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This thread is a continuation of Cat Gets the Bird. Please message me on Discord if you're interested in joining.

Ax must've known the city like the back of her hand, judging from the convoluted route they'd taken! Ax showed no hesitation, cutting through side streets, alleyways, and even through vacant lots and sidewalks. She weaved through traffic effortlessly, her blasting speakers drowning out the sounds of frightened drivers honking their horns and yelling curses about 'damn kids' and 'faunus brats'. Somehow they hadn't encountered a single cop on the way either. Ax had her handy-dandy radar display to thank for that.

Ax's royal blue jet bike slowed to a halt at the edge of a curb after the winding, haphazard run they'd taken through the city. Ax's music cut out along with the engine as Ax lowered a leg to steady the bike and let Fu off. She waited for her passenger to pull her arms away and hop up onto the pavement before she swayed her hair back behind her dramatically, raising a hand and plucking her sunglasses off her face, letting out a happy sigh. Rides on her bike were downright therapeutic, but they were even more so when she was bringing along a pretty friend. Especially one who was unaccustomed to going so fast on the regular.

"...heyyy, not bad. Don't usually get to park this close. But then again, I guess I'm a little earlier than usual," Ax mused aloud. She turned to look back at Fuchsia, a playful little smile on her lips. She was relieved that the bike ride seemed to have taken the edge off. It was a worthwhile lesson - sometimes it was best to just let people process things.

"I dunno if you were paying much attention at the time, but there was a guy back at that last light, was toooottally checkin' you out. Had a half mind to try n' make him jealous," Ax gave Fuchsia a playful raise of her eyebrows.

They weren't alone on the street, but foot traffic seemed modest at best thanks to the setting sun in the sky. It'd be getting dark soon. Most of the buildings around them were little independent businesses, a few cafes, a thrift shop, a cheap theatre advertising an improv comedy act, and plenty of offices. Further ahead one could see the steam and smoke in the sky - the heart of the Industrial District. It was a notoriously tricky district to party around. It was probably the closest thing one would get to an experience like Mantle in the comfort of the City of Vale.

If Spades was anything impressive to look at, they must not have been there yet. It must have blended in with all the other hole-in-the-wall dives throughout the district. That was part of its charm in Ax's humble opinion - it wasn't there to impress, or to look special on the outside. Sometimes what mattered was what lied within.
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Fuchsia had of course been enjoying their little cruise through town. Shaking off the emotions that had stained a bit of the end of their previous adventure at Makeout Point, Fu was reveling in their sudden jump into a rebellious run through the town. She was certainly enjoying all the opportunities to flex her middle finger at those people who'd decided to mention her race as though that were some indicator of her behavior, and of course she'd been laughing nearly the entire time.

It was almost sad that it had to end, but when they shot through an alley and around a street corner and then suddenly slowed, pulling up on the place, she had to fight not to pout a little. Yes, she decided, she really liked the bike rides. Feeling much better, when they'd finally come to a complete stop, she hopped off the bike with enthusiasm and went about ridding herself of the googles, a big toothy grin on her face.

"Oh yeah? That right? Maybe ya shoulda," she said teasingly, placing a hand on the small of her back and bending over, striking a bit of a pose for Ax, her other hand against the side of her head. Her tail whipped upward, then snaked its way back down, performing a little twirl of its own as she straightened out again. She began the long process of straightening out her hair, which had become a bit of a mess again due to their speed, and she put the goggles away into the cargo compartment she'd seen Ax take them out of earlier. They'd got here just in time, she briefly looked over to the sunset in the distance, a contented smile appearing on her face for a moment. Tonight was probably going to be fucking awesome, if she was honest with herself.

She looked down the road in both directions, just to see what was there, then swiped a hand backward over her ears, pushing them down for a second, sighing. Extreme wind-speeds made them act like sails, and they ached just a little bit. Better than last time, though, now that she knew to flatten them against her head as much as possible.

"Sooo... Where's the place at? I'm assumin' it's not the laundry joint," she said, looking a little confused and spinning in a circle. They hadn't pulled up right in front of it, or if this was the place, she would be pretty surprised. She was up for a little walk, though. Might be nice to get her into this new mood they were about to explore. She shot a grin to Ax, figuring she'd follow her for now.
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It was great to see the pretty kitty seeming so lively! Ax's lips curved into a sly and somewhat smug smirk that broke into a broad grin at Fuchsia's confident little pose. She took in the sight without a second thought, her eyes lowering a bit to linger on the alluring curves of Fuchsia's body before flicking to watch her quirky little tail whipping about animatedly. She rested her gauntlet-plated hand on her hip as her eyes met Fu's again.

"Still could, maybe? He might be back there on the road... heh, somewhere on one of those streets we tore the hell up?" Ax tilted her head up a bit to Fuchsia. Maybe she was thinking about it. The little narrow-eyed smirk that Ax gave her might've been a challenge. She found she quite enjoyed playing this game with Fuchsia so far.

She rose her leg over her bike and stood upright, raising her arms above her head and stretching them out above her, languidly rocking forward to her tiptoes, arching her body, and craning her head back until she heard a nice, satisfying *pop*. When she looked over at Fuchsia again, though, she was looking down the road behind them at the shimmering orange light of the setting sun, the smoldering amber of the sky giving her seemingly glowing eyes an otherworldly glint. It was hypnotizing. She'd seen sunsets a hundred times before, but this was a little different.

When Fuchsia's head moved, the spell was broken. She watched Fu spin in a cute little circle as she spoke, and Ax let out a gentle laugh as she stepped ahead along the pavement to lead the way. She spun on her heel and gestured with a hand for Fuchsia to follow, walking a few feet backwards.

"Nah, c'mon. Do I look like the kinda chick that takes a girl to a laundry place?" She rose her hands in mocking apology, the smile on the corner of her lips giving her away. "But hey, don't be disappointed. If you want, we can watch Judge Julie reruns on the TV and fold clothes on the second date. Y'know, assuming you're still having fun by the end a' the night," Ax gave Fuchsia a playful wink and spun forward once more, walking at a pretty slow and casual pace to let the cat catch up.
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She wouldn't admit it, but Fuchsia was currently eating up the attention she was given, the only hint might've been the little blush that colored her cheeks and the bridge of her nose a shade darker. There was something about seeing a girl who was just as attractive if not more so than she was eating out of the palm of her hand like that. It was made a little worse by the response she got to her little question. The idea of tracking that guy down just so they could flaunt each other in front of him, it was... Well, a bit risque.

She offered Ax a small laugh at the joke, though, and jammed her hands into her pockets, watching Ax's little stretch with amusement in her cat-like eyes. She even purred a little, a small sound of enjoyment while she took in the view this afforded her, before briefly settling back into her sunset-driven ambedo for a few seconds. Then, she retrieved her lighter and a box of smokes from her pockets, pulled one out, and lit it.

Taking Ax's hand-signal as a go-ahead, she followed after the bird with a few quick steps so she could settle into a stride alongside her, still looking around every so often, her head on a swivel. Maybe they were a little further away than she'd expected? Maybe it was a popular place and there weren't any parking spaces near enough?

"If I'm honest with m'self, heh, ya do. It's just the right kind of outlandish I might expect from you," Fu said in response, "But honestly, I'd be lyin' if I didn't say my idea of a good time's close to sittin' on the washin' machines and puttin' coins in whenever the ride's over. And if there's a show, too? Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout." She grinned, then puffed on her smoke, enjoying the slight burn in her lungs before they would go inside and the way it bumped up her high a little bit, making her somewhat lightheaded and just enjoying the feel of the inner city. Wherever they were going, based on its surroundings, she was fairly certain that this place would be right up her alley.
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It was times like this that Ax loved her semblance! The little voice in the back of her mind that had been so worried that Fuchsia might not enjoy herself was thoroughly silenced by emotional signals filling in all the blanks. It made confidence all that much more natural and easy. Fuchsia clearly liked having Ax's deep blue eyes all over her, and if she liked that, well, Ax wasn't gonna play coy about looking! Fu was full of energy and enthusiasm after the ride, eager to see where this was going. Ax felt very much the same in the shadow of the black cat's positive emotions!

The smell of cigarette smoke made her want to fidget a little, though. She drummed her fingers lightly on her thigh. She was supposed to be quitting. She'd been trying to for a while. She resisted the urge to light one of her own, but she drifted a little closer alongside Fuchsia as they walked, the glossy sleeve of her leather jacket bumping up a little against Fu's arm. Further ahead, Ax could see the sign for their destination - a long vertical display arranged like a deck of cards being shuffled, illuminated with white neon lights, a big spade at the top.

From the outside, Spades was pretty much just another brick in the wall. It seemed a cut classier than many of the shitty bars throughout Industrial, but it still seemed pretty divey. No line to get in, at least. A handful of patrons were standing around near the curb, chattering and smoking cigarettes. A few of them were also standing at the wall near the adjacent alleyway. A few goths in all black with elaborate outfits and silvery chains, a few metalheads in band tees, a few punks with piercings and unusually-colored hair, a few hipsters...

The bird turned her head and flashed an amused grin to the shorter girl beside her as she spoke. As soon as she started talking about "sittin' on washin' machines" Ax began to snicker.

"Judge Julie's your type, eh? You like girls like that? Bossy, lil' bitchy, takes no shit, maybe a little on the older side?" Ax smirked, happy to poke a little fun. Her eyes flicked from Fuchsia's face down to her cigarette meaningfully, wondering to herself silently. If she thought enough about how much she wanted a puff, would Fuchsia pick up on it?

"Hey!" A voice called out. A woman with a green mohawk waved her arms up high as she saw Ax and Fu a little ways down the pavement. Ax's eyes flicked away from Fu toward the source of the sound. Apparently Ax recognized this person, judging from the way she rose her hand and called back to her in greeting.

"Heeeey, what's up Riv?" Ax grinned. She then turned to look over at Fu again.

"Yeaaaah, I'll prolly have to introduce you to a few faces 'long the way," Ax said, giving Fu a small, private little smile. They still had just a little more distance left to clear before they were in front of Spades with 'Riv' and her friends.
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Fuchsia enjoyed the bit of a walk to transition them between the bike ride and the dive bar, or whatever it is, she was expecting a dive bar. But the smoke filled her lungs, and she killed half her cigarette in that short time walking, casually swaying to the side each time Ax bumped into her, then back again. It almost felt... Nostalgic. Like she'd been in this exact scenario a hundred times before. She probably had.

Her eyes drank in the sights of the street, and soon they were seeing people. People, it seemed, who were just like them. The punks, the goths, the metalheads, and a few other myriad lovers of music and alternative lifestyles. She had to wonder what kind of place was this? If these types were here, then this wasn't just a bar... It was a venue. She grinned. Had Ax mentioned that? If she had, Fu'd forgotten this detail, but now she was kind of psyched up.

The light of the neon sign which had attracted them buzzed softly above the chatter of the street-going crowd, but her eyes were fixated on all the people. It was a goldmine for a people-watcher, and she could even overhear some of the conversations with her large, sensitive ears. This was her kind of place.

This was her scene.

She smirked at Ax when she spoke, turning her head to admire the bird girl in her element. She looked fabulous under the neon glow.

"That depends," Fu purred to her, "Do they also come with pink feathers?" She gave Ax a cheeky grin, then turned to see the green-haired girl waving at them. Nice... Hot babes here, too? Still, she was probably with the most attractive of them all... She had a feeling that might give her some bonus points.

"Fuck yeah, man, introduce me t'anyone ya wanna. I'm down as hell fer this place," Fu said, grinning at various people who looked her way, her pointed canines showing.
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Ax couldn't help but peek over at Fuchsia as she marveled at their surroundings, her heels clicking against the pavement as they walked. A little smile came to her lips... maybe she saw some of the same beauty here that Ax did. Not just any person did. She raised a hand and fussed a little with her long hair as Fuchsia looked over at her and spoke, brushing some of it behind a pink feather-tipped ear. Ax apparently found Fu's reply to be satisfyingly witty for the time being, a palpable sense of warmth echoing back from the empath's aura.

The cat and the cockatoo soon reached "Riv" and her circle of friends. A few of them continued to chatter between themselves, unconcerned with Ax's arrival. Others were clearly stunned to see her - Riv, however, seemed more interested in Fuchsia as she stepped a little away from the rest of her crowd to give the pair a couple of appraising lookovers.

"Well, look what the cat dragged in," The green-haired mohawk girl grinned as she looked over at Fu, and then to Ax. Ax got a bad feeling all the sudden. She'd never brought a date here, unless she counted Nym, but... it'd never been called a date. She could tell that Riviera was very interested in this development even before she asked.

"Who's this? Never seen her before. New friend? Beacon girl?" Riviera's eyes flicked over to Fuchsia, a warm smile on her lips.

"Riviera, this is Fuchsia. Fuchsia... Riviera," Ax gave a pretty basic initial introduction... mostly because she found herself a little distracted. She knew that look on the punk singer's face. Nym got that look all the time from people around the clubs when they went out, and Ax didn't like it then. She liked it even less when someone was looking at her date that way. Before she could think twice about it, she reached over with her arm and rested it over Fu's shoulders, giving Riviera a small, thin smile.

"Riv's a regular here at Spades, lead singer and performer for her band, The Wonder Bombs. Plays guitar, bass, ukulele sometimes. Honestly, the uke's probably her best shit. She does solo stuff here all the time too," Ax elaborated coolly for Fuchsia's sake. She then addressed Riviera.

"Try not to freak out, kay Riv? Fuchsia's... my date tonight," Ax said. Immediately she felt pangs of heartbreak around her. Some of Riv's friends must've gotten their hopes up. Or maybe Fuchsia was just a little heartthrob in the eyes of this bunch, she couldn't really pick apart the envy and she didn't plan on trying.

"Oooh-hoo-hooo! The Queen of Hearts has herself a consort!" Riviera giggled, apparently very amused at this. She then turned to look over at Fuchsia, planting a hand on her hip and smirking to herself.

"Consort? You for real, Riv? You say that shit again, I'm gonna slap the bitch out of you," Ax rolled her eyes. This was why Riviera was always single, probably. Was that really her idea of a cute thing to say?

"I see you've got a type, Ax. Dark hair, pretty gold eyes? Shorter n' you? Fitter n' all get out?" Riviera's eyes flicked between Fu and Ax expectantly. Ax's smile remained, but it seemed just a bit colder, icier than before.

"Nym n' I aren't together-together," Ax clarified pointedly. Riv was really putting her on the spot today. Ax couldn't help but wonder why.

"Hey, I'm happy for you! I'm glad to see you've got something else going on finally."

Ax's jaw locked. She'd never heard this side of Riviera before. She wasn't sure she liked it. She really was gonna slap her at this rate. She tilted her head a little to the side, giving the punk a narrow-eyed stare.

"...ah, I get it. I see what's happening. You feelin' jealous, Riv? Is it 'cause a' me? Or were you hopin' for a shot at Fu yourself?" Ax asked.

"I wouldn't kick either a' you out of bed. You playin' tonight?" Riviera crossed her arms, playing it cool.

"Pssh, don't change the subject," Ax waved her free hand dismissively.

"For real! There's a bunch of gaps where you could! Show off for your pretty new friend, yeah?" Riv waggled her eyebrows.

"...anyway. Riv's a troll, and she lives to fuck with me. She's... she's alright I guess. Sometimes!" Ax let out a little sigh as she turned her eyes to look over at Fu. Riviera winked.

"I'm better than alright. So, Fuchsia. First time here? Must be, yeah? We'd a' probly met before otherwise, I figure!" The girl with the mohawk smiled down at Fuchsia.
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Fuchsia had been feeling pretty amped to be here, and nevertheless she went along with the bird, expecting to do as she'd said. Of course, she'd said 'anyone you wanna', but what she'd really meant was 'anyone as long as they're cool and or chill.' Maybe she should've specified this a little more clearly. Upon reaching the group of people out front, Fu kept her hands in her pockets, her cigarette hanging from her lip while it burned slowly. Her golden eyes scanned the various faces, most of which didn't seem to take notice, but the green-haired mohawk girl certainly did.

First impressions meant much, maybe not everything, but so far, they were off to a start. Fuchsia rolled her eyes at the cat joke. Like she hadn't heard that one a million times before... But one corny joke did not an annoyance make, and she was content to stand on the sidewalk next to Ax, looking off at the bar and various other patrons, idly keeping up with the chatter, her weight shifted to one leg.

When she was introduced, Fu simply gave the girl a small upward nod, but from then on her eyes stayed on this 'Riv' character, and as Ax explained her whole deal, the girl grinned, her pointed canines flashing in the light from the neon sign above.

"Yeah? You play, rock on," she said simply, plucking her smoke from her lips to do so, letting it burn away in her hand now instead. The light trail of smoke only added to the atmosphere here, like it belonged. But the small smile on her face didn't last very long, as soon Ax was introducing her as her date, and she lifted an eyebrow at the bird girl, since she'd had the impression that Ax had been attempting to keep the whole thing on the down-low. What was worse, though, was Riv's reaction.

Immediately, the hairs on the back of her neck stood up. The last time she'd heard someone use that tone, it... hadn't ended well, and her words which followed made the alleycat sneer and step forward, her fingers fondling the knife in her pocket.

"Tha' fuck did you jus'-?" she shot with acid, and those exotic eyes of hers burned holes in the girl for a moment. Like hell she'd let some random ass punk on the street call her a fucking consort.

Ax had it handled, though. She immediately interjected on Fu's behalf, and the girl scoffed and turned her back on the crowd, her eyes floating downward and then to the side, searching for something to better captivate her senses than whatever this was. Still, it was impossible not to overhear the following exchange, and now her eyes were darting sidelong to Ax.

Who the hell was Nym?

She looked over her shoulder at Riv, then to Ax, then away again, as her memory conjured up an image of a small girl with fox-ears and a hoodie in her hands. That Nym? Did this cretin just spell out something she should've known beforehand? She felt a sense that Ax didn't like this accusation just as much as she did, and in her unsettled state, her eyes kept moving, and her fingers flipped the handles of her blade over again and again in her pocket.

She got another chance to speak her mind, though, when Riv mentioned something about beds. She frowned again.

"Tch. As if," she spat, not unlike a house-cat hissing at a threat, but she did her best not to let this shit bother her. The explanation came, finally, that this was all some sort of bullshit this girl was apparently known for. When Riv addressed her directly, she half-turned toward her, looking her up and down, sizing her up. Yeah... She wasn't a real threat. Probably just a normie who couldn't handle so much as a Beowulf without shitting herself.

"An' maybe the last if every dipshit in this place greets strangers like you do," she quipped straight to the mohawk, her eyes half-closing, her mouth twisted into a sly smirk.

"Lil' word of advice. Vale may be nice, but not everyone comes from streets as pretty as this. Maybe save the dickery for someone less likely to stab ya in th' neck?" Fu's words now sounded amused, like she was joking, but she definitely wasn't. Ax could likely feel the strange sense of alertness radiating from her. It was at once exhilarating and alarming, for her, she hadn't expected to be so on-guard in this Mary-Sue town she now inhabited. She looked back at Ax with an eyebrow raised.

"We goin' in or what?"
she asked, without so much as missing a beat.
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Clearly Fuchsia wasn't the only person in the group to find the joke in poor taste. Ax, for one, didn't seem to find it particularly funny, nor did a furry-tailed, tall guy in a long jacket near the back of the group. Sadly, one among the punk-lookin' types did, letting out a laugh that managed to sound kind of awkward and lonely amidst the rest of the exchange.

Riviera... maybe wasn't quite as responsive or emotionally perceptive as, say, Ax. That, or she was pushing buttons on purpose. For one, her smile didn't seem phased by the lukewarm reaction to her joke - the plan hadn't really been to be funny, so much as to rib a bit with Ax, knowing puns of such a caliber were a great way to get her to groan. The pink-haired faunus had always been super easy to mess with, and it showed any time any little thing got under her skin. She knew Ax could take it. She also knew Ax could dish it out, too.

She bobbed her head happily, her grin widening at Fuchsia's friendly initial introduction. It almost made her feel guilty to twist the dials with Ax after that. Almost. That curious look she gave Ax, the way her smile fell away? The way Ax rose an arm looked possessive... and Rivieria knew that passive-aggressive, thin little smirk. Was was Ax up to?

Maybe Fuchsia didn't know? Maybe Ax had neglected to mention Nym. It was surprising... scandalous even. Telling, maybe? That thought guided her along as she pressed Ax a little further. The rocker-bird had made it sound like she was over her days of being a heartbreaker. Was that really the case? She couldn't tell yet.

"Oooh-hoo-hooo! The Queen of Hearts has herself a consort!" Riviera laughed, poking fun at Ax's title. She'd never brought anyone around but Nym... and she was pretty sure Ax had let on that something happened with Nym recently. She then turned to look over at Fuchsia, planting a hand on her hip, smirking and aiming to not let on too much that she was mostly fishing for a reaction from Ax. But Fu's reaction was pretty distracting.

"Tha' fuck did you jus'-?"

Riviera's smile faded. Fuchsia didn't seem pleased to hear this. While she'd intended to poke fun at Ax, she didn't really see what Fuchsia's deal was here. Everyone here called Ax the Queen of Hearts. Did she take issue with being compared to a monarch's companion, or spouse? Maybe Fuchsia didn't know what a consort was.

"Consort? You for real, Riv? You say that shit again, I'm gonna slap the bitch out of you,"

At first, Ax rolled her eyes. Classic Riviera, saying something lame and dumb and corny, painting Fuchsia like she was a companion and not basically just a friend. That was what Ax got for recognizing this as a date and trying to act like it. But then Fu scoffed and twisted away, making Ax reflexively withdraw her arm. Okay... maybe um... maybe that hadn't been a good idea? A blip of worry was all it took to make her composure stutter and fail inwardly, but her rehearsed demeanor stayed outwardly resolved. She didn't want to show her worry. Didn't want to seem hurt by someone on a first date.

Then she felt a pulse of anger. Urgh, she couldn't help it! Riviera's lingering eyes on Fu just... made her want people to not get the wrong idea! She wasn't here to be Fuchsia's wingman, and it wasn't cool for Riviera to look at her like that in front of her. Besides, Fu had kissed her! She just wanted to show Fuchsia that it'd meant something to her, take this seriously, really explore how it felt to be... close with her a little? She didn't want to make her feel bad or uncomfortable! Ax actually kind of wanted Fuchsia to be focused on her and not on things like... other people giving her eyes, trying to distract her? Making super forward comments or whatever... she didn't want this to go like it always seemed to with Nym.

If she wanted to be interested in someone she had to be obvious about it, she had to take ownership of her feelings, right? Her mind flashed back to how Nym had acted so many times before, as early as their first night out with Ria, as recently as that fucked up situation with Calli...

Riviera could smell the blood in the water, sense the build up of tension... and she still thought she was the shark in that moment. She didn't notice the hand at Fuchsia's side. She wasn't fully clued into the danger, seeing as Ax hadn't actually answered her question about if she was a Beacon girl. She pressed right on almost smugly. Ax just kept smiling, playing unphased, but it made Riviera felt emboldened.

Did Ax really like... think this was okay? They were friends, yeah, and when Riviera had been through shit in the past, Ax had helped her and comforted her. How could Ax play sweet and nice and then bring some chick around she'd never seen before, introduce her as her date, and act like it was no big deal? Ax had been pining over Nym for actual years. Hadn't she said Nym confessed to her? It struck a nerve she didn't even consciously realize, and it made it all the easier to twist those dials... but now she wasn't trying to be friendly.

"I see you've got a type, Ax. Dark hair, pretty gold eyes? Shorter n' you? Fitter n' all get out?" Riviera's eyes flicked between Fu and Ax expectantly, wondering if Fu would start to piece together what she was getting at on her own.

Ax's smile remained, but it seemed just a bit colder, icier than before. Riviera was really starting to piss her off, but she didn't want to show it too much. What were the chances Riviera was really trying to hurt her? Not high. Riviera was her friend. Fuck's sake though... they were gonna be having words at some point about this!

Riviera's eyes flicked over to Fuchsia. Fuchsia turned her head to look at Ax. Ax's smile was painted on her lips. Fear. She had been afraid of this. She didn't want Fuchsia to feel this way. She'd tried to let on that her love life was complicated at the start, as early as when they talked on the rooftops at the dorms! She'd been up front, she'd been open that she couldn't do commitment, that she wasn't trying to turn this into something specific! Yet Fu was looking at her like...

Ax didn't have time to unpack this! She needed to stay composed! Everyone here could feel her fear! She forced the emotion down into her chest and gave the shortest reply she could think of to Riviera that would hopefully not sound too curt.

"Nym n' I aren't together-together,"

It still came out pretty pointed. Why was Riviera doing this to her? Why was her friend trying to sabotage this? Was it jealousy? Did she think... did she think she was taking Fuchsia for a ride?

Ax's eyes widened a little. Emotions were confusing, but it was clicking. That was it. Riviera... was projecting her own insecurities right now. She was comparing this situation to something that'd happened to her. Had that been the point at the start? Ax couldn't remember how this all started. Fuchsia was behaving like she was... hurt? No, just angry. Was she... angry at her? Angry at Riviera? She couldn't get all the perspective she needed.

Ax had fucked up. This was a mistake. She felt fidgety. She wanted a smoke really fucking bad...

...and now Riviera wanted one too. It made sense now. They weren't "together-together"! That made more sense! Riviera's suspicion was... uncalled for. Nym really wasn't entitled to know anything about Ax's love life, and frankly, it was probably a good thing that Ax was with someone who didn't have a reputation for fucking anyone on two legs after how long Ax had tortured herself over her best friend. She felt a brief flicker of guilt, but then a need to try and ease the mood.

Ax was usually very good at this little game, but Riviera had actually been pissed and... and because of Ax's semblance, she was feeling it too. And now Fu was also probably feeling it, it worked that way, right? Now a weird, tangly mess of emotions was probably happening inside of Ax's skull. Riviera didn't have time to think - she blurted out the nicest, most supportive-sounding thing she could think to say.

"Hey, I'm happy for you! I'm glad to see you've got something else going on finally," Riviera said, her tone casual, conversational, like she was trying to make light of things. 'Something else' other than Nym. Why bring up Nym right now? It managed to completely rub Ax the wrong way, despite her good intentions. Ax's jaw locked. She'd never heard this side of Riviera before. She wasn't sure she liked it. She really was gonna slap her at this rate. She tilted her head a little to the side, giving the punk a narrow-eyed stare.

"...ah, I get it. I see what's happening. You feelin' jealous, Riv? Is it 'cause a' me? Or were you hopin' for a shot at Fu yourself?" Ax asked venomously. Riviera's heart jumped into her throat. That didn't work. Ax was getting angrier. This had happened before a few times, and it'd never been pretty. The Queen of Hearts wasn't just a cute name for a great performer. It was also a reference to a character from a fable - a blind fury of a woman quick to give the death sentence at the slightest whim.

It'd be off with Riviera's head if she didn't calm Ax down. And... she'd probably need to calm her pretty friend too. Riv's other friends behind her were weirdly quiet. They were starting to notice this exchange. Ax's explosive anger was rarely seen, but oft commented on when people gossiped due to how intense and scary it could be. Would she blow it? Would they get to see it for themselves?

"I wouldn't kick either a' you out of bed. You playin' tonight?" Riviera crossed her arms, playing it cool, changing the subject in desperation, not wanting to lose face, not wanting everyone to think there was a problem. Her eyes flicked over to Fuchsia quickly, hoping her response was suitably diplomatic to at least partially defuse things.

"Tch. As if," Fuchsia spat, not unlike a house-cat hissing at a threat. There was a snicker behind Riviera at that. Her heart fell in her chest. Well, okay, she could live with the fact that Fuchsia maybe didn't think she was her type, but it still stung in the moment.

"Pssh, don't change the subject," Ax reached for her cigarette pack in her pocket and gripping it enough to compress the paper carton a bit, waving her free hand dismissively. What Riviera said didn't... it didn't make sense. This was all wrong. Ax didn't know what was happening, but she knew she was feeling her wires get crossed within literal seconds of introducing someone to her date, and that fucking sucked. Maybe that was the issue? As soon as she started thinking of this like a date and not just a friend thing, it subtly changed her subconscious expectations a bit. It made her hopeful. It made her insecure. She didn't want Fuchsia to see her be insecure. She didn't want to bring the mood down with Riviera and her friends. She didn't want to explode. People were looking at them expectantly. Ax needed to keep it together.

"For real! There's a bunch of gaps where you could! Show off for your pretty new friend, yeah?" Riv's eyes flashed with inspiration and she got an idea as she doubled-down on her subject change, and her clumsy and slightly embarrassing admission that she'd happily sleep with either of the pretty faunus girls in front of her. She waggled her eyebrows in that kind of funny way that tended to make Ax smirk! Maybe she'd get it! Maybe she'd see that she was trying to cool things down on purpose!

Ax... didn't pick up on it very well. She seemed to recognize an effort to escalate happening, sort of, at least? Enough where when she spoke again, she managed to sound... dismissive. She wanted to play this off. Not analyze it, not turn it into a big thing. She wanted everyone to stop staring at the back and forth and leave her alone, so she could maybe explain some of what was happening and... hopefully ensure that she wasn't too pissed.

"...anyway. Riv's a troll, and she lives to fuck with me. She's... she's alright I guess. Sometimes!" Ax let out a tense little breath, clearly not as composed as she was when the conversation started. She couldn't help but vent a little of it, even though she was trying really hard to be cool right now.

"I'm better than alright. So, Fuchsia. First time here? Must be, yeah? We'd a' probly met before otherwise, I figure!" Riviera's eyes shifted briefly away and behind her somewhat, as if checking on her friends. The change in tone seemed to have helped the situation a bit. They were starting to like... look at each other, talk to each other again? She smiled over and down at the short cat faunus, hoping she'd pick up on the friendly air she was trying to build too.

"An' maybe the last if every dipshit in this place greets strangers like you do," Fuchsia quipped.

Everyone went silent again, every pair of eyes around them focused on Fuchsia. Riviera's lips twitched, shame coursing through her. She turned her eyes to Ax desperately, hoping she'd know what to do... because it sounded like Riviera wasn't going to be able to defuse this one.

Ax's face was a paper-thin, fake little slip of a smile as her eyes turned over to Fu, her eyes widening a little. Ax was playing stoic, but she didn't like the sound of that. Maybe the last? Fu didn't want to come back. They hadn't even gotten in through the door, and she already was talking about not coming back... she kept her smile on even though she hated how this was making her feel.

"Lil' word of advice. Vale may be nice, but not everyone comes from streets as pretty as this. Maybe save the dickery for someone less likely to stab ya in th' neck?" Fu's words sounded bemused, sort of like a joke, but Riviera felt as though the question of 'is she a Beacon student' was well-answered by that. Riviera had just pissed off probably the two most dangerous people on the block to her knowledge. Her eyes widened a little, less confident that Fuchsia was joking even though it sounded joking. She also felt horrible, getting told off so harshly in front of people she liked when she was trying to be nice...

Ax felt a jab of a knife and a twist in her chest. Fu's words cut, but Ax... wasn't sure why she was feeling hurt. Was it because Riviera felt hurt? Because Fu was hurt, and was lashing out like she did with that girl who interrupted her while she was drumming? Was it her own fault she was hurting right now? She didn't know. She couldn't untangle it in an instant.

"We goin' in or what?" Fu asked, without so much as missing a beat.

Ax stared at Fuchsia for a moment, her eyes scanning her eyes, her lips. Were Fuchsia's nostrils flared? Was her brow tense? Was her jaw locked? Determined to stay cool, she nodded her head and smoothed out her facial features, turning to look back over to Riviera.

"Yeah. We, however, need to talk later. And it's important," Ax said coolly, trying to squeeze out enough executive function to radiate confidence and composure despite being half-certain this date was pretty much dead in the water.

"Yeah... um... I'll text you," Riviera agreed, biting her lip, somewhat crestfallen, turning back to her friends, raising a hand and waving with a vaguely directed goodbye.

Ax sucked in a breath and started to march to the entrance, clearly a little off balance. They got to the doors, just a bit out of earshot of Riviera and her friends, when Ax reached out to rest a hand on the brick wall before the doorway and exhaled a tense breath, turning her head to Fu before leaning heavily on the wall, her back against it.

"...I really fucking need a smoke after that, actually. Can we um... take a sec?" Ax said, pulling out her cigarette pack and placing a cigarette between her lips. She didn't wait for Fu to reply before she stuffed the pack away again and hurriedly lit the tip with her thumb.
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Fuchsia was, perhaps, not necessarily proud of herself for the work she'd done on Riv, but she held no regrets for it by the time they'd stepped away. Her mind mulled over what had just happened, trying to make some decisions based on her charged response and the things she'd seen coming from both that girl and Ax. She took a few steps back and forth for a second, until she finally settled in next to Ax, trying to push down her nervousness and the bit of anxiety that came with existing long enough to focus her thoughts on the cockatoo before her. She turned her thoughts over a few more times in just a few seconds, until her mind had settled and she could digest the outcome of that weird little exchange they'd just been privy to.

Number one, she'd decided that Riv probably wasn't as big of a bitch as she'd seemed at first. To judge her that harshly when it had been, more or less, a bad mixture of humor styles or something to that effect, that would have been quite the unfair judgment on her part. She decided to drop it from her brain as soon as they stepped away.

Number two, she already knew that Ax hadn't meant for some dumb shit to crop up when she was already anxious about this date going well. It wasn't her fault, and so of course Fu was ready to not bring up the fact that Ax's 'friends' seemed 'nice'. No, this one was going right under the rug where it fit snugly. In fact;

Number three, she felt bad for having to flash her dangerous side like that, but she'd stepped in when she'd felt the bird's nervous response and had hoped it'd get the lady to back off and leave Ax alone. It had worked, sort of. She'd played a full-up defensive card on a situation that probably didn't warrant such a harsh response, but she'd felt like it was necessary to do so in order to expedite the process of getting by the "guardians" of this here club. She wasn't in the mood to sit and pal around in a game of subtle jabs and underhanded comments. If Riv had a thing for Ax and she was jealous or something, that was her own problem. She was an anxious cat, and that shit didn't fly for a fuck with her. This played into her lack of regretting her actions. Riv could go fuck herself for trying that on a nervous bird and a jumpy cat who just wanted to enjoy the night. Maybe, if they met again under different circumstances, Riv wouldn't forget herself next time and it'd be more pleasant the second time around. Fu was a forgiving sort, at any rate.

When they had safely moved away and Ax seemed to let the valve on her tenseness slip open, Fu looked at her with sympathetic eyes, ready to oblige whatever it was she needed in order to set that one down. She nodded at her question, and in fact, the cat produced her cigarettes with nary a complaint or a second thought. She even coughed up her special flip-lighter, holding that out to Ax as well so she could light up and calm down. When she saw that the bird had her own, and she was set, she stuffed her stuff back into the pockets of her jackets, adding her hands to them as well, and watching Ax let off a bit of steam.

"Sorry," Fu finally said after a few seconds of Ax's smoking, rocking back onto her heels and staring at her feet for a moment, before rocking forward again and lifting her exotic golden eyes to meet Ax's baby blues once more.

"Did'n think I'd hafta do that t'somebody so soon." She gave Ax a sheepish grin, but sighed afterward. Her emotions had died off, the defensive wall slide down with it, and she was left just feeling kind of guilty and a little off-put. It wasn't too serious, though, and her worry for Ax easily overrode her more basic feelings, so she stood next to Ax, closely, watching her.

"You gunna be okay?" she questioned next, and paused to let Ax answer her and speak her mind, maybe she'd feel better if they talked it off a little more before they went in? She certainly didn't want Ax feeling weird about it when they went in.
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