Huge Fruit, Tiny Cupcakes

Nanoha and Rashmi talk about the recent going ons and share cupcakes and jackfruit lassi together while talking about space ferrets, Riventon, Jewel Seeds and Fate-chan.

Date: 2018-03-01
Pose Count: 20
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-03-01 17:19:08 89203
Nanoha Takamachi needed a week or so to recover from well. The awful. And to let it settle in her head that this whole Jewel Seed debacle is done and over. She got to talk to Fate. She got to sit home for a week and not worry about sudden Jewel Seed signatures popping up. Yuuno's picked up a hobby of reading for change rather than trying to predict Jewel Seed trends.

It's good changes. To have quiet for a bit.

But she figures others needed a rest too. But it's been a couple weeks already- she figures it's safe to be poking people now.

So she sends Rashmi Terios a message!

TEXT FROM NANOHA TAKAMACHI: Hey, Rashmi-chan. I'm going for a walk in the park would you like to meet?

TEXT: Also I have a box of cupcakes.

When one wants to lure out someone, one must always have bait---she means treats. Yes.

Not that she'll need them but you never know. She had her own breakdown on Fate about the Jewel Seeds. Others may be more reluctant to discuss it.
Rashmi Terios 2018-03-01 17:24:27 89204
>> Of course!

Apparently reluctance is a rare thing from the redhead. And it's not long after, that Rashmi rounds a corner, smiling brightly at the younger Mage with a small takeout box slung over her shoulder, opposite her ubiquitous bookbag. "Hi, Nano-chan!"
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-03-01 17:43:12 89205
And there, Nanoha Takamachi is, sitting on a bench, with a Midori-Ya white bakery box in her lap. Because when your family owns a bakery, these boxes just sort of magically appear in the same way Curry takeout probably does for Rashmi-chan. She gives a wave. "Hello, Rashmi-chan!" she says. She offers the box, opening it. Inside are six white cake, vanilla frosted cupcakes, and six chocolate , vanilla frosted cupcakes. They are all sprinkled with little colorful nonpareils. "Here!" she says.

"How have you been doing since. Um." the young girl seems to be tripping over her words. "The stuff." she finally settles on using.
Rashmi Terios 2018-03-01 17:56:13 89206
Rashmi Terios grins at the sight of cupcakes, and settles on the bench herself. Her takeout box is unzipped, and a pair of tall plastic cups full of pale green, creamy cold drink extracted. "Mami got a crate of jackfruit in, this is the last of Papi's lassi. Here, it's amazing."

Settling back, she selects a chocolate cupcake, and starts turning it in her hands. "Pretty good, I guess... Nicomachea's been saving every cute baby animal video he can find, that helps. But mostly it's just keeping busy that helps for me. Honestly I've been more worried about you and Fate-chan, how've you been?"
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-03-01 18:11:52 89207
Nanoha Takamachi blinks. "Jackfruit? What's.. that?" she asks as she eyes the cups and takes one as she gently sniffs a moment at it before taking a testing sip. She makes a short face that suggests weirdness, she places it back down for the moment, as she talks.

"I met with Fate-chan recently. She said we couldn't be friends. Again." she says. "But this time. It was because she said she didn't know how to be a friend. So. I showed... her. Told her. So. We're gonna. Try. Slow." she says softly.

"I told her to come by the Korma when she feels ready." she says silently. "To meet with you guys there." she says.

She shakes her head. "The whole Jewel Seed thing was taxing." she admits quietly. "I'm just glad it's... over. I'm not happy about the final outcome." she admits even softer. "But. It's nice to not have to get an alert mid class and find a reason to skip out and Yuuno is less on edge." she offers.
Rashmi Terios 2018-03-01 18:18:49 89208
"Yeah," Rashmi says softly. "I am too... and more than anything I'm hurt that we couldn't save Precia, y'know? It's like... she could have had her second chance, if she just wanted it..." Sighing and shaking her head, she starts to pick at her cupcake. Frosting first, because priorities.

"You'll probably see Fate-chan again before I will, so... if it helps, I never held any of this against her."
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-03-01 18:34:40 89209
Nanoha Takamachi. "About two years." she says softly. "That's how long I was chasing the Jewel Seeds. A little longer maybe." she says. "When I first met Fate, it was fighting over a dumb cat that had found one and had become really, really big but was still just a big cat." she says. "-and I remember thinking after that.... 'Why we're her eyes so sad'." she says softly.

She takes another sip of the lassi drink, as she tries to warm up to the taste. It's a new one, as she takes a bite of one of the chocolate cupcakes.

"I hope she'll find you first, honestly." she smiles some.

She frowns. "I'm not happy what happened to Fate's mom." she says. "But she also... threatened Tokyo coming right after everyone else had saved the world the same day from something horrible? We didn't have much of a choice except to hand over our Jewel Sees we had." she says quietly.
Rashmi Terios 2018-03-01 18:42:54 89210
"That's terrible!" Rashmi gasps, eyes widening. "How could--" Trailing off, the redhead thinks about what she saw, and sighs, deflating a bit. "...She was really, really too far gone, wasn't she," she says after a moment.
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-03-01 18:56:19 89211
Nanoha Takamachi nods a little sadly. "I think so." she says quietly. "A lot of the things make sense knowing what we know now." she says gently. She looks up. "Thanks for helping with all that. By the way." she says.

"I was just. Trying to show Fate that things work better when you work together. Then she showed up at the end and me and her both a mess and.... then...." well Precia started whipping Fate before taking off. She shakes her head.

"I don't think Fate-chan is going back to Riventon though..." she says.
Rashmi Terios 2018-03-01 19:01:42 89212
"Anytime," Rashmi says warmly. "I mean that. If you need help with anything, even if it's just like history homework, let me know." Tugging at the cupcake wrapper, she pulls a bit of chocolate cake away, tucking it into her mouth as she considers. "I'm glad to hear that. I mean... Riventon is probably going to be a long-term project of mine, but Fate-chan really doesn't need to be around all that Dark Energy stuff when she's trying to get herself put together."
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-03-01 19:16:54 89213
Nanoha Takamachi shakes her head. "I handle school well. Save for.. my two friends. Who are now noticing I'm /not/ mysteriously disappearing suddenly at times and now I need to explain /that/." she rolls her eyes a little.

She blinks at Rashmi. "I dunno if Riventon is gonna be easy to save. He's kind of caught up in himself a lot when I've seen him." she says quietly.

"...and he keeps loosing 'friends'." she says grimly. "--the last one he lost, his fox familiar...? He basically went on a rampage." she says.

"Might wanna watch out for that." she says softly. "In the next few weeks maybe."
Rashmi Terios 2018-03-01 22:17:23 89215
"That's why I call it a long-term project," Rashmi sighs. "What he needs help with isn't something that just being his friend will fix. It's gonna take a long while, if we can manage it at all. But... We'll keep out eyes out, Nicomachea and I. And we'll ping you the moment something comes up."
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-03-01 22:25:57 89216
Nanoha Takamachi nods. "You noticed it? Yuuno did. His linker core is basically dark energy based. He says he hadn't seen anything like that." she says softly. "But I don't know much about that otherwise." she says meekly. "I'm not a study mage." she says.

"Yuuno's a study type. I dunno what I'm gonna do about Yuuno. He's actually a boy being a ferret?" she says. "So I can't make him my familiar or anything. I guess if he's happy just being a ferret then that's fine with me." she shrugs with a smile.
Rashmi Terios 2018-03-01 22:32:06 89217
"Well that's not quite how Mizuno-senpai put it," Rashmi temporizes. "More like he's part human and part Dark creature, something about his parents making him from an experiment or something. She's a super study type, more than me, and she's been trying to figure out how to make him fully human. So I'm not surprised Yuuno-san hasn't seen anything like it, but it is being figured out. Just... y'know. Eventually."

As the subject turns to Yuuno himself, Rashmi tilts her head. "You're sure it's okay? I mean, Chandra is my Familiar and it's still a little weird to talk to him when he's a boy. I'm not really sure how I'd handle it if it was the reverse."
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-03-01 22:58:56 89218
Nanoha nods rapidly. "It's fine with me..." she says softly. "I mean. If it wasn't for Yuuno, I'd not even have Raising Heart. R.H. was his device first. Well. Not his. He could never access it, or get it to link with him, so he was always using it in guest mode." she shrugs. "But Raising Heart opened up for me." she asides. "And registered me properly."

"Raising Heart was found on one of his digs. Very old and strange." she says. "Yuuno doesn't know much about it and Raising Heart never had a user before me so it can't tell me much either." she says. "But I don't think it's important." she says.

She finishes her lassi. "That was weird tasting. Not bad, but..." she scrunches her nose. "I think I prefer the regular mango." she smiles.
Rashmi Terios 2018-03-01 23:10:03 89220
"....Come to think of it I don't really know much about Nicomachea either," Rashmi muses, brow furrowing. "I mean... he fell out of a used book in a store, what was he even doing there in the first place?" After a moment's consideration, Rashmi shakes her head. "Something to worry about later, I guess. Anyway as long as Yuuno-san behaves himself, I guess I don't see what'd be wrong."

As Nanoha finishes the lassi, Rashmi grins. "Yeah I get that... but you ought to see the fruit itself, Nano-chan, it's amazing. They can get up to 35 kg, I've seen ones almost half as big as you are!"

Which point she looks down at her hands... and realizes she'd been picking at the cupcake during the entire conversation, and now it's mostly gone. "...But the cupcakes are really good, though! Thank you very much for that."
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-03-01 23:15:09 89221
Nanoha nods a lot. "Here!" she says as she offers the rest of the box. Minus her cupcake and the one Rashmi took. "You can have them. Momma doesn't mind if I bring a box out every so often anyways." she says. She blinks a bit as she tries to visualize a fruit as big as she is. Like a giant sweet potato.

"Woah, that's big!" she says with wide eyes.

She smiles. "I figured I'd need a way to drag you out if you we're still too down about everything." she says quietly. "I mean. Two weeks was enough for me but maybe not enough for everyone. I need to find Koji-kun sometimes soon too..." she says quietly. "And thank him too. Everyone. Really." she says softly.
Rashmi Terios 2018-03-01 23:19:19 89222
"I'll let him know you're looking for him," Rashmi says gently. "I'd give you his number, but I'd really rather get the okay from him anyway. And I'm not.... down, specifically, but, it does kinda catch me by surprise late at night, sometimes. But... I keep busy, and Nicomachea finds me videos, and it helps keep my mind off it."

With a smile, she reaches out to gather up the box. "You're sure it's okay? I mean I don't mind paying for them, they're Midori-ya."
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-03-01 23:21:50 89223
Nanoha Takamachi nods. "It's fine!" she says. She stands up and brushes herself off. "I'll find him somehow on my own." she says. "If I have to, I can have Raising Heart try to ping Tryfing." she says softly.

"I should get going though. Dad needs my help getting some dough ready and it's one of the things I can do completely on my own. Since. Still too young to be around the ovens." she smiles.
Rashmi Terios 2018-03-01 23:22:25 89224
This gets a chuckle from the redhead. "Mami wouldn't let me help cook until I could see over the stove. Go have fun, Nano-chan!"