Park Trees Make For Bad Shelter

Icela sees a face she recognizes. Kazuo and Icela talk a bit, and strike a deal... of sorts. If Icela runs into Silenus, she'll let him know Kazuo is looking for him. Kazuo, in turn, gets her a hotel room to help with the bad weather.

Date: 2018-09-04
Pose Count: 18
Icela 2018-09-04 23:42:33 96977
Whether or not they have reached the ears of anyone in particular, rumours of a ghost in the park have been circulating. The likely candidate is sitting in a tree, to which she has stubbornly attached a paper sign with handwritten 'Icela's tree: rest beneath at your own risk' in somewhat casual handwriting. There's much more detail gone into the 'sign' she's drawn around that text, though with the edges of the paper not cut off, that looses a bit of its effect.

The white figure is currently watching the sunset, sketchpad in hand as she uses differently coloured pencils to quickly sketch out the outlines of the lighting so she can flesh it out properly without having to worry about losing the moment.
Kazuo Takeba 2018-09-04 23:50:35 96979
Kazuo is not himself a white figure. White shirt, yes. White hair, yes. White metal at his ears and wrist, yes. But the rest of him is human enough. His pacing through the park is somewhat interrupted by a catch of -- something -- out of the corner of his eye; he turns and approaches the tree Icela's settled in...

... and does not, in fact, rest beneath it. Instead, from a little of a distance, he studies the sign. And comments, low-voiced and apparently to himself, "It's going to be a bad night for paper."
Icela 2018-09-04 23:55:52 96981
"I'll just make another sign, Takeba-san." Icela says and then pauses, and there's a moment where she has a look on her face of 'I shouldn't have used his name.' She rolls with the blunder, or what she perceives to be a blunder. "Haven't been able to get my hands on something a bit more permanent. I'll fix it eventually." She focuses back on her drawing, occassionally glancing towards Kazuo.
Kazuo Takeba 2018-09-04 23:58:48 96982
It is, of course, when she uses his name that he tips his head back to look up at her. Perhaps he perceives her as a normal girl; some people do. Or perhaps he finds monochrome symmetry and existence not quite in other people's reality to be perfectly ordinary. It's difficult to tell. "Well, then. And perhaps the wind will be kind." He executes a small, precise bow. "My apologies if I interrupted you."
Icela 2018-09-05 00:06:47 96984
"The wind won't be, knowing my luck." Icela answers in a tone of clear dissatisfaction with her lot in life. She glosses over it with some mock cheer soon after. "You did not interrupt me. I've just had a spate of people sitting beneath my tree and acting like that's entirely normal. I'll put up a fence at some point, too. Just, need to get the materials."
Kazuo Takeba 2018-09-05 00:09:36 96986
"You might have trouble with the fence. There are people whose job it is to take things like that down." Technically, that might be putting park maintenance workers at risk. Kazuo might possibly be of the opinion that maintenance workers in this park who don't have seventeen different methods to avoid being harmed by ghosts, irritated spirits, and various forms of shadow monsters need to be taken out of the gene pool. There are reasons that Kazuo does not usually conduct his life according to his own opinions.
Icela 2018-09-05 00:13:22 96988
"Then I'll simply ensure they won't." Icela answers with a shrug; she doesn't seem particularly concerned with how she'll go about it. "What brings you to the park, Takeba-san?" She's already used his name, she figures she might as well keep using it. Be weird if she didn't, "As you can tell from my sign. My name's Icela."
Kazuo Takeba 2018-09-05 00:17:46 96990
"Looking for an old acquaintance who's been seen here a time or two. He calls himself Silenus." Kazuo glances out at the park, not focusing on the ghost in the tree for the moment. "It's unlikely I'll run across him. But worth the time to look now and again, all the same. And you? What brings you to claim this tree?"
Icela 2018-09-05 00:22:09 96991
"I decided it was mine." Icela answers with all the care of someone who figures that is reason enough. "If I see anyone who calls himself Silenus. I could let him know you're looking for him." She offers calmly, her voice seems genuine. "How are..." She pauses to consider, then shakes her head and finishes with a different question, "How are you doing?"
Kazuo Takeba 2018-09-05 00:27:56 96995
Kazuo's mouth twitches at one corner. "I'd appreciate it, if you did." If only because the amount of panic when he heard Kazuo's description might result in enough magic use to make a flare in Mamoru's perceptions. "As for myself, I have few enough complaints. Are you enjoying your tree?" He does not ask if they've met before. He does not ask who she is. There are some questions that are reasonable, obvious, and sometimes an excessively bad idea.
Icela 2018-09-05 00:36:19 96996
"My tree is acceptable. It's no house, but it's a home." Icela smiles and puts her drawing away for a moment to properly look at Kazuo. Her facial features are simultaneously too perfect, they could match anyone; well, anyone who is a girl in her early teens. It's quite obvious Icela is in her early teens. "Do you come to this park often?"
Kazuo Takeba 2018-09-05 00:40:13 96999
Kazuo remains at a little distance from the trunk -- he never did come closer than necessary to read the sign -- which makes looking at him properly considerably easier. "Not often," he says. "Now and again, at intervals. For the same reason as tonight, at times. At times to the museums; at times simply to see what condition the place is in." He shrugs briefly. "Sometimes only to be certain that no-one is sleeping in the park, in bad weather, who doesn't wish to be."
Icela 2018-09-05 00:47:13 97002
"Well it would be nice to have someplace less weather-y to be in when the weather is bad." Icela admits reluctantly, clearly uncomfortable showing even that slightest hint of weakness. "I mean, after a while rain and wind start to get a little old, don't you think?"
Kazuo Takeba 2018-09-05 00:58:29 97005
"That depends on one's tastes," Kazuo replies. "I admit that mine don't run to rain. And it is likely to be unpleasant till well after sunrise, and neither the cafe nor the library are likely to be open all night." He surveys the park again, as if idly. "There are enough tourist attractions nearby that there is likely at least one hotel taking advantage. It might be possible that they might have a room available. Though it would not, of course, be your tree."
Icela 2018-09-05 01:02:29 97007
"That'd cost money, though. I don't have any money." Even if Icela had access to her savings, they wouldn't even last her a single night in a hotel. But, she doesn't, so that leaves her entirely broke. "So I don't think that's something I could for. Besides, an Eidolon getting a hotel room? Who'd ever heard of something like that."
Kazuo Takeba 2018-09-05 01:08:08 97009
Trees are claimable. Hotel rooms are not. A minor fact to file away in the 'spirits make no sense' file. "Someone might, however, acquire a hotel room and then not use it," Kazuo observes. "Whether someone else happened to use it in the mean time might be little of his concern." It would still, and still of course, not be her tree. There might be some necessary connection there.
Icela 2018-09-05 01:11:11 97010
"Are you offering, Takeba-san?" Icela asks with a head-tilt. She seems confused by the idea, though not wholly opposed to it. "I'd have to make sure to come back in the morning to check if nobody has claimed my tree while the sign is gone, and make whoever did it pay if someone has. But otherwise the idea isn't bad."
Kazuo Takeba 2018-09-05 01:13:49 97011
Kazuo glances back to the tree, and spreads his hands. "It seems only fair to repay a favor with a favor. And it seems unlikely that anyone would try to claim your tree during a storm. Far likelier that they'd be looking for shelter themselves."