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In the central square of the Susukino District stands a stone memorial to Aion the Dawnbringer, Right Hand of Raiden, who is said to have ascended to the heavens leaving no trace behind. Markets, shops and eateries are found around this statue and its fountain with many tables outside for people to enjoy the crisp Kumogakure air

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[Open] Shopping for Mom

Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:08 pm

Toshiaiki looked in his money pouch, carefully counting the money both he and his mom had managed to gain throughout the past few weeks. It wasn't all that much but he figured it would be enough to get them through the next week. It had to be enough. It wasn't like they had the option of miraculously getting more money out of nowhere. Of course, he would be keeping his eyes out for any way for them to get a little bit more here or there but he wasn't going to count on it.

"Alright, so, we can get some food and uhh- soap, yeah, we need some more of that-" He was muttering to himself as he walked, not paying any attention to where he was going. He had lived in the cloud his entire life and although he was only 9 he knew the streets better than the back of his hand. Besides, since his dad was gone it was a common thing for him to go shopping for his mom. That way she could stay at the shop and continue to work so they could have money for next week.

Once he got to the general store he stopped for a moment, going through his list once again - in his head this time - and adding up an approximation of the prices everything would be. He was pretty sure he would have enough money for the things he was planning on buying but he wanted to be certain. Nothing would be more embarrassing than having to put something back because you don't have enough money

Certain that he would be able to get what he needed, Toshi walked into the store and began to grab some food and other necessities. He was smiling as he shopped, glad that despite their hardships they would be able to rest easy for a while.
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Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:52 am

Three months into the academy and she was finally making some progress. She was not nervous anymore to and from and now that things were settling into a routine she was doing what she always did this time of the week. Shopping!She had to decide what would be on the best sales and what would be the most efficient. She got a stipend from the academy and as such all bills and food would be taken care of first. Thankfully she was stupidly frugal with her money making sure if for whatever reason she did not receive pay she could still make it a little while. Plus as long as you were training to be a shinobi people often allowed for side work. She used it as training but that was a side product. Since she was only feed herself she was doing okay. Mom would be proud if she knew.

She hummed one of her new favorite songs as she made her way to the store, well stores..she was a predator when it came to saving money and if walking around all day window shopping was a crime then she was a bandit. She held her small purse on her right side and decided she would wear a longer skirt. She still was not used to how cold it got here but someone said she dressed to warm and looked like a foreigner. So despite being cold this was her attempt to fit in.

As she was making her rounds in the store she happened to cross paths a few times with another person about her age shopping. She found it weird that they were by themselves and she guess that her training was starting to make her notice these things. She quickly scanned his items and she felt a pang in her heart.

She started to have a mini-crisis. No...no no no no. This boy was around her age right? Would it be rude...she never bothered anyone else. He looked so happy...but...deals!

She simply could not resist. She ran up to the boy and said, “I just...I’m sorry...I have to say this.” She closed her eyes and took in a deep breath. As she looked into his bag she said, “Only two of these things are good to buy here that you are buying currently.”

She pointed to some of the food and said, “There are a few smaller local stores that give at least ten to fifteen percent less in cost with equal portions. They are a bit obscure but I can let you know where they roughly are. They are family owned and small so they should be easy enough to find if you ask around the general area.”

She felt her cheeks go flush and then she paused...wait...what had she just done…

She looked the boy in the face and then awkwardly smiled…”I’m...sorry…” This was where she needed to curl up and die. Why did she feel possessed to do this? Was it because he could be so much happier if he saved money? She had no idea.

She bowed deeply and weakly let out. “Sorry...sorry...sorry…” There was no way the boy was smiling now. Her short black hair shoulder length hair barely covering her face.She thought mentally she needed to grow her hair out.
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Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:22 am

Rinko looked over the clipboard in her arms. Ever since the child had learned of a curse that gave her money woes, her father had been trying to find creative ways that the teen tanuki could help out with the family's business without having to lay a hand on physical cash. Today's attempt had Rinko offering to reduce the principle on the loans of local businesses in order for her to buy this week's groceries. As she entered a general store, she gave the doorframe a slap with her tail, the Tanuki way of letting a debtor know that it was time to collect. The man at the cash register gulped loudly and gave the thirteen-year-old a weak smile. She waved to the gentleman and wandered the aisles in search of the usual supplies.

As Rinko pulled a jar of jam down from the shelf before her, she heard a girl cry out in the next aisle down. The tanuki girl peeked around the corner to see a black-haired girl speaking to a boy in a pink hoodie. Rinko's ears twitched at the mention of 'percent less' and her lips curled into a sly grin. Nothing got a Tanuki's heart beating like the sweet allure of bargains. By this point, the black-haired girl was uttering a slew of apologies, though Rinko wasn't sure why. Taking this opportunity to enter the scene, Rinko slunk into the aisle and slid next to the two children, creating a triangle between the three. She curled her bushy tail behind the remorseful girl to block off her exit. "Mind if I cut in? I couldn't help but overhear your conversation and am most intrigued. I vote we band together, label ourselves the Bargain Brigade, and storm the Susukino District in search of deals fit for daimyos." She looked between the two children, giving each one an eyebrow wiggle.
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Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:02 pm

He looked up in surprise when the girl started talking before he looked back down at his basket, a little troubled. Was she right? Had he been wasting money by buying most of his things here?

His gaze went back to her with a smile, glad that she had stopped him to tell him as much and that she was even offering to help him find the cheaper products so that his money would be able to go further. Just as he was about to thank her, however, she started to apologize. Why was she doing that-? She had been helping him, not bothering him!

"No- you don't have to apologize! It's okay, really!" He declared. She was helping him, he didn't want her to feel bad for that. Even had he been offended he wouldn't be upset with her when he could tell her heart had been in the right place. Who would be mad at someone for wanting to help?

"I'm actually glad you came to help-" He started, cutting himself off as a second girl came over, stopping the first one from leaving with her tail.

Bargain Brigade? That honestly sounded like a great idea- It would help him get the things he and his mom needed for less and these two seemed to know what they were doing! At least, he was certain the first girl did and the second one seemed fairly confident that this would be a good plan. At the very least she was willing to search for good deals and that was never a bad thing-

After a moment of consideration he nodded. "That sounds like a great idea! We can all help out! Right, uh-?" He paused, realizing that he didn't know this girls name...either of them really. Sure, he had seen them around once or twice but he never actually talked with any of them.

Well. There was an easy way to fix that problem at least. "What are your guy's names-? I'm Saito Toshiaiki but you guys can call me Toshi!"

This was great. He had come here just to shop and now he had the chance to find good deals with these girls, that meant new friends! He was excited to be able to make even more friends. They both seemed very nice so he was certain that they'd get along!
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:03 pm

The sudden comment of mind if I cut in caused Airi to jump. She noticed a girl next to her but once she noticed it was not something terrible she placed a hand on her chest to attempt to control her beating heart. She noticed that a few people had started to notice the group and as such her embarrassment only grew. She had lost her focus and composure when apologizing. She really needed to avoid being snuck up on in the future.

Her brain finally caught up to what she had been said. The girl next to her mentioned they should form a group, a group that found the best deals in the area. The two of them seemed to be really excited about the concept of sharing information about where to get the best things. She thought this would be a good idea but…would it be enjoyable? She was hesitant but looking at their faces…especially the girls…well how could she really say no?

The boy introduced himself. He gave a nickname but she felt like they really did not know each other well enough for being so informal. She bowed her head slightly and said, “Nice to meet you S-S-saito-kun, my name is Irie Airi. I – I have only been in the city for a few months but I hope to be of assistance.” When the other girl would introduce herself she would bow to her as well. Airi looked between them and started to say their names over and over in their head. It would be very rude if she suddenly stopped remembering their names. She was also a little conscious of the fact they might just be using her. So far at least the boy seemed nice but so had that other group of kids. She was praying on the inside that she could have these to be her first real friends. She was so desperate having been alone so long.

“Ah-A-As I was saying…the basic produce and meats here are so far the best in the area but anything that has been manufactured or serviced in anyway are up-scaled here by ten percent. They are hoping people are lazy with their shopping and just accept it. I al-al-also noticed…and sorry for getting into your private shopping...but getting soap here is terrible. There is a-a-another store that sells equal value soaps at ei-ei…huh…about eighteen percent less. I would not buy any of the cleaning stuff here. That’s where this store makes most of its profits.”

While the other girl…wait…did she have a tail? She felt as if she was staring at it for way to long. “Sorry…” She was really nervous as such holding her hands together in front of her. Thankfully she had not grabbed anything yet or else she might have spilled it everywhere. She did not know what else the boy was getting or what they might be looking for. “For the past twelve or so Sundays I have spent a majority of these days just walking around and looking at different sales and general pricing. I know a fe-few alternate places if you are looking for anything else. I do not know what I am really saying…sorry.”
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Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:35 am

She was in, at least for now. Rinko resisted fist pumping as the fellow children introduced themselves. "Tanuki Rinko. Feel free to call me Rinko in case we bump into Pops or Gramps. They like to wander through the business district occasionally." She gave a bow of her head to both kids and listened to Airi stutter out her explanation. Afterwards, the girl took a long look at Rinko's tail before apologizing and finishing her bit. The tanuki cupped her hands behind her animalistic ears and twitched them. "Haven't seen anyone like me yet, have ya? Don't feel bad for starin'. It only makes sense if you've only been here for twelve weeks." Rinko gave a cheerful smirk. "Tell ya what, if you're curious about people like me, I can give ya a crash course. Consider it compensation for helping us out." Rinko turned her smile to Toshiaiki. "The offer is open to you too."

With her "generous" offer given, Rinko quickly replaced the items on their respective shelves and returned to Airi. "Why don't you show us what's good to buy here, we'll decide if we want it or not, and then we'll continue on our journey to the next shop?" She looked down at her clipboard, over to the shopkeeper, and finally back to her new friends. "Why don't you two pay first...I don't think the owner will be in a good mood after I'm done with him."
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Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:27 pm

"Nice to meet you too, Irie-chan." He replied, only being formal with her because she was with him. He didn't mind it despite allowing her to be informal, he just didn't want to risk offending her if he was informal with her. It seemed like she preferred to be formal until they knew each other better and that was okay with him. Besides, they would be friends son enough, he was sure of it!

"And you too, Rinko, it's nice to meet you!" He was glad that she was okay with him being more informal with her. It was always a good step into friendship in his opinion. Why be formal if you're planning to be friends anyways?

He looked at Airi, surprised as she explained that she had only been here for a few months, meanwhile he had lived here his entire life and he didn't know there were better deals elsewhere- "Only a few months? That's amazing! I'm sure you can show us a lot of cool deals I haven't found!"

This was genuinely exciting! He was making new friends and getting good deals! His mom would be so excited!

He had noticed the tail, of course, but didn't think much about it. There we plenty of strange things in this world, he knew that despite not getting to see much of it. Besides, at the time he had been more focused on what the two girls had been saying to pay too much attention to it. However, now that she offered to explain about people like her he looked at her tail and ears once again. It was kind of cool, actually, unique for sure.

He smiled back at her as she extended the offer to him. "Really? That would be great!"

"That's a great idea! What do you say, Irie-chan? How about we get some stuff here then check out the other stores?" He paused, looking back over to Rinko curiously. "Wait- why won't the owner be happy?" She didn't look like she was going to rob him or anything, especially not when she was talking about getting good deals together, so why would he be upset?
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Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:52 pm

Airi was thankful that the…uhh…Rinko yes Rinko, was not upset with her for staring. She even offered to educate her on what she exactly was. Airi was surprised if they were so common that she had not seen any yet but the…uhh…Toshi, Toshi had not been worried either. As such she resolved to herself to not be quite as thrown off by new things. After all she had seen of the medical branch at this point she should not be surprised. She felt a shiver go up her spine at the thoughts.

She noticed that Toshi mentioned Rinko by her first name and a sudden dread filled her heart. Did I mess up? She was thinking that being informal might make things awkward but now that both of them were on a first name basis it made her the odd person out. Maybe…if she just started using the names it would just smooth over? She figured it would not hurt to try.

When Toshi told her she was amazing she really did not feel very amazing. She figured that if nothing else having something to give was a better way to receive something then to beg for it. Plus really it was just something she picked up from her mother. Good thing she listened to her parents.

They mentioned that they should go through the stuff that was good here and then make their way to other stores and that she and Toshi should buy what they wanted to before Rinko went and spoke to the shop keeper. Toshi asked a question but Airi nodded to Rinko and said, “It’s not our business why he will not be happy. Let us take a quick walk around and then go pay shall we?” She felt confident for the first time since speaking. Rinko knew more than them so it made sense to just nod and agree.

As she quickly moved through the aisles the main thing she wanted to stress was, “Produce and meats are best to buy here because the price will not fluctuate that much between businesses. They get everything here unless it is something imported.” She pointed out to Toshi that the only things she had were food items that were not packaged. “Anything like cleaning or soap stuff is cheaper to get elsewhere, also anything that would be considered something made…umm…anything like candle’s, or…umm…sorry. Just things that are made from other things, you typically want to go to those specialty stores.” As such she pointed out some of things he had gotten and highly encouraged he put them back.

Moving over to produce she had nothing really to share there. “Make sure even if you want it to only buy things that are in harvest. Supply and demand after all. I would just consider going to the library on a day off and writing some notes about when the things you like in season to be cheaper. That or of course start a rotating garden but I admit I’m not very good at growing things so I just buy my stuff. Growing things is cheaper though!” She had a terrible black thumb…

As they made their way to the meat section she went into some details, “Buy meats with bones and typically I suggest getting what is natural to Kumo over stuff we do not farm. With the bones and fatty bits we can make a soup after that saves money giving you a bonus meal with the left overs. When it comes to meats you need to be efficient on a budget!”

Once she went through that and made sure Toshi had only the right things she made her way to the counter. When they came up though she did look to Toshi and began with, “Umm…Toshi-san. If you did not mind, I would not mind helping out with your purchase. I can tell by how much you are buying that you are feeding more than just yourself and most people are not bargain hunters unless they love it or need it.” She felt like she might be over imposing though and as such…

“You can say no of course but I thought as a token of friendship for our first time meeting…?” Either way he decided she would pay for what she could either hers or hers and some his and then she waved to Rinko-san and smiled and decided she would walk with Toshi outside while they gave Rinko some space.

Airi was trying to remember if she had any classes or anything with either Toshi or Rinko and felt like she did not. Airi kept to herself at school though she wanted to have more friends. “Toshi-san…?” She kind of paused for a moment and then decided it would be a stupid thing to ask. “Never mind.” She figured that he might pry so she shifted her thought and said, “Sorry…I was just thinking if that guy got mad I was scared for Rinko’s sake.” It was a lie but she thought at least that it was a good one.

Now to wait…

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Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:48 am

Rinko simply smiled at Toshi as Airi defended the tanuki's methods. "Nothing illegal, I assure you. Now let's sniff out those bargains." Airi led the two around, even lecturing as she showed them the good and bad of the store. Rinko flipped to an empty page on her clipboard and began jotting down notes. "A garden, huh..." While it seemed obvious that growing your own produce would result in savings, the Tanuki mind was always more focused on being the middle man and getting to play with the money of others. Since she wasn't capable of handling money, perhaps this could be a way she could help her family. Going to the library to study produce sounded like a pain, but if it meant she wasn't a useless layabout at home, she'd deal with it. The three wandered to the meat section and Rinko swallowed a lump in her throat. "Bone...soup?" It sounded oxymoronic, but Airi had intense conviction, at least when it came to shopping. So Rinko did as she was instructed and found a few T-bone steaks.

With a small basket of meats and fruits, Rinko took a spot behind the two kids and waited for her turn. Airi offered to pay for Toshi, and the tanuki girl's grip on her pen stiffened. Her instincts told her to offer him a loan, which he might be inclined to do since he seemed to sort who might not like taking charity. But this was what had stopped her from making other friends, surely. The only reason her one and only other friend still stuck around was probably because a teacher had stopped her from swindling him. Rinko took in a breath and exhaled, doing her best to keep her trap shut.

After the two had decided on the fate of their money, it was Rinko's turn to pay. She looked to them and gave them a thumbs up, hoping to reassure them that she wasn't planning to dash out of the store without paying. She placed her basket on the counter and flipped her clipboard back to the front page. Rinko to on a slightly gruff accent, one she'd heard her father do when he was collecting. "Eh, chip chip churoo. Iz time ta pay ya due. But I gots a special offa' for yas. You let me take dese meats wit' me, and I cans reduce ya principal on the loans ya gots. You gots a nice store, it'd be a shame if yas lost it." The man seemed a bit shocked, but nodded his head. He added up the amount and gave her a slip of paper. Rinko took it and made a note on her clipboard. "Wonda'ful. We may comes to ya anotha' day wit' anotha' offa', we'll see." The man nervously bowed his head as Rinko smacked the counter with her tail, a symbol that their transaction was complete. She approached her new acquaintances and smiled. Her voice was back to its lighter tone. "All done. He took it better than I thought. He didn't shed a single tear. I guess I've got a ways to go before I'm as good as Pops. So what's next on our list partners in cost-effectiveness?"

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