Four Clover Fun

A few friends hang out at the Four Clover Mall and socialize!

Date: 2018-01-31
Pose Count: 17
Akane Hino 2018-01-31 03:34:21 88403
It's a lovely day in Mitakihara with the sun shining and people out and about going their own ways doing their own things. Just another ordinary yet pleasant day in the city. It's definitely a good day to be out and doing something as opposed to staying at home on your device or something like that. Even if you're going to the mall, it still counts as being out and about. Meaning that there's a lot of people here at the mall, some of whom are shopping for things and some are just window shopping. It's an active and lively day at the mall.

Sitting on a bench in the center of the mall is Akane Hino herself. She's sipping an orange smoothie in order to quench her thirst while she watches the various shoppers going by, a noticeable smile on her face as she does this. Those who know Akane will know that she's always got a smile on her face with a positive, upbeat attitude about things. She is wearing her usual attire of her dress top, jeans, and flats. All in all, it seems like Akane's up to her usual self at the mall.
Makio Ryu 2018-01-31 03:49:53 88405
Somewhere in the niceness is a partialy melted (figuratively) looking Makio. He's colapsed on a bench (probably one just opposite of Akane's) in a position that isn't anything that can be called sitting anymore...but it's not entirely at a point of laying down either. His head is lolled back over the backside of the bench, with an arm thrown over his face to shield his eyes. The lazy seal strikes again!

To be fair, Makio HAS been very VERY busy for over a month straight now. He's earned a temporary return to his lazier habits. ...why'd he have to get serious about school RIGHT when he had to work hard for the sea park? Put the work at Mew Mew Cafe and the work that Mew Mew Cafe is a COVER for on top of that and it's been hard to get much breathing room. At least they shouldn't have a reason to continue the penguin marches into /Februrary/!
Kukai Souma 2018-01-31 03:55:45 88406
Kukai Souma is spending the day out and about, of course. He doesn't even have a device to be inside on! Daichi is riding on his shoulder, invisible to the normal people, of course, looking around at the faces as they pass. Kukai is down in the Four Clover Mall because he wasn't really feeling anything sold in the malls nearer to home when it comes to a Valentine's Day present to Nagihiko. Buying things for somebody else as a gift like that is always really hard for him as was shown at the disastrous Christmas gift giving event. Kukai'd resolved not to let that happen again, even if it'd gone all right. Of course, his natural tendencies for training first, training second, and training third doesn't leave a lot of time for shopping. So this is a treat.

Kukai looks over as he walks through the bright, sunny mall, and sees a beacon of sunlight in the shape of a bright, chipper girl, off to one side. He grins and waves at Akane, approaching her. "Hey, Akane! How're you doing? I haven't seen you in a while!"

Daichi, meanwhile, looks around as Kukai greets the girl and sees a half asleep Makio, dozing almost vagrant-like on one of the benches. He hops up and flies over, hanging in midair while peering down into the shady spot of his eyes. "Hello?"
Akane Hino 2018-01-31 04:00:16 88407
Makio seems familiar to Akane, but the girl can't quite remember where she's seen him. It's one of those cases where it's on the tip of your tongue, or in this case on the tip of your brain. Annoying, isn't it? But Akane doesn't let that bother her too much. She smiles and gives a cheerful wave to Makio, hoping to appear friendly enough to him. Maybe she has seen him before and she's not remembering? Or maybe she hasn't met him but she'll make a new friend out of this?

Then Kukai appears and Akane's smile turns into a grin as she sees an old friend coming. She does have a sunny aura around her, indeed, especially for those who know her well. A big wave is given to Kukai as he approaches, with the girl saying, "Kukai! It's been so long!" She says happily, gesturing for him to have a seat next to her. "Come on over and have a seat, won't you?"

Then Daichi approaches Makio, and while she can't quite hear what he's saying, Akane can't help but giggle. "Everyone's pretty friendly today it seems," She says.
Makio Ryu 2018-01-31 04:04:08 88408
Makio Ryu raises his arm a little as he hears Daichi's greeting. "Oh, hey little dude," he greets, "Didn't expect to run into you here." With his reaction to Daichi causing him to be able to see Akane's wave he offers a lazy little wave in turn. With that he sits up proper like and streaches out some. "Yo Kukai, how are you guys?"

Akane seems familiar to him as well, but thier meeting was passing enough he's ALSO having trouble putting his finger on it. Goodness knows it was hard to forget Mamoru's ribbing of the girl, but that alone isn't making it obvious to him on sight of her.
Kukai Souma 2018-01-31 04:10:22 88409
Kukai grins and sits down next to Akane, reaching over to give her a hug with one arm around the shoulders, smiling at her. "Hey! Where've you been lately? I hadn't seen you in a while - been keeping a low profile? I can't blame you, I've been doing the same thing since the New Year. It felt nice to have some time to just go to school, do some work, get some sleep, repeat, without anything crazy going on. What about you?"

Daichi grins and gives Makio a thumbs up and a grin, moving back as Makio sits up. When Kukai hears his name he raises a hand and waves at Makio. "Doing good! Come on over here, you should meet my friend here!"
Akane Hino 2018-01-31 04:15:08 88410
As Akane looks at Makio more and more, it starts to return to her a little. "Now I remember, I saw him once before. That's all I remember." Akane realizes that she's talking to herself but then she shakes her head and returns to the present setting. She smiles as Daichi continues to converse with Makio, finding a bit on the cute side, before she looks to Kukai again and smiles even more when she's hugged. Even half a hug is better than none!

"I've been rather busy at my parents' restaurant. It keeps me busy and it gives me a little extra spending money." She mock-pouts. "It's unfortunate, though, because it means I can't spend as much time with my friends. It's not fair." She shakes her head before smiling again. "Yeah, I hear you there, routine and all that. But it's good to have some time with friends too." She looks to Makio and gestures to him as if to say, 'Come join us! There's room for more!'
Makio Ryu 2018-01-31 04:21:11 88411
The urging from the others is almost more than needed to rouse the blue haired 'cyclops' boy up to go and join them. "Oh, yeah, routine all over the place," he says in vauge agreement, sitting on whichever space is left on the bench. "Hiya," he greets, "I swear I've met you somewhere, but I'm Makio Ryu...on the swim team at Infinity High, work at Mew Mew Cafe, and I help out around the sea park. Nice to.../maybe/ meet you for the first time?"
Kukai Souma 2018-01-31 04:34:27 88412
Kukai looks back and forth between Akane and Makio for a moment. "You two have met before? Huh! That's cool. I find most everybody in our position meets everyone else - it's good to know more people!" Daichi flies back over with Makio to plop onto Akane's shoulder as she talks.

Kukai aaahs and then nods. "Hey, the money's nice, at least. When you can get out, you've got something you can do things with then! But yeah, I know everyone would like to see you more than we used to. And yeah, I need to spend more time with my friends." He looks over as Makio joins them and pats him on the shoulder as well. "What've you been doing, sleepy?"
Akane Hino 2018-01-31 04:38:01 88413
"You know, you do seem familiar, but maybe I'm mistaken?" Akane nonetheless smiles at Makio with her friendly attitude towards him. "I'm Akane Hino, I play volleyball at Infinity University and I also help out at my family's okonomiyaki restaurant in my spare time. Although it's become a bit more common than I expected." She shrugs. "But it pays off." She then smiles again. "Nice to 'maybe' meet you for the first time too!" Akane giggles a little at this unique phrasing of words.

Then she looks to Kukai again. "Well he seems familiar, but I can't quite be sure. Not that I mind, since I love making new friends!" She giggles as Daichi flies over and plops on her shoulder. "Make yourself comfortable, won't you?" She says with a smile before looking to Kukai again. "Yeah, I'm gonna try to get out more often when I can. I miss seeing my friends too."
Makio Ryu 2018-01-31 04:56:38 88414
Makio Ryu nods in agreement with Kukai. "It feels like most of us know eachother, yeah." At the question he grins a little more than usual. "Just studying, working, practicing laps, dealing with 'backroom business' annnd using any free time to lead the penguin march," he answers, "Sounds like laying low was a good choice." He chuckles a little and shrugs. "It'll be calmer soon. You all healed up now?" Akane's statement makes his one, non hair hidden eye observe her more closely. "Ah, Infinity, I must see you around school."
Kukai Souma 2018-01-31 05:05:29 88415
Kukai listens to the two of them introduce themselves, and then grins. "It's always good to see two friend-like people maybe meet each other for the first or third time." He nods to Akane. "Well Makio's a good dude. He and I have been friends for a bit and I think he's all right. He... ah.. helped me with an interesting situation on Halloween night, and a few other things, and he's pretty cool." He nods to Makio. "Akane's .. well, honestly, Akane and I haven't spent as much time together as I'd like but every time I meet her she's happy and chipper and full of energy, so it always feels like she's a good friend all the time."

Daichi grins at Akane, and then plops out on his back on her shoulder, legs hanging off to one side over her back. "'kay!"

Kukai nods at Makio as he talks, then blinks, something not registering behind his eyes. "....Penguin March? What's that?" He scratches the back of his head. "And yeah, I'm doing fine now, thank you."
Akane Hino 2018-01-31 05:10:58 88416
"Yeah, there are quite a few students there so it's not always easy to keep track of everyone who goes there," Akane says. "But you do seem familiar all the same, so I'm sure I've seen you in passing." She grins at Makio. "Doing laps, huh? Always good to keep in shape." She stretches her arms over her head and then nods. "I've been practicing a bit of volleyball myself, since we've got a tournament coming up soon. Win or lose, though, it's always good fun!"

"And yes, that's right, I'm always full of energy! I feel like I came from the sun itself!" Akane giggles at the slight pun, although those who know her alter ego would get the reference right away. "And I can agree with you there, Kukai. Makio seems like a really great guy." She giggles at Daichi making himself comfortable.
Makio Ryu 2018-01-31 05:20:35 88417
"The sea park did a Santa suited penguin march for last month, but it went popularly enough they extended it to the end of this month. So lots of me leading around a small army of penguins and entertaining people." He blushes slightly at the others talking about him. "Pfft, yeah, I can only be good cause of people like Kukai," he insists as he smacks at his buddy's shoulder playfully, "And I am glad you're better." He'd nod to Akane. "I try to keep tabs on people, but there's too many. What kind of standing do you have in the volleyball team?"
Kukai Souma 2018-01-31 05:26:57 88418
Kukai nods at the two of them, listening. "It's hard to keep track of everybody, period, much less in just one school. 'swhy the Guardians keep files and stuff." He scratches the back of his head. "Yeah, see Makio? She's Super Sunny."

Kukai looks over at Makio as he describes the penguin march, and then nods. "Do they actually follow you? I didn't think penguins could be trained very well." He laughs and shakes his head. "Dude, you do good on your own. Don't put yourself down like that." He grins, leaning back, letting the two of them interact.
Akane Hino 2018-01-31 05:31:02 88419
"A Santa-suited penguin march?" Akane covers her mouth but can't help giggling at the thought of something like that. "That is just so adorable. I wish I had been there to see that!" When she hears the question, Akane says, "I feel that I'm an upstanding player on my team, but to be honest, it's not just about me. Each and every member of the team has an important role in keeping it all together! That's why we're so great!"

Then Akane gasps as she hears what Kukai says, before realizing that he hadn't actually given anything away, and then she giggles again. "Yup, I'm more sunny than anyone could ever imagine!" She gently stands up a little, not wanting to let Daichi fall off of her shoulder. "I actually have to run along now, but it was great seeing both of you! We should hang out more!"
Makio Ryu 2018-01-31 05:42:55 88420
Makio Ryu nods at Akane, his usual grin widening again. "Great answer," he replies with a thumbs up. At the continous mention of her sunny disposition, Makio tilts his head a little. Oh! That's right! "Hey, I remember now," he notes, "I saw you once at one of the study meets at the Crown. Chiba kind of seemed like he was teasing you because you were such a ray of sunshine." "...yeah though, the penguins have been trained to follow certain cues, and they wander around in certain parts of the park, giving people gifts at random. It can get tiring after so long's worth it seeing all the little kids enjoying it." ...and the older girls too of course, but he's to awkward to say that sort of thing so openly.

With Akane saying her good bye he offers another wave. "Take care out there Akane! ...and thanks Kukai!"