Expanding Homes, Expanding Oaths

With Fate and her entourage preparing to join their new home, her new family have much to discuss.

Date: 2018-08-23
Pose Count: 19
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-23 18:26:28 95620
A lot has happened since the team's return to Tokyo, though much of it has apparently been peaceful aside from the odd storms happening in the area lately. Right now however the weather is fine, and Rune rests on one of the living room couches. She sent out calls earlier using her Virtue-phone, finally remembering she has one and that it, unlike the regular phone she bought previously, does not need charging. Having done her best to keep them hidden from the populace and castle staff during her stay caused lapses like that, unfortunately.

Regardless, her calls to Gaofele and Hinote had been fairly soft toned; she had asked them to meet with her at their convenience, stressing it was nothing urgent but she needed to get their thoughts on a few things.

And now she waits. The TV is off, and the princess seems to favor just thinking quietly for now.
Gaofele Doiru 2018-08-23 18:36:44 95621
With the weather (mis)behaving as it has been, Gaofele has not been able to do quite as much with the pergola as he had hoped. On the plus side, this does mean more time indoors to focus on the 'small project' Rune had asked about, so it's not a total loss of time.

Even so, taking a break every so often is still a good idea, and so after the call he wanders down to the living room after stopping by the kitchen to get a glass of water.
Hinote Kagari 2018-08-23 18:45:42 95622
Hintoe Kagari had gone home and his parents we're.... kind of mad at him for a change. I mean you say you're gonna go for a few months and then you disappear for nearly two years. Regardless, he was able to smooth things over. Claimed he lost his phone and that he had a harrowing journey to get home, you see. Now. There's a lot of holes in the story but it's enough that it calms his parents down and besides- he's home now.

His room at his parent's house was clean. Not dusty. It means it'd been maintained in his absence. He hesitantly opened the front desk drawer. The letter he'd left in case he disappeared one day- explaining the whole... 'Waldian Stuff'- was still closed with the wax seal intact. Good.

That checked on, he returned back to continue making sure nothing needed stocked in what he considered his 'home home' at the moment, as it we're.

Runealy has asked to speak to him and Gao and thusly, he was on his way back anyways so it worked out. He opens the door and closes it behind him.

"Alright, I'm back." he says with a smile. Gao has a similar idea, he needs a glass of water. He peeks back out from the kitchen as he walks back. Runealy seems introspective- but there doesn't seem to be a sense of worry here, so that's good.

When he's able to get a glass of water when Gao's done with getting his, he returns to the living room and has a seat on couch.

"So what's on your mind, Runealy?" he asks softly.
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-23 18:59:40 95623
As Gaofele arrives, Rune leans over-couch to give him a handwave. "There you are! Sorry, if I'd known you were right here in the house I would've just come up to ask you in person. And... great, you're here too," she calls over to Hinote, pausing just long enough to realize it was him when the door opened.

"A lot of things, actually. Some of them are long term, like... figuring out why the portal consistently stayed absolutely sealed for so long, and now it's back to shifting around a lot. I've looked at it over and over, and I have no idea. But... that's not something we have to answer right now. No, the biggest thing on my mind right now...?"

She nods to each of her friends in turn, "Is Fate, and your Oath. When you made it, Fate was not part of the royal family. However, dad was talking with her some the other day and... I think it's going to happen, soon." She realizes she failed to specify 'it', and clarifies: "The adoption, I mean. So I wanted to talk, and see how you feel about that as Guardian Knights."
Gaofele Doiru 2018-08-23 19:14:50 95624
"Got back with the materials sooner than expected," Gao shrugs with a smile. He takes a small drink of water as he listens to what Rune has to say, then places the glass down on a coaster as he considers his reply.

"The distance between 'a friend to help' and 'a princess to serve', in practical terms, isn't as great as one might think," he finally muses. "As a Guardian Knight, she is one more royal to protect; as a friend, I look forward to it."
Hinote Kagari 2018-08-23 19:20:15 95625
Hinote nods. "Yes. I got your call when I was on my way back from visiting the parents. Got chewed out for being gone so long without warning or calling. Made up a story about loosing my phone and passport. Apparently it's okay since my dad used to do this a lot when he was my age." he shrugs. "I mean. Go off and get lost in the world, not... you know. Go off on a fantastical magic journey." he says with a slightly crocked smirk before listening, taking a sip of his water.

"Oh? Wow, that's good!" he says. "I mean. If you and your family is good with it, then that's a good thing, is what I feel." he says.

Hinote seems to think on it a moment as he purses his lips, trying to put his thoughts into words. "That's right." he says with a nod. "Fate-chan is our friend. I don't see how 'serving her as a princess' like you, Runealy, would change /too/ much aside from maybe needing to ask 'how high' if she asks us to jump." he says with a little crooked smile.
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-23 19:28:05 95626
"The materials... oh!" Rune quickly realizes what Gao is getting at, tone high and soft. "Thank you! I'm sure it'll turn out great!"

Then she offers Hinote a sympathetic wince. "Sorry you had to go through that with them, but ifit worked out okay... well, let's just make sure we figure out what happened so we don't get stuck like that again! There has to be some reason for it, because the portal was so tiny we couldn't get anything through or even hear anything on the other side. Now it's working again... I don't want to just call that a coincidence."

"And... thank you. I'm really glad you both feel the same way about Fate! As for 'how high'?" Rune unfortunately misses the common Earth slang and pop culture involved, and runs with it as a half-serious question from him all the same. "You can jump about as high as I can. Besides, I think she has the edge on all of us there... we jump." Her smile expands a bit, "She flies!"
Gaofele Doiru 2018-08-23 19:41:05 95627
Gaofele Doiru chuckles. "Flying's definitely different than jumping," he remarks, looking at his arms and thinking of lemon-flavored memories. "Even with the maple seeds, that's more of a slow fall than even a glide."

He frowns a bit at the mention of the portal problems. "Definitely need to figure out what influences the size and stability of the portal," he agrees. "Whether it's a warning of some sort, or a reflection of some kind of event, the more we learn of it, the less likely we are to be stuck on the wrong side of it."
Hinote Kagari 2018-08-23 19:43:31 95628
Hinote Kagari nods. "We should have.... it's been a while... Sailor... Mercury?... look at the portal maybe?" he asks. "I remember her being smart about things like that. At the very least she might be able to turn us to someone who can look at it." he says. He tries not to snort or giggle at anything when Runealy confuses his Earth slang. He clears his throat. He's no doubt had to do this just a few times in the past. Probably not as often anymore.

"My apologies. There is a saying, on Earth that, 'When I ask you to jump, you ask how high'-- it means 'when I ask you do something, you should do it promptly.'" he says quietly.

"-and you're right! She can fly! We all are just able to jump very high." he says with a grin. "....is there anything you guys need me to do to prepare things for her arrival?" he says. "Stock up on more things? Buy any new furniture? That kind of thing."

He does cross his arms. "....Mmmph...." he says. "I wonder if the Emergency in Waldia was made to look urgent enough to require you and-or most of us so someone could get us in there and shut the door behind us for a bit while they did things over here without detection or worry about you..." he ponders.
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-23 19:52:06 95629
"At least it worked out this time. Earth is still standing, our home is still standing... Fate's okay. I don't want to leave things like that at risk so that we have a 'next time' to worry about, though." Rune is taking Gao's thoughts seriously. "I wonder what kind of 'event' could influence it, though. Other than unsealing it, which was done by one of my ancestors... possibly even the First Queen herself, the portal doesn't respond to my magic at all. Absolutely nothing I do has even the tiniest effect!"

Then Hinote explains the reference, and Rune laughs nervously. "Oh! Okay... I'll have to remember that line, then. And yes, you're probably right... maybe we should ask someone smarter than me." Not 'us', Rune is singling herself out as 'not a fantastic researcher' here.

"As for it being a big trick... that's possible, but I don't see anything proving it. Our house was intact, our reputations haven't been poisoned, Virtue hasn't warned us about anything that was targeting us, either. If we go with that idea, we have to ask why they didn't try to get us to bring more help and trap others too. Why not Sailor Moon or Nanoha or Akashimaru or... or the Puella Magi in general?"

A few headshakes follow. "I think something is going on, and someone has it out for us, but I don't see why it would be related to the portal. Now, about the furniture...? Maybe."

Rune smiles, glad to redirect the topic. "Maybe. We're going to need to get a new room added so Fate and Arf and Bardiche have their room instead of the Safe Room, but Gaofele's also working on some furniture for someone else Fate is bringing with her. Turns out the stores don't have much in his size, after all."
Gaofele Doiru 2018-08-23 19:58:55 95630
"A wooden bed for a doll," Gao explains to Hinote. "Rune gave me the design notes and the non-wood components for it, and I've started carving the wooden pieces. Slow going, but I'm making progress."
Hinote Kagari 2018-08-23 20:16:42 95631
Hinote Kagari nods a little. He seems apologetic at Runealy's nervousness. He is happy to change the topic too. He nods a little. "I see..." he says. A doll? Well. There have been stranger things in his life. This is basically normal now.

"Alright." he says. "If you give me a list of things I need to get, I'll make sure I'll get it, or have it ordered." he says. He takes another sip of water.

"So, Runelay~ How does it feel to have a sister then?" he asks, curious. "I mean. I don't have any siblings. So I can't really relate my own feelings on the matter." he says.
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-23 20:22:01 95632
"I sent the idea back home, and apparently a few artists around the capital sent back designs. A tailor sent the blanket and pillow for it, so..." Rune is taking very little credit for the arts-and-crafts work of it, as she did little beyond make suggestions and find several people back on their world were quite eager to design something for Fate's benefit; sympathy and positive regard both run very high for the orphaned child who helped save them from a demon apocalypse!

"As for the rest of it? Honestly, you'd be better asking the three of them what they want. I'd be guessing!" Rune has no real useful information on furniture for the upcoming additions to the home, ultimately. "Well, she's not technically my sister yet, but we're kind of overlooking at for now, and... it's new. It's really new."

She's smiling despite the odd choice of words. "This is pretty historical. Every generation in my family has had just one child... the princess, who will become the next queen. I have no idea why that happens, but it has been the case since as far back as we know. I'm the first princess to have a sister, and Fate's the first to be outright adopted into the family like this. But as sisters go? I'd say she's pretty great already, and it's just going to get better once we have a chance to talk and do things and...!" Her voice trails off, but Rune was clearly fairly eager about this despite running out of coherent words.
Gaofele Doiru 2018-08-23 20:33:19 95633
Gaofele Doiru just grins. "I think this is a great happening for everyone involved," he notes, thinking about how rare it was to see Rune giddy with happiness. "And things are usually more lively and enjoyable when someone is actually living in a home instead of being a long-term guest."

Especially when there's multiple people added!
Hinote Kagari 2018-08-23 20:42:45 95634
Hinote Kagari nods. "I'll do that then." he says. "-and make sure to keep any sort of favorite foods stocked up." he crosses his arms in thought at this. He seems to search his head a moment, eyes tracing along the ceiling as they look back down and he turns his head at Runealy.

He smiles wide. The princess sounds so eager, excited maybe- and it's practically infectious. "Well she's going to be living here, right? So they're be all the time for that when she moves in." he says.

"Which gives me a reason to move quickly on making sure furniture and other such things are readied quickly." A pause.

"A better question. Is where is Fate's room gonna go." he asks, stroking his chin. "I think that's a question better left to an actual contractor though." he says.
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-23 20:46:36 95635
At least it was rare a few years ago. The time spent back home, even if it was unintended and in some ways unwelcome since it left Fate dangling in a bad situation, nonetheless had positive effects on Rune. The shift is still somewhat of a new thing, easily new enough to be relatively novel for Gaofele or others to observe, but it has been there and gradually increasing.

And given the topic at hand, Rune's better mood is persisting as she builds on his remarks. "It really is, and Fate and the rest of them will be here with us, be part of us, from here on!"

Then to Hinote, "Definitely left to experts. I have no idea how that's going to work, I just know it's possible and we should probably talk to Fate and the others to see what they want. Then we can get things built and ordered and all of that. There will be time, they can use the Safe Room until then!" In other words, Rune's solution is to throw money at it until contractors fix the problem.
Gaofele Doiru 2018-08-23 21:00:52 95636
Gaofele Doiru thinks about contractors for a moment. "I wonder if Homura Akemi is still in the business," he muses thoughtfully. "The previous work went pretty well, and it'd certainly beat having to hide things during planning and discussions."
Hinote Kagari 2018-08-23 21:05:43 95637
Hinote does not see a problem with this because this is how his big shot actor dad fixes some problems. Sometimes money /is/ the answer in a situation like this. Throw money at it until a room and furniture exists for Fate is perfectly acceptable.

"Right in the meantime, I'll make sure to try to make the Safe Room EXTRA homey feeling if possible." he says. He has a few ideas.

HHe nods. "Oh, that's a good idea!" he says at Gao. "It'd be easier then." he offers.
Runealy Waldia 2018-08-23 21:12:53 95638
"Good idea," Rune comments as Gao points out they have a lead on possible sources for getting the expansion done. "We'll have to see if we can find Homura, in that case." Then to Hinote, "Great! Thank you so much, I think this is going to work out fine! I'm going to go check on a few other things about all this, so..."

She rises, and begins walking for the door to head outside. "See you two later, okay?"