Well, there's this thing where I've been losing my motivation to write even more than usual, coupled with THP being an ass about my accessing it via the Wii.
On an unrelated note, my brain trolled me this morning with a dream where I was a naked EX Keine running around collecting things. I turn around and see Kaguya with a nosebleed and Mokou looking rather shocked. Smirking, I walk right on up to them. The princess turns to flee while the phoenix's eyes are glued to my chest, and I haul them both off to a more secluded spot.
Then I woke up.
I'm not sure if Letty has anything to say at this point. She looks like she's thinking about how to comment about this, but can't quite come to a solid conclusion. She settles for a simple "I see." ..."Then she must like you on some level, or is comfortable enough with you to make such jokes." She muses, shifting her 'keep her lover's attention on her and not that other girl' hold to a simple hand-holding stance.
Embarrassingly, I find myself wishing that she would continue to cling to my arm, if only to keep feeling her soft bosom against my body. A silly desire to be sure, but her physical closeness and scent is oddly intoxicating. "On an unrelated note, I think it's either close to noon or a bit past it. Shall we get something to eat?" And an equally silly attempt to change the subject before I suggest we just go home and dedicate the rest of the day to filling in the gaps regarding anatomy. ...Not that it won't happen anyway.
The snow woman cocks an eyebrow at me for my suggestion, though I think that has more to do with the fact that I'm gauging time indoors on a snowy day without the use of a clock than my changing subjects abruptly. "Pardon my asking, but how can you tell? It has been a couple hours since we've arrived, but neither of us wear a watch and we're nowhere near a clock. How can you tell?" Her question is answered by her own stomach growling, which... No, I've decided already that I cannot comprehend a spirit's metabolism and that I should spend no effort in attempting to understand it. It's just not worth the headache.
"I base my assumptions less on time and more on what I'm feeling at the time. If I'm hungry I eat, if I'm tired I sleep." Which is more or less true, as I either follow my body's requirements or the movement of the sun. Aside from my getting sidetracked, it worked rather well. "...And yes, I know how hypocritical that sounds coming from me." I roll my eyes when I get to that part, if only because she'd point it out otherwise.
She smiles at that, perhaps because there's a grain of truth to it and I'm finally admitting that I have some rather major concentration flaws that I need help to overcome, or at the very least to keep me from starving myself. "It doesn't sound quite as hypocritical now that you're moving away from your bad habits. You're becoming steadily more responsible as time goes on, though I think that has more to do with your desire to make sure I'm treated well than a desire to truly better yourself." I didn't even notice that she was leading me toward one of the kitchens until about this time. I was more focused on the snow woman and how right she was. I still don't really give much of a damn about myself, but I'm more than willing to ensure others are treated well. Who knows if this tiger can truly change his stripes though.
"The end result is that I manage to keep myself healthy at the same time, so even if my taking care of myself is a by-product of ensuring that others are well, it's still a step in the right direction." Translation: I don't care about myself enough to worry about it, and consider this arrangement to be good enough.
Letty gives me a rather unamused glance, stopping momentarily to deliver a choice response. "If you only take care of yourself by proxy of caring for me, then you're still not taking care of yourself willingly. Since I care about you, I won't accept 'this is good enough' for an answer as that means you're still being a hypocrite." ...She starts moving again, but leaves me some time to think about what she said and how best to translate it.
"In short, you're saying that my current stance toward my own self is creating a paradox regarding my taking care of you. Something along the lines of 'If you're not taking care of yourself willingly, then you're not taking care of me properly because you aren't considering my feelings', correct?" If that is right, I suppose it makes sense in a way. She's concerned over my well-being, and wants peace of mind about that.
"More or less. In case you haven't noticed, I do love you and don't want you to be so self-destructive. While you are improving, you have a ways to go before I can leave your side and not have to worry about coming home to a corpse." Her expression is rather stern. Not unlike Keine's really, in the fact that she would have said the exact same thing. ...Then again, I think any woman I got romantically involved in would say that in some form or another. Even Eirin, despite her own bad habits that appear to be as bad or significantly worse than mine. "Changing the subject, I think I smell food."
The cold air is dampening the smell, but she's right. Someone's cooking something, and it's nearby to boot.
We manage to find the sitting room not frozen over, and there's... Well, it's kind of silly right now. Kaguya's in a bunny suit and is attempting to feed Mokou a carrot by mouth, which the latter is objecting to quite strongly. The table has a solid spread of grilled vegetables, and a serving platter with a cover on it, Eirin is loading bananas into an odd gun and using Jack Frost as target practice... Come to think of it, I wonder if she overdosed on caffine again. The fact that Jack's been impaled on a wall by what appear to be sharpened bananas is evidence enough that she might not be all there. Tewi's munching on a grilled carrot, and Reisen's bringing out what appears to be colored rice balls.
Eirin stops her ridiculous use of fruit long enough to regard us, then grabs Reisen before literally waltzing over to the table. "Gentlemen, behold!" She yanks the cover off in one swift motion, revealing... "Corn!"
...There's no sound aside from the distinct munching of a carrot. I guess Mokou gave up.
The doctor sees her lack of response and smiles. She dip-kisses Reisen once before letting the flustered bunny go, and sips something out of a thermos. "It's not going to be quite as good as what's grown naturally, but I used organic plant compounds to create fresh corn in the middle of winter. I could have just grabbed something out of our storage, but I remembered that corn goes off rather quickly and that we ate it all during autumn. Don't know why I had an urge to eat corn though." She sits down next to the princess and the phoenix, treating their antics as somehow normal. "Don't worry, it's not going to leap up and eat you. Grilling them kills them." She's watching my expression and is doing a very, very bad job at hiding her mirth. "Seriously, it's fine. I wouldn't make something so dangerous for people I like." She takes an ear of grilled corn and eats it, proving that it is in fact regular corn.
Letty looks to me, and I look to Reisen.
"Master's just being silly. She grew that corn in a hydroponic garden that was almost completely iced over by Frost. She's been spending part of her normal sleep schedule making the destroyed crops usable again, but as you can see, she's kind of loopy right at the moment." Since the lunar rabbit seems to be the only one who's consistantly sane/not joking, I decide to take her word for it and sit down at the table to eat. My lady friend follows suit in short order and decides to go for a carrot first. I go for some corn only to find out that it is in fact normal corn.
[X]Since Eirin's here, ask if she's still interested in having a student.
[X]This is no doubt going to hurt my mind, but ask about how she impaled Jack to the wall with fruit.
[X]Try to talk to Reisen about something more normal.
[X]...Just leave the conversation topics be. Nothing good could possibly come of this conversation.