Catching Sakura Up

After the New Year, a worn out Kukai meets Sakura Kinamoto in the Game Crown Center after she's returned from a trip. He brings her up to date with some of the things he's encountered. French fries are had.

Date: 2018-01-01
Pose Count: 14
Kukai Souma 2018-01-01 19:11:14 87925
It's the New Year! Last night was a celebration fit to beat every record on the planet, and everyone involved made a good try at making it the biggest party ever. This included Kukai Souma, who even with his superhuman stamina has found a booth to one side in the Game Center Crown with his back against the wall and his legs up in the seat, his usually rumpled clothes even more unarranged than usual, and in what is a positively unique sight a pair of sunglasses on covering his eyes.

A mostly complete fresh plate of french fries with ketchup to one side and a soda sit in front of Kukai, along with a relatively fresh looking Daichi who keeps glancing up at Kukai from time to time. The little Guardian Chara opens his mouth after a moment and Kukai raises one hand, extending a finger to shush Daichi, who glares up at him and sets his french fry down, putting his hands on his hips. "It's not my fault you stayed up so late with Nagihiko! You know the sun keeps coming up every day and practice is important!"

Kukai eyed Daichi, his expression unreadable behind the glasses. "Mmhmm, and you can say that after I saw you and Temari and Rhythm get into the champange and then vanish all night. Just because you clocked out early doesn't mean I have to stop enjoying my own celebration. Besides the fireworks from the top of the house were awesome. Eat your french fry and don't talk so loud." Daichi grumps, picking up his french fry and staring at his Guardian.
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-01-01 19:27:23 87926
Sakura Kinomoto came walking into the arcade. She'd been gone a while, she hoped she hadn't missed much. A big family trip that had ended up taking longer than expected. But, after a llooooooong plane trip home, the young captor was back! Better than EVER! Sorta. Mostly. Actually, she felt rather relieved. She hadn't felt any cards since she had been gone. Kero had been sensing too, but nothing. It had been lucky that they had died down.

But Sakura was back. Tired, exhausted, but back. She walked to the counter. "A strawberry shake, please." Soon, it was in her hand and she looked around and... Her eyes lit up. She walked over with a grin. "Daichi! I haven't seen you in ages! And that must mean... Hi Kukai-sempai!" she said happy, with a big grin(complete with a little whipped cream on her upper lip.)
Kukai Souma 2018-01-01 19:32:46 87927
Daichi looks up as he sees someone moving over at the counter, then stands up, flitting over to give Sakura a neck hug and a thumbs up. "Sakura! Hello!" Kukai's head tilts up as she greets them, and after a moment he nods, smiling to her. "Hey Sakura. Wanna sit down, have a french fry? Also, you've got some whipped cream, just here." He taps his upper lip. "Where've you been? I think I heard something about a trip?"
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-01-01 19:42:50 87928
Sakura Kinomoto nodded and sat down. "Uh huh! We just got back! Dad went on this huge excavation and he let me and... Toya... come along. I was hoping Yukito-sempai would too, but he never showed up. Dad made us do homework so we didn't fall behind on our studies but it was a lot of fun! We got to see him dig up fossils and rocks and it was the coolest thing ever!" She did take a fry. "Thank you!" she said happily... then offered Daichi the cherry from her shake. Awwww, always so sweet.
Kukai Souma 2018-01-01 19:52:29 87929
Kukai nods and grins, leaning back in his seat against the wall as Sakura chatters. "Oh, so your dad went on a dig and he took you along? That's pretty cool. I'm glad you had a good time." He yawns and stretches. "Did you get back in time for the New Year's celebrations? They were great." He thinks for a second, then eyes her. "And how are old dug up rocks the coolest thing ever?"

Daichi ooohs and takes the cherry, opening up and just managing to stuff the whole thing into his mouth, fighting for a minute to pull the stone back out on the stem.
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-01-01 20:00:17 87930
Sakura Kinomoto shook her head. "No. I always fall asleep before midnight hits..." she mumbled softly. "I'm sure it was a lot of fun, though. And it was so cool! There were so many people working and they had all these giant tools and machines and then when they finally found something they'd use these tiny itty bitty brushes to make sure they were okay and it was amazing! I wish you could have seen it!"

She giggled softly at the sight of Daichi choking down the cherry.
Kukai Souma 2018-01-01 20:07:56 87931
Kukai awws and reaches over, tousling Sakura's hair. "Awww. You're such a little kid. It's adorable. One night you'll make it and not even think about it." He grins. "Fireworks and music and everyone cheering and kissing and celebrating. It was great."

Kukai hmms, listening to her describe the dig site. "That's pretty cool, I guess. Maybe I will see it at some point." He nods at her, picking up a fry and eating it. "So what are you planning on doing now that you're back in town? Anything on the schedule that stands out, or are you just gonna take it one day at a time?"

Daichi munches slowly on the cherry now that he's got the whole thing, seated on the table and nomming.
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-01-01 20:13:46 87932
Sakura Kinomoto turned bright red at the hair ruffle, sipping her shake. "I'm not that little..." she mumbled. In true little kid fashion. Then grinned. "Oh! School is starting again, so I'll be getting back to classes and seeing all my friends. And, ummmm..." She looked around. "I miss anything... big, while I was gone? Any more cards? I never sensed any...."
Kukai Souma 2018-01-01 20:24:40 87933
Kukai leans back, thinking about school and picking it back up. "Yeah, we'll be able to see everyone more easily that way." Kukai frowns at that last question. "Well. Alexis was kidnapped by his mom, who's been doing dark magic mind stuff to him." He leaves out the whole 'Helga stabbed me in the stomach' thing. "We got him back, though. And I dressed up as Lacrima for Halloween because I couldn't think of anything else. Also I may have made Riventon really, really angry at me. Oh, and there's a new bakery and cafe up with some magic workers there, the Mew Mew Cafe. So yeah. A few things, but not too much." Daichi looks up at Kukai for a moment, and Kukai looks back, shaking his head gently.
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-01-01 20:27:46 87934
Sakura Kinomoto nodded and then gasped. "K-kidnapped?! Is he o--" Oh, yay, he was! Whew. She then giggled. "As Lacrima? wow. And made Riventon mad?" she asked, going a little pale. Oh gosh. "... He and I... Are going to have to fight again soon, aren't we?" she mumbled softly.

Then that. "Mew mew cafe?! Oh! I wanna see! I bet it's really nice! It sounds super cute!"
Kukai Souma 2018-01-01 20:34:18 87935
Kukai nods. "Yeah, he's fine." He sighs. "Yeah, and she's got a picture of it. I think several people do." He pushes his glasses further up onto his nose annoyedly. "And yeah. I sort of sucker punched him while he was distracted and chipped his little gemstone robot thing he carries around. He was out of it enough that he had a pile of ... well, backup, come and get him out of it. So he may not be a big threat for a while yet. You've got time to get back into the swing of things."

Kukai nods and grins. "Yeah, it is. I bet you'd like it a lot, just try to go when either Ichigo or Makio are working."
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-01-01 20:37:45 87936
Sakura Kinomoto nodded. "Wow, I missed so much. I'm happy I didn't miss anything too bad, though! Everyone is okay, so that's good. Gemstone robot thing?" she asked. "I don't think I ever saw that... but... usually when I see him..." She gave a sigh. ".... It's not good. I'm happy I have some time to prepare..."

"Ichigo-chan and Makio-chan! Got it! I can't wait to meet them! Are they nice?"
Kukai Souma 2018-01-01 20:52:39 87937
Kukai decides against showing Sakura the picture of all of the black and white and grey faceless girls that had saved Riventon. No reason to scare her right now. "Yeah, that thing he channels his power through. It was a lucky shot - I was aiming at his nose, not it." He shrugs, then nods, picking up his drink and taking a sip.

Kukai grins. "Yeah, they're both nice. Ichigo is really busy most of the time, but Makio is usually around. He's pretty unique - you can't miss him. Has blue hair that tends to cover one eye."
Sakura Kinomoto 2018-01-01 20:57:57 87938
Sakura Kinomoto gave a nod, sipping the rest of her drink. Yeah. Faceless things would have horrified her. She cocked her head to the side, listening. "Mmmm hmm... Well, I think it's really cool! Maybe... it's about time I make a move to try and get the cards back..." she mumbled softly.

"I'll make sure to try soon, okay?"