Beneath the Spirit's Tree

Icela is sitting in a tree in the park she 'claimed' as hers. Others come by the tree for varying reasons, leading to some discussion; not all of which equally friendly.

Date: 2018-08-25
Pose Count: 24
Icela 2018-08-25 23:55:27 95987
It's getting late, the sun is starting to turn in for the evening, and the park is mostly empty. That doesn't mean it's empty, however, sitting upon a tree is a pale figure. Icela doesn't look human, not to anyone with enough magical sense to notice the typical mildly hidden magical aspects of the world. Nonetheless, the evil spirit is there, sketching on a sketchpad as she watches anything that catches her eye.
Rei Hino 2018-08-26 00:35:10 95996
Rei Hino used to come to Penguin Park when she was a little girl! She's not typically beholden to nostalgia or indulging in old memories - particularly ancient memories, but that's another story - but... the swing sets look kinda comfy after a good bit of walking, and she decides to take a breather on one, sitting with a bit of a sigh and idly rocking herself back and forth with one leg.
Saburo Yukimura 2018-08-26 00:45:42 96003
It's been hours since he stalked off, and despite everyintention of going home, putting away the groceries, and drinking apology booze until he was less distraught, Saburo is still walking the streets, still wandering the city. he diesnt want to see Mamoru, or any of his brothers for that matter, doesn't want to walk into Mahou Grand Central and seeing a girl young enough to make him think of the one he'd left crying with Kazuo and Mamoru. He just wants peace, and that is the opposite of what he'll find at home. So he's been walking, and finally, his body is starting to hurt enough to outweigh the desire to keep moving, keep finding distractions. His hands and wrists are creased from the pull of grocery bags he hasn't relinquished, and his feet and shins send stabs of pain up his legs with every step. The park is as good a place as any to stop for a moment and breathe. He settles under a tree, placing the bags down with calm finality, and doesn't even notice the figure lurking in the tree or the familiar girl on the swings.
Narumi Nendai 2018-08-26 00:48:27 96004
Narumi is walking through the park, dressed in a black T-shirt and white women's shorts, a notebook held under one shoulder. Her expression is firm. Decisive, even; she's definitely a girl who has both a problem, and a definite plan for resolving it.

She frowns as she sees Icela. Well, she's a problem with a definite resolution, too. She looks around, trying to find a better direction to wander off in, but ... for a moment, she just sort of stands there indecisively.
Icela 2018-08-26 00:53:18 96006
Icela looks over to see a girl sit on the swings, a girl who's a bit older than the usual visitors; and turns over the page in her sketchbook to start a new drawing, this one of Rei. She pauses a moment when someone sits down beneath her tree and looks down, "Hey. Do you usually sit down against people's trees without asking?" She sounds more like she's teasing than like she's actually angry.

Her eyes are eventually drawn to Narumi, and they light up. She waves cheerfully, "Narumi-chan~" She yells out in greeting, there's a hint of cruelty to her eyes; but otherwise she's faking being friendly quite well. She then gets back to sketching Rei on the swing.
Rei Hino 2018-08-26 01:05:05 96012
In all fairness, Rei Hino is a captivating figure, appearancewise; though she doesn't typically hold still for impromptu model work. She MIGHT have held still for this one by accident, but the sight of Saburo catches her attention, and draws a look of surprise to her face. She's... pretty sure he doesn't live around here.
    Still, he... doesn't look like he wants to talk. Seems kind of upset, actually, and she's torn between a bit of concern, a bit of 'not my business to bother him' and a dash of 'Princess Mars' memories and feelings keep randomly jumping on my head, and he's definitely in there somewhere' discomfort.
    More concerningly, is the girl he's sat next to. Looking at her, Rei gets an uneasy feeling, and gradually stops her gentle rocking, holding still and tightening her grip on the swing's chains and observing them cautiously.
    She would *really* rather this turn out to be nothing. There are other magic people in Japan! It happens!
Saburo Yukimura 2018-08-26 01:09:14 96016
The last thing he expected when he sat down beneath the tree was for someone to be in the tree and he's startled enough to actualy let it show, eyes widening and mouth dropping open before he catches himself. "Well - not usually, I'd say. You don't mind, do you?" And he's aware that that's a little bit presumptive, but - well. She's magic, he can sense that now that he's paying attention but - so is he, so why should he bother with making a scene about it?

His bags are next to him, and he's willing to move if she wants - but also, now that he's sitting down he really doesn't want to get back up, because it turns out that, surprise, walking for hours is actually kind of painful.
Narumi Nendai 2018-08-26 01:18:05 96019
"-- oh. You again!" Narumi calls back, attempting to put on a smirk for Icela. She's ... putting on a good show of bravado, but she's already taking half a step back, clutching the notebook close to her chest, and it's obvious from her body language that she's kind of worried, now that she knows how nasty Icela likely is from that empath she met the other day.

(Maboroshi no Manako, for her part, is just amused she was able to subtly manipulate Narumi into to have the exact same reaction that Akashimaru had for Manako herself.)
Icela 2018-08-26 01:22:50 96020
"Well since you've asked so nicely, I think I can let it slide this once." The spirit answers Saburo with a teasing joy. "But you've got to take a better look at your surroundings, what if someone with ill intent snuck upon you? I've heard rumours there's a ghost hanging around in this park." Of course, Icela matches conventional descriptions of the term 'ghost' albeit perhaps a little more solid than typical.

She keeps drawing Rei from where she's at, occassionally glancing at Narumi. "Well, I happen to like this park. You meet so many interesting people here." She responds to the trepidatious girl, "Are you in a hurry, Narumi-chan?"
Saburo Yukimura 2018-08-26 01:33:11 96021
This earns a grateful nod, and a softening of his expression - not a smile, but for the moment he doesn't look so grave. Saburo relaxes back against the tree, releasing his grip on the bags. "Thank you - I really don't think I'd have been able to walk very far if you wanted me to move." A faint sigh at her warning, because he should certainly no better than to ignore his surroundings. He can't even protest the gentle chiding. "You're right - but at least I ran into a friendly artist, instead of an unhappy ghost."

The girl she's talking to catches his attention, and he doesn't frown but only because he has better control of himself than that. He does look around though, and he blinks in surprise to see Rei at the swingswet. What is she doing here? ...Swinging, obviously. He shakes his head a little - maybe she hasn't heard - and decides not to engage so he doesn't have to risk it.
Narumi Nendai 2018-08-26 01:39:58 96022
Narumi gives a nervous smirk. "A hurry?" she says, shifting her grip on the notebook as wanting to use it as a shield. "Nah, just, uh, just ... chillin' out and takin' my time! If, uh, if I was in a hurry, you, I, uh, I wouldn't even be giving you th-the time of day!"

Her eyes flit to Saburo, and she briefly follows his gaze to Rei before quickly bringing her attention back to Icela. "Uh. W-what about you?" she says. "Have you harassed anyone good lately?" Slowly but surely, she's taking another hesitant step back.
Icela 2018-08-26 01:44:26 96023
"At least you understand I'm friendly, some people seem to mistake curiousity for aggresssion. It's such a sad state of affairs." Icela shakes her head, and then Narumi talks about harassing. "Well, Narumi-chan. I haven't made it to introductions yet with this new friend over here." She looks back down to Subaro, "About which. This is as good a time as any, my name is Icela; and you are?" Pause, as she follows Saburo's gaze. "Oh that's the girl I'm trying to draw, she looks interesting doesn't she?"
Saburo Yukimura 2018-08-26 02:00:39 96024
"I'm hardly being harassed," Saburo points out to Narumi. His patience repository is low, and he isn't in the mood to be talked over by two people who are clearly familiar and at least partly antagonistic with each other. As Icela speaks, his gaze flicks back to her, and he shrugs, "You've been perfectly polite thus far, and that's all I can judge you on. I'm Saburo, Icela-san, and I hope my presence isn't going to create tension between you and...Narumi-san," and yes, it's a little familiar to be using what is obviously the girl's first name, but he doesn't have her family name and he'll make due. He glances back at Rei. "She is. We're acquaintancees, and a good choice for a model."
Narumi Nendai 2018-08-26 02:15:53 96025
Narumi frowns. "Yeah, uh ... sorry ..." she says, giving Saburo an uncertain bow. "I'm just ..." She shakes her head. "I'll, I'll just go ..." She takes another step back --

"Narumi!" a woman's voice calls out from the direction she'd come from.

Narumi bristles. "Uh. Sorrygottagobye!" she says, before hurriedly running towards the voice. "COMING, MOM!"
Icela 2018-08-26 02:19:54 96026
"Such a strange girl. I wonder what her problem is." Icela wonders out loud as Narumi is leaving, before turning to look back down at Saburo. "Well my sketch is just about finished, and I can work in the last details without having to look; so why don't you invite her over? She looks to be lonely." Icela suggests, pretty much ignoring Saburo's comments regarding Narumi or how she's behaving so far. "I'm always interested in meeting more people."
Saburo Yukimura 2018-08-26 02:25:26 96027
"That was strange," he agrees, and though he notices the way she ignores his comments, he doesn't press. He doesn't know that girl anymore than he knows this one, and at least in the case of this one, he more or less owes her for disrupting her peace. "You want to meet her?" Because he doubts Rei is lonely - if anything, she's probably more comfortable with being away from the conversation - but it's better than watching her watching him. "Rei-san! Would you like to meet the artist who's been sketching you?"
Rei Hino 2018-08-26 02:32:30 96028
Rei's been watching quietely, and trying not to make a big show of it, head turned slightly away in that suspicious way people have when they're trying not to look suspicious. She can't place the feeling nagging at her, and a couple times she convinced herself she was probably just sensing *Saburo*, but...
    She actually lurches a bit with surprise as Saburo calls out her name, staring over at them with wide eyes for a moment before she stands up and moves towards them. Her eyes stay on Icela, blinking with genuine surprised to learn she was being drawn, and she stops with a short bow. "Ah, nice to meet you. My name is Hino Rei." she says, a picture of manners, before she straightens up with a bit of an embarrassed look, one hand going to the side of her head. "Aheheh, I didn't realize I was modeling...!" She admits, good naturedly enough, and glances at Saburo. Then double takes. Getting a closer look at him, he looks... well, he doesn't look *great*." "Saburo-san are you-" she starts to say, then shakes her head sharply. Not right now! She gives her attention back to Icela and asks, "What's your name?"
Icela 2018-08-26 02:38:06 96029
"Someone has given her the impression I'm some kind of evil spirit." Icela explains for Saburo's benefit; putting a mock-hurt tone to it when she brings that up, not overdone, just enough to emphasize that this is not an assessment she is pleased with. She turns her attention to Rei when the girl comes up, "I'm Icela. I've been sketching all kinds of interesting people, just for practice really. If you don't keep up with it you lose your skills."

She tears off the sheet that has Rei's sketch now that she's done and hands it over. The girl's pretty good at sketching, though she's taken some creative liberties to draw Rei as seeming more pensive and sad than she really was. "It's nice to meet you, Hino-san."
Saburo Yukimura 2018-08-26 02:47:55 96030
"Perhaps she's unfamiliar with the concept of a spirit," he says briefly, not weighing in on whether Icela is evil or not. She's a polite spirit - though he almost doesn't even want to call her that, because she clearly has the ability to interact with the world around her - at the very least, and for now that's all he cares about. "And so thinks that must make you evil."

"I'm fine," Saburo says curtly, as quick to cut off Rei's concern as she herself is. It's less polite than he would usually be in public, but he doesn't want to get into it, especially in front of a stranger. "Thank you for asking. Would either of you mind if I had a look?" Keep attention on the art, yes, and not on him. Yes.
Rei Hino 2018-08-26 02:54:37 96031
Rei wrinkles her nose at Saburo's response, giving him a bit of a Look, before she takes the page with both hands and looks it over, seeming genuinely impressed. "Oh my. Ha, you're very talented, Icela-san." She says, though she tilts her head slightly upon giving it a second look. Did she really look this sad? Does she always look this sad? Oh dear.
    More importantly this lady's a *spirit*, and that's incredibly concerning. "Of course!" She says with just-slightly-too-exaggerated cheer now that she's all tense, and hands the sheet to Saburo.
    She takes special care to make sure her hand brushes against the empath's briefly so hopefully he'll pick up at least a hint of 'I DON'T LIKE THIS WE SHOULD GO'
Icela 2018-08-26 03:01:44 96032
"That sounds quite the closed-minded reasoning. I'm sure there's some truly appalling spirits out there, but that doesn't mean that they reflect on all of us. We're not even really a single thing, united more by our physical characteristics than our origins, desires, aims, or the like." Icela responds to that with more mock-hurt, she doesn't really care. She tilts her head at Rei. "Thank you." She doesn't comment on the tenseness, though she does notice it.
Saburo Yukimura 2018-08-26 03:11:25 96033
"Close-minded, yes, but a person's reasons don't always make sense to others," he is of course only think about the situation between this spirit and the living girl, of course, not at all thinking about his own life. That would be silly. How could anyone think that? But before anything else can be said, Rei has taken the opportunit to brighten the mood with a compliment and then - oh, that is lovely and oh -

He glances up from the picture, at Rei and then at Icela, and takes the moment to consider how a miko might feel about encountering a spirit. And then considers how a miko who is also a mahou might feel about that. Of course she doesn't like it and he isn't feeling so sour that he would ignore her hint. He casts about for an excuse and then glances at the sky, as if only now noticing how far the sun had fallen, how dark the sky was. "Rei-san, weren't you supposed to be meeting Luna-san tonight? It's getting late - would you like me to walk with you, before it gets dark?"

He's making it up of course, and giving them both the out that Rei is requesting. He smiles apologetically at Icela, because it's the approrpiate and polite thing to do. "I apologize to disrupt you and then leave, Icela-san, but we live in the same direction. I trust you'll be well if we depart?"
Rei Hino 2018-08-26 03:18:14 96035
Rei lightly smacks the bottom of her fist into her palm as if remembering suddenly, "Oh my gosh, you're right!" She smiles brigtly, "That would be lovely, Saburo-san." She turns to Icela and bows politely. "Yes, *very* sorry. It was very nice to meet you, Icela-san!"
Icela 2018-08-26 03:20:15 96036
"And some actions are never justiable." Icela adds in to Saburo's comment on reasons with a bitter tone; though she lets that fade quickly. She tilts her head as Saburo 'reminds' Rei of this meeting, but she merely smiles. "Well, enjoy your meeting, Hino-san. And I wish you both a pleasant remainder of the evening." She then opens up a fresh page on her sketchbook and begins the next drawing.