A (con)foundation of berries

Makio meets one of his sempai, Lamya falls down, berries are spoken about!

Date: 2018-04-06
Pose Count: 33
Makio Ryu 2018-04-06 01:07:11 90118
Having just got off work, the bluenette 'cyclopse' known as Makio has shed his butler like waiter uniform. Now in his usual hoodie, he's come out of the cafe and invited himself to chill out on one of the swings now that it's a touch too late for the smaller kids to be out playing on them.
Taiko Tsume 2018-04-06 01:09:57 90119
    Taiko Tsume is out late, walking through the park with an ice cream cone in her hands. It's blue ice cream with white sprinkles, and it doesn't seem quite like any of the other ice cream being offered around here.

    She isn't paying much attention to anyone else, but she stops on a bench facing the swings and kindof stares off into space while enjoying her treat.
Dragon Lamya 2018-04-06 01:15:19 90120
Lamya isn't that noticible at first, having started to slide down the giant penguin slide in the middle of the park, but the friction of her bare thighs under her schoolgirl dress having stopped her midway down. Instead of either getting off or sliding all the way down, she had just flopped onto her back, staring at the sky, occasionally letting out an uncharactaristically meloncholy sigh. Eventually she attempts to disembark the slide, but when she rolls over, she rolls off the slide to fall face first into the sand below.

Makio Ryu 2018-04-06 01:31:39 90121
Makio Ryu can't help tilting his head at the sight of that ice cream. Not like he's doing anything else... He'd hop out of the swing and, as he oft does, approaches the situation so casually you'd think he already knew this girl. "Hiya," Makio greets, "What flavor IS that?" Straight to the point, though he startles slightly at the owing. Oh, hey, he does actually recognize this one. "You ok dude," is called toward Lamya.
Taiko Tsume 2018-04-06 01:36:29 90123
    Taiko was ignoring Lamya up until the point where she fell off the slide. Now she's looking at her with cold curious eyes. It's hard to tell whether or not she plans on doing anything about it because Makio is walking up to her. When asked what flavor ice cream she's eating, she responds, "I haven't named it. I just put some blueberriy sauce in while I was making it. I suppose that would make it blueberry ice cream?"

    She glances sideways at Lamya again, raising her voice to cover the distance. "Had a fall, did you?"
Dragon Lamya 2018-04-06 01:41:14 90125
Lamya lays there for a second, but picks herself up when she hears Makio's voice. "I am okay," she reassures him, as she gets to her feet. With a few careful brushes of her hand, she rids herself of all the sand that's clung to her. Red eyes raise to look at Taiko. "Yes. I did," she says matter-of-factly.
Makio Ryu 2018-04-06 01:52:34 90126
Makio gives a nod of understanding. "Blueberry....blueberry's nice," he replies simply, "Is it just that you put it in, or did you make all of it?" With Lamya saying she's ok, Makio gives a wave. "Well hi then," he greets, "I haven't seen you since that time with the penguins." ...fitting given where they are now...
Taiko Tsume 2018-04-06 01:54:45 90128
    Taiko raises an eyebrow at Lamya, and then flashes her a grin. It's hard to tell if it's friendly or not. She keeps eating her 'apparently blueberry' ice cream while looking at Lamya and Makio.

    The blue haired girl is still in her Infinity High uniform, sitting with her back straight and her legs tightly crossed like a proper ojou. Even the way her lips softly and cleanly bite her ice cream seems elegant, and not a drop of it seems to spill. If Makio gets close, he might notice that the air around it is quite chilly.

    "Oh, I have an ice cream maker at home. It's rather easy to make it yourself once you know how. I found a tutorial video on youtube that explained the process."

    Another glace between Makio and Lamya as 'the time with the penguins' are mentioned. She has no idea what that refers to, but it confirms that these two seem to know each other.
Dragon Lamya 2018-04-06 02:06:07 90129
Lamya screws her face in concentration as she tries to remember this particular incident that Makio is referring to, but is drawing a blank. She shakes her head, though whether to clear it or tell Makio that she doesn't remember is unclear, and she walks to stand next to the boy. "I do not think I have had this 'blueberry' before," she announces out of the, well, blue.
Makio Ryu 2018-04-06 02:09:12 90130
Makio Ryu ooohs. "I should get one of those..." he murmurs, "Ice cream's cool." It's hard to tell if he did that unintentionally or if he just straight faced a terrible pun. "You're....Tsume sempai, right," he wonders curiously, "You make the neat ice sculptures sometimes?" Hopefully this isn't doomed to go like nearly EVERY time he talks to someone he doesn't PERSONALLY know from school. His overly friendly manner at times has caused him to be quite the annoyance to people more fitting to Infinity's usual stereotype.

He raises a brow at Lamya not remembering about him teaching her what penguins were at the sea park. "...ok...maybe you just look startlingly like that girl..."
Taiko Tsume 2018-04-06 02:16:44 90132
    Takio's pale blue eyes slide towards Lamya. How odd. Maybe they don't know each other after all. Mistaken identity? Well, it's none of Taiko's business anyways.

    "You should try it sometime. Fruit and ice cream go well together, though I believe strawberry might be a better choice."

    Then she's recognized by Makio, and it occurs to Taiko that this might also be a student of Infinity. She studies his face intently to see if it jogs her memories. "Yes, I do. I believe the last one I made was a heart for White Day."

    The heart in question was actually rather elegant in design and put on display in a hall. It was a rounded, curvy heart shape wrapped tightly in cloth-like 'ribbons' that draped down to the base of the sculpture.

    "You look familiar to me. Do you swim, perhaps?"
Dragon Lamya 2018-04-06 02:21:37 90133
Lamya's head tilts curiously. "I do not think I have had this 'strawberry' either," she admits. Then she remembers, "Oh yes! It is that pink glaze they put on donuts!" She turns to the boy, "No we have met before. I have had many things on my mind lately."
Makio Ryu 2018-04-06 02:28:34 90135
Makio Ryu nods at Takio. "Yeah, you do really awesome stuff," he replies, "And yeah, I'm Makio Ryu, from a couple of grades below you." He peers back toward Lamya and smiles a little. "Oooh yeah, I can understand having a lot on your mind," he states, "...you girls want anything from the cafe? I did just get off shift there. I could grab you something real quick? ...the berries and ice cream are making me hungry, and it would feel rude to just get me something."
Taiko Tsume 2018-04-06 02:32:17 90136
    Taiko's eyes widen slightly, as if shocked, and a small gasp escapes her lips when she hears Lamya admit to not knowing what strawberry is. Then she mentions the donut icing and Taiko seems to be at least somewhat reassured. It truly would be a very dismal existence if one did not even know the wonderful taste of strawberry.

    "Yes, that's right. However," she raises one finger and wags it as if instructing Lamya. She is Taiko-sempai after all. "That icing is made from a fruit called strawberry. It's a red plump fruit about 5 to 10 centimeters around. It has a pretty distinct shape"

    Makio Ryu? Taiko frowns slightly in thought, but the truth is that she just hasn't been paying attention to things such as swim teams. Well, it doesn't matter. She knows his name now. "It's a pleasure to meet you, Ryu-kohai," says Taiko formally. At the offer of food, she raises one palm and shakes her head. "I'm fine, thank you."
Dragon Lamya 2018-04-06 02:41:54 90138
Lamya purses her lips as Taiko describes what a strawberry is. "I do not think I have eaten one outside of the glaze," she admits. She thinks about Makio's offer and puts her hands on her hips, deciding. "I would like to try these strawberries and blueberries. My curiosity has been piqued."

To Taiko she introduces herself. "I am Lamya, Great Wyrm of the lake Selene." A scowl. "No, wait, I'm not supposed to say that part anymore."
Makio Ryu 2018-04-06 02:47:38 90141
"Nice to actually meet you too, Tsume-sempai," the bluenette boy replies. Makio would mentally tick down boy girls answers to the offer for food. With Lamya's reply he'd mention how he'd be right back, before he heads right back into the cafe mew mew for the moment. He should be out again soon...
Taiko Tsume 2018-04-06 02:49:07 90142
    The blue-haired sempai raises an eyebrow at the part about a Great Wyrm. Is this some kind of in joke that Taiko isn't privy to? She doesn't ask. Taiko didn't feel a need to introduce herself to Makio since he seemed to know her name, but Lamya probably doesn't.

    "Infinity High's Taiko Tsume, 12th grade."

    Another bite of her ice cream while Makio runs off, then a swallow before speaking to Lamya again. "... and you simply must try some blueberries and strawberries. They're delicious, and fruit is good for you besides."
Dragon Lamya 2018-04-06 02:55:43 90143
Lamya doesn't look like the kind of girl who jokes around, especially the way that her speech is all stiff and formal, and when Taiko introduces herself she bows slightly. "It is a pleasure to meet you."

The girl nods when encouraged to try the fruit though the comment about their nutrition causes green eyebrows to furrow. "Good for me, how? Up until recently I have eaten meat exclusively until a friend showed me the delight of donuts."
Taiko Tsume 2018-04-06 03:04:11 90144
    Taiko inclines her head towards Lamya and responds formally. "It's a pleasure to meet you." A little more formal than a sempai needs to be, but she is a proper lady after all.

    Taiko tilts her head to the side when Lamya asks her how fruit might be good for her. Lamya had only been eating meat? How... odd. Taiko mentally notes that Lamya is a rather strange girl, though she doesn't say that out loud.

    "Fruit has nutrients in it that your body needs to fuel itself. The sugar in fruit is a lot better for you than the processed sugar you get from candy and donuts, and also fruits have important vitamins in them." Taiko doesn't actually remember what kinds of vitamins that strawberries and blueberries have, so she doesn't list them, and she doesn't admit ignorance by checking on her smartphone, either.
Dragon Lamya 2018-04-06 03:06:53 90145
Lamya scowls thoughtfullly. "So there are different kinds of sugar," she muses in awe. "And vitamins......." her brows furrow again. "What is a vitamin?"
Taiko Tsume 2018-04-06 03:15:23 90146
    What is a vitamin? Oh geeze. Taiko really wasn't prepared for this. Well, she supposes she ought to be a good sempai and explain such things, but... surely this sort of thing would've been explained to her at some point, right? By her parents, maybe? Taiko never expected to find a more neglected child than herself, but by now she's starting to wonder.

    Taiko spends a good few moments just kindof staring at Lamya with wide eyes as she wonders just how little this girl knows about food. After some hesitation, and several seconds of not eating her ice cream, Taiko responds. "Well, vitamins are a type of nutrient that food has. For example, bananas have Vitamin C, which is something that your body needs in order to heal."
Dragon Lamya 2018-04-06 03:28:03 90148
"Interesting," Lamya says, leaning forward a bit fascinated by this knowledge. "When I heal, I draw from the ambient mana to repair my body, converting the energy into the necessary flesh, but eating raw fruit sounds much easier and quicker." She looks thoughtful for a moment. "Maybe the fruit collects and stores the mana for you," she muses to herself. "That's why they start out all small and tasteless and end up big and flavorful."
Makio Ryu 2018-04-06 03:29:10 90149
Makio Ryu returns with a plate containing 3 seperate kinds of baked goods. There's a strawberry tart, a blue berry tart, and a slice of key lime pie. He'd find somewhere suitable to place the plate where him and Lamya both could get to it /without/ it being on the ground or something else just as dirty. Two forks are included also. "Ok so...this one has blueberry in it," he explains, "This one has strawberry..." He'd take a fork and dig into the key lime pie. "And this one's just mine and doesn't have any berry in it." He'd offer the other fork over to Lamya.
Dragon Lamya 2018-04-06 03:35:30 90150
Lamya takes a fork and pokes at the filling in the blueberry tart, scowling at it. "This is not blue," she says disappointedly. She picks up one of the syrup covered berries and examines it critically. "This is not what I had expected." She pops it into her mouth and chews on it, taking her time to mull over the flaver. "It tastes good, though."

She turns her attention to the strawberry tart, and pulls out one of the slices. "Interesting," she says, and looks at Taiko. "I thought you said it was round, but as you can see, it is very flat." She pops that one into her mouth and nods. "Mmmm, yes. This is much like the pink glaze on the donut only more.... hrmmm.... earthy."
Taiko Tsume 2018-04-06 03:45:36 90151
    Taiko's eyes widen a little bit more as this girl in front of her starts brazenly talking about magic. In public! In front of Kami-sama and everyone! The older girl is silent for a few moments while considering, slowly eating her ice cream cone while studying Lamya's face.

    Her eyes are a bit more serious and a bit more focused, and her ice cream has been eaten down to the edge of the cone. As Makio distributes food between himself and Lamya, Taiko takes a bite out of her waffle cone with a soft crunch. She doesn't even say anything as Lamya starts to eat, not even about the strawberry not being round.

    "Ambient mana..." she mutters quietly. After a moment she decides to feign ignorance. "Oh, surely you must be kidding! Are you in cosplay and I just didn't notice? Sorry I really don't keep up with the latest anime trends."
Makio Ryu 2018-04-06 03:48:24 90152
Makio Ryu chuckles a little at the conversation. He's trying to stay off of the whole magic land mine himself. "Those ARE usually round, but they're smashed right now so they go into that breading," he explains, "And they're really really dark blue...like almost black..."
Dragon Lamya 2018-04-06 03:51:09 90153
Lamya having come to her brilliant conclusion, she starts to ravenously dig into the tarts. "It is delicious regardless. I did not know what that garishly colored building was for, but now that I do I will have to come and devou....r...eat there more often." She looks at the other girl and blinks at her in confusion. "Cosplay? Anime?" Hedtilt?
Taiko Tsume 2018-04-06 03:55:29 90154
    The blue haired sempai just stares blankly at Lamya. She's not even eating her ice cream right now. Her strange ice cream that refuses to melt. Taiko isn't really even listening to the conversation on food, though she doesn't disagree with any particular point.

    She glances at Makio, studying him for a moment, then back to Lamya.

    "You aren't from around here, are you?" she asks, with carefully chosen words.
Makio Ryu 2018-04-06 03:57:59 90155
Makio Ryu shakes his head a little. "She's probably very much from a different part of the world," he agrees, "I had to explain penguins to her too." He doesn't say this in any kind of ridiculing tone, mind. He's just stating fact, as if trying to make this somehow normal. Though the awkwardness in his smile proves he knows it's anything but normal.
Dragon Lamya 2018-04-06 04:05:35 90156
Lamya shakes her head, oblivious to the stares, taking Taiko's words at face value. "No I am not," she says, stuffing her mouth the the remaining tart. "Like I said, I am... was... the Great Wyrm of Lake Selene which, as I understand it, was in what is now called Lybia."
Taiko Tsume 2018-04-06 04:10:54 90157
    Taiko's eyes focus hard on Makio's for a moment. After a moment's stare she opens her mouth and devours the rest of her cone in one bite, crushing it between her teeth and showing no fear of any potential ice cream headaches. She stares at him long enough, and with enough of a glare, that it might make a normal person nervous.

    Then, after a gulp, she gives him the sweetest smile she can summon. It's very sweet. Too sweet. "Well! You have quite an interesting friend, Ryu-kohai."

    Then Lamya speaks again, and Taiko turns to her with wide, very interested eyes. "Oh! Libya! Of course. They must have very... different... customs... there. That must be it."

    Taiko seems mostly cool and collected about this whole thing, if a little insincere, but she's hesitating far too often to be casual. "Right! Well. I hope you enjoy your stay in Japan, Great Wyrm-san."

    She bows politely to Lamya, and then to Makio, "I have to go now. See you at school, Ryu-kohai." Then she turns away to leave, a bit in a hurry. Whatever is going on there with that Lamya girl, Taiko wants none of it, especially if it involves something like Great Wyrms.
Makio Ryu 2018-04-06 04:17:46 90158
Even WITHOUT being a normal person Makio gets a little unnerved by that glare. "Ah, yeah...I really know how to stumble into them, huh," he murmurs in responce to the 'accusation' of having an intresting friend. "See you Tsume-sempai," he calls after her as she waves, giving a little wave. ...well at least if she dislikes him it actually MIGHT not be his own fault this time.

He'd peer back toward Lamya and go back to eating his key lime pie. "...anything else you wanted to know?"
Dragon Lamya 2018-04-06 04:21:27 90159
The key lime pie has mysteriously disappeared from the plate by the time Makio gets back to it, Lamya wiping away the crumbs of evidence from the corners of her mouth. "Yes. What is a 'key lime?' and what does it unlock?"