Bippity Boppity Breaking and Entering

    Lilly Teal
    By Lilly Teal Comments (47)

    Categories: Reserved Roleplay

    (OOC: Reserved for Lilly and Mother Goose.)

    It wasn't as if she was forced into this job. There's was no desperate situation where she was being made to work for an evil stepmother, or was frantically trying to make ends meet and support a family. She had this job because she wanted it, and liked it.

    Still, sometimes there was just so much dusting to do. And she could swear the shelves just got dustier and dustier every time she tried to clean them.

    And these books. She looked over the new shipment with a small groan. Oh if only she could wish them neatly sorted and cleaned onto the shelves. Sadly it didn't work like that.

    A nice clean cut opened up the tape holding the box shut, and she groaned just a little louder. Second hand donations. Not that it was a bad thing, in fact it was always wonderful, and these boxes tended to have such exciting discoveries in them.

    But it did mean she would have to go through a stack much more carefully, making note of cover damage, missing or torn pages, dust jackets and the like.

    "Why oh why did you have to come today of all days?"

      • Mother Goose
        Mother Goose

        Mother Goose had just been passing by an adorable little bookstore when she heard a soft sigh from within. Well, "passing by" might be a bit strong for "smushing her face against the window, trying to see the children's section" but- there was someone in distress! A lovely looking young woman, nearly driven to tears by an overbearing workload! She couldn't let that sweet ingenue cry, now could she? The Narrative was clearly calling for a fairy godmother to appear- she had to make an entrance!!!

        Pulling out her wand, Mother Goose tapped herself on the head, teleporting herself in front of the would-be Cinderella in a beautiful cloud of magical light and twinkles. Opening her mouth to reassure the dazed-and-soon-to-be-delighted damsel, MG inhaled deeply-

        -Only to inhale a lungful of sparkles and break into a heavy coughing fit. Oh dear. Maybe there was a reason that dratted Darkwing Duck used smokebombs and not glitter after all.

        • Lilly Teal
          Lilly Teal

          Now normally the first reaction to anyone coughing would be to dart forward and see how one can help.

          On the other hand, people don't just appear in front of you out of nowhere.

          Or more accurately, people could, but they tended to have powers to do so.

          And people with powers in St. Canard were either heroes or villains.

          And heroes didn't tend to just... break into places unless something was already being broken.

          Lilly did a strange little hop-skip as she tried to step back and step forward at almost the same time, but she ended up coming forward in the end, giving the strange woman a hefty pat on the back to help her get out all the glitter.

          "Oh gosh. Are you alright? Here, let me get you some water." Here, I was going to drink it but I haven't even touched it yet. Lucky, it means I don't have to leave the room while you potentially choke.

          • Mother Goose
            Mother Goose

            Still hacking, Mother Goose gratefully accepted the water. "Th-coughcough- th'nk 'u..." she managed, gulping down the water. Ooh! Where could she put her face, she was sure she was red from embarrassment. "That's not exactly what I meant to do," the goose mumbled. She was the Worst Fairy Godmother ever!

            • Lilly Teal
              Lilly Teal

              "Yes, I'm sure," she said kindly, still patting her on the back. "Ah... did you... teleport here by accident or did you mean to come here?"

              No harm in asking, right?

              "Is there anything I can help you with? There's books for you to browse through. I can make you coffee. Or tea. Snacks?"

              • Mother Goose
                Mother Goose

                Ahhhh, this Cinderella was so nice! Offering to help her! Mother Goose turned around to see Lily face-to-face. "No, no silly, I'm here to help you!" she insisted, taking Lily's hands in her own, sitting the two of them down like old school friends. "I hear you crying and I just had to help you~"

                • Lilly Teal
                  Lilly Teal

                  Lilly blinked, big blue eyes framed by thick black hair. It would look incredibly fairy tale if she didn't look so completely confused.

                  "Crying? I wasn't crying."

                  I'm sure I'd remember if I was?

                  "Ah... I might have sounded a little fed up, is that what you heard?" Although how you heard that from outside the building...

                  And now I'm worried you've already been in here for a while.

                  "I don't think there's anything you can do to help unless you're particularly amazing at sorting books."

                  • Mother Goose
                    Mother Goose

                    Mother Goose nodded eagerly, hair bouncing. "Oh well, you know, magic~" she said cheerfully, letting go of Lily's hand so she could wiggle her fingers "mystically" at the other woman.

                    "But I, um.." Mother Goose paused, unsure how much of her personal life she should reveal to a stranger, even one as storybook perfect as this. "I also used to be a librarian if that helps?"

                    Oh, in for a penny, right? "I'm Briar, by the way, don't think I managed to introduce myself yet~"

                    • Lilly Teal
                      Lilly Teal

                      "A librarian!" she almost bounced in place, having forgotten her worries completely for a minute, eyes alight.

                      There we go. That was fairy tale, storybook perfect. That's how to react to a fairy godmother arriving to give you the tools to escape the grimmness of your situation.

                      "Oh wow. That's... really convenient, actually." Almost suspiciously convenient but let's set that aside for now. "Would you really be able to help? I wouldn't want to bother you, I mean you're a customer, that's the last thing I should be doing but it would really, really speed things up."

                      • Mother Goose
                        Mother Goose

                        It was a bit of a rough start, but things are back on track! Lilly's happy mood was contagious. Ha, and she was almost worried for a second that it was weird to just pop in unannounced. And uninvited. And a lot of other un-'s.

                        "Oh child~" Setting aside the fact they were probably the same age, because real fairy godmother's always talked like that- "Of course I want to help! I'm not a customer, I mean," she giggled. "You aren't even open yet! Just think of me as your personal fairy godmother~"

                        • Lilly Teal
                          Lilly Teal

                          Blink. Blink.

                          "Child? But aren't we- I mean we look- wait."

                          Fairy godmother, what? That was a... well not a strange way of putting things, but the enthusiasm with which it was said was strange.

                          "Ah... then. Yes, I could do with some help?"

                          Getting back to her feet, she turned towards her box and folded the flaps back again.

                          "I just really need to sort out what's damaged and what's not at first. But of course you probably know that..." Librarian and all.

                          • Mother Goose
                            Mother Goose

                            "Oh well, that's easy enough," Mother Goose said cheerfully, pushing her glasses up the bridge of her nose before pulling the box towards her. It had been awhile since she'd had the opportunity to sort through a big pile of books like this.

                            "Now do you have a preferred sorting style? Personally, I like expansive classification system, but it's a little fussy maybe for this kind of job, ooh, maybe just alphabetical and then we can get more creative?" she babbled, flipping through a random book from the top of the pile. While still cipher, her voice sounded somehow more... normal talking about books. More sensible. Less like a full-grown women in a pretty bonnet and fluffy tutu insisting she was magic.

                            • Lilly Teal
                              Lilly Teal

                              Lilly gave her a strange look, though she was careful not to do when she would notice. That would be rude. But it was odd, that change of tone. Pleasant, but odd.

                              "That's a nice idea. Damaged and undamaged, and then we sort those alphabetically just to start with?" There's a lot of room to play from there, especially if there's any very distinct genres that I can pop onto the relevant shelves directly.

                              "I'm Lilly, by the way. Completely forgot to introduce myself miss..." what was it now, "Briar? That's... a very poetic name, I don't think I've met a person with a name like that."

                              • Mother Goose
                                Mother Goose

                                "OkieDookie," Mother Goose nodded, placing a particularly ratty book to the side. She might be able to save it with a little glue and a lot of magic... Worth a try anyway. It was always so depressing to throw books away completely.

                                "Oh! Thtat's a lovely name, Lily," she gushed, abandoning the box to give her newest friend a hug. "We can be flowers together! And please, Briar is fine... my parents were a smidge little old-fashioned, I guess~"

                                • Lilly Teal
                                  Lilly Teal

                                  That's. So nice of you!

                                  She was startled, she didn't mind admitting. Not that she didn't like hugs, she loved them, absolutely, but she was usually the only giving them this early in a meeting, and the other person tended to go stiff and uncomfortable.

                                  Oh well. who can say no to hugs! She hugged back, smiling warmly before returning to her work on the box. "Briar, then."

                                  A few books down the line, she decided to ask the question.

                                  "I hope you don't mind me asking but... what is it you do, now that you're not a librarian?"

                                  • Mother Goose
                                    Mother Goose

                                     "Oh, I've actually trying out supervillainy," Mother Goose said absentmindedly, straightening up the book stack.  "You get to set your own hours and it's a lot more rewarding..." As carefree as her tone was, the witch was keeping a close eye on Lily's reaction to the news.

                                    It would be a touch awkward if her newest gal-pal went running for the police or anything silly like that. And she wouldn't want things to get unpleasant now. They were having such a good time.

                                    • Lilly Teal
                                      Lilly Teal

                                      Since Briar was watching, there was no way she could miss the long, long pause halfway through picking up the next book, though since Lilly was looking at the box, she had no way of knowing it had been noticed.

                                      "Oh. That's... nice?" The comment came out more as a question as she completed the action, flipping through the book distractedly. "There's... there's quite a lot of supervillains here, you should feel very at home."

                                      She really did need to ask. Putting the book back down, she looked at Briar out of the corner of her eye with a slightly apologetic wince. "Are you, ah, hiding from the police? Is that why you're here?"

                                      Is this a hostage situation so they can't come in and get you?

                                      • Mother Goose
                                        Mother Goose

                                        "Yeah! St. Canard is just full of people following their dreams~" the goose said, relaxing now that Lily didn't seem to be making a move toward the phone. It was nice to be hanging out with someone who understood-

                                        "The police?!" She was shocked, SHOCKED at the allegation. That her dear friend Lily could even think such a thing, that- wait, were the police after her? Briar thought the week over. No, no she was in the clear, the witch was pretty sure that her latest heist was barely even mentioned in the papers...?

                                        "Oh Lily, I thought we were friends!" Briar sniffled. "I come in, out of the goodness of my own heart, to help recuse damsel in distress and this is the thanks I get?" The witch pulled a frilly hanky out the air and blew her nose sadly. What a heartless godchild!

                                        • Lilly Teal
                                          Lilly Teal

                                          "Oh no no no no no!" She waved her hands frantically. Don't turn me into a frog or anything like that! "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to upset you! Yes of course we're friends!"

                                          So hostage situation it is. More like emotional hostage situation.

                                          "I just asked because it wouldn't be the first time! I've had people come in here before to lay low for a little while. I can't say I particularly liked it but I thought maybe it was the same situation and I really didn't mean to hurt your feelings we won't talk about it if you don't want to I really am grateful you're helping me with the books really I am sorry-"

                                          Someone please stop her before she passes out from apologising and explaining without taking a breath.

                                          • Mother Goose
                                            Mother Goose

                                            "O-oh?" Briar said, looking up from her dramatic nose-blowing and over-the-top wailing, seeing Lily's apologetic breakdown. "Gosh, I'm terribly sorry, can you ever forgive ME?" she asked, pulling Lily into a comforting hug, patting the poor babbling duck. "I didn't mean to be such a mess! I don't get to meet many caring people like you!"

                                            Feeling a bit lightheaded from all the crying, Mother Goose pulled away from her friend. "I think we need to calm down a little... tea?" she offered, looking at the other woman with concern. Tea fixed everything. Pulling open her purse, the witch started to remove a full tea service, starting with a steaming pot of fresh tea, followed by matching cups and saucers and a heaping plate of biscuits...

                                            "Or I think I have some coffee too," she said, nervously, unsure of Lily's preferences. She just wanted to make everything alright again between them.

                                            • Lilly Teal
                                              Lilly Teal

                                              Tea, that's a good idea.

                                              "Oh, yes, of course, I'll make you some-" Turning back around to Briar, her eyes widened at the tea service and the biscuits.

                                              Where did she- more importantly how did she-

                                              "Wow. I mean, I was going to make you some, I do sell hot drinks and snacks here too, off to the side, but that's... wow. Impressive. Genuinely."

                                              And now to disappoint you. "I. Uh. Usually just drink cocoa. But you have tea if you like, I'm happy with biscuits."

                                              • Mother Goose
                                                Mother Goose

                                                Sure, a glittery entrance might be faked with the right flashbomb, but it was hard to explain away a magically bottomless bag.

                                                "It's just a party trick, really," Briar blushed as she arranged the plates. There wasn't quite enough room for  everything with the books on the table, but the good thing about magic pottery was that it tended to stay where it was put, so a few pieces just hovered in the air as if they were sitting on their own table.

                                                Cocoa was the one thing she didn't have. "Oh.. I mean, if that's ok with you, I'd hate you to feel left out." The biscuits were an assortment of home-made gingerbread.

                                                • Lilly Teal
                                                  Lilly Teal

                                                  "No no, I insist." Just stay cheerful, yes? Not sad or vengeful. Look, I'm taking a biscuit. Not feeling left out at all. Not even slightly.

                                                  "I'm sorry. I just haven't had very good... experiences? Experiences. With supervillains." Well, not always. Sometimes it's rather pleasant. "So I just thought I'd ask. Get rid of any misunderstandings. It's more usual for a villain to come in here to smash the shelves, not sort the books."

                                                  So this is a nice change, honestly.

                                                  "But wow, you work fast. I think we're halfway done with the box already. Um. Thank you?"

                                                  • Mother Goose
                                                    Mother Goose

                                                     Mother Goose winced. There were some nasty villains lurking out there, but attacking this sweet woman's business just seemed cruel. Damaging books on purpose, it was an outrage. "Oh dear... well, I suppose I see why you asked then."

                                                    Her eyes lit up at the compliment. "Oooh~! I am a good Fairy Godmother after all!" she laughed. "You're very welcome, Lily."

                                                    • Lilly Teal
                                                      Lilly Teal

                                                      Well it wasn't like they attacked on purpose. More like they went through and caused major property manage while escaping and or fighting the heroes.

                                                      "Well it's St. Canard, you can never be too careful." Says the woman who was never, ever careful. "But do let me know if there's stuff you don't want to... um, you don't want me asking? I don't want to upset you by accident."

                                                      And I've never upset anyone on purpose, who even does that?

                                                      "... can I ask if you were born with this magic or is that topic off limits?"

                                                      • Mother Goose
                                                        Mother Goose

                                                        "Please, I'm an open book~" the goose said, sipping on her tea. It's not Lily would ask anything that could really upset her.

                                                        "Ha, why would that be off-limits?" she giggled. Normies were silly. "My whole family is magical, of course," Briar said, putting her cup down and taking a cookie. "Can't say I really fit in... hmm... What about you? Any monstrous roots hiding in the Lily family?"