________________________________With an amused sort of smile Cross watched her customer leave her stall, the piece of paper she had given them clenched so tightly in their hand that stress marks were lining the sheet. Like all of the others, they were baffled, confused, but no less in awe. The booth was a success; SHE was a success. All that was left was to be confronted by a friend....now THAT would be the real test.
Four customers later, her wish was granted.
Seiji appeared without her notice, and announced his arrival with a light tap to the tabletop. Her head snapped up from her computer screen, and Cross's lips upturned into one big smile as she registered the familiar face. She hadn't the time to properly address him however, before the boy -with his signature frown- tilted his head towards Cross, confusion clear as day. "What the hell are you wearing?"
"That's no good!" Cross huffed and crossed her arms, lips pursed into a childish pout. With an eyebrow raised, Seiji encouraged her to elaborate. "The outfit is supposed to explain itself!!" Holding her arms out to her side Cross did a quick turn, showing it off, and waited expectantly for Seiji to show some sign of recognition. When he didn't, she admitted defeat and pointed towards her booth's sign. "I'm telling people's fortunes."
"And here I was thinking that looking stupid was your great money-making scheme." Instead of pushing the issue, curious as he was, Seiji instead slid a two dollar bill across the table. "Try me." Gleefully, Cross accepted the money, and immediately went to work tapping away at the lone laptop sitting atop the table.
"How are you doing that?!" Minutes later and now wide-eyed, Seiji reluctantly admitted to himself that given the accuracy of her information Cross had to know what she was doing. What that was, however, was a mystery to him....
Instead of answering, Cross giggled girlishly and pressed a finger to her lips. "A fortune teller never reveals her secrets!" Although it wasn't what he was hoping to hear, Seiji accepted the answer -knowing that it was unlikely for him to be told anything else- and pocketed his fortune slip with a sigh.
"Well hell, your fortunes are good enough you don't need any of that elaborate shit to promote yourself...."
Well, here is my first attempt at a fake screenshot! ItsreallyhorribleIknow- //sobs
I had a lot of trouble coming up with something to draw with this event! I mean, not only did I have trouble with the art portion of it, but it honestly took me a while to come up with what Cross was going to do.... Her only talent is with computers.
But when this fortune teller idea hit me, I knew it was perfect!
To explain what she's going, very quickly, Cross' "crystal ball" is her computer. She runs a formula she wrote to come up with fortunes. However, to make everything seem more legit, she asks for the person's name and starsign. Given that information combined with a picture of them -that she takes secretly with a camera attached to one of the "jewels" on her forehead- her computer scans all social media sites for a person matching their appearance and description and automatically personalizes their fortune. Since most people are on some form of social media site now-a-days, Cross figures this is the best way to trick people into thinking that she's some sort of psychic. xD
Also, the clothing is more to hide her appearance so that people don't recognize her after the fact on the street or something. She pretends that it's to add to the ambiance, though.
Anyways, even though this doesn't really follow the the "collecting/selling/making" trinkets, I hope that this still counts! ; u ;
And I'm sorry that it's so sloppy looking. //OTL
Artwork and Cross (c) TheLostArts
Seiji (c) MelodicSoul