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Sophie Benedict faces a foe that may be beyond her powers: a cellphone. Rashmi, Chandra, Kokoro, and Koji intersect with this effort!

Date: 2017-05-07
Pose Count: 44
Sophie Benedict 2017-05-07 04:07:47 75995
224 years and almost 10,000 kilometers separated young Sophie Benedict from the world she once called home. To be fair, the girl was adjusting better than anyone would expect to being hurled through time and space, being cursed into fighting against evil witches and having no family. But still, it was beyond overwhelming to put it lightly! So it was common for her to find herself in parks and wooded areas. Hiding from all the beeping and buzzing of the modern worlds! The bright lights the likes of which she had never seen, the noise of those terrifying carriages that everyone seemed to take everywhere!

So sthe girl simply sat under a tree, wearing a rather beautiful dress that, if not for the Lolita sub culture of Tokyo would be rather odd for someone to be wearing in modern Japan. She is reading a book. It's title was not in Kanji, but French. A smile on her face!

But Gasp! Soon she would face a challenge she saw far more terrifying than any witch! Because soon she would have to modernize, and it would begin with facing an evil most great! Something truly sinister to a time travling Mahou, and it sat right inside her bag!

What darkness was this? A cellphone she had bought so the other girls would stop teasing her about not having one, and it's truly dastardly confusing and witch like powers far beyond what the greatest scholars of her time could understand!
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-07 04:13:44 75996
When you're a newbie magical girl...

Homework doesn't stop. Ever. You just depend on less time to do it in. Currently, a dark-skinned young redhead, wearing the summer uniform of the Seishou Academy, occupies a tree not far from Sophie, surrounded by a small palisade of textbooks and reference material, idly scribbling away the fruits of her labor on a notebook.

To distinguish her from the rest of the schoolkids dotting the place, however, *she* has a monkey on her shoulder. One that she occasionally feeds from a bowl of fruit bits.
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-07 04:14:16 75997
    So far, the tower of a teen known as Kokoro has only come to this particular park once before, but she couldn't say she disliked it. So on a night where she just wants to be away from the city, from people in general, but she can't really /leave/ the city (even if it is a saturday night), there's nothing like a park. Something about having trees around is... comforting.

    Of course, the plan of 'park under a tree and play smartphone games until tired' kind of requires a tree she can sit under, and Kokoro is kind of brought up short when she comes around the tree she'd been planning to use to find... someone already had the same idea.

    Blink blink. "..."

    A faint bit of irritation flashes across the girl's face. Well, moreso than normal. No mobage under the stars for her, it seems.
Koji Silvia 2017-05-07 04:18:46 75998
Homework doesn't stop for anyone it seems.

So along with the young redhead from Seishou, there's also a Japanese teen boy with a decent braid with the uniform of Seiyou on who is close by her without actually being 'with' her. The kind of closeness that happens when students want to be there but not really 'be there'. He's just like the girl, his books and reference material in a half-moon before him and a pad with pen available in his hand that he's busy writing notes down. It's a curious mix of study... to the right there's math homework, to the left is a recipie book. There's a smartphone there as well, with an MP3 Player program running and an earbud stuck in one ear, leaving the other bare in case he's approach.

There's also tea. Oolong Tea. He's about 3/4ths of one tall bottle of it down, with a second one still to go.
Sophie Benedict 2017-05-07 04:33:20 75999
A cross look falls on Sophie's face as she mutters some French words under her breath and slams the book of French History shut. It seems that all of history had decided that the side of the war that Sophie's family and friends were the greedy bad guys, and a young lady can only stand so much to hear the place she grew up in referred to as a "Palace of Pleasure and Debauchery." She would have to have a word with the owner of the French Books shop. The young girl let out a sigh and looked around the park, spotting several other children. All of them seemed to have one. One of those glowing little mysteries.
    "Sophie Marie Benedict, you can do this!" With that, she reaches into her bag, pulls out the box, and opens it, pulling out a shiny rectangle made of black glass and metal. "Okay...ho on earth do I make it work...." She eyes the other people in the park and their smartphones. She seems to fiddle with it, before starting to give it verbal orders. What a sight, a young girl in a fancy dress trying to order her phone to work!
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-07 04:40:05 76000
*scrtch scrtch scrtch*

*scrtch scrtch*

"And done!" Rashmi puts down her pen, apparently quite pleased with herself, and begins to put away her books. "Good thing, too, we're nearly out of snacks for you!" she coos to the rhesus on her shoulder, as she stuffs her books into a large bookbag hanging from her shoulder.

Looking up, she pauses at the sight of Sophie frowning at her cellphone, and Kokoro frowning at the world in general at a nearby tree. "Um, hi?" she calls, tilting her head to one side. "Did you need help with something, miss?"
Chandra 2017-05-07 04:41:25 76001
The little monkey reaches down to pick up Rashmi's pen. Then he leans down and scratches a little little mark on the page. You forgot to put your name on it.
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-07 04:42:54 76002
    For several seconds, Kokoro stares at the french girl sitting at the tree before her, confused. Only slowly does it dawn that 'Sophie Marie Benedict' is completely unaware of how to use a smartphone. For a few moments, she seems to war with herself over what to say, but she finally comes up with, "...pretend the little squares are buttons. They're buttons that tell the phone to do something. The image on the button tells you what the button does."

    She looks up at the sound of Rashmi's voice, though, and- wow. Her expression sure cooled off fast. Not quite 'cold', but very guarded.
Koji Silvia 2017-05-07 04:49:04 76003
It's the verbal orders to the phone that gets Koji's attention, and he takes a moment to observe the three girls in loose proximity to him with a sigh that is a cross between 'What's going on now?' and 'Girls have it easy.'

But to be safe, he closes up the baking books and their recipies for flourless cakes that he's been noting in Belkan on one half of his note-pad. He continues to watch, glasses glimmering slightly in the light and mostly obscuring them in reflection.
Sophie Benedict 2017-05-07 04:56:17 76004
Sophie's face turns bright red as the girl in the tree asks her if things are alright. She quickly tries to hide the phone. "OH umm...hello!" she calls out, her head tilting as she looks from Rashmi to the Monkey. "Is...zat a monkey?" Her voice curious before she slowly looks back at the phone. "I uhh...I think I have got it!" she lies, before another girl approaches. Sophie's soft blue eyes nervously look up at Kokoro, as she listens. "Oh hehe... Of course!" She says, trying to think of something to save face, but nothing comes. She then inspects the phone, finding a button and pressing it. The device jingles and well....poor Sophie was not expecting that, and quickly lets go of the phone out of shock, it luckily landing safe in her lap. She then takes a deep breath and turns back to look toKoroko, and how quickly her expression changed. "Is...everything all right?" she asks, before looking back up to the girl and the monkey.
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-07 05:02:35 76005
"Mhm!" Rashmi says, beaming as the monkey takes her pen and writes an... oddly precise and unmonkeylike mark on her homework. "His name's Chandra, he grew up with me!"

The redhead gives the monkey a smile and a blueberry, then finishes gathering up her things. "Hi, Akakuma-san!" she chirps, offering the towering girl a brief wave. "Everything okay?"
Chandra 2017-05-07 05:06:36 76006
The monkey looks upa t Sophie's question, then hops off of Rashmi's shoulder and towards the other girl. A tilt of the rhesus head, then he leans forward and pats Sophie's hand with both of his little hands. She should feed me, he thinks towards Rashmi.
Koji Silvia 2017-05-07 05:09:50 76007
...and a monkey. That's certainly different, at least in how Koji adjusts his glasses by pushing them up the bridge of his nose as if he needs to see it to make sure. Reaching down to turn off his player program on his phone, he then sends himself an IM that says 'Remind to ask about getting a pet owl'. But as the earbuds are rolled up and slid away into a small case though, there is something that scrolls across his vision that no one else can see...

<<Sie wrden es besser machen mit etwas, das ys schtzen knnte.>>

He blinks a couple times and then waves at the air like a fly came close, mumbling to himself, "Not he-..." Pausing in the middle of his thought, he packs up his books finally, he brings up his bookbag and then says towards the grouping, "Ummm... excuse me? Pardon?"
Sophie Benedict 2017-05-07 05:16:31 76008
"It is a very nice monkey!" Sophie says with a smile, not knowing exactly what to tell Rashmi. "It is nice to meet you Chandra!" She says gently, "I am Sophie." Her hands moving down to pick up the smartphone, but not doing anything other than holding it.

When Koji approaches she smiles and gives a quick wave to the girlish boy. "Oh hello Miss! A lot of people are here!" It seems like the girl is trying much harder to hide her accent around the other children.
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-07 05:18:44 76009
    "..." Kokoro is now officially staring at Sophie. "...they not have smartphones where you're from?" For being Japanese, she's pretty blunt. But there at least seems to be no malice in it. Only a subtle sort of disbelief.

    Rashmi gets a slightly cooler look, and only after some deliberation, does she simply greet, "...hey. I'm doing fine." Oh look. Here's a newcomer. Koji receives a simple, silent stare, positively radiant with an unspoken 'yeah what do you want'.
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-07 05:23:53 76010
Rashmi Terios chuckles, jogging after Chandra and bobbing her head in answer to Kokoro's greeting. Stooping, she picks the last slice of strawberry from her bowl, and offers it out to Sophie. "I think he's hoping you'll feed him. Give him this," she says in stage-whisper, grinning.

At Koji's question, she glances over her shoulder, eyebrows rising. "Hi! Something we can help with?"
Koji Silvia 2017-05-07 05:28:35 76011
At being called a girl, Koji flushes slightly and lowers his head, as if embarrassed by it. But then he looks back up and gives his best greeting smile as he bows once more, "Hello." And then to Rashmi, "Hello." And then finally to Kokoro, but stops mid-bow as her icy glare interrupts him.

Then comes the question, and he straightens up to rub the back of his neck and smile, eyes closed... and tries a small laugh. After a few seconds of that, he then settles, "S-sorry." The slight stammer coming, "A-anyways... I... I heard you t-talking to you... your phone. And I couldn't h-help but notice... You're not native Japanese."

Once more, he flicks his eyes to the others and then back, "Would it help if someone shows you... umm... shows you how to reset it to a new phone? And enable the voice functions?"

Fishing his own phone from his pocket, he holds it out for her to see, "I can show you on mine, so I don't have to touch yours. I know that girls are really touchy about anyone else touching their personal devices..."

A beat.

"Ummm..." Now in a slightly more dismayed and panicky tone as he waves his hands in front of him, "Not that I've ever gone through a girl's phone before. I'm just saying... maybe... I mean that is... knowing... well not really knowing... that is..."
Chandra 2017-05-07 05:28:41 76012
The little monkey perks up when Rashmi picks up the strawberry. There was one left!? He stares at it, then looks to Sophie, then looks to the strawberry hopefully.
Sophie Benedict 2017-05-07 05:37:11 76013
Sophie looks up at Kokoro and the back down at the cell phone. "I...I would say not." She says slightly embarrassed. In fact, where she came from was about 90 years from just regular phones. "I guess...everyone has one here! That is what my classmates said." She thinks back and sighs. It was a lot less just telling her, but more bullying the girl. It was such a change to not have everything.

Sophie takes the strawberry, and looks it over before happily giving it to the monkey. "Here you go, Chandra-chan!" She says happily When Koji confronts the fact that she isn't originally Japanese, the girl blushes and starts to protest but just gives up and nods. "Oui...I am from france." She then looks down at the phone. "...I...I don't know, you can touch it if you want."
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-07 05:43:35 76014
    Koji speaks.

    Koji stammers.

    Kokoro's almost-but-not-quite-glare withers.

    She can't bring herself to lever any sort of harsh demeanor at someone so timid. So instead, she just quietly blows a breath out of her nose, her expression growing neutral, and shifts her attention to Sophie. "...don't let it bother you. I've only had mine for like a half a year. You don't gotta have one."
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-07 05:48:20 76015
Rashmi Terios chuckles, hefting her bookbag strap. "I'm Terios Rashmi," she says to starts out, bobbing her head in greeting at Sophie, then Koji. She pauses, blinks, then turns back to the French girl. "Oh... Sorry, Rashmi is my first name. And Akakuma-san's right, you don't need one. It's helpful, sure, but not necessary.
Chandra 2017-05-07 05:49:50 76016
The monkey reaches out, snatches the strawberry, then bounds up with one hand and two feet onto Sophie's shoulder. There, he stuffs his face with the strawberry, then starts picking at Sophie's hair while chewing.
Koji Silvia 2017-05-07 05:54:28 76017
With the offer, Koji looks back and forth and then he takes a couple steps forwards, moving around so that Kokoro and Rashmi are on one side, and he and Sophie are on the other. Reaching over, he touches the phone and then taps the Settings commands... moving just with one hand and attempting to keep it all out where everyone can see what happening. Going back to the configuration, he changes the base language to French and then enables the voice prompt system for it.

Done, he steps back from all three girls, he then ducks his head once more, "Sorry to bother you all. I'm just glad I could help you, Miss. I hope you all have a good day." Another step back as he bows again, still smiling as in front of his eyes he sees.

<<Du weisst, ich htte das mit einem Hauch machen knnen.>>
Sophie Benedict 2017-05-07 06:00:01 76018
Sophie's blue eyes look up, staring at Kokoro's before giving a warm smile. "...Thank you. You are a very kind girl." She says, her body giving a bit of a shiver. "Thank you." She repeats. "A lot of other girls are...not as nice as you." There is a deep amount of honesty and warmth in her voice. People helping herr...it was truly nice. Of course she could never let them know her secret but she could still enjoy the kindness.

She then smiles and nods her head at Rashmi and the Monkey, "It is very nice to meet you....I guess I should say I am, Benedict Sophie here...I am still learning this language." It is very true, her gramer was amazing for someone who had only been here a few weeks, but it was still very broken.

She then smiles, taking her phone from Koji and slipping it her bag. "Thank you..all very much." her eyes then drift over to the skyline and the setting sun. "Oh...I must be getting home, they do not want us to be out sooo late." She says, and quickly packs up her bag, and waves goodbye to the people gathered and runs off!
Chandra 2017-05-07 06:01:01 76019
The monkey hops back down off of Sophie's shoulder as soon as she starts packing. He makes to help her, even, although mostly he just gets in the way. Silly monkey. When she's gone, he stands up tall and waves his little paw after her, then looks to Rashmi. A few quick hops and he's up on the half-Indian's shoulder, instead.
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-07 06:05:06 76020
    "I-I, uh. I... thanks," Kokoro mumbles, shifting awkwardly. "I'm... I oughta be getting home."

    And she's off. Rashmi can now mark see Kokoro being bashful' on the bingo card.
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-07 06:07:11 76021
Rashmi Terios blinks after Kokoro, tilting her head to one side. "Huh..." Shaking her head, she turns her sunny smile back to Koji. "That was really nice of you, um... I'm sorry, what was your name again...?"
Koji Silvia 2017-05-07 06:10:06 76022
Koji Silvia pauses in his slow departure, his bookbag now in both hands as he takes a breath and straightens slightly. After a moment, and a gulp he replies, "Oh... Oh yes, Sorry! My name is Silvia Koji. I attend Seiyou Public School in the 9th Grade, and I..." But he stops in the middle of the usual spiel he gives people, before saying as he looks away with a sigh, "just... know how it feels to deal with technology that doesn't behave."
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-07 06:16:11 76023
"Yeah, that makes sense," Rashmi says, gently scratching at the back of Chandra's neck. "But still, it was nice that you helped out, instead of laughing at her. ....Oh! Sorry, I'm in Seishou, 9th grade. Debate Club, which was why I was doing all my homework out here."
Koji Silvia 2017-05-07 06:18:51 76024
"Archery and Cooking Club.", Koji replies in kind as he takes a moment to look around, and realizes he left his other bottle of Oolong sitting back where he was studying as well.

Returning to look at Rashmi, he shifts his bookbag so that it's hanging from his shoulders so his hands are free once more, "Why would I laugh? My parents talk with foreign people all the time, so I've met someone from France. Everyone's a stranger somewhere, right?"
Chandra 2017-05-07 06:18:58 76025
The little monky leans into the neck scc ritches. He reaches up to hug Rashmi's head, eyes scanning after Kokoro and Sophie as they leave. Children are odd.

Because a monkey who thinks like a human isn't odd.
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-07 06:21:19 76026
Rashmi Terios shrugs. "Mami's from West Bengal," she replies, "but you know how school is. If you're different and new, the rumor mill goes wild." She tilts her head a bit into the hug, smile widening a bit. No odder than adults, just in different ways, she thinks in reply.
Koji Silvia 2017-05-07 06:25:51 76028
The boy's expression seems to sink, in a kind of expression that shows he's a bit more aware of that kind of thing than he would have initially let on... and toys with his glasses a moment. Tilting his head slightly, Koji replies, "It was that way for me after this last summer."

There's a long pause from him then as he gropes for a topic and then says, "Your mom is from India? Does she know any good recipies? The only curry I know how to make is Japanese Curry, and it's more Thai than it is Hindi."

And as if that is crossing a line, he suddenly bows again, "S-sorry, I shouldn't pry too much. We barely know each other!"
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-07 06:31:06 76029
"Lots," the redhead laughs. "But Papi's the chef, Mami mostly does spice mixing now. I, um.... one sec..." Searching through the pockets of her bookbag, she produces a slightly crumpled flyer, bearing an aggressively adorable chibi-style chameleon in red, gold, and green, and a promise of 15% off at the Korma Chameleon. "That's our restaurant, if you feel like trying Indian curries. Just... be honest about how spicy you like your food, and don't try to be a tough guy; Mami's *going* to make spice mixes people can't handle if they ask."
Koji Silvia 2017-05-07 06:37:46 76030
Koji Silvia accepts the flyer, and looks at it for a long moment before looking back up, "Thank you. But honestly, I only like a moderate amount of heat. Too much and it steals from the flavor of a dish." Folding it carefully, he puts that away, and then walks back to pick up his Oolong and stuffs it into one side of his bag, coming back over though, he then actually seems to brighten a bit, "You speak Japanese very well."
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-07 06:41:51 76031
"I should!" Rashmi chirps, without a hint of rancor. "I wasn't born until Papi got married and moved back home here!" Chandra gets transferred from her shoulder to her arms, and she chuckles. "I've always grown up in Tokyo, so, I sort of hope I speak Japanese well. And Mami will definitely like you if that's your view on spice. She always gets a little grumbly, when she sees how quickly the 5-star blends disappear thanks to all the college kids passing through."
Koji Silvia 2017-05-07 06:46:22 76032
From Cheerful to Mortified in 0.5 seconds, complete with a little message that appears in his vision from his own constant companion.

<<Vielleicht sollte ich ubernehmen.>>

She can almost see his embarrassment rise up like one of the aforementioned college kids, the red going from his cheeks to forehead for a good half-minute where Koji just stays QUIET there, glasses fully reflecting light to hide their expression.

When the proverbial 'smoke' clears, he then says, "I apologize. That was insensitive of me. I'll bring you something for a proper apology. Do you like cake?"
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-07 06:50:41 76033
"No it's okay, honestly," Rashmi says around a chuckle. "It's not like I expect everyone to just *know* I'm not necessarily an immigrant, and you *hardly* picked the least polite way to point it out. Trust me, apology accepted." The neon-bright blush seems to further amuse her, and she shakes her head.
Koji Silvia 2017-05-07 06:52:50 76034
Koji Silvia says as he looks sideways, "It's something I picked up from my father. He always likes to compliment people he works with about their Japanese. Sometimes I think he says it because he doesn't know what else to say." Not saying that that's a bit of like father like son there too.
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-07 06:54:12 76035
Chewing on the inside of her cheek helps to keep the smile at bay, the poor kid. "That makes sense," she says evenly. "You said he works a lot with people from out of country?"
Koji Silvia 2017-05-07 07:00:00 76036
He brightens a bit at the topic change, smiling in thanks before saying, "OH... right. My parents are environmental scientists for the government. My father is a geologist and chemist, and my mother studies marine life. They're away right now on Rishiri Island."
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-07 07:03:42 76037
Rashmi Terios bobs her head. "Okay now I understand why the conversation filler, I can see it being good for gathering thoughts." She blinks, as the monkey swarms back onto her shoulder, and starts to tug at her hair. "...I think Chandra's reminding me I should be getting home... It was nice to meet you, Silvia-san!"
Koji Silvia 2017-05-07 07:05:22 76038
Koji Silvia shakes his head, "Oh please... just... just Koji." Nodding to her, and then to the monkey, "It was good to meet you too." Bowing again a couple more times, acting a bit amazed at a girl talking to him as he backs away once more, "I will see your parents restaurant soon. I hope I'll see you there!"
Rashmi Terios 2017-05-07 07:06:46 76039
"Take care!" Rashmi calls with a wave, before hefting her bag and heading off to the nearest train station.