Warnings and Muffins

Millie stops by the ECFH to warn them about the Wolkenritter attack, and that there's likely more to come. She is met by Kyouko and Naru, who receive her warnings and reciprocate with tea and muffins.

Date: 2018-11-26
Pose Count: 31
Millie White 2018-11-26 16:44:26 100940
Monday afternoon right after school let out, Millie made her way to the Earth Court frat house. She had already warned Stahlritter, the next best place to go was the frat house. At any given time there could be any combination of magical beings, this she had learned, so it made it a perfect spot to drop a warning... as long as someone was home. The apartment was either full of people or it was empty, almost like a middle ground didn't exist. At least that was what her experiences here had taught her thus far.

Millie stepped off the elevator and paused at the door. It was a considered a chilly afternoon but she was dressed casually as she always was, which meant no jacket, but she did have her backpack with her. Even though it was an open door policy around here, she liked to be polite. The foreigner knocked softly but courteously twice before opening the door and stepping through. She made sure to remove her outside shoes before stepping inside.

"Hello, sorry to be a bother, is anyone home?" She called, her emerald gaze quickly scanning the front entrance.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-26 16:52:43 100941
    The apartment is actually empty when Millie enters it. Completely empty, without a soul in sight. Well, that would be mildly inconvinient for anyone wanting to impart some information. Luckily, such states of being rarely hamper the ECFH for long, as soon becomes apparent.

    Not long after Millie enters the place, voices can be heard behind the door she had just entered through. "..so then Usagi drank it, and we all thought she was going to die.." That's Kyouko's voice, talking loudly and boisterously, as tends to be the case. A moment later the door opens and she enters, wrapped in her black-and-red Parisian winter coat, a gift from Usagi three years ago that she still treasures, and talking over her shoulder to someone which turns out to be Naru.

    "But of course, she didn't. Rei wouldn't concoct anything actually deadly. Probably." She pauses, noticing that someone is already in the apartment. "Oh, hi Millie." She greets, casually, though her boisterous-levels decrease slightly with a less-intimate acquaintance in the room as she starts to unbutton the coat. "What's up?"
Naru Osaka 2018-11-26 16:58:06 100942
"Well of COURSE Usagi drank it!" Naru replies, laughing as she said it. "She probably had it halfway down her throat before anyone could protest." There's an affectionate snicker and shake of Naru's head as she follows Kyouko into the apartment.

Shoes get kicked off casually, and her coat finds a hook before she pads in further to drop her school bag by a couch. She's headed for the kitchen as casually as can be. "Anyone else want coffee? I think Kunzite has class, so it wont make him magically appear out of thin air if I brew a pot."
Millie White 2018-11-26 17:08:00 100943
Just her luck. Of COURSE it would be empty when she actually had something important to say. Why would anyone be home? That would be easy, and apparently magic didn't do easy. The Canuck sighed and was contemplating trying at a later time when she heard voices coming down the hallway. She recognized them and even before they walked through the door, Millie had a relieved smile on her face.

"Kyouko, Osaka-san." She bowed her head politely in greeting, which felt weird since it was their house to begin with. When Naru asked about coffee, the brunette politely declined with a smile before answering Kyouko's question.

"I've come to warn you guys." she responded, clearly meaning everyone at the ECFH. The smile slowly dropped from her expression. "I don't suppose you have a few minutes to talk?"
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-26 17:19:09 100944
    It isn't actually their house.. Kyouko and Naru live about ten floors below in a separate apartment, along with Kyouko's sister Momo. But it's an easy mistake to make, considering how often they can both be found up here instead of down there. She smirks at Naru as the other girl moves to the kitchen. "I almost wish it would," She says, on the topic of Kunzite. "I feel like I hardly see him anymore, what with his school and stuff."

    Then she's looking back to Millie, and her eyes narrow as the other girl mentions a warning. A tension enters her frame, instantly on-guard, despite the fact that any such warning is unlikely to be of the 'danger right this second' variety. She moves over towards the couch, and the unconscious predator's grace in her movements was wholly absent just a moment before, but is certainly there now- Apatite, in business mode. "What kind of warning?" She asks, as she sits, her eyes on Millie.
Naru Osaka 2018-11-26 17:27:43 100945
"Warning about what?" Naru asks as she settles into getting the kettle on. "Tea? I'm making tea for Kyouko, so it's no trouble if you want something hot. Ther'es likely hot chocolate too if that's your preference."

Naru opens up the fridge, taking stock of what's in it before she closes it and starts getting ingredients from cupboards. "And there'll be muffins in half an hour. Cause omg, I am /starving/ and thank goodness for long runs needing carbs."
Millie White 2018-11-26 17:35:32 100946
Millie didn't expect anything less from Kyouko, from Apatite. She nodded and followed the redhead over to the couch, sitting so that she could face the much more experienced magical girl.

"Last Wednesday, an Eclipse warehouse was attacked. Have you heard anything about that incident?" She asked, trying to gauge if Kyouko knew anything or if she'd have to go through the whole thing from the beginning. Having said that it might be a good idea to go through the whole thing anyway, just to make sure. Her gaze flickered to the kitchen where Naru was. At the mention of tea, Millie nodded.

"Tea would be lovely, thank you." She answered with a somewhat strained smile. The Canuck seemed to be a little more on edge than usual, probably having to do with the aforementioned Warehouse incident.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-26 17:38:16 100947
    Kyouko glances over her shoulder towards the kitchen as Naru speaks, breaking her warrior facade for a moment to smile at her girlfriend at the mention of making tea for her, unasked-for but always appreciated. But then her attention is fixing back on Millie, and she's all business once again. "I heard about it." She says, with a nod of her head. "Not details, though I expect some of the others might have. Generally it's not my concern if Eclipse goes and gets themselves attacked, as anyone doing damage to them is a good thing, in my book, though I was curious about who it was."

    "I take it from your choice of the word 'warning', however, that it's not going to be as simple as that." A faint sigh as she leans back, extending her arms across the back of the couch and crossing her jean-clad legs. "So who was it, then?"
Naru Osaka 2018-11-26 17:54:33 100948
"I haven't heard much about it. Any details welcome." Naru comments from the kitchen. "I mean.. it's not as if Eclipse hasn't pissed off more than enough people to get themselves a list of problems. That's hardly unusual. I mean we have a list of people who want a piece of us.. the fact that its been quiet is actually more concerning at this point."

Cups and small plates come out to the table, in anticipation of the tea pot that comes out shortly thereafter. By how quickly muffin batter goes together, Naru may do this often.
Millie White 2018-11-26 18:06:24 100949
Millie wasted no time in telling them everything she knew about the assailants. "They call themselves the Wolkenritter. They are apparently Belkan in origin, some kind of legends I think. The tall pink haired knight with a sword is Signum, General of Raging Fire. The silver haired shield knight with dog ears is Zafira. When we got there, Nanoha Takamachi was attempting to talk to them, and everyone else in the room was unconscious." She paused as Naru brought brought out the tea, nodding gratefully.

"They attacked Takamachi-san and drained her linker core to power a giant book. I don't know what it is or what they will use it for, but it reeked of dark magic." Her grip tightened slightly on the cup she held, taking a sip before explaining the fight. "They are both very powerful. I don't think we landed a single hit before they took us both out. Signum didn't even have to unsheathe her sword and I reckon Zafira has abilities that can break shields, maybe even barriers. They told us not to come after them, that they had killed better warriors than us before." Millie let out a small sigh before sinking back a little bit in the couch.

"They are after linker cores. Takamachi-san was the first but I don't reckon she'll be the last. So make sure you keep yours safe, yeah?" She offered a small smile before taking another sip of tea. Millie blinked, looking down into the tea cup. "This is very good tea, Osaka-san, thank you." The thought of muffins later was more appealing to her than she anticipated, her stomach growling softly as she mentally hushed it.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-26 18:16:20 100950
    Kyouko listens to the story that's told, frowning slightly. "Wolkenritter? Never heard of 'em. But I guess if they're Belkan, that's like, from space and crap so that's not surprising. Never really did follow all that Device nonsense too much, but I know some of the guys know more about it than I do. Nanoha Takamachi? That sounds familiar." Kyouko taps her chin. "Think I've heard of her, but I don't think I've ever met her."

    Her frown deepens as she listens to how the two Wolkenritter drained Nanoha's linker core. "Not this crap again." She sighs, then explains, "A year or two ago a chick named Miss White, who works for Eclipse by the way, was doing the same thing.. going around draining people's cores. In her case it was to fuel some crazy magic sword or something, but.. you say they had some kind of giant book?" She shoots a glance to Naru. "That's more your and Kunzite, and Ami-san's, ballpark than mine. Never was much of a reader."

    She looks back to Millie. "Still, if they're attackin' people to drain their magic, people who ain't done them no harm, then that's definitely a cause for concern. Frankly I don't give a shit if they suck Eclipse dry, but the fact that they're also attacking innocents makes me think I won't like whatever it is they're planning to use that book for once it's juiced up."

    Another sigh, as she leans forward to pour a cup of the green tea for herself, then sits back with it in hand. "Well. I appreciate the warning. If I cross paths with 'em, we'll have to see how these Wolkenritter deal with a magical girl who isn't a newbie or a child." She doesn't really know Nanoha, isn't aware of how strong the girl has the potential to be. "General of Raging Fire, hmph. The Knight of Sincerity and Respect might have an issue with that."
Naru Osaka 2018-11-26 18:25:52 100951
"Mmmm. How many of you were there?" Naru asks as she gets a pan of muffins into the oven, and then settles to making up a plate of cheese and cold meat and crackers. Because Millie's hungry, and Naru's hungry, and it's a stupid question about if Kyouko's hungry. Clearly snack to get them through to snack time.

"Rarely do people who are draining care much for who, exactly, they are draining. They usually want power to take over the world, as usual." Naru mmms and nods at the mention of being more of a reader type. "Ami and Kunzite more than me, truthfully, but I dabble."

Naru brings the snack plate out to the table to share, settling on the floor comfortably, leaning a little against Kyouko's legs.

And then she's getting up again, heading back to the kitchen with a shake of her head at herself. "Forgot my coffee."
Millie White 2018-11-26 18:36:00 100952
It was likely that she knew about as much about Belkan devices as Kyouko did. It had briefly been explained to her and she understood it is magical technology that had two distinct branches. Both branches had the same underlying smell though. While one smelled more of machine oil, the other smelled of old books and dust. The Wolkenritter definitely smelled of the latter, similarly to Stahlritter and even Akari. Apparently she knew a lot of Belkans. At Naru's question she looked up.

"It was Hayabusa-san and I. Takamachi-san was already at the Warehouse when we arrived. Hayabusa-san fought Signum to rescue Takamachi-san while I held Zafira at bay." Or at least tried to. Not like it made a lick of difference in the end. When the snack tray came out, Millie couldn't help but stare for a few moments like it was some kind of relic. The teen's expression softened and she smiled at Naru before she left for her coffee.

"You are a gracious host, Osaka-san. Thank you." Her hunger got the better of her and she politely reached for a cracker.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-26 18:41:38 100953
    Kyouko knows well enough what Devices /are/, but to say she knows how they work, or what the actual difference between a Belkan and Mid-Childan Device was would be a gross overstatement. Such things don't particularly concern her, anyway. All she hears is that somebody is going around attacking people and draining their magic, which is as much as inviting a stabbing as she's heard in quite some time.

    She reaches out to rub Naru's shoulder when the girl settles, only to find empty air as Naru immediately bounces back to her feet to claim her coffee, and Kyouko rolls her eyes affectionately as she turns the gesture into a cracker-grab instead, shovelling some of each bit of snack into her mouth in a way which makes Millie's polite reaching look all the more polite by comparison.

    Once she has swallowed her mouthful, she says, "Well, thanks for the warning. I'll look into it." She's the one around here who doesn't have school or university to worry about, after all. "Where was this warehouse you found them at?"
Naru Osaka 2018-11-26 18:48:51 100954
"You're welcome." Naru isn't gone for long before she's back to settle and snag a cracker and some cheese for herself and lean back into Kyouko again. This time, with a steaming mug of coffee! "I figured I twas unlikely to be the only one who was half starving, and muffins take a little while to cook."

Naru leans her head back, to look up at Kyouko. "I can come with you if you'd like, depending on where it is, I might use the trip there as my cycle workout for tonight." She grins and then looks back over to Millie. "So a small group. Might have better luck defending if we manage to get a big mob going. Does anyone still need healing?"
Millie White 2018-11-26 19:08:18 100956
Millie nodded when Kyouko thanked her, a wry smile easing the tension in her expression as the redhead shoveled food into her face. Apatite indeed. At Naru's observation, Millie looked thoughtful.

"More of us could help, but I'm not sure by how much. Kyouko is right; the Wolkenritter ended up having to fight a newbie and someone who was only recently purified, so not a challenge at all. Frankly, I think we can use all the help we can get." Something about that book didn't sit well with her. Perhaps the smell really had gotten to her, but remembering the way the energy filled its pages had been burned into her memory. At the mention of healing, Millie gently shook her head.

"Takamachi-san was taken to the Waldian estate to recover, and Hayabusa-san and I are alright. Mostly wounded pride." She said, offering a sheepish grin. When asked about where the Warehouse was, Millie nodded and gave rough directions. "Be careful if you go to check it out, though. They sliced the roof off, the building is likely unstable." She warned.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-26 19:11:34 100957
    "Runealy-san and her buddies ought to be able to take care of her." Kyouko says, nodding. Saying she and Rune were friends of any sort would be an exaggeration, but she knows enough about the Waldian princess and her retinue to trust they have the matter in hand. She glances down at Naru, quirking her lips. "You know you're always welcome, although I guess if you want to cycle then my original plan of just teleporting there is out of the question."

    She smirks at Millie. "I know the area. A warehouse without a roof should be pretty easy to spot. I don't expect them to be there or anything.. they're after people, not places. But maybe we can pick something up that'll give us a clue as to where they went." She shrugs. "The fact that they didn't kill you guys for interfering might mean they aren't as bad as they might be, but that's still no excuse. I want to find out for myself how strong they are." She sips her tea, looking contemplative. Kyouko hasn't had anyone to really test her mettle against since Sailor Earth, and that had hardly been a one-on-one contest.
Naru Osaka 2018-11-26 19:17:05 100958
"You are welcome to teleport there, and I can meet you there." Naru points out. "I'm just looking to do /something/ that isn't training mixed in with training so that I dont become just a shell of school and training for the next 9 weeks." She gives Kyouko a gentle nudge in the legs with her elbow. "No testing your regenerative powers, please. I dont have time for a melt down when you get yourself at the bottom of a collasped building, or smeared across the pavement or something."

Naru nods to Millie. "I'm glad everyone's alright, if shaken." She quirks an understanding smile. "I utterly understand about wounded pride, too." She mmms softly. "I'd love to get my fingers on this damn book."
Millie White 2018-11-26 19:25:49 100959
The Cure shifted uncomfortably at the thought of Kyouko seeking out the Wolkenritter. Granted she was actively searching for them herself, but she was generally worried about any magic folk going anywhere alone at this moment in time. At the notion of clues, the Canuck nodded.

"I got a good whiff of both of their magics. I can try and track them that way. The scent is probably old by now but it's worth a shot at least." She offered When Naru spoke about wounded pride and wanting to get the ominous book, Millie shuffled a bit uncomfortably again.

"The book smells overwhelmingly like dark magic. More than any youma I've fought or being I've come across yet." Of course she knew her experience was limited due to her aforementioned newbie status, but that didn't stop the concern from settling on her face. "So maybe uh... don't touch the book?" Hopefully the lopsided grin and the questioning inflection made it sound like a hesitant joke, but honestly Millie clearly thought the book was bad news.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-26 19:34:59 100960
    Speaking of wounded pride, Kyouko scowled at Naru, even with the gentle nudge to lessen the sting. "You really think I'd get smeared across the pavement? C'mon, I punched Walpurgisnacht in the face and lived. I have no doubt this General of Raging Fire," She says the name with a bit of a sarcastic edge, "Is strong, but don't forget you're talking to the Terror of Kazamino, here." She pauses, glancing at Millie, and clears her throat. "Ex-Terror of Kazamino, that is. Old nickname. Anyway, not important." She waves a hand dismissively. "I ain't gonna get myself killed."

    She does look thoughtful as Millie mentions the book smelling so much like dark magic, though, and frowns. "In that case, it's probably best if I don't handle the book directly." She says, with a sight. For Millie's benefit, she says, "I have a.. checkered past when it comes to Dark Energy. Granted this might be something totally different, but I don't like to take chances."
Naru Osaka 2018-11-26 19:47:19 100961
"I'm just being a fussy girlfriend, dont' mind me." Naru smiles sweetly at the scowl, clearly not unduly concnered that Kyouko is /actually/ offended.

"I'd prefer you not go track it alone." Naru notes as she nods to Millie. "I'm hardly surprised its chock full of dark magic, considering its being powered with stolen and drained energy. Still, I'd love to have a look at it. A careful look." She glances to Kyouko at the mentioned of 'checkered past' and gives the other girl's leg a squeeze. "Somehow I'm not expecting that we're going to get to sit down with the book and a cuppa and read every page."
Millie White 2018-11-26 19:59:18 100962
Regardless of why, Millie was just glad both Kyouko and Naru were opting to take the cautious approach go the book. her features were unreadable for a second while she tried to process what Kyouko could mean by 'checkered past', but one of the first things she had realized when she became a Magical warrior was that it didn't matter. What mattered was what they did about it, and since that amounted to 'be careful with the book', the tension eased slightly in her shoulders. Millie looked to Kyouko.

"I agree, going anywhere alone right now is kinda risky. Lemme know when you want to check the warehouse out. I know I'm new to all this, but I'd like to think I'm better backup than no backup at all." She grinned sheepishly and rubbed the back of her neck.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-26 20:08:46 100963
    Kyouko smiles at Naru and reaches down to put a hand on her shoulder, appreciating the gesture, but then she glances back to Millie, shrugging her shoulders. "Like I said, I may pop over and have a look at the place later tonight, but I'll let you know before I'm ready to do any serious tracking." Unless I think it's too dangerous for a newbie. She thinks that but doesn't say it out loud- not that she doubts Millie's potential, only that she's wary of the prospect of having to look out for an inexperienced fighter if things get hairy with a potentially powerful opponent.

    "I'm not planning on going anywhere alone." She assures the other girl. "Naru will be with me, and there's a decent chance one or more of the boys will want to go, too."
Millie White 2018-11-26 20:34:08 100964
Millie nodded when Kyouko mentioned she would let her know. Something in her gaze said she had more to say but didn't, but Millie left it be. The redhead struck her as the type of person that had reasons for the things she did. The Cure was determined to not be a burden for once, and right now that meant warning people to guard their linker cores.

"That's good, I'm glad. That's about everything I know from what happened that night. If you could warn the others, I would very much appreciate it. I haven't heard of any activity from the Wolkenritter since the warehouse attack, but I don't reckon they're going to wait forever." She said with a bit of unease in her voice.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-26 20:43:58 100965
    Kyouko sips from her tea again, leaning back on the couch, still looking contemplative but not particularly stressed. "Well, we appreciate it." She says, speaking for the group, most of whom are absent. "I'll spread the word around through our connections, and I'm sure Naru will do the same." She glances down to the girl sitting beside her, but doesn't really need to see the affirmation.

    "No, if they're trying to power something and it wasn't an attack at this Nanoha girl specifically, then I am sure we haven't heard the last of them." She says, nodding her head. "Let us know if you hear anything else, too, and we'll do likewise. Keeping everyone informed is the best way to deal with this kinda thing, at least until the bad guys can get pinned down."
Millie White 2018-11-26 20:54:28 100966
The Cure nodded slowly, thinking of the small network of friends she had made. Stahlritter had been warned, as had Kyouko and Naru. She needed to get the word to Haruna and Blue, as well as Miho. She definitely agreed with Kyouko's assessment about keeping everyone informed. Millie drained the rest of her tea.

"I remember Signum saying she needed Takamachi-san's power. That's the only reason I think they're more after Linker cores than the people themselves." She noted, devouring a few more snack crackers as politely as possible. "The energy from the Linker core looked like it was creating text on the pages of the book. It was kind of bizarre. I don't want to find out what happens when it fills all the pages."
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-26 21:04:16 100967
    Kyouko cradles her tea between two hands, considering the description of how the book seemed to operate. "Nothin' good for us, you can rest assured of that." She says to Millie, with regards to what will happen when the book is filled. "Nothin' that requires stealing other people's power to do is going to be positive for anybody else."

    She drains the last of her tea, then stands up, grabbing another cracker on the way. She heads over to the kitchen to deposit her cup in the sink. "I'll head over and take a peek in a little while, but I'll make sure to at least tell Mamoru before I go. He'll probably have his own ideas about what to do."
Naru Osaka 2018-11-26 21:07:48 100968
"I can put a message out over Virtue, but we're pretty scattered at the moment." Naru has been quiet, drinking coffee and nibbling. The timer goes off while Kyouko is in the kitchen and she looks over. "Can you check on the muffins for me?"

Naru looks to Millie and quirks her head. "Evil books and getting one's butt kicked in a fight aside.. how /are/ you settling into Tokyo?" She gives a little shrug. "I expect, honestly, on the topic of the book, that it probably has just as many pages as it might need or want, regardless of how many it appears to have. Magic books are quirky like that."
Millie White 2018-11-26 21:21:51 100969
The timer going off almost startled Millie. Almost. Instead, she smiled when Naru offered to get the warning to the people of Virtue. Kyouko was in the kitchen at the time and she chuckled when the redhead was relegated to Muffin Checker. The question Naru asked her did seem to catch her by surprise. Her expression was blank, almost like she hadn't thought about it herself at all.

"M-Me? Uh...well, getting my butt kicked aside, things have been alright. I thought my slow Japanese would be a problem, especially at school, but it hasn't yet so there's that. Not that more than one person actually talks to me at school, anyway." She stammered, clearly not used to talking about herself. The tips of her ears burned red and she tried very very hard to ignore them.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-26 21:26:17 100970
    Kyouko can be heard pulling the oven open. "Yep, look like muffins." She calls out in the most blase tone. "Want me to pull them out?" She comes back to the doorway of the kitchen while awaiting an answer, and says, "Either way, I'm gonna go get changed. We can head out in a little while to check out this warehouse." She tells Naru, still frowning slightly in thought.
Millie White 2018-11-26 21:41:29 100971
Millie grinned when Kyouko confirmed that the muffins were, in fact, still muffins. The spear weilder mentioned getting changed and going to the warehouse later, and the Canuck nodded.

"I'll head there myself a while later. I have a few things I should take care of first." She stood and moved towards the door, not opposed to stealing a muffin on the way out if they were actually ready.

"Thanks for the tea and snacks, and for getting the message out. Hopefully this mess can be cleaned up quickly." Her expression held little hope of that actually being the case, no matter how you looked at it.