Kawaii Aka-chan Kazuo

The Shitennou are bumming around when Jadeite visits doom upon them in the form of baby pictures of Kazuo.

Date: 2019-01-30
Pose Count: 51
Kyouko Sakura 2019-01-30 01:43:35 103184
    Kyouko has been a bit surly lately. It's not necessarily something anyone would notice, as to a lot of people she probably comes off as surly most of the time, but those close to her would probably notice (and some might already even know why!) But suffice it to say that it's not gotten much better recently, although the reasons are only growing more complicated.

    Currently said surly young woman is sitting at the counter in the ECFH with a glass of apple juice and a mild frown on her face as she toys with it. "God, I'll be glad when winter is over.. it's too damn cold outside to be leaping around on rooftops all the time."
Naru Osaka 2019-01-30 01:47:22 103185
"Silk long underwear." Naru comments sagely as she crouches in front of the oven to watch what's baking inside. By the smell? Probably muffins. By the icing in a bowl on the counter? Likely cupcakes if they make it that far. "Or fleece lined jeans. Or leggings."

Naru straightens, moving over to put the kettle on, climbing up onto the counter to retrieve herself a mug. "Do you want tea?"
Nephrite 2019-01-30 01:54:48 103186
"Tell me about it," Neil grumbles from his place on the couch. Shockingly, he's got a physics textbook open on the table in front of him. Less shockingly, he's got a magazine open on top of that. The textbook page might get an occasional glance. "Freezing rain and stargazing do not mix, let me tell you."

He contemplates Naru's suggestions. "I thought silky undergarments were for less, uh, practical purposes."
Kazuo Takeba 2019-01-30 01:59:09 103187
Kazuo does not even stir himself to actual words. He glances up from his cellphone (which is and has been, yes, angled so that Neil can't see the screen), and levels a bland look at He Who Is Not Studying Physics.

Maybe the lack of sunlight and heat to top off his energy supplies with has actually stolen his capacity for spoken language.
Saburo Yukimura 2019-01-30 02:03:57 103188
"I don't know what you guys are talking about - I think this weather is great!"

Saburo is sprawled across the floor, dressed fittingly in a pair of denim shorts and a tank top that reads Suns Out Guns Out in English. He too has a textbook, and it's being adorned with doodles with every passing moment it's pages are kept open.
Kyouko Sakura 2019-01-30 02:06:28 103189
    "Yeah, silk doesn't exactly strike me as the warmest of materials." Kyouko says skeptically towards Naru, then shakes her head at the offer of tea. "No thanks.. I already got juice." She waggles the glass in her hand. "Although it's not hot apple cider, which now that I think about it would have been a lot better given the weather I'm currently bitching about.." She grumbles.

    She smirks towards Neil. "Oh yeah? I mean, I don't disagree, but now I'm curious as to the source of your education on the topic." She sips her juice. And makes a face at Jadeite. "Just remember your attitude six months from now when you're the one complaining."
Naru Osaka 2019-01-30 02:10:35 103190
"I'm not here to judge your fetishes about long undies, Neph." Naru comments from on top of the counter, getting out a mug. And then a second, just in case. "But yes, silk is an excellent insulator when there's more of it present than the less practical kind." She snorts a vaguely amused note, and hops down from said counter.

"And you're making me more cold just looking at you, Jadeite." Naru adds, to the tropical look he's sporting. "Although I admit that tomorrow's run will be treadmill, no matter how much treadmill sucks." She looks out to the living room. "Anyone else want tea while the kettle's hot? Or coffee?"
Nephrite 2019-01-30 02:16:53 103191
Kazuo's Look is like a physical force, the likes of which even Neil can't help but shy defensively from. "What? You complained that I never crack this book." He gestures at the open page, half-covered by magazine or not. "See? Cracked."

At Kyouko's, and then Naru's comments, he turns to throw a grin at them. "It would be rude to reveal the source of any knowledge on the matter. I have no further comments at this time." He lifts up his still half-full mug of coffee. "I'm good on the coffee, thanks Naru."
Kazuo Takeba 2019-01-30 02:24:30 103192
Kazuo, on the other hand, glances at his own cup. And rises to take it into the kitchen, because despite the jokes about his primarily carrying coffee around for the sake of the heat, it is in fact empty. "Cracked. Yes." He shakes his head and moves to join the girls, detouring around both Jadeite and the textbook. It is entirely possible that Saburo actually studies via doodling. He is therefore, unlike Neil, uninterrupted. Eyed sidelong in passing, yes, but not interrupted.
Zoisite 2019-01-30 02:28:19 103193
"Or layers." The fact that Zoisite knows the history of this conversation is clearly very normal. He eyeballs Saburo's outfit with extreme disfavor, the fact that he is probably one of the better-dressed people in this room completely irrelevant. He swans toward the kitchen and Naru's lure of hot water. "Ooh, coffee sounds wonderful."
Saburo Yukimura 2019-01-30 02:33:35 103194
A tongue is stuck out in Kyoko's direction, it's owner entirely unrepentant. In six months, the tables will turn but for now he reigns supreme. "That's fair, Naru," he decides, "Because all of you are making me feel hot."

His phone buzzes then, Pokemon Go informing him that there's a Community Day coming up, and the sight of it - and the banner reminding him of a certain unread email with certain doom-laden attachments - makes a mischievous grin cross his face. He waits until Kazuo is in the kitchen to say, "But you know, I do have something that could help warm your heart up. If you want to see."
Kyouko Sakura 2019-01-30 02:38:21 103195
    "Got it, ask Mako-chan." Kyouko says too-sweetly to Neil, probably more a threat for the sake of it than because she actually intends to follow-up on it. If she talks to Mako-chan about anything other than punching people or baked goods is not entirely apparent.

    She smiles at Kazuo as he walks by, before glancing over at Jadeite and making a face in return. "Don't worry, you're definitely not hot." Again, mostly for the sake of it. She might not be the best judge due to being both sister and gay, but she's pretty sure Jadeite could turn some heads. You know, when he's not dressed like a beach bum in January.

    "Hi Zoi." She offers to the swanning one.
Naru Osaka 2019-01-30 02:42:49 103196
"If there's more than Zoi needing a mug, someone other than me gets to fetch it." Naru points out as she peeks in at the oven again, and then goes back to making coffee. And tea. Mostly coffee. "Is it cute animal gifs again, Jadeite? Cause I think I've procrastinated with all of them on the internet so far today."

Kyouko's opinion on Jadeite's relative hotness is left uncommented upon. As is the potential of Kyouko and Mako discussing frilly underthings.
Nephrite 2019-01-30 02:46:46 103197
Neil rolls his eyes at Zoi. "Yeah, have you ever tried sitting still on an open rooftop for hours in near-freezing temperatures? I don't own enough layers."

He gives Kyouko a raised eyebrow. "Is that what you girls talk about when you practice tearing phone books in half or whatever? Careful, you'll make me want to join just to listen in."

Saburo is given a once-over. "I mean, I wasn't going to say the room noticeably increased in temperature when you entered it, but..."
Kazuo Takeba 2019-01-30 02:54:25 103198
"Your complaints about not having thought through your chosen vocation are noted," Kazuo says over his shoulder to Neil. "I take it that finding a postdoc to quiz about how they survived would be too much effort." He inclines his head gravely to Kyouko, stations himself where Naru can demand cupboard-fetching as needed or at whim, and sets his mug down to implicitly yield the right to first caffeine over to Zoisite. That way, after all, he's free to admire any further Looks Zoi opts to give anyone else in the room.

... also free to eye Saburo with one himself, though more wary than anything else. Somehow he manages to refrain from asking whether Saburo has come up with some plan they're all going to regret for Valentine's Day. Mostly by extensive experience in why it's a terrible plan to risk giving him ideas.
Zoisite 2019-01-30 02:57:09 103199
"Chemical heaters, then. Or a battery-operated heating pad." Zoisite totally doesn't think far too much about ways to stay warm. Nope. "I'm getting out the french press." He was a bit of a coffee snob if he wasn't in crisis.

"If you're truly interested in frilly underthings, I could give you free lessons in them. There aren't many that would suit your build without hitting specialty shops, though." The strawberry blond sounded wickedly amused as he said it, probably less because he was picturing Neil in the frilly underthings, but likely because he was picturing the frilly underthings themselves.

Kazuo's offer is met with a brief, fond smile and a brief caress to his cheek, before Zoi starts the process of making coffee. "Oh, Kyouko, there was a puella here named Erato. She was looking for you. Did you get a chance to talk to her?"
Saburo Yukimura 2019-01-30 02:57:57 103200
Any poutiness earned from Kyouko's unearned attack on his perceived hotness is mostly mollified by Neil's immediate follow-up comment. The result is that neither pouting nor preening happens, his eyes rolling instead as he focuses on answering Naru rather than think about the idea of his sister-person and friend-person talking about silk underlayers while they worked out. "It's definitely cute, but it's not an animal - even if the subject in question is trying to escape like one stuck in a zoo."

He puts the book down, reaching for his phone. An aura of doom is descending upon him, surely. The email from his newest, bestest friend is sitting near the top of his notifications, and he clicks on it to load the first picture, ready to spring it upon the unsuspecting group. The sheer cuteness may prove fatal, if Kazuo's wrath doesn't. He feels the eye on him and is content with knowing death will not (probably) be fast enough to stop this.
Kyouko Sakura 2019-01-30 03:01:13 103201
    "Well, we need to do something to pass the time. Tearing phone books in half is great excercise but isn't particularly good conversation material." Kyouko says primly to Neil.

    Then a glance is given to Zoisite as he mentions Erato. "Yeah I've talked to her. Twice, actually." A brief hint of a smirk. "She's, uh.. enthusiastic. But I gave her some good advice, I think."

    Kyouko is, however, spared from Jadeite's impending doom by the fact that she is getting up and stretching. "I need to get to work." She leans over the counter to smooch Naru. "See you later, babe." Then she is heading towards the balcony. "And the rest of you losers too, more's the pity." A smile all around to take any perceived sting from the words, and then she is out and over the railing.
Naru Osaka 2019-01-30 03:11:02 103202
Naru leans over for the kiss, and gets mostly out of the way of Zoi making the coffee she was going to make while babysitting baking cupcakes. Problem solved!

By happenstance, it conveniently lets Naru get closer to Jadeite's phone. She leans in to be able to see. "Okay, that is terminal levels of cute." She hasn't /quite/ put two and two together yet on precisely the /who/ of said cuteness.

Naru looks over to Zoi and there's a little shake of her head. "I.. almost felt bad for Kyubey. Almost. Not quite, it can take care of itself."
Nephrite 2019-01-30 03:15:40 103203
Neil gives Kazuo a mock strained look. "If I wanted to put in effort, I wouldn't be whining about it on the couch, would I?"

There is a momentary blink in Zoisite's direction. And then a grin forms on his face. "Well of course only a specialty shop would do. You think some cheap department store lace could contain these muscles?" If Neil were actually in possession of any shame, he would not have developed an entire persona around being a flashy millionaire businessman.

He rises from the couch. "Okay Saburo, with all this build-up, you've got my curiosity going. What have you got, baby pandas?"
Kazuo Takeba 2019-01-30 03:17:32 103204
Kazuo lifts his free hand to touch the back of Zoi's mid-caress; nothing more than that, whether to set an example of restraint for the girls (not likely), or because getting between Zoisite and coffee seems like a potential good way to have to detour for bandages before risking coming back into Makoto's kitchen.

That, plus the wince that Kyouko's description of Erato as 'enthusiastic' prompts, means that Naru has a good glimpse of the image on Jadeite's phone. The image of a very small white-haired human, dressed in a brightly flowered onesie, making a determined attempt to drag himself up and over the side of his crib; and the slightly blurred outstretched hands of an adult more responsible than the one with the camera diving to the rescue before the baby can experiment with the constant of gravitation headfirst.
Zoisite 2019-01-30 03:32:34 103205
There are things going on, but Zoisite is unfortunately occupied with the sacred task of coffee. He raises his eyebrows, bringing the french press over as he peers.

Oh. Zoisite mutters something in Italian, eyebrows going up. "Is that who I think it is?" Because if so... well, there's much teasing-fodder in the future.
Saburo Yukimura 2019-01-30 03:40:34 103206
"Isn't it just?" And he is grinning at Naru, because the picture iis fatally adorable - and then he angles his phone so that Neil and then Zoisite can see. He's ignoring any and all other conversation for the sake of this glory.

"I made a new friend, and she was kind enough to share some of these prized pictures with me."
Naru Osaka 2019-01-30 03:46:41 103207
And recognition comes in Three.. Two.. One..

"OMG, that is terminally cute!" Naru glances from Jadeite's phone over to Kunzite and then over to the oven to rescue the cupcakes that might not have gotten to the timer, but /smell/ right. Citrusey and sweet as they come out and provide even better smell to the apartment. "New friend, Jadeite?"
Nephrite 2019-01-30 03:48:05 103208
Neil ambles his way over, unsuspecting of the sight that awaits him. Zoisite's reaction gets his attention, though -- not a what, but a who?

There might still be time for Kazuo to save himself. Maybe he could take out one of Neil's knees before he makes it there. But Jadeite traitorously raises his phone for Neil to see before he makes it all the way there. His eyes fix on it. It's too late.

Neil's jaw visibly drops. "That... but... no way." Round eyes move from the phone to Kazuo to Saburo as Neil attempts to come to terms with the idea that Kazuo was ever an actual childl. "How... ?"
Kazuo Takeba 2019-01-30 03:52:32 103209
Why is Naru looking at him?

Why is Neil looking at --

Kazuo's eyes narrow, and he pushes away from the counter he was leaning against, pacing carefully around Zoisite to get a look.

This means that Saburo has whole extra seconds before gray eyes narrow further, and Kazuo moves in to try to swipe the phone out of Saburo's hand, fingers curved like the claws of a striking hawk.
Zoisite 2019-01-30 03:54:30 103210
Zoisite's eyes sparkle with mischief. "How did you get that picture? That was adorable." He may be plotting ways to acquire a copy of the photo and hide it somewhere. He's very aware that Kazuo's reaction will be what it will be, and he decides the best course of action is to go back to making coffee and serving it out for people. It's safer than getting between Kazuo and the phone.
Saburo Yukimura 2019-01-30 03:56:00 103211
Those extra seconds are critical - they give Jadeite time to twist and roll back towards the couch, and scramble to his feet. His laughter is not helping his escape, but he's trying, oh he's trying. "I have six more," he declares, trying to get to Neil so he can hide behind his bulkier, buffer body, "And you'll never see them if Kazuo gets his way."
Naru Osaka 2019-01-30 03:58:51 103212
"That's what cloud backups are for!" Naru dodges back with her tea out of the way of the lunge for the phone. "Email them to me!" She declares as she, and her mug make a break for it before a wrestling match breaks out. She'll be back when the cupcakes are cool enough to ice.
Nephrite 2019-01-30 04:04:34 103213
Neil stands there, still the very picture of shock. Kazuo as a toddler. Kazuo in a onesie. And then Jadeite makes his declaration.

Neil's eyes dart from one brother dashing towards him and another who is advancing behind. The latter, most definitely capable of murdering him where he stands. The former, offering a treasure beyond his dreams. "Dibs on seeing them first!" he announces, pulling Saburo behind him. If he's to go down, he will go down for a noble cause.
Kazuo Takeba 2019-01-30 04:17:17 103214
Risk and reward must always be commensurate, mustn't they? That's one of the reasons Kazuo has avoided getting into physical fights with Neil, since the boys moved into the apartment; the conflict between 'more muscle than Kazuo has' and 'more willing to do immediate damage' generally works out to all risk and little reward for both parties. Generally. Historically.

All trends wind up eventually, don't they?

Kazuo flicks a glance over Neil, not speeding in his advance, but not slowing either. "You might want to demand repayment in something you'll be physically able to collect on."
Zoisite 2019-01-30 04:20:56 103215
Zoisite, wisely, is keeping himself out of this. After all, Kazuo is perfectly capable of making his opinions on the matter clear, and all things being equal, the Italian much prefers Kazuo's current and continuing affection over the acquisition of adorable baby photos.

"I'd suggest giving the phone over to him. Or me." Even though he's further away from the other two than Kazuo is. He sounds smugly serene, following his suggestion with a sip of coffee. Mm. Coffee.
Mamoru Chiba 2019-01-30 04:27:21 103217
Naru's vanished out the door, but someone who's been in the building at least -- down in the mini-mall, specifically -- slipped in while she was hightailing it out.

Shoes dealt with, now he flicks the lightswitch off, then on again, attention-getting without bellowing.

"Ahem," comes Mamoru's voice from the genkan as he shuffles out, carrying a giant bag of chocolate chips in one hand and something fried and delicious-smelling in a large bag in the other. "If you start acting like you live in a cave, you guys, I'll find one for you to move into. In addition to not sharing this," he says, holding up the fried-thing-smelling-bag and heading around the dividing wall into the kitchen. "Or at least," slightly muffled now, but the prince is mercifully turned away as he talks with food in his mouth, "be good enough to move everything breakable out before you get into it."
Saburo Yukimura 2019-01-30 04:28:52 103219
He has protection here, strong, determind, loyal protection. Neil will not betray him, at least not without some property damage first, whereas Zoisite is unpredictable and most importantly, more loyal to Kazuo. He can't risk this information being lost (especially since turning over his phone will mean that Kazuo sees that he already texted each and every picture to Mamoru, meaning that they will live on for eternity).

"Shimizu-san says that she's going to eat your liver if you don't call her before she dies of old age." His only choice is to blnd-side Kazuo so thoroughly that he doesn't kill him.

- and then oh, there's Mamoru, the only person it would be safer to hide behind. "Mamoru, quick, come protect us!"
Nephrite 2019-01-30 04:36:33 103220
Neil weighs Kazuo's threat. It doesn't sound entirely empty, which should be enough to make any sane person back down. He grins, rolls out his shoulders, and takes a defensive stance. "Bold words for someone who wore a flower onesie."

And then, the lights are flickering. Either Mako is here, and pissed, or someone is messing with the light switch. He gives Mamoru the briefest glance that he dares. "What if I promise really hard not to bleed on anything important?"
Kazuo Takeba 2019-01-30 04:50:03 103221
Kazuo's eyes flicker toward the sound of the lightswitch, more than the shift of the light itself. His eyes are also not reflecting lightning; this is in itself an excellent sign that Mako is not menacing anyone. And they're back on Neil an instant later. "I've seen your suits." And having seen them -- well. Maybe Neil's criticizing the floral motif on the grounds of it being too formal and restrained. The offered promise wins a faint tip of the head, one that also permits Kazuo to gauge the odds of using one of the chairs to get around Neil and closer to his actual target. "I'm willing to agree to avoid the tech." No-one shall be impaled on anything to do with Mario Kart, clearly.

Then his actual target speaks up, and Kazuo's eyebrows lift sharply, even if he doesn't otherwise look away from Neil. His tone manages to find its way to an entire new level of blandness, which probably means some corner of the back of his mind is considering the merits of throttling someone versus simply removing their head wholesale with his bare hands. "I think you may have that reversed. Surely my grandmother said she'd eat my liver if I did call her."

... Neil: still the only one in this apartment with a marginally functional family.
Zoisite 2019-01-30 05:01:35 103222
Zoisite glances at Mamoru, nodding approval of his sentiment. He considers things briefly, then vanishes, sans superfluous petals, to appear next to Saburo. He uses his element of surprise to grab the phone and spring away, looking through the phone quickly- and verifying that Mamoru does indeed have copies sent to him before deleting the offending photos. "There. Deleted. Can we act like humans instead of a tribe of apes, now?"
Mamoru Chiba 2019-01-30 05:04:38 103223
"--oh this is about that," says Mamoru, half-turning, then beckoning Saburo into the kitchen, one hand gooey with eel sauce. "Deleting them won't save you," he tells Kunzite cheerfully, "he texted them to me as soon as your grandmother sent them. Didn't she say she'd send more if he kept not calling, too? I mean, as an intermediate step. Before the liver-eating?" the prince finishes by asking Jadeite. And then his gaze flickers over to Neil, and his eyes are twinkling even if his face is perfectly businesslike and his tone conversational. "Maybe you'd like to even the playing field by providing baby pictures of yourself. Or I could call Aunt Sandra and ask." A beat, and he looks thoughtfully at Zoisite.

But then he delicately doesn't say anything, just as he's delicately not bringing up he could technically ask Jadeite's sisters. The threat hangs mildly in the air, unspoken.

"Anyway I was thinking I'd like to visit her. Shimizu-san, not Aunt Sandra. So you may want to call her in self-defence."

He offers both Jadeite and Zoisite some of the top layer of goodness: deep-fried unagi roll. "Give Saburo's phone back, Zoi."
Saburo Yukimura 2019-01-30 05:12:49 103225
There's no time for shock when the Zoiste Betrayal strikes, and yet Jadeite manages to be at least a little shocked anyway. He is downtrodden. He is hurt. He is Shook.

He is still coming as beckoned, trailing into the kitchen and away from Neil and Kazuo with all the speed of a man ducking away frim his just execution. There's some faint guilt in his tone as he answers, backing Mamoru's play even as he steadfastedly avoids his own blood connections. "Technically, she said she'd eat his liver as a general statement, but she did specifically mention that you didn't write a New Year's card and also that she looked for your grave."

He is going to ignore that veiled threat, the unspoken truth that he has lived with from the moment he saw one of those girl's give Mamoru her phone number: that embarassment was coming.

At least no one will ever be shocked that he was once a small, defenseless, infant creature. This is actually a little cheering, and he takes first dibs of the deep-fried unagi roll, snacking wiith the joy of one who does not deserve their treat and has it anyway.
Nephrite 2019-01-30 05:16:46 103226
"So you're saying you want to borrow them," Neil says with the feral grin of one looking death right in the face. "If I'd known you didn't melt like a wicked witch on being subjected to colors, I would have offered a long time ago."

And then that shift happens after Jadeite's words. "Grandmother," he mouths silently. Of course Kazuo's grandmother is somebody who sounds nearly as terrifying as him.

And then Zoi steals the phone like the thief he is, possibly negating Neil's need to brace himself for Death by Kunzite. Possibly. He might just still do it for the comment about the flowers.

He slightly lowers his guard as he turns to Mamoru... and eyes the unagi imploringly. "Dude, she's got my awkward 8th grade yearbook photo on the wall. She's got nothing for you that's worse than that. Go right ahead -- I was a damn cute baby."
Kazuo Takeba 2019-01-30 05:27:08 103227
Verifying that Mamoru does indeed have copies sent to him means that Zoisite gets to see that that is one of six photos attached to that email.

A much-younger Hiroshi in possession of all his hair (and still wearing damn near the same suit), standing beside a pretty woman, gray-eyed and darker-skinned than he is, and also clearly (it's clear even with her seated) much taller than her husband. There is a white-haired three-year-old on her lap, with one hand curled around a bracelet she's wearing. He's eyeing the camera as if he intends to disassemble it the moment it's polite to do so.

A tiny white-haired child eyeing a glass of water he barely has the coordination to hold. From his expression, he may expect poison.

A white-haired eight-month-old in a bib, crawling over the tray of a highchair in an escape attempt.

A white-haired eight-month-old in a bib, wriggling out of being belted into a highchair in an escape attempt.

A white-haired eight-month-old in a bib, tugging at a five-point safety strap in a highchair...

And then Zoisite has the phone, and Kazuo glances at him and exhales, folding his arms as he turns half-away from Neil and half-toward Mamoru. "Don't be ridiculous. You're too short."

Apparently there is one person he won't try to wrest the thing away from. He even lets Jadeite into the kitchen unmolested.

He does, however, meet Mamoru's thoughtful glance Zoisite's way with a step forward, one that brings him closer to the line of sight between them. He doesn't block that line. Not in the slightest. Only a little closer to it.

But Mamoru doesn't say anything, and therefore neither does Kunzite, and he's almost starting to look back toward Neil (this is not a moment to let his guard completely down) when Mamoru says that thing about visiting.

Kazuo does not look at Neil. Kazuo's folded arms come apart, instead, and one of his hands comes up to cover half of his face, fingertips sliding into the white of his hair. "I had no idea," he says to Mamoru, "that you secretly yearned to spend every second of your life in conversation about death, terrible omens, or how advanced her preparations for my hypothetical wedding are, how overdue it is, and how she needs more time. That woman makes my father look like he's never heard of the word 'matchmaking.'"
Zoisite 2019-01-30 05:33:34 103228
Zoisite hands the phone off to Saburo, with a small little smile on his face. He doesn't miss Mamoru's gaze, and lifts his head to give his Prince a challenging gaze back. As far as he's concerned, Zoisite is Italian Athena, sprung fully-formed from the mind of Zeus, and he has little desire to go to Italy and find his family of origin. There will be no cute baby pictures of Zoisite.

"We could stage a wedding between the two of us, give her what she wants and shut her up." There was a shrug following the statement, and he strolled over to get the unagi. Mm. Unagi.
Mamoru Chiba 2019-01-30 05:37:42 103229
The look Mamoru gives Kazuo when he steps to intercept most of that thoughtful look is mixed parts surprise and offence, with a dash of mild hurt, but however sincere, it's abandoned in short order. The challenge Zoisite issues with his eyes is more or less waved away, and Mamoru takes the top package out of the bag and opens it fully, then puts it on the counter so Neil -- and indeed, Kazuo -- can access the unagi too.

It's Zoisite's actual comment out loud that makes the prince stop looking at any of them, and busy himself with unpacking the rest of the bag.

After a moment, he says conversationally, "She looked for your grave."
Saburo Yukimura 2019-01-30 05:39:39 103230
This conversation doesn't have to involve him anymore - he's done his part, and now that he has his phone back and the heat off him, he's free to log into his cloud, re-download each of the photos, and text them to Neil and Naru, completing his devil's pact. Neil gets them for standing in the way of approaching death and Naru gets them because Naru. Doom has fallen upon Saburo, and like all little brothers, he's simultaenously hiding away from it and giving it more ammunition.

He glances away when Mamoru speaks. He's not talking to him, even if the words could well apply. He's talking to the other person here with the misfortune to have family on the continent.
Nephrite 2019-01-30 05:46:16 103231
Neil looked death in the face, and death turned and walked away. He waits an extra second to note that the danger actually has passed, that everyone else is already ignoring him and moving into the kitchen, before he completely lowers his protectively raised hands and stands upright.

"Too short," he grumbles in Kazuo's direction as he leans into the midst of the group and fishes out an unagi roll. "So what I'm hearing is we need another batch of Mako Cookies. And maybe some nice tea to go with it."
Kazuo Takeba 2019-01-30 05:56:41 103232
"She tells people she looked for their graves if they take five minutes to return her phone calls." The words are not as crisp as usual, because talking into the heel of one's hand doesn't exactly lend itself to proper enunciation. Kazuo breathes out again, this time filtered through his teeth, and then straightens and lets his hand drop so that he can eye Mamoru. "I'll call her."

No comment is made yea or nay to Zoisite's suggestion. But his eyes flicker Zoi's way for a moment after the reluctant promise is given, gathering the particular qualities of that casual stroll. And only after that does his attention move to more carefully evaluating Jadeite's stance.

And, well.

"When precisely do you imagine we don't need another batch of Makoto's cookies?" he asks Neil.
Zoisite 2019-01-30 05:59:54 103233
Zoisite gently shoulders his Prince, subtle affection showing through. "This was a fun break, but I have homework." Ah, homework. One day, he wouldn't be cursed by its presence and then he wouldn't know what to do with his free time. He brushed past Kazuo, lingering briefly on his way out.
Mamoru Chiba 2019-01-30 06:09:10 103234
Mamoru has the grace to look abashed when he gets shouldered by Zoisite and Jadeite looks away from him. He kisses his teeth quietly, frowning, and then scrambles the bottom box out of the bag swiftly and tucks it into Zoisite's hands as the strawberry blond starts heading out. "It's your favorite thing from the place," he says, by way of apology. And then he's nudging the other packages in directions on the counter, and he licks his fingers clean of eel sauce before slinging an arm briefly around Jadeite's shoulders and squeezing. Then Mamoru backs away from the counter with his bag of chocolate chips and runs his (non-licked) hand through his hair. "Sorry to throw lye on the mood," he says. "Mako cookies, yes. And-- anyone who wants to come with me-- tomorrow I'm going over to the house over Jadeite's place and investigating the attic."
Nephrite 2019-01-30 06:30:01 103236
Neil fixes Kazuo with a crooked smile, near-death experience already forgotten in the face of fried food. "I mean cookies that I'm not allowed to eat. Those get a special category."

He grins in gratitude at the nudging of other packages, further promises of food. "Need someone to protect you from spiders? I'm game."

With the hand that did not touch messy food, he reaches over to ruffle Saburo's hair. It's a fond "you did good kid" sort of gesture. Maybe he's just holding out for the promised photos.
Kazuo Takeba 2019-01-30 06:35:36 103237
Photos that are in his unread text messages EVEN NOW.

Kazuo's arm slips half-around Zoisite for that moment of lingering, letting him depart as he wills a moment later. And then he answers Nephrite's crooked smile by making his way back into the kitchen, reclaiming his own abandoned phone (safe!), and setting about quietly making coffee while adding to the crowding. Because Mamoru. And because Zoisite undoubtedly took the French press with him.
Saburo Yukimura 2019-01-30 06:47:19 103238
Jadeite leans into the squeeze and doesn't even try to deny that he needs it. Teasing had gone to a sensitive place, hard and fast and without mercy for their fragile feelings and lives, but that's just how it goes. "We're a bag of scars and open wounds," he says sagely, "It happens. Depending on mount homework, I might be able to help."