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Posted: Jan 9 2017, 05:52 PM
Member No.: 10
Joined: 25-December 15
The Great Kanto Earthquake seemed as if it were already well into the past, if the state of Edo were to be believed. At face value most of the capital appeared to have barely been affected by the disaster mere months before. Gargantuan efforts had been made by the leading families of the nation to restore their capital to its rightful glory. Here and there remained traces of the devastation which the traumatic event had wrought, though. Among them were a saddening number of children who had lost family in the earthquake, far too many losing both parents. While an organization had been set up by a combination of community members and charitable workers, it was always in need of funding to assist those most in need.
Thus had been born an idea to bring more attention, more publicity to their cause while simultaneously raising those needed funds. Public appeals went a certain ways toward that, but the organization wished to boost its signal to younger people as well. In Edo one of the trendier districts with young people included a newer development in the city's business landscape: small cafes where patrons were served by.. maids. Or rather employees dressed like maids. Through some familial connections the organization had set up a special arrangement – one which needed one last component to really attract attention to the cause and the cafes: star power.
Luckily an employee had the foresight to suggest reaching out to Edo Bugei Academy. Its presence in the community after the earthquake had been of great note, and its students were encouraged to undergo missions all over the country. After some discussion with faculty they pinpointed a pair of students who might work well for the plan. Rather, responsibility had been passed off on someone who didn't have all the information and the event had ended up with two Bugei students who wanted to help out the orphans. Earning some extra money on the side would be nice too!
So it was that the two students, siblings, arrived in Akihabara for some part time and somewhat charitable work. One of them was Todo Inori, a brand new student at Edo Bugei who'd jumped at the chance to help out. While she hadn't been in Edo all that long she had quickly found it to be a fascinating place worthy of a lot of exploration and study. Helping out some kids and getting pocket money would be pretty nifty too. She stood in the office of the organization – the Greater Edo Childrens' Foundation – and listened as the whole set up was explained. Next to her was her older brother Shinsuke, who looked a bit more reserved than her at the moment.
“So you see, we thought that it would be wise to help promote both of these businesses in exchange for their assistance with fund raising efforts. Since that's the case you'll both be competing to bring in more customers and create more sales than the other. A healthy portion of all sales will go to our Foundation, of course,” the woman, in her mid thirties and wearing a fairly conservative western suit explained, “Please do your best to serve as many customers as well as you can. I'm sure that your family's reputation for diplomacy will serve you both well in these positions. Now, on to the uniforms..”
A pair of other Foundation workers brought one uniform from each cafe. Inori started laughing when she noticed that both were not really what she had expected at all. They were both maid uniforms, which wasn't really what a Todo princess would normally wear. The one that was presented to her was a bit more colorful than usual: a tan dress with short poofy sleeves and navy trim on the cuffs, collar and apron pockets. More of the blue had been used for a necktie that was fastened in place with a red hart shaped decoration as well as the apron ties. Navy tights were included to complete the look, which was a far bit cuter than Inori's typical style. Not that she was averse to cuteness.
Before either sibling could protest they were rushed into separate rooms to change. Inori was pretty surprised that hers fit so well even though she'd only just met these folks. Granted their measurements had been taken before hand, as well as some pictures (to promote the campaign she guessed). Nothing to complain about, other than she wasn't really sure what to do as a maid. Somehow she got the feeling that just acting the way she always did might not be totally what they'd want. As she finished dressing she gave a little twirl in front of a small mirror in the room. Not her favored style but it seemed nice! As soon as she arrived back in the office she spotted something on the woman's desk that she also hadn't expected.
Inori rushed over, took the object in her hand and grinned, “No way, keychains?! Get out of here! I didn't know we were getting keychains of ourselves!”
In her hand was a mascot keychain for the cafe she was going to work for, but it wasn't some generic mascot. That brown hair in a braid, the grin on the maid's face – it was her! So that's what they were using the pictures for! Better still there was another one of a maid in the more traditional black and white with long brown hair. Judging by the eye color and shape of the face, it was... her brother. This was awesome! She held both keychains up and admired them, as she was wont to do with any mascot keychains she came across.
“They're special promotional items for customers who donate an extra 1,000 yen to the Foundation on top of their regular bill. Please ensure they know about the opportunity to buy them,” the woman explained further, smiling at the brunette's enthusiasm.
“Can I take a couple? These are gonna be perfect for my collection!” she exclaimed. When the woman nodded she pocketed the pair of keychains in her apron.. just as another maid appeared. Grinning, Inori rushed over and hugged them tight. She knew it could be hard for Shinsuke to put up with this but it was for a good cause and he looked pretty cute.
“Lookin' good! Heck, I think you're way cuter than me,” she told her cafe's competitor.
The other 'maid' blushed a little, “Uh, thanks Inori.. um.. I still have to get makeup done too.”
“Oh yeah,” Inori replied, as if only just realizing the fact.
“If you'll follow me, I'll get you situated,” one of the foundation members told her.
“Okay,” she nodded, then let go of her brother and winked, “Good luck! Knock 'em dead out there!”
Soon she was in her assigned cafe, which was a bit more modern and trendy than she'd thought such a place could be. Warm lighting illuminated a western style coffee house with a mixture of tables and booths. Replications of movie posters and other popular media decorated the walls, and already a few girls in maid outfits were preparing the place to open. Inori waved to them all, the scent of coffee filling the air and seeming to give her some residual energy. This was going to be great! Once it was finally open, she put on a half-grin half-smile and bowed as she'd seen such girls do at other places.
“Welcome to Coffee Haus Maid! I'm Inorin, nice to meethca!” she gleefully greeted her first customer. So it began..