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A&E Music Shop

(Possibly in need of a better title)

This is the music shop run by Aleksandra and Edward. With Slither the lizard-snake-elf-man-god-fragment-thing as an employee. At the moment, it holds a bunch of gold bars and is waiting for shelves and equipment. Oh yeah, and inventory.
Obscurejones

Pretty good name.

Edward hums together a few order forms.
Do we want to be well stocked on the basics or have a little of everything?
The Bushranger

^_^

"More well-stocked, I think. We can special order oddities," Aleksandra suggests as she starts arranging shelving units.
Obscurejones

Alright, magic instruments as well?
The Bushranger

"Oh, of course! That should be our specialty," Aleksandra beams.
Obscurejones

Edward nods and checks something on the forms.  Looks for an envelope.
The Bushranger

There's a box of envelopes. Slightly moldy.
Obscurejones

Eww.
He fishes one out and scrapes off the mold, dropping the form and one of the bars into the envelope.  Starts humming up a portal.
The Bushranger

Now he's thinking with portals!


Aleksandra comes over. Starts cleaning the ancient office supplies.
Obscurejones

Edward drops the envelope in.
They'll have our stock ready in about a week.
The Bushranger

"Awesome. We should probably get some new supplies, too," Aleks observes, holding a moth-eaten eraser at arm's length.
Obscurejones

Edward nods and starts filling out a second form.
The Bushranger

Aleksandra resumes dusting and shifting shelves using novel applications of grease and mage-hand spells. Razz
Obscurejones

... Novel applications of grease and mage hand spells. Razz

In any case, Edward fills  out and then sends out the second order.  Joins in the cleaning.
The Bushranger

...
>.<
Razz

Many hands make light work, and soon the shelves are all nicely arranged!
Obscurejones

Edward grabs some paint and boards and starts to work on a sign.
The Bushranger

Aleksandra, meanwhile, unearths an ancient coffeemaker!
And sets about resurrecting it.
Obscurejones

Edward paints.  Shakes his head. Burns.  Starts again.
The Bushranger

"...do I smell smoke?" Aleksandra calls from the back of the store.
Obscurejones

Of course not.  That would mean I was being unsafe.
The Bushranger

"Oh. Alright."
She doesn't bother him further despite the smell. Razz
Obscurejones

He paints a new sign, in silver and violet and places outside above the door.
The Bushranger

And Aleksandra swaps the last speck of dust off the desk!
Then steps outside to look at the sign.
Obscurejones

It's... Good?  I have no idea what it should look like.
In any case Edward goes to see what the back rooms are like.
The Bushranger

"It's lovely," Aleksandra says, hugging Edward then following him to the back rooms!

They're...empty rooms. *nod*
Obscurejones

They're very... Empty.  We should put things here.
He nods.
The Bushranger

"But what?" Aleksandra asks, tilting her head curiously. "Aside from using them to store inventory, anyway."
Obscurejones

Slither walks in.
Don't suppose I could get a cot back here?
The Bushranger

Aleksandra eeps a bit in surprise. But then smiles.
"I wouldn't have a problem with that," she says, then frowns a little. "Aren't you staying with Quinn?"
Obscurejones

I... Need my own space.  I've been having trouble.
Edward nods.  Gets it.
The Bushranger

Aleksandra frowns, but nods as well.
"Well, then, you can make yourself at home," she says with a bright smile.
Obscurejones

He nods and he and Edward go to work conjuring a small studio apartment in the back rooms.
The Bushranger

Aleksandra watches in amazement!
"Wow."
Obscurejones

They shrug, speaking more or less at the same time.
My magic teacher was a part time decorator.
I was a part time decorator.
The Bushranger

Aleksandra starts to nod...then blinks.
Blinks again.
"And so...you were his magic teacher?" she asks as 2+2=4 in her mind.
Obscurejones

Slither shakes his head.
Didn't meet him until a few weeks ago.
The hazards of diverting timelines around your 2s.
The Bushranger

"...oh."

Aleksandra, looking rather sheepish, hurries out to the front room.
Obscurejones

I think I'm related to him though.
Well, he did bust your head in.
The Bushranger

Aleksandra listens as she tests the weight-bearing capability of the creaky old office chair she found. Surprisingly, it doesn't collapse.
Obscurejones

Well you're never really testing somethings bearing capability until you do it with a friend.  Or two. Razz

The boys wander back out, Slither's small apartment fully conjured.
The Bushranger

Razz

Aleksandra grins at them as she spins on the squeaky chair!
"Got things fixed up to your satisfaction?"
Obscurejones

Slither nods.
I'll do till I get a chance to make some cash.  Thank, by the way.
The Bushranger

"It's not a problem at all," Aleksandra says with a smile. "And you're welcome to stay as long as you'd like."
Obscurejones

Slither and Edward nod.  Head for the front of the store.
The Bushranger

Aleksandra spins on her chair again.
Wheeeeee!
Then hops up to follow them.
Obscurejones

They're waiting quietly, each leaning on a checkout counter.
The Bushranger

She arrives. Looks at one. Then the other.
"So. Now we wait for inventory delivery?"
Obscurejones

Possibly.
Definitely possible.
The Bushranger

"I sense a 'but'," Aleksandra states, looking at Edward, then Slither, then Edward again, and leaning against the wall, crossing her arms.
Obscurejones

Probably boring.
Definitely boring.
The Bushranger

"Well, I have to agree with you there," she agrees with a sigh. "So...what shall we do to make it less boring?"
She has a small smirk on her face...
Obscurejones

They both try to look innocent.
Checkers?
Or monopoly.
Unless you had an idea.
The Bushranger

"Welll...I might have a few ideas...depending on if you'd like to hear them," Aleksandra says, trying to look innocent as well. And twirling a strand of white hair around a fingertip. "Like maybe poker?"
Obscurejones

What would we bet with?
Slither hasn't any cash.
Yet.
Yet.
The Bushranger

Aleksandra's expression remains perfectly innocent.
"The shirts off our backs, of course."
Obscurejones

But we've each only got the one shirt.
Well, to be fair, I don't usually wear one.
The Bushranger

"Well, it doesn't have to be just shirts," she points out with a giggle.
Obscurejones

Edward grins and pulls out a deck of cards.  Slither smirks.  They both know how to cheat.
The Bushranger

"Just as planned..."

Aleksandra grins as well. "So...on the counter or in the new apartment?"
Obscurejones

We can start here.  Move it back when someone starts to lose.
The Bushranger

"Works for me."
Aleksandra grins, and pulls over a chair to one of the counters. "Deal me in!"
Obscurejones

Slither smirks and starts shuffling, adding little flourishes as he throws the cards around.
The Bushranger

Aleksandra watches with a grin, tossing her hair back, then producing a scrunchie from her pocket to tie it.

She can cheat, too. Razz
Obscurejones

Slither's hair pulls itself back.  A tie appears.
The Bushranger

"...hmpf!"
Aleksandra lifts her nose in the air in a gesture of mock-snootiness. Then grins.
Obscurejones

Slither deals out cards.  
Game is texas hold em.
Aleksandra has two twos.
The Bushranger

Aleksandra's player quickly searches Wikipedia, never having played the game. Razz

Aleksandra studies her cards.
"...well. Looks like I lose."
Obscurejones

She might want to wait for the river and such.
You might want to wait for the river.  And the flop.  And all that.
The Bushranger

"Fair enough," Aleksandra says with a nod. And waits for the river to flop. Razz
Obscurejones

Righto.  It's another pair of twos right off the bat, alongside a three.
Huh.
The Bushranger

"...I suppose that's statstically very improbable not very good," Aleks states with a raised eyebrow.
Obscurejones

It's a bit odd.
The Bushranger

"A little," Aleksandra agrees. "I suppose I should fold?"
Obscurejones

Have you ever played poker before?
The Bushranger

Aleksandra blushes, and shakes her head.
"If I did, it was...before what I can remember," she admits.
Obscurejones

You should raise.  And then fold.
Slither nods.  That's exactly what she should do.
The Bushranger

"Well, then, that's what I'll do," Aleksandra says trustingly. "Hm, how much should I raise, though..."
Obscurejones

I'd go all in.
Sounds like a plan.
The Bushranger

"Well, then, all in it is," Aleksandra says, betting the farm!
Obscurejones

Right.  Now fold.
Slither waits patiently.
The Bushranger

Aleksandra raises her cards dramatically.
"Fold," she declares.
Obscurejones

Slither and Edward wait...
The Bushranger

Aleksandra sets down her 2's.
Obscurejones

Slither grins.
Gosh, that probably would have been the winning hand.  Shame you folded.
The Bushranger

Aleksandra scowls, but chuckles.
"Wish somebody had told me low cards won."
Obscurejones

When there's four of them.
Let's see...  All in.  That would be everything she's wearing, wouldn't it?
The Bushranger

Aleksandra puts on a mock sigh of long-suffering, but her eyes sparkle.
"I guess it would, wouldn't it. Shall we head to the back room?"
Obscurejones

Slither hops to his feet and heads for his bedroom.
The Bushranger

Aleksandra stands as well, and smiles at Edward, reaching for his hand.
Obscurejones

He's still looking at his cards.  Doesn't seem to notice her.
The Bushranger

"You coming, love?" Aleksandra asks, taking a step torwards the apartment.
Obscurejones

Edward looks up.  Nods.  Hops to his feet and follows Slither into the apartment.
The Bushranger

Aleksandra smiles and goes to link her arm in his, heading back to the apartment.
Obscurejones

Slither is sitting on his bed, reading a book.
The Bushranger

Aleksandra raises an eyebrow. Smiles.
"...so. You boys ready for me to pay up?"
Obscurejones

Edward nods enthusiastically.  Slither barely looks up from his book.
The Bushranger

Aleksandra grins at Edward, and slowly removes the top she's wearing. Spins it around. Tosses it to land on Slither's book.
Obscurejones

He gingerly pulls it off his book.  Drops it next to said book.
The Bushranger

Aleksandra sticks her tongue out at him. And resumes her stripping for Edward, smiling and taking her time with it.
Obscurejones

Slither's tail starts to flick around as he keeps the proceedings in the corner of his eye.

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