All I Want for Christmas...


Kyouko tries to find out what Kunzite and Naru want for Christmas.

Date: 2017-12-05
Pose Count: 49
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-05 15:02:45 87337
    Kyouko sits in the ECFH living room. She is clearly not intending to go out in the near future, as she is wearing her comfy black pajama pants with red cartoon apples on them and a sweatshirt that is slightly too big. It is blue, has faux paint splashes all over it, and says "I'm dating an artist, these are my good clothes" on the front in stylized script.

    She has a pad of paper in front of her, and is humming 'jingle bells' as she taps a pencil against it, her expression thoughtful as she peers out the window over the overcast city sky.
Naru Osaka 2017-12-05 15:18:14 87339
The artist in question apparently didn't get the paint splattered memo about attire. Naru's in a cute dress over leggings and nary a splotch of paint to be found. Where Kazuo is a silent reflection, there's no such subtlety in Naru's arrival upstairs. She arrives in a light clatter of door and flats getting kicked off, and the sniff of the air to determine if coffee is made or in need of the making.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-05 15:20:40 87340
    Kyouko's notice of Kazuo is demonstrated only by a slight flick of vermillion eyes upwards, then back down- as if making a show of noticing him too soon would be somehow an insult. When he is close enough that she, apparently, decides it is kosher to acknowledge him, she glances up, and grins. "Nii-chan! What do you want for Christmas? Also, what should I get Jadeite?" She taps her pencil on the page consideringly.

    Then she hears Naru arriving, seeming to realize who it is before the other girl is even in sight. "Naru!" She calls by way of greeting towards the door without moving from her spot on the touch.
Naru Osaka 2017-12-05 15:46:24 87342
"Hey love." Naru greets as she pads over towards the couch and drops her bag before stealing a kiss. Brief, barely counts as a PDA, really.. besides, this is basically like being at home. Nearly.

That task accomplished, Naru heads for the kitchen to prod the coffee making into making even while Kazuo eyes Kyouko. "It's that holiday that we only celebrate as an excuse to give presents, which honestly most of us don't need an excuse for /anyhow/." The 'helpful' comment is provided straight faced. Mostly.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-05 15:50:16 87343
    Kyouko apparently considers Kazuo enough of a family member to smooch Naru in front of him, if brief. On the lips, no less! Cheek-kissing is for when guests are around. "Heya."

    She then turns her attention back to the Kazuo in question. "Yes, Christmas! I like getting people stuff. It's like.. poor girl power-fantasy, alright?" Only mildly defensive. She taps the paper again with her pencil as if it were a parade baton. "So, what do you what? Bear in mind I reserve the right to totally ignore your ideas, but I figure it doesn't hurt to ask.."
Naru Osaka 2017-12-05 16:02:46 87345
Kazuo taking care of mugs means that Naru doens't climb on the counter. It is a win-win situation. Coffee making is a familiar routine, one that her hands barely need the rest of her present for. "The usual smartass reply about wanting a pony is dangerous around here. The proportion of people who might take it seriously is disconcertingly high."

Naru taps the coffee maker, turning it on and waiting for the burble burble to start. "I'm thinking coffee taste testing perhaps next week or so?" She notes to Kazuo. "I think I've got four brewing options, without going to the unreasonably wasteful pod machines."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-05 16:04:57 87346
    Kyouko scowls at Kazuo, even if there is an air of fond 'of course' to it. "You are singularly unhelpful." She proclaims, before turning her attention to Naru as her girlfriend talks about coffee taste-testing. Probably one of the only sorts of taste-testing activities safe from Kyouko-interference. She quirks her lips after a moment, then scribbles something down on her pad.

    "And what about you Naru?" She then asks, faux-sweetly. "What do you want from Santa Kyouko?"
Naru Osaka 2017-12-05 16:13:18 87348
"A pony!" Naru grins over to Kyouko as she provides the only obvious reply to that question, no matter Kazuo's pragmatic reasons why it isn't a thing..

It's followed up almost immediately by a giggle and a shake of her head. "I am seriously easy to buy for, love. Paint, pens, sketchbooks, clothes, foreign language books.. granted none of those are different than usual, but still."

Naru leans on the counter and turns her attention to Kazuo. "Drip machine, pour over, aeropress and french press. Can you think of any others?"
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-05 16:16:54 87349
    "I know that, Naru," Kyouko says, dryly, "And I'm going to ignore all that and get you something hopefully creative and surprising anyway, but I had to ask. And no, it ain't gonna be a pony. We already have Dog, that's plenty for our apartment."

    Then she sighs, placing pad and pencil down on the table and hopping up to walk barefoot over to the counter and lean on it, frowning at the two on the other side. "Gift-giving is hard. I guess I should just go.." She shudders dramatically. "Shopping."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-12-05 16:52:07 87351
That it's raining is not an excuse for Kazuo being home this morning. He hasn't manifested other than to make certain there was coffee and breakfast for people who were actually awake, either. That was some time ago. Now he's finally moving. Quiet as usual, but there's a faint pale reflection that whispers across the glass. If Kyouko hadn't noticed already. Of everyone around here, she's the most likely to pick up on Kazuo entering before he draws attention to herself. Other than Mamoru, who cheats.

Not that Mamoru's always noticing these days, either.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-12-05 16:52:18 87352
Coffee is about to be in the making. Except that Kazuo pauses to eye Kyouko over his shoulder, not quite foiled by the counter between them. "For Christmas?" he repeats. It's pretty much the reaction that one might have expected if she asked his favorite variety of snail: a slightly disconcerted 'yes but why?'
Kazuo Takeba 2017-12-05 16:52:28 87353
"I don't think I have any wants that can be gift-wrapped." Kazuo starts to turn back to the coffeemaking, but Naru has gotten there first; he eyes the back of her head for a moment, then starts reaching down mugs. "And yes, I am aware that that means that you will decide to surprise me. Possibly by throwing it at my head for making things awkward."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-12-05 16:52:39 87354
"Not in the slightest. We don't have a stable. A human-high plush toy might occur, but soemone would have to figure out how to get it through doors." Kazuo does not ruffle Naru's hair; coffee provides many avenues for vengeance. "Which brewing options have you put together? For reference, of course."

Singularly unhelpful is not disputed. Neither is Kyouko's sainthood.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-12-05 16:52:51 87355
"Only that require effort," Kazuo nswers Naru. Get up before dawn to run miles for no reason? Certainly. Work without sleep for a couple of days? Sure. Handle most of the apartment chores and management for a year while the others finish high school? No question. Do actual not-required work for coffee? Apparently that part is the unthinkable one.

Kazuo pauses and regards Kyouko warily for several long seconds at that last declaration of hers. And then he ventures, very carefully, "Will you need a distraction for your sister, or will you be taking her with you?"
Naru Osaka 2017-12-05 17:02:51 87356
"Amazon is how to dodge the shopping." Naru points out as she reaches for a mug to get it doctored up while waiting for the drip drip dripping of the coffee to stop. While you CAN steal it while the machine is still going, it really is better to wait, no matter how impatiently.

"I am willing to do the work if you have suggestions, Kunzite." Naru points out with a flicker of a smirk. "You and Endy .. and anyone else who likes coffee.. just have to give your opinions on each."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-05 17:09:49 87357
    "I don't trust the internet." says Kyouko to Naru, the only teenager in Tokyo who has never owned a computer and only (reluctantly) got a smart phone within the past year. "I'd rather go myself anyway.. y'know, poke around, get a feel for things. There's no replacing that." Especially for someone like her, who lives or dies (often literally) by her instincts.

    She then turns her gaze to Kazuo, considering him and his question. "Shopping with Momo isn't actually as exhausting as you'd think.. she's very thrifty. Even if it does often feel like herding a particularly energetic group of cats." She sighs. "But, considering I need presents for her too, probably a distraction is in order."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-12-05 17:16:19 87358
"I'm not quite certain how she manages to occupy more than three locations at a given time, yes." Kazuo evidently finds Momo less disconcerting than this 'opinion' creature Kyouko is talking about. "Both is also an option. You could shop for the others with her, then go out on your own once you know what she's been staring at wistfully."
Naru Osaka 2017-12-05 17:19:38 87359
"She can bake with me if you want her distracted at home." Naru points out as she snags herself a coffee, finally, and then sets about considering the snack options. Baking seems to be an option here too, and the coffee gets set aside as Naru starts gathering up ingredients. Because clearly homework can wait until a batch of muffins is done.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-05 17:33:45 87360
    "Maybe." Kyouko says to Kazuo, at the idea of taking Momo along for part of a shopping trip, but not the whole thing. "She might get suspicious if I suddenly start trying to pawn her off on somebody else in the middle of shopping though." She considers, tapping a finger on the counter.

    She grins at Naru, then. "Are you sure that baking with you would be a distraction for her, rather than a distraction to you?" Momo has some creative talents, but mostly in the fields of sewing/knitting, not, as far as Kyouko knows, making food.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-12-05 17:36:35 87361
"You might," Kazuo says to Kyouko in turn, in grave and solemn confidence, "need to make two trips." Naru's sudden burst of industry is noted; Kazuo takes a moment to fetch down the mixing bowl that got relocated to Too High as a temporary measure when the 'Alexis needs broth' plan resulted in a few tetrapaks too many.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-05 17:53:18 87362
    Kyouko scowls back at Kazuo. "I may be a supernatural defender of the soul of the planet and a not-inconsiderable badass, but two shopping trips in downtown Tokyo in mid-December? I think you overestimate my capabilities, nii-chan."
Naru Osaka 2017-12-05 18:21:56 87363
"Thanks." Naru murmurs on the appearance of the bowl without the need for acrobatics on her part. "I am quite certain that it would be a distraction for me, but she'd enjoy it, and unlike most cooking with younger siblings, it wouldnt destroy the kitchen in a haze of mess, because Momo is /so/ not haze of mess, and if we did decorated cookies, it would be a lot of fun. Edible fun, where you can dispose of the worst of the evidence."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-12-05 18:24:40 87364
Kazuo shrugs a shoulder at Kyouko. "Text a co-conspirator when she's distracted, then?" he says. "Phones exist for purposes other than Jadeite trying to drive me insane." He probably means Pokemon Go by that comment. Probably. "And I'm sure Momo's done enough cooking by now that she wouldn't try to sanitize the mixing bowl while the dough was still in it."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-05 18:27:06 87365
    "Hrm." Kyouko considers the possibilities. Then she beams at Naru, and leans way over the counter to smooch her on the cheek when next she passes, because a girlfriend who also seems to enjoy spending time with your siblings is worth of some sort of reward. "She does like to make stuff.. edible stuff is always a plus."

    She snorts at Kazuo. "I'm not sure anything Momo has done, at least without Naru present, can be called 'cooking'. Putting boxed meals in the microwave doesn't count, I'm told."
Naru Osaka 2017-12-05 18:31:37 87366
Naru smiles at the kiss, pleased. "I do have to be careful where I put things that need to sit, yes." Naru confirms on Kazuo's suspicions about bowls getting cleaned before they are ready. "Generally if they are actively in use, she's pretty good about letting them be."

Flour, sugar, baking powder. Naru doesn't need a recipe anymore for this part. "Any requests on muffin flavours?" She asks, holding the flour above the bowl before weighing it out.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-12-05 18:36:25 87367
"Kindly tell a few of our residents about that not qualifying as cooking," Kazuo mutters. His eyes might dart in the direction of Neil's closest door. Maybe.

... he fails, as usual, to voice any requests on muffin flavors. That's twice ducking giving an opinion in one conversation. His shins may be in danger if he keeps this up.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-05 18:51:35 87368
    "There's a difference between 'making food' and 'cooking,'" Kyouko says with the air of someone who has been instructed in this difference enough times to be well-aware of it. She sighs faintly. "Umm.. cranberry?" She asks, with a faintly hopeful tone, towards Naru.
Naru Osaka 2017-12-05 19:37:52 87369
"Microwaving boxed meals is not cooking. It is making food." Naru agrees as she mmms softly at the only suggestion in muffin flavours. "Do we have white chocolate chips? Because cranberry and white chocolate go well together."

This is a reason to go climbing on the counter, even if she's avoided it so far. Kazuo's lack of opinion doesn't seem to phase her much. If he doesn't like them, he doesn't have to eat them. "I thought Neil's version of cooking was ordering in take out."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-12-05 19:41:40 87370
"If we don't have them here, we have some down the hall," Kazuo notes. WHite chocolate is not chocolate proper, but it's still close enough to keep emergency stocks just in case.

(Also Naru has yet to find food that Kazuo will actually refuse to eat.)

"Neil's alternate version of cooking is 'flattery and abject begging of Makoto,'" he agrees. "One of Neil's infinite number of methods of annoying me, however, is pointing out the things people can do with packaged rehydratable styrofoam these days."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-05 19:44:37 87371
    "I'll have you know," Kyouko says rather primly to Kazuo, "That at the AM/PM Minimart we carry several very high quality varieties of packaged rehydratable styrofoam, and some of it is quite edible." Then she grins. "Then again, I can hardly fault the 'flattery and begging of Makoto' option. Naru's lucky that Mako-chan is happily spoken-for, or she might have some competiion." This is said in complete jest, Kyouko confident in her relationship's strength enough for such ribbing.

    Then she adds, "Takeout, also a viable option. And is there actually a difference between white chocolate and the regular kind?" She looks vaugely mystified.
Naru Osaka 2017-12-05 19:48:45 87372
"Other than the fact that white chocolate has no actual chocolate in it?" Naru asks as she digs through the sweets, high enough to discourage casual noshing, but not exactly out of the question. "Milk chocolate, but no white.." She mmms, considering and then goes with what she's got. Close enough. "Somehow, my dear, you seem to endure the hardship that is my cooking. Somehow. I know it's pure martyrship."

The mention of rehydratable styrofoam makes her nose wrinkle as Naru hops back down with a bag of chocolate chips in hand, and a package of dried cranberries.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-12-05 19:53:11 87373
"I protest. White chocolate has things derived from cacao in it. Only fat, granted, none of the parts people actually want, but technically it's at least a third cousin." ... undoubtedly this was looked up during a very late-night argument. Kazuo starts for the hallway. "I'll fetch some. If you don't use it today, you might next time. And Kyouko -- I don't think you're tall enough for Makoto."

Inviting a pillow thrown at the back of his head? Maybe.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-05 19:56:56 87374
    "Somehow." Kyouko agrees with Naru cheerfully. And then blinks at the knowledge that White Chocolate doesn't technically qualify as chocolate. "Well, why's it called chocolate then?" She asks, with the innocence of someone who shoves anything vaugely edible into her mouth without usually bothering to consider what it's made of, or even the subtleties of how it tastes.

    Then she scowls at Kazuo as he saunters away. "Hey, just because I'm not an effing telephone pole like the rest of your a-holes doesn't mean that I'm somehow less appealing, y'know! I have loads of good qualities!" She hmphs.. then side-eyes Naru. "..right?"
Naru Osaka 2017-12-05 20:01:32 87375
"There's a lot of things that have cocoa butter in them and we don't call /those/ chocolate." Naru is clearly on the 'not chocolate' side of this arguement. "I think because it got labelled as that, and it fits flavourwise, and so it has stuck." Naru sets the packet of milk chocolate aside in deference to the white chocolate that should be arriving soon enough.

Naru grins at Kyouko and "Somehow, I suffer through for love." Her tone says that there's not a lot of martyrship going on.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-12-05 20:10:20 87376
It doesn't take Kazuo long to come back. The white chocolate that gets set down by Naru is in chip form, two packages thereof. The white chocolate that gets set down by Kyouko is the filling in a (prepackaged) sandwich cookie. Neither one of them is in fact sunscreen, so Naru may have won that point.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-05 20:11:56 87377
    "I'm tall enough." Kyouko says with mild defensiveness, sticking her tongue out at Kazuo as he comes back. Having a petite girlfriend certainly helps in that regard though, it is true.

    But he brings her a cookie, which instantly wins back her affection, and she grins as she devours it with thorough abandon. Then she mutters, "Food should just be called what it is. I feel like an idiot often enough without having to ask dumb questions."
Naru Osaka 2017-12-05 20:18:35 87378
"Not knowing the details of white chocolate puts you in the majority, and now you get to look all smug and smart at trivia night." Naru grins as she accepts the packets of chips with a murmured thanks. They join the cranberries in the dry ingredients, while the wet have acquired the usual egg, and oil and in this case, a splash of orange juice rather than milk. And then a little bit more.

"Everyone, save Usagi, is taller than I am. You have nothing to prove on the taller front." Naru points out as she starts mixing wet into dry with a practiced hand. "I am routinely not tall enough. I am just grateful that the 'you must be this tall' bar for rides at the amusement park doesn't embarass me."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-12-05 20:21:46 87379
"The only reason I know anything about white chocolate was that I was the only person listening to the fight over it who didn't have a game controller in the way of looking it up." Kazuo does not tousle Kyouko's hair. One cookie is not enough to keep a wrist safe over that one. Especially given the tallness conversation.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-05 20:34:46 87380
    Kyouko, even with cookie-in-mouth, watches Naru mixing the ingredients with the air of a predator watching some juicy herbivores wandering through a field. Food, eventually. She likes this part... just not as much as the eating.

    Then she smirks at Kazuo. "Well, glad I wasn't there then, as I'd probably have been on the wrong end of that fight."
Naru Osaka 2017-12-05 20:38:03 87381
"At some point, I was curious, and googled it." Naru notes on her knowledge about chocolate trivia. There are a lot of things in Naru's world that include the phrase 'I was curious', but at least this one doesn't necessarily need to come with a side order of purification.

Unless one asks chocolate purists, and then all bets are off.

Batter made, Naru scoops it into the muffin tin. "So what do /you/ want for Christmas, Kyouko?"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-12-05 20:42:39 87382
Fortunately, Mamoru's not listening in on this one.

"I'm not certain there is a right end of that fight," Kazuo says Kyouko-ward. And at Naru's question to Kyouko, his mouth twitches upward at a corner. A little more markedly than usual. What's sauce for the gander...
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-05 20:46:38 87383
    Kyouko looks vaugely startled to have her question turned around on her, as if she honestly didn't expect it. At least she's smart enough not to point out the truth- that having loved ones and a roof over her head is really everything she ever wanted. Also a motorcycle (but she said that and Mamoru bought her two so now she's careful about saying such things.)

    She clearly considers a variety of smart-ass answers and the inevitable consequences of each of them before she settles on, "I'll settle for a Christmas Cake and some KFC." A traditional Japanese Christmas.. and entirely food-based, of course.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-12-05 20:49:30 87384
... and abruptly Kazuo is no longer quite silent. If 'a strangled noise' counts as not-silent. He draws a breath and says, completely straight-faced, "Pardon me for a moment, please." Then there is a calm and organized retreat, not running, not even hurrying, for the nearest hallway.
Naru Osaka 2017-12-05 21:06:04 87385
There's a quirk of Naru's brow as she listens to that strangled sound and watches Kazuo flee. "I'm going to guess there is a story there, but if I should know or remember it.. I don't think I do."

Naru turns back to Kyouko as she puts her muffins into the oven. "Those are both fairly well givens. I reserve the right to come up with something else." Much like the caveat that Kyouko herself gave.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-05 21:12:17 87386
    Kyouko blinks as Kazuo utters such a sound and then rapidly (if dignifiedly) flees the room. She cocks her head for a moment, eyes losing focus as if listening to some distant sound.. then shrugs her shoulders. "I don't sense Mamoru in dire peril or anything, so I'm going to assume that I don't need to panic."

    Kyouko then grins at Naru. "I look forward to seeing how creative you can get." She says, winking.
Naru Osaka 2017-12-05 21:15:11 87387
"Peril doesn't make Kunzite flee a room." Naru points out with a soft laugh and a shake of her head. She finally drinks more of her coffee, now that muffins are safely in the oven, and belatedly remembers to set a timer.

Coffee and Naru come to join Kyouko on the couch, the former getting set on the coffee table before the later flops lazily into said couch. "I am terrible at present inspirations."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-05 21:19:09 87388
    Kyouko was still leaning on the kitchen counter (if from the opposite side) but seems more than happy to join Naru on the couch now that such relocations are in the offering. There might even be a little snuggling, because it doesn't cound as PDA when nobody else is in the room.

    "I suppose that's true." Kyouko says, with regards to Kazuo and the lack of fleeing. She then considers, "It's almost our anniversary, too. Should we do something?"
Naru Osaka 2017-12-05 21:30:44 87389
"Wow.. it is." Naru leans against Kyouko. It totally doesn't count as PDA. "Feels like we should do something. Get all dressed up and go out for dinner again? That was fun." She speculates thoughtfully.

"I'm glad your birthday isn't also in the winter." Naru points out after a moment. "Leave something for the other half of the year."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-05 21:33:27 87390
    Kyouko grins. "That was fun. Maybe we'll do that.. if Kazuo or the other guys are willing to distract Momo again." She laughs.

    "Maybe. But there's something to be said for an eventful holiday season." And then she feels silent, content to lean back on Naru and enjoy the afternoon while waiting for muffins.