Chapter 2.1: Retail Therapy...   Posted by Shan Yu.Group: 0
Shan Yu
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Wed 16 Jun 2010
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Chapter 2.1: Retail Therapy...


Chapter 2.1: Retail Therapy...

Once Kinny got herself situated in her lavish suite at the Celestial Dragon...if an 8' x 15' room can be considered to be lavish...she, Makani, and Lydia began their plan for an all-out assault on the commercial shopping district of New Dunsmuir.

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Makani Ano
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Thu 17 Jun 2010
at 11:52
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(Celestial Dragon)

Pitching in where she could without being invasive Makani helped Kinny get her things up to her room and get settled.

While she and Lydia had done extensive shopping in the area to replace missing items, they had yet to venture into some of the more obscure stores.  Something told her that that was where they would find something special for Momma Fong.

She had replaced her wardrobe with simple fibers that breathed and were as interchangeable as possible.   She did include one dress item, just in case but the rest was gone with her old life.

The one thing she had yet to find was a respectable auto-pistol.  Her old one had served her well on the last trip and to be honest, she missed it.

"Do you have any ideas on what we can get our hostess?" she asked.  "Kinny, Lilly?"
Kinny Halmack
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Fri 18 Jun 2010
at 05:20
Re: Chapter 2.1: Retail Therapy...
"Well, I've never met the woman," Kinny said, looking at a table of jewelry sitting on the street in front of a shop. "What sort of woman is she?" She was dressed considerably lower than her two companions for the shopping trip, wearing only a tight, sleeveless blue shirt and cargo pants. The sleeveless shirt revealed more tattoos, dozens of black rings running around her right arm from elbow to shoulder, and a burning building on her left bicep.

She held a pair of hoop earrings to her ears, looking into the small mirror on the table. "I've never had pierced ears. Not sure why. What do you think?"
Lydia Li
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Fri 18 Jun 2010
at 14:56
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She remained in a simple, loose shirt and her pair of overalls, heavy boots that you would find on a farm. Despite her aparent ease in a worker's outfit, she has easily been picking up on the grace of her companion, and her face has been evolving from a pretty teen into a beautiful young woman, a change that would seem at odds with her tongue and attitude.

Lydia shrugged faintly, then tipped her head, thoughtfully. "Something silken, definately. She's got that Earth-That-Was homeland feel, and something long and silky and beautiful I think would catch her eye. But something with thoguht. Woman like that, she can right buy jus' any ol' thing. Gotta be something unique..."

She glanced at Kinny and smiled faintly. Her own ears were pierced but are absent of jewelry. In truth, it felt uncomfortable to wear earrings... Too many bad memories. "I wouldn't do anything large, ma'am. Sumthin' simple-like... Maybe..." She wandered over to the jewelry stand, looking over the assorted earrings, tapping her chin thoughtfully.
Makani Ano
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Sun 20 Jun 2010
at 11:25
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(Jewelery Stall)

Makani nodded as she thought about what the others had said.  She had only met the Lady once and she had left an impression.  Wise, well deserving of the title 'Kapuna', Makani thought.


"She is venerable and well respected," she explained to Kinny.  "A matriarch through and through... she was once a performer," she added as she thought about the painting in the Brass Pelican

"I am afraid I do not know more... She has been having coughing fits which the tea she's been drinking seems to help..."
Kinny Halmack
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Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 04:46
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"Once a performer, but she left it for the restaurant business..." Kinny mused, trying out another pair of earrings. The she laughed. "I just keep thinking about jewelry because I'm staring at it. Here, let's keep moving." She set the earrings back on the table, and headed deeper into the market.

On the next corner, she spotted a store with long silk scarves hanging in front. "Come on, this looks nice!" she yelled to her new crewmates, waving.

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Makani Ano
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Wed 23 Jun 2010
at 00:41
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(Scarves and Things)

Makani smiled and shook her head, feeling both like a girl released from school early and a mother hen.

Laughing she entered the stall and studied the scarves there were a few that moved well.  She thought about the picture in the Brass Pelican and found a few scarves that seemed to go with the image and held them up for the others to inspect.

"What do you think?"
Shan Yu
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Wed 23 Jun 2010
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(New Dunsmuir-shopping district)

"I think they are absolutely beautiful, and the gold thread highlights your wonderful skin."  The woman shopkeeper materialized out of nowhere, nodding and smiling in obvious approval which looked more sincere than not.  She was an older woman, her gray hair worn long and flowing down her back, and she clapped her hands together a few times as if applauding Makani's choice.  "I think something in blue would be the best color for your young friend here..." (she looked at Lydia and gestured toward some several scarves in various combinations and shades of blue) "...and for your other friend..." (her smile faltered slightly as her eyes took in Kinny's tattoos and shaved head) "...I, uh, think perhaps something less flashy so as not to, uh, detract from or clash with her other, uh, bold choices in self expression and adornment."  Her smile returned to its former radiance as she redirected her attention back to Makani.  "And of course, I'm sure that a group rate would be in order, say...10% off on any orders over three?"  She looked back and forth at the the three women, her eyes meeting Makani's and Lydia's, less so with Kinny, waiting to see what the customers might have to say.

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Kinny Halmack
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Wed 23 Jun 2010
at 19:40
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[New Dunsmuir Shopping District]

Kinny tried not to giggle at the woman's valiant attempt. "Actually, today we're primarily shopping for a gift, for someone special. She's been very kind to us recently." I assume so, anyway, or we wouldn't be bothering, she thinks to herself. "She's an older woman, but still beautiful." She looked at Makani and Lilly, urging them with her eyes to help out. She'd never actually met Mama Fong.
Lydia Li
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Wed 23 Jun 2010
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"A former entertainer as well. Dancer. Very graceful, even in her old age." She nodded faintly, chiming in her two cents.
Shan Yu
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Wed 23 Jun 2010
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(New Dunsmuir-shopping district)

The shopkeeper struck an exaggerated pose.  "Oh, a beautiful older woman...just like me!"  She chuckled at her own joke before breaking the pose and moving to another small table, rummaging through the scarves.  "And a dancer, too!  You're in luck...I have right here...somewhere...the exact same scarves used by the famous Lady Zuleika in her 'Dance of the Silken Threads'.  Actually, they're high quality reproductions, but they look identical."  Wispy scraps of cloth fly as she looks through the piles.  After a few seconds, she gave up and took a moment to smooth down her own clothing.  "Well, they're around here somewhere, and if you're interested, I'm sure I can find them."  She turned on the smile again and returned to the girls, quickly draping one of the scarves over her head.  "Perhaps you'd like to use me as a mannequin...give you an idea of how a scarf might look on an older beauty?"
Makani Ano
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Fri 25 Jun 2010
at 13:53
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Makani's expression didn't change as the woman aproached them and regaled them with compliements.  She even managed to keep a straight face when she balked at 'finding the right colour' for Kinny.

She was none-the-less impressed by Kinny's reaction.  She was definitely a woman comfortable in her own skin.

She looked at the scarves and veils matching them to the colours in the portrait.  'Something to compliment it, she thought.

As she searched she picked out a solid, plain bright red scarf for herself.  "I think something, perhaps in white or ivory..."
Kinny Halmack
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Fri 25 Jun 2010
at 19:16
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"Yes, with a faint pattern, maybe in yellow or pale blue?" Kinny put in. She moved closer to the shopkeeper, to look through the scarves with her. "Something elegant, but tasteful, not just a flash of color. I'm sure you know what I mean better than I do."

She picked out a pale off-white with flowers in various shades of blue, and handed it to the shopkeeper. "Would you try this one on, so we can see how it looks?"
Shan Yu
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Fri 25 Jun 2010
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The shopkeeper beamed a bright smile as the prospect of a sale loomed closer.  "Why certainly!"  She took the proferred scarf and waved it through the air, allowing the fabric to flow gracefully before settling on her shoulder.  She clasped it around her shoulders like a shawl, twirling slowly to model the merchandise from a variety of angles.  She also wrapped it loosely around her neck, then around her waist, and finally tied it around her head, demonstrating a variety of fashionable preferences.  All the while, she would quietly whisper words such as "elegant", "stunning" and "adorable".  She finished the presentation by bringing the scarf to rest on her outstretched arm, fully exposing the colors and design.  "Lovely...absolutely lovely!  What a keen eye you have, miss."

OOC-I hope that made sense, because I ain't got the faintest clue on how to wear a scarf, though my Hungarian grandmother would wear babushkas.  My wardrobe leans toward shorts and Hawaiian shirts.

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Makani Ano
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Sat 26 Jun 2010
at 13:44
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Makani smiled wondering if one of them had picked the most horrific paisley in the shop if the woman would have said the same thing.

She schooled her features and then again inspected the material.  The woman had offered them 10% off if they purchased three, but she'd still seen no sign of pricing.

"How much are you asking for this one?"