Questions about Catboys

Solomon asks Tadase and Amu about Ikuto.

Date: 2016-01-16
Pose Count: 26
Solomon Novak 2016-01-16 20:05:59 22977
    Appearances were important. Solomon Novak would much rather meet Tadase Hotori as Guardian Sol but the circumstances just did not permit it. He was going to risk drawing enough attention simply by the fact that he was not an enrolled student and he had no school uniform. Solomon felt fairly confident in his ability to talk his way onto campus if questioned, even if he didn't know the specifics of school etiquette and rules, but he also suspected Tadase would not want any undue attention.

    So that meant dressing in as appropriate a manner as he could - a jacket, some of his nicer pants, shoes instead of hiking boots. He even went so far as to wear socks, despite finding them a completely unnecessary garment, because people in Tokyo had wimpy feet. Then he simply had to find the classroom that he had learned beforehand Tadase belonged to, all while looking like he knew where he was going. Eventually he found it. Class was, naturally, in session, so that meant waiting outside the door, trying not too look like he was there to mug somebody. He was mostly successful.
Tadase Hotori 2016-01-16 20:15:26 22982
Eventually, though, the bell rings, and Tadase is one of the last people out of his classroom. In fact, he's far and away still in the room working on something, so most of the hallway is empty by the time he gets out.

While Solomon has gone to the trouble of not looking like a mugger, he also didn't look like a student of Seiyou, and so he immediately gets Tadase's attention.

He stops and turns to face the boy. "Is there something I can help you with?" he asks, with a half smile - usually non-students don't wait outside his classroom like that.
Solomon Novak 2016-01-16 20:25:58 22986
Solomon doesn't waste any time with pre-amble or politeness. Tadase asks the appropriate question and recieves a blunt answer for it. "Yes. I need to talk to you. I imagine you'd prefer it to be somewhere private." This seems less a case of the taller blonde showing concern and more a general observation.
Tadase Hotori 2016-01-16 20:36:31 22991
Tadase perks up an eyebrow. "What about?" he says. Being a member of the worlds Tadase is, the magical ones, makes him a little bit leery about people he doesn't know. There's a small floating King over Tadase's shoulder now, having woken up from within the egg in his backpack, and he's looking at Solomon in a curious, interested way.
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-16 20:40:04 22992
Amu emerges from a separate classroom, leg warmers firmly in place to keep away the cold of winter. A trio of girls seem to be trailing her, as if begging her for something, but Amu turns and glares at them, and the trio are quick to scurry away squealing something about, "Coooool and Spiceyyyyyy."

With a sigh, Amu rolls her eyes and strolls towards Tadase's classroom, only to slow when she spots Solomon standing outside. "Hey, you're ... Guardian Sol, right?" she asks him curiously. "We met at the uh ... art gallery."
Solomon Novak 2016-01-16 20:49:21 22996
    It's not that Solomon /tries/ to be unhappy all the time. It's just that there's so much stuff that annoys him going on practically 24/7. Tadase wanting to know what this is about is fair, even if the Guardian Knight would have prefered he simply lead them somewhere they could talk safely. The tiny floating king? That's kind of weird, and the Waldian guesses that it will prove to be annoying somehow in the future, but for now he's ok with it.

    What he is less tolerant of is Amu walking up and mentioning the name of his alter-ego. Instead of answering Tadase's question immediately he instead pauses, turning his head to more directly regard the pink haired girl. In lieu of a verbal response he settles for staring at her flatly with cold blue eyes as if to say "did you REALLY just say that?" Sure, nobody is immediately in sight, but that doesn't mean somebody couldn't be listening. He then turns back to finally answer Tadase with a single word. "Ikuto."
Tadase Hotori 2016-01-16 21:03:18 23003
Tadase's eyes narrow when he's mentioned as a Guardian - but the word that gets his attention in the end isn't about Sol, but the person he mentions. Kiseki is about to say something, and Tadase pre-emptively gives the little Chara a side-eye glare. Then Tadase steps backwards.

"Sure, lets go inside here." he says, opening the door again and motioning Sol in, and perhaps Amu as well. "Let's talk then."
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-16 21:05:07 23006
"Did I really just say what?" Amu asks, matching irritation for irritation. "That's the only name you ever gave me! If you don't want me to use it, give me something better." She rolls her eyes and follows Tadase, clearly inviting herself into this meeting whether she's wanted or not.

"Besides," Amu says, "Around here, everyone's a guardian. I'm a Guardian, he's a Guardian," she thumbs towards Tadase.
Solomon Novak 2016-01-16 21:22:50 23015
    In a battle of irritation, Solomon has unlimited armaments. "In the future I will be certain to inform you of all the things that a normal person would know not to repeat without having to be told. Solomon is my birth name, if you feel you must use one."

    The silencing of the... well, whatever that thing is... is of mild interest to the taller blonde. If Tadase isn't forthcoming, perhaps it might be easier to talk to. Hopefully Tadase will provide the needed information on his own.

    Solomon enters the room as instructed, thinking about what Amu said. He knew that Tadase had participated in protecting the barrier, but the actual title of Guardian was new to him. Something to consider for later.
Tadase Hotori 2016-01-16 21:31:24 23019
Tadase waits for Amu to enter the room too before shutting it. Thankfully, it wouldn't be considered particularly odd for a couple of the Guardians to be meeting a representative from another school or having a meeting.

"Alright then, Solomon." he says, using the name he gave to Amu. "What's this about?" Tadase's eyes have narrowed, because he's automatically suspicious of anything involving Ikuto. Kiseki, too, is mirroring this look, floating above Tadase's shoulder with his arms crossed.
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-16 21:33:52 23020
Amu drops her bag just inside the door, and then moves to lean against the wall, crossing her arms. "Fine, whatever," she says with a roll of her eyes. "What've you got to say about Ikuto?" she asks irritatedly.
Solomon Novak 2016-01-16 21:41:50 23023
    Solomon is actually pleased that Tadase is suspicious of him. Really, he worked with too many people who were far too trusting. Solomon doesn't completely trust Tadase or Amu either, in spite of the fact that Amu fought alongside him against a demon and Tadase helped save his entire world. This is a personal matter to them, and that can change everything. Which is why he makes sure that both of the Seiyou students are no more than 45 degrees apart based upon his position, to minimize their ability to flank him.

    "I found Ikuto stealing hope from people. I asked him why he was doing it. He told me that he didn't have a choice and to ask you-" Tadase, apparantly "-why he was doing it." Solomon leaves the part out where he tried to kill Ikuto, because most people don't have his keen grasp of morality.
Tadase Hotori 2016-01-16 21:52:53 23025
Tadase actually directly hmphs, and his hands go from his sides to crossed too, now mimicing his chara. "I wish I could say I was surprised." he says, coldly. "Ikuto is..." Tadase sighs.

And then, out of nowhere, in a moment of anger, he slams his fist down on the table. "He's being an idiot again. He needs to stop being a jerk. He's working for Easter - I don't know why - they're a big group trying to control the world. I'm sure he's looking for the Embryo for some nefarious purpose."
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-16 21:54:32 23026
Amu Hinamori remains silent, listening but not injecting her own opinion, for the moment. Her eyes move between Solomon and Tadase, and on the latter those eyes seem to settle with concern.
Solomon Novak 2016-01-16 22:04:56 23029
    If Tadase /had/ been surprised, Solomon would have found it suspicious. Or at least unexpected. His response is consistant with the Guardian Knight's expectations. He tries to observe Amu's reaction to the news as well, in case it might reveal something. The quasi-violent outburst draws the bulk of his attention, however, in case it turns into real violence.

    "Unless he cares strongly about one of his superiors at Easter," not that he knows right now what Easter is, "then there are only two likely reasons for assisting them. The first is if he genuinely believes that the world would be better off if Easter controlled it - this seems unlikely given his behavior. The second is that he is being forced to assist somehow."
Tadase Hotori 2016-01-16 22:14:22 23031
Tadase glares at him. "Ikuto has been a thorn in my side for longer than he's worked for Easter. Some of the things he does have nothing to do with them. They're personal. he says.

"So look, really. Solomon. Why are you here, if you're only here to tell me things I already know?" he asks. This reaction is uncharacteristic for Tadase, but when Ikuto is involved, a lot of his usual reactions get flipped.
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-16 22:15:34 23032
Amu reaches up to put a hand on Tadase's shoulder, before Kiseki can do it. "Tadata," she whispers the word warningly, then looks to Solomon and arches a brow. "The question's a good one, though. What do you want from him?"
Solomon Novak 2016-01-16 22:29:29 23036
    Solomon seems completely unruffled by Tadase's glare. Perhaps it is because of the gap in age and size. Perhaps it is because of the Waldian's skill in concealing his true feelings beneath a facade of cold indifference. Or perhaps it is because he tends to generate such responses on a regular basis. Nevertheless he is privately grateful for Amu's efforts to keep the young boy calm. A brief glance at Amu - an acknowledgement of both her presence and her question, before he responds.

    "I thought I had made it clear. I want to know why he is stealing dreams and what is the ultimate purpose for it. I came here to find out what you knew on the matter."

    A pause. The Waldian decides to add his conclusions, given Tadase most likely cared about Ikuto. "From what you have told me, I believe he is being forced to carry out these thefts, and would not do them if he felt he was free to choose."
Tadase Hotori 2016-01-16 22:47:14 23040
Tadase doesn't /like/ Solomon's attitude, and his legs shift - but before he can step forward, it's 'Tadata' that brings him back down to Earth, and puts him back in the mindset of being King's Chair.

"I told you, I'm pretty sure he's doing it to help Easter. And at this point, if he's being forced, he should stop being so hostile. He should let us help. He's chosen to be as much of a jerk as he can at every intersection."

"He might not be free to choose everything, but when he /does/ choose, he chooses incredibly poorly." Tadase says. "I keep trying to help him, but he won't allow himself to BE helped."
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-16 22:51:05 23042
Amu lets out a faint sigh of relief when Tadase doesn't come out swinging. She squeezes that shoulder, then puts her hand back in her lap. "We don't know," she informs Solomon honestly. "He told you to ask us probably just to anger us. Tadase and Ikuto have an unhappy history, and Ikuto takes whatever opportunity he can to anger us--especially Tadase. What exaclty happened between you nad the cat, anyways?"
Solomon Novak 2016-01-16 23:05:20 23043
    /Now/ Solomon begins to respond to Tadase's attitude. He very much does not want a fight to break out. Beneath the concealment of his carefully sized clothing Solomon's body tenses in preparation of rapid movement, even if only to step back far enough to evade a fist. Both of the Seiyou Guardians had strong feelings on the matter; Solomon would have to be exceedingly delicate with his next few words or avoid answering Amu's question entirely.

    Being delicate takes too much effort.

    "I'm going to guess that the reason you are as angry with him as you are is because you truly care about him." This being addressed to Tadase. To Amu: "He stole a girl's dream. I forced him to return it." He then continues talking, but to both. "You are both almost certainly letting your personal feelings affect your judgement. Ikuto lacked commitment to the cause, yet he also lacked the will, or ability, to outright defy his superiors. I believe that directed me to Tadase either out of guilt or in hope of obtaining assistance somehow."
Tadase Hotori 2016-01-16 23:20:39 23047
Tadase squares his shoulders and looks at Solomon. "Okay. I can see that you're trying to help. And Ikuto and I have a history. But don't misunderstand. I'm committed to protecting people, even if that means from him." he says.

"My judgement is only affected in that I have been far, far too leinent with him. He continues to direct situations and people with me. If he wants assistance stopping what he's doing, he's going to get it. But if he continues to make that difficult, I am going to be difficult in kind."

"I appreciate that you went out of your way to come here. But... I'm not sure what to do with this information." It's not that he doesn't understand what Solomon is saying, it's that he's considered these outcomes before, and decided that protecting innocents had to be his priority too.
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-16 23:37:00 23052
"I know what to do with it," Amu says to Tadase gently. She reaches down to grab her bag, then shoulders it again. "If you see Ikuto again," she tells Solomon, "please contact us. Tadase and I will be there to deal with it as quickly as we can. Please don't ... try to kill him. Someone did that recently, and I'm pretty pissed at them. He's not a bad guy," she notes. "He's just got stupid ideas, and he's doing stupid things. But he can be saved. And that's what I intend to do." Then she turns towards the door, apparently done with this conversation.
Solomon Novak 2016-01-16 23:44:06 23054
    "If you want to help him, find out what hold Easter has over him," Solomon replies to Tadase without hesitation, as if it were completely obvious. Amu, on the other hand? There's no way she'll be happy if he tells her the truth. Should he just let it go and try to keep the peace, or be honest and risk upsetting everyone even more?

    **** it. People are never happy when Solomon does things - why change that now?

    "I don't know how Easter can make use of stolen hope, but my instincts tell me that if they succeed it will be to this world's detriment. If Ikuto can be helped, then I will do so. But if he cannot be helped, then he must be stopped, and I will do that. Even if it costs both of us," Solomon's and Ikuto's, "our lives."
Tadase Hotori 2016-01-16 23:56:07 23057
"I'll see if I can figure that out." Tadase admits. "Worst case your assumption is wrong and he's beyond hope." he adds. It makes some degree of sense, maybe they have some sort of command over him Tadase hasn't seen.

Tadase's also thought about it too. "Make no mistake, Solomon." Tadase says, suddenly getting a very fierce determination in his eyes. "If it comes to that, I'll be the one taking care of him. You won't have to bear that burden." he says. "And I won't let him take me with him, either."

Tadase's not doing particularly well, though, because of where the discussion has gone. But he's in a good enough point to realize this, and so he walks to the door - once Amu has her say, he'll open it and usher Solomon home.
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-16 23:58:00 23058
Amu literally has nothing more to say on the topic. She heads out, and walks away, a glower on her face. She's supposed to go to her next class, but right now she might be about to take full advantage of Guardian privilege and go to the Garden instead. Angry Amu is not a good thing to put in a small classroom full of people who annoy her.