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    Hardly a Snake... Definitely a Squirrel

    Post by Vaati on Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:31 am

    Date: January 15, 2014
    Time: 9:41 am

    Vaati might have once been an apprentice to Ezlo, but ever since he had truly been able to obtain real power of his own, he had always preferred to work alone. He could summon legions on monsters at his beck and call, he could possess just about anyone provided there was no one around to counter such a spell. Even in his weakened form him this world, he was a very powerful wind mage, and in his own quest to regain his power… truly, he did prefer to work alone.

    There were a couple of odd ones in this world, though… various connections that he held onto because he knew he could utilize them to meet his own desires… some might have called him selfish… honestly, be that as it was, he was truly only looking out for himself. Oneself was the best person to rely on after all… especially when one had become as powerful as he had.

    Even so though… there was one connection that seemed to have undying loyalty for him… a certain squirrel demon by the name on Xiao Xiao.

    Vaati had initially taken her in because he liked not only the fact that she was an attracted maiden, but that he could sense a great power within her… she later proved to be a yaojing, hardly a maiden at all. But… her power was something he knew he could use to regain his own, and her undying loyalty, whilst most perplexing, was certainly something that intrigued him enough to hold onto her as a minion.

    Today… he was set to test that loyalty… it was such a curious thing. She did look out for herself, but she also sought to try to help him… most curious. Honestly, had she not been as chaotic as she was, he might have thought she reminded him of the accursed princess and hero back in his own time… which if she had, he would have dealt with her long ago.

    No… she had the chance to help him obtain power, she was a useful connection to hold onto, and maiden or not… her loyalty was certainly a puzzle he enjoyed sorting out even to this day. Now to test it and see just how much she looked to him as her superior, guardian or not… what were those things that Xiao Xiao liked again?

    Baos?

    He was pretty sure that was it. With a flick of his wrist, Vaati cast a plate of them into existence just inside the dining area. Hm… such simple things. But it was his most loyal minion's birthday, and since she had not done something foolish since bringing his palace into battle, he might as well give her another reward aside from letting her live. The next curious thing though was just how she might react…


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    Re: Hardly a Snake... Definitely a Squirrel

    Post by Xiao Xiao on Sat Jan 18, 2014 7:51 pm

    It was her biiiiirthday! Or maybe it wasn't? Did she remember it wrong? No, it was this date....maybe? Honestly, she had had so many she kind of forgot it this date was her birthday or not but she was pretty sure it was! As sure as she was about what shampoo Vaati may have washed his hair with last night. NOT that she actually knew what shampoo but she could make a very, very good guess!

    Anyway, it was her birthday and she had cheerily taken the day off work, had gloriously slept in that extra hour or to she would had been up preparing for work. Here she was in her bed of patchwork fabrics, not quite remembering if she went to bed in human form or squirrel form last night but it was definitely squirrel now, and rolled over to face the ceiling. Honestly, what exactly was she to do today? She didn't know. She would happily spend it as she always did - doing whatever tasks or actions that struck her fancy that that exact moment in time - but this was her birthday and surely it should be spent doing something just a tiny bit more special?

    Well, she was over two hundred and after having so many birthdays, they shouldn't really matter so much any more if they were special or not... right? OH! Maybe she could make it more special by sleeping in even more? That is a fantastic idea! Aa, but Lord Vaati needs breakfast... but he can take care of himself... but maybe it would be nice to let him know. I mean, Xiao Xiao would like it if somebody left her a message to say 'Sorry. I am sleeping in. Please go on with breakfast without me.' then she wouldn't have to worry about waiting for said person to cook or eat. Yes, she wouldn't want Lord Pretty Hair to wonder if he should wait for her or not. Oh no, that would be inconsiderate. Right, let's pass a message.

    She crept out from her burrow of blankets, shivered at the temperature difference of the air versus her cosy nest then hopped off the the bed, landing in human form because it was easier to open the door. She peeked out from her room and shivered as the air in the hallway was even more different from that of her own room. Eyebat... eyebat... where was there a convenient eyebat when you need one? Oh there! NO! Don't fly the other direction! AHA!

    "Good morning, Mr. Bat!" For they were all called Mr. Bat to her. "I just need you to relay a message to Lord Vaati." Though she wasn't sure how an eyebat would relay it since they don't have mouths. She was sure Lord Vaati must be able to read the little creatures' minds just like Mr. Kev could.

    MORE importantly, why is does the eyebat who smell familiar?

    Xiao Xiao lifted a wing and started sniffing the little creature's large eye. "What did you fly past to get these very faint scent?"

    The answer flashed into her head in the form of an image and she gasped loudly. "BAOS!"

    ...

    "But... I didn't buy any from the shops recently nor made any and though similar they're not the plain ones I know how to make..." This was confusing. Curious, she started down the hall in the direction the eyebat came from. Part of the way to her mysterious destination, she figured that there was no way she could just go back and fall back asleep anymore, she magic-swapped her pyjamas for her usual outfit and with the golden hairpiece held between her teeth, she started working her hair.

    Just as she gathered the hair into a ponytail, she reached the room where the Baos smell seem to be coming from. Why is there Baos? She didn't buy any recently....

    The yaojing froze at the doorway of the dining room, head twitching between the place of steaming hot baos and her master standing there. It took her only five gaze switches to connect the dots, her mouth dropped open and the hairpiece that was held there clattered to the floor.

    "LORD VAATI?!" she cried, another gaze switch and then she dropped her hands from holding up her hair to reach out as she tackle hugged the wind mage. "FOR XIAO XIAO?!"
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    Re: Hardly a Snake... Definitely a Squirrel

    Post by Vaati on Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:55 am

    Vaati had only been by the dining area for a few minutes before he heard the characteristic pitch that Xiao Xiao was capable of hitting when she was truly surprised or stunned about something. Ah, so she had finally roused… granted, her sleep schedule could vary quite a bit regardless of her job down at the Valentine Boutique, but he was pleased that his timing had worked out rather well for this.

    The yaojing could be a thorn in his side, but the magical maiden was still as helpful as she was an enigma to him. Her curious loyalty was as unwavering as it was strange… that much had only seemed to increase from the day he had taken her up to the Palace of Winds. And right now, it seemed that his test and gift were both proving successful as she had just appeared in the doorway, outright freezing at what she saw before her.

    "Hmph," Vaati chuffed as Xiao Xiao began to quickly look between the plate and himself. Smirking the slightest bit in amusement at this initial reaction, he added, "Good morning, Xiao."

    Before the Wind Mage could ask if she was really so surprised though, he found her exclaiming his name and suddenly catching him in an embrace that he had just narrowly missed dodging. "GAH!" Oh sweet Hylia, he KNEW she would do this! How had she managed to best his speed here?!

    "Nngh," Vaati managed as he tried to steady himself in her tight hug. One advantage of the angle that she had tackled him at was that for once he stood a little taller than her with the way she was leaning over somewhat. It was minor, but hopefully it would help out here. "Yes Xiao Xiao, those are for you. It is your birthday, is it not?"

    Minion or not, he could still give her something. After all, she already gave her undying loyalty to him.
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    Re: Hardly a Snake... Definitely a Squirrel

    Post by Xiao Xiao on Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:28 pm

    She had been staying in the Palace of Winds ever since day two of her arrival in Portal Breach. After so long, you almost expected her to get bored or her stalkerish affections for wind mage would lose its intensity and Xiao would finally just adore him in a more refined and toned down manner. But no, with each event that happened, her love for Lord Vaati only increased all the more to the point that even she didn’t quite understand why.

    Xiao Xiao had long figured out (since a year of living here actually) that her master was not as faultless as she naively believed at first and from living in the palace for so long, she had gathered that he probably didn't have very good intentions planned for the present and future either. Instead of leaving though, she shrugged. He had given her a home when she had none, been kind enough to give her a room in his grand palace and, with the exception of certain areas and things, she was free to do as she pleased here.

    He did not mean her any harm as of yet nor in the future as long as she remained on his good side (she thought). From a combination of a loneliness, hero worship and time, the squirrel grew to genuinely him as her lord, knowing full well he did not and would not care for her the same amount she did for him and also that there might come a time in the future when he might betray her. How? Why? Because with how people disappear from this world, how you just won't know if you'll survive the next big thing to hit this world and her own personality. She decided that the future is unknown to her and will continue to be so why worry when the present is so fantastic. It wasn't like she was doing anything bad and she highly doubt her hanging around Lord Vaati would help his plans any or ruin her current life and relationships. If he did betray her in the future, she'll deal with it then. In the meantime, how can could she not love the wind mage even more when he cared enough to haves baos ready for her breakfast on her birthday.

    It touched her enough that he actually remembered her birthday much less made her something.

    "Good morning! Good morning! Good morning!" she squealed, rubbing her face into the mage's shoulder and squeezing him extra tight. "It is! YOU REMEMBERED! Thank you for remembering."

    He actually said that it was her birthday out loud thus confirming the baos were for her as a birthday treat and not just for a normal breakfast. It made her feel... special. Not all minions get birthday breakfasts, you know! She haven't seen the other minions in the palace getting any.

    Aaaaah! It should be illegal to be this happy this early in the morning! She almost wanted to pick her master up and spin him around but she'd think he wouldn't appreciate that....

    Instead, she stopped hugging him as if trying to mash the two of them together, pulled back and with her hands still on the Lord Vaati's arms, asked, "Are you going to have some too or have you had your own breakfast already?"
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    Re: Hardly a Snake... Definitely a Squirrel

    Post by Vaati on Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:57 pm

    Although Vaati knew that he might very well use Xiao Xiao to help fulfill his own plans in the future even more than the mild level he did now as far as information gathering went, he still had no reason to cause her any harm. She exhibited three incredibly powerful qualities that kept him not only intrigued in her, but ensured that he was willing to let her continue living at the Palace of Winds. She was a simple-minded squirrel demon, but she was still of great use to him… and being magical, strangely loyal, and a maiden were the three best traits she had to him.

    Only time would tell what the future would bring, though…

    As for the present, he still found himself in the death grip of a hug from the yaojing, her hold tightening as she wished him a good morning and nuzzled her face against his shoulder. Grunting as he tried to get to a better position to breathe easier, he simply nodded sharply, noting. "Of course I remembered. It's just a single date, and you have been a very loyal minion."

    Strange as it was to give her something, this experiment was proving quite successful thus far… and even though he only truly cared for himself, who said he could not give her something other than a room to stay in?

    Letting out a sudden sigh of relief as Xiao Xiao switched from hugging him to placing her hands upon her shoulders, Vaati glanced to the plate of baos at her question. It was a very large plate of them, after all… and he was curious as to just why she was so interested in them.

    "I might just do. There are plenty after all, and I can always make more if needed. You be sure to help yourself first, Xiao… it is your birthday, after all." That, and he could see if they really were THAT good regardless of his powerful magic…
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    Re: Hardly a Snake... Definitely a Squirrel

    Post by Xiao Xiao on Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:19 am

    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-deep breath-eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee~ He called her a very loyal minion AND he remembered her birthday. The sheer giddiness that those words brought was even more than when he offered her a room in her lovely palace when she arrived here. It was all she could do not to leap up and hug him many times more. She could barely contain how happy she was this morning!

    What a wonderful surprise! She was positively silly with glee and she knew she was acting like a complete goof right now in front of her lord but it didn’t matter~ Baos for breakfast. Baos for birthday breakfast! Baos made by Lord Vaati for her breakfast!

    With confirmation that the wind mage would join her in demolishing the steamed treats, Xiao nodded, giggled and picked up one of the baos. For two seconds, she juggled it from hand to hand as they were still hot to touch then she bit in. Her eyes widened, firstly because the yumminess of the custard filling hitting her tongue and the fluffy soft white exterior practically melting in her mouth and secondly...she puffed a few breathes, each letting out a trail of steam. The custard was scorching hot!

    Once there was no harm of scalding her throat, she swallowed and grinned foolishly up at her pretty haired lord. “Thank you!”

    Magic created or not, these were delicious. How did Lord Vaati create these? She was convinced he must had cooked them himself! Surely something like this can't be conjured up by magic if he didn't know what they taste like. Or.... did he?
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    Re: Hardly a Snake... Definitely a Squirrel

    Post by Vaati on Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:04 pm

    The Wind Mage moved to cross his arms once Xiao Xiao had properly freed him, her own attention truly fixed on the baos before her. He did raise an eyebrow though as she picked on up only to toss it back and forth between her hands for a few seconds. Did she not… oh for the love of… yes, they were still warm, but the could be cooled a bit before picking them up.

    With a slight sigh, Vaati then watched as his minion instead moved to actually bite her first bao, and based on both her reaction and her following words, it appeared that he had got the spell just right.

    Hmph. As if there was ever a single doubt.

    "Hm." Vaati nodded at Xiao's thanks, and after a few moments of watching her reaction, he noted, "I hope they are to your liking. I had read about these treats a while back after you made some of the savory ones, but this was my first time conjuring any myself."

    If they really were that good, perhaps he could use magic to whip up some savory as well as sweet ones for himself in the future…
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    Re: Hardly a Snake... Definitely a Squirrel

    Post by Xiao Xiao on Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:45 pm

    In Xiao's own personal opinion, eating them piping hot was the best way to eat them. Even if you have to juggle them from hand to hand because of the heat, there was a certain charm to biting into a hot bao and only being able to tear off a tiny bit of it because it's far too hot to place more than a bit at once in your mouth. The heat made it even better and this way of eating made her feel thankful for the food as well as feeling like the luckiest creature in the world.

    So it was that she finished her first bao then closed her eyes, cover her lips with her fingertips and rocked from side to side in loved happiness. "They are lovely~" she sang-songed then waved her arms a little as she reached out without leaving her seat to hug him again. The yaojing's hands managed to grab his sleeve and with some tugging, pulled him down and wrapped her arms about her master's shoulders again, humming. "Thank you, Lord Vaati! This squirrel is so happy. It's the best birthday present ever."

    Knowing that the wind mage didn't particularly like her constant disregards of his personal space and that her ever sqeezy tackle hug from earlier had probably maxed out all hugging quota Lord Vaati may had had for the day (maybe even week), the hug was kept short. Xiao turned her attention back to the baos, plucking another piping hot one from the dish and repeated the actions of juggling it lightly between her fingertips before she bit in, squeeing in contentment as she tasted the custard.

    She was such a spoilt minion! She must think of something extravagant for Lord Vaati's birthday now!
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    Re: Hardly a Snake... Definitely a Squirrel

    Post by Vaati on Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:44 am

    Vaati nodded almost imperceptibly as Xiao Xiao confirmed that she quite liked the baos. Her own reaction had effectively done so, but hearing her say that they were 'lovely' simply cemented it. However, that simple nod soon shifted into a look of sheer disbelief and the slightest hint to disdain as he found his sleeve not only caught but tugged. "NGH!"

    In short order, he was pulled down and caught in another hug around his shoulders as the squirrel demon thanked him once more and noted just how happy she was. Managing to suppress the better part of his aggravation, Vaati stated, "Yes… you're welcome, Xiao. Now let. Me. GO."

    Thankfully, this embrace was in fact kept short regardless of his own firm words. Despite his readiness to be so, he had made sure to stay his position without being too stern. He was never one to hesitate when he felt such was needed even with Xiao, but regardless of the specific day, the Wind Mage did not feel that he needed to be more than just a little firm there.

    Standing back up and straightening out his shirt, Vaati glanced back to the plate full of baos, inwardly deciding that he might try one after his minion had enjoyed a few more. After all, it was best to let them cool down a little bit.
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    Re: Hardly a Snake... Definitely a Squirrel

    Post by Xiao Xiao on Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:51 pm

    When she first arrived to the Breach, she had not cared very much what her Lord Pretty Hair thought in regards to her constant shower of affection upon himself. This was not because she wasn’t aware of it. Quite the opposite, she was very aware of it but she did nothing to curb that excitable nature of hers. If she felt like hugging the mage, she was hugging the mage! For the old Xiao, as long as she did not overdid it within twenty four hours, it was fine. Thankfully and miraculously, Xiao Xiao had managed stay alive up to now and had not been turned into stone (yet). She had somehow or the other tested the wind mage’s patience to the brink but never beyond (yet).

    Over the years, things happened, the yaojing had two more years of maturity to add to her two hundred and something age. Over time, she learnt better control over her own excitable, clingy and borderline obsessive personality especially so when she knew her official place in the palace. She may still tackle hug Lord Vaati with just as much enthusiasm as before but the amount of time her lord found himself enveloped in her arms had significantly shortened and the time between these extravagant displays of affection had lengthened. Xiao was a good squirrel, she would tell herself. She was a good minion. And good minions do not hug their master every day. No, they only hug their master every er… fortnight or so. Maybe every three weeks if she gets distracted enough. Four if Vaati was in a bad mood in the third week. See, she can be considerate of his feelings too!

    She pushed the last of her newest bao into her mouth and reached for another with her other hand almost immediately. The treats are nothing new to the yaojing since she made them herself from time to time but they were special in that it was for her birthday and it was from Lord Vaati. That alone made their taste out of this world and she was ridiculously happy.

    “Um…” she hesitated as she juggled another hot steamed bao. Her tone turned curious. “Is this all or should I be expecting something more later as well?”

    Because honestly, she wouldn’t know if she could resist melting into a happy puddle of goo if there was more.
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    Re: Hardly a Snake... Definitely a Squirrel

    Post by Vaati on Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:25 am

    Whilst Xiao Xiao had continued to be quite an enigma even after Vaati had invited the would-be source of power and maiden into his palace, he had to admit that she had certainly grown in many ways. In some respects, she had almost grown on him… she had come to respect his personal space far more, and around her increasing level of usefulness both here and as a link to the world below, her odd loyalty had continued to be a source of interest to him. He knew that he had originally taken her in before he knew just what she was, but even so… she was still unflinchingly loyal to him.

    It was a strange concept to the Wind Mage, but he appreciated it as much as he was intrigued by it. And if something so simple could help him further learn about this curiosity as well as show that he did appreciate what all she did for him? Then he was perfectly set to do such actions. After all, it was a simple bit of magic, really.

    Vaati raised an eyebrow as Xiao began to speak once more, right before a rather amused smile appeared across his lips. Oh-ho-ho, now that was interesting… if she had reacted that keenly to a dish that she enjoyed, how might his loyal non-monster minion react to something that fulfilled another catergoy of things that she was fond of? It was yet another way to prove that he did like how she helped out at the palace as well as by serving as a pair of eyes and ears for him, and of course it could further temper the connection his minion might have here. She was already supremely loyal… and this might only add to her happiness and the usefulness that brought.

    "Perhaps there is a bit more…" noted Vaati, his smile shifting into more of a smirk. "If there is, would you like to receive it now or later?"
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    Re: Hardly a Snake... Definitely a Squirrel

    Post by Xiao Xiao on Thu May 01, 2014 11:23 am

    The squirrel waited with bao-stuffed cheeks for her lord's answer. When she had asked about the possibility of more gifts, she had very much been expecting the answer to be a straight up negative. To think that he did not immediately answer 'No'... Xiao Xiao slowed her chewing to stare unblinkingly at the mage.

    Perhaps...

    Perhaps!

    The chewing stopped altogether and she stared at Lord Vaati with eyes so wide that you thought the wind mage had just admitted declared his love for her (or something along those lines) instead of smirking and hinting there could be something else on the agenda today.

    But… how and WHY? Xiao sucked in a deep breath, unsure what this all meant. Was he treating her nicer because she was a good minion? Did she do something particularly outstanding recently that earned her this? Or was she being treated nice because there was something else in the works? Like he had something supremely dangerous up his sleeves that she need to be buttered into doing? Actually… did it really matter if there were ulterior motives or not? One of the many Xiaos inside the squirrel’s own imaginative world shook her head and the action was quickly copied by all the other Xiaos in there.

    Whether there was a reason behind Lord Vaati’s actions or not, it did not matter. She loved him (almost) unconditionally at this point anyway - to this, all the Xiaos agreed unanimously - so whatever was or could happen, she’d still go about doing it anyway.

    Finally swallowing the contents in her mouth, she reached for another bao the same time she chirped a delighted, “Now please!”

    And all the Xiaos in her imaginary world braced themselves for the ensuing meltdown in happiness.
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    Re: Hardly a Snake... Definitely a Squirrel

    Post by Vaati on Tue May 13, 2014 4:25 am

    Vaati waited patiently as the gears in Xiao Xiao's head seemed to start to turn after having come to a sudden halt at his answer and subsequent question. Her wide-eyed look and deep breath soon appeared to indicate that once her mind started moving again, it had sprinted ahead to breakneck speed, likely running through all sorts of wild scenarios and unlikely possibilities that were behind his response. He kept his red gaze steady though, and whether she caught it or not, he did so to prove that there was nothing truly at work here save him giving another small token to his loyal minion.

    Once she finally replied in the positive, the Wind Mage simply smirked a bit more in amusement. Nodding, he noted, "Very well then. I do think you'll like this…"

    At that, Vaati reached behind his back into the space where he stored his wallet. He did always keep some credits on him for the few times he ventured down to the city, but there were always a few other bits of currency that he held onto in there. It was not for the sake of nostalgia so much as it was a sense of control. The familiarity and lighter form of power that he knew from the currency of Hyrule was something that he had appreciated back home, and he had only grown to like them even more here. They might not have got him anywhere in the shops, but they did serve other purposes… mostly for his own means, but also for rare cases with other individuals.

    Presenting a single green Rupee to Xiao, Vaati stated, "Here you are, then… something from my homeworld, just for you."

    It might not have amounted to much on its own back in Hyrule, but there, every Rupee counted… and here, it could mean far more on its own without being taken to an exchange.


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    Re: Hardly a Snake... Definitely a Squirrel

    Post by Xiao Xiao on Wed May 21, 2014 5:50 pm

    “I’m sure I’ll love it,” Xiao squeed. Forget liking, she would love ANYTHING the mage gave her right now. He could give her a new broom to sweep the hall with and she would still love it. He could even tell her to sweep it right now and she’d still be dazzlingly chirpy.  

    When her lord reached behind his back, Xiao stuffed the rest of the bao she was eating in her mouth and hurrying wiped her hands on a napkin. She must have clean grabby hands for her upcoming gift. What could it be? A new hair brush? A hair pin? A fancy hair ribbon? A hair clip?

    What she LEAST expected though was a pretty green gem. Her eyes widened, her hands reached out to take it before she blinked and then she shrank away nervously. “That looks expensive, are you sure, Lord Vaati?” she asked. She was given a GEM. A pretty GEM! She had seen some of these somewhere in the palace before (where exactly, she cannot recall) and had gasped before immediately slamming the chest shut like a guilty child caught peeking at something they shouldn’t have. Touch Vaati’s treasure without permission, this squirrel will not.

    It was from his homeworld and it was pretty and sparkly. Gem-wise, she only has one set in her collection that was truly sparkly and not a well polished pebble she picked up around the Breach. To expand that collection….She would LOVE to have it and her heart was beyond melted at this point to think that the owner of the Palace of Winds would actually part with something like this for her, but….It’s far too precious! How could she take it?

    Again, her mind went forward at the speed of light. What did she do to deserve this? Or maybe what was she expected TO do to deserve it?
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    Re: Hardly a Snake... Definitely a Squirrel

    Post by Vaati on Sun Jun 22, 2014 4:54 pm

    As expected, Xiao was incredibly surprised with the presentation of the green Rupee, and at her uncertain question, Vaati simply nodding. "Of course I am sure. This is something from Hyrule known as a Rupee. They are used as currency there, much the way that credits are utilized here, but as you can see, they're far nicer than any system involving paper and plastic." They also carried more value right on their own, and whilst he did not openly value Rupees the same that many might have back home, he still appreciated the fact that they were their own worth instead of a representation of such.

    "It might not carry any monetary value here, but as you can see, it is quite pretty, and certainly a nice thing to hold onto," noted the Wind Mage. "Whether you have seen me holding any of them in passing in the palace or not, I thought that you might like this as another gift on this day of yours. After all, as perfect as food is, I thought my loyal minion might enjoy something that would last her far longer than a single meal. I hope it is a fitting token for your birthday."

    It was a simple gift, but regardless of her mind, Vaati had long since learned that Xiao Xiao loved and appreciated a great number of simple things. Regardless of the fact that it was rather shiny, a green Rupee was all but perfect to help exemplify that, and just as it helped temper the unfailing loyalty she had already shown to him, he did hope that she appreciated it just as much if not more than the baos.


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