Can't Make People Change

Kukai happens to meet Nanoha in the park. There is a conversation about the events of the previous night, and Kukai's resolve is steeled in his actions.

Date: 2017-11-06
Pose Count: 14
Kukai Souma 2017-11-06 05:33:42 86184
It's another cheerful day in the park. After the destruction yesterday, Kukai Souma is too wound up to sit at home. So now he's out exploring again, looking around the park once more, jogging along with his thoughts. Did he do the right thing yesterday? Who knows. But one of the things he knows is that he can't take it back now and hopefully it won't end up being something that comes back to bite him.

Kukai sighs and keeps moving, keeping the future in sight and not the past...
Nanoha Takamachi 2017-11-06 05:52:38 86188
Nanoha Takamachi is out with Yuuno. She's looking for the magic of a Jewel Seed activing. Nothing tonight. This is both good- because nothing horrible will happen tonight. And bad-- she won't see Fate or captured another Jewel Seed.

She walks past Kukai unaware that Kuaki is also Sky Jack. So she has nothing indignant to say to her, except a smile. NANOHA however, is very much that girl from yesterday.

She goes back to searching the sides of the road, like a Jewel Seed might just be lying there.
Kukai Souma 2017-11-06 06:02:01 86190
Kukai stops for a second as Nanoha smiles and nods at him, walking past. Oh, that's... her. From last night. Well. For a second he considers not introducing himself, but then frowns. If he's going to be afraid of everyone that was there that night, he's not going to be able to continue saying he did the right thing.

So as she goes past he turns and puts on his best smile, waving to her. "Hey Nanoha. How're you doing tonight?" Daichi peeks over at her from off one of Kukai's shoulders as well, waving at Nanoha.
Nanoha Takamachi 2017-11-06 06:17:36 86194
Nanoha Takamachi blinks and stops a moment. She eyes Kukai and Dachi and looks between them and purses her lips. "Hey..." she says. She squints at Dachi. Oh... right that's...


She frowns. "Ya know that was kind of a jerk move last night. I mean..." she scrunches her face cutely almost. "I don't like that jerk a lot. I think he's doing some really bad, abusive things to Fate-chan." she says quietly.

"But what if we didn't topple that thing? What if we really needed the extra body and we didn't have it because you wanted to do something like that?..." she asks quietly.

"I mean. I'm glad it played out the way it did. Not the results fully." she offers. Jin... afterall...

"But... can't you save that stuff for when everything is done...?" she asks.
Kukai Souma 2017-11-06 06:26:42 86197
Kukai blinks, then looks over at Daichi and grins. "Ya gave away the secret, squirt." He reaches up and pats Daichi's head, who giggles and hides his face.

He sighs as Nanoha wastes no time to start pulling no punches. "...You know, I've been thinking about it all day. And I agree with it, it was a jerk move. Most of the time I would agree with you. But do you know at least half the alerts on Virtue have to do with him or his group? As for the giant soldier, I know. It was a risk. But I felt like it was something I had to do. There were a whole bunch of people - you and Fate primary amongst them - fighting it, and I had faith in you. Something I don't really have for Riventon."

Kukai scratches his head, thinking. "There was another reason I did it, too. I knew that if he was standing at the end of the fight he'd want the Jewel Seed, and I didn't want Fate to have to struggle with giving it to him. And I figured if he got flattened for a bit, maybe it'll be a few days before he shows up again to bother anybody." The idea that when he does come back Kukai will be #1 on his hit list doesn't come up, because he's already thought it over a few times.

"I... didn't know the guy. Jin. I sort of heard bits and pieces of it afterwards, and I'm sorry for your loss. And.. yeah. From now on I'll try to save things like that until afterwards. But I don't think I'm sorry for doing what I did."
Nanoha Takamachi 2017-11-06 06:43:24 86201
Nanoha Takamachi frowns and sighs. "Well. I hope he does." she sighs. "I'm hoping that means one less person for the next Jewel Seed." she says. "I need to get another one soon. Or one of my friends does." she says quietly.

"It's important." she says quietly.

She's a little confused and worried still. "I didn't know Jin TOOO well? He was a boy who wanted to help me and Fate." she says softly. "I think he really wanted to help Fate. And it turns out he was actually just a well loved toy of sorts that a Jewel Seed used." she says quietly. "But. He's with Fate-chan now." she smiles. "I know she'll take good care of him now." she says softly.

She sighs a bit and shakes her head. "I'm hoping the Jewel Seeds aren't like becoming smart. Yuuno says that isn't a thing." she says. "Or isn't supposed to be a thing. They're not supposed to be so aware as to mimic a device." she says quietly.

"So it's worrying."
Kukai Souma 2017-11-06 07:00:21 86202
Kukai nods and reaches over, patting Nanoha on the shoulder. "Yeah, me too. The fewer of those things he gets his hands on, the better, and for that the pounding was a good thing. Every time we run into one of those things it seems like it's doing some sort of evil."

Kukai chuckles and nods. "Well... maybe the boy or toy or whatever is happy to have done what he could with them. I know he'll be happy to know she has friends who care for her like you." He rubs his chin, thinking. "I don't know anything about Jewel Seeds, but I know about wishes. And if something wishes something to a Jewel Seed it could come true, yeah? So they're... They're so smart because they're so dumb. Does that make sense?" He eyes Nanoha for a moment. "It's like how smart computers are, but they aren't really smart themselves, they're as smart as the people using them."
Nanoha Takamachi 2017-11-06 07:14:27 86203
Nanoha Takamachi nods. "Yuuno says that the Jewel Seeds react to wishes and desires and wants. You don't nessacraily need to ask it. It just... does." she says. "If you know you're dealing with one that just activated he says the best thing to do is just to clear your head and not think of anything for it to latch onto." she says quietly.

"I'm not sure if that works. And it's hard anyways for people to do that." she says.

She shifts uncomfortably about Fate. And there's a little blush there. She has thoughts and feelings about Fate she is still parsing-- has been parsing for a long time.

Last night's Combo attack probably didn't help calm those thoughts.

"Um. Yeah!" she finally resolves to say with a smile.

"But Fate-chan has friends and... she called for us to help last night." she says. "She called!" she says with wide eyes.
Kukai Souma 2017-11-06 07:22:24 86204
Kukai nods back at her. "Man I don't even know what I want or desire, except to be a great sports star when I grow up, and I don't need a Jewel Seed for that, I'm gonna get there anyway." He grins and nods at her. "I can probably do that easy. My head is really clear all the time. At least that's what I've been told." Probably what they were saying was 'empty', not clear, but hey.

Kukai eyes Nanoha for a moment, then hmms. "I mean, hey, I'm sure Fate knows you're trying to help her. It's a good thing, really. And yeah. Oh, wait." He blinks for a moment. "So.... she called Riventon there?" He arches an eyebrow. "I... I mean, I guess I'd seen them working together before, but I didn't think they were that close. Aw, man." He grins weakly. "Do you think she got in trouble for what happened?"
Nanoha Takamachi 2017-11-06 07:41:08 86205
Nanoha Takamachi nods. "I think so." she says. "That she called a bunch of people. And yeah. Fate-chan works with Riventon and his friends." she frowns. She remembers when Riventon left. He said. 'I want to talk to you Fate.'.

'Talk'. Her expression goes upset and sours.

"During an incident recently... Fate-chan lost that cloak." she says quietly. "That she wears. And there were. All these marks. Like... a whip. Old and new and..." she bites her teeth. "I think Riventon does that to her for punishment." she says. "You heard him didn't you?...."

"He wanted to 'talk' to her when they 'got back'." she says softly.
Kukai Souma 2017-11-06 08:09:16 86206
Kukai huhs and then scratches his head. "Well... ok. Not a great choice on her part, then."

Then Nanoha starts talking about the cloak. And the marks. And the places. And then Nanoha says she thinks Riventon does that to her. By the end Kukai's got one fist gripped tight and he's staring at her. Daichi has his eyes covered with his hands, face buried in Kukai's neck. "... And you're going to say that someone who does something like that is someone I shouldn't be sucker punching every time I see him. What the hell is wrong with you? What the hell is wrong with her? What the -hell- is wrong with everybody who thinks there's anything right or ok about any of that?"

Kukai turns, starting to walk away, infuriated, but then turns to face Nanoha, one hand up, a finger pointed at her. Then he stops and takes a breath. "Not your fault. Not your fault. Just Riventon." He calms down a little more and then looks at Nanoha again. "If you thought it was him, why'd you let her go back to him?"
Nanoha Takamachi 2017-11-06 08:16:37 86207
Nanoha Takamachi frowns at Kukai. "I didn't say every time. But when we're handling something that is actually threating the city like that..." she says. "'s not a good time to be sucker punching the guy who is currently trying to help. Even if he does bad things. You can worry about that after." she says quietly.

She frowns. "I can't make her." she says quietly. "I've tried. To tell her there's a better way. That the person she wants to give those things to like Riventon and her mother don't want good things from them." she says softly.

"But she says she can't. That she wants to see her mother smile again. And that we can't be friends." she says. "...and she never calls me by name anyways." she says quietly.
Kukai Souma 2017-11-06 08:36:23 86208
Kukai shakes his head and looks at her. "Look, at this point he may be a bigger threat to the city than anybody else or anything else. I'm not real into the idea of endangering everyone for one person's sake, but there is a real thing going on here, with this girl. She's in trouble, abused and hurt by someone who she trusts, and then you don't want me to thrash him. I swear."

Kukai sighs and then rubs his head. ".... So she just... keeps going back to them. I.." He growls. "But you can be friends! Hell, I'm friends with somebody that I was at one point kicking soccer balls at and dodging dark energy blasts from! So I don't know what she thinks she's trying to avoid." He eyes Nanoha for a moment, then pats her shoulder. "Well. You know what? If somebody isn't willing to be friends with you no matter how hard you try, sometimes you just have to say 'well, we won't be friends, but that's ok.'"
Nanoha Takamachi 2017-11-06 08:41:33 86209
Nanoha Takamachi's eyes go wide, and then she gets determined. "No..." she says quietly. "No, you're wrong." she says. Nanoha looks down a bit and to the side. "Fate-chan. Really needs a friend. She may not want to be my friend." she says quietly. "-but I know why she says that..." and she isn't willing to share it.

"So you're wrong." says more determinedly. She tries to calm down. And she infact, does.

This is not a battle for a Jewel Seed. It's just opinions on sensitive issues.

"I...I should continue." she says.

"On my walk." she says quietly.

"Have a good night okay?..." she asks quietly.