You've got to pay your way at the end of the day!

Reserved for: Piper and Oz et. al...

Piper tugged at the skirt she was wearing, trying to pull it down a little…

Uncomfortable was an understatement. Yes, it was professional attire, but the skirt was just a hair too short for her liking. Unfortunately it was all the shelter had for her to wear for interviewing, and she had only brought the essential clothing with her to St. Canard. Borrowing clothes was somewhat embarrassing, but she was grateful nonetheless since it meant she would get to keep a permanent bed.

And, she reminded herself, this is just temporary. We’ll get on our feet soon enough! Yes, happy thoughts. Lets keep those!

This was establishment number three for today, and she was carrying a two strike average. Piper paused outside the door, taking a breath. Well, it was not as if she hadn’t heard the worst of it already, right? The most they could do was say no thank you.

Application in hand, smile on face, she opened the door and walked in. After a quick glance around, she decided the bartender would be her best option, so she made a beeline for there. Nervous as she was, Piper was glad her voice did not crack when she spoke. “Excuse me?”

    • Lilly Teal
      Lilly Teal

      The woman behind the bar was impressively built, Amazonian even, and yet still found it in her to wear high heels and an updo.

      "Just a minute honey," she said without even looking over her shoulder, making quick work of a few glasses and bottles that needed to be straightened up.

      Turning around to regard Piper at last, she raised an eyebrow and smiled. "Bit early to be drinking, isn't it?"

      • Piper/ Jade
        Piper/ Jade

        Startled, rapid blinking at the statement. “Oh… oh…yes, but no… I mean, that isn’t why I am here.” Oh stammering, you’re off to a wonderful start. It did not help that she had to look up at the woman, making it somewhat intimidating, though her smile did ease that sensation tremendously.

        Piper cleared her throat, using it as an excuse to re-gather her thoughts. “I was wondering if I might speak with a manager about any employment opportunities?”

        You sound like you rehearsed that….

        …okay, you did rehearse that.

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          Lilly Teal

          Celia laughed, turning to the back and turning her voice up to full power. No need to be polite when there were no customers. "OY OZ."

          "Mmm, what?" came a distracted voice from the back. An equally distracted face poked out frlom the curtains behind the stage.

          "Do we have any employment opportunities?" Jerking her head to Piper. "Someone's asking."

          "Coming, coming." The face disappeared.

          "He'll just be a minute," she said reassuringly. "Are you looking for anything in particular?"

          • Piper/ Jade
            Piper/ Jade

            She startled again at the loudness, but at the response she realized this was just their way. At least she hadn’t been turned away from the get go. She glanced around the empty club— it seemed very nice. Everything was clean, the seating looked comfortable… there was even a stage. She wondered how often people performed here or if it was just for special occasions.

            Turning her attention back to Celia, Piper smiled lightly. She had limited qualifications since she lacked a higher degree. Really, she just needed a job, but she’d been told not to admit to under-qualification. “I am looking for something entry level… dishes, janitorial, waitressing.” a small shrug.

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              Lilly Teal

              "I could probably use some help at the bar," Celia said thoughtfully. Which, according to plan, brought oz out almost instantly.

              "WHAT is the point if you're going to start offering people jobs yourself?" the slim quetzal scolded, still with a roll of fabric tucked under his arm.

              "Because I DO need some help at the bar."

              "Yes, not like it needs qualifications." Ignoring Celia's look at that, he turned to Piper and her application. "What's your name?"

              • Piper/ Jade
                Piper/ Jade

                She was eyeing the fabric under his arm throughout the exchange. Huh… interesting… It was not often one saw someone walking around with straight up bolts of fabric. That was a sadly dying art thanks to mass production.

                Realizing she was being addressed, she quickly looked up. “Piper. Piper Lee. It is a pleasure to meet you both.” she said, making sure to include Celia.

                “My resume.” she offered, holding it out for him with a smile. Yes, a smile despite the sparsity of it’s contents.

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                  Lilly Teal

                  "Let me see." Taking it, he gave it a quick once-over before looking up at her again. "Celia's right, we need help getting the drinks and food to the tables. Big question, how are your people skills?"

                  • Piper/ Jade
                    Piper/ Jade

                    “Pretty good.” She said with a bit more confidence than she had been displaying. “Politeness and a smile go a long way.”

                    ….what? It wasn’t a lie… She was good with people. Admittedly she was initially shy, but once she got settled she did well with people.

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                      Lilly Teal

                      "If you can smile, be polite, and not drop a tray on anyone's head then I think we're good to go," he nodded. "Most of the people who come here know how to behave themselves but if anyone tries to get fresh with you, especially at the bar, shut them down. If that doesn't work, or you're not up to it, introduce them to Celia. They don't stay long after that."

                      Celia beamed.

                      "You've got to be here every day." Weekends are not a thing. "We open early in the evening and close pretty late, fair warning."

                      • Piper/ Jade
                        Piper/ Jade

                        A glance at Celia… she had no doubt that the woman could easily handle anyone that came in with ill intentions.

                        It clicked. She had a job. She simply beamed, clasping her hands together happily.

                        Wait, wait, professional. She visibly pulled back her excitement, and once again cleared her throat. “When would you like me to start? Dress code? “ You know, the regular hullaballoo.

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                          Lilly Teal

                          "Wednesday... we've got a lot of setup to do... You start on Friday. Dark skirt, or pants if you want, and a red top. Blouse, shirt, doesn't matter what, just have the colours right so people know they can call you over."

                          That sounds simple enough right?

                          "Any more questions?"

                          • Piper/ Jade
                            Piper/ Jade

                            She took a minute to consider his question about questions. “Ah, no, none that I can think of right now.” She knew she would have some later, but that was to be expected. She had enough to get started.

                            Another beaming smile. “Thank you very much!” to both of them. Weight off her shoulders and butterflies in her stomach at the prospect of learning new skills… well, it was all about growth wasn’t it?

                            Remembering her manners, she reached out to Oz in order to shake his hand. “Friday it is!”