Donut Worry... Kyouko?

Lacrima delivers donuts to... Kyouko? for her Birthday!? Quick, someone make sure cats aren't dogs and that up is still up and not down! Also Alexis and Lacrima have a serious talk moment when Kyouko needs to run.

Date: 2018-05-10
Pose Count: 29
Lacrima 2018-05-10 22:53:49 91160
La Crima had left a notice with someone at the conbeanie she worked with. It was a simple note. 'I have something for you. Meet me at Mamoru-kun's' and was signed with '-L' at the bottom. In purple ink. It's very obvious who this is 'from'. Who's other name starts with L and has a purple primary color anyways?

Lacrima arrives and immediately peeks out. "Alexis-niisan. Are you here?" she asks. She'd had left a prior notice that she was coming. And that she'd want his presence in the main living room that most people tended to gather in.

With her, she had a immaculately constructed white cardboard box.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-05-10 22:56:21 91161
    It's very likely that Kyouko would not have wanted to meet Lacrima. However, she's often at the ECFH anyway, so whether or not she's actually there because the note told her to be there is irrelevant. She is there.

    She's sitting on the floor in the living room, playing Mario Kart on the big TV, wearing her pajama pants and a T-shirt. She's doing this because Mamoru always beats her, and she's trying to improve so that just maybe she can win a race sometime.

    She glances up when she hears Lacrima speak. "Oh, it's you." She says, not sounding particularly pleased, but also not particularly hostile. "I got your note. You could have just left it here you know."
Stahlritter 2018-05-10 23:10:14 91162
"Be nice now," comes the deep baritone of Alexis' voice from down the hall, just then (his voice may or may not have grown more adult-like recently but nevermind that). And lo and behold, there's an Alex.

An Alex in a tank top, sweat pants and... a rather severe amount of bandaging covering up basically teh entire length of his left arm, held up against his midsection in a medical sling.

"Yo, Imouto," he calls towards Lacrima, with his right hand held up in a sort of a salute. As if though NOTHING AT ALL WAS WRONG. "What's this now?"
Lacrima 2018-05-10 23:23:09 91163
Lacrima looks at Kyouko and says. "I could had just knocked on your door. But I'm assuming you wouldn't want to have to explain why there's a spear stuck through your door to the landlord or company that owns the building." she says dryly. "So I stuck with a letter." she says.

She looks to Alexis and blinks. "....Okay what happened now?" she asks softly. "Did you try to suplex a youma or something?" she asks, as she shakes her head. "This is. Something." she says.

She says as she looks back to Kyouko. "I understand you had a birthday." she says flatly.

"And in the interest in fostering peace and maybe making relations in dealings more bearable. And the fact you are the sister of someone I enjoy the company of. I have brought a gift." she says.

She holds out the white box.

"Alexis-niisan is here to witness that it isn't secretly a youma in the box or anything."

A pause.

"There isn't a youma in the box so please handle it carefully." she adds.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-05-10 23:26:31 91164
    "Yeah but I mean.. nevermind." Kyouko says to Lacrima, with a sigh. It's true, she doesn't welcome many people at all to the apartment she lives in with Naru and Momo. It's pretty much private-territory. But that's beside the point at the moment.

    As Alex enters the room she looks up, offering him a bit of a grin. "Hey dude. Lookin' better." Also relative.

    Her attention is then drawn back to Lacrima. She blinks at the mention of her birthday. "Huh? Yeah, it was yesterday. Who told you?" She asks, mildly accusatory. She's not used to people knowing her birthday, though she should know better than to think it's a secret with the number of people who she now talks to on a faily basis.

    Then Lacrima is holding out a box to her. She blinks again. "A gift?" She asks. She eyes the box.. then accepts it. She doesn't try to spear it or anything. She puts her controller down and then puts the box on the table, eyeing Lacrima again before shrugging and opening it.
Stahlritter 2018-05-10 23:33:25 91165
Alex gives Lacrima an absolutely *indignant* look. "... Why do you say that as if though I would merely *try* rather than actually do it?" He protests.

The actual question, though, he considers for all of two seconds before deciding to say simply, "... I'll tell you later." Because he figures that maybe when she's giving a birthday gift to someone isn't the best time to be having the 'me and your senpai beat each other up' talk.

"If it makes you feel any better about it, she wouldn't dare to do that while I am around," he murmurs then, for Kyouko's benefit while he comes stepping along closer, with his good hand reaching over to affectionally ruffle the top of the vampire's head. "I would be giving her the *biggest* disappointed nii-san look."
Lacrima 2018-05-10 23:44:20 91166
Lacrima says. "I visit often. I see things. and hear things." she says cooly. "I leave notes. And things in the kitchen for others often." she says. "You've probably eaten muffins I've delivered in the past. Or the Gumbo I made." she says. "When everyone had a case of the sniffles."

"Yes, that's also why he's around." she says flatly to Alexis' statement. She makes a face as her head is ruffled. She fixes it again, softly.

The white box is made of a stiff cardboard. Opening it, reveals a dozen donuts. Twelve specifically. Two rows laid side by side. The donuts are the big, gourmet style. Handmade. They are glazed in a honey-based glaze. They are covered in similarly handmade pocky pieces. The bottom half of the donuts are dipped in chocolate. They looks similar to the donuts she'd brought to last New years.

"Donuts." she says softly. "They come from the same baker I bought the ones for the New Years party." she says.

"Something more tangible might had seemed too personal. And I know you have no desire to be friends." she says flatly. She is merely stating a face. "But I figured Donuts may be appropriate." she says.

"To share with who you wish of course." she says.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-05-10 23:48:41 91167
    Kyouko eyes Lacrima, considering the fact that she may have eaten food left by the vampire-girl in the past. She shrugs though, and looks down inside the box. Donuts! Well, if there's any way to make peace with Kyouko, or at least to raise yourself in her esteem, delivering food to her is one of them.

    "Wow, these look pretty good.." She says, as she reaches in and picks one of them. She sniffs it.. because of course she does. She's not testing for poison or anything, she's just like that. Then she takes a bite, chewing for a moment, before smiling. "They are good." She affirms.

    "..thanks." She offers after a moment, and after Lacrima's further explanation. "You didn't have to do that but.. well, it's appreciated. You can have one if you want." She gestures, and then to Alex. "You too, broke-boy."
Stahlritter 2018-05-10 23:54:18 91168
"See?" Alex provides helpfully once the box is open, having revealed the donuts instead of... whatever crazy youma could possibly be hidden in a box like that.

And soon enough, he's very deliberately sticking his tongue out at Kyouko, indignantly. Pbbhbhthbt! "Watch it, girl-- just 'cuz I have a broken arm don't mean I won't kick your ass across the planet."
Lacrima 2018-05-11 00:02:25 91169
Lacrima says. "I order from them often. The shop is in Downtown. Hole in the wall. But they do amazing custom orders." she says. She gently does take the offered donut, and begins to eat. She eyes Alexis and looks to his slung arm and frowns some more as he looks back to Kyouko.

"And you're welcome." she says, as she looks back at Kyouko.

"I do have. A question for you however." she says. "And- you're welcome to. Not answer it. Considering what it's about. But I am aware of certain facts now regarding.... Mamoru-kun." she says. She's being vauge, for privacy sake, probably.

"But... have you met this... Sailor Earth?" she asks. "The one claiming that Mamoru stole her life." she says.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-05-11 00:05:06 91170
    Kyouko is already on her third donut. She seems to be enjoying them, even if her thanks was more polie than effusive. She sticks her tongue out at Alex after swallowing a bite. "Uh huh, sure. Like you could do that even in perfect health."

    She turns her eyes back to Lacrima as the girl says that she has a question. Her eyes narrow at the mention of Sailor Earth. "Yeah, I met her." She says, with obvious disdain. "Came into my shop a few weeks back and tried to convince me she was the 'real' heir of the Earth Kingdom." She waves dismissively. "As if. Like I even care."
Stahlritter 2018-05-11 00:25:14 91172
"You can have a go at me any time you like, love," Alex throws right back at Kyouko, all grinning wide and such.

BUt then there's a mention of a... Sailor Earth. He's heard that one before. His attention perks up noticably with it, brows arching upwards and head tilting while he looks at Lacrima, first, and then Kyouko, with their exchanged words.

"Now the matters of this court or whatever have never been really made my business," he murmurs, while he gingerly reaches for a donut with his good hand. "So I am kind of out of the loop on this one. Anyone wanna give me the quick footnotes?"
Lacrima 2018-05-11 00:28:06 91173
Lacrima listens. "MMmph..." she says. "... Sailor Venus. Held my favorite dress hostage. Under threat of..." she says miserably with a sigh. "'Steaking' it. Trying to get information from me about this Sailor Earth. Because she thinks Riventon-sama is involved." she says. "-and ergo thinks I'm involved." she says.

"I haven't seen anyone like that around the labs. And apparently she was at... Sora's party, where I saw her in person. And Indeed. No one like that has been at... the labs." the same labs Kyouko once busted into.

"-and Mamoru's helped me a lot anyways. I wouldn't be party to that." she says more frustrated. Probably more at Minako than anyone in the actual room.

She looks to Alexis. "You probably want to ask Kunzite or Mamoru" she says quietly. "I only know the basics. And I believe that's on purpose." she says.

"Kunzite doesn't want me to have to choose sides." she says miserably. "If it comes down to it."
Kyouko Sakura 2018-05-11 00:42:57 91174
    Kyouko shrugs her shoulders at Lacrima. "If he was involved, I don't expect you'd tell us, anyway." She says, with fatalistic cynicism. "But I don't plan to accuse you of anything while eating the donuts you gave me, so you're safe for the time being."

    "Basically," She says to Alex, "Some chick who's shown up claiming to be the 'real' Mamoru, and that he's an imposter. Tried to lure us away from him saying she had the real right to the Kingdom, etc etc. Nobody took her up on that. She's been a thorn in our ass for a while now, but we haven't quite been able to get rid of her just yet."
Stahlritter 2018-05-11 00:55:09 91175
"... And her first instinct is to just... what, harrass all of you?" Alex murmurs eventually, and makes a point of quickly shoving the donut in his hand wholesale into his mouth for the express purpose of letting him use the then-freed hand to rub at the bridge of his nose.

"...Though, just what kind of trouble are we talking about here, exactly, that she's causing?"
Lacrima 2018-05-11 01:08:23 91176
Lacrima fidgets. "I dunno if I would or not." she says quietly. "I'm hoping I don't need to find out." she says quietly. She looks to Alexis.

"It's not my place to repeat what I know or don't know." she says quietly to Alexis, repeating her earlier statement.

"But it's my understanding is that her presence has somehow ended up with Mamoru's powers weakening." she says quietly.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-05-11 01:12:43 91177
    Kyouko shrugs her shoulders towards Alex. "The normal stuff. Showin' up, demanding to be listened to, spouting nonsense. She's attacked people a few times. I don't know what her overall game is, other than trying to replace Mamoru. It's possible she buys her own BS, although I couldn't tell you that for sure."

    She briefly narrows her eyes towards Lacrima again, considering something based on her words, but she remains silent. She still doesn't trust the girl, donuts or not, so while she's happy enough to chat she's not going to spill anything she might consider 'sensitive info'. Not that there's much she could add in any case, but she doesn't trust herself not to say something she shouldn't, so she just says nothing and eats another donut instead.
Stahlritter 2018-05-11 01:24:48 91178
"Oh, so it's *that* kind of nonsense," Alex grunts out, with a visible wrinkle of his nose.

He settles his hand on Lacrima's shoulder from behind, nudging just gently enough to try and urge her towards one of the couches with him as he steps towards it. Getting tired of just standing around all the time.

He looks down to Lacrima, with a look that seems equally conflicted and sympathetic, but he doesn't say anything of... well, the elephant in the room.

"So," he says instead, when he lowers down to sitting. "What's gonna be actually done about that, then? Everyone just bein' reactionary or what?"
Lacrima 2018-05-11 01:30:50 91179
Lacrima notices Kyouko's eyes narrowing. Lacrima knows more than she's letting on. It's just not her place to spill it. Kyouko or Mamoru or Kunzite can tell Alexis-niisan later when she isn't around.

"I couldn't sense much about her when I met her at the party. But trying to do more than just feel would had caused issues." she says. "-and there's general rules against that here." she says.

She eyes Alexis. "I hope a lot of punching." she frowns. "or stabbing." she says. "Or being lit on fire." she says. "or...I should. Be quiet. I'm agitating the darker parts of myself." she says.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-05-11 01:33:25 91180
    "If we could find her, we'd do something about her, alright." Kyouko grumbles. "That first part is the annoying part." She sighs, shoving another donut into her mouth, and then standing. "Look, I should be heading back downstairs, I got work in a little while and Naru is gonna expect me for dinner first."

    She picks up the box of donuts. "These are good. Thanks again for them, Lacrima." She says, with a half-smile for the vampiric girl. "I'll give one to Naru and Momo, too. It was real decent of ya."

    Then she bops Alex on his good shoulder with her free hand. "You get your ass back in shape. There's still plenty of people who need an ass-kickin' in the world." And then she's heading to the door. She actually uses the elevator this time.. since she's carrying a box of donuts.
Stahlritter 2018-05-11 01:44:44 91181
"ONly reason I ain't out there right now is cuz the doctor tells me I can't!" Alex calls after Kyouko, with another indignant sticking out of hte tongue.

In the meantime, though, Lacrima's latter words seem to urge the boy to draw his non-slinged arm to wrapping around the purple-haired girl, squeezing her against his side in an effort to... provide some comfort, perhaps. "It's okay," he murmurs. "It's not an entirely unusual reaction for anyone, you know? But I get it." His hand slips up to give another affectionate ruffle to her hair with that.
Lacrima 2018-05-11 01:51:21 91182
Lacrima sighs a bit at the ruffle. "She's gone." she says. "So what did that to you?" she asks as she eyes Alexis. "Or did you fight like a wall?" she asks softly.

"Or a wall youma?" she asks. "Or a steel youma?" she asks curiously, as she eyes Alexis. "I mean I thought you having magic was to make this less of a usual occurance." she says just a little smarily.
Stahlritter 2018-05-11 01:57:39 91183
"... HOw would fighting a wall do this?" ALex asks with a blink, before he lets out a heavy sigh. He lets a few seconds of silence hang there.

"I fought Riventon," he says then, knowing fully well the associations involved there-- and the likely implications thereof.

"At the bank. He pulled a heist there, with a bunch of magic mooks and robots or something. Grabbed some magic gem out of the deposit boxes. Blasted me point blank with some super-powerful dark energy attack. I gave him a concussion for his troubles."
Lacrima 2018-05-11 02:09:23 91185
Lacrima makes a face. Now she sees why he waited until Kyouko was gone. "Oh." she says. "You should. Be careful fighting him." she says quietly. "I only wasn't there helping him because I had that party to go to." she says quietly.

Insinuating that, if she didn't have an arrangement. She'd been there helping Riventon. Which makes her fidget. "You know that's probably going to happen. Right?" she asks quietly. "Probability says it's likely." she says quietly.

"Kokoro-chan always says, that when we fight like that together, it's so I can look at myself in the mirror in the morning after." she says gently.
Stahlritter 2018-05-11 02:14:48 91186
"Hey, I'm *always* careful," Alex claims immediately. ... While sporting a severe arm injury that was SELF-INFLICTED. But he's not mentioning that part.

That following part, though? It leaves him quiet for a moment.

"...Yeah," he breaths out, eventually, and tightens his arm about her. "And it's gonna suck. A lot."

"I don't think I could bring myself to fight you," he confesses after another moment. "But you know I can't just not fight him either if he's doing something shitty just because you're there."
Lacrima 2018-05-11 02:30:52 91187
Lacrima frowns. "And I'll have to protect him, Alexis-niisan." she says softly.

"I..." she says. "You didn't know me. Prior to me meeting him." she says softly. "I was a mess. My dark energy flow was out of control. I had to feed nightly. Sometimes, eight... twenty people a night. I was starving myself because I didn't want to hurt people but still burning energy to keep the Norie illusion up." she says gently.

"I met Riventon. He was one of the first few people to talk to me. Rather than shoot or punch me. He made a promise to help me." she says.

"And he kept it." she says, motioning to her bracelet. "This has helped slow down the flow of my energy. It's helped me regulate the flow on my own too." she says. "-and he continually improves it for me." she says. "It used to be I had to feed five times a week and now I'm down to two, and sometimes that's only if I expend a lot of energy in a fight." she says.

"The fact is. I owe him as much as I do Mamoru. Or you. Or Ari-chan." she says quietly. "Because without him. I'd be maybe something more like a monster." she says. "Or some cackling mess of black."
Stahlritter 2018-05-11 02:49:12 91188
"I understand that," Alexis allows, though it doesn't come without another heavy sigh from him.

"And we both know I can't tell you to do anything," he goes on, with a look sent down to her there, tucked underneath his arm. "...But I think you might know it too. That at some point, you might face having to decide between something that's personally owed and what's right."

A pause. "...And for all we know, I might be at the very center of that choice. Because like I said. I don't think I could fight you."
Lacrima 2018-05-11 03:03:53 91189
Lacrima frowns. "Maybe those are both the same thing." she says.

"I..I should go." she says quietly. She'll get up and start towards the balcony. "I have to get home to be in for school tomorrow." she says gently.

She actually doesn't comment on the main issue. She probably doesn't want to right now.
Stahlritter 2018-05-11 03:14:23 91190
With that, Alex does loosen his arm from around her to let her stand up with a quiet "Alright."

Once she is up, however, and likely turning away, he does call after her, "...Imouto," with his head turning just enough to peek at her over his shoulder.

"Sometimes people we feel indebted to do bad things," he murmurs, solemnly. "What they have done before to create that debt doesn't make those things any less wrong. Just keep that in mind."