I Need Help

Lacrima asks Rashmi for help beating herself up. Yes, really.

Date: 2018-11-18
Pose Count: 10
Lacrima 2018-11-18 20:51:46 100501
Lacrima has texted Rashmi.

    Lacrima> Meet me at the travel terminal up the road from your family's restaurant at 2 AM. Platform D. Important.
    Lacrima> Not a Social Visit. Important.

That's.. ominous to say the least- and just like when she met Fate here the other night, it's raining. A little harder than when she met Fate though. So Lacrima has an umbrella over her as she's dressed in casual clothes. She's sitting on a bench at one of the unused platforms-- Platform D. At least unused this time of night.

The occasional bus still comes in late from some distance place- but not the lonely platform she's sitting at.

There's at least an overhand over the platforms exactly to protect people from such weather.
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-18 21:24:38 100502
Ominous indeed, but Rashmi has known Lacrima long enough, and has enough trust in her, that she pauses her midterm prep long enough to zap out a short reply.

Rashmi> I'll be there!

And back to studying.

When the appointed hour rolls around, Rashmi has her own umbrella out -- clear plastic, with a determinedly-inappropriate suns-and-birds motif -- and the hood of an old faded-black sweatshirt up, leaving only her copper-colored braid poking out from around her neck to identify her.

Without hesitation, she chooses the closest dry spot on the bench she can, and tries to discreetly shake out her umbrella. "What's up, Lacchan?"

No questions, no complaining, no scolding. If it's important enough for Lacrima to ask for an oh-dark-thirty meeting in the rain, it must be important for Rashmi too.
Lacrima 2018-11-18 21:40:10 100503
Lacrima doesn't seem startled by Rashmi's approach, but does look left and right. Like she's making sure they aren't being watched. Or that Rashmi was not followed. She settles when she's sure nothing like that is going on.

"I have a problem." she says. "One that I need help with. One that... I need you to keep- actually secret except from the few other people I asked personally." she says. "And even then..."

She shakes her head.

"I'll get to it, Rashmi. I um.. Hi. By the way." she mutters.

"There is a person named 'Nightbell' that worked for Eclipse, then UMBRA for a really short period." she says. "She wished to leave. As in. 'Quit'." she says. "I have no problem with this. Forcing people to remain who don't wish to is counter productive, you put more resources into keeping them than is worth in the end." she says.

"Regardless, she wished to go by the name 'Akari Hayabusa' and made plans to leave." she says. "Except..."

"...I have orders from... Upper Echelon. The people who control Eclipse." she says. "To bring her back for 'reprogramming'." she says with distaste... a pause.

"Right... Nightbell.. Akari. Is a Belkan Program of some sort. A sentient AI of sorts." she says. "...so. They don't... see her as a person. But a .. thing. An asset. Like... a f***ing computer in a lab." she says.

"....I can't.. disobey. These orders. These are the people that will destroy your life if you disobey them." she says.

"...but... I'm trying to. Stack the deck against me." she says. "Gather people to fight me-- and mean it, when I try to grab her. Because I'm going to need to try. Repeatedly. I can't... half ass this. As it we're..."
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-18 23:26:24 100504
"Yeah I know Nightbell," Rashmi says quietly at first, brows furrowed. As Lacrima tells the story, the redhead nods slowly, intent on following along... but seems to start, visibly, at the name 'Akari Hayabusa.'

"Wait I know her, she... oh wow!"

But whatever prompted that blurt can wait, for Lacchan has more to say. "So okay," she says quietly, as the story winds down. "Let me see if I have this right; Akari-san wants to split from Eclipse, they don't want her to, and they're making *you* responsible for getting her back. And you need to make it a series of fights, so nobody thinks you're being soft on her and just not trying."

Drawing in a deep breath, she lets it out in a long, slow sigh. "Okay. I'm in. And I'll buy dessert after the fights."

Just like that? Just like that.
Lacrima 2018-11-18 23:50:06 100505
Lacrima nods. "That is correct..." she says as she fidgets. "I need people to fight me and not hold back." she says. "Because---right. I need to... actually... try." she says. "It'll be obvious if I'm holding back." she says. "So I need. Friends. People willing to get in my way and also do the same back-- not hold back." she says.

"Because yeah, I'll hurt. But unless purification is involved- none of you can actually kill me, and I'll feel WORSE if I somehow succeed." she mutters.

She shifts again and seems to hide underneath the umbrella a little.

"I really don't like this." she says quietly. "But... Riventon-sama is dead set on remaining. And I owe him a lot." she says quietly.
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-18 23:58:10 100506
At the last, Rashmi's head tilts to one side. "...What does Riventon-san have to do with this, if you don't mind me asking?"

But then she shakes her head, and reaches out to rest a hand on Lacrima's shoulder. "It's okay... And thanks for coming to me with this; you're my friend, and I'm happy to help any way I can."
Lacrima 2018-11-19 00:25:54 100507
Lacrima Shakes her head. "Absolutely nothing." she says softly. "He is..." she looks around. "He is busy." is all she says. "Because I'm the one that signed the initial 'release' papers is why I'm the one being sent out by the 'big wigs' as it we're." she says flatly.

"So we should be lucky it's me and not someone else handling it for now." she says as she rubs a hand up her face.

She sighs a bit. "I told... Fate.. Ami... Hagane... You... Need to ask Alexis-niisan still." she says quietly. "Not sure what he'll say. But it'd really sell it if he was willing to punch me in the face hard enough." she says.

She sighs a bit. "Just..." she shakes her head.
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-19 01:22:02 100508
"I know," Rashmi sighs. "This is super unfair for you, Lacchan... And like I said; I'll do anything I can to help. How long will you need to keep this up, before the bosses will be satisfied, d'you think?"
Lacrima 2018-11-19 01:44:33 100510
Lacrima sighs and looks up at the sky and then back down to the ground. "...I don't know. I'm hoping they'll see it as a waste of resources after a while. Worse is-- them giving this job to some other element of Eclipse that won't care." she says.

"I guess I need to keep at it as long as I can. I've been... ignoring every hint I see of her but I'm going to need to stop ignoring sooner rather than later." she says.

"I dunno where she's staying. But.." she shakes her head. "That's for the better. Find Hagane, she'd know better than I would." she says.

She begins to stand. "Thanks for... coming so late. I won't keep you longer." she says as she looks towards the ground. "Sorry... still. About this." she says. "I should get back. I've been trying to have these meetings in secret but... paranoid. So. Tell others. If you can, but.. keep it. Secret at the same time. Maybe just mention. She needs protection. From me but.. don't mention. I've been seeking it..." she says.
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-19 01:48:31 100511
Rashmi Terios stands up as Lacrima does, and reaches out to take the vampire's hand. "Lacchan... there's nothing to apologize for, y'know? You need help, you got help. That's what friends do, right?" This last, said with a bright, cheery smile. "I'll spread the word, though, and keep your secret. At the very least, I'm sure I can spin it where it's not something you want to do but you have to, if you'd rather. That might help."