I'm fine, really.

Kotomi finds Unmei a bit sick drunk and drags her back home, where the two chat for a while. They share some information about their familial situation, while Kotomi tries to take care of Unmei as best she can/

Date: 2019-03-04
Pose Count: 38
Unmei Tama 2019-03-04 21:11:33 104003
Unmei Tama was fine. Really. That's what she'd said when she... snuck out this morning. She'd been feeling better! A bit...

And it was cold, and wet, and she'd kind of... made it out a bit.... before the coughing started. And her chest got tight. And lots of coughing. And huddling in her jacket... But hey... she needed to get to school and...

Oh well. She'd missed the bus when she kind of fell asleep for a minute on the bench but that was okay. She'd be fine. She just needed to walk. She walked all the time... She was sure she wouldn't be that late....

Unaware just how long she'd napped.
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-03-04 21:16:26 104004
Kotomi is doing something rather strange for her: hot off the heels of school, she's decided to take the bus over to the Manor unannounced!

Which is why she's there a moment later when Unmei starts walking away. "Hey!" she calls out, her voice sounding even less-girly than usual. "U-Unmei ... chan!?" She hurries over, though she doesn't try to get too close. "Um, are you okay?"

And her mind immediately jumps to the thought that no, of course she isn't okay, something worse is going to happen, especially as a result of Kotomi's interference ...
Unmei Tama 2019-03-04 21:27:12 104005
Unmei Tama blinked and glanced over to her and... "Oh! Hey, Kotomi! What brings you here? Are you late to school, too?" she asked, giving a big smile.

Her face was scarlet, and she was panting, mist coming out of her mouth. "I need to hurry and get to infinity, but I can talk until we need to split."

Her eyes were a bit glazed and... Oh my gosh, what time did she think it was? She'd only made it a few blocks from the manor as it was and just... No. And she wasn't even walking steady....
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-03-04 21:32:20 104006
Somehow, Kotomi manages not to groan or sigh. She hesitates, pulls a flu mask out of her jacket's pocket and hurriedly puts it on, and then weakly grabs Unmei's arm. "School's over, Unmei-chan," she says weakly. "Um, c'mon, we need to get you ... back to the manor. You're just still obviously way too sick to be out of your bedroom!"
Unmei Tama 2019-03-04 21:38:10 104007
Unmei Tama shook her head. "What? Noooo. I just got up. I just closed my eyes for a minute..." she mumbled, before giving a yawn. "Come on... I just... it's over?" she mumbled, letting the other girl lead her. She was trying to focus and continue, but she couldn't come up with a good like.... response.

"I feel.... mostly better. I just feel tired and--" And started coughing into her arm. "T-that, sometimes...
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-03-04 21:40:35 104008
Kotomi frowns as she guides Unmei back towards the manor. "You shouldn't just try to force yourself to go to school if you're still coughing like that!" she says. "You'll just get everyone else sick, too!" Somehow, there's a certain level of ... firmness in her tone that she isn't used to. Maybe it's the conversation they had before? She blushes; she's still not going to try kissing Unmei yet, at the very least. Not ... uh ... when she's still sick like that.
Unmei Tama 2019-03-04 21:48:10 104009
Unmei Tama nodded, walking with her. "Right. Yes. I... will? Noooo. I won't... I don't think I'm contagious. I just... tired. I'm just a little tired and.... want a bit of sleep, that's all... can..." She gave a yawn. "If school is over, can I go back to sleep?" she asked softly, following the other girl. And leaning on her and...

".... I think I dreamed about you when I was sick..." 'When' she was sick... ".... Did you tell me you kissed me?"
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-03-04 21:56:32 104010
"You're still coughing," Kotomi points out in response to the comment about being contagious. "You really need to wait a while before you're fully recovered, right? And ..."

And then she just blushes at the remarks about the dream, and nearly stumbles. "Uh. N-no, I, uh. Definitely told you I. Specifically. Was not gonna kiss you because you're sick."
Unmei Tama 2019-03-04 21:58:41 104011
Unmei Tama nodded. "Oh... so you didn't like... like me then... I thought..." she shook her head. "I'm fine. Really. I jsut..." She was leaning on the other girl and gave a soft yawn. "I'm thirsty... can I get some juice when I get home?" she asked as they made their way into the manor's yard.

".... I think I like you though, Kotomi... if I'm dreaming about it... well... I guess i like a lot of people though...."
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-03-04 22:00:55 104012
Kotomi nods. "Of course you can!" she says hurriedly. "I'll get you into bed and then get ... the juice."

She giggles nervously. Ugh the fact that Unmei is only barely coherent is making this even worse in ways she never even imagined! "Well, uh ... I guess I ... do kinda like you," she says weakly. "The, uh. The sticking point for not kissing you is just being sick."
Unmei Tama 2019-03-04 22:11:53 104013
Unmei Tama nodded, letting the other girl guide her through the house... and upstairs and... She gave a soft yawn, leaning on the girl and then... collapsing into bed. "I was late though... or.... missed. How'm I going to pass my classes?" she mumbled, staring up at her blearily. "I need to... can't get to nice school otherwise.... be a good teacher..." she mumbled.

"You.... kinda like me?" she asked. "Oh... you don't know? Let me know if you decide..." she mumbled. "Cause I'd totally go out with you but... I'm not gonna wait if you don't wanna..." she mumbled, pulling the blankets up tight.
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-03-04 22:16:38 104014
Kotomi gently helps Unmei into bed. "You're not gonna be doing yourself or anyone around you any good by going to school sick, though!" she says weakly. Her blush meanwhile maintains a constant level as Unmei speaks. "Yeah, uh ... you said that part, too. Uh ... I'm still trying to figure it out, though. I, uh, I guess I have time to figure it out now!" She certainly doesn't have to worry about Unmei getting a date while sick, regardless of the Super Souma Brothers' alleged hotness.
Unmei Tama 2019-03-05 00:01:45 104015
Unmei Tama giggled softly and sighed. "Fine. You win, okay? Fine... I'll be a good little girl..." she mumbled, curling up into a little ball and staring at the TV.

Then, after a bit. "When... you're sick, who takes care of you? Like.... do you do it yourself or.... do you like.... do your parents... take care of you?" she mumbled.

"And no, probably not... I look hideous now... I don't really have anything else to offer if i don't have my looks..." she mumbled.

"You know... I wished to be a really pretty girl... you know? And... I think I was stupid. I should have wished to be smart... or fast or... special... in some way. But I just... wanted to be... pretty and cute... you know? But then I got here and... I swear everyone here is like... supermodel levels of pretty... I feel so inadequate all the time... And they're real..." Pause. "They were... born... right... you know?"

Oh dear. Now she was in the 'sick and mopey' stage...
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-03-05 00:16:50 104016
Kotomi hesitates a moment. "My mom takes care of me," she says delicately. "My dad died when I was seven." A bit of gloom seems to descend upon her.

And then the mopeyness hits Unmei, and she actually recoils slightly. "Uhh ..." She hurriedly tries to put her thoughts back together, but her own gloom is getting in the way somewhat. "I-I mean they're not that pretty!" she says uncertainly. "W-when ... with the gem, you look fine!" She shakes her head. "And, and being sick is ... I mean, not looking good isn't the problem here?"
Unmei Tama 2019-03-05 00:35:21 104017
Unmei Tama whines and then rolles over, hiding her face with the pillows. "I-I don't... I look terrible though... and looking bad is always the worst..." she mumbled. "I'm sorry... I'm just... being mopey..." she mumbled.

".... Do your parents know about... you? I mean... wait... I guess they have to..." she said, eying her. "I'm... sorry. Losing your dad must be terrible... I didn't mean to... make you suffer like that... sorry..." she said, pulling the blankets over her head. She started tugging more blankets over herself. "It's so cold..."
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-03-05 00:39:15 104018
Kotomi shrugs; she really doesn't know how to respond to the general mopeyness. "Um. You're," She swallows. "You're gonna get better, okay?" she says softly.

She shrugs. "My mom has basically been helping me every way she can, ever since I figured it out when I was nine," she says softly. "I know my dad would've helped, too." She shakes her head. "You aren't hurting me by mentioning my dad, I ..." She shrugs again. "S-sorry ..."
Unmei Tama 2019-03-05 00:50:59 104019
Unmei Tama nodded, sighing and glanced over. "What if i don't? What if I'm sick forever? What if I like.... spend twenty years sick?" ... Okay, no. That was silly.

".... You figured it out when you were nine? Wow... you found it out pretty early too..." she mumbled.

"I did too... my parents... didn't approve..." she mumbled. "Ended up running away. I... might try to go back and see them again after this... Lacrima usually takes me... she's really nice... she's great to come with... she keeps me safe...."
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-03-05 00:57:24 104020
Kotomi sighs softly. "That's just silly," she agrees.

She nods. "Yeah, it ... wasn't hard to figure out, for me." She shrugs. "My life is ... kind of a mess. And so's transitioning. But ... it's worth it, I think ..."

And then her eyes go wide at that revelation. "I ..." She hesitates, then blinks. "W-wait, why does she need to keep you safe!?" That does not sound good at all. Her anxiety is trying to come up with the worst possible explanation, but logically, she's starting to wonder if her anxiety is actually correct in this case.
Unmei Tama 2019-03-05 01:02:59 104021
Unmei Tama nods. "It was hard for me. I fought with it a lot... but... I didn't think I could ever... parents weren't happy at all..." she mumbled, nuzzling the pillow, wrapping up into an unmei coccoon.

"Oh yeah... the first time dad tried to grab me and I flung him into a wall. Second time I think they wanted to grab me but ummm... I think they remembered the first... And Lacrima was there so like... They couldn't grab me or anything... I was safe..." she said with a yawn.
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-03-05 01:11:57 104022
Kotomi just ... stares at Unmei. "I ..." Her first impulse to tell Unmei that she doesn't think it's a good idea for Unmei to try and meet her parents again, given that track record. But she really doesn't know how to put it, and she's not even sure it will have a remotely good result. "... um ... wow," she says weakly.

She looks down at her. "Oh, um, right, I-I was gonna get your juice ..."
Unmei Tama 2019-03-05 01:19:08 104023
Unmei Tama nodded, ugging the blanket and pillows close. "Mmmmm hmmmm... I wish I could go home..." she mumbled gently. "But I can't yet.... but I really miss my parents at times like now..." she mumbled. "You know, since becoming a magical girl... I don't think I've really gotten sick, aside from when my powers all went wonky and I almost.... broke..."

"Oh yeah.... can you get me apple juice please? I think there's some in the fridge..."
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-03-05 01:25:11 104024
Kotomi frowns, listening to this. She's picturing how her mother would react to a forsaken trans girl like Unmei. She resolves ... not to tell her at all until and unless they enter into a relationship which, against all probability, reaches the point that Kotomi isn't embarrassed just to think about the possibility.

As it is, she just nods, and heads downstairs to the fridge. Apple juice, apple juice ... ah, apple juice! Cups are another small bit of difficulty, but she then heads back upstairs, juice in hand. "Um, here it is, Unmei-chan ..."
Unmei Tama 2019-03-05 03:07:19 104025
Unmei Tama hugs her blanket and... seemed to relax. And she was almost falling aslee and... she seemed relaxed...

Of course, after coming back with the apple juice, Unmei had fallen off the bed. HOW?! Kotomi was gone like, a minute! How did she fall out of the bed?! Why was she wrapped up in the blankets?! WHY WAS SHE TRYING TO CRAWL UNDER THE BED?!

.... What was wrong with this girl? Oh, so many things. Wait. No. She was trying to get her book she dropped...
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-03-05 03:09:33 104026
Kotomi blinks in surprise. All these questions and more are running through her head, and most of the other ones are increasingly panicked. Has she completely lost it!? Is this somehow some indication that she hates Kotomi somehow!?!? Wait, no, that last one's dumb, she even knows it's dome. (But it's still there slightly!)

"U-Unmei-chan ...?" she says nervously. "Um ... what are you doing?"
Unmei Tama 2019-03-05 03:25:41 104027
Unmei Tama sit up and... Held up her manga. "I dropped my book..." she mumbled blearily, slowly crawling back into bed. "Sorry..." she mumbled, wrapping ehrself up. "Gonna... read. Need to read..." she mumbled, before giving a yawn.

She closed her eyes and... "Kotomi, can we watch an anime?" she asked softly. "And ummm... Can you sit on the bed... I won't like. Touch you or anything. I just... would like someone nearby...." she mumbled, nuzzling her pillow.
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-03-05 03:28:24 104028
Kotomi blinks. "You're going to read manga and watch anime at the same time?" she says uncertainly. "Um ... well ..." Her anxiety always pushes her towards accepting invitations for fear of disappointing. "... okay," she says. She gingerly climbs up onto the other side of the bed from Unmei.
Unmei Tama 2019-03-05 03:35:21 104029
Unmei Tama sighs. "I was going to read but... I'd rather watch with you..." she mumbled. "I just... don't want to watch things alone..." she mumbled. "It's lonely and... I jsut don't wanna be alone... if... if that's okay..." she whispered.

"... I don't like being sick..." she mumbled. "I feel weak and useless. More than normal... I just..." She wrapped back up in her bundle of blankets. "I wanna get better... Do... you think I'm too whiny?"
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-03-05 03:37:49 104030
Kotomi blinks. "Oh! That makes more sense," she says. "Sure! I don't mind at all!" She actually manages one of her quick, small smiles.

She considers the question. "I don't really think you're whiny," she says. "To be honest ... I kind of feel like you and I ... have a bunch of the same problems. And, and you're just ... better at talking about them. Expressing them, I guess."
Unmei Tama 2019-03-05 03:41:46 104031
Unmei Tama giggled softly. "W-well, yeah. I used to like. Bottle them all up. And it ended up with me losing the clotho gem, turning into a devouring... mess of gluttony. And forced Mamoru and Kunzite to spend like... forever trying to get me to the point I could BE around normal people. Sometimes you just need to... do things. Though sometimes I feel people tell people things when I'd rather keep them bundled up... like the window..." she mumbled.

"I totally could have fixed it... And just, um, choose anything you like. I have a lot..."
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-03-05 03:46:36 104032
Kotomi blinks. "Um ... hmm ..." She considers this a moment, then gets up and picks out the first volume of the original version of Vampire Warrior Aurora. "Does ... bundling things up help?" she says finally. "I mean, would it ... make things ... better? I mean ... I dunno ..." She looks like even she isn't sure what she means.
Unmei Tama 2019-03-05 03:51:03 104033
Unmei Tama shrugs. "I don't know.... if... I'm the only one who gets hurt? Then I don't really see the harm.... but if it's going to cause others grief..." She pauses. "Maybe I shouldn't have... no. Kunzite and Mamoru were thankful and happy I did it... so... I guess it was okay then..."

"I jsut don't wanna cause problems for others..." she muttered. "But I think that's all I do half the time..."
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-03-05 03:56:34 104034
Kotomi's sits back down on the bed. And then her head whips around to face Unmei. "Um ... U-Unmei-chan, that ... kind of ... the thing about hurting yourself ... kindaa worries me," she says nervously. "Like ... I ..." She shakes her head. "I'm not even sure why ... it's just ..." She's just showing genuine concern, for Unmei personally in particular.
Unmei Tama 2019-03-05 04:06:20 104035
Unmei Tama sighed and shook her head. "Well. I mean. It's not like that. I just mean if like... if it ONLY affects me, like. I don't wanna bother people if they don't get anything out of it.... it's selfish otherise, you know?" she mumbled, shaking her head. "Though I guess I really am selfish... all I do is... like..."

She trailed off and... "Can you rub my back?" So much for just 'sit on the edge of the bed'.
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-03-05 04:33:10 104036
Kotomi frowns, looking even more worried. She's still trying to figure out what to say and how to respond, when Unmei's request causes her to blush bright red and ... Well, she tries not to recoil, and just barely manages it. "Uh! I, uh ... d-don't know how," she stammers. It's clear that that request was ... kind of a lot.
Unmei Tama 2019-03-05 04:54:19 104037
Unmei Tama nods, closing her eyes and smiling. "Okay... thanks. Being close should be comfort enough... sorry.... I didn't mean to be weird..." she mumbled, closing her eyes for a few moments, before focusing on the show, staring at it.

"Thanks for being here... and liking these too..." she mumbled. "At least I know you won't mind watching them with me..." she mumbled.

It was beginning to look like she might pass out by the end of the first episode.
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-03-05 04:56:19 104038
Kotomi blinks, and gives another one of her quick smiles. "Oh! Um, okay," she says. "And ... yeah, of course. I'll, I'm really glad I found a magical girl who likes magical girl shows as I do, too."

After a moment of watching the show, she gently moves one hand to rest on Unmei's shoulder. She still has no idea about the proper way of comforting someone. But she figures, even small things like that could help.
Unmei Tama 2019-03-05 04:58:55 104040
Unmei Tama blinked a few times before.... sighing. She didn't move a lot. But she seemed... happy. Judging by the sigh. It was such a simple thing, that touch. Minor... but...

It meant Unmei wasn;t alone... She didn't have to be alone right now. And... right now? When she felt like this? She didn't want to be. She just... wanted to feel... a little cared for. Wanted. And that hand helped...

Within a few moments, she began to lightly snore, her eyes closed, chest rising slowly with each breath...
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-03-05 04:59:58 104041
Kotomi just keeps her hand there until Unmei starts to snore. "Goodnight, Unmei-chan," she whispers, even though it's still the afternoon, and she gently tucks her in before she turns off the TV and heads out.