Sometime after them going to the cafe, Signum questions Zafira about the conversation that happened there.

Date: 2019-03-28
Pose Count: 13
Zafira 2019-03-28 22:56:01 104399
Since leaving the cafe Zafira's been a little on edge. He's sure his actions will be misunderstood. The knight's honestly been trying to keep his master safe, and now it looks like he himself has implicated his own master. But- but he would NEVER! He just said his 'name' and it was enough for them to realise that he was with Hayate! He follows Signum quietly like this until it is impossible to hold his usual silence.
Signum 2019-03-28 22:59:39 104400
Signum is extremely silent for a very long time as she walks, her expression severe, barely blinking for several minutes before she finally speaks.
    "They know her name, Zafira." Without looking she tosses the nearly full coffee cup into the nearest trash can as she passes. "They know her *name*."
    Her head inclines slowly, just barely enough for one eye to turn towards her comrade. "How did this happen?"
Zafira 2019-03-28 23:04:46 104401
"That's a good question...somehow they already knew her," Zafira replies, "I tried to play it off by acting as casual as possible. All I did was claim my name was Yagami and they guessed that I was related to Hayate." He paces around a little. "It's a nightmare..."
Signum 2019-03-28 23:10:55 104402
Signum stares at Zafira that way for a long moment after he finishes, never slowing as she walks, before turning away again. "If they knew she was the Master, they would have done something." Surely, she believes. Typically, all the forces of hell would come down on the Master of the Book's head when they were discovered, at least if the people knew anything about the Book. Her eyes narrow, a dour look on her face, "But when she's well again... there's no way they won't notice that. No way they won't think anything of that..."
Zafira 2019-03-28 23:14:20 104403
Zafira nods in reply. "I'm positive they still don't know we're who we are, or that she's what she is to us," he murmurs, "...maybe we can find some way to pass her off as recovering at a more logical time span. ...I'm not sure she'd even want to do that herself though..."
Signum 2019-03-28 23:19:49 104405
Signum nods at first, but grits her teeth with slowly increasing pressure as Zafira speaks, feeling a panicked sense of urgency for the first time outside of battle, that she struggles to temper with reason. "That would mean telling Master what we're doing. What we've done." Signum fist clenches tightly at the prospect of Hayate knowing how they've broken her trust. With a hint of a grim smile she adds, "... And I don't know if we can rely on her capacity for deceit."
Zafira 2019-03-28 23:36:54 104406
Zafira frowns and nods in reply. "This is a very large problem..." he murmurs, "Whatever happens we have to keep protecting her...but..." This causes him to pause as if he's just remembered something. "Now that I think of it, it's like I've forgotten something important..."
Signum 2019-03-28 23:39:04 104407
Signum inclines her her head, pulling it back slightly in a rare expression of curious surprise. That's not something she's ever heard out of Zafira before. She stops and turns to Zafira, squinting slightly, and asks "What do you mean?"
Zafira 2019-03-28 23:51:25 104408
Zafira shakes his head. "I'm not sure...just...trying to think of what we should do about Hayate's safty," he murmurs, "I feel like I can't remember what results we had, even though we obviously won..."
Signum 2019-03-28 23:59:15 104409
Signum furrows her brow.
    Then, for a split second, she seems concerned.
    Then, her expression is perfectly calm.
    With stern patience she says, "Don't start second guessing yourself. Master's survival depends on our conviction." Signum stuffs her hands into her coat pockets and looks away, staring thoughtfully into the distance.
    "... We've all changed. Too much, perhaps." Her eyes narrow, "But we are still Wolkenritter. Our purpose is still the same."
    When she turns to Zafira again, her eyes are... intense. "Our vow to Master Hayate is luxury she can't afford much longer. If any of these people get too close... if even one of them starts to suspect her identity, to interfere with Master's survival..." Signum's voice is ice cold as she says, "... They die. Even if it means war with every guardian on this planet." Her voice grows softer, "... even if it means breaking Master's heart."
    "Do you understand me, Zafira?"
Zafira 2019-03-29 00:09:31 104410
Zafira nods in reply. "That's all," he agrees, "I've become a lot less certain and more emotional...I shouldn't think as hard about this. We'll do what we must, no matter what. What would you have me do next, Sigmum?"
Signum 2019-03-29 00:18:43 104411
Signum is silent for a moment before she closes her eyes and speaks, "The Mages in this city have been hunting us too long. Interfering, running us off. They're costing us too much time." She opens her eyes again, baring an intense gaze. "We need to learn more about them. Follow them, find out as much as we can about what they know. Find out who they are... even where they're headquartered if we can."
    "And if you can isolate them... drain the stronger ones. Even if it inspires retaliation, even if they try to overwhelm us with numbers..." Signum's jaw sets, a determined glare in her eyes, "... if the Book is finished, it won't matter what they do."
Zafira 2019-03-29 00:23:28 104412
Zafira nods in reply. "It seems I should make more use of my other forms in that case..." he murmurs. As much as one of those forms is a little embarassing, it is something he MUST do for Hayate's sake. No one will expect the adorable puppy!