Luna noticed Mai wasn't focused on her words beyond the surface level of her explanation. She knew that she would eventually need to get Mai invested in reading into more details, especially since many jobs would require similar analytical abilities to solve problem. However since the purpose of this job was for enjoyment and Mai seemed to be having a great time and was behaving well so far Luna decided not to sour the mood. At this point Luna thought the rest of the day would be easygoing, however she soon heard the sound of ceramic shattering. Luna was used to, however recalling her few times at formal gatherings, such as her younger sister's previous school's fundraiser, a few jobs that required her to be at a gatherings, and when she had to convince a Desierto nobleman from pursuing charges against her elder sister, all warned her that the sound was never good.
Luna looked down at the floor and noticed that Mai seemed to forget to consider her hands before she hugged her, and as a result the plate hit the floor and shattering. "It's alright Mai, accidents happen. No harm done." Luna said as she watched Mai's commendable initiative, but the results were less then commendable. However Luna figured she should just add that to the list of conversations to have with Mai later to avoid spoiling the day. A broken cheap ceramic plate isn't anything to cry over regardless. Luna bit her lip as Mai thought hiding the evidence in a slightly more dangerous place was the same as cleaning. She looked over at Tanya who was slightly nervous writing things down on her clip board. "Sorry about that, I'll clean it up-"
She looked down and noticed any trace of the ceramic was gone and she saw a fourth pair of feet. She looked up and noticed there was a man wearing black dress pants, dark dress shoes, a white dress shirt, a black tie and red vest, white gloves, over a dark body suit with dark sunglasses holding a bag with sharp objects inside. Luna bit her lip to avoid being loud from shock as she couldn't sense his arrival. "Oh, hello." She said awkwardly not sure what to say while the man simply nodded in response. Tanya looked up and was startled in silence. "Oh, this is something else we're testing entirely nothing to do with your trial directly. This is a special events company we're thinking of subcontracting out, they consist of former Ninja, mostly those that are unable to fight due to serious injury but they can still work. Mostly waiter and cleaning duties, they are surprisingly efficient."
Luna nodded, understanding the logic of hiring such skilled individuals. "Makes sense-" She turned back and noticed that the man was already gone. If anything that seemed to prove their efficiency to the fairy. "Efficient but they are a little unsettling. Especially for those not used to such presence." She noted as she knew full well this was yet another example of how efficiency isn't always equivalent to quality. Sometimes the less efficient route can be better. She shrugged before she followed her protege over towards the scene that drew her attention. Bouquet throwing, something that even before she shed her human biology baffled the fairy.
She knew it was part of Fioran weddings, but to her it was an odd thing to throw flowers. She understood the whole cultural sentiment and tradition on whoever catches the bundle would be blessed with luck to be next. However Luna struggled with the whole notion of it, mostly believing it to be a cruel stunt to give hope, and she remembered how it drove some of her friends to get hurt in the process of trying to catch it. Vishda Fae typically follow traditions of the other culture as most of them marry outside the fairy kin, and her origins from Bellum were also far different. Looking back on her memories she didn't even recall under what ceremony her parents were wed considering her father's origins.
Arriving at the scene she quickly made sure to be by Mai's side as she looked around. She seemed to take in all the facts. She looked around the room and saw a few of the employees bringing in bouquet from another room. She took a moment to focus as she was able to sense the life force of the plants. It took her a moment to realize that the flowers were grown and magically altered as well, probably to fit the effects intended. "Ah, a Magical Bouquet toss. Explodes so everyone has a chance, this isn't a competitive game Mai." She sighed, however she had a gut feeling that Mai had Fioran origins, and that there were other cultures that had similar rituals in their wedding ceremonies, she knew she had to explain a bit more. "Mai, this happens to replicate yet another part of a wedding. In the Reception, the grand feast after a formal ceremony I mentioned, it isn't always just a feast. There are several rituals many people engage in during the reception. For example many recently married couples often make the first cut of their wedding cake together, water or plant a seed, the couple's first dance as a married couple, father daughter dance-"
She cut herself off at mentioning that part. She got so caught up in wedding fever that the moment she mentioned the father daughter dance it almost brought her to a tear. The memory of her father dying before her eyes seemed to sting hard as she recalled she'd never get to experience it. She missed her father a lot. "Right, he's gone." She thought to herself solemnly before moving on with her explanation. "Anyways, this ritual is called the bouquet toss. Essentially in the earliest form this ritual was that the bride would toss a bouquet of flowers, typically the one they have throughout the ceremony into the crowd, often behind their back with an overhead toss. Originally it was just one Bouquet and whoever caught it was rumored to have luck in getting married next, however that often lead to, some less then desirable results, used to be a disaster among many girls who tried to catch it, often turning into a cat fight."
She took a pause to breathe as she remembered who she was talking to, and how she was trying to avoid encouraging Mai to fight. She was glad that the god slayer had ambition and energy, but she knew that it would take a while for Mai to learn dialing that down first hand. "But weddings are a bad place to fight, so as time dragged on some people decided to have new takes on the bouquet toss to not harm anyone, for example loosening the knot so it falls off mid air so everyone gets a piece, no losers, no winners either. This is not a competition Mai."
Luna hoped that her lesson was reaching the girl as she looked over at the side door to see the employees were talking among themselves with clipboards and comparing with each other before one handed the clipboard to the other and knocked twice on a door. When the door opened Luna noticed another employee hand sticking out, giving a bouquet to the employee who knocked before closing the door. The man chuckled a bit as he walked back over to the crowd of ladies testing the bouquets. He cleared his throat before addressing the group. "Alright ladies, we got the next one ready. Now as for the lucky lady to toss it..." He scanned the group before his eyes set on the pink haired mage with a sly smile. "How about you miss?"
Luna was taken aback, flattered, and slightly insulted at the same time from the offer but was slightly skeptical that she was the one chosen. She looked side to side and saw no one else approaching and she confusedly pointed to herself. "You mean me? Oh, um..." She said hesitantly not wanting to seem rude as she was not sure about participating. The employee nodded. "Yeah, c'mon, I mean you practically look ready to get married anyways. Why not have all the fun of the process if you've come this far."
Luna shrugged and decided she might as well as there would be no harm in trying. She patted Mai's shoulder for a moment as she passed her, making sure to carefully monitor the Life force of the God Slayer. "Alright stand back in the group Mai." She said before approaching the employee who handed her the bouquet. "Alright, pull on the knot a little and give it a nice gentle toss miss-" He said before he saw the Lightning Dragon Eye ring on her left ring finger "-Oh sorry misses." Luna sighed as this confusion happened too much at times. "It's just miss, and I see." She took a moment to smell the flowers while letting her sixth and seventh sense analyze the flora. "As I thought, they are real but they are magically enhanced and altered. The plants seem to have been treated well and known are screaming out so I'll let it slide for a while."
Luna gently reached her fingers down towards the butterfly knot as she lightly pulled on the knot causing it to loosen up. She took a moment to breath before she lightly tossed the bundle back over her head into the crowd behind her. As the bundle arced in the air it glowed up before a pop sound could be heard as the flower bundle exploded into a display of glittering lights and rose petals that slowly and gracefully descended down and glided around. Luna turned around to notice the display. "Huh, this is not quite what I was expecting but it is still quite pretty nonetheless." Was all she managed to say as the employees were nervously rubbing the backs of their necks. "Yeah, this flaw shows up from time to time, sorta a failure when the premade magic fails."
Luna didn't seen to care that it was a failure as she wouldn't mind this result either way, no one wins, no one loses, and it's a graceful and beautiful display. She silently hoped that her protege would come to see the logic, but she was prepared to give her speech about non competition again. She turned towards one of the employees as she had her own opinions on the bouquet. "I see. five out of seven, while it's a great display even in misfire or malfunction, it does lose points for not acting as it was advertised."
The employees and interns looked among themselves, confirming their consensus silently. "Alright that's fair." One of them admitted plainly. There was no use refuting the obvious. Luna's gaze soon refocused back onto her protege, carefully watching to see how she behaves in this setting.
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