Special Evening Shopping

Gaofele goes shopping for some snacks, and Rune talks with him about how things are going.

Date: 2015-09-10
Pose Count: 19
Gaofele Doiru 2015-09-10 01:47:40 9475
Wednesday evening, and Gaofele is walking along, a shopping bag in one hand. The new school term has been going decently well, so he was out shopping for some celebratory snacks for the Waldians.

"Hmmm," he murmurs to himself, looking at his bag and then at the stores in the area as he sits on one of the neighborhood benches. "This might be enough... but maybe I should pick up a few more things while I'm at it?"
Runealy Waldia 2015-09-10 01:52:17 9476
It's possible that Rune will be heard even before she speaks up - she's not exactly trying to hide, and had asked ahead some time ago where Gaofele would be around this time tonight. So Gaofele might be aware of her already, as she heads for the bench.

"Like what? If it's not too late, maybe we could get it together? ...Whatever it is," she admits she's not sure what, precisely these 'more things' would be or what they're for. Her mood does look far less down than usual, though. Not bouncing with cheer, but better.
Gaofele Doiru 2015-09-10 01:59:19 9477
"Heya, Rune," Gao smiles. "Been picking up some special snacks. Classes seem to be going decently well, so I though a small treat to celebrate wouldn't be a bad idea. He sets the bag on the bench so that it's slightly open; there's already a moderate variety of snacks in there, including some kitty treats for Mistpaw. "It might not be the best reason to have a bit of a celebration, but it still feels good," he nods.

He scoots over a bit, making sure there's plenty of room to sit down. "You're looking happier than you have been," he notes with a kind smile. "It's a good look on you."
Runealy Waldia 2015-09-10 02:05:09 9478
'Doing well' is a relative term. For Rune, it means 'not immediately flunking out. ...Barely.' She just doesn't care much for classes in Tokyo, and is doing the bare minimum to get through them. "No, it's fine if you're happy about that. It's just one reason, but we've got more than that to go on."

She moves to sit beside Gao, idly looking through the bag. Not physically going through it, but doing a pass with her eyes. "Well, about that. We're making progress, you know. I filled another crystal," she's not pleased about that, but carries on:" And Hino showed me that 'magic battery'... says you helped bring it in. If we can get it working a little better, it sounds like it'll be another big step. We're getting there."

Her gaze rises to focus on Gao rather than the snacks. "I think at this rate, we might be able to head back in another month or so with what we need. You've been a big part of that. From finding Tokyo," she would have outright guessed on which direction to go, after all, "to getting us into a place to hide, and now this battery."
Gaofele Doiru 2015-09-10 02:15:29 9480
Gaofele Doiru nods, frowning slightly at the mention of the magic battery. "It took a lot of combined effort to get that thing," he remarks, thinking about the firey battle against the Lost Logia. "I'm just glad that it's sealed and usable, instead of belching fire everywhere."

He smiles again at the mention of progress. "Hinote's also been vital to this," he adds. "Teaching us about Earth and Tokyo, helping us blend in... Not to mention his bravery." The forester tries to not think about the first Witch that Rune fought.
Runealy Waldia 2015-09-10 02:24:36 9481
"He told me about that," Rune notes about the battery's more dangerous properties. "You two thought you have it under control though, and it's a chance worth taking. If we can fill that, maybe even with our own energy, it will be one more advantage when we go home to do the ritual."

"And... yeah. He has been. I was going to chase him off, though. I started to until you stopped me and figured out what we could do with him instead. We'd be pretty far behind, or possibly just straight-up 'sunk', if not for that. So things are starting to work out, and I just didn't know if anyone had came out and told you that lately. If you want treats?" A single, slow nod. "Let's go get some. All the ones you want, I'm covering it."
Gaofele Doiru 2015-09-10 02:33:39 9482
Gaofele Doiru nods back with a smile. "That actually helps with the decision," he comments. "There were three things I was debating among, trying to choose one. But now? Might as well pick up all three, instead of trying to pick."

The talk about extra snacks reminds him of a conversation with someone else. "Say, remember how I mentioned that one girl who gave us food, both when we arrived here and a week or so ago? She's mentioned wanting to meet the rest of us, probably in the park or someplace like that." He chuckles ruefully. "She actually suggested visiting our place, but I told her that we're not really set up to have visitors over."
Runealy Waldia 2015-09-10 02:37:37 9483
"All three," Rune insists. "It's fine, we'll get all three, or even all six or whatever you're after," She's being a bit more free with money on things like this now that an 'exit strategy' is starting to form. "And sure, I remember hearing about her, and... no, no-no-no-no-no," a frantic hand-wave, defensive, begins. "No 'visitors.' Why does she want to meet us, though?"
Gaofele Doiru 2015-09-10 02:45:00 9484
"Don't worry, she put aside the idea of visiting our place when I said thatit wouldn't really work," Gao says reassuringly. "As for why she wants to meet us..."

He shrugs. "She's cheerful and friendly, and I get the impression that she likes meeting the friends of her friends," he says. "Beyond that? I'm not sure if she has any other reasons beyond plain friendliness."
Runealy Waldia 2015-09-10 02:47:26 9485
"Huh. I wouldn't know," Rune seems reluctant. "Is it really safe to do that? I've been trying to avoid getting too attached to people here. We're not going to see them for very long after we go home. Long enough to come to them and be accountable for what we've done, but... is making friends with people here really a good idea, especially now?"
Gaofele Doiru 2015-09-10 02:58:16 9487
Gaofele Doiru gives a half-shrug. "It feels more like an extra-cheerful 'friendly acquaintance' than a more involved friendship," he notes. "I think she understands about people being busy with their own lives, and thus she enjoys the times they do get to see each other."
Runealy Waldia 2015-09-10 03:02:22 9488
"Well... I won't stop you or anyone else who wants to go," Rune comments. "But I'm not sure I really feel okay about that, myself. Still... for right now? We're making good progress. We'll go get all the snacks you've wanted and then some, and we're going to figure out how this battery works and go home and you're going to get to see everyone again," It's something of a run-on sentence, but Runealy is... almost excited about this, and it's definitely affecting her speech.
Gaofele Doiru 2015-09-10 03:07:13 9489
Gaofele Doiru leans over and gives Rune a hug. "Sounds like a plan," he smiles as he stands up. "And once everything is done, you'll finally be able to relax for a while." The thought of Rune having fewer things to worry about makes him feel a bit more cheerful as well.
Runealy Waldia 2015-09-10 03:10:34 9490
It has generally been the case that when Gaofele has done that to Rune, as of late, she would just sag in to him with a low gaze, lidded eyes; a welcome support, but one she was basically leaning on.

This time, she returns the gesture with some more enthusiasm. "Well, you too you know. This has been rough on everyone, and you've been at the front of this since the beginning. We can't let our guard down just yet, but soon you won't have to keep this up all the time and we can just settle down and focus on rebuilding and... well." A tiny nod. "You get what I mean, even if I'm kind of rambling. You talked about trying to copy some of the umbrellas we've found here, but when we get back... what else are you bringing home, to the forest?"
Gaofele Doiru 2015-09-10 03:17:37 9491
"Maybe a couple of recipes," Gao muses as they start to walk along. "Some of them might be hard to make frequently, but there's still a few that might be doable on a more regular basis."

He thinks for a moment. "So many of the more interesting things require electricity," he admits. "Useful over here, but not so back home."
Runealy Waldia 2015-09-10 03:20:47 9493
"Definitely not back home. We can't take electricity with us. Even if we could, we can't," Runealy offers some odd phrasing on this. "You and I hadn't even /imagined/ it when we first saw it. It seemed impossible. There's no way we're ready for it. Maybe a few hundred years or a few thousand years from now we'll figure it out ourselves, but... for now, I don't even plan to mention it in detail to our historians. Just going to tell them we saw a lot of impossible inventions we didn't understand and can't even really describe."
Gaofele Doiru 2015-09-10 03:31:49 9494
Gaofele Doiru nods. "Some things are best hidden until their time," he agrees. The Doiru clan does have a few objects of that nature, kept in chests in hidden storehouses. Items that are not to be used outside of certain circumstances, that are not to be talked about except in secret. Electronics, like Gao's cellphone, would undoubtedly end up in their own chest in there.
Runealy Waldia 2015-09-10 03:34:10 9495
"We'll worry about that later, though. For right now..." Runealy hops up from the seat. Not just rising, there's a little hop to it. "Didn't you have some things to pick up?" She digs around and produces a few slips of paper; the alien local currency they call 'yen', of course.
Gaofele Doiru 2015-09-10 03:39:14 9496
Gao's smile brightens a bit at Rune's hop; definitely a good sign that she's feeling more upbeat. "Yeah, at two of the shops," he nods, accepting the cash. "Shouldn't take too long, and then we can head back." He heads towards the nearer of the two shops, a smile still on his face.