On Her Way Out

On her last day at the Waldians' home, Akari has a chat with Fate about joining the Aces.

Date: 2018-11-15
Pose Count: 15
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-15 20:56:31 100382
Rubindorn's repairs are complete, Akari is more-or-less healed, and to Hino's annoyance, she's been sneaking out to the backyard garden since yesterday morning. In short, it's time for Akari to head back home to Mikoto's hideout.

She stands in the middle of the safe room, smiling. "You done with the diagnostic, Rubindorn?" she says.

Her pendant pings. <<JA!>>

Akari nods. "Okay," she says. "Let's do this!"

She's immediately surrounded by a surge of blue light. It briefly glitches out, then simply clears to reveal Akari in her civilian form. The tank top she's been wearing is now a little on the loose side, and she has to adjust her pants. But there she goes. "Whew!"
Fate T. Waldia 2018-11-15 21:12:23 100383
Fate T. Waldia has discovered that Hinote sometimes cares a little too much, but that's because she thinks he's basically vying for future 'Captain of the Guard' or something back on Waldia. It really wouldn't surprise her. She is looking for Akari... who appears to not be in the safe room.

This concerns her a moment, before she pings Bardiche to locate any nearby active devices.

Oh.. oh there she is. Fate gently steps out into the garden area and smiles, just lightly. Never too wide to certain people. Guarded still.

"Hello, Akari-san." she says. "It seems your device is almost repaired?..." she asks softly.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-15 21:18:38 100384
Akari turns to Fate and smiles. "Hi, Fate-san!" she says. "Yeah, the repairs on Ruby are complete now, all that's left is a couple aches and pains in myself." She glances down at herself. "... and now I'm going to have to get used to being twenty-eight centimeters shorter again, heh. I haven't been in my 'Bell' form for multiple days since I quit Eclipse!"

She smiles. "But, yeah. Looks like I won't have to impose on you guys any longer," she adds, and gives Fate a bow. "Once again, thank you so much for everything!"
Fate T. Waldia 2018-11-15 21:42:03 100385
Fate T. Waldia nods. "You're welcome, but you should be thanking Runealy-chan." she says with the same slight smile. "She's the one that removed the dark energy from you, and gave you the safe place." she says. She settles a bit as she places her hands down in front of herself. "If you feel you're ready to leave, that's your choice. I'm sure you're always invited here if you need a safe place." she says.

"There is something I wish to ask however." she offers.

"Nanoha-chan, and I, have been working on gathering people to form a small group... called 'The Aces'..." she says. "During the.. Jewel Seed crisis. There was a lot of splintering and... Nanoha-chan needed time to gather people to stop Precia. If there had been a group like... what she and I are trying to create. We could had acted faster. Stopped something horrible from happening." she says just a little gravely to herself.

"...I'm wondering if you'd be interested in helping us?" she asks.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-15 21:52:29 100386
Akari smiles and nods. "Oh, sure, but I feel like all of you have been a great help just for being there!" she says. "I will thank her the next change I get, though."

And then Fate lays out her invitation.

Akari considers this a moment. "Hmm ... Is this a Virtue thing, or is it separate?" she says. "I mean ... I really don't feel entirely comfortable joining Virtue at the moment, since I sort of ..." She shrugs uncomfortably; there's guilt in her eyes. "Well, I was still a 'bad guy', the kind of person Virtue specifically fought against, until about a month ago."
Fate T. Waldia 2018-11-15 21:58:13 100387
"The opposite." she says. "This is not a 'Virtue' thing. or a TSAB thing. Or an Eclipse thing..." she feels specified to add. "This is a group of people, from different backgrounds, and these factions who want to work together towards a common goal, and bettering themselves." she says. "Practicing, and working on things together- and when something happens... that threatens a lot of us..." she says quietly.

"We'll work together, regardless-- of where we come from." she adds.

"There's ground rules. Of course. Many of us have problems with one another. But the idea is to... hold up. In an old convience store as a common neutral ground." she says softly. "-I believe it's one that Runealy is familiar with. I still need to talk about it with her." she says softly.

"But I trust Nanoha to make it safe for everyone. Or she'll probably 'Starlight Breaker' those who make it unsafe." she says, a slight smile again.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-15 22:15:25 100388
Akari nods thoughtfully. "Hmm ..." She looks holds up her pendant. "I dunno, what do you think, Rubindorn?"

<<ES KONNTE HILFREICH SEIN!>> says the cutesy version of Akari's voice.

Akari nods slowly. "Hmm. Okay," she says. "If it's for the common good, I think I'd be willing to work with anyone."

She peers down at her Rubindorn-pendant. "The one complication I can think of is if we meet someone from UMBRA, or anyone else who from Eclipse whose standing orders for 'what to do if you cross paths with ... Hayabusa' is 'capture on sight.'" She shrugs. "But if no one attacks me, I won't attack anyone else."
Fate T. Waldia 2018-11-16 00:24:42 100390
Fate T. Waldia shakes her head. "I wouldn't worry about that. Have you ever been to Mamoru Chiba's place? That penthouse..." she says. "Similar rules, enforced." she says softly. "Would be her idea." she says as she relaxes a little.

"So I wouldn't worry, about someone deciding to use this as an excuse to trap you." she says. "Me, Nanoha and Rashmi are all going to enforce these rules, I believe." she says.

"So anyone coming in is.. erm..."

"I think Arf would tell me 'cruisin for a brusing'..." she says as she taps ehr bottom chin a little. "I don't quite get Earth collaquisms quite yet." she adds. "I'm technically Mid-Chidian. Earth is not my birth planet. Well technically. A dimensional void where my mo-- Precia's lab used to be. Would be my birthplace." she says softly.

"But my genetics are Mid-Chidan."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-16 00:36:23 100391
Akari shakes her head. "Sakura-imouto gave me Chiba-san's address, basically as an alternative safe-house, but I haven't been there." She shrugs. "I understand the sentiment, though. If the rules are being enforced, then we won't have any trouble." She smiles. "Actually, I'd offer to help with the enforcement, but I don't have any practical knowledge of my, uh, post-purification capabilities yet."

She smiles and nods. "And my birthplace is technically in Frau Doktor's lab on Earth, but I was 'born' with Belkan genetics and life-knowledge," she says. "I caught on fast, because I was programmed to do that for my 'infiltration mode,' and my first month or so at school was kind of rocky." She shrugs. "But basically, that's another thing you and I have in common!"
Fate T. Waldia 2018-11-16 00:52:58 100392
Fate T. Waldia nods. "People are... mostly kind here. I have not had many people be antagonistic towards me. Even when I was fighting for m-- Precia. People still tried to help me." she says ever so quietly. "Runealy, asked me for help repairing a barrier, back 'home'-- home being. Waldia. Now." she says. "-I did. But I didn't really stick around. I'm technically a criminal here. I don't think the TSAB will come here, but if they do, I have a problem. I think Nanoha and Runealy and everyone could convience them otherwise of things."

"But.. I didn't want to tarnish names or places with my prescene." she says.

"...did you know that kids argue over who gets to play who in pretend games over there? Of us? It is silly to hear about."

"Mainly because I think I am a poor role model." she honestly says. She crosses her arms. "I'll let Nanoha know you're interested. Do you have a way to contact you? Anyone she could contact to reach you? I think she knows Mikoto. I'm not sure on that." she says.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-16 00:59:38 100393
Akari nods. "I definitely won't be much help convincing the TSAB of anything, considering I'm basically a Lost Logia myself," she says. She smiles. "I can believe you have kids fighting over who gets to be you, though," she adds. "That's just the life of a princess. I think ... Clara Meriva might have gotten into that sort fight over who got to be who in the Saint Kings, and she ... ended up not liking them at all, near as I can tell."

She nods. "Takamachi-san knows Mikoto-chan," she says. "I can give you my number, but I've been meaning to have my phone replaced so Eclipse can't use it to track me or whatever, so it's probably best to go through her instead." Another smile. "You know, I'd never really thought past quitting Eclipse and getting purified. This might just be the first step in figuring out what to do with my life!"
Fate T. Waldia 2018-11-16 01:15:30 100394
Fate T. Waldia says. "Don't let yourself be... pulled in by existential crisis." she takes a deep breath. "Nanoha-chan had to walk me through a good deal of them early on when... when the Jewel Seed crisis was all over. I didn't know... how to be someone's friend. How to... live like a normal human being." she says quietly.

"One day, at a time. Was what Nanoha's mother taught me, when I was living with them.".

A little, orange pup bounds out the open door and begins pawing at Fate's leg a little. "Fattteee I'm hungry!" Fate looks down. "...I just fed you before I came out here.". Arf whines. "I'm still hungry.". She sighs and leans down and picks up the pup and pokes the pup's nose. "You're not going to starve to death." she says.

A pause. "This is Arf. My familiar. As I mentioned about the puppy running around the other day."

"Hi, do you have food?" asks Arf.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-16 01:20:25 100395
Akari nods. "Yeah, that's just how I've been doing it," she says. "I took one day at a time when I thought my 'Akari' identity was just for infiltration and ... the other me was my real self." She smiles. "It definitely took the edge out of the huge existential nightmare when I figured out who I really was!"

She chuckles at the puppy! "Yeah, hello, Arf," she says. "I don't have any food on me, sorry. I'm Akari Hayabusa, y'know, the girl who spent the entire week hiding in the safe room up there?"
Fate T. Waldia 2018-11-16 01:25:59 100396
"Hi!" goes Arf. "I'm Arf! It's short for Arf!" she says. "Safe room, I remember that. No windows. Stuffy." she says. Fate sighs a bit. "I think she needs to go for a walk. or play. So. I'm going to need to go handle that. I feel so lucky for Nanoha-chan. Her 'familiar' isn't really one, just a boy using a shapeshifting spell to be a ferret. More down to Earth." she says.

"Yuuno's a big jerk." says Arf. Fate takes a deep breath. "Yes, walk time." she says as she looks back to Akari. "Do you need anything before I go handle dog care?" she asks.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-16 01:30:26 100397
Akari chuckles at Fate's antics, and nods. "I don't personally feel the need for a familiar yet," she says. "Though ... that might change some day. Who knows?"

She shakes her head and smiles. "I think I'll be fine until it's time to leave," she says. "Mikoto-chan will want to see me home. Good luck with the dog-walking for now!" she adds.

Rubindorn pings. <<AUF WIEDERSEHEN!>> Goodbye!