Fate's First Day Frenzy!

Fate's first day at 'work' at Midori-ya! They meet 'Just Alex', who wanted Protein. And apparently a brainfreeze.

Date: 2018-04-01
Pose Count: 16
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-04-01 21:46:58 89970
It's the day off from school! Which means that Nanoha Takamachi has been asked to help around the bakery on a sunday to catch up with some work since some of the other family members both need to do things and need a break.

Nanoha Takamachi is too young to bake, but she can man the till, decorate things and sweep.

Sweeping is what Nanoha Takamachi is doing now, in an apron, sweeping off the front little sidewalk area in front of the shop where the few outside tables are. It's getting spring, people are wanting their baked goods and pastries outside during the day!

Right now it's a slightly slow period, which is why she's sweeping. Sweep, sweep, sweep! Yuuno is napping in his hammock in the room though.

Lazy ferret who is a boy that could help but he wants to be a ferret. >:I.
Fate T. Waldia 2018-04-01 21:51:35 89971
    You know who else is here?
    Fate Testarossa.
    Emerging from inside the bakery in her own Midori-ya uniform, the blonde slips out from bussing tables, peeking her head out the door. "Nanoha?" She calls out. She's still not used to wearing the shop's uniform, but it looks fairly cute on her. That might be why her cheeks have been slightly pink the whole day for her very first day on the job.
    "Ah um... Your mother said it was slow enough that we could take a little break if you wanted."
Stahlritter 2018-04-01 22:12:06 89973
Just a few paces away from the cafe.

A tall figure more or less concealed into a hoodie with it's hood flipped up approaches. Something dreadful looms about it all.

WHY HERE?, a digitized voice chimes telepathically inside the figure's head, to be met by a quiet murmur of "...Because this is the closest place with probably food in it," in german.

Thus, a few seconds after, a boot stomps onto the outside grounds of the cafe with a loud *THUD* as it slams into the ground to announce the approach of the all-too-suspicious figure.

Dirt clings to the figure's hoodie and cargo pants, the fabric of both scuffed and slightly torn here and there.

If there were a thunderstorm going on, this would be the moment where lightning just happens to flash through the city.

After a few seconds of loooooooming, he continues stomping on further inside. TOwards the closest waiter-looking person -- aka Fate. All the way over until he can slap the open palm of his hand down against a table near her with another loud THUD, as if though his sheer presence alone wasn't enough to gather attention (though it might actually look like he's mostly doing it to help support him staying standing up).

"... Protein," a voice murmurs in japanese from underneath the hood, then, much more quiet in it's rumble than... literally EVERYTHING ELSE about him would suggest.

"...Anything with protein..."
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-04-01 22:17:36 89974
Nanoha Takamachi eyes Fate with a warm smile. "A break sounds good!" she says. Because her arms are tired of sweeping. She hadn't been sweeping long but sweeping dust and dirt off a sidewalk is tiring. So so tiring!

Then Alexis arrives as she blinks a bit up at the older teenager and then looks back to Fate a bit as she steps back to see how Fate handles this.

She gives an encouraging smile and two thumbs up! You can do it Fate-chan, it broadcasts.
Fate T. Waldia 2018-04-01 22:31:22 89975
    A break sounds great right now, doesn't it? Maybe after tending to this customer that comes in. Alexis intimidating presence enters and Fate fumbles almost immediately.
    "Ah... W-welcome to Midori-ya." She says quietly. She's trying to give a cheerful greeting, but since her recent freedom from Precia, the girl has revealed a surprisingly shy-natured side of herself, and she even flinches slightly when Alexis' palm smacks the table.
    "P-protein. Right."
    She hesitates, right up until she sees Nanoha's smile. There's almost a silent help me look from the beleagured blonde before she gets an idea. "Um! I'll be just a moment..."
    A skitter into the kitchen and there's a faint whirrrrrr and hum of the bakery's milkshake machine.
    Fate returns in a moment indeed with a freshly mixed peanut butter milkshake- extra thick with protein-full peanut butter. "How... How is this?"
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-04-01 22:39:07 89976
Nanoha Takamachi gives a positive and reinforcing smile and another thumbs up! From somewhere behind Alexis! Quietly.
Stahlritter 2018-04-01 22:39:56 89977
The teenaged boy seems to be entirely unaware of the kind of picture his presence paints. For he stays standing there like that, hand pressed to the table, all the while he waits for Fate to go... get something.

He waits. Patiently.

ANd the instant she returns with the milkshake? He doesn't even ask what it is. There's just suddenly several bills slapped down on the table, and the milkshake grabbed and...


...It's gone. Devoured in half a second.
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-04-01 22:49:04 89978
Nanoha Takamachi, after supporting her friend as best as she can without saying anything to let her do the work, watches in awe as Alexis devours an entire peanut butter milkshake in like a second. Her eyes are so wide.

Momma told her, very very long time ago it isn't polite to stare at customers, but she still does during this because woah!?

"Wow! You must had been very hungry or thirsty." she says with wide eyes. "...did you get a brain freeze?" she asks. "Pinch the bridge of your nose if you did, I heard that helps!" she says.
Fate T. Waldia 2018-04-01 23:09:11 89979
    That... That was fast. Fate practically crosses her eyes as Alexis downs the milkshake in record time, and there's an almost puzzled look toward Nanoha.
    The redhead swoops in with brainfreeze advice though, and that should help in the event of frigid catastrophes. But for the moment she seems at a loss, folding her hands together in front of herself for a beat, before she takes the money Alexis set down and heads to the register to fumble through the process of seeing if he should get any change.
Stahlritter 2018-04-01 23:11:42 89980
"...Keep the change," Alexis calls after Fate while he sets the emptied milkshake container down on the table, MUCH more calmly than he'd just devoured it's contents with. He lets out a heavy sigh that seems to overall calm him. He *really* needed that after all the heavy lifting he was doing before.

He peeks from underneaht the hood towards Nanoha, and scoffs. "Bah. I never get brainfre--"


Alexis' hand snaps up to pinch his fingers around the bridge of his nose, and his eyes squeeze shut.

Nanoha Takamachi 2018-04-01 23:30:27 89981
Nanoha Takamachi would have a visible sweat drop if this was an anime after hearing that then at Alexis's reaction. She says. "Relax, and sit down." she says. "I'm Nanoha Takamachi! This is Fate Testarossa!" she says. "We're handling some things before a break!" she says.

A pause.

"Why did you need protein so bad?" she asks curiously, not sure why someone would want such stuff. She doesn't know the in and outs of weight lifting. Despite her running every morning at the break of dawn.
Fate T. Waldia 2018-04-01 23:32:30 89982
    That is a good question. Though when told to keep the change, Fate slides the bills into the till as instructed, before slipping back out from behind the counter to give a little bow when introduced. It is polite, after all.
    "Ah... That's right." Just handling a few things before break that is. But she lets Nanoha ask the protein question that had been nagging at her.
Stahlritter 2018-04-01 23:41:17 89983
"No I'm fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine," Alexis insists past his hand, the other one used to support him standing up by way of pressing at the tabletop. Again. Because OF COURSE Alex would insist on being fine after something like that, wouldn't he?

Well, not that Fate or Nanoha would actually know. But somewhere, a certain Blue-haired Senshi is probably facepalming for reasons she is not entirely sure of why.

"Ooof," he lets out in a heavy breath before he steadies himself some, and manages to toss a peek at Nanoha past splayed-apart fingers. "...Because... um. I just came from gym and I forgot to pack any post-workout food with me."

That probably sounds believable enough, right? Something he's more willing to say anyway than "his body is still recovering from various things and yet he's foolishly pushing his body anyhow in a quest to gather intelligence about his parents' operations and he needs more food as a magic boy now to begin with".

Also known as. Alex is being an idiot.

He looks at both of them, one after the other, upon the introductions. His brows knit together.

"I'm..." He pauses. Considers. "...Alex. Just... Alex."

Because saying his actual full name would probably be akin to holding out a neon sign that reads HEY HULDA YOUR SON IS HERE ALSO THESE TWO KNOW HIM SO MAYBE TURN THEM INTO HOSTAGES OR SOMETHING KTHXBAI.

It's weird that that actaully popped up into his head as a mental image.
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-04-01 23:52:57 89985
"Just Alex? That's a strange name. Is it short for Justin Alex?" she asks curiously as she taps her bottom lip. She gently looks over to Fate and shrugs a moment as she looks back to Alexis.

"Oh! Okay that makes sense now. I'm usually hungry after my morning jogs too..." she says quietly as she purses her lips.

She sits down at a table and swings her legs a moment. She doesn't really know magical people eat more. She hasn't noticed much changed about herself physically when she became magical.

Except dreams of eating sweet potatoes.

...and that one time she started nomming Yuuno. By accident. In her sleep.
Fate T. Waldia 2018-04-02 00:00:03 89986
    Just Alex. As far as Fate knows, from her memories as Alicia, even people on Mid-Childa have surnames. So it's fairly odd when someone chooses to omit theirs in an introduction. A little rude, too, but it's even ruder to call them on it. Especially if they may have a reason.
    All in all it's very confusing first day on the job for Fate, so she opts for the polite response.
    "It's... Nice to meet you, Alex." She says, clueless about Nanoha's nightly sweet potato fantasies.
    She'll learn, soon enough, when her hair gets nommed on.
Stahlritter 2018-04-02 00:04:24 89987
Alex gives a blank stare at Nanoha. "...That's not what I mea--" he starts to say, but with a heavy sigh, he ends up opting to just letting it go, shaking his head alongside a statement of "Nevermind..."

He takes a step back then, and draws a hand up to tug lightly at the edge of the hood framing his head, making sure it's properly shading his facial features for most of the world still. "I should... keep going. Thanks for the milkshake.

And just like that, just as suddenly as he'd appeared-- the hooded boy has turned away from the two girls, and is stomping off to disappear into the crowds of the Tokyo streets.

That was... certainly a thing.