TFLN: Makeovers prevents phone disasters

[[ OOC: Continuation of this thread. ]]

[ Ivan stands at the sidewalk in front of the Lyles' house on Gold Stage, looking towards the front door but not immediately approaching. In his hands is a small bag containing some green tea cookies and two bottles of tea. It's only polite to bring something when visiting someone's house. At least, that's how it is done in Japan. Ivan has little first hand experience with these things.

About three more minutes are still needed before Ivan gathers enough courage to walk up to the door and ring the doorbell. He hopes Karina is the one who answers. There will be less explaining to do, he thinks.

Heroes are people too

[ It's a pleasant day in Stern Bild, and Ivan found himself with a bit of free time. Rather than spending it indoors like he might normally do, he decides to take a walk. The weather is nice and the fresh air (well, as fresh of air as one can get in a three stage metropolis) could do him some good. Even if he does his heroics outdoors, he doesn't get a chance to stop and smell the roses when on duty.

So, with his hands in his jacket pockets, Ivan meanders about and looks at the different store fronts as he passes.

Little does he know that he'll be crossing paths with someone real soon.

Portals Up, Portals Down

[ Dacey Nolan, age 24, walks calmly through the open air shopping center on the Gold Stage. At the window of a designer handbag store, she looks at her reflection in the glass. Tucking some stray brown locks of hair behind her ear, she grins at the people all around her. Saturday's are busy shopping times, and it's getting close to the holiday season. Music is blasting from the shopping center's speakers. Conversations fill the air when music notes aren't loud enough. Surely no one will notice Nolan should she snap her fingers with her right hand, still covered by hair.

Eyes glow blue as three handbags sitting on a shelf fall through a bright blue portal that opens underneath. The portal quickly disappears as her glow does. Nolan starts to walk away, knowing those handbags have fallen through a second portal back at her house, an orange portal created with a snap of her left hand. She starts to hum a Blue Rose song as she continues with her window shopping. What a pleasant day it is. Even the weather is nice.

What Nolan doesn't know is that her string of crimes hasn't gone completely unnoticed. Over-confidence is her vice. Security cameras have identified her as a person of interest. Her face has been present at many of the reported thefts, and it has long been thought a NEXT could be involved, though they don't know the power used.

As with many crimes involving NEXTs, the heroes have been called to action. Each hero is at a different gate to the shopping center. Origami Cyclone waits at Gate 3, around the corner of a large sporting goods store. All he's waiting for is the word from Agnes to start.

Bunnies and bunnies again

[ The fire at the animal shelter had been horrible. Not only were there panicked employees to save but also many animals. Hero TV made breaking live news of the first league's grand rescue. The only casualty was the building itself.

Sadly, that also means a lot of animals are displaced. Some are transferred to other shelters. Some are temporarily set up at volunteers' homes. Agnes knows a great PR opportunity when she sees one and starts to plan a donation and adoption drive. Among the shelter animals are four rabbits with no place to go to yet. They are ones Origami Cyclone saved. Once the cameras are off, Ivan looks at them in the box, sitting on an old towel and huddled together. They're still terrified.

He can't just leave them...

The four rabbits peek their heads out of the box once Ivan sets them down in the apartment he and Barnaby share. The shelter gave him some food and hay to last for a few days until they can transfer them to a more permanent location. Ivan knows he really should have asked Barnaby first, but there hadn't been the time. His transport was ready to leave, and the shelter staff already had their hands full with the larger, more vocal animals. He offered to help temporarily house the rabbits, and they let him fill out the form in his hero name and use Helperidese Finances as his address.

The bunnies finally start to relax because they hop out and sniff him curiously. For a while, Ivan lays there on the ground and lets them make the first moves. Ivan reaches out slowly to lay his hand atop of a brown bunny's head and starts gently petting him. The other three hop closer. It seems they realize he's the one who saved them from the fire. Smiling, Ivan's more than happy to pet more of them and let them hop all over him. Much better than seeing them cowering in fear.

Halloween Hijinks with LinLinBunny!

[ It's Halloween, late afternoon when the heroes are done with training for the day. Pao-Lin came up with the idea to get those yummy pudding cups and invited Ivan to go with her. A monorail ride and a lift to the Silver Stage brings them to dessert bakery. They order their pudding to go and leave... only to have what Ivan can only call a flash Halloween party.

A once empty street near the station instantly becomes a bustling festival of all things Halloween. Everyone is wearing a costume. Music is playing. Decorations are placed everywhere. Chairs and mirrors are set up to help do Halloween makeup, and there is a winding haunted "house" (given that it's not inside anything) with no noticeable entrance or exit. Water balloons filled with fake blood are present. This is the kind of thing that would end up YouTube.

The party goers have managed to shut down all public transportation to and from this area. Pao-Lin and Ivan are stranded among a increasingly enthusiastic and rowdy crowd. And who knows if any NEXTs are around to create a little more Halloween atmosphere?

Ivan's not in a costume, but he wears worry all over his face.

... I think we're in trouble...

Apollon Media won't understand what just happened

[ Awaking early and leaving the bed as quietly as possible as to not disturb his partner, Ivan heads to the kitchen to prepare a bento box. Barnaby has a long day ahead of him at work, and Ivan wants to make sure he has something nice to eat to keep his spirits high. He'll prepare all kinds of veggies. Put on some rice... and he'll pull out the molds to make some bunny hard boiled eggs. Of course, the classic bunny onigiri will make it's appearance as well. A small container of pickles and a packet of mayo will also be put into the box as a Tiger deterrent. It only takes one stolen bento to have Ivan put in defense tactics.

At least, that's the idea. Whether or not he can escape his boyfriend's warm arms to have the bento ready for Barnaby before he wakes is another matter entirely. Ivan will find out soon enough if he ninja'd out of bed with enough skill.

Let's visit the LinLinBunny Cafe

[ A news report just happens to catch Ivan's ears when mentions it the opening of a brand new cafe, the likes of which found its start in Japan. Ivan freezes in his tracks upon that magical word. A cafe started in Japan? He has to go there! He remains in the middle of the sidewalk and watches two reporters coo over petting rabbits as they also enjoy drinks and snacks. They look very happy.

Ivan quickly jots down the name of the place, and back at the training room, he does a search for the bunny cafe on his phone. Oh. It looks to be on the Silver Stage, a small distance away from most of the stations. That makes it a little harder to visit.

So, either a taxi for on foot... How much would a taxi even cost me...?