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 Friendly Faces and Coffee Cups, Yui~
Rabbits can die of loneliness, you know.
60
POSTS
Nineteen
Tokyo Ghoul
Human
Detective Intern
Carma (Thing)
He/Him
Lights
will guide
you home
And ignite
your bones
And I will try to fix you
People were just, like, his thing. He was a people reader, and as he liked to pride himself, a listener. A real listener, the kind who didn’t just hear words, but body language. Especially that. Like, people were stupid as hell. They would go all “oh, yeah, I’m fine, I’m totally fine” with their mouth but then they had their arms crossed over their chest, shoulders sagged forward a bit, and their feet barely picked up when they took steps. Or they were super rigid or a bit shaky or their eyes wouldn’t focus, or they’d repeatedly do this one thing like scratch their ear or stare off into this one corner. Those were all indicators of someone not being okay. But hey, most people? They’d just take the face value words. They weren’t real listeners. There was a difference. Of course, Hide was definitely also a talker? He was loud. He was a talker and listener both. Basically he was good at all aspects of the people function thing.

But why was that important? Well, because he saw a girl by herself in this one super sweet cafe.

It was one of his favourite places to go to because it was just a six minute walk from work. He’d go there twice in a day - or three times when he had a headache. Once in the morning (and sometimes he’d pick up a drink for his coworkers), once on the way home, aaaand for the headache days he’d get some fresh air in lunch break and go get coffee then too. Today had been a mostly okay day to be honest; it was a week since the whole incident with his roomie….which, uh, well, still kind of weirded the shit out of him, but honestly not for the reasons Nakano probably thought. So he was an Ajin….uh, that was….fine? Nah the thing that weirded him out was, y’know, seeing his roommate covered in blood and being all like oh this is nothing. Yeah. That fucked him up a little. But work was back to normal - which basically meant him sitting in his chair groaning and flopping around, finished his workload three hours into the day. He seriously wished his boss would actually give him legit work - but, supposedly there was a super important case in the coming week that he was allowed to sit in for? So like, he was stoked.

So going into the cafe this afternoon when work closed out had him in an awesome mood.

That girl in the corner there, at the table by the window (seriously how more introspective and sad could you get?) looked the exact opposite of doing okay. So, Hide went about his rounds. First, he ordered a cheesy, white as hell frappuccino - because he was allowed to indulge himself, thank you, and being judged as “white girl trash” was totally fine by him. He was also a Japanese man with raging golden sunny hair so like, he didn’t give a hoot what people thought. When he had his drink, he scooted his way through the tables towards that one by the corner there, and tapped the wood gently. ”Heyo,” he chirped, keeping his voice kinda quiet - if she was introspecting she might not expect someone to speak up. He gave a little squinty-smile and a wave. ”Mind if I take a seat here? Uh, like only if it’s okay.”
coded by blair of shine & ooc

@HONGOU YUI | He didn't glomp her at least?
My disorder can't be cured by a bottle, blade, or dose; self-disgust and selfishness tend to hold me awfully close.
28
POSTS
Fifteen
FUSHIGI YUUGI
human
STUDENT
MISSO (SHE/HER)
she/her
@NAGACHIKA HIDEYOSHI

Coffee was good for the soul, especially when one suddenly had a craving for something sweet and energizing. Unfortunately for Yui she had a bit of a ‘resting sad face’ exacerbated by her own inner turmoil. Maybe that’s why she was so easy to see through. On this day she passed by the cafe-lined street and had a very spur-of-the-moment desire to sit in some someplace warm and maybe rest a bit, soothing herself with coffee. These places were always on the way home, at least, so it wasn’t much of a detour to stop in and sit for a bit.

She hadn’t even been left long to her own devices. She got her coffee and took a seat by the window, doing what she did best: think. What else was she going to do? Could anyone blame her, really? She didn’t have many friends to hang out with at all, so it wasn’t as though she was going to side around and talk with them or, God forbid, talk to herself. So she sat there, thinking.

She actually hadn’t meant to appear as though she was moping. Not this time, anyway. There was a place for that, and public places that often held many people didn’t number among any of those places.

She heard him speak, and luckily she hadn’t been too deep in thought. She looked at him, eyes wide and confused, and then she glanced about the rest of the cafe before sending him a suspicious look. “There are plenty of other seats…”

But… he looked friendly enough. Her gut nagged at her to keep an eye on him. Just in case. He seemed bright like the sun, and she was at least safe here in public.

“... but if you want to, I guess I don’t really mind.” She moved her bag off the table and hung it on the back of her chair. “Any reason why you chose my table?”
Rabbits can die of loneliness, you know.
60
POSTS
Nineteen
Tokyo Ghoul
Human
Detective Intern
Carma (Thing)
He/Him
Lights
will guide
you home
And ignite
your bones
And I will try to fix you
Mm-mmm~ Hide prided himself on his “sad person radar” abilities. He was super good at knowing when people - even people he didn’t know - were upset. Or at least, when they were troubled by something. See, there was this fine line - sometimes people were actually emotionally troubled and trying to keep it in, or they were just really really lost in what they were thinking about - which typically meant that they needed someone to get it out to anyway. But depending on which it was, it totally changed the approach he should take. With the girl he saw in the cafe today, it looked like she was one of the emotionally upset sorts. She seemed a bit off, and by her expression and exactly where she’d placed herself in the room eh could take a decent guess that something was bugging her.

That meant it was time for an intervention, Hide style.

He knew almost right away that he definitely had to take this one carefully because man oh man was that a sharp look. It was the “who are you stranger and why are you talking to me” look. Which meant that he couldn’t go about this how he normally would - subtle and unassuming. He’d have to be a little more direct with his intentions. None of the “oh haha I just kinda saw this seat and it was the first one so y’know” - no beating around the bush. He pressed his lips together as she indicated that there were other seats around.

Aha, perfect chance~

Hide stood up fully tall and let out an audible Hmmmm~. He then turned his head, bringing one hand up to eye level, and started looking around. ”Other seats...other seats…” he muttered it under his breath….juuust loud enough that she’d be able to hear, but quiet enough that it was clearly him “thinking aloud” as opposed to conversing. But just before he could deliver his awesome planned line, she interrupted with her own little question. Well...that was alright, he could just adjust his little performance a bit. He turned his gaze back to her with a smile, tapping his chin. ”Sure there’s other seats, and other tables, but none of the people at those tables have moody looking faces. I figured my obnoxious smile and personality could make this spot look more cheerful.” He plopped himself down with - fittingly - a bright, toothy smile. ”My name’s Hide. You may not see me again after today, I might wind up as just another face in the crowd, but I wanted you to know my name anyway.”
coded by blair of shine & ooc

@HONGOU YUI | Omfg pls golden son why are you this way
My disorder can't be cured by a bottle, blade, or dose; self-disgust and selfishness tend to hold me awfully close.
28
POSTS
Fifteen
FUSHIGI YUUGI
human
STUDENT
MISSO (SHE/HER)
she/her
@NAGACHIKA HIDEYOSHI

To say Yui was confused was an understatement. She watched him, listening, her her expression seemingly caught between disbelief, amusement, and a little irritation. It shifted with every word, eyes blinking quickly as though hoping the moment her eyes closed things would go back to being normal. But alas, Hide stayed present and he continued to speak, and upon finishing there was silence.

And then Yui laughed. It wasn’t a boisterous guffaw, but a small, incredulous giggle. She just didn’t know how to react to this at all! She expected coffee and quiet and what she got instead was this guy inviting himself into her space and spouting nonsense. At least his intentioned seemed pure enough and if anything, he did make it a little more cheerful. She laughed, after all.

Maybe he was trying to open up a conversation that let him hit on her or something. She’d had plenty of experience with that and was ready to politely turn him down if needed. This ray of sunshine was a little too bright for her rainy day.

Yui attempted to find her frown again, but the smallest hint of a smile was permanently engraved upon her lips. She looked down and busied herself with her drink to hide it.

“Alright then, Hide. I’ll allow that.” She conceded, a little annoyed but still entertained. “But if we don’t meet again what was the point or this, hmm? Do you just go around making random tables cheery when you feel like it?”

Rabbits can die of loneliness, you know.
60
POSTS
Nineteen
Tokyo Ghoul
Human
Detective Intern
Carma (Thing)
He/Him
Lights
will guide
you home
And ignite
your bones
And I will try to fix you
Yeowch, she was totally not digging him at all. She was trying to be polite about it or something, but man, there was this look that kept slipping back onto her face that just totally screamed “wow I want nothing to do with this idiot”. But hey that was sorta to be expected, she looked like she was having a bad day. And damn it, he was going to try. He was going to make her smile no matter what. This was his jam, it was exactly the same way with Kaneki; he’d seen a lonely looking sad kid, and decided that it was the perfect time to nosey himself right up in his face and say hi. Now of course he was taking things a bit differently here because this girl looked super guarded, but still.

When his words made her laugh, though, he could have near crowed with pride. In fact, he didn’t need to, he was pretty sure that he was physically glowing. His eyes totally sparkled and his smile got all huge and he felt like he was literally brightening up the room with sunlight here. Like hello, yes, I definitely just made this grouchy looking sad lonely girl laugh, actually laugh, not just smile but l-a-u-g-h. And wow that was a cute sound. She seemed so scary on the outside, but Hide was seeing something different. In there somewhere was a sweet girl who liked to hear jokes and talk to people and have fun. Maybe he could get that girl to come out. Slowly.

He watched her pick up her drink, noting that she still had this little, subtle smile on her face. It wasn’t like a big grin or anything, just the teeniest, tiniest quirk of her lips in a slightly up-ish direction. He let her be though, she was clearly kinda sheepish and probably still annoyed. But hey, she seemed to be willing to let him join her? That was cool. So his plan had semi-worked then. He hummed, cozying himself up opposite her, folding his arms casually behind his head. He chewed at his inner cheek as she asked her next question and he tilted his head way way back, looking right up at the fan not far away. It wasn’t turning.

”Mmmmmmmhuhuh, you say that, you say that you won’t meet me again. But see that’s not even the important thing here y’know?” He sat forward, gaze returning to her again. ”I mean you’re not gonna forget me. You totally won’t, I bet. Today will end, I’ll go and say bye and all that stuff, you’ll go on with your life. Then maybe let’s say three months later you’ll be here again - but you’ll be at that table over there, with a friend from school -” He gestured to a table, any random old one, not really caring which. ”-and you’ll look right over here, and you’ll go, ‘Hey, I have a story for you, there was this one time three months ago, some blonde dude was totally being all weird and annoying and came to sit with me and talk to me. Man what was his name again…..oh yeah, Hide!’ - that’s totally gonna happen. You’re not gonna forget me because I’m just unforgettable~”

He let out a small, chittering chuckle and leaned back in his seat, relaxing just a bit, before fixing her with a slightly less obnoxiously sunny smile. But it was still kind of obnoxious and kind of sunny. ”Uh, but I mean if we don’t meet again, then I still made you laugh today, right? And uh-” He paused, glancing around the tables. There wasn’t really any good example….meh, fine. He’d just use Kaneki, he wouldn’t mind, right? ”-that’s kinda my thing. I mean my best friend I’ve known since I was like this tall-” He gestured to about….toddler-ish height, ”I totally ran up and took his hand and asked him to be my friend and that was our very first interaction. He was by himself and looked kinda lonely so I just went yo, I can brighten someone’s day. So I did. And today I saw you in the corner here and I thought hey, someone looks like they need a little sunshine. So here I am, your personal sunshine for….probably ten or so minutes I guess. I come with a short attention span, a charming sense of humour and a really loud voice. Oh and I also like coffee a lot so I guess we have one thing in common? Anyway, what’s your name? How long you been here? In Hialao I mean.”
coded by blair of shine & ooc

@HONGOU YUI | Oh my god it's so foogen CUTE
My disorder can't be cured by a bottle, blade, or dose; self-disgust and selfishness tend to hold me awfully close.
28
POSTS
Fifteen
FUSHIGI YUUGI
human
STUDENT
MISSO (SHE/HER)
she/her
@NAGACHIKA HIDEYOSHI

"Mmm." Yui hummed, acknowledging what essentially amounted to a word vomit. He was quite the chatterbox, as it turned out. Yet, Yui couldn’t turn him away. Something about him was both pleasantly (and threateningly) familiar. He brought to mind better memories of herself and her friends, back in what was truly home. She wouldn’t call her life glorious, especially not then, but they were… better. Before the book, before Nakago, before everything happened. Ignorance was bliss.

Well, he was right about one thing: she was going to remember this. It was unorthodox and right out of nowhere. Maybe she won’t remember his name, but she’ll remember this conversation and she’ll remember laughing for the first time in who knew how long. His rambling got a little trying, but he seemed to have genuinely good intentions. He was saying nothing except that he wanted to see her cheer up.

It was easy for him to say that though. Her mood might improve today, but moods were fleeting. It was going to take a lot more than that, but she wouldn’t let that slip lest she gain a companion. She wasn’t quite prepared to deal with this personality on a daily basis. Once in a while was good enough for her.

“Yui.” Surname avoided. “I haven’t been here long. A few months?”
Rabbits can die of loneliness, you know.
60
POSTS
Nineteen
Tokyo Ghoul
Human
Detective Intern
Carma (Thing)
He/Him
Lights
will guide
you home
And ignite
your bones
And I will try to fix you
Dang it. With the smile, he’d totally thought that he had something - a way in, like maybe he found a way to get her to open up a bit. That was just a fluke though it seemed. Not like that was bad exactly, it just meant he had to try harder. Besides, they’d only just met, he couldn’t expect everyone to be as hopeless as Kaneki. That guy was just a real worrying case because, like, really, he had been so quick to just straight out trust Hide. Then again there had been a huge difference; they’d been super little, just kids at the time. Here he was chatting up with another adult, so yeah, way different audience, way different mindset.

But Hide was nothing if not a persistent little sunshine. And as he’d said, he was hers for the next...ten or so minutes; he was going to do his best to keep that smile and laughter flowing. And besides that, if he ever saw her in the street, she’d best expect to be approached with a grin and a wave and a “hey how’s your day going”. Hide liked company, even if company wasn’t too fond of him. But he had a feeling she’d warm up, in time. They usually did. And with her, well...she was a special case; he had a feeling, like, completely based on nothing, but he had a feeling - there was a huge, beautiful smile buried under all that cold scary scowly exterior. Like, to rival his. He wanted to see it, one day. Maybe that’d take a while, but he was darnwell gonna see it.

Blondes always had the best smiles.

He took a sip from his drink as she started, and gave a hum. ”A few months eh? That’s not long at all. I’ve been here...maybe a bit more than that...yeah a bit more than that. Half a year about? Something like that. It was way weird, man. Kinda drove me nuts not being able to get back. But I’ve got a place and a cool roommate I met here so hey, I’m not complaining. Job could be better, like - oh my god okay. Like, not to brag, but I’m good at what I do? I’m great actually. But because I’m the young kid nobody’s gonna hire me right? So I’m doing an internship at this place and oh god it’s so boring and they never let me deal with anything serious. I want to, but they don’t let me. But like, I guess that’s the only bad-ish thing, if you can call it bad. I’m getting experience? And hey, if I ever do make it back home, I’ve got a job totally lined up for me now, with all I’ve got.”

He leaned back, sighing. ”Dunno if that’s gonna happen though. Far as I know the train’s the only way around and I haven’t seen any “back to Tokyo” trains anywhere. I dunno how I feel about it, I mean my best friend turned out to be here so that’s cool I guess and I’ve made more friends but….eh. I dunno. It’d be nice to have the option ya know?”
coded by blair of shine & ooc

@HONGOU YUI | He chatty
My disorder can't be cured by a bottle, blade, or dose; self-disgust and selfishness tend to hold me awfully close.
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Fifteen
FUSHIGI YUUGI
human
STUDENT
MISSO (SHE/HER)
she/her
@NAGACHIKA HIDEYOSHI



With closed eyes Yui only kind of listened to everything Hide was saying. The amount of words that spilled forth from his mouth were a little too much for her, and it was giving her a bit of a headache to try and listen to so many things she didn't really care about yet. He hadn't crawled so far into her good graces that she cared about his life story, so as he rambled and rambled he would only manage a curt nod here and there and an affirmative hum, acknowledging what he'd said.

She took a sip of her drink, glanced up briefly with those cynical blue eyes, and cast her attention back down into the steaming liquid in her cup.

"Mhmm, mhmm. I see." Her voice was only barely more than a mumble.

It was mostly the mention of the best friend that caught Yui's attention, just as his tirade seemed to end. He was happy his own friend had appeared in this strange world, and Yui's brows furrowed disapprovingly at her own thoughts. If her warriors appeared, she'd have some support should things go awry but... there was no Suzaku here. There was no Seiryuu.

No Universe of the Four Gods. She was free of all that, yet still bound tightly to it, having left with plans unfinished and a story with no closure.

She thought of Miaka, that stupid, bright face that he reminded her of. A traitorous face, the reason she was in this mess. The reason she was like this. Should Miaka come here... what could Yui expect of that? There was always a chance she'd have Tamahome with her. There was also the chance they'd be separated, but armed now with the knowledge it was inevitable they never be together she was no longer entirely satisfied by that.

If Miaka was here...

There was a sharp, frustrated exhale.

Things would change, and this meager little existence Yui hated would get more uncomfortable. She too wanted to go home. She wanted to forget. But she also felt at times like it would be easier to just... be erased. For what it was worth, Hialao offered a new beginning that she still wasn't unable to grasp and be happy with. The baggage weighed heavily on her shoulders. On some level she was terrified there would be no recovery.

She would have to fake her smiles to satisfy the nosy and persistent.

"I suppose." She half-heartedly relented. Some people, even if given the option, would have nothing to go back to. He earned from her another glance, eyes sharp and almost judging. "You must be luckier than most."
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