Takashi makes it out of the Maze. Ami is waiting ... with takoyaki?

Date: 2017-05-06
Pose Count: 16
Ami Mizuno 2017-05-06 23:44:42 75919
Going home while you're carrying a pocket dimension bearing your egotistical asshole (ex-?)boyfriend in your pocket is out of the question.

So Ami didn't go home.

Instead, she made her way to a place she suspected he wouldn't be interested in fighting her: the very Takoyaki where they had their first real 'date'. Dressed in a blue, pleated miniskirt with suspenders, over a striped black three-quarter-sleeve sweater, and tall white socks, Ami is the very picture of young highschooler, today. She's curled up in one of the booths at the Takoyaki place, glasses on, with food laid out for both herself and for Takashi, whenever he manages to show. She's picked the booth nearest the restroom, and placed the maze card sureptitiously at the edge of the table nearest, hoping no one will notice when he randomly appears near the restroom.

With a book in hand, Ami is deep in study of Sun Tzu's The Art of War. She sips at her coke while she waits patiently.
Takashi Agera 2017-05-06 23:47:53 75922
Takashi had been wandering in that maze for a while, and it's easier for him to get out of it when it's just him - no distractions, and once he got over being really upset, it was all about getting out, getting away from the cold boredom of the maze. He didn't find it quite as interesting as Ami did, but at least his previous experience here had educated him on the thing's 'rules' and how he couldn't really cheat to beat it. But flying instead of walking didn't seem to be cheating. There was a period of time before he stepped through the exit, though, that he prepared.

Because he knew Ami would have chosen where in the real world they'd be, and he half-expected a group of senshi and others to be there. So to step out into the harbor cafe was not... exactly expected, and he did so with a rather large charge of negative energy in either hand. Once he realized where they were - and didn't sense any other magical girls - he let the energy fade away.

"...clever move." he begrudgingly admits to her as his first words.
Ami Mizuno 2017-05-07 00:07:40 75928
Ami looks up over the rim of her glasses towards him, then shrugs just faintly. She motions to the takoyaki and coke on the table in front of her--clearly some ladid out for him, as well. "It's not so clever when I should need stitches," she points out quietly. "If I weren't able to heal quickly, you'd have been out of comission less than I was. And besides," she notes, closing her book. "It won't work again. So now I've lost the element of surprise with that particular trick."
Takashi Agera 2017-05-07 00:22:30 75935
Takashi shrugs and slides into the chair. "You wouldn't have been hurt that badly. The Sword has a very precise way of doing damage, I don't hurt things more than I intend to. But you're not exactly going to be convinced to leave a fight from a needle poke."

Takashi looks just a little awkward at the whole situation, but he gives up and rolls with it, taking a peice of tako and eating it. "Nope, it won't. I'll be expecting it from now on."
Ami Mizuno 2017-05-07 00:39:27 75942
"Badly enough," Ami replies with a sigh. "But regardless, it worked this time." Setting the book aside, Ami takes another bite out of her own takoyaki, chewing the gooey glutionous ball carefully.

She swallows, then looks up at him sternly. "What did you possibly hope to gain by bullying random factory workers? When you're doing things for reasons of misguided science, I can at least understand. But today you seemed like little more than a brutish thug. Who's pulling your strings?"
Takashi Agera 2017-05-07 00:49:44 75946
Takashi stops for a moment. "It's work, Ami-ch..." and then he pauses. "Mizuno-san. I do things, they pay me? Owning a house in Mitakihara is not cheap. I do think it was a gross misuse of my talents, but... I wasn't able to make them see it that way." he muses.

"I think they wanted to buy out the factory, eliminate competition. Standard business things." Takashi's tone indicates he finds it all incredibly boring.
Ami Mizuno 2017-05-07 01:07:50 75952
Ami rolls her eyes just a little, then meets Takashi's eyes directly. "You can still call me Ami," she notes with a sigh. "I haven't stopped feeling what I feel for you, even if I think you're making even more stupid decisions than normal.

"I've just ... got priorities," Ami says, reusing the word that's become something of a curse between the two of them. "And you're on the list, but saving the world and school are higher, right now."


"And apparently your priorities include senseless violence and thuggery. You know, there are better ways to get money."
Takashi Agera 2017-05-07 01:13:42 75956
Takashi grumbles a bit. "I wasn't doing it to make money off of them. It's not like a contract job. I usually turn those down. It was more of a 'do this if you like having a well-funded lab.'

"Sorry, some of us didn't come into a pile of inheritance funds or well-off families and sometimes I have to do things I would rather not do in order to keep moving towards the future I want to build for myself."

He leans back. "At least saving the world is something we have in common." Though they do intend to go about it entirely different ways.
Ami Mizuno 2017-05-07 01:15:08 75958
"Have you ever thought of asking for funding from a more legitimate source?" Ami asks Takashi curiously. "Someone who wouldn't ask you to persist in mindless idiocy? There are other ways, Taka-kun."
Takashi Agera 2017-05-07 01:21:03 75961
Takashi snorts a little bit. "What, go up to the Nippon Gakushiin and tell them a random 15 year old needs funding to investigate a source of energy I can't show them without them passing out, which comes from a world I can't take them to because their little minds will pop?"

"Or I could go to Virtue and I'm sure they'd love to fund my Nullheart programs. No, my options are well and proper limited with the work I need to do."
Ami Mizuno 2017-05-07 01:25:04 75965
Ami rolls her eyes and pulls a credit card out, then places it carefully and distinctly on the table in front of herself. "I didn't mean Virtue or the Japan Academy," she mumbles frustratedly. "You need a sponsor who will allow you to do ethical and safe research, but who won't force you to do really stupid things. I've told you before I want to help you. I've told you before I want ethical oversight. I know what you're facing. Maybe I never went into the dusk zone like we talked about, but between Peru and Okana-san's notes, I get it. But there's still right and wrong, Taka-kun. Things you should and shouldn't do. And with all that dark energy running through you, you're utterly incapable of distinguishing one from the other."
Takashi Agera 2017-05-07 01:37:48 75970
Takashi considers it. But eventually he leaves the card on the table. He does, however, put one finger on it to hold it and spins it with the other. "To be painfully honest, I fear that your 'ethical oversight' would end up being much more detrimental to what I actually feel needs to be done than the occasional council requests."

"So the way I see it, it either ends up with me being frustrated and limited, or lying to you and hiding things from you outright. I don't think the end result of those is going to make things better - for the world or for us."
Ami Mizuno 2017-05-07 02:00:08 75977
"There it is," Ami says quietly, reaching out to pull the card back. "There's the real Riventon," she says quietly. "Certain that he's the only one, and so his arrogance leads him to believe he knows better than the supposedly smartest girl he knows. So afraid that she might be right that he pushes her away when she comes to him with a hand out to help.

"That's the darkness, Taka-kun," she tells him through narrowed eyes. "It's in full control, and you don't even know it. So subtle you write it off as your own thoughts and your own beliefs. But I've seen what it does to people. Alexis Raskoph is living proof of the massive difference that darkness can make in your life."

"But you go on being afraid of me." Ami smiles at him honestly, then leans across the table to gently take his hands in her own. "I'm not going to stop getting in your way. I'm not going to stop protecting this world from Riventon's mistakes. I know my priorities, now, Taka-kun. I love you, and for that reason I'm going to save you from that darkness. But I'm going to stop you from hurting people." Then she lets him go and leans away again.
Takashi Agera 2017-05-07 02:37:47 75984
Takashi thinks for a moment. It's clear that he is actually giving her comments a lot of thought, and it means that there's an odd silence. He breaks it, more or less, by putting a peice of takoyaki in his mouth and chewing it thoughtfully.

"It's got nothing to do with not trusting you." he says, after finishing that bite. "I've just decided it's best to hedge the bets, when we're considering what's at stake. Maybe you're right. Maybe I'm wrong. But maybe I'm not. I've got evidence I feel points in a different direction and I'm not ready to pull away from it just yet."

"If you're right, then you are doing the right thing by 'getting in my way' so to speak. If I'm right, I'm doing the right thing by continuing on my path. But I have a birthright to uphold, a sacrifice someone made on my behalf, and she also thought this was the right thing to do."

"So I can see how we can continue to be aligned against each other even when moving towards the same goal. But it's why I can't accept your offer."
Ami Mizuno 2017-05-07 02:41:06 75985
Ami frowns just a little at his response. It stings a little more than she expected to simply because it's so reasonable. After a few moments, she just nods her head and has another sip of coke, then picks up her book once again. "At least we understand one another," she mumbles to him quietly, doing her best to conceal the pain in her voice.

It's one thing to talk about fighting him. One thing to do so in an act of misunderstanding.

But to actively oppose him; to continue fighting him knowing that he's actually rationed through it so coldly ... knowing that he's calculated her opposition into everything? That hurts.

Ami takes a breath, then picks up her last tako-ball and sticks it into her mouth. Sliding out of the bench, she picks up the Maze and disappears it back into subspace. A pause as she looks at him, then shakes her head and walks away.

Better to get out before she starts crying.
Takashi Agera 2017-05-07 02:48:56 75987
Takashi winces a bit. She doesn't perfect the concealment, but he doesn't want to bring attention to it. He feels like it'd be out of place to try to comfort her back after what he just said. So he doesn't say anything. He just watches her. He watches her as she gets up, watches her as she leaves, and spends a little time staring at where she was sitting before he finishes his own food.