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Date: 2018-07-27
Pose Count: 37
Stahlritter 2018-07-27 17:12:58 93019
    There's a bit of an odd sight at the boardwalk. Namely, someone tall and hooded running through the crowds otherwise moving normally through there. And some distance behind the hooded figure, several men in cheap suits try to shove their way through, in obvious enough pursuit.

    Not that the one in the hood is making the effort any easy for them. Even less so when he suddenly leaps onto the hood of a truck turned into a food stall, and off it again onto the roof of the back and further on still to leap across the ocean of people, landing into a roll upon the driveway that THANKFULLY is mostly empty of activity at the particular time.
Yuzuki Amemori 2018-07-27 17:17:25 93020
Yuzuki Amemori had been in the crowd, head bobbing to music only she could hear thanks to some rather expensive looking headphones. She doesn't recognize the guy running, but guys in cheap suits don't exactly read as police to her. She continues bobbing her head to the music, seeming to step in time with the beat. Her foot goes out at a key moment, trying to trip someone, maybe an arm goes out in an accidental stretch, trying to make it look like she's just a random girl not paying attention. There's some deliberation in her movements though.

Besides, she didn't see the telltale hints of yakuza either. Whether she's successful in slowling them down or not, she ducks back into the crowd and starts to follow after herself. It's still a leisurely pace though.
Stahlritter 2018-07-27 17:31:06 93021
    Crowds have the advantage of making a feigned gesture of inattentives seem all the more so genuine in it's lack of directed intent. Even to the point that when the back of Yuzu's fist smacks into the face of the suit-clad goon, the most she ends up getting in retaliation is an immense measure of cursing while the appropriately dazed man tries to figure out which way to go again.

    Meanwhile, the figure in the hood continues his dash through, to the buildings on the other side of the road-- and there, pounces up along one wall with a kick to reach a handhold, pulling himself on further up with rapid, decisive movements that carry him all the way up. Someone's been practicing parkour, apparently. The goons haven't, though, since the ones not left behind in the crowds are forced to try and run around the building in an effort to find a ladder or the stairs of a fire escape to get up. A lot of good that will do them though, one might imagine.
Yuzuki Amemori 2018-07-27 17:36:38 93022
Yuzuki Amemori watches the chase unfold and considers a few things. Her head tilts from one side to another, then she begins to pick her way through the crowd towards the backside of the building, checking the alley before oving on. Wondering if he's going to drop down and try to re-merge with the crowds to hide. Sure he looked rather big so that might be hard, but any cover's better than none, right?

She half considers cheating though, to be fair. A quick change into her armor and she'd be able to just leap up there. Sure it's flashy and would leave a mess behind, but that's part of the fun right? She chases that thought off for the time being though.
Stahlritter 2018-07-27 17:45:33 93023
    Yuzu was right about one part of her speculation. Namely the part about the hooded man dropping down.

    But rather than dropping into a different hiding place, he drops right on top of one of the three goons running through the alley, pushing him down onto the ground with his own weight before sending a smack into the back of the unfortunate soul's head. Night night.

    "Huh?" A voice resounds from underneath the hood then, a familiar, deep rumble, while he rises to face the two remaining suits turning around.

    "WAsn't there five of you guys?"
Yuzuki Amemori 2018-07-27 17:56:12 93024
Yuzuki Amemori stifles a yawn as she lingers near the entrance of the alleyway. "What did you do this time?" She asks while reaching up to pull her headphones off. Her own hood gets tugged down too, though it still contains most of her rather long hair at bay.

"You didn't get into a fight with a bunch of thug wannabes again did you?" Her tone is teasing, it's clear those weren't students at the very least.

She gestures behind her and asks, "Have you considered something like a dye job and new clothes? I bet we could do something to keep the chases down a bit."
Stahlritter 2018-07-27 18:06:37 93025
    "Eh?" The hood-covered head turns around over to send the green eyes of Alexis Raskoph peering back to Yuzuki, thus, with a few blinks. "--Hey, what are you doing he--?"

    The question's interrupted by him suddenly ducking out of the way of a horizontal swing of a collapsible baton intended to collide with his head.

    "I was--" an indignant growl follows from Alex, when his body springs again from the ducking motion to sweep a foot through one of the goon's, sending his weight toppling to one side.

    "Having--!" Cue a kick straight center of the falling-over man, hard enough to not only knock the air out from him but also slam back into his remaining buddy.

    "A CONVERSATION!" Aaaaand after them Alexis leaps, to slam a fist into the remaining goon, toppled into daze by the sudden impact with his friend. And down go both of them. Well then.

    "Rude schweinhunds... Just tell your boss your competitor's guy got away with the stuff, huh?" He grumbles, then, with both hands going down to swiping his clothes down from collected dirt while he turns back to Yuzu.

    "...Yeah let's just say I've gone up from teenager gangs. We should get outta here. I think I got the message across."
Yuzuki Amemori 2018-07-27 18:09:46 93026
Yuzuki Amemori looks at the people laying on the ground for a moment. "I'm not exactly one for subtlety, but you should probably work on some." She points down the road and asks, "That way?" While keeping her hands in her pockets.

Head tilted, she asks after some thought, "Who did you manage to upset this time anyway?"

She does scan the crowd, keeping an eye out for any other observers. Not that she's as good as he would be, but there is an advantage to being on stage and learning to spot recurring fans or friends out in it.

"You doing alright? Been... uh. A year at least hasn't it."
Stahlritter 2018-07-27 18:17:07 93027
    "You don't wanna know," Alex claims to the second question, while more or less answering the first by way of setting to stepping along down the alleyway.

    "ANd for the record, I'm good with subtle. Sometimes you gotta make some noise on purpose, though. Like with false flag operations, eh? Deception-based warfare."

    He pauses, then, to look sidelong to her. "... YOu know, I was just going to say that if you keep ambushing me like this to the point of following me into dark alleys, I might think you're the one chasing me this time. But I guess I'm not memorable enough for you to remember the heart-to-heart we had at Kaoru's the other day..."

    A very deliberately dramatic sigh is let out, with an equally dramatic press of his hand to his heart. "I guess that's why I was never any popular with girls! My face is so forgettable!"
Yuzuki Amemori 2018-07-27 18:26:44 93028
Yuzuki Amemori stifles another yawn and says, "I'm just helping out random strangers for some reason. Must have been a wandering samurai in my past life." She says that with a straight face, not that it's not true. She points and asks, "Was that that close? I thought it was closer to a year by now." She frowns, looking down, thinking. Thinking. She stumbles after a moment what with that thinking turning into napping for a brief moment.

Shaking her head, she mutters. Stands up straight and points. "I'm not chasing anyone, those strange men ran into my arm and leg. I'm not sure what they were up to. I'd appreciate you not leveling such serious allegations at me!"
Stahlritter 2018-07-27 18:33:36 93029
    "...Weren't you though?" Alex is quick to point out. "You said something along those lines back then anyhow. And it was *hundred percent* not even a month ago. Come on! DId that whole conversation get fazed out of your mind completely?"

    And then he's peeeeeeeeering at her, eyes squinting! "THey ran into your arm and leg," he repeats after her. "And then, what, they dragged you in here by that arm and leg?"
Yuzuki Amemori 2018-07-27 18:39:26 93030
Yuzuki Amemori shrugs and says, "One stumbled around confused, I lost the other in the crowd after he tripped mysteriously." She makes a dismissive gesture with her hand and continues, "It did. I might remember the donuts and I kind of remember the conversation, but I'm sure that was more than a month ago. At least half a year right?" She taps her chin and scowls. "March maybe?"

Peering back, she suddenly yawns fully and rolls her shoulders back. "Weren't I what?"
Stahlritter 2018-07-27 18:45:44 93031
    "... Mein Gott that whole thing really got completely wiped from your memory didn't it," Alexis murmurs with his eyes widening slightly while he stares at her. SUddenly, he stops, and... reaches a hand over to press it against her forehead, as if though to check her temperature.

    "Are you feeling anything weird? My parents didn't get to you because they realized you're my friend or something, did they? If they decided to do mental conditioning on someone else after I ran off I'm gonna be *pissed*."
Yuzuki Amemori 2018-07-27 18:48:18 93032
Yuzuki Amemori shakes her head and swats at the hand, "I've been awake for just shy of 48 hours Alexis. You're lucky I didn't think you were some terrifying monster out to devour the hearts and minds of Tokyo's office drones." She adds, "Wait, you never saw any of that..." She frowns. "Anyway! How have you been this past year, month, either or." She adds in an undertone, "I swear it was a few months."

Standing up straight again she adds, "Tea? I want tea. Or something horribly chemical-y and full of caffeine."
Stahlritter 2018-07-27 18:59:22 93033
    "... YOu don't need caffeine, you need sleep!" Alexis insists with a huff. "Geez, and people give *me* shit for going out to fight monsters while I already have a teensy bit of a small scratch on me..."
Yuzuki Amemori 2018-07-27 19:03:57 93034
Yuzuki Amemori tilts her head and says, "You're fighting monsters now?" She frowns, "That wasn't part of that conversation was it? I think I'd have remembered that." She pauses, "I don't need sleep that badly yet. I'm not driving. Or riding. And I was on the way home to sleep." She points and grins, "You're interrupting it!"
Stahlritter 2018-07-27 19:17:01 93035
    "It hundred percent was part of that conversation!" Alexis barks out in response, and slaps his hand against his own forehead. Face, meet palm. Palm, face. "Oh... nevermind, I can re-explain when we're not in here."

    And at the last accusation, he just... stares at her, with his mouth hanging slightly open. "Wh-- how am *I* the one who interrupted it? You're the one who stalked after me into a dark alley!"
Yuzuki Amemori 2018-07-27 19:24:10 93036
Yuzuki Amemori looks at the facepalm and grins, "Was it? I might vaguely remember mentioning that I fought monsters at least. That was you right? I remember the donuts." She then begins laughing. It really is kind of funny to her at this point at least.

At the accusation that she stalked him, she snorts, "You were being chased by low rent thugs in bad suits without tattoos, I was originally just helping some guy out because I was being nice If I'd known it was you I'd have... probably done the same thing actually."
Stahlritter 2018-07-27 19:30:26 93037
    "The donuts are more memorable than me?!" Aaaand Alexis' shoulders visibly slump downwards. A gloomy air surrounds him. Somehow, the shattering of his spirit can effectively be felt within the air as a strange pressure.

    "Ah, whatever..." He murmurs then, without any strength left to the statement, and he turns to making way out of the alleyway fully again. "Let's just... go..."
Yuzuki Amemori 2018-07-27 19:34:41 93038
Yuzuki Amemori punches his arm and says, "You realize I remember having the conversation and even that I'm struggling with my girlfriend. I just don't remember when or apparently mentioning that I'm a drunken samurai." She then glares at him and adds, "So stop that and stand up straight! Or I'll punch your arm again." She kind of sounds awake for a moment!

She adds as an afterthought, "What's happening that has you that down? I can break your nose like that time at the beach if you want nostalgia."
Stahlritter 2018-07-27 19:38:24 93039
    Alexis stops again when she punches his arm, without much other reaction to the hit. He just sort of apathetically looks back at her. "... You're playing with me now, aren't you?" He mumbles.

    Though, he straightens up a little at that last bit, eyes narrowing. ":.. Try that and I will toss you into the Bay."
Yuzuki Amemori 2018-07-27 19:42:21 93040
Yuzuki Amemori crosses her arms and says, "I remember food because it was after a show. Food sticks out more after 8 hours of trying to rile up a crowd." She then grins and makes a taunting gesture, "I bet I could launch you easily enough. How do you think I move around?"

She flexes her arm, hidden by her hoodie and says in a fake tone of bravado, "You just don't want to risk getting punched out by a girl~ And yelled at by her for using salt water to rinse the wounds out."
Stahlritter 2018-07-27 19:50:47 93041
    Okay, that gets his attention. He straightens up the rest of the way, and folds up his thick arms together over his chest when he turns to face her fully.

    "YOu're saying this to the guy who was fighting monsters before he even got access to any superpowers," he practically purrs out, as he takes just a single step closer-- but that's already enough to bring him towering over her right in her personal space, the corners of his mouth slightly tugged upwards in an expression of pure mischief.

    "You wanna try and wrestle me down, huh?"

    That... probably sounded more wrong than he realized.
Yuzuki Amemori 2018-07-27 20:22:24 93047
Yuzuki Amemori crosses her own arms and grins, looking him right in the eye. "You're saying this to a girl who swings a sword around that's your size. I'll take you on if you want to." She then snrks at the mention of wrestling. She's grown a lot less shy.

She looks down, then lightly lifts her leg and adds, "Besides, samurai-me was fine fighting dirty!" a tone of teasing there.
Stahlritter 2018-07-27 20:39:14 93049
    "Also the guy who punches hard enough to level a building." Alexis' arms unfold, and he taps his other hand against the thick bicep of the other arm. "These guns didn't come from just runnin' around or anythin'." His eyes maintain contact with hers easily too, without flinching, despite the proximity.

    THe rising leg is met with one foot rised up on his part, to nudge against it. "You say that like I don't fight dirty all the time. Don't think you have the advantage just because you don't have certain sensitive parts."
Yuzuki Amemori 2018-07-27 21:05:31 93053
Yuzuki Amemori claps idly and grins, "Oh come now, you act like I couldn't bring the house down." She laughs, then looks down and adds, "The real trick isn't going for the obvious one. Got you lookign down. Bet I could headbutt you right here right now though!"

She then adds, "Seriously though, back off, it's weird." She sticks her tongue out and pokes him. "And stop moping, ti's not good."
Stahlritter 2018-07-27 21:12:51 93056
    "You could try," Alexis practically purrs out in challenge to her-- before the poke to his chest, anyway. THere's a quiet pffff of a sound, and he takes a small step back away again, with her urging. "You're weird," he mumbles back. "ANd I'm not moping!"
Yuzuki Amemori 2018-07-27 21:23:42 93057
Yuzuki Amemori grins at the step back, leaning back herself a bit, "Oh I'm weird, you're being chased by villains from some kid's anime!" She then shakes her head and adds, "You're not moping now at least. You were before. Don't do that anymore, it doesn't suit you." She then leans forward to add, "It's a better look."
Stahlritter 2018-07-27 21:26:52 93059
"Wh-- Those were just some mobsters and what have you, if you wanna talk about anime villains, then look at the literal world-wide industrial might fronting for evil magic science I am actively a fugitive from!" Alexis promptly huffs with that. "I'm not weird." His arms fold together again, and he continues to insist, "I don't *mope*, that's--" His words falter away when she leans forward, though, and adds that in. HIs eyes blink once, twice, and he rather purposefully glances away, red briefly gathering at his cheeks. "..........Right."
Yuzuki Amemori 2018-07-27 21:53:55 93063
Yuzuki Amemori rubs the back of her head and then shakes her head, "We fight the same enemies, you just make a bigger mess of it! Not that that's your fault. I usually leave less collatoral and I tear the earth up!" She laughs, shrugs and rests her hands in her pockets now. At that tinge of red, she begins laughing harder, doubling over for a moment. "Sorry, I shouldn't be laughing, but it is kind of cute how easy you blush."
Stahlritter 2018-07-27 21:59:19 93064
"I don't blush easy!" Alex promptly protests, with a slap given to his cheek with that, as if trying to somehow ward off the flushing with that. "I have *no* idea what you are talking about."
Yuzuki Amemori 2018-07-27 23:12:43 93072
Yuzuki Amemori points to his cheeks and says, "You blush any time someone says you're cute though! It's like clockwork!" She's still laughing now, then she stands up straight. "Seriously though, are you doing okay? Hide out still in the clear, that sort of thing?"
Stahlritter 2018-07-27 23:23:10 93073
    "I am not blushing and I am DEFINITELY NOT CUTE." The grumbling from Alex is followed, seeing as Yuzu is still keeping up with the laughing and what have you, y him turning to walk decidedly *away*. Or at least back to the strert wherr the two were intending to go in the first place. "I am about as fine as can be," he mutters then. "New problems seem to pop up every day, though. At least my parents havent sent an actual army after me yet. Some good about fighting people who want to maintain secrecy-- they want to avoid habing to explain collateral damage too."
Yuzuki Amemori 2018-07-27 23:39:48 93074
Yuzuki Amemori tilts her head and asks, "Why not give them some collateral damage? Bet we could collapse a roof in on one of their hidden labs or something with enough magical antics." She stands up straight, brushes herself off and follows along. "Well I guess you're not cute, but you were blushing. You don't think I have cooties too, do you?" Then her head tilts and she grins, "Teasing aside, seriously. Why not do some stuff to drag some antics out into the light? Become a giant pain."
Stahlritter 2018-07-27 23:51:08 93075
    "Why on earth would I think you have cooties? I'm an adult man for heaven's sake." And thus Alex expertly misses the point once again.

    "And that would be a lot more viable plan if they werent so good with the while secrecy thing," he explains, much more seriously. "They dont act in the open if they dont have to. And they are really good at scrubbing their tracks when they do. The lab I got dragged out of? Just a couple hours after, it was like there never even existed a building there. All records altered and all physical signs erased and replaces with something else. And havw to be careful with them too, since they might know more about me and my friends, too, and-- I dont think they're afraid of exploiting things on the mundane side either."
Yuzuki Amemori 2018-07-27 23:55:27 93076
Yuzuki Amemori facepalms and shakes her head. "You totally think I have cooties. That's great~" Hooking her thumbs on her hoodie pockets, "Leak photos maybe? Give them a headache doing damage control at least. If it gets far enough they might get sloppy." There's a moment of silence followed by, "Sloppier. That bank job was less than... quiet."

She shrugs, keeping her pace well enough. "I'm sure there's better ways to handle them in general though, honestly. I just don't know what yet."
Stahlritter 2018-07-28 00:06:24 93077
    "... If I thought you had cooties, would I have gotten that close to you just now?" Alex promptly protests. "You say that like I think girls are disgusting. I don't. I *like* girls. I-- Wait, why am I even having this argument right now? Ugh!"

    He shakes his head at that particular thought.

    "Easier said than done," he says then. "They are... phenomenally good at hiding themselves. You wouldn't believe the amount of hoops I've had to jump through just to get a reasonable *lead*. I'm getting there though, I think. As for the bank-- that wasn't my parents' people. Well. Technically they are associated with Eclipse, but they're a seperate entity. Somehow I get the feeling that if mom and dad wanted something out of a bank, they would have just bribed and/or threatened some of the staff to trandfer it over to their accounts. Or... just forced whoever owned it into bankruptcy to force them to sell it to them. Nasty corporate shit and shadoe government creeping like that."