Somehow The Emo Kids Make More Sense Now

Cure Gull fights depression monsters! With ... sammich and orange juice. Basically Haruna is excellent at regarding Alexis's problems, sympathizing with them, and then PUNCHING WITH LOGIC AND CONSTRUCTIVENESS.

Date: 2017-12-15
Pose Count: 22
Stahlritter 2017-12-15 19:56:34 87610
The disapperance of Alexis was not much of a secret amongst the Mahou community of Tokyo. Especially not amongst those who knew him to any kind of extent.

So thus, likely the incident at the Raskoph Conglomerate's secret installation and the results from therein have come down the grapevine too. And what it all means for a certain Alexis himself.

Maybe less of the troubles he's going through in the aftermath, but still.

As for right now? He's still stuck at the ECFH. Recovering physically-- less so mentally. At the very least he's gotten to the point of not leaving himself stuck in his room. Even if that currently means he's stood by the windows in the living room, overlooking the city below.

He's dressed up pretty differently from the usual too. Feet left bare, sweatpants covering his legs and a loose black tank top draped over his torso. His leather jacket is gone.

And he just stares in silence.
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-12-15 20:10:13 87611
There's the sound of a soft bwzpt! It's Haruna arriving via Pretty Cure mirror travel as she steadies herself on her feet. She has a bag from her cafe, and Corvus on her shoulder. She tip toes around. "Ohhh Yoooo hoooo~" she says.

"Ohhhh Yooo hooooo--- oh!" she says motioning over toward's Alexis. Corvus just sits there and yawns. She tip toes over to Alexis and poke's his shoulder. Poke poke poke. "Hey you!" she says.

"I heard some stuff happened. And also. This is an egg and ham and bagel sandwich." she says. "And also some apple juice. Cuz bagel sammich and apple juice." she says with a coy smile.

"So tell me, Alexis-san, what happened?" she asks. "Something about a lab or something is all I got." she says.
Stahlritter 2017-12-15 20:24:10 87612
Alexis doesn't really seem to react to Haruna's presence at all first. Not until she comes actually poking at his shoulder.

He doesn't jostle. He just sloooowly turns himself around enough that he can peer at her with a single eye over that same shoulder.

Silence for a few seconds.

"...Yeah," he breathes out in response, first.

"My parents' lab. Doing the mind control things they've apparently been doing to me for most of my life."

Haruna Kurosawa 2017-12-15 20:42:17 87613
Haruna Kuorsawa blinks and wiggles the bag as Corvus gives Haruna a side-eye. "Here. Bag. Bagel. Egg. Cheese. Apple juice." she says. "For you!" she says. "Fresh! It's still hot and stuff." she says. She sighs.

"So your parents suck. I know a little something about that." she says quietly. "Not magically. But parents don't need to be magic to suck." she says softly.

She flops onto a couch and says. "Sit down. Let's talk about it." she says. "I also know about mind control thingys on a few levels." she says, eyeing Corvus back. Corvus shifts his eyes away. Know nothing about that nope. Do do dooo.
Stahlritter 2017-12-15 21:02:56 87614
"...Haruna," Alex lets out in a heavy sigh, turning around to face her... only to suddenly end up with a bag of sammich and orange juice in his hands. "...uh..."

Alex looks extremely confused by this turn of events.

He doesn't open the bag though. He just kinda ends up akwardly holding onto it, and... standing there. Perfectly still while Haruna's making to flop on the couch.

"... What am I going to say, Haru?" He asks then finally, after that long moment of akward. "My folks have been secretly controlling probably every aspect of my life until now. Making up every bit of me. What am I supposed to *think* about that?"
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-12-15 21:29:27 87615
Haruna Kurosawa sits down and thinks. "Well I'd be upset at them. That's for sure." she says softly. "But the only one that can sort that out is yourself, Alexis-san." she says. "You've been given the talk not to go back right?" she asks.

"Yeah don't go back~" she teases.

She sighs and brushes a hand against her face and up her hair. "My parents disowned me. Because I like girls." she says softly. "Stuff happened. And when that happened, Aki-chan ran off with me here to Tokyo." she says. "So I get sucky parents." she says.

"But I think the better questions, is, what DO you want to think about?" she asks. "I found myself thinking that more than a few times, during my own stuff." she says quietly.

"When I got Corvus out of my head for the first time when he was a jerk. And the second time when I got the Dark Kingdom garbage out of my head and became a Pretty Cure." she says softly.
Stahlritter 2017-12-15 21:56:04 87616

Alex's head lowers down a bit, at that. "...I didn't know," he admits quietly. "I'm. Sorry."

Strangely solemn for him to be about that when HAruna herself is still as chipper as even even after saying that.

He still doesn't follow after her for the couch though, mind you. Instead, he leans his back a bit more heavily against the wall.

"How am I supposed to know that?" He says to her question, then. "I don't really know if I know anything at all anymore."
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-12-15 22:01:22 87617
Haruna Kurosawa shakes her head. "No apologies." she smirks.

She shakes her head. "You're still operating under the assumption that if you think a certain thing it's your parents thinking and not yours." she says softly. "BUT that isn't true." she says softly.

"It's /your/ choice now. If you liked...let's say. Vanilla Ice Cream? You probably still really like vanilla ice cream." she says.

"Don't feel like you need to stop liking vanilla ice cream because you're not /sure/." she says softly.

"You get to choose now. Not your parents...."

She eyes Corvus with a smirk. "Or a stupid bird that doesn't know better." she says.

Corvus rolls his eyes and siiiighs.
Stahlritter 2017-12-15 22:24:06 87618
"And what if I don't?" Alex asks bluntly, brows furrowing on down slowly.

"Because right now I feel like nothing would have ever happened if it wasn't for my folks deciding that. For the sake of building me into this... this..." He eyes his hands. Not even the bag that he's holding in them. Just... his hands.

"I don't even know what. Soldier? Pawn? Something."

"What the hell am I supposed to do with that knowledge, now that they're... not?"
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-12-15 22:48:05 87619
Haruna Kurosawa stands up and sweeps herself off and then fixes a non-existent tie. Probably a habit picked up from Hannah. "Then it means it probably didn't make YOU happy rather than what made your parent's happy." she says softly.

"The term us brainwashed former jerks tend to use is 'Tin Soldier'." she says. "Wind you up, set you loose." she says softly. "Just wound up. Like a tin soldier with a key in it's back." she says.

"Find what makes ya happy and believe in the people that stick by you, no matter what." she shakes her head. "Hannah-chan could had thrown me to the side when I became a Pretty Cure. But she didn't." she smiles. She tip toes forward. "I dunno if you know, but Hannah-chan totally proposed to me on my Birthday. It was super sweet." she grins widely.

"I mean. My parents suck so what they want doesn't matter and Hannah's parents we're like all for it." she grins. "I mean we still have a bit to go 'till an actual wedding of course but still." she grins wide.
Stahlritter 2017-12-16 16:50:29 87621
"I'm not even a former jerk or anything," Alex murmurs. "At least... not by my standards. Maybe it's not that different from people like you, but at least... I have... always been that, apparently."

He still hasn't touched the bag of sammich and juice. He just... idly thumbs at it. PIcks at the fabric between fingertips. "Everything's been because of my parents. By their decision. I don't even know what I want for myself, or... how to find that out."

The news of the engagement though? That brings him to blink, and send a surprised look at her. "...That's... good news... he murmurs.

"...I'm. Glad for you. I think."
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-12-16 17:03:54 87622
Haruna Kurosawa crosses her arms. "Thank you~" she says. "You may not have been a 'brainwashed jerk' but the fact of the matter is that- you think much of your choices weren't your own." she says softly. "Like a 'former jerk'." she says softly.

"-and. It's okay to keep aspects of that, if it's good for you." she says quietly, with a shrug. "Do you know how I met Hannah-chan? A bunch of jerks wanted me to work for them. So they sent Hannah out to grab me. Yup!" she says.

"So when I got free. I could had kicked Hannah out of my life. But I didn't want to. She was nice to me. Riventon-san was also nice to me. And that's why I talk to him once in a while too." she says. "-and as much as a jerk he is, he still is a friend." she says.

She crosses her arms. "Kunzite met Kyouko when he was a jerk. And when he became not-a-dark-jerk, he could had just punted her and go 'oh that was the dark jerk not me'. But he didn't. Because that's a good thing to have." she says.

"-and it most likely makes him happy. So that's what it comes down to."

"It isn't easy. For some of us it was. But I'm not gonna push you. EXCEPT on one part." she crosses her arms and leans forward.

"No isolating yourself. No outright pushing people away who want to help." she says. "I did that once. Before the magic stuff. And all it did was set me up for a bunch of magical crap I wish I didn't go through." she says. "Bad feelings pile up and then it just kinda starts turning into dark energy crap." she says. "That's basically what happened with me."

"So you know. Talk to people. Even if you can't form the words and ideas." she says.
Stahlritter 2017-12-16 17:33:12 87623
"I..." Alex lets out in an uncertain breath. Now he ends up unable to even look at Haruna directly, instead turning his head to shift his gaze off over to one side.

"I don't know for sure what actually makes me happy now," he whispers, with a frown.

"It's just. I'm sorry. I know what you are saying is right,but... It just doesn't feel as simple as that, for some reason."

He does turn his eyes back to her when she tells him not to isolate himself though, blinking with widened eyes. Well. That's not the first time he's heard that lately.

"...Fine," he mumbles, at the very least. "Though..." He turns a quick look through the window behind him. ":..I don't know how much I can go outside. My folks, they... they are really rich, and influential, from what I've gathered. I don't know what would happen if they figured out where I was."
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-12-16 17:58:01 87624
Haruna Kurosawa nods nods a little rapidly. "OH it's right. I know that much." she says softly. She shakes her head. "You'll figure it out. You just need to get out soon." she says. She eyes Alexis.

"That's not really a problem. Just make sure you have people out with you. Or there's ways to get disguises." she says. "But you'll need to talk to someone in the know on that." she says. "My Prechan Mirror change isn't really much as a disguise as it is a skillset booster." she says tapping her bottom lip.

"I'm thinking Hannah-chan, Venus-chan or Mamoru may have ideas on that front." she says softly.

"I mean lots of people will let you crash wherever and I have a little magical bunker underneath the coffee shop, too. And I don't think Mamoru is gonna kick you out unless you give him a reason given the circumstances." she says.

"I mean. There's solutions for that. Just need to find the best one for you."
Stahlritter 2017-12-16 18:18:53 87625
"Wouldn't blame him for kicking me out just to keep Raskoph Death Squads or whatever from storming this place," Alex mutters, overly grimly.

"...I mean, I know he isn't. No one here is like that."

Well, at least he's aware of that.

"I have this... hideout, too. Something I set up before I even found out about magic. Someplace I could go to to get away from my parents or just... you know. Hide from criminal types if something went to really shit."


"I'm going to guess that one isn't really useful at all at this point." He sighs in frustration at that point. "So I'm guessing this place is my best bet until I figure out how I can move around without a capture team or whatever pops out of the shadows at me."
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-12-16 18:37:08 87626
Haruna nods matter of factly. "If you had it before , and you're worried about your mental choices, then you can assume that maybe it might be a known place. Don't worry. We can get 'cha a new one." she says.

"No one is all seeing and all knowing I mean. I know a god and he isn't all seeing and all knowing." she grins.

"-and I doubt your mom is like a kami or anything." she says. "I mean I ask Blue-sama to check. He might if I ask reallllly nice and give him the big eyes." she says.

"This place is safer than you think. I'm pretty sure attacking Mamoru's place brings out 'all the heroes and even some of the jerks he's befriended' out. So don't worry about that." she says softly.
Stahlritter 2017-12-16 19:21:23 87627
"We don't really know what she is judging from what I've heard of everyone else," Alex murmurs with a heavy sigh. "Apparently he destroyed a dimensional barrier like it was paper or something? I don't know. I was in stasis at the time, pretty much." HE rolls his broad shoulders at htat. "...I dunno. I guess I just... need time? To figure things out."
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-12-16 19:40:37 87628
Haruna Kurosawa frowns. "Well breaking one of those barriers is a big deal. I mean you've been in one, and see what they can handle in terms of things being thrown around inside them right? If you can break one easily, you're a big deal." she says.

She nods. "I needed time too. After all the stuff I went though." she says. "But don't take too much time. Remember what I said." she nods. Corvus also nods at the same time too.

"See..." she says softly.

"When I thought my sister was dead. I kinda of retreated from the world and it didn't help I was kind of shy before that." she says. "And I shoved everyone away, literarily that tried to help." she adds. "Then I met a jerk raven. That turned me into some sort of soul stealing witch. Then I was just a witch. Then the Dark Kingdom took me away because they needed me for something stupid. And then I became a Pretty Cure and I've been trying REALLLLLY hard to not do the retreat into self thing." she says.

"Old habits die hard, ya know, but you'll figure it out." she says with a short smile.

"...wanna be left alone now thou?" she says. "I know I can tire some people out. N' stuff." she says.
Stahlritter 2017-12-16 19:53:15 87629
"Only once so far," Alex admits, in regards to the Barriers. "When Rashmi and Koji were... ... Eh, it doesn't matter. I just don't know that much about them, is all."

He turns, slowly, while she speaks, so that he's looking out through the window again, in a long, distant gaze. "...I'm not going to turn into a Youma or anything just by virtue of brooding alone, am I?" He murmurs-- at least he still has some dark humor left him in if nothing else, right?

At her last question, he shakes his head slowly. "It's... fine. You don't tire me out or anything. Back before I was acting a lot like you, wasn't I?"
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-12-16 20:00:16 87630
Haruna shrugs. "You should take some time to learn that junk." she says. "Just get familiar with it. Knowing stuff helps." she says. She head tilts.

"You want me to be honest?" she asks sheepishly. "Maybe not turn you into a youma. But if bad feelings build up too much then can coalesce into things or attract things. I'm not saying you need to be 'happy all the time'. Like even if I get down and sad sometimes, but the idea is not to let that become your life." she nods matter of factly.

"You're not gonna turn into a youma because you feel sad for a few weeks." she says. "Or upset. or angry." she says. "Or even a few months but when you're talking nearly a year or years..." she nods a little.

"That's when stuff might happen and even before. Depending." she says.
Stahlritter 2017-12-16 20:32:37 87631
"... All the emo kids in London wearing all black and absolutely dreadful eyeliner writing awful poetry makes so much more sense all of a sudden," Alex mutters, albeit with not all that much in way of amusement in his voice.

"I'll... keep that in mind, though."

"Still... I need some time, if nothing else. There's a lot of different... variables, that I am not sure I am going to deal with."

He turns over then, slowly, to where the hallways are. "...Thank you for the sandwich," he murmurs, in spite of not... actually having eaten any of it. At least he still has the bag with him. "...I'm gonna need to sit down and. Think about some things."
Haruna Kurosawa 2017-12-16 20:34:47 87632
Haruna Kurosawa beams. "Take your time Alexis-kun~ and remember, some of us are only a text away n' stuff. Or bird-o-gram away." she says.

"I'm not a messenger pigeon!" complains Corvus.

"Uh-huh." goes Haruna.

Then she walks back towards the mirror, seems to think for a hard moment before it glows blue and she hops back through it. Away!