Tables Turned!?

Kukai goes to Lacrima to talk out his problems of all people. That feels a little strange.

Date: 2018-02-25
Pose Count: 16
Lacrima 2018-02-25 07:56:05 89052
Kukai said he wanted to come over. Okay. She's fine with this. It's better than him just showing up at least because it gives the vampiress time to settle herself and ready the main vestibule room and make sure it's neat and tidy and there's a plate of snacks, mainly- chocolate frosted donuts and pitcher of milk and pitcher of fruit punch that she has added a piece of tape to and wrote 'Definitely Blood' on it.

This is also one of her Norie days, where in she goes ahead and just--- be herself. She can't exactly go out as Norie Okana right now, so it's probably best that Kukai wants to come here rather than the other way around.

Right now she's fussing over the layout. Switching the position of items on the tea table in the vestibule.

Why she is worrying so much about it!?
Kukai Souma 2018-02-25 08:05:25 89053
Kukai is... having a day. It's a weird day, where his mind is in a swirl of issues, and he wants to talk to someone about things. Unfortunately, the vast majority of his friends are busy or occupied or out of town. So, looking through his contact list on his phone, he'd ended up staring at Lacrima's number. Well. Sure, why not, she's probably as good as anyone else. So he makes the call and asks politely if he can come over.

An hour later or so, when the sun is just past down, Kukai knocks on the front door of the manor, waiting for someone to come answer it and let him in...
Lacrima 2018-02-25 08:11:23 89054
Norie Okana walks to the door and opens it and quickly motions Kukai inside because she doesn't want anyone to see her as Norie Okana. She closes it when Kukai is inside and motions to the couch. "There." she says softly softly. "We can sit there." she says as she peeks through the peephole and looks back to the couch as she steps on over.

"So.. why the visit? Was it because you heard about the stuff going on with me or. Just. Wanted to come by and visit?" she asks quietly.

"I'm fine with either. I've been odd recently because of it though. Good odd. I mean. I can explain. But. I assume you came over to talk first so there are snacks here." she says.

"That's actually fruit punch. Not blood. I thought I was being silly labeling it. Oddness." she insists.
Kukai Souma 2018-02-25 08:22:22 89055
Kukai slips inside, then reaches over, giving her a pat on the shoulder, Daichi peeking out of one pocket. He still knows Lacrima as 'threatens to drain him to a wisp' girl, so... Despite that, she'd been instrumental in keeping him alive when they'd switched bodies, and for that he still waves at her.

Kukai smiles at Lacrima. "Thanks for letting me come over. The visit? Well..." He shakes his head. "No, I haven't heard what's going on with you. Or anybody else. That's part of the problem, I think. I..." He cocks his head, listening to her, but then smiles. "I'm glad you're doing better. But yeah. I kinda have something I need to go over."

Kukai rubs his sides, looking at her, then continues. "Well. It's weird to say but my teams are doing good. I'm getting closer and closer to graduation. All of my friends are squared away. All the enemies have sort of quieted down and wandered off... I don't know if I have much to do right now. It feels like things have passed me by. Which I guess is the normal way things go, but..." He looks down at Daichi. "I don't really have anybody else to talk to. Everyone else has sort of gone off to do their own thing. I gotta get reconnected to the whole.. mahou thing."
Lacrima 2018-02-25 08:33:44 89056
Norie gently sits and listens as she eyes Daichi a moment and gives a little wave back with a finger, as she sits back. "You should go the ECFH. Or go visit Rashmi-chan in the Korma. Meet more people. There's a few things going on. Alexis-niisan has a Belkan Device now. The one we found in that lab. So he can fight stupid magical things now and we don't need to worry about him. More the things he fights need to worry~." she says.

"...That's pretty concerning if I'm only one of the few people you can talk to though." she says quietly. She doesn't talk about her own things yet.

"But. I find you need to go seeking contact if you want it." she says quietly. "Or ask for it." she asides.
Kukai Souma 2018-02-25 08:42:04 89057
Kukai shrugs. "I dunno. I feel like I'm just hanging onto the ECFH, seeing as how for a while I was notably one of the people who would've fought them if they'd declared themselves royalty, and I made sure they knew that. But yeah, that seems to be where things happen. And I don't... I've hung out with Rashmi all of once, and it lasted maybe half an hour." He grins. "I actually ran into Alexis on one of his first patrols, so yeah, him and his super loud Device are familiar. I still think we need to worry about him because he's going to try to punch something that disintegrates flesh at some point."

Kukai sighs. "Tadase is working on keeping the greater Virtue system organized, Amu is clinging to him with both arms, and Nadeshiko is out of town more and more often, with her dancing becoming more famous. None of the other Guardian Bearers are even on the radar as far as I know - I haven't talked to any of them in months. So.. yeah. I literally know you better than I know just about anybody else right now."

Kukai chuckles. "Well, yeah. I took a month off to enjoy the quiet and after a month I was bored out of my skull. Now I wanna do something and I gotta get in touch with people again." He pokes Norie's arm. "So I started with you. And I'm asking - what's going on lately? Wanna tell me?"
Lacrima 2018-02-25 09:15:33 89058
Norie sighs and rubs her face. "You gotta visit often. Not just once or twice." she says quietly. "Else you fall into the same traps I used to early on." she says quietly. "Speaking of. Yeah. Lots of stupid stuff happened and I ended up. Driving myself into a dark place. Alexis-niisan. Said some thing when he was recovering. And I broke up with Natsumi-chan." she says quietly.

"Then The Prince of Nightmares came along and damaged me in a bad way. Then Ari-chan did something with a unicorn tear that should had killed me but it didn't, and now I have some sort of... positive feeling? It's strange." she says quietly.

"It's stronger when I'm near Ariel." she says with a softer blush. "But clouded when I'm further away." she says.

"...but I've picked up some older habits I used to have when I was human. TV is intresting again." she says quietly.

"But some stuff hasn't changed. I can still drain people without feeling bad about it." she says quietly. "But I suppose that's for the best. I'd rather be able to do it. And not starve. Then starve and be a danger." she says gently.
Kukai Souma 2018-02-25 09:26:55 89059
Kukai nods. "I guess so. I can see about going and hanging out with them in the next day or so." He arches an eyebrow, listening to her talk. "I thought you lived in a dark place." He motions to the half-lit manor with a grin, but then shakes his head. "You ... wait, who was Natsumi? I thought you were dating Eilam. Or somebody else. Who ARE you dating?" He scratches his head, looking at her. "You can feel good things now? That's great! I'm glad."

Kukai chuckles and pats her shoulder. "That's good. Normal habits will help you keep yourself balanced. And... honestly, well, maybe we can figure out some way to help you with the feeding thing at some point but until then.. I guess it has to be what it is."

Kukai nods, then cocks his head. "I dunno what to say. It's good things, I suppose.."
Lacrima 2018-02-25 09:38:47 89060
Norie Okana blinks once. "Oh! I was dating. Both. They both. Knew." she says quietly. "As long as. Everyone knows. And are okay with it. There's nothing wrong with that. Is there?" she asks. "Eilam-kun isn't the jealous type, anyways." she says with a slight shift of tone to awkwardness.

"--but now I have. Feelings for Ari-chan, sort of. Complicating things further." she admits with a blush. "I kinda. Kissed her. Before I passed out after what she did and... I had to explain it. To her and... yeah. Stuff." she says quietly.

She shakes her head. "I'll be fine. I'm also. More stable on an. Energy-phase level? Less. Youma like it used to be and more... dark energy infested human? It's not much of a better step down.'s more predictable. I don't think you'd really. Understand. It's kind of a magic. Science thing." she mutters.

"But. Please don't... stop trying to talk to people? I find bad feelings turn into dark feelings and turn into dark energy infestation fast if you're not careful..." she says quietly.
Kukai Souma 2018-02-25 19:56:55 89062
Kukai huhs. "You can do that? I mean, date multiple people without one of them witching out and trying to destroy the world?" He has personal experience with this. "I guess there's nothing wrong with it as long as nothing's blowing up. And I don't know Eilam that well. Was Natsumi jealous?" He just looks at Lacrima and grins. "Oh, no. You and Ariel? That is the odd couple for real, but if it works, I guess it works. Did she kiss you back, is the question." He nods knowledgeably.

Kukai smiles. "It's still a further step away from mindless youma, which is what everyone has been working towards for a while now. Every step away from that voice, every step away from the endless darkness and hate, that's the goal. The draining is a little more acceptable now. And actually I may be the only person who actually DOES understand it. Well. Maybe Riventon, on a technical level, but I get it on the emotional level." He taps his heart.

Kukai sighs and shrugs. "I don't want to stop talking to people, but trying to get back into the swing of things is more effort than I thought it would be. And I'm not going to let it get that bad. It's just a pain in the butt."
Lacrima 2018-02-25 20:25:51 89063
Lacrima shakes her head. "It's...complicated. Right now. But I've been spending more time with her..." she mutters. "-and I'm surprised her mother didn't try to kill me when she found out." she says. She eyes Kukai. "No, neither of them was jealous. It was.. something else. Her...Natsumi's mother that. Screwed things up." she mutters.

"No, no one tried to destroy the world or anything." she says quietly. She sighs. "It's just aswell I guess. Natsumi-chan wasn't really interested in going to visit friends with me or anything." she says quietly. She snorts. "Well you we're me for a bit." she says quietly. "So yeah you understand." she says. "I still have that voice. It's just. Easier to ignore it unless I'm having an issue I think." she says.

She sighs and shrugs a bit. "I dunno what to say beyond just touching base with people." she says quietly. "Ask what's going on. I have a feeling something is going on I'm not aware of though but I think I'm being kept out of the loop on it on purpose." she says.

"I mean. I'm sure. People have their reasons." she says quietly. "Given stuff and all." she shrugs.
Kukai Souma 2018-02-25 21:13:12 89064
Kukai nods and grins at her. "I think I met her mother once, back when Ariel was in trouble. She's serious business. I don't think she'd have killed you, though. Maybe just zapped you a few times." Kukai shrugs. "Sorry. I've only been in one or two actual dating things and everyone I've dated has been super jealous. So I don't know. And that sucks... what happened with~" He stops himself. "Wait. Wait. I don't need to know. I'm good. Unless you wanna talk. And why wasn't she interested? I don't know why somebody who was dating someone would not wanna be involved in their life." He shrugs.

Kukai chuckles. "Yeah I was. She didn't talk to me much, but she did once or twice. It was hard to resist her. So I understand." He nods and then grins. "I guess what you're saying is 'get out there and involve myself'. I've never been nosy, but I guess I'll have to start being. And if something's going on, they might be more willing to talk to me about it than you." He pats Lacrima's shoulder. "It's ok. I mean, would you tell me what your next plan to drain the city is?"
Lacrima 2018-02-25 21:49:35 89065
Lacrima makes a face. "Mass drainings are bad ideas and attract too much attention and is more energy than I can actually handle or need. It'd be a waste." she says flatly. "It's better for me to just get it like I've always been." she shrugs with a sigh.

She head tilts. "I dunno if it's worth it to be jealous. I guess I could see myself being a little jealous but. Not... go off and hurt somebody levels of it...?" she asks.

She fidgets. "Yeah be nosy and--- well you're on their side. I'm. Kind of. Not always so..." she shrugs a bit.

She sighs a bit and sits back. "Other stuff that hasn't changed is that I still don't dream really." she says. "But I mean. I'm still a horrible dark energy construct." she shrugs. "So I guess some stuff is going to remain the same." she says.
Kukai Souma 2018-02-25 21:57:12 89066
Kukai grins and pats her shoulder. "Good. I'd really have to kick your butt if you did something like that." He nods again. "Yeah. Jealousy is .. weird. But I've never really felt like I've had anything I was jealous over. Maybe Nadeshiko, but I know we're dedicated to one another, so why do I need to be jealous?"

Kukai sighs and nods, patting her again, listening to her sort of stumble over the words. "It's getting easier every day. You're making good progress. One day, maybe?" He doesn't mention that he'll need to probably squish Riventon at some point to make that happen.

Kukai nods. "I'm still sportsball-kun. There's some things that we all do that probably won't ever change. We'll make a way to get through."

Daichi has left Kukai's pocket and is investigating the donuts and cold milk, and by investigating he means 'eating'.
Lacrima 2018-02-25 22:13:14 89067
Lacrima shakes her head. "It isn't easy, OR hard, mind you. Right now for me. I just. am. now? If that makes sense. Probably doesn't." she says quietly. "I'm still susceptible to bouts of emotional fits but things have to actually trigger them now." she says.

She eyes Daichi but looks back to Kukai. "I'm kinda glad I don't need to deal with a tiny 'me'." she says thoughtfully.

"That'd be weird." she says.

"But. Yeah. Just. Try to poke people. Even if you think you're being a bother? I made that mistake prior to. All that garbage." she says softly.
Kukai Souma 2018-02-25 22:20:01 89068
Kukai nods. "You're just you. And that's not awful. We'll make it. So as long as we don't kill one another we'll be fine. We'll deal with your emotional fits and you can deal with my emotions getting triggered and going crazy and my desire to be super good and stop all the badness." He looks over to Daichi and grins. "Yeah. I love him, though. He's a good guy." Daichi grins back at Kukai. Kukai continues. "Even when he drives me around like a moron."

Kukai sighs and nods at Norie, then gives her a hug. "I'm glad you're doing better. And thank you. I think I'm doing better too. I'm gonna get myself out there and get going. And I'm not thinking I'm being a bother. Just not sure where to start. At the beginning again, I guess." He nods, with a better idea of what he's doing now.