Before becoming a ninja, Oriana's life in the orphanage had been somewhat lonely. Sure, there were other children, but she had never made her way to anyone's inner circle. She was tolerated at best. Once the pink-haired girl was on her own, relationships had become a means to an end. Let someone touch her for a few ryo or new clothes, clean for someone to get fed. After that, she would pretend to be interested in any adult willing to give her necessities or pay her. They never seemed too interested in talking about their personal lives, her customers were always more interested in Oriana and how the young girl fit into their fantasies. She learned a lot about others' desires. Maybe that was similar, because Oriana saw a side of these people that few others did.
Everything was interrupted shortly after Oriana graduated the Academy. That place... in that place no one cared to be personal with her. Despite doing what should have consisted of intimate acts with her, these new customers were cold and distant.
None of this really gave the pink-haired genin proper context to compare Niko's admission to.
The redhead's voice cut through her thoughts, bringing her back to the present. She blinked, looking down at the metal plate sitting in her hands, noting the subtle curve pounded into to allow for it to rest against someone's forehead more comfortably.
"Of course, Niko-sama."
The genin turned away to push the rivets through the holes and into the fabric of a cloth headband before handing it back to her master and wandering out of the forge, still in a bit of a daze. Oriana found a couple of large glasses, some ice in the freezer. After coating the bottom of each glass with ice, the pink-haired teen looked in the fridge for a beverage.
What to drink?
There was always water, which was probably the healthiest option, especially with how much Niko had been sweating. However, plain water was bland. Should she make tea instead? Ice tea might be preferable, but what kind did the redhead like? Oriana frowned.
She decided to search the cabinets for tea. Niko probably wouldn't keep any that she didn't like. Deciding on green tea, the genin boiled some water with matcha powder in it. Once the tea was done, she poured it into each glass before putting both in the freezer for a while. Frowning, Oriana decided to make a pitcher of ice water so that Niko wouldn't get too thirsty while the tea cooled.
She returned to the forge with the pitcher and a few cups.
"Is this good?"