Thou Dost Enter The Robots Domain


After eating ramen with Alexis Emi leads the two of them to her apartment. Alexis is nervous about this once he realizes it but it turns out to be for all the wrong reasons. JAN KEN PON: Every new beginning is another new beginning's end.

Date: 2018-08-22
Pose Count: 25
EMI v248.1 2018-08-22 10:03:32 95458
    After finishing their meal at the ramen shop Emi began heading home, though she didn't tell Alexis where she was going. In truth she was simply following her usual routine with the deviation of leaving work early and going out to eat, not considering that telling Alexis what they were doing might be a good idea.

    Instead she simply started walking and talking, exiting the mall through it's main entrance and going down the sidewalks of Downtown Mitakihara. "The courting rituals, as you called them, appear to be incredibly varied. Dating seems very common, but I have also seen stories that depict unions arranged by the families of the two." She turns her head to look at Alexis, not seeming to have any trouble at all seeing his face despite the hood. Hyper advanced magical sensors make for excellent eyesight. "Of course that would never work with us- I don't even have a family."

    She looks forward again, "I do not think I would appreciate such a gesture either. I would want input on such an important decision." She takes a series of turns, crossing the street a few times as she goes, clearly having no trouble navigating to whatever destination might await them. "I find it very curious that there is such variety. It seems the non-sapient species of this world tend to be very uniform in their own rituals. I wonder if the nature of being self aware itself gives rise to the variety."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-08-22 10:19:31 95459
    "Also my family situation is rather complicated," Alexis adds in for the ressons that make an arranged relationship... not viable in their particular case. "Besides. It is a rather archaic concept too, in reality. Its not exactly common practice anymore."

    He tilts his head to the side well enough that he can briefly meet her red gaze eith his bright green. "Have you gotten... all of your knowledge on behaviour included there mostly from fiction-presenting media, then?" he asks, in a careful little murmur. He is trying vert hard not to think too much about the potential implications of *that*.

    In the meantime, his eyes flick down towards her hand, briefly.
EMI v248.1 2018-08-22 10:45:13 95460
    "I can see it working in some situations but of the people I have met so far I do not believe many of them would be open to the idea," Emi agrees. When he asks about the knowledge she's gotten she shakes her head, "No, not entirely. I do realize that 'fictional media' is filled with hyperbolic situations for dramatic and comedic effect." She glances towards him out of the corner of her eyes, only to notice him looking towards her hand. Without saying anything her next step takes her a little closer to him, and she reaches over to place her hand inside of his.

    "I have also watched a fair amount of historical and scientific exposes. Documentaries." Emi looks at him again, this time turning her head to look at him directly. "The people of this world have vigorously attempted to exterminate each other far too often."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-08-22 10:56:54 95461
    Thankfully, Alexis doesn't make the kind of pronounced reaction that would draw attention upon her hand slipping to his. There is a brief twitch of surprise, granted, but not much else beyond that--and his fingers intertwining with hers to give her hand a faint squeezing. Hand holding mode, active!

    "Well I'm glad I dont have to have that conversation with you then," he murmurs with an akward laugh. "You're smart enough to extrapolate beyond empirical assumptions, anyway. I hope you k ow documentaries are much more pragmatic about things too-- not so much of an emotional involvement there necessarily." His fsce does grim a bit at her last statement. "... Yes," he agrees. "That rings throufh for other worlds too I fear, judging from what I have heard of Belka."

    "...This is nice though."
EMI v248.1 2018-08-22 11:10:35 95462
    "It is quite a quandary. I understand the desire to compete over scarce resources to the betterment of one's own culture group, but that it is done in such a way as to get so many of that group killed while wasting so much of the desired resources is very odd. In this case I don't believe it is merely the self-aware species that engage in such behavior." Animals of all kinds compete with and even hunt one another. Some even engage in what might be considered warfare. "Perhaps war is simply a fact of life."

    As they walk Emi holds onto Alexis' hand as well, finding it a not altogether unpleasant experience. "I do not know of Belka," she notes while slowing and taking a turn into an apartment building, a mid-sized sky rise set among so many others in Mitakihara.

    "It is nice," she agrees. "I enjoy talking with you, and knowing our relationship is now closer and more unique is even better." It's a short trip to the elevator, and she taps a button for the 14th floor.
Alexis Raskoph 2018-08-22 11:30:02 95463
    "It might just be a matter of people," Alexis suggests on the matter of war. "People are petty and selfish, in times like those. And it is not diffixult to get riles up to the point where such conflict happens."

    Maybe it's the pleasantness of the handholding or his own attention to the conversation at hand, but Alexis does not seem to notice much where they are actually going.

    "Belka is where my Armed Device comes from," he murmurs. "A civilization at leadt ad ancient as Midchilda, if not more. I do not know all of the history there, but I understand their empire was one borne from - and befallen by - war."

    There's a briefly tighter squeeze to her hand when they step to the elevator. "I'm glad to hear that," he says, before falling quiet... for all of five seconds before some realization hits in.

    "....Where... Are we going, by the way?"
EMI v248.1 2018-08-22 11:43:45 95464
    "That seems to be a fair assessment. Emotion seems to hold much sway over the population. It is surprising that only a small fraction of people have access to magic, that being the case."

    Emi nods a little as he explains about the origin of Kreigsfauste. "I see. So you use an artifact from one ancient civilization as a weapon, and are dating an artifact from another ancient civilization. What an incredible concurrence." She considers for a moment, "How did you get you acquire your Armed Device from Belka?"

    She notices the squeeze and looks to him. "My apartment. I return here after work unless I need or desire to go shopping." A brief pause, "Low profile." Her voice is as monotone and deadpan as ever, and she soon returns to looking straight ahead as the elevator ascends. She exits and walks down the hall, releasing Alexis' hand in front of one of the doors. The complex seems to use keycards instead of keys, but Emi merely fixes her eyes upon the scanner before it beeps, the door audibly unlocking before the robotic girl steps inside.
Alexis Raskoph 2018-08-22 11:50:36 95465
    "... Believe me, the irony is not lost on me," Alexis notes over Emi's observation.

    And cue a modulated, shockingly LOUD voice piping up in pseudo-german (which Emi is likely able to translate for herself): <<I WOULD ASSUME HE IS NOT HOLDING SINILIAR INTENTIONS TOWARDS ME>>

    This in turn prompts Alex to hiss, "Oh shush you."

    "I do not know how precisely Kriegsfauste ended up on Earth," he confesses. "But-- well. How I got him is a complicated story."

    Whatever else Emi says after they leave the elevator is very possibly lost by Alex. At least the parts after where she said they are going to her apartment. He still follows obediently, but completely quietly so and with his head absolutely *glowing* red.
EMI v248.1 2018-08-22 12:09:42 95466
    It actually takes a moment before Emi responds. Perhaps surprising given the fact that it's a joke that would have been better if it were quicker, "I wouldn't expect so, given you look like a gauntlet and I look like me." It comes in the same pseudo-German the Armed Device used. "Though technically I suppose you got to hold his hand first."

    Emi walks into the apartment, her eyes quarter lidding as she gets a look at how red his face is. The apartment itself is fairly nice though is somewhat small, a large studio, which makes the entire thing technically a bedroom, save the small, separate bathroom. There are a few things that stand out as abnormal, however. The most obvious is the TV, which is absolutely enormous, enough so that one might wonder how it even made it through the door

    The other is the rest of the furniture which could be best classified as 'industrial'. It is all steel construction, obviously built to actually hold Emi's full weight. In one corner of the room there is a single size bed, and situated against one wall is the couch, giving enough space so that viewing the huge TV might actually let one see the whole screen. A decorative flower print throw is over the couch, matching the covers on the bed.

    "Why does proximity to my residence embarrass you? You did not react this way when I was staying as a guest."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-08-22 12:19:08 95467
    <<I BELIEVE THE TERM THE LOCALS USE IN THIS SITUATION IS: DIBS.>>

    "Oh my god please stop giving each other weird ideas!"

    Either way. He steps after her into the apartment sheepishly, likely a bit slower so than he would have with her still holding onto her hand. Eyes scan through the interior of the small apartment, with his face still remaining on the redder side of hues, taking note of the decor and layout both, as if though those things might help him file away information about the robot girl. And finally, he lets his hood down away from his head-- no unwanted observers here to see his face afterall.

    "U-...uhm, well, he mumbles uncertainly over her question. "That was... a bit different, you know? It was more hanging in a common room and this is more like... coming into a girl's private space, you know? There's just this weird... um... I guess naughty sense to it, somehow, line I am breaking some unspoken law?"
EMI v248.1 2018-08-22 12:34:27 95468
    "Your Armed Device is jealous of me. How cute."

    She turns towards Alexis and crosses her arms, "If it were an unspoken law I would not have brought you here. Should I feel as if I am seeing something I should not now that you are finally showing your face?" She shakes her head a little before walking over to the couch, sitting down on it and leaning back, getting a chance to relax like she was unable to do while sitting in the restaurant.

    "It is odd that you were concerned about me misapplying the tropes of fictional stories to reality when you act similarly in many situations." She is quiet for a long moment before she half turns, resting one arm on the back of the couch to look at Alexis, "I had assumed you were thought I might get an incorrect view of the world around me, but perhaps you were worried about the level of insight into you it would offer?"
Alexis Raskoph 2018-08-22 12:54:28 95469
    "I did not mean showing my face with that law," Alexis mumbles, holding himself near the door for a moment longer. "Its just... I dunno, I guess some culturally instilled instinct that says a boy shouldnt be intruding on a girl's personal space?"

    He manages to calm at least somewhat by the time she settles on the couch, and a moment later, he finally braves to approaching her again.

    "That's not it at all," he protests over her accusation. "I would at least hope my life is not *that* similiar to an anime." He pauses in his steps then, and turns to look at... something. The camera?!

    Ahem. He continues to stepping around the couch, and then lowers himself to sitting nexr to Emi-- close but not enough so to be in her personal space, since he isn't entirely certain what she feels comfortable with. "I am just... not that used to these things, I suppose, is all. ... Maybe I am not even that good at resding my own feelings."

<<I COULD HAVE TOLD YOU THAT>>

    "I wasn't gonna ask."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-08-23 09:59:32 95586
    "I did not mean showing my face with that law," Alexis mumbles, holding himself near the door for a moment longer. "Its just... I dunno, I guess some culturally instilled instinct that says a boy shouldnt be intruding on a girl's personal space?"

    He manages to calm at least somewhat by the time she settles on the couch, and a moment later, he finally braves to approaching her again.

    "That's not it at all," he protests over her accusation. "I would at least hope my life is not *that* similiar to an anime." He pauses in his steps then, and turns to look at... something. The camera?!

    Ahem. He continues to stepping around the couch, and then lowers himself to sitting nexr to Emi-- close but not enough so to be in her personal space, since he isn't entirely certain what she feels comfortable with. "I am just... not that used to these things, I suppose, is a--"

    <<I PROPOSE A DUEL.>>

    Alexis pauses. Alexis peers down at his right arm, where the bracelet holding Kriegsfauste's Standby Mode is hidden under his sleeve.

    "...Excuse me?"
EMI v248.1 2018-08-23 10:14:17 95587
    "It was an analogy using another of your curious habits, though one that makes significantly more sense than turning red when entering my apartment."

    Her gaze is as blank as ever as she watches Alexis react to her teasing. "I cannot say as I only know a small portion of what makes up your life. However the fact that your girlfriend is an alien robot from an ancient, dead civilization suggests you probably are."

    Somehow there's not even the slightest bit of self consciousness from Emi as she says this. She remains relaxed as Alexis sits down next to her, listening to him as he speaks and looking curiously to the bracelet as it speaks again.

    "Very jealous. I cannot say I blame it, however. It would be hard for a mere gauntlet to compare to me." She stands up abruptly, stepping towards the TV before pointing to Alexis' wrist- to Kreigsfauste. "Very well. Name your terms and method. I would have this matter settled sooner rather than later."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-08-23 10:20:47 95588
    "... This is ridicilous," Alexis says, after a good moment of just staring at Kriegsfauste first, and then at *EMI*, who actually entertains the notion enough to stand up all serious like.

    "Emi, this is ridicilous, Krieg's not a contestant against you or anything! He can't eve--"

    <<ANGRIFFSFORM>>

    "...Wah?"

    A flash of light along his forearms, then, as mana materializes to form two large, black-and-red gauntlets over his hands taht reach up to his elbows.

    <<WE SHALL ENGAGE IN THE GAME THE LOCALS REFER TO AS 'JANKENPO'.>>

    "...Krieg, you can't eve--" Alex starts protesting, only for his right hand to start shaking. "...Krieg?" ... And consequently lifting up, as the fingers of it curl to form a fist while Alex, not even expecting the motion, groans out from mixed surprise and pain. "KRIEG?!"

    <<THE WINNER WILL KEEP ALEXIS RASKOPH>>

    "WHAT."

    Alexis' eyes sweep consequently towards Emi. "Emi. He's just being silly. Please sit down and let's just--"
EMI v248.1 2018-08-23 10:35:18 95589
    "Alexis," Emi states simply and directly, "You may think this is ridiculous, but I assure you it is a serious matter. You say we are not in a contest, but if your Armed Device believes we are, then we are."

    She lowers her pointing finger and crosses her arms. "What does Kreigsfauste mean to you, Alexis? I'm sure the answer is 'more than just a tool'-- and if not I wouldn't want to date you anyway." Emi shakes her head, "No, I'm sure Kreigsfauste is your ally and your companion, even if you don't understand him as such. He is what you take into combat and entrust your life to," her eyes momentarily narrow, "and probably far too often, if your paranoid behaviors are justified."

    She lifts her chin a little, "Do you understand now? If your Armed Device cannot accept me then there is no hope for us, it is too integral a part of your life. And if the only way to gain Kreigsfauste's respect is to defeat it in a duel, than so be it."

    Emi holds her hands out in front of herself, setting her right fist into her open palm. "On three. One. Two. Three. JAN! KEN! PON!"

    She smacks her fist into her hand in time with her words, opening it to reveal a second open palm against the first. Emi has chosen Paper.
Alexis Raskoph 2018-08-23 10:45:47 95591
    Alexis is left staring back at Emi with widened eyes while she explains the situation to him from where she is standing. His mouth is worked open and closed several times over, but the only thing that really manages to leave his vocal chords is a helpless "...But..."

    It's too late to stop it now, either way.

    <<JAN! KEN! PON!>>

    The Armed Device intones the words in perfect synchronization with Emi, and with it, the gauntlet seems to continue to move Alexis' hand on it's own (which probably isn't very pleasant for Alex but nevermind that). Each time the steel-clad fist smacks into the open palm of the other hand, there's a heavy, booming sound that rings out. Sweat drips along Alexis' brow.

    And on the third smack, two fingers extend out, in a 'V'. Kriegsfauste has chosen Scissors.

    <<SCISSOR CUTS PAPER>>

    "...W-...wait, hold on..."
EMI v248.1 2018-08-23 10:58:56 95592
    Emi blinks in surprise. "I thought you were the brutal, unrefined sort. So surely rock." She turns her red eyed gaze to Alexis, and then back to Kreigsfauste. "Oh, I see. He is the one that is the rock. But you are surgical and precise, tempering his raw strength into something far more formidable. You must make a truly wonderful team."

    Now she sighs, turning and flopping back onto the couch in a manner that causes the floor to shake. "I have lost. Alexis will remain yours, Kreigsfauste. Really though, you could have let us enjoy this for more than a day."

    Emi looks over to Alexis. "I hope he makes you happy."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-08-23 11:02:31 95593
    "...I'm sorry, what?" Alexis asks surreptitously of Emi over the... analysis she makes of him and Kriegsfauste, gaze blank while his eyes sloooowly blink, once, twice, three times over.

    When she flops herself onto the couch without the assistance of flight magic, Alex... actually gets sent bouncing up lightly off the couch, in such a way that it pulls out a yelp of surprise from the young man.

    "--Wait," he tones out then, over Emi's words, eyes widening out again. "Are we-- are we seriously going through with that?!"

    <<I AM THE VICTOR. THE TERMS WERE CLEAR>>

    "But--"

    Rapidly, his gaze travels back and forth between the bracelet, and the robot girl. Eventually, they settle to remaining on Emi, and he blurts out, "...This is ridicilous!"
EMI v248.1 2018-08-23 11:12:14 95594
    "Your fighting style, Alexis. Not your brain."

    Emi nearly pouts as she settles in on the couch. "We are. I just explained the importance of it to you." She looks over to the Armed Device as it claims victory. "I am not without honor, so I recognize your victory. I suppose things have been going so well lately I thought I could have it all, but it wasn't to be."

    She looks at the ceiling for a moment, only for something to occur to her. Once more her eyes find Alexis', "I'll always remember the times we had together. The time we went out to dinner. The time we held hands."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-08-23 11:19:19 95595
    "But... can't we just...?" Alexis starts to mumble out, but then his shoulders slump, in defeat. Somehow, he gets the sense that it's no use trying to argue this particular point. Yes, he is very much pouting, too.

    "...Those literally just happened," he points out in a quiet murmur, before he moves to stand up.

    "Look, I... think we probably need a little bit of time to ourselves right now," he suggests, with a sigh, and as he turns to step aorund the couch to the door, he does pause to look back to her.

    "... You're still my friend, okay?" he offers. "So... don't be a stranger, okay? I did mean it when I said I'd be upset if something happened to you."
EMI v248.1 2018-08-23 11:30:22 95596
    Emi nods slightly, "I know. And I'll always remember them." Brief pause, "Unless I get even more amnesia. If that happens I won't remember."

    She sits up a bit more as Alexis stands, "You are going? I thought you would enjoy watching TV together, perhaps even anime." As he goes towards the door she stands up herself.

    "Of course. The terms said nothing about friendship, and I would not have agreed if they had," she notes. It... probably doesn't help. "I will visit. I do not see any reason to refrain any longer if I am allowed on the premises."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-08-23 11:35:38 95597
    "Next time, okay?" Alexis offers, even directing a faint, but still warm enough smile back to Emi when she sits upwards, pausing to do so at the door. In fact, he turns away from the door, briefly, to find something to write on... and write with. "I'll leave my number here-- call or text anytime, yeah?"

    "And of course you are allowed on the premises. Most people of our color are, as long as they know someone there. And in your case, that would be me and Rashmi."

    Number written down, he turns back to the door, casting one more look to her. "Take care of yourself, okay? I... had fun."
EMI v248.1 2018-08-23 11:53:26 95598
    "Next time." Emi repeats. For once she sounds a little unsure. The number he writes down seems to get her acting normally again however. Or at least, as normal as Emi ever is. "I will do so."

    Immediately after his phone would start ringing.

    "Our color?" she asks, seeming to have missed something. At least the part about having friends there allowing access is simple enough for her to grasp. "I had fun as well. Thank you."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-08-23 12:01:16 95599
    Well. Alex didn't expect to get a call from her RIGHT after he stepped out through the door. Still, he gingerly brings out his phone and answers it, blinking once at her voice on the other end of the line asking that question.

    "Magic folk," he answers bluntly. "Or people associated with them. ... See you late, okay? Bye."

    And once the call has been hung up, he starts walking back to the elevator and... stares down at his wrist.

    "Were you planning to do that to every girl I meet?"

    <<ONLY HER. AFTERALL, A MAN SHOULD LIMIT HIMSELF TO ONLY ONE DEVICE>>

    "Wh-- She isn't a Device!"

    <<.........>>

    "...........

    <<CLOSE ENOUGH>>

    "Don't make me install a mute button on you!!!!"