DXN - Nomikai Hot Pot [Episode 3-4 interlude]

Apr 7th, 2016
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  1. [12:26] <Cherem> =====
  2. [12:26] <Cherem> "So, I have a favor to ask..."
  3. [12:26] <Cherem> That's how Honda started this. After escaping from the fight between Cherry Blossom and Akihana, he asked if you would be willing to meet with him, and more importantly-
  4. [12:26] <Cherem> "My boss, sort of. She goes by Ginyomi, but I think we've all met before. She wants to talk to us as a group, regarding everything that's been going on."
  5. [12:27] <Cherem> "And I wanted to thank you guys for helping me with these False Heart and Gyaum problems."
  6. [12:27] <Cherem> So he invited you to dinner: a resturaunt in the neighborhood, geared towards groups. Focusing on ethic cuisine like soba and nabe, it was close enough to be agreeable, and as Honda puts it "the rooms are big enough for a small party."
  7. [12:27] <Cherem> With that, he left you to go get washed and change out of the insect-stained clothing, a few hours of time to take a breather.
  8. [12:28] <Cherem> The Resturaunt itself is a family afare: as you walk in, there's a chime from a bell above the door, and the host is at your side in a flash. The place seems to have booths for small groups, but the host is leading you towards the back, where there are three larger, private rooms.
  9. [12:28] <Cherem> Taking you to the far left room, the host opens the door and you're welcomed by the sound of an already lively conversation.
  10. [12:29] <Cherem> "So, what I decided was, why not just try to follow the paper trail they left behind? Everybody slips up and buys something eventually, and cars get flagged, so I followed that." Honda's talking about an old job, apparantly.
  11. [12:30] <Cherem> Sitting across from him is a young woman with her hair put up and folded behind her head, causing the ends to pop up like an exited flower, black with some faint silver strands.
  12. [12:30] * Cerys_Doyle looks as interested as someone that gets paid to be would, drink in hand but otherwise not touched.
  13. [12:30] <Cherem> She's dressed semi-formally, with a light blue blouse and khaki skirt, a rich navy cardigan over her shoulders. Ai, you'd recognize her as... one of your classmates.
  14. [12:32] <Cherem> Between the two of them and across from the door is the reporter, Shiori Sasaki. She's drinking a soda and listening to Honda half-heartedly, her otaku-couture plaid shirt covered up with a warm looking leather jacket. As you enter, she's the second to look up but the first to greet you, "Hey!"
  15. [12:35] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu walks in with a nod. "Hello."
  16. [12:35] <Otomo_Reiko> If Reiko could hug herself much tighter she might snap. Her hoodie is different but the rest of her outfit is the same as last time, covered up as much as she could realistically manage. Still looked like a weirdo.
  17. [12:36] <Mr_Rage> Ai's close behind, gussied up a little. She's got Reiko's arm in her hand, gently helping the girl.
  18. [12:36] <Otomo_Reiko> That she's allowed to even touch the hikki says something for Ai.
  19. [12:37] <Cherem> Ginyomi blinks a little, "Miyu. I remember... So you really are letting him drag you around." She smiles faintly, turning her attention to Honda.
  20. [12:38] <Cherem> The salaryman fake raises up both hands, "I don't think I could drag anybody here around." Honda smiles, "Operator, Ai, welcome."
  21. [12:38] <Goemon_Hozuki> Goemon seems bored out his mind with a glass of water in his hand.
  22. [12:39] <Shinjou_Miyu> "That's right. I just follow him around to interesting places. Like here." Miyu says with a quick smile of her own.
  23. [12:41] <Otomo_Reiko> Reiko can't be too happy making a public appearance again, muttering something about missing a special event in her game.
  24. [12:41] <Cherem> Shiori nods a little, "Honda's been telling us all his stories about before he met you all, but he's a bit of a pencil pusher." She scoots aside as Ginyomi moves towards her, making room in the booth for you all.
  25. [12:42] <Cherem> The Tindalos agent frowns a little, shrugging and sipping his own drink, a mug of beer, "It's true. It has picked up a little since you all joined."
  26. [12:42] * Cerys_Doyle moves along in the booth as well to make some more room.
  27. [12:44] <Cherem> Shiori grins a little, "Jeez Doyle, some elbow room?" She wriggles a little in her chair, her own mug of alcohol already halfway down. Every time Honda says something regarding paperwork, another drink.
  28. [12:45] <Cerys_Doyle> "Sorry love, gonna get cozy in here." If anything she scoots closer, finally taking a drink.
  29. [12:47] <Otomo_Reiko> Reiko makes sure to get the end seat for the sake of breaking room, doing her best not to sit on any of Ai's three tails on the process.
  30. [12:49] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu moves in to sit after a quick glance about the place.
  31. [12:50] <Cherem> Honda moves over, "Alright. I think that's everybody." He hits a bell in the center to call the waiter over. "We'll have some privacy after we get our food, but, this is something that's been some time coming."
  32. [12:50] <Cerys_Doyle> "Looks like you need another drink." She flags down the waitress for Shiori and the newcomers.
  33. [12:51] <Cherem> Ginyomi watches, hands bridging in front of her, "More drinks?" She glances at Shiori. "Careful..."
  34. [12:53] <Goemon_Hozuki> "I'll just stick some water and ramen."
  35. [12:54] <Cherem> A moment later there's a waitress, greeting you enthusiastically. Honda frowns, "We're going to get the nabe hot-pot, Goemon."
  36. [12:55] <Goemon_Hozuki> "That's fine too."
  37. [12:56] <Cherem> The waitress goes around, asking for orders and drinks. Honda orders alcohol for everybody above age, another round. A moment later, he's downing the rest of his mug.
  38. [12:57] <Otomo_Reiko> Reiko is content with soda, barely looking up from the phone she's playing with in her lap.
  39. [12:58] * Cerys_Doyle finishes her drink in another gulp, since a second is coming.
  40. [12:58] <Cherem> Ginyomi watches, "Sparkling water." Her glance goes over the rest of you, "Not too many old enough for alcohol here.
  41. [12:59] <Cherem> "* She smiles a little as Shiori beams, old enough to drink.
  42. [13:00] <Shinjou_Miyu> 'Probably not the time and place to be getting super drunk anyway,:
  43. [13:02] <Cherem> "A work meeting?" Honda laughs a little, a little flushed around the cheeks.
  44. [13:03] <Cerys_Doyle> "Don't worry, we'll keep each other sober enough. Same as we keep each other safe."
  45. [13:04] * Mr_Rage (~Rage@Rizon-EFC7C827.dyn.optonline.net) Quit ( Quit: laffo! )
  46. [13:05] <Cherem> Ginyomi nods, "So I heard. Two False Heart Agents, one of whom was a Tutor, and a Gyaum." She goes for her drink, "Well done."
  47. [13:08] * Cerys_Doyle would raise her glass, if it wasn't empty.
  48. [13:12] <Shinjou_Miyu> "I hope you heard how incredibly weird that last one was."
  49. [13:13] <Cherem> After a moment, another round of drinks: even one for Goemon, and... one for Ginyomi? And Miyu as well. Guess the drinking age here is lax.
  50. [13:14] <Cerys_Doyle> "That's better." She raises the glass and takes a swig.
  51. [13:14] <Cherem> Ginyomi waits for the waitress to head out again, after getting the confirmation on an order from Honda, and nods, "I heard some. The UGN tried to have you arrest somebody for them?" Doesn't sound like he told her everything.
  52. [13:20] * Cerys_Doyle keeps quiet about anything official, she didn't get paid to talk about such things.
  53. [13:21] <Goemon_Hozuki> Goemon just shrugs.
  54. [13:22] <Cherem> Honda nods, "It was terrible. First they put us on her tail, then they follow us to her. They weren't even that interested in the Gyaum."
  55. [13:22] <Otomo_Reiko> "Their motivations are a mystery," Reiko comments, having looked up from her phone long enough to have a drink.
  56. [13:25] <Cherem> Shiori nods a little, "Sounds par for the course for the UGN. Just getting to talk to one of them is hard enough: I need one of your type with me for that."
  57. [13:27] <Cerys_Doyle> "Don't worry, they only give us the time of day when they want us to do something as well."
  58. [13:27] <Cherem> Honda nods, "It's a pain to talk to them. Shiori here, you've been censored at least once, twice?"
  59. [13:29] <Cherem> The reporter nods, "Domain name bought out twice, Hard Drives confiscated as government evidence..."
  60. [13:30] * Cerys_Doyle shakes her head.
  61. [13:30] <Otomo_Reiko> "I've managed to avoid their attention so far."
  62. [13:32] <Cherem> "Well, Shiori here puts her name out there," Ginyomi stirs her drink a little. "And from what I've heard, their attention has been more on fighting False Hearts directly, elsewhere."
  63. [13:32] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Seemed like there was something personal in it for the UGN agent this time."
  64. [13:35] <Cherem> Honda nods a little, "I think my joke at the end wasn't taken very well."
  65. [13:37] * Cerys_Doyle smirks and finishes her drink.
  66. [13:38] <Cerys_Doyle> "I don't think they were paying you much attention at that point."
  67. [13:48] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Still, there's where we want to stand with them. It's worth some thought."
  68. [13:49] <Cherem> Honda nods a little, "I guess. They just fought each other as we left."
  69. [13:50] <Cerys_Doyle> "Seemed like it was going that way."
  70. [13:51] <Cherem> Ginyomi nods a little, "They're... They have a special relationship with us. They like keeping us within reach, but their representatives lately..." A sour look crosses her face.
  71. [13:52] <Goemon_Hozuki> "Is something going on?"
  72. [13:53] <Otomo_Reiko> "Always something going on, this city doesn't sleep." the hikki mutters.
  73. [13:54] <Shinjou_Miyu> "I hear you. Cherry Blossom was pretty rude."
  74. [13:54] <Cherem> She shrugs "Of a sort. They've been asking us if we keep track of our membership, what we're hunting, our actions and movements."
  75. [13:56] <Cherem> Honda nods, "She was a pain: I could've gone without meeting her."
  76. [13:57] <Cherem> As you talk, the Waitress returns with your drinks, not taking notice of the Overed talk dying down, but instead warning you that your meal is on the way.
  77. [13:57] <Cherem> Ginyomi's ears pick up, "You met with Agent Cherry Blossom?" She looks caught by the name.
  78. [14:01] <Otomo_Reiko> "Unfortunately."
  79. [08:16] <Goemon_Hozuki> Goemon nods.
  80. [08:17] <Cherem> Ginyomi glances at Honda, who shrugs a little, sipping at his beer. "I had no idea who she was. Still don't, besides UGN agent."
  81. [08:17] * Cerys_Doyle passes any drinks she can further down the table so the waitress doesn't have to, making sure to sip on hers.
  82. [08:17] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Yeah. Twice. The first time was a warning about us doing vigilante work. The second time was when we were down dealing with the bug lord. Seemed to have a history with Viktor's daughter, who had a history with said bug lord."
  83. [08:18] <Otomo_Reiko> "Safe to assume she's somehow related in Red King hunting down Cerys-san and I."
  84. [08:18] <Cherem> Ginyomi sits up a little, "UGN Agents are always trouble." She stirs her drink up with a straw, setting the little bubbles popping as she listens. "Sounds fishy."
  85. [08:19] <Cherem> Honda nods, glancing between the rest of you, "We managed to avoid their attention earlier. I think I owe Hua a favor now."
  86. [08:19] * Cerys_Doyle sneers a little at the mention of the Red King.
  87. [08:20] <Cherem> "Red King?" For a moment, the Tindalos member seems at a loss. "I was told they were in China."
  88. [08:21] <Otomo_Reiko> "I assure you they were here, Red King himself and some lackeys delivering more warnings to us. They knew I was watching too." She frowns at that, chewing on her thumb nail.
  89. [08:24] <Shinjou_Miyu> "It's a drag." Miyu mumbles halfheartedly.
  90. [08:24] <Cherem> A frown crosses Ginyomi's face, "That's... Not good. To be honest, I asked Honda to gather you here, but I wasn't aware that the UGN was making... personal inquiries." Her tongue clicks, "I need to speak with the Tindalos Representative about this."
  91. [08:24] <Cherem> Honda nods, "Speaking of, I wanted to thank you all for being patient with me and my, uh, investigations. Our work out in the field."
  92. [08:25] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Somehow, Honda, I feel like you help put it all into perspective."
  93. [08:25] <Otomo_Reiko> "Doesn't bother me as long as I'm cozy in my room." For a moment she seems to realize she's out in public and turns very pale.
  94. [08:27] <Cerys_Doyle> "What's a little excitement in your life?" She raises her glass to that, even if no one else does.
  95. [08:27] <@Mr_Rage> Ai siiips, offering her tail under the table to help Reiko relax.
  96. [08:27] <Cherem> Honda chuckles a little, "Thank you, I think. I know we're doing good out there, and the stuff we've done..." He sips his drink, a little foam on his upper lip, "If not for you guys, I wouldn't've been able to find Akane and Michio, and Uncle would've taken them."
  97. [08:28] <Cherem> "If we didn't fight Kilowatt and his mercenaries, who knows what they could've gone on to do." He smiles a little, "It's been exciting, and I'm sure it's paying off directly even now."
  98. [08:28] <Goemon_Hozuki> "No trouble."
  99. [08:29] <Otomo_Reiko> The tail does get Reiko's attention but theres more of a curiosity to it. She's less pale and poking experimentally at the prehensile appendage now with a furrowed brow.
  100. [08:30] <@Mr_Rage> The tail wiggles, studded with renegade crystal that gleams in the weak shadow under the table. The Chimera herself just sits patiently, taking an inch or two off her drink now and then.
  101. [08:31] <Cherem> Shiori nods, "I've been out and about, those insects disappeared when Honda told me you were done. The one you let me poke around in, even, collapsed into some gross pool of mush and blood."
  102. [08:32] <Cerys_Doyle> "Lovely."
  103. [08:32] <Otomo_Reiko> The hikki grabs at the tail, adjusting her glasses as she examines one such crystal. "Hrn."
  104. [08:32] <@Mr_Rage> "!"
  105. [08:32] <Cherem> "I hope you disposed of it properly," Honda grins, "Don't think the trash collectors would appreciate that. Would it be burnable trash?"
  106. [08:32] <Cherem> Shiori scowls, "It evaporated right after. Not even any evidence besides my pictures anymore."
  107. [08:33] <Cherem> Ginyomi gives you both a critical look, Ai, Reiko, watching the Hikki with interest.
  108. [08:34] <Goemon_Hozuki> "It could have been worse. They could have started running around aimlessly."
  109. [08:34] <Otomo_Reiko> "How do you even manifest a tail without aggravating the Renegade? Fascinating."\
  110. [08:34] <Cerys_Doyle> "Ugh. I wouldn't want to have to hunt those little shites down individually."
  111. [08:35] <Cherem> "It really would've been a bug hunt," Honda agrees. He ignores Shiori muttering 'game over man' into her own drink.
  112. [08:35] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Would've been a huge pain."
  113. [08:36] <Cherem> "I suppose now is when I make my pitch." Ginyomi smiles a little, "Honda wanted to thank you, but I need to add mine as well. I also wanted to extend formal invitations to work with us at Tindalos, if not as agents, as consultants."
  114. [08:36] <Otomo_Reiko> Now she's getting a little grabby, gloved hands working up the tail. "Does it extend from your spine?"
  115. [08:37] <@Mr_Rage> "!" Ai wiggles, tail writhing in Reiko's grasp, the little Chimera blushing.
  116. [08:37] <Shinjou_Miyu> "You know where I stand on that." Miyu says, giving GInyomi a thumbs up.
  117. [08:37] <Cherem> "You'll recive a stipend to compensate for time you've spent working with us, and for time you spend aiding Honda and other Tindalos agents. And we have a nice information network and other reliable agents." Ginyomi continues, pausing to take a sip of her drink. "You don't have to answer now if you don't... want... to." Her voice trails off a bit.
  118. [08:38] <Cherem> At that, the high-schooler smiles, "See Honda? You were worried."
  119. [08:39] <Otomo_Reiko> A hand is about to go up Ai's skirt when the hikki looks up and over at Ginyomi. "Field work is a bit...beyond me. I'd be fine continuing in my current capacity however."
  120. [08:40] <Cerys_Doyle> "I'd have to know more details about it and such. My current contract pendind and all."
  121. [08:41] <Goemon_Hozuki> "What would i be doing?"
  122. [08:41] <Cherem> Ginyomi nods, "Footwork, if it's out of the queston, isn't mandatory. It's not so much a job, moreso..." She hesitates, finding the right words, "Compensated volunteer work."
  123. [08:41] <Cherem> "Same as now, really." Honda quips.
  124. [08:42] <Cherem> "Same as now, but your incentive to take a bullet for our dear Isou will be out of mutual respect, instead of just the paycheck," Ginyomi teases lightly.
  125. [08:42] <Cherem> "Investigate occurances, report on the safety of the neighborhoods and areas we visit, keep in contact with other agents."
  126. [08:42] <Cherem> "Occasionally, if you're up for it, act alongside other Tindalos agents fighting and either capturing or defeating Gyaum and rogue Overed."
  127. [08:43] <Cherem> Ginyomi pauses, "False Hearts, by it's very nature, is 'out of our jursidiction'. Or so I've been told. But as far as I see it, you've done more than the UGN has regarding them this last month."
  128. [08:43] * Cerys_Doyle leans back as she listens and takes another drink before extending her arms out along the back of the bench.
  129. [08:45] <Goemon_Hozuki> Goemon sits sipping at his drink.
  130. [08:45] <Cherem> Honda nods, "They didn't even want to go after that Gyaum in the end. They were after Akihana."
  131. [08:45] <Otomo_Reiko> "The UGN can be just as dangerous to Overed."
  132. [08:46] <Cherem> Ginyomi nods, "Certainly in recent years. They've... well, a friend of mine said they were more devoted to studying the Renegade and capturing Gyaum and Overed."
  133. [08:46] <Cherem> "Now...." She hesitates, "Perhaps they learned all they wanted to know."
  134. [08:47] <Cherem> Shiori sits back a little, "Well, if you go back-" She bumps into Doyle's arm, "Ah, sorry... wow, your muscles are way too dense." She loses her train of thought, poking and prodding your forearm.
  135. [08:48] <Cherem> ".... If you go back far enough, they were arresting Overed and Gyaum. Maybe it didn't work out as well as they thought it did." Honda finishes for her. "What kind of friend do you have that knows that old history?"
  136. [08:49] <Shinjou_Miyu> "If they've learned all they wanted to know then that's kind of a relief for me."
  137. [08:49] <Cherem> The Tindalos board member gives him a very dry look, "You're old enough to remember, Honda." She smiles, "A relief?"
  138. [08:50] <Goemon_Hozuki> "So they have changed their goals?"
  139. [08:51] <Cherem> Honda shrugs, "Possibly. After Black Saturday there were some administrative changes. Some bulldog got bumped from hunter leader to head of City N, and the guy whose team let Black Saturday happen went up with him."
  140. [08:51] <@Mr_Rage> Siiiiiiip.
  141. [08:53] * Cerys_Doyle grunts and takes another drink, setting her glass down on the table and leaning over on Shiori a bit. "So, does this relate to you wanting us to join directly?"
  142. [08:55] <Otomo_Reiko> As the conversation changes course again the hikki is back to examining Ai's tail. "How do you control three of them? Are they -all- connected to your spine? I need to take a picture."
  143. [08:55] <Cherem> "In a sense." Ginyomi nods, "The UGN has forgotten it's purpose, right there in the name. 'Guardian'. They've put too much emphasis on hunting and... disappearing... Overed, at the cost of harming good people. Their rebuilding efforts were mothballed, they don't care about collateral damage."
  144. [08:57] <Goemon_Hozuki> Goemon clicks his tongue.
  145. [08:57] <@Mr_Rage> Siii-- "?!" Ai certainly didn't expect this, but at least Reiko isn't as nervous anymore. The other tails relax, flopping out of the girl's skirt.
  146. [08:57] <Cherem> "Heavy." Shiori shrugs a little, more out of wondering how heavy the arm is.
  147. [08:58] <Cerys_Doyle> "That seems fairly apparent."
  148. [08:59] <Cherem> Ginyomi nods, "And if Red King is here, it might be getting worse." She pauses, "There have been rumors that a UGN project is returning to City N. I couldn't confirm it, but the other Board Member said the UGN is asking for the utmost secrecy."
  149. [08:59] <Otomo_Reiko> "Maybe...there are some Agents that could be used to remind the UGN of its original purpose?"
  150. [09:01] <Otomo_Reiko> The hikki snaps off some pictures of the tails, making sure to get close-up shots of the crystals.
  151. [09:02] <Shinjou_Miyu> "I think at best such agents would be contacts rather than agents of change, but I'm a pessimist."
  152. [09:03] <Cherem> Honda shrugs, "If so, there probably aren't enough of them."
  153. [09:03] <Cerys_Doyle> "I can't see them sticking their necks out for us any time soon."
  154. [09:03] <Otomo_Reiko> "Hrm, true enough."
  155. [09:03] <Cherem> Ginyomi clears her throat, "I know of two, personally. Three, maybe." But at Doyle's comment she nods, "Tindalos has always been an outlier to them, but we're less of an outlier than, say, Xenos or New Dawn."
  156. [09:04] * Cerys_Doyle finishes the rest of her drink again. "Shoulda asked for the bottle." She mutters. "I'm not bothering you, am I?" She asks Shiori specifically, heavy arm still wrapped around the girl's shoulders.
  157. [09:04] <Cherem> "But they have a representative on our Board, don't they?" Honda sips at his drink.
  158. [09:04] <Cherem> "To watch us." Ginyomi scowls.
  159. [09:05] <@Mr_Rage> Uh oh. Guess Ai doesn't like flash photography, Reiko. One of the tails coils around the hikki's neck, dragging her to the seat while the other two find limbs to squeeze.
  160. [09:05] <Cherem> Shiori laughs a little, "Nah, nah, I've carried Honda before. You must exercise a- iya!" She jumps a little.
  161. [09:05] <Cherem> "They can do that?!" Honda stares.
  162. [09:06] <Otomo_Reiko> "Gh! H-hey! Leggo!"
  163. [09:06] <Goemon_Hozuki> "Are you two ok?!" Goemon asks concerned.
  164. [09:06] <@Mr_Rage> Siiiiiip.
  165. [09:07] <Cherem> ".... You have tails?" Ginyomi stares. Oh right, she's in your high school class, Ai.
  166. [09:08] <@Mr_Rage> "Ah--!" Reiko's life is spared as they coil back up, disappearing beneath her skirt. The Chimera mumbles an apology, furtively looking around for anyone else who saw.
  167. [09:09] <Otomo_Reiko> The hikki scoots closer to the edge of her seat, fascination gone.
  168. [09:10] <Cherem> Thankfully, the booth is closed off from the world. Although, there's a knock at the door: that might be your food! From the smell, it certainly is.
  169. [09:12] <Cerys_Doyle> "Ah! Food at last."
  170. [09:14] <Cherem> The door opens, and the waitress... wheels it in. A giant bowl, about as big as an adult's torso. Filled with broth, vegetables, meat, noodles, the table actually has a slot for moving it into the center from the cart.
  171. [09:14] <@Mr_Rage> "Haaaaa~" Ai all but drools.
  172. [09:15] <Cherem> Even with that, there is an assistant on hand to help, and there's the multiple warnings that the bowl is indeed hot. This place is going to turn into a sauna, and the smell is just... Honda's stomach growling says it all.
  173. [09:16] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu sighs happily as she eyes the food.
  174. [09:16] <Cherem> "And here are your bowls, utensils," the waitress hands out the neccessary pieces, "Spoon out what you would like and please don't hesitate to ask for anything!" A few bows from her and the assistant, and the door closes.
  175. [09:16] <Cherem> "... Uh, Honda, what did you..." Shiori starts.
  176. [09:16] <Cherem> "T-they said party size..." Honda finishes.
  177. [09:16] <Cerys_Doyle> "More drinks, plenty of them, and the bottle for me." She says.
  178. [09:18] <Goemon_Hozuki> "Think we can actually eat all of it?"
  179. [09:18] <Cherem> The waitress affirms the order and bustles out. Meanwhile, Honda is starting to divy out servings.
  180. [09:18] <Cherem> Shiori grins, "Well if not, there's an extra fee, isn't there Honda?" A nervous smile is returned by the Tindalos Agent.
  181. [09:19] <Cerys_Doyle> "Might have to get in some sort of extra fitness to work it off."
  182. [09:19] <Shinjou_Miyu> "I'll do my best!"
  183. [09:20] <Goemon_Hozuki> "Good luck to us all i guess?"
  184. [09:20] <@Mr_Rage> Ai, predictably, stuffs her face with as much soup as she can physically fit, teeth less chewing and more shredding the solid bits.
  185. [09:21] <Otomo_Reiko> Reiko doesn't look terribly interested in her own, too busy texting on her phone.
  186. [09:21] * Cerys_Doyle takes a hearty bowl and starts casually eating.
  187. [09:22] <Cherem> Honda nods, "I've only had personal bowls here before. Never tried this size." He loudly slurps up a noodle, "S'good though. Might have to come back here sometime."
  188. [09:23] <Goemon_Hozuki> Goemon grabs a bowl and starts eating.
  189. [09:23] <@Mr_Rage> "Gomfh, mfhomf~"
  190. [09:24] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu pigs out. Seems she really enjoys the stuff.
  191. [09:25] <Cherem> Ten minutes later, some conversation, the drinks arrive... That's still a lot of soup.
  192. [09:26] * Cerys_Doyle seems more happy her drinks arrived than the food.
  193. [09:26] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Itadakimasu round three!"
  194. [09:29] <Goemon_Hozuki> "Why is there still more soup..."
  195. [09:29] <Cherem> Honda nods, filing up his bowl again. He's hesitating a little, and there's a distinct broth:material ratio present in his bowl.
  196. [09:29] <Cherem> Ginyomi had one and is taking a break, sipping her drink, "If you get sick..."
  197. [09:30] <Cherem> Shiori's halfway through her second bowl and third beer. "Well... We're surrounded by reliable people."
  198. [09:31] <Goemon_Hozuki> Goemon sighs as he grabs another bowl.
  199. [09:31] * Cerys_Doyle gives Honda a disapporiving look before filling her bowl again.
  200. [09:31] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu guzzles down a drink, perhaps faster than she should.
  201. [09:36] <Cherem> After his own third bowl, Honda sits back, "Wow. I didn't think that one through.... Shoulda made your pitch now, Ginyomi."
  202. [09:37] <Cherem> The Tindalos Representative looks up from her bowl, slowly pulling in a noodle, "Well, I figured it was best out of the way sooner." She winks at you, Miyu, "And we managed to get one at least." She looks at the others, "In any case, you don't need to answer right away. Just keeping Honda alive is already a favor enough."
  203. [09:38] <Otomo_Reiko> The hikki pushes away her bowl, still mostly full, and pulls her feet up onto the seat.
  204. [09:38] <@Mr_Rage> Ai finally seems to be slowing down, but she's easily eaten three fair shares.
  205. [09:39] <Cherem> There's still enough to feed a smaller party, but Shiori looks like if she puts anything else down she'll send it all back up. Her beer's been untouched for several minutes now.
  206. [09:40] <Goemon_Hozuki> Goemon stares at the rest of the soup defeated.
  207. [09:41] * Cerys_Doyle slumps down in the booth against Shiori even more. "Maybe if we napped and came back to it."
  208. [09:42] <Cherem> "Urp." Shiori makes a dangerous noise.
  209. [09:43] <Cherem> Honda shakes his head, "No no. I'd pay money to not get sick."
  210. [09:43] <Shinjou_Miyu> "This is refreshing." Miyu says as she leans back with a smile.
  211. [09:43] <Cherem> "I told you..." Ginyomi grins, still working on her second bowl.
  212. [09:43] <Cerys_Doyle> "Don't go doing that lass, you can hold it in."
  213. [09:45] <Goemon_Hozuki> Goemon grabs another bowl.
  214. [09:45] <Cerys_Doyle> "There's a brave soul." She isntead grabs another drink.
  215. [09:46] <Otomo_Reiko> Reiko looks up from her phone long enough to shake her head at the lot of them.
  216. [09:46] <Goemon_Hozuki> "Its better to eat it rather than let it rot."
  217. [09:47] <@Mr_Rage> "Rphf~"
  218. [09:48] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu sips from her drink, slowing down considerably on the food as well. She hiccups and nods in agreement with Ai.
  219. [09:49] <Otomo_Reiko> "When you're all having stomach pains tonight I'll be sleeping soundly."
  220. [09:50] <Cherem> "Aaah, but it's bonding through suffer-oof-ing." Honda chuckles a little, sipping at his bowl again. "Tch, it's an impulse."
  221. [09:50] <Cerys_Doyle> "Oh, I think I'll sleep fine tonight." She goes to rub her belly but her arm still around Shiori means she ends up rubbing the girl instead.
  222. [09:51] <Otomo_Reiko> "So the business talk is over?"
  223. [09:51] <Cherem> Ginyomi smiles, "So, Yuu. I didn't realize Honda was taking you along for the ride."
  224. [09:51] <Cerys_Doyle> Realizing that, she finishes her current drink.
  225. [09:51] <Cherem> Honda nods a little, "Yeah, yeah. Nothing but team bonding now." He sticks out his tongue.
  226. [09:51] <Cherem> Shiori squawks, "Ah! Don't don't don't, it's a hair trigger."
  227. [09:53] <@Mr_Rage> "Mfh?" Ai swallows another mouthful, leaning back. "Happy to help people, is all."
  228. [09:54] <Cherem> "Aah? Has he affected your schoolwork at all yet? It's a busy thing, keeping him from tripping over his own feet." Ginyomi smiles as Honda protests from the other side of the table.
  229. [09:54] <@Mr_Rage> The Chimera giggles, shaking her head.
  230. [09:55] <Cherem> "And your father was alright with it?" Ginyomi ventures a litle further.
  231. [09:57] <@Mr_Rage> "Mmhn. Papa always said I should help people with what I can do. Keep me... sane?" Ai checks the word for feel, and nods. "Papa says, the reason people become Gjuam is... they don't have anybody to help them."
  232. [09:59] <Cherem> Ginyomi pauses, listening. "Mm. That's... sounds right, yes." A wry smile crosses her face. "It's a shame, really. The more we learn about the Renegade, the stranger it becomes." She shakes her head, grinning, "I didn't know about your tails though. You hide them well."
  233. [09:59] <Otomo_Reiko> Reiko taps away on her phone's keys before sliding to the end of the seat.
  234. [10:00] <@Mr_Rage> "Ah... 'coz of how I was made." Another thing Papa told her, no doubt. "Can't hide it, like others."
  235. [10:01] <Cherem> "Made?" Ginyomi raises an eyebrow, leaning in.
  236. [10:02] <Cherem> Shiori shifts, "Well, when a man and a woman love each other- " Before she can finish, you can hear Honda gently knee her leg to shush her.
  237. [10:02] <Otomo_Reiko> The hikki mutters something about the toilet before leaving the table.
  238. [10:02] * Cerys_Doyle pulls out her phone and taps a few keys before putting it away.
  239. [10:03] <@Mr_Rage> Ai blinks, scratching her nose. "Um--"
  240. [10:04] <Cherem> "It's alright. " Ginyomi sits back, "I won't press you. Although..." She checks her watch, "It's about to be my time. I need to get back to Shirota anyways."
  241. [10:07] <Cherem> Honda shrugs, "Then, I suppose that's that." He hits a bell, sending a tinging ringing throughout the stall, and moments later you can hear the waitress bustling back with the assistant. Time to pay up for Honda.
  242. [10:07] <Cherem> Shiori sits up, cracking her neck very slowly, hair tickling your arm, Doyle. "Mmmrmgh. Time to get back to the real world."
  243. [10:07] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Good seeing you taking some time off, Ginyomi."
  244. [10:08] <Cherem> The student smiles, "Ah, well, this kind of thing is good for the soul, right? And I can't very much ask for an onsen visit just yet. Although, maybe next time..."
  245. [10:09] <Cherem> "Brrrt. Rejected." Honda responds with a smirk, but the look he gets from Ginyomi manages to get a "Respectfully" added to the end.
  246. [10:09] <Cerys_Doyle> "Well. No wasting this." She finishes the last of the drinks she ordered.
  247. [10:11] <Shinjou_Miyu> "You're killing my dreams here, Honda."
  248. [10:11] <Goemon_Hozuki> Goemon finishes up the rest of the food he had. "We heading out then?"
  249. [10:13] <Cerys_Doyle> "Think so. Lest we move the party elsewhere."
  250. [10:13] <Cherem> "An Onsen would kill my wallet." Honda laughs a little, handing a card over to the waitress. "Maybe after an unexpected windfall."
  251. [10:14] <Cerys_Doyle> She gives Shiori a squeeze. "Care to put off the reall world awhile longer and have another drink love?"
  252. [10:14] <Cherem> Ginyomi smiles a little, standing to make way. "In any case, Honda has my card and contact information, but I guess if you really need me, you know where I am during school hours." She gives you all a neat bow, making her exit.
  253. [10:14] <Cherem> Shiori laughs a little, "Aaah, the blog can wait, might as well."
  254. [10:17] <Cerys_Doyle> She gives a little cheer to that.
  255. [10:17] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu makes a little wave and closes her eyes.
  256. [10:20] <Cherem> Honda watches her go, "So Miyu, you and my boss go back some, huh?"
  257. [10:20] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Yeah. Met after Black Saturday and hit it off." Miyu says, opening one eye to stare at Honda.
  258. [10:22] <Cherem> "Ah." Honda hesitates, "I see. Sorry, I didn't mean to open that kind of thing." He does look genuinely apologetic, "I forget that not everybody has a boring, one-note life like me," and he finishes that with a nervous laugh.
  259. [10:23] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Does she say stuff about me to you?"
  260. [10:24] <Cerys_Doyle> "I'm going to hit the bathroom before we go." She scooches along the bench before standing.
  261. [10:24] <Cherem> "Mm?" Honda looks up at the light, "She... Nothing personal. That you two were familiar, and a very pointed comment about what would happen to me if I got you hurt."
  262. [10:25] <Shinjou_Miyu> "That sounds like she also made a very pointed comment about what would happen to you if you blabbed." Miyu laughs.
  263. [10:26] <Cherem> Honda freezes.
  264. [10:26] <Cherem> Doyle, you manage to pass Ginyomi as you walk out, and you get a glimpse of the side of her face. Is she listening? Honda's in trouble.
  265. [10:27] <Cherem> "Er... M-miiiiight be the case?" He laughs nervously, "I mean, I would never do anything to betray her trust." And in lower tones, "I've only seen her mad once."
  266. [10:27] <Cherem> "I don't want to see that again," he finishes.
  267. [10:28] <Goemon_Hozuki> "Honda i dont think its in my contract to protect you from your boss."
  268. [10:28] * Cerys_Doyle slows a bit to take a longer look at Ginyomi, but then continues onto the bathroom. After all, Goemon was still with Honda.
  269. [10:28] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu looks entirely too amused at this. "I didn't hear anything."
  270. [10:29] <Cherem> Her cheeks are lightly reddened, but then she's out in a shot. The cool and business exterior fails sometimes, apparantly.
  271. [10:31] <Cherem> Honda rubs his cheek nervously, "Well, she's a good boss, as they go. A little young, but, she's done well by me. And somehow she's managed to keep an open line with the grey man from the UGN and his... assistant."
  272. [10:34] <Cerys_Doyle> After a few minutes Cerys returns to the table. "So, how about that drink?" she asks Shiori.
  273. [10:34] <Shinjou_Miyu> "I don't doubt that. She's a pretty amazing person. Makes me wish I'd been out here helping instead of singing sometimes."
  274. [10:35] <Cherem> Shiori nods a little, standing, "Sure sure. Thanks for the meal Honda, but, I know a place with a bigger selection."
  275. [10:35] <Cherem> She grins at you Doyle, "Alright. Can you hold your sake as well as your beer?"
  276. [10:36] <Cerys_Doyle> "You'll see when I have to carry you home." She winks. "I'll see the rest of you at work."
  277. [10:36] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Have fun." Miyu waves with a little smirt.
  278. [10:37] <Goemon_Hozuki> "just dont be late when its your shift."
  279. [10:37] <Cherem> Honda shrugs, "Well, your music helps everyday people too, right? It's a satisfying thing, yea?" He looks up and waves, "Be careful with her, Doyle."
  280. [10:39] <Shinjou_Miyu> "I guess. I usually like it, but sometimes it can be pretty soul sucking."
  281. [10:39] * Cerys_Doyle waves back at the table as she leaves with Shiori.
  282. [10:39] <Cherem> The reporter has to lean on you for support, Doyle, but she's pretty light. Devoid of cameras, that is.
  283. [10:40] <Cherem> "Same as her work then, see?" Honda smiles, "I mean, I'm sure you put in a lot of work behind the scenes, but I've seen the paperwork and stuff she's done. The UGN and Board are... well, at the heart they're both bureacracies, right?"
  284. [10:42] <Shinjou_Miyu> "I can see the similarities. So much just amounts to boring stuff and PR."
  285. [10:44] <Cherem> "PR is the thing," Honda sighs a little, "If people don't trust us, even the public face, then the job becomes harder. And even though the UGN doesn't really play with normal folks, their relationship with illegal overeds has been tanking lately." He shrugs, "I'm surprised they haven't come for us already, considering their heavy-handed approach." He pauses, "Actually, scratch that, I suppose they already have, haven't they?"
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