An Atlantis For Two

Ariel and Lacrima meet on the pier to catch up on things. Though news of Saint George's sins weigh heavily, Ariel takes the matter of Lacrima's emotional wellbeing into her own hands, resulting in a dip in the harbor. And a special promise.

Date: 2019-02-03
Pose Count: 19
Ariel Theodore 2019-02-03 00:19:57 103281
    Sunset on the boardwalk.
    Sunset is always a good time to meet a vampire right? Well a text from Ariel said to meet her here at this time, so the unicorn is waiting at the edge of the pier. There's no one around, and save for the hiss of the water in motion under the boardwalk it's looking like it's going to be a quiet evening at the harbor. It's a little too cold for tourists to really want to stay out once the sun is down anyway.
Lacrima 2019-02-03 00:31:32 103283
Lacrima appears via a dusk step from behind a fish and chips stand at the end of the pier. It's where she uses to faze into existence because it's at the very end and the only thing facing that would be faraway ships usually.

She steps off to the bench that Ariel is sitting on and gently smiles a little. It's muted. This is the smile she's been giving for a couple weeks now. "T..thanks Ariel." she says quietly. "I know it isn't a problem for you, but still... thanks." she says gently as she settles. She likes the pier. It's a sad place for her but she likes it still. "That fish and chip stand is good, by the way. When it's open." she adds.

A klittle sad. "I---" she says. "....Ariel.. I... i think... I don't think... I can save Ryo anymore." she says quietly. She doesn't explain why yet as she seems to deflate practically, for a loss of a better term-- flopping in the bench a bit.
Ariel Theodore 2019-02-03 00:45:04 103288
    Ariel had noticed something was amiss with Lacrima. But up until now, she hadn't had the chance to wheedle it out of the other girl. Though she had reached out with the intent of some nice quiet time alone, it looks like things are already taking a turn for the much more serious. She can already tell that smile isn't the best her girlfriend can give her, after all.
    "Mn." The greeting that she had been saving dies on her lips in favor of a much quieter sound, waiting for Lacrima to settle- or in this case, flop onto the bench. A hand reaches for the other girl's fingers lacing with fingers. "I can tell when something is wrong with you, you know." She says at first. "This has been eating you for a while, hasn't it?"
Lacrima 2019-02-03 00:52:31 103289
Lacrima's looks softens more when Ariel takes her hand. She squeezes it. "It's been eating at me since... since Ryo's been like this so bad. But... I have my answer now. I can't... there's nothing I can do now. To help him." she says quietly. "....I've been gathering people to... 'fight me' if I have to go after this person that's 'escaped' from the people I work for? Put on a show for people. Make it look like I'm doing what I'm 'supposed' to be doing." she says.

"Anyways. Her name is Akari. A co-worker of... of mine.... Doctor... Murano..." she seems uncomfortable. "Found her exact location so. I called up... Sailor Mars to come help Akari. I'd get lit on fire. I'd be run off and go soak in a hot tub and be done with it. I'd be hurt but ... well Akari wouldn't be captured. And Mar's attacks aren't the kind that can kill me." she says.

"...." a pause. "... during. The fight." she says. "Ryo... showed up. Saint George. He... he ka---"

She sulks. "kah----" she shakes her head. "... killed... Dr. Murano. Dr. Murano.. was a co-worker. But.. she... she isn't even a threat. She's non-magical!... he.. he just...." she shifts uncomfortably. "Just... that sword...." she says quietly.
Ariel Theodore 2019-02-03 01:15:32 103295
    Lips purse as Ariel listens, thumb brushing along thumb in silence as she lets Lacrima speak. Tell of her plans, how everything went wrong when Ryo showed up and turned everything on its head.
    And then she tenses.
    Doctor Murano is not anyone Ariel knows. But the end of the story instills an uncomfortable stuffness in the unicorn as she remains silent for several beats longer. Before she sighs.
    It's a gentle tug. A light pull, easing Lacrima's head to rest against her chest as Ariel heaves that weary little sigh, and pale fingers immediately wander through dark hair. "He did that? It's true?" She asks for confirmation, not out of doubt. "With Ascalon?"
Lacrima 2019-02-03 01:27:20 103297
Lacrima sniffs. "Y--yes..." she says. When Ariel tugs her she follows.... and then beings to cry. Kind of like a dam breaking. She does her best to try not to but she can't help it. It's literarly her name. 'Tears' 'Teardrop'. Any way you interpret it.

"Y--yes it's true. I... feel like such a failure Ariel..." she says with another sniff. "I--I tried to turn her. Like I did Alexis-niisan..." she says softly. "To save her... give her time.. get her to Mamoru-kun..." she says softly. "Bu.. but he cut me first... I bled too much energy to be able to do it." she sniffs.

"I don't know what I can do anymore..." she sniffs.
Ariel Theodore 2019-02-03 01:43:57 103298
    No sooner than Lacrima starts to cry... Ariel's expression... Hardens. Eyes fall half-lidded as she remains silent, still gentle in stroking through dark hair, but if Lacrima were to even look up, there would be no missing the expression of struggling fury creeping upon the normally gentle features.
    But it's the sniffles that make her shake it off. "Shh. Shhh..." Whispered gently as she makes a decision on the spot then and there, already easing up to stand and tugging the other girl with her.
Lacrima 2019-02-03 01:56:06 103300
Lacrima sniffs a bit. "...can't stop people from going after him now. Can't..." she just shakes her head and leans into Ariel a little. As much as she can without also trying to shove Ariel over. "I feel like .. it's.. my fault. Like.. like I should had acted faster like.. like I should had been able to read minds..." she says quietly.

She sniffs a bit. "I..I wasn't trying to.. keep it from you." she says gently. "But... I-- he made you mad. For the first time... I.. don't..." she says quietly.

"I don't like it when you're angry Ariel." she says softly. "That bothered me so much. Seeing you like that." she says. "...s..sorry." she mutters.
Ariel Theodore 2019-02-03 02:18:21 103302
    "I don't think reading minds would have solves the problem." Ariel says bracingly. "I know you weren't trying to keep it from me." Added after as she tugs Lacrima to the edge of the pier. "Y-yes... Yes, he made me angry. I still don't like that feeling, but I think in his case it um..." She trails off for a beat. "Mom always said there was a difference between just being mad, and righteous anger." Murmured thoughtfully for a beat. "He's not a knight. I don't like saying bad things about people most of the time, but... I'm sorry, Norie. Your brother is..."
    Ariel shakes her head. Even now she doesn't actually say what's on her mind about Ryo. "Mn. Norie? Do me a favor and take off your shoes?"
Lacrima 2019-02-03 02:23:23 103303
Lacrima sighs softly. "No. Maybe not." she says quietly. She sighs a bit as she gets tugged to her feet with a blink and she follows along. "I know.." she says quietly. "S-still..." she says gently. "I know he isn't a 'knight'...." she trails a little at that as she sighs a bit and closes her eyes.

Then Ariel asks her to take off her shoes. "I.... huh?" she asks with a blink. W--why would Ariel ask her to take off her shoes at a pier?

In like winter? Regardless-- she does trust Ariel enough to not outwardly question it and gently takes her shoes off.
Ariel Theodore 2019-02-03 02:34:10 103304
    That's enough of that. That's enough of the crying, of the anger and negativity. Ryo is bad, yes. And this is something that will eventually have to be tackled. But for now, Ariel can't stand the sight of her girlfriend crying, and she is going to rectify that.
    Alright. Shoes off. Ariel tugs her own off at the edge of the pier and neatly sets them beside Lacrima's before-
    She tugs.
    There's a few precious seconds of free fall before the splash. And short of Lacrima pulling back? Ariel is going to pull her with her into the water below.
Lacrima 2019-02-03 02:44:09 103305
Lacrima blinks. "Ariel..w..what are you do----" and she isn't in a good position to pull back. She free falls. "A...hhhh!?" she yelps out as soon there is a 'sploosh' into the water. Despite the water probably be cold as sin, it doesn't bother the vampire too much on the fact of she is a vampire-- and she's used to this kind of cold.

It's the sun and warm that bothers her.

Regardless--- sploosh! She's in the water! Is something gonna happen? She looks at Ariel bewildered.

...and also wet.
Ariel Theodore 2019-02-03 02:52:11 103307
    The water is practically freezing. But Ariel doesn't seem bothered either as she tucks wet silvery hair behind an ear and... Flashes an impish little grin at that bewildered expression. Before she takes Lacrima's hand without a word and pulls her under.
    A few surprisingly powerful strokes are all it takes to show how strong a swimmer Ariel is as she tugs deeper and deeper down, under a grating beneath the water-- and then back up into a small pocket of air hidden beneath all the wood and brick and stone of the pier above. A space just for two.
    "I just wanted a little alone time just us, away from everyone else and all the problems up there. Down here it's just the two of us."
Lacrima 2019-02-03 03:01:25 103309
Lacrima blinks at the impish smile-- and then Ariel's tugging her under the water. It really does not surprise Lacrima that Ariel swims strong and well considering she is also part mermaid and before she knows it, she's popping up under a grating and blinks. Oh--Oh!

Now it makes sense. She blushes a little despite the cold as she swims a little closer up to Ariel and wraps her arms around her and just rests her head against her shoulder. She sighs a little. A little small smile. Not much but it's better than crying. Besides. With still being wet it's hard to tell she was crying to begin with! So hey!

"Thanks Ari-chan." she says quietly. "It's nice down here.... the.. the cold doesn't bother you does it?"
Ariel Theodore 2019-02-03 03:09:23 103310
    Look at that? Being all wet makes it look like there was never any crying in the first place. Ariel doesn't even have to reach up to dry Norie's tears away does she? A few lazy kicks of her feet keep the pair afloat, and lets Lacrima just rest against her shoulder.
    "Mn. No, I'm not all that bothered." She admits, once again running fingers through now wet hair. "Sorry you're all wet now. But it looked like you really needed it." You know. A quiet alone place with someone treasured, Ariel means as she nudges her forehead to Lacrima's gently.
Lacrima 2019-02-03 03:25:49 103311
Lacrima shakes her head. "The cold doesn't bother me." she says. "I mean... the dark energy thing and all. It's actually the sun and warmth that bothers me. But not in any meaningful way." she says as she gently mmphs and closes her eyes. "I figured the cold might not bother you. Half-Mermaid and all... Right?-- and the ocean gets cold. Ya know...?" she asks quietly.

A pause. On that subject. "I hope your moms are doing well." she says quietly. "I should drop by into your dream again if I am able." she says. "As silly as it sounds... I like your mom's forest. It's quiet." another pause. "But I don't wanna intrude in your moms' dream just because I like lounging in a dream forest with you." she giggles small-like.
Ariel Theodore 2019-02-03 03:40:02 103314
    "Riiiight." Lacrima hit it on the nose with that assumption and Ariel only nestles up all the more, with a soft sigh. "Mn... They're doing alright. The forest is almost completely cleared of the darkness now." Murmured as she keeps the two afloat.
    "I don't think they mind, you know. I'm pretty sure they both like you. And that's saying somthing. Both of them are usually really hard to read." She does point out with a soft brush of lips ofer lips. "But if you're so worried about it... Maybe one night we can make up our very own dream. Together."
Lacrima 2019-02-03 03:40:51 103315
Lacrima softly nods. "I know they don't mind me. If they did... I.. i think they would had acted on it by now... it's not like... you hide anything from them right?... and.. it's not like..." she says with a blush when Ariel gently brushes lips over her. "That this is a secret..." she says as she takes a sharp huff!.

When Ariel talks about a dream of 'their very own' she blushes outright and it actually doesn't leave this time. "Someday...y..yeah." she says with a sharp tone that sits somewhere between happiness and embarassment. "That would be very nice..." she says. "I think...." she says.
Ariel Theodore 2019-02-03 03:45:13 103317
    "They probably would have acted on it." Ariel confirms. "Hard to read but ah... They can be bery swift and decisive once they come to a decision." She explains. But that's not important. The little huff has her beaming sweetly.
    "Maybe soon."