3 August 2019

Date: 2019-08-04
Pose Count: 11
Mamoru Chiba 2019-08-04 03:41:59 106399
It's early o'clock in the morning. Last year, Kunzite went with him. This year, he's asking these three, but he didn't give any warning and it's like... 4 AM. He commed Kyouko instead of texting because she might have shut the sound off on her phone, and Neil and Saburo, he actually knocked on their bedroom doors. Before the sun was up.

The offer was phrased the same in all three cases:

"It's my birthday. Do you want to meet my parents? I'm going to go pack lunch, and I'm leaving at 4:30. It's 4 now. If you don't come I won't hold it against you at all."

It's about 4:15 right this second, and Mamoru is indeed packing bentos and also sandwiches and thermoses and also some finally-ready magical rose mead.

The scent of coffee is strong.
Kyouko Sakura 2019-08-04 03:55:37 106400
    Kyouko was aware, of course, that Mamoru would be going to the graveyard today. But she wasn't expecting an invitation.

    Having received one, of course, she is here. Wearing a slightly baggy grey sweatshirt and jeans, her short hair is rumpled and her eyes are droopy, but she is here. She knows how important this is to Mamoru.

    She very, very distinctly does not say 'why do we have to go so early, they aren't going anywhere', but she might think it. And then feel bad about it.

    She doesn't help making the bentos, because she would undoubtedly both make them worse quality and steal ingredients and that also seems disrespectful. So she just leans on the wall with her hands in her pockets and dozes a little. Naru wakes her up early every morning becaues she goes jogging at like 5:30. But this is even earlier than that.
Saburo Yukimura 2019-08-04 04:11:44 106401
It's four in the morning. The sun isn't even up. His bed begs for his attention, for the reunion of their on-going romance.

But they all know what day it is, and even though the last thing he was thinking about was an invitation, he has one, and so his bed will have to grow cold without him for a while. The clothes he pulls on are too cool for the early morning chill, but appropriate to the place and occasion. He joins them in the kitchen, making a beeline for the coffee, yawning but awake.
Nephrite 2019-08-04 04:14:05 106402
Nephrite is not... made for this hour. His nocturnal lifestyle means that 4:00 comes much closer to his bedtime than his morning, and given that it was a clear Friday night last night, well. He'd hardly closed his eyes 30 minutes before that knock was heard. His brain hardly registered the words that Mamoru spoke to him, and for a moment after Mamoru walks away, he is still standing there in groggy confusion. But then the words "birthday" and "parents" float to the top of his consciousness, and suddenly he is very, very awake.

He enters the room nearly late while fumbling to do up a tie. He's not wearing black--it's not like he even owns much of that--but it is a suit in subdued blue. He might not be clean-shaven, and his hair is hastily pulled back into a messy ponytail to hide the bedhead, but dressing up is what he does for his parents, so he has no reason not to do the same for Mamoru's.

"Anything else we need to grab on our way out?"
Mamoru Chiba 2019-08-04 04:26:38 106403
"I figured we'd get breakfast on the way, and more coffee. I'm driving so you can sleep in the car if you like, it's... not that close. There's some incense around somewhere, but I couldn't find it, so we'll need to pick more up if nobody knows where it is." Mamoru's dressed-- not as well as Nephrite, but not like a slouch; he's not super-hipster, just... well, as well-dressed as he ever was for high school. He's also not really subdued, just weirdly matter-of-fact, and maybe a little bit not-making-eye-contact.

His hands still on the last sandwich, and finally he looks up at them, and his eyes are a little too bright. "Thanks, you guys. I-- thanks. I'm sorry it's taken me so long." He looks away again fast, and puts the last of the food in the cooler. "Um. This goes in the trunk of the Tesla. And-- anything else you might want to bring for a picnic. We don't have to leave at 4:30, I just... if I was going by myself, then I wasn't going to wait longer than that. But you're here. And-- it's only early because it's a longish drive, and--"

Bless, he's not sure what to say or do now. Maybe he didn't think they'd come. Maybe that's why he asked at four in the morning. Or maybe he just couldn't make up his mind, and is overwhelmed by them all actually wanting to come too.
Kyouko Sakura 2019-08-04 04:32:35 106404
    Kyouko glances at Nephrite as he enters the room in a suit. She looks down at herself. "This is as formal as I get." She says, somewhat defensively, perhaps hoping nobody remembers that she has, on rare occasions, appeared in dresses and gowns.

    Then Mamoru is talking, and she glances over towards him. She doesn't interrupt his semi-rambling explanation, just listens to it. Then she pushes off the wall and walks over to him. She gives him a light punch in the arm. "Don't worry about it dude. We know this is important to you, and you're important to us. And it's your birthday. You pretty much can do whatever you want. This is what you wanna do, so we're with you." She doesn't have to glance to Nephrite and Jadeite to confirm. They're here, aren't they?

    "Anyway, I should be thanking you for the invite." She adds. "I wasn't expecting it, but I'm honored. Truthfully. I know.. how it is." He isn't the only one in the room with dead parents, after all, even if the situation surrounding said deaths were not at all similar.
Saburo Yukimura 2019-08-04 04:42:42 106405
While Kyouko does the talking, Jadeite shuffles over to Mamoru, coffee temporarily placed on the counter as he opens his arms and promptly wraps Mamoru up in a hug. "Kyouko stole all the words, but she said them right. We're," a huge yawn, "here for you, y'know? Don't worry about it."

He doesn't let up the hug for at least an entire minute, and really, closer to two. When he does, he smiles at Mamoru, as gently as he can. "We can do this however you want. Whatever makes this work out best for you, whatever you need, you've got it."
Nephrite 2019-08-04 04:55:09 106406
Neil gives Kyouko a sleepy half-smirk. "That's just part of your charm, sis. You keep doing what feels right to you and I'll do what feels right to me."

Saburo beats him to the hug because Neil's still fixing his tie, but that's alright. They've got a whole day to get all the hugs in, and anyway, Mamoru's feeling shy now and he's already got two people there saying what needs to be said, so Neil just squeezes his hand reassuringly for a second before he takes the cooler from him and sets about adding some extra Mako cookies and chocolate from a hidden stash. Makoto will certainly be providing a cake later, but that doesn't mean they can't have cookies now.
Mamoru Chiba 2019-08-04 05:07:45 106407
Part shy and part not wanting to cry first thing in the morning, but all gratitude. Mamoru gets armpunched and hair-ruffles roughly in answer, giving Kyouko a small grateful tinysmile which he still doesn't meet her eyes for, and then Jadeite's attached himself to Mamoru, and Mamoru hides his face in Saburo's hair. Not for the full possibly two minutes hug, but for a while of it, and he says a thing muffled that way too. "I didn't think I'd make it past seventeen. For a little while I didn't think I'd make it to seventeen. Twenty-one is... I'm so happy you're here. I'm so happy we're all here."

Neil squeezes Mamoru's hand and Mamoru squeezes back, and then he laughs a little. "If you guys manage not to tell my parents any embarrassing stories about me in front of me, I'll let you take turns driving the Tesla back."
Kyouko Sakura 2019-08-04 05:10:14 106408
    Kyouko just smiles a little bit as the other guys reassure in their own way. She retreats back to the wall, leaning again, and shrugs slightly at Mamoru's words. "I didn't think I was going to make it to fifteen, and not apparently there's a good chance I'll live to be a thousand or something, so I figure I owe you a few early mornings, if that's what it takes." She says, snorting with well-meaning amusement.

    At the promise of driving the Tesla, she grins a little bit. "Well shit. Now I know you love us."
Saburo Yukimura 2019-08-04 05:23:58 106409
That probably goes for all of them. There have been so many years where Saburo is just amazed to have managed another one. Sitting back and realizing how long it's been, that Mamoru's twenty-one now, with no signs of slowing down any time soon...

Let's just say there'd almost another hug, but he manages to control himself.

"I guesssss I'll keep all the embarrassing stories inside. It is your birthday, and all."