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-09-18 00:52:42 82959
"...I dunno, what ever causes insomnia in the first place?" Alex mumbles, with a bit of an indignant huff on his own part. That's probably not very reassuring at all, but he goes on to say, "I guess... I've had little odd dreams lately, too. Probably some side-effect of all this magic bullshit that I keep running into. Since I'm... you know. Not."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-18 00:57:13 82960
Well, it's a start. "Do you happen to recall any details about your dreams?" Ikiko asks. "And do you happen to recall when you started having them?"

While it's not much of a potential thread to look into, her times helping Ariel has given Ikiko some respect with regards to dreams. Maybe there's a hint in Alex's dreams?
Alexis Raskoph 2017-09-18 01:06:46 82961
"...I don't... really know how to describe it," Alex claims, with an uncertain rub given to the very back of his head, fingers scraping through the short strands of hair there.

"I've never really been good at remembering my own dreams, you know? Just... I guess... Dark. All the way dark."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-18 01:15:20 82962
"Huh," Ikiko muses. "Well, if they're that vague, then they're probably not a danger right now." Or at least not a serious one.

She gives him a small hug. "Take care of yourself," she smiles. "And if you can recall any other details of your dreams, let us know, okay? It might be some sort of hint, or it might just be something ordinary, but it's better to be sure, y'know?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-09-18 01:22:57 82963
Alex looks... vaguely surprised by the hug, truth be told. He stiffens to stillness, but relaxes quickly enough after, and then guides his hand up, carefully, to give a briefly-teasing rub-and-ruffle over the top of Ikiko's head. "I give you the impression of someone who gets put down easy?" he murmurs in an apparent attempt to be reassuring. "I'll be fine. ONe way or another. I always will."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-18 01:31:34 82964
Ikiko's ruffled hair might briefly rest upward at odd angles on certain parts of her head, but it's not likely to be very noticeable. "Against mundane, physical threats? You're plenty tough," she grins. "Against magical, non-physical hazards? Stubbornness helps as a defense, but it can't solve everything."

Her expression sobers up. "As long as you know when you need backup, you'll be fine," she agrees. "Just remember to ask for help when that happens."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-09-18 01:41:30 82965
"People like to say I'm stupid because of all the shit I pull on the streets, you know, but I'm not *that* stupid," insists Alex then, with a flash of a toothy grin and all. "You don't really survive on the street by being stupid on it, anyway. I know where to go if I think there's some magic bullshit going on."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-18 01:56:11 82966
Ikiko Hisakata giggles. "I'm just wary about the odd dreams being possibly caused by some sort of sneaky magic," she grins back. "As long as you're aware of it, then I'm not as worried."

She gives him a friendly push. "You should probably head on home and catch up on your sleep," she suggests as her cellphone beeps at her.

Reading the message, Ikiko frowns slightly. "And if I find that you've been sleepwalking for over 40 hours again, I will be hauling you off to Mamoru's for a checkup!" she sighs exasperatedly as she types up a response to the text.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-09-18 02:02:21 82967
The push... doesn't really jostle Alex at all. Which probably isn't that surprising, considering how sturdy he looks! But he does smile at the girl in good enough humor.

Until she says *that*. The smiles fades away, and he blinks a few times over in suprise. "...Fourty hours...?"
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-18 02:08:09 82968
"You apparently left Friday night or maybe Saturday morning," Ikiko points out, showing him the text. "And it's almost Sunday evening now. Your memory's been blank for at least 36 hours!"

She gives him a concerned look. "See why I'm worried?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-09-18 02:15:13 82969
"I--" Alex lets out with a briefly confused tone before he rather pointedly hardens his own expression and shakes his head.

"No... not blank, just..." He murmurs, insistently. "Scatterbrained. Yeah, that's... yeah. Just bad memory, from... the lack of sleep. Yeah."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-18 02:20:36 82970
Ikiko Hisakata eyes Alex for a moment, then shrugs. "Well, if you think you're okay, then you're okay," she remarks, her tone suggesting that she's putting on as much of a facade as he is. "Just go do something about that lack of sleep, okay?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-09-18 02:33:33 82971
"I, uh..." Alex murmurs, wiith a quiet grunt making it's way up from deep within his chest, now not quite even managing to look directly at Ikiko herself. "...I will try. To do that, I mean. Yeah. You, um... Take care of you, too."

How very well-weaved words on his part here, huh?
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-18 02:38:00 82972
Ikiko gives him another quick hug, then waves and heads off towards the bus stop she was originally heading towards. At least she now knows that something is up, and that Kunzite also now knows that something is up.

She glances back towards Alex before her path goes around a corner. "I hope he's not biting off more than he can chew," she murmurs to herself.