Character musings

...or something like it.

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[Free for All] There's no reason to run, although I may.
Like a gaydar only completely different.
alory_shannon wrote in transgenicprose

I think it's about time for a new post around here. Thus, I present to you:

~The Morning After Meme~
{stolen from fountainofcod}

Your character has just had a night filled with wild, crazy, drunken partying. Inhibitions were lost, and good times were had by all; it's really too bad they can't remember any of it. They find themselves waking up in a posh hotel suite in very unmade bed, feeling peaceful and oddly refreshed (or hellishly hungover, your choice). There's just one problem—who is that next to them?!

❥ Post with your character in bed: asleep, awake, fully clothed, in the buff, in their P.J.s, in someone else's clothes, all totally up to you. …And yes, this time you DO actually have to leave a comment for each separate character you want involved—no muse lists!
❥ Other characters will respond as your character's bedmate.
❥ The two discover each other, and flailing and shenanigans ensue. (Whether or not they actually did anything other than sleep and/or cuddle a bit = up to the players--just make sure you both agree on what happened!)
❥ ?????

[...Just an FYI, humour is the point of this post rather than smut. "Stuff" might've happened the night before so long as both parties agree on that, but in present time, let's just have fun and keep it clean!]

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...You're right, Yuri-san. But it's still hard to accept that sometimes. And it's even harder to accept using someone else's strength and putting them at risk for your own purposes. It's...

[Wrong is the word she wants to say, and selfish as well, but...Sasuke had offered his help willingly, it was almost a gift of sorts, and she should be grateful of it, not ashamed.]

...It's just hard! Even if they wanted to and it's for something really important!

I know. [It's said in that same patient, laidback tone.] It's not always an easy thing to accept. Ideally, you don't want endanger anyone when you don't have to -- but I think it goes the other way, too. You don't want to get so comfortable with relying on yourself that you turn down help when you really need it.

Keep in mind, there's not a soul alive or dead who's ever made it anywhere without some kind of help. The way I see it, whether or not accepting it as easy isn't gonna change the fact that we all need it now and again.

[Which isn't to say just deal with it -- he has more tact than that, and it goes beyond just that, anyway.] In the end, some things can't be helped. They can only be made a little better to bear through effort. Sometimes that's all we can do to make things work.

..It still amuses me that CardCaptor!Sakura is a fightin' magical badass + TRC! not. lol

...Yes, that's true. Some things simply can't be changed, no matter how much we might want them to be.

[Her smile is a little sad, a little wistful, but still warm and sincere.]

And some things you just have to change, regardless of the cost to you or anyone else.

[She'll never be a strong fighter--she'll probably always have to depend on others for physical strength, and there's really nothing she can do to change that--but she's strong in other ways. And she has and will continue to use what remains of that strength to protect the people she cares about, no matter what. Even if costs her everything; even if it's selfish of her.]

lolol she has her moments, at least? :D?

[Yuri's previously thoughtful look turns into a smile, as well.]

Pretty well said. I think just acknowledging that is a pretty unique strength in and of itself.

A few of them, yes, but not nearly as many as her three boys. :C

[She can't help but blush a little at that compliment, though that previous wistfulness remains.]

Yuri-san is very kind to say that. But I...don't feel very strong most of the time.

[Plus, it's easy enough to talk about changing, but actually doing it is a great deal more difficult.]

...I--I don't even know if I know where to start...

[Realising that she said that last aloud, albeit softly, Sakura saves herself from having to explain (for the moment, anyway) by busying herself with her breakfast again. Because she doesn't want Yuri-san to think she's asking him for help with this, not after everything else he's already done in the brief time they've known each other... And if she asked anyone, it would probably be...but no, she'd asked too much of him already...]

8( ....aaaand I think Yuri is lampshading TotA here...

[Yuri thought it before, and now he thinks it again: this girl (young woman, whatever) rings a bell or two to Estelle, for a couple reasons, and because of that, maybe, his reply comes easily -- more naturally, even, than usual.]

Just start where you can. That might sound vague, but it's not really something you can force. Like I said, you need the help of people you trust, but it's possible -- especially if you trust 'em to be completely honest with you.

Listening to them and trying to change as a result is the hard part.

[1/2] It's like, HELLO, GIRLS CAN KICK ASS, TOO, CLAMP!! ....& lolYEAH he is X'D

[...People she trusts--well, she's already prettymuch decided to trust you, Yuri-san, and you are being completely honest with her, so...!

Her hands come up to clench into fists, almost a rather awkward-looking fighting stance of sorts, and determined!fais is GO.]

Mm! Yuri-san is right! About--about needing help and listening and being honest, so--!

[The fists are gone, replaced by the Princess clapping both hands together in front of her face, then ducking her head in a respectful sort of bow in that semi-odd or maybe just cultural pleeeeease help me! anime style]

--Uhm, since Yuri-san has worked as a mercenary and probably knows about...fighting to protect people...if he wouldn't mind helping me learn, at least a little...and since we're trapped here for now, it would give us something to do! A-and since you're part of a guild, if I could find a way to pay you, it would be okay, right? So, if Yuri-san doesn't mind...

[Oh. Well.

He meant someone she was closer to, but... all the same, it's not an impossible request. Nor is it a bad one. And like she says, they are undeniably stuck for now.

And logic aside, it's someone who needs help -- not in the usual sense, maybe, but Yuri doesn't discriminate that deeply. Neither can he turn his back on her, as anyone who really knows him would point out.

So after a brief look of slight surprise, he again returns to neutral, seeming to think that over.]

Well, I wouldn't mind -- but all the same, since we are stuck here, I wouldn't necessarily consider it a guild matter. [Because guild matters do involve pay, even if it's largely out of regard for Karol's rules (as far as Yuri's concerned); so if it's not guild-related, he's under no obligation to take anything in return, he figures.]

I'd say... it's more of a favor between friends. That okay?

[Beaming once again, Sakura gives an enthusiastic nod.]

Mm! That would be fine with me! [&, still smiling, but a bit more shyly now, because...what could she ever help him with, ffff] But...if Yuri-san ever needs help with anything that I can help him with...he can ask me for help, too, okay? As a favour between friends?

[She's offering as much as trying to get him to say that yes, he'll ask for help. He really does have a similar "vibe" to Syaoran-kun's, and Syaoran-kun always tried to do too much by himself, and had trouble asking other people for help, so...]

[So she might sound a little more stubborn than usual as she adds,]

It's only fair, after all!

[He can't help that open, goofy and adorable, tbh grin of his. Once upon a time, he'd have resisted -- but he's learned since, and by way of the very method he recommended, no less: friends who cared too much to let him go on being an independent idiot.]

Okay, okay. Consider it a deal.


[She resists the urge to squee openly, but can't resist giving him a 50 megawatt smile and a thumbs-up.]

Thank you, Yuri-san!

[She pushes herself up from the table, leaving about half of her breakfast uneaten--eagerness + excitement = Very Yes, and also > food]

When do we start? What should I learn first?

[And is she dressed okay...for...oh EEK, she'd almost forgotten about THAT. Well, here's hoping her dress stays down/is long enough to be active in...?]

[Yuri leans back in his chair, hooking one elbow over the back of it casually as he considers.]

Well, since we've got the time, I guess we can get the primary details out of the way. What kind of abilities do you specialize in? Anything goes, no matter how small. I just need an idea of what you can already do.

[Basically, what exactly does he have to work with here -- short-range, long-range, a caster, a brawler (although he doubts that one)...]

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