Private Consultations

Mamoru and Kazuo enlist Ami's help in figuring out what's going wrong with their powers. (Unfinished scene)

Date: 2017-12-10
Pose Count: 10
Kazuo Takeba 2017-12-10 17:17:45 87498
The top floor of Mamoru's building is ... well. All Mamoru's. That means that there are alternatives to the usual area people meet in, without actually going so far as to confine the group in a guest room. In this case, the alternative is the living room of one of the other apartments. It's the one that Kazuo's and Izumi's rooms are off of -- which means that it is very nearly as isolated as a guest room with the door closed to begin with, and most of the people who would come passing through it are also Ami's patients today.

It also means that it's more elegantly appointed than the others; the furniture is actually high-quality. A Go set is arranged as if a game were in progress. There is a piano; its finished is unscratched, and it gathers no dust.

In short, Ami might actually in some ways be more comfortable in here than in the louder, busier, shabbier and definitely more video-game-oriented primary living room.

And there is still the option of closing a door behind them if they need it.

"If you're all right with it," Kazuo says to Ami, "we may as well begin with me. I suspect you have more data for comparison in my case, at least." Given that the body he is in was to Ami's design in the first place, and that there were regular checks to make sure his settling into it wasn't going to wind up a very short-term experiment.
Ami Mizuno 2017-12-10 17:24:57 87499
Ami is definitely more relaxed in here, and it shows in her bearing. She glances around, curiously, before pulling out the Mercury Computer. "Shall I start now, or would you like to tell me what's going on first?" she says, as gently as ever. She watches Kazuo, Kunzite, her friend and former enemy. "I am worried about you and Mamoru, after all."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-12-10 17:30:57 87500
As if a tile mosaic floor and mural walls are shabby. The 'main' apartment merely has more economically replaced furniture if it happens to be destroyed or copiously bled on in the process of ejecting a recalcitrant former guest that breaks the house rules. Like 'no kidnapping' and 'no murder'.

The floor's owner comes in on Ami's last comment, wearing jeans and a button-down blue shirt with a mandarin collar, probably for the purpose of not actively matching Kazuo's standard uniform. "I'd be worried about all of us Earth nerds," he says in an odd mixture of good cheer and rue, "though Kunzite's also got his own specific jerk problems that nobody else has because of course he does, if you listen to the caracal."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-12-10 17:44:53 87501
Kazuo glances back to Mamoru with a supremely unimpressed expression. Which Mamoru probably takes as a compliment; he tries to get that look out of Kazuo. He returns his attention to Ami and answers her, instead. "The immediate problem," he says, "is a lingering one from when we dealt with Hannah Sharpe last summer. During the fight, I was struck by the weapon she used to steal linker cores; it apparently latched on to my soul gem instead." Technically that's a Puella term. But it's useful enough for Kunzite, too. "We were able to resettle it in my body, but since then, I've had difficulty transforming; it takes longer than it should, I need to be more careful with my energy expenditure, and it takes less impact to break the transformation entirely.

"Previous to that, as Mamoru says, I was already having certain troubles interfacing with my palace properly. It's evident to you from the other three that we should be able to manufacture water and greenery there as easily as we shift details of the architecture." Nephrite's rain forest. Jadeite's shrine. Zoisite's fairytale castle with its gardens. All of them have those things. "I can't do so; I've been able to sustain a handful of plants, with difficulty and with slow growth, by importing water from the real world. But that's neither scalable nor sustainable. That is likely a psychological issue, and we're attempting to work with some of the dreamwalkers to resolve it. That may be contributing to the henshin problems. But it's worthwhile looking for a more direct cause, too."
Ami Mizuno 2017-12-10 17:47:51 87502
Ami Mizuno nods, frowning softly at both Kunzite and Mamoru. She ignores the friendly banter in favor of facts, although the Earth Prince gets a respectful if shallow nod. "All right. And Mamoru-kun? What's your need to be scanned?" she asks, turning to the Prince more fully. "All teasing aside, please. This sounds quite serious."
Mamoru Chiba 2017-12-10 18:01:07 87503
Mamoru, for his part, first looks smug and relaxes for-real instead of retaining a faint tension around his eyes and shoulders when Kunzite gives him that expression -- and then looks faintly askance at Ami for her not-quite-scolding. But: when she's worried, she'll lecture anyone for anything, including their coping mechanisms, so he doesn't say anything about it. Instead, he takes off his glasses and drops them in his shirt pocket, then moves to claim a seat. "Of course it's serious," he says mildly. "But I'm not sick on top of it, so it could be worse."

Sitting forward a little with his elbows on the arms of the chair, ankles crossed lazily in front of him, Mamoru summarizes: "Occasionally I can still henshin, usually only into Tuxedo Kamen. For the most part, when I try, I get a headache bad enough that I pass out and wake up, still not transformed. My healing and psychic powers are unreliable, much moreso than they've ever been; I can't always sense where Usagi or my Shitennou are, and sometimes I get false reads. That shouldn't be possible; I could even find them, connect with them, sense them, when the Dark Kingdom had me and I didn't know who I was. There are two silver linings to all this: first, it doesn't hurt and isn't causing psychic or physiological distress; second, I--"

He takes a breath, lets it out in a short puff, and eyes Kazuo sidelong for a second. "One power is actually more reliable. And doesn't bother me. And it used to, and should. I can teleport, no problem."
Ami Mizuno 2017-12-10 18:09:12 87504
Ami Mizuno gives a soft, slow frown. It deepens as Mamoru talks. Then she physically jolts a little at his last few words. "Well, then. Okay." She takes a breath, slowly. "And you want me to scan you both to see what's wrong, and if we can find a cure. You don't want me spreading this, I assume." She looks from Kazuo to Mamoru. "I'll scan both of you and probably come up with questions as I go. First, I'll scan Kazuo alone, then you, Mamoru; after that, I may scan you both together." She looks deeply unsettled as she speaks, though.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-12-10 18:14:36 87505
Kazuo says quietly, "My trouble isn't exactly unknown at this point; I've needed to transform in front of others a few times. Mamoru's is... growing less easy to conceal." He steps aside from the pair of them, taking a place well clear of other likely energy sources. "When you're ready, then, cue me and I'll change
Mamoru Chiba 2017-12-10 18:42:53 87506
"I've just been-- not particularly visible," says Mamoru with a vague shrug. "Using coursework as an excuse; everyone knows I'm nearly as monofocused as you are when it comes to school, Ami-chan." The last comes with an affectionately wry smile, but he sits back in his chair. "All the same, not spreading it around would be a really good plan."
Ami Mizuno 2017-12-10 19:30:43 87507
Ami Mizuno listens to Mamoru, and even returns his wry smile. "Absolutely doable," she agrees on the keeping things mum, before looking to Kazuo. "Okay. Whenever you're ready, I've got the Mercury Computer ready to go." She taps a few keys and stands close, but not too close, to Kazuo.