Post by Fuukami I. Iryna on Dec 28, 2014 19:13:31 GMT -6
Sunday, 1st June 11:15 am
Iryna just can't stop smiling, while walking towards the largest department store in town followed by her dear cousin. One may think that the redhead looks like a cat enjoying her stroll. And yes, Iryna is enjoying this, and she will make the most of it.
Now that the girls have gotten quite far with their planning for the trip to Okinawa, Iryna thinks that they should buy themselves some new swimsuits. Haruka looked reluctant to accept, but Iryna still succeeded in hauling the brunette in. The pigtailed girl will enjoy her lovely cousin dressing up in outfits that will definitely counter the latter's prim and proper image. Furthermore, if Haruka can have a lot of casual outfits in her closet, why not swimsuits? In order to make the younger girl less agitated about this shopping trip, Iryna promised that she would treat her for lunch, with anything the brunette liked.
On the other hand, Iryna would like to get some new ones for her own as well, something more fitting for the beach, and catch "that guy"'s attention. The thought filled her with heated anticipation, making the pigtailed girl silently hoping that her cousin does not notice any change in her complexion. She does not want him to ogle her, but if he at least appreciates her looks, she will be very pleased. Embarrassed, but very pleased. Maybe she should try something other than black or white?
Now that the two girls have reached the crowded main hall of the large department store, Iryna runs toward the floor map, calling her cousin to follow:
"Come on, Haru-chan, let's find all the places where we can buy the things we need."
Post by Fuukami Haruka on Jan 1, 2015 16:16:10 GMT -6
While the ice skater may have looked like a smiling kitten, Haruka looked like an old cat who had just drowned. She was definitely not going to have fun today because today was the death of her dignity. Mentally, she already had crafted her own obituary.
Honestly, this wasn't fair or right or dignified at all. Sure, the bespectacled brunette enjoyed looking at bikinis and occasionally even wearing them. But so far, she had only worn one bikini, a yellow one with pink polka dots for like three years. It was very innocent and decent, but knowing her redheaded cousin, Iryna would probably choose something scanty and utterly humiliating. That was not the goal of the trip at all. It went without saying she would go and impress Mizukami Ayumu with her beauty and the equally beauteous vacation at Okinawa, Japan. "So relaxing," promised this scheming vixen. Well, guess what? Japan's Hawaii would not be relaxing on any standards, now that Haruka had to worry about preserving her reputation.
This was because unlike the older girl, she wasn't out to impress anybody. She was only there to have fun, but she wanted to keep up the stern impression she had. And no delicious lunch would quell the freshwoman's anxiety or her fury; although, it would temporarily placate her enough to not chew Iryna out today. But that was all. After that, tons of nagging because that simply was what Fuukami Haruka did. If the half-Russian, half-Japanese girl was a mischievous oni, then she she would instead be a terrifying yokai, whose piercing gaze froze whoever was unfortunate enough to meet it. The poor sap wouldn't have a chance.
Before Haruka could formulate any plans on how to threaten the boys who would join them on the Okinawa trip from spilling the beans on her soon to be worst nightmare, she had things to attend to right there and now in the present.
"Oneechan, the clothing store with the swimsuit section is on the third floor. Let's hurry up and get it over with then," replied the young girl sullenly to Iryna's hortative tone.
Post by Fuukami I. Iryna on Jan 1, 2015 21:35:57 GMT -6
According to Haruka and the directory map, looks like the girls will have up two flights of escalators to reach their intended destination. Never ceasing her smile, Iryna signals her cousin to come along again, and proceeds to the moving platforms.
However, despite the pigtailed girl doing her best to shine brightly with cheer, there is a rather stubborn air of gloom surrounding the brunette, like she's been possessed by a really depressed spirit. This irks Iryna a little, but does not surprise her much. After all, Haruka is still a rather modest girl. She looks like a fashionista, but still modest nonetheless. Furthermore, from Iryna's own experience, Haruka just has a habit of assuming the worst when something does not go her way. It's not like Iryna is planning to force her dear cousin into wearing something too daring. No. Even Iryna herself will be embarrassed to death.
Once the girls reached the third floor, a plethora of female clothing of all types comes into their view, but the swimsuits section, despite being further at the back, is still visible enough for them to notice right away, probably because of the colorful merchandise. Iryna dashes to that section right away.
Iryna is pleased with the variety of merchandise available here, offered by well-known manufacturers. Looks like the girls will spend considerable time here. In order to make her cousin feel more at ease, Iryna decides to find swimsuits for herself first, and tells Haruka:
"Haru-chan, let's start. You can look around on your own. Tell me if there's anything you like."
It will be the best for Haruka that she is allowed to pick some swimwear that suits her preferences. Iryna still likes picking out a really nice one for her cousin, but it won't matter if the brunette is not in the mood. Iryna likes being bossy, but she won't like it if the subjects of her command look too uncomfortable for the tasks. Ayumu does not show much expressions, but he at least plays along nicely... right?
A couple of minutes later, one item catches Iryna's eyes. An orange bikini with black linings and a sporty design. A bit similar to the swimsuits she already has, and those she modeled in. Maybe she will give this article a try first. Iryna then calls her cousin:
"Hey, Haru-chan, how's yours? Have you managed to find something? If you have, we can go try them on together."
Post by Fuukami Haruka on Jan 2, 2015 16:46:34 GMT -6
Strangely, enough, Haruka had always liked going up and down escalators. Equally, she also enjoyed using elevators. When she was a toddler, there was one incident where she hogged up the elevator for about ten minutes and one of the staff had to usher her out.
For as long as Haruka could hold it, the stubbornness refused to go away, despite it aggrieving the ice skater slightly. This was because Haruka was a fatalist and imagined up incredibly dire situations when she didn't know what to expect or if things didn't go accordingly to the plan. It was a terrible flaw of hers, but her anxiety was able to distract her perfectly from questioning her irrational fears. Being a modest girl had as many turn-offs as it did perks, and the first year witnessed it firsthand, even though it most definitely had been her fault. For now, though, however, her wrath was slowly whittled away by the cheerful, bright shops and stands for food, clothing, knick knacks, trinkets and otherwise. Not to mention, they were all high quality, which was a bonus. The mall they were going to was said to be one of the better ones out there, well-cared for and the food court was cleaned many times in one day so customers didn't have to take on the burden by themselves. Hopefully, whether the swimsuit was embarrassing or not, at least it'd be of a high caliber.
After reaching the third floor, Haruka acknowledged with a minute nod that while some of the clothing was scanty and embarrassing, there was at the very least, a teens' section with more appropriate garments for their age. The female clothing store was a very popular, enough to amass a chain of stores.
There were clothes for every season, and not just summer. Maybe they could spend more time looking at those too, since Haruka understood she was running out of long-sleeved shirts and turtlenecks. A few woolen pants wouldn't hurt either, but they would need to be darkly colored.
"Haru-chan, let's start. You can look around on your own. Tell me if there's anything you like."
As soon as Iryna had said those very words, a glimmer of hope shone in the brunette's amethyst eyes. They were cousins after all, and maybe the redhead did have an ounce of mercy. Either way this provided a golden opportunity for damage control. Now, Haruka could choose just about anything she wanted to wear. Purple was her favorite color, but it was only good on older women for swimsuits.
It had been quite a while since the first year had bought swimsuits, mainly because her old ones fit fine and were stretchy enough to last three years. However, maybe getting a push to shop for some wasn't bad, as long as Iryna was willing to get her the swimsuit Haruka decided to choose. It took more time and searching than the older girl, but she managed to find an elegant mint green bikini that had to be laced on (thankfully, it was stretchy and easy to tie on tightly). Finding one her size, the freshwoman headed towards the changing rooms, and waved to Iryna.
"Hey, Haru-chan, how's yours? Have you managed to find something? If you have, we can go try them on together."
"Interesting enough, I have, Iryna-neechan. Let's go try them on. The changing rooms are right next to the register."
Post by Fuukami I. Iryna on Jan 2, 2015 22:29:41 GMT -6
Iryna is glad that her lovely cousin has chosen something on her own. From the first glance, that item Haruka picked looks rather fine. Iryna mentally chuckles a little. She haven't had the mint green color in mind, but instantly realizes that the color may have potential to fit her cousin's appearance well. Looks like she's going to enjoy the sight of Haruka wearing those.
The two girls proceed to the fitting room at the back, and the pigtailed girl technically drags her cousin into the same compartment she's in. Even though Haruka has a habit of dressing up alone without anyone in sight, even her own sister, if they are going to check how they look, they have to do it together in one place rather than going out into the corridor.
Once they are done putting the items on, Iryna checks herself out in the mirror. This item looks comfortable enough, fits her physique like a glove, and really suitable for prolonged swimming. A great item to start with, as the bikini is quite similar to the ones she has, but still different, and not too daring. A safe, practical choice.
Then she turns to her cousin, and is quite stunned at the sight. The mint green color contrasts yet accentuates the brunette's awesomely white skin, and the ribbons, oh the ribbons, which look like butterflies, just make Haruka's cuteness increases tenfold. Seriously, if Iryna were a boy, she would probably fall in love with her right now. The pink-haired girl can help it but glomp onto her cousin and rub her own cheeks on the brunette's, while trying not to disturb the others with her voice:
"Wow, Haru-chan, you are so cute! Your taste is absolutely fine. I'm glad you picked that one."
Post by Fuukami Haruka on Jan 4, 2015 0:19:23 GMT -6
As expected, Iryna had managed to pick something lovely. Consequently, Haruka pondered that if the redhead didn't have the inheritance to worry about, then maybe she would continue with her modeling or become a fashion designer, once her ice skating career was done and over with. That was why Haruka had always appreciated the little bit of freedom she got due to her father being the second son rather than first. She had always doubted she would be able to live up to that.
The fitting room at the back was most fittingly the most spacious so that the two girls could use it together at once. Automatically following the routine for trying on clothes, Haruka changed into her swimsuit and admired how pretty the mint green was and how even though the bikini was laced on, it had a lot of modest coverage. She supposed that her cousin was hoping for a different angle though.
It turned out she was right, seeing that the older girl chose her swimsuit for its athletic look and practicality. Of course, the first year took those in account for her choice too, seeing that she would be wearing it almost all the time at Okinawa. However, as much as she enjoyed the sound of the waves, the ocean breeze and swimming itself, the class rep didn't plan on going swimming for too long, since she wanted to spend her time doing other things too, like touring the small towns and cities alike on the island while seeking out museums and relics of the past.
For now, though, the bespectacled brunette could rest easy and enjoy herself and all the planning involved. Brainstorming and imagining all the possibilities was almost as great as going on the trip itself, she thought. Thus, she proceeded to take a look at Iryna in her swimsuit and imagined how lithe and graceful the girl would look with her bold bikini and black linings, the laces not unlike the ones on boots. Equally, it was exciting to figure how useful it would be for the older girl, since Haruka knew that Iryna loved to swim in the sun. Gladly she would join her, using the bikini she chose out already or otherwise. Going solo was not an option when there was a chance to have tons of fun with someone she cared deeply about, even if they did have their disputes. Thankfully, they had none at the moment.
"Wow, Haru-chan, you are so cute! Your taste is absolutely fine. I'm glad you picked that one."
"Thanks, but you're the model here. You chose one that suited you perfectly," replied the younger girl sheepishly.
Post by Fuukami I. Iryna on Jan 4, 2015 19:07:21 GMT -6
"Well, I guess you are right, but I'm still just a sports gear specialist, and I ended up picking this one." Iryna replies to her cousin's compliment. "Force of habit, maybe. I tried to get a more casual design, but looks like the sporty style is still my thing after all."
Sports, or other intense physical activities has already been a large part of Iryna's life. She had taken ballet lessons when she was still a little girl in Moscow. The training has made her body very flexible and resilient, so much that by the time she took up figure skating, she had no trouble getting used to it. She is proud that despite her petite appearance, she has lots of endurance to make up for it. No female classmate of hers can run for as long as her, and Iryna thinks she can even complete a marathon if she wants to. Furthermore, one of her hobbies is swimming, which is her way of reducing stress. She just loves the feeling of being immersed in water. Hence, Iryna tends to choose swimsuits that can make her feel the most comfortable while darting like a fish around her pool. Iryna hopes that the boy she has a crush on will compliment the item she's wearing. Even just a simple "it looks good" will be more than enough for her.
About fashion sense though, Iryna thinks that she is not as good as her cousin. Haruka has a knack of choosing casual outfits that look really good on her. Even swimsuits, the category of clothing that the brunette rarely has interest in. Haruka's elegance is something Iryna feels rather inferior about. Iryna can't help but feel Haruka looks more like a Japanese heiress than she does. Furthermore, Haruka has a lifelong goal to devote herself to. But Iryna has not thought much about what she would do after her skating career is done. Maybe joining showbiz? Studying to prepare herself for taking over the group? Or creating her own merchandise, like Stella McCartney? Iryna just can't decide right now.
Back to the matter at hand, Iryna decides to bring this shopping mission to the next phase, now that Haruka has loosened up a bit. This will please the brunette for sure.
"Okay, Haru-chan. How about we pick items for each other next? I'd like to see how your fashion sense can apply to me."
Post by Fuukami Haruka on Jan 5, 2015 19:46:45 GMT -6
"Well, I'm not a specialist in anything so at least you've got somewhere good to start," argued Haruka firmly, unabashed by the modesty of her cousin. "It looks casual, but it can be used for other reasons and for longer than a regular swimsuit. However, if you're looking for a truly casual one, I'd gladly offer to help. "
To be honest though, Iryna looked fine the way she was, or at least, that was what Haruka had originally thought. Her swimsuit may have been of the sporty type, but it was cute. Orange was a good color for the redhead since it was kind of obvious that red and orange went together. The so-called fashion sense Haruka had was just color coordination, which was already crucial to her schoolwork. Really it was nothing. As long as one had a goal in mind, they could be tasteful with or without prior experience. Of course, this applied to a multitude of things; although, the brunette just used it as an excuse to plow through just about all her work and extra projects that weren't necessarily academic. She once sewed and made a beautiful fluffy pillow with sparkles and cosmic swirls before. That was a fun time, but she didn't necessarily want to make pillows for the rest of her life. The first year would much rather spend time studying for college, having fun once she got into college and then doing whatever she had to do: the normal path in all roads of life.
Maybe fashion could be a side hobby or side career. Having thought about it before, the young girl always assumed it was expensive to get many materials though the basic fabrics and standard sewing machine weren't too much to buy. However, it took up a huge amount of space to create a workshop, studio, boutique or whatever a fashion designer used. In high school, she didn't have the time to invest in fashion. In college, she was worried that if she was going to pay rent, the bespectacled brunette wouldn't have much space. Alas, it was always in her nature to fret about these things, but it certainly did not overwhelm her due to the fact that she had plans already for later to begin with.
The next suggestion that the older girl gave surprised Haruka greatly, but since she probably was having a hard time, it couldn't hurt. After all, they were cousins. They did each other favors.
"Honestly. I'm not too sure if this fashion sense you like to pretend I have exists or if it can even work on other people, but you did want a casual outfit, so I'd be glad to help you out."
Post by Fuukami I. Iryna on Jan 5, 2015 22:10:31 GMT -6
"Thanks, Haru-chan. Much appreciated." Even though Haruka is being modest about her keen sense of fashion, she accepts Iryna's offer. Iryna smiles again, then proceeds to change back to their normal clothes before continuing their shopping.
Iryna knows that picking swimsuits for each other like this is a great idea. This can give Iryna a chance to pick something she likes her dear cousin to wear, and in return, the pigtailed girl can have something that breaks the mold, which she had a bit of trouble getting out of. Haruka's insight can give Iryna something "fresh" for the trip. Neither of them have gone to Okinawa before. This reminds Iryna of exchanging gifts on special occasions, like Christmas.
Iryna walks around the gallery, scoping for anything that can make Haruka look even cuter than the one the latter has just chosen. Then, her garnet eyes lay on a certain item, and gleam immediately. It's a frilly pink bikini decorated with ribbons of the same color and thin white borders. Nearly the same color as Iryna's own hair. Oh how Iryna like ribbons. And the frills actually provide extra cover, so Haruka will definitely not refuse this. Cute and modest. It will suit the brunette perfectly.
After picking the pink item, Iryna looks around, tend goes to where her dear cousin is to see whether the brunette has chosen something for her cousin.
Post by Fuukami Haruka on Jan 7, 2015 17:49:10 GMT -6
"No problem, Oneechan," Haruka replied, actually a little worried because she didn't have too much of a game plan. What was casual to her would probably be something different in Iryna's eyes. It was quite a worry trying to meet some expectations.
Fast forwarding to the end, she managed to find something for Iryna, but it wasn't impressive. It was a cute little navy blue bikini set, with stars and buttons on it. Each piece of the swimsuit was modest yet stylish in a vintage kind of way; yet, it wasn't fancy at all. While the swimsuit wasn't designed to be anything special, it was made out of a very durable cloth and stretched well to fit anyone of any size. The dark color with speckles of white would contrast very beautifully against the ocean waters.
Even though the swimsuit looked more like something the first year would wear, she could imagine it would fit the redhead too, giving her a more simple yet classy look that made her look cute and down-to-earth and fulfilling its purpose even in the use of a fairly athletic and energetic person. The company that manufactured the garments was famous and known for its high quality goods. Thus, after thorough examination of the two piece swimsuit, Haruka declared it suitable for Iryna.
However, it was no surprise that the other girl came to seek her out, since it wasn't like Haruka had been leading the show to begin with. That was the ice princess right here.
Post by Fuukami I. Iryna on Jan 8, 2015 10:22:56 GMT -6
Iryna eyes the item Haruka picked, with a curious look on her face. The pigtailed girl has a feeling that she has seen that kind of bikini somewhere before. Navy blue sprinkled with white pattern. Iryna thinks that she has seen something similar to that in a fashion show she happened to see on TV, except that the one worn by the supermodel looked much, much fancier. Furthermore, this item is quite a departure from Iryna's typical choices, which have few to no patterns. In overall, the swimsuit looks modest enough, yet still a bit showy in its own way.
The two girls return to the fitting room again, for the same procedure. After trying the navy blue swimsuit on, Iryna comes to the conclusion: it really looks quite showy, at least for Iryna. It's like wearing the night sky itself. Looks like Haruka decided to pick an item that greatly contrasts Iryna's earlier item, whose color is quite similar to the morning sun. That's very deep of her, and Iryna can't help but chuckle at that thought. No matter whether that is true or not, Iryna finds Haruka's choice very interesting.
Iryna decides to pose like a professional model on a catwalk, then turns to Haruka to check the brunette's "results", and give her a dramatic nod of approval like a beauty pageant judge.
"Это прекрасно! Perfect!", exclaimed the redhead. In Iryna's eyes, Haruka just looks so lovely with that bikini on. Like a flawlessly made doll, but better. Those frills really accentuate Haruka's cuteness factor, especially since she already looks good with her frilly Gothic Lolita costumes. This makes Iryna wants to take Haruka home (but of course there's no need to, as the brunette frequents the Fuukami mansion).
Post by Fuukami Haruka on Jan 13, 2015 21:19:59 GMT -6
Juxtaposition was Haruka's favorite word. It was probably because there was always some kind of contrast in her life, no matter what, whether it was swimsuits or relatives or whatever. Still, this incidence had a bit of irony because the symbolism wasn't realized, much less intended until after the brunette assessed her hindsight afterwards. At first, the freshwoman deemed it merely fitting for a casual outfit, one that was vastly different from the sportswear that commonly adorned her older cousin in the magazines. The buttons and stars were a cute, simple design, and dark blue was always a classic. Regardless, the symbolism of day and night was an important component in choosing the piece.
Perhaps, Haruka decided it on her own without that much judgement and without so much a second guess. After all, it was a swimsuit that she would enjoy wearing; maybe Iryna would enjoy wearing it too. Certainly, the garments were a much more tasteful representation of an overfilled starry night sky than a sculpture based after a wine glass. However, it was familiar -- probably a ripoff of one of the more high-end outfits.
With appraising eyes, Haruka inspected the swimsuit she chose on the redhead. It contrasted well with the hair color of its newest model,. As a result, she gave one swift nod and a graceful wave, as if to present the beautiful visage to an invisible audience.
The younger girl was smiling sheepishly, trying to not blush. While her docile stature went well with the frilly bikini colored a shade of light pink sweet pea, Iryna looked almost mythical and ethereal against the dark but serene tones of the modest bikini she wore. It was most certainly a rare sight to see the ice skater in such a gorgeous but not ostentatious outfit. In fact, though the swimsuit was worth a decent glance, the more remarkable aspect of it would be that it fit like a fiddle and would work well in Okinawa.
"You look stunning," commented the first year softly.
Post by Fuukami I. Iryna on Jan 14, 2015 18:36:51 GMT -6
Swooning over her cousin, Iryna subconsciously let out some Russian words of praise. That "slip of the tongue", alongside her given name and unique physical appearance, are proofs of the Slavic blood flowing inside her. During her early childhood, she had learned both of her parents' native tongues, even though Iryna had quite an easier time learning Russian, due to being close to her mother, and the environment she used to live in. After moving to Japan, Iryna had a bit of problem with schoolwork at first, but now she can use her father's language like a native. However, the pigtailed girl still uses Russian when talking to her mother one-on-one, or chatting with Grishin the family cook. Being born with mixed heritage can cause some problems for Iryna sometimes, but she loves the fact that it makes her unique. Like being the one and only half-Russian among the Japanese figure skaters contending for the Olympics. Also, her existence is the proof that love can transcend borders, a feat achieved by her parents.
Iryna is pleased at her cousin's meek praise for the dark-colored bikini the former has on, and follows up on that:
"Thanks, Haru-chan. That was very tasteful from you. I still feel like an MC at a pool event though. Hope I won't attract too much attention with this."
Joking aside, Iryna knows fully well that the gazes from bystanders will not be her concern. She's already used to crowds looking at her dancing gracefully on the ice. She only cares about how that person will look at her, in the brand-new swimwear she buys for that occasion. Just his opinion alone and nobody else matters (aside from her family that is).
Looks like the shopping has gone smoothly, as Haruka has eased up and does not reject the pink frilly item. It's time for Iryna to conclude their "mission":
"Great, looks like we have found what we needed. Haru-chan, since we are here, do you want to buy something else or go for lunch?"
Post by Fuukami Haruka on Jan 15, 2015 1:34:05 GMT -6
The redhead's Russian tongue slipped out some praise, which earned a slight smile from the pure Japanese girl next to her. Quite frankly, she didn't even know Russian, but Western languages had always were alluring. On a path to becoming a future archaeologist, the prospects of learning Latin and Greek were enticing in spite of being a traditional citizen from none other than the land of the rising sun. This was because the bespectacled brunette had always assumed she would be more interested in translating inscriptions on crypts and chapels and other buildings that she would unearth in her future career. German, to be honest, was more of a modern language that she had not wanted to learn due to the lack of archaeological interest on Germanic tribes. Every anthropologists had their own tastes, she supposed, but for now, she wasn't in the heat of summer digging out artifacts. Rather, she was right here inside of a shopping mall. They were two vastly different things.
It seemed that the mission that the two girls endeavored on was a success and thankfully not excruciatingly long, much to Haruka's relief.
"According to thorough research and calculations, I have deduced the most a person would do is give a remark about how pretty you are. While I do not have much information on Mizukami's preferences, I'd assume he'd do the same, at the very least."
Going for some deadpan humor and a healthy dosage of snark, she played along with Iryna's little jokes. All in all, however, each compliment exchanged between the girls was a given to be one hundred percent sincere. And that most certainly wasn't because the older was a model and the two were close first cousins who knew each other since childhood.
As long as the pink frilly bikini Iryna chose out did not stand out against the one the first year chose in return, everything would be alright, and although she wasn't starving, getting a move on would be nice, to put it bluntly.
"Lunch, of course! Unless if we both feel the desperate need to have ten brand new swimsuits each, then I would assume we're fine for now," replied the brunette jokingly.
Post by Fuukami I. Iryna on Jan 18, 2015 19:05:21 GMT -6
"Well, I actually meant if there is anything other than swimsuits that you want to buy, since we're already in a department store. But well, now that it's already noon, we should have a bite before doing anything else."
After paying for their purchases, the two girls start looking around to find a place to relax and enjoy some food.
Being a large department store, this place has various kinds of restaurants and café available for the customers. Iryna is not picky about food, whether it's Japanese, Russian, or from any other countries. In her opinion, every country has something that she can find tasty. Of course, Iryna still has to watch what she eats, as being a figure skater means having to keep slim and fit all the time. As much as she loves indulging herself in sweets, Iryna knows that she has to limit her sugar intake constantly.
In the last couple of days, Iryna consumed quite a lot of Western food. How about something more traditional today?