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Date: 2019-02-22
Pose Count: 51
Naru Osaka 2019-02-22 15:20:45 103682
It's Friday. Classes just let out, there's probably still some sort of school or study group on Saturday, but there's still something about Friday that makes it special. Certainly, apparently, it makes it 'skip off on after school workout and eat like crap', in Naru's world. She's not been here much, she's not been /anywhere/ much but the gym and the pool lately, but today? Today she's taken over a table, she's got a lychee milkshake and a plate of decadent fries smothered in things that would make a personal trainer blanch. And she's got her sketchbook. Not even a pretense of homework either. Sheer decadence!
Ami Mizuno 2019-02-22 15:23:43 103683
Ami walks into the Fruits Parlor Crown, spots Naru, and waves to her. "Naru!" she calls cheerily, before ordering her food, getting it, and carrying it over. A chocolate milkshake, some smothered fries of her own, and her bookbag--because Ami is still Ami, even when she's on downtime. She slides in across from the redhead and smiles. "How are you doing today, Naru?"
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-22 15:33:29 103684
    Kyouko is already here, technically, although 'here' doesn't mean at the table with Naru. This is probably much to the benefit of Naru's fries, and of Naru's ability to eat said fries without competition. The reason is that Kyouko is once again attempting to reclaim her spot at the top of the DDR leaderboards. For years now she's held the top spot on and off- she'll reclaim it, not play for a few months, and then come back to find some upstart kid has stolen her spot so she needs to reclaim it again. So it goes. She finishes a song, her face a bit sweaty, but grinning as she pushes the buttons to enter in her initials at the top spot again. KGS. Kyouko Godamn Sakura. She nods her head, before hopping down and wandering back towards the table. "Oh, hi Ami-san."
Naru Osaka 2019-02-22 15:38:43 103685
"Hey Ami." Naru got enough fries that she probably assumed she was going to be surrendering some of them to the food hoover that she lives with. Espeically based on the fact that she didn't drag them closer to her and start guarding them with a fork when Kyouko returns to the table. "I am good. Being /lazy/ and it's /awesome/." She grins brightly. "How're you?"
Ami Mizuno 2019-02-22 15:40:51 103686
"Hey, Kyouko," Ami says brightly once she's settled and the DDR Champion returns. "How are you?" Then she turns to Naru. "Lazy can be good. Just don't turn into Usagi!" she adds with a laugh. Then she shrugs. "Things are going okay. I'm well, school's going well, and life seems calm for the moment." Her smile is bright before she digs into her fries, carefully shielding them from Kyouko. She's pretty sure Kyou won't go for them, but can't be certain.
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-22 15:43:10 103687
    Kyouko shrugs, leaning over to snag a fry from Naru since she so carelessly (or perhaps generously) leaves them unguarded. Chewing on it, she says to Ami, "Eh, I'm good. No complaints, anyway." She smirks a bit at the comment about Usagi, adding, "I'm not sure Naru is actually capable of being lazy, at least not in the way Usagi defines it. Even sitting here eating fries she's probably thinking of it as building a carb-base for her evening jog, or something." She winks affectionately at Naru as she teases.
Naru Osaka 2019-02-22 15:46:24 103688
"It's a rest day and I already did my run." Naru clearly hasn't wholly sorted out what 'rest' means to normal people.. and proves Kyouko's point by doing so. She grins and snags some more fries herself, no protests abotu Kyouko's thefts save for a little brandishing of her fork in that direction. Stolen fries really /are/ tastier, and it's no fun if there's no protest at all. "Things do seem mostly calm ish. Which generally is a good sign that it's all going to go to the dogs sooner rather than later, but I'm going to enjoy it while we have it."
Ami Mizuno 2019-02-22 15:48:57 103689
Ami grins at Kyouko. "She's better at resting than I am," she points out softly, eyes twinkling with mirth, before looking at Naru more seriously. "That's true enough, but for now, yeah. I'm content. I won't borrow trouble."
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-22 15:50:21 103690
    Kyouko sticks her tongue out at Naru at the mock-threat, then snags another fry just to make a point. But she nods in agreement to Naru's words. "Things never stay calm forever.. which is why it's important to get in the rest while you can. Never know when you're gonna need it." She sighs, kicking back slightly and crossing one leg over the other as she chews. "Not that I'd complain about a little more action from time to time.."
Naru Osaka 2019-02-22 15:58:45 103691
Naru waggles her fork after that fry but reaches for her milkshake. "They never do stay calm forever, but I've mostly lost track of the current threats. Clearly Kunzite and I haven't had a checklist convo in a while." She sets her milkshake glass down, not quite empty yet. She really can make it last. "Hana's about all I have on my list at the moment."
Ami Mizuno 2019-02-22 15:59:39 103692
Ami shrugs. "There's the issue with Signum stealing linker cores, but that's been quiet recently as far as I know." And she sips at her milkshake--small sips--and nibbles at her fries.
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-22 16:04:58 103693
    Kyouko scowls at the mention of Signum. "I doubt she's stopped. Just because we haven't been hearing about it.. probably means she's been doing it quietly and successfully, which doesn't make me happy at all." She gnaws a fry in half, still looking grumpy. "I owe her a rematch. Big time. Thanks for the reminder.. I should step up my efforts to find her again and make her pay for what she's doing."
Naru Osaka 2019-02-22 16:08:26 103694
"Could also be plotting, which is what I expect Hana is doing." Naru points out with a soft mmmm and a nods. "So Hana and Signum currently. Any other threats that are vaguely on your respective radars?" She hasn't quite gotten out a pencil to take notes, probably because her pencil is hanging out next to her sketchbook already.
Ami Mizuno 2019-02-22 16:11:19 103695
Wincing, Ami nods. "Just don't get yourself injured too badly without a healer on standby, please." She looks to Naru, and thinks back. "I don't think so?" she says, and sips from her milkshake thoughtfully, her eyes closing as she thinks back. "No. I'm pretty sure that's it."
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-22 16:12:33 103696
    Kyouko waves off Ami's concern, not because it isn't appreciated but because her confidence outweighs her caution. "Eh, it'll be fine. I almost had her last time." She shrugs to Naru. "That's all I know about right now, outside of the usual gamut of random youma and overconfident young mahous who think they know better than they do. Oh, also Alex's parents, I guess? Don't really know what's going on with that, though. Haven't talked to him in a while."
Naru Osaka 2019-02-22 16:14:33 103697
"Oh yeah.. Alexis' parents. We really should include them on the list, but I dont' know what's up there either. I should text him." Naru mmms and nods as she nibbles on more fries. "Try not to get yourself /too/ broken, love. And please call for backup, cause your brothers will be /pissed/ if you don't share, they're restless too."
Ami Mizuno 2019-02-22 16:16:16 103698
Ami manages not to stare at Kyouko's statement of 'overconfident mahous'. Really. She doesn't even scoff. Instead she just says mildly, "I agree with Naru." Before looking to the girl in question. "Brothers?"
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-22 16:20:09 103699
    Kyouko remains oblivious to Ami's look. She isn't overconfident.. just regular confident. Or so she'd tell you, anyway. "She means the other Shitennou." She clarifies for Ami. "Everybody's getting a little antsy without anything to fight. Well, not everybody. I'm sure Mamoru, for one, likes it this way but. Bodyguards without anything to guard the body from tend to start feeling just a tad redundant, that's all."
Naru Osaka 2019-02-22 16:23:31 103700
"And irritable, and cranky and we haven't gone there yet, but for the sake of all of us, could you /please/ take some of the boys to blow off steam when you confront her? As a favour to those of us who hang out in, and live near ECFH?" Naru grins. "I think think Mako can make enough overly complicated sugar to soothe that many restless beasts." She nudges the fries towards Kyoko with half left on the plate. Apparently even on a 'cheat' day, she's not very good about cheating, and flips open her sketchbook.
Ami Mizuno 2019-02-22 16:25:09 103701
"Ah, okay. I should've known," Ami says cheerily, about Kyouko's brothers. "I'm getting a little restless too. It's almost too quiet, but the moment I say that for serious things explode--sometimes literally. So..." Then she glances curiously at Naru's sketchbook.
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-22 16:33:35 103702
    Kyouko beams a smile at Naru as she nudges the fries in her direction. She grabs a handful, munching on them happily as she shrugs her shoulders. "Sure, I mean, assuming they're around at the time. I can't always predict when I'm gonna run into the bad guys, after all. Gotta be ready for action. Though, I'm happy any time Mako-chan is trying to make overly complicated sugar, whether it's successful or not.."
Naru Osaka 2019-02-22 16:40:38 103703
"If you're going out looking for her, it's not random chance. Take one of the boys and make our lives easier." Naru points out. "Random happenstance? That's fair." She laughs and nods. "We all are happy when she's got an urge to bake, unless it's stress baking." There's nothing particularly interesting on the sketchbook page yet. Some doodles that haven't really come together into much of anything yet, unless Naru's taken up abstract art. "On some level.. I rather appreciate when it all blows up, then you stop wondering what's going to blow up first. It's like when the storm actually breaks, there's relief from the anticipation and the pressure."
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-22 16:47:09 103704
    "Just because I'm going out looking for her doesn't mean I'm going to find her." Kyouko says, making a face. "And while I do think the boys would like a chance to throw down, I'm not sure they'd like getting dragged around the city for hours only to find nothing and go home more bored than they left." She nods her head in agreement with Naru's statement about things blowing up. "The anticipation is always worse than the actual fight. That's just the way it is, regardless of what sort of fight."
Naru Osaka 2019-02-22 17:08:29 103705
"Yes they would." Naru points out quite reasonably. "Cause looking for her is /actually/ a tactically sound mission, EVEN if you don't find her. Besides, you won't be bored. You'll be showing off, shooting the breeze and picking up pokemon. They will, more than you will." She pffts softly. "I should get Kunzite to tell you the same thing, he'd make it sound like a great idea."
Ami Mizuno 2019-02-22 17:12:08 103706
Ami's about to say more, when her phone quietly chimes. It's a text. She reads it and then swipes out a quick reply. "It's Usagi. She has a test tomorrow and is begging for studying help." She gives a rueful sigh. "Thanks for the chat. Have a good Friday and a good weekend, you two." And she stands, grabs her bookbag, and heads out, leaving the remnants of her fries to Kyouko. Her milkshake is empty, at least.
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-22 17:22:14 103707
    Kyouko rolls her eyes a little bit at Naru. "Oh please, you know I listen to you more than Kunzite. I mean.. I have far more to lose if I annoy you than if I annoy him, all he does is give me the cold shoulder, which isn't all that different from normal. You make me sleep on the couch." She winks, chewing another fry. As Ami gets up to leave, she raises a hand in a wave. "See ya around." She gladly takes the sacrificed fries.
Naru Osaka 2019-02-22 17:36:04 103709
"Pfft. There are some things that Kunzite provides a sufficient amount of gravitas to." Naru points out as she relents on her fry rejection and steals some of Ami's. Alright, perhaps the lure of stolen fries really is that strong. "And tactical suggestions would be one of them, but that's besides the point." She wipes her fingers off and adds a few more lines on the page.. not really helping the abstract look quite yet. "I've got dough rising at home. I'm thinking pizza for dinner, that work for you?"
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-22 17:37:30 103710
    "Kunzite provides gravitas to everything, often more than sufficient." Kyouko says dryly, though she loves her nii-chan, of course. She continues to make short work of the fries, but doesn't protest as Naru steals some as well. "Maybe you have a point." She sighs. "Neph makes good patrol-company, anyway. Maybe I'll see what he's up to later." As for pizza, she perks up immidiately. "Heyy, you just said one of the magic words."
Kukai Souma 2019-02-22 17:37:41 103711
It's a quiet, cool yet not cold, breezy sort of day. Which mean that it was painfully boring to Kukai Souma, since there wasn't any practice today, no wandering youma threatening the city, and nothing and nobody to interact with anywhere. So he found himself again at the Crown Center arcade and cafe. It was at least a reasonable place to expect to run into someone.

Which turned out to be a good choice for Kukai, as he climbed up to the cafe to see Naru and Kyouko off to one side. Well. Damn. What if they're on a date? He thought about it for a second before waving over to them and heading towards the counter, just in time to see Daichi slip out of his pocket from the corner of his eye, zip over, and attach himself hug-first to Naru's neck. The little Guardian Chara grinned gleefully up at Naru. "Hiii!"
Naru Osaka 2019-02-22 17:43:23 103712
"Dinner? Is that the magic word?" Naru asks right before she's ambushed in a tiny hug and she reaches up to pat gently at Daichi. "Hello there, little one." She looks up and offers that smile at Kukai as well. "And hello to you as well. How are you both?" If its a date, it's a pretty low key one, eating someone else's fries.
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-22 17:47:06 103713
    "Well, I was going for 'pizza', but I guess dinner also counts.." Kyouko allows, before blinking as a tiny-person zooms over and hugs Naru. She smirks a bit, glancing over towards Kukai near the counter. Well, luckily for him, she and Naru usually go to places a little more interesting than the Crown for actual dates. Eating fries and chatting is just a Friday. "Hey." She greets, nonchalant, eating another of said fries.
Kukai Souma 2019-02-22 17:55:09 103714
Daichi looks over at Kyouko for a second, a little nervous, before waving at her from around Naru's neck. She looks a little scary, what with the short red hair and the fangs and the endless appetite.

Kukai grins to the two of them and nods. "Hey! Give me a second to order." He heads to the counter and places his own order for a burger, his own fries, and a diet soda before going over to their booth while it's put together. "Hello! We're good. How're you doing? It's good to see both of you around." He grins ruefully. "It's good to see anybody today. There was a period last night where I could've sworn I was the last mahou flying around. I've never seen it that quiet."
Naru Osaka 2019-02-22 18:10:41 103715
"I think most of the topping potentials in the fridge are veggies, so let me know what you want me to pick up at the store for your pizza." Naru points out to Kyouko. The joy of pizza night? Individual pizzas. She quirks her head at Kukai and then laughs. "You could have texted, you know.. I don't think we were doing anything especially exciting last night." She perhaps proves her point by looking to Kyouko, clearly not remembering what they did last night.
Kyouko Sakura 2019-02-22 18:20:23 103716
    "Um, just like.. pepperoni or something?" Kyouko says to Naru, with regards to pizza toppings. "Doesn't have to be anything fancy, but a little meat in there wouldn't hurt the experience. For me, anyway." She winks. She shrugs to Kukai. "We were just talking about how quiet it's been.. and how it's both good and bad." She sighs, glancing at the clock on the wall and then standing. "I should get going though. Work in a little bit." She leans over to smooch Naru, then stretches. "Nice seein' ya Kukai. I'll see ya at home later, Naru." And then she's wandering out, off to earn the day's paycheck.
Kukai Souma 2019-02-22 18:24:16 103717
Kukai grins and then shakes his head. "Nah. One of the benefits of not texting you last night is that if I decide I need to text you some other night if it's important I'll have the opportunity to. So I'm good." He looks over at Kyouko, then nods. "Yeah. I suggest sausage. It's basic and tasty. And yeah, it means there's something going on we're not finding out about. Which is ok, we'll deal with it, but..."

Kukai shrugs and nods. "We'll find it later. Good to see you, Kyouko. Be careful." He heads back over to the counter to get his meal, then sits back with Naru. "So how about you? What are you up to?"
Naru Osaka 2019-02-22 18:27:33 103718
"I'm happy with a veggie pizza. My best beloved is a more devoted carnivoire than that." She leans up to smooch back and then settles back down again after a wave to Kyouko. "I'll see what's at the store when I'm there. Sausage is a good bet though. Pepperoni is basically sausage.. isn't it?" She laughs softly. "I'm usually textable, even if it's not a crisis." She nods as she reaches for her melting milkshake, no diet drinks for her, clearly. "We were trying to tally up current threats and only got to three."
Kukai Souma 2019-02-22 18:38:35 103719
Kukai laughs as Daichi hops down to enjoy a french fry. "Hey, meat is good stuff." He rubs his head at the question. "I dunno? Pepperoni is... pepperoni. I don't know what it is. It's good, though."

Kukai grins and shakes his head. "Well. Texting, sure, but maybe not ask you to come out and spend your night sailing through the rain or something." He huhs, then nods to her. "What current threats?"
Naru Osaka 2019-02-22 18:49:59 103720
"I've never been much of a fan." Naru shakes her head. "I mean, I'm not actually a vegetarian. I'll eat meat, but given an option, I don't usually seek it out." She ahhs softly. "Fair enough. I'm not often much for going out flying anywhere, rain or not." She taps her sketchbook. "Signum is one, Alexis' parents are another, and Hana. Do you know of any others?"
Kukai Souma 2019-02-22 18:57:59 103721
Kukai thinks, leaning on the table. "I guess I'm the same, but it doesn't feel like a meal if there's not a little protein of some sort." He smiles, then nods. "What, I thought you could fly on your own."

Kukai sighs, staring at her sketchbook and thinking. "Eclipse is still a threat, even if Takashi's out of the way. It's still a pile of villains who're a lot weaker now, but still together." He rubs his head. "I think... I think I heard something from Ariel or Lacrima or something on HeartNET but I don't tend to pay as much attention to it as I should. Maybe I'm wrong. Don't count that yet." He picks up a fry and eats it pensively. "And I feel like we're forgetting others, but maybe they just haven't been doing anything major for a long time."
Naru Osaka 2019-02-22 19:20:22 103722
"There's way more options for protein than just meat." Naru points out with a soft laugh. "Eggs, fish, tofu, tempeh.. lots of options." She drains the last of her milkshake and then nudges it as an example. "Milk.. also protein."

Naru shudders a ltitle and shakes her head. "I don't fly, no. I am horrifically scared of heights, and I can't even jump from any height, no matter how much I work on it. No flying."

Naru nods in agreement. "I'm sure my list is incomplete, s'why I'm asking around. I tend to aim for individual threats rather than Eclipse as a whole, cause they are sort of more individuals these days. I dont know of any active right now though."
Kukai Souma 2019-02-22 19:32:15 103723
Kukai laughs. "Well I didn't immediately go to meat! I'm just thinking about pizza. .... I've never had eggs on pizza." He thinks about that for a minute, processing it. "... That sounds weird."

Kukai aaahs, then nods. "So no escorting you around on my board, huh. Got it. I'll keep it in mind." He chuckles and then nods. "Yeah. I don't either. So.... I guess just those three. That's good, right?"
Naru Osaka 2019-02-22 20:16:06 103724
"As long as you don't mind me clinging to the edges, eyes tightly closed and whimpering in ways that I'm certain are not at all dignified, the board is just fine." Naru offers a half smile, self depricating. "Egg on pizza is surprisingly delicious. I was also skeptical, but I was willing to try it, and I am a convert. Apparently a fried egg is also delicious on burgers, but I am skeptical of that too."

"Well, it's generally good, although the fact that it's quiet feels like waiting for a storm to break." Naru picks up her pencil to add some more doodles to her page, something that looks like tenticles? Perhaps? "It's rarely quiet for long around here."
Kukai Souma 2019-02-22 20:48:40 103725
Kukai smiles and reaches over to pat Naru's hand. "It's ok. I hang onto whomever's on the board very tightly. Haven't dropped anyone yet, not even in combat. So it'll be ok. We'll work around it." He huhs and then rubs his chin. "Well the egg on a burger thing I've tried before, but not on a pizza. It doesn't sound awful, at least. Maybe I'll try it if it comes up at some point."

Kukai sighs and nods. "Yeah. Dead silent with grey clouds overhead. It's coming, just don't know when." He eyes the tentacles, and laughs. "I've fought that before."
Zafira 2019-02-22 20:56:07 103726
Zafira wanders in to the upper floor of the arcade. He's VERY much not normal here. He's never seen this place on the inside before. In fact, the man probably sticks out like a sore thumb given how much he's looking at everything below with a low key, disintrested sort of confusion. This upper floor seems more interesting to him though. He can smell food here... If he had his canine ears and tail right now, he'd be twitching them. As he doesn't he's just looking around curiously, trying not to be too invasive as he tries to place what the different new smells are.
Naru Osaka 2019-02-22 21:05:10 103727
Naru laughs softly, shaking her head. "My lizard brain would be certain that I would break that perfect record. There's really not a lot of rational thought going on. Brains are dumb." She gives Kukai's hand a pat and then goes back to her sketching.

"I'm pretty sure most of us have fought it before." Naru comments with that same faintly amused tone as she adds a few more tenticles. "Probably why I keep drawing them." Her attention slides over to the lost looking gentlmean and she lifts her voice a bit to let Zafira hear her. "Can we help you find something?"
Zafira 2019-02-22 21:17:58 103728
Zafira tilts his head slightly. "Find something," he wonders as if he's not sure what she means, "..." He pauses quietly before shaking his head. He's peering curiously toward some of the foods though. " here..."
Kukai Souma 2019-02-22 21:24:10 103729
Kukai laughs and then shakes his head. "I'd just have to catch you on the way down, Naru. But yeah, I get you." He grins at her, before looking down at the beast. "Yeah. It's nasty. So yeah."

Kukai looks back over at Zafira for a moment, turning to face him. "Well.. it's a pretty safe place, and it's full of good food and nice people. Ah..." He looks back to Naru for a second, before facing Zafira. "Never been here before?"
Naru Osaka 2019-02-22 21:27:23 103730
"Try the milkshakes.. sorry.. ice cream smoothies." Naru advises. "And the fries are also really popular." She notes to Zafira before her phone goes off. A wrinkle of her nose and she taps out a reply before tucking it, and her sketchbook, into her bag. "And that's my cue to leave, apparently I'm picking up a shift at the store today, becuase I love my Mom a whole lot." She pushes to her feet. "Take care, Kukai." She winks at his tiny companion, a quiet farewell in the face of a stranger nearby. "See ya!"
Zafira 2019-02-22 21:33:47 103731
Zafira quietly offers a wave toward Naru before looking toward Kukai again. "Ice cream smoothie," he replies curiously. He's had ice cream now. He LIKES ice cream. " that what smells like potato?" Despite his interest he's just quietly, seeming barely intrested and more so just putting out a sort of calm cluelessness.
Kukai Souma 2019-02-22 21:53:13 103732
Kukai watches Naru pack up and nods. "Be careful Naru! See you later on!" Daichi hugs her neck again before going back to his fries, watching Zafira closely.

Kukai laughs and nods. "There was a whole thing with a bunch of people getting sick from milkshakes so they changed the name. I think. And yeah, fries are made from potatoes." He holds the plate up to Zafira. "Grab one, see if you like them." Kukai's keeping his eyes on Zafira for the moment.
Zafira 2019-02-22 22:01:34 103733
Zafira, odd as it might seem of him, accepts the French fry offer and seems to approve silently. He doesn't think he is all that fond of the noise and lights downstairs. Why do people come to a place like this to stare at screens when it's more peaceful from home? The food though, that's interesting him. "I should tell the others about fries..."