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The Wolf Cafe [Location]

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The Wolf Cafe is a local diner that is both owned and operated by a Quincy named Alexandra "Alex" Dupont. It recently had to be rebuilt and repaired, and as a result, its menu is a little lacking at the moment. Alex hired on a friend by the name of Nathaniel Niklaus to help her out while giving him slightly reduced wages, since the repairs cost quite a bit of money. Together, they have managed to re-open the Wolf. (This is a Location Thread where any and all Living World characters may visit and interact.)

The Wolf's Limited Menu:
1. Hot Dogs (grilled mild or grilled spicy), with a choice of relish (mustard, pickles, onions, tomato salsa).

2. Freshly-grilled Burgers (one or two beef patties), with a choice of toppings (grilled onions, cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon, egg).

3. Hot French Fries, served plain or salted, or with cheesy sauce.

4. Drinks: Beer, alcohol, soft drinks, juices.
 
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(OOC: Anyone is welcome to come in and interact. :) )

Nathaniel Niklaus and Lilac Hirvette

Lilac wasn't really sure how long he had actually been walking around the city. He'd left his apartment at dawn, just after the sun had risen and was spreading its light over and through the buildings. Now, the sun was high in the sky overhead and judging from this position, he assumed that it was probably around noon or sometime in the early afternoon. He was just thinking about stopping somewhere to take a break when his stomach growled, and he realized that he was starving. Pehraps it hadn't been the best idea to leave home without eating breakfast.

A pair of mismatched eyes glanced from side to side as he observed his surroundings, looking for somewhere he could stop and get a bite to eat. He didn't have to look far. Just a little ways up the sidewalk, there was a building whose sign read, "The Wolf Cafe." The building itself was nothing impressive, and it appeared to have been recently repaired, but he figured that it was as good a place as any to have lunch before moving on with his search.

Lilac casually walked down the sidewalk, receiving stares from the people he passed. Even though the sun was blazing overhead, he still had not taken off his winter coat, and even stranger still, he didn't appear to be roasting inside of it. As he approached the cafe, he opened the door - a small bell above it rang to inform the employees they had a new customer coming in - and stepped inside, before taking a look around. The inside was nicely decorated, and it had a cozy feel to it, which made him feel somewhat relieved.

There weren't many people inside, which was even more of a relief, since he wasn't fond of being in crowds. He took a moment, took a deep breath and exhaled slowly, and then reached up to push his fur-lined hood down off of his head. Surprisingly, instead of dripping with sweat, his hair was only moderately damp, and it still mainted a nice, healthy shine. However, he did not remove his coat entirely - he wasn't quite hot enough to do that yet.

After a moment, he finally walked toward the counter where there was a single employee (or at least he assumed the man was an employee from the apron that he was wearing over his clothes) who appeared to be cleaning glasses and waiting to take orders. Lilac studied the man for a moment; he was tall, appeared to be in his early twenties, and he had a welcoming smile on his face - a model, if average, employee. Then his mismatched eyes moved to study the menu that was posted up on the wall. The choices were limited, but they would do.

"I'll take..." he began, but paused upon hearing his voice come out so quietly. He continued in a slightly louder, more confident tone. "I mean...would it be possible to get a cheeseburger with some chili on it? And a side of cheesy fries, with a medium Coca-Cola, too? Is that all right?"


Nathaniel Niklaus - said model, if average, employee - carefully set the recently cleaned glass down in a rack on the counter before smiling back at the purple-haired customer. Well, I certainly wasn't expecting that type of request.

"Hmm...you know, I'm pretty sure we have a few cans of chili in this place, so I don't think it will be too much of a problem to heat some up and add it to your burger, althought this topping will cost a little extra. Is that okay?" he inquired, collecting a pen and pad of paper to write the young man's order down.


"Yeah, sure, that's fine," Lilac nodded his head. His stomach chose that exact moment to give another growl of hunger, and he hurriedly wrapped his arms around his stomach, trying to silence it, a light blush tinting his face. Shut up... I know this will be good, but shut up...

"So, uh...how much will that be then?" he asked, trying to take the attention away from his growling stomach.


"Let's see..." Nathaniel carefully slid the pen behind his ear, mentally tallying up the total of the order. "That's going to be two dollars for the burger, one dollar for the fries, and one dollar for the drink, so four dollars total."


Lilac gave a nod of his head and moved an arm, reaching into his pocket to withdraw a five dollar bill. He pulled the bill out and handed it over to Nathaniel, then waved his hand when Nathaniel started to retrieve some change. "There's no need for that. You can keep the extra dollar as a tip. Well...thanks..." he said, turning around and walking to an empty table. He pulled out a chair and sat down, glancing around the place while he waited for his food to be made.


Nathaniel smiled, accepting the five dollar bill and placing it into the register. Nice kid. A bit strange, given that he's wearing that coat in this weather, but whatever. To each their own. With that, he disappeared back into the kitchen to start preparing the kid's order.
 
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A man strolled down a busy street, his black hair and white sweater reflecting and absorbing the light of the sun. With his head bent down reading a book he carried in hand, which if some one were to take interest in they would find it to be Robert Hugh Benson's Lord Of The World. The book discussed of a world without religion, though it was classified as a Dystopia. The Man viewed it as a mere alternate perspective of life, yes to this man there was no Dystopia or Utopia, of least none known to any being alive or dead.


To the man, to Miru there were a number of things wrong with the world, too many things that were wrong with this world indeed. It lacked character as he put it; a lack of collective knowledge was one of his main qualms. He always wondered why some would be gifted with the ability to see beyond the “living spectrum”. Of course these were things he would never know.


But yet he always found a solace in reading, the thrill of turning the page and feeling the paper on his fingers was one he could not explain. He had thus become accustomed to the habit of reading while walking busy streets being able to navigate perfectly, something he was doing as of that moment.

Of course even hunger set in on him as he realized he had yet to eat for a good set of time. Closing his book momentarily he saw a modest looking Café on the opposite side of the street from him. He quickly dashed across the street ,sticking his book in the pocket of his sweater.

He entered the location a humble place by his standards. The only sign of life being a young boy with a coat which by Miru’s observation was quite out of place, albeit this being a hypocritical observation on his part.
With a slight smile on his face he approached the counter; he took a brief look at the menu, not entirely interested in its contents. However Miru found himself plagued by the inability to choose what to eat.

“Well it does seem like I've got quite the case of insecurity here”

His voice was soft and barely audible; in fact it was a whisper. Miru was well in the probability to spend the whole day deciding on what to have. In fact he was well on the way to do that.
 
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Lilac Hirvette

Lilac glanced around the diner's interior, selecting a table in one of the back corners as his destination. He made his way there, pulled out one of the chairs, and seated himself, before rummaging around in the pockets of his coat. After a moment, his hands emerged holding some sort of hand-held gaming device and a pair of earphones (so that he didn't disturb other customers while he was playing). He slipped the earphones into his ears, and turned on the system. Adept fingers moved over the controls, and soon the boy was lost to the rest of the world around him.

Nathaniel Niklaus

In back, in the diner's kitchen, Nathaniel was busily rushing about to prepare the strange young lad in the heavy coat his order. However, as he passed by the kitchen's door, he caught sight of another customer who was waiting at the front counter. It was at times like this where he wished that Alex would consent to hiring at least one other person to work here; he didn't want to leave the cooking food unattended, but he also didn't want to leave the customer waiting. Either way, he was in a bind.

After a moment of indecision and fretting, Nathaniel decided to quickly take the customer's order and then return to the kitchen to make sure that nothing had burned. He hurried out and walked to the front counter, greeting the customer with a smile before grabbing a pen and notepad. “Good afternoon, Sir,” he greeted charmingly, poised to write. “What can I get for you today?”
 

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Miru Tadega

Miru turned his head toward the young man in front of him, noting his rather charismatic aura. With a slight smile on his face he responded. "Good afternoon" He responded in a rather low voice. He shifted his head towards the menu taking one final chance decision.

"I think I'll have a Hot dog, mildly grilled with Onions and pickles, and please abstain from any relish. Also I'd like a cold Beer" Miru seemed rather proud of his choice, as in his mind selecting food was a tedious choice.

Miru pulled out the book he had been reading turning to the particular page he was previously on. "Anyways if that's all you need I'll be sitting over there" Miru said while leaving the required payment on the counter. He sat down in a table and began reading silently adjusting his glasses while doing so.
 
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Nathaniel Niklaus

Oh good, he knows exactly what he wants. The thought wasn't meant to be rude in any way. Nathaniel was just grateful that he could take the order quickly so that he could get back to the kitchen and make sure that nothing had started burning.

Smile still in place, he lowered his head toward the order pad and quickly wrote down Miru's order, his neat, scrolling handwriting flowing smoothly and quickly across the lines on the page. As requested, he made sure to make a small note to not put any relish on the hot dog, and then wrote down the drink, a beer. He paused, feeling somewhat hesitant now.

Alex had hired him, yes, but he was still only twenty years old. He wasn't yet old enough to even legally drink. Did that also mean he wasn't qualified to serve it? And for that matter, was this person legally old enough to drink? Nathaniel glanced up, glancing over Miru's appearance, trying to judge his age based on how old he looked. For him, it seemed that Miru was certainly an adult, and he looked closer to his mid-twenties than his early twenties.

Come on, hurry up and make the call. Otherwise the food will burn. However, if he made the wrong call in this case, it could mean trouble for Alex and that translated into trouble for him – she'd probably have his head, and then throw it on the grill. Most definitely not a pleasant image, one which in fact made him suppress a shudder. But Miru did appear to be old enough, and so...he went with his gut instinct and decided to serve him.

“All right, your total is three dollars then,” Nathaniel said, accepting the money Miru held toward him. He carefully counted out the total, and handed back the change. “Your food shouldn't take very long. Please have a seat while you wait.” He smiled, placing the money into the register before quickly tearing the order out of its pad and rushing back into the kitchen.

Clipping the order in place on the wire above the grill, he immediately moved to check that the burger hadn't burned and that everything else wasn't burned either. Everything seemed to be fine, which was a relief, but really, Nathaniel had to wonder where exactly Alex had wandered off to. It wasn't that two customers was too much for him to handle. Really, he was fine by himself so long as the lunch rush didn't hit. But Alex was normally here, making sure everything continued to run smoothly.

Either way, I can't leave my station until she comes back.

Nathaniel made sure his hair was tied good and tight in its ponytail before returning to the food. He flipped the burger, plated the fries and smothered them in hot melted cheese, poured the kid's soda, and then he went to work on Miru's order. He lightly grilled the hot dog, slipped it into a fresh bun, sprinkled it with grilled onions and bits of pickle, and then he went over to the taps. He poured a fresh beer and set it down, moving to finish up the kid's burger, assembling it in record time. A grand total of seven minutes had passed since he'd started the orders, and completed them. Now to serve them.

This was the part where Alex could have helped him out. Each of them could have delivered one order to its intended recipient, but still Alex was nowhere to be seen. Nathaniel decided he would search for her after he got the food out. First, the kid's burger, fries, and soda. He grabbed the plate and cup, and carefully walked out of the kitchen, walked around the counter, and made his way toward the lone table at the back where the kid had seated himself.


Lilac Hirvette

Music spilled into his ears; riveting, beautiful, haunting. Lilac had turned on his PSP and started to play one of the Silent Hill games. Normally, he wasn't one for terror or blood, but he rather enjoyed being able to fight and kill the abominations that counted as monsters in these games. He enjoyed being able to dispose of any monsters that posed a threat to people, especially the monsters that normal people couldn't see, like the Hollows.

But these virtual monsters would do just as well. He could play as much as liked, and destroy them over and over again, since there was no end to them. Lilac kept his eyes focused on the screen, moving his character about, occasionally smashing the buttons whenever he entered into a fight with the enemies, watching as the character swung or shot their weapon, whichever one was equipped at the time. Though for his part, he rather liked to see them shoot.

As if subconsciously, one hand raised from the system and reached under the collar of his shirt, drawing out the concealed pendant that rested there. He gripped the talisman, feeling relief as its solid weight pressed against his palm. Then he'd realized that he'd lost focus, his mind had wandered off somewhere, and there was a monster attacking his character on the screen. He quickly dropped the pendant and it fell against his chest, as his hand moved back to the controls.

His left eye glowed a dark scarlet red as he activated his Eye of Perception, and hastily went to work on facing the enemy. The character on the screen cried out as the creature bit at his legs. So Liliac had the character lash out with a hard kick that sent the creature skidding backwards. Now that there was some distance between them, the character raised his handgun and took aim. Lilac pressed a button, and the gun fired, one shot after another, into the creature until it went down. For good.

His character was panting. No, wait, that was him. He was panting, his heart racing inside his chest. He'd almost let his character get killed because he'd been spacing out. Even though he'd played these games before, they could still scare him. He'd made a kid's mistake in allowing himself to get sucked into the game, believing that if his character died, that was it, game over, for them both. Foolish...stupid even. Lilac silently chided himself.

That was when he sensed someone coming up behind him. His body tensed, every muscle charging up for an attack, and then, without warning, Lilac whirled around so fast that his chair was knocked onto the floor in his wake. One hand was fiercely grasping the pendant around his neck, as he found himself staring at the man who'd taken his order at the front counter. The man was holding his food and drink in each of his hands, and he appeared visibly taken aback by Lilac's sudden movement.

Get a freaking grip, idiot. You almost attacked this poor guy. Lilac managed to wrestle himself under control, and he calmly raised a hand to remove one of the earphones from his ear. “Sorry about that...”, he murmured, having the grace to look a little embarrassed by his actions. “You startled me. I was playing a game and uh, yeah...” he let himself trail off with a shrug of his shoulder.

“That's...quite all right,” said the man with the blue ponytail. He forced a smile, and stepped around Lilac, carefully setting his food down on the table. “Here's your order. If you need anything else, just come to the front counter and I'll help you.” Though the man was smiling as he walked back toward the front, Lilac wondered just how bad he'd freaked the poor guy out, and all because he'd gotten sucked into his game. “Thanks...” he said, sighing as the man's back retreated.
 

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Alex Dupont

It was supposed to have been a simple grocery run to get supplies – Alex had realised too late that she was running low on tomatoes, onions and fries. So she’d ducked out quickly to the nearest food wholesaler to top up her stocks for the next few days.

The traffic on the way there was reasonably quick and the blonde had collected whatever she needed relatively swiftly. Things sort of went downhill from there. The checkout line she’d elected to stand in ground to a virtual halt as an elderly customer began to dispute the total bill. To make matters worse, this elderly person argued his point in a foreign language interspersed with English and Japanese words – no one could understand each other.

Management finally funnelled the elderly gentleman off to a separate counter, and business resumed. Then there was some traffic on the way back to the cafe.

All these resulted in a less-than-chirpy Quincy.

“I want a **** car, rockets in tha’ **** roof. Ya’ know, like James Bond?” Alex griped loudly as she shoved the front door open with a shoulder, then tried edge herself and a large carton through the doorway. “Got a coupla’ **** cars I wanna crush. Starting with this **** old man and… “

The tirade abruptly stopped as she realised Nat wasn’t alone in the cafe. Oh right, it was nearly the lunch crowd rush. The grocery run had taken far longer than she’d thought.

Biting her tongue on yet another bout of swearing, the blonde instead decided to focus all her energy on helping Nat prep for the lunch rush.

“Mornin’, all.” Alex called a greeting to the two customers as she hurried behind the counter, noticing that they had already been seated and served. She then turned to her newly-hired assistant and offered a lopsided half-grin in greeting.

“Thanks, Nat. Had lunch yet? Go get some if ya ain’t.”
 
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As he walked back to the front counter, Nathaniel had time to ponder on startling the young man in the coat. Perhaps the teenager was always that jumpy, or maybe something in his game had rattled him. Either way, there hadn't been any harm done, so he wasn't going to worry about it. He still needed to deliver one more order, and then see if he could manage to locate Alex somehow. Putting his usual smile back into place, he retrieved Miru's order and made his way to the man's table. Given that the man was reading a book, Nathaniel made every effort to announce his presence so as not to startle this customer like had happened with the other one.

“Excuse me, Sir,” he said softly albeit clearly as he walked up to the table, holding the food he had prepared, smiling, “but I have your lunch here. I hope everything tastes okay. If you need anything, just call, okay?” he finished, carefully setting down Miru's plate and glass in front of him.

There, that wasn't so bad. Offering a small nod of his head, Nathaniel smiled and turned to walk back to the counter again. But it was at that moment that Alex finally returned, and came through the door muttering about how bad the traffic had been. For a moment, he worried that she might say a bit too much and accidentally offend their customers, but she caught herself and instead offered them all a friendly wave and a good morning. He sighed in mild relief, and moved to follow her as she made her way behind the counter to the kitchen.

As he entered the kitchen, Alex shot him a grin. She seemed to be in a much better mood now that she had seen that it was getting to be lunch time and customers were coming in. He smiled in return, and moved to help her with putting away the procured groceries, but he stopped as she inquired about whether or not he had lunch yet. No, he hadn't, but he would have felt bad about leaving her to both put up the food and then prepare for the lunch rush by herself. So he elected to continue working until they could both go on a lunch break together.

“Thanks, Alex, but don't worry about it,” he waved the thought away, smiling. “I'm not really that hungry right now and besides, we're about to get the lunch-time crowd, and I think we'll both be busy with that. I can handle the groceries while you start prepping the stations.” And with that, he carefully took the grocery bags from her arms and started to separate everything before putting all of it away into its proper container.
 

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"Why thank you"

Miru adjusted his reading glasses, and smiled lightly while watching the young man walk towards the kitchen. He sighed lightly while taking a bite out of his burger. It was cooked surprisingly well, the meat nearly ideal to his standards. He took a sip of his beer as he returned to his book.

"But ah, dear Saviour, human-wise, I yearn to pierce all mysteries, To catch Thine Hands and see Thine Eyes When evening sounds begin. There, in Thy white Robe, Thou wilt wait"

Miru raised an eyebrow upon passing this verse. One of his greatest vices with being a Quincy was his lack of knowledge on his own species. He always found such strange connections between spiritual verses and Quincy theology, yet he knew nothing about why they were so similar. With a disgruntled look on his face he glanced towards the counter staring at what seemed to be the owner of this Cafe. Her rather energetic manner of speaking threw him back to his time in the south.

He looked down at his plate realizing he had already blown through all of his food. With a slight sigh he peered into his wallet. "Heh looks like I got enough." He placed his book in his bag, and walked towards the counter.

Miru gave a closer look at Alex noting a interesting necklace,"Pardon me, I'd like another burger if that'd be alright" He said while toying with his glasses.
 

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Alex watched Nat wave away the lunch break with a pang of guilt. She could not afford to pay the young man anything more than minimum wages and meals during his shift, so it wasn't quite fair for him to work while hungry. It wasn't even his fault he hadn't had time for a meal - she had been out getting more groceries.

Briefly, she toyed with the idea of grabbing the young man's shirt-collar and hauling him over to a table together with a burger and fries.

But rather than ripping the foodstuffs away and manhandling him, the blonde just sighed mentally. Nat was an adult, he could make his own decisions. If that was what the young man wanted... well, she just had to make sure he snacked throughout the lunch rush and had an extra-big meal later on.

"Thanks, Nat." She clapped the other man on his shoulder, then turned her attentions to the grill and bain-marie, making sure the various trays and containers were topped up.

Miru said:
"Pardon me, I'd like another burger if that'd be alright"
At the request for another burger, Alex looked up to acknowledge the order. And noticed the bespectacled customer looking at her throat while fiddling with his glasses.

Uhm... 'kay

"Sure." Alex responded with a grin, taking the chance to observe the man right back. "Jus' a plain cheeseburger? Or wi' tha lot, ya know, pickles salad?"
 
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