America, The Burger Land? No.

Mei runs into Moriko while researching what she's missed in anime, and they talk about where they both went for awhile.

Date: 2018-10-27
Pose Count: 23
Mei Akatsuki 2018-10-27 21:44:54 99351
The library was filled with a susurrus, as the activity libraries were known for were being done. Mei Akatsuki had come to the library to try and catch up on recent goings on in Tokyo, and she'd accessed one of the computer terminals with her thankfully still active library card. She mostly saw some stuff that to her definitely sounded like magical girl activity, possibly some Reiko didn't know about. She hadn't really drilled Reiko yet for details about what had been going on. The joy of sleeping somewhere comfortable, and warm showers had really taxed her energy the last few days.

Eventually, growing board of reading the normal news, she went to surfing for information on the latest anime. This caused her to start drooling a little bit in excitement. Her backlog was huge, she'd have weeks of watching to do just to get through it a little bit now. That was perfect, something to do in her down-time other than think about her mom, and the other stuff going on in her life at the moment.
Moriko Hayashi 2018-10-27 22:27:12 99352
Moriko Hayashi is sitting there at a table with books open around her. Most of them seem to be step by step guides to doing something with one's hands. She's got two chips in her hands, the poker kind, and she's currently working on working them wtih her fingers, making them twist and turn over them, disappear up her sleeve, the usual stuff one does with magic tricks. She's also quiet about it, which is probably why she's working on those rather than the usual deck of cards she prefers!

There's someone drooling, which kind of distracts her for a moment. She pauses, then drums her fingers a few times and wonders if she should say something. Her head slowly tilts from one side, to another, then she shrugs. She does spot the telltale roses though and hesitates. Then frowns, she can't remember who that is! Not... right away anyway. The deck of cards above her head shows a series of jokers, far more than should be htere.
Mei Akatsuki 2018-10-27 22:39:14 99353
Mei Akatsuki had clicked around and ended up on a figurine collectors site. She was staring at the price of the newest Sailor V figurine, a tear streaking down her eye. In reaching up to wipe it away, she wiped at the drool and blinked herself out of the trance she'd been in over anime. "Blegh...". She closed the tab and turned around to prepare to go, catching just a glimpse of that floating deck of cards.

As if the bud of realisation is blooming, a rosebud blossoms on her forehead and opens up. "Um, hello.", she whispers to the strange person. Wow, possibly another magical girl?
Moriko Hayashi 2018-10-27 22:49:16 99354
Moriko Hayashi looks at Mei for a moment, then murmurs, "Why can't I remember your name." Her voice a touch on the whiny side over not being able to remember. She huffs for a moment then says, "I'm uh, Moriko!" hoping that jogs the other girl's memory. She frowns, "It's been years, right?"

She frowns, "Sorry, kinda forgot a lot of things before we came back. I'm back if you remember though!"
Mei Akatsuki 2018-10-27 23:12:29 99355
Mei Akatsuki scratches the back of her head, squinting really hard at Moriko. "I guess it makes sense, because I feel like I know you, but didn't really remember your name either.". The rose above her head promptly wilts as Mei pouts a little. It seemingly reappears, brighter red than before though as a smile dawns across her face. "We can fix that of course, Moriko.".

Mei extends her hand to the other girl, smiling like the sun in the sky. "I'm Mei Akatsuki. Since we remember one another, we must have met when we were kids. Were we maybe in the same class together?".
Moriko Hayashi 2018-10-27 23:38:58 99358
Moriko Hayashi looks down at herself and adds, "I look... a lot different than I used to too, to be fair." She shakes ehr head quickly, then smiles. She takes the other hand easily enough, probably used to the idea of shaking hands guessing by her accent. "We probably played in the same little group with Reiko." She lifts her head up and points to the flower and says, "That's kind of a giveaway."

She then gestures to her own floating pack of cards and says, "See!"
Mei Akatsuki 2018-10-28 00:27:18 99375
Mei Akatsuki chuckles softly, and the flower gets brighter. "I remember you now. Still up to your old tricks?". She giggled at her own pun, and then using the handshake pulled Moriko in for a hug. "Something else seems different about you, but I can't quite put my finger on it...". She put herself all the way into the hug, a ball of warmth and excitement.

"Whatever it is, I'm sure it'll come to me. I guess since you've got the card things...", she nods upwards to the deck floating in the air, "...that means you've awakened too? I didn't think everyone else was going to get involved when the game turned real...". She gave a soft sigh, and pulling back from the hug smiled weakly at Moriko. "Sorry about that. If I'd known I'd put everyone in danger with that game, I'd have never brought up the idea.".
Moriko Hayashi 2018-10-28 00:32:52 99377
Moriko Hayashi shrugs and shakes her head, "Who would think something so silly would turn into a giant caramel monster in the street requiring me to throw playing cards of magic at them? Well.." She points up, still holding that hug briefly, "Trick cards anyway. They'd be bad for games."

Stepping back after, she grins happily, "Are we missing anyone? I uh... it's been way too long. I'm amazed I didn't forget my Japanese." She's mostly joking there, she rotates between the languages comfortably enough.
Mei Akatsuki 2018-10-28 00:42:39 99381
Mei Akatsuki tilts her head a little bit. "Forget your Japanese? Did you go somewhere else?". After their circle of friends separated, Mei had a hard time keeping track of anyone but the more obvious ones. Reiko, her best-friend, Hiroko, her arch-nemesis, Momo, her sister, and Sumire, a famous idol. "Sorry I didn't keep in touch. Whenever we got older, it got way harder...".
Moriko Hayashi 2018-10-28 00:53:34 99386
Moriko Hayashi gestures with her thumb and says, "We were living in the States with mom's part of the family for a while, she had to take care of things for a bit." Looking over her shoulder, she points to the table and akss, "Should we go sit back down?" She then quickly holds both hands up and says, "Nonono, don't worry about it, I tried to keep in touch, but it's hard moving around, especially internationally!"
Mei Akatsuki 2018-10-28 01:02:08 99390
Mei Akatsuki nods at the suggestion and pulls out a chair to sit down. "What was it like living over there? Do they have anime there? Like, I know they do, but is it as good?". This is the most important question in the entire world for Mei about a different country. She stared feircely at Moriko as she awaited her answer. Surely they didn't have anime...
Moriko Hayashi 2018-10-28 01:11:57 99393
Moriko Hayashi takes a seat across from Mei and nods, "They do! Some of it gets translated really weird or really, really, really edited down though." She settles in and waves her fingers through the deck of cards floating her head, "Nothing like what we've got going here at least." She laughs and adds softly, "But it's fun. There's a lot of other stuff to pass time there too though!"
Mei Akatsuki 2018-10-28 01:16:51 99395
Mei Akatsuki 's eyes get really wide. "Like what? Do they really stop and eat cheeseburgers every time a car honks its horn in traffic?". Mei had heard some incredibly wild stuff before about what America was like, and now here was a fountain of knowledge. Surely all of it must be true? It was what everybody in school used to say, after all. "I bet they get tired of burgers. I know I do sometimes, and I really enjoy them.".
Moriko Hayashi 2018-11-02 18:04:55 99641
Moriko Hayashi tilts her head to one side, then the other. She runs her fingers through her hair, trying to think of how to answer that without laughter or something. "No? We had them every once in a while. There's a lot of food out there though. Like, styles? Everyone cooks everything." She taps her chin and says, "Like my mom likes to cook Cajun. Lots of spices and tastiness."
Mei Akatsuki 2018-11-02 18:06:55 99642
Mei Akatsuki blinks. "Like curry spicy or wasabi spicy?". She was really curious now, she'd not had much in the way of things people eat from America, and never thought to really look it up. After all, everyone said they eat burgers all the time.
Moriko Hayashi 2018-11-02 18:17:57 99643
Moriko Hayashi hesitates for a moment and says, "Curry? Sort of? It's a different kind of spice. A lot of hot suaces and dry rubs rather than a stew?" She shrugs and adds, "We did a lot of other stuff too. There's a lot of people with a lot of recipes all mixed together. Then you get into improversation and it gets odd. Never did find myself liking some of the American sushi, but some of it was good too."
Mei Akatsuki 2018-11-02 18:22:20 99644
Mei Akatsuki nods softly, out of questions for the moment. "Well, it's good to see you back. Do you see Reiko a lot? I'm staying with her for a little bit, not really ready to face the colours, as it were. Y'know, Roy and Biv... Or Momo...". She drags a hand over her face, her nose squishing down and then cutely popping up again.
Moriko Hayashi 2018-11-02 18:24:31 99645
Moriko Hayashi shakes her head and says, "Not as much other than at school, I think everyone's been busy or something." She doesn't seem phased by it at least. "I haven't even had to do the whole magic thing lately. The last time was the first time sort of thing. Which... is nice because I've had to get used to other things and get settled back in."
Mei Akatsuki 2018-11-02 18:30:22 99646
Mei Akatsuki nods a bit. "I used it a bit looking for my mom, don't know if you heard about that. I sort of trekked all over Japan trying to find her for a long time... I'm back now though. Part of why I'm scared to go home. Sort of feel like I failed, but eventually I'll have to go. Just not right now, y'know?"
Moriko Hayashi 2018-11-02 18:33:01 99647
Moriko Hayashi shakes her head and says softly, "I hadn't heard about that. I'm out of the loop on things." She shifts a touch, then glances behind to take a seat along the side so that she can rest her chin on the chairback. "If I hear anything I'll let you know?" Though she's not entirely sure where she'd hear it. Maybe she can try some kind of searches online. Missing persons sort of things.
Mei Akatsuki 2018-11-02 18:41:15 99648
Mei Akatsuki rises from her chair, stretching out. "Maybe I can convince Reiko to organise a sort of meeting for all of us. It'd do me good to see everyone, and get a sort of idea of how everything has been going here in Tokyo. I'll talk to her about it. For now, I need to get some juice or something. This library is making me feel stuffy.". She giggles softly. "Want to come with me?".
Moriko Hayashi 2018-11-02 18:50:58 99649
Moriko Hayashi looks around the library and asks, "What's wrong with all of the books?" though she stands up, brushes herself off again and smiles, "Juice sounds good though, yeah. Let's go and head out of here!" She stops for a moment before asking, "Where should we go for juice?"
Mei Akatsuki 2018-11-02 18:52:41 99650
Mei Akatsuki blinks. "Um... Some place with juice. You lead the way though, I bet you know a better place than I do for sure.". She grins at Moriko and falls in to follow her to some place for post-library juice.