Mmm. Forbidden Donuts.

Hokuto and Jiaying share donuts, tips on magic, and family horror stories.

Date: 2017-10-05
Pose Count: 49
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-05 02:02:08 84432
It's a lovely fall day in Tokyo, and school has just let out. After all the commotion of the weekend, it's actually been rather calming to just be dealing with schoolwork. For Hokuto, at least. She wouldn't speak for anyone else on the subject. After all, they have their own problems, and she doesn't even go to the same school as most of the mahou-types she knows.

Still, it's cool enough out to make a nice walk home comfortable, and she's managed to get in touch with one of the people she met over that busy weekend. A simple request to meet, and a convenient landmark selected -- a particular donut stand, of all places, that she's rather fond of - and so it began.

Hokuto has claimed a seat at a bench nearby, having gotten a small plate of the tasty treats along with an iced coffee, and is relaxing with an e-book on her phone. Her bag is set beside her, claiming a place for the friend she expects to arrive shortly.
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-05 02:18:17 84435
Jiaying Maki is enjoying the afternoon, actually wearing her uniform. Even wearing the correct uniform! She's got a long light jacket with a hood on over it mind, but that's more for the extra pockets and the hood. Because she's lazy ultimately sometimes.

Standing at the stand already, she's got a cup of tea in one hand, a wrapper in the other and a small bag with a few more donuts at her side. She has quite the appetite.

Waving to Hokuto, having finally noticed she was there already too, she makes her way over, settles at the seat and sets her treats down between the two of them. "Hiya." she offers simply enough.
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-05 02:23:59 84437
Hokuto swings her bag out of the way, making room for Jiaying to sit, and flashes the girl a smile. "Good to see you enjoying the day," she offers. She pauses a moment to tuck her phone away, then leans back against the bench, turning a ltitle to face the other girl.

"That was quite the mess, this past weekend, wasn't it?" She has to wince just thinking of it, between the aquarium and the other fight, she managed to miss out on most of her homework. That lead to some unpleasant monday-morning discussions with her teachers.
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-05 02:39:00 84445
Jiaying Maki rests her chin on her hands and watches the other girl curiously. "It's a decent enough day, even if it's weird being so mundane." With a sip of tea, she grins and asks, "How has your day been though, since we're doing that?"

Then she pauses, trying to remember what all she had done this weekend. What would qualify as a mess? Her room for su- oh right, monkey. No, that was the other day. "Squiggly? Yeah that was weird." she says suddenly, remembering which incident it was! "That wasn't my weirdest weekend, but that was... unique."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-05 02:42:26 84446
"Wasn't my weirdest either," Hokuto assures her. "There was this one time with a guy who was trying to turn his Warhammer miniatures into tsukumogami..." She shakes her head. "Orks are crazy. Ork fanboys... gaaahhhhh."

She sips her coffee and reaches into her bag for a donut. "I can do with some mostly-mundane right now. Even if we aren't exactly full of that."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-05 02:44:15 84447
Jiaying Maki looks completely confused and asks, "Miniature warhammers?" She frowns, "Like a keychain thing?" she holds her fingers apart, about the size she imagines them. "Why would't you use a paper doll? It's easier right?"

She pauses, takes a sip of tea and shrugs. "I went on a field trip to the dusk zone. I do not recommend it." She tilts her head, suddenly grins and asks, "Mundane? By your standards or mine?" she asks that in a teasing tone.
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-05 02:55:16 84450
Hokuto shakes her head. "You're thinking shikigami. Which has a chance of actually working, unlike what this idiot was doing. No, the last genuine tsukumogami I met... well, there's a reason why the line "Don't mess with Texas" is so popular."

She chews on a bite of donut -- something with a sweet cream filling, by the look of it -- and washes it down with a bit of coffee. "Mundane as in 'nobody is getting shot at or beaten up' will do. What was the Dusk Zone like?"
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-05 02:57:51 84451
Jiaying Maki frowns and considers, "Yeah that sounds about right. I don't know, not my brand of magic." She twirls her finger Takes a sip of tea. Then grins again. "I have no idea what you're talking about. Is that a movie reference?" she peers down at the table, "I... no, I don't recognize it."

A hand slips into her bag, grabbing a donut to munch on. "Creepy, weird, nightmare inducing. Don't recomment it in the slightest. I'd say that's more tame than mundane."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-05 03:05:08 84455
"Tame will have to do," Hokuto agrees. "You've visited Mikasa, right?" IJN Mikasa, that is, the oldest surviving battleship in the world, a museum ship in Yokosuka since the 1920's. "USS Texas is not quite of the same vintage, but just as much a veteran combatant. And just as much... alive. Despite her hull's somewhat decrepit condition."

She shivers a little at the description of the dusk zone. She's seen places that match that, and has no wish to revisit any of them if at all possible. Some things just should not be.
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-05 03:18:07 84457
Jiaying Maki shakes her head and says, "No, no I haven't." She shrugs and laughs, "I don't do that sort of thing. Even if I should probably know about some of that stuff with some... less than happy history there." There's a few moments of thought, then she says, "I expected something different from a traditional family sort, you know that?" she says that with a hint of laughter.

"Were you asking questions or was it just me? I know you thought I might recognize the family name."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-05 03:33:18 84462
"Mm, you should. She's a fascinating ship. So much history there..." Japan's most significant naval victory, at the Battle of Tsushima, for instance.

"And yes," Hokuto muses, taking another sip of coffee. "It's always interesting to meet new people, and I haven't seen one turn into a fox in quite some time. I have to say that was quite interesting."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-05 03:40:45 84465
Jiaying Maki rests her chin on her hands again and says, "Maybe, might be a neat counterpoint to the Flying Tigers museum we visited." A swirl of her cup, a sip then a bite of food later, she adds, "So is it just a general interest in history or the Japanese military in particular?"

It takes a moment or two for it to click that the other girl thinks she turns into a fox. Which gets a snort of laughter. "How many have you met? I know one other out here. She annoys my girlfriend." beat, "And me for that matter. If you know another, I'd love to meet them though."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-05 03:51:41 84468
"Well," Hokuto pauses, briefly, considering. "Texas-chan is... well." She pauses again, then asks, "Have you seen anything of 'Kantai Collection'?" Indeed, monsters who mess with Texas rarely do so twice.

"Oh, they're not that uncommon if you know the community. You don't get a whole lot of youkai here in Tokyo - too easy to get mistaken for youma, these days - but I learned staffwork from a kitsune over in Nerima."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-05 03:57:47 84471
Jiaying Maki shakes her head and asks, "That's the warship one right? That seemed kind of odd to me-" she pauses, laughs and continues, "Not that I'm any better in some ways. I'll avoid messing with Texas though. I don't think I can fight a ship."

At the mention of youkai, she huffs, arms crossed, "I know, it's a pain. I wanted to meet a kamaitachi, but it turned out to be some magical card. I miss being around yaoguai!"
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-05 04:11:26 84477
"I'd consider offering to take you on a field trip, if I thought we could manage it safely," Hokuto suggests. "Maybe if I get a couple of the locals... mm. Nerima's a decent enough place if you don't practice much in the way of martial arts and have a good insurance policy." Or if you're a supernaturally tough magical girl.

"But, yeah. Homework is kind of sedate in comparison, it helps to calm me down, really. I can put up with a tongue-lashing or two." She turns a little, to face Jiaying more directly, and pauses. "So, Seishou, right?" She's never been all that good at small talk.
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-05 04:14:33 84479
Jiaying Maki leans back, resting on her hands there on the seat. "I do mizongyi style, some generalized short form, some improv with my claws and... well I don't use my teeth. I think that's weird. Also I used to get yelled at for chewing on furniture." She says that completely straight faced.

"I don't mind homework, but I'm sure you've got more of it than I do-yeah I do go to Seishou. Do you know anyone else there?"
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-05 04:18:24 84481
Hokuto nods. "Family school, here. Old traditional stuff, bit of kempo, bit of wu shu, a lot of energy-manipulation katas..." She shrugs. It's about the sort of thing one would expect of an onmyouji, rather than a serious martial artist. "Chewing on the furniture, hm? Did it at least taste good?"

As for other Seishou students, "Probably a few. I don't really pay much attention to school affiliation in the middle of a fight, but here we are in uniform, so...."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-05 04:22:45 84483
Jiaying Maki looks down at her uniform, tugging at it, "I liked my uniform back home. It was a nice vest and blouse and... sure it was wool so it could be hot, but it was cute!" She crosses her arms and huffs, "Though they are cute here too." Taking another donut out, she begins to munch through it slowly. "I... honestly don't remember chewing on it, but they both swore by it. Maybe I was teething."

"We should start sparring. I keep offering that, then it kind of falls through. I bet N-Lacrima and a few others would enjoy it. Maybe benefit from it too."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-05 04:34:10 84490
Hokuto nods. "Can't argue with you on the uniforms. If you think Seishou's is bad, have you seen the Verone high-school uniform?" She tugs at her red blazer. "It's pink. Even the boys uniform is pink." She shudders. "I'm going to have to get some sort of excuse to wear something else. Anything else. At least Seiyou High has black."

The thought of sparring does interest her, however. "It would be more fun than just waiting for youma or whatever to show up. I'd be glad to, and if you want to bring Lacrima, that's cool, too." And who knows what her family might do if she drags a vampire home...
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-05 04:45:34 84493
Jiaying Maki tilts her head, trying to remember if she's seen one of the mention'd school's uniform. "Pink's not so bad is it? I see a lot of guys wearing pink now. Like... more than you would used to right?"

"Where would we spar though? I mean I have a girlfriend with this kind of history and I was super worried they'd try to stick a sealing tag to my head or something!"
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-05 04:55:40 84495
"Oh, I'm sure we could find a place," Hokuto says, considering the question. "My family has plenty of places scattered around the city, but yeah, some of the cousins tend to ... overreact, on occasion." She pauses and hmms. "Wouldn't want to use the school gym... maybe we should just bite the brisket and head over to Nerima anyway."

She still can't accept the uniform, however. "Pink is just... it's okay for once in a while, but for a regular uniform? To wear every day? No. Why we couldn't have a nice color like green, or blue..." She sighs. "No. I refuse."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-06 02:04:45 84544
Jiaying Maki runs her fingers through her hair and laughs, "I... get the overreaction, though I don't appreciate it at the same time. It's disheartening knowing that some ancient myth carries more than anything I do sometimes." She pauses, then smiles, "I try not to lose my temper. Nerima?" She pauses, trying to remember if that had come up, then shrugging it off.

Drumming her fingers on the table briefly, she says, "The gym would work. I think... I could arrange something else possibly too. Especially since I've been practicing and I need the practice. And I look awful in pink." She tugs at her pink hair, "I don't like it anyway. My old school uniform was grey and black."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-06 02:11:57 84545
"Grey and black... yeah, kinda bland. Accessorizable, though. In ways that pink just isn't." She shrugs, not planning to argue it further. She's made her point. Nerima, of course, is another ward of Tokyo, not terribly close to the areas Mahou Shojou tend to frequent.

Hokuto smiles lazily. "The gym's good, I suppose, then. So long as we stick to somewhat mundane, and don't get too flashy. Know what I mean?"
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-06 02:30:22 84546
Jiaying Maki tilts her head, then grins again, "I'll keep it mundane, sure sure." Well, mostly. Maybe they shouldn't do the gym, it might be a bit rough around the edges with her. She's lazy after all! (Magically at least.)

With a mighty stretch, she then leans forward to state, "Could ask a few friends. Could also go to the spooky creepy manor I spend time at. That's a big basement, might work. It's got some warding and it's creepy and all. And even occasionally actually haunted!"
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-06 02:34:22 84547
"Hmmm, that does sound interesting," says the exorcist. "Probably more secure than the gym... less likely to result in collateral damage, wouldn't want to break things like walls, students, you know..."

Hokuto smiles. "Besides, creepy haunted manor is great ambience!"
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-06 02:46:05 84548
Jiaying Maki shrugs and says, "She keeps the food stocked pretty well. Lots of eggs." Leaning forward she laughs, "I like eggs, I think it's our version of fried tofu. Never did figure that one out. What kind of fox prefers tofu to something else right?"

"I'll talk to her about it, it's technically Lacrima's place by... what, inheritence? We might have a few others there with us if we do it there though, mind."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-06 02:58:04 84549
Hokuto nods. "I'd like to meet her anyway," she says. "Her explorations of the Dusk Zone... well, I'd love to hear more about it. Sounds like fascinating stuff. If occasionally a bit... squiggly." She makes a little face, then relaxes and grabs the last donut from her bag.

"As for eggs... mm, I'm fond of them myself. Usually cooked, though. Not raw." She winks, teasingly. "Fried omelette, maybe...." She considers for a moment. "How about you, what's your favorite way to eat eggs?"
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-06 02:59:49 84550
Jiaying Maki shakes her head and says, "Avoid the dusk zone, trust me on that. It's nothing like ghost walking." She makes a dismissive gesture and adds, "I don't think so anyway. Squiggly's... one of it's aspects though."

She resumes smiling at the question of eggs. "Properly prepared mostly. I don't do them raw, that's all gooey and it's not as fun. I had an aunt that loved eating them raw though." She makes a dismissive gesture with one hand while adding, "She's a bit more old fashioned though."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-06 03:07:28 84551
Hokuto nods. "I've no intention of visiting it without proper protections," she agrees. "It does sound a little on the... dangerous side." Not that she's a stranger to danger, or unable to protect herself against energy drain, but still. Courting danger is courting danger. (Now, courting dangerously... that's something else. Neither here nor there.)

"Yeah, I've known some kitsune who like 'em raw, but these days most everyone likes their food cooked, I think. Except for a few of the back-woods wolf tribes... they go in for whatever they can hunt and kill, just like in the old days."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-06 03:30:19 84552
Jiaying Maki shakes her head and says, "No no, I.. really don't recommend it." She's saying this without any hints of joking, teasing, sarcasm or anything else for that matter. "I'd also take a guide since I get the feeling you're going to insist on it. You can ask her while we're there. She'll tell you the same I bet."

Then there's a quick shake of her head, "I can eat them raw, I just don't like them quite as much that way. Cooking's too much fun." She peers at the girl after and adds, "You're messing with me arent' you?"
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-06 03:39:47 84553
Hokuto's grin is pretty wide, now. "Wellllll......" she mulls, considering it. "You might just say that I do like pulling pigtails, yes." She grins again and takes a big bite of her donut, chewing and swallowing and washing it down with some iced coffee.

"So, enough about the dusk zone, I'll ask her next I get the chance, right. How about that thingy that animated the skeleton? That was pretty freaky."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-06 03:42:31 84554
Jiaying Maki shakes her head sharply, "Pulling my hair or tail will go poorly. Never had pigtails either." She drums her fingers and then sticks her tongue out. "So how many yaoguai have you actually met?"

She pauses, looking confused. "Animated the skeleton? I must have missed that. There was the drowned ghost, she was able to move on. The librarian... we may or may not have left in Taiwan since she was more than a little dangerous. Meifeng just wouldn't let them do anything else, buuuut..." she stops, points, "No exorcising my ghost friend and maybe call me if you need help with them. They're easy to work with for me."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-06 03:49:39 84555
Hokuto ohs softly. "Right, that was ... was it sunday? Or saturday? Squiggles was Friday, wasn't he?" She counts off on her fingers, blinking. "I'm losing track of days. That's not a good sign."

With a sigh, she drains her coffee and puts the half-eaten donut back in its bag. "Never mind, you're right, you weren't there. How many have I met? Uh..." She considers for a moment, "Haven't kept track. Never felt the need to. Wasn't much of a big deal, in my family."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-06 03:51:47 84556
Jiaying Maki looks quietly at her and asks, "Meet or seal?" suddenly a touch more serious again. She does seem relaxed enough to munch on another pastry though. She's up to her fourth or fifth by now right?

"I don't see that many fights, did at one point, but I uh, that was before I was told what kind of an idiot I was being."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-06 03:57:37 84557
"Oh, seen. The family keeps records of what we've sealed and such... I'd have to check. But I'd say maybe one in six or so were doing something that actually needed any form of chastisement at all." She shrugs again. "Most just try to get along, and they've gotten good at it over the centuries. This isn't exactly the Sengoku Jidai anymore."

She drums her fingers on the paper donut bag. "I've seen my share of fights, but, well... spars in training are a lot different from the real thing."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-06 04:00:02 84558
Jiaying Maki looks confused and asks, "The what now?" she pauses, suddenly leaning back and staring up, "I should know that name. The Sengoku thing. Did I sleep through that class on accident? Maybe I missed most of that lesson. Our history lessons focused elsewhere of course. I'll blame that, it's easiest."

She claps her hands together, "Sparring's got rules, expectations, less hair pulling, claws and being lit on fire."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-06 04:06:32 84559
Hokuto snerks. "Depends on who you're sparring with, I suppose." Some of her relatives... well, if they could set her on fire just by glaring at her hard enough, she'd have scars. "I noticed you said 'less' hair-pulling, claws, et cetera, and not 'none'..."

"Warring States era, yes. Sort of like the Three Kingdoms in China, but more recent."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-06 04:13:16 84560
Jiaying Maki tries to look innocent. Which she fails at spectacularly. Seriously said though, "I don't do that sort of thing anyway. It was a sense of humor. I have done some less than stellar things though. I have to watch my temper."

"The Warring States were bigger!" pout. "Also I'm pretty sure I had family doing dumb things all over that war. We're prone to sticking our pointy noises in things."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-06 04:19:12 84561
"What is it with points? Pointy fangs, pointy noses, pointy ears..." She sighs and runs her fingers through her hair, leaning back and stretching a little. "I swear I saw an actual elf last week. Or maybe a Vulcan. I dunno."

She slumps back into the seat. "Yeah, I have to watch mine, too. Some of the people who trained me like to poke and prod and try to get you to lose control... and that can get pretty messy with people like us."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-06 04:23:14 84562
Jiaying Maki looks confused and asks, "Elf? Always thought they were made up." Beat, "Or from whatever place the lightning woman was from." beat, "Or another planet I guess." . . . "You know it's easier to just stop asking. Almost feels wrong to question the reality of another group when you're all foxy."

"Well we are kind of sharp, angular and awesome. We have the best barks." She looks embarassed after though, continuing with, "As for my temper, I may or may not have been lashing out with an angry ghost under my control and that's not very smart. Or safe for the spirit, myself or others. Had that drilled in pretty well."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-06 04:28:07 84563
Hokuto nods. "I just assume everything is real, one way or another, these days. I get fewer surprise shocks that way." Like Mr Squiggles. A horrific monster as somebody's "adorable pet"? Sure. Youbetcha. Whatever.

"I tend to go for local seals, myself. Lock someone in place, block power-draws, that sort of thing. There's so many energy-drain types these days that that's usually a safe bet."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-06 04:30:57 84564
Jiaying Maki shakes her head slowly, "I didn't know she had any kind of a pet down there. I need to work on my wards, it shouldn't have gotten out." She pauses, considering. "Though I can't ward stepping into that place really, I don't think. Wouldn't be fair to Lacrima anyway."

"I'd almost be curious to see what happens if someone eats my magic. I was told I don't control it well enough so it sort of- well that mist is me manipulating that excess."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-06 04:40:04 84565
"Mmm, I'd be glad to take a look at them with you. Wards are something I've done a lot of study on, it'll be good to see some new ones in use." She smiles lightly. "Besides, I don't want that thing getting out any more than you do."

She considers the idea. From what she's noted of Jiaying's aura, well. "That would be an interesting sight, yes. For a few moments. Maybe to examine what was left of them afterwards."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-06 04:42:25 84566
Jiaying Maki conjures up a hint of that mist with a twirl of her hand, blowing it into the air with an effect like glitter. Which makes it a simple thing to explain away if it comes down to it. "That stuff's just bled off magic. I'm sure I could probably do it properly if I were better at it, but I'm still learning the control for it."

Hand on chin again, she draws that magic back in and twirls it before hiding it again. "Maybe I should learn to use it to hide my tail."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-06 04:48:47 84567
"Mm, well. How often do people notice it? And folks are used to odd things around here, these days. Cosplay is more popular than ever." Hokuto shrugs. "Maybe I could teach you a few tricks with ofuda."

She considers it for a few moments. "I have a bunch of control exercises I could show you. Ever try sticking a leaf to your forehead?"
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-06 04:52:08 84568
Jiaying Maki shakes her head and says, "I don't want to deal with the otaku thing. Also people inevitably pull on things they think are props, or want to ask how they're made. Or look for seams. It's awkward and weird." The face she's pulling sort of hints at that too. "Tricks would probably help. I used to use a spell tag I'd used to cheat, but it sealed all of it away and it always felt weird. Like dimming the lights and covering my ears."

"I'm not one of those raccoon dogs. I'm supposed to be able to change, but I'm just terrible at it. I kind of improvise a lot of what I do though."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-06 04:59:33 84569
Hokuto nods, hmming softly. "Yeah, I can understand that. I've had some weird questions myself now and then. This one kid wanted me to autograph her... well, never mind." She waves a hand dismissively. "Sounds like you've been using a suppression ward. That'd have that kind of effect. It'd take some work, but I might be able to help you refine that a bit."

She considers. Tanuki.. enh, not really her favorite. "Shapeshifting does sound like interesting magic. Very useful. I'd love to be able to do that kind of thing."
Jiaying Maki 2017-10-06 05:04:14 84570
Jiaying Maki glances over and asks, "Sign something? Are you famous?" She is kind of dense. Also prone to asking nerdier things for autographs. "Probably, suppression sounds better than liar. It did make me more or less a normal human while I had it on though, which I guess is neat."

"You can help me practice if you'd like. I don't know if you'd be able to do it too, but I wouldn't mind seeing if I couldn't learn it proper."
Hokuto Minase 2017-10-06 05:15:54 84571
"No, but I was dressed as a famous character at the time." She smiles playfully. "I think my costume was just a bit too good, if you know what I mean." She stuffs the donut bag into her bookbag to save the remains for later. "I think we can work up something better. Maybe illusion-based, I find those usually work better. And you don't want to be under a suppression ward if something decides you look like lunch."

"It does sound like fun. More fun than family paperwork, or refereeing yet another of Uncle Kaito and Uncle Kyouya's shouting matches." Hokuto smiles a little wider. "And if I do figure out how to do it, that'll be all kinds of fun."