Frosty And Fiery


A couple of random meetings in a park lead to Ami and Kriegsfauste ganging up on Alex about taking care of himself. Bonus Lacrima, Lucky, and sleepy unicorn!

Date: 2018-02-12
Pose Count: 34
Stahlritter 2018-02-12 15:59:50 88743
The chill of February doesn't draw quite as many people into the park as during the warmer months. Some health enthsuiasts still come through to jog for cardio, and some lovey-dovey couples can be spied occasionally doing... whatever it is couples tend to do.

Let's perhaps not dwell too much on that.

This is also a fairly common patrol route for the more supernaturally inclined, you see. WHat with the park itself being a strangely common gathering ground for Youma of various natures. It's probably the exact reason for why there is, inexplicably, a dark figure swinging through at the end of a length of chain through the leaf-less trees-- until the end of one swing brings a chain retracting closed into one hand, and the figure itself spinning around until it comes landing into a crouch on one of the thicker trees.

Meet Stahlritter. Tall figure of a man clad in steel, gold-accented armor underneath a multi-belted, high-collared sleeveless longcoat, bearing *large* black-and-red steel gauntlets, now draped over his own thighs while he remains there upon the high tree, watching over the surroundings from underneath a t-visored, ornate helmet.
Ariel Theodore 2018-02-12 16:09:53 88744
    Meanwhile... Some people are in the park simply because they enjoy nature. Parks are, after all, small slices of wonderful lovely green that break up the dull grey of steel and glass that make up and dominate the majority of most large cities like Tokyo.
    Ariel is not the kind of girl to go on patrols. Occasionally she'll wander through a dream or two and right the occasional wrong or stifle the beginnings of a nightmare with something sweet, but on her off time... On her off time she loves to come to the park.
    Seemingly able to ignore the February cold, the silver-haired foriegn girl lays sprawled out on the grass, soaking in the scents and sounds of the park all around her, her massive canine companion, Lucky, rests within an arm's distance by her side as she...
    "ZZZzzz..."
    As she snores, happily napping another day away, in the shade of that very same tree.
Ami Mizuno 2018-02-12 16:10:29 88745
Instead of patrolling, Ami is just out for a walk. For some reason, the senshi of water and ice doesn't mind the weather so much. She's dressed in a light blue wool peacoat, darker gloves, and a matching hat with a pom-pom on top. Her legs are clad in jeans and snow boots.

The teenager is on her way to cram school, taking the long way around. The weak sunlight is just enough to give brighter highlights in her blunette hair. She spots Stahlritter and her eyes narrow.

Aware of other groups in the area, she doesn't immediately jump to the conclusion that it's a youma, but she does move closer to investigate.
Lacrima 2018-02-12 16:26:43 88746
Lacrima is walking to the park, with a box of donuts in her hands. She's mostly on her way back from a bakery. The moment she enters the park though... a walk turns to a slighty bounce into a step. Her thoughts get a little freerer. She pauses a moment because the change of candor isn't lost on her. She taps her chin a moment.

She eyes a shock of blue hair in front of her on the path. Ami-chan? Oh! It is is.

She is peeking around though. She has a theory she's been testing. But she isn't... seeing... her.

She does notice that Ami-chan seems concerned about something so she keeps her distance. She can't see what Ami sees just yet.
Stahlritter 2018-02-12 16:40:49 88747
The armored figure on the tree seems to notice the approach of Ami, at least, even if no one else seems to be getting noticed by the man yet.

The glowing t-shaped visor turns to regard the blue-haired girl, thus, and as she keeps on getting closer, one gauntleted hand is lifted up... with two fingers extended out, brought to tap against the side of the helmet. As if though in some manner of salute. He doesn't call out anything or move off from the tree, though, instead allowing the girl to close her distance.
Lacrima 2018-02-12 16:55:04 88748
Lacrima is eyeing Ami's approach as her eyes look over to... is that... a big dog snoozing over there. She blinks. Wait. She KNOWS that big dog! She isn't sensing something dark or horrible over there so she gently takes a small jog over to.

Yeah, okay it's Ari-chan~ and Lucky. Lucky hasn't been upgraded to 'Lucky-kun' yet because she doesn't really know how Lucky feels about her because Lucky can't magically talk as far as she knows and the dog isn't exactly licking her face or anything when she's around.

She does...crack a smile, just softly at this.

"Ari-chan?" she tries asking, maybe she isn't out super cold. She is keeping some senses poked in Ami's direction though. Just in case.
Ariel Theodore 2018-02-12 16:58:34 88749
    That is a BIG dog. Though Ariel may be snoozing, Lucky isn't, he's just lazing like the big loaf he tends to be when not being used as a mount, and Lacrima's approach makes the huge hound lift his head, sniffing the air at the familiar scent.
    "Wurf." He says pretty non-chalant, before cold-nosing Ariel's side to wake her up.
    Getting cold-nosed brings about the expected result. Ariel wakes up with a bleat, sitting up and rubbing at her eyes.
    "Hmuh... What, what is it? Do I smell donuts?" Ariel burbles blearily, before one topaz eye cracks open. "Oh. OH! Oh, Norie! Hello~."
    Well she's awake now.
Ami Mizuno 2018-02-12 17:11:30 88750
Ami stares up at the figure in the tree, before sensing Lacchan behind her. She turns, but the vampire is already moving past her. With a shrug and a glance to the dog and faintly familiar silver haired girl, she turns back to the tree.

"Hello up there," she calls with a smile. "You seem to have the advantage." She doesn't really expect the muscular figure to descend, let alone talk to her, but she's being polite.
Stahlritter 2018-02-12 17:23:07 88751
"You might be surprised," a deep voice booms from within the helmet of Stahlritter. "Ami Mizuno."

The look off away by the bluenette seems to draw his attention too--into taking in the vision of Ariel and Nore over there. "... It might be more accurate to say they have a certain advantage compared to you, however."

With that, however, the figure suddenly drops dowk from the branch, and with an upward flutter of the bottom half of his coat with it's red inner lining, he lands in front of Ami with a grace that might seem unfitting for someone his bulk. Upon straightening up, that booming voice offers, "You may call me Stahlritter -- The Knight of Steel. However..."

Clickclackcklickclack.

The sound originates from the helmet itself. Plates retracting steadily, collapsing over each other, until it all just disappears into a puff of manadust.

And presents certain caucasian features of a brown-haired boy, smiling sheepishly.

"... You do know me by another name though. Steel Knight Alex just sounded a bit tacky to me, you know?"
Lacrima 2018-02-12 17:31:31 88752
Lacrima does indeed have a donut box. "Uh huh." she says. "I... went to go get donuts. I was going home through the park and....." she suddenly felt a little different. "Um, well I saw a big dog and it was Lucky and I figure where there's Lucky there's you." she says softly.

She blinks a moment and peeks up and eyes. OH. That's what... Ami was checking out. Huh. What's Alexis doing transformed in a tree? Patrol? Hunting?

Something about.. German Folklore and Hunting Beasts in Woods?

She isn't sure.

She does look back to Ariel. "Um... h-here..." she suddenly says with a blush opening the box of donuts. "I mean."

"You want one, right?" she says.
Ariel Theodore 2018-02-12 17:37:27 88753
    Ariel is still rubbing her eyes, bleary and sleepy. Her nose twitches though when Lacrima opens the donut box, but the girl's priority is more on stifling a yawn into her hand as she gets a better look around.
    Alexis drops down from the tree-- she recognizes him. And there's a vague sense of familiarity towards Ami, whom she had met at the new year's party.
    "Oh we're not alone, hello~-- and yes, Lucky likes to stick by my side." She does confirm amid chipper greetings. Before she yaaaaaawns again.
    It is in reaching for a donut that Ariel tips over slowly onto her side. And with an utterly legendary yawn, rests her head right on Lacrima's lap.
    And begins to peacefully snore once again.
    Lucky rolls his eyes.
Ami Mizuno 2018-02-12 17:40:10 88754
Looking startled, then pleased, Ami smiles at Alexis. "I'm happy for you, Stahlritter." She grins. She knows not to call him anything that might tie to his mortal name without permission. "I'm really happy you're doing well, also. I hadn't seen you in a while and wanted to find a way to check in on you." She offers her hand, small but strong, to shake.
Stahlritter 2018-02-12 17:45:04 88755
"I do stay at the ECFH still, but-- I'm moving around a lot more now ever since me and Krieg started getting along." Stahlritter promptly lifts one of those gauntleted hands up, in apparent indication-- of course the Device would end up being powered, armored gauntlets. "According to him I'm still in the middle of the physical recovery process, but-- I'd like to say I'm fine, at least."

When she extends her hand, he brings his own over. Alexis' hand is already larger than Ami's to begin with, and the gauntlet enlarges it even further, so when he wraps and gently squeezes his hand along hers, the image likely ends up being equal measures unnerving and hilarious.

His head nudges towards the direction of Ariel, Norie and Lucky, though. "Want to go say hi?"
Lacrima 2018-02-12 17:48:34 88756
If there was a sound effect with having Ariel suddenly go back to sleep, but with her head in Lacrima's lap and the expression produced, it would probably be 'quack!'.

"She uh. Musta been tired." she says to Lucky. "I didn't drain her to sleep or anything don't look at me like that." she says with wide eyes as Lucky rolls her eyes. Lucky knows this to be fact of course so maybe this'll only make him roll his eyes again. She huffs.

"She's probably doing important dream stuff." she insists. She eyes the other two a moment though as she decides to shove a donut into her mouth. "I have. Donuts." she tries to say without also yelling.
Ami Mizuno 2018-02-12 18:01:08 88757
Ami nods at Alex, and starts heading toward Lacrima and the sleeping silver-haired girl. She smiles at Lacchan once she's close enough, and settles in on the ground, disregarding the cold. She declines the offer of a donut, but smiles at her friend warmly, almost enough to melt the cold. "I wanted to introduce myself. Darn. I'll have to meet your friend later," she says.
Stahlritter 2018-02-12 18:06:15 88758
And Alex follows close behind with Ami-- and his green eyes turn to sweep along the picture of Norie with a lap-bound Ariel.

He tries very hard not to look amused, but doesn't quite manage it. OH WELL.

"Ariel," he offers in sidelong explanation for Ami's benefit, in regards to the silver-haired girl while he extends his gauntlet in quiet request of a donut.
Lacrima 2018-02-12 18:19:41 88759
Lacrima shrugs. "She's probably handling important dream things." she says softly. She nods a bit and offers the donut box open as she lets Ami or Alexis pick out their own donuts. She sighs a bit. "Anyways." she says quietly.

"Lucky is the dog he won't bite. Just be gentle. Which shouldn't be an issue~." she says softly.
Ami Mizuno 2018-02-12 18:21:12 88760
Ami Mizuno smiles to Lucky, imagining he knows what that means. Then she nods up at Alexis. "Thank you," she says with a smile, before looking to Lacchan. "Anyways. You doing well, Lacchan?" she asks, a little worriedly. She always seems a little worried when it comes to her friends, though, so that's not unusual.
Stahlritter 2018-02-12 18:27:07 88761
"He did trample me that one time though," Alex points out with a quiet snort while he brings the donut up for him to take a bite out of. Still, his free hand reaches downwards and to the way of Lucky, steely palm upwards and fingers slightly curled. A hand of metal might not be very tempting prospect of pets for a dog, mind you, but hey.
Lacrima 2018-02-12 18:31:28 88762
Lacrima looks at Ami. "Yes. In a way of speaking I am 'very well', but. We should discuss that later." she says quietly as she gently sighs a bit, placing a hand to the sleeping girl's side.

"I'd rather not worry her if she wakes up mid conversation." she says quietly.

"In fact. I should probably get her someplace safer than sleeping out in the open until I know what she's doing sleeping besides sleeping." she says softly. She'll move to pick up Ariel and begin to cart her off with Lucky's help. Likely, leaving the donuts with Alexis and Ami!
Ami Mizuno 2018-02-12 18:37:44 88763
Ami watches Lacrima go, blinking a bit. "That was unexpected." She glances to Alexis. "Isn't she your sister? What's all that about?" she asks, confused. Then she eyes the donuts. She's not Usagi, but they do look tempting. "I... hm." She bites her lip and takes one, after tugging off her glove.

"So I'm glad you're healing well. Kreig treats you well? And you treat him well?" she asks softly, blue eyes staring into his for a moment. Thoughtful, assessing, friendly. "I don't want you pushing too hard." Switching into doctor mode again.
Stahlritter 2018-02-12 18:46:17 88764
"Not by blood," Alexis corrects for Ami while he watches after Lacrima ferrying Ariel off. "But she's the closest thing I have to a little sister, so... technically, yes. She feels the same way. ... It... makes me kind of glad. That I'm able to be a better brother for her than her blood-relative." The one that he punched. And headbutted.

One gauntleted hand comes up slowly then, to rub a single metallic fingertip along his cheek. "... I think she would rather I don't speak for them on that matter though," he murmurs, wryly. "I'm sure you understand."

He turns to face the bluenette then when the subject turns to him, and-- he recoils just a bit when he finds her looking straight into his green eyes, taken off guard by that. "Uh--- um, yeah, we're doing fine," he mumbles, composure briefly broken still, eyes twitching off to the side. "I mean, we had our bumps, but Krieg is... well. He nags a lot but we do okay with each other now. And I'm more or less okay to move at least, you know?"

Cue a loud, synthesized voice speaking in "german": "<PHYSICAL RECOVERY CURRENTLY AT 83%. HEAVY EXERTION NOT RECOMMENDED.>"

This prompts Alex to narrow his eyes down at one of the gauntlets, before giving the hand bearing it a shake. "Aren't you supposed to be on my side on this? Come on..." He seems to forget, also, that present company may not understand Belkan or German.
Ami Mizuno 2018-02-12 18:49:25 88765
Ami Mizuno nods, thoughtfully. "I see." Re: Ariel and Lacrima. She grins a little, though. She's not as dumb to love as she once was. Then she looks startled. "Alexis," she says, nagging a little. "Listen to Krieg." Apparently she knows German well enough.
Stahlritter 2018-02-12 18:57:49 88766
"You too?!" Alex bumbles out in reaction to that nagging from the girl, and he actually ends up crossing his arms and pouting a bit. "Ah, come on-- it's just a matter of getting used to my body again, right? I'm not gonna manage that by just sitting around and eating stuff, you know? I'm plenty tough so you shouldn't need to worry about me on that." His arms get unfolded, and he lifts one of them upwards while his other hand goes to smack at the bared out muscle of his thick bicep. "See? This ain't come from takin' things easy-like!"
Ami Mizuno 2018-02-12 18:59:49 88767
Ami gives a gentle sigh. "You can tear muscle, Alex. You can slow healing," she says. Her voice is soft, concerned.
Stahlritter 2018-02-12 19:06:14 88768
"<ASSESSMENT FROM SUBJECT 'Ami Mizuno' CORRECT, EVEN WITH KNIGHT CLOTH FORTIFI-->"

"Okay I get it!"

Alex's arms cross together over his chest again, and he turns his head to the side as he pouts more obviously now. "... Look, I might not look it, but I do know my own limits too, okay? It's not as if I'm tryin' to assault my folks' place or anythin', and I have Kriegsfauste linked to my phone so we can make an instant call to Kazuo or Rashmi or whoever else in case somethin' bad happens and we need bailin'."
Ami Mizuno 2018-02-12 19:07:35 88769
Ami Mizuno nods. "Okay," she says. "That makes me feel much better." And she offers him a smile, before polishing off her donut. "I just worry. I care," she explains quietly. "You're important."
Stahlritter 2018-02-12 19:12:38 88770
THat actually causes Alex to sputter faintly, and turn his eyes away from Ami all over again-- whole head turning, even, in an effort to hide the bit of a blush there. And the only thing he really manages to come up with is a quiet mumble of "...I can look after myself," while his arms fold tighter about his chest.
Ami Mizuno 2018-02-12 19:14:07 88771
Ami Mizuno nods. "I will try to trust you," she says with a wry smile. "But ask anyone who knows me. I'm a worrier," she says, eyes going kind, and crinkling at the corners as she smiles more warmly. "It's just because--well." She realizes she may be coming across as a flirt, and flushes hard. "We need all the fighters we can muster," she says softly. "Never know when the next threat will come." And she chews the inside of her lip softly.
Stahlritter 2018-02-12 19:23:56 88772
"Well, I--" Alex starts to say, all while the red flushes more obviously through his face.

...And all of a sudden, a rapid clickclackclickclack heralds the platings of armor wrapping about Alexis' head again, to form up the helmet, abrupt enough to leave the boy actually flailing his hands in surprise. "...Krieg, what are you doing?!" he blurts out, voice taking on a more booming quality with the helmet on once again.

"<I KNOW NOT WHAT YOU SPEAK OF, MASTER>"

Despite the voice being entirely synthesized, it somehow manages to sound cheeky that time around.

After a few seconds, the helmet retracts again, and though Alex seems a bit embarrassed about that whole ordeal, the blushing's warded off by then, at least.

"...Look, I've been fightin' shitty people even before I got caught up in all this magic nonsense," he murmurs then. "So! I ain't gonna let ya'll down now that I'm both feet in, yeah?"

And now, he flashes a wide, teeth-baring, bright grin, and lifts up one of those gauntleted hands to jerk a thumb at himself. "Don't underestimate the fire in a man's blood!"
Ami Mizuno 2018-02-12 19:29:55 88773
Grinning, Ami nods. "Or in a woman's. We're pretty fiery." She laughs. "Even us frosty ones can be."
Stahlritter 2018-02-12 19:37:19 88774
"You know what I mean," Alex murmurs with a quiet hint of laughter rumbling up his throat, and that hand goes lowering back down again. "...But yeah. I mean... my mom too was pretty... uh..." He side-eyes. "... I mean, it's not like I was awake to see it, but I did hear the stories."
Ami Mizuno 2018-02-12 19:38:42 88775
Ami Mizuno nods, eyes growing dark with frosty anger for a moment before brightening again. "Anyway," she says, changing the subject rather deliberately. "Those are a lot of donuts. Do we want to bring the rest back to the ECFH?"
Stahlritter 2018-02-12 19:41:36 88776
"... I mean, I guess Imouto isn't exactly going to be eating them now," Alex murmurs with a quick look sent after the direction Lacrima went off, carrying Ariel along with Lucky. "... Remind me to buy her new ones later though, okay? I can probably still buy some from Kaoru's stand without attracting attention from... you know. But we might as well, sure."