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[Open] Foreign Clothes

Postby Sanae Kochiya » 19 Jun 2010 18:04

On an afternoon as hot as this, with a blinding sun beating down on the mountain path, few worshippers were willing to make the journey up to the Moriya Shrine. The Moriya miko herself was just standing still, yet there was already a torrent of sweat dropping down her face. She sighed as she fell back onto the wooden floor, thinking of the days where she could have just turned on an air conditioner for instant relief.

Well, there is no helping it. Sanae stood back up and lazily plodded over to the storage room. A fan is the best thing I can manage now. And not even an electric one at that. She half opened and half fell through the door and began her search for that mysterious paper fan. Not that she was even sure they had one; she did not even remember using one last summer. Although, she was sure there were at least a few Kochiya relics in that stack, so maybe one of them was a fan. It was not like she paid much attention to family history back when her parents taught her that stuff anyway.

Hey, I can’t believe this is in here. She reached into a pile and withdrew…a seifuku. It was in surprisingly good shape, with just a few holes in it here and there. Sanae inspected it with some curiosity, before looking at a mirror and realizing that it still fit surprisingly well. Some good patchwork would still make it wearable and, to be honest, it looked a lot more comfortable to be in a miniskirt then the miko uniform. Although the miko detached sleeves did give some air, the skirt was both long and stifling.

There was one problem though: Sanae couldn’t sew.

Actually, she could, but only by using those sewing machines that conveniently did not work without electricity. So, she had little choice but to ask someone else to help her. Someone who probably did these kinds of things all the time, like…a maid?

Thus was the reason that Sanae was now flying towards the SDM, with a seifuku and other various outside world clothes in her hand.

“Hello, Miss Gate Guard?” Sanae called as she landed in front of the gate. “I’d like to speak to Miss Sakuya please!”
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Re: [Open] Foreign Clothes

Postby Ellen » 19 Jun 2010 19:09

Wandering around, floating idly by, was Gensokyo's own (self proclaimed) fluffy witch of love and justice. Of course, it was a hot summer day, so at the moment Ellen was looking for one of two things. Either a nice, cool place to relax or a body of water to refresh herself in. However, seeing as how this is Gensokyo, her chances of finding either were pretty slim. "No matter the odds, I'll keep searching, Sokrates! We shall not give up until we find a way to beat this heat! I, Ellen, fluffy witch of Gensokyo will find a way to alleviate this heat!" Sokrates, who, was feeling much worse in the heat due to his fur, only managed to reply with a weak "meow".

Sighing at her companion's lack of energy, Ellen stared down at the landscape below. No matter how many times she explored Gensokyo through the air, this witch never grew tired of seeing the many wondrous sights that the land had to offer. Gensokyo truly was a land of fantasy, with its large variety of terrain, inhabitants, weather....just about everything about it, really. For example, right below Ellen at this very moment was a beautiful western mansion. Whoever the owner of this mansion was had to be fairly important, judging by the sheer size of it, right? Floating by it, Ellen came to halt when she realized what surrounded it. "A lake!" she exclaimed. "A mansion surrounded by a lake? That's neat! Want to go check it out, Sokrates?" As with before, the lazing cat only replied with a short meow. "Well, OK then, let's go!"

Descending, Ellen felt the refreshing wind ruffle through her hair as the ground grew closer and closer. "Hang on, Sokrates, I'm gonna land now!" Slowly landing, Ellen took care to make sure her cat didn't fall off his resting place. Giving her a soft meow to inform Ellen that he was OK, Sokrates pointed to a green-haired figure in front of him. "Hmm? Who's that?" The fluffy witch wondered aloud as she approached the Moriya shrine maiden. Calling out to get her attention, Ellen cheerfully waved at her. "Hello there, miss!" Running over, closing the distance, the witch stopped when she was in front of Sanae. "My name is fluffy Ellen, what's yours? Do you live here?"
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Re: [Open] Foreign Clothes

Postby Rikako Asakura » 19 Jun 2010 22:31

Ah summer. Yes, summer. A season of burning hot sun, bright light and short nights. But more importantly, it was the perfect time to harness energy.

Earlier in the year, a maid had visited a scientists home. Not only were her questions answered regarding the package she'd brought but she also learned that there were some things in the outside world that would make the little things in life so much easier for a maid who worked for nocturnal creatures. While your eyes can get used to low light to a degree, in zero light, you're out of luck. Normally a person would resort to using candles, but they dripped. Spilling puddles of hot wax as time went.

Fortunatly, Rikako had already found a solution to her problem, a source of light that, for lack of a better term, trapped sunlight and produced harmless light. Or in other words, lamps powered by rechargable batteries, said batteries recharged using a solar collector she'd been working on, but since the season was winter, she had no decent light source to test it.

So, flying over the lake towards the mansion, a sealed box in her hands, she had the perfect plan. She got to test out her collector and the mansion would enjoy more marvels of science and save a ton on lighting. It was perfect because she knew the almost windowless building wasn't exactly going to be well illuminated for those who don't wander around in the dark, plus Remilia would finally have found a use for the sun, which would probably increase the scientists standing and ensure easier cooperation in the future should she have use of a vampire.

With a roar of flame as she landed, she noticed she wasn't alone, She recognised the shrine maiden from atop the mountain and the so called 'fluffy' witch she met during an incident several years ago. Her buisness wasn't with them though so she waited to address the gate guard.
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Re: [Open] Foreign Clothes

Postby Hong Meiling » 22 Jun 2010 00:01

This was, needles to say, a little overwhelming!

Normally, it was somewhat rare for people to come to the gate. Meiling would tolerate hours of boredom to finally see someone; then, she would inform them that the mansion was not open to visitors and they would go on their way. Sometimes, people would try to break in… And, well, the results of that didn’t matter! What mattered was that guarding the gate was really boring!

And yet, standing in front of her was not one, not two, but three ladies who all seemed to have some business with the Scarlet Devil.

“Uh…” She stammered out, her mouth held slack in response to the entourage of guests. Her eyes carefully pleaded to Ellen, and then Rikako, asking for some kind of explanation for why they were here. She didn’t really want to run into the mansion for Miss Sakuya, then come back and be told to run back in for Mistress Remilia as well. “Do any of you have an appointment?”

Her voice was somewhat weak for her normally boisterous self. Meiling really wasn’t sure what to do here, but she knew that sticking to protocol would be the best thing to do in this situation. The problem was, there really wasn’t any ‘protocol’ for keeping people out.
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Re: [Open] Foreign Clothes

Postby Sanae Kochiya » 24 Jun 2010 20:19

Sanae looked around in surprise as she heard herself getting called. It took a little bit for Sanae to actually find the source; she was expecting someone a little taller. As Ellen approached, Sanae kneeled down to the little girl’s level and smiled broadly. The little girl was quite cute, even though Sanae did not recognize who she was or that she was, in fact, a witch. “Fluffy Ellen, huh?” Amused at the little girl’s name and self-proclaimed title, Sanae giggled a little. “I’m Sanae, the miko of Moriya. What is a little girl like you doing out here?”

She looked up just in time to see the other visitor land, in a flashy show of jetpack flame. Sanae was so surprised that she leapt away from Rikako, instinctively readying herself, before she realized that it was just another visitor coming along. Still… “Is that a jetpack?! Wow, I didn’t know anyone had those except the kappa…” She ran over and immediately starting inspecting it, without Rikako’s permission. “They don’t even have these outside Gensokyo yet.”

In her interest, she almost did not see Meiling. Still, when the guard came, Sanae turned back around to face her. “Hello, Miss Hong.” The miko was not exactly sure why the gate guard was that flustered, although the visit was fairly random. “Well…no appointment! I was just going to ask for a favor and that’s all.” There is no real reason to lie… Sanae thought, evidently unaware that the SDM was a dangerous place, even when there was no serious business to be done. “I was just going to ask Miss Izayoi to help me fix up some old clothes I found.”
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Re: [Open] Foreign Clothes

Postby Ellen » 26 Jun 2010 20:15

As Rikako came to the scene in a rather flashy way, Ellen's eyes widened with awe. As a simple, fluffy witch, she had no idea what the contraption was. And of course, since their last meeting was so long ago, Ellen had no recollection of who the girl was. "Wow, miss. What is that?" It didn't seem like any sort of magical device, nor could Ellen sense if the user was utilizing magic as a fuel source. Truly, this object was completely bizarre.

"Nice to meet you, Miss Sanae!" Ellen excitedly replied to the miko's introduction. As a somewhat childish individual, Ellen always loved meeting new people. "Oh, and this is Sokrates! Sokrates, say 'hello'!" Managing a weak half-meow, half-yawn, Sokrates lazily greeted the Moriya shrine maiden in his own, adorable way.

As for the shrine maiden's question about her business here, Ellen blurted "I'm hot!" Answering Sanae's question in the most eloquently way possible, the fluffy witch beamed with confidence. "I've been flying around all day and this mansion is the only shelter I've seen." Nodding, Ellen turned to look at the mansion once more. "Plus, look at it! I've always wanted to visit a mansion like this!"

When the flustered gate guard approached and was visibly, well, flustered, Ellen was too absorbed in her fantasy of the castle to notice how uncomfortable the woman was. Wanting to politely greet her, Ellen bowed before addressing the guard. "Hiya! I'm the fluffy witch Ellen. I was wondering if I could visit your beautiful mansion here, Miss." When Meiling weakly asked if she had an appointment, the young-looking witch tilted her head, confused. "Appointment? Who needs an appointment to visit someone! That's silly!" Only then did Ellen recall that this wasn't some ordinary house; it was a mansion. It was probably some prestigious place, so requiring an appointment may not be too odd.
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Re: [Open] Foreign Clothes

Postby Rikako Asakura » 27 Jun 2010 04:38

Before Rikako could answer Ellen's question, she had a shrine maiden running up to her. With a small 'ugh!' as Sanae started trying to get a look at her methood of flight, the scientist resisted and tried to keep it away from her. When the green shrine maiden turned her attention away, the scientist could only sigh. "She answered your question for you. But it's a rocket, not a jet." She said to Ellen, adding the correction.

She kept a careful watch on Sanae, for a shrine maiden she seemed way too interested on the outside world and technology, that made her suspicious, as such things were considered heresy after all. A heretical shrine maiden? completely unthinkable. Catching the gate guards gaze she presented the box she was carrying. "I'm here by request of the head maid. She's been expecting this package."
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Re: [Open] Foreign Clothes

Postby Hong Meiling » 30 Jun 2010 07:42

It was a little flummoxing, but the three had proven to have reasons for coming to the mansion.

Unfortunately, only two of those reasons were good ones. Meiling wasn’t sure what to do there. It would be pretty rude to just leave the kid alone and let the other two in without so much as a hitch. She supposed she could at least get her some water or something for her trouble, and send her along her way once she had cooled down a bit.

“Alright,” She had made up her mind, and she felt that she had justified bringing them all in. “Miss Sakuya’s expecting that package, and so I suppose it wouldn’t hurt for you to come in too and see if she’d help you. I mean… if she’s seeing guests anyway, it’s not too big a trouble. And uh…” She frowned slightly, unsure of how to explain her genius plan to help Ellen. “We’ll get you some water, but then you gotta go, ‘kay?”

After all, the last time that Meiling had her personal guests in the mansion, things didn’t really go so well.

“Alright, c’mon in.” She said, her face clearly showing her pride at being able to do her job without getting beaten up. “I gotta lock up behind us.” A gesture with her hands, and it was clear that Meiling expected her small party to follow her through to the courtyard beyond the gate.

Once they had made their way through, a deft and dutiful hand locked the gate behind them. It wasn’t like the motion would deter any real criminals, but it at least made Meiling feel a bit more secure in leaving her post. She gave a once over to her group, doing a quick head count, before nodding towards the door.

“Tea will probably be served with Miss Sakuya,” She explained, opening the large wooden doors to the mansion. “So it might be a bit. She’ll get here quick enough, though, trust me.”

After all, when you could stop time, it was pretty hard to be slow.
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Re: [Open] Foreign Clothes

Postby Sakuya Izayoi » 01 Jul 2010 00:42

True to Meiling's word, Sakuya stands just outside the foyer. As the small party enters, so does she. With a slight bow, she greets the visitors, one of which she knew to be expecting.

"Welcome to the Scarlet Devil Mansion. Rikako, I see you are on time for our meeting today. Perhaps you have brought with you the parcel I was asking of?"
As she spoke to Rikako, she was carefully inspecting the other two, one she recognized as the "Fluffy" witch, the other, as the Miko of the Moriya shrine. Much better mannered, this one... Much less likely to attack the mansion as well... Speaking of manners...

"Of course, you are invited to the sitting room, where tea and light refreshments shall be served momentarily. If Miss Meiling would please be so kind as to escort our guest?" With a slight wave of dismissal, she motioned for Meiling to proceed.

"Now, what is it I can do for you two, Miss Ellen and Miss Sanae?"
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Re: [Open] Foreign Clothes

Postby Ellen » 03 Jul 2010 19:09

"A rocket, miss? I don't know what that is, but it's really cool!" Ellen shouted, admiring Rikako's contraption. She became so absorbed in staring at the metallic sheen, her reflection in the polished metal, that she almost didn't notice Meiling walking ahead and leading them towards the mansion. Running over to the taller woman, the fluffy witch watched as the guard closed the very tall gate to the Scarlet Devil Mansion. "Wow...That looks really heavy. You must be really strong, miss."

When Ellen was lead into the mansion, her eyes opened in awe. "Wow! The inside is so beautiful!" Having never seen anything so spectacular, or at least not remembering so, Ellen was a little taken aback at the sheer beauty of the mansion. With a refined mistress and numerous maids to maintain the mansion, it's little wonder that the place looked so perfect, but of course Ellen was only looking at what something that was once merely a fantasy of hers. After all, don't most girls dream of luxurious palaces, ladies, and the like? The Scarlet Devil Mansion was like a dream brought to reality. Well, if you didn't know that two of the residents were vampires that wielded unimaginable amounts of power.

Because she was so absorbed in admiring the castle, Ellen didn't notice the head maid appear. When she heard a voice, she turned towards the source. "Oh, hello again, miss Sakuya! How are you today?" Somewhat surprised that she remembered the perfect maid, Ellen felt the need to add. "Um, I'm sorry about the last time we met. I think I got a little out of hand." Taking a breath, the fluffy witch continued. "So this is your lady's mansion? It's very beautiful." It was then that she remembered to answer Sakuya's question. "Oh, um, I'm not really here for a particular reason...Sokrates here was feeling a little unwell in the heat, and I saw the mansion, so..." For some reason, being in this luscious mansion without a real reason like Sanae or Rikako, Ellen felt a little intimidated. "Um, I apologize for coming here unannounced."
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Re: [Open] Foreign Clothes

Postby Sanae Kochiya » 05 Jul 2010 17:12

“Eh, a rocket?” Sanae did not heed Rikako’s obvious efforts to shoo the maiden away. Indeed, it seemed as if Sanae was only more interested. “How do you run this thing? I heard from the kappa that fossil fuels are really rare in Gensokyo.” She gave an inspection up and down before looking through the rocket’s exhaust for a few seconds. “Where did you get this thing anyway? You don’t look like a kappa. And I don’t think Rinnosuke’s shop sells this kind of stuff.”

Still, as entranced as Sanae was with the contraption, there was business to be done. Although Sanae felt a little bad for coming in without an appointment…it looked like the scientist actually had something serious that needed to be addressed. Unfortunately, it was already too late to have those regrets now. The elegant maid had already welcomed the group, with promise of drinks and refreshments. It was probably ruder to leave now.

“Miss Izayoi.” Sanae gave a small curt bow before placing a small leather bag, obviously not one of Gensokyo. She then withdrew a few of the contents: a seifuku, a kimono too small for Sanae, and another miko outfit, also obviously too small for Sanae. “I don’t really know how to sew, so can you help me fix a few of these clothes up? That and whatever is in the bag. Most of these are from the outside world, so if you want payment, you can keep a few for yourself.”
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Re: [Open] Foreign Clothes

Postby Rikako Asakura » 06 Jul 2010 22:09

If someone with good ears listened very carefully, they could probably hear the veins popping in the scientists question as she was practically insulted by this new shrine maiden. She took a deep breath and with a greatly supressed shake in her voice she began to shoot back, so to speak. "Of course it's a rocket! For having such interest in these things you obviously don't know much about them, no doubt thanks to the ignorance of your superiors."

She continued, counting off her fingers. "Yes I use fuel. How I get it? I made it myself, or course. The kappa can't make something of thier own if thier life depended on it, thier knowledge is purely based on what they can disassemble. I ALSO made this rocket and many other things, by hand and I resent the notion that I got this thing from someone else." Yes she was touchy. A rocket pack was the first damn thing she built that fully worked. Sure she'd made more upgraded versions over the years but still!

With another deep breath she turned to Ellen. "I told you this before when we met during that incident with the supposed ruins. It shoots fire to push me through the air." She'd have probably had a thunder cloud over her head at this point, as Meiling escorted them through the courtyard to the mansion. she took another calming breath as they approached, out of nowhere came the maid. "Well even with your... Capabilities, there's still not enough time in te day to waste waiting around. I came as soon as my work was completed." She said as she presented the package in her arms.

As Rikako was led in, she listened to the others giving thier reasons for being here and shook her head. Honestly, if she was anyone else, she may have offered to fix both thier problems right then and there. But she held her tongue, let Sakuya deal with her own problems.
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Re: [Open] Foreign Clothes

Postby Sakuya Izayoi » 08 Jul 2010 02:42

A deadpan stare was all that Ellen received from Sakuya. It took a moment for her to weigh out her descision on how to act here. On the one side, the witch has never acted against the mansion, and had actually given a few compliments... But on the other, she was a relative unknown, and actually had the audacity to seek entrance without much of a proper reason...
"Hmm..."

Sakuya sighs and decides to be nice. She motions to a nearby fairy for her to come closer.
"I see. Well then. You shall be directed to the kitchen where you may refresh yourself and your cat. Please follow the maid."
With that, she sends them on their way.

Sakuya 'Hmm'd at the odd request from the Miko. The day's chores had been finished, and the Mistress was not due to wake for a few hours yet, so time was no issue, of course, time was never an issue for Sakuya.
"I don't see why this would be an issue, however it will have to wait for a short time. I have a previous appointment this afternoon with Miss Rikako which you are quite welcome to sit in on if you wish. Should you prefer, you may relax in the kitchen with Miss Ellen and await my return."
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Re: [Open] Foreign Clothes

Postby Sanae Kochiya » 17 Jul 2010 00:46

The rough response that the scientist gave Sanae was bewildering. Had her questions been unwelcome? It was one thing to be protective of one’s own work, but there was no need to insult her “superiors” as Rikako called them. The fact that Rikako would even imply that Lady Kanako and Lady Suwako were ignorant was going a little far. Still, Sanae was bound by courtesy, since she was still in someone else’s home, although that did not stop her from pouting. “Fine, keep your secrets then.” And with a huff, Sanae turned away from Rikako, no longer showing interest in her.

As Sakuya addressed her and the little witch with her, she nodded. It was not surprising to her that her request had been put off as a second priority, since it was sudden and not exactly important. The offer to sit in on the meeting with Rikako and the others required a little more thought, however. Her first impression of the scientist was souring rather quickly, but this was a chance to observe without interviewing Rikako directly.

“I understand. Then, if you don’t mind, I’ll be sitting in on your appointment, Miss Rikako, was it?” She gave a small glance at the scientist again, before turning back to Sakuya, waiting for her to lead everyone in.
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Re: [Open] Foreign Clothes

Postby Rikako Asakura » 17 Jul 2010 01:30

With the shrine maiden problem dealt with, she could focus on her task at hand. Not even giving a wave as Meiling and Ellen went off to do the things they came for and simply glanced at the shrine maiden as she was offered to sit in.

"As long as she doesn't try to do anything to sabotage my work, then I will allow it." She seemed convinced that Sanae would probably start something, yet she was polite enough to everyone else. Was she a selective jerk or was there something about Sanae she didn't like? Well, not many people knew what that would be without asking.

Her answer given, she waited to be directed so she could reveal the contents of her package and explain how it works.
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