Sponge Cake Houses and Post Proposal Tea Hazing

Date: 2018-08-21
Pose Count: 23
Usagi Tsukino 2018-08-21 18:08:05 95302
Usagi is surprised she hasn't just bursted out to her parents about this. And she wants to! She just feels...Well, it's only that...I mean, Papa, he...

Fine, Usagi's nervous.

Not as nervous as telling Rei, perhaps, but her parents don't go to school with...okay, Rei doesn't go to school with anyone Usagi really knows. Except for, you know, Rei.


So she's waiting. And she thought it would be better to do it here, but she's forgotten that there are at least distractions to keep her distracted from thoughts.

Luna cracks open an eye and yawns. "Usagiiii. Why are you pacing so much?"

Oh yeah, she hasn't told her cat yet, either.
Rei Hino 2018-08-21 18:14:00 95303
As if to punctuate the awkward stillness of that moment of realization, as human and feline lock eyes, the door bell rings with a cheery *BING BONG!*
    Rei's standing outside in her school uniform, looking directly into the outside end of the door's peephole with perfect stillness. ... Barring the occasional anxious glance to the side. It's not super unusual for Usagi to invite her over or anything, but it IS unusual for Usagi to do so in sputtering hysterics.
Usagi Tsukino 2018-08-21 18:25:00 95305
Usagi hears the doorbell and lets out a little yelp. Jumping, she races out of the room and it sounds like there's an entire gaggle of teenage girls clambering down the stairs. Really, it's just the one.

She'd been texting Naru before, apparently Mamoru had spilled the beans there! So, frighteningly enough, this is her with her nerves less so than how they would have been. (Luna had told her she looked like psycho ax murderer and that the cat was Usagi's next intended target.)

She swings open the door and looks less ax murderer and a wee bit more 'I broke Mama's favorite vase but also found a bajillion yen.'


At the top of the stairs, Luna watches on before softly padding down.
Rei Hino 2018-08-21 18:36:31 95309
Rei hears the door handle turn, and starts to smile.
    rei sees the door FLY open and expose a manic blonde and recoils back onto one leg like "GGIIKK!!"
    One frame later, she's standing normally with a sweatdrop on her head, smiling and tilting her head slightly. "H-Hello, Usagi." She says, habitually dropping the honorific without really noticing. At ONE point it was her way of being a bit derisive, but somewhere along the line she stopped feeling like she needed it. Go figure.
    Rei enters the house, keeping her front turned towards you the way one tries not to turn their back on a wild animal whose territory you've invaded, eyebrows raised in some mixture of amusement and terror. She's not quite at 'concern' yet; after all, Usagi gets this way when Hamtaros hug each other, albeit not QUITE at this level. "That's not making tea, Usagi." She says flatly with some bemusement, then smiles. "But thank you. You seem..." Manic? Caffenated? Terrifying? "... excited! Did something-" Hey, there's Luna! "Hello, Luna!" She bows. Somewhere along the line bowing to cats stopped being weird. Where was she? Uuhh, "I don't mind heating the tea if you need- if you want some."
    Honestly, she's just trying not to laugh. She'll save the 'chill out's for when Usagi starts to seem upset or starts to get overbearing.
    Girl could probably use some tea, though
Usagi Tsukino 2018-08-21 18:55:15 95312
Luna offers Rei a happy kitty 'prrt!' in greeting. And an ankle rub. Here, she fluffs out a little so that she might shed to show her affection.

Usagi herself is nodding vigorously. "YES PLEASE THAT WOULD BE GREAT."

Hah, look at her, being all calm and composed!

But obviously Rei can still tell something is up! (This is because Rei is very observent!)

She wrings her hands and talks a little fast, though at a far less volume than seconds before. "So Mamo-chan was being very Mamo-chan yesterday, like more than usual, and I'd been thinking about it even if I wasn't planning on it yet, I even got a gashapon ring and everything, so when he was being all Mamo-chan I sort of blurted it out and he said yes and I think he's taking my name."
Rei Hino 2018-08-21 19:04:28 95314
Rei smiles and crouches a little bit to rub Luna behind the ears - is it weird to give your magic-mentor scritchies? - while looking up at Usagi. The slightly bewildered smile she gives is shaken off by a soft laugh and a shake of her head. "Okay! I'll be right back."
    Rei does the careful 'cat underfoot' walk halfway to the kitchen and disappears inside.
    Fiddling with unfamiliar appliances and cupboards, Rei semi-distractedly listens to Usagi's incredibly rushed explanation, taking a second of processing time before she decides the silence is rude, and calls out "That's nice!" From the kitchen.
    A few seconds later the tea kettle begins to whistle in the kitchen. Louder. Louder. Louder!
    Rei is just THERE, gripping Usagi by the shoulders, "WAIT WHAT? HE WHAT? YOU WHAT? ASKED WHAT?!" Deeeeeep breath! Hold...! ...! ...! "Usagi?!"
Usagi Tsukino 2018-08-21 19:09:55 95315
The record scratch is nearly audible inside Usagi's mind at Rei's distracted 'That's nice.'

She doesn't have that long to wonder about it, though, because ears have caught up to the brain and then there's stomping and it's Usagi's turn to make a HRK! when she's suddenly grabbed by the shoulders.

"Um...I asked Mamo-chan to marry me and he said yes?"

Luna licks her paw. "Finally. I was wondering when she'd get that out."
Rei Hino 2018-08-21 19:15:07 95317
Rei's eyes get very very VERY big. "Oh my... *god*, Usagi!! You...! You!" Flustered and at a loss for words, Rei's hands make a couple stiff motions upwards, like she keeps second-guessing where and wether to throw them, before they reach out and *hug* Usagi. "Congratulations! ...?!" She cries excitedly, though there's a bit of a twinge of uncertainty. Is this the right response? Whatever, it's her response! IS this her response?! Since when is she excited about romances?!
    But... Usagi and Mamoru just seem *right*. A lot of miracles had to happen for them to even get this close, after all.
    Rei pulls back a bit, her eyes watering up a little, "I'm... I'm *really* happy for you, Usagi."
Usagi Tsukino 2018-08-21 19:35:04 95319
There's a lot of relief there. She isn't quite sure why (she is) she had been so nervous.

Don't worry! It is a very good response, Rei!

Usagi lunges forward to hug Rei tight.

When she pulls back, there's still a good bit of excitement to near frightening levels, but none of that nervous mania. "I get to tell my parents now. Yaaay. But oh! At least I've also told Luna this way!"

"I already knew."

"What?! How?!" Usagi whips her head toward the cat so fast Rei probably gets fwipped with hair.

"You do realize that it is still possible to understand what you're screaming into a pillow, right?"

Usagi shifted a little. "...Oh. Yes. I knew that."
Rei Hino 2018-08-21 19:44:57 95323
Rei huuuugs Usagi, then peers curiously over Usagi's shoulder at Luna, only to get WHAPPED with a hair tail.
    Rei rubs her eye and sighs. "Sounds like your *parents* probably already know, then." She teases, then smiles, "But it'll be fine. I don't think your parents will aban-" huh, weird freudian slip. Caught it though! "-will get mad at you over this." Usagi's dad might *cry*, but that's not the same thing.
    Rei rubs the back of her head. It's strange. Her heart's *pounding*. She never imagined getting excited over something like this, but she's actually a little giddy. She rubs the back of her head, looking almost embarrassed, "Ha! It's so funny... after all this time I practically thought of you two as married anyway." Now Rei REALLY needs tea.
Usagi Tsukino 2018-08-21 20:09:44 95329
"Papa hasn't threatened to ground me until I'm forty. I don't think they know."

Kenji is totally going to cry. So is Ikuko, but probably more because her daughter's fiance wants their name.

Usagi laughs. "Sometimes so do I! Then I get reminded I can't have boys in my room unless the door is open."

She links her arm through Rei's and tugs her to the kitchen. "And I promise I'll try not to be annoying, but lets face it I will probably be a little annoying, because this also means I get to look at so many pretty things and I have an excuse."
Rei Hino 2018-08-21 20:19:06 95331
Rei... *actually* blushes a little at that, her eyes slowly gravitating to the side before Usagi yanks on her arm, prompting a short "Wup!" from Rei as she's whipped around to follow Usagi's path, stumbling for a couple steps before regaining her balance.
    "Well, that's-" Rei remembers the kettle now that she can see it and promptly takes it off the burner. Quick sigh! She never forgets tea, this is a travesty. She starts reaching into cupboards and picks up where she left off. "That's fine~. I think you get a window where you can be obnoxious as you like."
    As soon as she's said that, having set a pair of cups down, she puts her hand out and one finger upward in front of Usagi's nose. "But not *that* long a window." She says with a wink, and basically looks so cool before lightly tapping Usagi's nose with that finger.
    She pours tea into the cups with a wistful smile on her face and just says, softly, "You deserve it, Usagi."
Usagi Tsukino 2018-08-21 20:33:43 95336
Usagi's nose scrunches in anticipation! She giggles a little at the tap that follows.

She takes the mug she assumes is for her (it has bunnies), and blows on it to cool it down. "There might have to be a couple tiny windows instead of one longish one. Don't think anyone'd let me before I graduate." Droopy bunny. She'd do this next Tuesday if it were up to her. But oh wellllllll.

Usagi stares into her mug at the wistful smile. She gives one of her own after awhile. "So do you."
Rei Hino 2018-08-21 20:43:51 95340
Rei smiles, "We'll go case by case. I'll let you know if you overdo it." She says playfully with that wistful sort of good cheer she gets when she's able to let her guard down and be a bit silly. It used to be she couldn't be comfortable in her own skin if other people were around. As distant and guarded as rei can be sometimes, she's come a fairly long way thanks to the five of you. Even if you're the only ones who generally get to see that side.
    Well, Usagi, mostly.
    Her guard could stand to have been up a little higher, though, because when Usagi speaks, Rei looks... odd. Like if someone could be startled in slow motion, shoulders shifting a bit worriedly as she looks up at you over the rim of a tea cup, taking a moment too long to fidget before confusedly saying, "S-sorry?"
Usagi Tsukino 2018-08-21 21:01:08 95344
Usagi considers this for a moment. "Deal. But, if you're mean about it, I get to be even more obnoxious for at least five more minutes."

She tries to think about what she means. "I just...want you to be happy." That's what it is, right?

Usagi eyeballs her tea and takes a sip. She makes a face. She pulls the sugar bowl closer to her and flavors the tea just enough to mask the taste of hot leaf juice.
Rei Hino 2018-08-21 21:10:26 95347
"Three more minutes." Rei haggled with faux exhausted desperation.
    As to the subject at hand, Rei... doesn't quite squirm, but seems to forget how to properly hold a teacup, and shifts it around in her hand like there's a better position to grip a perfectly round cylinder. "Don't..." she shakes her head and smiles, "Don't be silly, Usagi, I'm completely fine." She gives a bit of a dry teasing look, "Not all of us need romance-"
    'Save me a dance?'
    "-just to breathe, you know?"
    Rei could probably be an actress.
    *Shift, shift.*
    Body language needs some work, though.
Usagi Tsukino 2018-08-21 21:27:25 95352
Usagi shrugs a shoulder. "I know you don't." She's tried to do without. Well, she's been forced to. She prefers breathing.

"And maybe...it isn't that that will be your big happiness. But I think you should have whatever it is."

Usagi tries to think of something that would make her happy. "Like a big cake you can live in! And you just eat the walls and it never goes bad because it's magical cake!"
Rei Hino 2018-08-21 21:34:29 95354
Rei stares for a moment. Then her head drops. "... Snrk... ppfft... ha! HA!" She starts to laugh, sort of breathlessly, like she's trying to hold her voice back, causing rapid little puffs of air punctuated by sharp laughter until she can't hold it back anymore and just laughs openly, her shoulders shaking, desperately trying to keep from spilling tea everywhere.
    Wiping her eyes a little and shaking her head, she just replies, "Baka. You and Mamoru-kun *would* try to live in a cake house!"
Usagi Tsukino 2018-08-21 21:37:19 95355
Ahhh, that was much better! It'd been getting a bit awkward, and this was a better alternative! Usagi preens as Rei laughs.

Then she gasps, affronted! "I beg your pardon, but while he'd want to, Mamo-chan would use his doctor brain and woe about diabetes or cavities or property value."
Rei Hino 2018-08-21 21:40:47 95356
Rei waves her hand around dismissively, "You'd convince him! You would convince him that it'll solve world hunger, and he'd cave because boys are dumb. It WOULD be comfortable though." She brings her cup to her mouth, and strategically waits for Usagi to start drinking before she adds, "... before the bugs come in."
Usagi Tsukino 2018-08-21 21:43:15 95360
"Especially if it were sponge cake." That just looked like the most comfortable of all the cakes. Nice and fluffy.

Usagi CHOKES and flails!! "Augh, Rei, NO!!! No bugs in my dream cake house! The magic that keeps it from getting old and gross also keeps out the bugs okaaaaay?"
Rei Hino 2018-08-21 21:44:45 95362
Rei gives a big dramatic sigh and flips her hair back, "Fine, fiiiine, no bugs in your magical sponge cake house." Another strategic beat. "... I don't know what the rats are gonna eat, then."
Usagi Tsukino 2018-08-21 21:47:13 95363
Once again, Usagi is choking! "Sprfl! Gak! No!" Whine, whine! "Lunaaaa, Rei's trying to get me to choke to death!"

Luna licks her paw. "So long as you don't make a mess on your mother's clean floor."

"Ahhhh, so mean!"