"I don't expect the food to be very fresh. Just because the owner got the lobby repaired between my last stay and now, doesn't mean the owner enacted much of a change elsewhere in the hotel. How about we get our pyrokinesis lesson underway?"
After realizing that the food is a little overpriced (the Gorss steak having one default doneness since the Utai waiter didn't ask for it, and already costs 50 credits, while the pie à la mode slice is "only" 12 credits), the two of them walk into the kitchen, where the two chefs are being criticized by the Trandoshan owner. If the restaurant's menu comprises 150 items, and only 50-60 customers are served, on average, on any given day, maybe the executive chef could run a statistical analysis of what... 20-30 meals are most ordered, and stick to those 20-30. A restaurant shouldn't have more items on the menu than the number of daily customers, since the carrying cost of ingredients goes up with the number of items on the restaurant's menu, especially the more different the dishes are to each other, she thought, while she had to endure the screams of the Trandoshan owner directed at the chefs. But she had to perform some business before the actual pyrokinesis and cryokinesis lessons, to ask the question she didn't ask last time, but decides not to confront the owner about the drugs being sold in this hotel:
"No, no, nonononononononono" Ithuvask screamed at the chef, while pointing at the apple slices of the pie à la mode being cut, on the verge of beating the chef responsible for those.
"How many rooms, on average, are occupied on any given night?"
"Jessssica, that troublesssssome guest that forced me to get the lobby repaired. Five, maybe seven rooms" Ithuvask responded, while the chef goes back to preparing the pie.
Five to seven rooms rented out per night being par for that course? Oh boy... this hotel is far from being able to meet payroll, but if one guest staying for two nights can pay for repairs to the lobby, she thought, while Jerit’s steak is being marinated. Yes, she was well aware that she mustn’t assume that pyro/cryokinesis students will actually know about thermodynamics; just because she can heat or cool gases by calculating PV = NRT in her head, and its difference thereof, with the computational power she possesses, doesn’t mean Jerit will have it. But there was no going around the latent energy if someone wanted to use pyrokinesis to boil items, or cryokinesis to condense or freeze items. Now that the steak that is going to be Jerit's is on the plate used to serve it, then she can actually get the pyrokinesis lesson started. She took a bit to resist the temptation to just use PV = NRT on the gas above and around the steak, and instead prefers to use another method to teach pyrokinesis, as well as other precautions she feels are important to take, as the plate with the steak is brought in front of Jerit Kolomor:
"Too often, people think of pyrokinesis and cryokinesis as weapons. Pyrokinesis can be used for a variety of non-combat purposes, such as cooking, welding, but a beginner would probably be better-advised to use pyrokinesis on an opponent's weapon if they were to use it in battle. Pyrokinesis is about making molecules dance at a certain tempo, called the temperature. Try making the steak's molecules dance"
Edited by Jessica Med-Beq, 15 February 2018 - 09:23 AM.