In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria

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Lyssa Delaney
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Re: In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria

Post by Lyssa Delaney » Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:25 am

Lyssa snickered a bit at Rowan's deflection. She was pretty good at them! She definitely had a good future ahead of her if she stuck with it. Lyssa knew men and women--grown ones even--who would kill to be in her position. But perhaps Rowan had other ambitions, Lyssa thought as Rowan left and sat down in Kristian's lap. Ah well, she supposed she couldn't judge the girl. Far greater women had thrown themselves at handsome boys with money. Who was she to judge?

As Trinity approached though, she calmed her thoughts. Things had gotten so serious the other night in the living room. Her heart ached for him. But apparently he didn't want to focus too much on that, instead asking after Rowan's headpiece.

"I'm better now that you're here," she said genuinely. "And that's mistletoe. You kiss the person it's under," she grinned, her eyes twinkling. She wondered idly if Rowan would let her borrow the headpiece to show Trinity how it was done. As she dropped pomegranate arils into her drink, she kept her eyes on Trinity under her lashes, gauging his reactions. As she licked her fingers before wiping them on the nice cloth napkin nearby, she smirked a bit. She didn't necessarily think it would get the reaction she wanted, but she wasn't against letting anyone else know how she felt about him.

Soon though, her expression turned to cringe. "Oh gosh, who let Gabriel pick the music? He's terrible. I like a few songs he has on this list, but he's played it into the ground. Hopefully he's added some newer stuff. And there better be Beyoncé."

Who was she kidding?

It was Gabe Warner.

Of course, there would be Beyoncé.

As Lyssa idly watched Cana tease Kristian about Rowan, she watched as Gabe not-so-stealthily made his way over to Eric. Eric was a bit of a mystery to Lyssa, to be honest. While she knew her sister adored him and her parents seemed to like him well enough, she couldn't get a bead on what he was up to. He didn't seem that romantically interested in Morrigan, and he had a more than passing, non-romantic interest in Cana. It was too complicated for Lyssa's tastes, and not complicated in a manageable way. At least Trinity being complicated, she could understand and endeavor to help him.

It wasn't until Brandski said something intended only for Gabriel way too loud that things seemed to stop for Lyssa. Her hand gripped her drink, and for a second she had to stop herself from going over there and angrily throwing it on Brandski for daring to make such an accusation of her cousin. Another part of her wanted to laugh: of course, Cana wanted to control drunken Gabriel--the boy was an absolute menace when intoxicated. Public displays of vulgar levels of affection were the least of their worries. Once at Gammla Uppsala, Gabe had even stolen one of the school's boats because he wanted to go to Iceland's hot springs for a change.

She glanced over at Cana who was looking impassively at Brandski. Kristian was also looking on lividly. But Cana simply put one arm around his brother and one arm alongside the back of the couch and waved it off. Lyssa, irritated but amenable, went back to nursing her drink, but she didn't take her eyes off Gabe and Brandski. And if her nails still looked a bit bloody, all the better for her.

Kristian meanwhile was angrily fuming. How Cana could be so calm...downright amused it seemed by that comment was beyond him. As he looked over at his brother, he saw a wicked twinkle in his eye, and he started to get an idea. Kristian patted Rowan on the small of her back politely, and stood once she had vacated his lap. Walking with a slightly drunken swagger over to Gabe and Brandski, Kristian planted himself on the floor, with his back leaning against the couch.

"Gabriel gets interested when he's drunk, don't you hun? Cana's just keeping an eye out for him," he smirked. Not a lie, but couched as if it were one. "Cana's always kept an eye out for you, hasn't he, hun? Ever since you were little." Again, another truth, but the implication was there.

If he played this wrong, they could get in a lot of trouble.

But gods, what fun would this mischief be. An honor to their ancestry even.

"You two have always been so," Kristian searched for the right words, "enchancted with one another."
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Post by Trinity Peters-Stenhouse  » Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:48 pm

Trinity was unaware that Lyssa was hurt until she was licking the blood from her fingers. She had been explaining about mistletoe and kissing--a concept he was only vaguely familiar with--and he had been about to ask her how Gabe was able to program the radio to play specific songs, when he looked over and saw her nails. His stomach dropped and his throat tightened as his body fought between reactions of anger and the horrific thoughts of what might have happened.

She was glaring at a boy across the room. Trinity didn't know him much, but he had noticed Cana didn't like the bloke. Was he the one who'd hurt Lyssa? Trinity wanted to go over there and throw his head against the wall, if he was. There would be no good in that, though, if he wasn't.

The boy slowly reached for Lyssa's hand, the one not holding her drink, and ran his thumb lightly over her nails. The blood seemed to have stopped, which was a good sign, and there weren't any signs of bruising. It was highly likely that she wouldn't be at risk of losing her nails. "Are yew okay?"

It was the safe question. The question his parents would ask him if ever he was hurt. If the answer was yes, everyone could move on and pretend it didn't happen. That was the beauty of a question like that. Are you hurt? didn't work that way, nor did what happened?, those could come after are you okay?, but if you didn't want to talk about it, you didn't have to. Trinity had been "okay" a lot.

He didn't like the thought of someone hurting Lyssa, but she was obviously able to take care of herself. Trinity had never met a more capable woman. That didn't stop him from wanting to take care of her, though. He had picked her, and even if that wasn't how it worked around here... even if it was wrong, he had picked Lyssa as his. He would do his best for her, until the time she had found someone to marry. And then... he didn't know what.
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Post by Rowan Fox » Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:02 pm

It was offical. Rowan had been hanging out with too many gay guys. It took her way too long to realize that Kristian's reaction was an average male response. Perhaps he wasn't as up for meaningless flirting as she had hoped. He was being very respectful though. Rowan grinned. She didn't want to test him, but she would be lying if she said that the idea of seeing how far she could push things wasn't an exciting one. Besides, no one had warned her away from Kristian. He was bound to had at least semi-decent self control.

When Brandski's voice reached her and his words registered, Rowan was to her feet almost before Kristian's wordless request. Accusing Cana of fowl play when it had just been the four of them was one thing, but in front of his family and guests? That was completely uncalled for. Rowan was about to give him s piece of her mind, when Kristian beat her to it. Instead of denying Brandski's claims, however, the blond starter to encourage them.

Rowan looked back at Cana whose dance was a carefully controlled mask. He wasn't stopping it either. "Oh," she whispered with a grin, "you're bad." She wondered if Cana got some kind of sick pleasure out of this. Rowan had no clue what had conspired between the two boys, but if Brandski always put his future in his mouth like that, she could see where Cana would take issue.

Downing the rest of her drink, Rowan sashayed over to the boys and plopped herself in Gabe's lap. "Eric," she hissed meaningfully, "keep your voice down. You're going to get Gabe in trouble. You don't want that, do you?" The girl was fighting a grin, but she hoped it would be passed off as a reaction to her drink. Just to be safe, though she took a swig from the bottle of vodka and covered her lips with the back of her hand.
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Post by Cana Havich » Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:36 pm

Well, Cana thought, as Eric blurted out his inner thoughts carelessly, I could get angry. Or I could make this fun. With a wave to his cousin and his brother, he hoped to calm them before they blew the chance of turning this into a little game. With a glance at Kristian, Cana tried to convey to his brother exactly what he was thinking.

Kristian got it. It seemed Rowan did too.

With a smirk he flopped his head back, as if too drunk or disinterested to care. He thought.

He did like to have a modicum of control over a drunken Gabe, if only because his boyfriend got some very interesting ideas when drunk. Mostly ones that resulted in property damage, theft, and public indecency. All very hilarious, but there were young children in the house to consider. And of course there were...other situations in which control could be an issue. But over all, the idea of Cana controlling Gabe in any way was ridiculous. It was a relationship of equals, and always had been.

But the thought that anyone could think of him as that type of guy made him angry and more than vaguely ill. He knew he was capable of that; he truly did, which is why he fought that side of himself with Gabe and any of their younger friends. Part of him wanted to leap up and end the whole charade somehow, but it wouldn't be as rewarding, he thought, as seeing Brandski's face when he realized that everyone in the room was playing him.

He listened in to Kristian playing the truth like a violin and grinned up at the ceiling. And Rowan's whispers, while more urgent and clearly more of a lie, almost made him giggle at the thoughts they brought to his head.

Kristian meanwhile was looking at Rowan like she was a genius. Taking the vodka bottle after her, he took a deep swig and realized that all of them together had almost emptied it. He swaggered over to the bar area and grabbed a decanter of amber liquid that had been avoided so far. Flopping back down hard on the floor, he took a deep draught of the whiskey, knowing it would make him monstrously sick in the morning to mix it with vodka. He idly wondered how dirty he wanted to get with his next comment, before settling upon something.

"Gabe likes a little trouble sometimes though, don't you? But it might be better not to mention it, yeah," he directed again towards Brandski, his dirty grin still in place. If Cana was going down, he supposed, Kristian could go down as a co-conspirator.
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Post by Gabriel Warner » Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:52 pm

Gabriel froze a bit in buzzed confusion at Eric's question.

"Umm, a little bit," he slurred honestly, not considering the implications at first. Obviously Eric had heard about what a terrible person Gabe could be when drunk. Perhaps the story of his grand theft Viking row boat had traveled all the way to Hogwarts? It seemed like the sort of legend that would spread. Or Morrigan has slipped one of the billion stories of him and Cana getting caught...in compromising positions around their old school. It was very logical of him not to want a front row seat to that show.

But slowly, his brain began to catch up with the tension around him. Oh. Oh. That's not what Eric was implying at all. His brow furrowed. Well that wasn't a nice implication to make. Before he could turn and pour his drink on Eric's head though, Kristian swaggered his way over and began feeding into the implications with a grin. Rowan joined him soon and was even more dramatic about it. Glancing over at Cana, who was trying badly to hide a grin, he felt a wicked smirk start to take over his face. He almost giggled at the implications of Kristian's last comment.

"Well...that's kinda true," he snickered through a blush. "Not always though. Just sometimes. Trouble is bad,"he nodded solemnly. "Trouble can get creative," he shivered.

He felt himself slipping down the arm of the couch and was leaning into Eric's side. He leaned in and whispered.

"You know how scary he can be sometimes."

With a grin, he leaned forward and put his chin on Rowan's shoulder. Through her hair, he looked at Cana and winked. Cana was doing a good job of appearing uninterested, but his eyes were locked with Gabe's. Cana winked back.

So mean.

Really fun though. And if Eric was cruel and stupid enough to say something like that within Cana's earshot, he deserved to be tricked. Gabe's interest in healing the break between them was long gone now.
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Post by Eric Brandski » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:39 pm

Eric hadn't realized how loud he was speaking until the small group had formed around him, trying to get him to shut up. Apparently, hat ever was in his drink went to his head faster than wine did. That wasn't good. "Sorry," he said, lowering his voice a smidge. He didn't want to give Cana more reasons to dislike him. Especially if Cana was influential enough to convince Morrigan to stop spending time with him. That was the whole point of trying to patch things over with him in the first place!

As the others began talking, though, there words seemed to confirm Eric's suspicions in a way. It was like... they were agreeing with him or warning him off saying too much. The Gryffindor felt a chill go down his spine. He hadn't actually wanted to be right, but now he truly felt obligated to do something. He should call a doctor or... or...

Eric jumped. For the first time, he had realized--actually registered--that Kristian was sitting at his feet right next to him. He suddenly felt claustrophobic. He was about to get up to get water or-or something, when the redhead--when his fellow Gryffindor stretched out her legs and placed them in his lap. He was trapped.

"Dear God," the boy muttered, "is this where you swear me to secrecy or threaten to kill me? I think I need more drink for that." Eric tried grabbing at the crystal decanter, but his aim was off or his grip wasn't strong enough and he came away empty handed. It was like his own personal nightmare. Morrigan wasn't even around to save him! Though, if she were around, there would be a high possibility this conversation wouldn't even be happening. And if Eric was going to save Gabriel, he needed to know what he was saving the boy from.
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Post by Lyssa Delaney » Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:20 pm

Lyssa noticed as Trinity glared at Eric, likely--she thought--because he heard what was implied about Cana. He quickly turned his attentions back to her however and seemed focused on her nails. As he asked after her well-being, she realized what Trinity must have thought.

"Oh no, dear," she whispered. "It's just pomegranate. And an intimidation tactic. We know it's just fruit juice, but if Eric keeps up with his...unsavory implications, it might serve to get him to shut up."

She wondered if Trinity had overheard what Eric had implied. As Lyssa kept her ears open though, she was more than a bit shocked to hear Rowan and Kristian egging Eric on. Gabriel even joined in! She sighed and pinched the bridge of her nose, frustrated by this little mind game they were playing. It was amateur at best, and they were lucky that Eric was apparently drunk and biased enough to believe them. But, she thought, if they actually got Cana in trouble? There would be hell to pay from her.

Sighing and turning her back to Cana, she made a cutting motion across her throat at them with a warning glare not to continue.

It was all for naught it seemed though, as Eric continued to look shocked and concerned. Poor, silly thing was going to get so warped that she'd never be able to convince him he'd been tricked. Sighing, she went back to her champagne with Trinity.

"They're just...so stupid. I love them. But they're stupid."

Kristian meanwhile saw Lyssa's warning and decided to dial it back just a little. Not necessarily out of concern for Eric's well-being, but more concern for Cana's.

"Well, I'd hope you wouldn't go blabbing to everyone you know. Everyone in this family has some secrets. If you want to stick around Morrigan you just....have to respect that," he shrugged. "A lot of secrets worse than what you're implying anyway."

It was entirely truthful. As Kristian mentally winced through a mental catalogue of crap his family had done or was doing, the implication that Cana was controlling was probably the least of their worries.
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Post by Trinity Peters-Stenhouse  » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:00 pm

Trinity was glad Lyssa wasn't hurt, and then embarrassed that his first thought had been she was. Of course she wasn't. Why would she have been? It was safe here. Except for Bjørn. Trinity didn't like Bjørn, not only because Lyssa had warned him but also... the man reminded Trinity of the Mayor of his village. The way Bjørn looked at people... it made Trinity's insides quiver.

When Lyssa started talking about people being idiots, Trinity looked to see what she meant. Aside from the fact that everyone was really close to each other (besides Cana, for some reason), he wasn't sure what she had been referring to. The Gryffindor guy did look pretty unsteady, though. They were talking about something, but Trinity attention had been split between the music and Lyssa and had no clue what was going on.

The closeness reminded Trinity that most people touched more than he did, though. At least, everyone who he had met so far did. Maybe he should touch Lyssa? But how? The two of them had held hands several times before, but that was a little different from what he had seen the others do. To be safe, he mimicked a gesture he had seen earlier and placed his hand on her knee. Oh. That was red, too. Vaguely he wondered if that was part of the "intimidation tactic," too.
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Post by Rowan Fox » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:42 pm

It wasn't often that Rowan was too drunk for her own good. After all, she was Irish--she knew her way around the bottle. But it had been a while since she had been drinking with friends. And the situation was so funny. Rowan hadn't realized she was falling until she had tumbled into Kristian's lap. "Good catch," she told him before giggling and tapping on his collarbone, "you're a good catch." Wait. The were talking about something serious. Right. "Cannn--istian is right, Brandski. If you're going to hang with the Havich-es-es, you need to be okay with secrets."

She crawled until she could place her chin on Eric's knee and gaze up at him. "Are you okay with secrets?" Rowan didn't know what kind of secrets there were, but there was bound to be a lot of them in a family the size of Cana's. She doubted she would be privy to too many of them. Only the ones that mattered for her job. Or soon-job. Soon-prospective-job? Whatever.

Rowan made a mental note to talk with Cana. With the fact that one third of the hierarchy was swapping out, she didn't know where that left her. But that wasn't for tonight! Tonight was for fun. Rowan took an unsteady drink, the decanter heavy in her hands. The amber liquid burned, but it helped clear away the thoughts of what could happen if the internship fell through.
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Post by Cana Havich » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:20 pm

Cana glanced idly over at Lyssa's hand motions. Well, she was certainly being no fun. It wasn't as if the negative implications were about her or Trinity. She should certainly allow him to have fun if he were going to be accused of such awful things.

Of course, awful ideas had followed Cana around for awhile. His whole life really. There were the implications about him and his half-brother. The idea that he was ever untoward with his younger friends. The more truthful ideas that he was capable of more violent delights towards people he disliked. He had dealt with them the way he saw fit, and while some the rumors persisted, he was generally capable of dealing with them.

And that's just what he was doing now with Eric. Dealing with it. The fact that he never had to say a word would really tell Eric all Cana felt he needed to know.

Kristian, meanwhile, was living the dream. Rowan had slid into his lap and was going along with everything. Gabriel was playing things up magnificently without getting too drunk. As Rowan preened over Kristian, he grinned and flopped his head back onto the couch by Eric's thigh.

"Be careful with secrets though," Kristian said sing song. "Too many can make you crazy. Everyone thinks my mom is crazy now," he laughed. "She got it in her head to go telling people stuff after the divorce and now nobody but my stupid step-dad believes her."

As his head lolled back to look at Eric, he let the other boy see the truth in his words. Ophelia was a pariah in every way that mattered to Aleksander, and he'd been the one to ruin her. Of course, it likely said more about Kristian that he thought his mother's suffering was funny, but then Eric didn't know what kind of woman she was capable of being. She was a nightmare in human form when it came to Kristian; definitely not the motherly type Daciana was.

Then again, Eric didn't have to know that she deserved it. At least not right now.
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