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 right where it begins, kate!
kate only likes hippopotamuses
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kate
    ❅   Quote   ❅     ❅     ❅   Sep 22 2016, 04:48 PM
leone glanced around them, though no one of importance seemed to notice the shop girl and her tears, which he supposed was probably a relief to her. he doubted her employer would like her crying around the customers. if he'd been anyone else, any of the other customers she dealt with, things might not have ended well for her. he was sure any of them might have complained about their shop girl breaking down into tears, but he didn't plan on saying a word to anyone. he nodded as she spoke, relieved then that her mother was not dead. the mail was just too slow. he'd been too young when his parents came here, so he didn't remember the journey by ship, but he knew it had taken some time. his mother liked to talk about what it'd been like, especially as she'd been preegnant at the time. she liked telling his younger brother how difficult he'd been, even while still in the womb. "well, you have to consider how long it takes to get here. but your letter has to get to them first, as well," he pointed out gently. "i'm sure in just a few more days you'll have your letter from them." he hoped he was being comforting, as he wasn't entirely sure what to say. "so you came here alone?"

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    ❅   Quote   ❅     ❅     ❅   Sep 22 2016, 05:30 PM
he was a saint. truly a godsend. she was going to tell father abraham to pray for him this sunday, and she didn't know his name, but she was sure god would easily be able to pick him out because of his saintliness and all. "i know, ms. johnson keeps telling me to be patient, but i want to know they're okay," she replied, sniffling as she dabbed her eyes once more. she was going to pull herself together now. she'd had her moment, but now she needed to pull herself together and get this saintly man his discount. "yes, my da arranged it all. said he wanted me to live the american dream," she explained, laughing sadly as she remembered the night he jumped about the kitchen exclaiming about her life in america. "i-i'm sorry. i didn't mean to ruin your visit," fi apologized, tucking her handkerchief back into her pocket once she was certain the wave of sorrow had passed (at least until tonight).

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kate
    ❅   Quote   ❅     ❅     ❅   Sep 23 2016, 03:16 PM
he couldn't imagine what it was like to move to a new place knowing nothing about it and knowing no one. things must not have been well back home, for her father to have sent her here. perhaps she sent money home? would they join her eventually? or would she return to them? there were a lot of questions on his mind, but he wasn't sure it was appropriate to ask them, even if she had been the one to start crying in front of him. and maybe it was better not to ask, anyway, because the last thing leone wanted was for her to get worked up again. he shook his head quickly, though, when she apologized for ruining his visit. "no, no. you haven't ruined anything," he assured her, offering a smile. he realized that now maybe he could introduce himself. she'd shared something with him; it only seemed appropriate. he stuck out his hand then, "i'm leone, by the way," he hesitated before continuing, perhaps getting a bit ahead of himself, but his mother had always said he was too charming for his own good. "i like to consider myself a bit of an expert in the city, so if you ever need someone to show you around to new places..."

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emily
    ❅   Quote   ❅     ❅     ❅   Sep 23 2016, 04:23 PM
thank goodness, she hadn't thoroughly embarrassed him with her outburst. being the saint he was, fi had a feeling he wouldn't have admitted if she truly ruined his trip, but she appreciated his kindness nonetheless. "leone," she repeated with a broad grin, enjoying the feel of his name on her lips. it was a truly lovely name. grabbing his hand, she shook his hand as she continued, "thank you for being such a kind, lovely gentleman, leone." how could she be expected to help her rude rich women after helping leone? it was difficult to go back to toxic personalities after helping someone truly appreciative. then he started going on about how he was a city expect, and fi had to stop herself from bouncing in pure excitement. "oh, i would love that! the girls at the boardinghouse aren't eager to show me about, and i worry about getting myself lost if i explore on my own," she explained quickly, her face having lost any residual sadness at the idea of exploring the city with someone who was an expert on the city.

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kate only likes hippopotamuses
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age: 27
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posts: 28827
points: 664300
mature? yes
kate
    ❅   Quote   ❅     ❅     ❅   Sep 23 2016, 07:20 PM
his name sounded different from her, with her accent. he liked it. leone smiled at her as she shook his hand. "my mom would be thrilled to hear it," he told her. she'd raised him to be a gentleman, after all. she expected all her boys to be respectful. kind. though, leone was perhaps not always well-behaved. he'd been in numerous fights. usually after being called a wop by some ignorant kids when he'd walk to school. he was actually surprised when she so quickly agreed to his offer. "the girls at the boardinghouse probably haven't explored much either," he commented. he hesitated, shifting his hat in his hands some more. "when do you get time off work?"

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emily
    ❅   Quote   ❅     ❅     ❅   Sep 23 2016, 07:46 PM
had she been too quick in accepting his offer to show her around town? should she have been more skeptical? ms. johnson was vehemently against all italians and frequently warned all her boarders about "those wretched souls," but ms. johnson didn't like anyone. and leone had been nothing but kind and understanding toward her. he was a gentleman. her instincts just knew he was. "oh no, sally has been everywhere. she always tells us all the incredible places she goes to on dates," she insisted, envious of the girl's fearlessness and ability to attract any man within twenty feet. that was one talent fi had never mastered. she got caught up in her head and tangled in her nerves, which ultimately led to a lot of nervous rambling. "i work most days, but i'm off monday and saturday morning?" she replied, her statement trailing off into a question as she realized he had a busy life himself. "i'm sure you're busy though. i don't want to be an inconvenience," fi added quickly, giving him an easy out just in case.

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kate only likes hippopotamuses
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age: 27
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mg: mint chocolate cheesecake
posts: 28827
points: 664300
mature? yes
kate
    ❅   Quote   ❅     ❅     ❅   Sep 24 2016, 07:33 PM
her eagerness was pleasing, as part of leone worried that her kindness was entirely part of her job, but now he thought she was an entirely genuine and kind person. a young woman in a new country alone. his mother would have a fit over her if she were to hear her story, and perhaps mother her until fi decided she'd had too much of it. he smiled a little as she talked about this sally girl, who clearly enjoyed making girls feel envious, without offering to take the other girls out anywhere. obviously that would ruin her importance if the other girls were aware of all the excitement. "well, after you've been around the city with me, you'll have plenty to tell the girls. maybe you'll even have better stories than sally," he told her with a laugh. he wasn't sure what else girls talked about, but he thought he might be a subject of conversation, which he definitely didn't mind. he considered the options she laid out for him. monday and then saturday morning. it didn't leave much, but he decided he could work around monday, if he worked a few extra shifts to have the day free. "we'll do a monday then. next monday?"

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emily in technicolor
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emily
    ❅   Quote   ❅     ❅     ❅   Sep 25 2016, 04:07 PM
"oh, well, sally's stories usually center on her snogging her boyfriend of the moment. w-we don't have to-- i mean, we can just do fun things," she explained, a blush lighting up her pale skin as she quickly turned her attention to his mother's beautiful blue scarf. despite the momentary embarrassment, she couldn't hide the large grin that had taken up residence on her features. she was finally going to see the city, and she wouldn't have to worry about getting lost, because she would have leone by her side. this day truly couldn't get any better. "monday, yes! i cannot wait," she agreed, clearly eager to start exploring with her new handsome friend. this would take her mind off of her lack of correspondence with her family back home as she had something to look forward to. "let's get you checked out. i'll take you to maria; she won't mind about the discount." looping her arm through his once more, she started toward the check out counters with a renewed pep in her step.

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kate only likes hippopotamuses
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age: 27
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mg: mint chocolate cheesecake
posts: 28827
points: 664300
mature? yes
kate
    ❅   Quote   ❅     ❅     ❅   Sep 25 2016, 07:27 PM
he couldn't help the sudden laugh that burst from him when she said sally only spoke about snogging her boyfriend... and then she quickly stammered through more words to make sure he didn't think that they needed to do any snogging. he wasn't exactly familiar with the term, but he could make a guess to its meaning. "snogging isn't fun?" he asked her, teasing, because he enjoyed the way her face turned red. he wondered if she'd ever actually kissed a boy. not that it mattered. not that he should care. sure, she was a pretty girl, but he didn't have any ulterior motive in offering to show her around the city. "monday it is. should i meet you here?" he asked her, as he was taken by the arm again to go by the blue scarf for his mother. he was glad she seemed bubbly now, the sadness having evaporated.

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emily
    ❅   Quote   ❅     ❅     ❅   Sep 25 2016, 07:58 PM
oh goodness, he wanted to know about snogging? she was fairly certain he was just trying to tease another blush out of her, and he was one hundred percent succeeding as she shifted a bit nervously. "i- i mean, i'm sure it is fun, but i don't want you to think i'm pressuring you or- or expecting anything from you," fi said quickly, her cheeks still heated as she stumbled through her explanation. she made it sound like she was some snog-crazed harlot who would throw herself at him as soon as possible. which was not true! she was not that kind of girl. not that she didn't find him handsome (he was very handsome with his smile and warm eyes), but again, she didn't want him to worry about her... throwing herself at him and whatnot. "yes, this works for me as long as it isn't too far out of the way for you." she really didn't want to be an inconvenience. he was one of her first outside friends here; she didn't want to risk losing his friendship so soon.

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mature? yes
kate
    ❅   Quote   ❅     ❅     ❅   Sep 25 2016, 09:24 PM
there it came again, the nervous rambling along with a flush to her cheeks, that had leone grinning and trying not to laugh too much as he was told that she wasn't trying to snog him or anything. snog wasn't exactly a very appealing word. it definitely didn't sound as pleasant as the actual act was. but he left it alone now, not wanting to fluster her too much, and besides, they needed to focus on when and where they'd be meeting. "no, it's not too bad." it was more than a few blocks, sure, but he didn't mind walking. "monday morning? i want to give us plenty of time, so perhaps around ten?"

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    ❅   Quote   ❅     ❅     ❅   Sep 26 2016, 05:42 AM
she liked his laugh. it wasn't too loud and booming to be frightening, but it was one of those laughs that you knew you had earned when it came around. she wanted to make him laugh more, but she was fairly certain mrs. howard was already planning on scolding her for devoting so much time on a boy with worn clothing who only purchased a scarf. "ten is good, because i can bring you breakfast!" she agreed, giving his arm an excited squeeze as they navigated around a portly woman bossing around the flustered shop girl helping her. "i'll come back to help, clarice," she assured her co-worker quietly as they passed.

turning a corner, she surveyed the checkout counter for one of the friendly girls before leading leone up to the counter. "hi, lorelai! this is my cousin, leone. he's buying a present for my auntie's birthday, and i promised he could use my discount," she lied with a smile as she slide the carefully folded scarf over to the woman to package up for him. "monday at ten. i'll bring breakfast, and we'll explore," she summarized as she dropped his arm (it was a nice, strong arm) and grinned over at him. monday couldn't come soon enough.


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kate only likes hippopotamuses
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age: 27
pronouns: she/her
timezone: CST
mg: mint chocolate cheesecake
posts: 28827
points: 664300
mature? yes
kate
    ❅   Quote   ❅     ❅     ❅   Sep 26 2016, 08:37 AM
"you don't need to do that," he said immediately, as she said she could bring breakfast. he didn't want her to go to the trouble, and he certainly didn't want her to feel she needed to spend any amount of money on him. he glanced at the poor girl helping a rather demanding woman, and he imagined that was what a majority of the clients here were like. from his own experiences, those with money usually expected those around them to read their minds or have magic to get things done in seconds.

he let himself be guided through the store, now to the checkout counter where he was introduced to lorelai. he gave her a smile, though he didn't think he could have ever passed as fi's cousin. but he went along with it. he turned his attention back to the girl beside him, "monday at ten," he confirmed, "thank you for your help."

as expected, his mother wasn't entirely thrilled with the gift, or that was how she made it appear, but she still began to wear the scarf daily, and leone had seen her stroking the soft material shortly after he'd given it to her (though she hadn't realized he'd been watching her). the days to follow passed slowly, perhaps because he was looking forward to monday. it couldn't come soon enough, and when the day finally came, he'd already planned out the day. they had a lot they needed to accomplish. he stood outside the store a bit early, his hands in his pockets, cap on his head, as he waited for her.


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emily
    ❅   Quote   ❅     ❅     ❅   Sep 27 2016, 08:19 PM
"hush, leone, and accept my offer of breakfast," fi scolded lightly. she made decent money after all, and she would spend it on him if she wanted to. she was a strong, independent woman living the american dream, and if her dream included baking him a coffee cake, then so be it. "you are most welcome. tell your mother happy birthday and give her a tight squeeze," she replied after lorelai had rung him up and given him her staff discount. it felt good to help someone else. especially when that someone else was a handsome gentleman.

why did monday have to be so far off? it felt like ages as her days fell back into the familiar pattern of waking, working, crying herself to sleep and repeating it all the next day. but then the letters came. three lengthy, beautiful letters from her mam, da and mattie. they were all doing well, which she fully expected, but they missed her dearly. fi had sobbed reading mattie's letter when her sister revealed that she was expecting a little one with her husband in six months. she was going to be an aunt! once she received the letters, the rest of the week rushed by in a blur of relieved excitement. she may not be able to hug her family, but she knew everything would be all right now.

carefully balancing the paper bag containing a few large slices of homemade coffee cake in her arm, fiona rushed down the street to work. but instead of her basic black frock uniform, she was dressed in a worn gray wool skirt and a bright blue blouse. unfortunately, she was running late, because the coffee cake had taken longer than expected. "leone!" she called out, waving her free hand once she caught sight of him from afar. sliding to a halt in front of him, she greeted him with a broad smile as she offered him the cake-filled bag. "i made irish coffee cake. i brought extra in case you wanted to bring some home for your ma."


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kate only likes hippopotamuses
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age: 27
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timezone: CST
mg: mint chocolate cheesecake
posts: 28827
points: 664300
mature? yes
kate
    ❅   Quote   ❅     ❅     ❅   Sep 29 2016, 05:20 AM
more than a few people gave leone lingering looks as he hovered around outside the store, waiting for fiona to arrive. maybe he shouldn't have shown up so early. no one approached him though to ask what business he had standing around there. he thought about taking a walk around the block, after glancing at the time. she was late... or maybe she wouldn't show up at all. but finally, he heard his name. he looked up quickly, smiling when he saw fiona hurrying toward him, not wearing what he'd last seen her in. though he supposed that made sense, considering she wasn't working today. he lifted his hand to acknowledge he'd heard her before he started to make his way toward her as well. he was a little worried she'd trip and fall flat with how fast she was hurrying toward him. he took the bag, peeking inside. "have you already had some? we could walk to central park and share some, if you'd like."

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