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Date: 2018-11-20
Pose Count: 32
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-20 19:04:28 100646
Midterms are finally over. Thank whatever deity, empowering agent, or mascot you care to thank.

With midterms over, it's once again safe to a) pull one's head out of one's own textbooks, and b) visit the ECFH, because however crushing high school midterms are, they very likely aren't a patch on the tests a medical student has to take. And when one is paying a social call, it's only polite to bring a gift for the house.

Luckily, when one is the daughter of restauranteurs specializing in food from another country, one's gift can consist of exotic and delicious sweets.

In open defiance of accepted protocol, Rashmi knocks on the door to Mamoru's apartment, then opens it. "Hello?" she calls, as she exchanges her shoes for house slippers. "I brought snacks, if anyone's hungry!"
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-20 19:10:53 100647
    While it is common to find the ECFH bustling with activity (five people live there, three more live just downstairs, and several others have semi-resident status) it is equally common to find it practically deserted, because all of those people are quite busy these days, between university and high school and work and everything else. It seems like, at least at the moment, the latter condition is the one Rashmi is walking into, the large apartment quiet and empty.

    Well, almost-empty, because there's a banging of cabinets from the kitchen, followed by Kyouko's voice drifting out, "Hello? Oh, is that Rashmi? Sorry, like, nobody's here right now for some reason, but if you wanna drop whatever you brought on the counter I promise not ta eat it all before they show up!"
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-20 19:22:55 100649
"... appreciate you helping me get here," Akari is saying to Millie as they step out of the elevator a ways behind Rashmi. Today, the tall Belkan girl is wearing a casual dress and a blue jacket.

Oh, and Rubindorn's hanging around her neck in pendant form, but the gem is a rosier shade of pink than those who've seen it before might expect.

"I mean. Thank you for telling me about Lacrima-san's apology, I'm feeling a little less paranoid now," she adds. "But I'd still greatly prefer not just wandering around alone, even if this place in particular is my destination."

She pauses apprehensively at the 'USE THIS ONE' door sign. "This is the place, right?" she says softly.
Millie White 2018-11-20 19:34:41 100650
Millie smiled kindly as Akari thanked her, softly shaking her head. "Don't worry about it. I swore, didn't I?" It was true, she had sworn to protect Akari, and that wasn't something the Canuck took lightly. Millie wore her usual casual attire (did she own any other clothes?) despite the chillier fall weather. That morning she had texted Akari to let her know about Lacrima, and now the two found themselves outside the ECFH. Akari sounded apprehensive, and Millie couldn't contain a chuckle.

"Yeah, this is the place. C'mon, Hayabusa-san." With that Millie knocked politely three times on the door before moving to open it. Hopefully she wasn't breaking any rule by opening the door, but from what she had seen last night, she reckoned it would be fine.
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-20 19:40:23 100651
"Oh hi Kyouko-chan!" Rashmi chirps as she bops into the kitchen, already unslinging the delivery bag from her shoulder. "And don't worry; I got two boxes, the boys' are clearly labeled and going in the fridge."

And so it is! One bakery-style box, labeled with 'FOR BOYS' popped in the fridge, and another set onto the counter, as Rashmi gives Kyouko a cheery smile. "Now you get a bigger share! So how've you been, anyway? It's been a while."

Her head cocks, as the door is knocked on and opened, and a new face enters the apartment. "Hi there~!"
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-20 19:46:35 100652
    Kyouko might give Rashmi a bit of a look at the -chan, a suffix few attribute to her, but she doesn't comment on it, instead merely smirking faintly at the now-seemingly-common practice of bringing twice as much food to make sure that some is actually left for the intended recipients. Wise, of course.

    A shrug at the question. "Can't complain. It's been a while cuz there ain't been any world-shattering disasters that require huge all-hands meetings, which I guess I can only consider a good thing."

    She looks over as the door opens again, raising a brow. "Millie again? Who's your friend?" She asks, as she grabs her steaming tea mug (the original reason she was in the kitchen) and carries it out into the living area, barefoot but wearing the jeans and black t-shirt that is her everyday 'uniform' and probably means she's going to work later.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-20 19:54:53 100653
Akari smiles and nods. "Yeah," she says softly. "Honestly, I'm just glad to have more people I can count on."

She steps in after Millie, and ... immediately tenses up. "Oh, uh ... hi, Terios-san!" she says nervously, giving her a little wave, while wondering furiously if Rashmi knows, or whether the sight of Rubindorn hanging around her neck is about to be a surprise. Once she realized that she'd basically been an aggressive darkness-monster, she never stopped feeling bad about smashing Rashmi through a building, and she now discovers that she feels even worse now than she had already.

She glances at Millie. Okay, the unfamiliar redhead just asked Millie to introduced her. Akari nervously clams up for a moment.
Millie White 2018-11-20 20:08:11 100654
Millie blinked at the sudden hello but recovered quickly, offering a quick polite bow in greeting. Akari stepped in behind her and she quietly closed the door behind them. At Kyouko's 'greeting', Millie scratched the back of her head sheepishly before introducing her friend.

"Me again, sorry Kyouko." She started, remembering what the redhead had said about honorifics. "This is my friend Hayabusa-san." Encouragingly, Millie patted Akari's shoulder as if nudging her to say hello. It was clear that Akari was nervous, so Millie kept her hand on her shoulder as a show of support. Her smile was lopsided but warm as she also turned to the girl she didn't know. "I'm Millie White. It's a pleasure to meet you."
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-20 20:21:10 100655
And in reply, the dark-skinned redhead dips a brief bow to Millie, her smile bright and genuine. "It's a pleasure to meet you too, White-san! I'm Rashmi Terios... And I already know Akari-chan," she says, chuckling. "My parents' restaurant hosted her last birthday party."

Which is, apparently, a signal for Nicomachea to blip off a quick ping to Rubindorn, contining a quick message for Akari.

<< Lacchan talked to me a couple days ago, it's okay. I know what happened, and I'm part of your protection now. >>

And she turns to grin at Kyouko. "It has been nice just having midterms grinding down on the soul... Dunno about you, but I intend to enjoy the reprieve, y'know?"
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-20 20:26:20 100656
    Kyouko rolls her eyes toward Rashmi, more of an expression towards the world at large than directed at the girl's words. "It's nice not have to sleep with one eye open, but I start going a little stir-crazy if I don't got anybody to fight for a long enough time. Still, mid-level villainy that requires stabbing but doesn't actually threaten the world would be a welcome change of pace."

    She sips from her tea as she eyes Akari from across the room, then shrugs. "Well, Hayabusa-san," She says, going with the more formal name that Millie used, "I'm sure you've already heard, which is why you're here, but this is a safe space. And I mean that literally. No fighting, no grudges, and no sneaky plotting on the premises. You know, unless it's us sneakily plotting to take down some badguy but." A mild shrug. "The point is, behave yourself, and you're welcome here and you'll be safe while you're here."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-20 20:35:20 100657
Akari takes half a step closer to Millie at the hand on her shoulder, but after she gets the telepathic message, she visibly relaxes. But only slightly. "Yeah, um, hi," she says, bowing to Kyouko. "I'm Akari Hayabusa, I, uh, pleased to meet you!"

She nods along with Kyouko's spiel, looking thoughtful for a moment. She looks over at Rashmi, then back to Kyouko, and says, "I'm a Belkan robot brain-scan hologram thing who got salvaged from the Dusk Zone by Eclipse, who put me to work under the codename ... 'Nightbell' ..." She sounds visibly uncomfortable saying the name. "... and when I decided to quit last month because I realized I care more about my sort-of-adoptive sister Sakura Kinomoto than about being Eclipse's asset, the shadowy figure who got me into Eclipse sent out orders for me to be captured and taken back in. For 'reprogramming.'" She looks like the thought makes her ill.

"And so, yeah, I understand about those rules, it's why Sakura-imouto recommended this place to me." She smiles nervously. "I intend to follow the rules perfectly to the letter and spirit."
Millie White 2018-11-20 20:45:00 100658
Hosted her last birthday party? That was a weird way to know somebody or know of somebody, but after a few moments Akari relaxed slightly and that was good enough for her. As Akari explained the situation and why she was here, Millie squeezed her shoulder gently before letting go. Akari definitely had this. The Cure took a quick peek around the room, noting how empty it seemed in comparison to last night.

"I guess everyone else is out, Kyouko? I know I've only been here once, but it's kinda weird seeing this place empty." She joked. To be fair, the one time she had been here, there had been poison drinking and dramatic henshins that may or may not have smelled like cinnamon buns. Basically anything was calmer and emptier that that.
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-20 20:58:02 100659
"My parents own a restaurant a few blocks away," Rashmi explains for Millie's benefit, gesturing to the bakery-style box on the counter bearing the stamp of the Korma Chameleon, as well as the restaurant's violently adorable mascot.. "Shiitennou and Senshi get first dibs, but, I brought some sweets from the restaurant for everyone if you'd like."

Opening the box, she reveals a small pile of spongy, glistening, Twinkie-shaped desserts, smelling sweetly of roses. "I kind of hope you're not lactose intolerant, because most of Papi's desserts are made from paneer-- think cottage cheese, but pressed and kneaded like dough. This is called 'chom chom,' and Papi used rosewater for flavoring."

Explanations made, she steps away from the counter, grinning. "So where are you from, White-san? I want to guess American, but I'd probably be wrong so I'm not even going to try."
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-20 21:03:54 100660
    Kyouko's eyes glaze over slightly at Akari's explanation of her circumstances, of which she understands very little due to knowing jack-all about Devices and Belkans and stuff except for the very basic understanding that they talk and give you superpowers. She does manage to glean that this person is an ex-Eclipse employee, which makes her scowl slightly, because she has never been particularly fond of Eclipse members, ex-or-otherwise. But she knows better than to anatagonize, at least if she doesn't want a lecture later. "Well, like I said," She says, in a moderated tone, "Behave yourself, and you'll be safe here. Rules are posted on the fridge." She points. "But it basically boils down to 'don't start shit.'"

    She looks at Millie as the girl comments on how empty the place is right now, and shrugs. "It's the middle of the day. Everybody attends school or university or whatever. Myself, I gotta get to work in a bit so I'll be heading out too. Unfortunately none of us have the time to just hang around here all day.. which is why the door stays unlocked." A grin.

    Then Rashmi is revealing desserts, so she goes over to snag one, taking a bit and saying with her mouth full, "Mmf, that's real good, tell your Papi thanks from us."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-20 21:15:02 100661
Akari just looks generally relieved to have gotten that off her chest. "Got it!" she says, although the scowl does make her wary. Rubindorn pings and the gem flickers, as the Device helpfully scans the list of rules for future perusal.

She smiles at Rashmi. "I can vouch for the Korma Chameleon," she says, taking a bit of chom chom for herself. "They do good stuff. I've had it a few times after the birthday, too." Mikoto brought home takeout at the beginning of the month, Fate brought some home to Runealy's safe room last week ...

She looks at Rashmi and hesitates, but ... she decides she can't just keep it inside her. "Um. Sorry again, by the way," she says nervously. "I just discovered that I feel even worse about ... knocking you around back in June." She shrugs, and slumps slightly. "Must've been either getting purified, or just realizing that 'Akari' was my real self and I just hadn't seen you since then."
Millie White 2018-11-20 21:24:26 100662
Millie understood exactly zero percent of what Rashmi explained about paneer, but what she did understand was that the sweets looked and smelled amazing. Already she could feel herself salivating, but she politely held back until everyone who wanted one had taken one. When Rashmi asked where she was from, Millie chuckled.

"Close. I'm Canadian. We're basically America's hat on the map." She said matter-of-factly before carefully taking a chom chom and biting into it. "Holy smokes, these are delicious Terios-san! Your Papi is a baking genius." She complimented. The foreigner quickly but politely finished the dessert before looking back at Kyouko.

"Makes sense. You did warn me that the folks here could get pretty busy when you gave me the card." Millie noted. Her gaze went to Akari now as she apologized to Rashmi for some sort of altercation in June. Instinctively Millie shifted a little closer to Akari, just in case she needed a bit of support, but said nothing.
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-20 21:34:02 100663
"Not a problem!" Rashmi chirps, beaming at Kyouko, then chuckles at Millie. "Canadian, got it. Your Japanese is really good, though. I've been learning English, but when you grow up around Japanese and Hindi, a lot of the sounds are just hard to wrap your brain around, y'know? And Papi doesn't just make sweets; he's the head chef, and Mami grows and mixes all the spices. Which is good, because when you run a curry shop spice quality is super important."

At which point her eyes go to Akari, and the redhead reaches out, resting a hand on Akari's shoulder. "Hey... I said it was okay last time, didn't I? Stop beating yourself up over it; I'm not taking it personally except as a reason to do better, and you've got enough to deal with as it is. So apology accepted, but you don't need to anymore."
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-20 21:35:28 100664
    Kyouko finishes her dessert, and then glances at the clock. "Aw crap, I gotta go or I'll be late for work." She gulps the rest of her tea, puts the cup in the sink, then hastens over to the door. "Everybody behave and you're welcome to hang out as long as you like." She says, with a wave of her hand, before walking over to the balcony door and opening it. Casually, after shutting the door again, she walks to the railing and vaults over it, vanishing out of sight a moment later.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-20 21:45:56 100665
Akari smiles over at Millie. "To be honest, I'm kind of glad I came here for the first time at a more quiet time," she murmurs. "At least, from what little I've heard of last night."

She tenses up slightly as Rashmi puts a hand on her shoulder, but she quickly relaxes and nods. "It's just ..." She shakes her head. "I didn't get much of a chance to do anything much under Eclipse, but I guess I ..." She shrugs uncertainly.

Her pendant pings. <<SIE FUHLEN SICH ALLGEMEIN SCHLECHT?>> Rubindorn's voice sounds like a cutesy version of Akari's.

Akari nods. "Yeah, I guess so," she says. "I feel bad in general," she adds by way of translation.

She waves goodbye to Kyouko, and blinks as the redhead just jumps over the railing, then giggles softly. "... I sometimes wish I could fly in this form, too," she murmurs.
Millie White 2018-11-20 21:56:41 100666
The tips of Millie's ears flush at the compliment, and the brunette rubbed the back of her neck sheepishly."I had a year to learn before I got here. I know it could use some work, I speak slowly and with an accent. Still, could be worse. And I apologize, your Papi is a culinary genius." She made sure to correct herself, giving Rashmi's Papi credit where credit was due. Kyouko then mentioned she had to go and, once again, fell off the balcony. At least this time it wasn't after getting tangled up in magical shoujo hair. The tall girl tunes back into the conversation when Akari mentions flight.

"At least you've figured flight out at all." She mumbles good naturedly back at Akari with a grin.
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-20 22:02:27 100667
"We-e-ell," Rashmi says, picking a sweet for herself and grinning, "let me know one day, and I can show you how. ...I mean I'll need to cast a spell on you first so you can fly, but... Honestly it's pretty amazing, and if you're magic you ought to at least try it once." Taking a bite of her chom chom, she looks up and smiles. "It's one of those things that really go a long way toward making up for.... baaaaaaasically a twelve-sided secret guerrilla war, at least in Tokyo."

Glancing at Akari, Rashmi shakes her head. "And that's good that you know what you did wrong, but just feeling bad isn't going to help anyone, least of all you. You wanted another chance, and you got it, Akari-chan. Now...? Now you just need to do the right thing whenever possible."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-20 22:10:20 100668
Akari shrugs and smiles faintly. at Millie's comment about flight. "It's basically just a natural ability I have," she says. "I, uh ..." She glances at Rashmi. "My creators based me on this legend about a group of living magical program knights -- that's the term for what I am, 'living magical program' -- and while the different versions always had different details, all of them agreed that they could fly."

Akari nods to Rashmi. "I understand that," she says. "I ... hmm." She thinks about this a moment. "... I guess it's just the fact that I haven't seen you since our conversation on the rooftop, and it just suddenly hit me when I saw you here." She smiles weakly. "... My creators deliberately programmed me to be bad at understanding my feelings, so it's been a struggle to sort them out in general. Aside from love," she adds. "Love has ironically been the easy part."

She looks back at Millie. "Y'know, I just realized I don't know much about the abilities of Pretty Cures, except that you have purification power," she says. "And that you in particular do shields. For all I know, flight is just one of your natural powers." She shrugs. "Or you might just be stuck on the ground without someone to give you flight magic, and have to rely on just super-fast running and jumping."
Millie White 2018-11-20 22:19:31 100669
Millie listened to both Rashmi and Akari on the concepts of flight, both on how it felt and the general question on the abilities of Pretty Cures. A thoughtful expression overtook her features and she crossed her arms over her chest.

"As far as I understand it, we just... make up attacks. I think? That's what I've been doing anyway. I think Cures have the ability to fly as well, but I've never actually done it myself. Workin' on it though!" She reassured with a grin before nodding to Rashmi.

"Thanks for the offer though, Terios-san." So far she liked this Rashmi. The way she treated Akari with compassion even though they had a complicated history brought a gentle smile to her face. Akari's sister had been right to tell Akari of this place. She had only been here twice and even she knew that this was the best place for Akari; among friends.
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-20 22:25:59 100670
"Well you're in luck, Akari-chan; just about nobody is good at understanding feelings, and even if you practice it's easy to screw it up." Patting Akari's shoulder again, she moves away, looking about the kitchen. "....Does anyone want tea? I've been backup hostess enough I know where everything is, I can make some."

It does, at least, appear that she would like tea, because she immediately starts to fill the kettle. "Anytime, White-san! Seriously just say the word, Akari-chan or I could even make it so nobody would ever even notice you practicing."
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-20 22:38:12 100671
Akari blinks at Millie. "Well, that's interesting!" she says. "Intelligent Devices usually have a specific set of spells for you to use. And while you can come up with new ones, you can't just whip them up from your own imagination, your Device needs to have a mathematical understanding of how they actually work."

She grins at Rashmi. "Don't I know it, Rashmi-chan!" she says. "My understanding of 'who is Akari Hayabusa' has just been ... instinctual. Which has been working for me. But yeah." Now that they've gotten over that hurdle, Akari is almost surprised at how easy it is to think of Rashmi as an actual friend, but she doesn't mind. "And yeah, tea sounds like a great idea!"

At Rashmi's other suggestion, she nods to Millie. "Yeah, I actually got my time-space barrier spell from Rashmi-chan's Intelligent Device, Nicomachea," she says. "Her Device is ... Did I explain that there were two different types of Device on Earth? I'm from Ancient Belka, Nicomachea is from a current interstellar civilization called Midchilda."
Millie White 2018-11-20 22:45:51 100672
Millie smiled warmly at Rashmi when she offered to make tea, inclining her head politely to show her interest. Akari's surprise at how the Pretty Cure abilities worked actually got a laugh from her, the sound rumbling from her chest.

"Thanks, but I think I can figure it out. I was really surprised how the PreChanMirror works too. I knew I needed a shield and then poof, there was a shield." She paused, her expression going blank for a moment as she blinked. "... why haven't I tried to make a sword yet. That would have been really helpful." The Canadian smacked a palm against her face as if she were the biggest idiot around.

When Akari asked if she had explained the types of devices, and she shook her head. "I know that Devices are intelligent, talk in some kind of German, and grant their owners magic. That's about it I'm afraid." She looked apologetic for not knowing, even though there really was no feasible way for her to learn until now.
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-20 23:56:29 100673
"Close," Rashmi chuckles. "The short version is, it's alien space magic. The less-short version is, there's two main space nations who use Devices; Midchilda, and Belka. Belkans are the Space Germans, Midchilda is Space English." The redhead fishes about in her bookbag, and lifts up a small, chintzy yellow and red charm, like something one would get from a prize machine to put on their cellphone. "Nicomachea, come say hello?"

The charm glows a warm yellow, obscuring all but its outline... which grows and warps, stretching out into an object the size of a huge book... And when the glow disappears, that is in fact what is in Rashmi's hands; an armored book the size of a huge science textbook, detailed in gold and green, with a great red 'glass' cabochon in the center. A cabochon that glows and chimes, as the book speaks.


...It says, with the voice of a tweed-wearing literature professor, and the diction of a misprogrammed Siri.
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-21 00:08:03 100674
Akari smiles and nods. "Well, if you can figure out a sword, that'd definitely help with the offensive capabilities," she says. "It'd definitely help with the, uh, Lacrima-situation if you have a non-purification option, if you can do it that way." She shrugs.

Akari nods to Rashmi. "The only thing I'd add to that is that Belkan Armed Devices tend to be weapons, and Midchildan Intelligent Devices tend to be more like ... multitools," she says. "And they're nonlethal by default, basically."

Rubindorn remains in its pendant form, and pings at Nicomachea. <<HALLO!>>
Millie White 2018-11-21 00:15:12 100675
The Canuck grinned at the mention of the sword. If she could make a shield she could make a sword, right? Her expression was kind but serious at the mention of Lacrima. Non-purification magic only, she didn't want to actually hurt the poor vampire.

"Hey you two, it's nice to meet you!" She said in response to the two devices, waving awkwardly but not wanting to be rude. Her eyes fell on the clock across from Rashmi and Millie's brow quirked. She took out what looked like a green and black smartphone with no buttons, the time appearing on the face as if she willed it to show her the time.

"I should get going soon, I wanted to get a patrol in tonight." She announced, placing the Cure Line back into her pocket. She looked to Akari with a kind but serious expression. "Is there anywhere else you'd like to go, Hayabusa-san? I'd be happy to escort you."
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-21 00:20:06 100676
*bing!* << GREETINGS, SUBJECT (RUBINDORN), >> Nicomachea answers, speaking the name in a recording of Akari's voice, as Rashmi nods. "Speaking of. Akari-chan, you have my permission to have Rubindorn ping Nicomachea whenever you're in trouble. Lacchan's my friend, but I've also tolder over and over that if I have to fight her there won't be any hard feelings after. So if you need a shield, I guess you've got two!"
Akari Hayabusa 2018-11-21 00:25:29 100677
Akari nods to Millie. "Back home is fine," she says dryly. "Although ... let me know when you're going out on patrol, I think I might consider joining you!"

She just giggles at Nicomachea's use of her own voice, and Rubindorn snickers. "Okay, thank you," she says, nodding to Rashmi. "I'm still getting over my surprise at how many people are willing to just come out and help me, but ... yeah." She smiles. "I'll definitely keep you in mind!"
Millie White 2018-11-21 00:34:03 100678
Millie nodded to Akari, she could definitely walk the girl home. At the news that she might want to join her for the patrol, a grin spread across her face. It was always more fun, and safer, to be in numbers, but inwardly she worried about Akari and it showed. Would she be alright in a fight so soon after her purification? She'd just have to keep a closer eye on her, just in case.

"Of course, Hayabusa-san. I'll text you when I plan to head out." With that Millie turned to Rashmi with a smile. "Thanks for the sweets, and for forgiving Hayabusa-san. It really was nice meeting you. If you ever need help, don't hesitate to call. My other name is Cure Shield." With that she quickly gave Rashmi her phone details so that she could contact her if she needed to.

"Ready to go?" She asked, turning to Akari.