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Runealy and Nanoha run across each other, and they start trying to understand just who exactly Fate is. (Scene Unfinished Forever.)

Date: 2016-03-20
Pose Count: 6
Nanoha Takamachi 2016-03-20 20:23:15 34987
Up in the air is Nanoha Takamachi! Flying along on those shoe-wings-- the Flier Fin spell-- as she held Raising Heart out in front of her, single handedly-- with a ferret, Yuuno Scrya, riding along on her shoulder.

She hasn't been coming here often since that night, but has been doing her best to seek more information about this 'Precia'-- to no real luck. She has yet to ask Lindy or any TSAB assets--- but netherless, today she's come to land with a gentle touch onto the roof of the crown.

She looks around and gives a sigh.

"..I'm still really sorry about losing those Jewel Seeds..." she says as she deflates.

Yuuno hasn't been particularly scolding about it-- and based on Raising Heart's date--- it was the lesser of two evils.

"Why did you want to come here anyways?" she asks the Ferret.

"I'm going to try something." he says as he jumps off her shoulder and to the ground. He draws a circle in the air- there's a glowing spell circle-- some sort of area search spell activates.
Runealy Waldia 2016-03-20 20:28:47 34991
It's possible the search spell will pick up someone emerging from the alleyways. Someone nowhere near as powerful as who Nanoha seeks. Not as elegant or imposing, nor as impressive or accomplished.

On the other hand, the person 'triangle jumping' from window-sill to window-sill to make her way up the alley wall and land atop Game Center Crown is not as cruel as Precia, which counts for something. Runealy vaults onto the edge of it, steps more securely onto the surface, and then is engulfed in a flash of red light. When it fades, she's in her normal 'centuries out of date, but classy' dress.

Then she notices Nanoha is already here, with... a ferret? It's not a creature Rune is familiar with; her homeworld might have them, or something similar, but if so they're exotic enough that the previously rather sheltered princess hasn't seen them before.

And so she just stares as Yuuno and Nanoha work, being very quiet in hopes of not disturbing what they're doing. She'll be easy to spot, though; Rune stands perfectly in the open, not at all hiding.
Nanoha Takamachi 2016-03-20 20:36:56 34996
Yuuno works like a tiny furry adorable wizard, his arms out stretched out as those spell circles work and work--- he doesn't seem to pick up Runealy-- whatever he's looking for- it seems it wasn't meant to pickup Runealy. Regardless, he's done soon.

Nanoha Takamachi turns to face Runealy, she blinks once before recognition shines on her face. "Oh! Hello!" she smiles.

Yuuno turns around. "I think I've looked all I can...sadly... it's too long ago for me to pick anything up..." he says as she looks up at Runealy, surveying her a moment- before he climbs back up to Nanoha's shoulder.

"You're..." she thinks a bit. " of Fate's friends. Right?" she asks softly. That's the general candor she got off Runealy the past few run ins at least.

"Your name is... Runealy-san, right?" she asks with a smile. "I'm Nanoha Takamachi." she says.

She sighs and looks back over the top of the Crown. "Thanks for your help the other day." she says.

"...I'm sorry it had to end the way it did." she adds.
Runealy Waldia 2016-03-20 20:48:49 35002
Rune gives the pair a tiny nod and quiet "Hello" as she's greeted, wincing at the mere mention of Fate. "That's right, but so far it's a pretty one-sided friendship. She does all kinds of amazing things to help me and I don't give much back in return because I can't figure out how to solve the mess she's in. You're absolutely right,"

Rune stops talking for a moment to walk closer to them, "I wish it hadn't gone like that either. Something's not right. Just yesterday I saw her talking like her mother. Not exactly the same, not even close, but making the same sort of threats. Have to hope Fate was just trying to sound scary to who she was fighting, but..." a hand balls in to a fist, head shaking over and over, "'s still awful seeing her act like that at all."

Then she suddenly realizes that Nanoha's attempts at introductions went completely unanswered, and at least tries to offer some civility to that despite a low, shaken voice: "Runealy, Crown Princess of Waldia. 'Rune' for short is fine too. So your name is Nanoha... want to say I've heard it somewhere else around Tokyo, but I can't be sure where?"
Nanoha Takamachi 2016-03-20 21:05:43 35008
Nanoha Takamachi smiles. "My family runs Midori-ya. Sometimes I help on the weekends and after school." she says. "That's what most people 'remember' me from if they 'think they remember me'..." she nods matter of factly. She motions at Yuuno "This is Yuuno, he's a ferret. He's my friend-- and an archeologist. He's helping me with the Jewel Seeds." Yuuno nods matter of factly. "A pleasure to meet you then, 'Rune'." he says.

She looks down. "Ha-ha--yeah. Fate seems to be in some sort of trouble doesn't she? But---"

"She seems to want to help her mother very much." she looks down. "Even after she was treating her like that...." she trails off.

"I saw her at a party the other day. She had fun! It was nice to see her just forget about things for a bit.. you know?" she asks softly.

She sighs and looks down. "What do you know about her..?" she asks. "About Fate.. or her mother?" she asks curiously.
Runealy Waldia 2016-03-20 21:17:09 35010
"The Midori-ya? ...Wait, so that's where..." Rune's voice trails off, but raised eyes finish her remarks on their own; now she has enough context to basically understand who Nanoha is, and seeing Yuuno talk is a surprise too.

Yet Nanoha brings up some fascinating things about Fate, distracting Rune from any further 'how do you do's. "At the very least, she's working for a very dangerous group. That's enough of a problem on its own. Then we meet the mother Fate is so devoted to, and it doesn't make any sense. Fate is amazing, one of the best people I've met and a big part of why I'm standing here alive right now... part of why anyone I care about is still here, really. For her mother to be someone like that, threatening to kill millions... I can barely envision 'millions' of people."

Talk of Fate enjoying a party brings just the tiniest flicker of a pleased smile to Rune's face, but it quickly fades in light of more pressing topics. "Her mother? About as much as you do. That was my first time seeing her, and Fate has only told me a few really simple things about her. The rest I was guessing at until then, and those guesses look like they were way, way wrong."

Yet the princess has some insight to share all the same. Not about Precia, but... "As for Fate? We didn't get along so great at first. I didn't understand what she was doing, and she kept her distance from me because I was doing some pretty sick things. Later on, I found out she has been going out there to do something to help her mother. That was the exact reason; helping her mother. So I promised Fate if she wasn't doing anything I just couldn't overlook, I'd watch out for her and Make sure Fate got back to her mother. Fate offered me pretty much the same thing, and we agreed that if there was something we /couldn't/ just shrug off... that any fight we got in to over it would be... 'nothing personal.'"

There's a little more to add. "About a month later, she helped save my home from monsters. Now I want to do the same for her!" The fist finally unclenches, but Rune's face is twisted with an odd mix of anger, grief, and determination as she announces this plan.