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Service with a Smile (Origin of Ms. Emoji + Story)

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By Unownace   |   Watch
Published: July 18, 2019
© 2019 Unownace
WARNING! The following short story contains dark and graphic subject matter and some mature themes. Reader discretion is advised.

"Service with a smile is what we offer! A happy server makes a happy customer!"

 That's what she used to say. Every minute of every week day for three long years. "You have to put on your best smile for the customers," her boss would say, "Or else you lose your paycheck for this month, I say!"

 A long time ago, when she was just a girl...orphaned, no family history to speak of... Found abandoned as an egg she was, and thrust into the nearest orphanage. Many of such places she lived in, growing up in places for children without a home, with no one to love, no one who cared. Places where the unwanted and forgotten were left to weep.

 One place in particular housed a very mean crowd. The children there, they did not like her. Spit on her, call her names, beat her up they did. Sometimes, when those mean, mean children felt particularly cruel, they'd ties her up, gag her and blindfold her with tape, cheekily drawing a cartoony smile where her face was covered. They'd sometimes dangle her from the ceiling, and knock her about the room with batons like a piñata. Other times they'd take turns playing "pin the tail on the squirrel"...with which they used real pins.

 Her adult life did not much improve. In a tiny, rundown apartment she did live, surrounded by every so noisy neighbours and an even noisier landlord.

 On minimum wage she did work, at an ice cream parlor aptly named "Smilies." It was here she recited her "motto." Her salute to the system. The oath to feign happiness, when she rarely felt it true.

 It was one fateful night, when drive home from working late, ever so tired she was that fall asleep at the wheel she did. It was moments before she founder herself in the river, trapped in her car and sinking deep. Her air had run out, her body weak...she was convinced her time was up.

 It was then, in the darkest, coldest depth...when a glimmer of light approached.

 Rescued she'd been, by a handsome Pikachu named Ace. He dragged her from her car, swam her to the surface and gave her CPR. Before she'd even the chance to thank her savior, the first Pokémon to ever show her a shred of care...he left, claiming he had other important work to do.

 He'd called a cab for her to take her home, where she quickly changed and went to bed. Her thoughts did not let her rest however...they dwelled on the heroic Pikachu who dived into the river to save a random stranger... Deep down in her tummy, she knew there was something more. Fate had to be pulling them together, for never had she felt so valued by any creature.

 After days of pondering, ruminating, and eventually planning...she made her move.

 Risked everything, she did, to find the man who'd saved her life. Took time off work without pay, bought herself an elegant dress, a fresh bouquet of flowers and a pricy train ticket that would take her half way across the region to where her savior lived. Put her nearly in dept it would, but she cared not at the time. All was worth it to see his face once again.

 Walked half way up the steps to the guild where he worked she did, nearly tripped in the high heel shoes I wore. Hours she waited before he came, climbing the steps with determination.

 Approached him she did, offered her paw. Thanked him for her rescue and asked if maybe he wanted a drink, perhaps a bowl of ice cream for two.

 "Do I know you?" he asked. He didn't even remember her. "Sorry but I've got work to do. I save Pokémon every day, it's my job. If I stopped to chat with every Pokémon I meet I'd never get anything done."

 Storm off he did, right past her and up into the guild...but not alone. Bounding right behind him was an excited Eevee girl, who gleamed at him with sparkly eyes in a way only a lover would.

 Defeated she was. Utterly distraught. All her spending and planning for not. Went back home she did, not a word spoke. The next morning at work, she failed to recite the chant. When asked what was wrong, into the corner she ran, and wept she did. Wept like she'd not since she was a kid.

 Her boss, ever the two-faced soul, fired her for this, and sent her home. Not sympathetic were her coworkers either; laughed at her they did for thinking she had a shot with the renowned Ace Spade.

 It was here that her sad little mind snapped. She wrecked her apartment and smashed every window. Flipped over the coach and set her trash can ablaze.

 Her land lord quite understandably did not take kindly to this, and evicted her on the spot, leaving her nothing but the filthy, tattered work uniform from the job she no longer had on her back.

 With no job, home, car or belongings of any kind, she had nothing left to lose. Only one thing occupied her mind now, and that was to win the affection of the Exploration leader Pikachu who rejected her not days ago.

 She hitched a ride back to his home town, and many a scheme did she concoct. With each plan foiled, her frustration only grew. She decided her only chance was to eliminate her biggest obstacle; the Eevee with eyes of affection on her beloved.

 She'd captured the normal type, tied her up tight. Planned to drop her in the ocean with a weight so her body no one would ever find.

 Stopped she was however, by none other than Ace himself. Angry he was at her, and all to say he had was this. "Emily the Emolga, you are hereby under arrest. I'm taking you to a place where hopefully they can fix whatever's broken in your head."

 So for weeks she sat, in a dark padded cell. Her arms strapped up tight in a hospital straitjacket and her mouth muzzled shut. The only company she got were from the doctors to give her food or injected her with medicine.

 Her life from then forward seemed set in place, bonds and cages with no escape. Then one strange night, noise she heard. Banging, screaming, slashing and alarms.

 Afraid for her life, since she knew something was wrong...she cowered helplessly in her cell, and hoped to not be heard.

 But heard she was, as open her cell door did. Blinding the light was, having not seen it for days, but when her eyes adjusted, stepping in she could see...a Buneary, face half burnt off and a smile wider than she'd ever seem. Bennett was his name, a notorious killer whom even the asylum doctors feared.

 Winced Emily did, fearing she was his next target...but to her surprise...he instead unstrapped her gag and offered her back her freedom. Perplexed she of course was...why would such a 'Mon care about her? And then it clicked...he cared because he was just LIKE her. Two kindred spirits, never loved, never appreciated, spat upon, stomped and trashed all over...rejected even by those they thought as friends...now here, locked up in the loony house because they fell off the deep end.

 How ironic was it...that all her life, she was surrounded and abused by two-faced bastards...and now here...at her lowest moment...her only true savoir...friend...companion...the first 'Mon who not only saved her LIFE, but offered to share his with her 'till the end of their days...was a literal "two-faced bastard"...whom had a life not unlike hers.

 So here she was again, back at her old workplace. The place where she was always told to "serve with a smile." The difference this time...her smile was genuine...as not the same could be said for her former cohorts.

 Squirmed they did, bound and gagged with tape, silly faces drawn on their covered eyes and mouths much like how the children used to do to her many a year ago. She giggled in delight, their muffled, incomprehensible pleas for mercy bringing her glee like nothing else ever could. Leaned in close to them she did, the smell of freshly poured gasoline in the air... "Remember...happy servers make happy customers!~" she chirped, grinning from ear to ear...before walking out of the storage room...and throwing behind her a lit match.

 As she watched her place of torment burn, the giant plastic statue of the "Smilies" logo ironically melting into a frown, she hopped into the passenger seat of her Honey-Bun's stolen car...and offered him the last bowl of ice cream the parlor would ever make. "Care to share a treat with me, my love?~" she asked.

 "I'd be delighted, my little Sweet-Cheeks!~" he replied, taking a spoon and sitting back to enjoy the fireworks.


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Since Ace and Bennett both have full origin stories (seen here: 

EotFF: The Origin of Ace
The Origin of Ace
 
Part 1

     Sometime in the late twenty-fourth century, a Latias Jedi master by the name of Liana was investigating the mysterious disappearance of a small cargo freighter on an unnamed and uncharted planet on the outskirts of the galaxy, by order of the Jedi council. After several hours of searching and finding no sign of the missing vessel, Liana stumbled upon a small crash sight. The Jedi master rushed over to the crash sight to find a single escape pod half buried in the sand, still fully intact. Sensing a very faint life sign from within the pod in the Force, Liana quickly opened the pod to find a young human boy of no older than a year and a half. There were no other tags or items of identification within the pod, no birth certificate, no indication of who his parents were, not even the boy's name. the only other item in the pod was a small playing card, specifically the ace of spades, which the young boy was chewing on.
Harvey Bennett Character Bio (Warning: Spoilers)    For almost all of Bennett's childhood, he was never allowed to leave his room, and the only contact he ever had with another Pokemon was when his drunken father came up to beat him. One day Bennett's father was so drunk that he came upstairs with a crowbar and murderous intent. For the first time, Bennett decided to fight back, and in the struggle, killed his father first. The relief and new sense of freedom this gave him was the first form of joy and pleasure Bennett had ever experienced. For the first time in his life, the pain had stopped, and all it took was hitting someone over the head with a crowbar. Bennett was finally free to venture out into the world. The only problem was, he had no idea how to survive on his own. He spent the rest of his teen years homeless and starving, living off of the occasional wild Pokemon he killed for meat with his crowbar. It wasn't until he encountered Ace and his team, who offered him hospitality, that he discovered a form of joy be), I figured it was finally time to fully flesh out Ms. Emoji, A.K.A. "Emily the Emolga's" origin story. Only this time, instead of a short bio, I decided to write it as a witty little story from her point of view, in a style implying she wrote it herself, hence the twisted, dark "Dr. Sues" formatting. XD

Tell me what you guys think and whether or not it warrants a full mature filter or not.

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A well written story.  Gave me chills.  I'd buy anything she was serving and tip generously. (Yes, i'm aware she's a psychopath, but I would take my chances.)
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UnownaceHobbyist Writer
Ms. Emoji: Aaaaw, how sweet of you!~ pokemon gif Emolga 
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I totally get it.  Retail jobs suck. lol, So what do you have? I'll take whatever you want me to get. 
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Ms. Emoji: Ever tried the Sticky Special? It's guaranteed to leave you speechless and take your breath away!~ *shoves a bowl full of glue into you face, completely covering your mouth and nose in it* Enjoy!~ Oh and don't worry about the tip, seeing a forever satisfied customer is more than enough payment for me!~
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"Mmmmph!" *Tries to wipe the glue off my face and looks at her with pleading eyes*
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UnownaceHobbyist Writer
Ms. Emoji: Not to your liking? Don't worry then, this one's on the house!~ I'd suggest offering a complaint to the management, but...they got all tied up and burnt out at work, and it seems you don't really have a lot you can say anyway. Rest assured your opinion is valued to me though. I always greet my customers with a smile!~
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Mmmph! Mmmmph! *Starts clawing at the glue as my face turns blue* >_<;
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UnownaceHobbyist Writer
Emoji: Aw, what's the matter? Got an ice cream headache?
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hero-historianHobbyist Writer
Harley Quinn in Pokeform?
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UnownaceHobbyist Writer
Yeah pretty much. XD

Ms. Emoji Used 'Nasty Plot' by Unownace Bennett Used 'Art Attack' by Unownace

Mature Content

My 'Chemical' Romance by Unownace
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hero-historianHobbyist Writer
The buneary still grosses me out..
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UnownaceHobbyist Writer
That's kind of the point. XD

:icontwo-faceplz:The Joker 
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hero-historianHobbyist Writer
Speaking of...may I ask about that project you were workign on?  With Umi?
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UnownaceHobbyist Writer
That's...run into some hiccups. The person I WAS going to commission to write it got writers block, I don't have time to write it myself due to my plate being full with commissions, and when I asked one other friend of mine if he could take it on, he insisted in writing in a mix of script and prose format that he's adopted for all his writing lately, which I've tried to tell him...is just poor writing format.
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hero-historianHobbyist Writer
Dang, cruddy luck.  Oh well, stuff like this is bound to happen.
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We'll work out a solution eventually.
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SO Ms. Emoji is becoming like the Joker and Pennywise the Clown form IT and the Remake.

Pennywsie: I see you are evil like me. We can Make them Float.

Sweet Tooth: I See you use to work as a Ice Cream vendor so did I. But I give People Pain like you did.

Papatean from Star Wars: Good Good You joining the Dark Side Ms. Emoji
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The smile on this picture makes sense with we compare it to the context of the story. It pained me to read through it to be honest, I felt really bad for her. Her life was downhill all the way. It is to a point I told myself: Damn, she is strong minded to have not considered suicide at this point. She was hopeful to the end and I respect her for that. Good job on the character!
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UnownaceHobbyist Writer
"Hopeful to the end..." until she because a murderous sociopath. XD

But thank you!~ pokemon gif Emolga 
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You're welcome! ^^

But now, this server looks metal! What can I get? ^^
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Ms. Emoji: *holds out an ice cream bowl, but it's filled with glue* Why no try our Sticky Surprise?~ *shoves the bowl into your face* It's guaranteed to take your breath away!~ pmd Emolga icon (Blissful) 
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"Mmph!"

I try to remove the ice from my mouth to talk with my hand.
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*the glue covers your nose too*

Ms. Emoji: Enjoy!~ *flies away*
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