Catching Up

Date: 2018-04-12
Pose Count: 39
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 01:43:28 90206
It's been nearly three weeks since the battle at the Garden of Time, and Mikoto's spent half of that in the hospital. Since then, she's been little seen and less heard from, enforced relaxation keeping her from involving herself in the battles against youma and other monsters that seem to have been a mainstay of her life for the past year. Things can't stay quiet forever, though, and a girl's got to get back in the game sometime.

Wednesday evening finds her at the Crown arcade, heading upstairs to get a milkshake and hopefully meet up with one of the regulars - after all, she knows full well that half the mahou-types in Tokyo tend to end up there one day or another. She's long-since ditched her school uniform for casual - jeans and a nice white blouse with a red windbreaker over it - and stops at the counter for her usual (strawberry).
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-12 01:47:28 90207
While it's not one of her usual haunts, the fact that the mahou community sees the Crown as a convenient crossroads means every now and again, when the mood strikes, it's an excellent place to get one's homework done.

...Yes, Rashmi is sitting at a table at the Parlor, a half-demolished parfait standing next to a mostly-cooled cup of tea, surrounded by enough books to make a respectable, if low, fortification.

Looking up from a history text, she blinks the blurriness away, and smiles brightly upon spotting Mikoto. "Hiiiii, Nakajima-san~!" she calls over the music and videogame noises, lifting up a hand to wave.
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 01:58:41 90208
Turning away from the counter, Mikoto pauses a moment, looking about for an empty table, and adjusting the bookbag slung over her shoulder. Then a familiar voice catches her attention, and looking towards it brings her sight of an equally familiar face.

"Well well well well well," she calls back, grinning and heading over to the table in question. "Long time no see, old friend." She grins and slides the backpack into a spare seat at Rashmi's table, then takes the one next to it. "How's life treating you?"
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-12 02:00:59 90209
"Busy," Rashmi says, sipping her tea -- and wrinkling her nose upon realizing how cold it's gotten -- but almost immediately setting it to one side as she focuses on Mikoto, guaranteeing she's going to forget it's cold again. "Homework, club work, mahou work, restaurant work... Not so many hours in the day, but look at you! You're looking so much better, how close to 100% are you?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 02:07:10 90210
"Mmm, well," Mikoto temporizes, setting her milkshake down as she considers it. "Sounds a lot like my own week, except sub in lab work for restaurant." She pauses for a moment, toying with the straw, then adds, "I'd say about eighty, right now. Still not really up to a fight, but I can get away if something happens, and I can at least get to school and such."
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-12 02:08:58 90211
"That's good at least," Rashmi says, bobbing her head and closing her open notebook. "Sorry I haven't been by to visit, by the way. I'll definitely try and make it up to you though... Oh! Out of curiosity, when you feel up to it how'd you like some Belkan-style sparring?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 02:12:09 90212
Visitors are a welcome thing to Mikoto. She spends too much time alone or just with her Familiar. So that offer definitely gets a smile from her. "I'd love to," she agrees quickly. "And, heck, come on by to visit anytime. You know where my lair is."
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-12 02:15:19 90213
"Do I?" Rashmi murmurs, digging Nicomachea's charm out of her bookbag and tilting her head. "Nicomachea, we know where it is, right?"

The red cabochon in the yellow sunburst setting chimes unobtrusively, an affirmative flickering under the surface of the 'gem.' "....So I do," she says, chuckling wryly. "So I'll definitely have to pop by sometime soon. But I was asking about the sparring because, well... You remember Raskoph Alexis, right?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 02:18:40 90214
Mikoto hmms again, pausing to take a drink of shake while she tries to remember the name. There's a brief 'ding' from her own brooch, and she tilts her head slightly as information rolls past her eyes. "Hmmm, I can't say I -remember- him terribly well, but I've -met- him..."
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-12 02:23:15 90215
"Well," Rashmi says, scraping at her parfait to pick out a scoop of blueberry, caramell, and ice cream soup, "there's some backstory there. Short version... turns out his family's maybe a bit more stable than Precia, and apparently he was raised to be a proper 'troubleshooter' with Device and all. I guess they had one waiting for him for when he was good and conditioned, or whatever...? Point is his mom's a scary powerful Device User, and he's run away with the Device he was supposed to be using to shoot trouble for her with. So... basically I figure he could use all the training he can get, and I don't think he knows any actual Belkan Knights."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 02:29:38 90217
"That's ... kinda disturbing," Mikoto agrees, "Sounds like the kind of family you'd be glad to be away from."

There's another flicker, and a mechanical voice chimes in, ~"He knows at least one."~

Mikoto chuckles softly, nodding. "Not that I think he knows it yet..."
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-12 02:35:23 90218
"Probably not," Rashmi says, chuckling as well. "But I figure it's probably a good idea to re-introduce you two, and give Carnwennan a chance to get to know Kriegsfauste."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 02:42:34 90219
Mikoto nods, and leans back in her seat a little. "That'd be his Device? What form?" She drums her fingers on the table, then picks up her shake for another sip.
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-12 02:46:30 90220
"Gauntlets," Rashmi answers. "If you know Raskoph-san at all, you wouldn't be surprised for a moment either. They've got at least one other form I know of, where they can summon and manipulate chains. They're not completely at 100% either, Raskoph-san and Kriegsfauste, but they're fast, and hit like a truck. Koji-kun and I have been trying to train him by setting up an obstacle course of lasers and shields, mostly."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 02:55:53 90221
Mikoto nods. "That's right," she muses. "I only saw him fight for a minute or so... and I was kind of busy at the time." She hmms. "It's a good start on a training regimen, yes... I think I can remember a few of the old Grey Knight excercises. Wouldn't want to go quite that level right off the bat, but cadet stuff... Hmm."
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-12 03:00:47 90222
The idea that Mikoto is already planning a training regimen has Rashmi grinning... but then the grin fades, as something else occurs to her. "Oh, um... Also. Couple things. I can't get into specifics, mostly for safety reasons.... but... You're probably going to hear about a big fight between me and Mamoru-kun, soon. It's going to be fine, but, until the mess responsible for the why is done, I kinda need to fake like I'm on the outs with the Earth Court crowd, in a big way."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 03:07:33 90223
"... allllright. I'd ask what's going on, but you'd tell me if you could..." Mikoto taps the table again, fingers drumming, and she shrugs. "I get along okay with Kunzite, but the rest aren't exactly my best friends, so..."
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-12 03:11:39 90224
Rashmi looks slightly miserable, the effort to bite her tongue a noticeable thing. "I promise I'll explain, just... after. Partly because I need to keep the facade up, but partly because of the second thing. If you see a girl you don't know, but she looks like a dead ringer for Mamoru-kun, and might be in a getup that's a cross between the Senshi but with Tuxedo Kamen's colors? Maybe calling herself Sailor Earth? Stay away. Seriously, unless you have way more backup than you think you'll ever need."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 03:13:39 90225
Mikoto blinks. Pauses. Blinks again. "So...." She reaches for her shake, looks at it. "The Black Ranger's making an appearance, hm? That'll make things interesting."
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-12 03:14:19 90226
"Black Ranger?" Rashmi asks, head tilting to one side. "What d'you mean?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 03:22:34 90227
"It's a fairly common trope," Mikoto explains. "The renegade teammate who's secretly being blackmailed by the bad guy, or something like that. There's a lot of variations on it." She shrugs and leans back in her seat, plucking up her milkshake for a taste.
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-12 03:23:53 90228
"Ah," Rashmi says, nodding. "I get you. Yeah... something like that. But seriously, be careful, all right? And ping Nicomachea if you come across her, just so I know what's up? She's been kind of hard to find unless she doesn't want to be."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 03:41:40 90229
With a bit of a slurp, Mikoto downs a good slug of semi-liquid ice cream, and sets the cup aside to nod. "I'll keep an eye out," she agrees. "But do you really think she's dangerous? Likely to just attack?"
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-12 03:49:28 90230
"She hasn't attacked anyone yet," Rashmi says, scowling. "Yet. But I don't expect that to last at all, and I just don't want to take chances, y'know?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 04:00:49 90231
"Yet," Mikoto repeats, noting the emphasis. "So do we know who's behind the plot this time?" She hmms and considers. "Beryl's dead, Precia's dead, Riventon's still out there..."
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-12 04:02:12 90232
The question is met with a rough sigh and a shake of the head. "I hope to find out, but... No. Not yet. And when I find out, trust me, you'll be the second person I tell."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 04:09:58 90233
"Guess I'll have to live with that," Mikoto agrees. "I guess this is going to be one of those interesting ones, hmm?" The ones that get... complicated.
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-12 04:16:31 90234
"Looks like," Rashmi sighs, shaking her head. "Anyway that's about everything I can think of that you might have missed... Um. Unless you haven't met Lamya-chan, which case there's a European lake dragon living with Lacchan now."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 04:20:07 90235
Mikoto uhms, then pauses. "No... you know, I don't think I -have- met her. Or 'Lacchan', for that matter..." She hmms again. "Sounds like this is somebody I should know, though."
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-12 04:22:11 90236
"Lacrima," Rashmi clarifies, clearing her throat. "Dark energy vampire? Likes purple? Works with Riventon-san, and yes I know but she's really not that bad and besides Ariel-chan adores her so there's definitely nothing wrong with being her friend."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 04:28:06 90237
"Ah, right. Now I remember." Mikoto nods, "Another one I've only barely met... I need to get out more."
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-12 04:30:41 90238
Rashmi Terios chuckles, finishing the last of her parfait. "That's why I like to do my homework in public," she says. "Better chance of running into people I know, and it gets me out of the house."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 04:40:07 90239
"Mmmm, maybe I should join you at it more often, then," Mikoto adds. "Like I said earlier, I need to get out more anyway."
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-12 04:41:21 90240
"I definitely wouldn't mind a study buddy," Rashmi chuckles. "If you're serious, I'll call you next time I study outside, okay?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 04:43:57 90241
A little smile flickers across Mikoto's lips, and she nods. "You have my number, yes?" If she doesn't, Carnwennan will ping it over to Nicomachea. "Hikari-chan's been kicking me to get more time outside the lab anyway."
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-12 04:46:30 90243
"I do that to Mizuno-senpai when her friends aren't," Rashmi chuckles. "Seriously, it's a good idea no matter what; it's easy to get lost in whatever you're doing if you spend too much time cooped up."

Nicomachea pings receipt of the number, and files it away in the 'Things Rashmi Will Probably Forget She Knows' folder.
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 04:56:24 90244
Mikoto's smile widens a bit, and she nods. "Maybe I'll bring her along next time. She needs to get out, too."
Rashmi Terios 2018-04-12 04:58:24 90245
"Sounds like a plan," Rashmi says, grinning. "I'll bring the snacks."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-12 05:08:16 90246
"And we all know what happens to plans around here." Mikoto grins. "I'll get a few six-packs of coke."