Sorry You Got Stabbed

A recuperating Kukai gets visitors.

Date: 2017-11-21
Pose Count: 29
Kukai Souma 2017-11-21 03:56:38 86899
The ECFH is a big place, even for a group of apartments. It's got rooms for all sorts of things - partying, talking with friends, doing magic, doing science, just doing studying, eating, sleeping, bathing, whatever purpose you could think of putting a room to. This includes medical recuperation, for when someone who does Magical Things gets Magically Stabbed In The Stomach and can't exactly explain the stone chips in his gut wound or how he got it in the first place.

This is the case for Kukai Souma, who is currently lying back in bed, the covers pulled lightly up over him, shirt off. For now he's awake, and that means he's bored. Sayaka had been able to blunt the pain, and Mamoru had been able to seal the puncture in his stomach, but something about the interaction between Hulda's powers, Sayaka's needing to hold back for Grief Seeds, and Mamoru's powers being 'wonky' meant that faintly red bandages and packing and antibacterial medication was the order for the moment, at least until people's energy recovers.

There's a good TV in the room, a little laptop computer, and a game console - none of which Kukai is particularly adept with. So, he's lying back, flipping through the channels with the sort of extra boredness only a wounded teenager can affect, waiting for his wound to heal, and watching Daichi poke around the room, just as bored as him. He'd said Daichi could go explore, but for the most part the Guardian Character had opted to stick near him.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-11-21 04:09:52 86900
It's calmer at the ECFH than when Tsukiko left yesterday after helping with the post-infiltration cleanup, but Ikiko is still a bit on the nervous side today when she comes by for a visit. She has a bag of jerky and one of chilled chicken chunks for Ayana when the fox wakes up from her current nap, but for a change her attention is focused more on the other current guests. And with one of them temporarily hibernating in a closet and another one still unconscious and recovering from being in a dire test tube, that leaves just one...

Ikiko knocks on the door of the room that Kukai is in. "You okay in there?" she asks.
Kukai Souma 2017-11-21 04:19:38 86901
Kukai has stopped for a minute on a soccer game. No, it's not a soccer game, it's a Sportscenter-like review of a soccer game. He sighs, then winces at the movement before lying back on the pillows. "Ugh."

When there's a knock on the door and a voice on the other side he perks up considerably through the painful ache, looking over at the door. "No, my stomach hurts. But come on in, please!"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-11-21 04:20:22 86902
Kazuo doesn't appear out of nowhere; out of a doorway down the hall, is more appropriate. He half-bows quietly to Ikiko. "Here's hoping," he says, lower-voiced. "IF that woman's figured out a way to track him already, we're all in trouble." Translation: he may have been exiled to down-the-hall to stop him being openly paranoid at people for a half-hour or so. Doesn't sound like his mood's improved any from the night before.

Kukai's voice makes his head lift a little, though, and he paces down to join Ikiko.
Nephrite 2017-11-21 04:24:44 86903
It's never a dull moment at ECFH. Nephrite has long ago accepted that he may wake up to find random people occupying various parts of the apartment, and sometimes those people have magical abilities, and sometimes they bring strange pets. He vaguely recalls hearing that someone or other is recovering from a case of stabitis, which is not, in itself, an unusual situation either. What's a day in the Frat House if at least one person hasn't been stabbed recently?

He rounds the corner to find people congregating in a doorway. Ah, and there is Kazuo, here to fuss. "Hey, I hear we have a patient. Are you playing host in Mamoru's place?"
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-11-21 04:28:48 86904
Ikiko Hisakata makes a wry face at Kazuo. "I made sure the alarm wards at home were reinforced once I got back," she remarks to him. "Plus a couple of protective wards, but that's more of a 'peace of mind' effort than anything else." And against the seeming capabilities of Hulda, probably about as effective as a paper door, and in that context only marginally better at reducing her nervousness.

She nods to Nephrite; she has occasionally seen him during her visits to the ECFH, but only in passing. Opening the door, Ikiko give a smile of hello to Kukai and a nod to Daichi. "Given last night, that's a decent improvement," she notes with a hint of a giggle as she steps into the room far enough for the others to enter.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-11-21 04:40:06 86905
"We have multiple patients," Kazuo replies to Nephrite, "which means that we're all playing host in Mamoru's place. Mamoru's seeing to Naru, just now; we've finally worked our way down the list to the merely stable-but-disabling injuries." He follows Ikiko into the room as he counts off the others, still answering Nephrite, but sharing the recap with the others as well. "Raskoph seems to be also stable, but isn't awake yet, so we don't know much about his condition. The Device that we brought back from the enemy lab seems to be of the opinion that he will probably not try to go home upon waking, at least. Lacrima finished stabilizing herself and came out of hiding a few minutes ago; she's sitting with Raskoph now."

At which point he finally turns to survey the room. Guardian Characters: definitely not pets. "Hello, Kukai; hello, Daichi. How are you managing? Can we bring you anything?" ... actual outdoor playing fields are probably off the list, alas.
Kukai Souma 2017-11-21 04:55:08 86906
Kukai grins and nods to Ikiko and Kazuo (and Nephrite if he enters even though he doesn't really know him) as they enter. "Yeah. Not bleeding out all over the place is a big bonus. I had to call my brothers as soon as I got laid down and tell them I was spending the night at a friend's house. Kaido was not happy - I was supposed to come home and do chores." He makes a face. "I'll have to make up for it later."

Kukai nods and then grins at Kazuo. "Whatshername's fingernails, the one who stabbed me, broken off and ground into paste? Other than that... maybe something to eat." His stomach makes a noise and he winces. "broth. Definitely broth. And.." He looks around, then shrugs. "I've got everything I could want. I'm just restless."

He looks over to Nephrite and smiles, nodding. "Aah.. Hi! I think I met you one time before, but hello. I'm Kukai."
Nephrite 2017-11-21 05:03:48 86907
Neil whistles as Kazuo lists off the injured occupants. "Okay, I didn't know we'd reached ER trauma levels. Host duty it is, then." He returns Ikiko's nod and waves through the doorway at Kukai. "Hey, I'm Nephrite. I live here. Sorry you got stabbed." He leans up in the doorframe. "If we don't have broth, we can get it. From like, anywhere. Got any special requests? I don't know how fancy we can make broth, but we can try."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-11-21 05:17:57 86908
"Fingernail request noted, but may take some time to fulfil," Kazuo says, appropriately straightfaced. Over his shoulder to Nephrite, he adds, "It was an interesting evening. Raskoph's mother is going to be a problem." As if they didn't have a batch and a half of problems on their hands already.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-11-21 05:22:06 86909
"Progress is progress," Ikiko remarks to Kazuo with a nod. "I'm just glad that most of us got out of there with not much more than bruising of various sorts." Bruising is simple enough, especially with mildly supernatural healing.

The more focused remark about Hulda makes Ikiko frown. "Definitely not someone I want to face on my own, either directly or indirectly," she sighs. "And working solo seems a lot more intimidating with someone like her making her presence known. Sort of like knowing that something is out there, and you've managed to catch its attention, but you're not sure by how much."
Kukai Souma 2017-11-21 05:26:08 86910
Kukai chuckles and then winces hard, shaking his head and smiling. "Yeah, I was pretty sorry about it too. Um." He lies back, thinking. "I... fancy broth? I was just thinking like pork broth or something. I'm not even sure you can make fancy broth. But yeah, please, that'd be nice."

Kukai nods to Kazuo and hmms, before looking at Ikiko. "Yeah. I mean, we did get Alexis out." He scratches his head gently. "I haven't heard any yelling or German or anything so I imagine he hasn't woken up yet. Which is... good. Or not good. It's something." He grumbles. "As for his mom, yeah. she's scary strong."
Makio Ryu 2017-11-21 05:30:29 86911
Makio Ryu returns from his earlier outing to make things all nice and NOT blood stained. Some where under the walking pile of sheets and anything else thrown at him in his restlessness earler is, in typical Makio fashion, yet more food (even though he brought some earlier that's probably still chilling out waiting to be eaten).

"Hey guys, while I was on the way back I thought I'd get something /else/ red after washing away all the red," he calls despite not even being able to see if anyone's even out and about at the moment. "Who wants some pizza?"
Nephrite 2017-11-21 05:39:29 86912
Neil grins at Kazuo. "Add it to the list, then?" He says it as though 'a problem' in their world does not generally involve, well, more stabbing. He gives Ikiko another nod. "Soloing bad, got it. Plenty of backup around these parts if you need it."

He's got his phone out already, nodding at Kukai. "Just broth. Roger that." He's texting Makoto to see what's in the fridge. Next step, if it's a negative on broth on hand, is delivery app.

He hears something about pizza. Without even questioning who is asking, he calls out, me!"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-11-21 05:46:00 86913
Kazuo glances toward the door again, possibly considering going and actually physically looking at the kitchen, but Neil is both in the door and already on his phone. Point yielded; Kazuo turns back to Ikiko and Kukai. "It's probably a good idea for us to work in groups where we can for a while, yes. Lacrima particularly; the woman's had more exposure to her than to the rest of us. But she has her own ideas on which groups are appropriate. With luck they'll work out for her, one way or another."

Translation: Kazuo may possibly be appreciating mental images of Riventon being irked into picking fights with Hulda. Whether or not they're likely to happen is irrelevant. There's professional pride involved; therefore they are possible.

And ... pizza. "Kindly don't taunt the recently perforated," he says resignedly, loosely ceilingward. Not loudly, because the odds of talking any teenagers out of talking about pizza are ... low at best.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-11-21 05:56:57 86914
"Pizza sounds good, although we might have to put a few slices through a blender," Ikiko calls back, giving Kukai and Kazuo an apologetic shrug. Well, it's a solution, right?

Her lips quirk upward at the mention of groups. "That was actually part of what was on my mind when I came over, actually," she admits. "It might be safer for me to be part of an actual group, and I've already been working with you guys--" she gestures to both Kukai and the ECFH denizens "--frequently enough to kinda be unofficial about it anyway."

She looks over at Sky Jack. "I think I recall you mentioning working for Virtue before?" she inquires.
Kukai Souma 2017-11-21 06:03:57 86915
Kukai can't help but glare in the direction of Makio's voice. "Pizza. There's a certain amount of venom and jealousy in Kukai's voice, but he shakes his head and grins ruefully. "Ugh. soon. soon." He nods at Nephrite. "Yeah. Good and rich and with plenty of meat and vegetables and bread soaked in it and..." He winces again, his stomach shifting at his hunger and sending pain through him. ".... just broth. Aie."

Kukai nods at Kazuo. "Solo patrols may be off the menu for everybody for a while. But as for Lacrima, I can't imagine her getting captured by that woman going well for the capturer." He shakes his head, smiling at Kazuo. "No, I mean, you guys gotta eat, right?"

He blechs. "Blended pizza. I... that actually sounds like the one way to make pizza bad. Ew." He reaches over and pats her shoulder appreciatively, though. Then she mentions groups, and then Virtue. "Oh. Yeah, I work with Platinum Royale, the leader of Virtue. He's a Guardian as well, and I help him coordinate the group. So.." He shrugs. "Second in command? Although command's a weak word for what we do, we don't command anybody. Second in organizing, maybe better. If you want to join, I can talk to you about it. I'm not doing anything else."
Makio Ryu 2017-11-21 06:06:30 86916
Makio Ryu sets the laundry down somewhere, revealing himself, and the fact that he's deffinetly calmed down compaired to earlier. That odd, discolored shock in his hair is back to it's usual position of just chilling there normally like the rest of his hair. He's not being uncharacteristically darty eyed and the usual smile's back too.

"Cheese or pepperoni dude," he wonders. Dude he hasn't met yet specifically, but that seems to concern him about as little as Neil not even knowing the source seems to have worried him. "Eh? Don't taunt th---," Makio starts to ask what Kazuo was talking about (Cause he totally wasn't trying to taunt anyone) before it dawns on him, "You mean he's up now?"

"Heeey Ikiko," he calls as he hears her reply, "Isn't that going to be a bit much for a situation like this though? I can totally go get him whatever he wants that he can actually eat though. ..and I'll totally burry him in pizza when he can actually eat it motivation!"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-11-21 06:21:25 86917
"You can come on back and visit," Kazuo calls back to Makio. "But leave the pizza outside." At a distance, hopefully. Pizza-seekers can go out to visit it without tormenting Kukai with the smell. ... hm. There may be various other things to distribute, too. Formerly-bloodied linens and towels, for instance. Kazuo starts to extricate himself, but glances between Kukai and Ikiko first.

"The boy out there," he says more quietly to the two of them, "acquired powers recently; there's one other like him that I know, but she doesn't seem to turn up often. He's doing the best he can, and trying to help as much as he can, but he doesn't have the contacts or experience. That seems to me the sort of thing Virtue was made for. You might want to consider including him in your discussion." Whether they actually choose to or not, of course, isn't his call; he bows to the pair of them, and finishes that extrication, the better to rescue Makio more effectively from laundry. And to show him where to go, if necessary.
Nephrite 2017-11-21 06:28:27 86918
Neil grins at Makio. "Hey dude. You the pizza fairy? I'm not gonna be picky about pizza being delivered unbidden, but I'm feeling pepperoni right now." He goes back to tapping at his phone. "Lemme get the sickies squared away first. I found a place that I think I can convince to deliver plain broth, so I'm gonna take orders from all the other patients. Anyone else feeling brothy? No?" He casts a look about the room as though anyone would reasonably order broth when pizza is nearby if pizza is a thing they can eat. "Cool, holler if you need anything else." He gives a salute to the room in general before wandering back down the hall.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-11-21 06:43:35 86919
Ikiko Hisakata nods to the departing residents. "If he's who I think he is, I've actually worked alongside him," she remarks quietly to Kukai before waving Makio over. "Come on over; broth's on the menu for Kukai, and Nephrite has that worked on already, so we might as well chat while we wait," she says with a smile. "I don't think I've introduced myself, at least not off of the rooftops; I'm Ikiko Hisakata, first year at Seishou middle school."
Kukai Souma 2017-11-21 06:57:45 86920
Kukai hums and looks at the door. "Buried in pizza. That could be fun. Later." He nods. "Yeah, tell him to come on back." Kukai grins at Kazuo. "I actually met Makio and Ichigo right about the time they got their powers. I helped them figure out how they work, sort of. It's a bit of a coincidence, I guess." He nods. "Yeah, I can explain how Virtue works to him too."

Kukai waves bye to Neil. "Thank you for the food and the offers! See you later..." He turns to Ikiko and hmms, scooting back. "OK, so. Virtue. Virtue is a group you join by desire, and there's not a lot more too it. It's a group of magical girls and boys who make an agreement to communicate and interact - we help each other when we can and when someone really needs it, but we don't try to take over for each other. It's the sort of thing where ... Where if a big youma shows up, you can call for help, and whomever's near and available will come. If you need assistance figuring out what's going on with some magical device, someone usually knows. If you've been.. oh, say, chasing a pair of magical twin clowns around town for a month, someone can figure out where they're hiding and zero in on them for you. It's not perfect or instant, most of the time, but it's the best option most of us have for one another."

Kukai thinks, leaning back. "You get a smartphone, and get a connection to HeartNET, our communication system and forums and network, and you make a verified account and we.. talk about whatever. If you can't afford a smartphone, or get one alone, one can be provided for you. The leader of Virtue is Platinum Royale, and he's the leader in the sense of a figurehead leading a ship - he very rarely makes any sort of demands on anyone who wouldn't want to be involved in it in the first place. The last thing he really coordinated was D-Point, I think. But when big threats come, it helps to have everyone working on the same page. And when personal threats come up, it's nice to have a way to talk to everyone about things." He stops and coughs, hand on his stomach. "mmph. So. Questions?"
Makio Ryu 2017-11-21 07:06:16 86921
"Name's Makio Ryu," Makio replies to Nephrite, "I /hope/ I'm not a pizza fairy, cause things are already kinda weird. I'll get this on a plate and waiting for you once I'm out of all these sheets. Thanks Kazuo!" He deals with the other two a little more, waving after the departing Neph before pizzalessly making his way to the room with Ikkiko and Kukai.

"Man, I was here earlier stressing out about you," he states, "But I got out of everyone's hair and did some laundry. ...I'm glad you're back, Jack." At Ikiko's introduction he smiles and offers a nod. "I'm Makio Ryu from Infinity High and I work at the Mew Mew Cafe. I've been meeting a ton of people since this whole mahou thing I'm not entirely sure which mahou you were...but I'm going to guess you were from the sea park, the incident with the gorilla, or the other person who was helping Sakura catch sleep aside from me and that blue haired girl Sayaka."

He nods quietly as Kukai explains about Virtue. "I was talking with Naru about Virtue a few days ago actually...I was debating asking about it."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-11-21 07:17:23 86922
"Like you said when we were helping Sakura, you have a pretty distinctive accent," Ikiko grins to Makio. "So you're Mew Macaroon, and I'm Cute Wolf Tsukiko."

She contemplates what Kukai said for a few moments, then shrugs. "The only question that's coming to mind is whether I can use my own existing smartphone, or if I need one specifically for HeartNET," she notes. "Beyond that... sure, I'm willing to join!"
Kukai Souma 2017-11-21 07:43:37 86923
Kukai pats Makio's shoulder. "Thanks. Nah, I'll be ok. This just sucks and hurts but it wasn't innately magical or dark powered. It's not gonna be that bad." He chuckles and then nods at him. "Yeah. Virtue sort of spreads all over. It's a thing."

Kukai nods at Ikiko. "Yeah, we can handle that. Sailor Mercury was the one who set up HeartNET for Platinum Royale - she's worked with all sorts of smartphones before. And ok, great. I can help get everything set up when I get out of here. I can probably text Platinum now and tell him what's going on."
Makio Ryu 2017-11-21 07:49:06 86924
Makio Ryu nods. "And I can do it too," he replies, "Do you guys prefer it be a new phone instead of the phone we're already using for secrecy purposes or anything? I can go with my own phone or go get another." "And good to meet you even more officially Tsukiko-chan," he replies, "Yeaaah...maybe I should be more careful with my accent. At the very least most mahou people who meet me as a mahou instantly recognise me when I'm not a mahou, just on the accent." Well that and how many people around here say things like 'man' and 'dude' so often?
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-11-21 07:58:13 86925
"Sailor Mercury set up the magical tech behind it? Now I know that it's good," Ikiko nods. "And my schedule is free enough that I can visit with Platinum and Mercury as needed when they have the time -- things are pretty slow with Animal Care club right now, and the strays have mostly gotten ready for winter."

She pats Makio on the shoulder. "It's more of a 'this narrows the list down' rather than a direct identifier," she points out.
Kukai Souma 2017-11-21 08:25:53 86926
Kukai shakes his head. "You can use your current phone, I think. I mean, no reason not to. Just be careful with your phone - nothing like getting your info tracked down when you lose your phone to an Eclipse member. It's a pain." He grins. "I hadn't exactly noticed the accent, really. Is that bad?"

Kukai nods at Ikiko. "Yup. It's cool, ain't it? And yeah, we can meet them soon, I think. And we'll get things straightened out. There's a list of people in Virtue - we try to keep it organized, even if people can leave when they want."
Makio Ryu 2017-11-21 08:32:42 86927
Makio Ryu chuckles a little. "I never really noticed either, but I guess it is, since Ikiko's...I think the fourth person to recognise me by accent. I guess it only makes sense. I've been around American surfer tourists a lot and I'm a sea pirate looking probably just connects due to stuff like that for people who met me as Mew Macaroon instead of Makio Ryu." Not just that but his team seems to have a bad habbit of obvious names. His is less obvious but it's still there if one kinda blurrs things together and imagines. At least it's not as obvious as Ichigo being Mew Ichigo...and so forth.