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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Atsa Tsinaajinii on Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:58 pm

If the shaman was in the wilderness he could’ve survived just fine collecting food and water for himself with ease. Unfortunately, he wasn't in the wilderness and would need to play by the rules for survival created by man not the rules of nature. To survive playing by humanity’s rules you needed money. As such performing a few tricks on the side was a small price to pay for a larger tip. He some neat tricks he could perform even without using actual magic so he wasn't really concerned about revealing his secret anymore than he already had.

“Sure, I can perform a couple of tricks for you and that friends of yours. Though I will be expecting that tip you promised after the show. I don't have enough money to do any free performance”

The boy laughed a little after saying the last part to make it seem as if he was making a small joke though in reality he was being brutally honest. In the next moment Atsa’s focus would shift from his own penniless state to the girl’s response to his question. It was truly an interesting response and she had grabbed his full attention. There was no sign of insincerity in her answer and it was easy to tell that Vita truly was fascinated by people. The shaman was seeing a whole new side of the empress he hadn't seen before. Maybe she wasn't an Anaye after all.

“People, huh? I have to agree that people are truly fascinating though I think your interest in them greatly outweighs my own. Though I guess that should’ve been obvious since you called yourself an empress. Anyone can sit on a throne but a good ruler is able to understand the feelings and thoughts of the people they govern”

Atsa himself wasn’t completely sure why he shared the last part of his statement and honestly felt foolish after saying it. Why was he giving the girl advice on something he knew nothing about? Where did he even get that line from? Why was he encouraging a girl who called herself the Empress of Rome, even though the Roman Empire died out long ago? At their point he wouldn't be surprised if the girl laughed at him after sharing that last line but after his work at the tavern it wasn't like he was ever going to see her again, right?

Ignoring all that though he was happy to see that the kitten had gone over the the adult cat. It seemed as if the kitten recognized the area and the adult cat as well. So was this where the kitten was originally but if it was how did it get out? He couldn't see any way the kitten could’ve escaped without help from an outside source. Before Atsa could continue down that train of thought his attention was grabbed by Vita’s new questions.

“As a performer I’m not really supposed to reveal the secrets behind my tricks but I can't really give you an explanation without doing that. So I guess I can make an exception this once”

Atsa had no intention of telling Vita that he had used actual magic to discover that Nikolas was allergic to cats. Instead he would just expose a different talent of his to cover the story

“Your interest is people so I am sure you realized if you pay close enough attention you can learn quite a bit about a person simply through their actions and how others act towards them. What must people don't realize is that the same thing can be said about animals”

The shaman would pause a moment before beginning his story. Hopefully the girl hadn't already concluded he was insane based on what he just said.

“For example, the reason I brought the kitten out here is because Nikolas is allergic to cats. I know this because of how his hounds reacted to the kitten when it emerged from the hedges. It's obvious that these hounds are very well trained just based on how they act and carry out their duties around the tavern. At the same time their training was definitely not done through fear since they have no problem around Nikolas or other people. So you can conclude that they don't fear Nikolas but have a high amount of respect for him and are incredibly loyal. Now since we already know they are highly trained there is no reason Dromas would be so unnecessarily aggressive to the kitten for no reason. As such I came to the conclusion that he must be defending his master. I highly doubt Nikolas has a phobia of cats so the better conclusion would be that he is allergic”

After that long explanation the whites haired had to pause to catch his breath before continuing. Yes, the boy had yet to finish his response to what had seemed like simply questions.

“I think you can tell now why I hid the kitten in my bag and kept it far away from Nikolas now, right? Now that I spoiled one of my tricks don't expect to give you the secrets to anymore. It would ruin the show you asked for”

Explaining all this to Vita remind Atsa of when his own father explained it to him. Before his father taught him magic he taught him how to look for signs in nature and in the actions of animals. The return of these memories brought about a nostalgic feeling in the boy but he shook it off since there was still work he had to do. Though something interesting seemed to be going on as Orias and the two other pups left without leaving much of an explanation. He calls? Was Nikolas calling all his hounds? But why? Reaching into the ley lines in the earth he focused his sensing on to the tavern.

Everyone was leaving simultaneously. It was incredibly strange. All the customers who had been in the tavern just moments before were leaving all at once and it didn't seem like they were leaving in a hurry. There slow pace disproved the idea that something bad was going on inside but then why was Nikolas calling his hounds back. Something was off about this whole situation and yet it felt so familiar.

A people clearing field?

The shaman’s interest was piqued and a curious light appeared in his eyes. If his guess was right, the tavern he chose for work just got much more interesting. Though if he was going to return to the tavern he was going to learn as much as possible in this garden about Nikolas before he returned. Starting with the green house.

“Now then, let's get a look at this garden shall we? I’m thinking looking at the greenhouse first”
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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Vita Vesta Caesar on Sat Apr 28, 2018 4:49 pm

“People, huh? I have to agree that people are truly fascinating though I think your interest in them greatly outweighs my own. Though I guess that should’ve been obvious since you called yourself an empress. Anyone can sit on a throne but a good ruler is able to understand the feelings and thoughts of the people they govern”

“Ah, indeed, indeed! That is so! To understand as much, you’re a bright one, aren’t you?”

‘Brighter than that bird of yours, at least’… Those words went unsaid, spoken in the voice of the heart only, but despite that quip the praise was genuine. The cat Atsa had set free was the last thing on her mind; even apart from its inferior cuteness, she held very little interest in why he had smuggled it in or its circumstances. It was Atsa himself that she was interested in. This coincidental meeting was an unexpected bonus in her ensorcellment of Nikolas, and she had every intent of making the most of it. And him bringing up such a thing of his own volition was a very positive sign, indeed.

It was only too bad that Atsa was so talented at crushing her good moods.

He’s not going to give up his secrets that easily, hm?

Agreeing so easily to the request and branding himself a performer likely meant that he was confident in his ability to pass himself off as one, should he not genuinely be one, or that his poker face was actually make better than he’d shown so far. And not being one to doubt her own abilities, Vita leaned toward the former of the two.

“I think you can tell now why I hid the kitten in my bag and kept it far away from Nikolas now, right? Now that I spoiled one of my tricks don't expect to give you the secrets to anymore. It would ruin the show you asked for”

And on top of that, he’d managed to worm his way out of explaining how he knew the dog’s name. While avoiding it like that did indeed deepen the possibility of his being a magician (though she was admittedly rather sure of it by this point, regardless), it still frustrated her to think that she’d been out maneuvered, even if only temporarily.

”That’s not even the good one, though. Cheapskate.”

Pouting, she responding in such a way as to make her displeasure clearly known, previous joy already dissipated. As she did so, however, she noticed the dogs leaving, and her gaze was drawn to the same location as Atsa. And so her pout deepened.

The signs were clear. With how people were leaving in mass at rapid speed, but without any indication of coordination, it could only be a people clearing field. Most likely set up by the owner of the tavern. The jig was up; the game over. Not only would it become immediately clear if Atsa was a magician or not, her own identity as such would be made clear as well. An incredible disappointment; Nikolas would have to be punished for this.

“Now then, let's get a look at this garden shall we? I’m thinking looking at the greenhouse first”

But for now, she would simply to make the most of the short time she had left before the truth became apparent, even if it were mere moments.

“Very well. Even without this place being as impressive as it is, if you’re to be an employee here, it only makes sense for you to learn the grounds.”

She finished her statement an open sigh of resignation and moved on towards the warehouse. Given the  timing, it could easily be misconstrued for disappointment over his not explaining the true mystery, but in truth she didn’t care much if he connected it with the field at this point.

Not willing to wait for Atsa to catch up if he dallied, she picked up the pace without turning back. Hopefully, their exploration would lead them to something to make up for this disappointing turn of events.
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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Saravati Nair on Fri May 04, 2018 6:46 pm

More than likely he was just going to give a stern talking to...either that or take her order. After all, despite it being a base for a member of Necessarius, it was a bar. There was no way that following his puppy into a restricted area would be a cause for punishment, right?

“Then again, there was the shattered picture frame.”

But, that was the puppy’s doing.

“There was also the people clearing field.”



Whatever the case, she had no real reason to fear as she made her way out of the bathroom after having finished washing her hands. Probably.

Putting any worrying thoughts behind her, she walked over to the bar and sat herself down on a barstool closest to where the kitchen entrance was. She just needed to wait for whatever absurd future may be thrown at her.

She could only hope she didn’t have to wait for too long.
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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Nikolas Remes on Tue May 08, 2018 12:24 am

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Nikolas had returned to the bar and placed something carefully under the bar. He looked at the girl with a stern expression before taking a cigarette out. It was clear from careful observation that his hand was trembling not from fear but from the lack of indulging in his craving. Done by merely putting the unlit cigarette in his mouth and pretending to smoke it. "It was about time for a smoking break, though now that everyone is gone the usual rules of society don't exactly apply." Nikolas said as the other hounds had all arrived, there they were even Theron and Argo together had encircled Sara's position.

"It's a lockdown so watch the perimeter. Orias remain with me along with Theron." Nikolas had ordered them who all went imminently to follow through as Argo dropped Theron towards Orias, the old dog kept the young one close and remained to lie on the floor while keeping the puppy under control. The others would spread out across the perimeter of the tavern's legal boundaries to keep an out for intruders.

It was at this moment that Nikolas had confronted Sara. "Look, since it's your first incident I'm not going to punish you. Just promise me you would get permission next time before you intrude where you don't belong." Nikolas decided to give her the benefit of doubt and revealed under the bar which he originally hid was some packaged sandwiches that Vita ordered for her and herself. Yet there was a notable lack of drink.

"So what are you having? I have more than just alcohol here and while I pour what you like why not tell me about yourself? Speak freely."

Atsa Tsinaajinii & Vita Vesta Caesar

The garden at first glance was average, for something that seemed like a personal project it didn't give off any strange vibe. Even having checked the Greenhouse, it had looked like any other, with potted plants for various vegetables. There were many strawberries, tomatoes, even some unique Eggplant, Cucumber and chilli pepper. Beneath the benches that held them up were tools and even a sack of fertiliser.

At the end was another door which was locked and barred entry to another section of the greenhouse. Looking through the door, you could see more plants. Some of them were exotic and not widely know, some looked like weeds to the untrained eye, and there were even wild mushrooms. One one of the counter was also a book which was hard to read, but it had some handwriting in it.

Looking further and out of the greenhouse revealed another secret area which even had a driveway for a Jeep.
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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Atsa Tsinaajinii on Thu May 10, 2018 1:02 am

Was she pouting? The shaman knew that he wasn't sharing the best of his tricks but he didn't think the girl was going to get upset because of it. He hoped that his explanation would’ve sated the girl’s curiosity or at least fascinated her but instead he was just met with disappointed. It seemed whatever he tried he just kept upsetting Vita in someway another even though he wasn't trying to.

Though why should he care? The girl had tried to get him put in a straitjacket. His anger at this should’ve smothered any feelings of pity or guilt towards Vita but the fires of his wrath had already gone out. While he still held a certain level of distrust to the empress for putting his sanity into question, he didn't have any desire for revenge. Put simply, Atsa just wasn't good at holding a grudge and watching the girl talk so passionately about people had disarmed him.

I guess she isn't an anaye after all

”Maybe I am being a bit of a cheapskate but as I said it is just to make sure it doesn't ruin the show”

Atsa hesitated and took a deep breath before continuing.

”However, since you’re an empress I’ll make an exception to the rule though there is a requirement. If you can beat me in a game of Ashbii to fifteen I’ll answer any five questions you have with complete honesty but if you lose I get to ask you five questions that you must answer truthfully. I’ll explain the rules of the game before we play but since I have a job to get back to the game will have to wait till later”

He doubted that the girl was going to like this compromised, especially since it involved a game she didn't know about, but at the very least it made it appear as if there was possibility she could get answers out of him. At the same time, it allowed him to begin taking his own initiative at revealing Vita’s identity. Up until this point he had just assumed she was just some eccentric young girl but after witnessing the activation of the clearing field an inkling of doubt began to form. It was possible that they were just outside the range of the field and that was why she wasn't affected but at the same time there was no way to guarantee that. Though her pout had seemingly seemed to increase as a reaction to the clearing field. Eccentricity was also something common in the magician population and claiming to be an Empress could definitely fall under the same category.

However, this was just a gut feeling. Atsa didn't have any real evidence that Vita was a magician so he would just push the idea to the back of the mind for now. If she gave him anymore reason to question he just needed her to agree to the rules of the game and he needed to win it. Before the shaman could continue his train of thought he found his thinking process interrupted.

“Very well. Even without this place being as impressive as it is, if you’re to be an employee here, it only makes sense for you to learn the grounds.”


In a moment Atsa would notice that the girl was already in her way to the greenhouse. It was pretty obvious she wasn't going to be waiting up for him but with Vita’s back turned he had been given the perfect opportunity. As the girl walked away he moved his hand up to his head and seemingly gave it a quick scratch, though in reality he was plugging a hair from his head. He slowly began moving to catch up to the girl but as he did so he slowly moved one of his hands towards one of his eagle’s legs and covertly tied his hair to it. It only took the shaman a quick glance to his bird to communicate what it's new mission was.

In a instant the bird took off from the shaman’s shoulder and headed back towards the tavern. While the white haired boy reached into his backpack and pulled out a single feather he had collected from his eagle in advance. In a quick motion he would put this new feather among the other two on his head and increase his pace to catch up with the girl.

”Hey! Wait for me!”

It didn't take long for them to get the the greenhouse and get inside. Though the appearance of the first room was thoroughly disappointing. However, it did remind the shaman that he still hadn't eaten yet. He could feel his stomach begin to rumbled as it prepared to let at another roar but the moment his gaze fell upon the door in the back that was locked and barred. In what seemed like an instant the shaman was at the door peeking through the window he got a glimpse of the far more interesting plants inside.

”Fascinating…”

The white haired boy turned back to look at Vita and his eyes were glowing with excited. It was almost as if he was a child who had just caught sight of their presents on Christmas morning. The hunger that had previously been plaguing him had been completely drowned by a deluge of curiosity.

”Do you happen to have any idea how we could get in here?”

As the shaman gave into his curiosity at the greenhouse his eagle dutiful carried out its duty and flew over the the tavern. With a quick motion it flew down to the front door of the tavern and pecking at it hoping to gain the attention of someone inside.
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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Saravati Nair on Sat May 19, 2018 8:24 am

Despite the fact that Sara had been let off the hook for her little breaking and entering stint earlier, there was still something she needed to do.

“I do apologize for that.” She said with a solemn expression on her face before switching to a more jovial mask. “I’ll try and be more wary of that next time. Though I’ll pull the little puppy back before he stumbles into a restricted area next time he crashes,” she said, pointing her thumb at the, seemingly, always energetic little one.

With that out of the way, Sara took in the torrent of questions that Nikolas had asked. For the time being, there were a lot to answer. For now, she only needed to answer the minimum necessary. Any conversation could flow out of that.

“Honestly, I’m just here because Vita invited me along. I just wanted to see the sights. As for what I’ll have…” The girl pondered as she lifted her hand to her chin. “Maybe I’ll have a...no. What about...no.”

Truly, the girl must have been fickle as her preferences were changing every other second.

“I guess I’ll have some sweet tea and as for food...do you have anything without meat, seafood, or eggs?” The girl really didn’t have a chance to look at the menu so instead, she asked for the chef’s recommendations. She was an adventurous one after all.

“Actually, now that I think about it. Where did Vita end up going? And the bird guy?”
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