Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe.   Posted by Megaira Kattakara.Group: 0
Megaira Kattakara
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Tue 27 Jun 2017
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  A large building that went up in one of the less favorable sections of town, after a number of condemned and dangerous buildings were purchased, this place is a beautifully built building with some classical elements of architecture as well as all of the modern conveniences.  The Cafe occupies all of the ground floor, and the remaining 14 stories are apartments.  Access to the apartments is limited to residents and their guests, and almost all of the employees of the cafe live in the apartments.  The food is specialty dishes, and Greek and Chinese cuisine, with some interesting combinations of the two.

The Cafe area is decorated in a mix of Classical Greek and Ancient Chinese Imperial styles, and offers not only several private dining rooms, but also outside dining in good weather.  Each door has a large guardian gargoyle on the building, and inside the entrances are all painted with more guardians, although these are dragons.
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Tue 27 Jun 2017
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Ozzy was getting some food at the Apokryphos Cafe, which he tended to when he was in this part of town. He liked the idea of supporting his friend's business venture, even if she didn't necessarily need it, plus the food was good.

He was wearing a sleeveless grey tank top with Banksy's "Anarchist and Mother" printed on the front, showing off his tats like he liked to do. He'd paired it with some urban camo cargo pants, and his black work boots, as well as a pair of black 'cutter gloves' with red anarchy symbols on the backs of the hands. His sandy blond hair was a little longer than shoulder length, and was currently tied back into a short ponytail. He looked, for all intents and purposes, like an ordinary street tough, though those that knew him knew he was quite a nice guy, if a little rough around the edges.

At the moment, he was chowing down on a plate of General Tso's chicken.
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Tue 27 Jun 2017
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  Megaira, or Meg to her friends, was the one working the kitchen today, and she recognized her old friend Ozzy.  She brought out a second (large) plate of a noodle and meat and vegetable dish with some sort of dark sauce on it.    It smelled good, with a Mediterranean scent and a definite flair of Meg's personal touch.  She slid it onto the table in front of Ozzy as she teased "Do I get a hello?  I've  been in the kitchen, but that didn't keep me from noticing you come in.  How's Clarissa?"
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Tue 27 Jun 2017
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Ozzy grinned and said, "Heya, Meggers. Clarissa's working on some jewelry and stuff at home, and she's *super* in the zone, so I'm out and about solo style so I don't throw off her creative groove. And I am kinda hard to miss, aren't I?"
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Tue 27 Jun 2017
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  Meg chuckled, and said "To me, yes.  But then, you have a far better idea than most of why.  Although you're not as obvious when you're wearing your humanform disguise.  Feels good to alternate them, yes?"  She handed him a little scrap of paper, adding playfully "You know you should make plans for the party you know Bill and Darren will have here in a couple months."  He knew what she was talking about, their old friends were still absolutely stuck on the adorable little girl they'd gotten.
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Ozzy looked at the slip of paper, idly curious about it's contents. "Yeah. Clarissa and I are considering having our own little bundle of joy soon, assuming we even can anymore. That mutagen stuff played with our DNA like a kitten with a ball of yarn. Still, we'll see what happens, yeah? Hopefully I'm just being paranoid again."
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  Meg smiled, and he saw a little list of items that Bill and Darren might find useful for Bella.  She said thoughtfully "Well, you know I'm pretty decent with the genetics things, if you wanted me to take a look at what you're working with.  The real question, Ozzy, would be if the mutagen was something that crosses the germ line or not.  If not, then there should be no difficulties.  If it does?  Well, then I'd need to look a little closer, and I'd need you both to be present for a thorough examination.  Unlike most folks, I don't need to poke and prod.  Just give the proverbial hairy eyeball while I look at things everyone else doesn't see."
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Ozzy nodded and said, "That makes sense. Not enough time has passed for us to even be sure there *is* a problem, as well. But you know how I am. I like to be prepared for anything."

He then thinks for a moment and wonders aloud, "So is alternate timeline Bella coming? I imagine it has to be kinda weird for her right now."
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Wed 28 Jun 2017
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  Meg admitted "I don't know.  She tends to spend a lot of time doing her thing with Aaron these days, down in South America.  She's . . . . not going to get close to Baby Bella.  There's a lot of chances for very bad things to happen if she does.  She doesn't want to kill herself, or the baby."   Her voice was solemn as she explained, adding "None of us know if her immunity to paradox includes the Baby, or if it covers being in the same time and place as a younger, other-dimensional self."
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Ozzy nods, "That seems perfectly sensible. I'm glad that they're doing well, though I hate that they have to be so far away. Still, at least Bill and Darren have stopped trying to boss her around. I get that they're her parents genetically speaking, but to be honest, one teen trying to parent the other is the blind leading the blind, yeah?"

He then grins and says, "So, how are you? Anything happening with you, Meg?"
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Wed 28 Jun 2017
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  Meg shrugged, and said "Not a whole lot going on.  I've been doing a lot of studying, as you know.  I've gotten my phd in quantum physics, and done a good bit of delving, also as you know, into genetics and reproductive medicine.  I've continued to study with Mom off and on, depending on how busy she is, and I've built the Apartments and Cafe here.  A lot of what I am doing, is figuring out a lot of things that I will be able to continue to pursue for a very long time.  I think I almost have a decent design for a self-sustaining biodome and ecosystem in a sealed environment, and the propulsion systems to give it an almost infinite engine-lifespan to keep it going."
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Ozzy chuckled and gently teased, "What, you planning on leaving us mere mortals behind after a while? Fair enough, I guess. You planning on exploring the galaxy or something?"

He then tilted his head and asked, "What about Mr. Witness? Or did your usual bad luck with men crop up again?"
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Wed 28 Jun 2017
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  Meg chuckled, and said softly "More the other way around.  I plan to see if I can send a viable seed population of humanity out into space so that if something DOES ever get past those of us with abilities, there will still be humans out there.  Living between the stars."   She looked down at the table, and said "When it comes to romance, well, I seem to have unfailingly poor luck.  So I'm just giving it time, and concentrating on other things.  Loneliness in my personal life is nothing really new, and I can look forward to a very long life.  I may as well get used to it."
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Wed 28 Jun 2017
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He shakes his head and says, "Man, that sucks. But, yeah, you'll find someone eventually."

He then chuckles and says, "So, you're working on a colony ship? Interesting. Definitely good to know we have a plan B, though."

At that point, Ozzy's phone buzzed and lit up. He glanced at it for a moment before saying, "One sec, Michaela forwarded me something. Apparently something's going down at the university and it's all over social media."

He poked at the message and browsed through the linked pictures and said, "Man, that's weird. Hope somebody does something."
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Wed 28 Jun 2017
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  Meg tilted her head, nodding as she said "I thought a plan B for humanity was a good idea.  It certainly won't happen for a bit though, I'd need to get together a screening process for applicants, and get the whole shebang built.  Being able to mine asteroids for the metals I need is a huge help though."
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Ozzy grins and says, "Sounds like a lot of work. If you need any help, you know I'm good at planning for anything."

He then sent a quick reply to his sister, before asking, "So... How's the restaurant business treating you lately?"
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Thu 29 Jun 2017
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  Meg nodded, and said "Pretty good, really.  I mean, given the design behind the business, it's a huge success.  The goal isn't per se to make a profit, it's to invest in people.  Giving kids and folks who have no real other alternatives but crime and such a legitimate and honest way to make a living and have homes that aren't complete slums.  I would love it if you'd set up a screening process for applicants to be accepted on the first human space-vessel that will not be scheduled to return to Earth for at least 400 years, if then."  Clearly, she figured he would have a good plan for finding good fits on a pretty much self contained environment.  She also added "I would also love some advice from your Grandfather in getting that all set up as a corporation so I can get it in the active phase."
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Ozzy nodded and said, "I'll see if Grandpa feels up to it, though if he's not, I'm sure Michael can figure something out for you. After the mutation incident, he did some serious soul-searching, did some thinking, so he's... well, I hesitate to refer to him as "cool", but he's not a raging douchebag anymore. Grandpa's been taking it easy this year, sort of stepping back and letting Michael take the reins more. Which has been good for Grandpa, since his his health is starting to go."
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  Meg nodded, and said "Whichever.  I know that both of them are good, and I trust your Grandpa to see the idea behind this.  It's a new, rather farfetched sounding plan, but you haven't seen the stuff I've gotten built yet.  Let  me know if you want to."  She brought out a bowl of ice cream for each of them, knowing Ozzy's metabolism could handle the sweet stuff just as well as hers could.
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Ozzy dug into the ice cream with gusto, and said between bites, "Sure! I'd love to have a look. You usually have some pretty interesting ideas, and I'm sure either one would be more than willing to help make it a reality."
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Fri 30 Jun 2017
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  Meg smiled, and said "Okay.  My lab is in orbit, which lets me do all the zero G experiments without extra effort.  When would you like to head up there?"
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Fri 30 Jun 2017
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  It would just figure that of the few acquaintances Matt had in the cafe (and short list outside of it), they would be heading out into space now that Matt was back on Earth.

  Though that would have been much more embarrassing five minutes from now, rather than the first moments within Earth's atmosphere after several years depositing him lightly on his feet at the entrance.

  "I've returned with confirmation gift shops are basically the same everywhere.  But that's okay because I already have terrible taste in gifts." and fashion, given the Weston City Sailfish hoodie with it's cartoonish fish just as fresh and googly eyed as when he bought it.

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"My schedule is pretty open most of the time, so whenever works for you."

And then Matt came in. Ozzy grinned and said, "Hey! Haven't seen you in a long while! How's tricks?"
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  Meg chuckled, and waved to Matt as she said "Now works, unless you want to do some brain picking first with Matt.  How are you, Matt?"
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Flashback thought bubble:
"Look, I put your moon back together. But you're on your own getting rid of the corpse of the space centipede that hatched out of it."


  "Oh, you know.  Boring space stuff.  Though Azrith isn't exiled anymore, and I picked up more Science™ than I probably would have off my cheap scholarship before I died.  So I'm back for round two of feeling out my place in things."

 He produces a couple tiny boxes "I've also got a scoop that refreezes ice cream equivalents, and a customizable fake flower for whoever wants cheap souvenirs.  I meant my opening statement."

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Ozzy thought for a moment and said, "The customizable flower sounds interesting. I can re-freeze ice cream with magic if need be, but I wouldn't mind seeing alien art or whatever."

He then grinned and says, "So Azrith can go back home again? That's good. He was the lion-y guy, right? Or was that someone else?"
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  Meg smiled, and said "Halkor was the liony guy.  Azrith was the exiled prince, and Archeirae was the one who looked like a cat-lady but had the boneless ability like an octopus.  Which is really interesting, when you consider that it means she, and anyone else boneless, could squeeze themselves through ridiculously tiny spaces that way that others wouldn't expect.  That might be how she managed to escape where she'd been imprisoned.  Matt, would you like to see the stuff I've been working on for a Plan B for humanity?"
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  Matt nods as he hands over the souvenir to Ozzy, "Meg has it right.  As for Plan B, as nice as it would be to not need one it sounds worth a look."  Meg has proooobably not gone mad with power while he was out.  So that just leaves hoping it's a good idea in the first place.
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"Better to have one and never need it, right?", said Ozzy. If he was honest with himself, he was kind of proud of Meg for thinking about something like this.

"I kinda miss Archeirae. I liked having another painter around, and she had an interesting perspective on Art."
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  Meg chuckled, and said "The basic idea is to build what amounts to an Ark.  Something we can put a viable genetic sampling of the human species on, and put it out there in space,
 so that if something happens here, and we don't manage to save the world, there will still be some humanity left.  I don't plan to be on it.  The last thing an Ark would need, is an ageless, unkillable person in charge.  I don't want to be in charge of the lives of all those people, I'm not wiser than they are just because I can plan on a centuries-spanning timescale.
 But I think it would be a good idea to put an Ark out there, and make sure it has a viable
 genetic population on it."
  She indicated that they could follow her, if they were done eating, adding "Mom has shown me the knack of opening portals magically from point A to point B as long as they're in the same dimension.  Makes getting to the lab a lot safer if I bring guests."
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  "I would imagine security being a lot easier to handle when you don't need to unlock your doors personally, yeah.  I'm more curious about the living conditions and speed involved with your Arc.  Usually the 'Arc ship' concept is to accommodate for the fact that by time it gets anywhere, the people who built it will have invented three new methods of faster than light travel and awkwardly skirt around their old sub light or near it ships."

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Ozzy nodded and said, "True. Then again, this *is* an apocalypse-prep ship, so I think we're assuming that if this ship is being used, then we're not planning on having people capable of building new tech. Unless you were planning on sending it out before any disaster happened, Megs?"
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   That got a chuckle, and Meg admitted "The engines are capable of going FTL, I just have a couple kinks to work out on the inertial compensation.  I use myself as an experimental  tester, just because I can survive a lot more than most.  The biggest thing, is getting a group of psychologically stable individuals who will be able to tolerate what essentially makes for never going 'outside' again unless they're wearing a heavy duty spacesuit.  Unless they pick a planet to colonize, but that isn't the main idea for the Ark I'm building.
 Shouldn't take me too long to put the majority of it together either once I get the kinks flattened."
  In answer to Ozzy, she nodded, and said "The idea is to get our 'fallback' up and running before an apocalypse happens.  I want to get it into commission BEFORE some BBEG destroys the majority of humanity.  That way, we can save the best of science today, as well as the best of modern medicine, and hopefully people continue to improve as time passes.  I've designed units to help with asteroid mining, and programmable fabrication units that can handle most basic ideas, but the more complicated stuff will take more programming.  But they can build state of the normal human art computers and medical equipment right now."
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Ozzy shrugs and says, "I don't see why not. Hasn't the international space research community found, like, a TON of planets that could be either just straight-up lived on, or terraformed into livable conditions pretty easily? Plus, the Fermi Paradox has been resolved. We KNOW that there are aliens out there. Maybe we can get some of them to be willing to accept refugees, just in case?"
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  "Well, just as long as there is still a good majority of talent left back home.  The way things seem to go, loading up all your 'best and brightest' in a single ship seems to make it that much more likely for it to blow up shortly after launch due to unforeseen circumstances beyond it's design."

  He turns towards Ozzy, and comments "Unfortunately despite a... mostly positive reputation up there, my diplomacy cred still had years pass before a single guy had their wrongful exile rescinded."
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  Meg waved both of them toward the employee door, which let her open a portal to her lab without the general public watching it happen.  As they went, she said simply "I want to send the best of current technology, not necessarily the best and brightest minds.  To be blunt, the best and brightest minds are usually highly eccentric and do not play well with others in close quarters for the rest of their lives."

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Had it really only been two weeks?  His stay in Weston had seemed longer than that, maybe because it had taken him so long to get himself situated.  It was actually an invigorating challenge.  Hacking into a system that was outside any network he was familiar with.  Thankfully the computer language was close enough.  He had spent his whole life looking for his family.  Two days in this world and he accomplished what hadn't lead anywhere back home.

His car was parked a short distance away, he had a customer to pick up here in a bit, figured it would be better to make contact and then go get the car instead of sitting out front with the car running.  He had been running errands and passengers around for the better part of the day, so a chance to just sit down and relax for a little bit was nice.

Approaching the café, he has to smile a bit at the street performer standing outside the front door.

"Well, I don't think I can handle this
A cloudy day in Metropolis
I think I'll talk to my analyst
I got it so bad for this little journalist
It drives me up the wall and through the roof
Lois and Clark in a telephone booth
I think I'm going out of my brain
I got it so bad for little Miss Lois Lane."

Kevin tosses a few dollars into the open guitar case as he heads into the building.  The singer bowing his head just a little in thanks as he continues with his song.  For a second, less than a second, Kevin's smile falters ever so slightly as he enters the café.  A fleeting memory brushed aside as his smile returns and he heads for the counter to place his order.

Apokryphos, something treasured; hidden.  Part of him just had to wonder what was treasured and hidden here.  Though at the same time, maybe someone really just liked the name.
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Thu 13 Jul 2017
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  The first thing he noticed was that the aroma of the food was delicious.  The second thing was, all of the staff were neatly garbed in jeans and t-shirts that matched.  The patrons were a mix of people, young and old, families and single people.  It did appear to be a very popular cafe, and the aroma was a good explanation there, but the decor was different, mixing Greek and Chinese.  There were enough people to make it look pretty busy.
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The aroma was exceptionally pleasant, and he just enjoys it for a bit as he takes in everything.  He had to order though, he'd look odd if he just stood around for an extended period of time.

"I'll take an order of Lo Mein with lamb."

He liked the sound of that fusion of Chinese and Greek, it was something he figured he'd give a try.  Still it was a little odd, but he doesn't comment on it.  The owner likely had a reason for the mix.  Family.  Personal reasons.  The smell, staff and number of people in the area showed that it was a successful combination.

"I'll take a large tea as well."
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Sat 22 Jul 2017
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  The dish came in short order, and the flavors were an amazing mix of Greek and Chinese.  The waitress looked no more than sixteen at the oldest, and she was in her uniform, but something told him she liked her job here.  Taking a good look at all of the staff, they looked either very young, or their eyes were older than their bodies.  Something here was not the norm, but not in a bad way.  All the happy smiles of the staff were a clear indicator of that.  He heard someone speaking Greek in the back, a deep, masculine voice that was pleasant enough, and carried well.
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Sun 23 Jul 2017
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Magic.  It was something that just screamed in the back of his mind.  Though he could just be over thinking the situation.  In either case, it wasn't the malicious feel.  It was just part of the warm, welcoming ambiance of the setting.  Most wouldn't know this was going through the gears of his mind of course.  He gladly accepts the order and finds a seat.

He is casual about it, but it is something to the trained eye he can't hide.  He sits where he has a clear field of vision of most if not all of the place.  Back to the wall, entrances and exits from the room clearly visible as well as a decent view of the street.  Not that it looks like he's focused on any one spot.

A few bites are taken and he prods his smart phone a few times to bring up the latest news, listening quietly to the newest updates.  Sports, weather, metahuman activity, current events.  The eyes are the most noted, but the male speaking in Greek is noted, too.  He is but he shouldn't be surprised.  It was fluent, conversational.

The taste of the meal isn't lost on him either and he eats steadily.  He wasn't on a time constraint, but he should eat quickly.

Ultimately his curiosity was tickled enough that he realized he would likely start looking into this place.  It would be placed on a far back burner to be certain, there wasn't anything nefarious about this place after all.

As the staff and his waitress make their rounds, he does make polite small talk with them as well.
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  The wait staff, as he watched, all were what might typically fall into the 'too young' or 'hard lives so far' category.  The deep voice seemed to emanate from the employees only area, a little surprisingly, but the surprising part was when it switched from conversational Greek to fluent Mandarin, and a female voice answered in return, sounding slightly exasperated.  Moments later, a tiny woman, only five foot two, appeared out of the kitchen, wearing jeans and a silk shirt in jade green with hand embroidered Imperial dragons on it as she headed for the door, adding over her shoulder, her ebony hair done in a complicated pile that kept it up and neatly confined "Don't catch the kitchen on fire with anything too wild until I get back from the Chinese Market.  You knew the stock of that was low, and the regular suppliers do not carry that."
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No.  I will not operate like that here.

As he continues to watch, he sees those signs.  He hid them well, but he knew that look.  He carried that look for at least a year or two until his mentor taught him how to hide it.  As well as how to hide the fact he was observing people, for the most part.  He was no expert at it, but over the years he had become well practiced at hiding his attention to detail.

The voice changing naturally from one language to another was certainly impressive.  He does not stare, though his attention to the woman walking through the café and out the door is rather obvious.  The shirt and the dragon design catches his eye the most and he gives it a look to appreciate the detail that went into the shirt.  After a quick look he goes back to eating and his casual observation of the area.

Still, it can't be helped.  The taste, the care of the owners for their employees.  The atmosphere.  He could feel it, the mask was starting to falter.

Finishing he pays for his meal and leaves a generous tip.  He still had a little time before his customer should show up.  And he needed a little air.  He heads off to the side where he wouldn't be seen from most of the people inside.

Breathing exercises, a quiet mantra going through his mind.  Back at his apartment he would go through some katas but right now, he needed to focus.  Center himself.

Put the mask back on.
Mr. Hurt
 NPC, 128 posts
Tue 25 Jul 2017
at 03:55
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Kevin could hear a mild fanfare out front, and could see the front end of a limo from where he was standing. A moment later a well built man looking to be in his mid-to late fifties with grey hair and beard walked around the corner, a ciggarette in one hand and a lighter in the other. With his plain black suit he looked like a biker at a funeral.

The man takes up position next to the wall, eyeing Kevin as he lit his cigarette. "Ya seem awful angry bout somethin son, am I gonna have to worry about you?"
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 6 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Tue 25 Jul 2017
at 22:04
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
'Son', it was almost like a physical strike against him.  There is the faintest of winces, though his ready smile eases over his lips.  Warm, friendly and honest.  He does sidestep a little away from the man, just to put a little more distance between them due to the cigarette.

"Just having a bit of a bad day, nothing that I'm going to cause trouble over with others though."

Honest curiosity gets a bit of the best of him.

"Any idea who's limo that is?  Apokryphos seems like a pretty nice place but limo stopping out front?  Guess it's more popular than I thought."

Private security, maybe.  He didn't have anything that made it clear he was security.  Still he wasn't thinking it was any major celebrity, wasn't enough pomp and circumstance for that.  Someone local probably.  That or just some high school kids having a good time.  He didn't think high school kids would have someone that gave off the vibe this guy was as a driver though.
Mr. Hurt
 NPC, 129 posts
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 00:23
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The man shot Kevin a curious look. "My son Don, aka Senator Donald Derring, aka the Hunter. Making me David, aka Mr. Hurt." The man smiled as he held out his hand for a shake. "Am I that unrecongizable? I know I'm not current, but they released the files on us ww2 parahumans YEARS ago, and theres been eight books and a movie on it since. One of which I co-wrote."
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 7 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 01:16
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Kevin gives a little chuckle, but he casually accepts the offered hand with a pretty relaxed grip of his own.

"Good to meet you, sir.  And I wouldn't be too worried.  The last two weeks have been a bit of a blur for me.  Name's Greg.  Apparently.  Took me a few hours just to figure out where I was.  Woke up in an alley on the other side of the city.  Or maybe I just blinked.  Really not sure.  Dealing with a bit of amnesia and just been putting my life together.  Haven't had a whole lot of time to deal with current events outside of what makes for a good decent job without too much paperwork and previous work history."

He'd have to make a note of starting to put together a list of heroes and what not on this world.  Mentally he kicks himself for not doing it already, but he did need to put a lot onto just getting an identity, job and everything else here.  He hadn't even had a chance to go over the diagnostics for his suit or the Osprey.  Something he should probably start looking at, but Uber and Lyft had been keeping him busy lately too.
Mr. Hurt
 NPC, 130 posts
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 05:11
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
David gave the young man a once over. "Amnesia? I've seen a few of those cases before and, no offence, but you look different. Most amnesiacs, at least the weird ones that still remember how to walk and bathe themselves, are usually sort of...blank. They're aimless, lost, even the trained ones don't show the signs until they have to use those skills. But you're like a coiled snake, prepared to strike. You're alert and observant, you move like you calculate every individual movement, kind of atypical from what I've seen. Though weirder things have happened, and I definitely agree with your priorities at least. Though I have a friend that might be able to help with that. He's a para inventor, and he's transferred his conciousness to a computer more than once, long story, if anyone can figure out what's going on with your brain it's him."

This message was last updated by the player at 06:03, Wed 26 July 2017.

Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 8 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 23:16
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Kevin has to laugh at himself, it was a gamble that he should have known wouldn't have worked.

"I appreciate the offer.  I wouldn't want to waste his time though.  Maybe I should come up with a better cover.  Did your friend serve in the war with you?  I never joined the military, but my adoptive father served in the Air Force and... other members of that family did, too."

Getting close to acknowledging whoever the other members of the family were, was like poison on his lips that he almost had to physically spit off.

"Not sure I want my mind hooked up to any machines but, hearing stories would be nice.  If that'd be ok."
Mr. Hurt
 NPC, 131 posts
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 00:08
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
David took a long drag of his cigarette while the young man in front of him spoke, but as soon as "Greg" mentioned his family, he saw the old man's demeanor instantly change, turning hard and supicious, reminding the mysterious stranger of someone else he knew. In a movement almost too fast for Kevin to follow the man drew a knife from a wrist sheath with a flick of his wrist and pointed it at Kevin's heart.

"An amnesiac who knows who his family is? I was gonna overlook that there's someone watching us, coulda been you didn't even know they were there, but now you've got one minute to tell me exactly who you are. And if you think I'm bluffing I'd like to remind you, I'm a cranky old man, my grandchildren are inside, and I was experimented on by nazis, and that makes me someone not to be tested." The old man let out in a low growl, his intent clearly in his eyes, the voice and the presence the ww2 veteran merely cemented the similarity with Kevin's former mentor.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 9 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 10:57
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
There was always the chance of someone watching.  That's why you generally didn't have discussions like this out in the open.  His voice drops to a quiet, calm whisper even if his actions do not mimic that calmness.  His arms are held up defensively but in that untrained reflexive manner.  His left hand at shoulder height, his right a little higher.  Conveniently shielding his mouth.  Both arms bent at the elbows.  He crouches down just a little, all the signs of someone trying to make themselves look less threatening.  Despite speaking his lips barely move, an attempt to throw off any lip reading software that their observer may have.

"You also missed the part where I said it was a bad cover story and attempted to deflect to get us somewhere private.  I was born here as Greg Jenkins.  Figured amnesia was better than the truth for just now, out in the open.  I've only been on this Earth for two weeks.  I grew up on an alternate one."
Mr. Hurt
 NPC, 131 posts
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 20:28
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Admitting you tried to deceive me doesn't gain you any trust. Hell admitting a cover is a cover while buying yourself time to come up with another is like espionage 10-" The man stopped when Kevin mentioned he was from an alternate dimension, he stared for a few seconds before bursting into raucous laughter. "An alternate dimension, things like this make me question not believing in a higher power, or at least cosmic irony. That explains why I couldn't tell where they were though, the Dragon's Mistress sicced one them on you to make sure you weren't some kind of cosmic threat."

"Tell your mistress next time she sees a dimensional traveler hanging around where my family regularly goes to let me know. She knows I'm protective, she knows why, and she knows 'most dangerous man alive' is not hyperbole. I could've gutted this kid." The old man said, clearly not talking to Kevin but the unseen watcher he described as a dragon.

This message was last updated by the player at 20:28, Thu 27 July 2017.

Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 10 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 00:43
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Just adding to the carbon footprint.  That's about it."

As the source of the observer is revealed, the act of being scared is dropped, at least for now.  Maybe there was someone else out there.  But the primary source was more interested in where he was from apparently.  The easy smile and light in his eyes doesn't return though.  Instead, he almost seems to age in front of David.  That look of eyes being too old for him manages to show through for the briefest of moments as he lets that mask drop.

"I am sorry if I made you feel that your family was endangered.  I do know how important family is.  Look.  I wasn't lying about my Uber job, I came here because a customer told me to meet up with them.  Just got here early enough to grab a bite to eat.  So I can be on my way just as soon as they get here."
Mr. Hurt
 NPC, 132 posts
Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 00:57
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
David shook his head. "No it's my fault. My life has been... difficult, to put it mildly, for a long time. I'm a bit paranoid from all that, and it doesn't help that the nazis messed with my mind when they turned me into a killing machine. Your no threat, or rather if you are that dragon will vaporize you before you can move." He looked up at the sky. "He should also tell his mistress to drop in and give this guy the 'welcome chat' and tell him the rules. Kid's got training and didn't try to fight back, think it's safe to move to that step."
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 11 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 01:19
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
It was for the benefit of him, not David or the dragon, that his mask slips back on.  He had a feeling he owed this 'mistress' an apology and an explanation, too.  As for the 'mask' you had to put on a good face if you wanted to make it in the service industry.

"If tonight works, ask her to give me a few hours.  Have some things to take care of.  And some research about this world to do it seems.  More than I thought I would.  Identities made into public knowledge."

He shakes his head a little at that.

"Masks were made for a reason."

And yes, he was talking to an invisible dragon as if it was the most natural thing to do.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:50, Fri 28 July 2017.

Mr. Hurt
 NPC, 133 posts
Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 01:36
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"I've been retired for decades, my son about 5 years. He doesn't need his mask anymore and we didn't need them in my day, because we didn't exist. First lesson, powers and stuff come and go in cycles here, last one before this one started in the 30's ended in the 70's. Back then the government kept powers and the creepy shit germany was up to away from the public, far as they were concerned, it was all fiction.

Back in ww2 there was a covert team of powered people from various allied nations to counter the nazi's occult science division. I was one of them. After the war the government formed the dpa in secret to deal with the same sort of problems. When new paras stopped showing up, and the old ones started disappearing, it was disbanded.

A good 40 years later, new ones started popping up. They adopted masks, codenames, and fancy costumes, and eventually the public found out about them, starting with the Legacy, which my son was a part of. Now we're past the 'transition phase' the legacy have disbanded, either dead or retired, and my son going into politics. Following so far?"
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 12 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 02:03
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Interesting.  One would think escalation would keep things chugging along.  Though I suppose other forces, and beings, could be at play as well to maintain a certain eb and flow of natural human development.  It's a widely accepted theory that Metahumans.  Parahumans could cause damage to society as a whole.  I did do some research when I arrived, just trying to figure out where I was.  The Para Parties that Professor Para has written about.  That's worse than any affect that was theorized.  It moved more towards stagnation and lethargy.  About that time I realized I wasn't going back anytime soon.  If ever.  So shelter and food needs took over."
Dragon
Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 04:11
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  As Kevin and David spoke, a seemingly four foot long oriental dragon with seven toes on each clawed foot and scales in shades of a starry night sky.  The long mane around it's head was silvery, and the horns on it's head were glittering crystal.  It said "She assigned me to watch, and to destroy if he is a threat.  Thus far, he has not shown any signs of being a true threat, merely an innate interdimensional traveler.  She will be back after she finishes business with the Shadow Keeper, she got paged while at the Market."

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:14, Fri 28 July 2017.

Mr. Hurt
 NPC, 134 posts
Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 04:49
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
David nodded grimly. "Yeah those are a rough business. It's a mixed bag of good and bad effects for the most part. Don't think it's any better or worse for society, just different. Though technology did progress real fast."


"The two of them have 'business'? Not a chat, or drinks, or whatever immortal unofficial adoptive siblings do for bonding? That anything worth worrying about?" David didn't even blink at the appearance of the dragon, as if this was just was completely within the realm of normal for him, which judging by what he had said about himself so far it probably was.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 13 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 18:17
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
He had a feeling he knew who this Mistress might be.  It would seem he was right.  Listening to both the dragon and David he excuses himself quickly as he takes his cellphone out, dialing a number.

"Hey Jeremy, yeah it's Greg.  Listen, I have a customer I'm supposed to pick up in about twenty minutes but something just came up.  Yeah I'm alright, just need to take care of some things.  You'll be able to cover the ride?  Alright, thanks!  I appreciate it.  Take care."

Hanging up his phone, he steps back towards the two.

"I appreciate the judgement so far, especially since it keeps me alive.  Though if she'll be back and expecting me, we may as well find somewhere a bit more private than a back alley to talk and wait.  My car's secure so it can survive where I parked it for however long this will take.  Besides, between your two connections, maybe I'll be able to get in touch with someone that can make use of training better than a private cab driver.  Not that there's anything wrong with the occupation, just I was always taught to operate at your... full potential."

A frown crosses his lips, briefly, as he shakes his personal thoughts away.
Dragon
Sat 29 Jul 2017
at 04:47
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  The Dragon nodded, and said "You may wait inside, in one of the private dining rooms if you wish, or elsewhere, but I will be able to inform you when the Mistress returns."  It's piece said, the Dragon began to fade from view like a ghost vanishing.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 14 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Fri 4 Aug 2017
at 18:41
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Thank you."

There was just a lot going on, that he pretty much just had to laugh at.  He doesn't, though his smile for the first time in a long time is honest and not just a mask put on for the world at large.  A glance is given towards David and then he heads back into the diner.  Briefly talking to a few of the staff and being directed towards the private dining rooms.

There are different degrees of private, to a certain extent.  A quick glance is given over the offerings and he picks the one that seems the most secure.  The door could lock, or at least it stuck a bit more.  He'd have a few seconds warning if someone started to come in the room.

He removes his cellphone from his pocket and places his thumbs and index fingers on the back and sides.

"Alfred, cancel Omega Protocol.  Compile any data that you can about David and Donald Daring.  Except information about family.  Known associates and declassified information from service during World War II and the Legacy.  Pull up news paper articles pertaining to Parahuman activity in Weston City and the world at large.  I want to be brought up to speed as much as I can."

"Of course, Master Jordan."  The voice was that of an older gentleman with a British accent.

If David followed him into the room.

"I appreciate the history lesson, really I do.  But it's good to get information from multiple sources.  And would be nice to have that data easily accessible.  Alfred is an AI I developed to help me keep everything straight."

As he speaks, his hands shift slightly and the phone follows suit.  Opening up and with a slight bit of pressure splitting into a bit of a tripod with a small holographic projector at the center.  Multiple screens form in the air in front of Kevin as he sets the tripod on the table.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:43, Fri 04 Aug 2017.

Justice
 GM, 1100 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Fri 4 Aug 2017
at 21:11
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
David bid his goodbyes as Kevin headed into the private room and went to join his family.

"Certainly Master Kevin. One moment, compiling." Alfred replied.

" Weinstein, David, A.K.A. Mr Hurt. German citizen of Hebrew descent attending art school in Berlin in 1936. When Adolf Hitler began herding the german jews into Concentration Camps David was taken to a secret testing facility along with his twin brother Simon. The facility was attempting to perfect a technique for creating super-soldiers, and the twins were their first successes. David escaped, killing the senior scientists and destroying the facility. He was later found by a top secret group of allied parahumans (the local term for metahuman) known as the Secret Defenders. The team primarily fought against the efforts of the nazi Occult Science Division and David joined them as Mr. Hurt. Mr Hurt, along with Defenders Radiant Dragon, Brigand, Machinesmith, and Le Chat, was part of the team that eliminated Adolf Hitler and his senior OSD officers after they escaped the fall of Berlin.

After the war David emmigrated to the states where he became an agent for the Department of Paranormal Activities, where he met and married a secretary named Martha Howard. Martha died in childbirth causing David to lose his mind and go into isolation (no doubt aggravated by the experiments the nazis performed) The child was given to a wealthy couple named James and Darla Derring. They named the child Donald. Mr. Hurt later re-emerged in 2014 when his mind was healed by a telepath known as Seer. He then reunited with his son and grandchildren, now serving as head of security for Senator Derring and his family.

One moment sir, compiling data on Donald Derring
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 15 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Fri 4 Aug 2017
at 23:13
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
As Alfred compiles and he listens to the report on David, Kevin was doing his own bit of work.  Birth records and the missing person's case for him is brought up.  A case he recently, quietly, closed.  It wasn't difficult, it was a decades old cold case that no one was likely working.  The difficult part was bringing himself back from the dead, but that wasn't too difficult.  Still he didn't want to do anything big, large scale for an occupation to bring attention to him.

The other names in the Secret Defenders are noted, and as Alfred compiles he begins searching for those names himself.
Justice
 GM, 1101 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Thu 10 Aug 2017
at 00:50
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Donald Emmanuel Derring Sr. a.k.a The Hunter. Raised by wealthy socialites James and Darla Derring, young Donald grew up in relative luxury but was an angry, violent child. Sealed records state he was in his first physical altercation at the age of six, where he seriously injured three boys significantly older and larger than him. It appears he inherited the physical enhancements, natural combat aptitude, and berserker like rages of his father. However his abilities were subtle enough to go unquestioned, merely believed to be 'naturally talented'. It is also worth noted several of the altercations were supposedly started by either insults to his parents or in defense of child hood friend Eleanor Van Diemien.


After a particularly violent incident Donald was sent to military school, where the military discipline seemed to teach him to control and harness his temperament and talents. At one trip home he met his future wife, Ellen EngleHart. After he graduated Donald joined the army, highly impressing his instructors both in school and at boot camp. He was recruited into the Rangers and later into Black ops. Here is where he met future Weston Police Commisioner Richard Jordan. Both served in the same squad as Sergeant and Liutenant. Donald left the military at age 26, and soon married his high school sweetheart, Ellen.

Donald began working at his adoptive Father's company, later taking over when James Derring passed away two years later, and Darla six months after that. Two years after seizing control of the company appears to be when he began his career as a vigilante, a full year months before the first reported para sighting. When The Hunter was tracking down a group of kidnappers targeting wealthy women, Ellen was taken by the same group he was out tracking.

He managed to track down the group, but Ellen was killed in the scuffle. Afterwards Donald went into isolation until he was approached by a technopath using the codename Spider. The two formed a partnership, and later a relationship. She was found  by one of his enemies, and she was sent away under a false idenitity. Shortly afterwards is where he and the other costumed crimefighters known as the legacy met when they responded to the same incident. They later were publically revealed on live television, and saved the world from a powerful psychic known as Brain.

After defeating Brain Hunter continued his vigilante activities while distancing himself from the legacy,  later reconnecting with his childhood friend Eleanor who revealed that Ellen had known Donald was the Hunter, and agreed with it. Eleanor and Donald began a relationship and Spider returned with a baby girl and news that she was dying of cancer. Donald and Eleanor began to raise the girl and Donald retired from his vigilante activities and entered into politics after he was publically outed. Eleanor and Donald later had a son, Donald Jr.

Legacy-Founding Members.
Dragon Fist: Supposedly chosen by a mystical being known only as "The Teacher" as the champion of light. Initially Peregrine's second in command he later assumed command of the team he later took the leadership role after her death. Romantically linked with Peregrine and Mirage. Master Martial Artist, Mysical armor, gliding, energy fields surrounding hands and feet. Currently Active.

Peregrine(Friday Winters): A mix of mobiility, physical power, and psychic ability, Peregrine was the initial leader as well as the core of The Legacy. A private detective and former MP Peregrine was the cool head of the team balancing the dfferent personalities of the members. She died fighting a demon known as Ahriman.

Hotwire Ezekiel "Zeke" Urban: Able to both absorb technology and travel into electronic systems, former 'hacktivist' that ran into the others by chance, and later reformed. Now runs a training camp for parahumans. Retired.

Enigma Marcus Murray: Master Sorceror, grandson of Robert Murray aka Maester, former secret Defender and friend of Brain. The one to inform the team of Brain's existence, had been chasing him for killing his grandfather. Killed in the Final battle with Brain.

Mirage: Mysterious vigilante who specialized in rapists and sex traffickers, possesing teleportation and illusionary abilities. Deceased

Later Additions.

Lady Psyche (Cpt Katy Hanson Weston Pd. SPecial Crimes unit): First parahuman police officer and police liasion with the Legacy. Retired from Legacy when she took over the SCU from Commisioner Jordan.

Charles Carrington (Knight Errant) Security guard who discoverd mystical set of armor when he donned it during an attempted robbery. Deceased.

Nokomis Kensington (StormWalker) CSI with Weston PD. Superhuman strength, durability, and weather control. Became proffesor of Forensic studies at Weston U after losing powers in a battle with the life-force drainer known as Life-leech.

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:02, Thu 10 Aug 2017.

Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 16 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Sat 12 Aug 2017
at 03:45
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
This world was quite a lot to take in.  Vigilantes barely being tolerated, heroes all but expected to register.  He had to remember not to judge this world based on his own.  It was difficult.

"Run diagnostics on the suit and Osprey.  I want to make sure the trip here didn't damage any of their systems."

With the final orders given, he closes the phone.  He had questions, but they were perhaps better left for another time.  The faster this meeting went with this Dragon's Mistress, the better probably.  Slowly he mulls it over, and after a bit of thinking he figures the Commissioner was perhaps the better of the two choices he had.  If he spoke to either of them.  He was not just going to sit by on the sidelines, which meant he may find himself crossing paths with the police department with his own investigations.

Where to start, that was another situation to cover.  He would wait and see how this meeting went.  Maybe he could get some insights.
Lin
 NPC, 422 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 03:54
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
------------>>  From DPA offices

  Lin entered the private dining area, a physically unimpressive woman of five foot two, with ebony hair piled atop her head in an intricate style, held in place by combs of hand carved jade that looked museum quality antique.  She wore a casual silk blouse done in elaborate Dragon designs, some of them looking painted, some actually embroidered into the fabric, and said "I understand you had a few questions?"
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 18 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 11:06
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
He had to allow a bit of a bemused smile as he stands and watches her walk in.  Bemused and yet somehow keeping an air of respect about it.  It only lasted for a few seconds and was quickly replaced with an honest smile.

"I'm not used to being on this side of the table."

A hand is extended.

"Kevin Jordan.  At least that is the name my adoptive family gave me.  Apparently in this reality, my parents named me Greg Jenkins."

The amusement was at the situation he found himself in, not the physical stature of the woman he found himself talking to.  He's known for a very long time looks are deceiving and not to trust them.  To look beyond them at the situation.
Lin
 NPC, 423 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 15:35
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Lin nodded, shaking his hand, and said "I did sense your arrival.  I have my Dragons monitor all new arrivals to the dimension to assure that I get early warnings when hostiles show up.  If they 'vanish' or go off the Dragon's radar, then I know I may need to act.  You, however, did not attempt to vanish, but to integrate.  You dimension hopped as a baby, I'm attributing that to an innate parahuman knack for dimension hopping.  I am the Mistress of Dragons, and I work closely with the Shadow Keeper and some others to help keep the people of this dimension unmolested by hostiles from other dimensions.  What other questions plague you?"
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 19 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 17:47
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"It never occurred to me that it was more myself than an outside force."

Maybe there was a bit of musing there, but it is shaken off.  There were other things to consider.  A lot of things to consider.

"I was wondering if you might have some insight as to what caused me to leave this reality.  That seems to have been answered though.  How many dimensions are you familiar with?  If anyone comes looking for me from that dimension... they may stick out a bit more than I have.  And depending who else crosses over, they will probably do everything they can to stick out.  There are a number that like to stand out."
Lin
 NPC, 424 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 03:57
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Lin nodded, and said "Depending on how they attempt to 'stick out'. will depend on how they are handled.  Sticking out by being a hero won't provoke a dangerous response,
 becoming a criminal will have the local parahuman heroes dealing with them.  Threatening this dimension, well, it will bring out the big guns and the bad shit that can happen to threats.
  And believe me, at my age, when I call it bad shit, you know it's nothing to sneeze at.
  I am most likely one of the oldest living people you will ever meet."

Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 20 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 11:23
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"People from Terra, in that case you're probably right."

A few quick seconds are used to mull things over.

"There is something I need help with.  I take it the dragon I saw has been following me for the few weeks that I have been here?  In that case, they may have seen me burying an object wrapped up in some sheets I found.  Out in the cave, by the cliffs.  It is an out of the way spot, but it is not perfect.  If you know of somewhere that would be more secure.  Not a government lab where they may poke and prod it.  Just somewhere that it can be more difficult to get to than a cave.

Also, does my temporary companion have a name?  If so, how long will they be with me after this meeting?  If a human isn't a complete bore to speak to, might be nice to know who else I'm addressing when I think I'm talking to myself."

Lin
 NPC, 425 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 13:30
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Lin chuckled, and said "The fellow I have had tailing you is Xing Chao.  He's fond of humans, which is one reason why he likes doing what he does.  If you would like him to follow you around for a while longer, he can.  Of course, if you want him to, he can appear to be a dragon tattoo, and literally be with you everywhere you go.  The Dragons are very handy fellows if you like having an unexpected ally anywhere you go.  With regards to the vehicle, there are a lot of underground tunnels and formations in this area, Weston could be said to be rotten with them.  The government knows about a good number of them, but there are still a few that they don't know about.  The real question is, do you just want a place to hide your vehicle, or do you want a place to set up a base and work from?"
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 21 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Tue 22 Aug 2017
at 00:24
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"I do need a place to set up a base of operations."

A soft sigh is given at that, he didn't want to get involved with the registration situation and yet he didn't have the resources he had back home.  Didn't have a team.

"It's good to meet you, Xing Chao."  While his foreign language skills were rudimentary at best, he at least had a knack for pronouncing names.  "I'll let you decide which route you want to go.  As for how I would like to operate.  What would you suggest?  And, I wasn't speaking just about the vehicle.  I was brought here via, an object.  Or at least partly due to it, probably.  It is something that should be more secure than it is right now."

And as far away from me as I can get it.
Lin
 NPC, 426 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Tue 22 Aug 2017
at 05:18
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Lin nodded, and said "I can make a good suggestion, although you may be hesitant to approach the person it includes talking to, but I can assure you she's trustworthy.  Have Megaira Kattakara purchase a particular section of land near her home, and she can help you get a base set up.  I know she has both the means and the right mindset to help you.  She's my daughter."

  Xing Chao appeared, and inclined his head to Kevin, answering "I think you might need a companion for a while.  I will travel with you.  Megaira is a good ally to have, believe us."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 3 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Tue 22 Aug 2017
at 07:26
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
A young lady wanders over to the cafe. She stares at the entrance for a bit, looks down, then looks at the door again before entering. She then looks for the sign that indicates whether to seat yourself or to wait to be seated.

The girl seems preoccupied with something. Maybe deep in thought. Maybe distracted by a recent event. Whatever the case, she doesn't appear to be paying too much attention. Despite this, she will do whatever the sign indicates.
Cafe Staff
Tue 22 Aug 2017
at 15:47
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  One of the staff seated her at the 'bar', where another staff member asked her "What can we get for you today, Miss?"
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 5 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Tue 22 Aug 2017
at 19:43
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette pulls her eyes from the counter to the staff member's eyes, gets a small smile and says in a soft voice, "...today's special, please."

Her eyes start to wander slowly and steadily to look around at the cafe.
Cafe Staff
Wed 23 Aug 2017
at 03:05
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  The waitress smiled, and said "One daily special coming up.  Anything to drink with that?"
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 6 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Wed 23 Aug 2017
at 03:36
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette pauses from looking around, looks back at the waitress, returns the smile and says softly, "Water, please."

This time, she kept her eyes on the waitress's eyes while keeping a smile.
Cafe Staff
Thu 24 Aug 2017
at 17:20
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  The staff member nodded, and she headed to the drink fountain where she dished up the ice and water, then brought it to Antoinette.  She said "It will be a couple minutes, the cooks make the food fresh when it is ordered, so you get the best quality without losing anything to things being warmed or reheated."
John Ross
 Elementalist, 3 posts
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 03:07
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
A fairly large man walked in the establishment. He had a bit of the thousand yard stare going on as he stood waiting for his seat.
Cafe Staff
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 05:05
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  The waitress seating people came up, and asked him "Just yourself, or are you waiting for a party?  I can seat you . . ."
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 23 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 12:13
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Lin (msg # 75):

An independent person, quietly buying a patch of land was his best bet short of going to the government.  He trusted the government but at the same time, there was a reason he wore a mask.

"Sounds good, allies are always welcome.  If you can get in contact with your daughter for me, I'd appreciate it.  I hope the suit won't cause a problem for you, Xing Chao.  I'll head to the cave and start getting things packed up and making a list of the equipment I'll need."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 10 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 20:28
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette is currently sitting alone at a table with a waitress standing next to her. She answers the waitress with a smile as her voice remains a consistent soft tone, "Thank you. What is your name?"

Antoinette waits for the waitress to answer before she slowly looks in John's direction, smiles and waves at him as though she knows the man from somewhere.
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 167 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 20:33
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
A man walked in, eyes alert, despite his desire to relax. He noticed an empty table near a window which looked out onto the courtyard, and catching the eye of one of the staff and receiving an assenting nod to seat himself, did so.

His bearing was military, despite the shaggy haircut, and the well-worn leather satchel he carried, when opened, produced a dog-eared copy of "Zen Flesh, Zen Bones,: which he began to read while waiting amiably for the waitstaff to come over.
John Ross
 Elementalist, 4 posts
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 21:05
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Just... me, yes that's right" John snapped out his lethargic state. Out of the corner of his eye he thought he saw someone wave at him. Did she know who he was?
Mittens
 player, 48 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sat 26 Aug 2017
at 01:00
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
A scruffy looking puppet that looks like a cat with wild eyes ( https://vignette1.wikia.nocook...st?cb=20070730101258 ) moseys into the Cafe.  It approaches the bar and looks up for a moment before concentrating and teleporting up to be "standing" on the bar's surface.  In truth, this is just Mittens using her teleportation powers to enter the scene while dealing with the police elsewhere.  More accurately, it's Mittens' right hand with a puppet on it.

"Clean Shirley Temple on the rocks, stirred, not shaken," the puppet requests before staring out the window, "I need a drink after what I saw today."
Cafe Staff
Sun 27 Aug 2017
at 02:20
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  John was shown to a seat at the bar, while Mittens got told gently "Sorry, nothing alcoholic, just coffee, teas, smoothies, and other things along those lines.  We could make you a double chocolate mocha with whipped cream and chocolate syrup, if you like?"

  Antoinette's waitress said "I'm Amy, but anyone here will be just as polite."

  Dane, after taking a window seat, found a young man waiting on him, who politely (kid looked no more than 14 at best) asked him "Can I take your order?"

  Kevin got a nod from Lin, who told him wryly "My daughter owns Apokryphos.  She'll be in sometime today, so it isn't hard to catch her."

  Xing Chao shook his head, and snaked over, around Kevin's arm, and then flattened onto his skin, then slid down and around his chest so that he wasn't obvious.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 11 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sun 27 Aug 2017
at 02:48
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette answers Amy with, "OK."

She then turns her attention to the puppet. Then Dane. Then John. Antoinette looks back at the waitress. In her usual soft tone, she slowly says, "Is it OK if I try to get a seat with the three who just came in? Each one is alone. If they want company, I would like to offer it."
Mittens
 player, 50 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sun 27 Aug 2017
at 02:58
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The puppet briefly glances at Antoinette as if responding to her suggestion then continues to stare out the window as if still traumatized by the day's events.

"Though normally Mittens would love the idea of such a tasty chocolate drink, the horror of the day she wants to forget was chocolate related.

"A 'Shirley Temple' is just jargon for a soda.  'On the Rocks' means with ice.  Thank you for treating me with respect."


The puppet dips down and noms something on the other side of the portal.  When it stands back up, it has a $5 bill in its mouth which it places on the bar.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 24 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Mon 28 Aug 2017
at 19:16
Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Kevin gives a little smile at the feel of Xing Chao catching a ride on his body.  There was also something else, a guide, an ally.  He had them back home but never quite like this in many ways.

"I'll keep that in mind, I really should be going.  The equipment I have will be enough for my means now.  Need to make sure I'm at least semi up and running after all.

Thank you."

Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 168 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Mon 28 Aug 2017
at 19:22
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Cafe Staff:
Dane, after taking a window seat, found a young man waiting on him, who politely (kid looked no more than 14 at best) asked him "Can I take your order?"


Dane smiled at the waiter. "I was told that leaving it to the discretion of the chef was my best move, so with that in mind, I'd like something with scallops, something on the spicy side, and no eggplant, but the rest is up to you. And a Coke Zero."
John Ross
 Elementalist, 5 posts
Wed 30 Aug 2017
at 01:30
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
After being seated he looks at the menu. "I'll have coffee, dark roast" said John to the worker at the bar.
Cafe Staff
Wed 30 Aug 2017
at 14:13
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  The barista dealing with Mittens smiled, and said "That works.  Sodas we have in plenty.  Probably in more varieties than you would expect, I know it blew my mind when the soda menu was shown to me the first time.  Want something standard, local, or exotic?"

  John's dark roast was served up with steaming hot freshness, the cup made at a one-cup coffee machine behind the bar as he watched.  They'd settled him, as a single diner, at the bar as well, since there were a lot of families that liked to come and dine here.

  Dane got a nod, and she repeated "Spicy with scallops, no eggplant.  I'll let the chef know she can get creative with your meal other than that."

  Antoinette had also been seated at the bar, so the barista waved her toward the others, and said "You're welcome to talk to other patrons, we don't discourage polite and friendly interactions.  It's only people starting fights and violence that get ejected from the building."

  Lin chuckled, and said "Well, you know where to find Meg, so come see her when you are ready.  I am going to get back to the kitchen.  My 'day job' here, so to speak, is being part of the family business that my daughter started.  It lets me play with the food combinations, which is almost as much fun as making up new spells half the time."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 12 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Wed 30 Aug 2017
at 18:38
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
(OOC Ah. Some reason, I was imagining tables rather than a bar. But bar works perfect for being able to socialize with multiple individuals that came alone.)

Antoinette gets up and goes to John, Dane and Mittens. She looks at them each, smiles, and says, "Hello." and sits.

She slowly looks over to Dane. "Nice book." she comments. She then turns her eyes towards Mittens. "I like the puppet."

Antoinette then turns to look at John. "I thought... you three might want a friend."

This message was last edited by the player at 18:40, Wed 30 Aug 2017.

Mittens
 player, 51 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Thu 31 Aug 2017
at 00:53
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The puppet first addresses the barista. "Mittens was once again torn over the question.  On the one hand, she usually loves the exotic.  On the other, stability in a mixed-up world is what she's yearning for after the... events.

"Ah who are we kidding, exotic, please!"


In answer to Antoinette, a cheerful voice emerges from below the puppet, "Why thank you!"

After which, the embarrassed puppet clears its throat and answers darkly, "I mean...  Why thank you."

It slowly turns its gaze to the aforementioned book then slowly gazes out the window again.  Suddenly, it double-takes at the book, and jaw-drops!
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 25 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Thu 31 Aug 2017
at 01:26
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"I think I've been playing a bit too much 'day job' life.  Time to get focused on what really matters.  Besides, if I'm going to be moving, I have some new friends to say good bye to."

A warm smile is offered as he excuses himself.

Walking out into the main room, he takes notice of the new people that had arrived since he had.

And the puppet with the wild eyes.  The apparently animated puppet without anyone controlling it.  Still it didn't seem to be harming anyone.  Though that's how it usually started.

Flexing his hands a little, he starts heading for the door.
Hunter
 NPC, 886 posts
Thu 31 Aug 2017
at 02:42
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
At one of the corner booths sat a family of five. The Father was wearing a suit, though his jacket lay on the seat beside him, and his tie was loose. He had short blonde hair and piercing blue eyes that seemed to take in his entire surroundings. Beside him sat a woman in a casual dress with long wavy red hair, and across from them sat two children, a boy of about five and a girl of about seven, and an older gentleman also in a suit, presumably the grandfather judging by the resemblance.

Anyone familiar with local politics or superheroes would instantly recognize the family, in fact anyone who turned on a television in the last 10 years would have trouble not recognizing them. The Father was Donald Derring, U.S. Senator and key figure in the parahuman rights movement, but his fame truly came from his time as "The Hunter" bow wielding vigilante and founding member of the Legacy. Which would make the older man David, aka "Mr. Hurt' ww2 era supersoldier and veteran of the Secret Defenders, a top secret squad of parahumans that fought the Nazis' Occult Science division.

The woman was Eleanor Derring, heir to the Van Diemien family fortune, and the children Diantha and Donald Jr. The children were both born with active parahuman genes and have already found themselves as a sort of symbol to the rise of parahumans.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 26 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Thu 31 Aug 2017
at 17:15
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Kevin notices the Derring family, though doesn't want to intrude on their family time out.  Still if he manages to make eye contact with David, a polite but slightly imperceptible nod is offered his way.
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 169 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Fri 1 Sep 2017
at 11:24
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Dane nodded in response to Antoinette, but then smiled as he saw Senator Derring, and, folding his napkin and setting it down, he stood and walked over.

He paused, still smiling, and he said, "Senator! It's good to see you again! I don't want to intrude, but I just wanted to tell you again how much I appreciated your kind words in DC."

He nodded to the Senator's wife, "Ma'am," and his father, "Sir."

And then crouched down, and smiled at the kids. "Hey, kids. I got to meet your dad a few months ago, and I got to meet the President, too."

Then he leaned in and whispered, a twinkle in his eye, "Your dad was waaaaaaay cooler."
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 10 posts
Tue 5 Sep 2017
at 00:32
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
[From Home]

Serena walks in the cafe looking slightly rumpled but clean. Her face is drawn and she has dark circles under her eyes but she's steady on her feet as she waits to be seated.
John Ross
 Elementalist, 6 posts
Thu 7 Sep 2017
at 04:30
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Well thank you, I'm new to this part of town. Got a new job or at least a chance for it" he said to Antoinette. John recognized "The Hunter" and nodded but did nothing more.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:31, Thu 07 Sept 2017.

Hunter
 NPC, 887 posts
Thu 7 Sep 2017
at 12:57
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Dane Sinclair (msg # 101):

Don looked up, smiling in recognition, as he heard Dane's voice. He stood up, offering his hand for a shake. "Sergeant Sinclair, it's good to see you again. How have you been adjusting to civilian life?"

  Diantha smiled at Dane, and waved at him, poking her brother as she did.  Little kids WILL be little kids, after all.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 13 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Fri 8 Sep 2017
at 06:34
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette didn't notice Don walk in. But she did notice Dane get up and walk away. As if it took her a second to notice, though, Antoinette slowly turns her head to look in Dane's direction. Anyone paying attention to her expression would see that for a little while, she doesn't really seem to notice Don or his family even though she is looking directly at Dane. But that moment passes and her curious expression, rather than turning to shock, simply turns to a smile and she waves at Don and his family, whether they look her way or not.

The girl then turns her attention back to John and Mittens' puppet. In her usual, soft tone, she says, "My name is Antoinette. What may I call you?"
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 170 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Fri 8 Sep 2017
at 12:46
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Hunter (msg # 104):

Dane smiled. "Very well, sir. I took some time and did some hiking and traveling. It was nice to travel in some remote areas without having to watch out for the Taliban. Yosemite is still, from my experience, free from bad people."

Then he shrugged lightly. "I've decided to work with Director Sharpe. See if I can make a difference."

This message was last edited by the player at 14:51, Mon 11 Sept 2017.

Mittens
 player, 52 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Fri 8 Sep 2017
at 23:27
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Kevin Jordan (msg # 98):
The puppet's eyes follow the good looking guy headed for the door, but then a war hero strikes up a conversation with a senator, and the poor puppet looks shocked!  "I'm beginning to think I have a deeper superpower than I thought..." it whispers, "Or is this the workings of that 'fate' mumbo-jumbo they spoke of in Space Zen School."

Antoinette's addressing the thugish looking guy with the pleasant demeanor snaps the puppet back to the immediate matter at hand.  Introductions.

"There are some who call me... Mittens!"

The puppet spews fire out of its mouth!  Ok, not really real fire.  It's just a trick using a portal in front of the mouth to a Halloween decoration:

https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB...-Flame-LED-Light.jpg

With that Monty Python reference out of the way, the puppet takes note of the slightly rumpled person who just walked in.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 11 posts
Sat 9 Sep 2017
at 01:23
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The young woman standing there has haunted, almost lifeless eyes that wander the cafe constantly, never seeming to settle on any one person or place for long. Something- exhaustion perhaps, has leeched the colour from her cheeks and left her looking ghostly white. Her hands seem to shake very slightly now and again as she waits for a seat.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 27 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Sat 9 Sep 2017
at 01:49
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
There was that slight uncoiling as the fire is shot from the puppets mouth, but it is reigned in and fairly well masked as realization settles in.  A breath and he centers himself again.

This world was strange, and was going to take a lot of getting used to.

A glance is given towards Serena as he excuses himself past her.  The smile on his face is warm enough though he doesn't maintain eye contact with her for long.

With that he was out the door.  The visit to the Café had been very educational.  And he was feeling a bit overwhelmed in a way.  It had been a long time since he had been around so many new people.  Not to mention seeing abilities being used out in the open, identities made public even if they were in the past.  And then there was the registration.

Getting into his car, he pulls away from the area.  It was a lot to take in.

And he had work to get to.

>>>>>>>  Cliffs of Weston >>>>>
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 14 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 17:11
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Even as Antoinette is waiting for John's response, she looks in the direction of the doorway to the cafe. Should Serena look in Antoinette's direction, she will see Antoinette's eyes locking with Serena's.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 12 posts
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 17:20
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena's eyes continue their aimless wandering of the cafe until she catches someone looking at her and there her gaze stays, caught in the intensity of the other woman's eyes locked with hers.

The hand holding the strap of her purse tightens until the knuckles turn white and she returns the stare, mind going blank.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 15 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 20:23
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette makes a beckoning motion at Serena. She is saying something, but unless Serena's superpower is heightened hearing, Serena will likely just see Antoinette's mouth moving.

To John and Mittens, however, they hear Antoinette say, "There is room over here."
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 13 posts
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 20:55
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena's breath hitches for a moment as she is beckoned over and hears what Antoinette says and she, for just a second, looks like she's about to bolt before she begins slowly walking over.
John Ross
 Elementalist, 7 posts
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 21:53
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"My name's John" nodding slightly. He noticed Serena but decided not to look at her after seeing her nervousness.
Mittens
 player, 53 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Mon 11 Sep 2017
at 14:43
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Kevin Jordan (msg # 109):

"The puppet identifying itself as Mittens is a little embarrassed that her display caused someone distress, so maybe it's for the best that only one person reacted to a puppet breathing fire in the room.  Would have expected a reaction from the kids at least.  Maybe they were distracted."

Said puppet "scooches" a little in order to make room for the newcomer.  In truth, the portal the puppet "standing" in simply moves to the side while the puppet makes a scooching motion.

"Mittens is loving the company of her new friends but is unsure how to strike up a conversation...  The horrifying sight she had seen that day was probably not a good starting point.  Oh right!  John had mentioned a chance at a new job."

The puppet addresses John without making direct eye contact, if such a thing is possible, "What sort of job, Sir John?"
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 14 posts
Mon 11 Sep 2017
at 15:13
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The newcomer starts to say something but stops and clears her throat. "Serena."

Her voice is hoarse from lack of use or strong emotion - likely both given the look in her eyes.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:31, Mon 11 Sept 2017.

Hunter
 NPC, 888 posts
Mon 11 Sep 2017
at 17:42
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Dane Sinclair (msg # 106):

The Senator smiled. "That's good to hear, had a bit of trouble myself but my case isn't exactly typical. And last I checked there's still no criminal organizations in the national parks, though I suppose some are big enough they could fit a smuggling ring or two. I'm sure not needing to march with sixty pounds of gear on your back makes the trip much more pleasant as well." Don nodded at the mention of Ethan. "He's a good man, him and my Father served together in the Defenders. They still go out drinking about once a month."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 16 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Mon 11 Sep 2017
at 20:41
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Having not yet sipped from her glass of water, Antoinette offers it to Serena. "Nice to meet you, Serena." she says softly.

She looks at Mittens' puppet inquisitively at the mention of throwing fire out its mouth and stuff. "...I thought it was neat." she comments quietly.

With Mittens making room for Serena, Antoinette didn't need to scoot. But she has a small smile for Serena before looking at John in anticipation of his answer to Mittens.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:43, Mon 11 Sept 2017.

Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 15 posts
Mon 11 Sep 2017
at 20:50
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena takes the offered glass and drinks most of it in one swallow. "Thank you. It's good to meet you."

She resumes looking through the cafe, lapsing into silence unless someone talks to her.
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 171 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Mon 11 Sep 2017
at 20:55
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Hunter:
"He's a good man, him and my Father served together in the Defenders. They still go out drinking about once a month."


Dane chuckled. "I'm not one for parties, but for THAT one I'd go. Sir." he finished, nodding respectfully at Senator Derring's father.

Then he straightened up, and nodded to everyone, in turn. "Senator. Ma'am. Sir. Kids. I've taken up enough of your time. Good to see you, Senator."
John Ross
 Elementalist, 8 posts
Sun 17 Sep 2017
at 04:19
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
John looks over at "The Hunter" "If everything goes well I'll be like him, a hero. That is assuming I don't die in the process".
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 17 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sun 17 Sep 2017
at 07:15
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette doesn't bother looking. She already waved to The Hunter, knows who John is talking about and wants to keep her eyes on the people in front of her.

She continues in her soft tone and answers John, "All we can do is our best."

Then slowly turns to look at Serena. "What is it you do, Serena?"

This message was last edited by the player at 07:15, Sun 17 Sept 2017.

Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 16 posts
Sun 17 Sep 2017
at 19:09
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The blonde woman starts slightly, seemingly surprised at being spoken to or perhaps forgetting that there were people around her at all. She looks uncomfortable and stares at the hand in her lap. Her left hand, the one wearing a wedding ring.

"I...I don't do anything right now. I was in school but not...not right now." She replies, voice just loud enough to be heard.
Mittens
 player, 54 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Mon 18 Sep 2017
at 01:43
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Serena Wyndham (msg # 119):

"Mittens is impressed with Serena's chugging prowess and subconsciously feels challenged to attempt to one-up her.  (A feat she likely can only accomplish by cheating through the use of portals.)

"But the soft-spoken brunette's complimenting the fake fire-breathing tempers the eccentric cat's natural proclivity for one-upmanship, so she instead turns her attention Sir John - the dude who she's liking more and more every time he speaks.

"Me to!  I've aspired to becoming a hero since I was little!  What sort of hero were you aiming at?  There's so many possibilities!"

Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 17 posts
Wed 20 Sep 2017
at 01:09
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena looks like she wants to talk but isn't sure how to start a conversation. She's obviously had something very traumatic happen to her and anyone sitting next to her can smell alcohol metabolising.

"What about you? What do you do?" She finally blurts out in a rush.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 18 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Wed 20 Sep 2017
at 07:19
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette says softly, "I work at my parents' farm. And I work for The Think Tank. I like to help people."

With a small smile, Antoinette looks to Mittens and says softly, "If you want to challenge someone and win, challenge me." it is hard to tell if her matter-of-fact way of speaking makes it look like she was serious about that.

She looks back at Serena. "Why aren't you in school?"
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 18 posts
Wed 20 Sep 2017
at 22:04
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena looks down at her hands which begin to tremble slightly. "I...lost my husband so I left school. I left everything."

Her voice cracks and she looks away, out the window into the parking lot.
John Ross
 Elementalist, 9 posts
Wed 27 Sep 2017
at 02:35
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Mittens (msg # 124):

"I plan on registering soon. It'll keep the government off my back at the very least".
Mittens
 player, 55 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Wed 27 Sep 2017
at 17:09
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
One of the may advantages of alien tech is the ability to interface with terrestrial tech hands-free and voice command free.  So Mits secretly does two searches on her smartphone: One on an online obituary search engine for anyone in the area that recently died who is survived by a wife named Serena, and a second search for "How to comfort a perfect stranger."  While Mittens does have a heart, and it is breaking for Serena's loss, she doesn't have the first clue on how to help.  Maybe if Serena were 5 years old, a silly cat puppet might be of some comfort.

Meanwhile, figuring that the soft voice and non-muppet appearance of Antoinette to be far better for a hungover grieving widow, the puppet nods to John.  "Freelance, then? That's really interesting!  I've been taking a crash course in law at the local college in hopes of being accepted at the Interpol academy.  My parents insist that having a badge opens way more doors than my magical portals ever could.  What would be your specialty, then?  And please don't say, 'Rescuing cats out of trees.'"
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 20 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Wed 27 Sep 2017
at 19:14
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Seemingly not worried about social rules concerning people one has just met, Antoinette gets up from her seat, takes a few steps over to Serena, and hugs her. She says nothing for the time being.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 20 posts
Wed 27 Sep 2017
at 23:32
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe


Serena freezes when Antoinette hugs her. She goes absolutely still for the length of a heartbeat and then her arms wrap around the young woman and Antoinette feels hot tears begin to soak her top.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 21 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sat 30 Sep 2017
at 00:11
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette keeps an arm around Serena, slowly reaches up with her other hand and pets her. "Sorry for your loss..." she says softly, her eyes showing compassion and sorrow for Serena.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 21 posts
Sat 30 Sep 2017
at 03:39
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena holds onto Antoinette as if the young woman is the only thing keeping her anchored to the world around her. She cries great wrenching sobs so strong that no noise is heard from her, despite the grief wracking her body.

As the young woman holds her she feels something change inside her. The massive, gaping wound in her souls closes just a bit; healed by the compassion of strangers and she feels strength enter her that she has not felt in too long.

Her eyes are closed and turned towards the window but, were anyone to look in and see them they would note they were gold and flames licked up her forehead.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 22 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Tue 3 Oct 2017
at 05:39
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette knows that words are not enough and never will be. On that note, she sobs some herself, crying on behalf of this poor lady. She just continues to pet Serena. She does not seem to notice the flames. At least for now.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 22 posts
Wed 4 Oct 2017
at 14:53
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena cries a bit more before appearing to cry herself out. As her emotions release with the tears so too the fire fades from her eyes. She lifts her head up from the young girl and gives a weak smile, wiping her face with a napkin.

"I'm sorry. You don't know me at all and I just lost control. Thank you for the concern." She says, her Aussie accent thick as she wipes her eyes.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 23 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Wed 4 Oct 2017
at 18:10
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette's cheeks have obvious tears on them as Serena looks at her, a look of compassion still on the gal's face. "I do not know you. But I know you need love. I will be your friend." she says softly.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 23 posts
Wed 4 Oct 2017
at 19:08
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena makes a noise halfway between a sniff and a giggle. "Thank you but I'm afraid I'm not a very good friend. I've been a wreck since...since it happened. I only left the house today to get things from the store; otherwise I don't leave unless people drag me out. I don't make for good company."

A tear slides down her cheek again.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 24 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sun 8 Oct 2017
at 11:15
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette says softly, "If doctors shied away from their patients because they were bad company, nobody would be healed. In that way, people must not shy away from those who need help just because they are bad company."

Her hand reaches to wipe the tear away.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 24 posts
Sun 8 Oct 2017
at 18:49
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena gave that little hiccup-giggle again as a few more tears slid down her cheeks.

"You're very kind, thank you. I'd...I'd like to have a friend."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 25 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sat 14 Oct 2017
at 01:39
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette goes to sit back down, if now making sure to sit next to Serena. She offers Serena a card that has her address and phone number written on it. "May I have your address and phone number?"
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 25 posts
Sat 14 Oct 2017
at 06:15
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena nods and rattles of her address and phone number as requested.

"It may take multiple attempts at ringing me before I answer and multiple knocks on the door. I tend to sleep. A lot. And...drink. A lot. Until I pass out."

Serena had no idea why she was telling Antoinette this but the woman had a presence about her that made Serena feel she could share this without condemnation.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:53, Mon 16 Oct 2017.

Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 172 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Sat 14 Oct 2017
at 13:23
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
After interrupting Senator Derring's dinner with his family briefly, Dane went back to sit at his table just as his food arrived.

He thanked the wait staff who brought his food, and began to eat.

He ate slowly, taking small bites; he wanted to enjoy his food and not overeat. Maintaining his physical conditioning was of paramount importance.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 26 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Mon 16 Oct 2017
at 19:06
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette pauses for a bit and says softly, "OK."

She then asks Serena, "...do you have any pets?"
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 26 posts
Mon 16 Oct 2017
at 22:56
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Oh god no. I can't take care of myself so I certainly couldn't take care of a pet. Ian..." She turns away for a moment. "Ian and I had talked about getting a German Shepard. We were even thinking of going to the shelter to look for one the week..."

Her voice trails off.
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 173 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Mon 16 Oct 2017
at 23:26
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Serena Wyndham (msg # 144):

Dane ate slowly and deliberately, yet kept a surreptitious eye on the emotionally-charged situation at the other table. Firefights in the desert did not bother him, but crying women? Not at gunpoint.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 27 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Wed 18 Oct 2017
at 01:26
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette softly asks, "Would you like a robot pet?"
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 27 posts
Wed 18 Oct 2017
at 01:28
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"A...robot pet? What exactly is a a robot pet besides a robot that's a pet. Do they look and act like pets? Can they offer company when I feel lonely."

She asks, head facing down towards the table.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:00, Wed 18 Oct 2017.

John Ross
 Elementalist, 10 posts
Wed 18 Oct 2017
at 01:36
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Mittens (msg # 129):

"What do you mean by specialty?" John asked.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 28 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Wed 18 Oct 2017
at 01:46
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette answers Serena, "Yes."

Her eyes are still fixed on Serena, regardless of where Serena is looking.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 28 posts
Wed 18 Oct 2017
at 02:02
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
She's silent for a moment before nodding once. "That...that would be nice.

She pulls out another napkin and wipes her eyes. "I've been so lonely since my Ian was taken from me."
Mittens
 player, 56 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Thu 19 Oct 2017
at 03:35
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Much can happen in the space between a question and answer.  A heart-melting scene and endearing conversation, Mittens getting served her drink, and said drink disappearing into a portal, for example.

"That was Mittens' imperfect way of asking you what your superpowers are without presuming that you have superpowers," the puppet answers, "I'm sure you've guessed that my thing is portals."

Ian.  Very likely the same Ian Wyndham that Mits just read about.  Armed with this knowledge, Mits finally feels like it's safe to enter the scene in full since Antoinette is tanking the majority of the tear barrage like a champ.  So she portals into the room as nonchalantly as she can manage.

"Very sorry for your loss, Mrs. Wyndham.  My condolences.  Say the word, and you will have the company of an eccentric for what it's worth."

Oops!  Forgot about the disembodied puppet still peeking out of a separate portal.  Oh well.  She's the middle of a conversation with John anyway, so no need to fix that.  Though it winds up making Mittens look like she's missing a hand.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 29 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Thu 19 Oct 2017
at 04:32
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette says softly to Serena, "I can get you a robot pet..." then slowly looks at Mittens with a curious expression.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 29 posts
Sat 21 Oct 2017
at 01:00
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena jumps as Mitten's appears, seemingly out of nowhere and again when she sees the rather...unique appearance the young woman has but her words are another kindness which cut her to the quick. Another stranger quick to offer her friendship. She begins to tear up again.

"Thank...thank you. I appreciate the kindness of your offer. And yes please, Antoinette, I would like one."

She takes another napkin so she can rub her eyes.
John Ross
 Elementalist, 11 posts
Mon 23 Oct 2017
at 01:18
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Mittens (msg # 151):

"I can transform into other materials and change my shape". John said plainly
Mittens
 player, 57 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Mon 23 Oct 2017
at 03:23
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Grateful that she wasn't accused of being so nosy as to dig up the poor lady's last name, Mittens gives an overly fancy bow to Serena.

"You're quite welcome.  If there is any way a teleporting hero can be of aid, do let me know."

She stands upright again and nods to John.  "Neato!  That's so very handy!  You ever toy around with it just for fun?  'cause I can think of a million fun things to do with a power like that.  Jump scares for Candid Camera for one."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 30 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Mon 23 Oct 2017
at 05:54
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette smiles at Mittens and John. Then turns to look back at Serena and says, "Serena. May I install a monitoring system in the robot pet that I am giving you?"
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 30 posts
Mon 23 Oct 2017
at 18:20
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena seems to draw into herself some. She hasn’t withdrawn completely but there’s a bit of guard up that she had dropped when she began to cry.

“A monitoring system? What do you mean?”
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 31 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Mon 23 Oct 2017
at 19:11
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette says, "I can install a life monitor in the robot that will keep track of your physical health. This would be so that, when you do not answer the door, I will know whether it is because you are asleep, unconscious, or in need of medical attention. I am not a doctor, but I can heal people."
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 31 posts
Tue 24 Oct 2017
at 01:27
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena begins to cry again and nods, unable to speak. She's touched that this stranger would care enough to want to make sure she was safe and ashamed at how badly she had fallen apart. Sadly though, she knew she wouldn't be able to put herself together again until she found the killers and avenged Ian's death.

After that...she didn't know and didn't care right now.
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 174 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Tue 24 Oct 2017
at 19:12
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The food was superb. On the surface, kalamata olives and feta cheese did not gracefully combine with shrimp and Szechuan sauce, but whoever the chef was, he, or she, really got it to work.

It was so good, in fact, that Dane found himself eating his entire portion, which was unusual. He generally practiced a staggering amount of portion control, but today, he was just not motivated to do that.

A sidewards glance told him the emotions were still running a little high over at the other table, so he ordered another glass of water, and continued to keep his head down.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 32 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sat 28 Oct 2017
at 04:35
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette nods to Serena, pets her back, and slowly looks over at Mittens. "Please keep Serena company. I will be back soon."

She then turns to look in Dane's direction and walks over to him. Once she is at his table, she slowly makes her eyes look at his, as if making a mental effort to do so. "Hi. My name is Antoinette." She has a small, hopeful smile.

It isn't that Antoinette is such a social butterfly... it's that circumstances are making her look like one. She wanted to care for the hurting lady. And she wanted to be there for anyone who needed her. But she also wanted to meet Dane specifically, once she saw him. Assuming this is, in fact, Dane and not just a very similar looking man.
Mittens
 player, 58 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sat 28 Oct 2017
at 04:55
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mits is taken aback by Antoinette unloading Serena into her most unqualified hands all of a sudden.

"And people call me weird..."

Now think of something constructive to say.  Something helpful.  Something from your space Zen training.

"But...  By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower."
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 32 posts
Sun 29 Oct 2017
at 06:09
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena looks confused by this young woman in front of her - obviously not human but seemingly very nice, The statement she made is something of a puzzle.

"Sorry, what?"

Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 175 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Sun 29 Oct 2017
at 19:36
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette Rebeca Haze:
She then turns to look in Dane's direction and walks over to him. Once she is at his table, she slowly makes her eyes look at his, as if making a mental effort to do so. "Hi. My name is Antoinette." She has a small, hopeful smile.


When Antoinette made it clear she was approaching Dane's table, he would have set his fork down and stood.

"Hi, Antoinette. I'm Dane. How do you do?"

Dane seemed curious as to why this woman would approach a stranger, but gave her a welcoming (yet reserved) smile, none the less.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 33 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Mon 30 Oct 2017
at 00:51
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette answers Dane softly, "I am OK. Thank you. I hope you are well also. I have a friend who wants to meet you, but is nervous about it. Since I saw you here, I hoped to find out if you would be able to schedule a day to meet my friend."
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 176 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Mon 30 Oct 2017
at 01:06
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Antoinette Rebeca Haze (msg # 165):

Dane frowned, and gestured to the seat in front of him as he sat himself.

“Why is your friend nervous? She must be very shy if she can’t approach me herself.”
Mittens
 player, 59 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Mon 30 Oct 2017
at 01:07
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Hmm?"

Progress!  Mittens managed to not make things worse!

"I was first commenting about Antoinette's strange behavior.  Pot 'n kettle, right?  But then I reminded myself a Zen lesson learned while gallivanting about in space.  Ya know it's Zen when it doesn't simply say something plainly.  'By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower,' means 'don't nitpick a nice thing.'  Or it could be interpreted as 'mindlessly destroying a flower is a waste.'  Second tell-tale sign of Zen is that it's vague most times.  'Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.'  Sounds poetic, but not very practical, and what kinda wise lesson is that supposed to be teaching?  That shoes are bad because they hurt the Earth's feelings that you're not being intimate?  But then who wants to be kissed with a foot anyway?"
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 33 posts
Mon 30 Oct 2017
at 01:15
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena's look of confusion grew as she processed the very strange things the rather odd young woman was saying until one thing jumped out at her and she giggled, which turned into a small laugh which steadily grew until she was laughing so hard tears were running down her face but, unlike before, these were tears brought on by the humourous statement and the sheer insanity of the thought of being kissed by feet.

This was the first time she had laughed like this since the attack and Ian's death and it was as if a bottle had been uncorked. She didn't remember how to laugh like this and certainly had no idea how to stop. But it was release of a different sort and release was essential.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 34 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Mon 30 Oct 2017
at 02:03
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette looks at where Dane gestured, sees it is a seat and sits herself down. She pulls out a photograph and offers it to Dane. It is of a little boy no older than 10. "He isn't shy. But he is quiet and reserved."

This message was last edited by the player at 03:51, Mon 30 Oct 2017.

Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 177 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Mon 30 Oct 2017
at 02:30
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Antoinette Rebeca Haze (msg # 169):

Dane smiled, and relaxed slightly. “Ah. I see. Your brother?”

Then he looked at the photograph again. “Sure, I’m happy to meet him, although... I suspect it is more complicated than you bringing him here? Are they any special circumstances I need to know about?”
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 35 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Mon 30 Oct 2017
at 03:51
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette says softly, "No relation. Just a friend and a good boy. Special circumstances: He is a hero without super powers. It won't be complicated to bring him here, if you prefer. I can call him on the phone if you are willing right now."
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 178 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Mon 30 Oct 2017
at 12:43
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Antoinette Rebeca Haze (msg # 171):

Dane shrugged amiably. "Sure. I can hang here for a while. The food is excellent; I imagine the desserts rock, too."

Then he smiled. "'A hero without powers.' Nothing wrong with that. Most of my friends are like that. So yeah, bring him around."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 36 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Mon 30 Oct 2017
at 19:01
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette smiles and says softly, "You are a nice man, Dane."

She then pulls out her phone and dials a number. When the other end picks up, Antoinette says, "Hi. I'm at the Apokryphos Cafe. Can you come?" "Sure. I was headed that way." "OK. I'll see you when you get here."

She then sets the phone on the table and swipes its screen until there is a view of the street the cafe is on. Then turns her eyes back up towards Dane. "Thank you. This will mean a lot to him... what dessert are you getting?"
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 179 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Mon 30 Oct 2017
at 19:10
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Antoinette Rebeca Haze (msg # 173):

Dane scratched his cheek where a line of lighter skin against the darker, tanned skin betrayed one of the scars he gained in the service.

“Doesn’t much matter. Although, for the record I’m a fan of coconut, so if there’s something with coconut, it’ll be that.”

He looked at Antoinette. “So, tell me about your friend. What’s his name, what’s his story, and why does he want to meet me? I mean, I’m good on the battlefield, but a pretty awkward interview. Especially with Senator Derring over there. He’s the real deal, from a distinguished line of real deals.”
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 37 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Mon 30 Oct 2017
at 20:04
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette looks down at the photo of Maverick and says, "His name is Maverick. His hobbies include astrology, astronomy, geology, poetry, singing, spying and keeping detailed notes on people."

She locks eyes with Dane again. Up until now, her tone was spaced out, but for just this phrase, she mustered up all her focus and said clearly (if still softly), "You are the real deal too, Dane."

Then goes back her usual partly spaced demeanor, "Maverick also wants to meet Senator Derring. But you are alone and Senator Derring is having time with his family... I like coconut too."
Mittens
 player, 61 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Mon 30 Oct 2017
at 23:31
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Confusion.  Yes.  This is the reaction Mittens is accustomed to.  Gut-splitting raucous laughter is a new one coming from someone in morning.  But then, childish comedy at a funeral when she was younger is why her parents never took her to another again, so she hasn't had much experience with such things.  Yay for normally socially unacceptable behavior being a good thing for once!  Unless this is that laugh that signals the origin of a super villain.  That would be bad.

Mits grins proudly and stands heroically.  "Glad to see I'm not alone in understanding the silliness of that statement."
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 34 posts
Tue 31 Oct 2017
at 01:04
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena laughs even harder as Mittens stands up and takes on the most ridiculous pose possible, to the point she's no longer making noise but holding her stomach as tears of unbridled joy are running freely down her face. She couldn't make herself stop laughing even if she wanted to at this point.
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 181 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Sun 5 Nov 2017
at 15:25
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette Rebeca Haze:
Antoinette looks down at the photo of Maverick and says, "His name is Maverick. His hobbies include astrology, astronomy, geology, poetry, singing, spying and keeping detailed notes on people."

She locks eyes with Dane again. Up until now, her tone was spaced out, but for just this phrase, she mustered up all her focus and said clearly (if still softly), "You are the real deal too, Dane."

Then goes back her usual partly spaced demeanor, "Maverick also wants to meet Senator Derring. But you are alone and Senator Derring is having time with his family... I like coconut too."


Dane listened, and then answered, "I'm happy to meet Maverick."

When Antoinette spoke about Dane being the real deal, he sat back slightly in his seat, and said, "I don't think we've met before, have we? You seem to know more about me than I do about you, aside from the fact that you like coconut."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 39 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Mon 6 Nov 2017
at 06:18
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette says slowly and softly, "The reason I know some about you is because I read about you getting the Congressional Medal of Honor and I have seen how you treat Senator Derring. I am sorry if I missed that you wanted to know about me: My hobbies include inventing, playing piano, sculpting, thinking, walking and working at my parents' farm."

A boy can be seen on the smartphone screen, walking towards the cafe. "That is Maverick."
Mittens
 player, 62 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Mon 6 Nov 2017
at 06:41
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
An oxygen mask drops from the ceiling, and Mits offers it to Serena.  "Remember, parents: put on your own mask before your kids.  But if you're not a parent-child relationship, it's perfectly OK to give an oxygen mask to someone else first."

The cat puppet at the bar takes notice of multiple mentions of her buddy, Maverick.

"Oh yay!  Just what the doctor ordered."
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 182 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Tue 7 Nov 2017
at 13:56
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Antoinette Rebeca Haze (msg # 179):

Dane brow furrowed slightly. He thought to himself, "Kindofa weird cadence to her speech. This feels like a strange encounter, but it doesn't seem hostile, so we'll roll with it for now."

He nodded. "Go ahead and bring him over then."
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 38 posts
Tue 7 Nov 2017
at 14:52
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena is reduced to holding her stomach, shaking her head and crying, she’s laughing so hard. She feels, for now at least, months of anger, grief; and hatred ease in her chest as she watches Mittens.

“Oh god, stop...” She manages to gasp in between bouts of laughter.
Maverick Sargas
 player, 58 posts
Tue 7 Nov 2017
at 22:53
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
When Maverick enters the cafe and, at first, is distracted by the laughing lady who seems to be hanging out with Mittens. So Maverick gets a little smile and waves at Mittens.

He then looks around to see Antoinette and notices Dane with her. His eyes slightly widen in surprise, but he tries to clam himself and heads over to where Antoinette and Dane are seated.

Antoinette smiles at Maverick and says, "Hi, Maverick. This is Dane. Dane, this is Maverick."

Maverick takes a deep breathe, but does a good job hiding it. Then offers his hand to Dane. "...hello, Dane. Honored."

The boy stands about 4'6", has dark brown hair, green eyes, and is wearing a dark blue jacket with black pants and a red shirt that has a T-rex on it.
Mittens
 player, 64 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Wed 8 Nov 2017
at 04:27
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In spite of having bounced around the universe for a couple years, Mittens can honestly say she's never seen a person laugh this hard.  She's getting honestly concerned Serena is in danger of passing out, but she's also worried that anything she says can and will be silly and likely to cause the poor lady to suffocate.  But how to stop someone from laughing without resorting to "let's switch to an unpleasant topic all of a sudden."

Lightbulb!  Mits pulls up a video on her phone and shows it to Serena.

( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWhPkPzqm4g )

"Dunno if you're a dog person or a cat person, but me personally, I like to look at both."
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 39 posts
Thu 9 Nov 2017
at 02:02
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena keeps laughing for a moment after Mittens turns the phone in her direction, wiping her eyes before turning into a pile of goo at the video. "Oh my god, that is so bloody cute. I love animals in general but puppies and kittens are my weakness." She rubs her eyes again which have started tearing up again.

"That was adorable, thank you."
She says, her accent very pronounced with her strong emotional state.
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 183 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Thu 9 Nov 2017
at 12:19
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Maverick Sargas (msg # 183):

Dane stood up, and shook Maverick's hand. He was smiling, and his voice was jovial. "Hey there, little man! It's good to meet you. Have a seat."

After they sat, he said, "So! You hungry? Thirsty? What can I get for you?"
Maverick Sargas
 player, 61 posts
Thu 9 Nov 2017
at 22:22
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The light in the boy's face shows how happy Dane is making him already.

Once seated, Maverick says, "Gosh, really? Thanks! When Ms. Haze here told me where she was, I started thinking about food. Cheeseburger and milk would be perfect."

Antoinette smiles at Maverick and then looks at Dane. As always, Antoinette speaks in her soft tone, "Thank you, Dane. I will let you two talk while I check on Serena."

If Dane offers a handshake or parting comment, she stays for that before going to check on Serena.

Mav watches her and his eyes switch from Ant to Serena to Mittens before quickly returning his attention back to Dane. "Sorry if I'm intruding or anything..."
Mittens
 player, 65 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Fri 10 Nov 2017
at 06:29
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mits smiles knowingly at Serena and nods.  "Me too!  I also have a weakness for Maverick over there.  So if you'll forgive me the quick interruption..."

She leans through a portal window to give Mav a sneak attack glomp and cheek rub.  "Hiya buddy!  Not ignoring ya.  Just got my hands full with making a new friend."

So that means that Mittens is now in three pieces.  A hand (wearing a puppet) at the bar, a disembodied torso hugging Mav, and a pair of legs standing next to Serena.  But said fracturing only lasts a moment before she returns to being in just two pieces so she can resume chatting with Serena.

"Mav's a long time friend of mine since before my misadventures in outer space.  So what's this I hear about a robot pet?  Are they housebroken?  Do they speak Australian?"

( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZIvfC7QEQU
...But sometimes just because they know Austrailian doesn't mean they won't just whinney then laugh at you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pX4lLYeUmY )

This message was last edited by the player at 07:03, Fri 10 Nov 2017.

Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 184 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Fri 10 Nov 2017
at 14:33
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Maverick Sargas (msg # 187):

Dane chuckled. "Well, this is an Asian-Greek restaurant, so I'm not sure they have cheeseburgers on the menu, but I can ask. Milk sounds easier."

He called the waitress over, and was a tad surprised when she told him that they could, after all, manage a serviceable cheeseburger.

Dane shrugged. "I guess you never know 'til you ask."

Then, turning his attention back to Maverick, "So, how do you know Antoinette? And why did you want to meet me?""
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 41 posts
Sat 11 Nov 2017
at 05:01
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena's eyes widen and her jaw drops as she sees Mittens split herself and notices for the first time that before she split into three she had been, has in fact been this whole time, in more than one piece.

"Wait...how...you...did...there's pieces of you and there were just legs whilst the top half...how...robot pets what?"

It appears that Serena might be temporarily broken (in a different sense than the already broken she is).
Maverick Sargas
 player, 62 posts
Sun 12 Nov 2017
at 05:42
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick smiles upon seeing the burger is an option... Then giggles and shrugs a shoulder at Mittens rubbing cheeks with him. "Mitts... it's cool..." then she vanishes.

To Dane's question, Mav seems eager to answer, but again calms himself and tries to sound as professional as possible when he says, "I like to learn about people; their merits, their flaws and their habits. I used to just look into the people in my immediate neighborhood, but then I figured it would be a good idea to look into people of interest; whether they are famous or simply a suspect in a criminal investigation. But it also means I look into people with amazing abilities and check on whether they are good or evil. I want to be friends with heroes and keep them all informed whenever evil is about. Top that with wanting to be a hero myself and I have all the reason I need to hang out with heroes like you.... to answer how I met Antoinette, well I don't know what she told you about herself, but she's some kind of super-genius inventor. I watch the science community for people who can loan me equipment for my own heroing and maybe even teach me how to fix such equipment."

This message was last edited by the player at 05:42, Sun 12 Nov 2017.

Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 40 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sun 12 Nov 2017
at 07:19
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Having excused herself, Antoinette heads back to Serena and says softly, "Sorry. I had something important to do. Thank you, Mittens. You did wonderful."

She gives Mittens a smile. Then looks at Serena. "Your new pet will be here soon."

In walks a robot dog. It has the same proportions, mannerisms and appearance of a beagle and it walks over to Antoinette, wagging its tail. "Here she is. Her name is Maggie."
Mittens
 player, 66 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sun 12 Nov 2017
at 07:56
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Huh.  Why was Mittens assuming Serena would be jaded about meeting a person with super-powers?  Maybe it's 'cause everyone else in the restaurant taking her antics in stride?  Maybe.

Mits rubs behind her head bashfully like they do in anime.  "I'm a para-human.  The kitty-cat look isn't a costume.  But my super power isn't really cat themed.  Go figure.  I can open portals... windows from here to wherever.  Feeling homesick for Australia?  Viola!"

Mits opens a portal to a breathtaking view of Mount Lindesay: https://ih1.redbubble.net/imag...,1000x1000,075,f.jpg

The fresh mountain breeze can be felt blowing through the portal.

"Or maybe you'd like to visit the wall of China?  Bam."

The portal changes destination to a point somewhere hundreds of feet above The Wall of China to get a wide view of it.

"Or perhaps- Ohai, Antoinette!  Thanks for the complime..."

Mits closes the portal then gets all fawning over the robo dog.

"Ohmygosh!  Maggiee!  So kyooot!  Aaaw!"
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 185 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Mon 13 Nov 2017
at 13:49
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Maverick Sargas (msg # 191):

Dane looked curiously at the young man sitting across from him. He asked, "Do you have any particular skills for keeping track of bad guys? You seem... young... to be getting involved in such things. I was under the impression you don't have any powers to protect you?""
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 42 posts
Wed 15 Nov 2017
at 00:31
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena just stares at the young girl and her display of power, blinking as she tries to keep up. "Well...you don't see that every day. Certainly not in Armidale, New South Wales. That's a real ripper."

Then she sees Maggie and covers her mouth. "She here, already? Oh my god!" She slides out of the booth and gets down on the ground. "Hi Maggie, I'm Serena."
Maverick Sargas
 player, 63 posts
Wed 15 Nov 2017
at 06:31
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick says, "I am very sneaky... but you are correct. I do not have any powers, but I make the best of what I have. Contacts, information, and stealth. I have also been taking some self defense classes. You don't happen to have super powers, do you?"
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 41 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Wed 15 Nov 2017
at 06:49
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maggie wags her tail and says in a half-growly female robot voice, "Arf! Hello, Serena! Pleased to meet you!" and then looks from Serena to Mittens.

Antoinette says, "Her name is Mittens." as if to answer Maggie's un-asked question.

Maggie says, "Arf! Hello, Mittens! Pleased to meet you!" then turns to look at Serena again and offers her front-right paw up to Serena.
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 186 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Wed 15 Nov 2017
at 13:42
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick Sargas:
Maverick says, "You don't happen to have super powers, do you?"


Dane nodded. "Registered and everything. I was in Afghanistan, and we were pinned down in a Taliban ambush, and it was not going to go well. Meaning, we were all going to get killed. They had numbers, position, and firepower. And then? Something happened. I thought I had gotten really strong, but apparently it was something else. At any rate, I started lobbing huge rocks at the enemy encampments, and closed with them and turned the tide."
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 43 posts
Wed 15 Nov 2017
at 16:23
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena laughs and happily takes the extended paw. "Hi, Maggie. It's wonderful to meet you. I'm glad you'll be..." She pauses for a moment. "I'm glad you'll be coming home with me."

Her voice becomes a little hoarse at the end.
Mittens
 player, 67 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Thu 16 Nov 2017
at 02:12
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Dane Sinclair:
"Do you have any particular skills for keeping track of bad guys? ""


Maverick may not have super powers.  But what he does have are a very particular set of skills.  Skills that make him a nightmare for people like that.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZOywn1qArI

Mits is getting all fan-girl over masculinity central, wishing she could be a part of that conversation.  Probably for the best she isn't.

With a quick flip of the smartphone, Mits summons a voice modifier app then answers Maggie in a modulated voice, "Meow!  Hello, Maggie! Pleased to meet you!

This message was last edited by the player at 02:15, Thu 16 Nov 2017.

Maverick Sargas
 player, 64 posts
Sun 19 Nov 2017
at 06:51
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick smiles. "Woah... I'm sure while it was welcome timing, you didn't really think about how cool it was until later. So what is it exactly? Geokenesis? Super Strength?"

If Mav only knew what Mittens was thinking about, he would be so happy. XD But then, he already is happy what with meeting Dane.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:58, Sun 19 Nov 2017.

Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 42 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sun 19 Nov 2017
at 06:57
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maggie licks Serena with a not-wet robo tongue. "Arf! That is correct! I will go home with you." Antoinette is smiling and watching.

When Mittens says her robot bit, Maggie stops wagging and is frozen for two seconds before wagging again and says, "Arf! Mittens is funny!"

Antoinette says, "Three friends already, Serena. Mittens, Maggie and I. I am happy to have met you."
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 45 posts
Tue 21 Nov 2017
at 19:33
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
“So am I, Antoinette. So am I. Thank you.” Serena says with a slight hitch in her voice. She looks like she may cry again but no tears come this time.
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 187 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Fri 24 Nov 2017
at 12:33
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Maverick Sargas (msg # 201):

Dane shrugged. "Doesn't much matter. I leave those distinctions to the folks who care about that sort of thing. Which is not me. I need to understand what I can do, and any limitations on that."

Then he smiled a little, and said, "But yeah, that was an opportune time to develop powers. My entire company would be dead without that happening."
Mittens
 player, 71 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Fri 24 Nov 2017
at 14:38
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mits flails about with a huuge smile, overwhelmed by the scene.  "Ohmygosh!  Soo cuute!"  (( https://zippy.gfycat.com/FearlessAthleticHarrier.gif ))

Having forgotten that she's got a puppet on her other hand, Mits' puppet gets flung about as well.  (( https://thumbs.gfycat.com/Dimw...edCirriped-small.gif ))

She clears her throat and tries to calm down.  "Ahem.  Meow.  Maggie, Serena, and Antoinette are adorable.  Mittens is happy to have met you!"

This message was last edited by the player at 14:45, Fri 24 Nov 2017.

Maverick Sargas
 player, 67 posts
Sat 25 Nov 2017
at 02:23
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick nods to Dane. He decides to put the super power topic aside for now. "Yeah. I'm glad you and your guys survived." he says with a smile.

His smile gives way to a look of curiosity. "How did you come to join the military?"
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 43 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sat 25 Nov 2017
at 02:28
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maggie says, "Ahem. Arf. Thank you, Mittens." then looks back at Serena, wagging enough to make its hips sway before pouncing her! "Arf! Do you want to play?"

Antoinette looks in Mav's direction, then to Mittens'. "I made friends with Maverick twenty days ago. He told me about you, Mittens. He said you are fun. That is why I knew you would make Serena happy."
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 48 posts
Sun 26 Nov 2017
at 01:54
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena is about to tell Maggie that she doesn't want to play right at this moment when her new pet pounces on her which was completely unexpected. She gets knocked down and begins to laugh again as the robot dog begins pouncing and barking at her which makes her start to laugh even harder.

She doesn't think about it but a part of her, buried deep in her subconscious, knows she has laughed more in the past 15 minutes than she has in the past several months, since Ian died and she was released from hospital.
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 188 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Sun 26 Nov 2017
at 03:14
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Maverick Sargas (msg # 206):

Dane shrugged. "Wanted to serve my country, like everyone else. Turns out, I had a talent for this type of work. A little stronger, a little faster, steadier hands, I guess. I was always a good shot."

He chuffed a laugh. "The powers that be saw something in me, and nudged me towards special forces."
Maverick Sargas
 player, 68 posts
Sun 26 Nov 2017
at 03:36
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick says with a smile, "Well, thanks for your service."

Maverick ponders. "Special services? Cool... What all is involved in that? Errr... sorry if I'm asking too many questions. If you have any for me, please ask."
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 189 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Sun 26 Nov 2017
at 12:25
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Maverick Sargas (msg # 210):

Dane replied, "United States Special Forces, not 'special services.' We're trained to be better than General Infantry soldiers. We're the army's elite fighters, like the Navy Seals or Marine Force Recon."
Mittens
 player, 72 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sun 26 Nov 2017
at 15:34
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mits smiles to see Maggie tackle Serena.  But in spite of the distractingly adorable sight of those two playing, Mits can't help but wonder how on Earth the space cadet that is Antoinette befriended the shadow that is Maverick.  First silly thought: Well of course space cadets are familiar with darkness!  Second silly thought: Maverick was star-gazing and Antoinette floated by in her space suit, waving hello.  Third silly thought: ask.

"So how'd you meet?  Mav's not very..."

Not outgoing!?  That's hardly true.  No problems striking up conversation with Commando Hardpec Manmuscle over here without the slightest hint of being intimidated.  With thoughts of space on the brain, Mits is beginning to worry that the testosterone levels will soon be reaching critical mass of Shark-Bear-space-explosion-high-five!  ( https://i.imgur.com/JcxXO.jpg )  ...not that she'd mind too much if such epicness was the last thing she saw in this life.

"He's a ninja.  Pretty rare to know he's around."

This message was last edited by the player at 15:46, Sun 26 Nov 2017.

Maverick Sargas
 player, 69 posts
Sun 26 Nov 2017
at 19:11
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mav puts his hand to his head bashfully. "Oh! Heh... I meant Special Forces.. I guess it's because I just said thanks for your service and it got mixed up in my head... but yeah, what all is involved in that kind of training?"
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 44 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sun 26 Nov 2017
at 19:21
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette looks at Mittens. "Maverick found me when looking for people who are in the science community. He introduced himself. Then he asked me to be his friend."

If only Antoinette knew Mittens' thoughts.
For that matter, if only Mittens knew Antoinette's thoughts.
But then, Mittens often voices her thoughts...

....it won't take long for those two to become best buddies.
Donald Derring Jr.
 NPC, 1 post
Tue 5 Dec 2017
at 19:45
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Maverick Sargas (msg # 213):

After a word from his Father, Donnie got up from his family's table and headed towards Maverick and Dane. "Hi Maverick, are you coming to training this week?" Donnie greeted Maverick enthusiastically, he really looked up to the older kid who got to train with him and his sister. After a moment he added, almost sheepishly. "And do you think you could stay and play videogames after?"

Donnie looked over at Dane. "Oh, and Granpa said to tell you to be at our house on friday at eight, Sergeant Sinclair."
Maverick Sargas
 player, 70 posts
Tue 5 Dec 2017
at 23:01
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick smiles over at Donnie and offers him a fist-pound in greeting. "Sure thing, Donnie. I am able today if you are training today. If not, I could still come over for video games."

He glances over to Dane to see how the man will react, both to Donnie's approach and the request to show up next morning.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:06, Tue 05 Dec 2017.

Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 49 posts
Wed 6 Dec 2017
at 02:05
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena seems oblivious to the other conversations around her, playing with and petting her new friend and feeling, for the first time, a slight easing in the tightness in her chest and the self-imposed solitude that she has lived in since The Event.
Mittens
 player, 73 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Wed 6 Dec 2017
at 03:52
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mits smiles to see Serena enjoying her new friend so much.

To Antoinette's explanation, she ohs.  "Science community..."

Thoughts of an advanced race of sentients being overrun by machines of their own creation, the only remaining scraps of their history and culture encapsulated in V.R. recordings embedded in holo-interfaces race through her mind.  Yeah.  That was a wild couple of days on planet Horizon.

"So Mav's going full-on Batman, then.  Cool!"

Mittens' cat puppet peeks up from beside Maverick.  "Did I hear 'video games?'  Would a frazzled cat be welcome?"

This message was last edited by the player at 03:53, Wed 06 Dec 2017.

Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 190 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Wed 6 Dec 2017
at 16:51
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Donald Derring Jr.:
Donnie looked over at Dane. "Oh, and Granpa said to tell you to be at our house on friday at eight, Sergeant Sinclair."


Dane nodded. "8:00 PM, roger that."

He hesitated a moment. "Go ask your grandpa about the dress code for the evening. I don't often get invited to nice homes."
Donald Derring Jr.
 NPC, 2 posts
Fri 8 Dec 2017
at 20:14
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Grandpa says to wear whatever you don't mind being seen in, he's gonna take you on his 'old guys night out' with Uncle Ethan and Uncle Malcolm." Donnie told Dane matter-of-factly.

 Donnie smiled at Maverick returning the fist bump. "I don't think we're training today. I think Granpa's going with Daddy today after lunch, but I can ask if you can come over."

Donnie Jumped slightly as the puppet appeared, peering past it at the portal. After a moment or two Donnie's little hand shot through the portal and grabbed at the arm holding the puppet with a remarkably strong grip for a five year old. "There's a trick here, this is like what Di does. It's not a real magic puppet." The five year old declared to the rest of the group as he held onto Mittens' arm.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:17, Fri 08 Dec 2017.

Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 191 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Sat 9 Dec 2017
at 00:34
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Donald Derring Jr. (msg # 220):

Dane thought about this for a brief second before a huge grin broke out on his face, and he said, “Tell your grandfather I said, ‘Oh, it’s on!’”
Maverick Sargas
 player, 71 posts
Sat 9 Dec 2017
at 03:36
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick looks at Donnie. "It's my friend Mittens. She's just pretending. She is a grown-up who likes to play as much as kids do. Especially since she recently returned from her adventures in outer space... and yes, please do ask if it's OK for me to come over today."

He leaves it to Mittens to say whether or not Donnie should let go of her.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 45 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sun 10 Dec 2017
at 19:42
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette doesn't say anything and just smiles at Mittens and Serena.

Maggie says, "Arf! I am a robot. So I do not need food. But I am a dog, so I like food. So Antoinette made a way for me to eat. Would you like to feed me?"
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 50 posts
Sun 10 Dec 2017
at 19:52
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena giggled in delight again. "I would love to feed you. What do you fancy eating, Maggie?" She said, looking at Antoinette with tears of joy in her eyes.
Mittens
 player, 74 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Mon 11 Dec 2017
at 05:29
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mittens may not be an old guy, but she'd absolutely love to be a part of fun times with some of her heroes!  Especially a member of the Secret Defenders.  Oh well.  Without an invitation, she'll have to 'accidentally' run into them at some point.

As for little Sceptical McStrong's kung-fu grip action, the puppet reacts by looking downward sadly.  "You don't like me?"

Meanwhile Mits is grinning plenty at the adorableness of Serena puppy time.  She offers the lady a doggie treat with a wink.
Donald Derring Jr.
 NPC, 3 posts
Sat 16 Dec 2017
at 00:53
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The little boy narrowed his eyes at the puppet. "I probably like the person whose arm I'm holding, since you're Maverick's friend. But a puppet doesn't get liked or disliked, except maybe by how good it's made."
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 51 posts
Sat 16 Dec 2017
at 02:51
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena takes the treat with a smile and holds it out to Maggie. "I hope you like it." She says, still crying a few happy tears.
Maverick Sargas
 player, 72 posts
Sat 16 Dec 2017
at 04:45
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick says, "I disagree... puppets can be liked for who they are portrayed to be. I like Kermit the Frog. Gandalf isn't a puppet, but I like him even though he isn't real. And Luke Skywalker. And Mickey Mouse. It is OK to like characters who are not real. And it is OK to pretend even when you know something isn't real. Mittens likes to pretend."

He reaches over to pet the puppet. "Though I think what Donnie is trying to say is he would like to meet the girl behind the puppet."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 46 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sat 16 Dec 2017
at 05:31
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maggie nomfs the treat happily, tail wagging with vigor! "Arf! Delicious! Thank you!" The dog then licks Serena with its plastic tongue. No wetness. No slobber. "Arf! What fun thing do you like doing, Serena?"

....thank GOD for the dog's advanced programming causing it to carefully word that sentence by inserting the word 'fun' in there. Last thing Serena needs is to meditate on all the not-so-fun things she has been doing.

Seeing as how Mittens is using her mouth to produce the sounds coming from the puppet, Antoinette hears Mittens say "you don't like me?" (Checked with the player and they confirmed this is true) and looks in the direction of Mittens with concern. "I like you." she goes to give Mittens a hug.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 52 posts
Sat 16 Dec 2017
at 05:56
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"You're welcome dear heart. I'm glad you enjoyed it. What do I do for fun? Really nothing to be honest. I've haven't had cause to be happy in some time. This is the most social I've been since...since things happened."

"I stay in my home all day and drink and sleep."
She hangs her head as memories come to her.
Mittens
 player, 76 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Tue 19 Dec 2017
at 18:32
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Mittens likes you too!" Mits lets slip in reply to Derring Jr.

She grins at Serena mischievously and offers, "I'll tell ya whatcha like to do for fun.  ZOOP!"

Mits portals in a fancy dog toy.  (( https://youtu.be/cWiIN5ziZBs?t=1m39s ))  Anybody's guess why she owns so much dog related stuff, but this looks brand new.

"You like to play high-tech fetch!"

Meanwhile, since Maverick defended the cat puppet, she doesn't say anything in her defense and stares at the boy's hand.  "You sure have a strong grip..."
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 55 posts
Sun 24 Dec 2017
at 06:41
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena laughs as she sees the toy and susses out what it does. "I'm sure we'll have great fun with that but I doubt the management would fancy us playing here in the Cafe."
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 1746 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Mon 25 Dec 2017
at 04:24
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  From behind the counter, a rather unimposing, very young looking (surely no older than her teens??) woman with midnight hair and midnight sapphire eyes said lightly "Actually, as long as I don't have a big mess to go repairing behind you, you're pretty much allowed to do anything that doesn't upset the other customers.  That's one reason this establishment actually allows real animals other than registered service animals.  By the way, I'm Meg."  She couldn't have been far out of high school, just by looks, but she sounded confident and relaxed.  Those who had been around knew her, but to someone just meeting her, she looked very unimposing.  Honestly, she looked like another one of the teenagers who seemed to comprise almost all the staff here at Apokryphos.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 58 posts
Fri 5 Jan 2018
at 15:07
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Hi Meg, I'm Serena and this is Maggie and since you said it's fine, we're going to play with the new toy Mittens brought in for us."

With that Serena begins to play fetch with Maggie, sitting on the ground and looking, for the moment, like a young woman without a care in the world.
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 1747 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Fri 5 Jan 2018
at 16:18
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Meg smiled, and watched for a moment before she asked Mittens lightly "Let me know if you start hearing UFO tales before anyone wants to go chasing them, okay?"
Trouble
Sat 6 Jan 2018
at 05:16
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Through the Cafe window, a swirling orange vortex appeared about four feet in the air above the street, and then it slowly grew until it was about eight feet tall and eight feet wide, and was a solid, glowing sheet that seemed to ripple in the wind.  It hovered there, unbroken, for about thirty seconds, then ten figures in armor, albeit humanoid configuration, came rushing through the shimmering vortex.  They fell into a formation, and one of them shot the nearest car with some sort of beam weapon, and it exploded.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 59 posts
Sat 6 Jan 2018
at 05:24
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Bloody hell!" Serena exclaimed before hitting the floor of the cafe. The weapon firing and the subsequent explosion immediately triggered her PTSD and she was back in that house when the men were torturing her and Ian for days before shooting them both and leaving them for dead.

She covered her ears and sought cover, all thoughts of toys and new pets and friends forgotten. All she wanted was to be at home and passed out on the couch.
Maverick Sargas
 player, 74 posts
Sun 7 Jan 2018
at 05:51
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick's reaction is similar to Serena's in that he dives for cover and out of reflex, attempts to tackle Donnie to cover while he's at it. But once he figures out the Cafe isn't what was shot at (yet), he says to Donnie, "Get to your family, Donnie." and starts making his way to the back door unless stopped.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 47 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sun 7 Jan 2018
at 05:55
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maggie yips and follows Serena, whimpering and snuggling to her.

Antoinette looks in the direction of the disturbance curiously. While she calculates approximately how strong the tornado's winds must be (based on how much the winds affect their surroundings) as well as guessing what kind of weaponry these people are wielding, she walks towards the front door.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 60 posts
Sun 7 Jan 2018
at 06:17
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Antoinette, what are you doing, get down!" Serena says, desperation in her voice. She just made a friend and she's not willing to see her get hurt.

She starts reaching for the fire that burns within her, intent on helping the young woman. She is seconds and a thought away from changing.
Derring Family
Sun 7 Jan 2018
at 14:50
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
As the explosion rang out from the streets outside the cafe, the Senator shot to his feet, his muscles tensed, he looked ready to spring into action against these invaders. And then his wife touched his arm, the two shared a look and Don nodded visibly relaxing. He turned to his daughter.  "Get your brother!"

Diantha nodded and in a puff of purple smoke, disappeared and then reappeared in front of her brother. "C'mon Donny, we gotta get out of here."

Donny nodded, taking his sister's hand and waving at Maverick with the other. "Bye Mav! I'll call you later!" The children disappeared in another puff of smoke and reappeared next to their parents.

Nora took each child's hand in her's and led the way towards the back door, with the men who used to be The Hunter and Mr. Hurt, the world's greatest marksman and the world's most dangerous man, taking the rear.
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 1748 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Sun 7 Jan 2018
at 21:31
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Meg looked up when the car exploded, her spot behind the counter giving her a good view of the fellows out the window.  She said dryly "Looks like the pajama parties are starting again.  This will make life interesting."  She reached under the cash register, and blue lights flipped on everywhere in the Cafe.  The employees immediately began telling all the customers "The rear exit is where you need to go, please ignore anything personal if you can't carry it.  This is an emergency evacuation of the Cafe."
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 195 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Sun 7 Jan 2018
at 21:38
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Dane stood, and turned to head toward the front door, pausing to say, "We head toward trouble, not away from it."

OOC: On a cruise ship. Responses will be slow, but Dane will be heading out the door, grabbing a car to use as a shield, and beating the aliens to death with it.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 61 posts
Sun 7 Jan 2018
at 21:47
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena looked at Maggie and gave her a hug. She took a deep breath and stilled the tremors in her voice, in her mind. "Go out the back and wait for me. Don't let them see you."

She stood up and squared her shoulders and the fire in her soul began to smolder in her eyes as she walked to the front door. She looked at Dane and nodded, the fire in her eyes building and beginning to lick up her forehead without burning her flesh or hair.
Mittens
 player, 78 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Mon 8 Jan 2018
at 01:48
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
No time to lose!  Mits creates a portal door near the rear exit!

"That leads to the police.  Someone go fetch them, please."

Then she leaps into action, two lightsabers ignited!

(( OOC: Possibly my favorite pic in the entire world: https://timothius.deviantart.c...ars-framed-659857665   Thank you, Maverick! ))
Mittens
 player, 79 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Mon 8 Jan 2018
at 02:00
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
And now to tell you all the stuff going on in Mittens' mind!

msg #236
How is it these badguys are showing up right on cue?!  The must have mastered the art of dramatic timing!  Not to be underestimated!

msg #237
Poor Serena!  Just when things were getting fun!

msg #238
Good ole Mav!  Looking after his friend's safety!

msg #239
Is this girl for real?!  She isn't even scared!  She'd make for a way better Zen space samurai than me...

msg #240
Man this is heartbreaking.  Here's hoping Antoinette doesn't just up and die on poor Serena.

msg #241
Darn it!  I wanted to see Mr. Hurt in action!  But can't deny getting the kids to safety takes priority.  Sure hope he comes back!

msg #242
Well there's more than meets the eye with this girl!  Yeesh.  She sounds so jaded...

msg #243
OMG Dane's so cool!  Just like in that military recruitment commercial!

msg #244
...well hell.  Not so serene anymore is she?  O.O  AWESOME!

msg #245
Wait.  Is it legal to comment on myself?  Sure!  Why not?  Deadpool does it all the time.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 64 posts
Mon 8 Jan 2018
at 02:18
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena planned on waiting until the Cafe cleared out and people were safe. As soon as she changed she knew all eyes would be on her and she didn't want those weapons fired when there were sill people around who couldn't defend themselves.

Mittens made the decision for her when she leapt into action. She would just have to make sure any innocents were out of harm's way by drawing their fire to herself whilst she attacked.

She fell deep into herself, deep into that fire which had gone from a smolder to an inferno...

...and she changed.

She grew in height as massive golden wings made of fire sprang from her back. Her hair went from platinum blonde to gold and silver, crowned with fire, the same flame that grew even more intense around and from her eyes. Golden plate armour that gave off licks of flame formed around her and a massive weapon - a golden sword of fire appeared in her hands.

She was a terrifying figure of fury and vengeance and as her wings spread she roared and that fury, that fire cracked through the air. She leapt through one of the cafe windows and into the back of the armoured trespassers, attempting to pick one up with her prodigious strength whilst her sword swung a deadly arc towards another.



This message was last edited by the player at 02:18, Mon 08 Jan 2018.

Invaders
Mon 8 Jan 2018
at 02:31
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
There were ten figures in total, dressed in crimson armor made from sort of ceramic plating that seemed like a fusion of feudal samurai and futuristic space armor. Eight of them were dressed and armed identically, with some kind of strange laser rifle in each of their hands and what looked like a sword hilt on their hips.

Of the final two, one was a hulking figure with his arms and legs unarmored and his helmet shaped like the face of a bear. Where his skin was exposed it looked more like rock than actual skin, as if the man had been carved from granite. There was a large cylinder with a strange looking tip on his back

The other was smaller and leaner in stature, with more elaborate armor than the footsoliders decorated in a cat theme. He carried no weapons, but his bracer's had some strange looking devices built in.

As Mittens leaped into the fray, the footsoldiers all turned and immediately opened fire on her, beams of red energy cutting a fiery path towards the heroine. When Serena began to change the bright light caught the soldiers attention, who let out a shout. The cat armored figure shouted in some incomprehensible language, and three soldiers broke off from the rest, two of them taking up next to the third who drew a grenade and tossed it towards the door to the cafe!

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:33, Mon 08 Jan 2018.

Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 49 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Mon 8 Jan 2018
at 02:35
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maggie obeyed her master and runs off to the back door, but occasionally looks over her shoulder at Serena as if hesitant to leave Serena behind. "Arf! Be careful, Serena!"

Antoinette says softly, "Sola." and glows a bit as she goes to exit the cafe via the front door and waves at the ten figures. As the glowing subsides, she is now in her super suit ( https://timothius.deviantart.c...light-pink-724427662 ). She puts a hand next to her mouth to call out to them. The first time she really has raised her voice, but then, there is a noisy tornado nearby. "Hello! Please stop destroying things! What is it you need?!"

While it isn't really visible at the moment, and nobody will really notice until she is attacked, Antoinette's force field is up.

Then Serena transform and charge happens alongside Mittens charging! She seems a little stunned and stares at Dane, Serena and Mittens for a moment before holding her hands forward then sees a grenade coming her way and blasts it with her concussive energy beam to send it to a harmless location (namely up). "That isn't nice! Don't do that!"

This message was last edited by the player at 02:36, Mon 08 Jan 2018.

Rodger Eskin
 player, 2047 posts
 Unwilling "evil wizard"
 for the government
Mon 8 Jan 2018
at 03:41
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mittens:
No time to lose!  Mits creates a portal door near the rear exit!

"That leads to the police.  Someone go fetch them, please."


On the other side of the portal, Rodger Eskin (currently in his default human form) was caught by surprise while talking with a pair of uniformed officers. The teacher-turned-android-wizard peered at the opening, blinking, for a few heartbeats before recognizing the location.

What on Earth...?

This message was last edited by the player at 03:42, Mon 08 Jan 2018.

Megaira Kattakara
 player, 1749 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Mon 8 Jan 2018
at 05:15
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Meg's eyes glowed with an emerald sheen as she slid a grav-shield over the apartments above the Cafe, keeping anything from hurting civilians as she also made certain there weren't any anomalous magnetic signatures in the back like the one in the front created by the vortex that had appeared out front.  She checked to see if any more customers were still in the Cafe as she said to Mittens and Serena and Antoinette "I'm your backup as you got it.  Send me the injured."
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 196 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Mon 8 Jan 2018
at 14:49
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Once outside, Dane could feel the anger swelling in him. He knew nothing of portals, nor aliens; he saw merely creatures attacking without provocation, and American lives at risk, and he acted. Speeding up, he touched a palm against a small car, and hurled it at the commander, through as many foot soldiers as he could, and then flew up into the air. He intended to fly up in a short arc, and land, like Gozer the Gozerian, behind the Commander and the main thug, cutting off their line of retreat.

They had declared war, and like any enemy, especially one on American soil... an INVADER... they deserved no mercy and would receive none. He intended to slaughter them, as ruthlessly and efficiently as possible. It would be quick, and likely messy.

No quarter.

He spared a quick thought for the Archangel, who not five minutes before had been an unstable soul, shattered into borderline madness by an unspeakable tragedy. "All women alternate between angels and crazy people. She just does it literally. *Dane chuffed a mental laugh*"
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 234 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Tue 9 Jan 2018
at 01:43
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  ... This message will likely reach you too late, but it will hopefully make it before their main fleet. Good luck my friends, and I'm sorry for leaving you with the threat I failed to stop.

  Matt had given his absurdly functional phone number to Halkor and the rest for a reason, to avoid this very scenario of 'Hey due to timelag/alternate dimensions/etc, we'll be dead by the time you get this message'.  They knew a girl with portals and a guy with a hypocritical relationship with physics, it would have been a short trip compared to intergalactic off the shelf coms lag.

  But no, that wasn't how things had turned out if the seemingly too little too late message was any indication. This little melodrama at least, was guilt free on Matt's part.  Not so much on his self restraint both physical and metaphysical, given how many more are likely to get hurt because he didn't want to go full edgelord.  Though not by much, with how frequent doomed timelines seem to be for others who can't keep their cool.

  'Besides... Matt thought to himself as his faceless body arrived at the scene, full of people old and new ready to make their displeasure known.  'There will always be others ready to kill the bad guys.', letting a trace of his influence ensure the recently hurled car doesn't cause any UNWANTED collateral damage. (Citizens are usually less mad, when they get their car back with less dents than it started with).

  "Please repeat that, so I can translate several versions of 'Cut it out, you assholes' back to you" He comments to the armored jerks, as he physically and metaphysically examines the unwanted portal with a prodding head tail and his Awareness.  Best to get a better idea of the origins before shutting it, after all.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:52, Tue 09 Jan 2018.

Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 66 posts
Tue 9 Jan 2018
at 02:54
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Seraph moved as she flew towards the three figures, one of which had the audacity to throw a grenade into the cafe. She grabbed one by the throat with strength sufficient to overturn a car and swung her flaming sword at a second, snarling with that cracking voice of fire.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 81 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Tue 9 Jan 2018
at 18:24
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Invaders:
As Mittens leaped into the fray, the footsoldiers all turned and immediately opened fire on her, beams of red energy cutting a fiery path towards the heroine.


It's absolutely everything Miss Adventure can do to simply survive that initial barrage, but it sure looks epic!



Not as epic as friggin' Spartacus: Gods of the Serena over here! Mits is thinking, after saying a quick thank-you prayer for still being alive, Or G.I. Joe quarter given!

Ah well.  Such is the fate of being the comic relief to the real super heroes.  Plus, with the extremely important voicemail she just got, Mits figures discretion is the better part of valor and...

"LEROY JENKINS!"

Mits combines her telekinetic leap with her portal powers to send herself hurtling right into the vortex behind the baddies!  No worries, Matt.  She can return to Earth if you close the vortex behind her.  Probably.

Is this really a good idea?  Mits wonders to herself after the fact, There's probably even more danger on the other side of this thing.  But if I can find out where these guys are from...

She's ready to take a quick 360 with her alien Google Glass ocular implant thingy and jump right back out.  With any luck, she'll survive this insane plan and be able to report to people smart enough to figure out the enemy's origin with what she records.  But if nothing else, Mits at least manages to leave behind a final goodbye to her new friend: a concert quality loudspeaker playing appropriate music for an angel's battle with the forces of evil!  (( https://youtu.be/dJ-QLl5qjLg?t=24s  Doesn't get much more apropos than Archangel by Two Steps From Hell!  Said loudspeaker is invulnerable assuming Matt was willing to make it so. ))

Meanwhile!  An R2D2 toy rolls up to the Senator and holo-projects Halkor's face who then relays an important message: "Matthew, Mittens, I hope you are doing well and I wish my message was sent in better circumstances. We have encountered a new threat, no one knows where they came from but their technology is incredibly advanced and their millitary is powerful.   They conquered Arkalia first to use as a staging ground, Azrith brought his tribe's fleet to help but..."

Halkor trailed off, his eyes looking sad as he stared off to the side. "Most of his people are gone now, and mine as well as many others are enslaved. Azrith and I managed to escape and find Archeirae as well as a few new friends and gather what allies we could. But it hasn't been going well, and what's worse is we've found they have plans to expand to the edges of the galaxy, to earth.

We have one last plan, a desperate gambit, but if we succeed we should manage to cut the head off the snake. If not, then they will head towards your home. This message will likely reach you too late, but it will hopefully make it before their main fleet. Good luck my friends, and I'm sorry for leaving you with the threat I failed to stop."

This message was last edited by the player at 20:02, Tue 09 Jan 2018.

Invaders
Tue 9 Jan 2018
at 20:29
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
As the car went flying towards them, the armored soldiers dived out of the way, save two who took a direct hit and were pinned under the large vehicle. As Dane leapt over behind the commander and his lieutenant, the commander leapt backwards, performing an impressive flip and landing neatly away from the fray. The large stone skinned warrior stepped forward, drawing the haft from his back while the head lit up revealing a massive lazer axe that he swung down towards Dane!

The concussive blast sent the grenade flying harmlessly upward where it exploded above everyone's head. The soldier's that had avoided the car rolled to their feet sending more beams of energy at Antoinette.

As Serena grabbed the soldier by the throat, his fellows backed up, barely avoiding the flaming sword. The soldier in her grasp dropped his rifle, drew the hilt at his belt and activated it a beam of energy rising out which he thrust towards Serena's ribs.

As Mittens flipped over their heads two of the unoccupied soldiers fired at Mittens as she flew overhead and into the portal.

On the otherside Mittens found herself standing on a large platform in a strange looking high-tech room. There was one armored soldier bent over some sort of console, when he spotted Mittens he shouted and pressed a large button as he reached for his side-arm.

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:50, Tue 09 Jan 2018.

Invaders
Tue 9 Jan 2018
at 20:29
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
As the car went flying towards them, the armored soldiers dived out of the way, save two who took a direct hit and were pinned under the large vehicle. As Dane leapt over behind the commander and his lieutenant, the commander leapt backwards, performing an impressive flip and landing neatly away from the fray. The large stone skinned warrior stepped forward, drawing the haft from his back while the head lit up revealing a massive lazer axe that he swung down towards Dane!

The concussive blast sent the grenade flying harmlessly upward where it exploded above everyone's head. The soldier's that had avoided the car rolled to their feet sending more beams of energy at Antoinette.

As Serena grabbed the soldier by the throat, his fellows backed up, guns at the ready. The soldier in her grasp dropped his rifle, drew the hilt at his belt and activated it a beam of energy rising out which he thrust towards Serena's ribs.

As Mittens flipped over their heads two of the unoccupied soldiers fired at Mittens as she flew overhead and into the portal.

On the otherside Mittens found herself standing on a large platform in a strange looking high-tech room. There was one armored soldier bent over some sort of console, when he spotted Mittens he shouted and pressed a large button as he reached for his side-arm.
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 197 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Wed 10 Jan 2018
at 15:56
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
quote:
As the car went flying towards them, the armored soldiers dived out of the way, save two who took a direct hit and were pinned under the large vehicle. As Dane leapt over behind the commander and his lieutenant, the commander leapt backwards, performing an impressive flip and landing neatly away from the fray. The large stone skinned warrior stepped forward, drawing the haft from his back while the head lit up revealing a massive lazer axe that he swung down towards Dane!


Dane, with his enhanced speed, stepped into the arc of the axe so that that haft would strike him and not the head, and turned slightly to face the incoming weapon from the direction it was coming. He brought his arm up, allowing the haft to strike him, and the continued his rotation, dropping his arm to effectively pin the axe, intending on tearing it from the grasp of the large stone man.

If successful, and Dane is able to wrest the axe from the alien, he will continue his motion, rotating around and attempting to slice the alien in half.
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 235 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Wed 10 Jan 2018
at 19:23
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Matt practices a more direct option than Mittens for being in two places at once, though he's amused this is the shortest his head tail has been when traversing stellar distances.  That still leaves him perfectly able to use his awareness to pinpoint the location in space and time the platform chamber is.

  Said head tail comments to mittens on the space jerks side of the portal, "Hey Mittens, speakers are set.  That's convenient invulnerability.  That guy's gun? Won't work anymore, that's inconvenient invulnerability."  Why doesn't Matt do this to everything, all the time?  Because that would be boring writing.

  Meanwhile, by the Cafe, humanoid limbs included edition of Matt is going to attempt some good old fashioned 'it's technically nonlethal' carnage.  As he advances on the cat themed commander less intent on defeating them so much as temporarily disarming them.

  Literally.  He wants to cut off his fancy bracer arm. It's okay, Matt will grow the arm back after complete with any potential cybernetics or biotech vital to their survival once he removes his influence, which is the sort of disclaimer you need in the superhero buisiness.

  The simplistic, Earth forged Elvis Presley commemorative knife probably does not look very threatening to the alien.  But anyone who actually knows Matt (a depressingly short list still, work on that Matt), knows it might as well be an adamantium katana where he is concerned.

  Why use this, rather than his absurd physiology directly? He's hoping for a nice 'your primitive earth weapons will have no effect on me!' opening.

  "I am actually sorry for this, mostly."

This message was last edited by the player at 19:31, Wed 10 Jan 2018.

Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 50 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Wed 10 Jan 2018
at 20:15
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Lifelight (Antoinette) watches the lasers bouncing off her force field as if slightly hypnotized by them. Lucky for Antoinette it was lasers; she would not do so well against the melee types like the one Dane is tackling. Then Ant watches Mittens charge into the portal. Remembering Megaira asked for injured people, and seeing two tank-like heroes up front, Antoinette realizes she will be more needed with Mittens.

The aliens have not responded to her initial greetings and offers, but then, they also have not been speaking English. So Antoinette can only assume these aliens do not understand.

Antoinette calls out, "I'm going with Mittens through the portal!"

It isn't that she didn't notice Matt Matthews or the fact his head-tail stretched and followed Mittens into the portal. It is simply that she doesn't know anything about Matt Matthews yet. Though her HUD visor is quickly filling her in even as she flies over the enemies and through the portal to follow Mittens.

If she makes it to the other side: Lifelight immediately expands her force field to encompass Mittens and Matt's headtail. She comments softly, "Hi. I don't think they know English. I want to interface with their computers." a small, innocent smile crosses her face after saying that.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:21, Wed 10 Jan 2018.

Maverick Sargas
 junior vigilante, 75 posts
Wed 10 Jan 2018
at 20:20
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick is sticking with the Derring family at the moment and says, "Unless you say otherwise, Mr. Derring, I'm going to observe the fight and learn what I can about the invaders."

Even as he says this, he seems ready to dart off in the direction of the nearest tall-building's fire escape.

His specialty is information gathering. Against armored, laser-weapon aliens, Mav doubts he could do much in combat.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 67 posts
Thu 11 Jan 2018
at 20:26
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Seraph snarls, the sound hissing like fire and lets the sword vanish, her hand lashing out the catch the wrist of the alien trying to stab her with some sort of energy weapon. If she gets the wrist she applies all of her rather considerable strength towards crushing and snapping both wrist and neck before tossing the thing into a group of its fellow.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 83 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sat 13 Jan 2018
at 00:50
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Invaders:
As Mittens flipped over their heads two of the unoccupied soldiers fired at Mittens as she flew overhead and into the portal.


Well now we know how effective the alien weapons are against aliens, 'cause Mits totally deflected both those shots back at"OW!"

Wait.  Why was she unable to deflect one of the two bolts back when she was able to block eight attackers before?  And why is she saying "Ow" when whith someone who can make her invulnerable to the one shot that grazed her side?  There's a perfectly reasonable explanation!  1) Mittens was so shocked by the sound of always-speaks-softly Antoinette raising her voice that the hand puppet holding the one of the two lightsabers jaw-dropped.  2) Saying "Ow" when hit even when Matt makes it needless had become second nature because otherwise badguys would shoot bystanders if they think she's invulnerable.

Good thing a dropped weapon is no big deal for the master of portals with a side of telekinesis.

"Ohmygosh I survived!  Thanks, you two!  Me 'n Matt'll hold off the reinforcements while you hack the alien tech panel thingy."

Taking Matt's word for it that the badguy reaching for his weapon is going to be disappointed, Miss Adventure then does the sensible thing for preventing a wave of reinforcements: slice up any access panel near any doors.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:09, Sat 13 Jan 2018.

Hostiles
Tue 20 Feb 2018
at 06:02
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Dane found himself in a bit of a tug of war with the alien he was dealing with, they didn't want to let him have their axe.

  Serena found that the one she was battling was not as easily crushed as a human, with the armor far harder than anything terrestrially designed.  She could probably bend it, but it wasn't going to be easy, and with the object of her attentions trying to crack her in the face with some sort of laser-edged axe, she couldn't just focus on that.

 On the other side of the portal, the one who was reaching for his sidearm grabbed it, and pointed it toward Mittens and Antoinette, but appeared surprised when it did not function.  There were no obvious consoles for the door controls, nothing to show that it could be locked from this side.  And the button the fellow had bapped had turned an angry illuminated orange.  Which meant that he had probably called for backup.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 70 posts
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 01:52
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
With a snarl Serena lets go of the being's neck and wraps both hands around the wrist, twisting and putting her hip into it so that the creature's body goes one direction and the wrist in another, quite anatomically opposite of the direction a wrist is supposed to go. Instead of snapping its neck she's trying to snap an arm or wrist so it lets go of the weapon it's trying to hit her with.
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 238 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 05:57
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  A decrease in people he knows getting shot is always a good time, so progress is still being made!  Now he hopes their alien wi-fi is easy for the new girl to access.  "I suppose most portals are not up to your saftey standards, so I can understand the surprise Mittens." Says the verbose appendage.

  While his awareness alone can ping his location in the grand spacetime scheme of things, he has been hanging out with Mittens too much.  So opts for a more traditional visual as well... So far as 'extend upwards 50 miles and mock physical matter along the way' is traditional.   "Five dollars says this facility or ship is at least fifty one miles bigger thataway."

Meanwhile, on Earth where a full body is availible

  "Please get back here so I can stab you with my primitive earth weapons" Very convincing, Matt. Nobody will suspect Elvis Knife's augmented limb severing qualifications that way.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 51 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 22:19
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Seeing there doesn't seem to be a way to lock things from the inside with a normal means, Antoinette goes for simple plan B. With a legitimate look of concern for the alien, Antoinette softly says to the alien, "Sorry." and holds a hand forward to shoot her paralyzing energy beam at him while she flies for the console.

Antoinette trusts Matt and Mittens to be able to deal with the alien whether he is paralyzed by her energy beam or not. Either way, she knows she is the most use to everyone by trying to figure out the console. Which is what she will get right to doing unless somehow interrupted by the alien.
Maverick Sargas
 junior vigilante, 77 posts
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 22:26
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
By now, Maverick has made his way to a safe spot where he can hide, watch and still be able to run from the chaos if need be. Basically, in an alley a couple buildings up the road. He pulls out his binoculars and calmly begins examining the aliens, looking for how their armor is designed, if any of them look like they are going to reach for a communicator, or alternate weapon.. just watching for anything outside of just "aliens are fighting superheroes" so that, if needed, Mav can give the heroes a heads-up.

Unfortunately, he had only JUST met Dane and doesn't even know Serena yet. Thankfully, Matt is both here AND on the other side of the portal, so noticing the slight lull in activity between Matt and the alien he wanted to give a first-hand Elvis experience to, Maverick decides to text Matt.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 85 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 22:51
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"They don't have door locks?!" Mittens exclaims in confusion.

Speaking of confusion, unless the confused alien with the non-functional weapon has immunity to reality-bending powers, he will find himself forcibly portal'd through the vortex and into the melee on Earth without a weapon to defend himself with...  On the other side, it'll likely look like one of those old west scenes where moments after the protagonist walks into a bar, a badguy comes hurling out of a window.

"Not the reason I was expecting to die after jumping into an alien vortex after warnings of planet-conquering aliens, but I digress..."

Miss Adventure will do her best to cover the door from the approach of the expected reinforcements.  Why no door locks?  Is their culture such that unauthorized access is no big deal?  Or are their people so trustworthy that locks are not needed?  Maybe the locks are integrated inside the wall and are activated by psychic command.  Do those with a psychic deficiency ever protest limited access to their society's infrastructure?  Are there anti-war protestors?  Do they have long hair and tie-dye shirts?
Hostiles
Thu 8 Mar 2018
at 15:53
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
 The beam hit the being behind the console, but not before it had tapped in something on a pad that had about 20 buttons on it.  Nothing remotely resembling English lettering either.  Then Mittens portaled the poor thing through the other portal, and onto Earth and the middle of the battle.  One of the others that was there shot at the 'flying object' and shot the alien in question.

  The one Serena was working with did, indeed flip in the intended manner, and the sick crunch of breaking bone was pretty loud, even as the armor she had hold of deformed under the pressure.

  Dane managed to wrench the axe from the alien's hands, and his riposte swing did, indeed, slice it in half, making for a gory mess of strangely colored blood and gobbets all over the street.

  The one Matt was talking to did not seem interested in being nice and letting him stab it, rather, it shot something at him.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 72 posts
Fri 9 Mar 2018
at 00:59
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The fiery Angel wastes no time, removing the invader's blade and driving it into the thing's temple before whipping around and swinging it at the neck of the next-closest invader, hoping to separate head from shoulder.
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 239 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Sat 10 Mar 2018
at 04:57
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  It's almost like most sentient beings want to AVOID having their forearm cut off so you can steal their expensive looking bracer.  Maybe if Matt told them he'd grow it back right after?... Nah.  He's glad Maverick is keeping an eye on things, as for all his capability Matt still has not fully kicked that old human habit of getting distracted at times.

  MEANWHILE, IN ALIEN TOWN.

  Matt muses how living in space for years still leaves translating space languages harder than understanding ancient Chinese, but he's sure that will get sorted by someone once it actually matters. Much like the language barrier never mattering in Star Wars until Ewoks show up.

  Now, where were we?... Ah yes.  Matt puts a rain check on tunneling his physics defying tail through the facility, and focuses on his inhuman awareness and instincts to pin down where in the big wild world of space time the 'you are here' sticker is.

  If anything this would be one of the easiest times he has done this, thanks to the extra reference points of Mittens's portals as one of those irksome slights on the fabric of reality he's just learned to put up with.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 52 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sat 10 Mar 2018
at 19:41
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Lifelight begins examining the console. She would like to have more time to study it, but more time is not what she has. So she takes a look to see if she can open it up and perhaps access its code by wiring it to her own portable computer. If she knows how it is wired and/or how it "thinks", perhaps she can reverse-engineer a hardware way hack the alien computer.
Maverick Sargas
 junior vigilante, 78 posts
Sat 10 Mar 2018
at 19:48
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Watching the fight, Mav moves his head forward a little upon seeing Serena break an alien wrist and Dane slice an alien in half. "Cool..." he thinks to himself. Mav is not one to talk out loud unless he's talking to someone, after all. A good habit he formed back when he was four years old.

He spots an alien suddenly portal in and get shot by one of the other aliens. Is there a civil war involved in this too? Or was that just a beautiful display of karma? He isn't sure. But considering Mittens went into the portal the aliens made, he's thinking it was either karma or typical villain mentality of "you left your post! The penalty is death even though I'm in the middle of battle!"

Either way, he hasn't seen a need to warn these epic heroes of anything yet. But he is recording the fight.
Hostiles
Sat 10 Mar 2018
at 20:40
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
 The commander with the bracer was still dodging away from Matt's approach.  He  seemed far more aware of Matt than most would be.  His minions seemed game to try and keep Matt away from him too.
  In the portalplace, Matt's head-tail discovered that 'fifty miles thataway' led the tip of his tail to the crystal clear, frigid vacuum of outer space.  If he 'looked' down, he could see that in a (rather distant) spot was the planet he lovingly called home, Earth.  They looked to be in a Mars level orbit, on a smallish ship with two slightly larger ships flanking.  Apparently these guys were aliens, ones Matt didn't already know.

  As Antoinette examined the console, she could see there were access panels at the ends, but not something close to the keyboard, and the language itself looked pretty complicated, with larger keypads in other spots.  The characters themselves were definitely nothing remotely like terrestrial linguistics.

  Back on the ground, Serena sliced the second one, but shots fired from the others knocked her back, spanging off her armor and drawing her attention to the fact that they didn't appear too thrilled with her removing them from effectiveness.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 73 posts
Sun 11 Mar 2018
at 04:02
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
She roared again, fire flaring from her body and heat vortexes rising from her wings and eyes. She reached down and grabbed a second blade and suddenly moved flying to them in a flash and spinning so her wings sliced first, followed by the alien weapons.

The Seraph was angry and all there would hear her wrath and behold as she unleashed it upon the invaders.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 87 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sun 11 Mar 2018
at 06:59
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mits gets a bright idea and puts it into action at the speed of thought.  Maybe there's a prisoner on board this ship.  She's sooo going to rescue said prisoner!  By pulling a typical Loony Toon gag of popping around each and every room of the ship in rapid succession.  If this were a Loony Tune cartoon, the chances of stumbling upon an alien in the shower who screams in embarrassment then hides behind the shower curtain would be around 110%

Fortunately, this is not a Loony Tune cartoon, so Miss Adventure has a good chance of being spared such unpleasantness.  A search of the ship may even turn up something else useful as well.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:01, Sun 11 Mar 2018.

Duke Absalom
 Hero, 1 post
 Getting his mental feet
 under him slowly.
Wed 14 Mar 2018
at 21:24
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Duke was minding is own business in the coffeehouse, sipping on hot chocolate when the invaders came. He eyed the commotion but was assessing the situation at the same time. He noticed a portal open. Mittens and some others went through it. Duke finished his cup of hot chocolate then left the money to pay for it.

Time seemed to freeze as Duke got up. The battle was in one giant still frame around him. He changed into his suit in which he had underneath his regular clothes-A Silverish Black metallic plated arms and legs, Black torso up to neck (but with his dark brown skin exposed). Red Helmet with green metallic ears.

"To the bottom of this! Duke thought to himself as he walked through the portal ahead of Mittens.

Duke arrived on the other side, emerging in the alien town. He then caught up to Antoinette at a console. He did his best to not walk near Serena. She seemed like in a groove with wrecking the enemy.

"Need any help, miss?" he asked her after time resumed. In actuality, Duke was just moving that fast!

This message was last edited by the player at 23:11, Wed 14 Mar 2018.

Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 53 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sun 18 Mar 2018
at 06:00
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Lifelight doesn't seem startled by Duke at first. She slowly looks over at him, her eyes not quite meeting with Duke's, but rather locked onto his nose. Lifelight then answers softly. "Yes. I would like to get access to the inside of this console."
Duke Absalom
 Hero, 2 posts
 Getting his mental feet
 under him slowly.
Sun 18 Mar 2018
at 17:04
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Duke nodded at her and then studied the console. He looked specifically for a port of some kind. His extended his right hand and his glove changed the base color of the console.

"If this console has any type of port I can jack into. It takes a little bit for me to hack into a system through hardwire but if I can sense what type of connections it uses, all the better!" Duke explained.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:06, Sun 18 Mar 2018.

Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 240 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Mon 19 Mar 2018
at 03:23
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  While not quite what he was hoping to accomplish, Matt is at least content in the fact a significant portion of the Earthside invaders are too busy playing keep away to accomplish anything nefarious. Which probably will not end well for them once Serena and Dane run out of bodies.  "So, as one of the few people to treat me with even the least shred of cautions.  Do you think my habits of inaction under observation some kind of Schrodinger gimmick, or simple stage fright?"

  Meanwhile, IN SPAAAAAAACE.  Which will never get old.

  Matt is so glad this latest of late entries has thrown their hat into the ring.  Is it still super speed when you are the last to act? "We can probably trust anyone who likes hot chocolate, Mittens. Maybe. Hi, I'm Matt." Matt is not ignoring Antoinette, he's just sort of blanked on what, if any, specialty nicknames she prefers. The problematic life of a very inconsistent perfect recall.  He tries to make up for it by respecting secret identities.

  Any who still need starships despite portal technology are probably going to be inconvenienced without their use. So with nobody Matt actually cares about watching (unless they hijack the ship's camera network in the next second), he simply opts to upscale cop movie tactics.

  Carving off the engines of several starships with a flick of your being is the same as shooting out the tires of a drug dealer, right?  Though there would be notably less explosions given Matt's influence is involved...Wait, that still leaves an army of aliens with portals to Earth and accomplishes surprisingly little for the scope involved... Eh, at least it would annoy them.

  "Well, our current location is Mars orbit.  Three ships for now, but no doubt more where that came from." Brought to you in stereo(?) at both locations.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:31, Mon 19 Mar 2018.

Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 198 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 13:43
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Dane hefted his new prize, a Laser-Axe, and grinned, thinking to himself, "Fuck, yeah. I'll definitely keep this."

He looked around for any other invaders on this side of the portal, and once ALL of them were accounted for, he took up a position on the Earth side of the portal, blocking any more invaders from coming through, until he could reassess the situation.

Peripherally he noted the odd white scorpion/bug/humanoid creature; while it seemed to be on their side, he could really make sense of it, feeling his sanity bending ever so slightly. He thought, "It has a scorpion tail, coming out of its head."
Hostiles
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 16:49
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Serena and Dane were having much better luck now with the hand to hand combat, working on demolishing the alien hostiles slowly but steadily.  The officers were not cooperating with Matt's efforts to get close,  but one of them revealed that the 'bracer' was actually a laser-whip, and he laid a stripe of 'hey, that isn't nice' along Matt's arm.

  Elsewhere, in the ships where Antoinette, Absalom, Mittens and Matt were, they were indeed unhappy when Matt disconnected their propulsion systems.  Absalom could not see a 'jack' to interface with, but he could see some sort of clips by which an access panel was held tight along the floor edge.  None of the apparently written language looked at all familiar to him, nor did any sort of pattern leap out to help translate it into something someone did speak.

  Mittens found that there were no prisoners on this ship.  There was no brig.  There were, however, at least fifty *more* of the hostile aliens, and now they *knew* someone who was definitely NOT one of them was aboard.  Something like a klaxon went off, and what looked like white flashing lights began to strobe throughout the ship.
Duke Absalom
 Hero, 3 posts
 Getting his mental feet
 under him slowly.
Fri 23 Mar 2018
at 00:28
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"I think I found something." He kneeled down after coming to the access port outline by clips. He started pulling on them. If regular strength didn't pry it open, he gave his pull more power, trying to rip the panel off.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 54 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Fri 23 Mar 2018
at 02:27
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Lifelight goes over to help Duke with prying. She doesn't have super strength, but she is stronger than most girls her age and height.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 89 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Fri 23 Mar 2018
at 02:48
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Now with video of every room and member of the ship recorded, Mits returns in full to the others.  Thanks to leaving a portal window open, she was able to be a part of the dialogue that went on while she was popping about.

"I think I triggered their car alarm.  And here I thought Chuckles had hit the alarm already earlier."

She offers a bright smile to the newcomer.  "Hi there, Mr. Helpful!  I'm Mittens!  AKA Miss Adventure.  Teleporter.  Nice to meetcha."

She looks to Matt.  "Mars huh?  So it's very likely the vortex portal thingy only works within star-system distances.  In any case, unless present company is comfortable with slaughtering 50-some aliens who may or may not be fighting us against their will, looks like we've got little time.  I'd like to try some industrial disassembly so the techies can reverse-engineer from the pieces.  Would you be a pal and cut this portal room up into about 1 cubic yard pieces for me, please?  So much less messy that way."

Without Matt's help, she'd likely be employing the services of a strip-mining saw.  ( http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/01/28/2521945A00000578-0-image-a-44_1422440421095.jpg )  Likey would get an earful from the tech guys on the mess she made of the portal device.

Hmm.  How long can these aliens survive in space outside their ship?  Sciency as an experiment would be, Mittens isn't going to try and find out.  Heard far too many horror stories about conquerors forcing people into their military through various nefarious ways.  The chance of killing an innocent is too high.
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 241 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Sat 24 Mar 2018
at 22:54
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  "Ouch. You are in so much trouble." Probably. Maybe. It's still harder for Matt to not pull his punches on sentients trying to kill him, than it is to break all their stuff.

  Despite everything he just did ten seconds ago, Matt is still a little jealous of the laser whip.  Laser are cool, which Dane is smart enough to know. Even if Matt is a bit too distracted to pick up on Dane's dismay at his nature.  It just figures that after years of Matt being self conscious with nobody caring, people start to freak out as soon as he's comfortable with himself.

  Back on the subject of breaking stuff, Mittens in space requesting more ship dismantling.  "I suppose I'm one of the few around qualified for hacking up a portal network willy nilly while still avoiding unintended damage to space time, yeah."

  That said, his more lengthy bit anatomy arranges itself into a strange imitation of a giant tennis racquet for the act of sabotage and theft, if with plenty of leeway to not bother Antoinette and Duke "Sports pun."

OOC: Dane's reaction amuses me on several meta levels, given Matt's long time (lack of) reputation, alongside being backwards land edition Eldritch Horror who (usually) fixes reality... But yeah, his looks are a much harder sell.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:58, Sat 24 Mar 2018.

Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 199 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Sun 25 Mar 2018
at 15:19
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Dane didn't understand rents in space, nor people turning into by all appearances Angels, complete with flaming sword and a mandate for destruction, nor whatever Matt was... but enemies of the planet? A weapon in his hand? That he understood.

Once the enemy combatants who had come through the portal were terminated, he squared his shoulders, and stepped through the breach into the tech room and heard,  "Well, our current location is Mars orbit.  Three ships for now, but no doubt more where that came from."

Dane thought to himself, with a feeling of wonder, "Mars? I stepped through a doorway to Mars? Holy shit!"

Then, "Three ships? Well, let's figure out how to take them out. Destroy them all, only way to be sure."

Out loud, he said, to anyone in the room, "Can anyone get me on that large ship? They things need to be utterly destroyed, or they'll come back."
Hostiles
Tue 10 Apr 2018
at 03:06
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  The panel came off with a metallic screech, and the interior revealed something that looked like a cube farm of varying sizes of black cubes with threads of dark green light through them, but nothing like terrestrial circuitry.  No wires, no cables, just a ratsnest jungle of  cubes.  This was definitely not going to be easy to even attempt to reverse engineer, and knowing even what did what was going to be difficult.  Everything inside was black.  Even the panel's 'interior' side was lined in itty bitty cubes of varying sizes, and they were all dark.

  The two officer aliens were the only ones left, and they both had those wicked laser-whips, and neither one of them was going to go down without a fight.  The one Matt was dealing with gave him another stripe with his whip, and the other had set up so they were back to back, a fierce pair.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 55 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Tue 10 Apr 2018
at 04:31
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette idly wonders what would happen if Matt were to take this computer through the portal it, presumably, controlled. However, without prior knowledge to the way this technology worked, she did not want to risk it.

Antoinette stared at the inner-workings, nonetheless, with that cute smile from earlier. "Can you jack in?" she asks Duke softly without taking her eyes off the inner workings of the alien computer.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 75 posts
Thu 12 Apr 2018
at 02:04
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena continued using her dual weapons to cut down the soldiers as well as spinning to take advantage of the ultra hard and sharp feathers at the ends of her wings if she discovers they're able to penetrate the armour of the invaders. She's a whirlwind of fiery death now but if her wings can get through their armour she turns into a veritable cyclone, tearing her way towards the officers to give aid to the...rather odd looking figure currently engaged with them.
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 242 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Sun 15 Apr 2018
at 00:10
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Ah, it appears the enemy has mastered the use of SPACE LEGOS.  No wonder they are making such progress.

  Matt's appendage says to Dane "Well their crew free engine components are currently drifting through space. Also I am a huge baby who is so bad at killing people it can have metaphysical repercussions... Good thing I'm capable of hypocrisy though, which ship do you want to get on first-wait, can you breath in space? If you can't, I'll get that sorted for you."

  Meanwhile, in SPA-.... Earth.

  "Thank you, vengeful Angel and/or or Angel themed person."  Matt totally dodged the laser whips that time!... Though his Weston City Sailfish cap is now minus 3/4 of a brim for the moment.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:11, Sun 15 Apr 2018.

Duke Absalom
 Hero, 4 posts
 Getting his mental feet
 under him slowly.
Mon 16 Apr 2018
at 01:44
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Mittens (msg # 285):

"I'm Duke Absalom. But just Duke will do." Duke chuckled at Mittens mentioning her "powers". "So we have a teleporter check. Cool story, sis. I saw you form that portal in slow motion. Didn't know how long it was gonna take you... Then again, I'mma a fast lane type of guy. Hint Hint: I put that Barry Allen to shame."

In reply to Antoinette Rebeca Haze (msg # 289):

He looked down into the section and stuck his right hand into it toward the dark green light. His hand started softly glowing the same color a few seconds later. The longer he held his hand out, the more radiant the glow. "I can try but I don't know how far I'll get. I've never seen this type of tech before. I only hope my systems can decipher something."
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 90 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Thu 19 Apr 2018
at 00:30
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mits gets to work teleporting the now sliced-and-diced teleporter device bits to whatever passes for Area 51 these days.  Along with a huge sticky note on one of them saying, "Courtesy: Miss Adventure.  Call for details." along with her voicemail number.  She's saving the console her allies are working on for last, of course.  The effect is to wind up looking like a huge game of Blockout in reverse.

"TYVM, Matt!"

To Dane, Miss Adventure reports as professionally as she can force herself to be, "Judging from some intel I got earlier, these few ships are just expendable scouts.  Their purpose was to judge how tough Earth will be to conquer.  Then comes the real fleet.  It's already too late to faint that we're not all that tough, so yeah...  Here ya go."

Two Dane sized portal doors open for him.  They lead to the other two ships.

To Duke, Mits grins impishly.  "Ooh!  A fellow Marvel fan!  Well well, Duke 'Faster-Than-Flash,' it is most certainly a pleasure to meet you!  In case you're not already acquainted, this is Dane, Antoinette, and the talking tentacle thing is part of my good buddy Matt."

This message was last edited by the player at 00:38, Thu 19 Apr 2018.

Duke Absalom
 Hero, 5 posts
 Getting his mental feet
 under him slowly.
Thu 19 Apr 2018
at 19:14
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Mittens (msg # 293):

"To quote his Marvel counterpart, 'I didn't see that coming'." Duke grinned at Mitten's incorrect placement of what universe the Flash belonged.

He looked around to the others Mittens mentioned, seeing them preoccupied with the 'aliens' as he and Antoinette were. He also kept on the watch for any aliens that tried to ambush them while he tried to hack into the electronics of the panel.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 19:15, Thu 19 Apr 2018.

Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 200 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Mon 23 Apr 2018
at 14:32
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Matt Matthews:
Matt's appendage says to Dane "wait, can you breath in space? If you can't, I'll get that sorted for you."
Mittens:
Two Dane sized portal doors open for him.  They lead to the other two ships.


Dane prepared to walk through the portal to the left. "I don't think I can breathe in space; help would be appreciated."

Then, to Mittens, "I trust I can get back once I tear the ships in half?"
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 76 posts
Wed 25 Apr 2018
at 01:51
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The fiery Angel continued her inexorable march to the officers, cleaving soldiers in twain with their own weapons or the deadly edge of her feathers. The fact that she was radiating heat certainly helped as even armour grew uncomfortably hot when she was near.

She would not stop until every single one of their enemies was dead and, preferably, in more than one piece.
Hostiles
Sun 27 May 2018
at 12:36
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
   Serena and Matt had it down to the two officers, and Weston's finest had been busy, clearing out civilians who were in the street and generally trying to reduce the chances of civilian casualties.  The radio jamming had made it quite difficult to coordinate all of this, so that explained the radio silence about the incident, apparently the portal had disrupted local radio, or perhaps one of the aliens had brought a jammer.  Either way, not being able to use their radios had badly hampered the police.
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 201 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Sun 27 May 2018
at 13:43
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Dane, not hearing a response from Mittens or Matt, shrugged and stepped through the portal.

Once on the other side, he set about his work. Tearing up systems, slaughtering enemies, and leaving death and destruction in his wake.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 35 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Mon 28 May 2018
at 22:29
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
>>>>  Cliffs of Weston >>>>

As the Osprey arrives on scene, he does his best to stay out of visible sight with it.  There was enough panic on the street, something showing up cloaked may cause attention to be pulled towards him.  There is a substantial sound of static the begins on the phone.  Enough to cause him to wince and turn down the volume on his headset.

"Meg, going to have to call you back.  Think my cell is about to die."

He hangs up and looks over a few things, noticing a few more of his instruments beginning to act oddly.

"Remote flight was showing green and not errors are lighting up like Christmas, Alfred.  Alfred?"

The feed on his HUD shifts and distorts before finally settling down.

Sir.  Sir?  It...  would...  s e e m I  ha ve.

The feed crashes once more before completely shutting off and slowly starting back again.

Ah.  Better.  Sir I believe the silence I experienced was of an external source.  I will still run diagnostics on myself later of course, but we are experiencing a substantial disturbance to Radio Frequencies.  I have been able to compensate though I would not trust remote piloting during this.  Hovering may not even be an option, you will need to find a suitable landing location.

A quick circle and he's able to put the craft down.

Exiting the craft he makes for Apokryphos quickly, doing his best not to disturb anyone as he moves with the cloak of his suit engaged.  Thankfully this was a bit more functional due to the smaller area it had to conceal.  Moving towards the woman he figures to be Meg, he gives a soft sigh.  He needed to talk to her but, this was a bit more than he was expecting as a first meeting.

"When you have a moment, I would like to talk with you.  Out of view of the windows.  We spoke recently on the phone."

A quick look and he locates an area where he could be out of sight but she could at least keep an eye on things going on.  A few soft raps are given on the wall to indicate where he is.  If no one else is in the building, he'll let the cloak of his suit drop.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 77 posts
Mon 28 May 2018
at 22:46
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The Angel pressed forward her attack on one of the officers, brutally and without mercy. She enjoyed the irony of ending its life with weapons of its own make and grinned which seemed more a baring of teeth filled with cruel humour.

She was moving faster than ever before now, the two weapons and her wings all being brought to bear in her fight with the alien.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 56 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Tue 29 May 2018
at 02:15
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Lifelight looks over at Dane. The man she had just introduced to Maverick not too long ago was now in the ship and tearing it apart. Having formulated what she wants to say, she lifts her voice, "If we can take some of the computer back, I can spend time studying their technology after the fight!"

She looks back to Duke and gives him a soft smile with an equally soft voice, "I have seen nothing like this either. So I will keep watch for now."

She trots over to the portal and peaks through to check on how the fight is going on the other side. If it looks like any heroes or bystanders are injured, her plan is to go heal them. Otherwise, Lifelight watches over the people on this side of the portal.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 91 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Tue 29 May 2018
at 02:56
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Dane did not hear a Mittens reply because she replied with a thumbs-up-wink-smile emote.  https://media.giphy.com/media/ErZ8hv5eO92JW/giphy.gif

The alien vortex to Earth is proooobably not working now since Matt diced up the workings so nicely for Mits to portal away for the techie types to analyze.  But never fear!  A replacement portal to the action was opened for the convenience of all present.

"Mittens can take all of the computer back for study!"

She'll do just that unless asked not to.
Hostiles
Tue 29 May 2018
at 03:44
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Absalom could tell that the system was very complex, and several epochs ahead of current terrestrial technology.  It was not anything he'd bumped noses with before, and with the current dissassembly of the ship occurring, it looked like the whole computer network was now not currently functioning as designed.  If he had to guess, all the computer systems aboard might have been integrated into a network that simulated a type of neural net but on a computerized basis.

  Lifelight could hear the sound of approaching hostile persons from the hallway on the other side of the door, as could Mittens if they listened, but there were also some sort of alarms going on.  Of course, that was about the time the power going to the internal lights there went, leaving them in the dark with strobing bluish lights and an alien language being shouted outside.



  On the ground, Serena was discovering the two officer types were a lot harder to deal with than the regular guys were, fighting back to back in a clear defensive pairing, and working together like they were almost psychic.
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1752 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Tue 29 May 2018
at 03:56
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Kevin Jordan:
"Meg, going to have to call you back.  Think my cell is about to die."
*****

"When you have a moment, I would like to talk with you.  Out of view of the windows.  We spoke recently on the phone."


  Megaira was unmistakeable, since he had met Lin.  Megaira had midnight sapphire eyes instead of green, but she was so similar to her mother it was enough to make most do a double take when they saw her.  She unerringly located him before he spoke, and said "Pleased to meet you, apologies for the chaos.  There's a lot of folks currently hiding in their rooms right now, the tenants in the apartments upstairs are terrified, and not without reason, given the hostiles that showed up.  I have them on gravitic scans right now, which is letting me watch for casualties, but there isn't a really private spot that I want to sneak off to with my tenants in danger.  Most of my tenants are runaways, people who have nowhere else to go, and who were refused housing or work in other places because they aren't the typical teenager.
 If Mom mentioned you getting a job, which I am inferring she did from your phone call, I am guessing you may need either lodging or employment, and I have both available.  I also, just as a note, am a member of the New Age Defenders, not that most of us are easily located anymore.  My codename was Erinyes."
  Greek for Fury.  If his suit had any sort of energy sensors, it would tell him that she was literally radiating energy right now that was in the magnetic spectra, sort of like a giant MRI machine.
Rodger Eskin
 mystic-android, 2052 posts
 Unwilling "evil wizard"
 for the government
Tue 29 May 2018
at 04:03
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
With the chaos of the emergency communication and dispatch system being down, Rodger had waited for another member of his clown brigade to arrive before departing through the mysterious portal, stepping through into the Café's rear exit area to check on what the Heck was going on.

To someone not in the know, he was, of course, just a middle-aged man with glasses and red hair/beard liberally grizzled with gray. His normal, default human form not any of his more arcanely-powered states.

Looking left and right, Rodger took in what he could, trying to judge what was important to relay.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 36 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Tue 29 May 2018
at 09:24
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
For a bit, to anyone watching Meg was just speaking to air.  Though despite his attempt at gruffness he was actually quite accommodating in a situation such as this.  His head shifts to the side as Rodger enters the view, at the same time he shuts off his cloaking device.  The suit was obviously professionally made, carefully crafted for a mix of protection and movement though of an apparently light weight material as well.  It almost looked like fabric but there were shapes and the way it sat on his body shows otherwise.  The cowl is full so while she can't see the smile, there is one to his voice.  Briefly, before getting to business.

"Daystar.  We can talk about the phone call later.  Right now, I came to you because of your activity with the New Age Defenders.  At first I was going to help with the situation out there, but despite their inexperience the two out there seem to be holding their own and giving our unwelcome guests more than they bargained for.  There is a signal jamming electronic transmissions in the broad RF range.  Not only is it likely affecting the police from communicating with their base, it is also causing a problem with at least one emergency call center here in the city.  I have a program that keeps tabs on both for me.  No one knows me here and understandably by the looks of me, they may not believe or listen to me in the panic.  I could use an introduction to the police."

Another glance is given to Rodger and despite the affects to his voice, there was obviously a touch of legitimate concern.

"Are you alright, Sir?"

There is the slightest of auras around her that his suit picks up.  It wasn't designed to look for every energy signature known or theoretically possible but that much radiating out still shows something.  He tucks that away as either her abilities with the gravitic scan or errors in his own suit.
Rodger Eskin
 mystic-android, 2053 posts
 Unwilling "evil wizard"
 for the government
Tue 29 May 2018
at 10:38
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"No. I am not," Rodger's reply to the unfamiliar person was unusually curt for him. "I gather that you are aware that the 911 emergency system is down, and from your mention of the N.A.D. am I to presume that we have a serious Para situation? Or am I jumping to the wrong conclusion, sir?"

He gaze was focused almost entirely on Kevin as he spoke.

OOC: I'm not sure what unusual senses you and your tech have, Kevin, so I'm not sure how much of Rodger's android abnormalities are showing up or how you would perceive them.
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 202 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Tue 29 May 2018
at 11:00
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette Rebeca Haze:
Lifelight looks over at Dane. The man she had just introduced to Maverick not too long ago was now in the ship and tearing it apart. Having formulated what she wants to say, she lifts her voice, "If we can take some of the computer back, I can spend time studying their technology after the fight!"

Dane nodded to Lifelight, and said, "Be quick. While you salvage, I'll figure out where to push and pull."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 57 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Tue 29 May 2018
at 18:00
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Seeing the room go dark with only alarm lights to light things, Lifelight glows, lighting the room up. "OK" she answers Dane. "Also, there are aliens on the other side of that door."

Having confirmed people are currently well enough, Lifelight proceeds to loot what alien tech she can, taking it through the portal to the other side - to Earth.

For these aliens to be so far advanced and yet not be familiar to Matt or Mittens after their years-long space adventures, either these aliens are from a galaxy far removed from the Milky Way, or they are from an another dimension/plane. Given how advanced the tech is, Lifelight wouldn't be too surprised if the aliens were from another dimension.

But that is for another time. Right now, she focuses on getting what she can out of there while she can, before it is time for everyone to fully retreat back to Earth.
Duke Absalom
 Hero, 9 posts
 Getting his mental feet
 under him slowly.
Tue 29 May 2018
at 19:03
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Absalom took notice of what he inferred about the computer systems from his "Cyber SniffTM". Then the lights went out. Absalom chuckled to himself, believing that when the aliens sensed someone hacking the system, they shut it all down. He pulled his hand out of the port and it stopped glowing. His eye adjusted to the darkness but you could see them glowing white in the dark.

"I'll help too!" Absalom offered when Dane and Lifelight spoke about looting the ship for tech and taking it back home.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 78 posts
Tue 29 May 2018
at 19:20
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Seraph decided to go for feints and unpredictability in her attacks since the officers were fighting so well in coordination. She would start an attack on one before changing to a defensive posture and attacking the other. She also took advantage of her wings and took off to attack from the air.

In one particularly spectacular moment she took to the sky and fired a concentrated beam of white-hot flames at them.
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 203 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Wed 30 May 2018
at 13:48
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Dane positioned himself at the door, preparing to hold it, if necessary, or, once all of the salvageable alien tech has been removed, to breach the door and complete his mission. He held back the rising anger as best as he could, but he was aware there was a limit to his control.

"How many?" he asked Lifelight.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 58 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Thu 31 May 2018
at 02:41
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The light that Lifelight is emitting to cause the room to be lit is oddly not blinding to look at, if still clear that she has become a walking lightbulb.

She answers Dane, "Fifty."
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1753 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 20:10
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Kevin Jordan:
For a bit, to anyone watching Meg was just speaking to air.  Though despite his attempt at gruffness he was actually quite accommodating in a situation such as this.  His head shifts to the side as Rodger enters the view, at the same time he shuts off his cloaking device.  The suit was obviously professionally made, carefully crafted for a mix of protection and movement though of an apparently light weight material as well.  It almost looked like fabric but there were shapes and the way it sat on his body shows otherwise.  The cowl is full so while she can't see the smile, there is one to his voice.  Briefly, before getting to business.

"Daystar.  We can talk about the phone call later.  Right now, I came to you because of your activity with the New Age Defenders.  At first I was going to help with the situation out there, but despite their inexperience the two out there seem to be holding their own and giving our unwelcome guests more than they bargained for.  There is a signal jamming electronic transmissions in the broad RF range.  Not only is it likely affecting the police from communicating with their base, it is also causing a problem with at least one emergency call center here in the city.  I have a program that keeps tabs on both for me.  No one knows me here and understandably by the looks of me, they may not believe or listen to me in the panic.  I could use an introduction to the police."

Another glance is given to Rodger and despite the affects to his voice, there was obviously a touch of legitimate concern.

"Are you alright, Sir?"

There is the slightest of auras around her that his suit picks up.  It wasn't designed to look for every energy signature known or theoretically possible but that much radiating out still shows something.  He tucks that away as either her abilities with the gravitic scan or errors in his own suit.
Rodger Eskin:
"No. I am not," Rodger's reply to the unfamiliar person was unusually curt for him. "I gather that you are aware that the 911 emergency system is down, and from your mention of the N.A.D. am I to presume that we have a serious Para situation? Or am I jumping to the wrong conclusion, sir?"

He gaze was focused almost entirely on Kevin as he spoke.


  Meg tilted one eyebrow, and said "EM jamming I can definitely deal with, as well as providing introductions.  Give me a second for a scan . . . and there it is.  I see it over that way, just about where the portal appeared that these hostiles came from."  When she 'scanned', his sensors detected a wave of powerful magnetic energy sweep over him faster than even the most modern MRI machine he'd seen.  Her eyes had also lit up with golden energy in the centers, and she indicated with one hand.  To Rodger, she said "I think our newer paras have the hostiles in hand, so far no civilian casualties but plenty of property damage to most things outside.  The Apartments and Cafe are fine.   Let the WPD know they'll need to send the scientific types take a look at the hostiles.  Daystar, if you would be so kind as to neutralize the transmitter, I think that would do everyone on the legal side a world of good."
Hostiles
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 20:14
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  The hostiles were not faring so well, the white fire of Serena's angelic form finally taking some of their cybernetics offline and giving her and her partner the opening needed to finish them off.

  In the ships, there were about twenty more hostiles outside, preparing to open the door and shoot them all.  However, dismantling the ship around them was making other problems, like with the way the computer systems were set up, their looting meant they were opening up a ton of hull breaches and the system to deal with them was now offline.  So the enemy would very shortly have other issues, like explosive decompression, to worry about, unless Matt was going to keep them alive to let them shoot at his friends.
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 243 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 22:49
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  "You can bring it back in pieces and I should be able to put it back together fine guys.  The question will be if we WANT to put it back together."

 Alien invaders dying in the vast emptiness of space doesn't count!  Matt's own dismantling was of the careful variety. Thank you, willful hypocrisy helping Matt avoid going mad with power.

  He comments to Mittens, "I'm STILL back on Earth as it is, so don't worry about me if you need to close the portal on me."

  MEANWHILE, on Earth.  A reminder that absurd perceptions into the physical and metaphysical is no replacement for Omniscience.  "Oh, huh."  And with that, the alien Jammer quit it's dayjob.  "Sorry, forgot my phone working doesn't mean everyone else gets bars."

  Then a surviving alien kicks him in the head hard enough to leave it at a 90 degree angle. "Hey. stop that."
Rodger Eskin
 mystic-android, 2054 posts
 Unwilling "evil wizard"
 for the government
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 22:52
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Megaira Kattakara (msg # 314):

No civilians hurt? That was good news, even with his knowledge of just how capable Meg was. The android ex-teacher nodded twice, then his eyes went unfocused as he shifted to internal system views and addressed a mindmail missive to the henchclown officer at police dispatch.

Meg reports that there are no civilians hurt, but considerable property damage. Unknown persons arrived through a portal, source also unknown. She is deploying local Para assistance to deal with an electromagnetic jamming device being used.

She advises that a scientific team be sent to examine the hostiles, so I surmise that they are more than just Paras with a chip on their shoulders. I haven't seen any of them yet myself.


Sending the mindmail, his gaze returned to normal, focusing on Meg once more. "They came through a portal? Is it like this one, which I believe Miss Adventure created psionically, or of an unknown origin?" he asked.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 79 posts
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 23:09
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena brought both of her alien weapons down on the one that just kicked the...man? Creature? Thing? she had been fighting next to, shearing it into roughly five pieces.

"Less talking, more killing once you get your head to a less painful position,"
she hissed in a voice like fire.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 92 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Tue 5 Jun 2018
at 23:43
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Mits is sooo happy to have Matt around!" the catgirl narrates aloud, "And the fact that he's often mistaken as her sidekick rather than vastly more powerful is still quite amusing.  So she combines a compliment with a tease:  You're the best sidekick ever, Matt!"

(( http://img.memecdn.com/chuck-n...idekick_o_804241.jpg ))

Not wanting the aliens to get slaughtered in a most unpleasant way... Take your pick: vacuum of space or Dane.  Either one is an unpleasant slaughter...  Mits asides to the new speedster, "You fast enough to disarm that many aliens before they know what hit 'em, Mr. Duke?"

The assumption is that the answer is yes considering the earlier boasts.  Not that their guns would even work with Matt around, but that doesn't translate to "time to surrender" quite as clearly as being disarmed in Miss Adventure's experience.  She secretly opens up a portal behind the baddies for Duke, hoping that'll keep the scene from going R rated faster than you can say, "Punched through the hull."
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 38 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Wed 6 Jun 2018
at 00:41
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The pulse from Meg is certainly detected, though it causes him to wonder just how off his sensors were and how much work was needed to make them functional once again.

A soft disturbance of static and a quick reboot of his systems causes him a pause.

Sir, it would seem we are back online.  I am beginning to detect activity across the city and communication with the Osprey is running at previous efficiency.

Facing away to the side, "Understood.  Keep me posted, if you can."

"My apologies.  It would seem that whatever was causing the disturbance has stopped.  I would suggest contacting this Miss Adventure to see if she can remove that portal.  While they could have had joint attacks with this as a distraction it is more likely that the device located here is transmitting through the portal and disrupting the system that way.  The thought of having a primary force here with a small force designed to disrupt a system in a different area seems to have more subtlety than what they are showing in this direct attack.  Whatever they wanted was likely here, potentially a direct attack on the Café in order to test the strength of the parahumans here.  Still, I will go look for this device.  Alien tech or not, it still fits the definition of a mechanical or electrical system.  There are some truths that are universal."

With that, he starts to take his exit, waiting briefly for responses before leaving the café to survey the area.

This message was last edited by the player at 09:19, Sat 09 June 2018.

Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 204 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Wed 6 Jun 2018
at 13:57
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Dane observed, a note of urgency (but not a whiff of panic) in his voice. "They're coming through. Take what you can and let me go to work before they breach and force the issue."

He rubbed his fingers together, and the energy coming off of him was palpable, and intensifying. He placed a hand against the door keeping the alien soldiers out to strengthen it, the energy axe in the other hand. He hefted the axe, and smiled grimly. "I'm keeping this. Very handy. Oh... if you see any other weapons like this? Grab 'em."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 59 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Wed 6 Jun 2018
at 22:45
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Lifelight does as instructed and totes what she can out of there. While she herself is impressively strong for a girl of her size and stature, it isn't superhuman, so she isn't able to carry out much by herself.

Back on Earth, Lifelight can be seen walking through the portal, carrying parts of alien tech and trotting over to place them near in the middle of the street. Lifelight then turns on her Holtzman Shield and calls out to nobody in particular, "Please bring any alien weapons here!"
Hostiles
Thu 7 Jun 2018
at 03:07
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette Rebeca Haze:
Lifelight does as instructed and totes what she can out of there. While she herself is impressively strong for a girl of her size and stature, it isn't superhuman, so she isn't able to carry out much by herself.

Back on Earth, Lifelight can be seen walking through the portal, carrying parts of alien tech and trotting over to place them near in the middle of the street. Lifelight then turns on her Holtzman Shield and calls out to nobody in particular, "Please bring any alien weapons here!"


  The aliens with weapons didn't open the doors like humans do, their doors iris open, so when they tripped the 'emergency release', the bottom half dropped into the floor, the top half stayed put, and they fired (or tried to) through the bottom half of the doorway in an attempt to clear the room of what they considered hostiles aboard their ship.
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 205 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Fri 8 Jun 2018
at 14:59
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Dane floated up when the door door went down, safely concealed by the upper door, both from enemy fire as well as line of sight. As he heard the click on the emergency door release a split second before the bottom door dropped, he called out in his battle-tested voice that immediately drew the attention of his companions, "Incoming!!" Take cover!"

As the aliens began to fire, Dane waited. Eventually, they would have to come through, and that's when he would reveal himself and the energy axe he wielded like a scythe, or, perhaps, a pendulum in a Poe story. The enemy had made an error - they opened themselves up to return fire while sacrificing their own concealment, yet would be unable to enter the room without passing through Dane's gauntlet.

He smiled grimly.
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 244 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Mon 11 Jun 2018
at 00:28
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  "It's all old flinch reflexes and approximations to better interact with the physical world. Though I appreciate the concern. He says to the slice and dice angel.

  Among Matt's more boring hobbies, studying up on the city utilities.  For while it was a luxury he could afford to be sloppy with collateral damage, it was easier still to know what parts of the pavement you could carve open without having to reseal gas pipelines afterwards.

  "I mean. I don't even breath, but you don't give the whole creepy mannequin vibe if you go through the motions."

  Like that patch one of the remaining soldiers was standing on right now, carved away from underneath and partially sealed back up.  "Please do not chop off his head, I'm already seeing to it they can't kill themselves or be teleported away as it is."

  IN SPACE, Where everyone can hear you scream real easily it turns out.

  "Sorry Mittens, my arbitrary standards deem this a PG-13 fight to everyone else." His appendage (Or would that be the other way around in his case?) blocks stray shots that would otherwise have passed through the portal.

OOC: Let me know if declaring a random soldier captured is more problematic than declaring lots of them dead. A surprisingly common issue from freeform to pre-made modules.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:45, Mon 11 June 2018.

Duke Absalom
 Hero, 10 posts
 Getting his mental feet
 under him slowly.
Mon 11 Jun 2018
at 02:47
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Antoinette Rebeca Haze (msg # 322):

Next to where Lifelight sat down her pile appeared a few piles of tech after a silverish blur went to and fro the portal.

Absalom appeared next to Lifelight after the 2nd pile of alien tech.

"We need anymore or are we got enough?" he asked her.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:48, Mon 11 June 2018.

Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 40 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Mon 11 Jun 2018
at 20:22
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Daystar grimaces a bit as he looks over the carnage.  What their true intentions for coming here, for choosing this specific spot would be difficult to ascertain.  It could simply be because they were here looking for a fight, but there was usually a motive for every action.  As he starts moving towards the portal, his middle and ring fingers press against his belt and a small compartment opens with a barely audible click.  A pair of tweezers, a small bag and a test tube are all withdrawn.  While he moves he looks about the wreckage, the movement of his head and neck slow and methodical.  He kneels quickly, briefly to pick up a small chunk of rocklike flesh and other organic residue on it.  With a quick scan it was difficult to tell what was and what wasn't contaminated from the fight.  Without a real control sample there was little he could do.  Still, knowing more about this enemy would be good.

The portal shifts and he watches as Lifelight and Duke make their way out.  Matt and the war angel had things well in hand.  While he doesn't speak, a glance is given to them all.  Doing his best not to make himself look like a threat.

Which left him to his situation.  A glance is given to the pile of tech at their feet as he moves off to the side, still approaching the portal though not going directly at it.  Visual samples had been taken both from the armor and weapons.  A few more seconds.

There.  Approaching the device he kneels over it.  The power still seemed to be on.  The eyes of his mask light up along their edges just slightly as he gives the device a scan.  Both with what tech of his was working along with his own eyes.
Jammer
Mon 11 Jun 2018
at 21:03
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  The device did still have power, and his scans indicated that were the laws of physics not being pretzeled, it would still be broadcasting a powerful jamming signal that basically filled the airwaves with what amounted to screamingly loud white noise.  The power source was contained within the device, and the case of it did not seem designed to be opened or manipulated in any way.  It didn't even have anything that was clearly an on/off switch as he knew them.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 60 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Tue 12 Jun 2018
at 21:40
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
When Lifelight was exiting, Matt's headtail deflected some laser behind her and she seemed to not even notice. But she softly said "Thank you." apparently to no one in particular.

Back to the present:

Lifelight's hair got blown about by the wake of Duke's rushing back and forth, but the girl seemed to not really react, just having a spaced out look on her face. When Duke asked her the question, she looks over at him, then looks at the piles of tech curiously. "...The more, the better." then gives him a gentle smile. "Thank you."
Maverick Sargas
 junior vigilante, 79 posts
Tue 12 Jun 2018
at 21:50
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick takes note of the guy who entered the scene and made himself known as a non-hostile to the other heroes. With one hand on his binoculars to spy on the new arrival and one hand on his phone, he was ready to warn Matt, but sees that the new arrival is an ally. A smile on his face, Maverick is confident that between more arrivals, aliens falling, and alien tech piling up, this battle appears to be won.

Maverick streams a video update to the Derring family so they can see what the situation looks like from wherever they are along with this message: "Zero apparent civilian casualties and zero hero casualties. Aliens tough, but beaten. Technology being collected."
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 94 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Wed 13 Jun 2018
at 07:05
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mits blocks a shot or two with her lightsaber, redirecting them back at the enemy before reshaping terrain to provide cover for her escape.

"In Soviet Space, cover takes you!

"No need to apologize, Matt.  So long as I don't have to say sorry for my jokes.

"See you back on Earth, Rampage!"


Zoop!  She returns to Earth!  Upon seeing that Matt and Serena have the big bads handled, Miss Adventure cheers and claps!

"Woohoo!  Nicely done!"

That Antoinette.  Sure her being spaced out is puntastic for the situation, but she's more zen than even Mittens' space samurai teacher!  Just as cool with laser spam flying about as with sharing a puppydog with a friend.  Makes Mits feel... uneasy.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:24, Wed 13 June 2018.

Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 245 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Wed 20 Jun 2018
at 04:54
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  While Matt certainly takes note of his presence, even without the fact they had snuck off to have a chat with Meg is the telltale fact Daystar is doing actual forensics.  So clearly, the guy fiddling with the alien jamming device is on the level from that novelty alone.

  "I'll deal with any property damage not deemed required evidence later." Granted, Matt would have said that aloud already out of habit.  But hey, new people.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 41 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Sun 8 Jul 2018
at 23:50
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Alfred, take my position and compare it to the Osprey's flight records.  Open Investigation File: Foreign Invaders zero-zero-one.  Place results there.  I will dictate further casefile information later."


A few seconds pass and then he takes hold of a small handle to lift the device.  Testing the weight before attempting to move it.  Speaking up for the others.


"It would seem the hostiles brought equipment to jam a broad range of RF signals.  I am unsure why it is not currently working the way it was intended, but if you are collecting weapons, you should take this, too.  I would not destroy it, not yet.  If we can get it somewhere it will not be able to affect anything, we can work on a way of counter acting it again.  Outside of whoever or whatever is preventing it from functioning now."


Approaching the team standing at the portal he looks to each of them.

"Daystar."

A look is given around the area as well.  They were out in the open and there were many factors to take into account.  While some of the functions of his HUD were not working, he did have the option for now of Infrared.  Switching to that a more purposeful examination of the area within line of sight is given.
Truth
 GM, 443 posts
 meet the new boss same as
 the old boss
Mon 9 Jul 2018
at 23:21
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  They'd cleared the hostiles, all of them were now deceased.  They had a pile of technology, themselves, and Matt's handy dandy abilities had kept the collateral damage to structures and items to a minimum, the people having had paras around long enough to exit fast stage left when hostiles showed up.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 83 posts
Mon 9 Jul 2018
at 23:27
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Seraph looked around with satisfaction at the dead aliens and the lack of damage and casualties to bystanders. She kept the two alien weapons as she walked back inside the Cafe to look for Maggie. "Maggie, where are you?"
Justice
 GM, 1113 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Tue 10 Jul 2018
at 01:10
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The team in space begins scuttling the spaceship, smashing anything that looked important. While they are still in the process of destroying the ship there is a large explosion out the viewport. Those that look manage to look in time see a red and gold blur slam through the last ship (that the team is not on). It appears Excelsior has joined the fight. It may be wise to leave before he destroys the last ship.


OOC: Excelsior is the worlds most famous and most powerful superhero, and leader of the Global Guardians A U.N. Sanctioned superteam composed of paras from all over the world.

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:11, Tue 10 July 2018.

Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 247 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Tue 10 Jul 2018
at 01:32
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Collecting evidence, AND not a brooding loner?  That's a bigger surprise than the alien invasion.

  "Hi Daystar, I'm Matt.  The hope a more common solution to the jammer is found is why I didn't just break it when it was brought to my attention."

  Speaking of things his awareness has caught onto, his headtail zips back through the portal and across the span of space and ships to comment more directly to Dean Dane, right on the first try honest.  "Hey, come home before Excelsior accidentally sends you hurtling through space.  Not that you are at any risk, but you'd have more dignity if Mittens or I don't have to catch you."

This message was last edited by the player at 01:46, Wed 11 July 2018.

Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 61 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Tue 10 Jul 2018
at 03:38
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maggie trots up to Serena. "Arf! I am happy to see you again, Serena!"

Meanwhile, back at the gathering of heroes, Lifelight gives Daystar a smile. In a soft voice, she answers Daystar, "Hi. I am Lifelight. I want to study the alien technology."
Maverick Sargas
 junior vigilante, 81 posts
Tue 10 Jul 2018
at 03:45
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick is also impressed with Daystar's forward nature. But as much as he REALLY wants to go out there and meet this Daystar guy right away... he reminds himself he is extremely cautious for a reason. So he texts Matt.
Duke Absalom
 Hero, 11 posts
 Getting his mental feet
 under him slowly.
Tue 10 Jul 2018
at 04:14
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Absalom stayed with Lifelight, lugging all the tech they looted from the ship. He was thinking that they could indeed learn something from it. In time, reverse engineering that tech could be worthwhile.
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 208 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Tue 10 Jul 2018
at 12:18
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Dane had managed to find a main support beam junction of the ship, a location where two main support struts of the ship intersected. Once his companions were safely away, he grasped the beams at that junction, and pulled.

He had been told his strength might be theoretically limitless, and this seemed like a perfect time to figure that out. The ship resisted his efforts at first, and then, finally, parted. The beams went in opposite directions, and the hull tore.

He felt the cool vacuum of space chilling him, but he did not waver from his purpose. He was comfortable relying on a team, and trusted them to extricate him from his situation; it was what teams did.

Dane pushed one of the pieces of the scout ship away, sparking and sputtering as the torn electrical systems slowly died, and holding on to the other for the moment, to make it easier to find him.

The battle was over, and space, it turns out, was beautiful, despite the alien bodies floating about, and the debris. It was cold, and clean, and silent. He became aware that he was cooling down here, but not nearly as quickly as he would have before his transformation, and that he would need to breathe in a while, but not immediately. Curious.
Maverick Sargas
 junior vigilante, 82 posts
Tue 10 Jul 2018
at 13:41
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick was noticing the lack of Dane and got nervous. What if the aliens caught him? Or he is injured or worse? He quickly texts Ant, Mittens and Matt with "Where is Dane?"
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 96 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Wed 11 Jul 2018
at 00:25
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Miss Adventure air boxes as she speaks, "Mittens will neither confirm nor deny leaving a small view-port open to witness Rampage's awesome ship rippin-Look!  Up in the sky!  It's a red and gold blur!  It's Excelsior!  Uh-oh.  Um, you made Rampage space-proof, right, Matt?"

Batman KaPOW* sound effects erupt from her phone when she gets a text from Secret Agent Boy.  Upon seeing Matt's headtail shoot back through the portal to Dane, Mits relaxes some and checks her phone.  Knowing Mav is watching, she simply gives a thumbs up and exaggerated nod.

"All Rampage's gotta do is grab hold and you'll pull him back, right?  Should I poof a life preserver at the end of your headdtail to make it clearer?"

She grins at epic double-blade Archangel calling out for her puppy!  "Ah!  So cute!"

"Nice to meetcha, Daystar!  I'm Miss Adventure!  And this is Matt, Serena, Duke, and Rampage should be joining us shortly.  Thanks for being so awesome, everyone!"

Meanwhile, a small portal opens briefly near Excelsior.  Out of it floats a dry-erase board with a message written on it that reads, "Follow the organic looking rope thingy to find Rampage and a convenient portal back to Earth."

*(( KaPOW!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOKu36x_9LQ ))

This message was last edited by the player at 00:37, Wed 11 July 2018.

Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 86 posts
Wed 11 Jul 2018
at 00:29
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena drew her flames back into herself and knelt to take Maggie into her arms, giving her a big hug. "I'm very relieved to see you safe, Maggie. I was worried about you during the fight."
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 210 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Tue 17 Jul 2018
at 11:46
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Dane heard the voice in the vacuum of space, and he shook his head slightly, clearing the cobwebs. He held up a hand, and waved to Excelsior, and then... hesitantly, reached out a hand to grasp the headtail, to be pulled back through.
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 250 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Tue 17 Jul 2018
at 18:36
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Matt's instincts take a once over on Dane to see if they didn't need his help after all for breathing in space given how common that is, but won't give up his assistance on until the guy is back on Earth either way.

  "I can appreciate the hesitance after seeing what I did, but I assure you despite appearances I can't cut bread unless I desire it.  and with that, Matt smoothly brings Dane back through the portal.

  Excelsior has the practiced speed on display, while previously Matt demonstrated precision.   But looks like Dane is bringing home the gold for style today by suplexing a spaceship to death.  Wowie zowie.

  "And we're back.  Mittens, I'll keep your ideas in mind for making the lifesaving intentions of a living whip sword, spines optional, more obvious... Probably more dignified than my idea of sticking plastic googly eyes and a fake mustache on the end."

OOC: ...Yeah I don't think this will work out


This message was last edited by the player at 19:05, Tue 17 July 2018.

Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 62 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Wed 18 Jul 2018
at 04:24
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
After having introduced herself to Daystar, Lifelight was beginning to space out when she saw Dane being brought back through the portal. Since she knew everyone else present was healthy, Lifelight trotted over to where Dane was so she could give him a quick medical checkup.

Since Duke was staying with the alien tech anyway, and the fight was finished, Lifelight wasn't worried about the tech getting damaged. Her forcefield turned off, Lifelight asked Dane, "Are you alright?"


Maggie answers Serena, "Arf! Thank you for worrying about my safety! I was worried for your safety as well, but would have been unable to aid you in combat. I am happy to be in your arms again, Serena. But how are you? Did you get hurt?"
Rodger Eskin
 mystic-android, 2057 posts
 Unwilling "evil wizard"
 for the government
Wed 18 Jul 2018
at 04:28
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Staying near the portal in back, the one to the police, Rodger's gaze focused and unfocused repeatedly as the android reported on what he witnessed going on via his internal mindmail system.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 44 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Wed 18 Jul 2018
at 20:31
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Space and ships.  It did not completely rule out the potential of them being from a different dimension, though simple aliens was starting to become the prevalent conclusion.  Closing the last of the space between them, he adds the Jammer to the pile of tech at Lifelight's feet.

"Have you had dealings with these aliens before?  It would be nice to have a name and planet of origin to add to my files, if they are known."

This question was put to everyone with no real single person having it directed to them.  Though his head does pivot over to Mittens, an unseen short lived smile tugging at his lips at the sound effect.

"Miss Adventure, when we have a moment away from the public eye, I need to speak with you."
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 88 posts
Wed 18 Jul 2018
at 21:39
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena hugged the robot dog again, her eyes slightly red. She was already very attached to her new companion and would have been extremely upset had anything happened to her. "I'm fine, Maggie. They didn't hurt me at all."

Her wings rose to slightly encircle the two of them as they talked.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 97 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 02:26
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mits' heart is melting at the touching sight of Serena hugging Maggie, tears welling up in her eyes, and a smile on her lips.

But upon hearing her name, she wipes her eyes and turns her attention to Daystar. "Moi?  Only tangentially.  In a 'coincidence' of timing, which I suspect would make sense to an astrophysicist, I received a warning from my Space Samurai mentor Halkor JUST after the badguys showed up.  I'll play it back for you."

Miss Adventure unrolls a flexible viewscreen that then hovers in place.

quote:
Halkor's face takes up the viewscreen. "Matthew, Mittens, I hope you are doing well and I wish my message was sent in better circumstances. We have encountered a new threat, no one knows where they came from but their technology is incredibly advanced and their military is powerful. They conquered Arkalia first to use as a staging ground, Azrith brought his tribe's fleet to help but..."

Halkor trailed off, his eyes looking sad as he stared off to the side. "Most of his people are gone now, and mine as well as many others are enslaved. Azrith and I managed to escape and find Archeirae as well as a few new friends and gather what allies we could. But it hasn't been going well, and what's worse is we've found they have plans to expand to the edges of the galaxy, to earth.

We have one last plan, a desperate gambit, but if we succeed we should manage to cut the head off the snake. If not, then they will head towards your home. This message will likely reach you too late, but it will hopefully make it before their main fleet. Good luck my friends, and I'm sorry for leaving you with the threat I failed to stop."


As the message plays, Mits looks deep in thought.  Once it finishes, she announces with finality,  "I've decided to name them The Ninja Yōkaizords - The animal themed space-samurai cyber armor commandos bent on galactic conquest who don't talk.

"If you don't mind stepping into my secret lair, I'd be happy to give you that secret chat you're asking for.  Just bear in mind, I expect you to be specific on those things you want to remain unknown and from whom.  When questioned by the Men in Black, I'd like to be able to truthfully say, 'I'm not at liberty to discuss that.'"


Miss Adventure opens a portal for Daystar that leads to an enormous warehouse full of toys.  (( Kinda like this: https://images-ext-1.discordap...9ae9aca023749260.jpg ))

This message was last edited by the player at 02:44, Thu 19 July 2018.

Anton Jakova
 ShadowJak, 2 posts
Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 19:03
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Anton knew life would be different in Weston City. He knew that starting over in the American city would be a drastic change. He never expected that an Alien Invasion would be included in the changes.

Upon arrival, his first order of business was to find a job. He needed to find a way to survive in his new home. After a few stressful days of dwindling resources and potential worry of returning to his old skills, Anton discovered a way to use those previous skills in n a way he hadn't considered...that of being a courier. Direct Services was a small courier business in Weston City, specializing in quick, discrete deliveries to any location in the city, If you need it there, GO Direct!

And that was exactly what he was doing when H.G. Wells became a prophet. The delivery was to a place called Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse. Eschewing the typical bike that most messengers use, Anton simply used his own skills at Parkour and his unnatural talents to flow when not seen. That combination had quickly solved his resource issue. He had been in an alleyway just a couple of blocks away from the dropoff when a shimmering, swirling vortex of orange vomited three forms and a weird piece of machinery. It was clear form the start that these were not your typical Westoner. And the weaponry that they brandished quickly dispelled any good intentions. As the portal swirled shut, one of the aliens bent down and began to setup the odd machine in front of him. The other two peeled off and began to scan the area.

Already in the flow, Anton grinned to himself...Fighting Aliens, definitely American!....The first alien never saw what happened as an errant shadow slid across the ground directly at it. As the shadow passed below it, the alien dropped into the shadow as if it was a deep pond. Still moving, the shadow then slid across from the other lookout and then spat out the previous into the second. As they collided, another figure leapt out, launching off of the impact of the two.

Ironically, it would have been perfect except that the third alien was as oblivious as the two lookouts. Turning at the sound of a scuffle, the third alien snapped out a large staff like weapon and blindly swung back as it turned. Anton was in the middle of a triple somersault kick when the tip of the staff caught his ankle, stalling the kick and forcing another rotation. Quick and agile, Anton simply dove into the Staff Alien's shadow...emerging from the shadows cast be the other two struggling.

In close quarters, Anton began a series of quick and brutal strikes involving nearly every limb at his disposal. At the same time, he pulled one aliens rifle like weapon around just as it squoze the trigger. The resulting spray played across both the nearest alien and the staff wielding Shaolin alien, dropping both. Before the clip emptied, Anton continued the twisting pull and forced the last alien to shoot itself point blank range. Once last splat and it was over.

All of this happened in a matter of a few heartbeats. And in those few heartbeats, the Darkness within him growled in his mind. The beast was stirring. Looking over at the aliens, Anton looked back out along the alleyway. Nearby, he could hear a much concentrated version of conflict happening. One with more combatants. There was no doubting those sounds, nor what the outcome was for the loosers. Looking back at the Aliens, he was sure that they were no longer living? With a simple gesture, the shadows below each of the Aliens deepened as dark tendrils flowed over them and swallowed up their remains...Sleep Moi Druuk...Sleep...With only the device left, Anton swallowed it in another shadow as he headed towards his destination.

When he arrived at Apokyphos, the battle had concluded. And like his, the Aliens hadn't fared so well. Once again in civilian clothes, Anton slowly walked towards the group, “Excuse me? I have a delivery for Apokryphos Cafe?” The closer he gets to the group, he starts to feel a pulsing in his left side and arm.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 100 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Fri 20 Jul 2018
at 05:45
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
On any other day, Mittens would make much more of a sunglasses-wearing delivery guy who looks like a dead terrorist from Die Hard re-animated as a zombie.  (Just read the character's description!)  But today, she's got her hands full with trying to coax the world's greatest hero into making an appearance while handling keeping track of several new awesome acquaintances.

"Follow the finger," she answers the person who she does not yet know is named Anton, "It shall guide you to your destination."

A strange statuette of a winged finger appears and begins floating toward the person resuming charge of the Cafe.  (( https://tytempletonart.files.w...e-finger-of-fate.jpg ))
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 46 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Sun 5 Aug 2018
at 21:56
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Watching the message, behind the mask a frown forms on his face.  A look is given to Anton as he approaches the group.  More and more he was a little amazed by this world, as far as he could tell, parahumans were only recently made public knowledge.  Now in the midst of an alien invasion aftermath, there was no problem approaching a group.  Still, Mittens had it well in (floating) hand.

Remaining silent he looks to Mittens and then steps through the portal.

Looking around at the area, there was a brief moment he was ready for some trap to be sprung though it is short lived.  This situation was real, he knew that and he was willing to trust Meg that these people were on the up and up.  A soft amused breath is expelled.

"On friendly terms with someone in a giant warehouse filled with toys.  Now this is something I never thought would happen."
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 101 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Tue 7 Aug 2018
at 07:52
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mits puts on a catgirl muppet with pigtails that kinda resembles her on her right hand, pokes her hand through the portal, then shrinks it down to be just as big around as her arm.  To those outside the cafe, it looks like she's missing a hand.  To Daystar, it looks like the disembodied arm is missing a person.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 64 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Tue 7 Aug 2018
at 08:11
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maggie says, "Arf! You are so strong, Serena! And your wings are pretty! I should ask Antoinette to give me pretty wings. Arf."


Lifelight is still waiting for Dane's answer when Anton shows up. Antoinette slowly looks at Anton and then points the direction of the cafe with a small smile. "The cafe is over there." then looks back to Dane to see if he is OK.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 102 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Thu 9 Aug 2018
at 23:26
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mittens asks Matt, "Hey Matt.  What are your thought on trying to reach Halkor?  Either by communicator or by trying to locate him by portaling about or both?"
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 252 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 05:27
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  "I might still technically work for the Cafe, but it would be for the best if you spoke with someone on the clock for that delivery." Matt wondered if Anton's delivery was still on time, given recent events.

  At Mitten's obvious question, he sighs.  "Mittens, we spent years with them and it was not until we were gone for all of five minutes that their civilization falls." Not QUITE an exaggeration, given the respective mockery of distance they both were capable of when not slumming it on merely 'faster than light' starships.

  "We can certainly check.  But the universe honestly is out to get you sometimes." Usually if it provides a tragic backstory. See also: Blind psychics. Which he leaves be because not sorting that is the more polite option-

  Wait, was that this timeline?  Man, being an unexplained entity is overrated when you're still having to deal with that sort of existential bookkeeping.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 103 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Tue 14 Aug 2018
at 04:36
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mits nods.  "Let's see if the operator can get us a relay so we can talk realtime."

Knowing that a direct link with Halkor using this gizmo is a no-go, she dials the inter-planetary switchboard expecting to get, "Please enjoy this music while we get the next available operator.  There are 90 billion callers ahead of you."  *Looped music plays: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGP1d508a2o *
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 89 posts
Tue 14 Aug 2018
at 22:55
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena laughed and hugged the puppy closer. "I think you're beautiful just as you are, Maggie."

She looked up at Mittens with one brow cocked. "90 billion callers ahead of you? I thought customer service was bad on this planet."
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1754 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Wed 22 Aug 2018
at 12:13
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Megaira had sensed when the aliens had been dispatched and dropped the shields over the building, so Anton could get in.  She was still behind the coffee-bar, close to the kitchen door.
Anton Jakova
 ShadowJak, 3 posts
Mon 27 Aug 2018
at 19:53
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Anton pauses for a moment when the floating emoji appears. Cocking his head to the left, he keeps his eyes on the apparent catgirl who was so helpful. With a simple nod, he resumes his delivery, walking into the Café. His eyes play across the interior, categorizing points of egress and contention. Upon falling on the slim figure poised at what looks to be the doors leading to the back, he changes his trajectory towards her.

"Apokryphos Café? I have a delivery..." The tone is casual as he moves to hand over the package. However, he can't help but feel that there is more to this person than at first meets the eye.
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1755 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Sat 1 Sep 2018
at 18:21
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Meg smiled, and said "Thank you.  These must be the spices Mama said she needed to special order.  Let me hand them off to her, she's got the kitchen right now, did you need payment, or a tip?"  She looked young to be in such charge, but it sounded like she knew what she was doing.  She also had an intensity to her that was unusual for anyone so young looking.
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1756 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Sun 11 Nov 2018
at 05:35
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Megs had heard all the ruckus at the museum, and she called up Miss Adventure's information (she DID have her card) and sent her a text asking if things were okay and if the situation  had been resolved without casualties, or if further medical assistance was needed.  She also wondered if she should maybe spend a little more time down here, and not up in the labs, but that was something for another day.  Gargoyle had been out of town for a while, but she did send him fairly regular updates on his Mom, since she still lived here in Weston.  She remembered the trip to Hell with Painter and Excelsior to rescue Gargoyle all too clearly.  The Cafe was good for the evening, and she had nothing much else needing her attention if the museum was good.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 122 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sun 11 Nov 2018
at 07:42
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Text reply...  Pfsh.  Why fiddle with texting when you can just answer face-to-face even faster?

A door-shaped portal opens for Meg and through it she can see superheroes giving statements to the police.  Thanks to Matt's clean-up superpower, by now the only signs there was ever any violence is the various mummy bits littering the floor, and several bewildered victims recently healed up by Lifelight.

Mits gives a big smile and thumbs-up to Meg.  "While things are handled in here, I'm sure there's still plenty of folks that could use the attention of a healer.  Dunno what kinda investigative prowess you possess, but that's what phase we're moving into.  Whodunnit?  Whydeydoit?  How?  Etc."
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1757 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Mon 12 Nov 2018
at 01:07
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Megs stepped through the portal . . .

------------->> Museum
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 63 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Tue 16 Apr 2019
at 22:07
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The workspace that Meg had set him up with was proving to be quite advantageous.  He had to admit he did not have his mentor's focus when it came to situations like this.  While food may sometimes be set aside longer than it should be, rest had to come.  As it was he had been pushing himself for the last few days and he finally crashed.  When he awoke he went on a heavy schedule of making repairs to the Osprey.  His talk with Miss Adventure had also left him pondering things.  Things that he needed a relatively clear head for.

A clear head that would be easier to obtain on a full stomach.

Since the Museum, this was the first time he ventured out of the new place Meg set up for him.  The fatigue didn't show on his face though, that he had mastered well enough to function at work after an evening of crime fighting.  His smile is as warm as ever.  He takes a seat, being sure to have his back to a wall and ready line of sight to as many doors as he can manage.
Excelsior
 NPC, 1094 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Tue 16 Apr 2019
at 23:20
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Two men entered the cafe, one well muscled with long blonde hair currently done up in a ponytail the other with short dark hair and a light layer of stubble. The blonde man carried a young girl, who looked about one.

The hostess turned and when she saw them, looked instantly star struck. "Oh! Welcome Mr. Excelsior sir."

The blonde man chuckled. "Please, just Bill. Is Meg in?"

"I'm afraid she's just stepped out Ex-..Bill. But if you'd take a seat I could let you know when she gets back?"

"That'd be great, two cokes please, and milk for little Bella."

The hostess nodded. "Right away sir."

The two men sat down, putting the little girl in a high chair. The brown haired man shook his head, grinning. "Told you you should have kept your identity secret."

"They would have figured it out anyway after yours got exposed."

"Yeah, but I'm not nearly as famous as you."

"Oh hush"
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 64 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Wed 17 Apr 2019
at 00:46
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Family.  There was that same twinge deep in the recesses of his heart that he did his damnedest to forget and remember every day.  So this was Excelsior in his civilian garb, so the other one was likely Fluid.  Darren Masters.

Idly his thumb rubs against the ring that rests on his right ring finger, before catching himself as if his hand was in the cookie jar.  He heard a lot about both of them, but still he knew from experience that print could some times be larger than the truth.  Others, painted the person in a completely different light.  He trusted the judgement of those that knew him, but still.

Despite the twinge and the short lived nervous twitching of his thumb, the facial mask never falters.  Standing he makes his way, a bit shyly towards the couple.

"S'cuse me.  Thought you looked familiar but...  really?  You're Excelsior?  Fluid?"  He waves his hand a little, just that non-verbal gesture of asking for forgiveness.  "Sorry, I get it.  Really I do.  You're out with your family but, I just wanted to say thank you.  So.  Thank you."
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1759 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Wed 17 Apr 2019
at 01:00
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Meg came in through the back way, as usual.  She tilted her head, then smiled as she recognizd who was there, and dropped her parcels off in the kitchen before she headed out front to greet some of her oldest friends.  "Hey guys, good to see you two, and you brought my favorite little girl with you.  How are all of you?"
Excelsior
 NPC, 1095 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Wed 17 Apr 2019
at 01:22
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Bill smiled warmly as Kevin approached. "Hi, yep that's us." Bill waved a hand dismissively. "Don't worry about it, happens all the time. You're actually more polite than a lot of people." He held out a hand for a shake. "Nice to meet you..." He trailed off waiting for Kevin's response.

As Meg arrived Bill turned, but not before getting the handshake. He smiled widely "There you are!"  He wrapped Meg in a hug, and Darren stood up to join them. From her high chair Bella reached for Meg, and then began to float, high chair and all, towards Meg.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 65 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Wed 17 Apr 2019
at 01:41
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Greg."

The handshake is taken and returned easily.  Almost too easily.  Still he was focused on the heroes to the point he jumps a little as Meg approaches them.  Backing off just a bit to give them space, thankfully before the highchair starts floating.

That, legitimately surprised him.  He knew people could get their abilities young, even be born with them but to see that much control when most are just learning to walk if they're lucky.

Meg was one of those few people that knew some of the truth about him, if not more.  This wasn't exactly something he'd just go to any of the staff here.  His voice quieting just a bit, an apologetic grin being offered towards Bill and Darren.

"Hey Meg, is your mom around?  Been needing to talk with her about a job."

In discussing what he needed in the lab, she would have let her know that if they needed help around the apartments they'd just need to ask.  When he talked about 'a job' it was in regards to his night work.
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1760 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Wed 17 Apr 2019
at 02:04
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Meg gave both Bill and Darren a return hug, before she collected the adorable little girl from her high chair. Settling Bella on her hip like an experienced baby sitter. "Mom's in the kitchen, she's sorting out the evening special if you want to step back and see her?"

Then she tilted her head inquisitively at Bill raising one eyebrow in silent question.
Excelsior
 NPC, 1096 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Wed 17 Apr 2019
at 02:32
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"We thought we'd take advantage of some quiet time to come visit you, that and we'd like to ask a favor. With the alien attack and some unrest building in various parts of the world we're gonna be real busy for a while. Would you mind taking care of Bella for a while? We'll visit as much as we can but we might be in the field for days at a time and we don't like to leave her with the robo-nanny that long." Bill replied to Meg's silent question, an apologetic look on his face. "I know it's sudden, and we're not sure how long but you're the closest thing she has to a mom and you tend to stay out of super shenanigans these days"
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 66 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Wed 17 Apr 2019
at 02:51
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Inwardly he smiles a little.  The affects of family on the super hero lifestyle.

It briefly brought a memory of better days.

"Thanks."

Silently he excuses himself and heads back for the kitchen.  That ready smile is offered to any kitchen staff he happens to pass on his way to Lin.  Careful not to get to close to any food contact surfaces and being mindful that in this area, the staff's work was more important than the case he was working on.  He wasn't sure how much or who of the staff knew the truth about her and with that in mind.

"Hey Lin, talked with Meg out in the Cafe, told me I would find you here.  Some complications with work have come up and I was hoping I could talk with you.  If you have the time."
Lin
 NPC, 427 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Wed 17 Apr 2019
at 22:56
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
 Lin was just finishing up working on some sort of meat with a cleaver (there was an impressive pile of something minced that was once some cut of meat) when he came in, and she said "Certainly, Kevin.  Let me just get this into the pot with the couscous and the mussels, and I can go upstairs with you to discuss the details.  Sound fair?"  Given that the woman asking him that was older than Christianity, well, it was somewhat ironic.
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1761 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Wed 17 Apr 2019
at 23:01
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Excelsior:
"We thought we'd take advantage of some quiet time to come visit you, that and we'd like to ask a favor. With the alien attack and some unrest building in various parts of the world we're gonna be real busy for a while. Would you mind taking care of Bella for a while? We'll visit as much as we can but we might be in the field for days at a time and we don't like to leave her with the robo-nanny that long." Bill replied to Meg's silent question, an apologetic look on his face. "I know it's sudden, and we're not sure how long but you're the closest thing she has to a mom and you tend to stay out of super shenanigans these days"



  Meg gave Bill a look that could only be described as 'sisterly exasperation', and said "Like you even have to ask, silly man.  Of COURSE I will watch Bella, for as long as you need.  She likes spending time with Auntie Meg and Grandauntie Lin.  And I can take her on some field trips I am sure you won't mind a bit.  Hit the zoo, visit the Forbidden City in China, maybe a couple other neat places."
Excelsior
 NPC, 1097 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Sat 20 Apr 2019
at 21:58
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
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."
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 67 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Mon 22 Apr 2019
at 22:08
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Of course."

Kevin just sets himself out of the way as he waits for Lin.  It really was impressive, usually people he had met that had been around as long as her, they generally kept to themselves.  Hid just outside the knowledge of the populace.  While her situation wasn't known, Lin put herself right out there to help others in meaningful ways.

It was refreshing, really.

Still, he realized his current case may just be outside the scope of the reason for this visit, but he needed to ask.

Accompanying her upstairs, he slips a photo out from his jacket once the doors to the room are closed.

"I hope I am not wasting your time, and I am sorry for coming to you with this.  Between my two options to start talking to, you at least know who I am though."

He hands the picture to her.

"This necklace was stolen from the museum a few nights ago, during an attack where magic was used to reanimate the mummies in the exhibit.  Human as well as animals.  I was wondering if you know anything more about the necklace than could be gleaned from a search through archeological reports."
Lin
 NPC, 428 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Wed 24 Apr 2019
at 00:12
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Lin examined the picture, then made an absent glyph of glowing dark emerald energy in the air, making a three dimensional image of the photograph spring into being above it.  She rotated it, then nodded to herself.  She said "That is the Necklace of Osiris.  It's a potent tool for necromancy and raising the undead.  Unfortunately for all of us, that was the real thing, not one of many copies the ancient Egyptians made for their priests
 to use in holy rituals that held no power without the real artifact."
She gave him back the photograph, then wiped the glowing symbol of energy away so that the three dimensional image vanished once more.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 69 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Sat 27 Apr 2019
at 19:50
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Just once, it would be nice if the object in question was taken simply because it sparkled."

This was said in the same dry, deadpan way he usually spoke, but there was the slightest hint of an attempt at levity.  Rubbing a few fingers along the side of the bridge of his nose, he takes a few seconds to take stock of the situation.

"I have taken too long to follow up on this, I can hope the Police have found something, but I still should speak to them.  Just in case.  This, is larger than them.  Larger than me.  The potential scope of the investigation easily exceeds the jurisdiction of Weston City."

Taking the picture back, he runs a few more thoughts through his mind.

"Have you detected anyone else traveling from the world I am from?  There is a short list of villains that this fits their Modus Operandi.  None of them would be favorable in this situation, though none of them I have direct experience with either.  The more problematic would be what they could possibly be harbingers of.  Or, are you aware of anyone that has been actively looking for this through the centuries?  And, of course, I do apologize for the amount of questions, but would you happen to know Ethan Sharpe?  I believe he was also known as Brigand.  If they have not been made aware or discovered this for themselves, the DPA should be made known about this.  I doubt they would listen to me without a few people being willing to vouch for me."

With the last sentence, his voice softens and that edge of dispassion erodes.  While not a question, it carries the tone of a polite request.
Lin
 NPC, 429 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Sun 28 Apr 2019
at 16:28
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
 Lin chuckled, and said "Ethan, or Brigand, is my adopted little brother.  Both my daughter and I know him well, although I've had longer to associate with him.  I can and will vouch for you with him and the DPA, I do occasionally act as an official 'consultant' with them.  If you want to linger for a while, I can have Ethan stop by?  His wife was planning to drop in later this evening anyway.  She's the best thing that ever happened to him, in either lifetime."  She held up a hand like she was using a phone, and spoke.  "Ethan, I have someone you should meet here at the Cafe, you can stop in at your convenience, or with your wife this evening when she comes over, but there is an important part to this.  Behave, and don't forget."  Clearly, she knew Ethan would recognize her voice.  Then she added to Kevin "His wife will be here at seven, she and Megaira and I will all be at Meg's apartment because we're working on a few little surprises for folks, but nothing we can't work on after we get your information disseminated."
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."
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 Kal… 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 Kal… 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.
Staff
Mon 20 May 2019
at 02:29
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Daniel Heind:
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.


  True to his request, he was brought a bowl of vanilla ice cream, but it was the home-made type, not the weak stuff that most commercial places offered.  This was the rich, delicious kind that was made in the ice cream machine at home, (or apparently in the kitchen here) and it was delicious.
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."
Excelsior
 NPC, 1105 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Sat 1 Jun 2019
at 22:42
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Mittens (msg # 451):

Bill listened quietly as Mittens spoke. "No matter how powerful you are, people are going to get hurt, sometimes there's something you can do to prevent it, sometimes there's nothing you could have done different. I can fly around the globe in about 4 hours, I can punch through meteors and survive inside a volcano, and there are still people I can't save. And even now it still weighs on me, but I try to focus on what I did do, on those I can and did save.

And this time? You actually managed to save him, you got through it with no one dying. That is the biggest criteria for success in this life. Not defeating the bad guy, not foiling his plans, but making sure NO ONE dies. And tonight you did all three of these things, this is a victory."

Bill paused for a minute as Mittens mentioned "sterner stuff'. "We may have powers, but we're still human, it perfectly ok to have emotional reactions to the sort of things we do. My father was a baptist, and when I told him about my powers he was very accepting, in fact he was ecstatic. He thought I was like Samson, he was as supportive as could be of my abilities and using them. But when I told him I was gay, he wouldn't even look at me. He just told me to take my things and go. I had fought LITERAL Demons at this point in my career, I had seen a mad scientist's torture lab and fought the Mafia. And this 'simple thing' of being rejected by my father, that shook me to my core. I cried for hours that night. Even as a hero your still entitled to your emotions."
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 168 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sun 2 Jun 2019
at 02:48
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mits gives Meg a thumbs-up in reply to her invitation to join.  Even after all this time, space travel is still extremely fun.  But with the lump in her throat she can't properly express her enthusiasm for joining the team.

Wraith's words stun Mits.  On a number of different levels.  'Do not allow despair the pleasure of victory,' sure sounds a lot like someone I know.  Who didn't appear to age in the years I was gone.  He was 'just a regular kid?'  OMG it's Maverick?!  What deadly mistake did he make?  Was he the one that made the first villain pass out?  Where'd he get this super suit?!  I put a kid into a cage match with deadly supervillains!!!!

Then Lin does her magical Ft. Knox thing and Miss Adventure staggers.  She's forced to take her helmet off to get some air.  Between the exciting team invitation, huge lightbulb moment, the kick in the pants, and now this really awesome magic going on, Mits reaches out to grab hold of Bill's sleeve to steady herself.  She stares at Wraith in disbelief.

When Bill starts to talk, she looks intently into his eyes to try and focus on what her idol has to say.  Which is not entirely what she expected to hear.  That he would be willing to be so open and vulnerable just to encourage her, hits like a comet shot from a volcano and sends her mind into orbit.

"Wow..."

Yeah.  It's going to take a while to reboot from all that.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:59, Sun 02 June 2019.

Maverick Sargas
 Wraith, 124 posts
Sun 2 Jun 2019
at 02:55
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
For all his stealth and level-headedness, Maverick isn't sure how good he is at the zen thing. But he'll try all the same.

Maverick loves Bill. He looks in Bill's direction and gives him a nod before going to the table.

Wraith sits as directed and places his hands on the table. He begins breathing deeply, then just goes for slow breathing. He heard one good technique for clearing one's mind is to find a spot and stare at it. So he stared at the table before him. People are too distracting to stare at.
Lin
 NPC, 437 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Sun 2 Jun 2019
at 07:23
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Lin waved a hand over herself, switching into a set of Chinese robes that looked of a fashion from several thousand years ago, including jade haircombs and some peacock feather hairpins.  She laid a pure silver mirror on the table, then adjusted it to show Mav's reflection.  Then she sketched characters around the edges of it with some sort of red ink, which glowed soft gold, then stared into the mirror.  She said softly "You are the Spy, your title is Shadow Walker.  Keeper of balance and walker of ways hidden to many, you seek secrets and knowledge that others will need, but cannot prize from their hidden nests.  You will need skills to sneak and listen, speak many tongues and know things that are not always pretty, your path wanders in and out of the light like a serpent's trail through the sands of time.  Your talents and knowledge will give you great power, if you choose to use it, or you may elect to let those who could act remain bound by your words.  Yours is not the way of the gun, or the knife, but whispers and watching, slit throats and sniper's grace.  Choose carefully those whom you entrust your secrets, for those are your greatest power."  Her words were spoken very softly, but he could feel the weight, the power in them, and then the mirror went dark, and she bowed her head.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 84 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Mon 3 Jun 2019
at 00:00
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
It was familiar, slightly, and yet that heaviness still hit him.  As Lin speaks, he tries to remember if he ever heard it before, though unlikely.  Listening to Mittens and Bill speak, his mind runs a few options.  'Kevin' hadn't officially been introduced to anyone, and yet.  He knew that feeling, that pit in the base of your stomach.  Where you would be willing to do anything.  It was the edge he thought.  He feared.  The ring would push him over.  It was a fear he had been face to face with for years before he had the ring, and until then he had his training, his Mentor, to keep him right at that edge without a thought of crossing it.

It was needed, Bill hit her with the truth.  The uncensored reality of this life they chose.  In the short time he had talked with her and saw the puppet at this very café for the first time, he had a good read on Miss Adventure, too.  At least, he liked to think that he did.

"Miss Adventure, George Lucas got it right.  Fear is a horribly enticing gateway and it is easy to trick yourself into opening the door thinking you can deal with it.  To do things that need to be done for the good of all.  It is that mistake that... He made.  A lesson my Mentor worked to hone into me during my early months under his tutelage.  Temper yourself against it.  But, find your own way to.  To quote the Dawson Creek's version of one of my favorite Uncles.  Do not be like me.  Be better."

His voice rises as he speaks about whoever this 'He' is and it heralds the first change in his otherwise stoic voice to one that momentarily just shakes and writhes with venom.

A glance is given over towards Wraith and Lin as the ceremony continues, listening to every word.
Daniel Heind
 Divine Wielder, 20 posts
Mon 3 Jun 2019
at 03:15
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Daniel looked at the waitress, "Thanks, I intend to stay here for a while longer, today has been quite annoying for me before entering this establishment and right now I just want to release some stress." Daniels stomach rumbled, "talking about releasing stress, do you know where the bathrooms are?"

This message was last edited by the player at 03:15, Mon 03 June 2019.

Ethan Sharpe
 NPC, 35 posts
 The immortal formerly
 known as Brigand
Mon 3 Jun 2019
at 03:18
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Kevin Jordan (msg # 456):

Ethan sighed and rubbed a hand through his perfect hair. "The Necklace of Osiris, we missed another big one. Maybe we're slipping. Well, on the bright side while VERY powerful the necklace is not world ending on it's own. A lot of it's danger comes from who's wielding it. It boosts necromantic magic used in its vicinity allowing it's user to, among other things, create larger and more powerful armies of undead. I can talk to my superiors, but it may take time for me to convince them this is a federal case. Many people still have a hard time wrapping their heads around magic, and most simply believe any public magic users were paras with powers that resembled magic. In the meantime I can offer my personal help, as much as my free time allows. Also Captain Hanson and her people are very capable."

Ethan stood back as Kevin talked to Mittens but his ears perked up when he heard what he called her. "Wait, you're Miss Adventure? The one who worked with the crew of the Rogue Star* while they were on earth?"


*OOC: Halkor, Azrith, and Archerae's ship. Mittens can make up the 'team name' as they probably wouldn't have had one before her.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:28, Mon 03 June 2019.

Maverick Sargas
 Wraith, 125 posts
Mon 3 Jun 2019
at 05:34
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Wraith seems rather still the whole time. After the reading, he is silent for a moment. On the one hand, most of what Lin said was what Wraith was expecting. On the other hand, gaining the impact of the words was entirely different from just hearing them. And besides that, he didn't consider that he would gain much power. He certainly didn't think of trusting allies as binding them to his words. He had to admit that sounded pretty epic.

Wraith listens to Kevin's words as right now, every word he hears is quite important to him. He does make a mental note that Kevin has a heavily emotional past with someone, but Wraith figures he'll need to wait to find out who this person was.

Ethan's words "THE Miss Adventure" caused Wraith to turn his head slightly in Ethan's direction.

"Thank you, Lin. As I trust you and you seem to be an oracle of some kind, do you personally believe I can trust everyone who is in this room with my identity?"

This message was last edited by the player at 05:34, Mon 03 June 2019.

Lin
 NPC, 438 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Mon 3 Jun 2019
at 21:35
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Lin nodded, and said "yes, the people in this room are safe enough.  Megaira, obviously, Ethan, myself, our friend over there who is a friend to my daughter, and clearly you trust young Mittens.  Bill and Darren have been doing heroing work for a while, they've dealt with some of the hairballs that are around.  So has Matt, although he more resembles some of them.  And *I* know the Fae well, even if Ethan isn't so fond of them,  but everyone IN this room right now is safe to keep your secret."  She shot Ethan a wrinkled-nose look that said clearly that SHE found whatever made him unhappy with the Fae amusing.  Then she added "You would also be safe to trust Victoria Castillo and Andy Black, if you run into them.  Andy's a good cookie, regardless of his damned state."
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 170 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Tue 4 Jun 2019
at 05:21
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
If Mits could read Wraith's mind, she'd pass along the secret to how a scatterbrain like herself managed to get Zen enough to learn Space Samurai Sorcery.  But judging from from Lin's reading, he did just fine without any coaching.  And boy does her reading sound very familiar.  (If admittedly way more poetic than the Mittens version.)

Flashback:
Miss Adventure grins at her favorite junior detective.  "You kidding?  You're destined to become the best superhero!  You're what, 8?  And already you can sneak up on a hyper kitty who knows to be listening for you!  You're gunna be like Batman by the time you grow up.  Only even better!  Like, imagine if Joker never even knew what Batman looks like.  Because he's too busy running from all the other villains who think he betrayed them.  And his enemies never even find there was someone in the shadows manipulating them!  With the skills you're developing, you don't even need a superpower to kick evil in the tail even more effectively than the big name supers!"


So turns out an 8 year old with that level of skill is a superpower.  Shoulda known.

Daystar's words patch Mittens' rebooting brain.  Pop culture references were just the thing she needed to restore her signature grin.  Of course now she's going to have Yoda singing about seagulls replaying over and over in her mind for the rest of the day.

Ethan's words trigger a light bulb over Mittens' head.  "Just a theory.  Maybe wishful thinking.  But what if the one who stole The Necklace of Osiris has a mind to use it to build Earth an army of undead defenders?  Most likely they'll turn around and try to take over the world with it as soon as the aliens are repelled, but stil..."

Great.  Now Seagull Yoda is singing the Pinky and the Brain theme.

"Yuppers!  Mittens is, in fact, Miss Adventure.  The same who, with the help of the Motley Crew of the Rogue Star, exposed the machinations of Galactic Councilbeing ᔕᒸᕨᕱᓏᖴᗗᓦᓾᓎᘙ before its malicious legislation could cause any harm.  Still surprises me how very human aliens are once you get past the cosmetic differences."

Mits winces at Wraith's suggestion that he unmask.  Even among such fantastic trustworthy heroes as these, he's probably underestimating the ramifications. "Not going to tell you how to live your life, Wraith, but uh...  Considering your particular superpower, I would strongly encourage you to keep your secret identity a mystery.  No going back once the cat's outta the bag.  And think of how much more fun it'll be for these heroes if you retain your mystique."

After having given very careful thought to how to word what she wants to say to Bill, she steps up on a step stool to be able to whisper in his ear, very quietly,

Spoiler text: (Highlight or hover over the text to view)
"I know two experts who specialize in bringing around folks like your dad.  Been at it for decades.  I'll be happy to introduce you to them if you like."

This message was last edited by the player at 05:24, Tue 04 June 2019.

Maverick Sargas
 Wraith, 127 posts
Tue 4 Jun 2019
at 17:56
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Wraith looks ponderous. "Thank you for your wisdom, Miss Adventure. You are right that there are no take-backs in that regard. And that mystery can be quite fun. And thank you, Lin, for letting me know who I can trust."

He reaches his skeletal hand up to tap a finger to his hood. "It's all up here now."

He lowers his hand. "But I do have a question. Ethan mentioned there is a way to kill immortals, but he doesn't know how. He also mentioned you do know. May I learn?"
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 85 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Tue 4 Jun 2019
at 18:41
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"I see, that is unfortunate. As far as the necklace being a Federal issue, this may not have been a singular event.  You said yourself, you missed it.  Lin said this was the actual Necklace of Osiris.  A cult formed around Osiris, I am guessing both as typical Egyptian worship and also one in the same or a different group actually seeking his, or at least the power of the necklace itself.  In this pursuit both for religious and an attempt at power, replicas were created.  Replicas that through the ages could now be out on display or in private guarded collections.  The curator at the museum mentioned that the display at the museum was recently acquired and witnesses also reported at least one child commenting that the mummies were beginning to move before they shattered their displays and attacked.  The necklace boosts magic that is already known.  As you say harmless on its own but with someone wanting to use it.  But of course first they would have to find it, and depending on how many replicas exist, it is a veritable needle in a haystack.  So, how do you find that needle?  With a magnet, or in this case go to museums and private collections and attempt to animate the dead with a simple, not very potent, incantation.  The results will let you know if you did indeed find the item you were looking for.  In that case, other situations may have been noted though explained away.  Still a check for Facial Recognition in those situations against the attack on the museum could prove helpful.  If, that is the explanation for this occurrence.

Another, more disturbing option, is that the owner knew what they had and sent it to the museum to execute the attack.  Not to maim and kill, but to measure the response of Weston City's parahuman community.

Either way, taking the necklace due to the distraction the attack itself caused.  And both avenues I would imagine could potentially take the investigation certainly across State lines and very likely across International Borders.

So, Federal.  Still, keeping the local police in the loop would be beneficial as well."


This is all spoken while he continues to rock with the napping Bella in his arms.  Seeing Mittens perk up causes him to smile just a little bit, too.  He was going to suggest against it, but was glad to see Mittens talked Wraith out of divulging his identity.  Theatrics and misdirection were powerful allies to wield, after all.  And it would seem he had a long time to wield those ahead of him.  Which brought him back to Meg.

"Before we head off in the Runabout, I should stop by and speak with Captain Hanson, then.  Though before that, perhaps I should change into something a bit more fitting for this official visit."

This message was lightly edited by the player at 18:52, Tue 04 June 2019.

Lin
 NPC, 439 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Tue 4 Jun 2019
at 20:56
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Lin nodded, and told Wraith "Yes, but not while Ethan is available.  I won't give him that secret, and neither should you, ever."

  Which was interrupted by a lovely lady poking her head into the room, and saying "I should have known you'd have waylaid Megs and Lin, Ethan, you old pirate.Take a couple of the men in the room here and go DO something while we females plot."

  Meg nodded to Kevin, and said "You do have some time, although I am not sure how long she'll sleep after we transfer her to someone else's lap."
Ethan Sharpe
 NPC, 36 posts
 The immortal formerly
 known as Brigand
Thu 6 Jun 2019
at 13:28
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Ethan smiled at Mittens. "That would be a first, but it's not outside the realm of possibility" He turned to Kevin. "By 'missed it' I meant, 'missed keeping a major artifact out of the reach of the public'. Lin and I have been scurrying away magical artifacts for centuries, keeping them out of museums or away from private collectors that don't know what they are. Every once in a while a minor artifact slips past us, but this is a powerful item. It provides a significant source of power.

Detective Hanson should be have the footage from the museum by now. She's a good woman, if a bit..rough around the edges, you can trust her. I'll see what I can do about getting this case bumped up the totem pole, in the meantime I have my own personal resources, contacts, and databases that can be of help to you.  I have amassed a considerable fortune and considerable arsenal in my time, I doubt what you need will be a drop in the bucket. And as a note, one of my contacts is a para-genius who designs and builds advanced gear, for a price."

Ethan smiled up at Lorelei. "Just a work thing love, need to be back at the office shortly. I'll be working late so don't worry about staying up for me. I'll grab something from that Indian place you like, and if you're already asleep it can wait till morning."

This message was last edited by the player at 00:58, Fri 07 June 2019.

Excelsior
 NPC, 1106 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Thu 6 Jun 2019
at 13:34
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Bill smiled at Mittens. "Thanks for the offer, but it's been tried. I have a new family now." He smiled at Darren, Bella, and even Meg. "You keep what I said in mind though, and remember this is a victory, sometimes we pull through by the skin of our teeth but you still pulled through. And for what it's worth, I have this power where I just sorta... know when and where I'm needed. So I know you had it handled out there, because I wasn't needed."
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 172 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Fri 7 Jun 2019
at 03:43
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Miss Adventure will never get used to hearing the word 'wisdom' used in the same sentence as her name.  Still, she's quite glad that Wraith considered the 'fun' argument valid and shoots him a great big smile.

It's troubling that Ethan isn't allowed to know how someone can kill him, but considering that the knowledge is being passed on to an unknown like Wraith, it's probably so incredibly unlikely to pull off that it really doesn't matter who knows, just that Ethan is being kept in the dark because he lost some silly bet long ago.

Mits gives an impressed whistle in reply to Daystar.  "Wowzers.  You continue to prove your detectively prowess.  You and Wraith are gunna make a phenomenal duo."

Zewuh?!  Immortal Ethan doesn't dismiss a silly Mittens theory?!  It feels like... respect!  Mits is unsure how to handle that, and just tries to be proud of her outside-the-box thinking instead of beat up on herself for being so off-the-wall as to come up with something even an immortal hasn't seen before.  Oh right!  He did say he easily wraps people around his finger, didn't he?  Don't care.  It's nice to be treated with respect.  Besides.  Nothing wrong with being wrapped around a hero's finger.

And speaking of which, being eye-level with Excelsior while hearing affirming words from him is an experience like none other in Miss Adventure's many many escapades.  Mixed with the sad news that this elephant has given up on escaping from the emotional rope that keeps him from reconciling with his Dad because it's been tried before, then followed up with heroic positivity, is quite the roller coaster.

Mits grins impishly, reaches to put an arm around Excelsior's neck and grind the opposite fist into his massive deltoid like she's teasing a little brother, "Worth a whooole lot, Billie!  Hard to put into words what it means to me.  Let's just say, consider yourself an official Mittens Meowsketeer family member!  So call on me when next you need to circle the world instantly.  I'm only a phone call or text away!"

Much as Mits can appreciate Ethan's lovely lady wanting to kick out the guys for some girl time, she's enjoying hanging out with these awesome folks way too much to  sign on to the idea.  Probably best to just keep quiet on the topic, though.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:44, Fri 07 June 2019.

Maverick Sargas
 Wraith, 128 posts
Fri 7 Jun 2019
at 19:42
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
When Kevin mentions the theory that the owner of the museum could have knowingly put people in danger, Wraith gives a slow nod as if this thought had crossed his mind as well.

The rest sounded like research-backed thoughts. Between Mitts' kudos on Kevin and the way Kevin talked, Wraith was quickly liking this guy.

He then looked at Lin and says, "Understood."

The girl said take a couple MEN... so Wraith figured that meant he could stay. He's a boy.

And he's a boy who wants to know the answer to his question that requires Ethan not be present. Speaking of...

Wraith looks at Ethan. "Thank you for speaking with me and introducing me to Lin." He briefly considers mentioning the man with the goatee that was just moments ago, helping Mitts and Wraith with some criminals, but he decides against it for now.

Mittens smile was returned with a skeletal thumbs-up since his hooded, veiled face has no discernible features.
Daniel Heind
 Divine Wielder, 21 posts
Fri 7 Jun 2019
at 20:05
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Before Daniel was able to ask for the restrooms the waitress had left. Daniel was a bit annoyed but then just got up and started looking for the bathroom.

Daniel found it suprisingly hard to look for the bathroom so he stopped one of the waiters. "Sorry to stop you, but do you know where the bathrooms are?" At this point Daniels face was becoming a bit red and his leg began twitching because he really had to go.
Staff
Fri 7 Jun 2019
at 20:28
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
 The waiter nodded, and indicated the doors (with the clearly marked signs above them) for both restrooms.  There were not only English labels, but braille, Chinese (Mandarin) and Greek!  They were just at an angle from where he had been sitting to be a little hard to spot.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 88 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Sun 9 Jun 2019
at 12:17
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
There was a bit of a sad smile on his face as Ethan speaks, though it was unlikely being directed at him.

"Sometimes, Miss Adventure, reanimated mummies are just reanimated mummies.  The city has a way of throwing multiple challenges at you, that was one of the first lessons I learned.

Alfred, egress."


He would have a little time before the Osprey would be near.  Unless.

"Thank you, Director Sharpe, for the information.  As for 'rough around the edges' I think my Mentor and the city that shaped him created that phrase.

Miss Adventure, with the wards in place are you able to open any portals?"


He continues to rock Bella, though that sad smile broadens just a little as his head dips down towards hers.

"I am sorry, but you need to go back to Aunt Meg for a bit.  I have something to take care of."

As he speaks he heads over towards Meg, looking to her briefly to confirm she would be able to take Bella off his hands.  He realized she was going to be planning some shenanigans with the others but she seemed excellent at multitasking.
*edit*

Looking towards Wraith and Miss Adventure, his face does start to go a little flat expression.

"Crime scene investigation is a science.  Therefore you come up with theories based on what you observe and your past experiences.  They are validated through the collection of evidence, a process that I am in the early stages of.  So, in your own investigation and the experiences you will no doubt encounter, keep that in mind.  My thoughts now are simply theories as to the crime.  Looking to those as the truth could blind you to the actual truth."

This message was last edited by the player at 12:49, Sun 09 June 2019.

Excelsior
 NPC, 1107 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Sun 9 Jun 2019
at 20:29
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Mittens (msg # 473):

Bill took the card. "Why thank you, I appreciate it." Bill looked up at Lorelei. "Can the 'confirmed bachelors' count as honorary women? We did come bearing baby after all. We're mostly here to see Meg."
Ethan Sharpe
 NPC, 37 posts
 The immortal formerly
 known as Brigand
Sun 9 Jun 2019
at 20:43
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Ethan nods at Kevin, offering his hand for a firm shake. "Thank you for bringing this to my attention. And let me know if you could use any of those resources." Ethan quickly leaped up the stairs, offering Lorelei a quick kiss. "And that's my business concluded my love, it's back to the office for me. I'll see you tonight." And with a wave to the rest of those gathered he headed out the door.

>>To Safehouse 17>>
Lorelei Philos
 NPC, 3 posts
Tue 11 Jun 2019
at 00:36
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
 Lorelei laughed, and said "You two count as females for THESE purposes, so you stay.  Besides, you might enjoy plotting with us."

  Meg gently took hold of Bella, telling Kevin "Of course.  She's always good to stay with me, I'm Aunt Megs.  Stop on back when you are ready."

  Lin nodded, and told Kevin "Try nnot to forget to laugh, it helps one cope.  Trust me, I have had plenty of practice."
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 175 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Tue 11 Jun 2019
at 04:47
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Seriously.  What is UP with Maverick's super suit?!

Mittens smiles to Daystar's question, always super eager to be helpful to fellow heroes.

"One of those very affirming things I keep running into is that good-guy wards don't interfere with my superpowers."

Well... except this one time.  But we don't talk about accidentally breaking inter-dimensional laws or having a run-in with a being of immeasurable power that enforces such laws.  On the bright side, she's yet to meet the bad-guy ward that could interfere with her pretzeling space-time too.

"Where to?  And by the way you sound exactly like the detectives I watch on reality cop shows."

To Bill she gives a big smile and thumbs-up.  "Anytime!  And you know you're always welcome in any pow-wow Mittens has any say in the roster for."

OHMYGOSH I can't believe I just shoulder-nuggied Excelsior!!!  And got away with it!

Mits is loving that Lorelei keeps mentioning "plotting," but is guessing that there isn't any real mischief involved.  But cannot help it that her curiosity is extremely piqued by now.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 89 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Wed 12 Jun 2019
at 17:47
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
He sets Bella in Meg's arms, a little reluctant to do so, but it he had something to take care of.  He brushes a finger against Bella's hand gently before getting back to business.  With his hands free, he returns Ethan's handshake.  Looking towards Lorelei he had to inwardly grin a little.  Not knowing her deal, she did seemed to handle the fact Ethan was centuries old very well.

Reaching into his pockets he takes out a cellphone, a pocket watch and an asthma inhaler.  A few shifts of pressure from his hand and the cellphone pops open, looking over the screen.  Giving Mittens Latitude and Longitude coordinates as well as an altitude of six hundred feet.

"Three minutes.  Alfred, adjust speed and altitude."

"Of course, Sir."

The voice sounds like an older man with a very formal British accent and far to clear to be human.

Setting the inhaler into an opening formed by the cellphone, there is an audible 'click' as it shifts into place.  The phone moves just a bit more with this action and a few more movements by his hands.  The pocket watch gives a few tones as it flips open in his hands.  Setting the device into an opening on the 'cellphone' there is one more click.  He gives a slow breath as he gets his mind and body situated.

"It has been a few years since I have had anything to laugh at.  Gotham has a way of taking what ever joy you may have and feasting on it.  And I did not have much joy when I was dropped off there to begin with.  But, thank you."

One more breath and he calms himself, pushing those memories that simple confession threatened to reinvigorate back down to where they had been all these years.  Aiming the grapple towards the ceiling.  The hook very obviously in the shape of a bat.

"Miss Adventure, a portal about ten feet in diameter.  If you please."
Daniel Heind
 Divine Wielder, 22 posts
Wed 12 Jun 2019
at 20:54
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Daniel thanked the waiter and went into the bathroom.

A few minutes later and exits the bathroom with a satisfied look on his face. "the bathroom was so nice as well."

He sat back down on his table and took out his book once more and opened to the page he was reading, after reading for a while he had stumbled upon a legendary weapons described in the book. Daniel took out his note book and pen and began writing the weapon on his note book. "I hate the process of adding things to the notebook, but at least the story on these books are fascinating, I just hate it when I have to stop reading just for a dam weapon." He whispered to himself.

Daniel was doing this while waiting for time to pass by.
Lin
 NPC, 440 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Wed 12 Jun 2019
at 22:23
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Lin's wry smile was clear, and she said "You learn a couple tricks for handling life's shit in over four millennia of life.  Laughter is a very good one."

  Lorelei grinned at Kevin, and said "You so should help the guys keep my ornery old pirate busy for a while."
Daniel Heind
 Divine Wielder, 23 posts
Fri 14 Jun 2019
at 14:09
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"ok let's see, I've now added wukong's staff, the Kunwu, and Erland Shen's spear. *sigh, I guess that sould be enough for today." Daniel puts away his both his notebook and book on chinese mythology.

"Honestly, today has been a delightful day except for the time I got a bit carried away, he." Daniel cheeks lit up in red after rembering the events that had occured and on the fact the cops looked like fools letting him escape so easily.

The waitress had walked by and asked. "Waitress, whenever possible may you bring the bill please."
Staff
Fri 14 Jun 2019
at 19:35
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  The waitress smiled, and brought him a folder with the bill.  The prices were, really, incredibly reasonable, especially given the portion sizes!
Daniel Heind
 Divine Wielder, 24 posts
Tue 18 Jun 2019
at 13:53
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Daniel was delighted by the prices, he would've though that the price would be extremly high due to the quality and the amount of food he ate, but to his suprise it wasn't like that. He looked a the waitress once more putting the cash in the bill and asking, "do you accept cash?"
Staff
Wed 19 Jun 2019
at 02:26
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  The waitress nodded, and got his order rung up so he could either continue to linger, or go on his way, his choice, the Cafe catered to guests of both kinds.  All of the staff were friendly and helpful, although some of them looked younger than the normal minimum of  to work.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 178 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Thu 20 Jun 2019
at 03:10
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mits salutes Daystar.  "Comin' right up!"

She makes magical gestures and conjures up a portal that has sparks spraying out the sides just like Dr. Strange's sling ring portals.  Nothing more magical than a second portal behind the first that leads to a hand drill that spins a wheel with several lit sparklers duct taped to the edge, but oldschool practical effects can be very convincing.

"As always, I'm just a jingle away.  Don't be a stranger, Daystar."

Mittens considers Lin's wisdom and thinks maybe that being silly has more value to the people around her than what she gives it credit for.

"I can think of a few ways to keep a pirate busy.  A treasure map with 'see other side for X' written on both sides.  A compass that always points west.  A leaky boat.  A hide-and-seek game with a ninja.  Challenge them to find the North Star while traveling The Strait of Magellan.  A peg-leg butt-kicking contest..."

This message was last edited by the player at 03:19, Thu 20 June 2019.

Excelsior
 NPC, 1108 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Fri 21 Jun 2019
at 13:22
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Bill gave Daystar a nod. "Good luck, and I'm sorry for any pain our meeting might have caused." He looked to Lorelei. "Does he need kept busy right now? He said he was going back to work, and he was really just hear to consult with our friend here."
Lorelei Philos
 NPC, 4 posts
Fri 21 Jun 2019
at 23:44
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
   She grinned, and said "If he actually goes back to work, no, but I don't want him investigating our plotting.  He will find out the results soon enough.  And you guys can plot too, since you're game."
Maverick Sargas
 Wraith, 131 posts
Mon 24 Jun 2019
at 22:25
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
It actually occurs to Wraith that his identity would be near impossible to keep from other immortals since they can "sense" each other like they do. He makes a mental note of it and watches as the heroes are dividing. He makes no mention of whether he should or should not go and simply stays.
Marcus McMann
 Mob, 2 posts
Wed 26 Jun 2019
at 02:13
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
[Into Post]

Marcus stepped into the cafe, straightening his suit jacket. He was a little overdressed for a place like this but he didn't care. He scanned the interior with a smile on his face, "it looks nice, don't you think?" Marcus glanced to his right and remembered he was by himself.

Marcus sighed and got the attention of the nearest waitress, "excuse us, ma'am, may we seat ourself or should we wait?" He gave her his prize-winning smile.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 93 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Thu 27 Jun 2019
at 17:46
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
** In the Back Room **

Kevin gives an attempt to smile but it doesn't even get close to his lips, let alone bringing any light to his eyes.

"It is fine, and I am sure you will be seeing me around."

A small bandana is pulled up from under his shirt, dark and undecorated to cover most of his face.  From the neckline of his jacket, a small hood is stretched up and over his head to shadow his eyes.  Just because he did not shield his identity from those that entered the room doesn't mean he wanted some lucky glance from a satellite or someone stargazing to see obviously 'Kevin' soaring out of a portal.  A glance is given to Lorelei, though no response follows.  Two wires are pulled from the grappling device, one being attached to his left shoe and the other hooking to his belt.  Setting his right foot over the left he exhales as the sound of gas and wire escaping the grapple as it is fired can be heard.  Shortly after it passes through the portal there is the sense something cloaked soars past it, confirmed with a quiet 'chunk' of metal on metal.  Almost immediately he is lifted off the ground and carried quickly through the portal by the invisible Osprey.

The grapple beginning to reel him towards the ship even as it continues its path back to the city.  He fades completely from side as a port opens in the bottom of the craft, allowing him entrance.

>>>> Downtown Weston >>>>
Staff
Fri 28 Jun 2019
at 00:22
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
quote:
Marcus sighed and got the attention of the nearest waitress, "excuse us, ma'am, may we seat ourself or should we wait?" He gave her his prize-winning smile.


  The waitress answered sweetly "Sit anywhere you like, this is a self-seat place, unless one calls ahead and reserves one of the private dining rooms.  The menus are brought once you sit down.  Welcome to Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse."
Marcus McMann
 Mob, 3 posts
Fri 28 Jun 2019
at 22:07
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Marcus smiled to her kindly, "thank you very much. We'll just sit here then." He made his way over to one of the empty tables and sighed, relieved to be taking some weight off. Marcus had resigned himself to do something that he had wanted to since he arrived at the city. He was going to finally register. He wasn't sure what had made him want to but he knew that if he had these gifts he might as well use them.
Staff
Tue 2 Jul 2019
at 15:28
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The waitress smiled, and said "Just wave to one of us when you are ready to order, we'll get you."
Marcus McMann
 Mob, 4 posts
Sat 6 Jul 2019
at 01:40
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Marcus smiled kindly, "Thank you very much. Oh, we do have a question for you. Where is the governmental building in this area? We were hoping to get on the registry but we're fairly new in town."
Staff
Mon 8 Jul 2019
at 00:49
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  The waitress gave him directions to the local police Department, the Weston Police, adding "They handle all para registration.  The process, from what I hear, is quick and painless too."
Marcus McMann
 Mob, 5 posts
Mon 15 Jul 2019
at 23:20
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Marcus nodded, "thank you, we appreciate the information."

Marcus placed his order and sat back to relax. It was going to be a big night for him and he might as well not rush it.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:21, Mon 15 July 2019.

Staff
Sun 4 Aug 2019
at 23:09
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The food was delivered to his table in fairly short order, freshly made and delicious smelling.  The portions were generous and he clearly wasn't paying for imitation quisine.
Justice
 GM, 1224 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Sun 18 Oct 2020
at 09:11
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Outside of the door to Apokryphos was a sign that read. "Closed for private party, friends of the owner welcome". From inside a refined British voice can be heard. " I told him, George, we need to cross that river and I think this is the only way to do it."
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 233 posts
 Attention Deficit
 Ooh Shiny!
Tue 20 Oct 2020
at 04:27
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Some may call it fate.  Others a superpower.  Whatever the case may be, Mittens has this knack for being at the wrong place at the right time.  Today, with two sets of badguys in other scenes, this strange knack lands her outside the Cafe... where nothing is happening that looks like a job for a superhero.  Doh!

"Does Mittens count as a friend?  Friendly acquaintance, at least.  But then there was that time when she was let in on secret meeting.  And also secret project.  So... trusted ally for sure.  But 'friend?'  Unsure.  If I knock and door is answered, person will be put in awkward position of having to turn away the kitty.  Aha!  Lightbulb!  Mittens came by to deliver a gift!  Not to invite self to private party.  If uninvited, will simply hand over gift and wish the party goers well.  No need for anyone to feel bad!"

Poof!  Mittens has a present in one hand, and with the other, she knocks on the door shave-and-a-haircut style.
Staff
Tue 20 Oct 2020
at 21:14
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  One of the wait staff answered the door, one who knew Mittens (she'd been working for Megs for several years now) and she said "Come on in, Mittens.  You're one of Miss Meg's regulars, and I know it."  She swung the door wide enough to let Mittens inside the cafe.  Almost all the long term staff were also residents of the apartments above, which was one reason they were staff.  Runaways, refugees, all of them had reasons to not want to go 'home', and Megs had set that up a long time ago to give those people chances to be respectable again.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 234 posts
 Attention Deficit
 Ooh Shiny!
Thu 22 Oct 2020
at 07:13
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Thankieees!" the kitty lady answers in a cheerful, sing-song tone.

She steps inside, taking in the scene with more than just the usual senses.  She's been nonstop practicing the aura sight taught to her by Andy the other day, so there's that.  Not to mention the more tried-and-true Space Samurai 6th sense she's always got going.  Between all that, maybe she'll get a feel for what kinda awesome folks are being hosted here.

"Was seized by the random urge to give a gift to boss lady.  Saw the sign outside.  Now curious about the partay mentioned on the sign outside!"

Mits mutters, "Can't shake this uneasy feeling like someone I care about is in danger..."

Double-checking the phone for new texts or voice messages doesn't solve that mystery, though.
Justice
 GM, 1225 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Fri 23 Oct 2020
at 01:02
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Upon entering Mittens saw banners stating "Happy 435th Ethan!" There was a variety of food and drink set up, and a crowd of eclectic looking people. Mittens recognized Mr. Hurt and Machine smith, there was also m any she does not recognize including an elderly nun and what looks like a 12 years old girl wearing a Victorian era dress and sipping a glass of whine. Ethan stood at the center of attention, with a dark haired woman of Greek descent on his arm.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 235 posts
 Attention Deficit
 Ooh Shiny!
Sun 25 Oct 2020
at 17:46
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Ah the adventures Mittens could have in over four centuries.  But Mittens knew a person who wasn't so happy about eternal youth, so there's that.  Its not the years in your life, its the life in your years, as the saying goes.  Oh... oops!  Mittens said gift for boss lady.  This'll require two gifts!  But most guys are pretty easy to get a gift for.  Just get 'em some favorite or exotic drink.  Poof.  Mittens now haz two gifts to give.

Upon seeing the eclectic gathering of familiar and unfamiliar, Mittens grins ear-to-ear.  So many awesome stories to hear!  Tucking the gifts under an arm, Mits uses the other to wave to the birthday boy as she approaches.

♫ "Happy Birthday to you!
Breaks copyright, this tune.
But Mittens so scofflaw,
She sings it anyhoo" ♬

This message was last edited by the player at 17:47, Sun 25 Oct.

Ethan Sharpe
 NPC, 45 posts
 The immortal formerly
 known as Brigand
Thu 29 Oct 2020
at 13:11
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
 Ethan waved back at Mittens. "Ah, Miss Adventure, pleasure to see you again. May I offer you a drink? Perhaps a bite to eat." He waved a hand at the catering table with food and drink set out, with his other hand he sipped his glass of rum. "Did you get a chance to speak with the folks at Department 7* perchance? Brief them on the state of space and such?"


*the para warfare unit of the millitary

This message was last edited by the player at 13:12, Thu 29 Oct.

Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 236 posts
 Attention Deficit
 Ooh Shiny!
Thu 29 Oct 2020
at 18:22
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Many character flaws go into Mittens using minor telekinesis to grab a bite and a drink while she offers Ethan the gift she picked out for him.  Impatience with the doing one thing at a time, for one.  A childish instinct to want to impress the cool people present, especially Ethan, for another.  The foolishness to fail to realize she may be seen as showing off for a third.  And so on.  But Mittens is not one to let her character flaws get in the way of acting on impulse!

"Thankies!  Aand... Probably.  It was a joint thing with so many Men in Black from so many different agencies that it made my head spin.  Hard to tell who's who when they're all in BSL-5 biohazard suits."

Flashback:
"Aren't we done scanning me yet?!  What's this scan do that the dozen others before it didn't do?"

"That's classified.  And... you probably wouldn't want to know anyway.  It's pretty nightmarish."

"Oh.  Checking for chest-burster embryos or somesuch, then.  Well Mittens is happy to say that for all her many misadventures, the only time she ever experienced that unpleasant sort of thing was due to a hallucination, and not from an actual infestation.  Unless you count the flesh-eating fly that stung me here on Earth.  Super gross.  Locals kinda shrugged about it.  I swear the kinda nasties we have here on Earth rival most everything else in the Galaxy."


"Speaking of aliens, I hope you like this.  It's not from Earth, so probably something new even for Mr. Seenitall?"

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 18:42, Thu 29 Oct.

Ethan Sharpe
 NPC, 46 posts
 The immortal formerly
 known as Brigand
Fri 30 Oct 2020
at 20:31
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
He smiled as he took the bottle. "Oh, thank you very much. I can't wait to try it."

The girl in the antique dress walked up. "Ethan old boy, who's our new guest? Friend of your darling niece?" She asked in a posh British accent.

Ethan smiled. "Yes, Joan this is Miss Adventure, one of the local heroes. Mittens this is Dr. Joan Dee, former advisor to Queen Elizabeth the first."
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 238 posts
 Attention Deficit
 Ooh Shiny!
Mon 2 Nov 2020
at 08:09
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The bottle is very sleek, and the contents a deep purple.  ( Like this: https://thecandyperfumeboy.fil...com/2011/10/1581.jpg )

"You're welcome!  From Malchior VII.  Despite appearances, it doesn't taste like grape juice.  'Least not to me, it doesn't.  Safe for Earthlings who don't have a severe tree nut allergy."

Mits smiles and offers a handshake to Dr. Dee, restraining herself from laughing or making any references to Dirty Dee.  "Nice to meetcha!  Sounds like you've got a ton of interesting stories to tell!"
Justice
 GM, 1237 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Thu 5 Nov 2020
at 01:25
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Joan smiled a sultry smile that looked rather out of place on her young looking body. "Oh, a few. I'm not the " action type" like dear Ethan here. I much prefer the comfort of my lab to field work, and I tend to stay in the background."
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 242 posts
 Attention Deficit
 Ooh Shiny!
Thu 5 Nov 2020
at 19:37
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mittens smiles a youthful smile that seems strangely fitting for her youthful face.  "Far be it from Mittens to dismiss background or lab work as uninteresting.  One of my favorite scenes of The Great Mouse Detective was in the lab.  Sadly, Mittens is only just smart enough to barely get a passing grade in forensics class."

Is it technically cheating that the alien A.I. computer implanted in her skull grants her near perfect recall?  Probably.  Which is why she chose to temporarily disable that feature for the test.  Hence getting a C- instead of an A+.

"So I'm afraid you'll have to dumb things down to layperson's terms for me if any of your interesting stories include smart people stuff."
Justice
 GM, 1240 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Fri 6 Nov 2020
at 14:02
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Well what I do doesn't exactly line up with modern science dear. I'm an alchemist and a spiritualist." She drew a small cylinder from her sleeve., extended it, then unfolded it into a small hand fan. She fanned herself elegantly as she sipped her wine. "A d yourself? I stay rather isolated so I'm afraid not terribly familiar with current famous personages. What sort of adventures do you get up to?"

This message was last edited by the GM at 14:03, Fri 06 Nov.

Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 243 posts
 Attention Deficit
 Ooh Shiny!
Sun 8 Nov 2020
at 06:14
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mits loves the fan up the sleeve trick.  And manages to restrain herself from making puns about who is her biggest fan.

She lights up at the prospect of turning lead into chocolate.  "Oooh!  Alchemy!  Neat!  Hope it's not the kind unwittingly fueled by the tormented souls of an alternate timeline.  As for Spiritualism, Mittens just learned how to see spirit auras from a half-demon holy warrior!  And nonsense statements like that are the story of her life.  You may downplay your lack of knowledge, but you were able to deduce that Miss Adventure is famous.  Due to being on camera when the Alien Invaders attacked our fair city.  Super proud of the fact that I coined the term, 'Yokai Zords,' that's become the fallback title of our unannounced guests.

"Outside that?  Well, until recently, I'd get up to all sorts of weird adventures in outer space.  Mostly in the Milky Way, but sometimes in galaxies far far away.  Such as the time when the retro space fascists filed suit against the neo space fascists for trademark infringement, and Mittens was subpoenaed as a witness because she had combated them both.  'They copy absolutely everything, changing only their name and size of their planet-smasher, and think nobody notices!?  We demand they pay compensation!'  I can only hope my testimony in some way inconvenienced them both."

Justice
 GM, 1242 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Fri 13 Nov 2020
at 01:28
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"I don't think it sounds like nonsense at all dear. I've met a few unholy beings fighting for the light, there seems to be at least one in every age."

 She laughed lightly at Mits' comment on her 'deduction. "You're clearly para human, you've been trained in sword play, and you know Ethan. That you are some form of champion is an easy thing to deduce.

She listened to Kits' story with a glint in her eye. " oh outer space! How exciting!"
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 245 posts
 Attention Deficit
 Ooh Shiny!
Wed 18 Nov 2020
at 06:23
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mittens slides her foot and blushes bashfully upon being called a champion.  Then blink-blinks in surprise.  "How did she know Mittens knows sword stuff?  Is there some tell-tale posture?  Or maybe Mittens walks in a sword fighter sorta way?"

To the reaction about being a space woman, Mits looks apologetic.  "For someone who can teleport, Mittens spent entirely too much time cooped up inside one space-ship or another."

Flashback:
"I've been cooped up in this ship for far too long!"

"We've been flying for less than 10 minutes, Mittens."

"ENTIRELY TOO LONG!"  Poof!

"Hope she hasn't forgotten where we were going."


"This might surprise you, but Earth has most of the stuff that the rest of our Galaxy does, and plenty that it doesn't, just not to the same scale.  So excitement can be had aplenty right here at home."