Wrong Marginalia

Just natter at the Crown.

Date: 2017-10-17
Pose Count: 71
Mamoru Chiba 2017-10-17 15:39:07 84907
It's after school, so the Crown Fruits Parlor is already filling up, as is the arcade downstairs. Mamoru's seated at the big corner booth with Ami, and they've both got homework open on the table, and Mamoru's got his standard black coffee and a mess of gravy-and-cheese fries that he's doing his damndest to eat with a fork so it doesn't get on his textbook.

"I swear, renting textbooks is the weirdest experience," he tells Ami-- after all, he's in his first year of university now, and things work Differently. "It's not like I mark books up anyway, but getting them pre-marked-up and sometimes with wrong marginalia is a little upsetting. But the weirdest part is how nobody actually expects you to show up for class most of the time. It's unnerving and bad-habit-forming."
Ami Mizuno 2017-10-17 15:42:29 84908
Ami Mizuno looks at Mamoru with a gentle shudder. "That would be so horrifying," she says. "Don't tell Usagi; she'll get super excited and... study hard to..." She realizes the contradition and considers, confused. Her brow furrows and she looks to Mamoru again. "Anyway," she says quietly but brightly. "I bet you're enjoying the classes regardless." She smiles, nodding. "Everything you're taking seems super interesting."

Her homework is also in front of her, but she's merely got tea to drink, nothing to eat. She was too preoccupied by the test she has coming up tomorrow to want to buy anything to eat.
Naru Osaka 2017-10-17 15:44:05 84909
There is a perfect arrangment of constallations or /something/, not only are both Ami and Mamoru free to take some time to hang out in the Crown, but Naru and Kyouko are free.. at the same time as each other AND the other two. Please keep an eye out for flying porcines at any moment.

"I swear, it is probably good for me to work from prompts every day." Naru is commenting to Kyouko as they head into the arcade and directly for the food. Because of course they are. "But the ones that seem the most obvious are the hardest to come up with anything to draw from. And I'm determined to make today /not/ a creepy nightmare sketch day. For a change."

Ami and Mamoru at a table prompt Naru to wave at the pair of them, heading that direction before ordering food. "Hey guys."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-10-17 15:48:41 84910
    Kyouko's work-schedule is variable, which means that she works at different times of day from day-to-day, which means that sometimes, just sometimes, she's actually free during the day at the same time as people who actually go to school. Somehow, this is one of those days. She's still dressed in her fairly-standard jeans and black t-shirt, though the advent of fall-weather has marked the return of her once-trademark blue hoodie, worn open over the black shirt.

    "Well, that's just 'cuz you're the type who never likes to do the obvious thing." Kyouko grins to Naru, continuing the conversation as they enter. "And I can't blame you for that.. no fun in doin' what everybody expects you to do."

    Her attention is drawn towards Mamoru and Ami by Naru's wave, and she follows suit, half-skipping over to throw her arms over Mamoru's shoulders from behind his seat (by clamoring into the booth backing the one he's sitting in). "What's this? Gravy fries?!" She is soon stretching over his shoulders to try and snag one, precariously.
Makio Ryu 2017-10-17 15:51:14 84912
One of the fighter game cabinets is currently occupied by one of the comon customers of the arcade. Granted the blunette male with a bush for hair had been the kind of common that made him seem like some random background person for years. As of late it's like he's actually gotten a name attributed to him and a facial protrait and---wait, this isn't some jrpg. Makio's single visible eye floats over the screen while his otherwise relaxed posture stays as calm and collected seeming as usual. His hands are reacting at surprizing speed that feels like a disconnect to how he looks like he'd be more likely to fall asleep right there than do something like, say, go play DDR.

However the whole disconnection of active and calm comes to an end as the top scores screen rolls by and it's the 3rd place slot that's lit up. "Aww..." he murmurs, "Well, if someone beats my old top score, that just means I have a challenge, right?"
A Siberian cat 2017-10-17 15:57:07 84913
While Koji does not always come to the arcade... actually, he hardly ever comes to the arcade... there are always exceptions to the rule. He's in his Seiyou winter school uniform in the back of a bunch of girls walking and talking, and the topic for all of them seems to be the upcoming Culture Day in 2 weeks or so. Ir could be considered both amusing and a little disheartening to listen in as they all go on about what they want to do, who wants to set up what booth, and there he is in the back scribbling down notes on an old-fashioned pad and paper. There's a few stray bits of hair sticking out from his usual school braid as he furiously takes down a list of demands to meet.

One of the girls turns to Koji, and smiles at him, before taking the pad away and says, "Okay, I've got it from here Koji-kun. Thanks for taking notes for me... you know I can't keep up with ANYTHING they say."

He just bows a couple times and replies, "Oh, it's perfectly allright Akari-senpai." And another bow, "I'll be happy to help out with the School Council booth again this year, especially since my parents are doing so much better."

The look the girl gives the young man is almost shameful, and why he doesn't notice it is anyone's guess, but it's like she's saying 'good dog' before she giggles and smiles at him, "Okay, well... we're going to have shakes and work all this out. I'll see you at the next meeting! Bye!"

As the class council person leaves, Koji straightens himself up and puts the pencil away, prompting a voice in his head to say to him, Kid, why do you even put up with that leech? She's just using you, you know. She took all the credit LAST Culture Day for all the work you did.

Koji just whispers back, mostly to himself, "Because she has bad grades, and the high marks for council activities will help her get into a better school."

Kid, we really need to work on your priorities.
Mamoru Chiba 2017-10-17 16:02:47 84914
Mamoru gives Ami a sly look in return. "I'm definitely telling Usako. I mean, high school seems like the gauntlet you run through in order to achieve sloth... gotta play to her goals, right?" He sits back and picks up his coffee, having a sip before he sets it down and nods emphatically. "I mean, there are some required classes that aren't my most favorite, but that's okay because honestly? I already did the work for them, over the past couple of years. Either by overworking in the normal Infinity curriculum or by independent research..."

He trails off because hey! It's Naru and Kyouko-- and oh god Kyouko's going for his fries. Of course she is. He gets yanked backward against the seat a little with the hug, but the hug makes him laugh instead of making him squirm, and he surrenders his plate of disco fries to the redhead. "Don't get any on my homework! Or my tablet. Hey, Naru-- thank you for making Kazuo do Inktober. Watching him be cranky over a piece of paper every day is pretty hilarious. And yesterday's prompt result was amazing."
Ami Mizuno 2017-10-17 16:04:37 84915
Ami grins at Mamoru. "Fair point." Then she nods to Kyouko and Naru with a bit of a smile as they approach. "Hi, you two. What is Inktober?" the bluenette asks, tilting her head. She's not got an artistic bone in her body, so this is definitely beyond her. And hey, she's trying civility toward the pair being together, that's nice. If weird.
Naru Osaka 2017-10-17 16:07:37 84916
"I know, right?" Naru replies first to Mamoru and then snickers a touch at Kyouko yoinking fries, but that's basically entirely normal. "When I get fries, I will stab you if you steal too many, you know that right?" The threat, such as it is, clearly is made with affection and a teasing grin. "Watching his sketches improve over the days is just awesome. And hey.. at least he's cranky at you and not at me."

"Inktober is an internet challenge thing, a sketch per day in October. I'm doing it just pen and ink and monochrome, but others are really choosing whatever they find a challenge. There's a list of prompts for each day. Today is 'graceful', and I got nothing so far, but ideally food and a milkshake will provide glorious inspiration."

Naru is clearly just ignoring that same test that Ami has tomorrow. IT'sll be /fine/.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-10-17 16:14:59 84917
    Kyouko beams as Mamoru just hands her the plate. "Don't worry, you know I don't waste food." She says, faux-primly. Spilling it onto things is wasting it, after all. "But I won't eat all your fries. I ain't that much of a jerk." She snags a few, making them vanish in record time, before returning the plate to the table. "Hi Ami." She greets the blue-haired girl politely.

    "Graceful, huh?" Kyouko smirks towards Naru. "I'd say draw me, but you already did that the other day and I don't wanna encourage you to be preditcable, as previously noted." She abandons hanging on Mamoru in order to shimmy back out of the other booth and sit down in the proper one, near to Mamoru but not too near. "And aww, Naru, y'promise? It's cute when you get all stabby." A wink.

    "What, nii-chan is doing it too?" She then asks, snorting. "I'll have to try and spy out some of his sketches. I.. honestly have a hard time imagining what they look like." She hasn't spotted Koji or Makio yet, her attention focused on the people at the booth.
Makio Ryu 2017-10-17 16:16:26 84918
Makio Ryu turns from the fighting game he was playing, seeing the crowd of girls wander off and leave some guy behind. That...seems like some kind of story to be told, but...not his business right? He's getting hungry anyway... "Hey, dude...you here to study or to play?," he wonders unbiddedly toward Koji.
A Siberian cat 2017-10-17 16:20:10 84919
The interruption almost comes as a surprise, and Koji turns around with a mildly shocked look on his face at the sudden voice in his 'thoughts'. It's quickly followed with him rubbing the back of his neck and laughing just a little as he replies, "Oh, I... I just followed along, but I really didn't know where we were going to end up..?"

Now he actually looks around to see where he is, and is about to speak up once more about probably heading home, but his stomach interjects a thought in the matter, and the hand on the back of his neck goes to his belly, "Oh... I suppose I'm here to get something to eat then."

Real smooth there. Ugh.
Ami Mizuno 2017-10-17 16:25:06 84920
Ami smiles at Kyouko. It's decidedly friendly. Maybe Ami's turned over a new leaf or something, trying to be nicer to friends of her friends.

"Oh!" she says. "Inktober sounds cool. Maybe I could see yours at the end of the month, Naru, if it's not too much trouble?" She has no concept of the personal effort it takes to show someone art. But her smile is warm and sweet, and she's earnest! But her brow furrows slightly. "Naru, when will you have time to study for tomorrow's test?" Like she actually forgot for a moment. As if.
Naru Osaka 2017-10-17 16:28:36 84921
School bag is employed to save a seat and let Naru head over to order food for herself. She might be on the petite side, but she joins the ranks of those who can pack away an impressive amount of calories in a day without gaining an ounce.

"If you're trying to catch Kunzite's sketches, I wish you luck.. I'm pretty sure he burns more than he keeps." Naru comments to Kyouko and then grins over to Ami. "Totally. I'm actually doing them in a dedicated sketchbook so that they're all together as a series. I hope that they are .. mmm.. alright for public consumption, but I'm a little worried about the content of some of them. You're fine though."

In spite of Naru's order being for cheese fries and a milkshake her grin and reply to Ami contains but one word on how she's going to find time to study. "Coffee."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-10-17 16:37:22 84923
    "Bah." That's Kyouko's response to the comment about Kunzite burning more sketches than he keeps. "It takes more than dedicated destruction to keep things from me." And eyebrow-waggle, and then she shrugs as she steals another fry from Mamoru's plate- the action more compulsive than premeditated. Food exists. Food must be consumed. Hard to shake that compulsion when you grew up not knowing when you'd get your next meal.

    "Eh, have you seen what's on TV these days?" This to Naru. "Your sketches might be a bit.." She visibly searches for an appropriate word. "..Interesting from time to time, but I hardly doubt 'unfit for public consumption' would ever enter into the conversation."
Makio Ryu 2017-10-17 16:38:54 84924
"Yeah, right," Makio exclaims in a tone that seems like he's supporting Koji's answer and it's TOTALLY the reason everyone REALLY comes here, "I was just thinking the same thing. Weird question, but...you wanna split some cheese fries? I'm hungry too but, I don't think I can down a whole order right now." Ahhh, that's why he's suddenly hopping on the guy. That or this is some odd way of trying to cheer up someone he thought looks a little sad or abandoned. ...maybe both, that's actually a hard call.

Despite his otherwise relaxed sort of air, it might feel as though he's trying to lead Koji upstairs without being forceful about it. It's more like he's trying to drag Koji up by will alone than anything involving physical contact. As if he's just staring at him while thinking 'the power of fries compells yoooou'.
A Siberian cat 2017-10-17 16:44:45 84925
After a moment of consideration, Koji says, "I'm not really supposed to have much of stuff like that, but I'll have a little, allright?" Suddenly blushing and turning his head to one side, as his glasses partially hide his expression. He might even be blushing as he then begin following Makio up to the food court floor.

After a moment though, he does add, "I'm sorry I didn't get to properly introduce myself at the aquarium, we were little busy though. I hope the curators weren't too mad at what happened with the display."
Ami Mizuno 2017-10-17 16:45:36 84926
Gently clicking her tongue and shaking her head, Ami nonetheless doesn't argue with Naru's one-word answer. But she's brightened a little. "Well, I'm excited to see your sketches. Or are they actual drawings? I'm a little confused on that point."

She raises an eyebrow, looking between Kyouko and Naru. "Well. I'm not easily offended." But the thought of potential nudity has her cheeks heating up. "I'm curious more than anything," she adds. "And excited," she reiterates. She watches Kyouko steal some more of Mamoru's fries before looking back at her homework. She quickly solves a math problem before glancing back up. "So what did you do this weekend, you two?" she asks the girls with a smile.
Naru Osaka 2017-10-17 16:52:05 84927
"They're full drawings, but when you're working in just one colour, they are more sketch than say a painting." Naru explains as she settles back at the booth, milkshake in hand, waiting on her food.

Naru snorts softly at Kyouko, tucking herself in to be able to chat with her and Ami both. "When would I watch TV, hmm? But it's not like.. Game of Thrones level of not suitable for public.. it's more like every day is a new youma drawing. Although Kunzite pointed out that to folks who don't know waht they're looking at, they'll just think I have a REALLY active imagination."

Naru blinks a few times, trying to think back to the weekend and then looks at Kyouko. "What did we do this weekend? Homework, mostly for me. Which is part of why I'm not super stressed about the test."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-10-17 16:58:49 84928
    "Less Game of Thrones, more Nightmare on Elm Street." Kyouko confirms as to the general trend of Naru's artwork, with a mild roll of her eyes that is teasing more than condemning. "You do have an active imagination. Too active, sometimes." Kyouko then says, chuckling to herself. Another fry is filched. Mamoru can at least rest easy that once Naru's fries arrive, his will see a reduction in their rate of disappearance.

    "Worked." Kyouko confirms the rather mundane content of the weekend-past. Of course, for her 'work' includes both her actual job at the conbenie and hunting Witches/Wraiths, so there was likely some of both going on. "Nothing terribly exciting has happened recently." She pauses. "Which makes me nervous, honestly."
Makio Ryu 2017-10-17 16:59:46 84929
Makio Ryu blinks a little. "Oh right, sorry I saw you mostly--...you know," he replies with a dismissive guesture of his hand, "Surprized you remembered me without my hair fixed, but don't get used to that at all unless you're planning to go to the Mew Mew a lot." On reaching the top of the stairs he spots the others and offers a wave. "Oh, actually didn't realise they were here, you ok with the company growing by a few people?"
A Siberian cat 2017-10-17 17:05:22 84930
"Oh... it's the voice." Koji replies, and rubs the back of his neck again, "Your accent, I recognize it because my parents work with a lot of scientists from overseas. A lot of Americans, usually." Trying to laugh it off a little, when the others are pointed out, he seems to go from happy to nervous, to a little embarassed, and then gives a faint shrug, "That's allright if you want to sit with everyone. I probably won't be too long anyways."

To make up for, and to cover that, he then says, "I'll go stand in line and place the order. I'll get you the cheese fries, but I'll probably order something light for myself too." And without another word, he slips over into the line of waiting customers to leave Makio to speak with the senpai.
Ami Mizuno 2017-10-17 17:14:32 84931
Ami leans back, watching the two girls with a smile. "Sounds like things are too quiet, yeah." She spots Makio waving and returns it, smiling again. She looks to the other three. "Do you know either of those boys?" she asks. Eyes getting big, she looks shyer than she did a minute ago.
Naru Osaka 2017-10-17 17:18:02 84932
"Hey Makio.. oh and Koji." Naru lifts a hand to wave at the two of them as they approach, even if Koji makes a break for it. She doens't quite know everyone anymore, but apparently numbers are still in her favour today.

"How's things?" She asks of Makio and then looks back to Ami and smiles. "Ami, this is Makio.. Makio, Ami. Makio goes to Infinity and works at Cafe Mew Mew and knows about the weird. Ami and I are in the same class, and yes, ditto about the weird." She nods encouragingly to Ami's shy.

"Oooh! Fries!" Naru slides out of the booth to go and retrieve her extra large serving of cheesy fries. She has no illusions about Kyouko's stealing potential.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-10-17 17:22:07 84933
    Kyouko glances up as Makio approaches the table. She shrugs absently, tossing an absent-handed wave his way. "Dun bother me none, but then again, I ain't the one tryin' to study." She smirks a bit, glancing over at Ami and Mamoru's schoolbooks, and Mamoru's dogged attempts to continue studying despite the sudden influx of people.

    Koji manages to avoid her attention for now, though she glances his way when Naru mentions his name, but once he returns from the food line he'll have to face being greeted as well. For now, she just watches Naru go to retreieve the fries, grinning just a bit in anticipation. "I have a feeling we'll be jogging home." A wry comment which is probably all-too-literal.
Makio Ryu 2017-10-17 17:28:45 84934
Makio Ryu blinks at Koji's offer to get the fries and the going off to get in line. "Thanks man," he calls after with another little wave, oh hey, unfamiliar girl at the table! Granted, this is only his second time at the study group, so he doesn't know who the usual people around would be, aside from it having sounded like Naru was pretty common.

"Nice to meetcha," is aimed at Ami as he hesitantly comes to sit down. The hesitance is only a thing as he doesn't know Koji enough to understand his awkwardness, but being introduced to Ami calls for him to go ahead. "What Naru said, you can also find me at the Uminari sea park due to some family connections there."
A Siberian cat 2017-10-17 17:35:28 84935
When his phone buzzes, Koji takes it out to look down at the feline image of Tyrfing there who's expression look none too favorable while the snow leopard scowls back up at his partner, Seriously, you're going to just ditch? Kid... all the people at that table know and respect you. Besides... You're not even the new kid anymore. Think of it that the new guy is your kohai, allright? That's the correct term, yes?

Instead of speaking up, Koji texts back on his phone to his Device, -I didn't really think about it like that. But I wouldn't want to make him feel unwelcome. Besides, for all we know he's had years more experience than I have. It's unfair to call him Kohai.-

Oddly, he's barely even typing, just going through the motions while the phone auto-fills it in. Wonderful thing, Devices.

Once he get to the counter he lists off the order. Cheese Fries and a shake for Makio, and a small salad and tea for himself. Dressing on the side.
Ami Mizuno 2017-10-17 17:36:30 84936
Ami nods with a shy smile to Makio. "It's nice to meet you, too," she says, but her eyes are still a little big. "I uh. What Naru said." And she buries herself in her book pretty seriously for a moment, trying to regain her bearings.
Naru Osaka 2017-10-17 17:42:07 84937
"We are totally not jogging home." Naru corrects Kyouko as she slides into the booth and then grins. "I have a bike ride on the schedule for tonight, after sketch and social and before studying." Sleep is apparently completely optional.

Naru looks from Kyouko to Makio and then over to Koji. "You've met everyone, yes?" She asks of the redhead and then offers her a fry and then grins. "Or I can let you steal it and then try and stab you with my fork." Because that's love right there.

Naru lifts her voice just a little. "Are you joining us, Koji.. should I keep you a seat?"
Kyouko Sakura 2017-10-17 17:45:52 84938
    "The operative word there being 'try'." Kyouko says primly to Naru, with a wink. "But no.. I've gotten my stealing qutoa out of the way thanks to Mamoru, so I will accept your generous gift." She opens her mouth and chomps the fry out of Naru's fingers.

    "Yes, I've met everyone." She then says. "We were just talkin' to Makio on the roof the other night, remember? An' it's been a while, but Koji came and trained with us at the gym that one time.." She offers a wave to said Koji at this point, though he's still a bit off.

    Then, almost as an aside, "You sure you got time to fries, with a schedule like that?" Mild sarcasm, but affectionate, directed towards Naru.
Makio Ryu 2017-10-17 17:54:04 84939
Makio Ryu blinks at Kyouko's question to Naru. "Isn't there always time for food," he asks before peering back toward Koji in the line. "Does he have a tendacy of bolting or something," the blue haired 'cyclops' asks toward Naru, "I probably shouldn't have let him be the one in line but he just kind of offered and took off...to be fair I just kinda pounced him on my way up for food though."
A Siberian cat 2017-10-17 17:59:25 84940
Speak of the devil, and he shall appear!

Well, it's not anything that spectacular.

It's just Koji with a tray with Makio's cheese fries, and a small fruit salad with a side of cream cheese dressing to dip the pieces into. Both drinks are set on it, with the hot tea far from the cold 'smoothie' so that nothing melts, and he goes to look for a place to set things down with the rest of the group. Bowing his head once he says, "Hello everyone. It's been a while."
Ami Mizuno 2017-10-17 18:00:30 84941
Ami Mizuno looks up with a little bit of a warmer smile for Koji. "Hello," she says, still quiet. "It's good to see you again, Koji." She looks to Makio, still uncertain. "What brings everyone out today, anyway? It's kinda nice today, despite the season." She looks out into the fall weather.
Naru Osaka 2017-10-17 18:04:26 84942
"I'll take that as a yes." As Naru's question to Koji becomes just him returning rather than answering, which works just as well. She nudges a chair out for him, as he has his hands full.

"Coffee." Naru answers Kyouko on the topic of time with a grin and then nods. "Yeah, should be fine. I might figure out how to draw somethign simple every day by the end of the month, but that seems unlikely." She wipes cheese off her fingers to be able to dig out a sketchbook. "November sketches.. I swear to god.. fruit. Just fruit. Nothing fancy. Nothing magic. Just fruit. Kunzite is certain I can't do it."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-10-17 18:09:10 84944
    "I'm certain there aren't that many fruits in the world." Kyouko opines, with a mild rolling of her eyes, before eyeing Koji and Makio's shared order of cheese fries while saying, "Hey, kid." She doesn't attempt to steal any of their fries. Perhaps one must cross a certain threshold, either towards friendship or enemy-ship before Kyouko will attempt to steal from you that neither of the boys have yet breached.

    "I dunno if I'd say he has a tendencay to bolt," She comments to Makio with a small grin for Koji, "But the kid doesn't think highly enough of himself." A problem Kyouko clearly does not have, if her easy confidence is any indication, though she may just be practiced in the art of bluster.

    Then, to Naru, "Coffee can't solve all of your problems, dear." Before returning her gaze to Ami. "Huh? Oh, just the weird alignment of stars that had me and Naru both free at the same time in the afternoon. Thought we should get out and do something, even if its just come here to eat unhealthy snacks."
Makio Ryu 2017-10-17 18:16:31 84945
"I usually play down stairs when I'm not at school, or work, or the sea park. So, I just happened to be down there and got hungry. I /might/ have missed a text from Naru," Makio admits that last part sheepishly. With Koji returning he grins and takes the offered food. "You were even awesome enough to get me a drink, nice," he says before getting out some money to try and pay Koji back. He'd deffinetly not meant for the guy to treat him, he'd been expecting to do things the other way around since HE dragged Koji into this.

"Can't you expand into vegetables," he wonders curiously over Naru's bit about fruit, "I mean....at least between the two you should have a big range of shapes going."
A Siberian cat 2017-10-17 18:22:41 84947
Koji pauses for a moment, almost like he's listening to something as the money is passed over, and then he bows slightly while accepting the proffered amount, "Arigato." He replies softly to that, and then moves himself to the proffered chair. Unslinging his school bag, for a moment he looks over to where his Seiyou schoolmates are chatting and laughing, overall being girls, and with a sigh he looks back to the slightly more relaxed and somber group.

"I'm sorry I haven't been by in a while. I try and catch up with Kino-senpai, but she has a strange schedule, and I know you're all busy with other things. But Mis-... Mamoru-sama helped me immensely with finding our new apartment, and I've been taking care of a lot. I did want to let you know at least."

Fishing into his pocket, he takes out a metal pencil case that has an engraving of a snow leopard on it, with a little blue-gem chip where the eye should be, "I got Tyrfing fixed. But they couldn't find the pieces to put him together like he was before. I think he's better now, but we're still working the kinks out."
Ami Mizuno 2017-10-17 18:24:20 84948
Ami looks curiously at Tyrfing. "I'm glad you got him fixed." She smiles shyly at Koji before taking a bracing sip of tea. She followed Koji's glance to the other group; her gaze is sympathetic. "Can I help at all, Koji?"
Naru Osaka 2017-10-17 18:24:36 84949
"There may have been some procrastination going on last night." Naru hedges slightly and then laughs, eating more cheese fries. "Like.. Kunzite was /seriously/ procrastinating and texted me a list of 30 fruits.. and a couple veggies.. he had to get into different varieties to get there, but now I'm actually super tempted to do actually do it."

Naru leans over just a touch to bump shoulders with Kyouko and grin. "Coffee solves a great many of my problems, you have to admit. Coffee and baking."

"I'm glad to hear you have a new apartment, how are your parents doing, Koji?" Naru asks, taking that pause to enjoy some lychee milkshake.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-10-17 18:29:20 84950
    "I don't gotta admit nothin'." Kyouko replies, bumping her shoulder back against Naru. "Coffee is gross. Can't you just drink tea like a civilized Japanese lady?" This has the sound of an old back-and-forth that is more ceremonial than earnest at this point. "But I'd never dispute the baking part." Probably because it benefits her juast as much.

    She glances at Tyrfing as Koji produces him, quirking a brow. "Ah.. you broke 'im durin' that whole thing with Hannah, right? Glad he's workin' again." She says, with a slightly crooked smile. "Mamoru's good at finding real-estate."
Makio Ryu 2017-10-17 18:30:14 84951
Makio Ryu tilts his head that that. "Tyrfing was broken," he wonders, "Were you using it broken during that last time we met?" He makes sure to have the fries where Koji can get some, even though the guy seemed hesitant to take the offer earlier. Makio's visable, blue eye watches Koji intently for a moment, his mind putting together what Kyouko said earlier, and the way he's looking at that set of girls Koji came with earlier, and possibly drawing an entirely off conclusion.

"Is something wrong, Koj'," he asks loud enough for the table to hear, but quiet enough for anyone outside of thier table to be unlikely to hear, "You have a crush or something?"
A Siberian cat 2017-10-17 18:40:45 84952
"Oi." comes from Koji's phone, and he fishes it out to set on the tabletop, flicking out the little stand on it's case so it can become easily viewable to anyone facing it. The image on the screen is static, like a phone call, but the gruff male voice from it says specifically towards Kyouko, "Don't go thinkin' you got yourself a pass just because we're still trying to get all this sorted out, girl. I still got you on my list to see who's better in a scrap."

That all makes Koji look a little annoyed, and he rolls his eyes, "Really, Tyr-san? You want to issue challenges already?"

From the phone, the voice replies, "You do your thing, kid, I'll do mine."

Shaking his head once more, he looks first to Naru, trying to talk over the comment Makio just made about crushes to hide the growing redness in his cheeks, "It's a really nice place, three bedrooms. Three whole bedrooms. So mom and dad have an office now. Mom's in there today vetting a water table study for Osaka prefecture, while Dad's still grousing about physical therapy. The newest nurse quit on him after he did his usual thing. Hopefully they'll bring Yujo-san back in. They at least get along. But the new apartment has a very nice courtyard with a koi pond, and a little corner market just across the street near a playground."

Though, eventually he does give Makio an apologetic glance as he has a few bites of fruit...

But when he goes to speak, the phone pipes in, "Yeah, he used to have a thing for the guy with the long white hair... but I think the kid's over it. No big deal. He's got this new buddy he met that he hangs out with online. Don't ask me WHY. They could just as easily meet."

Initiate mortal shame mode. Cheeks to full redness.
Ami Mizuno 2017-10-17 18:42:48 84953
Ami Mizuno has the grace to look at Tyrfing. "You should be nicer," she scolds, cheeks red as she realizes she's pulling a Mako-chan. She quickly buries her head back into her studying.
Naru Osaka 2017-10-17 18:47:15 84954
Naru leans over to peek at the phone. "Hi Tyrfing." She can't help but giggle softly as the device outs Koji's crushes. "There's nothing wrong with hanging out online. Lets you get a feel for someone before meeting in person. Texting works the same." She admonishes the voice on the phone before looking to Koji proper. "Oh that sounds wonderful. I'm so glad to hear it. Endy /is/ good at finding kick butt apartments, it's true."

"I drink tea!" Naru protests at Kyouko's reply, the next scheduled line in this script. "I just like coffee better."

Naru wipes her clean fingers off on a napkin, setting fries and milkshake aside for a moment as she flips through a mostly empty sketchbook. Almost all of the drawings are black pen on white paper, save one that flips past that was entirely done in red ink. She settles on a clean page and blows out a breath. "Graceful is today's prompt. Blech."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-10-17 18:52:50 84955
    "You kids and your 'online'." Kyouko mutters, probably the only one in the room who still doesn't even own a computer, unless you count Naru's laptop which often resides in her apartment. Then she eyes Tyrfing, as the phone is set up. "Anytime, cat-face. I'd say anyplace, too, 'cept I've made promises to keep the property destruction to a minimum.." She snorts softly, shaking her head, but there's a faint smile on her face. She enjoys 'scrapping', after all.

    At the mention of a crush, and a long, white-haired guy, Kyouko grins a little, giving Naru a look but not commenting. Poor Kunzite. Or maybe poor everyone else? Not because Koji isn't allowed to have crushes, but more because Kunzite can't help but seem to attract them for some reason. It must be the whole stoic and reliable thing.
Makio Ryu 2017-10-17 19:02:20 84956
Makio Ryu smiles extra at Koji's mention of his new backyard. "Oooh, a backyard pond like that sounds real nice," he states, "It'd probably be too much of me to ask my family for one in our backyard..." "I don't quite know the details, but hopefully all that works out with your dad." At Tyrfing's comment, though, he raises a brow. "Well don't worry so much Koji. One, can't really blame you on the part with S.A.M.S. Two, If Kyouko's only met you as much as I have and says you're thinking too little of yourself, I'm sure she's right. Sooo you do you with your online buddy and don't worry too much."
A Siberian cat 2017-10-17 19:13:44 84957
Taking a breath, Koji smiles it off, and then gives a shrug as he reaches up and adjusts his glasses with two fingers, causing them to glint in the light a moment, "My father is a lewd person and I don't allow him around any girls I meet. Especially if mom isn't around to keep him in line."

There's a pause form him while he chews on some fruit determinantly, and then goes on, "Besides... Takeba-san is more like a... mentor... than anyone I could be that kind of person with. I'm not good at organizing my life like Miss Naru is, or finding that perfect someone like Mamoru-san. I'm just me. I have school, a few friends, and this."

Putting a hand over Tyrfing's physical form, causing the glow of the eye to become a little more apparent, "And once I can finally get away from family more easily? I intend to come by and make a thank-you meal to everyone."

To which the phone pipes up, "Oh yeah... I'll make sure to get him to make something my way for it too. I was digging on the internet and found this wicked little recipie for caramel-filled apple cupcakes."

More embarrassment, but Koji giggles a little, "Sorry, Tyr-san and I can't do what we used to, but he gives me directions in the kitchen. I don't normally bake anyways, too many calories, but he's fascinated by it."
Naru Osaka 2017-10-17 19:29:14 84958
"Makio.. your back yard is an entire sea park. I don't think you get to ask for a koi pond next to the dolphins." Naru quips with a teasing giggle. She sets her pencil down on the page and reaches for her milkshake. Speaking of calories.

"Personally, I found that once I was getting drained regularly and then using my own powers, my caloric requirement spiked like stupid. Mixing in active training, and basically I aspire to keep up with Kyouko and Usagi. So baking might not be too caloric for ya, depending on how much of your own reserves you're tapping into."

Naru grins. "Generally finding that perfect someone doesn't give much of a flying fig about being organized, or being Endy.. it just kinda happens when you least expect it." She gives a sidelong glance to Kyouko, and a private little smile.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-10-17 19:36:57 84959
    Kyouko returns Naru's glance, and maybe just a hint of color appears in her cheeks as she shrugs her shoulders. "Besides, not everybody is what they appear to be on the surface." As she makes this comment, she lightly digs her elbow into Naru's waist below the table. "And Mamoru is sort of a special case.." She glances over at the studiously-studying young man who seems to be engrossed enough in his book not to notice he's being talked about, "He's too good at finding the perfect someone. He's managed to do it like, three times. Just in this lifetime, not counting previous ones." She grins that crooked grin of hers.

    Then she considers. "Ooh.. maybe we can put a koi pond in the roof garden. That'd be pretty cool, actually." She chomps a fry.
Makio Ryu 2017-10-17 19:52:57 84961
Makio Ryu ahhs and nods as Koji explains about his father. "Speaking of familes," he notes toward Naru before he forgets, "I hope those apples came through ok. ...my parents can't seem to think of moderation in much of anything." Going back to Koji directly after, however... "And if I understand right, most people don't find some perfect someone anyway...things just happen to click or something...like what Naru said." Naru's calling the sea park his backyard gets a snicker. "I wish...I don't LIVE at the Sea Park, but I might as well."
A Siberian cat 2017-10-17 20:00:38 84962
Koji picks up his phone and slips it away with some grumbling protests from the picture on the screen. But thankfully, Tyrfing quiets himself once put away, followed by the pencil case that for a moment seems to be flashing a bit of a glimmery grumpy-eye about it all. With that done, he picks up one fry with only a little cheese on it, and chews it down, since he promised to have some for Makio, "Oh... the sea park. I need to go back there sometime soon. Mom wanted pictures of the otters in exhibit. And some of the other shallow water creatures. So when she can finally get out next year she's got healthy specimen examples to compare. They're going to be sending mom and dad up to Wakkanai and Rishiri Island for the usual. Soil, water, wildlife. It's boring for me, but I can take pictures, and practice with Tyr-san in private."
Reiko Touyama 2017-10-17 20:04:25 84963
Koi? Yes there are koi. There's one right now that swims past over the table. Through the air. Then another one. And here's another and this one is doing the backstroke. Some people know what this means, others do not. But basically it means Reiko Touyama just stepped into the area. She eyes the table that the koi have chosen to make a spectacle of because it basically means there's friends there. Oh. There's Naru. and others. She's p. sure she knows Kyouko. Mamoru still may be reading or something

So she steps up on her tippy toes. "Hi!" she says softly, as she peers at the koi. She rolls her eyes. She doesn't know some people here so she doesn't comment on them.

"Hi Naru-chan and Kyouko-san! Hi!... um. Peoples-san!" she says with wide eyes to the other two she doesn't know.

"Mind if I sit here?" she asks.

"I mean I can go sit by myself. But that's kind of boring." she admits.

She purses her lips. "Sea Park? OH! That new place that opened, right?" she asks.
Naru Osaka 2017-10-17 20:10:57 84964
"The apples are /awesome/. If it was November first, they'd be my first fruit picture." Naru grins to Makio. "Thank you."

"Hey there Reiko." Naru gestures to a seat. "Pull up a chair. I'm not staying so much longer, lest Ami's diligent studying for the test tomorrow kills me with guilt." She grins, the guilt not making it to her face at least. "Do you know everyone? That's Makio, and that's Koji." She gestures to each of the boys in turn. "Reiko is also an artist, she beat me in a contest Tourism Tokyo was doing last year."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-10-17 20:14:01 84965
    "Oh, those apples were from you? That's right, I think Naru told me that." Kyouko says, with a grin for Makio. "Thanks! Apples are my favorite, so I ain't ever gonna complain if somebody foists some extra off on me. They were good."

    She eyes Reiko as the girl wanders up. "Hey." She greets, with the absent politeness of greeting someone she sort-of knows, but not too well. "Sure, plenty of room. I think the studiers might be off in a world of their own but the rest of us are having a lively conversation." She grins.
Makio Ryu 2017-10-17 20:15:53 84966
Makio Ryu shakes his hand in a 'sorta' gesture. "Well, not BRAND new," he replies, "But I understand people thinking so. The place was really low key for a long time as we were getting more animals and such." Theme parks like built around living creatures like that can't just pop in over night, after all, and the park isn't owned by some big corperation, so they can be a little less professional about the building process. "The place only started making a big fuss and attracting people more often earlier this year." He then offers a wave as he's introduced.

"No problem Naru," he replies about the apples before raising a brow, "Are you girls going to compete again sometime?"

As for Koji, he gets another smile. "Take as many pictures as your partents need, Koji," he insists, "It's for the good of the wild life, so, if anyone bothers you about it, I will give them a talking to."
A Siberian cat 2017-10-17 20:19:22 84967
While Koji has met Reiko in passing, it's not enough to want to talk over the girl when she just says 'peoples-san' like that. In fact, it makes him smile a little. A rustle from his pocket though makes him push down and in to stop one of the pencils from flying out to face off with the small group of koi floating around them all. He then turns his head down and says, "Cut it out, Tyr-san."

Looking back up to Reiko he adds, "If you want, you can have my seat. I might have to leave soon anyways."

Still smiling though he faces Makio and adds with a slightly more embarrassed look, "Nuno... it's not like that. We go places and Dad always causes trouble because there's some pretty girl with a swimsuit or something else that ends up getting him in trouble... or someone sets off mom's temper and someone has to keep her from beating anyone up. Which is usually me. I do a lot of the smoothing over things with guests and others when we're out." He tries to laugh it off a little, but then ducks his head, "I'm sort of worried if they'll survive if I leave them alone, sometimes."
Naru Osaka 2017-10-17 20:26:07 84968
"Well.. the last competition went sort of sideways, so I'm not sure I'm in a rush to compete again. I'm more likely to put on a show than enter a competition. I'm not sure that art really is a competative sport, y'know? How can you tell someone that the visual representation of their thoughts and feelings or interpreation of a theme is /wrong/?" Naru speculates wiht a soft mmmm and then shakes her head. "But that is spectacularly overthinking it for one afternoon, when I should be studying."

Naru tucks her sketchbook into her bag and notes to Makio. "Although clearly the Sea Park needs art for advertising. Although more likely just good photos. I'd make comments about murals, but I think that needs to wait for school break, or else I really will have to give up sleeping."

She nudges her hip against Kyouko's and her attention is for the other girl. "I'm going to head home to study, cause unlike Ami and Endy, I can't ignore good conversation. You coming too?
Reiko Touyama 2017-10-17 20:26:28 84969
Reiko Touyama smiles. "Mhmmh! OH Are you doing Inktober, Naru-chan?" she asks. She asides. "I'm putting all my pictures up on my blog at the end of the month." she says. "I also did a few pages of the old manga. But carefully. Because I dunno what effect it's gonna have." what does she mean by THAT?

She looks to kyouko and grins. "Studying is important! But I always study so I know I'm ready!" says the girl who regularly tops her grade.

The to Makio and Ryu she beams with a smile. She fixes her glasses. "I'm an expert on some aquatic life!" she says. A pause, she looks to Naru and leans over and stage whisper. "Can they see the koi?" she asks. She leans back up. "Um. Don't mind. Any fish." she says vaugely. "They're mine. If you see them." she looks to Koji and smiles. "I can sit here for now~" she says as she sits in an empty chair. She eyes Koji a moment and looks to Naru. "Bye Naru-chan!" she says.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-10-17 20:29:47 84970
    Kyouko eyes Naru at the nudge, but then nods her head and shrugs. "Yeah, I've met my fry-theft quotient for the day, I suppose we can leave these studiers in peace and uh.. go home so you can study." She grins a little bit, as she slides out of the booth alongside the other girl, stretching an arm over her head.

    A quick glance around at everyone. "Nice chattin' with ya'll. Mamoru, I'll see ya later, yeah? Rest of you guys have a nice afternoon." A general wave, and then as she turns, "Yes yes, stay in school kid. Wouldn't wanna end up like me." She winks at Reiko.
Makio Ryu 2017-10-17 21:09:13 84971
Makio Ryu waves after Naru and Kyouko as they head off. Yeah, he's not sure how art is competitive either now that Naru said as much, and he is very interested in the possibility of getting some murals for the park too. He'll have to see what his dad feels about that later on. "And yeah, your parents sound worrying Koj', but just...don't forget yourself either, ok?"

He smiles back at Reiko and gestures upward, "Koi? That's cool. I'm trying to learn, but I am better at the swimming than the learning. "
A Siberian cat 2017-10-17 21:11:48 84972
Koji's phone buzzes again, but this time he pulls it out to check it, "Oh... Oh, I need to get going." And he takes out another notepad from his schoolbag, and scribbles down his mobile number, sliding it over to Makio, "Here, so we can talk sometime. Sorry I have to bolt. I need to get to the market to get dinner put together. Sorry sorry!"

He gives a short bow to Reiko once more, "I'll make it up to you next time, Reiko-chan. You'll like Ryu-san, he's very nice, and he likes fish too!"
Reiko Touyama 2017-10-17 21:20:09 84973
Reiko Touyama waves to Koji with a smile as she looks back at Makio. "Yeah. Koi. You can see them. Right?" she asks, as one passes right in front of her face. Stopping, giving her a raspberry and then flying off. She sighs a bit. "I mean these ones." she says.

She sighs a bit and shakes her head. "I regularly visit the Aquarium." she says. "Because the Sea Park is nice but it has other animals and I like fish most." she asides.

She crosses her arms. "Everyone's parents seem to be busy scientists." she mutters. "At least mom is an Archivist. That's different." she says. "Even if it's for the Pharma company my dad works for." she rolls her eyes a little bit as she frumps.
Makio Ryu 2017-10-17 21:37:50 84974
Makio Ryu waves after Koji as well, grinning as he talks to Reiko about him. Koji's number is carefully tucked away into his phone for later talking and texting.

"Yep, clear as day. And my dad's a busy architect and my mom's a lawyer. They just happened to have most the ownership in the sea park after my dad helped build it. I'm aiming for science but I'm not smart..."
Reiko Touyama 2017-10-17 21:46:21 84975
Reiko Touyama nods a bit. "That's weird. But then they probably have actual marine biologists working there to help out." she says pursing her lips. She sighs. "Yeah. Koi. They're orange. and I love 'em. And since I'm the Keeper of the Color Orange, well. This happens." she says splaying out her hands. "The Yellow Keeper has these stars and the Blue one has these blue frogs and Purple has her amethysts." she says.

"-and sometimes they're there and sometimes they're not and right now they're all being sassy for some reason, probably because of my general good mood." she admits with a blush and a huff.

"Well studying and learning takes a while." she nods matter of factly.
Makio Ryu 2017-10-17 21:55:37 84976
"So Koi are related to your powers? That's pretty cool...though...how do you keep a color? That job sounds deep... Yeah though, we've got biologists and vets around so the animals are cared for and kept properly..."
Reiko Touyama 2017-10-17 22:10:40 84977
Reiko Touyama head tilts. "Oh. Um." she clears her throat. "It kinda is deep. In a way. I'm Prism Keeper Orange. Color isn't just. A color? It's basically like you're seeing the flow of creativity and imagination." she offers. "Well. Without it. Imagine permanent writer's block. A freeze of research and design. Everything just the same with nothing new in life from that point forward." she says.

"A kingdom wants to steal all the world's color so that happens. So that's what I'm trying to stop from happening." she asides.

"...not like I'm some destined hero though. We just made a game up and those powers kinda made the game real." she shrugs.

"I mean there's stuff I can do. I make anything orange. or take the orange away from something. But I don't do that a lot because there's no real reason to screw with stuff usually." she admits.
Makio Ryu 2017-10-17 22:16:55 84978
Makio Ryu seems to understand as he gives a nod and looks thoughtful. "Creative blocks sound like the worst. I don't know what I would do if I just...suddenly couldn't swim, or just couldn't look at the fish and other sea life anymore," he murmurs, "So your job sounds pretty cool and unique." "I'm apparently meant to fight these aliens that make animals become monsters...I've only ran into one of those situations so far, but I'm sure there are more coming."
Reiko Touyama 2017-10-17 22:26:46 84979
Reiko Touyama nods. "Yeah. Stuff can be hard." she head tilts. "Turning animals into monsters?" she asks curiously. "Why?" she asks. "Just to attack people?" she furrows her brow a bit as she adjusts her glasses again. She crosses her arms and seems to think a moment.

"Yeah. Stuff got complicated. Like. That. Art competition Naru-chan mentioned. Was when we found out a former friend of ours was turned into the 'villain' we made for the story." she sighs.

"-- so she managed to crush my Chroma Prism which removed the color orange from the world for a while." she says. "Which wasn't fun for me because I was actually sent into a coma during that. Chroma Prism is kinda needed to my well being right now." she says nervously.
Makio Ryu 2017-10-17 22:34:57 84980
Makio Ryu winces at that. "That sounds really rough. I'm glad it seems like you're ok right now...hey...Koji didn't eat that many cheese fries, you want some?" He offers this while pushing some partialy eaten cheese fries slightly into her direction, still eating on them some himself. He obviously can't share the milkshake without it getting a little gross or creepy looking, so he's keeping that to himself. "I hope that former friend got whatever they deserved," the bushheaded mahou shounen mutters "And I don't know WHY they do the animal to monster thing, but that is deffinetly what it makes the animals do..."
Reiko Touyama 2017-10-17 22:42:13 84981
Reiko Touyama frowns at Makio. "We're not even sure she's herself. Something dark is inside and it's awful." she says. "Which makes going to school and seeing her even harder and trying to keep my distance." she says softly. She eyes the cheese fries and shakes her head. "Nah." she says. "I don't really like the fake cheese." she admits.

She blinks as her phone beeps and she checks it and-- oh!

"Oh! I need to go meet Grandpa now because I need to see him to a doctor's visit." she says as she begins to hop up. "I..I'm sorry! I'll try to come by the Sea Park though! I'll try to bring Yellow n' Purple n' Blue with me maybe!" she says. "Okay?" she asks. Before trodding off as quickly as she can!
Makio Ryu 2017-10-17 22:46:25 84982
Makio Ryu waves after Reiko. "Take care out there," he calls. Cute kid. Very smart kid. He didn't feel like he was talking to a kid as much as he was looking at one. "Let me know when you guys are coming and I might be able to work some special stuff in for you!" He pulls the fries back to himself and looks toward the two that are already studying. "...guess I'll go in a minute here too..."