Character musings

...or something like it.

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[Random thing] Ohh, oh -- oh those su~mmer n~ights! ...and days.
Dorky!Peter is love.
its_game_time wrote in transgenicprose
Initially, this was intended as a playground post locked to some newcomer players, but after typing up these threads, I decided what the hey, I'll make them public and open to whoever. For the most part. Why not.

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...Been readin' lotsa comic books lately, so X-muse is rather at the forefront these days. |3

[Laura is passing by when she sees Cress facing off against the bike. She doesn't fit in, and she's been feeling that more than ever lately, so she's been rather actively avoiding people, but...this captures her attention, if only because it is rather unusual behaviour, and because she can read the curiosity and confusion in his body language and scent, and the bike...looks and smells utterly normal and in good condition--well-oiled, tires inflated, no rust, chain intact, wheels unbent.]


[After a long stretch of observing him observing the bike, she'll make her approach, coming from behind and a little to the side, her own curiosity (and deep, but generally strictly repressed craving for human contact) too strong to ignore any longer.]

...There does not appear to be anything wrong with the bike, yet you are not riding. Why?

:D She is always welcomed, naturally~

Riding? [He glances curiously at her -- prompted by the suggestion as well as her presence, which he didn't notice prior. Then he looks back at the bike--] Oh! It's for transportation?

[Kinda like a Techbird! :D Only... making much less sense. :|]


[...And...that's all, lol. No explanation, no demonstration, nothing. |D]

[It's cool. He's too busy trying to make sense of it himself.]

So does something pull it? Or does it run on Magitech? [Crouching down to look at the chain now.]

...It does not have an engine built in.

[That should be obvious, but apparently it is not.]

It is a human-powered vehicle. You sit on it and pedal.

[He makes another Oh face -- and then, as daring as he is, he swings a leg over the contraption and seats himself on the saddle-like thing; not very comfortable. 8\] Like this?

[He puts one boot on a pedal, but then looks down at the other side and frowns.] It seems like it would just fall over if I try to use both.


[Half a beat pause.]

I am told it generally requires a considerable amount of practise, most often at a young age.

[...Another half-beat pause.]

...Good balance coupled with forward momentum keeps it upright.

[lol Not making any offers of help thar though. Partly because she Doesn't Really Care, and partly because...she doesn't know if you'd really want it anyway.]

[Ahhh.] I see. A craft, then. [Interesting, but he can also see why learning it from a young age would make sense, considering how complicated it looks. Much like swordfighting, he supposes, or any real talent. Or Ishitori. But unlike some, Cress didn't need to spend years learning it to rip that old man off his arrogant pedestal. >B|

He absently holds his scabbard against his side as he dismounts, making sure it doesn't catch on the bike, before he turns to X-23 again with a good-natured smile.]
I've seen some strange inventions while traveling, but this village is full of new ones.

[A pause -- then, remembering the obvious,] I'm Cress Albane. [No handshake, because that's not called for with a lady -- just that polite smile as he watches her expectantly.]

It is a form of recreation, not a craft.

[...There is no reason to give him her name. He is not a friend, not even a comrade or anything of the sort, and giving out your name to strangers is simply giving them free intel on you. Then again, for the most part this place hasn't been dangerous, she hasn't met anyone she knows except Spider-Man, and this person doesn't seem like a threat. At all. Giving him her first name is an acceptable risk.]


[He gives an affirmative nod.] Nice to meet you. Have you been here long?

[X is not at all one for small talk, which this is rapidly degenerating into. Instead of replying, she just gives Cress a long, flat stare and then shifts her attention to the bicycle. She debates with herself for a moment, because there's no reason to do this, and she's not used to doing things for no reason, but...Logan would probably have encouraged her to do something like this if he were here. He would want her to..."make friends" with some of these people.]

...I will assist you in riding the bicycle if you wish to attempt it.

........this is quite possibly going to be a Beautiful Thing, innit.

Really? [He still hasn't let go of the bike, not knowing the function of a kickstand, so he looks down at it curiously. He's definitely a daring sort of guy, jokes aside -- and it does look like it could be fun, if he's picturing it right...]

...Well--sure, if you think I can.

...Beautiful enough to make me want fanart of it, certainly. |D

I do not know if you can ride it. You have not yet made an attempt.

[...And she'll come alongside on the other side of the bike, one hand taking firm hold of the handlebars, the other grabbing the back of the seat, holding it steady.

In fact, he...could probably just. Sit there without either of his feet touching the ground, and she could easily hold both him and the bike upright... |D]

X'D That would be so beautiful, indeed.

[And with no hesitation towards trusting her, he slings a leg over the bike again and sits, quickly figuring how you're supposed to grip the handlebars and likely lean your weight just so. He sets one boot on the pedal, and then glances over at her.]

So you just... rotate the steps with both feet?


It is called pedaling.

[She gives a slight nod toward the handlebars.]

Those are the brake levers. Apply pressure to them when you want to slow down or stop. And do it evenly, and at the same time, or you may flip over.

[And yeah, done talking. It is not that complicated. So without another word, X shifts the bike more upright and starts walking with it, not waiting for him to start pedaling. But she'll doubtless order tell him to if he doesn't start soon.]

...T-This. Oh, God, I love it so, so much. XDDDD <333

[Pedaling, right.

Cress does so, stumbling a bit at first as he tries to keep up and stay steady, but it's pretty much a rhythm, and one he catches on to after a few tries. Within half a minute, he's officially pedaling, making sure not to do it too hard or fast for the pace Laura's going.]


[Yeah, that's a nice thought, but Laura's picking up the pace pretty noticeably.]

If you move at an insufficient speed, you will be unable to maintain your balance.

[Her words and breath both come easily, as if she's still standing still.]


Right. [He's a quick learner, at least, and always eager to learn (as long as he's interested in what he's learning), so he kicks the speed up a notch, the ride going noticeably smoother.]

Like this, right?

[He casts a glance back over his shoulder as he asks]


[Laura still answers easily, though her reply does sound a little snapped.]

Do not look back. Pay attention to where you are going. Keep pedaling.

[As a test of sorts, she loosens, then releases her grip on the seat, though her hand still hovers mere centimeters away from it.


Oh, sorry. [/SAID QUICKLY, and he looks ahead again as he keeps pedaling, because he's found that looking down is a bit dizzying.]

lolol TOO BAD go be reborn as a frog or priest or whatev and try again next time |D

[Laura doesn't respond to his apology, just keeps silently running beside him. She had re-grabbed the seat when Cress looked forward again, steadying the start of a wobble that could've easily proved disastrous, but once he's steady again, she releases her hold once more.

When no further dangerous wobbles are forthcoming, she continues to run alongside the bike, but her hands aren't really anywhere near it anymore. Though...that would change in .3 seconds should something Unexpected or Unfortunate happen.

...And now, it would seem time for positive reinforcement.]

You are doing well.

[He grins a bit at that, but he's still fixed on concentrating, especially since she's not holding on anymore -- but he's been going straight this whole time, and the far wall of the gym is coming up soon.]

So, to turn, I just -- turn the top part?

[...Aaaaand her hand is SO going back onto the back of the seat...except it doesn't. She starts to reach for it, then lets her hand fall away again.]

Yes. Slowly. Do not jerk the handlebars to the side or you will make the turn too sharply, compromising your balance.

[That said, she doesn't exactly...sound worried. At all. It's a simple statement as well as directions. Should he choose to follow them, he will be fine. Should he fail, then he will fall. That is how one learns.]

[Another brief nod of acknowledgement, and then Cress slowly steers left; his pedaling slows as he goes into a wide turn, and then picks up again as he comes out of it, going back in the opposite direction.]

So it's... kind of like riding a horse. [Sort of.

...Maybe it would've helped to think of it that way from the beginning. ...Minus the pedals.]

[Hey, less talking, more pedaling, bub. Maybe this'll shut you up some--]

It is not a good comparison. A bicycle is an inanimate object, while horses are living creatures, and are often strong-willed.

Balance, forward momentum, and adequate practice are all that is required to ride a bicycle well. Good horsemanship is much more complicated.

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