Posted 1 day ago

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Meng watched the woman carefully. She wasn’t the seductress type, so that was going to stay on his bucket list. This woman was tactful, and calculated; A little colder than most Water Tribe glaciers. He would have to play this carefully. “Mistaken? Now, what would an old fart like me be doing crashing a party?”

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"I can think of several possibilities based on previous experiences and probability, but it would be far more efficient if you simply told me." Zhu Li remained as stoic as ever.

She glanced in the direction of her employer as if double-checking to make sure she wasn’t needed before glancing back at the detective. “My employer has mixed feelings about uninvited guests. If you will not be reasonable, then you will be removed from the premises.”

Posted 1 day ago

cigarsandcasefiles:

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"What, a man can’t drink in peace?"

"Perhaps he can; though, a man might draw unwanted attention to themselves when they sneak into a lounge reserved for a large private party. I suppose you thought you would not be noticed among such a large crowd and certainly with so many varied…" She paused a moment, side-eyeing a man that looked like he could have been a hobo. "Characters."

She held a clipboard in front of her, and her eyes went to the paper on it for a second time before she glanced back up at him. “You were mistaken.”

Posted 1 day ago
Varrick nodded and he stood up after tasting the tea. "Alright! Miss Jun Tea, I will be getting in contact with you." He smiled reaching across the desk to offer her his hand. This would be the one to beat. She was plain, but with a voice that wouldn't put him to sleep. She was no nonsense and could she make a mean cup of tea!
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Zhu Li was sure it couldn’t be a good sign if he was getting her name wrong so much. She reached and shook his hand, having a firm grip despite being a quiet sort of woman. “It’s Zhu Li, sir, but thank you for presenting me with the opportunity to interview with you. When might I expect to hear from you?”

Posted 1 day ago
"Honey, two dollops." He said and leaned forward. "Hm, so you haven't traveled much." That was a down side but could easily be fixed. Thinking over for several quiet moments as he waited for his tea. "Let me give you a scenario, and tell me what you would do. Let's say that during one of my business meetings another of of the competitive bidders come in early. How would you diffuse the situation."
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Zhu Li spooned out the two dollops of honey and gently stirred it into his tea. She set the tea cup on a saucer and set it on the desk in front of him. She returned to the other side of the desk, but she didn’t sit down. She had a quiet moment of thought before answering his question.

"It would be imperative to take all details of the situation into account. What each one has to offer, what I can figure out regarding temperament of the people in question, the location of our meeting and how I could use such location to an advantage… There are many things to consider."

Her stoicism remained except for a single, slight quirk of the eyebrow that might have been an indication of thoughtfulness. “Given none of these details and a hypothetical, general situation, I suppose the best course of action would be to insist that the early bidder keep to the original appointment time. If it seems likely a fuss is to arise, I might allow for some flattery as best as I can manage. People often seem more willing to do things when you emphasize their importance or put it into their head that the thing you want them to do will be for their benefit or was their idea in the first place.”

Posted 1 day ago

asgardianssurrender:

It is very important to me that Varrick and Zhu Li be in some sort of personal relationship and if it isn’t revealed at some point my life will feel slightly less complete.

OOC: I feel like they’ve teased it quite a bit. Come on! Guy named his battleship after his assistant! It is my all-time favorite ship!

Posted 2 days ago

Varrick-anon:

That caught his interest and he sat up a little more in his chair. He motioned halfassed towards the tea pot in the corner. “Let’s see then?” Tea was a good thing. He liked that this one was no nonsense. “Let me set up a scenario, Khun Si.” The mispronunciation of her name was a deliberate test. “My business takes me all around the world, some time at just a few seconds notice- how would your family react and how would you handle it?”

He paused after a moment and then went quiet. He lifted a finger and motioned to the tea pot again. “The blend should be under the cart, but if there’s more than one- I like green.” He didn’t give her a chance to answer quite yet as he paused once more. “With honey.” Then he was quiet and waited for her to speak, steepling his fingers together as he leaned back in his chair.

Zhu Li bowed her head and hopped up from her seat to the cart in the corner. She didn’t show any kind of reaction to him pronouncing her name wrong. “It’s Zhu Li, sir.” Her voice was soft, calm, and as deadpan as ever. She started heating the water, and she searched for the tea. He asked her a question, paused, then pointed out where the tea was and what blend he liked.

She snatched up a green tea blend, Chun Mee, and steeped it in the hot water. Being familiar with most types of tea, she knew the exact time, to the second, of how long to steep it for.

"There is no one left in my family that I am aware of but me. I suppose it is possible my father is alive and well somewhere, but I do not know him and have no interest in pursuing the matter." Though, she was used to being alone at this point, sometimes, it bothered her. She supposed it was something about human nature requiring some kind of companionship. Even so, she did not think she wanted to meet the man who had left her mother.

She considered the next question about how she would handle traveling around the world at a moment’s notice. “I haven’t done much traveling outside of this area.” She glanced back at him. “Seeing some new places would be… interesting. I don’t require much. Moving will not be a problem for me.” She didn’t sound too enthusiastic, but then she didn’t sound discouraged, either. She sounded the same.

When she had finished the tea, she took the honey in hand. “How much honey do you like in your tea, sir?”

Posted 2 days ago
Varrick blinked in obvious surprise. The woman was smart and a logical thinker, even though she wasn't selling herself very well.He considered this a moment- this was not a direction any of the other applicants had taken during the interview. "What qualifies you for the job?"
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Zhu Li wasn’t sure what to make of his surprised look.

"I have listed my qualifications on the last page for your review, sir," she said, "But I will give you a brief overview. I am a highly organized individual, both in my personal life and in my working life. I make lists and agendas for myself every day, and I believe my previous position as a caterer, detailed on the second page five lines down, will provide adequate examples of this as well." 

She continued, “I am quick and efficient. In a few jobs I have worked, efficiency was almost essential to my well-being, particularly while carrying heavy loads or while feeding particularly dangerous animals. I am quick because I find running to be a pleasant activity.” 

Zhu Li really didn’t think too much about how her small stature might make it difficult to believe she could carry anything heavy. She also didn’t seem like the type of person to work with dangerous animals, either.

"I am good with numbers, and I take good notes. I have also been informed that I make delicious tea, which you listed as a must in the advertisement for this position." 

She still looked stoic when she paused, then asked, “Is there a particular type of tea you enjoy?”

Posted 2 days ago
He regarded her as she spoke. At least her voice wasn't as plain as she looked. That was good. It would keep him from dozing off during meetings with her- not that she'd be talking much. That was if in fact he decided to hire her. His eyebrow perked as he glanced at the papers- letting them sit there a moment and he reached out picking them up. "And what about you is special? Why should I choose you over the others?"
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And then, Zhu Li’s expression did change. The strained polite smile faded, settling into an expression that was mostly stoic but partly puzzled. She considered the man in front of her, and then, she considered the question. “There is nothing special about me.”

She blinked slowly, then continued, “I matter relatively little to this world. Yet, I exist and have determined it is only logical to continue to do so. I have discovered that I am ill-suited for a position in leadership, and I have exhausted every opportunity available to me in my home location. My sole purpose, it seems, would be to follow and to serve. It is what I do. It is what I have always done.” There was not a single hint of emotion in her voice.

She bowed her head. “I am qualified for the position, and that is why I am here. Based on my observations of the remaining candidates, they are also qualified. I am certain any one of them will perform well in a position as your assistant; though, it would be my recommendation to avoid hiring the young man in red who appears to be overly ambitious and if his treatment of the doorman is any indication, quite arrogant. The young woman in green might be suffering from a nervous condition, judging by the state of her nails.”

She paused. “If you think I am not right for this position, then perhaps you might consider hiring the older man in green. He moves quickly despite his age, he is well-mannered, good at conversation, and according to one such conversation, he was having with the young woman in green, worked as a butler for several years for a large family.”

Perhaps it wasn’t such a good idea to sell herself short; though, she saw little point in answering such a question dishonestly.

Posted 2 days ago
Well, she wasn't like some of the others. He regarded her quietly as he sat across behind his desk. Not much to look at. He couldn't tell if she had curves for the suit she was wearing- even though it was in impeccable condition. Over all the young woman was rather plain. That was a good thing. This meant he'd be less likely to be distracted and he wouldn't be trying to charm her into bed. "And who are you?" Blunt. To the point, if she didn't like it there'd be problems later.
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Zhu Li didn’t appear to mind the direct question; though, it was hard to tell since the strained polite smile remained. She might have stiffened slightly under his roaming gaze, but it was ever so slight.

"I am Zhu Li, sir," she said, her voice was a soft but clear monotone. She realized she should probably give him more to go on. "I am here to work for you." She took her notepad and set it on his desk. "I have compiled a short report of my work history. I believe my skill-set will be satisfactory to your needs as listed in your advertisement, but if not, perhaps you will find me adequate for another position in your company."

Posted 2 days ago
Varrick had decided that it was time to take on an intern. An assistant actually, but calling them an intern was much more appealing. This! This is what he'd do! He'd set up appointments throughout the day. And as they came and went his enthusiasm- at least inwardly- ebbed greatly. There were four more left when he opened the door and motioned the young woman in. "Come in, come in have a seat."
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Zhu Li came in with a small notepad clutched tightly to her chest. She was dressed in appropriate business attire, and it was clear she had taken a lot of care in her appearance. Not one hair was out of place. Not a speck of dust dotted her dull gray outfit. There wasn’t a single wrinkle to speak of. Her shoes were newly shined to military perfection. Though, it was clear this was not a brand new outfit. In fact, it looked worn enough that it surely had to have been repaired a few times; though, there wasn’t even any sign of errant stitching.

She bowed to him after her approach. “Thank you, sir.” Then, she took her seat. She tried to smile politely; though, smiling wasn’t a habit she was used to, and it appeared slightly strained. She did not appear to be nervous, otherwise. Her posture was straight, and she didn’t fidget. She simply looked at him expectantly.