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Who: Raikou, Gau, Yoite, Lelouch... you?
Status: Open
Style: Action
Where: Beach near Raikou's cave, Mizusato
When: Afternoon, Week 15, Day 5
Rating: PG, probably, will update if needed?
Warnings: None yet. Gau-tantrum maybe?
Summary: Since it's Lelouch's birthday and Yoite's got missed, Raikou organizes a joint party! (aka, Raikou announces and Gau does the work)

[The teenager keeps a running monologue going as he stacks up food in his partner's arms, green eyes flashing brightly with outrage, small slender sword-calloused hands carefully maneuvering covered dishes and packages.

Once Raikou is properly burdened, Gau gathers up the last armload for himself, frowns at the way the corner of a box wrinkles his yukata, and then starts taking confident steps out of the cave, his mouth still running all the way.

The smile on his face doesn't quite match up with his words.]

How could you dump all this on me without much time to prepare? I'm so glad we had vanilla, or I couldn't have made Yoite-chan's favorite... and I don't even know what kinds of things Lelouch-san likes, and I had just enough honey to make the tarts you like, and...

[Then he stops, dead in his tracks, and turns to Raikou with a look of horror on his face.]


[A small smile threatens to curve Raikou's lips at his partner's little rant, more amused than anything as he follows the teen down to the beach, his own cream-and-lavender yukata neat despite the way Gau had stacked his arms up for their fourth trip down to the beach.]

It'll be fine, Gau. Honestly, I don't know how many people will show, but I did say food contributions would be helpful, didn't I?

[He smiles a bit more and laughs softly.]

I'm sure someone will be considerate enough to bring something...and I did let you know as soon as I could, but it was a rather spur of the moment invitation.

[Surely, someone will. And they've managed to procure plenty of drinks and a few tables borrowed from Raikou's employer and friends in the village, and enough dishes and cups and... surely, it's all going to be just fine, but Gau just has problems with last minute things sometimes.

He manages to get himself moving again, laughing a little at himself as well, and it's not a long walk to the beach, not long at all before he's unloading his arms and smoothing a hand down the front of his (borrowed) pretty green yukata.

He surveys the spread, grins a little, and draws in a deep breath.]

What do you think, Raikou? We did good?

[Raikou took a moment to survey the spread of tables and nods to himself as Gau unloads his arms, neatly organizing the last bit of food and dishes - along with the presents for them both that Raikou had tracked down as Gau worked on the food.]

Yes Gau... I think you quite outdid yourself.

[OOC note: Feel free to start threads and comment-spam away!]


Jan. 6th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
[Really, Gau is in his element when he has people to wait on. At the moment, there's really no one to wait on; when he walks away from the party, everyone is properly milling around being social and enjoying themselves.

It seems that between his efforts and the things others have brought, there is enough food for everyone.

So without anything to stress over, he finds himself wandering away from the crowd at large and settling himself down on a rock a little ways down the beach, with a drink and a plate of cake he managed to save for himself despite Yoite.]
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Jan. 6th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
[He's almost startled, actually, which makes him blush a little, one hand going to the hilt of his katana automatically.

Of course, he immediately lets it fall away again, grins at her. Because it's Rin, and she's always welcome, isn't she?]

Oh, Rin-san!

[He laughs lightly, sets his cup down and gestures to the rock beside him.]

Would you like to have a seat? Or did you need me to get something for you...?

[After all, somehow these people became his guests, despite the fact that it was Raikou's idea to have a party, and it's for Lelouch's and Yoite's birthdays...]
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Jan. 6th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
[Gau grins and shifts a little closer, without really thinking about it, his knees coming up underneath him on the rock.]

Of course you may! I haven't spoken to you enough lately, it seems like! It's been that way with a lot of people, really... I've been rather busy with my own things, here.

[He pauses.]

And then there was all that trouble, so recently.
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Jan. 7th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
It was...

[The first memory that comes to mind, oddly, isn't the fighting. It's not seeing people die all around him, isn't the strange creatures the Exorcists had faced off with or the undead ones he himself slaughtered.


It's the sensation of slamming into a wall as he passes right through the space Yoite had just disappeared from. It's that sense of loss, and Raikou telling him to have faith, and himself falling apart with grief.]

I thought I'd lost someone I loved forever.

[But he'd gotten Raikou back then too, or at least... Raikou had gotten himself back. And Yoite was better now, so much better.]

I just needed to have a little more faith, though.
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Jan. 11th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
I suppose you could say that. Yoite is better now, and we're all here, so... I guess you could call that turning out all right.

[His eyes turn back toward the others on the beach, and there's a smile on his lips, but it's almost wistful.

Things are all right. There are so many things that will never be the same, but they're all right now. Really.]

And you? Are you... all right?
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Jan. 12th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that!

[He's not sure if it's true, really. He's used to ferreting out the truth, to digging through layers of lies through research to find what's really going on, but...

In this case, it's not as if he has all his usual methods. And more than that...

She's a friend.]


[Another glance up the beach.]

You came with Marco, didn't you? I'm sorry I didn't greet you right away, I was busy.
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Jan. 13th, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
[There's something wrong here, Gau is starting to think, but he's not quite sure. He tilts his head, bites his lip a little, trying to sort out what's going on.

It's easy enough conversation, isn't it?]

Thanks. Actually I was rather nervous; Raikou invited everyone before he even told me about it! But I suppose it's good in a way... I mean, I feel best when I can do useful things like this.
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Jan. 16th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
[Gau grins brightly.]

I'm glad you can find things that you enjoy too, Rin-san.

[He shifts a little closer, then leans back on his elbows, careful not to knock off the plate and cup on the other side of him.]

You should come visit here more often. It's pretty here in Mizusato, don't you think?
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Feb. 20th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
When Raikou first moved here...

[There's a pause.]

Well, when Yoite did too... I was hesitant, at first. I mean, just because it was so far away from everything I was used to, and there weren't any other of us here, back then...

[He smiles brighter, closes his eyes and just lets the wind touch his face for a moment.]

But I'm glad now. It's home.

[So simple a word, so simple and so complex a concept.]

It's even more home than Tokyo ever was.
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Feb. 20th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
[Gau picks up the cup he had been drinking from, takes a small sip, despite the fact that a bit of sand has settled in the bottom.

His expression is completely calm, as he gives himself the space of the sip before he can respond.

Because he knows that this one thing she's asking him to understand is something that he never can.]

I'm not the person to say that to, Rin-san.

[His tone is quiet, utterly calm, and just a touch too serious.]

I am probably one of few people in this world who prays every single night before I go to bed and every morning when I wake up that the gods never make me go back to the place from which I came.
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Feb. 20th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
[The cup is set aside, and Gau gently sets a hand on her arm instead, his touch very faint, light, not grasping or insistent.]

But Rin-san... I think a lot of people feel that way...

[He glances toward the gathering on the beach, for the party, and then his tone goes quiet, fond.]

When I first came here, the reason I said I didn't want to go back was simply that... Raikou wasn't alive in my world, and he was here, and that was enough by itself. Yoite too... Yoite and I were close friends in my world...

[A pause.]

Not quite as close as we've been here. But then there's everyone else too, you know? Not just Raikou and Yoite, but those people who were never part of my world, who are my friends here. I do sometimes miss Raimei-san and Hanabusa-san and Chickenhead and well... Miharu too, since he's not here anymore.

[He does, really. He wonders sometimes about their lives, back home.]

But ultimately, I've been here long enough now that even if it weren't for Raikou and Yoite being dead in my world, I feel like some of these bonds might be stronger than those.
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Feb. 21st, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
I was like that once.

[And as he says it, he turns his right hand over, inspecting his wrist as if a bracelet should resting there.

But the Wakachi bracelet is long gone, of course, like the Wakachi, the Kairoushuu. Like Hattori, like Raikou.]

It took a lot for me to decide to put a person above an ideal.

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Mar. 17th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)

[He doesn't know, honestly, that much about her situation. Of course, they've known each other a long while, but that's not the same, exactly, because what he knows about her is mostly based on her interests and actions in this world.]

I guess I really don't know. But I like to try to understand people a little more, now, than I used to. So I guess-

[How to say that? Hmm.]

Since we're friends, I'd love to know more about you someday.
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