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Date: 2018-06-02
Pose Count: 21
Mamoru Chiba 2018-06-02 18:35:37 91869
So it should literally be any early afternoon in the ECFH, except that when Kyouko comes in, and Lacrima arrives by whatever means she arrives, there's a STRANGER with a HALBERD in the mosaic-floored main apartment's living room, screwing with the stereo.

In fact, a stranger with a very specific halberd that Lacrima might recognise and Kyouko certainly would, as it was the one Riventon carried when he was Frost Knight--!
Lacrima 2018-06-02 18:40:42 91870
Lacrima arrives via a Dusk Zone step onto the balcony, as is her usual way of arrival. She always tries to arrive on the outermost edges, as to give plenty of time for any wards or what not to detect her. In other words. It's best to not look like you're here to murder any one.

She has a box in her hands as she looks down to it. "Hello? Is an----"

There's someone bent over. She can't see the hair color from this angle. But she vaguely knows those colors. She vaguely knows that weapon.

"....T..Taka-sama?" she asks a little hesitantly.

Mainly this is the last place she'd expect to find him AND also in the guise of a device's armor that he supposedly forsake.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-06-02 18:47:16 91871
    It's not very unusual to find a stranger in the ECFH. Not that it's an everyday occurance, but any of the apartment's residents drag people home for various reasons all the time. So it's not like there's any particular reason for Kyouko to panic when she enters the living room and finds some guy she doesn't recognize fiddling with the stereo.. even if he does look vaugely similar to someone she saw a long time ago..

    However, even if just him being there isn't, on its own, cause for her to panic, there might still be cause for alarm, because she's wearing pajama pants and a t-shirt and carrying a jar of pickles and loudly exclaiming, "Like, for serious, where did we put the rubber things you use to open jars because I've been trying for like half an hour and how come I can bisect a three-story monster but I can't get this stupid jar open-"

    She falls silent when she sees the person she doesn't recognize. Then her cheeks flush slightly, and her eyes dart. "Uhm.. look, it's a tough jar, alright? Can I help you?"
Mamoru Chiba 2018-06-02 18:54:35 91873
First he hears Lacrima's voice, and then he hears her asking 'Taka-sama' like he's here, and the guy in the white cape with the halberd starts up in defensive alarm because WHAT IF TAKASHI'S RIGHT THERE GLARING AT HIS BACK, and he's just starting to spin and hold the halberd pointed away and his cape up in a super familiar tanking-with-it manuever and Kyouko comes in with her pickle jar, complaining. Blank grey eyes in a spiky white mask look uncertainly from one girl to the other, don't see Riventon anywhere, and he drops the cape and exhales in relief.

And that's ... that's the same pattern on the front of his jacket as on Prince Endymion's, even if it's a little different, a little exaggerated. "It's just me," he says, which DOESN'T HELP, especially since there are multiple people claiming the Endymion name and pattern and everything, and henshin magic is stupid especially when there's a mask involved, but then he adds, "the jar opener things are in the shallow drawer under the counter next to the fridge, with the pot holders and useless serving utensils. Hi, Lac-chan! You scared me, I thought Agera was in here."

Then he realizes what literally must be going on because of the blank looks, and really sheepishly reaches up to take his mask off.
Lacrima 2018-06-02 19:04:24 91874
Now she can see this person more properly. "...oh, you're not..." she shakes her head and huffs. "S-sorry I thought you we're. Someone else there. For a moment." she says quietly. Then she sort of poker faces when it becomes more clear it's... um. Mamoru. Of sorts. Maybe?

"Uh. No--no I thought you we're. Taka-sama. I didn't. See you very well. From behind." she mutters a little.

She looks over to Kyouko and raises a brow. C..can Kyouko not open jars? Is that an important fact she should remember for later? 'need to keep this safe from Kyouko, better put it in a giant pickle jar'. No. No probably not.

Since she couldn't open the jar of cherries last night for her 'donut sundae'. Which tells you everything about what it probably is in the name.

"Um. What's with. The. New ... look?" she asks, blinking a little bit confused still.

Then she remembers the weight of the box in her hand. "Oh. Um. Donuts." she says. Yes of course donuts. She'll put them on the nearest central table she can find.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-06-02 19:06:08 91875
    Kyouko also sees that Lacrima is here, which doesn't help her embarassment at being caught unable to open a pickle jar, and she scowls faintly before her eyes dart back to the 'stranger', her eyes narrowing as he reveals he knows where the jar-opened things are, which means he must have been spying on them-

    But then he takes the mask off and she has an 'oh, duh' moment where she blinks and her brain catches up with her eyes. "Jerk." She then says, perhaps even less friendly than before. "Why are you standing around in the living room in that getup?" Her annoyance more to cover her embarassment than because she is truly annoyed with him.

    Sniffing, she turns and makes her way into the kitchen. There's the sound of a drawer opening, and then a 'pop', and then Kyouko re-emerges eating a pickle. "Anybody want a pickle?" She offers, more civilly now that she's composed herself.
Mamoru Chiba 2018-06-02 19:11:54 91876
Mamoru's eyes widen, so he puts the mask back on. "You're making me choose between pickle and doughnut? So mean." Then he's literally bouncing on his heels, which means he ends up accidentally bonking the butt of the halberd on the floor and dismissing the knightcloth and transforming Eiszapfen back into its charm form, then scrambling to catch the charm before he drops it, look of dismayed alarm on his face.

He exhales mightily as he catches it, then grips it in his hand for a second before hooking it back on to his man-jewelry necklace. "Mercury lent me Eiszapfen until I get my powers back. I'm sorry, I'm just so excited not to be helpless, and I'm not used to the henshin? So I figured it would be a good idea to-- get used to it? Okay no I'm literally just-- it's like getting a new fountain pen and having to write everything with it except times a thousand. But I need to practice actually fighting! But I don't know how to set him on stun yet. Ami said its default is lethal."
Lacrima 2018-06-02 19:21:19 91877
Lacrima makes a face. "I only have a passing knowledge devices, but enough. Enough to get Alexis acclimated to his but. Not much." she says softly. "Both of your devices are Belkan then right-- If that's Eiszapfen?, also hi Eiszapfen!" she says.

She eyes Mamoru and picks up a donut. She walks over. And accepts a pickle.

"You can have both. One is like salty and one is sweet and those go well together, right?" she says as she... takes a bite of the pickle!

Then a bite of the donut.

Then she makes a face, as she politely excuses herself wordlessly to the kitchen for a polite second. She'll return after some water runs.

"I was wrong. Very wrong." she insists.

"It's not like you can't eat one or the other later." she shrugs.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-06-02 19:24:03 91878
    "Oh, it's that one, is it?" Kyouko says, understanding a bit better what exactly is going on here once Mamoru explains. She sits on the couch and takes another bite out of the pickle. "Mmm.. yeah, I dunno how much help I'm going to be on the whole Device front. I don't know much about 'em either. Fighting I can help with." She grins."

    "Defaulting to lethal is better than defaulting to non-lethal." She says, which is true as she sees it. "I mean, you wouldn't wanna be in an emergency situation and forget you have the safety on, right?" She takes another bite.

    She eyes Lacrima as the girl makes unwise food decisions. "Don't waste food." She warns solemnly, but then grins to Mamoru. "Yeah, pickles don't go bad dude. They're pickles."
Mamoru Chiba 2018-06-02 19:29:18 91879
Eiszapfen pings plaintively in Lacrima's direction like 'jeezen louisen can you believe this guy he's acting like he has a new toy what an idiot i hate him' without actually saying anything except for that ping, and Mamoru blithely ignores its complaints. "Belkan, yeah. Ami gave me a bunch of info, but there's knowing things and then there's using them, so I definitely have to practice--"

And honestly, Mamoru is a hell of a lot more enthusiastic and talkative than he's been in a while, and he goes to snag doughnuts -- two!! -- as he nods. "And doughnuts go stale. So yes. Pickles later." Then he points at Kyouko with a doughnut. "I wouldn't want to be in an emergency and forget the safety is off," he says firmly. "I can always hit harder, but there's a problem if I don't know how to pull punches." Then, doughnut in mouth. A full half of one at once.
Lacrima 2018-06-02 19:39:00 91880
Lacrima makes a face. She's returned with at least the donut and the pickle so they weren't thrown out. She does make the choice to eat the pickle first for right now. Crunch.

She does furrow her brow at the ping, but regardless, accepts it at face value.

"...Right!" she says. "Um. The thing. That. I wanted to. Talk about. That I could the other day... because. Usagi," she says. She assumes the words 'because Usagi' is a reason that answers everything.

"...the um. Ballroom. You know the mental ballroom is. Repaired. Well. It's not destroyed now. It's in line. With the rest of that landscape now there. Inside my head...

"...Ari-chan meant to be at the Spring Ball but... stuff happened. So she visited me in my dream in the night. And we danced in it despite it being destroyed and it started fixing itself." she says.

"...Because. Apparently. The one thing I didn't try was.. um. Dancing. In a dancing room." she mutters.

As if the answer was obvious and she's a dunce for not getting that first.

She looks to Kyouko. "One shouldn't operate on 'kill' all the time. That's dangerous." she says. "People can forgive me draining people. It's harder to take back 'kill'." she mutters.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-06-02 19:43:25 91881
    Kyouko doesn't know what Lacrima is talking about with this whole mental ballroom thing, so she mostly tunes it out, figuring it's not her business unless someone makes it her business. She can't help but grin at the obvious change in Mamoru's attitude though- the sympathetic pleasure of seeing someone you care about who has been in kind of a funk looking more like their old self again. "I guess." She allows, sounding like she doesn't quite believe it.

    She gives Lacrima a bit of a look. "Don't lecture me, I know how to control myself. I just think it's better to be prepared for the worst and not need it than to be complacent and end up over your head when you don't expect it." A faint shrug towards Mamoru. "But you do what makes you comfortable."
Mamoru Chiba 2018-06-02 20:00:31 91882
"Oh excellent!" Mamoru crows in Lacrima's direction -- well, tries to, anyway, he has half a doughnut in his mouth, so some of it nearly falls out until he puts the back of his hand against his mouth, and it comes out really muffled anyway, and then chews-and-swallows while holding up a finger and slide-stepping into the kitchen to get some milk. It's obvious when he's had some milk because he calls over his shoulder, "I suspect also dancing with Ariel was part of it, seeing as she's kind of a dream elemental and you have very positive feelings toward her."

Then he calls to Kyouko, "It'd also be different if I could still heal. I can't fix accidents right now. I mean what if I accidentally lethal-shot one of you guys while training and Dai is too tired from healing my dumb ass to fix it or even get there in time? Nobody needs to be waving a gun around when they could give it a Really Strong Taser setting as a default option. Like-- I know how to control myself when I'm using my own powers, but this isn't... Eiszapfen is new to me. I really don't want to kill anyone anyway, nevermind accidentally."
Lacrima 2018-06-02 20:15:23 91883
Lacrima huffs. "I'm not presuming to lecture you. If this was a lecture I can assure you it'd be more long winded." she says. She does turn into a sudden flush of blush when Mamoru says that about Ariel as she huffs. "'Very, Very Positive'. Let's go with that." she says with a series of rapid nods.

She frowns a little. "Getting used to something like this takes a bit. It's easier when it's your own. Harder when you're borrowing someone else's." she says.

"I sometimes still feel odd when I think about the time I spent in Kukai's body." she says with a little grimace.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-06-02 20:18:51 91884
    "Yeah, I guess you're right." Kyouko concedes to Mamoru, with a twist of her mouth, as she finishes off her pickle and reaches for a donut. She does not seem to have any qualms about mixing flavors, but is that really a surprise? "For training anyway, sure." She gives a bit of a grin, waggling her eyebrows as she leans back and crosses one leg over the other. "At least you can hit people again, lethal or no. Now we won't have to loom around you all the time. Y'know.. or as much, anyway."

    She eyes Lacrima. "I don't think this is really all that close to actually switching bodies with somebody else, but.." A snort. "I guess when it's a totally different magical transformation it can feel kinda like that." She bites into the donut. "Mmf. These are pretty good."
Mamoru Chiba 2018-06-02 20:30:23 91885
Coming back to lean in the kitchen door with one doughnut and a glass of milk left, Mamoru tips his head to one side and gives Lacrima a crooked grin at her blushing defensiveness, but doesn't comment on it further. "Well, I've used the Luna Pen before, so I know what it feels like to literally be in another body, even if definitely not specifically someone else's body," he says, "and it's kind of like that? It would be different, too, I'm sure, if I had my own abilities; it wouldn't feel so much like being someone else. I still can't sense anything weird going on, I have to rely on Eiszapfen to let me know, but that's okay. Having a HUD is kind of awesome, too. And a halberd is definitely awesome."

He has a sip of milk and says, grinning, to Kyouko, "Until I get a handle on this, I don't think Kunzite is particularly going to want to leave me to my own..."

A beat.

Lacrima 2018-06-02 20:40:46 91886
Lacrima is about to say something profound when Mamoru finishes with that pun.

She looks over to Kyouko.

"Do you want to throw him off the balcony or should I?" she asks. "Such a thing can't go. Un-pun-ished." she insists.

Her tone is of course, entirely joking, as she nods a bit. "Joking aside. I'm sure you'll get the hang of it. You use... spears. Right?" she asks Kyouko. "-and. Not sure of others you know that might use similar weapons but." she says. "I'm sure you have plenty of people to teach you." she says.

"....Are you brushed up on your ice puns?" she asks.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-06-02 20:45:36 91887
    "Polearms at the best." Kyouko says, with much confidence and a little half-smile. That much she can definitely agree with. "I can show you a few moves with that thing that'll probably serve you well. A halberd is different from a spear, but not that different.."

    Then he makes that pun, and her eyes narrow. "I'm not sure that's a capital offence.." She answers Lacrima. "But it's definitely a pickleable offense." She makes as if to throw what she's holding, then remembers she now has a donut instead of a pickle, and hesitates. ", that would be a reward, not a punishment." She sighs. "We'll just have to exact revenge on you later for that." She bites into the donut.
Mamoru Chiba 2018-06-02 22:23:17 91888
"Puns are mostly an out-of-combat specialty," Mamoru says blithely, finishing off his second donut, then polishing off his milk. "But I'll try to come up with some really slick ones just for you. Just so they know they're on thin ice." And then he brightens. "Actually, yeah, you can throw me off the balcony! I can henshin on the way down again! YESSS."
Lacrima 2018-06-02 22:43:53 91889
Lacrima raises a brow. "I'm sure that Kunzite would probably somehow manage to stab me with a chair or a donut or something if I actually did that and he found out." she says. "Also are you sure that form can actually survive that?" she asks.

"Or that you'd be able to change fast enough?" she asks.

A pause. "I met Ari-chan's mom more personally a month or so back." she says quietly. With little prompt, but it's something to talk about.

"Do you know what bothers her most?" she asks.

"You'd think that 'I am a horrible dark abomination' would be high on that list, but what seems to bother her most..." she says. "Is when Ariel tugs my head into her lap." she says.

"Because apparently it's the other way around with Unicorns and always needs to be and not the other way." she says.

"I tried to say well maybe for vampires it's that other way around and she just gave me this look." she says.
Mamoru Chiba 2018-06-02 23:11:42 91892
"It's a pretty fast transformation," the prince says uncertainly, "and Ami definitely said I get the same kind of jumping I've been able to do ever since I woke up from sleepwalking in formalwear in the middle of robbing a jewelry store..."

The change of topic is a relief, and Mamoru brushes his hands off and goes to rinse the glass out in the sink, and then squints back at Lacrima as he dries his hands. "That... really doesn't make any sense? But, okay, I guess? But it was Ariel that did it, not you...?"