Part One: Dinner
Brigette: *sighs while waiting outside for everyone*
Etharas: *walks up and stops short at the sight of her* Ummm, hi. You look, amazing.
Brigette: *glances up* As do you.
Etharas: Why thank you. *smiles*
Chakor: *walks up*
Etharas: Gods, why is he here?!
Brigette: I don’t know… Why are you here, Chakor?
Chakor: Jesu invited me and Letarri to join the festivities.
*Jesu and Jenna approach the group, walking arm in arm*
Etharas: *clenches fist*
Brigette: *wince* I should have told you I invited Jenna and Jesu. Though I didn’t think they would invite MORE people.
Etharas: *smiles* No, no. I’m not upset about that. Yes, the MORE people… *sigh*
Jesu: *looking sheepish* Ah, hello
Chakor: Hello. Where is Letarri?
Jenna: Yeah, where is she?
Letarri: Right behind you.
Chakor: *puts hand over heart* Whoa.
Jenna: *jaw drops*
Letarri: *blushes and giggles*
Etharas: *holds breath*
Brigette: Um, you look lovely Letarri
Letarri: Thank you Brigette. You do too!
Chakor: *stares and forgets to breath*
Brigette: Let’s go inside…
Etharas: *shakes self* Yes, let’s. I’m famished. *wraps arm around Brigette’s waist and leads her inside*
Jesu: Breath, Chakor, breath!
Chakor: Of course. Ahem. *holds arm out to Letarri* Ready to eat?
Letarri: *hooks arm with his* Yes. *smiles*
Jenna: Yup, let’s go.
Letarri: Jenna, I love that dress. It looks lovely on you.
*a hostess shows them to their seat, a large booth in the back*
Jenna: Oh thanks. I don’t usually dress up. Yours is … wow. Is it heavy?
Letarri: *whispers to Jenna* It’s a traditional dress of Lizak, where Chakor is from. Oh no. It’s very comfortable and light.
Jenna: Oh no wonder Chakor nearly passed out, besides you looking drop-dead gorgeous in it! I love your hair too
Letarri: *giggles* Thanks. Anastasia did my hair for me. I normally don’t wear it up like this.
Brigette: *looks at the menu*
Chakor: So what is good to eat here? *opens a menu*
Etharas: *mutters* Some punch.
Jesu: *watches Jenna*
Brigette: *giggles* I assure you, none of you will get blood in your drinks unless you ask for it..
Letarri: *sighs in relief* No offense.
Brigette: None taken.
Jenna: *glances and menu and makes a face* I doubt it matters what I order, it will all taste the same to me, won’t it?
Letarri: I’m sorry Jenna.
Jenna: *sigh* It’s okay. I just miss the way food taste. I can still remember what it’s like to have big juicy burger.
Letarri: Would it make you feel better if I ordered my food with no spices?
Jenna: *laugh* Oh no, you don’t have to do that! You enjoy your food, get whatever you want
Letarri: *laugh* Okay.
Brigette: *orders a strawberry daiquiri with “bite”*
Letarri: What is a daiquiri?
Brigette: An alcoholic drink the humans made up.
Letarri: Oh. *ponders* I think I might try one. *orders a strawberry daiquiri*
Chakor: I’ll just have a beer or ale to drink, please.
Etharas: *grumbles* I’ll have the same.
Jesu: *orders a bloody mary, hold the liquor*
Brigette: *traces Etharas’ pecks with her fingertip* So how are things?
Etharas: *smirks* Better now.
Chakor: Really. We are the table.
Etharas: Back off Chakor. I’m on a date.
Jenna: How are things in the faery lands?
Etharas & Chakor: Fine.
Jenna: Uh … I was talking to Lettari.
Letarri: *nervous giggle* They are well Jenna. Anastasia is still editing book 1 but it’s coming along nicely.
Jenna: Oh good
Letarri: How are things for you? I hear JD is finished with the editing for your book?
Jenna: Yes, and she plans to write the 2nd installment in November. We’re very excited. And nervous.
Letarri: Yes. I think Anastasia will still write book 2 in November also, even if Book 1 isn’t fully completed.
Jenna: That’s great!
Letarri: Why nervous? Is JD as evil as Anastasia?
Jesu: *chuckles* I’m afraid so. I worry about what she has planned for Jenna… *takes Jenna’s hand*
Letarri: I’m nervous too. But I already know what happens in book 2.
Jesu: You never know, Ana could change things
Letarri: Oh I hope not! I love what happens. *smiles*
Chakor: Well what happens that is so great?
Letarri: *smiles* Nothing.
Jenna: And I am still in the dark about what happens. I don’t understand why J.D. won’t tell me…
Chakor: I don’t believe you.
Jesu: You’ll find out soon enough.
Letarri: Well I found out by accident. I happened to see her notes the other day as she was cleaning her desk.
Jenna: That’s not fair though.
Jenna: I want to be prepared for whatever hellish nightmare she throws at me.
Letarri: Don’t think of it as a hellish nightmare – more of ….an adventure. *smiles*
Jesu: Do not worry about it, I will be there to save you always…
Letarri: Um, Jesu. I don’t think that type of statement puts her mind as ease.
Brigette: *whispers to no one* I’m gonna puke if they keep taking like that.
Jenna: Yeah, Jesu, what do I need saving from?
Etharas: *whispers to Brigette* If you do puke, just aim over there. *points away from himself then smiles*
Jesu: I just meant that you need not worry, that’s all
Brigette: *rolls her eyes* *sips her drink*
Chakor: *leans toward Letarri’s ear* You look stunning in that dress.
Letarri: *blushes* Thank you. You are very handsome as well.
Jenna: *heard* Aww
Etharas: *fake chokes*
Brigette: Lean that way *points* not on the dress, please.
Jesu: And Jenna, you do look … stunning.
Etharas: *fake chokes on Brigette then laughs*
Brigette: *mocking voice* Etharas, did I tell you how utterly pretty you look?
Etharas: *bats eyelashes, wistful voice* Oh really? Why thank you! That just made my day!
Chakor: *quirks brow*
Brigette: That dress, it brings out you eyes perfectly! If I wasn’t such a gentlemen, I’d ravage you right about now
Etharas: *high pitched voice and silly giggle* Oh you nasty beast!
Jenna: What the ….?
Letarri: I don’t know.
Letarri: *shifts in seat*
Etharas: *wipes tear from eye* Brigette that was great. I needed a laugh like that.
Brigette: *nods* any time
Jesu: *raises an eyebrow*
Brigette: *takes a deep breath* So Etharas, what do you do?
Etharas: I’m a Prince, but I won’t inherit the throne. In my land, the oldest daughter in herits so my sister will become Queen.
Brigette: Really? Are females the dominate gender there?
Etharas: It’s not that they are dominate. It’s just our law. My land is the only one like that though. The other thrones are all inherited by the oldest son.
Brigette: What about daughters of common families, do they inherit their fathers’ money and property? Or should I say, their mother’s?
Etharas: No. The only time the oldest daughter inherits anything is Princess to Queen.
Etharas: And it really just means her husband rules the kingdom. It’s very backwards. *nods* But, it’s the way we live.
Brigette: Ah, I see.
Etharas: She can be Queen but she can’t really own her own land. Extra care is taken to choose a husband for the Princess in order to have a good King.
Jenna: *whispers to Letarri* That explains a lot … his “backward” morels about women…
Letarri: *whispers back* I don’t know. That might be part of it. But I think something goes much deeper, something personal.
Jesu: Does the princess get to choose who she marries?
Etharas: No. Her parents choose for her.
Etharas: In fact, most women don’t get to choose where we are from.
Jenna: Sounds barbaric.
Letarri: It’s really not Jenna. And that rule doesn’t start until a woman is 50 years old. Etharas left that part out.
Jesu: Many human cultures follow that rule as well
Etharas: Yes, but how many faena’s do you know Letarri that married before their 50th birthday? Hmm?
Letarri: One. My sister. *nods*
Jenna: I don’t understand. Are they allowed to marry before they are 50?
And then what? They have to divorce the guy when it’s time for the parents to choose?
Letarri: Oh yes. But most don’t. We have much schooling to master our powers so much of our time is spent learning and studying – not real time for a relationship. Oh no! Once they are married, that is a final decision and the parents no longer have a say. The parents only choose a husband for their daughters if they are not yet married by the time they reach age
Jenna: Oh, I get it now. There’s a time cap to choose their own husband.
Letarri: Yes, exactly.
Jenna: But wow, that’s a lot of pressure! Sure 50 years is a long time, but I bet it’s nothing when trying to find the ONE
Letarri: *laugh* It is a long time, Jenna. And so many things happen in that amount of time. But you’re right. The pressure is there. That is why it is still rare to find a woman who marries a man she chose.
Jenna: I’m glad I didn’t grow up any place that required me to choose a husband. No offense.
Letarri: None taken. *shrug* It is how we live and so we see nothing wrong with it. Especially when we do have a choice – at least for a time. It’s our own fault if we don’t use it.
Brigette: *sips her drink*
Chakor: I’d lock my daughter up until her 50th birthday. That why I can be certain she is with the right man. *laugh*
Jenna: *wince* That’s horrible!
Letarri: *swats Chakor’s shoulder* Oh stop it! That’s just silly. It was just a joke Jenna.
Jenna: Oh god, okay good.
Etharas: *sighs and leans back against the booth, resting his arm across the back*
Jesu: Vampires laws are very different from the fae it seems
Brigette: *glances at Etharas*
Etharas: *quirks eyebrow at Brigette in question*
Brigette: *licks her lips*
Etharas: *lightly rubs thumb across the back of Brigettes neck*
Brigette: *leans into Etharas slightly*
Jesu: *bites his lip*
Etharas: *tilts head toward Brigette and quirks brow again*
Jenna: Ah …. right …
Brigette: *blushes slightly and glances at her hands*
Etharas: *smirks, pulls Brigette close his side with one arm and plants a harsh kiss on her lips*
Brigette: *glances at Jesu out the corner of her eye brifly, then kisses Etharas back*
Letarri: *blushes and turns away*
Jenna: Wow … *looks away*
Chakor: We are in a public place for crying out loud.
Etharas: *leans back with Brigette still close to his side* Jealous Chakor?
Brigette: *lets her hand rest on Etharas’ thigh
Letarri: Ahem *nervous giggle* So when does this movie start?
Brigette: Oh right … in an hour.
Letarri: *shifts in chair* Umm, Jenna. I need to how do you say, power my nose? Would you like to join me?
Jenna: Not sure I want to be in a dark room with those two. Yes, I think I would.
Letarri: Great. Let’s go.
*Letarri and Jenna head to the restrooms*
Jesu: *watches Jenna go*
Chakor: *stands as Letarri leaves the table, then sits down again once she walks away*
Brigette: what a gentleman
Etharas: What is the strongest alcohol you have?
Brigette: *looks at the menu* Looks like that would be tequila, why?
Etharas: This beer is only serving to upset me. *waves the server over and orders a bottle of tequila*
Brigette: Lol. A round of shots for all?
Etharas: Well, I guess I could share.
Brigette: Are human drinks just as weak for you as they are for us?
Etharas: I’m beginning to think so.
Brigette: In that case, we should order a second bottle
Etharas: *raises eyebrows* Really?
Brigette: It takes a lot to get a vampire buzzed. *shrug*
Etharas: Ahh yes. *orders another bottle*
Jesu: Is there a reason you too feel the need to drink that much?
Etharas: We need a reason?
Chakor: *rolls eyes*
Jesu: I was only curious.
Brigette: *shrugs* My date wants to drink, I’ll drink with him
Etharas: *uncaps both bottles and hands one to Brigette* A toast to you and that devilish dress you are wearing.
Brigette: Oh, this old thing? I’d rather be back in uniform, wielding a sword to tell you the truth. *Takes a swig*
Etharas: A sword? Perhaps after the movie you can come back with me and I’ll show you the broad sword my Mother gave me to me.
Brigette: I would love to.
Chakor: *sighes and looks toward the restrooms*
Jesu: *also looks to the restrooms* Do think something happened?
Chakor: *shakes head* No. Probably having some girl talk or something like that.
Brigette: Honestly, Jesu, what in gods name is going to happen to her in a restroom?
*Letarri and Jenna return laughing as they sit down*
Chakor: Everything all right?
Letarri: *smiles* Of course.
Jenna: *giggling* Did we miss anything?
Jesu: Etharas is going to show Brig his sword later…
Chakor: Not really. Etharas and Brigette are having a bottle of tequila – each.
Jenna: *frowns* What?
Etharas: *holds up bottle* Tequila
Brigette: *snorts* I’m sure he’ll see a few of my “things” later too.
Etharas: *smirks and takes a drink*
Jenna: Right. That’s um … good for you.
Etharas: Why thank you. I think so too.
Letarri: *coughs* So should we head to the movie to make sure we get seats?
Jesu: Brig, that may not be a good idea.
Etharas: Why not?
Brigette: *frowns* Let me finish my drink first.
Jesu: Do you want to become a vampire, Etharas? Because that very well might happen … drunk and wanting for fornicate with a VAMPIRE.
Brigette: I do have some self control, Jesu!
Etharas: *blinks* Fornicate? Umm, I was only going to show her the sword my mother gave to me. What a dirty mind you have!
Brigette: What do you care, anyway, Jesu?
Etharas: You go ahead and think I’m cheap and easy. But remember, I couldn’t do what I do if they weren’t willing too. *swigs tequila*
Jenna: ‘couldn’t do what I do’?
Etharas: *smirks* Show off my sword.
Jesu: Oh, I am not worried about Brig not being “willing”. I’m sure she is very willing
Letarri: *leans into Chakor and whispers* I’m not comfortable with this conversation.
Jenna: I think we should have powdered our noses for 5 more minutes
Letarri: *chuckles* Yes.
Brigette: *sulks* I have no intention of biting him…
Chakor: *says to Letarri in a low voice* We’ll be at the movies in a little while. It’ll be okay.
Etharas: Not even a little bit? *chuckles*
Etharas: *whispers in Brigettes ear* How bout I just bite you instead.
Brigette: *perks up and bites her lip*
Etharas: *nips playfully at her neck before sitting up again and taking a sip of tequila*
Chakor: *rolls eyes and mumbles* So glad I decided not to eat.
Brigette: *face gets all flushed and she takes a swig of her own drink*
Letarri: *looks down at lap and twiddles thumbs*
Jesu: I think I warn Ana that one of her fearies might be a vampire soon.
Etharas: But you don’t know for certain that I will – I am not human after all.
Jenna: Oh stop, Jesu. Etharas and Brigette get along. That’s great.
Brigette: Thank you, Jenna.
Etharas: *raises his bottle to Jenna in thanks*
Jesu: You’re right Etharas, you might not become a vampire. You might just die instead.
Etharas: *shrug* Then I’ll die happy.
Brigette: I would not let you die. You’re too sexy to lay in a grave rotting.
Etharas: *charming smile* Why thank you.
Chakor: *sighs and sips his beer* Do we know what movie we are watching?
Brigette: *twirls a strand of Etharas’ hair around her finger*
Jesu: And shouldn’t we get going to it?
Letarri: Yes. I think so.
Brigette: We’re going to see Avatar
Chakor: Well, I vote for going before we are late. *stands and holds hand out to Letarri*
Letarri: Oh! Anastasia says that’s a great movie.
Jesu: Yes, I agree.
Letarri: *takes Chakor’s hand*
*Jenna and Jesu get up from the table*
Brigette: *quickly finishes off the bottle of tequila then stands*
Etharas: *stands and dramatically bows to Brigette* May I escort you to the movies?*
Brigette: *hooks her arm in Etharas’* Please.
Chakor: *rolls eyes and steers Letarri toward the door with a hand on the small of her back*
Brigette: Dear sir, what ever would I do without you holding my hand? *bats her eyelashes*
Etharas: *pats her hand* It’s okay dearie. I’m here to help you.
Brigette: *scoffs* A feary helping a vampire …
Etharas: *frowns and walks with Brigette to the door*
Brigette: Sorry, I didn’t mean that you couldn’t. I’m just not used to men “escorting” me around like I made of glass.
Etharas: It was merely a joke. To make fun of them *points to the others*
Brigette: But I worried I might have offended you with my comment.
Etharas: I don’t offend easily. *smiles*
Brigette: Good. *smiles back*