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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Silvia Tsukuda on Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:04 am

"Well, I've spent most of the last ten years outside or in backwater villages, so I couldn't really tell you," Silvia replied with a small smile. "I mean, for all I know, everyone now builds their houses a foot smaller than they used to and nobody's got around to telling me yet." She sighed. "There's a lot of stuff I'm going to need to catch up on."
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Hugo on Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:24 am

Hugo smiled a little at the idea of tiny homes, and nodded understandingly when she mentioned how much there was to catch up on. "Well, the streaming channels are kinda not gonna help you for this. Everything recent is all blah blah corporate war." He tried to say it dismissively, but he seemed a little worked up about it. "Of course, the minute we join a new corp the world goes to shit... And to make it worse, basically everything here is in Mandarin, and I.. ..don't know it." He kicked at the carpet, momentarily embarrassed. "Even the metal is in Mandarin."
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Silvia Tsukuda on Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:30 am

"Not at all?" Silvia asked, obviously rather surprised. "I mean, my Mandarin's a little rusty, sure, but I know it. I mean...we're in Ai-Jinn territory here. Of course it's all going to be Mandarin." She frowned at her own words. "Sorry, that was...kind of rude. But...well, this seems a strange place to go if you don't speak the local language." She hesitated for a second and then carried on. "Do you want a hand? I mean, I could try and teach you some of the basics. Probably not very well, but it might help a bit."
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Hugo on Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:43 pm

Hugo didn't seemed to be bothered by rudeness and shrugged. "I was.. actually thinking about taking a class. You know, meet people maybe.." He laughed a little, low and slightly embarrassed. "And to be honest, I didn't expect to work here, in Ai Jinn Territory and especially not the CCZ. But when I got an offer for a job where I could make lots of money..." He laughed again. "I took it. Better than doing odd jobs in the Free State where I could barely afford R-Drug every month. Mandarin wasn't really a concern."

When he met Silvia's eyes, the giant muscled man seemed kind of.. shy? Or maybe even slightly intimidated? "To.. be honest, I could actually use some help with, um, well.. How do you say, "I don't speak Mandarin"?"
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Silvia Tsukuda on Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:18 pm

"Um...give me a second," SIlvia replied, casting her eyes upwards in thought. "I think it's...I cannot speaking the Mandarin." She frowned, annoyed at herself. "No, no, that's not right. Damn. It's...I don't speak Mandarin. Yes, I think that's it. I don't speak Mandarin." She frowned again. "I'm even rustier than I thought. I should probably brush up on it. If it's going to be the normal working language, anyway. Still," she added with a smile, "apparently they pay well here. Perhaps we'll be able to afford an internal translator sometime in the next few months." Her voice didn't sound all that hopeful, though.
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Shinobu on Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:32 pm

"'Fuck off before I cut you' can work too, so long as you're open to self-defence. Not that I'd really recommend it, but sometime you just need someone out of the way." The door, slightly ajar, was pushed open to reveal the speaker, a masculine-looking woman with messy short hair. She was wearing a "reasonably-priced" business suit in the fashion one might at the end of a long day's work, her tie loosened and carrying her jacket underarm. "Hi. Shinobu Kisaragi. I'm guessing you're Silvia? And you're Hugo, right? Nice to meet you." She had a cheerful smile on her face as she spoke, switching between Japanese and English as naturally as if it was how the languages were supposed to be spoken. "Overheard you guys talking and thought I should come say hello. No hablo espanol, though. Mind if I come in? It'd be nice to know who I'm going to be working with. If I'm not interrupting anything between you two, that is," Shinobu added with a grin.
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Hugo on Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:42 pm

Hugo blinked in confusion at the Mandarin, but understood enough to realize the apparent woman before him wanted to talk. He stood at speed, offering her his seat. "Sure, yeah, sit down, vata. And you're right, I'm Hugo. Hugo Zumisimo, but my old team used to call me 'Juice'." Hugo's English was very Feddy and heavily accented, but it seemed natural to him, as well. He smiled widely and gestured to his chair. "Sit, sit. Sit! Do you not speak a language all of us understand?" With that has hand flicked in the air once, a nervous reaction, or more likely, that WF hand sign.

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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Shinobu on Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:19 pm

"You don't know Japanese or Mandarin, right? Unless Silvia here can speak English, we aren't going to be having the most lively conversation, huh?" Shinobu shrugged as she looked up at Hugo, taking the offered seat. "Not that I mind being a third wheel," she added, and then turned to Silvia for a moment. "You don't speak English, right? Sorry about this mess."

"So J, you're ex-Fed... I'm guessing you're a gun guy? I don't mean to stereotype, but statistics are what they are." It was obvious from looking at him that Hugo probably put plenty of big holes in people without a gun, but she didn't think that 'Hey, have you ever punched a man's heart out' would be the best topic for a friendly conversation.
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Silvia Tsukuda on Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:30 pm

"Erm...I'm afraid I don't," Silvia replied, trying to keep up with the conversation in a language she didn't understand. Her Japanese wasn't quite flawless anymore, but it was certainly better than her Mandarin. "And sure, come in. You're the other new Agent, right?" She paused for a moment and turned to Hugo. "She's the other new Agent, right?" Then something seemed to click in her brain and she turned back to Shinobu. "Wait...what do you mean, "interrupting anything"?"
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Hugo on Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:46 pm

"Yeah, yeah, this is that Shinobu lady," Hugo nodded to Silvia, before turning back to Shinobu, grinning a little. He scratched the back of his head, hand twisting just once before sinking into his afro. "Guns are a pretty good bet. I do the best weapons--heavy weapons." He laughed a little, putting his hand back down. He seemed young; grinning, a little shy, a little embarrassed, and very aware of how huge he was and how little it would take for him to crush something. "And we're just talking about Oracle and stuff. I'm mostly just glad to be employed." He laughed a little more, standing carefully to the side, avoiding stepping too close to the chair or Silvia's sleeping bag.
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Shinobu on Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:23 am

"Yeah, that's me. Shinobu Kisaragi, infiltration specialist. Thought I might have been ruining a moment since I couldn't tell what you two were saying. Wouldn't have made the best first impression, yes?" Shinobu replied. At this particular moment, at least, she had quite a lot of control over the conversation, and that gave her a chance to see what these two were like. "So what do you think of the place? Not the best accommodation I've stayed in personally, but as HQs go it's nice." She paused for a moment and turned to Hugo. "I get what you're saying, yeah. Before I came here, work was all pretty patchy and not really anything I wanted to be tied down to. Oracle seems pretty cool. You adjusting okay?"
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Silvia Tsukuda on Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:37 am

"I...er...no, nothing like that," Silvia managed to stammer, although she was starting to flush slightly. She didn't think she and Hugo had been having a "moment". But then again, she wasn't exactly the best judge of these things. Besides, she'd only just met him. Sure, he seemed like a nice guy, but she'd talked to shopkeepers in the wilds more than to him. Well, over several conversations, anyway. Spanning several years. But still, she barely even knew him. All these thoughts flashed across her face for anyone with the skill to read them (Lying and Acting roll is a fail by 8 ).

"The...accommodation, yes," she managed, dragging the subject in another direction with some effort. "Yeah, it's pretty good. Well, most things would be pretty good compared to what I've been living in, but still. It seems pretty secure, if nothing else."
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Hugo on Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:01 am

"Er, well, yeah, except for the Mandarin thing," Hugo smiled, only now looking over at Silvia as her face contorted. His brows rose and he kept his eyes on her for a moment, before turning to Shinobu again. "You did interrupt a Mandarin lesson. I uh.. need to start at the basics." His eyes moved back to Silvia's face. "Er, one sec.. You okay, picara? You're making faces." He looked down to Shinobu. His voice was amused and admonishing. "Are you teasin' her? You shouldn't tease her, heba. She's nice."
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Shinobu on Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:32 pm

"What? No, I wasn't teasing her or anything," Shinobu responded while resisting the urge to grin. ((Pres+L&A success by 3)) "Some people get flustered over little things, y'know? Maybe it's because she's nice. Oh, and sorry about interrupting the lesson. Getting started on a new language can be rough."
"Oh, sorry for that, I didn't mean to make you uncomfortable or anything," Shinobu said in apology to Silvia. ((If you want to do an opposed roll to see if she realises Shinobu's totally doing it to see what she does, I passed Pres+L&A by 8.)) "By the way, he says you're nice," she added nonchalantly.
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Hugo on Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:45 pm

Hugo's eyes narrowed slightly at Shinobu, but he smiled and rolled a shoulder. "Maybe, maybe. And don't be too preoccupied about the lesson. I think I need lots more help." He looked at Silvia, but continued to speak in English, smiling at her. He looked slightly apologetic. "But it's my fault, not the teacher, I don't think."


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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Silvia Tsukuda on Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:56 pm

"Oh, no, that's fine, not your fault," Silvia stammered in reply, apparently totally unaware that it was completely Shinobu's fault. Then she turned to Hugo. "It's fine, really," she began, before her brain caught up with the last part of what Shinobu had said and she turned to face her, blushing. "He what? I, I mean, he did? I mean...erm...why did he say that?" Then, as if realising quite how she sounded, she seemed to subconsciously withdraw backwards, as though trying to get the floor to swallow her up, which was indeed exactly what she wanted.
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Shinobu on Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:47 pm

"I'm just an assassin, Silvia, not a mind-reader. I guess you made a good impression," Shinobu replied with a smile, trying to make Silvia feel complemented rather than just awkward. This was all pretty useful to know about her behaviour, and that would make things go much more smoothly in future. Well, maybe now some things would go a little less smoothly thanks to what she'd suggested, but that's just life. Time to change the topic, perhaps? For a moment, at least. "So is this your usual style?" she asked, indicating the arrangement of furniture and candles in the room. "Nice and simple, tidy."
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Silvia Tsukuda on Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:59 pm

"Oh, um..." Silvia glanced around the room and hesitated. "Well, I guess so, in general. I don't have much stuff to spread around. I'm used to keeping it all in a backpack," she said, apparently grateful for a chance to change the subject. Her blood was beginning to recede out of her face. Slowly. "Don't usually have the candles out. I was...um, doing some meditation when Hugo arrived."
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Hugo on Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:05 pm

Hugo grinned a little, seemingly content to let the two other agents talk while he looked quietly around the room. As Silvia spoke though, he narrowed his eyes on her, playfully. "Oh, I recognized my name! Saying good things, I hope." His smile widened, and his fingers went to flutter. He paused for a second, and he shoved his hands deep into his pockets. "She's being nice to you, right?"
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Silvia Tsukuda on Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:16 pm

At Hugo's words, Silvia turned back with a slight start. By now, she seemed thoroughly disoriented. "Oh...er, yes. I mean, yes. Well, kind of. I mean, it wasn't anything bad...it wasn't anything at all, really. Just that you'd come by. That's all. So nothing bad." She managed to stop herself before she dug herself even further into her verbal hole. "She's being nice, yeah. I'm just getting a bit...um...worked up. Over nothing."
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Hugo on Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:35 pm

"Nothing? You sure, picara? I could beat her up for you, if you want. She looks easy." Hugo grinned wider, voice obviously teasing. He seemed very gentle, despite being heart-rippingly muscular. His hands were still stuffed in his pockets, and he rocked slowly on his heels. He spoke to Shinobu, keeping his eyes on poor Silvia. "You got many siblings, linda? Younger ones? You seem like an older sibling."
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Silvia Tsukuda on Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:53 pm

"Er...no...I'm sure..." Silvia's voice was taking on a note of doubt as she registered the language that Hugo was using to refer to the other female Agent. "We were just...um...talking." Considering her current mental state, she did an admirable job of concealing exactly what they'd been talking about. She even almost managed it (Lying and Acting is a fail by 1).
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Shinobu on Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:32 am

"Yeah, a couple. Got a little brother and a kid sister," Shinobu replied casually. She was curious to see just where Hugo was going with this, since it could say a lot about the kind of man he was if her hunch was right. "How'd you guess?
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Hugo on Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:35 pm

Hugo faced Shinobu, eyes glittering. "Something you're saying is making picarita here all.. flustered, but both of you say nothing is happening." He waggled his eyebrows conspiratorially. "The only people good at that are older siblings... Like me, but especially Hector, my middle brother. I call him Heckle." The nuke smiled widely, and looked from one woman to the other. "Something tells me Silvia isn't used to it, poor pretty thing."
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Re: Week 51: Neighbors, Season 3

Post  Shinobu on Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:20 pm

"Oh, really?" Shinobu responded sheepishly. "I didn't notice at all. Guess I must just be used to stuff like that happening around me, probably said something without even noticing..." ((Passed P+L&A by 3.)) She glanced over at Silvia, surprised to see the state she'd worked herself into. Well, "surprised". ((Passed P+L&A by 2.)) "Sorry if I've been saying anything that got you riled up, Silvia. I didn't mean anything by it."
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