Introductions and Information

Ami meets Millie and the new Cure tells Ami and Kyouko what's going on with Signum and Zafira's plot--what she knows of it, anyway.

Date: 2018-11-30
Pose Count: 21
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-30 18:43:40 101198
It's a quiet day in the ECFH. Ami is relaxing and studying, as really only she can do, in the living room. She's got a soda at hand, her favorite. Mamoru kindly keeps it stocked in the fridge for her.

She sounds out some English phrases out loud, biting her lip. "I'm not sure that's correct," she mutters in Japanese. "Where is Minako when I need her? She lived in England..." And she goes back to trying to puzzle out English, sipping from her soda occasionally and frowning.

Any English readers would notice her written English is nearly flawless; it's the spoken parts that are tripping up the girl genius.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-30 19:06:40 101199
    There's a bang from the stairwell leading up to the roof, the sound of the exterior door closing, and then feet coming down the stairs. Kyouko enters the room a moment later, dressed in training clothes (black workout pants and a sleeveless workout top and sneakers), and sweating enough that she must have just been training up there, as she often does.

    She is also scowling, and looks to be in a poor mood, as she rotates her right arm as if it's hurting her, moving into the kitchen and only noticing Ami's presence when she happens to glance into the living room. "Oh.. hi Ami-san." She greets, her tone polite enough if not exactly chipper.
Millie White 2018-11-30 19:11:22 101200
After last nights events, Millie was a little more than a 'bit' on edge. Two confirmed attacks, and those were only confirmed, how many unconfirmed cases could be out there right now? The only good news was actually bad news dressed up to LOOK like good news; the Wolkenritter seemed to be only going after powerful linker cores. That meant that most bystanders were safe. It also meant that the Magic Community was largely at risk, hence the 'bad news' bit...

Millie walked out of the elevator and towards the now familiar door. She seemed to find herself in this situation a lot recently, playing the messenger of bad news. Someone had to do it, it might as well be her. The tall foreigner politely rapped on the door twice with her knuckles before removing her shoes and stepping in.

"Sorry, it's me again, is anyone home?" Please let there be someone home, she thought. Worst case scenario, she could leave a note on the counter.
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-30 19:25:39 101201
Ami smiles up to Kyouko and gives a little nod. "Kyouko-san," she says warmly, but her eyes hold concern. "Is everything all right?" Even the cold as ice Ami can pick up on Kyouko's sour mood, and that must mean it's quite sour.

"Hello," she calls to the unfamiliar voice. "We're in the living room. Please, join us." She looks up at Kyouko as if to say, 'do you recognize that voice and accented English?'
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-30 19:31:18 101202
    Kyouko gives a shrug of her shoulders as she pulls an iced tea bottle from the fridge and walks into the living room, popping it open and taking a swig before responding. "Oh yeah, just peachy. I'm feeling remarkable for someone who was literally run through two days ago." She rotates her arm again and sighs.. "I know he healed it, but it still feels sore.. probably just in my head."

    She hears Millie's greeting as well, and then glances to Ami and gives a nod. "Millie. New in town, but seems like a good kid." She says to the bluenette.
Millie White 2018-11-30 19:44:57 101203
The voice that responded was polite yet unfamiliar, and she could definitely hear Kyouko as well. Millie breathed a small sigh of relief. This was good, she would honestly hate to have to leave a note. She made her way into the living room and paused, making sure she wasn't interrupting anything when she bowed and spoke to the Bluenette.

"Sorry to interrupt." Her tone was low and when she spoke, her Japanese was slow and accented. "I'm Millie White, it's a pleasure to meet you." Even though the smile she wore was genuine, her gaze flickered back to Kyouko's face a little anxiously.

The difference in her expression was a little startling, and for a moment Millie was speechless. "You okay, Kyouko? Did something happen?" She asked the redhead. Whatever the spear wielder was pissed off about, it felt like bad news.
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-30 19:47:25 101204
Ami stands and bows. "I'm Ami Mizuno," she replies. "Please, sit. I hear you're new to town--welcome. And, from the sounds of it, welcome to Japan." Her smile is warm and friendly, before her gaze turns to Kyouko. "Kyouko-san, yes. What happened?" She knows the end result, but not the whole story--and Ami always wants to know the whole story, because then she can fit other whole stories together into a bigger picture. It's like a mental puzzle for the bluenette.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-30 19:51:37 101205
    "You ain't interrupting." Kyouko says to Millie, somewhat curtly, though it's clear that her shortness isn't because she's upset with the foreigner. "I didn't even know Ami-san was here until a second ago." She drinks from the iced tea again, draining the bottle and then shaking her head slightly when asked what happened.

    "It's nothin' you need to worry about." She says, to both Ami and Millie. "I had a little run-in with that Signum chick the other day and it.. didn't go as well as I would have hoped. She got away." Her scowl is fierce at the memory. Not because she was injured. But because she wasn't able to win. She's been replaying the fight in her mind ever since, looking for where she might have made a different move, where she might have given up the advantage. The fight had ended in what was essentially a draw, which many would consider impressive, but for Kyouko, anything less than victory is unacceptable.
Millie White 2018-11-30 19:58:14 101206
Millie blinked at the unexpectedly warm welcome and the tips of her ears turned a faint pinkish hue. The Canadian scratched the back of her head sheepishly, but the smile she gave Ami was just as warm. Millie sat politely when asked to, and she let Ami continue and stayed quiet while Kyouko explained.

"Signum?" She blurted before she could stop herself. No way, this made three confirmed attacks. "Are you hurt? Did she get your linker core?" Her questions were quick but not frantic. It seemed like she was trying to put together a puzzle of her own.
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-30 19:59:46 101207
Ami sits down again, putting her homework away as she listens. She pauses, paper half in her book bag, blinking at Millie. "What do you know, White-san?" she asks softly, politely, but -urgently-, her blue eyes big with concern. "What did you come here to tell us?"
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-30 20:07:29 101208
    "I'm fine." Kyouko says, again rather curtly. "She cut me up but I gave at least as good as I got, and one of the benefits of having the Prince of the Earth as your boss is that he's a miracle healer. A little blood lost but nothing a good meal couldn't fix in the end. I can only hope the damn pink-haired bitch didn't have access to as good a healer as I do." She mutters, squeezing the ice tea bottle in her hand hard enough that the plastic crackles as it compresses. "And no, she didn't get my linker core. She had to get her buddy, the dog-guy, to drag her out of there." There's some satisfaction at that, at least.
Millie White 2018-11-30 20:17:14 101209
The tension eases only slightly in her shoulders at the news that they hadn't managed to get Kyouko's linker core. A genuinely relieved smile tugged faintly at her lips despite the curtness in the redhead's voice. When Ami asked her quite up front, Millie blinked. She was really that obvious, eh? The Cure let out a small sigh.

"Zafira got Terios-san, last night. Stahlritter found her and texted me to meet him. Life Mahou Joy healed her, she's alright, but it wasn't pretty. He got her core but made sure the strikes weren't fatal." Millie summarized. They had gotten energy for the book from Rashmi, but not Kyouko. That was... very little solace.
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-30 20:20:39 101210
"Rashmi-chan?" Ami's stricken, leaning back heavily against whatever's handy. She's deflated, staring at Millie. "Where is she staying? Can I visit her?" Swallowing, she forces--mentally wrenches--herself back to the bigger matter at hand. "Okay. So this isn't good. The bigger plan is... not obvious to me. Can someone explain what they know?" She's forcing herself into analytical mode.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-30 20:24:43 101211
    Kyouko listens to what Millie says, about how Rashmi was targetted only a day after her battle with Signum, her expression growing darker by the moment as the girl speaks. She silently fumes for a moment, and then, with sudden violence, lashes out with her left hand (the uninjured one) and punches the wall next to her hard enough that cracks spiderweb out from the point of impact (the only reason her fist didn't go through the drywall is that the whole apartment has been super-reinforced).

    "Dammit." She seethes. "I can't believe I let 'em get away." This despite the fact that she was bleeding heavily and could barely stand at the time. "At least I kept Signum from attacking anyone else, but if her buddy is just gonna go do it instead, that ain't good enough." She turns, the bottle crumpled in her hand now, and stalks into the kitchen to throw it in the trash. "I'm going out to look for them again tonight."
Millie White 2018-11-30 20:41:55 101212
Ami's reaction was a little hard to stomach, if not understandable. The fact that they knew one another made this worse, and she looked apologetically to the Bluenette.

"We took her to... a place Stahlritter owns." She wasn't sure if the Steel Knight wanted the building to stay secret or not. "Life Mahou Joy healed her, so she might not even be there anymore. Terios-san was conscious and speaking when I left, so if you have her number she can likely answer you. As for what we know, that's a... well it's a mouthful. I can explain it if you have a minute." She offers.

Kyouko's reaction was expected mostly because it almost exactly mirrored Stahlritter's from the previous night, punching infrastructure included. When Kyouko skulked off and angrily declared that she would search for them again tonight, Millie frowned.

"Not alone you're not." She said firmly. Only terrible stuff happened to those who wandered off alone, it had been all but proven at this point. Her expression softened somewhat. "It's not your fault, Kyouko."
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-30 20:52:55 101213
Ami takes a deep breath. "I'll inform everyone I can," she says, less shakily, and gets her phone out--a Virtue phone, if anyone would recognize it as such. "Please explain, White-san, and I can distill it to its essence and spread the information about." She begins to type, fairly slowly, until Millie starts to talk.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-30 21:02:29 101214
    Kyouko walks back out of the kitchen and practically snarls at Millie, baring her slightly-too-long canines. "You don't get to tell me what to do, kid. I was killing monsters when you were still playing with dolls." Maybe a slight exaggeration, as Kyouko is only a few years older than Millie, but she has been in the monster-slaying business since she was 10 years old.

    She makes a frustrated sound. "I know it's not my fault, except that it kinda is, because my job is making sure shit like this don't happen! You know, what good am I as one of the Prince's Knights, a member of his Court, if I can't stop crap like this from happening when the bad guys are right in front of my face?"

    She shakes her head, her short hair swirling. "Look, I'm not gonna get myself killed, so don't worry about that. But I am gonna find these assholes, and I am gonna make them pay for pulling this shit under my nose." Plus, she has to prove to Signum, and to herself, that she's the stronger... but she doesn't say that part out loud. It doesn't sound quite as noble.
Millie White 2018-11-30 21:21:10 101215
Millie only leaned back slightly through Kyouko's yelling, allowing her to snarl as much as she wanted. If she was intimidated by the yelling it didn't show at all on her face. Something in Kyouko's outburst caused Millie to clench her jaw in anger for only a moment before it was quickly gone.

"You're right. I didn't mean to sound like I was telling you what to do, and I apologize. Having said that, you realize it's not just your job, right? It's not just up to the Prince's Knights, as formidable as they are, to protect people. The best chance we have is to work together to keep everyone safe. I don't think you're going to get yourself killed, I know you can take care of yourself. Sorry if what I said made you think otherwise." Her voice was annoyed but it was exactly directed at Kyouko. It was more at the situation in general. She waited for Ami to be ready before she recounted what she knew.

"Nine days ago an Eclipse Warehouse was attacked by a group calling themselves the Wolkenritter, or Cloud Knights. Their leader is a pink haired woman with a sword, Signum, General of Raging Fire. Kyouko would actually know more about her, since I didn't fight her. There is also a silver haired shield knight with dog ears named Zafira. I suspect he has defense busting abilities. That night at the Warehouse they attacked Nanoha Takamachi and drained her linker core to power a huge tome. We don't know what their goals are or what the tome is capable of, but it reeks of dark magic." Her nose twitches, as if she means literally. "Now they've also gotten Rashmi's core. We gotta figure out whatever this book is..."
Ami Mizuno 2018-11-30 21:25:52 101216
Ami blinks mildly at Kyouko's outburst, and is about to reply when Millie beats her to the punch. The new girl gets another look--reappraising, recalculating, appreciative. "She's right, Kyouko-san. You aren't alone in fighting the world's evil," she murmurs. "And we've teamed up before. This may be a case where we need to do it again." Then Millie starts to talk again, and she takes notes swiftly in her phone, although not as fast as she would in the Mercury Computer. "Thank you, Millie," she says, nodding, once the Canadian is done. "I appreciate your tirelessness and intel. I am afraid I can't go out until late tonight, as cram school starts soon, but I'd like to keep in touch." And she offers her phone number.
Kyouko Sakura 2018-11-30 21:32:58 101217
    Kyouko makes another annoyed sound. "I don't need a lecture, either." She says, tersely. "I know it isn't just my job, and I'm not enough of an idiot to think I can beat everything we come up against all by myself. I'm pissed because I had her in my grasp and I wasn't good enough to seal the deal. She got away, and Rashmi and probably others got and are gonna get hurt. If I had finished her when I had the chance, this could be on its way to resolved by now."

    "There are lots of people who protect this city, and every single one of them is doing good work and I appreciate them. But this is what I do. I was made to do this, and I don't do anything else. It's my job. So when I screw it up and people get hurt as a result, it tends to make me a little pissy."

    She glances at Ami. "I'm not against teaming up. Working together is smart. But I also don't need a babysitter." A glance at Millie. "I'll find them, and then depending on the situation, I'll make a call for backup." Or she won't. Depending on the situation.

    Then she sighs. "Now if you'll excuse me, I been training on the roof and I'm sweaty, so I'm going to take a shower. Thanks for the info, Millie. Let us know if anything else happens." And then she's exiting via the balcony, as usual, to return to her apartment downstairs.
Millie White 2018-11-30 21:43:48 101218
The Cure frowned, but nodded at Kyouko. Millie couldn't really argue with her, even if she was being a stubborn mule about it. Still, she was glad that the redhead was alright after her run in with Signum. After seeing what had happened to Rashmi, she didn't even want to think about what could happen if things got really bad. The Canuck gratefully exchanged contact information with Ami, both her civilian cell and her Cure Line.

"I'll shoot you guys a text if something comes up. I've been going on patrol trying to sniff them out now that I have their mana scent signatures. They won't get away." She affirmed before glancing at the clock. "I should get going. If I see Terios-san, I will let her know you are trying to contact her, Mizuno-san." She offered with a smile before heading for the door.