You are (not) missing

Kyouko and Kukai are both seperately looking into why Makio's been reported missing.

Date: 2017-12-07
Pose Count: 38
Makio Ryu 2017-12-07 23:45:34 87391
It's another work day. Another totally normal day. At least, that's the way Makio's trying to make it. He adjusts the fancy little hat he's been wearing to match with his little shounen butler waiter outfit. Yeah it's not much of a way to hide, but there's a bit different from this look compaired to his usual. He's been hoping enough of a difference that no one outside of the Mahou-dom notices.

Though, as far as people in the mahou-dom go, he's somewhat worried about what'll happen when his bosses find out he's missing. This was dumb, even for him... Being between orders he's currently standing in wait near the door for the next customer.
Kukai Souma 2017-12-07 23:50:48 87392
Kukai is out for the day - he's not currently working anywhere, and there's no classes, yay. So he's spending the day burning off some of the excess energy he's built up while letting the bruises on his stomach finally wear off. This time he's being more careful about not overdoing it, at least.

So a day of wandering around in King Penguin Park has lead him to Mew Mew Cafe for a snack and to see his friends. There's at least not much of a line and his friend Makio is behind the counter, which makes the decision that much easier for him. Kukai steps inside the cafe, waving at Makio as he approaches. "Hey! How're you doing?"
Makio Ryu 2017-12-07 23:54:05 87393
Makio Ryu smiles as Kukai enters. He opens his mouth to say something, but then closes it and offers a little bow. "Kuaki, sir, good to see you again," he greets, "Did you want to be seated at a table?" Despite his words and actions otherwise speaking of another feeling entirely, he adjusts his hat nervously again. "I am cool, are you doing ok though?"
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-07 23:55:59 87394
    Kyouko doesn't normally frequent this place, not for any particular aversion but more just because she doesn't frequent anyplace. That said, it's sort of on the way from her apartment to her job at the conbenie. Upon hearing reports that Makio was missing, a few concerned parties had asked Kyouko to poke her head in to the cafe on her way to work one evening and just take a quick look around and see if anything stood out as suspicious.

    So here she is, doing just that. She's wearing a black t-shirt and jeans, which is her normal 'work uniform' (minus the orange apron she has to wear when on the job), sticking her head in through the door and peering about just a few moments after Kukai enters.

    Whereupon she immidiately spots Makio standing next to the door. She squints, then frowns as she enters the rest of the way. "Hey," She interrupts Makio speaking to Kukai. "I thought you were missing. You're not missing?" She eyes him, then shrugs. "Well, that was the easiest 'missing person' case I ever solved."
Kukai Souma 2017-12-08 00:25:47 87395
Kukai grins at Makio and shakes his head. "No, it's fine, I'll probably take whatever I get with me. And you don't have to be so formal! It's ok. And yeah, I'm doing better now." He pats his stomach. "It's all good. Uh. Hmm. I think what I want is a tiger tail... and a dirty apple..."

He blinks as he hears a familiar voice behind him, looking back to see a vibrant redhead in all black. "Oh. Hey, Kyouko. How're you?" He huhs, then nods, looking back to Makio. "Yeah, I remember hearing something about that, but you're right here. So you can't be missing, right?" He chuckles at Kyouko. "Yeah. Wish we got paid for something that easy."
Makio Ryu 2017-12-08 00:29:15 87396
Makio chuckles and rubs at the back of his neck a little nervously as Kyouko just gets RIGHT to the point on sight like that. "I've been here most of the past week, yeah..." he murmurs, being a deal quieter than usual, "My parents just don't know much of anything about where to find me." He writes down Kukai's order.

"And I'm just trying to play my job correctly," Makio states, "It's always super awkward since I'm so used to being really casual..." An appologetic grin is shot toward them both. "Sorry if I'm causing trouble...I just didn't know what else to do for this whole...thing."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-08 00:35:04 87397
    Kyouko, for her part, doesn't particularly have much issue with somebody running off and not telling their parents where they went. The parents she's had exposure to in her life have mostly been terrible, dead, or both, with some notable exceptions (Usagi's and Naru's, primarily). So "my parents don't know where I am" doesn't immidiately sound all that strange to her.

    She just frowns slightly, putting her hands on her hips. "So, there's no emergency? Your parents aren't trying to brainwash you, are they?" Obviously thinking of the recent incident with Alex. "Naru wanted me to check up on you after hearin' something. Can I tell her you're good?"

    She then adds, "Hey Kukai. I'm fine. Just stoppin' by on my way to work."
Kukai Souma 2017-12-08 00:41:37 87398
Kukai hmms and then nods. "Yeah. Sure." He pauses for a moment, leaning over to examine Makio. "Well. I mean, as long as you are Makio. We have run into some body stealers before. That's not fun stuff. And there's always someone trying to make copies of us or something."

Kukai nods a little. "Well. You don't want us to tell them, I assume. So. And you do fine, I'm just really unused to people being super proper to me!"

He looks back at Kyouko. "...Good grief. Yeah, that's something I didn't think about. They're not trying to .. do bad stuff to you, right?" He looks back to Makio, then reaches over and pats Kyouko on the back. "I keep meaning to stop by the conbenie but school and practice and patrols. I'll come by at some point."
Makio Ryu 2017-12-08 00:44:59 87399
"Oh, and I still promise to get you that load of pizza, Kukai, it just might take a little longer than I planned," Makio insists with another appologetic look in Kukai's direction. "I should have though ahead enough to think about that...and would you like to be seated Miss Kyouko?"

At Kyouko and Kukai's question he shakes his head rather strongly, fighting a laugh even. "Oh, no, noooooo, my parents aren't like that," he insists, "They're just- well they're the opposite of that. They're so OVERLY supportive that I'm worried it might ruin my future. So, I'm trying to force myself to go without having thier money as a support net to erase all my problems. ...this was a dumb idea though, I don't know what I'm doing... But I really don't know how to get them to agree to stop fixing all my problems for me."

Kukai's question draws a slight smirk. "I don't know dude...maybe I've been snacted and I don't realize it? ...but here's a thing, do bodysnatchers remember secrets they aren't supposed to talk about?"
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-08 00:48:11 87400
    Kyouko shakes her head at the question. "Nah, I'm only here for a minute. I'm on my way to work, like I just said." She glances to Kukai at his question, stiffening slightly at the pat to the back- not because she has any particular dislike of Kukai. She just isn't one for casual touching, generally. She manages not to break his wrist, and even answers, "It's cool. Not like I own the place. But I can tell ya all the best slurpee flavors when you do stop by."

    Then she eyes Makio. "Um, yeah, well that seems fine and all, but you should probably at least let them know you're alive. Apparently people are looking for you." She pauses, then adds, "Although if you've just been at your public job, not hiding at all, they don't seem to be looking very hard." She quirks her lips to the side. "Anyway, I'll let Naru and people know you're not actually dead or whatever, but next time maybe think about at least putting out a "don't worry" notice, even if it don't includ where you are."
Kukai Souma 2017-12-08 00:54:14 87401
Kukai laughs and shakes his head. "I can wait for a pizza, it's fine. Thank you. You fix yourself up before you do anything for me or somebody else."

He nods a bit, then scratches his head. "Oh. They.. aah, you wanna prove yourself. Iiii can get behind that. That's fine. And I don't think many people know what they're doing as they get older. If they did we wouldn't have so many people screwing up all the time." He grins. "I'm just glad I know what I wanna do! As for that, have you at least tried to talk to them about it? About letting you make your own mistakes?"

Kukai rolls his eyes. "yeah they actually tend to know a lot, since we're in the sort of business where we have bodysnatchers. It's crazy. You should've seen Nadeshiko when she was a twin. That was..." He scratches his head. "Well it was fun, but I was exhausted constantly chasing the thing that did it."

Kukai feels Kyouko stiffen, but she's not chewing his arm off. That's an improvement. He pulls his hand back and then nods. "That sounds good."
Makio Ryu 2017-12-08 01:02:37 87402
Makio Ryu nods at Kyouko. "Right, sorry, sorry," he responds. "I thought about it, but I was worried it'd make people look bad, and I didn't want to give the wrong people an in to my connections know what, so, I tried not to leave any obvious signs that might connect anyone to me missing." That and he figured most people that know him within Mahou-dom would know to look for him here by process of elimination anyway.

"Yeah, I've tried talking, but it just becomes a big fight between all 5 of us before I can get through to them... Maybe I'm approaching it wrong, maybe they aren't listening, maybe my grandparents are just riling them up... Maybe none of us really know how to talk to eachother cause my parents are gone so much?"
Kyouko Sakura 2017-12-08 01:07:49 87403
    Kyouko pokes a finger towards Makio, a bit of a lecturing tone in her voice. "Well, not to tell you your business, but it usually helps when you're trying to disappear if you don't stay where everyone can find you. It took me all of two minutes, and Kukai didn't even realize you were missing." She smiles, then. "Well, for what it's worth, I'm glad you ain't hurt or whatever. And I hope you figure things out with your parents."

    She turns to the door. "I gotta run, I need to be at work in a few. But I'll tell Naru and the guys the deal.. if I know them, I'd expect you to be getting a visit sometime soon. Brace yourself for lectures." She smiles at Kukai. "Nice seein' you, dude." Then she's off out the door again.
Kukai Souma 2017-12-08 01:19:07 87404
Kukai nods and grins. "Yeah, I understand. It's ok. We knew where you'd probably be, anyway." He frowns and then nods, scratching the back of his head. "Well. If you've tried that, or something.. I dunno. You may have to do what you have to. You know your situation best."

He chuckles and nods. "Yeah, I mean, I saw Makio walking in the park the other day, so I figured he was fine. It's all good." He nods and waves at Kyouko as she heads for the door. "Good to see you too. See you around!" He then nods and looks at Makio. "Well. I guess it's all good. Ooh. What did I say I wanted, a tiger tail and a dirty apple? I think I want some hot milk tea too..." He grins. "I know it's a sin to have milk tea in a travel cup but I don't want a soda with pastries..."
Makio Ryu 2017-12-08 01:22:50 87405
Makio Ryu waves after Kyouko, having ZERO objection to what he has to say to him or her planing to tell the others. "Well I mean, it helps I'm not trying to HIDE from YOU guys," he states, "I'd suck at staying hidden from everyone anyway. My family and school have no idea where I work is all... My bosses are good for that, since this whole place is really know...'headquarters'."

He excuses himself a quick moment to go and turn in Kukai's order (with that addition of hot tea) in. Coming back he nods a little. "I don't know...maybe it'd help if there was some kind of 6th party to try and keep everyone in line...or it might make it worse instead."
Kukai Souma 2017-12-08 01:40:30 87406
Kukai nods and then grins. "Yeah, I know. Like Kyouko said, I didn't know you were missing and I found you." He waits for Makio to return, then nods. "Well.... I dunno. I'd offer to help, but I'm really bad at that sort of thing. Calming people down is tough, and they'd probably all say 'oh you're just a kid, you don't know what you want. Maybe somebody else we know would be good?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-12-08 01:42:43 87407
Sayaka Miki had had an exhausting weekend and, rather than go to school today, she'd opted out, deciding to play hookey instead. She had heard of cafe Mew Mew but never been there before, so it was a new place to check out and maybe get her mind off of her latest troubles. Stepping in the front door, Saya is dressed in street clothes rather than school uniform - casual jeans, a white tshirt and black jacket. She peers around slowly, quite impressed by the quaint set up as she searches for a place to sit.
Makio Ryu 2017-12-08 01:50:08 87408
Makio Ryu nods in agreement to Kukai. "Yeah I should probably be careful about it if I try to get someone do that..." With Sayaka entering he offers a small and a little bow. "Welcome miss, would you like to be seated?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-12-08 02:00:21 87409
Sayaka Miki smiles and nods to Makio. "Yes, please! This cafe is so cute!" she grins as she looks around, rubbing her eyes a bit tiredly. Saya does spy a Kukai and waves to him. "Oh hiya, Kukai-Kun, how are you?"
Kukai Souma 2017-12-08 02:04:31 87410
Kukai looks over at Sayaka as she enters and then nods to her. "Hey, Sayaka! I'm doing ok. Just came in to get something to go. I'm waiting on it to come out of the back. I'm feeling better now. How're you doing?"
Makio Ryu 2017-12-08 02:25:52 87411
Makio Ryu smiles back at Sayaka, offering a little bow before gesturing for her and Kukai to follow him to a table. Surely Kukai can stand near the table to talk if he's worried about sitting with her or anything. "And whay would you like today due--miss?" Another smile is shot at Kukai as he holds up saying anything for a moment, so he can go and get Sayaka's order in once it's made real quick.
Sayaka Miki 2017-12-08 02:29:24 87412
Sayaka Miki nods to Kukai, yawning and stretching a bit. "Goes okay I suppose. School is school. Things have been quiet since..." she dyes by finish that sentence, a far away look in her eyes. "You seek better than last time we met. Glad to see you're on the mend. Come here often?" she smiles and nods to Makio, following him to a table. "Thanks, and perhaps I'll start with some hot chocolate and a bagel with cream cheese.." she pauses, peering at him curiously. "Have we met before?"
Kukai Souma 2017-12-08 02:34:38 87413
Kukai follows over to Sayaka's table, continuing to talk with her as Makio heads to get her order. "That's good. And.. yeah." He nods. "I'm better. And no, actually, this is my.. second time? Maybe third?" He looks around and grins. "I keep meaning to come by, but I have to make a point to." He considers his order, then nods. "Want me to sit with you and talk a bit? We haven't spoken in a while now."
Makio Ryu 2017-12-08 02:42:29 87414
Makio Ryu goes to turn in Sakya's order, returning rather quickly with Kukai's warm milk tea, dirty apple, and a tiger tail. "Hrmm...maybe? Several...specific people recognise me from somewhere else, or you might recognise me cause I'm one of the best swimmers for Infinity Highschool, but I'm usually not that memorable."
Sayaka Miki 2017-12-08 02:47:35 87415
Sayaka Miki chuckles at Makio and shrugs. "Who knows? I always seem to chess paths with the same people for a long time before I actually notice they're there." she makes a face and shrugs, "Guess I'm just preoccupied a lot.." she glances at Kukai, shrugs and smiles, looking tired, "Sure, wouldn't mind the company. Things have been pretty hectic since Lex-chan..Woke up.." she seems pretty worried about that, biting her lip.
Kukai Souma 2017-12-08 02:56:04 87416
Kukai takes the bag with his items and his tea, then sits down with Sayaka, nodding at her. "Sure, then. What're you up to, then? Just taking care of Alexis? What else has been going on - anything?" He leans over a bit, eyeing her. "What's wrong, Sayaka?"
Makio Ryu 2017-12-08 03:04:49 87417
Makio Ryu tilts his head some. "Things haven't gotten better since he woke up," he wonders curiously, "Sorry it's been a bit crazy on my end, for obvious reasons. I never actually met him, but I'd thought things would improve some once he was awke..."
Sayaka Miki 2017-12-08 03:08:02 87418
Sayaka Miki frowns a bit, peering into her coffee. "Hmmm..." when Makio says that she arches a brow at him curiously, "Oh, have you spoken to him recently?" she shrugs. "Well..Seems like his mom implanted a lot of false memories in his mind, and now he's having trouble differentiating reality from fantasy. He's not even sure if his relationship with me is..Real..."
Kukai Souma 2017-12-08 03:11:44 87419
Kukai shrugs at Makio. "Waking up is only part of healing. We'll just have to keep working with him." He nods at Sayaka. "Oh, that's awful. ... Well, wait. That's a silly consideration. Do you think it's real? Because if you think it's real then that's all that matters on your end. He just has to decide how he feels about you. That shouldn't be so hard..."
Makio Ryu 2017-12-08 03:28:44 87420
Makio Ryu frowns at that information and nods. "I haven't actually met him, but I offered to help out when he was gone. I just didn't really have anything I could do since plenty of people were already on it and I'm still new to all...this stuff. Lacrima must be doing terrible now if it's like this..."
Sayaka Miki 2017-12-08 03:38:02 87421
Sayaka Miki shrugs, "Silly? Heh, not really. Everything he said is true. Lacri-chan confirmed that. It really is as if his mom reprogrammed his mind, filled it with memories, maybe even planted people and events and influenced his reactions and feelings towards others.." she sighs, staring long and hard at her coffee. "Heh, yea, that's an understatement. Lacri nearly had a break down, started leaking that black ichor stuff.." she sighs. "I dunno if he can get over this..Maybe he's right, maybe what we shared..Wasn't real.."
Kukai Souma 2017-12-08 03:54:44 87422
Kukai nods at Makio. "It's what happens sometimes. We get too many people every so often to pile in and you can only take so many people. I know everyone appreciates you offering. And yeah, Lacrima hasn't surfaced in.. a week or two." He sighs.

Kukai nods and then reaches over, patting Sayaka's shoulder. "I'm sorry. We'll figure out what's going on with him and help him get it sorted out." He shakes his head. "Look. Maybe it wasn't. But that doesn't mean you can't make something real. Don't throw away the future because someone interfered with the past, ok?"
Makio Ryu 2017-12-08 03:56:55 87423
Makio Ryu says, "Do you have any reason to think his mother had him share anything with you? Is there some reason you think you would be of any advantage to her over anyone else? Did you know her? ...cause if all the answers to that are no, the likelihood seems REALLLLLLLLLY small. I'd say, yeah give him some room to figure things out, cause he's obviously lost, but I don't think you should totally throw it out and give up on it..." He nods back at Kukai. "Yeah, you can't get too many people doing things or it just starts becoming a problem, and that situation already sounded too hectic.""
Sayaka Miki 2017-12-08 04:02:06 87424
Sayaka Miki glances between Makio and Kukai, smiling weakly. "Thanks you two. I know you're right. I mean, I know that our experts say need were real and not the result of some illusion his mom cooked up, just.." she sighs, "It's just that there seem to be be so many factors. She didn't create our experiences but maybe she made sure I was in right place to influence him. Who knows?" she shrugs rubbing her temples, "Ugh, it's too complicated to even think about. It's making my head hurt. Just hope I don't have to wait too long, you know? How much time does one need for that thing? Is it worse for me to be around him? I dunno."
Kukai Souma 2017-12-08 04:08:56 87425
Kukai nods to Makio, then looks at Sayaka. "What he said. If we're not the only people who've said it, then you should have some faith. And seriously, how can you think she could manipulate you like that? C'mon, it's ridiculous." He leans back, taking a bite of his dirty apple and sipping his tea. "It is super complicated. Don't push yourself over the past. Try to improve the future, now that you know he's free."
Makio Ryu 2017-12-08 04:10:36 87426
Makio Ryu makes his way off for a quick moment, returning with Sayaka's order. "Well I can't say for sure cause I have no idea what this must be like. I've never been brain washed, I've never known someone while they were brain washed, and I've never been in that kind of relationship. I just started making my first friends in the past few months. I've just watched other people a lot. ...but in my total dumby on this sort of opinion, it feels like the best idea would be to just let him know you're there for him if he wants, when he's ready, but that you aren't going to force anything....but I have no clue at all what kind of time it'd take to get over a situation like that..."
Sayaka Miki 2017-12-08 04:16:13 87427
Sayaka Miki chuckles a bit. "I suppose your right, she could not have manipulated me in that way, and I don't believe his feelings for me were fabricated by her." still, something that Makio says makes her laugh. "Heh, you know how we met? He was an energy draining vampire, infected by Lacri-chan, and I was a super hero trying to save him from himself. Not exactly a normal first date but..." she shrugs, finishes the rest of her coffee and bagel and rises to her feet, pulling out some money and placing it on the table. "Thanks you guys, I appreciate your help. I should probably go, been played my hookey all day.."
Makio Ryu 2017-12-08 04:47:21 87429
Makio Ryu waves after Sayaka. "And if you met me it was probably as Mew Macaroon," he notes, "Hang in there! ...anyway, Kukai, glad you're feeling better but, I should probably let you get back to enjoying your post bed ridden freedom!"