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Oran Mini - Gifts For Small Girls

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  1. [04:30:31] * Barkeep rushes into the Inn and looks around for Neph
  2. [04:30:51] * @Nephene is simply wiping down steins.
  3. [04:31:46] * Barkeep puts the Dialga down on the counter for a second and rushes up to hug Nephene.
  4. [04:32:07] <@Nephene> "Oh, thank Arceus. Where have you been?"
  5. [04:32:11] <@Nephene> "I've been worried sick."
  6. [04:32:30] <Barkeep> "I..."
  7. [04:32:38] <Barkeep> "We got chased by a giant swarm of angry beautifly."
  8. [04:33:09] <Barkeep> "And I thought I was going to die." :<
  9. [04:33:15] <Barkeep> "And then we went and hid in this tower."
  10. [04:33:23] * @Nephene is having trouble picturing an angry Beautifly, honesly.
  11. [04:33:34] <Barkeep> (read the pokedex entry)
  12. [04:33:37] <Barkeep> (fuckers are vicious)
  13. [04:33:49] <Barkeep> "And then we started finding skeletons..."
  14. [04:33:54] <Barkeep> "ANd this creepy fog..."
  15. [04:34:15] <Barkeep> "And time and space started messing up and there was... horrible things... just everywhere."
  16. [04:34:30] <@Nephene> "Shh, one thing at a time."
  17. [04:34:30] <Barkeep> "I... kept seeing Raven get murdered."
  18. [04:34:31] <@Nephene> "Breathe."
  19. [04:34:50] <Barkeep> "That thing I do... where I can see things that happened..."
  20. [04:35:03] <Barkeep> "I kept seeing it. And we found a corpse that was wearing her clothes..."
  21. [04:35:51] <@Nephene> "You lost me at the tower business."
  22. [04:36:09] * Barkeep takes a deep breath.
  23. [04:36:26] <@Nephene> "You went to some creepy tower that....was fogged up and made all sorts of creepy projections? Something like that?"
  24. [04:36:30] * @Nephene is honestly trying to understand.
  25. [04:36:31] <Barkeep> "Kind of."
  26. [04:36:40] <Barkeep> "They weren't... illusions."
  27. [04:36:57] <Barkeep> "But we kept finding Raven's corpse..."
  28. [04:37:05] <Barkeep> "And when I looked back... I saw myself murdering her."
  29. [04:37:06] <@Nephene> "....but Raven's fine, right?"
  30. [04:37:09] <Barkeep> "She is."
  31. [04:37:12] <Barkeep> "Raven's fine."
  32. [04:37:24] <@Nephene> "So it had to be an illusion. Or not real, somehow. She's fine."
  33. [04:37:25] <Barkeep> "It... had something to do with time being messed with."
  34. [04:37:33] <Barkeep> "It was different."
  35. [04:37:47] <Barkeep> "We went to the basement, and we found this ditto in a jar."
  36. [04:37:57] <Barkeep> "It said it was a priestess of urashemosomething or other..."
  37. [04:38:20] <Barkeep> "And that it was going to take over the world or something. And then a gengar showed up that belonged to Raven's Grandfather."
  38. [04:38:30] <Barkeep> "And then... Ricki fed the damn ditto to his dog."
  39. [04:38:51] <@Nephene> "....."
  40. [04:38:54] <Barkeep> "That idiot could have killed his dog. Hell, his dog is now being possessed by that priestess thing."
  41. [04:39:00] <@Nephene> "Okay. That's....pretty surreal."
  42. [04:39:19] <Barkeep> "It's wrong to hit a retarded person, right?"
  43. [04:39:27] <Barkeep> "Please tell me it's wrong so that I won't have to do it."
  44. [04:39:40] <@Nephene> "-Very- broadly speaking, it's wrong to hit people."
  45. [04:39:54] <Barkeep> "Is it wrong to hit him? Now?"
  46. [04:40:10] <@Nephene> This briefly makes her wonder why she chose to be good at it, then.
  47. [04:40:44] <@Nephene> "I....don't really know. Honestly, I'm having a little trouble keeping up, here."
  48. [04:41:05] <@Nephene> "Try talking about something else for now. Who's this guy?"
  49. [04:41:11] * @Nephene motions to the Dialga.
  50. [04:41:20] <Barkeep> "Oh."
  51. [04:41:35] <Barkeep> "Well... that priestess thing was using... uh, this little guy and a pink little guy to cause all that trouble."
  52. [04:41:57] <Barkeep> "Something about taking over the world by manipulating time and space... I think. I'm kind of frazzled right now..."
  53. [04:42:04] <@Nephene> "Are you hungry?"
  54. [04:42:10] <Barkeep> "Starving."
  55. [04:42:30] <Barkeep> "Anyway... this little guy decided he liked me."
  56. [04:42:31] <@Nephene> "Want me to make your favorite omelet, then?"
  57. [04:42:41] <Barkeep> "Yes, please, Sis."
  58. [04:42:59] <Barkeep> "So he came with me. I'm still thinking of his name."
  59. [04:44:02] <@Nephene> "....so this little one manipulates time and space somehow?"
  60. [04:45:13] <Barkeep> "Something like that."
  61. [04:45:34] <@Nephene> "Are you sure it's wise to keep it around, then?"
  62. [04:46:03] * @Nephene cracks a couple of eggs, and drops them into a skillet.
  63. [04:46:11] <Barkeep> "No more foolish than keeping that dog around."
  64. [04:46:38] <@Nephene> "...I think I should talk to Raven tomorrow."
  65. [04:47:23] <@Nephene> "Try to piece together what went on."
  66. [04:47:26] <@Nephene> "Who was with you?"
  67. [04:48:12] <Barkeep> "Raven... Ricki... Henry, and this new guy in town, Canute."
  68. [04:48:19] <Barkeep> "He's setting up an apothecary."
  69. [04:48:44] <@Nephene> She cooks the usual additions on the side - chicken and peppers. She eventually sprinkles on a bit of cheddar cheese.
  70. [04:49:20] <@Nephene> "Canute, hm..."
  71. [04:49:26] <@Nephene> "Did he come back with the rest of you?"
  72. [04:49:43] <Barkeep> "He stayed at that tower I think..."
  73. [04:49:54] <@Nephene> "Why?"
  74. [04:50:03] <Barkeep> "Oh, that ghost, Vodun, gave it to him."
  75. [04:50:22] <@Nephene> "Gave what, now?"
  76. [04:50:38] <Barkeep> "The tower."
  77. [04:51:45] <@Nephene> "Huh. Where is this tower, then?"
  78. [04:52:00] <@Nephene> "If such weird things are going on in it, I'm not sure if it's such a good idea to stay there...."
  79. [04:53:50] <Barkeep> "Well, the thing that was causing them was the two baby dragon things and that ditto."
  80. [04:54:02] <Barkeep> "And the ditto is in that dog, which doesn't seem to be allowing it to do much."
  81. [04:55:19] <@Nephene> "I don't know what we can do about the dog...."
  82. [04:56:38] <Barkeep> "I don't know either. I think Raven is going to talk with Balthazar about it."
  83. [04:56:47] <Barkeep> "Oh! I have a date with her."
  84. [04:56:58] <@Nephene> She folds the finished omelet over, and slides it onto a plate.
  85. [04:57:02] <@Nephene> "With Raven?"
  86. [04:57:09] <@Nephene> "I didn't know you liked her."
  87. [04:57:15] <@Nephene> "Or older women, for that matter."
  88. [04:57:17] * Barkeep digs into the Omelet
  89. [04:57:21] <Barkeep> "Mmf."
  90. [04:57:26] <Barkeep> "She's not old, Neph."
  91. [04:57:28] * @Nephene reaches under the counter to get a bottle of ketchup.
  92. [04:57:35] <@Nephene> "She's as old as I am."
  93. [04:57:43] <Barkeep> "You're not old either."
  94. [04:57:51] <@Nephene> "Mmm."
  95. [04:57:56] * Barkeep smiles.
  96. [04:58:22] <Barkeep> "And she's cute. And... I feel like I can trust her."
  97. [04:58:28] <Barkeep> "It's hard to explain how it feels..."
  98. [04:58:51] <@Nephene> "Well, she's reliable as long as she's not completely drunk."
  99. [04:59:07] <Barkeep> "Haha, yeah..."
  100. [04:59:13] <@Nephene> "Which is good, because you should know better than anyone when to cut someone off."
  101. [05:00:16] <Barkeep> "She's not just reliable though."
  102. [05:00:50] <Barkeep> "I feel like..."
  103. [05:00:54] <Barkeep> "I mean... you know me."
  104. [05:01:01] <Barkeep> "I have trouble kind of... opening up to people."
  105. [05:01:21] <@Nephene> "Of course I do. I'm pretty sure I have a few embarassing stories I can tell the next time I see her, too."
  106. [05:01:48] <Barkeep> "What? That's mean..." :<
  107. [05:02:18] <@Nephene> "I'm kidding. I won't tell her."
  108. [05:02:19] <@Nephene> "..."
  109. [05:02:21] <@Nephene> "Yet."
  110. [05:02:30] <@Nephene> "Really, though."
  111. [05:02:36] <@Nephene> "You asked her out, right?"
  112. [05:02:45] <Barkeep> "Yeah, I asked her to dinner."
  113. [05:02:58] <Barkeep> "And... when I thought I was going to die, I said I thought she was cute earlier."
  114. [05:03:02] <@Nephene> "And she said yes? I'm sure Flynn's willing to help you out."
  115. [05:03:14] <Barkeep> "But... anyway, I don't know. I feel just kind of... I feel okay around her. I don't feel like... I'd mind if she got to know me."
  116. [05:03:31] <Barkeep> "Man, it's really hard to describe how it feels."
  117. [05:03:33] <@Nephene> "No harm in trying, then."
  118. [05:03:43] <Barkeep> "I like her. That's a simple way to put it."
  119. [05:04:00] * Barkeep omnoms omlette. "Mmm... this hits the spot so good."
  120. [05:04:00] <@Nephene> "I'll see if I can help, then."
  121. [05:04:14] <@Nephene> "Maybe go for a girl's night out, and she what she likes."
  122. [05:04:19] <Barkeep> "And uh, do you mind giving me a bit of a massage?"
  123. [05:04:34] <Barkeep> "I really wore myself out during all that..."
  124. [05:04:45] * @Nephene smiles. "Sure."
  125. [05:04:56] <@Nephene> "Feeling any better, though?"
  126. [05:05:02] <Barkeep> "A bit, yeah."
  127. [05:05:06] <Barkeep> "I'm glad I'm okay."
  128. [05:05:20] <@Nephene> "-I'm- glad you're okay. Just be careful."
  129. [05:05:21] <Barkeep> "I really... I really was worried I was going to die. I felt scared."
  130. [05:05:54] <Barkeep> "It made me wish you were there to protect me."
  131. [05:06:27] <@Nephene> "I can't always be there, but if I'm near, you know you can always ask me for help."
  132. [05:06:38] <Barkeep> "Mmhm, I know. Thanks, Sis."
  133. [05:06:40] <@Nephene> "But really...I know you can take care of yourself when it comes down to it."
  134. [05:07:04] <@Nephene> "There aren't many things worse than a rowdy drunk customer, after all."
  135. [05:07:11] * Barkeep smiles, "I'm glad you're confident in me."
  136. [05:07:11] <@Nephene> "If you can handle that, you can handle almost anything."
  137. [05:07:35] <@Nephene> "Parlor's ready anytime."
  138. [05:08:04] <Barkeep> "Great, lemme just finish this up..."
  139. [05:08:21] <@Nephene> Amon clears off the rest of the tables as Neph goes into the parlor to prepare everything.
  140. [05:08:44] <@Nephene> The Lucario stares at the miniature Dialga for a while, troubled.
  141. [05:09:02] * Barkeep lets out Marcel. "Marcel, run the bar while I'm doing this."
  142. [05:09:54] <Barkeep> Marcel starts doing his impression of the barkeep, hanging around and polishing glasses, nodding at customers.
  143. [05:11:20] <@Nephene> The massage is her usual one - centered on the shoulders, and working outward - first to the lower back, then to each arm, all the way to the fingertips.
  144. [05:11:43] <Barkeep> "I'm glad to be back here with you..."
  145. [05:12:01] <@Nephene> As something new, though, she also gently massages her brother's feet - presumably, he's also done a lot of running.
  146. [05:12:09] <@Nephene> "Likewise."
  147. [05:12:19] <@Nephene> "What to do about your girl troubles, though..."
  148. [05:12:47] <Barkeep> "Haha, I don't know... I've never really had a girl before."
  149. [05:13:29] <Barkeep> "Boy... when I thought she died... I freaked out. I thought I was gonna go crazy in that tower. But hey, I got a date out of it, and a new little pal."
  150. [05:13:50] <@Nephene> "Be careful with that one. If it's as powerful as you say, well...."
  151. [05:15:03] <@Nephene> "Until I can talk to Raven, the best advice I can give is to talk to Flynn."
  152. [05:15:06] <Barkeep> "Don't worry, I'll take good care of him."
  153. [05:15:18] <Barkeep> "Right. I'll see if he can help arrange something."
  154. [05:15:26] <@Nephene> "That should do it, in any case."
  155. [05:15:45] <Barkeep> "Mmhm."
  156. [05:15:47] * @Nephene washes her hands.
  157. [05:15:51] <@Nephene> "Going to bed?"
  158. [05:16:04] <Barkeep> "I think we might just start a little slow. Just some dinner at first, maybe get coffee..."
  159. [05:16:19] <Barkeep> "Yeah, I think I do need some rest. Raven said she was gonna take a nap too."
  160. [05:16:45] <Barkeep> "Wake me up before too long. She said she was heading back for a drink and I promised I'd be there for her."
  161. [05:16:54] <@Nephene> "Got it."
  162. [05:17:04] <Barkeep> "Thanks sis."
  163. [05:17:16] <@Nephene> "No problem. Let me know if you need anything."
  164. [05:17:26] * Barkeep picks up his dialga buddy and heads upstairs. "I will. You're the best, Sis."
  165. [05:17:56] * @Nephene sighs. Even her brother was having better luck than she was.
  166. [05:18:18] <@Nephene> As she returns to the counter, she scribbles a few cryptic notes on the notepad.
  167. [05:18:26] <Barkeep> (:3c)
  168. [05:19:10] <Arawn> As Barkeep's on his way out, Arawn's on his way in; plopping down into a seat.  He looks particularly miserable, spreading out some notes and seemingly indiscipherable scribblings with bandaged hands, looking rather pained in doing so for that matter.
  169. [05:19:29] <@Nephene> "Something the matter?"
  170. [05:20:14] <@Nephene> "Well, besides the obvious pains, I mean."
  171. [05:20:39] <Arawn> "...Lots of things." Well that's a good start.  Arawn looks up at her with a grumble, tapping a finger against the bar on instinct to prove a point - and wincing.  "Where's the Barkeep tonight?"
  172. [05:20:50] <@Nephene> "Taking a nap. He's had a long day."
  173. [05:21:11] <@Nephene> "I can get you whatever's on tap, or the simpler mixed drinks if you'd like."
  174. [05:21:17] <Damien|ZZZ> Marcel the Mr. Mime is taking his place.
  175. [05:21:39] <Damien|ZZZ> He's watched barkeep enough to mimic his drink-making
  176. [05:21:40] <@Nephene> "Or he'll handle it." Neph didn't see Marcel there! She pats the Mr. Mime on the head.
  177. [05:21:54] <Arawn> "...You sure you and the mime can... oh it'll have to do," he grumbles, ordering himself something sweet and virgin like usual.
  178. [05:22:09] <@Nephene> "He can do it."
  179. [05:22:22] <@Nephene> "Had a few Blood Cherrims from him."
  180. [05:23:38] <@Nephene> "Will you be okay with that?"
  181. [05:23:44] <Arawn> "Well, I should hope he can, if he plans to run a bar.  A Shiftry Temple, I guess."
  182. [05:23:51] <@Nephene> "Sure thing."
  183. [05:24:10] <@Nephene> "Anything else I can get you in the meantime?"
  184. [05:24:26] <@Nephene> "I've been practicing with the curry, but I won't ask for another taste test just yet."
  185. [05:24:46] <Arawn> He grumbles a little, looking down at the designs; them almost as an afterthought responds to that.  "Pasta.  I don't particularly want to be burned in more places than I already am, thank you."
  186. [05:25:06] <@Nephene> "Spaghetti okay?"
  187. [05:25:53] <Arawn> "Sure.  I don't think you can screw up Spaghetti."
  188. [05:26:06] <@Nephene> "That or alfredo."
  189. [05:26:13] <@Nephene> "I'm not a total failure as a cook."
  190. [05:27:13] <Arawn> "I know, I know," he's picked up a pencil from a pocket and is scribbling something; but he gives out halfway through whatever it is and taps the pencil against the paper uselessly after a bit.
  191. [05:27:49] <@Nephene> She looks over her shoulder as she's preparing the dish. "Burned?"
  192. [05:28:35] <Arawn> "..Field testing revealed an unexpected flaw in an otherwise exceptional armor."
  193. [05:29:15] <@Nephene> "Well, fire proves gold....and painful."
  194. [05:30:40] <@Nephene> "Maybe I can help?"
  195. [05:31:13] <Arawn> "Not really.  I know what needs to be done to fix it up for sale; but..." he stares down at his current design, and looks up as Neph's busy cooking.  "Right, you're a woman.  Maybe you can help."
  196. [05:31:30] <@Nephene> "Uh?"
  197. [05:32:16] <Arawn> "There's a new girl in town.  She's related to the medic and Ced.  I think her name's Lowly or something.  You met her?"
  198. [05:32:26] <@Nephene> "I haven't."
  199. [05:32:30] <@Nephene> "What about her?"
  200. [05:33:09] <Arawn> "...I kind of owe her one, considering she secured me a particularly valuable tool."
  201. [05:33:23] <@Nephene> "Mmm."
  202. [05:33:30] <@Nephene> "And you want suggestions?"
  203. [05:34:57] <Arawn> "...Something like that.  She's not a fighter, so I wanted to make her something more decorative."  And then there's a long sigh, and Arawn doesn't sound too happy with what he says next, sipping on his drink before he does.  "I know what I'd wear, but I've never been a girl in her early teens."
  204. [05:35:14] <@Nephene> "Well, we're individuals."
  205. [05:35:22] <@Nephene> "And I simply don't know her all that well."
  206. [05:35:29] <@Nephene> "First time I've heard of her, really."
  207. [05:35:41] <@Nephene> "Find out what she does or what she likes."
  208. [05:35:56] <@Nephene> "Nothing wrong with just -asking-, either."
  209. [05:36:12] <@Nephene> "If you feel you owe her a favor, just do that."
  210. [05:36:14] <Arawn> "...You have any idea how creepy that'd be for a guy my age to go up to a little girl and ask her what kind of clothes she likes?"
  211. [05:36:23] <Arawn> "She's like half my age maybe."
  212. [05:36:34] <@Nephene> "Are you really set on giving her clothes?"
  213. [05:37:11] <Arawn> "...Or something.  A charm or -something-.  I don't do purely decorative."
  214. [05:37:36] <@Nephene> "Or ask someone to ask her."
  215. [05:37:40] <@Nephene> "I would, if she came by."
  216. [05:38:22] <Arawn> "...that's not really helping, but it'll have to do, I guess," Arawn mutters, and there's the distinct sound of a thud as his head briefly hits the bar in exasperation.
  217. [05:38:36] <@Nephene> "A charm does sound nice, though."
  218. [05:38:56] <@Nephene> "Hard to go wrong with one."
  219. [05:40:43] <Arawn> "...Yeah, I could do something from that," Arawn nods, tapping his pencil against something.  "It'll still take me a couple days to work out the logistics, but... I'm not really gonna be doing heavy work with these hands for a while yet..."
  220. [05:41:14] <@Nephene> "But it doesn't look like you can do fine manipulation, either."
  221. [05:42:20] <Arawn> "No, but I can at least figure it out.  I've never worked with stuff like what we found, so... there's research to be done and a little bit of experimenting, too.  I'm not going to make her something substandard."
  222. [05:43:02] <@Nephene> "I'm not worried about the quality. You never make anything substandard to sell or give out."
  223. [05:43:54] <Arawn> "Of course not.  I just mean the time... ah, it's not too important."  Arawn starts rolling up the papers, seemingly out of ideas for the moment.  "I should be resting more than fretting over this."
  224. [05:44:23] <@Nephene> "Free massage, then?"
  225. [05:45:14] <Arawn> "...I'll think about it.  I don't think a massage can do much for burns."
  226. [05:45:59] <@Nephene> "In that I can't touch your hands directly, yeah."
  227. [05:46:28] <@Nephene> "I can get close enough to dull the pain, though. And if nothing else, it's stress relief."
  228. [05:46:32] <@Nephene> "You look like you need it."
  229. [05:48:37] <Arawn> "...Sure.  'Stressed' might not be a strong enough word for being slowed down to the crawl of an amateur."
  230. [05:49:09] <@Nephene> "It's good to see you around again, by the way."
  231. [05:50:05] <Arawn> "I'm not.  Means my inspiration ran out."
  232. [05:50:33] <@Nephene> "You could just stop by and chat, you know."
  233. [05:51:20] <Arawn> "..." Well, he doesn't seem to have a good answer for that.  He just kind of frowns.  "Dinner ready yet?"
  234. [05:51:37] <@Nephene> "Yep." She slides the plate over.
  235. [05:52:04] <@Nephene> "And running out of inspiration happens to everyone."
  236. [05:52:20] <@Nephene> "....maybe you'll find some here. There's interesting people and Pokemon around."
  237. [05:52:49] <Arawn> "Thanks."  Arawn digs in.  "...Maybe.  But... augh, I thought I really had it..."
  238. [05:53:29] <@Nephene> "A nice design for a charm?"
  239. [05:54:44] <Arawn> "No.  With the armor... I thought for sure I'd exceeded myself, but... well, that turned out..."
  240. [05:55:28] <@Nephene> "Well...."
  241. [05:55:35] <@Nephene> "I'm not sure what to tell you."
  242. [05:55:58] <Arawn> "I don't expect an answer on that," Arawn shrugs, and focuses on his meal.
  243. [05:56:16] <@Nephene> "I can't help with the technical details. The best I can do is encourage you a bit, feed you, and try to get you in a condition to work again."
  244. [05:57:28] <@Nephene> "What are you trying to do with the armor, anyway?"
  245. [05:59:12] <Arawn> Arawn starts getting technical in between bites.  Something about steel treatments and bracing veins and infusing properties.  Nephene may or may not get all of "It's a set of gauntlets" out of it by the end.
  246. [05:59:39] * @Nephene thinks she at leasts gets the gist of it.
  247. [06:00:12] <@Nephene> Maybe he'll realize something as he goes over the details again.
  248. [06:02:16] <Arawn> Whatever it is, it doesn't seem to click with him; by the time he's done, he's done the meal, too.  He seems to be back in thought though; and being busy chatting during it seems to have kept him from making a quip about her cooking for once.
  249. [06:02:50] <@Nephene> "300 total for the meal and the drink. I'll get the oils ready if you still want that massage."
  250. [06:03:48] <Arawn> Arawn fishes out the coin and passes it to her.  "I... think I'll pass."  Yeah, his mind's definitely on -something-.
  251. [06:04:14] * @Nephene nods. "Let me know when you'll take up the offer, then."
  252. [06:04:30] <@Nephene> "Stop by again soon?"
  253. [06:05:27] <Arawn> "I'll keep it in mind.  In the meantime... yeah.  Have a good night, Neph," he slips the pencil he had back into his pocket and excuses himself.
  254. [06:06:08] <@Nephene> "Night."
  255. [06:06:18] <@Nephene> With that, she gets back to work cleaning up the place.
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