Life Without Darkness

After the events of Safe Room Chat, Mikoto drops by. They chat about several things.

Date: 2018-11-14
Pose Count: 27
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-14 01:16:13 100246
Akari is now eating takeout from the Korma Chameleon in the Safe Room!

Her conversation with Fate has given her a lot to think about. She's discussed it a little bit with Rubindorn, but for the most part she's just eating in silence, playing bits of the conversation over in her head and just mulling it all over.

And, of course, every so often she gets distracted looking over the markings on her arms. Formerly blood red; now deep blue with a hint of purple.
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-14 01:26:33 100248
Mikoto was loath to leave Akari alone for the school day, but she had little choice. She couldn't afford to have her parents notified of too many skipped classes. And besides, she trusts the Waldians to keep Akari safe.

She spent most of the day fretting, anyway. And gathering homework from Akari's classes to bring to her. And periodically checking with Hikari, who's been keeping watch on the Waldian house from a discrete distance.

Eventually the day is done, though, and she heads out. Finally on her way back, with nothing apparently having gone wrong, she can relax. A quick stop to pick up some rice balls for the two to snack on, and then she's got a nice circuitous route to avoid contact with any potential followers.

Yes, she's a little paranoid right now. Thank you so much, Lacrima.

Finally, she arrives at the house, and heads in to the safe room.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-14 01:31:34 100250
Akari brightens the minute Mikoto comes through the door. "Hi, Mikoto-chan!" she says, delight in her glowing golden eyes. She stays where she is; as much as she wants to jump to her feet and hug her girlfriend, she doesn't want to risk undoing the healing.

As it is, she smiles over at Mikoto. In this form, she's tall enough that she doesn't particularly need to look up even front a sitting position. "How is everything? Did you get my homework and notes?" (She hasn't stopped using her infiltration mode, it's just that it's been merely separating 'Akari the orphan attending Infinity' from 'Akari the heroic living magical program.')
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-14 01:37:12 100251
Mikoto can finally smile wide as she steps in and sees Akari-chan. She doesn't miss the 'infiltration form', as far as she's concerned, both forms are Akari-chan, and both are beautiful to her. "Hey, Bell-chan. How're you holding up? No Dark-Cancer growing back on you?" She winks playfully as she sets herself on the chair by the bed.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-14 01:51:00 100253
Akari laughs. "Well, for one thing, I'm feeling much more comfortable being called 'Bell'," she says. She looks over herself. "This ... is how 'Nachtglocke Eins' was supposed to look," she says, more seriously than before. "I think I wouldn't mind that being the ... 'name' ... of this form. No need to worry about my 'old name' anymore." She makes a face. "I mean, Eclipse knows that name, too, but, eh." She shrugs. "One thing at a time, I guess ..."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-14 01:58:11 100254
Mikoto shrugs. "Eclipse knows 'Hagane' and 'Mikoto' as well. I've had to deal with that for more than a year now." She seems rather casual about it.

"I'm delighted to see you doing okay," she adds. "I've been so worried...." She leans back in the chair, stretches out, and reaches over to clasp Akari's hand. "So, 'Bell-chan' it is, then...."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-14 02:00:35 100255
Akari smiles faintly, and squeezes Mikoto's hand. "I'm still half-thinking 'wait, why is Mikoto-chan twenty-eight centimeters shorter?'" she says. "When it's actually me who's twenty-eight centimeters taller."

Rubindorn lets out a distorted ping, hanging around her neck in pendant form. <<HA!>>

Akari regards Mikoto for a moment. "Say," she says suddenly. "How good are you at ... modifying Devices?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-14 02:04:39 100256
Another little chuckle escapes Mikoto's smile, and she leans closer. "Ahhh. Height jokes. Now I know you're feeling better." She squeezes Akari's hand warmly.

"Mmm. Modifying... you mean, Rubindorn? Not as good as Riventon... but he's not exactly available for this job..."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-14 02:11:02 100258
Akari grins. "It isn't really a joke, the fact that I 'feel like Akari' in this form is genuinely messing with my head," she says.

She nods. "Basically, Rubindorn was designed with a bunch of features which are nonstandard, just for the sake of seeming more exotic and alien and scary, but ..." She shrugs. "A lot of them basically just make things more cumbersome. The biggest thing is that I need to manually fire cartridges, instead of Rubindorn handling that herself, so ... can you fix Rubindorn up with automatic firing?"

Ping! <<OOH!>> The cutesy-version-of-Akari's-voice sounds excited. <<KANN ICH DIE GANZE ZEIT "EXPLOSION" RUFEN?>> Can I holler "Explosion" all the time?

Akari chuckles. "Of course you can, Ruby!" she says, and smiles back up at Mikoto. "And, I mean, either way, I'd really appreciate it if you could speed up the repairs, Mikoto-chan."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-14 02:19:04 100260
"Hmm, psychological warfare, yes?" Mikoto nods and smiles. "It'd be a project... I'm not sure I have all the parts I'd need. I'll have to check." She considers for a moment. "Automatic cartridge use shouldn't be hard to implement, though."

"I wouldn't count on it being quick for now," she finishes, with a little sigh. Then she pulls out the box of rice balls. "Hungry? I brought some snacks." She holds out the box for Akari to choose from them.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-14 02:28:17 100262
Akari smiles. "It's the more 'standard' ways some Belkan Devices announce that they're firing a cartridge," she says. "Or at least, that's my 'knowledge' of the subject." Meaning, something Clara Meriva must have known ...

She nods. "Thank you anyway," she says. "It might be best to wait until Rubindorn is done with self-repairs." She glances down at herself, and then looks over the tattoos on her arm, which seems to be a bit of a distraction for her at the moment. "Should just take a couple three more days before I'm healed up enough to trust myself in a fight, too."

She smiles. "Fate-chan ordered out from the Korma, and brought pastries from Midori-ya before that," she says. "Snacks sound good, though!" She takes a rice ball out, and starts nibbling a bit on it.
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-14 02:35:27 100265
Mikoto nods. "I've honestly not worked much with cartridge hardware. Carnwennan doesn't use them. Not subtle enough for her previous wielder." SHe shrugs and takes a rice ball for herself. (Mmm. Barbecue tuna-salad filling.)

"Three more days... Hmmm. Well, if nothing else, we get to know the Waldians better." She winks again, then her eyes trace Akari's arm, along the tattoos. "Keeping those, are we?"
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-14 02:45:26 100270
Akari smiles and nods. "Might have to scour Ritterglocke for more debug-modes or plans or something," she says. "I can maintain Rubindorn, but between the two of us, you're better for modification." She nibbles more on her rice ball.

She glances over her tattoos. "I don't think they're 'removable'," she says. "I mean, obviously I could mess around using henshin stuff, but ..." She shrugs. "I think I like them, now that they aren't ... y'know ... red with corruption. All part of accepting 'Nachtglocke Eins' as part of myself, I suppose."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-14 02:50:52 100272
Mikoto hmmms and nibbles on her own rice-ball. "Probably the best place to start, yes. And I might be able to requisition some blueprints from Umbra." She chuckles lightly, amused by the irony of using their resources to help the escapee. "We can make it a project together."

She nods softly, then, and reaches over to run her hand down one arm, tracing around the markings. "They're part of you. So they're beautiful."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-14 03:09:13 100274
Akari smiles. "Sure!" she says. "... I mean, UMBRA knows about our relationship, but, uh ..." She shrugs. "... Actually, I don't think we can say anything about whether Mister Mysterious knows about our relationship, come to think of it."

She blushes faintly, and nods slowly as Mikoto touches her arm. "Thank you," she says. "It's ... It's part of this whole amazing 'thing' that's happened because of my purification ..." She smiles hesitantly at Mikoto. "... I've never actually ... kissed you in this form before." A pause. "... Is this even still the 'same form' as it was before?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-14 03:10:45 100276
Mikoto considers for a moment, then nods. "Unless Lacrima's told him. Which.. I don't know, really." She shrugs. "Well, we can hope for Lacrima's discretion."

She leans in a little more, closer to Akari. "Well, it's still you, so I think it is. Just without the dark."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-14 03:15:47 100277
Akari nods. "Yeah," she murmurs at the response to the Lacrima comment.

But now she has much more important matters to attend to: she leans in, wraps an arm around Mikoto's shoulders, and kisses her on the lips.
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-14 03:19:00 100280
Mikoto's eyes are bright as she smiles, and she leans in a little more to meet the kiss. She returns it warmly, eyes half-closed, leaning into the kiss to thoroughly enjoy it.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-14 03:34:06 100283
Akari breaks the kiss after a moment, and smiles at her girlfriend. "I love you, Mikoto," she says, dropping the honorifics altogether to denote still greater intimacy. "Um. Thank you for being with me. Thank you for being my girlfriend. I know we've only known each other for ... only a few months. Half a year, almost." She smiles. "Which ... is most of my 'life as Akari', although I do still feel like I'm a sixteen-year-old Knight. But ..." She shakes her head, and grins. "Yeah. You know what I mean."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-14 03:42:51 100284
Mikoto looks down a little as they break apart from the kiss, then back up into Akari's eyes. "I love you, Akari," she whispers back. "Thank you for being there for me, for caring. For choosing me, when the time came." She lowers her head again, forehead brushing Akari's shoulder. "I promise you, I will never stop loving you. Never stop fighting for you. Never stop caring for you."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-14 03:58:17 100287
Akari smiles and nods as Mikoto responds her own thanks ... but her smile begins to fade as she makes her promise.

"... I ... don't know about 'never'," she says. She looks down at herself. "I'm ... No matter how much you or I or anyone else accepts that I'm not human ..." She shrugs. "... I don't age. I was created as 'a sixteen-year-old Knight.' I was sixteen one second after Murano-sensei activated me for the first time, and as far as I know ..."

She looks Mikoto in the eye. "I'll be ... sixteen ... a thousand years from now." She's slightly choked up now, and tears are faintly forming in her eyes. "Whereas ... you'll be lucky to be alive a hundred years from now."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-14 04:02:45 100289
"Then I will grow old and die knowing that I have given you a hundred years of happiness," Mikoto answers. She reaches up and draws two fingertips along Akari's cheek. "And my only regret will be that I cannot give you a hundred more." She leans in and kisses Akari's forehead, then rests back in her seat. "And who knows," she muses. "Maybe the horse will learn to sing."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-14 04:12:50 100291
Akari blushes faintly, and chuckles softly. "... We've only been dating for two months," she says softly. "It seems like forever ... So much has happened in so short a time, it feels like." She looks herself over. "Pretty much all of it has been for the better, aside from the Lacrima business." She shakes her head and smiles weakly. "I'm still kind of reeling."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-14 04:29:23 100293
Mikoto nods, and squeezes Akari's hand again. "Two months is a good beginning," she muses. "It's been a good two months." She has to agree.

"Maybe you need some time to settle in, then... adjust to all the changes." She considers for a moment, then adds, "Maybe we should take a vacation somewhere. Soon as we can get a week away from school... or maybe just a weekend, even. I know a few good hot-springs resorts...."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-14 04:37:43 100294
Akari chuckles. "I don't know," she says. She glances down at herself, and once again takes in the tattoos. "I mean, I've had time to relax in your hideout, but the purification is just the newest big thing." She smiles. "Besides, I don't think I can vacation for too long, I think I contracted hero-itis from Sakura-imouto. And I'm gonna want to try out my new lack-of-darkness once Rubindorn and I are both ready."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-11-14 04:44:02 100296
Mikoto nods, still smiling. "We can put up a barrier and do some sparring, when you're up to it," she muses. "Go for a fly. Find some youma to stomp." She chuckles softly once again. "Meanwhile, you rest, get better."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-14 04:47:00 100297
Akari giggles and nods, and leans back on the bed. "Don't have to tell me twice," she says. "There's no way in hell I'm gonna try to tough out these aches and pains!"

She pauses, and smiles. "Mikoto?" she says. "I feel like I've been saying this a lot, but ... thank you."