Whiteboards and Other Secrets

Rashmi visits Lacrima, to check on her and to ask her help with a method of searching for Alexis. Lacrima finds out that she may have more helpful things in her possession on that than she thought.

Date: 2017-11-03
Pose Count: 23
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-03 19:25:32 86019
It's really, really easy to make social calls when one's family owns a reasonably popular nonJapanese restaurant. A small application of one's allowance, and all sorts of unusual snacks are on offer! Which is why, as Rashmi bops toward the haunted mansion without even a little fear in her body language, a shoebox-sized parcel is held under one arm.

Sure it's not necessary to bribe people into tolerating you, but it's polite, and easy!
Lacrima 2017-11-03 19:38:57 86021
Lacrima spent the night at Eliam's but usually spent her day in the manor making sure everything was 'okay' there and that Lamya or Jiaying had things they needed or wanted stocked. The party had been cleaned days ago, there's no sign of it. Everything is back the way it was.

Lacrima was sitting in her study looking over another whiteboard. This one was about the current Alexis situation. There were other whiteboards. One about her condition. One about Dusk Zone conjecture. Lots of things.

Then she hears a doorbell? A knock? She peeks out the window. Oh Rashmi-chan.

She tiptoes down stairs and opens the door. "Hello Rashmi-chan." she says quietly.

"Come in." she offers.

Lacrima doesn't need to tolerate Rashmi-chan because there's no tolerating to be had. Rashmi's welcome for the moment.

"I'm the only one here right now." she says quietly.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-03 19:40:27 86023
"Hi Lacchan!" Rashmi chirps, and when invited does indeed bounce in, leaving her shoes at the nook in the entryway. "How're you doing? Did Ryo-san get home okay?"
Lacrima 2017-11-03 19:51:38 86025
Lacrima eyes Rashmi. "I'm okay." she says. "Not. Bleeding horrible amounts of dark energy. So that's something." she says. She frowns. "Well he woke up. Blamed me for kidnapping him and ran off mostly." she says quietly. "I don't wanna talk about it unless you have some important reason to." she says quietly.

She motions her inside. Does she eyes anything Rashmi has brought with her? Yes she does!

She motions her up the stairs and--- back to her study! With the whiteboards.

The Eilam one has 'Condition?' as a talking point and then 'Zombie! :D' in a green marker. Lacrima has wrote 'Not a Zombie, Jia-chan. -.-;' under it. The Dusk Zone one has various bits and bobs. 'Probably not sentient but calls to something?' 'Opposite Concept?'. The One about her condition has been updated recently: 'Can force emotional responses under duress?' and 'Laughing: NOT painful!' to it.

Lacrima seems to like her white boards. She's currently moving back to the Alexis one. Which includes things like: 'Hulda = Eclipse?' and 'Possible Reasons for Isolation: 'Mental Reprogramming?' 'Brainwashing?', 'Some sort of Alterations?' and an additional 'She may be lying.'. and other such points.

"I'm just working on some thought processes." she says quietly.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-03 19:59:19 86027
"I see," Rashmi muses, glancing around at the various whiteboards, and smiling at the note on laughing. "I don't really, no, I was just concerned. But, y'know? It was good to hear you laughing, Lacchan. Really good. Wonder if that has something to do with laughter not really being a function of happiness?"
Lacrima 2017-11-03 20:06:56 86029
Lacrima purses her lips. "I'm not sure." she says quietly.

"...sometimes I know I almost smile. or laugh at something but it never... follows through?" she asks. "Mamoru gets me there a lot. Because he's such a goof sometimes." she says. "-and he knows the right ways to make a girl turn beet red. Like giving me a stupid rose in front of everybody and making a lame pun." she huffs.

"I know. That I've forced myself to ask a question I couldn't. To someone. But it hurt. It felt like something inside me got purified or hit hard. Not. Actually. Really." she says. "But it felt like it." she says quietly.

"So I'm wondering if some emotions are just shut off while others are dampened, with the dampened emotions being reachable but it takes extremes like.... Kukai in a Lacrima outfit, to get through to them..." she says quietly.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-03 20:22:26 86032
"I wouldn't know," Rashmi says gently. "But if I had to guess at knifepoint, it probably has something to do with how youma from Dusk Zone feed off positive emotional energy? Like, if you've a connection to it, it's probably siphoning off your good feelings?" Rashmi lifts a shoulder. "I mean that's just a wild guess, you're the one who's making a formal study on it and all."

"Anyway," she says, moving up to stand behind and to Lacrima's left, "I've gotten permission from Mizuno-senpai to use Alex-kun's scans like a sort of.... Iunno, encryption filter? Nicomachea and Mizuno-senpai know the details, I don't, but basically what it'll do is send any scans we make having to do with Alex-kun right to Mizuno-senpai's computer without actualy analyzing it, and it will turn around and throw us anything that's a match or a difference. I don't know how much help that'll be for you... But I know that you've been quiet about him since you met his mom, which tells me you're still pretty spooked."
Lacrima 2017-11-03 20:53:01 86038
Lacrima sighs and shakes her head. "I don't eat positive energy." she says. "I..."

"...I never told you what it is I actually 'eat' do I?" she asks. "I eat human identity." she says quietly. "I mean I'm sure I take other stuff. But I'm effectively stealing peoples sense of self so I can form it into my own." she says quietly. "Since without it. I become some sort of mindless monster thing." she says quietly.

"I have to touch to drain. It's why I'm careful about who I touch. And why I'm careful about who touches me. Because I HAVE drained on instinct reflex before when someone touched me without meaning to." she admits.

She frowns a little as she eyes Rashmi. "Ah. Mizuno-san is helping you." she says quietly. "That makes me feel a little better." she sighs.

"Will you tell me what you find out, if anything?" she asks quietly.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-03 20:55:02 86039
"Of course I will," Rashmi says, as if the very idea that she'd keep her findings from Lacrima is laughable. "But I wanted to do some calibration, too. Because I don't know how sensitive it is, and I think you could help me with that."
Lacrima 2017-11-03 21:04:33 86042
Lacrima blinks and looks around. "I'm not too skilled with devices." she admits. "I'm not a user of one. I've been around enough people that use them to know some basics. Such as what appears to be the default activation phrase and what not." she says. "And many 'spells' that users usually share in common. Like the barrier spell." she says.

But if I can help, I will." she says.

She recaps her marker and puts it down as she meanders over to sit down on what appears to be a daybed in front of the window in the study. There's room for someone else if Rashmi wants to sit. And enough space for it to not be awkward!

"As a note. This is all personal research. I don't keep anything dangerous here. Mister Squiggles is kept in a lab. As much as I'd love to have him around the manor I imagine he'd get loose daily and I'm sure everyone will only accept the incident where that happened once." she mutters.

"Not... accusing you. Of accusing me. Just. Transparency. I find. works best. If I'm not hiding anything." she sighs a bit.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-03 21:11:25 86044
"No I understand," Rashmi says, bobbing her head. "But, what you study is your business, y'know? The whole Mister Squiggles thing... well yeah that ended up being dangerous, but that was just a bad-luck day, y'know? In the end, some property got damaged, some people got hurt, but it wasn't anything that couldn't be fixed. So... I trust you, Lacchan. If you're doing something dangerous, I trust you to keep people informed in case it gets out of hand."

With that, she drops down onto the open spot on the bed, extracting Nicomachea from her pocket, and flipping it into the air. With a brief flash of magical energy, the large armored book drops down into Rashmi's hands. "Okay so," she says, opening the book to a seemingly-random page. "The question I have is, how sensitive is the scanning spell that Nicomachea came up with, and what will Mizuno-senpai's computer interperet it into? And it occurred to me, probably the best way to figure that out is if I scanned something he only touched for a little bit, but is definitely still associated with him."
Lacrima 2017-11-03 21:25:43 86049
Lacrima eyes as Rashmi extracts her device. "Hello, Nicomachea." she says quietly. Because devices are tiny people, as she understand it. "How are you?" she asks.

She looks to Rashmi. "I don't... have anything of his. I don't think." she says quietly. "Unless you mean. The necklace he got me." she says quietly. "or unless you..."

"Mean me?" she asks with a blink. "Given. The whole. Vampire. Thing." she sighs a bit and rests there as she sits down.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-03 21:32:42 86051
"I meant the necklace," Rashmi chuckles.

*bing!* << GOOD AFTERNOON, (Lacrima) >> Nicomachea answers, for some reason switching to a slight corruption of Rashmi's voice at the proper name. << MASTER EVIDENCED MUCH HAPPINESS AT MEMORIES OF YOUR PRIOR GATHERING. WILL THERE BE ANOTHER? >>

Which point Rashmi's hands come down flat over the book's cabochon. "Hush, Nicomachea, Lacchan'll throw parties on her own time and her own terms. It's not polite to bug people about that kind of thing! A-anyway," she says, shaking her head. "The necklace was the first thing that came to mind, because it's still associated with him in a significant way, but doesn't have a whole lot of his actual physical traces, y'know? So it should help determine just *how* sensitive this scanning spell is really going to be."
Lacrima 2017-11-03 21:41:35 86053
Lacrima purses her lips. "Actually that was the first gathering I had here. I wanted to try to make myself feel better. Despite hundreds year old ghosts of vampires without power trying to intimidate me for their power back- which is kind of like an old unarmed bank owner trying to intimidate an armed robber for their big ridiculous cartoony sack of money back- I felt good about it. So maybe I'll hold another one for Christmas." she asides.

She touches her neck and then brings the necklace up around and offers it to Rashmi.

"Go ahead and scan it." she offers. "I would ask you only work on it here. I...I'm not really willing to let it go far right now." she says more hesitantly.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-03 21:49:04 86057
"I don't need to take it, and I wouldn't even if I did," Rashmi says, taking the necklace, and finding a small flat surface to rest it on. "Okay, Nicomachea... let's give this thing a test," she says, picking up the book. Almost immediately, half a dozen holographic 'screens' blink into existence around Rashmi's head, as a pair of magical circles expand and rotate below and above the necklace, with enough room for a 'ribbon' of rune-etched light to revolve opposite in the middle.


There's a short lag -- presumably so that the data can be kicked to Mercury's computer, and the output punted back -- And numbers and charts and letters begin to crawl over the screens. And the exact moment that Rashmi's eyes start to glaze over, one of the screens blinks sharply, causing the redhead to refocus, frowning at what the screen says.

"Hey uh, Lacchan? Is that, um... is that a jewel on the end, or a locket? Because there's something inside."
Lacrima 2017-11-03 22:04:32 86062
Lacrima lets Rashmi do her thing. She's seen Devices do these things before--- after she researches with Riventon and Axion has similar functions. Sometimes she's jealous of device users. Sometimes she wishes she had a choice in this magic thing.

She eyes the reaction and purses her lips. Did something go wrong....?

She blinks. She eyes the pendant. She gently takes it back when she can and cups it into her hand as she examines. .... is it a locket? Or is there something trapped inside? She'll look for an obvious way of opening it to do so.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-03 22:09:22 86063
The magic circles fade, and Rashmi hands over the pendant with a puzzled frown. "I was expecting just like a faint trace, y'know? Only it came back saying that there's something inside the necklace that's throwing back a result bigger than 'faint trace.'"
Lacrima 2017-11-03 22:16:19 86065
Lacrima eyes the pendant and... "...huh. There's seams. But... they look. Sealed shut." she mutters. She nrgs. "I'd try to. Go through it. But at that form I'd probably contaminate it's contents." she says softly.

"Can Nicohema make a good guess as to what's in there? I'd rather not. Go trying to cut my gift in half." she says lightly. "That Alexis-niisan gave me." she says hesitantly.

"If I have to. I'll. Do it but..." she bites her teeth a little.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-03 22:22:33 86067
"....I don't know," Rashmi says after a few moments, also biting her lip. "I mean, Nicomachea's more optimized for combat-support and defensive magic, I think you'd need something specialized to get a resolution that fine. If you want to wait... I'd suggest asking Mizuno-senpai to do the scanning herself?"
Lacrima 2017-11-03 22:36:30 86072
Lacrima nods. "I'll take it to her then." she says quietly. "I have new Dusk Zone Research to share anyways." she says silently. Well. As much as she can and willing to. A pause. "I should be giving you copies too." she says silently. "If you like to read and research things that is and---"

"I know you can't visit it yourself. Not easily." she says quietly.

"Besides I'm sure Ami-chan is already sharing with you anyways." she rolls her eyes at this. "But. I'm hoping maybe someday she can figure out a cure for my situation." she says.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-03 22:42:19 86073
"I don't get anything you haven't specifically released," Rashmi notes, smiling gently. "Like I said... you've earned trust. If you want to share your findings, I'd be happy to read them. Just... well, bear in mind that I'm not really a scientist, so I'll need to do some studying before I can even understand the concepts and and and." Lifting a shoulder, the redhead chuckles. "I like to think of myself as a well-informed politician, personally. Someone who knows just enough about scientific stuff to be able to make policy that deals with t, y'know?"
Lacrima 2017-11-03 22:58:45 86074
Lacrima eyes Rashmi. "Neither am I. I picked up a book and started reading and I'm finding most research is 'try something and read your results and make guesses'." she offers. "I consider myself a researcher and a conservationist. Not really a scientist in the way. Ami-chan and Riventon-sama are." she says quietly.

"About the only real thing I can actually make are well..." she hrmphs. "I study a crystal magic from some older organization that doesn't exist anymore, The Dark Kingdom." she says quietly. "Kunzite is aware I do. He likes me putting it to use to help myself. Things like the crystals I use to absorb my excess energy when I'm a mess came from that." she offers.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-03 23:05:03 86075
"You'll have to explain that in detail sometime," Rashmi says, tilting her head. "That actually sounds kind of interesting."

"...But another time," she sighs, gathering Nicomachea up, and stuffing his standby form back in her pocket. "I'm going to go let Mizuno-senpai know you'll be coming her way, and then I'll be relaying what we've found about the pendant to Naru-san, so she can disseminate it. Between the two of us we're trying to get a proper grapevine going, but y'know... that takes work," she says with a wry smile. "Anyway... Take care of yourself, all right Lacchan? Practically the entire mahou community is on this. We'll get him back."