Black Hole Fox

Black Hole Fox=Takashi decides to see if Ayana's stomach actually has an full setting. Also serious discussions are had.

Date: 2015-11-02
Pose Count: 21
Takashi Agera 2015-11-02 18:08:22 13278
Takashi picked up Ayana after classes today, catching her before she could make her way home. He smiled, and said he had an experiment he wanted to help her with. Weaving through the streets, they've ended up at the base of Pikarigaoka's tall, TALL Clover Tower, and near the base of the landmark they stand in front of a resteraunt.

This store is advertising 'all you can eat' ramen. Takashi turns to Ayana and says, with a sly smile. "We're going to see if 1) there is such a thing as all YOU can eat, and 2) if they throw us out before we find out."
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-02 18:18:05 13279
Ayana managed, somehow, to not have detention today. Possibly this is because her teachers didn't assign much homework over the Halloween Holliday. She came out alone, anyways, and good thing because, "Brother!?" She manages not to give away his name to those around her in the process. Nevertheless, she happily goes with him, because why wouldn't she?

When they finally reach Clover Tower, she's already starting to grumble about being hungry. Lucky for her, Takashi points at a sign that basically reads 'Ayana's Paradise'. She stares at the sign, then at Takashi, then at the sign again, then blinks once, twice, before asking, "That's real? I can really have as much as I want!?"
Takashi Agera 2015-11-02 18:31:00 13282
Takashi nods with a smile. "I mean, that's what the sign says, isn't it?" he gestures to it again.

"Besides, I've wanted to talk with you for a while, and this way maybe I can get you to sit still. I hear the food is pretty good, too - in addition to being endless. Kids at school were talking about it, so I thought of you."

Takashi walks over and opens the door, and the smell of the food wafts out, as well as the sheer number of folks there - it's doing quite well, it seems. "After you, Miss Fox." he adds with another smile.
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-02 18:37:03 13284
Ayana is too busy staring at the sign and through the window to even notice the door opening, until the smell hits her nose. Ayana's ears--her real ears--pop up and twitch as her mouth starts watering. "So good," she murmurs, and starts drifting for the door. Hopefully someone will mistake them for a headband.

Inside, Ayana finds a seat and waits very patiently for Takashi to pay. Her eyes are big as saucers, and she looks tense--like at any moment she's going to explode with anticipation. But no, she sits still. Very still. So very still, waiting for her ramen.
Takashi Agera 2015-11-02 18:42:29 13285
Takashi talks with one of the employees at the front - then walks over to Ayana. He's trying hard not to laugh. "You didn't have to take it that literally." he adds, then grabs her arm and tugs her up. "Besides, I want to talk with you. About some important things." he adds, pulling her up from the table and walking her over to a far more isolated one. Far away enough from prying ears.

It's not too long after that two bowls of ramen are set in front of them. There's a medley of meats - pork, beef, chicken! - in Ayana's.

"But go ahead and finish that bowl before you explode." he adds. He seems at least somewhat happy, too, as he starts in on his own bowl.
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-02 18:47:06 13287
Ayana yelps in surprise as Takashi yanks her up, then slides into the newly appointed booth. "But Takakun, you said you wanted me to sit still!" she says a little confusedly, ears dropped to the side. But the food comes, and that is what's important. Ayana's eyes are wide as saucers, and she hastily grabs her bowl. Without even offering the traditional thanks, she dives in, shoveling ramen into her mouth. Possibly she sets a new record in the house for eating quickly. She even drinks the broth!

When it's all gone, she puts the bowl down and, with both hands and very big eyes, slides it towards Takashi begging, "More, please."
Takashi Agera 2015-11-02 18:52:37 13289
It takes a bit of time for the waiter to come by - express a bit of surprise - and take Ayana's bowl to the back before returning with another much like the first. During his absence, Takashi talks.

"You know, Ayana, I thought a lot about what you said that day when I had to come find you." he begins, honestly. "I've been thinking about it. I've been trying to figure out... a lot of things, recently."
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-02 18:58:45 13291
Ayana keeps her hands on her legs, watching while the waiter goes to fetch her food. But Takashi is talking, and her ears are turned to face him. She's probably listening. Mostly. Maybe.

"What I said?" she asks when he trails off. Ayana turns one eye to Takashi briefly, then looks back to the waiter. "What are you thinking about, Takakun? Is everything okay?" That thought draws her full attention to him, eyes and all. "Are you okay?"
Takashi Agera 2015-11-02 19:12:33 13293
Takashi leans down and take a mouthfull of noodles before responding. Full mouths are a good excuse to not answer immediately. "Well, I'm as okay as I've ever been." he adds, with a slight smile. This one is less honest. "Can I ask you a question, though?" he asks, taking another mouthfull of food - and during this time, Ayana's new bowl is sat down, which means Takashi waits until he's out of sight - "Which do you... enjoy?" he asks, seeming unsure of how to word the question himself "more? Spending time as the Shadow Familiar, or as Fox-Chan? You're the only one I know who's... gotten to spend time in both directions, I guess."
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-02 19:17:56 13294
Ayana bounces excitedly when the food is put down in front of her, and she scoops up the bowl and her chopsticks to start shoveling. Except Takashi's asking her a serious question. With a stream of noodles half-way in her mouth, Ayana stops and stares at him, blinks, and then slowly slurps the noodles already part-way in fully into her mouth. She chews, swallows, then blinks again and sets down the half-eaten bowl. "Takakun, I love being both," she says quietly. "When I get to be your familiar, I am fighting to protect you, and to make you happy. You smile at me, and you cheer me on, and you warn me when I'm being dumb, like with the bad thing's karate-chop. You saved me, and that made me happy, too. But when I'm Cute Fox Inari," when did she come up with that name? "... Well, then I get to save other people, and make them happy, and that's fun, too. There are magical girls who only want to fight evil because they think that's what they're supposed to do. But sometimes what they think is evil isn't, and they just rush in swinging their weapons or their magical powers to kill the thing, and then they're the more evil."

This speech is getting long, for Ayana, yet it seems she's still not done. "People should be free to do what they want, as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else. You want to gain power, so that you can get rid of all the evil in this world. I want that, too. And fighting as your familiar, I get to do that. I get to help you get power, and destroy the evil in the world. And someday, all the evil magical girls and evil youma will be gone, and the world will be happy, and everyone can be what they want to be, and no one will have to fight anymore." She doesn't even go right back to the food. Instead, she waits to see what he has to say.
Takashi Agera 2015-11-02 19:23:59 13295
Takashi is... somewhat delicate when he talks to Ayana. He can sense that in a way she's very much still a child - almost like she spent a great quantity of time as a fox, instead of a person. So he thinks. "Sometimes I worry that day might never come. Even if I end up being greatest, there may always be people who don't agree. What if I end up fighting forever." he adds, calmly.

This isn't exactly him asking if what he's doing is right, directly - he doesn't feel he can - but it's as close as he can get with her.
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-02 19:26:33 13296
"Then we haven't reached the end," Ayana says with a shrug, like she doesn't fully comprehend the weight of the question. "If there is still evil in the world that you can't get rid of--if there are still people fighting you just because they are jealous of you, or because they have some mistaken sense of doing what they think is right, and don't bother to talk to you first ..." she trails off. "I mean, if they'd just talk to you, they'd know that you're not trying to hurt people." She pauses, then leans forward, "This is why you shouldn't take energy from innocent people, Takakun. Because people will misunderstand what you're doing. That's why I was so upset. Because ... because it didn't look like what you were doing was good. I know, now, that you needed it for an experiment, and that those are important to reaching your goal of destroying evil in the world. But ... but ...maybe you could ask for volunteers next time."
Takashi Agera 2015-11-02 19:34:11 13298
Tadase sighs. Leaning back. "I wish it was that easy. Just have people line up, willing to help. Like Helix-chan, I guess." Probably even Ayana can tell Helix is not the greatest or most stable ally in the phone book of allies.

"But I worry that even with people like Hannah, one day we will come to blows. I'm not sure if both of our dreams can come true at the same time. You can see the fire in her eyes." he adds. It's also probably obvious he respects that fire, that drive. "Maybe one day it'll just be you and me, against everyone else. Because I think..." he pauses. Another lie. So many lies. "I think a lot of people see me as the badness. Maybe more than her." He knows, innately, the path he's been walking. He's just not comfortable admitting as such bold-facedly to Ayana. Perhaps he's afraid of her reaction. Of having to respond to that.
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-02 19:51:36 13300
Ayana still hasn't gone back to her noodles. This is probably some sort of record for the fox not eating food in front of her. She studies Takashi for a long time, then tilts her head to one side. "Maybe you should write your dreams down on paper. Sometimes, when I don't know what to do, that's what I do, and it helps me figure out what I want to do. Maybe you should do that, too, so you really really know what you want. And then you should talk to Hannah-chan about it, to see whether her dreams and your dreams can work together. And if they don't ... then we figure out a compromise. A way to make you both happy. I mean ..." she trails off, then frowns a little. "I mean, that's kinda the problem," she says again after a minute. "It doesn't have to be one way or the other way. That's why magical girls who just rush in fighting are evil and wrong. They just try to make everyone do it exactly their way all the time, and they don't bother talking and understanding. This Cure Gull girl, I think she gets it. I think maybe she understands that you can't just judge people by what you think they're doing, you need to really know. Cute Wolf Tsukiko gets it, too. Orange-chan doesn't."
Takashi Agera 2015-11-02 20:06:36 13302
Takashi listens to Ayana's comments - occasionally taking a bite of noodle (hey, he's still hungry too, he didn't vaccum up a bowl at the start!) and nodding a bit. Almost like he's ticking off names in his head as she picks out people. He considers.

"I just..." he stops, and then restarts. "You're lucky, in a very real sense. You know your past, you know why you're here, and you're very capable of it. I feel like I've got a lot on my shoulders, to be honest, and I can't tell most people that except you. I... was entrusted and I have to make the best of the power I was given, otherwise it doesn't have any worth... and then maybe I don't either." he adds.

He finishes his bowl, setting it aside, and waiting for the waiter to replace it.
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-02 20:17:55 13305
Ayana reaches up very suddenly and grabs Takashi's hands in both of her own. She fixes him with an intense blue-eyed stare. "Takakun," she says, almost scolding, "No matter what, you have worth. Even if you fail completely at your task, you have worth. Even if you never get an ounce more power than you have right now--even if you lose all of the power you have and just become a normal ordinary boy, and I die because you can't sustain me ... you have worth. You are a beautiful, intelligent, loving, caring, wonderful person. Do not ever question this. I know. I've seen people who are worthless. They are mean bullies who pick on people just because they're different or weird or not good at math or forget to do their homework or eating all the time. Those people have no worth. You're not one of those people, Takakun."

Here, she seems to remember that he's the master, and she's the familiar, and she pulls her hands back suddenly to pick up her bowl and resume eating. Nothing to see here, just a girl with fox-ears slurping noodles.
Takashi Agera 2015-11-02 20:23:51 13306
Takashi smiles. It's another one of those half-smiles, though. Deep down, he knows that some of those words she just used? They don't really apply to him. They apply to the version of him that he lets her see. At this point, he's sure that on some level, Ayana can't really know the 'real' Takashi, the one she caught sight of that night when he blasted the boy in formalwear. Not again. If he wants to protect her, he'll have to shield her from that side of him.

Does he want to protect her? Does he want someone to see him like that? To see him as a hero, rather than the villian? Does that mean that he's unhappy with here he is, with what he is, with the role he's been cast in? It dovetails with everything he's been thinking about. He doesn't know the answer, sitting here, watching her return to eating those noodles. That's the most concerning part - he can't say one way or another.

One thing he is sure of now, though - he knows following the path he's been on means sacrificing something else. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow - but someday. While it's something he's already known, it's been put into stark relief now.

It makes his current plans even more important.

After a long period of silence, he has to change the subject. Too much to think about in a noodle shop. "So... are you full yet?" he asks, with a grin.
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-02 20:25:54 13307
"No!~" Ayana sing-songs between bites of ramen. Heck, she's not even done with her second bowl. She's been too busy talking to eat. So now she finishes this bowl off quickly, then slides it to the edge of the table, and peers around for their waiter. "More, please!" she calls.
Takashi Agera 2015-11-02 20:30:51 13308
Takashi grins. For the moment, he's ready to let that slide for a little while, and just enjoy being a young boy with what he thinks of as a younger sister, eating delicious ramen in a booth after school. It's not a feeling he lets himself indulge in often. For a little while he puts equations and machinations behind him. But then he stops, and considers he has something else to say to her. Something important.

"And hey. Wether you're the Shadow Fox or Fox-Chan, I need you to do a favor for me." he says, and leaves a dramatic pause. "I need you to be more careful. You almost got flattened yesterday, and really, you're the only person I have I consider family. So don't let yourself get hurt, alright? If not for you, then for me."
Ayana Tasogare 2015-11-02 20:36:31 13309
Ayana is busy waiting for her next bowl of noodles to come when Takashi draws her back into conversation. She turns to stare at him, confusedly, for a long moment, then blushes a little. "I'm sorry," she says. "I just ... I don't always think about everything that's going on, and when I'm fighting as your familiar I get to jump in and actually be powerful and sometimes I forget that I also have to be careful. When I'm Cute Fox Inari, all I do is stand back and pew pew lasers and foxfire and distract. She's not very powerful because I try not to use your mana at all." Just what she eats. "But when I'm with you I can do really strong things and it's fun and ..." she trails off, and her ears fold down on either side of her head, and she looks incredibly apologetic. "I'm sorry, Takakun. I'll try to do better."
Takashi Agera 2015-11-02 20:41:24 13310
Takashi leans over the table and scratches behind her ears. He's careful enough to make sure nobody is watching when he does it. "All I'm asking is that you be careful. I'm not mad. And I like seeing you get in there and have fun. I just don't want to have to come put you back together after some monster- or some magical girl - gives back and you're having so much fun you miss the incoming attack." he adds. It's obvious this is much closer to playful ribbing than actual dissapointment, now.

He leans back. He's finished a third bowl. "Well, that's enough for me. But... we have an experiment to finish. I still think you might have a black hole in your stomach somewhere I never accounted for."