Croissant of Questions

Sa Siu comes by to ask Nanoha and Fate odd questions and also obtain a croissant.

Date: 2019-05-11
Pose Count: 20
Nanoha Takamachi 2019-05-11 02:46:20 104973
Nanoha Takamachi was super happy because Fate was over, helping momma with the baking like she did sometimes this late afternoon. Nanoha, herself, was sweeping the floor around the counter and some tables with a broom. It was a slow period, and a good time to do it. A clean shop is a happy shop! That's what poppa always said!

She was probably also day dreaming about the sweet potatos that momma was gonna bake tonight special. Spiced the way she liked. Delicious... delicious yam--- oops! She knocked a chair over.

She bent down, picked it up and smiled across the counter. "Ahaha-- my bad. Fate, how goes the final cake for that order for the event tonight that my mom and dad need to cater tonight?" she asks. "It's gotta be ready in half an hour almost, right?" she asks as she glanced to the big clock at the back of the store.
Fate T. Waldia 2019-05-11 02:50:43 104974
Fate T. Waldia was indeed, over, helping to bake like she did when she was temporarily staying at the Takamachi residence. She used two big ol' potholders to drag a large cake pan out of the oven and place it on the cooling rack, as she stuck a toothpick in... waited two seconds and dragged it out. "It's perfect." she says with stern conviction as she closed the oven and turned it off. No new bakes for the night. That's what Mom Takamachi said right?

She dusted her hands off and leaned over the counter a bit as she peeked at the floor. "It looks good." she says as she walks around and gently smiles. Fate today, is dressed in a black tanktop, and a pair of white shorts that come down to her knee. It's a warm day. So you dress for it.

One day she's gonna wear one of her princess gowns though and just completely floor everyone. Just watch!

"I think bussiness is gonna pick up here in a moment or so though. People wanting late night coffee. It seems your father already put the brewer on though... so that's good." she nods.
Sa Siu 2019-05-11 03:12:43 104975
Sa Siu is one of the customers in Midori-ya at this slow period. What she is doing, is staring at her notes with Kyubey for the umpteenth time and trying to spin anything useful out of it. No luck, Kyubey kept his lips tight and what she should rightfully know like the workflow of a witch hunt she doesn't. The duty of a Puella should be the first thing she knows when Kyubey is selling the whole thing to her, and yet she is stuck in ignorance.

She wonders aloud what is she supposed to do. "I mean, I would certainly be up to it, and I would certainly made the decision only when informed, it's dnagerous. Should I even do it even if I know everything? I know there's this thing called noblesse oblige, but I am just given the choice rather than the ability just happens on to me. Is rejecting a moral choice in this case..."

She wants to ask somebody. Here's two girls who seems to be up to it. Stahl said Kyubey only finds girls right? Yeah that sounds just right to ask. "Hello there? Would you be up to a bit of chitchating?"
Nanoha Takamachi 2019-05-11 03:18:42 104976
Nanoha Takamachi looks up as the bell chimes as a person walks in. At attention! "Hello!" she bows and then back up. "Welcome to the Midori-ya Cafe and Bakery! May I help you?" she asks sweetly as can be. She doesn't hear what the girl is muttering to herself, but when Sa Siu asks if she can talk, she head tilts a little, the twin tailed girl looking to Fate and then to Sa Siu.

"Well. I'm up for talking. I can't speak for my friend here. Um. I'm Nanoha Takamachi!" she bows again. "Did... you have a question about what we offer?" she asks. Nanoha thinks only in the mundane at the moment. Nothing magical has been brought up!
Fate T. Waldia 2019-05-11 03:23:18 104977
Fate looks up aswell and keeps quiet as Nanoha does the introduction. She stands there, in a neutral position. A little awkward. Not sure what to do with her hands... they keep at her side. The girl seems to be talking to herself. Noblesse Oblige? She only gets bits and pieces.

"Hello. I'm Fate Testarossa Waldia." well that's a mouthful. "People just call me Fate. Or shorten the middle name to a T. Waldia is my adopted name. But I prefer it to the be one people call me if it is just... 'Fate Waldia', it will make me happy." she says sternly.

"I am overtalking. Silly of me." she says. "I'm willing to talk. But what is it you wish to ask?..."

"Nanoha..." no honorific. "...would know better about the bakery items overall." she motions.
Sa Siu 2019-05-11 03:47:08 104978
Sa Siu is kind of suprised they both agreed to just like that, although she's certainly happy a direct approach yields the direct result. "Nanoha-san, Fate-san. I am Sa Siu. I have... things on my chest that I want to get at least some of it off. I already did that with a few of my friends, but I want to get more points of view."

She remains in her seat and looks at the menu while explaining, "So here's the thing. Imagine there's somebody with a rare medical condition. It's not hindering in daily life, but it's dangerous to some other people some of the time. And since I- and since it's rare they cannot get many studies out of it to device a cure, but every patient counts. The problem is volunteering to be a subject carries risks like a surgery does, but they have quite a large payout for the curing of the disease and they give them a large up-front payment in return. Being a test subject also enhances their academic abilities in some way according to the researchers, but exactly how remains unclear. And for the sake of privacy, not much of the details of what experiments would the researchers do is reveal in advance. In that case, do you think I- um, do you think they should do it?"

Siu also finishes looking at the menu at them same time she finished translating her problem in a somewhat more understandable fashion, "Also, a serving of croissant please."
Nanoha Takamachi 2019-05-11 03:52:03 104979
Nanoha Takamachi listens to Sa Siu....

And she listens....

....and she listens.... and-- eventually her eyes sort of glaze over before she suddenly shakes it off and gives her head a hard shake. "One croissant, coming up!" she says as she hops behind the counter and places it in a paper bakery bag, and then rings her up.

For the rest. Nanoha has to actually have Raising Heart replay all that in her head, telepathically where Sa Siu or Fate can hear it as she purses her lips.

"I dunno if I'd do some sort of surgery to get better if I didn't know all the details." she admits. "For personal gain at least... I mean..."

"Like if someone needed a bone marrow donation and I matched, I'd do it! But I dunno if I'd go through a desperate surgery because I wanted to be better at something...." she says quietly as she trails off thoughtfully.
Fate T. Waldia 2019-05-11 03:59:12 104980
Fate listens to Sa as she takes in the question. This is a highly unlikely question. It reeks of someone trying to speak to them of magic things, using different terms for the sake of mundanity. Her inner Riventon-sama wants to be very blunt and she ignores that this time. It won't do anygood to call Sa Siu out directly. At least she follows the entire conversation.

"....hard things done for a personal gain... never end well, Siu-san." she says softly. Her thought move to Precia for just a moment before she talks again.

"Is... Is someone offering you something?" she asks, trying to be sly. "A... wish?... A contract?... a deal?... of some sort for... something?" she asks very curiously and cautiously.
Sa Siu 2019-05-11 04:17:23 104981
Well, that fell apart quickly enough. Siu was trying to elaborate on her metaphor by explaining the details, especially the part on personal gain, but if she just got the 'jackpot' and founds someone. Who can talk magic then she would just be more honest with it. That said it also signals her lack of ability to translate a confusing concept to an easily understanble form, which would hamper her if she ever tried her hand at teaching.

"I think Fate-san you get what I am actually saying, but I'm not sure about that so let's not introduce any new concepts. The thing with the experiment is, yes it does give you some personal gain but that is a side effect, it's main intent is to save people through devising a cure. I would be lying if I say I don't value the 'get better' part, but less so than the large up-front payment and that less than the fact I'm helping people including myself in the process." Her use of the first person view basically confirms the offer part of Fate's question, but not the next parts.
Nanoha Takamachi 2019-05-11 04:32:38 104982
Nanoha Takamachi looks to Fate as she talks and then over to Sa Siu. Nanoha turns her head a little as she scrunches her nose. "Are you... sick?" she asks curiously and with concern as she gently watches Fate and Sa Siu talk. "Or is someone else... sick?" she asks as she sits on a stool near the counter and turns towards the discussion.

"I guess. If you're helping people... it might be worth it? I'd worry about anything wanting a payment up front though?.. like..."

"My cousin complained about this scam once where they wanted money for you to by a kit so you could sell kits to other people. Um.. a... pyramid scheme? So. Be careful." she says with a series of nods.

Nanoha doesn't pick up as easy on it as Fate does, yes.
Fate T. Waldia 2019-05-11 04:47:06 104983
Fate speaks up. "I think I am." she says softly. She nods a bit.

"I think this is something only you can answer, in truth, Siu-san." she says. "What you're asking comes down to a simple choice. Do you? Or Do you not?" she asks quietly.

"What you're asking about has no clear answers or guidelines. And changes constantly and frequently in general." she says. "What is one way one day, may not be the same a month down the line." she says lightly as she looks down at her strange triangle necklace before she looks back up.

"Not that it is a bad thing..." she smiles a little as she looks over to Nanoha and back to Sa Siu.

"Basically. I'm saying, you will not find the answers you are looking for, from others." she says. "At least those not affected directly by what it is you're asking about. I don't think... you're talking about something like. Me and Nanoha are..." A pause with thought.

"You didn't pick up a gem or piece of... jewerly that... 'spoke' to you, did you?" she asks curiously.
Sa Siu 2019-05-11 05:14:25 104984
Siu nods her head to Fate, follows her sight of her necklace, then shakes her head at that last one. "No, not that. A cat-rabbit-thing. I think that makes it clear."

And then she realizes she is not responding to Nanoha nearly as much as she needs to, so she has to do that now. "Ah, no, it's not a scam or anything of the sort. That up-front payment is not by me, but to me as a compensation of taking my time and risks to the benefit of all. There's nobody we can run the pyramid scheme to anyway, as I said we are rare."

"Also, I think it's definitely worth it if I can help people. At least three person told so in variation already. Thank you for reaffirming me, Nanoha-san."

Now that Fate knows exactly what Siu is talking about, she can get to the specifics. "There are many nuances to each little bit of detail to it though. For one, I will get those enhanced abilites as a weird side effect. But it's beneficial, and limited. Is it fair I could gain a advantage at things just because I happen to be qualified for it and others aren't? For a more mundane example, do you know that you can get extended times in public examination as a SEN student? Is it fair to others who also have trouble with studying to not have the advantages while I do?"

She also writes down in her notes 'transhumanism' and 'idealism', the same one she recorded all her questioning Kyubey with.
Nanoha Takamachi 2019-05-11 05:27:25 104985
Nanoha Takamachi finally perks up and frowns. "Kyubey." she says flatly. Suddenly she gets it. "We don't listen to him." she says with a hint of sourness to her voice. "Too many bad things I heard about, Puella." she says sadly. "Only rumors. I shouldn't repeat them. But many Puella always seem withdrawn and..... alone." she says quietly, a little sadly.

She gently flinches a bit. "Me and Fate, are 'Device Mages'. We use a tool that is sort of like an intelligent computer to cast magic using what is basically magical math." she asides.

"Though that power comes from within, not the device itself." she smiles.

"Yuuno, my original instructor couldn't use Raising Heart, my device, to it's fullest potential, but I could, for example." she says.

"Devices choose their masters thou. Which is why I bet Fate asked that." she nods matter of factly. She'll let Fate handle the harder stuff to Sa Siu's statements though.
Fate T. Waldia 2019-05-11 05:35:11 104986
Fate T. Waldia nods as Nanoha explains it. "Basically, she is correct." she says. "I wouldn't call it magical math. And we use the intelligent devices to calculate it." she says softly. "Intelligent devices are friends, however. Not tools." she says with a sudden narrowing of her eyes, at no one in particular.

"Erm--" she says. "-not that I am correcting you, Nanoha. I know you didn't mean... tool... tools..." she says with a short smile. She gently reaches out to touch Nanoha's hand and grab it a moment as she sits down next to her finally.

"It sounds like you want to wish to Kyubey that you want to be smarter." she says softly. "Did Kyubey tell you of the costs?" she asks.

"Puella Magi hunt Witches. Not because it's the right thing. But because they items they leave behind, Grief Seeds, are used to cleanse their means of power-- because if their power completely darkens-- they die." she says.

"...and each Witch only drops a single Grief Seed. And it can't be shared." she says coldly. "Puella Magi work alone because they'd have to stab each other in the back to live." she says quietly.

"Those that don't tend to... well. Die." she says.

"I worked with... someone. Who studied them. Grief Seeds, that is. I know a little about this." she says nods.

"So. If you want to wish, understand that... well. You're on life support in some manner."
Sa Siu 2019-05-11 06:08:40 104987
Sa Siu carefully takes in everything, gulping at the major relevation but her hand did not slow down taking notes. This is a huge deal. Far bigger than the other thing she was told earlier. "I... what... no. This is getting close to a deal breaker. I thought my soul would be given a physical form and that's it." Her hand reaches for something in confusion and feels her thus far untouched croissant. She put that in her mouth and chews it, a better thing to bite than her nails.

"I did not just want to wish to be smarter. I wanted much more. I want to make a change in the world. At least until he told me of the karmic potential thing. I still want to make a change in the world."

"I am also very interested in haering what about device mages but, this is too important to change topic."

"I hunt witches bacause that's the right thing for sure. If in addtion to other things. You said Grief Seeds can't be shared, but if our power source has a quanifiable amount of magic, then should it be possible to only use up part of a Grief Seed and then share it?" She contests by making an educated guess.

"I'm also not sure about the stabbing part. I thought the more people to help the less power each of us uses. But at least, I know what I wish for might have to change."

She further adds, "plus, I can always ask for help from non-Puellas, as Kyubey suggested."

"That's not much of a life support. I get enhanced physicals, powers, and a safer storage of my essence, and above all that a wish. All I need to do is eat some new form of food. The best deal in the history of deals, maybe ever. And even if it is as bad as you say, well, if I can do it and don't do it, then who will do it?"
Nanoha Takamachi 2019-05-11 06:16:35 104988
Nanoha Takamachi frowns a little. "I don't know as much as Fate does about Grief Seeds and Witches. I just know if I defeat a witch, I should find a Puella to give the seed to... or being it over to a friend's so they can make sure it gets to someone who needs it." she says quietly.

She shifts a bit uncomfortably. She stays suddenly a little quiet and just squeezes Fate's hand. A lot.
Fate T. Waldia 2019-05-11 06:34:17 104989
Fate tries to give her best comforting smile to Nanoha, it isn't very strong. Fate has a hard time smiling super strong and the topic isn't helping. She looks back to Sa Siu. "Your 'Soul Gem'. Yes. That is your weakpoint and easily stabbed by me so you die." she says bluntly. "It is not impervious. Have..." she thinks.

"Have you ever played a space shooter and when you... get to the boss. It's weakpoint is flashing red? That's a soul gem." she says lowly.

"That soul gem darkens... your soul... darkens. Unless you use a Grief seed to cleanse it." she says quietly. She sighs a bit.

"Sure I guess that's possible. But then you're not fully cleaning your soul gem. You're at risk until you find another Witch to fight which probably darkens your soul gem even more."

"Now I'm going to be clear you Sa Siu. The white bunny cat. Kyubey. Does not lie. Whatever he's told you hasn't been a lie. This is all I know." she says.

She sighs and shakes her head. "I won't tell you if it's worth it or not." She pauses a moment again and thinks...

"I know of a researcher, an older associate of mine, that can answer your questions about Witches and other monsters and probably more about Kyubey..." she gently stands up and rips a piece of paper from the pad by the phone and walks back with a pen. She writes a name down and a number. She slides the paper towards her.

"This number is my former associate, a vampire that goes by the name 'Lacrima'. Don't worry, she's friendly. She researches creatures like Witches and Youma and their effects on the enviroment. Tell her Fate sent you and that you wish to talk about Witches and Puella Magi." she says.

"...I don't know her too well. Honestly. But my former mentor trusts her implicity, and that's enough for me to send you to her."
Nanoha Takamachi 2019-05-11 06:38:40 104990
Nanoha Takamachi just listens. A vampire!? Fate knows a vampire!? She just sighs as Fate gets up to write down a number. "I promised momma I'd help prepare for dinner. But..." she looks at Sa Siu. "Whatever you do... please... keep others in mind." she says silently as she turns to go upstairs...

Sweet Potatoes await!
Sa Siu 2019-05-11 06:47:46 104992
Siu clearly said something wrong. She did this far more than once. At least she didn't get lashed out on. "Um, I'm sorry if whatever I said hurt Nanoha-san, but that is what I geuinely feels. Please convey my apology for me. I'll keep Lacrima in mind. I still have thoughts about the whole Soul Gem thing, but thank you for all that you have helped, Fate-san."
Fate T. Waldia 2019-05-11 06:51:38 104993
Fate T. Waldia shakes her head. "My girlfriend... has a big heart. She'll be okay." she says reassuringly. "When she's really bothered, you'll know because there's a big ball of energy about to hit you." she says with a lopsided smile.

"I should go help too though. Be well, Sa Siu." she says as she also jogs upsairs.