A Familial Phonecall


Hannah's dad looked at her journal! She calls Mamoru to tell him a few revelations!

Date: 2015-10-11
Pose Count: 11
Hannah Sharpe 2015-10-11 16:40:00 11138
It's about ten am on a sunday when suddenly Mamoru's phone rings! It shows up as Hannah's civilian number!

Click. "Moooorning Mamo-kun! How are you!?" She seems oddly more enthusiastic than normal. Her voice may even seem a bit embarrassed!
Mamoru Chiba 2015-10-11 16:47:37 11139
Mamoru's usually up at this time of day on weekends anyway; he's usually been up for hours, and always sounds it. It doesn't sound like he's home; there's traffic and street conversation in the background of his voice.

He also sounds absurdly cheerful for Mamoru. Maybe something good happened to him recently!

"Hannah-chan, good morning! I'm pretty good." It also doesn't sound like he's heard about last night yet. "What's up? --one sec."

There's now background patter of him paying for something, and actually engaging the vendor in cheery conversation.

"Sorry! Anyway what's up?"
Hannah Sharpe 2015-10-11 16:53:32 11140
There's the sound of exertion in the background! Not fighting, but likely general gym noises. No surprises there: Hannah works out religiously.

"Heh. You sound like you're in a good mood! What, did you find a girlfriend or something?" There's an audible grin as she teases.

"Right! Uhhh, okay. How to put this..." Back to embarrassment.

"S...so I miiiight have kept a diary. Silly, I know, but it helps me think! And I kinda...wrote a lot about you in it. Um, not the 'odd' bits." Meaning, of course, magic.

"But the rest. And, well, my Father got nosey." Her voice drops, and there's the sound of a punching bag being hit in irritation.

"Long story short, my parents know that you've been doing a lot for me." A long dramatic pause.

Her voice is low here, and her blush is all but audible.

"...So I guess what I'm saying is that we'd like you over for Sunday dinner. I'll be blunt. You've given me a lot of advice, you've never failed to smack me when I'm doing something dumb, and well..."

Deep breath. "Just come over, okay? You're..." She suddenly mumbling. It's really, really odd for the straightforward girl.
Mamoru Chiba 2015-10-11 17:18:23 11141
"..."

Mamoru's silent for a long moment. It might be shock. It might be awkward social things. It might be embarrassment. It might be something else entirely.

"Um," he finally says, to the tune of a mental bluescreen. A placeholder sound.

"Do they think I'm your boyfriend?" he finally asks worriedly, then hastily adds, "I mean. Thank you. Thank them, rather. I mean-- I like them, they're very nice, also not that it would offend me if they thought that, but I'm not and it would be awfully awkward to-- uh."

"Um."

"I don't know how to cope with parents," he finally blurts in a sort of strangled desperation. "I don't know what to do. Even if they don't think that. I don't-- know how I'm supposed to act! You remember how I was with you at first..."
Hannah Sharpe 2015-10-11 17:36:38 11142
"Y...you there, Mamo-kun?" She sounds just as awkward right now. Oh yes. Magical girl things are /nothing/ against this!

Then he finally speaks, worried, quickly!

"Wait, me and you, a couple...WHOA WHOA WHOA!" She adds suddenly, perhaps /too/ suddenly!

Hannah gulps. "Nothing like that! I mean, yeah, they thought so at first! But, you're attached! I told them that!" Cue another audible blush.

Then, she can't help but give a flustered, frustrated grunt.

"Mamoru Chiba, stop being a dolt! What /we/ mean to say, and I agree, is that a nice man like you shouldn't eat alone on sundays! Even if it's just a surrogate one, you should have a family! You've been a big brother to me, okay!? And I just want to give you something close to a Mother, a Father, and a little sister! The family I grew up with! You deserve that!" She ends, her confidence and aggression pouring right in.

Huff! "And you got used to me, remember? So you'll get through this. So yes or no, Mamoru?" She finally ends, huffing.
Mamoru Chiba 2015-10-11 17:58:11 11144
Mamoru's tone's changed; his words are small and quiet and it takes him an agonizing ten seconds before he can answer at all.

"I'll do my best," he says, his voice cracking on the last word.

He doesn't sound anything like the confident big-brother Mamoru, the arrogant head-of-class Mamoru, the commanding tactician Mamoru, the kind empath Mamoru, or even the awkward asocial Mamoru or the flustered embarrassed Mamoru.

He sounds like the frightened tiny orphan Mamoru trying to be brave.
Hannah Sharpe 2015-10-11 18:26:05 11145
It's time for Hannah to sigh a bit. This...isn't the reaction she'd expected! But thinking back, it makes sense. A man orphaned like this, and the sudden offer? One that's so awkward with people, as much as he tries to hide it.

"...Hey. It'll be okay. So stop trembling, I can hear it, you know?"

Her voice warms a bit. "I'll teach you a few things. First of all, you keep your shoes on. Second, you shake hands, and Mom's going to hug you to death. Don't try to escape it, it's useless!"

"Other than that, say Sir and Ma'am, and just go with the flow. We're not exactly formal people around the house. Particularly when it comes to family."
Mamoru Chiba 2015-10-11 18:37:52 11146
Instantly, there's an audible scowl, which is most likely exactly the intended result. "I'm not trembling, gods."

Deep breath. Centering! Centering. "Okay. Uh-- can you, I don't know, somehow please tell them I really don't like to be touched suddenly or without warning? If-- if you have to, make something up about some kind of trauma, I don't know-- I know it's not something often respected unless there's a Reason, in America..."

Finally he sounds more like himself, but it's in the way of someone mapping out strategies for a cautious and somewhat paranoid diplomatic mission into uncharted territory. "I don't want anything to happen. Because it can happen with anyone at all."
Hannah Sharpe 2015-10-11 18:52:08 11147
"I. Don't. Believe. You. Big. Bro~" Teases Hannah, utterly unhelpfully!

But then she sobers up, as it were.

"Right, right, we don't want /that/. Trust me, you'll have enough to explain. I don't think you'll get out of the hugs. But if you wear gloves and long-sleeved shirts and stuff, you'll be fine! I'll get her to avoid the cheek-rubbing and smooches!"

Her voice is laughing at him. How mean!

"More than anything, try to take a deep breath and lighten up, okay? My parents are good people. If you look like a nervous wreck, Mom will be doting on you trying to calm you down, and Dad will be trying to get you drunk until you relax."
Mamoru Chiba 2015-10-11 18:54:12 11148
"Maybe getting drunk wouldn't be such a bad option," Mamoru mutters into the phone, and then there's the sound of a car door closing and everything's quieter in the background. "Okay okay okay. What time?"
Hannah Sharpe 2015-10-11 18:56:08 11149
Hannah gives an utterly joyous sound. Some part of her always wanted an older brother, and Mamoru is the first person she'd pick these days.

"8 pm! Sharp! And try to wear something decent, okay? But not /too/ decent! Anyway, back to practice for me! Nationals are coming up! See ya~." Ker-click.

Thus does the phonecall of destiny end, and the Parental Meeting of Doom begin!