A Talk Over Tea

Rashmi talks with Nanoha about Tyrfing's broken state, and about Fate.

Date: 2017-09-11
Pose Count: 16
Rashmi Terios 2017-09-11 22:05:10 82519
It's not long after school that Nanoha receives a quick text message.

(( Hi Takamachi-san, it's Rashmi. Sorry to bother you, but um... d'you mind if I asked you something, face to face? I can help you with whatever homework you're having trouble with too, if you need, just... Well, it's kind of important.))

((Also, free snacks.))
Nanoha Takamachi 2017-09-11 22:17:35 82520
Nanoha Takamachi is walking home with her two mundane, normal friends. Then she gets a text and she eyes it and she blinks and looks over to Arisa, then Suzuka. "Oh whoops, gotta run!" she says, before they can complain about her running off again.

She arrives into the Kroma Chameleon and peeks around as she meanders over to a booth toward's the back. More private this way. Also.
5rNo Fate this time.

She doesn't know if that's a good or a bad thing.
Rashmi Terios 2017-09-11 22:22:07 82521
No Fate, but there is a Rashmi with a fairly well-constructed book fort sprawling over half the table in the back booth, a steaming cup of red tea at her elbow and a half-eaten bowl of fish-shaped fried somethings opposite. A similar setup, sans books, is laid out on the other half of the table, presumably for Nanoha.

As the bell rings, she looks up, beaming. "Hi Takamachi-san! C'mon in, Papi made samosas for us. If you don't like red tea I can get something else, too?"
Nanoha Takamachi 2017-09-11 22:32:51 82522
Nanoha Takamachi slides into the booth and settles. "Nah. I'm fine with this!" she says. She takes one more glance around as she takes one of the samosas and then stuffs it into her mouth. Nom. ~_~.

She then says. "I don't need help with my homework..." she says. She never does! Nanoha pays attention in school! and does her homework!

"Um. But you said you had to ask me something." a says. She's worried it may be about Fate or something. She doesn't wanna talk about it right now. Too soon after. That.5r5r"Is it important?" she asks with wide eyes.
Rashmi Terios 2017-09-11 22:39:31 82523
"It is," Rashmi says, pitching her voice lower in the by-now-standard-issue 'magical girl talk' way, to keep it from carrying. "It's about Koji. I saw him about to ask you a question, but... well... he's... not good with asking people for help, and he could tell you were really hurting about Fate-san, so he thought it'd be more polite." She puffs her cheeks out for a moment, then sighs, and picks up one of her samosas to nom into. Mmmm, spicy ground beef and veggies...

"Anyway the point is... Tyrfing is broke. Like... really broke. So broke Koji thinks he may be dead kind of broke."

She opens her mouth for a moment, then closes it again. "I really want to help him, Takamachi-san. I don't like seeing my friend hurt the way he is. So... D'you know if there's anyone from the TSAB here, right now? I mean I know this is an unregulared world, but... Nobody else we've talked to really has an answer, and the last thing I want is for him to get desperate enough to ask that creep Riventon."
Nanoha Takamachi 2017-09-11 22:46:44 82524
Nanoha Takamachi frowns. "Riventon would help but he'd probably do bad things to Tyrfing in the process or fill him with dark energy and stuff like that. Basically. He takes advantage." she says flatly. "As far as I can tell."

"Oh! Um. I know where the commander is!" she says. "Lindy-san!" she says. "Um. Lindy works with. An organization called... Justice? That works with another organization called Virtue..." she says.

"Um. You'd probably got to talk to. The headmaster of Seiyou, about that." she says softly.

She purses her lips. "I can tell them to contact you? Or have her contact you?" she asks softly. "If you feel safe with that."
Rashmi Terios 2017-09-11 22:49:25 82525
"I know," Rashmi sighs when Nanoha gives her opinion of Riventon, but the dropping of a name makes her perk right up. "Yes! Yes, that'd be perfect, Takamachi-san! Thank you so much!" And Nanoha is favored with the high-wattage, sincere smile that Rashmi has made her specialty. Maybe the glasses have something to do with it?
Nanoha Takamachi 2017-09-11 22:59:58 82526
Nanoha Takamachi is pretty sure glasses serve as solar collectors for smiles.

She nods. "I can do that then!" she says. "I can do that um. Soon! Tonight. Or early tomorrow. But I'll do it within the next hours for sure!" she says.

A pause and then a fidget. "Sorry. About the other day. That was. Fate-chan." she says. "The girl that Kokoro-chan talked about meeting that one time." she says. "She works with Riventon sometimes." she says. "Dunno why. I think her Mom and Riventon work together or something. Which makes sense to me given how they both act."
Rashmi Terios 2017-09-11 23:04:37 82527
"It's okay," Rashmi says gently. "Koji told me what was going on, that's why I did what I did." Pushing some books aside, Rashmi raches across the table, patting Nanoha's arm. "It's gonna be hard... but I'll do everything I can to help you get your friend back, okay? She looked pretty lonely herself, I don't think this is any easier on her."
Nanoha Takamachi 2017-09-11 23:17:40 82528
Nanoha Takamachi frowns. "Like I said." she says. "She wants to make her mom happy. But her mom isn't doing anything that's good." she says. "But you can't really. Say it's wrong? and just. No way to help that." she says. "And it's confusing." she says. "Because Fate-chan won't tell me what's happening. I mean. That makes sense. We're on opposing sides."

"But. She doesn't seem happy. When she walked in to the restaurant the other day was the first time I'd seen her relaxed." she says. "Like. Normal." she says.
Rashmi Terios 2017-09-11 23:27:53 82529
At this, Rashmi looses another sigh, nodding. "I understand. I mean... I've got a friend I'm technically on opposite sides with. I've always made it clear to her that I'm willing to fight her if she does anything wrong, but... I've also made it clear that's not enough for me to stop being her friend, y'know? ...I know that doesn't help much here, but... I understand."

The look that the older girl gives to the grade-school weapons platform is gentle, encouraging. "We'll find a way, Takamachi-chan."
Nanoha Takamachi 2017-09-11 23:40:18 82530
Nanoha Takamachi sighs a bit. "She doesn't even know my name. I thought she did. But she just says. 'You' and 'That girl'." she says softly as she shrugs. "Yeah. We'll figure it out. Just wish. I knew what was going on." she says quietly.

"I could corner her familiar. And ask her. But Arf is really confrontational and strong by herself too." she says.

She stuffs another Samosa into her mouth. Nom.

"Things are okay at the Midori-ya at least. As always. Yuuno is at home trying to figure out if he can build a better Jewel Seed dector. Yuuno feels bad he couldn't help Koji either. He knows a lot about Belka technology and culture but he's not really a technician." she says.
Rashmi Terios 2017-09-11 23:42:56 82531
Rashmi sips her tea, nodding. "Honestly...? I saw her sneaking looks at you. I think she does know who you are, she's just trying to put distance between you two. Which is why she looks so lonely, I think. Like, she doesn't want to, but thinks she has to." Shaking her head, she sets her teacup back down, bobbing her head. "But if you can get me in touch with... Lindy-san? It sounds like there's a fair few Device Users in Justice, so... odds are they have a Meister to maintain them, right?"
Nanoha Takamachi 2017-09-11 23:57:09 82532
Nanoha Takamachi nods. "Yup! I know they do! That's who I take Raising Heart to for maintence when I have to. Raising Heart is weird though and sometimes the techs can't make heads or tails of it. Yuuno said something about Raising Heart being anomalous potentially."

"But they can fix it back to normal so that's what counts!" she says.

She head tilts. "She was... sneaking looks?" she asks perhaps with just a light blush. "I didn't notice. I was trying not to look or stare." she mutters. "To try to get her to relax but I guess that's hard." she says.

"The Kulfi was super good though! Hopefully she'll come back for more..." she says.
Rashmi Terios 2017-09-12 00:01:31 82533
Rashmi chuckles, taking off her glasses and giving them a quick cleaning. "I hope so too," she agrees. "Honestly, I have a goal in mind with her. I want her and... Arf, was it? ...To be able to come here whenever they want, and be sure that nobody around them hates them. Thats why I scolded Jin-san's Device, and it was really good to hear Fate's agreeing with me. That tells me there's common ground we can work with."
Nanoha Takamachi 2017-09-12 00:09:42 82534
Nanoha Takamachi nods! "She's. Taciturn. I mean. That's. Fine? But ..." then he phone goes off and she peeks. "Oh! I need to get home and help momma with some things!" she says as she gathers her bookbags. She shoves another Samosas into her mouth and then another gulp of tea. "I'm sorry! Um. Thanks for inviting me over to talk about things, Rashmi-chan!" she smiles.

Then she's sliding out of the booth! and off she goes! Run run run run.