QLeft.png Hikari tries her hand at cooking confections, recipe book close at hand. Whip cream until stiff peaks form. Wash strawberries, and remove stems. Each step was another first for her, but she wasn't about to let that keep her from putting a smile on her friend's face. QRight.png


Roses or Chocolate

Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Parchment paper, plastic wrap... Oh, and we're getting low on aluminum foil.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Mahiru-chan. Doesn't that taiyaki look yummy?


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
No snacks, Karen-chan. Today we're just shopping for essentials.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
But it looks so tasty!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
N. O. If you eat now, you'll spoil your appetite for dinner!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Okaaay...


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Karen's in trouble.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
The same goes for that bag of Mr. White chips, Hikari-chan. Go put it back.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...Okaaay.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
......? *sniff* *sniff*


Karen (icon).png Karen:
What is it, Hikari-chan?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Over here.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Hey, wait up! Where are you going?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Chocolate.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
A Valentine's Fair? I guess it's getting to be that season.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Whoa, look at all the people! Won't the chocolate melt?


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
They've certainly drawn in a crowd...


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Is this what Valentine's Day is like in Japan?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
It's a bit frightening.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Whaaat!? Why? It's not scary!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Everyone just seems so...desperate.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
I think they're just really invested. They want to show the people they care about how they feel.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Y-yeah! Jeez, Hikari-chan. Valentine's Day is sweet, and fun! Not frightening!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
They have Valentine's Day in England too, don't they?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...They do.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Right? It's celebrated all over the world. It's a...wat do you call it? A pandemic!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Swing and a miss, Karen-chan.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Oh, close enough!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...Valentine's Day originated in England.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Whoa, really!? Go England!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
But more people gave flowers than chocolates. The whole city smelled of roses.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Oh, how romantic!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Yeah, that sounds amazing! Like, taiyaki amazing!


:
*grooowl*


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Uhh... Guess my stomach thinks so too.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Are you that hungry, Karen-chan?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
...Okay. Roses are romantic and all, but I think I'll stick with chocolate.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Heh heh, then let's go check out and head back home for dinner.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Seconded!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Karen's always the pragmatist...

The Secret Ingredient Is Failure

Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Found you...


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Hmm? Have I been waiting for you? That's right.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...Do you have a moment?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
You were just heading back to the dorm? That's perfect.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Come with me.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
............


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
I wanted to give you something.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Here.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
What is it...? Just what it looks like. A vacuum flask.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
I, um... I want you to drink it.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
It shouldn't kill you. ...Probably.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
......


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
............


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...............


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...It's not coming out?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Let me see it.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Yeah, it really isn't.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
It's stuck? ...It would certainly seem that way.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
But why?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...What's in it? Um... Chocolate and milk, marshmallows...


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
And a lot of cornstarch.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Huh? You think I put in too much?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Huh... Too much cornstarch makes it go rock solid. You learn something every day.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
I'm sorry. Especially after dragging you here.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
It's nearly Valentine's Day, so I've been practicing making chocolate.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
This was the first batch that worked, so I wanted you to taste it...


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
But I've messed it up...


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
It's no Valentine's yet, so this one doesn't count?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
And you'd love to taste the next batch? Why are you so nice...?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Because we're friends?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...Well, thank you. I'll get it right this time.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
For your sake, and for Karen's.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
I can do this.

Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
The're a bit malformed, but the taste should be fine.

Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Strange... Why won't they rise?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
You were right, everything I try to make comes out as a cookie. How did you know?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
You just did? Frustrating as it is, maybe turning any baked good into a cookie is a sort of talent...

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