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Jaede Akuchi

The faithful customer with too much time on her hands.

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a character in “The One Stop Psychic Shop”, as played by LazyBug

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PERSONNEL FILE

Name:
Jaede Riley Akuchi

Age:
Twenty

Birthday:
September 19th

Position:
Self-proclaimed beloved customer.

Occupation:

Proofreads and edits articles in local magazines.


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PERSONAL FILE

Sexuality:
Heterosexual

Personality:
| easy-going || polite || indecisive || kind || naïve || inattentive |

Jaede is normal—ridiculously, stupidly normal. She's absolutely vexed by her normality, and if given the option would consume a thousand potions just to be like the people she interacts with at the store. Of course, she tries—with never much success as of yet.

As a person, Jaede prides herself in her honest and easy-going nature. She's not too fussed on looks or beauty standards if she knows you're a good person—and in her time visiting the shop she's learnt well not to judge books by their covers. Jay tries to be nice to everyone she meets, and even though its not always possible, she tries. She can sometimes be a bit too trusting for her own good, however, and can find herself being taken advantage of if she doesn't properly distinguish between those with good intentions, and those without. It's extremely difficult for her when the person has good intentions but is, objectively, using her. Her naïvety and wanting everyone she meets to be as good-willed as she is can sometimes bring her down when she meets those that don't live up to those standards. Still, most worries she has can be let go in two heartbeats, staying relatively carefree despite any workload or social issues. Of course, pushing her worries aside isn't the best way to handle them, but she never pays it much mind.

Jay lacks decisiveness and self-control, preferring to distract herself with anything but the task at hand, and despite her adulthood remains a child in many ways. One could talk to her for five minutes and she'd return with a "Hm? Sorry, I wasn't listening." It might strike some as odd how someone could be so inattentive but despite this she'll usually be quite sorry afterwards.

Jay wouldn't call herself a social butterfly, but she enjoys the company of others and has developed an attachment to the people inhabiting the shop. The nature of it and the magic that goes on inside it captivates her.

History:
Jaede has few memories of her mother, who left when she was ten, but the few she has she treasures enormously. Her mother was a psychic, and it's the stories her mother told her, and the books she left behind that sparked Jay's near-unhealthy interest in the psychic. Despite her love for it, and exploration into it during her teenage years, Jay never exhibited any signs of inheriting her mother's gift.

Even as a single parent, her father was well-positioned in a media company and their financial wants were never many. However because of his work, he was rarely at home, and for her teenage years he hired a "nanny"--a fancy name for someone only a few years older than her who came around and looked after her while her father was out, and taught her about womanly things. He was a doting parent when he was around, and
Unable to fit into the first school she went to, she switched four times before finding a small one she was comfortable in, then staying there for the rest of her schooling.
Jay had good grades in school, excelling particularly in English, and had a few good friends, but as graduation neared she didn't really know what she wanted to do. She is pursing a small career in editing local magazine articles, but has never really had a passion for it. Wanting to find out more about the world her mother was a part of, she looked for information, and about a year after graduation she happened upon the shop.

Now, having visited the shop every spare moment she can, she's built herself a small home inside it. She calls herself their most loyal customer, and makes sure to buy something every time she visits--even if it's only small.

Likes:
Jaede loves talking to the employees at the store and learning about "psychic stuff". Her favourite time to get work done is in the evenings with a cup of milk and some dark mint chocolate. Her favourite drink is strawberry milkshakes with lots of froth, and being in the company of people is her favourite pastime. Halloween is obviously her favourite holiday, and she adores the creativity that goes into decorations for it. She listens to a lot of alternative rock music, and sleeps in most mornings, occasionally enjoying an early start every now and then.

Dislikes:
She hates being told to do work when she's trying to slack off, people's expectations and pessimistic or depressive people. Perfection to the point of unnaturalness irritates her to no end, as does having to clean up her own space--she's fine to clean up other people's though. She also can't stand having to stop in the middle of a productive session (especially work), or people asking her about her name when they see it written down. Hearing the same thing over and over again is insufferable, in her opinion.

Other:
Jaede has been tempted many times to sue her dad for giving her a name like Jaede. Oh yes, a perfectly normal name--with an E halfway through. She's given up on getting people to spell it right, either settling for Jade or shortening it to Jay. Many times in her life she's almost punched another person because of the hassle she gets for it.

Face claim:
Bridget Satterlee

So begins...

Jaede Akuchi's Story

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Jaede hummed quietly to the tune of a song she couldn't remember the name of, but had gotten stuck in her head a few days ago. Fingers meant to be curled around the steering wheel of her car were tapping along to the beat as she watched the road in front of her. A light and cheery melody, she felt her spirits lifting at the prospect of seeing everyone in the shop. She'd had to stay at home the previous day to catch up on work, and even with two bars of chocolate and four hours of "break time", it had been hellishly boring for her. She had gotten a fair bit of work done though. Not enough though, she inwardly groaned.

All Jay wanted today was to laze about at the shop and socialise, but she'd been forced to bring her laptop along, the evil machine currently residing in a bag on the seat next to her. She could feel it glaring at her, taunting her. No, she thought, determined. I'm gonna relax today. I'll work tonight.

…Maybe.


As she turned into a familar street, she looked down it for the neon signs, and to her delight they were lit up like always. She pulled over, leaving her car on the street as she got out, only taking her black handbag with her. Before heading to the shop, she ducked into a cafe sitting a few doors down, and picked out a muffin and coffee for her breakfast. Smiling cheerily at the barista, whose face she recognised from previous mornings, she exited the small building and headed down to the shop. Passing her car on the way, she felt a thread of guilt tug at her stomach. Jay stopped in her tracks, glancing apprehensively through the window to the laptop bag she had left behind. Giving into the guilt, she huffed and unlocked the door, and pulled her laptop out almost contemptuously. With it in hand, she continued down to the shop, and finally entered through its doors.

Immediately feeling calmer, she closed her eyes and took a deep breath in and out, enjoying all the familiar smells that came with the quirky interior. Man, she adored this place. Her eyes flicked back open and scanned the room, recognizing the two women and the ever-prescent manager, Elias. She'd seen the blonde boy around, too, but didn't know him as well as the others.

"Hello, all!" she chirped, setting her laptop bag down in a small corner. "Have you guys managed to survive without me?" She grinned at the employees, and took a sip of her coffee.

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It was less like work, more herding wild animals. Elias had attempted to describe his work to his mom once with the phrase. Everyone mostly preferred to do their own things but he had to coral everyone into a day to day routine, to keep things running smoothly. But in reality the store was an extension of his family, like he had 6 siblings instead of 3 plus a monstrous uncle who threatens to destroy the world, and no day was ever smooth or normal. He still liked having checklists, they kept him grounded and slightly on track and so, despite everyone sighing when he dramatically flipped open a notebook, he kept making them

"Look, if I have to calm down an eldritch abomination because you don't have enough time to make them all I will, there's barely enough time in the day for me to list all the things we need never mind you having to make them" He conceded before flipping his notebook closed with a snap. He was about to continue, but when Cat gave you that look, you made yourself scarce. He gazed towards the door labelled staff only which led to the backroom before shaking his head to clear it. Maybe one day store management wouldn't get on with him as well as they did now.

With light bouncy steps he made his way to Justin, giving the brother lazing in the air behind him a wave. With an apologetic smile he placed down a list of customers due today for Justin neatly on the desk, trying his best not to mess up the space. Elias's favourite customer due today had to be the woman with the childhood guinea pig she kept trying to get poor Justin to channel. Jason gave him a lazy wave as he leant down to speak with his brother. He still didn't get their whole story but eh, it was private, they all had reasons for turning up here. He spun to make his way over to Licia, already tearing a sheet of paper with her duties for the day.

"Your side of the room too bright or are the sunglasses a fashion statement?" He asked with a grin leaning on the desk. With careful hand he reached out to touch her tarot cards which were stacked remarkably neatly at the side. The pictures on the cards were his favourite. He was just about to flip the top card when the bell went off. He jumped slightly before turning.

"Hello, all! Have you guys managed to survive without me?" It was Jaede, of course it was Jaede, she's the only customer to ever appear this early.

"Ah, my favourite customer... we should charge you by the hour to sit in here, i swear Jay" Elias laughed "I swear, everyone brought coffee today and I'm stuck with the store brand tea!" He grins, noting the several cups and mugs poking out all over.

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Justin turned as the door jingled its familiar jingle, he silently nodded to Licia at the behest of her greeting. He grabbed one of the many books neatly stacked on his desk, almost affirming the psychic's designation as a "nerd." He looked up at Elias as the man walked up to the desk, careful not to mess up Justine's pristine, orderly, work space. The general manager was nothing if not considerate of his staff. Without words Elias slid the medium's work duties for the day onto his desk. Without looking at Elias but being sure to utter a quiet thank you, he took the list and began his perusal of the list. most of the people on this list had set up an appointment to communicate with a lost loved one or some such business though his first appointment didn't seem to be due until about an hour into the day. He sighed as he noticed the guinea pig woman sitting there on the list.

With some time to kill Justine began going through one of his books describing all sorts of different forms of spirits and ghouls. As he read Jason moved to speak to his living doppelganger.

"You have some time to kill. Why don't you go talk to the rest of the staff? You've been here for three months and you've barely said a word to them if you didn't need to. Come out of your shell socialize a little!"
"No thanks. I'd rather read"
"Go talk to Cathy"
"No. She's busy.And she'd kill me."
"How bout Licia? She could teach you about tarot or something"
"I have books that can do that."
Go talk to Elias then. He's nice see if he needs any help or something.

Before Justin could utter a response the door once again released it's little jingle. He looked toward the door to see an already familiar face during his time here. Her name was Jaede, and she was a regular, coming in almost every day. What could she possibly need to get here so often? Putting down his book he approached curious. Jason smiled as he went, there wasn't much that could prompt Justin into an actual conversation aside of course from his rampant curiosity."You come in here a lot. Why would you possibly need to come in here so often?" He spoke as he always did, bluntly and without tact, though there was an obvious lack of malice in his voice.

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"We should charge you by the hour to sit in here, I swear Jay." Jaede gave a laugh in return to Elias' comment, shaking her head. "Well, you'd certainly get a lot of revenue from it," she returned, grinning. "Then again, I'd go broke before the week's end, so… maybe lets not do that," she laughed. "I swear, everyone brought coffee today and I'm stuck with the store brand tea!" She pretended to be shocked at the news, "What? You haven't had coffee yet? Oh you poor soul!" she gasped. Coffee was essential for any early start, that much she knew. And, yes, she considered nine a.m. to still be very much in the 'early' category.

Toning down the surprise she suggested, "The cafe up the street does it pretty well if you're not looking for anything too fancy. I can go grab you one if you want."

Noticing the blonde boy approach her, Jay turned towards him as he spoke, smiling lightly. "You come in here a lot. Why would you possibly need to come in here so often?" Hearing his question but not quite listening, it took her a good fifteen seconds to process what he had said. It wasn't a question she heard often, since the others had already accepted her near-constant presence. "Me? Well… that's cause you all are really cool people!" Realising as she said it that it sounded a bit lame, despite the good intentions, she added with a smile, "Plus, all the psychic stuff you guys are into is awesome."

Jaede meant both parts equally, since in all honesty a big part of why she did come was to socialise. Having to work from home all the time meant that if she didn't force herself to go out and look for people to hang out with, she ended up browsing the internet alone in her free time. And while she had thought that was fun for the first half-year after graduation, she eventually realised how much she missed people. Most of her friends from high school had moved away to go to college, and about the only interaction she still had with them was over text. Finding this place had been a miracle in itself, and one she was very grateful for. Even just watching as the other customers filed in and out of the place was fascinating.

Thinking about it, she really didn't have much of a life outside the shop and her work. That would almost certainly be a weird thing to other people, she knew. But she was so used to it, it almost never crossed her mind. She was certainly content with how her life was. Well, maybe a little less work would be nice, she thought.

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A ghost of a smile played across Licia's lips as she listened to the reactions to her greeting. It was a good thing that the residents were used enough to her mean-spirited sense of humour by now, and she sensed no ill-will in the air as she re-stacked her tarot cards and filled it with her energy. What little she had of it, that morning. She took a long sip of her coffee while the deck rested on the table side, and was about to draw the first reading when Elias appeared. She peered at him over the brim of her glasses with narrow eyes.

"Your side of the room too bright or are the sunglasses a fashion statement?"

The answer came in the form of something between a hiss and a groan as she accepted the piece of paper and did a quick read of it. She took out her pen and struck out two people from her appointment list. No-shows were always annoying, but somewhat less so to a psychic. She also had a feeling that someone would be showing up for an impromptu appointment, but the details were unclear– hopefully the cards could shed some light on that.

She looked up and saw Elias reaching for the cards, and was about to tell him off before he disturbed the energy when they both jumped at the sound of the door opening.

"Hello, all! Have you guys managed to survive without me?"

Licia took another slow sip of her coffee as the conversation progressed, smiling again as Justin approached with his question to Jaede. His intentions were good, but Licia had her suspicions about the reason she came in here so much. Home office work wasn't good for someone who needed social interaction regularly. She remembered when her grandmother first had retired, she'd gone nuts washing the little apartment they lived in because she felt she had no excuse to go see her friends, who were still working. It had taken some getting used to, but in the end she'd figured it out. Licia's smile disappeared as she thought of the little group of sad, old women at the funeral, approaching together as though they'd tied a rope around each other, to say their condolences. It must have been nice to have something like that.

"Shoo, Justin," she said, at length. "Don't bother the costumer."

She picked up her tarot deck and stacked it again, just in case.

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Catherine set to work busting out good luck and studying charms as quickly as she could without messing them up. Thankfully, she already had a few made from her last request batch, so she had a head start. She had gotten into a steady rhythm when the Psychic Shop's most frequent customer made her entrance.

Just like clockwork, she smirked to herself. Cathy didn't bother giving her a formal greeting. The others were giving her plenty of attention for now. Besides, Jaede would find herself over to her desk eventually as soon as she had her fill of the other employees' work. Normally, Jaede would be the type of person Cathy would despise, but she couldn't bring herself to dislike her. She found her genuine curiosity and naivety endearing. Much like a puppy, and Catherine wasn't so cruel as to shun a puppy.

As conversation filled the room of cafes, coffee, and teasing banter, Cathy began to relax as the list was not quite as extensive as she had initially thought. She managed to finish up last week's batch of charms and had already sorted them out for Elias to put as he saw fit. Now that she could work at a more relaxed pace, she decided to take a small break and eat an early lunch. She was nibbling on a baby carrots when she decided to check her new list again and plan out which set of charms she'd tackle first. Cathy had another fresh set of trinkets that had been basking in the sunlight and moonlight and were ready to be channeled, but it was better to be safe than sorry and be prepared.

Everything on the list was pretty standard until- Cathy stopped dead and dropped her piece of celery back into her veggie tray. She continued to stare at the last item on her list hoping it would go away. Management was asking her to make another curse item. Probably some special request by a customer. The store charged almost triple for these items for those in the know how, but Cathy didn't care. This one in particular called for being a depression hex. Depression!

She pinpointed Elias and immediately flagged him down to come over to her desk. She pointed to the item in question and in hushed tones whispered her frustrations.

"Did you see this? Elias, this is dangerous to make. You know my enchantments already have bite. This would make even a happy person like Jaede so depressed she wouldn't want to crawl out of bed. If this was placed on an already unhappy person, this could make them suicidal. Please don't make me make this. I... I can't keep doing this. Even if I'm not the one using them, I can't keep living with the guilt that I brought such a wicked object into the world." She gave Elias a pleading look, but she already knew the answer. It was the same answer he gave her every time. She could already feel the life drain away from her at the prospect of making the hex. She loved the good charms. Cathy felt good making them because she knew they could help someone even in a small way, but this... this was just evil...

She remembered the first time the store management had discovered her "talent". Catherine had gotten side-tracked on her charm-making thinking thoughts about how her parents were bankrupt and on the verge of losing their home. Her negative feelings had accidentally poured into a piggy bank key chain; a charm she had meant to turn into a good fortune charm. She had gasped and tried to hide her mistake, but the management doesn't miss anything. She had been getting requests for hexes since.

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"The café up the street does it pretty well if you're not looking for anything too fancy. I can go grab you one if you want."

Elias made a mental note of Jay's suggestion to check out the café. Her recommendation didn't sound horrendous, he'd seen the little shop a few times on his way to work or at lunch but he'd never considered going in. He was never one to spend much of his breaks anywhere but the back room but he was going to need a coffee considering someone had booked him for an exorcism on an old book.

"It's fine, I'll get one on my first break though thanks for offering!"

He almost pulled Justin to the side when he saw him approach Jaede, but he knew not much would go wrong. He was probably just curious, he hadn't really got a chance to meet her properly.

"You come in here a lot. Why would you possibly need to come in here so often?"

Well, not the worst question and besides, it was Jaede after all, not a weirdo off the streets. It had been long enough that he could sort of trust Justin not to channel any of her dead relatives suddenly anyway.

He turned to head back to the shelf of jewelled beetles with a menacing look on his face. Today the little vermin were getting sold. Some witch from the other side of the city had been looking for a few of them, she called them Tome-Bugs. Elias called them a menace to all that was literature. They ripped apart occult books and occult books only and were unfortunately aggressive when cornered. The warm days and musty bookshelves and boxes made the perfect breeding ground for them.

He stopped short when Catherine called him over, he knew it meant trouble. The atmosphere had changed, it felt like it got darker as he stepped towards her. By the time he was over the other side of the room he felt like he probably knew what was wrong. He leant on her desk, scrutinising the list before straightening up with a despairing sigh. He hated doing this, he knew exactly what he had wrote down on the list last night. He always hated it when a request for a hex was made but he couldn't exactly say no to a recurring high paying customer without management getting mad.

"Did you see this? Elias, this is dangerous to make. You know my enchantments already have bite. This would make even a happy person like Jaede so depressed she wouldn't want to crawl out of bed. If this was placed on an already unhappy person, this could make them suicidal. Please don't make me make this. I... I can't keep doing this. Even if I'm not the one using them, I can't keep living with the guilt that I brought such a wicked object into the world."

He pushed back the growing sense of guilt in his stomach "Cathy..." He started, reaching up to ruffle his hair the way he did when he was frustrated, trying to decide on the best course of action. "You know that I cant take it off the list, it's well... you know what it is" He stopped short, glancing around to make sure no one was in earshot before leaning back over and lowering his voice "Please Cat, we have to take this order, store management-" He cut himself of with a shake of his head. Here he was, trying to apply reason to the unreasonable again. With a sorry smile he straightened up "Just get these ones done and I'll see if we have something in stock from our last enchanter. I'll be back as soon as i can, okay?"

The last enchanter wasn't someone Elias had got on with too well which had been a surprise for the generally liked 16 year old of that time, the enchanter was much too dark and grim, often doubling up on the enchantments on items, a good and a bad or sometimes worse. It gave the items a price and certainly not one anyone was willing to pay and so one night he had stayed late and... vanished. Elias was only a part-time exorcist then but he knew what had happened far too well. No one looked for the enchanter. They knew where he was.

He sped off to the store room, finding solace and comfort in the boxes piled with old stock. He started prowling through old boxes he hadn't seen in years. He found the a of old charms, mostly key rings. He lifted them one by one, checking the labels with growing frustration.

"Luck... Nausea... protection..." he went through the box diligently. After all these years in the dark their power was weak, but he could still feel some sort of energy radiating from them. He reached the end of the box, tossing it aside to rummage through another. Nothing. And then through another. Again nothing. And then the last box of charms. It looked like a bad omen, sitting there under a tiny window. He approached, bending to inspect the box's contents. All unlabelled, this must have been from before he started ordering everything. With a disappointed sigh he picked up the box, making his way to the front of the store. He dropped the box at Cat's feet.

"These are all unlabelled... is there anything at all you can use?" He asked hopefully, nudging the box with his foot.

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"You know that I cant take it off the list, it's well... you know what it is. Please Cat, we have to take this order, store management-" Cathy watched Elias cut himself off with a grim expression. He didn't need to finish. She knew all too well. She watched him shake himself off and offer a solution.

"Just get these ones done and I'll see if we have something in stock from our last enchanter. I'll be back as soon as I can, okay?" That was a first. Catherine didn't even know there were leftover charms from the last enchanter. She nodded at Elias and watched him head off for the store room. She hoped the others didn't notice what was going on. The only other person who knew about the hexes was Licia, but that was to be expected. Nothing got by Licia. Justin... Well, he was new. The less he knew about the... darker side of the shop the better. Of course, Jaede was in the dark though. She was a regular customer, but there was no reason to get her involved. Catherine could only hope she stayed blissfully ignorant about the true nature of this shop... for her sake.

Catherine tried to stay calm and finish up the rest of her veggie tray while she waited for Elias. Even if he found something that they could sell instead, she still didn't like the idea of giving out. She didn't care how much the customer was paying for it. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, Elias returned with a sinister looking box. Cathy could feel the hairs on the back of neck rise as he approached with Pandora's box. He dropped the box at her feet and she jumped.

"These are all unlabeled... is there anything at all you can use?" She glanced into the box and immediately regretted that she did. Evil auras were coming off the charms in waves. Just from a glance she could tell they were old and had since lost a decent portion of their power. But not all of it.

"I might be able to use one... They're unlabeled so I'll have to check them all individually for what they do... Cat began tenderly reaching for a handful of charms in the box, but before she made contact, she saw a very distinct black shape open its eye and blink at her. She immediately retracted her hand and yelped while leaping out of her chair.

"Oh my loving goddess! What the hell-" It wasn't till she was standing that she realized everyone was staring at her. Just great.

"Oh, uh sorry everyone. Spider. Big one. We got it. It's fine." She reached into a drawer in her desk and pulled out four sheets of what seemed like colorful origami paper, but upon closer inspection, different symbols and characters were written all over the back of the papers. She taped one on each side of the box quickly before whispering to Elias.

"Sealing charms. One way. To keep whatever.... that is in the box," gesturing towards the one-eyed thing currently residing in the box. She stared into the box and locked eyes with the single eyeball. It didn't move. It just continued to... stare.

"Speaking of which, do you know what that is? Because I sure don't. It's definitely bigger than the tomb-bugs." She made sure to stand in front of the box so the others didn't have a clear view of the strange box.

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"Us? Cool? You must have a really warped definition of cool" He could see Jason shake his head slightly. Perhaps it sounded rude but his tone was of the usual sort. Even, soft, and calm. Justin almost opened his mouth to say more until Licia had told him to shoo. He sighed slightly before shutting his mouth. The girl was a psychic and it would be a lie to say that it didn't make him paranoid. Would he do something embarrassing in the near future? Was he doing something embarrassing now? These thoughts continued to swirl around in the boys mind as he stood there, stone faced as usual.

Just as Justin was about to quietly take his leave and withdraw to his happy space between pages for the next thirty minutes he noticed Jason widely shaking for a moment as if an unpleasant chill ran up his spine two seconds too long to be natural. He looked at his brother floating just behind Jaede. "What is wrong with you?

Jason paused to look around the shop, sensing a strange energy eminanting from somewhere within the shop. The ghost looked at his brother who didn't seem to sense anything, evidently being dead he was far more sensitive to these strange energies than his brother medium or no medium. "What you don't feel that?"Without waiting for Justin to answer he noticed Cathy and Elias gathered around a box, certain that was the source of this weird feeling quickly flew over peering into the box along with Cathy. Deep in what seemed to be charms of some sort stared back a single eye which clearly was not supposed to be there."What the hell is that!" Floating back over to his brother, he saw Justin give him a curious look and simply nodded toward Catherine and her box filled with charms and mysterious eyeballs.

Justine looked over at Jason then to Elias and finally to Catherine, who seemed to be hiding something behind her. The boy walked over to them trying to peer behind Catherine's back."What are you hiding over there?"

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As Licia shooed Justin away Jaede went to protest, saying, "Oh it's alright, I don't—" before she heard the exclamation from the other side of the room. She hadn't noticed Elias and Cathy talking till she heard the shrill voice and seen Cathy jump. "Oh my loving goddess! What the hell-" Jaede's eyes immediately jumped to where Cathy was standing, and after hearing her explain it away as a spider, she became ready to jump back at the slightest mention that it had escaped. God, Jay hated spiders. She was still morbidly curious, however.

"Oh god. Really? How big is it?" And why the hell aren't they closing the box lid? she wondered. If it had been her, she would have been on the other side of the room in an instant. They were getting so close to it though! "Are you guys gonna let it go out…" her voice trailed off as she realised everyone was preoccupied with Elias and Cathy, so she fell silent. She watched quietly as Justin crossed to where they were standing and Licia blew up. "How come you need a box of old charms, Elias?"

Suddenly her interest shot through the roof. "Old charms? That's awesome, where'd they come from?" Questions ran through her head but before she could ask more than one, Cathy mentioned a customer and slipped into the storeroom with Elias. Huffing, Jay figured they probably were too busy to answer. It was fine, she figured. She could leave it till later. There would always be time to ask later. Plus… they were all sort of working. She really shouldn't bother them, she realised, and Cathy did seem particularly stressed out today, though Jaede hadn't noticed when she walked in. She considered keeping out of the way for a while, maybe setting up her laptop and chewing through some work. But I really don't feel like it… she silently bemoaned. Her eyes flicked to Licia. I wonder if she's busy… no, no, she probably is. But… maybe she's not. Trying to act casual and not like her mind was still buzzing with curiosity, she commented, "I feel like the storeroom maybe isn't the best place to get rid of a spider. Couldn't they have let it go outside?" It was a genuine question, since it did seem odd.

Ulterior motives? Jay would never.

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As Elias began to speak Justine stood there expressionless as usual staring at the general manager, though notably averting eye contact, and listening intently. Clearly he was hiding something, placing his body awkwardly in front of whatever it was he was trying to sweep under the rug, the obvious attempts to distract him with the promise of books. People never made much sense to Justin, emotional, illogical things often doing whatever they pleased on nothing more than a whim. Lies however made perfect sense, they were a logical defense mechanism for most people. Though obviously some were better at it than others.

Just as he was about to speak Cathy chimed up with a reminder that a customer, specifically the annoying guinea pig girl was supposed to arrive later. He stood there for a moment and tried to resist peeking at his watch. It was later than he had thought and indeed she was due to arrive soon, and that was the only spark necessary to let his routine take over. He stood there for a bit more with a sigh, he had gone silent as the others conversed, Licia made some good points, just why did she need to go through the charms? But he didn't have the time for such thought he turned towards his desk but before returning he spoke up once more. "Fine I do have work to do. But one, its obvious you were lying and keeping something from me, and two I won't forget to ask about it later." With that he walked off.

As he went about properly organizing his desk for the inevitable arrivals Jason saw Cathy and Elias disappear into the store room."I'm going to follow them." As his brother spoke Justin had just finished putting a bottle of hand sanitizer in the center of his desk suggestively close to the customer, there was another bottle just under the desk for Justin's own use once the customer was gone."No you won't. Elias is there he'll see you. And besides I need you here"

Jason pouted for a moment but relented knowing all to well his brother really did need him. This medium job required more than just the ability to see and communicate with the dead, Justin was good at that. It was the social interaction often followed by awkward pauses, and the occasional physical contact as well as eye contact, things Justin was woefully unprepared for. The boys sat there waiting, silently hoping the guinea pig woman was late or even a no show just like she was the last three times she had arrived.

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Licia's comments had the intended effect. She watched the situation unfold, or crumble, before her.

"Well, you see Licia, I'm running behind this month on my quota, and Elias, the sweet manager he is, thought he would help me by pulling out some old charms."

"Mmm," Licia said, letting her grin speak for itself. She regarded the two over the brim of her sunglasses as they disappeared into the store room, giving Elias a wink before the door closed. Licia enjoyed seeing people sweat a little, but she wasn't evil. She was satisfied leaving things as they were for now.

It wasn't entirely over, however. She could feel the turmoil of emotion nearby before Jaede even opened her mouth, and braced herself for impact with a sip of coffee. The way this morning was going, she might need another one– surely Elias wouldn't mind if she slipped outside between breaks? She began to gather up her deck, still spread across the table.

"I feel like the storeroom maybe isn't the best place to get rid of a spider. Couldn't they have let it go outside?"

Looking up at Jaede, Licia made a nonchalant wave. "I'm guessing they want to put it out back. For all her hatred of spiders, Cat probably wouldn't want a random passerby stepping on it." She knocked her tarot deck against the table to even out the cards, and added, "Enchanters are always so superstitious. I wouldn't be surprised if she thought it would bring bad luck on the shop."

She put the deck aside and removed her sunglasses as the doorbell jingled. For all her desperation, Cat had been right– a costumer had been on their way. A young woman stepped inside the shop and looked around nervously as Licia approached.

"Hi. Uh. I'm sorry, but do you have any– I mean. I need some–"

"I know exactly what you need," Licia said. "You're lucky we still have some in stock."

She led the costumer further in the shop towards an exhibition table where they kept their most sold enchantments. Over the next fifteen minutes, she'd be spending her time reassuring the girl in her own strangely mean way. Consequently the costumer left happy, though perhaps somewhat confused about her experience. Licia returned to her table, noting to herself that the next person who disturbed her reading would find themselves injured.

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"Sounds like a plan to me." Cat said as she knelt beside him before slamming a jar over the Fuck. "Well, now that that is done, here." she dumped the now Fuck filled jar into Elias's hands with a relived look. Staring in at the now, thankfully, Fuck, Elias shivered slightly. It was strange to think that something like this had been back in the storeroom for so long and he hadn't even realised. He tapped the glass, watching it skitter back and forth in the jar, making its horrendous clicking noise.

He stood up carefully, shaking the jar slightly. "I'll dig through this box and hopefully find something we can use for the... you know what." He took that as a dismissal, wrapping his arms around the jar to protect it as he made his way back into the main store.

"Don't worry if you cant find it Cathy, there's probably a couple more boxes that I can find for you later" He called. Elias looked quickly around the room, catching sight of Licia returning to her table. He was about to go over and try to talk to her about the Fucker that Cathy and he had discovered when he noted the murderous look. Woe betide anyone who would try and get in Licia's way when she looked like that. Maybe he'd wait a bit till she settled down.

Instead he turned towards Justin and his ghostly companion, shielding the Fuck jar from the boy's sight "Hey, Justin! Do you mind helping me find something?" He asked quietly, eyeing the boy over a pile of books. "Remember that book on demonology I gave you last month? Uh, well... we need to look something up or rather I want you to look something up for me before your first customer comes in" He looked over his shoulder towards Jaede before gently placing the jar on Justin's desk "Find out what this is for me while i go look after the customers I'll get rid of it later, it's name is Fucker, play nice"

He turned without waiting for a reply, knowing that there'd just be a lot of questions to answer. Elias made the short walk over to Jaede quickly, dropping his arm over her shoulder with a lop sided grin "Jay can you do me a huge favour?" He asked, fluttering his lashes with a winning smile "can you cover the cash register while I run and get a coffee and have a smoke break?" He knew he was probably pushing his luck but he was just about ready to drop and he needed a way to vent "Oh and when you see Cat, could you please tell her the order's for the really tall guy with the bow tie if he comes in?" He added with raised eyebrows, knowing he was really pushing his luck now. Jaede probably wouldn't mind much, she knew most of the prices anyway. He glanced back towards the store room's entrance with a slightly worried look.

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As Samuel was walking down the sidewalk towards the Psychic shop, the area of grass next to him was sprouting up flowers. He breathed in deeply and thought to himself What a wonderful morning. hope I can get a job at that shop. His walk down to the shop was coming to a close and he could feel the spiritual energy coming out of the shop in massive amounts.

He wondered for a second, what kind of shop has that much energy pouring off of it , before dismissing the thought as he knew the shop was one for psychics mediums and other supernatural things of the sort. As he got even closer to the shop he could make out several signatures. A few humans, a demon, a spirit, and something else that was very strange.

He walked up to the front of the store, and Samuel stopped for a second right outside of the shop composing himself before he walked in. He stood looking at the bright neon signs in the shops windows. He thought to himself nervously just breath Samuel you got this. He pushed open the door and the bell above it rung rather loudly. Samuel worked up his confidence for a few seconds just standing there looking around, fidgeting with his hands, and he then loudly spoke so everyone in the shop could hear it "who um could I uh speak to to get a job at this shop."

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As Samuel was walking down the sidewalk towards the Psychic shop, the area of grass next to him was sprouting up flowers. He breathed in deeply and thought to himself What a wonderful morning. hope I can get a job at that shop. His walk down to the shop was coming to a close and he could feel the spiritual energy coming out of the shop in massive amounts.

He wondered for a second, what kind of shop has that much energy pouring off of it , before dismissing the thought as he knew the shop was one for psychics mediums and other supernatural things of the sort. As he got even closer to the shop he could make out several signatures. A few humans, a demon, a spirit, and something else that was very strange.

He walked up to the front of the store, and Samuel stopped for a second right outside of the shop composing himself before he walked in. He stood looking at the bright neon signs in the shops windows. He thought to himself nervously just breath Samuel you got this. He pushed open the door and the bell above it rung rather loudly. Samuel worked up his confidence for a few seconds just standing there looking around, fidgeting with his hands, and he then loudly spoke so everyone in the shop could hear it "who um could I uh speak to to get a job at this shop."

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Catherine immediately dived back in to charm making. With only a few hours left before the shop closed up, she was determined to get at least somewhat ahead in her work with the disaster of last week looming over her head. She was making decent progress when the doorbell rang. Cathy glanced up and immediately buried her face in her hands. Bow-Tie Guy A.K.A Michael A.K.A creepy asshole who special orders weird hexes. Looking to make this as painless as possible, she stood up and gently nudged Jaede away from the counter.

"Let me handle this one, sweetheart. Pulling the hex out of a special box under the counter she braced herself for Ass-Tie as he approached her.

"Hello, Michael. What brings you in today?" she said with as much civility as possible. Michael proceeded to smirk looking down at her.

"Ah well, I came to see if that order I placed was ready. I know I said it didn't have to be done till next week, but knowing how on the ball you are about your work, I had a hunch it was done. Is it?" he leaned in closer with one arm propped on the counter as he spoke, and like an opposing magnet, Cat leaned back and away as much as her spine could bend.

"As it turns out, it is." Cat placed the velvet bag onto the counter top next to the cash register. "Allow me to ring that up real quick..." She pressed a few buttons before turning back to Ass-Tie. "$30.73 is your total."

"Aw, why so cold Cathy? Are you free after work? I can take you out my treat..." As he gave his sales pitch, Catherine had to resist the urge to openly scowl at his suggestion.

"Sorry. I have plans. Are you paying with cash or card?" Ass-Tie begrudgingly pulled out his wallet and plopped a fifty dollar bill down onto the counter.

"You must be a fairly busy woman to have plans after work the last three times I've asked." Cathy silently made the change ignoring his comment. She printed his receipt and handed him his change.

"Have a nice day," she dismissed him with a obviously fake smile. Ass-Tie smirked before strolling out the door like he owned the place. After the store bell rang and closed, a faint muttered Ass-Tie could be heard under her breath.

Ugh, I could really go for a drink... she thought wistfully.

"Hey Licia, after work you want to hit up that jazzy little bar down the street? We could convince Elias to go too. After a shit day like today, I could really use a nice shot of tequila." Licia had been sour all day. Surely she wouldn't turn down a drink. Elias would be a little more difficult to convince due to his aversion to alcohol and reluctance to leave the shop, but surely he wouldn't turn down a chance to socialize. She was about to head back to her desk when the doorbell rang again. Cathy looked up and spotted an unfamiliar face.

"Who um could I uh speak to to get a job at this shop." Cathy's eyebrows raised. We hadn't had fresh meat since Justin. She raised her arm and flagged him down.

"I can help you out. My name is Cathy. The manager will be with you shortly. For now, here's an application. You can start filling that out while you wait." Cathy handed him a printed application along with a pen and left him at the corner of the counter to fill in the blanks.

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"I'm guessing they want to put it out back. For all her hatred of spiders, Cat probably wouldn't want a random passerby stepping on it. Enchanters are always so superstitious. I wouldn't be surprised if she thought it would bring bad luck on the shop." Jaede hummed in agreement, realising it made quite good sense. She herself would never want a creature to be hurt intentionally, but caring if it was stepped on once released? She thought it a little overkill, but it also warmed her heart to know Catherine cared so much. As another customer entered, she watched quietly as Licia interrupted her and took control of the situation. Jay couldn't help but stare; confronted with an abrupt reminder of the woman's psychic powers. It struck Jay that she viewed them all so normally, but in reality they were anything but. Did that make her normal? She didn't like that thought. A sour expression passed over her face but as she felt an arm lock round her shoulders it was wiped clean.

"Jay can you do me a huge favour? Can you cover the cash register while I run and get a coffee and have a smoke break?" Jay nodded as Elias spoke, wondering if something particularly bad had happened, or if he was just tired; it was a very rare occasion when he asked her to cover for him. She didn't mind though—on the contrary, she actually liked it. It made her feel useful, and she didn't have to feel guilt about not doing her own work because she was doing someone else's. "Oh and when you see Cat, could you please tell her the order's for the really tall guy with the bow tie if he comes in?" "Yeah, for sure. No problem." She wandered over to the cashier, looking it over and reminding herself how to use it.

Jay was about to call over to Cathy and tell her what Elias had said, but she became distracted as the man in question walked in, and Catherine nudged her away, seeming to know what she was doing. "Let me handle this one, sweetheart." Jay hummed her affirmation, very happy to hand over control of the counter to Cathy—she did not like the look of that one. She watched their interactions from the side and almost threw up when he asked the charm-maker out. Jay hated people like him, but never knew how to deal with them. She'd never been strong with standing up to people, but as she watched Cathy deal with him in her own way she felt a bit of respect for the woman.

As the man left, she gave a sigh of relief and stepped back behind the counter. Now that it was over, she realised she didn't have a whole lot to do behind the counter, and gave Elias some credit for being able to cover it all day. Then again, he probably had other stuff to do as well, being the manager… Regardless, it would be nice if we had some customers. She started picking at her nails, absentmindedly trying to remove the dirt under them.

Just as she felt her attention start to wander, she heard the door bell ring. Eyes flicking up eagerly to see who it was, she saw a guy walk in. Must be a customer, right? Right? Jay was secretly happy to be able to serve someone, but as he spoke she felt that drain away. "Who um could I uh speak to to get a job at this shop." Wait! she realised as she listened. He's asking for a job! she thought. That was even more interesting, she decided. But as Cathy handed him an application form, she also remembered what a pain it was. He might not even be accepted. Though, the shop tended to take in almost anyone who had some form of psychictry. Or would it be called psychicness? Psychosis? She almost laughed at that one. Oh well, she thought with a smile. I wonder if he's got abilities like the rest.

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She had finally finished her reading when the doorbell rang out again. Licia looked up over the brim of her glasses but saw Cat already en route to deal with a returning costumer– a creep whose name she hadn't bothered to learn, who's emotions made her throat go tight whenever he came nearby. It wasn't so much the emotions themselves as the sheer shameless way in which he felt them– how he wore them on his sleeve as a badge of honour everyone else should just work with and accept. She hated him intensely. Though the number of people Licia didn't hate could be counted on one hand, and most of them were in the shop.

She caught his gaze for a moment as he exited the shop, and smiled brightly at him– enjoyed the slight pang of fear that went through him as she did. Michael had asked her out once. Once. When he pressed the matter, she'd told him how his best friend would die the following weekend. The side of her lip pulled into a cruel twist as she looked back down at her deck, and put it away with renewed energy for when the next costumer would arrive.

"Hey Licia, after work you want to hit up that jazzy little bar down the street? We could convince Elias to go too. After a shit day like today, I could really use a nice shot of tequila."

"Make that a row of shots and you are on," she said. "You can tell me all about the spider."

She'd not noticed the suspicious jar that Elias had appeared with earlier, and was for the moment distracted as the bell went of yet again. She was picking up her jacket for a smoking break when Samuel appeared, and she remained standing for a moment with a puzzled expression as he came in. She was used to a wide range of emotions when people came in; apprehension, embarrassment. Even a strange sort of determination of a person who'd spent a long time mulling their purchase over before coming in. With Samuel there was a safety– a knowledge. She knew of very few people who would have the powers to pull that off, and Licia counted herself as three of them.

"Who um could I uh speak to to get a job at this shop."

"Preferably a local priest," she quipped. "If not, I can recommend a good psychologist."

She grinned and winked at Cathy before putting her jacket on and heading for the door– cigarette already in mouth. Then she stepped outside and lit the cancer stick between her lips as she leaned against the wall.

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Samuel had just finished speaking when he saw a woman flag him down."I can help you out. My name is Cathy. The manager will be with you shortly. For now, here's an application. You can start filling that out while you wait."

Cathy handed him an application and another woman spoke from across the shop "Preferably a local priest," she quipped. "If not, I can recommend a good psychologist." Samuel chuckled, but didn't retort as the woman was already walking towards the door with a cigarette in her mouth.

Samuel started to fill out the application rather anxiously. He started to think I wonder what the manager is like. I still cannot figure out what that one strange spirit signature is, although it is apparent that much of the spiritual energy in the shop is coming from the strange signature.

While he was filling out the application Samuel decided to take a quick look around at all the people in the shop. He saw Cathy at a desk near the back working on what looked and felt like charms of some sort, he saw a blonde haired man at another desk in the store and he could feel a spirit floating right next to the man. He could feel the woman from before outside the building, probably smoking . Another woman was manning the register , he could tell this one had no supernatural abilities. Samuel decided he could ask her later about her place in the shop.

Samuel started to fill out the application again and his mind began to wander to thoughts of the people who had powers from the best he could tell It seems that the blonde man is someone who can communicate with spirits, Cathy is obviously an enchanter from the charms she's making, the woman who spoke to me earlier may have been a psychic of some sort based on her leaving from a tarot table earlier. It looks like the shop usually has someone different manning the register though.Samuel refocused on the application to finish filling it out.

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Elias let out a sigh of relief when Jay answered him with a "Yeah, for sure. No problem.". He was desperate to take a 5 minute walk and even more desperate for his coffee. He was just about to turn to walk out the door when he was accosted by Justin who dumped a book into his arms.

"Found it. Fucker is a possession demon." He said with his usual matter of fact manner. He glanced down at the book scanning over the entry. It wouldn't be an awful exorcism if it was just a possession demon. Sure, it wouldn't be a pleasant experience, but it was simple enough to get done. He continued scanning the page and caught faint murmurings from Jason. "Like's to primarily hide in toys and puppets and the like." Added Justin. Slightly more tricky, especially considering the shop could be a playground for it. Elias shook his head, he'd deal with it later.

"Good going Justin, you are a life saver" He grinned, passing the book carefully back to him "I'll get rid of it later, should be fine in the jar if you can keep an eye on it. You're probably the person with the most knowledge on demons and spirits after... well me" He gave Justin a thumbs up, conscious of the boy's aversion to physical contact. "Make sure it doesn't get loose"

He gave a wave to the rest of the staff as he grabbed his coat from the rather old looking coat stand in the corner, shrugging it on before pushing out into the cold. He rooted around in his pockets for his wallet, pulling out a few tiny bottles of salt and other random protective herbs before he found his wallet. He made his way into the café, wincing at the bright lights. Elias ordered a coffee and a sandwich, shoving the sandwich into his pocket and wrapping his hands around the cup gratefully. He paid for his stuff, taking his time as he made his way back to the store.

He was halfway down the street when he was nearly knocked down by his least favourite customer.

"Elias! There you are, I was wondering where you had gotten to!" Michael grinned wolfishly. The man gave him a serious case of the creeps. He hounded after poor Cat, constantly asking her out. Major bad vibes.

"Ah Michael, did you get your item?" He asked, attempting to sound cordial despite the slight nerves. "I got my item, don't you worry" He held up a velvet bag and shook it "Cathy's customer service is as frost as always though... you'd think she would have taken me up on my offer by now!"

Elias fought the urge to pull a face "Uhuh, I see. Well, Cathy is very busy and she has a lot to do" Elias shrugged, which earned a laugh out of Michael. "Mhm sure Elias, i'll see you around" Elias nodded, taking a sip of his coffee as he slipped by Michael. What a slimy git.

He finally made it back to the shop, nodding to Licia and waving his coffee in her direction "Smoke break already?" He laughed as he passed "I'd join you but i've already took my first break to get a sandwich, oh and we need to talk at some point about the... spider Cathy found" He stopped to take a swig of his coffee before smiling "Nothing major though" He gave her a small wave as he made his way into the shop. Everything looked the same, nothing was on fire and no one seemed injured.

"I'm back!" He called reaching into his pocket to find his sandwich "I met our favourite customer on the way back Cat. He-" He stopped himself.

Everything was almost the way he had left it. Almost.

A boy, probably around his age, was hunched over the counter filling out a form under Jay's watchful eye. He frowned slightly, giving Jaede a look as he pointed to her.

"Uh, Hi, Can i help you at all? I'm Elias, the general manager" He said, stepping towards the mysterious form-filler-outer.