Chapter 2.1: Retail Therapy...   Posted by Shan Yu.Group: 0
Shan Yu
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Mon 12 Jul 2010
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(Tea shoppe)

Kim returns Makani's inviting smile and replies, "Well, since you don't mention any particular type of tea, I assume that your friend has no particular preference, or perhaps is rather new to the wonderful world of tea.  May I suggest a general assortment?  We have a sampler set, with 4 ounce tins of white, green, black, and oolong teas...nothing fancy, but a good introductory assortment."

"If something more specialized is needed, the more information you could give me, the better I might be able to come up with a suggestion.  My mother has taught us well, and while my earlier statement about having the best in New Dunsmuir might be a little exaggerated, it's not that far off.  Whatever you need, we can probably provide it."


She hands each of them a small menu, covered with tiny writing.  "Here's our menu.  I usually just ask about preferences first, because it takes a while for folks to look over the menu, and most people pretty much know what they want."  She bends over and points out the sampler on Makani's menu.  "There's the sampler I was mentioning...very reasonably priced at 6 credits."
Kinny Halmack
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Tue 13 Jul 2010
at 20:55
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"Oh, wow," Kinny said, looking at the vast assortment of teas. "Clearly I don't know as much as I thought I did. Umm, Makani, do you have any ideas?"
Lydia Li
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Wed 14 Jul 2010
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Lydia herself was a bit blown away by the assortment. "They all smell wonderful. But betcha Makani knows... She's all refined like. Comes from her b-" She blinked and bit her lip as she just caught herself almost giving them away. She blushed furiously, hiding in her scarf, and attempted to save herself and Makani. "From bein' all knowledged and stuff. She's smart... Yeah..." Way to go Lydia!!!
Kinny Halmack
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Sat 17 Jul 2010
at 13:18
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As Makani appeared to be engrossed by the menu, Kinny decided to start. "Well, I think I'd like something sweet. White tea, maybe with the peach infusion?"

OOC: Come on, I (the player) know squat about tea. Help me out here?
Makani Ano
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Sat 17 Jul 2010
at 14:55
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Makani chuckled and shook her head.  "I know what I like when it comes to tea... I have always been fond of oolong and cherry tea.  Cherry tea, is a flavored tea, usually... black?"

She asked Kim for verification.  "It was something my mother drank... your grandmother," Makani added smiling and Lydia.  "She said it reminded her of her  youth..."

"Oolong on the other hand... is... it's an oxidized tea... somewhere between a green and a black tea... so it possesses qualities of both...It is usually brewed strong, making it slightly bitter, but there is a sweet aftertaste... like life... "

A peaceful smile crossed her face as she waxed philosphical about the teas she loved.  Then, as if remembering where she was, she again smiled at Kim.  "Is your oolong rolled or pressed?"

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Sat 17 Jul 2010
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(Tea Shoppe)

Kim started to write down Kinny's order, but paused as Makani spoke.  Kim smiled approvingly and answered the Companion, "We have both pressed and rolled, whichever you prefer."  She leaned over slightly and pointed to the entries on the menu.  "I must say, it's quite nice to find someone as knowledgeable as you when it comes to tea.  Have you received training or instruction?  It's almost as if you might have once run a cha house yourself, or perhaps you were a courtesan?"  She winked at the three women to show that her comments were all in fun.

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Makani Ano
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Sat 17 Jul 2010
at 16:36
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Makani smiled and shook her head.  "Alas, I was simply blessed with the fortune of living over a cha house while I was at university." She explained.

Again there was a wistful twinkle to her eyes as she spoke.  It was not a lie-- the training house often served as a cha house, at least for the purposes of teaching, and she had been quite lucky to have been there.

She thought about her order and Mama Fong.  "I would like oolong, pressed if it is not too much trouble... "

She studied the menue again and then smiled at Kim.  "As for the gift, what would you recommend for an older woman... something soothing as she has a cough... special because she has been quite kind to us..."

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Sat 17 Jul 2010
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(Tea Shoppe)

Kim wrote down Makani's order, mumbling to herself.  "Hmmm...special gift...older person..."  She suddenly stops and breaks into a huge smile.  "I know!  I'll be right back!"  She hurried away to the back of the room, returning in a moment with a small tray holding three tiny cups. a small tin, an empty glass tea pot, and another pot filled with steaming water.  Kim put the tray down and took the tin.  She removed a round wad of leafy material and dropped it into the glass pot.  "Now watch!"  She poured hot water from the other pot into the glass pot, then backed away so the three women would have an unimpeded view.  With in seconds, the aroma of jasmine began to fill the air, and the wad of leaves slowly began to expand and unroll.  Over the next minute or two, the tea turned a pale shade of green, the leaves opened to reveal a delicate jasmine blossom inside, itself blooming as the hot water brought it to life.

"This is called a flowering tea, or blooming tea.  It's a fine quality green tea that has been painstakingly hand-tied up into a ball with a flower blossom.  As the steaming water strikes the leaves, the aroma is released and the tea steeps, all the while providing a visual treat as the flower blossom is revealed.  One cannot help but smile at the birth of such beauty, and I think that this would be exactly what an older person...perhaps one with failing health...might need to brighten their day."

She gestured toward the three cups.  "Please, try some...I think you'll like it.  I'll be back in a few minutes to see how you are doing."  She bowed as she backed away, and returned several minutes later, once the three had an opportunity to sample the tea.  "So...what do you think?"

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Kinny Halmack
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Sat 17 Jul 2010
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Kinny had stared, engrossed, at the flowering tea. Now she was sipping from it with a blissful smile. "It's delicious. And beautiful, of course. I'm sold."
Makani Ano
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Sat 17 Jul 2010
at 21:39
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Makani watched the graceful dance as the ball slowly blossomed before them.  Her eyes teared slightly and she nodded with approval.

"That," she said.  "Is a worthy gift to a most special hostess."

"Thank you Kim...Thank you very much."
Lydia Li
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Sun 18 Jul 2010
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Lydia smiled a little, grinning at the tea. She never liked tea herself. More simple drinks were her forte. Water, really, maybe freshly pasteurized milk...
Shan Yu
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Sun 18 Jul 2010
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(Tea shoppe)

Kim smiled and nodded in recognition of Makani's remarks.  "I'm so glad you like it as much as I.  Unfortunately, it is rather expensive.  A tin of five blossoms costs 8 credits...but the blossoms can be used for several pots of tea."  She glances back at the service counter, pulling out a tin of blossoms from her apron pocket.  "But I think we can work out a professional discount...after all, you did live over a cha house once.  Six credits should do it."  She put the tin on the table, smiling a conspiratorial smile at the the three young women.
Kinny Halmack
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Mon 19 Jul 2010
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Kinny leaned in before Makani could speak. "We'll take it," she said, pulling out a few bills and handing them to Kim. "It's perfect."
Makani Ano
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Wed 21 Jul 2010
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Makani smiled and gave a grateful nod to Kim.  "Thank you for sharing your wisdom and tea with us," she began.

"I have never seen anything quite like it before... I remain... "

Words failing her she looked Kim in the eyes and again nodded.  "Thank you."
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Wed 21 Jul 2010
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Kim backed away, taking Kinny's payment and leaving the tea tin on the table.  She left the three women to themselves to finish their tea on their own time.

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Lydia Li
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Wed 21 Jul 2010
at 12:13
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Lydia smiled as she sipped the tea. She wasn't that big on tea, as once mentioned, but this stuff was really good. She grinned wider at Makani as the lady walked away, tilting her head in a mischievous expression. "Charmer..." She giggled as she sipped the tea to finished. She smiled and toyed with the little blossom that was left in the cup, wondering if she should pick up a flower for her hair. Maybe Mr. Cole would like it in addition to the scarf... or maybe its a bit too much...
Makani Ano
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Wed 21 Jul 2010
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Makani tucked her hair behind her ear and focused on her tea.  It was indeed something special.  As she drank she thought about the 'sales' offered to her and the others, a theory beginning to form.

She once again scanned the room and looked to the others.  "I believe we shall need a tea pot like this one," she said indicating the glass tea pot that held the still 'blossoming' jasmine.

"Can anyone think of anything else?"

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Kinny Halmack
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Thu 22 Jul 2010
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"We got her a scarf for her outside," Kinny said, "tea for her inside, and beauty all around. I think that's the best we're going to do. Let's finish the tea before we leave, though." She sipped at the delicious beverage, and closed her eyes, still smiling.
Lydia Li
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Fri 23 Jul 2010
at 12:10
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"What she said... Think the thought of the gifts alone is nuff for Mama anyhow.. Dad always said it don' matter none what the gift is, but rather the fact ya got a gift yerself. The thought that counts, ya know?" She smiled as she toyed with her scarf, remembering the good days with her dad, and some of the outlandish gifts she would give him.
Makani Ano
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Fri 23 Jul 2010
at 18:43
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Makani nodded taking another sip of her tea.  "That is quite true," she said in agreement.

She closed her eyes for a moment as she savored the steam from her tea.  "I believe we should be heading back..."

She looked up, and spotting Kim she gave the young woman a slight nod.
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Fri 23 Jul 2010
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(Tea shoppe)

Kim walked over to the table and gave a short bow as she asked, "Was there something else I could help you with?"

Barely had she finished speaking when there was a commotion out on the street.  It started as a rumbling sound, out of sight down the street to the north.  It quickly reached a volume that said it was more than just a collision between two pedi-cabs.  One by one, Kim and the other occupants of the tea shoppe found their attention pulled away, and everyone craned their necks to look out the front window to see what was making the disturbance.  Shouting voices could now be heard, as well as screams and cries of alarm.  "STOP!!  Halt where you are!!"

Suddenly, almost in front of the tea shoppe, several pedestrians could be seen running into doorways and crouching behind anything that could give them cover.  One person, a young woman in her mid twenties, dressed in dockworker's clothing, raced down the middle of the avenue.  There were two gunshots from down the street, and with a cry, the woman collapsed in mid stride and rolled several times.  She struggled to gain her footing, but the growing red stain on her left leg revealed that at least one of the bullets had found its mark and prevented her from escaping.  She finally heaved herself to a standing position, grasping her leg as a pool of blood began to form at her feet.  Three Interpol officers, dressed in full paramilitary gear, now came into view, assault rifles pointed at the woman.  The leader stopped five yards from her as his men moved left and right to cover her from different angles.  He shouted at her, "You are bound by law for treason and spreading sedition!!  Raise your hands and do not move, or we will shoot!!"

The woman, grimacing from the pain, looked at the officers to the left and right, then at the leader.  A calmness seemed to overtake her, and she smiled, "You cannot stop the light of freedom and purity!  The godless Alliance will fall, and we will build a new 'Verse from the remains!"  She suddenly reached under her coat and pulled out a grenade, raising her voice.  "LONG LIVE..."  But before she could complete her sentence, three assault rifles roared, and the young woman was thrown off her feet by the impact of a dozen bullets.  She struck the pavement on her back and lay spread-eagled, unmoving and looking for all the world like a soiled pile of dirty clothing discarded by a passerby.  There was total silence for a moment as the echoes of gunfire died, broken only by the sound of her "grenade"...which could now be seen as being only a can of spray paint...rolling away from her outstretched hand into the gutter.

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Kinny Halmack
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Fri 23 Jul 2010
at 22:54
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Kinny had stood at the initial commotion, then crouched by the wall when the Interpol officers came into view. Now she grabbed the canister of blossoming teas from the table, and took Lily's hand with her other. "We need to go. Now," she said, leading the way out into the street, walking at a deliberate pace.
Lydia Li
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Sat 24 Jul 2010
at 02:13
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The bulletstorm and death of the woman, the blood in the air, the smell of the gunsmoke... It was too sudden, too loud, too violent. She stood there, eyes as wide as a deer, trembling from head to toe in absolute fear. At first she thought it was HIM again... How the hell did he find her! Not again! She once again saw everyone drenched in blood... everyone she cared... dead... Like Talia... It was going to happen again!

Her entire body clenched as she let out a high-pitched scream of terror and defiance of her fate. "NOOOOO!!!!!"

But then the guns weren't on her, the grenade was not tossed her way, and the death was not someone she knew. She deflated at that point, the tension leaving and replacing with a complete loss of feeling, her entire core spent in that one flashback, that one burning fear that would never truly leave her, that made her broken, to never be whole again.

Numbly she nodded at Kinny and stumbled after, her entire body broken in a cold sweat of absolute terror as the flashbacks of her life left her drained, defeated, and in fear once again.
Makani Ano
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Mon 26 Jul 2010
at 03:28
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Makani's training clicked in as the gunfire began, quickly pulling her charge behind her.  She could tell from Lydia's breathing that the voilence had thrown the younger woman and the best thing to do was to get her out of there.

She gave an approving nod as Kinny took the lead with Lydia.  She made a few mental notes but quickly brought up the rear.  She left enough money to cover the tea and made sure they'd left nothing behind.

As always she scanned the area for any signs of trouble following them.  This was not how she had wanted to end the outing.  She was worried about Lydia, but right now keeping her alive was more important than reassurances.  There would plenty of time for that once they were safe.
Kinny Halmack
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Mon 26 Jul 2010
at 06:07
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Kinny quickly led the way back to the hotel, and they rushed inside.

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