Late Night Menu Debate

Due to a chance meeting, Jiaying introduces Ikiko and Lamya to each other, and Ikiko learns that Lamya is behind the unusual reduction in the number of strays in Tokyo.

Date: 2017-11-14
Pose Count: 25
Dragon Lamya 2017-11-14 05:23:24 86543
The park seems to be the home away from home for the dragon Lamya. It's pretty common to see her around this time of night, when the park gets nice and quiet. She's currently on one of the slides, having slid about halfway down and stopped, and she just kind of fell back on her back to stare at the stars instead of trying to skootch the rest of the way down.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-11-14 05:31:31 86544
It's a bit later than is usual for Ikiko Hisakata to be in the park, but a minor emergency with one of the neighborhood strays had resulted in the feeding session having to be delayed. A call to her parents had explained the situation, and they had given her permission to be out later than usual, but things had still taken longer than expected, and it was only recently that she had been able to finish the feeding session.

As she passes by the slides, she spots an unfamiliar face resting on one of them. Not a usual place to spot someone at this hour, Ikiko muses to herself as she walk over, still carrying the bag of food bowls.

"Uh, hi there!" she speaks up as she approaches within conversational range. "Are you okay?"
Jiaying Maki 2017-11-14 05:37:18 86545
Jiaying Maki is at the park with her sketchbook again. She's crouched off to the side doodling things and making notes. She's not wandering as far as she might have at one point, topic-wise though it is still a Yokai. The real question is whether she saw it for real or not. There's a familiar enough voice nearby though and that makes those foxy ears perk up.

Standing up. brushing herself off and getting ready to present herself as sociable, she pads over with a smile, a wave and a called out, "Heeey you two!" what with recognizing both and all.
Dragon Lamya 2017-11-14 05:40:39 86546
Lamya lifts her head, at the unfamiliar voice. "The slide is broken," she answers matter-of-factly. "I had seen many children playing with it, and tonight I decided to give it a try." She looks down at her predicament with a shrug. "And this is the result." Her tone lifts when she hears Jiaying call out. "Oh, hello!"
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-11-14 05:50:19 86547
"It can get harder to use a slide as you get older," Ikiko admits, a faint look of puzzlement flitting across her face momentarily as the implications of the phrasing crossed her mind -- someone who isn't familiar with going down slides?

She gives her head a little shake. "At least it's an easy way to look up at the stars," she points out with a smile and a shrug.

Turning towards the sound of a newcomer, Ikiko's smile brightens. "Hi, Jiaying! I take it the two of you know each other?"
Jiaying Maki 2017-11-14 06:01:18 86548
Jiaying Maki stands there, barefoot as usual and leans one way, then the other. "I thought most slides had enough of an incline that you didn't really get an easy way to get stuck like that?" She's hiding her laughter well enough at least, though there is something about her that just hints at the temptation to do so.

The puzzled look is noted, though the question flat out makes it obvious. A hand goes out, palm up and she says, "This is one of Nori- ... Lacrima's roommates. The permanent kind, not the kind that likes to sleep there at random and take advantage of a well stocked pantry." She notes after, in a somewhat quieter tone, "I ward the place and help out too, but that's not as funny." There's a pause, then she says, "Oh. Uh, meet Lamya." She nods to Ikiko before continuing, "And Hisakata."
Dragon Lamya 2017-11-14 06:06:46 86549
"Indeed!" exclaims Lamya. "I had decided to watch the stars and see if I could recognize some constallations." She speaks pretty mature for what looks like a 7th grader. When her house mate introduces her, she lithely hops over the lip of the slide to land on the bark dust below. "I am Lamya, Great Wyrm of the lake Selene." She bows politely to the new person. "It is a pleasure to meet you."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-11-14 06:16:35 86550
"A roommate of Lacrima's? That alone describes much," Ikiko remarks, taking note of the subtly pointy ears and pupils before bowing herself. "Ikiko Hisakata, possessor of no grand titles, but a feeder of stray dogs and occasional runner of rooftops; pleased to meet you!"

Glancing over at Jia's notebook, Ikiko tilts her head towards the foxgirl. "Doing some late night sketching?" she inquires.
Jiaying Maki 2017-11-14 06:21:23 86551
Jiaying Maki looks up at the sky, leaning back, rocking there briefly. "It's going to be hard to do in a city like this Lamya, you should head out to the countryside for a better look. The constellations are going to be all different though, aren't they? I mean time-wise, we're not too different hemisphere wise."

There's an arm-cross and she looks to Ikiko, "I'm not THAT weird am I? I think I've gotten better at least." . . . "I don't ask as many dumb questions at least."

Then the book is brought up. She holds it up by a corner and grins, "I was taking a break from doing some exploration and keeping an eye out for anything weird."
Dragon Lamya 2017-11-14 06:28:20 86552
Lamya rubs the back of her head and grins at Jiaying. "Yes, that's the conclusion I've come to as well. From what I can see I just don't recognize any of it." She looks at Ikiko, she scowls. "Are the strays your pets? I'm not supposed to eat people's pets, so if they are I'll stop immediately."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-11-14 06:37:12 86553
"It's not so much weirdness as it is magicalness," Ikiko giggles. "I mean, I really doubt Lacrima would have a mundane roommate! That said, have you seen any interesting weird things lately?"

Then Lamya indirectly mentions eating stray animals, and Ikiko's stomach flipflops. "They're... not exactly pets," she slowly replies. "More like a bunch of friends that I know in passing, and lend an occasional helping hand to."

She wipes away an unexpected tear from her eye. "I... I knew their numbers had been going down more than usual in recent months, but I hadn't expected this," she quavers.
Jiaying Maki 2017-11-14 06:49:38 86554
Jiaying Maki "I don't know, she has a few mundane friends. Or had them at one point." . . . "I mean aside form the current problems." That sounded bad. "I ran into a pair of people with fuzzy ears like mine." She tugs her ears as a note, then continues, "They're uh... animal-y sorts rather than yaoguai sorts though. Other than that? Nothing beyond the usual weird monsters and or evil speeches from villains in need of a hug. Or a punch. Both?"

She then pauses for a moment and looks to Lamya. Sure she's known some strange monster-y sorts as a kid, but her little village had it's own unspoken rules. "Uh..." she starts, stops, then kind of trails off. A finger goes through her hair. How do you even approach that sort of situation? "Huh." is all she offers eventually.

She doesn't catch onto the tears right away, lost in her own little world. She shoots Lamya a look that she only realizes after might not make as much sense to the dragon while moving to give Ikiko a hug. "I'm sure more have found homes tha-.. There's a lot of good people here." She's bad at this. She's sure of it.
Dragon Lamya 2017-11-14 06:57:00 86555
"Friends," repeats Lamya, contemplatively. "Hm. I suppose that's close enough." She, then, notices the quiver in Ikiko's voice and the tear. "I..." she stops at the look she gets from Jiaying, and looks puzzled. "I'm sorry. Did I do something wrong?"
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-11-14 07:08:09 86556
Ikiko Hisakata accepts the offered hug. "It's... well, I guess you could call it misfortune from lack of knowledge," she sniffles. "Life as a stray isn't easy, especially in the colder months, so I do what I can to help them improve their odds of survival. Mostly it's giving them an occasional meal they can count on, but sometimes it's helping them find a home where they can be a pet instead of a stray, or taking them to the vet if they have a bad injury."

She wipes away another tear. "I know that age and other stuff means that they'll die eventually, so I help them enjoy life as it is," she remarks, trying to regain her composure. "But to do all of that, only to find out someone's been eating them--!"
Jiaying Maki 2017-11-14 07:13:42 86557
Jiaying Maki glances back to Lamya for a moment and replies, "Uh.. think of those kinds of animals, the kind commonly seen as pets as..." she pauses, trying to search for the right words. "Sacred?" Not quite right, but the same kind of thoughts kind of work in both she figures. "Kind of? Here that is." Pause. "We didn't do that back home either." A longer pause. "It was easier than accidentally trying to cook a neighbor mostly." She at least has the thought to stop herself from going any further and even that was said quieter.

To Ikiko, she says, "Maybe you can explain it better for her. It wasn't intentional." She glances over her shoulder while asking, "Right?" trying to add some emphasis to her voice to hint at what she htinks is the clear answer. This is easier when she can just switch languages, honestly...
Dragon Lamya 2017-11-14 07:20:27 86558
Lamya blinks at Jiaying, looking confused. "Of course it was intentional. You don't accidentally eat something." She looks back at the crying girl uncomfortably. "But. Yes. Had I known that they were your companions I would not have done it. Besides," she says offhandedly. "Being eaten is a much quicker death than starving to death, or death from exposure. If you were to ask me, I was doing them a favor."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-11-14 07:30:49 86559
Ikiko Hisakata just stares at Lamya. Disbelief wars with Indignation as Rational Truth eggs them both on, with Sadness having been kicked out of the building at the start of this fracas.

"Other than dogs, what do you eat?" Ikiko finally asks Lamya, her voice full of dazed weariness from the internal battle royale of emotions.
Jiaying Maki 2017-11-14 07:35:16 86560
Jiaying Maki slowly backs away from the two after Lamya figuratively steps in it. She facepalms and says surprisingly blunt "Lamya we need to have a little talk about the modern world and maybe find you a good restaurant to go to. And maybe a tab there that we can take care of." and a few other things. There's a mental checklist going up in her head now, a thing to discuss with Norie later.

For Ikiko, she says softly, back to her usual somewhat aloof sounding tone, "She's from a different time, a different world even... I'll try to help with learning. I didn't know about it or I would have approached it sooner." Maybe she can split down the frustrations? Or is she making it worse? Why is she doing this.
Dragon Lamya 2017-11-14 07:41:13 86561
"Donuts," answers the dragon to Ikiko. "And curry. I would have sheep, but, sadly, there are aren't any in the city, and people have told me that eating somebody's sheep is bad." Lamya's red eyes flick to her housemate. "Yes! The Korma Chamelion! I eat there from time to time! I even gave Rashmi's plate back to her!"

She nods in agreement about being from a different time and place. "Yes. I had slept for two thousand years before waking up here in this place. I am still learning."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-11-14 07:49:18 86562
"Huh," Ikiko muses. "And mutton isn't exactly cheap, at least not around here."

She grins at Lamya, somewhat heartened by the earnestness about the Korma Chameleon and returning plates. "Look on the bright side: this means you have two thousand years of recipes and cooking to try out! Have you tried hamburgers?"
Jiaying Maki 2017-11-14 07:53:13 86563
Jiaying Maki looks relieved as it's mostly diffused. There's mention of hamburgers. "I could pull some traditional Chinese recipes." Pause, "You probably wouldn't even hesitate at some of the ingredients I've seen others squeemish about!"

To Ikiko, "Have you had French food? Are there really snails? Are they crunchy? Uh... I like crunchy. ... I should probably have asked Sora what kind of food you guys usually get at the manor shouldn't I?"
Dragon Lamya 2017-11-14 07:57:42 86564
Lamya shakes her head. "I have not had this ham-burger. I was not interested in human food for a while," she admits, "but after experiencing curry and donuts I suppose I should find out what more it has to offer."

She turns to her housemate. "If you wish to try snails, there are some fat and juicy ones in the pond. I could show you where they are."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-11-14 08:09:29 86565
"Given that the manor is more of an apartment complex now instead of the mansion it was originally built as, we normally eat ordinary middle-class food," Ikiko remarks with a slight giggle. "And I can't say that I've had snails; my immediate family doesn't usually make food with unusual ingredients."

She nods at Lamya. "I know of a burger stand in Uminari City that not only has good food, but also has a night crew that usually isn't bothered when odd people show up. It's a great place to get a bite to eat after a nighttime patrol or the like!"
Jiaying Maki 2017-11-14 08:12:03 86566
Jiaying Maki considers the offer, then shakes her head. "I've had a raw snail. And furniture. I don't recommend either." A finger goes up, "But if they really eat them cooked, there must be a reason right?" Her phone starts to go off, playing something loud and heavy. She ignores it in her own little world of thought again.

"I guess Sora did mention that, yeah." She replies, to the apartment comment at least. "I guess it makes sense, I was just thinking you'd know better than I would either way." She finally picks up her phone and answers it, covering the mic to say, "I'll uh, try to catch up if I'm not getting in trouble here." Before turning away and walking a distance away to talk to whoever called.
Dragon Lamya 2017-11-14 08:18:01 86567
"I will see you later!" Lamya calls out to Jiaying. Turning back to the other girl she says confidently, "She will be getting in trouble." Nod. "Well. Should you wish to take me to the burger stand, I will follow."