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    Re: Something smells like... BUSINESS!

    Post by Zurg on Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:44 am

    "What's more productive than painting on scrap metal? Tell me, Jo, for the universe is listening!" But he agreed that she had a point; painting would only keep him occupied for so long and the Evil Emperor figured that he didn't need practice to brush up--ahaha, pun--on decorating the carapace. So, the question still remained! What could they do for thirty minutes? And, no, not that.

    "Why don't we..." Zurg tapped a tooth and found a suggestion quickly. "...bother Proxy? I think that's time consuming." Not exactly a golden option.


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    Re: Something smells like... BUSINESS!

    Post by Jo Pistonne on Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:16 am

    "Well, you never told me! What shade of purple do you want?" Jo grabbed the red and blue bottles, shook them, and painted a corner of the remaining scrap of metal red, then covered it with the blue. The result was a very dark shade of purple. "Huh.... dunno if you like this shade of purple. We might have to go for one of the actual purple paints."

    But Jo frowned at his suggestion. "Proxy and Zeb are doing inventory.... we're all working here! I don't know about bothering Proxy...." She checked the clock on the wall. "And it's about thus time we usually get more customers." She tapped her chin too, kicking her feet.

    What could they do for half an hour?
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    Re: Something smells like... BUSINESS!

    Post by Zurg on Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:27 am

    Oh, sure. Don't like his suggestion about beating the robot senseless. See what he cared. Zurg just snorted and eyed the paint, instantly approving. "This purple shall do! It's dark enough to stand out against my own, and wicked enough strike fear into the hearts of my enemies! This will do, yes." He ended his royal decision with a nod.

    But... what to do?

    "Well... how about we..." Zurg suddenly plopped onto the chair, appearing exhausted. "I don't know. I'm out of ideas. Do you have any?" Watch it be something like tossing tools and seeing which is the first to drop it onto their toes.


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    Re: Something smells like... BUSINESS!

    Post by Jo Pistonne on Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:43 am

    "Well, we could--" Ping! Now if that wasn't a save, Jo didn't know what was. "The molds must be ready!"

    She jumped down from the workbench and went over to the machine. She flicked several switches, then pulled on the gloves, pulling open the hatch. "And yep, molds are ready!" She drew out the tray and laid it on another workbench. "Once the metal's melted I'll put them in these molds and form them. That'll take another hour at least. So.... we'll have a lot of time on our hands."

    She turned to hiom with a smile. "How about I call a break? We can all spare an hour to relax a bit, and then you'll have your chance to bother Proxy! How's that sound?"
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    Re: Something smells like... BUSINESS!

    Post by Zurg on Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:50 am

    What? Had a half hour already passed? Wow, he needed to space out more often! Or less... Zurg picked his head up and sat straighter. "An hour!?" He griped, groaning into his hands. Ugh, this job took too much patience! Jo had been doing all the work, not him! And that paint was starting to cause a negative reaction some where... An hour!

    "That's a really long break, Jo. The most I give my minions is ten minutes!" What kind of labour laws did Jo follow, anyway? Tradeworld had none! Regardless, Zurg was powerless of what Jo did at her shop so he could only wave his hand, grumbling.

    "Fine, fine. An hour break. I'll just take... a nap." Because naps were good when bored.


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    Re: Something smells like... BUSINESS!

    Post by Jo Pistonne on Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:30 am

    "I can't speed time up! I don't have my own Chrono-Disrupter like you!" She shrugged, then winked. "Come on, I can tell Proxy to go grab us something to eat while we're at it. What do you say?"
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    Re: Something smells like... BUSINESS!

    Post by Zurg on Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:35 am

    Apparently Jo fixed her boredom with eating. That wasn't going to go well for her in the future! But Zurg kept that tongue of his in his mouth and got up groggily, ironing out his robes and cape. "I'm not hungry, as it's early, but you can eat something if you'd like. I'll just..." His eyes dulled.

    "I'll just stand around and hover like a doom cloud." An hour...


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    Re: Something smells like... BUSINESS!

    Post by Jo Pistonne on Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:39 am

    "Oh, come on. Don't you have anything you'd like to do? Like tell me how your day was. What your latest evil scheme is. Something?" she offered, starting for the door.

    If an hour was going to be spent with them just looking at each other, well.... that'd be pretty boring. And yes, she did fix her boredom with eating, how did he know~?
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    Re: Something smells like... BUSINESS!

    Post by Zurg on Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:51 am

    Well, there were many things he'd like to do, but not at this hour. And you could take that anyway you wanted this time. Zurg popped the bones in his back and followed, being careful this time to crawl up the stairs with a state of grace he had thought long gone. These ridiculously narrow stairs and halls!

    "You mean smalltalk?" He suggested, clearing the stairs. True, talking did eat through time like nothing else. But where to begin? Zurg tapped a tooth and thought. Thinking cap was a little rusty this morning. "I didn't do much besides draw up these plans and, well, travel here. It took quite a while to reach the planet, if you know what I mean. Most of my day was either traveling or preparing. You? Oh, wait. You had the luxury of sleeping."


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    Re: Something smells like... BUSINESS!

    Post by Jo Pistonne on Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:57 am

    "Hey, you yourself say that you only need an hour of sleep a say," Jo reminded him, climbing up the stairs after him. "But on the whole traveling thing, why does it take so long? Haven't you finished that wormhole yet? You said you were making one to cut down travel time, right?"

    Well, smalltalk or no smalltalk, she was no miracle worker. They would have to do something else with their time until the machine was ready. She'd have to go back down there in 48 minutes to revert the molten metal to its cooling unit and wait another 40 or so minutes, but after that the process would only take around another hour. It wouldn't be too complicated past that stage.
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    Re: Something smells like... BUSINESS!

    Post by Zurg on Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:03 am

    "On a good day, yes. But normally, no." Zurg found himself a chair to sit at, realizing that his mechanical flunkies had followed him up and stood about like lame ducks. "You can spread out and, I don't know, BE USEFUL TO GUARD THE SHOP!" He suddenly ended in a loud, irritable bellow. Hornets... of all the minions...

    The Evil Emperor tried not to get worked up over them and instead dimmed his eyes as he turned to face Jo. "Building a wormhole in a vacuum requires a certain finesse--one that cannot have ANY error involved. It takes time to make the one near my planet's orbit and the one near Portal Breach. I'm not miracle worker! If I think one hour is this bad, you should see the six months it takes to finish construction!"
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    Re: Something smells like... BUSINESS!

    Post by Jo Pistonne on Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:24 am

    Jo eyed the Hornets as they marched away in a confused stupor. "You know, I could toss in a free upgrade for those guys. On the house." They were so.... primitive. She really wondered why Zurg didn't just upgrade them since he had the power to. But then again, evil was just his job.

    "Ouch." She winced. That was such a long time! "How, uh, close are you to nearing completion?" she asked, entering the main workshop. Proxy and Zeb were at different ends of the room, cataloging.
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    Re: Something smells like... BUSINESS!

    Post by Zurg on Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:30 am

    "I like them dull, thanks." The Hornets were of use as they were, and making them smarter would only promote free thinkers like Proxy. Zurg knew the drill. A smart robot was a bad robot. It was awkward hearing Jo's employees shuffling behind so Zurg made sure to turn so he could see everyone at all times. He was paranoid about that. One could never afford to drop defenses even for a second in his line of work.

    "I can't give you an exact time." He stated, being careful not to start something up. "But the rough estimate is four months. Give or take a few days. The wormgate is one of the reasons why I am busy. Such an important task requires an extraordinary amount of oversight."


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    Re: Something smells like... BUSINESS!

    Post by [INACT.] Zeb Brooks on Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:36 am

    As Miss Jo entered the workshop, Zeb was just finishing up a box of small engine parts and was getting ready to start another. He could hear the Emperor....what was his name? Zurg? Yes, an odd name, but Zeb couldn't speak. His name wasn't the best either. He nodded at his boss and her guest, going through a list and mumbling to himself about things they'd need to reorder.
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    Re: Something smells like... BUSINESS!

    Post by Jo Pistonne on Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:53 am

    "As long as they don't touch anything in my shop, I'm fine with that." Oh, if they broke any of her equipment it'd take ages to replace. But she trusted Zurg. They probably wouldn't get into too much trouble with him getting on their case.

    And Jo expected that it would be some time. "Oh well. Can't have everything in life!" She'd just use the teleporter at times. Not always, since it would be hard to get back, but sometime she could afford a day or two away from the shop.

    Zeb continued to take inventory, moving on to another box. Proxy looked up when they entered. "Finished already?" he asked curiously.

    "Not by a long shot!" Jo laughed. "But Zurg's bored. Proxy, I'm sure you can entertain him!"

    "....Wonderful."

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