It S A Shame Roy Is Male Because If He Were I Could

[12:47] <Dinah> What a damn week. Leaning out her window with a cigarette in one hand and her phone in the other, Dinah was doing…well what it seemed like she did all the time. It couldn't even be counted as a smoke 'break' because a break suggested you were doing something else. Today, Sunday, Dinah was just plain bored and that was it.-
[12:50] <Dinah> Her thumb moved about her screen for the game she had open, effortlessly taking her to the next zone while she brought the cigarette to her lips and took a drag, exhaling a long stream of smoke before she looked at it. It was basically just a filter at this point, so she dragged it against the facade to put it out and set it down with the rest of them. She'd have to invest in an
[12:50] <Dinah> ashtray at some point. Might as well - Box Lady knew she smoked and was punishing her for it, so no reason to try and hide it anymore.-
[12:51] <Dinah> Pulling herself back into her room, she walked listlessly to her bed and collapsed onto it without ceremony, not once taking her eyes off the screen as a little victory fanfare played. Her expression didn't change. Maybe a nap was in order.
[12:57] <PersonaGM> [Dinah would have just enough time to start falling into a half-doze when scritchscritchscritch at her door.]
[12:59] <Dinah> Her head had buried itself into her blankets by the time the sound came and if she wasn't already there, she would have face-planted into the bed itself in annoyance. Dragging herself out of bed, she moved to the door and opened it, looking down. "What, JC?"
[13:11] <PersonaGM> ["Let's go out." Said Roy.]
[13:14] <Dinah> "No." It was a simple answer, as was the firm shut of the door before she went back to collapse onto her bed once more.
[13:17] <PersonaGM> [Silence.-
[13:17] <PersonaGM> [scritchscritchscritch]
[13:25] <Dinah> "Uuuuuuuuuugh." Leaning her head back against her bed as she groaned in frustration, she was up yet again and then over to the door, opening it. "What, JC?"
[13:34] <PersonaGM> ["Let's go out." Said Roy.]
[13:35] <Dinah> "We're gonna keep doing this until I say yes, aren't we."
[13:39] <PersonaGM> ["If you insist on calling me a cat, then I guess I'm gonna keep acting like a cat. A jerk cat, even."]
[13:43] <Dinah> "And you wonder why I started calling you that." She sighed and then closed the door. "Gonna change. Wait for me downstairs."-
[13:46] <Dinah> It was maybe a couple minutes later when she came down the stairs with a red t-shirt and jeans on under a lighter black jacket than the one she usually wore. With a little scowl, she gestured for him to go to the door as she made her way there. Opening the door for both of them, the door was barely closed before her hand was in her pocket and a cigarette flicked out to be grabbed by
[13:46] <Dinah> her lips. "What's this about?" It was asked as she lifted a finger to the end of her smoke, the tip lighting up instantly. She did like that part about all of this.
[13:47] <PersonaGM> ["M'bored."]
[13:49] <Dinah> "What, is everyone else busy?"
[13:51] <PersonaGM> ["Yes!"]
[13:53] <Dinah> "Oh." She had mostly been sarcastic and yet finding out that that was pretty much the reason she'd been called out was still bothersome. "Well, fine. There a park or something around? Preferably with a river and a bag nearby?"
[13:54] <PersonaGM> ["Rude."]
[13:55] <Dinah> "You got a better idea?"
[13:58] <PersonaGM> ["No."]
[14:03] <Dinah> "Alright then." She gestured off again, taking a drag at the same time. "Walk. We'll figure something out."
[14:10] <PersonaGM> [And so Roy walked.-
[14:10] <PersonaGM> ["So how's your week been?"]
[14:24] <Dinah> Dinah started along with him, rolling her eyes at the question as it was asked to her. "Oh, just great. I joined Wushu Club and Adrien showed up. I almost punched him. Should have punched him. Joined Art Club too and the guy in charge of it is…uh…" She frowned again, not wanting to say much bad about him considering his condition, though at the same time, she didn't want to
[14:24] <Dinah> pretend he was more than he was just because of it. "He's intense. Kinda stupid. Pretty stupid. Almost really stupid. Helped me figure out stuff to draw, though."-
[14:25] <Dinah> With a reach into her little bag on her side, she pulled out the drawing to show it off, not seeming to care much that it had crumpled up inside of it. He'd notice that a good portion of one of the corners had been ripped off, however.
[14:40] <PersonaGM> ["Oh, nice. It's basically an autobiography of all the shit you've been up to in the week that we don't want anyone to know about."]
[14:46] <Dinah> "Yep." She shrugged and looked at it herself again, tapping off some ash with her other hand. "Not all of it, though. The guy with the giant nose, I don't remember him that much. Or the asshole workin' for him. But look at it. To anyone else, this just looks like…random shit. No problem." -
[14:46] <Dinah> With a shrug, she stuffed it back into her bag and continued on. "You saw I sketched you too, right?
[14:49] <PersonaGM> ["Sure did. Got my good side."]
[15:06] <Dinah> "If you can call it that." She smirked a litlte at that and took another drag, sighing and leaning her head back to send the smoke cloud up into the air above her. "Where are we going?"
[15:11] <PersonaGM> ["Park with a pond. Got birds and fish."]
[15:16] <Dinah> "Makes sense. And you say you're not a cat."
[15:17] <PersonaGM> ["The birds and fish are for you."]
[15:18] <Dinah> "Why do I care about birds and fish?"
[15:22] <PersonaGM> ["So you can draw 'em and shit."]
[15:30] <Dinah> "You didn't know I draw stuff until about a minute ago, though."
[15:32] <PersonaGM> ["Tch."-
[15:32] <PersonaGM> ["Fine. I'll catch the fish and you can grill 'em. I don't do raw."]
[15:39] <Dinah> She smirked, flicking her spent smoke to the ground then and stomping it out. "That's what I thought. But what kinda cat are you? That's just what they do. And people eat raw fish too, y'know."
[15:40] <PersonaGM> ["I'm the kind of cat who used to be a human teenager who was turned against his will into a cat, for thirty goddamn years."]
[15:41] <Dinah> "That's a very specific type of cat." She sniffed, stuffing her hands in her pocket as they walked, likely getting closer and closer to the park.-
[15:41] <PersonaGM> ["One of a kind."]
[15:42] <Dinah> "What about everyone else, though? Like that woman at the Food Place. They know you. Being around for thirty years is not something a cat does. So what do they think?"
[15:47] <PersonaGM> ["Yeah… It was a problem at first, you know. A few people tried to 'adopt' me, or kill me." Said Roy. "Nothing I couldn't handle, mind. Things became way easier when Miss Asahina came along, but until then… I was more reclusive. They prolly think I'm the kitten of who I used to be."]
[16:02] <Dinah> "Guess that makes sense." Already, she was kind of fidgeting, never really knowing what to do with her hands if she didn't have her phone in hand or a cigarette. And she didn't really need to spark up again.-
[16:03] <Dinah> "You probably should have had Box Lady style you or something. Colored your fur in a spot or something. Sell the kitten angle more convincingly."
[16:04] <PersonaGM> ["Maybe you can do that. Dye me a nice blue."]
[16:08] <Dinah> "Oh yeah, because a blue cat won't draw attention."
[16:13] <PersonaGM> ["If I'm with you it won't."]
[16:18] <Dinah> "Everyone else would have to be awful busy all the time."
[16:27] <PersonaGM> ["Well by then you'd love me for my winning personality."]
[16:30] <Dinah> "Says the cat that scratched on my door just because everyone else was gone."
[16:35] <PersonaGM> ["Oh, come on. I was just joking around." Said Roy. "Maybe I just wanted to talk American for a little bit."]
[16:44] <Dinah> "I get that, at least." She cleared her throat after she said as much, taking her hands out of her pockets to reach up and re-cinch her ponytail, fidgeting in a new way. "I get home and almost forget how to talk to people. Then I get back here and I forget half my Japanese."
[16:47] <PersonaGM> ["Yeah, I know how that feels. You ever go home and find yourself bowing in America?"]
[16:55] <Dinah> "Once." She laughed at that, smiling brightly in the memory. "It was so awkward. I thought sh-" She stopped herself rather suddenly, even stopping her gait. A dark look shot across her face.-
[16:55] <Dinah> Letting out a little growl, she said nothing else and then started walking again, faster than before, fishing out a new cigarette as she did.
[16:56] <PersonaGM> [Roy fell quiet. He followed on in silence as they arrived at the park.-
[16:56] <PersonaGM> ["…"-
[16:56] <PersonaGM> ["I bowed to a pizza guy."]
[17:08] <Dinah> Dinah was quiet as she walked through the entrance of the park, reaching up and snatching dead twigs off trees and reaching down to collect leaves that had fallen from them. Her eyes were set on a barbeque that wasn't too far from the waterfront and she was making a straight beeline for it.-
[17:09] <Dinah> By the time she made it there, she stuffed the bits that she'd collected along the way, tapping on it afterward to set it aflame. It was just that simple.-
[17:10] <Dinah> Taking the cigarette from her mouth, she lowered it to the flame to light it, replacing it in her lips and crossing her arms afterward. The only indication that she knew JC was still there with her was the scowl she gave him, gesturing off to the water after.
[17:12] <PersonaGM> ["What? You can't send me off like I'm your goddamned hound."]
[17:15] <Dinah> "That was the deal. You catch fish. I cook fish."
[17:15] <PersonaGM> ["God. Fine."-
[17:17] <PersonaGM> [Roy ambled off down to the pond side. The rainy saturday had filled it up nicely, and left the grass a little damp. He didn't even make a sound.-
[17:18] <PersonaGM> [Dinah could watch him sitting on the side of the pond as he fetched a bit of leftover bread from off the ground and nudged it into the water. He waited.-
[17:22] <PersonaGM> [Then suddenly he sprang forwards, snapping his paws around a piscine shape. A goodly-sized trout leapt out of the water, causing Roy to flail about with his claws, trying to pin it down. An elementary-age girl on the other side of the pond laughed in delight.-
[17:23] <PersonaGM> [Roy finally slapped the fish over to the pondbank, gripped it in his mouth, padded over to Dinah and dumped it next to her. "The king has returned."]
[17:45] <Dinah> Dinah spent the entirety of JC's little expedition staring at the fire that she'd started, taking a drag off her cigarette and exhaling the smoke without even pulling it from her mouth. Though to say that she was staring at the fire was a lie. If she could be staring miles past it, that was more along the lines of the truth.-
[17:47] <Dinah> By the time he returned, Dinah merely glanced at him and nodded. "So he did." There wasn't any humor there as she picked up the trout and pulled out her phone to bring up a video on cleaning a fish for cooking. She had to dig into her bag for a little swiss army knife, using that for the process and showing just how inelegant it was.-
[17:48] <Dinah> But she managed it, getting some actual meat out of the fish and tossing it on the barbeque, still with a frown.
[17:55] <PersonaGM> [Roy watched all of this quietly. It was only after the fish was cooking that he spoke up. "Y'alright?"]
[18:03] <Dinah> While the fish cooked, she took another stick and used her knife to whittle away the end of it to a point.-
[18:03] <Dinah> She inspected it when his question came up and she shrugged, poking at the fish to check the texture. "Peachy."
[18:12] <PersonaGM> ["Kinda feels like I set you off a bit."]
[18:18] <Dinah> "What'd he do? The pizza guy." Poke. Poke. Not quite there yet.
[18:36] <PersonaGM> ["Well he laughed, didn't he?"]
[18:39] <Dinah> She flipped the fish over then, showing some nice looking grill marks on the top side of it now. "Sounds right."
[18:45] <PersonaGM> ["Mmhmm. My best bro laughed too."-
[18:46] <PersonaGM> ["Wonder what he's up to." Said Roy. "Been 30 years since I've seen any of 'em."]
[18:49] <Dinah> Again, Dinah went silent as she masked that quiet with attending to the fish. Poking. Poking. "I don't have plates or anything. How do you wanna eat this?"
[18:56] <PersonaGM> ["Wanna see a neat-ass trick?"]
[18:58] <Dinah> "Sure."
[19:04] <PersonaGM> [Roy closed his eyes. His tome-phone appeared out of nowhere, floating in mid-air.-
[19:04] <PersonaGM> [Of its own volition, it took on its big book tome form and opened to a blank page.-
[19:04] <PersonaGM> [Roy put a paw in and, with a quick slash, cut out two pages. He let the pages float out onto the bench, before banishing the tome.-
[19:04] <PersonaGM> ["Ta-da."]
[19:12] <Dinah> Dinah lifted a brow, curiously. The sudden appearance of his tome had her looking around to see if anyone was watching them. She hoped that he was more aware of such things than she was.-
[19:15] <Dinah> The papers that were ripped out of the book made her frown, yet as they were set down and remained after the disappearance of his tome, it gave her the idea of what he was thinking. With a shrug, she skewered the larger of the two pieces and set it on the paper in front of him, taking the other and wrapping the other piece in it for herself to hold.-
[19:16] <Dinah> "That is pretty neat." Silence for a few seconds until she sighed and took the smoke from her mouth. "So….sorry. Shit went real bad the last time I went home. I don't really wanna talk about it. It's…touchy."
[19:18] <PersonaGM> ["Oh, I get it." Said Roy. It was hard to read the cat's expression, but he bowed his head a little. "You're welcome to your boundaries. I ain't gonna push. Sorry things didn't turn out better, whatever did happen."]
[19:23] <Dinah> Taking a bite of her fish, she nodded a little. "Thanks. Me too." For a long few moments, she just nibbled on her fish silently.-
[19:23] <Dinah> "Can't summon any spices, can you?"
[19:26] <PersonaGM> ["Man, I wish." He nibbled the fish. "S'decent, though. You grill good."-
[19:26] <PersonaGM> ["Feels like a lot of your dormmates got their own reasons to keep boundaries tight, too."]
[19:30] <Dinah> "Well, like you said." She took another bite, putting out her cigarette and tucking it behind her ear before going back in. "We're all running from somethin', huh?"
[19:35] <PersonaGM> ["Yeah." Said Roy. "Sometimes it feels like the only one who isn't is Asahina."-
[19:36] <PersonaGM> ["Y'know, I look at us and I wonder, not for the first time mind, what right do we have to decide what another person's psyche should be like?" He said. "And then I remember that we don't have any right. Just the responsibility to keep the world safe."-
[19:37] <PersonaGM> [He wolfed down the rest of his fish in silence.]
[19:41] <Dinah> "Really? Box Lady isn't running from anything? You know why I call her Box Lady, right?" It was rhetorical and he knew that. She was just using it to prove her point.-
[19:45] <Dinah> It was the second point that she merely gave a little grunt of agreement to as she bit into her fish, pulling up her legs to sit cross-legged on the bench. "Nobody really gets the right to do anythin'. Asaka don't have the right to go off on everyone that he does. Doesn't stop 'im, though. So not havin' the right ain't gonna stop us, either."-
[19:47] <Dinah> "Main point is that what we're doin' is gonna do some good. We don't do anything to Asaka an' he's just gonna get worse and worse, do worse and worse things to people. Like our stowaway."
[19:48] <PersonaGM> ["Yeah." Said Roy. "S'a good way of putting it."-
[19:49] <PersonaGM> ["Hey, you keep a window open when you smoke, right?"]
[19:55] <Dinah> "Of course." She sniffed, finishing off her fish and crumbling up the paper afterward. "M'always leanin' out the window too, so my room doesn't stink."
[19:56] <Dinah> (*room won't stink.)
[19:58] <PersonaGM> ["Aight. Then I'll tell Asahina to cook for you again."]
[20:01] <Dinah> "Don't tell her." She frowned and reached over to flick his forehead. "Ask her."
[20:05] <PersonaGM> ["Ow. Christ. Fine. I'll ask her."-
[20:06] <PersonaGM> [Roy stretched out. "This was pretty fun, though. We should do it again soon. I'll find some spices first, though."]
[20:08] <Dinah> She smirked faintly and nodded some, sitting back against the bench some more. "Yeah. You weren't too bad. Even if you're a jerk. And a cat."-
[20:08] <Dinah> "Y'know, I don't cook for everyone. So feel special."
[20:10] <PersonaGM> ["Hah. I'll keep that in mind. And when I get hands back, I'll return the favour."-
[20:11] <PersonaGM> [ Thou art I; I art thou.-
[20:11] <PersonaGM> [ Thou hast glimpsed a new path of thine heart, with which to rewrite your story.-
[20:11] <PersonaGM> [ With the first meeting of the //Magician Arcana and the Hanged Man Arcana, the beginning of your transformation and that of the world begins.//-
[20:11] <PersonaGM> [With another stretch, he leapt off the bench. "I'll go take a run 'round the neighbourhood. See you around."]
[20:14] <Dinah> "I'll hold you to that." Letting out a little snort of a laugh, she pulled the cigarette from her ear and dipped it back into the fire, content to sit there and enjoy the rest of it.-
[20:15] <Dinah> "See ya, JC."

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