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[16:21] <PersonaGM> [Wednesday the 25th of April.-
[16:21] <PersonaGM> [Sachiko would hear 'debating' from the Debate Club's cubbyhole room long before she entered it.-
[16:23] <PersonaGM> ["By the Angels, where do you keep finding these '''''snacks'''', Sakuma?!" Came the voice of Andreas.-
[16:23] <PersonaGM> ["What's wrong with them?!" Was the reply by Rio Sakuma.-
[16:24] <PersonaGM> ["Whoever let you buy these monstrosities was clearly a conman! You need to report them for the sake of the community-"-
[16:24] <PersonaGM> ["It's just cake!"-
[16:25] <PersonaGM> ["No, no, oh no dear, sweet, foolish Sakuma. It's not 'just cake'. It is fruit cake. It is dense, dry cake perforated with gross chunks of fruit. Why do you do this? Why do you keep buying snacks that are the worst of the two worlds of fruit and sweet?"-
[16:25] <PersonaGM> ["Well I like fruit cake."-
[16:25] <PersonaGM> ["You are a fruit cake!"]
[16:49] <Sachiko> And in the half-second of silence following that scathing indictment, the door slid open.-
[16:50] <Sachiko> "I have a bold thought. Maybe we'd have more club members if you two weren't perpetually shouting loud enough to rattle the glass in every window of the building," Sachiko said casually, dropping her bag by the door.
[16:51] <PersonaGM> ["I think it's a charm point." Said Sakuma.-
[16:52] <PersonaGM> [Andreas pinched the bridge of his nose. "Hello, Kurata."]
[16:56] <Sachiko> "Hey," she said, giving them a small wave.-
[16:56] <Sachiko> She frowned past them for a moment, then walked over to straighten the Phoenix Wright poster again. "It's taped to the wall, how does it keep doing that…?" she muttered.
[16:59] <PersonaGM> ["Maybe the wall is moving." Whispered Sakuma loudly.-
[17:00] <PersonaGM> ["Dumb." Said Andreas. "Good news, though, I have the dates for our first competition."]
[17:01] <Sachiko> "How long do we have?"
[17:02] <PersonaGM> ["May the 26th." Said Andreas. "About a month."]
[17:13] <Sachiko> "Plenty of time, then."
[17:23] <Minaplo> ["Not that we have to worry." said Andreas. "Our first opponent is the Saint Catherine's All Girl Catholic School. A local 'rival'. Never been much of a threat."-
[17:23] <Minaplo> ["You're only saying that because they're girls." Said Sakuma.-
[17:24] <Minaplo> ["Preposterous. Most of our own club is girls, and besides girls are easily the equal or superior to men in intellectual and academic pursuits." Said Andreas.-
[17:24] <Minaplo> ["Their weakness is not being female, it's being Catholic, a religious group famous for being consistently wrong for the last 1,500 years."]
[17:30] <Sachiko> Sachiko responded to Andreas' protestation by making a small but exceedingly sarcastic yap-yap hand motion.
[17:31] <Minaplo> [So did Sakuma.]
[17:31] * Sachiko snickered.
[17:33] <Minaplo> [Andreas huffed.-
[17:34] <Minaplo> ["I really want to disagree with the idea that Saint Cathy's is a weak school, but they're not." Said Sakuma, turning toward Sachiko. "They've always been kind of a pushover in any real competition. We even beat them mostly at sport. Everything except naginata, oddly enough."]
[17:36] <Sachiko> Sachiko shrugged. "Works for me. A morale boost win will do us some good."
[17:36] <Minaplo> ["Agreed." Said Andreas.-
[17:37] <Minaplo> [Sakuma offered Sachiko a plastic platter, on which wedges of fruitcake sat. "Snack?"]
[17:41] <Sachiko> "Sure, why not." All her expression betrayed when she took a bite was absolute neutrality in regards to fruit cake.-
[17:42] <Sachiko> "So- hm," She took a moment to finish chewing. "So, what's our prep routine?"
[17:45] <Minaplo> ["We look at the topic and our granted stance, research the entire topic, then what we expect will be their most typical points, then after our research is done, we practice doing our parts."]
[17:47] <Sachiko> "Makes sense. So what's our topic and stance…?"
[17:48] <Minaplo> ["Nuclear power in Japan: why it's good."]
[18:16] * Sachiko got a good laugh out of that.
[18:17] <Minaplo> ["What's so funny?" Asked Andreas.]
[18:22] <Sachiko> "My family tends to spend a lot of time arguing the other side, that's all."
[18:26] <Minaplo> ["So you know what to look for, then." Said Andreas.]
[18:28] <Sachiko> "Something like that."
[18:30] <Minaplo> ["Your family sounds fun." Said Sakuma, popping a chunk of fruitcake into her mouth. "Umf."]
[18:32] <Sachiko> "How do you figure?" Sachiko asked, taking a seat on the edge of a desk.
[18:33] <Minaplo> ["Well they argue about nuclear power a lot." Said Sakuma. "That's fun."]
[18:35] <Sachiko> "Eh, it's all rhetorical. They have a vested interest in it being true."
[18:36] <Minaplo> ["That so?" Asked Sakuma.]
[18:42] <Sachiko> "They run Yokoso Energy. It's all renewables, high-density batteries, that sort of thing," she said.
[18:55] <Minaplo> ["Ooh. See that?" Said Sakuma. "Debate Club is gonna turn Kurata into a family rebel! I told you it could be cool!"-
[18:56] <Minaplo> [Andreas rolled his eyes.]
[18:57] <Sachiko> "She's right, Andreas. You've both made powerful enemies today."
[19:03] <Minaplo> ["Powerful? Does that mean your family's actually successful?" Said Andreas.]
[19:04] <Sachiko> "… yeah, I guess they do pretty well," she shrugged.
[19:14] <Minaplo> ["I bet you're not gonna be going into the family business, tho." Said Sakuma.]
[19:18] <Sachiko> "No?"
[19:22] <Minaplo> ["You don't strike me as the family business kind of girl." Said Sakuma. "I bet you're gonna go real punk rock and break into an entirely left-field industry. Like… Performance art. Or assassination." Said Sakuma.-
[19:22] <Minaplo> ["Heaven above, Sakuma." Muttered Andreas.]
[19:59] <Sachiko> "Not left-field enough," she said. "Now performance art assassinations…"
[20:01] <Minaplo> ["Oooh." Sakuma's eyes sparkled.-
[20:01] <Minaplo> ["Now is that assassination as art, or the assassination of performance artists?" Asked Andreas.]
[20:05] <Sachiko> "Why can it not be both, Andreas?" Sachiko asked serenely.-
[20:05] <Sachiko> "It's the way they would want to go."
[20:08] <Minaplo> ["Ugh." Andreas picked up a chunk of fruitcake, almost ate it, then seemed to lose courage mid-movement; he tossed it back onto the platter.-
[20:08] <Minaplo> ["What do you want to do then?"]
[15:31] <Sachiko> "I don't know yet. Do you?"
[15:36] <Minaplo> ["I only know what I don't want to do." Said Andreas.]
[15:37] <Sachiko> "Is this about the fruitcake again…?"
[15:57] <Minaplo> ["No." Said Andreas with a sigh. "It can take people awhile to figure out what they want to do, but even early on we start eliminating things we obviously don't. I don't want to be a baker, for example. Or a soldier. Or a priest."]
[16:07] * Sachiko nodded. "Yeah, I get that."-
[16:07] <Sachiko> "So what haven't you eliminated?"
[16:14] <Minaplo> ["Hell, I don't know. Probably lots of things. Teaching? Psychology? Politics? Bartending?"]
[16:15] <Sachiko> "It's definitely bartending," Sachiko said. She looked over at Sakuma. "It's bartending, right?"
[16:15] <Minaplo> ["Absolutely bartending." Said Sakuma. "Unless he's gotten his translations mixed up and he meant lawyering."-
[16:16] <Minaplo> ["Ah yes, that's definitely something I, Mr. Evripidis Andreas, who grew up with Japanese as a native language, definitely do all the time." Said Andreas sarcastically, waving his hands around as though he were clubbing a big cow.]
[16:19] <Sachiko> "I never believed it, Andreas. You'll be a tender perch, I'm sure."
[16:24] <Minaplo> ["Yes, yes. Thank you." Said Andreas. "Now, do we want to do some actual work?"-
[16:24] <Minaplo> […-
[16:24] <Minaplo> [It had, in the end, been a pretty productive period.-
[16:25] <Minaplo> [Solid research had been done and a very early outline of what their arguments might be had been formulated. Andreas had wrapped them up after cleaning the room.-
[16:26] <Minaplo> [He headed off in his own direction, whilst Sakuma fell in with Sachiko. "Walk to the bus stop together?"]
[16:42] <Sachiko> "Sure," she said easily, dropping the headphones she'd been preparing back into her bag. Sachiko didn't walk all that fast, but the limp wasn't particularly apparent this afternoon.
[16:49] <Minaplo> ["I'm looking forward to crushing Saint Whoever's next month." Said Sakuma firmly.]
[16:54] <Sachiko> "Yeah. It'll be fun."-
[16:54] <Sachiko> "Does Andreas think so too?"
[17:01] <Minaplo> ["Oh yeah, of course. He likes to win."]
[17:02] <Sachiko> "It's hard to tell."
[17:06] <Minaplo> ["Haha."-
[17:06] <Minaplo> ["I don't think he's gonna be a bartender. He has kinda ambitious parents…"]
[17:08] <Sachiko> "Oh yeah?"
[17:10] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. I reckon they'll probably push him to get something big and distinguished."-
[17:11] <Minaplo> ["Not like mine." Said Sakuma cheerfully. "They just keep telling me that I need to work on being ladylike and marriagable and anything past that is a waste of time."]
[17:24] <Sachiko> "Well for what it's worth I think you're very marriagable," she said seriously.
[17:25] <Minaplo> ["Wow, spicy dialogue from Kurata~"]
[17:25] <Sachiko> "It's what I do."
[17:27] <Minaplo> ["Hmm, this is a new side of my Debate-Senpai… The flirty side?"]
[17:36] * Sachiko snorted. "Yeah, it's a rare drop."
[17:36] <Minaplo> ["Hah."-
[17:37] <Minaplo> ["I'll trade you, then." Said Rio. "I'll tell you a secret~"]
[17:37] <Sachiko> "I do like secrets…"
[17:38] <Minaplo> ["I know what I want to be. I want to be a lawyer." Said Rio. She laughed and ran a hand haltingly through her hair, which was already starting to tangle in the wind. "My family think I'm a dumbass for wanting to do it, and I know I can be… Rough. But damnit, I want it."]
[18:48] <Sachiko> "Screw your family," she said flatly. "They don't have to live your life, you do. It means your opinion matters more."-
[18:48] <Sachiko> "Besides, you'd probably be good at it."
[18:53] <Minaplo> [The Sun Arcana Deepens…-
[18:54] <Minaplo> ["Ehehe… I'm glad you said that." Said Rio. "I mean if you hadn't then I woulda put myself out there for nothing, so you woulda been a jerk, but I appreciate it. Really, I do!"-
[18:55] <Minaplo> ["C'mon, let's hit up the school shop before we go. I'll buy you some banana bread as thanks."]
[18:59] <Sachiko> "Oh man, banana bread. You're spoiling me."
[19:01] <Minaplo> ["Finally." Said Rio, grinning. "Someone who appreciates a good 'nana bread."]

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