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Takashi Natsume ([personal profile] meetingsandpartings) wrote2016-06-28 05:10 pm
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It's been a really weird day for Takashi.

Not because of the too-big clothes -- he's used to getting hand-me-downs from foster brothers (or sisters) and having to roll the sleeves and legs up a few times to make them fit. The fact that these clothes seem to be made for someone twice his size doesn't cause more than a minute or so of confusion before he's sighing and dealing with it.

And not because of the unfamiliar surroundings -- Takashi's lived so many places that it's not uncommon for him not to recognize the latest apartment or house's surroundings right after waking up. Even though...after he rubs at his eyes with the heels of his hands and frowns around a little, the place still doesn't look familiar. Maybe he's getting sick.

No, the weirdest thing is that there's a dog here. Takashi's been in a lot of different homes in his almost-seven years, and he's almost completely certain none of them have had a dog in it. It's a very cute dog, small and shaggy, with big brown eyes and a fluffy tail. But it's also barking at him, and trying to bite his ankles, so Takashi quickly scrambles off the couch, tugging the too-big shirt around himself and running for the nearest door.

Hopefully he'll run into someone familiar out in the hallway...
angelofnaboo: (Angelic)

[personal profile] angelofnaboo 2016-06-29 12:46 am (UTC)(link)
Lucky for him, Padmé is in the hallway. She's just about to enter her apartment when she hears a familiar bark and heads up the stairs instead. She's trying to address the dog before she even looks. "Kyan-san? What's the matter, boy? Where's Takashi?"

She stops when she reaches the landing and picks up the upset, barking dog. "Why's your door open? I'm sure that Takashi doesn't just leave it open so that anyone can come in."
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[personal profile] angelofnaboo 2016-06-29 01:08 am (UTC)(link)
The movement in the corner of her eye catches her attention and she puts the dog down. The boy is...small and swimming in clothes that are obviously meant for a person much larger than he is. However, he is trying to shy away from her in a very familiar way.

Shorter, yes, but still her adopted child.

And if the insights she's gained into his past, trying to call him in anything but a gentle tone will be problematic.

"Natsume Takashi," she whipsers softly. "I know that's you. Somehow. Please don't try to run. I'm Padmé, your downstairs neighbor."

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minenameis: (Amused Froge)

[personal profile] minenameis 2016-06-29 09:05 am (UTC)(link)
Since Frog was still borrowing Natsume's couch for a bed at this point, the amphibian-person also had a presence in the apartment. He was about to leave for the day but returned briefly to pick up forgotten provisions.

...what he didn't expect to see when he returned was a small child in too-big clothes who looked... eerily familiar. He peers at the boy for a short while before coming to a conclusion.

"Ah, child. Mayhap thou art a relative of Natsume's?"
minenameis: (Sorry?)

[personal profile] minenameis 2016-06-30 08:08 am (UTC)(link)
The reaction isn't totally surprising to Frog, considering... well, he looks like a giant frog-person. He would imagine many small children would find that alarming. Still, it doesn't stop him from feeling guilty that he's scaring the poor lad just by existing...

Frog comes a little closer, but not too close, and kneels down in front of the boy. He doesn't want to trap him or give him cause to believe he was, in fact, going to hurt him in any way.

"I mean thee no harm, lad. Though my form is that of a frog, I am no monster. Pray, tell me thy name."

Look, he's even smiling! He hopes that looks friendly and not creepy at all...

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lukeim_yurlin: (Looking on...)

/jumps in here?

[personal profile] lukeim_yurlin 2016-06-29 10:09 pm (UTC)(link)
As promised, Dezel has been stopping by Natsume's apartment with decent regularity to teach the kid some of what he knows about cooking. It's been mostly simple things from the start, the seraph recording easy recipes to loose leaf paper and then putting them into a bound journal he gave to Natsume, scrapbook style. Today is another day for lessons, the wind seraph bringing some goodies along with some necessary ingredients for the recipe he wants his student to try.

As he comes up the stairs, however, he has the sense that something is amiss. For one, he can hear Kyan-san's barking. For another, the wind tells him Natsume's door is open. Concerned someone has tried to break into the apartment, the seraph windsteps right up the stairs, little more than a black and green blur until he reaches the top. Once there, he comes to a halt, hand still resting on the new hat he recently acquired and green eyes scanning the hallway from behind a few strands of silver and green-tipped hair. A light breeze moves down the hallway as Dezel evaluates the situation, noting the open door and...a little kid? What now?
lukeim_yurlin: (Hn?)

[personal profile] lukeim_yurlin 2016-06-30 01:57 am (UTC)(link)
Aaaand almost as soon as the kid notices Dezel, he's retreating back into the apartment.

Shit.

Dezel moves down the hallway, already asking the air currents to monitor the apartment interior and the child.  They're not on the first floor, after all, and if the kid is desperate enough to escape he might try going out a window.

It's as the seraph reaches the door that he begins to put two and two together, however.  The child can obviously see him (or at least sense him) and the wind is giving Dezel a familiar impression of the youth.  Moreover, the wind is also returning a familiar scent.  Not known to many is Dezel's keen sense of smell, the seraph not far off from a dog on two legs in that regard.  Then there's that hair and eye color.  So while Dezel does not know the how or why, he does know that the child reads as Natsume. 

"Takashi...?"  The name is said with some gentle caution as Dezel opens the door further and enters the apartment.  "I don't know what's going on, but I can't help you if you run from me."

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mislighted: (We are counting down the hours)

[personal profile] mislighted 2016-06-30 03:03 am (UTC)(link)
Out in the hallway, spread out on the stairs and the landing, sits a pile of machine parts and tools made for working with them. At the sound of someone entering the hall in a hurry, he looks up, ready to warn off whoever it is from stepping on them.

All he sees at first is the dog, who he greets with a mischievous smile and an outstretched hand.

"Kyan-san, what do you think you're doing? What are you going to do when--."

'When Takashi sees you?' was going to be the end of that sentence, but it's abruptly cut short when Anakin catches sight of what Kyan-san was chasing.

That... That is a small child. An oddly familiar and extremely worrying small child. The Force signature just hammers the point home and makes denial impossible, but that doesn't stop Anakin from asking, anyway.

"Takashi?"
mislighted: (They come and go and come and go)

[personal profile] mislighted 2016-07-06 08:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Anakin draws the dog closer, immediately sensing that the two are as confused about each other as he is about all of this and should be separated. Doing something helps give him focus, but not enough to really find his footing in this (frankly, insane) new situation.

That is at least part of the reason that Anakin blurts out, too loudly and with no filter, "No, no, of course not!"

Which is not going to help Takashi calm down and stop cringing away from him, he realizes right away. The younger children are, the worse he seems to get about handling them. Deep breaths, Anakin. You can do this.

"I mean... No, you aren't in any trouble. I was just... I was startled when I saw you, that's all."

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lostapprentice: (b: uh.)

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[personal profile] lostapprentice 2016-06-30 11:44 pm (UTC)(link)
The only reason Kylo Ren is in the building is because he'd come to Obi-Wan for something. He's stomping his way through the hallway quickly, intending to avoid his grandparents if at all possible, when he comes across the small boy stumbling out of the door.

Ren's first instinct is to narrow his eyes in disgust—he very rarely tolerates children, not to mention the dog's annoying yapping—but when he gets a sense of the child, the distaste turns into slight confusion and a stronger interest. Stepping forward, the knight looms over Natsume without any attempts to reduce his immense height to something less intimidating.

"You..."

Something strange has happened here. That's nothing new, on this planet, but he hasn't heard of something like this, specifically. His dark eyes are cold and sharp as he focuses them on the young child, and even if he may not intend any harm at the moment, it's clear enough he doesn't care about Natsume's safety or comfort in the slightest.
lostapprentice: (b: grandma face)

too late

[personal profile] lostapprentice 2016-07-01 02:39 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, it is fun, in a way—it's easy, at the very least, because all Ren has to do is extend a gloved hand to freeze the dog in place mid-yap. He's not hurting it, merely keeping it in place. It gets the thing out of the way for the time being so he can turn his attention back to the boy, who's vastly more interesting at the moment.

"Judgmental little thing, isn't it," he says, peering down at Natsume over his shoulder. Ren might have thought it would recognize the boy's scent or something of that nature, but perhaps it's just an ill-behaved beast in general.
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captainscruffy: dreacons @ ij (did i ask for that)

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[personal profile] captainscruffy 2016-07-02 03:45 am (UTC)(link)
Having recently finished another hard day's work, Han has decided he'll swing by Natsume's place and make sure he's all right. Why? Because Natsume is a noodle who does stupid things like climb on rooftops and lose the ladder, and also happens to live next door to the artist eventually to be known as Darth Vader, and that's reason enough to visit, right? Natsume is his on some level, right? Right.

So anyway, as usual, he's dirty, sweaty, and has a knapsack slung over one shoulder. He really isn't expecting anything out of the ordinary, which is why a little kid bolting out of the apartment wearing comically large clothes leaves him looking and feeling somewhat nonplussed. Does Natsume have a kid brother or something?...

"Take it easy, kid, where's the fire?"

This is delivered in his usual manner, a gruff drawl. Because that's reassuring.
captainscruffy: dreacons @ ij (muffled kill bill theme in the distance)

[personal profile] captainscruffy 2016-07-02 02:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Han watches this play out with sheer honest-to-goodness bewilderment. That's got to be the biggest over-reaction he's ever seen and things get even worse when the kid starts crying. He is not good at dealing with tears, what is he supposed to do?...

He glances back toward Natsume's apartment, from which no one is emerging to deal with the kid's wailing. Natsume is definitely the responsible type, so he wouldn't just leave a kid home alone...and that one guy did mention to Han that people can disappear from the island and come back from a different point in time...

"Aw, hell."

Well, if that's the case he has to do something. Getting him back into the house seems like a good plan, since people Han wouldn't want running out to investigate a crying kid live around here. He approaches the kidlier version of his kid and holds his hands out in the universal come here so I can pick you up gesture. Shut up, he does know that much about small children. And anyway seems like he remembers Natsume and Ren both responding well to physical comfort in the past.

"All right, all right, calm down. C'mere."

He still looks faintly perturbed, but his expression is definitely gentler than it was before. What a day.

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likescaves: (Wait!)

/slides in one thousand years late with starbucks

[personal profile] likescaves 2016-11-25 08:20 am (UTC)(link)
Merisia was only passing through when she'd decided to pay Natsume a visit. She hadn't seen him in a while, and knowing all the trouble he would get himself into, it only made sense to check in on him. That's what her reasoning was, anyway. She's still too stubborn to admit how much she really cares about Natsume. The cynical part of her is already expecting to walk in on some kind of disaster, but the more logical part of her reasons that there's only so much that could happen in his own home

It's when she hears a dog barking that her sense of dread takes over. Merisia hurries for the sources of the sound, Carbuncle running just ahead of her and yapping frantically. The moment Natsume comes into view, they both slow to a halt.

Who's this little kid? The resemblance is absolutely uncanny, but she doesn't remember Natsume mentioning any younger brother living with him, let alone any younger brother at all...
likescaves: (all around me are familiar faces)

<3 !!!

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Well, this is a fine pickle. Merisia has never been all that great with kids - she only barely manages with teenagers, really, and that's only because part of her never quite grew out of that phase - and this really isn't helping. As comforting as she wants to be, even with no one else around to tease her for it, she doesn't know what first step there is to take, although a silent order to Carbuncle has him quieting down and approaching more slowly.

It's only because the boy is standing there, completely still, that a few puzzle pieces click together in Merisia's mind, and she realizes that this face is familiar. But...No. It can't be. And yet, she has to be sure.

She takes a step forward, careful not to seem aggressive (not that being six feet tall and having red eyes really helps very much with that, but she does what she can), concern etched on her face.

"...Natsume?"

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