Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe.   Posted by Megaira Kattakara.Group: 0
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 71 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Mon 6 May 2019
at 21:29
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Thank you."  Before he can say anything else, his stomach quietly rumbles a bit.  "And staying will not be a problem.  There is a huge benefit that a person I can trust in these matters also operates a Café.  While I wait for them to arrive, I should get something to eat.  I will do my best to not distract them too long."
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1762 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Tue 7 May 2019
at 23:02
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Excelsior:
Bella giggled as Meg picked her up. "Well I think you'd be a little confused if we just dropped her off without a word." Bill said with a chuckle. "Thanks Meg, we appreciate it."


  Meg chuckled, and said "Not like I can't send you a mindworm message if I need anything clarified, but you know I'm always game to watch her.  She might en up in NEO, with me, but I'll always watch her.  Or sometimes, more distant, but you know I'll have her with me."
Lin
 NPC, 430 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Tue 7 May 2019
at 23:03
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Kevin Jordan:
"Thank you."  Before he can say anything else, his stomach quietly rumbles a bit.  "And staying will not be a problem.  There is a huge benefit that a person I can trust in these matters also operates a Café.  While I wait for them to arrive, I should get something to eat.  I will do my best to not distract them too long."


  Lin laughed, and said "You know Meg's downstairs, just let her know I told you to hang around to meet Uncle Ethan, and she'll probably load you up with a feast of your own.  She has to have heard your tummy rumbling, since *I* even heard that one."
Excelsior
 NPC, 1098 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Sat 11 May 2019
at 17:04
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Megaira Kattakara (msg # 384):

"And we appreciate it Meg. Having her on the satellite with the robo-nanny works well enough most of the time but it seems we're gonna be real busy for a while. Helping different countries set up defenses, working on preparations with various government sponsored teams, dealing with those taking advantage of the chaos, it's a full plate."
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1763 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Sat 11 May 2019
at 17:36
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Meg smiled, and said "Given the incident of the invasive scouts, it makes the project I've been working on all the more important.  So I've stepped up the work speed, the frame for the Pandora is being built now."  She hadn't told him what she was going to name it, but that was an interesting one.  She smiled, then asked him "Think earth will mind if I a, try and collect seeds and gene samples from as many life forms as possible, and b, take a selection of food crops and trees from farms and such to begin making a functional hydropinics and life support system as soon as I get that deck and the whole shell made?"  Clearly, she firmly believed, especially in light of recent events, her wild idea was important and needed completed.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 72 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Sun 12 May 2019
at 00:58
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Kevin nods easily at that, stretching his arms slightly.

"My apologies.  Between rest and work, it is usually easy to forget about some of the more basic needs.  Staying hydrated is the most important of course, but you can go quite some time without food.  Helps be a bit more efficient."

There was almost that tone to his voice that would show this was some form of indoctrinization.  Repeating something that was almost bordering on torture, likely disguised as conditioning for the hardships of this life.

"Again, thank you for your help."

Usually he didn't wear the 'mask' around Lin, he realized there was little need for it.  But preparation was key and his stoicness is replaced by the smile and brightness of 'Greg' as he turns after her response and makes his way back downstairs.  Heading over to Meg and the others.  He couldn't help but legitimately have his smile brighten a bit when he looks over Bella.  He also couldn't help overhear the subject matter.

"Working to defend the world against the aliens?  Thanks.  I can see where that would be a huge step.  Would it be ok to join you?  Just going to get a bite to eat while I wait for someone Lin called in, has a few things going on that she thinks I may be able to help with.  Though, probably nothing I can tell him that he doesn't already know.  Guess I'm hoping he'll be able to give me some tips."

He looks again to Bella and smiles a bit more.

"What's her name?  And Pandora, hydroponics, life support.  What are you working on?  If you don't mind me asking."

There was the slightest grin of apology offered to Meg, the mask was needed out here in public, but the apology was that he realized it wasn't 'Greg' asking that question.
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1764 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Sun 12 May 2019
at 01:09
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Meg smiled, and said "Not exactly defense, and feel free to join us.  Meet Bella, my greatest gift to Bill and Darren.  The Pandora isn't built enough yet, but what it is, is another basket.  Mankind has only one basket right now, if something happens, and this basket is broken?  So I decided to make another basket, and gicve mankind a second place to live and thrive.  The Pandora.  Because at the end of Pandora's story, the only thing left in the box was hope.  I want to give humankind a second shot if something wipes this world out."  As she spoke, he could hear the rattle of metal utensils and such moving in the kitchen, and she added "Private dining room number two will have a feast laid out for you.  Yes, I did hear your belly growling.  Fill up, and the leftovers, if you have any, will go home with you when you go.  No arguments, no protests.  You've been neglecting yourself in bad ways, so get over me mother henning, it's what I do."
Excelsior
 NPC, 1099 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Sun 12 May 2019
at 01:28
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Bill smiled as Kevin re-entered. "Yes, it's one of the many things the Global Guardians have on their plate. But we'll get through it, we have a great team as well and almost all of the world's heroes are on board. When these aliens come back they will see the earth is not without defenders." Miss adventure had called Excelsior 'this world's Superman' and talking to him he could see the similarities between him and Clark, both in his humble down to earth nature and his quiet determination.

Bill raised an eyebrow at the mention of Lin. "Someone Meg's mom called in? Would it be incorrect to assume you're a superhero too? Not that I like the term, I find it a bit....grandiose, but it's the most accurate descriptor of what we do. And her name is Bella."


Bill chuckled at Meg's mention of 'mother-henning'. "It really is, trust me I've known her for years."
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 73 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Sun 12 May 2019
at 01:51
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Bill had impressed him and the comparison was not lost on him.  As the thoughts of what Mittens had said crossed his mind there were two pulls at his heart in the form of homesickness and the loss of one of his extended family members.

"Thanks Meg and I know when it is best to just take your losses.  You are almost as bad as him."  He wasn't talking about the AI version.  He looks towards Bella, giving her a little smile.  An honest one.  "Hey Bella.  Life is an incredible gift if you have the tools to do so.  Almost a responsibility to use those tools if you have access to them."

Bill's question doesn't give him much pause, he just laughs and shakes his head a little.

"Definitely not anything that amazing.  I am just a handy man that helps out around the apartments, try to make life a little better for people with the tools I have at my disposal.  The private dining room will be just fine, will head there now.  Bill, Darren, Meg.  Bella.  If you have the time, I would be grateful if you did join me though, just for a bit.  Little easier to talk there."
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1765 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Sun 12 May 2019
at 02:20
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Meg nodded, and waved Bill and Darren along, as she picked Bella up, the little girl adorably cute on her hip.  Bella giggled, and told him "Yah.  Mama abwam dayash gava myanma."  Which evoked a smile from Meg as she led the way to the dining room.  To Kevin, she answered "I come  by it honestly.  Mom can vouch, so can Bill, I'm a born caretaker, and I got the gifts to go with that.  Sometimes I think I should do more with some of them, but then I get remindd WHY I don't tell or use some of them much."  She shook her head as Bella turned into a crystal clear water-baby, then wound around her and blurbled.

Darren chuckled, and said "Bella water-hugs.  She gets that from me.  I still don't know how you pulled off whatever miracle you did to make her, Megs, but she's such a blessing.  And nobody ever doubts she's ours.  The hard part is explaining how we got her!!"
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 74 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Sun 12 May 2019
at 05:11
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Moving with them, he waits to speak until they're in the Private Dining Room.  There was an obvious change to his stance, his demeanor.  A glance is given towards Bella shifting and wrapping around Meg.  It should bring a smile to his face, but it barely registers on his face.

"Life is precious, being able to safe guard it and give humans a second chance is very admirable.  With all of your ways of doing so."

The last bit is directed to Bill and Darren as well as Meg.  His gaze settling on Bill.

"Your assumption is correct, though as you said, Superhero is a bit grandiose of a term.  I have the training, knowledge and tools in order to help people.  Growing up, I had a lot of role models to learn from and while their teachings stuck with me it was a fictional one that ultimately made it simple to explain.  With great power comes great responsibility."

He laughs, softly, though it seems an empty exercise.  More the laugh you get when you realize something than actually fully being amused by it.

"To call him fictional though, seems inappropriate given the situation I find myself in I suppose.  I do not like to publicly sell the fact I have a double life.  I wear a mask for a reason."
Excelsior
 NPC, 1100 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Thu 16 May 2019
at 02:53
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Bill nodded. "I'm sorry, I forget about secret identities some times. It's been a while since mine was exposed. And I can empathize with that, The Legacy was a little miffed with us New Age Defenders but they eventually warmed up to us. And I took a lot of inspiration from fictional heroes too. Superman was a big inspiration of mine even before I gained my powers, though I suppose being secretly gay is quite different from being secretly an alien being."
Ethan Sharpe
 NPC, 25 posts
 The immortal formerly
 known as Brigand
Thu 16 May 2019
at 03:04
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Ethan stepped into the cafe, having teleported into the alley behind the cafe, frightening an old homeless woman with two large cats and a dog. Once inside he sought out Lin, guided to her by one of the waitresses who knew him as the owner's uncle.

He smiled as he approached her, wrapping her in a hug. "There you are, where's this person you want me to meet? And what's so hush hush about this ladies night you, Lorelei and, Meg have going on? This better not have anything to do with my birthday. I told her not to bother with it. Lord knows I've had enough to make it not worth mentioning and four hundred and thirty is not even a major number. Maybe at five hundred it'd be worth something."
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 156 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Thu 16 May 2019
at 05:16
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Miss Adventure was careful to make sure no one would bump into her portal before opening one just inside the Cafe's front door so she could enter from the crime scene.  Innumerable flashing blue and red lights backlight her as she steps in, giving away that she was recently at a crisis.  By contrast, the fancy black dress and priceless necklace she's wearing does not look the least bit like crime-fighting attire.  Once inside the Cafe, Mits turns to see if Wraith followed.
Maverick Sargas
 Wraith, 112 posts
Thu 16 May 2019
at 05:25
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
---> From The Cirandon Hotel

Wraith follows behind Mittens. To those seeing Mittens and Wraith appear in the cafe through a portal, there is a catgirl (Mittens) followed by a four-and-a-half-foot tall wraith, complete with writhing shadows, billowing ragged cloak, and no perceivable face.

The little wraith looks around at the people in the cafe before turning his hood in Mittens' direction. In a reverse-reverb voice that sounds like Tassadar from Starcraft, he says, "I like this place. It feels relaxing while clearly being a bulwark of terror to all that is evil."
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1766 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Fri 17 May 2019
at 00:44
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Kevin Jordan:
Moving with them, he waits to speak until they're in the Private Dining Room.  There was an obvious change to his stance, his demeanor.  A glance is given towards Bella shifting and wrapping around Meg.  It should bring a smile to his face, but it barely registers on his face.

"Life is precious, being able to safe guard it and give humans a second chance is very admirable.  With all of your ways of doing so."

The last bit is directed to Bill and Darren as well as Meg.  His gaze settling on Bill.

"Your assumption is correct, though as you said, Superhero is a bit grandiose of a term.  I have the training, knowledge and tools in order to help people.  Growing up, I had a lot of role models to learn from and while their teachings stuck with me it was a fictional one that ultimately made it simple to explain.  With great power comes great responsibility."

He laughs, softly, though it seems an empty exercise.  More the laugh you get when you realize something than actually fully being amused by it.

"To call him fictional though, seems inappropriate given the situation I find myself in I suppose.  I do not like to publicly sell the fact I have a double life.  I wear a mask for a reason."

Bill nodded. "I'm sorry, I forget about secret identities some times. It's been a while since mine was exposed. And I can empathize with that, The Legacy was a little miffed with us New Age Defenders but they eventually warmed up to us. And I took a lot of inspiration from fictional heroes too. Superman was a big inspiration of mine even before I gained my powers, though I suppose being secretly gay is quite different from being secretly an alien being."


  Meg 'petted' the water-weird that was Bella as she said "Well, it's been a little complicated, but I need to step up building on the Pandora.  I still have some things to get done, but it will probably require a couple trips out of orbit, and over near Mars again.  Since I have Bella, I'll probably take the small ship I already have built to test things out with, since it makes it easier to keep an atmosphere around folks.  Which, as a note, Bill, I will need you to mention to some of your other friends that I need some really super psychologically stable people to crew the Pandora.  I am sure they can help us find them."


  Bella blurbled, and said "Blabia Dada abragh nava kamma urva."
Lin
 NPC, 431 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Fri 17 May 2019
at 00:49
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Ethan Sharpe:
Ethan stepped into the cafe, having teleported into the alley behind the cafe, frightening an old homeless woman with two large cats and a dog. Once inside he sought out Lin, guided to her by one of the waitresses who knew him as the owner's uncle.

He smiled as he approached her, wrapping her in a hug. "There you are, where's this person you want me to meet? And what's so hush hush about this ladies night you, Lorelei and, Meg have going on? This better not have anything to do with my birthday. I told her not to bother with it. Lord knows I've had enough to make it not worth mentioning and four hundred and thirty is not even a major number. Maybe at five hundred it'd be worth something."


  Lin hugged him back, and said "You'll be four hundred and thirty three, Ethan, and you STILL have a lot to learn about women.  To Lorelei, who hasn't HAD an eon of birthdays yet, every one is still important, so shut up and take your wife making a big deal of it like a man."  She poked him firmly in the chest to emphasize her point, then added "The fellow you need to meet is in the Cafe with Meg, he's legit, and he did come in from another dimension, although he was born originally in this one.  It gets complicated.  But he is no threat, he's on our side."
Staff
Fri 17 May 2019
at 00:50
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick Sargas:
---> From The Cirandon Hotel

Wraith follows behind Mittens. To those seeing Mittens and Wraith appear in the cafe through a portal, there is a catgirl (Mittens) followed by a four-and-a-half-foot tall wraith, complete with writhing shadows, billowing ragged cloak, and no perceivable face.

The little wraith looks around at the people in the cafe before turning his hood in Mittens' direction. In a reverse-reverb voice that sounds like Tassadar from Starcraft, he says, "I like this place. It feels relaxing while clearly being a bulwark of terror to all that is evil."


  One of the waitresses asked politely "Do you need a table for two, and menus?"
Ethan Sharpe
 NPC, 26 posts
 The immortal formerly
 known as Brigand
Fri 17 May 2019
at 01:59
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Lin (msg # 399):

Ethan sighed. "Yes big sister..." He relented. "So is that confirmation that IS what you ladies are up to tonight?" He said with a sly smirk.

He frowned at the mention of other dimensions. "Alternate universe type dimension or different plane of existence type dimension? The last time we went to the realm of darkness was NOT a fun time."

He started down the stairs with Lin in tow. He stopped when he saw Wraith. He leaned in to whisper to LIn "Am I mistaken or is that small person one of us?
Excelsior
 NPC, 1101 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Fri 17 May 2019
at 02:06
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Megaira Kattakara (msg # 398):

Bill nodded. "I can talk to some of my contacts at the UN, I'm sure plenty of countries will want in on this. Or I can arrange for you to speak in front of them if you like?" Bill grinned at Bella and waved at the little water-being.
Daniel Heind
 Divine Wielder, 12 posts
Fri 17 May 2019
at 02:18
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
As Daniel began kept avoiding people while still remaining invisible he felt a grumble in his stomach. He hadn't had any lunch. Daniel couldn't simply go to the Hotle for a meal as the police would probably still be there so he decided to head for the Apokryphos Cafe. Some of his friends at the workplace had recommended him the place and he was jokingly told that he would perfectly fit in there as there was Greek and Chinese themes.

Daniel this time actually checked no one was watching and decided to take off his helmet. "Damn this thing is useful" He said under his breath.

To not be seen by any possible police patrols Daniel entered the place contemplating at the architecture of the place and it's Greek/Chinese theme. Daniel found an empty table with a free seat which Daniel decided to take. The place seemed quite and it would take a short while before he would get any service. Daniel reached into his bag to pull out the book he was reading before he was so awfuly interrupted. He opened the book and continued his reading while waiting for service.
Lin
 NPC, 432 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Fri 17 May 2019
at 02:35
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Ethan Sharpe:
In reply to Lin (msg # 399):

Ethan sighed. "Yes big sister..." He relented. "So is that confirmation that IS what you ladies are up to tonight?" He said with a sly smirk.

He frowned at the mention of other dimensions. "Alternate universe type dimension or different plane of existence type dimension? The last time we went to the realm of darkness was NOT a fun time."

He started down the stairs with Lin in tow. He stopped when he saw Wraith. He leaned in to whisper to LIn "Am I mistaken or is that small person one of us?


  Lin answered primly "I shall neither confirm nor deny any possibility on that.  What I can tell you, is that you have a lot to learn about being married."  She poked his shoulder teasingly, then answered serenely "Yes.  To your swashbuckler, he is the spy."
Staff
Fri 17 May 2019
at 02:37
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Daniel Heind:
To not be seen by any possible police patrols Daniel entered the place contemplating at the architecture of the place and it's Greek/Chinese theme. Daniel found an empty table with a free seat which Daniel decided to take. The place seemed quite and it would take a short while before he would get any service. Daniel reached into his bag to pull out the book he was reading before he was so awfuly interrupted. He opened the book and continued his reading while waiting for service.



  The staff at Apokryphos wasn't the type to let anyone wait long for service, and one of the
 staff (awfully young looking) was there in very short order asking him politely "Hello, would you like to order anything?  We have a full coffee and tea selection, as well as food, and I can get you a menu if you like."  The place was definitely a mix of Greek and Chinese, in ways that made it clear the person who did the decor was intimately familiar with both cultures.
Daniel Heind
 Divine Wielder, 13 posts
Fri 17 May 2019
at 02:49
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Daniel suprised upon seeing how quickly service had arrived softly put his book down and looked at the employee. "I would enjoy having some tea and with that may I please know what the special for today is if you have any."
Ethan Sharpe
 NPC, 27 posts
 The immortal formerly
 known as Brigand
Fri 17 May 2019
at 03:20
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Lin (msg # 404):

"I should talk to him, best not to find out like I did. You go ahead and let your person know I'll be coming." Ethan entered the cafe proper and all in attendance would recognize him as the Director of the DPA as well as one of the three living members of the Secret Defenders and co author of the book that brought the clasified WW2 superteam to public attention. He approached the boy in the strange clothes (Maverick). "Excuse me young man, could we talk? I think there's something you should know. Unless you already found out but I'm guessing probably not."