Conversation of Various Consequences

Nanoha and Alexis talk about the Wolkenritter!

Date: 2018-12-10
Pose Count: 13
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-12-10 01:14:18 101531
Nanoha Takamachi got a text from Stahlritter? What did he want to talk about? Regardless, it was a good of a time as any. Even if she had any magical responsibilities to attend to, there's no way she could actually accomplish them right now- and she'd promised Fate-chan she'd kickstart the Aces thing more anyways and Stahlritter was a part of that, right?

Thusly, she's slid into a booth at the back with a mango lassi and is enjoying sipping it. She hasn't made an attempt to order food. She isn't hungry and this is just a place to talk that's quiet, out of the way, and trusted she supposes.

She wonders if secret spies have meetings like this. Mysterious! Maybe she should buy some sneaky sunglasses soon!
Alexis Raskoph 2018-12-10 01:27:47 101534
    Outside, a sight that might seem vaguely familiar can be seen through the window. A tall caucasian boy in a brown leather jacket with a dark red scarf coiled about his neck walks along the street, and turns to-- stepping inside the restaurant.

    On the inner side of the doorway, Alexis halts to taking in everyone who is already inside with a surprisingly quick sweep of his eyes. And in nearly an instant, he flags down a waiter to call out, "Three-star Chicken," right before he slides down over to sitting...

    Right in front of Nanoha.

    "Good that you got my message. And that you were able to get here."
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-12-10 01:36:34 101536
Nanoha Takamachi looks up from her lassi and gives a smile. "Oh, hello!" she says. A blink. "Oh--are you... St--" a blink. "Aren't you the person that owned the dog that stopped Fate-chan f-----uhm..." 'from kissing her'. She coughs. "I mean Hope-chan. Corgi." she says softly.

She shifts a bit in her seat and says. "Sorry if I seem off! I'm sort of recovering from a stolen linker core, apparently." she says with a hint of annoyance. A rare tone of voice for Nanoha. "Fate-chan told me it'd take a while for it to come back... because a bigger battery needs more time to recharge." she says rolling her eyes a little. Another rare thing. Yeah this is affecting her heavily as she looks down.

"Is everything okay?" she asks. "Sorry, I'm working on getting The Aces situated still. If this is about that..."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-12-10 01:44:52 101541
    "Yes, yes and yes," Alexis promptly says to Nanoha's first series of questions. ... Funny that there's three 'yes' answers in there rather than just two. Huh.

    He's about to say something after she has said everything else, but he pauses to receive his food from the waitress, with a pleasant enough smile flashed to her, accompanied with a "Thank you."

    ...And the instant his focus turns to Nanoha again, his expression returns to the focused frown. "That's what I wanted to talk about," he mutters. "And I will seek out Fate later for the same reason. I already heard about your Linker Core. And you and those people in the Eclipse facility are not the only ones. Rashmi's was taken too. For all I know many more I have not heard of yet have as well."
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-12-10 02:03:27 101548
Nanoha Takamchi blinks. "Really?" she asks when she hears Rashmi's been stolen aswell. "It's my understanding this isn't a permanent malady, and that her linker core will recharge. I know mine is." she says softly.

"We think Yuuno might know something about what's going on." she says softly. "He's an archeologist specializing in Belkan history and artifacts." she says. "I mentioned a book and 'knights' to him and he grew rather serious and went into study. I haven't seen him much since. I think he's worried about something." she says lightly.

She shakes her head. "I'm not sure what to do about it thought, and honestly- that night is still fuzzy in my head."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-12-10 02:21:04 101556
    "I know," Alexis admits, while picking idly at his spicy chicken. "I had to have mine surgically removed two years back. Grew back too. But still..."

    The boy brings a piece of chicken finally to his mouth to chew and swallow, eyes staring at his dish the whole time.

    "There are people in this city... who don't have the luxury of it growing back. They need it to *live*. And I do not expect these wolkenritter to be able to distinguish who those people are and who aren't. Besides..."

    He suddenly STABS his fork through the chicken. "I saw the wounds on Rashmi. Those people don't play gentle enough for me to count that they won't do lasting harm. You are still an experienced Device User, so even without your Linker core, your thoughts are still valuable. And beyond that, I want you to put me in touch with Fate and Yuuno both so we can try to figure out as much as we can. Kriegsfauste might date back all the way to the same era they originate from, but he is specialized in combat, not information management, so he can't tell me any history from that era and sadly my mentor is no longer available. But the rest of you? I'm sure you can figure things out. Figure these people out, figure out how they operate and why they are doing all this."

    His teeth grind together hard enough that they can be heard. "Anything at all to help hunt them down and *stop* them."
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-12-10 02:39:52 101566
Nanoha Takamachi frowns. "It doesn't surprise me that these individuals are strong." she says silently. "If they can remove a linker core so easily from someone." she offers. She sighs a bit as she lets Alexis eat as she sips the lassi some more.

She sighs a little. She looks back up. "Fate-chan is off doing something with Rune-chan I think tonight. I'm not sure." she says. She shifts a bit. "Else I'd ask her to come over."

"But I'll let her know to speak to you soon. I'll make sure she brings Yuuno." she says softly. "And try to be there myself." she says softly.

"'Era'-- Belkans existed so displaced from the current time. We're talking... eons almost." she says softly. "It doesn't surprise me there's so few things known about them. It surprises me how Yuuno knows so much." she offers. "But he sure is something for it!" she smiles wide. She nods. "You are right. But..."

"There has to be a reason that these people are stealing these. We should find out why. Because maybe it's something we can work out with words, too." she says. "Maybe they're trying to fix something they don't think they can let us know openly." she says.
Alexis Raskoph 2018-12-10 02:54:33 101569
    "Maybe," says Alexis with a wrinkle of his nose. "Everyone has their reasons for what they do. Everyone has their own circumstances. But they haven't given any more chance for talking things out-- they just pierced Rashmi with a hundred spikes without negotiations, for heaven's sake. *Rashmi*." His brows knit tighter together. "As far as I am concerned, they have declared *war*. And we need to react accordingly."
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-12-10 03:22:51 101578
Nanoha Takamachi frowns a little. "I wonder what makes someone strike first like that.... maybe they feel threatened? Maybe they feel desperate..." she says quietly as she gently looks down and taps her bottom lip. She sighs a little.

"...This isn't war..." she says with a soft expression. "Please don't act so harshly like that... not unless it's warranted. If you can talk to them... IF you can... then you should." she urges. "It's one thing if you can't, but it's another if you won't..." she says gently. "I mean it's also another thing if they won't, but we should still try." she says. "You can still talk... while fighting. I know you can..."

"That's how I used to try to get through your Fate-chan..." she says softly. "-and it might had taken... nearly three years." she says silently. "But I eventually got through to her..." she says softly. "Kind words... proving your words... can go a long way. It won't be instant... it never is... but..." she looks down a bit.

"I know how it is. I just couldn't let Fate have what she was after. But I also didn't want to fight her. I still did..." she says. "Because the alternative was to let her mother have a dangerous artifact for a purpose we didn't know yet."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-12-10 03:41:42 101583
    Alexis stares at Nanoha for a long moment with that same all-too-intense frown. But... eventually, his face does ease up a bit with a heavy sigh.

    "When it comes down to it, I can *try*," he mutters. "I know you're right. But you have to understand that with some people, that doesn't work. And sometimes people have to pay for the choices that they make of their own accord. I know that all too well from experience."
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-12-10 03:57:53 101587
Nanoha Takamachi softly frowns and crosses her arms a little. "Well yes. But that doesn't mean people can't change, even if they need to 'pay' for their choices. Payment for bad choices doesn't mean death. It shouldn't mean 'death'." she says quietly.

"People can change, and should be given that chance." she says. She sips her lassi.

"...If people did that to Fate-chan.... life would be a lot darker for everyone. She did bad things. Things she won't even talk to me about too heavily before she even came to Earth. I don't know what she did-- but if any of that comes back to her- I'm going to make sure things are done right..." she says.

"....and I'd do the same for these people. But we need to know more." she sighs a bit.

"I mean. Punch them. Sure. Stop them. Do what it takes to stop them but----" she sighs and shakes her head.

"Nevermind." she says softly.
Alexis Raskoph 2018-12-10 04:14:37 101590
    Another long moment of just staring in silence. But this time, Alexis' lips twist a bit, with some concern.

    "... I hope you don't think I am someone who would kill people easily," he murmurs quietly, and slowly sets his fork down, apparently done with eating for now.

    "I'm going to be perfectly honest with you, Nanoha. I was raised with the very intent of doing that kind of thing for someone. I've been trained in... several ways to do precisely that. But I have... a lot of good friends who stopped me from being like that. I know how to do it. And... I've been fighting long enough to know that sometime... there might not be another choice. I'm not even gentle enough to forgive people for bad things they do easily. But..."

    "I don't *want* to kill anyone."

    "Because heroes... they are supposed to save people, right?"

    He shakes his head slowly, having just briefly smiled at the thought of considering himself 'a hero'. "I'm not saying I am wanting to do this out of wanting to put the wolkenritter down. I am wanting to do this to save anyone else they might hurt. And if it really comes down to it, then sure-- save them, too. Just... Please. Please don't hate me if we reach a point where I have to show the ugly side of me."

    And suddenly, he pushes his plate of only partially-eaten food across the table to her. "You should eat," he tells her. "I was hungry all the time when my Linker Core was still regenerating. The protein will help, alright?"
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-12-10 04:34:55 101593
Nanoha Takamachi shakes her head. "No thanks. I eat plenty and I'm not hungry right now." she says softly. "I mean I live in a bakery. There's no shortage of food." she giggles just a little at that, but she sighs a bit.

"It's not that I don't or do think you will, just that I feel someone is going to reach that conclusion. Magic is... personal. And when it's taken like that people take it.. personally." she says gently.

"But the fact of the matter is we still don't know why they're taking it. Maybe the reasons for that are personal to them." she says softly. She sighs a bit as she eyes the chicken and---- relents, finally trying a piece despite her first statement before placing the fork back down.

"Wolkenritter? Is that what they're called?" she asks softly. "MMph...." she taps her bottom lip a moment. She begins to stand. "I should... head home. Mom and dad are probably gonna worry and I can't.... fly home fast at the moment." she says sheepishly. "So need to account for the bus ride." she smiles.

"But... I understand. Alexis. But I still worry for everyone..." she says quietly. She always does.