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Tsukuda Shichiro ([personal profile] accidental_deity) wrote in [community profile] ghostsugar2016-01-18 03:43 pm
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The Way to a Horse's Heart... (Closed to Kylar)

((OOC: This takes place a little before the Dopple event.))

Sometimes, in order to get what one wanted, an investment had to be made. When it came to people, that involved finding out what they wanted and providing it. Whether companionship, money, protection, or whatever. There were a lot of options, and it took a great deal of effort and attention to find the correct answer.

Shichiro, for his part, had done his research, and after his last conversation, he'd arranged a date that he was certain would win Kylar's heart. To ensure his success, he'd also packed lunches- all meat for both of them- and bottles of pure water, and a few other things he'd put in his backpack, just in case. He also rehearsed what he knew of their interactions, and had a plan of attack. Coming on too strong would just spook Kylar. He'd have to take it slow, play it smooth, and make sure Kylar could trust him. It'd be slow, but it'd be worth it, if he could manage it.

That'd be the trick, though. For now, Shichiro waited at the gates of the shrine, it being the closest landmark that a foreigner could find easily. After that, it'd be a little bit of a hike, but... that also meant that no one would interrupt them! And that would be absolutely fantastic... if everything went according to plan. For now, thinking of that made Shichiro grin and his shadow start wagging its tails. Heh heh, this was going to be good!
mizuma: ([gentle])

[personal profile] mizuma 2016-01-19 12:38 am (UTC)(link)
Kylar showed up seemingly with nothing more than himself. Even if he expected a hike he didn't seem concerned with a need to pack supplies. It wasn't so much that he'd anticipated that Shichiro would provide as it was the fact that he wasn't worried about it at all.

There was a lake, after all. If he really wanted to eat and drink everything he needed was right there.

His hands tucked into his pockets, he strolled up to the gate of the shrine and seemed pleased to find Shichiro there waiting. It didn't surprise him; whyever would he make Kylar wait for him to show up?

"... You haven't been standing here too long, I hope?"
mizuma: ([surprised])

[personal profile] mizuma 2016-01-19 02:35 am (UTC)(link)
Kylar followed along and kept up easily enough. "Oh, good. That makes up for the fact that I didn't bring much of-.."

He blinked, considering Shichiro's question. Admittedly, it wasn't something that occurred to him. He carried swimwear at school because he was being very, very careful to do things the proper human way but he hadn't thought about it today. He could just picture where he'd left everything too, right in his bag in his room.

"Uh.. I-.." His hesitation probably said it all. "... Was I supposed to?"
mizuma: ([relieved])

[personal profile] mizuma 2016-01-19 03:20 am (UTC)(link)
"... Right. And it's not as if these are our natural forms either.." Kylar wondered a moment if it meant Shichiro might actually reveal his or not. He certainly wasn't going to volunteer first, even if they were swimming. "It's only a shape and I don't personally understand the fixation some humans have with those things.."

He noticed how pleased Shichiro seemed to be which made him feel more at ease. He didn't feel so much like he needed to be constantly on his guard because it seemed less like there might be ulterior motives at play.

There was an inkling of a question in his mind that he was following Shichiro onto his own territory, but he couldn't connect a good reason why that might be beneficial at all and so.. why worry?
mizuma: ([resting smirk])

[personal profile] mizuma 2016-01-19 11:53 pm (UTC)(link)
There was a moment or two while Kylar caught up. Again. He wasn't accustomed to spending time with anyone like he had been with Shichiro and so he couldn't quite prevent it when he needed time to process. There was little mystery with the family; secrets were very difficult to keep from him when he'd known all of them from birth to death.

He tucked his hands in his pockets and recovered soon enough, glancing down as he stepped over a branch on the path but he was wearing a smirk when he looked up again. "You've accomplished standing out, it's true. You would've been impossible to overlook even if you hadn't approached me that day.."

Kylar realised then that he had really never given thought to the fact that at some point he had given deliberate thought to why he was the way he was. "... I can appreciate that decision. I suppose if I'd really wanted to I could've blended in more myself. No one's ever given me an actual critique.." He peered at Shichiro curiously, a question posed more in the look he gave him than in his actual words. Asking outright would have been (more) awkward.

"I'd hate to find out after all this time I've made a poor choice.."
mizuma: (Default)

[personal profile] mizuma 2016-01-20 09:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Kylar never took his eyes off of Shichiro for a second as he circled around him. Surprisingly -- perhaps even to himself -- it was less because he was worried about being stabbed in the back and more because he was simply curious as to why it was happening. Though he was fairly certain it had something to do with dramatic effect.

"... Right. Yes, that was the idea at the time. That and-.." He trailed off when Shichiro continued, tilting his head in the way that he did when he was trying to puzzle something out. The blush was curious but then he himself had found answering that question to be awkward.

"It's good to know you completely approve, seeing as you've elected yourself as my personal guide. You'd have no luck trying to talk me out of certain things.."

Making the conscious decision of his hair, eyes, and general stature was something of a statement. He could admit to that.
mizuma: ([sigh])

[personal profile] mizuma 2016-01-21 01:48 am (UTC)(link)
He was rather oblivious to the fact that Shichiro was at all disappointed in his reaction. Or lack thereof.

"Being smaller," he said quickly and easily. And without a bit of shame. He had no reason to assume that could be potentially taken any other way but literally.

"It's bad enough humans are small to begin with. There's no reason to make that worse.."
mizuma: ([catface.jpg])

[personal profile] mizuma 2016-01-21 05:54 am (UTC)(link)
"No, never.." There was a pause as he thought of something. "I mean.. there have been times when it seems like it probably would have been easier but there's always a way to make things work. If someone finds it intimidating then they were supposed to and I've done my job. That or I know they're not really worth the attention.. it's the bold ones you have to look out for, yes?"

The question went along with a pointed look. Shichiro was among the bold ones, after all, or they wouldn't be there right now.
mizuma: ([shock])

[personal profile] mizuma 2016-01-23 02:54 am (UTC)(link)
He didn't seem to mind though his hand had been grabbed and Shichiro had taken off so quickly that he couldn't really do much more than follow. It wasn't something to be disagreeable about anyway, especially considering where they were headed.

Kylar didn't even pull away when they'd entered the clearing but that might have been partly due to being rather awestruck with what there was to see ahead. His home would always be his favourite place because it was his, but the appeal and the beauty of where they were now was undeniable. It was a just shame he'd have to enjoy it in his current form. There was a good chunk of time where he simply silently took it all in before he finally spoke up again.

"Why would you ever leave if this is your home..?"
mizuma: ([interested])

[personal profile] mizuma 2016-01-23 06:16 am (UTC)(link)
"You would have hated it where I come from then. So many of us lived far apart.."

Kylar glanced down at him out of the corner of his eye, trying not to actually turn his head so Shichiro could get a better look at him. It was times like this when he was painfully aware of the fact that he had very little experience with humans despite living with them for so long. Family was one thing. This was another. But then.. in knowing that he was not dealing with an actual human but someone that was simply presently shaped like one -- just the same as him -- really muddled everything up simply because he couldn't even blame his awkwardness on failing at being human.

"... But that's probably why so many also from where I come from clearly are not well-adjusted. Solitude isn't good for anyone.."

It was a good thing he wasn't in his own natural state as his nerves would be much more difficult to hide. What was he supposed to say? Were they even on the same page?

What if he said something that came out more like 'I'm willing to take advantage of you for lake access' when that wasn't what he meant at all?

"Is.. that why you wanted me to come here with you..?" he asked carefully. There. That was plenty open-ended a question.. right?
mizuma: ([embarrassed])

[personal profile] mizuma 2016-01-23 10:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Kylar knew that if he really, truly wanted to bolt right then he wouldn't be so firmly in Shichiro's grasp that he couldn't get away. Probably. He was hyper-aware of it and he really needed not to be. Mind on the matter at hand, please and thank you, he reminded himself firmly and he drew in a breath slowly.

"No one has ever done something for me just for the sake of my being happy. That isn't to say the family has been unkind.. I simply think they know less about what goes on in my mind than they like to assume.."

Admittedly, he stared right over Shichiro's head then for a moment or two, but he was gathering his thoughts. "To be honest.. I-.. ah.. I don't know either. Not in any way that would serve me now. I had one purpose even before the Strouds and encounters with others of my own kind were few and far between.." He looked down then. He had the sense that the topic just then was proving at least partly as difficult for Shichiro as it was for him and that was reassuring. He felt less like he might need to pray for the earth to open up and swallow him to avoid embarrassment.

"I didn't want it to seem like I only came here because you mentioned the lake, though I would be lying if I said it didn't earn points in your favour. The time before this was nice too.. and the other times running into each other. And-.. and you do a good job of snapping my out of my tendency to glare at everyone, I suppose. And I feel much better when we part so-.." He rubbed the back of his neck nervously.

"So.. ah.. what were you hoping for exactly?" The last bit was said slowly and carefully.
mizuma: ([nervous])

[personal profile] mizuma 2016-01-24 02:03 am (UTC)(link)
Again he tilted his head as he listened to Shichiro explained, occasionally nodding to assure him that he understood.

"My familiarity with those things begin and end with what I have seen of the human family dynamics.. the relationship that Arin's parents have, for example. But no.. I-.. heh.. I personally have done nothing in this form.."

Despite Shichiro's concerns it seemed that even in his own nervousness Kylar wasn't scared off in the least by what he'd said.

"I'm sure that's not a particularly good thing to hear. But.." He paused for a thought again. "Can I ask one thing first? A.. consideration before either of us make an actual decision..?"
mizuma: ([nooo])

[personal profile] mizuma 2016-01-24 02:49 am (UTC)(link)
If he'd been asked, Kylar probably would have said he felt like jumping out of his own skin. Ideally, back into his own native form where he could feel more comfortable simply because trying to read his expression would be much more difficult; long face jokes set aside and ignored.

Otherwise, he could have laughed because he had lived as long as he had and was certain he hadn't felt his present level of anxiety since-.. he could even recall.

Feelings. How do they work?

Perhaps because he'd been so attentive lately he had the inkling that the smile Shichiro was currently wearing wasn't as natural as the others. It wasn't that hard to know why. He'd already told him that he was hoping they were on the same page and in questioning he probably thought he was going to say no..

He shifted his weight a little, taking a small step back. Not away, but simply putting a slight distance between them. He needed that; he was tall. It would have been strange bending down to Shichiro's eye level otherwise. He didn't linger there very long either, considering he was certain his dumb face was changing colours again.

TimeToDoTheThingHe'dSeenHumansDoMoreThanAFewTimesButNeverReallyUnderstoodWhy~

He closed the short distance between them to press his lips against Shichiro's gently. He wasn't sure what he'd expected (to explode? To die? To find out he was in actuality lured into a trap and Shichiro was really some kind of face-eating monster?), but it was pleasant even though he didn't let it linger overly long. When he pulled away again he found it unusually difficult to look Shichiro in the eye after that.

"... Sorry. That wasn't exactly a question.."
mizuma: ([blush intensifies])

[personal profile] mizuma 2016-01-24 07:13 am (UTC)(link)
There was no point in being skittish any more about their contact, and he even managed to quiet his nerves enough to find some amusement in the fact that Shichiro had to reach up to get his arms around him. That was never going to get old.

He was already going to take pity on him and lean down a bit, but clearly Shichiro was way ahead of him. Well, he had given him warning, that was true, but it gotten lost somewhere between the relief of things not going horribly wrong and the grin Shichiro was wearing that didn't make him worry that he might be teased later on.

Kylar made just the quietest sound of surprise -- this was entirely above and beyond what he had done -- but he wasn't complaining. He certainly couldn't cite instinct as his guide when he responded but following Shichiro's lead was only too easy. Kylar's arms went around him and held him close; he even shocked himself a little at how much he craved and enjoyed that contact now that he was actually experiencing it.

Whatever other thoughts or likely concerns that might have occurred to him were pushed aside for the moment. Later on when they returned to the school he could sit and ponder the hows and whys and ifs all he wanted but for right now he was content to simply feel.

To his credit, Shichiro was doing a wonderful job as his self-appointed guide and teacher..

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