Adoptions On Many Levels -or- Meet My Guardian Knight

Fate wakes up the next day after staying over at the Waldians home overnight when she saw their arrival back. Runealy talks about her father potentially adopting her, adopting a new world and home and adopting a new name. She also introduces her to ''her'' 'Guardian Knight', Jin.

Date: 2018-08-21
Pose Count: 28
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-21 01:35:11 95169
Fate Testarossa had stayed the night upon the Waldians arrival home. The place felt familiar and nice. She slept well. She woke up a little before dawn. Her clock had adjusted to Nanoha's schedule of getting up so early, and running and drilling. She spent a few moments chatting with Nanoha via device link. She said she'd be home during the day, but did not know when. Nanoha related that her parents we're not worried. Things we're alright.

She came out of the room that was set aside for her when the sun was finally peeking up. She did not smell breakfast. But there was talk of shopping being done. Maybe that's still being done.

"Hello, is anyone awake?" she calls out in a clear, but not overtly loud voice. Seeing if anyone answers her. She has not tried to search very deeply yet, and Bardiche has gone back into sleep mood. Fate may be up. Bardiche needed a little more time it seems in the end to nap.
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-21 01:49:52 95172
Rune doesn't quite match that sort of super-early schedule, but she does not stay in late. So when Fate speaks up, the princess emerges from her room just moments later and responds: "I am. Most of us should be by now, even if it was kind of a long walk. And... good morning, by the way!"

Apparently her royal dress amounts to her daily-wear, as Rune favors it even while pacing over to join Fate. "Really glad you're still here... thought about it a lot while we were gone." Rune's demeanor and tone are fairly soft. No judgement... if anything, the princess' remarks lean closer to mild apology.
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-21 02:07:49 95177
Fate gives a small, subdued smile. "Good morning, Runealy.". She looks around. "The place looks how I remember it. Um, Arf is going to be coming by to pick me up at some point today." she says apologetically. "The Takamachis aren't worried if I'm out overnight one day but any longer and they start getting a little antsy."

"Thought about... me a lot? Or..." she shakes her head. "I'm still here." she says. "It's not like I have another place to go." she says in a deep manner of thought. Less sadly. More profound. "It must had not been fun, not having any way to reach back out, one way or another."
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-21 02:14:02 95178
"That's fine!" Rune is in immediate agreement; Fate can head back when she needs to. "Come to think of it, I should probably get in touch with Nanoha sometime too... it has been a long time. And no, it wasn't fun at all. I tried, but phones just do not work across the portal, even if you put them right on top of the tiny little 'dot' it shrunk down to. Eventually the battery ran out, and I just had to hope you were doing okay. Though,"

A small nod follows, "It sounds like thanks to the Takamachis, you're fine. You're staying with them, right?"
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-21 02:40:00 95184
Fate Testarossa answers. "I am fine. The Takamachis do not know the full story. They think that, I am just a child in need of care and a guardian who was taken from an abusive mother. That is actually truth. Just not the bit where magic is involved." she says.

"I am. They are not my family though." she says quietly. "Just nice adults I stay with. Seeing Nanoha everyday is nice, but it would be." short blush. "Odd to think of her as a sister."

"Yes, I'm fine." she says quietly. She already said she was fine starting out. It sounds more like she's trying to convince herself this time.
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-21 02:42:51 95185
"Okay... then I'll be careful about that if I'm ever around them." Rune makes another very small nod, "No need to mention what they don't know, after all. Though... if all of this is odd for you, does that make for a bit of a... hmm..." Rune's voice trails as she thinks on how to phrase it.

"'Problem' isn't the right word. It sounds like they've been very nice to you, but... 'not ideal', maybe? Is that it? Staying there isn't ideal?"
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-21 03:03:09 95192
Fate Testarossa nods. "They are bakers! They run the Midori-ya, the cafe in town near downtown..." she says. "They are nice. Just. Not ideal." she says softly. "They're not my family. Lindy-sama set it up for me. She didn't think a young girl like me should be living alone. Notably since my source of income got sucked into a black void." she means her mother of course. Precia.

"She's right. Of course." she nods. She hasn't fought that decision. "She keeps trying to find me a place I can live permenantly. Someone who will 'adopt' me more properly. She thought that some of the TSAB agents who we're displaced here, who lost their children in the crash of The Artha might welcome me, but apparently being a known criminal makes me less than an ideal potential daughter." she says. Yes, it's the truth... the TSAB are still stuck up snoots.
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-21 03:06:26 95195
Rune goes wide-eyed at the mention of Fate living solo... even with Arf in the equation, just thinking about it is enough to alarm the princess. "She was absolutely right about that! Everything except the 'known criminal' part, at least. Fate... mm." Another voice trail-off, then Rune looks to the stairs.

"Would you like to talk about this downstairs, or in your room or somewhere else? Here in the hallway is fine too if you'd like, but... I'm thinking about this pretty hard right now, kind of feel like standing here is a bit weird for it." Her gaze returns to Fate upon finishing those remarks.
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-21 03:23:02 95198
Fate Testarossa looks back to her room. She looks back down the stairs. "Downstairs sounds good." she says. "There's a couch in the living room, right?" she asks. "We can sit down there." she says. She'll begin to move, since Runealy seens to be asking where she would like to talk.

She'll pad down the steps at a normal pace and walk to the couch and sit down. It's a comfortable couch. She sits down. "Alright." she says. "I'm ready to talk. Is there something... wrong?" she asks. "I assume not. I mean. I have a feeling I'd know if you we're upset for any reason." she offers.
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-21 03:28:41 95202
Rune follows downstairs, waiting until they're both on the couch to say much else. "If I'm upset, it'd be more at myself than anything or anyone else in this case. After all, we didn't get a chance to see this through... when you came back here with us, one thing that came to mind was... well,"

The princess shifts around a few times, then gets to the point: "Adopting you. After all, there is at least one place where everyone would get very upset at using the words 'known criminal' to describe you."
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-21 03:51:38 95207
Adopting... her? She gently blinks at this. Huh? This is confusing to her. Runealy wants to adopt her. She's imagining Runealy as 'Mom'. Not her mom but as 'Mom' and this feels really off and weird. "Aren't you a little young to be my mother?" she asks. She seems to have confused what Runealy is saying. She isn't... that young is she? She looks over herself mentally. Does she?

Then she says. "Where would... that be?" she asks. She's confused enough the normally bright girl is a little frazzled suddenly, but the questions are earnst and honest.
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-21 03:59:18 95209
"Huh? ...No, no!" Rune waves a hand frantically, dismissing the idea. "There's no way I'm ready for something like that! What I meant was that, well..." She decides that answering Fate's other question would provide better context for all this.

"Nobody back home thinks of you like that." This isn't strictly true, there are those who might view Fate in a dim light for her association with the princess... but said princess is largely unaware they exist, having only had the beginnings of hintings about that before the 'emergency' brought her back home.

"You've been involved at least twice, probably more times depending on how you want to look at it, in things ensuring 'home' still exists. 'Savior' is a much better description for you, not 'criminal.'"
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-21 04:11:05 95210
Fate doesn't seem alarmed by the prospect. Just she finds it odd. One of your best friends telling you they wanna adopt you brings silly pictures of such things to ones head. Even Fate's normally serious mind. "Oh, I'm sorry. I misunderstood." she says. She seems neither relieved nor coming down from worry. There wasn't worry to begin with.

Fate also thinks too small again. She has been on Earth for the past year. So she thinks clearly in the realm of Earth. When Runealy mention back home, her eyes do light up in a 'oh!' moment. "You're right! I... didn't forget." she did not. "It just did not come to my mind immediatly." more correct.

"I get it now Rune. But, now you're saying an entire world should adopt me it sounds like." she says softly. "-and I don't think you mean that either." she says. "So what do you mean. Adopt...? Who is adopting me in this case?" she asks. This. She does sound a little confused about.
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-21 04:26:34 95213
"That's fine, I know we both see it differently. For me, it's obviously home. For you, it's probably new and different, isn't it? You didn't grow up there, after all." Rune smiles despite Fate's discarded conclusion. "And you're right, I'm not saying every single one of us should adopt you. I think most of them would go for it, but that'd be more symbolic than actually useful. No... what I've really been getting at is this."

Rune pauses for just a second or two before concluding: "He's probably going to have some questions and want to think things over, but... I'd been talking it over with dad, and..." A single deep nod follows, "...he was definitely thinking about it."
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-21 04:44:13 95220
Fate Testarossa listens with a nod, she is nodding along. She is listening politely. Then there is a pause here. Oh. Runelay's father. Wait. What? Then that would make them....

Sisters? But isn't Rune-chan's dad also the Waldian King? Isn't she basically a commoner? A famous one at that, a savior. She doesn't voice these concerns or thoughts. Fate is always so quiet. She's become more talkative, since her mother's reality removal, but she is still not quite a full social creature.

There is however, one thing she can voice without thinking too hard on it. "I think. I would like that very much." she says with a short smile. "We'd be sisters then!, wouldn't we?" she asks. ",and I'd have a place to call 'home' that wasn't just the place my bed is." she says.

"I'm sure Lindy-sama would be okay with it. I think she'd be happy to hear that I found someone and somewhere on my own of my own choosing. She has been worried about me, like that."

A gentle pause. "Lindy-sama is the former general of the former TSAB forces on Earth, but that basically means just making sure everyone is comfortable on Earth now, since they are stuck here, Rather than trying to police everything."
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-21 04:49:42 95221
"It would! There are probably a few legal things we'd have to sort out, but once that's done... if you wanted it, then, yes." Rune stops fidgeting and now keeps her eyes firmly on Fate. "That would effectively make us sisters, and this would be your home on Earth," A wide palm gesture sweeps around the room.

"And Waldia could be your 'home' home," Rune repeats the word with just a tiny delay between them to denote the odd use. "Right in the castle, if you want! Probably have to figure out how we're going to add that room in, but it can't be that hard to do."
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-21 05:02:33 95225
Fate Testarossa wasn't really allowed to dream of castles when she was growing up. It was study magic. Study tactics. All to become a useful tool for her mother. She doesn't get the dreamy eyed look a girl might otherwise have about living in a castle. With a king as a father, the beautiful.... wait.

" Wouldn't that. Make me a princess, too?" she asks. She is hesitant to ask this, because she doesn't want to sound like she is pushing Runealy for something, but she finds the will to.

"-or is there another term for that kind of thing?" she asks curiously. This definitely seems more like a question of curiosity.

Then a pause. "Yes!" she says. "I mean, here would be home. And Waldia, would be home..." a pause. "home" she says. Parroting Runealy's words.

"Um. Are you even able to contact your dad from here?..." she asks suddenly.
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-21 05:12:59 95227
"As far as I know? Yes, you would. This hasn't come up before, so it's all new to us, but... the way I think it would work is something like this..." Rune's head tilts down as she tries to recall the details. "He explained that since you can't maintain the Barrier since you're not part of my bloodline, you would be princess but with no claim to the line of succession."

"We'd probably need a little time to get used to the idea, but I'm pretty sure they'd come around to it since you're a significant part of why they're still alive. And yes, right now I could speak with him... we'd have to send word and have someone retrieve him, which would take several hours, but we've had conversations this way before."

"In fact... it has been a while, but you were there for one of them." It was brief, but Rune's father had seemed very approving of Fate; having been informed she along with the Guardian Knights had foiled an attempt to murder Runealy went a long way in his eyes. Doubly so when it was added to Fate having been present at the Barrier Restoration Ritual, helping fend off demon interference.
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-21 05:24:18 95229
Fate nods. "Alright." she says. "Then. Arrange what needs to be arranged. I will need to speak to Lindy-sama, too. I don't think she'll need to be present for anything- might need to see legal documents. Even if from another world." she says with a slightly cocked smile.

She takes a deep breath. "I...." she looks around and then she kind of leans toward Runealy. Into a hug. Another tight one, like the first time last night. "It is really amazing, Rune-chan." she says softly. "What you are offering me. I thank you. Even if... things happen that stop it? Like... maybe your dad changing your mind...? I still appreciate it so much." she says, her voice losing much of her trademark stotcism in the process.
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-21 05:28:25 95230
"Sure! What we can do next is go talk to him, and if he's ready then he can write up whatever she needs to see and--!" Rune cuts off with a sudden, pleasantly surprised gasp as Fate moves in for that embrace; just like last night, it's something she accepts as soon as she takes the fraction of a second to figure out that's what Fate is doing.

And so she leans in, deciding not to say anything more just yet. The embrace is plenty for now; words would probably just distract from it.
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-21 05:47:50 95236
Fate realizes she may be holding the hug too long. Nanoha usually hugs this long. She relents after about a minute and blushes. "I'm sorry! I cut you off mid-sentence." she frets. She relaxes a bit. "I just..." she says. "It's..good." she says with a curt nod, some of her stoicism returning.

She sits and thinks a little. "I...." she fidgets. "No, you should finish what you we're about to say before I ask another question. Or hug you again suddenly." she manages to say prim and proper, but with a blush.
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-21 05:51:15 95237
"If it's for that reason, you can cut me off as much as you like," Rune insists with some energy in her tone while backing up to a normal sitting posture. "What I was going to say is we could probably send for him and you two could talk at the portal. Maybe even cross over if you want, since... you'd be right there, and could hop back to Earth if it starts to close. That way, you two can really talk this through and make sure you're okay with it."
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-21 06:04:04 95239
Fate Testarossa nods. Not too far from the portal should be okay, she thinks. "Alright." she says softly as she takes a deep breath. "Would..." she asks. "I be taking your family name?" she asks. She seems sad when she asks this. Testarossa. In all seriousness. It's all she has left of her mother. She was not a kind person.

She abused her, and she understands that now, that a mother is not supposed to do such a thing to their daughter. Even when they mess up. Momma Takamachi showed her that- when she dropped a tray of muffins by accident (It had caught her thumb and burned it a little.), she wasn't worried about the muffins. She didn't pull out a whip and beat her without mercy. She asked if she was okay, and got the burn taken care of before even worrying about the muffins. She was told to be careful the next time she handled a tray of muffins, and was showed the proper way to use the oven mitts to do so, rather than the facecloths she thought would work at the time. She was never once called useless. Worthless.


Precia was still her mother, and she still loved her. "I would ask. That." she says. "If I do take your family name. That my full name be 'Fate Testarossa Waldia'." she asks. "Testarossa. That name is all I have left of my mother." she says quietly.

"Is that okay?...." she asks.

Then there is a pause. "Oh! I almost. Forgot to introduce you to someone..." she says as she taps Bardiche suddenly. Wait what does she mean?
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-21 06:14:55 95242
Talk of name-changing takes Rune by surprise, whose first reply is a puzzled "Huh? I... I think so?" She is not sure, and it's showing in the soft confusion in the princess' voice. "You could ask him, but I'm pretty sure that 'Fate Testarossa Waldia' works just fine?"

She takes a moment of silence to think it through better and then offers more firmly, "Unless father knows something I don't or has some really incredible reason to refuse, I can't see why it wouldn't work."

She goes along with Fate's topic shift, curiosity taking hold. "An introduction? To who?"
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-21 06:16:02 95243
Bardiche transforms into it's polearm form. She runs her hand over the yellow jewel, accessing the devices 'pocket' as it we're. Where it stored important things like Jewel Seeds, other Lost Logia. She pulls out... a tin soldier. It is a little old. A little beat up, but it glows with a warmth that you can almost see in the mind's eye. "This is... Jin." she says. "He is. I guess he isMy Guardian Knight, of sorts then." she says softly.

Now, she is not so silly as for Runealy to take this at face value. "....A Jewel Seed granted the wish of a toy solider. To protect someone. I guess... it chose me." she says. "-and he was a friend. But he couldn't protect me from my mother. Something broke in him then." she says. "Then the Jewel Seed took over. He was fighting it. We eventually defeated the monster it had made of Jin at the time." she says.

"Now he is here with me." she smiles. Just a little. "He can't talk anymore. I'm not sure he can even hear me. I like to think he can. It's why I keep him so close to me." she says with a soft and curt nod.

She nods to the name change. "I will have to talk with him then." she gives a short smile. Jin is kept oddly close.

He glows warmer. He must approve. Maybe because now he also gets to protect a princess soon.
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-21 06:22:48 95245
Rune is momentarily wary, eyes raised as Bardiche takes form. She begins looking around, wondering if this is about to turn into a fight... did Fate notice a threat nearby?

Apparently not. Rune calms down as she inspects the toy, then is given the introduction Fate hinted at. "Jin, then? Ohh...!" That's the sound of realization dawning on the princess, who is quick to cooperate with the idea now that she understands. "It --" Not 'it', Rune corrects this quickly: "He's cute!" She does not reach out for Jin, but does lean in a little to check out a few details. "Yes, Jin's welcome here too." Rune is silently curious about whether Jin is still capable of moving or taking other actions, but these are questions that can be satisfied later. For right now, the idea behind Jin is more important.
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-21 06:27:13 95246
Fate Testarossa nods. "Don't worry, he doesn't take up much space. I keep him in Bardiche." she says quietly. "-but sometimes it will seem I am talking to myself. It means I am talking to Jin." she says with a little triple nod. She gently puts Jin carefully back in Bardiche, as Bardiche retakes it's triangle amulet form.

"Let me know when your father is ready to talk." she says. "I should probably wait outside for Arf now." she says apologetically. "Do you still have my phone number?" she asks helpfully. "It hasn't changed."

"Please do call me, even if it's just to say hello!" she says with a smile.

"I'm going to call Lindy-sama on the way home." she once again nods firm.
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-21 06:29:12 95248
"I do, and I will!" Rune agrees immediately, smile returning full-force now that she has finally figured out where several details now stand, rising to follow Fate to the door once their guest is ready to depart. "See you later!"