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    Re: Advice from the Robotic Uncle

    Post by Korra on Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:35 am

    Korra and Scaramouche definitely had some differences in perspective, at least when it came to choking. Her hand busied itself by playing with one of her side ponytails, combing her fingers through it as the jazzy robot tried to make sense of what the Avatar was saying. "Yeah...I guess we're kinda silly that way, huh? Breathing gets weird that way. Like, if you think too much about breathing, that somehow makes it harder. And if you ever turn into an organic, you'll probably notice how easy it is to accidentally swallow your drink into your lungs instead of into your esophagus! So choking on food's kinda like that." With the several functions the mouth had, trying to do everything could seem like a balancing act!

    "Hmph!" Fingers curled around her hair, holding the strands as if they were a handle as Korra gave Scaramouche her best pout. The android's explanation made sense, aspects of being spiritual were hard for her to grasp! And she was a human! She could only imagine what it was like for a guy made of metal. She didn't have a single clue what binary computation meant either. "I'm better at meditating now but otherwise...it's just really hard. Other parts of being the Avatar just come to me more easily. Like bending!" Her fighting skills definitely couldn't be beat! At least he seemed to just be teasing her, and that was why all she did was pout at him. "Yeah..." Living with certain expectations breathing down her neck was stressful, and it didn't help that people's lives were on the line! Every mistake felt like a massive failure to the people at large!

    Before the young woman could think too hard on such memories, a hand clasped her shoulder. Metal, warm, and quite big! Korra looked up at her 'uncle', taking in his wide grin. As if she were immediately following his advice, Korra smiled back at Scaramouche as her hand rose up to clasp over the robot's much larger one. "You can be you, sing all you want, and kiss on a soft kitty woman. And I get to do whatever I want and...well, kiss a redhead!" Her smile turned crooked, obviously finding the idea appealing! Gucci was a strange word but it describe this place somehow. "As long as I'm here with all of you, I'm always gonna find it in me to laugh and smile." And speaking of laughter, the robot's reaction elicited a soft chuckle! The Avatar smirked, allowing her hand to slide off of his. "It's not really a hard-on...but the elements are pretty important. The four nations are all named after the four elements, with the United Republic of Nations being a mix!" It was pretty weird, true, but those were the facts!

    "Bad boys embody a certain type of thrill - a forbidden fruit, if ya will. They're unpredictable, rough around the edges, someone ya don't bring him to Momma~! But on the same token they can be also be too unpredictable, too rough, and break your Momma's heart - yours too, if ya ain't careful."

    Geez...Korra had barely been able to introduce Mako to her parents, let alone get her heart broken by him! The young woman listened with all the discomfort and guilt of someone discussing their embarrassing old relationships. Part of her, the part that still missed Mako just a tad, wanted to defend him. The firebender hadn't done anything wrong! ...Partially because the relationship barely even took off before she was whisked away here. It didn't feel right to assume he wouldn't treat her right! But the wiser part of herself was mindful. Mako had been her first boyfriend, and she'd cared for him greatly! But after seeing the mess that had happened between himself and Asami? Oof... "Okay...you're right. He was a bad boy and...and maybe I was thinking with the 'hormones'." She eventually admitted, lip jutting out in a pout again. Her arms were folded over her chest and pressed against herself snugly. "It was the first time I'd ever met somebody I liked. I might have been...a little naive... but I feel confident about Bailey. She's really smart, you know? And I don't think she could ever hurt me." Despite the initial discomfort, talking about her girlfriend seemed to melt that away like ice. A small smile had even pulled at her lips, only widening when Scaramouche insisted he didn't even have a car to put in a garage! "Oh, I see! Another one of your metaphors."

    Smiling at the sensation of warmth beneath her hand, Korra continued to pat him lightly. "It's fine! You weren't wrong when you pointed out that I did ask you for advice and all... I'm still learning and adjusting. As long as I make sure to watch my temper, I'll think we'll be okay!" Oh, wow, this was a limited time offer! She didn't realize the Q and A session would be so short...! Tensing up as time seemed to trickle like sand in an hourglass, the young woman racked her brain for a good last question while she had the opportunity. "How...do you know when the time is right? When it comes to things like that? How do you really know?" Apprehensive, the Avatar bit her lower lip.
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    Re: Advice from the Robotic Uncle

    Post by Scaramouche on Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:09 am

    "It's harder to breathe if ya think about it?" That... didn't make a whole lot of sense, but it wasn't like Scaramouche could prove otherwise. A curious thought formed in his metal noggin. "...Is it hard breathin' right now 'cause you're gonna think about it after this sentence?" What a terrible existence! Who'd wanna waste precious time thinking about involuntary muscle movement? He grimaced at the whole 'lung-esophagus' thing; doubly so when he imagined a pair of organic lungs filling with water. "...Sounds really inefficient," Scaramouche muttered. "I only got one pipe goin' down, kid, and that's enough pipe for me!" That was honestly enough pipe for anyone.

    Aw, what a darling lil' pout~! The android simply couldn't help himself as he reached over and pinched one of Korra's puffy cheeks, metal fingers tugging on her skin. "Careful~!" Scaramouche warned with the shittiest of grins. "Keep doin' that and your face is gonna stay that way." And wouldn't that be a sight, hm?

    He thankfully let go, however, and nodded sagely with every word Korra uttered. "Say no more," the android replied, holding up a hand. "You're a fighter, not a thinker~! Just how I'm a lover and not a fighter. Not up and personal, anyway~! I prefer a more unscrupulous approach." Like a good backstab! Scaramouche just loved a good backstab; particularly one where he was in and out with no one being the wiser. "But hey, who says ya can't develop this skill as ya keep practicin'?" Call him naive or foolish, but the android saw no reason why Korra couldn't learn how to become a better Avatar. That, therefore, wasn't the question to be asked. Rather, should she become a better Avatar? "From the sounds of it, kiddo, it's almost like ya gotta toe that fine line between asceticism and, well, your own wants and needs. I dunno if you'd wanna necessarily do that, though? Like, adoptin' the monk's path or whatever isn't for the faint of heart, or even the young and restless; you'll undoubtedly lose more than you'll gain." It was obviously a very harsh, unforgiving lifestyle that was little more than a thinly-veiled personal sacrifice masquerading around as something noble and enlightened.  

    Personally, Scaramouche thought it was a whole crock of shit. Pardon his French.

    "You can be you, sing all you want, and kiss on a soft kitty woman. And I get to do whatever I want and...well, kiss a redhead! As long as I'm here with all of you, I'm always gonna find it in me to laugh and smile."

    Now that was being on the trolley!

    The android's smile couldn't possibly be any bigger. "Exactly~! So long as ya stay true to yourself and forge your own path in life, I think you'll be a terrific Avatar, kid. I mean, hey..." He shrugged and once again assumed his more trickster mannerisms, this time in the form of a sly grin. "Who wants to be a borin' old stiff and meditate in some desolate cave for ten bazillion gorillion years, huh? That ain't what life's about, kid~! Meditate and reflect on crap, sure. But don't squander what ya have 'cause a bunch of fuddy-duddies demand ya follow their archaic dogma. If the world ain't fallin' to shit, consider yourself on vacation~!" A faffer at heart, that wily Scaramouche. He was also a real clown...

    Four elements for four nations: earth, fire, wind, and water. Pretty straightforward, if not a tad unimaginative. This is where the android made a nuisance of himself. "Hon hon~! Okay, sure, I get it. Those are all groovy, kid, but where's the most important one? Where's heart~?"

    Nyuck nyuck nyuck.

    Alright, that was enough cooking the Avatar's... turkey-duck?

    "Mm~! I ain't gonna think less of ya for likin' a jock, promise." Been there, done that. How'd she think Scaramouche got so wise, huh? The android shrugged and figured Korra's past relationship water under the bridge. "Infatuation can be a fickle thing, kid. Take my advice to heart; think first, act second." Scaramouche would be a real lousy uncle if he let Korra (or Bailey) suffer unhealthy relationships. Plus, Lunette would have his head on a magnetic platter!

    "How...do you know when the time is right? When it comes to things like that? How do you really know?"

    Oh goodness, Korra's body language was tense. "Easy, easy~!" the android soothed with a reassuring smile, hands in front of his chest and palms outward. "Take a deep breath, 'kay? It ain't as difficult as ya think it is, trust me~!" He is, after all, a professional. "The one thing that's important in every relationship - I don't care what anyone says, kid - is communication." And there it was, the golden rule. Scaramouche would die by this rule, baby! "If your relationship with Bailey is to flourish, then ya gotta - gotta - keep an open dialogue with her, ya pickin' up what I'm throwin' down? It's the only way of knowin' when anythin' is right with your special someone." As for figuring out the 'when', well... that bit was trickier. Scaramouche tapped his chin for a moment as he gathered his words. "Hm... if I'm gonna be on the level with ya, kiddo, I unfortunately can't give ya specifics. All couples are different; no two are ever alike. I suggest ya strike this up with Bailey and have a lil' personal discourse with her. That's discourse, not intercourse~!" Simply couldn't help himself.

    "Hon hon~!" Scaramouche enjoyed a lil' chuckle before adding, "Once ya both get a better understandin' of what ya want and how, you'll be able to figure somethin' out. Like I tell Lu all the time, romance is no different than navigatin' the high seas, uncharted and riddled with adventure as ya explore it together~! It's the journey that determines the destination, so make it a good one - don't rush! Take your time, enjoy yourselves, and let everythin' progress naturally. When you'll know, you'll know!"

    The answer was a little vague, but so was life. Korra was just gonna have to make a few discoveries for herself.
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    Re: Advice from the Robotic Uncle

    Post by Korra on Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:40 am

    "It's not hard right now, but that's because I'm thinking more about you, and this nice joint you've got here!" Korra fanned a hand out, gesturing about the apartment with a lazy wink. Who could focus on their lungs when they were comfy on a couch with their favorite metal uncle? "Screwing up your breathing that way takes a lot of concentration. It's weird." Despite being human, she nodded in agreement when Scaramouche referred to such 'pipes' as inefficient. "Yeeah...our bodies are strange. Complex, but also really dumb! Like allergies! People get so allergic to stuff just because the body decides something harmless like pollen or milk is dangerous! Talk about inefficient." Say, could robots become allergic? Probably not, but it was worth a bit of consideration.

    Big metal fingers grabbed hold of her cheek and gave it a pinch, which only intensified the woman's pout. His touch was surprisingly gentle, considering his digits were big metal fish sticks! "Hmph! Joke's on you cause I've been pouting all my life and my face has never stayed that way!" As soon as Korra's cheek was free, she blew a raspberry in his direction as she rubbed at her face with a palm. Pbbtbtbt! "A lover, huh? Explains why you've got so much advice!" It hadn't been often that she'd meet 'lovers' in her world, but the unscrupulous fighting? Amusement was written all over the water tribe woman's face! "Maybe sometime you'll show me your moves in person!" Such an unorthodox style sounded fascinating. "You're telling me...if I wanted to be a monk, I'd have become one of Tenzin's!" And she wanted to experience the world, not hide away from it on an island! Pretty much everything the android had to say was music to her ears, and the uplifted look on her face proved as much.

    Korra's grin wasn't nearly as sly as Scaramouche's, but she made up for it with her enthusiasm. "Yeah! I don't have to impress anyone, and nobody's telling me what to do here! As long as the world's safe, I'm in the clear to spend time with whoever I want! Whether it's my pretty girlfriend, or my best Uncle Mochi~" How nice it felt, to have a break like this. Heck, she hadn't had to get her hands dirty in a couple of years! Korra's face scrunched up quizzically, brow raised. "Eh...? Heart? What's...heart do? Let you...bend hearts? That's gross!" What a nightmare! Silly android, heart wasn't an element! "Thanks. I'm glad Bailey and I did a lot of thinking. We went on several dates first, but we didn't become an official thing until we both felt ready for it! Was that how it was for you and Lunette, too?" The young woman had almost immediately begun thinking of them as a 'duo', she wasn't too sure when they went from friends to lovers!

    Heeding his advice, the young woman nodded her head and inhaled slowly, then released it in an exhale. As she did, her muscles relaxed bit by bit. Like a spring moving slowly back to its natural position. Korra's expression was still colored by her anxiety, biting her lower lip and bright blue eyes shining with vulnerability. "Y-yeah, I'm picking it up. Communication. That's the big, important thing!" Y'know, Mako could have used this sort of advice. With a light scoff at Scaramouche's little innuendo, she began to twirl several strands around her fingertips. "I can navigate seas, punch people in the face, and help people wherever I can. And Bailey did tell me I could talk to her about anything, especially this sort of stuff. But I don't know...whenever I think about it trying to start it...my mind goes blank! And I don't wanna make her uncomfortable... Mmngh..." She huffed under her breath, looking at the robot head on. "I guess I'm just gonna have to...build a bridge and get over it. Right? I can't exactly have you talk to her about it for me so...if I ever wanna know what she wants and what we should do and when...I'll have to take the plunge!" How hard could it be, right? ...Right?
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    Re: Advice from the Robotic Uncle

    Post by Scaramouche on Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:38 pm

    Ooh, a compliment on his swanky pad~! The robot swelled with pride. "Why thank you~!" Scaramouche practically sang, his smile wide and toothy. "I know it ain't like the Hilton, but it gets the job done. 'Sides, I'm a big fan of retro." And Lunette was a fan, too! He blinked, "...Oh yeah, allergies. In your body's defense, kiddo, it's just tryin' to look after ya. Allergies are one of those things that come from a myriad of factors; genetics... environmental pollution levels... whether you were exposed at a young age or not... Stuff like that! But yeah, I agree - the human body is far from perfect." But still quite fascinating. As if he read Korra's mind, Scaramouche answered her unspoken thoughts with a silly wink. "Not that robots gotta worry about this crapola, though~! We're too busy fightin' off our own woes, like viruses or malware. Y'know, I once knew a 'bot who hadn't kept up on his software. All it took was one lil' bug and - " The android mimicked an explosion with his hands, cheeks puffed out. "Boom, baby! He crashed and couldn't be recovered, so he was scrapped and sold for spare parts. Nasty stuff... "

    "Hmph! Joke's on you cause I've been pouting all my life and my face has never stayed that way!"

    Tch, what a brat! He flashed the Avatar a cheeky grin and stifled his laughter. "Yeah, yeah~!" Scaramouche chuckled, waving off her raspberry. "Chalk it up to your good genes, kid! And I guess I got loads of advice, huh?" Was it because the robot thought himself a lover? Maybe. He shrugged and figured there was some truth to Korra's assumption. "Hm, that's a thought. I doubt you've seen anyone as bombastic and deadly as me~!" When it came to skirmishes and getting the drop on targets, Scaramouche was a showman through and through. What was a top-rated assassin without a good performance? Just a regular thug for hire, that's who!

    And heart was totally an element, kid.

    "Thanks. I'm glad Bailey and I did a lot of thinking. We went on several dates first, but we didn't become an official thing until we both felt ready for it! Was that how it was for you and Lunette, too?"

    "Um...~!" Oh great, does he tell her the boring truth or does he sprinkle a lil' Scaramouche flair and spice things up a bit? "Hon~! I suppose I can divulge a thing or two..." He glanced over a shoulder and scooted closer to the Avatar, lowering his voice. The impish grin spreading across his face said it all: the robot had chosen door no. 2! "We first met under less-than-desired conditions. Don't tell her I told ya this, but I rescued Lunette from the vile clutches of a giant treant~!" Wait, would she...? "That's, like, a tree monster in generic fantasy terms. Anywho~!"

    If there's one thing Scaramouche loved (even more than a good backstab), it was spinning a whale of a tale. And the android was aiming to spin a whole pod. "We fought and we clashed, bark flyin' and swords dicin', and just when it seemed all was lost and Lunette was gonna be flattened into a hairy meat patty... I ultimately won the day by playin' a jazzy tune. Yep, sure did~! Not even Mother Nature can withstand the might of a determined piper!" Hey, the Anitra technically didn't want him saying the truth anyway, so Scaramouche was in the clear for this one. "The knotty brute cut down a size and chopped into timber, I swooped Lunette out of its limp grasp and kissed her hand like the gentleman I am, ooh~! She then escorted me to the Tavern and gave me a hero's welcome." Now that was the truth. "After that, we got to know each other better and I worked up the courage to ask her out! I was so overjoyed when she said 'yes'...~! It was one of the happier days of my very depressin', checkered life." Scaramouche almost swooned recalling the fond memory. "Of course, it wasn't easy," he added, still grinning. "Lunette wasn't a dame to be taken lightly, and I really had to put in some elbow grease to show her I meant business! Our courtship wasn't perfect, but the stars aligned and I'm super grateful they did. My advice, kid: don't be afraid of hittin' a few bumps - they'll help ya grow."

    "Y-yeah, I'm picking it up. Communication. That's the big, important thing!"

    Aw, Korra looked like a sad lil' puppy dog! A brawny puppy dog, but the robot sympathized. "Hot diggity dog, you're right on the trolley~!" Scaramouche gave her an encouraging smile. "I know it's scary goin' at this without a clue, but you'll do fine, kid. Ya both will. Just remember to stay true to yourselves, be patient and considerate, and talk things out. It won't always be easy - believe me, I know - but love ain't meant to be a cakewalk. Think carefully about how ya wanna build your bridge, take your time buildin' it, and then cross the river once you're confident enough to reach the other side. Remember, there's no rush! You wanna give this relationship your best, kid. Bailey deserves nothin' less, and the same is true for you."
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    Re: Advice from the Robotic Uncle

    Post by Korra on Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:11 am

    Hilton...? She decided not to ask. "You're welcome! This retro stuff is snazzy." The young Avatar fiddled with one of her armbands lightly, listening to the robot's explanation of allergies. "Environmental pollution levels?" Korra frowned to herself lightly. "Stuff like that was an easy way to get the spirits riled up back home. I don't think I have any allergies, but I know some people have an issue with shellfish or pollen!" What an awful life, to be unable to properly enjoy crab or an amazing garden! Her brows furrowed curiously, wondering to herself what a 'malware' was! Whatever it was, it seemed dangerous! A robot Scaramouche knew hadn't kept his software up to date, got a bad bug and KABOOM! The woman jolted at both the robot's words and his mimicked explosion! "Sold for parts...?" The concept was obviously disturbing to her, imagining if the same thing were to happen to an organic. Rather...gruesome. "Very nasty..." She bit her lip lightly and looked up at her metal uncle. What if the same thing happened to him? "You're up to date, right? Your software won't...explode like that?" What a horrible fate for a robot!

    At the compliment to her genes, Korra puffed her chest out and smirked proudly! Of course her genes were perfect, they were a blend of the Northern and Southern Water Tribes! "Good! You're gonna have to get used to seeing me pout, now! Gotta show off those good genes~!" She nodded vigorously, eyes shiny with a bit of awe. "Yeah, your advice is good too!" The comparison to Tenzin was appropriate! The robot insisted that his fighting was both bombastic and deadly. Her bright blues looked him up and down, trying to imagine what he'd be like in a fight. "I bet you're a dancing fighter. Sparring with you would be a good way to practice being light on my feet!"

    Scaramouche scooted a little closer, and the Avatar shuffled close in turn with curiosity written all over her face. She had never heard about how they met! Who could have predicted that the robot and cat woman had met under such extraordinary circumstances! "You rescued her from a tree monster?!" The young woman gasped, leaning closer with both hands clenched into excited fists! Armed only with a sword and a jazzy tune, he literally cut the thing down to size and gallantly rescued Lunette! The charmer even gaze her hand a delicate kiss~! "Aaw...no wonder she fell in love with you! You're her hero!" What an adorable and fantastic story. The rest was history, the two of them getting to know each other before the jazzy 'bot decided to ask her out! How could anybody say no to that face? Recalling it made him happy, the romantic robot nearly swooning! Her grin turned crooked and she gave him a doting pat on the shoulder. Their relationship wasn't perfect, but maybe it didn't have to be, so long as they were both happy! Despite a bit of curiosity about what these 'bumps' were, Korra decided not to ask about them. Instead, she just gave him a nod of agreement. "Bumps are good for teaching you how to work with the other person, right?" That was what she had gathered from the relationships she'd seen, at least.  

    Emotions were pretty easy to navigate through! The more physical stuff though? It was still very new for her. "Yeah...you're right." Fingers combed through her scalp, the motion something of a nervous tic. "I mean, she's already open for talking about this sort of stuff, so it wouldn't exactly come out of nowhere! I just gotta...take the leap. What's the worst that can happen?" ...Don't answer that. "I'll never know until I try and...it will be good to hear what Bailey wants to do, too!" Korra really wanted to build this bridge the right way, and she wanted to do right by her girlfriend! Hearing Scaramouche insist that they both deserved the best, the young woman gave him a dorky smile. Wrapping an arm around him loosely, she gave him a hug. "Thank you for all of the advice, Scaramouche. I'm still a little nervous...but I feel ready to tackle this! We'll try not to rush into things, and I promise that I will have a good talk with her about what we should do and when!" For now, she was very happy just to smooch that redhead!

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