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Date: 2018-03-21
Pose Count: 14
Kazuo Takeba 2018-03-22 00:15:28 89714
The checking of half-likely places began on The Day, of course; but it is only fair that if one side should be delayed, the other should be delayed as well. And maybe a little longer. So that Minako can claim to have been more on time.

Equally of course there is generally a place where Minako can find Kazuo when she wants to --

(This is a lie by omission. The place where Minako can find Kazuo when she REALLY wants to is "anywhere," because Luna put trackers in the boys' communicators. But it is far more convenient for both of them to live by politely ignoring that until such time as Minako decides to invoke it.)

-- ahem. Always a place where Minako can find Kazuo when she wants to.

Right now, that's in the boys' main apartment, using his height advantage to ... put away clean-and-dry dishes. The pattern of where things are kept is in some ways /remarkably/ reminiscent of Makoto's kitchen. For some reason.
Minako Aino 2018-03-22 00:33:59 89715
    Minako Aino doesn't invoke a silly tracker. SHE IS a tracker! Well a detective maybe of sorts and that's almost like a tracker. In reality. She went to a bunch of places, did not see a really tall silver hair'ed guy and moved on.

    So thusly, there's one last place he could be! "Aha!" goes Minako, minus Artemis today. She thinks she didn't need the mooncat today. "Hiii Kazuoo-kun" she sings out sweetly. Which is actually sweetly. Because Minako knows how to sing, don't you know!

    "Don't dirty work I see." she says as she sidlies up near Kunzite and pokes a finger at his side on his downwards bend- that is- when he doesn't have dishes in his hands to drop.
Kazuo Takeba 2018-03-22 00:39:51 89716
Artemis might be of a different opinion if he knew who Minako was visiting, but Artemis's opinions do not govern Minako. Actually, they more provide handy stepping-stones for her to tapdance on.

Kazuo glances over his shoulder at the bright greeting, and manages to find a way to straighten a little further. "Good evening, Minako," he says. "It's a pleasure to s--" That is when she pokes a finger at his side. He blinks and drops a hand to attempt to fend hers off, or at least to look like he's making the attempt. A little more on the latter side, maybe. "To see you," he picks up a moment later. "I consider it a sufficient victory when Jadeite remembers to wash his own dishes. Making him remember to come back and put them away would very nearly be cruel. Have you come by to make certain I still have a physical presence, or have I your permission to go and fetch something for you?"
Minako Aino 2018-03-22 00:44:42 89717
    "Actually." she says. "I have come to make sure you're not a spooky force ghost." she says. "Help me Endy-wan-kenobi, you're my only hope." she says. "But more seriouslty. Sure, go fetch something for me." she sings teasingly still.

    "Jadeite's still having trouble, huh? Power guy." she says. She thinks on this, but only for a moment. Kunzite hasn't brought up the whole 'dunk on Lacrima' thing like Alexis did. So maybe he doesn't care.

    Or maybe he's waiting, she thinks. She's also pretty sure she's waiting on a late White Day gift right this instant.
Kazuo Takeba 2018-03-22 00:53:52 89718
"I am clearly a very clever force ghost with great respect for glassware. And at least one roommate with attention-deficit issues. I may never be certain about Neil." Kazuo bows and absents himself, but for less than a minute; the thing he is fetching must have been hidden relatively nearby, not off in the part of the place he actually lives in. The box he returns with and sets before Minako is not wrapped. It is also not brand-name. It is solid, wooden, handpainted (probably not by Kazuo) with asters and hydrangea -- flowers of Minako's birth month and zodiac sign, with meanings as perennially ambiguous and contradictory as Minako can be when she chooses. It might be suitable for a large tea chest or jewelry box. Which means it's probably not, at the moment, either. Probably.
Minako Aino 2018-03-22 01:24:23 89719
    Minako Aino raises a brow at wat Kazuo says but she waits patiently with a little giddyness as what comes out as she takes it. She doesn't pull it from Kunzite's hands- though she wants to. She gently takes it and observes the front. She draws her hand over the painting on the top as she gently before she finally opens it.

    She's kind of hoping it's filled with chocolate right now, if not those other things as she peeks inside.

    While doing this she speaks. "Just so it's clear. Because I doubt you haven't heard about it as such yet." she says. "I had to be poisitive she wasn't involved in that mess." she says. "-and I learned some things." she says. "And I'm going to tell you the same thing I told Alexis-san." she says.

    "-and that if I didn't think she wasn't doing better for herself, there was more direct, hurtful ways I could had gotten what I needed out of her besides just soiling a dress." she says more casually.
Kazuo Takeba 2018-03-22 01:43:15 89720
Peeking inside yields both white and color! Nested in a fine and brightly-colored scarf are little packages carefully wrapped in tissue paper to keep crumbs from getting loose inside the gift: pale little meringues, white velvet sugar cookies, white chocolate chip cookies flavored (and therefore faintly colored) with orange zest. And a Godiva white chocolate assortment has been painstakingly disassembled and each piece foil-wrapped, then used to fill in the empty spaces. (Given the pair of cashew raspberry caramel clusters involved, each the size of four of the other chocolates... some of the spaces may admittedly have been crafted for the purpose.)

The cookies, it should be noted, are fresh. Apparently someone has been re-preparing the box as needed in the interim. Also, Minako has been in the kitchen since White Day. While there were white-chocolate-chip cookies left over in the free-for-all kitchen stash, they were plainly from a different batch; no orange for the general public, apparently.

"I heard," Kazuo agrees. "Lacrima requested I relay to you that in future if you need to talk to her, you can come and, I quote, 'talk to her like everyone else on the planet.' Or talk to her here. Or talk to her and not also ruin her dress. End of message."

He pauses. "She also relayed a few other pieces of information I presume you already have -- that she hasn't seen anyone that looked like a Senshi around UMBRA, for instance -- and a later item on a different topic. To finish this one first: I have no intention of shouting at you or attempting to second-guess your actions. They are not ones I would have chosen, that's true. But you wouldn't have chosen them if you didn't believe that you were making your princess safer overall by doing it; that the risk of Lacrima's being tempted to target homes or family members in return was less than the risk you diminished by questioning her the way you did. And where it comes to your princess, I will not question your judgment."

There is, for a bare moment, a little curve at the corner of his mouth. "Though I'm glad you think she's doing better for herself."
Minako Aino 2018-03-22 02:36:57 89721
    Minako Aino eyes sparkle at all the treats, she doesn't eat any here though because she wants to eat them all later, in privacy, when she can be very unlady like about shoving half of it into her mouth you see.

    Still, she frowns. "Just talking doesn't get results. I can't promise I won't do it again. I can promise I won't do it again in this case however, as I told Raskoph-san." she says.

She rolls her eyes. "Of course you don't. I had to do what I had to do to get information." she says. "And I got it." she says.

    "Not that I don't think she may be involved. She may be involved unknowingly. A vector for things she could had picked up and taken back without thinking about it." she says.

    She scoffs a little bit, flipping her blonde hair some. "She's not a monster. I do think she's a massive liability waiting to happen somehow. However." she says.
Kazuo Takeba 2018-03-22 02:54:37 89722
Kazuo half-lifts a hand. "Lacrima's words," he says, "not mine. I wouldn't presume to dictate behavior to you." Given the likelihood of it being both aggravating and futile. "And it's true; she could be involved unknowingly. I would be surprised if she were; that would require it both being Riventon behind it, and Riventon willing to alienate one of his few remaining allies. But something being unlikely is different from something being impossible."

A pause, and he draws a breath, and lets it out, slower. "That she's a liability in certain respects," he says, "I agree. But Endymion has a policy on certain types of liabilities; my part of that is prodding him repeatedly and keeping an eye out for when it turns and bites him." Not that that always happens in as timely visibly a fashion as Kazuo would like. See: the entire current problem. See also: why he is not protesting Venus at all. "In the mean time, though. Lacrima also passed information on that there's a newer active vampire in the city; she says that this one is not taking the precautions that she does. This one is apparently an, ah ..." It is possible that Kazuo thanks some concept of deity, no matter how many issues he has with that concept, that Artemis isn't here. "Mew. I'm not entirely familiar with their powers; I only know one, and that one is entirely not a vampire."
Minako Aino 2018-03-22 03:07:40 89723
    Minako Aino nods a matter of fact. "Yeah, well. When she drains all the apartment and starts cackling about how she's gonna take over Tokyo or the World or the Negaverse or whatever you know who to call." she says. She doesn't mean the Dark Kingdom when she says the Negaverse. Unrelated term perhaps.

    She blinks. "Another vampire? Look. I'm really wasting money on steaks at this point." she offers. "I'm gonna have to switch to using stakes maybe at this point." she says. "Considering this one sounds less friendly then."

    "Okay who's the one you know so I can grill them on what a Mew is." she says.
Kazuo Takeba 2018-03-22 03:23:59 89724
"The same one you know," Kazuo replies. "The one who brought the macaroons to the New Year's party." Makio Ryu, in other words. Kazuo may be betting that the sugar is more memorable than the name. "Also, when the drain and cackling inevitably one day happen, I promise to start the call for help with 'you told me so.' Fortunately, there's a small but quite dedicated unicorn standing between Lacrima and that at present, so the inevitable may be delayed for some little time."

The mental image of Venus Love-Me Stake is not one that Kazuo is voicing aloud. He's just getting to start liking being alive, there's no sense in getting stuck as a ghost in a rock unnecessarily.
Minako Aino 2018-03-22 03:45:25 89725
    Minako thinks on this and then her eyes light up. "Oh! Him!" she says. "Yeah okay then. I knew he was magical but... not who. or what." she says tapping her bottom lip.

    "Ugh how many more vampires are there gonna be. Are we sure that Lacrima isn't some master vampire we need to stake to make the others go away?" she asks. "I mean that's silly but still. One shows up then like what. Is this new one number three?" she asks.

    She crosses her arms and leans forward a bit. "I bet there is a master vampire though." she says.

    She leans back. "I'm gonna go steak it." she says firmly.
Kazuo Takeba 2018-03-22 03:52:05 89726
"I'm reasonably certain that Lacrima is not at present a master vampire," Kazuo says gravely. "She was very vocal about how disturbed she was when she'd temporarily made a junior version, and that was solely to keep him alive long enough for him to be repaired. I doubt if she'd be quieter if it happened again."

There's a moment's pause.

"I," he adds, "am also not a master vampire. For the record."

If Venus slapped him with random raw meat in the middle of a fight, Neil would never stop laughing.
Minako Aino 2018-03-22 03:57:13 89727
    Minako Aino steps a few feet toward's Kazuo carrying the box she'd been given and leans forward with narrowed eyes. "I have a test for that." she says cooly.

    Before, hopefully, Kunzite can respond- there is a quick peck to his lips. Nothing more than a touch and go, before a blonde streak of hair makes her way to the door with an extreme mischefous giggle.