I don’t know. I couldn’t name a tea if I tried I’m afraid. I think I’ve only ever had it thrice in my lifetime. Whatever you think is best? I suppose something sweet and flavorful. Particularly special if able?
I think you would enjoy chamomile tea then. I’ll make you some and put it in a cup to go. *he smiles.* He heads into the kitchen and makes the tea for him. He brings it back and puts some sugar cookies in a bag for him too.* These are complimentary. Enjoy!
*Rika arrives at the bakery with the intense need to eat some brownies and drink a hot caramel latte. Once she opened the door, she practically stopped on her tracks* Slinn?!? *her eyes widen and jaw drops seeing that he is able to fit inside the bakery* Great! You can stop by more often!! *she has seen Leukocyte provide him with tea and cookies and giggles when she heats Slinn asking about the currency* Slinn, Master Leuko said “complimentary”. It means free! Are you heading out? I’m about to place my order.
Rika? What are you…* He hurried to interrupt himself with another sentence. * I’ll stop by when I’m able, it’s good to see you actually. Keeps my record going, I’ve never had tea without you actually. * He looked down to his other hand which had reached into a pouch and retrieved several small golden bars with Aquila engraved into the sides. * Don’t think I need to head out anymore, my destination found me. Truth be told these weren’t for me, felt like i owed you a more pleasant experience. But please order whatever you like, it’s on me. No arguments.
I took a few days off and even had a relaxing day at the spa but I’m back in action! *smiles then places her order* Let’s take a seat at the front terrace and continue with our chat! The server will bring my order. *She leads him to the outdoor terrace and finds a seating where Slinn will be able to sit* How have you been?
Duty calls as always, but nice to know you got a break. * He followed leaving the bars on the counter with a grateful nod in the process. * I’ve been as well as can be expected I suppose. Implants in my head are acting up but otherwise good health. Thought I’d use what time I can find to check in on people away from the front, yourself being one. Wasn’t expecting to see you so soon though. Saves me a bit of courage. How about yourself though? Haven’t seen much of you for some time. Not since the patrol where we happened on each other.
That is good to hear! *the server arrives at their table with her order and she thanks him with a smile then returns back to her conversation with Slinn* Courage? To see me? *softly giggle* If that is the case, then I admire that! *takes a sip of her latte and sighs embracing its rich flavor* Goodness this is so good! Don’t let your tea get cold! *she points at the cup of tea he’s holding* I’ve been contacting my team as well. Making sure that they are ok
Yeah, courage. I can’t say I’ve got the best social skills or much practice with you. Probably sounds bizarre but…wait you do? Well I’ll take that any day. * He looked down at the drink quizzically. * Hadnt intended on drinking it myself but might as well. * His gaze drifts slowly over to Rika with a soft smile. * If they’re half as skilled as you are I wouldn’t worry, but you take good care of them. Must be nice to have a team to rely on.
A leader must always look out for their team, not just give order *smiles then takes another sip of her latte* Do you want to try a brownie? There were made by Noloty! *she takes a brownie and puts it in a small plate* You will like it! Guaranteed!
You live a very different lifestyle Rika. * He examines the treat having never eaten one before. * Noloty you say? You two seem quite close, spoke to her just the other day. * His hand moves into his vision switching glance between it and the brownie. * Is it even possible?
Hey, we are soldiers! Despite the differences in how leadership is handled, what we do have in common for sure is to protect and serve *As she takes another sip, she chuckles as she watches him* Give it a try! It won’t bite! *teases* You spoke to Noloty, you say? That’s good! I warn you though, she tends to talk a lot! *laughs*
Undeniable logic Rika, I can’t disagree with that at all.* He raises his hand which was entirely covered in armour. * I’m more concerned I might turn it to dust trying to pick it up. Yes we had a nice conversation, I’ve got no problems with people who talk a lot. The least I can do is listen to a friend after all.
*Quietly watches him and thinks of a better way for him to try the brownie. She was so focused on wanting him to try it that she used her telekinetic skill to move the brownie on its own until it floated right in front of his mouth* Gomen Slinn! I hope I didn’t startled you. If you trust me, you can open your mouth *gives a soft smile*
This is rather unorthodox I must say but not unwelcome. Always good fun with you around Rika. Thought you knew by now, I’d trust you with me life. * Despire how awkward the situation was he had a smile and opened his mouth, still a bit surprised by the whole situation but enjoying it. *
*Once Slinn opened his mouth, the brownie slowly enters until he was able to take a bite out of it* Arigato for trusting me, Slinn! *smiles* Now, don’t rush on eating that brownie so fast, embrace the texture and the flavor and give me your honest opinion. How it tastes?
I’ll trust you always and forever, I promise. * He said before the bite which was slow and precise. It was hard for him to describe what he was experiencing having no frame of reference. * It tastes thick and sort of like a crunchy powder but then it gets softer. It’s amazing actually. I’ve never had such a combination of textures before, thank you Rika. Wish I could return the favour though.
That’s really all I have to do? I feel like I owe you an awful lot more than that. Is there seriously nothing I can do for you Rika? * He asked sincerely believing he hadn’t done anywhere near enough. * You seem happy and relaxed at least which is always good to see. Usually your very cautious about using your abilities.
*As she listens to him, it may have look that she was staring at him but in fact she was still questioning his behavior. It felt that what he has done before to hurt her never happened and now she was determine to find out what could have triggered what could have been memory loss. She smiles as he finished speaking* Our friendship is what matters, Slinn; whether it be here at the bakery or kicking enemy ass at the borderlands. We’re there for each other.
Rika? *Confusion appeared on his face as she kept such a long gaze at him. Had he said something or was his appearance so fascinating? * Well I cant find fault with that, though it’s nice to be the Calvary for once. Don’t worry about me, I’ll always have your six. * He gave a reassuring nod and smile. Rather confident in what he had said. *