I know this seems a little cliche to say but just do things that’ll keep your mind off the cold. Trust me. I know it’s hard to do but once you get it, you won’t feel as cold. ~ Uxie
"Hm… You make it seem so simple. But I suppose that’s natural when you live in such an environment for so long. Perhaps this year I can fare the cold better than last year."
"At least Gai already seems to grasp the idea of taking his mind off the cold."
Ms. Bellecoso, have you ever dealt with not so friendly customers?
"Oh, where do I even begin?" she sighed. She could already feel a headache coming on at the horrible memories. "We have had so many people come in, yelling at us about how ‘difficult’ Alchemy is, or how expensive it can be. The verbal abuse, we can take, but when they start taking it out on the merchandise and furniture, we have to get physical with them."
"It’s never a pleasant experience, for us or the customer—depending on who’s dealing with the problem. I typically make sure the window is unlocked during my shift, just in case I need to throw someone out and make sure the cold water below has enough impact for them to think twice next time."
"…there have also been cases of sexual harassment," she continued. "Those have been dealt with in an anything but pleasant fashion with no first or second warning… For the most part, Cresento will ignore it when I take matters into my own talons. The only time he reprimands me for it is if I make a mess of it."
"A bit of advice to all future customers—it is unwise to slap a harpy’s rear if you are not a member of her flock."
"It has come to my attention that many of my dear acquaintance’s friends have found me…"
"Hello everyone. My name is Bellecoso. I am the assistant to the great Captain Cresento and often operate the front counter of the Alchemy Shop aboard the Bifrost. If you have any questions at all, I’ll be more than happy to take them.”
"Just wipe your feet before entering, don’t touch anything that doesn’t look like merchandise, and if you break it, you bought it. Plus interest for cleanup."
Knowing Cre, that wedding is probably going to be a big ol unforgettable ceremony. I think Cre will be more of a bridezilla than Belle.
[[It will be a beautiful disaster]]
[[Better a yelling man than a screeching harpy]]
[[Let’s just hope the people hired for the setup are patient enough for this!]]
This question is for Gai. Now that your so short, how is life for you? Any big changes?
How's the wedding planning going?
"Wedding plan? Oh, you’re human, aren’t you?" she asked back. She chuckled and gave a warm smile. "Cresento and I aren’t really in any rush to wed. The promise for the day to come is more than enough for the time being, as we can wear our rings as a symbol that we are together, even if it’s not yet in marriage."
"Unlike humans, our lives our long, so we take things a little slower. We don’t plan to marry right away. It could be in a year, ten years, or even a century before we have the appropriate ceremony," she continued with a little shrug of her wings. "It really depends on a large amount of things. But I won’t bore you with such details."
"It will happen someday. Just not yet. And that’s quite fine with me."
She gives another toothy, sweet smile before returning to work in restocking the shelves.
How have you been doing over there past few months Bellecoso? It's has been quite a while since we last heard from you.
"I must apologize dearly for my silence," she sighed. She lowered her head and shook it a bit in a touch of shame as she organized the work order forms on her desk. "It has been an interesting last few months, and the Bifrost has been busy as ever with the shop. Taking care of my little Gai is just as full time a job as manning the shop front as well."
"With our recent influx in Alchemy sales, I think it’s going to be steadily busy for a longer time yet, but I am looking into getting a little bit of time off to rest. Especially with the holidays coming up. I want nothing more than to spend it with my boys—assuming Cresento is just as up for it as Gai and Nicolae would be."
[[Mun apologizes for the blog being dead. She will try to be better about juggling blogs in the future!]]
Do you get special privileges since you're the Captain's fiance?
"What ever gave you that idea?" Bellecoso asked the stranger before her. "The Captain does not give me so much as an inch when I am working. The same with Nicolae. If I do things that are unprofessional, I am reprimanded for it. If I damage something, it comes out of my pay. If I want vacation time that has nothing to do with me falling ill, I must ask for it in advance."
"Captain Cresento runs not only a professional business, but maintains a strictly kept crew," she continued, narrowing her eyes a bit at the inquirer. "My position in his heart doesn’t change anything. When I am on the clock, I am his assistant. Not his lover."
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