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Last time, you helped your band record their first single ‘Together’, then you got two new idols for your agency by winning a card game. This is how serious businesses are dealt. Yeah, you have to work out the details for the agency, but the most important bit is the talent, right?

Regardless, one of your newest acquisitions has shown some little pesky concerns about your acquisitions, but she wants this to work out! Not because she doesn’t have any other option that wouldn’t leave her career stuck for a while, but because she’s a worry rat. A silly worry rat. You already know one very intimately so you can deal with another pumpkin-shaped one.

“And to show you how committed I am to making this work, allow me to introduce myself, my name is Joy Joyce, please, take care of me.” Punk-P really wants to teach you the ways of being a good manager for the sake of her life’s work.

How do you respond?

>“I have to do something after this, I’ll call you when I’m free, okay?” You already spent a lot of time on Idol stuff for the day.
>“Why don’t you grab a Cup of Coffee, go back home, sleep on this for the night, relax, and tell me how you feel tomorrow, okay? Here, my treat.” Hand Punk-P a couple of GorDollars.
>“Training? I don’t need training. I need an office first.” You need to work on the Agency proper.
>“Sorry, sweetheart, today is Bluesberries day. We’ll talk about this another day, okay?” Pat Pumpkin Pie’s head to soothe her down, that usually works, right?
>“Sorry, you can’t be Joy Joyce, I already know a Double J and this will make things confusing.” You have to be abundantly clear that she’s either Joy or Joyce, not both.
>Write In.
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>>5914519

Information:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/QM91m
Discord: https://discord.gg/AmjbaTR
Archives: https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?searchall=do+your+best+quest
(Rough Grammar ‘till half of the 9th Thread)
Incomplete Guide: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-nIx_dvaNCPQ7zLg2BK_ucCyGNM741kAANxqXj7hdDs/edit?usp=sharing

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>>5914519
>>“I have to do something after this, I’ll call you when I’m free, okay?” You already spent a lot of time on Idol stuff for the day.
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>>5914519
>“Sorry, you can’t be Joy Joyce, I already know a Double J and this will make things confusing.” You have to be abundantly clear that she’s either Joy or Joyce, not both.
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>>5914519
>>“Sorry, sweetheart, today is Bluesberries day. We’ll talk about this another day, okay?” Pat Pumpkin Pie’s head to soothe her down, that usually works, right?
I'm sure she'll love it!
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>>5914519
>“I have to do something after this, I’ll call you when I’m free, okay?” You already spent a lot of time on Idol stuff for the day.
>"...Why the fuck is your nickname Kiki?"
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>>5914519
>>“Sorry, sweetheart, today is Bluesberries day. We’ll talk about this another day, okay?” Pat Pumpkin Pie’s head to soothe her down, that usually works, right?
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Also good OP image. Gave me a hearty kek
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>>5914519
>>“Sorry, you can’t be Joy Joyce, I already know a Double J and this will make things confusing.” You have to be abundantly clear that she’s either Joy or Joyce, not both.
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>>5914531
>>5914551
I'll support this idea too
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>>5914519
>>“I have to do something after this, I’ll call you when I’m free, okay?” You already spent a lot of time on Idol stuff for the day.
>Do the patting to soothe her
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>>5914519
>Last time, you helped your band record their first single ‘Together’, then you got two new idols for your agency by winning a card game

...I'll admit, It's been a while since I've kept track of this quest, but weren't we dealing with some kind of ghost war?
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>>5914608
It's really funny how this must look to you but basically this is a sidequest we're doing. This is only like the second day we spent focused on it so it's not like it's taken over things.

Our long term plans are basically to break someone out of prison and then try to go after the white flames right now while we wait for the next Eclipse to reveal where the ghost war gems are
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“Sorry, you can’t be Joy Joyce, I already know a Double J and this will make things confusing.” You reject this new identity.

“Oh wow, if only I had a stage name you could use instead.” Joy Joyce is so upset by whatever your response is, she doesn’t mind if you just ignored everything she just said.

“We’re not talking about nicknames here, but real names.” You point out.

“Isn’t Double J a nickname?” Punk-P is arguing a bad case (Your opinion).

“Yes, and it could be yours, but I don’t want it to be yours.” You have to make this clear.

“I don’t want it, case solved! Haha~” Punk-P decided that engaging in this conversation was a mistake.

“But there’s a precedent that we’re ignoring here, and I’m not comfortable with that. So, you gotta be Joy or Joyce.” You decide.

“I’ll be Punk-eck.” Punk-P choked briefly for some reason. Like destiny is playing a prank on her.

“Oh wow, I knew you secretly loved Pumpkin, Pumpkin Pie.” You give her an ‘Oh, you!’ look.

“...Can you address what I said before?” Punk-P doesn’t want to talk to you.

“I have something to do after this, I’ll call you when I’m free, okay?” You already spent a lot of time on Idol stuff today, you have business to deal with. You know it’s not the answer she’s looking for, so you headpat her to soothe her disappointment. After three pats, you noticed it didn’t have any effect, you do 4th to ensure its effectiveness.

Punk-P moves your hand away from her head in a way that puts her fingers through yours. She slowly and delicately starts swinging both arms with an uncaring smile on her face, and addresses your actions.

“Mr. Manager, you’re not taking me seriously.” Pumpkin Pie has little Joy in her voice. “And I need you to take me seriously.” She starts swinging your arms faster and carelessly. “...And let this be my first formal complaint, this is no way to treat your talent.” She lets your hand go after the last pushy swing.

“Oh, sorry, this usually helps soothe my little sister.” You’re unfazed. Your nefarious sister has caused you more harm again.

“Fantastic, I’m not being treated like a pet, but a 6 year old.” Pumpkin Pie drips of sarcasm.

“She’s one year younger than me.” You add.

“...Your family dynamics need work.” Joyless Joy says gently and with contempt.

“You’re one to talk…” You deadpan. She almost killed her dad.

“It’s better for both of us if I don’t have another toxic relationship with my management.” Punk-P says.

“I’m all in, Pumpkin Pie. But I’m not kidding when I say that I’m busy.” You rub your neck.

“You’re not going to leave me in the dark after buying my contract. Please, reconsider.” Punk-P wants to train you in more than one way now.
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>>5914658


“You have a point.” You nod. “Plan now is for you to relax for the day, you look stressed.”

“I wonder why.” Pumpkin Pie chuckles robotically.

“Well, you’ll have time to find out!” You smile back. “Here’s my information, we’ll be in contact.”

“I already know everything I need from your registration papers. You’re not going to fend me off so easily. I know where you live, I repeat, I know where you live.” Punk-P doesn’t want her persona to break, but it is breaking a little.

“And you’re welcome to spend the night anytime!” You shoot her a thumbs up. “Now…”

What do you do after the Bluesberries are done with the meeting?

>Celebrate a successful recording with the band! In Ajna’s apartment!
>Tell the Bluesberries that their mission now is to befriend Punk-P. She had a stressful day.
>You need to go talk to Nina about Trent. It’ll be brief probably.
>Contact Vortexia! She’s your new project too!
>Write In.
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>>5914659
>>Celebrate a successful recording with the band! In Ajna’s apartment!
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>>5914659
>>Celebrate a successful recording with the band! In Ajna’s apartment!
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>>5914659
>Contact Vortexia! She’s your new project too!
>Celebrate a successful recording with the band! In Ajna’s apartment!
>Write In.
Invite Pumpkin Pie. In Johnny’s agency everyone celebrates the success of our talents.
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>>5914659
>Tell the Bluesberries that their mission now is to befriend Punk-P. She had a stressful day.
>Write In.
Go visit the Old Lady at the Bookstore.
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>>5914671
+1
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“...There they are!” You cheer upon seeing the Bluesberries come out of the meeting! They look mildly content, if not about the same as when they entered. You approach them.

“Mr. Mio Fenix is such a character!” Debbie looks as happy as ever.

“…” Ajna doesn’t want to go in there again. She’s holding Debbie’s hand.

“Thank you, Yu Yan, for not asking about the mannequin. I’m sure Debbie appreciates it.” Ruby seems more calm.

“I didn’t say a peep because I know the Stud had to ask!” Yu Yan smirks.

“Now Nariko on the other hand…” Ruby shakes her head.

“I-I merely asked what its name was!” Nariko defends herself.

“Hey girls, how did it go? Ready to bail?” You have your phone ready to call Xavi.

“T-T-Take m-me out of h-here…” Ajna is at her limit as she swaps her hand to you. You text Xavi immediately, hopefully he read the message but not while driving. That’d be irresponsible.

“You asked about the Mannequin, right?” Nariko NEEDS to know.

“Never mind that shit, you stole his daughter right in front of his eyes? That’s ice cold, Stud. And very funny.” Yu Yan chuckles.

“And the loser as well. Why?” Nariko is very confused about the Vortexia acquisition.

“Since when do you have a proper agency anyway?” Yu Yan has more questions than answers.

“We should leave this talk for later, we don’t want to stress out our trumpeter more than needed.” Ruby advises.

“Yeah, let’s take a hike before Ajna starts acting like a washing machine.” Yu Yan doesn’t want Ajna to turn turbo.
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>>5914831

“We have to celebrate the first single done, Xavi is waiting for us outside in the van.” You cheerfully say to the team.

“I feel like walking today! I’ll see everyone at home!” Ruby tries to hide her disgust at the van.

“Gotta keep those buttocks firm, huh...?” Yu Yan is confused by Ruby’s reaction. “Nariko, you should go with her.”

“I’d rather spend my time with our manager.” Nariko doesn’t care about firm buttocks. “Let’s grab our instruments.”

“I’ll be seeing you then, Mr. Manager.” Punk-P understands she’s no match for getting your attention with the fidgeting menace in trouble.

“I’ll be seeing you around too, colleague!” Debbie is so happy that Punk-P is part of your agency.

“Not if I see you first!” Punk-P waves everyone off with a warm smile on her face.

What do you do?

>“Wait for us inside the van. I wanna have a little chat with Debbie.” You need to chat with one of the main stars privately. Talk about getting the person to direct the music video.
>“Don’t be rude, Pumpkin Pie.” Scold your new talent for being mean to your old talent.
>“Ruby, you’re coming with us.” You have more than enough space in the van for everyone.
>“Before we go, can you give us all the details about the Mannequin, Pumpkin Pie?” Maybe you should bring your new talent along to the party.
>Write In.

After/During the party, what are you going to do?

>Talk to Ajna.
>Talk to Nariko.
>Talk to Yu Yan.
>Talk to Ruby.
>Call Vortexia, reveal you’re her manager now.
>Talk to/Call Punk-P.
>Go to sleep.
>Write In.


(Last Reply of the Day, we continue tomorrow!)
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>>5914834
>“Ruby, you’re coming with us.” You have more than enough space in the van for everyone.
>“Before we go, can you give us all the details about the Mannequin, Pumpkin Pie?” Maybe you should bring your new talent along to the party.

>Write In.
Go visit the Old Lady at the Bookstore.
Call Vortexia, reveal you’re her manager now, on the way there.
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>>5914834
>“Ruby, you’re coming with us.” You have more than enough space in the van for everyone.

>After
>Call Vortexia, reveal you’re her manager now.
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>>5914937
+1
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>>5914904
+1
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>>5914904
I would add to talk to everyone at the party.
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>>5914937
+1
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>>5914904
+1
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>>5914937
This. I can get wanting to invite everybody but I don't want to waste our time on some super old bookstore lady
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>>5914937
+1

I'd like to add that i recently caught up with this entire thing and it has been a wild ride for sure. Gotta say I'm impressed with your resilience, and your patience with the various VERY dumb decisions that have been made in this quest. Thank you all for making this lovely quest worth reading, and i hope to also be able to participate as well.
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>>5915514
>>5915526
>>5915537
>>5915548
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>>5915548
Demonstrating our sincerity to Neko and thus winning her to our side is the single best strategic decision Johnny has made in the entire quest.

>>5914904
Backing
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“See ya, Pumpkin pie!” You wave back as does everyone else. Punk-P disappears through the corridors.

“Should we consider her our rival or what exactly?” Nariko ponders like a philosopher.

“Just a fellow colleague. Art is all about cooperation. I believe we will collaborate at one point!” Debbie is enthusiastic about this prospect.

“As long as we all make bank, she can do what she wants.” Yu Yan stretches. “Not like we’ve earned a penny yet.”

“I know Johnny will invest all future earnings wisely, like with a new proper vehicle.” Ruby is very optimistic about this. “Yu Yan, I also need to remind you to not be crass about other people’s bodies…” Ms. Solid Buttocks doesn’t like the previous comments.

“Hey, I’m helping here, I’m giving you an excuse to not ride with us!” Yu Yan feels like she’s done nothing wrong.

“Ruby, you’re coming with us.” You know there’s enough space in the van for everyone.

“I have a rather magnificent idea. Instead, why don’t we all walk back home? It’s a lovely evening!” Ruby clasps her hands.

“You want us to carry all the instruments on our way there? I don’t believe it is a sound idea.” The Lazy Nariko doesn’t see the point.

“I’m sure we can manage!” Ruby says it all positively.

“Is there a problem?” Debbie doesn’t get what’s going on.

“Ruby is van-phobic.” Yu Yan shrugs. “His van specifically.”

“Do you have a heartwrenching van backstory so we can relate to your side?” Nariko asks Ruby for good reasons to distrust the van.

“There is none. It’s a fine machine, right Debbie?” You feel like Ruby is doing theatrics for the sake of them.

“I agree. It worked perfectly!” Debbie likes your van for what it is. “Reminds me of the tractor I used in my childhood farm days.”

“Well said, Debbie!” You’re so proud of her. Ajna pulls your arm to indicate that she really wants to leave.

“I-I’m sorry, but it’s a casket on wheels…! A dangerous piece of scrap metal!” Ruby doesn’t want to show that much contempt, but she’s failing.

“Sounds like the thing I can’t talk about.” Yu Yan wiggles her eyebrows at Ruby as she taps her own butt.

“We’re stressing out Ajna for nothing, let’s go!” You lead the way out of the studio. All girls follow without a hitch, except Ruby.

“E-Even if it breaks my heart, I-I’m s-serious about not joining you…! W-Wait…! Did you hear me, everyone?!” Ruby sees no other option but to trail behind.

Outside, the van is parked near the entrance, you meet up with Xavi sitting in the driver’s seat. The boisterous band lets him know about the Ruby situation while packing the instruments inside. The redhead remains firm about her convictions, just like the thing Yu Yan can’t talk about. But it doesn’t matter, the Hobo girl duo decide to restrain and drag her in.
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Outside, the van is parked near the entrance, you meet up with Xavi sitting in the driver’s seat. The boisterous band lets him know about the Ruby situation while packing the instruments inside. The redhead remains firm about her convictions, just like the thing Yu Yan can’t talk about. But it doesn’t matter, the Hobo girl duo decide to restrain and drag her in.

Ruby ended up using a face mask, plastic gloves, and a towel to sit on to withstand the horrible sensation of being inside your lovely machine. It seems it was something her and Osgood agreed to do once before she vowed to never put a foot inside the machine again. This is all implied, of course, she didn’t say his name specifically, but who else could the previous owner be?

Ruby acted like a wet cat during the entire trip. Even Ajna was holding her own better. Nariko poked her in the face a couple of times to make sure she was still alive. You poked her too. You all did. Except Xavi, or an accident would’ve happened, and your van needs to stop being in accidents.

You arrive back at the apartment building, you tried to invite Xavi over, but instead, he asked if he could borrow the van for a date. You agreed only if he took care of it, which he happily obliged. No celebration food for the goatee. Inside Ajna’s apartment, the party fever seems to be taking over, well, not really, Ajna is happy to relax at home — and you’re planning on eating dinner together! The girls are ordering Pizza! You wanted to make food, and despite Nariko’s protests, the girls wanted you to relax too.

You have a moment of privacy and decide to use it to call Vortexia to give her the good news! You’re in the bathroom, the best place to have a serious meeting.

You need to be tactful…

How do you start this conversation?

>“Hello, I’m in the bathroom brushing my teeth. Huh, and I’m also your manager by the way.” Just say the first thing that comes to mind.
>“Hey, Clutz! I’m here to tell you the good news! You’re my client now! Let’s do our best together!” Be stupidly cheerful.
>“Hey Clutz, it’s me! The guy you met earlier at the Smug-Off! Did you hear the news?” Do it slowly, allow the news to sink in.
>“When did I get your number?” Oh yeah, you asked Mio Fenix for it.
>Write In.

(Only reply of the day, we return tomorrow!)
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>>5916267
>>“Hello, I’m in the bathroom brushing my teeth. Huh, and I’m also your manager by the way.” Just say the first thing that comes to mind.
Kek
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>>5916269
+1
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>>5916267
>>“Hello, I’m in the bathroom brushing my teeth. Huh, and I’m also your manager by the way.” Just say the first thing that comes to mind.
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>>5916267
>“Hey, Clutz! I’m in the bathroom brushing my teeth and I’m here to tell you the good news! You’re my client now! Let’s do our best together!” Be stupidly cheerful.
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>>5916267
>“Hey, Clutz! I’m here to tell you the good news! You’re my client now! Let’s do our best together!” Be stupidly cheerful.
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>>5916267
Changing my vote to
>“Hey, Clutz! I’m in the bathroom brushing my teeth and I’m here to tell you the good news! You’re my client now! Let’s do our best together!” Be stupidly cheerful.
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>>5916267
>“Hello, I’m in the bathroom brushing my teeth. Huh, and I’m also your manager by the way.” Just say the first thing that comes to mind.
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>>5916267
>>“Hello, I’m in the bathroom brushing my teeth. Huh, and I’m also your manager by the way.” Just say the first thing that comes to mind.
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The call connects!

“Hello, I’m in the bathroom brushing my teeth.” You say the first thing that comes to mind. Not the smartest thing to do before eating, but the pizzas will take some time to arrive, so it’ll be fine. “Huh, I’m also your manager by the way.”

“...W-Who am I talking to? How did you get this number? Is this some kind of prank?” Vortexia sounds so utterly puzzled by every single word that you just said that she needs you to go over it from the beginning again.

“It’s me, Clutz!” You’d smile but she can’t see it. Your freshly cleaned smile. “You know, I’m the guy you met today!” Did you properly introduce yourself before or not? You can’t remember.

Vortexia groans first. “C-Clutz?! I know who you are now! You’re supposed to be my fan, not my stalker! How did you get my number?! Be obsessive about me in a healthy way!”

“I’m not your stalker! I’m your manager!” You inform as you pump your fist for no one to see.

“Manager of what? My fan club? I guess you’re cute enough to run it. Call dibs on it now and you’re going to become a very influential man. But you need to be an exemplary fan, and this is NOT exemplary behavior!” Vortexia scolds you! “You care about your hygiene, so you have that going for you. Do you have a healthy diet? You looked like you were always overextending yourself when we met. My fans must take care of themselves!”

“No, Clutz, I’m your *actual* manager.” You reiterate.

“You do know what that word means, right? I don’t think you know what that word means.” Vortexia is worried about you.

You explain what an Idol manager is. You’ve played Video Games, you know what this is all about. And if you don’t, it’s a good thing you have tutorial characters like Debbie around helping!

“...I’m going to hang up.” Vortexia is done with your bullshit.

“But it’s true! I won you in a Card Game!” You keep adding more information for her to believe you.

“...You can’t manage my fanclub anymore.” Vortexia has lost all respect for you.

“Ask your former manager! I swear this is true!” You plea for her to see reason!

“Bye.” Vortexia hangs up without acknowledging what you said.

You look at your phone in disbelief. How come she didn’t believe you? After 2 minutes of staring at it, you get a call from the skeptical idol.

“Hello, I’m in the bathroom.” You deadpan.

“Give me your full name NOW.” Vortexia’s voice sounds like it’s shaking.

“Johnny Ando.” You say.

“…” Pure silence. “Y-YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BUY MY MERCHANDISE, NOT MY CONTRACT! AAAAAAH~!!!
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>>5917438


How do you respond?

>“I just wanted to tell ya! I’ll call you when I’m free, bye, Clutz!” You’re done for now! You’re glad she’s welcoming the idea.
>“Calm down! I’m sure we’ll become great partners! I mean, Mr. Zhi was barely committed, so I’m better by default.” Reassure and manage expectations.
>Vortexia is being attacked by a ghost. You must locate her and help her out!
>Hang up. If she’s going to yell so harmoniously, you’re not going to get through to her like this.
>Write In.
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>>5917441
>>Vortexia is being attacked by a ghost. You must locate her and help her out!
We have time before the pizza arrives!
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>>5917441
>“I just wanted to tell ya! I’ll call you when I’m free, bye, Clutz!” You’re done for now! You’re glad she’s welcoming the idea.
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>>5917441
>Write In.
We're having a party to celebrate. Come on over!
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>>5917481
That's why I wanna go over, I don't think she'll come since she's busy freaking out unless we bring here
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>>5917438
>“I just wanted to tell ya! I’ll call you when I’m free, bye, Clutz!” You’re done for now! You’re glad she’s welcoming the idea.
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>>5917481
Yeh
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>>5917506
I'll change to this to break the tie
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>>5917441
>“I just wanted to tell ya! I’ll call you when I’m free, bye, Clutz!” You’re done for now! You’re glad she’s welcoming the idea
Whoops, didn't read
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“I just wanted to tell ya! I’ll call you when I’m free, bye, Clutz!” You think giving her time to process this little change in her life is necessary.

AH~?!” Vortexia became aware of what you said the moment you hung up.

You put your phone back in your pocket, wash your hands, then take your toothbrush — and leave the bathroom. Let the celebration begin! You’re ready to have a pleasant time with no interruptions from your newly acquired talent! Seriously, nobody is going to bother you, you left your phone on silent.

Anyway, you chatted with the Band until the pizzas arrived, it’s Amusing Pizza, Neko is somewhere complaining about its quality drop. Debbie spent 12 minutes trying to pay with her phone, but it didn’t work properly, and when it did, it started updating — rendering it useless. The Pizza Delivery Girl wasn’t amused. Ajna stopped you from trying to recruit her to the agency, you had no such plans. Nariko decided to foot the bill. Once the slices had been served, a more serious conversation blossomed! It’s mainly about you satiating the girls’ curiosity.

“I hope you don’t mind this question, Johnny. But I’d love to know why you decided to hire more talent. Are you planning on expanding the project?” Ruby is utterly confused by your business decisions.

“Never mind that, why was that clumsy woman selected? I’m obviously superior in every way! I proved it! You all saw it!” Nariko doesn’t get why Clutz is a thing now.

“She showed a lot of promise, didn’t she?” Debbie doesn’t get the question.

“Indeed!” You agree.

“Neither of you have listened to her sing… No wonder you hired us.” Yu Yan is less than impressed.

“But our rivalry will feel more artificial! Or does Johnny have a more detailed strategy to drive more engagement from it?” Nariko is deluding herself into believing in you!

“I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case!” Debbie smiles and nods.

“...” Ajna doesn’t say anything, but she would be shocked.

“Punk-P, on the other hand, what’s the reason for bringing her over? She’s not in the same position I was, she’s doing well for herself and her music is amazing!” Debbie wants answers.

“Eh, same quality as this pizza.” Yu Yan prefers yours, she’ll eat this one though.

“Tskies! That’s no way to talk about our newly acquired colleague!” Debbie reprimands the smug one.
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“Forget the Pumpkin. What’s up with the mannequin? And who did it transform into for ya, stud?” Yu Yan is more concerned about the mannequin.

“Great question too, Yu Yan.” Nariko is curious about this as well, and would rather have this answered.

“I-I have a q-question f-f-for Johnny too…” Ajna raises her hand. “Y-You d-didn’t plan any of t-this, did y-you...? I-If y-you need any he-help to s-sort this out, w-we can help.”

“We’re going to need to hire someone to help.” Nariko is planning ahead. “Someone with superb secretary abilities!”

“And can keep Johnny in check.” Yu Yan adds.

“As chaotic as he seems, I know he must have some sort of plan.” Ruby doesn’t see the need.

“Improvised or not, he has a knack of making everything work.” Debbie remains positive.

“C-C-Can we l-let Johnny t-t-talk…?” Ajna wants you to answer the question!

“Huh?! S-Sorry! I didn’t mean to interrupt!” Debbie acts awkwardly.

Pretend this is your first press conference. What do you do?

>“All I’m planning on doing is getting an office for the agency.” Respond to Ruby’s question. Don’t admit that you don’t have a name for the agency yet.
>“I’m a fan of Vortexia. That’s the only reason.” Respond to Nariko’s question. Don’t admit you find her cute.
>“I have no good reason to hire Pumpkin Pie! But a lot of petty ones…” Respond to Debbie’s question. Don’t elaborate on those petty reasons.
>“This is what Punk-P told me about the mannequin!” Respond to Yu Yan’s question. Don’t tell them about who the mannequin transformed into.
>“Of course all of this is going according to my plan.” Respond to Ajna’s question. Don’t explain the plan.
>“How about I ask you girls some questions instead?” Don’t respond. Turn the tables.
>Write In.

(Last Reply of the Day, we continue tomorrow!)
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>>5917651
>Of course all of this is going according to my plan.” Respond to Ajna’s question. Don’t explain the plan.
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>>5917651
>>“All I’m planning on doing is getting an office for the agency.” Respond to Ruby’s question. Don’t admit that you don’t have a name for the agency yet.
>>“I’m a fan of Vortexia. That’s the only reason.” Respond to Nariko’s question. Don’t admit you find her cute.
>>“I have no good reason to hire Pumpkin Pie! But a lot of petty ones…” Respond to Debbie’s question. Don’t elaborate on those petty reasons.
>>“This is what Punk-P told me about the mannequin!” Respond to Yu Yan’s question. Don’t tell them about who the mannequin transformed into.
>>“Of course all of this is going according to my plan.” Respond to Ajna’s question. Don’t explain the plan.
In rapid fire order.
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>>5917651

>I'm planning to get an office and hire a secretary for the agency, respond to Ruby's question
>The rivalry between you and her will appear more intense now that you're under the same agency competing for resources, Nariko.
>Hiring Pumpkin Pie gives our agency a huge boost on legitimacy, and we can use her coattails to help speed through the starting phases of your career
>It turned into Neko, Wilma as a kid, and one other person I will not disclose. No more questions along that line in this conference please.
>I have the outline of a plan, but I'll be working with Pumpkin Pie, Debbie, and now you as well to help fill in in Ajna.
All in rapid fire order.
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>>5917929
+1
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>>5917651
>>5917843
Switching to this >>5917929
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>>5917929
+1, make it look like we knew what we were doing all along, and it was definitely not some half-assed spur of the moment thing
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“I’ll go in the order I remember the questions.” You ask for a moment. “I plan to get an office and hire a secretary for the agency, Ruby.”

“It’s reassuring to hear you were planning ahead.” Ruby feels a little smug about trusting you.

“The rivalry between you and Vortexia will appear more intense now that you’re under the same agency competing for resources, Nariko.” You respond.

“Can’t let our rivalry’s potential be wasted, huh? You’re so clever, Johnny.” Nariko loves your dedication.

“Also, hiring Pumpkin Pie gives our agency a huge boost in legitimacy, and we can use her coattails to help speed through the starting phases of your career as a band.” You add since you’re on the topic of the new additions.

“Ah! I didn’t see it that way! Only us two are established artists.” Debbie didn’t think this through. “You surprise me, Manager!”

“The Mannequin turned into Neko, Wilma as a kid, and one other person I will not disclose. No more questions along that line in this conference, please.” You inform to Yu Yan.

“The press demands real answers! You can’t hide the truth!” Reporter Yu Yan isn’t going to let this story end here.

“I said no further questions!” You’re about to storm off! “And I have the outline of a plan, but I’ll be working with Pumpkin Pie, Debbie, and now you as well to fill in, Ajna.”

“T-That’s good to hear. A-Again, I-I’ll b-be happy to he-help you in any w-way I can.” Ajna feels reassured, even if she has some doubts about how thoroughly your plan was concocted.

The press conference is over, these answers have calmed down any external anxieties the band had about the future of your Nameless Agency and, more importantly, their careers. In their eyes, you’re not a reckless dummy, but a loose cannon. The Bluesberries are able to enjoy their meal without any further hitches. Night already lured its ugly head, this hectic day is coming to an end, even if one of its main actresses doesn’t want the curtain to fall for petty reasons.

“Can you tell me who the last puppet was now?” Yu Yan doesn’t really care much about the *who*, but as to *why* you’re hiding it.

“Yu Yan, stop nagging him, we need to go to bed. We have school tomorrow.” Nariko is being responsible.

“One part of the shocking revelations I was informed of yesterday is that I don’t actually have to go to school, sweetheart. I’m an adult.” Yu Yan puts one hand over her chest. “I can stay as long as I want.” Yu Yan is not legally an adult. She’s illegally a teenager. It’s odd.

“You keep alluding to this secret past, but you never said a word! I’m sick of it!” Nariko is both upset and curious.

“Nariko is right, Yu Yan. We all have responsibilities to attend to in the morning, so let’s call it for the day.” Ruby sounds reasonable.
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>>5918809


“I don’t.” Debbie smiles like she’s adding something to this. “But, oh ribbit, I am sleepy!”

“I-I d-d-don’t either… B-But I need t-to keep my s-sleep s-s-schedule consistent.” Ajna has to care about her own health.

“Fine, I’ll go, but be warned, Stud, I’ll make you talk.” Yu Yan won’t ever give up. “I made Nina talk, I made Susie talk, and I made Kata talk. I’m sure as hell you’ll fall prey to my charms…”

How do you respond?

>“It was Vortexia! Okay?! I just didn’t want to admit that I find her cute!” Break down.
>“Talk about what?” You’re curious about what Yu Yan has gotten out of those girls.
>“I’m picking you up.” Take Yu Yan to her apartment. Then go to sleep.
>Write In.

What’s the plan for tomorrow after school?

>Decide to have a chill day tomorrow. Go with the flow, no plans needed.
>Hire a Secretary. The Agency needs staff.
>Prepare for Fire Field. See what the Nameless has accomplished so far. Did they find the cells?
>Have your date with Kata. It’s time to go to Dream Hill!
>Have your date with Emily. It’s time to go to, uh, a restaurant!
>Have an intervention with Nina about Trent. Maybe do it during School Hours.
>Write In.
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>>5918810
>>“Talk about what?” You’re curious about what Yu Yan has gotten out of those girls.
>Have your date with Emily. It’s time to go to, uh, a restaurant!
We've put this off for a while and she was canonically a really good secretary
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>>5918813
+1
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>>5918810
>>5918813
+1
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(The plan has been set for tomorrow!)

“Talk about what?” You raise an eyebrow to show unhealthy curiosity.

“Things that they don’t openly talk about… Secrets, if you will.” Yu Yan reveals her patented mischievous smirk once she hears your interest. “They are fully matured women, Johnny. Victims of their pride. Of the image they try to project. And sometimes, those images are more fragile than everyone believes...”

“They are...?” Nariko is very interested in this drama. She wants some popcorn.

“I’ll never look at them the same way after learning what I did!” Yu Yan exaggerates to sell this to you.

“Are we gossiping?” Ruby isn’t that comfortable with this topic, but wants to hear what’s going on.

“Y-Yes.” Ajna, on the other hand, is ready to listen to dirt about Kata without any ounce of guilt.

“Oh! This is the first time I get to listen to people gossip!” Debbie is super excited. She’s always being the one being gossiped about. “We’re like real buddies!”

“Of course we are, you dummy.” Yu Yan doesn’t want this to get sentimental, but she doesn’t want Debbie to think otherwise. “Now, they didn’t ask me to keep these things a secret. Legally speaking, it’s only stuff they like to hide. But… can’t say a thing unless Johnny talks! We’re sharing here! It wouldn’t be fair otherwise.”

“Dear Johnny, would you mind?” Nariko wants you to talk.

“Please, don’t pressure him, Nariko.” Ruby’s words and her eyes don’t match. She wants you to share.

“Oh! I always yield to peer pressure!” Debbie recognizes what Yu Yan is doing.

Ajna won’t force you to do anything.

“Stud? Care to share? I’ll say everything if you talk…” Yu Yan smirks.

All eyes are on you, not on Yu… Now no one is sleepy…

What do you do?

>“I didn’t really wanna know.” You’re going to ask the mature women directly.
>“Fine…” It’s not about the secrets! You don’t want to disappoint the Bluesberries!
>“Yu Yan, I’m gonna tell them you’re sharing their secrets.” Be a snitch.
>Write In.

(Last Reply of the Day, we return tomorrow!)
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>>5918859
>>“Fine…” It’s not about the secrets! You don’t want to disappoint the Bluesberries!
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>>5918859
>“Fine…” It’s not about the secrets! You don’t want to disappoint the Bluesberries!
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>>5918859
>>“Fine…” It’s not about the secrets! You don’t want to disappoint the Bluesberries!
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>>5918859
>"Fine...Keep your word, Yu-Yan."

Act as if this, too, was according to plan!
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>>5919069
This is pretty funny, act as if everything that happens is part of the plan even if it was impossible for us to see it coming
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“Fine…. Keep your word, Yu Yan.” You act like this was all according to plan.

“I’m defined by my honesty.” Yu Yan pretends she’s the goodest of girls. A title that Nariko is willing to kill for… “Now let’s hear it!”

“That’s… untruthful.” Ruby doesn’t think this lie comes from a bad place, but she’s bothered anyway.

“The Puppet I refrained from mentioning was… Vortexia.” You act like you’ve revealed your deepest darkest secret.

“W-What? No… No! Nooo!!!” Nariko is having a meltdown of Nariko proportions!

“Get a hold of yourself, woman!” Yu Yan grabs the Crying Mooer by the shoulders and shakes her at the same rhythm as Ajna’s fidgets!

“I don’t understand the problem.” Debbie’s confused smile is cute and revealing.

“Why did you hide this from us?” Ruby is confused.

“Oh, because I find her cute.” You rub the back of your neck.

“...Y-You f-find everyone c-cute, even m-m-me...” Ajna isn’t impressed. But her words made Ruby cheerful.

“Don’t you all see what this really means?!” Nariko is still in hysterics. “Yu Yan! Why are they not overreacting like I am?!”

“First, don’t admit you’re overreacting.” Yu Yan shakes her head. “Second, what are you mooing about?”

“He channeled our fears to bring out the most hellish individuals we know!” Nariko expresses her fear. “Johnny recruited his biggest fear to the agency to help us out! How tragically heroic!”

“I doubt he’s afraid of her, Nariko.” Ruby shakes her head.

“I-I agree, s-she w-was nice too i-in her own w-way.” Ajna agrees with Ruby. “N-Not everyone is i-immediately s-supportive like R-Ruby or D-Debbie.”

“And by the way, I’m not afraid of Nina, you dunce!” Yu Yan isn’t impressed.

“Well, Nariko was certainly scared of her mother.” Ruby points out.

“It was nice seeing her again!” Debbie didn’t seem to have a bad time with Puppet Chio.

“Are you going to tell me that Ajna is afraid of herself, Ruby...?” The smug hobo is trying to drive her point home.

“Of course not! Duo Ajnas were a sight to behold!” Ruby found it adorable. “I wish it didn’t frighten our own so much.”

“I-It s-still g-gives me t-the c-creeps…” Ajna didn’t like it. “I-It was l-like I could see t-through her e-eyes too…”

“No wonder why you wanted to leave.” You didn’t expect to get this kind of information from answering.
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“Nah, what scared her was Ruby’s grandfather.” Debbie explains.

“M-My grandpappy isn’t frightening!” Ruby gets nervous about her evil grandpa. If he’s anything like her father, well…

“I’m sorry, Ruby, but he’s certified evil in our eyes.” Nariko feels like he’s not different from her mom. “Either way, if my explanation fails to capture the nature of this witchcraft. What is the reason?”

“Oh! He brings out people that you have an emotional attachment with!” Debbie explains. “Members from the Temple of Beauty use an object to manifest their powers. Like some people fly around with their brooms! Woosh~!”

“You know how the Mannequin works? Why didn’t you say anything?!” Yu Yan feels scammed.

“I-I couldn’t find a good moment to explain…” Debbie is too awkward to infodump at appropriate times unless prompted to.

“S-S-So V-Vortexia’s story really m-moved J-Johnny too…” Ajna doesn’t believe the cute factor was the only thing at play here. She felt for the Clutz as much as you did!

“She’s an undeveloped antagonist, she doesn’t have a backstory.” Nariko doesn’t believe this to be true.

“Nariko, she’s a real person.” Ruby is bothered by Nariko’s callousness.

“I’m trying to diminish my future rival as practice, please don’t take it that seriously.” Nariko explains that her contempt comes from a good place. Allegedly.

Yu Yan had Nina, Nariko had Chio, Ajna had evil Ajna, Ruby had her grandfather, and Debbie…

“What was yours, Debbie?” You wonder.

“Nobody! He already did that to me the first time we met!” Debbie smiles.

“W-Why didn’t you tell us before getting in there?” Nariko is surprised by Debbie’s lack of tact. “We have to prepare little Cocoon Ajna for all circumstances.”

“I-I-It wasn’t t-t-that bad.” Ajna doesn’t want anyone to feel responsible for her uneasiness. “T-Thank you though.” She feels appreciative.

“I’m sorry… I couldn’t find the appropriate moment to warn you…” Debbie is really damn awkward.

“Oi, don’t use the same excuse every time, amiga. That’s fatty behavior.” Yu Yan wants Debbie to be better.

I’M SORRY!” Debbie didn’t want people to think less of her.

“Let’s move on. There’s an amiga here that needs to fulfill her promise.” You wanna listen to the gossip.

“Yes! Tell us at once, Yu Yan! What are these embarrassing and hilarious secrets from the people I respect and love… and Susie?” Nariko is ready!

“I’m glad you asked!” Yu Yan rubs her hands. “So, everyone knows Susie is a big pervert, right?”

“I had absolutely no idea, woah~!” Debbie’s eyes are open.
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“T-That’s not the secret, you dumb-berry.” Yu Yan wasn’t finished. “On her PC, she had a bunch of pictures of guys we know. Nothing scandalous, pretty tepid and mild. But she had folders and folders of you, Stud! And of that dickhead detective too! Take it as you will…”

“She’s planning on finishing the job, Johnny! I will protect you!” Nariko thinks Susie wants to murder you.

“Except you, Nariko, shut up.” Yu Yan is getting tired of dealing with this Nari-nonsense. “Those dramas have poisoned your head.”

“I think someone has a crush! Hehe!” Debbie gets bubbly. “Congratulations! No wonder she agreed to cooperate with our audition!”

“That’s more like it.” Yu Yan approves of this interpretation.

“I don’t know what to do with this information…” You kinda agree that there’s something foul here. Like, it’s mainly you and Richard? Why? Is she still upset about the kidnapping?

“Nothing! You’re our manager, you don’t have time for that.” Debbie rains on your parade.

“Exactly. You have us to worry about!” Ruby agrees wholeheartedly.

Hmm…” Ajna finds Ruby’s wording very suspicious. “Y-Yeah.” She still agrees though. She’s greedy.

“That girl has no game, what’s there to worry about?” Yu Yan shakes her head. You think she does! She’s really good at SoL.

“If Johnny thinks everyone is cute, does it matter?” Debbie brings a fantastic point.

“W-What e-else?” Ajna wants to hear about Kata.

“Oh! I know what you wanna hear, Ajna. But we’re leaving the best for last.” Yu Yan grins. “Now, there’s this naughty teacher… Nina.”

“Oh boy! I’m glad I met her mannequin or I’d be so lost!” Debbie jokes around. And the joke lands. She’s almost in tears from the happiness.

“Ms. Uccelli was so kind to me, I doubt I’ll learn something that could change my perspective of her.” Ruby remembers her fondly.

“Well, what if I told ya that… she still sleeps with a plushy?! A cat plushy to be exact?!” Yu Yan reveals in shocking fashion! “Her damn apartment is littered with cats, and she still prefers to cuddle with a doll!” You wouldn’t mind cuddling with Nina again...

“Amelia sleeps with 8 teddy bears. This isn’t that bad.” Nariko is disappointed.

“She added 3 more…?” You can’t believe this. Your dumb sister is getting worse.

“Tskies! It’s the most embarrassing thing I've ever heard! I haven’t slept with a toy since I was 4.” Debbie is pretty surprised by Nariko’s mild reaction.

“I suppose I get what Yu Yan meant at the beginning.” Ruby doesn’t mind much but it does put things in a new light.

“And you wanna know why she likes that plushy so much? Because this Stud over here gave it to her!” Yu Yan drops the real bomb.
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>>5919985


“Another crush! Congratulations!” Debbie gets giddy again. “Though, I feel for her, a woman of her age doesn’t stand a chance with you.”

“Indeed.” Nariko nods. “At least, age gap-wise, she shouldn’t…” Nariko remembers the line about you thinking everyone is cute.

“I’m sure Johnny doesn’t mind them a smidgen older than him.” Ruby nods to herself.

...C-Creep.” Ajna doesn’t like Ruby’s attitude.

“H-HUH?!” Ruby didn’t see this coming.

“Either way, he has no time for a relationship!” Debbie smiles. Just like Nina, you have a lot on your plate.

“N-Now, s-spill it…!” Ajna is excited about this one.

“Easy there, Blankets. I’m not going anywhere!” Yu Yan wiggles her eyebrows. “We all personally know Kata, right? Well, if you think a plushy was bad, let me tell ya, this woman can’t sleep without her childhood blanket! She even named it Blankie!”

Pffft… Haehaehahahaha~” The joyful Ajna finds this absolutely hilarious. She knows she’s not the only blanket wizard in the world!

“T-This can’t be real, she’s mature and well-adjusted…!” Nariko is in shock. It didn’t take her a second to believe the Nina stuff...

“It’s all true, Nariko. She’s as much of a big baby as you are.” Yu Yan nods.

“I’m NOT a baby.” Nariko won’t be slandered.

“Wow… Appearances are deceiving, I thought she was a great chef...” Debbie is trying to process this.

“But this explains so much, that’s why she didn’t want to sleep in the same bunker room with us…” Nariko is piecing everything together.

“Uhm, I’ll keep your secret, Ms. Calamity.” Ruby feels too indebted to dare cross the Nurse.

“M-Me too…” Ajna likes knowing Kata’s weakness, but she doesn’t want to abuse this knowledge in any way.

“Happy, Stud? I don’t lie!” Yu Yan grins from ear to ear. “Now, you gotta tell us who you find the lamest! For the funsies!”

How do you respond?

>Neko.
>Nina.
>Kata.
>Write In.

Your time in Ajna’s apartment is done. What do you do?

>Go to sleep. Big day tomorrow! You have to prepare for your date with Emily!
>Stay up late, be irresponsible.
>Write In.


(Only Reply of the Day! We return when we can, most likely on Saturday!)
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>>5919986
>Write In.
“I find them all cute, though I’m starting to now know what was going on with puppet Neko…she wants me and Richard to patch things up with a game of Sparks a
of Luck with her as our meditator!”
>Write In.
“Also I would like to meet your mom sometime, Nariko since everyone got to meet her? Or puppet her.”
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>>5919986
>>5919992
+1 and
>Go to sleep. Big day tomorrow! You have to prepare for your date with Emily!
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>>5919992
another +1 from me
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>>5919984
>He brings out people that you have an emotional attachment with!
For Johnny it was Vortexia because of recency bias, young Wilma because of the Bubble Arc, and Neko because of the stabbing event. Interesting choices.
>“She’s an undeveloped antagonist, she doesn’t have a backstory.” Nariko doesn’t believe this to be true.
>“Nariko, she’s a real person.” Ruby is bothered by Nariko’s callousness.
But Nariko is correct

>>5919985
>“She added 3 more…?” You can’t believe this. Your dumb sister is getting worse.
When will Johnny have another talk with her. This can't be sustainable...

>>5919986
>“But this explains so much, that’s why she didn’t want to sleep in the same bunker room with us…” Nariko is piecing everything together.
I'm glad our QM has all these silly explanations for what our other characters do. I've read this quest long enough to just nod and go "yeah that makes sense".

As for my vote
>>5919992
>>5919995
+1 these
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>>5919986
>Linda is really lame. Like terribly so.
>Cool cats go to bed at a good time. Go to bed.
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>>5919986
>I'm not going to prod any of these girls in their insecurities unprompted, but I'll remember this in case any of them cross me.

>Go to sleep
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“I find them all cute.” You put it in simple terms, validating Ajna’s earlier claim. If you think about it, the most pathetic woman you know is that Linda woman. After the cult, she’s been on a career downfall to say the least. But she isn’t an option here.

“Woah! I wasn’t expecting such a wholesome response.” Debbie is in awe.

“I-I did, b-blankets and p-plushies are t-t-too c-cute to ignore.” Ajna agrees with your assessment.

“Could you enlighten me about his excuse for Susie?” Nariko points out there’s a missing element.

“There’s none! It’s all a cop-out. Boo this man!” Yu Yan felt like you could’ve been meaner.

“No, boo you!” You maturely respond. “Though, I’m starting to now know what was going on with Puppet Neko… She wants me and Richard to patch things up with a game of Sparks of Luck with her as our mediator!”

“That’s a reasonable and well-thought-out assessment.” Nariko agrees.

“That’s awfully adorable from her. But I had no idea there were mixed feelings between you and other people.” Ruby is quite surprised to find out that you have enemies. Is she willingly ignoring Suan De?

“No sinless man enters a cooking duel.” Debbie retorts. Nobody in the entire room has any idea of what prompted her to say those specific words in that order.

“I don’t think that’s right, but eh...” Yu Yan thinks it’s not the worst thing you could do.

“Also, I would like to meet your mom sometime, Nariko, since everyone got to meet her, or her puppet self…” You want to see Present Time Chio.

“That is certainly something I can help you with, Dear Johnny…” Nariko is not too excited about the prospect, but wants to help anyway. “Now, I believe if we stay a minute longer here, tomorrow is going to be a heavy day for everyone.”

“Yeah, it’s usually just a heavy day for you.” Yu Yan pokes Nariko’s waist.

“E-Enough, short one! This is uncalled for!” Nariko gets really upset.

“Y-Yu Y-Yan is a-always d-doing that…” Ajna realizes that Yu Yan is a pocket sized bullying machine.

“One thing before we split…!” Debbie asks for everyone’s attention. “I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making today possible! Thank you for giving me another chance to do what I love in a way I’ve never done before!”

“C’mon, we can’t get sentimental before bed.” Yu Yan cheerfully smiles.

“It’s the optimal time to be happy though!” Ruby doesn’t mind though.

“And we’re just getting started.” You smirk.

“P-Please, t-take c-care, everyone…!” Ajna wants to keep doing this.

“Good night! Everyone!” Nariko is the first to step out of the apartment. Everyone follows suit.
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>>5921139

You can’t say much happened after, upon returning to your apartment, Suan De was already sleeping soundly on the couch. You and Ruby had to whisper each other good night as you snuck into your rooms. Ruby almost stopped by yours, until she realized her mistake. What a silly redhead.

With your phone getting recharged, your cute cat by your feet, and the lights off — it’s slumbering time!



It’s June, Wednesday the 28th! Another hot summer-ish day is upon you, the heat is starting to feel unbearable, but as a poor student, you’ll have to manage. In fact, speaking of managing, you need to fulfill a promise that you made before! You need to go on a date with Emily! You’ve decided that today you’re going to do it. But it needs to be a nice date. You remember that Carol promised you tickets to one of her concerts, it’d be an awesome coincidence if it was all today. But you can’t count on that, in fact, you can’t count on anything until you get planning underway!

First, you check if Emily is available, and to your surprise, she is! You’re surprised she’s up this early, but you don’t know people’s schedules.

With that confirmed, you do your morning routine to get ready for this long and heated school day. You take a shower, get on your uniform, and eat breakfast with one lovely lady and a sour dragon. You also feed your cat. What a fluffy boy. Suan De is still being awkward but less hostile. That’s progress.

Just like yesterday, there’s someone waiting for you outside the building, it’s not Vera this time around, but someone else, someone more… conspiratorial! It’s Terry! The art man who knows all about weird rumors! Also, Scarlet’s childhood friend! Why are you describing your own friend like that? You’re a weirdo.

What do you do?

>Call Carol. Demand tickets for her concert tonight!
>Approach Terry and have a chat. Maybe he can tell you something interesting.
>Decide to randomly skip classes to prepare more for your date with Emily.
>Write In.

(Last Reply of the Day, we return on Saturday!)
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>>5921140
First we
>>Call Carol. Demand tickets for her concert tonight!
Then
>Approach Terry and have a chat. Maybe he can tell you something interesting.
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>>5921143
+1
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>>5921140
>>Decide to randomly skip classes to prepare more for your date with Emily.
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>>5921143
+1
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>>5921143
+1
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>>5921140
>Write In.
Turn 360 degrees and walk way.
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Anyway, before you can move forward, you need to get the tickets for tonight’s date. You try to call Carol but it goes to voicemail, it’s not surprising, so you left the request. You get a text immediately from her, explaining how much she hates talking over the phone, and then sends you two VIP tickets for her charity concert for the city’s reconstruction. That’s nice of her. The charity, not the tickets, those she owed you.

With that out of the way, you walk up to Terry who was still waiting by the building’s entrance. You say hi to each other before delving into different matters.

“What brings you here?” You’re curious.

“It’s been a while since I’ve heard from you, so I thought I’d pay a visit.” Terry casually smiles. “I hope you don’t mind.”

“Eh, I welcome it, what kind of friend would I be if I didn’t?” You say as you two start walking towards the station. “But to go to the trouble to come here, I didn’t know you had it in you. You live on the other side of the city.”

“Actually, I stayed the night at a friend’s house. Why am I acting like you don’t know Soh? He lives nearby enough that this wasn’t a detour.” Terry has his wires crossed. “I had to take my chances. I was worried you wouldn’t be here, hoho.”

“I try not to live a single minute more than I have to inside school.” You admit that you live on the edge.

“That explains why you never joined a club.” Terry nods.

“Doesn’t help that I have my hands full at the moment doing a lot of random stuff.” You’re one busy boy.

“I can tell! Sammi always complains that Scarlet has been spending a lot of time with you lately.” Terry says.

“And what have you been up to lately?” You hope this question doesn’t lead you to a rabbit hole of conspiracy theories.

“Busy with art, studying, helping with the family business, having sex with Sammi. You’re not the only one with a lot on his plate!” Terry retorts all nonchalantly.

How do you respond?

>“Having what now?” You didn’t expect this guy to blurt something like that out!
>“Hey, congratulations on the sex, man.” Be a supportive friend.
>“I’m glad you’re having fun. Wanna talk about something else?” Change topics quickly.
>“I’ve been fucking a lot too.” You won’t be upstaged.
>Write In.
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>>5922887
>>“I’m glad you’re having fun. Wanna talk about something else?” Change topics quickly.
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>>5922887
>"Why is there a person wearing a trash can?" point to the hobo.
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>>5922895
I'm all for studying the hobo in it's natural habitat but shouldn't we do it after school so we can take our time?
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>>5922887
>“Hey, congratulations on the sex, man.” Be a supportive friend.
>“I’ve been fucking a lot too.” You won’t be upstaged.
let's bro it up for a change
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>>5922903
supporting
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>>5922887
>“Hey, congratulations on the sex, man.” Be a supportive friend.
>>5922895
Also this I have funny feeling it might be a certain ai flame
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>>5922903
+1
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>>5922887
>Hey, congratulations on the sex, man.
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“Hey, congratulations on the sex, man.” You want to be a supportive friend despite how awkward this conversation is.

“You don’t have to say that, haha!” Terry has a good laugh, a rare occurrence. He was fishing for some kind of reaction, even though he wasn’t sure what it could be or if he was going to be comfortable with it. He got the best outcome. “Would you like for me to sing your praises when your time arrives?”

“Huh, I’ve been fucking a lot too.” You adjust your glasses. “But I’m not sure if I want you to say anything though.”

“No kidding? Is that why you and Scarlet are spending so much time together?” Terry is pretty surprised. “I’m never doubting Sammi again, she knows my friends better than I do.”

Huh?” You haven’t done anything to that Bubble Butt!

“You’re a cute couple. She’s like a sister to me, so please, treat her right.” Terry wants you to respect the ice cream maniac. “That doesn’t mean you should follow her every order though. I bet skipping classes was her idea, right? You have to influence her, not the other way around.”

To be fair, you’ve skipped classes more times than anyone! If anything, you’re the worst!

Oh god, you’re worse than Scarlet…

How do you respond?

>“You’re getting the wrong idea.” Categorically deny this supposed relationship.
>“No, Sammi is wrong. We’re just buddies getting into dumb shenanigans.” Blame Sammi for this misunderstanding.
>“I take that back, I haven’t scored yet.” Lie so life doesn’t get too awkward.
>“I like Scarlet, but we haven’t done anything like that.” You have good thoughts about the redhead. But nothing has happened.
>“Terry, can we talk about something else?” You don’t like where this conversation is heading.
>Write In.
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>>5923020
>>“Terry, can we talk about something else?” You don’t like where this conversation is heading.
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>>5923020
>>“Terry, can we talk about something else?” You don’t like where this conversation is heading.
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>>5923020
>“I like Scarlet, but we haven’t done anything like that.” You have good thoughts about the redhead. But nothing has happened.
>"I scored with other girls, just not her."
>“Terry, can we talk about something else?” You don’t like where this conversation is heading.
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>>5923020
>>“No, Sammi is wrong. We’re just buddies getting into dumb shenanigans.” Blame Sammi for this misunderstanding.
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>>5923020
>“Terry, can we talk about something else?” You don’t like where this conversation is heading.
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>>5923020
>“I like Scarlet, but we haven’t done anything like that.” You have good thoughts about the redhead. But nothing has happened.
>“Terry, can we talk about something else?” You don’t like where this conversation is heading.
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“Terry, can we talk about something else?” You don’t like the direction of this conversation.

“Don’t tell me you two are going through a rough patch? Or is it something worse...?” Terry is more surprised than before. “Don’t worry, Johnny, I’ve been rejected before. It’s not the end of the world. Scarlet may have the supermodel looks if she dropped a few pounds, but not everything is about looks.”

“T-Thanks, Terry, but seriously, let’s talk about something else.” You don’t think he’s getting the message, and explaining yourself will only make things worse.

“But I can offer you tips to win her heart.” Terry wants to help! “I don’t think anyone else can deal with her.”

“It’s fine, Terry, I don’t need the help.” You reject. What is he going to say? Give her ice cream? You already know that.

“If you say so, just remember you can count on me.” Terry is a true friend. Or at least he has good intentions.

From that point onwards, it was all chit chat until you got to school, and with the heat rising, the worst part of the day is going to be more dreadful than usual…

School is bad and boring, but what’s new? Not much, there are unattended situations you can address during lunch, but it’ll be brief because you have to put all your focus onto the date. Heck, you doubt you’ll get anything done, but the first step is usually the hardest… that’s what Nariko says when she has to get off the couch, and truthfully, you relate.

Now, this day could go fast or slow depending on this decision…

What do you do?

>Fuck School. Go date!
>Talk to the team (Liu, Vera, and Bubbles) and see how things are going.
>Talk to Nina to address the Trent Situation. He looks more miserable each day.
>Check how the Student Council President campaigns are going. Will Yu Yan grab the win?
>Call Mr. Conti a loser.
>Write In.
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>>5923071
>Call Mr. Conti a loser.
>Talk to Nina to address the Trent Situation. He looks more miserable each day.
I wanna help the OTHER bro out now
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>>5923071
>>Talk to the team (Liu, Vera, and Bubbles) and see how things are going.
This is definitely the most important
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>>5923071
>Talk to the team (Liu, Vera, and Bubbles) and see how things are going.
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>>5923073
Yea
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>>5923071
>Talk to the team (Liu, Vera, and Bubbles) and see how things are going.
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During lunch, you decide to approach the Jailbreak team to see how things are going. You’re at a random cafeteria table with Bubbles, Cheese-on-Wheels, and Headphones. As professionals, you get directly to the point.

“It’s so hot today, oh my gosh…” Scarlet fans herself with one hand for any cool air she can get. “I need a smoothie.”

“What you need to do is button up your shirt, Bubbles!” Vera gets annoyed at Scarlet’s cleavage. It’s not like the angry gal lacks in size, you know that very well.

“But it’s so hot…!” Scarlet wants to survive. “I bet you wanna do the same.”

“Liu, tell this slut off.” Vera orders.

“W-Why don’t we tell Johnny what he wants to know instead of in-fighting?” Liu proposes to maintain the peace.

“This is insubordination, but I’ll allow it...” Vera sighs. The heat is affecting her too.

“Here are some water bottles for everyone.” You pull them out of your bag. Matilda handed you a couple during the day for no discernible reason but her own concerns about your well-being. Vera drank hers like her life depended on it. “Now, how did things go yesterday?”

“Great. We already told you that we located both this Crossbill chick and Mama Bodil.” Vera says with not much passion, still recovering from drinking water too fast. “We’re still figuring out the safest route to them. I’m NOT as dumb as to let you go in and wing it! In fact, I’m not dumb at all.”

“Sorry for believing that Johnny is capable of handling things on his own!” Scarlet pouts.

“It’s a high security prison!!! And you should be sorry! Do I have to remind you about Johnny’s brilliant idea to key the car?” Vera will never forget one of your most savvy ideas. “Did you tell her about keying the car?” She turns to you. “I think you should tell her about keying the car.”

“Let’s not bring out dirty laundry.” You ask for some decorum.

“I will only agree because you’re the light of my day.” Vera is also having troubles dealing with the heat. “Liu, tell him that we love him.”

“I-I c-can’t do *hic* that…!” Liu shakes her head and regains her composure. “S-Sorry, Johnny, they’ve been acting weird because of the heatwave.”

“It’s all right, they’re kinda funny.” You see the positives. Honestly, you don’t see any differences.

“Are you thinking there’s no difference, really?” Scarlet reads your mind. “Rude.”

“He’s so cute when he annoys you and only you.” Vera says as she slams her face on the table.

“A-Are you okay?” Liu is concerned.

I’m in looove~, I’ll never be okay…” Vera laments. Scarlet puts her cold water bottle on the back of Vera’s head. You find it adorable that these two are learning to be friends in their own weird way.
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>>5923145


“I’m sorry…” Liu apologizes for everything. “Uhm, Ms. Suan De is doing great by the way. She has been a lot of help scouting in the field! If we keep this up, we will have everything resolved by tomorrow.”

“We’re also going to scan for possible threats, so we aren’t being lazy.” Scarlet adds.

“You girls don’t need anything?” You wonder.

“I think we are good.” Headphones tries not to worry you.

You’re proud of them, but at the same time…

What do you do?

>Figure out a way for them to stop acting like dummies due to the suffocating heat.
>Thank them for their time and tell them you’re proud of them.
>Tell Scarlet about Terry’s misunderstanding so she can be ready.
>Tell them about the band’s progress for no reason.
>Write In.

(Last Reply of the Day! We continue either tomorrow or Monday!)
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>>5923147
>>Thank them for their time and tell them you’re proud of them.
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>>5923147
>>Thank them for their time and tell them you’re proud of them.
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>>5923147

>>Thank them for their time and tell them you’re proud of them.
>> Go talk to Nina about Terry. You gotta help a brother out
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>>5923340
Fuck, I meant Trent, not Terry
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>>5923341
>>5923340
+1
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>>5923147
>Thank them for their time and tell them you’re proud of them.
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>>5923147
>>Tell them about the band’s progress for no reason.
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>>5923340
>>5923341
This
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>>5923166
This
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At the same time nothing! You’re just proud and nothing else! You better let them know, nobody likes when their efforts go unnoticed.

“I’ll take your word for it. Anyway, I need to thank you for everything you’ve done. I’m really proud of all of you!” You smile so bright that someone could think you’re using Philonune’s powers!

“W-We’re happy to help…!” Liu covers her mouth with both hands as her skin turns redder than the redhead’s hair.

“Proud? Confess your love for us already, damn it.” Vera rises from the table with a smirk, she looks content but she wants more. “Mainly me. Liu can wait, and you don’t have to for Bubbles. She babbles about being wesiliant or something incoherent, and I take her by her word because I’m a magnanimous individual you should be devoted to, specifically, the same way I am devoted to you. It’s a fair trade.”

“I didn’t hear any of the crap you just said, Cheese-on-Wheels. His smile is so dreamy, your squeaking is background noise. He’s so hot when he’s nice.” Scarlet loves being loved. You’re so hot, her brain is fried, the redhead doesn’t act like this often…

“T-They can’t be happier, that’s all!” Liu feels like she’s dealing with a pair of drunkards.

“Speak for yourself.” Vera extends her hands towards you. “I can think of a million ways you can make me happier, Johnny.”

“It’s all me, me, me with Vera. Look, I know a way to make YOU happier, Johnny!” Scarlet extends her hands towards you too. “I always have your back, Johnny!”

Both girls are expecting you to come closer to one of them...

“J-Johnny, they are stuck, so if you’re feeling uncomfortable, you can leave.” Liu doesn’t feel like this is going somewhere good. “I’ll take care of them.” Liu smiles.

“Liu, bring him closer to me.” Vera demands her subordinate to do something.

“Don’t listen to her, you’re your own person!” Scarlet believes Liu as an individual capable of thought and feeling.

They seem enraptured in their own incoherence, you think those two won’t notice if you walk away. Lunchtime is near its end anyway, so not much can happen as it is.

What do you do?

>Approach Scarlet!
>Approach Vera!
>Approach Liu!
>Tell them to inform Suan De that you’re proud of her too!
>Tell them you love them all, then leave.
>Write In.

(Only Reply of the Day, we continue tomorrow!)
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>>5923834
>>Tell them you love them all, then leave.
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>>5923834
>>Approach Liu!
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>>5923834
>Tell them to inform Suan De that you’re proud of her too!
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>>5923834
>Approach Liu!
How are you holding up?
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>>5923834
>Approach Liu!
>Tell them to inform Suan De that you’re proud of her too!
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>>5923834
>>Approach Liu!
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>>5923834
>Approach Liu!
>Tell them to inform Suan De that you’re proud of her too!
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>>5923834
>Approach Liu!
>Tell them to inform Suan De that you’re proud of her too!
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Those two heated girls continue bickering at each other, and you decide to leave them hanging and approach Liu instead.

“H-Huh?” Liu didn’t expect you to go out of your way to be near her. “I-Is there something wrong?”

“Nothing! Just wanted to know how you are holding up.” You warmly ask as you get personal.

“I-I’m… great.” Liu looks away as she tidies her hair.

“I’m so glad to hear that!” You nod.

“D-Do you want me to hug you?” Liu asks. “I-I mean the others wanted you to, and y-you c-chose me instead, and *hic*… I-I’m sorry, please ignore me… G-Go about your day.”

“As long as it's fine with you.” You don’t mind a hug, you love them! Now, sweaty hugs tend to be bad, so you hope it doesn’t feel icky.

“Of course she is! Did you forget whose fan club she was part of?! Go get her! GYAA!!!” Vera pushes Liu forward!

You catch the Liu! Her head lies in the comfort of your chest! She turns tomato in a moment, freezing in place! You’re not sure if the word freeze is appropriate here, her body temperature raised to levels never seen before. This is volcanic heat! And she seems too in shock to enjoy it.

“Is Liu all right…?” Scarlet breaks from her heat trance out of concern. “I think she broke.”

Before anyone could analyze the situation, the bell rings! It’s time to return to classes! What a short lunch.

“Drop her here.” Vera rolls beside you and asks you to hand over the Liu.

“Here you go.” You place the Liu on Vera’s lap.

“I-I’m fine…!” Liu doesn’t want to be a Key Item.

“That took you too long to say…” Scarlet shakes her head. “But I’m glad!” This dummy forgot what she was fighting for. “C’mon, Johnny, we gotta go too!”

“Oh right, before we do, you all have to remember to tell Suan De that I’m proud of her as well.” You can’t forget your couch dragon.

“I don’t think she’s going to appreciate it now, but I know one day she will!” Scarlet remains optimistic about the former mafia girl.

“Love you, Johnny. Bye-bye!” Vera starts wheeling away. “Liu, tell him that you love him too.”

“I-I’m fine…!” Liu broke again.

No more time was wasted, with that over, you have to return to classes… You don’t remember a thing about what happened, but hey, maybe they were useful, who knows? You’re Knowledge Level 5, you don’t need to pay attention. You think. Is that how knowledge works? For the sake of brevity, you’ll think so. All you need to know is that classes are over. It’s time to return home and prepare for your date!

What do you do?

>Meet with Emily at a fancy place to eat. Your treat.
>Meet with Emily at your apartment. Maybe you can cook something for her? It isn’t romantic, but it’ll be cozy.
>Meet with Emily at the venue for Carol’s Concert. Look around, you’ll probably find a good place to eat.
>Write In.
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>>5924653
>>Meet with Emily at a fancy place to eat. Your treat.
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>>5924653
>Meet with Emily at a fancy place to eat. Your treat.
Let's see new places and new people!
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>>5924653
>Meet with Emily at a fancy place to eat. Your treat.
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Back home, you take a shower (sweaty day), feed Bradford Jr. (since no one is at home and the boy seems rightfully hungry), and put on your best attire that is casual enough for a concert! You need to be flexible, you’re sure Emily will do something similar, so no need to get fancy. Now, speaking of fancy, that’s the perfect description of the place you want to eat at. Problem is, you don’t know a place that fits that description. Like, you don’t want it to be too elegant since you don’t have the clothes for it, but something more sophisticated than Fronties.

You don’t know how, but you have a good idea of a place to go! You double check it on your phone to confirm it’s open, then you get to the arranged meeting spot by the subway station! All of this agreed upon by text. Your idea was to get here 15 minutes early, and it’s not like you’re late, but as soon as you arrive, you spot Emily waiting. She looks stunning! It's a little surprising since you thought the office uniform fit her very well, but she’s gorgeous nonetheless.

“Hey Emily!” You get her attention with a little shout and a hand wave.

The moment Emily lays her eyes on you, she diverts them, covers her mouth, and blushes furiously with the intensity of the sun that is currently melting everyone in the city. More out of concern than any other emotion, you approach her!

“Emily, are you okay?” You’re worried that it might have been something else entirely and not an exaggerated response upon seeing you.

“I-I am! Please, ignore my reaction! I couldn’t be happier to see you again!” Through the redness, Emily shows her beautiful smile. She’s glad she didn’t forget how to talk.

Where are you going to eat?

>Il Grande Café. Fancy place, delicious sweets, a favorite of Nina’s. It’s the perfect place!
>Starlight Queen. Nice place with a lot of people your age. Where you fought Barry with Osgood! Great place!
>Jackey Frosties. You said you wanted a fancy place to eat, and nothing sounds fancier than Fast Food!
>Write In.

How do you respond?

>“And I couldn’t be happier to see you too!” Grab her hand, take her to the promised land.
>“By the way, I know this might be annoying, but are you interested in a job offer?” Wiggle your eyebrows. You need a secretary for the office and she’s perfect for the job!
>“How have you been? Are you recovering well? No side effects?” Make sure Emily is fine!
>“Ready for Tonight’s concert?” Hype up the evening!
>Write In.

(Last Reply of the Day, we continue tomorrow1)
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>>5924718
>>Starlight Queen. Nice place with a lot of people your age. Where you fought Barry with Osgood! Great place!
>“And I couldn’t be happier to see you too!” Grab her hand, take her to the promised land.
And ask this on the way
>“How have you been? Are you recovering well? No side effects?” Make sure Emily is fine!
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>>5924718
>>5924721
+1
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>>5924718
Wow, she's really hot

>>5924721
+2
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>>5924721
+1
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>>5924721
+1 from me too
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>>5924721
That's good, but let's ask her if she wants to be our secretary not in /that/ way later at some point.
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“And I couldn’t be happier to see you too!” You gently grab her hand, all smiles. You start leading her to the Starlight Queen. The dining restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere, a place with mostly college students, the place you fought Barry the Hobo alongside Osgood. What a weird day that was.

I’m so excited...” Emily softly responds without losing eye contact, she is beaming as well. She walks next to you with confidence. Hand holding has never felt this natural to you…

“How have you been? Are you recovering well? No side effects?” You need to make sure your date is fine!

“I’m mostly fine, it’s just that everything feels... phony.” Emily has mixed positive feelings about her ‘transformation.’ “From my skin, to my attitude, my lack of appetite, and how people treat me. Nothing is like before.”

“How come?” You’re concerned.

“It’s basically a new body. it’s overall better, I have more energy and all — but it’s too different. Beyond that, people don’t look down on me for being fat anymore. I’m still angry at them, but I can’t be as blunt as I want to, I always have a thought in the back of my mind that forces me to be polite. And I can’t enjoy my favorite meals as I once did, everything tastes so sugary… I don’t know if these are the type of side-effects you’re wondering about.”

“They do sound worrying. But is it getting better? Or about the same?” You need to know the details.

“I can’t say. It feels like I’m quitting a bad habit. I’m in control, but it’s not easy. I know I will be fine.” Emily explains she doesn’t think this will last forever.

“In any case, you can always count on me if you need anything, okay? I’m here for you.” You reassure.

“Do you really not mind if I call you often? I don’t want to bother my new friends.” Emily is being vulnerable. “Me, Genesis, Natalie, we’re just starting to get to know each other, we’re not that close yet.”

“I can always lend an ear, trust me.” You don’t mind. Yeah, you’re busy, but you’re not that busy to ignore a damsel in distress.

“I will then. I said often, but I won’t be bothering you that much.” Emily will rely on you.

You arrive at the Starlight Queen. It’s not much different than last time, the relaxing atmosphere, the crowd, the music, it all mixes up together quite harmoniously! No wonder it has a loyal clientele that wasn’t deterred by hobo attacks. You two grab a table, and you inform your date that you’ll cover the costs of tonight’s meal.

What do you do?

>Ask Emily how things are going with her family. You knew things were rough before the kidnapping.
>Hype up the Concert! Tell Emily you were Carol’s first hater.
>Ask Emily about her job situation. You might recruit her for the secretary job.
>Eavesdrop nearby tables for fun.
>Write In.
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>>5925553
>>Ask Emily how things are going with her family. You knew things were rough before the kidnapping.
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>>5925553
>>Ask Emily about her job situation. You might recruit her for the secretary job.
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>>5925553
>Ask Emily about her job situation. You might recruit her for the secretary job.
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>>5925553
>Ask Emily how things are going with her family. You knew things were rough before the kidnapping.
>Ask Emily about her job situation. You might recruit her for the secretary job.
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>>5925629
+1
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After getting your orders placed, you have time to chit-chat.

“Emily, tell me, what is your job situation like?” You ask with devilish intentions (hiring her.)

“Well, it’s…” Emily didn’t expect this kind of question right off the bat. “My previous job terminated my contract for my absences. Not like I miss my place at the Convenience Store. I’ve been flirting with the idea of working alongside Genesis, but I haven’t seen a cent from all the work I’m helping her with. I know there are no agencies at her news office, but it’s so frustrating. My parents aren’t pressuring me to find anything, but I don’t know how long their goodwill is going to last.”

“What makes you say that?” You wonder what her family situation is.

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder... but no more patient. I’m always finding new ways to upset them, I know I will. The novelty of my return is going to wear off. I’m sure they haven’t changed. They can’t change. I can’t expect them to.” Emily doesn’t foresee a good future.

“Are you saying this for any particular reason?” You remember seeing tears in her mother’s eyes, she was emotional to have her daughter back. Maybe Emily comes from a melodramatic family, but maybe not.

“I just know…” Emily looks away. “I didn’t want to bring the mood down.”

“You haven’t. And I was the one asking, so no need to apologize for nothing.” You let her know that everything is fine! “Anyway, I was asking because I may have a little job offer for you. If that’s okay with you. We can ignore what I said if that makes things awkward.” You really don’t wanna fuck up this date.

“Hmm?” Emily is interested in hearing more.

“I’ve been working on this humongous project that is getting a little overwhelming to handle on my own…” You rub the back of your neck.

“What kind of project?” Emily isn’t expecting much.

“Ehm.” You lean closer. “I have an Idol Agency.

“An Idol agency…? As in idols like Carol?” Emily is pretty perplexed by what you are saying.

“Exactly that.” You smile. “I’d love to hire you as a secretary, if that’s okay with you.”

“Are you some kind of secret millionaire? Or am I missing something?” Emily doesn’t see this as a feasible thing. “This is hard to believe. I don’t think you’re lying to me, but I can’t picture this… I don’t know how serious this is.” Emily finds the right words to convey her confusion.

The problem here is that she doesn’t know the scale. You can prove to her with ease the magnitude of the challenge you’re facing!
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>>5925717


How do you want to prove this?

>Call Debbie! Let her speak for the agency to Emily.
>Call Pumpkin Pie! Let her speak for the agency to Emily.
>Call Clutz! Let her speak for the agency to Emily.
>Show Emily your over-complicated diagram to take over the music industry.
>Write In.

What do you do after eating?

>To the Concert you go! It’s early, but why not?
>Take her to any arcade of sorts. Play games together!
>Go to the nearest park, enjoy some time together relaxing!
>Spend more time chatting here. The evening is still young!
>Write In.

(Last Reply of the Day, we continue tomorrow!)
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>>5925719
>>Call Debbie! Let her speak for the agency to Emily.
>Take her to any arcade of sorts. Play games together!
Even if Debbie is awkward she should probably believe the #2 idol
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>>5925719
>Write In.
"I'm not a millionaire myself, but I did receive funding to do this. As for how serious this is, although we're new I managed to get Punk-P. Aside from her we have one emerging idol named Vortexia and another idol group called the Bluesberries who are gathered around [Debbie's Idol Name...Ambition P I think it was?].

The agency is still new, but we're already bursting with talent. So much so that I am not confident of running it on my own. Which is why I want your help, Emily."

If we don't convince her with that then call Debbie AND Pumpkin Pie.

>Go to the nearest park, enjoy some time together relaxing!
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>>5925912
+1
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>>5925912
Supporting this!
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>>5925912
This
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“I’m not a millionaire myself, but I did receive funding to do this.” You start clarifying. “As for how serious this is —although we’re new— I managed to get Punk-P. Aside from her we have one emerging idol named Vortexia, and another idol group called the Bluesberries who are gathered around Ambition-P. The agency is still new, but we’re already bursting with talent. So much so that I’m not confident of running it on my own. Which is why I want your help, Emily.”

“It doesn’t sound made up when you lay it out like that.” Emily’s doubts are mostly gone, and she’s quite surprised by how deep this rabbit hole goes. “I’d love to support you in this, it sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

“Great!” You were prepared to call Debbie AND Pumpkin Pie in case she still had doubts. “We’ll figure out the details later. I don’t want to turn our date into a recruitment process.”

“It’s not like I know any better.” Emily giggles at her self-deprecating humor. “You know well that I trust you.” Emily handholds you with both hands, and coyly smiles. You smile back. Before this turns into whatever it was turning into, the food arrives.

The plates are laid down, you two enjoyed a nice meal together, including desserts, which Emily greatly enjoyed! Maybe sugary food isn’t to her liking anymore, but nobody said anything about Watermelons! Anyway, it was great for what it was, and the price isn’t hurting your wallet. You two end up chatting about how the Agency came to be. Emily was greatly interested as to how the heck you got involved, but then things took a turn to more mundane topics. The date is going well.

The next step in the evening is to relax at the nearby park, it’s a good spot to have a leisurely time with a loved one. Emily has no issues walking alongside you while grabbing your arm, she’s not the type to be stopped from the embarrassment. She’s more assertive than what you’re used to!

“I never pictured myself going on a date like this.” Emily decides to shift the conversation as you walk through the greenery. The parks in this city feel like their own little forest, somehow you can’t even see a building no matter how far you look into the distance.

“Expected something more exciting?” You say in jest.

“No, I figured I’d never be on this side of the equation. Just thought I’d be looking from afar, bitterly heckling those couples in my head. Getting frustrated watching them flounder their dates.” Emily is aware of her previous resentment. “I thought it was so simple, just do a little bit of this, a little bit of that, don’t say this or that. They want to be with you, you can’t screw this up, so go in! It’s easy!”

“I get what you mean.” You nod like your dating skills are something to write home about. “Can’t say I thought dating was easy though.”
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“I had the impression you were lonely, but I didn’t think you’d be bitter. Are you being harsh on yourself?” Emily is genuinely surprised. “In my case, my frustration only grew from watching for so long. And when you get to a certain point, you’ll want a chance to do it yourself. And I always imagined that I’d find a nice spot.” Emily looks around. “Stand in front of my date.” Emily stops holding your arm and gets face-to-face. “Grab his hands.” Emily holds your hands. “Look at him right in the eyes…” That’s what she’s doing. Her face gets closer and closer. “...And tease him a little.” She whispers into your ear, then giggles. “Hehehe~!”

How do you respond?

>“I didn’t know you were so cheeky.” Have a good chuckle. Keep things casual.
>“That’s no way to treat your boss.” Deadpan. Joke around.
>“You got cold feet, didn’t you?” Grab her chin and smirk. Begin teasing back.
>“It was damn effective, I’ll tell you that. Care to sit with me?” Ask Emily to join you on a bench to enjoy the scenery.
>Write In.

(Only reply of the day, we continue tomorrow!)
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>>5926584
>“You got cold feet, didn’t you?” Grab her chin and smirk. Begin teasing back.
Crank up the charm
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>>5926641
+1
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>>5926641
I'm not opposed to throwing her off a bit.
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Emily stops holding you, steps forward and continues her giggling fit. She is comfortable with what she did. In response, you lean forward, gently hold her chin, and stare her right in the eyes. The laughter comes to a sudden stop, she’s looking right back at you with a hint of bewilderment as her rosy cheeks start claiming more territory.

“You got cold feet, didn’t you?” You begin teasing back with a smirk on your face.

U-Uhm…” Emily looks away, she’s unprepared. That doesn’t last long as she turns her eyes on you again. “I can’t get ahead of myself, we have a concert to go to...”

“It sounds to me like you’re backtracking.” You gently chuckle.

“The kiss comes at the end of the date.” Emily pretends to be an expert. She slowly pulls your hand away from her face, holds it in hers, then stares at them together.

“Oh, were you thinking of kissing me already?” You raise an eyebrow.

“If it’s that obvious, why aren’t *you* doing anything?” Emily giggles as she tidies up your shirt. “Wouldn’t it be that you’re the one with cold feet, hmmm?”

Emily throws the ball back in your court. You need to dribble out of the situation perfectly! W-Why are you using basketball analogies? You hate basketball!

How do you respond?

>“Just beware, when the time comes, I’m going to kiss you.” Wiggle those damn eyebrows. You can’t miss the concert.
>“I guess none of us thinks this park is the best place to smooch.” Joke around. Defuse the situation.
>“Hey, I asked first, that’s no fair.” You won’t allow her to use your cheap tactics against you!
>Kiss Emily.
>Write In.
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>>5927230
>>“Just beware, when the time comes, I’m going to kiss you.” Wiggle those damn eyebrows. You can’t miss the concert.
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>>5927230
backing >>5927232
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>>5927230
>>“Just beware, when the time comes, I’m going to kiss you.” Wiggle those damn eyebrows. You can’t miss the concert.
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“Just beware, when the time comes, I’m going to kiss you.” You wiggle your damn eyebrows like it’s your bird mating dance! You won’t miss this chance.

“When the time comes, you have my permission.” Emily is willing to wait for the correct moment. “Has anyone told you that they like it when you do that? The eyebrow thing?”

“I can tell by their looks.” You continue making them dance. Of course everyone loves it!

“And what does mine say?” Emily wonders.

“Those rosy cheeks tell a fun story.” You joke as you continue the wavy movement.

These?” Emily pulls her cheek to an absurd degree. You haven’t forgotten about her skin’s absurd elasticity. You don’t think this is how weight loss works, but Emily is a special girl.

“Woah~!” You find this impressive still.

“Hehe, it’s my go to trick to scare my little cousins now.” Emily shows. Maybe you could bring her to the Dewitt Household to produce some magic tricks together. “Shall we go to the concert before the entry queue gets too long?”

“We have VIP tickets, I don’t think it’s going to be an issue.” You point out despite any real experience going to massive concerts. “But better be safe than sorry.” You hold her hand.

“Right~!” Emily smiles back. For a moment there, she thought she started floundering the date with the cheek stuff.

You take the necessary transportation to arrive where the event is being hosted: The Space Park (No affiliation with Galactic)! It’s an arena that holds multiple events of all kinds during the year, from concerts, comedy shows, sumo matches, and everything in between. You see large banners decorating the entrance, all of them are Carol’s. Merchandise sellers are everywhere in their stands as the lines to the entrance have already formed. Rabid fans buy any and all trinkets with Carol’s face on them. There’s not a single soul here who isn’t eagerly awaiting for your ex-wife to open her mouth in an act few working minds dare to call ‘singing’.

You noticed that Vortexia is tonight’s opening act! Why did nobody tell you!? You’re her manager! You should know! You assume this was decided long before you hired her (before yesterday).

With no previous event-going culture under your belt, you have little to no clue where to go aside from joining the queue. Emily, on the other hand, points out there’s a sign for VIP entries by one of the side entrances.

The sheer amount of people standing around is staggering, but what is really surprising is how many of them you actually recognize! You’ll have to dodge some bullets, mines, and everything in between to make this date go smoothly in its final patch.

Sadly, this is all we have for this week’s thread! Thanks for playing, and see you next time!
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>>5927353
Thanks for running!
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>>5927353
Is one of those with mustaches the Great Markgician?

What a terrifying possibility. We have to foil whatever evil plan he has in store for our dat- I mean, this concert.
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>>5927353
It's the Ugolinos
And Gerard
And that fat guy who's a huge Yung-P fan
And those two kids from the beach at the Bubble Arc
And Red Rocket boxer guy whatshisname from SPR
And Markgician
And Jesse
AND YUKIKA
And these other people I barely recognize because this quest has like 200 characters

>>5927528
I say we recruit him for the prison break
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>>5927530
>I say we recruit him for the prison break
100% agree, we need a team



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