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Felix wasn’t strictly untruthful to Verity, and perhaps that’s good enough.

He is, after all, free. It’s just that rather than waiting to be sent off-duty, he waits until Stratos disappears into their home portal, then scribbles a note to say that it’s been six hours(!) and he needs food. He leaves it pinned beneath a rock at his desk.

How could that possibly backfire?

He’s delved into the streets of the Nexus before, but as usual it’s an education in architecture – and food, and commerce, and the entertaining arts. His map holds him true though. Aside from a bit of shock when he learns what an Escher bridge actually is, he makes it safely to the Fox and Crozier. It’s a surprisingly pleasant place, opening onto a tree-shaded yard of its own. The clink of glasses and murmur of pleasant conversation drift through the open doors. Rather impressed, Felix glances around the lane to check if Verity’s waiting outside before he heads in.

Date: 2015-09-14 12:15 am (UTC)
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Verity's inside, having claimed a table for them near a sunny window. She's got a very large book beside her, a pitcher of some kind of punch in front of her, and a glass of the same in her hands. She's not hard to spot, which is good since she's not watching the doors: the scene outside the window, of a horse complaining about the quality of the stables (there's a great deal of hoof-stomping), has captured her attention.

The friendly-looking hen at the front desk gives Felix a curious look when he comes in, but doesn't stop him if he goes straight through to the dining room.

Date: 2015-09-14 02:08 am (UTC)
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The hen's dealt with worse reactions, so she won't be making too much of a fuss about it and calls out a "Good afternoon dearie," in passing.

"Horses are argumentative where you come from?" Verity turns to Felix with a smile when he sits. "You're welcome. I'm glad it worked. Would you like some sangria?" She nods to the pitcher; there's an empty glass waiting for him. "I'm glad you could come."

Date: 2015-09-14 08:07 pm (UTC)
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She thinks he's joking, so he gets a sympathetic laugh. (Not a sympathy laugh, that would be different.) "You poor thing. Is the armor really uncomfortable?" She's never worn any, but it doesn't look like a good time to her.

There's a question she has to ask, though: "What's a skeever?"

Date: 2015-09-15 01:04 am (UTC)
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"That does sound uncomfortable. Hopefully, you can get some that fits properly soon." She's trying not to mention the skirt. Not that there's anything wrong with a man wearing a skirt. But it does amuse her.

"Rats the size of a dog? Ours aren't that big, thank goodness. I'm happy to have spared you." That's a frightening thought. She will surreptitiously draw her feet up onto the rung of her chair. "Since you just got off shift, you must be hungry. Do you want to order a meal before we break out the maps?"

Date: 2015-09-15 07:37 pm (UTC)
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"There's a smith down in the commercial district. Don't know how good he is, but it might be worth asking." There may be several smiths, and several more people named Smith. She's glad he's secure in his skirts. He can have them. She's very insecure wearing clothes that might suggest she wants to be looked at.

There's a slate with the day's menu written in colored chalks at the end of the table. Plenty of non-chicken meaty meals. There are even egg dishes--duck eggs. As far as Verity's been able to figure, you just don't ask people for food made out of anything too closely related to them. "I was thinking the shepherd's pie sounds good."

Date: 2015-09-16 08:21 pm (UTC)
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And an excuse to go back on information-gathering expeditions if he writes the report cleverly. General Tullius is going to want in on these strange and deadly new weapons. And he doesn't even know how much he needs an iPod yet, but if ever there was a man who needs a chance to get his groove on it's that Imperial bastard.

"A proper society has regular meetings, right?" She's all smiles at the idea of coming back. Having something to look forward to is extremely valuable to her right now. "And yeah, the real kind. If you're getting that maybe I'll get the braised rabbit. I've never had rabbit before." What his order has to do with hers is anyone's guess. And what kind of a place does she live where they don't have rabbit?

Date: 2015-09-18 05:56 pm (UTC)
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Hobnobbing and speeches? May the Nine spare them all. But Verity's generally of the opinion that everyone should dance more. And that's not just because she wants to dance more and has nobody to dance with.

They can both enjoy themselves for now and worry about the misunderstandings later. Hopefully, there won't be too many hurt feelings. "We can work our way down the menu this time if you want, but I don't think I could eat that much. What words? I know a lot about cooking, so I might be able to explain." She's pretty certain she can explain, but there's always the chance, in the Nexus, of the foreign words being really foreign.

Date: 2015-09-18 11:05 pm (UTC)
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There are autumnal holidays coming up that would be an excellent excuse for a Nexus dance. Just putting that out there.

"Keep taking the border patrol here and I'll make sure you eat well," she promises after a sympathetic tsking. Militaries mistreat their soldiers the same way everywhere it seems. She leans forward to look over the menu with him. "...okay, I don't know what 'kethna' is, but tagliatelle is a ribbon pasta. And goslingroot I'm going to guess is a vegetable? I'll have to find out next time I'm at the market."

Date: 2015-09-19 12:24 am (UTC)
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Someone will have to organize something.

It's always better to have the sympathy of the pretty girl, isn't it?

"Pasta... you don't... okay. Pasta is a dough that you roll out and cut into shapes, then let it air-dry for a while. When it's firm, you boil it in water. Usually, it's eaten with some kind of sauce, either tomato or cheese-based. I'll get that, so you can try some." Rabbit can wait.

Date: 2015-09-19 07:43 pm (UTC)
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Pastry shapes in sauce... that could be a thing. Sort of a savory bread pudding.

"No, we have rabbits, and people used to eat them frequently. They're considered pets now, and too cute to eat, I guess. There are all kinds of things people used to eat that we don't anymore. So, we'll both be brave?" She curls a hand under her chin and leans an elbow on the table. "I mean culinarily."

Date: 2015-09-19 10:16 pm (UTC)
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"It does," she agrees with a smile. She doesn't consider herself a brave person, in general, which is what prompted the clarification. He'll have to wonder until he asks because she's not going to admit something like that for just a look.

It's not hard to get one of the waitstaff to come over. There's a slate and a piece of chalk and an expectant look from a chicken person who might be in their teens. (It's always such a hard age.) "Braised rabbit for me, and goslingroot tagliatelle for him, please."

Date: 2015-09-20 08:33 pm (UTC)
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She'd be so embarrassed if she knew he thought she meant him. She's never been subtle about insults if she felt the need to give one. So that's... sort of a relief?

A Khajiit would probably sniff disdainfully at the fact food is acting like people now and then would stalk off to sulk about it. The waiter makes notes about the order, then taps the chalk on the slate thoughtfully. "We've got a nice Dwarven remembrance ale commemorating the victory at Innspa." A free rummage through the wine cellar is great until the bill comes and people start yelling, so the waiter's going to play it safe.

Date: 2015-09-20 11:20 pm (UTC)
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It's good one of them is patient and understanding. Verity's the sort of person that would cause an international incident if left alone with a Thalmor and would go to the block insisting it was the elf's fault for lying in the first place.

"Glorvardum, sir. Near Sunndi."

Verity doesn't recognize the names, and shrugs. "It sounds good. Thank you." The poor kid's there to take orders, not explain dwarves or geography. Once the waiter's gone she leans forward again. "You like dwarves?"

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