>Previous threads at suptghttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Racketeer%20Quest>Twitter, @Loli_KaleunHaving just helped Caillou defeat a giant mouse for its snacks, you, Tear and Louie went for the treasure chest while Caillou went straight home. What you find inside almost blows your adorable mind.A large golden ornament, about half as big as you are, molded into the shape of a dragon. The craftsmanship is absolutely amazing, every single scale individually carved into the beat, its eyes etched so carefully that they gleam almost as if the thing is alive. You almost feel like you can make out the individual muscles of the neck under the scales supporting the dragon's neck as it stares you down."This... is amazing," Tear breaths beside you.Louie is equally awed, "it looks so real."You at least have the presence of mind to ask the real question: "Ne, Tear, how much is it worth?""I don't- I've not seen something like this before. It must be worth at least half a million.""Half a-!!" you don't finish the thought, instead turning to stare in awe at the masterpiece."I'd have to get it checked with some contacts, then we must find a buyer right away! I don't even know of anyone in the city who could afford something like this."No-one speaks for the trip home. You get back to the store without incident. After a while, Tear finally nudges you, "Recette? We still have the rest of the afternoon to use.""Oh... right, yeah! Capitalism ho!"[ ]Open the store.[ ]Go see the Guild Master.[ ]Think about going legitimate. (Adventurer's Guild)[ ]Go to the market.[ ]Walk around the city.[ ]Other.
[X] OPEN THE MOTHERFUCKING STORE CAPITALISM HO BITCHES
>>31513212[X] Open the store for now. We'll go get the statue appraised first thing in the morning.
>>31513212>[ x ]Open the store.Become the jew
[X]Open the store.Be careful of Tear, that fairy bitch might steal from us.Because you know, the debt was actually fucking fake.
>>31513212>[ x ]Open the store.here comes the moneyyy
>>31513283>here comes the moneyfits right into the song I've had in my head.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hyb5I295SC0
>>31513212Still in a light daze, you flip the store sign to [OPEN] and take your place behind the counter. Louie moves tot he back room to have a sit down. You're not sure why he's so overcome by the treasure. It's not like he'll ever see the money it fetches you.>Alrighty, lets get some rolls for customers. d10's, in your own time.
Rolled 10>>31513331what could go wrong...?
>>31513331>It's not like he'll ever see the money it fetches you.Neither do we
>>31513331It doesn't take long before you regret opening the store this morning. The first people to enter are a small band of thugs. They're all dressed suspiciously similarly to the last gang that tried to press you for protection money. You gesture for Tear to fetch Louie, but none of them seem to want to start anything. In fact, they are simply browsing your wares. Even the one in the suit is only absent-mindedly gazing your way every so often.>(How) do you greet them?
Rolled 4>>31513331Remember, no more being mean to jewloli.
Rolled 5>>31513456Polite curiosity.And with one had on our shiv.
>>31513456Any which way doesn't involve getting us in stabbing range until WE intend to do some stabbing.
>>31513456Hello there Gentlemen, are you by chance looking for something? If not then prehaps I may make a reccommendation... (Anyone have a reccommendation?)
>>31513456just like any other customer (but still keep louie ready to react)
>>31513456You crack your signature beam, addressing the men as one. "Good afternoon, gentlemen. Is there anything I can help you with? Perhaps something you're looking for?" A few of the rougher thugs flash their eyes at you, a hunger for violence burning clear.The suited man answers for them, "Ah please don't mind us. We're just browsing." Louie appears at your side, one hand resting casually on the pommel of the sword at his hip. The suit cracks him a friendly smile, before returning to browsing your store."Hmhmm," Tear smirks to herself. "A rookie mistake," she whispers in your ear, "he admitted that they are all together. A fact which should not be revealed until they meant to act. Though it was obvious in any case. They are likely just scouting the store for now. They know their last group got this far before they were overcome, but nothing else.">Start something?>Let them go?
>>31513592>let them go>have charme follow them if she's still around>gather intel, not loot, charme, goddammit.
>>31513592try to sell them some junk?
Rolled 8>>31513592Let them go.
>>31513592>Start somethingMake Charme follow them, see where the rabbit hole goes, if it just a gang, kill them and loot their shit to sell back with a profit. Stupid idiots.
>>31513592Gentlemen, if you aren't buying I must ask you to kindly leave, thank you! Give our best smile
>>31513592"If you're not intending on buying anything, sirs, would you mind please leaving the store?" The suit gives you an icy stare, before nodding to his men. They start to file out of the store. "Thank you, sirs! Please come again!"Tear frowns as the last one leaves. "We could've used them. If we could have taken that suit in for questioning...""But this is our store," you cut Tear off. "I don't want fighting in my store! Keep your gang wars to yourself!" Tear nods her acquiescence, giving no more argument to the matter. Louie sighs with relief, letting go of his sword and stepping back into the back room. You settle down again and await some hopefully more real customers.Your hopes are dashed when the doorbell next rings and a cardboard box waddles its way into the store. You can hear some muffled voices from under the box.>(How) Do you greet the box?
>>31513802Hello Box, what can I get you today?
>>31513802Treat it like an ordinary customer.
Rolled 10>>31513802"Hello and welcome to our humble store! Is there anything I can help you with?"
>>31513802"um... hello? here to buy or to sell?"
>>31513832>>31513802Seconding.[Spoiler]god I should be asleep why do you do this to me kaelun?[/spoiler]
>>31513802>Take the box inside with Louis's help, open it carefullyalso, I vote for this to be our theme song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D18b-MlNjJ0
Rolled 5>>31513872>not https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93oihEbeKmw
>>31513872Box is already in the store anon
>>31513927I admit, this is far superior.
>>31513940Oh right. In the back of the store, then.
>>31513802"Sigh. What is it charme?"
>>31513802"Hello, Box! Welcome to Recettear! Is there anything I can help you with today?" The box doesn't respond, but continues to shuffle its way around the store. "Uhm, Box? Hello? Can I..."The voices in the box whisper to each other some more. "...knows we're here.""Impossible! No-one could see through this ingenious disguise!""No, she can see it alright." You kick the box."AAAAH!"The box is tossed into the air. A young blonde girl in a pretty purple dress springs to her feet, a hurt expression on her face. Beside her, a small brown fairy floats lazily up to head level."WHAT WAS THAT FOR?""Uhm, were you looking to buy or sell?""Ugh, really! Brutality from the staff as well as such a shoddy storefront? How could I possibly accept a merchant like THIS as my rival?">(How) Do you respond?
>>31514059>You dont know what you're getting yourself into. Give up and leave.
>>31514059Who in heaven's name are you?
>>31514059>"I was thinking the same thing. I should really improve that storefront. On another subject, I recently aquired an exceptional piece of art only someone as tasteful as yourself could trully appreciate. Would you want to see it?" >Biggest smile
>>31514059How could I accept someone so terrible at scouting as MY rival?
Rolled 10>>31514059"Obviously you should help me. I'm new after all. I'm Recette, and that shifty-looking fairy over there is Tear. Pleased to meet you!"MAXIMUM CHARM
>>31514059your arrival was hiding in a box, couldn't get more suspicious...now, let's just forget it, ok? what are you here for?
>>31514059A destined rival appears!There are two stars of calamity!But in more seriousness: "I'm guessing your store doesn't allow mysterious boxes to shuffle around, creeping out customers? If you want to drive away business from me, I recommend putting up a decent storefront instead of childish stuff like this, kid."
were really divided on this, eh?
So we have 2 for buttering her up, 2 for casually dismissing her, 1 for accepting a destined rival, and 2 for asking who she is?Something more closely resembling a consensus might be nice. Or shall I just make do with a bit of everything?
Rolled 8>>31514314Casual dismissal kinda runs counter to the other stuff.
>>31514314Instant run off voting? Whoever was the 1 for accepting a destined rival, please swing the vote.
Rolled 3>>31514314>ask who she is>butter her up>accept destined rival>laugh at her after she leaves
We're the spirit of capitalism. We cannot dismiss something that may turn into an opportunity to profit.On the other hand, rivalry is the opposite of monopoly, and we need monopoly.I'm for asking her if she want to buy some of our (exensive) items and makes her leaves if she doesn't.Do we have our shiv at hand?
>>31514379Monopolies are inherently self defeating so long as there are no substantial barriers to entry. We'd be better off colluding.
Rolled 6>>31514379But competition is good for business. This has been proven multiple times.
>>31514314Gotta butter her up, and then sell her something for way more than it is worth
>>31514440Competition is good for total social welfare. If we're talking about the profitability of a single business then a monopoly wins every time.
>>31514314>>31514110this, but with a bit of taunting."I don't know how you think I'm your rival. I recently acquired a rather exceptional piece of art, I doubt your store is in the tier that could afford it."
>>31514468like this expensive illegaly-obtained dragon ornament
>>31514547Maybe, but honestly I would shop around to get that one offloaded.
>>31514606Given it's illegal and worth a lot of money which means any transaction is likely to be VERY noticeable, we might as well offload it on the first fool who would take it.Like this one.
>>31514632"A fool and his money are soon parted away"
>>31514632>blabs on where she got it>STOP RIGHT THERE, CRIMINAL SCUMNo.
>>31514677It was sold by a mysterious hooded man.We have witenesses.
Update is on its way! I just got sidetracked by a thing at work, sorry.
>>315148064chan, the bane of any nation's economy.
>>31514059"Rival?? I, uh, I don't know about that. Who are you?""Ho? You aren't even educated enough to know that much?" Her haughty tone grates on you, but you keep your beaming smile as perfect as ever. "My name is Alouette, I am the future owner of Big Bash. I'm sure even a lowly plebeian such as yourself has heard of it." She puts her hands to her hips and puffs her non-existent chest out in pride.You've heard of it. That's the giant supermarket chain that has at least one store in every town in the country, and a few outside! You keep your face as neutral as you can, though. "Big Bash? Never heard of it."Her face visibly twitches at the outrageous lie.Tear appears at your shoulder, "perhaps you should stop playing with the customers, Recette." She looks to the girl, "My name is Tear, pleased to make your acquaintance, Alouette.""Hooo," Alouette smirks at Tear, "so you have a fairy helper? Perhaps you are a worthy rival after all. I, too, have a fairy. Prime!"The little brown fairy beside her lets out a bored sigh. "Yes, Mistress?"You zone out for a little while as she introduces the fairy, the fairy mocks Tear for a while, who gets riled at the mocking but otherwise remains civil, and the girl continues to direct insults at your store."...and to believe you would have such a display as your storefront!"You cut her off: "Actually, it does need changing. I was thinking of putting some of my new stock up there. Maybe you could help me? I could really use help, I'm still new to all this. Oh, I'm Recette by the way, pleased to meet you!" You thrust out your hand, which Alouette takes gingerly after inspecting it closely as if looking for traps or tricks."Wh-why should I help you," Alouette asks, "for what reason would I assist my rival?""Well, I can't be a very good rival if I don't know what I'm doing." She ponders on your statement for a moment, face creased into a thoughtful frown.
>>31514984"I suppose you have a point. Very well, I shall assist you in arranging your storefront so that you can be a better rival!"As she helps you rearrange your store items to better look like a respectable item store, you make sure to leave the new dragon ornament out so that she might stumble across it. And when she does:"W-wow! What it this? It's beautiful!" You find her standing before it in awe, not fully able to compute that a store like yours would have this in stock."Oh, that," you answer casually, "I'm not really sure what to do with it. It's an amazing piece but I don't know anyone who would really appreciate it, or afford to buy it. I doubt even your 'Big Bash' could take it.""I- I'll have you know I could buy this right now, if I so choose!" You seem to have struck a nerve as she puffs her chest out at you again. "In fact, it's such a lovely piece that your store doesn't deserve to hold it! I shall buy it from you. What price?">Make a sales pitch?>Refuse her offer?>Other?
>>31514984This is how you manipulate prideful people."You can't prove your superiority if I have no idea what I'm doing! Then you're just gloating!
>>31515006>Make a sales pitch?Let's squeeze as much as we can.
>>31515006"Nah, dont bother. Even if I lower the price to a single million pix you couldn't afford it."
>>31515006>Make a sales pitch?SQUEEZE HER ASS.
>>31515059I love this
>>31515006How much do we figure its worth to give us a basis for negotiations? I assume we would have talked to tear about this earlier.
>>31515059this, but perhaps a little lower? We'll look dumb if she really doesn't have the money
>>31515147we can just gloat"Told you so"
>>31515132Read the OP. Tear said at least half a million.
>>31515059Yes.All of my yes.But make sure to sound more resigned than mocking or smug, like this isn't the first time we've heard something similar to her claim.
>>31515167gloating doesn't pay the bill.However enjoyable it is
>>31515132You haven't had a chance to get it appraised properly, but Tear thinks at least half a million just at a glance.
>>31515193Plenty of fish in the sea.
>>31515219>>31515193we can still lower the price, though. Prime is there, so SOME haggling is gonna happen.
>>31515204is that retail or base price?
>>31515006>Ask her to come back in a weekWe can't put a price tag on this, we can get fucked as hard by this sale as her. We have a bare minimum prize from a glance appraisal, but no real hard facts. By delaying a week, we can incorporate multiple ideas.1) We can pretend we've had lots of people wanting to buy it2) We learn the real prize so we can sell it for more than it's worthThese two play nicely into stuff like >>31515192 and >>31515059We have their definite interest in the item, by waiting we can get them anxious and desperate. Especially with "other offers being made".
>>31515305I agree, until we know that it isn't some conveniently placed counterfeit piece it better to avoid selling it. I find it a bit coincidental that we could find such a wonderful item.
>>31515305Price, not prize.
>>31515006You shake your head resignedly, "Don't bother," you tell her in no uncertain terms, "even if I knocked a million pix off the price tag, you couldn't afford it."She squints at you, searching your face as though looking for any tells. "Prime, fetch my money.""Wha- but Mistress, you really shouldn't-""Don't question me, Prime! Go, now. I shall finalize the price before you return.""Eeeeh. Whatever." The trashy little fairy floats her way out of the store, while Alouette stands, smiling triumphantly at you."Well, what is the price?">?
>>31515442"900,000...actually, since you're supposed to be a rival, I guess I can knock it down to 850,000."
>>31515442Capitalism, Ho!820,000 Pix.At least that would've gotten Recette through the base game...
>>315154421.500 000 starting price, 900.000 lowest
>>31515442Uh, we wanted to lower it TO a million, not BY a million.Now we have to stay OVER a million or we'll be implying that we're selling it for less than half of what we think it's worth.>1,250,000
>>31515442It's obvious that she will pay almost anything for it. Taunt her a bit, then put off the sale until we can get it appraised. She'll come back and buy it without a doubt.
>>31515545I can get behind this
>>31515442Oh jesus why are we putting a price on this, just delay, saying you want to get it properly appraised to do proper justice to such a magnificent piece etc etc etc CASH
>>31515662Because a fuckton of money now < a fuckton of money later.
>>31515683oh my god how did I screw that up
>>31515683>>31515700Considering our debt, we need to squeeze out the maximum amount of cash. A fuckton of money now < A fuckerton of money later
>>31515759Yes, but how do we know she isn't going to play us a fuckerton right now and just get impatient later?
>>31515442"Well, the starting price was going to be one and a half mil-""Taken.""What?""Taken. I'll take it now, Prime will be here with the money shortly."She... can be this casual with that much money?? You're too stunned to react as she steps outside and snaps her fingers. A heavily built man in a fine suit (very similar in cut to some other suits you've seen recently) steps into the store, nods in your direction, then leaves with the dragon. A few moments later, Prime flutters into the store with a large briefcase. She drops the thing with a thud on your welcome mad, waves and leaves.After a long minute, Tear manages to pull her mouth shut, approaching the suitcase carefully. She prods it, as though expecting it to explode, then flicking the latches open. Inside is one and a half million pix bills.She nods silently to herself, locks the case again, then carries it into the back room. As she passes you, "We really should've had it appraised first. Let's just hope it turns out to be a genuine piece, or at least hope she never finds out."Some time later, you've recovered your senses and are back behind the til. You get no real custom for the rest of the afternoon however, and soon enough dusk is setting in, bathing the store in a warm amber glow.[ ]Keep the store open.[ ]Close up, use the evening for something else.
>>31515835>[ ]Keep the store open.
>>31515835>[ ]Keep the store open.pretend to maintain composure
>>31515835>[ ]Keep the store open.My capitalism boner is so hard right nowI swear, I could write a economics-themed fapfiction right now.
>>31515896Then why aren't you?
>>31515919have to leave for work in 10 minutes.
>>31515896>I swear, I could write a economics-themed fapfiction right now.I'd crash her stock market if you know what I mean.
>>31515956The young woman gasp as he saw her boss's massive stock...
>>31515984Ugh. I keep on miss-spelling things. I need a new keyboard, this one isn't picking up a few presses now and then.
>>31515835Tear calls over to you from the back room, "you know, this will make a comfortable dent in your debt, Recette. I wouldn't hold it against you to take the rest of the day off. Or even the week.""No, that's okay. We still have a store reputation to uphold!" She leaves you with a smile, disappearing into the back room. After a while, you hear the clatter of pots and pans and the smell of something cooking. You've not tried Tear's cooking before. You're a little excited.>Gimme some more d10's for customers while I go drive home.
>>31515835[X]Close up, use the evening to try to find CharmeShe's probably in troublealso, pic related
Rolled 8>>31516030Well, now…You seem to have your wits about you, hmm?Then you are a welcome customer!I trade for souls. Everything's for sale!Nee hee hee hee hee!
Rolled 4please be a 1
Rolled 6this pic, i meant
Rolled 4>>31516030Did we get Louie a bed?
>>31516030HOW MUCH DEBT DO WE FUCKING HAVE ANYWAY?
>>31516139Eh, make him live with us, he works for us, buy food for us, pay rent for us.We give him love and he will be dependent on us.He will fight to the death to defend us.
Rolled 2>>31516240if the bitchass little fairy thinks she's going to take all that money shes going to find another thing comingnamely a dagger to cleave her in twain from cunt to mouthwe could then taxidermy her corpse and sell itCAPITALISM HO!
>>31516266>820,000 pixThis is canon debt.WE JUST ESCAPED.
>>31516274>>31516290Yes.Because this bitch just lied about how much debt we had.She trying to steal us.
>>31516290In this quest, the debt is larger by an order of magnitude. Dad really needed to die for his sins.
Rolled 7Get Louie a bed!
>>31516447It'd be a reasonable explanation why he was taken by the mob instead of allowed to continue with his retarded ways and get lost in the dungeon.
>>31516508Seriously, more than a million of pix?What the fuck did Our father do with all that cash?
>>31516529Spent it all on learning how to wear pants
>>31516508I thought he was lynched and Recette was forced to watch.
>>31516529>>31516447>>31516290>>31516240I think we earned the right to get a straight answer on that debt.Also, it would be good if we kept most, or at least half the money, for things like >>31516139proper food, stuff to gather more adventurers, and getting decent furniture/stock
>>31516290>forgetting the release-of-debt fee, which is over 5 million pix
>>31516862.......That would just lead to not getting any debt at all.No one would take it.
SERIOUSLY, 1.500,000 PIX IS ONLY A FUCKING DENT?AS IN A WEEK WORK?THIS IS DEATH.
While Tear is within earshot, do you want to call her back and ask her just how much this debt actually is?
>>31517319Yes.We just gotten a fortune. How much did our father spend in debt?How much is it actually real?
>>31517319Won't she not tell us to prevent us from fainting on the spot?
>>31517319Reminder that we only got a month of work in canon.So we got about 6,000,000 pix to pay by the end of this month.We are gonna die for real. There is no escape for us.
>>31516030"He-hey Tear?" A short pause before she pushes the door open. She's wearing your cooking apron. It's comically over-sized on her, but your suppress you giggle to ask her a serious question. "You said... put a dent in it. How big is my debt, anyway?"Her soft expression fades into a troubled one as she looks you in the eye. "Are you sure you want to know? It might not be easy to hear it out loud."That sounds daunting, but- "Yeah, I think I need to know.""Okay, well then. Your father originally borrowed 8,200,000pix from Mr. Terme." You blink a few times as your mind tries to take in the number."Eight million and... two..."Tear averts her gaze."And that's before the interest.">Ask how much the interest added?>Leave it for now?
>>31517531>Ask how much the interest added?BULLSHIT. How the fuck did our father even get his hands on that kind of money?
>>31517531>Leave it for now?Time to let our head thunk onto our desk. What did that retard do?!
>>31517571He spend all that cash on beer and hookers.No way that was fucking possible. He could not have spend all that money in such a way in so little time.
>>31517531>Ask how much the interest added?There's no escaping this one way or the other. Might as well get this out in the open now.I would be pleasantly surprised if the actual amount were five or six times the base amount. There's a lot of toxic interest rates to be found amongst establishments that offer "legal" payday loans.
>>31517589Oh please. It's possible in the real world. It is possible in a fantasy world.
>>31517531Who was our father to have been trusted with such a colossal loan? That's a bit beyond a predatory loan shark taking advantage of an idiot.
>>31517531>Leave it for now?Time to resort to necromancy so that we can kill our asshole of a father again.
Hmm. A tie? Shall I coinflip?
>>31517531>>Ask how much the interest added?That's it?
>>31517772Childish overconfidence, we got this in the bag, just need to find 10 or so of these dragon thingies and we are good to go!
>>31517531"And how much did the interest add?"Tear hesitates, "you know you can't un-hear what I'm about to say, right?" You gulp, nodding slowly. "As you know, your father was lynched for his debt last year. This week marks the tenth month since you accepted his debt." You nod, that's about right. "And the interest rate set by Terme Finance is 12%-""Well, that's not so ba-""per month. Which brings the total owed to," she pauses, doing some mental arithmetic, "25,467,955pix. Minus the 300 you've been earning per week for the last 43 weeks, would be 25,455,055pix left."You're pretty sure you heard a number there somewhere. You're only pretty sure though, since your mind is currently too distracted by the way the world is spinning and the darkness is blacking out your consciousness.>Seems like as good a spot as any to call a pause to the thread. Need to go run errands and such. Back in 3 hours or so.>Sorry for such a slow thread.
>>31517944So we need to make 3 mil every month just to avoid our debt increasing?
>>31517944>25,455,055Hahaha...we are dungeon diving every fuck hour.
>>31517944>>31517998Geez, I never thought I'd need to dig out my finance book to calculate something I read for fun. I think there's some online tools that can do that.
>>31517944Some "comfortable dent" this was. That's not a debt, that's slavery. We should have sided with the rival gang.
Rolled 73>>31517944>She drops the thing with a thud on your welcome mad, waves and leaves.so we kill and replace Terme ok no big deal
>>31517998So how much is Alouette worth? If 1.5 million is her pocket change, can we get everything we need from scamming her?
>>31517998>Meta: Mr. Terme is a very kind individual, he included a get-out clause that allows Recette to become free of all remaining debt if she remains a loyal member of one of Terme Finance's umbrella of income groups until her twentieth birthday. Assuming she survives that long.>For reasons that may or may not become explained later in the quest.
>>31518043Perhaps we can petition Mr. Terme for a loyalty perk, or perhaps some other jobs that would result in such things? A reduction in the interest rate would relieve a lot of the monthly debt pressure.
Rolled 28>>31518071 very kind individual...all the better to kill and take over
>>31518071>Assuming she survives that long.Assuming he survives that long, as well.
>>31518162>>31518175Killing Mr. Terme doesn't necessarily mean the debt is null. It might default to the family/company/government?.
>>31518342I wasn't speaking of us killing him, but of someone else taking over who won't care to release us.
>>31518342hence take over
>>31517944That debt is impossible.We got to kill the man and his organization. It would be FAR FAR more cheaper and less difficult than to pay this fucking man.3 MIL PER MONTH? NOPE.
>>31518342then kill them too~
>>31518474I have a feeling that Mr. Terme has other plans for Recette other than making her make him money. He did spare her from the usual fate that awaited those with impossible debt, and included that clause. If we prove ourselves to be clever and valuable, he might offer us a better deal or a cushy position; with another gang moving in on his turf (which may or may not be related to Alouette moving in), there may be a lot of positions opening up soon.Or we make enough connections to twist his arm enough so that he frees us from our debt and any other assorted obligations with his organization.
>>31518595Or he can keep us down and in consistent debt, and he can keep sucking money forever from us.That what a business man would do.
>>31518661Either way, we're not in a position to do anything about that immediately. We need to build up connections, curry favor with the other powers in Pensee, and get a solid core of powerful adventurers who like us enough to take on a huge criminal organization. If Terme decides to cut us a break, we're free and powerful. If Terme decides to keep us down, we can make his life very interesting.
>>31518726I vote for 'Be adorable at Alouette until she'll give us enough guards to storm the city'.
>>31517998No, actually that's the amount you'd need to PAY every month. On top of that comes all other expenses, including money invested in expanding the business. Should be possible to renegotiate that interest rate, though. If Mr. Terme decided to put Recette in a position where she has this much freedom and opportunity, he surely can't intend to antagonize her in such an obvious manner. It's counterproductive because it only serves to restrict her so that she can't be as useful to him while at the same killing any reason for her to remain loyal.
>>31517944It's dark outside when you finally come to in your bed. The room is empty apart from yourself, and you're still fully clothed bar your shoes. You can hear voices downstairs, and the smell of cooked food wafts up to you.This bed is awful comfy, though, and it's been a while since you've had a room to yourself.>Go back to sleep?>Head downstairs, follow the smell of food?>Try to eavesdrop on the voices?
>>31520159>Try to eavesdrop on the voices?
>>31520159>Try to eavesdrop on the voices?Curious what they would talk about while we are gone.
>>31520159You take the stairs slowly, careful not to make any noise on the creaky wooden steps. At the bottom, you can finally make out that one of the voices is Charme, the other is Tear. They appear to be arguing with each other."...at least have the decency to be honest as to why you're helping her. Everyone knows it would've sent a stronger message to send her off for parts like the old man usually does.""I don't know what you're talking about. This arrangement has thus far been profitable to all parties, Mr. Terme included."A pause. "Ah, heh. So you're in denial yourself. Well, whatever. Nothing I say will get through then. I'm out of here." The shop door slams shut, the bell tinkling as she goes. Tear lets out a sigh, before the backroom door opens and Louie's voice emerges."Miss Tear? There's a little food left. Want me to take it up to Recette now?">Drop in, ask what they were arguing about?>Drop in, grab the food from Louie?>Scamper back upstairs and wait for Louie in bed?
>>31520539>Scamper back upstairs and wait for Louie in bedNo lewds, though.
>>31520539>Drop in, grab the food from Louie?
>>31520539>Scamper back upstairs and wait for Louie in bed?totally lewd
>>31520539>Scamper back upstairs and wait for Louie in bed?
>>31520539>Scamper back upstairs and wait for Louie in bed?Completely lewd man.
Yes. I phrased that badly. We're not being lewd at Louie.He hasn't earned it yet.
>>31520723At least some teasing.We need to get our shit together after that mindbreak.
>>31520539You scamper back up the stairs and into the bedroom before Louie can turn the corner and drop into bed as he's following you up the stairs. When he opens the door, you feign waking and stretch out, yawning a greeting to him."Ah, good to see you awake, Recette. Here, I brought you something to eat." He hands you a plate full of something grey that you guess once used to be the fresh chicken you had Louie pick up from the market the other morning. It's also been served with some black things that may once have been potatoes, and a green mush whose origins you don't even want to guess at."Is this...""Yeah, Tear's cooking. It tastes better than it looks. Honest." He smiles, sitting down on the bed beside you.>Okay, I'll try it. Thank her for me!>I'd prefer to eat something else.>I'd prefer to eat you.
>>31520863>I'd prefer to eat you.
>>31520863>Okay, I'll try it. Thank her for me!¨
>>31520863>Okay, I'll try it. Thank her for me!Meh, have had worse
>>31520863>Okay, I'll try it. Thank her for me!
>>31520863>>I'd prefer to eat you.I would not have minded to choose seriously, but you can't make this available and expect me to not choose it.
>>31520988I wouldn't have included an option I'm not comfortable writing. I'm actually surprised the vote isn't unanimous.
>>31521025Too pure for you.
>>31521025Guess /tg/ still wants women, even when it is the little girl.
>>31520863>I'd prefer to eat you.Man, after that mindbreak, We need to get laid.
>>31521058We don't want women or men.We want lucre.
>>31520863>>31520988>I'd prefer to eat you.So how do you spoiler shit anyway?
>>31520863"Okay, I'll try it. Thank her for me!" You take the plate from him and start to attack the grey lumps, sawing at them in the hopes of breaking them down into bite-sized chunks. It's hard going.Louie smiles again, "you got it." He starts to push himself up off the bed before stopping himself and turning back to you. "Hey, Recette. I heard about the whole millions of pix of debt thing. I'm, uh, well I can't really know how it feels to be in debt, but I know what it's like to have nothing. Just, well, if you need someone to talk to, I'm here. And you've been good to me, so I want you to know I've got your back. We can get through this thing together, right? Especially if we keep getting lucky like today! You'll be debt free in no time!""Yeah, thanks Louie," you beam your heartfelt gratitude at him, "I'll remember it." He sits awkwardly on the edge of the bed, eyes locked with yours for a long moment before suddenly remembering himself.He shoots upright and makes for the door. "Right, yeah, well I'll go tell Tear and stuff.">Catch him, talk about something else?>Let him go, eat your 'meal'.>Leave the meal, go to sleep.
Oh. Vote went back to a draw right before I posted.Sorry.
>>31521181>Catch him, talk about something else?Just say "Louie, thank you. For everything."Dat tension
>>31521181>>Catch him, talk about something else?>I'd prefer to eat you as well.>>31521197Don't worry, not that we ate, we can go fuck as well.Seriously, having that sort of debt make you think about your life.and you don't want to die a virgin.
>>31521197You could do a numbered vote, and redo if there is a significant change
>>31521181>Catch him, talk about something else?>>I'd prefer to eat you as well.>>31521197time for a creamy dessert?
>>31521181It could be like that one episode of Pokemon...>Let him go, eat your 'meal'.
>>31521181>Catch him, talk about something else?If this isn't as good as you promised I guess I will just have to eat you.
>>31521252>>31521219I vote the same as these two anons.Time for Dessert.
>>31521181>>Catch him, talk about something else?Hug. Don't say anything.Maybe grope his butt a little...
>>31521252The mental image of Recette and Louie exchanging innuendo or flirting with each other without even realising it is too much for my heart.
>>31521219Just don't get knocked up, Tear would kill us. Both.
What the fuck happened to this quest? I guess my hope it would stay safe from yurifags just doomed it to the opposite kind of faggotry.
>>31521345>not getting herbs to not get pregnant.
>>31521352I don't know, I thought the last option was a joke and we actually wouldn't go through with it.
>>31521386When the jokey Charme lesbian come-on was posted it was thankfully given zero chance from the QM, so I can only assume that this pathetic display has a note of seriousness. Not that I think they'd bone right here, but disappointingly it seems romance might actually be taken seriously.
"Louie," you call out just before he passes through the door. He looks back over his shoulder, "If this isn't as good as you promised..." You lift the forkful of grey matter to your lips, using your tongue to guide it into your mouth. As you chew on the mass, you pull a face to show your distaste, but still making the effort to swallow the load."...I guess I'll just have to eat you instead." You fix him with a seductive gaze."Alright, well I'm sure I can find you something else to satisfy you.""Yeah, I'd definitely like a creamy desert."He nods once, then apparently clocks to what you just said. "Ah-aba ah..." His face quickly goes scarlet, his mouth working but no further sound coming out, before he spins on the spot and flees through the door. You pout, then shrug and start chewing your way through the 'meal' before you.>You've got just enough time left in the evening for a few more short conversations.>Talk to Tear? (Write-in)>Follow Louie, talk about something else? (Write-in)>Go to sleep?
>>31521181>>Let him go, eat your 'meal'.
>>31521453>Actually taking a come-on from a literal little girl seriously.>This Recette characterization in the first place.Oh come on now, seriously?
>>31521453>Talk to Tear? (Write-in)Just what the hell did my dad do to gather such a huge debt?
>>31521453>Follow Louie, talk about something else? (Write-in)>It wasn't as good as you said, Louie. Time to eat you then,Hey, we mad a promise, time to fulfill it.
>>31521453this is good >>31521485
>>31521482He's the same age.
>>31521453Okay, now I don't want romance, but anons never do what I want so whatever. Still, at least make it like cute puppy-love shit, are you seriously trying to make me believe Recette would think of trying to be seductive? Even jokingly?
>>31521497He said it tasted better than it looked. He was right
>>31521516So? She's still a little girl. I follow the quest because I like Recettear, if I can't escape the romance at least make it mildly believable in-character. That was hilariously bad.
>>31521526....Anon.Just go read the last 6 threads. She isn't a little innocent girl.She lucky she didn't whore herself though.
>>31521557"In-character"Are you fucking kidding me? She is someone who will shank a bitch if she has to.Throw away any idea you had on Recette in canon.
>>31521561>>31521585>Muh little girl seductresses!I don't mind the mob shit because it's fun and still in the spirit of the original, this is just stupid.
>>31521453>>Talk to Tear? (Write-in)>>31521485Yeah, how the hell did he do that?
>>31521453You finish as much of the meal as is edible, then opt to follow Louie downstairs. When you enter the main room, you find him just leaving the kitchen to come back up to you. In his hands is a small desert cup."Ah, here Recette. You sort of caught me by surprise, I didn't have anything ready. Hopefully this will do." He hands you a trifle topped with whipped cream and a single strawberry."Mmm! Yes, this is perfect! Just what I wanted!" You give him a quick hug. "Thank you Louie! For everything. I mean it.""Aw, shucks. Don't mention it. Anyway, I'm headed to bed now." He waves you goodnight, then passes you up the stairs as you head into the kitchen to find Tear sitting alone, apparently deep in thought.>Interrupt her thoughts?>Wait until she notices you?
>>31521622>Wait until she notices you?
>>31521622>Interrupt her thoughtsWhat the fuck did my father do?
>>31521622Nice recovery, thought we would slip too low there. After all, he is an employee.>Wait until she notices you
>>31521526>Recette would think of trying to be seductiveWhat gave you that impression? She threatened to eat Louie if he'd lied about the taste, then asked for a creamy dessert instead.>>31521670>Nice recovery,I have no idea what you're talking about, Anon!
>>31521622>Wait until she notices you?Then ask about our father and the debt.
>>31521622>Wait until she notices you?SPYING!
>>31521691Some of these people Kaleun. Can't get their minds out of the gutter for even a single thread.
>>31521622>>Wait until she notices you?She's the thinker here.
>>31521691>She threatened to eat Louie if he'd lied about the taste, then asked for a creamy dessert instead.Cannibalism, ho!
>>31521622You take a seat opposite her and spoon the dessert into your mouth. It's good, you didn't expect something whipped up in a handful of minutes to be so delicious, but it is. You sit contentedly, waiting for Tear to notice you. You've managed to finish the entire cup before she blinks a few times, finally registering your presence. "Ah, Recette. You're awake? I didn't think you'd be up until morning with how soundly you were sleeping. Did you need something?""Yeah, sort of. Hey Tear, what exactly did Papa do? To get this much debt, I mean. Does Terme usually lend out that much money?"Tear seems somewhat flustered at the question. "Ah, well you see, I'm not really sure how much I'm allowed to tell you just yet. Though I'm sure you'll find out yourself, given enough time. Especially if that Aloue-" She takes a moment to compose herself before continuing. "I can at least tell you that Terme Finance does not just lend wealth in such vast quantities with no good reason. And you are not the first Lemongrass to be a direct employee of Mr. Terme. Now, enough talk of money for one day I think. How about we head to bed?">Push her on the point?>Let it rest for now, go to bed?>Talk about something else?
>>31521815>Push her on the point?
>>31521815>Push her on the point?THE TRUTH MUST OUT.
>>31521815>Talk about something else?What's it like being a little person? Where do you get your clothes tailored?How do you fly when your wings don't seem to be attached to your body?>and when she's in the routine of answering questions...How did you end up working for Mr. Terme?
>>31521877This sounds good. Play innocent and then hammer her.
Someone feel like breaking the tie for me? We pushing her or not?
>>31522082We're pushing her, with overwhelming questions, like >>31521877 suggested
>>31521815>>31521877Recette is a devious little girlI goto bed and the thread is still up when I wake up. today is a good day
>>31521815You decide to switch topics to some simpler things you've never asked her before. "What's it like being a little person?"She chuckles at the question. "I could ask you the same. What's it like being a big person?""Well yeah, but you're different to the norm around here. I mean, where do you get your clothes tailored?""The same places as you. Clothing merchants in these parts provide for those of my stature. There are few of us, but we have discerning tastes and often come with a full coin purse, what with our standard lines of work.""Oh," you intone. "How do you fly when your wings don't seem to be attached to your body?"She smirks at you. "Magic. What, you expected a different answer?""Not really. How do fairies get work in human cities?""We have fairy networks, spread out throughout the human realms. We can stay in contact with each other and let our fellows know of openings when they become available. Not much different to how you'd find work by asking your fellow humans, really."You can see her drifting off into deep thought again, answering your simple questions almost on autopilot. You choose this moment to strike the hammer blow. "So why was Papa special?"He was one of Mr. Terme's best agents. But after that utter failure with the-" she suddenly cuts herself short, shooting you an angry glare. "I thought we'd decided we'd talked enough on this subject for one night?">"Right, sorry." Go to bed?>"I never agreed that!" Push her further?
>>31522355>>"I never agreed that!" Push her further?
>>31522355"You decided that. Failure with what?"
>>31522355>I never agreed that!Guilt herSay about how we thought Dad hated us for saddling us with such a huge debt, but we're not sure if it was an accident or beyond his control.Tear up a bit. "I all want to know is if my Papa loved me."
>>31522355>"Right, sorry." Go to bed?But first>"How did you end up working for Mr. Terme?"
>>31522355>>31522410Yes this. Manipulate
>>31522355I'd say combine "Right, sorry" while asking the important detail about our father from this post:>>31522410
>>31522355"I never agreed that!" You try to press her, feeling close to getting what you want to know. "I thought Papa hated me, leaving me with such a huge debt. But I don't know anything about it, if it was an accident or not his fault or anything!" You force your eyes to water up, as if you were on the verge of tears. "All I want to know is if Papa loved me."She sighs heavily. "Enough, please Recette. Your father loved you. Now, I'm going to bed. It would be nice if you would follow me." You try to protest but she ignores you completely as she leaves the room.You take a moment to clean up the dessert cup, then follow her up the stairs to bed.
And that's it for this evening, folks!I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did. Thanks for participating, and thanks for being such a good crowd as always.I'll be lingering for a short while if I'm wanted, but otherwise I hope to see you all next week!
>>31522667Aside from the canon characters (i.e. Louie, Charme, Alouette), will there be other significant Named characters in the quest?
>>31522667thanks for running kaelun. Will we have a chance to make up with Charme? She seemed pretty pissed at Tear
>>31522700Named characters? Potentially. Significant? Not so much.>>31522817You'll have to tune in next week to find out!
>>31522667Good thread. Thanks.
>>31522667So how much of this money is gonna be used for store redocorating?
>>31523405I hope we at least funnel SOME of that cash into the shop.I mean, our current short term goal should be to increase our monthly profit, not paying off the debt.I'm sure Mr. Terme also understands this, since he is a businessman. Don't eat the goose laying the golden eggs, breed more geese instead.>>31517944Wait, I just realized.. The debt must have been frozen once it fell to Recette since no more interest was added after that.43 weeks is almost an entire year, yet there was no interest for that time.Making a few assumptions, mostly for ease of calculation (1 month = 30 days, money is paid off before interest is added, and each month the debt is rounded off upwards to the nearest whole pix), the total debt should have been 79,076,025pix, if my math is correct.Goddamn Mr. Terme is really going easy on her.
>>31524131>Goddamn Mr. Terme is really going easy on her.It sounds like her father was a talented and loyal agent. He may have lost his temper and then later regretted ruining such an asset?
>>31524131>The debt must have been frozen once it fell to Recette since no more interest was added after thatIf that's true, that really means a lot. If Recette can pay off a debt like that, there's probably a very profitable relationship awaiting both of them.
>>31524174>>31524223Yeah, I'm starting to believe that it is more a matter of saving face than actually getting the money back.The debt is too big to just kill everyone who could repay it and send them to the "human chop shop", but on the other hand he doesn't seem to be interested in bleeding Recette for every little penny she can scrape together either.She's been given a surprising amount of freedom for what is basically an indentured servant. The only real limit to her freedom is A. she can't just up and leave, and B. Tear is there to make sure that she makes more money than last week.He even provided her with the shop and a skilled accountant/manager. Not something you'd do for a regular debtor.I think the debt is actually more like an excuse to mold her into the ultimate capitalist-loli so that she'll be all but printing money by the time she's an adult and she'll be so well intergrated into Terme Finance by that time that she won't have any reason to leave.
>I'd prefer to eat you.Really, OP? You might be comfortable writing THAT option, but it won't end there. The players will take it as an implication that you're willing to go a lot further.Be careful.
>>31524509Considering that she gets Arma and Griff on her side, I would say that Terme is a very shrewd man.
>>31526150Obviously. He wouldn't be in charge of a company that can lend a few million pix to a single person if he wasn't.The question is just on how many levels?
>>31524509Honestly I am starting to think it is a dual thingHe is looking after recite for her father in respect for the work he did for themAnd he wants Recette to become a trusted agent who can earn the money they need and handle all kinds of jobs while being unsuspected because of her appearance / reputation. Possibly even leading up to right hand or successor type roles>>31524223Probably more he had to kill him to save face but he made sure his daughter had a chance.che probably didn't want to kill him in the first place if the guy was such a good agent but sometimes you need to send a message or your workers and rivals think you are going soft