Modern Convenience

Off-worlders reflect on Tokyo's conveniences and how it contrasts with comforts back home. What can they bring back with them? Will trouble follow them?

Date: 2015-08-26
Pose Count: 20
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-26 03:18:34 8640
Tokyo's wondrous comforts aren't entirely new to the off-worlders living in an abandoned store. Having some of those comforts reactivated here, instead of having to go elsewhere to do things like recharging cell phones, /is/ new. They've only had such things for a few days.

In the evening hours, Runealy goes looking for a certain someone. The first Knight who accompanied her to the Unknown World, who had been instrumental in finding this place to begin with and getting out of a terrible rainstorm that otherwise would have had them scrambling for cover in a subway or other more crowded place. A long-time friend.

Curiousity has taken hold of her, as she goes looking around the store for Gaofele. She's being quiet about it, not wanting to disturb anyone else that might be around.
Gaofele Doiru 2015-08-26 03:27:17 8642
It's not much of a search, as Gao is sitting behind the front counter, a cat toy in hand as he gives Mistpaw something to play with and pounce on. Having the electricity restored has made certain things easier, including not having to worry about the young cat knocking over candles while playing.

He looks up as Rune wanders through the store. "Heya, Rune," he says. "Looking for something in particular?"
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-26 03:35:11 8643
"Someone in particular," Rune corrects as she steps around to sit behind the counter, actually... smiling a tiny bit as she looks down to Gao's play with Mistpaw. It's a small thing, very small, but it is there. "You, actually. I've been thinking about something, and it's going to be a pretty weird question, but... back home, how did you deal with things?"

That's an incredibly vague question, so she fills in the blanks. "I mean when it gets too hot or too cold. Here, we can push the cell phone on the wall," Everything modern-tech with pushable buttons is a 'cell phone' to her, "and it makes the air colder now. Or we turn on the glass ca-- light to see better. Even back at the castle, we could bring up blankets if it was too cold, or have someone bring in water if it was just unbearably hot. But... that's at the castle. So,"

Her gaze wanders to Gaofele, "How did you deal with it back at the forest?" It occurs to her that most of her visits to him there were too short to pick up on that, or else the Shrine was nearby and she simply went there if there was a need for some contemporary comforts.
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-26 03:36:29 8644
Hinote Kagari has been cleaning up the backroom today. Now that there's electricity, he can explore the back room in depth! He's been clearing out trash, and salvaging useful things--- it seems the former owners actually left some things!---- the food items left behind aren't particuarly appetizing because they're hilarously out of date.

He may or may not have built a tiny cardboard castle for Mistpaw last night and decorated it with crayons.

Okay he totally did that because it's in the center of the main room.

He's not paying attention to what's going on in the main room at the moment.

Things are looking cleaner in here everyday~
Gaofele Doiru 2015-08-26 03:54:09 8645
Gaofele Doiru blinks a bit at Rune's question, but nods as she clarifies what she's asking. "It's pretty similar in the forest," he explains. "When it's cold, we use blankets that we've made; when it's hot, we make sure we have extra water available, and we do more of our work in the morning and evening. Or in the shade, if we have to do stuff in the middle of the day."

It had been pretty amusing earlier when he saw Mistpaw sitting inside the castle. He had dangled the cat toy nearby and walked it past, prompting the cat to pounce from hiding. When Gao got the toy free from her, Mistpaw crouched back inside the castle, waiting for the toy to move again. It had taken several pounces before Gao had been able to draw the kitten away from the castle, but the offer of petting seemed to have helped.

"Mostly, the biggest difference between what was done at the castle and what was done in the forest was the quality of the items, and the fact that we mostly did things ourselves," he comments to Rune.
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-26 03:58:45 8647
Incredibly, Runealy failed to notice the 'kitten fortress' earlier. It's only when she looks off in the direction of the noise from cleaning efforts that she asks: "Wait, when did we get that?" A light hand-motion at the improvised cat-home indicates it.

Then Gaofele offers a very intuitive answer about home-comforts... yet one that surprises her. "Ohh... that sounds right. Pretty smart. We just carried on, now that I think about it. 'Quality' though... huh."

She sweeps a hand around the whole area. "When we go back, are you going to want to take anything like this with you? I know most of it won't work without electricity, but do you want better things for dealing with the weather?"
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-26 04:02:59 8648
Hinote Kagari peeks his head out from behind the back door. "I made it!" he says. "From one of the old boxes back here. Also. I found like an entire shipping box of crayons. heh." he says as he ducks back in. He does a few more box arranging until he straps back and dusts his hands together. "There." he says with a smile.

"LOTS cleaner back there now." he says as he smiles.

"Whatcha two talking about?" he asks.
Gaofele Doiru 2015-08-26 04:14:09 8650
"Certainly some of the umbrellas," Gao muses. "They might be machine-crafted, but I'm sure there's crafters who could figure out a way of making a similar design from an example." He taps his chin as he thinks for a few moments. "I'll have to give this question some more thought," he admits.

"Oh, we were talking about what to bring from this world when we head back to Waldia," he says to Hinote. "What kind of things would you bring, given that there's no electricity ther?"
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-26 04:17:55 8651
"You did?" Runealy looks up when Hinote chimes in about the cat-castle. "That's pretty good! We'll definitely have to bring that back with us when we go home. But... wait. Wait wait wait," She looks scandalized, shocked by a sudden realization. "'Cleaner'. Hinote, you're a Knight, should you really have to be... cleaning? I mean, it's important work, but... I'm sorry if you think you're doing something beneath you? You don't have to do that, you're equal with us."

As for talk of umbrellas, this raises a curious eye. "Huh... I guess that would be possible, yeah. And probably wouldn't be too big a shock for people, like cell phones would be. Especially the giant cell phones I saw in one building a while back, those were pretty scary. Umbrellas would be okay though!"
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-26 04:23:01 8652
Hinote Kagari thinks. "I wouldn't bring anything that uses electricity, honestly. Or batteries." he says. "Things like Umbrellas though---yeah. You could make those back home I bet easily enough." he smiles.

He blinks. "I don't.. mind cleaning." he says. "It's not like I'm nobility or anything." he says. At least...he's pretty sure he isn't? He never really thought about that too hard.

"Besides. I like helping, regardless." he smiles.
Gaofele Doiru 2015-08-26 04:38:12 8653
"We're equal, so we should equally help out," Gao points out. "We're the only ones here, so taking care of this place falls to us." Besides, he's more used to taking care of things as part of his everyday work at home; the Doiru clan doesn't really have servants, after all.

Mistpaw rubs against his hand, trying to get him to focus a bit more on playing with her. He idly pets her, still thinking about what else to bring.
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-26 04:46:31 8655
"You are now, or if you aren't now you sure will be when you get back," Runealy insists to Hinote. "Just so long as you're doing it because you /want/ to, okay? We're not going to... make you do things like that. Cleaning is important work, but it's not like the person who helps save the planet /also/ has to do cleaning on top of that. So..."

She stops this line of thought when Gaofele points out a pretty obvious truth, one that she had kind of failed to notice all this time "...Right." She's the exact opposite, having almost no domestic experience at all, aside from one time her mother made her spend every morning and afternoon for nearly a month letting the castle servants show her how to do their jobs, and spend some time trying (and often failing) to do them; it had been a rather effective method of getting a six-year-old to quit acting entitled toward said castle staff, as she 'tried every job' in the castle for that span.

"Still, that's going to be a big change. Umbrellas will be okay. Cell phones won't, the air box won't be possible either. I guess that's going to be kind of weird once you move in to your new home," a nod over to Hinote to indicate him. "Maybe Gaofele can show you a bit more about that sort of thing... maybe camp out a bit near the portal while we're here, get you used to the idea?"
Hinote Kagari 2015-08-26 04:57:21 8656
Hinote Kagari makes a face. Then a blush. He'd be nobility!? Ack! He never really. Thought about that thing. Mainly because Hinote has a low ego level- he doesn't often think about himself. He thinks of others. That kind of..... makes his mind wander. But he blinks and throws it off.

Okay, so... Court Ettiquite just moved WAY up the list on topics he's to learn when he moves to Waldia.

He smiles. "I'd like that." he says. "I already know I'm leaving behind stuff like. You know. The 'Air Box' and 'Cell phones'. He smiles. "I've no delusions about that."
Gaofele Doiru 2015-08-26 05:12:01 8657
Gaofele Doiru nods. "Camping's always good practice," he nods. "Full wilderness training would take a lot of time, but the basics of camping shouldn't take too long to teach." Mastering it will probably take longer, but that's true of almost anything, really.

He frowns slightly. "If we're going to do that, we should try doing so before the next school term starts," he points out. "Trying to camp during a weekend isn't much time, and it'd be best to camp before the weather gets too cold."
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-26 05:14:30 8658
"Back home, people know about this. Most of them never see it firsthand, but enough of them do that we know demons are a real problem. They know it, and they appreciate the Queen... and Knights, now, for stopping it. You're going to be celebrated when we get there, Hinote." Rune adds a single, sharp nod on this point.

Then she brings up a broader concern, but looks to Gaofele primarily while talking about it. "The basics will have to do. We have bigger problems than school starting, though. Someone called 'Queen Mirage' seems to be sending her officers to invade... Tokyo? Earth as a whole? Maybe every world they can? I don't know how far they're going, and that's not good. I'd like it if we could all keep our eyes open for her forces, to make sure they don't figure out where we live. Gao... please be really careful if you check the forests near the portal. I will too, but we need to be absolutely certain they don't track us there. Especially since, and this is going to sound crazy, it looks like at least one of them can trap people in mirrors. That's... probably even colder than the weather out here would get, isn't it?"
Gaofele Doiru 2015-08-26 05:46:42 8659
Gaofele Doiru frowns slightly and nods. "I'll be sure to keep an eye out for them," he agrees. "I'm not sure what kind of weather a mirror would have, but given how reflective things tend to be cold..."

He shakes his head. "Hopefully none of us will find out firsthand," he shrugs. "I'll be more cautious while around town, and if I happen to encounter them, I'll make sure they're not tracking me."
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-26 05:49:56 8660
"Thanks. I just... really don't want any of us to wind up like that," Runealy insists, unsettled by the thought but doing so in a relatively calm way; she's not shouting and crying like some earlier shocks - Witches, for example - had affected her. "We're!" Suddenly, sharp coughing cuts her off. It lasts for a few seconds, then she shakes her head and tries to carry on like it was nothing. "...We're making good progress, though. Filled up some crystals, we've got this place in pretty good order. With a few more pushes, we should get what we need in time to make it back home. I wonder what we can do for Tokyo on our way out, though... some kind of 'going away apology' present for them."
Gaofele Doiru 2015-08-26 06:01:29 8661
At Rune's coughing, Gao reaches over and touches her shoulder. "Are you okay?" he asks, concern plain in his voice. He notes the rest of what she says, nodding in agreement, but the worried look on his face remains.

Mistpaw also seems to pick up on it, either from Gao's reaction or her own feline feelings, rubbing against Rune's legs and meowing inquisitively.
Runealy Waldia 2015-08-26 06:04:20 8662
"Yeah... I'm okay," Rune insists, trying to brush the topic off. Mistpaw proves an easy distraction to work with on that front, and Rune reaches down to pet the cat. "You did good bringing Mistpaw along, you know. I hadn't even thought about it at the time, and you ran on ahead and it worked out really well. That sort of eye for detail..."

She nods over to Gao, finishing the sentence: "...really glad you're here."
Gaofele Doiru 2015-08-26 06:11:39 8663
Gaofele Doiru smiles back at Rune, a hint of concern still in his eye. "I couldn't let you go into danger alone," he murmurs. "And I'll be sure to keep an eye out for the forces of Queen Mirage and other trouble!"

He's just worried that trouble has already found Rune. Coughing that rough doesn't happen without a reason, and none of the more benign causes were present. He'd better keep an eye on her, as well...