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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by sinistra_blache on Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:01 am

Mitz is already taking Snooze's hand before he realises they're going to be touching and blushes even harder. "Uh, yeah. Thanks."

Dick gives Jerel a lopsided smile. "Hey. Trust me."

Dick laughs. He should have known Jerel would like that idea. God. They don't touch in public? How lonely is that.
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Post by nocturnalie on Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:52 pm

Snooze essentially escorts Mitz inside, and around the corner into the living room, where I'm betting Romana has hurried picked up a magazine or a book. He pulls Mitz into her sight and coughs slightly. "Mom," he says, quietly.

Jerel smiles back -- he can't help it, in the face of that smile. Then he rubs his hands together again, because the grass is cold this late in the day, and leans over onto his hands with a little more control this time.

Hey, when it's your grandparents, you get kind of thankful for that, Jerel jokes. But, yeah. Old-fashioned. They keep what's private, private. But they spend a lot of time with each other, so Jerel can't imagine them ever being lonely.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:58 pm

Romana puts down her book quickly and looks up. She lays a hand on her chest, a little breathless, when she sees them. "You both look so handsome," she says, and it might be more to herself than to the boys.

Once Jerel is standing on his hands, Dick catches his legs before he overshoots. He's only there for stability, like training wheels. "How's that feel?"

Dick smiles more and more as Jerel talks. Okay, when he puts it like that then it's kind of sweet. Is he sure he hates his grandparents?
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Post by nocturnalie on Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:03 pm

Snooze opens up and beams at her. "I wanted to properly introduce you before we left. Mom, this is Mitz Stillhaven. Mitz, this is my mother, Romana Dvora. Mitz's brother offered to drive us all to the dance," he adds, for Romana's benefit.

Jerel cautiously shifts his weight around to lean against Dick's hands, then stretches his head around to try and look at Dick. "I'm actually upside-down. It actually worked."

He hates everything they stand for and everything they want him to be. But, y'know. They're his grandparents. Genetically programmed to love them, and all.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by sinistra_blache on Sat Oct 18, 2014 12:36 am

Romana gets up from her chair, nodding. "That's alright," she tells them.
Mitz has /no/ idea what to do, but he thrusts out his hand to shake Romana's. "We kind of know each other? I live a few houses down. Only we've never really talked. Sorry about that."
"That's alright too," Romana says, shaking Mitz's already shaking hand.

"Easy as pie, right?" Dick kind of has to look through Jerel's legs to look down at him. "I knew you had the upper body strength to pull this off. It's just about balance now. But--I'll go into instructor mode and that's not fun." He stands there for a few seconds. "Wanna know how you get down?"

Dick smiles, thoroughly enjoying seeing a little bit of softness come through in Jerel.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by nocturnalie on Sat Oct 18, 2014 6:15 pm

Snooze probably looks far too pleased. He settles one of his hands about mid-way down Mitz's back -- not high enough to be stupidly chummy, but not low enough to be intimate.

"Fall?" Jerel suggests, grinning up at Dick.

Oh, shut up, Jerel says, flapping his hand in Dick's face.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by sinistra_blache on Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:34 am

Mitz looks slightly to the side, down to the ground, trying not to react too much to the touch. No-one's ever touched him like that, weirdly companionable and affectionate, so slight. He clears his throat awkwardly.
"I won't keep you two any longer," Romana announces, trying not to make baby noises at the both of them for being so cute. "Remember not to come back too late. Before 1am, the earlier the better. I know the dance ends at quarter to midnight so I expect responsible decisions."

Dick grins back. "Fall," he agrees. "And you've already done that so you know it'd fine. I'm going to let go now. Ready?"

Dick laughs, leaning back from Jerel's hand. He didn't say /anything/.
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Post by nocturnalie on Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:14 pm

"Yes, mom," Snooze agrees, delighting in being able to call Romana mom as much as he wants. It makes him feel--well, owned, sort of.
Snooze slides his hand off Mitz's back so he can step forward and give Romana a kiss on the cheek. "You do not have to wait up," he says, quietly.

"No," Jerel complains. Then he sighs. "Yeah, okay, yes. It's like space shuttles, right? The only way to get them down is to crash. And I'm way closer to the ground than a space shuttle, so --" Dick can feel free to drop Jerel at any point during this.

Yeah, but he had that goo-goo look people get when Jerel gets protective of Mitz, or whatever. Jerel knows the look. He stabs his finger accusingly at Dick. You've got little brothers, you must know the look, too.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by sinistra_blache on Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:52 am

"Easy now," Romana says back just as quietly, leaning into the cheek. She can't stop smiling, mild as her smile is.
Mitz looks away kind of awkwardly like mother/son affection is something he should be embarrassed to see. He has /no/ idea what to say or do. Should he leave? Moving involves attracting attention. He just stands and stares at the floor, counting designs patterns in the rug beneath his feet.

Dick lets go, but slowly; he eases his grip and steps back, not wholly letting go until Jerel as more control over where and how he'll fall. Once Jerel is on his back again, Dick goes back to his grinning, looming, place beside him. "Fun, huh?"

Can a guy look at his fake-boyfriend like that these days?
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by nocturnalie on Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:46 pm

Snooze steps back and ghosts his hand over Mitz's back again. "Have a good night, mom," he says. "Shall we?" he says to Mitz.
Uber dork alert.

Jerel kind of sprawls on the grass for a moment, then bounces back up to his feet. "Fun," he agrees. "I need a whole lot more practice, though, to look anywhere near as good as you do when you do that."

Jerel has absolutely no idea of the rules, in a case like that. This. He's gonna have to look into it and get back to Dick with a ruling later.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by sinistra_blache on Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:55 am

Mitz startles. "Yes? If you want. Actually, yes, definitely. My brother is going to be all bent out of shape if he thinks I'm making him wait. Sorry. Don't mean to rush."

Dick shrugs modestly. "A couple of years, tops," he says and, though it isn't true, he believes that kind of thing. That people can do what he can in a short time, because he believes in people. "I'm as good as I'm ever going to be, so, y'know. No playing catch up."

Oh cool, he knows where the rules are written? Can he send Dick a link sometime?
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Post by nocturnalie on Sun Oct 26, 2014 6:37 pm

"Quite all right. We can go," Snooze assures him. "I am looking forward to meeting your brother." He steers Mitz very gently back towards the front door.

"In the prime of your life, you've already hit your peak? Come on," Jerel scoffs. He dusts his hands off, though there's very little grassy residue.

Once he finds it, sure. He may have to trawl the seedy underbelly of the internet. Could be fun!
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Post by sinistra_blache on Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:17 pm

Mitz looks back at Romana and waves, which is much less stressful than thinking about the right goodbye to say to her, and shrugs. "Oh. Uh. He's a little overwhelming," Mitz says carefully. Jerel can be really fun if he likes you. He can be really, really awful if he doesn't. Mitz has no idea how to warn Snooze for that. "Just remember that he can be overwhelming and everything will be okay, probably."

Without thinking, Dick takes Jerel's hands and starts thumbing the dirt and what's left of the grass off. "I never said my peak was a low one," he chuckles.

Dick's hero!
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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:42 am

Snooze waves to Romana as well, smiling back at her, reassured by her.
"I will keep that in mind," he says. He's dealt with overwhelming people before; all they really want is to have their egos stoked and they're just fine. Snooze is in the mood for keeping the peace. It won't be difficult.

"That, I believe," Jerel says, after a moment. He's not used to such blatant affection. Lust, sure, possessiveness, yes. Affection is usually reserved for real dates, in his experience. It's throwing him a little.

Aw, you don't mean that.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:53 am

"He'll be really busy with his own friends when we get there," Mitz reassures Snooze. "So it won't be a problem. Keeping the overwhelmingness in mind, I mean." He's surprised at how much warmer he feels with Snooze walking close to him like this. He thought that only happened when Mouse was walking with him.

Jerel's not hiding his surprise as well as he thinks, if he thinks he is, and Dick smiles a little. He drops Jerel's hands, then gives him the option of taking one of Dick's. "Want to go see if dinner's ready?"

Dick just smiles like he knows something Jerel doesn't.
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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:57 am

Snooze opens the front door for Mitz and remembers to lock it behind them on their way out. "I only have to keep you in mind," he says... maybe flirting a little.

Jerel wasn't really trying to hide his surprise at first. It was surprise -- it surprised him, heh.
Dick seems to really enjoy holding hands -- it's probably a comfort thing. He brought Jerel here to keep him company, to help him not feel alone; the holding hands would be a reminder that he isn't alone.
So Jerel is happy to take his hand. "I'm always ready for excellent food," he says.

What. What's that look for.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:16 am

Mitz looks at Snooze, wide-eyed, then relaxes. "Yeah, about that," he says, then his throat goes dry and he has to cough and swallow before he can go on. "Thank you again for doing this. I'll try to be a model date." Mitz smiles, maybe a little apologetic.

Dick laughs, joyous, and pulls Jerel in close so he can swing a friendly arm around his neck. "Oh gosh. I know I keep talking about it, but this'll blow your mind," he promises, walking them back up to the house. "I can't wait to see your face."

Dick legitimately doesn't know what Jerel's talking about. So! Have they practised enough or does Jerel want to find a bench and practice getting cosy, too?
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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:19 am

"I'm sure we will both do just fine," Snooze says. "I should thank you for talking to me."

"I've seen some pretty lavish spreads in my life," Jerel warns him. Gotham's perverted elite like their excesses. "I might not be as blown as you think."

Oh, hey. It should be up to Dick. He's the one inconvenienced by all this. His choice.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:33 am

Mitz shakes his head. "No, no, no, please don't thank me for anything," Mitz insists. "I probably should have mentioned this earlier? But as soon as you're seen with me then you'll probably be persona non grata. Did I say that before?"

Dick raises an eyebrow and looks at Jerel sideways. "I'm just not going to say anything about that innuendo."

Well. Jerel wants to freak out his family, right? Maybe they should get cozy in the car, on the way there.
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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:36 am

"You did," Snooze says. "But I already was. You are not taking away anything that I had," he assures Mitz.

"But there were two of them, and they were such good ones," Jerel says, grinning. "I left you some pretty big openings, there."

Oh, like, nearly sitting on top of each other, kind of thing? Giggling and all?
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Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:44 am

Mitz sighs. "I don't know how to convince you otherwise," he mutters as they come up to his house. He's /so/ happy Snooze won't be going inside.

Dick groans. "You're killing me here."

Whispering and too close and altogether way, way, waaaaaay too public with their displays of affection.
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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:56 am

"You have seen me, the last couple of days at school," Snooze reminds me. "No one comes near me. You are the first, since the first week I started."
Jerel is probably in the garage with the car, trying to fix his tie in the rearview mirror and swearing.

Jerel snickers. "What are you going to do, safeword me?"

Yeah, they should probably practice that. Or it'll look like it's the first time they've done it, which would be weird. They should come up with some inside jokes, too, two months is long enough for that. Like, look at each other and say cucumber and laugh, or something.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:11 am

Mitz hears Jerel and adjusts their walk to head to the garage. "Yeah, but--okay, it's not as bad as you think," Mitz says vaguely. "Everyone's just really curious and, for some reason, careful around you." He takes a breath. "Jerel?"

"Couldn't possibly," Dick puts his free hand to his heart, as though he were an offended lady with delicate sensibilities. "That never came up when I asked you out."

Well, Dick will /now/, he grins. C'mon, he tugs Jerel down to sit on the grass. Let's canoodle.
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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:16 am

Snooze intends to say that he doesn't think he's particularly intimidating, but he falls silent, instead, not wanting Mitz's brother to get a strange first impression.
Jerel swears again and lets the tie hang loose around his neck. "Yeah? You ready?"

Jerel laughs. "Red, orange and green, for the eternally curious," he teases, and he points out, "You didn't ask."

Canoodle? Oh my god, that's what it is, isn't it. They've slipped back into the 1700s. Careful, they could get executed for this, Jerel teases, and flops down to sit on the grass with Dick.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:21 am

Mitz opens his mouth to answer, then closes it. He sighs. "/I/ am," he grumbles, then waves Jerel over so he can do the tie. "This is Snooze. Snooze, this is my brother Jerel."

Dick thinks about that, then manages an honest enough looking smile. "I'll know for the second date," he says gently. "I'm an old-fashioned boy at heart. First date is all wooing, I'm afraid."

Dick holds up his arm so Jerel can get in close, then pauses. Unless Jerel wants to have Dick cuddling him? Dick is totally fine with being the cuddler, not the cuddlee. No matter how cuddly he is. He looks very pleased with that pun.
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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:31 am

Jerel slowly pulls himself out of the car and stands up. "Oh my god," he says after a moment, slowly. "You have a date."

"Such a tease," Jerel says. "Get me all flustered and leave me under the porchlight."

Jerel has absolutely no idea what he's talking about, he enunciates very clearly, and carefully scoots in close and slides his arms around Dick. It feels strange, because Dick is very obviously muscled and lean; even Jerel's sporty girlfriends didn't feel as hard-bodied as this.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:42 am

Mitz's shoulders tighten up and he goes red, but otherwise doesn't show any response other than another wave at Jerel to come closer. He definitely doesn't notice the tension in his muscles, and he constantly ashamed of his blushing. Best to just not say anything to draw attention to it. "Say hi," he half-pleads.

"For the record," Dick starts. "I'd be the one walking you home to make sure you're safe, because I live way out of town and under normal circumstances, we'd be having a date faaaaaar away from my family and in the city. I'd be the one under the porchlight, standing there like an idiot after you've already closed the door, mooning over a smile shared over dessert." He shrugs. That was maybe a little too much detail, but he grins and attempts to pass it off as a joke. "/Plus/, you already know that there are safewords going to be used on the second date."

Cuddlee, Dick explains purposefully. Like employee. The one who is cuddled. But also cuddly, as in soft and wonderful to cuddle. Get it? Jerel gets it. Does he get it? Dick beams; he loves needlessly explaining jokes. It always gets a reaction.
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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:51 am

Snooze and Jerel regard each other almost suspiciously, then Jerel sticks out his hand and Snooze reaches out to shake it. "Hey," Jerel says. "I'm Mitz's brother. Jerel. I take it you live just down the block, since I heard you walking, which means I know where you live. Take that as a threat and we'll get along just fine."
Snooze shakes Jerel's hand firmly, feeling like he's meeting Mitz's parents instead of his brother. "Nice to meet you. I'm Snooze."
Jerel looks him up and down. "Dumb name."
Snooze shrugs. He's heard that before; he's not going to get riled up about it. "Old nickname."

Jerel squeezes Dick's hand after a long moment. "And here I thought chivalry was dead. Turns out you just took it all for yourself and left none for anyone else. You're really something, Dick Grayson."

Jerel shakes his head. Nope, absolutely still no idea, Dick is being very obtuse and muddled and Jerel's just starting to feel sorry for him.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:03 pm

Mitz groans and tugs at Jerel's tie while he fixes it. "Stop it. You're called Jerel. That's dumb too," he says. "And I /know/ that's my fault, and I'm sorry, but don't be--mean." This is the only time I'll ever have a date, he doesn't say. "Don't, don't threaten. Oh my god. Snooze, I'm so sorry."

Dick gives Jerel a half-sad, half-disbelieving smile. "Sure thing, gorgeous," he says gently. "Every gentleman knows that a good date involves at least /knowledge/ of someone's safewords."

Dick laughs, kicking his feet a little. His arm settles easily around Jerel's shoulders. It's okay, he'll teach Jerel all about humor.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:15 pm

"I'm not being mean," Jerel says, reasonably, "I'm being your brother who you didn't tell you had a date."
Snooze smiles a little. "It is all right, Mitz. I know what he means."
He has to wonder why Mitz's own brother won't defend him from a bully, but he will defend him from a date.

"You're a whole different class of gentleman," Jerel assures him. And he's only half-teasing, because it's becoming rapidly obvious that he actually is.

Oh, will he? Jerel affects a southern drawl and flutters his eyelashes. Oh, heavens, thank you ever so much, he's been just /dyin'/ to understand the menfolk when they talk about that comedy jazz.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:32 pm

Mitz finishes Jerel's tie and smooths it into place nervously. "/I/ don't know what he means," Mitz says to Snooze, turning back to face him. He very consciously doesn't address that whole not telling Jerel about the date thing.

Dick snorts. "Old fashioned," he reminds Jerel. "Maybe a little too much." He opens a door for Jerel, seeing as they've walked halfway to the dining room already, and leads them into the main hall. "Back again," Dick says, making light conversation.

Good thing Jerel has Dick around, huh?
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:37 pm

"He means --"
Jerel cuts Snooze off. "That's okay, Mitzy, it's about you, not to you. You don't have to do anything." He checks out his tie in the window reflection, adjusts it a little, and nods. "Thanks."

"Didn't I hear that this place had to be rebuilt after a fire? They've done a great job, you can't tell at all," Jerel says.
A couple of others have probably arrived by now, and anyone in residence would have come downstairs at the first sound of voices. So they don't get straight back into the Kory tug-of-war, and there will be others floating around to talk to while they wait to be summoned for food.

Oh, truly. Jerel drops the accent, then, and adds, this doesn't seem to be too bad. They're okay at this. He presses his hand to Dick's side to illustrate what he means.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:48 pm

Mitz frowns over his shoulder at Jerel, worried. "Yeah," he says slowly. "You're welcome." Then he looks back at Snooze, confused.

"Bruce's family built and rebuilt the whole city like a million times," Dick lifts a shoulder. "I guess when that's your legacy, knowing the right people to rebuild part of your house is just what happens."
No tug-of-war! Dick very purposefully chose not to tug at anyone's war. But he will be looking forward to introducing Jerel to Damian, who really should meet more people outside the family. And Tim (who is another person who will poke and prod and eventually figure out that Dick doesn't know Jerel at all).

Is Jerel comfy? They can always move around.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:01 pm

Snooze reaches out to take Mitz's hand again, coming forward. "I can explain later," he tells Mitz, before Jerel can interrupt him again.
Jerel watches the hand-holding gesture, and is satisfied only if Mitz doesn't pull away at all.

"The best part is that, you know, there's no visible gap between parts that have been worked on and parts that haven't," Jerel says. He knows how to chatter to fill the air. "It all just blends together."
I can imagine Damian and Jerel trying to out-snark each other so much they lose track of what's sarcastic and what's not. Tim will probably get the benefit of all Jerel's courtesy training, since he doesn't give out much to work with.

They should try out a few different things.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:08 pm

Mitz doesn't pull away. He actually did realise for the first time that this is probably the only date he'll get, ever, so whenever Snooze is willing to go the extra mile to convince someone else that this is real then Mitz is going to enjoy the opportunity. "'Kay," he says softly.

"For a while about 75% of the hall was shinier than the rest," Dick mock-whispers like he's sharing a family secret. Then he unceremoniously grabs Damian while he's walking past, pulling him into something that's like a headlock but really a hug with added noogie.
Damian will enjoy that! Tim is suspicious of everyone.

Mm. Okay. How about.... Dick looks around for something to lean on. There's a tree nearby and he points. How about they move over there so Dick can put his back against it? Then Jerel can just lay his head on Dick's lap.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:13 pm

Jerel is satisfied with that. He hops in the car and slams his rusty door. "Come on, then, children. Off to the funfair."
Snooze barely listens to Jerel. He's too focused on Mitz looking at him like That.

Damian may or may not treat it like an actual headlock and dump Dick on his backside with a smooth twist and flip. Jerel gets out of the way just in time.

Dick should play with his hair, too. That way, Jerel won't jump if he does it over the weekend.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:22 pm

After a second or two, Mitz's ears go pink. He looks away and clears his throat. "Sorry. We should go?" He wishes they didn't. It would be way more fun to just stay and have a fake date here instead of at the school where he might be beaten into a pulp if he strays too far from Snooze. Stupid awards.

Which will just make Dick laugh, even with the air knocked out of him. He would have landed more gracefully but landing like a buffoon /should/ alert Damian to the civilian in the house, and get him to act a little less murder-y. Dick rubs his ass when he stands, still grinning. "This is my little brother, Damian," he introduces him. "Dami, this is my date, Jerel. Play nice and don't judo flip him."

Damn it all, there goes Dick's element of surprise.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:27 pm

Snooze holds open the door of the backseat. "After you," he says.
"So I'm the chauffer tonight? I can deal, so long as you don't complain about the music," Jerel says, tapping his fingers on the wheel with impatience.

Jerel is standing to one side looking pretty shocked and incredibly impressed. "That was pretty incredible," he says to Damian, holding out his hand with maybe a bit of hesitation. "Nice to meet you."
Damian sniffs -- he doesn't like to tone it down even in front of civilians, but he likes being complimented on things he knows he's very good at. He shakes Jerel's proffered hand. "I can be nice," he says to Dick. "Welcome to our home."

Clearly they're on the same intellectual level, here, coming up with the same ideas and all. Great minds think alike.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:35 pm

Mitz is in a constant state of looking at Snooze with gratefulness and awe. He snaps out of it, though, once he's in the car and talking to Jerel again. Who is beginning to embarrass Mitz. "It's your car, though? So why would we complain?"

Dick smiles happily at them getting along.
Tim is making is way into the next room, with Connor beside him, when he hears what Damian says. "It can be nice?"
"So can you, Timmy," Dick sing-songs warningly.

Dick starts scooting them back to the tree. He'll end up with grass-stains, but he can't really bring himself to care too much. And here's him thinking he was just a romantic soul, he teases.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:41 pm

"And you better remember it," Jerel says, then puts on the sappiest damn love song he owns. Probably something Taylor Swift.

Damian scowls at Tim as hard as he can and sticks his nose in the air. "If you can't keep a civil tongue, Drake, don't come over here. There are normal people here who don't know about your little antisocial quirks," he smirks.
Jerel suddenly understands a whole lot about why Dick would be lonely among a whole lot of people.

Well, Jerel has maybe one or two romantic bones in his body--eh, eh--so if they're having the same idea, it can't possibly be that.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:47 pm

Mitz doesn't complain, but he does look quizzically at the back of Jerel's head. "Is this your make-out mix?"

"You should talk," Tim shoots back, lip curling. "You're one big, walking, antisocial quirk."
Dick closes his eyes briefly, then gives Jerel a long-suffering smile while his brothers bicker. "Well, okay, you could have met these guys under better circumstances or--timing. I'll admit to that."

Dick grins. Don't tease your fake-boyfriend, Stillhaven. It's bad form.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:53 pm

"This is my 'I've got a couple of lovebirds in the backseat' mix," Jerel says.

"I am talking, Drake," Damian says, coolly. "To Grayson's date for the evening. The aforementioned normal person."
"It's okay," Jerel assures Dick. "It gives me a little more insight into you, doesn't it?"

If he can't tease his fake boyfriend, who /can/ he tease?
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:01 pm

Mitz tenses up a little more. "I can see a major flaw in that explanation," Mitz grumbles, but sits back and doesn't complain. He said he wouldn't. He looks back at Snooze, absolutely mortified, and mouths 'sorry'. He wouldn't want a /real/ date to feel pressured into doing anything or feeling anything for him, let alone a fake one.

"Who you've just talked about but haven't introduced me to," Tim says. "Wow, such high breeding."
"Can't see how," Dick says to Jerel quickly, then interjects. "Aaaaactually, that foray into terrible manners in on my head. Damian just met Jerel and is under no societal obligation to introduce him, it's all on me, which brings me neatly to: Tim, this is my date Jerel. Jerel, this is my other brother Tim."

Well, gosh. With logic like that, how can Dick argue?
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by nocturnalie on Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:19 pm

Snooze smiles and shakes his head. 'It's okay', he mouths.

"They were talking and I wasn't going to interrupt," Damian sneers.
Jerel holds out his hand again to Tim. "It's nice to meet you," he says, and manages to mean it.

So settle down and take your teasing like a fake boyfriend. Jerel crawls across the grass to get to Dick underneath the tree, then flops around onto his back.
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Re: [rl!verse] Pretend Dating 1.0.

Post by sinistra_blache on Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:40 am

Mitz sighs heavily and rubs his face. It is not okay and Mitz is having trouble remembering the last time he was this embarrassed by his brother.

Tim tries to ignore Damian but it doesn't quite work. "Pleasure," Tim says, shooting a dirty look at Damian while he speaks. "I hope you enjoy the night."
Connor takes the lull in fighting to step forward and offer his hand to Jerel. "I'm Connor," he says, giving Jerel a wide and genuine smile. "And Tim's really nice, usually. Don't let him fool ya."

Yessir. Dick laughs through his nose and settles against the tree before he starts carding his fingers through Jerel's hair. He closes his eyes.
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