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Alexis meets Takara, and helps her find her way to class.

Date: 2017-06-08
Pose Count: 25
Stahlritter 2017-06-08 00:57:05 78097
The day in Verone is already halfway done -- not that that necessarily means something to a lot of the students who get to have custom day schedules, but still. It's late enough that the school grounds are brimming and bustling with students going bout their business -- or just kill time, as it happens to be.

There's a significant amount of bustle just outside of the classrooms' building, however-- a gathered crowd of people whispering to each other. Rumors of the one large, european boy passing through them.

"From Germany, right?"

"Yeah, the one who was suspended and then went missing for three months!"

"Why'd he get...?"

"You didn't hear? He slammed Kotochi-senpai's head through a sink in one of the bathrooms..."

"*Through* it?"


"But... why?"

"I don't think anyone really knows, it's jus--"

"Don't bother chattering about things you don't know anything about, oy."

The last one was not from the gossiping girls. Rather, it causes them all to jolt into stillness upon hearing the male, european-accented voice -- the very target of their gossip.

Alexis Raskoph thus gives the girls a stinkeye of a look when he passes by them, with both his hands stuck deep into his brown leather jacket's pockets. Because of course he's not going to wear the proper array of the Verone Academy's uniform.
Takara Himura 2017-06-08 01:56:36 78102
New student. First day. This is exciting! Takara is all but bubbling over with enthusiasm at going to her new school, as she makes her way down the hallway. Her foldable cane goes *tak* *tak* *tak* against the floor, clearing a wide swath of students before her because, God forbid, /they/ should be the one to run into the blind girl.

That's because Alexis is the one to do it.

Takara bounces off the other student, who had turned away to quell the chatter of the gossping girls, and lands squarely on her bum. "Hey!" she shouts, "watch where you're going!"
Stahlritter 2017-06-08 02:12:07 78103
Alex looks incredibly cross at all the gossiping crowds, too. Not that Takara can really *see* that. She's probably more likely to hear the gossiping itself.

ANd because of that particular distraction, he doth bump into the blind girl with a quiet "Oof?!"

Bumping into him probably feels as if though walking straight into a brick wall, too, considering how much sturdy muscle he has going on there.

Of course this results in the gossiping girls all gasping at the same time, too. For all anyone knows the next subject of gossip is probably going to be "german transfer student knocking over blind students!" or something else of the sort.

Alex doesn't look at the gossipers this time, though-- he instead frowns down at Takara and goes on to say something... only to immediately cut himself off when realization about *her* state hits in. Oh.

So instead, he sheepishly lets out, "...Sorry," and steps over to lean down and tap his hand against hers-- signaling an offer for her there.
Takara Himura 2017-06-08 02:27:56 78105
It takes a second for Takara to realize that Alex is actually offering to help her up when he taps her hand like that. She scowls at him for a moment, strange white eyes glaring at where she supposes the boy would be before huffing, "Fine," and takes his hand.

A small bell tied to a red ribbon around her wrist tinkles as she gets to her feet, and once up it tinkles some more as she adjusts her backpack, which has a bokken strapped to it. Once assured that eveything is there, she reaches out and puts a hand, perhaps inappropriately puts a hand on his chest.

"Wow, you're built," she says with a smirk. "No wonder it felt like a brick wall." Despite her blonde hair, blue eyes, her accent is nearly native, with only a hint of an American drawl to it. "So. Do you knock dodwn every new kid at school, or were you just excited to meet me?" It's clear by the tone of her voice that she's giving the guy some playful ribbing, as she scoots off one, two steps to the right, bends down, and picks up her cane.
Stahlritter 2017-06-08 02:41:06 78107
Alex's eyes drift along the girl while she's getting helped up onto her feet. Not ogling her, mind you, more studying her general presence-- the bokken, the coloration of hair, the bell on her wrist. Things like that. Data received and processed.

Her hand against his chest brings hsi eyes to widen out briefly, though, with an equally brief hint of a blush appearing on his face. She probably can't see any of that, though.

"...In all fairness," he murmurs, hand leaving hers now that she's actually. Well. Steadied up. "I didn't *know* you were the new kid. SO I guess it was the latter one then."
Takara Himura 2017-06-08 03:07:54 78109
Takara Himura swings to give Alexis a friendly punch in the arm, but underestimates how far away he is, missing it greatly. This doesn't deter her from grinning at the guy. "Yeah, I know. I'm awesome, aren't I?"
Stahlritter 2017-06-08 03:13:59 78110
Alex... blinks at the punch. The one that whiffs way past him. Good thing he can't see the bemused look on his face, one supposes.

"...Sure," is all he says in response to her grin-carried words, though, all while he considers her a bit further for a few seconds. Up until he asks, "Do you know your way around at all? Enough to know how to get where you're going?"
Takara Himura 2017-06-08 03:18:14 78111
"Nope," answers the girl. "Somebody was throughtful, though, and gave me a map." She pulls out a crumpled sheet of paper from her pack, fumbles around unfolding it to reveal the standard issue new student map and guide to the school and holds it up to her face, upside dodwn.

"Hmmmm...." she says, making a show of studying it. "If I'm right, and I always am, I should be rigggggghhht.... /here/." She pokes her finger at the map, placing herself in the wall between the girls and boys bathroom on the second floor.
Stahlritter 2017-06-08 03:22:07 78112
"....What." Alex *stares* at the unfolded map for two seconds before he circles around Takara so that he can look at it also.

And he looks distinctly unimpressed. Up untli she jabs her finger where she does anyway. At that point, he just barely manages to suppress a snort. "You wish," he murmurs without any further explanation on what the deal is.

"Look--" His hand settles upon her forearm, to gently try to signal her to lower the map. "Just tell me where you need to go, okay?"
Takara Himura 2017-06-08 04:07:21 78116
"It's the boys bathroom, right?" Takara asks when she hears him snort. "I promise you, as a proper lady, even if I /was/ in the boys bathroom I would never /look./" In all seriousness, she lowers the map when he touches her arms, "I was working my way towards maths. Room 12-A. I need to make sure he's got my book before we start the class."
Stahlritter 2017-06-08 04:17:56 78117
Alex's brow tics slightly when she guesses the location of her finger right. Or he assumes she's guessing, at least. He's not entirely sure. "...Close enough," he mutters, rolling his eyes around before he grabs lightly upon her bicep. "I can take you there," he offers thus. "It's better for you if you get the muscle memory for the straight route down, right?"
Takara Himura 2017-06-08 04:25:52 78118
"For the most part, yes," Takara says, "though it's not really /muscle/ memory." She lets herself be led down the hallways by her arm as she explains. "I've always been really good at spacial things. Kind of like keeping a map in my head, I suppose once I've been around a while." Silence for a while before grinning sheepishly. "Sorry for teasing you earlier. I'm Takara Himura."
Stahlritter 2017-06-08 04:41:49 78121
"Something along the lines of creating a construct in your mind to represent what you know is around you, right?" Alex speculates audibly. His eyes keep more or less to the front for most of the way down the hall, but when she introduces herself, he dips his green eyes down to her way. "I'm used to much worse in terms of teasing," he points out. Going around superpowered people lends to some interesting measures of teasing, sometimes, see. "I'm Alexis Raskoph." That's DEFINITELY not a local name. "Lot of people just call me Alex. Apparently my name is kind of difficult for the japanese."
Takara Himura 2017-06-08 04:50:39 78124
"Raskoph," Takara muses, pronouncing the name flawlessly. "Thats... Russian? No. German." She grins, "I spent too much time in America. Everybody there called me Tara, but I figured new school, might as well go back to my real name." She lets herself be led for a bit longer before asking, "What are you doing after school? I'll need somebody to show me to the gymn. I have to meet the president of the Kendo club here."
Stahlritter 2017-06-08 05:01:05 78128
Alex lets out a little sound of laughter when she recites his name, and gives his head a brief shake. "Alright, fair enough," he murmurs with a chuckle. Her question brings his head dipping down -- and considering that bokken. "I guess I'm taking you to the gym then," he says. "How's kendo work when you can't see, though?"
Takara Himura 2017-06-08 05:05:25 78130
Takara Himura gives Alex a sly grin. "I guess I'm just really that awesome," she supposes. "They just seem to throw themselves at my sword when they see me, stunned by my awesomeness and beauty."
Stahlritter 2017-06-08 05:09:02 78132
The sly grin is met by a blank look on Alex's part. She might not see it, but she might *feel* the blank stare bearing down on her. "That's cute," he says, tone equally blank. "So how does it *actually* go?"
Takara Himura 2017-06-08 05:21:04 78133
Takara Himura purses her lips as she thinks about how to explain. "I concentrate," she says. "And listen. And feel." She knows it's not much of an explanation. "Everything makes a sound. Sighted people generally just filter out all the background noise of it, but if you put your mind to it you can get a lot of information from that noise."
Stahlritter 2017-06-08 05:28:29 78135
"You're telling me that you listen close enough that you can make out and locate changes in wind pressure or something?" Alex asks, seeming... actually much less disbelieving than he probably *should*. He just sounds vaguely surprised. "I mean. I'd think my hearing is pretty good but I can't manage *that*."
Takara Himura 2017-06-08 05:40:25 78137
"Well yeah," Takara says with a snort. "Your brain is too distracted by what you're seeing." She shakes her head, though. "But it's not really that. I mean, yeah, I pay attention to the wind pressure, but I don't really hear it. I feel it on my skin. But I'm talking about the way that clothes rustle when you move. The sound your feet makes on the floor when you shift to attack. That kind of thing."
Stahlritter 2017-06-08 05:50:24 78140
"Soooo..." Alex's head tilts to one side, and his tone of voice turns more teasing. "What you're telling me is that if I fight you I should be naked and learn how to float."

He's not being even vaguely serious, of course, but *still*.
Takara Himura 2017-06-08 05:55:26 78141
"Yes," Takara says. "That is /exactly/ what I am saying."
Stahlritter 2017-06-08 06:12:43 78142
Alex lets out a snort in response to that too, and shakes his head. "As if," he mumbles. He comes to a stop then, and knocks his hand against the frame of a door to try and attract Takara's attention towards it. "TWelve-A, right? This is it. You'll be okay from here right?"
Takara Himura 2017-06-08 06:14:51 78143
"Yeah, I'm good," the blind girl says. "Thank you for showing me to my class. It was good running into you."
Stahlritter 2017-06-08 06:16:48 78144
"Literally, apparently," Alex notes rather cheekily, flashing a grin (he probably knows she isn't seeing) before he spins to turning off. "I'll come stop by here after classes to take you to gym. Unless you run straight into another student before that."

What a snarky bastard.