Tsubaki/Rin, First Contact
Using the number she'd gotten from Asami and Akemi, Tsubaki texted this girl she heard wanted to meet her. It's the girl with the metal arm that stares at me sometimes, from what I heard. <Hey, this is Kuroki Tsubaki. I heard you wanted to meet me from my friend, so where would be best for you?> After a few minutes, her phone let out its alert noise, the tigress still hadn't changed that to a more personalized sound. <I hear coffee is a rather popular way to get to know someone. Would you mind terribly if it were a coffee shop?> Tsubaki gave a little shrug for nobody in particular as she started getting dressed for going out. <Works for me, I'm in the room with that kitsune you met the other day. Just knock when you're prepared.>
Rin picked out a decently normal outfit. A white dress with little flowers embroidered on the base of it, no sleeves this time for either side and comfortable shoes. She quickly ran out to meet with her new interest, knocking on the door to have the tigress exit wearing the far too flattering clothes the twins had made her.
“Alright, lets go.” Tsubaki took the lead as she spoke. She found it a bit odd that Rin didn't speak the whole way to a nearby coffee shop, choosing to walk for the smaller girl's sake. “Don't talk much, do you?”
“Difficult...” Rin's reply was pretty obviously labored to Tsubaki. Seeing how she could text, Tsubaki decided that it'd be best if she waited until they were seated to converse. That would allow Rin to use her phone. The pair rather quickly arrived and had a seat at a far corner booth where they wouldn't be bothered except for the staff taking their orders. Tsubaki ordered a strawberry latte, remembering that strawberry coffee tasted pretty good last time and Rin just requested the same. Even if it was terrible, it would at least be a new experience for the diminutive maiden.
“So, what would you like to talk about, Rin?” Rin pulled her phone out of her arm and tapped away her response. <So, what exactly are you? You smell flowery, sweet and bloody, but you have tiger ears and tail... I can't pin down what you are... Cecile likes you though.> \Well, at least she's direct. I kinda like that, actually.\ “Well, I'm equal parts Alraune, Cait Sith, Nekomata and Kasha. I think. Might be something else way up the family line, but it's likely too diluted to matter.” Rin's eyes would have went wide as she suddenly understood what the sweet and flowery smells were, but her reactions were still rather muted. <I see, that makes sense. You're heavily mixed. That's actually really interesting.>
The pair's drinks arrived shortly, Tsubaki acknowledging the server a bit before reading the text. “I mean, I guess. It's just really normal to me. What about yourself?” <100% human. Well, less due to my arm, but genetically all human.> Tsubaki sipped her her drink and Rin mimicked her, both of them enjoying the flavor, though Rin noticing the sweetness and appreciating it more. “So, what brought you here, if you don't mind me asking? I'm here because I pretty much have nowhere else to call home.” Rin's response was quick. <Aiko.> A little chuckle escaped the tigress. “Her? She must be really special to you if you'd go so far just to be around her. I won't lie, she's rather cute and pretty cool, but she must be something way more than that to you.” Rin gave little nods, not feeling the need to use words to express it.
The pair had found their drinks empty rather quickly, neither really showing any restraint about just downing the liquids, aside from maybe that it was hot. They felt a bit awkward, staring at eachother and drinking, but neither was actually any good at smalltalk. Finally, Rin broke the silence, metaphorically. <Would you mind if we spent more time together in the future? With your Kitsune friend, too. Maybe you could come play video games in my room with me sometime?> Tsubaki hummed in thought, but gave a little nod. “Sure, you seem alright. You don't talk a lot, but it's kinda cute how quiet you are. I'd like to learn a bit more about you, but just asking directly is no fun.” Rin set more than enough money down on the table to pay for their drinks and leave a tip as she got up. <I'll see you later. Being in public actually makes me a bit uncomfortable.> Rin hurried her way out, rushing back to the school and, more importantly, her room. Tsubaki was a bit surprised at the sudden exit. “You and me both, Rin. I'm just better at handling it.
When Rin returned to her room, she sat with Aiko and told her all about the meeting excitedly. Well, typed, but it was close enough to her. Unsurprisingly, Tsubaki did similar, telling Asami and Akemi about the meeting with Rin.