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Date: 2018-07-31
Pose Count: 31
Stahlritter 2018-07-31 04:10:03 93274
    There's not a lot of places where Alex can feel at least some modicum of safety, these days. Korma is one of these places. He's settling to sitting in a corner table, with his hood drawn over his head while he quietly, distractedly, nibbles on some light curry of some sort. He didn't really ask about specifics.

    Something seems to be very mnuch bothering him at the particular moment.
Takara Himura 2018-07-31 04:14:16 93275
Seemingly out of nowhere, the waitress comes by with Takara in tow, and tells her, "Here's your friend." Takara thanks her, and folds her cane up as she sits down across from her friend. "Hiiii, Lexi-kun!" she singsongs at him. "Didja miss me?"
Stahlritter 2018-07-31 04:21:49 93276
    "... What, I didn--" Alexis starts promptly, right before Takara's sitting down in front of him. This doesn't exactly help his confusion any. "...... How did you...?"
Takara Himura 2018-07-31 04:25:32 93277
Takara Himura's grin is huge and infectious. "I can hear you moping from a mile away." The waitress comes and sets a braille menu down in front of Takara, and sets down a glass of water and some cutlery. She runs her fingers across the entries of the menu, taking time to consider what she wants for dinner. "So what's up?"
Stahlritter 2018-07-31 04:37:11 93278
    "... First of all moping doesn't make a sound," /self insists with a frown that Takara *definitely* can hear. "Secondly *I am not moping*!" There's a very distinct huff from Alex with that. At her question, he sighs. "... Is thus the part where you ask why I haven't been to school?"
Takara Himura 2018-07-31 04:39:19 93279
"I wouldn't know," admits Takara. "I haven't been to school myself. We had to go back to America for a while." She takes a sip of water before asking, "So why haven't you been to school?"
Stahlritter 2018-07-31 04:44:31 93280
"....... I walked right into that one didn't I." Alexid lets out another sigh and rather indignantly shoves a spoonful of curry into his mouth, giving him at least a grace period as long as it takes for him to chew and swallow. "Stuff... Happened," he mumbles. "A lot of stuff. Let's just say I need to be laying low right now."
Takara Himura 2018-07-31 04:45:19 93281
Takara Himura lets out a belabored sigh, "So who did you punch in the face?"
Stahlritter 2018-07-31 04:51:17 93282
    "I punch people who deserve it all the time but that is neither here nor there," Alex claims with another huff. "It's... a bkt more complicated than that. I doubt you would believe me if I told you."
Takara Himura 2018-07-31 04:53:40 93283
The waitress stops by to pick up Takara's order and when she's done, Takara leans on the table resting her chin in her hands. "Oh do tell. You have no idea what I'd believe. After all my boyfriend is a monkey."
Stahlritter 2018-07-31 05:00:45 93284
    "Your what is a what." The look Alex gives her is hundred percent incredulous. "I... am gonna try really hard not to think about that one too much. ... But fine, okay. So it turned out my parents had been doing evil science and brainwashing on me my whole life and when I escaped from all that they were super not happy about that and now I have to hide because they are super influental people and are sending hunt/capture teams after me on a daily basis."
Takara Himura 2018-07-31 05:05:20 93285
"A monkey," explains Takara. "Chandra, in fact. Or was. We broke up before I left. I mean, we never were serious about it to begin with so it's all good." Her thoughts trail off as Alexis explains what's going on, and she sits back looking thoughtful. "Hm. Evil science. Brainwashing. You're not going to suddenly snap and try to kill the Prime Minister are you?"
Stahlritter 2018-07-31 05:09:20 93286
    "... You were a monkey's girlfriend and then you broke up," mutters Alex, with his eyes slowly blinking at her. "... Okay then." His eyes blink even more rapidly at the words that follow from her. "What? No! At... At least I hope I won't."
Takara Himura 2018-07-31 05:12:13 93287
Takara Himura waves a hand dismissively. "It's complicated." As if that explains everything. "Anyway. Do you know what they brainwashed you to do? I would think that would be the first thing to find out, because I don't want my friend to be a ticking timebomb."
Stahlritter 2018-07-31 05:18:34 93288
    "Complicated sounfs about right..." Alex still gives her a pretty suspicious look. But, he does wince at her questions again. "That's complicated too... just... it shouldn't be a problem anymore, I've been tole. Some... other stuff happened. That... interfered with it."
Takara Himura 2018-07-31 05:23:45 93289
Takara Himura's golden eyebrows rise into her hairline. "Complicated? Other stuff? What happened?" It's about this time that the waitress slides a plate of tikka masala in front of her. She inhales deeply, taking in the scent of the dish, before grabbing a fork to dig in.
Stahlritter 2018-07-31 05:31:14 93290
    "You would not believe me if I told you," says Alex, repeating his earlier line. "It's just... really complicated and weird. ... And I'm not sure I want to draw you into it any more than that. There's more than enough people in trouble because of me as is."
Takara Himura 2018-07-31 05:36:15 93291
Takara Himura pauses in the stuffing of her face, and sets her fork down. She takes the napkin and daintly dabs at the bits of sauce around her mouth before setting that aside and taking her sunglassess off. She reaches across the table and gently takes Alexis' hand in her own and she looks at him directly in the eyes.

To the average person this would be unnerving as heck. Clearly the eyes can't see, having no pupils at all, yet the stare is piercing and intense. "Alex-kun," she says. "I am the reincarnation of a blind swordsman. I fight dream-yokai on a nightly basis, and the only thing I can see are the strings of fate that tie is all together."

"I will believe you."
Stahlritter 2018-07-31 05:53:40 93292
    "T-... Tara?!" Alexis blurts out when she takes his hand, and then she's suddenly staring at him and his cheeks *flare* red.

    All the things she says, though, they make that red color fade away, though. "Ah," he sounds out in sudden understanding. "You're one of them."

    Even so, he chews on his lower lip a bit. "They were using some kind of dark energy based machine to condition me ohysically and mentally. When I was... Infected with dark energy by a different source, a couple friends of mine purified mem With all that, the mental conditioning done my parents was... reset, too. But they want me back. They are incredibly powerful in terms of resources and personal strength. Eyes and ears everywhere."
Takara Himura 2018-07-31 06:03:41 93293
Takara Himura squeezes her friends hand, and when he's done, she lets go to get back to her food, sliding her sunglasses back on. "Yeah. One of them. You don't have to make it sound like it's a such a bad thing. Anyway..." she stuffs a forkful of food into her mouth. "... somebody should take a look at your dreams. Mental stuff always ends up leaking out in there and you'll wanna be sure that there's nothing residual going on."

She waves a hand, "I mean, people have been doing the brainwashing thing without using dark energy for ages, and the last thing I need is for one of my friends to go all Manchurian Candidate on me." She looks thoughtful for a moment. "And... if you ever find yourself in a bad place, you can reach me in a dream. If you call I can hear you."
Stahlritter 2018-07-31 06:08:00 93294
    "That... is not what I meant," he mutters then. "I could have said 'dream samurai' instead but that would have just felt tacky you know?"

    He glances aside, then. "I'm fine, really. And I... I don't really dream."
Takara Himura 2018-07-31 06:14:54 93295
Takara Himura 's scowl deepens. "That's bad, Alex-kun." She folds her arms and regards her friend silently for a while. "Everybody supposed to dream. There's something about the connection to the Dream Realm that's healthy for the psyche. I..." she blushes a little bit "I... don't understand it fully, to be honest but I do know that if you don't visit it regularly there's something inside that just kind of gets bad and twisted."
Stahlritter 2018-07-31 06:19:57 93296
    "... Are you calling me dirty?" Alex accused of Takara in perfect deadpan. He stares at her for a moment in silence before he rolls hid broad shoulders into a shrug. "Eh. They say people who think they dont dream just dont remember their dreams anyhow, right?" His eyes close briefly, when he forces on a smile. "I'm sure it's fine."
Takara Himura 2018-07-31 06:24:08 93297
"I mean, yeah, normally." agrees Takara. "But normally people don't have evil scientist parents who do dark energy experiments on their kids and muck with their heads." Her lips purse into a moue of thoughtfulness. "I just... it's something people overlook, you know? It could be nothing. It could be something."
Stahlritter 2018-07-31 06:45:09 93298
    "It *is* nothing," Alex insists with an indignant grunt, pointedly setting his eating utensils aside now. "I am *fine*."
Takara Himura 2018-08-02 14:35:06 93392
Takara Himura gently kicks Alexis under the table in response. "You're not fine. When have you ever been fine?"
Stahlritter 2018-08-02 14:37:15 93393
    Alex frowns at the kick (as gentle as it may be) and peers downwards briefly before turning his green gaze back to Takara. "... What's that supposed to mean?"
Takara Himura 2018-08-02 14:46:54 93395
Takara Himura somehow manages to spear a chunk of chicken onto the fork and waves it accusingly at Alex. "Think about your life over the past year or so," she instructs. "When was the last time you've had a totally normal month."
Stahlritter 2018-08-02 14:57:45 93396
    "That's--" Alex starts, only for his words to taoer off and for him to end up pursing his lips for a moment of silence. He didnt want to admit it, but regardless of how well i formed about him she actually is, she is still *right*. Even before he got hos Armed Device, his life eas hardly 'normal' by mlst standards. "... That's not fair, he eventually mutters. "That shouldn't dictate wether or not I am 'fine'. It's just my life."
Takara Himura 2018-08-02 15:10:37 93397
Takara Himura smirks knowingly, and chomps down on the chicken. "Look," she says, her voice lowering. "People like us don't get to be fine all that often. It's always one disaster after another. Our normal isn't like their normal," she says gesturing to the rest of the patrons of the restaurant. You know, all the happy normal people who get to live their lives in blissful ignorance.

"The trick is not to fight it, and to take what breaks you can get." She takes a sip of her water and points her fork at her friend again, "And that includes getting a good night's sleep every once in a while."
Stahlritter 2018-08-02 15:20:32 93398
    "What gave you the idea that I'm fighting it?" Alexis asks, still pouting. "I have... a duty to fulfill. And duty isn't something that's going to be stopping anytime soon. Believe me-- I don't see myself going to 'normal' in my lifetime."

    His brows knit together briefly, then, at her last words. "... You don't think I am sleeping well."