Secrets and Strawberry

Ami and Rashmi catch up on the clues in Lacrima's pendant, and talk about next steps in the plans for Alexis-rescue.

Date: 2017-11-10
Pose Count: 19
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-10 18:38:44 86439
Having met Ami at the school gates, Rashmi walks at Ami's side down the way to the Game Center. When drinks are got, Rashmi rejoins her senpai at the Sailor V game, and when nobody's looking, the two vanish.

The Command Center is something that Rashmi still can't help staring at; it's like a dream of some impossibly distant future, a fantasy of silver and blue crystal, and Rashmi looks like a swivel-headed tourist, with her milkshake held up against her chest.
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-10 18:43:34 86440
Ami can't help but chuckle quietly at Rashmi's wide-eyed wonder. "I felt the same way for a long time, you know," she says quietly. "Ah, the couch is here. Good. Have a seat, Rashmi-chan!" And she settles in with her lychee 'smoothie', taking a slow sip. "Mmm."

"Has Lacchan told you anything about what happened? I think you told me a little in a text message, but remind me, please, so I can start from the right place." She nods encouragingly at the younger girl with a smile.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-10 18:56:22 86441
Dutifully, Rashmi drops onto the couch, sipping on her strawberry shake, and tosses a worried look up at Ami. "Just that there was an SD card inside with blood on it... Which is weird for a lot of reasons. Did you see what was on it, though?"
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-10 18:59:29 86442
"A weird blurry picture of a hallway. There were GPS coordinates, which lead to a logistics company warehouse in the industrial quarter." And here's where Ami frowns deeply. "It's owned by a shell corporation of a subsidiary of a subsidiary, so on, owned by the Raskoph Conglomerate." She stares at Rashmi worriedly, chewing her lower lip.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-10 19:06:20 86443
"I was afraid it'd be something like that," Rashmi groans. "Which means someone's going to have to check the place out, and at that point everything's probably gonna go wildly off the rails..." Sighing, she lets her head droop for a moment, then looks back up. "Out of all the things I don't get, though? How did that thing get in there in the first place?"
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-11 21:31:56 86444
Ami shrugs helplessly at Rashmi. "I'm not sure, Rashmi-chan. It was welded into the locket with a little of Alexis's blood. I imagine he did it himself during one of his blackout spells." She frowns softly, quirking her lips to the side. "I can't imagine how else it happened."
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-11 21:36:59 86445
"But that's the thing," Rashmi says, brow furrowing. "I mean, how could he not know? Far's I remember, most of his blackouts he'd wake up in the middle of, and get all annoyed when you tried to call him on there even being a difference. How d'you go from that to 'recording something super secret then welding it into the birthday present you intend to give to your best friend-sister?"
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-11 21:41:48 86446
Ami, confused, shrugs. "That I cannot answer." She looks to Rashmi, as puzzled as she is.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-11 21:45:53 86447
Rashmi Terios shakes her head, letting out a long, slow breath. "Well... okay so we have the address for the warehouse. Think this is about the point where we get the punchy folks together and start setting up an actual plan?"
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-11 21:46:54 86448
Ami Mizuno considers, watching the computer for a long moment. "I'd like to do some reconaissance first, somehow." She looks to Rashmi. "Who wouldn't be recognized that'd be good at that?"
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-11 21:57:43 86449
At this, Rashmi frowns. "Well," she murmurs, "I suppose it depends on what kind of scouting you're talking about. They'll probably be watching out for Naru-chan, and by extension Koji-kun... We're going to have to be really careful in general, I think. Like, assume there'll be magically aware defenses kind of careful."
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-11 21:59:17 86450
Ami Mizuno frowns. "Well, crap," she murmurs to herself. "How do we..." She pauses, thinking deeply. "I don't know how to do this," she admits after a moment, "without just punchy-punchy. But that seems wrong somehow, to just barge in."
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-11 22:01:35 86451
"Yeah," Rashmi sighs. "But I think I may have a few ideas. I'll spread the word around anyway, probably there'll be other folks who know people."
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-11 22:03:54 86452
Ami sighs as well. "I suppose. If worst comes to, sometimes a Senshi has to look inside and speak to her inner Jupiter." She grins a little, crookedly, but it's also uncertain.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-11 22:07:48 86453
"No, I can't argue that," Rashmi says, shaking her head. "Much as I'd like to, most times... Anyway. Like I said I'll spread the word, and then we can call everyone together to figure stuff out?"
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-11 22:08:39 86454
Ami Mizuno nods, sighing and running a hand through her hair. "Probably for the best. I'll leave word at the ECFH and... we'll go from there." She smiles at Rashmi. "Thank you, Rashmi-chan."
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-11 22:10:44 86455
"Not at all, senpai," Rashmi answers with a grin. "Honestly I'm just glad I had someone I could send Lacchan to about all this!"
Ami Mizuno 2017-11-11 22:12:23 86456
"I'm glad I could help. I do like what I've met of Alexis-san. He's a good person, from what I can tell," Ami says sincerely.
Rashmi Terios 2017-11-11 22:15:49 86457
"Mm!" Rashmi bobs her head. "He really is, for all that he puts up the 'tough punk' act."