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Belle ([personal profile] provincialbelle) wrote2012-03-08 03:50 pm
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It felt strange to be lingering in her workplace, waiting for someone to exchange stories with. Normally, she saw people exchanging goods and services, but this was a first for her. She couldn't lie -- she found the idea interesting and fantastical. Belle had warned Jacob that she'd be home late from her shift and the moment she was done singing, she had a glass of wine in hand, waiting at the bar for Nick.

Maybe it would be good for her, too. Sometimes, she still felt like her old life was strange and crazy. Maybe if she had the opportunity to talk about it with someone besides Jacob, she wouldn't feel quite so isolated. After all, only Jacob truly knew the whole story. This was a good idea, she thought. And, if nothing else, it meant she would get her fair share of stories from him, too.
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[personal profile] darkest_hunter 2012-03-08 09:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Tempted though he'd been to check on Dairine before coming back to the club, he didn't. Last thing she needed was to be cut off mid-tidal energy research by 6'4" mother hen clucking at her to eat.

Instead he'd just peeked in, then made himself scarce before she saw him, laughing and calling himself an idiot all the way to the Catscratch. The smiles were just automatic lately. Ever since he told Dairine everything - good, bad, ugly, and terrifiying - he'd felt a hundred pounds lighter. And that lightness showed on his face in an easy smile and an engaging laugh.

When he saw Belle with a glass in hand, he swung by the bar for a beer before joining her at the table. "Belle," he greeted her with a kiss to the cheek, same way he greeted pretty much every female but Bay (because she'd probably bite his ear off if he tried.) "It's good to see you again. How's the archery going?"
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[personal profile] darkest_hunter 2012-03-09 02:36 am (UTC)(link)
Nick held up his beer bottle and grinned. "One step ahead of you. And sorry if I was off about the greeting," he said as he dropped into a chair opposite her, easily picking up on her discomfort. "It's just how I've always greeted female friends. Part shameless flirt, part bastardized French roots. Don't hold it against me?"
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[personal profile] darkest_hunter 2012-03-09 03:17 am (UTC)(link)
"Oui, les hommes peuvent être comme ça. Cochons," Nick answered in French automatically in response to her slip. "Je ne vais pas laisser cela se reproduire. Promesse."
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[personal profile] darkest_hunter 2012-03-10 02:54 am (UTC)(link)
"Je peux imaginer," Nick smiled back, then switched to English. "Though you'll probably thank me for not using the French I grew up with. To call it bastardized is being generous."
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[personal profile] darkest_hunter 2012-03-11 04:54 am (UTC)(link)
"Grew up in New Orleans," he said easily, the city name sounding more like nawlins. "My ancestors started out in France, landed in Canada, then were sent down t' Louisiana. To the North, they're Acadians, but those of us in the South, we became Cajuns. And really messed up the French in the process," he laughed. "Made it a little lazier I guess you could say."
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[personal profile] darkest_hunter 2012-03-12 03:40 am (UTC)(link)
"And if no one felt like that, we'd all be living in one part of the earth with the rest of it left unpopulated, so I'd say you're in very good company." He took another sip from his beer and nodded. "And I promised to tell you a little bit about my world to add to your interest in other ones, right?"
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[personal profile] darkest_hunter 2012-03-13 12:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Nick couldn't stop the smile. "That's tricky since I have a few if them," he said, then clarified. "Worlds, I mean. From my human one, New Orleans, it'd be the culture. From food to music, from street artists, to tarot stands, to open markets. You can have a voodoo shop across the street from a Catholic church and no one says anything because that's just the way it is."

He took a small sip from the beer at his hand. This one was a little harder, because he wasn't about to scare her with the truth. "From my non human one, the powers. Strength, speed, powerful hearing and sight. And for a while, it was fun to give the tourists outside Anne Rice's house a flash of a fang and really make them wonder."
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[personal profile] darkest_hunter 2012-03-15 03:19 pm (UTC)(link)
"Hard to say since they're wrapped up together," Nick said. "I miss the strength and speed, I really miss being able to flash out when I want to. To go to Artie's temple and just be at peace for awhile. But those are the only parts of that life I miss. I definitely miss New Orleans more."
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[personal profile] darkest_hunter 2012-03-18 05:00 am (UTC)(link)
"Very true," Nick grinned, leaning back. "Actually wish I'd known you were curious about it. A few nights before the big Mardi Gras party, Dairine and I made gumbo in the Compound kitchens. As traditional as I could make it with the limited stuff we have here and it was still pretty damned good. Then there's the coffee, hot and a strong, made from chickory. Red beans and rice, Jambalaya, dirty rice mudbugs."

Nick sighed, then laughed. "Damn. Now I'm hungry."
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[personal profile] darkest_hunter 2012-03-19 03:42 am (UTC)(link)
Nick grinned. "I think we'll have to wait until New Years Eve to have what I'm hungry for, though. You can get close to that stuff here, but to make it right you need the spices and mixes you can only get there. For now, I just try to think about it too much."

He took a nano-drink from his bottle then nodded at her. "Your turn now. Tell me something about your world."
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[personal profile] darkest_hunter 2012-03-21 02:10 am (UTC)(link)
And Nick had spent more time that was proper with Marissa Hunter on his lap and tapes in her VCR. One of them starred all of those, as well as a young girl named Belle.

Well. At least Dari'd prepared him for stuff like this, enough so that he didn't react at all.

"What's making you question it, if I'm not being incredibly nosy by asking?"
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[personal profile] darkest_hunter 2012-03-21 06:31 pm (UTC)(link)
The fact that he knew differently didn't matter. It was what she knew that was important. "I wouldn't say your feelings don't matter, Belle, they always matter." He laughed a little. "Even if sometimes you wished they wouldn't matter quite so much. So you were on your way home when you showed up here?"
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[personal profile] darkest_hunter 2012-03-22 08:02 pm (UTC)(link)
It always made him feel good to hear about the long-timers, the natives. Something he so very much wanted to be. "What's it like, being here so long? I mean, do you still miss the same things from home that you did when you were still new to the island?"

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