The Virtue of community


Rashmi and Naru sit down to discuss Virtue.

Date: 2018-08-29
Pose Count: 50
Naru Osaka 2018-08-29 22:32:28 96490
Plans made, a time set, and it's conveniently while everyone else is at work. Such are the joys of school break. There's no half eaten snack on the coffee table, there's fresh made muffins, and coffee on, and tea of course as an alternative. Naru made sure Rashmi had the address, and is settled on the floor, working on a sketch as she waits for the appointed time.
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 22:39:00 96491
Luckily, Rashmi didn't have super far to walk; already on the ECFH rooftop for a consultation, making it to the meeting with Naru was a simple trip.

Pausing just outside the door to brush down her skirt and straighten her hair, Rashmi takes a deep breath, then knocks on the door.
Naru Osaka 2018-08-29 22:46:51 96492
It's a trip that doesn't even always get shoes. To those who are not cripplingly scared of heights, it's often a trip between balconies even. Still, the more civilized use the door, and Naru pops to her feet to get said door.

"Welcome." Naru smiles warmly as she opens the door and steps back to that Rahmi enter. "No one else is home at the moment. Just Dog. Who is actually a dog, and likely passed out asleep in Momo's room." She moves towards the living room. "Thanks for coming. Can I offer you somethign to drink? We've got some pop, coffee, tea, juice."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 22:52:26 96493
"Tea please!" Rashmi chirps, closing the door behind her, and leaving her shoes in the depository. "And thanks very much for having me over, Naru-san. As she wanders further into the apartment, the younger girl's head seems to be on a swivel as she takes in the decoration. "This is a lovely place, and so much light! Wow, you can see half of Tokyo from up here!"

Strange, perhaps, that Rashmi has such effusive praise for an apartment... but then again, her own house squats atop a restaurant, and likely has half the floorplan given over to storage space.
Naru Osaka 2018-08-29 22:58:00 96495
"Isn't it lovely?" Naru stops to admire the view a moment and there's a warm smile. "I suspect Mamo picked it out, because Kyouko wouldnt have paid it enough attention. I am spoiled staying here as much as I do." She putters to the kitchen, to get the kettle boiled and have tea for Rashmi and coffee for herself. "It's always the quiet that gets to me. My mother's apartment is above the store, and the second floor is just not the same, even if a business district is quieter at night."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 23:01:58 96496
"Right?" Rashmi says, hefting her bookbag and taking another look out the window. "Until the early morning, when all the delivery trucks come rattling in. I used to be a pretty heavy sleeper, but I think all the craziness that comes with the mahou life's been wearing that away, because half the time anymore I'll get woke up by a loading ramp slamming onto the ground, y'know?"
Naru Osaka 2018-08-29 23:09:10 96498
"Yes. Oh my goodness, yes." Naru agrees with a firm nod. "Weird sounds, and now I wake up. Weird dreams, and I wake up, and wonder if they were really just dreams." She laughs, shaking her head, bringing coffee and tea back into the living room. "Up here? If we can hear it, it's huge and worth waking up for." She gestures to the muffins. "Lemon poppy seed, help yourself."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 23:15:05 96499
"Oh thanks!" Rashmi says, fetching a napkin upon which to put a muffin, and sitting down next to her tea. "So... You said you wanted to talk about how to organize Virtue, was there something you had in mind? Because that could go a whole bunch of different ways."
Naru Osaka 2018-08-29 23:18:14 96500
"I did." Naru takes a muffin for herself and settles down and draws her notebook closer. She considers a moment and then quirks an almost wry smile. "I suppose the first off is.. I think Virtue is not working very well currently. Do you agree?"
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 23:24:11 96501
"Well," Rashmi says at first, clearly temporizing, "there's probably a lot of work we can do... but I mean, it's still invaluable to keep all the different mahou connected... just... y'know... it could be more invaluable... organized... efficient... maintained..."
Naru Osaka 2018-08-29 23:26:42 96502
Naru grins brightly. "I said currently. I didn't say forever. It's just got plenty of room for improvement, and becoming so much better." She reaches for her coffee to take a drink. "I think it's valuable, that wasn't supposed to be a hint that we push to disband it.. but mostly a comment that I think we might need to really examine all the nooks and crannies."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 23:28:06 96503
"Okay that I definitely agree on," Rashmi says with clear relief, picking around the edge of her muffin, apparently with an eye to separating top from body and eating it like muffins ought be et. "So, where do we start?"
Naru Osaka 2018-08-29 23:33:41 96504
"I've been thinking on it..." That wry smile returns upon Naru's lips. "It was the topic of consideration on my run this morning. Like thinking of things in the shower, you regret not having something to write down all your brilliant ideas that you forget by the time you get to paper." She hasn't reached for a muffin herself, content with coffee for the moment. "The first question I came coming back to was what do people actually want to get out of Virtue. Because we can organize the devil out of it, but if it doesnt actually do what people want, it'll be well organized and unused."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 23:38:34 96505
"Well, you're definitely not wrong there," Rashmi says, slipping a composition book out of her backback, and beginning to scribble. "But if nothing else, people are going to need the centralized information we've been collecting. "Nico's almost done cross-referencing, by the way... he needed to take a break after he got damaged while we were fighting Alexis' mom. But he's almost back to 100%, so... we should have all the tags in place by the weekend."
Naru Osaka 2018-08-29 23:47:35 96506
"I hadn't heard that Nico got damaged.. nor that there'd been another scuffle with Alexis' Mom." Naru frowns a little. "I'm glad he's healing up.. I dont want to get distracted asking.. but I totally want to ask for more details." She shakes her head a little. "Right. Centralized information, for certain. Also.. Virtue has safehouses, and we should be maintaining them and advertising them and /using/ them." She mms softly. "I texted Mamoru to ask what /he/ wanted out of Virtue, and we got into a conversation abotu the fact that the main safehouse in Tokyo is in an introvert's apartment."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 23:48:54 96507
"That is a really good point," Rashmi murmurs, flipping to a second page and scribbling away. "....Do we know where the existing ones are? Since I mean there's still a little time before school starts up again, we'd probably want to check them out sooner than later."
Naru Osaka 2018-08-29 23:52:20 96508
"I have the address for two of them." Naru flips to a page in her own notebook and the slides them over. "But there's probably a good half dozen more that we'll have to see if Kukai has Tadase's notes on." She considers a moment. "And like my kinda leading question to start.. this isn't to imply that ECFH is bad.. just that we rely on it a /crazy/ amount.. more options is super awesome, and Mamoru won't be offended."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-29 23:55:37 96509
"If anything I imagine he'd appreciate there being days when his house isn't crammed full of a dozen magical teenagers," Rashmi says ruefully. "I'd get worn out by the amount of hosting he does, and I'm not an empath. So okay," she says, scratching out a note on the 'Safehouses' page. "That's a thing to bring to Souma-kun."
Naru Osaka 2018-08-30 00:03:34 96510
"I expect he'd revel in it." Naru agrees with a rueful smile. She pulls her notebook back, to be able to take her own notes. "Any other thoughts on our early focus? I expect this is going to be a bit of a long term project, truthfully. I want to hear what others are hoping to get out of Virtue, for that matter."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-30 00:08:50 96511
"Well we've got the phones for communication, the boards for information, the safehouses for safety... Y'know come to think of it, we should really also keep a directory. Like everyone known Mamo-kun and Miho-chan are healers, but what if they're not accessible? I mean that's the other biggest useful thing about Virtue; people can know a girl who knows a girl. So... Why not just put together a Virtue Phone Book?"
Naru Osaka 2018-08-30 00:15:50 96512
"Oh that /is/ a good idea." Naru nods quickly. "We've relied on word of mouth to this point.. know a girl who knows a girl.. and it /mostly/ workds, save that it relies on the same people over and over again. We're bigger than that and many hands and light work and all that."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-30 00:21:48 96513
"Exactly," Rashmi says, bobbing her head. "And I'm sure there's people who would've loved to help, but, everyone converged on those one or two. ...Also. We should really keep a rotating group of volunteers to check up on the Virtue members that've been silent for a long while." Settling back, she breaks a piece off the muffin-top and tucks in her mouth, pondering. "It can get lonely when you're on the fringes, and if we're going to be a community, everyone should have a stake in everyone's wellbeing."
Naru Osaka 2018-08-30 00:25:44 96514
"And we've really not been a community." Naru finally reaches for a muffin herself, setting back as well. "Except in the most token of ways. Most don't even know who all is in Virtue, unless they happen to see a posting, or a phone." She nods thoughtfully, pulling apart her muffin as well. "There's a few of us who are.. effectively.. freelancers, or so I think of it. I know I found the lack of genuine community in Virtue to be disappointing.
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-30 00:27:24 96515
"So that should be our first big long-term priority," Rashmi answers with a decisive nod. "Getting the 'community' back up and running."
Naru Osaka 2018-08-30 00:35:16 96516
"I think it will come.." Naru muses a moment. "Possibly with a bit of nudging, but I think certainly having more communication, and more sense of value will help community tremendously. It will /feel/ like something that people want to be associated with.. if that makes sense?"
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-30 00:37:12 96517
"Exactly," Rashmi says, looking troubled. "Right now it's just... like... It's a news site with walkie-talkies more than anything. And that's great, but... honestly, we could all use a better support system than that, and the framework's there to be a really good one. Just... I think most of us just ended up defaulting to rely on Mamo-kun and all you guys, and..." With a sigh, she flops back, shrugging. "But we could all be so much more than that, y'know?"
Naru Osaka 2018-08-30 00:41:00 96518
"So much potential." Naru nods with a wrinkle of her nose and then adds. "It doesn't hurt that the boys are really /good/ at being relied on, but it'll be good for all of us to expand our horizons and all of that. Heck, just the two of us sitting and thinking about it, is surprisingly major progress. Someone is paying attention with a mind to thinking critically about it."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-30 00:45:53 96519
"Which is worrying all on its own, but it's also a really good feeling," Rashmi says. "So.... how do we put this to Kukai, so he doesn't feel like he inherited a big old garbage fire?"
Naru Osaka 2018-08-30 00:48:46 96520
"It kinda feels like we have the opportunity to actualy make a difference, y'know?" Naru speculates and smiles a touch before the next question comes and she hrms. "Well. Asking about safehouses is easy enough. That's just an information request. Beyond that, there's sorting out the details on how to actually sign people up and then.. well.. I think focusing on improving community will suit him well."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-30 00:50:46 96521
"Yeah. Souma-kun might be a little hotheaded, but he does care about people. He'll probably really like the challenge." Finishing off her muffin, Rashmi reaches for the tea. "So... Any other ideas? Because we've got a really nice start going here, but it never hurts to try and figure out the entire map."
Naru Osaka 2018-08-30 00:55:06 96522
"He is fond of people. He's good people." Naru smiles, fond of Kukai, clearly. "I.. I think we've hit upon the major highlights? I'm sure there's a swack of details we haven't touched on.. for information, safehouses, community and identification.. all of those will keep us busy for ages."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-30 00:58:05 96524
Rashmi nods, turning her teacup in her hands. "Yeah... I'm going to start talking to some people, too... The ones who've been out in the fringes. Want to see if I can sell them on the idea of rebuilding the community, and if I can put them in the middle of it... Suddenly they won't be out on the fringes anymore, y'know?"
Naru Osaka 2018-08-30 01:01:25 96525
"I like it." Naru smiles as she lifts her cup in toast to the idea. "Pulled in, they get to feel accepted." She nods and then hrms. "We probably have to consider, at some point, how to deal with someone who has .. lost their way. Temporarily or purposefully. I'm not sure I'm up to sorting that out /right now/, but I want to at least have it on the table"
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-30 01:02:48 96526
"Trapping them under a dome and punching them senseless only works so often," Rashmi mutters, sighing. "It's good to have it ont he table, but I think that's a question we'll need to put to a community that is a community."
Naru Osaka 2018-08-30 01:04:31 96528
"Yeah. I agree." Naru laughs softly. "No.. punching them senseless only works most of the time, not quite all of the time." She considers. "Anything else? Seems like everytime we've asked that, we've found something else to add to the list."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-30 01:09:23 96529
"Nothing else really comes to mind, honestly," Rashmi says slowly. "But we should probably reserve the right to call another meeting if we figure something else out. My room next time, though."
Naru Osaka 2018-08-30 01:14:24 96531
"Your place next time." Naru agrees with a smile. "We probably shoudl aim to meet semi-regularly.. even if it's just to confirm that we're still on the same page, and for an excuse to get together. Soem of the community that we're aspiring to foster."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-30 01:15:08 96532
"Yeah," Rashmi says, grinning back. "How's Sundays for you? I'd probably have to tie Papi to a chair to keep from providing snacks."
Naru Osaka 2018-08-30 01:16:48 96534
"Mixed, but we can work around it. I usually try for long training rides, or runs.. or both.. on Sundays." Naru laughs. "Snacks aren't a problem. Especially if we meet after a ride, I'll probably gnaw on a chair.. or grab something to eat on the way."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-30 01:18:09 96535
"Well not like every Sunday," Rashmi chuckles. "Like once, twice a month, more if we need to?"
Naru Osaka 2018-08-30 01:26:00 96536
"I have faith in our abilityt o find time to make it work." Naru smiles and nods. "Alright.. so how /did/ the meeting with Alex's mom go?" She lasted that long, she can't manage NOT to ask!
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-30 01:27:44 96537
"I got swallowed by a wolf made of rubble and stayed out of traction only because Miho-chan was right there," Rashmi says, shivering. "Between her and the Belkan girl, I think I need to work harder at actual training."
Naru Osaka 2018-08-30 01:29:44 96539
"Damn. So clearly there was ot a touching Hallmark channel reunion going on." Naru makes a face. "She is some piece of work. I can recommend training, evne if I dont do as much of it as I should. Kyouko is good about keeping up on it."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-30 01:31:09 96540
"I don't think they make cards for 'Happy Mother's Day, Thanks For Screwing Up Programming Your Only Sun Into A Brainwashed Dark Energy-Fueled Assassin, Your Failures Are The Best!'" Rashmi mutters sourly. "Think there'd be a market for that, if I suggested it?"
Naru Osaka 2018-08-30 01:36:56 96541
"It's pretty niche." Naru pretends to consider it. "Might manage it on the hipster ironic.. no matter how on point it really is." She sighs and shakes her head. "I'd be glad to kick her a few dozen times along side Alexis. Not cool, lady, seriously not cool."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-30 01:38:39 96542
"Honestly I really wouldn't recommend it without at least half the crowd that was there to flatten Earth," Rashmi sighs. "She's, like, scary powerful, stupid rich, and has Eclipse resources to back her up. Also the only way to be sure she can't hurt you easily is by being like a hundred feet away from any chunk of ground, uuuuuugh."
Naru Osaka 2018-08-30 01:40:51 96544
"She is scary powerful, and yeah.. I have no plans to go after her alone." Naru shakes her head quickly. "I was shocked at how well connected she was for flying under the radar for so long. Just.. worrisome."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-30 01:43:27 96545
"It really is," Rashmi says, shivering for a moment. "And now I'm pretty sure she's shifted her attention to me, personally. Before it was because I'm a 'bad influence' on Alexis, but now..... Yeah I think somehow my photo's going to be pinned up on her dartboard."
Naru Osaka 2018-08-30 01:47:43 96546
"Call if you need it.." Naru waggles a finger. "Seriously. That community thing? Absolutely. Send out a signal if she makes that less metaphorical. If I can, I'll come."
Rashmi Terios 2018-08-30 01:48:35 96547
"Definitely," Rashmi says, finishing her tea and gathering her things. Standing, she grins. "Raskophs aside, I'm feeling really good about this, Naru-chan. I kinda can't wait to see where Virtue goes from here."