Dec 02, 2022 10:59 AM
rabka in raveria
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Aiu's agent procures something that looks like a conch shell with a cluster of embroidered charms dangling off its lower point, selects one of the charms, deposits it in a tiny charm-sized pocket on the shell, and brings the whole device up under their veil.  Their breathing and fabric-rustling go silent all at once, and though their posture is conversational no audible dialogue escapes.  After a few minutes they slot the shell back into its holster in their chair and resume producing sound.

"She's open for a consultation, but not a full walk-in, any time in the next - " they check a sewn display on their desk - "about three and a half hours; I can go into more detail about other times if that doesn't work for you.  Aiu, do you want to see her stitch-for-statch list or are you working in strict cash for this?"

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"I'll take a look at it, at least."  He gets handed a folder and begins scanning through its contents.

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"What's the difference between a consultation and a full walk-in?"

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"In a consultation you can plan out your tattoo but not actually get it done."

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"Oh. Is there usually a lot of planning?"

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"It depends on how picky you are, I think, about both the visual design and what you want it to do.  But the actual appointment is gated on her needing to sleep first, not on how long it will take per se."

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"Huh, okay. Where do we go for consulting her?"

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They produce a card and slide it over to Rabka.

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...she takes it but hands it to Aiu. "I can't read."

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" - Oh.  Well there's an address on it.  If you don't have anyone else to navigate I suppose I could walk you there maybe the day after tomorrow."

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"No, I will," affirms Aiu, not looking up from the file.

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"Aiu's been super helpful."

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"Aww, thanks Rabka."

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"Well you have!"

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"I guess!  - This is kind of a weird stitch-for-statch list."

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"Yes."

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". . . I guess I'll ask her about it in person."

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"Weird how?"

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"Well, for one thing, apparently most of the things on it aren't actually listed here."

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"Like they're secret?"

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"I don't really know."

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"Well, I guess we can ask. Which way do we go?"

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"This way!  Bye Ceffil, thanks for the help."

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"Always a pleasure.  Nice meeting you, Rabka."

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"You too!"

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