Cherry on Top

Cheri's first day working at Cafe Mew Mew gets off to a rouch start. However, she ends up making two new friends by the end of the day!

Date: 2018-03-13
Pose Count: 44
Cheri Koumori 2018-03-13 02:46:56 89409
    Cafe Mew had not openned too long ago, and already it's becoming popular with the kids at school. Perhaps that is why they had started hiring school aged kids as waitresses to serve the growing number of customers. Today it seems they have a new hire, a cute little girl of indeterminate age, dressed in the typical Mew Maid uniform with a deep wine red dress underneath the signature frilly white apron and hat.

It's a busy day for a newbie on the job, doubly so with such a small staff roster, and the poor girl looks like she's been running around all over the place all day. There seems to be a sale on pies at the moment and the delicious smell of pies at almost every table waft throughout the place.
Hokuto Minase 2018-03-13 02:52:32 89410
Naturally, Hokuto has decided to check out the new place. After all, her family is already condemning the place for 'ill repute', whatever that's supposed to mean, so naturally she has to see what's got them all up in arms about it. She's even dressed up a bit for it, with wine-red slacks and blazer over a frilly ivory silk blouse, and even some nice ankle boots to go with it. Sometimes, a coincidence is all Fate needs.

She steps into the cafe, taking a deep breath of the scent of the various pies, and a little smile flirts across her lips. It would seem there might be mroe than just baking at work here. "Well," she muses to herself, before seeking out a maid - er, waitress - to get her a seat and a menu. "This ought to be interesting."
Cheri Koumori 2018-03-13 02:57:43 89411
Cheri Koumori draws a deep breath as an irritated blonde lady, dressed in a fancy pink dress and white boa, a toy poodle sitting on the seat next to her, yells at her from the far corner. "Hurry up already! I haven't got all day!" she grumbles. Swallowing a little, Cheri quickens her pace to the corner, carefully laying her tray in front of her, along with the dog's mini-tray with cake on it. The dog growls at her and she squeaks, hopping back a bit, clearly nervous of the woman and her dog. "Gomen-nai, san.." she murmurs, bowing deeply before hurrying off to serve the next person in line.

Spying another potential customer by the entrance, she smiles rather nervously at Hokuto and bows. "Umm..Welcome m-miss. Just a table for one? Please follow me." Still sounding a little breathless, her voice is soft, nervous although she manages a small shy smile for the other girl as she beckons her to follow her towards a nice corner table for two. "Please make yourself comfortable. Can I get you anything to drink?"
Hokuto Minase 2018-03-13 03:06:42 89412
Hokuto smiles lightly, briefly pausing and her eyes widening as she takes in the matching color schemes of the two. "Fate indeed," she whispers, then focuses on the maid-waitress. "Yes, I'm afraid life has conspired to leave me unaccompanied today." She follows towards the table, then hmms softly.

"Unless you have a break soon, of course. What do you have in a white tea today?" Of course she'd ask for something expensive and fancy....
Cheri Koumori 2018-03-13 03:13:19 89413
Cheri Koumori blinks back at Hokuto, noticing her wine-red slacks and smiles a little, laughing nervously. "Oh..Ooh, that's really pretty. Wine is m-my favorite c-color. It looks very nice on you." seh blushes a little, glancing around, but relaxes some as she sees the crowd is thinning out a bit. Once Hokuto is sitting all comfy in a chair, she files through her menus for a drink menu, and then a separate food menu. But, clearly nervous and a bit tired from a long and busy work day so far, her finger trembles, and the menu slips out of her hand, falling towards Hokuto's head.

"Eep! I-I'm really sorry!" she darts over to try and catch it, nearly tripping over Hokuto's feet but manages to catch herself at the last moment, grabbing the menu before it can deck the other girl on the head, twisting back so that she now stands at a weird, awkward angle as she balances plates in one hand and the menus in the other hand. "Eeep...I'm really sorry, err..Here.."

She manages to slide the spare menu onto the table and cleaars her throat. "Umm, we have some nice jasmine white tea which is a favorite, with fresh sprouted flowers in the teapot. We also have orange blossom, and peach tea. Those three are on sale today, there are some more teas on that list there.." she's blushing profusely now, trying to straighten up now, glancing at her slowly sliding menus in one hand and her clattering plates in the other.
Hokuto Minase 2018-03-13 03:23:30 89414
Hokuto's own hand snaps up to snatch at the menu, ever so slightly off target - so she ends up simply making it easier for the maid-girl to catch it herself. "Careful now, little one. You do seem a touch nervous... new to the job?" She smiles gently as she waits for the girl to get herself in order, while Hokuto herself gets comfortable in her seat.

"The jasmine will be fine," she decides after a moment's consideration. It's probably not all that good, by tea-fanatic standards, but she isn't a tea fanatic, so she'll play along. She's had a long day of putting up with her family's idea of Right And Proper, and right now she's going to have it on her own terms.

"Now," she muses, "Take a moment and compose yourself, girl." She offers a gentle, charming smile to try to reassure her.
Cheri Koumori 2018-03-13 03:29:24 89415
Cheri Koumori blushes terribly, nodding quickly to the other girl's words. "Arigato..I am very sorry, it is my first day on the job, and I am very nervous! There are so many people, and someone called in sick today..My break is in about five minutes, and I am expecting another waiter to join us shortly." she murmurs, but seems to relax to Hokuto's calming words. When she orders a jasmine tea, Cheri nods, scribbling down some notes in her notepad before taking back the drink menu. "Will you require anything to eat today? Cherry pies are on a special 50% off price today.."
Makio Ryu 2018-03-13 03:40:15 89416
The cafe's only visible waiter as of yet comes up near Cheri. He's wearing a sort of dark blue and cyan, fancified looking butler costume, along with dark blue framed glasses. "Actually, it's cool Cheri, go ahead and take your break," he insists, "You're doing great. I can take both your orders and let you chill a little longer, if you want."
Hokuto Minase 2018-03-13 03:41:48 89417
Hokuto nods and continues smiling softly. "Just try to relax. Take a moment, breathe in slowly, breathe out. In, out. Ten times, as slow as you can manage." It's a simple meditative practice that she's used often, when things go... sideways, in her life.

"Then back to work until your break," she finishes. "And I will consider the pies after I have seen the quality of the tea." She'd actually like to take a look at the menu first, but then the other waiter approaches them. The direction for Cheri to take her break now elicits a widened smile from her, and a nod. "Sit yourself down and join me if you like, I love to have interesting company."
Cheri Koumori 2018-03-13 03:48:14 89418
Cheri Koumori blinks and jumps a few feet in the air as Makio suddenly appears behind her. "Eeek! M-Makio-kun? where did you come from?" she squeaks, her cute wine-red bat clips practically jumping off her head before somehow managing to reattach themselves to her short bob hair. "Umm..Umm are you sure? I'm okay with this last order.." although she is looking quite hungry as her stomach growls, and looking rather pale (not that this is anything new for the usually sickly looking girl). But when Hokuto reaffirms what Makio says she nods and sighs, "Alright. Thank you, both of you.." she pulls off her frilly apron, laying it on the back of the empty chair and checks her watch. Then, following Hokuto's advice, she draws in a deep breath and practices her breathing exercises as she has done many times before, which causes her to relax visibly. "Thank you name is Cheri Koumari..What's your name?"
Makio Ryu 2018-03-13 03:56:27 89419
Makio smiles again and offers a quick wink. "Yeah, I'm sure, you're fine. It's your first day, dude... you need some rest," He'd 'usher' her into the chair like any customer. She's already standing right there, so it's really just a gesture that's left to be handled. "Then, what can I get you both, M'ladies," he asks, taking a moment to adjust the glasses before he sets pencil to the note book he's carrying. "I'm Makio Ryu if you need to catch me for anything. It is pretty busy today, so you might need to..."
Hokuto Minase 2018-03-13 04:00:43 89420
"Thank you, Makio, Cheri. And I appreciate your graciousness to your coworker. So many places I no longer see such cameraderie..." She sighs softly. "We'll start with a pot of the jasmine tea, unless - Cheri, was it - is opposed to that for her own reasons."

Hokuto reaches a hand across the table towards Cheri, a fairly plain name-card under it. "I have the distinct and frequently unpleasant priviledge to be Hokuto Minase. Yes, those Minase." A fairly wealthy clan with a history - mostly legendary now, as far as most people know - of doing business as onmyouji, shinto excorcists and wizard-priests. "It's a pleasure to meet you both."
Cheri Koumori 2018-03-13 04:07:41 89421
Cheri Koumori nods and smiles faintly to Makio, "Arigato, Makio-kun. I hope I am doing a good job on my first day here. There is so much to learn and I did not realize it would be so crazy busy!" she draws a deep breath, looking at the drink menu, "A pot of Jasmine tea sounds lovely." she smiles and nods to Hokuto, "And I would also like to order a black cherry tart. All the others look so very tasty.." she arches a curious brow at Hokuto as she offers her name. "M-Minase-san? Oh, I think I have heard the name before. Oh, are you a shinto Priestess?"
Makio Ryu 2018-03-13 04:15:06 89422
Makio Ryu raises a brow slightly at Hokuto's introduction. "I just keep meeting more and more rich people since I started making friends," he notes, "And you're doing fine Cheri, no worries." He'd take the orders before giving a bow and wandering off to the kitchen to turn in the orders.
Hokuto Minase 2018-03-13 04:21:24 89423
Hokuto leaves the card there for Cheri, then hmms softly, pausing to look over the list of pies. "Hmm, what is this... 'key lime'?" she asks, considering the entry.

She looks up to Cheri's arched brow, and waves a hand. "Part-time, at least. I have yet to decide if I'm going to be serious about it... I want to finish school first, maybe University..."
Cheri Koumori 2018-03-13 04:30:47 89424
Cheri Koumori beams at Makio, blushing still, "Really? I hope so. I really dont want to get fired on my first day. I've never waited on people before, and I always get nervous in public, but I guess they liked my baking abilities." he takes off and she draws a deep breath, looking back at Hokuto. "Key lime, yes. They're really good, really fresh." she rests her chin in her hands as she ponders Hokuto for a moment or two. "wow, a Shinto priestess..Even if it is just part time, that sounds really exciting. What kind of stuff do you get to do?"
Makio Ryu 2018-03-13 04:35:03 89425
Makio Ryu returns from turning in the drinks. "Key lime's a nice one, yeah" he states in agreement with Cheri, "It's a little tart and mixes well with cheese cake." He grins and reaches to attempt to pat Cheri's head before remembering himself and stopping before he does so. "Err, yes, really," he insists.
Hokuto Minase 2018-03-13 04:39:12 89426
Hokuto nods, deciding on the spur of the moment. "I'll try it," she announces, "Thank you."

She offers Cheri a brief smile. "Exciting? Mmm... sometimes. I get to tend to shrines, feed the sacred flame, feed the koi in the sacred spring, that sort of thing..." She shrugs. "People like the Senshi take care of monsters, these days." Not to say that she isn't one of those...
Cheri Koumori 2018-03-13 04:45:07 89427
Cheri Koumori just nods enthusiastically, grateful for the tea as she is feeling a bit nervous still and needs something to relax her. Once it arrives, she thirstily pours herself a cup and sips it down, wincing visibly at the hotness. "Eep! I think I burned my tongue!" whoops. Fortunately there is cool whipped cream on the cherry tart and she gratefully reaches for some to cool her burnt tongue. Arching a brow at Hokuto, she listens intently to her descriptions, seeming quite interested. "Oh wow, it sounds so pretty and peaceful..I would love to take a visit some day. I really like animals. Koi are so cute. Do you have other animals on the temple grounds? Crows, perhaps?" at the mention of Senshi and monsters, she bites her lip nervously. "Ooh have you ever met the Sailor Senshi?"
Makio Ryu 2018-03-13 04:46:47 89428
Makio Ryu chuckles a little at the talk of senshi. "Yeah, seems like you can't walk down an alley without those girls coming up somehow anymore," he says as he takes down the order for the key lime as well. "And I'll be right back with that one for you, Lady Minase," he notes with another bow.
Hokuto Minase 2018-03-13 04:52:07 89429
"Thank you," Hokuto says to Makio with a nod, pausing briefly as he turns to go.

"There are always crows about, I'd say," she answers to Cheri's question. "I've even seen a fox about one of the shrines, a few times." She closes her eyes briefly, remembering. "I was... oh, maybe nine or so. I spent days setting out treats for it, trying to get it to come to me so I could pet it. But it never did come close enough."
Cheri Koumori 2018-03-13 04:54:54 89430
Cheri Koumori blinks at Makio, "Ooh, what are they like? Are they larger than life? I've always been a big fan..." she sighs, "It must be so nice, being able to protect the good guys and beat up the bad guys, but I guess it can be pretty scary too.." She peers back at Hokuto as she mentions some more animals, "Ooh, I love crows and foxes. I wish I could get a pet of my own one day, maybe a bird or a little kitty, but I have lots of allergies and I get weak easily. My parents are afraid I'd get scratched and hurt too easily. I hate feeling like a paperdoll.." she looks sad for a moment, but another gulp of soothing tea seems to relax her some more. "Um, so have you ever seen a bat, before?"
Makio Ryu 2018-03-13 05:00:19 89431
Makio Ryu returns with the order of key lime pie, dropping some cheese cake onto the table as well. "Free of charge since I brought it up," he explains the extra serving of pie. "Oh, I don't really know," he says in responce to Cheri, "I guess they would be since they must be great at the whole mahou business though!" To be fair he HAS only seen Chiba and Kazuo in battle out of that group, so he can say this without even lieing about it.
Hokuto Minase 2018-03-13 05:08:01 89432
Hokuto focuses for a short time on trying the key lime pie, now, having given her approval to the tea. "Well," she muses. "This is definitely quite nice. Very tart, but sweet and creamy as well. I could get to like this." She takes another bite before answering Cheri's questions.

"The Senshi? mmm, they're ... nice, I suppose, is the best way to put it. Very human, very normal."

She shrugs, listening to the rest of the question. "A bat? Mmm, maybe once or twice. I don't think I've ever had the chance to see them up close, though."
Cheri Koumori 2018-03-13 05:33:10 89433
Cheri Koumori smiles and nods to Hokuto. "Oh..Wow, that's really amazing. I wish I could meet a magical person just once. It must be so glamourous, but kinda scary.." she sighs wistfully, picking at her cherry pie, seeming to really enjoy it. "Well, i'm so glad I got a job here, I really love being around food and i'm a whiz in the kitchen, you'll see!" she beams at Makio, arching a brow at Hokuto, "Mm, I'd love to meet a bat. I met one once, but it was sleeping and I didnt want to disturb the little guy. They're just soooo cute, you know?"
Makio Ryu 2018-03-13 05:33:10 89434
"What about fish," Makio wonders curiously toward Cheri, "I mean, I can't offer any super exotic sea life like a penguin but, fish would be easy with my family situation..." Somehow he seems to not be all that bothered by the fact Hokuto is talking like she knows these seemingly fictional type people. "Ahh, there's more customers, I better get on that." He gives another bow before making his way off again.
Hokuto Minase 2018-03-20 02:29:34 89599
Hokuto hmms softly, smiling. "They are kind of cute, yes. I'll admit I prefer crows, myself, but then, I've always been fond of stories about tengu." She shrugs casually, pausing as Makio rushes away to deal with customers. "What got you interested in bats, if I might ask?"
Cheri Koumori 2018-03-20 02:35:42 89600
Mew Black Cherry smiles and waves to Makio as he leaves. "See you later, Makio-kun!" she calls out, seeming a bit more confident now than she did when she started her shift. Looking back to Hokuto, she shrugs, "I dunno, I guess I'm really into vampire stories, they're kind of romantic I guess, kind of mysterious and beautiful and fearsome..But when I did further research into them, I realized they're not evil like vampires, and are actually quite caring and gentle and loving to each other. Even so, they're pretty interesting little critters...What about you? How come you like crows?"
Hokuto Minase 2018-03-20 02:37:00 89601
"Beautiful and mysterious vampires, hmm?" Hokuto rests her chin on one palm while she toys with a fork, musing over vampire stories she's read. "So, which is your favorite vampire story?" She points her fork at Cheri, then lifts her head to take another bite of her pie.
Cheri Koumori 2018-03-20 02:41:11 89603
Mew Black Cherry bites her lip and blushes a bit, looking away. "Umm...I guess so. I've always liked..Uh..Twilight, I suppose, because the vampires were not automatically portrayed as evil and were actually trying to be human and capable of love. But I also liked the Buffy series because they were more classic vampire. And of course Bram Stoker's Dracula was my favorite because they actually turn into real bats and he's almost a tragic villain I guess.." she smiles a bit and shrugs, "I guess I'm just a hapless romantic too..The idea that a human could fall in love with a monster, or that a monster could love a human seems..Interesting. Or maybe it's just that I've always been sick and weakly, and bullied in school, so the idea of being a powerful creature who could fight back would be neat.."
Hokuto Minase 2018-03-20 02:49:40 89605
Hokuto blinks and shakes her head. "Twilight... well." She sighs softly. "I couldn't get more than halfway through the first volume. It was just..." She waves a hand dismissively. "Stoker was alright, there've been a few folks attempting to write sequels to him..." She hmms. "Can't think of the one right now, but I thought it was good at the time."

While Cheri describes her romantic ideals, Hokuto enjoys another bite of pie. "There's certainly something to that... I think you're certainly not alone in wishing that." She smiles a little. "I've had my own fantasies, now and again."
Cheri Koumori 2018-03-20 02:53:06 89606
Mew Black Cherry blushes a bit, "Oh, I guess I really liked Edward, he was..Really gentle and sweet and tried to make the most of his..Condition. But he was also strong. I wasn't a fan of Bella really.." she shrugs, "Yes, a sequel would have been nice..What about you? What kind of fantasies have you had..?" she smiles a bit shyly. "Do you have any favorite movies?"
Hokuto Minase 2018-03-20 03:02:07 89608
"He just seemed whiny, to me," Hokuto explains. "I couldn't get past that." She shrugs. "Right now I'm waiting for the next Space Battleship Yamato chapter... caught the last one in theater and it was incredible." She grins widely. "Fantasies... mm. Maybe a Jedi, like in Star Wars. Traveling the universe, battling evil, helping people..."
Cheri Koumori 2018-03-20 03:18:02 89611
Mew Black Cherry smiles and shrugs, "maybe a little..But I guess he was still pretty nice for a Vampire. He's got nothing on Dracula though." she shrugs, "Guess I just like the idea that not all vampires are evil, you know?" she arches a brow, "Battleships? Cool..It might be fun, I've always loved flying, can you imagine flying to space? Star wars was pretty cool too. Which was your favorite.?"
Hokuto Minase 2018-03-20 03:21:18 89612
Hokuto snorts. "Do you have to ask? The original, of course. Gorgeous story. And the second one was great as well. 'Luke,'" she puts on a fairly good Vader voice impression here, "'I am your father.'" Then she grins and waves her fork as if swinging a lightsaber. "And I love the idea of flying a spaceship. Maybe a little fighter, or a bigger ship, more comfortable, but still fast and dangerous..." She grins wider and adds, "Besides, Harrison Ford... Yum!"
Cheri Koumori 2018-03-20 03:32:06 89613
Mew Black Cherry smiles and nods, "I did find that trilogy the best for sure. I felt sorry for Anakin..At least he was redeemed in the end.." she giggles, "Hans Solo was pretty cute too! Do you secretly wish you were a Jedi then? Have you been to a galaxy far, far away? I wonder if that's possible.."
Hokuto Minase 2018-03-20 03:48:57 89615
"The prequels were just... enh." Hokuto sighs. "Badly written, badly acted, badly plotted..." She waves a dismissive hand. "I think the only really good scene was the one where Palpatine is reviewing the troops, and they start playing the Imperial March. Very good bit there." She finishes off her pie, and settles back in her seat. "So what was your favorite movie, then?"
Cheri Koumori 2018-03-20 03:52:58 89617
Mew Black Cherry nods in agreement, "That's true, they weren't that great. They lacked the depth and mystery of the original. I didn't much like that oversized clutzy duck lizard thing..What was his name again?" she scratches her head, trying to figure that one out as she finishes the rest of her cherry pie. "Hm, I haven't really watched a lot of recent movies in the cinema much, aside from Twilight and Dracula. I guess it's kind of hard to go out when you don't really have friends.." she sighs a bit, glancing around, "Because I'm small and sickly all the time, kids at school like to tease me a lot, so I don't really get out much.."
Hokuto Minase 2018-03-20 03:57:27 89618
"Mmm, well, give it time, eat well, excercise..." Hokuto picks up her fork, then glares at her empty plate. "You'll grow out of it eventually." She considers for a moment. "I've got the entire first season of Yamato on blue-ray, if you want to see it sometime."
Cheri Koumori 2018-03-20 04:00:36 89619
Mew Black Cherry smiles weakly and nods. "Y-yeah..I hope one day I grow up to be strong and powerful. Maybe I'll even get to be a superhero like Sailormoon!" she beams, "Have you met her before?" the mention of 'Yamato' causes her to arch a brow, "Ooh, I haven't watched that anime yet. What's it about?"
Hokuto Minase 2018-03-20 04:03:57 89620
"No, I can't say I've ever met Sailormoon," Hokuto answers, idly toying with her fork some more. "I'm sure she's just as kind and warm as the stories say, though." She smiles lightly. "Yamato... Space Battleship Yamato... it's about the voyage of a ship and her crew, sailing off into the depths of space to bring back hope for all the world."
Cheri Koumori 2018-03-20 04:22:25 89623
Mew Black Cherry smiles, "Yes, I hope so. I'd like to meet her some day. I've heard the stories of how she has saved people and the world countless times..But I wonder if she's really real or just a myth?" she finishes the last of her cherry tart, and works on her jasmine tea, now that it has cooled down a bit. "Oo, that sounds like fun. I'd love to watch that show, but it would be fun to watch it with someone else. Do you think I could visit you sometime and we could have an anime marathon? That would be lots of fun.."
Hokuto Minase 2018-03-20 04:29:31 89624
"I'm fairly sure she's real, yes. And the other Sailors, too." She's met some of them, of course. Not that she can actually admit it. And without proof...

"I think that might be fun, yes. It's always better to watch with a friend, afte all."
Cheri Koumori 2018-03-20 04:47:55 89627
Mew Black Cherry oohs, "Really? Like Sailor Mercury and the others? So magic is real?" her eyes are wide with curiosity and wonder as she listens, definitely intruiged at this point. "That is soooo cool. I hope one day I can meet them all. I wonder if Queen Beryl is real too? I mean, I heard stories about her living in thet north pole, and having something to do with strange weather patterns a while back but.." she shrugs, "I mean I guess I was too busy fighting for my life at the time.." She brightens a bit at the last comment, "Really? You would watch some anime with me? I'd really love that!"