Fate and Romance

Fate heads to the ECFH to deliver an invitation, and finds Miho there. They strike up a conversation, and happen to bring up a difficult subject: Fate's feelings for Nanoha.

Date: 2018-08-29
Pose Count: 17
Miho Kagami 2018-08-29 19:01:42 96433
The ECFH has seen better days; the mural has been damaged by acid and the kitchen is missing various appliances. But it's still suitable for staying there in general. Miho is reclining on the couch, arms folded behind her head, just staring at the ceiling at the moment while listening to music, her earbuds connected to a phone with a cracked screen on the table next to her. A Switch is sitting next to the phone, paused midway through a level of Sonic Forces.

Oh, and she's in henshin as Life Mahou Joy; she doesn't seem to particularly mind how weird this might seem.
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-29 19:14:44 96439
Fate T. Waldia has a letter she wishes to deliver to two people here, as she understands it. That strange Tuxed Man and his stranger tall quiet accomplice that we're present when her mother tried to do the unspeakable. Invitations. She'll leave them if she has to.

The first thing she notices the damage and she first shows alarm, until her device calls out. < Damage is a few days old. Repairs seem underway, sir. > as if sensing her alarm. She calms down. Okay.

So she did not just walk into a mess that was made in the last twenty four hours. Good. She sees someone, transformed? Or is that their normal wear?...

It doesn't matter to her in the end, she stands there, with her head a slant looking at the unfamiliar person for a moment before she pipes up. "Hello?..." she asks in a somewhat meek tone. Someone who is not used to talking to unfamiliar people on a regular basis but can manage.
Miho Kagami 2018-08-29 19:19:10 96441
Joy blinks and looks over at Fate when she hears Bardiche speak up. "Oh, hi, sorry!" she says, in a clear bright voice. She hurriedly pauses the music and takes out her earbuds. "Uhh, one sec ..." She gets to her feet, grimaces, and then in a burst of minty green light, she reverts her henshin. Brown hair instead of blue, a bit more gangly, and ... she seems to be wearing shorts under her skirt?

"So, um, hi, I'm Miho," she says; her voice is now fairly scratchy and androgynous, and sounds only a little bit like the voice she had in henshin. "Also known as Life Mahou Joy. Um, I'm not sure where Mamoru-kun or anyone else is at the moment."
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-29 19:30:14 96444
Fate T. Waldia straightens her head. "Oh, hello." she says quietly. The girl doesn't have much emotion to her voice right now. She looks around. "What happened here?" she asks. "It's a few days old. Looks like something bad happened." There is concern in her voice at the end.

"I had invitations to deliver to two people that I believe live here. I've never visited her before, but I understand many people have."

She looks at the rules and seems to slant her head again as she reads them. "Most of these seem to be common sense. Did they really need to be explained?" she asks curiously in her stoic manner.

< Sir? > asks Bardiche. "Oh. Yes, my apology."

"I am Fate Testarossa Waldia." she says with a bow. "My friend is my intelligent device, Bardiche."
Miho Kagami 2018-08-29 19:42:42 96447
Miho smiles. "Pleased to meet you, Waldia-san!" she says. "Oh yeah, so there's a guy called Saint George running around who wants to kill anyone he thinks is a monster and/or a witch, which is to say anyone who is magic or shows the slightest sympathy for them. He tried to attack this place, and a bunch of people forcibly ejected him." That seems to make her smile a bit. "The damage is from ... a friend of mine who's a dragon, and he briefly ... well, he could send her orders through this collar she wears, and he tried to get her to attack everyone else, but she broke his control."

She nods at the talk of invitations. "You can just leave the invitations on the fridge, there should probably be some magnets available," she says. "Or just on the countertop. Someone'll find it when they get back."

She grins wryly. "Well, you know," she says. "If common sense was all that common, we wouldn't need to talk about it so much. I don't think we have to worry about Witch's Labyrinths so much, but the rules list was how I learned they exist in the ... first ... place ..." She glances down at herself. "... crud, I forgot I was wearing my shoes when I transformed," she says. She giggles, and takes off her shoes and carries them over to the door to the balcony. "Case in point!"
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-29 19:56:24 96451
Fate T. Waldia hears the name Saint George and she searches her head. That sounds familiar. Why does that sound familiar. Oh! It was in one of Hinote's books he keeps on one of the shelves. Wasn't that a fairytale storybook though? "Hrm." is all she ends up mentioning about that as she walks into the kitchen and places the two envelopes on the counter. She turns and walks back into the main room.

"I guess so." she says. "The invitations are to a celebratory gathering, celebrating my adoption by the Waldia royal family." she says. "I was told that the man in the tuxedo and his friend lives here. They we're there when...." she trails off a little. "...it is not important." she says quietly.

"What is important. Is that they helped me at great danger to themselves- and I felt it important to at least invite them to it." she says quietly.

"I guess you have a point about the rules, but murder and kidnapping are already illegal in Tokyo, aren't they?" she asks with some mild confusion. "....Bardiche that's correct right?"

< Yes, sir! > says Bardiche. "Ah. Thought so." she looks to Miho. "....my apologies for the confusion. I did not orginate from Earth." she asides. "But I have been here long enough."
Miho Kagami 2018-08-29 20:06:41 96455
Miho nods, walking over to the couch again. "Yeah, that seems to be the common story around here," she says. "I've only been a magical girl long enough for one ... major disaster. But yeah. Mamoru-kun ... Tuxedo Kamen ... is definitely a good guy. Helping people out, even when it's dangerous ... that's pretty much just how all of us roll, really."

She straightens up slightly. "So, Waldia royal family, huh? Should I be addressing you as royalty, then?" Miho is very keen on only talking to people the proper way, and she looks like she's quite ready to go full-tilt deferential if that's what's required. "And ... or, wait, is Waldia the world you came from? Or another one?"
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-29 20:26:56 96460
Fate T. Waldia gently considers. "I will be a princess in title, yes. I am notm, I don't know what you call it. Crown princess? Inelligble for the crown, as I am not of the bloodline that's required. That will be my sister, Runealy Waldia." she says. Only a small smile here, but a smile regardless.

"No. No. I am technically Mid-Childan, but that is basically 'a human'."

"Technically, I did not have a home before adoption. I am..." a pause. "That is not important. I just met you anyways. I do not wish to alarm you." she says more quiet. "Runealy is someone I met a long while back. I helped save her world."

"...Runealy or one of the Knights is better suited to tell you the story with all the details. I think." she says gently.

"I apologize if I appear stilted. I am not used to.... talking. With people. My friend Nanoha has been acclimating me to be... social." a clarification. "I do wish to. Be social. It's just. I... am not sure who... 'Fate' is." she says. "The complication of my origin makes it difficult. My memories are not my own." she says just quietly.
Miho Kagami 2018-08-29 20:37:58 96463
Miho smiles and nods. It's clear enough to her that titles aren't the defining part of the way Fate wants to interact with her. "Your Highness, then," she says, then ... hesitates, and shrugs. "I don't think I'm gonna be alarmed by wherever you came from," she says. "One of my friends is a reluctant vampire, two of my other friends used to be evil witches, and a fourth friend ... made lots of mistakes in the past. And that's not the only reason why I am the last person to worry too much about about where someone came from."

She perks up slightly. "You mean Nanoha Takamachi?" she says. "I met her once, she was selling pastries in the park, it was the day after my fifteenth birthday. We talked a little bit about magic stuff, since I was new to the scene and I didn't even know about my own powers." She smiles faintly. "... wow, it almost feels like it's been years, even though it's only been about four months." She shakes her head. "Uh, I've been to Midori-ya a couple of times, but I haven't spoken to her since then."
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-29 20:58:41 96468
A reluctant vampire. "Lacrima." she says. "Right? The vampire. I mean. She was a co-worker." she nods. "Oh. That day. I was on the otherside of the park. I was staying with her family at the time. They we're my legal guardians for a few months. They couldn't adopt me. I wouldn't want them, to. Either. It would had made things.... odd." she says as her gaze becomes a little distant.

"I am a clone, a result of 'Project FATE', of my mother's deceased daughter, Alica Testatossa. I was given her memories, or an approximation thereof. This was not good enough for my mother. She saw me as a mockery. Used me as a tool to do things I would hope would make her smile. Awful things. Bad things." she says sadly. "She tried to use the Jewel Seeds to bring her daughter back from the dead. All she did was open up a portal to the death of Belka. She couldn't be saved."

She sounds sad at this. "Nanoha Takamachi was the first person to try to reach out to me during all this. Kept trying. I never called her by name. Not before it was all over. I don't know why. It was something in her eyes...."

She falls awkwardly quiet for a long moment, neutral expression her face in thought. < Sir? > goes Bardiche. "Oh!" she takes a sharp breath. "I'm sorry. I am not used... like I said to... this." she motions to her, then back to Miho.

"Miho-san. Was it?" she asks. "Have you ever met someone you had... feelings for?" she asks.
Miho Kagami 2018-08-29 21:18:59 96472
Miho nods. "Yep, Lacchan's my friend!" she says. She grins. "... She sort of ended up as one of my closest friends. Kind of ironic, given that all my powers are purification-based, but ... in general, she has a better handle on things than I do, and both of us know how to avoid hurting her if we end up in a fight."

She nods, taking in Fate's story. "Oh right, now I remember!" she says. "A friend of mine, Rashmi Terios, mentioned you by name once. She just said your given name, though." She decides not to say it was in the context of 'artificial people'. She hesitates, then adds, "I'm transgender, for the record."

She blinks as Fate sort of spaces out for a moment, then hmmms at the question, peering over at her. "Miho Kagami, yes," she says. "I've had ... crushes on a bunch of people, none of which lasted very long, but obviously that's not what you're talking about." She smiles. "I could probably be able to help you out by listening, though."
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-29 21:38:33 96479
Fate T. Waldia nods. "I'm artificial, in so far as I was not 'born', and was created in a tube. My body is still flesh and blood. Nothing special." she says. "Besides it's creation." she nods. "Rashmi-chan. She was there too that night. She is a friend." she says. "But not who I am asking after..." she says quietly. It probably doesn't affect any view she has of Miho thus far.

"Have you ever thought of someone..." she says. "-and you can think about. Is how warm their hug is...? Their laugh... their smile?" she asks. "I'm not sure what that feeling is. I'm probably sure it's what I feel for Nanoha." she never actually uses an honorific when she says Nanoha. That alone is a big tell. "It's hard to. Put into words." she says. "Or an action or anything, really for me."
Miho Kagami 2018-08-29 21:49:59 96481
Miho nods. "You're human enough as far as I'm concerned," she says matter-of-factly. "As for the question ... hmm. No, I have not felt that way about anyone, but it's easy to recognize from your description." She turns to face Fate and looks her directly in the eye. "Your Highness, Fate Testarossa Waldia, I am pretty sure that you might be in love. Like, romantically, kind of thing."

She hesitates. "Does that sound like it might be right? Or, uh, like it might be wrong, for that matter? What to do next kind of depends on it." She frowns, and furrows her brow. "Orrrrr, wait, do you just not know the right words in general?" She seems to run out of steam, or possibly she's just out of words.
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-29 22:06:56 96486
Fate T. Waldia seems to shift. "I think so." she says. "It's more. Anytime I try to attempt to talk to Nanoha about it. I ... do or say something else." she looks down a moment. "Like I tried to say something the other week about it. But instead I said 'Race you' to where we were going."

"We were. Maybe still are... rivals." she says. "She was after the Jewel Seeds. So was I. We fought a lot." she says quietly.

"I guess. I'm not sure how to approach it. I'm not good at... this. If I was obvious about it. Like normal people are. I think maybe she'd catch on. But I'm not, like that."
Miho Kagami 2018-08-29 22:27:27 96489
Miho nods. "Then that makes it obvious what you need to do," she says. "You just need to say it to her, straight-up. 'Nanoha, I might be in love with you.' Or 'I am in love', or ..." She shakes her head. "Actually, yeah, 'might be' is a good place to start, I think? Just ..."

She trails off, then waves her hand vaguely. "Well, important thing is, nobody's really 'obvious' the way you're describing. You both need to be on the same page, and that means you need to just say what you're feeling, in as many words. You don't want to, like, wait for the right time or anything, just ..." A lightbulb seems to turn on. "Actually, yeah! Plan ahead and pick a time to meet her, specifically so you can tell her how you feel. That way, you'll be ready when the time comes!" She smiles. "That's basically how I came out to my parents. Which ... was admittedly a very different prospect, but it was similar in that I was sort of feeling 'oh jeez, how do I tell them', and the solution in my case was planning ahead and knowing well in advance what I was gonna say."
Fate T. Waldia 2018-08-29 22:55:58 96494
Fate T. Waldia seems to think on this. "I see." she says stoicly. She seems to be taking this in. "Alright." she nods. "I will take this under advisement then. I do not see how choosing a date or time just won't result in the affair as before, but maybe it might work." she offers.

She shifts. "Thanks for the talk. It might help. I'm not... sure." she says stiltedly. "-and there's not many I know I can talk to about this---- Runealy-chan is a good person, a good sister. But she is a little... I don't want to say sheltered. But I think she's as obvlivious as I am about such matters... and it feels a little akward to ask Gaofelle or Hinote about this."

"So thank you for discussing it with me as a side happenstance of this visit." she bows again. "I need to see to the rest of my things being moved into my new home, and getting my familiar, Arf, acclimated to her new home aswell. She may be an intelligent canine, but she's still a dog and she's a little bothered and stressed and excited about it all." she says with a very small smile.
Miho Kagami 2018-08-29 23:06:04 96497
Miho nods. "All right, got it," she says. "Glad I could help, even if it was only in a smaller way than it might've been." She smiles. "I mean, helping out is the whole reason I joined Virtue in the first place! It's just, it's turning out that it's in different ways than I expected all around." She bows in return, slightly lower than Fate did. "See you later, Your Highness! And luck talking to Nanoha-san, and on the move! Hope everything turns out all right for you guys!"