Team Instinct Foreverrrr

Nephrite and Mamoru go bother Rashmi and then Mako's adorable, film at 11.

Date: 2018-03-01
Pose Count: 23
Mamoru Chiba 2018-03-01 02:19:31 89110
"--course it won't work if I'm accompanied all the time, but I can't be, you know?" Mamoru's telling Neil as he pushes the door to the Chameleon open with his back. "On the other hand, being accompanied almost literally all the time did put off my getting kidnapped for a super long time, that first time. But it was also really inconvenient for everyone involved, and I still feel bad about it."

His voice automatically lowers about a third of the way through that, as they're actually getting inside, but the place is crowded enough for the dinner crew that he needn't worry about anyone but Nicomachea overhearing him. "I am absolutely in the mood for about a kilo of aloo papri chat and some lamb korma tonight."
Nephrite 2018-03-01 02:32:38 89111
"Okay, but which is worse: your slight guilt over our mild inconvenience or you potentially getting splattered on the pavement? And no, that's not a trick question; you're supposed to say the second one." Nephrite follows Mamoru into the busy restaurant. "Anyway, there's probably a middle ground between following your every move and leaving you to your own devices with a known threat gunning for you. Hey, think we should stick a GoPro to you and livestream your movements?"

He pauses as the wave of smells hits them. "Maybe two kilos."
Rashmi Terios 2018-03-01 02:38:22 89112
"Each?" A familiar, cheery voice says from a booth near the stairs. Looking up from her homework and adjusting her glasses, Rashmi gives the boys a bright, pleased grin. "C'mon over and have a seat, let me just clear some of this..."

And so begins the dismantling of the book fort defending the redhead's homework, her samosas, and her tea. Her bookbag is quite decidedly distended by the time she's done, and she shifts a bit to afford the boys more room.
Mamoru Chiba 2018-03-01 02:46:55 89113
"Two kilos each," agrees Mamoru, altogether too pleased, even as he shoves at Neil's arm. "That would literally be THE WORST idea. I mean even aside from the idea about like, do you really wanna see what I do with my spare time?, there's also 'and if who we think might be in on this shit is actually in on it, he could hack that stream in zero point zero seconds'. Unless Ami encrypted it. Then it might take him ten."

He slings himself into one of the chairs opposite Rashmi and cracks his knuckles, then leans in. "I'm thinking maybe you want to talk to Venus, because she has a similar plan going? I think? Involving someone else, and toestepping or intersecting would probably be counterproductive. At least so's you know when NOT to try this thing."
Nephrite 2018-03-01 02:55:31 89114
"To start," Neil adds, also sitting down, with a grin at Rashmi. "With naan." He then proceeds to give Mamoru a punt on the arm. "Nice attempt at dodging that first question. Also, do you really think I have no idea what you do in your spare time after living with you for a year? Whether I want to watch it is probably another story."
Rashmi Terios 2018-03-01 03:03:57 89115
"Then I'll be right back," Rashmi chuckles, sliding out of her side of the booth and trotting toward the kitchen.

Hey, they asked for it, and the presence of the Curry Challenge does all but outright state that at the Korma Chameleon, you get exactly what you want... and that whether or not you choke on it is your problem.

And it's with a trio of pale-green lassi on a tray that she emerges, setting one out for each of them; her own, obviously, meant for when her tea is done. "Here. Mami managed to talk one of our suppliers into importing a crate of jackfruit, try some. So!" she says, sliding back into her seat. "Thanks for the heads-up, how about I go looking for her at the arcade tomorrow? Just in case you're not the only one being watched, and all."
Mamoru Chiba 2018-03-01 03:10:34 89116
"Totally down for trying jackfruit," Mamoru tells Rashmi seriously, sliding one of the pale green drinks over, "and the arcade's always a good option." Then he rubs his arm and slow-turns to EYE Neil. "You really need me to answer that when I have spent the past -- like -- year, even with powers, trying really hard to make it easy for you guys to do your job? Even when it's personally aggravating because I always think to myself 'but I could just DO this thing'?"

He sounds faintly aggrieved, but really only faintly, and he slouches down in his chair with the drink. "I know when I need help. And I ask for it. And I let people help. That doesn't mean I have to like being the weak link again."

Mamoru mutters, "Sorry. Yes the second one obviously." Lassi slurp makes everything at least momentarily better; it's delicious. "Anyway the plan hasn't really changed, just... also be careful as hell."
Nephrite 2018-03-01 03:28:06 89117
Neil is absolutely delighted when Rashmi takes them at their word. Will they regret this order later? Probably. Will it be worth it? Undoubtedly.

He reaches up and ruffles Mamoru's hair. "I know you've been trying, and it shows. Don't worry, I'm sure my turn will roll around again soon enough."

A sip of the lassi, and Neil looks down at the green beverage. "Okay yeah, I don't really know what a jackfruit is, but that's pretty good."
Rashmi Terios 2018-03-01 03:35:05 89118
"Careful I can do," Rashmi agrees, nodding. But, then she tilts her head, giving Mamoru a long look. "'Again.' Yeah I can get why that'd be grating, but... I mean c'mon, lookit what Fate-chan and Nano-chan were just dealing with. Or Koji-kun. Or if I wanted to be really nice and not at all snippy about it, Sharpe-san. Basically, I'm pretty sure that we're all going to need protected sooner or later, it's jsut your turn, y'know? Fall down seven times, stand up eight."

As she's talking, she fiddles with her phone, sliding it across the table to show Neil a picture of a woman holding a slightly spiky fruit the size of her entire torso. "Basically that."
Makoto Kino 2018-03-01 03:38:41 89119
Around the time the guys are discovering jackfruit, Makoto comes wandering in from outside. She's halfway on autopilot, thoughts mostly elsewhere, but when familiar voices snag her attention she redirects towards the table where the three are sitting. She comes up behind Neil's seat just in time to lean slightly over his shoulder and peer at the image on Rashmi's phone.

"Wow. I don't know what that is but I want one."
Mamoru Chiba 2018-03-01 03:45:12 89120
Hair ruffled, head swayed with it, Mamoru just looks a little morose. The lassi continues to help, and then Rashmi tries to help the same way Neil's trying to help, and he deflates. "No it's-- people keep finding fucked up ways of taking me out without actually taking me out, and-- it's just that this is three times in three years, more or less." He shakes his head, and sucks down more green drink, then laughs a little and forces a smile that's almost real. "At least this time I'm not sick."

Then he stares at the photo just as Mako's coming in and commenting on it, and his eyes are wide. "Do you think you could grow one?" he asks her, craning his neck.
Nephrite 2018-03-01 03:50:59 89121
And at least they're getting oddly practiced with dealing with this particular scenario. Not that that's necessarily a good thing. "Well with any luck, we'll find and punch the person behind it, and maybe make sure this is the last time."

A wild Mako is on Neil's shoulder! He twists his arm to hug her from underneath. "Mako! It's been reduced to beverage form. Try it." He holds up his glass for her. "It's like if Godzilla were a fruit. A fruit kaiju. Props to you for defeating it."
Rashmi Terios 2018-03-01 03:52:27 89122
"Jackfruit," Rashmi says, sliding her untouched lassi across the table. "Mami got some imported, it's really good. She said she wanted to grow her own, but the climate's not right for it and I don't think she could grow one without having a whole new greenhouse built which is way out of our budget. One fruit's like 35kg, no joke."

With that, she looks back to Mamoru, and smiles gently. "Yeah, I understand. I'm not surprised, y'know, that this is happening, considering you guys are like the top-tier mahou."

"But," she says, smile spreading into a grin. "Even with everything you all've told me about this? You'll be all right. You've got like ninety percent of the mahou community in your corner, and at best she's only got one person to back her up."
Makoto Kino 2018-03-01 03:59:28 89123
Makoto looks down at the picture again, then to Mamoru. "Not in a pot in my apartment, that's for sure. Maybe if Zoi loaned me some garden space in his palace?" She curls her arm around Neil's shoulders and leans into the hug, trying a sip from the glass he holds up without any hesitation. "--Ooh, that is good. The fruit kaiju is delicious. Now I really do want to try."

Then, though, she lets out a little sigh and straightens up. "Sorry, I didn't mean to butt in on you guys. I was just coming to pick up an order."
Mamoru Chiba 2018-03-01 04:16:28 89124
"I'm sure Zoi'd be down for it, he's pulled his head out of his classes somewhat and you can even find him these days," Mamoru tells Makoto earnestly, and then literally finishes his lassi. And almost chokes on it. "'Top tier mahou'? The senshi and Kyouko, sure!" he splutters in a stage whisper, gesturing at Makoto. "But me and the other guys, not so much, really. I mean we just-- we just try to be there for everyone else if we're needed..."

He trails off, though, at the last. "Yeah. Maybe. Hopefully." And then he grins up at Mako and Neph. "Hey, you're not butting in. It's all good. I'll even send Hair And Smoov Lines your way after we pick up our food, unless you've got a girls' night planned or something."
Nephrite 2018-03-01 04:31:56 89125
Neil grins at Rashmi. "I don't know about tiers, but more importantly, it's nice to know people have got our backs."

Neil deflates a little at Makoto's apology. "Oh--you're leaving? You can't stay?"

Head whips in Mamoru's direction. "Who else is--oh, are those both me? I'm Hair and Smoov Lines?" Puppy eyes are now turned up towards Makoto.
Rashmi Terios 2018-03-01 04:44:48 89127
At the choke, Rashmi rolls her eyes, shaking her head and chuckling. "Mamo-kun," she says, pitching her voice low, "you're the Prince of the entire planet. If you weren't keeping it a secret I'm pretty sure that when whatever's wrong with weird-space clears up the TSAB would be dealing with you like a head of state, y'know? And Usagi-san. So... yeah. Top tier, far as I'm concerned. ....Well that and you guys have fans enough that theme cafes hold cosplay competitions in Akiba, so, y'know."

Looking up at Makoto, she nods at th lassi she'd slid over, smiling. "Ask for that to go, tell them I already bought it. I've still got my tea, after all."
Makoto Kino 2018-03-01 04:55:17 89128
Makoto can't help but giggle a little at the Sad Puppy Eyes. "Who else?" she answers Neil, and reaches to ruffle his hair. "Unfortunately..." The word is heavy with reluctance. "...I have a whole pile of homework waiting for me. If I get any more behind, Ami-chan will break out the disappoint-face and then I'll really be in trouble."

A beat, and then a smile brightens her face again and she bends to plant a kiss on the top of Neil's head where she mussed his hair. "If you want to come by later and help me study once niisan is done with you, you're always welcome. Goodness knows I need all the help I can get. But for now I really should get my dinner and get to it."

Straightening up once more, Mako brightens at the offer of Rashmi's lassi. "Oh? If you're sure you don't mind, then - thank you!"
Mamoru Chiba 2018-03-01 05:06:21 89131
Mamoru just snorts at Neil legit not knowing they both referred to him, shaking his head and crossing his arms to slouch even further down in the seat. He glances at Rashmi, then lifts his eyebrows-- and then laughs and shakes his head. He says really quietly, "There's no planetary government. If there were, it sure as hell wouldn't be a monarchy in this day and age. I'm uncrowned heir to a throne that hasn't had any political meaning since before the dawn of time as we know it."

While Mako and Neil are occupying each other being adorable, he sits up and leans in, smiling at Rashmi. "Just because the planet herself says it's so doesn't mean the people who live here do, and it's better that way. So don't go giving that secret away just to make me feel better. I'll be fine once I'm actually connected again."

He gets an impish grin as he straightens up. "Cosplay contests, huh? I heard Venus actually lost a cosplay contest of Sailor V once." Then he leans over and hugs Makoto around the waist!! before she leaves, and pokes Neil in the arm. "We should pick up and go, too, anyway, so you can trade off babysitting duty. Unless you want to stuff your face and then go capture gyms for a while." Rashmi gets the start of a hopeful look, but then he eyes the pile of homework. "I'd invite you, too, but it looks like you're catching up as well."
Nephrite 2018-03-01 05:24:40 89133
Neil sighs morosely, far more dramatic than is necessary. "I guess studying is important. I won't distract you, then." He smiles at the head-kiss, and reaches for her hand to squeeze it. "I could come by later and pretend to be smart for a few hours. You can pretend to be impressed. We'll make flash cards"

He smirks at Mamoru. "Oh capturing gyms, definitely."
Rashmi Terios 2018-03-01 05:30:57 89134
"Not so much catching up as getting ahead," Rashmi admits. "I was getting tired of worrying about my grades slipping if I had to stay home after a fight with some youma or other, so I try to pack in all the extra credit I can manage. Besides," she says, smiling, "until this mess is done, I have to look annoyed with you, and right now that's the last thing I want to inflict on you, y'know?" Makoto's thanks is returned with a cheerful bob of the head. "Not a problem. I'll see if I can get pictures of Papi dismantling one of the things before he's used them all up."
Makoto Kino 2018-03-01 05:39:02 89136
"Awesome!" This appears to be directed toward both Neil and Rashmi. Makoto takes a moment to ruffle Mamoru's hair much as she did Neil's, then collects the lassi before she gently disengages herself and steps back from the table. "Good luck with your gyms and your extra credit, you guys. Tag me if anything spooky goes down."

With that she's off across the restaurant, to collect her take-out and acquire a go-cup for the lassi.
Mamoru Chiba 2018-03-01 05:45:32 89137
"Definitely tagging her if we run into Shuppets and Druskulls," Mamoru asides to Neil, then looks momentarily taken aback at Rashmi-- then sheepish. "Oh, right. Crap. Right. Yes, I am very annoying! Always lording it over people and talking about my prowess at, uh..." He frowns a little, then lifts a finger. "Star Trek trivia."

That said, cough-laughing all the way, he gets up. "Thank you forever and always. And when this junk is over with, it's rooftop gym-raids all the way."

He whispers, "Team Instinct foreverrrr."