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Kotomi Ichinose ([personal profile] violinsnbobbles) wrote2016-07-14 09:52 pm

Carrot and Stick

Kotomi Ichinose's introduction to the human class was a formal one, noise only made by the clatter of her hooves. Towering over everybody, the holstaur introduced herself at first in japanese, and then in all forms of human languages known and clearly out of the reach of everybody, before she was told she could sit already. Which... proved to be a problem for monster-people such as her, especially with digitigrade legs.

The class passed mercifully quick, nothing challenging her at all in matters of knowledge, and yet noticing she still got curious stares ever since she arrived in human lands, arms curling books beneath her big chest.

Once the time to eat arrived, Kotomi had managed well enough to pass unnoticed in spite of the noise her hooves made, and her spotted tail she kept low, as she served herself...

... well, everything green. Luckily, it seemed grass had been just added to the menu.

Her laser-point concentration focused on gathering vegetables, grass, broccoli, spinach, legumes, carrots...

Bump.

Kotomi turned to her side, blinked, then looked up...
neigh_slayer: by melplayspersonal (All The Life)

[personal profile] neigh_slayer 2016-07-15 08:08 pm (UTC)(link)
At first, Centorea was a little miffed that another girl like herself had arrived. As selfish as it seemed, she enjoyed being the sole representative of her kind. It made her feel important, when the truth was she was just a regular girl. Well, as regular as a centaur could be.

She'd managed to swallow these feelings as a proper knight should. When it came time for lunch, she decided a full meal would get her head straightened out. But it should've come to no surprise that the 'other girl' would eye the same things she was. She blinked rapidly, thrown off for a moment. "Ah... my apologies..."
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[personal profile] neigh_slayer 2016-07-16 05:50 pm (UTC)(link)
All of a sudden Centorea was floored - instead of getting competition or a rival, she was smacked with the aura of a pretty princess that must be protected. It was too pure! It was almost blinding! It was all she could do not to start bowing and pledging her undying loyalty!

Hopefully she gave none of this away, though she could feel her cheeks burning. She swallowed hard, trying to act like a normal person and failing spectacularly. "M-My name is Centorea Shianus! I... I would not want to impose on you so suddenly! But your generosity is appreciated, and it would be rude to turn it away."
neigh_slayer: by melplayspersonal (Was A Fly With A Buzz)

[personal profile] neigh_slayer 2016-07-17 06:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Anyone else would have gotten a curt look and maybe a hoof-stomp at calling her 'chan' or giving her a nickname without permission. But Kotomi's sweet face simply didn't allow for anger or yelling. Centorea allowed herself to be lead away, still confused about how and why this was happening. Why had she been chosen? Where had that little name come from? Who was she???

"Ichinose-san..." She hoped she had used the correct attachment, Japanese was a very tricky language to master. Last name, then honorific, then... "Ah, um... M-May I ask why you're being so... um. Familiar? Everyone else here uses their last names, and you don't know anything about me!"
neigh_slayer: by melplayspersonal (I Was Looking At)

[personal profile] neigh_slayer 2016-07-18 07:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Again, Centorea should have been insulted at the 'alone' remark, except it was true. She didn't exactly give off any friendly vibes, and her curt remarks often stung by accident. So really, she had no choice about this, and decided to, as the Americans say, go with the flow. What other option did she have?

"... Let's just... take this one day at a time, shall we?" She mumbled, not making eye contact. "If it truly makes you comfortable, you can... call me whatever you wish. I suppose."
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[personal profile] neigh_slayer 2016-07-19 08:27 pm (UTC)(link)
She had meant taking the super close friendship attempt one day at a time, but Cerea believed trying to explain this any further would just put them in circles around and around again. Best to stick with what she knew for certain, which was "Actually, I'm quite hungry."

She cleared her throat, trying to regain some dignity. "I'm certain our bodies are very alike, so we can probably stand to eat the same things. It's one less thing to worry about."
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[personal profile] neigh_slayer 2016-07-20 07:40 pm (UTC)(link)
... Metabolic... Psysiogies... Was this the same girl that just mooed in confusion about social norms a minute ago?! Centorea absolutely didn't know how to handle this adorable pile of surprises. It was with every passing second she was turned upside down. Even more startling, this wasn't turning out to be a bad thing. It was rather... exciting, in a way.

"As long as I have room, I am able to lower myself." She answered, slowly calming down about the entire situation. "Like so." Centorea adjusted herself first, but instead of using a chair or seat, she sat at the end of the table, her extra legs taking their time to bend and lower.
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[personal profile] neigh_slayer 2016-07-21 06:33 pm (UTC)(link)
It looked absolutely delicious, and Centorea wound up smiling as she watched Kotomi's handiwork. This spoke of both experience and care - Kotomi must have dozen this many times before, and each time with love. It was rather touching. She couldn't wait to chow down on those tasty looking carrots.

Centorea nodded in approval as Kotomi approached and... No. Kotomi wouldn't. She couldn't.

Oh, yes, Kotomi was doing this. Hoo boy.

"I... I am perfectly capable of..." Centorea mumbled, her cheeks getting redder and redder as he fork hovered in front of her. She only hoped no one was watching. But if there was no steering Koromi before, there probably wouldn't be any chance now. So with a tiny sigh, Centorea gave up and opened her mouth.
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[personal profile] neigh_slayer 2016-07-22 09:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Centorea's eyes almost popped out of their skull. How could ANYTHING taste this good?! There weren't any words in any languages to describe the feelings this left on her tongue! She could almost weep - how could she ever eat again, knowing it would all be so bland compared to this? This was the nirvana of vegetables! She almost didn't want to chew and swallow, so she could make this heavenly experience last longer!

"... H-How much of this can I have?!" She suddenly blurted out, though she tried to compose herself soon after. "I-I mean... it's... it's the best thing I've ever had!" ... Well, sort of compose.
neigh_slayer: by melplayspersonal (And Rocks And Things)

[personal profile] neigh_slayer 2016-07-23 11:26 am (UTC)(link)
This was equal parts embarrassing and delightful. Because of Centorea's somewhat-strict upbringing, and the fact that she was typically a somewhat serious person, she'd never been babied like this. It was oddly comforting, though she did wish no one could see this behavior.

"You have my most profound gratitude." Centorea said after taking a big, long swallow. Was it just her, or did it taste better with every bite? "Surely there must be someway I can repay you for your kindness."
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[personal profile] neigh_slayer 2016-07-25 12:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Thankfully Centorea was a composed person, because if she wasn't she would have spat out her food in surprise - that's what people thought of centaurs?! ... Sure, it was true, but WHO TOLD PEOPLE THAT. Now she was blushing so badly she wouldn't have been surprised if even the tips of her ears were red.

"Ah... w-well... If food is allowed in the library, I could make time to visit. It is my duty to do research on all cultures and species so we can all work together for a more perfect union."
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[personal profile] neigh_slayer 2016-07-26 04:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Centorea did her best to ignore the difference in their chest sizes - which was difficult, as she was used to being the more endowed one - and they began to eat together like actual friends. Or something close to that, she figured. Centorea was unsure of what else to add to this odd conversation, so she was content to eat in silence. After all, she had to prepare herself for whatever curveball Kotomi would throw next.

But as Centorea ate, she had yet to realize a smile had taken place on her face. For all the oddities of this luncheon, it had turned out well, and she'd gained a friend. Who could ask for anything more? Even her annoyance at being fed began to diminish over time. This was something she could get used to.