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Post  Hujisaka Natsumi on Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:36 pm

“There is no such thing as a time “too early” or “too late” for domestics to fulfil their duties. With such lacking diligence, are you truly a teacher, Mister Li?” She almost despairingly asked, having already an answer of her own without requiring any of his as she let out a sigh; one tinged by both disappointment at the sight of such a “teacher” within the highly retarded establishment of Tokiwadai, and by the shame this exhibitionist seemed to lack.

Noting that it was fortunate for him that the dorm mistress had not arrived first, the maid however maintained an undisturbed stance and gaze, waiting for him to get dressed before crossing her arms in front of her rather modest chest.

"Now, is this a business visit, or did you just feel like some company at this lonely hour?"

A smirk decorated her peculiar features, and she simply lifted one of her arms to point towards the mattress with her thumb. “I am here to ensure that your butler skills are on point for the upcoming festival, and I have the feeling we have a considerable amount to work on.”

Indeed, this girl seemed to fancy the role of a “senpai” and was most rejoiced at having been given that role as if a perfect opportunity to prove herself as a high-tier maid.

She widened her stance and one of her hands on her hips, the other pulling a stopwatch out of one of her many utility pockets before shifting to point in his direction with her index.

“Consider this an evaluation where I will gauge just how much work is required you make you into an acceptable serv- butler. Butler. Now, show me your most sincere display of loyalty towards your employer as you put away this mattress and clean up the mess scattered across this room!”

What mess?

Even for a storage room, it was spotless as usual and expected from anything related to Tokiwadai.

That fact would have proven itself troublesome for the “evaluation” she had planned...

Had she not cruelly raised her leg to throw a fluid roundhouse kick onto a nearby cardboard box, spreading its broken mechanical part contents onto the ground as she began the stopwatch's timer.
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Post  Guy Li on Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:54 am

“I am here to ensure that your butler skills are on point for the upcoming festival, and I have the feeling we have a considerable amount to work on.”

"I see." He smirked confidently and met her eyes deliberately. "I've never had a girl complain about the quality of my service." He declared dryly, leaving her to decide on how to interpret his words for herself.

Already he was scanning the room carefully. This wasn't the first time he'd been placed in the role of a servant. The room had been carefully maintained to a high level of cleanliness and tidiness but it was not flawless.

Amateurs.

“Consider this an evaluation where I will gauge just how much work is required you make you into an acceptable serv- butler. Butler. Now, show me your most sincere display of loyalty towards your employer as you put away this mattress and clean up the mess scattered across this room!”

Tsubame delivered a deft kick to the box of scraps, sending them tumbling across the floor and Guy shook his head with a disappointed sigh.

Was she even trying to make this difficult for him? He rolled his shoulders and set to work. He had already identified the path to victory. A broom propped up against the wall of the storeroom, no doubt used by the cleaning staff. A disused drying frame. A clear space by the near wall. The tools were at his disposal. This would be easy.

"As you wish, my lady." He said a little too politely for it to not be sarcastic, folding at the waist in a formal bow. Even with the handicap of a single arm he managed to make short work of the scattered debris, sweeping it back into the box which he set back in its original position.

The mattress was next. It was light and he was able to lift it with one hand, tossing it into the air with a flourish and folding it in half in one smooth motion. He left it hanging neatly over the old drying frame.

But he wasn't done quite yet. He arranged the boxes and other contents of the room against the clear space of the wall with the care and precision of a Feng Shui master. The result was undeniable. The room had been transformed with just a few careful movements, the open space seeming to almost double in size.

And for the final touch he reached into his jacket pocket to retrieve a small, folded white handkerchief. A flick of his wrist saw it open up and he paced towards the far wall, quickly brushing off a small, almost unnoticeable trace of a smear from the wall.

As he had decided earlier, a high level of cleanliness and tidiness, but not flawless.

The young man whose casual demeanor seemed at odds with his surroundings stood rigidly to attention and flicked his handkerchief out over the right angle of his right arm, draping the fabric across the cast encasing his forearm.

"I trust that this satisfies my lady?" He lowered his head in an uncharacteristic display of subservient deference and bowed once more.
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Post  Hujisaka Natsumi on Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:11 am

A small, impressed whistle escaped Tsubame's mouth as she witnessed the surprisingly adept display. It was, indeed, of higher tier than what she had imagined she could expect from such an individual. Glancing at the stopwatch as if seeking a proof to that, she noted it had taken him an approximative mere minute to accomplish such a simplistic task, and she nodded in satisfaction at the sight.

Clearly, the quality and speed of his service wouldn't be a problem to handle and it, in turn, meant lesser work for her.

For reasons much more different than unwillingness to teach or mere laziness...

“I see, I see. So there is a quality standard to Milady's acquaintances. Oh, how pleased will my brother be to hear this slight piece of better news.” She quietly sang to herself before putting away the stopwatch, staring back at the improvised butler with a smirk. “But that wasn't good enough.”

The girl, seemingly well-versed in the art of extravagant body mannerisms and speech returned to pointing at the man facing her, an almost condescending look decorating her equally amused features.

“Firstly, your sarcasm. Oh, how it won't do! A domestic must always serve with the most heartfelt and earnest joy! Lingering rudeness towards our ladies will simply not do and I can feel your voice dripping with mockery and sass.”

Reflecting onto the test performance, she had also spotted another glaring issue.

“And that last action of yours doesn't make you look attentive to details, it makes you look like a maniac. Understand, Mr. Li? Such minuscule details must always be taken care of while you're alone, and certainly not in the presence of the people you are serving. Our ladies must never take a glance at the most disgraceful of details, and a true butler will handle it as their backs are turned, as if it never existed in the first place. Not while they're looking on.​”

Her bizarrely specific semi-lesson on the backscenes of the butler life done, she pushed her rather small and discrete glasses back onto the bridge of her nose as she fell deep into thought, shoving a hand into another of her numerous multi-purpose pockets. From it, she pulled a rolled up measuring tape she proceeded to extend.

“Your appearance is also another problem. For various reasons alike, our ladies will likely faint should you serve them in your undergarments. And I dare say you will find no establishment in Academy City that provides the opportunity for you to deliver that kind of service...”

Grasping the still rolled part of the tape with one hand, she firmly tugged on the part that she had extended, an explicit invitation to obediently let her measure him.

“So let this not be painful for either of us. The sooner clothing can be arranged for you, the safer you'll be from being made a maid down to your briefs.”
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Re: [SS] Arduous Tasks

Post  Guy Li on Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:28 pm

“I see, I see. So there is a quality standard to Milady's acquaintances. Oh, how pleased will my brother be to hear this slight piece of better news.

Guy straightened his back. There was a brief flicker of an arrogant smirk at the corner of his mouth.

But that wasn't good enough.”

His expression fell, that smug twitch of a smile drawing long into a nonplussed expression similar to the one he had worn when being threatened by the Dorm Mistress. Like the tingles on the back of one's neck when being watched or goosebumps from imminent danger he could already sense a lecture coming on. Oh, how he loved being lectured...

“Firstly, your sarcasm. Oh, how it won't do! A domestic must always serve with the most heartfelt and earnest joy! Lingering rudeness towards our ladies will simply not do and I can feel your voice dripping with mockery and sass.”

He bit his tongue, almost literally as well as figuratively. This girl was pretty imperious. Almost as much of a haughty princess as the girls she served. But that was fine. He was used to the princess types by now.

“And that last action of yours doesn't make you look attentive to details, it makes you look like a maniac. Understand, Mr. Li? Such minuscule details must always be taken care of while you're alone, and certainly not in the presence of the people you are serving. Our ladies must never take a glance at the most disgraceful of details, and a true butler will handle it as their backs are turned, as if it never existed in the first place. Not while they're looking on.”

And if I hadn't, you would have failed me on it anyway... He thought to himself, still holding back the impulse to speak out. It was a true catch 22 situation.

“Your appearance is also another problem. For various reasons alike, our ladies will likely faint should you serve them in your undergarments. And I dare say you will find no establishment in Academy City that provides the opportunity for you to deliver that kind of service...”

"Well, I don't know about that..." Guy's resolve finally cracked and he looked away, scratching behind his ear in an attempt to cover his mischievous expression. He could think of a couple of places that would offer that sort of service. Not that he frequented them, of course. He had far too much self-respect.

“So let this not be painful for either of us. The sooner clothing can be arranged for you, the safer you'll be from being made a maid down to your briefs.”

"I already have a uniform. If I was informed about this little 'arrangement' I could have picked it up.
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Post  Hujisaka Natsumi on Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:18 pm

“If you ever found an establishment like that, I'm preeeetty sure the city would be facing a revolt in the form of lawsuits from outraged parents.”

A fairly strained and tired voice suddenly appeared from the slightly ajar door, leaning on the nearby wall as if indirectly indicating that she'd been there for a while. Its owner was a sight becoming familiar to both of the “servants”, a brown-haired girl whose usually bored expression was replaced by sheer tiredness in this far too early morning.

“Milady! Have you slept well?” Tsubame asked as she redirected all of the focus she had had towards the older boy for the newcomer, a sense of deep familiarity running through both. Somehow, it seemed like Tsubame wasn't an unpleasant presence for Natsumi, in fact quite the contrary as she answered the question with a small, amused smile.

“Heavenly. Just like on a parking in snowy winter. But don't mind me, go ahead and take his measurements.” She gestured for the two to get on with it as rapidly as possible; this day would be heavy enough for all of them, after all. And the question had been far too obvious for her to resist making a sarcastic reply out of it.

Nonetheless, Tsubame laughed at the sound of this peculiar definition of “heaven” and turned back towards Guy.

“Tokiwadai insists on issuing their own uniforms for events it is affiliated with and as such, whatever rags you may have that would serve as a “uniform” would be truly unfitting.” Cruel words willingly thrown by the petite girl were reinforced by her tugging on the measuring tape once more.

Tug, tug, tug.

“Truly unfitting.” She repeated with a small smile, leaving no doubt as to the heightened expectations they would all have towards him.

***

“Thank you for your cooperation, Mr. Li! Worry not, this Amaya Tsubame will ensure that you receive your uniform within the most respectable of delays!” She beamed as if not having been source of pure condescension mere moments earlier. Putting away all of the tools she had used for the sake of measuring, she waved a hand as she left a seemingly specific demand to Natsumi on her way out of the storage room.

“Milady, please ensure that my brother doesn't hear of this matter. He would surely lose the remainder of his sanity were he to know that such a... “peculiar” individual resides within the walls of the School Garden.”

Uncharacteristically awkward laughs escaped Natsumi as she scratched the back of her head with her only free hand. Her bothered expression was clear testament to the fact that whoever this “brother” was, it was certainly not someone she could easily handle.

Leaning back onto the wall, she pointed outside the storage room as she then spoke to the older boy.

“You're quite the popular one today, aren't you? First Tsubame and a special lesson on how butlers should act, next the headmistress' and her convocation that should happen in...” She pulled her phone out of her skirt's pocket and looked at the permanently displayed time, a grin forming on her face as she slowly spelled out his potential doom.

“Fifteen minutes. And I'm sure you know her office isn't in this building.”

**

4:59 A.M, Tokiwadai Middle School, Headmistress' Office

Two women were present in this room that represented the enforcement of the entire school's regulations and expectations towards their students.

One was a rather enigmatic headmistress. Appearing to be rather well-maintained for a woman of her advanced age – her facial features being the only hint to it – though unsurprisingly considering her social status, she was not often seen around the premises of the school nor the dorm. Yet that precise lack of presence meant that you would know her more terrifying aspects if you were to be too familiar with her too often, for she could decide of the educational fate of any one of her students.

For those with enough of an upstanding scholarship and behaviour to not require regular meetups with authority figures, however, they would know her at most as the grandmother warmly watching over the entire school who also happened to have a nephew most of the girls were familiar with.

The other one was a lot more (in)famous, however, for being the most terrifying out of the two dorm mistresses in Tokiwadai.

Students even outside Tokiwadai knew her and could describe her as a demon who would be present anywhere offences to the rules were committed. Rumours were uncertain on whether to settle as her being once part of the military, her being an experimental robot to replace human teachers, or simply a supernatural existence that none could defeat besides the elderly woman sitting near her.

That woman who could only inspire theories and speculations by the thousands slightly raised her head towards a wall clock.

“He should not take much longer to arrive.” The headmistress proclaimed as if sensing the thoughts of her “co-worker”, who merely nodded in agreement as she hoped yesterday's warning proved to be fruitful.


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Post  Misaka Mikoto on Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:19 pm

August 5th, 5:30 A.M, Tokiwadai Middle School's Dormitory.

It had been a truly rough night.

Not because she had been plagued with nightmares ot had found herself too anxious about any given problem to fall asleep. She hadn't remembered any sudden task she had forgotten to complete.

No, the source of her restlessness was simply that she had been so exhausted that her body had entered a weird trance of struggling to fall asleep and rest the more she consciously tried to do so. It made her realise that having a healthy sleep schedule that would facilitate productive rest was not something to undermine or take for granted, and for a brief moment she found herself feeling compassion for those with insomnia.

And the only reason she had been pulled out of that so hard-earned sleep was that Mikoto's alarm clock had gone off. It was ringing earlier than usual due to how much work would need to be done today for the dorm mistress to repeat her regular infractions, and so she had no choice but to reluctantly mash her phone's buttons to turn it off.

Sluggishly sitting straight on her bed after tearing the light blanket off her, she audibly yawned and stretch, suddenly realising that sun was starting to seep into the room.

“Kuroko, wake up. The dorm mistress is going to kill us if we sleep in today...” She called out in-between persistent yawns.

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Post  Kira Kohaku on Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:04 am


Unlike Mikoto, however, Shirai Kuroko had fallen deep into slumberland early on that night and slumberland had intended to keep her as she slept through the alarm that Mikoto had so diligently set up. Normally, it would be aberrant for a diligent, albeit somewhat reckless, Judgment member like her to let herself stay under the whims of Hypnos even after the designated time to be set free had passed. But all aberrations had some reason.

After all, exhaustion tends to work in wondrous and mysterious ways. Despite getting a fair amount of sleep from various reasons in the past 24 hours, she had finally found comfort on her own bed at a place she generally called a home.

It was almost excusable. Almost.

“But, Onee-sama. The whipped cream...”

In the end, she was merely being anchored a dream dyed in pink for longer than she was supposed to.

“Your Kuroko will eat it all up...Ehehehe.”

A single line of saliva flowed from her open mouth after those soft, yet audible utterances and landed on her pillow as she continued to sleep, blissfully unaware of her dear onee-sama’s obvious warning.
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