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[x] Six work, one off might not be bad either.
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“Let's see... how about, six days on and one off? As much as the idea of doing an entire week, I probably shouldn't overwork myself.”
“A pretty full schedule, but I guess you know your own limits better then I do.”
You grinned and leaned towards the hermit. “I can teach you all about my limits anytime Kasen, my bed always has room for two.”
Kasen's face turned red as she looked away from you. “I swear, you're less an oni and more of a succubus sometimes. Make sure you don't forget to put up your days and hours of operations up somewhere before you forget, pervert.”
“Six days a week of business, and with these hours? You really are taking this pretty seriously, huh?” commented Hatate, her eyebrows lifted in surprise.
“Naturally, besides this is my home as well, so it isn't as bad as it sounds. I was thinking of just staying open every single day, but I think that might be better if I can get some employees at some point. I need at least some time to go and bond with friends, or customers, outside of business hours, eh?”
The pigtailed tengu nodded, taking a bite out of her rice ball. “Makes sense. Guess you have some pretty long term goals in mind, I mean, no offense but with this place as it is...”
The two of you looked about the mostly empty parlor, reaffirming the fact that currently the Shanghai Teahouse was only serving a single customer.
“Ah, it's fine! I'll grow my customer base in no time. It's not a bad thing, really, if I was trying to run a shop this big somewhere popular, I'd really be limited. I mean, this house of mine isn't really all that spacious, so if I was too popular, I wouldn't be able to house all my lovely customers, right?”
“That's a pretty positive way of looking at it. You really have a pretty positive lookout on life, huh?”
“No sense in getting down, I figure. Besides, it isn't like I was expecting to open my door and suddenly have people lining up to come and see me. I'm just happy to have gained the customers I have already, I do so enjoy our chats Hatate.”
That, and you were starting to gain a pretty strong appreciation of her choice in legwear. While she didn't flaunt those lovely legs off like Aya did, the knee-high socks helped focus your gaze upon her lovely thighs.
“Good morning Isuke! Think you can get me a bottle of my usual?” chirped the familiar voice of Aya, happily striding through the open door.
You rose up from your seat, gesturing at your spot. “Sure thing. You can take my spot here!”
“I-I don't know about that Isuke...” replied Hatate quickly, her voice lowered as she glanced towards Aya.
“Oooh, if it isn't Hatate! I know I've heard you've been coming here as well, but I didn't expect to see you here this early...”
The other tengu let out a small sigh. “Well, you know how it is, early to rise and all that... I have to say I'm more surprised to see you here so early. From what I've heard, you tend to show up later in the day.”
Aya shrugged, taking her seat at the table. “Have to mix it up once in a while, life gets so dull if you do the same thing day after day! Besides, I need to wet my whistle before work, so why not enjoy a bottle of Isuke's?”
“I don't think either of you have tried my tea, come to think of it. I mean, nothing wrong with sake, but I do think my tea is much nicer then the kind of sake I can provide...” you offered, returning to the table with a new bottle for Aya.
Hatate raised her eyebrows at your comment, fixing you with a curious stare. “That's really weird to hear coming from an oni.”
The other tengu shrugged, taking a quick swig from her bottle. “It kind of is, but well, she did open this place up as a teahouse instead of a bar... I would've really expected a bar from an oni.”
“I'm pretty unusual for an oni I suppose, I do hear that all the time. I love a good drink of sake like any other oni, but I've always had a greater appreciation for tea. It just feels more... fulfilling, I suppose. There's a sort of personal touch in every serving of tea, makes it feel more personal.”
“Huh. You know, I guess I can see your point of view there. You could always try home brewing your own sake, instead of using a Sake Bug. That'd help get back that kind of personal touch, right?”
“You do realize she'd have to wait until the end of the year to start that right? It's spring now, it isn't really brewing season. Plus she'd have to find a way to get the rice too, she can't really use the rice for eating.” replied Hatate, taking a sip of her own drink. “A Sake Bug isn't very personal, but it's a lot more practical then the traditional method.”
“Still, it is an interesting idea. Pretty long term, but I could always keep it on the back burner.”
“If we're on the topic of interesting ideas, why not try to offer some entertainment of sorts? I've played some fun card games with that new outsider girl.”
Hatate frowned, shaking her head. “Seems a bit too much of an outsider specific thing. The white wolves really love them some shogi, why not try and offer that? I mean, some of their games can last literal days, but at least it would mean some pretty consistent customers, right?”
“Bah, you don't want Momiji coming around here! She'll drive away any crows like us with that attitude.” replied Aya with a snort.
“Please, she only has an issue with you Aya, she gets along fine with everyone else. But in the end, its really up to Isuke. Different appeals for different people and all that...”
The short-haired tengu rolled her eyes, taking another swig from her bottle. “Please, no one has an issue with me! I get along well with everyone! Momiji is just really sour is all, for some reason... but, lets not talk about her, after all we're both here to relax before work.”
“Excuse me, I'm not interrupting anything, am I?” asked a cheerful voice from the entryway.
Standing in the doorway, was a green haired girl, wearing a blue and white outfit. Her eyes matched her hair, and they glittered with curiousity as they swept around the small inside of your humble teahouse. Aya and Hatate offered the mystery girl a polite wave.
“Oh ho! The Moriya Shrine Maiden herself is coming all the way out here? I have to admit, I'm rather surprised.” said Aya with a grin.
“Did you actually read the Bunbunmaru to hear about this, or did a worshipper bring it up?”
The green-haired girl giggled, waving in return to the tengu. “Actually, yes. It's not an everyday occurance for an oni to show up, and even moreso for them to open up a teahouse! I'm not interrupting anything, am I?”
“No, no of course not! The Shanghai Teahouse is always open, and welcome to any who want to come. Please, allow me to get you something! Would you like a drink, or perhaps a snack?”
The short-haired tengu gestured to the last open spot at the table. “Come on in, take a seat! I'd say you should join us for sake, but I know you have the alcohol tolerance of a child, so maybe you can tell us how good Isuke's tea is... I hear its good, but I haven't really tried it myself.”
“Hey, hey Aya she's only human, she can't exactly be knocking back bottle after bottle like one of us...”
The shrine maiden didn't move from her spot however, and you noticed her staring at you with a great amount of curiosity. Before you could think of a witty remark about it, the green-haired girl clapped her hands together and nodded to herself.
“So you must be Isuke Ichidou! I read about you a bit in that interview, but you look so... so... cool! You're like a character right out of a shounen or something! Although, I guess actually a shounen character wouldn't be a woman, but uhm, I mean, all those scars! And that eyepatch! So... so cool!”
Aya chuckled softly, waggling her eyebrows at you. “You have an instant fan, it seems. Sanae was an outsider originally, I don't get half the things that come out of her mouth sometimes.”
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She's a cute one though, isn't she?
[ ] You may as well try your charms on her just a bit...
[ ] It's best to just treat her as a valued customer for now
[ ] She's the first outsider you've ever met, you're kind of curious about her.
[ ] Other