The Spice Must Be Eaten Because It Exists

"Don't you want to, y'know, TASTE your food, Raskoph-san?"

Date: 2017-06-21
Pose Count: 35
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-21 23:04:32 79229
Korma Chameleon.

The curry shop is as calm in the middle of the day as one can really be, just after work and school hours have ended for most. Not everyone goes on straight home, afterall.

The relative calmness, however, is suddenly disrupted by way of... the door opening.

Now this is typically a fairly mundane thing, yes. But the hand that grabs onto the portal pulls it open with such force that even with it brought to a stop before it slams into anything, it is still heard and *felt*.

And thus, on the other side, one (1) Alexis Raskoph, with one hand on the door, with the lapels of his open leather jacket and the tie that's part of the school uniform underneath sent flapping within the air currents sent flowing just from the sheer force of the act of door opening alone -- or maybe that's just his presence.

This inevitably draws looks. And probably some groans from some of the more regular folk who recognize the foreigner who temporarily turned the joint into a biohazard area before.
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-21 23:06:17 79230
The bespectacled redhead sitting amid a pile of books at the table by the door looks up, startled by the door opening so forcefully. Blinking owlishly for a moment, she tilts her head. "Um... Hallo, Raskoph-san? How've you been, then?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-21 23:12:20 79232
It seems as if though it is right in time with Alex's head turning towards the redhead that the flapping of his cloth lapels ends. His gaze levels to study the girl for a good few seconds before his head dips in a nod and a quiet grunt before he declares to her in response, "Fine, Rashmi!"

And yes. He used her first name. Without even any honorifics. Friggin' foreigners, amirite?

And finally, he steps through the treshold of the door proper, hand drawn away from the door to allow it to close on it's own while the hand tugs lightly at his tie to loosen it up a bit.

"So. Am I still limited to Level Three?"
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-21 23:29:00 79235
Rashmi Terios clears her throat, apparently content to let the cultural faux pas slide without comment. "We-e-ell," she says slowly, mulling the answer over for a moment, "If you've been paying for your food at all recently, then you're probably at the point where you can order whatever you want. It's just..." Rashmi looks up, tilting her head. "Don't you want to, y'know, taste your food, Raskoph-san?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-21 23:43:12 79238
The steps that Alex was taking come to a sudden halt with that seemingly armor-piercing question. His eyes swivel back to the redhead's way, and there's a slow series of blinks sent towards her.

"... But... there is taste, right?" he asks, in a voice that has suddenly dropped in volume. "... It's just. A hot taste. And such."
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-21 23:50:14 79240
"Well okay yeah, but there's like... a whole bunch of things that the hot is covering up," Rashmi says, shrugging. "I mean like... you've had the three-star mangsho, and that's hot and mustardy and spicy and potatoes and chicken thigh and eating it's like huddling up against a fire while it's snowing outside. Five-star mangsho? It's hot and hurts your eyes."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-22 00:05:23 79242
"Well I'm not going to build up strength against the spiciness if I don't eat the spicy stuff, am I?" Alex points out in counter with a bump of his fist made against his chest. "And then once I can bear the spiciest thing in the world, I will be able ot enjoy the great taste beneath too! Yeah?"

That is some bizarre logic. But he seems very convinced by it.
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-22 00:07:40 79243
"No, it just means all the hot won't hurt so much, and you won't mind your eyes are leaking but you'll still have to not touch them with your hands," Rashmi sighs. "That's why Mami hates putting five-star spices on anything, she thinks if you have to be silly about it then just point a can of pepper spray into your mouth and save people the work."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-22 00:13:48 79244
"But the spices exist and have been established to be edible, yes?" ALex says in turn to that, now turning to slap his hand onto Rashmi's table with a vigorous headnodding ensuing. "So just like people are going to climb a mountain because it is there, then the spice must be eaten too because it exists!"


He lets out a quiet cough, and then nudges his head towards a chair in indication. "...Can I sit with you?"
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-22 00:15:13 79245
".......Sure," Rashmi says weakly after that.... declaration of...... ....... ......something. Gesturing to the unoccupied half of the booth, she scoots some books aside to make an unobstructed sightline. "Spice embargo aside, how've you been?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-22 00:34:23 79247
"Alright!" Huffs out Alex to the permission given with a surprising amount of energy before he moves to slide into a delinquent-slump upon the chair opposite from the redhead. "How about I go middle then? Level four, yeah?"

It might occur to Rashmi that this gaijin may be slightly mad.

"Considering I still haven't been kicked out of the country, I think the right estimation would be 'just about fine'," he offers in answer to her question, with thick brows slowly lifting upwards. "I mean. I was almost expelled from school few months back because... reasons." He eyes the knuckles of one of his hands for a moment there. For some reason. "'Least I haven't been eaten by shadows or anything."
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-22 00:39:00 79248
"You'd have one up on a couple people," Rashmi sighs. "And I think I heard, something about a fight and a bathroom sink?" Shaking her head, she closes her workbook. "Still it's good to hear though... It's been pretty rough out there for some of us. Hopefully it'll calm down for awhile, but, who can say, y'know?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-22 00:44:38 79251
A very visible and audible wince on the part of Alex when she says *that*. ANd for once, he ends up averting his eyes from the redhead for a moment, while he mumbles, "...Didn't think that gossip travelled outside Verone..." with his lips protruded out slightly in a faint hint of a pout.

That look's warded off of his features with a shake of his head, however, and a brow quirks slightly at something RAshmi says. "'Some of us', huh?"
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-22 00:47:15 79253
"....No I mean I heard you talking to someone out by the broadcast tower," Rashmi says, clearing her throat. "Anyway, yeah... Between the Prince of Nightmares and this other thing, it's been a wild couple weeks."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-22 00:56:57 79255
"...So it's my own mouth I need to work on keeping shut then," mutters Alex iwth another brief look off over to the side.

"Well, well... I don't suppose this other thing..." Alex's hand ends up finding a chopstick, snapping it between his fingers and turning it to twirling along all five digits of the hand. "Rhymes with 'mannah'? If so, I hope you left her able to stand, at least. I've some unfinished business, too."
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-22 01:11:44 79256
"Yeah and yeah," Rashmi sighs, lowering her voice. "But she's had some, uh... surgery... done on her magic, and she should be okay if she keeps busy, and doesn't do something stupid. And after that, well.... let's hope, y'know?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-22 01:20:54 79259
"'Surgery'," Alex repeats after Rashmi, eyes lidding for a few seconds. "So then..." His voice lowers likewise then, too. "Mercury repeated the operation she learned from working on my body, did she? I suppose her situation wasn't that dissimiliar to mine, that. Except..." A finger goes tapping at his chest. "I don't have any 'magic' to grow back in the first place."
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-22 01:28:29 79262
"Far's I've learned, everyone does," Rashmi says, shrugging. "Some people have more than others, but. If it wasn't for Nicomachea, my biggest ambition'd be to turn Debate Club into a career in politics."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-22 01:40:21 79264
"That's the kind of fate most of us end up having to deal with," Alex points out with a rueful shake of his head, hand going over his chest again -- the left side. "Sorta thing I have to deal with too, since there ain't enough of it 'ere. " Nevermind that he's able to perceive and remember the supernatural ongoings well enough these days. "Well. Probably not politics. Probably whtever my parents end up making of me. ...Or just some gang nonsense if they end up disowning me, I dunno."
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-22 21:47:32 79283
"...Not sure why you keep saying you don't have enough," Rashmi murmurs, shrugging. "I mean if you found a Device, you could probably do pretty well for yourself... probably something Belkan would suit you best. Really the question is what d'you want to do, Raskoph-san? Probably best to start with that."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-22 22:04:59 79284
"I mean if I had enough," mutters Alex, with the chopsticks twirling between his fingers getting snapped between two digits to be held pointed upwards. "I would already be able to do... something. Anything. I'd think I would have picked up on something all those times I was fighting... every next bloody person you could think of across germany and england both."

The chopsticks get set down, now, and he lets out a sigh-- only to end up giving Rashmi a bit of a *look* across the table. "...For having me figured out for someone that is more or less caught up in the fact that you people exist, you assume I know a lot more than I do. None of those words mean anything to me. The heck's a Belkan?" Her actual question, however, makes him dip his eyes downwards. "...The same thing I've been doing for years now, just... Able to keep up again."
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-22 22:10:45 79285
"Mkay," Rashmi chuckles. The pair of them are seated at a table near the door -- Rashmi surrounded by books, Alexis mid-meal -- and the redhead leans forward. "Bearing in mind that I only really know the super super basics, there're a lot of different styles of Devices, and the technology behind them, but the most popular ones come from two cultures; Midchilda and Belka. Midchildan Device users, like me, tend to call themselves Mages. You can tell which is which, because Midchildan Devices for some reason speak in English, and the Belkan ones in some kind of German. And Belkan Devices tend to be more... ............. ...combat-focused. But honestly, I really don't know what's involved in bonding with a Device, I found mine in a secondhand bookstore, wedged between copies of the Lord of the Rings."
Takara Himura 2017-06-22 22:21:37 79286
*Tinkle*Tinkle*Tinkle* goes the door chime announcing a new guest to the Restaurant. Who just happens to be a certain blind girl: Takara Himura. This has become a regular stop for her for two reasons. One, the company. Both her boyfriend-for-funsies and his sister live here. Two, the food. Oh, God, the food. Takara is there long enough to hear some familiar voices, and when the Hostess finally comes to greet her, she asks her something.

Nodding the hostess comes over to Alex and Rashmi's table and says, "Excuse me. But the girl over there says she knows you and asks if she can join you?" Somehow, as if on queue, when those seated looks to see who that girl is, Takara waves happily in their directly.

Well. Almost their direction.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-22 22:33:17 79287
"German," repeats Alex, with a slightly bemused look given to Rashmi. "You're not just makign some joke relating somehow to me being from GErmany, I hope. Still-- let's say I 'had' one of those. WHat's to guarantee I could *work* it? And even then, it's..." He peeks to the side. "...It's not really *my* power then, is it?"

His attention is directed over to Takara soon enough, however, and his head tilts slowly sideways. "...Well. Good ears on that one."
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-22 22:37:11 79289
"Sure it is," Rashmi says, sipping from a glass of soda. "Just, most magic that Devices work is 90% calculations using physics that don't even make sense unless you start with the assumption that black is white and the moon is a giant burdock root. I'm calling it 'unphysics' so my brain doesn't catch fire while I'm learni--"

Rashmi falls silent as the hostess comes over, and beams. "Sure, Fukomi-san! Bring her over! Hallo Himura-san!" she says, waving from their table.
Takara Himura 2017-06-22 22:44:20 79290
Takara Himura gets led to the table, finds the chair and seats herself, folding up her cane to put it away in her bag. "Hi there, Terios-san!" she says cheerily, "Alex! I haven't seen you at school in a while. How have you all been?" When asked if she would like anything to drink, she orders a Mango Lassi.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-22 22:48:03 79291
The look that Alex gives Rashmi while she explains the... er, unphysics, is best described as entirely *blank*. He doesn't have the time, thankfully, to verbally express his confusion before Takara's guided over to the table.

THe first greeting the blind girl gives *him*, well... His mouth works itself open and closed a few times over while he tries to work on... well. Some kind of appropriate response to say to it. Ultimately he just ends up with "Wellll...." and lets that particular notion hang in the air.
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-22 22:52:43 79293
"....I see what you did there," Rashmi deadpans, followed with a small chuckle. "Personally I'm just glad that stuff is calming down for awhile. Now it's back to studying for me."
Takara Himura 2017-06-22 23:00:44 79295
"Aahaaaaa!" Takara says, grinning hugely and pointing at Rashmi in recognition of blind humor. Now that the humor bit has been taken care of she settles into the discussion. "Has it?" she asks. "I mean. I practically just got here so I wouldn't know."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-22 23:09:23 79296
*CLAP* goes Alex's hand against his own face in reaction to the logical conclusion of the pun. He might even have let out a groan there.

Once his hand goes sliding downwards, he levels a more serious look to the two girls. "Well, I don't know about all that, really," he says. "Way I hear it from some people, there's... always things of such madness going on. Just in smaller scale, I guess."
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-22 23:16:19 79298
This gets a bob of the head from Rashmi. "Basically, yeah. More often it's really localized, like someone turning the people of a factory into monsters, or someone just shows up at the Harbor and starts causing a mess..." She trails off, blinking a bit, and tilting her head. "...And that's my life. ... ...... ...Huh."
Takara Himura 2017-06-22 23:38:15 79301
"Yeah," Takara says, as the waitress comes around, and gives her a menu. The waitress blinks. Recognizes the blind girl, takes the menu back mumbling apologies and runs to get the braille menu the restaurant had printed up for their blind guests. "It's great, isn't it?" Takara says, who just takes the menu shuffling in stride. "I mean, think about all the people that we get to save and to help."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-22 23:43:08 79303
"THat might have been me in the harbor..." Alex mutters in a sheepish tone while he brings up a bit of the curry with a spoon. "SOrry about that..." Cough.

The last words Takara says guide his eyes to her and... he frowns. "...That's kind of a weird way to look at it," he mumbles. "I suppose that is the darker side to the whole wish to be a 'hero'. To save a life, that life must be in danger, first."
Rashmi Terios 2017-06-23 02:55:24 79319
"No I understand what she means, Raskoph-san," Rashmi says over her soda, raising a finger. "I mean, people are already in danger, that'd happen whether or not one of us could do anything about it. But we can do something about it, which is great! It'd be nice if that wasn't the case, but since it is anyway, it may as well be an upside to weird dreams or brain-cramping math or, well... the crushing weight of responsibility for everything you can't do."
Takara Himura 2017-06-23 03:01:51 79320
"Look," Takara says, accepting the new menu with a quiet "Thank you," "People are alway.... she stops when Rashmi echoes her sentiment nearly word for word of what she was going to say. "What she said." She runs her fingers along the menu, getting a better idea of what the place has got to offer. "The point is," she says matter-of-factly "we can do things, and see things (so to speak) and know about the dangers that threaten common people. We can help them and try to keep them safe. Aaaaand we can have fun doing it along the way."