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Author Topic: The bean counter  (Read 62 times)

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Offline Erika Armistead

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The bean counter
« on: Jan 12, 18, 03:00:09 AM »
Erika arrived at Ji Yoon Moon's clinic with an armful of paperwork and a psychic cabinet with more. Usually such important assignments as signing contracts with the Court and reviewing the budget for the new clinic enterprise would have gone straight to the Steward, but apparently with the Eyrien delegation and the work going into the setup of this clinic both Lady Moon and Prince Dumitrescu were far too busy to make a meeting that didn't involve working. Erika didn't mind getting out of the office, it was just sort of cringeworthy that she had to. She still wasn't good at people, even after five... no, more than that... after however many years she had served in the Territory Court of Dena Nehele. It would be so much easier if there was someone to delegate to instead of herself. But that wasn't her place to say, not to an aristo Prince when she was a lowly witch.

When Darcia Glassade was Queen, the fashion of the Court had been much more stringent. Once Riley had taken over, the tides of style had turned; now it wasn't considered a scandal for the Court if the accountant wore a white sweater and sand-colored slacks. Her black leather boots, usually the sort of shiny that comes from meticulous care, were dulled by the salt that had been scattered over the sidewalk since the most recent snows. Her long brown hair hung loose over her shoulders and was blown about by a stiff winter wind as she walked quickly down the street of the lower quarter where Lady Moon's clinic was located.

There was graffiti on the walls: Pay what you owe. Someone had attempted to scrub it off, but had only succeeded in smearing the oil-based paint across the brick. Pay what you o■■. Fascinating. She made a note of it to report to her employer, and otherwise ignored it.

She rapped on the door and hooked her hair behind her ears. With an appointment on the books, she didn't anticipate this taking more than an hour or two. Hopefully she'd make it back to the Territory manor by dinner, and if she didn't, perhaps they'd hold a plate for her. She liked to think that Prince Eliade liked her enough to be so kind.

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Re: The bean counter
« Reply #1 on: Jan 12, 18, 12:27:04 PM »
She had not been able to clear the graffiti from the side of the clinic, all her efforts be damned, and so Ji Yoon had refocused her efforts elsewhere. They were days from opening, and she  was due a visit from the court accountant to go over all of the financials, and she wanted things to look good for when Erika Armistead arrived. If the clinic was a mess, it wouldn't reflect well on the operation she was running here, and that would in turn affect her funding... and she needed all the help she could get now that the Kagen were out of the equation.

With that in mind, she'd been up since the crack of dawn dusting shelves and mopping floors and giving everything that final coat of polish. The clinic would be spotless on opening day, whether or not it stayed that way afterwards. She'd made what she thought of as good progress when she heard the knock on the door, and vanished the last of her cleaning supplies and cast a quick burst of scouring craft on her hands before going to answer it.

"Lady Armistead," she said, motioning her into the waiting room. "Please. Come in."

She shut and bolted the door behind her to keep the cold out. "As you can see, things are coming along well. We'll be open for our first patients on Monday. Should we talk in my office? Or is here fine?" The clinic was empty aside from themselves, to privacy wasn't a particular concern.


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Re: The bean counter
« Reply #2 on: Jan 12, 18, 04:15:39 PM »
Erika swept her gray gaze over the clinic. Her mother had been a Healer, a beautiful woman who wore the Rose as her birthright, just as Ji Yoon and Erika did. And as such, the clinic brought back pleasantly nostalgic memories, though in the end the whole thing had ended horribly. For a while, when her father wasn't around, Erika had been happy in clinics like this, though they had lacked the stylishly worn parquet flooring and the brick exterior. The part of her that had learned hearth craft as a maid in a well-to-do house noted the little imperfections, but judged them reasonable in the absence of a dedicated hearth witch. It couldn't be good for the patients to go without one, and Erika thought that with the tithes from the aristos coming in this quarter she might be able to spare something to have a woman in three or four nights a week. That would have to go through Prince Dumitrescu first, but it was a valid idea, she thought.

"They're coming very well," she said. She shook her coat off and tucked it up on a rack. "I think the office? I have paperwork that must be signed before the opening, and then I want to go over the budget and get your sign-off so that Prince Dumitrescu knows I discussed it with you." That way if something went wrong they'd both be covered by the previous acknowledgement of whoever broke the contract. "The graffiti outside--were you attempting to remove it yourself? You'll need turpenoid. I'm sure that I can send a pint to you from the Territory Court inventories, if you'd like?"

They settled down at Ji Yoon's desk, and Erika spread the contract folder on the desk first. "It's just your standard Court contract, with some modifications to service days... You'll be in the Second Circle, your tithes are waived for as long as you serve at the clinic for five days a week. The budget is here," she pointed to the number she'd carefully written there several days before. "And your personal salary, separate from the budget, is here. Does this all seem acceptable?"

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Re: The bean counter
« Reply #3 on: Jan 13, 18, 01:14:56 AM »
"I was," Ji Yoon said, pulling the documents closer so she could look at them properly. "I think I just made it worse." Now, the graffiti was still legible, but was somehow even more of an eyesore. She'd gotten about two letters in before realizing it wasn't going to work and felt fairly sheepish about the whole business. Erika's offer of help could not have come at a better moment. "I would like that very much."

All of the numbers looked to be in order, and she was familiar enough with contracts and their importance. She'd signed plenty in her time serving under Yuki no Natsuhana. She'd had her father at her side to walk her through the negotiations then and show her what to look out for, and she'd taken those lessons to heart (as she did all lessons from her father). "Yes," she said after a pause, nodding. "Everything looks to be in order."

She rummaged through her desk until that turned up a pen. "So... here, here, here, and... did I miss anywhere?" The promised salary was modest but fair, considering supplies were budgeted separately. She was planning to leave the inn and move into the space above the clinic, but hadn't found time to - but once she did that, the money would go further.

And it would be worth it to not have to go back and beg for Toyani no Kagen's help. She could do this on her own. Things were going to work out. She was sure of it.

"What's the length of the contract?" she asked, pausing with the pen above the first page.


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Re: The bean counter
« Reply #4 on: Jan 13, 18, 01:31:25 AM »
Erika looked down at the paperwork as Ji Yoon signed, as if expecting to be quizzed later on whether Ji Yoon had, herself, signed the sheets of vellum. Really, Erika was just terrible at making eye contact. But she nodded to say that she would bring Ji Yoon the turpenoid to clean the oil-based eyesore off her walls. Well, she wouldn't. Not properly. A third or fourth circle runner would, because Erika told him to, which was basically the same thing. It was a heady amount of responsibility for a five-year-old. "Over here," she said, "if you could initial it."

Though it seemed the Healer had questions. That was fair enough. Erika said, "The startup costs were sizable. Lady Vlas requested a contract of no less than three years. Your salary can be re-negotiated every half-year, at the start of the winter and summer quarters. Your budget will be readdressed quarterly; if you have concerns or needs, of course, we'll work with you as the situation comes up. Should you find another Healer or someone to share the clinic with. Once you have an escort, we'll calculate a salary for him as well on the same terms as your contract, though obviously he won't have the budget or the apartment over the clinic."

It all sounded very fair to Erika, who also worked a skilled trade for all it wasn't once that came with a caste or the commensurate increase in Protocol-standing. Granted that she drew a continuing contract-payment from her first employer, the salary from the Court and the lodgings were practically overkill. She wondered if it was true that Ji Yoon had a benefactor of her own beyond the Territory Court, but honestly, the doings of Maseo no Shingetsu or any part of his delegation were beyond the bounds of her contract. Her work began and ended with watching the funds of the Territory Court and the work of the Steward to make sure there wasn't anything suspicious going on.

"I also am meant to go over the budget with you," she said. "For staffing beyond other Healers and your escort, and for acquiring new inventory. If you don't have any more questions, you could sign this and we can move on to other topics. I imagine there's still much on your plate, Lady Moon."

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Re: The bean counter
« Reply #5 on: Jan 13, 18, 03:49:15 PM »
Ji Yoon nodded - three years was a perfectly understandable contract length, considering the investment Riley had made in installing her here. She'd spent three years at Yuki's court, though it didn't feel like very long now. She had plenty of time to spare, and it went by more quickly each year - her father had told her it would be like this, one day, when she'd been young and playing at living like she was short lived. "Perfectly understandable," she said, dragging the pen after Erika's indication. "I can certainly make that commitment."

"I haven't had any luck with finding another healer or an escort yet," she continued, "but I've hired an assistant who I was thinking I might be able to train up." Not that... not that she expected Erika to particularly care, but Ji Yoon was excited to talk about her progress, slight as it was. She could begin seeing patients without an escort, she thought - she'd taken care of the master of the guard without one, and that had been more intensive than most work she'd see on a regular basis. In a worst-case scenario, Jude had assured her she could borrow Carson, and if nothing turned up after a few months, she would try sending for Haneul again.

He would hate that, she thought, smiling to herself.

"I'll have a better sense of my staffing needs once work begins," she concluded, passing the signed forms back to Erika. "But indeed," she said, pulling a pad of paper from one of her desk drawers. "Let's discuss the budget."


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Re: The bean counter
« Reply #6 on: Jan 14, 18, 08:10:48 PM »
Erika vanished the papers that Ji Yoon had finished with, and brought out the budget. It was several pages of her neat, cramped handwriting. The columns were perfectly parallel, the horizontals level. She took pride in her work, in the research she did, and it showed in the exacting finesse of the papers between them.

"I looked into the different apothecaries in the city," she said, "and priced out what it ought to take to bring this clinic to the standard of the free clinic in Sevastopol. I anticipate that there will be a greater volume of patients here, at least initially, so the budget reflects that. While you do have discretion in precisely how much you spend on the initial stocking--which I gather you've already begun?--right here is your rolling budget. Like I said, this will be re-examined every quarter. The budget's disbursed monthly."

She had done quite a bit of footwork to get this done; the sheets were reflective of that, listing the quotes given by the various apothecaries within the city. Notably missing were the higher-end apothecaries, which Erika had found charge a higher rate for what seemed to be the exact same herbs dried in the same manner, but perhaps dusted with some sort of powder. Clearly she expected there to be some pushback and negotiation here, since--despite her research--she was no Healer, and had few memories of ever working with one. This was her first major outing on the topic, at any rate, and she hardly wanted to be the reason that the clinic failed.

Erika pulled a pen out of her psychic cabinet, and a clipboard. "We can put out a notice to other Territories for one, if you're having no luck here," she said. "Unfortunately finding someone trained and not taken here in Dena Nehele may be difficult."

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Re: The bean counter
« Reply #7 on: Jan 15, 18, 09:13:27 PM »
"I'm nearly fully stocked," Ji Yoon confirmed, though most of that money had come from her personal reserves. She'd keep Erika's estimates and recommendations in mind moving forward, but with so many potions requiring lead times, there hadn't been time to wait for approval. The good news was some of the more expensive stuff she rarely had cause to use, specialized as it was. She wouldn't need to restock those for quite a while. But the usual stock of antibiotic ointments, painkillers, and contraceptive brews would always need to be refreshed...

"Let's see here, though," she said, leaning down to look at the list of apothecaries. Erika's list was thorough, truly - and having all this information on hand would make it easier to negotiate with her preferred dealers. "I think I will want to investigate each of these before I decide where to order from," she said. Just because somewhere was the least expensive didn't mean the quality would be up to par - in fact, it often meant the exact opposite.

"I might be able to negotiate," she assured Erika.

She sighed, unhappy to be back on the subject of needing an escort. She could operate without one, at least in the short term, but eventually something would come along that threatened to overwhelm her. Sebastian's injuries already nearly had. After some seven decades of training and practice, Ji Yoon knew her limits... but she also wasn't entirely lacking in common sense.

"I'll write to my father in Tacea and see if there is anyone there willing to travel," she said. Sending for Haneul had really just been a fantasy - he was Yuki's now, part and parcel. But sending for her old escort from the village wasn't an option - he'd been lost in the volcano, along with the whole rest of the district. Her life's work, up in flames.

Someone would have to turn up.

"I won't let my lack of an escort delay me further," she said. "Tell Riley the clinic will be open this week and she'll begin to see what her money has bought her."


 

 

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