OOC: You know what Ta-Koro needs? More jam. Kino from Ga-Wahi. Prepare yourself for some delicious jam brought to you by KNI and Master of Masks.
IC: (Earlier that day, Lavapool Inn)
The Toa of fire slumped into a seat at the bar, somewhat limping from her battle earlier that day. Luckily, her insurance was great, what with her new job, so that wasn't a problem. Not many things were problems these days. At least, not openly. Behind closed doors, she feared for her future. What would happen next? She ordered a drink and slank back further into the chair.
[color=#ff0000;]Back in Ta-Koro...again. Let me be straight with you, it's not like I hate the city or anything but spend too much time in one place and everything starts to become bland, you get used to the stench of smoke and sulfur. You got used to having to shake the ash out of your armor and clothes.[/color]
[color=#ff0000;]Anyways I had to prioritize, so my first thought was to duck into a bar. I liked Xilecki and all but he was being such a prude. He couldn't offer me one taste of that sweet nectar? So I'll be honest when I came into that bar, it was a little slow, a couple of Skakdi sat at a table in the corner, while the Vortixx bartender wiped the counter with a wet rag, he winked at me, I winked at him, then licked my soft lips, he got flustered, ducking away for a bit.[/color]
[color=#ff0000;]"Hun, Whiskey Sour please." I chuckled girlishly with the wink.[/color]
[color=#ff0000;]"S-Sure baby, anything you say." He nervously smirked. I poured out the coins and look to my left and saw a cute Toa, she wore a pair of aviators, and her body was slender, lithe much like my own, give or take she looked about an inch shorter than me, her eyes were sharp and sadly I could not see her eyes. However she looked exhausted, defeated like someone after a long day of work. He came upon us with our drinks, and I set down the money for hers as well.[/color]
[color=#ff0000;]"I got hers as well." I motioned, I took a sip, bourbon...good. I blew a playful kiss to bartender, poor kid looked like he was about to collapse.[/color]
[color=#ff0000;]"So cutie, looks like you've been through ######. Me too." I took another longer sip of my drink.[/color]
Liacada looked up from her drink, smiling wistfully. "I'll tell you my story if you tell me yours."
[color=#ff0000;]"Hmm, want the juicy bits? Gotta promise not to tell anybody..." I said, before biting into the cherry, chewing on the sweet tender flesh of the fruit, winking again.[/color]
Liacada finally got a good look at her. A Toa of air. Attractive, no doubt. Genuinely, too- she wasn't dealing with someone plastic or fake. That was even more attractive in its own way. "Let's start with what you use those knives for." She gestured to the bandolier.
[color=#ff0000;]"I'm a merc, surprisingly haven't had to use them as much as I did in a past life." I sighed, thinking of all the blood I shed with these knives. In hindsight I wasn't exactly proud of what I did. Never really got me anywhere anyway.[/color]
"A merc?" she said, nodding, "I feel you there. I've had experience in that kind of thing," she said, still nodding. "And how about life now?"
[color=#ff0000;]"I do work now for any Koro that'll give me work. Went to the Crucible for a break, turned out be a bust. What about you?" I sighed, and sipped a little more of my drink.[/color]
"I'm a consultant for the Ta-Koro guard. I point them toward the bad guys, basically, which is funny enough because I used to be one," she shrugged, "I actually come from the Islets, believe it or not."
[color=#ff0000;]"That sounds stable, funny thing, I was one of the bad guys too, just gave up on that life. Not sure what I am now," I sighed and took a gulp of my Whiskey Sour. I chuckled when I heard the Islets. "You're from Kumu too?"[/color]
"Born and raised. I'd like to call myself a prime specimen of it's culture...a culture of greed and violence. I'm surprised to see another of my kind, to be honest. We're a dying breed."
[color=#ff0000;]"Xa-Koro and the Kumu Islets were run by a bunch of criminals and psychopaths. You could be the nicest girl in all of the Islets and by the time you were an adult, you'd know every trick, the tells of somebody doublecrossing you, and be an expert with a blade, as well as knowing how to act in the right situation.I always hated that place, but you're right. Those of us from the Kumu Islets are few and far between now. Mercs like me, have even less of a home on this island, we're just drifters now."[/color]
[color=#ff0000;]I took another long sip from my glass, finishing the Whiskey Sour, and motioning for another round for both my friend and myself.[/color]
[color=#ff0000;]"Hmm, all this talking and I don't think we've ever actually introduced ourselves. My name is Kino, Kino Iho and it's pleasure to meet you," I said, running my finger around the rim of my glass before wiping it on the napkin and moving to shake her hand. "And who might you be, hun?"[/color]
"Liacada," the Toa of fire shrugged, "strange name for a strange girl." She sipped her drink, giggling. It was a strange, girlish sound that seldom came from her mouth. But then again, lots of things had changed recently. "I know I just met you- and this may be the fact that we're both from the Islets -but I really, really like you Kino." To this day, however, Liacada will claim that when she looked into the Toa's eyes, she saw the same eyes she'd seen many, many years before.
She'd burned down this woman's house as a child.
[color=#ff0000;]I took a few seconds to drink my second Whiskey Sour before setting the glass down, smirking upon hearing the name of the woman to my left.[/color]
[color=#ff0000;]"Liacada's a very nice name, cute honestly," I still smirked, with a wink. "I really like you too Liacada! Perhaps we could hang out more? I'd like to get to know you better, hun. Fair trade would be you get to know a little more about me," I winked again. I won't lie, this Liacada was intriguing, attractive even. She had this enthralling air about her, and in ways the girl looked much more down on her luck than I had ever been in my life. It was nice to meet a kindred spirit, made it all the more easier to believe you weren't alone.[/color]
"Thanks!" she smiled, sitting back. She crossed her arms. "Ooh, I have to go-" she spotted a clock, "got to go to work. Meet up with me later, though. Bye!" With that, she wrapped Kino in a quick hug and rushed out the door.
[color=#ff0000;]I sat there for a few minutes, already missing the warmth that Liacada had given me in those few short moments. I ordered bourbon this time, on the rocks.[/color]