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Topic Started: Jun 6 2017, 10:47 PM (327 Views)
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"...And here we are!" Having taken the time to make their way to the Student Building, picked up the key to the Historical Society club room and made their way up the stairs, Edie and Hibiki had traveled a fair way from the dormitories to get someplace where they could keep chatting and savouring the quiet winding down time they could take now. Since it had been Hibiki who let Edie choose where they would head, it had been a suitable suggestion for her to suggest the room that she cared for like a highly protective curator of historical artifacts. It had a very antiquated air to it, like it was brimming with history, telling with the framed maps, pictures and art pieces on the wall and the many books of varied genres and types that filled the shelves. However, it had all the creature comforts of home, including a mini-kitchen complete with a pantry stuffed with all sorts of tea and coffee and snacks and a fridge.

It would have been spotless if it weren't for the papers lying around on the couches. They were in a somewhat disorderly fashion with plenty of scribbled notes on them. "Oh no, did I really forget to pick these up?" said Edie as she pushed the door wide open to let Hibiki in. If one looked closely, the neat if slightly disjointed handwriting on the pages all seemed to concern certain aspects of Kaneshima, as if they were for a research project of some kind. Edie took the time to get them in order as she said to the idol, "Make yourself at home."

Finally straightening out the contents and laying them down, she began to feel a need for a drink. She decided she would make her way to the mini-kitchen and make some tea. But it wouldn't do to leave the guest alone too.
"Would you like a drink, maybe some tea or coffee? I've got quite a number of different blends and varieties in the pantry here," she offered.
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"Tea please. Anything is fine."

Hibiki took a moment to examine everything. Generally a curious sort, she couldn't help but be fascinated by the place. Though, it seemed odd to her that such a club would need it's own mini-kitchen.

The company studios had them for some of the activity rooms for certain, but the studios were also meant to be lived in for longer projects at times. She couldn't imagine a school project where they'd make you live inside a club room. Still, the way the notes were scattered about, and even the way things were written, Hibiki couldn't help but smile faintly as her evaluation seemed to be correct.

"Looking into the island's history?" she asked, looking somewhat curious
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Edie nodded and got to work fulfilling her friend's request. As she took a moment to put some water in the kettle and boil it and to pick out something nice to serve before soon choosing a nice afternoon tea blend, she duly noted Hibiki's question and poking into the papers.

"Ah, you've noticed haven't you? Yeah, it's a club project for compiling a history of the island. It was an idea that we came up with to develop as a project that would let us develop a better and closer connection with the island and its people and culture as well as hone our abilities as investigators, interviewers and writers. Still very much a work in progress, as you can tell."

Soon she had taken the kettle off the boil and was pouring the water into a pot with the blend of leaves, herbs, fragrances and other ingredients. As she did, she explained, "I guess you can tell that I really love history, the way that I fashioned this place like it is now. To be honest I wasn't so sure if the Historical Society idea would get off the ground well, but I think it's actually gone as well as I could hope for, and that's enough for me.

"Of course we don't just spend our time working on this, we also help each other with work, especially history work, and also explore history at different levels, even at personal ones with genealogy. And we're always open to more members joining and lending a helping hand if anybody needs it, or even just lounge around and have a nice chat with some tea."
She took a couple of cups out, and after preparing and taking up a tray with sugar, milk and several slices of lemon, put them and the steaming hot teapot on and carried it over to where she was seated.
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"I see." she said cheerfully as she briefly lapsed back into Japanese

So she really was right, she thought.

Her host was the sort, that given the chance, would happily keep going at things with all the energy they could bring to bear. In a way, it reminded her a bit of Mariko, though perhaps somewhat less clumsy. Though the interests were different, the way they went about things was definitely similar - the same drive and passion for something that made them want to share it with everyone about them.

It was a stark contrast to the difference in personality despite a supposedly similar background. In general, Hibiki tended to not say very much about herself or what she did without some sort of prompting. That this only added to her popularity (having more female fans than male ones) was an odd side effect. For some reason, the gloomy, longing look she usually sported when alone or overthinking things was popular with women.

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"You've certainly put a lot of work into this." she smiled
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"Oh, well, thank you." Despite the flattery, Edie wasn't exactly at pains to try to show her work off and crow on about it. It wasn't a vanity project as much as a modest but tasteful reflection and labour of her love for history and her desire to make an antiquated environment that gave an authentic air of antiquity and historicity but nonetheless felt comforting and homely. I hope she likes it, she thought as she put the tray down.

Pouring a cup for Hibiki first before herself, she got to work with her usual preparation with this particular blend, namely just a slice of lemon given that it was fairly strong and fragrant and to her taste didn't need much change. She mixed it all together and took a small sip. Wouldn't have it any differently, she thought as it washed down her throat.

She sat opposite the idol now as she wondered what else would be worth discussing next. Maybe talk about how things were going academically and socially? Perhaps about topics of mutual interest and passion? Or just talk about the weather like true Englishwomen?

She didn't know, so she let Hibiki take her time to savour the tea. In the meantime she looked out the window. The room afforded a wonderful view of the mountain in all its majesty, and even though there was a fair bit of destruction visible from their point in the form of now-cooled lava flows, they weren't facing the crater that had resulted from the eruption.
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"Could you tell me anything about it?" she asked, taking a moment to smell the tea as she admired the view.

The view was certainly an interesting one. The amount of destruction caused, even though stopped midway, was nothing short of staggering given the resources involved.

A small number of people, not even all of them proper co-conspirators who knew what they were doing, managed to do that much. And people here had managed to stop it. Certainly, that volcano had some sort of history to it, which was why projects like these were valuable for preparing for such things, or even figuring out what might happen next.

Almost all information was useful, in the right context.

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"That is, if you don't mind of course." she added, before sipping her tea.
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"Absolutely," said Edie all smiles. She took a moment to look around as she tried to compress the last month's worth of hard work, research and exploring into a reasonable span to explain thoroughly and succinctly. Pretty soon she had figured out how to comprehend it.

"So this project here is a history of the island. But it's rather more than that too. It's also a compilation and study of the island's culture and inhabitants and how time and place have shaped it as a community even before the school was built. It's a large group project by the members of the club that allows us to bridge the great differences and gaps between them and us, such that we can be closer together as an integrated community of two sides sharing the island and its wonders together." It did sound a bit like she was blowing smoke up her arse, but on the contrary, her motives were true and genuine, and she spoke every word sincerely and truthfully.

"The idea was brought up at the Historical Society's very first meeting not too long ago," she continued, "and everybody who's a part of it was quite enthusiastic about it some way or another. Pretty soon we all had ideas about which way we wanted to go about specialising - one of us was particularly interested in the natural geography and chose to look into how that shaped the natural and anthropological development of the island. Another wanted to see how the native faith and gods were tied to culture and livelihood because he was interested in learning about the islanders' belief systems and how the events of the eruption may be tied to it. Essentially, we've got a pretty clear idea of what we want to do, and we all enjoy doing it because it's something we have a clear stake in."

"As for my part? I want to hear the voices of the people and find a closer connection with them, so I've gone out to try to talk to natives who I believe are the storytellers of the past, or have a direct stake in the unique culture of the place. Being that this place is going to be my, no, our home for three years, I intend to treat it as such by knowing the ins and outs and the in betweens that make it a special home. I think I owe it to the hospitality and welcoming of everybody who made my time here so wonderful." As she said that though, something seemed to divert her attention. As she finished that last, her voice trailed off as she paused as she transfixed her gaze on the mountain, and the events of the day flashed before her again like they had many times. She took another sip of tea and waited to see what Hibiki had to say. Perhaps this would be enough for one long spiel.
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"It sounds like it'd be a useful thing for the staff too, wouldn't it?" she noted

It was often underappreciated just how much legwork there was to do in piecing together a history of something.

Often, the greatest of feats wasn't so much finding new information, as much as it was taking what was already there and putting it together. Information that seemed meaningless before could suddenly have a twist when put in the right context, and allowed many logical leaps that didn't seem sensible otherwise.

It was good that someone had taken it upon themselves to do such a thing, especially in a country that both paradoxically treasured it's history while often doing its level best to squelch it. And admittedly, it had piqued her curiosity, given the scope and scale of the project.

It really should have been something that the school poured more into didn't it? Perhaps she'd have a word with someone about that. It seemed like something that would be useful to someone for sure.

"This tea is excellent by the way." she added, setting the cup down.
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"Well, plenty of the staff aren't so closely connected with the island and the Vice Principal notwithstanding don't really have much knowledge in the way of the goings-on of the island. So I suppose it'd be useful as a primer or guide for them. Ultimately I aim to have a target audience among students and faculty, especially from abroad, and locals, especially younger ones. It's only fair that I try to keep them in mind when considering all the detail." Hibiki's pressing had given Edie much to think about and reflect on with the work she and the Historical Society had done so far and now she was starting to feel the pressure of the (admittedly quite distant) deadline that she had fixed for herself again.

Deep down though, she could tell that Hibiki had no small admiration for what had been done so far. Her continued line of inquiries practically meant that she was hooked to the idea, and as she continued to explain she could see her senpai was definitely listening. The fact that she hadn't zoned out or tried to stop her just further showed how much she seemed to be attracted to the work she was doing, and despite the still-unfinished state, it definitely meant that her effort was not going to be for nothing. If anything, it gave her a new drive to keep going harder and get it done even better than she had originally planned.

That would have to come later though. "Oh, thank you for that. It's one of my favourite afternoon tea blends, and I like to serve it to my friends. Glad you enjoy it."
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"Well, if you have a more complete one on the side, it would be interesting for a more dedicated student though, wouldn't it?"

It would also make for a hell of a research project to pad up university level studies in a way. And, given the newfound import of this place, she was sure that at least a few scholars would have interest. And not to mention a few others.

For example, the people she worked for.

There would definitely be use for such things in her line of work, she was sure. And it probably wouldn't take much convincing to get someone up the chain to part with some money for this.

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"Do you think you could keep me up to date about this as well?" the idol asked "Call it personal interest."
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"As long as I'm here I think it's safe to say that there'll be some serious revisions as things change and new facts come up. I don't intend this to be a one-off; this should be a continually evolving and shifting process that changes with new discoveries and findings." OK, perhaps Edie was being a bit optimistic here. Three years wasn't a whole lot of time to do such a large-scale project even with four or five others contributing and writing as well, and it was likely that she would only complete one, maybe two editions before she had to leave. That didn't necessarily signify she'd abandon it, but as it were life had a lot of twists that could affect how these things turned out.

"But of course I can keep you up to date. I don't necessarily like to be privy with this since I always like to have more people get interested and join us or offer suggestions and ideas. It also helps with publicity and could help get people to join the Historical Society. If your schedule allows you're welcome to do it too."

Not that she was expecting Hibiki to say yes given she would almost certainly be caught up in her other obligations to be able to begin getting a single word in, but there was always hope. Besides, if her implied personal interest was true, she might as well raise the question for the sake of doing so now rather than later.
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"Perhaps between projects. I'm not sure how much time I'd be able to give to such a thing I'm afraid." she apologised.

It wasn't entirely true - she had some idea, given the schedules were set well in advance. Except time overruns were notoriously common, especially for finicky photo shoots. And she remembered, there were 3 sets for her in the next 2 weeks as well, two by the beach, and a solo set in the mountain.

Those would eat up a day each if nothing went wrong and forced them to do re-takes, plus voice and physical (generally dance) training during what would normally be considered club hours, giving her... not very much during reasonable hours.

"I'm not really sure how much help I can give myself either." she added, with no small hint of embarrassment "but I can probably put something into the next show about it."
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Edie was not surprised to hear. A bit disappointed, to be sure, but not one bit surprised. She was aware of how busy just one day in an idol's life would be, and this might be as good an affirmative she could get anyway. She still offered an understanding and empathetic nod as she contemplated whether they could still hang out like this somewhere, somehow. Maybe a trail ride on the mountain, or even just another chat like this to talk progress on the project.

On the other hand, free publicity from an idol of great local renown, who possesses the image to spin it with her persona to truly appeal to the target audience? Talking with Hibiki in addition to watching and reading some of her performances and publicity stunts had given her insight into her on- and off-stage image, so she was not oblivious to the prince persona that was spun for her. Given history's place in the eyes of certain members of the public as a useless pursuit meant for snobs and elites, to have an artist of her stature give a ringing endorsement of the Historical Society's hard work and research would be a wonderful way to get people to appreciate it and take notice of them as a persevering force for knowledge and outreach to the people.

If they do it right, thought Edie. Done poorly, improperly or excessively, it might just lead to dismissal and apathy, or worse, outright ridicule. She certainly didn't want that for herself or for Hibki. Well, she's bound to be an expert at delivering these messages and she should also have a media or marketing team to assist her with it, and if it fails...well, I suppose she could just wipe their memories and then we can try a different approach.

Still, that didn't mean she would pass the opportunity up, not one bit. Wondering for a moment if a dream might come to her that showed what might happen if she said otherwise, she grinned and said, "That would be wonderful. I think we could really get more people on side, and even open up more research opportunities that way. Thank you for that." However small such a plug might be in the grand scheme of things, Edie wasn't going to look this gift horse in the mouth.
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Hibiki shook her head.

"No need for thanks. It's a potentially useful thing, it's only natural to want to succeed isn't it?"

Besides, she didn't say, for a small investment, it also improved their public image and made them seem concerned about their new location. There were a few who would deride it as a publicity stunt - and technically it was - but the reception should be good, if the cards were played right. Marketing and PR would love that, she was sure.

"And honestly," she added "It makes me a bit jealous."
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"I suppose so," said Edie, "though I definitely take your word for it. I wouldn't like to have this business wrapped up in more red tape and controversy that has to extend beyond the school grounds."

"But that said, I don't think you should feel too envious for me. I have to spend a lot of spare time reading or writing when I could be practicing naginata or reading my novels instead. Balancing this with the rest of my individual hobbies and activities hasn't been so easy, especially when it's meant my physical ability has been a bit on the decline lately. And that's not taking my friends and schoolwork into account. Also, it really isn't easy to go on fact-finding missions without having a clear continuity or idea of what I hope to find and then move that continuity along until I can be satisfied that what I have is valid and appropriate."

"For what it's worth, listening in on the show and reading the interview in the school paper, I can't say that I can feel jealous about your job. I know it's not easy to have such a regimented schedule that can be physically and emotionally draining, and dealing with fans, critics and management isn't easy either. Plus sometimes the reward just isn't worth it. At least for you, I'm sure it's going quite well. I wouldn't get nearly as far as you have."
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"You flatter me, but no, I certainly meant what I said."

Her expression softened a bit, smiling as she looked at Edie with something that resembled admiration.

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"You see, I ended up becoming an idol without really intending to or understanding anything about it until I was well into it. It was just a useful position at the time."

Thinking about that time, Hibiki couldn't help but give a self-depreciating laugh as she reminisced how she even got into the business to begin with. She'd actually hinted at it during a show, but it generally didn't do to bring it up very often. She did have to keep up appearances afterall.

"Honestly, I envy those who can find some sort of passion to drive them to do things. I went so long without one that I never imagined I'd end up here." she shook her head, laughing again as she thought about the absurdity of it. "In the end, I suppose it worked out, didn't it?"
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"Hum, well, I guess time is just what some people need to find a useful and appropriate niche to fill. Maybe I just found mine easier and quicker because of the circumstances I was raised in and found support from the people around me, and also found true love and passion in it." Given the genuine drive and passion that Edie felt for such a pursuit often derided for being nerdy, uninterested and useless, it certainly wasn't far off the mark especially considering how she got into it.

But...there was a but. "On the other hand though, it wasn't easy at times. I had a very comfortable and lavish upbringing, but I found myself hamstrung quite a number of times from the expectations and limitations of being part of such an upper-class family. My father's side has a strong tradition of civil and military service, which my two older brothers are upholding in their own right, while my mother's side is one of hospitality through familial ownership of a centuries-old ryokan, which my older sister is helping to care for. Technically that would have left me the odd one out and therefore free to pursue what I wanted, and I know my family saw that in me since from the beginning they were incredibly supportive of my drive.

"Even so that didn't mean I was a free bird, since I had to conform to many restrictions in my life and my ability to pursue what I wanted. Don't get me wrong, I was acclimated to living the life of a noblewoman of both English lady and yamato nadeshiko flavours and certainly didn't take it for granted, even enjoyed it, but it wasn't letting me fulfill my passions to my fullest. The burden of traditions and heritage still weighs on my shoulders, and makes me feel that some part of me doesn't belong where I am now with the direction I'm taking. Leaving home and coming here since I felt empowered to find answers to my power hasn't helped assuage those feelings either, and having found little to nothing so far I can't help but worry it'll all be for nothing."


Thinking about it now, and draining her teacup, Edie wondered just how much of her had been shaped by both her adherence to tradition and her path of self-discovery, especially now that she was here. The past few months hadn't been the easiest for her in dealing with issues like homesickness, a lack of contact with her old friends and becoming acclimated to follow her pursuits in a different environment and setting. Going through serious life-or-death experiences had also changed her, though whether for better or worse was yet to be seen. Watching the reactions of the girl opposite her, she wondered how Hibiki felt about that. Their approaches to their pursuits had been very divergent, so clearly things may well have gone differently for her. Silently she started to consider that maybe they weren't so similar after all.
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"That's just how it is, isn't it?" she thought aloud, again lapsing back into Japanese.

Yes, similar as they were at first glance, there were almost nothing alike. In a way, Hibiki couldn't help but feel a bit jealous of it - including, or perhaps especially the part where she'd been so uncertain, and yet able to go on making choices towards something. Perhaps it was, in some odd way, a sort of innocence present in them that she couldn't really feel for herself.

It was a little funny how it worked. In her line of work, innocence could die very quickly, but the show had to go on regardless, and you still had to believe in what you were doing or there wasn't much point.

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"You know," She started, shifting her tone to something more the ostensibly more mature, more experienced senior she was supposed to be "It's been some time since then, but when I started, I actually felt uncertain about what I was doing as well."
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Transitioning into Japanese with her senior's prompting, Edie said thoughtfully and empathetically, "It was difficult at first, wasn't it? Being in the business? I can't begin to understand what that must have been like, trying to get into the flow of things and being lost as a result." Pouring herself another cup of tea, she continued, "Trust me, hearing about so many hopefuls imploding because of the pressure and a failure to translate the effort and business into achievement, it's not easy at all. I can understand what it means to find anxieties and doubts take over and make one lose sense of one's future too, even if I haven't experienced it like you have, with an entire livelihood on the line. Still, I guess it paid off for you, since your future's looking quite brighter and clearer than mine right now. Not that I'm worrying to hell and back yet, but at least that's my assessment, for what it's worth as a prediction."

She thought for a moment. "You know, I haven't seen a world yet in which I get into show business like you, but given the many possibilities that things could go, I'm curious to see how that turns out. Of course, given what I'm like as a person I doubt I'll make it far. Not as far as you have, to say the least." She offered a look of admiration to go with the compliment.
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Hibiki couldn't help but laugh there. The naive honesty of her junior was a charming quality at times, even if by some metrics, the younger girl really shouldn't have been this open right off.

"Sorry, I didn't quite mean it that way." she apologised, trying to start back from the beginning "Tell me, things have happened since you started right?"
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