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[SS] The Ballad of the Oddities

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Re: [SS] The Ballad of the Oddities

Post  Hakusho Tsuru on Sun May 28, 2017 3:55 pm

Eh? Why is this being pushed onto Tsuru? Ehhhhh?

Tsuru looks between Oda and Minako, clearly unable to keep up with the situation. Suddenly KY-senpai was paying? No, Kuramoto-nee-san was paying? No, the other person was paying? Or did her offer not cover Kuramoto-nee-san and himself, because Kuramoto-nee-san had insisted on covering his and her share already?

And wait, in the first place, wasn't the offer just for a drink? Why is it becoming a full lunch, suddenly!?

"Ah... Eto.... Eh...Uhhhhh"

Before Tsuru is able to align his thoughts, he has already found himself led off to a nearby ramen stand, as if his stuttering was taken to be assent. The result is him sitting on a stool that's rather too large for him, staring blankly at the menu as his brain attempts to catch up to what is going on.

The fact that the boy is not particularly hungry doesn't help him much, either. Well, on the bright side, the curtains around the stall should give Kuramoto-nee-san some much needed shade.

"Ahh.... Err.... Milk, please..."

Tsuru places his order in a small voice. He doesn't mean to be insulting by not ordering ramen at a ramen stall, he just doesn't want to burden Minako with paying for a dish he isn't going to eat!

His choice of drink only serves to show that he still wishes to one day outgrow his grade-school appearance.
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Re: [SS] The Ballad of the Oddities

Post  Kuramoto Minako on Mon May 29, 2017 4:27 pm

Minako was impressed with the work Judgement-sama had done. He put Trouble-san into checkmate, and was able to diffuse the situation quickly. Perhaps her little tirade was for nothing after all. Mina blushed in shame, as she was ushered towards a ramen stand. Usually she didn't eat at places like this. Not that she didn't want to, but because her parents always said that she needed to maintain decorum. Where she went, what she did, and even where she ate! That was the price for being Tokiwadai, in her parent's eyes.

"Finally, a shaded place." Minako thought as she took a seat next to Hakusho-kun. Perhaps she could relax, now that she didn't feel so exposed to many people. Mina scanned the menu, excitedly. The prices were cheap... really cheap! And the smells emanating from the stand had her mouth watering already. She was surprised when all Hakusho-kun ordered was milk. She looked at him briefly, with the question in her eyes, but decided not to say anything. She busied herself ordering the first two things she saw. "I'll have... uhm... gyōza ramen..." Mina closed her menu "And ... an iced green tea, with honey... Please." She cast her eyes down towards the table as she spoke to her lunch mates.

"I'm sorry... I didn't introduce myself." Mina said softly, as she laid her hands into her lap. "I'm Kuramoto Minako. Please forgive my lapse of manners." The Tokiwadai girl smiled as she brought her gaze up to the others. "I figured... you would wish to know... who you dined with." Her finger caught a strand of hair, below the table, and she twirled it nervously.

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Re: [SS] The Ballad of Oddities

Post  Kita Tsukiko on Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:45 am

Despite her offer, Kita still had the feeling that there was some bad blood left to clean. So, during the group's trip to lunch, she wore a proud smile to hide a long and thoughtful conversation with herself. A conversation that involved a lot of self-criticism about her trick's performance. When they arrived to a simple ramen stand, she had thought away any sort of appetite. Even the smell of fresh ramen wasn't enough to bring any of it back. She didn't even order a drink, but instead pulled the deck of cards out of her bag as soon as she sat down.

She had no intention of spending her time eating away her problems. Rather, she wanted to sit idly by, distracting herself by constantly shuffling the deck in her hand while listening to the other three talk. She already knew several things just by listening. The one seemingly named "Tsuru" only ordered milk in his seemingly typical shy voice. Meanwhile, the girl ordered some ramen and tea before directing her attention back to the group, both hands in her lap. "I'm sorry...I didn't introduce myself. I'm Kuramoto Minako. Please forgive my lapse of manners. I figured...you would wish to know...who you dined with." Kita chuckled a bit. "She's a bit weird, talking about a lapse of manners." 

Gathering the cards back to their neat order, Kita turned to Minako with a smile. "Pleasure to meet you Kuramoto Minako. I don't remember at what point you and Tsuru, I think your name is, came into our little..." She waved her hands a bit trying to think of a good word, before snapping her fingers. "Skirmish. Either way, since we are introducing one another, my name is Kita Tsukiko." She turned back forward, as her smile faded and she continued shuffling the deck. "I'd seal the greetings like I usually do, but I know you're still not too happy with me, so I won't force the issue." She gave the cards one last riffle before bridging them and sighing lightly. "Perhaps we can start on a new foot. I like making fun of people, I'll be the first to admit it, but I don't do it to be an ass. I just get bored out of my mind and I like the occasional trick. Keeps me from going nuts on dreary Sundays like this." She turned to Minako, and the rest of the group, and smiled lightly, another conversation starting in her head. "Hopefully that has some effect. Probably won't though..."
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Re: [SS] The Ballad of the Oddities

Post  Oda Taichi on Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:16 am

It was no imagination that Oda was in a world of his own, that is how it seemed as he playfully enjoyed the reality that someone was buying him lunch. But the Judgement member was great at player poker and he can adjust his facial expressions to suit the situation. You see the young judgement was listening into the conversation on the other side of the stand.

It was a conversation about some sort of concert and the owner was explaining that he had nothing broken. He didn't really understand what the two together really meant but the sudden playing of music, low enough that you couldn't hear unless you were deliberately listening in. His nervous centres when into overdrive as suddenly what seemed out of character the judgement member suddenly smacked the counter-side. He wasn't sure how the others would react to this sudden aggressive smack but he clearly was under stress as he slightly sweated as if he been struggling against something.

"Enough... Sorry, excuse me... We like to order please!" Oda had demanded trying to apply his smack on the counter side as any attempt to grab the stand owner's attention who been stuck for some time seemingly debating with other customers not even ordering. It was a tad rude but Oda didn't seem to see that as a concern.

His quick outburst had sent the owner apologising while coming to their side as the customers who had debated with the owner stopped any music playing and decided to leave. Seeing this chance Oda stood up slightly as the owner of the stand approached them.

"I'll like the beef ramen please and some water." Oda said as he also passed along the orders the others wanted though the lack of order from Kita bothered him. "I'll be back, just going to check on something." Oda said getting fully out of his seat passing them he tapped Kita on the shoulder. "You can't have fun while you're hungry." Oda said leaving the three on the stand as he went after those customers who had left.

The young judgement kid had left, the stand owner had suddenly sighed with relief after thinking he was about to get a complaint. Though he didn't feel like he was out of the woods yet, not able to understand what happened he felt motivated to argue with those customers from earlier. So once again even after the judgement member had left he bowed to apologise to the three who remained.

"Drinks are on the house, though can I confirm your order." the owner said looking over what he had written on the notepad from what the Judgement member said. He noticed two didn't actually order any food and glanced at them both waiting for a response.
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Re: [SS] The Ballad of the Oddities

Post  Hakusho Tsuru on Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:28 pm

"Oh... Are... Are we introducing ourselves? Ano... I... I am... H.. Hakusho Tsuru, S... Sakugawa Middle School, Y.. Year one..."

Tsuru feels the need to add his school and year to his introduction, for reasons that should be fairly obvious. That is to say, he looks a bit small for a middle schooler, even a first year. Okay, a lot small. The point is, it's really important to him that people treat him like a middle schooler, and not a grade schooler! Really! Important!

"Eto... It is nice to meet you?

Tsuru wishes his milk would come so he could bury himself in it and have an excuse to not talk.

That said, as KY-senpai gets up to, as he says, "check on something," the stall owner is staring at Tsuru expectantly. It's obviously because the boy has only ordered a drink. "Err.. No, I'm... Not... Hungry..." Tsuru's voice gets quieter as he speaks, trailing off towards the end. He's not good at situations like this!

How long will KY-Senpai be in the toilet, anyways!? (After all, what else could "checking on something" be, but a euphemism for doing ones business?)
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Re: [SS] The Ballad of the Oddities

Post  Kuramoto Minako on Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:17 am

"Nice to meet you." Minako said shyly, as she continued to play with the strand of hair. "I-I see. So... you were trying to have fun." Mina said softly as she considered this. It was true Kita never did anything truly harmful, mischievous absolutely but not dangerous. "Dreary?" Mina looked up at the sky, there wasn't a storm cloud up there. Perhaps she meant boring rather than a comment about the weather. Mina blushed slightly at her own naivety, she wished her drink would hurry up. She needed something to occupy her attention, so that she didn't seem so... stupid! "I'm not... upset with you." Mina said slowly, turning towards Kita. "Tsukiko-San, it's true your timing was in poor taste. But I don't hold grudges or ill will. Life is too short, right?" Minako smiled brightly before she jumped and her attention snapped towards Oda, as he slammed his hands on the counter.

"Oh... my..."
Mina whispered softly, casting her eyes down towards her own lap, where she twirled her hair faster and faster. Before she could say anything the Judgement member was off. Something told her that there was business to be done. She noted Oda's earlier lack of energy and lethargy, but now he seemed focused and determined. "I er... had iced green tea, with honey. And a gyōza ramen." Mina blushed. She wished someone else would order food, she didn't want to be the only one with a bowl, it made her feel like a pig.

Perhaps she should take another initiative? The first one about asking Hakusho-kun for a drink seemed to work out rather well. "Can I also add... an order of dumplings, to my bill, for everyone to share." Mina hoped that it would work in her favor, rather than everyone thinking she was just a food hog. Unfortunately she didn't hear Tsuru's comment, as his voice seemed to get silent as Oda walked away. She looked at her two companions, "I... don't like to eat alone. Judgement-sama is gone, and you... only ordered drinks." She blushed as she stared back down towards the ground once again.

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Re: [SS] The Ballad of Oddities

Post  Kita Tsukiko on Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:14 am

As the newcomers introduced one another, Kita almost breathed a sigh of relief. It seemed as though she made an impression very quickly and with so few words. She listened as Minako replied to her every thought, even addressing when Kita said "dreary" instead of "boring", which was an intentional word swap. She would have replied, had Oda not smacked the counter loudly and suddenly. Her head snapped in his direction, first looking at his hands, which were resting on the table. Her attention was then grabbed by his face, which had completely changed from the calm, slightly delusional boy she had known from the first part of her afternoon. Now, his face was sweaty and looked like he had gone straight into fight or flight mode. She was concerned, and slightly curious, but to try to keep a calmer atmosphere, she figured she would smile lightly and begin to put her cards away.

She watched as Oda got up and spoke to the owner. "I'll be back, just going to check on something." He then proceeded to pass by Kita, tapping her on the shoulder and saying "You can't have fun while you're hungry," and walking away. Kita watched him go, at first ignoring the owner. She was starting to get hungry, but she wasn't hungry for food. She felt like she was dying to know what he was going after, especially after a sudden mood swing like that. When the owner's words finally caught her attention, she turned to the owner, tapped the counter twice, and spoke. "I'm good for right now, as I just remembered that I needed to check on something too. Thank you though." Kita then got up and turned to the two newcomers, who were shyly minding their own business. She smiled, casually waved once with two fingers extended, and calmly walked after Oda while glimpsing every so often at anyone around her. "You leave me oh so curious, only to put so little effort into calmly ditching me. That is not a trick I fall for very easily!"

However, she quickly realized that Oda was probably going to look behind him to make sure that he wasn't being followed too closely. So, she walked at an angle from him and made sure to keep her distance, all while trying to look as disconnected from him as possible. On the outside she still had her light smile with a seemingly distracted gaze. Yet, on the inside, she was filled with a focused, burning need to know what Oda was planning.
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Re: [SS] The Ballad of the Oddities

Post  Oda Taichi on Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:10 pm

Confused and dazed the dog of Judgement stumbled a bit as he walked away from the stand. Thinking he was out of sight, the boy hurried to a nearby tree in the park. He stumbled against it using it to hold himself up. Taking a deep breath, Oda used this coping mechanism to get a grip on his mental situation. "Why can't I stop hearing her voice?" Oda said who knew he didn't exactly hear it more than his memories of that voice singing seems to have lingering effects, the brain remembers the pitch and words of the song he had heard more than once.

While he didn't understand it, the dog theorised that if he listens to anymore, he might not be able to control himself.

Shrugging this aside from sheer will alone, the boy stood back up who all this time had those students that argued with that ramen stand owner in his sights. Taking this chance the dog approached the girls who seemed to be having a sort of argument with each other. It was a meeting that took place, too far from Kita to hear but she could see and it was a sight to behold. Oda literally had to keep the two girls from tearing at each others throat, holding them back it took a few minutes for things to calm down and a few more for them to simply part ways.

Well, Oda did who had headed back towards the direction of the ramen stand. His stomach heading the drive to return to Utopia which was basically anything that had food and this point the smell of ramen had drifted far enough to bring the dog running back. But what was the point of this diversion? Even though Oda had left the girls they remained sitting on the bench seemingly in a process of trying to forgive each other.

Elsewhere though back at the Ramen stand, the owner's gamble to get the kids to buy more food had seemingly failed. While happy the Judgement boy had made the full order and so did the Tokiwadai girl he was dismayed by the other two. The little kid got free milk while the other girl had just ran away after the judgement lad.

While he was dismayed he couldn't take back his word and sorted out their drinks straight away, giving out the water, milk and ice tea he would start working on the two bowls of ramen ordered.
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Re: [SS] The Ballad of the Oddities

Post  Hakusho Tsuru on Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:42 pm

Tsuru relaxes quite visibly once the girl leaves to... Well, it's not polite to think it out loud, is it? Still, Tsuru isn't very good with people like her and KY-senpai, so being left alone with the quiet Kuramoto-nee-san is a relief.

Well, other than the mild chill he feels from across the bar when he reaffirms his lack of hunger... It's not his fault! He never intended to eat in the first place!

The implied pressure nearly crushes the boy, and only crippling social anxiety keeps him from blurting out an order.

To try and take his mind off of things, the small boy attempts to strike up a conversation with his only remaining companion.

"A... Ano, Kuramoto-nee-san... I... Is this really okay? I.. I mean, you, err... Had offered a drink... T... There's no need to go this far..."
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Re: [SS] The Ballad of the Oddities

Post  Kuramoto Minako on Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:27 pm

Why was everyone leaving? Mina wondered to herself as she noticed Kita bolt from the table as well. Was Kita's something different than Judgement-sama's? Or was it the same? Or was their something they had to do together---oh my! A slight blush crept on Mina's face as she blinked rapidly. No no. Calm down. She told herself, as she felt her face go back to normal. Perhaps there wasn't a something to check on at all. Perhaps they thought she was too strange, or boring. Perhaps she was the something that they didn't need to check on, but get away from.

Minako jumped slightly as the Ramen owner came back their drinks. She said her thanks, but the guy was gone before she could even finish her comment. Oh... maybe there was something about her that people in this district didn't like. Was it because she was Tokiwadai? Should she wear normal clothes next time? Mina sank into her chair in slight defeat, as she stirred the tea absentmindedly. When Hakusho-kun's voice pulled her out of her minor depressed state. "Yes..." She said looking up from her tea. "It... It's fine. No problem." She smiled encouragingly at Tsuru, before sadness broke into her smile once again. "Hakusho-kun... Why did... they leave? Did I Do something wrong?" Her voice quivered slightly, as she took a small sip of the tea. The quality of the honey was sub-par, but the tea itself wasn't half bad! At least it was cold. Then again, it was a Ramen Stand, not a Tea Shop.

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