Calm Before...

Date: 2018-04-25
Pose Count: 26
Takashi Agera 2018-04-25 15:54:48 90701
After his little sojurn to the arctic, the sun felt good on his face - and the library within it had plenty of benches outside to read and take in the sun in the afternoon. Takashi was sitting there, for once NOT in his school uniform, wearing a grey shirt with a dark purple jacket and jeans.

He'd had a few books open, most of them clearly advanced and probably from Infinity University's library rather than KPP Public. But he was excited for another reason, Takashi had invited Ami and she'd said yes! It had been too long since they'd gotten a chance to talk. So he was reading to contain his impatience.
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-25 15:57:57 90702
So naturally, Ami is a few minutes late. Bowing profusely once she reaches Takashi, she doesn't even say hi. "Takashi, I'm so sorry. I got held up at cram school." And then she peeks through those long lashes to look at his books. "Where did you get those?" Oh, Ami. So awkward.

Apparently she ran home to change after cram school, though. She's in a light blue blouse, a darker blue cardigan, and a matching-color skirt. She stands up straight and realizes her faux pas.

"Um. Hi."
Takashi Agera 2018-04-25 16:01:15 90703
Takashi looks up and his face just brightens. He is happy to see her and there is no way he could hide that. "It's fine, it just means I get to keep your later." He teased a bit. Just a bit. "The books? From Infinity University's library. I'm working on a problem and I thought even if these don't have information directly related, getting my mind in the right way would really help."

Then he laughs. "Hi yourself. Can't believe you still go to cram school, by the by. Is there anything you can learn there you don't already know?"
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-25 16:03:08 90704
Ami Mizuno blushes. "Maybe. I just like cram school. It's so... soothing, somehow." She twists a little, side to side, anxious and adorable as she watches Takashi with those big blue eyes. "What kind of problem? Can I help with it?" She gestures as if asking to sit, on the other side of the books. She'd never sit ON a book, of course!
Takashi Agera 2018-04-25 16:10:53 90705
Takashi blinked and then moved the books onto the table. "Please." he insisted after clearing the space for her.

"Possibly. I mentioned it to you months ago, but so much has gone on since then..." like world-eating monsters and their breakup and then unbreakup... "Trying to work out how Eclipse does their space-bending. You know, turn a door the right way in Sunset Tower, walk out of a janitor's closet door in this library." The example seems a little too direct to be made up on the spot. Takashi scoots a tablet with a digital notebook of some really complex, non-euclidian math that he'd been working in.

"Might be useful for both of us to know."
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-25 16:13:09 90706
Ami Mizuno looks the tablet over, even as she processes the information. Door. Sunset Tower. It's too much to try, naturally, on her own... but... it's something to know.

She nods, and looks over the mathematics quickly. "You have a mistake here," she murmurs, pointing it out. She corrects it, and the rest of the math, without trying to shame him. Just matter-of-factly.
Takashi Agera 2018-04-25 16:15:53 90707
Takashi blinks, and looks at it twice. He says nothing for a moment as he changes the mark, and starts to work through the resulting changes. He leans forward and puts his hand on his forehead before turning to look at her.

"Maybe I'm the one that needs cram school."
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-25 16:18:36 90708
Ami can't help but laugh. "It was an easy mistake to make," she insists. "But does that help your problem any?" Her eyes search his, taking him in. "I think it'll help some."

Her eyes sparkle a little as he looks at her. "Maybe you do!"
Takashi Agera 2018-04-25 16:19:55 90709
Takashi winces a bit. "I kinda wish it was a harder mistake to make. Then I'd have seen it. Gosh, when did I make that. How long have I been working off bad info. I really need a proofreader more often."

"Yeah but I'd have to find a different cram school than yours or I'd be way less liable to get actual work done most days."
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-25 16:23:31 90710
Ami blushes. "You're too sweet." She's flustered, eyes on his and then flitting away to look anywhere else. "So what's the issue? Space-bending?" She takes a breath, and looks at the math again. "Okay. Um..." She's still flustered, hand trembling just from being so close to Takashi. Pleasant trembles.
Takashi Agera 2018-04-25 16:31:49 90711
Takashi nods. "Kinda. They've got some big device sequestered off that provides the power and honestly I don't think most of the people there know a thing about how it works. Which means there's not exactly tech documents."

"And I'd like to emulate it if say, I ever wanted to take my lab and not be dependant on them. And it might be worth it to you if you ever need to close something off or follow them back. So... helps us both."
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-25 16:35:16 90712
Ami Mizuno considers him. "I see." And then she looks over the math again, frowning softly. "Why are you thinking of splitting off?" Her voice holds the tiniest note of hope, looking at him through her lashes again. Her trembling changes, from thrill to outright excitement, hopeful that he'll join the Senshi. It's so obvious.
Takashi Agera 2018-04-25 16:42:43 90713
Takashi shrugs. "I'm not sure I am." He begins, maybe oblivious to Ami's excitement. "But sometimes they do things even I don't agree with and it makes me leery to see how much control they have over my stuff then."

"I'd like to get a little bit further out from under their thumb."
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-25 16:46:53 90714
Ami Mizuno deflates a little, but nods, watching him. "I see," she says, trying to keep the defeat out of her voice. But she nods. "It makes sense," she says more neutrally now, smiling at him. Her eyes roam over the table, and she pulls a book toward her. Reaching into her book bag, she pulls out a tablet and gets to work on the electronic device, taking notes and doing math problems.
Takashi Agera 2018-04-25 16:52:15 90715
Takashi sees that deflation even if he didn't see the excitement, and turns to her. "Well, whatever my future is, unless we want it to involve them for sure, having the way out is good, right?" He scoots a little bit closer to watch her work rather than doing more work himself.
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-25 16:54:18 90716
Ami Mizuno leans into him. "Yeah," she says softly, And she works, trying to clear her head, even as she cuddles into her boyfriend. She seems content. Her fingers fly over the tablet even as she reads, blue eyes intent.
Takashi Agera 2018-04-25 17:02:17 90717
Takashi is... somewhat surprised as she does this, but he isn't going to look a gift girlfriend in the mouth. Or something. And then he struggles for something to talk about. It's awkward when they can't really connect on 'work' stuff.

"Is everything going okay for you?" he finally manages.
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-25 17:06:41 90718
Ami Mizuno smiles softly. "Everything's going well," she says finally, enjoying his warmth. "I am doing well in school." Naturally. "And everything else is going well." She doesn't mention Earth. It might be suspicious, if he thinks about it--if he knows. But. "How about you?" Fingers slowing, but still going over the tablet. She moves to look up at him.
Takashi Agera 2018-04-25 17:13:48 90719
Takashi is still... a little unused to the physical connection but definantly enjoying it back. He notes, somewhere, Earth doesn't get mentioned - but he has always given Ami the credit of being the likely first to figure it out, so the fact that she hasn't punched him in the shoulder yet is a benefit.

"I'm going alright. I've been focusing back on my studies because of all the time I spent away. Even Infinity has limits on what they let me get away with..."
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-25 17:17:24 90720
Ami Mizuno nods. "I understand. Even with your intelligence, you can drift away from the curriculum." She considers him. She's not usually a fan of physical contact, so she must be affection-starved. Touch-starvation is a thing. She just... lightly leans against him, like a bird ready to flit away at any moment.
Takashi Agera 2018-04-25 17:31:48 90721
Takashi was almost careful to not make any sudden moves - like she was indeed a bird, who had landed near him and he didn't want to scare her. "Well, sometimes its boring." He notes, a little whiny. Given the books in front of them it's liable it's a little under his (or her) level.

A pause. "It's nice to spend time with you again."
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-25 17:34:02 90722
Ami Mizuno grins crookedly. "It is boring, but it's necessary," she points out, before blushing bright red. "It's... It's nice to spend time with you, too," she whispers, hands stilling. She's smiling, though, happy.
Takashi Agera 2018-04-25 17:39:51 90723
Takashi smiles. It's not an evil smirk, but a smile, a genuine one, a rare thing seen on his face. "I appreciate you helping me out with this too, even if my mistake was... kinda stupid. Let me know if you ever need my help?"

Takashi assumed, perhaps rightly, that their areas of assistance would be small, but they had been there in the past, too.
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-25 17:46:55 90724
Ami Mizuno nods. "I'd like that. You let me know, too." She glances at him askance, but smiles. "I'm happy to help you... sometimes." Drawing the line at evil, naturally. They know each other's boundaries by now.
Takashi Agera 2018-04-25 17:55:08 90725
Takashi smirks a little. "Well, I know there are sometimes things I do you don't agree with. But at least less of them lately because I've been busy." Not counting Sailor Earth. He winced internally.

She was going to probably be really mad. It seemed like a better idea when she was already mad at him and not snuggled up next to him.
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-25 17:56:44 90726
Ami Mizuno nods. "I'm glad," she murmurs softly, and snuggles in more firmly.

Because player is awful and likes to torment characters.