Korma Meetup

A batch of people get together at Korma to offer Makio advice. Or, in Lacrima's case, to offer everyone information about an advance in the Alexis quest. Or maybe just to complain about the Clow cards.

Date: 2017-11-08
Pose Count: 59
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-08 19:40:02 86341
At the Korma Chameleon, the first major dinner rush of the night hasn't yet taken place. School is out, and a few tables host students of several nearby schools, hanging out over distinctly non-Japanese food -- with the occasional sweet Japanese curry for the unadventurous -- that can manage to fit a student's budget.

Off in the back corner, Rashmi does the last of her homework with an empty plate and half-finished cup of tea at her elbow.
Makio Ryu 2017-11-08 19:46:35 86343
Makio Ryu had been meaning to try the Korma Chameleon ever since he first passingly met with Rashmi. He's been a touch distracted here and there though. However, the state of things on the mahou end has officially given him good reason and excuse for finally making his first trip here to the Korma!

Being a touch more awkward than he lets on to just anyone though, it seemes he invited two of his closest friends and turned this into a sort of 'food hang' rather than just deciding to approach Rashmi with no other things going on. Due to this, he'd make his way in before holding the door for two more guests.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-08 19:53:26 86345
Looking up as the door opens, Rashmi smiles brightly. "Ryu-san!" she calls, lifting her hand in a wave. "C'mon over, I was just finishing up!"

A few more notes are scribbled in her notebook, and all the homework is stowed away in her bookbag. "How've you been, by the way?"
Makio Ryu 2017-11-08 20:04:15 86346
Makio Ryu comes over to join Rashmi like asked, grinning and waving as he does so. "Hiya, I've been fine! How're you? Sounds like things might have been a little busy lately..." He leans lightly on a nearby chair. "I've been wanting to try the curry, and well, I got a bit of an alternative excuse to drop by... "
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-08 20:13:59 86348
"Well there's all kinds of curries you can try," Rashmi chuckles. "Even a bunch of different kinds of fish curry, if that sounds interesting. Just, you're probably better off sticking to three-star or below, unless you're one of those people who'd rather taste hot than food. So... what other excuse did you have, then?"
Kukai Souma 2017-11-08 20:16:40 86350
Kukai Souma hadn't really been expecting a phone call from anybody today, but then again his list of friends had been growing steadily over the past few months. When the phone rang and it turned out to be Makio, inviting him to come get something to eat at Korma Chameleon and hang out, he accepted pretty quickly!

Thoughts of curry floated through Kukai's head as he arrived at the restaurant and stepped inside, looking for Makio and seeing him speaking to Rashmi over in one corner. He stepped around the seating desk and made his way over to the other two, giving Rashmi a wave as he approached. "Hey! I heard there was food here that needed to be eaten." He gives the two of them his big, almost patented Jack's Grin..
Makio Ryu 2017-11-08 20:23:27 86352
Makio Ryu gives a nod. "Deffinetly a 3 star fish curry of some type," he says as his usual grin widens again. "Heya Jack," is offered with another wave in Kukai's direction before he turns back to Rashmi. "Well, I'm still kind of new to this whole 'gig' so, not only should I take any experiance I can get, but it's the decent thing to do too-," he answers her, "I just wanted to say, if there's any way I could help with the whole.../mystery/ thing, I'm willing to do whatever you guys might need of me, though I don't know of too many ways I could help at all."
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-08 20:44:44 86354
"Hello, Souma-san," Rashmi says, waving at Kukai to have a seat at the table and pushing over a menu. "We haven't ordered yet, so have a look and let me know what you'd like?" As people start to gather at Rashmi's table, a server comes over to get a big smile from the redhead. "Can we start with a plate of onion bhajji, Fuuka-san, and lassi for everyone? Just mango to start with would probably be best..."

As the server takes the order, Rashmi turns back to Makio, smiling. "I'll definitely keep that in mind... we can trade numbers, so the next time something comes up I'll call? Aside from that... there's not much I can think of that you could do right now other than keep an eye out. Souma-san, anything immediate you'd need help with?"
Naru Osaka 2017-11-08 21:04:38 86357
"Is there lychee lassi?" Naru asks as she catches the last bit of the order, coming up to stand with the waitstaff just as the requests are coming in. "If not, mango is fine."

Someone apparently has opinions upon her curry accompaniments.

Naru waves at the trio at the table, hefting her school bag on her shoulder a bit more firmly. "Afternoon everyone."
Kukai Souma 2017-11-08 21:18:17 86359
Kukai smiles and then nods at Rashmi. "If it's 3 stars out of 10 for spice, some kinda chicken curry sounds good. If it's 3 out of 5, maybe back me down to a 2. I want flavor, not heat. And lassi sounds good, and what is that onion thing you mentioned?"

He scratches his head, looking back to Makio and Rashmi. "...Well. Honestly, a lot of what we do is reactive. Every magical type, from mages to Puella to Guardians to Curse Hunters, all have a specific wheelhouse enemy that we each engage, but the vast majority of them are the sort of thing where..."

Kukai stops and waves at Naru. "Oh hey Naru! C'mon, join us. Um. Makio was talking about helping us do things, and I was explaining to him." He rubs his chin. "...Think of it like magical fire fighting in the wilderness. When there aren't any fires, we train and relax and keep an eye for more fires. When there's a fire, we drop what we're doing and run to deal with it. Some of us are better suited to dealing with one type than another. I'd be scared to ask Nanoha to deal with an X-Egg, for instance, or for Ikiko or some of the Sailor Scouts to handle a..." He eyes Naru. "What are the big triangle things that show up sometimes, the ones that infect you if you touch them? I forget the name now, but it's basically 'shoot it till the center pops open and then purify that."

Kukai shakes his head and looks at Makio. "The short version is that the best way to help is to start small. Patrol and watch for common youma or dark spirits or negative energy emanations. Those show up more often than the big disturbances. And don't be afraid to call in help even for those, either - if you're just getting started, it can be hard to handle them."
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-08 21:27:30 86361
"We've got lychee sure," Rashmi says, slipping out of her seat. "Hand on Naru-chan, I'll make sure the kitchen knows to bring one." And with that, she pops to the back, returning barely a couple moments later. "Fritters made from onion and chickpea flour," she says, grinning at Kukai when she takes her seat again. "Pretty much the best curry starter you can have, you'll like them. And we technically run on a five-star scale here, unless you're taking the challenge. Then the gloves come off and you get a 6-star plopped in front of you and you deserve it."

With that, she leans back, nodding along with Kukai as he gives the long-form explanation of how things do in Tokyo. "Which isn't to say that people aren't a help when something in someone else's wheelhouse pops up," she notes. "Like when Ariel-chan needed help with fighting the Nightmare Prince, that was one of those 'any hand is welcome' situations. I try to show up anywhere I can, because if nothing else I can make sure there's no collateral or bystander problems, and Naru-chan's always helpful because there's not a lot that doesn't burn, and even when it doesn't there's a lot you can do by painting things into reality."
Makio Ryu 2017-11-08 21:37:05 86363
Makio Ryu nods in reply. "Sure thing." he answers, "As long as I can actually get where you need me, I'll most likely be happy to help with whatever. Not just this case either." He offers a smile toward the server as well. "Thanks man."

"Ah, there we go, gang's all here now," Makio says with another wave, "Hiya Naru!" "So how is everyone?"

With Kukai talking about his order, Makio gives a nod. "I'm deffinetly not going for super tough, but if it's 3 out of 10 I could probably go for hotter, and if it's a 3 out of 5, 3 sounds perfect," he explains, "And yeah, in my case I'm supposed to be taking care of some aliens, but they haven't made much of any noise just yet. They've only sent out a predasite once since the time you helped Nyan-tan and me out, which, I am deffinetly not complaining about."

"Ohh, onion and chickpea /does/ sound like a good starter," Makio decides, "Hmm I'm still learning my own abilities, but I figure a case like the mystery going on might turn out to have an unlikely point that needs something I can help with..."
Naru Osaka 2017-11-08 21:38:10 86364
"Triangle things?" Naru frowns thoughtfully to Kukai as she slides into a seat. "I.. have probably met one, cause I feel like I've met everything at this point, but I dont always know what they are called." She pauses a moment and then adds with a nod to Rashmi's assessment of her skills. "Not everyone has specialties. I don't, for example. I am quite dramatically a generalist." There is just a touch of a wry look. "One has to be creative as a generalist, it can be challenging to feel useful."

"If it's a Witch.. they are usually in a reality warping labrynith.. please don't tackle one alone. Call for backup. I say the same for Wraiths, but I have it on excellent authority that I am a complete pansy about Wraiths at this point, which I can accept as fact." Naru comments and then offers Rashmi a smile for changing the order just for her. "Endy ordered me one when.. when he was looking to get me a treat, and it was amazing.. but I'm a sucker for most things lychee. I'm a wimp about spice though, a one is probably more than spicy enough. You can laugh and point all you want."
Kukai Souma 2017-11-08 21:55:59 86367
Kukai nods and grins. "Well, keep your phone with your Virtue contacts close at hand and keep an eye on the HeartNET message boards. That's the best way to stay in touch with everyone." He stretches. "I'm pretty good, I guess. Hanging out. Same old same old."

Kukai chuckles and nods. "Well, they'll get around to annoying you soon enough, I guarantee it. And... mystery? With Alex? Maybe. I think they're still working on that."

He motions to Naru. "Yeah. I know there's been a few things I've met that I have no idea what they're called or were or anything. It was just 'kick soccer balls at this thing till it falls over, please and thank you.' So..." He chuckles at the generalist comment. "It does make it easier for you to help everyone. And not everyone has the right toolset for everything. I don't have any way to purify things, so I have to capture X-Eggs and bring them to Amu or Mamoru or one of the Prism Keepers or something."

Kukai shivers. "Yeah. Witches are scary, straight up nightmare fuel. They're not to be dealt with alone, period. Everyone gets help for them, preferably a Puella, but anyone on hand if they're not available." Kukai scratches his head, then eyes Naru. "Wraiths?"

Kukai suddenly blinks as his phone rings, and he pulls it out. "Oh! Na-chan. Crap. Lemme take this, and I'll be back soonish, ok?" He nods to everyone and then heads towards the exit to take his call.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-08 22:14:30 86370
"Yeah," Rashmi says, shivering as the talk turns to Witches. "I've never run across one, but poor Sacchan-- eh, Kinomoto Sakura, you'll probably end up meeting her at some point or another chasing down I think magical cards? --I saw what happened when she met a Witch, and that is definitely one of those 'call in all the backup' moments. Also right now the Device-Users are hunting Jewel Seeds..." She pauses, sighs, and shakes her head. "Little crystal things that are super powerful, and they're said to grant wishes to whoever touches them. ...Problem is, 'whoever' can include things like trees and toys, so they're never not causing trouble. I mean, you saw what happened at the aquarium Makio-san, that was a Jewel Seed granting a wish to a dinosaur fossil."

Shaking her head, as if to rid herself of a bad memory, she rallies. "But regarding Alexis-san... well... I'll throw you into the text chain, I'm pretty sure we're close to having something worth planning on. I just need to talk to Lacchan and Mizuno-senpai and see if they found anything. But the short form is Raskoph-san is a normal with a big helping streak, so he's pretty often been punching things that need punching. Except lately he was blanking out, 'remembering' things about Devices that nobody ever taught him, and a few weeks ago was coughing up blood in the restroom... and then he went missing. And pretty much every sign is pointing to his mom being responsible for it. So... yeah. Once we know more, we're definitely going to put together a plan."

Rashmi shuts her trap right up when the server comes back with a tray of spiced bhaji and dipping sauce, and beams at the girl. "Hi! I think we're ready to order, we'll have one coming back too in a little bit. This'll all be on my ticket, too... can I get the daab chingri, please? And..." at this, she looks around the table, eyebrows raised.
Lacrima 2017-11-08 22:25:52 86371
Lacrima has decided to put on one of her fancy dresses. This is a usual with her nowadays. But worse is the addition of the parasol which means it's been a super cruddy past few days. She is not wearing the necklace Alexis gave her, as a note. For some reason. If anyone here would take notice.

She has stepped in because when you are dressed like you're going to the fanciest ball at the Augusta this week, you walk into a mom and pop curry shop instead.

Elegance Defined!

There is. A gathering of people. This isn't surprising. She looks over at the group and purses her lips a moment grimly before she walks on over and offers a short bow. "Hello, Rashmi-chan, Ryu-san, Kuka-kun and Naru-chan." she says perfectly, one after the other. "How are you?" she asks. It's a bog standard boring question.
Makio Ryu 2017-11-08 22:32:09 86373
Makio Ryu nods. "I've been warned a few times about the witches and wraiths. I'm thinking it was from you each time," he states toward Naru in a non-jesting manner, "Which I imagine means they're that serious and not that you're forgetting you told me. I'll try to be careful, I promise. Wouldn't want to cause trouble for every body when I'm trying to do just tne opposite."

"I ran into her chasing after the sleep card when I was sent to check a situation with an oil tanker seeming to be at risk," he notes toward Rashmi talking about Sakura. Ah right, and I suggested Naru here and Kazuo talk with you or Koji, cause they didn't seem to know about Jewle Seeds, and I didn't really know where else to point them, since I don't know much myself." "Also, from what little else I know, there's a large number of people around and checking into things has become something of a challenge. Especaily since it seems like some of the people aren't really...jiving well. Kazuo filled me in a little and suggested I speak to you. As something of a kouhai to almost everyone, I'm more than happy to report to whoever."

He also clams up a bit as the server returns. "Could I have the Loi Mach please," he asks with another widen to his usual grin. As Lacrima appears, he smiles all the wider and offers a more enthusiastic wave. Not that he likes her any better than Kukai or Naru, but that he sees her less often and he DIDN'T expect her here. "Hello! We were just having a bit of a talk about things. You're just in time for orders if you want to join the table?" He'd also totally have to do something for Rashmi later. He's deffinetly not failed to notice that she's taken the ticket herself.
Naru Osaka 2017-11-08 22:35:59 86374
"Something vegetarian that isn't too spicy." Naru requests at the arrival of the wait staff. Clearly beyond that, she's not unduly picky.

"I've met Sakura and those thrice damnned cards." Naru replies to Rashmi. "Which apparently I don't get to flame thrower or shred, no matter how much I'd really rather like to." She mmms. "Jewel seeds I'm not terribly familiar with, but I'll keep an eye out for crystals causing trouble. I've yet to find that youmas and various other folks who are aiming to arse life up for everyone else all willy nilly generally check one's magical source or membership cards to determine if you're the magical person for them or not, so sharing info about what we've faced is usually for the best."

Naru lifts a hand to wave to Lacrima as she joins the group. "Afternoon, Lacrima. Well enough. Yourself?"
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-08 22:42:29 86376
"Vegetable korma," Rashmi says on the heels of Naru's general request. "And hi, Lacchan! Have a sit, we were just having a get-together!"

"I'll come back when your other friends decide what they want, Rashmi-chan," the server says with a smile, and heads back to the kitchen.

When the discussion continues, Rashmi bobs her head at Makio. "We were just talking about Alex-san, too... did you get the chance to see Mizuno-senpai?"
Lacrima 2017-11-08 23:05:08 86378
Lacrima eyes the group and sits down. She sighs. "I'll only have a mango lassi." she says softly. She looks at the table and nods. "It sounded like you were talking about those cards. Clow is an asshole." she says frankly. "I met him." she mutters as she deflates.

Then Rashmi asks a question and she blinks. "Did Mizuno-chan not contact you Rashmi-chan?" she asks looking around worriedly.

"....There was. A blood covered... SD card in there." she says quietly. "I shouldn't say more than that." she says quietly. She seems to shrink a little. "Talk to her soon." she says quietly.

Yeah now she's looking anywhere but people. Oh! Hello wall of the Korma. How are you today? Are you good?

....Hold up any good ceilings lately, no?
Makio Ryu 2017-11-08 23:14:34 86380
Makio Ryu furrows his brows as Lacrima's responce to Rashmi. "If that's about Alex, well yeah blood is a bad sign, but it's nothing to draw absolutes about yet..." He crosses his arms and /tries/ to be optomistic despite the breaking of his usual smile.
Naru Osaka 2017-11-08 23:29:56 86381
"Clow is, indeed, a git." Naru nods in agreement with Lacrima on that topic, even if her language isn't quite the same. Sentiment is, entirely.

Naru quirks a brow at the mention of a blood covered SD card presumably in the pendant. "Is there a reason why you shouldn't say anything more?" She asks, curiosity winning out.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-08 23:35:52 86382
"...No she hasn't yet," Rashmi says, quietly puzzled. "But if you'd rather not talk about it, that's fine Lacchan, I won't bother you on it. Have some bhaji though?" she says, nudging the platter still half-full of onion fritters and dipping sauce Lacrima's way.

"Mostly we're helping Ryu-san catch up on everything that's happening around town right now, so he knows who to call and what to look out for."
Lacrima 2017-11-08 23:48:42 86384
Lacrima doesn't look away from the wall. "Because it makes me uncomfortable." she says flatly.

She shifts a bit and nods a little at that. "I spent all yesterday trying to find a jewelers that would repair the pendant but most said it'd cost more to repair the pendant than to buy a new one and said it wouldn't be worth their time." a pause. "Sorry Naru-chan. But I don't wanna bring OSA-P into my personal business like this." she says. She's still staring at the wall.

"Finally found some small hole in the wall owned by an old man who did metal working and metal jewelry as a hobby who offered to at least put it back together." she says quietly.

She eyes the onion fritters, but doesn't indulge right now.

"Ah." she says quietly as she fidgets a moment.

"..is there other issues?"
Makio Ryu 2017-11-08 23:58:48 86386
Makio Ryu takes a piece of the bhaji himself. He nods in reguards to Rashmi's comment toward Lacrima. "No forcing the issue here," he states in assurance, "I'm just trying to offer to do what I can for you guys. Annnd nothing new that I know about. I was told to speak with Rashmi though." "And you and S.A.M.S. talked before about Clow being a jerk, Naru. Did you guys meet him, or are you getting that jist become of the cards?"
Naru Osaka 2017-11-09 00:01:33 86387
"That's a good reason not to talk about it." Naru nods in agreement with Lacrima's declaration about it making her uncomfortable.

Naru frowns at the mention of other jewelers. "Even if it would cost more to repair, if the customer wishes a repair, the customer wishes a repair." The tsk is clear on her opinion of those /other/ stores.

"In my experience, there are always other issues." Naru points out pragmatically. "Even if something feels all encompassing, there's generally other things that other people are finding all encompassing that are completely different."

Naru flashes a half smile to Makio. "The cards are more than enough."
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-09 00:08:41 86389
"Oh no," Rashmi says, dismay evident in her voice. "I hoped Mizuno-senpai co-- no... no, I guess she couldn't... I'm so sorry, Lacchan."

She does brighten -- a little, anyway --as the food arrives. What looks like headless whole fish slathered in yellow paste for Makio, most of a coconut on a plate for Rashmi, and a shallow bowl full of colorful vegetables in a thick, fragrant green paste for Naru. Replacement lassis are set down, and Rashmi slides hers over to Lacrima. "Seriously a good jeweler shouldn't say it's not worth their time, just make the work worth what they're charging."

Whether or not that's a realistic expectation, well... only Naru would know for sure.
Lacrima 2017-11-09 00:24:49 86392
Lacrima grimaces. "Just talk to her. I don't wanna talk about it." she says softly. Hello wall. I'm still staring at you. You look like you need a new layer of wallpaper. Have you gotten out much? Is that a sauce stain that hasn't been cleaned?

Lacrima does turn to sip the lassi as she sighs a bit.

"Whatever...I'm getting it fixed." she says softly.

"I'm supposed to pick it up later." she says quietly.

She shift again some more.
Makio Ryu 2017-11-09 00:38:54 86394
Makio Ryu frowns again, but he knows he'd better get to eating his food. His craving for fish can get so bad when he tries to put it off that he'd not hesitate to just shove his entire face into the plate of food...sooooo better to just get to eating it normally now. Another thank you would be given to the server as well. "Ahhh," he replies in Naru's direction, "I guess sleep was a pretty nasty card, given how much danger the little pixie thing caused..."
Naru Osaka 2017-11-09 00:41:55 86395
"Is Ami free?" Naru asks pragmatically. "I mean, we could text her and find out if she is or not." She reaches for her bag to go digging for her phone, as if in offer to do just such a thing.

Naru sets her phone on the table as she settles to eat before her korma gets cold. It really IS delicious and her expression looks pleasantly surprised as she tries the veggies.

"Maze almost killed Ami, Through almost killed me." Naru comments mildly to Makio on the topic of cards. "Those two are enough, in my opinion, not including the rampaging destruction they usually cause. I am not a fan."
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-09 00:46:13 86396
"All right," Rashmi says gently. Then, in a display of what could be construed as bravery to anyone who knows how Lacrima can be in a black mood, the redhead leans over the table, and taps the macrame bracelet on the vampire's wrist, twice. With a smile, she sits back up, and uses a fork to lever off the top of the coconut on her plate... releasing a heavenly steam that smells of shrimp, spices, and coconut milk.

"....Y'know that's not a bad idea," she says, blinking owlishly at Naru. "Why didn't I think of th-- oh. Right." Shaking her head, she looks back at her dinner, good cheer fading a bit. "I guess I haven't been thinking in a straight line very well since Jin, sorry. Short form... turns out among the wishes that Jewel Seeds can grant is 'I want to be a real person' and then they can hide themselves as a Device until they get too impatient. Which sucks when it's a friend of yours... Yeah. I'll text Mizuno-senpai now." And thus does Rashmi begin to do exactly that.
Kukai Souma 2017-11-09 00:54:27 86398
Kukai finally re-enters the restaurant, heading over towards the table with the others, only to stop when he sees that Lacrima has joined them. "Oh. Hey Lacrima. Hello." He peeks over at the others for a moment, seeing the food arriving at the table as well. "Did you order for me? Thank you! I appreciate it."

Kukai grins weakly. "So what all were we talking about? I've been talking to Nadeshiko long enough to where I've forgotten most of it except that we were giving Makio the rundown on what we're up to..."
Makio Ryu 2017-11-09 01:02:52 86399
Makio Ryu tilts his head at what Rashmi's saying. "Does that mean someone had to--....er...I'll ask some other time if you'd rather..." On Kukai's return he is welcomed and Naru gets a nod. "Well we talked about the cards some..." he states, not knowing if bringing up Lacrima's bothers was a thing he should do or not. "...are the cards still dangerous while they're cards?"
Lacrima 2017-11-09 01:18:11 86402
Lacrima eyes Kukai, but says nothing. Riventon hasn't laid down any orders about 'curb stop on sight' to Kukai so she seems complacent. Besides the taps to her bracelet cause her to narrow her eyes a bit and purses her lips. Like. 'Why did you do that?'. Yeah. Lacrima is having hard time connecting right now to punch.

She gently looks to Kukai. "How are you Kukai-kun?" she asks flatly.
Naru Osaka 2017-11-09 01:23:42 86403
"I'm not sure about the cards, to be honest, Makio. I've only really seen them in full bloom, so to speak and before they've been captured and whatever Sakura does with them." Naru replies as she eats slowly.

"I'm sorry to hear about Jin, Rashmi." Naru quirks her head, and there's questions there. One can practically see the questions, but she keeps them to herself for the moment. "Welcome back Kukai, we've haven't gone too far in topics."
Kukai Souma 2017-11-09 01:26:44 86405
Kukai rolls his eyes as he seats himself in the only empty seat, next to Lacrima. way to kill his appetite, for a few seconds anyway. "Oh god. Cards." He eyes Lacrima again. "Change. Change card sucked. A bunch. The Twins card sucked even more. I really hate the cards." He rubs his head and nods at Makio. "It's a long story with some secret parts, but the Twins card.. well, killed Nadeshiko. Only for a second, but she was dead to the world. And the Change card, and the Water card, and... look, screw Clow Reed."

Kukai nods at Naru. "When someone has control of a card, it's much more useful, but it's a pain in the butt. Also..." He nods. "I didn't know Jin at all, but I'm sorry for your loss, Rashmi. It's always horrible when something like that happens."
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-09 01:33:38 86407
"...Well I guess I still am a newbie a little," Rashmi says, managing a chuckle. "I still haven't dealt with a Clow Card either, and frankly I'm astounded that Sacchan can manage it at her age." Looking to Kukai, Rashmi manages a crooked smile. "I appreciate that, both of you. Jin... well I didn't know him as well as I'd've liked, but I had an idea something like that was coming, and it didn't help in the least. Also, Souma-san? If next time you don't sucker-punch someone helping just because they had a bad reputation before, I'd seriously appreciate it. ...I mean okay the doll-girl-things were creepy but even still."
Lacrima 2017-11-09 01:34:58 86408
Lacrima fidgets. "Something about that sounds familiar but I dunno where I saw it...." she says thinking as she narrows her eyes. She probably saw a report or something about in UMBRA without thinking about it. "Sorry to hear about your friend...." she mumbles.

"Doll girl. You mean. Maeko." she mutters with a sour'ed expression.

"Doll girl needs to go." she mutters.
Makio Ryu 2017-11-09 01:49:51 86410
Makio Ryu tilts his head a little at doll girl and the talk of Kukai punching people. "Umm, so there was that much of an issue between people then, huh," he wonders, "...I don't think I've heard about this 'doll girl', at first I thought you meant Cure Spark, but she stopped doing that doll thing, so that doesn't make sense..." "I wish I knew enough about devices and jewel seeds to offer any ideas..."
Naru Osaka 2017-11-09 01:51:30 86412
"With no offense to Sakura.. she can't generally manage them alone, no. The binding of them, or whatever she calls it once they are subdued.. she's got that, but the cards in full rampage? No." Naru shakes her head at Rashmi's puzzlement.

Naru pauses a moment. "Hunh. I haven't seen Maeko in a long time, not since..." She pauses again and then shakes her head after a moment. "Not since the spring at least."

There's a glance to Kukai and a quirk of her brow. "Who did you punch?"
Kukai Souma 2017-11-09 02:09:35 86414
Kukai nods. "That's what I meant about everyone having their own wheelhouse. Sakura's really good at handling the Clow Cards, so I try to let her do it. Every time I've encountered them, it's been bad for me."

Kukai shakes his head. "Um. Let's just..." He eyes Lacrima for a second, then pulls out his phone and flicks through it for a second, then shows her the screen, as well as anyone else on that side of the table. It's partially obscured by green cloth, but it's a video, showing a mostly unconscious Riventon surrounded by dozens of grey-skinned and clad faceless girls carrying weapons. The video is only about ten seconds long, but it gets a good look at the various girls. "No, those doll girls. Those are the super creepy doll girls she mentioned."

Kukai thinks. "There used to be a doll girl around, but I haven't seen her for a while now. And I didn't punch anybody." It's sort of a proper answer. He did punt a Golden Victory Shoot at someone, but that's not the same.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-09 02:32:00 86417
Kukai's not-an-answer does not at all fly with Rashmi, and the Look she throws him is evident. "When someone is helping you without even demanding terms, it doesn't matter what he did before or after, you show appreciation for what he did then, because otherwise there's no reason to do nice things after," she says, a faint testiness to her voice as she digs a prawn out of her coconut, and offers it over to Kukai as a peace offering. "Just keep that in mind, okay? However satisfying you may find it to kick a soccer ball into Riventon's face for what he did before... He didn't do anything but help Fate, Souma-san. He didn't even make the first noise about taking the Jewel Seed for himself. Now try this."

With that bit of gentle chiding out of the way, she offers a second prawn to Lacrima. "Thank you for saying that, Lacchan. Try this, it's amazing."

...Is Rashmi practicing Mom Voice?
Makio Ryu 2017-11-09 02:39:23 86420
Makio Ryu blinks a little at the continued talk between Rashmi and Kukai. He's a touch lost, but feels it's best NOT to poke at that any further. However, he realises the point of confusion after a few more moments. Ahh ok, NOW it makes sense! He shakes his head a little and finishes nomming down his fish. "Well, here's hoping I don't manage to run into someone I have trouble with..."
Naru Osaka 2017-11-09 02:58:33 86423
Naru leans over to be able to look at Kukai's phone and frowns a little. "Those are super creepy doll girls that I am not familiar with. Hunh. Interesting. Were they attacking Riventon?" The tone of her voice makes it unclear on her opinion on the topic of attacking Riventon.

There's a soft 'ah' as Rashmi makes it clear on who Kukai was punching, even if it wasn't precisely with his fists, and some of the circumstances around it. Just a hint at least.

There's a glance sidelong to Makio and Naru offers a half smile of reassurance at the faintly lost look upon his face.

The bing of Naru's phone makes her blink, reaching for it to look at the message. She gives her plate a nudge aside, typing out a return message. "I should probably get going. When you hear from Ami, please let me know Rashmi. I'll chat with everyone else later." Phone gets slid back into her bag, and no matter that Rashmi said she was covering it, there's a few bills to cover her curry tucked quietly under her plate before Naru gives a wave and heads out.
Kukai Souma 2017-11-09 03:49:46 86424
Kukai ducks his head, trying not to meet Rashmi's gaze, but then shakes his head. "No. I ..." He sighs, then puts the phone away, looking away from her and all of them. "...." He eyes the prawn, and reaches over, taking it to munch on it and try to be a decent guest, even if he can't bring himself to back down on how he feels about Riventon.

Kukai does however look up at Naru. "No, they were protecting him, threatening all of us and evacuating him from the area. So... I dunno who they are, but they like him, which is a bad thing." He starts as Naru's phone bingles, and leans back. "Seeya later Naru. Take care."

He finally looks up and around for his food, examining it and taking a bite. "Hmmm... This is really good, thank you."
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-09 03:55:32 86425
"It was good to see you again, Naru-chan, and I'll let you know what happens!" Rashmi calls, smiling at the older mahou's insistence on paying.

Once Naru's out the door, she turns to Kukai. "I'm not saying that wasn't creepy and suspicious," she says, shrugging. "I just think it's better in the long run if we thank someone for helping, and wait to complain until they're actually doing something worth complaining about, y'know? Consistency helps."
Makio Ryu 2017-11-09 04:03:00 86426
Makio Ryu waves after Naru as she makes her way out. "Yeah...sometimes you gotta play nice even if you don't really want to. Granted, it's probably best to still keep an eye on the person, if you've got that much trouble with them, but..."
Kukai Souma 2017-11-09 04:48:33 86427
Kukai nods back to her. "I understand, I promise. And I know we need to redeem Riventon. But he is not a good person right now, and he is always planning something. So the idea of slowing his roll for a few weeks or months makes me happy in ways you can't understand till you've had to deal with him sticking his fingers in your plans and life. So..."

Kukai shrugs and nods to Makio. "I guess so. Everyone keeps telling me it was a bad idea, but..." He shakes his head. "I know it's not like it seems."
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-09 04:50:58 86428
"Believe it or not, I do understand," Rashmi says gently. "I haven't dealt with him personally otherwise outside of the one time, but I do get it. Just... long as we can agree that sportsmanship rules apply in battles too, I'll be happy."
Makio Ryu 2017-11-09 04:55:46 86429
Makio Ryu nods a little. "Yeah...I wouldn't honestly know, myself. I just know I'm supposed to keep an eye on the dude if he's around, without causing a comotion if he isn't up to anything." He peers between the other two. "I'll have to drag you kicking and screaming to the Mew Mew now though, you understand that Rashmi?"
Kukai Souma 2017-11-09 05:16:27 86430
Kukai nods and then rubs his head. "What if I told you two I already promised somebody else that if I see him again I'm going to punch him again because of something they told me he did?" He sighs. "I know that I shouldn't sucker punch someone. But it was such a ... vital event. Something I really felt I should do. And now that I've talked to people about it, I feel like I should do it again if I get the chance." He shrugs. "... I guess I should go, huh."
Makio Ryu 2017-11-09 05:25:40 86431
Makio Ryu shakes his head. "You're you, dude, I've got no say over you, and you wouldn't be invited here today if I didn't like you. No reason /I/ see that you should be going."
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-09 05:27:27 86432
Rashmi shakes her head, sighing. "Souma-san... Do you know for a fact that what you were told happened, happened? Was the person who told you, the one it happened to? Because if both of those answers is no... We kind of owe it to everyone involved to get the truth," she says gently. "You don't have to go, Souma-san, just... think about what I say? We don't have to agree on everything to be on the same side, and if you're unfair I'm gonna get mad at you... but that doesn't mean we can't be friends, y'know?

"Anyway... I want you two to try a new dessert Papi's gonna put on the menu. Chom-chom chomchom, it's like pressed cottage cheese soaked and cooked in rambutan syrup," she says, grinning. "See because the dessert's called chomchom, and the Vietnamese call rambutans chom-chom."

Bad wordplay pun and odd dessert; could foreign food be more Japanese?
Kukai Souma 2017-11-09 05:56:42 86433
Kukai nods and reaches over, patting Makio's shoulder and smiles. "Thanks." He looks over at Rashmi for a moment, then nods, sitting down. "Well. No, it wasn't, but I don't have any reason to think a nine year old would lie about someone she cared about. If she's right, then I've got plenty of reasons to thrash Riventon."

He nods. "I've been thinking about it for several days. And in every situation I agree with you, that I shouldn't have done it. Except I think about him and I keep thinking 'that was a good thing you did, slowing him down'. I don't want to be unfair. I really don't." He shakes his head, and sits back down with them.

Kukai looks at the girl curiously, the word 'dessert' actually bringing Daichi over to the table where he's been exploring the kitchen invisibly. "Oo.. kay? Sure, I'll give it a shot." He scratches his head. "I dunno what rambutans are either, so... I'll try it at least!"
Makio Ryu 2017-11-09 06:06:42 86434
Makio Ryu says, "Chom-chom chomchom, heheh, sounds fun if nothing else. I'm always up for new food! ...seriously though, now I need to get you into the Mew Mew Cafe and loaded down with lots of snacks and drink." He grins over at Kukai, shooting his buddy a thumbs up. "No problem dude, it's only the truth."

"Speaking of new things though...I probably should ask for an explanation about all this device and lost legia stuff sometime...if that's not some sort of thing I shouldn't know about."
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-09 06:09:47 86435
"Then I think it's probably best before you do anything, to get the truth from Fate-chan," Rashmi says quietly. "I mean Riventon doesn't go near Sacchan's friend, so there's not a lot of seriously young people it could be. Anyway... That's just what I believe the right thing is. You do what you think is right, Souma-san. That's all I can really expect out of anyone, y'know?"

The heavy conversation trails off, and the mood lightens considerably, as a plate bearing a half-dozen sweets strongly resembling Twinkies covered in a nearly-clear syrup. "Rambutan is like... imagine a lychee crossed with a pear? It's hard to describe, try one. Also that's almost completely cottage cheese pressed and kneaded like dough, and it's been simmering in that syrup for like a half hour."

Bobbing her head at Fuuka in thanks, when the server gets out of earshot she chuckles at Makio. "Devices are like what I use; think of it like a really fancy alien smartphone that can self-optimize. And Lost Logia are.... kind of like Devices, but they're really old and usually something in their code's gone corrupted so whatever they do, it's a really horrible version of what they're supposed to do. The Jewel Seeds are Lost Logia, for example. And I'd love to check out the Mew Mew!"
Kukai Souma 2017-11-09 06:24:21 86436
Kukai grins. "I could come back to Cafe Mew Mew at some point and get some more snacks, absolutely." He frowns at Rashmi for a second, then nods, not wanting to talk any more about it, but quietly agreeing that he needs to talk to her, now more than ever.

Kukai eyes the cottage cheese twinkies very, very critically, picks one up, sniffs it, and then takes a bite, munching, offering it up to Daichi on his wall-side shoulder, who leans over and takes a bite as well. The two of them sit in silence for several moments, considering the food for several long moments, before then nods at Rashmi. "It's all right. I dunno how I like pears and grapes but it's not horrible, which is what I was afraid of. I wouldn't mind eating it again."
Makio Ryu 2017-11-09 06:34:41 86437
Makio Ryu looks thoughtful, nodding in understanding at the explanation of the devices and logia. "Ooh, l/o/gia, sorry, bit of a mispronounciation there. That actually seems like an easy enough idea to grasp after the first explanation though. I was expecting something super complicated. Deffinetly the opposite of dissapointed." He takes up some of the chom-chom chomchom, nibbling on it curiously. "...that's a LOT different than what I'd have expected from the appearance or the fact it's made with cottage cheese," he says with some amount of interest.

"Just Let me know whenever you guys are coming over to the Mew Mew if I'm not taking you there myself."
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-09 06:42:17 86438
The reception of the dessert makes Rashmi grin. "Chomchom's a pretty common snack in Mami's old country," she says. "I'm glad you like it. And I'll definitely call before I check out the cafe, Ryu-san."