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868410 No. 868410 ID: 15a025

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No. 877801 ID: 15a025
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Officer Nibbles: "I put up a little sound barrier around us so no-one peeps in on our chat. Now what brings you in here?"

Candy: "I'm getting worried about the all the criminals and cultists running around town and need some protection. I was wondering if you could help me get a permit or license to carry enchanted-"
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No. 877802 ID: 15a025
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She's already giving me the look of disapproval.

Officer Nibbles: "Candy, I can see what your earring is enchanted with, and I don't see anything useful for self-defense. That's not exactly a bad thing since you don't have permit for something like that, but I'm curious about how you plan on getting better enchantments?"
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No. 877803 ID: b1b4f3

>>877802
Tell her you'd like to remain silent on the how, but say you're especially interested in items which could put out Light Magic to fight Chimeras.
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No. 877812 ID: 91ee5f

>>877802
Basically, act like you don’t know about how this process is supposed to work, because you honestly don’t know, and just answer like it’s as simple as going into a store with a permit and being allowed to buy an enchantment, even though that’s obviously not what you’re supposed to do.

This way, Officer Nibbles will hopefully think you’re just clueless, because you are, and she’ll tell you how you’re supposed to get enchantments legally, but she’ll only tell you that after you get a permit.
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No. 877819 ID: 830fb7

>>877812
This option seems good.
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No. 877847 ID: 15a025
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877847

>act like you don’t know about how this process is supposed to work, because you honestly don’t know, and just answer like it’s as simple as going into a store with a permit and being allowed to buy an enchantment, even though that’s obviously not what you’re supposed to do. Officer Nibbles will hopefully think you’re just clueless, because you are, and she’ll tell you how you’re supposed to get enchantments legally, but she’ll only tell you that after you get a permit.

Candy: "I don't know, I thought it'd be as simple as going into the store with a permit and buying one? Probably go through some kind of background check and wait a few days?"

Officer Nibbles: "Well, that's a better than I thought you were going to say. You're not going to find any stores around here legally selling enchantments with any kind of fire power in this town. The only kind of enchantments you'd find in stores would be ones for cheap parlor tricks or medical stuff."

>say you're especially interested in items which could put out Light Magic to fight Chimeras.

Candy: "I'm not looking for much. Just some light magic to fight off those cultists and any chimeras."
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No. 877849 ID: 15a025
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877849

She looks like she's in deep thought now.

Officer Nibbles: "I'm sorry Candy, I can't give out permits to citize-"

Candy: "Come on Officer Nibbles! There's gotta be something!"

Officer Nibbles: "Would you let me finish!"

Candy: "You didn't let me earlier!"

Officer Nibbles: "As I was saying. I can't give permits out to citizens. However, you're coming in at a pretty good time actually. There's a lot stuff going on here lately and we're severely short-handed. It's part of the reason I got sent here actually."

Candy: "How is that a good thing?"

She lets out a sigh.

Officer Nibbles: "Cutting to point then. If you can pass some tests and checks, I can hire you in to work under me and get you a permit that way. It'd also give you restricted access to some enchantments and weapons."

Candy: "So basically if I want a permit I have to be cop?"

Officer Nibbles: "Oh no, you wouldn't be a fully fledged cop. It'd be more like an investigator or undercover kind of position. Do you have more questions about it, or would this be something you're interested in? "
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No. 877851 ID: 6780f5

Nah, go for it. Should be able to give some bonus points towards getting a real permit so you can wear us legally.
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No. 877852 ID: b1b4f3

Ask her what you should do if you take this job and witness your friends committing minor crimes.
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No. 877860 ID: 91ee5f

>>877849
>Do you have more questions about it, or would this be something you're interested in?
It’s a good thing she put up an anti-eavesdropping barrier, because I think you should tell her about Tybalt.

Tell her that you finally got a magnifying glass to read the note she gave you the other day and let her know that Tybalt isn’t going to be showing up because you left your flute to summon him back at your old home, which Tybalt is also guarding.

>Interested?
I think you should go for it.
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No. 877892 ID: 3abd97

>Candy, I can see what your earring is enchanted with, and I don't see anything useful for self-defense.
Distributed planning is surprisingly useful for self defense, actually.

>Oh no, you wouldn't be a fully fledged cop. It'd be more like an investigator or undercover kind of position.
Deputizing Candy!

>Do you have more questions about it
Undercover with who?

How much bonus trouble do I get in if I end up breaking any rules while I'm working for the forces of law and order?

>would this be something you're interested in?
Honestly, I have this feeling something bad is going to go down in this town, so we'd eventually be working together anyways. Might as well try to get a jump on that before things get ugly.
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No. 877902 ID: 15a025
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877902

> Undercover with who?
Candy: "Who would I go undercover with?"

Officer Nibbles: "I can't say, they might be undercover."

>Ask her what you should do if you take this job and witness your friends committing minor crimes.
Candy: "If I take this job and see friends or family committing minor crimes, what should I do?"

Officer Nibbles: "Well you should, oh no hang on here. How minor are we talking? I get the feeling you don't mean something like driving a mile over the speed limit or j-walking in an empty street in the middle of no-where."

Candy: "Yeah, you know, just minor stuff."

There's that look again.

Officer Nibbles: "Candy, you better not be hanging around the kind of people I'm thinking you're hanging around with."
Candy: "I'm not."

Officer Nibbles: "Can I trust you to use your best judgment then?"

Candy: "Of course!"

Officer Nibbles: "Alright. As long as whatever these 'minor crimes' you see aren't involved or related to any of our on-going investigations, or anything I've got you working on, you technically don't have to report it. Don't make me regret telling you that. Just so we're clear, you see someone getting stabbed and murdered, I don't care who it is, you tell me. Got it?"

Candy: "Got it."

> How much bonus trouble do I get in if I end up breaking any rules while I'm working for the forces of law and order?
Candy: "How much bonus trouble would I get if I break any rules or laws while-"

Officer Nibbles: "How about we just don't break any laws alright?"

>It’s a good thing she put up an anti-eavesdropping barrier, because I think you should tell her about Tybalt.
Candy: "Oh, almost forgot. Read your note from the other day. My 'pet' won't be around town either. Tybalt's all the way back home guarding my place."

Officer Nibbles: "You left a chimera alone in your house?"

Candy:"He's a good boy. Don't worry about it."

Officer Nibbles: "Yeah, I'm pretending I didn't hear any of that."
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No. 877904 ID: 15a025
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877904

>Go for it.
>I think you should go for it.
>Deputizing Candy!

Who would've ever thought I'd end up applying for a job at the police department of all places. This is beyond ironic for me.

Candy: "Alright, I guess I'll give this a shot then Officer Nibbles."

She pulls out the enchantment stone again.

Officer Nibbles: "Alright, barrier down."
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No. 877905 ID: 15a025
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877905

After that she pulls out a walkie-talkie.

Officer Nibbles: "Officer Freeze, I need you to bring me a T-Ninety-Seven form and the books that go with it. Thanks."
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No. 877906 ID: 15a025
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877906

A few moments later, the polar bear comes in with-

Candy: "I hope I don't have to read all of those."

Officer Freeze: "Oh don't worry. You don't have to read them all. I don't think you'll do well on the test if you skip them though."

Officer Nibbles: "Yeah, I'd study those as much as you can. We'll have the test ready for you on Tuesday."

Here I thought I was done studying for tests now that I've graduated from college.
Candy: "There's no way I can read all of these in less than two days!"

Officer Nibbles: "You will if you want the job. If you need some help studying, we can stick in here and help you out for a bit. Otherwise you're welcome to take the books home with you for a bit."

Hmm, Marsh never really said when to be at the mall by and I'm not even sure what time it is? Should I stick around for a bit, or ask for a ride?
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No. 877919 ID: b1b4f3

>>877906
Stick around for a bit. Like an hour at least. Also ask what time it is, what time would YOU hang out in the mall? Go over whenever you'd want to go over.

Also where are we meeting Marsh exactly? Does she have a cellphone so you can call to let her know you're there?
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No. 877932 ID: 3abd97

>Just so we're clear, you see someone getting stabbed and murdered, I don't care who it is, you tell me. Got it?
This one would be a lot easier to follow if it weren't for Tulip getting stabbed (but not murdered) and the hit and run vehicular homicide you were an accomplice to.

>You left a chimera alone in your house?
Would you rather I brought him on the bus?
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No. 877959 ID: 91ee5f

>>877906
Holy shit, that’s a lotta books! Uh, ask if they’ve got a bag or something for you to carry these books in? Because I don’t think you can carry all of them without dropping any of them!

>Time?
You could ask them.

>Stay or go to mall?
I think you’re going to need all the help you can get. Stay and ask them to help for a little bit. When they tell you that they have to get back to work, that’s when you can leave for the mall.

Later, when you go to the mall, I think you should consider buying yourself a watch so you can keep track of time.

>>877919
>Also where are we meeting Marsh exactly?
I think she wants us to meet her at her favorite coffee place in the mall.

>Does she have a cellphone so you can call to let her know you're there?
Unfortunately, no, she doesn’t have a cell phone. Only Sugar and Roxie have them.
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No. 878032 ID: 15a025
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878032

>Would you rather I brought him on the bus?
Dang, that would have been a good come-back on that.

>This one would be a lot easier to follow if it weren't for Tulip getting stabbed (but not murdered) and the hit and run vehicular homicide you were an accomplice to.
Good thing neither of these happened on the job then? I'm hoping that doesn't spell out what's to come around here.

>Stick around for a bit.
>I think you’re going to need all the help you can get. Stay and ask them to help for a little bit.
>You could ask them [the time]
Candy: "Hang on, you wouldn't happen to have the time would?"

Officer Nibbles: "It's eleven-thirty right now."

Candy: "I'll stick around and get some help then."

Officer Nibbles: "Alright, let's start from the top then and talk about general safety!"

Officer Freeze and Nibbles go through the safety book for a bit with me. It goes over general gun safety, do's and don'ts, what kind of weapons are legal for an officer to carry, and some enchantment safety.
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No. 878033 ID: 15a025
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878033

Officer Nibbles: "Alright Candy, we're going to have to pack it up there. I'm supposed to go on patrol soon."

>ask if they’ve got a bag or something for you to carry these books in?
Candy: "You got a bag I can haul all these books around?"

Officer Freeze: "Two steps ahead of you. I'll pack them up."

Candy: "I hate to ask, but I don't suppose you could drop me off at the mall could you?"

Officer Nibbles: "I don't know, you're pretty heavy for a little mouse like me to carry."

I hear Officer Freeze chuckle while she packs the books up.

Officer Nibbles: "Yeah I guess we can drop you off. Be thankful we're going in that direction otherwise you'd be waiting for the bus."

I'd probably be walking to mall, Marsh didn't give me any money this morning.

>where are we meeting Marsh exactly?
>I think she wants us to meet her at her favorite coffee place in the mall.

I've got the strong feeling it's that coffee place too.
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No. 878034 ID: 15a025
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878034

It's a quick drive over and I'm dumped off at the mall. I head inside and into the coffee place.

Vienna: "Hello, welcome to the- oh! you're Marsh's friend from that other night."

Candy: "Yeah, the name's Candy. Is Marsh here?"

Vienna: "No, I haven't seen her in a couple days actually. Were you two supposed to meet up here?"

Candy: "Yeah, guess she's still helping my sister out. You got a table I could sit at while I wait for her?"

Vienna: "Tables are five dollars."

Shoot.

Candy: "Nothing free?"

Vienna: "Sorry, there's just the bench in here you could sit on for a bit or the tables the mall has set up out there."
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No. 878063 ID: 91ee5f

>>878032
>Dang, that would have been a good come-back on that.
You know what would’ve also been good? Saying, “Here I thought I was done studying for tests now that I've graduated from college.“ out loud. I’m pretty sure Nibbles and Freeze would’ve had a good laugh at that!

>>878034
You don’t have any money with you? Then I guess you can’t buy a watch to keep track of time. Not yet anyways.

>Where to sit?
Sit on the bench in here. Even if you can’t go in, you can at least listen to the music of whatever band is on stage.

Make sure you keep studying while you’re waiting for Marsh. Use whatever studying tricks you learned in college to help you study these books.

And when Marsh gets here, just tell her that you’re being allowed to take the test on Tuesday, which is why you’ve got all these books for studying. But don’t tell her about the undercover thing!
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No. 878084 ID: b1b4f3

>>878034
Sit at bench, continue to study. Maybe tell us some important details?
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No. 878218 ID: 3abd97

Not sure you should be studying them cop-books in public if you don't want other people to know you're becoming an undercover snitch.

...how do they talk the criminals lowlifes they want to flip into doing all the reading I wonder.

I wouldn't get a table unless you're gonna get lunch.
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No. 878259 ID: 91ee5f

>>878218
They won’t know that Candy’s going to be undercover. These are books to study in order to get a permit to carry enchantments.

Unless the books literally say “How to be an Undercover Informant for the Cops” or Candy decides to start telling everyone she meets, nobody is going to know about that.
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No. 878304 ID: 15a025
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>You don’t have any money with you? Then I guess you can’t buy a watch to keep track of time. Not yet anyways.
Hopefully working for Officer Nibbles pays. Then I'd have two sources of income.

>Sit on the bench in here. Even if you can’t go in, you can at least listen to the music of whatever band is on stage.
>Sit at bench, continue to study.
>Use whatever studying tricks you learned in college to help you study these books.
I had a lot more time than roughly two days to study for my tests. Less considering I'll probably have to work tomorrow, though maybe not? It was pretty quiet at the candy store with Sharcole the other day. Maybe I can squeeze some study time in at work?

>Not sure you should be studying them cop-books in public if you don't want other people to know you're becoming an undercover snitch.
>They won’t know that Candy’s going to be undercover. These are books to study in order to get a permit to carry enchantments.
The books are to help me study for a test to qualify for the job, or that's has how Officer Nibbles made it sound to me. Getting the job means getting the permit though. I guess in a way I am pretty much studying to get that permit. So far, none of these books seem to really give away what I might be reading them for. They've just been books about laws here in Talvi, gun safety, and enchantment safety. I feel like if anyone asked, I could find a way to spin things around and say it's for something else.
I'm starting to procrastinate and lose focus aren't I? Alright, focus. I sit down on the little bench and pull out one of the books. This one seems to talk about the enchantment laws?

> Maybe tell us some important details?
Skimming through, there's a lot of rules and procedures I'm probably going to have to know and follow, like this odd one? "By royal decree, all officers maintain the power to confiscate any un-registered enchantments and arrest anyone failing to provide proof of a legitimate license or permit."

Good thing I'm on Officer Nibbles good side, otherwise I- oh hang on, there's a sticky note on the next page.

"Due to the case of the Arbell Family vs The Royal Court, this decree has since been re-written and revised. It now reads as follows: 'By royal decree, all officers maintain the power to confiscate any non-medical enchantments and arrest those failing to provide proof of a legal license or permit. Those without a license or permit found or claimed to be carrying medical enchantments are to be brought to the nearest hospital for evaluation to obtain one and fined. Those who are unable to pass an evaluation can be punished up to double the standard.'"

Wow, that's- oh hang on. There's another sticky note by that one as well.

"Yet another addition was made to this decree: 'All officers who overstep this decree and perform unlawful searches and arrests may face from twenty years up to life imprisonment.'"

I've never heard of that court case? It had to of happened recently enough that they had to put a sticky note about it in this book at least. That or, they couldn't get an updated version of this book?

The next few pages talk about the process about getting search and arrest warrants, pretty standard-
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No. 878305 ID: 15a025
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878305

Marsh: "What'cha reading there book worm?"

Candy: "Just-"

>don’t tell her about the undercover thing!
>tell her that you’re being allowed to take the test on Tuesday, which is why you’ve got all these books for studying.
Candy: "Just uh, studying up for my test Tuesday."

Marsh: "What test?"

Candy: "Test to get a permit."

Marsh: "Well how about we head in and taste test some drinks instead. Here's five bucks Vienna, bring us to our spot."

Vienna: "Oh uh, right this way then."

I dog ear the page I was on and put away the book.
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No. 878306 ID: 15a025
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878306

Vienna seats us at the usual spot again, and takes our orders.

Vienna: "We've got a small selection of new drinks in today we're trying. There's a chocolate-blueberry mixed coffee, a new blue berry tea, and uh... [small]carrot tea.[/i]

Marsh: "What was that last one? A carroty what?"

Vienna: "No, it's carrot tea."

Marsh: "Gross. I'll give the blue berry tea a shot."

Candy: "I'll just have some peppermint tea."

Vienna: "I'll be back shortly with your orders."
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No. 878307 ID: 15a025
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878307

Vienna scurries off.

Marsh: "Sorry if I kept you waiting. Sugar was being a pain to help today."

Candy: "What happened?"

She answers with a bad impersonation of my sister's voice.
Marsh: "No Marsh don't put that there! No I said over there! You're not supposed to stack it like that!"

Candy: "So she pretty much stood there, made you do all the work, and yelled at you when you did something 'wrong'?"

Marsh: "Nah, she did work. Some of that stuff was heavy enough to make us both carry it. Didn't help she was in another mood either. Apparently Sharcole isn't going to be able to work tomorrow."

Candy: "How come?"

Marsh: "Don't know. She just said Kyle called and said she can't work tomorrow."
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No. 878376 ID: 3abd97

>>878304
...I wonder if we count as a medical enchantment? The blindar could pick up on injury and spiritual contamination, and might could have applications as a medical diagnostic.

Although we haven't gotten that spell to work for you, so it's a moot point.

>all officers maintain the power to confiscate
Okay what's really interesting there is it describes a power the police have, not what the police have to do. As written, it's a discretionary power, so Nibbles hasn't technically been bending the rules by tolerating you having us.

>>878305
You can tell her about your sister's enchanting mess later (not in public), but you should for sure keep the undercover thing undercover for now.

>>878307
Does that mean things have gotten worse in town, I wonder.
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No. 878393 ID: 91ee5f

>>878306
>>878307
Did you bring your books with you? I don’t see the bag anywhere. Unless you put it under the table where I can’t see it?

>Sharcole isn’t going to be able to work tomorrow.
>Kyle called and said she can't work tomorrow.
Ask Marsh what’s up with Kyle?

When we met him the other day, he didn’t seem worried about Sharcole when she came home late. He instead seemed annoyed at Sharcole for arriving home late.

And I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the reason Sharcole is always half asleep all the time! He’s probably doing something to keep Sharcole up all night!
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No. 878851 ID: 15a025
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878851

>...I wonder if we count as a medical enchantment? The blindar could pick up on injury and spiritual contamination, and might could have applications as a medical diagnostic. Although we haven't gotten that spell to work for you, so it's a moot point.
If anything, I could say you're helping me quit smoking? Might end up being true sooner than later too. I've been trying to cut down on it, and made it to just a small pack a week. Speaking of, I haven't had single smoke since I-

>Did you bring your books with you? I don’t see the bag anywhere. Unless you put it under the table where I can’t see it?
Huh? Oh yeah, it's sitting to the left of me. Uh, my left that is. Thanks for checking though.

>what's really interesting there is it describes a power the police have, not what the police have to do. As written, it's a discretionary power, so Nibbles hasn't technically been bending the rules by tolerating you having us.
I guess that's what she meant when she was telling me about using my best judgment?

>Ask Marsh what’s up with Kyle? When we met him the other day, he didn’t seem worried about Sharcole when she came home late. He instead seemed annoyed at Sharcole for arriving home late. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the reason Sharcole is always half asleep all the time! He’s probably doing something to keep Sharcole up all night!
Seemed like a lot of stuff was bugging that jerk the other night. He didn't seem to be all that happy to see Marsh or me with her either.

Candy: "What's up with this Kyle guy anyway? Why's he calling in for her and not Sharcole herself?"

Marsh: "I don't know, and I don't like him."

Candy: "The other night when we brought her home, he seemed a little more annoyed than worried it was late."

Marsh: "Yeah, he's always like that. He might have been more annoyed that we were over to use his shower though. Forbid that water bill go up a couple more cents. Stingy jerk."
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No. 878852 ID: 15a025
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878852

Vienna comes back with our drinks.

Vienna: "Here you go. Please let us know how your tea is Marsh."

Marsh gulps the whole cup down in one go.

Candy: "Did you even taste it?"

Marsh: "No. I could hardly taste any kind of blueberry at all. It was still okay, needs to be a little more stronger though."

Vienna: "Thanks, I'll keep that in mind next time."
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No. 878853 ID: 15a025
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878853

There's a couple moments of awkward silence where Vienna sticks around.

Marsh: "I don't mind the company, but don't you have work to be doing here Vienna?"

Vienna: "So far, you two have been the only other customers today. I'm kind of the only one showed up for work today too...

Marsh: "Dang, what's up with that?"

Vienna: "No-one wanted come in with the whole riot thing and snow storm last night. Even our musician for the day canceled on us."

Marsh: "Yeah, I heard something about a riot on my way home last night. What I miss?"

Vienna: "I'm not really sure either. There was a new church that supposed to be opening this morning, but last night a riot broke out over there. The police came in and closed everything down including the mall."
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No. 878893 ID: 3abd97

>If anything, I could say you're helping me quit smoking?
Support group, woo.

>Marsh: "I don't mind the company, but don't you have work to be doing here Vienna?"
>Vienna: "So far, you two have been the only other customers today. I'm kind of the only one showed up for work today too...
Well if you've got nothing better to do, feel free to pull up a seat. Good on you, toughing things out.

>There was a new church that supposed to be opening this morning, but last night a riot broke out over there. The police came in and closed everything down including the mall.
Wow, that stinks.
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No. 878895 ID: 91ee5f

>>878853
You should also taste your drink and give your opinion on how it tasted.

>The police came in and closed everything down including the mall.
Waaaiiit a minute. If the mall is closed, then how did all 3 of you get in here? Isn’t this coffee shop in the mall?
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No. 879042 ID: 15a025
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879042

>You should also taste your drink and give your opinion on how it tasted.
I've had the peppermint tea here before, it's surprisingly good. Not a lot of peppermint tea's I've had can get that balanced mix of flavors.

>Waaaiiit a minute. If the mall is closed, then how did all 3 of you get in here? Isn’t this coffee shop in the mall?
I think he meant they closed it down last night? Must of been one rowdy riot.

>Well if you've got nothing better to do, feel free to pull up a seat. Good on you, toughing things out.
Candy: "Well, if you've got nothing better to do then feel free to sit with us."

Vienna: "I'm not really aloud to sit down on the job. I need to be ready at all times in case customers come. I'm fine with standing."

Candy: "Isn't it kind of hard to stand around with a tray on your head like that?"

Vienna: "Not really. It's something I'm used to. I should probably bring it to the back though. One second!"

He scurries off again with that tray still on his head.

Marsh: "I swear that tray is glued on his head or something. I don't get how he can move so quick and not drop it."
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Shortly after, he returns.
Vienna: "So uh... how have you been Marsh? It's been a few days since you last came in."

Marsh: "Could be better. Had to leave town for stupid stuff. How about you?"

Vienna: "Getting a little excited for Tuesday. Our book store's supposed to be getting some new stuff in. I'm probably going to buy what I can and spend my next day off reading."

Marsh: "Didn't know you liked reading books."

Vienna: "The recipe for a good afternoon is a cup of hot tea and a good book."

Marsh: "Ever walk around with books on your head?"

Vienna: "Not sure why I wo, oh maybe? I used to work at library."

Marsh: "How many?"

Vienna: "Probably three or four?"

Marsh: "I'm getting curious now. Mind showing off to us Vienna?"

Vienna: "Showing off what?"

Marsh: "Your goofy balance skills."

He lets out a cute lil laugh.

Vienna: "I'd say you're fascination with me carrying things is goofy, but sure. I don't mind."

Marsh: "Cool. Hey Candy, mind if we use those books in your bag then?"
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No. 879103 ID: 3abd97

>Candy, mind if we use those books in your bag then?
So long as you're careful with them. I borrowed those.

Realistically, it's fine. The place is empty, so long as the books don't fall in the tea they can't really get hurt.
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No. 879177 ID: 91ee5f

>>879103
I agree.

Just don’t forget about them when it’s time to leave!
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>Realistically, it's fine. The place is empty, so long as the books don't fall in the tea they can't really get hurt.
>Just don’t forget about them when it’s time to leave!
I guess it wouldn't hurt to let them mess around a bit.

>So long as you're careful with them. I borrowed those.
Candy: "Sure. Just be careful, I'm borrowing them from someone."

Marsh: "Cool! Alright Candy, start stacking those books."

Candy: "Huh?"

Marsh: "Yeah, stack the books on his head."

Candy: "I, okay?"

I grab the books one by one and stack them on Vienna's head.
Candy: "Let me know if it gets too heavy?"

I pause after two books.

Vienna: "Keep going, I'm fine.
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I stack two more on him. I can hear Marsh trying to hold in her laughter.

Vienna: "Hm... I think I can handle one more?"
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I carefully place one more book on his head. I start to see him wobbling a bit.

Vienna: "Okay, maybe too much!"
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I quickly take the books off his head before they fall over or Vienna gets crushed with all this knowledge.

Marsh: "That was pretty impressive Vienna."

Vienna: "I still don't quite understand your fascination, but as long as you had fun with it. Can I get you re-fills or something else to drink?"
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Marsh sticks her teacup on Vienna's head.

Marsh: "I'll take another blue-berry tea."

Vienna: "One more, coming up."
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He scurries off again, and returns with another cup of tea. Marsh chugs it down, again.

Candy: "Marsh!"

Marsh: "That was a bit better."

She sticks her cup on Vienna's head again.

Marsh: "So how much do we owe you today Vienna?"

Vienna: "Ten dollars."

Marsh: "Here's ten plus a little tip. Thanks for the company Vienna, missed you a bit while I was gone."

Vienna: "Heading out?"

Marsh: "Yeah. Got stuff at home to take care of. See you later!"

Vienna: "Alright then. It was nice see you too. Have a safe drive!"
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We leave the mall and Marsh speeds off onto the roads.
Candy: "What was with stacking things on Vienna today Marsh?"

Marsh: "I dunno... it was kind of [small]...[small]

Candy: "Kind of what?"

Marsh: "Kind of, eh never mind."

Candy: "Okay?"

She's pretty much silent the rest of the way home. Even the radio's off. I thought of using the silence to study, but it's snowing out.
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When we get home, I take my books into my room and start studying away.
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Until I realize it's getting late. I should probably hop into bed. Goodnight earring spooks, thanks for the help again today!

End of Volume 3.2
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No. 879418 ID: 3abd97

>>879383
That is pretty silly.
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