Studying at the Crown


It always starts as studying, in theory, but the application of more friends and milkshakes makes it more into gossip than studious.

Date: 2017-11-02
Pose Count: 66
Naru Osaka 2017-11-02 23:04:33 85919
Ostensibly, there is studying going on. There's school books and notebooks and pencils and there's even been some notes and homework problems written out. Soem of them have even got answers!

There's also snacks, milkshakes, sketchbooks, markers and cell phones. Which are all signs of not /entirely/ studying going on.

"Fortunately, taking notes is fairly autopilot, so while I didn't actually retain much, I mostly have notes." Naru is explaining as she reaches for her lychee 'ice cream smoothie'. "Other than from last Friday. That was just non-functional."
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-02 23:07:56 85920
Ami Mizuno nods. "Here," she says, flipping through her thick three-ring binder of notes to last Friday. She pulls the looseleaf pages free, and hands them toward Naru. "I have everything and then some, as always."

Ami is a fantastic student, even catching the little asides that might be relevant. And sometimes, her notes are interesting--full of history the teachers won't delve into about certain topics.

Maybe sometimes she gets bored. Maybe sometimes it's obvious.
Naru Osaka 2017-11-02 23:13:22 85921
"At least we didnt have any exams or anything on Friday." Naru accepts the notes with a murmur of thanks, nudging sketchbook aside to open up her own notebook and consider the useless drivel she barely wrote compared to neat and organized and annotated.

When Naru gets bored, she adds illustrations. They aren't nearly as useful.

"So how's life been with you?" Naru asks as she sets to copying out the important and interesting bits.
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-02 23:15:16 85922
Ami shrugs a little. "The same, really," she says, reaching for a french fry and then eating it slowly. It gives her time to think. "I think you missed that I, uh, am kinda talking to Takashi again." She blushes bright red, and looks down, intently, at her math homework. Gripping her pencil, she answers a problem by rote, correctly even. This way she won't have to look up at Naru.
Naru Osaka 2017-11-02 23:20:55 85923
Naru glances up and over without actually lifting her head, peering at Ami's blush through her bangs. "Ah."

Naru copies a few more sentances and then asks. "Define, in this sense.. what 'kinda talking to again' means. Like.. being civil when you pass in the street, or hanging out together?"

She does quite well at keeping her voice calm, neutral even, as if either answer is the same level of fine.
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-02 23:23:20 85924
Ami knows that voice. "Uh." She shrinks back a little as she says, "We.. may have run into each other here, sat together, held hands, and... agreed not to argue for an afternoon?" She can't blush any brighter, but she outright fidgets with her pencil. "Haven't hung out since, though... although there was me protecting him when he didn't attack us during an Eclipse attack." Her voice has dropped so that only Naru can hear, and her eyes are decidedly Anywhere But On Naru. "Because he's... tired of everyone attacking him first." She sighs.
Naru Osaka 2017-11-02 23:26:28 85925
Naru blinks a moment as she looks up. "You held hands? AND not argue for an afternoon? Hunh." She considers that a moment and then goes back to copying after that pause.

"Well /duh/.. no one particularly likes being attacked first, but it's an unfortunate side effect of doing a whole bunch of really jerk things. Catch 22.." She pauses again.

"Wait.. when did Ecipse attack?" Naru frowns a little, thoughtful.
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-02 23:30:55 85926
Ami Mizuno looks at Naru with some concern. "Last week, on Tuesday. The Darkbucks at Clover Tower," she says, frowning a little. She lets the conversation about Takashi drop, concerned as she is about Naru. "Naru? How long was the sketchbook in your locker?"
Naru Osaka 2017-11-02 23:35:29 85927
Naru mmms softly, nodding just a little at the reality of being fairly solidly out of the loop.

At the question about her sketchbook, now it's Naru's turn to become Very Busy with copying notes. "Since.. mmm.. August?" She has to consider that a moment. "Possibly early September? Ish?"
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-02 23:37:03 85928
Ami raises an eyebrow at Naru, her blush fading. "And how long do you have gaps for?" she asks, trying to be gentle. But, it's Ami Mizuno, so it's probably not done in the calmest of voices.
Naru Osaka 2017-11-02 23:40:00 85929
"I didn't really lose memories, which is good, because that sucks a whole lot.. been there, done that." Naru explains with a little shake of her head. "This ended up being more like.. unending depression and dark thoughts and basically like the inside of my brain was coated in black mold that kept coming back."

Naru glances up and gives a little shrug. "Kunzite, and Endy, and Kyouko all noticed I was off, and as they didn't know why.. and I didn't either.. I haven't really kept up to date well on what's been going on in our community."
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-02 23:44:49 85930
Ami nods. "That's fair," she says, visibly relaxing. "I was really concerned you'd... well. Lost track of time entirely." She fiddles with her pencil again, doing the 'rubber pencil' waving-hand trick. She then carefully stacks her notebooks and textbooks--aside from the one Naru's copying from--to the side, and leans forward. "You're okay now? Really? I want to scan you the more I'm talking to you," she says softly, seriously. "I am sure you're back close to baseline. I just want to be sure--for everyone's sake. Yours especially."
Naru Osaka 2017-11-03 00:07:08 85931
"Last time I completely lost time, it was the curse that I needed Usagi to purify me from." Naru wrinkles her nose. "Which was made of suck, her purification hurts like hell."

And yet, so many of their friends know this first hand.

Naru quirks a half smile. "I'm better at least. If not 100%, I'm certainly better. I am not looking forward to purifying all of my art, but that's pure artist ego and a hefty dollop of shame on top."

Naru nods in agreement. "As the crap in my head has come back twice so far.. although now knowing that there was Witch energy in my sketchbook that I was around /every day/, that makes more sense, but is that it? Scan isn't the worst plan."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-11-03 00:18:55 85932
Kazuo has a habit of being able to ghost out of crowds in a way that should not be able to happen with someone who stands a head above and in contrast to most adults, let alone teenagers or younger. At least this time he makes a point of doing so a little away from Naru and Ami's seats, and in Ami's field of view; so his voice does not actually come out of nowhere.

Startling Ami: not really conducive to having conversations with her.

"Scan would be a good plan for a number of people," Kazuo says, in his usual conversational tone. Are they talking about the weather? Obviously they're talking about the weather. Nothing more important than that. "If you'd be willing to take on some extra targets."
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-03 00:20:47 85933
"Yeah," Ami says, regarding the purification. "I can only imagine." She pats Naru's hand, awkwardly. Then she shrugs a little. "Better than the alternative," she reminds, a bit too forcefully. Then she relaxes again. "Yes, we'll get you scanned soon."

She nods to Kazuo when he appears before tilting her head a little. "Who?" she asks, a bit warily. "Are they willing, uh, patients?" For lack of a better term.
Naru Osaka 2017-11-03 00:23:21 85934
If the arrival of Kunzite into the conversation startled Naru, she gave no real sign, although she does turn to glance at him a moment.

"Great." Naru notes with a wry little smile. "Now I'm envisioning a whole pack of us in a waiting room, all waiting to be scanned, like at the radiology department at the hospital or something."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-11-03 00:27:38 85935
"I am," Kazuo says, inclining his head gravely to Ami. He's dressed as he usually is, jeans and white shirt, communicator on left wrist (never without that, not from the beginning when Luna pointed out that they could and would be used to track the newly-redeemed Shitennou), earrings in place, lately-usual heavy ring on one hand. He is carrying, of course, coffee. "Mamoru was less certain about it the last time we talked, though I think that's less genuine reluctance than his having been annoyed that I waited to observe the problem before telling him about it."
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-03 00:28:47 85936
Ami Mizuno laughs a little. "I didn't know what else to call them," she tells Naru sheepishly. Then her eyebrows raise as she looks to Kunzite. "You and Mamoru. Who else?" she asks, finally scooting over to make room for the tall Shitennou.
Naru Osaka 2017-11-03 00:33:24 85937
"Patients is probably a less disconcerting option than 'subjects'." Naru agrees as she leans back, reaching for her milkshake and ignoring copying Ami's notes for the moment.

The reality of it being Kunzite and Endy makes Naru nod slowly, not surprised even a little by that reality. "I don't think I've been sharing my crap.. especially as none of the girls in our class are feeling off, and Kyouko isn't either, but there's more not quite right than just me."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-11-03 00:40:10 85938
"None of the others were in your head," Kazuo points out to Naru, though there's no particular weight behind it. Twenty percent chance of precipitation, not one hundred. He inclines his head gravely to Ami, then folds himself carefully down into the vacated seat, keeping elbows tucked in so as not to intrude on her personal space.

To Ami, he says, "That depends on what you find. I'm having trouble I'd thought was psychological, and have treatment arranged for as such. But Mamoru's started having trouble that is verifiably not psychological, so we need to take what steps we can to gather information."
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-03 00:43:51 85939
Ami nods to Kazuo. "I'll start with you three, and then see where it goes," she says softly but conversationally. "I want to make sure everything's going okay. I don't want any more messes." She rubs a hand through her hair before playing with the ring on a chain around her neck. She bites her lip. "When?"
Naru Osaka 2017-11-03 00:45:23 85940
"True." Naru agrees with a thoughtful little frown. "And I pushed most others away pretty hard core. Which, depending, might have been for the best, actually."

Naru nods agreement, still thoughtfully quiet. "I was pretty convinced that my trouble was entirely psychological, and was simply doing due diligence before dealing with it mundanely. And then it really spectacularly wasn't mundane."

Naru gives a little shrug. "Whenever works for you? I'm not going anywhere. If I go all hermit again, I should likely get dragged out and scanned more immediately than not."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-11-03 00:49:00 85941
Kazuo inclines his head to Ami in agreement with Naru. "We can make arrangements," he says. "You're still in high school; we're past the hard part -- well, no. We can make arrangements as long as they don't conflict with Mamoru's organic chemistry exams. But that seems a remote possibility."
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-03 00:50:07 85942
Ami nods at Naru, thoughtfully. "Okay. Good to know," she says softly. And she nods at Kazuo, too, considering. "Sooner is better than later, and it shouldn't take me long."
Naru Osaka 2017-11-03 00:55:40 85943
"As things keep changing.. sooner rather than later seems wise." Naru nods in agreement with Ami before setting her milkshake down and yoinking a fry. Because fries are on the table, dammit! No sense them getting cold!

"Organic chemistry seems like it is basically just memorizing the phone book." Naru comments conversationally to Kunzite. "Except with more symbols and less numbers."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-11-03 01:01:17 85944
"It's beyond me in any case," Kazuo says straightforwardly to Naru. "When he's complaining about it, I just nod, make sure that coffee is available, and presume that whatever he's talking about is probably going to explode if interfered with. Biology is a disturbing wonder, medical students doubly so." He is seated beside Ami. Of course he has coffee. Of course he has nothing else.
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-03 01:03:32 85945
Ami is probably the only one who understands anything about organic chemistry. "I'm so excited to learn o-chem," she says dreamily, leaning on her cupped hands. "I want to challenge myself." Snacks, along with a pile of books and notebooks, are on the table. Oh, and Naru's milkshake. But Ami has tea, which she hasn't touched until now. She sips at it delicately.
Lacrima 2017-11-03 01:03:46 85946
Lacrima is wearing her usual dress. Still not caring at the lack of adherence to modern dress conventions. Still not caring how out of place she looks. AS MUCH as Halloween helped her a lot, Alexis-niisan is still unaccounted for.

She steps into the area upstairs where all the tables are as she's here to obtain three milkshakes. Three delicious milkshakes and she actually doesn't /see/ Naru or Ami or Kunzite until she turns back around and -- oh. She blinks and looks around and meanders on over there to sit down.

"Hello Naru-chan. Hello Ami-chan. Hello Kazuo's usual coffee cup-chan." she says coyly as she eyes Kazuo.

She begins sipping. Three to go. She'll be done probably fast.

"Studying?" she asks quietly.
Naru Osaka 2017-11-03 01:08:15 85947
"I.. " Naru just shakes her head at the discussion of organic chemistry and there's a little gesture towards Kunzite at his assurances that Biology is a mystery. "Chemistry is the one more likely to explode. Or plant biology if you're at /our/ school, but that's besides the point."

Naru turns twoards Lacrima as she joins the group with her trio of milkshakes. "Hello Lacrima. How's your brother doing?" She nods to the mention of studying, even if that's pushign it at the moment.
Kukai Souma 2017-11-03 01:11:29 85948
Studying! Ah, school, that thing Kukai Souma isn't entirely great at. Good enough to get along (low Bs with the occasional shame of a C) but not awful. Homework isn't unfamiliar to him, but it's also not a common occurance in his household. So when Kukai enters the Crown, there's no bookbags or papers or anything of the sort about him. He's already been home and dropped it off and he's out for the day.

Seeing Naru, Ami, and Kazuo at the table is awesome, though, and he starts over towards them, just in time to see Lacrima approaching them. Crap. If she shows off that picture to them he's - well, Naru's already seen it, and knowing her she told Kazuo and Ami both about it. He's already halfway across the room when his steps falter and he considers fleeing. His teeth grit for a moment, and then he returns to his normal cheerful smile, approaching them again - Kukai Souma doesn't run from any challenge. "Hello everyone! How are you lot?"
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-03 01:16:08 85949
"Lacrima-chan. Hello," Ami says. "Any word on Alexis-san?" She looks sympathetic. "And how is your brother?" Tilting her head, she shakes her head a little. "We were, but then we started gossiping," she admits a little, shyly. Kukai gets a smile. "Hello! I'm well. How are you, Kukai-san?" She seems to be getting shyer in this large group, but she's trying, darn it.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-11-03 01:19:51 85950
"Chemistry and biology overlap in general," Kazuo says to Naru. "The overlap includes a few moderate causes for alarm." He looks faintly resigned. This is not particularly new. New arrivals, though, prompt Kazuo to turn and incline his head to Lacrima, then to Kukai. "I'm certain the coffee cup would say hello if it had vocal cords," he says to Lacrima. "Good afternoon, Kukai. It's good to see you. We're managing well enough, apart from the more obvious problems."
Lacrima 2017-11-03 01:22:07 85951
Lacrima makes this face at the talk of her brother. "He got upset when he woke up and blamed it on me of course and stormed out." she says quietly. "Apparently he remembers walking to some party and the next think he remembers he's waking up in bed. I'm glad he doesn't remember Kokoro-chan socking him in the face. Kokoro-chan doesn't need him calling her a witch or something like Rashmi-chan." she sighs.

She sighs. "No. No new word on Alexis-niisan." she says quietly.

Then Kukai and the corner of her lips twitch. "Hello Kukai-kun." she says quietly.

"You know..." she says quietly as she sips her shake between sentence fragments. "If there was a pretty girl inside you wanting to get out..."

Sippp

"I suppose I should be flattered it's also me."
Kukai Souma 2017-11-03 01:32:30 85952
Grrrrr. Kukai twitches, just a little, at Lacrima's comment. The retort he'd been sitting on for a bit comes up, and just for a moment he thought it'd be a little more hostile sounding than it should, but he can't really come up with a better one off the cuff. "Well, Halloween, you know, everyone's dressing up as ghouls and monsters, figured I'd do the same." That's a little less harsh than 'wanted to dress as a monster and picked you', which works. Maybe it's a bit more aggressive than he meant to be but the whole thing still sort of makes him feel weird on lots of levels. It was a weird night.

Kukai looks back over to the others and nods. "It's good to see you all too. I was just out for the evening and figured I'd get a hamburger, saw you over here, thought I'd come say hello! So..." He eyes the table. "Studying, huh? Or... not so much?"
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-03 01:34:10 85953
Ami Mizuno smiles at Kukai, letting he and Lacrima 'fight' it out. "We were. Now we're apparently not," she says, a little less cheerfully than she might otherwise. Ami. Studying. The two are peas in a pod, but even still, she's getting to be a lot less shy.
Naru Osaka 2017-11-03 01:36:45 85954
"It is disorienting as anything to lose chunks of time like that." Naru speaks with a degree of authority on the whole post posession experience. "Still, it has to be frustrating for him to eternally blame you."

Naru sighs softly at the reality of no new leads on Alexis. "Any thoughts on where to go next in hunting for him?"

Naru turns towards Kukai and smiles brightly. "Purple's still a great colour on you." She gestures at the books, which are mostly closed, save for the few notes that she's been copying .. when they haven't just been chatting. "In theory. I have some catch up to do, and Ami's gracious about letting me use her notes."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-11-03 01:39:37 85955
"We're processing scan data as fast as the Korma crew can forward it to us," Kazuo says. "But nothing they've sent us has indicated anything recent yet. Which may or may not mean anything." That's directed between Naru and Lacrima, mostly. He's holding his tongue on the Lacrima costume. Very much so.
Jiaying Maki 2017-11-03 01:43:39 85956
Jiaying Maki has snuck back into the arcade. She may or may not have been obsessively pumping money into a music themed fighting game. For the past few hours. At least. It's only when she realizes she's been sitting there long enough for the crowds to change that she gets up, looks around, looks embarrassed and hurries off. She can at least grab a shake before bailing though right? Which is where she finds herself. Standing in line, rocking back and forth.

There's a few familiar faces, a f- a single new face. There's a head tilt, a tilt the other way, then a wave to the group of them either way and a greeting in Chinese. A simple one because why not. "Ni hao ma~" she's in a decent enough mood at least. Or she's got a lot of pent up energy.
Lacrima 2017-11-03 01:47:15 85957
Lacrima gives Kukai a look and a pursed lip, but nothing else on it. She looks back to Kazuo and bites her lip. "I think he's in that stupid manor. Too much security. I have guesses of other places but they're even more dangerous a prospect." she says quietly.

She sighs a bit. "He's always going to blame me right now." she mutters.

She looks up. "Hi, Jia-chan." she says quietly. "How are you?" she asks softly.
Naru Osaka 2017-11-03 01:53:12 85958
"I'm fairly well convinced that he's in that house." Naru nods in agreement with Lacrima. "His bike is there. Which seems like a stupid reason, but it's /Alexis/. I've no proof beyond that, but it was creepy as all hell, and that security .. and those goons.. are just /wrong/." She pauses. "I mean, unless his family is part of organized crime, and then possibly less wrong."

Naru lifts her hand to wave to Jiaying as she comes nearer. "Afternoon." There's a smile of greeting before she sets her milkshake aside and dutifully at least attmpts to finish the notes she was copying, such that she can give them back to Ami.
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-03 01:54:52 85959
Ami Mizuno smiles up at Jiaying shyly. She waits to be introduced, but her smile is mildly terrified, and she grabs her math homework to work on. She can work on math and be distracted. She keeps glancing up at Jiaying and everyone else, patiently waiting, although she's scared.
Kukai Souma 2017-11-03 01:55:47 85960
Kukai nods at Ami and smiles. "Not is better than is." Naru's comment brings more color to Kukai's cheeks than Lacrima's glare and pursed lips, as he makes a mental note not to wear purple anymore. "Ah, well. Uh. That's really nice of Ami. So that's cool."

Kukai looks back and forth at the group for a moment. "Wait. What's going on with Alexis? I haven't heard anything yet - I mean, I haven't been listening either, but..." The sound of Chinese behind Kukai makes him look up and back, and then he grins, going over to give Jiaying a one armed around the shoulders hug. "Hey Jiaying! How're you?" He pats her back and walks back to the table with the others. "What stupid manor?"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-11-03 02:02:25 85961
"Alexis hasn't been seen since the thirteenth," Kazuo answers Kukai, blunt as usual. "Previous to that, he was experiencing memory gaps, and possibly vomiting blood." Oh, that's a GREAT thing to say to people over milkshakes. "His parents' home has been heavily fortified, and his mother appears to perceive things most people do not. And to be pleasantly vaguely threatening while also explaining that this is simply a natural consequence of the things her son has gotten himself into lately. We've been working on an area search, but no luck yet." A beat. "Hello, Maki-san. Have you met everyone?"
Jiaying Maki 2017-11-03 02:09:03 85962
Jiaying Maki gets her shake, returns to the table and the hug from Kukai's returned of course, "Good good, caught up on work, thought I'd take a break. Took a longer break than expected. What's happening?" Taking her seat, she fidgets just a touch. "Nope" She offers to Kazuo's question of familiarity. "Maki-san?" She pauses, finger drumming on the table, "You know you don't use either of my names often now that I think about it."

A look Norie, then Kazuo and back gets her to stop moving and consider. "A natural consequence? I'd think magical powers, weird curses or being turned into the Thing would count, not hiding out in a not-so-creepy mansion."

Finally, to Norie, she says, "You know, I bet we could get in there. Poke around a bit? Or is it warded? I don't want to be a statue."

There's a pause, a look to Ami, another pause. "Hi there. Disregard all mentions of sneaking into a haunted house and thoughts of being trapped in a sta-turned into one. Sure. Let's go with that. It's a manga thing." pause. "Do I need to bother with a cover?"
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-03 02:16:03 85963
Ami Mizuno laughs softly and shakes her head once she realizes that Jiaying is, to put it mildly, 'one of them'. "I'm Ami Mizuno." She puts her pencil down and offers her hand across the table. "The pleasure's mine." And then she catches sight of her communicator-watch and frowns. "Naru? Keep the notes. I'll get them from you in the morning. I've got to get going, I'm sorry." She smiles around shyly. "I hope to meet you again, Miss." And then she's gathering her things and heading out, leaving Naru the notebook with all her notes, not just last Friday's.
Lacrima 2017-11-03 02:17:18 85964
Lacrima eyes Naru. "My theory is that statement is probably true. She reeks of the organization I work for, but I can't look directly. I did too much of that when trying to help Seth-kun." she seethes a bit at this. "and raised red flags most likely." she says quietly.

"I'm waiting to talk to Hannah Sharpe. She owes me a favor." she says flatly. "To see if she won't do the digging for me." she says.

She bites her bottom lip a bit as Kazuo explains for Kukai so she doesn't have to. She eyes Jiaying.

"Bizzare friendly table." she says "No. We can't. Too many people. She's an unknown threat. She could be magically weak but she could also be powerful enough to hurt or trap one of us." she says silently.

She eyes Jia-chan. "That's Ami-chan. She's a friend." she says quietly.

She sighs and fidgets. Milkshake number two!
Naru Osaka 2017-11-03 02:26:35 85965
"We tried sending a drone in. That ended poorly." Naru comments to Jiyang and then shrugs a little as she gathers up her notes, and Ami's notes and tucks them into her bag for safe keeping. "I don't have the connections to investitate in that way." Naru nods to Lacrima. "Hopefully Hannah can help. If you need me to do anything more directly, let me know."

Naru stretches a little and loops her bag's strap over her shoulder. "I should get going too. Take care, everyone."
Makio Ryu 2017-11-03 02:28:16 85966
Makio Ryu makes his way up to the second floor. If he was texted about this, apparently he's runing late again. Mahouing/work at it again probably. He's toating around his backpack, but if it's like usual, he'll completely fail at doing any actual studying. "Hi guys," he greets with a wave, "Wow it's kind of busy here today. He blinks as he notices Naru's on the way out. "Ah, see ya later Naru!"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-11-03 02:38:00 85967
Kazuo stands to let Ami out, quick enough about it to avoid any necessity of brushing her in passing. "There are people doing remote scans," he says quietly to Jiaying, "to try to figure out whether we need to go in. They haven't found any recent traces of Raskoph at his home. So he might not be there. Or there might be something interfering. No certainties yet."

He glances back after Naru and Ami, but doesn't use the excuse to make an escape quite yet, nodding a silent greeting to Makio instead. Come up with a label, risk finding the label warranted.
Kukai Souma 2017-11-03 02:47:54 85968
Kukai blinks at Kazuo. "....Oh, hell. I hope he's ok. Are we... considering breaking in?" He nods over to Jiaying and smiles. "Well... you're hearing along with me. I guess. And hey, maybe I could distract whomever inside there long enough for the rest of you to get inside? Or at least let you take a more in-depth scan?"

Kukai awws and waves to Ami. "See you again, Ms. Mizuno." He looks back over to Jiaying again and grins. "She's cool, so to speak. Ah..." He scratches his head. "I'm pretty tough. Even if I got captured or whatever I could stand it for a while, and my brothers would come looking for me along with you guys. I wouldn't mind harassing the lady for a bit, if needed."

Kukai frowns a little at the mention of Hannah - he still hasn't really worked things out with her regarding a building with soccer balls in it and exploding diners. "Yeah, help..." He nods and hugs Naru goodbye. "Seeya around. Text me more!"

He turns around and waves to the other voice he recognizes. "Hey, Makio. How're you? Yeah, little bit." He nods to Kazuo. "Well like I said, if somebody in particular needs somebody annoyed, I can handle that." He holds up a finger to Lacrima. "Not a word."
Jiaying Maki 2017-11-03 03:02:26 85969
Jiaying Maki chinrubs and glances to Norie, "So question question, why kind of warding does it have and are you sure she smells of-..." she pauses. "Do I want to know what your company smells of? I've learned to tune a lot of things out. Should I be worried?" Pause, "If it's not warded I'm sure we could find a more creative way in." She stops, grins then says, "There was that onmiyothingy priestess, we could get paper dolls. The flying kind. That's what they're for right?"

A look to Ami, a wave as she and Naru leave, then a glance back to Kukai, "Distractions aren't always needed. It puts people on alert, gets them looking for something else right? I just need to figure out what they've got there and I bet we could get in." What, she actually enjoys the exploration part of urban exploration. Even when it's sealed off technically!

Makio's given a cheerful wave and a, "Yo."

There's a couple more moments of thought, then she says cheerily, "Could see if someone can see him on the other side." then she stops grinning, realizing there's a darker implication to that. "Erh, well not if he uh. We don't need a passport I don't think. I meant... I'd have to look up how to do it and make sure it actually works. We'd have to worry about red strin- you guys would at least. I think."
Lacrima 2017-11-03 03:09:36 85970
Lacrima frowns at Jiaying. "Don't do anything too dangerous..." she says quietly. Her eyes trace back to Kazuo with a look of slight concern like 'I think she's gonna do it anyways regardless of what I say' and she gently as she sighs a bit. She's sulking now and burying herself in milkshake.

She gives a little wave over to Makio. "Hello Makio-san." she says softly and quietly. Onto the third milkshake.

"I'm glad I don't have a blood sugar level to worry about." she says silently.
Makio Ryu 2017-11-03 03:13:34 85971
"Someone needing somebody annoyed," Makio wonders quietly as he can manage without being unheard, "That sounds like the kind of task /I/ would be suited for (if I can actually make it)...but really, is something wrong? First I heard something about possession and now it sounds like there's something about scanning some place and possibly getting captured?" "I'm doing just fine, thanks Kukai," is said at normal volume as he nods toward any greetings sent his way.

"But then Jiaying might be right. It sounds like a sneaky thing and more people getting involved from the /start/ means less likelihood of success with that kind of situation, doesn't it?"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-11-03 03:19:28 85972
"Distractions are difficult when there are reportedly a couple of dozen people on-site, some of whom are monitoring cameras," Kazuo answers Kukai resignedly. "Also, your significant other would probably behead most of us if you got captured by someone who may be responsible for tampering with people's memories. We'd prefer to survive this incident. We're looking for better leads."

(Kazuo is not afraid of Kukai. He's taken hits from Sky Jack. He knows the exact time in which Sky Jack can crack his shields these days. But he's not scared of Kukai. He is not scared of Alexis' mom; been there, done that.)

(... he may possibly be afraid of Temari.)

"Flying paper dolls would probably be noticed and destroyed the same way that Naru's drone was," Kazuo says to Jiaying. "The other side ... I don't know about that one." From him, that might be a positive response. Or it might be a response to that 'I think she's gonna do it anyways.'

Somebody else can repeat the what's-going-on for Makio this time. Kazuo is finishing his coffee.
Jiaying Maki 2017-11-03 03:32:09 85973
Jiaying Maki rubs her chin and says, "Distractions aren't too hard if you're fine hiring the right kind of help, btu I still think it would be a bad idea."

As for the destroyed drone thing, she shrugs "That's why you send a swarm of them. At the very least we can probe their reaction right? Poke poke poke, find a hole?" . . . "Like looking for a hole in a fence right?"

She scowls, "If we can find out the warding, maybe I could find out how to bring you guys over with red string and some wards or something. That might work? Might be hard... limtied Uh, scary. I'd have to see what it looks like here and- I'll have to do research."
Kukai Souma 2017-11-03 03:37:29 85974
Kukai wrinkles his nose. "They smell like ozone laced with burning acid. It's not nice at all." He scratches his head. "An onmyouji? I guess that would work..." He shrugs at Jiaying. "I mean. I wanna be stealty, but I kinda suck at it. It's cool but I am the least sneaky person you've ever met. Not on purpose, but every time I go to hide somewhere or be quiet I kick a rock or walk into someone's back."

Kukai blinks at Kazuo. "For real? I didn't know Alexis's family was that loaded. That's surprising. And scary. So..." He winces, thinking of Nadeshiko's rage fit that would ensue. "Uh. Yeah, she would be very angry."

Kukai nods at Lacrima. "Kinda wish I had that sort of stomach. I would drink all the milkshakes. Ever."
Lacrima 2017-11-03 03:47:05 85975
Lacrima frowns. "Warding? There's no warding as far as I know. Just security out the wazoo. /People/." she says. "I don't think theres things actively keeping you off the property." she says.

"Though that could change." she says quietly.

She looks to Kazuo appreciatively again and eyes Kukai. "It's less stomach and more not worrying about the other health effects of 'eating all the sugar laden things.'" she says.

"I used to do three Milkshakes when I was human when I was worried about dance recitals. I always got more sick after." she says.

"Heh..." she mutters to herself as she eyes Jiaying.
Makio Ryu 2017-11-03 03:59:31 85976
Makio Ryu tilts his head a bit. "So, I guess no one's able to make some kind of super tiny sized drones that aren't likely to be seen easily? ...I honestly don't know how far that might or might not be into the realm of posibility. You know, like little fly drones?"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-11-03 04:04:43 85977
Kazuo inclines his head to Kukai. "Loaded, connected and aware. As far as I'm concerned, that's why we leave the place alone until we find better evidence for what we should focus on and why. But. I am not the person doing the coordinating on this. So my opinions don't count. Terios-san is the point of contact for organizing this."

He glances at Makio; glances down at his empty coffee cup; exhales. "I am going to go deal with some of the problems that are mine. Good evening, all."
Jiaying Maki 2017-11-03 04:17:23 85978
Jiaying Maki looks at Norie confused, "What?" . . . "What!?" she looks down at herself, "I didn't spill something did I?" She scowls and glares for a moment then turns to Kukai, "Burning acid? Is that like burnt rubber? That smells funny."

Looking to Kazuo she looks curious, confused then shrugs it all off to ask, "Terios-san?" A look over to Makio after, "Fly drones? Nano-machines?" ... "I'm not doing the joke. I can't make that sort of thing and I'm not supposed to put spirits at risk anymore."
Lacrima 2017-11-03 04:18:53 85979
Lacrima eyes Makio. "It's magic. Not science. I'm sure it could be invisible and she still might detect it." she says quietly.

She nods to Kazuo. "Have a good evening, Kazuo-kun." she says quietly. She looks back up. "Rashmi-chan that is. Rashmi Terios. Her family runs the Korma Chameleon so if you have to talk to her that'd be the best place to ask. Don't be too heavy about the magic stuff around her family. Just ask for her." she says quietly.

She fidgets again.

"Rashmi-chan is another friend of mine, Jia-chan." she says softly. She blinks. "I don't... think so...?" she asks, confusedly.

She sighs and just looks around and deflates. "Forget it."
Kukai Souma 2017-11-03 04:26:53 85980
Kukai grins. "I can do three milkshakes, but that's like 'go out and jog all day tomorrow' to get rid of it, so..." He looks over at Makio and rubs his head. "I thought that was the sort of thing they only had on TV. But maybe. I... guess someone better than us is working on the idea. So."

He nods at Jiaying. "Similar, but with more burning." He looks back and forth between the two girls and arches an eyebrow, but stays quiet.
Makio Ryu 2017-11-03 04:29:55 85981
Makio Ryu raises a brow and frowns slightly as Kazuo looks at him and says that. What's up with that? Did he say something wrong? Is Kazuo that annoyed that Makio showed up late and has only bits and pieces of an idea on what's going on? Did he just hate the nick name that much? ...he didn't seem bothered LAST time he saw him. ...ehh whatever, it'll work out somehow or another /whatever/ is going on. He thinks...it's not like Kazuo looks angry, just...like Kazuo has looked when he sees him.

He nods as Lacrima explains and then gives a little shrug. "Sorry, I guess I should just keep my nose out of it since I'm so late to the conversation," he states, "It's seriously not like I could think of anything useful at this point when so many more experianced people seem to be on it." This is said entirely in a tone of sincerity.
Jiaying Maki 2017-11-03 04:32:52 85982
Jiaying Maki tilts her head, sighs and scoots over to try and give Norie a hug, then tilts her head to the other side. "I never did three milkshakes, gives me a headache. The bad kind and I don't like them. But I like it at the same time."

To Makio she shakes her head, then says, "no no, don't worry so much about it. Just settle in. He likes to be all aloof sometimes. Probably had to go."

Finally to Kukai, "What sort of thing?" beat, "The drones? Maybe?" She scowls, "Don't like the idea of the smell, that's for sure."
Lacrima 2017-11-03 05:00:04 85983
Lacrima scowls a little to herself. She just sighs into the hug. "Sorry. Alexis-niisan missing has me really messed up. I should get home before I start leaking trying to literally pass on my bad mood or something." she says softly.

She sighs and stands up and takes her items to the trash.

"I'll see you at the manor tomorrow. I'm spending the night at Eilam-kun's." she says quietly. She gives a little wave to Kukai and Makio on her way out.
Makio Ryu 2017-11-03 05:11:09 85985
Makio Ryu blinks a little at Lacrima's departure as well. "Oh, you weren't bothering me...I just felt like I was mentally flailing around uselessly," he insists, "But seriously, you take good care of yourself for his sake, Lacrima. Good to see you again, even if it's been kinda short and awkward..."