Takashi decides to visit Masu before the opening of her very first store! They discuss some things and he makes a very important delivery. Now, all she has to do is prepare for a couple of nosy 'do-gooders' trying to ruin her efforts.

Date: 2018-09-08
Pose Count: 20
Masu Yogoshi 2018-09-08 17:29:12 97194
Moves were stressful. Businesses were stressful. Dark energy was stressful. Imagine all of that. Combine it into one small eclipse brand health store. The shelves were loaded with product, some of which was dark energy related(the pain medication in particular). Roboyouma were running about, taking care of their jobs. A few members of her department were running around, making sure everything was up to code. All of this led to one thing.

An empath with a MASSIVE headache waiting in the managers office. All that stress managed to filter even through her barriers, making it add to her own stress. Her tests had been tested dozens of times. She'd gotten full approval. The store was, well... It sold plenty of product along with her special creations. All she had to do now was open. And in a few hours, it'd just be her and some roboyouma.

She went over all the paperwork for the thousandth time. She kept her face calm, collected. Most might think she wasn't stressed at all. That she wasn't terrified this would all blow up in her face. Her first actual task and project that wasn't creation related. Heck, it probably didn't matter much, even. After all, just a small shop... But it mattered to her.

A rather large bar of some name brand extra dark chocolate with walnuts was open besides her, which she occasionally nibbled from, the mlst obvious sign of her stress. Stress eating was so not healthy.
Takashi Agera 2018-09-08 17:55:38 97195
The place was alive with activity - well, mostly, it was dark-robotic with activity. But there was someone else, walking through the door - literally through it, making a small Dusk Step so he could bypass the physical barrier.

Takashi Agera, carrying a crate made of some odd reinforced purple-black metal and sealed tightly. After being directed towards Tarnished's office, he... has to knock with his foot. The crate is heavy enough to need both hands. "Yo! I brought you some goodies." he calls.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-09-08 18:07:16 97196
Tarnished groaned. A knock. WHO?! WHY?! She opened the door. "Can i-- Takashi-sama!" She said, her eyes lighting up considerably. "Come in, come in," she said before moving aside so he could walk.

"Would you like some dark chocolate? There's almost... " about a tenth of a bar left. "How..." Shw asked, then shook her head. Her eyes then fell on the crate. "Is... That about my request? You didn't need to bring it here, you could have dropped it off at my division. I am thankful for your quick assistance, though. Have you taken some time to look around? It's truly marvelous, isn't it? We spent almost a week setting up the floor plan. We've even talked about setting up a mascot. If all goes well, we'll manage to make a small fortune, with all the health food areas and the gym across the street, we're bound to have a high traffic area and our creations should be flying kff the shelves," she said. Apparently when she was nervous she rambled. There was only the one chair in the room and she'd motion for him to sit while she ealked over and stood bt the desk, breaking off another piece of chocolate to chew on. As caln and steady as her voice and face were... She was nervous. Very nervous. Even pacing a little bit.
Takashi Agera 2018-09-08 18:31:28 97197
Takashi nodded. "Well, its some of it anyways. There's Duskfruit in the bottom; can't hold it in anything not reifnorced or it'll bleed some of the energy out." He nodded. "I can see you've been hard at work..." a pause.

"Did you remember what I said about needing to stay a little bit grounded though? It's not a suggestion but an imperative. You've got a chronic disease of your own in a way, even though it makes you strong. You have to manage it well..."
Masu Yogoshi 2018-09-08 19:02:37 97205
Tarnished nodded, reaching out to take the box. "I cannot wait to go through all this... If i had time you'd all be mine..." She mumbled with a happy grin. "Chimera!" She called. A... Roboyouma that... Looked different. More... Some of its parts had been replaced. And it's eyes were red. "Take this to my lab. Place it GENTLY. Do not shake. Understand?"

The robot slowly nodded, turning to walk away. She gave a sigh, and glanced to Takashi. "Yes. No. I mean... A lot of the work is done by others in my division. It's... Nice. They're... Smart. But stressed. Very. Very. Very stressed," she said with a shaky smile. Ohhhh. "I am fine. Though. Really." She'd eaten three pieces of chocolate in the last two minutes alone.

"I've... Made friends. Sort of. I think. Two... Puella. Yes. That's what they said. I'll need to ask you about that. Later. Them. They're nice. One of them likes chemistry. I think we're even... Friends. It's... Nice. It feels nice," she said, a small, genuine smile on her lips. "And... Another woman. I helped her make paints. She's nice. Then..." Her cheeks went just as red. "An... Another empath. There's another empath, i-- one second."

She walked ro the door, looked, glared. And... Then... "You! It's fine! Red trim! Use the red trim AND STOP STRESSING SO LOUDLY!" she yelled. She then closed the door and sighed. "They should all be done in two hours. Then it'll just br me. And the youma for a few hours befoee the opening. I can't wait." Oof...
Takashi Agera 2018-09-08 19:26:00 97210
Takashi cocks his head a bit. "You sure? Because you kinda look a bit like an axious wreck. Keep grounded." he warns her again. "Maybe keep the box closed until the actual stress has died down a bit and you can work in quiet?" He moved over to re-shut it.

"Still, though.. you've already managed to accomplish some very impressive things, and shown me my confidence in you was not at all misplaced. Which is very good to see."

"Be careful with the Puella... they're powerful and dangerous. Ticking time bombs in a very real sense."
Masu Yogoshi 2018-09-08 19:34:48 97214
Tarnished nodded. "I'm fine. Really. It's all inconsequential things. It's their stress that's bothering me. The roboyouma are so much easier. They don't complain, or get mad or... Well. Any of that. They're useful," she said. "I should probably do some meditation, though. Until they're gone. I can block out the worse of it but... They stress so loudly. Do they really think I'm going to have them fired over stupid stuff? If i was going to do that, it'd be over their loathing snd jealousy," she said flatly.

She nodded. "I will. I will look at those things after I've had time to completely relax. Tonight, even. Once I'm certain all of... This, is fine."

She did look him in the eye and nod. " Of course, takashi-sempai. I never would have taken this prestigious title and role if i wasn't up to handling it. I intend to ezpand upon all expectations for me."

She then nodded. "Yes. I have... Seen yhe power of one of them first hand. It's... Incredible. Beyond what i once thought possible. I'd love to test one, someday. Their abilities, the way their bodies function. Their rings..." She then sighed. "But... I'm warry of that. They seem both... Powerful, yet delicate. And i wouldn't want to really harm something like them, even in the pursuit of knowledge. I'll have to settle for simpler measures to study them for now." She thought for a moment about homura again and nodded. "Besides... It's... Not good to let tgis life and that life to get too close, now is it?"
Takashi Agera 2018-09-08 19:54:40 97217
Takashi snickered. "That's why I've replaced as much as I possibly could with youma. Good for cost savings too. Do more with less. Trouble is you can't replace them for research and development which we both do a fair bit of."

"People, especially people without the power to chart their own destiny, stress eternally. That's why you stand apart from them.. the energy you now have within you, the power you possess, it allows you to rise or fall on your own merits. Others can affect you, but the final destiny is in your hands. For them... not so much. You have as much of a gulf between yourself and them as they do to the pets in their house."

"To let the two lives get too close... not if you can help it. I was forced to throw off my cloak and while it makes some things easier, it makes many other things much harder."
Masu Yogoshi 2018-09-08 20:08:18 97219
Tarnished sighs. "I know what you mean. They're just so... Emotional. Even my division is filled with so much back stabbing. Half of my group is trying to undermine the other half. I had done come to me about how his colleague kept taking his pens." She paused for a second. "Which, to be fair, he was. And they were both idiots. So petty. We're dealing with things that will save lives and they quibble over things like meaningless titles and pens," she muttered with a shake of her head.

"At least the dog has the advantage of looking cute enough and being able to learn to NOT pee in the house," she muttered, before walking to her desk and leaning on it. "I got really annoyed with two of them and threatened to make them test our energy drink creations. That shut them up. Not that I'd do it. We still can't even get the can to not turn evil." She sighed. "Black minotaur, it gives you rage and adrenaline."

" It wouldn't be so bad if i didn't have to feel it. I can block out the worse of it. But it's so constant. Like samantha and jace out there. They have the hots for each other and they are so stupid. They keep flirting with each other, but both are too scared to make the first move. I might do it for them if they don't get their stuff together! " she snapped. She seemed... Tense.

"And definitely. They... Seem nice," she mumbled. "But I've seen. I've FELT the way people really are. They're okay woth the empath thing... But..." Shw held up her right hand. "The moment they know the cost. The real cost of progress and advancement? Why what we do is so important? I mean, everyone focuses on their own... Strange hatred of dark energy. Look at lacrima. She is composed almost entirely of dark energy, an she's adorable. They're just blind to what is truly good in this world."

She was silent for a moment... The last of her chocolate was gone. "How long until you think one of them decides to give me grief for my contributions to mankind?" She asked, motioning to the exit.
Takashi Agera 2018-09-08 20:15:29 97221
Takashi shrugged. "Probably not long. The ones who don't understand that sometimes progress has sacrifices. Plus you're working with medical things, rather than raw research. Going to run into people who dont want to harm one to save one hundred, I'm sure."

"That's why it's so important to have your own sense of purpose. To have assurance without needing outsiders patting you on the back - to know you are making progress for the benefit of even those who don't get it. You NEED that."

"And you're going to have to rise above their squabbles. You are akin to... a demigod. You need to stay above the rabble."
Masu Yogoshi 2018-09-08 20:28:38 97225
Tarnished sighed and nodded, looking almost sad. "It is a little sad. Hopefully they can see beyond their petty beliefs to see why these are good for humanity. Besides, I've tested it all thoroughly. I know it's safe, my tests have been exact. So long as people follow the directions clearly labled on the jar, it'll be fine," she said flatly with a shake of her head.

"And don't worry. History is filled with people who believe 'they' know the only way. That their out dated and almost violent methods are the only way. Not even that long ago people didn't understand how teeth worked! Or pain killers. Believing issues are caused by 'spirits', bah. Trust me. I am distressingly aware that fools always oppose progress, for good or... Ill..." She said, giving a content sigh. "Looks like they're leaving. The youma will fix the rest. It's calm now..."

She seemed happier, at least. She stopped pacing. "You know the worst thing about other people's emotions? You feel them but you can't do ANYTHING to stop them. They're just... There. To cope with. If today wasn't so important i would have medicated to dampen it," she muttered. "A demigod... Huh. So then... Would that make me the demigod of health?" She asked with a chuckle. "It may make sense. I already ran into one hercules," she said with a soft, amused chuckle. She seemed cslmer, at least. And he could hear thr bells going off as people left the building. "But yes, i will rise above. For their sakes, at least. They know not what they do, do they? Otherwise they'd be helping us."
Takashi Agera 2018-09-08 22:09:34 97244
Takashi nodded again. "You can't push them up to better heights, you can only drag them behind you. You can climb yourself and then help them up, but you gotta get there first. Those of us who are enlightened, who are the Pastuers of the world, have to get up there by any means necessary."

"I'm glad I don't feel other people's emotions; mine are loud enough. That's one hell of a burden to carry, so make sure you don't lose it..."

"If we could trust them to do the smart thing, the right thing for all of us, we wouldn't need to be so aggressive... but... here we are. So fight, for your earned power and for everyone's future, Tarnished. Don't give a single moment back for free, because in the end you're fighting for those against you too - if one of their family members gets a disease you can cure with your experiments you'll be helping them out too."
Masu Yogoshi 2018-09-08 22:15:31 97245
Tarnished nodded and sighed. "If only they could see that. What happened to me, what we healed, is only the beginning. The lives... How many lives have we already touched?" she muttered. "I have a file, you know. I keep them. Every person we save. every person who is better due to our interference."

She seemed far less agitated as she moved to the desk and leaned against it. "I filed a report already. These medications are already far more powerful than most pain medications. With almost none of the side effects." She held out her left hand and a box appeared in it. "Here. I doubt you'll ever need it buuuut... you never know when yoiu'll need proper medication. However, a normal person should never have more than three tablets a day. As per our instructions," she said firmly. "I imagine you could take a lot more. And I do appreciate your help with those items. I imagine... well. I certainly hope your division, and mine, will continue to be close in the future," she said with a smile.
Takashi Agera 2018-09-08 22:20:25 97247
And Takashi smiled. "We have to use our gifts to bring good things to the masses, no matter how much they try to stay in their caves; it is a burden as much as a power."

He took the box. "Close enough to provide support, but divided enough to insulate both of our projects from the other - that's the idea, anyways. That's why this isn't a divison of UMBRA." It wasn't that he didn't trust her; it was that he knew someday he might risk the wrath of Eclipse itself and wanted the medical wing to keep going.
Masu Yogoshi 2018-09-08 22:27:56 97248
Tarnished nodded. "Exactly. You know... I used to think this was a curse. I was told about a creature called 'kyubey' by Madoka. I have to admit. I think my wish, long ago, would have been to not have my gift. It can be so, so frustrating at times. But... If nothing else... It helps me know I'm on the right path. It lets... me know. Let me feel their pain. Why I have to work so hard..."

She nodded. "Good. I'd rather be your ally than your underling. You're nice enough but..." she mumbled. "I like the authority. I do not think I'd be able to handle answering to some of these idiots on a regular basis. Only seeing my superiors during reporting time works for me," she grumbled. "I am happy to know I can call on you at times when I require your assistance. Until my division expands more... well.... Even after, it's nice having someone *intelligent* to talk to, Takashi-sama."
Takashi Agera 2018-09-08 22:37:27 97251
Takashi grins. "I've seen Kyubey. There's another one that works for UMBRA, actually, NYubey. Doesn't do wishes, though." He doesn't need to go into Nyubey's pedigree, here.

"Gifts can also be curses, depending on how you see them. It's my policy to make them as good as they can be though." And then he laughed. "I do think you might find it less taxing to be my subordinate than one of your petty researchers... after all, the level of intellect does make a difference."
Masu Yogoshi 2018-09-08 22:41:43 97252
Tarnished nodded. "I'd love to study a puella, to be honest. A magically created body? Imagine the lives and methods we could learn," she said with a content sigh. "Even the ability to replace limbs with less dark energy and more... something else could be good for those who can't control the effects as well as us," she said with a smile.

"Perhaps. But I imagine having to ask you for permission constantly would be annoying. I already have a dozen and change projects going and... well... great minds can't be forced down one path when there are so many paths needing to be discovered..." she said with an almost wistful sigh.
Takashi Agera 2018-09-08 22:45:12 97254
Takashi considers it. "I might be able to get you some information on Puella, another member of Eclipse did a lot of research on them before bequathing it to me. I'll just have to sanitize it for personal information..."

"Much easier than trying to hold one for study. Trust me. There was a hole in the side of the research lab by the end big enough to drive a truck through."
Masu Yogoshi 2018-09-08 22:55:17 97255
Tarnished gave a laugh and shook her head. "Really? 'Holding' one? In the end, they're still people. I... suppose there is sometimes a need for... more harsh methods. I'd appreciate that information, though. Thank you. It will cut out a lot of time, at least."

She then sighed and walked to the door. "I have a lot of preparation to finish. Simpler stuff. I appreciate your help, though. If you require anything, feel free to help yourself. I like the chocolate bars, I may get another..." she mumbled.
Takashi Agera 2018-09-08 23:05:00 97257
"No reason to get rid of information already acquired, even if you dislike the methods." He nodded. "I'll get the information to you as I can - but for now yes, I think I'll leave you to it. Good luck, and keep me appraised."