High Score Warrior, Mean Mean Pride

Minako laments not beating her own high score, talks to Kukai and Jiaying about Ryo 'I'm a jerkbutt' Okana.

Date: 2019-02-11
Pose Count: 17
Minako Aino 2019-02-11 07:08:07 103486
    Minako Aino is busily tapping at the Sailor Venus Arcade game, Artemis- a white cat- is sitting on top of the cabinet and watching upside down as it where as he tilts his head over the edge. She's so close... so so so close! The score rises and rises and!?...

    The giant scorpion boss at the end of the second to last level stabs Sailor V with her laser pistol and the game is over because that was her last life! "Ohhhh no!" whines Minako throwing her hands up. "I didn't break my high score-- the highest score!? How will I can get better if I can't beat my most important opponent!? MYSELF!" she says. Artemis shakes his head. He built this game to train Minako not for her to beat some high score. Though really the aracade machine ha sserved it's purpose at this point.

    Minako grumpily sits at the booth and sips at a slowly melting milkshake. It's strawberry flavored!
Kukai Souma 2019-02-11 07:21:33 103487
Kukai is spending today basically bumming around. He'd done a lot of patrols lately, and generally been a good part of the magical community, but for today he just didn't feel like it. So he finds himself entering the Crown Arcade again, figuring he'll see if anyone he knows drops by, and perhaps eat a hamburger or three today.

He's not entirely introduced to Minako as he enters, but he certainly knows her from a long time back. So hearing her fuss at her game as he passes by is enough of a reason for him to stop and peer in, just in time to see her plop down at a nearby booth complete with cat and milkshake. "Hey, Minako? Is that you I just heard? What happened?"
Jiaying Maki 2019-02-11 07:24:21 103488
Jiaying Maki has been doing the opposite of Kukai, hiding out in a weird world, avoiding the magical world (Outside of the one she was in of course) and mostly just studying, practicing and even meditating. Which should be cause for concern if she'd ever admit to it. Still, she's taking a break from her self-imposed isolation to try and wrack up some wins at a fighting game machine. One where she's playing a weirdo in a paper bag even. She does get beaten, getting a shrug, a cheerful grin and a hop off, her streak broken, but it had been fun, right?

Drink time anyway, she wanders towards the shakes, spotting a familiar form. Two even. Prompting an attempt to sneak up behind Kukai purely to poke him in the small of his back before saying, "Hey you two."
Minako Aino 2019-02-11 07:35:03 103489
    Minako Aino cries pracically! "That game is rigged, that's what happend!" she says. "I can't even beat my old high score. Which is the highest score." she says as she looks at Kukai and then over to Jiaying. Jiaying was that girl that was over there at the vampire's place right? She nods. "Heya!" she says.

    Minako sips at her ice cream milkshake and shakes her head. "Everything is fine otherwise. Hey, you two are two fine upstanding members of the magical community right?" she asks. She isn't sure. She's being silly in asking this. Like a cop might.

    "--Do you guys know anything about the vampire's dumb knight brother?" she asks. "Lacrima- I mean." she says. "Maybe stuff she isn't telling me."

    "Also if you know any video game tips, that's super important." she says. Artemis facepalms his adorable little face on Minako's lap.
Kukai Souma 2019-02-11 07:41:43 103490
Kukai looks back at Jiaying as she pokes him in the back, jumping back, before grinning and reaching over, giving her a hug. "Hello! What're you up to?"

Kukai looks over to Minako and awws, going over to her booth and sitting down. "Well it can be really hard to beat yourself at your best. It's all about getting better at what you do. You'll get there eventually, but then you gotta end up beating -that-!" He grins.

Kukai blinks, then laughs. "Well. I mean I guess. For all intents and purposes I'm the figurehead for Virtue, so..." He winces, then nods. "I know some about him. Ryo, I think his name is? He's.. he's the reincarnation of a knight that killed a dragon, or at least put her to sleep. Now him and the dragon, Lamya I think is her name, and the princess the dragon was protecting, they're all back now. But he's a very bad guy, and the dragon's not nearly as bad as she used to be because the princess made her better." He rubs his head. "I believe that's the way it goes. I'm going off personal knowledge, secondhand reports, and data files that I read. so.."

Kukai laughs. "I don't know a lot about video games. Sorry..."
Jiaying Maki 2019-02-11 07:48:31 103491
Jiaying Maki returns the hug, returning the look. She is definitely the 'that girl' from the manor. She pats Kukai's back a few times then tilts her head and says, "Beating your old high score usually involves getting better. Or abusing game mechanics." Tilting her head to the other side and responds to Kukai, "I'm taking a break from taking a break from it all. Trying to re-build a shrine that held a horror that tried to eat you is busy work." And isolated, by design right now.

"I know he's a jerk and I'm not allowed to stick poltergeists, angry dead or basic bad luck curses on him. Also I threatened to stick a ghost to him before he became an armored jerk. Norie doesn't like my kind of fun though... usually." She pauses, "You didn't hear that. I don't even jokingly use ghosts to annoy people anymore."
Minako Aino 2019-02-11 08:10:39 103492
    Minako Aino looks at Jiaying and goes. "Well yeeeeeah but I'm trying to get there without that." she says. She finishes her milkshake and slides the empty glass down onto the booth and looks over to Kukai and then back to Jiaying. "So neither of you know anything I don't already huh. Maybe she is telling me everything." she says as she taps her bottom lip.

    "I'm gonna beat the crap out of that asshole is all." she says with a wide wide smile. Then she calms back down and looks over to the arcade game and then to Jiaying. "We're you playing Dread Fighter 97' over there?" she asks.

    She leans over toward's Jiaying's direction. "-Hey let's have a match!" she says. "Quick!" she says. "Kukai can referee!" she says.

    "Wait.. wait no. I should really be practicing the V Arcade game..." she trails off softly.
Kukai Souma 2019-02-11 08:18:12 103493
Kukai shrugs. "I don't know why she'd hide anything. St. George wants to pound on everyone and anyone related to magic, I think, and thinks we're all evil. Plus he's.. well, he's way more violent and wicked than everyone we've met, short of some of the real monsters, like Beryl."

Kukai nods. "Well call me if you get a chance to beat him. And be careful - don't underestimate him. He will hurt you if he can."

Kukai laughs. "I don't know anything about these games, Minako! I don't play them - it's not something I do!" He grins. "Hey. Don't think about it like that. If you want some time to relax, and Jiaying wants to play, go play one.."
Jiaying Maki 2019-02-11 08:27:26 103494
Jiaying Maki points to the arcade machine and says, "Soemthing like that yeah. I'm good if you are?" She looks to Kukai and nudges him, "You used to play too, you should join us. Relax, enjoy the night." Then she glances back to Minako to add, "Unfortunately I don't know any more about him really. She didn't talk about him a lot. Also you'll have to get in line. I plan to kung fu my way around a bit." ... She scowls. "That was a terrible joke."

Gesturing to Kukai again she says, "I don't think she's hiding anything so much as hesitating about beating him up. She didn't even want me being mischevious back then. Let alone actually mean. Even... now. Also I'll totally play someone I don't know too well if you join us."
Minako Aino 2019-02-11 08:47:32 103495
    Minako Aino shakes her head. "I don't trust 'dark energy' beings on principle." she says a little grimly. "They might mean well, but they might hamper themselves without thinking they are." she says. She sighs a bit and stands up and picks up Artemis. "You know what. I should actually do something productive!...." she says with a smile to both of them.

    "And also I just realized the time and my mom will probably never stop yelling if I don't at least pretend to be home on time!" she says with a cheesy wide smile.

    She goes ahead and makes her brave escape, before stopping and turn around. "Oh here's the rest of my tokens I'm not gonna use anymore today, bye have fun, sorry!" she says before placing the brass tokens on the booth table and escapeing off out the door with her white cat!
Kukai Souma 2019-02-11 09:06:52 103496
Kukai nods. "I mean I feel the same way about Lacrima, but I'm going to try and support her as best I can. I sort of know how she feels on a really close level." He coughs and grins. "I dunno if you two heard about that or not, though."

Kukai blinks, then nods, waving to Minako as she sprints to the door, leaving behind the tokens. "Oh! Ok! Talk to you later and be careful!" He looks over at Jiaying, then thinks, rubbing his chin, before pushing half the tokens over towards her. ".... Teach me how to play a video game? I never play them but everyone else does and I wanna know how."
Jiaying Maki 2019-02-11 09:52:45 103497
Jiaying Maki brushes herself off a few times, then looks to Minako, watching her go. "I wonder if she knows that people aren't trusted too often on the other side of things." She shrugs and murmurs, "Usually. Kind of. It's why they're there now at least."

A quick shake of her head, then she looks to the tokens and asks, "Are you sure? I can teach you how to play. I bet we can find a cabinet to teach you on. It'll be fun."
Kukai Souma 2019-02-11 10:06:52 103498
Kukai shrugs and nods. "I don't know. I like Minako but I don't think she does a lot of interacting with them like we have." He looks over at Jiaying. "Does that make us bad guys? For sympathizing with them? I'd like to think not."

Kukai nods. "I feel like I'm missing something. Everybody my age plays video games and I spend all my time playing sports. I don't have any practicing or patrolling or team building or paperwork or anything to do, so maybe I can brush up on it and figure out what I've been missing?"
Jiaying Maki 2019-02-11 10:23:12 103499
Jiaying Maki shakes her head and laughs, "I don't even necessarily mean the others at the manor." then there's another shrug. "We're not the bad guys. Not even close." She nudges him with her elbow and asks, "What brings that up? That can't be a random thought."

She then crosses her arms, leaning back, having avoided grabbing a drink so far. "You might be. Relaxation isn't a bad thing, at least as long as you're not overdoing it. But that's everything isn't it?" With a tilt of her head, she asks, "Got any in particular grabbing your attention?"
Kukai Souma 2019-02-11 10:28:27 103500
At the elbow nudge, Kukai grins. "Well. I just wanna make sure I'm always doing the right thing, and not just assume it like Saint Butthole. It's always a good thought to have."

Kukai leans forward onto the table, smiling. "Well it's hard to overdo it if you make sure you do all the things you have to do first. But yeah, don't overdo anything, if you can help it. And.. I dunno. What is the game you were playing?"
Jiaying Maki 2019-02-11 10:38:45 103501
Jiaying Maki looks over and says, "I talk to the dead, I hang out with a vampire, a dragon and... I actually don't know what Unmei was other than forced out of home by a flaming cat, but..." she shakes her head, "I'm pretty sure I'm a better person even with the yaoguai stuff. There's a fine line on going too far to either side and the more I live out here... the more I see it. You can't just... run in and expect to always be right, to be the best or any of that. You have to earn it."

"That's part of the trick isn't it? Making sure you're caught up before you get into trouble while goofing off." She gestures to the fighting game in question and states, "That one there."
Kukai Souma 2019-02-11 10:46:00 103502
Kukai laughs and nods. "Oh, right, I meant to ask. How is Unmei getting along? Good I hope. And you're a good person. At least, I think so." He nods. "Yeah. .... I wish I'd been able to save Mirai. I liked her a lot. I just wish she hadn't been crazy." He rubs his head. "I still feel like I have a lot of unfinished business with Takashi, even though I'm hearing he's powerless now. Or something. Also yeah. Practice and training are important."

Kukai laughs. "Yep! Just get far enough ahead to where you can fall over." He stands and heads over to the fighting game, poking at it. "Ok... So. Let's get to it."