Weird Puella Science or Something

Date: 2019-05-17
Pose Count: 10
Lacrima 2019-05-17 07:44:05 105115
Easter Tower is the home of Easter's Department store but also main offices, with the first three floors being a department store. There's a small lobby area up front though if people need information or direction to an area that isn't in the department store.

There's a trio of friendly smiling women behind the lobby booth one is watching the door and other two are busy with something or another. Maybe glancing through security cameras once in a while of the department store.

There's some hustle and bustle associated with a department store but not much more than that. If Sa Siu was looking for someone particular she could probably ask one of them.

A purple haired girl with purple eyes and dressed in an impeccable business suit reads a book on a bench next to an extremely fake tree by the window. The book seems to be titled 'Love, Darkly - The Forbidden Romance' and seems to be a PG-13 romance novel of some sort. She seems really engrossed in it and has the remains of a boxed lunch next to her. She's probably on a 'break' of some sort, though her manner of dress suggests she holds some sort of position for her lunch to be 'however long she wants it to be', despite her apparent age of around sixteen.

She seems to giggle a bit lightly at a page and blushes. Ohohoho--- she flips the page.
Sa Siu 2019-05-17 08:12:38 105116
Siu has arrived before the address Fate gave her. She brought that paper with the address on it and her notes on questioning Kyubey. Considering she is going to see people on the magical side of things, it might not be a good idea to ask the concierage but eh, can just asking for the person works. Hopefully she doesn't get looked at weirdly. She shows the part with the address to one of the women at the booth, "Hello, is there a Lacrima-san at this flat?"
Lacrima 2019-05-17 08:27:33 105117
The woman smiles and asks "May I help you?" she asks, pleasantly and politely. When she asks for 'Lacrima-san' though the tone seems to change a moment. "Yes, what is your business?" she asks, the tone going from 'pleasant customer service' to 'serious business' pretty quickly.

Lacrima looks up, seemingly hearing her name somewhere and closes her book and walks on over to the front desk as she hooks her book under her arm after throwing out her bento box and clears her throat. "Thank you, I can take it from here." she says to the lobbyist, who quickly nods and gets back to work. She looks Sa Siu over and purses her lips. "Hello." she says softly. "I don't believe we've met before...? I am La Crima. What is it you want with me?" she asks curiously.
Sa Siu 2019-05-17 08:44:09 105118
Sa Siu is intimidtated a little from the sudden change of tone. Buuuut she can't turn back now or that would sound even more suspisous. So here goes nothing. "Hello. Lacrima-san... uh is your name supposed to be read together or seperately? I'm referred to you by Fate. I would like to ask about the deal with Puella Magis and Witches." She looks around and is a little relieved nobody looks at her weird.

"I don't suppose this is the place to speak over this issue? Do you have an office or something I can visit?" Speaking of, she remembers Fate telling her that she studies Witches and environments. Does that mean there would be a laboratory? Oh, that would be exciting!
Lacrima 2019-05-17 08:58:33 105119
Lacrima listens softly. "Either, or, really. Lacrima is fine. Friends call me 'Lacchan', usually." she says softly softly as she head tilts as she lifts her head. She blinks a little. "Oh, you want to speak about Puella Magi... so--- are you?..."

"Well a magical girl?" she asks. "Come with me." she says as she leads Sa Siu to an elevator off to the side labeled 'Employees Only'. She removes a card with a half-moon on it and slides it through a slot inside the elevator and it travels..... oddly. It feels like the elevator actually starts moving to the right....

Then the left...

Then... forward? Shouldn't it had gone through the wall? Regardless, it opens into a laboratory , yes. She steps forward and sighs. "This is UMBRA's temporary home. UMBRA is a... research wing of another organization I won't discuss with you." she says as she steps in and sits down at a computer and turns the chair to face Sa Siu.

"I'm a field research and field agent. My specialty is 'creatures'-- monsters and the like." she says with a soft nod.

"Fate sent you... she is a former associate. Who left mostly amicably. So for the moment I'll trust you." she says. "What exactly is it you want to know?" she asks.
Sa Siu 2019-10-12 05:04:06 106978
"Uh," Sa needs to pick out the questions one by one first, and ignoring the comments that she has no say in. "No, I'm not a magical girl yet. I'm interested in making a contract, though." She takes out her notes left from her long list of questions for Kyubey and start looking at ones that would be relevant. "So, since your expertise are on creatures, I guess I'll ask questions pertaining to that, so Witches. Um, Kyubey said Witches are powerful negative emotion given form. But I've not seen a Witch myself, and Kyubey seems to be relucant to describe how Witches come to be. Since you are a field research agent, I trust you've seen a Witch? How can I identify a Witch or one that's about to form?"
Lacrima 2019-10-12 05:11:01 106979
Lacrima listens as she closes her eyes and takes in those questions as she drums her fingers against the table. She mphs. "....Don't mess with them." she says softly. "You're not a magical girl." she says bluntly. "You have no defenses against it. They..."

"If you've seen... reports of 'mass suicides' or disappearances. That's the work of a Witch." she says. "Powerful.. balls of anxiety and negativity. That can warp reality around it... I..."

"If you walk into an area and it looks like a five year old suddenly drew reality around you.... you've probably walked into a Witch's trap." she says softly. "I have seen one 'witch'." she says silently. "I didn't like it." she says quietly. "But they're not uniform. All different. All feel different."

"....Why are you so curious?" she asks. "Did the white rat make a promise to you?" she asks.
Sa Siu 2019-10-12 05:43:04 106980
Sa Siu takes the warning at face value, that she needs to be a magical girl, not necessarily a Puella, to defend against Witches.

"I see. I think I have a rough idea then. So Witches can warp reality around them, and one of its manifestations are... terribly rendered surroundings. I can imgaine being in proxmity of a Witch would not be pleasant, being a ball of negativity and all." She also cross-reference 'mass suicides' events with what Kyubey says earlier, how Witches kill people and convince others to hurt people and themselves. Therer's also new information, how Witches are not uniform and can be diffrent, much like a Puella actually. It makes sense since Witches come from people's negativities, and how every person feels is different.

As for the more important question, Sa has some answers, but not all of them.

"I wanted something from it. He found me and made me the offer, and there's the wish, but he didn't promised anything specific. I am thinking of things that I can get from it that doesn't seem to be available anywhere else as far as I know. I can help people at things, but I have not made up my mind on what specifically."
Lacrima 2019-10-12 05:58:55 106981
Lacrima grimly frowns. "I would forget it." she says. "I would throw his offer in the garbage and ignore him." she says flatly. "Nothing good comes from that white rat." she says softly as she frowns and crosses her arms.

"Don't try to cheat him, either. You can't beat it at it's own game." she says. "It always wins. Always." she says with narrowed eyes as she leans forward.

"Maybe you outta consider other means of getting what you want?" she asks.
Sa Siu 2019-10-12 07:06:27 106982
Another warning. That's a basically unanimous response from 4 people now. But that's one thing she must object to. "Um. Firstly, what exactly does cheating him mean? What am I cheating him out of or into? Moreover," She steadies herself. Since she lacks information this will be a difficult position to argue, but she believes it with all her mind.

"He may have won many times in the past, but he is not unbeatable. We need to see through the disguise of invicibility we made of him, no, the disguise he made for us. Even if he bends the rules of his game we'll just mod help in. Other people that aren't playing his game can also help those who are. Which brings to your next question,"

Siu recollects this line of thought, "I have. The most straightforward way is just to study and to work hard, but that is slow and contributes little. His wish can do far more and can be done in addition to the normal way."