Electricity, Inefficiency, and Death Threats

After the fight at Clover Tower, Runealy, Hinote, and Solomon meet.

Date: 2015-08-24
Pose Count: 22
Solomon Novak 2015-08-24 03:02:35 8543
    Time since his arrival has not been good for Solomon Novak. It's not that he has proven unwilling to defeat and drain good people of their life force so much as he has been unsatisfied with the progress. "It's not enough," he repeats to himself softly, eating some store bought ramen inside the convenience store.
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-24 03:09:56 8546
Hinote Kagari walks into the store. He does so through the back entrance, all secretly like, and he steps into the main area of the store. He peeks around and finds Solomon speaking to himself as he eats his cup-noodle/ramen whatever. (Is it the spicy kind? He kinda likes that kind.)

"Oh!... Hey Sol..." he hears those words. "What's not enough?" he asks. He feels like he should know, and that Sol is probably meaning energy problems. But. Sometimes. Maybe it means something else. Right?

He looks down at his watch. "Okay, somethings about to happen annnnny minute now I think...." he says to himself.

What could he be waiting on?
Solomon Novak 2015-08-24 03:18:12 8547
    For some reason, Sol would be annoyed if he knew that Hinote preferred spicy ramen. It is probably best that he doesn't find out. For his own part, Solomon is eating Original flavored, whatever that means, because it has presumably been around the longest and the people who make it are more experienced with it than the other flavors.

    "Hinote." A simple nod accompanies the one word - a marked improvement from how the Waldian used to respond to Hinote's greetings. "Yes, I'm afraid we're just not efficient enough."

    Pause. "What are you doing?" Sol watches Hinote watching his watch with curiosity and also pre-annoyance.
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-24 03:27:44 8548
As this discussion goes on, the back door opens again; the special trick is used so it will be easy to work and those inside can be less worried that someone who shouldn't be here is arriving.

Instead, it's Rune who emerges. She shuts the door behind her, walking with a bit of a limp but not looking critically hurt. "Is everyone okay? I saw how thick some of the fighting got on the way to Clover Tower," she had briefly skirmished with some of the 'trouble' running around Tokyo while making her way to the greater threat, and it stands to reason that some of the others probably got mixed up in it too.

Incidentally, making her way back from nearly the opposite end of Tokyo due to all that took a few hours and Rune looks tired. She may have only gotten hit once during the incident, but it was quite the hit and she's heading for the nearest empty chair to flop down in it unless anything is critically wrong with any of her friends.
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-24 03:37:50 8551
Hinote Kagari pauses at Runealy. "Yeah. I dunno what happened? Stuff was like. Dark. And Feathery.. for a bit." he says confusedly. "I fought a few of those black dog things I've fought before. Um...anyways....."

There's a sudden sound of clicking, whirring and a facet in the back begins to run! It's bright and lighted as florescent lights kick on.

"Hey..! There we go!" he says with a smile. "Now... uh. I hope it can be a little more bearable for you guys. I should. Uh. Probably. turn off the coolers thought...."

"And that facuet..."

He goes and does just that.
Solomon Novak 2015-08-24 03:45:37 8553
    "I am fine," he answers Rune, standing up at her arrival. His face tightens up when he spots the limp, though he chooses not to comment on it at the moment. "The incident provided me with some well needed live combat experience." The city nearly being destroyed was good practice - who says Sol isn't an optimist?

    "Wha-" The lights turn on. Water runs. The Guardian Knight nearly henshins from the surprise; it takes a couple moments before he realizes what is going on. The look he turns on Hinote is querying, but also somewhat impressed. "I didn't know you knew how to use electricity."
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-24 03:50:35 8555
Turning off the coolers would likely be a good idea, given some of the team probably sleeps there. Rune does, at the very least. "So long as everyone's okay. It's a long story... something went very wrong with someone I barely know, then went very, very right. It's a pretty big step in our promise to make sure we don't destroy Earth for the sake of our world, so... we did good. And..."

Noises. "Hn?" She perks up. Then lights come on, and she's startled, wide-eyed and shooting to her feet! "Summoning Princess' Tia... no, this isn't something bad, is it?" Her gaze wanders to Hinote as he paces off to go work. She sits back down, but raises her voice enough to 'follow' him in the conversation. "What just happened? Since when did we have the glass candles in here? Or that other noise... water?"

Then her eyes turn to Solomon. "He knows a lot about Earth. We'd still be lost on a lot of things, or only now discovering them, if he hadn't helped. 'Well needed experience', though... sorry you got it, fighting's pretty scary." She remembers her first battles, also on Earth, and they were frantic and frightening things even though her mother had trained her since childhood and offered all sorts of useful insights. "Glad you got through it okay, though."
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-24 03:54:35 8557
Hinote Kagari unplugs coolers and shuts off water. He also fiddles with the thermostat. It begins to stop being less of an oven in here as the AC unit kicks on. He does listens to questions. "Nooo! Don't--- yeah this is a good thing. Don't go hitting things." he says.

"Well. Um. Like. You've been paying me. Right? And I turnt some of that silver into yen, and... I was able to convience the electric and water company to turn the service back on in the building. So. We have power and water here now!" he says.

"Um. I'm not really. I just. Paid for this." he says to Sol. He sort of bites his lip.

"Are you two okay? I just. Trying to make it more comfortable in here.. is all." he says.
Solomon Novak 2015-08-24 04:02:26 8560
    "Fear is a powerful instinct," replies Sol in a sympathetic but odd tone. "But no, I knew Hinote had a standard knowledge of electricity that all people in Tokyo seem to, but I didn't think he was good enough to-" Pay for it? Oh. Sol looks less impressed with the native now that he realizes the man merely paid somebody else to fix the broken electricity in the building, though Hinote words it in an odd way. Turn service /on/? He'll have to figure the terminology later. "I am grateful for what you did, Hinote, thank you."

    Perhaps killing magical shadow monsters has mellowed Sol out, or maybe he just didn't like being in the dark; regardless of the reason, he sincerely asks, "Is this a bad time to bring up the energy crisis?"
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-24 04:05:34 8562
"Right, I figured that out." Runealy looks a little embarrassed that she mistook electricity being activated for... cause to fight. All told, she'll take seeming a bit foolish over the alternative and sags into a more relaxed posture in her seat. "Huh? The air's changing." She's curious about this, not worried; Hinote would have said something if it was a problem.

"And sure, of course you've been getting paid for this." Betraying one's homeworld to save another is not a charity gig; the princess has been paying everyone and promised it will increase once they're back home. "How much did this cost? I want to put in some for it too, and... wait. Companies handle this? I trust you, you know what you're doing, but what's stopping them from tracking us down now? I don't understand."

Then Solomon brings up a good point. They can protect hospitals, bring hope to a troubled soul who has now emerged as a Pretty Cure, destroy Witches, and... be absolutely no closer to saving their world. Rune's head lowers as she concedes, "No, pretty much any time is a good time for that. I've brought in a little more energy a few days ago, but we need to keep going. No matter how much people threaten us." ...Well, more like one person made very specific, dire threats. Others have been kinder.
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-24 04:11:48 8566
Hinote Kagari Sort of coughs. "Well, uh. If you give someone extra money....... and tell them to just do the thing..... they don't really. Ask questions. Don't worry about it." he says. "No one knows where here. I promised that. That's still a thing." he says confidently. He's pretty sure feeling on this point outwardly AND internally.

He pauses. "Who's making threats?..... it isn't... Tuxedo Kamen. Right? I spoke to him. I told him, that. I was willing to follow what he put out. If he's been making threats......." his hand tightens a bit.
Solomon Novak 2015-08-24 04:18:34 8568
    Ah-ha, that must be the A-Cee that keeps other buildings at comfortable temperatures. That's even better than smokeless light sources. Sol decides he /has/ to learn how to do electricity too.

    "Wait, you said they service this place?" And yet Hinote claims the mages don't know how where it is? He let's out a disapointed sigh and fixes the native with another 'how can you be this stupid' look. "Hinote, when you bribe somebody and tell them to forget about what they have seen, they don't /actually/ forget. They still know where this is, they're just pretending not to."

    "What?!" And there goes the rest of Sol's abnormally pleasant attitude. "Who threatened you and what specifically were the threats?"
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-24 04:29:12 8571
"'So long as I get paid', huh?" Runealy thinks on this for a second, then comments, "That's pretty clever. This will make it a lot easier to keep our cell phones going, and..." She looks in the direction where the cooling air seems to be coming from. "Could get used to that feeling. Hinote, this is really, really good. I didn't know you could just... pay someone for the electricity!"

Celebrations may be short-lived though. Hinote's concerns are met with, "No. Not him. I... I slipped up though, I think he's starting to figure out that we're really not from Europe." This is an understatement. "We can't let him know where we're really from. Already ran into another conqueror, someone working for... 'Queen Mirage'. The name doesn't mean much to me, but her officers seem like they'd jump at the chance to invade us while we're vulnerable. Nobody can find that out!" She's visibly frightened on this point, unsure how they would possibly handle fending off a campaign of conquest /and/ the Barrier crisis at the same time.

Then Sol wants to know who said these things, too. Part of her wants to withhold the information, fearing it will escalate a conflict she's not sure can really be pursued any more. Then her mind 'replays' those threats, and the 'demonstration' of them that was visited upon her... with promises her friends would be next.

She has been unfairly hiding a lot of things from them, but this /can't/ be one of those. The princess realizes that, and tries to couch this with careful wording while being honest. "Miss White." She rattles off a few key points describing Hannah's magical disguise, Barrier Jacket and all. "She said she's going to kill us. In public, for fun. But... Tuxedo Mask has asked us to not just come down on her full force. If we do, if she dies... I think something terrible will happen for some good people. There are going to be problems no matter what we do about Miss White, it looks like."
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-24 04:46:50 8574
Hinote Kagari blinks. "Miss White... oh. That. Intense girl. I don't think I saw her since... um..." he scratches his head. "I can't actually remember, but I know it was one of those witch barriers." he says. He sort of frown.

"Well. Tuxedo Kamen kinda knows were not from Europe now. He's pretty sure we're from space. I don't think we can particularly get him to belive anything else at this point..."

"I mean, well. You guys. are from space. I think he's figured out I'm not." he says. "I think I'm the odd one out because I don't call things glass candles and horseless wagons." he admits sheepishly.
Solomon Novak 2015-08-24 04:57:02 8578
    Rune's details are listened to carefully and then committed to memory. Sounds like he was going to go have to do some negotiations with Miss White. Before he decides whether or not to inform the Princess of this beforehand, Hinote says something that catches his attention.

    "Space? That's what people here refer to as beyond the sky?" He barks out a small laugh of derision. "There's nothing there, you can't have people /behind/ the sky. That's just stupid. But maybe we can use that to our advantage. If they are searching the sky for us, the real gate is safe."

    A shake of his head before he turns back to Rune. "I'll see what I can do about Miss White. I'm glad that you were willing to tell us about the threat - but I suspect she threatened you too. And you need to remember, while I am not belittling the value of the lives of your Guardian Knights, /your/ survival is of the utmost importance. If you die, there will be nobody who restore the barrier and protect our world."
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-24 05:07:36 8583
"So long as he doesn't know /where exactly/ we're from," Runealy insists to Hinote. "I guess I did screw that up, but I'm going to keep saying 'Europe' even if he knows better." Then she winces as Solomon has some curious ideas. "Actually... it makes a lot of sense. There are worlds, plural. I know of at least three, and there might be a few more. If they're way out there in the sky, wouldn't that explain some things? Like how completely different this place is?"

Then her head lowers as she admits about Miss White, "She did. Tried it, actually. Would have worked, but one of the first things mom taught me, and she brought it up again and again... was even if you're really confused, even if you have no idea what's going on, do /something./ If you just sit there, whatever the demon is trying to do will automatically work. Move, strike, defend... something, anything is better than just waiting. I guessed right, and slipped out of her... 'hanging' trick."

She looks unsettled now, several headshakes following. "Nevermind that. Just be very careful around her. If she's backed into a corner, she can actually turn into someone else," that's Rune's understanding of the 'Artificial Witch' form, a grasp that has massive gaps left to be filled in by wild guesses on her part. "Someone pretty powerful. Plus she has fri-- no, 'associates.' People who will back her up in fights, and they're pretty good matches for us from what I've seen. I don't know if we can afford to get into a lot of drawn-out fights with her, with all that going on. I'd really like to see what Tuxedo Kamen is trying to do with her instead, if we can."

She then looks to Hinote. "What did he tell you, by the way?"
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-24 05:16:07 8585
Hinote Kagari hehs. "He called you a space princess. also. he said I fit in too good to be from space, more or less." he says as he crosses his arms and sits down. "That's really about it." he says. "I mean. He said he wouldn't tell you more about Miss White until EVERYONE agreed to his conditions. I... made it easier for you, I hope, but agreeing to that. I don't really have the stomach to attack kids like that anyways." he admits.

He head tilts. "Yeah. White has.. a lot of everything. Doesn't she?" he asks.
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-24 05:18:03 8588
"..." Runealy looks down as Hinote explains what agreements he made. Not because of what /he/ did, but the contrast it establishes with her own actions. "...So you heard about that." Talk of White goes unanswered for now. "And you're still staying with us?" No, that one was on her. "With me?"
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-24 05:23:26 8590
Hinote Kagari frowns and places a hand on Runealy's shoulder. "Yes. He told me." he says softly. "I can't.... judge you. Not right now, Runealy. Not even when this is over. Not when I'm doing similarly bad things." he says. "What? I'm all high and mighty because I choose not to drain magical kids? I still attack magical people minding thier own bussiness. I'm no better. At some point in this, you're just splitting hairs." he says with a soft smile, if sad one.
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-24 05:31:10 8593
Runealy looks to that hand, then up to Hinote. "Some hairs need to be split. Some points have to be 'too far'... maybe that was one of them. I don't know. We'll figure it all out when this is good and done. For now... thanks. For sticking with us, with me, and..."

A hand gestures up at the ceiling, then in the direction of the air conditioning. "This too. I really didn't know you could do that, or it would have been set up a long time ago. You had a good idea here, a real good one. We'll just have to be careful not to get too carried away with the electricity so people won't notice us."
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-24 05:37:26 8594
Hinote Kagari nods. "Yeah." he says softly. He laughs. "No.. I. Just realized myself and wondered why I just couldn't...pay someone to have water and electricy turned back on." he says. "As long as you don't turn on the outside lights and the sign, no one's going to get too confused, I don't think." he says. He frowns.

"I'll worry about being upset at you if you start draining innocent people who aren't magical. I don't think you'll go that far. I trust you." he says with a smile.
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-24 05:43:17 8596
"The sign? ...Oh, it can do that too? Right... we'll be careful, then." Rune looks around once more, finally taking the time to take in the details of just how much this changes the store. It's still a pretty bad place, but Hinote's solution has made it a little more tolerable.

"We can't go that far. You saw what happened, right? At Infinity, when we first got here? Someone did that, didn't they? I don't know how much energy they got for it, but it nearly killed her. No... we're not going to do that. People's lives aren't some sick tax we're due, even if that's what that voice thought. That's a point we're not crossing."