Magic of Helping


Daisuke Hansuke and Koji Silva go help at a soup kitchen along with Naota, Rashmi and Yuzuki! It goes about as well as you can expect~ Good!...with some bumps~

Date: 2017-12-04
Pose Count: 34
Daisuke Hansuke 2017-12-04 02:19:47 87302
Daisuke Hansuke had arranged to go help at a soup kitchen with Koji Silvia a couple weeks back and today was that day. It was about nearly dinner time. Night wasn't quite a thing yet. So Daisuke takes off in his couple year old, popular fancy model convertible. It is kind of a /little/ ostentatious despite it's age and he rarely uses it, but does when he's ferrying around 'a luckton of food and spices' around.

He arrives at the soup kitchen, a small former pop up shop that's been rented by a local organization in downtown somewhere, and begins to unload A big bag of vegetables and other things from the trunk of the car.

Things pile up next to him quickly as he unloads the car as he gets....

Completely overworked quick as he hrks as he lowers the last bag carefully and then 'huffs!' loudly as he sits on the edge of the trunk after closing it.

"Ohhhkay." he says as he looks around he looks down at his phone and texts Koji. He's here, the text basically says.

Why are YOU here now? Maybe you know Daisuke and he invited you! Maybe You know Koji and he invited you! Maybe you just decided to do a good thing within the holiday season!

Also. Daisuke totally needs help with those bags. Just saying.
Naota Uneme 2017-12-04 02:24:26 87303
Naota Uneme is helping with the bags, insistantly carrying the large ones despite his small frame. He grunts as he sets another one down on the table and then runs back to grab one more. He's here because he volunteered: it's his first year but he had the idea the year before. "What can I do next, Hansuke-san?" he asks, introductions having been made when they met up.
Koji Silvia 2017-12-04 02:28:08 87304
Before the text can even be shown as sent successfully, Koji is present and accounted for.

He's in through the back door and says out loud where Daisuke can hear him, "Already working on it!"

The young man is trying to so his hardest to check on all the equipment in the back and catalogue what's been delivered. There's a whiteboard he's brought from Archery Club on a stand in the back where he's begun writing down ingredients under certain dish ideas, as if now trying to decide what to help design to make for the people who will come tonight. Despite the chill winter air, he's in cargo pants, boots, T-shirt, and an apron, and nothing else... and is such a whirlwind of movement that it's no wonder he's already stripped down.
Yuzuki Amemori 2017-12-04 02:31:45 87305
Yuzuki Amemori stretches out, standing on her toes for a moment, rolling her shoulders, in general just getting herself as comfortable as possible. She's wandered along and managed to volunteer herself, bbundled up in her coat, a hoodie and a long skirt. Once she's inside, most of that changes at least a touch though. Sneaking into the back to sign in, she looks around for whoever else is working as well and tries to stay out of their way while she gets ready. "So... being new to all of this, what do I need to do?"
Rashmi Terios 2017-12-04 02:48:47 87306
It's nice to be able to help people in a way that doesn't require one to put their life on the line. Preferable, most times. So when Rashmi hears about the soup kitchen, and that more hands could be used to help, she volunteered almost immediately. Rounding the corner in view of the truck, she smiles brightly, waving at Koji, and hefting the small sack slung over her shoulder.

"Hii~! What d'you need help with, also I've got another donation too; Mami and Papi put together a big bunch of herbs and spices to go in, where should I put them?"
Daisuke Hansuke 2017-12-04 02:56:03 87307
Magical girls (and boys!) often always save people the hard way that involves punching or beams or magical incantations or shoving a monsters foot so far down their mouth. Sometimes it's nice to do it a way that isn't any of that.

BUT SOMETIMES it's just as tiring. "A..ah thanks Naota-san." he says as he shakes his arms. Ow.

He eyes Koji and gives a sure smirk. "Thank god you're here before me. Whew. Thanks, Koji-kun." he says. He eyes Yuzuki.

"Um. Help me bring in these bags then we need to start preparing and stuff. You cook in a kitchen?" he asks. "I don't." he snorts. "But that's why I have him." he motions to Koji. "Here today." he says.

Then Rashmi comes and ums. "Unless we're using it today hand it off to one of the volunteers inside and they'll store it properly so they can use it another day soon." he smiles.

"My name is Daisuke Hansuke." he says. "People should be expecting you so just walk the stuff in." he says. "I still need a moment." he laments. "Getting the stuff in wasn't easy either."
Koji Silvia 2017-12-04 03:01:12 87308
Looking up in relief Koji says with a smile, "Oh good, thank goodness Rashmi you're here! I really need your help!"

Patting Daisuke on the shoulder he grins a bit more, eyes shining bright under his glasses, "So some of the stuff delivered isn't on the list that I handed off... but that was just ideas. The people here can cook, but no one knows what to do. I'm putting together some easy recipies in the back, though you're the expert."

Going back into the back, he passes by Naota and Yuzuki, bowing to each hastily as he says, "Hello, My name is Silvia Koji, thank you for coming." And then he's back with the board. Grilled fish, pickled plum onigiri, skewers are up on the board, and about 5-6 other ingredients he doesn't know what to do with just yet.
Naota Uneme 2017-12-04 03:02:27 87309
"I cook some," says Naota in a doubtful tone, "but I'm not great at it or anything." He gives Koji and Yuzuki a wave when he sees them, then one more to Rashmi when she arrives and then gets out of the way of the older kids so they can organize. He's not surprised to be the youngest person here. "Maybe I could help with serving?"
Rashmi Terios 2017-12-04 03:07:43 87310
"Good to meet you all," Rashmi chirps, bowing her greeting. "I'm Rashmi Terios, my parents own the Korma Chameleon over on Juuban. Thank you for having me!" And with pleasantries out of the way, Rashmi trots to the pile by the truck, and hauls up a sack of turnips to totter into the building. Clearly this is not unfamiliar work, by far.
Yuzuki Amemori 2017-12-04 03:13:38 87311
Yuzuki Amemori helps pick up the stuff needed to prepare all of the food, hefting them over her shoulder, showing she's pretty powerful with or without the magic. Relatively at least. She shakes her head at the second question, "I haven't cooked in a kitchen like this, no, but I'm a quick study and I cook on my own."
Daisuke Hansuke 2017-12-04 03:17:28 87312
Daisuke Hansuke ohs at Rashmi! "Oh you're the g----" girl that Koji pretends to date because his dad has a beauty issue or something. "Um. the girl that. Works. At that resturant." he completely saves it! Yup. He's not dumb enough to spout something like what he almost totally did. "Korma! That's it!" he says.

Oh look getting busy as he sighs and blinks at Koji and fumbles into his pocket. Pulls out the list and eyes it. "Nrg. Sorry." he says. "We'll make do though." he says.

He shoves it back into the pocket and shrugs at Yuzuki. "Good, we'll need your help um..."

He looks to Naota as he moves into the kitchen. "We gotta make the food before it can be served." he smirks. "....know how to measure?" he asks.

"I have like a luckton of onions and carrots and radishes." he says. "In those bags. Can we use those in anything?" he asks like a derp.

There's an occasional volunteer here or there helping out too besides the younger crew here!
Koji Silvia 2017-12-04 03:25:50 87313
Going up to the board, Koji looks at it a moment, looks back at the ingredients and then swipes half the board clean so he can write up on top 'Veggie Curry' and then right under that 'Pickled salad'.

After that, he smiles over at the others and then says, "Rashmi, since curry is your family tradition, do you mind taking the onion, carrot, turnips, and Daikon and turning those into something?"

Next he bows to Naota, "Someone needs to get the rice going and then start making Pickled Plum Onigiri."

Yuzuki is after, where he says, "Would you mind taking more of the onion, the radishes, and some konbu over there, cut it all really thin, and then mix it with some of the rice vinegar and red pepper flakes for a salad?"

Finally it's to Daisuke, "We need people to serve, and someone to keep everything organized. Since your family hosted this event, do you mind, Dai..." A beat, "-san?"

It's only then that Koji realizes what he's doing, blushes, and the rubs the back of his neck, "I mean... that is... if you all want to listen to me... I'm not really in charge..."
Naota Uneme 2017-12-04 03:28:56 87315
Naota Uneme is distracted from Yuzuki's remarkable display of strength when Daisuke asks him a question. "Sure, I can measure." But it seems that it's Koji who has the ideas right now. "Yes, senpai!" Naota gives him a nod before running over to the rice cooker and filling it. This is familiar work to him, at least: familiar and welcome.
Rashmi Terios 2017-12-04 03:41:21 87316
"Ryokai!" Rashmi says as she emerges from dropping off her offerings, clicking her heels together, tossing off a quick salute and grinning. "Seriously Koji-kun these things are always better with someone good at organizing." With that said, she returns to the pile, hefting a sack of carrots and lugging it toward the empty station she seems to have claimed as hers.

"Yeah I'm Koji-kun's friend," she calls at Daisuke, as she starts to chop the carrots. "It's good to meet you, Hansuke-san!"
Yuzuki Amemori 2017-12-04 03:58:53 87317
Yuzuki Amemori looks back over her shoulder at Koji and says, "Amemore Yuzuki, nice to meet you guys. Uh... all of you." Sure some might look vaguely familiar, but she's a DJ, she sees a lot of people right? "For the thin slices, do you want it in slivers, or diced?" She sets the bag down where it's needed, brushes her hands, her shoulder, then heads back for any others before checking around the area. "Salad stuff though... should we maybe keep it somewhat separated? We probably don't have enough room for a salad bar sort of thing, do we?" Right, dicing things up.

She has pretty good knife work. Chopping quickly and finely. What, she uses a giant sword with some degree of precision, it translates over! Totally! And not just because she's been practicing because she wanted to for someone specialy or anything. Or both. That's probably right.
Daisuke Hansuke 2017-12-04 03:59:43 87318
Daisuke Hansuke takes a deep breath. "Right." He says. "Good. Yes. Curry. If she knows curries have her do the curry." a deeper breath. "Koji, please help her." he says. "Naota, right we need to make rice and stuff ongri, you can make rice, right?" he asks with a wide smile. It's an easy thing, to make rice.

He eyes Yuzuki and says. "Let's get. The front ready. I mean after you finish that stuff! Um." he says to Yuzuki.

"The warmers need warmed up still I think..."

"Hey do the warmers need turned on! Up front?" he asks around a door. He gets an affirmative reply and escapes to the front area of the kitchen to turn those on. Flick. Flick. Flick. A pause.

"...what temperature do these things need to be kept at..." he fiddles with the temperature dial.
Koji Silvia 2017-12-04 04:09:03 87319
The fish that are meant to be grilled are already being broken down by Koji so that they can be oiled and putting on the grill, but as the question comes, he puts his knife to one side and goes over to Yuzuki-chan and says to her, "long slices not dices, easy grab for chopsticks and something to help add a little extra to the meal." Smiling at her... he pauses for a moment, and then asks, "Haven't I seen your face... at the rail station someplace?"

He moves along and goes to where Naota is, looking over his shoulder for a moment before saying to him with a grin as he says, "I'm going to make a seasoned vinegar while I'm working on the fish for you to mix with the rice so it can be like sushi rice for the Onigiri. And again, thank you very much. Dai-san was hoping more of us could come."

Rashmi needs no words of advice, just a mouthed 'Thank you' before he goes to where Daisuke and some of the other servers are, "Okay... so... just set them to middle temperature for now. And I'm going to show you how to set up the plates as soon as we've got all the basics set up. Promise."

He looks like he wants to say more... but then there's a touch of a blush in his cheeks before he suddenly scurries back and returns to filleting the fish with little artist flicks of the knife. But after a few moments he adds in a louder voice to Daisuke, "Tea! We need someone to get the pots full of Tea!"
Naota Uneme 2017-12-04 04:17:54 87320
Naota nods. "Yes, senpai!" He's got all three rice cookers going now and is waiting for them to be ready. "I can make tea," he offers. "Where are the teapots?" He's energetic, if perhaps a tad too eager at the moment. But kids, right?"
Rashmi Terios 2017-12-04 04:21:10 87321
"Anytime," Rashmi murmurs between chops. The carrots get broken down pretty quickly, and transferred to a large bowl, and next come the daikon. "It's good to meet you too, Amemori-san! Also with the salad stuff, find one of the bigger bowls to dump everything in. When it's time to mix the dressing, pour about half in to toss with the vegetables, and save the rest to put on when it's served. It's a trick Papi uses when the dinner rush gets bad."

Prepping away for awhile, Rashmi seems content to hum to herself, when a thought strikes her. "Hey, Hansuke-san? 'Bout how often do you do this? Only I'd be happy to give you my number for the next time you need volunteers!"
Yuzuki Amemori 2017-12-04 04:26:33 87322
Yuzuki Amemori finishes her chopping quickly enough, taking a moment to doublecheck her work, run over to the sink and wash both her knives and cutting board, but also her hands. From there, she slips past people, taking care to warn them if they have hot or sharp things. From there, she's out the door to follow after Daisuke as requested. She does stop to note for Rashmi, "When I come back I'll throw the stuff in a bowl for the salad, we need the dressing still anyway, right?"

Then she's out the door with the guy from earlier, asking, "What do we do now?"
Daisuke Hansuke 2017-12-04 04:30:13 87323
Daisuke Hansuke finally gets the warmer on it's correct temperature with Koji's help. "Oh thank god you know what you're doing th---" and then Koji is running away. He can't see the blush. He rubs the back of his head. He must be. Zooming around. Yeah.

"Oh! Tea! Right!" he says as he scampers to the back closet where the dry goods are kept and finds the teabags. Because teabags are used here. He places them down. "Here." he says. "There's the tea. Um. Pots are. Over. There..." he points Naota in the right direction.

Then he turns towards Yuzuki and says. "Um. Plates. Cups. Stuff. Out front." he says.

Then he looks towards Rashmi. "I try once a month! I can't always make it. Didn't make it last month because of um....."

Smash cut to Phantom Ace being struck in the face with a pole as he spins around and wobbles on his feet and rubs his face by some thug. He swears. Venus yells somewhere in the background 'PUNCH HIM THE FACE ACEY!', probably.

"...stuff." he says as he sighs for just a moment.
Koji Silvia 2017-12-04 04:42:12 87324
Young Naota calling him 'Senpai' is tripping up Koji a little, but it wasn't that long ago for him, and he says conversationally to the others, "Thanks for letting me take charge. I usually have to do this every student festival... they always want to do a cafe, but no one at Seiyou seems to remember how to cook. I think they do it on purpose because they like what I come up with. I mean... that first year all I wanted to do was help, and then this year they just tell me to go in and tell me what the booth or the cafe are supposed to make."

Laughing a little, he goes on back to his work, and soon has several of the fish ready to be put on the grill, the sizzle sounding off as he goes to get a board that he can put them on and give to the front to put in the warming trays, "Did anyone bring a sound system or something? I mean, it's the holidays... we could use some music. Just don't ask me to sing, please."

From his pocket, there's a brief flash of blue that comes through the pocket of his cargo shorts, like his phone has gone off... but that is just a little comment from his personal peanut gallery.
Naota Uneme 2017-12-04 04:46:26 87325
Young Naota follows Daisuke's directions and finds the tea pots, then fills them with water and sets them on some convenient burners. "I don't have any music, sorry," he offers, although he finds himself humming as he waits for the teapots to start humming themselves. "My class did a fortune-telling booth this year. It was fun." He handled tickets.
Rashmi Terios 2017-12-04 04:55:51 87326
"Ours did a fortune-telling booth," Rashmi says over a growing mound of daikon peelings. "It was pretty wild, but I couldn't do the fortunes because I couldn't keep a straight face and go all 'WoooOOOooooOOOOOooo~!' over the fake crystal ball." Shaking her head, Rashmi sweeps the peelings into a nearby trash can. "So I handled tickets."

"I understand how that is, Hansuke-san! Stuff just comes up sometimes, but if you need someone to cover for you here definitely gimme a call," she says, apparently quite happy in her work.
Yuzuki Amemori 2017-12-04 04:58:47 87327
Yuzuki Amemori looks from the kitchen, to Daisuke, then back. She shrugs and says "Sure, give me a sec." before disappearing back into the kitchen. Which isn't much of a disappearing act, what with everyone else being back there. "I don't have my sound system" she comments to Koji, but continues, "If you can find some speakers and a radio or something I can get it all set up though."

She begins to work on pulling bowls, setting a big one by her earlier work. The rest get stacked into easy to handle stacks that she begins carting out front.

"Fortune telling?" she asks curiously, taking a moment to linger for an answer before she disappears back up front with dishware
Daisuke Hansuke 2017-12-04 05:12:54 87328
Daisuke Hansuke is trying to find paper towels. There. Paper towels found. He sighs and turns around. "No problem Koji." he says softly. "And I appreciate all your help!" he says. He blinks. "Oh um. No. No... sound system.." he mutters and rubs the back of his head. "I'll um. Have to bring a Boom box or something next time." he says.

He skips around past Koji a moment to peek at cooking.

"Looks good!" he says as he rolls his eyes. "Wanna know what Verone does? Jackbutt." he says. "Everyone has their noses too far up their own butts or something." he says with a huff as he runs back to the front. He peeks to the window and peeks the blind open then freezes and closes it.

"Oh.. that's. A larger than average crowd." he squeaks in a stammer. He turns back around.
Rashmi Terios 2017-12-04 05:22:00 87329
"Yeah, our class rep wanted to do something besides a food stall, and someone else I guess knows a miko, and it kind of got away from there. We ended up having a tent set up with a divider, so one side could do Japanese-style fortune-telling, and someone else could dress up like a Western fortune-teller and do the crystal ball thing. It sounded like people were having fun, at least!"

Peering out the kitchen door, she sees Daisuke pale at the sight out the window, and clears her throat. "Okay! Nearly done with the vegetables! We should get the salad finished first, the curry'll need time to stew! I'll help with the onigiri once I'm done here, looks like we're going to have a crowd!"
Koji Silvia 2017-12-04 05:23:24 87330
With a grimace, Koji says, "I don't like doing the fortune telling booths, they always tell me weird stuff. Not good weird, but creepy weird." Rubbing the back of his neck on reflex after saying it, he then oopses and goes to wash his hands once more.

Passing by Dai, he replies, "That's okay. We'll figure something out."

Inside his head, Koji hears Tyrfing say, -You don't me what I think you think you mean do you?-

He mumbles back before reaching Naota, "I suppose you're right."

Before his Device can reply to his thought he's over and showing the younger boy how to take the spoonfuls of pickled plum pieces from the jars and make the onigiri. This move at least he's been practicing, and the way he shapes them makes them look like little panda bears.

Going back over after making three of them in demonstration to Naota, he passes by Rashmi to smell at the curry and then to his station where he can look at the grilled fish, "I'm kinda hoping we're going to have this all together at the same time... Either way, I'm having fun. I don't know about anyone else."

As he starts putting fish on the board to take out to the front he mentions to Yuzuki, "I guess music's out of the question."
Naota Uneme 2017-12-04 05:25:23 87331
Welp. Sounds like Naota picked a fun year to start helping. He takes the teapots off the burners once they're done and then hurries back over to the rice so that Koji can show him how to make the onigiri, following along easily enough. "Okay!" That having been done he starts rolling out rice ball after rice ball. "It just means that we get to help a lot of people tonight, right?"
Yuzuki Amemori 2017-12-04 05:48:30 87332
Yuzuki Amemori looks at the crowd, pales just a bit while stating, "It's not as easy when it's food, you know that?" before quickly shaking her head to get back to work. There's a moment in the back where she's hurriedly doing everything she can. Then she stops, takes a breath and gets herself composed enough to get back into a groove of work. Humming to herself even.
Koji Silvia 2017-12-04 06:01:17 87333
Since the curry is taking a little longer than expected, Koji goes back to the whiteboard and draws out a picture of what the dishes are supposed to look like. It's rough, but the curry is a 'lake' in the bowl, with the grilled fish in the center, and two of the panda-Onigiri on top of that like a canoe.

Once he's finished, he steps back and adjusts his glasses once more before he looks over the rest of the crew, and then down to Naota, "So I've got an important job for you, one that's going to take up all of your time. We need someone out there to pick up from all the tables once people are done and bring everything to the waste bins, recycling, and for the stuff that we can wash. Thank for making all those really neat Onigiri."

Putting Naota on his task, he then returns to his station to take the first batch of fish out for the warming plates, saying over his shoulder to Rashmi, "Put the next line of fish on for me? Please?"
Naota Uneme 2017-12-04 06:02:53 87334
Naota's response is a crisp bow. "Yes, senpai! You can rely on me!" He rolls up his sleeves and leaves the kitchen, wading into the crowd so he can start cleaning up as needed. It IS a busy night tonight!
Rashmi Terios 2017-12-04 06:04:47 87335
"On it!" Rashmi says, shifting over to set the fish on, then moves up to help with the plating. Curry, fish, onigiri... As she moves back to the kitchen to check ont he next batch of curry, she pauses to grin at Koji. "That's a really good idea, Koji-kun. It's one thing to have a hot meal, but you have to care a lot to make it just look nice too, y'know?"
Koji Silvia 2017-12-04 06:38:52 87336
And so the volunteers open the door for those looking for a hot meal and a little place away from the cold of the night, the adults and the young men and women waiting for those people with smiles on their faces.

And just like Rashmi said, the care in the moment of the little panda onigiri make most of the men, women, and children coming in smile a little. Soon... it almost becomes a game for the servers preparing the plates... the pandas are swimming, are wrestling, climbing on each other. For shared plates they become little families, and one individual even turns one of the grilled fish into a tall rock for a panda to be perched on.

It's a good time for people on both sides of the food line, and as the night goes on, even the most tired person is given a hand up or a smile from another.

Proof that one does not need to be able to change into a magical girl, wield a magical weapon, or defeat evil to bring light to people who are facing the trials of life and seeming to lose.