Cat Burglar


Sayaka stops by the P.M. Minimart and runs into Kyouko. Meanwhile, Yoru attempts to shoplift some sardines.

Date: 2015-09-07
Pose Count: 31
Kyouko Sakura 2015-09-07 23:45:55 9365
    Late afternoon, downtown Mitakihara. The P.M. Minimart is a convinience store which stands on a small side-street; still downtown, still seeing a fair bit of foot traffick, but off of the main streets, so not quite as busy. It's a small corner shop, tucked amidst the other buildings. Not very large, it still manages to carry a fair range of items, from snacks to drinks to toiletries, newspapers, and other sundries.

    It's a quiet afternoon, and Kyouko is one the job. The young redhead is lugging a box out of the back store-room of the store, grumbling to herself. "Damn old lady, thinks I'm some kinda pack animal.." She struggles the box over to one of the shelves, then drops it with a *floomf*, panting as she bends to open it and start putting cans up onto the shelf itself. It's hard, not having magical super-strength!
Sayaka Miki 2015-09-07 23:52:07 9366
    Sayaka had to run a couple of errands for her busy mom, which brought her to this store. She had no idea that Kyouko even had a job, let alone at a place like this, so she's not particularly searching for the red head as she skims the aisles, intently looking for something in particular.

    "Darnit, where is the almond milk? Would it be with milk or almonds?" she mutters to herself, scratching her head in confusion as she ponders the baking aisle..
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-09-07 23:57:07 9367
    Yoru is a smart kitten. He knows how to get what he wants. He's not quite strong enoguh to open doors himself, but he knows how to piggyback on others. So when a patron enters the place, he zooms in when the door's open as far as the patron's going to open it. It's a close shave, but he gets in.

    And he immediately heads for the shelves. He doesn't pay the other patrons any mind except to dodge them when they get close. They can't see him anyway, he figures. besides, all he's concerned about is finding the thing he wants. Convenience stores have tins of sardines right?
Kyouko Sakura 2015-09-07 23:59:51 9368
    Kyouko is still grumbling under her breath as she puts cans on shelves, when she hears a familiar voice drifting over from the next aisle. She perks.. then smiles, her face brightening. "Sayaka-chan?" She leaves her duties half-finished to walk around the corner, brightening further when she sees the blue-haired girl. "Hey! It is you." She says happily, walking over.

    It is obvious she is employed, since she's wearing an orange apron with the store's logo on it. "You found me, huh?" She jokes, knowing full well the other girl wasn't looking for her. She grins. "I keep meaning to drop by and see you again, it's just it's been so busy, gettin' used to things and stuff.."

    She doesn't notice Yoru.. yet, as he zooms by behind her towards the shelves with the canned goods. Where there are indeed sardines.
Sayaka Miki 2015-09-08 00:04:44 9369
    Sayaka frowns a bit, scratching her head as she skims the baking aisle, and does not find anything resembling nuts or milk or anything to that effect..Where the heck do they keep it!?

    "Aah!" she yells in frustration, as she seems to have been going in circles all day. But then she spies a certain familiar red-head, dressed in a store apron no less! What is this? Kyou-chan's got a job!? In a convenience store?

    She laughs, "Hey you! I see you're keeping busy! So this is your new job, huh?" It's somehow strange for Sayaka to see her working here, of all places. Kyouko always seemed a bit of a rogue..

    Sayaka does see something zip by however, out of the corner of her mouth..Something that causes her to take a double-take in the direction of the kitten..Woah, where'd that come from? "Huh.?"
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-09-08 00:09:54 9370
    "Aha! There you are-nya!" No sense keeping his voice down either, right? But yes, Yoru does indeed head for the canned goods once he sees them. He flies down to where the sardine tins are stacked and just... looks at the sight. One can almost swear he is tearing up from the sight of so many cans of sardines, tuna, and herring all sitting next to each other in wonderful, tall, neat stacks. "...It's so beautiful-nya..."

    Yoru begins to fly back and forth slowly in front of where the canned fish are stacked. "Hmm... which one-nya? I haven't had tuna in a while... but the cans don't open easily, like sardines..." He isn't aware that he's been spotted by Sayaka... and Kyouko can see him too, if she looks to see what it was that's attracted Sayaka's attention...
Kyouko Sakura 2015-09-08 00:12:16 9371
    "Yeah well.." Kyouko suddenly seems just a bit bashful, cheeks reddening as she turns away and gives a wry little smile. "Now that I can't, y'know.. really do what I was doing anymore, I needed to do something. I had a friend fake up some IDs for me, so I could pass for sixteen and.. this seemed like as good a choice as any. I really don't mind it, surprisingly.."

    "How've you been?" She asks, peeking back up at Sayaka.. still totally missing Yoru. He's actually in the next aisle over, so he's out of sight for the moment.. but he'll have to fly back past them with whatever can he chooses, if he does try to take it, and it'll be hard to avoid notice then..
Sayaka Miki 2015-09-08 00:19:17 9372
    Sayaka chuckles, "Ohh, that's pretty sneaky, Kyou-chan! But I'm glad you found something to do..Even so, shouldn't you be in school? Isn't your education important too?" really, she's kinda young to be working and all..Isn't she?

    She smiles, "Heh, been busy with school and all. Kamiju-kun has a recital next week. If you're into classical music, maybe you'd like to come with me? He's such a talented violinist.."

    Hmmm..She could've sworn that critter that flew by looked familiar..The more she thinks of it.."I think that was Yoru, just now. I might've thought I was seeing things, but lately I seem to see a lot of strange things. C'mon, let's check this out! I hope he's not causing mischief again.."

    And she starts to head down the next aisle towards the canned fish, having momentarily forgotten that Kyouko probably cant see Yoru now..
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-09-08 00:28:35 9373
    Not to worry. Yoru soon decides, "Tuna's not much good if I can't get into the can-nya!" He'd have to bug Ikuto about getting him a can of tuna sometime. It's not like he couldn't afford it, after all. So instead Yoru grabs a tin of sardines, the kind with the key on them...

    ...And starts heading for the door! Little thief! But he also has to get past Sayaka... and she's looking right at him! He knows he's been spotted! Because NOW he remembers her! "Uh-oh. Time for an alternate escape strategy-nya!" He turns quickly, and starts heading back down the asile. Now it's a legitimate chase!
Kyouko Sakura 2015-09-08 00:31:21 9374
    Kyouko makes a face. "Aw, not you too, Sayaka-chan! Mamoru has been giving me a hard time about school since.. well, since y'know. Look, I just.. I'm not cut out for it, okay? I'd rather /do/ something.. even if it's just haul boxes around.."

    At the mention of the recital though, she actually smiles. "Oh.. well.. I'm not much of a classical music girl but.. if you wouldn't mind my company.. I'll go with you." She seems strangely pleased by the invite. Maybe she's thinking she can break out that (now cleaned of cake) fancy red dress she wore to the gala, again..

    Then she blinks as Sayaka runs off, mentioning 'Yoru'. "Huh? What?" But she follows, of coruse, into the next idle.

    That's when she spots Yoru.. flying down the isle with a can of sardines! Her brows knit. "H-hey! Come back here, you little thief!" And she's off, chasing the miniature flying cat-boy, whether or not Sayaka chooses to run with her! It's her job!
Sayaka Miki 2015-09-08 00:37:55 9375
    Sayaka makes a face at Kyouko, pausing only briefly in her trek down to the fish aisle. "Heh, well he's right. School's important, y'know? Do you really wanna work in a place like this for the rest of your life?"

    She chuckles, "Well good! I cant wait to take you, it'll be loads of fun! I'm so sad that I missed the last big party in town since I had a catchup exam to write.." Sayaka is already fantasizing about dancing with Kamijou in her new blue dress after, but...

    "Look, over there, by the sardines! That little brat! he's trying to steal! Yoru! Stop right there!" she yells and starts running after him...Of course this is bound to look pretty comical to those who cant see Yoru, although the fish can in his mouth is likely floating around on its own..
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-09-08 00:47:51 9376
    That's unexpected, for sure! When Yoru hears Kyouko call out he emits a startled, "Nya!" He wasn't expecting anyone else would be able to see him! But then suddenly she's chasing him too! Outwardly this is indeed very probably going to look very strange-- two young girls chasing after a floating can of sardines.

    He's actually not carrying the sardine can in his mouth-- his mouth isn't THAT big. He's carrying it in his oversized hand-paws, one edge of the rounded rectangular can supported by his oversized foot-paws as he zooms down the aisle. As he flies, he turns around to stick his tongue out at Sayaka and Kyouko. "Can't catch me-nya~!" he taunts.

    BBut this is a small convenience store... and these aisles are only so long. While he's turned around taunting the girls chasing him, the wall looms before him, unseen and unnoticed. Until...

    ...WHAM!

    Yoru turns his head forward in time to see the wall... far too close to stop. He slams into it at full speed, and then falls backwards onto the floor, the sardine tin falling on his head. He looks fine, but he's obviously dazed.

    "...Nyaaaaaaa..."
Kyouko Sakura 2015-09-08 00:52:27 9377
    "Nobody shoplifts on my watch!" Kyouko declares, sprinting ahead of Sayaka, her years living rough giving her a good turn of speed, even sans-magic. Perhaps acting a bit on instinct, reliving her glory days, Kyouko decides to head the little thief off at the pass.

    She turns suddenly and leaps, vaulting the entire aisle of shelves like some kind of action movie hero, red ponytail flying behind her!

    She only knocks two cans and a bag of chips off the shelf too, landing on her feet in the next aisle and running down to the end...

    Only to find that her 'prey' has already defeated himself by running into the wall. She stands there, panting with effort, as Sayaka runs up from the other direction. "Ahhh.. phooey." She mutters.. bending to pick up the can, with or without Yoru still attached. She looks like she actually wanted more of a chase. Maybe she misses being a magical girl more than she admits.
Sayaka Miki 2015-09-08 01:01:50 9378
    "Uhh....." *sweatdrop!* Sayaka's pretty fast, but she doesnt have the same kind of training and experience as Kyouko, who beats her to the flying cat and its stolen can of sardines. Still, she gets there in time to see the cat ram into the wall, falling to the ground.

    "Well, now that we've got the can back, what do we do about Yoru? We can hardly turn an invisible floating cat-boy-thing into police! I wonder where his owner is...Did he come alone?"

    She peers around, looking for...Whatever his name is..r
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-09-08 01:09:12 9379
    It turns out it's with Yoru still attached that Kyouko picks up the tin of sardines. "Nyaaaaaaa!" He complains, waking up when he realizes his precious tin of sardines is being taken away. "Gimmie that back, I'm hungry-nya!" he whines, pulling ineffectually at the tin. If Kyouko's got a good hold of it though, he's not going to be able to move it anywhere. He's exactly as strong as a catboy his size would be.

    Sayaka's words get his attention, and Yoru pauses, though he's still dangling from the can. "Ikuto's working," Yoru proclaims. "Director-san is upset with him, so he has to get as many X-Eggs as possible-nya." Pause. "...Nya!" He covers his mouth with his large hand-paws, finally releasing the tin. "S-so he's not around to feed me and I want something to eat-nya!" Trying desperately to turn the conversation elsewhere.
Kyouko Sakura 2015-09-08 01:12:35 9380
    Kyouko shakes the can around, trying to dislodge Yoru off of it. "Gimme that, you little.." She mutters, but he soon releases it on its own. She brings it back in and holds it close to herself, as if guarding something precious. This is her precious merchendise!

    "Somehow," She says to Sayaka with a sigh, "I don't think the Police deal in magical mascot problems.." She sighs, "Or I'd have reported Kyubey for stalking a long time ago."

    She blinks when Yoru starts talking about Director-san and X-Eggs. She doesn't know anything about X-Eggs though, so it doesn't set off any alarm bells, though now that she's heard the term, if she hears it again in the future she might make unfortunate connections. "Look, can't you go root through a trash can or something? That's what cats do, I've seen cartoons. There's probably lots of intact fish-skeletons out there you can put on a trashcan lid like a plate." She grips the can tightly. "But I'm not gonna get fired from my first job cause I let you steal a can of sardines!"
Sayaka Miki 2015-09-08 01:16:37 9381
    Sayaka cant help but giggle at the struggling cat. Worse than that, she actually leans over and attempts to tickle him under the chin. "Aww..He's just hungry..I suppose I could buy some sardines for him.."

    She glances at Kyouko, about to grab the sardines from her, arching a brow at this talk of 'Director-san' and 'X-eggs'. "Wait, what? What on earth are those? What kinda stuff is Ikuto involved in? That sounds like some pretty crazy work!"

    With a chuckle, Sayaka reaches for the sardine can, "I'll buy this for you Yoru, if you're a good kitty..But you must promise not to steal again! That's very bad!"
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-09-08 01:26:25 9382
    Kyouko's shaking while Yoru still has his paws locked around the end of the can prompts a "Nyaaa-aaa-aaa-aaa..." as he tries desperately to cling. But soon, aforementioned circumstances force him to release the can. And then Kyouko's talking about digging in the trash. "There's no meat on a fish skeleton-nya!" he protests. "Cats don't eat BONES, we eat MEAT-nya!"

    And then Sayaka's asking about ikuto's work. "Oh, um. They're... eggs. ...That a store can't use. ...Because they're, uh. ...Not... egg-shaped enough." ...What? That sounds pretty pointless. Though if he's in a farm somewhere, that'd explain why he's not around at the moment. Suddenly she's offering to buy the can of sardines for him! Immediately his eyes begin to sparkle, his catchlights swimming in the blue depths of his eyes. "Would you really-nya?!" he says happily. Her conditions are agreed to, with a nod. "I won't steal again, I promise-nya!"

    Then again, it's a promise from a mischievous little catboy. That's not likely to last long. But then again, if it at least gives him something to think about... even makes him think twice from now on...
Kyouko Sakura 2015-09-08 01:29:28 9383
    Kyouko looks skeptical, although she doesn't question the 'explanation' of the X-eggs. "I dunno, Sayaka-chan." She says, although as the other girl reaches for the can she hands it over after a moment. "If you reward him for bad behavior, he won't learn his lesson!" She sighs after a moment though, and smiles. "Still.. that's real nice of you." Is she making admiring eyes at Sayaka for a moment? Nah, must be your imagination.

    Either way, then she's shaking her finger at Yoru again. "Anyway, you better not steal again. At least not from here!" That's all she really cares about, heh. "I have a new apartment to pay for and-" She breaks off, suddenly remembering.

    "Oh! Sayaka-chan! You need to come see my new apartment sometime. And I got a cellphone!" SHe pulls it out of her pocket. "Lemme give you my number.." Yoru promptly forgotten, at least until he and/or Sayaka reminds the redhead to actually do her job and check them out.
Sayaka Miki 2015-09-08 01:34:04 9384
    "Not...Egg-shaped enough..Uh-huh..." Sayaka shakes her head. She's not buying this one. More likely, these x-eggs have more to do with some sorta..Magical mission, given that Yoru is undoubtedly some sort of magical creature himself, and so is Ikuto, although she's not exactly sure what.

    "Yeah, I'll buy some sardines for you Yoru-san, if you can tell me the truth about these...X-eggs." She smirks at Kyouko, "Don't worry! If he's motivated enough, I'm sure he would do just about anything..I need to have a little talk with Ikuto-san that. He really needs to take care of his pet!"

    Sayaka blinks at Kyouko, "Ooh? You have a new apartment? On the salary from this place? Heh, not bad! And living by yourself too so young.." She doesn't know the whole story, but suspects that Kyouko's either a run-away or her parent's are..Dead? Maybe that's it..

    "I'd love to see your place some time! must be nice.."
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-09-08 01:41:52 9385
    Well, it seems that at least the girls aren't suspicious enough to actually ask after the X-Eggs, even if they don't completely believe him. So there's that, anyway. When Kyouko starts to chastise Yoru about stealing, Yoru frowns. But he does have the grace not to stick his tongue out at the girl. Not yet anyway. He might be getting sardines, and he's willing to do just about anything for those.

    Except then it's suddenly NOT enough of an xplanation for Sayaka. He fidgets nervously, looking around when Sayaka asks him about it. After a few moments of hemming and hawing, Yoru says, "...I can't-nya! Director-san would be mad." Here he looks upset. "...And Director-san is really scary and mean when he's mad-nya!" Apparently he's... incredibly scared of Ikuto's boss, for whatever reason.
Kyouko Sakura 2015-09-08 01:45:40 9386
    Kyouko shrugs a little bit.. "It's uh.. actually not that nice.." She mutters, about her apartment. Of course it isn't- she can afford it on a part-time Convinience Store salary! But it's a big step up from where she /was/ living which was a burned-down church ruin.
    She frowns though, as Sayaka pushes Yoru for information about X-eggs.. information he doesn't seem very eager to give. "Sayaka-chan," She says, a note of warning in her voice. "Be careful. If you end up hearing something you aren't supposed to, it could put you in danger." She has no idea what X-eggs are either, but she assumes that they must be something to do with the magical world, and she doesn't want Sayaka to get in over her head.. especially now that she can't protect her anymore if she does.
Sayaka Miki 2015-09-08 01:49:24 9387
    Sayaka frowns, "Ahh...I see. So sorry, Yoru. You seem pretty harmless, and I wouldn't want to get you in trouble.." But she does want to find out more about these x-eggs, if they're some sort of trouble for the magical world! at any rate, he's given her some sort of useful information.

    "Alright, Yoru-san, I'll buy these sardines as promised, but you had better keep your word, and not steal anymore, okay? I'll be keeping an eye on you!" And she wags her finger at him to emphasize her point.

    Glancing at Kyouko, she smiles sheepishly and shrugs helplessly, "Ahh, I know. I couldn't stand up to some magical villain anyway. But it doesn't mean I cant pass the information on to someone else. Perhaps that mysterious Tuxedo Kamen who brought you to my house the other day, hm?"

    As for her apartment, Sayaka grins, "Well, I suppose it might not be perfect, but it's a start, right?"
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-09-08 01:56:22 9389
    Yoru nods at Kyouko's words about Sayaka not hearing something she shouldn't. "YES! That! Exactly that-nya!" he agrees quickly. "It's scary secret stuff. And you'd get Ikuto in trouble too!" Let's not consider the fact that Yoru was the one who mentioned it in the first place... so technically he's the one getting Ikuto in trouble...

    Thankfully Sayaka seems to understand not to ask about it. And she's also willing to buy the sardines too! The wagged finger is just the perfect target for Yoru to fly at and GLOMP! "Thank you! Thank you so much-nya!" And he just huuuuuuugs Sayaka's hand!

    Yoru is aware of his cuteness, see, and uses it whenever possible to get his way. He's figuring the cuteness of 'tiny catboy hugging hand' will appeal to both Kyouko and Sayaka. After all, they're both girls, right? They like cute things!
Kyouko Sakura 2015-09-08 02:00:05 9390
    Kyouko likes cute things. But she does not consider petty theft cute. She glowers at the cute catboy, unimpressed. Then she sighs.. offering a little smiles to Sayaka. "Yeah.. yeah, it's a start. And yeah, actually.." Here she does smile a little more. "Tuxedo Mask is a good guy. If you ever do have any problems with magical stuff, you should definitely go to him, now that.. now that I can't.." She breaks off, looking a bit down for a moment.. then shakes her head.

    "Nevermind. C'mon, let me ring that out for you. Oh, and here." She snags a bottle of Almond Milk off the shelf as they pass. "You were looking for this, right?" She hands it to Sayaka before walking behind the counter.
Sayaka Miki 2015-09-08 02:08:30 9391
    Yesss...Sayaka likes cute things, especially talking, flying cats! And c'mon, it kinda is cute to be trying to snag some fish off the shelf, cuz your owner is negligent..In a weird sorta way!

    "Alright, I'll go find Tuxedo-Kamen, and talk to him about this then. In the meantime, I'll buy this fish, and...Oh! The almond milk! I almost forgot!" She grins at Yoru. "If you're extra good, I'll even let you try some of my milk. Now, where's Ikuto-san? I need to tell him off for neglecting you!"
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-09-08 02:18:10 9393
    yoru just makes the most adorable little 'I'm completely innocent' expression at Kyouko. Never admit anything, and stick to one's guns. That's the key! See? He's just a harmless, adorable little kitty! Nyaan~! Oh but he does hear something that he files away for later use-- Kyouko can't deal with magical stuff anymore? That's odd. Why not?

    he is swiftly distracted from it though, because MILK! And it's even the kind that doesn't make him sick! "Yay! And if it's from almonds instead of cows it doesn't make my tummy hurt-nya. But how do they milk almonds? Those milking machines must be really, really small-nya."

    As for where Ikuto is? "Ehehe..." Yoru rubs the back of his head. "Ikuto was up really late working last night, so he's resting," he explains. "He's gotta work again tonight too... Director-san works him too hard-nya."

ELSEWHERE...

    Flat, industrial roofs are good for one thing, at least. That would be sleeping. Ikuto, dressed in black as usual, lounges on his side on the sunny roof, his violin case next to him, eyes closed, a hand underneath his head. Sleeping is exactly what he's doing in fact, blissfully unaware of the trouble yoru's gotten them both into...
Kyouko Sakura 2015-09-08 02:21:24 9394
    Kyouko has no idea she might have just given away valuable information. But she doesn't really know what Ikuto does, anyway- she hasn't paid much attention to Magical People who aren't Puella, in the past. She rings up the sardines and the milk, telling Sayaka the total and taking her money, putting it in the register- she really is an employee, after all!

    She leans her elbow on the counter after that's done, quirking her lips to the side a bit. "Alright. Well, I need to stay here since I'm working, obviously but. Just be careful, Sayaka-chan." She smiles. "And text me later! Now that I have a phone." She grins.. then gives Yoru a scowl. "And get this little guy outta here before I get in trouble."
Sayaka Miki 2015-09-08 02:28:45 9396
    Sayaka smiles, "Thanks Kyou-chan, for finding the almond milk for me..And hopefully I can swing by your place sometime! You must be proud, taking care of yourself and all. I hope someday you'll think of trying out school too!"

    She sifts through her pockets, pulling out some change and putting enough on the counter to pay for her shopping, plus a little extra trip, because its Kyouko afterall!

    "As for you, Yoru-chan, you'd better stick to your word. Next time you see Ikuto-san, you send him my way so I can tell him off!" she grins at Kyouko's comment, winking at Yoru as she offers to take him by the hand, "C'mon Yoru, you heard the lady, let's get out of here before you cause more trouble!"
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2015-09-08 02:36:42 9398
    "Nobody that's not magical can see me anyway-nya!" Yoru protests. Then he sticks out his tongue at Kyouko again, emitting a 'biiiiiii' sound. Despite his reactions though, he doesn't dislike Kyouko. She's just doing her job. Besides that, she's just as prickly as Ikuto is, and he can't dislike that. She's just not as chilly about her prickliness!

    "Hehe... 'trouble' is my middle name-nya!" Yoru declares. But he does grab hold of Sayaka's hand. He's actually only a little bigger than her hand, despite his oversized hand-paws, so it's more like grabbing hold of a finger or two. "OK! I will!" Though suddenly he realizes. "Aaa, Ikuto's gonna be mad-nya."
Kyouko Sakura 2015-09-08 02:37:26 9399
    Kyouko just watches them leave and shakes her head.. then sighs and goes back to her box of cans. Gotta earn them dolla billz.