ほら！ Eggy-tan, if you happen to read this, just as I started to actually write this, the もげソング came on. Obviously I had to sing along.
So today morning there was this scheduled something which caused our house to be without tapwater from 8~10am. Last time that happened, I didn't really care because, as far as I remembered, I was going to get up after 10. Today I had to get up at half past eight though, so I was naturally confronted with the problem of "how do I do things when there's no water?". Of course, prepare some water.
So I filled the water boiler in the kitchen so I could do my morning-dishes, and filled a big salad bowl for my morning-wash.
It promptly felt as if I'd been transported back into a time where they didn't have taps *laughs* It's something so simple, not having water gush out a tap, one of the many things we take for granted, it was literally refreshing to do it differently for once. I was much more conscious on how much water I actually use. You tend to not really see that when it just gushes out and disappears under your fingers.
I still had the bowl there when I got back from uni, and used it to wash my hands - would you believe it, as soon as my hands had dived into the cool clearness, the wonderful non-colour became streaky. Ew. Subways and stuff.
Speaking of uni, there's this half-Japanese guy in some of my classes (has been for years) whom I never really exchanged words with other than "Hi". And even those you could probably count on one hand.
He tends to have a notebook with him wherever he goes, and usually he's on it during class, checking out sites about Magic the Gathering. Always made me grin, yet I never said a word. Until today.
I sat right behind him when he looked at some of the Innistrad and other cards, haha! He does that every fucking day, seriously. Either way, I wrote a note, asking whether he was planning on going to the Dark Ascenion pre-release or release event. Guess he was a little shocked to get a note from someone out of the blue. Him, and Dani-san. She had no idea why I'd be writing little notes with him. Her face was precious. You? Him? You?
Orz. Well, his girlfriend wondered, too. Haha! Naww... it was fun, "talking" to him. He's not going to events, because they're "too expensive", he rather organizes some himself. He's been playing since '98. I also asked him whether his girl plays, unfortunately no xD "I've been trying to make her, but somehow she just hasn't caught on, unfortunately ._. It's quite a male-dominated game. But maybe if you and your friend could convince her?" XD Well either you like MtG, or it's just not your thing. All I can say is, that it's totally Mona and my "thang", but it definitely is male-dominated. Also, they play differently. More aggressive. We just do it for the fun.
Welp. Mentioned how we could play 2 against 2 someday, and that we'd love to teach her if she so wanted to, but that was all the talking we did that day. No actual talking later, either, as I had to run after Dani-san and Andi-san to get to our next class. Always the sans fahaha...
Oh, something else about uni~ my new tandem partner Taka had his talk earlier this week. I had to help him write it into some understandable version, less Japanese, and less Dutch, haha, and it did turn into a good one when he held it. He read it out exactly to the point it was written, too, so I knew everything he was going to say *laughs*. Apart from that one surprise in the end. Suddenly he said "And thanks to Ms Stone-" everyones eyes turned to me while I probably turend beet-red, like, what what what? What's going on? I was just whispering to Dani-san and suddenly I heard my name -
"without her I wouldn't have been able to make this, so, thank you~" eeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeehhhhhhhh
h???? sdlfjsdfdsldfj! You shouldn't have! Ahahaha. I hid behind my folder while Dani-san squeaked for me XD
She actually has found a new hobby. She loves pinching my cheeks after I sneezed. Thinks it's cute.
Well, okay then. xD
The day before yesterday, the demoversion for FinalFantasy XIII-2 was released. At first I didn't find it in the store, until Mona told me she found it not by looking for FinalFantasy, but directly under 'new demos' or something. Welp, I wouldn't even have known about the demo if she wasn't working in the business, ahahrrrrr...
So uh, I downloaded it... and all the XIII-2 trailers that I could find in HD.
And watched all of them while the demo kept loading.
Like holy fucking shit, in HD. I mean, AGE-DEE!
I practically went spazzing in front of the TV, like so
[attention, bad language, parental advisory]
WHO IS THIS GUY
?! THE PURPLE HAIRED
BAD ASS GUY WITH THE SWORD, holy crap, he's hot,
okay? yeah. OH GODS FEATHERS! so preeeettyyyyyyy oh holy crap, that's so faaaaaaaast OH FUCK MEH, COME TO ME YOU SEXY PIECE OF ASS!
*spazzes* And OH GODS NOEL! NOEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEL!!!
So fucking damn pretty, I can't, oh Gods. And what? Gaius? Caius? CRAP he's hot. Ffffuuuck so hot... What, he's evil? Oh.
OH whatever, I don't caaaaaaare, come to meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-------
Yeah right, that's me and Final Fantasy -_-'
But hey I'm glad
, right~ In XIII, there wasn't a single male character that I was into (which isn't a bad thing per se XP but I ... missed it I guess 8D Fawning over the characters, but at least there was Fang. I fawned over her. Sexy, badass thang.), uhm, apart from Mr Bluehair, who unfortunately only appeared in two scenes, and that was like, IT. Le crai.
And now there's XIII-2, and suddenly everyone is fucking HOT. I mean, ri~ght, in FFXIII there was Hope, whom I thought to be the prettiest male, but sheeeesh, he was far too young for me to like him. Like, eh, he's just a chi~ld.
... but now he's grown up. Means, not such a whiny cry-baby... and taller. Means... uh, nice. ... and stronger. Means, uhm... yeah...
Eh, what? Well okay, I'm not actually interested in Hope. My eyes are all set on Caius
(who apparently is the bad guy but hey WHATEVER)
and NOEL. I mean, GODS, Noel! Those eyes. So pretty. And I love the pants. And hell, look at those upper arms. Hngh. Like, HNGH. ... *cough* And he's got a sword. I love swords. Only minus-point about Fang was the lack of a sword.
Uh, and that was just about the trailers
of which I'd already seen a couple before
, not even the game itself. And, eh, I haven't even played it yet |D I wanted to wait until the week-end, because this will be a full weekend off, finally. Un.
Welp, the other reason for why I haven't played it yet, was that I went to Mona's place right after I had watched all the trailers. We were both pretty excited about it *laughs*, and I did like the idea of just watching her play
so I could stare at Noel without having to concentrate on the surroundings
Daniel, her hubby, has been quite sick for a while, so he was in bed when I arrived. Poor thing~ But well. Not sure I should say that. After all, he's one of those men who only ever complain how bad they're feeling and how they're about to die, while the female would still be working her ass off in the same state of affairs. Mona's words. xD
Actually, we also had this kind of conversion.
Her: Before you come here, I'll just have to dress him.
Me: ... Dress him? He's naked atm?
Me: ............ xD What kind of healing practices are you using on him?
Her: ... We~~ll... XD
Her: I just won't be able to drive you home later on, I already took some stuff.
The more you know! Alternative healing practices and "stuff". Tsk tsk. [Okay, she said "NO! It's medicine, you know, medicine! Not drugs..." Same difference, no? Aha~n.]
Once I got there, we talked about this and that and other things before we had this silent moment in which we just stared at each other, with obvious, neon coloured "FINAL FANTASY?" signposts were jumping up and down in our eyes. We were both thirsting
for it, hahaha! It was her who broke that silence. "... F-final Fantasy?" - "HELL YES!" XDDDD
She tried to communicate with her XBox to show me how great it's behaving, but unfortunately the plan suffered under a heavy attack of demo effect. It didn't want to listen to her at all xD
Okay, so we started the XIII-2 demo. Or, she did. While be both where like "uwaaaaaaAAAAAAaahhhh!!" about right from the start or something.
Our conversation from then on was about like this.
HOLY CRAP! Look at the graphics, oh Gods, have they gotten even
better?? - Dunno... *gazes with open mouth* - Go there! Go over there! - No wait, just let me take a look around *rotates camera* I want to see every.thing.
- OH OF COURSE, GO AHEAD! - EEEEEEP! MOGGGGGG! so CUTE! - EEEEEEEEP indeed heeeeheheheheheeeeee - Did it just say Kupopopo? - It DIIIIID, gawds so CUTE! - Man... The raindrops on the screen... - The light in the pools of rain! OH GODS. - The... yeah. - Maaaan - Let me just... *rotates camera in a daze* look at all of thisss... *walks a little* - Maaaan, Noel... you're getting the screen all wet... - ... ＞＿＞ the screen, huh? - Shh. - I don't know, I think his pants are weird. - Shit man, his eyes are so beautiful. And I like his pants. - Pfff, you like everything. - Not denying it! I mean, look at those armssss
- *while walking around and talking to people* - S I L E N C E - ... maa~~~~n... - I know, right. - OH CRAP, BATTLE! YEAH MAN! - HOLY SHIT THIS IS NICE! - THE CAMERA ANGLE! SWEEEEEET! - I know right? I can adjust it with the buttons, sweeee~~~~t - oh fuck that was fast - Serah isn't that bad actually - No you're right, she's kinda okay - Not that pedo-bearish anymore- Ahaha, yeah... and her weapon! - It's so cool
. - YEAH. Oh, battle's over. - Okay, let's walk on *walks* ... Hmm? *looks around* There's a treasure chest. How do I get there? - Dunno, it's invisible, guess you can't access it in the demo - Oh right. Moogy, let's go on, there's nothing heeeere for u~s *pauses a little* - Mmh, stay like that *stares at Noel* - Fffff, you're so... - JUST STAY LIKE THAT, it's a good angle! I want to stare at him for a bit longer.
And so on. Okay. Useless paragraph, but! The battle system has gotten much more fun. You can integrate monsters into your team! Mona had never read about that anywhere before, maybe they'd kept it secret until the demo. It's so great though. They have their own crystarium and can level up and everything. Soooo nice. You probably won't be able to use summons the way you used to though. BUT you can fight with Chocobos, and we also saw a sniplet where there was a Tonberry in their team. Also, the battles are more interactive, there's live action, and as promised, there are live triggers in the game, where you've got to decide what you want to do. When it was whether we should try and confront that giant Atlas, or check out the device that might weaken him, you had four options. One of them was asking Alyssa (or what her name was), another to ask Moog what he thinks of it xD Mona let me decide, I went for the Moog option.
Serah: What do you think~?
Moog: I think I like Serah more than Noel! *hugs Serah*
Noel: Oh maaan, don't hurt my feelings...
Haha, not very helpful, but fun. And this chocolina chick? Or whatever her name was. And the crystariums are nice.
We'd already started the boss-battle the second time, and then she left the controller to me, because she got a call from her brother. Uhm, okay 8D I lost ahah, but since Mona hadn't touched the Crystarium much before, I tampered a bit with it, leveled up all characters and creatures "Haha, uhm, I think we might beat the boss now, we're a little stronger now XP" and then she just left me to fight again. Okay then xD Aw man, that was fun. So pumped for the actual game.
The demo took her about two hours, although she didn't talk to everyone and probably didn't check out every nook and corner there was. I shall do that later today or something *laughs*
She showed me some other things, when suddenly the door opened, and a very sleepy, eyes-rubbing and quite naked Daniel appeared behind it. Mona and I were just like "... *blink*", while you could practically see the shock spread on his face "OH! ... OH! I'M SO SORRY! I'M SORRY!"
Me "Uh, it's okay, not the first time something the like happened 8D", "I'm SOOO SORRY! *as he hides behind door and proceeds to talk to his wife about that he's hungry while I keep laughing*
When he left ~to get dressed~, we just sat there in a moment of amused silence, until she said "Well. I TOLD him you'd come by and he should get dressed. Tsk." I just laughed. "It's gonna be his responsibility if something happens to you because of some shock or trauma..." HAHAH! We'd actually already mentioned that before the whole FF thing, I remember that she'd already told me about having told him to get dressed when he'd get up, so I wouldn't get the fright of my life or something, and I'd said something like "Eh, is there anything shocking about it? I wouldn't find it shocking I think." And she was just like "... ... Well. ... " XD
Man, they're so funny. First time I see her father, he's in undies. Next time I saw him, in suit and all, I didn't even recognize him xD Now I've seen her husband rather... unclothed as well ahahaha, alright.
We had some pancakes later, and then she showed me the new HEROES of Might and Magic. I loved
the one I had - my first computer game ever. I think it was III~ The new one is so much like it, just with realllly nice graphics, and some extras. She let me play a bit (= an hour or two ＞＿＞;) it's so much fun! Eeep!
Speaking of 'eep', it snowed a little today when I went back home from uni~ sooo lovely. I didn't even bother to take out my umbrella *laughs* Obviously there had to be some elderly damsels quite sure that "someone" will have a severe cold or pneumonia next week. I just laughed and said "Neither~!" Aahh, townsfolk. Sorry for worrying you~
Yap! So much about "recently". Looking forward to the DarkAscension pre-release heeeeeh~! Also the release event, it's been half a year since our last 2HG I think? Sadly I won't be able to stay for the whole tournament, badly planned concert just right then, ugh. But oh well!