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Nathaniel Niklaus and Lilac Hirvette

“No problem, Alex,” Nathaniel laughed softly as his boss clapped him on the shoulder, before moving off to another area of the kitchen to make sure that they had things ready for the lunch crowd. “Think we'll be busy today?” he called over his shoulder, only to go quiet as he caught sight of Miru waiting at the front counter. Had he not had his hands full of fresh vegetables, he would have gone to go take the order, but Alex beat him to the punch. He smiled, returning to the preparations.



Meanwhile, near the back of the dining area, Lilac had sufficiently finished his lunch. He was now perched sitting on the table, his sneakered feet resting on the chair, while his eyes observed Miru and Alex from underneath the hood of his winter coat. He knew them for what they were; two more fellow Quincy just like himself. Grinning, Lilac stood up and hopped down from the chair, making his way to the front counter as well. Trying to appear an innocent teenager, he slid up beside Miru, resting his arm on the counter as he glanced from Miru to Alex and back again.

“So, do the adults here want to try and explain to this kid just how three Quincy, who are rumored to be virtually extinct, suddenly ended up in the exact same place at the exact same time? Coincidence, you think?” he inquired, moving one hand underneath the collar of his shirt before gently pulling out the talisman that hung around his neck, just in case the other two needed some form of proof that he was what he was claiming to be. “It's a crazy world, isn't it?” he laughed, swinging his talisman gently.
 

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“Yeah that sounds good” Miru said with a rather casual tone. He turned his head over towards the younger boy beside him. He cringed ever so slightly at the mention of the word “Quincy”. He never took great pride in such a heritage; however the universe seemed to have a fixation on reminding him of it.

“You tell me” He said while removing his glasses, placing them in his pocket. Miru gave a brief stare at Lilac, shifting his gaze toward the whirling object.


He took a close look at the swinging pendant, its momentum reminding him of a certain broken clock he owned. With a slight scoff, Miru in turn took hold of something in his pocket. Pulling out what seemed to be a set of house keys, upon closer inspection one would find a pentacle shaped Key Chain hidden between the various keys. “Can’t say I have a good answer for ya’ though.”
 

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Nat asked if they were going to be busy, and she gave him the thumbs-up. Business was generally alright, hopefully it wasn't too busy so he could make up for the missed lunch.

The young man at the counter agreed to a burger with the lot, so Alex nodded and placed a couple of fresh beef patties atop the hot grill.

He had been looking at her neck, where the pendant lay. Only someone familiar with Quincies or another Quincy would recognise that pendant amongst the other jewelry. And Alex had sensed a familiar power signature coming from him that confirmed he wasn't a simple human.

Wondering how to approach the subject - the blonde was upfront about almost everything, but asking someone an intensely personal question about special powers was something she preferred not to broach first.

Another customer came up to the counter, and Alex opened her mouth to ask for his order. Only to stare in surprise as the youth abruptly asked how three Quincies managed to gather into the same location.

Well, others didn't seem to have a problem broaching the topic, perhaps she was being too cautious.

A dark blue gaze flickered upwards to the roof briefly, wondering if something would crash through it and try to rectify the 'extinction' part of history, before returning to the two men standing at the counter.

"**** coincidence." She agreed with a lopsided grin. "Also they ain't tried too hard wi' tha extinct thing, huh?"

Alex stuck out her hand, offering a handshake. "Alex. Nice ta meet ya."
 
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Lilac Hirvette

Lilac shifted his head, causing his bangs to shift over his eyes, and he glanced up at Miru with his red eye, unable to help but notice that perhaps he'd irritated the man. It was not that he had intentionally meant to irritate anyone; his curiosity had simply gotten the best of him and he couldn't resist coming over to investigate two other members of his kind. After all, these two were the first real Quincies that Lilac had ever met outside of his own family, and he hadn't even seen his family in years.

Lilac leaned his elbow on the counter and rested his chin in the palm of his hand, while setting his other hand on his hip, watching as Miru removed his glasses and stored them away. Afterward, Miru took out a set of keys hung on a metal ring, but hidden amongst the keys was the pendant keychain which marked Miru as a true Quincy. Miru glanced at him again, informing him that he did not in fact have a good answer. Lilac gently tilted his head to the side, watching Miru as he spoke. Before he could reply, the owner of the cafe spoke from where she stood behind the counter.

The young man turned his head, watching her as she grinned at them both. She seemed to be more at ease with their current situation, and Lilac could not help but grin back at her as she made a rather casual joke about their impending extinction that most likely wasn't going to happen anyway. She offered her hand and her name, and Lilac moved his hand from his hip, accepting her hand before giving her a nice, proper handshake, accompanied by a rather charming smile, which he cast up at her from underneath the hood of his coat.

“Alex, huh?” he repeated her name to make sure he would remember it. “It's nice to meet you too. Would you like to go on a date sometime? Maybe we could work together to bring our race back from the brink of extinction,” he suggested, only joking of course, and smirking for more effect. However, no sooner had he spoken than he sudden released Alex's hand and raised his own, catching a flying potato right smack-dab in the middle of his palm. The potato had sailed cleanly over Alex's shoulder, and been on a direct path toward his forehead.

Utterly disturbed by the young man's indecent proposition, Nathaniel had decided it would be okay to assault a customer with a nice hard potato just this once. He was now standing in the middle of the doorway that led into the kitchen, glaring at the young man. “Now, listen here, you,” he said, crossing his arms over his chest, “I don't know who you think you are, but Alex isn't that kind of girl.”

Lilac smirked, deciding that he could let his little joke go on a little bit longer. Laughing softly, he casually tossed the potato up in the air, only to catch it, and throw it up again, repeating the cycle a few more times, before glancing at Nathaniel, his red eye gleaming behind his dark purple bangs. “It's not like that's really a problem. I'm into guys, too, ya know,” he grinned, watching in blatant satisfaction as Nathaniel blanched, very nearly falling over in sudden shock at the mere implication.

“Here, go make some French fries or something,” and with that, Lilac tossed the potato back to him, effectively managing to nail Nathaniel right in the middle of his forehead.
 

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Miru titled his head towards Nathaniel a single strand of hair falling over his face. He was flooded with curiosity on what his reaction towards being nailed in the head with a potato would be. Whatever it would be, he had a temptation to play along with it. Miru swung his arm landing a firm smack on the back of Lilacs head, his face ever so irritated.

“Shouldn't you be sticking to High Schoolers, kid?” His voice surprisingly lax despite the fact his strong rule in life, one along the lines of, avoid romantic connotations had been irked. With a sigh he returned his keys back to their appropriate area, he rested his back on the counter giving another stare to the younger Quincy in front of him.

“Anyways, it’s not like the higher ups in the Soul Society are the brightest bunch.” He smirked ever so lightly while taking a seat at the counter, his eyes drifting away from Lilac. “I guess it’s not too hard to believe a bunch of Quincy got the message they were being hacked off and ran into the shadows or what not.”
 

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The younger Quincy returned her handshake, which was normal behaviour. What was not, and this triggered an abrupt raised eyebrow, was his extremely lame pick-up line.

Most men tried a pick-up line of some sort after some conversation in a social setting. She hadn't met anyone who jumped straight into soliciting women after a handshake with a virtual stranger - an older stranger. Neither did Nat, her friend quickly moving to defend her person with a thrown potato - it was a nice touch considering she could have defended herself quite ably.

And then the young man didn't take the hint to stop - in fact, he solicited Nat and threw the potato right back. Alex wasn't going to sit back idly and let her friends get assaulted.

Blue eyes narrowed as an arm swiftly raised, a small white crossbow flaring into her hand, pointed right at Lilac.

"Don't **** do that again, hear?" She snapped. Still keeping the crossbow trained on Lilac, Alex moved to flip the sizzling burger patties and offer a half-grin at Miru.

"Nah, it'll be harder to believe if we didn't **** run off and stood around like **** sheep. Ya know, tha' 'I'm here, kill me' sorta thing. Also ain't sure why they didn't finish hunting all of us out - guess they got their target first up. Or run outta' money. Or somethin'."

The blonde snorted rudely at the last comment, a clear sign that she didn't believe it was an accident.
 

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"Quincy rights activist? Pfft who knows." Miru scoffed at the ridiculous idea of a Shinigami protesting for a Quincy. From what he knew about Shinigami at the time from elderly Quincy was that hatred ran in their blood. And regardless of their position in the right or wrong all Shinigami were more than willing to slay a mere Quincy.

"It's hard to say any Quincy could have stood their ground at the time. All the lot of them were good at was killing Hollows." He sighed slightly while taking out his glasses polishing the foggy lenses, returning them back to their proper home upon his face.

"I don't think I've yet to introduced my self by the way, the names Miru." He offered a gentle smile, his gaze afterwards focused upon the younger man near him.

Oh the joys of being a Quincy, he thought to himself a tone of pure sarcasm in his head.
 
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Nathaniel Niklaus

This can't be happening...! Not in front of Alex!

But it was, and it did. The potato caught him square on the forehead and while the blow was not enough to do any real harm, it did sort of rattle him a little. He tried to catch the vegetable and nearly failed, but caught it before it could drop to the floor. As he stood holding it and rubbing his forehead with his other hand, he could not help but wonder how the little squirt had somehow managed to both avoid being hit and catch the potato, as well as return fire and hit him with it dead-on. Perhaps it had something to do with the kid being a Quincy, like Alex.

Speaking of Alex...Nathaniel chanced a glance at his boss, and was internally mortified to see that she'd witnessed the whole thing. Well, of course she had. But, he dearly wished she hadn't seen him get hit by the same potato he'd thrown at the kid. He turned his gaze away again, stared down at the potato clutched in his hand and, his pride damaged, he turned around to go back into the kitchen. The kid was probably right; he should be making French fries right now.

Nathaniel grabbed a peeling knife off the counter and made expertly quick work in effectively peeling every last inch of skin off the potato, with the severed skin landing in a perfectly unbroken spiral on the counter below. He'd only been working at the diner for a few weeks, but he'd learned the basics really quickly and mastered most of them in no time at all. There were still times where the grease popped him, but he'd learned to roll with those small incidents.

He pushed the skin over the edge into the trash can and set the potato down, swapping the peeling knife for a good sturdy kitchen knife instead. The kid might've been good enough to fend off his attack, but this poor potato was not; it was practically helpless under his blade. Nathaniel took his frustration at the situation out on the vegetable and took great pleasure in chopping it into perfectly even fries. It helped, but only a little. Nathaniel sighed deeply as he set the knife aside and carefully dumped the fries into the grease to cook. The grease didn't pop him this time, but still he was not happy.

The only way that this day can possibly get any worse is if Linus and Luca are stalking me again, waiting to attack me whenever they see I'm all alone, and they probably are, the young man sighed again, and leaned back against the wall, crossing his arms over his chest.


Lilac Hirvette

Lilac's small victory was short-lived, summarily ended when Miru raised a hand and delivered a rather firm smack to the back of his head, causing his head to actually fall forward by a few scarce inches. The action, coupled with the man's tone of voice when he mentioned sticking to kids his own age, reminded Lilac of a parent reprimanding their child; not that he was a child, mind you. Although, upon further reflection, perhaps his joke had gotten a bit too out of hand, what with the potato being thrown and whatnot. Then again, the potato had been thrown at him first.

Lilac decided to ignore that particular fact, let it go, and slowly raised his head again, only to find himself staring at what appeared to be some sort of crossbow, with Alex holding a steady aim on him. Clearly, she had not taken the joke quite as well as Miru had, and she warned him not to do it again. He assumed it actually meant throwing something, but he probably wasn't going to hit on her again either, even if it had been meant as a rather harmless joke. It was only a joke, because Lilac, while being interested in both men and women, had never actually gone out with anyone. He didn't intend for that to change, at least not in the near future.

Lilac's crimson eye began to glow softly as he watched Alex move to flip the burgers on the grill, while still keeping the crossbow trained on him. At this distance, he was confident that he could quite possibly dodge a shot if she fired on him, but...for the time being, he decided that she probably wasn't really going to shoot one of her customers, unless he proved himself to be an actual threat, which he wasn't, not really. Instead, he listened quietly as the adults continued their conversation about the Shinigami and the fate of their Quincy brethren.

After a few moments, however, the teenager was quite thoroughly bored with the conversation. It was disheartening, really, speaking about what had happened in the past, and what might happen in the future. He didn't honestly feel like focusing much on death and iron-clad grudges between their respective groups. But Lilac said nothing. He felt it would have been rude to interrupt, and try and turn the conversation onto something else. Not to mention, he was still the intended-target of the crossbow, and he didn't want Alex's trigger finger to slip if he spoke.

She kind of reminds me of my sister, now that I've seen more of her attitude, though my sister is prettier... His mind was already trying to wander off, and Lilac raised his hand to stifle a quiet yawn.

Finally, at long last, Miru took the opportunity to introduce himself to their small gathering. The man gave his name, and offered a gentle smile to Alex, before turning a less-pleasant gaze to Lilac. Lilac had to wonder just how much damage one little joke had caused; did these two hate him already? He made a quick mental note to never joke with anyone again, and it was rather sad because this had actually been one of the rare times he'd let a joke come out, but he really didn't like being despised. Then he offered what he hoped was a harmless gentle smile of his own, hoping that they could see that he was just a harmless kid seeking some attention from his own kind.

“Well, it is nice to meet you, Miru-san, if I may say so,” he answered in what he was surprised to hear sounded like a relatively calm and somewhat even tone, and he slowly raised his hand, accepting Miru's hand in a good firm handshake.



(@Alex: Meanwhile, in the Soul Society...

A certain red-haired Shinigami by the name of Flare Shenkibeto was seized by a sudden sneeze. "Achoo!" he sneezed, and raised a hand to cover his mouth before wondering if someone he knew was talking about him behind his back.

:p)


And for anyone who is curious, this is Lilac's twin sister, Lucina.

 
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Miru looked on the offered hand with a puzzled, reveling in incomprehension of Lilacs social tactics. With pity he let off a slight sigh, if anything he felt pity for the young man in front of him. Well I guess kids are all pretty dumb any ways, I should give him a break Thinking back to his experiences with rather idiotic kids, and in contrast to them Lilac didn't seem bad at all.

"Pleasures mine." He shook the offered hand with a cheery smile on his face breaking his previous unattached complexion.

"By the way, hope that smack didn't shake you up to much, just a bad habit of mine." trying to make up for what in his opinion was a rather brash reaction from himself. How ever mid sentence Miru seized the opportunity to analyze Lilac, If anything he could tell the current discussion did not seem to sink well with the boy. It wasn't surprising not many people would sit with comfort hearing about the obliteration of their own species, especially a younger member of the race in question.

Perhaps shifting the topic would be in his best interest. "Then again most of the Quincy you find nowadays are more laid back anyways, wouldn't you say so, Uhm- I'm sorry I don't think I've got your name yet." Only just realizing he was unaware of the boy's name.

Perhaps associating with some of my kind wouldn't be that bad, it would make for an interesting paper.

The Adaptation and Modernization of Quincy a paper on the modern Monk Of Destruction-

Isn't that an adorable thought. personally Miru could care less about the survival of the Quincy or even the further discussing of it. He saw the whole idea of the clash of the races to be foolish at best.
 

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Miru said:
"Quincy rights activist? Pfft who knows."

"It's hard to say any Quincy could have stood their ground at the time. All the lot of them were good at was killing Hollows."
Alex offered a non-committal snort and shrug at Miru's statement, electing not to make a statement on something she had no idea about. True, Quincies could kill Hollows. She had no idea how well her powers worked against a Shinigami, or whether anyone in history even tried to kill one. Did someone actually attempt such a kill only to invite the Shinigami raid against her kind?

But these were only guesses, and took too much time and effort for something that would not change the outcome of history.

She briefly checked on the frying beef patties before walking across to Nat. The young man was uninjured, just understandably moody. Alex patted him on the shoulder and offered a reassuring grin before heading back to the counter. Once there, the burger was deftly assembled with generous amounts of toppings, and the plate was slid across to Miru.

Also, a pile of piping hot fries was scooped into a bowl, drizzled with a hearty amount of cheesy sauce, and that bowl was placed in front of Lilac. The youngester didn't order any food and would probably protest it, but she wasn't expecting him to pay for it. It was her way of saying 'hi'.

"Well, can't be too laid-back around here. But things have been pretty quiet." Alex added to the conversation, then paused. "Sorta."
 
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