Fate Guestarossa

Fate, Nanoha, and Rune discuss the situation after Fate has had a chance to calm down in her guest room at the Waldians' home.

Date: 2016-04-17
Pose Count: 27
Fate T. Waldia 2016-04-17 19:21:57 38799
    Fate hasn't been away from Eclipse for very long. She's been away from her mother, sure, but just yesterday she was talking to one of the first friends she made on this planet, and now she's not sure that she'll ever see her again. Also, even if she didn't see her mother that often, Precia always had some idea of where to find her. Fate... made sure that wasn't true anymore. Her device no longer accepts her calls, and there has been nothing to track her.

    Arf is out right now, shopping for new clothes for Fate. It's not impossible that their Eclipse IDs would still work and they could just go to their dorms, but that would also be the easiest place to find them if someone was looking. Eclipse also hasn't been given much reason to think that Fate isn't coming back, with the exception of Takashi and Euphemia.

    So Fate is in her room, still in her Barrier Jacket, lying on her bed and resting her head on a heart-shaped pillow. Her red eyes look up at the ceiling. Maybe she should go back? Maybe it's not too late? Maybe if she goes back now, mother wont be angry...

    No, that's not true and she knows it. Mother needs help, and Fate can't give it to her the way she is now.

    Fate's door is ajar. She's been a quiet guest, but not especially private. It just might be a bit strange that she hasn't dropped henshin.
Runealy Waldia 2016-04-17 19:31:32 38800
As much as Rune wanted to immediately be by Fate's side, she suspected it would be better to give their latest guests a chance to rest in quiet. Thus, she settled for standing guard over the safe room at first... and she hadn't been alone in that.

Yet now that some time has passed... Runealy leans her head into the room to check on Fate. Eyes open, it seems. That's good; she won't be waking a friend up. What to say, though?

In some ways, the alien princess isn't sure. Some of what Fate has gone through is borders on incomprehensible to Rune; the notion of a mother who is so persistently cruel that their child flat out says 'I give up' and appeared to have lost any spark for life as far as Runealy could tell... is something she just can't imagine; Rune's own mother held her to high expectations, but was never horrible or mean about it.

Other things make more sense to her, though. Being so pressured by a situation that turning to dangerous power sources seems like an acceptable idea... she can easily envision what Fate's physical and mental state from /that/ might be like, having done the same thing herself fairly recently.

So many thoughts rush together to make a realization that she should keep this short and gentle. Non-demanding. "Hey..." It's just that. Not 'hey' followed by commands or comments, it's just a very soft-toned, near-whisper greeting to Fate. One made with somewhat wide, worried eyes.
Nanoha Takamachi 2016-04-17 19:39:06 38801
Peeking just under Rune's head- (Because this person is much shorter) is another head! Nanoha Takamachi! She appears to have contacted Runealy at some point--- she saw her going for Fate. She'd hoped she got to her. She did- and Fate's here and safe.

All smiles! Mostly. They're muted and short because Fate's been through a lot and she knows sometimes smiles can be taken as patronizing. She doesn't know what Fate thinks.

"Fate-chan!" she finally says. "You're safe!" she says, because being with Runealy beats being with Riventon or Mom Testarossa right now.

She has a box, from Midori-ya in her hands. There are muffins inside.

Because she is the muffin girl. Remember. or was it cupcakes. Fate got that wrong too.

Look, cupcakes are just denser muffins right, right!?

Still, here she is!

She isn't presenting the box just yet. She looks to Runealy thoughtfully and then back to Fate.

"I brought breakfast." she says. "Or.. a lunch snack." she says.

"I..wasn't paying attention to the time." she admits suddenly, a little ashamedly.
Fate T. Waldia 2016-04-17 19:49:02 38802
    Upon hearing Runealy's voice, Fate sits up in her guest bed. The alien mage smiles at the alien princess, and shifts her position to dangle her feet over the bed. "Hi..."

    She was letting all of it out during the fight, but right now she's quiet. Maybe there's nothing left to say, or maybe she just ran out of steam.

    When Nanoha appears, she tilts her head and her eyes widen slightly in surprise. Fate wasn't expecting a visit from her. "Nanoha..." she actually uses the name this time, but without honorific. Again, it doesn't seem like an attempt to be rude. She just doesn't fully understand those formalities.

    She actually doesn't remember if it was cupcakes or muffins either. In her defense, she's not from around here, and the main distinguishing feature is one has frosting and the other doesn't.

    She hops off of her bed and starts walking towards the door, her cape is still swishing behind her. "That's okay. I wasn't really paying attention to the time either."

    She stops a few feet away from Nanoha and Runealy. "It's good to see you. Sorry about last time. I guess I got a little reckless."
Runealy Waldia 2016-04-17 19:58:51 38803
Rune looks down to Nanoha, and finally realizes something. "Oh, is that what that box is for? Breakfast, lunch... at this point, it's probably just as good either way." Stepping into the room, Rune waves Nanoha along to follow and then moves to Fate's bedside... only to be met mid-way by Fate.

"Just glad it's 'got reckless', past tense. Been worried about you, you know."

She experimentally tries to sort of 'hover' in Fate's personal space, wanting to embrace her friend and guest but not pushing the issue; if Fate shies away, Rune backs off. "You're done doing that to yourself, right?"
Nanoha Takamachi 2016-04-17 20:08:01 38804
Nanoha Takamachi nods. "Right! Rune-chan has been worried about you! So have I! In fact-- we met about that before, near the Game Crown-- shortly after well. The thing with the Jewel Seeds." she smiles. "She said you were not doing something really good to yourself." she says.

She beams. "Yup! Muffins." she says as she places the box down on the nearby nightstand and opens them. The smell of Banana and Coconut fill the air. Banana and Coconut muffins, it seems! A weird combination but it works.

She turns around and offers a muffin to both Runealy and Fate.
Fate T. Waldia 2016-04-17 20:13:12 38805
    Fate's smile falters at Runealy's and Nanoha's words, and she looks down to the ground. "I'm sorry for worrying you. ... but I am done with that." She looks up at Runealy, and then at Nanoha.

    She doesn't shy away from Runealy entering her personal space, and if hugged she won't shy away from that either. She might wince if Runealy does it too hard, however.

    "I'm not going to do what she wants anymore. Not because I don't love her, but because what she wants isn't good for her. I don't think I failed to use the Jewel Seed because of any lack of skill on my part. I think I failed because the thing is unusable."

    She looks to Nanoha. "You know, don't you? They're called Lost Logia for a reason. Artifacts from ancient societies that advanced before they were ready and destroyed themselves. I don't see how a thing like that could have any use to anyone."

    As she's offered a muffin, she takes it with a smile. "Thank you!" She takes a small bite, chews, and swallows. "Your family still makes some of the best food."
Runealy Waldia 2016-04-17 20:19:50 38806
Rune shows moderation in embracing Fate, and does pull away after a few seconds. "Advanced before they were ready? As in... what, more advanced than Earth?" She tries to wrap her head around this. Cell phones are 'impossible' enough as it is to her; what else could lie beyond that? Still, this is of less concern than Fate's personal situation. "And no, that's probably not a 'skill' thing. If they're anything like what I was using, then there's no 'skill' in using poison. Or... rather," a tiny nod, "The only 'skill' in using them is to /not/ do it."

She might add more, but seeing Fate's demeanor light up like that at what Nanoha just brought is... incredible. It's calming, enough to bring Rune down from wide-eyed worry, and she just opts to 'bask' in it for now.
Nanoha Takamachi 2016-04-17 20:27:24 38807
Nanoha Takamachi smiles. "We're the best cafe in town!" she insists. She nods. "I do know... my friend, Yuuno Scrya, is an archeologist. He's the one that collected the Jewel Seeds, before his ship exploded near Earth. He's trying to get them back- to make sure they get safe to thier destination." she says. "He knows all about a lot of Lost Logia." she says softly.

"It's why... I knew how dangerous they were, Fate!" she says. "They don't work out well for anyone and---"

"I'm glad to hear you're not helping her with that anymore." she says.

"and if you need help-- don't be afraid to ask us for help!" she smiles.

"Until then, you can always come over for cupcakes or--- send someone over for them!" she says.

She looks to Runealy. "Same for you, of course. Cupcakes and Muffins are always best when shared." she says.
Fate T. Waldia 2016-04-17 21:04:37 38808
    "Some of them are more advanced," says Fate, considering. "Earth could destroy itself too if its people weren't careful. It's not just a matter of technology, but knowing how not to use it."

    'No skill in using poison'. Fate considers it. No, but there's skill in using medicine. Yeah, but... there was nothing medicinal about the Jewel Seed she used, or the dark energy she had pumping through her like blood through veins. "No. I guess not."

    Nanoha does understand, which Fate had assumed, but having it confirmed saves Fate from needing to explain. "They don't work out, but there are people who are still tempted by their power. Even if it isn't a person, but just an animal or something that picks it up without knowing... They're a danger, and I still intend to seal them, but not because I need to use them. I won't fight you over them anymore if you promise not to use them either."

    With a smile, she says, "I never did get a chance to come by before, did I? Maybe when I'm sure it's okay I'll try to give you a visit."
Runealy Waldia 2016-04-17 21:08:19 38809
"I'll be there," Rune is quick to accept Nanoha's offer; she has only been to the Midori-ya a few times, but those visits have been enough to make her a fan. "Thank you!"

Fate's offer to change her focus on how Jewel Seeds are pursued is a visible relief, with Rune's weight shifting forward. "There have been a few times I was worried I'd /have/ to fight you, very soon, Fate. If that's not going to happen now, I'm really glad! Though,"

She realizes something else when Fate mentions holding off from Midori-ya visits until it's 'okay.' "Fate, do you have anywhere to go at this point?"
Nanoha Takamachi 2016-04-17 21:15:17 38810
Nanoha Takamachi shakes her head. "My goal has never been to use them. Yuuno's goal isn't to use them. Yuuno's goal has always been about getting them into containment and away from people who would hurt themselves, or others, with them." she says.

"Yuuno, is the one that gave me Raising Heart- to help him. It was his device, but he was never able to um... 'adapt' to it? Integrate with it? He was never able to utilizie fully. He gave it to me and--- I can use it fully. So that's why I have my device and why I'm helping him." she says softly.

She nods. "I'm glad we don't need to fight anymore Fate!" she says with a grin. "You were a strong rival though!" she says with a curt nod.

She looks to Runealy, then back to Fate. That's right...

Does Fate have anywhere to go? That'd stink, wouldn't it? Being alone suddenly? Even if your mom is kind of a jerk at the moment and that's worse?
Fate T. Waldia 2016-04-17 21:22:53 38811
    When asked if she has anywhere to go, Fate looks down. Her feet shuffle a bit, and one hand clasps the other in front of her. "No, I don't. Not anywhere that's safe. I don't know what Mother will do when she finds out I'm missing, and I don't want to find out."

    She looks up at Nanoha, and then at Runealy. "I used to live in an apartment with Arf... but I don't think it'd be smart to move back there. I don't think it'd be smart to go back to the Eclipse dorms, either. I might be able to find somewhere else to live, if I looked around, but I don't have anything at the moment.."

    So, Yuuno wanted to contain them. Fate wonders if Nanoha told her something like that before. She knew that Nanoha's goal was to make them safer to deal with, so she told her part of it already.

    She smiles again at Nanoha, tilting her head. "You were pretty good, too. We can always train, if you ever miss it. I'm surprised at how quickly you've learned, and your magic output is incredible."
Runealy Waldia 2016-04-17 21:30:49 38812
"So /that's/ what all this was about?" All this time, Rune only had bits and pieces of information about Jewel Seeds. Now, with Nanoha's clarification, she finally understands enough to know what's going on. She still lacks the full story, but the astonished look on her face shows that enough has been figured out to reach some useful conclusion.

Then Fate confirms what the princess suspected was the case. "No. You're right, those are bad places to go! So don't do that. Fate Testarossa,"

Rune invokes her full name as a means of specific, formal address in this case. "As a friend, as someone who has helped save my life, and helped save my entire world... you may stay here as long as you like. You will have the full protection anyone else here would, and whatever you need to be well provided for!" It's a sudden display of melodrama, one that passes as she calms down afterward.

Less formally, she insists: "I want you to have the same safety you helped give us!"
Nanoha Takamachi 2016-04-17 21:46:04 38813
Nanoha Takamachi smiles. "Raising Heart takes me into sims, but that's all the training I really have. Raising Heart is... 'old' and had no registered users before me." she says softly. "That and the few small bits Yuuno had taught me- but most of what he knows is defensive.. and utility. He's not a fighter." she says.

"He's an Archelologist!" she thinks. "An adorable, space ferret one." she insists.

She looks to Runealy and smiles. "Okay, so it sounds like you do have a place to stay then!" she says. She smiles.

"So... training with someone who-- is actually there can help me. That's nice of you to ask!" she says with a beaming smile. Not the muted one she entered with.

Then she seems thoughtful a moment. "Hey... Fate." she asks softly. "Do you still don't know why your mom wanted the pieces?" she asks curiously.
Fate T. Waldia 2016-04-17 21:55:15 38814
    Fate watches as Runealy gets more dramatic, and she's quiet for a moment. She isn't sure what to say about it. The same safety she helped give them? That's right. On Runealy's world, she's still considered a hero isn't she? She had a hard time wrapping her head around something that epic. It was easier to think of it as just helping out a friend.

    Her feet shuffle a bit more, and a moment later she decides. "You've always been so nice to me, Runealy. I know there have been some bad things, but I always thought of you as a friend. I'd be happy to stay here. I don't know how long it'll be, but I trust you."

    She looks away for a moment. "... but my mother is powerful, and scary. I don't... want something bad to happen to you because of me."

    Fate hears the kind of training that Nanoha has, and blinks. "Well, sims are pretty good for that. There's a reason why a lot of training is done in sims. They're fairly accurate, and no one gets hurt. Most of my training came from a familiar that my mother made for me. I think I still have a lot to learn, actually."

    She looks down and away again. "No, she never did. Whatever it is, if she's using the Jewel Seeds to do it, it might be something dangerous. Maybe that's why she didn't want to say."
Runealy Waldia 2016-04-17 22:04:27 38816
"He /is/ cute, but... wow. Wait," Rune suddenly becomes confused, facing Nanoha. "How was he using Raising Heart at all? It's bigger than he is and he doesn't even have hands like we do!"

Then to Fate, "However long it is will be? That will be however long it /needs/ to be, and for as long as you'd like. We're not going to kick you out or charge rent or push you to move on, or anything like that. And yes, she's scary..." Rune's head lowers as she recalls her own recent battle with Precia. The princess remembers it quite well; mere glancing blows from Fate's mother still struck with tremendous power, and Rune's own efforts seemed to only barely affect her. It was enough for Runealy to evaluate Precia with a very vaunted position, albeit one informed by extreme bias: 'Almost as strong as my mother', or, 'almost impossibly strong' in more direct terms.

So when Fate brings up the possibility that Precia might come knocking, Rune doesn't dismiss it outright. Her eyes 'lid', worried and quiet now. "That might happen. It might happen no matter what. She could just as easily show up even /after/ you left, to... 'teach me a lesson', or however she might think of it as. And then go after you, alone, to do the same thing. No... if she shows up with that on her mind?"

A few slow headshakes, "I'd rather it be with both of us under the same roof, with lots of friends. We're better off sticking together, precisely because she's as powerful and frightening as you say!"
Nanoha Takamachi 2016-04-17 22:21:55 38817
Nanoha Takamachi looks to Runealy with a blink.... and---

She kind of looks like a deer in headlights for a moment. "Wait that's.. actually a good question. I know devices can change shape..." she seems to be thinking this over.

She frowns at Fate a little. "Still, nothing the Jewel Seeds are good for are--- good things!" she says with a few matter of fact nods. "Yuuno hasn't found a single 'good' thing about them in his time studying them.

She taps her chin. "How many people are here anyways, is it just you Runealy-chan?" she asks softly at Runealy. "It seems like a big place, at least! It's nice!" she smiles.

She looks to Fate. "Right! If your mom is going to come here... she's probably going to come regardless. It's better if you're here- where there's people to help stop her from getting back at you Fate." she says softly.
Fate T. Waldia 2016-04-17 22:30:55 38818
    So... there's no rush for Fate to leave? Then...

    Fate listens to the rest of what Runealy says. If Precia does come around, it would be terrible if they were alone. She hates the thought of it, her mother coming by to teach Runealy a lesson. She hates the idea that her friends might get hurt, and she hates thinking of her mother as the kind of person who would do that.

    That's not the way she remembers her mother being, but the hidden scars on her back tell it like it is. Her memories are already suspect. Who knows how deep the flaws go? Did her mother ever love her at all? It bothers her not to know.

    Eventually, she nods. "Yeah... it would be better if we were together. Even if all we could do is run, it'd be easier to escape as a group."

    To Nanoha, she says, "Well, she has a few people around. It's not just her and me. ... and I could tell just by using it. I think whoever made them intended something a lot different than what they actually made. They seem to be meant as something to make wishes come true, but they don't take your intent and feelings into account, and they need safety features that they clearly don't have before they could ever be considered useful."

    She shakes her head. "I don't think whoever made them meant anything bad, but they're still dangerous."
Runealy Waldia 2016-04-17 22:34:14 38819
"Myself and my friends," Rune answers. She even rattles off the names of her Knights after Fate mentions others being here, and concludes: "So that's about as many people all in one place as I can think of that would all want to tell her 'No. Leave us alone.' It might still be a rough fight, but... it's about the best case situation I can think of."

Talk of Jewel Seeds catches her attention, prompting Rune to move and sit down in a nearby chair - wood, with plenty of red padding to it. "Pretty easy to see why people would want them, even with problems like that. Now I see why you were so insistent about getting them. Was it for her? For your mother? What would she want with something like that, I wonder?"
Nanoha Takamachi 2016-04-17 22:40:49 38820
Nanoha Takamachi blinks. "So.. they grant wishes? But not like you expect. I feel as if I read a scary story with a similar premise..." she taps her chin. "A short story around Halloween Time in school..." she ponders.

She shrugs. "Maybe.. your mom has something to wish for?" she asks.

She thinks to herself, what would someone like that even wish for? She's clearly powerful... powerfuler than a bunch of people who came to stop her that night. Would be able to 'tap into the Linker Cores of hundreds of people' and things like that.

What would you wish for? More of that? Why?

Nanoha doesn't get such awful things sometimes because they never occur to her by itself.

"That's a lot of people here then! I'm sure It's plenty safe here!" she smiles.

"And-- I'll come too!" she says determinedly. "I'll have Yuuno keep watch for me. Just in case." she says.
Fate T. Waldia 2016-04-17 22:47:28 38821
    Fate nods quickly at Runealy. "That's right. It was for her. ... but she must know that they don't really fulfil your wishes. She must know what dangers they pose. I don't know why she'd even want them." She steps backwards, sitting on the edge of the bed. "Maybe if she had a way to fix them... or a safe way to use them, I could understand... but she's never indicated anything like that."

    She nods again at Nanoha. "It does sound scary, doesn't it? ... but you can kind of see it in what they do to whatever picks them up. I doubt that one kitten wanted to grow huge, but maybe it wanted to grow up. Or more recently, I don't think that dog wanted to go so fast, but maybe it had somewhere it wanted to go. I didn't want to become a knight either, but I was thinking about what my mother wanted from me..."

    She looks down, holding her arms around her as if she's cold. Or maybe it's just the thought that chills. "I don't know what she'd wish for. It doesn't make any sense. We were happy together, and she was a respected scientist. What could she possibly be desperate for?"
Runealy Waldia 2016-04-17 22:53:57 38822
"'That one kitten' lives here with us now. Mistpaw," Rune offers a name. "I wonder if Mistpaw will get along okay with Yuuno?" It's an odd question to bring up. "Hope so. Seems to be pretty well behaved so far," she makes a guess at her own inquiry. "So if Yuuno's going to be here, that's probably fine. If he sees anything..."

She ponders this problem, and asks Nanoha: "Does he even have his own phone to call you with, or some other way to get in touch?"

Fate's concerns cause Rune to tilt her own head down in thought. "I can't figure it out either. Even with everything you've just explained, I'm coming up blank. If she shows up... as weird as this sounds, maybe we should ask her outright what she's after?"
Nanoha Takamachi 2016-04-17 22:58:56 38823
Nanoha Takamachi says. "Phone. It's kind of adorable when he uses it." she insists.

"Like, can you imagine this smart phone and his tiny paws pushing the screen and---"

Then she blushes and bites her lip. "Well, you get it!" she says. She looks to Runealy. "In fact. I'll go call him now..." she looks to Fate and smiles. "I don't think you've met Yuuno before! This may be fun, maybe he can make more sense of what you know. He's smart." she asides. Then she politely walks to the door and moves to call Yuuno. She won't leave-- yet, but for now she's making some phone calls!
Fate T. Waldia 2016-04-17 23:07:33 38824
    Fate gasps. "You kept it? It lives here, too?" Fate considers. Mistpaw. Huh. "That was the first Jewel Seed I found upon coming to Earth. I never thought I'd see that cat again."

    "... but... well, we can ask my mother. Maybe she'll answer if she realizes that I won't be collecting them. I just... well, I've asked her several times before, and she still hasn't answered."

    To Nanoha, she shakes her head. "I don't think I have. Not yet." She tries to imagine a tiny cell phone. Then she remembers the Eclipse phone she had Arf ditch somewhere. That's why she was gone when Fate found the latest Jewel Seed.

    Back to Runealy, she smiles. "Thank you again, for letting me stay here. I'll try to be a good guest. I don't know what will happen... but... for now, I'm very happy here."
Runealy Waldia 2016-04-17 23:10:40 38825
"'Try to be a good guest', what?" Rune looks surprised by this, even as she waves aside to the departing Nanoha. "You're pretty much the best guest imaginable, Fate! If being here is helping you," a single, deep and sharp nod follows: "Then that's worth it. I'm glad you're here, and we're going to make this all work out. No more Jewel Seeds, no more dark energy, none of that. That smile, just now," she points at Fate's face, "is one of the best things I've seen in months!"
Fate T. Waldia 2016-04-17 23:18:48 38826
    The best guest ever? "Really?" Fate is glad to hear that. Her eyes close as she beams. This is... more positivity than she's really used to, lately. It feels... a lot more wholesome. Even her smile is complimented. It's nice, for once.

    "Right. No more of that. Whatever happens will happen, but at least for now we can make the choices that we know are right."