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ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴏᴅᴛᴇᴀᴍ ᴏғ ʜᴀᴅʀɪᴇʟ ([personal profile] hadrielmods) wrote in [community profile] hadriel_logs2017-07-16 10:38 am

Event Log: Stepford Summer

Who: Everyone participating in the event
What: The Stepford Summer event!
Where: Across the city
When: July 16th-July 25th
Warnings: None!

Good morning, neighbor!

On the 16th, everyone wakes up feeling a little more... complete. The sun is shining, your bed is nice and comfortable and when you throw off the blankets, your perfect dog (probably named Spot) is sitting eagerly at your feet, waiting to be fed and walked.

The newspaper smacks against your porch and the paper boy calls out in hello as he cycles off further down the road. Sure, you can't actually read the strange symbols on the paper, but it's nice to have the ritual of it in the first place. Your parent or your sibling or your significant other is busy making pancakes in the kitchen when you come in, filling the room with the smell of delicious cooking. Yum!

The rest of the day is much like this. You straighten your tie, adjust your blazer and head off to work at a normal place, doing normal things. So what if you work with a guy who's actually a demon, or a seven foot tall elf? That's normal, isn't it?

There are cracks in the illusion, of course, but whether you're able to put it together is on you. Why would you want to, anyway? You have so many great relatives and an awesome support system, you're drinking awesome coffee every morning, and maybe you'll treat yourself to some ice cream at night before bed. What could be better?

Certainly not the cave. You don't want to remember that, do you?

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onlyanautomaton: (good day to you)

Vyner's Toys (OTA; 7/16-20)

[personal profile] onlyanautomaton 2017-07-19 04:37 am (UTC)(link)
Oscar couldn't be prouder to serve the Vyner twins. It was an honor to be appointed the most essential task of running their store immediately upon his creation, but in the last few months he has begun to volunteer for other tasks as well. He gladly runs their errands for them now. Their health has been failing and they need to rest at the behest of their doctors. They now devote most of their time to making and repairing toys. When they are not working or resting, they pore over countless books or go for their evening constitutional in the nearby park. In recent weeks, Oscar has taken to accompanying them on their leisurely strolls. He has also come to be the one who advises them not to go out when it is too cold. They don't always listen.

The Vyners' charity efforts throughout their younger years seem to have promised them good business for the remainder of their lives. The people of Pleasant Valley remember things like the batch of magnificent toys that regularly arrived on the doorstep of the children's hospital. But even their glowing reputations and wonderful talents can't guarantee them eternal success; technology is evolving and people like the Vyners will soon be left behind by the world.

This doesn't concern Oscar. The most important thing to him is that his creators live out their glory years in maximum comfort. This has only been reinforced by the recent passing of a friend, the kind Dr. Undine Valentine, mother of one and beloved wife of Pleasant Valley's mailman. Oscar is still in the process of categorizing the feelings it evoked in him when he heard news of her untimely death to that dreadful disease two weeks ago.

Anyone who enters Vyner's Toys will find beautifully handcrafted toys that are guaranteed to last; an additional free toy repair service is included with every toy sold. The store is usually very quiet, the only sounds of note being the chime of the doorbell when a customer enters, the noises a customer's shoes might make on the polished hardwood floor, and the oddly satisfying ka-ching of the cash register to signal each sale. If a music box has not fully wound down after being tested by a customer, one might also hear it steadily working through its notes.

The miniature model train set in the window display is by far the most popular attraction, complete with tunnels through miniature hills, intricately constructed miniature towns, and miniature humans and farm animals, all with their own distinct features, dotted across the landscape. At the back of the display inside the store is an impressive range of train sets and an array of other possible additions a customer may wish to include in their own miniature rail network.

Next to the model train section are the shelves on which a variety of classic board games sit, each board and its pieces carefully carved and individually painted by the Vyners themselves, as well as jigsaw puzzles and decks of cards ordered on request. Then there are the toys that tend to be appreciated most by young boys: objects like frisbees, yo-yos and footballs. Girls usually gravitated toward the doll displays and became captivated by the jewelry boxes on offer, each one uniquely assembled and some with a built-in music box mechanism.

Newly installed shelves lining one of the outer sides of the counter offer a range of toys designed specifically for young infants; the xylophones are among the store's top sellers. Along the back wall resides larger objects like colorful toy chests, pretend cookware and wooden doll houses. Lastly, behind a glass panel is a well-lit display meant for a dazzling assortment of expertly crafted ornaments. Unfortunately, the only item to be seen in it lately is the grand model amusement park, in which children young and old, parents and collectors alike have expressed an avid interest. Oscar is sure it won't be in want of an owner for much longer.

More often than not, standing behind the counter situated in the center of the store is the Vyners' automaton caretaker, Oscar, ready to greet customers of all ages. Whether you are browsing for a gift and seeking a second opinion, dropping in to chat, or wish to be left to ogle the goods in peace, Oscar is happy to oblige.
Edited 2017-07-19 04:41 (UTC)
so_dark_a_road: (gaze no more in the bitter glass #1)

The toy shop!

[personal profile] so_dark_a_road 2017-07-20 07:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Curufin comes in and greets the automaton as usual. "Good morning, Oscar!" He has been a regular at the store for years. Today he is not not looking for anything in particular, just browsing. But he always buys something or other when he is here, even if he does not have a particular child in mind to give the toy to.

Today, the train sets are drawing his attention.
onlyanautomaton: (do give her my very best wishes)

[personal profile] onlyanautomaton 2017-07-22 07:53 am (UTC)(link)
"Good morning, Curufin," he replies, politely raising a hand in greeting. The gentleman is one of their regular customers. As Oscar understands it, he often gifts his purchases to children that aren't his own. A charitable sort, not unlike his creators.

Oscar takes great pride in running this store, but it is particularly satisfying to watch people drift toward the train section, almost as though the trains were of his own making. Well, not quite. The feeling... it is not an easy feeling to describe. But it is that feeling that has him watching the miniature train do its rounds sometimes. It never once stops at a station, possessing zero tolerance for delays.

"I'm sorry to say that we won't have any new products on our shelves this coming week." Mister and Madame Vyner expressed a strong desire for him to voice this to some of their regulars. The pace at which they craft their creations has slowed somewhat since their most recent visit to their respective doctors. Oscar takes that to mean they are heeding their doctors' instructions to better their health.
Edited 2017-07-22 07:57 (UTC)
so_dark_a_road: (the light of Aman in their eyes)

[personal profile] so_dark_a_road 2017-07-23 09:07 am (UTC)(link)
"That is all right, Oscar. I look forward to your new products, but I love the old ones, too. I think I am going to buy a train set today. I don't know why these things fascinate me, but they do. If I didn't have a son, and if I didn't have my brother's and my friends' children to think of, and even if I didn't have the Children's Hospital to donate to, I'd still want those marvelous trains for something or for somebody!"

"How much for this one?" He is looking at the most intricately crafted train set, watching it make its circles around the tracks. Being a craftsman and a fair mechanic and woodworker himself, he can appreciate the levels of effort the maker must have put into this clever little car-pulling vehicle.
onlyanautomaton: (i don't think you will ever return home)

[personal profile] onlyanautomaton 2017-07-27 02:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Oscar automatically states the price of his personal favorite train set. It is the most expensive set available.

"The floor model is not for sale. Each of its components are sold separately. They are all located on the top shelf on your left. I can offer you a thirty percent discount for buying a decorative scenery set as well."

The orders he is obliged to follow demand that the store's main showpiece must stay in its place. It cannot be purchased. Oscar wouldn't have it any other way.
so_dark_a_road: (Amon Ereb)

[personal profile] so_dark_a_road 2017-07-29 09:35 am (UTC)(link)
"All right. I'll take one set, with all the components. And I will avail myself of the discount, since you so kindly offer it! I think my son Cel would like the scenery set as well as the train set."

He goes to the indicated shelves and picks out one of each of the boxes, so that he has the entire collection of components. He brings the whole stack in his arms to the counter and piles them there. "I think I have them all. Ring me up!"

He gets the importance of keeping the floor model as a showpiece. He does this in the jewelry store. Some of the more elaborate pieces of jewelry are not for sale, and when a customer wants one of them, Curufin crafts an identical piece from scratch.
onlyanautomaton: (of course,kate walker)

[personal profile] onlyanautomaton 2017-08-04 11:37 am (UTC)(link)
Oscar punches the numbers into the register with practiced flare; all of the store's products and their prices have been perfectly memorized. The discount brings down the total. He states the reduced cost of Curufin's purchases, looking expectantly at his customer.

"And how is your family, Curufin?" he asks, waiting patiently for the aforementioned sum to be given to him.
so_dark_a_road: (flickers of light)

[personal profile] so_dark_a_road 2017-08-06 08:36 am (UTC)(link)
Curufin digs his wallet out of his pocket and pulls out a wad of bills, from which he peels off the required number. He counts the bills out in twenties, tens, and fives, and then digs out some coins to make up the exact amount. "There you go!"

"Oh, my family are doing well. Yukari is a genius at getting people to spend money on jewelry, so I don't have to do anything but make the stuff. He and Kylo do a great job of managing the store; they're a couple of business geniuses. Little Cel is going to be a jeweler, too, I think. Or else a sculptor. It's hard to tell at his age, except that he's in love with smithing."

"And how is your life and work going, Oscar?" he asks, curiously.