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Date: 2018-07-05
Pose Count: 19
Kukai Souma 2018-07-05 17:56:55 92481
It has been warm and rainy for the past week in Tokyo. A steady downpour through the nights and days, off and on, indicate that the wet, humid heat of summer is here. However, for the magically-inclined, neither youma and villains take a day off for rain. In fact some of them seek it out.

That being said, at least for Kukai Souma, he's not on the job today. He steps out of the elevator leading up to the door of the Earth Court Frat House, the rain having covered his green hoodie but not gotten onto him proper. He knocks on the door, knowing that he's free to just enter if he wants, but still, it's polite. After a minute, though, he wrinkles his lips into an approximation of a cheerily annoyed frown and turns the knob, sticking his head in. "Hello? Anybody home?"
Naru Osaka 2018-07-05 18:09:28 92482
Rainy days need baked goods. Warm might not need them quite so much, but Naru is here to give the heating and cooling system a workout by baking in the apartment. Better theirs than hers? Somethign like that. So there is someone there to call out 'Come in!" to Kukai's knock, and the whole place smells like baked goods and berries.

There was a request to meet, all three of them, and ECFH is the most convenient location. The fact that it lets Naru bake for it is just handy, and she's already got herself a cup of coffee as Kukai arrives. "There's a few minutes left before muffins."
Rashmi Terios 2018-07-05 18:20:08 92483
Not far after Kukai comes the bespectacled redhead, bright and cheery and already entranced by the smell of baking and berries as she waits behind Kukai. Knowing the baking proclivities of a significant number of the ECFH's people, this time Rashmi seems to have opted to bring drinks, in the form of a large thermal carafe, condensation beading along its sides, as well as a jar of tea of some sort.

"Muffins?" she chirps, following Kukai in and beaming. "Oh good, so bringing drinks was the right call. I didn't know everyone's tastes, so I brought mango lassi if you want something cold, and assam if you wanted something hot."
Kukai Souma 2018-07-05 18:26:21 92484
Kukai heads towards the kitchen as he listens to Naru talk. "Oh, cool, muffins!" He grins and gives Naru a friendly hug as he sits down. "Where's..." He looks back, hearing Rashmi at the door. "ooh. Drinks. Man, you two are way ahead of me. That's awesome. And both of those sound great. I just brought myself here." He grins weakly. "That's kinda weak, in retrospect."
Naru Osaka 2018-07-05 18:28:28 92485
"I'm avoiding studying for exams." Naru grins as she hugs Kukai, giving him a wink. "It's /amazing/ how happy Kyouko gets about me having exams when it means I bake as procrastination." She waves to Rashmi. "Oooh, sounds delicious. Do we need cups?" She is headed to climbing on the counter to fetch mugs from their cupboard. "We can just set everything on the table out there. I think its just us here at the moment, although with Mamo and Kunzite and them all, it's hard to tell. Still, it's not the end of the world if they wander into a conversation about Virtue."
Rashmi Terios 2018-07-05 18:32:44 92486
"Glasses if you want the lassi," Rashmi says, chuckling. "Don't worry, Souma-san, you don't have to bring anything. It's just a habit for me, and I figured there'd be some kind of baking going on here, there almost always is." Setting carafe and box on the counter, she starts to pour out pale-yellow cold drinks. "So! What's up?"
Kukai Souma 2018-07-05 18:44:41 92487
Kukai sighs and rubs his head. "I'm getting by when it comes to exams. The season end of baseball is on my mind more than them. We're two games up on second place so we'll probably have to go through the championship games soon." He grins. "Baking makes everyone happy - you and everyone who eats it!"

He acks and leans in, a little taller than Naru, and lanky in any case. "Lemme get that, hang on..." He pulls down three glasses for them, then smiles. "Thick walls, with soundproofing? Yeah, I know, I spent time here for a while. If the doors aren't open, you have no idea who's in what room. But no, it's cool."

Kukai looks over at Rashmi and grins. "I'm so used to Amu bringing cookies and Nadeshiko bringing tea to everything that it doesn't occur to me." He sighs, then rubs the back of his head, letting Rashmi fill the glasses. "...Well, Naru wants to talk about Virtue, which is.. something I'm apparently sort of the head of." He looks over at Naru. "So... you start?"
Naru Osaka 2018-07-05 18:53:22 92488
Tall shelves are the bane of tiny Naru's world, and there's a rueful acceptance to Kukai's assistance with them. "Thank you." She gets muffins out of the oven to the beep of the timer and then gestures for everyone to settle. They need to cool, she might as well talk as they do.

"I do want to talk about Virtue, and I want to open with apologies for being potentially terribly toe steppey, and pushy, and feeling as if I am wholly out of line." Naru offers an apologetic smile before she forges on. "Tadase was the head of Virtue, but he is unavailable to be that figurehead, and at risk of being rude, he wasn't very good at making Virtue, or himself, visible in the last while. I think its valuable, but I need to know I'm not alone in thinking that it is worth making the attmept to get things going again, because it's a bigger job than just one person."
Rashmi Terios 2018-07-05 19:05:04 92489
"Oh definitely," Rashmi says, carrying the drinks to the table, passing them out completely on reflex. "And sorry if I've been kind of a bother with that; I've been posting files of scan data on new things that've been popping up that aren't strictly Chiba-kun or Tsukino-san's territory. Like the Belkan robot that knocked be through a building a couple weeks ago," she says ruefully.

"Anyway point is, Virtue was always a super good idea and if you need help keeping it up I'd totally be glad to help."
Kukai Souma 2018-07-05 19:11:59 92490
Kukai sits down at the table, then shakes his head. "No, go ahead. If you wanna say something..." Naru continues, and he sighs, quiet for a moment. Rashmi chimes in, listening to them talk. It takes him a moment to respond, quiet, holding his glass in his hands and not looking up at them for several long moments.

Finally Kukai sighs and nods his head, as if confirming something with himself. "So... you know that I have a hard time admitting that something's too big for me. At least, I know Naru does." He grins to Rashmi. "Daichi hates it when I say there's a challenge I can't complete. So, you should understand this when I say it." He rubs the back of his neck. "Virtue was dropped onto my lap when Tadase and Amu sort of... got distracted with one another. And I tried to manage it for as long as I could, but the only part of it I could do was the 'induct people into the group' part. The rest of it, the organizing, the collecting information... I'm crap at it." He winces, holding the back of his neck for a long moment.

Kukai smiles. "And yeah. It is a great idea, but I don't even know where to start. So, yeah. I need some help managing it. I'm not real good at this sort of thing."
Naru Osaka 2018-07-05 19:19:43 92491
"But it's /not/ your job, Kukai.. and it's not your strong suit, and it's utterly not a competition." Naru protests gently. "This is like putting the forward in goal and then wondering why its all gone horribly awry. Even more than that.. this is like putting the volleyball spiker behind the softball plate. Not cool!"

The muffins are only barely cool enough, but they get tipped out onto a plate anyhow, to come join the drinks at the table. Berry crumble, it would seem.

"Not even a tiny bit of a bother, Rashmi.. that's exactly the sort of information gathering that we need, just we didn't.. and don't yet.. have anyone actually organzing it, or being able to direct someone who wants to know more about Belkan robots that we /do/ have something about a new one." Naru takes a deep breath as she accepts the mango lassi. "I /like/ organzing. I like collecting. I like labels and putting things in nice neat little order. I'm slightly less good at inducting, but the boring back end stuff? I enjoy that.. and Tadase wasn't very good at letting me help out there either, Kukai, so I swear it's something in both of you."
Rashmi Terios 2018-07-05 19:29:04 92492
"Well I mean," Rashmi says after a moment's thought, eyeing the steaming muffins and possibly mentally gauging how worth it the possible scalding could be... Then decides 'completely,' taking one and pulling away the top. Muffin, defused. "Souma-san, you're big on sports, right? Well, stuff like this is never not a big team thing. Naru-chan's like the goalie, you're like a pitcher, and I guess I'm defense?" ...This is what happens when Rashmi tries to think sportball, apparently.

"Point is," she goes on, blowing on the steaming muffin-top, "both of us would totally love to handle the stuff you can't, but we can't really help without asking unless we don't care about stepping all over you... which we do care about. So... need help?"
Kukai Souma 2018-07-05 19:44:09 92493
Kukai scratches the back of his head again. "...Yeaaah.. I mean, you're not wrong." He eyes one of the muffins, but holds off on it just for a moment so he doesn't burn his hand and mouth. "Right. Like, I've got files and descriptions and stuff about the robots and the robots we fought when we went to stop Precia and a pile of youma reports and all sorts of things that just.. I don't have it organized. I don't know where to start." He grins. "Part of it is that I feel like Tadase felt like it was his burden to bear, to be the leader. Me? I just... didn't know."

Kukai looks back over at Rashmi. "Yeah. Aah.. yeah. And well, I know you two aren't trying to step all over me." He rubs his chin, thinking. Would Tadase mind? .... After a moment, Kukai shook his head. That was the wrong way to think about it. Tadase had made him the head of Virtue. That meant he needed to BE the head, and make these decisions. Usually Nadeshiko and Amu had done some of this work, but with them doing their own things, and him left alone... "Yes. Yes. Hell yes. I don't even know what all I need help with but I know I need help with it. Please."
Naru Osaka 2018-07-05 19:51:40 92494
"And forgive me when I forge ahead and point out that it was a bigger job than just Tadase when he was doing it, but I didn't have enough time to work on /him/." Naru points out gently. "Tadase needed help too, and was even /more/ stubborn about not admitting it. Which is why Virtue didn't have an infrastructure to fall back on when he had to step away. This isn't about /one/ person. Any one of us can't be the one and only, or else we have this conversation all over again, when someone gets a scholarship to university outside Tokyo, or something."
Rashmi Terios 2018-07-05 20:00:07 92495
When Kukai asks for help, Rashmi grins, bobbing along with Naru's explanation. "It's true. So. I can help you sort stuff, Naru-chan, and I can figure out the boxes to sort stuff in. I'll have Nicomachea help me with cross-indexing, and once everything's sorted..."

Turning back to Kukai, Rashmi pauses to nibble on the edge of the muffin, and give it the respect it deserves. "...Anyway. The point of being in charge of something like this, Souma-kun, is knowing when and what to delegate. You're in charge, so our job is to make your decisions happen, and keep you informed so you can make good decisions."
Kukai Souma 2018-07-05 20:09:21 92496
Kukai laughs and then shrugs. "Well, hey, I think you and I got to know one another better, too. And yes, Tadase is the most stubborn butthead when he gets something in his grip and goes after it..." He nods, then sighs. "Or if something else happens. Which could happen at any time. Even just going into a coma or something is bad enough and I have been in that situation. So yeah."

Kukai looks over at Rashmi and smiles. "Once everything's sorted, we can figure out if there's anything important I missed in the past few months. And yeah. Delegation. I like that term. I'm delegating." He puffs his chest out a little and grins impishly, picking up a muffin and promptly setting it back down, shaking one hand. "Good grief, is there lava in that oven or something?" He follows Rashmi's example, tearing the head off a muffin so it can cool.
Naru Osaka 2018-07-05 20:12:20 92497
"Once we have some sort of grip on the recent past, we can start making better decisions about the immedate future too. We do still have threats out there, even if it feels quiet." Naru points out and then she can't help but laugh. "They aren't /that/ hot. Besides, you heal quickly.. you're magical. Just eat a muffin." She sips from her glass, rather than eating a muffin herself. "Killer jello felt like a one off layer of stupid, thank goodness, but neither Hana or Erf are going to be quite that easy."
Rashmi Terios 2018-07-05 20:14:29 92498
"Also like I said, new Belkan AI-roboty-something working under Eclipse," Rashmi sighs. "Don't know her deal, but Princess Yellow did a good job dropping a star on her from orbit after I got taken out. That's in the last infodump I put in."
Kukai Souma 2018-07-05 20:25:14 92499
Kukai nods. "Yeah but fire burns. No reason to push the limits if I don't have to! I don't think the magic works against things I'm doing to myself unnecessarily. But yeah..."

Kukai nods to the two of them. "Ok. So, where do we start? I guess I just... make you accounts under me in the admin stuff and bring over the papers and files and stuff?" He pulls out his phone, beginning to tap away at it, seeing how the actual management section for the Virtue system works....