2014-10-14 - Aaargh! Kanade Needs Baking Assistants!

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Title: Aaargh! Kanade Needs Baking Assistants!

Kanade's little brother made a promise he couldn't quite keep alone, so the Lucky Spoon is in cupcake-baking overdrive. Ako is offering help and advice. Hibiki is being less helpful. Kanade would like to have a word about that.


Hibiki Houjou, Kanade Minamino, Ako Shirabe


Nishitama Park District

OOC - IC Date:

27 March 2014 - 10/14/2014

<Pose Tracker> Hibiki Houjou [Infinity Institute (8)] has posed.

The sun is shining, school is out for a blessed week or two, and Hibiki has been able to get out and wear her favourite black-and-pink outfit instead of the school uniform. On top of that, she's getting caught up with her best friend (weird to be able to say that again), and has a cupcake from the Lucky Spoon for a treat later. Everything's great!

So her walking around the park isn't quite 'walking', per say - acting far younger than her age, she's carefully balancing on a railing around one of the central gardens, hopping to the next without touching the ground. Some of this -might- be to stay out of Kanade's casual reach... "Seriously, Kanade, I don't know what you're complaining about. Sounds like Souta had a pretty sound strategy for the election - I might have voted for him, if he'd been in my class. After all, your cupcakes were at stake!" She grins wildly, and hops to the next railing before retaliation can occur.

<Pose Tracker> Kanade Minamino [Infinity Institute (8)] has posed.

Kanade sighed as she folded her arms over her chest. It was so easy for Hibiki to say that. While she appreciated her friend's faith in her (wow, she never thought she get to say that again) she only had to eat the cupcakes, not make them. "Do you have any idea how long it would take me to make that many cupcakes? And I only got a couple of days, for this many kids I need at least two weeks notice!" she said as she started to count off her fingers. "I have to try to make each one unique! I need to make at least three different batters for flavours, it be boring if they were all the same, and then there's worrying if we have enough icing roses, arrgh!"

Kanade buried her head into her hands. "I get exhausted just thinking about it! For that last two nights I've been dreaming I'm drowning in a giant bowl of cupcake batter!"

<Pose Tracker> Ako Shirabe [Infinity Institute (3)] has posed.

Ako has no homework or studying to do. She has no music classes or club to practice for. Her solo investigation work as Cure Muse has been hitting a wall. Souta's busy. Truth be told, she's a bit at a loss.

But there are still books! Books and the library. She's reading a book about Mozart, sitting on a garden wall, her legs not quite long enough to reach the ground. At least, she's doing so unitil Hibiki frolicks by, followed by Kanade's protests, and raises an eyebrow.

"That sort of dedication is admirable but not really practical. Why don't you try some kind of assembly method with the two of you?"

Yes, that's her greeting.

<Pose Tracker> Hibiki Houjou [Infinity Institute (8)] has posed.

There's a moment where Hibiki almost loses her balance - not so much because of the interruption, but because she lost her focus on where she was walking. Wonderful thoughts of dozens of different cupcakes, each one different from the last...

She does manage to avoid falling off, but only by virtue of a bit of arm-flapping. The thought of a giant bowl of cupcake batter didn't help things any.

Just as she's about to respond- there's that interruption. She turns to look at the spectacled girl she just passed - doesn't her dad have that book? - and folds her arms with a huff. "That's the difference between Kanade's art and convenience-store cakes - the time and care she puts into each one. It's what makes them so delicious!" There's a grin on Hibiki's face.

And then she ruins the praise by continuing to talk. "So that's why it's the way it is - she makes the treats, and Hummy and I eat them!"

<Pose Tracker> Kanade Minamino [Infinity Institute (8)] has posed.

Kanade glanced up and was only partially surprised to see Ako. Somehow, that girl always seemed to pop out of the oddest places. She was certain Ako was more cat like than Hummy, although that probably didn't take much effort when considering how loud and cheery Hummy often was.

She gave a sigh and her eye twitched upon hearing Hibiki's words. "The thing with 'art' Hibiki is that it's not easy to mass produce on a large level and there's also the fact that we be making them at the store for free." Granted, apparently Kanade's parents had already given Souta permission to make the offer before he made it. So, at least this they had planned for it, she just wished they had at least informed her about it. She then turned her attention to Hibiki. "You know Hiibki, it be much more helpful if you offered to help make cupcakes for once instead of just eating them."

<Pose Tracker> Ako Shirabe [Infinity Institute (3)] has posed.

Ako recognizes Kanade and gives her a nod, even if she mostly registers the older girl as 'Souta's big sister.' "Is Souta going to help too? I can make sure he does if you want. Or..." She pauses. She knows very little about cooking; her knowledge doesn't go past box mixes at most. "Or both of us can," she offers less confidently. "I wouldn't want Souta to disappoint the class."

She hops down from the wall, the book under her arm. "It's his fault for making campaign promises anyway."

Hibiki gets a slight scowling look.

<Pose Tracker> Hibiki Houjou [Infinity Institute (8)] has posed.

Hibiki looks from Ako to Kanade. Suddenly, she's being glared at from both sides - enough ire behind the pair that she has to steady herself again. Maybe standing on the railing was an impractical idea?....naaaaah.

Still, that is a fair point. "I figured that Souta must have had some kind of plan - surprised he didn't tell you before all that. And yeah, I guess it's his fault - though from the last count, it seemed to be working well for him. Still, think about this, Kanade..." She folds her hands behind her head, trusting to steady footing for a moment. "Do you really want either of us messing things up in your kitchen? I mean, I can try helping, but you know what I'm like with the whipped cream..."

Another grin, to both Ako and Kanade. Check and mate. Surely Kanade isn't so desperate she'd actually take Hibiki up on that offer?

<Pose Tracker> Kanade Minamino [Infinity Institute (8)] has posed.

Kanade blinked at Ako. Did she really want Hibiki in the kitchen? It wasn't as if Hibiki was a bad cook herself. She recalled Hibiki getting cooking lessons from her parents regularly as a child. Not only that, but it was high time Souta learned what it meant to bake at the Lucky Spoon. He was around the same age she was when her mother started to teach her how to bake. Still...there was her pride.

However, Hibiki's cheeky grin sealed the deal. Oh, she wanted to weasel out of this? It was high time Kanade cashed in all those time Hibiki 'helped herself' to her handmade cupcakes. "You know what, Hibiki, consider yourself drafted into Kanade's school of high class baking!" She looked to Ako. Kanade really didn't know the girl that well, but she seemed to be a good friend of Souta's. She would honestly like to get to know her better. "I'll be drafting Souta too, but if you would like to join in Ako, you're more than welcome."

<Pose Tracker> Ako Shirabe [Infinity Institute (3)] has posed.

"I still think it's bribery," Ako mutters about Souta's promise. Apparently she takes class election ethics very seriously.

She looks up at Hibiki and Kanade, being considerably shorter than them, and seems to consider. She made her offer, and she's managed to get Kanade's loudmouthed friend to do some work at least. "If you're drafting Souta, I'm in. I don't have much experience though. At the very least I can keep everyone else from making messes."

<Pose Tracker> Hibiki Houjou [Infinity Institute (8)] has posed.

...wait, what? Kanade is asking her to - what? This time, Hibiki does lose her balance - managing a half-hop to land on her feet on solid ground. "Come on, Kanade, we just got out of school! Are you seriously so in love with academics that you're going to make me study something on our break?" She looks, pleading, into Kanade's glare...she really is serious.

...it looks like Hibiki's going to have to help with baking.

Letting out a sigh, Hibiki glances to Ako. "Well, at least I'm not going to be alone there. You're going to have your work cut out for you - you know what Souta and I can be like, Kanade!" She folds her arms. Kanade's cupcakes might be delicious, but...it's the principle of the thing!

<Pose Tracker> Kanade Minamino [Infinity Institute (8)] has posed.

Kanade looked up to Ako and gave a sigh at the word 'bribery'. "I'm in full agreement with you there, believe me. I plan to give him an earful for that later, but unfortunately it's too late for that since he promised." It was bad to break a promise. Once made, it had to be followed through, no matter what! If Souta broke his promise the other kids at his school couldn't trust him anymore. She wanted Souta to learn, but not through that.

It was why this plan was this plan was perfect. "If Souta wants to make promises, he's going to learn the hard why you shouldn't make them without thinking them through. So, I have full plans on drafting him." She grinned evilly at Hibki. "And it's high time you learn how much work I put into them!" Kanade doubt it would stop Hibiki from stealing her cupcakes, but it might cause her to at least appreciates her efforts more then just mindlessly stuffing them into her mouth.

<Pose Tracker> Ako Shirabe [Infinity Institute (3)] has posed.

"If you eat you should at least help assemble." There it is with the assembly line mentality again! Perhaps Ako just can't quite understand the artistry behind cake-baking. At least not...that many cupcakes. "Besides, if you don't study something over the break your brain rots." She shifts the weight of the book from one arm to the other.

"And Souta had better keep his campaign promises. Otherwise he'll start facing charges of corruption and he'll be regarded as an ineffectual and weak leader."

Ako takes class elections /very seriously./

<Pose Tracker> Hibiki Houjou [Infinity Institute (8)] has posed.

Breaking those promises would be unforgivable! And there really is no way out of this now...plus Kanade's got a point that it would be only fair to help make what she eats.

Is she going to have to make a cupcake for every one she's swiped? That could take weeks - months!

Of course, the admonishments from this - this grade-schooler don't help things any, and she points accusingly for a moment. "That's a lie! The break is for taking a break from studying, that's the entire point!" She huffs. "But you're both right, Souta should actually help keep his promises here...all right, you both win, I'll help. But only if Hummy and I get a cupcake each!"