Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe.   Posted by Megaira Kattakara.Group: 0
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."
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 157 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Fri 17 May 2019
at 05:30
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Staff:
  One of the waitresses asked politely "Do you need a table for two, and menus?"


Seeing as Wraith has joined, Mits gives a thumbs-up to the waitress.  Just as she was about to answer Wraith's comment, she hears a familiar voice and looks in Cyclone Sniper's direction.  Upon seeing him, she nearly falls over.

"I agree," Mits answers Wraith in a whisper, "Don't look now, but Grenade Guy from earlier is here."

She pulls a wide-brimmed hat out from hammerspace and puts it on in an attempt to keep Daniel from spotting her.  Far from the most effective disguise, considering that the hat was custom made to allow for her ears to poke through.

But then Secret Defender Ethan addresses Wraith, and Mits stares in slack-jaw shock.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:55, Fri 17 May 2019.

Maverick Sargas
 Wraith, 113 posts
Fri 17 May 2019
at 05:48
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Wraith nodded to the offer for seats, and to Mittens upon her pointing out that the guy from earlier was there. Then Ethan approached.

The faceless hood tilted to indicate he was looking up at Ethan. "I would be honored to speak with one such as yourself, sir. Mittens here needs a friend, however. Would it be possible you could speak openly with her present?"
Ethan Sharpe
 NPC, 28 posts
 The immortal formerly
 known as Brigand
Fri 17 May 2019
at 15:08
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"It's a personal matter, so it's up to you who knows, and you may want someone you're close to for this revelation anyway." Ethan took a deep breath and looked Wraith right in the eyes, or where the eyes would be were his face not covered in shadows. "Are you aware you are an immortal?"
Daniel Heind
 Divine Wielder, 14 posts
Fri 17 May 2019
at 19:40
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Staff:
quote:
"What Kind of Tea would you like sir?"


Daniel Took a second to think, "Well I'm a simple man so I'll go for some green tea, Also you don't have to tell me the special for today, I have confidence in the quality of this place and before you ask I don't want anything else."


Staff:
quote:
"Right away." The waitress wrote down what Daniel had ordered and walked towards the kitchen.


Daniel feeling more relaxed opened his book again and continued his reading breathing a sigh of relief.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:41, Fri 17 May 2019.

Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 75 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Fri 17 May 2019
at 19:48
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Megaira Kattakara:
  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."


Kevin smiles a little sadly as Bill speaks about Superman.  He takes a few breaths just to center himself again.  Slowly that mask of stoicism flows over his face.

"Mars is a beautiful planet, it has been years since I saw it.  Frankly, Bill, I was hoping we would not meet.  A new friend of mine spoke highly of you and I do have to say, the comparison between you and Kalů Superman, is very accurate.  And you have out of orbit capabilities for flight, Meg?"

He shakes his head slowly.

"With great power.  There is an avenue of training I have as an option.  An option I was not going to take before I could speak with you, Bill.  There is a tool I can use to help protect against these Ninja Yokaizords.  I did not make the name, but it is catchy.  This tool comes with a risk.  The last member of my family to use it, he gave in to power and fear.  If I go in that same direction, you will need to take me out.  Meg, if you can get me out to where the ships entered our solar system, I may be able to get some readings on the direction they came from.  If you have not done that already.  They may have captives.  All life is precious, no matter what planet it comes from.  We are all in this Universe together."
Staff
Sat 18 May 2019
at 00:39
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Daniel Heind:
Daniel Took a second to think, "Well I'm a simple man so I'll go for some green tea, Also you don't have to tell me the special for today, I have confidence in the quality of this place and before you ask I don't want anything else."

Daniel feeling more relaxed opened his book again and continued his reading breathing a sigh of relief.



  In a few moments, he was delivered a steaming pot of water and a cup with tea-infuser already steeping some green tea that smelled absolutely wonderful.  This stuff was real green tea, clearly from China.  The real deal.  The food came with it, a dish of mixed Greek and Asian origins that was absolutely unique, made from thinly sliced and cooked lamb pieces, fresh (cooked) vegetables that were in season (bamboo shoots, snow peas, baby corn, water chestnuts, carrots and peppers) in a sauce that blended the two cultures amazingly.  This place was like no other restaurant he'd ever seen, with the unique food here.
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1767 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Sat 18 May 2019
at 00:47
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Kevin Jordan:
Kevin smiles a little sadly as Bill speaks about Superman.  He takes a few breaths just to center himself again.  Slowly that mask of stoicism flows over his face.

"Mars is a beautiful planet, it has been years since I saw it.  Frankly, Bill, I was hoping we would not meet.  A new friend of mine spoke highly of you and I do have to say, the comparison between you and Kalů Superman, is very accurate.  And you have out of orbit capabilities for flight, Meg?"

He shakes his head slowly.

"With great power.  There is an avenue of training I have as an option.  An option I was not going to take before I could speak with you, Bill.  There is a tool I can use to help protect against these Ninja Yokaizords.  I did not make the name, but it is catchy.  This tool comes with a risk.  The last member of my family to use it, he gave in to power and fear.  If I go in that same direction, you will need to take me out.  Meg, if you can get me out to where the ships entered our solar system, I may be able to get some readings on the direction they came from.  If you have not done that already.  They may have captives.  All life is precious, no matter what planet it comes from.  We are all in this Universe together."



  Bella turned to look at the door as Lin entered, and said happily "Yaya!!"  Which made Meg look, and smile at her mother, he two of them still incredibly alike, to the point it was hard to tell them apart at all from a distance.

  Turning back to Kevin, Meg said "I do have a ship that is capable of traversing the entire solar system and more without difficulty, it was the test for a great deal of the larger versions that will run the Pandora.  I would be happy to take you for a trip in the runabout, if you wish.  And while you take your readings, I can see about doing a GEM scan too."

  Lin smiled, and said "Ethan's here, I told him you were here, and vouched for you, so he'll be in in a few, we found another one like us, and he's making sure they know what they are before, hopefully, they find out the hard way."
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 158 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sat 18 May 2019
at 18:29
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mits is blown away like a monkey being shown a card trick!  (( https://youtu.be/4ydGVpHoTHM ))

"Oh.  My.  Gosh."

As much as she wants to flip out over how epic and cool it is to know an immortal, her conscious manages to keep her in check.  What if Wraith is the sort to take revelations like this hard?  Does he even have someone he's close to?  Is she going to wind up emotional support for yet another hero going through a huge life-changing event?  The rush of conflicting emotions are not sitting well with the butterflies already break dancing in her tummy.  Miss Adventure vanishes for a moment with a sign that says, "BRB" in her place.

Meanwhile, the question of, "If a crazy catgirl were to scream at the shore of a deserted island, and no one's around to hear it, does it make a sound?" is put to the test.

Moments later, Mittens returns, looking frazzled, the bottom of her fancy dress wet with seawater, and her breath smelling faintly of vomit.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:31, Sat 18 May 2019.

Daniel Heind
 Divine Wielder, 16 posts
Sat 18 May 2019
at 20:59
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Staff:
"Enjoy your meal sir"


"Thanks, you to-" Daniel cuts off what he was going to say before making himself look like an idiot.

The Waitress walked away to attend another customer.

Daniel took a second to contemplate the food, he had probably never seen such quality food, it even seemed to rival what his mom would have cooked for him, though he knew he was probably exaggerating when it came to his moms cooking.

Daniel put his book down and began eating.



Never in his life had Daniel eaten such good food, the tea was at the perfect temperature and the mixture was flawless. The ham was perfectly cooked and the vegetables were perfectly seasoned. Daniel spoke under his breath while still having some food in his mouth, "bloody hell, not even ma would cook this well" a small amount of tears began flowing froms Daniels eyes as what he was eating seemed to be a gift sent from the gods.

Long story short, the meal didn't last long.
Excelsior
 NPC, 1102 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Sat 18 May 2019
at 21:06
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Kevin Jordan (msg # 412):

"While I appreciate the comparison I don't think..." He stopped mid sentence looking very confused. "You sound as if you know him personally"
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 77 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Sat 18 May 2019
at 22:17
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Thank you, aside from doing my part to protect life here, it would be nice to see space again.  It is peaceful out there."

His right hand flexes slightly, showing the internal struggle far more than his face and words do.  His thumb nervously scraping against the ring on his right ring finger.  Lin thankfully distracts him.

"I understand, discovering something like that about yourself can be very difficult.  If another time would be better, or talking to another representative I can accept that.  Though for that meeting, I would like to get changed into something more concealing of my identity."

He does his best to just focus on Bella for a bit, the innocence of a child, the happiness.  He missed that feeling.  Taking a breath he looks towards Bill.

"Unlike my Mentor, I am known for my occasional slip up, especially when emotion comes into play.  Growing up I spent a lot of time on a little farm just outside the limits of Smallville, Kansas."  A soft breath is expelled as his thumbs moves away from the ring as if it cut him.  "I was in Metropolis visiting, a very close friend, the day Uncle Kal fell defeating Doomsday.  If I am going to up my training, I do need an answer."

He looks down to his left pectoral where beneath his shirt, a certain being sat in the shape of a dragon tattoo.

"From both of you.  Sorry I have not spoken much to you, I have been used to walking this path on my own for some time."
Maverick Sargas
 Wraith, 114 posts
Sat 18 May 2019
at 22:32
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Wraith is speechless for a moment. He is about to answer Ethan when Mittens disappears. His hood looks at where she was. He looks back at Ethan. "I am unsure why she reacted that way. My apologies. To answer your question... no. I was not aware. What does that mean exactly?"

When Mittens returns, Wraith can only guess as to why she smells the way she does, but he reflexively moves to put a comforting hand on her shoulder, forgetting for a moment that thanks to his costume, that means a creepy skeletal hand is now gently resting on her shoulder.
Ethan Sharpe
 NPC, 29 posts
 The immortal formerly
 known as Brigand
Sat 18 May 2019
at 23:32
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Here, let's take a seat." Ethan led them to one of the open tables and at down. "It means a number of things. For one, you can regenerate from most any injury , You are immune to disease, and eventually you will stop aging completely. You are not completely invincible, there are ways to kill an immortal. I cannot tell you what they are, as I do not know them, Lin can, because she does. It is also very difficult for an immortal to conceive children, but it is possible. In addition you will find yourself drawn to and superhumanly talented in a particular set of skills, usually under an archetype. For example I am a swashbuckler. I am skilled in both melee and ranged combat, primarily swords and pistols. I am naturally very stealthy and acrobatic, and a nimble fighter. I am also natuy very charming and skilled at manipulation."
Staff
Sun 19 May 2019
at 00:50
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Daniel Heind:
"Thanks, you to-" Daniel cuts off what he was going to say before making himself look like an idiot.

The Waitress walked away to attend another customer.

Daniel took a second to contemplate the food, he had probably never seen such quality food, it even seemed to rival what his mom would have cooked for him, though he knew he was probably exaggerating when it came to his moms cooking.

Daniel put his book down and began eating.

Never in his life had Daniel eaten such good food, the tea was at the perfect temperature and the mixture was flawless. The ham was perfectly cooked and the vegetables were perfectly seasoned. Daniel spoke under his breath while still having some food in his mouth, "bloody hell, not even ma would cook this well" a small amount of tears began flowing froms Daniels eyes as what he was eating seemed to be a gift sent from the gods.

Long story short, the meal didn't last long.


  When he was done, one of the staff came and collected his dishes, and asked him courteously "Would you like anything else?  There are also desserts available, as well as Italian ices, and ice creams."  Clearly, the young lady being his waitress was an attentive and good server.  She only looked to be about sixteen, at best, and he could have sworn one of the young men over by the coffee-bar area looked even younger.  Daniel could also still smell the food in the back, and there was clearly more of the dish he'd just had an excellent helping of (someone had Chinese ideas of portions, enough that if he ate it all, he was a well stuffed patron) available, and the waitress added helpfully "We also offer carry-out if you decide you want some more for later.  Miss Kattakara always says that we should never send customers away hungry if they don't want to be."
Lin
 NPC, 433 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Sun 19 May 2019
at 00:58
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Kevin Jordan:
"Thank you, aside from doing my part to protect life here, it would be nice to see space again.  It is peaceful out there."

His right hand flexes slightly, showing the internal struggle far more than his face and words do.  His thumb nervously scraping against the ring on his right ring finger.  Lin thankfully distracts him.

"I understand, discovering something like that about yourself can be very difficult.  If another time would be better, or talking to another representative I can accept that.  Though for that meeting, I would like to get changed into something more concealing of my identity."

He does his best to just focus on Bella for a bit, the innocence of a child, the happiness.  He missed that feeling.  Taking a breath he looks towards Bill.

"Unlike my Mentor, I am known for my occasional slip up, especially when emotion comes into play.  Growing up I spent a lot of time on a little farm just outside the limits of Smallville, Kansas."  A soft breath is expelled as his thumbs moves away from the ring as if it cut him.  "I was in Metropolis visiting, a very close friend, the day Uncle Kal fell defeating Doomsday.  If I am going to up my training, I do need an answer."

He looks down to his left pectoral where beneath his shirt, a certain being sat in the shape of a dragon tattoo.

"From both of you.  Sorry I have not spoken much to you, I have been used to walking this path on my own for some time."


  Lin shook her head, and said "It will be fine.  Ethan just didn't want the person to find out the way he did, by receiving what would have been a fatal wound for a mortal.  And yes, if you fall to the temptations you describe, one of us, at least, can make sure you are either contained or slain, although contained would be preferrred."

  Meg nodded, and said gently to Kevin "I might not seem like it, but I've got a lot of oomph if you really need it, and then there's the other side of the coin.  If you get in a bad way, health wise, come to me.  You won't share this with everyone, but I can heal.  I can make anyone else heal like I do, and even though I am not an Immortal, I regenerate to a degree that is frightening to some.  That's why I don't do so much hero work anymore, really, too many chances for that secret to get out and bite me again."

  Bella looked up at Kevin, and with the innocence of a child, she unwound from Meg, changing back into her little solid self, and held her hands out to him, floating chest-high, and said simply "Up?"  Asking him to hold her, offering him that trust as only an innocent child can, and at the same time, giving him the comfort of being a human, of touch and contact with another human.

  His friend on his chest answered softly "Being here to offer you advice and guidance means I can observe and learn more of what you need when I watch, and I let you think to ask ME when you want that help.  Otherwise the student grows to resent the teacher."
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 159 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sun 19 May 2019
at 07:10
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Mittens is an emotional kettle," Mittens explains, sounding exhausted, "From time to time she boils over and blows her top.  Not polite to do in a nice restaurant such as this."

And of course, being a kettle, she often winds up with pots calling her black.

Miss Adventure takes the offered seat and takes a swig of bottled water, listening to Ethan.  Hearing him flatly describe himself as skilled in charm and manipulation makes her head spin.  But at least it's very solid evidence that he's being extremely candid.  Wait... Exactly how old is this guy?!
Maverick Sargas
 Wraith, 115 posts
Sun 19 May 2019
at 07:16
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Wraith, of course, sat as indicated. He nodded to Mittens as she gave her explanation and is happy she didn't make a deal out of the skeletal hand once he realizes he placed such a creepy hand on her.

He listens to Ethan. The little halloween escapee is silent for a bit, perhaps digesting what Ethan told him. "And how do you know all this about me?"
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 161 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sun 19 May 2019
at 07:31
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mittens was toootally too drained to notice creepy hand on shoulder!  The lack of remembering to react to such a fun narrative has absolutely nothing to do with the player's failings at all!  D:

... Actually, no. We're gunna say that once it sinks in, Mittens reacts much like this:  https://media.giphy.com/media/...j5qkQmVleO/giphy.gif

This message was last edited by the player at 07:48, Sun 19 May 2019.

Ethan Sharpe
 NPC, 30 posts
 The immortal formerly
 known as Brigand
Sun 19 May 2019
at 15:47
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Maverick Sargas (msg # 424):

"That you're immortal? I can just... Tell. In the same way parahumans are subconsciously drwn to one another immortals can sense our own kind. It's a feeling we get when looking at each other, I've met enough to recognize it. Or do you mean how do I know how immortality works? Because I am one. Do you....not know who I am?"
Daniel Heind
 Divine Wielder, 17 posts
Sun 19 May 2019
at 19:53
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Daniel wipes a tear that had traveled down from his cheek and looks back at the waitress. "Truly this place lives up to my expectations and beyond. Right now I would be delighted to have vanilla ice cream." He picked his book again and resumed his reading feeling very refreshed and satisfied.
Maverick Sargas
 Wraith, 117 posts
Sun 19 May 2019
at 23:51
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Wraith slowly nods. "I know who you are, yes. And I am honored to meet you. You have answered my question. I suppose this means I will gain the ability to sense other immortals some day as well. There was a sense of urgency in your approach. And I do appreciate you telling me. But I'm curious... is there a particular reason you decided to tell me now? Surely I would have eventually discovered this simply by not aging..."
Excelsior
 NPC, 1103 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Mon 20 May 2019
at 00:41
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Kevin Jordan:
"Thank you, aside from doing my part to protect life here, it would be nice to see space again.  It is peaceful out there."

His right hand flexes slightly, showing the internal struggle far more than his face and words do.  His thumb nervously scraping against the ring on his right ring finger.  Lin thankfully distracts him.

"I understand, discovering something like that about yourself can be very difficult.  If another time would be better, or talking to another representative I can accept that.  Though for that meeting, I would like to get changed into something more concealing of my identity."

He does his best to just focus on Bella for a bit, the innocence of a child, the happiness.  He missed that feeling.  Taking a breath he looks towards Bill.

"Unlike my Mentor, I am known for my occasional slip up, especially when emotion comes into play.  Growing up I spent a lot of time on a little farm just outside the limits of Smallville, Kansas."  A soft breath is expelled as his thumbs moves away from the ring as if it cut him.  "I was in Metropolis visiting, a very close friend, the day Uncle Kal fell defeating Doomsday.  If I am going to up my training, I do need an answer."

He looks down to his left pectoral where beneath his shirt, a certain being sat in the shape of a dragon tattoo.

"From both of you.  Sorry I have not spoken much to you, I have been used to walking this path on my own for some time."


"Wait, you are saying you are actually from the DC universe?" Bill asked sounding understandably skeptical.
Ethan Sharpe
 NPC, 31 posts
 The immortal formerly
 known as Brigand
Mon 20 May 2019
at 00:43
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Maverick Sargas (msg # 428):

"That would be a possibility yes, but that could take decades depending on when you stop aging, it varies. And judging by your attire I'd assume you are in the type of life that makes it more likely to find out the way I did, by surviving a wound that should be fatal. Which is....traumatic, to say the least."
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 162 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Mon 20 May 2019
at 00:54
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
♬ I'm My Own Grandpa.  I'm My Own Grandpa. ♫
♪ It sounds funny I know, but it really is so. ♬
♫ I'm My Own Grandpa. ♪

The words of a silly song come unbidden into Mittens' mind when she considers the ramifications of an immortal starting a family.  She tries to shake it off by thinking about another backstory she heard of: surviving being buried alive, presumed dead.  Not working.  Maybe thoughts of pulling a harmless prank on Daniel?  Nah.  Fun times with rude vigilantes never end well.  Which brings to mind The Song That Never Ends.  Wow.  An immortal could really fry your brain with that one.

With now two songs repeating over and over in her mind, Mits just quietly listens to the conversation, greatly relieved at Wraith's composure.