Big Secrets

Amu is crying. Ikuto wants to know why.

Date: 2016-01-23
Pose Count: 24
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-23 03:28:03 24078
Crying girls don't usually hang out in alleyways next to confectionaries. Yet today, that's exactly where Amu Hinamori can be found. She's certainly not dressed for sitting in a cold alley: a short black skirt with a tulle petticoat, a pink babydoll with black polkadotrs, and a white sweater (just buttoned once beneath the bust). She has on thigh high black stockings and garters, with her pink sneakers.

And oh but she looks desperately sad. The sobs wracking Amu's body are physical and violent things that shift her whole weight several inches with each one. And yet it seems she's trying not to be noticed, because they're quiet violent sobs.
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2016-01-23 03:40:02 24086
Little girls dressed in frillygoth outfits that aren't appropriate for the cold may not be characteristically seen in alleys. However, black-dressed alley cats definitely are. Particularly when they make their appearances from roofs.

Ikuto sits on the opposite roof, looking down into the alley that Amu's sitting in, crying. He is indeed dressed in black, and he has a thick coat on. His cat ears are visible. It's not him who speaks up first, though. Yoru actually leans over the roof, paws hanging onto the edge, and calls down at Amu, "Hey! What'cha doin' down there-nya? What's wrong?"

Ikuto looks annoyed for a moment, but hops down from the roof, feline features disappearing as he stands up. "...Why don't you go somewhere warm if you're just gonna sit and cry?" Ikuto's kind of an ass, yes. But the annoyance is gone from his expression, and there's concern there in his eyes.
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-23 03:50:21 24091
No no no! The whole point to crying here, and quietly was so no one could see her! Yet there's Yoru's voice, and where there's Yoru, Ikuto is sure to--

"Go away," Amu says between heart-wrenching sobs. She barely manages to get the words out. Her skirt is stained with all of her tears, and her makeup has run down her face. For all the world she looks like someone's just killed her puppy viciously, or something.

"Just leave me alone," Amu mumbles, then draws her knees up to her chest and hugs her legs.
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2016-01-23 04:01:05 24097
For a moment it looks like Ikuto's going to do exactly that. He turns-- Amu can see the violin case slung over his shoulder as he does-- and looks back up at the roof he'd jumped down from. Then he looks to Yoru, whose ears are drooping, feline face in a pout. Ikuto's pretty sure he's the last person Amu wants to see right now, too. He's evil, remember? Then he looks back at Amu, sitting as she is, hugging herself so tightly.

He pauses. It's a handful of seconds before he moves again. He draws a handkerchief out of his pocket, and crouches down on one knee to try to wipe some of Amu's running makeup off her cheek. He figures she'll shove his hand away; if she does, he just offers her the handkerchief. "Your makeup's running. It looks like someone punched you." Despite the words, the tone is not partcularly cruel or angry; they're offered quietly.
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-23 04:05:00 24101
Amu reaches up to grab Ikuto's hand sharply, but then realises he's legitimately trying to help. She stares at the handkerchief uncertainly for a moment, then slowly takes her hand off his wrist and raises her chin just a little.

"Why do you care?" she accuses him unhappily, though she isn't stopping him from wiping at her face. "All you want is to make me suffer. Well here I am, suffering. Isn't this what you wanted? Isn't this exactly what you've always hoped for?"
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2016-01-23 04:17:34 24108
Ikuto pauses again, looking at Amu as she says that. He wanted her to suffer? That wasn't right. But first, he wipes the trails of makeup off her cheeks. Then, however, he reaches to support her chin with a chin and turn her face towards him. There's a smirk there. "No, if I wanted you to suffer it'd be openly my fault you're crying," he notes. "This can't be my fault, I have no idea what I did."

Though he leans back again once that's said. The smirk disappears. "...So, what happened?" He doesn't expect her to tell him, no. But he does make the overture.
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-23 04:25:49 24115
Amu actually laughs, just a little pathetic thing, at his assurance of why he couldn't have wanted this. "Stupid cat," she mumbles, then takes a deep breath and lets it out slowly. Just having someone to talk to can sometimes be such a relief when your heart is this sad. And where are her charas, anyways?!

"Someone ... someone I thought I cared very deeply for," Amu says quietly. "I thought she was my best friend. But it turns out she's been lying to me all along. And now ... I just feel like ..."
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2016-01-23 04:33:00 24117

That sounds like a very familiar problem. Fact, that's what Ikuto's been doing, too. He keeps quiet on it. However, Yoru floats over to where Amu is sitting, patting her on the shoulder with one hand-paw. "Maybe she was just afraid?" he suggests. "It's natural to keep bad stuff about yourself from people ya like-nya!"

Ikuto adds, "...Sometimes it's more painful to tell the truth." He stands, half-turns away. The ground is utterly fascinating all of a sudden.
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-23 04:49:51 24129
Amu lets out a sigh and wipes at her eyes again, then reaches up to catch Yoru in her arms. She doesn't squeeze too hard, but she does hug the little chara as if he were a plush doll. "I guess," Amu says quietly, "but to lie to your best friend? I don't know," she says sadly. "I just wish she had told me earlier. I ... I understand not showing the world your true character. It's scary to let everyone see who you really are. But I'm supposed to be her best friend? Why couldn't she have admitted this sooner?"
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2016-01-23 04:58:15 24135
Yoru 'Nya!'s in surprise as he's grabbed. But he's not being squeezed too terribly hard, so he doesn't protest too much. Even if he does sit in her arms looking disgruntled at being manhandled. He is not a plushie! He is, however, a warm kitty. In this cold, that's probably welcome.

"...Maybe she thought you liked the character and not her," Ikuto suggests. "Maybe she didn't want to lose you, and thought she would if you knew. That's more common than you think."
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-23 05:01:50 24138
The pink-haired girl gently strokes Yoru's hair and ears, continuing to treat him like a plushie (or perhaps like a kitten). "That's what she said," Amu says softly, then sniffles and wipes her nose on her sleeve. Ew. "She said she was worried I'd hate her forever. That she lied out of habit, and then she lied because she didn't want me to hate her. But if she'd just been honest with me how could I have hated her?"
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2016-01-23 05:12:39 24144
Yoru squirms about a little, pouting grumpily. Right up until he's being petted. Then he settles down. Not just settles down, but relaxes completely. He just. Ragdolls. Eeeeeeeeears.

Ikuto can't help but smirk at Yoru's reaction to being petted. "It was something she didn't want others who weren't close to her to know," he says. "Then you got close, and she was afraid you wouldn't like the character under the mask. Maybe she had something in mind to reveal it and it never happened." He shrugs. "A more important question. Do you hate her? Now, after you know?"
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-23 05:17:23 24145
Amu doesn't stop the petting, but she also doesn't even seem to realise she's doing it. It just comes natural: cat in arms, pet! It does, however, seem to be soothing her tears and her fears. "I don't know," she admits quietly. "I don't want to hate her. She's my best friend. She's done so much for me. Given me confidence, made me feel special. But ... it's a big secret. It's such a big secret. And ... it changes everything."
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2016-01-23 05:36:19 24155
"Maybe that's why she kept it from you," Ikuto replies. "It would change everything between you. Maybe she didn't want it to change." Simple possibility. But then most of the time the correct one was pretty simple. Also he can't quite help himself. Perhaps he's gone too long without being an ass. He shrugs. "Then again, I don't know her, and I don't know how long you've known her. Maybe she just didn't want you to know."
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-23 05:40:56 24157
That earns poor Yoru a little bit of a likely-uncomfortable squeeze. Still, given the cat-chara's size and her ample 'cushioning', it's not as bad as it could be for the little guy.

"I just don't know what to do right now," Amu says unhappily as she returns to petting Yoru's ears. "I don't know how to forgive her ... I can't act like nothing's changed. I don't know if I can sleep over at her house anymore. It's so ... different, now."
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2016-01-23 05:49:17 24165
Yoru squiiiiiirms! Not the pillows. Please not the pillows. He doesn't want cooties! Flaaaaaaaaail! The earpetting calms him down again though. Ikuto either doesn't notice or doesn't comment on his Chara's situation. Ikuto turns his head to look at Amu. "I don't know the whole story. But you won't figure out anything unless you talk to her about it," he notes. "Find out where you stand. Now that her secret's out, she's got no reason not to tell you the truth."
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-23 05:52:44 24166
Amu sighs and reaches up to wipe at her eyes one last time, then kisses Yoru atop the head. Cooties are inescapable. But then she lets the little catboy go and sighs up at Ikuto. After a moment, she holds up a hand to the boy, as if asking for his help.

"Thank you," Amu says to Ikuto quietly. "I wish you'd be this guy all the time. This sweet caring person who doesn't want to see a girl cry. I ..." she starts, then immediately stops that sentence, and with a blush turns away. "I hope you and Mikoto-san work through whatever has been between you lately."

Clearing her throat, Amu hugs herself, then wipes at her eyes one last time before asking, "How do I look?"
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2016-01-23 05:59:32 24169
Yoru flees from the kiss, floating up to above Ikuto's shoulder. "GAAAH! Don't kiss me-nya!" he shrieks, frantically rubbing his head.

Ikuto pays the antics no mind. And he does help her up, if that's what she's hoping for. The question is responded to first. "You look like someone who's been crying," he says. Not that he's trying to be unkind. It's the truth, though. And Ikuto doesn't exactly know much about how not to upset girls. Just ask Mikoto.

And then? That evil smirk is back. He hasn't let go of Amu's hand, either. "Maybe that's just my outer character," he suggests, his voice pitched low. "Maybe I'm just letting you get close, so I can find a way to beat you for good. You're close to Tadase... maybe I'm using you to get to him."
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-23 06:08:40 24176
Amu smiles just a little when Ikuto helps her up, though it doesn't help her look like any less a mess. His honesty, though, is actually appreciated. Even if it's not what she wants to hear, in light of their conversation about lies, could he really have said anything else.

She sniffs at the honesty anyways, and reaches up to wipe at her eyes again--just in time for him to be a jerk. Amu's hand pulls out of his faster than a striking cobra, and she glares at him. "You're a bad liar," she says after a moment. "Baka hentai cosupure," she accuses lightly, then sticks out her tongue and pulls down one eye. "You're lucky I'm in a good mood, or I'd make sure you could never hurt me again," she promises, then raises her chin with confidence and pride. Because there's just no other way to wear that ruined, tear-streaked face well.

"And now we're even. Next time I'll do it," she promises him. Whatever 'it' is. And then she turns to stalk away down the alley, with her skirt flipped up just a little inappropriately in the back from how she was sitting. Will he point it out, or just let her go embarass herself further?
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2016-01-23 06:14:22 24178
Ikuto keeps that evil smirk in place, even through her tirade. Yes, he is a bad liar, and he knows it. He's always been a bad liar. Hence his tactic of 'just don't tell anybody'. That also explains why Yoru's so easy to get information out of. Because Ikuto isn't a liar, not deep down.

Ikuto watches her leave the alle-- oh dear. He even blushes a bit when he notes her skirt is like that. And he walks quickly to catch up with her. He tries to reach out and grab hold of her shirt in the back, trying to pull her back and keep her from exiting the alley.
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-23 06:33:58 24187
Amu was fully prepared to leave the alley with her dignity in tact; fully prepared to leave the jerk cat behind and go about her way. Being snagged from behind was not on her list of expectations. Her shirt fits tight, and it tugs against her quite readily at his grab.

Amu whirls around, tearing her clothes out of his hand, and glares with arms crossed as she stares at him. "What do you want now?" she asks, still huffy.
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2016-01-23 06:40:08 24190
Ikuto releases her shirt without complaint, before the fabric can tear. At her question, he points down and to her skirt. "I know you're fairly well-known for showing your ass in public, but unless you want to make that literal, you might want to check the back of your skirt."

Behind him, Yoru starts laughing, flopped over in the air as if he were on a floor, arms crossed over his midriff, kicking his footpaws in the air. "Showin' your ass-- that's a good one-nya!"
Amu Hinamori 2016-01-23 06:46:11 24192
Amu's cheeks turn beat red as she stares at Ikuto. "B...baka!" she says, reaching back to tug her skirt down. She smoothes it over several times, then glowers at him and pushes him away before turning to run away.
Ikuto Tsukiyomi 2016-01-23 06:52:54 24194
Amu might catch Ikuto's amused chuckle on her way out. Though this time he doesn't stop her as she heads away from the alley.

In fact he goes in the opposite direction, back into the alley, an amused half-smirk on his face.

Right up until Yoru points out, "We gotta go to work-nya." The smirk fades from Ikuto's face as Yoru seems to droop in the air. "Man. I don't wanna work tonight. I'm sleepy."

"We have to," Ikuto replies. There's a pop and a sparkle, and Ikuto's cat ears and tail appear again. "...Might as well get started." He hops up to the roof he'd been on when he'd seen Amu, and Yoru follows.