Night Rider

Date: 2015-10-03
Pose Count: 14
Lena Reiniger 2015-10-03 03:19:54 10760
With the whole ordeal of the Seed of Sunrise behind her, Lena's mostly been spending her time modifying Ascalon's frame so that it can seat Sealing Chains. However, all work and no play makes for a very dull life, so Lena's decided to take some time for herself. With nothing else to do and her project basically finished save for a few minor touches to make sure everything works perfectly, Lena has taken to the streets of Tokyo to clear her mind.

A gunmetal gray jacket and helmet on her head, matching the color of the bike she's currently on, the Belkan girl goes zipping through traffic at a fast, but still very much legal pace. The feel of the wind on her body doing wonders for letting her relax and her mind to let go of all of the troubles she's recently had to deal with. She's without Ascalon or Sealing Chains this evening, having decided to leave them behind in their decidedly not completely reassembled states. However, somewhere in the back of her mind, as she comes to a traffic signal and stops, she hopes she doesn't find Euphy climbing on something else she isn't suppose to in the hopes of figuring out how it works.
Runealy Waldia 2015-10-03 03:33:14 10761
Some people go driving to think, others go walking. Rune falls into the latter category, as she paces Tokyo's sidewalks... and sees a motorcycle zip by. Lena's motorcycle. She doesn't fully understand the specific significance of that, unable to see Lena clearly... but there is a slight resemblance to someone Rune remembers and the bike itself is pretty distinct.

She has seen motorcycles before, but this one seems impressive and she hasn't looked upon them with any real /interest/ until now. Now, she has time to reflect on Tokyo's technological marvels and this one has just zoomed right by her.

A bout of whimsy grips her, and Runealy decides she wants to see more of it. She tries to chase on foot, but obviously isn't going to catch it that way; Lena's wheels are just too fast. And so Rune slips into an alley, transforming and hopping back out. Now, with boot wings glowing in a silvery light, helping her make long assisted leaps from roof to roof, she can try to keep pace with Lena.

This might look a little odd, since Rune is not doing much to hide this attempt to tail her. Her wand is stowed behind-back, however.
Lena Reiniger 2015-10-03 03:48:17 10762
Considering she has to stick to the layout of the roads and she has traffic lights in her way, it probably doesn't take Rune all that long to catch up with her. Lena's not exactly trying to evade people after all, so yes, it's probably at most a block or two before Rune's got her in sight. That's not to say Lena's not paying attention, and she does get that tingle at the back of her neck when magic gets used, however brief it might be. She spares a glance over her shoulder, but doesn't see anything and she can't really afford the concentration needed to get a location on it. Suddenly she's thinking having Ascalon along might have been a good idea.

Eventually she turns off the main street and onto a much less busy stretch of road, passing by the karaoke club she first met Shiori and Minako at. She does give it a glance, a slight smile tugging at the corners of her mouth. It wasn't such a fun night back then, but looking back on it, it was probably the best night she'd had on Earth. Maybe she'll call those two up some time and they can have another round of Shiori and her making fools of themselves while Minako actually sings.

However! Now is not the time. Now is the time for pulling off to the side, into a parking lot so she can wait for whatever magical guest might be coming her way. She doesn't kill the motorcycle though, in case she needs to make a speedy get away. For now it idles, stand kicked out and she looks around.
Runealy Waldia 2015-10-03 03:52:40 10763
Unaware of the history at hand, Rune continues to pursue Lena. Leap after leap helps her keep pace, and she notices Lena pulling over to park... but stay firmly on the vehicle. "Huh, did they notice me?" A quiet question to herself, but being spotted wouldn't be surprising at all.

She waits a few seconds more, and upon seeing that Lena is clearly not going anywhere... Rune hops down into the lot. It seems to be relatively low of traffic at this hour, perhaps not a bad place to talk. She paces over at a walk, fairly relaxed. "Ah, you're waiting for me, right?" A tad shy about it, but not in any immediately cautious or threatening mood.
Lena Reiniger 2015-10-03 04:15:59 10764
Well, she was waiting for someone, though she wasn't sure anyone would come. She hadn't even been entirely sure on the little bit of magic she did sense, but it seems biding her time has paid off for here comes... someone she wasn't really expecting. She tilts her head in thought, though it might be somewhat hard to tell just what she's doing through that helmet. She knows Rune's a nice enough sort, but she also knows that the girl could potentially be a threat, so there's a choice to be made, to leave the bike running or kill it and have a chat. Definitely a bad time to leave Ascalon behind.

The engine is killed and Lena gets off the bike, reaching up to remove her helmet. A quick hand runs through her hair to get it all sorted out and she tilts her head to the side to work a crick out of her neck. She smiles and begins approaching Rune. She seems... a good deal more confident and more comfortable with herself than the last time they'd met, but there's definitely still a hint of that melancholy under it all. "I wasn't expecting it to be the little Princess," she admits.
Runealy Waldia 2015-10-03 04:20:31 10765
"I just wanted to look at your cell ph--" Runealy stops mid-sentence, eyes wide as she sees who the rider is. There was a little suspicion it was Lena due to seeing similarities in their silhouette, but now she can see that's definitely the case. "Well... 'little' is probably right. I was interested in your cell phone," she makes a hand gesture at the motorcycle, "but I think you're a lot more interesting now that you're here."

Her gaze lowers, tone becoming more quiet. "It's been a while, and I was pretty sick at the time, so I don't remember for sure. Did you call yourself a... 'failed knight', earlier?"

Claims of sickness may have some substance to them, as Lena can, upon getting closer to Rune, see that the princess' eyes have a faint yellow glow mixed in with the white of the sclera.
Lena Reiniger 2015-10-03 04:43:25 10766
Cell phone? She looks very confused by that, especially considering that's sitting in her pocket. But then she follows the motion to her motorcycle. "Oh? You mean my bike?" She shrugs and motions over to it, letting Rune know that it's more than okay for her to approach. She's no Euphy, so she is pretty confident that Rune isn't going to have it sitting on the ground in a pile of scrap.

She sees those eyes, and her own eyes narrow a bit, almost to the point that it's hardly noticeable. That is, Lena decides, a very bad color for eyes to be. At first she'd have thought it was a little jaundice, but she's pretty sure there's a glow in those eyes. She can only wonder as to the source, though she suspects that it might have something to do with whatever she used back when they first met. Scratching at the back of her head, Lena shrugs, deciding to play off as though she hadn't really noticed anything out of the ordinary on Rune. "Yeah... a failed knight," she readily confirms, her smile fading and a good deal of that confidence going with it. "But I'm still coming to understand that while the sins of the past can't be wiped away, I can still reclaim my honor in the present." She shrugs, a bit of that confidence returning to her.
Runealy Waldia 2015-10-03 04:47:57 10767
"Yes, your bike cell phone," Runealy confirms with a terrible grasp of Earth technology; everything is still a cell phone to her until otherwise corrected. And when allowed, she walks up to the motorcycle to look it over briefly. It /is/ interesting, certainly a fancier ride than similar machines Rune has seen around Tokyo so far. The trust Lena offers pays off; the alien princess doesn't even lay a single finger on the machine, let alone try to scrap it.

Ultimately, the bike was her initial interest... but Lena's words mean the rider, not the machine, is what she's really curious about now. Rune turns around to face Lena, tone quiet and patient. "That's awful. Having to live with something you can never take back, whatever it was..." A few slow head-shakes follow. "What would you say if I told you that you already have done that, though? That you're a wonderful knight by another world's standards?"
Lena Reiniger 2015-10-03 05:05:40 10768
She can only chuckle, a helpless shrug of her shoulders coming soon after. Lena turns and makes for her bike so she can lean against it, the helmet coming to rest hanging on one of the handlebars so she can cross her arms. The ground has become a good deal more interesting to her than anywhere else, given the intense stare she's fixed it with. It's almost as if she could drill a hole right through the world with it. "Unfortunately," she begins, a slight waver in her voice; just the slightest of hints of emotion actually showing through. "I am sorely lacking by the standards of Belka... and by the standards of my family. I thought I didn't care about any of this, to be honest, but..." She frowns, thoughts wandering back to a particular day, a certain event, a specific person.
Runealy Waldia 2015-10-03 05:10:44 10769
Rune recognizes that sort of gaze quite well, and it keeps her own tone fairly reserved. "I don't know much about their standards, whether it's Belka's or your family's. They must be really strict though, if potentially saving one life leads to possibly saving thousands of others, and from there... maybe even millions..."

She lets that thought linger in just a moment's silence before finishing: "If that's not good enough, then I really have no idea what would please Belka. That sounds impossible to live up to."
Lena Reiniger 2015-10-03 05:25:24 10770
It might just be her own ridiculous standards that she can't live up to, and Lena is ready to admit that might be the case, however even accounting for that...

She sighs, looking up to the sky, to the stars, stars that she'd swear look the same no matter what world she's on and for a brief moment she even dares to see if she could find where Belka once was. "It might have been different a few hundred years ago, but there aren't many Belkans left now, and all of us revere a certain person. There was a powerful bloodline of mages and warriors that ruled a large portion of Belka and surrounding worlds known as the Saint Kings, and for a long time Belka was consumed by civil war that threatened not only to tear itself apart, but threatened to bleed over into other worlds," she begins, completely unsure if Rune even wants the history lesson. However it might aid her in understanding where Lena is coming from. "At the end, a certain young lady, against the wishes of her friends and loved ones, and her own knights, set out to end that war as the only one who could. She gave up her freedom, friends, loved ones, and ultimately her life to not only save Belka but countless other worlds, and with her the bloodline of the Saint Kings ended. Her name was Olivie Saegebrecht."

She brings her hands up to her mouth, breathing into them before rubbing them against each other slowly. "My family, for generations, served as the knights and guardians of the Saint King bloodline. Quite something to live up to, or so my father and mother thought. But I'm the last of my family now, and I've committed unforgiveable sins. I've stained the honor of my family, in the most horrible of ways." She looks to Rune, a sad smile on her face. "How do you live up to that?"
Runealy Waldia 2015-10-03 05:35:16 10771
Rune is listening, paying rapt attention and facing Lena throughout rather than staring at the ground, and doing this even as Lena begins stargazing. "I've never heard of any of this, and can't even imagine why people would fight like that. Still, if that's what their standards are, if that's how far you have to go to stop a war," the concept of war is somewhat novel to her; not unimaginable, but it took a little while for her to get the idea of 'LOTS of people fighting each other, lots and lots of them' when she's used to much smaller confrontations at most. "Then that's... wow."

Lena leaves her with a great question. One Rune tries to rephrase: "How do you measure up to history, is that it? Whether it's the Saint Kings or Olivie Saegebrecht or the First Queen or the late Queen," some of those figures aren't ones in the story Lena just told, "how do you do it? I don't know. Maybe it depends on the history you're faced with. I'm still looking for that answer myself, for my own history. I don't know how you manage to be the equal of a war, or history's greatest heroes. All I can say is you've done something that, for a lot of people, may have ensured history even exists for them to think about at all. You've done something they owe you for, and they don't even know it yet. But they will, soon."
Lena Reiniger 2015-10-03 05:54:55 10772
She nods. So she's been told a few times now, but Rune seems rather tight lipped about what she's talking about, though Lena doesn't feel the need to press for information right now. She's still not entirely sure what to make of the girl, but she just knows, somehow, that this girl wants to do right by someone, or by a lot of people. She can see a lot of herself there in that regard at least. "Well, when they do, let them know they owe me nothing," she says, a sincere and perhaps even pleased smile following. Rune claims she's saved many people, or at least her actions have aided in saving them, and she's saved the Earth once but... it isn't enough. That man's face continues to haunt her dreams, and the weight of her blood continues to crush her. She'll find a way though, somehow. "I guess, somehow, we'll find some way to live up to the past we've been left with, right?" She shrugs and stands up, stretching, arms reaching up and over her head.
Runealy Waldia 2015-10-03 05:58:59 10773
"Why should /I/ tell them?" Rune insists, suddenly speaking with some real life and force to her tone. "Wouldn't you rather be the one to face them and say 'you owe me nothing'? I'm offering you the chance to do that."