Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe.   Posted by Megaira Kattakara.Group: 0
Maverick Sargas
 Wraith, 118 posts
Mon 20 May 2019
at 03:00
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Trauma seems to be the name of the game for all these heroes. "...thank you for the warning. I will be sure to brace myself for whenever I get mortally wounded, yet refuse to die. Are there things I need to be taught about that are best done by a teacher? Or is the rest of what you know about being immortal experience alone?"
Daniel Heind
 Divine Wielder, 18 posts
Mon 20 May 2019
at 20:27
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Daniel thanked the waitress and began eating the ice cream. At first he had to wait because his mouth was still pretty hot from the Green tea and the ham, but after his mouth cooled down a bit he began truly savoring the ice cream, this time he made sure to eat it slowly to savor the ice cream as much as possible and simply enjoy himself, in the end he was having a vacation and while it might have had a rough start he would make sure he would enjoy all of it.
Ethan Sharpe
 NPC, 32 posts
 The immortal formerly
 known as Brigand
Wed 22 May 2019
at 00:24
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Maverick Sargas (msg # 433):
"I've told you the basics, the rest would be specific to you, immortals vary just like parahumans. If you like you can come to the backroom and my sister can give you a reading and tell you more."
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 79 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Thu 23 May 2019
at 15:26
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Thank you, Lin.  And I understand your choice, Meg.  Healing is an excellent gift, but a costly one as well."

He smiles a bit when Bella floats over to him.  He can't help but wonder how much of this is just a child wanting held by someone new, or is this child a bit more perceptive than what a child her age usually is.  Still even as these thoughts flow through his mind, he picks her gently.  Cradling her with his right arm so her head rests even with his shoulder.  His left arm just helping to support or occasionally his left hand giving something for her hands to chase after.  There was still just the slightest bit of a wall, the actions more because this is how you react when a child requests to be picked up by you.  Even if they were already floating at about that level in the first place.  Still the smile on his face brightens just a bit as that wall thins and just slightly cracks.

"Multi-verse, but yes, I grew up in a reality where the characters of DC Comics were very real.  I understand, it is difficult to grasp.  I ran so many tests on myself when I first found that they only existed in Pop Culture Form.  I do not need you to believe that is where I am from, only that I am willing to help.  Still, information as to where I am from will help a bit with what I will be using to do so.  The equipment is from there."

He looks to Meg then, curious.

"Just how fast is your runabout capable of flying?"
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1768 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Thu 23 May 2019
at 22:23
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Meg gave hm a wry grin, and said "Pretty quickly, but there's no way I could get anything big enough or well enough armed to where those guys had to have come from.  Runabout's only got point defense laser and screens, to keep meteorites and such from holing it.  But I can show you faster than I can explain.  Bella's good to go with us, she's got Bill's invulnerability to a great degree, although not quite as strong as he does.  Shall we take the runabout out after I find out what Mom and Lorelei are plotting to do to Uncle for his five hundred and thirty third?"

  Lin snickered, and said lightly "Which reminds me, Lorelei IS waiting upstairs.  I'll head up there, if you prefer, Megaira, you can get the planet saving stuff done while she and I connive to make little brother blush and stammer.  He is still getting used to being married, much less the ways of the female and holidays."

  Bella, happy to get cuddles, snuggled right into Kevin's chest, and said "Nice.  She gently patted his chest, which was a lot like getting back-slapped by an adult, (clearly super strength was hereditary too) and said almost sleepily "Dada swarpa hugga mugge nyarla kishi abrava dowarble kamiari."  Whatever that meant, Kevin could feel her getting heavier in his grasp as she drifted to sleep in his hold.

  Darren smiled, and whispered to Kevin "Now you're stuck, she likes you.  She doesn't nap on just anyone."
Maverick Sargas
 Wraith, 119 posts
Mon 27 May 2019
at 06:08
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Wraith pauses a moment before answering Ethan, "I would like..." he then looks up at Mittens. "Do you mind if I seek this further? I do not wish to leave you alone when you need company. But I also do not mean to presume you will simply follow me wherever I go."

If Mittens answers favorably, Wraith will, of course, follow Ethan.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 164 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Mon 27 May 2019
at 06:13
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Like he even needed to ask.  Miss Adventure can barely contain her enthusiasm for witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime revelation regarding a super-awesome fellow hero's unique abilities!  Her pigtails wind up twapping the back of her head for as vigorously as she nods to Wraith, grinning ear-to-ear.
Ethan Sharpe
 NPC, 33 posts
 The immortal formerly
 known as Brigand
Thu 30 May 2019
at 02:05
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Ethan nodded and stood. "Follow me." And led them into the back room. There were two near identical chinese woman, one of which they recognized as Meg from the alien attack and the owner of apokryphos. There were two men, one with long blonde hair and well muscled the other leaner with short dark hair. It took a moment with them in civilian guise, but it didn't take long to recognize Excelsior and Fluid.

Ethan first approached the Chinese woman who was NOT Meg. "Lin, the boy here would like a reading if you don't mind? He wants more specific information then I can give him."

He then turned to Meg, smiled widely and wrapped her in a hug. "My favorite niece! Glad to see the restaurant's doing well. How's the side project going?"
Excelsior
 NPC, 1103 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Thu 30 May 2019
at 02:58
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Bill looked like he was pondering that information. "Thats...an interesting revelation." Then Ethan walked in and Bill offered a smile and a wave.

This message was last updated by the player at 02:58, Thu 30 May 2019.

Maverick Sargas
 Wraith, 120 posts
Thu 30 May 2019
at 02:57
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Under the mask, Maverick was blushing once it sank in Excelsior was there. The two had met once before when Maverick didn't have the Wraith costume.

Maverick loves keeping secrets. But he isn't sure how he feels about his identity from this bunch of amazing heroes. He reminds himself that love and admiration for friends and trusted ones is just as much reason to keep a secret identity as distrust of enemies is.

Wraith steps closer to Lin and gives a polite bow, a skeletal hand to his heart. That haunting reverse-reverb voice spoke up, "Pleased to meet you, Lin. I am Wraith."

He gives the others in the room a nod as well.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 80 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Thu 30 May 2019
at 03:03
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Kevin laughs, softly, though he also takes care to let out a few breaths and then take a controlled breath back in after Bella 'pats' his chest.  Memories flood back to a time surrogate family members would do just this with him.  One especially, he was probably not much older than Bella with that first meeting.  A memory that quickly had to be pushed down for where it ultimately lead to.  And yet, there was still that faint glimmer of the good part of that memory.

"Kiyo."  Shifting his grip delicately, slightly, to accommodate the increased weight he slightly starts shifting back and forth to give a slow rocking motion.  Being aware of the added weight from Bella.  Looking up to Meg.

"That sounds like a good plan, Meg.  I will need to stop by the Osprey's hangar, first.  Part of what I need is there.  The, object I requested the small vault for."

He wouldn't have shown her what it contained, but the worn and tattered cloth that was wrapped around the object wouldn't have blocked any readings she would have picked up from it.

Looking then to Darren as he continued to rock Bella gently in his arms.

"Trust from a child is a special gift.  Not one to be taken likely."

There was that twinge again.  He should be doing more.  He knew he should be doing more.  Not just Bella, but what she represented also had a huge part in that.  The innocent, those that did not know of the larger machinations of the world.  Those that needed protected.  Defended.

For a brief second, the green stone set into the ring on his right hand seemed to refract and shine a light of its own deep from within its recesses.  Or perhaps it was just how it caught the light as he continued his slow rocking motion.

There was a determination, a conviction to his face as he looks up to Bill.  Giving a short nod as Ethan, Wraith and Mittens walk into the room.  Remaining silent for now as the scene of this surrogate family plays out.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 165 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Thu 30 May 2019
at 04:05
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
OhwowDaystar! Yay! is Mittens' first thought.  Then her eyes spot the ring.  What's he doing wearing that?  I thought it was... a last...  EXCELSIOR?!

Dry heaves.  Which Mittens tries to disguise by poofing a scifi motorcycle helmet on her head.  Ugh!  Stupid overactive emotions!  How rude!  Hello there, person I idolize.  I'm so excited to meet you, it makes me want to hurl!

Unable to speak, Mits tries to explain her silence and stomach spasms as politely as possible by holding up a sign that reads, "Still recovering from seeing a man's chest caved in a few minutes ago."

Then holds up another that reads, "Hi, everyone! =^.^="
Lin
 NPC, 434 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Thu 30 May 2019
at 23:53
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Lin nodded to Wraith, and said "Just how much of a reading do you want?  I can do a light reading, or I can do a full fledged divination.  One of the two is much more personal and can be . . . mildly to somewhat extremely involved and can reveal things you may not want anyone else to know.  Your choice."  She indicated to Ethan that she'd be upstairs in a bit, once she was done with Wraith.
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1769 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Thu 30 May 2019
at 23:59
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Meg nodded to Daystar, then gave Ethan a huge hug back, answering "If you have reports of a flying saucer in Weston, it's mine, and we need crewmen, and volunteers and all to begin crewing the Pandora as soon as I get her hull completed.  With the alien assault that happened, I have stepped up building to a frenetic pace.  Hear how silent the kitchen is?"  Which, given that there WAS no sound like a miniature metal train was running in the area, it meant she wasn't keeping her magnetics running here, so she was doing something somewhere else with them.  She said "Kevin and I are going to take a run out in the runabout here after bit, but I do need to give your wife the news.  As for the Apartments and Cafe, they are both doing better than ever.  Word gets around."
Ethan Sharpe
 NPC, 34 posts
 The immortal formerly
 known as Brigand
Fri 31 May 2019
at 07:51
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Ethan smiled at his niece. "Good plan, and yes I've been told. And yes I noticed your magnetics aren't hard at work in the kitchen which means they are working elsewhere. I DO run an intelligence agency my dear, I can figure things out."

He turns to Kevin. "So you must be the one I'm here to meet, Lin didn't mention if you were the alternate reality sort of dimensional traveler, or the different plane of existence kind of traveler, though it doesn't matter as long as you aren't one of the fae." His expression briefly turned sour at the mention of the fae. "So what can I help you with?"
Excelsior
 NPC, 1104 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Fri 31 May 2019
at 15:36
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Bill's face looked concern as he saw Mittens' sign. "Oh my, I remember the first time I saw something like that I didn't eat for days." He walked over to her, placing a gentle hand on her shoulder. "It's tough seeing the things we see in this life. Do you want to talk about it? I'm Bill, this is my husband Darren, and the little bundle of joy over there is s our daughter, Bella."

This message was last edited by the player at 17:37, Fri 31 May 2019.

Maverick Sargas
 Wraith, 121 posts
Fri 31 May 2019
at 19:01
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Wraith turns to look at Mittens. Under the hood, Maverick is concerned. But he sees Bill has it handled.

Wraith turns to look at Lin. He thinks about her offer. He isn't afraid of his own inner darkness, whatever that may be. But even if it is horrible, all the more reason to face it and rise above. What about other people's secrets, though? He figures if Lin was kind enough to offer the option, then she is easily the kind of person to keep confidence anyway. "I am willing to go all the way."

This message was last edited by the player at 19:24, Fri 31 May 2019.

Daniel Heind
 Divine Wielder, 19 posts
Fri 31 May 2019
at 19:14
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Daniel was having the time of his life. The ice cream, yet simplistic was delicious, he had never thought possible for a basic an normal ice cream to taste so good, it was so good it relieved the feeling of annoyance he had previously.

Daniel resisted the urge to eat the whole ice cream in once single spoon, but before he knew it the bowl was empty and all that Daniel could feel right now was satisfaction. Daniel took a deep breath in relief and waited for the waitress to come and pick up his bowl.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 166 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sat 1 Jun 2019
at 01:50
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In a coincidence of timing, right about when Excelsior puts his hand on Mits' shoulder, all her yuckies leave her thanks to Matt using his influence.  But the text that pops up on her HUD explains the sudden lack of stomach distress.

"Thank you, Matt."

Miss Adventure perks up and smiles up at Excelsior.  "Absolutely!  Especially now that a friend of mine has calmed my tummy with his superpower.  Nice to meet you, Bill!  Big fan.  And you too, Darren.  And you three, Bella, you adorable sweetie-pie!  I'll uh...  Lot going on.  Prioritizing..."

Mits turns to Meg and offers, "I'll volunteer!  I've had extensive space experience.  Matter-of-fact, t'was a contact of mine that gave the first bit of info regarding the space invaders.  And if you'd like to save on travel time, I can teleport vehicles as big as a truck to anyplace in this known universe."

As much as she wants to learn more about the Daystar connection here, that'll have to wait till it wouldn't be rude to butt in on that conversation.  Interjecting to volunteer may have been a tad rude, but fate of the World and all that...

Mits gives an approving nod and thumbs-up to Wraith.  Totally her first choice is to go all-in.

Then looks back up to Excelsior to explain, "Wraith's going through a rather big deal of his own too.  Thank you for caring enough to listen.  The very good news is that the victim will probably make a full recovery thanks to Lifelight and Matt.  What's bothering me..."

Mits bows her head and her voice begins to falter.  As she spills her guts she sounds increasingly distraught, "Well OK so... the sight of all that blood was very disturbing on its own...  But what's really bothering me is that I shouldn't have let it happen in the first place!  I was on the scene!  Well... partly...  But there's like, at least two ways it shouldn't have happened.  I shoulda been able to intercept.  And Matt's power shoulda been enough to keep make the victim invulnerable.  I was pretty sure I had put his influence on the scene.  And I even have the ability to predict the future enough that I shoulda been able to intercept the villain's punch!  What went wrong?

"I...  I must have been too wrapped up in what was going on elsewhere that I messed up somehow.  Had I been more decisive about taking action...  The guy's maimed, and I coulda prevented it!  Easily!  Without the help of the others, he'd be dead!  Or maybe...  Could it be I held back to draw out the scene for my amusement?  Or... I don't have the stomach to do what needs to be done?  I've got the power to just smush all those villains with a thought.  But I didn't.  Some hero I am.  Thought I was made of sterner stuff.  But I'm falling apart over one guy who's not even dead.  And we've got the Yokai-Zord invasion to think about."


Try as she might, Mits just can't steel herself.  Good thing she's got her helmet on or the others would see the stupid tears of self-loathing running down her cheeks.  So totally NOT how she wanted meeting Excelsior to go.

(( The helm she's wearing is the one on the right: http://images.yuku.com/image/p...a09692ffb18b707.pjpg  So because Wraith is so short, he's probably the only one in the room who can see Mits' tears. ))

This message was last edited by the player at 01:59, Sat 01 June 2019.

Staff
Sat 1 Jun 2019
at 04:52
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Daniel Heind (msg # 450):

  The dishes weren't left to sit for long, the young woman who was waiting on his table was there in short order to whisk the dishes away, and asked him if he needed anything more.  If not, he was still welcome to sit and enjoy the ambiance and the sights of Weston while he enjoyed the aromas of other dishes from the kitchen.
Lin
 NPC, 435 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Sat 1 Jun 2019
at 04:54
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick Sargas:
Wraith turns to look at Mittens. Under the hood, Maverick is concerned. But he sees Bill has it handled.

Wraith turns to look at Lin. He thinks about her offer. He isn't afraid of his own inner darkness, whatever that may be. But even if it is horrible, all the more reason to face it and rise above. What about other people's secrets, though? He figures if Lin was kind enough to offer the option, then she is easily the kind of person to keep confidence anyway. "I am willing to go all the way."



  Lin nodded, then said "Full divination it is.  Do you want that completely private between you and I, or do you want your friend along?  It's up to you, I don't share details with others unless it has pertinence to them, such as needing their assistance to train or something like that."
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1770 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Sat 1 Jun 2019
at 04:58
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mittens:
Mits turns to Meg and offers, "I'll volunteer!  I've had extensive space experience.  Matter-of-fact, t'was a contact of mine that gave the first bit of info regarding the space invaders.  And if you'd like to save on travel time, I can teleport vehicles as big as a truck to anyplace in this known universe."


  Megs smiled at Mittens, and admitted "The runabout's a bit bigger than a truck . . . thing something more like, well, a couple semi trucks and a grayhound bus all mooshed together?  It's complicated, but you are welcome to come along if Kevin doesn't mind.  Matt, Ozzy and I tested out the inertial compensator the other day, so I know you guys won't all turn to gory paste when I accellerate to cee fractional speeds within the solar system."
Maverick Sargas
 Wraith, 122 posts
Sat 1 Jun 2019
at 18:53
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Wraith looks over to Mittens. Then to Lin. "Sharing with her might help her."

Wraith turns to Mittens. "Mittens, it is right and heroic to feel responsible. But do not allow despair the pleasure of victory. Instead, learn from what you believe are mistakes. You were not the only one there. I too feel I made a mistake that could have cost lives in that same scenario. But people need those of us willing to take a stand. You have power and have used it numerous times to rescue people, including that planetary invasion. I was just a regular kid, but you are one of the heroes who inspired me to become a hero myself."

He then looks back to Lin. "I am ready."
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 81 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Sat 1 Jun 2019
at 19:09
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The ring was supposed to be a not at all resort, but a certain person convinced him to use it to some degree.  In the past weeks he made a promise to himself he would look into using it, under a proper contingency plan.  Taking a step from his Mentor he felt the group Darren and Bill had founded would be able to deal with a worse case scenario.  He really never thought he would actually run into any of the members, let alone the two founders.  Given Meg had a way to get him there and the trust from Bella, stuff is just kind of snowballing.

Curse you positivity!

A look over concern is given over towards Mitts as she speaks, this was a difficult life to be sure.  Still, he had to smile just a little.  He wanted to speak up, but he felt that anything he would say would maybe not really help Mitts.  Taking a breath and focusing he looks to Ethan, after an apologetic look towards Bill and Darren with his name being used.

"Director Sharpe, an honor to meet you, sir.  I would shake your hand but I am a little preoccupied with that.  As for my origins, I was born here, my adoptive family in the other reality named me Kevin.  I was looking over a theft that occurred a few days ago at the Weston Museum of Natural History.  The object that was taken, Lin recently identified as The Necklace of Osiris.  There is a lot that goes with that, and if I were back home I would have avenues at my disposal to pursue this on my own.  Here, it is more than I can deal with in a realistic amount of time.  And potentially the avenues needed are outside of the jurisdiction of the Weston Police Department.  While they should know, of course, it felt prudent to look to someone at the Federal level.  Of course, that I took two days to follow up this lead, I could find myself weeks behind your Department already."

A glance is given over towards Meg.

"I do not see any problem with her joining us."

He had to smile a bit at Wraith's words.
Lin
 NPC, 436 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Sat 1 Jun 2019
at 19:41
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick Sargas:
Wraith looks over to Mittens. Then to Lin. "Sharing with her might help her."

Wraith turns to Mittens. "Mittens, it is right and heroic to feel responsible. But do not allow despair the pleasure of victory. Instead, learn from what you believe are mistakes. You were not the only one there. I too feel I made a mistake that could have cost lives in that same scenario. But people need those of us willing to take a stand. You have power and have used it numerous times to rescue people, including that planetary invasion. I was just a regular kid, but you are one of the heroes who inspired me to become a hero myself."

He then looks back to Lin. "I am ready."

  Lin nodded, and waved him over to a table, while she sketched several runes in the air, the tip of her finger glowing midnight blue and leaving the glowing runes in the same color.  Then she sketched several more in glowing gold, and 'puffed' each of those into the walls and ceiling.  She intoned something in ancient Greek as well, and they all could feel a sense of 'heaviness' and solidity settle into the room, like they were now in a heavy duty vault of some sort that could be miles underground.  Out front, Daniel Heind might be able to sense some heavy duty wards had just gone up around one of the back rooms of the cafe.  Then Lin said "Sit over here, place your hands on the table, and just be.  Don't try to think of anything, don't fret about what I am doing, just let your world flow into you and through you while you breathe."