Accidental barriers

Kukai runs into a new friend and the two share some important information.

Date: 2018-11-17
Pose Count: 19
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-17 16:50:13 100459
Masu Yogoshi was... relaxing. it was not something she did often. She had a book in her hands(sci fi fantasy) and was sitting on the floor, with her knees to her chest. It was a rare state of disheveled for her, her skirt rode up a little bit, the frilly white parts coul be seen, and even her stockings drooped just a bit.

Of course, she was also nestled at the foot of a stone arm guard railing, perfectly fitting at the bottom of it, with enough terrain features ahead to keep her blocked from that view. It was a less active area(near the skate park), so the chances of anyone getting not only close enough, but the right angle, to see her was quite thin.

Allowing her to read her book in peace and not pay much attention to the world around her.

Her phone was NOTABLY muted at her side. Lately people in eclipse had been pestering her with things she just refused to respond to. After all, she was a medical professional. Not some thug.
Kukai Souma 2018-11-17 17:17:56 100460
It's a lovely, clear day in winter, and despite the natural chill in the air the sun is beating down warmly onto the city of Tokyo. It's clear, cool but not cold, and awesome outside for once in several weeks. People are out of the city for now, walking and travelling, shopping and enjoying the outdoors.

That being said, there's not too many people on this side of King Penguin Park, which makes it perfect for someone who wants to skateboard. That's exactly what Kukai Souma is out doing today. He hasn't ridden a normal board in a while, and it's always enjoyable. So he's out riding around the park and through the skate park area, grinding, jumping down stairs, and going fast.

Going fast, however, means that when Kukai curves around a nearby corner, intending to take an empty side path back around to the front of the skate park, and instead of a clear route down a set of stairs he sees a female figure sitting on them, he lets out a terrified, alarmed yelp and jerks himself to one side, which means he goes over one side of the stone railing into the giant, evergreen fuzzy bush on the other side of the stairs, out of Masu's sight. His skateboard clatters down the steps and bumps gently into her back.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-17 17:26:21 100461
Masu Yogoshi glanced up. Wait. Alarm. Worry. fear. Protection... then pain? What? She looked around. "Who..." And then she saw him. Her eyes went wide with alarm. "A-are you okay?!" she called out, jumping to her feet and running to his side. She reached out to grab him...

Then yanked her hands back, looking down at them. Did she dare? Was it SAFE? What if he was a bundle of energy, like that Madoka girl? No. He was hurt. "Don't move. I have first aid training," she said firmly. She restrengthened her barriersm, then reached out to begin digging him out, careful to make sure she didn't hurt him. Of course, when it seemed like there wasn't any actual damage... She'd reach out, grip him by the back with her right hand and just pull him free.

Of course, once he was free, she shuddered for a moment from the empathic bond connecting them. Ick. Ow. Slow, deep breath. "I... am sorry. I was not aware someone was coming. Otherwise I would have moved. My... a-apologies..." Ugh. She HATED touching people. Especially people who got hurt.
Kukai Souma 2018-11-17 18:16:45 100462
Kukai groans. The bush has soft leaves and sharp, scratchy branches. It's got stiff stems and pliant fronds. But mostly what he can feel are a bunch of scratches and things. "Ow..." He shifts, trying to get his footing, and thankfully putting his feet down on the ground, even as a voice spoke out. "Yeah, yeah, I think I'm ok." By the time she tells him not to move, he's partially up, and with her help he manages to step backwards out of the bush, covered in little scrapes and scratches and cuts. "Uh. Cool. That's good." Thankfully his eyes are ok - a small miracle, since he wasn't wearing goggles or anything - and his elbows and knees are fine because of the padding on them, but otherwise his skin is a mess, and there are even tears in his clothing.

Daichi finally catches up around the corner to his friend Kukai, giggling, flying through the air and looking around. "Kukai, wait up! I.. Kukai?" He looks down the path. No Kukai. Wait. People to one side. Oooh. Kukai's a scratchy mess, and there's a girl with him. "Hey, Kukai, what happened? Did you wipe out?" Kukai glances over at Daichi, missing Masu's shudder, and grins weakly, not answering him directly. "No, no, it's not your fault. You can sit or be wherever you want. I should be more careful. Augh." He rubs his sides and arms and body, trying to stimulate the blood in his system, a painful, achy mess. "Thank you."
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-17 19:50:04 100463
Masu Yogoshi sighed and then walked to her bag. "Hold still..." she mumbled, pulling out her bag. From said bag, she pulled out a first aid kit, nodding as she began getting to work. She pulled out some disinfectant, a small cloth from it. She then... put on gloves on her right hand. That should protect her. She then walked to him and... "Stand still."

She was... very... methodical. Almost cold, as she worked. But... She did work on the biggest, most cutty places. Cleaning, disinfecting, putting some ointment on, then small bandages.

Once she was done, she bundled everything up, tossed the gloves in the trash and then turned towards him. "Better?" she asked.

And then she noticed Daichi. Her eyes fell on him and... "Huh. Either I am having a psychotic episode or... Please tell me you see a tiny... floating... child with green hair as well. Although it would be oddly satisfying, and expected, to find out that I've finally snapped from the stress. I wonder if a person can understand they're nuts, when they're nuts?"
Kukai Souma 2018-11-17 20:38:16 100464
Kukai waited, watching Masu curiously, still rubbing his arms and one particularly ouchy cut that's bothering him. "Geez. Do you carry that thing around on a regular basis?" He lets her work on his arms, hissing a little as she rubs the disinfectant on his spots. "Ow. Ow, ow ow. Wooow." He shifts and shivers, but stays mostly still. "Thank you. This is really nice of you, uh... I'm Kukai. Kukai Souma."

Kukai smiles weakly as she asks his condition, nodding his head. "Yeah. Well. Better as it can get. Thank you." He watches her eyes shift and then lock onto something, and he turns his head to see what she's look at. It's Daichi. "Oh. Oh! You can see him. Huh! That's unexpected. So you have.." He pops his head up, looking up and down the path to double check it's still empty, before continuing. "...Magic. That's Daichi. He's my Guardian Chara. He's friendly. I'm friendly. I promise. You're not nuts."
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-17 20:44:01 100465
Masu Yogoshi nodded slowly. "Masu Yogoshi. I don't have magic powers, if thats what you mean. Namely, i do not transform into spandex or a distressingly short skirt. I am an empath. Apparently that is enough to qualify as 'magic' these days. Which, honestly, i would not mind if it didn't mean i was now distressingly aware of just how real monsters are while simultaneously lacking said magical abilities to fight them. Fortunately, I've managed to avoid getting dragged into any... Much dangerous hijinks," she said flatly.

"And yes. I carry my first aid kit everywhere. My mother would have an aneurism if i did not. I volunteer at the hospital as well, so stocking it back up is easy enough. And I'm told i have a powerful enough pressence to take charge in true emergencies, so i feel it is prudent to always bring it with me. Also, you should wear a helmet."

All of that eas said in a cold, almost monotone... Except the last bit. Which sounded like a proper scolding. Eep.
Kukai Souma 2018-11-18 03:36:47 100484
Kukai laughs and rubs his head. "There aren't that many shortie skirts around." Part of him wonders if he'd have noticed. "Empathy? That's..." He thinks, trying to place it. "So you feel what other people feel? Like, you felt my close encounter with the bush?" He frowns, continuing to listen as Daichi comes over to light on his shoulder. "Ugh. You would not believe how many minor magically powered boys and girls are running around in the same position. But thankfully there's enough people who can fight to keep them safe. So far." He hmphs.

Kukai eyes the first aid kit in her hand. "Well I certainly appreciate it. I'd be a lot more scratched up and probably infected later or something if you didn't have it. And... Yeah. I don't know why I didn't have my helmet with me today." He eyes her for a moment, judging as she speaks. The monotone was.. probably something to keep her empathy from going crazy.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-18 03:43:30 100486
Masu Yogoshi nodded. "Yes. I felt all of it, though I have barriers. They... help. The worst was when I touched you. It is a necessary evil I am learning to cope with. As long as I focus, and keep myself from... letting my emotions run rampant, I can maintain control and avoid being harmed. The most I usually suffer is a powerful headache."

She nodded again. "Yes. I've met quite a few. They are... nice, for the most part. Though they've told me of quite a few horrors. I do not like the idea of running into a... witch. With my powers, despair can be... scary. I... apparently felt it once. A girl told me of a great witch that was a storm and... I still remember that day. I was in a coma for almost a month. Even a lesser vriant of that would be scary."

She glanced to his cuts, then shook her head. "It is fine. I... like to help people. It can be difficult at times, when people are hurt. But... I do want to make things... better for them. When I can."
Kukai Souma 2018-11-18 04:13:58 100491
Kukai nodded. "I'm sorry. Thank you for helping me, anyway. And yeah. Ugh. That sounds awful, like you're shutting yourself off from ... yourself. And headaches suck." He reaches out to pat her shoulder, but pulls his hand back before touching her. "Er. Yeah."

Kukai smiles and then nods. "Horrors is a good term for it. But yeah, whenever I run into some of the more terrifying things out there I have no interest in being there beyond 'break it and run'." He winces, hearing her references to Walpurgisnacht. Even years later, it was still echoing into the future. "I was there, fighting it. I saw.. people die to it. That haunted me for a long time, until..." He coughs. "Till I had a chance to deal with their passing personally. It sucked, but I got to talk to them finally."

Kukai smiles. "I appreciate you helping me. I'd hug you for it if I didn't think it'd bother you. And that's a good purpose to have. We need more people who want to heal instead of fight or break."
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-18 04:18:43 100492
Masu Yogoshi shrugged. "I got used to it. I used to be far worse, before I had my powers, i usually would erupt into wild bursts of emotions. Surrounded by other kids, going through their own... feelings. It was over whelming. And let me tell you... hormonal teens? Quite an... experience," she mumbled with a shudder.

"... I am not surprised that people died. And I am sorry for your loss. I've been... fortunate to be spared such heart aches."

She smiled. It was a small, suppressed smile. But it was a smile. "I appreciate it. Others... don't realize sometimes. The emotional ones are the worst. They grab you, and hug you, and make you want to explode," she mumbled. "... Fighting... isn't fun for me. It would just be a means to an end. But honestly, I'm just happy I'm not insane. All of this is relatively new for me. I spent years believing I was insane and all of these... feelings were in my own mind."
Kukai Souma 2018-11-18 04:40:46 100493
Kukai winces and then shakes his head sympathetically. "Oh, ew. Yeah. That sounds horrible." He then snorts and grins. "Hey, hey, we're both hormonal teens, remember? Er. You are a teen, right? You look like you're about my age." He eyes her, trying to judge. What with ancient witches and actual dragon people and previous universe revivals, age seems to be a concept that's out the window sometimes.

Kukai waves a hand. "It's ok. They weren't anyone I knew personally, but seeing it so close was ... affecting. And hey! You actually smile. I'm surprised!" He chuckles and then nods. "I have a few people who make me wanna explode too from time to time for one reason or another. Emotion transfers, even for non-empaths. And as for fighting.." He shrugs. "I've had to do a lot of it. I'm glad I don't have to worry most of the time if I'm fighting a bad guy or not."

Kukai winces, then reaches up and pats Daichi on the head as she talks. "Yeah. Losing your mind seems to be a steady trouble for some people in this business, or just related to it. But no. You're not completely insane. Maybe a little, but I think maybe we all are." He rubs his shoulders and arms again, then looks at her. "Uh, hey. What was your name again? Masu? You said it but it went in one ear and out the other. I just wanted to say thanks, Masu."
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-18 04:47:45 100494
Masu Yogoshi turned bright red and squirmed. "Y-yes. I-I am a hormonal teen but... I control it better t-than other people..." Oh no she didn't. Not judging by that red in her cheeks. "And trust me. A whole class room of them is far, far worse than just your own." Oh, that was a realllllly big blush.

The smile disappeared. "It's... hard. To show emotions. The more I show, the more holes in my walls form. The more emotions leak in, and they usually bring more with them... It's... difficult. To keep in control. I've only met one other empath as far as I know. He... was... nice."

She glanced back and, there was that small smile again, the red disappearing. "Your welcome, Kukai, was it? It was my pleasure. It... was my fault, being there, anyway. If I hadn't been engrossed in my book I would have noticed and made sure you could see me. Or at least moved so you wouldn't have likely come near me."
Kukai Souma 2018-11-18 05:19:29 100495
Kukai grins at the actual expression of emotion. "Well. Ok, cool! That's good." He laughs. "I was kinda dumb, honestly. I wasn't even thinking about girls. Or boys. Or anything. I spent the past 5-6 years before I got into what I'm doing now focusing on sports. The more the better. And then somebody practically clocked me over the head with romance."

Kukai nods, then sighs. "It sounds like sometimes you have to just let it all in and deal with it, though. That can be painful, I bet. And I'm glad. It's good to have someone to work with." He looks around, then finally shakes out his jacket, thinking. "Do you know his name? Maybe I know him."

Kukai nods and bows his head to her. "Thank you so much. I appreciate it. And no. You were fine. I got outta control. All's well that ends well." He looks around for his skateboard, curious, but then hmms. "So hey. I have a question. I kinda keep an informal list of the magical people I meet." Great way to describe Virtue, huh. "Do you mind if I get your phone number? I can give you mine, and if you need help, I can come and maybe bring a friend or two if it gets out of hand. Or if I.. I dunno. Find someone whose emotions are totally closed off, I can ask you for help?" He smiles, bringing up both hands. "It's how I deal with a lot of my problems that don't involve 'hit it with soccer ball'."
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-18 05:27:11 100496
Masu Yogoshi blinked a few times. And then shuddered. "Clocked you over the head with romance? That... sounds horrible. I fully intend to avoid any just... torment. My abilities make getting close to someine incredibly difficult. And the thought of having such feelings for another... They can be.... dangerous for me."

She nodded. "It can be incredibly painful, but I'm used to it. And yes, I know his name. But... I would rather not share it. It's not my place to tell people his secrets. I can just say he is... special."

For a moment, there was shock on her face. Try as she might, it seemed she didn't have perfect control over her emotions at all. "If... you'd like. I do not know how much help I would be but... I could try. If someone really needs my help... My number is XXX-XXX-XXXX. Just... text me, first. I do a lot of different things and can be quite busy. And I'd rather my family not find out about any of this... magic stuff. They're ignorant and... I'd like them to stay that way."
Kukai Souma 2018-11-18 05:45:25 100497
Kukai laughs and shrugs. "It's ok. The pain is worth it because there are moments of wonderful, awesome greatness. But it's up to you to do what you wanna do. I can't judge you or your power." He nods and then smiles at her. "That's probably for the best. No reason to spread things around if you don't have to, I guess."

Kukai cocks his head for a moment, then nods. "A lot of people don't know if they can help, but sometimes they can." He pulls his phone out of his pocket, still in perfect shape despite the crash (thanks to good technology) and begins typing in her name and number. "Sure. I'll text first. And yeah, we can avoid letting them know. Don't worry." He grins, looking up at her. "Sorta fortuitous that I crashed where I did."
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-18 05:48:54 100498
Masu Yogoshi nodded. "Of course. I would trust all of you to not spread my secrets around. I am a fairly private person and while I don't mind those who are magical knowing about me, if for no other reason than a diabetic would want medical staff to know about their condition, I do not want others knowing who or what I am. Even if they believed it, it... would open doors to things I do not desire."

She nodded. "Indeed. We have made new... friends. And if anyone asks, now you can tell them you... ran into me," she said. With just that small, subtle hint of a smile. Oh so small, but there.
Kukai Souma 2018-11-18 05:56:31 100499
Kukai waves a hand at Masu, making a snorting sound. "Of course not! Nobody outs anyone else like that if they can avoid it. Everyone's private about it. And the magic itself is private about it - it'll provide a sort of buffer between you and non-magical people when there's magic about. So don't fret too much. It'll be ok." He grins, something in the back of his head muttering about 'unless they kidnap your brothers'.

Kukai nods. "Friends! Friends that I hit with a skateboard." He winces and grins. "Yeeah. Sorry again..."
Masu Yogoshi 2018-11-18 06:05:23 100500
Masu Yogoshi nodded. "It's fine. Truly, it is. There was a mistake, I wasn't hurt. And neither were you, too much. So all is well," she said with a nod. "So please. Do not worry too much. You will be fine."

"And... a buffer? I was unaware. Though I had suspected there was something... That is useful. I wonder if the buffer once applied to me. Perhaps, long ago, I met all kinds of magic and now... I just remember." She shook her head. "I--"

And then her phone rang, making her jump. She turned to it and then... sighed. "I've got to go. Internship. It was nice meeting you... Kukai. I do hope we can meet again." And with that, she started gathering her things to leave.