Numbers Don't Make A Lot Of Sense

Kukai runs into Ami in the Crown cafe, and they have a discussion about recent events. She offers to tutor him and he accepts.

Date: 2018-12-15
Pose Count: 19
Kukai Souma 2018-12-15 19:01:24 101773
It is a miserably cold and wet day in Tokyo, which is impressive since it's not raining. A one day overcast respite between rainstorms still means there's water on the streets, on the buildings, practically in the air, not quite cold enough to freeze but cold enough to chill everything outside.

This means that a big place that keeps the heat on and serves warm, comforting food to the crowds of hungry teenagers like the Game Center Crown is packed on the weekends. The floor of the arcade is filled with various people playing games, and the upper cafe has only a few booths left empty, the din of various conversations mixing with the sound of a hundred or more games echoing in the arcade.

Like almost everyone else in the Crown, Kukai Souma is dressed more heavily than normal - a thick green jacket, removed in the warmth of the arcade and set beside him in the booth, a thin blue sweater over a white shirt, and loose, comfortable looking pants and sneakers. It's apparently a relaxing day off for the Guardian, a fresh plate of fries in front of him that he's sharing with Daichi, his Chara, who seems to be invisible to the mass of the less magically inclined around them, despite every so often picking up a french fry and nomming it away.

Kukai looks... not quite bored, but in that mindstate of 'I don't have anything to do and no interest in finding something, either.' His phone is on the table in front of him, and he pokes at it from time to time, scrolling whatever he's reading up and down.
Ami Mizuno 2018-12-15 19:12:21 101775
By the time Ami Mizuno arrives, there aren't any booths left. She frowns, with a burger and fries in one hand, and some tea in the other. Then she spots Kukai and Chara. Taking a slow, deep breath, she approaches him.

She's wearing a blue coat with a white scarf, a white pair of tights under a blue skirt, and blue shoes. The bluenette likes to color-coordinate.

Speaking up from beside Kukai, she says awkwardly, "Hey, Souma-san. Long time no see." She gives him a hesitant smile. "The place is packed. Mind company?"
Kukai Souma 2018-12-15 19:16:32 101776
Kukai hmms, looking up from his phone to the sound of someone saying his name. It's a familiar someone, as well! "Hey, Ami-chan! Sure, sure, sit down!" He scoops up his phone, motioning for Daichi to move to one side of the table where he's sitting, and slides the Chara and phone and his own tray over to accomodate her. "Go ahead! Yeah, it's been a while since we talked! How're you doing? It's good to see you!"

Kukai grins when Daichi hops up and lands on Ami's shoulder, hugging her neck. The little Chara grins up at the bluenette as well. "Hi!"
Ami Mizuno 2018-12-15 19:20:33 101777
Ami smiles warmly, relaxing. She puts a hand gently around Daichi and hugs the Chara gently with it, pretending to rub her neck if anyone looks over.

"Yeah, it's been, uh, an interesting while." But she smiles at him, friendly and cheerful. Getting settled next to him, she nods and then gets to eating. She's never a delicate eater at the best of times, but today she's hungry, because she nomfs down for a minute. Then she clears her throat, blushes a little, and says, "I'm doing pretty well, now that my blood sugar's solid." She grins at him. "How've you been? What's going on, Kukai-kun?" Her eyes sparkle at Daichi. "And how are you, Daichi?" she asks in a softer voice.
Kukai Souma 2018-12-15 19:32:57 101778
Daichi is delighted by this hugging turn of events and giggles happily. "I'm good!"

Kukai nods and then grins at her, not put off by her hunger at all. He's been in his own share of eating competitions himself. "Yeah? They've been kinda quiet for me, honestly. What's been going on for you?"

Kukai shrugs. "To be honest? Nothing of any real interest. I'm just doing patrols and trying to keep Virtue online. It's nothing major, but it fills the days." He nods. "Nadeshiko went to Europe to learn more dancing or something, and I'm taking it day by day with my brothers, who are at least all talking to me again and more or less straightened out from their kidnapping. So it's back to some kind of normal."
Ami Mizuno 2018-12-15 19:35:15 101779
Smiling, Ami nods at Daichi happily, before turning back to Kukai with a more sober expression. "I'm glad things are better. Things are weird with us." Meaning the Senshi and Shitennou. "But it, of course, revolves around Takashi... so..." Her expression goes distant as she says his name, a little sad, too. "But that's a mess I won't burden you with." She chows down on fries. It's rather pathetic.
Kukai Souma 2018-12-15 19:45:30 101781
Kukai cocks his head, looking at her. "Well.. I mean, I hope they get straightened out." He nods. "I know what it's like to feel like your family is looking at you weird." He then hmphs and nods. "Well... It's not like I still don't want to punch him in the nose, but I think it's a little less severe than it used to be."

Kukai watches her and then reaches up, waving a finger at her. "Aah, aah. No, I'm fine with being burdened by people talking to me. That's not a burden. I don't automatically feel like I need to help everybody." He doesn't mention to her that he still decides to help everybody anyway, but she doesn't need to know that yet.
Ami Mizuno 2018-12-15 19:55:58 101782
Ami grins crookedly at Kukai. It's sad and cheerful and heartbreaking all at once. "Somehow, I want to punch him in the nose, and I'm still dating him," she says softly, her eyes sparkling with a kind of forced cheer. She shrugs. "Just... My friends, the ones I'm closest to? Decided to have a talk with Takashi and it turned... quite sour." She's gauging her words because of their surroundings, but no one's listening in. She's just paranoid.
Kukai Souma 2018-12-15 20:03:37 101783
Kukai nods and reaches over, patting her hand. "I'm sorry hon. But maybe he'll straighten up eventually." He winces again and shakes his head. "I at least get that. He'll do his own thing, but trying to get people to do things they don't feel are their own ideas is the best way to start a fight. Sorry." Kukai sighs and leans back, picking up a few fries from his own meal and nomfing them down similarly.
Ami Mizuno 2018-12-15 20:05:46 101784
Ami sighs and nods. "Thank you. I think I just wanted comisseration, so that's relieving." She smiles at him, then sips her tea. She eats the rest of her hamburger, and considers him. "What about you? How's your school stuff going?"
Kukai Souma 2018-12-15 20:52:23 101785
Kukai chuckles and then pats her hand again, leaning back. "Sure, sure. I can commiserate with the best of them." He works through a few more french fries, then looks up as she speaks again. "School stuff? Well, it's good for what it is. I'm not failing, at least, and I'm still on whatever teams I try out for. So that's pretty good. How about you? Do you even bother going to school anymore? You always struck me as super smart for the things they teach.."
Ami Mizuno 2018-12-15 20:53:08 101786
Ami Mizuno blushes. "Of course I go. I have to," she says, softer. "To keep up the facade." And then she eyes him. "Do you need tutoring? I can help you."
Kukai Souma 2018-12-15 20:55:24 101787
Kukai chuckles and then nods. "Yeah, I guess that's true." He thinks for a minute, looking at her. On the one hand, maybe tutoring with Ami would be helpful. On the other, he doesn't really -need- it. But it would be nice to hang out with her more often. "Well... I mean, I guess I could use somebody's help going over things."
Ami Mizuno 2018-12-15 20:56:00 101788
Ami Mizuno smiles. "Good! When do you want to start?" she asks, all earnestness and seriousness.
Kukai Souma 2018-12-15 21:10:16 101789
Kukai thinks for a minute about all the classes he's in and which ones he's taking the least seriously. "Probably math more than anything else. I do ok with the rest of it, at least, for now." He grins weakly. "But numbers don't make a lot of sense to me."
Ami Mizuno 2018-12-15 21:11:42 101790
Ami nods. "I love math." Of course she does. "I'll help you! We'll get together after school soon." And she chows down on her fries, finishing them off cheerfully.
Kukai Souma 2018-12-15 21:18:33 101791
Kukai grins. "Awesome. I'm looking forward to it." He thinks for a minute, then motions to her. "So on the same end, is there anything I can help you with? Anything you wanna talk over or work on or anything like that? Somebody you need me to go yell at?"
Ami Mizuno 2018-12-15 21:19:24 101792
Ami laughs. "Um. No, I don't think so..." She takes him in for a moment. "I appreciate the offer. And I can always call you, right? We should hang out more often."
Kukai Souma 2018-12-15 21:20:46 101793
Kukai nods, then grins. "Sure. And yeah, we should hang out more often. This is fun." He grins at the bluenette.