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|Wan The Gangster||
Posted: Jan 9 2018, 01:40 PM
Member No.: 165
Joined: 4-January 18
Wan, getting up in the early morning and dressing in her Miko uniform, set out into North Edo with a smile and a bounce to her step. Extensive walking in her weighted uniform was good training for her muscles. The uniform would probably cause strain and damage for people that were not used to it, but she had practised most of her life, cultivating a very fine set of muscles that could hold up such weight and not get damaged by it. Which was good because she tore a muscle once, and it was agony, so there was no chance of her ever wanting to do something like that again.
And yet, she wasn't just walking for the sake of walking. Instead, she had a destination, or indeed many destinations today. There had been a request for aid from the monks of Edo's many temples, and she felt it was her duty and honor to take up these requests and put her domestic skill to use. She had much experience cleaning temples, even if her temple was rather a small one compared to some of the larger edifices that Edo possessed. So to prevent herself from being overwhelmed, and to avoid her staring in wonder, she started with the smaller temples first.
A polite greeting with a monk was exchanged, and then she was led to where they needed her to be. Smart, these monks, they put her to work with the less-intensive but time consuming jobs, so that they could double-down on the monks that were present and make the intensive labour jobs easier. She didn't point out the fact that she was the strength of a dozen of these weeds, because that would have been both rude and counter-productive. So she simply thanked the Monk for his guidance and got down to work. A rag, some polish, and a whole lot of time.
The statue, about twice the height of her and three times the width, was an interesting one. There were smaller statue dotted about the place, but the big guy came first. It wasn't terribly in need of a polish, but it could always do with touching up, so that was what she got down to. Bigger statue than she had ever had in her temple, it took her longer than she expected, but eventually she got onto the smaller ones, which took less time than the big one. Which was kind of obvious, they weren't as big. Even so, she had set off at dawn, and by the time she was done, the sun was on it's way to it's apex.
The statue room was obviously the biggest thing to do in the temple, albeit not a daily thing, so by the time she exited the room, the temple was winding down, doing the minor, familiar jobs that would be blow away in a moment. So she was told that was her done. With a final farewell, she went off to the next temple. Here she was teamed with other acolytes to clean the floors. Broad and wide floors, she could probably fit her entire dormitory into one room of this temple. Edo really did make things big. She got to talk some small-talk with the acolytes, and that made the chores melt into the future, and she was done before she knew it. The Sun was at it's apex now, so many it wasn't quite as quick as she thought it was, but still felt less than the statues. That one dragged out. Might not have been difficult, but she would certainly have brushed it off on someone else to do basically anything else. How un Monk-like of her. It made her giggle softly, at the idea that she was anything Monk-like these days. She'd lost her sainty qualities a while ago.
The rest of the temples were sundry chores that she got through on herself or with other people, it all sort of blended into one. One small temple had nothing on several large temples, and so her feelings that she was good at this were put to the test. But, she had pride and dignity, so everything was done with as much perfection as she could muster. Eventually, there were no more temples except for the largest one. And it certainly deserved that title, it was huge. She could fit nearly a dozen of her home into this place.
Meeting the greeter, it seemed she was recognised. Well, she made no attempt to hide her doings around the country when she wandered for those few years. And those crimson eyes kind of gave her away when you put two and two together and didn't end up with sixteen. So, the Monk told her that the rafters of the Temple had not been dusted in a long time. They were far off the ground, and the access had broken. Never managed to get around to fixing it, plus monks like them were just monks, so being that far off the ground was intimidating. Which was where she came in. He hoped. Wan gave a grin, and nodded, letting him go off to do other things. She looked about the place, and the nodded, knowing exactly how she was getting up. But the first step as she took off didn't bring her high enough, and so she hit the ground rather hard. It was then she realized, her uniform was to heavy to pull off things like that right now. So she stripped down to her underwear, and repeated the process, springing much higher, and much lighter.
Lightfoot, basically parkour for martial artists, was a favoured aspect of hers, and so getting up to the rafters weren't difficult. Broad and long, and covered with quite the layer of dust and dirt. She'd have her work cut out for her, so she got down to it. Her balance, and confidence was on point, so it didn't worry her that she could have fallen off. And up here, she was sheltered enough that she didn't have to worry about someone coming in and seeing her scarred body. So she put in the effort.
But, someone did come in after she was a fair bit through the rafters. Some sort of maid? Female servant? Another volunteer? They moved towards her outfit, and then shook her head.
"Always leaving their costumes about the place. Can't they have the decency to put it away after they have finished playing?" She muttered, moving to pick it up. Wan cocked an eyebrow at that comment. Who would come into a temple to play in a Miko's uniform? City dwellers were so confusing. Give her the country peasants any day. Still, the woman failed in her attempts to pick up her uniform, and with an exclamation of surprise at it's weight, went off to go find someone who could move it. Probably Wan, before someone else tried to take it away. Slipping off the rafter, she utilized her Weightless Mountain Steps that she had picked up from a very interesting man after a discussion of Lightfoot. She landed hard, her body shuddering from the force and making her think it was a bit higher than she expected. Didn't pull or break anything, but it certainly didn't feel good.
Moving her Miko uniform to a more hidden enclosure, she got back up on the rafters, and cleaned the rest of it. Someone came back in at the woman's behest, and then left shaking their head when there was nothing to be seen. That bit made her smile a little, and pushed her to finish the rafters. And then get down the safe way this time, so she didn't actually break something this time. Getting changed, that was that, she thanked the Monk who gave her a task befitting of herself, and then returned to her room. Today had been a very exciting day, all told. She had met new people, seen new sights, and been amazed at the magjesty of some of the Edo temples. She was glad she had come here. It had given her insight on how Cities like this worked. She had avoided them on her travels, big cities generally had their own help, and didn't need a Miko like her. But maybe, that was about to change...