Shopkeeping

Ash
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4:11 AM - May 09, 2014 #1

While her latest travels might have been over, Ash's work was far from the same. All those kinds of people that she had met, all the different sorts of strengths, powers, and needs that they showed. Especially the needs that only a few special kinks could fulfill. And thus her head was buzzing with new ideas for toys, some that might only take some tinkering with an older version she had pre-existing, others that may even take months to get the prototypes working. But in the end, a dragon like her had nothing but time on her hands to fill with tasks like these.

That said, she also had to fix a few of the toys that had wound up broken, either by rough handling by customers, or when the road beneath the wagon had ended up far bumpier than planned. Her shop was open for business, but she was through a doorway behind the counter, working at a wooden bench. A bell at the shop's door should be enough for her to hear if any customers came in, but it was looking to be a pretty dead day for her. Maybe the weather outside had taken a turn for the worse?

That mattered little to the Toy Maker though, using the extra time to put a dent into her workload. At the moment, she was slowly twisting a screwdriver into the inner workings of one of her vibrators, having noticed one of it's settings not acting as it should have. A little fine tuning should fix that right up and have it working better than ever! Up after that was one of her tentacle boxes, that unfortunately had developed a tendency to have it's voice activation be a lot more sensitive. As in, nearly any loud noise would cause it to go straight to work, no matter if it was from an actual person or not. For now, the box sat quietly on the bench, working its turn of being pried open and pulled apart to see what the problem was.
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6:45 AM - May 15, 2014 #2

Weather had never been an issue for the Dark Diabolo. Rain never made contact with her figure, for it turned to vapor around her from the veil of heat that her body gave off, shrouding the Empress of Mrak in a cylinder of mist. The two guards who walked behind her were partially soaked, but offered no compliant as they accompanied their Queen through the streets of the Scorpion city. Every so often, Empress Belladona would tire of the cheerful ongoing within the castle and venture outward - either on business or simply for something to do other than being driven up the wall by motherfucking divinists.

Her plans were dropping into place. Soon, they wouldn't be divinists at all and it would no longer be a hinderance.

But for now, the diabolo was merely searching for something entertaining. It wouldn't be long before she spotted a curious shop in the distance. Without so much as a word or a gesture, the queen teleported to the front door, leaving her guards to be soaked by the rain completely as they rushed to catch up. She didn't wait for them, and pushed open the door with a single digit, letting out a heavy sigh. The Queen had to duck more than half way down to get through the door. That was the problem with everyday buildings outside of the castle; doorways weren't built for people like her. Always having to duck was an annoyance that she often forgot in the rest of the world until she was actually there, remembering why she hated leaving the castle in the first place. Well, to go into other places anyway.

Her scorpion tail flicked once, pulling the door closed behind her while she took a curious look around...


I plant the seed to make them struggle harder
I reap their tears, bring harvest from their misery
Repent, repeat; the force of life is scattered
Indeed, I try to cleanse it to infinity!
Feel your soul depart, now your flesh is my own art

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7:04 AM - May 15, 2014 #3

One of Ash's wings twitched as she heard the bell for the front shop door ringing, a sign that someone must have stepped in. Oh, a customer had actually come in today? It was either that, or a local tradesman who had agreed to sell her some new tools, but he wasn't meant to come around until tomorrow morning. Still, guess it was time for Ash to pause her toy-fixing and see if she could help the customer find anything in particular. About to take a step, the dragoness also heard a soft click nearby, recognising it instantly as that of her tentacle box.

The one that was broken.

The one that had an error where it would activate even at the sound of a bell.

"Oh shit." She barely had time to whisper and half twist back to it, before the tentacles started uncurling and whipping out from the box to grab at her legs.

Ash dropped to the floor and onto her back with a soft thump, landing behind the doorway to be just in sight of anyone who might be looking over the counter. The tentacles didn't care, already busy with spiralling over her legs and further upwards even as she attempted to wrangle them away. Sure, she enjoyed indulging in her toys every now and then, but there was time for fun and pleasure, and now wasn't it! Not when there was a new customer that might be potentially scared off by seeing a toy act this way on their first visit!

"Ah, I'll be right out!" She called towards whoever it was, hoping they couldn't see what was going on as she grabbed yet another tentacle making its way up her thigh. Stumbling back onto her feet with some tentacles still curled around her legs, Ash reached up to the toy box's lid and slammed it down, causing a cry of pain to come from within as the tentacles that got caught quickly receded back inside. Thank the forces that be that she had thought to make a forced shutdown method.

A little flushed in the face, Ash put a lock on the box's lid before coming out of the back room, not prepared to have that happen again so soon after the first time. "Welcome to the Treasure Chest! How may I help you?" The energetic spiel was out before the dragon could even realise who exactly was in her shop. Sure, she hadn't grown up in Mrak, and had only owned the shop here for a couple of years now, but even she could recognise the Empress of Mrak in all her armour.

Regardless, it barely mattered who stepped into her shop. Whether they were just a wide-eyed human, or a woman in control of the country this shop was in, Ash would treat all customers with respect. And it was that thought that kept the happy shopkeeper's smile on her face while she waited for an answer.
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2:55 PM - May 15, 2014 #4

A soft thump made the Queen tilt her head up, turning towards the location of the sound. Without even trying, she was able to see over the owner's desk to see the woman in question wrestling with what seemed to be tendrils of some kind - not that one would be able to tell. For a moment, she was amused... Least until it was clear that the owner was winning that battle. Inhaling deeply, she snickered. Dragon. The Dark Diabolo turned her attention back to the rest of the shop to look over some of the toys on display, hearing the shopkeeper say that she would be right out. "Take your time." Belladona replied, taking a moment to browse the selection.

By the time Ash emerged, the Queen was looking over lingerie that she imagined her favorite girls wearing. Mmm. Without turning, she replied. "The question is not what you can do for me, but what I'm going to do for you." Turning then, a hand raised from under her cape to gesture around the shop. "I'll take one of each of everything you have." She said, letting her hand return into the folds of her cape. Closing the distance between them in a single bound, the diabolo towered over the young dragon, slowly looking her up and down - not that Ash would know thanks to the queen's helm. "And I do mean everything." Her voice was a low, seductive almost purr... Her only question after that would be how much was owed.


I plant the seed to make them struggle harder
I reap their tears, bring harvest from their misery
Repent, repeat; the force of life is scattered
Indeed, I try to cleanse it to infinity!
Feel your soul depart, now your flesh is my own art

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3:14 PM - May 15, 2014 #5

Woah. Okay, she hadn't been expecting anyone to buy that much in one go from her, but given that the customer in question was the Empress of Mrak, perhaps it was to be expected. The queen was well known for having a harem back at her castle, and adding to it whenever she spotted a particularly good subject. A lot of these toys were likely to end up in a very nice home because of this. But it was still a whole ton of toys to suddenly go in one transaction!

Ash looked out over what she had on display, trying to mentally calculate off the top of her head just how much Belladona would have to spend today. The sudden closeness of the queen did little to change her mood, used to having customers that did not seem to understand personal space, or just disregarded it completely.

"Just one of everything on display? Nothing in any certain sizes, or any special orders that you might like to make?" Maybe the queen was strong enough to take any size toy, but whether all of her harem could do the same was a different question. Still, if this was what the empress wanted, Ash would have to obey, both as a shopkeeper and as a temporary subject of this land.

Looking up, the dragoness caught a slight tilting to the helm that Belladona was wearing as the queen looked down upon her. Was she... was she checking Ash out? "It could take a while to calculate the exact amount, and we'd also need to organise how to ship them all up to your home." Ash said, thinking of what else might be needed for such a massive order. She would definitely need to call in her assistants to help box up all the toys in time. "But I'm pretty sure it could all be worked out and sent to your home before the day is out."
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4:27 PM - May 15, 2014 #6

"No," Belladona was swift to reply, letting her gaze flick about. 'Everything on display' was such a limiting statement. If it was one thing she knew, it was that lots of good things were always in the back. She cared not for going over each and every one outright at the moment, but she would have a list of everything that she was going to be paying for. "I mean everything you have in the shop - including anything in the back, and also includes one of every size, shape, and what have you. And... We'll not speak of special orders yet until this one is completed to my liking."

The owner began to talk about specifics and how to organize the shipping. The Empress held up her hand. "You're a dragon," She said. "Can't you use dragon magic to pack everything and what not?" Letting her hand drop, she paused before she continued. "Don't worry about shipping. I can cover my own. However, I will give you specifics: I want a master list of the items and their prices. Every box should also have a list of the items in it as well as a basic description of each. You will be paid accordingly when they arrive." But before that... She spotted something of interest and pointed at it. Before all of those things arrived, she should at least have some idea as to what she was getting herself into. "Pray tell... What is that and how is it used, miss...?" She trailed off, leaving room for the dragoness to fill in the gap.
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I plant the seed to make them struggle harder
I reap their tears, bring harvest from their misery
Repent, repeat; the force of life is scattered
Indeed, I try to cleanse it to infinity!
Feel your soul depart, now your flesh is my own art

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1:13 AM - May 16, 2014 #7

Well, her shop was definitely going to be cleaned out after this order. One of everything, in every size available, and not just of what was on display. That basically only left out the broken toys she had out back and the surplus stock. Ash might have to shut down the shop for a few days after this, in order to replenish what she had on display.

"Perhaps, but dragon magic isn't exactly meant to be used for tasks like filling boxes." Ash joked, a little amused when people thought magic cured any chore. "If I was to use my magic to help out, I'd be more likely to wind up with a couple of broken windows during it." Wind magic might be good for tossing away people or things from her, but trying to carefully manipulate toys into boxes without accidentally throwing them against a wall was tricky, and something she preferred to avoid trying.

But it appeared now that the queen's interest had caught on an object in particular. "Hm? Oh, that one." Trust the toy would prove to be her other, working, copy of the broken box she had tucked away in the back room. Unlike the other one, it had remained quiet so far, it's programming working as it should. "That would be a Tentacle Box. The name pretty much explains what's inside and what it does. It's programmed to activate only from specific phrases from its owner, and how it acts can be programmed by voice too."

It was also one of her few original designs, so no other toy makers had any of their own. The few that tried often wound up getting slapped by tentacles, or with a patent lawsuit.
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2:24 AM - May 16, 2014 #8

If her helm had been off, the dragoness would have seen the Queen arch a solitary black brow. For a time, she was silent. "... Something tells me you haven't had much practice with magic." She said finally, inhaling deeply. As the longest lived Empress in all of Lore, she was a testament that magic could indeed "cure" just about any chore if one knew how to use it correctly. To hear one of the younger generation think that to be amusing baffled the eon old diabolo, especially when nobles in the castle used it all the time for the most mundane things.

She also noted that the owner had either ignored or missed the part where she was supposed to plug in her name. Belladona let it slide for the time being, analyzing the strange box that was described to have... Tendrils inside of it. It was something that some of her harem members would like, and that was enough for her. "I see." She said, turning her head. Personally, if she wanted to 'play' with tentacles, she would use the tendrils of darkness spell... So she browsed for a more moderate toy - one of the larger vibrators. Crossing her arms, her tail flicked to summon over the owner as she spoke over her shoulder. "How many settings does this have?"


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I reap their tears, bring harvest from their misery
Repent, repeat; the force of life is scattered
Indeed, I try to cleanse it to infinity!
Feel your soul depart, now your flesh is my own art

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2:54 AM - May 16, 2014 #9

"Perhaps." She had spent far more time focusing on how to make toys over her centuries after all. The natural magic that came to dragons was certainly a part of her, but it was always more interesting for Ash to be able to work with her hands. Her cousins would probably be laughing at her right now if they were here to hear that comment. "I prefer to think of it as wanting to take extra care with my toys."

But it appeared the interest that Belladona had shown in the toy was waning, moving on to another nearby. Her eyes wandered over to another special design toy, this time of a large vibrator. "Ah, that's a good one. It has all the normal settings you would expect of a vibrator, and then some, but it also be set to remodel itself when inside."

Walking over to the display to reach out to the toy, Ash pressed a small button located at its base. In response, the silicone covering of the toy shifted, spreading out wider and reducing its height. "If you press that while using it, it spreads out to find where the exact pleasure points are, to provide more focus on those areas. It can be reset for as many times as wanted as well, if more than one person is going to use it."

If there was one thing that Ash loved about her job just as much as she did finding proper homes for each and every one of her toys, it was being able to talk about all the things her toys could do. "It also comes with a clitoral attachment that can do much the same." She added, happy to keep talking about it.
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10:57 PM - May 18, 2014 #10

'Extra care with my toys' could be taken in so many ways that it wasn't even funny. The Queen decided to leave that as it were, regardless of the environment in which she had found herself in. Or rather, willingly walked into.

As the dragoness came over to join her, the Empress of Mrak drank in the display. There was enough room on it for someone to sit beside the toy. The toymaker explained that the vibrator she was looking at had other settings alongside the norm, as well as being able to remodel itself inside. Ash demonstrated by pushing a button and letting it flower and shrink, going on to explain that it was designed to find pleasure points and to focus on those areas. Unfortunately, it was impossible to see or tell if anything she was saying was catching the dark diabolo's interest - what with the queen merely listening and her helm concealing her features.

For Belladona, however, it was interesting in several ways... One of which she envisioned using something similar, but for an entirely different purpose: Pain.

Apparently the thing also came with a clitoral attachment. "Oh?" Her head dipped slightly in the owner's direction. "Show me." She expected the dragoness to literally just show off the toy, but that wasn't what she meant. Should Ash start to do as she expected, she would simply pick the woman up and set her on the display next to the toy. The queen would then pick that toy up and hand it to her without a word, her hands vanishing under her cape once more. She shouldn't have to. The dragoness was an adult toymaker... Such things should be second nature to her.


I plant the seed to make them struggle harder
I reap their tears, bring harvest from their misery
Repent, repeat; the force of life is scattered
Indeed, I try to cleanse it to infinity!
Feel your soul depart, now your flesh is my own art

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For Queen and Country

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