On Their Own Terms

Alexis and Sayaka patrol. This was easier when Alexis had powers.

Date: 2017-06-23
Pose Count: 33
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-23 16:59:46 79372
    It's been a while, and its' time for another patrol. Sayaka had taken a nice little break from her worries and found something unexpected. but it didnt mean she could relax eithe, from her job and her calling. So she's out and about, running from rooftop to rooftop, doing the patroly thing. Which isnt so bad, once you get used to it, though she'd kinda missing the 'partner' thing. Can Alex keep up with her, now that he's lost his vampire powers?
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-23 17:13:50 79377
The answer to that question, put most succinctly? Yes. To a point.

The buildings in these parts are packed together close enough that Alex actually manages to make the leaps across the narrow alleyways below easily enough, and scale short walls quick enough to return to a run after her. He's not as fast as he was when he was a vampire by any means, of course-- and he can't make leaps that go across a whole district anymore, either.

...Honestly, it was going to be a sad eventuality that he'd have to admit he can't keep up quite as well. He might have been even foolish on accepting to go on like this instead of using his motorcycle on the street levle. So when they reach a gap between buildings that goes across a whole street, he's left behind, skidding to a stop just before the ledge.

Sayaka Miki 2017-06-23 17:18:07 79380
    Sayaka had been so used to running with the likes of Kyouko, and later VampLexi that sheh had forgotten that he was just a human now, a human without special powers. She frowns, slowly her gait, pausing to let him catch up.
    "I'm sorry, I forgot.." she grits her teeth. No that's not what he wanst to hear. "Let's take a break here.." she peers behind her, stepping next to him.
    Yeah, maybe next time the bike woul be better. Amazing view tho, dontcha think?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-23 17:26:24 79385
Alex keeps his back turned to Saya for a moment while she approaches -- and that particular reality sinks in even more the whole time. He clutches his hand closed tightly, for just a moment.

"It's fine," he murmurs eventually, and then shakes his head. "I'll just... Have to get stronger by my own terms. Strong as I can get anyway without..." Being magical. Like her. Like so many others. She might have gotten the sense that lately he's spent a lot of his time outside of school just... working out. And fighting on the streets. Training, he'd probably call it.

Her comment about the view does draw a brief smile, at least, and he offers, "A view we wouldn't get from the bike," before he lowers himself downwards, slowly, making to sit along the roof's edge.
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-23 17:30:18 79388
    Sayaka frowns a bit, siting down next to him, trying not to pity him. Heck, she was there herself at one time. "Yeah, it is pretty amazing, isnt it. Honestly, I'm impressed with your physical prowess. I wasnt nearly this good before I got powers. And you still kept up with me."
    She grins, "Yeah, soon you'll be passing me. Afterall, I just cheat with magic, but with your own blood and sweat, that's true strength."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-23 17:38:28 79391
"I don't think I'm going to be passing you just by being 'strong' in terms of a normal human," Alex points out, solemnly, face twisting into a frown again. "Even if I... keep growing enough to reach the 'peak' of humanity, you will still be above it. I can only do so much." His feet dangle over the edge while they sit, and they lift slightly to tap their bottoms against each other. "Doesn't mean I won't try, though. I did tell you before, right? That I was like this even before I found out about all this... supernatural nonsense going on."
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-23 17:44:35 79395
    Sayaka sighs, "I guess, that might be true. But really, what are you trying so hard for? Do you really want to fight monsters? Or is it more that you want to keep up with all the other magical people around you?" she shrugs, "I'd understand that. We dont have to do a patrol today if you dont wanna. We can just hang out.."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-23 18:04:40 79408
"As a man, I just can't stand on the side when I know there's some wrong that needs righting or people in danger," says Alex, now starting to push himself back from the ledge and up to his feet. "That's all there is to it."

He eyes over the street below them, and the building on the other side for a moment. "You are much stronger when you're in that form, right?" He asks then. "Can you sling me across with you when you jump?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-23 18:30:50 79418
    Saya nods, "Fair enough, that's the heart of a true hero, that's the first thing i recognized in you." with a smile, she stands up to follow suit, offering her hand. "Come on, let's fly togeher!" she grins as she takes his hand and runs towards the edge of the rooftop. A moment later, she is flying alongsiide with him, leaping to the other side of the building, pulling him alongside her.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-23 19:11:22 79431
"You know I used to be a really stereotypical rich kid when I was much younger?" Alex admits suddenl with a breif sound of laughter before she takes his hand. THere's a brief widening of his eyes, though, before she leaps off and drags him along, and he quickly yells out in the air, "Wait I can't take the landing like this!" as he's dragged along through the air just by the touch of their hands. His feet rapidly kick in the empty air below him, and he makes an effort to maneuver himself to swinging around her-- and grabbing on around her with both arms to bring himself clinging against her back.

This probably looks incredibly silly with how much larger his body is than hers.
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-23 19:17:34 79433
    Saya nods, "Yeah, I imagine you were. So was I once. But.." then suddenly they're up in the air. Hmm she probably should have found a less awkward way to do this, sure, she's strong enough to cary him, but he's bigger so it is indeed awkward when they do land, Saya stumbling a bit as she struggles to gain her balance.
    "Heh sorry about that, not really used to carrying someone like that." she chuckles nervously, "not like I was planning on letting you get injured either way but.."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-23 19:34:22 79439
At least, once Saya has tkaen the force from the landing impact proper, Alex lowers his feet down and stamps them into the ground to help steayd both of them, with a previously held-back breath let out. "GEez," he sighs out after, laughing quietly-- his arms remain around her too, while he's still stnading behind her. "I guess that's a lot easier when you're smaller than the person carrying you, huh?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-23 19:41:08 79443
    Sayaka chuckles, "Yeah, guess i need to take that into account too!" she smiles, looking around but doesnt move away yet. She's enjoying this too much as she leans in against him. "Soo, where do you wanna go now? Still gonn patrol? Might be easier by ground. Or I could look for shorter leap routes."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-23 19:53:21 79449
"Let's take the ground," Alex suggest swith a small sound of laughter and a squeeze given to Saya with his arms before he lets her go. "It'd be pretty bad if I fell off during another jump like that, wouldn't it?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-23 20:09:02 79455
    sayaka nods, "Yeah, I wouldn't want that. Did you bring your bike? It'd definitely be faster and easier." of course this is turning out more to be a joyride than a patrol but..Saya's not even sure howw he'd handle a witch or other monster that got thrown at them, but she's got every confidence that he can take care of himself.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-23 20:32:12 79460
"It's back where we started out from," Alex offers, already turning on to go for the fire escape of the building so that they can get back down onto the street level. "Well. It's gonna take a while to walk back there, but that's fine, isn't it? We can 'patrol' that way too. On our feet."
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-23 20:36:15 79462
Sayaka Miki nods, "Yeah, on the ground is fine. I mean, the old fashionned way, but I'm always cheating and cutting corners anyway." She laughs as she steps towards the edge of the building. It's tempting to just jump off the edge, but. "Here, let's go down the fire escape then. After you!"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-23 21:53:18 79477
"I don't get to do that sort of thing anymore, just keep that in mind," Alex points out, turning to look to Saya over his shoulder and sticking his tongue out at her, his expression more or less teasing. Pbbhbhtbht! But either way, he starts descending down the fire escape, and eventually hops down onto street level proper.
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-23 22:03:03 79479
Sayaka Miki grins, "No sweat!" phew, she really needs to adjust stuff. She reaches the ground, landing lightly, peering around. "Heh, so where to, next? hmmm so why does this superhero thing mean so much to you?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-23 22:51:56 79484
That question takes Alex off guard, and he has to stop to blink at Saya several times over. "That's..." He breathes out, and bites at his lip, eyes turning off forward away from her. "...It just is. It's difficult to explain."
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-23 23:20:51 79485
Sayaka Miki smirks, shaking her head. "Its okay, I mean, I felt the same way, once when I had the choice.."
    She glances around, "c'mon, lets just continue to head this way towards the bridge. There are certain hotspots that attract trouble..The harbour..The hospital..Scholl.."
    She taos her finger to her chin.."Hmm which is nearest to us now?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-23 23:38:59 79486
"I used to not care that much," Alex says after a few seconds of contemplation, letting out a heavy sigh, all while he walks alongside Saya. "But... Mh. There was a stretch where I ended up having to be in a public school instead of the real prestigious nonsense schools my folks usually put me into? And... I made some friends there. Who were... not that well off. THey showed me the kind of conditions unlucky people live in. ... Most people, I suppose. It wasn't..." He lets out another sigh.

"It wasn't fair. That I get to have everything from the very start. And they... So much misfortune. So much pain. Especially in the places where crime was rampant. I thought... I can't just... stay like that."

Her mentions of the 'hotspots' brings a sheepish smile from him. "...So trouble like me, as it was with the harbor? But..." He looks off down the street. "...Infinity's not that far off from here, isn't it?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-23 23:50:31 79487
"Yea, I think you may have mentioned that before." she smiles, "And I think that's very noble of you. Not a lot of people would care enough to do that.."
    She squeezes his hand as she walks alongside him, "Heh, I guess so, trouble comes in fron the water and the private clubs that gather there."
    As for Imfinity, she nods and smirks, "Yea, thats my school too. Guess its the next stop!"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-24 00:02:40 79488
"I have to give of myself somehow, afterall," Alex murmurs, giving a squeeze back to Saya's hand with a small, sheepish smile sent sidewards to her.

And on the matter of Infinity, he flashes a grin. "My parents almost put me there first, you know. But... I guess it was too much 'new money' for them."
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-24 00:07:43 79489
Sayaka Miki smiles, "I guess I understand how that is like. I feel like that too."

As for Infinity she laughs, "Heh, really? I mean, it would have been nice, going to school with you.."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-24 00:40:34 79490
"Could you imagine the gossip though?" Alex asks with a chuckle and another teasing smile, his elbow lightly bumping against her side. "The rumor mill that they work over in Verone is already ridicilous when it comes to me. Though I guess it doesn't really help that I keep doing crazy shit and such."

He considers the road ahead too, with a quiet, thoughtful hmm. "Has... something actually attacked at the school? That seems a little weird to me for some reason."
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-24 01:00:08 79491
Sayaka Miki chuckles, "heheh, so what kinda rumours do they tell of you now? I'm curious!"
    As for Infinity she shrugs. "Hmm well one time Takashi created an evil clone of me and she attacked some friends of mine.."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-24 01:13:40 79492
"The usual kind of nonsense," Alex says with a roll of his eyes initially. "Pairing me up with any given girl I so much as talk to, for starters. I think someone thought I was dating Kyouko once, even. Others think I'm like some kind of crime boss or something, from what I've gathered. And then there's all the nonsense I haven't actually heard about."

...Her answer to his question, however, causes pause in him, and he gives a confused look at her. "...What?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-24 01:30:17 79493
Sayaka Miki laughs, "That's hilarious! Why on earth would they come up with stuff like that? Are you some kind of celebrity over there?"
    She smirks and shrugs, "Yea, strange stuff haooens all the time, and woah, is Kyouko going to school now?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-24 01:33:21 79494
"...Weeeeelllll," Alex lets out, smile and tone of voice both sheepish. "I'm a big, muscly european guy that keeps getting in fights. So... Kinda, I guess?"

He shakes his head on the matter of Kyouko, however. "Nah. SOmeone just saw me talking with her off school, I'm pretty sure. Probably when I went to spar with her, actually. ... But what was that about a clone, though? Who's Takashi?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-24 01:36:17 79495
Sayaka Miki smirks, "Yea, I guess that would make you stick out, plus girls like strong tough and heroic guys. Well many do.."
    As for soarring with Kyouko, she arches a surprised brow. "Woah, really? Thats ...Umm so how did it go?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-24 01:47:56 79496
"Do you?" Alex asks in blunt teasing immediately after she states that, smirking faintly with both his brows rising upwards.

On the matter of Kyouko... he shrugs his shoulders, in a slow roll. "It went.... well. We didn't really properly finish up, but she's tougher than you'd think someone that small would be. Good instincts on her, too. SHe doesn't have the same kind of training I think Hannah has, but she's got plenty going there."

His elbow nudges lightly against Saya's side after that, though, and he eggs her on a bit further; "You're just going to ignore that thing about the clone, are you?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-06-24 03:05:23 79497
Sayaka Miki smirjs, "Hmm, I like a guy with a good heart and manners. Honestly? Whats on the inside is more inportant than muscles and a tough guy attitude..Not that. I dont mind all that too, its just a pleasant bonus."
    As for Kyouko she smiles and nods, "Yea, never fought her for real but we did some training together, shes probably more exoerienced than me."
    As for the clone bit she shrugs, "Its okay, I mean, we defeated the clone. And Takashi is just some mad scientist who creates lots of monsters. Real jerk."