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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:42 am

As odd as this visit was, as suspicious it was that no one would come near the table, it wasn't impossible that Mbeki didn't want anything from her, that Ramus came to the club for other reasons. But then why introduce her?

Cheryl smiled. "Of course not. Everyone's welcome at Mist, and we certainly hope to make all our customers comfortable. I hope I'm not interrupting your meeting."

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:50 am

There is a bit of a glint in Ramus' eyes, he has something in mind, or some sort of something... trickster, you have to remember he is that, but more then that, no matter how the others might feel about him and his clan. Mbeki, you do yourself shy, Cheryl, Mbeki is a wandering teacher of a sort and studies many odd and unusual things, and for some reason, this searching of the, shall we say, paranormal, has brought him to Portage... Mbeki gives a small bow as if being caught out on some secret, and looks slightly embarrassed.

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:57 am

A Kindred scholar? Cheryl's mind flashed to Adeyna and the Noddists. This was a surprising twist. [color=white]"Oh? I..."[color] Was this even legal from a Camarilla standpoint? She knew that there were Kine out there who knew about Kindred, at least from what she'd heard, but she got the feeling that Mbeki could get in a lot of trouble for poking around like this. Unless he wasn't here about Kindred at all and was only interested in all the various happenings in the city. "Well then. Portage has certainly been getting plenty of...strange activity lately. I'm hardly the most interesting person to ask about...paranormal things, though."

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:06 am

Mbeki gives you another grin at this, again those pure white teeth as he shakes his head. Ramus had said you were friendly enough, I collect stories more then anything, so many things are stories which should not be lost to time or taint. A nod from the trickster as he leans back and spins his coin again before putting it away and fiddling with the buttons on his jacket.

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:15 am

"Oh." Cheryl couldn't figure out why she felt more put on the spot now than if they'd asked for something less accessible. Perhaps it was the more personal nature of the request. It made her feel cynical when the brief thought occurred to her that "stories" could tell a lot without meaning to, and Mbeki might be interested in much more. She was very conscious of Ramus' presence next to her when she replied, "My statement could still stand, in that case. I haven't had much time to...gather too many stories. I traveled a lot until recently, mostly trying to avoid...paranormal things."

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:16 am

Avoid, search, it seems we are of a form of yin and yang as our Eastern cousins may say. Again that wide smile. Perhaps then stories of travel, places you have been, humour a wandering man so lost from home, over tea?

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:21 am

He was just so damn friendly and personable. Cheryl glanced at Ramus, getting the feeling that he was as curious to hear her stories as Mbeki was. She sighed and leaned back in her seat, giving the scholar a small nod. "I can't talk much longer right now; I'm only on break."

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:23 am

Ah yes, I hope I do not cause you concern with your work. He nods, his head lowering as if in a bow, folding his hands. We make perhaps another time that is not to cause trouble?

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:30 am

She was making illicit plans to meet a Kine who wanted to hear Kindred stories. Yet it wasn't really illicit, except maybe by Camarilla standards. All of a sudden, Cheryl felt like laughing at the turn her night had taken. There had just been a severe attack, the Sabbat were coming out, people were hurt or dead, and she was arranging tea time to talk about her travels. "Sure. Why not. And don't worry, I still have a few minutes left to sit down. Um...I have some time after work, or another night..."

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:36 am

Whatever time is best for you Miss Cheryl, I do not wish to impose upon you. Ramus gives a small nod at this and glances at you, clearly not sure of something, perhaps your seriousness in talking or the timing.

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:46 am

Cheryl caught Ramus' look and floundered, opening her mouth to say - something, but then no words came out. She waved her hand with some embarrassment and pushed her hair back behind her ear. "I'm sorry, it's just...this is a little odd for me. I feel like I'm practically setting up a job interview. It's so...unusually normal. Anyway, if you have the time after I get off shift, we can talk then. I can meet you somewhere, or otherwise I leave the club from the door in the alley. Or we can keep talking here."

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:49 am

Perhaps we shall come back to meet you here at end of your shift? He looks to Ramus who nods slightly then back to you with a smile. I know of place for good tea.

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:53 am

So Ramus would indeed be joining them. She couldn't tell whether that was a relief or not. Maybe he was more than just an escort for Mbeki, or had promised to keep him safe, or felt obligated to keep him safe around other Kindred that he exposed the scholar to, terrifying as Cheryl knew she could be.

"Sure, that would be great." She smiled to reassure them both that she was all right with this and slid out of the booth. "If that's that, then I guess I should get back for now. I'll see you later."

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:01 am

A nod from both of them and back into the workplace, more questions then not, and well it just seems one thing after another these nights. The rest of the shift goes by, the two men leaving and once again, Mbeki seems hard to really see, even though you know what he looks like, as they leave.

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:04 am

Cheryl squinted after them and second-guessed her second guess that Mbeki was just a Kine. There was something about him. Or maybe it was just the lighting. Either way, she'd hear more about him later on. For now it was back to work, and she hoped that the rest of her shift would be relatively uneventful.

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:05 am

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:16 am

The rest of the time was all drinks, tricks, and flirts, which helped her relax. That was important to hold onto if she didn't want to act so awkwardly again later on, which she didn't. Even assuming they were really just curious about her for curiosity's sake, that hypothetically Ramus was just showing around an acquaintance and Mbeki just wanted to hear some nice stories, Cheryl kept flashing back to the Gather, her absolute lack of anything impressive to contribute, and yet how comfortable she was telling Jarl all about herself. Was this how he felt when he talked to other people? And then there was the little voice in her head, one that sounded almost like Jonathon, telling her that people who gathered information were hardly harmless, even if their intentions might be innocent.

At the end of her shift, she was still uncertain but readier not to act like a spaz. She changed into her t-shirt and jacket but kept on her work slacks, unsure where Ramus and Mbeki might take her for tea so late at night (but she was not suspicious). Cheryl took a deep breath and pushed open the door to the alley, exiting into the night.

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:22 am

Evening Cheryl. Two single words from the shadows beside the back door, a voice you know very, very well... Jonathon.

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:28 am

She couldn't help herself. It was so reflexive to spin in the direction of the voice and reel away from it a few steps, her balance transferring to the balls of her feet, her hands splaying at her sides and rising slightly. Her expression must have been something between surprise, fright, and maybe a little sadness. Strangely enough, the first thing that went through her mind was whether Ramus and Mbeki had set this up, and why? She came out through the alley after work every night. There was no need to go to such elaborate lengths.

"Jonathon?" Her voice had the slightest tremor.

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:30 am

Am I that horrifying to come across, after I've come all this way? Aren't you happy to see an old friend?He moves a bit, no longer the lumpy shadow, but a familiar form, face, movement, he is there and you are here... even knowing that he was coming, warned as it were, its just. Ramus wouldn't have, would he?

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:39 am

Cheryl clutched the strap of her bag, her expression settling from surprise into the sadness she felt, thinking of how he'd taken care of her, all the time he spent with her father, his emails that said he didn't know why she'd left and the ones they used to send to each other when she was still in culinary school. Thinking about him was one thing, but seeing him again, here in front of her...

But she was still cautious. Why shouldn't she be? He was the one who taught her to be careful, inasmuch as he wanted her to be. She barely knew where to begin, and setting up even ground was a good place to attempt a start. "Jonathon...why now? Why like this?" She gestured at the alley around them and was quietly surprised by the sincerity of her curiosity. After a whole month, why this ambush?

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:41 am

You wanted dinner and a movie? His voice is soft, though an undertone of something else. I've been waiting on you... and then when your little home town decided to blow up, I didn't think waiting was prudent any more. Waiting on you, to do what, come back, was that it, he was waiting for you to return to him?

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:51 am

Her jaw clicked shut when he mentioned the town "blowing up." She looked down and shifted in place, feeling once more very young and more than a little guilty, even if she wasn't sure that she needed to feel guilty.

"I'm alright," she said quietly and bit her lip. A second passed in silence. "I was waiting for you to show up. I thought that was...I mean, considering you were following me already..."

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:52 am

A bit of a smile, another step forward. Waiting for me hmm, I suppose I was being a bit distant... forgive an old man?

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PostSubject: Re: Mist: Back to Work   Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:09 am

She wanted to hug him. He looked exactly the same, sounded exactly the same. She wasn't the same, though. Portage had taught her things he never did, and it taught her that he should have been the one to teach them to her. It didn't stop the lump from rising in her throat. It stung almost like a physical blow, like embarrassment, when he said things like her home town after everything he'd taught her about being a wanderer, like that he was being distant when he was the one who sent emails without getting any answers. She wasn't the same, but she remembered very well who she used to be.

Cheryl raised her arm in a half shrug and let it fall back to her side. When she spoke again, her voice shook harder. "Why follow me for so long? After you left me for...left me for dead so many times." And there it was. He wanted to talk about forgiveness, and she wondered if he even knew how much that would dredge up.

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