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[Accidental Video]
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f_steak wrote in thewake_rp
[Chie groggily shuffles into the front room of the Eastern District Welcome House, shouts of 'TWO DOLLARS!' fading away. Who can sleep with all that racket? Might as well bring in the paper before a morning jog. So she grabs it, kicks the door shut with a shiver, and shuffles back into the kitchen while unfolding it. No one went to sleep this week, so that's good. Looks like it's going to be even colder in the east. The south is warm but it's raining almost all week...doo de doo...]

--A Singles Page? Sheesh.

[She reads it out of morbid curiosity. And reads it again. And leans forward. And squints.]

Is that me? Ohhhhh no. No way!

[She stands up out of her chair, pointing at the newspaper.]

You are not doing this to me again! Last time I put myself out there for a date, you could hear crickets chirping! There's no way I'm embarrassing myself like that a second time! Take it out!

[The newspaper says nothing. It's just a newspaper. Chie picks it up and shakes it around overhead.]

Take it oooooouuuuuuuuuut!!

[Crinkle crinkle crinkle. Of course, nothing happens. It's still just a newspaper. Chie puts it down, frowning at it severely. Then she tosses her head and stalks off.]

Fine, be that way.

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[Aw, Dana at least likes to look over the newspaper, and now it's all wrinkled and semi-unreadable.]

Chie? What's wrong with the paper?

[Chie calls out from her room.]

I yelled at it and shook it around! Some idiot put in a singles column, and I'm pretty sure I'm in there!

Singles column? [She wouldn't normally look, but...] And you didn't put in an ad, but it's there anyway?

[She picks up the newspaper and straightens it out.]

I'm not that desperate!

[Eventually she emerges, still wearing the biker shorts and skirt, but her jacket is zipped up and she at least put on a scarf and some gloves. The jog will warm up her legs soon enough, she figures.]

I mean, yeah, I'd like to date, but there's nothing more humiliating than offering and having no one look even remotely interested.

Ah! Which one is you, Miss...? I would gladly take you out on a date! ♥

Huh? Are you serious?

[That wasn't expected.]

I'm not very girly, you know, or dainty or feminine or anything like that! Uh...I don't remember which number.

[And Dana kind of tore up the paper just now, so.]

Yes, indeed I am serious! If nothing else, I have to love Nautilus for giving me the chance to date all these beautiful women! I've had more luck here than I've ever had back home. [His cheeks colour as he realises he didn't mean to say that.]

You look sweet, and cute! Every girl is a lady, and should be treated as such! [He shrugged fainly, still grinning.] Ah well, it doesn't matter. You asked here, right?

I didn't ask anything!

[She looks awfully flustered, but...geez, this is the first time someone actually asked her. Enthusiastically!]

I guess it would be good practice at the very least, right? Mine was the one that said I was stocky, and liked martial arts.

[He can figure out the number from there.]

Calm down - so they put your ad in the paper. It's not like you have to go, on one right?

I want to! I just don't want to LOOK like I want to, guys don't like desperate-looking girls, and I'm SO not desperate!

[She looks flustered. That was probably more than she wanted to say.]

Besides, it's going to be like the date auction all over again. That was just humiliating.

I don't think an ad in the paper necessarily equates to desperation. Desperation is. . . [ A pause as she considers. ]

Well you're not exactly throwing yourself at whoever answers.

[ And an odd look at the last. ]

I'm almost afraid to ask - what happened at the date auction?

Absolutely nothing.

[Which is the problem.]

Why are you on a Singles Page?

Hell if I know!

[She flings her hands in the air.]

Aren't you on there too?

What? Why would I be on there?

I don't know, maybe the person behind the newspaper is sadistic! I could be wrong, it's just that you're the only one from a wealthy family I could think of.

...You might need to get another newspaper, though. Dana and I kinda beat up this one.

Heh!

[Curious Johann is curious.]

If you yell at the paper long enough, will it really take the ad out?

[Hey, stranger things have happened here.]

It was worth a shot!

[But clearly, nothing changed.]

That's true. Perhaps if you Bent it out of the paper, but that would leave all the other papers as well. It is possible...

/late, missed this before D:

Hey, at least your defining trait wasn't "puppy dog eyes."

[Mopey Peter is mopey. Why was the city trying to get him a date? That's just weird. ESPECIALLY using some of the most embarrassing language ever.]

I'd rather have "puppy dog eyes" than "stocky".

Why? I mean, one makes you sound athletic, the other makes you sound like...well, a puppy.

Besides, after getting called "Puny Parker" the past several years, I'd trade you in a heartbeat.

[Voice] oh why not this one too.

I think stocky's the wrong word. You've got a very slim build for someone who works out so much.

Oh, uh...thanks! That's good, right?

[Hell if Chie knows.]

This means you're back from that visit to Inaba? Hooowwwwww did it go?

[She wants to be subtle, since it might be a sore point, but her worry and the storm combined make her ask outright.]

Is Yukiko okay?

Peaceful, no fog, no flaws, everything looked fine...I learned some things about metaphysics that make my head hurt, though.

I didn't see anyone from school in person, but she's definitely okay. The one I actually remember and the one who was here both...

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