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1 Date Night on Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:33 pm

After failing to return to Marnin after Lavellan called me away, there's no small a mount of guilt motivating me as I gather the stack of ingredients from the seat beside me on the trolley to get off at the next stop. 

I can't explain it, but there's something about Lavellan I find intoxicatingly hard to resist. Although, that inability to resist never feels quite as enthralling the morning after. This time, it took me two days to work up the nerve to return to Marnin's house, confident I no longer smelled of this other man. 

And I return bearing gifts. It took nearly all day yesterday, but I was able to gather what was left of my busking baubles and sell them to various shops on the switch of shops just before Marnin's shop, earning enough coin to buy the ingredients for a proper meal. A meal Marnin still owes me, to be precise. I even had a bit left over to get a beautiful white wine that should pair well with the fish in the bag on my side. 

Making my way up to his front door, I can't help but feel that guilt trickling back up my throat as I silently wonder if Lavellan will be interrupting our night again, and I dig my hang into my pocket to fidget with my phone absently. It's a new phone, decidedly different from the style Richard had given me, and one I'd gotten with Lavellan's help so I no longer have to worry with hiding it. 

No, this phone is a work phone, so Lavellan can contact me about the shop. Or, at least, that's it's official use, and only use so far. 

Switching the ringer off, I step up to the threshold and knock.

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2 Re: Date Night on Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:54 pm

I curse under my breath as the knock catches me off guard. A feeling of guilty panic washes over me as I clutch at the swinging bag, my shirt sticking to the sweat on my back as I wince at the pain in my hands. I've been gentle, mostly kicking at the bag, but I can't help the feeling of guilt at having been caught hitting the bag after being expressly forbidden from doing so by both John, Vienna, and Ljuba.

I scramble to clean up, quickly peeling off my shirt and mopping up the sweat before hurrying for the stairs as I start peeling off the tape from my tender knuckles. I'm already at the landing when I remember the tape on my ankles, another curse whispering out under my breath as bite my lip and hesitate just shy of the door.

"Fuck," I breathe as Ljuba knocks again, my heart skipping a bit as I brush it off. Maybe she won't notice. Plastering on my best smile, I open the door. "Hey! I wasn't expecting you, sorry."

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3 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:00 am

I smile broadly when he opens the door, though it falters at his sweaty and disheveled appearance. 

"Yeah, sorry, I should've let you know, but..." I start, slowing as I frown at the realization his hands look used and his ankles taped. "Marn," I whine softly, "They're gonna clear you in just a few weeks, you're going to hurt yourself!"

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4 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:04 am

"I wasn't -," I start before gesturing down at my feet with a whine. "I was kicking! My feet are fine!"

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5 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:11 am

"You can't just kick," I say sharply, looking up at him as I adjust the bag on my side. 

"I just don't want you to really hurt yourself, but..." I sigh, "I'm not here to babysit you. I brought dinner!" I say halfheartedly, "It does require a bit of assembly, though...

"And wine!" I add, grabbing the bag with one arm as I dig in and grab the bottle out as though he could see it, "To celebrate! Lavellan hired me at one of his shops, so I have a proper job, with proper pay!"

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6 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:22 am

My expression twists, first from momentary excitement to immediate skepticism and disapproval.

"Lavellan hired you?" I frown, ushering her in so I can close the door. I try to sound at least a little excited, but I'm not sure I manage it as I offer to help her with her bags. "Doing what??"

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7 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:28 am

"Uhm, well the other day I just sort of stocked shelves and watched the man at the till, but this week I'll be running that, too." I say with a smile, hugging the bag to my front to give my hips a break as I go into the kitchen. 

"It's the one off on Willard Ave, by that blaggard owned bank." I continue, "It's a good job, Marn," I frown, "I'll be able to pay off all my bills by the third week of the month, now, instead of struggling."

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8 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:35 am

"Well, that's good," I concede, still frowning lightly as I follow her into the kitchen. "But don't let him talk you into doing anything you aren't comfortable with. Some of his shops aren't exactly reputable, if you know what I mean. The one at Willard isn't so bad, though. The gal that runs it is... interesting."

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9 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:38 am

"I don't think she was there," I shrug slightly, unpacking all of the items from the bag out onto the counter before turning back to him. 

"But enough about him and his shops, I want to celebrate, so come here."

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10 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:39 am

"I'm coming, I'm coming," I grouse as I join her at the counter, poking curiously at her bag as I raise an eyebrow. "What did you bring, anyway?"

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11 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:44 am

"You," I grin, reaching out to take one of his hands gingerly, "You are going to cook me baked trout. It's one of my favorites, and it's wonderful with a white wine.

"So, come here." I say as I pull his hand across the counter gently to the first parcel, "This is the trout, there's two in there. Then here," I say, moving to the next, "We have lemons, then the next is fennel bulbs and flowers." I say warmly as I look over at him, his arm wrapped in mine as I guide his hands over everything, "The bottles are olive oil and Pernod, for the fish. The last bottle is the wine I brought."

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12 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:54 am

"I was just about to complain about how I'm supposed to be cooking you dinner," I grin as I run my hand over everything, getting a feel for each item before nodding. "I think I can manage this. How'd you afford all of this anyway? Surely, you haven't gotten paid yet?"

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13 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 1:45 am

"No, I haven't," I say lightly, squeezing his hand fondly before releasing it and moving to put the wine in the fridge to chill, "But I had all those partial drops at my place. The ones I'd been saving for... I don't know, this, I guess.

"Some of them, especially those from Reach's End, went for a pretty good bit. I'm honestly a bit sour I'd been holding onto them, there were months where I was drinking broth and nothing but." I say with a slight laugh.

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14 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 1:47 am

"Wait, what?" I frown as I glance back in her direction. "You sold all your trinkets..? To buy dinner for me?"

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15 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 1:57 am

I frown as I shut the fridge, looking back at Marnin as I shrug. 

"Well, for us." I offer, "I wanted to celebrate, and I don't exactly have celebrating money so... Ya know, I found it. I've got no use for em, besides just sitting on my window sill." I say as I step towards him, reaching out to tangle my fingers in his,  "I feel like spending an evening with you is a far better use of them, don't you?"

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16 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:02 am

"I can't argue with that," I smile, a warm fondness spreading through me as I scoot closer to Ljuba. Winding an arm around her waist, I sneak in to place a soft kiss on her cheek before smiling at her.

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17 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:18 am

I smile fondly as his lips press to my cheek, squeezing his hand as I look up at him. 

"Now, you stink." I say sweetly, "So why don't you go take a shower, and I'll get everything down here sliced and prepped? Or... I don't know, go cut on that stereo and break into the wine?"

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18 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:21 am

"Every time I go shower and leave you with the food, you always wind up cooking," I accuse as I reach over to squeeze her hip before shoving her away. "You go away and drink your wine. I'll take a quick shower once its in the oven."

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19 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:36 am

Narrowing my eyes, I shake my head as I step away from the island to sit at the bar sans drink. 

"Liar." I say as I take my seat, "I'll drink my wine when you get in the shower."

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20 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:41 am

"Ugh, you love my manly musk, admit it," I scoff as I try to subtly sniff myself. Blegh. "Yeah, yeah, okay... you win, this time. But only because I want to get the tape off my feet."

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21 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:43 am

I only make a face as I watch him, smirking slightly. 

"I promise, I won't touch a thing in the kitchen aside from the wine." I say in offering as I stretch my arms across the island as I sprawl over it. "But hurry up, I'm hungry."

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22 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:45 am

"You could join me..?" I offer as I walk backwards toward the sitting room, a crooked grin on my lips.

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23 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:47 am

"Oh, no." I laugh, shaking my head, "I don't get naked before dinner, it's a personal rule. You understand."

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24 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:49 am

"That's a stupid rule," I chide as I twist around to waltz through the sitting room with a loud sigh. "Your loss! I have fizzy bath soap. Smells amazing!"

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25 Re: Date Night on Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:51 am

"Bath soap is pointless in a shower," I point out, twisting to look back at him, "You offered a shower, I suggested a shower. You changed the game!"

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