one passing night

the evening is spread out against the sky

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[006 ☿] Beaches and ice cream and igloos, oh my
ami ♥ towards the future
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[As summer starts to peak, the beach is a great place to be, and it's bustling. Everything for a day of fun is here: nets for volleyball, plenty of people swimming or sunning themselves, kids chasing or running away from the waves, sand castles, and... a giant igloo.

Somehow, the beach-goers seem to accept this. The snowy dome digs stubbornly right into the sand, arrogantly ignoring the beating heat of the sun like a challenge. The very air around it radiates cold. Catchy pop music with sly lyrics comes from inside, where it's cold enough for the workers to wear parkas and ice skates.

The workers make graceful looping designs as they skate the food to the customers - ice cream in very distinct flavors: "Sailor Mercury" (blueberry with a hint of blackberry), "Sailor Mars" (strawberry and cherry, quite strong), "Sailor Jupiter" (mostly a mix of mints with a touch of watermelon), "Sailor Venus" (peach and mango), and even "Sailor Moon" (rainbow sherbet).

There's a second, personal igloo nearby. There, just outside its entrance, Mizuno Ami is relaxing on the beach. She
deserves it. She reclines lazily on a low chair, book in hand, with a small basket of sandwiches nearby and even a tropical fruit drink right within her grasp.

A small crowd vies for the sunbather's attention, admiring her swimsuit (a modest but stylish one-piece), inviting her to join a game, showing off their own efforts, or offering ice cream. All in all? Perfect.]

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[Cloud felt... awkward.

Awkward was a very good word for it. For starters he was wearing a lot less clothing than usual. It wasn't that the few scars that the mako hadn't taken care of were showing or even that he was concerned about the way his body looked it was just...

he was wearing a lot less clothing than usual.

It took him out of his comfort zone. Though, granted... board shorts were definitely NOT a silky dress so he supposed it was all relative. He was also feeling awkward because -

because he was alone.

Wandering aimlessly down the beach he was aware of the families that were here, the groups of friends, the partners. And he didn't have any of that with him here. Sure, he had a day lay over here while he waited for his delivery package to arrive for him to take on the next leg of its journey and granted, it had seemed like a shame to hole himself up in his hotel room all day long when just outside was a beach and ocean. But he was still acutely aware that he was definitely on his own and that his family was an entire ocean away. It just didn't feel... right, being here without the kids and Tifa. So he was only vaguely paying attention when the beach ball escaped the guys showing off with it in front of a pretty girl and it came careening toward his head.

His hand still came up and his fingers curled as it slapped into his palm with a 'smack' as he fielded the projectile. He was in the process of tossing it back to the group of guys and ignoring their hanging jaws when he noticed the girl they were showing off for.]


ooc. chocobo feather shorts it is though on a slightly less... enthusiastic Cloud. Curtsy of ObstinateMelon on dA

psh, you could never be late. not when you're bringing this guy. and chocobo-patterned trunks. XD

[One large reason for the one-piece suit, though Ami was modest by habit as well, was the large scar across her chest from a bid to free herself of Metalia's dark energy once they understood its consequences and Metalia's purpose. She'd followed his footsteps again, she knows now.

The people hanging around her aren't
real - they never are - and they melt into the backdrop without it quite being possible to notice just when or how they left, or where they went. Ami tosses a casual smile up at Cloud and her characteristic greeting.]

It's been awhile! Cloud. [And she's glad. Glad for the reality, glad that it's him. She'd wanted to see him again.]

Edited at 2011-05-30 07:44 am (UTC)

it IS hard to go wrong with chocobo-patterened trunks

[his own lips relax and the very edges of them curve upward for her too. It has been a while, though he has no idea how long or short it's been. At least this means he kept his promise. Even if he didn't need a promise to be glad to see her again.]


[his brief nod is his expression of that as well as the quiet hum. Suddenly the beach doesn't seem to large and he doesn't feel so awkward. Then his eyes will focus in on the cover of her book and he'll ask:]

What're you reading?

they're a win in any season.

[The promise kept is everything to her: continuity, believing a so-called friendship can last, develop; and not shatter and break and end.

Maybe that's not 'so-called', anymore. Maybe.

Ami startles and smoothly covers the identifying features of her book cover with a hand as she answers lightly.]

No, it's nothing. [Mizuno Ami does not waste time reading paperback novels.]

[one of his pale brows goes up, just a little, at her quick cover and his blue eyes shift from her face back down to what little is showing between her fingers of the book cover. His head tilts just a little to read last two words of the title on the spine where her fingers don't quite cover.]

Scandalous Thunder?

[ooc. I'm wildly assuming for the lutz. Feel free to have him simply teasing her and it being an entirely different title]

[... Cloud, that was not nice. Ami is not used to being teased, not friendly teasing at least, and for a second she's clearly at a loss for how to react. Finally, she settles for a blunt question of her own.]

Are you saying I shouldn't read what I want?

[After holding his gaze long enough to make her point, she moves her fingers.]

Look again.

[Whether she was really reading something more innocent, or changed it with a quick illusion, the title displayed is innocuous.]

we don't get them often - but he does have his moments ;)

[he watches the very hidden mental scramble and, maybe, that's a bit of a smirk at the edges of his lips. It's all right, Ami. He's not used to being the one that gets to tease. His pale brows lift at her question. Frankly, he's not one to judge what she reads. One of the first women he remembers spending any time at all with read bomb manuals in her spare time because they made her happy. At her words, he gives a grunt and reads:]

A Field Guide to Astronomy.

[he nods as if 'of course, what else would it be'. His blue eyes just might have the hint of that smirk at the edges of their color as he lifts them back to her face despite how dry his voice and serious his face is.]

Must have misread it the first time. No thunder being scandalous at all apparently.

>D also, notifs are slow again, so I'll try to keep an eye out, just as a heads-up

[Ami is usually with medical texts. The astronomy books, however, are a very close second: still academic and not embarrassing, but an interest of her own instead of the long course of study and exams.

A small, reluctant smile forms before she can stop it.]

So this isn't a time to read anymore! [She speaks breezily.] Shall we do something else?

(ooc: she actually does enjoy astronomy specifically in anime XD)

no problem - this is the last one of the night for me

[he catches that small smile and it's enough for him. At her question though he'll dubiously lift his head and look around. There's... a lot to do at the beach but he's no necessarily sure about any of it. If he had the kids he'd let himself follow - or be dragged around by them. If Tifa was here she'd have something organized to do even if it was just nap time. On his own... he's not good at the whole 'play' concept.

And he already knows Ami well enough to know she's got a bit of a mischievous streak.

Between those two he's pretty sure he's going to regret it when he admits to a slightly lost:]

I don't know.

[ooc. heh - it was just a guess but it seemed to make sense. Glad Cloud and I got it right!]

Edited at 2011-05-30 09:52 am (UTC)

kk <3 hopefully tomorrow LJ will be working well

Just come swimming.

[Which will turn into 'splashing' and probably 'Ami creating a few small tidal waves to completely drench Cloud and claim victory'. She's not known for playing entirely fair - though she maintains that playing at her highest level is fair.]

The water is clear today. I feel like enjoying it.

(ooc: You did!)

Edited at 2011-05-30 10:04 am (UTC)

[Cloud glances toward the water. It looks brilliantly blue and it makes just the edges of his lips relax from the slight pensiveness they'd tightened into. He knows how to swim. Getting thrown in ice cold mountain lakes will do that to you. And he's pretty sure this water is warmer than that.

As long as he's in it and not on it, Cloud's usually okay with water. So, even though he suspects there will be foul play, he'll still give a short nod and a quiet sound. Water sounds nice.]


[At first, there's no foul play at all. Ami runs towards the shoreline and her feet slap the water, kicking up light splashing until she's about knee deep.]

Hurry up! If you're slow, I won't wait for you!

[She calls this challenge back to Cloud over her shoulder.]

[his lips curve a little at her challenge but he's not going to run. He does follow at an easy pace though, enjoying the way the sand feels under his bare feet and, even more, the way the water feels once it hits his toes. It's... he doesn't really remember the last time he walked barefoot on a beach and not in combat boots. He's always meant to take Tifa and the kids to Costa del Sol but there just never seemed to be the time for it...

He wades in slowly, taking his time as the water moves up his legs. There a brief moment that brings a twitch but then he reminds himself that his feet are on a solid surface and that's salt he smells, not mako. The horizon's wide and open without a single confining glass wall and when he inhales it's salt air and wind, not liquid green down his nose and throat. It's okay and the moment passes.

No tubes.

No mako.

He's okay.

With a brief head shake at himself, he dips a hand into the water in front of him. He lifts his eyes to where his companion is. His lips shift.]

If I go to slow you'll just circle around and run past me again.

Planning to cheat your way to a win that way? Shouldn't have told me!

[The retort comes easily along with a wagging finger. The same hand then scoops its way into the water to splash some at Cloud.]

I won't let you win that easily.

[his lips ease into a small smile at her teasing and he simply lifts a hand to keep her tossed water from getting in his eyes, not about to retaliate. Instead he just shakes his head at her with the smile going just a little more relaxed. He lets his feet take him a bit deeper into the water.]

Wouldn't think of it. You'd make the water into ice cubes.

[and then he launches himself into a shallow dive that barely breaks the surface of the water, letting himself enjoy the simple feeling of being submerged without restrains or stagnant liquid congealing around him.]

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