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[12:15] <Hideki> It had been a hell of a day. Wars, explosions, a lot of walking and sneaking around, but it hadn't felt as if this rag-tag team of persona-users were much closer to their goal. -
[12:20] <Hideki> Hideki lingered behind near the portal as the others scattered, feeling the adrenaline tingle in his fingertips and his heart pound. Not much use in going home and facing Ji-Hu like this. Maybe he would take a nice long jog to tired himself out further. Or he could see another movie. Or he could go to the docks and watch the water, and think about TEAM NAMES. If there was one thing
[12:20] <Hideki> their group was neglecting, it was certainly that. -
[12:24] <Hideki> "The Bibliowizards," he tried under his breath, and frowned slightly. He could do better than that!
[12:35] <Minaplo> ["The Page Mages." Said Adrien, who was suddenly next to him.]
[12:36] <Hideki> "…" -
[12:38] <Hideki> "That's not bad," he admitted. "How about 'The Story Sleuths'?"
[12:39] <Minaplo> ["'The Narratrices'."]
[12:43] <Hideki> "'The Wordmancers'."
[12:44] <Minaplo> ["'The Dreadnautobiographers.'"]
[12:45] <Hideki> "Damn. I think we have a winner."
[12:46] <Minaplo> ["Hell yeah. Wait… Juggernautobiographers. Because nothing will stop us from from writing our own stories."]
[12:51] <Hideki> "That gets the Nakajima stamp of approval." Hideki held up his hand for a high-five.
[12:52] <Minaplo> [Adrien high-fived him.-
[12:52] <Minaplo> ["… Unless."]
[12:54] <Hideki> "Unless…?"
[13:08] <Minaplo> ["Have a look at our team composition. Remove me from the equation and what do we have? Three girls in various costumes, with masks, a man in a suit and top hat, and a black cat."]
[13:12] <Hideki> "Yeah…?" Hideki tilted his head.
[13:13] <Minaplo> ["What, do you need me to spell it out?"]
[13:13] <Hideki> "Well, yeah. I'm not following."
[13:13] <Minaplo> ["God. Haven't you ever watched Sailor Moon?"]
[13:15] <Hideki> "Nah. But I've seen enough of the merch to get the gist of it. Nice catch."
[13:15] <Minaplo> ["How could you not watch Sailor Moon, my man?"]
[13:17] <Hideki> "Eh? What's so great about it, anyway?"
[13:22] <PersonaGM> ["Uh… Cute and pretty schoolgirls kicking ass with long legs and short skirts? Also a neat story I guess."]
13:27] <Minaplo> ["Yeah…" Said Adrien sadly.-
[13:27] <Minaplo> ["Maybe if Ji-Hu joined…?" He said with a glimmer of hope.]
[13:29] <Hideki> "She'd look good in it, but it's not her style. She'd probably be in some kinda elaborate ball gown."
[13:30] <Minaplo> ["Bah. Why am I the only one around here willing to kick ass in a skin-baring outfit?"]
[13:36] <Hideki> "Maybe your uninhibitedness will eventually rub off on them."
[13:54] <Minaplo> ["Maybe…"-
[13:54] <Minaplo> ["Hey, speaking of." He nudged Hideki.]
[13:59] <Hideki> "What? You want me in a mini skirt too?"
[14:02] <Minaplo> ["You look too good in your suit for a skirt, my man. No, I was just saying… I bet life's pretty convenient for you right now, huh?"]
[14:05] <Hideki> "Could be worse," he admitted. "Ji-Hu's a lot more relaxed, and it's nice having her at home. But…"
[14:06] <Minaplo> ["But?"]
[14:06] <Hideki> "She's gearing up to head back to her dorm and get things back to normal. Says she's tired of running away."
[14:08] <Minaplo> ["Damn." Said Adrien, whistling. "I'm seriously impressed."]
[14:08] <Hideki> "I know. Tough as nails."
[14:09] <Minaplo> ["She can be soft and gentle and sweet, but also iron hard." Said Adrien admiringly. "What a wonderful lady. Bet you're put out knowing she's moving out."]
[14:11] <Hideki> "I'd be happier if I knew what she was moving out into. She could get stalked again, and people were sending her all kinds of shitty messages before she came to stay with us."
[14:15] <Minaplo> ["She knows that too, though, right?"]
[14:16] <Hideki> "Of course."
[14:20] <Minaplo> ["Then there's not really a lot you can do about it, huh?"]
[14:22] <Hideki> "Seems to be the case," he sighed.
[14:23] <PersonaGM> ["Then look at the positives." Said Adrien. "Without such a beautiful lady to distract you… You can catch up on homework."]
[14:25] <Hideki> "True. And I'll have a less difficult time sneaking off to jump through portals and fight oni on the sly."
[14:29] <PersonaGM> ["And you'll be able to fight with Dinah and Sachiko more openly."]
[14:30] <Hideki> "We actually don't fight all that much…"
[14:31] <PersonaGM> ["What?"]
[14:36] <Hideki> "Yeah. Schreier avoids me pretty hard, though."
[14:40] <PersonaGM> ["What'd you do?"]
[14:44] <Hideki> "I don't think I did anything special." Hideki shrugged.
[14:46] <PersonaGM> ["Of course not. You don't have to, that's just how Dinah is. She'll drop you for no reason."]
[14:47] <Hideki> "You think she's just secretly really shy or something?"
[14:47] <PersonaGM> ["I'm pretty sure she's unsecretly openly an asshole."]
[14:49] <Hideki> "Can't say I blame you for seeing things like that."
[14:53] <PersonaGM> ["What, you don't?"]
[15:00] <Hideki> "So she doesn't do a whole lot showing that she feels empathy, or restraint, or a whole lot more other than anger and resentment. But I feel like everyone has to have a good side. Right?"
[15:04] <PersonaGM> ["I guess…"]
[15:18] <Hideki> "Hmm. Here. Let's go someplace and get some coffee."
[15:30] <PersonaGM> ["Oh sure."-
[15:30] <PersonaGM> […-
[15:31] <PersonaGM> [It was a quiet little coffee shop between Sophia and Soejima. There weren't many people here, least of all youths like them. The proprietor was a tall, large brown-skinned woman who took their orders quickly and efficiently.]
[15:43] <Hideki> "So what's your dorm like?" Hideki asked, as the lady stepped away. "And how come you didn't beeline for it after we were done today? Aren't you tired?"
[15:46] <PersonaGM> ["I don't really do dorms."]
[15:47] <Hideki> "Your family lives in town?"
[15:48] <PersonaGM> ["No. I just stay in a penthouse suite."]
[15:49] <Hideki> "Nice~~ If it was me, I'd be throwing parties all the time."
[15:52] <PersonaGM> ["Who says I don't?"]
[15:54] <Hideki> "When's the next one? Invite me to it!"
[15:55] <PersonaGM> ["Oh? You think you're that eligible?"]
[12:23] <Hideki> "Don't be a scrooge. I'd invite you if I was throwing a party."
[12:25] <PersonaGM> ["And why don't you throw parties?"]
[12:27] <Hideki> "Why don't I throw parties? Hmm…" -
[12:30] <Hideki> "Usually I'd say I don't have time, but that doesn't hold water anymore. I've got enough free time to go on portal adventures in other dimensions, don't I?"
[12:34] <PersonaGM> ["Exactly."]
[12:43] <Hideki> "Let me think about it. I should at least throw one party."
[12:45] <PersonaGM> ["And what kind of party would that look like?"]
[12:48] <Hideki> "Pretty sure I'd have to invite my entire class. And the baseball team, of course. And some guys from other teams. And the literature club. And a couple of random guys I know from around town. And Ji-Hu and all of her friends. And I'd have to get a band. Huh. This sounds expensive."
[12:49] <PersonaGM> ["Are you kidding me…?"]
[12:58] * Hideki snorted with laughter. "You're in too, so don't worry."
[13:02] <PersonaGM> ["That sounds like the kind of party that ends in disasters."]
[13:03] <Hideki> "Just 'cause it's big doesn't mean it'll blow out of control."
[13:04] <PersonaGM> ["You're talking like… Hundreds of people. Boys and girls… And music."]
[13:08] <Hideki> "Like a concert…"
[13:08] <PersonaGM> ["Yes. A concert."]
[13:11] <Hideki> "Maybe we should just go to one of these instead of putting down the cash for a party."
[13:18] <PersonaGM> ["Although, what type of concerts come to Katashiba?"]
[13:19] * Hideki snapped his fingers. "Travel to bigger city, then. Just for the weekend."
[13:20] <PersonaGM> ["Okay… So who's coming on -this- outing?"]
[13:22] <Hideki> "E-everyone?"
[13:26] <PersonaGM> ["Still…?"]
[13:26] <Hideki> "How would you choose?"
[13:27] <PersonaGM> ["I don't know… I'd probably just pick a bunch of cute, eligible ladies. So no one from our team."]
[13:29] <Hideki> "Sounds fun. But it's trickier when you're not so available yourself."
[13:37] <PersonaGM> ["Hoh?"]
[13:39] <Hideki> "I'm talking about myself. Ji-Hu might get pissed if I did that."
[13:41] <PersonaGM> ["Oh yeah, true. And justifiably so. I mean…"]
[13:43] <Hideki> "Also, you really don't like the girls on our team much, huh?"
[13:45] <PersonaGM> ["Now to be fair… I like Ai just fine."]
[13:48] <Hideki> "Why's that?"
[13:51] <PersonaGM> ["She's dorky but she's nice, unlike the other two."]
[13:55] <Hideki> "No punching?"
[13:55] <PersonaGM> ["No punching." Said Adrien, taking a swig from his coffee.-
[13:57] <PersonaGM> ["Of the others, Sachiko is probably the least worst. She's insufferable and overbearingly suspicious of others." Said Adrien. "I think she tries to come off as above it all, but she's more enslaved to her feelings than she wants us all to think."-
[13:58] <PersonaGM> ["And Dinah is nothing better than a thug." Said Adrien, flicking a bit of dust off his hand. "She thinks she's big and strong because she's mostly been picking on regular people. I'm really, really looking forward to the day that the mad dog fights something even a little stronger than she's used to, just so I can see her go down like a lead balloon."]
[14:09] <Hideki> "Say that happens. She punches something in the other world that Should Not Be Punched, and ends up in serious trouble. What would you do? Stand back and watch?"
[14:56] <PersonaGM> ["Oh, no. I'd save her." said Adrien. "She's one of those morons who feels having to share an opinion with me is too deep an indignity to bear. Imagine how she'll feel if I save her life?"-
[14:56] <PersonaGM> ["The question is, would she save mine?"]
[15:03] <Hideki> "Yikes," Hideki muttered. "I think she would. Provided she was focused and aware that your life was in danger. She might be mean about it, though."
[15:03] <PersonaGM> ["Well that makes one of us who believes it."]
[15:07] <Hideki> "Well this won't work at all."
[15:08] <PersonaGM> ["Hm?"]
[15:11] <Hideki> "If you guys don't trust each other even a little bit, then how can you work together?"
[15:11] <PersonaGM> ["Good question. When you figure out an answer, let me know."]
[15:14] <Hideki> "The cat might know. Do you at least trust him?"
[15:14] <PersonaGM> ["Sure."]
[15:16] <Hideki> "What about me and Yoshino?"
[15:18] <PersonaGM> ["Yeah, sure."]
[15:23] <Hideki> "Well we're partway there, anyway."
[15:23] <PersonaGM> [Adrien nodded. "Sure."]
[15:40] <Hideki> "Maybe by the end of this, we'll go all the way, eh?" Hideki grabbed his coffee mug for the first time. It was lukewarm.
[15:40] <PersonaGM> ["All the way to what?"]
[15:41] <Hideki> "All the way to a well-coordinated, badass superhero team deserving of its new name."
[15:42] <PersonaGM> ["Haha. Maybe."-
[15:42] <PersonaGM> ["Thanks for the talk." Said Adrien. "But I think I'm gonna head home. Do me a favour, though?"]
[15:42] <Hideki> "Yeah?"
[15:43] <PersonaGM> [Adrien took his glossy white leather wallet out of his pocket, opened it up and threw a stack of bills down in front of Hideki. It was… A good deal more than what ol' Tones was gonna be paying…-
[15:44] <PersonaGM> ["Take Ji-Hu out somewhere nice soon. She's pretty cool. You both are, actually."]
[15:49] <Hideki> "Thanks, man. Your words are enough, though. Don't feel like you have to shell out for it…"
[15:53] <PersonaGM> ["I insist."]
[15:58] <Hideki> "Well… I'm not gonna fight it. I'll owe you one, okay?"
[15:58] <PersonaGM> ["Natch."]

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