Pier'ing at Problems

Lacrima finds Alexis asleep on a pier. Which is the least of his problems when he's found.

Date: 2017-09-27
Pose Count: 21
Lacrima 2017-09-27 05:49:46 83654
Lacrima was walks along the harbor line on a pier. Back and forth up it. Why? She's airing out. She still smells like /mustard/ somehow and /ham/ somehow despite many showers and trying to literarily dark energy autoclave herself.

She suddenly doesn't like pork a lot all of a sudden. She sighs a bit as she looks down at the ground. Looking dour. As usual.

Various thoughts about the accident and Ariel and Seth running through her mind.

She's pretty sure it's going to come down to trying to consume or murder Seth or banishing him to the Dusk Zone for a hundred years or something.

Stahlritter 2017-09-27 05:59:12 83655
And then there was one thing that she probably wasn't expecting all that much. Alexis. It's not necessarily the sight of Alexis himself, mind you-- he tends to wander about the pier pretty often too.

But there's the fact that he's sprawled onto a bench here-- very obviously *asleep*. And his bike isn't to be seen anywhere.

That's *somewhat* unusual even for him.
Lacrima 2017-09-27 06:05:59 83656
Lacrima passes a bench and there seems to be a... homeless... person? Sleeping there? She looks around hesitantly and resolves to just look down. Except.

That jacket.

It's what draws her eyes there as she blinks. Alexis?...

She shakes Alexis a moment. "Alexis...-kun?" she shakes. "Alexis. Wake up. What are you doing sleeping on the pier." she asks.

She can sense he's alive at least. That's something.
Stahlritter 2017-09-27 06:13:23 83657
"--Nhr?" It's a quiet sound that comes out only after a good moment of the shaking and such, and it's followed by a slow, groggy drift of Alex's eyelids lifting upwards.

And then, slowly, his body comes rising upwards, ever-so-carefully, into sitting-- with his eyes blinking a few times over, just to stare off blankly into empty space ahead for a good few seconds before his gaze turns to Lacrima.

...And for half a second, he almost seems to be staring right through her.

"...Oh," he lets out after the half second, though, with another blink of his eyes seeming to clear up his eyes. "Hey... Norie. What are you doing here?"
Lacrima 2017-09-27 06:21:45 83658
Larcima blinks. "I'm walking. On the pier. Why are you sleeping on a bench like a vagrant?" she asks outright.

She frowns a little and squints just a little as Alexis seems to have some sort of odd 'glazed over' look. She unsquints, figuring it might just be an aftereffect of...dark energy ham.


She frowns, and invites herself to sit next to Alexis for a moment.

"I want to talk about my brother. And what you did. But I also just kind of want to throw you into the bay." she says curtly.
Stahlritter 2017-09-27 06:29:14 83659
"...What?" Alex lets out in a sound of seemingly genuine confusion. "I'm not sleeping. I'm just... sitting here, you know? Yeah." Well, isn't that just objectively untrue.

He shifts a bit in place there on the bench when she sits down, as if to try to make sure that she has room there for herself.

And then he blinks over her words. "Your brother's an asshole," he says, bluntly, in that delinquent tone of his, tongue clicking against the roof of his mouth. "And a coward. You going to tell me he didn't deserve some yelling and a bloodied nose?"
Lacrima 2017-09-27 06:38:26 83660
Lacrima scowls. "You didn't /bloody/ his nose you /broke it/ and Mamoru-kun had to go heal it for me because he felt bad and offered so I said yes. And I'm pretty sure Ryo thinks I have a bunch of thugs and minions at my command now like I'm some stupid vampire yakzua." she says.

"Yes, Ryo is a jerk! and he's scared! He's been that way since I got stupidly ill and became this thing!" she says. "He doesn't fight! or argue! He just invites boys he finds cute over for study and they kiss and stuff." she huffs.

She crosses her arms and points her head down to the pier's floor.

Stahlritter 2017-09-27 06:50:45 83661
Alex gives her a bit of an odd look. "W-... what does that last part have to do with anything?"

He shakes his head to slip out of that momentary bit of confusion, and his eyes turn forward, brows furrowing down. "So maybe I went too far," he mutters. "But so did *he*. He didn't even give a chance for anything, he just figured out something convenient to point his finger at and blame and call it a day without *anything* actually being resolved. All he did was hurt you and try to move on. You know I couldn't let that go."
Lacrima 2017-09-27 07:06:02 83662
Lacrima huffs and just keeps her arms closed and doesn't comment on what it had to do with anything.

"That's fine. But he didn't deserve going into the hospital. And unless he starts hitting you first. Please don't try to break anything on him again." she mutters.

She just shifts.

"So can I just ask that. And you say okay. Instead of me throwing over the side of the pier?" she asks quietly.

"Are you okay after the. Sandwich. Thing." she mutters awkwardly.
Stahlritter 2017-09-28 05:23:24 83829
"He kind of did," Alex insists with a quiet scoff of a sound, turning his gaze away from her for a moment. "ANd you know I can't promise that if he ends up doing something like an asshole again. Like the little shit he is." Another scoff of a sound. He's certainly wearing how he feels about Ryo on his sleeve.

And then, quietly, in a voice barely above a whisper that... somehow doesn't sound like his own, he mutters, "Should consider himself lucky I didn't break more of him."

And then, just like that, as if he hadn't said anything at all, he looks back to Norie, and lift sone brow up, curiously. "Of course I'm okay," he claims. "Why wouldn't I be?"
Lacrima 2017-09-28 05:33:53 83831
Lacrima sighs and shakes her head. "No. No more breaking anything on him." she frowns. "UNLESS he deserves it for something new because he's always going to say 'I'm dead' right now." she says as she sulks. She REALLY doesn't want to throw Alexis over the pier but by god she's ready to do it.

"Because there was a giant ham sandwich and it was unpleasant and I only just stopped smelling like mustard?" she asks.

"There was curry. Did you get any?" she asks.

"I'll try to get you some." she says silently.

She awkwardly shifts. Nrrggggggggg being horrible dark energy being and being unable to breach odd subject for her she isn't mentioning is difficult.
Stahlritter 2017-09-28 05:57:02 83834
For a second there, it'd probably have seemed Alex was going to provide some protest again.

But instead, there's suddenly nothing.

His expression glazes on over when his eyes drift away from Norie, and for a good moment, he ends up just... staring off into space. Far off towards the horizon past the pier proper.

And it's only when she asks about the curry that he blinks his eyes again and turns them to try to focus on her, with a quiet "Huh?"

Cue his own hand coming up to slap at the side of his face, and him muttering, "...Uh... I don't think so, no... No need though, no..."
Lacrima 2017-09-28 06:01:47 83835
Lacrima frowns. "Alright. Something is wrong. What happened?" she asks as she stares at Alexis. "It's one thing for you to ignore me but it's like the lights are turning off but no one is home." she says frankly.

She frowns and crosses her arms. "What aren't you telling me?" she asks.

"You clearly are aware you're blanking out. You're saying 'Huh' and stuff." she mutters.
Stahlritter 2017-09-28 06:11:53 83836
"What?" Alex asks with a bemused blink of his eyes sent to Lacrima before he shakes his head. "I'm not ignoring you. I don't know what you are talking about."

But with her insisting on that matter, he lets out a quiet, exasperated sigh, and turns his eyes off to the waters past the pier again. "Rashmi talked to you, didn't she?" He grumbles. "She keeps worrying about some nonexistent thing with me. I'm *fine*, okay?"

And in an effort to change the subject again, he waves his hand dismissively and murmurs, "I'm not gonna go near Ryo again, alright? SO don't worry about that. AT least not if he doesn't do something stupid again."
Lacrima 2017-09-28 06:20:23 83838
Lacrima blinks! "No. Rashmi-chan has told me nothing. Does.. does she know about. The vampire thing? If something is /wrong/ Alexis it could be related." she frets. "What if you're relapsing?" she asks. Oh god she's in worried mode.

Not like that's hard to get her into.

"Fine." she says. "But now I'm worried about what. What has been /happening/? You just blanking like that?" she asks.
Stahlritter 2017-09-28 06:31:29 83841
"You sure are sounding like Rashmi right now though," Alexis insists with a quiet bit of a huff, and his arms come crossing together over his chest now. He's actually pouting.

"I keep tellign you I'm *fine*. But yes, she knows about it, I think, but I'm not relapsing or anything. I'm not feeling the need to feed on anything the same way or anything else of the sort."

He turns his eyes even further away, and goes on promptly to insist, "*Nothing*." Which... obviously is a lie. "She was freaking out about me repeating things she told me about Intelligent Devices before, too. For *some* reason."
Lacrima 2017-09-28 06:53:36 83843
Lacrima eyes Alexis. She eyes her really good , then looks down at the bracelet Riventon-sama made for her. A mix of Mid-Childan tech and something similar to her own magic, with non Mid-Childian runes. She gently holds it up.

"Identify the Mid-Childian markers on this bracelet." she says. "There are some. It's part Mid-Chilian technology." she says.

"You have nothing to do with this device. It's custom. It's the bracelet that helps me control the flow of my dark energy." she says.

She wants to see what happens. If anything happens, upon hearing that last sentence.
Stahlritter 2017-09-28 07:21:06 83844
"...Uh..." Alex lets out uncertainly, with a slow blink of his eyes. He stares at the bracelet for a long moment, with his hand reaching over to run his fingers over along it, carefully.

"I don't...?" He starts to say, first-- only for his eyes to suddenly glaze over again, and just stare off blankly.

And his thumb sets to tap against one of the Midchildan runes. "...This," he says, in a tone just as blank as his own gaze, before his eyes blink a few times over in an effort to regian some focus, and return life into his own voice. "...It looks familiar? I think..." Eyes squeeze shut, with a quiet grunt in his throat. "...On Rashmi, probably? I... think."
Lacrima 2017-09-28 07:25:35 83845
Lacrima lowers her arm because that's all she needs as she frowns. "This is very important. Have you been subjected to any odd event in the last few weeks? Something gem... jewel like?" she asks. "Something like that?" she asks.

"Look Alexis." she says leaning forward. "Something is wrong with you right now. I don't mean. In general I mean something is wrong and bad with you right now." she frowns.

"If Rashmi-chan is looking into your condition, I want her to continue. Let her." she says quietly.

"Quite frankly... I lost one brother already... I don't want to lose another." she says quietly. "Because something stupid got in your head and is screwing around."
Stahlritter 2017-09-28 07:38:44 83846
Alexis blinks at her. At least he dips back into his more usual sarcastic mannerisms and asks in counter, "YOu mean besides a giant ham sub sandwich?" with his brows lifted up. He even smiles in faint amusement, even if just for a second or so.

But back to the point itself.

He shakes his head after his expression sobers up. "No... I mean, I think I would know if I ended up trying to headbutt a jewel or something, right? BUt I don't... think there's anything wrong with me. So maybe I'm not getting a lot of sleep, but..." He frowns. "What does this whole nonsense with Devices have to do with anything?"

Her final words leave him into solemn silence, however. His head dips downwards, slowly, to direct his eyes down to the ground below, and then his own hand is reaching over, slowly, to squeeze at one of hers.

"You're not going to lose me."
Lacrima 2017-09-28 08:00:47 83847
Lacrima frowns. "Who knows." she says sharply. "What this device nonsense has to do with anything." she says. "But now I'm wondering various things." she says.

"There's no way that whole vampire mess taught you anything about devices. I'm not a mage. I don't have that knowledge to pass down." she says.

"Just. Please. Don't avoid Rashmi-chan if she's trying to help." she says.

She sighs and gently just holds the hand weakly. She's not much for physical contact. Too personal. It's how she feeds. She hates it.

"I should probably go soon." she says quietly. "I'm trying to get to Eilam-kun's before it gets too late." she says.