A Chat in the Library

Alex and Ami chat in the library--from thermodynamics, to injury, to single-mindedness.

Date: 2019-06-07
Pose Count: 43
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 17:56:32 105536
It's a quiet day at the library, since few people want to go after school. Ami Mizuno, as usual, is taking advantage of that fact by studying in the relative peace. She's in her school uniform, reading away and taking notes.
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 18:05:55 105538
Peace is such a fleeting thing, for the silence of the library is broken by a deeply-rumbling "Homework, huh?" from just behind the bluenette. ANd when she looks, back, there's the towering figure of one (1) Alexis Raskoph, very much not in school uniform as opposed to the typical brown leather jacket over a loose t-shirt and faded dark-blue jeans. With a pile of books gathered from the library tucked underneath an arm! ... They're all manga. Except-- wait. Is that a book on thermophysics???
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 18:07:01 105539
Ami blinks at Alexis's arrival, and then blinks again at the book on thermophysics. "Yes," she says quietly, trying to keep things rather quiet. After all, Alex's voice can't help but carry, and people are glancing over. "Would you care to join me, Alex?" she gestures across from herself to an empty seat at the table. "And... thermophysics, huh? What's got you interested in that?" Her voice still pitched soft and low.
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 18:13:55 105540
At the very least, Alex does seem conscious of the fact that people are looking over. ...Even if his choice of response to it comes as a sharp look given to some onlookers with a very much 'What are ya lookin at???' expression. Good natured as he might be inside, that thug exterior just doesn't seem to go easy. "What, this?" He murmurs out then with the physics book stuck out from between the various manga (which he is *halfway* trying to hide by tactical shifts of his arm over the spines bearing the titles). "Just tryin' to understand these things better so I can apply them..." He goes on, while he moves round the table she is seated at, to sit down opposite from her. "...For you know what."
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 18:15:37 105541
Nodding, Ami gives a half-grin to Alex, before giving an apologetic smile to onlookers. Then she murmurs quietly. "I can help with that." Of course she can. "I recommend that book to people interested, actually, and if you read it, we can get together some time to discuss things afterward." She offers a smile to him again.
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 18:25:15 105542
"Ah, that right...?" The german murmurs out, with a peek given down to the book again-- all the while shifting the manga along slightly. Some of the titles there do peek out briefly though, and-- wait, wasn't one of those some romantic comedy? Either way. "I just picked out a book more or less randomly... I am not very good at learning things from school textbooks or anyhing, so much as I am at picking concepts up from practical experiences and stories of actual events... like how the dust explosion happened in a mine in Brazil, things like that. Still, I figured I should try anyway..."
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 18:26:50 105543
Ami nods again. "Still, maybe I could help. Read it, and we'll see what happens." She tactfully doesn't remark on the manga, although she definitely can't help but spot it.
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 18:34:39 105544
    "...THere's really no way around it, is there?" Alexis mutters, with a brief wrinkle of his nose. "RIght here, then? I should read all of ths right now?" With slightly pursed lips, he turns the book over a few times in his hands. "...It's... pretty thick."
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 18:35:31 105545
"Oh, you don't have to do it now," Ami says, startled. "Check it out, take it home. Read it in bits. You'll absorb it better that way, anyway. And besides, it's not like we can't meet again somewhere to discuss," she adds.
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 18:40:47 105546
"Guuu..." Lips still pursed, Alexis stares at the book with sharp eyes like he's halfway expecting to burn a hole through it. But since the pile of documentary literature doesn't spontaniously combust, he sets it back down onto the tabletop with a sigh. "... I did decide on doing this for myself, for once, I guess. Nevermind that, though... How are you, 'Doc'? I ain't exactly had a lot of chances to talk to you or yours lately."
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 18:41:48 105547
"I've been pretty well, thank you," Ami says with a soft smile at the nickname. "How about you, Alex?"
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 19:02:16 105548
"Oh, you liked that one, huh?" Alex murmurs with a brief twitch of a smirk tugging at his lips, apparently having noticed the reaction to his chosen nickname. "But me, though? About what you'd expect. I'm..." He pauses in his words, throwing a quick glance aside to the surrounding area. "...Keeping busy. You know."
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 19:04:16 105549
Nodding, Ami smiles genially at the couple nearest them give up and go to study farther away from Alexis's booming rumble. The area around them is clear, now, and they can talk privately should they wish. Ami will take Alex's lead.

"Busy can be good," she says gently.
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 19:10:02 105550
"Yeah, sure, it can be," Alex allows with a slow dip of a nod given. "THough, you know how it usually is with me. Between all the gangs having it out for me at this point and... my other occupation, it's pretty hectic."
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 19:11:05 105551
Ami sighs and rubs her forehead a little, finally putting her pen down. "That's true. You do get into some scrapes, don't you?"
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 19:15:04 105552
"W-... why do you look so bemused about that?" Alexis mumbles with a sheepish expression. Cue the sweatdrop. "It's just how these things go, you know?"
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 19:15:39 105553
Sighing, Ami manages a smile. "For you, yes, it seems to." And she looks a lot less bemused. It's affectionate, at least?
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 19:18:52 105554
"Yes, well--" Alex starts to protest, only to end up with his mouth just hanging open without anything coming out for a few seconds after those two words. He lets out a sigh in his own right, and his shoulders slump slightly. "...Alright, so maybe some of that is entirely my fault."
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 19:19:18 105555
That makes Ami blink in surprise again. He admitted that? "Alex?" she says cautiously. "Are you okay?"
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 19:21:53 105556
"What? Yes?" Alex blinks at her several times over, and then tilts his head slightly to the side before his eyes narrow at her. "...You didn't think I wasn't capable of any kind of self-reflection, did you?"
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 19:22:40 105557
Ami shrugs, blushing and looking away. "I think you're capable of it," she says, with raw honesty. "I just didn't expect it. You never do it." She looks anywhere but at Alex. "You... I worry for you, my friend."
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 19:26:56 105558
It's Alexis' turn to look somewhat confused by Ami's behaviour. His head remains tilted to the side while he watches her looking very much *away* from him. "... There isn't really that much to worry about. Are *you* okay, though? You're not usually like this."
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 19:27:57 105559
Ami looks at him again, finally. "I don't like-like you, if that's what you're wondering." After all, she's still wearing the ring Takashi gave her around her neck on a chain. "But I feel awkward, like I screwed up. You're my friend, Alex. I'm scared something's going to happen to you."
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 19:32:25 105560
"... Why would I think that." The question is presented in an entirely deadpan tone, and it comes with a slow, bemused blink of the eyes from Alex. "And I don't know what you could have screwed up wth anyhow," he continues, with a hand lifting up to make a quick dismissive wave. "And when does anything ever happen to me? Even if something did, it's just how this thing goes. I'm a Knight, afterall."
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 19:36:12 105561
Sighing, Ami nods. "All right, all right. I'm sorry. I'll try to fret less." But she is the Senshi of Water and all, so that's not going to be easy. It shows on her face by her dubious expression.
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 19:40:27 105562
"... You probably still are going to anyway, aren't you?" Alex is quick to point out. Yes, he does know Ami well enough too to know better. "It's not like I don't understand, though. I worry about my friends, too, when they go do something dangerous."
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 19:41:16 105563
"...Yeah," Ami says in a defeated tone, shoulders slumping. But she looks through her eyelashes up at Alex, and gives a crooked smile. "I'd tell you to stop doing them, but there's no chance of that, so..."
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 19:43:02 105564
"Can't tell a lion to not eat meat and all that, right?" Alex's own lips twist into a mischievous smirk on his side. "And besides. I would literally no longer be doing my job if I stopped, you know?"
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 19:43:30 105565
"True." Ami grins at his smirk, eyes sparkling. She lifts her head, and watches him again. "Can't tell a fish to stop swimming."
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 19:44:30 105566
"...I guess that's an even better analogy," Alex allows, though he gives a quick peek down at himself. "I don't really flop around like a fish, though."
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 19:45:05 105567
Ami can't help but laugh quietly. "I know you don't. I think the lion thing is pretty apt. You're awfully strong, and all."
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 19:46:18 105568
"Maybe it just came to mind first because someone already made the comparison once before," Alex admits, with a hand brought up over to akwardly scratch at the back of his head. "Even if I am not as hairy."
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 19:47:02 105569
"Maybe," Ami says cheerfully. "Who said that? I'm curious. They're right, though." Although she grins at the less-hairy part. "I can imagine you with a big mane of hair, though."
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 19:48:57 105570
"Millie did," Alex answers easily enough. "She gave me this hand-made wood figurine of a lion to me for christmas. Said it suited me." Eyes narrow at her mention of hair though. "... Howww. I am pretty sure I would just look messy with long hair. ANd it'd get in the way all the time!"
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 19:49:59 105571
"Messy is a look right now," Ami points out, "and fashionable. If you care about such things." But she smiles at the mention of Millie. "I miss her. I should find her and say hello."
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 19:54:38 105572
"... I'm not exactly fashion-conscious or anything but *how* is *that* fashionable?" Asks Alex with a further narrowing of his eyes. "I mean, wouldn't it just look... unclean? I mean if a girl had messy hair I guess she would look relatable and cute..." A slow blink. "... Okay fair enough I guess I see where you're coming from. I don't like having hair that could get in the way of my eyes or is easily grabbable, though. And Millie... I still train her regularly. I can tell her you wanna get tea or something, if ya like?"
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 19:55:46 105573
"That's it," Ami points out about the hair. "It's cute and relaxed and relatable." She shrugs. Then she smiles. "That would be nice."
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 19:59:32 105574
"... I see. I'm still sticking with my current hair. I doubt I'd be any more popular with girls like that anyway." A slow roll given with his shoulders, causing the leather of his jacket to shift audibly along with the shrug. "Would probably do good for her. You could probably teach her something interesting that isn't directly related to fightin' and tactics, too."
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 20:00:19 105575
"Oh dear," Ami says, ignoring the bit about Alex's popularity with girls. "Is Millie in need of time that is related to non-school, non-fighting activities?"
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 20:01:23 105576
"... I'm not overworking her if that's what you're thinking," Alex notes quickly with a cough. "But it wouldn't hurt either way."
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 20:01:44 105577
"That wasn't my thought!" Ami says quietly but insistently. "I know how... single-minded she can be."
Alexis Raskoph 2019-06-07 20:08:31 105578
"Single-minded isn't necessarily a bad thing," Alexis claims. "It's helping her progress." Of course *he* would say that, wouldn't he?
Ami Mizuno 2019-06-07 20:10:49 105579
Ami can't really talk either. She looks down at her homework a little guiltily. "I mean, I suppose."