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Date: 2018-09-02
Pose Count: 19
Stahlritter 2018-09-02 01:24:03 96867
    It's been some time since the incident with Alexis' mom in the Farmer's Market. Lacrima may have heard that Alexis himself has returned to school by now, and moved out of the ECFH, on the heel of his parents' pressure on him lessening considerably.

    She receives a text from him now, informing her that he's coming to stop by-- and for once, when he does come, he doesn't come in very sneakily.

    THat probably has a lot to do with the fact that he's being heralded by a series of excited, happy barks when he comes stepping through the foyer... with a small, fuzzy corgi held up against his chest in his arms, wriggling this way and that with her tongue lolled to hanging out with her happy panting, ears perked high and beady eyes shifting all over to take in the excitingly curious new surroundings.
Lacrima 2018-09-02 01:44:40 96869
Lacrima has heard that and is glad to hear it. Having a normal life of SOME sort is important to magical well being she's been discovering. She gets a text, so she's gone about getting some snacks ready for the coffee table and other such things, mainly tea and some lemonade. It's summer. lemonade seems apt.

Then she hears barks and she jumps a bit and peeks in and---

Is.. is that a corgi in Alexis-niisan's arms. What's going on with that.

"Um..." she says quietly. "Friend of yours?" she asks cautiously. There's many reasons someone might bring a dog over, afterall.
Stahlritter 2018-09-02 01:52:17 96870
    As Lacrima comes into view, Alexis flashes a sheepish smile to her direction. "You could say that..."

    And yes, that is indeed a corgi in Alexis' arms. And she is very happy to see Lacrima!

    The dog wriggles in her human's arms, all attention on the NEW EXCITING POTENTIAL FRIEND over there, and Alex peers down at the tiny little ball of joy. "You wanna go say hi, huh?" He... actually *coos* at the corgi, such an unusual contrast to the way he typically speaks in. The corgi responds with another bark!

    "Okay, go on..." Crouching down, Alex lets the small canine to her feet, and immediately those stumpy legs carry her to bounce-running towards Lacrima, the clitter-clatter of nails on hardwood floor echoing through the room.
Lacrima 2018-09-02 02:03:55 96871
Lacrima blinks. Incoming Corgi!? Okay.... the corgi seems to be your average normal corgi and not a magical one. Oh god. Those tiny legs. "Eeeeeeeeeeee!" goes Lacrima.

She bends down at the knees some and gently waits for the corgi to get close and give it a pet, and attention. "So. She's just a normal pet then, Alexis-niisan?" She asks. "What's her name?" she asks softly.

A pause.

"I ask normal. Because knights and mages can have familiars... guardian beasts. Animals given a part of their soul and power and it gives them intelligence, take on a humanoid form and well. Talk. I mean. Talk like a human does."

"Normal dogs still obviously talk." she says.
Stahlritter 2018-09-02 02:15:56 96872
    Of course the corgi talks! And she has SO MUCH to tell Lacrima! For there are a lot of rumbles and half-barks and happy high pitched sounds of pupper joy that come out while she does a series of happy tappy-tappy-tappings along the floor in front of the kneeled down Lacrima, furry butt wagging.

    "Her name is Hope," Alexis informs Lacrima while he closes in, watching the dog try to get closer up against the purple-haired girl. IF she isn't careful, she will get her face slathered in doggykisses!

    "And I know. I haven't put any magic in her, and I don't have any plans to."
Lacrima 2018-09-02 02:24:37 96873
Lacrima's pet is an eyeball with tentacles she keeps in a containment tube that she likes to hug. Basically, dog kisses aren't going to phase here. She's enjoying the company of the dog. pets, strokes along her back. Side pet pet pet.

"Obviously this means I have a furry little niece then!" she huffs. "If I had known you had a pet and was bringing her over, I'd had tried to get some dog food or a dog bowl or something." she says.

"Hope's a nice name." she says softly , as she looks back up to Alexis. "What made you decide to get a dog?" she asks curiously with a nod to the statement about magic.
Stahlritter 2018-09-02 02:49:08 96874
    "Yes," Alexis agrees on the niece part, with a wry smile. "Yes it does."

    And of course Hope is rapidly licking at Lacrima's face whenever she gets the chance to, as well.

    "No particular reason, I think," he says to her question, as he crouches down just besides the two, watching the bit of affectionate play going on there. "...Which is probably not true, but... I haven't thoguht about it much. I was feeling in the pits after the whole fight with Mom, and I hid inside a dog shelter for a while after a fight with some Yakuza, and..."

    His smile turns a bit goofier. "Well..."
Lacrima 2018-09-02 03:03:39 96875
Lacrima is enjoying dog love. Yes. She scoops the dog up and walks over to the couch to sit down and pat her lap. Pat pat pat. "Well it's an apt name for her." she says softly, as she head tilts and Alexis and gently bites her lip.

"S...sorry about. Losing myself during that. I just thought I could end that quickly and all I did was go full crazy." she says softly.

She shifts. "At least your mother will hopefully be taking a break for a bit." she mutters.

"Leave you alone." she says quietly.
Stahlritter 2018-09-02 03:19:10 96876
    Hope appears to be more than happy to occupy Lacrima's lap. And flop on it with her belly up. HAND GOES HERE.

    Alexis follows shortly after, and settles to sitting besides... the two girls, still smiling goofily. Though that smile fades away a bit after Lacrima's words. "I understand," he murmurs, and reaches a hand over to pat his adoptive sister's head. "You were under a lot of pressure. Just... be very careful with that, okay? If that happens again, I will have to be the one to fight you. Neither of us wants that."

    He leans a bit further back against the couch, and he lets out a heavy sigh. "...Things... definitely changed after that. I haven't seen any of Mom's robot squad, and... all the activity around me is different too. I think she pulled surveillance away."
Lacrima 2018-09-02 03:30:06 96877
Lacrima scoffs. "Maybe she got the hint and realized it isn't worth chasing you and can better use her resources somewhere else." she says. "Not that, THAT alternative is a good thing-- quiet is bad. Always bad when it comes to bad guys. Maybe not for you, but for others too. But I'd rather not have her hunting you actively anymore." she says.

She smiles a little and rubs the corgi's tummy. Rub rub rub rub. "Yeah. I.... I thought I could control it. It's been two years and I've worked hard to control myself, but I obviously still need the bracer on, period." she says grimly.

"Rashmi's device has been repairing itself well." she says. "And speaking of Rashmi-chan..." she says.

"I'm not the only one that realized that Rashmi's device seems to know your mother. But more important, your mother seemed to infer she knows that device. And wasn't happy about it." she says more wryly.
Stahlritter 2018-09-02 03:40:58 96878
    Hope just reduces herself to lazily laying about on Lacrima's lap with the occasional happy wriggle in response to a particularly good rubbing of fingers through her fur.

    "Yeah," Alex agrees solemnly on the matter of Rashmi's device. "I don't think Rashmi's caught on yet though. I asked her where she got Nicomachea from, and she claimed it's from a used bookstore near where she lives. Which seems... a bit convenient to me."
Lacrima 2018-09-02 03:53:08 96879
Lacrima is just lazily petting the pupper now. She's enjoying Hope's company. She gently bites her lip and thinks. "I think Rashmi-chan is telling the truth, on that. She found it in a used bookstore near her place." she says.

"But you're right. I don't think that was on accident either." she says as she taps her foot. "But I can't find anyone that would benefit from that. Maybe someone who's told old now to continue to fight Hulda picked Rashmi-chan as an heir?" she asks.
Stahlritter 2018-09-02 04:03:20 96880
    "It's not that I was thinking she was being dishonest about it-- Rashmi in general is not very good when it comes to willingly lying anyhow,"

    "It's just... yeah. Convenient. I have a very strong suspicion on what it is too, but like..." His lips purse together. "If she doesn't know... should we be telling her? I get the feeling that... the person that made sure she got it, didn't want her to know."
Lacrima 2018-09-02 04:19:15 96881
Lacrima frowns. "Context matters." she says silently. "If what put it there is benevolent, fine. But it still owes you information, if your mom is involved. You deserve to know." she says silently. "If you think what's there has less than good intentions I'd tell Rashmi-chan what you think." she nods.

"But if you know what it is, maybe you could confront it without alerting Rashmi-chan?" She asks curiously.
Stahlritter 2018-09-02 04:22:06 96882
    "I... don't know. Maybe I should," Alexis allows in a murmur. "Though mind you all things point to mom having been doing this for a *long* time. She might be much more powerful than she was when someone else was fighting her."

    His brows knit together then, in thought. "... Also, she didn't seem to recognize *just* the Device. It was almost like... Rashmi herself was familiar to her, somehow. And Nicomachea always seems to have some other woman's voice when referring to her..."

    He poauses for a bit and then says, of all things, "I think it might be her mom."
Lacrima 2018-09-02 04:40:32 96883
Lacrima blinks. "You think it's Rashmi's mom?" she blurts out, as she pauses petting Hope's stomach. "Why?" she asks. "That makes no sense. Unless like. Rashmi's mom kept a 'secret ID' back then, I mean. If I knew where my long time thorn in the side went to and I was an evil demon b-word I would nuke that place from orbit." she says grimly.

"But if that's true maybe we should talk to her?..." she asks quietly. "I mean, I'd like to come along if you're questioning her. I..."

"I have a problem with people that leave things like that. Lying around. For Obvious reasons." she says quietly, as she gently gives Hope just a little sad pet.
Stahlritter 2018-09-02 04:47:31 96884
    Incidentally, Hope perks up curiously when the petting suddenly stops, staring up at Lacrima and patting her paw against hand. WAI JOO STAHP?

    "It's not like I know for *sure*," Alexis points out. "But I feel pretty strongly like she just might be it. It would explain mom's reaction to Rashmi specifically. She probably did keep her identity secret if that was the case."

    He pauses, and then bumps his elbow teasingly against her side. "And you can say 'bitch' when it's just me. You know I cuss way worse."
Lacrima 2018-09-02 05:04:53 96885
Lacrima sighs and nods. "Alright." she says. "Just." she shifts. "Nrg..."

"I'm like this because someone lost something that was supposed to be protected... guarded..." she says quietly. "Leaving things like that.... what if someone else got it!?" she says with a slight nrrrrrg...

"Sorry. I'm worrying over nothing just. Yeah." she says as she relaxes and gives Hope more pets.

"Your dog is adorable, by the way." she says.
Stahlritter 2018-09-02 05:16:00 96886
    "No, I understand," Alexis assures her with a squeeze given to her shoulder. "It's not like I don't understand where you're coming from, you know? I think... if it was her, I kind of get the feeling she did think the whole thing through well enough to stop something bad from happening, you know?"

    "And of course she is adorable. And she says all will be well!"

    Hope promptly gives a lick to Lacrima's fingers.