Catching Up, Coffee, and Sleep Deprivation

Yuzuki is back in town, and Seishi takes advantage of a chance meeting at Gullwing to fill her in on previous and recent goings-on. 'Dream' stops sounding like a real word for a while as a result. Whoops.

Date: 2017-09-30
Pose Count: 21
Seishi Tamashige 2017-09-30 13:34:26 84040
When in doubt, Seishi focuses on the goal most immediately ahead of her. Right now, with the Prince of Nightmares and the Eater of Dreams both apparently quiescent and the disturbing revelations of her past life heavy on her mind, that means throwing herself into schoolwork.

So even though it's Saturday morning, a time when most students would rather relax after the school week, Sei's got books and notebooks spread out in front of her on the little corner table she's staked out at Gullwing. There's an iced coffee and the crumby remains of a danish set amidst the classwork, a little off to the side and mostly forgotten for the moment while she taps her pencil absently against her paper in contemplation.

O-Yasu is curled up under the table, an indistinct lump that could possibly be mistaken for a backpack or some strange overstuffed plushie by anyone not looking carefully enough.
Yuzuki Amemori 2017-09-30 13:53:41 84041
Yuzuki Amemori stumbles into the cafe wearing a heavy hoodie, the mask she wears on stage around her neck, a pair of baggy pants criss-crossed with straps and starting to fade chemlights and her comfy boots. She also looks like she hasn't slept most of the night. Staggering to the counter, she orders herself two things of tea, black enough to prevent the escape of light. Then she sits down heavily. Slumps forward and dozes for a moment. She then sits up straight, looks around having thought she'd seen someone familiar and waves to Seishi. Tea is drunk, then she grabs her cups and food and wanders over to sit across the table from her.

"Hi." Is all she offers. In English. It's been a few months, she's tired, it's an easy mistake.
Seishi Tamashige 2017-09-30 14:00:56 84042
Blink blink. The greeting breaks Seishi out of whatever she was contemplating - it looks like English homework, in fact, judging by the notebook in front of her - and her head lifts, dark eyes focusing almost owlishly on Yuzuki across the table.

Comprehension takes a beat longer. "Yuzuki, hey! It's been a while." A second look, and her brows begin to draw together in a look of sympathy. "You look worn out. You just came from a show?"
Yuzuki Amemori 2017-09-30 14:07:06 84043
Yuzuki Amemori rests her chin on her hand and watches Seishi quietly as she watches her. She yawns after, grins and says, "I've been out of country." Then she nodnods quickly, "I did. I passed out behind the speakers for a bit, but I woke up and thought I should do the actual sleep thing. Then I decided I wanted food. And here I am!"

She tilts her head and asks, "Anything happen while I was gone?" A bite of food, a drink of tea, another drink of tea. And another... Then she looks down at the homework slowly, "Need any help?"
Seishi Tamashige 2017-09-30 14:17:33 84044
Seishi brightens a little as Yuzuki explains. "That must have been fun," she says - hard to tell if she means the trip out of the country, the concert, or both. In any case, she sets her pencil down over top of her homework and reaches for her cup of iced coffee, shaking her head when Yuzuki asks if she needs help. "It's okay, I think I've pretty much got it."

More importantly... "Some stuff has happened, yeah." Her expression grows more serious as she regards Yuzuki across the table. "I'll fill you in. To start with..." A quick glance around for eavesdroppers, but the tables closest to theirs are empty and anyone else in the cafe is more interested in caffeine than in listening in on the conversation of two teenage girls at a corner table. "Remember that giant Nightmare we fought? In the ocean, with the battleship and all?"
Yuzuki Amemori 2017-09-30 14:19:50 84045
Yuzuki Amemori tilts her head from one side, to the other, then back again. "That was the nightmare bathtub thing right?" She thinks she remembers that. That was a dream, but not the normal kind right? That was a bit awkward considering it had been an out of country thing. "I remember."

Then she takes another sip of tea and asks, "Did that wake up the dread lord Cthulu and his sunken city?" She says this deadpan, but that deadpanning may have just been from the lack of sleep.
Seishi Tamashige 2017-09-30 14:25:06 84046
The quip is unexpected enough that it gives Seishi a moment's pause, and her serious expression breaks as she lets out a quiet laugh. "No, thankfully," she replies, shaking her head again. "Eldritch horrors from beyond the beyond are probably a bit out of our weight class, unless it's someone's dream of one. And even then."

She makes a face, and takes a moment to sip from her coffee before setting it back down. "But the guy behind that - he calls himself the Prince of Nightmares - we had a run-in with him, and found out more about him. He's not working with the Eater of Dreams, but they are connected."
Yuzuki Amemori 2017-09-30 14:28:42 84047
Yuzuki Amemori stops and thinks for a moment, "That was the dreaming one right? I'm not thinking of like the other mashup name?" She quickly shakes her head and continues, "I bet we could take on the dream of one, unless it's the dream of the dreaming one's dream. Dream." She stops, scowling, "That word is losing meaning saying it that much isn't it?"

With a mighty yawn, she leans back in her seat, finishes the first cup of tea and aims for the second. "Prince of Nightmares? Self-given title or do we have some history with him? I'd ask Hakuomaru, but I'm currently awake. For now. I could fix that. . . . I could probably fix that now."
Seishi Tamashige 2017-09-30 14:32:13 84048
Judging by the way her forehead creases, Seishi stopped following Yuzuki's musing on Lovecraftian elder gods about halfway through. "It really kind of is," she agrees wryly.

Then she shakes her head again. "I don't think we ran into him back then... Akashimaru definitely doesn't remember anything. But the Eater of Dreams made him what he is. He used to be a dream guardian, like Ariel, but the dreams he was protecting were eaten. More than once, if our information is right. It changed him, badly."
Yuzuki Amemori 2017-09-30 14:51:03 84049
Yuzuki Amemori grins when she gets that reaction and then slumps back in her seat. She's more or less enjoying herself at the moment though. "What are we going to do though? Joking aside. Sort of."

She considers the next bit of information quietly, rolling it around in her head. At least not literally this time. "So he's something new. Does he have a proper name? Or anything we can dig up on him? I'll ask the drunkard though, when I uh, pass out. I hope."
Seishi Tamashige 2017-09-30 14:57:48 84050
"Well..." Seishi hesitates briefly over her response, looking as though she's thinking hard. "We know what he wants. He's trying to break down the boundaries between dreams and the real world, to turn everything into a world of nightmares. He was stirring up a lot of bad dreams for a while, like that big one. We gave him something to think about - Ariel and I, and the other people we were able to grab in a hurry the last time he tried something. As far as I know, he hasn't tried anything since then. We should probably expect him to start acting up again eventually, though."

"Amalthea-dono would probably know more." O-Yasu's voice pipes in from under the table, heavy with a tone that implies he's telling Seishi something he thinks she should already know and he's feeling cranky about it. And, indeed, she promptly looks chagrined.

"Ariel's mother," she tells Yuzuki. "Haku probably remembers her... she was an ally to Renge-dono, back then. She'd probably want to say hello, in any case."
Yuzuki Amemori 2017-09-30 15:05:38 84051
Yuzuki Amemori slowly sips at this cup of tea. "So... he's got some pull in the immediate surrounding magical landscape.. things." She stops, considering, "Dreamscape?" Tea. More tea. She peers under the table briefly. "Proper nouns without context doesn't do me any good Drowsee."

Which shes's promptly given. "He might, I'll have to ask another thing when I pass out. We could sort something out that way. Or he'll start regaing me with the time he once crashed a boat into a dock to get a surprise attack or something. I'm pretty sure he likes seeing how far we go before I get annoyed."
Seishi Tamashige 2017-09-30 15:15:45 84052
"O-Ya-Su," the baku corrects grouchily, prompting Seishi to give him a warning nudge with her foot. He subsides after that, grumbling something about 'just as rude in this life.'

Seishi sighs quietly before nodding to Yuzuki. "We can go talk to her sometime soon, see what she thinks. There's something else, too--"

She should tell Yuzuki about the nightmare memory, she knows. It's a dark cloud weighing in the back of her mind, but for now she shies away from it. She still hasn't figured out herself how she plans to deal with it, and with Yuzuki exhausted and all the other information to assimilate...

"--one of the people who got pulled into the fight with the Nightmare Prince was one of us," Seishi says instead. This is a more immediate issue to address. "Ichi. The trouble is, it was a dream so I have no idea who she is when she's awake or how to get in touch with her." The frustration is clear in her grimace as she explains. "Before anything else. I'd like to track her down somehow."
Yuzuki Amemori 2017-09-30 15:55:37 84053
Yuzuki Amemori looks down under the table and says, "At least I got the pokemon right." before looking back to Seishi. "I wasn't that disresp-... I was a drunk with a penchant for weird hobbies. I don't know if that's really disrespectful persay though really, is it?" She shakes her head quickly again and snrks.

Right though, "That would be good to know. Any way to keep an eye out for her without relying on Drow-ya-su down there?" She's clearly teasing, tone of voice even carries it mostly.

There's a moment of comprehension after, a look of thought, then one of stifling a yawn. "I guess you don't really have clues there. Should I look out for anything? People sleeping weird or staring at strange yellow stars that shouldn't be there?"
Seishi Tamashige 2017-09-30 16:03:15 84054
She can't help it; Yuzuki's teasing of O-Yasu gets a quiet laugh from Seishi, albeit one that she hastily tries to smother when he snorts in indignation.

Clues for how to locate Ichi in the waking world... this takes some contemplation, and Sei frowns a little as she mulls on it. "The Ichi of the past was blind," she says eventually. "I'm sure Haku remembers. That doesn't mean that his reborn self would be, but it did kind of seem that way when we met in the dream. It's not a sure thing, but if you happen to meet a blind girl about our age, it's at least worth paying attention to. Other than that..."
She looks down unhappily. "I'm really not sure. We might have to search in dreams, and see if the cord of fate will lead us. I'll try and kick Akashimaru tonight and see if he has any better ideas - I know it's not a lot to go on." These last words carry a note of apology, as Seishi looks up at Yuzuki again.
Yuzuki Amemori 2017-09-30 16:26:27 84055
Yuzuki Amemori yawns at the snort and says, "It's not my fault you don't keep up with the cute cartoon animals down there."

A glance to Seishi about the girl being blind, a few moments of thought, a few moments of more thought. "Now you've got me worried that I'll devolve into strange hobbies and alcohol you know that right?" She's mostly joking, though the idea of reincarnating and following the same steps as Hakuo is slightly worrying.

She stifles a yawn, clenching her jaw briefly as part of it. "It's not, but I'll see if I can find anything. I'm sure Haru's seen enough people come nad go. Unmei might be able to watch too."
Seishi Tamashige 2017-09-30 16:32:09 84056
"Couldn't hurt," Seishi agrees. "Hell, for all I know she's come through Chiba-san's place, I know it gets a ton of weird traffic. I'll check with someone from that crowd."

A quick flick of a lopsided smile as she reaches for her iced coffee again. It looks kind of pained, but it's gone quickly enough. "I don't think we have to worry about turning into our past selves. If you start really craving sake, though, warn me?" It's an attempt at a joke, though maybe it falls a bit flat.

"Anyway," she adds briskly, pushing on, "that's something resembling a plan. A start, anyway. We can compare notes after we've had a chance to check around, see if there's anything to go on?"
Yuzuki Amemori 2017-09-30 16:39:18 84057
Yuzuki Amemori looks confused and asks, "Chiba-san?" Not recognizing the name offhand. "Could just read message boards looking for weird drea- . . . That idea sounded better in my head." She quickly shakes it, trying to focus again.

She scowls briefly, "I think I'll worry more if I decide to try brewing my own in the apartment. I can still remember that smell. I've never even smelled that smell and I know the smell." She grimaces, scowls and mutters.

"Did I miss anything else?" She asks finally
Seishi Tamashige 2017-09-30 16:48:02 84058
"Tuxedo prince guy," Seishi offers by way of explanation. "He's very rich, I guess; he's got a ridiculously huge apartment at the top of a high-rise and from what I can tell it's magical weirdness central. We've helped each other out a few times."

She takes a brief space of time to think about whether or not there is anything else that Yuzuki has missed, sipping at her (increasingly watery) coffee while she considers. Eventually she shakes her head. "I can't think of anything else right now," she says, and though she flicks a quick glance downward as though waiting for an interjection, O-Yasu remains sulkily silent under the table. "If I'm forgetting anything, I can give you a call or a text once it comes to me. But I really think that's it for now."

As she sets her coffee back down on the napkin she's been using as a coaster, she smiles apologetically. "I don't want to keep you up if you need to crash. I'm sure you're exhausted."
Yuzuki Amemori 2017-09-30 16:51:07 84059
Yuzuki Amemori nods and says, "Glasses guy. Met him a few times. Just didn't know the name." She shrugs at the whole 'very rich' thing. Nothing she can do about it either way. He also may or may not be paying for Unmei's apartment too.

"You still have my number right?" She glances under the table and asks, "You're not actually upset down there are you?" SEeming surprised in her tired state.

She nods after that, holds up her fingers in a wave and says, "Yeah that sounds like a plan. Good night." as she then staggers out of the booth and towards her home. Or Unmei's maybe. Whoever's is closest.
Seishi Tamashige 2017-09-30 16:53:56 84060
"He's always cranky," Seishi assures. "Don't worry about it. Yeah, I still have your info."

As Yuzuki gets up, Sei raises a hand in an answering wave. "See you later," she says. "Sleep well."

Once the other girl is gone, it's time to buckle back down to her classwork. Picking up her pencil from where she'd laid it down earlier, Seishi puts matters of nightmares and past lives aside for the time being and bends her attention to the more immediate and concrete puzzle that is English homework.