Chapter 2:

Attempt #1-2: Bastet's Flawless Plan

My Polytheistic Dating Experience: That Time The Gods Hijacked My Love Life

After clearing up the misunderstanding with Hephaestus, Bastet and Eros got to work testing out the app.Bookmark here

"Okay, let's open it up."Bookmark here

The app opens into a crimson-themed interface, bordered with hammers and anvils.Bookmark here

"Red? Ugh, I guess some style points had to be lost if we were leaving this up to Heph", Bastet sighed.Bookmark here

"He made an entire app for us free of charge and you're taking issue with the colour of the UI?"Bookmark here

"Style over functionality any day. This red is way too gaudy. At least he kept the logo aesthetic."Bookmark here

The... artistically unique cat's face plastered atop a crude love heart remained at the top of the app.Bookmark here

"There's nothing we can do about it now. Let's have a look at some of the features."Bookmark here

Eros scrolls across the top bar to see the various menu options, each denoted by a logo. A logo with a sword plunged into fire appears on the far right.Bookmark here

"Hm, what's this one?"Bookmark here

Bastet paws at the screen, revealing a selection of various forges, firepits and furnaces, each with their stock availability, price and location presented in neat text beside them.Bookmark here

"Hot Kilns In Your Area!? Why does it feel like we've opened up some sort of malicious pop-up..."Bookmark here

"That's the price we have to pay for outsourcing, I suppose."Bookmark here

"It looks like he put more effort into this part of the app than the rest of it."Bookmark here

"That's advertising for you. Anyway, let's see how the other options function."Bookmark here

Closing out of 'Hot Kilns In Your Area', Bastet peruses the catalogue of other options. An admittedly limited catalogue.Bookmark here

"Okay, I think this one here is the one we want. The one that installs it into his phone."Bookmark here

Tapping it, a text input menu appears. Eros chimes in.Bookmark here

"We should enter it in Japanese just in case."Bookmark here

"Got it."Bookmark here

komiya satoshiBookmark here

"Um..."Bookmark here

"What? That's Japanese name order, isn't it?"Bookmark here

"I meant as in using Japanese text."Bookmark here

Bastet flicks through the different keyboard settings on her tablet.Bookmark here

"Does it look like I have a Japanese keyboard option? It's Demotic Egyptian, demotic Greek, Latin alphabet or nothing. I can't believe humans chose that cruddy Latin alphabet as the most popular one, anyway. What was wrong with hieroglyphs?"Bookmark here

"I think a similar logographic writing system to hieroglyphs is quite popular with humanity at the moment."Bookmark here

"Yeah, let's not get into that."Bookmark here

"We might need to use it if we want to communicate with the Satoshi boy. It's particularly popular with children his age."Bookmark here

"You think we could try hieroglyphs?"Bookmark here

"No."Bookmark here

"You suck."Bookmark here

"Do you want my help or not?"Bookmark here

"...Maybe. Look, we don't need Japanese text anyway, this'll work."Bookmark here

Bastet enters the name, and a map appears, which gradually zooms in on a number of pins spread across Japan.Bookmark here

"See?"Bookmark here

"Be thankful we weren't looking for him 200 years ago. And please, at least use capital letters for his name..."Bookmark here

"Well, we're not, so shut up. And grammar is overrated. You mind checking whereabouts the kid is? I haven't a clue where anything is in this country. It's got nothing on Egypt's pleasing square-ness. This place doesn't even have The Nile to show you where all the biggest settlements are."Bookmark here

She errantly wiggles her finger across the map, checking the different pins.Bookmark here

Eros wanders over to the electronic scroll strewn across the coffee table that Bastet was using to observe Satoshi. He pinches the screen to access 'free-camera mode' and moves outside the school to read the sign.Bookmark here

"Osekkai High School, Shizuoka."Bookmark here

"Where did you learn to read Japanese?"Bookmark here

"There are representations of me across the world, I think it's only fair that I learn the languages of the people that still remember me, even outside of Greece."Bookmark here

"Yeah, well, we're not all as lucky as you to keep our fame."Bookmark here

"There are some people in Japan that still recognise you."Bookmark here

"Really?"Bookmark here

"Yes. Unfortunately, it's as a result of your name being attributed to... if I remember correctly, an electrical outlet that makes people magnetic."Bookmark here

Bastet's glee sinks, her ears drooping.Bookmark here

"Great. Just great. I think I'm better off just being remembered in Egypt if that's the international exposure I get. Shizuoka, you said? I've found him."Bookmark here

"That's him. Satoshi Komiya, age 17. So, are you re-"Bookmark here

Her finger was already pushed down on the install button.Bookmark here

"What? I didn't see any reason to wait now that we've found him."Bookmark here

"There was always the option to trial the app's functions first."Bookmark here

"Screw that, apps are supposed to be intuitive, I'm sure we'll figure it out as we go."Bookmark here

"If you say so. The next step is to await the installation and then we can begin our contact."Bookmark here

"Hehe, I can't wait to see the look on this kid's face when he finds out he's talking to two deities. He'll probably think he's the special chosen one or something and do exactly as we say."Bookmark here

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