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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:42 pm

The Manticore.

Alex was, as always, sitting at his table. His music was going, playing some soft rock song that he was into at the moment. There was a book in his hands. Something old and in a language no one knew how to speak anymore.

He wasn't alone. Morgan's now teenage daughter was sitting with him, her homework taking up part of his table. He didn't mind. He liked her. She was sweet. Morgan though, not so much. He was quite wary of him. While he could easily help Morgan with all the information he could ever want on just who had killed his wife and what needed to be done about it, he would never talk, for the man was insane and wouldn't be nice about getting that information at all.

Drake, while not anywhere near as bad as his father, was still an annoyance that Alex preferred not to deal with. So he ignored him for the most part too.

Aya was sat on the table. She picked up one of Hikari's books and looked at it for just a moment. "What is this?" It wasn't obvious to most that Aya had never been taught how to read.
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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:42 pm

"That one?" Hikari said and moved it so she could look at the cover. "English lit text book. But I'm doing a paper on Shakespeare. You want to see that one? This one is so dull," she said and found the Much Ado About Nothing book she was reading and handed it to Aya.

Morgan was at the bar with his son, Strife and Wolf. He was watching the succumbra with his daughter very closely.

"Dad are you going to ask, or what?" Drake said and smacked his dad on the arm while he looked embarrassed at the others. "Sorry."

Wolf was watching Hikari with Alex and Aya. He didn't like it. Not at all. "What? No, it's fine."
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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:42 pm

Aya took the book and looked at the cover. "What is it about?" she asked. She knew that Morgan was watching them and she didn't really care. She just sat up a little straighter and crossed one leg over the other. She was dressed as skimpily as usual but at least this time she had a a top on. Often she didn't.

"It's an old time romantic comedy," Alex said. "But Hikari can tell you more as she's the one reading it." He was pointedly ignoring Morgan and the ones sitting with him.

Strife chuckled as he watched Morgan and Wolf. He thought the two of them were just too funny. He took a drink of his beer. "Ah, whatcha need, Morgan?" he asked.
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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:42 pm

"Can you read?" Hikari asked curiously. Though Aya in general was so distracting. Like damn.

"She can't. I've been meaning to teach her, but I haven't had time." Jes said with a small shrug. He was watching them.

"I'll read it to you, if you like?" Hikari offered.

"Oh, we are on a mission. We heard that kid knew shit. But he won't answer his. We've recently stumbled across a nest of shape-shifters nearby." Morgan started.

But Wolf was interested then. "need help?"

"No...."
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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:42 pm

"Oh I'd like it if you did," Aya said with a smile. "The old language is just so beautiful..." She liked hearing it. The only one who ever spoke it was Alex, but he knew pretty much all the languages, new and old.

Strife thought about that. They didn't want help. They just wanted answers. "So you want us to ask Alex for you then?" he asked. Alex would not talk to Morgan. He was quite apparent with his dislike for the man. It was just as obviously mutual.
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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:42 pm

"Okay, it's pretty funny. I like it." Hikari said with a smile, she started to read it. Even Jes listened. He didn't get time to read. So stories were interesting to him.

"Yeah, pretty much." Morgan said, he wasn't bothered. He didn't like Alex. He was weird. He wasn't human. And that was important.

"Nah," Wolf said and popped a nut into his mouth. "You ask him. And you gotta ask him real nice and as these shapeshifters are in our town. We get to help."

Morgan stared at Wolf.

Wolf stared back.

The tension filled the club like smoke, thick and heavy. Drake felt awkward, he liked these guys but hunters generally didn't trust each other. For fair reasons.
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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:42 pm

Alex turned down his music to listen to her read. He loved listening to others read as well. As the God of Knowledge, anyone who loved to read, to learn, were people he tended to like and favor. He set his own book down.

Aya understood just enough of the older way of talking to know what was going on in the story. It was quite silly and she loved the banter between the boy and girl.

Strife could feel the tension as much as Drake. But he agreed with Wolf. Morgan needed to get over it and ask Alex himself. "Alex has been here a long time and he's never hurt a hunter or given them bad info."

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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:43 pm

Hikari felt a little weird being the one to read to adults. But she didn't mind it. She leaned against Alex a little as she did so.

Morgan still didn't speak. He would have only insulted them all by being too honest.

Drake agreed with them though. He just did. "So, maybe we should have some lunch together and discuss our plan? You always feel better after food, dad. You're like a bear sometimes when you're hungry..."

"All right." Morgan replied, though he didn't really want to do this.

"The manticore sells mostly bar food. Burgers and fries, etc. You'll enjoy it." Wolf replied, he'd join them. But only to be sure.

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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:43 pm

Alex put his arms around Hikari while she read so that she'd be a little more comfortable. He was always reading but it was nice to listen to someone else do it for a chance. While his favored Hunters were pretty smart, they didn't read to him. (Except for maybe Bobby.)

"There's been a few recent healthy additions but not much," Strife added, acting like the tension just wasn't there. He didn't say that Alex was the reason they were carrying any healthy dishes, because apparently the kid could only take so much of bar food all the time.
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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:43 pm

Hikari was very comfortable. She was smiling happily as she read. She didn't get a lot of comfort from the people in her life. So she enjoyed it when she got it.

"What? That's like going to a hooker for a hug," Drake said and Morgan snorted.

Wolf laughed, but he waved over Maggie. "Burgers all around, plus Aya and Alex's favourites." He ordered and she nodded and disappeared off to do it.
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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:43 pm

Alex knew that. He knew she wouldn't find the normal sort of comfort. He couldn't exactly replace the mother she had lost but he could be a friend. He had tried to hard back then to save their family but ultimately he'd failed.

Strife laughed. "You're not wrong," he said to Drake. "But not all fiends can stomach all of our foods. Different types need different kinds." He wasn't a Tamer but he did know a lot about the fiends now, thanks to Alex.
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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:43 pm

Hikari didn't know and even if she did, she wouldn't blame Alex. But she paused reading to drink some of her soda, "sorry."

"Oh I know that," Drake said, because he fed his pikachu and his charmander very different food. "But I meant for humans."

"Agreed," Wolf said, he'd never understand vegans and vegetarians. He wouldn't judge them but he wouldn't get it either.
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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:43 pm

"Don't be sorry," Aya said. "Reading sounds like thirsty work." Her saying thirsty was a little too suggestive. But everything that came out of her mouth sounded suggestive. That was just the nature of her kind.

"Oh you got me there," Strife said. "Meat is delicious. I don't get people who won't eat it. Unless, you know, they got something wrong with their bodies where they can't."
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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:43 pm

Hikari snorted and soda came out of her nose. It was so embarrassing, but also hilarious.

"Oh dear," Jes said and handed her a napkin. "It's pretty obvious that Hikari is into you, Aya. Your suggestiveness got to her." He laughed.

"Well yeah, she's hot." Hikari giggled as she wiped off the sofa from her nose and face. Too funny. "Can you blame me?"

"No, not at all." Jes grinned.

"I think I'd die." Drake said, if he couldn't eat meat. That would be the worst. He'd be so hungry it was ridiculous.

"Same." Wolf said, with a laugh. But then Maggie came back with their table number. She'd bring the food back. "Get drinks and we will go sit"
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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:43 pm

Aya laughed. "Oh but I can't blame her either. She's so pretty..." She reached out and touched Hikari just a little. She didn't do anything bad. Just brushed back some hair from the teen's face.

Strife ordered drinks for them all. And he helped to carry them too. He didn't forget about those at the table.
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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:43 pm

Hikari would have blushed if Aya had been a boy, but she wasn't. So instead she just grinned. "You can totally flirt with me when my dad has gone." She laughed.

Jes snorted, "there is a many evil eyes happening. Because Alex is hugging her and because you just touched her. Let's not get into trouble, my lovelies."

Drake would help to carry everything. He could feel the anger radiating from his dad. Alex and the succumbra had both touched on Hikari. He personally didn't care, but his dad would.

Wolf was just jealous. He couldn't explain why, he just was. Hikari was too sweet and cute. Someone Alex would like a lot, because she was a good person. Ugh. Stupid teens.

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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:44 pm

"Aren't you a little young for me to flirt with?" Aya asked. She knew that Hikari was not considered fully grown by human standards but she wasn't actually sure when it was okay for them to be intimate.

"What?" Alex asked and looked over at Wolf. "Awww." He didn't know why it pleased him that Wolf was a bit jealous. He thought it was cute. He wouldn't do anything with Hikari but give her hugs and affection she didn't get at "home".

Strife kept a straight face and didn't laugh as he watched Morgan glowering and Wolf glaring at the table.
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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:44 pm

"I mean, maybe." Hikari laughed, but she wasn't a noob, "I've had girlfriends. We've done all the things."

"It's totally okay, unless you're like over the age of 29. Are you, Aya?" Jes said, hoping he wasn't.

Drake was amused too. But he mostly didn't know what to do about it. He didn't know what to do.

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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:44 pm

"Oh no, not even close. I'm ten," Aya said cheerfully. "So that's okay then." She had no idea. She really didn't. But fiends did not mature even close to the same as humans did. It differed with the fiend though.

Alex started laughing so hard. He'd known her age the whole time but he just knew that the humans were going to freak the fuck out now.

"Don't worry about it," Strife said. "It's good for people to feel protective every now and then." Or so he thought. But fuck, he was going to die just as much as Alex from laughing soon.
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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:44 pm

"Alex!" Jes said, super surprised and suddenly feeling a little sick. He couldn't handle it. It wasn't good. "Am I a pedo now? Please, serious answers. No jokes, this is really important."

Even Hikari balked. That was a bit much. She sipped her drink again awkwardly.

"Hm, to a point. My dad is a bit..." Drake shut up and shrugged. But then he took the drinks. The ones that had arrived. "Different."

"we are all different." Wolf laughed.
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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:44 pm

Alex had to take a few breaths to be calm enough to answer properly. Her wasn't even this amused. He just didn't laugh at anything. It was rare if he even smiled or got excited about something. But right now he was near crying from trying not to laugh. He calmed himself. "You are not a pedo," he said seriously. "Once evolved, she is fully matured. You're fine. I wouldn't have let you proceed without warning otherwise."

"Yeah but I don't think he means different in a good way," Strife said, still acting casual but kind of meaning it. Morgan was kind of...obsessed. Not in a good way. But he wouldn't act anything but normal around the guy.
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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:49 pm

"Oh thank god," Jes said and put a hand on his face. He didn't mean to react like that, but it was a big deal.

"Agreed. So yes, when my dad is gone, continue." Hikari said, but it would have been awkward as fuck. Oh dear.

Drake made a shush gesture. His dad was distracted, but only for a minute and he didn't want to have to deal with the fallout.

"So are we ready to sit?" Wolf said, changing the subject. Morgan merely grunted. But Wolf walked off anyway, Drake following behind him. He literally squeezed in next to Alex and made sure that they were all jostled. So Hikari got the fuck off his boyfriend.

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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:49 pm

See, this is where Alex might have kissed his boyfriend's cheek to reassure him that he didn't need to feel jealous or anything. But that's not what happened because Alex was shy. "Hi," he said quietly, and said nothing against Hikari being pushed off his lap.

Aya slipped off the table and onto Jes' lap then since the others were joining them. She said nothing to them as they did. If they wanted to talk then they would. But she especially didn't even look at Morgan. He was not a nice man.

Strife shushed and just took his usual seat.
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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:49 pm

"I ordered you and aya food. Your favourites." Wolf said, very much being all you know I'm the best boyfriend, you shit.

Drake sat next to Hikari and Morgan placed himself where he could watch them all and the room at the same time, his gun resting on his leg.

"I was just reading to Alex, Aya and Jes." Hikari explained, because she felt she had to justify her every move. Her dad didn't say anything though. "Should I pause until after food?"

Jes wrapped his arms around Aya's waist and kissed her cheek. He hoped Alex wouldn't tell the others. But you never knew.
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Post by Cedahlia on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:49 pm

Alex was actually pretty tempted because none of them got to laugh very much. But now was not the time. He didn't want to talk very much at all. Not in front of Morgan. He could feel the man's hatred all the way from the bar, let alone now when he was just a few seats away.

"You're sweet," Alex said quietly to Wolf. "Thank you."
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