Things I Won't, Er, Will Art With

Kazuo and Naru discuss Naru's part in the plan for dealing with Hannah. And chemistry lessons. Maybe Tokyo will be lucky and the chemistry lessons will take a while.

Date: 2017-06-18
Pose Count: 26
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-18 13:40:19 78899
    TXT to Naru: I have questions.
    TXT to Naru: Also a request.
    TXT to Naru: Also breakfast, though I suspect by this time you've eaten.
Naru Osaka 2017-06-18 13:45:02 78900
TXT to Kunzite: That's my line.
TXT to Kunzite: Solid maybe.

TXT to Kunzite: Second breakfast is a thing.

Second breakfast is incentive enough, the potential of coffee (that's part of breakfast, right?) and curiosity about what the request might be. It's clear that she's only downstairs based on the short period of time that passes between text messages and the sound of the door at ECFH opening and closing again, and the soft thump of flats getting kicked off.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-18 13:55:36 78901
    TXT to Naru: I return your line to you intact and unharmed.

Apparently breakfast this morning involves omelette, plus a tofu-laden miso soup, plus options including rice, fish, and bacon. The bacon must be new, because bacon still exists, and Nephrite is not here yet, so the smell can't have wound its tendrils as far as his (admittedly distant) bedroom.

Kazuo pours her coffee at the sound of the door closing, and that's waiting for her on the kitchen counter.

"Good morning," he calls to Naru. "We have a tentative overall plan for dealing with Hannah, instead of plans for dealing with two small pieces of the problem. Are you still in?"
Naru Osaka 2017-06-18 13:59:40 78902
"Good morning." Naru replies and there's an appreciative inhale at the smell of bacon. Omelette and bacon AND coffee, and and and.. there's bribery going on here. Who is still a question.

Based on the still damn hair and the fresh scrubbed look, it's a good bet that there's been some flavour of workout already this morning, although in theory a week before a race starts to be tapering off to hit the race fresh and uninjured.

Clearly taking on Hannah is totally part of one's normal taper.

"I'm in, if I can be useful." Naru replies as she comes to collect that coffee off the counter. "Last time, I was only useful as another target."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-18 14:10:35 78903
Alternatively, taking on Hannah might qualify as the entire week's workouts rolled into one. (If only muscles actually worked that way.)

"We're all going to be other targets this time." There's an empty cup waiting; Kazuo pours for himself, then collects a waiting bowl of soup and takes both to sit.

"Venus and Gull between them worked out where it's going to be happening -- you'll have a look at it before things explode, but think forest. It'll mean that Hannah's winds have debris to work with, sticks and leaves, but Hannah's winds would have debris anywhere, and the treetrunks should abrade some of their energy. Gull is going to lure her out alone. She shouldn't be followed; apparently Gull does this regularly, to take her away to various places overnight, so it won't be out of the pattern.

"Once she's there, Terios will create a barrier, which means first that the damage to the forest won't be reflected in the real world ... and more importantly, Terios has specialized the barrier so that Hannah won't be able to teleport out or reach her underlings for backup."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-18 14:14:32 78904
Naru settles with her own second breakfast and listens. "More cover, even with debris for the winds to pick up, has a great deal of appeal." She sips from coffee and is thoughtful a moment.

"How large is the barrier?" Naru asks after a moment of thought. "How much maneuver room for people will be within it? A lack of calling in her underlings is really valuable."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-18 14:27:45 78906
"The one she set up for the test session covered the rooftop," Kazuo answers Naru. ... that is not a small amount of space. "Hemispherical." That is not a small amount of volume. "Mercury estimates that that left Terios just enough energy to mount a basic defense if necessary. The edges will likely be visible. We tested it against a dedicated and flexible Device user -- less powerful than Hannah, but working undistracted and able to devote his full attention; he was able to damage it but not bring it down, not the way she revised the spell. I showed her the way that I attacked Hannah's and Riventon's barriers before, in case Hannah's picked up that technique, and Silvia and Tyrfing were able to come up with an effect that disrupted my ability to keep it going ... so we have a backup plan there, too, in case 'hitting Hannah repeatedly' is insufficient."

He's ignoring his coffee again. And the soup. "But keeping Hannah confined is going to take all of Terios' attention, and the lion's share of Mercury's. Keeping Hannah off of Terios is going to be a significant priority. Mercury assigned Silvia to bodyguard her. There's likely to be one more noncombatant, a girl Hannah is emotionally very close to; Gull thinks that she may be able to convince Blue to bodyguard her. Which will leave the rest of us assigned to 'keep Hannah distracted and wear her down.' Until it's time for you and Gull and the thing Gull calls Unity Loop to finish things."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-18 14:30:23 78907
Naru is not ignoring her coffee. She's sipping coffee while listening intently. Her omelette, however, is feeling a bit neglected, even if the bacon isn't. Bacon is easy enough to pick up with one's fingers and nibble upon while listening.

Naru nods slowly at the descriptors of size, and testing that's already happened. There's a bit of a frown, thoughtful. "Me and Gull and Unity Loop? What are we doing as a finisher?"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-18 14:36:48 78908
"Unity Loop," Kazuo answers, "is something a little like a single-purpose Device. It's designed to gather others' power, like I do, then augment it and send the augmented version on its way. Once Hannah's at the right point, metaphysically and emotionally ... Unity Loop will cue us."

His eyes glint in the light, that way that on anyone else would be a slow, predatory smile. "What we'd like you to do is feed a boost to Unity Loop. If you augment its augmentation, then Gull feeds it her strongest purification attack, and everyone else left standing hands it whatever they can spare to feed to that ... at worst, the effect of your augmentation and its should be additive, and still considerably stronger than either would be alone. At best, it might be multiplicative."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-18 14:44:02 78909
"Mmm." Naru answers at the description of Unity loop, and then there's a silent pause.

Another sip of coffee, and there's an echoing little smile as she listens to the details of how this fits together in an ideal world. "No wonder you're intent on feeding me." She notes, finally reaching to eat more omelette rather than just bacon. "I can do that. I also have sketches that you can drain if you need, can Unity Loop do that with my drawings as well? Then I can dump even more energy into prep, depending on when this is going down."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-18 14:51:47 78911
Kazuo leans to set soup and cup on the table, and then takes out his phone, thumbing out an innocuous-looking text to Haruna before picking the soup bowl back up. "Don't know. We'll find out. Gull indicated that Unity Loop works like my powers do, in which case if you can get the drawing to it, that should function. Or if you can draw a symbol for the boost that you can toss to it, perhaps. Or, further, Gull mentioned that one could hold out one's hand and it'd take energy until the hand was pulled back -- so if you hold out the drawing ..."

He tilts his head, regarding Naru in absent evaluation, and then adds the other potentially useful-to-an-artist part. "The aesthetic it uses is an excessively cheerful infinity symbol, floating midair, spinning on its axis."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-18 15:00:15 78912
Naru nods at the mention of taking offered energy. "I can prep a seperate notebook just for Unity Loop to use as needed as well. Then if we're kept separate, it'll still have access."

"Do you know what colour?" Naru asks as she considers how to make an infinity symbol cheerful. Spinning isn't so much of a problem.

Naru drinks more of her coffee, and nibbles a bit more bacon. "Do you have any idea on timing for this?"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-18 15:07:37 78913
Kazuo makes a small, slightly awkward gesture. "Bluish. Metallic. Shining." He pauses. "I think it thinks 'yay!' is a particle to mark the beginning of a spoken sentence."

His joy at half-sharing a powerset with the thing is clearly infinite.

"As for timing ... Too soon and not soon enough. As soon as Gull can lure Hannah away. Bet on tonight." He exhales slightly. "My apologies for not giving you more detailed preparation time. I only learned about Unity Loop's existence recently."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-18 15:14:21 78914
Naru eyes Kunzite's delight at half-sharing with anything that uses 'YAY!' as punctuation and tries not to giggle. Not entirely successfully. "Duly noted."

There's a little shrug at the apology and Naru waves a bit of bacon in dismissal. "It is what it is. I have a fairly healthy stash of drawings available to drain, I haven't been using magic beyond training in quite some time, so I'm pretty solidly filled up. Any other pre-drawing requests for over the day when I can still try and replenish before this evening?"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-18 15:17:22 78915
"Consider things you can use to help keep Hannah distracted that aren't a flamethrower," Kazuo says, perfectly solemn. "I can put out any trees you set on fire, but it might not be optimal."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-18 15:30:35 78916
"If they are healthy living trees, they'll just scorch a bit rather than active light on fire." Naru points out pragmatically, even if it ignores the reality of magical flame not /always/ paying attention to that minor detail.

"I don't usually have a lot of my own, or at least I'm not as confident in active attacks of my own. Bombs aren't reliable enough for a situation where there's others around. I'll see what I can think of. I might just stick with augmenting others." Naru eyes Kunzite's cup for refill needs, as she picks up her own cup to go and top it up.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-18 15:37:40 78917
"Leaf litter," Kazuo replies to Naru deadpan. "Forgive me. I've already had a forest floor try to kill me on its own once; I'm not particularly at ease with them." Except, apparently, Jadeite's. ... though he did do quite a bit of eyeing parts of it last time they were there, come to think of it.

As usual, Kazuo has yet to get around to actually drinking his coffee. His priorities could probably use some work. "Do what you think best," he says. "Only be clearly doing something, even if it's only shouting at Hannah, or picking up a stick and throwing it at her to distract her. If you lurk in the background this time, she'll realize you're being held in reserve."

Like Kyouko. But Kyouko won't be close enough to be visible unless things go very wrong.
Naru Osaka 2017-06-18 15:40:52 78918
"If I'm augmenting others, it'll be pretty clear I'm doing /something/. I'm subtle, but not quite /that/ subtle." Naru points out as she tops up her coffee and doctors it and then returns to the table. "If you're worried about me lighting the underbrush on fire, then bombs aren't ideal either. I'll nix that from the potentials. I can possibly just throw energy directly, but I should be in conservation mode 'til the end."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-18 15:45:18 78919
Kazuo's eyebrows lift. "That depends on the bomb, doesn't it?" he says. "They don't all have to explode in fire."

'That's just the most fun' might perhaps be lingering somewhere inaudible.
Naru Osaka 2017-06-18 15:52:47 78920
"Where's the fun in that?" Naru asks with a grin. "I mean really. Fire is classic. Better against plants though.. it's /true/. I totally blame Fiore." She pauses and then leans over to call out towards the balcony. "Love you now!"

Just in case the rose bush gets offended.

"The fact that I haven't yet had a bomb go off in my hand, also a bit of a challenge. Although I /think/ the set I drew most recently are better." Naru explains as she picks up more omelette. "They felt better, as utterly unhelpful a measure as that is."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-18 16:00:07 78921
(That rosebush is spoiled. Kazuo brought it breakfast, too. By which we mean that it's been cloudy and raining all morning, so he took the sunlight he'd absorbed on the rooftop the other day and simulated a half-hour's break in the clouds for it.)
Kazuo Takebao comment is made aloud about it being better against plants; Kazuo only turns his head a little to the side and glances aside and down. ... it's a purely visual check to make sure his hair is still where it should be. Then, without a word, he finally starts eating his soup.

"I wonder," he says eventually, "if learning the chemistry involved would be more of a help or a hindrance for you in those things."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-18 16:03:41 78922
"Not sure." Naru admits. "For some odd reason, they don't teach bomb making in high school chemistry class. Something about not encouraging a generation of home grown terrorists. I expect I could sit down with google and get myself on a dozen watch lists or so."

Naru sips from her coffee thoughtfully. "Colour theory helped me intergrate in with energies, so I expect chemistry might help. I don 't think about it when I'm drawing, exactly, but clearly my brain accesses that sort of information somewhere along the way."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-18 16:06:02 78923
Kazuo's eyebrows twitch upward. "Why sit down with Google?" he asks. "I'm sure we know a few people who could tutor."
Naru Osaka 2017-06-18 16:13:08 78924
"Because you guys are busy, and I'm busy and Google is really easy going about stupid questions at weird hours." Naru points out with a rueful expression. "Although everytime I think that's going to settle, something else comes up. Still, in theory, life might settle. In theory."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-18 16:17:26 78925
"Mn. Point. I'm sure we can think of something, though."

(The entire world should pray that 'something' does not mean 'Naru gets introduced to Derek Lowe's Things I Won't Work With.)
Naru Osaka 2017-06-18 16:20:47 78926
"We always do. Eventually." Naru points out.

If there's to be energy expeniture later, then second breakfast is an act of mahou patriotism and Naru settles to her omelette with that focus. Silence is a comfortable thing.