Headwing Consulting 2016/06/14 (Tue) 00:43 No. 189573 ▼
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[x] Nonchalantly walk back down the hall. Surely she's covered up?
[x] Hang Dry
Ok. You can do this. There's nothing bad that is going to happen. There will be nothing unfortunate that is going to happen to you. No big trouble that is going to fall right down on top of your head and cause you a boatload of consternation. At most, you will probably getting a row boat's full of such, but you will manage to make it through. You will just turn down the hall and march down to the second floor like there isn't anything going on. Nothing at all.
And you'll do that as soon as motivate your feet. They eventually will respond, although how much cajoling you'll have to do in order to accomplish anything is another story in and of itself. Still, though you wait and pause, you do manage to locomote your body and start walking down the hall. You feet do not fail you, and you do not sprain and ankle, and you still do not have the roof fall on your very head. Everything proceeds nice and normally.
Of course, the ease does not continue endlessly, as you notice the approaching green mop of hair as you turn the corner and look down the stairs. Hina is carrying the box as well as she can, but she is swaying and hitting the side of the stairs with every step more to its girth than to any real weight issues. It certainly takes up the entire staircase, and you can't squeeze by her, so you just stay in the corner and resolutely stare forward.
You most certainly do not lower your eyes and try to see behind the box. No sirree. And you most certainly do not try and see down that towel-wrapped form. You just stare forward into the wall, nonchalant as possible, and remind yourself that this is a perfectly normal and common thing that occurs in your household.
Frankly, part of you wants to laugh at the sheer absurdity of the effort that you are putting forth, but you manage to tamp it down and stand resolutely. "Do you need any help with that box?"
"I can manage it fine? I wouldn't mind the help, though." She pauses and offers you the box. "If you would, kindly."
Without a word, you take the box from her, and you catch sight of her blushing a bit before you turn to walk towards her room. This time, even though you are still chanting to your feet to keep working appropriately, your left doesn't quite clear the right and you're sent tumbling to the ground. You fling the box away from you as you stumble, and for a second you feel Hina grab the back of your shirt. It tugs, but it slips through her fingers before she closes, and you tumble to the ground. Thankfully, you extend your arms and manage to prevent a third blow to the head today.
"Well, that could have been?" You let out a yelp of surprise as the curse goddess follows, landing sideways on your back. And you can't help but notice that she is slightly damp still, quite warm, and that there are a couple of things that definitely are very nice that are now pressing into your back. "...better.?
"I'm so sorry! I tripped when I tried to catch you." Her voice wavers, and you suspect that she is blushing up a storm. "I've been horrible about those things today."
"it's fine. Really, we should just stop meeting like that." Well, cheesy, but you felt like you had to say it. "At least this time I wasn't injured. And at least I'm not seeing anything.."
"I just didn't want to make the impression like I was throwing myself at you, or anything like that." She sighs, breathing in. You do dearly try to ignore the sensation that she makes before she pushes herself up. "I do apologize, again."
You just shake your head. "It'll be fine. Really. Just make sure to stand back so that nothing else happens, alright?" At least that one wasn't terrible. And, if you're perfectly honest, it's hard to stay mad at someone who is constantly apologizing. "Wouldn't want anything else too unfortunate to happen?" You don't hear anything and, taking silence as confirmation, you clamber back to your feet and pick up the box. This time, you carry it into the room and plop it down on the desk. "Just use anything here. Just some of my old things? and some of my sister?s." You talk at the wall the entire time, just so you don't look at her and witness something else that you might regret, sooner or later. "Nothing in here that won't be missed."
"I'm sure there would be, at some point." You can tell that Hina is in the room now. "Only a few articles would be necessary to for me to work with.
"It is alright to just take it. I did say so, didn't I?" You shake your head and shrug. "Besides, look at it this way: it's just an offering."
She takes a few moments to respond. "I would rather not encourage any followers. I have enough issues as it is with my collection thereof. I would prefer to not become a font of misfortune."
You finally turn and look back towards her, finding that she has copied your tactic of staring at the wall to avoid any improprieties. "...Then don't think of it as such? Take it as a gift. it's ok, Hina. I won't be offended if you use any of this.?
The goddess huffs softly before looking towards you. Those eyes are quite green, now that the red dress isn't there to drown them out. "...Very well. I will accept it." She shakes her head slightly before a rueful smile crosses over it. "At least this is a good sign. I fear you might have to be very stubborn to put up with me around here."
"It really hasn't been? Well, ok, it can be annoying. Like getting groceries earlier. I'll just have to go and take care of that myself, won't I?" You smile back at her. "It could be far worse."
"I always fear that it will." She watches you as you leave but, as you pass her by, she puts a hand on your shoulder.
Pausing mid-stride, you turn back and inspect her. "What is it?"
Hina smiles a bit before leaning up and pecking you on the cheek. "Thank you for dealing with me so long, Darling." She chuckles as you blink vacantly. "Now, let me go on ahead and begin working; I might finish by morning if I get a head start."
After a few more seconds of rebooting, you finally manage to clear your head. "Right! Right! Alright, I'll leave you be. Don't have too much fun, alright?"
Hina snickers a little. "Right.?
After blinking one more time, you finally manage to shuffle on out of the room and shut the door. Once out of sight, you sigh in relief. "This is just? Everything's going crazy." That it is. Still, ignoring any funny feelings, you simply march down the stairs and take care of what you said you were going to. The dress. "Oh, right.."
Once downstairs, you find it draped over the towel rack, along with quite a number of ribbons. it's still quite soaked and extremely heavy. "This thing really did get saturated. ...I'm surprised she manage to wear this the whole way without complaining once." Still, you gather up all of her possessions, which seems to include at least fifty feet of ribbon along with a much plainer band. it's not frilly at all, and actually seems to be a little faded and stretched from use. "Hrm? Didn't see her using this." Next to that, you find something you had been fearing to discover the entire time: her underwear. Which, to your consternation, is not frilly or antique. it's? plain and normal. "...You know what? Stop freaking out about this. it's just clothes. Not yours, but? Since when did I start talking to myself like this?" Once everything is thrown over your shoulder, you walk back out the door, muttering. "I'm going to need to see a shrink once this all is done?"
It doesn't take long at all to, once you're on your roof balcony, to tie everything up on a clothesline and start to dry it off. You're certainly not taking the risk of the dryer going haywire because of some magical clothes. At least that gives you time to cool down and figure out what exactly it is that you need to do the rest of the evening. Peering back at Hina's door, you continue to think on what of those things are necessary? and if you want to even bother with them.
[ ] Knock and tell her:
-[ ] You're going to the store yourself. Gotta get it done sometime.
-[ ] You'll be downstairs. You need to rest after today.
[ ] Don't interrupt her and go about your business. She's busy.
[ ] Peek. Your curiosity insists.
[ ] Write-in