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Post by nocturnalie on Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:46 am

Mitz is scared witless to go to a school dance where Thaey has promised to beat him the hell up, so he hires himself the protection of the only guy who might be able to intimidate Thaey. Mitz knows Mouse would like to but that would destroy her Ivy League ambitions to have a black mark on her permanent record like beating up another student. Snooze is mostly the silent glare-y guy in this, but he could be the bad boy, if that's what Mitz is looking for, instead.

then there's Dick and Jerel, [s]or Damian and Colin, three of whom[/s] who can operate under the 'oh my god my little brother has a boyfriend and I don't, I can't show up without one when /he's/ got one'
---> Dick wouldn't be /so/ bothered by this one, except Jason is taking one of Dick's exes, Tim is bringing Mr Aw-Shucks Farmboy or Mr Eagerface Flash, and the list goes on -- everyone has someone. Which means that at some point in the night, he won't have anyone to talk to, and he'll be painfully reminded of how much he loves and is not loved in return. So why not hire an escort who he's investigating for being part of a criminal ring and make an investigation of the night.
---> Jerel is probably one of the only people on this whole thing who can operate under the lovely cliche of Sticking It To the Adults With the Gay Boyfriend. Especially if Mitz is bringing Snooze, like if Mouse can't make it, then it will look, to their stern Jewish grandparents, that they won't be getting kids out of /either/ of their dysfunctional grandsons.


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Post by sinistra_blache on Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:19 am

Okay. I'm going with the Mitzy dance idea, Dickie getting weirded out and also Jerel and Mitz at grandparents because JACOB'S MOM AND POPS BEING THE MOST SMOTHERINGLY LOVING THINGS AND IT'S GUILTTRIPPINGLY AWFUL this is a headcanon I have had for so long. But will be coming back to others at a later date. Particularly the one at the end.


Mitz closed the front door behind him, and the walk home from school had not eased any of his stress or misery. He point behind working on dance props for the decoration committee was that he got to see how everything would go /without/ the pressure of having to find a date and actually go. But, of course, he managed to do a good job this year. Better than good, actually. Good enough to be noticed above the usual construction favorite.
Mara, the art teacher who supervises the decoration team and the construction team, seemed pretty pleased to tell Mitz that he would be awarded a tiny trophy at the end of the night. He couldn't decline. If he declined, he would have had to explain why /and/ disappoint her.
Mitz hit the back of his head against the door, hard, and groaned.
He wouldn't even have a reason if it weren't for the fact that Thaey almost always got that award at the end of a dance night. He was the best on the construction team, at least in name. At least until now. At least until Mitz decided to try a little harder.
Thaey was not happy about it at all. He was bad when he was happy and now that he was angry, Mitz was terrified. After being cornered and threatened, Mitz knew that he had to take a few steps to stay safe on dance night. After that, he should be okay. He's gotten pretty good, mostly, at avoiding trouble at school.
Jerel was not an option. Mitz liked the idea of Jerel not knowing how entirely helpless and pathetic his little brother is, no matter how many times Jerel's jokes hit too close to home. He could probably talk to Thaey, if not scare him off, but Mitz just couldn't face the way Jerel would look at him.
Mouse could do something about it, and she already knows that Thaey can be a problem. But that would mean siccing Mouse at someone during a chaperoned school function, which would get her in trouble. There's a chance, however small, that if she got into trouble then it would stay on her record. Mitz wouldn't do that to her.
He'd have to find someone else to keep Thaey away from him at the dance. Mitz had someone in mind already, because of course the first person he'd think of was the quiet and kind of scary new kid that Mitz sits behind in English, but then he'd have to power through the awkwardness that came with talking to that boy.
Mitz hit his head against the door again. Then again. A third time and then he opened the door and, leaving his school bag behind, left the house. He knew that kid moved in a few houses away from him.
Mitz might as well just pull the awful, awful bandaid off now instead of trying to sleep on it.

It wasn't like Dick wasn't happy for everyone. Quite the opposite. They had always figured Tim would take after Bruce and bury himself in work for the rest of his life, never letting anyone connect with him. Since he and Steph broke up, it looked like that particularly grim bet was going to make Jason a couple of bucks. But then Connor Kent appeared and changed everything. A nice surprise. A good kid.
Same with Jason, sort of. He needed encouragement and love almost constantly and in a pretty specific way. Kory is the most loving person Dick's ever known. She lives for love. She lives to share love. And she still loved Dick, as he still loved her. They just loved each other in different ways. Maybe Jason loved her the way she needed. She was definitely brightening his life.
Steph and Cass were out of town on a job, and even Damian bringing along his friend Colin to this Wayne Family Dinner, replete with capital letters. Bruce was even looking forward to it.
For the first time in a long time, he was going to be the only one at one of these things without a companion, for lack of a better word. A friend, at least. Or someone to spend the remainder of the night with. It shouldn't bother him as much as it did. Usually he was pretty good at enjoying his own company, but he was willing to bet that seeing Kory again would break his heart all over again. Dick didn't want to feel jealous of Jason, who deserved someone as amazing as Kory. He didn't want to bring anyone down. He had to do something about that.
And it wasn't like he kept the numbers of escort services around--only he kind of did. It was a trick he learned from Jason, actually. Most people who worked (or, really, Worked) were the best informants around, if they trusted you. Dick had a favorite. A favorite that only knew him as Nightwing. It was a risky move, maybe too risky, but the only people Dick could think to ask to keep him company that night were exes themselves.
Dick needed to stop sleeping with his friends, he scolded himself, and dialed for Jerel.

(and the last one I will set up for you to continue with but I can't start that one effectively. Or, at least, I think it should start with Jerel.)
Jacob put down the phone and pinched the bridge of his nose. He manages to catch Jerel by the arm on his way by him. "That was your grandmother. I've been informed that, apparently, we're going to dinner with her and Pops this weekend," he says, and it's hushed. Helen is just in the next room. Jacob will have to tackle telling her that she's not invited soon, but not right now. It shouldn't always be a difficult thing to do since she hasn't been invited to Friday night dinner at Jacob's in years, but there you go. "They want you to bring a girlfriend. Do--do you have a girlfriend? It would make them happy if you brought someone. I'm almost sure it's not Junior who's the lothario. Am I correct?"
Jacob lets go of Jerel and waves his hand, vaguely resembling flailing. "You'll find someone," he says as confidently as he can.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by nocturnalie on Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:50 am

Romana didn't ask Snooze every day whether he had talked to anyone at his school yet. She probably knew that would just drive him further into sullen silence, and they had only just begun to get along. But today was one of the days that she did choose to ask, and she asked while handing Snooze a cup of tea.
He was torn between rejecting the tea and the question and stalking off to his room (to do the piles and freaking piles of homework that he needs to catch up on to even have a hope of getting past this school year into the next one) -- and answering the question, which would get him the tea.
Romana looked at him hopefully.
Snooze sighed and opened his mouth to answer.
At that precise moment, someone knocked on the front door. Snooze closed his mouth in surprise, and turned to it. "Are you expecting someone?"
Romana looked as surprised as he did. "Are you?" she asked.
Snooze gave her a look -- the look was much more gentle than it used to be -- and moved to answer it.

The work phone rang, and Jerel groaned. He pressed his fingers to his forehead to stave off the headache, rolled over in his enormous bed, and fumbled for the thing.
He cleared his throat before he answered, and put on the dumb husky voice they'd taught him in the first week.
"Cashmere Escort Service, this is Jerel, how can I make your fantasy a reality?"

Jerel looks vaguely surprised at being spoken to, at first, and then he shakes Jacob's hand off his arm and stands with his arms folded. "Are you kidding me, a lothario? Jacob, you realise that's just a high-class literature term for a male slut. What next, are you going to call me a Casanova?"
He can't resist any opportunity to give Jacob hell. He's not really listening to what he himself is saying as he says it, just generally ribbing, which is how he doesn't quite catch himself in time to stop...
"...don't worry, my date and I won't dare act affectionate in public, lest my grandparents get the wrong idea about their precious eldest male grandson being a /swinger/. Oh, wait, that's /your/ generation."
He hears himself say 'date' way too late.
God damn it. He doesn't actually have a girlfriend at the moment. And even if he did, christ, there's no way he would bring a girlfriend over for a meet-the-parents-and-grandparents dinner, that's far, far too serious.
But Mitz will probably bring his stupid lovebirds. Both of them. And Jerel will be sitting there with nobody.
/God damn it all/.
He's going to have to do something about this.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:14 am

Mitz is looking down the street nervously when the door opens, and he jumps at the boy's expression. And then he stands in awkward, dreaded silence for a minute. It's excruciating. Mitz hates himself.
He clears his throat. "Hi," he says, rubbing the back of his neck. "You don't know me. I'm in your English class, though? Hi. I, I, I live--" Mitz turns and points to his house. "Anyway. Can I talk to you real quick? Is that okay? You can say no. That's fine."

Dick has to fight a laugh. It's such cheese, and he always wonders how well that line works. "Yeah, hello," he says in, hopefully, a silky-smooth rich kid voice. "I was hoping to catch you and ask if I can get a date for tonight. You specifically," he adds. "I've heard good things about you, Jerel." That's smarmy enough while not being greasy, he's sure. He's pretty sure.
Dick really /does/ need to stop sleeping with his friends. Life would be so much easier if he didn't have to put on yet another kind of mask for every little thing.

"'Swinger' doesn't really mean what you're intending it to mean," Jacob says tiredly. "And I'm sure your grandparents wouldn't mind seeing a /little/ affection. Just keep it family friendly." It's such hard work talking to either of his sons, for so many different reasons. Jerel is always so /angry/.
(I was thinking that Mitz would invite both of them and, like you said, Mouse can't make it. But they'd probably assume Snooze is a friend of Mitz's since the first thing they would ask about is his girlfriend, and then he would show them a picture of Mouse he keeps in his wallet, and then him and Snooze would be caught in awkward 'but no uh how do we bring this up now'.)
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Post by nocturnalie on Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:30 am

Snooze looks very suspicious, at first. The boy in front of him looks vaguely familiar, but Snooze cannot come up with any reason that he might be here. Maybe Snooze left something behind at school? Maybe the boy's mother has forced him to come over, for some reason. Hm.
"My English class," Snooze echoes, after the boy has spoken. "Oh. Yes, you sit behind me." He glances back at Romana.
She gestures, waving a hand like 'come in'.
Snooze clicks. "Come in," he says to the boy, standing aside.

The voice on the other end of the phone line is young and male, and Jerel sits up, paying attention. His clients don't usually fall this side of thirty. He had been planning to take the night off, sleep off the bottle of champagne from last night, but...
Someone young. Young and rich.
"You'll have to tell me who you've heard all these lies from," Jerel flirts a little. "I can't have someone going around smearing my reputation, calling me a good boy." He checks his personal phone for the time. Enough, to shower and shave and eat something. "Have you called our Service before?"

"PG rating. Sure," Jerel sneers. "Is there like a dress code? Dumb sweaters with reindeers on?" He's scrolling through all his female... acquaintances in his head. There's just about nobody who'd be suitable. Not even Ace. She's cool, but she'd still take it the wrong way.
Then he hits upon a fabulous idea.
(That's hilarious. It'll all depend on how they react to Jerel's having a boyfriend there -- if it's dismay, it'll be all the more difficult to explain.)
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Post by sinistra_blache on Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:43 am

Mitz hesitates. Everything is getting very real. And now that he's actually hearing the boy's voice and realising how good looking he really is, Mitz is starting to worry about how believable the plan would be. "Um," he says, stepping inside. "Okay. Thank you. ...I'm Mitz. Sorry. I should have--uh, opened with that."

Dick chuckles. "We have a mutual friend," he says casually, then answers Jerel other question. "No, I haven't called before. But I was assured that you're, how do I put this without sounding naive and awful...? Professional and discreet?"

"It's just dinner, Jerel," Jacob sighs. "But--you know, the usual. Look clean, at least. Wear something nice. It's Friday dinner." He says that like it explains everything, but it's pretty rare that Jacob and his family engage in any traditional familial activities, let alone dinner together.
(eeeeeeeeeeeexactly)
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Post by nocturnalie on Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:55 am

Snooze closes the door behind the boy. Mitz. "It is nice to meet you, Mitz," Snooze says, after a moment. "I'm -- well, at my previous school, I was called Snooze." Because he slept through most of his classes, being kept awake by screaming, fighting foster parents.

That chuckle sends a little bit of a shiver down Jerel's spine. He's acutely aware that he's naked in bed right now. Here's hoping this guy is at least partly cute, so the reaction is justified. Some people have nicer voices than faces.
"You won't be disappointed," Jerel promises, implicitly answering the inquiry. "We, or should I say, I personally," he purrs, "offer three levels of service: the date, the boyfriend and the partner. I have a range of covers. Anyone who digs a little -- the curiosity in this town, it's quite insatiable, don't you agree? -- will find exactly what you want them to find. How does that sound?"

"Look clean," Jerel deadpans. "Because I regularly come to dinner with dirt on my face from playing out in the sandpit." He shakes his head. "Do you want me to call you Daddy, too?"
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Post by sinistra_blache on Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:07 pm

"Snooze is a cool nickname," Mitz says honestly, smiling a little. He looks around the hallway and shifts from foot to foot when he realises Snooze's mom is /right there/, looking in from the living room. "Can, I mean, I said at the door, that I need to ask you something? Is it okay if....can we go to the kitchen, or. I don't know. Uh."

"Sounds like I made the right choice to call you," Dick answers while thinking for a given amount of 'right choice'. "I suppose you'll want to know what you're getting into to pick a cover, huh? I'm invited to family dinner, and I need a date. Just a date." Dick pauses, sighs, because he hates that he has to tell people that he's connected to the Wayne name. It's so prestigious and he's never gotten used to it. "Dinner will be at the Wayne Manor, tonight."

"Christ, Jerel," Jacob says, frowning. "Just wear something nice and be good to your grandparents, okay?" He glances at the door, just to be presented with Helen standing there. She looks like she's been listening for a while. Jacob sighs again, closing his eyes. He waves Jerel away, frustrated at having alerted Helen because simply /talking/ to his son causes enough noise to get her curious.
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Post by nocturnalie on Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:37 pm

Snooze glances at Romana again, then gestures towards the kitchen. "This way. Would you like something to eat? Or a drink?" That's how Romana starts off every visit from John, so Snooze figures it's polite.

"So you're one of the infamous bachelors of the Manor, hm?" Jerel teases lightly. "In that case, I think we could have met at a market, or on the Pier, since I know you wouldn't be caught dead or alive at an art gallery or a theatre production." More teasing. Also showing off a little knowledge of the world he's stepping into. He's good at gossip. "Suit and tie, or is it sweater season already?"
He grabs up his phone again and quickly googles the Wayne adoptees. Too old to be the young ones. Too young to be Bruce -- and Jerel is too male, judging by the ditzy celebutantes on Wayne Senior's arm. So one of the older two. They both look very attractive. Wonder why this one couldn't get a date.

Jerel sneers at him again. That settles it. He's /definitely/ bringing a boyfriend. He bows obsequiously to Helen, his way of pissing her off whenever she enters a room, then sweeps past her, up to his room and immediately on to his computer to complain.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Sat Oct 04, 2014 1:50 am

"No?" Mitz is confused for a second; if he's at Mouse's, no-one offers him anything. He's been there so often since he was young than he is more or less expected to go to the fridge if he's thirsty or hungry. And his own family are so bad at having people over. He almost doesn't recognise it as the social nicety that it is. "Oh. No, no, thank you."
He rubs the back of his neck again when they reach the kitchen. It's clean, well kept. But not like a show-room. It's been used and recently. Mitz can smell food and coffee and tea in the air. It's so /homey/.
"So, uh," Mitz looks at his feet. "There's this dance..."

"Smart casual," Dick replies. He puts his hand over his face. It just occurred to him that he's negotiating for his date. Which he will then pay for. He doesn't know how it came to this. He consoles himself with the fact that he knows that there's at least one sex worker in Gotham who won't be in danger tonight. "It's just a family and loved ones thing. And, uh. Market's--not going to work. I rarely buy food that's not in a box. How about...I don't know." How does he usually meet people? Work. Saving them. Getting nearly killed by them. "...gym?" he offers.

Helen gives Jerel a blank look and a sigh, then looks expectantly at Jacob. He ushers her into the living room as Jerel goes upstairs.
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Post by nocturnalie on Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:07 pm

Snooze puts the kettle on anyway, because he and Romana will have their traditional after-school tea, probably once Mitz leaves. He then turns to lean against the counter-tops and pay attention to Mitz.
"The school dance?" Snooze clarifies. He's seen the posters around. (What season is it, is it a winter dance? Those are always a bit more formal, aren't they?)

Jerel leans back against the headboard of his bed. "The gym it is. I actually have a cover that's a gym trainer." He firmly holds back the urge to joke about pokemon. "I wouldn't be your trainer, of course. That's unprofessional. But we met, we made appreciative comments, we had a smoothie. We hit it off, and we're casually seeing how and where it goes. How does that sound?" Jerel's had a couple of flings that started like that, it's plausible.
Never more than flings, though.

Jerel logs on to his computer and social networks, and scans the lists of who's online to find an appropriately sympathetic person. He fires up a couple of chats, guys from the soccer team who'll understand the shitty-parents-putting-too-much-pressure-on-you thing, then, somewhere around the middle of the list, he stops and hovers over a green dot.
Dick Grayson. Bisexual, from what Jerel hears; discreet, since he's so damn rich; athletic, so there's some conversation points; pleasant, just in case his grandparents aren't rampant homophobes; and attractive.
And he's not one of the thousand-and-one suck-ups who'd do it just to get some time alone with Jerel to convince him to date them. Maybe Jerel has an overly cynical or egotistical way of looking at his fellow students, but he's a soccer star and has already been accepted to pre-med. He's kind of a catch.
He opens up a chat window with Grayson and thinks for a moment. Then he shrugs. May as well just come out with it. He types:
On a scale of one to ten, how willing would you be to fake-date me?
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Post by sinistra_blache on Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:51 am

Mitz nods. "Yeah, I've been working with the decor team. It's probably going to be really fun?" He looks a bit hopeful. "...are you already going with someone?" (I figure it's just a mid-term kind of thing. No-one crowned as dance royalty or anything but vague prize giving ceremony for the various teams of the school.)

"They wouldn't believe for a second that I'd have a trainer," Dick half says to himself. "So, yeah. That sounds great." He pauses. "Sooooo. Should we talk prices now or later? I don't really know the protocol, here."

Dick isn't even at the computer when the message pops up. He very rarely gets any messages from anyone who's not living in the house and since they were all downstairs having a tense luncheon he didn't bother with signing out. When he gets back up to his room he eyes the timestamp for the very, very interesting from the very, very funny and intelligent and attractive Jerel Stillhaven who he barely knows. Twenty minutes ago. Might have missed him.
There's something you're not asked everyday. He sends, but decides to quickly cushion the cageyness of that comment.
I would call it a pretty soft nine and a half, with a good amount of that being curiosity. Two points, actually, would be curiosity. What a question to ask someone.
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Post by nocturnalie on Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:11 pm

Snooze hesitates. "Uh. No. No one has asked me." No one has actually spoken to him since his first day, and every time he tries to talk to someone else, they get all monosyllabic and somewhat... intimidated. (yearbook photo timeeee)

Jerel opens up his phone again and logs in to his company's app. Seriously -- there's an app for everything now. "That's okay," he says, smiling. "It's best to be blunt about this kind of thing. Tiptoeing around leads to miscommunication, and we don't want that." He considers the price scale. "The good news is, since it /is/ your first time with our service, you can take advantage of our first timer's rate. So a sit-down dinner, smart casual, for the date experience --" he quotes a price around four or five hundred. "And that's not including sex," Jerel adds, matter-of-fact, "but I'll get my own way to a destination of your choice and, of course, provide my own clothes, unless you have something you'd prefer me to wear."

Jerel is still whining to his friends and has mostly forgotten about sending Grayson the message; when the reply wasn't instant, he figured he'd give the guy a few hours to come up with a suitably jaunty reply and then move on to someone else.
But the reply is actually pretty favourable.
I'm flattered, he replies. Cards on the table: I've been dragged into a family dinner I don't want to go to, and my little brother is probably bringing along both of the gorgeous, intelligent people he's dating. Which is absolutely not good for my ego. Anyway, my father told me to bring a nice girl, wear some nice clothes and be nice to my thoroughly Jewish grandparents.
And I need some help to thumb my nose at all of those shitty terms and conditions.
Interested?
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Post by sinistra_blache on Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:24 pm

"Me neither," Mitz half-smiles, then looks terrified. "But probably not for the same reasons! I mean, /you're/ fine." He shakes his head. "So, uh. I, I, I have to go anyway. I'm getting this--award. But." He looks at Snooze and bites his lip. "This is so dumb. I'm so sorry. You don't know me. This is--I'm sorry. But I'm going to get beat up. Probably worse than ever before. And I don't--I mean. There's no-one else I can ask to just, I don't know, just make sure... I don't, well, end up in an emergency room." Mitz gives an awkward smile, like that could be a joke if Snooze wanted it to be.

Dick exhales, choosing to find the situation more amusing than it is depressing. "I'll be a perfect gentleman," he says. "And, really, wear what you like. In fact, have as much fun at the thing as you possibly can, be as comfortable as you can manage. That'd be nice. Let's make that my special request for the night. Does making sure you have a good night cost extra?" Hopefully that joke doesn't come across as insulting. Dick's starting to doubt his mojo of late.

Dick clicks his tongue at the screen, thinking.
Do I have to be mean to your grandparents? Cos that's kind of not my bag. Grandparents and parents more or less love me. But I'm game if I don't have to be awful for it to work. The whole thing sounds like a sitcom, so bonus points.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by nocturnalie on Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:34 pm

Snooze had come to expect an invitation to the dance, and he wasn't sure how he was going to react to that. But then Mitz's request takes a sharp left turn and he's left blinking.
"You..." He narrows his eyes a little, thinking. "You want me to be your bodyguard?"

Jerel is a little struck by that. It's his job to make sure the /other/ person has a good night. That's literally his job.
"Uh," he says, exhaling on a chuckle. "No, no, it doesn't. Sounds like I won't have much of a choice," he adds, still smiling.

Jerel grins at his computer screen. Now he's forgotten about the other chats he was in.
You don't have to be mean to anybody. Just show up and don't be a nice Jewish girl with childbearing hips who wants to be a doctor's wife and you'll be great.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by sinistra_blache on Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:48 pm

Mitz winces. "No. Yes. Kind of," he stumbles over his words. "Just, just keep an eye out, kind of thing? I'll pay for your ticket. And your date's ticket, when you get one. It's just... I'll be by myself." He lets that last part get as quiet as possible, then hides his face in his hands. He's doomed. "Look, nevermind. This was--such a bad idea. I'm sorry. I'll, I'll still pay for your ticket if you want to go. Just as an apology. Sorry. I," Mitz looks behind him and out the kitchen. "I can see myself out. Thank you. Sorry."

Dick smiles. "It'd be nice to think so," he says, not quite under his breath but not entirely solid either. "So. I think it'd be much more realistic if I pick you up and we head there, if that works?"

Hey my hips are great
Yeah, that sounds like a blast. I think. Very Happy
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by nocturnalie on Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:06 pm

This is probably the most Snooze has spoken to someone who isn't Romana or John or his social worker the whole year. So as Mitz turns to go, Snooze blurts out, "No. Mitz--I would like to do it. You need not apologise for anything. I will--I'll help you."

"Just what I was thinking," Jerel says. "There's a coffee shop on Eighth and Oak, called Matilda's. We can meet there, whatever time you like. I'll bring a tablet with me; you can log into our app and transfer the money then." That's how most people prefer to do it, rather than downloading the app onto their own devices. Maybe it's a metaphor, but Jerel just chooses to think of it as functional.

Good! It'll be this weekend. I'll let you know which day, and the time, when my father tells me.
I know we haven't really hung out, but thanks for doing this. I really appreciate it.



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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by sinistra_blache on Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:15 pm

Mitz turns back and blinks at Snooze. "Really?" Then, without waiting for an answer, Mitz rushes in to hug Snooze. "Thank you /so/ much, I mean it. I'll make it up to you. I'll really owe you. Thank you."

Dick checks the clock. The dinner's that night, and he has a few hours to get ready even counting going to get Jerel. "I can meet you there in about three hours? We'll deal with what needs to be dealt with, then I'll awkwardly start conversation until it's time to head to dinner," he offers casually.

(Jerel doesn't know it yet but it's going to be an all weekend thing, I've decided, and the boys will all be sharing a room. yes. perfect. isn't it perfect.)
Dick types out hey any excuse to spend time with a hottie but thinks better of it. He's /fake/dating Jerel.
No problem, he replies instead. Happy to help. Message me whenever. I'll keep the weekend open.

*tumbles out of a confetti box in celebration*
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by nocturnalie on Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:24 pm

Snooze goes completely still with surprise. Then, slowly, he rests one hand on Mitz's shoulder, and protectiveness almost /flares/ inside him. "You won't have to worry about getting beaten up. I will make sure of that."

Jerel chuckles. "Sounds great. Oh," he realises, "you should probably tell me what you would like me to call you."

(oh my /god/ yes)
Want to exchange phone numbers? You never know with social media, it could just suddenly decide to be offline at the time we need it.


*BALLOONS*
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by sinistra_blache on Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:29 pm

Mitz chuckles and wipes his face quickly when he pulls out of the hug. "Yeah, for the dance night. But that is totally enough! Thanks." He smiles.

"Shit," Dick whispers. "Whoops. My name's Dick. Richard, actually, but I prefer Dick. And don't worry about holding back on the jokes. You might as well let rip with those."

(hahahaha yes)
Dick bites his lip. Not the best way he's gotten a phone number, but not the worst. And this could get them more friendly than they were in the first place. Sure. He sends Jerel is number first. Trusting.


*PARTY MUSIC*
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Post by nocturnalie on Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:40 pm

"You are welcome. You can come to me at school, too. If anything happens beforehand," Snooze suggests.

Jerel is so sorely tempted. "Why would I do a thing like that?" he ends up saying. "Waste all my material now, on the phone? I'll need something to make you laugh tonight."
So the eldest boy, then. Wow. Jerel goes back to the tab on his phone holding an article about Dick Grayson, golden child, cop, former circus kid. Incredibly fit and, by all accounts, charming. Got to wonder why he's buying himself a date for the evening.
Jerel really hopes it's not a sting. He'll have to feel out the situation at the coffee shop.
Maybe he can get Nightwing involved. The guy did say he'd keep Jerel out of trouble so long as Jerel kept giving him information on his dirty clients.

(please tell me the grandparents live out of town so it only makes sense for Snooze and Dick to spend the night as well)
Jerel programs it into his phone under 'boyf!', in case his parents decide to be real parents and snoop through his phone. Then he sends his own number back. (he usually programs his girlfriends in as 'gf!' so he remembers that they are, the sleazeball)


*DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION CONSOLE*
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by sinistra_blache on Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:46 pm

Mitz shakes his head. "No, no, thank you. It's kind of a terrible idea to try to stop him at school," he says. "Thaey has, like, patterns? And I've tried breaking the patterns before and it was awful. Mostly I just stay out of his way."

"Hell, if you can, that'd be a miracle," Dick drawls and it almost feels like he's not paying someone to spend time with him. "I've heard pretty much every joke under the sun. Bonus points for the really creative ones, though."

(oh my yes otherwise what is the point)
Dick looks at the number for a while, programs it in (just as Jerel, because godammit Jerel stop). Then he messages Jerel. txt it bf


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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by nocturnalie on Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:52 pm

Snooze considers Mitz for a moment. Then he says, "At lunch, I mostly sit outside, past the running track, and read. The offer stands, if you ever need somewhere to go."
It would be nice just to sit with someone.

"I've been told I'm creative and flexible, so I'll see what I can come up with," Jerel purrs, then can't stop himself from giggling.

(/excellent/)
Jerel's phone buzzes and he looks at the message, then grins. He sends back: 2 qt


*SNACKS*
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by sinistra_blache on Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:58 pm

Mitz stares at Snooze. "You'd sit with me?" Snooze has already got himself a little bit of a reputation. He keeps to himself, and he's gorgeous, so nearly all the girls think he's mysterious and cool. The guys all figure he's done something dangerous, and are too intimidated to talk to him. Mitz lands somewhere in the middle of all that, but still recognises that Snooze is far, far too interesting to want to be seen dead with him. Mitz will gladly give him an out if he needs it.

"See, look," Dick smiles. "We've already found something we have in common." That was flirting. That was Dick flirting with an escort. He scrunches his eyes shut. He has a problem. "Hey, I gotta go. But I'll see you in a little while."

(Very Happy)
Dick reads it and laughs, then goes back to IM. Okay okay. I gotta go. Let me know about the weekend.


*BALLOON ANIMALS*
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Post by nocturnalie on Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:04 pm

Snooze has zero clue about this reputation. He thinks he's just the kid who transferred in the middle of the year so everyone's ~friendship groups~ are already established, and whatever else the advisor warned him about before he started.
"Yes," he says, like it's obvious. "What do you usually do during lunch?"

"Three hours. Matilda's. I'll be there, in... blue, I think," Jerel says. He likes it when people flirt back, it makes him not feel so much like a prostitute. "I'll see you soon."

(> : D )
Catch you later, Jerel says, after considering what would be the appropriate goodbye to give to your fake-boyfriend.



*A CLOWN AND A MAGICIAN*
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Post by sinistra_blache on Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:08 pm

Mitz considers. He thinks that maybe telling the truth would be too pathetic, so he tells half the truth. "Sometimes I eat with my friend Mouse," he says slowly. "But only if she's not with her friends."

Dick opens his mouth to tell Jerel that blue is his favorite color, then thinks better of it. He's already walking a thin line by having this guy see him as Dick as well as seeing him as Nightwing. He might figure it out. He might think it's too crazy to be true. Dick's hoping for the latter, if it comes to it. "See you soon."

Dick smiles at the message for probably a little too long, then head off to go take a walk with Damian and Titus like he promised to nearly forty minutes ago.


*nooooooo*
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Post by nocturnalie on Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:15 pm

Snooze feels a smooth wash of sympathy. That sounds like him and Thad, at his last school. He only hung out with Thad when he felt he would not be intruding. "And the rest of the time?"

"Bye," Jerel says, and hangs up. He sits there, naked in his bed, for a long moment, daydreaming about getting asked on a real date -- maybe imagining how the cover story goes. The smoothie leading to lunch, laughing, nice and easy. Bright. Not this sordid business deal. Someone like Dick, Jerel would've called the next day for a proper date. He would have been on his knees in the bathroom before dessert, too.
Ah, well. Can't change the facts -- can only lie about them, now. Good thing he's a good liar. Sometimes he convinces himself.
He jumps out of bed and goes to pick out his clothes and take a long shower.

(What a terrible brother and role-model.)
Jerel sits back in his computer chair and can't stop himself from smiling. It almost feels like how it does whenever he asks a girl out and they say yes. And this is only a fake date. Shit, maybe Jerel's just easy pleased.


*ALSO BABY ANIMALS IN A PETTING ZOO?*

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Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:15 am

Mitz shakes his head and shrugs at the same time. "You know. I move around," he says vaguely. He does move around. He eats and walks, keeping out of anyone's way.

As soon as the conversation is done, at least for now, Dick reaches over and grabs a pillow to put over his face and muffle the frustrated scream that comes out of him. He then sighs, disappointed in himself for getting so upset about something so small, and for being such a self-centered ass. The real reason for hiring Jerel is so that no-one in the family feel like they have to worry about Dick's emotional well-being, especially when he's happy for everyone. That last thing they all need is to find yet /another/ reason to not be happy themselves. Dick wants them all to enjoy themselves.
For the next few hours he runs around helping Alfred with the odd thing, doing some stretches to calm his nerves and then getting dressed for dinner. He only lets Alfred know he's going out to pick up his date and then he heads off to Matilda's.

(he's really just an awful person all around)
Mitz knocks on Jerel's door and breaks him out of his reverie.


*MUCH BETTER*

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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:35 am

"If you ever want to sit," Snooze says, "then you may sit with me." He was all kinds of stilted trying to make friends with Thad, too, but they made it work eventually. And Mitz is his neighbour, apparently. Romana will be proud of him, making an effort at making a friend.

Jerel spends most of his time grooming. He has routines that he goes through, with showering and cleansing and tweaking and primping. He likes to glow -- especially for a first date who didn't blink at a five hundred dollar price tag for the simplest of dates.
He also calls his brother, to let him know he'll be out that night, but there's beer in the fridge if Mitz needs some place to hang out that isn't his cramped little science geek dorm room.
With a good half an hour to spare, he checks himself out in his full-length mirror, then grabs his things and leaves. He never lets himself hesitate too long before leaving, or his own brain will talk him out of what he's doing.
Meet-up time will find Jerel ensconced in a corner at the cosy coffee shop, his hands curled around a hazelnut latte and his tablet on the table in front of him. The company app is running only in the background; while he waits, he reads articles on the Wayne family. He doesn't want to make any missteps at dinner.

(I don't know why we like him)
Huh? What? Jerel nearly spins off his chair. Dude, you've gotta start wearing, like, a cat bell or something.


*MORE CONFETTI*

I tried just bolding the relevant parts but it looked messy. I figure we can keep taking the parts of it we like and anything we don't use will eventually get archived. Very Happy
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Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:14 am

Mitz smiles, warmed down to his toes. He was expecting Snooze to ask for money to go to the dance with him, not offers to share lunch with him. "Okay," he says quietly. "Uh. You said you read books at lunch?"

Dick arrives, smiling at the waitresses who recognise him and have excited, hushed, conversations with their colleagues when he passes. He knows what Jerel looks like and, honestly, he would know him even if he hadn't met him once or twice as Nightwing. Jerel's better groomed than the rest of the people in the restaurant who are, quite rightly, normal and comfortable. But Jerel is good looking enough to make money from it, so he stands out.
Dick makes his way over and sits opposite to Jerel. "Hi," he smiles. He fights the urge to offer his hand, since this is supposed to be their second date, technically.

(truly a mystery)
Mitz ducks his head apologetically. Yeah. Uh, so. Is Jerel coming to bubbie's this weekend?


*flail dancing*

Sounds like a plan!
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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:43 pm

Mitz's smile is one of the most honest Snooze remembers seeing for some time. It's quite something. "Yes -- you know that I only just transferred to this school...? I was already behind on my studies at my last school. So I try to study when I can." He shakes his head a little. "Of course, sometimes I need to get away from learning things and read fiction instead."

Jerel puts his coffee down and reaches out to take hold of Dick's hand. It's not a handshake, it's a squeeze, a handhold, but it's a decent equivalent for lovers. "Hi," he says, smiling right back. He lets himself check Dick out. "You look great."

(what a dik dik)
Jerel scoffs. Yeah. Like he's got a choice. Has Mitz been forced to pick a lucky one to come with, or does he get the both?


*sequins*
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Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:53 pm

Mitz nods. "I could repay you for coming to this dance with me by studying with you, if you want?" he offers. "And we can talk about books...?"

Dick's eyebrows go up as he smiles harder. He's not feeling the greatest, but he knows he's cleans up well. It's nice to hear. "Thanks. So do you," and Jerel does. Dick looks around for the waitress while he talks. "Do you think I could sneak in a coffee before awkward but hopefully endearing conversation, some covert money exchange and then rushing out to get to this dinner?"

(he is an adorable dear)
Mitz looks a little sad. Mouse can't make it. She's got this -- thing. Mitz doesn't really know. He thinks maybe she just doesn't want to risk the rest of the family being anything like Mother? Which is fair. But Snooze can make it. ...is Jerel bringing anyone?


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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:03 pm

Snooze considers that for a moment -- and remembers that Mitz has been sneered at for being exceptionally smart by their classmates. "That would actually be very helpful. Yes, I'd like that, thank you," he agrees.

Jerel gestures towards his own coffee. "That was my plan. Should I go find some dark sunglasses and a briefcase? Would that be less or more awkward?"

(dik dik be a dear dear)
Oh, this is gonna be gold. Does Mitz really wanna know or would he prefer to be pleasantly surprised?


*GLITTERBOMBS AND JAEGERBOMBS*
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Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:13 pm

Mitz beams. "Oh, okay, good. Excellent," he's legitimately pleased. He didn't think paying for the ticket was really going to make it up to Snooze. "I'll make sure to know everything about your classes that I don't take and really, really help. Not that I wouldn't help normally!"

Dick catches the eye of one of the staff and gestures them other. "Depends," he tells Jerel and settles back into the seat. "Would you be asking me why I can't get a date with or without the briefcase and sunglasses? That's the real kickstart to awkward conversation."

(which is what Jason would say and cackle happily after)
Will he actually be pleasantly surprised? ...why is it gold. What does Jerel know.


*sparkling and confusing mornings after*
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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:23 pm

"That is very kind," Snooze tells him. "And it will give you a plausible story for why the strange new kid is spending time around you."

Jerel would never ask that, wow, that's the way to not get any return business. "I thought it might help with the undercover aspect. Is that what's on your mind?" he says instead.

(i saw a text post earlier about how lily evans would one time accidentally say 'james be a dear and hand me that' and he just turns into a deer and she has to walk away)
Jerel snickers. Let's just say he hopes they can find things to talk about other than great-grandchildren.


*fourteen showers later, glitter still being found*
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Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:30 pm

Mitz frowns a little, confused. "Um? I, I, I think it would better in your favor, actually. But okay?" Mitz doesn't understand at /all/ why Snooze would say that he's strange.

Dick smiles at Jerel, kind of an unsaid pause on the conversation, while he gives his order to the waitress. He waits until she's gone before picking it up again. "I'm feeling a little out of sorts about it, yeah. I really don't want you to feel uncomfortable about tonight in any way," he shrugs, but at least he's being honest. "I'm trying not to let it get to me, but I guess it kind of is. Whoops. Endearing yet?"

(oh my god that is brilliant. but okay my favorite one of those is the one where Sirius is writing a letter and he's like "deer James" and Lily goes no it's spelled dear and Sirius just shakes his head "no it isn't")
Okay, so, Mitz hates it when Jerel is being annoyingly mysterious. You know they're all going to have to share that spare room at bubbie's together, so don't be gross, okay?


*fourteen years later, glitter still being found*
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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:42 pm

Agree to disagree, Snooze thinks, but he doesn't want to push the issue so early in an potential friendship, or say something self-pitying that might make Mitz regret everything he's doing.

"Actually?" Jerel says. "Yes. I like a bit of honesty." He toasts Dick with his coffee. "What can I do to... assuage your doubts?" He's being flirty, he really can't stop, won't stop.

(or how about Sirius' best man speech talking about his deer friend James and their stag party)
Jerel gives Mitz an exasperated look. Really? Really, Mitz is telling him that when Mitz is bringing his long-term, long-time boyfriend?


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Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:51 pm

Mitz stands awkwardly for a moment in silence, and jumps when the kettle whistles/clicks to boiled. "I'll let you--get to...that," he gestures at the kettle. "Sorry again for just turning up. And thank you again for saying yes. And the dance is this Thursday. And I'll cover any expenses and you don't have to, like, come with /me/ if you don't want to and even if you were okay with that, you don't have to actually dance with me or even talk to me at all! That's okay too. Anyway thank you."

Dick laughs silently, pushing air through his nose, and takes half a second to think about how Jerel could help. "Tell you what, let me say something right now and we'll call that assuaging my doubts? Does that sound okay, just listen for a few seconds?"

(oh my god)
Mitz really doesn't see how that changes the fact that--he grins suddenly, holding back laughter--Jerel's the Lothario of the two. Then he snorts.


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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:59 pm

Snooze nods through most of that. He stops nodding when Mitz says he doesn't have to actually dance with him or talk to him. That would be when he tips his head a little, confused. "You are welcome. But I won't simply stand behind you in the shadows all night. I am sure we will find things to talk about."

Jerel props his chin on his hand, smiling indulgently. "Sure. You can say anything you want."

(and when remus keeps laughing he complains that he's being very sirius)
Oh my god, Jerel groans. Did Jacob really say that to Mitz, too? What a freak parent.


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Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:19 pm

Mitz goes deep red, embarrassed. "Well, I mean. No one will actually believe that I'm out on a date with you," he half shrugs, half sweeps his arms down to himself. "You know? So I figured if you and your date go, then you get to have fun and I can--uh. Actually go to one of these things. Also not get the snot kicked out of me. That's a nice plus."

"Thanks," Dick says to both Jerel and the lady who brings him his coffee. He sips it, then puts it down and looks at Jerel directly. "Okay. Here's the deal. I know we talked about everything, but I want to be clear; I'm not singing and dancing around the idea of sex. I'm not looking for anything other than someone to talk to me at this thing. Keep me company and make sure no-one's treating me with kid gloves because I'm all alone. That is pretty much the aim here. And I would really like it if you had fun. It won't be a crazy, warehouse rave kind of night, obviously, but hopefully it won't be too dull. I'm going to treat this like a real date. That means looking after you. Only you and me will know the truth, but I'm willing to forget it for a few hours if you are."

(I just want it all to be canon and I guess it pretty much nearly is)
Mitz laughs. No, no. Mitz heard them. It was pretty classic. But, no, really. Uh. He's just wondering who he's going to spend a weekend with? Because it's a weekend. Did Jacob say that? It's a freaking weekend, Mitz looks about as livid about that as he's able to.


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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:40 pm

Snooze sighs a little. "I doubt I will have a date. And if you are going to go to such a length to help me with my studies, then, Mitz, I am happy to act as /your/ date for the evening. That will be the best way for me to ensure you are safe."

Okay. So he's going to be one of those guys, Jerel thinks to himself. He turns his face from pleasantly interested to charmed, because he'll believe it when he sees it -- being treated like a real date. "In that case," he says, once he's sure Dick is finished, "I'm willing to do my best. I'm here for you, tonight. I won't shut up all night, if that's what you want," he smiles.

(no direct contradiction in the text? is canon)
Is Mitz really complaining about having to spend a weekend in the countryside with his lovely lovers? Or, one of them, anyway. This whole family is ridiculous.


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Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:48 pm

Mitz opens and closes his mouth. He never thought about fake-dating. He feels like he'd be this nervous about a real date, too, if he ever got the courage to ask Mouse out, so it totally counts as his first date. "Thank you," he says again, quieter this time.

Dick watches the glaze go over Jerel's eyes. Jerel is /very/ good. Anyone else wouldn't have noticed it, Dick just happens to have been trained in reading microexpressions since he was eleven. He sighs gently and smiles back. "Alright, but you'll have to compete with me. Have you noticed that I'm a motor mouth yet?"

(totally canon, always canon)
That's not--no, Jerel. There's no internet there. That means a weekend with family with occasional respite with their respective, er, guests. Which will probably mean board games because bubbie and grandpa only have one spare room. ...though Mitz is starting to think that sleeping bags might work in his favor here.


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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:56 pm

Snooze matches him. "You're welcome. And thank you. For asking me." For just talking to me, really.

"And I didn't even see you pull the rip cord," Jerel says. "That's one smooth motor you've got running back there. In all seriousness," he says, apparently changing tacks, "we haven't stopped talking yet. And I have a whole repertoire of 'how about that local sports team' I haven't even gotten to."

(no epilogues here)
Mitz is going to camp out under the stars? Or /camp/ out under the stars? Or camp -- Jerel flicks his wrist -- out under the stars? So many choices!

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Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:03 pm

Mitz blinks, then realises that, yes, technically he did ask Snooze out to the dance. As a date. It was the most roundabout way anyone has ever been asked on a date that wasn't at all romantic, but Mitz did it. He feels a little bit of pride. "'Course," he replies easily. "But I, uh. Sorry. I do actually have to go. I remembered that I kind of ran from my house without telling anyone where I am? There's a vague chance that they'll worry and that would just be really awkward. Um. Yeah."

Dick laughs. "Oh, hey, wait, I bet I can guess some lines," he says, then clears his throat. "'The thing you have to understand about the Gotham Rogues is that they always try to lean in with the offense'. Am I close? Warm, cold?"

(what epilogues what an awful idea)
Mitz gives Jerel a Look. He'll have to sleep outside if he's stuck with Jerel's awful jokes for two whole days. And also a few hours in the car.


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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:13 pm

"Of course," Snooze says. "Where do you live? We are neighbours, you said."

Jerel laughs. "Pretty close. Though I try not to go for football straight up. Makes it seem like I'm compensating for something. Baseball's the American pasttime, I get a better response rate with that one," he grins.
Reluctantly, he taps the tablet awake.

Can't get away from it in the car. And the more Mitz protests, the more bad material Jerel is going to use. He'll even do /research/.

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