Banzai Costume
Katherine Hana Li spin_kick_snap
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Baltimore, Sunday Night
Banzai rarely patrolled Sunday nights, taking the night off to rest and prepare for the upcoming week, but since she'd bailed on patrolling on Friday, it seemed only fair to make up for it tonight instead. Crime around the club and various campuses would be lower, but there were still plenty of drug deals, muggings, and various other, more dangerous crimes for her to stop instead. And it wasn't like Banzai was going to miss spending extra time manhandling drunk idiots into cabs and breaking up fights in alleys over stupid bullshit the participants couldn't even remember four steps away from the club itself.

The Ukranian mafia had all but vanished from the city over the past few months; apparently losing the Butcher was enough to convince them that Baltimore wasn't worth the effort. In a way, Banzai almost missed them; they were good practice for when she'd be going up against the Seventeens in LA eventually. Patrolling around Stanford (if she got in, please God let her get in) probably wasn't going to be all that much effort, so she was already making plans to portal down to LA proper at least once a month to get in a proper patrol.

Spotting Jewels, one of the working girls that was part of Banzai's loose confederation of informants, Banzai swung down from the rooftop to land on light feet nearby. Always good to check in, see if Jewels had heard of anything going down, make sure that no one was bothering her, pass along money and supplies to stay in Jewels' good graces, all that good stuff.

It felt good to get out and patrol. For all her speeches about wanting to do good for the people around her and make the world a better place, Banzai had to admit that the real reason she ran around in rainbows with a bokken on her back and rope darts in her belt was a lot more selfish. What could she say?

She loved this.

rebelseekspizza

2016-03-13 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Not all days could be hang-out-with-friends-and-get-laid days-- and you know what, that was fine. Sometimes Dante just needed to be out somewhere by himself, getting in trouble somewhere people wouldn't remember about later. He'd found himself wandering down here a couple of times before, and not usually to get laid. He didn't generally need to do that. But he was familiar with the strippers and sex workers of Limbo City - some of the few people who had, for whatever few seconds in his life, given something approaching a shit.

Besides, he still had some leftover money from the night with Ada and Isabela to pass around. Charitable, or whatever.

So he wandered into the alleyway with a casual step, not the jittery motions of most of the guys who came through here.

Edited at 2016-03-13 09:38 am (UTC)

spin_kick_snap

2016-03-13 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Jewels had just given Banzai news about a probable turf war between two pimps and their assorted hangers-on when Kathy heard the sound of footsteps in the alley. Nodding at Jewels, she prepared to bounce back up to the roof and leave the woman to her business--at least until Jewels spun around and squealed, "Dante?! That you, honey?"

Banzai froze, her normally graceful bounce turning into a stumbling hop. "Dante?" she echoed, confused.

rebelseekspizza

2016-03-13 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Dante had had his hand raised in greeting while walking towards Jewel, but now he came to a stop halfway there and looked up. "Kathy?" he called. "You making friends?"

spin_kick_snap

2016-03-13 09:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Banzai winced and facepalmed. "Really, Dante?" she demanded. "Really?"

"Kathy, huh?" Jewels asked, looking amused. "Honey, that sounds so...wholesome. You sure you should be out here talkin' to the likes of me?"

Yup, gonna murder Dante later. Putting that on the to-do list right now. "Banzai is just fine when I'm out here," she said, loud enough for Dante to hear.

rebelseekspizza

2016-03-13 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Wasn't Dante's fault the secret identity thing was profoundly stupid, Kathy. C'mon.

"She already knows you know me," he said, rolling his eyes. "Who cares what your name is?"

spin_kick_snap

2016-03-13 10:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Not when vigilantism was illegal, it wasn't! Or when you were going up against organized crime! Which, okay, she wasn't anymore, but she had been!

"Uhh, I do," Banzai said, raising her hand. Jewels inexpertly hid a smile and mouthed the word 'wholesome' at Dante again. "You know, for reasons."

"I think it's a lovely name," Jewels said. "The preacher's daughter in my hometown was named Kathy, too."

See, Dante! Banzai was never going to live this down!

rebelseekspizza

2016-03-13 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)

"Ah, trust me," Dante said, grinning. "You don't wanna judge that book by its title."

He closed the gap between him and Jewels.

spin_kick_snap

2016-03-13 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)

"Oh really?" Jewels asked, drifting closer to Dante and batting her eyes at him. Dante didn't seem likely to ever take her up on her sales pitch, but was always good for some harmless flirting. "Do tell, honey. Our Banzai hates talking about herself."

"Uhh, still here," Banzai pointed out. "There's a reason I keep my identity a secret. More than one, even!"

Like she didn't need anyone coming after her, interested in figuring out how she could do the things she did and not willing to take her 'No, thanks, I don't wanna be a lab rat' as an answer.

rebelseekspizza

2016-03-13 10:23 am (UTC) (Link)

"I'd tell you," Dante said, shooting a grin up at 'Banzai' just so she knew that yes, he was aware she was still there, "but I'm pretty sure I'd be ruining my own night some way up the line from here."

Take from that what you will, Jewels.

spin_kick_snap

2016-03-13 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)

From Jewels' smile, she most definitely was. "Oooh, I see," she said, delighted. "Is that why I can never tempt you?" Yeah, she liked just being able to talk and flirt with Dante and not have to worry about business getting in the way with him, but shh. She had a reputation to maintain. "Explains that face when I called her wholesome. Though--Banzai, honey, I can see you blushin' below your mask."

"No you can't," Banzai muttered. Bright red. "How do you two know each other anyway?"

Yes, it was a transparent attempt to change the subject. So?

rebelseekspizza

2016-03-13 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Dante gave a casual shrug, sliding his hand into his pocket and taking out the wallet he'd gotten from Ezra months ago. "Sometimes I drop by here to chat," he said. "You don't wanna know what kinda stories Jewels here can tell."

He took out a couple of bills and held them out for her. "Friends of mine went on a fishing trip a couple of blocks over," he said, by means of explanation. "We're starting a sex worker charity."

spin_kick_snap

2016-03-13 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)

"Oh, I've heard some," Banzai said.

"Naw, honey, you heard the ones I tell to try to run off the religious do-gooders who just want to save me from my life of sin. Dante here gets the fun ones. He's the kind of guy who can appreciate them."

"Oh," Banzai said, faltering. "But I didn't run off."

"Nope. Took me awhile to decide if you were overeager or just stupid." Jewels didn't seem particularly apologetic about this, either. "Then you came around and stopped that handsy fella without tryin' to turn it into a sermon about mendin' my ways or get me to go to the cops and I realized you were all right." At Banzai's grin, she added, "Still a bit on the wholesome side, whatever y'all two get up to."

Banzai coughed, ignoring that last comment. "You know the funny thing?" she asked Dante. "I don't think I can narrow down who your friend is to below three or four different people."

"Aww, are you a bad influence on our little superhero here?"

rebelseekspizza

2016-03-13 10:50 am (UTC) (Link)

"I'm a really good influence," Dante argued. "She's better when she lets her hair down."

He shrugged. "Still runs around the city dressed like a rainbow ninja, pulling stupid shit, but there's only so much I can pull off."

spin_kick_snap

2016-03-13 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)

"You mean saving people and stopping crime?" Banzai demanded, hands on her hips, eyes narrowed behind the mask. "That's not exactly stupid shit, Dante. Hell, Jewels here helps me!"

So take that!

rebelseekspizza

2016-03-13 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)

"Yeah, whatever."

Dante shoved his wallet back into his pocket. "Hope you're having fun, Jewels."

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