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Date: 2018-06-06
Pose Count: 25
Naru Osaka 2018-06-06 18:20:23 91993
While not wholly anti-social and hermiting, it's been a while since Naru was up in ECFH taking over their kitchen. She's got her headphones in, so the anti-social might yet be continuing, although when she put the kettle on, there was no one else around for her anti-social at with headphones. Possibly it is just to not inflict whatever awful pop music she's listening to upon the universe.

Kettle is burbling, bowls are out, and muffin tins are already greased. She barely needs a recipe at this point, even if this looks more sugary than her usual, and there's oranges being juiced.
Kazuo Takeba 2018-06-06 18:27:14 91994
Kazuo has not been the most social himself of late. Possibly this is related to Mamoru having a cranky passenger. Possibly this is related to Kazuo, when in henshin, having the technical skill to be able to carry on conversations with said cranky passenger. Possibly Kazuo's just been trying to get ahead of classwork again, which always seems to take him more time than the other university boys.

As is, when he arrived to keep Naru company, a glance at the remaining headphones meant that he picked up a place on the couch with a textbook (argument for classwork, check) instead of interfering with the kitchen.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-06-06 18:32:57 91995
    Kyouko has been exactly as social as normal recently, which varies from 'territorial bear' to 'tail-wagging puppy' depending on who you happen to be. But that doesn't mean she's insensitive to the moods of those around her, especially Naru whom it is fair to say she has gotten fairly adept at reading- or at least more adept than most.

    So instead of hanging around the kitchen and bothering her while she works, she is instead bothering Kazuo. At least her bothering is fairly benign, as it takes the form of her laying on the floor, her elbows propped up on a cushion, playing Mario Kart on the TV near where he is trying to read a textbook.
Naru Osaka 2018-06-06 18:35:29 91996
A headphone out of one ear as Naru looks over the to living room, and the faint sounds of fairly awful jpop indicates exactly why she's not inflicting it on anyone else. "Alright, the recipe calls for champagne icing, but I can't buy sparkling wine. What kind of icing should orange cupcakes get?"

Because in the face of all sorts of general crises, what all of them clearly need is more sugar in their lives.
Kazuo Takeba 2018-06-06 18:50:21 91997
Kazuo glances aside at Naru, but may possibly be the only person in the apartment who does not immediately suggest raiding Neil's apartment for ingredients. "I am obliged by the existence of the owner of the kitchen to suggest chocolate," he says. "You are not obliged to listen."
Kyouko Sakura 2018-06-06 18:52:59 91998
    Kyouko is focusing too hard on the TV screen to be able to process the question at first, squinting as she approaches the end of the race.. and then leaping up, arms in the air, as she snags first place (even if its just against the AI). "Yeah! I.. what?" She pauses, turning towards the kitchen and rewinding the past several moments in her brain.

    "Orange? Umm.. I dunno." She glances at Kazuo as he suggests chocolate. "Chocolate would be okay. Chocolate oranges are a thing. I think vanilla would work too." Then again, Kyouko would probably eat anchovy-flavored icing happily so her opinion may be safely disregarded.
Naru Osaka 2018-06-06 19:11:51 91999
"Vanilla would just be lost in sweet to the sharp of the orange." Naru shakes her head, dismissing that option almost as readily as she might anchovy icing (although.. on the right cake..).

"A light milk chocolate." Naru muses as she climbs on the counter, nudging aside things to be able to examine the cupboards properly. "That could work. Or ginger? Orange ginger? Better with peach, I think. Hrm."

"Any freshly stupid stores we should be watching for?" Naru asks casually as she rummages in the cupboard. "We destroyed the furniture place pretty hardcore. Not much left."
Kazuo Takeba 2018-06-06 19:19:00 92000
"Not that I've heard of. We've been a little busy managing the new loan." Kazuo pauses and glances to Kyouko, as if to check whether Naru's actually heard about the new loan. And then pauses further to track back to the television, and acquire a brief little amused crease at one corner of his mouth. All is right with the world: Kyouko trounced something in her way. "Ginger and orange sounds like a reasonable pairing to me, personally." But then, it would.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-06-06 19:23:10 92001
    Kyouko likes trouncing things, that is true. She shrugs a little bit at the question about any new suspicious businesses. "I ain't heard anything, and I've been keeping my ears open. But it hasn't been that long." She points out, leaving the game to play the victory lap on repeat as she moves to the couch, kneeling on the cushion and folding her arms on the back as she looks over towards Naru in the kitchen.

    "Mamoru has me teaching him how to fight with a staff." She says, with a grin, on the subject of the new loan. "I mean, a halberd isn't exactly like a spear, but the staff-work part is pretty much the same. Just, halberds generally slash rather than stab. But he doesn't like the stabbing, slashing part anyway so we're just focusing on using the stick part defensively or to disarm."
Naru Osaka 2018-06-06 19:25:25 92002
"What new loan?" Naru asks, clearly not having heard the details. "I appreciate that he's learning how to use a staff.. basically anything that has some reach seems like a good plan." She hrms and draws a few options from the cupboard, before hopping down neatly in time to rescue the just barely starting to whistle kettle.

Anyone else want a hot beverage?" Naru offers as she wrinkles up her nose, realizing she forgot to collect mugs while she was on the counter. Back up she goes.
Kazuo Takeba 2018-06-06 19:29:50 92003
"Please," Kazuo says to Naru, having long since given up on pointing out that she does not in fact need to climb on the counter when there is a tall person a few steps away. Besides, it means he doesn't have to get up yet. And then he says to Naru, "Mercury has custody of a halberd-style Device, Eiszapfen, that is capable of interfacing with her to some degree. Mamoru asked to borrow it. She permitted this. The Device proved also capable of interfacing with him. This idea is simultaneously excellent and terrible."
Kyouko Sakura 2018-06-06 19:33:42 92004
    "Tea would be good." Kyouko says, still leaning on the couchback. She enjoys watching Naru climb on the counter, though she might have offered to help if she were closer. By the time she'd made the offer Naru would already have the mugs, anyway. "Yeah, Mamoru was sick of being helpless so he's borrowing the spare Device. Sorry, I thought I had mentioned it to you."
Naru Osaka 2018-06-06 19:36:14 92005
Three mugs collected, and truthfully, it really is just as fast for Naru to climb as it is to bother the slightly (or very much so) taller people to collect them for her. "If I'd been putting two and two together, it makes perfect sense, but apparently I'm dense these days."

Tea bag in one, the heathen approach, and a carafe made for the other two for coffee. "That really does make the training make much more sense, yes indeed." She smirks a touch, laughing at her own obliviousness. "How's it going? Is it as loud as Kriegsfauste?"
Kazuo Takeba 2018-06-06 19:44:01 92006
"Not nearly. It used to belong to Agera, though, which means it ... ah." Kazuo considers his phrasing. "Does not necessarily appreciate its current temporary partner."
Kyouko Sakura 2018-06-06 19:45:56 92007
    "I don't understand it anyway," Kyouko says with a dismissive wave. "It works though, that's all that really matters. It does what you tell it to. Or what Mamoru tells it to."

    She doesn't mind teabags. Kyouko is the farthest from a hipster you could possibly be. She gets up from the couch and approaches the kitchen to collect her tea, recognizing that Naru does not have three hands.
Naru Osaka 2018-06-06 19:50:12 92008
"I miss being yelled at by Kriegsfauste. Which is frankly absurd for how little time we spent together." Naru passes Kyouko her tea, and a coffee cup, with coffee in it, for Kazuo too. Hers can stay in the kitchen, there's cupcakes to be made.

"It's still that loyal to Taka?" Naru hunhs softly, a touch surprised. "Considering how long its been wiht Ami?" She pauses and then waggles her head. "Who probably didn't disabuse it of many notions, so fair enough."
Kazuo Takeba 2018-06-06 19:53:49 92009
"I suspect most Devices are not terribly fond of people they've seen fight their partners. Let alone worse." Kazuo regards the ceiling for a moment, pretending he never fought Frost Knight and certainly not under any circumstances that involved attempting to murder Ami, then unfolds himself to join the other two kitchenward for a moment. Coffee is an insufficient distraction, but insufficient is better than none. "Kriegsfauste is oddly endearing for a Device that annoying."
Kyouko Sakura 2018-06-06 19:56:18 92010
    "You just have a soft-spot for loud, feisty types." Kyouko says to Kazuo with a playful elbow in his ribs that thankfully is cognizent enough of coffee to avoid endangering it. She takes her tea and retreats back towards the couch, leaving Naru to her territory in the kitchen. "I like that my weapon doesn't talk. It's creepy." She says, sticking her tongue out. "But to each their own, I suppose."
Naru Osaka 2018-06-06 20:08:21 92011
"I may be unreasonably fond of feisty types." Naru admits, neither admitting nor denying about the loud part. She reaches out to aim a playful swat after Kyouko just before she flees for the couch.

A Kazuo in the kitchen gets passed an orange and a microplane and a small bowl. There's no words, but zest in bowl is an expectation that doesn't need to be spoken.

"I forget how much personality they really have." Naru admits. "Which is just as absurd as my thoughts on Kriegsfauste, because I'm rather fond of him.. and I'm rather fond of Tyrfing as his own thing.. so apparently my brain is wildly hypocritical."
Kazuo Takeba 2018-06-06 20:21:59 92012
There are relatively few people up here who are allowed to elbow Kazuo in the ribs without a wrestling match following. Kyouko is sometimes in that group, and "when Kazuo is holding coffee" is one of the times she's in rather than out. He does lean against the living room side of the counter, rather than going immediately back to the couch. This means that he is in range for being passed things. There is a deliberately long swallow of hot coffee before Kazuo takes up the microplane to provide Naru with zest.

"I'd be unnerved if my sword joined the conversation," he agrees to Kyouko. "But Devices aren't quite the same thing." Sometimes. "And we don't hear many of their personalities, so it's reasonable it might be a surprise when we do."
Kyouko Sakura 2018-06-06 20:26:13 92013
    "Well I know they ain't the same thing." Kyouko says to Kazuo as she returns to her seat and settles herself, after dodging Naru's sway with a rather smug grin that will probably get her in trouble later. "I'm saying I'm glad that my spear ain't that type of thing. I don't need it talking back to me."

    She sips from her teacup, making a bit of a face at the heat, though that doesn't put her off from sipping again anyway. "Anyway, that's neither here nor there. I'm just glad Mamoru has some way to stick up for himself again. Not that I mind babysitting but it's obviously been hard on him. He seems a lot more cheerful knowing he can like, take care of himself again, at least to some degree."
Naru Osaka 2018-06-06 20:31:24 92014
"If my sketchbook develops a personality, I am /screwed/." Naru declares as she measures out flour, sugar, baking powder, more sugar. All the sugar. So much sugar. At least compared to usual. Cupcakes. "Although I'm quite certain I've chatted with Tyrfing more than I've chatted with Koji, which is saying something."

"Being helpless when your friends are not is brutal." Naru states with some degree of authority. "I expect that it's a thousand times worse when you've formerly not sucked and are temporarily helpless, because you know what you're missing. I can totally appreciate how he'd be much much happier at the moment, no matter how testy Eizapen is."
Kazuo Takeba 2018-06-06 20:35:02 92015
"If your sketchbook develops a personality, we may all need to preemptively surrender," Kazuo notes in that usual deadpan. While patiently mutilating the orange in the name of cupcakes. "Whereas if Kyouko's spear developed a personality, it would need to preemptively surrender. To Kyouko."

He says nothing on the topic of helplessness. If only because he's the least qualified in the room. And nothing on the topic of happier, whether or not that's for the same reason.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-06-06 20:39:58 92016
    Kyouko nods grimly. "I'm the boss." She says, probably to much laughter from somewhere, but luckily she is content in her illusory authority. She sips from her tea again.

    "Yeah.. being helpless sucks." Kyouko keenly remembers the time, short as it was (relatively speaking) when she had no magic and it drove her into the arms of Queen Beryl. Of course, one might argue that in the long run it was all for the best, but that doesn't make the actual time spent feeling helpless any better. "This will give him a way to personally fight back against Sailor Earth, too, when it comes to that." When, not if.
Naru Osaka 2018-06-06 21:15:28 92017
"When it comes to that." Naru agrees, setting the dry ingredients aside to get the liquids together. Orange juice, already extracted and eggs and oil. "Our collection of things to kick in the butt is getting long again." She notes thoughtfully, getting out a fork to give the mixture in the measuring cup a good stirring. "Although with an odd, and erroneous, sense of lack of urgency for many. Or a lack of good information."