Hard Favors

Lacrima asks Alexis to punch her when she has to eventually go after Akari. Alexis naturally does not like this even a little.

Date: 2018-11-23
Pose Count: 15
Lacrima 2018-11-23 23:46:08 100833
    Lacrima> Hey nii-san.
    Lacrima > Meet me on the end of the pier in Uminari. Near the amusement park? Important. At 3 AM.

Well, Lacrima wants to meet with Alexis.. at the end of a pier. At 3 AM. Either she wants a late night sister/brother fishing trip in the dead of late fall or she has important information to pass on. Since fishing is unlikely, it's probably information.

Lacrima is sat down in casual clothing at the end of a pier, late at night in 3 AM. There's lights-- but all the stalls and stores along the pier's boardwalk are very much closed- save for a late night ramen cart setup near the entrance.

She's sat at a bench there and looking overtly perturbed and overly depressed at the same time. She's wearing a light jacket. It is a little chilly out-- and while the cold doesn't matter to her, it'd stand out if she didn't make a token effort to attempt to 'look warm'.
Stahlritter 2018-11-24 00:00:00 100836
    Alexis> I will be there.

    That's the only response she got from her adopted big brother. She can probably expect that he wouldn't assume it to be anything other than giving some relatively serious information.
    At 3AM, even in Tokyo, foot traffic is relatively light. AT least so it is at the piers, where the cold air from the ocean tends to hit in pretty damn sharply. It's probably precisely because of that, that when 3AM hits, it's technically not Alexis that comes at the meeting spot.
    No, rather, a large, dark Knight in a sleeveless coat lands down besides the bench, lowering down into a low crouch to ease the impact of the landing-- surprisingly graceful despite his size, weight, and the probably distance he actually just travelled vertically. This is probably not all that surprising either. She already heard him say, once before, that he identifies less as Alexis now.
    And more as Stahlritter.
Lacrima 2018-11-24 01:03:00 100856
Lacrima startles when Stahlritter lands besides her because they're at the end of a pier and there is no tall buildings from which to land from nearby and she about to jumps out of her skin. Or she would. If she technically had skin. And not a dark energy shell that just looks like has it.

"Oh jeeze." she says rapidly. "It's you." she says. "I did not expect a landing approach." she says. She settles on the bench again as she crosses her arms and then gets quiet again as she fidgets. "Do you know of someone named 'Nightbell'?" she asks. "Or Akari Hayabusa?" she asks quietly. "Before I begin?"
Stahlritter 2018-11-24 01:14:57 100857
    "It wasn't easy," rumbles Stahlritter's augmented voice as he straightens himself up to standing more upright, to his imposing full height. He doesn't move to sit down on the bench, like her, instead remaining standing just besides it. Close enough to speak easily, at least.
    Then she mentions that name, there's an obvious stiffening in his stance. "...That one hurt Rashmi," he states, bluntly. "What of 'em?"
Lacrima 2018-11-24 01:37:03 100858
Lacrima head tilts. "Mmmh..." she keeps her arms crossed. She sighs a bit and sulks some more. "...Right..." she says quietly. "...She was hired by UMBRA not too long ago." she says. "But--" she says. "She'd been wanting to leave. UMBRA. Eclipse. To stop doing... the things she was doing before." she says quietly.

"-- and. I had no problem with this. I made sure it could happen. But..."

"The people that run Eclipse. People way higher than me... Riventon or even your mother--- want her brought back for... Reprogramming." a pause.

"I don't know if you know this. But she's a living Belkan program. She's sentient. A person. But... well. Eclipse doesn't see it that way. She's a rogue piece of property now and---"

"Because I'm the one that handled the work to start her release-- which they declined- they want me to bring her back." she fidgets. "This isn't like upsetting your mother. If it was anyone lower on the totem pole, I wouldn't care what they wanted. But..." she shakes her head. "I can't disobey these people..." she says.

"So... I'm looking for..." she says.

"I'm looking for people to be there to protect her when I need to come after her. To fight me. To.. ACTUALLY fight me. Because I can't... half ass my own attempts. They'll know." she says.
Stahlritter 2018-11-24 01:51:14 100859
    It's hard to tell what the Knight's expression is, thanks to that helmet. He remains silent for a good, long moment, once she has finished saying all that. THe fiery orange of the visor turns towards the ocean in the horizon, arms lifting up to folding up together over his plated chest.
    "If you cannot disobey them because they are too high in that organization," he rumbles out, eventually. "Then what beholds you to that organization in the first place, if you disagree with them?"
Lacrima 2018-11-24 02:01:51 100860
Lacrima frowns. "The person who primarily got me stabilized works for them. So I work for him." she says quietly. "Do you remember. When I turned my bracelet off?" she asks, motioning to the flow control bracelet. "I used to be that way all the time. I hated it." she says. "Riventon was able to design this. Help me... get my mind grounded." she says quietly.

"I would probably not even be here right now, speaking to you, if it wasn't for him- I'd just be... some cackling asshole or dead." she says.

"They also have the means with which to take care of my specific physiology. I hate to tell you this, nii-san, but a dark energy creature like myself just can't walk into the Mitakihara Public if something is wrong with them." she says quietly.

"It isn't... as easy. As just. Leaving." she says.

"So I'm trying to... stack the deck against me." she says. "Until I can figure this out."

"Because really, at the bare minimum it's a waste of resources to try to force someone who doesn't want to remain, to stay and a liability at that and at the worst it's wrong to fricken brainwash people..." she mutters.
Stahlritter 2018-11-24 02:11:14 100861
    "Mmrrrrh," Stahlritter grunts with obvious frustration.
    "One day," he growls then. "We will have to talk about setting up a support system for you that isn't tied world-dominating maniacs. So shit like this won't be a problem anymore."
    Steadily, his voice seems to grow darker-- even beyond what's already made so by the augmentation in his helmet. "And we can tear them all down, starting from mom and dad."
    He slowly pivots along his heel to face her more fully, his visor directing down to her once more. "So, what then?" He asks. "You want me to punch you several times in the open?"
Lacrima 2018-11-24 02:16:55 100862
Lacrima scoffs. "Not for no reason. But." she says. "If she needs to be protected. I want you to stop me." she says quietly. "What she was doing..." she says quietly. "It was people taking advantage of these.. dumb directives that we're programmed into her." she says bluntly.

"--that and a heavy dark energy contamination of being stuck some many hundreds of years in the Dusk Zone, since she was created by Belkans and somehow ended up in the Dusk Zone in a lab accident and was found there in an inactive state-- When all ancient Belkans are dead now.." she says.

"I don't know her current state. I've been avoiding all contact until I have enough people willing to punch me in the butt when I need to actually make a move-- and besides..."

"This is better than someone else wanting to try to grab her that may actually want to succeed." she says quietly. She frowns.

"I've tried. It's hard. Anyone who specializes in dark energy, or in creatures and beings like me- works for Eclipse- or is specialized in it's destruction, not support." she says gently.
Stahlritter 2018-11-24 02:32:53 100863
    "....... I do not like this at all, I hope you know that," growls Stahlritter, the visor turned away from her again for a good moment. "Not one goddamn bit. I don't want to hurt you, even because of that. But I'll... nnnrrh. Do it, I guess. I will help."
    He turns to look to her again, and his arms loosen out from that fold. "We know a lot of smart people. We will find a way, some way. Because unlike a lot of the people up in that tower, I am not content with the status quo of unfortunate coexistence."
Lacrima 2018-11-24 02:40:50 100864
Lacrima frowns. "I know." she says. "I don't like this either. Rashmi's agreed to help though. If it makes you feel any better, she's offered free dessert if we need to fight." she snorts a bit, perhaps because she needs the levity.

"I won't be upset. Besides. You can't kill me- no matter how hard you try. I could be obliterated by a giant fricken space laser and I'd just reform over the course of a day or so. The only one I'm worried about, is that Pretty Cure that offered to help-- some. New person. 'Cure Shield'. Not.. Japanese. Came off as.. American..ish? I'm not sure. Pretty Cures wield purification magic." she says quietly. "So she could hurt me. Met her at Mamoru's the other day." she says.

"...Seems a nice enough person. Isn't judging me based off the dark energy vampirism thing." she says.
Stahlritter 2018-11-24 02:56:22 100865
    "You think that makes me feel any better?" Asks the Knight in a low growl. "I know I can still hurt you at least. And that's already too much."
    THere's an audible click of the tongue, even in spite of the helmet. "I hate that."
    His helmet turns back over towards her again at the mention of a certain Pretty Cure. "...Hm. I've met this... Cure Shield earlier. Helped me take care of this one... big Raskoph bot that wasn't very happy about me crashing in on one of their places. Seemed good enough, but..." He considers quietly there, for a moment. "SHe fights very defensively. I suspect she won't be that much of a problem as far as purification goes."
Lacrima 2018-11-24 03:19:47 100866
Lacrima sighs. "Look... Just. It'd at least look good to the suits if you actually like. Even tap me? So. If you want to hold back, fine." she says with a sigh. "But.. I need.. to-- nrg. Just. Get through this." she says softly.

She huffs. "....I should help you with her. I have this whole Device identity and no one to befuddle with it." she snorts. "-besides I can fight other dark things with it. Can fight without toxifying things around me now." she says.

She sighs. "I should. Go home." she says quietly. "-I have a guest I need to feed--" a pause. "-- a 'sand snake' that I'm keeping contained for Kokoro-chan until we can figure out how to get it 'home'." she says. "-and I need to feed Mister Squigglebutt.
Stahlritter 2018-11-24 03:26:10 100867
    "...I'll see what I can do," Stahlritter allows, at the very least, and rolls his boulder-sized shoulder around slowly in a half-shrug. "I can't promise more than that."
    He takes a half step backwards, but he keeps his attention on her. "Do you want me to see you back to the mansion?"
Lacrima 2018-11-24 03:26:47 100868
Lacrima says. "Come along." she says. "I wanna take the long way home anyways rather than just... teleport." she mutters, as she motions along.