“Ah, it’s this day already? Time sure flies...”
“Hey, stop spacing out and help me with the stand here. You can’t run a business if you live only on your dreamland, and the festival starting soon too.”
“Right, right! Pardon me for that, Flo.”
The morning broke, the sun creeping from its resting place over the horizon and up into the skies of Prunus. The town square, however, had been alive and bustling with activity even before the first light of dawn. People moving large quantities of boxes, props, signs and any assortment of goods was a clear indication of just what day it was. Celebrating its legendary founding thousands of years ago, the people of Prunus were finishing preparations for the grand festival that was to take place. An annual tradition that never failed to attract visitors from all over Arbolia, it was a festival where any person was bound to find something of interest to them.
Of course, being a festival held in the legendary City of Adventures meant that a lot of promising new adventurers had been looking legends themselves. Wanting to join one of the many Magic Guilds, whether they had been long settled in the city, or fledgling ones just getting their start. Thus, on the festival’s first few days, during its week long run, the festival officials had set aside an area for the newer and smaller guilds to open their recruitment stands up, while the larger guilds, (having their own recruitment tests,) were directly integrated into the festival’s main attractions.
The two women who had been bantering earlier, Celica and Florentia, were two friends who had decided to revive an old guild from scratch. That guild being Cherry Heart. The dreamy-blue haired woman, Celica, had gone to help her stern-looking friend with finishing their stand. Having been scheduled to open their stand on the fourth day of the Prunalia Festival, the last day for the guild-promoting stands to be up, due to a mistake in registration by Florentia, the duo was in quite the rush to make sure their stand had been perfectly ready for any would be guild members. As their preparations had been finished, all that was left for them to wait for the incoming crowd of people and hope there were still those who would be interested.
“Come here, come here, we at Cherry Heart are still accepting new guild members!”
Celica’s voice rang amidst the crowd of people as she tirelessly promoted her stand. The festival had just started, but so far no one was approaching the stand. While it was not something that would deter either of the two women, it was not a promising sign either. As it seemed that for the time being no one was approaching them, Florentia told Celica to stop and rest for a moment. When she refused, the stern woman grabbed her by the back of her collar and dragged her to the back of their stand.
“Calm yourself down. You will not last the whole day that way.”
Does this mean you’ll take over my position for now, Flo?”
“Are you kidding? I have no intentions to drive away anyone that might have any interest on our guild. Not like anyone did…” Florentia paused. Even after agreeing to assist Celica, she was still quite skeptical of her friend’s plan, but she stopped herself short of telling her what she thought to avoid demoralizing her, and shifted the conversation into another topic. “More importantly, reviewing the short interview for the aspiring guild members would be a good way to spend your resting time. I know you’re the one that wrote it in the first place, but it is my job to ensure that you won’t forget about it at this critical moment.”
“Right. So, the list of questions...hmmm
‘Why do you want to join this guild?’
‘Do you have any goals to achieve in this guild?’
‘What kind of ability do you possess that might help you attain that goal?’
“Before you go there, remember that you need to ask their name too.”
“Ah, right, right! Ask them to give a short introduction first before all those questions. Something like…’Please introduce yourself. Tell us more about yourself.’
And lastly…’Are you willing to accept the guild’s terms and condition for a membership?’ That should be it, right?”
“I’m not sure what you put there, but yes. That should be it.”
“So after those questions they just sign their names into the record book, and Yggdrasil will be notified immediately, right?”
“Why are you asking me that? The administrative side of this business is not something I have any experiences on.”
“Oops, pardon me. Alright, this would mean that starting at the end of the festival, we could officially start our guild activity and start accepting quests. Of course, we need to finish the renovation to that building first so our guild members could stay there, but I happen to be an expert on it, so it’s not something to worry about.”
“...You always talk a lot. I think it’s best to return to your post now.”
“Heh, of course. We’ll sure be flooding with new members when I’m done with this!”
Florentia shook her head at the younger woman’s excitement as she followed her towards their stand again. Had it not for their friendship and what she said back then...she wouldn’t get dragged into this position. It could have been something to lament, but as she was doing this for Celica’s sake, it wasn’t as bad as it should be. Granted, Flo ended up having her gaze go around the festival to see what was going on, to distract her mind from thinking about the guild too much.
The makeshift open arena that lie across the square hadn’t seem to attract much people yet, but later on she expected it to be really active...and it would inevitably get ugly. Well, she’s a medic for a reason, so she could help there if anything happened. The other guilds’ stands stood around the main street, and to her chagrin they seemed to have longer lines than Cherry Heart’s for now. This was despite Celica’s brazen choice to use double the space for their stand to make it stand out more. The food stalls were on their north, not far from the square. The food there were free, as long as people mind their manner and eat reasonably. Flo considered to visit there to find something for Celica to eat or drink later, but at the moment it’s more important to watch over her and see her potential guild members...if anyone decided to sign up, of course.
Well, whatever would happen, Florentia chose to rest that case to fate as she continued to wait on Celica’s side.