|| Nero’s PL: 104,000 || PL Suppressed to 17 [UT1] Power Gate is in effect ||
Another solid day of work had been completed by Nero— okay sure he was told to clock off an hour earlier than expected but this was only due to a minor error in communication with someone he had been asked to cover for this afternoon. Everything was fine though, that co-worker showed up and they simply swapped places, no big deal! That did however mean that Nero had about and hour and a half of free time for himself. Pankaa was going to be at his daycare for another two hours anyway and from what Nero knew of the plan there for today; ‘hobby time’ was the last thing on the schedule. It included arts and crafts with various things like popsicle sticks, string, pipe-cleaners and such, as well as finger-painting. Pankaa was quite fond of those activities— and Nero couldn’t help but have pride in Pankaa’s artistic progress. So, obviously, he wasn’t going to show up and take Pankaa away from that, it didn’t feel right or fair in the least!
Just as Nero was thinking of how to occupy his time, his scouter began to beep, signifying someone was calling. “Hmm? Well that’s a surprise.” It was Zhalla, she was pretty quick with what she wanted— apparently she had something important to speak to Nero about, and a simple call or message wouldn’t cut it, it needed to be face to face. Fair enough, he figured.
To that end, Nero simply informed Zhalla that he had a decent amount of free time, right now in fact and that he was sitting at the park closest to Punchin’ Pancakes HQ; so she could come see him as soon as possible.
Zhalla had alot to think about after her meeting with a certain Saiyan Queen but one thing was for certain; she would be going along with her in her journey. This trip provided a lot of opportunity to the ginger Saiyan in a number of ways as well as being an adventure of a life time. She would sort out who to ask to keep watch over the kids a bit later and already had someone in mind for such already.
However, one thought had stuck out in her mind specifically and it was something she'd decided she wasn't just going to brush off and would address head on herself this time. The adventure ahead could easily be incredibly dangerous and she knew full well of the risks that came with that and there was one person she wanted to make sure she spoke to prior to going...
That person was Nero of course, and after having called him to organize a meet up as she wanted this to be a face-to-face thing, she was quick to pack what she needed and head off to the park he had said he'd be waiting in, she wanted to get in what she needed to say before his hour and a half were up.
Reaching the park fairly quickly thanks to her Motorbike, Zhalla would dismount, locking it up before setting off after Nero with her helmet in one hand. Finding the other Saiyan was easy but approaching him somehow felt more difficult, though she would achieve it nonetheless.
"Hey, Nero" Zhalla seemed a little less sprightly then her usual self and it was clear something on her mind was bothering her but she would be sure to cover that part in a bit. Sitting down next to him and setting her helmet in her lap, placing her hands on top the saiyan would give a light sigh before continuing, "Thanks for organizing to meet on such short notice outta the blue like that, I hope I haven't pulled you away from anything important"
Tapping the top of her helmet with her index finger for a few moments, Zhalla found herself struggling to find how to put what she needed to say into words, but she'd organized to meet him for a reason and didn't want to waste this time she had with him now. Keeping one hand on the helmet she'd rub the back of her neck a little anxiously with the other before continuing, "Hey uh- Look to lay it all out straight up, I'm gonna be going away for a bit- Off earth away- but I was wondering if you'd uh-" She'd look aside for a moment or two, seemingly lost in her own thoughts during those few moments. "I was wondering if you'd come with me?" Smiling lightly she'd hold up a hand to pause him briefly on any immediate comments, "Before you ask- Yes I've got plans to have someone trustworthy look over the kids back at the shelter, not that they can't handle themselves and I reckon that good friend of mine could also look after your little one in the meanwhile too, if you'd be alright with it... There's just a couple things about this trip to run by you first, if that's alright. If you're not interested in going or can't go in general I understand I just-" Zhalla would gently breathe out through her nose as she brushed her fingers against Nero's before then fully placing her hand atop of his "I'd feel safer with you there with me on this one"
|| Nero’s PL: 104,000 || PL Suppressed to 17 [UT1] Power Gate is in effect ||
While waiting, Nero had decided to pass the time by creating a tiny ball of Ki, no larger than a golf ball, and decided to twirl it around his hands and fingers. “Yo, Zhalla,” Nero smiled and dispelled the ki ball as Zhalla approached, and he easily noticed she wasn’t as peppy as usual. So, it would make sense to him that something was possibly on her mind. “Uhh, How’s it going?” He inquired, quirking a brow. “No worries, honey, I got let out of work earlier today— minor schedule error, but we handled it, I have time— which I’ll gladly spend with you~.”
He had to admit however, seeing Zhalla at this level of nervousness over something was... Strange, unsettling even. Nero gave her an encouraging little nudge on the shoulder. “Hey, no pressure, alright? You get to what you need to say in your own time.” He waited patiently for Zhalla to speak, and lay out everything she had to say. His input was largely just intermittent nodding and confirmation of his attention.
“Uhhh, well, it depends, I guess?” Nero began, a curious tone to his voice would be quite evident. “I would have to sort out some things and get some more consistent caregivers available for my son— as well as explain everything to him too, but I can do that easily.” Seeing Zhalla’s hand resting on his, Nero took the opportunity to hold Zhalla’s hand in return, he wanted to support her however he could. “I gotta say, it’s a big deal for you to ask me to go with you— if you’re wanting my help, then clearly it’s something dangerous. Honestly, on that assumption alone, I see little reason not to go.” Nero blushed slightly, and let out a little chuckle. “I-it’s very brave of you to ask for help, actually... Q-quite attractive, also...” Nero bashfully piped up, idly rubbing the back of his neck with his free hand. “Th-that being said, what’s the situation? Some kind of mercenary mission? After a momentary pause, Nero tapped his chin and had another thought. “Oh, and if you’re getting paid— which you probably should be— you’re taking my cut if any is offered to me. I won’t budge on that, I earn enough already as it is, you need it more.”
Nero seemingly picked up on that something was off fairly easily and Zhalla would silently curse herself through gritted teeth at having been so obvious with her anxiousness on the matter. Obviously she wasn't going to be her usual peppy herself here but had she really been so obvious that he picked up on that right off the bat? Perhaps he was just more observant then she realised.
Upon being called 'honey' though she did manage a small smile and more-so she was glad to hear she hadn't pulled him from anything since he had gotten off work earlier then usual. "Good, good. I'm glad I didn't pull ya from anything then? As for me uhh, it's going well enough. I've been given quite the opportunity actually." Quite the opportunity indeed, just with someone she was well aware Nero was on not so good terms with. When he exclaimed that he had time that he was glad to spend with her she would exchange back a weak smile-- He was being sweet, and while usually this was welcomed it made her rather regretful at the moment, since she'd be delivering such awkward news right after he'd been cute.
To add to this he was even encouraging and patient with the time it took for her to lay everything out on the table for him-- Well, almost everything. No pressure huh, no pressure... "Oh uh, of course, you'd have some time to sort out the things you need for your son and such-- We wouldn't go like right now or anything but soon, very soon uh-" Well so far so good, right? He seemed interested at least. When Nero took hold of her hand Zhalla felt her face flush lightly but did her best to push past it and continue talking, though she would grip his hand a little tighter herself. "Nero!" Zhalla managed a small laugh at Nero saying it was attractive that she asked him for help, "Wait, what-- really? You really think so?" She'd smile in the sort of way you would do when seeing something cute and soft, "Oh stop it you now you're just makin' me go all red! Ahah- Gosh what was I saying uh" It was obvious her stop didn't hold any want for Nero to actually cease what he was doing and she couldn't seem to stop smiling after the fact either.
He had little reason not to go? Oh right! The trip, the mission! "As prideful and stubborn as I'll admit I can be, I had to ask. I don't want to and couldn't risk the potential of not coming back from this uh... From this trip. The kids depend on me too much for it to be fair to risk such a thing" With her free hand she would pinch the bridge of her nose for a few moments in thought. Why was it so hard to bring up the most important part about this to him? Suppose she just didn't want to disappoint him but figured there was no way he would not be disappointed to some extent about this, it was inevitable so may as well get it over and done with, right?
Before she addressed that mountain of a topic though Nero's comment on her taking his cut of any pay involved seemed to spark her up in quite the way. "Oh no you do not-- I can't accept that! I'm pulling you away from your what, three or so jobs to go do one temporary one with me? I think not Mister, you have a son at home, you are taking a cut of the pay and that's something I will fight you on ya hear? I will earn whatever pay I get fair and square same as you, you aren't going and getting no payment whatsoever" Zhalla would let out a hearty huff and flicked her tail to accompany said huff. Dion had done similar-- or tried to, back at the bar as well and she would not have it! Once she felt she was clear enough on that though she settled back down again to finish explaining.
"Yeah its like a mercenary mission-- well kind of anyway" Putting one arm behind her head as she looked aside. "Look I uh-- I ran across Kayen, you know which one I'm sure and was offered a few opportunities I couldn't quite ignore-" Bringing her free hand back and squeezing his hand tighter, she'd bring her free hand up and pressed her index finger to his lips as a way to gently hush him and allow her to explain first and foremost, "Please hear me out on this one, she is a Queen, who else could possibly offer me a better job opportunity then the Queen herself? Let it be known though when I was offered to be apart of her crew or to do longer term work, I declined" Drawing her finger away from his mouth she'd cast her gaze aside, "As much as I'm sure that'd all come with greater pay, I couldn't... You know" Giving his hand another squeeze she'd eventually loosen her grip up soon after so that she didn't cause him discomfort from gripping too hard. "I couldn't do that to you, I know what you think of her, so I figured something short term would be the best option but well--" Keeping her eyes away she would rub her arm with the other hand, "I understand if you're still angry or upset by my decision, Nero"
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