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18 May 2008 @ 01:30 pm

Utena looked at the recipe for baking muffins and said, "This looks easy enough. I'm sure I can do it perfectly fine by myself."

"But Utena-sama, don't you want me to help too?" Himemiya said, not too trusting of Utena's baking skills, no matter how easy it looked.

"No it's ok, HImemiya. You take a rest from the kitchen today." Utena said as she rolled up her sleves and put on an apron that was seldom used.

Not heeding Utena's words, Himemiya followed Utena into the kitchen and put an apron on for herself too. She quietly switched on the oven to preheat it and took out all the ingredients that Utena would need, hanging them to her when she asked for it. Being so used to Himemiya's presence around the house, Utena were not consciously aware that she had told Himemiya to have a rest and that Himemiya did not comply. Nevertheless, things went smoothly in the kitchen and pretty soon, the batter was in the 12 cup muffin tray, ready for the oven.

"Well it says to let it bake for 30 minutes." Utena said. After placing the muffin tray into the oven, she proceeded to the living room to watch television.

Himemiya was busy cleaning up in the kitchen when she realised that Utena had gone off to the living room.

"Utena-sama! Don't you need to keep watch over the muffins?" Himemiya asked.

"I will go and have  a look at 30 minutes." Utena replied.

"But... the oven is smoking..."

"What?!" exclaimed Utena. "I just left it for 15 minutes!" Fuming, she went to the kitchen to have a look and sure enough, if Himemiya had not called her, they would be burnt completely. As of then, only the base of the muffins were burnt.

Taking one out to try, after cutting off the burnt base, Utena was satisfied the recipe was quite a good one. "But still... too sweet!"

"I don't mind sweet," interjercted Himemiya.

"I'm going to try making them with half of the sugar I put in," said Utena, more to herself than Himemiya. "And why isn't it fluffy and porous like the ones in bakery shops?" Utena just couldn't help but scrutinize her muffins. "Maybe I need to put in more milk."  Utena thought out loud as she tried to adjust the recipe in her head.

"I hope you're not treating the muffins like a science project, Utena-sama."