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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Saravati Nair on Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:27 am

“I can cook somewhat.” It was a quick declaration but she was hardly a slouch when it came to cooking. Sara specialized in her own ethnic dishes but she was fully capable of cooking and preparing simple meals. “Ah, but I can’t really handle meat so cooking any meat dishes would be a no-no.”

Cooking probably was not the best option, so she placed her finger on her chin as she tried to list through any relevant skills she had. Unfortunately, that meant knitting and goldsmithing were completely out of the picture as far as useful skills went.

She was a bit peeved that Nikolas knocked on her conversation skills as she did fancy herself to be pretty good in terms of social interaction despite her background. She may have had no real need to prove herself, but she could feel a small part of herself nagging and shouting out “I’ll show him!”

She was perfectly capable of exercising proper social graces.

“I can clean decently enough and act as a waitress. Preferably the latter.”

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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Nikolas Remes on Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:40 am

"Prove it." Nikolas spoke in response to both of them and stood up from where he sat while walking towards one of the many tables. Seeing their master moved had stirred the hounds that were still nearby. Orias had taken Theron near to where she often lays towards the entrance though still in eyesight. Leon had emerged from the outside while sitting near the back patio doors and Argo seemed to have followed Nikolas.  

It was simple and like just throwing someone in the deep end, the bartender truly wanted to see how they would react on the spot. "You work here as a team. Be respectful, be observant and give each customer your full attention. Follow these guidelines and you will do well." Nikolas spoke attempting to explain the gist of how things work.

So basically, take the customers orders and then bring them to Atsa who would be acting as the bartender in this scenario. Normally the bartender would pass it onto the kitchen staff, so in this case just bring them back to me Atsa. Saravati, take the pen and paper and use that to take the customers order and let's see how you go. "

It was a simple challenge, the bartender wanted to see how they actually work. Though there was more to it than just taking orders. Nikolas would be watching carefully on how they react and approach the situation once they rise to the challenge.

"Start when you're ready." Nikolas spoke while pointing towards the direction of the menus currently sitting in a pile and the notepad on the bar.
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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Saravati Nair on Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:22 pm

“Aye aye, sir~” With the enthusiasm of a cheerleader ready to run out into the field, she saluted her new (temporary) boss and affirmed her readiness with a quick salute before picking up the pen and paper she had been directed towards.

With a deep breath, she walked up to where the bartender had taken his seat carried the menu. Without a single hint of hesitation, she stopped in front of the table and gave a big smile befitting of the infamous mantra ‘service with a smile’.

“Welcome, sir,” she said, maintaining that upbeat attitude without a single drop in the rhythm.

“What can I do for you today?”

In retrospect, a bar may not have been the best place for such an upbeat performance, but live and learn.
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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Nikolas Remes on Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:51 am

It was a simple approach and it did feel like she already had some experience. As someone who most likely has the most by being the tavern owner; Nikolas could easily tell she was trying the service with a smile method and while it's normally the correct approach it was far too obvious.

"Well.. menu?"Nikolas mentioned who cut it short since there was no point in actually going further there. Normally the impressions are done upon first interaction and that is what cements the relationship between the waitress and the customers in that instance.

She made a mistake already.

"There is no point actually taking the order when you don't have the menus. I mean how I'm supposed to tell you? Already as a customer, there are doubts about the service here. However, I'm not going to judge you harshly since this was the first time. Just keep it in mind to take a menu from the pile that was right next to the pen and notepad on the bar. If you forget—mention the special offers. Normally it would be the most ordered items of the day like—Pint of larger for just two euros or we doing Sunday roasts. So when you make a mistake try and cover it. You got to think proactively and react to the ever-changing demands that customers bring. Also, the smile is good, but you may be overselling it."Nikolas tried to give feedback, but it been so long since he had to train someone this was a refreshing experience.

Thinking this he would turn towards Atsa who was waiting near the bar.

"Why don't you give this Waiter thing a go? You may need to assist depending on the amount customers."
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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Saravati Nair on Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:32 am

Yikes. He’s quite the critic.

Were she a weaker girl, she would have found the berating she had received to be quite disheartening. But, it was plenty evident that learning from screw-ups would eventually lead to eventual deftness. Her eyes drifted towards the menus that she had neglected and she frowned, albeit slightly.

In the end, mistakes were mistakes. She would simply remember it for the next time and try again. That’s all it boiled down to in the end.

Before Nikolas turned his attention to Atsa, she gave a quick ‘aye, sir’ before putting the notepad and pen back where she had picked it up from. She had to give some acknowledgment that she had listened through his criticism, after all.

As the attention had finally been turned away from her, Sara leaned against a wall and took a breather. As her thoughts cleared, the image of a face had popped into her head. It left a warm and fuzzy feeling. After all, she personally kicked in that head. That feeling was called sympathetic nervous response.

I hope she’s alright.

Sara took a quick step towards the door.

Well, maybe I should check on her.

She took another quick step.

Just in case.

As furtively as possible, she slipped out of the venue and climbed up the stairs, subsequently searching around until she found the room with sleeping Vita.

Seeing Vita in a peaceful sleep, Sara could almost call her adorable. It was hard to believe that she was the one breaking into people’s private greenhouses not even a few minutes ago. She just needed to remember to apologize after she wok—

Wait...what’s that smell?

Due to the stillness of the room, a strange, almost alien smell began to waft into her nose. She hadn’t sensed it at first, but it had likely been diffusing throughout the room for a while. Her mind focused as she tried to trace the source of the scent and it led closer and closer to Vita’s face.

Fearing the worst, she waved her hands right above the sleeping girl’s face to make sure.

She’s been drugged in her sleep!

But who could have done this? What dastardly fiend could have put such a young, defenseless girl out like this and possibly ravish her?

Moreover, where was this fiend right this instant.

Sara put on her figurative detective’s cap and readied her ‘I’m motivated’ face. It was time for this young magical detective to get to work!
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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Atsa Tsinaajinii on Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:13 am

A waiter? Was Nikolas really considering using him as a waiter? The shaman had spent the majority of his time here simply trying to undo the bad impression he had made. He hadn't even managed to convince the girl in the upstairs room that he wasn't insane. How was he expected to deal with customers in a fashion that could be considered normal? He was followed around by an eagle and he looked far more like an explorer of sorts than a waiter. The only thing Atsa really had going for him in the situation was his amiable nature and the fact that Sara had gone first.

"Sure! I'll give it a try."

Despite the shaman's lack of experience he still accept the request with a smile on his face and a similar level of enthusiasm to his coworker that had gone before him. All he had to do was smile, get Nikolas' order, and make sure not to make the same mistakes that Sara had made. Atsa had flinched when the tavern owner had criticized his new coworker's performance but if there was any benefit it was that he could try learning from those mistakes.

Before heading over to take Nikolas order the shaman made sure to collect the pen, notepad, and a menu. Just as Sara had done before him he approached Nikolas with a smile on his face and spoke in the most welcoming and friendly tone he could muster. The smiling and the welcoming tone came natural to the shaman even if the idea of being a waiter did not.

"Welcome to Ye Olde,"

Atsa placed the menu on the counter in front of Nikolas. While he had no idea if he was doing well or not at least he had taken care of the menu. Now then all that seemed to remain was getting the bar owner's order. However, for a moment the shaman found himself distracted as he watched Sara leave the bar area and start heading over to another place in the building. He had to wonder where she was going? Yet before he could put anymore thought into the matter he realized that he still needed to finish his job as a waiter.

"How can I help you today?"
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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Nikolas Remes on Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:12 am

You can never be so certain of one's ability until you at least try. For someone who said they would be far better at cooking rather than being a waiter, they seemed to have done a pretty good job at the former. Either way, Nikolas had thought it was good that he could multitask, it would help the overall efficiency of the service provided to the customers later on.

"You did a good job." Nikolas simply said having not noticed that Sara had already gone. Atsa clearly had listened and learned from watching Sara's performance which was good. It didn't mean she had don't it bad, though she did forget a vital part in serving a customer in this sort of industry. You know by not providing the menu for people to order from so they can spend their hard earned money. It was a minor grip in his eyes since if the customers were more forgiving he wouldn't really care, but in these days people are likely to take the first excuse possible to make a complaint.

And for an establishment like his own, it survives mainly on reviews.

Though the truth behind this place wasn't going to be simply tanked by a few bad reviews.

However, the numerous hounds in their presence raising their head would spell a sudden turn as something outside had stumbled against the bins outside.


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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Vita Vesta Caesar on Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:31 am



"Ugh..."

As the proprietor and self-proclaimed magician playacted and Saravati discovered the treachery that had been perpetrated against the empress, unbeknownst to all, a new player entered the stage. She wore a pair of overalls, but didn't seem to have anything on underneath them. She had skin the color of bronze and her ochre-colored eyes were framed by red glasses.

Face flushed and gait uneven, the source of her suffering was more or less clear. Alcohol was said by some to be both source of and solution to all of life's problems, but it was clear that in this particular instance it was playing the former role. Being normally poor with the substance, the girl practiced abstinence as a rule, but while visiting some acquaintances of hers in town, things had gotten out of hand and she had accidentally drank someone else's glass.

From there, one thing led to another, a series of events more like a downhill spiral than a chain that she more than likely wouldn't remember anything about come the next day. But for now, there were only three things on her mind. They were nothing complicated.

Water for her head. Food for her stomach. And a bed to sleep it all off in.

In her search for the aforementioned, she had found the perfect place for an out-of-towner like herself to procure it at all: namely, Nikolas' inn. Theoretically, there shouldn't have been any problems now that she had found her way to her destination. She would simply hand over whatever money she had on hand, drink some water, eat some food, and find her way to a bed.

But unfortunately for Nikolas and his guests, she was drunk. Drunk nearly to the point of incoherency.

And as such, the Dvergr who went by the name of Marian Slingeneyer raised a golden saw and soundlessly entered the building not through any door or even by breaking through a window, but by rearranging the outside wall of the building such to allow her entrance. Far from out of place, the additional entrance blended into the building as if at had always been there. Even if assisted by magic, it was an astounding display of carpentry by any measure.

...The skill of the Dvergr was such that such a result could be achieved without even thinking, even while dead drunk.

It was thus that the remodeling began.
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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Nikolas Remes on Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:15 am

Chapter 2
Fixer Upper

The bartender had great pride in his establishment. It was the result of hard work and achievement that he created a sanctuary like this one. Though it was only an outpost for the Anglican church and weren't even a vital hub for them on the continent. Which was fine, since it avoided too much attention. However, things can happen just as randomly as the face of the customer that enters through the door.

At least, in this case, a newly existing door as the intruder with brown skin and braided silver hair had found her way into the kitchen. The perfectly organised hub for food creation had been disturbed by the sudden inclusion of another door. It appeared right behind one of the many counters were food would be prepared on and acted as a low barrier for the new intruder though there was no doubt that would no longer be the case eventually.

The first ones to react to this intruder had been one Dromas the Thunder Lord who was outside of the building and raised the alarm with his thunderous bark while Cronus had snuck into the kitchen from the other side growling. Normally the hounds wouldn't be aggressive to anyone if they entered through the front door.

Emerging through the building elsewhere though often results in aggression.

Dromas' bark was loud and immediately could be heard by everyone in the tavern.

"What now?" Nikolas reacted as he stood up along with the other hounds in the room reacting by their ears perking in response.

They all seemed to be gazing in the direction of the kitchen.

Theron though had seemingly vanished from everyone's gaze.

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The room was one of the many guest rooms that people could rent for the night or for how long they require. A single bed that was in the middle of the back wall and with wardrobe and bedside cabinet on either side. It also had its own fireplace fixture and additional lightning across the room and a bin near the door. It only had one window with blackout curtains and it overlooked the back with the greenhouse.

It was perfectly kept and homely though Vita's sleeping body at first seems the most out of place. She seemed to be gently placed on the bed, though the dirt and dust from being kicked through the greenhouse remained on her person. This indicated no attempt to even undress Vita to keep up with the cleanliness of the room.

Nikolas probably had weighed the wrath of the caretaker against the accusations of being a perv and found it was easier to deal with the former.

The room could always be cleaned again.

On closer inspection, there were small pieces of glass like dust on her body and over the bed around Vita. There wasn't much to tell, though the smell she had detected which gave fears of a drug now gave off a potent smell which became even more noticeable as she remained longer.

It gave a strong ethanol or perhaps barley smell? Both?

Either way, the detective mage would be disturbed by the sudden sound of Dromas' thunderous bark.
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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Atsa Tsinaajinii on Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:57 am

"Well that can't be good."

A sudden uproar began in the tavern as Atsa heard Dromas suddenly raise his voice with an aggressive bark. If he Shaman had tried focusing on what the dogs were saying he probably could've used his magic to hear exactly what was going on. However, given the situation and everything else that had happened to him today he felt fairly certain he knew what was happening. After all he highly doubted these hounds were the type to overreact to something small and insignificant.

It was also especially unnerving that as far as the shaman could tell the people clearance field has never been taken down meaning that whatever had spooked to dog's so much was probably a magician. Could his day possibly get any more troublesome? Was being robbed and accused of insanity not enough for the universe? Regardless with the way things were going today he doubted there was any chance he was going to escape whatever was behind that door simply by running.

With that logic in mind the shaman rose to his feet, moved over to his backpack, and pulled out what seemed to just be an ordinary white fur scarf. After quickly wrapping the scarf loosely around his neck he looked back at the bar owner. If they were going to go deal with this problem they might as well deal with it now instead of giving the intruder anymore time to prepare after all.

"Guess its time to go find out what all the commotion is about"

Despite the fact that Atsa said this with a light smile across his face it would be painfully clear from the rest of his body language that this day was exhausting him to no end. At this point it was going to take a lot from anything on the other side of that door to surprise him. Atleast that was what he thought going in but as always the odds didn't seem to be in his favor. Without waiting for Nikolas, the shaman moved towards the door of the kitchen and pushed it open.

A bronze skinned girl wearing a pair of overalls and wielding a golden saw was what came into Atsa's sight as he opened the door. While the shaman didn't remember ever seeing an entrance that connected the kitchen to the outside of the tavern the new door even though its strangely seemed to blend in so well. While he doubted the door had been there originally he had bigger issues to deal with. Such as why the girl had broken in and not getting cut to pieces by her saw, whether it was a spiritual item or not.

"Ummm, do you need help with anything?"
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