A Quick Question

Kazuo asks Momo Sakura whether she's ever heard Kyubey talk about certain things. Surely merely asking the question will not make the younger Sakura curious. Suuuurely.

Date: 2018-01-01
Pose Count: 16
Kunzite 2018-01-01 02:14:48 87909
The knock on the Sakuras' door is just for form's sake, really. Because five minutes ago Kazuo texted Momo:

    We have a problem with which we could use your and your sister's assistance. Namely, we ordered too much takeout and Makoto needs the refrigerator space. Would you be willing to accept a donation?
Momo Sakura 2018-01-01 02:18:07 87910
Momo is wondering if her genius plan is working or not. Operation Sleep Exhaustion To Be Less Stressful To Mamoru doesn't seem to be going as expected.

Some evidence to this might include her return text to Kazuo: 'LKJVLDJIFVLISHDJHKHWSFIKSJD!!!!!'

(Or that may be just because it's food.)

She answers the door, hair held back with a bandana as she's obviously been cleaning. Everything.

"Hi! Yes! Come in! We have room! I just made sure! All of the room! And what we don't have room for I'll eat it!"
Kunzite 2018-01-01 02:22:19 87911
It's an incoherent response, but it's a response. Maybe Dog got the phone. Stranger things have happened.

Kazuo therefore comes down with an armful of takeout, and by 'armful of takeout' we mean 'no, really, that's a full bag in his arm.' It may not be a bad thing that she has All Of The Room.

"Well. Hopefully given a little time you and company will eat it anyhow. But not necessarily all at once." Kazuo steps in, glancing around. No Kyouko -- that's a known situation, he knows her work schedule. No Naru, but she has a life of her own, too. "Just you and Dog today?"
Momo Sakura 2018-01-01 02:34:45 87912
She practically vibrated at the sight of all that food, imagining for a moment about eating it all as soon as he left. But of course she wouldn't, because then Kyouko would have none! That wouldn't be nice. Still, her nose drifts toward the bag for a second, nostrils flairing as she sniffs. Once would think she hasn't eaten in a week. (She's eaten within the past hour.)

"Yup!" She lets him in and bounds toward the kitchen. "Kyou-nee is working, Naru is doing Naruy things. And Boss Lady decided to spend the New Years with her daughter." Momo scoffs. "Helloooo, I could pretend to be her daughter. Then we could both just work, and she could just complain to me about her health issues. But nooooo."

She opens the fridge and proudly displays her Tetris game. Just about all the food is packed on the top tiny shelf, leaving the rest of it free.

"But that's okay, because Dog helped me pooper scoop the balcony."

Said Dog trotted in from the balcony. "Woof."

Momo lowers her voice. "He isn't much of a helper. But he's a good listener."
Kunzite 2018-01-01 02:42:47 87913
"Ah, but what she wants isn't just someone to complain at, but her actual daughter to care enough to listen." Kazuo sets the bag down and begins removing containers, passing them to Momo for allocation. Possible destinations: fridge, Momo, Dog. Two of them have 'Not Dog Safe' written on them, just in case. "Not everyone is fortunate enough to have as good a listener as Dog."

He's silent for a moment, then adds, "I have a question or two for you, if you're willing to listen to them. They're not personal, and there's no great pressure for an answer. Especially as they pertain to Puella things, and sometimes Puella prefer to keep those among themselves."
Momo Sakura 2018-01-01 02:48:56 87914
There are indeed a few containers that get set out for a Momo storage space and a Dog straoge space. (Tummies count!) The 'Not Dog Safe' ones get set aside to be inspected later. Depending on what they are, they will be Kyouko's! (Momo likes to share with Dog! He doesn't hog it all.)

Momo tenses for a moment! Oh noes, has she done anything lately that would get her in trouble? She did jaywalk the other day! Oh, she knew she should have walked the extra five hundred steps to a crosswalk! But oh, wait! Puella things! Phew! "Okay, sure!" She shrugs. "If I know the answer, and if I know it's not Sooper Sekrit Puella Stuff, I can tell you!"
Kunzite 2018-01-01 02:51:25 87915
Kazuo: not, apparently, a traffic cop today. What he asks instead is, "Has Kyubey ever told you anything about why he makes contracts with Puella -- what he gets out of it -- or why he collects Grief Seeds and Cubes?"
Momo Sakura 2018-01-01 02:56:58 87916
Momo thinks for a long moment. Tilts her head to one side, eyes narrowing, lips pursing, and she sorts through her memories of every memory ever. Well, up until the point where she'd come back. She's only just now not dreaming every night about her father killing her through a thought out plan of pushing things deep down and not thinking about them.

"No. But I never asked. Although even if he ever had said something I don't think it would be very true. Or twisty in a way that you think it means one thing but really means another. Why?"
Kunzite 2018-01-01 03:03:22 87917
Fortunately, after a fashion, Kyubey didn't communicate with Momo back then. Not till ... later.

Kazuo's hand finds Momo's shoulder for a moment because of that later. "Because," he says, "Kyubey talked to me. And I don't trust that the things he said aren't twisty that way. He and the White Flower are in a subtle and very strange war, and I don't trust anything either of them says -- even though both of them may be telling the truth as they see it. One way of approaching that is to try to find out what Kyubey's said to other people in the past. He'd have been working with different agendas, then. Get enough different angles on the truth, and we might be able to figure out what the truth actually looks like."
Momo Sakura 2018-01-01 03:22:55 87918
She tilts her nose up a little and crosses her arms. "Well, anything I have to say about that stinky buttmunch would be skewed. He made it seem like he didn't know where Kyou-nee was, when he did, so I'm still mad at him." There's even a little 'hmph!' at the end of that.

Still, though. "I don't know. Normally I'd say they should just beat each other up, but then it escaltes and the next thing we know Soilent Green is really people. I...really don't want to eat capsule people." She taps her chin and tries to think some more. Finally she sighs and flops her arms. "I can't think of anything, I'm sorry... But oh! I'm tired, so I may have a foggy brain! If I can think of anything after the party tomorrow I could tell you?"
Kunzite 2018-01-01 03:26:26 87919
This is the point -- it does not happen every visit, but it happens some of them -- at which Kazuo reaches out and tousles Momo's hair. "I think," he says gravely, "that you have your priorities in good order. We can talk about it more after the party. It's not a short-term problem, or doesn't seem to be."
Momo Sakura 2018-01-01 03:34:28 87920
She leans up into the ruffle with a giggle. It is worth the added seconds she'll spend unmussing it later!

She nods in agreement with him! "Yes! Plus," she cleans close. "I'm working on a plan that ensures I don't overwhelm certain people this year. Just...don't tell Dog. He's still pouting about it."

Dog is really pouting with a wagging tail and lolling tongue just at Kazuo's side, likely hoping for a head ruffle of his own.
Kunzite 2018-01-01 03:40:16 87921
For Dog, Kazuo will even crouch down to supply ear-scritchings. He has been well-trained. "I'll be interested to see what happens with your experiment," he says up to Momo, gravely nonspecific. Does Kyouko know? Does Naru know? Is there any semi-adult supervision? Why is he even bothering to think these questions? Momo is a gleeful force of cleaning chaos. As with storms, one plans around the impact, that's all.
Momo Sakura 2018-01-01 03:48:47 87922
Thump, thump, thump! That's the sound of a happy Dog's tail on the floor!

"Oh, me too. It will either go really well or I'll start crying because I want a nap. But either way, it's an improvement from last year!"

He doesn't need to know about the soda she has hidden in her room. The kind with caffeine. That she plans on drinking just before her bed time! Oh, if this is what rebellion feels like!

"Oh oh! If any of you need help cleaning up after the party!" She is not bouncing on her heels in excitment. Nope. The floor beneath her feet just turned to rubber, that's all.
Kunzite 2018-01-01 03:52:23 87923
Kazuo indeed trusts Momo to use soda responsibly. Or, alternatively, to learn the nature of that particular hideous regret. It's part of teenageredness, even for someone who's a little off teenageredness in a couple of ways.

And the bouncing excitement is where Kazuo leans a little and wraps an arm around Momo and hugs her. Without prompting. Without social expectation. Without enormous eyes being made. Just because.

"We might be able to use a hand," he agrees. "We'll see how you're feeling the next afternoon." Nobody is attempting to clean up from that party in the morning. Nobody.
Momo Sakura 2018-01-01 04:05:08 87924
The hug, of course, prompts a happy hum and a brief snuggle. The affirmation that there might be cleaning after a party earns him a squeeze.

"Yay! I'll make sure I have my cleaning supplies ready!"

With her plan, it is very likely she'll be sleeping straight through into the afternoon. But this is a price she's willing to pay!