Everything's Patching Up Rashmis.

After the events of Dark Knights and Stars, Miho comes to the ECFH to heal an extremely hurting Rashmi, and in the process calm an extrmely agitated Stahlritter. Success, and Miho learns more stuff, lots of which can boil down to 'Mahou Theory Is Complicated'

Date: 2018-07-02
Pose Count: 34
Rashmi Terios 2018-07-02 17:31:35 92410
When you're a Mahou...

Sometimes you get in over your head. Sometimes you punch above your weight class.

Sometimes, you get blasted through three feet of reinforced concrete and structural steel.

If you have the right defensive suite, like a Barrier Jacket, you can survive taking hits that would leave a normal person a smear on the rooftop. Doesn't mean you're not still paying for it.

Which is why, after the fight with the mysterious Nightbell, Rashmi is occupying a 'for emergencies' room in the ECFH apartments. Because it certainly *feels* like she got hit by a truck, and moving is low on the priority list. Even her Device, currently in the form of a yellow starburst charm with a red 'gem' in its center, is sporting visible cracks around the setting.

In short, redheads be hurt.

It was Nicomachea who sent the dictated text message to Miho's cell phone, which may explain why the caller information is showing up in Wingdings: << Hey Miho-chan, it's Rashmi. Can you come to Chiba-san's soon? Like, really soon? It's a school-attendance emergency. >>
Alexis Raskoph 2018-07-02 17:45:10 92411
And as it happens, the battered-up redhead is accompanied by the imposing figure of a solid six-foot-three of muscle and steel. Stahlritter being settled to leaning against a wall near the door that leads back to the hallway, with his thick, gauntlet-bearing arms crossed together. It's hard to tell through the face-concealing helmet, but somehow one might get the sense that the Knight is particularly *agitated* right at this particular moment.

Maybe it's just because he's used to the positions in a situation like this usually being the completely opposite.

Either way, one armored boot taps against the floor, impatiently. Waiting. Waiting. It's frustrating to not be able to do anything besides wait.
Miho Kagami 2018-07-02 17:51:19 92412
As Miho enters the suite, she has her arms crossed with her left arm grasped by her right, because boy howdy did that message sound ominous! "Rashmi-chan?" she calls out.

And when she finds Rashmi? She doesn't even have time to notice Stahlritter before green-black wisps of shadow start emanating from her arm where she's grasping it and a minty-green glow appears around her right hand, as she becomes even more shocked and afraid than she was the first time she was attacked by a youma. "What happened!?" she exclaims as she hurries over to the bedside, her voice spontaneously becoming even more scratchy and androgynous than it is usually. She glances over and sees the knight, and then ... just immediately turns back to Rashmi.
Rashmi Terios 2018-07-02 17:55:44 92413
By now, Rashmi has at least recovered enough to be conscious, and despite the wisps of shadow streaming up from Miho's arm, the redhead just gives a reassuring, if shaky, smile. "Oh... just blocked when... I should have dodged. ....Ow. C'mon in, Miho... Sorry for getting you out late... just... I have Debate Club tomorrow, and... kinda don't want to explain to my parents why I've broken a few ribs... and an arm... and I think a leg too... but that might just be a dislocated hip. Nicomachea gets... garbled... when he's worried. Kinda like this guy," she says, nodding once at Stahlritter.
Alexis Raskoph 2018-07-02 18:02:14 92414
Stalhritter doesn't move more than just by the measure of his helmet-covered head moving to direct the golden visor to settling on Miho. Watching her move and work there. And just... staring right back at her in that brief moment she glances back.

"I do not get garbled," the Knight claims, then, voice all artificially booming and rumbling deep. "I get angry, though."
Miho Kagami 2018-07-02 18:11:50 92416
Miho's heart is thumping in her chest; her palpitations are almost visible. And Stahlritter's sudden booming voice doesn't help at all. "Okay, right," she says. She takes a few deep breaths, and ... drops her hands to her sides, the magical effects vanishing. "I ... yeah. I can handle this." She puts both hands out so that they're just above Rashmi. "I just need to ... focus longer and harder than I ever have before. Just ... sit still for a minute, ahaha ..."
Rashmi Terios 2018-07-02 18:15:09 92417
"Easy, Miho-chan," Rashmi says, voice tight. Though even through all the pain, her smile only shakes, it doesn't go away. "Deep breaths. I don't... know how your magic works... but... Pretty sure being calm... will help your focus." She looks to Stahlritter, and manages a soft snort. "Yeah you do... you say things like... 'I should've taken... that hit...' and... 'I don't like... seeing you hurt...' and... lots of nonsense."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-07-02 18:20:29 92418
"It is not nonsense," insists the still-booming voice of Stahlritter, all but growling this time around. "It is perfectly clear statement of facts." A low, agitated grunt booms from within, then. "Rest assured, it won't happen again."

At least he doesn't throw off Miho's focus by complaining at her to go faster or something like that. Though he's clearly not at all happy about the waiting, still.
Miho Kagami 2018-07-02 18:31:18 92419
Miho lets out a hollow laugh at Rashmi telling her to calm down. "I should be telling you that!" she says. "But, uh. Yeah. Actually doing this instead of just worrying about it, like, it makes this all way easier." Her voice is back to being its usual level of scratchy and only mostly androgynous. She eyes Stahlritter, and firmly says, "OK, the two of you can argue about battle-tactics and might-have-beens after I'm done doing concentrating on this stuff."

She holds her hands as still as she can over Rashmi, and takes a few deep breaths. She's been practicing using her powers for about three weeks at this point, but there's still a few false starts where faint bursts of minty green light appear uselessly, and it takes nearly two full minutes before a steady glow starts emanating from her hands. The Life Blessing suffuses Rashmi's body and eases her pain, and the injuries heal and vanish over the course of several more minutes; Miho's breathing becomes heavier as well.

Finally, it's done; Rashmi's injuries are completely healed as if they'd never been there. Miho staggers back and exhales, looking completely winded now. "Whew!" She leans heavily against the nearest wall. "How're you doing, Rashmi-chan?"
Rashmi Terios 2018-07-02 18:46:36 92420
The Blessing seems to take root as soon as the energy touches Rashmi, pain-tense muscles sagging and unwinding as a sigh of blessed relief drifts from the redhead's mouth.

Her eyes flutter closed as the magic continues its work, and Nicomachea's gem pings once, glowing visibly and fading out in the span of three or four breaths. When the spell is done, it seems as if Rashmi'd fallen asleep... but then she stirs, lifting one shoulder, then the other, and taking a long, deep breath, before opening her eyes and grinning. "Little bit sore, but lots better, thanks Miho-chan." Sitting up in bed with only the faintest grunt, she rakes a hand through her hair... and through it more, and more... looks down, sighs, and just hauls the whole mess onto her lap, digging a brush from her bookbag and setting to work.

"Anyway... what happened was I got smashed through an office rooftop, but it was partly my fault. I can tune my magic to different parameters, and I was kinda hung up on how clever I was to make them kick back harder. Forgot how much that takes away from them actually, y'know, blocking. The kind of tactical oops that Stahlritter makes all the time, but when he gets hurt from it it's all 'it was worth it' or 'I had no other way,' which is why he was spouting nonsense on the way here."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-07-02 18:53:55 92421
"I resent that claim," Stahlritter promptly grunts out, all indignant. "I don't get hurt all the time. And I *do* make very calculated decisions when it comes to that stuff. You, though..." He finally unfolods his arms, and comes stepping closer towards the bed-- and once he stands next to Miho, it becomes all the more apparent just how *tall* and *large* the armored figure is. "You coulda just moved out of the way." A gauntlet-covered hand comes over then, lightly bumping it's knuckles against the redhead's shoulder in teasing. "You should have had an even easier time of it than me-- you can *fly* and *float* afterall."
Miho Kagami 2018-07-02 18:59:36 92422
Miho nods, looking greatly relieved. "Okay, good," she says. "... I'm not gonna lie, I don't want this to happen again, but, like, I know it's gonna happen with someone sooner or later no matter what I say, so, let's just say, I want to keep healing people when it does happen."

Miho is intimidated by the huge knight! She backs away a little bit so that she can lean against the wall slightly further away. She opens her mouth to protest that Rashmi still probably needs rest, closes it again because Stahlritter is just that intimidating to someone like Miho, and then she says, "So, uh, what kind of youma was it?" She pauses. "Or ... was it something else?"
Rashmi Terios 2018-07-02 19:04:02 92423
"Stahlritter take your helmet off at least, you don't need to be Batman here," Rashmi sighs, shaking her head. "And you," she says, poking the knight's armored chest, "maybe you don't get hurt all the time, but I have seen you try and man off worse than this, so don't you dare get all fumy and broody just because it was someone else's ribs that got cracked for a change."

Blowing a lock of hair away from her face, she looks back at Miho, smile back from behind the clouds. "Dark Space Robot," she says, as if that was all that needed to be said.

Thankfully, she doesn't let that sit long before explaining. "Apparently Eclipse has a couple new agents, in the form of a scientist who needs almost as much protecting as a normal person, and a Belkan AI-knight-robot-something that keeps the mahou off her back. Iunno for sure, really, all I know is Yellow-chan apparently dropped a giant star on her from orbit?"
Alexis Raskoph 2018-07-02 19:11:07 92424
"... There is nothing wrong with my helmet," Stahlritter protests with a huff, apparently *completely missing the point*. The latter point, though, it makes him glance off to the side, with more indignancy. "That is different," he insists, with another grunt and huff. "I was *supposed* to be the first treshold of defense there. So I failed."

Up come his arms to folding together again, and he peeks back towards Miho. "Something the matter?"
Miho Kagami 2018-07-02 19:18:14 92425
Miho giggles nervously at Rashmi's complete lack of ... well, being intimidated at all. "Wow," she says. "I ... have several questions, although I guess you can't say much about the, the AI-knight. What is 'Eclipse'? And 'Belkan'? And I guess Yellow-san is one of the good guys?"

She smiles even more nervously at Stahlritter. "Uh, don't worry about it, you're just kind of, uh, imposing, and I'm kind of shy."
Rashmi Terios 2018-07-02 19:26:13 92426
"You're two meters tall, spiked, armored, and helmeted. Indoors," Rashmi sighs. "And she's still new to the scene. Ease up on her, y'know, just a little? You look like you're about to punch one of us."

Sighing and shaking her head, she tosses aside the covers, slipping out of bed. First a tentative stand, then a bounce on the toes, then a spine-crackling stretch. "...That's good work, Miho-chan, wow. Anyway... 'Belka' is an old space nation that I guess is mostly gone now, but it's where half of the Devices that get found on Earth come from. What's funny is their language is almost identical to German, and the nation my Device came from is practically English, and almost everyone from both places is either human or human-adjacent. As for Eclipse... Iunno. They're kind of a subdivision of UMBRA? Maybe? Lacchan would probably be able to give you actual answers there."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-07-02 19:34:40 92427
"...Mrrrh." STahlritter finally relents. A hand comes up, to tap against the side of his neck, and the plates of his helmet start retracting with a rapid clicking and clacking, until the ensemble dissolves into mana dust wholesale, revealing the features of a certain caucasian, brown-haired boy in his late teens. Frowning features at that.

"The Belkan civilization used to be dominant through the galaxy," he offers, then. "By way of conquering worlds with use of their Devices and weapons of mass destruction-- until their empire collapsed when their homeworld became inhabitable, and their sociatal culture crumbled to infighting."

...WEll, that's *definitely* information Rashmi never told Alex.

"Either way, mine is of Belkan make, while we're at it. As for Eclipse--" He tilts his head slightly. "It's the other way around. UMBRA works under Eclipse. I don't know the details, but Eclipse seems to be some... much bigger entity. Bloody real-life Illuminati."
Miho Kagami 2018-07-02 19:47:23 92428
Miho nods to Rashmi. "OK, I understand both of those things exactly as well as you do now," she says dryly, shooting her a lopsided half-smile.

She does a double-take when Alex de-armors. "Oh. Hi, Alexis-san," she says. She listens to his explanation, and nods. "All right, I think I get all that now," she says. "You should probably relay the news about the new bad guys to the rest of the good guys yourselves, though." She glances at Rashmi. "I mean, once you're both up for it. How's Nico-san doing? My Life Blessing doesn't do ... machinery-repairs."
Rashmi Terios 2018-07-02 19:50:26 92429
"See why can't you pay attention like that in sch---ooooooooohhhhhhh riiiiiiiiight, sorry Alexis-kun," Rashmi says, eyes going wide as the penny drops as to where that knowledge might have come from. "Anyway. Definitely going to put the word out, yeah... And Nicomachea'll be okay. He's in self-repair mode, he just needs a few days to a week. Which is good, because he and I have strategies and spells to rethink."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-07-02 20:00:29 92430
"... You do remember I can't go to school right now, right?" Alexis mutters, with his eyes squinting at Rashmi briefly. To Miho, though, he actually manages to offer a sheepish smile, briefly. "... Hello. Secret's out, then, I suppose." And with all that being said, he turns his eyes down over towards the charm that Nico has turned to, brows knitting together thoughtfully. "... I could probably try to repair him," he suggests, of all things.
Miho Kagami 2018-07-02 20:03:56 92431
Miho looks between Rashmi and Alexis in confusion, but she just nods to Rashmi. "Okay, good," she says. "Like I said, there's pretty much no way this isn't gonna happen again, but, like ..." She gives a lopsided grin. "Speaking as your unofficial magical doctor here, you should really do whatever you can to minimize the risk. And that goes for you, too, Alexis-san," she adds.

She nods to Alexis. "Sorry about that," she says softly, moving back a little bit closer so she isn't standing back quite as much. "Uh ... Norie-chan sort of outed you as being magical when I was visiting her a couple weeks ago, just so you know, but she didn't say anything else about it."
Rashmi Terios 2018-07-02 20:10:12 92432
Rashmi Terios shakes her head. "It's appreciated, Alexis-san, but... I think Nicomachea would rather heal up on his own. ...If only so he can have something else to lord over Tyrfing. But... yeah Miho-chan, I can definitely agree to minimizing risk. It's, like, my whole strategy anyway." Grinning, she crosses the distance to give Miho a brief hug. "And seriously, thanks," she says, letting go and stepping back. "Let me know if there's anything you need too, okay? Especially if it's help during an attack or something."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-07-02 20:20:05 92433
"... That seems like a terrible reason to not take repairs," Alexis points out with a further narrowing of his eyes-- right up until something hits in. "Wait. can Tyrfing not self-repair? Even Kriegsfauste can, and I would think an Unison Device would...?"

Miho's confession makes him sigh quietly. "...WEll, I suppose it was going to happen eventually anyway, right?" He murmurs. "I have been trying not to spread my identity too far out, after... some things happened, but.."
Miho Kagami 2018-07-02 20:27:35 92434
Miho nods, and then ... blinks in surprise as she gets hugged! She returns the hug, blushing faintly. "Um, okay, sure," she says, a touch of bashfulness in her voice. "Well, uh ..." She manages to get some of her composure back. "You just rest up until Nico-san is done with repairs, all righty?" She glances at Alexis. "And, I mean, even if you can hurry the repairs, you should probably rest on general principles." She hesitates, and then adds, "Does this 'Tyrfing' belong to someone I'd need to know?"

She nods to Alexis. "Yeah, sorry, Alexis-san," she says quietly. "I know how important it is when you need to keep your identity secret, and it surprised me, too."
Rashmi Terios 2018-07-02 20:33:30 92435
"Tyrfing is Koji-kun's Device," Rashmi explains. "....Y-um. Another friend of ours. Only at first, Tyrfing was kind of broken, and it wasn't for some time before he was able to get repaired properly. Now he has a self-repair function, but it was kinda tricky for awhile. Anyway, he'll be the kid in glasses with the talking pencil-case, when you do meet him."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-07-02 20:46:15 92436
"Tyrfing is... an interesting sort," Alexis notes, with a slow roll of one of his broad shoulders. "But it's best you find out for yourself rather than me explain, really."

And then, he reaches a hand over to poke a single finger against Rashmi's shoulder, lightly. "And yes. You rest and recover."

The hypocricy can be practically felt dripping along the walls of the room.
Miho Kagami 2018-07-02 20:52:25 92437
Miho nods. "Okay, got it," she says dryly. She grins, and stretches. "Well! I think I should rest for a little while, too. That was way more, uh, strenuous than anything else I've ever healed." She glances at her hand. "I guess that means I'm putting some of 'my power' into it, too, but, uh, yeah." She shrugs. "Either way, I'm gonna want to do this whenever I'm needed."
Rashmi Terios 2018-07-02 20:55:34 92438
"Good idea," Rashmi chuckles. "And you take it easy too, okay? Maybe have a snack before you go to bed, and a big breakfast. If your magic works anything like ours, you're gonna need a lot of calories after all that."

Which point she looks down at Alexis' finger, back up to its owner, and raises an eyebrow. "Happy to!" she chirps. "But this means I expect to hear 'okay Rashmi' the next time I tell you to do that."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-07-02 20:59:34 92439
"We eat like pigs, for the record," Alex points out for Miho, with apparently ZERO shame to be held for that particular confession. Or worry over the fact that he basically confessed that for Rashmi, too.

The redhead in question gets a completely deadpan look sent to her, then. "I make zero promises."
Miho Kagami 2018-07-02 21:06:37 92440
Miho nods. "I have no idea if my magic works that way, but I'll keep that in mind," she says wryly. She gives Alexis a look. "Jeez, Alexis-san, do I need to learn to henshin just so I can kick your butt to get you to follow doctor's orders?"
Rashmi Terios 2018-07-02 21:09:23 92441
"I would totally support this initiative," Rashmi says in a very obvious stage-whisper.
Alexis Raskoph 2018-07-02 21:19:56 92442
Alex huffs! HUFF. "I have a perfectly good understanding of when I am in good enough shape to move around after recovery!" He insists, arms folding together over his chest while he pouts at both of them. POUT!
Miho Kagami 2018-07-02 21:21:56 92443
Miho grins. "Statements like that are also why I need to kick your butt," she says. "I'll see you guys later, all right?"
Rashmi Terios 2018-07-02 21:40:03 92444
"Take care!" Rashmi says, grinning. "Now where are my shoes..."