Good Food, Good Music

Akari meets Mikoto's "sister" Hikari. Then, during her latest date with Mikoto, she has her first kiss. And her second. And ...

Date: 2018-09-28
Pose Count: 39
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-28 23:37:22 98345
Akari has been busy! Between schoolwork and practicing (oh, and also the things she's been doing for Eclipse as Nightbell), she's had hardly any time to herself. But finally, she feels like she has enough time that she might be able to have another ... dare she say it ... date!

This really isn't something she's used to doing, and frankly her excitement would be kind of worrisome if she were capable of paying attention to it.

And so, one evening, she drops by unannounced at the Infinity dorm where Mikoto lives, wearing a loose but stretchy-looking rose red dress. Smiling widely and with a faint blush, she knocks on Mikoto's door.
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-09-28 23:55:03 98346
Mikoto has been busy, too, between schoolwork, her games, and her studies of Midchildan technology. It does tend to eat up pretty much all her time. With a lighter homework load than normal this week, though, and a rather annoying stall in her research, her games waiting on other players' moves... she has that wonderful, mythical, free time. And it's at the same time as Akari, better yet!

She's had a couple of dates with Ikuto, but that was a year and more ago, now. She has almost as little idea what to do on a date as Akari does, not that she knows this, but she has a few ideas. They've done movies and such before this, but tonight the Light Music Club is having a gig down at the Club. She's been chatting with Hikari, her Familiar-slash-sister, and trying to work up the courage to call Akari and invite her down there.

"Just a second!" a voice calls from inside the room, and shortly enough the door answers to reveal Mikoto herself. She's been getting dressed for the occasion, going through various outfits, and currently has just thrown on a rather abbreviated blue-trimmed-black yukata over black leather trousers. "Oh! Akari!" And then she takes in the dress, and her jaw drops.

"Stop drooling, sis," snaps the silver-haired girl that follows her to the door, reaching up to whap Mikoto at the back of the head.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-29 00:03:20 98347
At Mikoto's ... reaction, Akari giggles, her blush deepening until it almost matches the dress! "Hey, it's not that ... uh ..." She giggles again and shakes her head. "Uh, yeah." (It was the only casualwear she could find that fits her halfway-decently in both forms, rather than being comically oversized as Akari or painfully tight as Bell.)

The sight of Hikari, however, sets off alarm bells in her head. She doesn't have the faintest idea why she'd be a threat, or a problem, or whatever this sudden anxiety is doing, it's just someone unexpected, and Akari was primarily programmed to be a fighting-machine and to keep to herself when she's in infiltration mode. She almost has to struggle not to let herself go into fight-or-abort-mission mode. "Um, who's this?" she says uncertainly.
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-09-29 00:09:38 98348
Mikoto's jaw works silently for a few moments more, then she spins about and swats at Hikari's shoulder. "Leave off, brat." She spins about to face Akari again, but the smaller girl pushes in front of her.

"Hi! I'm Hikari. This drooling idiot's my big sister. I think she likes you, huh?"

Mikoto snarls and grabs hold of the girl's shoulder. "Come on in, Akari," she says, pulling her sister back into the room to make space for Akari to join her.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-29 00:21:37 98349
Akari giggles. Okay, false alarm ... ish. "Oh, uh, nice to meet you!" she says, stepping into the room before giving Hikari a bow. "I'm Hayabusa Akari. Mikoto-chan and I have been dating. For ... a couple weeks now." She grins at Mikoto. "So, I mean, I should hope she likes me!" Her tone is a touch teasing, but she's still wearing her nervousness on her sleeve.
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-09-29 00:27:22 98350
"Weee~~ell," Hikari muses, "It's not like she's had much else to talk about all week."

Mikoto sighs and shakes her head. "You need to get lost, bratling. Three's a crowd."

The smaller girl pouts, but grabs a bag from off of Mikoto's bed and scurries out the door. "Don't do anything I wouldn't do!" she calls back to the pair.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-29 00:30:40 98351
Akari can't resist another giggle at the banter between the two of them.

"So, uh ... sisters, huh," she says, after Hikari leaves. "I mean, I don't have a lot of firsthand experience in that area, but ..." She shakes her head. "... um, wow." She smiles directly at Mikoto. "I mean, um. I didn't come here to talk about that, though!"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-09-29 00:38:55 98352
Mikoto sits herself on the bed, with a little creak of leather. "Yeah, 'kari-chan's a bit obnoxious now and again, but, well... she's my sister, hey?" She shrugs, smiling warmly. "Come in and sit down, get comfortable. I was just working my way up to calling you, so... lucky me, hey?"
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-29 00:44:30 98353
Akari grins, and almost instantly sits down next to Mikoto. "Yeah, I get that," she says. (She has sort of the opposite problem with Sakura, now that she thinks of it ... even if, her Akari-side wants to think, she has helped stop me from doing something worse ...) "But ... yeah." She smiles. "Found myself with some free time this evening, so ... I thought 'I know just who I wanna spend it with.'" She hesitates. "I mean, uh. If you want to. Spend time with me, I mean."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-09-29 00:48:19 98355
Mikoto grins and slides an arm around Akari's shoulders, drawing her closer. "Let's see..." she muses. "I could be ... doing homework? No, that's all done. Sitting around being bored? Booooring." She hmms. "Or I could ask my best girlfriend to dinner at the Club." Her eyes roam over Akari's figure and The Dress, and her smile widens to a grin. "Looks like you're dressed for it."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-29 00:55:34 98357
At that, Akari starts blushing again! "... I ... y'know, I'm pretty sure that's the first time one of us has actually said the word 'girlfriend' aloud," she says, leaning in close against Mikoto and wrapping her arm around her waist. "I ... hmm. 'Girlfriend'. Yeah, I like the sound of that." She grins. "And, um, a club sounds good! I have no objections there!"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-09-29 01:03:18 98358
Mikoto nods, smiling warmly as Akari confirms the 'girlfriend' question. "Then girlfriends it is. And that dress looks amazing on you." She gives Akari's shoulders a warm squeeze, then lets go and gets up. "I need to get some shoes on, then we can go... hey, you heard? The Light Music Club's got a new band, putting on a gig down there tonight."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-29 01:09:31 98359
Akari nods, grinning bashfully. "Mm, thank you!" she says, getting to her feet. "Oh, yeah! I heard something about that. I was kind of distracted with kendo stuff at the time, though." (... Actually, it was Sakura inviting her out to meet one of her other surrogate sisters, who turned out to be a Pretty Cure, but.) "Guess it'll be at least somewhat of a surprise, then!"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-09-29 01:15:22 98360
Mikoto bends over to rummage in her closet for a minute, eventually emerging with a pair of rather nice leather boots, complete with a low heel. She sits back on the bed to start sliding one on. "Yeah, I've never heard them before myself, but Vicky and Claire have, and they've been saying good things about them." The girls in question being Mikoto's next-door dorm neighbors, and best civilian friends prior to Akari. (Or so she thinks.)

Shortly enough the second boot is on, and she stands up, giving a little twirl to show off her chosen look, and then she's ready to go. "Shall we?" She offers one arm to Akari, still grinning.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-29 01:26:07 98361
In terms of being a "civilian" friend, Akari is decidedly not yet ready to share the fact that she's actually a Belkan AI in a Familiar-esque body which is 40% dark energy by volume. (Not that it's ever had the amount checked in her Akari-form ...)

She nods along, watching Mikoto put on her boots. "Sounds like we're gonna have a good time, then!" she says. She beams, taking Mikoto's arm. She has a sudden urge to respond with Bestimmt, Herrin! but it doesn't get past her infiltration-mode's filters. "Of course!"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-09-29 01:35:26 98362
The Club (never given a proper name, although many have been suggested over the years) is bustling tonight, plenty of students having decided to check out the new band. There's even a line at the food counter, although Mikoto doesn't seem to mind waiting on that as long as she's got Akari beside her. "What do you want to eat? They do decent burgers here, although I've had better."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-29 01:39:47 98363
Akari considers this. "I'm very much in the mood to just go with the flow," she says cheerfully. She's practically attached at the hip to Mikoto at this point. "I mean ... are the burgers the best thing they have? Or is there something higher we should aim for?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-09-29 01:41:17 98364
Mikoto shrugs, happy to have her partner there with her. (It's so easy, sometimes, to just let that attitude flow back into place... even though she knows in her head it was all a fake, they just feel so right together.) "Mmm, depends on what you like. Pizza, chicken wings, sandwiches..."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-29 01:46:18 98365
Akari grins, oblivious to any internal conflict Mikoto might have with regards to fakeness. "'Sandwiches' sounds like we're aiming low," she says. "Hmm ... Let's go with pizza, with a side of fries!" On previous dates, Akari has made no secret of the fact that she's attracted to just about anything with salt.
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-09-29 01:53:45 98366
Mikoto nods. "Pizza sounds good," she agrees. 'Sandwhiches' here tend to be more fancy than what Akari is probably thinking of, really - one of Mikoto's own favorites involves chicken tenders pounded, breaded, and fried, then thickly glazed in a lovely spicy-sweet barbecue sauce. She's not going to argue with whatever Akari wants, though. "Looks like it won't be too much longer, at least."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-29 02:01:09 98367
Akari is briefly distracted by the actual sandwiches on display, but hey, pizza and fries is the superior option! "Yeah," she says, as they near the front of the line. "Why don't you pick the topping!" she adds cheerfully. Of course, she is also of the mind to just go with what her girlfriend wants. "I mean. Nothing too spicy, of course." She's made no secret of the fact that she doesn't like spicy, either.
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-09-29 02:05:39 98368
Mikoto nods and hmmms, considering what's on offer. "Well, in that case... how about sweet onions and bacon?" She does like some spice, but she's willing to go without it for Akari's sake, and there's some spice to the sauce anyways. She waits a moment for possible objections, then goes ahead and places the order. She's given one of those little wireless beepers to let her know when it's ready, and she tugs Akari off to get a table.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-29 02:09:23 98369
Akari beams. "Oooh, sounds good to me!"

She follows Mikoto to the table. "Wow," she says. "... I ... almost feel exactly the same way I did on our first date!" She laughs. "Must be, y'know, the whole 'girlfriend' thing. Just ... the fact that we actually came out and said it." She shakes her head. "I mean, I'm a little more relaxed this time, now that I've gotten used to the 'date' part itself, but, I mean, wow."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-09-29 02:18:32 98371
Mikoto holds a seat for Akari, before sliding into her own, setting the beeper on the table where it will be visible. "Definitely 'wow'," she agrees. "Like that dress." She's still a little stunned by it. "Wow."

"So," she finally manages to try some small talk. "How's school been treating you?"
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-29 02:29:28 98372
Akari giggles nervously. "Well, uh," she says. "Y'know." She shrugs. The degree to which her dress is affecting Mikoto is actually making her somewhat nervous. On the other hand ... it could just be Akari. Which is slightly nervousness-inducing for a different reason, but honestly, Akari is inclined to just run with it at this point.

She smiles, starting to relax as the conversation turns to small talk. "Oh, yeah," she says. "My English teacher gave us a couple of options for things to translate, and I've been working on John Donne's Meditations. 'Ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.'"

(There is exactly a zero percent chance that she'll tell anyone, regardless of what identity they know her as, that she originally found John Donne through various search terms for 'bell' and 'philosophy.')
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-09-29 02:40:23 98374
"Ahh, well." Mikoto smiles again. "Donne has some interesting bits, I'll not contest it, but I still prefer Kipling. 'She is not any common earth / Water, or wood, or air / But Merlin's Isle of Gramarye / Where you and I shall fare'." She winks, and has to pause as the band starts setting up, attracting the attention of everyone in the room, and she turns to see what's going on.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-29 02:43:14 98375
It takes Akari a moment before she gets it. Then, not for the first time, she gets a rose-red blush, and she hurriedly turns as the band begins playing, a big stupid grin on her face.

... Wow, I'm really letting this get the better of me, huh? says the tiny Nightbell part of herself. Well, whatever, she doesn't even care at this point.
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-09-29 02:55:55 98377
Mikoto smiles again, leaning across the table towards Akari, her attention diverted for the moment to the band. Of course, this is the time the beeper would choose to alert the young couple that their pizza is ready. "What perfect timing," she mutters, and reaches over to squeeze Akari's shoulder before she gets up to go and fetch the food.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-29 03:05:44 98378
Akari jumps, slightly startled at the buzzing. "Ahaha. Yeah, you said it," she mutters. She just ... sits back, watching the band and listening to the music.

Still, she can't help but smile. Not at being pushed apart by the food for two seconds, but ... just the entire context here, taken as a whole. She has a girlfriend now, and she really likes Mikoto to boot. She still doesn't have the faintest idea why her creators programmed her to be able to feel like this -- either sisterly love, or a crush. Maybe it was just something "more realistic" for the purpose of her infiltration mode in a "better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it" way? Some sort of "human AI package" that they'd just adapted for their own use? But here and now, she didn't care enough to try to fight it.

Sorry, Tessen, she thought. Not that I thought it'd ever go anywhere with one of my enemies, but ... She looks over towards Mikoto and smiles. ... I'm happy with what I have now.
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-09-29 03:18:39 98379
Mikoto hurries her way through the crowd to fetch the pizza and sodas, returning just as swiftly - she doesn't want to miss a moment, especially a moment with Akari tonight.

"Band sounds pretty good, don't you think?" she asks as she retakes her seat. They're all girls, rather cute, according to rumor been a group since junior high. "I don't know where a group of pop-rockers came up with a name like 'Afterschool Tea-time', though."

Well, Ikuto, wherever you are, I hope you're having fun. Sorry if you're disappointed to be without me, but... I have to move on. She looks up, meeting Akari's eyes, gazing admiringly into them. She makes me happy. I hope you've found someone who does the same for you.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-29 03:30:57 98382
Akari smiles and nods. "Yeah," she says, glancing at the band but distracted by the company. "Hah, yeah ... I'm the wrong one to ask about weird names." Considering she's called Nightbell ... "But, I mean ... yeah I dunno." Really distracted. Though she is momentarily distracted from this distraction by munching on a couple of fries and a bite of her pizza.

But then she smiles, her brown eyes gazing back into Mikoto's green eyes. Slowly, one hand slips over, and moves to rest on Mikoto's.
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-09-29 03:36:34 98383
Mikoto seems to be quite capitvated by those eyes, a slice of pizza resting barely-touched on her plate. Her hand turns, clasping Akari's, wanting to never let go. The band, the food, the crowd... none of that matters to her.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-29 03:40:29 98384
Akari just sits there, smiling, gazing into Mikoto's eyes for another moment. Then, heart pounding in her chest but feeling as though this is the sort of thing that's expected of this kind of situation given the manga she's read, she starts leaning forward towards Mikoto.
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-09-29 03:43:06 98385
Mikoto leans in, too, as if drawn by some sort of magnet towards the girl across the table from her. She can't seem to catch her breath, all she can see is that face...
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-29 03:46:03 98386
Akari has butterflies in her stomach, and almost feels like she's about to get cold feet. But ... No, it's now or never! She leans in and kisses Mikoto on the lips.
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-09-29 03:54:33 98389
Mikoto's eyes widen as she guesses Akari's intention, but... it's what she wants, herself. She's sure of it, now. She turns her head ever so slightly, to avoid bumping noses (she read about that happening, once), and leans in to meet the kiss.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-29 03:59:57 98390
Akari holds the kiss for a few seconds. It's like explosions are going off in her mind. A few seconds later, though, she pulls back with a small gasp. She's starry-eyed, grinning like an idiot. "... wow," she says softly. "I, uh ... that ... was overwhelming for, uh, for a first try!"

... She has no idea what to do next.
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-09-29 04:05:44 98391
Mikoto certainly seems to be enjoying it, herself. She's definitely reluctant to draw back. She grins right back at Akari, and squeezes her hand. As for what to do next... well, she has an idea, at least. More kissing. She winks at Akari, leans in, and meets her lips once more.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-09-29 04:09:53 98392
Akari is clearly totally fine with this! Oh, okay! She returns the kiss with just as much enthusiasm, cheeks once again turning rosy.