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{Recipe 003} Home, Crumbling Home? [Accidental Video - backdated to the morning of the 23rd!]
smoking is cool...
spiral_brow wrote in thewake_rp
[The video clicks on to show what - to some - might be a slightly familiar, short tower, on the edge of the sea. But where before, during the storm, it had been clean and in perfect condition, and lavishly yet tastefully decorated... now it was an old, abandoned husk... stones and bricks crumbling, cobwebs in every corner, some of the sides even falling down in places. The dock that had jutted out into the sea was now completely gone, only two rotten poles, and a few broken planks near the base of the tower remained.]

[The camera moves closer, through the empty, hollow interior until it comes out on the roof of the lower, wider level of the tower. The parapets were cracked and crumbling too... completely missing in some spots. Leaning against one remaining, solid section of wall was Sanji, arms crossed on the railing in front of him. Smoke from his cigarette trailed lazily into the sky, one hand propping up his chin, the other holding onto a wallet. It was open to a photo, though the details weren't clear from this angle. His gaze was locked on this photo, the corners of his mouth pulled down into a small frown, brow furrowwed in deep thought. Finally, he seemed to become aware of the camera, and snapped the wallet shut, stuffing it into his pocket.]

[Turning around, he took a deep pull of his cigarette, then removed it from his mouth, blowing out a slow stream of smoke. He placed his other hand on his hip and addressed the camera directly.]

Oy. Seems Nautilus wanted to give me a little reminder of my brief time as 'royalty'. Now that the 'illusion' is gone, and all. Well, fine. You know what? I'm going to keep it. This place...? It's mine, now. This'll be my home. I'm going to fix it up... and make it the best damned restaurant this shitty city has ever seen!

[He paused, then replaced the cigarette in his mouth, taking a few puffs, folding his arms. Even if he was a stronger Bender - which he wasn't - it would take a long time, and a lot of work to get this place fixed up properly. But, hey... this was a blank slate. He could make this place exactly the way he wanted it. His dream restaurant.] It'll take some time to get this dump respectable, though. I'll give the city a heads-up once I'm done. Then, I'll be open for business. If ever you're in need of food, you can come here. I won't let anyone in this city go hungry.

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Hey, not bad! Is that over here in the Eastern District?

Ah! Yes, Chie-chan! It's at the edge of the sea. I was looking for a place like this, but I couldn't find anything. I guess I have to thank the city for this, at least... however a shitty state it's in.

[You know what this means: take-out, probably nearly every night! No more long commutes to Furman's or dinners of instant noodles!]

Well, I'm not much for Bending, but if you need a hand fixing it up, I'll pitch in!

[And Sanji would be happy to cook for you every night!]

Oh, but I could never ask a lady to stoop to doing menial work, Chie-chan! Your delicate hands should not be dirtied by manual labor! Although I appreciate your offer, and I certainly wouldn't be adverse to some of your most pleasant company~! ♥

Hey, come on, it's me.

[She holds up her hands, then turns her palm the other way.]

Not exactly delicate, heh! Just tell me what needs doing, I'm in!

Ahhh, Chie-chan! So thoughtful! So kind! So helpful! ♥

Your hands look beautiful, and flawless. I could never ask a lady to resort to menial labor, when there are able-bodied men to do the work for you. [A little help would be nice, honestly... but Sanji still couldn't bear to let a woman do the work, while he was capable. Women were to be cherished, and relax in comfort, after all!]

[She laughs.]

I could use more friends like you, that's for sure! Anyway, don't worry about it, you don't have to ask. I just need directions, that's all.

[Sanji paused to think. She was so set on helping out... and how could Sanji turn down a lady's request? Still, he didn't want her over-exerting herself, or doing any heavy labour...]

Well... I might need a little help with the decorating, once the major repairs are all done. I know what colours I want, basically... but beyond that's a blank.


[Chie blinks. Sure she could paint well enough, but she knows who's better suited for the task.]

You'll want to talk to Hikaru, then, his family is all about fashion and colors and things like that.

[Sanji frowned a little. He wasn't too fond of the prodding the kid did during that truth-telling storm, but... he had to admit he DID have a very good sense of style. Classy and refined, which suited his tastes.] Hm. Once I know what I want it to look like, I might give the guy a call then. Thank you, Miss Chie.

Sounds like a good idea! Need any help?
[Even though he's pretty sure he's coming down with something, he's pretty good at cooking and bending! Win win?]

[ooc: OK if I tag this? We can assume they kinda know eachother for the soup stuff? :> I can delete otherwise~]

[ooc: You can tag! :3 Sanji was making the post before the soup thing, so... either Wally's replying after that, or maybe they'd at least seen each other on the network before?]

... Have any experience in construction, kid?

Helped build a school before? And a carnival. And that memorial. I'm not too shabby at it.

[Sanji nodded faintly, tapping his cheek in thought.] Yeah. That'd be good, then. I need the basic support and all of this shithole fixed, first, before I go in and start adding personal touches, and all... What are you asking for in terms of payment, then?

Payment? [Have a look that says 'really?' He doesn't need payment, he offered to help out, that's all]

[You get a faintly-sheepish, wry grin, Wally.] Eh, I'm still getting used to this "no currency" thing.

[His expression then grows a little more serious, slightly distant.] Besides, I pay back the debts I owe. [The smirk returns.] How does a meal of your favourite foods sound?

[It has nothing to do with currency, and everything to do with Wally being Wally, but he won't say anything about that.]

Sounds like you've got yourself a deal,

[It also has less to do with actual money, than it is repaying back debts, for Sanji. He grins widely.]

When are you available to help out, then?

Whenever you need me to be!

Good. When we can get the basic structure of this shitty tower repaired solidly, we can work at refining it the way I want. I don't want this crap falling down on me while I'm rebuilding it! I guess we can work at repairing the foundations while I figure out what layouts I want.

Sure, that works fine for me.

I look forward to becoming a regular customer, Sanji-san.

I look forward to having you as a customer, Miss Israfel~! ♥

I'll offer my aid, if you're interested in it.

[Sanji thinks about this, then nods faintly to himself.]

Help would definitely be appreciated. Do you have any skill in building and construction? I need to make this place, well... [Here he paused to grin wryly at the saying.] "ship shape" before I can worry about adjusting this place to look the way I want it.

Oh, yes. I've substantial experience building and altering buildings through Bending, having had to mend my museum among other things.

When should I be by?

[Sanji grinned. That sounded perfect!] Great! Whenever you're free would be fine. I still have to figure out how I want everything to look, what rooms I want where, and so forth... but the structure can be fixed during that time at least.

What can I do in recompensation?

Forgive me for making take-out of any item I order after your establishment's open?

[That's all, and he does seem serious, even if he sounds like he's smiling.]

Food is generally better when it's served hot and fresh, but I think I can make an exception. [He grins and winks, then puts a hand to his chin in thought.] Hmm... given how large the city is, and... some odd jokes it might pull... it might be a good idea to have a dedicated delivery service. I'll have to set that up, once everything else has been established.

Oh wow...! You get to work on your Bending and make a Super Restaurant at the same time! Congratulations, Sanji-san!

[He grins at Orihime's enthusiasm.] Why thank you, Orihime-chan! That's certainly a very positive way of looking at things!

It was sort of the same way with my bakery, though that was a lot smaller, so it was probably easier too.

Do you want any help?

I couldn't ask you to do any of the strenuous, physical labor, Orihime-chan... but any help in the decorating would be most appreciated!

[Orihime grins, dark eyes twinkling. Sanji wants to do it on his own, and she not only understands, she's proud of him. It really will be good experience!]

I'd be happy to help with that! Good luck! I can't wait to see how it turns out!

[More like he couldn't stand to have ladies do any hard work, especially while he's around. He'd much rather they relax, and pamper them with sweets and drinks.]

Thank you very much, Orihime-chan~! ♥

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