@NEFERPITOU"Er... let's see...."
Kakyoin puzzled over the variety of fish in their tanks as he stood. He already had the rest of the needed groceries in hand for the rest of the week. He had gotten udon noodles, broth cubes for miso soup, a bag of rice, a carton of eggs, vegetables, and sauces. Now, all he needed was to consider what they were going to eat tonight. He had enough ingredients left in the apartment for omurice in the morning. But...Jotaro always ate quite a lot. "Um, excuse me, I'll take these two, please,"
Kakyoin finally decided.
Soon, he had the two mackerel in a bag as well, so fresh that they were still twitching. He had also gotten a piece of salmon for the next day that he'd pack for lunch.
The perks about living in Tethya was the cheap seafood. They were, after all, underwater. It reminded him of the seafood markets in Japan. It was a good thing, too, because he had plenty of recipes in his head for seafood. And Jotaro seemed to like seafood too.
The groceries were pretty heavy in hand, to say the least, but it wasn't a problem for him. The doctors had warned him to take it easy. Until he was cleared from physical therapy, he couldn't do anything too extreme. Kakyoin had resolved most of his problems using his Stand, Hierophant Green. No one could see it, after all, so the green and silver tendrils wrapped around his arms and supporting the weight of the groceries in his hands as he walked went mostly unnoticed. People passing by just admired his ability to be able to balance so many bags at once without getting tired.
Kakyoin was headed out of the Belontia Quarter to the Auxis Quarter. He was hurrying home because it was almost five, and he needed to get dinner started. After all, Joutarou would be getting home from his part-time too, and they'd both be hungry and tired. The ever-dutiful friend had just turned a corner into one of the empty streets when he felt an odd chill run down his back like something was wrong. Kakyoin paused, slowing his steps as he glanced around, perplexed. He couldn't explain the feeling, but it was almost like he was being watched, and he couldn't place what was wrong. He was alone...or should have been. He couldn't see anyone else.
Caution nagged at the back of his mind as he continued to walk, giving no indication that he had noticed the odd energy. These dimensions always held the possibility of bringing dangers from outside worlds. For all he knew, a malicious Stand user from one of their fights could have some to Tethya, and he would have been none the wiser. He still couldn't shake the feeling that there was something more, though. He had sensed something like a raw energy at his back--a presence that had unsettled him the moment he had noticed it. But it had vanished as quickly as he had noticed it. Was he just being paranoid?
Kakyoin knew that if he was going to get attacked, it was better alone here than out in the open where other civilians were walking. He didn't want to cause any collateral damage. Hierophant's tendrils dug into the ground, bypassing the concrete easily and taking root underfoot. He was leaving the tendrils around him as he walked to give him a better sense of what he was dealing with. Vibrations ran across the ground as someone--something?--landed behind him. Judging from the sound of shoes and the strike of footsteps, it was coming towards him, and fast.
Kakyoin immediately moved into action, deeming whatever coming at him at such a startling speed to be a threat. His groceries were quickly set aside, and he was turning to look at whatever was approaching him.
A startled noise left his throat as he caught sight of the blur of motion that was Neferpitou. His eyes almost didn't follow the rate at which she was moving. How was this possible? For a moment, he was reminded of the initial speed Star Platinum had when he had first fought Joutarou. No doubt he was much faster now, and with the ability to stop time, but this was up there. "H-hierophant!"
Emerald energy enveloped his outline as the rest of his Stand burst into existence, throwing up a cushion of tendrils around the point of contact between her fist and his shoulder blade. There was the solid sound of the blow making contact, and Kakyoin was sent sprawling, tendrils wrapped around him to prevent him from skinning himself against the concrete.
Kakyoin's mind was racing as he sat up, wincing. Hierophant vanished around him as he brought a hand up to his shoulder which was now screaming in agony. That was no ordinary punch. If he hadn't cushioned it, the blow probably would have broken bone. He could already feel the smarting and swelling starting. That was going to leave a nasty bruise.
Ignoring the pain, Kakyoin got back to his feet, a little shaky. He sized up the one who had attacked him, noting the tail and the ears. She... didn't look human at all. What the hell was she? Had she used a Stand? Why was she attacking him?
His mind raced as he braced himself. If she launched forwards again, he wasn't sure if he could avoid her. She was really fast. He'd have to use Hierophant, and he wasn't exactly in prime combat condition. "What do you want?"
he snapped defensively, trying not to let his anxiety show. Hierophant's tendrils flared to life around him again, and he took a few steps back to widen the distance between him.
If she was here to threaten either his or Joutarou's safety, then he wasn't going to hold back. He could already tell that he was fighting someone with high speed and strength, and he could see a thin film of some kind of energy coating her body. This wasn't going to be easy, but... like hell
he was going to let himself be pushed around like this.