It Worked Out Fine

Cute Wolf Tsukiko and Sky Jack encounter a helmeted figure ... drinking coffee? Stahlritter and Kriegsfauste, say hello.

Date: 2018-02-01
Pose Count: 23
Stahlritter 2018-02-01 03:26:18 88421
Infinity Drive is hardly ever not busy. Even at such a late hour in Wednesday, there's a constant flow of cars through without any pause outside of actual traffic lights.

Up over on one of the taller buildings running parallel of the highway - just tall enough to be able to overlook the thing - looms a curious sight.

A crouched, tall figure in a sleeveless longcoat, with arms covered just up to the elbows by large, black-and-red gauntlets and most of the rest of his body covered by various pieces of armor under the coat itself-- with a t-visored helmet concealing his face.

Just lingering there. Watching over the traffic.

...And with a steaming take-away cup of coffee bearing the midori-ya cafe logo. How he's supposed to drink that with the helmet is anyone's guess, though.
Ikiko Hisakata 2018-02-01 03:39:09 88422
Nighttime is a good time for magical girls to patrol the city, and Cute Wolf Tsukiko is no exception. Bounding across rooftops, her swarm of 9-19 wolfmotes flitting about in the light of the full moon...

The fact that it's a rather special full moon just happens to mean that the lupine part of her is feeling better than usual, so her 'patrolling' is more like 'frolicking with a side order of observation', and her wolfmotes are glowing a bit brighter than usual.

As the wolfgirl lands and spins on a rooftop, she spots a certain armored figure across the street. While she can't claim that the armor is familiar, she does recognize him as Alexis. She waves to him, then bounds over to his roof and walks over to him.

"Enjoying a hot drink on a cold night?" she asks, some of her bolder wolfmotes cautiously sniffing at the cup of coffee.
Kukai Souma 2018-02-01 03:44:57 88423
It's not entirely common for Sky Jack to patrol the city in full henshin, but it's something he likes to do every few weeks, just in case he's been missing something in his regular jogging runs through the park and the like. Today he's ranging a little further afield than usual, and it's been reasonable - a few relatively weak dream youma and a witch's familiar were no longer part of the planet at this point in the evening, and Daichi's egg pouch is sharing room with an angry but restrained X-Egg he's going to deliver to Amu for cleansing later. But for now, on with the patrol.

Flying towards Infinity Drive, Sky Jack sees someone he doesn't exactly recognize, camped out on the roof of a building. As he approaches from above, however, he happens to see a familiar wolfgirl bounce onto the roof of the building and approach him, so whomever it is, they're probably not someone she's afraid of, so he angles his flying board downwards towards them, coming in slow over the tops of the buildings to stay away from the eyes of anyone on the street, even though he doesn't expect them to look up in the first place.

As Jack approaches them, he stops his board and dismounts a little ways away, giving the two of them a little room in case he's come up on something private. "Hey, there! Everything ok over here?"
Stahlritter 2018-02-01 04:01:44 88424
While there isn't an immediate returned wave from the armored figure towards Tsukiko, he seems calm enough about her presence anyhow. And that of the wolfmotes, albeit the helmet with the glowing visor turns down towards the cup of coffee when some of the motes gather about there.

"...Careful," a deep voice rumbles from beneath the helmet, probably made to boom much more than would be natural by whatever helps carry the voice from underneath. "You're going to burn your noses like that."

The visor gets directed to Tsukiko herself then, and the helmet bobs in an approximation of a nod. "Helps keep me awake. Body's still not fully used to... well. You know." He doesn't seem too bothered by the cold at least, strangely enough. Even though the coat doesn't come with sleeves and the gauntlets only go up to his elbows, so a fair bit of his upper arms are completely bare-skinned.

A more unfamiliar figure approaching on a... flying skateboard does stiffen him up a bit, but he doesn't rise up from the crouch still anyhow, since the greeting that comes from Sky Jack is amenable enough.
Ikiko Hisakata 2018-02-01 04:26:19 88426
One of the motes near the coffee turns sideways and sneezes before that group heads back over to Tsukiko, while a couple of the other motes go over and give Sky Jack a welcoming nose.

"It does take a bit to get used to," Tsukiko agrees with a nod to Stahlritter. "First time I henshined, it took me all night to realize that I wasn't dreaming, and even then it completely baffled me for a day or two."

She then waves to Sky Jack. "Was wandering around when I saw a familiar face," the wolfgirl smiles. "Decided to say hello, and that's about the size of it."
Kukai Souma 2018-02-01 04:28:50 88427
Sky Jack grins and then reaches up, trying somewhat unsuccessfully to pat the wolfmotes. "Hey, you lot. You're friendly, aren't you?" He walks towards the two, nodding to Tsukiko. "Oh, okay. Excellent. Well, if ... he's.. friends with you, probably be friends with me too." He sticks out a hand to Stahlritter in a friendly handshaking gesture. "I'm Sky Jack! It's good to meet you, if you're a friend of Cute Wolf Tsukiko's."
Stahlritter 2018-02-01 04:45:13 88428
In the meantime, Stahlritter had lowered one hand down, palm up, as if in offer for the attention of the wolfmotes-- albeit, a massive steel hand may not be among the most attractive places for canines to come sniffing and nosing at.

"Not just that," that booming voice comes out again to say to Tsukiko. "Technically I'm still not fully recovered from before."

That hand comes up, then-- and so does Stahlritter as a whole, with him lifting himself up to his feet and full height before turning that large, gauntlet-bearing hand to grasping Sky Jack's own. The addition of the gauntlet probably gives enough of a size difference between his own and Sky Jack's hand for the image to be... a bit dubious.

"I'm..." He starts, only to pause in a moment's worth of consideration.

"...Stahlritter," he eventually comes up with, after a few seconds' worth of internal back-and-forth between his own mind and Kriegsfauste. "Knight of Steel."

He turns a curious look over towards Tsukiko -- or as much of a curious look as can be displayed from under the helmet. "Do I know this one?" He's never actually seen Kukai as Sky Jack, see. Even when he came to rescue him from his mother's research installation, he was... very much not conscious.
Ikiko Hisakata 2018-02-01 05:04:18 88429
A couple of more adventuresome motes float over and start dancing across Stahlritter's open palm, bouncing back and forth as they play.

"From what I've overheard, it's going to take a while," Tsukiko remarks to Stahlritter. "Being able to tap into magic should help, but even with that you're bound to still need some rest."

She grimaces wryly at the question of knowledge. "The two of you have been in the same room before, during the rescue, but you were out like a light and he got wounded badly. After that... well, there's a decent chance you encountered each other out of henshin, depending on your recovery rates."

That's pushing her usual standards of confidentiality, but given their dual convalescence at the ECFH after the rescue, there's at least a chance that Kukai and Alexis might recall each other... even if Sky Jack and Stahlritter haven't, per se.
Kukai Souma 2018-02-01 05:22:16 88430
Sky Jack's hand is swallowed inside the gauntleted hand, but Jack shows no fear, shaking the taller (man's? boy's?) hand. "It's good to meet you Stahlritter. And probably. Everyone knows me, because I make a point of knowing everyone. So think of me as a steady contact and friend of the magical heroes of Tokyo, ok?"

Jack grins to Stalhritter, then looks back at Tsukiko. "Hmm.." As much as he might know and like Alexis, the magic inherent in henshins keeps even his magically-tuned mind from connecting her comments to the exhausted boy he'd helped rescue. "Well, I hope you get to feeling better soon. It's important to rest when you need to - I've gone out at less than 100 percent before and gotten in even worse trouble than if I'd just stayed away." He looks to Tsukiko, then nods. "Well. Whomever you are, if Tsukiko says we know one another, we can agree to be friends, then, I hope."
Stahlritter 2018-02-01 05:41:31 88431
"Hmm," Stahlritter's voice booms from underneath the helmet, before falling into momentary silence after drawing his hand back.

"Well," he lets out then, and slowly brings one hand up towards his head. "I'll take that bet."

Briefly, his armored fingertips brush along his neck, and with a rapid *clickclackclickclack*, the platings of the helmet start to collapse, starting from the faceplate, until the whole thing just disappears in a puff of mana glitter, revealing...

The face of Alexis. "Mmmh. Hello."
Ikiko Hisakata 2018-02-01 05:50:07 88432
There's a small squeak of a sneeze as one of the motes drifting around finds itself in a small cloud of mana glitter. "So that's how you can drink your coffee," Tsukiko murmurs thoughtfully. "Definitely more practical than having to de-henshin just for a snack!"
Kukai Souma 2018-02-01 06:00:46 88433
Sky Jack blinks. He hadn't made a bet or anything, but then the helmet begins to do its best typewriter impression, clicking backwards into nothingness, revealing.. Alexis! "Oh! Yes!" Jack practically jumps into the air, thrusting a fist upwards, then bows his head, covering his heart with both hands. There is a shimmer of green light around him, and suddenly Sky Jack is replaced by the only slightly more mundane Kukai Souma, his Guardian Daichi sitting in his hands and looking like he's had a very long exercise session - tired but alert.

Kukai grins, reaching up to put Daichi in his pocket (he doesn't want to open his egg case and let that X-Egg get gone, and plus the cord he tied around it is more complicated than it looks.) and then lunges forward, hugging Alexis! "I'm so glad you're on both feet! Every estimation said you'd probably be out for a month, and then recuperating for more than that! I suppose that Device we found with you started backing you up, huh?"
Stahlritter 2018-02-01 06:25:45 88434
"Well, it's--" Stahlritter - Alex - starts to say to Tsukiko, right before SKy Jack spontaniously turns into a Kukai Souma and...

He gets hugged.

"Bwuh?!" he lets out in initial surprise first, eyes going wide when they move down to the form of Kukai with arms around him and... he akwardly brings one arm over to lightly tap the other boy's back. "I mean... I was walking, at least, before I got to using this thing, just..." He murmurs, sheepishly. "I tend to refuse the notion of sitting still, you know? I don't think Kriegsfauste has any actual healing powers, but... I've managed."
Ikiko Hisakata 2018-02-01 06:34:15 88435
When Sky Jack de-henshins, a couple of wolfmotes go over to nose Daichi. Tsukiko grins as Alexis and Kukai recognize each other. "Somehow I'm less than surprised that you're stubborning your way through your recovery, Alexis," she giggles. "And even if Kriegsfauste doesn't have any direct healing magic... well, natural healing taxes your body's energy, and being magical means you have more reserves to help recover your energy."
Kukai Souma 2018-02-01 06:41:46 88436
Kukai lets Alexis go and grins, patting him on the back as he steps back. "Well, still. I was sort of out of it myself. Your mom's a bitch, by the way. And healing powers or not, magic has a habit of knitting people together. But yeah. If you're not one hundred percent well, sitting around might be a good idea. It's very possible to get more hurt if you can't move fast enough to avoid something. I know, I've gone out hurt two or three times now and gotten blasted for it." He shrugs. "But as long as you're not super awful active, I guess it's ok. I don't like sitting still either."

Daichi sticks his head up out of the pocket and then giggles, reaching up to hug the wolfmotes and cuddle the insubstantial puppies. Kukai nods at her and grins. "He's super stubborn. The most stubborn person I know. And she's right. We just have more energy, which helps when people decide to hit us with fireballs."
Stahlritter 2018-02-01 06:48:38 88437
"Well I kinda *had* to stubborn my way through," Alex insists once he and Kukai seperate, turning a wry look towards Tsukiko. "You do remember I had to punch the Prince of Whatever in the face, right? And it turned out fi--"


The LOUD, synthesized german words come just as suddenly as they stop, and they prompt Alex to peer down at one of his hands.

"...You shush. It worked out *fine*."
Ikiko Hisakata 2018-02-01 07:01:52 88438
A couple more motes head over to snug Daichi as Tsukiko tries to stifle a grin at the Device's apparent admonishment. "A well-timed transformation, indeed," she agrees, doing her best to keep a straight face. "But as Kukai said, it's best to take things relatively easy while you're still recovering. Pick your fights wisely, and you should be able to avoid forced bed rest."

    (Because what's the honest odds of Alexis completely avoiding fights?)
Kukai Souma 2018-02-01 07:10:01 88439
Kukai starts as the Device begins speaking in loud, angry sounding Synth-Belkan-Slash-German. "Uh. Have you been able to teach it Japanese yet? Maybe?" He peers down at the gauntlets, scratching the back of his head.

Daichi eees and has more ghost puppers to pet and that's awesome enough to get through his mild tiredness.

Kukai blinks, then looks at the two of them. "So, his first connection to it was in some kinda fight? Good grief. I guess it's good it happened, then. But yeah. Because forced bed rest usually comes with more permanent damage, even for people like us. Comas and lost bits and pieces are not fixable for the most part." He hmms and looks at Tsukiko again. "That being said, there's strong enough magic to even fix death, given enough power. But that sort of thing is probably once in a lifetime, so..."
Stahlritter 2018-02-01 07:25:39 88440
"I suppose all that is why I'm hungry all the time," Alex supposes with a hand brought over to tap lightly against his stomach.

Kukai's question draws a wry smile on his lips, and he lifts one hand up to tap lightly at the knuckles of it. ... Or, what amounts for knuckles on the gauntlet anyhow. "I don't think he is programmed to speak anything else," he says, almost apologetically. "He does seem to *understand* other languages. Just... not speak them."
Ikiko Hisakata 2018-02-01 07:36:57 88441
"While I recover from injuries pretty quickly, I'm not sure being a werewolf would help with that severe of an injury," Tsukiko admits. "And I'm in no hurry to find out, either."

She grins a bit at Alex's admission of hunger. "I know a burger stand where the late-night crew doesn't bat their eyes much at magical folk," the wolfgirl remarks. "Good place to get a meal after a rooftop patrol, and the food's pretty tasty as well."
Kukai Souma 2018-02-01 07:45:47 88442
Kukai laughs and shakes his head. "Nonono. I'm just hungry all the time, period. I don't think it has anything to do with magic. And... doesn't speak anything else? Jeez. That... well, as long as you understand him, I guess it's fine. And if he understands languages, he can probably speak them. He just doesn't. But again, if you understand them, it's ok."

Kukai nods. "Yeah, there's some stuff that just doesn't get fixed, so you have to go out at your top form, all the time." He oohs and then nods. "Yeah. Ok, that's a good enough reason to end patrolling, and I had a good evening anyway. Point me at the burgers."
Stahlritter 2018-02-01 07:53:01 88443
"Well I'm definitely hungrier and more often so now than before this thing linked to me," Alex observes, with a pointed shake given to one of his gauntleted hands. One would probably assume at this point that Kriegsfauste itself takes the form of those gauntlets. "And I honestly do not know how these Devices work entirely. I just know that it understands all languages spoken to it, but it never, *ever* speaks anything other than german unless it's assigned title of any given 'subject' involves words in a different language." Like 'Prince of Nightmares' just moments earlier, see.

The mention of burgers causes the tall european to perk up visibly, though. "...Yeah okay, that'll do. Point me at the biggest fattest burgers, please and thank you."
Ikiko Hisakata 2018-02-01 07:59:16 88444
Cute Wolf Tsukiko gives Kukai and Alexis a huge grin. "It's kind of at the other end of Uminari City, but it's easy enough to find once you're their," she explains as the wolfmotes gather back to her. "Just follow me and I'll lead you there."

And with that she starts hopping along the rooftops, waiting every so often as the other two catch up before continuing onward.