The living space is just the right size for one person; although, he doesn't really need that much space. There is only one bedroom with an attached full bath. There is a half bath out in the hallway for guests though.
Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:45 pm
The fight was satisfactory. It would be more of a pain to go find another if he was going to be picky about the skill level. Thus, he brought Ikuto back to his place. The mini limo pulled up to a hotel before he got out of the car and waited for him to follow suit. For someone like him, it might have been a bit strange for the manager to live in such a place. Melanie's apartment was bigger than what he called home for now. In fact, there was only one bedroom. He honestly didn't see it as a problem though. It was a pretty nice hotel though. The place had a workout room, a pool area, and other typical features.
Soon they entered an elevator that brought them to the top floor. Kai walked down the hallway until he arrived at his door. He unlocked it and walked in--only holding the door open for half a second before he took off his coat and shoes. It wasn't until he was putting them away, after the door had closed, when he finally spoke up. "Welcome to your new home," he said in a normal tone. Then he started down the small hall while pointing out the bathroom off to the side. "That leads to the half-bath. This is the main living area." He added the latter part as they walked into the area that housed the kitchen and living room. Kai didn't leave any time for the other to take a good look around since he continued on to the next room. "This is the one and only bedroom. It is your choice whether you want to sleep in the bed with me or on a sofa." He made his way over to the master bathroom. "We'll be sharing this of course." He didn't mean at the same time, however. Kai turned around to look at him for the first time since they arrived. "Any questions?"
Whether there were any or not, he ushered him back to the living room to offer Ikuto a seat on the couch.
--:::------::------------------->⛥<--------------------::------:::--- Where: At 'home' With: Kai Status: Trying to gauge Kai's motives Outfit: Padded pocketed pants, Black shirt, barefoot Theme:Tribal Music --:::------::------------------->⛥<--------------------::------:::--- During the fight at the coliseum Ikuto had just done as he was asked, though he hadn't gone full out. If he had they would likely have a gladiator less in that place. Still it seemed that he had shown enough potential, because once they went back in the limo, Kai did not bring him back to the shop. Instead they traveled to the feline yet unknown roads until the vehicle came to a stop once more and the other moved to get out of the limousine. The feline watched them but didn't take to long before he followed after them. As the door of the limo closed behind him and the car drove off, Ikuto glanced at it before he focused back on the building before him. Of course he lived normally long enough to know it was a hotel.
But it surprised him that someone that said to be an agent, chose to live in a hotel. Unless of course they owned a large suite. As he followed Kai, Ikuto looked around a bit while he could as they passed until the elevator doors closed behind them. So far they had traveled in silence and Ikuto wondered slightly why that was, but he didn't linger on it. As they passed the doors in the top hall, the feline glanced outside the windows on one side as he stopped for maybe a second to admire the view before he reminded himself of what he was and he quickly went after the other man again, slipping inside the room just in time before he let go of the door. If it was electric, then he would be locked out without a key card after all.
While Kai took off his coat and shoes, it reminded Ikuto he was hardly dressed for this kind of place and perhaps looked like he didn't belong. But loose from the regular shower to keep them presentable, all he had was this particular outfit. It couldn't be helped. Ikuto heard the door lock behind him, but he ignored it for now. So far Kai had not given off the vibe of a maniac that would attack him the moment they were behind locked doors. Or violate him, much like some man he was still getting out of his mind. He was glad to be rid, but the man's conceited and sexual approaches had left their mark on the feline's mind. It was probably pure luck he still had his virginity and wasn't bound to the man yet.
His thoughts were interrupted when Kai suddenly spoke up and the feline looked up at him from his position. Ikuto wasn't sure how to react to the welcome though, so he stayed silent for now. This was no home of his yet after all, or it didn't feel that way. Still he followed his new 'master' as they went through the place and showed him around real quick where the feline managed to get at least a glance of what they spoke of. Not that it would be a big issue, this place wasn't exactly large, so it would be difficult to get lost. Ikuto blinked a bit as his ears dropped somewhat when he heard there was only one bedroom. But when he was presented by the choices he was quick to point out his preference.
"I'll take the sofa." he said glancing at the one in Kai's room thinking that was what he meant, not eager to share the bed with yet another master. He would still be in the same room of course, but since he was supposed to be the man's bodyguard that kind of made sense. With that out of the way they seemed to move on to the bathroom and the feline was glad to hear they would be sharing the bathroom. Of course it remained to be seen to which rules that would be submitted and whether or not he would be required to do something specific in return. Ikuto didn't want to go that route, but at the moment that was what he feared with any master. Lastly they got to the living room again and Ikuto was slightly surprised when Kai offered him a seat rather than just telling him to 'sit' in effect.
The mystel sat down before he looked at Kai again now he wasn't ushered elsewhere. "How will the bathroom be scheduled?" he asked since the man had requested if there were questions and the feline expected to still get a tall list of a ton of rules to come. Of course he wondered about tasks and about how he was to protect Kai from who, but there was no official contract laid out yet, not that Ikuto minded much, for now the promise of resuming, albeit perhaps sporadically, his search for his brother was enough to garner some measure of dedication.
He didn't bat an eye at the choice which was made. It was the one he preferred. Kai sat as well. Not too close or far away. There was no need to make someone uncomfortable by being oddly distant or suffocated in their bubble. When the question was asked he took a moment to think about it. "The morning would be best. I use it more often at night." He was talking about bathing or taking a shower since there was a half-bath in the hallway. At no point did he think about washing up together. "For now, job-wise, you shouldn't need to stick to me like glue." He wasn't in any obvious danger as of yet. There was a feeling in the air though. A warning of sorts. It was one of the reasons he figured it wouldn't hurt to get his own bodyguard. He wasn't about to reveal much of anything though. "After we make it to the studio you can search until evening. I'll be there for the whole day." With people he knew and trusted. One can never be too safe, but it was too early to worry. Not like he was much to do so in the first place. "You may use anything in this main area. Read or watch what you want. Cook if you prefer to do so. If you need specific ingredients just let me know. Do you have any other questions?" He asked after not really laying down any rules. Ikuto was more like someone he hired to do a job than anything else. There was no need to make outlandish rules. If something became apparent later which needed to be discussed then he'd have the conversation.
Whenever the talk about rules and expectations finished, he moved on to something else. "Did you want to go shopping for clothes after I get off work? Or do you want to just order some?" If they could manage just buying things online they could do it right now technically. It'd be less of a pain for him as well. Whatever worked, in the end, would be fine.
--:::------::------------------->⛥<--------------------::------:::--- Where: At 'Home' With: Kai Status: Talking with Kai Outfit: Padded pocketed pants, Black shirt, barefoot Theme:Tribal Music --:::------::------------------->⛥<--------------------::------:::--- Ikuto looked at Kai as he sat down nearby. It was a kind of odd feeling the way it was going right now. More so for Ikuto it felt oddly unusual, yet refreshing. Unlike Morticai who had always insisted to sit close next to him and nearly never could keep his hands off the feline, this man seemed to observe a sort of healthy distance. They didn't enforce their presence on the feline, nor tried to touch him in whichever way all the time. For a while Ikuto had been dealing with a being that kept sticking to him most of the time. The mystel kept his gaze on Kai as they spoke. Not to challenge them, like some might interpret it, but to show he was listening. If possible he would like to keep his newly found freedom.
When Kai mentioned about the bathroom, the feline nodded. So mornings were best. That was no problem since Ikuto had actually been given his regular cleaning just the day before. Of course he preferred to get clean every day, since he liked to keep a clean environment, but it was no disaster to wait until the upcoming morning. What he didn't expect though, was that Kai would answer some of his questions already before he even asked them. But that was a good thing, it saved time. Of course the biggest surprise was to hear that he wasn't exactly needed just yet, and to even get an entire day to search, by himself. He hadn't been by himself for a long time. Perhaps he lucked out this time... But then he could only hope this luck would hold and not come to an abrupt end once again.
The way he had turned out by now, the mystel did not think his chances very high of this continuing. Kai would get tired of him, or he would decide that the feline wasn't what he had been looking for, as was Ikuto's way of thinking right now after being abandoned as often by now. But that didn't mean he would not try to keep up and do his 'job'. The list just kept growing at that. Freedom to cook whenever, even deciding his own meals and ingredients. Free use of the main room. It was like the short time at Nathaniel's all over again, minus the children. When Kai asked if he had any other questions, Ikuto thought for a moment before he shook his head. "You pretty much answered all the questions I had for now." he replied.
It was not entirely true, but Ikuto refused to ask a question as embarrassing as 'how long will you keep me around?'. It made him sound childish and perhaps would play to much into the other's hands. He might have asked if he could look at how the man worked, but they had used words as 'can' rather than 'have to'. Despite himself, the feline had to admit to a curiosity of how agents worked and how Kai was at work. Still, no other rules... no pitfalls...or were they to come when he least expected? For now Ikuto shook such thoughts out of his mind. He was starting to get paranoid and he didn't like it. Before he could fully rest his thoughts though, Kai suddenly inquired about clothes. Of course if he were to be his bodyguard in time he couldn't keep looking as this, he wouldn't seem to convincing to anyone.
Ikuto blinked a bit at the question itself though. "Order? Like you order food?" he wondered out loud as he tilted his head slightly. Was that actually a thing nowadays? Especially his last master he wasn't much known with the stuff as they made their own clothes and Ikuto's in effect. Even if these were used ones that were just adjusted for him. Before this entire depressing episode of his life, Ikuto had always gone to shops to get his clothes, as much as he loathed shopping. It almost sounded interesting and curiosity getting the better of the feline, he decided not long after. "Let's order." he said, for a moment trying his luck with a more casual reply. That said he did know clothes meant measurements and he was quite certain any older measurements would no longer apply.
He had lost quite some weight, though it hadn't affected his strength nor his own training. The feline glanced at the ground for a short moment before looking back at the other, still confused with this new way of interaction between a buyer and himself. "So...." he started. "H...how does that....work exactly?" the mystel asked with some hesitation, thinking it might sound dumb or uneducated. Of which Ikuto was neither. Some stuff had just flew over his head over the passed years. even when he was with Nathaniel, who actually trained him as a bodyguard before getting rid of Ikuto, they had bought clothes in the store as he was used to.
The conversation went smoothly. Kai didn't notice any feelings related to what was being said. There was no reason he would know what the other had experienced in the past. Perhaps order was not the best word to use when talking about purchasing clothes online. That head tilt. It had a slight cute factor which didn't seem to fit the feline's typical demeanor. Strange. For Ikuto to use an action like that. Not like he cared. He could do what he wanted for the most part. "Something like that." He said as he reached for the laptop with said on the table right next to him. Turning it on he looked over when the other was hesitantly asking the question about how it worked. How did what work? Buying something online? A barely-there grin appeared on his face as he patted the spot next to him. "Come. You have to get closer to see the items." He explained as he pulled up a site which should be good enough for the more casual things. "How long have you been stuck with a collar?" He asked while avoiding the word 'slave'. He wasn't trying to pry. It was just odd for the feline not to know what he was talking about.
"Let's start with pants. Here. Point out what interests you." He either turned the screen so the other could see better or placed it closer to the feline--depending on how much closer Ikuto might have gotten after he told him to come. "There are more options if you scroll down." If he had to show the other what he meant then he would do that. After Ikuto seemed to get the hang of it, they would go through the website slowly gathering typical outfits which were needed. Nothing fancy or extra. The work outfit needed to be done at a store so they could measure the feline. It was quite fitted after all. "Do you need anything else?" He was talking about personal things: like hygiene. Especially ones he wouldn't think to buy for the other.
--:::------::------------------->⛥<--------------------::------:::--- Where: At the home With: Kai Status: Shopping online with Kai Outfit: Padded pocketed pants, Black shirt, barefoot Theme:Tribal Music --:::------::------------------->⛥<--------------------::------:::--- Ikuto had reacted completely instinctively. Unlike some might think, he did not control every reaction of his. And that was exactly what the feline now realized because he blinked a bit before he looked away from Kai trying to break the mannerism. There was no way he would show that much weakness to Kai. It wasn't safe nor wise to get to comfortable. Ikuto was still quite convinced that even Kai would eventually get rid of him, as his previous masters had done in their own ways. Not that the mystel wanted to be a slave or pet to anyone, but what was even worse than having a 'master' to answer to, was being stuck in those damned cages. And so far, other than Nathaniel, Kai was treating him almost normal.
Once they started to talk about the online shopping, Ikuto listened with interest, it sounded quite the same as ordering take out indeed. When Kai patted the spot next to him though, the feline's eyebrow raised slightly before he glanced hesitantly. He was still not quite familiar with this man nor his possible motives. Still, it already was a lot better than he had been through so far. Ikuto only hesitated for short moment before he decided to gamble it and sit next to Kai. And they seemed to mean it well about the laptop. The mystel sat at a slight yet comfortable distance when the other turned the laptop so he could look at the screen. But the question had not escaped him. "Fair enough" he thought to himself. Yet it wasn't a question he could answer on a whim.
"Uhm,.." he said as he looked away for a moment while trying to remember when he was first taken down and thrown in a cage. Combining that with the masters he had and how long he had been with them, he came to a close enough estimate. "Three years." he finally said after making the calculations in his mind. "Before that I lived a relative normal life but have always done shopping at the stores, even though I can't stand shopping for hours. Get what you need and get out." he said, muttering the latter audibly but less pronounced as the first sentences. Still if it was his history of slavery they were after... It was just a thought since they inquired about his collar. "I have had masters before this, one of them had me for most years and they trained me." he added though there he stopped.
After all there was no need to go through all the bad memories. "This is the first time I hear you can buy clothes online like you can order food online for delivery." After that the feline fell silent for a bit as he looked through the items Kai showed him he could choose from, only replying when he was asked specifics. Going through the items together like that it didn't take very long to have the clothes he seemed to need. Ikuto didn't need more than that. He was quite a simple soul when it came to material possessions. Besides, where would it all go if Kai would grow tired of him? After they finished with the clothes and Kai asked if he needed more, the feline nodded. After all there was some stuff he would really need, since he was a neat freak about himself.
"Maybe my own shampoo and body soap if you don't want me to use yours. Other than the general things like toothbrush and such, maybe some needle and thread?" he asked carefully. Though he wouldn't wait long before explaining it as he waved his tail a bit. "I always need to adjust my pants to work with my tail. I can do that myself though." he added the latter quickly before Kai might think it might be an expensive undertaking. As much as he had hated his time at Morticai with their advances, they did teach him a useful skill for the rest of his feline life: Sewing. Before that, when he was still free, Ikuto always had to pay extra for special fittings. That was no longer needed however.
He didn't notice how the other tried to break his mannerism. It was just curious when he noticed the head tilt, but he quickly moved on. Oblivious to the inner negativity the other was sitting in. Even if he did know the feline's thoughts he wouldn't make an effort to make him feel better. After all, he would not promise anything even if he didn't see a reason as to why he'd return him. As for the hesitation to sit close to him, he noticed it while not bothering to wait around for Ikuto to move. Luckily, the feline had done so before Kai went to show him the screen.
He did not expect the other to tell him as much as he did. At best he figured he would get the 'three years'. "I see." He said when the other explained why he was new to shopping online. Not bothering to inform the feline how he also was a 'get what you need quickly and leave' type. He kept his gaze on Ikuto as the other spoke. Keeping quiet for the most part. "To fight and protect?" He was asking what exactly the other master trained him in. Kai did not attempt to get any other information related to the past masters.
A barely-there smile formed on his face for a brief moment. "It can be useful but we will still need to go to a store to get a tailored suit for when you're on the job." He meant more for those moments when they'd be out in public. Kai himself didn't typically walk around in casual wear and didn't need his company to cramp his professional style. Not like he cared what others thought, but it was best to look the part.
"Do you have a certain type you prefer to use?" He was more so talking about what they are used for than brand: like dandruff, tangles, oily hair/fur and so on. Kai would add things to the cart as they talked about it. Only stopping when a needle and thread was brought up. Ocean like orbs shifted to look at the feline. An explanation soon to come. "I see. A useful skill." He meant useful for Ikuto himself. The manager didn't have a use for sewing when he had the money to pay for someone to do it for him. Time was more important to him than cash. Kai added the last request before actually ordering the items. He moved to put the laptop he then closed back on the table. "It should arrive tomorrow. We can get the rest after I get off work." He said as he leaned back into the pillows. Kai had to break in the new talent before taking Ikuto to get fitted and perhaps shop for groceries. "If you want to take a shower you may." He offered just in case the other wanted to get the stink of the shop off him.