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Date: 2018-11-16
Pose Count: 17
Mamoru Chiba 2018-11-16 19:36:03 100398
It's sunny and warmish at around 18 C, and the leaves are just hitting their brightest array of warm reds and golds and oranges-- with luck and a lack of windstorms, they'll keep their leaves a while yet, and allow for so very many beautiful pictures of 2018's autumn. Keio's midterm exams are in session, nearly complete, and Mamoru Chiba is, for once, by himself. All his guardians know where he is, but none are in evidence, because enough time's passed since the last time he was helpless that they've more or less managed to suppress their twitchiness.

Someone seems to have gone around the fence bordering the roses and jammed cut roses in between the links, as if trolling the caretakers.

It couldn't have been Mamoru! He's sitting innocently on a bench in front of the koi pond, shoes and socks off and toes dug into the damp earth to the side of the path, staring absently into space with a book open on his knees.

He's dressed in a fairly nondescript fashion today, light cardigan over a long-sleeved oxford shirt and dark jeans; his glasses are clean.
Hinote Kagari 2018-11-16 19:49:52 100399
Hintoe Kagari hasn't been to the botanical gardens since he arrived back on Earth. Also. There was an incident here recently the other day and he's snooping around about it. Something about a girl using plants who seemed to know and want to go after Runealy.

Sadly, he doesn't blend in because Hinote is his usual overdressed self with the jacket, tie and slacks.

He blinks a little, though as he spots someone familiar from behind near the koi pond and comes up from behind, resting his hands on the back seat of the bench.

"Chiba! Hey." he says. "Long time no see. What. Only been two years?" he asks. He walks around and has a seat on the far end of the bench. "I heard something about you dead or something but then you we're okay and some sort of girl clone-?" he asks.
Mamoru Chiba 2018-11-16 19:56:33 100400
At the 'Chiba!' the college student on the park bench turns and looks, startled, and then he blinks as if trying to recall his own context for a second-- and that's when his expression goes from vaguely pleasant to warm and faintly amused. "Kagari," he says in response, standing and closing his book, putting it on the bench next to his shoes. He gives the other boy a slight bow in greeting, ending with a mildly rueful shrug. "I wasn't dead for very long," he demurs. "And she wasn't so much a clone as a nullheart with a jewel seed. It was a mess. I'd heard you all were back; I pointed a newcomer your way and didn't hear anything else about her, so I'm guessing she met up with you--?"
Naru Osaka 2018-11-16 19:58:27 100401
There's a soft snicker from not so very far away, and then there's a Naru at the edge of the fence. Looking first to the roses twined into the links, and then over to the young man who is settled by the koi pond. She comes closer, tucking her phone away as she does, although respecting the conversation in progress.

Naru nods politely to Hinote, reaching a hand out in offer of a light touch to Mamoru's arm.
Hinote Kagari 2018-11-16 20:06:51 100402
Hinote Kagari raises a brow. "Wow, did I startle you? Sorry." he says. He nods. "Yeah. We left... for what we figured was just going to be a week or so, since there was a sudden demon emergency back in Waldia?" he says. "Then the portal just... closed practically and didn't open wide enough until not too long ago. That was odd behavior for it. Apparently it's ALWAYS been 'some form of open'... and it just wasn't. We figure someone might had wanted to keep us away from Earth or keep us bottled in Waldia, one way or another.".

"--Arina." he says. "Yeah, we got her. She was one of the Castle's gardeners. Runealy gave her the option to take the oath, so she did. Since she wants to remain over here."

He nods. "Well, glad to hear everything is fine now at least." he looks over to Naru.

"Hey, Naru." he says with a polite nod, letting her speak or such now.
Mamoru Chiba 2018-11-16 20:12:17 100403
Mamoru lifts his hand briefly to rest over Naru's on his arm; greeting returned, he gives her a crooked smile and lets his hand fall again. There's silence for a half second as Mamoru regards Hinote, and then he shakes his head and laughs. "Sorry, my mind's full of cobwebs. I took my organic chemistry midterm this morning and I'm still trying to remember how to be human. Is she fitting in all right? The new girl. I worked out a currency exchange for her given what the money she brought would have bought there, and its equivalents in this world, then cashed it out of my own account-- I figure if I go back to Waldia I can use what she exchanged there. If Rune-chan has a better method I'd be more than happy to square it with her, I just haven't had a chance."
Naru Osaka 2018-11-16 20:15:44 100404
"Organic Chemistry is a 'memorize the phone book' sort of exam." Naru wrinkles her nose sympathetically before she smiles and settles to listen to the conversation at hand.

"How did you get the portal open again?" Naru asks, curiously. "Sorry, hello Hinote. Good to see you again."
Hinote Kagari 2018-11-16 20:24:26 100405
Hinote Kagari looks to Naru. "We have no clue. We just got word it did and so we kind of booked it back here." he says. "Though, spending two years in Waldia was kind of neat." he admits. He looks back to Mamoru. He shakes his head. "No problem." he says.

"Though you have a choice of two princesses now though, if you want to deal with Waldian issues." he says. "Rune's dad, The King, adopted Fate-chan. Runealy made that the first thing she handled when she got back, which is probably why we didn't announce ourselves properly. Sorry about that."

"So. Besides. Nullhearts, and Chemistry midterms, everything is good now, right?"
Mamoru Chiba 2018-11-16 20:30:41 100406
There's an emphatic nod to Naru, and Mamoru looks tragic for a second. "De-phonebooking is harder than it was in high school," he says mournfully, then finally deposits himself back on the bench next to his shoes and book, and gives phenomenal evidence as to why the ECFH residents despair of him if his socks ever get into their laundry by putting them back on over his dirty feet. Shoes go on over those, pristine.

He glances up at Hinote again in the process, blinking, then smiling widely. "Oh good, I was worried about Fate. I'm sure half the community is. Do you want us to get the word out?"

The question about how everything else is has Mamoru waving a hand. "It's quiet, which is both nice and nervewracking at the same time."
Naru Osaka 2018-11-16 20:34:08 100407
"I am grateful not to have to do your laundry." Naru comments as she perches herself on an edge of the bench that Mamoru is settled upon. The comment is affectionate, light.

"Mmmm. Closed for no good reason, opened again for no good reason. Concerning, and fascinating." Naru mmms softly. "What's Waldia like? I'm wholly and entirely Earth-centric, really." She nods to Mamoru on the notion of quiet being nerve rattling. "There's only so long that I can assure myself that it's not gearing up to be awful."
Hinote Kagari 2018-11-16 20:41:23 100408
Hinote Kagari nods. "If you want. We we're worried to hear that a lot had gone down without us here to help her. She understood what happened though. She just seemed happy to see us." he says with a curt nod.

"...yeah. Quiet stinks and reeks of incoming trouble. We went back to Waldia to fight a demon emergency but the demons just... looked surprised we we're there and ran off. Like we weren't expected." he says.

"Runealy found that odd. So we sat around for two years just waiting for anything to happen and it just kind of mostly peaceful."

He looks to Naru. "Think Medieval Europe." he says. "Similar to what I read in books." he says. "Mostly. I mean. There's differences. Like the magic royal family and all that."
Mamoru Chiba 2018-11-16 20:48:23 100409
"And no one else there has magic?" Mamoru asks suddenly, looking somewhat puzzled. "Not even ritual? I mean this is stuff I can't ask Rune-chan because it's kind of prying, you know? But one would think that if the royal family has magic, then it's something that can be passed down-- and unless they only ever have one heir per generation, or if only princesses have access to the same magic as queens-- does it only get passed to the crown princess, or if she has sisters, do they get it too? And what of their children? I mean-- old Earth, magic was something that could be learned, and some people had more talent or aptitude than others, but the greatest concentration was in ruling families... people of different genders could have it, but the rulers themselves were usually women... I was kind of a surprise," he finishes with, laughing and a little embarrassed.
Naru Osaka 2018-11-16 20:52:06 100411
"Mmmm. Interesting. Mildly concerning in the whole rampaging discrimination and plague, but I'm going to guess you've those bits sorted out too. I hope at least. And antibiotics. Also something I would not wish to live without." Naru muses on the notion of Medieval Europe, but with magic.

She glances to Mamoru as his thought train goes careening off down the tracks, and possibly onto a whole new set of tracks, and she grins brightly. She turns back to Hinote and gestures to herself. "I'm one of the commoners."
Hinote Kagari 2018-11-16 21:04:02 100415
Hinote Kagari nods. "As far as I understand, the only people who have magic on Waldia, is the Queen and/or her Daughter and those who swear the Guardians Oath. I mean the demons have magic." he says. He may or may not know about Demons making contracts with humans. He looks to Naru. "That'd be one of the chances. There isn't a plaque and the practicing world view is about surrounding yourself with friends. A shield. As it we're. I didn't see much discrimination in so far as where all I've been." he says.

"I mean. All given, the Waldian Capital is a nice place. I uh. Don't have pictures. Runealy limits the use of tech, due to potential for like societal contamination. I did bring back a nice portrait though to hang on my wall. I can always bring that over somewhere sometimes if you wanna know how the capital looks." he says.

He looks to Mamoru. "Old Earth magic?" he raises a brow.
Mamoru Chiba 2018-11-16 21:19:31 100418
Mamoru's eyebrows go up at Naru. "Not anymore you're not," he says mildly. "You got magic and then you got a rock name. Sorry. I mean there were other ways to get nobility -- it wasn't blood only except for some places in the world -- but having magic and being responsible and meritorious with it was a good shortcut. And leave my laundry alone. You probably do Kyouko's, which has to be worse."

He bends again, this time to tie his shoes, and answers Hinote, "Golden Kingdom. During my first life. When all Earth had access to magic to varying degrees, and the heart of the world wasn't sealed off. It was before the current archaeological record."
Naru Osaka 2018-11-16 21:27:07 100419
"I sit corrected." Naru leans in to bump her shoulder against Mamoru's. "And no, I don't do Kyouko's laundry. Momo does, and she works /miracles/. I dont even ask, but she gets paint out, I have no clue how."

Naru stands and gestures between them. "I'll leave you pair to magical kingdom and theory conversations, I just wanted to poke in briefly to harass Endy. Take care, both of you."

And then.. Naru is off again.
Hinote Kagari 2018-11-16 21:29:39 100420
Hinote Kagari manages to keep a straight face through that explanation. "Ah, I see." he says. "I mean, I don't really. First life?" he asks as he scratches his head. He shakes his head. "Anyways..."

"Runealy hosted a run away from the shadowy figure organization or whatever recently. Needed .. dark energy extraction. Something about being a living magical program. Fate-chan seemed to know more about that than any of us."

"Regardless, she thinks she's ready to leave again soon- now that she's free of the dark energy junk."

"I hope she keeps safe apparently they want her back for whatever reason, but she has some people looking out for her now I understand."

He looks to Naru and blinks, but gives a smile and a wave. "Take care Naru." he says. "I hope being attacked all the time isn't an issue anymore!" he says. "BUT IF IT IS LET US KNOW." he says.