Thunderclap Birthday

In which Kokoro receives viking presents.

Date: 2018-03-31
Pose Count: 42
Kokoro Akakuma 2018-03-31 22:19:58 89897
    It is evening on Thursday, the 29th. School is out. Normally, there would be a slow trickle of patrons in the Korma Chameleon around now, as dinnertime slowly approaches, but tonight there are none. At least, none for just the food. Supposedly, this is because of a recent spicy curry challenge. Supposedly. And supposedly, Kokoro Akakuma is being driven here from school in order to test some new curry recipe.

    Kokoro herself is already boggled by this particular turn of circumstances, mostly because it involves her foster mother driving her here.

    The voices are audible as the duo approach the door. "...why you picked me up, anyway. I coulda just walked." Kokoro's voice, unmistakable. "Oh, it's fine, isn't it? I had some spare time tonight." Another woman's, older, but warm and a bit playful, seemingly unfazed by Kokoro's habitual grump. Kokoro speaks again, just as the door starts to swing open. "Yeah, but now I ain't got time to hide the-"
Rashmi Terios 2018-03-31 22:29:11 89898
Rashmi Terios grins as the voices get closer to the door; the lights are off, and what can be hidden behind or under, is used as an obstacle to keep people from Kokoro's sight.

When the door swings open, though, Rashmi slips out from the staircase, slapping the panel that brings all the house lights up to reveal.... a completely-kitted-out restaurant reserved for a birthday party. Complete with tables pushed together to serve as a buffet counter, and bright cheerful banner over the serving wall, proudly proclaiming "HAPPY BIRTHDAY KOKORO!" with little Korma-kuns on either side.

Lacrima 2018-03-31 22:33:14 89900
Lacrima has decided to appear today, as Maria Hanazawa. Lacrima is an odd name to introduce to anyone- as she's been doing for a few months anyways- and Lacrima has no idea who is here.

Maria is sitting at a table.

"Surprise!" she says as vibrantly as she can. Which isn't... very vibrant, but more vibrant than she's used to.
Kokoro Akakuma 2018-03-31 22:42:52 89901
    "...bruise..." The sentence finishes in a bewildered mumble.

    Balloons. Ribbons. Chibi Lu Bu decorations on the walls. It takes Kokoro's brain a few seconds to even process what she's seeing. A birthday party, sure, yeah, she knows about those. Second- or third-hand. Seeing her own name on the banner, though, that's a new one. "A... a surprise party?" There's more than a little surprise in her voice. "A surprise party," the woman behind her confirms; much older than Kokoro (though still shorter), with wild red hair of a much lighter shade than Kokoro's transformed colors (and, of course, totally different from her untransformed brown). Rashmi will doubtless recognize her voice immediately.

    "Go on, go. It's for you," Momoko urges, reaching out to give Kokoro a playful little push forward. " guys, I, uh... I dunno what to say," Kokoro mumbles.
Rashmi Terios 2018-03-31 22:52:49 89902
"Happy birthday, Koko-chan!" Rashmi chirps, grinning as she leads the taller girl to the head of the small, makeshift table in the center of the restaurant floor, as Rashmi's parents look on, both evidently well pleased by the effect the party has on her. "C'mon, have a sit... Raskoph-san said he'd be by as soon as he found your present, but Maria-chan and I got you something too!" Chuckling, Rashmi's father kisses her mother's cheek, and the two disappear back into a kitchen apparently going at full steam. "D'you like your surprise?"
Lacrima 2018-03-31 23:07:13 89906
Maria Hanazawa has a gift box in front of her. It's wrapped in red paper. She gently places hands on it and purses her lips. "Hello, Kokoro-chan." she says. "This is a nice party I think." she says expressedly.

She eyes the buffet, gently looking back at it as she looks back to Kokoro.

She does eye the bruise. "What happened?" she asks softly, with a little concern.
Kokoro Akakuma 2018-03-31 23:21:34 89907
    Oh, that buffet has Kokoro's attention, that's for sure. But that can wait; she's still trying to process 'surprise birthday party for me'. "Y... yeah, alright." Have a seat? Sure, she can do that. That's something simple." After she's sure her foster daughter isn't going to just stand there forever, Momoko favors the group with a smile, and a little wave of her fingers. "I'll be back in a few hours. Don't get into too much trouble, okay~?"

    As Kokoro slides into her seat, she absently reaches up to her face; the bruise around her eye is mostly hidden by her hair, falling as it always does to conceal the right side of her face, but hints of it can still be seen. "Oh, uh... girl was bullying another one. Ain't-" She catches herself, then backs up and forces herself to speak more properly. "Not gonna be a problem anymore. I'd known, I woulda put some ice on it before I got here," she adds, embarrassed.


    "So, uh..." There's a silent 'what do we do' there.
Rashmi Terios 2018-03-31 23:28:45 89909
Rashmi can't help but chuckle at how completely snowed Kokoro is by all this. As she fidgets, Rashmi drops a party hat atop her head; red and gold complete with feather-streamer tassels on. "So," she says, grinning wide, "now the birthday girl gets to decide what happens first; food, or presents?"
Lacrima 2018-03-31 23:37:03 89911
Maria does not wear a party hat. You probably try to put one on at your own peril. She gently fidgets her fingers on her box a little. She's a little worried. She didn't wanna spend too much on Kokoro's gift- as not to outshine anyone else or make everyone else feel bad, but still wanted to get something relevant enough.

She shakes her head. "Your fine, as long as it doesn't hurt and isn't ruining anything..." she says softly. "Do you NEED ice?..." she asks softly. "I'm sure we can get that..." she says softly.

"Right, your choice. Food or gifts first."
Kokoro Akakuma 2018-03-31 23:45:17 89912
    "N-nah, it's okay. I've had way worse," Kokoro replies to Maria. She does glance upward at the party hat, pauses for a second, then... blushes faintly. "...the hat looks silly," she mumbles. Oh, but they're putting control of this shindig in her hands - and normally that would be pretty intimidating, for someone who has no idea how a surprise party ought to go, but Rashmi has narrowed it down to two easy options she just has to pick from. Great! Kokoro can do that. She just has to choose. Food or gifts. Food or gifts. Food or gi-

Koji Silvia 2018-03-31 23:55:09 89914

The little bell above the door goes off once more, and since this is a party, another familiar face shows up!

Koji walks through the door wearing (of all things) a rather nice off the rack navy blue suit and tie, glasses on, and his normally long black hair done up in a rather samurai-styled affair that keeps it out of his eyes, but allows the rest of flow down his back. He's carrying with him a rectangular box that's long enough it could be holding something dangerous inside, and as usual, over his shoulder is his leather school satchel.

Pausing to look around, he then immediately walks forwards to those who must be Kokoro's parents, and bows to them, "Hello Sir... Miss..."

Not wanting to screw up if she doesn't share their last name.

"I'm Silvia Koji. I attend school with Kokoro. I occasionally help her with homework when the time allows, but I was busy until just recently. I apologize if I was late for anything." Straightening back up, he then turns and holds out the present, "Is there someplace I can put this for her?"
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-01 00:01:34 89915
"....Koji-kun that's the maitre'd," Rashmi says, lips twitching. "Koko-chan's mom just left a few minutes ago. But put your present over there," she gestures at a table bearing a couple brightly-wrapped boxes. "The birthday girl wants to eat before presents. And go ahead, Koko-chan, you get first pick of everything~!"
Kokoro Akakuma 2018-04-01 00:20:03 89918
    "She's not my mom," comes the sudden reply; Kokoro's mouth moves before she can even catch herself, almost reflex, and as a result it comes out a bit testy. She realizes immediately how it sounds, though, and follows up with an embarrassed, "...I-I mean, I'm grateful, she's taken good care of me. Doesn't even lecture me when I fight, just... 'did the other person earn it'." And everyone in this room knows Kokoro wouldn't beat someone up for kicks and giggles. But she can't really hide the sentiment now that it's been spoken. Koji gets a look that might be an apology.

    So hey, how about that food! Koko is all about the food. Time to stand up and march right over to that table and pile a plate with food. Especially anything there that's spicy. Oh you bet Kokoro's gonna be grabbing that.
Koji Silvia 2018-04-01 00:27:17 89919
Rising back up to apologize once more, Koji just gives a quiet, "Sumimasen."

For a good long moment, he just listens to what Kokoro has to say about lectures and fights, and the invisible sweatdrop just seems to grow on the side of his head. To her look of apology, he just adds, "I get nervous meeting people's family, Koro-kohai. It's not your fault." then takes his present to join the others before walking back over to where Rashmi is.

There's just a deadpan moment of silence at staring at her twitching lip, and then he takes a deep breath before rubbing the back of his neck, "Okay... you get five seconds to get it out of your system, Rashmi."
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-01 00:31:22 89920
Startlingly, Rashmi looks just as chagrined as Koji, and all she has to say in answer to Kokoro is a "Sumimasen" that echoes the boy's. This is something she should know better, after all.

Oh, there is spicy food available. This being a birthday party, the Terios grumbling about spiciness is set aside, and there is an entire end of the 'buffet' table full of eye-watering smells, meat and fish and vegetarian alike. And once Kokoro dishes herself up, she just chuckles, nodding Koji at the line. "Get your food, Koji-kun. You too, Maria-chan, she says Lacrima's way... partly to remind the occasionally word-clumsy Koji that Lacrima is under an assumed name. "I'll go last."
Lacrima 2018-04-01 00:35:51 89921
Maria Hanazawa eyes Kokoro and nods a bit. Parent's aren't a thing she can talk about right now. She fidgets a bit. She gently gets up to wait her turn to get food. She gives a little wave over to Koji, as she gently twitches her lips a little and mistakeness earlier, but that's it.

She gently sighs a bit.
Kokoro Akakuma 2018-04-01 00:44:22 89922
    "It's fine," Kokoro replies to Koji. "Don't worry about it. I just ain't... 'm not ready to call someone 'mom' yet, is all."

    By the time Kokoro returns to the table, though, she's got enough spicy beef and chicken of various types piled onto her plate that her mood is already considerably buoyed just looking at it. Assumedly, it is not as spicy as the Challenge Curry; which means the tall girl (and say, hasn't she grown some over the past few months?) can just dive right in and cover any lingering embarrassment with the process of eating. Om nom nom.
Koji Silvia 2018-04-01 00:50:04 89923
While watching Kokoro load up, Koji says softly to Rashmi in reply, "Sorry I'm a little late." Adding in a whisper, "I have Bits around the restaurant in a perimeter. Tyr-san is ready to make sure..."

He just trails off, not wanting to put any situations on the table, so instead he walks over and in an almost flip-side of the coin to Kokoro, he's putting little bits of everything on the plate and keeping it clean, while at the same time going for the milder things. As he passes by 'Maria' while she waits for her turn to get her food, he bows his head and gives her as much of a smile as the situation allows, and then adds "It's good to see you."

Seating himself once more, he takes his phone from his pocket and sets it down on the table, the 'LOCK' image of a snow leopard's face floats there, and for a moment when no one is sure to be looking but Kokoro, it winks at her.
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-01 01:02:37 89925
"That reminds me the plan's changed," Rashmi murmurs in answer to Koji. "But later. Party now." And she takes her own pick of food for the first round; mostly vegetables and naan, definitely leaving room for another trip. "How's Lamya-san by the way, Maria-chan? I don't get to see her much, but I've been hoping she's all right?"
Kokoro Akakuma 2018-04-01 01:20:11 89927
    Nom nomf nomnomnom om nom nomf. Kokoro eats quite hungrily, happy for a chance to enjoy some of the Korma Chameleon's spicier fare en masse. In the middle of her meal, though, her eyes pass over the phone, at just the right time to catch that snow leopard giving her a silent greeting. This outright prompts her to stop mid-bite, baffled... and then realization dawns, and a grin spreads across her face. "Yo." It comes out quiet, and muffled by food besides, but it's there.

    For all she might be a simple kind of girl, though, she's also still fairly attentive, and she doesn't miss the brief goings-on between Rashmi and Koji. There's a look of curiosity, but only for a second or two. They can talk about it later. Now is noms time.
Koji Silvia 2018-04-01 01:27:52 89930
There's this 'What did I do now?' look on Koji's face when the words 'plan' and 'change' are given to him, his mind rifling through all his past conversation over potential plans, before he finally mentally asks his Device.

Tyr-San, what is she talking about?

<<Kid, after watching your parents for a year and a half now? That's a landmine I'm not putting my foot on.>>

What... are you... talking about?

<<I'm just sayin, Kid.>>


That is the last time I leave you alone in a room with my father.

<<Men gotta have time for other Men, Koji. You'll get it when you're older.>>

A half second of mental conversation later, he gives Kokoro a nervous grin back, and he just does the only thing he can towards Rashmi.

He nods. For all the good or ill it may cause him for it, he just nods.
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-01 01:31:06 89931
"Party first," Rashmi says firmly, to answer the look Kokoro gives her. And with that, she applies herself to her own food, giving Tyrfing a grin and a wink at one point. Soon enough, however, her plate is empty, and instead of getting up to get more... she travels to the small table, gathering up the presents placed on it. "You can go for seconds later, Koko-chan, but sorry I'm just too excited." Koji's present is handed back to him, and with 'Maria' having hers in hand, she pushes a pair toward her friend. "The big one's from me, and the little one's from Mami and Papi."

The big one turns out to be a small stack of books. ....Of course it's books. But there seems to be a theme throughout; One Big Damn Hero fighting Impossible Odds to Save the World. Mostly light-novels, but at the bottom, she seems to have tracked down a Japanese translation of the Volsungasaga.

Kokoro Akakuma 2018-04-01 01:39:36 89932
    Party first. Siiiigh. Fiiiiiiiiiine. Koji gets a last, brief look of bafflement, and then Kokoro is back into her food, full tilt. Fortunately for Rashmi, she's mostly done with her first helping by the time that present is brought over. "...uh... sure, alright." There's a little hesitation there; it's been quite a bit of time since she's received anything more than perfunctory, obligatory gifts from some caretaker or other. At least she remembers how to tear open wrapping paper! Tear tear tear. "...oh-! Rashmi, how'd you- I been thinking of picking this one up! ...this one too! ...I never heard of this one, but it looks kinda cool, and..." Pause. "Vo... Vorusa..." Another pause. "...wait, is this the one about the German hero?" Her eyes are wide. "...Rashmi, these are all..."
Koji Silvia 2018-04-01 01:43:13 89934
Adjusting his glasses, Koji looks a the books as well, and smiles at several of them as he moves his gift back and out of the way, "I've never heard of that last one. What's it about?" Finishing off the last few bites from his plate before setting it aside and then puts the gift back in front of him while he waits for Rashmi to clarify.
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-01 01:58:37 89936
"The.... eh.... Vorusungasaga," Rashmi says, slowing down so as not to knot up her tongue on the word. "It's one of the big Viking tales, about the champion Sigurdo and his fight against the evil giant wolf Fafuniru? I couldn't help myself, I saw it and thought HAVE TO GET FOR KOKO-CHAN, so." Rashmi shrugs, cheeks going deeply red. "I'm glad you like them, Koko-chan, really."
Lacrima 2018-04-01 01:59:17 89937
Maria Hanazawa eyes Rashmi's gift, and Kokoro's reaction and she kind of hesitantly draws the red wrapped box up against her chest a little. She seems a little hesitant now. She's sure it's nothing though. At all. Her gift seems kinda dumb compared to that.
Kokoro Akakuma 2018-04-01 02:09:59 89939
    Kokoro looks pretty pleased about the books, nodding sharply when Rashmi explains it. "That's it, that's the one. He's a viking hero who fights a dragon, and then bathes in his blood and it makes him invincible, except-"

    She stops dead in her tracks. Because she's just realized that she's gushing.

    Boy howdy can Kokoro turn red.

    "A-anyway, let's... let's... let's open this one." It's the little one from Rashmi's parents. "And you two, too," she adds, looking at Maria and Koji. "Hand 'em over here, I'll open yours too."
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-01 02:11:20 89940
The little one turns out to be a handmade gift card for five free four or five-star meals, with little DX and XP faces drawn all over the edges. Apparently Rashmi's parents have a sense of humor!
Koji Silvia 2018-04-01 02:14:44 89942
Koji Silvia sniffs once, and then nods as he brings up his package and passes it over, "Now... It's umm... it's kind of a gift from both of us. You'll understand when you open it... I promise, Koro-kohai. And I... we... I mean... we didn't really know what to get you until my dad had a friend over who was talking about a new thing he got at the lab." Sort of dancing around it as he pushes it across the table, the shimmery blue wrapping and the red ribbon bow with a little 'Kokoro' kanji on a tag on it.

Just looking at it causes Koji to rub the back of his neck as the logo on his phone suddenly sweat-drops, "B-by the way... ummm... m-my mom... wants to meet... you... I mean all of you... sometime."
Lacrima 2018-04-01 02:20:55 89944
Maria Hanazawa pushes the red wrapped box towards Kokoro. She mutters a little but it's inaudible. "It's...probably not as good as the others." she says. "But I hope you'll like it." she says quietly.
Kokoro Akakuma 2018-04-01 02:25:35 89945
    Kokoro scrambles to open the smaller present, and then gives it a few seconds of looking before a pleased smile appears on her face. "Ooh. Well, if they want to give me free food, I guess I can't complain there. Tell 'em I said thanks." She sets that aside, looking between Maria and Koji, unsure where to start... but finally, she decides to go for Koji's, setting Maria's within arm's reach and then unwrapping her senpai's with a smooth and quick series of movements.
Koji Silvia 2018-04-01 02:39:05 89949
When Koji's present is unwrapped, the box is one of those you can get a set of decorative mugs in, and tied down in the back of it are a set of six figurines. They're all about four inches tall, and made from a matte grey plastic that one is used to seeing in newer 3D printed items. But it's WHO the figurines are that might be surprising.

-Thunder Goddess Dengeki Shoujo.
-Boost Striker Rashmi.
-Chrome Samurai Seishi Tamashige.
-Street Racer Lacrima.
-Dream Warrior Ariel.
-Captain Koji Silva.

It's the forms that were taken in two of the more vivid dreams that the group had to face off against, and the detail on them is nearly professional in quality.

"Anyways... I just worked in the lab cleaning and running errands for a couple weekends to get some time on the machine... Tyr-san did most of the work. They're not painted, so you can... maybe try your hand. I have model paints I can bring over if you like."

From his phone, words pop up 'Happy Birthday!' followed by a digitalized version of Tyrfing done Mugen-style appearing to give the birthday girl a thumbs-up!
Kokoro Akakuma 2018-04-01 02:47:39 89952
    Blink. Blink blink. "Th-these are..." Kokoro stares. "...I didn't even know stuff like this could be done." She's looking them over carefully, eyes wide - even though she knows they were all real, those were still dreams of a sort, and seeing these in person feels... different, somehow. "...I dunno if I'll be able to paint 'em so well, but I can try." She gives Koji and Tyrfing both a firm nod, still smiling, then sets the figures back in the box for now and puts them aside. Because it's time for Lacrima's! Or rather, for Maria's.

Lacrima 2018-04-01 02:57:33 89953
Maria is more eyeing Koji's gift as she shrinks a little more. It's times like this she wishes Ari-chan could had made it with her. She mutters. "It''s not a lot.. like.. the others..." she says quietly.

Indeed, the box contains three things.

The first is a folded shirt. The shirt is a normal, black T-shirt. The shirt has an image of 'Thor' (The Thunder God, but not the Marvel Incarnation. :I) Playing a large hammer guitar, with a lighting frame and theme to it around it. It has the caption, 'Ragnarok and Roll' around it.

The second item is a big, foam 'Thor's Hammer' (This one is Marvel Branded with whatever newest Thor or Avengers movie was released.). There is nothing special about it except it's a big foam Thor's Hammer.

There is a card. The card has the phrase 'This is the Birthday Song. It isn't Very Long.' on the front. The inside says. 'I told you it wasn't very long.' and 'Happy Birthday, Kokoro' written underneath it. The card contains a gift card for some amount that can be used at any store in the Four Clover Mall.

She mutters. "Hope you like it."
Kokoro Akakuma 2018-04-01 03:09:32 89955
    The box is opened. Kokoro first pulls out the hammer; surprise melts into genuine amusement, and laughter. But not mocking, not in the least. "Oh jeez, this is... ahahaha, wow, thank you. This's goin' up right over my bed." She sets it aside, pulls out the shirt, and...



    Three seconds later, she pulls the shirt on right then and there, right over her school blouse. Shirt: accepted.

    Then comes the card, which- "...pff. Pffhahaha! Man, this is great."
Koji Silvia 2018-04-01 03:13:14 89956
Koji Silvia comments with a bit of an embarrassed smile, "Just proof I -REALLY- overthought my gift." And he rubs the back of his as he watches Kokoro pull the shirt on.
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-01 03:15:45 89957
The laughter startled out of Rashmi is likewise completely genuine; the redhead is *delighted* at the look of the gift. "La-- Maria-chan that's awesome!" she says, grinning.
Lacrima 2018-04-01 03:18:34 89959
Maria Hanzawa mutters. "Glad you like it." she says softly. She shifts a bit and still eats the curry she got earlier. She shifts a it. "I didn't wanna... overdo it. With something too overbearing or.. anything." she says quietly.
Kokoro Akakuma 2018-04-01 03:23:42 89961
    The laughter turns out to be just what Kokoro needed to relax a little. "Ahahaha, it's fine, I love it. I kinda like the nice and simple stuff, y'know?" She settles back in her seat, picking the hammer back up with a softer chuckle. "I never really been that good at handlin' all the... the more complicated mushy stuff. I ain't had much practice. So all this nice simple stuff is... is..." Sniffle. Sniffle? Yes, sniffle. " I haven't even had a real birthday party in years." Sniffle. "...thanks, all of you. Really."
Koji Silvia 2018-04-01 03:25:20 89962
Locating a party hat, Koji finally dons it, and then picks up one of those little ribbon blower toys, and does the thing. He blows and it makes the little noise and the front shoots out for moment and then curls back in.

And so he says loudly, "Happy Birthday, Koro-Kohai!"
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-01 03:31:48 89965
At which point, Rashmi turns to the kitchen window, making a beckoning gesture. And the kitchen doors fly open, two servers bearing a sheet cake that smells wonderfully of spices and sweet, with fourteen red and golden candles.


And the birthday song begins.
Kokoro Akakuma 2018-04-01 04:05:19 89968
    Oh. Oh god now they're singing. It's taking everything Kokoro has to not just break down into heartfelt tears, but even then there's still a few more sniffles. "A-ah, jeez, you guys..." Predictably, Kokoro blows out the candles on the first try, and in true Kokoro fashion, it's not by blowing lightly and being efficient with her air, but rather sheer lung capacity. There is probably a fair bit more spicy food consumed, but when Kokoro goes back for seconds, she grabs a napkin to make an impromptu bib. Wouldn't do to get her new shirt dirty.