Alexis and Miku put heads together about what exactly happened to wind up with two Alexi, and why.

Date: 2017-03-18
Pose Count: 29
Alexis Raskoph 2017-03-18 08:21:21 73581
It really doesn't take long for Alex to get to the rooftop of the Verone dorms after the short series of texts exchanged between the two of them. He *did* say he was just a block away, afterall. And by the time Miku's gotten herself ready and up to the roof, she finds him already up there-- hood flipped back already, and hands stuck into the pockets of the hoodie while he stands precariously close to the very edge of the rooftop. Staring down over it to the grounds several stories down below, while he waits for the girl to come along.
Miku Kohinata 2017-03-18 08:34:43 73582
Miku emerges from the fire escape about ten minutes after the last text. Sneakers and a school kilt, beneath a brown zipper-up hoodie and a band teeshirt. She looks a little tired, but not defeated. With a faint squint, Miku flicks on a flashlight towards Alex, looks him over briefly in the light, then turns it back off and pockets the beam once again.

"Just making sure you aren't grinning," she notes annoyedly. "So where are we going?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-03-18 08:45:19 73583
THe sound of her approach draws the german boy to turn around to face her... only to end up having to bring a hand up to shield his face from the beam of the flashlight. Damnit. To her explanation for that, he just lets out a quiet, vaguely annoyed grunt.

"I didn't think that far yet," he admits, however, when he takes a few steps away from the roof's edge, and lowers himself down to one knee to make it easier for Miku to climb on. "I thought I'd wing it."
Miku Kohinata 2017-03-18 08:47:45 73584
Miku considers that answer for a moment, then shrugs a little and moves towards him. This time she does hesitate to get on, although maybe it's for the lack of anything covering her legs. Still, she does put her legs around his hips, and her arms around his neck, and sighs. "Yeah, winging it," she agrees quietly. "That's how we wound up with two of you," she notes.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-03-18 08:56:12 73585
It's not as if Alex is really has the kind of vantage point where he could see anything because of that. Somehow Miku might get the chence he doesn't really care to let himself be seen when he jumps around from building to building.

EIther way. Rather than commenting on what she's said, he just gives his usual warnig of "Hold on" before he rises up to both feet and goes running and leaping off the roof.

Either way-- Alex ends up carrying Miku along for a while, rooftop to rooftop, until he eventually ends up deciding on some actual destination. If Miku's keeping her eyes open, she'll recognize them coming upon Uminari's harbor district-- and soon enough the strength put into the leaps dies down, the final one arcing the two of them over the wall keeping people away from the grounds of the now-closed Roaring Bayside theme park.

"No one should bother us here at least," he offers in a murmur, lowering down to one knee again so that she might drop down to her feet easily.
Miku Kohinata 2017-03-18 09:07:41 73586
Miku closes her eyes, at first. She always has. But as the trip progresses longer than expected, she allows her eyes to briefly open. Then she lets them open a little more. Until eventually they're staying open, watching as the city passes beneath them at Alexis' meandering pace.

When they land, it takes Miku by surprise, so intent was she on the movement beneath her. But Alexis doesn't jump again, and Miku startles with a soft-voiced, "Eh?"

She looks up, looks around, confused, then slowly slips off of his back to the ground. "Oh, good. This way if you leave me somewhere, I won't be able to get out without calling the police."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-03-18 09:22:53 73587
"...I wouldn't do that to you," insists Alex with a slightly bemused look sent towards the girl once he's risen up from his knee.

He tips his head forward slightly in a nudge meant to be indication of direction, and urges of her, "Let's walk," while he's already making a turn to step forward. At this time there really isn't that much to do at the amusement park than take in the sights. Some teens might consider sneaking in here a bit of a thrill on it's own right too, but they might not be considering that at the moment.
Miku Kohinata 2017-03-18 09:26:43 73588
Miku doesn't follow him immediately. She watches him take his first steps away, then sighs and takes three quick ones to catch him up. "Why here?" she asks him curiously. "Why not a park, or a mall, or a place for karaoke, or ..." she trails off. "Eh, I guess it doesn't matter."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-03-18 09:40:00 73589
"I didn't feel like dealing with crowds," is all Alex claims as way of explanation to that particular question, one hand already going sticking into his pocket. "Power should still come through. Maybe we can figure out a way to get some of the arcade machines on." ... Lofty goals with this one, apparently.

"Though, really, I just wanted to talk," he goes on saying then, and his head turns just so that he can keep one eye on her. "WHat... did you do, exactly? With the book?"
Miku Kohinata 2017-03-18 09:55:49 73591
A soft hiss escapes Miku at the suggestion they power on the arcade, but she doesn't otherwise verbalize her arguments.
But there's the real question. What's she done with the book? Miku shrugs a little and hugs herself, as she walks along beside Alexis. "I've still got it," she says. "Not on me, right now. But I've still got it.

"I don't think he would have hurt me," Miku notes quietly. "I don't think he wanted to hurt you, either. I think ... he just wanted to be."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-03-18 10:06:19 73592
"...I couldn't tell for sure," Alex murmurs, with a faintly unhappy tone within his voice before he sighs. "I don't know what he might... try to do. For all I know he might.... actually go back to my parents. Back to school again. To-- my life." He lets out a slightly heavier sigh after saying those last three words.

"...I don't know what to do. Or if I even should do anything."
Miku Kohinata 2017-03-18 10:14:36 73593
"If he even sticks around," Miku replies thoughtfully. "I'm not sure he will. The rainstorm went away. The demon of music went away. The things that book makes don't tend to stay. Maybe he won't, either," Miku suggests.

Or maybe he's already in Alexis' bedroom, making his parents very happy indeed, right now. She doesn't know, and that is the problem.

"Would it be so bad if he did?" Miku asks curiously. "You've been trying to avoid them for months, now. It'd make it easier for you to avoid notice if no one was looking for you."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-03-18 10:26:39 73594
"That's assuming he actually-- acts like I do and doesn't do something... weird," Alex points out-- but the frown that is forming upon his features is something that speaks more of ruefulness than anything else.

"...It's not as if I didn't consider that," he admits right after. "Especially after he--" He cuts the sentence short there, and looks away from Miku. "... I guess it doesn't matter if he ends up. Disappearing."
Miku Kohinata 2017-03-18 10:36:44 73595
Miku sighs and looks up at the sky, then gives up almost immediately again. She sighs and looks instead to Alexis, briefly, then shakes her head. "On the bright side," she observes quietly, "at least now we know. There's no way that was anything but the book's influence."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-03-18 10:59:49 73596
"It's very difficult to think it as anything else at this point, yes," Alex agrees, with another brief sigh.

"I should thank you for thinking to try that though, I think," he murmurs then, with his gaze briefly turning even further away from the girl. "To try to make things. A little better for me."
Miku Kohinata 2017-03-18 11:08:34 73597
"I tried," Miku says softly. "I'm sorry it didn't work. I thought ... there was no way asking for happiness could possibly be harmful. No way it could turn against me. It would make you happy or it would fail."

She sighs, then observes, "I was wrong. But I guess I'm not really surprised as I should be. Disappointed? Except that I'm not really disappointed, because it worked. But I am a little disappointed because I apparently have no idea how to control it."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-03-18 11:14:31 73598
"I don't know how exactly you went about it," murmurs Alex, with a brief peek sent down towards her. "But maybe it had to with... limits to it, I guess. Maybe my condition is just so... deep-ingrained in my existence, at this point, that it couldn't affect me. So... it did the next best thing to achieve what you put down there, and reach a reality with an 'Alexis Raskoph' who is 'happy'."

His shoulders roll around then. "But-- I guess form of control through song doesn't really provide a lot of accuracy in control."
Miku Kohinata 2017-03-18 11:16:12 73599
"Or maybe it can't change things; maybe it can only make new things," Miku suggests to Alexis. "You shouldn't make any assumptions about what it means, because it could mean just about anything. But no, writing songs and hoping to craft one small result from that song is pretty difficult."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-03-18 11:37:14 73600
"Maybe. I don't know." Ale's shoulders slump. "It's not as if I am... an expert in anything like that, it's true."

"What are you going to do, though? Now that you know that much about it?" His head turns enough taht he can settle both of his eyes down on her. At this point, there really is no actual direction for them walking through the park-- just weaving passively through all the closed attractions.
Miku Kohinata 2017-03-18 11:41:56 73601
Miku stops walking altogether, and turns to look back the way they've come. She turns around full circle, then sighs and shakes her head. "I don't know," she says softly. "I don't know, yet. Except that I'll be more careful with what I write, that's for certain."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-03-18 11:50:23 73602
He stops when she does, though his longer legs probably ended up taking him a bit further than her before that. Enough that he has to turn himself around a half-circle s othat he can face her again. He doesn't ask her why she's stopped, or urge the answer to his question faster. He just watches her.

And when she does answer him, he lowers his head, slowly. "Yeah," he breathes out. "I wish... I could give you more advice than that, but..."
Miku Kohinata 2017-03-18 12:10:34 73603
"But neither of us knows anything about magic books," Miku replies with a frown. "Which is why I should probably put it away and leave it there. It's too dangerous, it's too unpredictable."

A sigh escapes the green-haired girl, and she looks back to Alexis, eyes dead set on his. "So now what?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-03-18 12:22:07 73604
"Could always ask someone who actually knows more," Alex offers with a roll of his eyes. Now that the green-head is fully facing him, he doesn't try to shy away from her gaze-- green eyes meeting her own, even if they maintain the usual blank tone to them. "About things like this, I mean. Maybe-- help you figure out a way to use it properly. I feel like it'd be better than just... let it be."
Miku Kohinata 2017-03-18 12:30:52 73605
Miku grunts and glances back towards Verone, almost worriedly. "Yeah, I could," she agrees quietly, "except I don't trust the only one who I know that knows more than I do about these things. She's ..." she trails off a little, uncertainly. Then she shakes her head. "Anyways, I don't know anyone else. Do you?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-03-18 12:37:45 73606
"Yes." The answer comes without so much as a second's worth of a pause from her question. "I haven't spoken in person with him in a while. But. I trust him to be able to help figure that thing out without any ulterior motive other than making sure no one gets hurt."

The look she sends off to the general direction of where they came from, however, doesn't go unnoticed, and his eyes flicker briefly to the same direction. "WHat is it?"
Miku Kohinata 2017-03-18 12:40:30 73607
"Just someone I don't like much," Miku replies quietly with a sigh. "But she's more Hibiki's problem, than mine. It's fine," she explains quietly. "Anyways, who do you know that knows about magical books?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-03-18 12:44:26 73608
"The girl I saw fight those things the first time I met you?" Alex asks, curiousity apparently getting the best of him. And he tosses a look to Verone's direction again, too. "You don't think she somehow would hear you talking about her, do you?" That might be intended as a joke. Hard to tell with him.

"Less magic books specifically, and more magic as a whole," he corrects. "And I trust him to be able to find out about something he doesn't already know about, too, at the very least-- or know someone who can. Has given me plenty advice before, too. Came to know him by association, mostly. I'm not sure you know him, but you might too. Kunzite, they call him. I know him as Kazuo something or the other too."
Miku Kohinata 2017-03-18 12:53:59 73609
Miku looks back to Alexis, then shakes her head. "I don't know a Kunzite-san or a Kazuo-san," she says, dropping the issue of whoever it is she does know.

She hesitates a few moments, not answering his unspoken question. But eventually, she concludes, "I need to think about it some more. Reread what I wrote and try to figure out why it did what it did. Maybe I can figure it out."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-03-18 12:59:54 73610
"Well..." Alex shrugs once she's said all that. "That's... up to you. Still. If you feel like you need help-- Let me know. I'll put you in touch, alright?"

With a slow turn in place, he starts taking steady steps again, to return himself to motion tossing a quick question of "Should we head back?" to her.