Nothing (But Me) For Christmas


With all the hectic action and recuperation and things going on this year, Kukai Souma hasn't been able to find a present for his boyfriend Nagihiko. And nothing's good enough anyway. He decides to call Nagi and explain things in person.

Date: 2017-12-28
Pose Count: 19
Kukai Souma 2017-12-28 21:55:50 87852
It is a clear, cold day in Tokyo, only a scant few degrees above freezing. That means hats and hoodies and coats and sweaters. It's at least not wet everywhere, so there's no snow or frost this late in the day. With the New Year approaching, and Christmas just past, Kukai Souma is nervous, pacing back and forth near the center of the park, watching for someone special whom he's waiting on. Someone he's got to tell something important. Maybe bad. Maybe.

Kukai sighs, rubbing his arms in his jacket as he moves, the nerves keeping the chill from bothering him too much as Daichi flits back and forth around the park, watching for his incoming company...
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2017-12-28 22:07:28 87853
It is easier to dress warmly for a male. Or at least it is for Nagihiko as Nadeshiko's wardrobe consists mostly of items that would make his knees cold. Today he very much does not want cold knees.

Despite the lack of frost or snow, he huddles in his jack as he walks, neck and shoulders scrunched, ears protected by the fuzzy hat on his head. It does little for his nose. He could burrow it into his scarf, but breathing in clothing always feels stifling.

Still, he braves the winter day because Kukai wants to speak to him, and maybe there could be a luring into their coffee shop after. Maybe. Or maybe there could be huddling for warmth. Yes, just for warmth. Totally. Nothing else.

Temari is dressed as she normally is, warm kimono keeping out most of the chill, but poor Rhythm looks like a blue cotton ball with hair with how bundled up he is.

Rhythm spots the two first. "They're over here!" That's the last he says before he zips over and dives into Kukai's coat, seeking out body heat.
Kukai Souma 2017-12-28 22:14:41 87854
Kukai erks and blinks, looking down as a little blue Chara-cotton ball shoots into his jacket, right up next to him, then grins, looking up at the angle it fired off from, seeing Nagihiko approaching. He reaches down, patting and hugging the little Chara with one hand through his jacket, helping him get warm.

Daichi looks for a second between them - Kukai and Rhythm over there, or Nagihiko? It only takes a moment, and Kukai stops just in time for a little wrapped up green Chara to similarly dive inside Nagihiko's jacket and shiver. He's apparently still not got over an unexpected smooch.

Kukai approaches Nagihiko and smiles, bowing his head slightly. "Hey Nagi..." He reaches up, hugging the shorter boy close to him, squeezing him gently with both arms. "Thanks for coming. Wanna go sit down somewhere? I know this was sort of out of the icy blue..."
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2017-12-29 00:17:27 87855
Nagihiko follows the direction of the tiny blue chara bullet, pausing a little as another burrowed into his own jacket. He pauses to pat the added lump to his clothing. Poor Daichi.

He relaxes into the hug, careful to avoid squishing little chara lumps.

"Sitting down..." Would likely be a burst of cold through the material of their pants, but then again, it was better than standing and at least there they could huddle. "That sounds good."

He is a little nervous about this, truth be told. He doesn't think this would end badly, but then again, look at their lives.
Kukai Souma 2017-12-29 00:27:56 87857
Kukai is careful as well, hugging Nagihiko for a moment before they find a place to sit. Thankfully Kukai thought to bring a blanket for the bench, and it's not freezing cold on their butts. He nods at Nagihiko as they sit, letting out a breath. "Ok... Ok. So. I dunno how to say this."

Kukai thinks for a minute, then looks up at him. "I... don't have anything to give you for Christmas. I... I went looking. I have plenty of money. I had lots of chances. But I looked over the charms, and none of them seemed to be of any use. I looked at the clothing and none of it seemed like it'd be right on you. The same went for jewelry - it all seemed tacky and tawdry. Games and movies and teas and books and shoes and everything, it was all..."

Kukai shrugs. "Nothing was good enough for you. I wanted to give it all to you but I didn't want to waste your time with any of it because it wasn't good enough. I spent weeks looking for anything I thought was worth giving to you and I couldn't find it." He bows his head in shame. "Please, forgive me. Please don't be angry at me for my failure. Anything you want, please, tell me, and I'll get it for you."
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2017-12-29 00:48:59 87858
There is a moment of ice cold fear as Kukai starts. Tell him what? He tries to think back. Has there been any signs that Kukai might want to end things? He doesn't think so. But then again, how would Nagihiko know these signs? He's never really been through anything resembling a break up before, so how would he know what signs to look for?

He nearly oozes off the seat in relief when he finds out this is about Christmas. At first he's too relieved to say anything, and then a bit too stunned.

He shifts so he's better facing Kukai and settled his hand on his shoulder. "I've been...having the same issue. I mean, I bought a pair of earrings for you when we were in Kyoto, but they're more a souveniere, and then I started panicking because I couldn't find you anything, because nothing seemed right, but even the earrings are kind of...not exactly right, and I'm pretty sure you have all the sport equipment you need, and what you don't have where would it fit, and cooking something is good but it hardly lasts, and just--"

And now he is the rambling one. He cuts himself off and starts again. "I know what Christmas is supposed to be, but I don't...need anything fancy. And you've put up with...a lot from me this past...forever."
Kukai Souma 2017-12-29 01:12:40 87859
Kukai looks into Nagi's eyes, listening to him. Nagi hadn't been able to find him a present either? Oh... Kukai's eyes are suddenly filled with tears, listening to Nagihiko talk about earrings and sports equipment and panicking.. "No, Nagi, it's ok, no, it's all right..."

Kukai's arms grip Nagihiko tightly, clutching him close and pressing against him, looking into purple eyes and kissing him for just a moment, a soft, lovign kiss. "I don't need anything fancy either. Just.. just you. I just want you for Christmas." He blushes. "Not.. I mean, not in any sort of naughty way, but I want you to be with me. For Christmas and the New Year. I love you."

Kukai leans in, kissing Nagi's forehead, leaning against him. "And I'll put up with you no matter whatever happens. We'll deal with whatever happens as it comes."
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2017-12-29 01:31:09 87860
He leans his forehead against Kukai's and softly smiles. "If I were the sort who didn't believe in some superstitions, I'd say it likely doesn't get much worse than being split in two and slowly going insane, so there is that, at least." He gives a little sigh, feeling light and full. "I love you, too."

After a moment of basking, because sometimes a person just needed to be allowed to bask, he pulls back a little and pulls out the small box from his pocket. "Did you want them? I wore them once, but that was to make sure they wouldn't turn the ears green. Sometimes you can't tell if you're getting a good deal or if you're getting scammed, but."
Kukai Souma 2017-12-29 01:46:45 87861
Kukai smiles and then leans against Nagihiko, relaxing from the sensation of 'oh god, he's gonna be upset that I didn't get him anything.' "I mean.... I guess it could get much worse, but hopefully it won't." He nuzzles in, grinning, just soaking in the feel of the leaning purple haired dancer next to him.

Kukai leans back and then eyes the box for a moment. "Well, sure, I mean, if you got them for me I'll take them." He blushes. "I'll have to get you something. Maybe we can look together?"
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2017-12-29 02:06:11 87862
"Uh oh, now you've done it." His grin turns sly. "Next I'll be split into five people. That'll make things...interesting."

Magihiko snorts a little. "Like I said, they were a souveniere. They're not exactly what one gets someone for Christmas." He was told they were onyx. For all he knew, they could have just been little black round pebbles hot glued onto some findings. "I do enjoy shopping, though. Or we could just get some coffee soon. I think my rear will be numb soon."
Kukai Souma 2017-12-29 02:11:14 87863
Kukai chortles. "I don't know how I'd be able to date all five of you at once! What would they all even look like!" He shakes his head and takes the little box of earrings, opening them up and examining them before shifting to take his little silver studs out and replacing them, pocketing the box afterwards. "How do they look?"

Daichi has come back out from his warm hiding spot on Nagihiko's side, finding his way into Kukai's warm pockets.

Kukai nods and then smiles. "Sure. We can go into the mall or something, or just go to the cafe and get some coffee. Both of those sound good."
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2017-12-29 02:33:16 87864
"Gorgeous, I'm sure." He tries to think about five of him at once. Being jealous four times over does not appeal to him at all. "Although, for both of our sanity, I suggest we avoid that as much as possible."

He studies the studs for a moment before pulling out a small pocket mirror. "I like them. Here, see?" Even if they had been more a souveniere rather than an actual gift gift, he does hope Kukai likes them.

Rhythm, having heard the rustling, comes out from Kukai's pocket, still looking more or less like a blue ball. He peeks in the pocket. Is Daichi going to be mad him foreeeeever?

"Hmmm. My vote is coffee first? It's on the way."
Kukai Souma 2017-12-29 02:55:20 87865
Kukai laughs and then kisses Nagihiko's forehead. "Not nearly as gorgeous as my dancer. I can't imagine it. Not even five of you. But yeah, two of you were crazy. Five at once would make me go nuts." He eyes Nagihiko. "Can you even think of five separate aspects of you to make a group like that up?"

Kukai looks in the mirror for a moment, then smiles. "It looks different, but I guess that's ok. Thank you. I like them." He makes sure to say it so Nagi knows for sure.

Daichi peers up at Rhythm, then scoots over, making room for him in Kukai's pocket. He's not mad looking, just not sure what to say or do at this point.

Kukai nods, then stands with Nagihiko and wraps the little blanket up to stick into one of his big coat pockets. "OK! Coffee first. Sounds good. Maybe a snack?"
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2017-12-29 03:08:33 87866
Of course, Nagihiko preens a little at the complimentary pet name. But try as he might, he couldn't imagine five different versions of himself. "Maybe it would just break me down into even more localized groups. Heck, one of them could have all of my jealousy, another could be...whoever it is Temari brings out, then you'd have the hyperactive me, and...wow. Yes. I do not want to go through that." He shivers.

He slips the mirror back into his pocket and preens. "Good, I'm glad. This doesn't mean, of course, you have to wear them all the time. Or any of the time, really. I have a little box of jewelery stuff my parents have given me that I've never even worn."

Rhythm breathes out a visible sigh of relief. Phew! Then he joins Daichi in the pocket. He doesn't really need to do or say anything, he just snuggles on in. It is cold out!

Nagihiko claps his gloved hands and rubs them together. "Oh, a snack sounds good. Something chocolatey, or something cheesey? Sweet or savory? Maybe I'll make up my mind and see something I like even better when we get there. It seems to be what happens most often."
Kukai Souma 2017-12-29 03:18:18 87867
Kukai blushes involuntarily. "Hyper-Nadeshiko Twin." He coughs and then shakes his head. "No I like all of your you in one package, that way I get everything at once." He blinks, then grins. "That sounds bad. Sorry."

Kukai kisses Nagihiko's forehead and nods. "Well sure. I'll wear them for special occasions, or when I need to do something that would look better in black."

Daichi snuggles in with Rhythm, hugging close. They're both quite warm!

Kukai thinks, then grins. "We may end up with a sampler plate. ... Or we may just get something substantial to eat from a stand. I'm getting hungrier the more I think about it."
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2017-12-29 03:52:20 87868
"I'm exhausted just thinking about it..." He archs an eyebrow and turns to Kukai, clearly amused. He tucks his tongue against his teeth. "Are you certain it sounds bad?"

He touches ones of the black little studs, wondering what sort of special occasions they could be worn to. "You mean when I drag you along to protect me from old perverts?"

Temari huffs and floats over to the bulging pocket. She peeks in. Yes, she decides, there is room. SQUEEZE!

"Oh! I do enjoy stand food." He hooks his arm through Kukai's, careful to be on the side without pocketed charas. "And we can huddle close enough to the heat of the place while we wait." Huddling and cuddling, these are some of his favorite things about winter.
Kukai Souma 2017-12-29 03:56:53 87869
Kukai nods at Nagihiko, then stops and blinks. "Uh. Nadeshiko sort of ran me ragged. I mean... she was awesome, but wow. But... she wasn't that bad. You've never been that bad." He grins weakly.

Kukai blinks, leaning down a little to Nagihiko. "Ah... you know, I have no idea. Maybe? That might not be a bad idea." He rubs his chin. "But then I might start drawing a different grade of pervert."

Daichi acks and leans back, making enough room for Temari to basically sit between him and Rhythm. She gets a hug too!

Kukai grins and then nods. "It's been a staple for me all my life!" He walks with Nagihiko, arm in arm. "Yeah. That sounds good. And coffee, too. I'm not forgetting the coffee at all."
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2017-12-29 04:09:12 87870
He laughs. "I meant your unintentional double entendre. But you know what's scary? I'm fairly certain she behaved for you. Well, as much as she was able."

He snorts and tilts up his nose. "I would protect you. I'm fairly certain my death-smiles would become even more frightening if they tried."

Temari cheered. Yay for double snuggles and hugs! Though she would never admit to being cold, she decides it's much more cozy in here and her fingers stop being numb pretty quickly.

"So many years, wasted." He turns to look at Kukai. "Do you know you took me to my first street vendor? Before that, I'd been oblivious to such wonders."
Kukai Souma 2017-12-29 04:27:55 87871
Kukai blinks at Nagihiko. "What double... you know, never mind. And I guess so. She was... intense." He let out a breath.

Kukai chortles and rolls his eyes, hugging him tight and shaking his head. "But I'm going to these places to protect you. I don't need you to flip out and murder someone on my behalf."

Kukai looks over at Nagihiko again as they approach a few stalls, cocking his head, then ohs. "Right, right. You were living on your diet and still completely pretending and crying at night because of how tough things were." He hugs Nagihiko again, kissing his forehead. "It's ok now. Better at least, I hope." He nods over to the food stands. "C'mon, let's relive the good old days."