2014-09-21 - Post-Exam Feels

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Title: Post-Exam Feels

With finals at an end, Endo and Ren visit Tokyo Tower to unwind. They talk of the future. And there is hand-holding.


Endo Naoki and Ren Aizawa


Tokyo Tower

OOC - IC Date:

09/21/2014 - 17 March 2014

<Pose Tracker> Ren Aizawa [Infinity Institute (10)] has posed.

Finals were done! D. O. N. E. And Ren could not be happier. The entire week she was tense and on edge, biting on pencils and fingernails and whatever else she could manage to gnaw on. But in the end it all paid off. She's pretty sure she's done well-enough on all of her tests. So now, it's time for a reward!

The reward, of course, in this case being a cute boy.

Endo Naoki is that cute boy, fyi.

They both decided on visiting Tokyo Tower to relax and do stuff together to unwind after such a stressful time. The Special Observatory Deck is where they currently are, Ren leaning forward on the railing just below the window, enjoying the company of...

...Her boyfriend? It's really still up in the air since they've only had one official date, and no real labels are being used. But... doesn't this sort of count as a date? Hmm.

<Pose Tracker> Endo Naoki [Juuban Public School (10)] has posed.

Finals weren't very fun for Endo. Or a lot of people, probably. Still, Endo got through them without results that were too ruinous. He actually remembered things! Having Ren around to help him study probably wasn't such a bad thing either. He's had other things to worry about too, but now that finals are done it does seem like a good time for a break.

Which is why he's at Ren's side, hands on the rail, peering down through the window below. He seems to have taken particular interest in the skeleton of a skyscraper in the distance, which he points out. It's still being worked on, large cranes erected all around it. "What do you think they're building there?"

Even if it wasn't stated, it might as well be a date.

<Pose Tracker> Ren Aizawa [Infinity Institute (10)] has posed.

Ren squints in the direction Endo points, spying the aforementioned skyscraper-in-progress. "Hmm... I dunno. Probably some kind of building for some big corporation?" That seems very likely. There has to be over a hundred or more of those types around in the city. "Or it could be fancy high-rise apartments for rich and famous people." Again, there's multiples types of buildings like that. But apparently someone doesn't think there's enough of them.

"I'd rather they build a nice new park. Parks are always great. You can't have too many of those if you ask me."

<Pose Tracker> Endo Naoki [Juuban Public School (10)] has posed.

"You think so? Parks are nice, I mean, but people need places to live and work." Endo hunches further over the rail, his lips pressing into a thoughtful line. "We should go look at that later. I like looking at stuff like that." Building stuff. He does tend to spend a lot of midnight patrols taking breaks in construction zones, for some reason. "Have you ever watched how those are made? Or seen those pictures, of people just walking around up on metal beams that high up?"

<Pose Tracker> Ren Aizawa [Infinity Institute (10)] has posed.

Ren looks away from the window, focusing in on Endo. He really does like that sort of stuff. "We can go, sure." She'll gladly go with him. He doesn't even have to ask, really. "And yeah, I've seen pictures in history books. It looks kind of scary. Most of those people looked like they didn't even wear harnesses back then." But hey, someone had to build those buildings, right? "Do you want to be a construction worker, Endo-kun? Or maybe an architect?"

<Pose Tracker> Endo Naoki [Juuban Public School (10)] has posed.

"Ah--well. I don't really know what I want to do." He seems somewhat sheepish about that. He's supposed to have figured that stuff out by now, after all. "I'm...kind of busy with all the other stuff we have to worry about." He scratches at his head, expression turning thoughtful. "What are you going to do? Do you have any idea?" He looks expectantly back to the girl, like he's sure she'll have a good answer. She's Ren, after all! So smart!

<Pose Tracker> Ren Aizawa [Infinity Institute (10)] has posed.

Oh no. Now she's done it. Opening up the can of worms that is future talk wasn't her intention. Ren laughs nervously. "Well, don't worry Endo-kun! I'm in the same boat as you! I'm not sure what I want to do after graduation. They keep telling us we should have an idea by now but... I just don't. I'm not very interested in uh... non-magical stuff. And I'm not sure putting down "Magical Girl" as my career aspiration would go over well, you know?" She wishes she had a better answer for him but...

<Pose Tracker> Endo Naoki [Juuban Public School (10)] has posed.

"Oh." Endo sounds appropriately surprised. "Well, I guess it's good to know it's not just me!" The boy laughs, a sound filled with warmth and relief. "Maybe we can figure something out together, if we think about it hard." There's a firm nod that follows.

A second, and then his smile wanes a bit. "But. I'm too worried about all the stuff happening now, to think that far ahead. The guy running around, and that lady, it's all kind of worrying. Maybe once I get everything figured out I can concentrate more on whatever I'm going to be doing."

<Pose Tracker> Ren Aizawa [Infinity Institute (10)] has posed.

"Yeah!" Ren joins in on the laughter, really letting loose. Having someone close who was in the same boat as you is always a big relief! "I think we can come up with something if we put our heads together." She then reassures with a wink.

And then things get serious again. "Oh." That guy. That lady. And that girl. It seems like they've gained quite the gallery of antagonists in such a short span of time. "I do think about all of that, too." Her grip on the railing tightens as she looks off into the distance. "It's definitely not easy."

<Pose Tracker> Endo Naoki [Juuban Public School (10)] has posed.

"I've been trying to figure out who that Knight was, but Stern keeps telling me that it doesn't know her. It's such a pain to talk to, really." He breathes a sigh, eyes slanting back toward the windows again. "You know," He notes, changing topic abruptly, "My dad worked in construction. So I saw stuff like that being built all the time, when he'd take me out to look at it. Nobody really appreciates all the work that people like us do, they just think they get houses and food and all this stuff like magic." People like us probably doesn't refer to magical boys and girls with heart lasers.

<Pose Tracker> Ren Aizawa [Infinity Institute (10)] has posed.

"I don't recall ever seeing her before, either." Ren says lowly, still focusing off in the distance. Everyday seems to bring a brand new obstacle. There's so much /bad/ floating around the city, preying on its unsuspecting citizens. How many normal men, women, and children unknowingly rub elbows with life-threatening forces of darkness each day? It's enough to make Ren clutch the railing hard enough to start hurting her fingers.

Thankfully, Endo's words are enough to bring her back down. She lets go of the railing, ignoring the knife-like daggers of pain that shoot through her hands at that moment. "I suppose there's some truth to that. But I think there are some who understand where all of that comes from and are thankful." Then, she steps forward and takes both of Endo's hands in hers, smiling at him. "You should believe in people a bit more, Endo-kun. They might surprise you."

<Pose Tracker> Endo Naoki [Juuban Public School (10)] has posed.

Endo doesn't grab things, but it's clear that those kinds of things have given him a gloomy sort of look. He's just one person, how's he supposed to get all this stuff done? It's too much.

And then Ren takes his hands, and he remembers. The girl's words make him tilt his head a bit, peering at her quizzically for just a second. Then he laughs. His usual one, bright and carefree, and probably a little too loud. "Ren-chan caught me feeling sorry for myself," He admits, "How embarrassing."

<Pose Tracker> Ren Aizawa [Infinity Institute (10)] has posed.

"We all do a little bit of that from time to time. But it's important to remember that you have friends -- people who care about you -- to help." She squeezes his hands a bit before letting go and turning back to face the window again. "It's all too much to do on your own so... share the burden, alright? I don't mind."

<Pose Tracker> Endo Naoki [Juuban Public School (10)] has posed.

"Right." A nod from Endo. "I promised I would protect people, so I will. Like you did." Endo's hand stretches out to take one of hers again, drawing the girl to his side. "We'll do it together." Yep, this is totally a date.

<Pose Tracker> Ren Aizawa [Infinity Institute (10)] has posed.

And to his side she goes, smiling. "Together." She confirms with a nod, feeling truly lucky to have the likes of Endo on her side. Along with everyone else... they could really do some good and change things. She felt overwhelmingly optimistic about their chances -- enough to fully embrace him.