Branching Out!?


Jiaying and Miho run into Nanoha's new family venture-- a mobile bakery cart on a bike! They talk about the 'M-word'. (Magic!). Pastries are had!

Date: 2018-05-01
Pose Count: 26
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-05-01 19:41:47 91045
Nanoha's family has decided to try something new today and 'branch out'. And that involves a brand new /bicycle/ with a large sort of box on the end that's labeled 'Fresh Bread!' 'Pastries on the Go!' and other such exclamatory flavors. It is parked near a bench and Nanoha's parents are doing their darned best to sell.

So is Nanoha Takamachi! She has one of those boxes with the neck straps with free samples in it and she's sort of canvasing the area around the small portable stand, being cheerful, offering samples and pointing people the stand when and if they ask-- and if they don't ask she still urges them.

Sell sell sell!
Jiaying Maki 2018-05-01 19:52:20 91046
Jiaying Maki is at the park getting some much needed fresh air. And sunshine. She's been a bit on the pale side lately for some reason. Totally not pulling all nighters frequently either. She almost looks well rested even! There's the smell of fresh bread, which for the eteranlly hungry, is always an appealing smell. Which means she's made her way towards one of the baskets. Staring. What does she want, does she want bread? Maybe she should go find a sandwich. Or make one. Is there a place for sandwiches around?

Her mind's running around in circles, which means ultimately she's standing there. Awkwardly. At least she's not drooling.
Life Mahou Joy 2018-05-01 19:56:27 91047
And then, a source of darkness and light in equal measure once again descends upon the park!

... uh, anyway, Miho is wandering through the area in the Seishou school uniform. She seems to have a lot on her mind, but she's in reasonably high spirits regardless. The sight of the penguin slide does draw a faint smile, once again.

It's also not enough that she won't be distracted by the sight of pastries! She brightens, and makes a beeline for the stand. She stops a little ways behind Jia, waiting for the other girl to make some sort of choice first.
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-05-01 20:02:23 91048
Nanoha Takamachi is coming back to the cart to perhaps get a refill in that box she's carrying around when oh! People! Her parents suddenly need to step away and motion for Nanoha to handle it. She nods rapidly. She can handle sales. She's good at that much.

She beams. "Hi Jiaying-san!" she says. She remembers the foxgirl from a few instances. "What are you looking for? We have lots of stuff in the cart..." she says.

She looks at Miho and bounces a little on her feel. "Hello! Welcome to the Midori-ya's new food cart!" she says. "I mean it's more of a bike but still!" the young girl says.

"What are you both thinking about getting?" she asks.
Jiaying Maki 2018-05-01 20:11:25 91049
Jiaying Maki returns the wave and grins to Nanoha, the memory mutual, albeit hazy. Leaning forward to look in the pack of bread, she asks, "You don't have sandwiches right? Uh..." she hesitates, trying to think of what she'd want. "Sourdough?"

Looking behind her, she hesitates, then says, "You order, I might change my mind. Or order a lot. I don't know which yet." She steps to the side to make the offer proper, then looks to Nanoha while asking, "Why not get a rickshaw? Could decorate it up with advertising right? Might be easier. Or a wagon. bet we could find a wagon."
Life Mahou Joy 2018-05-01 20:16:57 91050
Miho manages not to lowkey panic at the sudden attention; Nanoha has ... much more energy than she does. "Ummm ..." She nods to Jia, and looks over the pastries, putting a hand on her chin thoughtfully. After a moment, she shoots Nanoha a faint smile. "It all looks good, that's the problem," she says dryly. "Um, is there anything you recommend in particular? I haven't visited, uh, Midori-ya before, so ..."
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-05-01 20:32:01 91052
Nanoha Takamachi has a lot of energy. Also a ferret suddenly peeks up from behind her should. Lord knows where he was hiding. She smiles. "Midori-ya is near downtown. You should come by sometimes!" she says softly. "I suggest the turnovers or the bismarks." she offers. "I like the bismarks."

She looks over to Jiaying and shakes her head. "Nope. Limited stock in the cart. No sandwiches here. But we have pastries and fresh baked bread. You'd need to go to Midori-ya proper for a sandwich..." she says.

She smiles. "I can offer a deal on a loaf of sourdough though if you want, Jiaying-san!" she says.

She looks back to Miho and head tilts. "I can offer a sample from the sample box here if you want." she smiles wide.
Jiaying Maki 2018-05-01 20:32:10 91053
Jiaying Maki leans forward looking at the supply of food. Then at the bread. Then her hand slowly snakes out and picks out a few pastries. Then a few more. Making sure to leave at least some of each. Then she nods and says, "And the sourdough too please!" She's fishing around in her little purse for the needed yen. And a few Chinese coins. A spell tag. A keyring prize. A pen. More yen. She scowls, "I always forget to clean my bags out. I need a button for it."

Looking to Miho, she offers one of the pastries and says, "Try one on me? They smell really good." Which she emphasizes by biting into one. Nom nom nom.
Life Mahou Joy 2018-05-01 20:37:25 91054
Miho nods to Nanoha, smiling. "Hmm ... I'll definitely have to try a sample, then." She looks over the selection. "And probably a bismark, too, they look cute! I haven't had one of those before"

She blinks a bit as Jiaying just ... veritably conquers the pastries and then struggles to conquer her purse as well; she tries not to give too much of a reaction to any part of this. She does perk up slightly at the offered pastry, though. "Oh! Um, thank you," she says, smiling faintly and accepting the offered pastry. She takes a careful bite, chewing thoughtfully, then swallows and shoots Nanoha a grin. "Yeah, definitely good!"
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-05-01 20:48:02 91055
Nanoha goes about gathering what Jiaying wants and putting it into a careful bag as she offers it and then accepts payment easily. She then looks at Jiaying. "Um. I never followed up after some stuff I heard. But it was a long time ago, but is your girlfriend okay from the.. um..." she kind of nervously glances at Miho. "..at the stuff that happened?" she says vaguely, referring to the Shadow Witch incidents.

She then looks back to Miho and smiles. "We do good pastries.." she says as she packs up the bismark in a small bag, with a wax paper bottom. She says. "We're mainly a bakery but we also do some cafe items in the actual store. Mainly... easy to put to together sandwiches, coffee drinks and milkshakes." she says.
Jiaying Maki 2018-05-01 20:54:49 91056
Jiaying Maki tilts her head from one side to the other, then asks, "You know Sora?" Seeming kind of surprised. Then she pauses and murmurs, "I guess that makes sense. Just didn't think about anyone else-.. anyway. She's fine. She found a new book. I've promised to bu-uuh anyway, she's fine."

"Good? Good." She offers in response, a cheerful grin on her face. Sharp teeth on display for a moment. Looking back to Nanoha, she holds up the bag and asks, "You want one too? I know you can just get them yourself, but hey. It's free now?"
Life Mahou Joy 2018-05-01 21:05:54 91057
Miho frowns slightly at the sudden ... caginess between the two other girls. "Oh, you know Sora Hisakata-san?" she says. "I, um, I may in fact be ... in-the-know about that ... general sort of ... thing you're talking about." She sort of stops there, just in case there's some other Weird Secret Stuff going on, but they've namedropped Sora, and so did Mamoru and Kyouko, so that kind of narrows things down in her mind.

She perks back up a bit and nods to Nanoha as the subject turns to something more fun. "I'm really gonna have to visit the main Midori-ya place, then!" She hesitates, then says, "My name's Miho Kagami, by the way."
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-05-01 21:12:35 91058
Nanoha Takamachi nods. "I don't know her. But I remember that! I heard from other people." she says softly. Mainly, tall, dark and silver. She shakes her head at Jiaying's kind offer with a smile. "No thanks. I've already had my fill this morning." she says. "Maybe someone else may want it too!" she says softly.

She blinks at Miho and relaxes a bit. "Ah. The. M-word stuff?" she asks. "I'm not really. As careful with it. As others are. I mean I don't even have another name like a lot of others do! Though Yuuno has been calling 'White Devil' because he thinks he's funny." she makes a face.

She nods. "Come down sometimes." she smiles. "We're not as busy as some other places. Like the Game Center Crown." she offers. "So some people prefer that." she says.
Jiaying Maki 2018-05-01 21:26:31 91059
Jiaying Maki looks confused for a moment, then asks, "Didn't we come to one of the parties together?" She shrugs, shakes her head and looks to Miho instead. "Jiaying Maki. You're in the know about stuff huh?" She looks to Nanoha, back to the girl. Back to Nanoha. Looks around. Then suddenly drops her illusion, the one making her look like an average, albeit weird person and offers a big foxy grin to the girl. The illusion is restored swiftly after, mostly with the application of a hat. Because she's lazy sometimes.

To Nanoha, Miho's reaction something she's watching from the corner of her eyes. "I cheat and use Wu, since no one out here knows what it is anyway. I'm also prone to forgetting, so... oh well. At least they tend to just think I'm cosplaying."
Life Mahou Joy 2018-05-01 21:35:16 91060
Miho jumps slightly at Jiang's sudden transformation, then exhales, looking relieved. "Yeah, 'm-word'," she says. "I just ... learned about that stuff a week and a half ago, I got a whole ... explanation from Mamoru Chiba-san." She glances at each of them in turn. "I don't have ... any ... of my own. It's been ... kind of a weird couple of weeks, but ... it's definitely good to know that there's plenty of people handling, y'know, that stuff. It's nice to meet you both." She manages a smile as she finishes. "And ... Maki-san, you're Hisakata-san's girlfriend? Sorry if I'm, um, prying or something." Aaaand the smile is gone.
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-05-01 21:42:48 91061
Nanoha Takamachi nods. "I'm not a 'devil' or anything. I'm a 'Mage'." she says. "With an Intelligent Device named 'Raising Heart'." she says. "I'm mostly good at... bombardment.. spells." she blushes a bit. "Oh! Mamoru-kun! I met him! We had to talk about things this one time." she says as she squints.

She doesn't jump at the transformation because she's saw it before.

She looks between Jiaying and Miho as that questioned is asked. She head tilts a little.
Jiaying Maki 2018-05-01 21:48:00 91063
Jiaying Maki tilts her head and says, "The devil? Like the sort out here? Big horns? Club? I don't see it. Might be a fun cosplay though. I don't think they mind, could always ask." She then shakes her head, glances back to Miho and scratches her head. "Why was Chiba telling you about the Wu side of things?" She seems almost disappointed, the shift only got a little jump. "It's nice meeting you too." She offers.

Then there's some thought, a grin and she gasps out playfully, "Who told our secret? What will I do? I can'-. Yes she's my girlfriend. For a while now. Even after some... incidents. We just celebrated her birthday." Checking her phone, she lets out a surprised sound and says, "Gah, I need to run. Thank you for having convenient food!" She waves to Miho as se turns to leave, "Call me later or something since you seem to know everyone. Byyyeeee."
Life Mahou Joy 2018-05-01 21:58:24 91064
Miho nods to Nanoha. "An Intelligent Device? I kinda know about that," she says, in a tone of voice which suggests that she doesn't really have a completely clear idea about all that business, but that this doesn't really bother her. "Ah, good to know you know Chiba-san, I was ... almost about to mention him, since, um, since his place seems to be sort of common ground."

She blinks at Jiaying. "Oh, no, I just meant, um, 'm-word' in general, not 'wu' in particular." And she is absolutely not going to tell them how she learned about that business, because Kyouko Sakura still fairly intimidates her and Mamoru doesn't need the extra indignity. "Oh! Um, I don't really know that many people, but, um, bye!" She waves as Jiaying leaves.

She turns back to Nanoha. "Aha ... um, sorry ..."
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-05-01 22:11:43 91065
Nanoha Takamachi smiles. "It's no problem!" she says. "And yeah. Lots of people seem to go there. I've only visited once though." she offers. She nods a little, matter of factly. "Recently, we had to deal with an issue related to a dangerous magical artifact, well. Artifacts, called a Jewel Seed. There was a lot of them. Someone wanted to bring their dead daughter back." she says quietly. "...and did a lot of bad things to try to make that happen." she says. "-and almost unleashed something horrible that wiped out a whole civilization a millennia ago." she says.

"Luckily. We stopped it." she says. "But it was all hard. Two years. Dealing with it." she says.

She nods a lot. "Intelligent Devices are important. And also kind of people too." she says. "They're smart. And have feelings too. Though a typical device's voice can't really express emotion in it." she says.

"But it sounds like you have a lot of resources already if you're confused about things!"
Life Mahou Joy 2018-05-01 22:38:31 91066
Miho nods slowly, mulling over the younger girl's words as she eats the pastry Jiaying gave her. "So you've got world-ending threats to deal with too, huh? And here I was just worried about Witch-labyrinths and the Shadow Witch's leftover familiars. And some ... unspecified everything-in-between, I guess." She shakes her head. "I guess it's not so much I have too many resources as ... I'm just figuring out my place in all this." She gives a slightly lopsided smile. "Beyond just 'innocent bystander who knows too much,' I mean." She shrugs. "Intelligent Devices sound pretty fantastic, though. Who makes them?"
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-05-01 22:47:37 91067
Nanoha Takamachi says. "Mid-Childians make them. They're not from Earth. They're alien." she says. "Most of the people I know, that have devices, found them. Because... um..." she squints.

"There's this organization called the TSAB.. or. Time and Space Administration Bureau." she says. "And to the... the other. Civilizations out there. Earth is kind of considered a 'backwater'. It's in a bad place where there's a lot of magical turbulence. It's really easy to get in. But you can't get out." she says.

"And so a TSAB ship called 'The Artha' got stuck, and crashed. But. Because of an anomaly of some sort... pieces and bits from the explosion have been falling out of phase. So devices have kind of ended up in odd places. The standby form of /most/ devices is like a small bauble. But many can change their shape. Like another mage I know... hers is a book! and another's is their smartphone." she says.

"Anyways, the TSAB members that are here are stuck. They have no jurisdiction and have just been trying to move on here." she says quietly.

"There are people that can make devices. But the only one I know is a jerk that my friend used to work for." she says. "Named 'Riventon'." she says. "He's um...."

"Like a mad scientist of sorts." she says.
Life Mahou Joy 2018-05-01 22:56:53 91068
Miho nods slowly, looking a bit ... well, not really exhausted, but she's starting to feel as though she's been in this conversation for a while. "Um, when you say 'jerk', do you mean like ... 'rough around the edges but you can still talk to him' or 'out-and-out villain'?" She sighs softly. "Sorry, I mean, I basically got all that, but ... I kinda felt like this is a lot to process." She laughs nervously. "And I kinda just came here for the pastries ..."
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-05-01 23:00:14 91069
Nanoha smiles. "We don't need to talk about it if you don't want to." she offers. "but to answer your question, I'm talking the 'threaten to kill you and make an honest effort' kind of jerk." she says quietly.

She fumbles a moment slides a few more bismarks into a bag. "Here. For listening." she smiles. "My parents won't mind. If I only do it once in a while." she says.
Life Mahou Joy 2018-05-01 23:03:42 91070
Miho lets out another giggle. "Aaaaand add supervillains to the list of things to worry about, hooray!" She shakes her head. "I mean. I'm definitely glad that there's people here to watch out for us, though."

At Nanoha's sudden offer of bismarks, she blinks in surprise! It's clear that she's not quite used to receiving gifts. "Oh! You don't have to ..." She shakes her head, and manages a smile. "Well, I mean, um, thank you! At least let me pay for some, uh, some turnovers, then."
Nanoha Takamachi 2018-05-01 23:13:02 91071
Nanoha Takamachi nods to her statement about Riventon but doesn't say anything else on the matter.

She nods and bags some turnovers as she hands the bag, once money has been exchanged. "Alright then!" she says. She bounces on her feet a moment.

"My parents should be back soon so I should get ready to walk around again!" she says.

"Don't forget to come over to the Midori-ya sometimes!" she says softly.
Life Mahou Joy 2018-05-01 23:23:07 91073
Miho smiles as she hands over her money. "I'll definitely have to do that, yeah, you've got good stuff," she says as she accepts the pastries. "Guess I'll see you later, then! It really was nice meeting you."

She turns to leave, and takes a bite out of one of the turnovers. They're definitely good, too. "Supervillains, huh," she murmurs to herself. Well, it's not like she could do anything about that.

She just wanders off, eating the rest of the turnover.