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Date: 2018-11-16
Pose Count: 19
Reiko Touyama 2018-11-16 20:48:36 100410
It's dinner time. Grandpa had to go to an appointment of some sort or another- so he premade dinner. His famous NOODLE KABOODLE. This largely means a noodle in a brown- savory sauce with whatever leftovers there we're earlier in the week. This means there's chunks of celery and carrots and a bit of ground beef from a meatloaf. It's good if you like this sort of thing.

Reiko does. She's brought the bowls up to her room and beams as she offers one to Mei. "Grandpa made this earlier for us." she says as she sits down on the bed and begins eating with a smile.

Reiko is REALLY happy to have Mei back. "So much has happened since you've been gone..." she says softly, biting her lip. "...I'm sorry I couldn't stop every crystal from finding their owner." she shifts a bit.
Mei Akatsuki 2018-11-16 20:57:03 100414
After graciously accepting the bowl from it stood no chance against the terrifying fury of Mei's hunger. She hadn't eaten something home-cooked in so long it could have contained weirder things and she'd have eaten it. Burgers are wonderful, but sometimes food made with love is infinitely better. She devoured as she listened to her friend, pausing once she'd stopped and gently shaking her head.

"It seems to me it was just something that was going to happen. A definite fate sort of thing, like in my animes. I can regret some of the people who got involved, but it was going to happen no matter what, y'know? They all played the game...". She nibbled gently on a big hunk of loaf before tapping her chopsticks against the side of the bowl. "I ran into Moriko the other day. We talked a bit, and I couldn't help wondering if maybe we could get all the active keepers together? I'd love to see who they've become. I bet a lot of them are busy though.". She set her bowl aside and laid back, sighing softly. "What do you think?".
Reiko Touyama 2018-11-16 21:10:19 100416
Reiko Touyama nods rapidly. "Sumire is always busy with her idol stuff, and Hoshi is always busy but we can try!" she says. "Kaeru is off with her parents in the rainforest I think for a bit." she says softly. She says. "But it's a good idea. I know that everyone missed you!" she says with wide eyes and a series of nods.

She sighs. "Yeah. It was getting to the point I got to feverous about telling those I knew would be Keepers about it because I didn't want them to get hurt by... the inevitable Shade wanting to eat them or something." she says.

She looks around. "My koi pond out back is almost done! We gotta stop due to the incoming winter but... one more season and it'll be done!" she beams. "I'll have my own koi pond!" she says.
Mei Akatsuki 2018-11-16 21:13:20 100417
Mei Akatsuki offers a smile as warm as the mid-day sun to Reiko. "Show me your koi pond? I bet it is amaze-ing.". She splits the word, adding emphasis to it. Making it more than just amazing. "Especially if you're working on it, you're the best koi person around! I don't exactly know the right word for it though... Koi Keeper?".

She giggles a little and takes her empty bowl as she rises up. "Want to rinse out our bowls and go look at it? We can talk while we walk. I still kind of want to hear what all has happened with...". She bites her lip for a moment. "Well, everything.".
Reiko Touyama 2018-11-16 21:31:26 100421
Reiko Touyama takes the bowls and motions Mei to follow along. She washes the bowls and puts them back up... then recovers the remaining noodles in the pot with a lid. She says. "Koi keeper sounds about right. Or an aquarist might be a similar name for it, even if it isn't an aquarium." she says. She motions for Mei to follow out doors, after putting on an orange and.. darker orange sweater and and stepping out to the back yard.

Yup, that looks like a deep hole that's almost finished being layered with brick and chalking.

"...I mean it's just a hole... right now." she says. "Probably only keep a few koi in it, but!" she nods rapidly. "Still be one I have in my own back yard." she says.

She shifts... "...I met a cute boy..." she mutters. "Then he had to move away..." she says. She shifts again. "My prism broke, but you know about that already... glad Hoshi was around..." she says softly.

"OH! Gigi grew up a little and can talk now, and has a human form like Roy and Biv now." she says.
Mei Akatsuki 2018-11-16 21:40:24 100422
Mei Akatsuki gently grips Reiko's shoulder, giving it a little squeeze. "Maybe he'll come back. Do you know what your prism broke though?". That question was foremost after her sympathy for her friend, though the other news begged even further questions still. "Seems like so much went on while I was gone... At least it wasn't ten years like in some of those animes.".
Reiko Touyama 2018-11-16 21:52:20 100423
Reiko Touyama shakes her head. "It's been two years... he hasn't even written like he said he would... and I know Grandpa wouldn't lie to me about received letters..." she says softly. She looks to Mei.

"...It was a contest. To get a picture on the tourist brochure for this region. Me, Hiroko and Naru we're all finalists. I won. Hiroko... saw the koi and...."

"That's when we learned she was Griselda. We we're all caught off guard, she managed to grab my Prism and crush it..." she says lightly.

"Right. Hiroko. Hiroko-chan is Griselda. We're not sure if she knew or not, but since then, Hiroko and 'Griselda' seem to be the same person." she says quietly.
Mei Akatsuki 2018-11-16 21:55:40 100424
"Have you talked with Roy about whether there is a way to replace it? And of course that mean butt is the bad girl, I should have figured. Maybe she's just corrupted, but that is no excuse to be that mean to her friends.". She crosses her arms and stamps her feet.

"She might not admit it, but we'll always all be friends. I hope at least. Finding out she's Griselda though...". She tuts softly, shaking her head. "That sucks. It'll be even harder to try and make up later on, y'know?".
Reiko Touyama 2018-11-16 22:14:45 100425
Reiko Touyama blinks. "It's been replaced." she smiles. "It was back then." she says. "We went to... Spectra. The place that made our part of the story 'real'.... The Grey Kingdom is responsible for the 'bad parts' becoming real." she says softly. "...Roy and Biv could take us there but really, we shouldn't go unless we need to. It's an odd place." she says.

She sighs and looks down. "I know Hiroko is in there somewhere- probably, but whoever... whatever Griselda is seems to be the main pilot in her head." she says quietly.

She hops down into the pond hole and walks across the brick. "We still gotta add substrate to the bottom..." she says. "Needs to be a natural bottm. With plants!" she smiles.
Mei Akatsuki 2018-11-16 22:17:40 100426
Mei Akatsuki leans over the hole, peering around in it. "What do Koi need plants for? Farming?". She giggles softly at her own joke, trying to lighten the current atmosphere. It had been darkening with their conversation, and she wasn't sure it was something they should discuss too deeply right now, without everyone else.

"If I ever go back home, I might start a big rose garden, but iunno. Is it weird I've kind of gotten used to being anywhere else but there? Avoiding it feels so much easier than going back and facing the music, as I've heard it said.".
Reiko Touyama 2018-11-16 22:34:47 100427
Reiko Touyama looks back up and says. "Koi need plants to poke around, hide in and feel safe with." she says. "Not for food or anything, but they also like rooting around the bottom. Koi like the bottom." she says softly as she gently climbs back out of the hole with a small stepladder by the unfinished side.

She smiles. "A Rose garden would be neat! I dunno how to care for rose bushes though... maybe Tuxedo Kamen does?" she asks curiously.
Mei Akatsuki 2018-11-16 22:38:58 100428
Mei Akatsuki rubs the back of her head, wincing. "I haven't told him I'm back in Tokyo yet... Something else I don't think I'm really ready for yet.". She sighs, lifting her head and gazing skyward. "I'm a terrible person.".

"I'm sure other people might not think so, but to me leaving everyone to search for my mom, and not even coming back with her just seems... So mean now. It feels selfish. So much happened, and I wasn't there...". She looks back at Reiko and gazes at her with a pained expression. "I should have been here when you guys did that. I should have been here for when everyone awoke their powers... Instead I've been chasing a dream, and for what? I didn't find even a trace of my mom...".

Mei slowly sinks to her knees and curls her arms around them, tears running from her eyes. "I'm a terrible person.".
Reiko Touyama 2018-11-16 22:46:41 100429
Reiko Touyama blinks and then immediatly hugs Mei nice and tightly. "You're not a terrible person! I understood why you had to go. So did everyone else, Mei-chan!..." she says softly. "No one's going to hate you or think you're terrible. And if they do well--- they're just jerks!" she huffs.

"I...I'm just happy to have you back here, Mei! I missed you so much! You have no idea!" she says with wide eyes.
Mei Akatsuki 2018-11-16 22:50:33 100430
Mei Akatsuki sighs softly, still sniffling. She tries very hard not to sniffle into Reiko's hair. Her voice sounds terrible through the tears. "I am, and I know it. I shouldn't have stayed gone so long. I was...". She makes a weird crying noise. "I was being selfish. For so long. A little while is okay, but it was so long, Mei. My little sister grew up with birds looking after her!".
Reiko Touyama 2018-11-16 23:16:40 100431
Reiko Touyama softly pats Mei's back. "That's why the birds are there Mei. To look after Momo AND You." she says softly. She softly sighs and just Mei a little sadly. "No one's upset at you. Nobody thinks you're selfish." she says softly.

"Everyone was worried about you... not upset at you." she says softly as she pats the other girl's back. "Deep breaths... relax okay?"
Mei Akatsuki 2018-11-16 23:18:08 100432
Mei Akatsuki looks at Reiko, her eyes as puffy and red as her chroma crystal right now. "I do though. I think I'm selfish.". It was all she managed to say before she curled into a ball and let her friend's hand rest on her back as the sobs subsided.
Reiko Touyama 2018-11-16 23:24:28 100433
Reiko Touyama gently pats her friend's back and shushes her a little. "Shhhhh..." she goes. "You're not selfish... for worrying about your mom..." she says quietly. She gently lays down next to Mei on the ground and gives her a tighter hug.

"That's the opposite of being selfish..." she says she huffs.

"Wanna know what you call a koi working in a shop!?"

"A.. a Sellfish!" she huffs.
Mei Akatsuki 2018-11-16 23:29:38 100434
Mei Akatsuki uncoils from her ball of self-loathing and looks at Reiko with a glint in her eye. "That was terrible and you know it. Just, the worst joke.". She falls silent for a moment, the tears trickling to a stop. "I loved it. Do you have any more?".

She spread herself out, coming out of her shell metaphorically, after she'd accidentally fallen into it in her mind.
Reiko Touyama 2018-11-16 23:37:16 100435
Reiko Touyama huffs. "Do you know why fish don't play basketball?" she asks. "They're afraid of the net!" she says as she hugs Mei.

"Wanna know what find of fish the Pope eats? Holy Mackerel!" she says. "How does a seahorse run? he scallops!" she huffs.

"...I think I'm out of clever ones now.." she says meekly.

"They are pretty horrible..."