Mocha and Milk

Signum and Zafira drop by Gullwing Coffee. While Akari is working there.

Date: 2019-03-14
Pose Count: 27
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-14 23:39:00 104204
It's been a couple of days since Akari's talk with Sakura and Haruna, and she's starting to feel well enough that she can get back to school and work. It's a sunny afternoon, the weather's just barely starting to warm up, and Akari has somehow managed to get all the way from Infinity University to Gullwing Coffee much faster than you'd think is possible if you didn't know she could use a Belkan teleportation spell.

She is now sitting behind the counter, wearing a simple gray dress and a name tag, and putting on the best smile she can manage. Which is better than it would be for someone in her situation who didn't have 'infiltration mode' skills, but everyone who knows about this is already on the same page. Still, though, someone who was paying attention might notice that she's still not in top form.
Signum 2019-03-14 23:45:50 104205
On such a simple day, one can't occupy every single second with work. You can TRY, especially when matters of import are at stake. But sometimes the hunt comes up dry. Sometimes you get tired. And sometimes you pass a coffee shop.
    Her hands stuffed into a long dark coat, Signum stops suddenly as she walks down the sidewalk, her head turning slowly, inexorably draws to the sign. "Zafira, stop." She orders sharply, staring at the store's sign with piercing intensity. "I want ... ... .." Her eyes turn downward toward the entrance as the slight distance in her voice turns to certainty, "... ... Coffee." Her eyes narrow as she steps towards the shop
Zafira 2019-03-14 23:49:59 104207
Zafira tilts his head. This is a rare occurance, but he has to agree. The hunt is too slow today. He follows after Signum into the Gullwing. Granted, he won't be drinking the major thing coffee is usually drank for. He'll be seeing if he can get anything WITHOUT the dog toxin involved.
Haruna Kurosawa 2019-03-14 23:52:11 104208
Haruna Kurosawa is happy that Akari is coming out to work! It's a good thing! This means Haruna is taking a break from overworking herself to pick up slack and--- chasing her seagull mascot. As one does- around the back patio area. "Come back here you lil rat- I need my phone back!" she calls out.

"'BUT I NEED TO PLAY MY CARDS FOR THE DAY IN MAHOUDRAW DX!'" insists Corvus as he flaps about with the phone in his beak until he lands on top of the cafe and starts tapping on the phone.

"BUT I NEED TO TEXT HANNAH-CHAN CUTE THINGS!" she says with a whine.

"Your face hardly counts!" says Corvus. "H--hey!" calls out Haruna. "I'm PLENTY CUTE!"

Haruna argues with a seagull. Nothing is new about this as she rubs a hand across her face. "Arggggh fine but really quick now!" she calls out.
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-14 23:59:13 104212
Akari would be instantly recognizable to Signum, just as she was to Zafira back at the Crown. Hooray, she's alive and not glitching! ... Not that she showed any sign of trouble when Zafira fought her and Jadeite, but.

As the two new customers enter, she sits up straighter and puts on her best smile (or, well, best in the circumstances). "Welcome to Gullwing Coffee!" She blinks, and shoots Zafira a warmer smile. "Oh, hello, Yagami-san! How're you doing? How've you been?"

... Wait, what?
Signum 2019-03-15 00:04:22 104214
Signum abruptly stops moving, and also breathing when she sees Akari greeting from behind the counter. She's alive? That's good. She's here? That's bad. WE'RE here? That's really bad. Staring straight ahead, and holding very still, Signum begins to say, "I don't want coffee anymo-" Then Akari greets Zafira, and Signum's gaze turns slowly towards her companion with the loudest questioning silence in history. Until a seagull flies by which makes her duck quickly.
    While her bearing is distinct, and her height... noteworthy, there are luckily forces at work keeping Signum from being recognizable to the people in this cafe; but it's not a tremendous comfort to her at the moment.
Zafira 2019-03-15 00:09:42 104217
Zafira still can't help wanting to spit take without even having a drink on seeing Akari. "Hello Hayabusa-san," he greets, "Things are and were....normal." Attempting to answer Signum he points out, "They were in the arcade..." He ducks as well with the gull flying in.
Haruna Kurosawa 2019-03-15 00:11:44 104218
A girl arguing with a seagull is probably the least weird thing to explain here. Regardless, she gets her phone back and Haruna makes an angry point to her shoulder and the seagull sighs and lands there as she takes a selfie and then sends it off then walks back into the store.

She crosses her arms and watches Akari deal with customers as she slips behind the counter and starts working on one of the coffee machines, stealing one behind the scenes. She returns without a shoulder seagull, and grumbling from the back and cleaning.

Haruna has obtained a somewhat casual suit as she peeks on over. "Heya folks. Everything going okay here?~" she asks with a wink. Manager/Owner, checkin in!
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-15 00:17:24 104219
Akari furrows her brow at Corvus's shenanigans, but smiles and nods to Haruna. "This is Yagami-san, who made that comment I mentioned?" she says, gesturing to Zafira. Uh-oh, it looks like her self-control is starting to slip a bit. "I, uh ..." She takes a deep breath, and smiles back at him. "Anyway, uh ... what can I get you guys? And, and who's your friend, Yagami-san?" Yep, she's looking slightly misty-eyed, and her smile is looking a bit worse ...
Signum 2019-03-15 00:25:12 104222
Signum spends what feels like a really long time staring at a seagull before she grimly states, "... There is a pelican in this coffee shop." When Akari speaks, Signum's gaze snaps to look at her, her shoulders rigid as she stands at attention. "Hello. Yes. I am." That sounds like the end of her sentence for a solid second before before she continues it suddenly, "Sssssss*Silvia*. Yagami." She says, then bows suddenly, "It is very nice to meet you." then straightens up just as suddenly, her ponytail flopping around a bit.
    The Wolkenritter were typically less about subterfuge and more about staggering swaths of destruction.
    "We've come for coffee."
    Case in point.
    "I see you've met my..." she glances at Zafira. "I see you've met him."
Zafira 2019-03-15 00:30:11 104223
Zafira nods toward Akari. "My sister, Silvia," he replies, "...are you alright?" That's asked toward Akari. Unlike Signum, he seems ok with the bird being around, he just doesn't want to be in it's way. He nods toward Haruna's question of if things are going alright before tensing up slightly at Signums continued quest for coffee. "Something non-coffee here."
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-15 00:47:30 104224
Akari takes a deep breath. There's a small part of her that's going: aha, they are a found family! But there's more pressing things at the moment. She nods to Zafira. "I ... uh ..." She shrugs uncertainly, and her smile falters. "All of my family ... is family I found," she says. "Except for one person who was ..." She shakes her head. "... well. Um. Your comment about how family is supposed to care for each other ... I've been thinking about it ever since we met at the Crown." So ... there's someone who didn't care for Akari, then.

She takes a deep breath. "Um. Sorry about dumping that on you," she says, forcing a smile back together. "Um. Coffee for Silvia-san, and ..." She looks at Zafira. "I'm sorry, what was your given name? How does a hot chocolate sound?"

Uh-oh. Chocolate isn't appreciably healthier for dogs than caffeine.
Signum 2019-03-15 00:54:14 104226
Signum frowns slightly as Akari speaks, noting a certain pain in one of their more recent victims. The things she speaks of has nothing to do with her, but she can't help but feel some measure of... what is that? Guilt? That's a new one.
    Zafira's 'sister' huh? She'll have to get used to that one.
    "Yes," Signum answers, "The chocolate kind. The... 'mochas'. I will have them." The already stuffy Signum somehow manages to go a bit more rigid, however, when a suggestion is made for Zafira. Their Master had warned them of the numerous dangers that await the unsuspecting canines of this world, and both of Signum's hands go to the countertop as she leans forward with alarm. "HE WILL HAVE MILK." She pauses, and leans back slightly. "Most likely. It is his... favorite."
    Maybe this isn't her first language?
Zafira 2019-03-15 00:58:55 104227
Zafira nods in agreement with Signum. He seems a little 'tight' himself. His given name? "....Zack," he answers Akari hesitantly. His head tilts slightly at what she's saying however, "...that sounds difficult..."
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-15 01:08:43 104228
Akari actually recoils slightly from Silvia's outburst. She takes a few deep breaths. "R-right, sorry," she says. "Um. Mocha for Silvia-san, and milk for Zack-san, coming right up!" She puts in the order. "And yes. It's ..." She shakes her head. "Let's just say the entire year so far has been awful, but ... I'm getting better." She has an actual smile now.

She gets Zack a glass of milk, which doesn't require any actual preparation. "Okay, the total cost is ..."

Well, this seems to explain her comment about how bad things had been for her right before they'd stolen her Linker Core.
Signum 2019-03-15 01:11:46 104229
If Signum is feeling any worse, her face barely betrays it, though she doesn't quite make eye contact with Akari at any point. One could safely assume that the service here is simply... depressing? But in a lot of ways Signum feels like it's her fault that that's the case. The feeling, however, isn't *exactly* guilt.
    They were, of course, completely justified.
    Signum fishes around her wallet for a moment before depositing money on the counter, saying, simply. "Thank you very much."
Zafira 2019-03-15 01:17:41 104231
"Better is good," Zafira replies. He smiles awkwardly...very awkwardly. On the bright side, his lack of being used to speaking to people was probably obvious from last time, so this doesn't seem at all like an issue Akari's topic is causing. He's not trying to with draw himself, he's just, very short on words. "Thank you," he offers with a nod as well.
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-15 01:20:02 104232
Akari accepts the money. "Here's your change," she says, passing it back to Silvia. She shakes her head. "I'm ... I'm sorry, Silvia-san, Zack-san," she adds weakly. She smiles back at them, equally-awkwardly. "I should ... not be talking about this at work, ahahaha ..." She shakes her head.

It's about at that moment that Silvia's drink is ready. "Okay! Mocha for Silvia-san!" she says, passing it over to Silvia.
Signum 2019-03-15 01:23:03 104233
'Silvia's' expression barely changes when Akari speaks, merely nodding her head slightly as she says, "It's fine." as she takes her change; bowing again as she takes her drink. "Thank you very much."
    Sniiifff. It DOES smell good!
Zafira 2019-03-15 01:24:24 104234
Zafira takes some time to consider before he finally adds, "...maybe that person was not meant for family...there are people who feel like that..." He drinks at his milk as well, seeming easily pleased like he did with the fries and icecream smoothie. Apparently he is not one for coffee and chocolate despite that obvious trait.
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-15 01:30:26 104235
Akari bows back to Silvia. "I hope you enjoy it!" she says. Signum's keeping her cards close to her chest, but Akari does notice that slight change in Silvia's expression.

She smiles at Zack. "Yeah," she says softly. "The past few weeks ..." She shrugs. "I've just been ... learning to let go, I suppose. It's felt worse, but like I said, I'm on the upswing."

She just has no idea just how ironic these friendly interactions are.
Signum 2019-03-15 01:32:09 104236
Silivia just... steps back slowly, letting 'Zack' and Akari speak and letting the hot cup warm her hands for now; not looking at anything in particular.
Zafira 2019-03-15 01:51:05 104237
Zafira nods toward Akira. "Sorry....about the situation," he adds before looking at Silvia as if begging her to speak as well. This is probably more than he normally talks in a whole day.
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-15 01:56:12 104238
Akari smiles at Zack. "It's fine," she says. She just manages to stop herself from commenting that she's glad they've found a family; she doesn't want to make assumptions like that, even if it's correct. "I do hope you enjoy your drinks," she says. "Oh, and say hello to Hayate-san for me."
Signum 2019-03-15 01:58:13 104239
Signum practically chokes, and it's kind of a miracle that she doesn't crush her coffee cup and send it flying everywhere.
    Her brow twitching slightly, she manages to force herself to say, "I... we... will. Thank... you..." Her lips press together very very tightly in what was maybe supposed to be a smile??? Then she begins to leave, muttering, "Come along, Zack."
Zafira 2019-03-15 02:01:20 104240
Zafira nods in reply and offers a causual wave toward Akari, following Signum with a frown.
Rosalie Janus 2019-03-15 02:03:03 104241
Akari blinks at Silvia's reaction, but doesn't comment. "Take care!" she says, smiling. "Come again!"

Not that she has any way of knowing why they'd be reluctant to do so ...