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A Day Off (Part Two); Hector, Anya, and open~ Prepare awkwardness!
Topic Started: Sep 27 2011, 08:21 AM (980 Views)
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Hector had been half listening to the voices coming from downstairs, to busy trying to figure out what exactly was going on with, well, everything. But when he heard the footsteps on the stairs, he looked up towards the door and then buried his face in his pillow, closing his eyes and feigning sleep.

He heard someone moving in the other room and then a closer movement. Then, quite unexpectedly, a shift at the foot of his bed and his danger sense dwindling away to nothing. He waited for a couple of minutes to see if whoever it was (and he had a good idea of who it was) would go away. When there was no change, he propped himself up on his elbows, squinting towards the end of the bed.

Anya.

She was leaning against the foot of the bed, apparently asleep. Hector blinked, completely taken aback. Why was she sleeping in the room with him? Wouldn't the couch be more comfortable? The dark-skinned boy sat on the bed for a moment, frowning, trying to understand. It wasn't that he minded if she was sleeping in the same room, it was just...just what he wasn't sure.

Hector sat there for a half a second longer before pulling one of the blankets off the bed and shoving it over the side so that it was draped, rather haphazardly, over Anya's sleeping form. Then he dove back underneath the remaining covers and squeezed his eyes shut, not entirely sure why he'd done that.

Sleep came in a low wave and before he knew it, Hector was in the most restful sleep he had had for months.
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Early the next morning, Antoinette was up at the crack of dawn like always. She dressed in comfortable clothes, though nicer than usual. She planned to keep the cafe closed today and run some errands. But first she had to check on her guests. When the woman left her room, she opened the door across the hall, just a crack.

What she saw inside melted her heart a tiny bit. Anya was asleep at the end of the bed with a blanket moved over her. Hector was also sleeping, and looking more peaceful than he had since she had known the boy. The woman smiled and then closed the door again.

She then went downstairs to make breakfast for them. There was no telling how hungry they would be so she'd have to make a lot. That and Aidric's ban on real food for kidnapping Fisher was up as well. He'd be dying for her cooking about now...or at least she sort of hoped he was. Though she'd never admit that out loud. For now, there was still a bit of work to do.

Ant pulled on her apron and started cooking. The smell of the food spread throughout the whole house, reaching every nook and cranny.
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At the smell of bread being toasted along with a number of other wavering aromas, Anya slowly opened her eyes. There was an unusual warm weight over her shoulders, and looking over she saw the blanket that had been put there the night before. She silently cursed herself for being found out.

Rising off the floor, the redhead looked at Hector, still sleeping peacefully in bed. She was reluctant to leave the room, as she was sure that the moment she left, his danger sense would return to bother him. Still, she did not want to have to explain to the boy what she was doing in the room while he was sleeping, and quickly picked up her scabbard before hastily making her exit, blanket still in tow.

Following the scent of food downstairs, she found Ant working in the kitchen.

"Ms. Ant," she said, walking over to the older woman's side. "I believe I overstepped my boundaries last night, and I owe you an apology for my prying behaviour."

The amount of work Ant had already done in preparing breakfast was amazing, and Anya found herself admiring the scope of her work once more.

"Is there anything that I may assist you with?" she rolled up her sleeves, eager to help.
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A low buzzing noise was cutting its way into Hector's jumbled dreams of pills raining on a field of bright red grass and lakes of coffee and cinnamon. He tugged the blankets further over his head, rising slowly and unwillingly from his sleep, and pushed his face further into the pillow.

Then the smell of cooking drifted across his sense and he opened his eyes to a blurry bedroom. It took him a moment to remember where he was and when he did, he sat up and pushed his glasses onto his face, looking towards the end of the bed. Anya wasn't there anymore. Well, that explained why his danger sense had come back.

Hector yawned and stretched, feeling relaxed and the most rested he had felt in ages. It was like he'd been asleep for years and everything he'd had on his shoulders had kind of just rolled away. His red headband was askew and hung around his neck instead of being wrapped around his head; he ignored it. The dark-skinned teenager swung himself out of the bed, pulled on his socks, and shoved his feet into his shoes. He grabbed his coat and, with it still clutched in his hand, headed down the stairs.

When he entered the cafe, neither Ant nor Anya noticed so he sidled quietly across the floor and slouched into his favorite seat. His hazel eyes, still half-lidded with sleep, watched the two without really seeming to see them. For the first time in a long time, Hector was relaxed and his danger sense was quiet.
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Ant looked over to Anya and gave a small smile. "It's really fine. I know you didn't mean any harm." She didn't tell the girl about the nightmares she always had and the one last night had been worse than usual. Though to be fair, she never told anyone about that.

"As for help....do you mind cutting the fruit?" She gestured to a large set of containers, filled to the brim with fresh fruits. "When you're done, put them in that bowl there, then add a half cup of orange juice and a half cup of lemon juice. Both of those are in the refrigerator." She flipped another pancake then put it on a plate with a pile of others.

She glanced back at the quiet Hector. "Hey, do you like anything in your pancakes? Fruit? Chocolate chips? Sprinkles? Same question to you, Anya." It had been a while since she cooked like this. She enjoyed it a lot, to be honest and it brought her mood up greatly from last night.
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"Blueberries." Hector muttered vaguely and yawned again, pushing his glasses up to rub at his eyes, "Mm, blueberries in my pancakes..."

And he slumped down further in his seat, a sleep-drunk smile playing across his face, "And some of your awesome coffee."

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Looking at Hector in his overly-relaxed state, Anya huffed out a small smile of her own, relieved to see that the boy's danger sense was treating him well for the moment.

"Blueberries sound just fine, Ms. Ant," she said, removing several fruits from their respective jars, before making quick work of them with a nearby knife from the counter.

After filling the bowl as Ant had asked, the redhead made her way over to the fridge. Its door opened with a satisfying pop, and Anya found herself staring with amazement at the incredible variety of foods and ingredients stored within.

Her eyes carefully rummaged through each visible label within the large box, until finally she found two jugs, each respectively filled with orange juice and lemon juice.

Measuring half a cup for each, she added to the mixture, taking a brief moment to admire her work. She had never done something as complex as this in regards to preparing food, and mentally noted to try this again in the future when making meals for the Professor.

"Your fruits are ready, Ms. Ant."

Turning around, Anya debated on whether or not she should ask the older woman for lessons on cooking, as the way the brunette moved around her kitchen was truly an astonishing feat in its own right.
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Ant nodded and poured in more batter, then dropped some fresh blueberries into it. She made several of these until all her pancake batter had been used up. Finally she went to work on cooking a little bacon. She glanced back at Anya. "Thanks, please put it on the table with the other things. Now I need you to do me one last favor. In that oven there are three racks of cinnamon buns. Would you mind putting on some oven mitts and putting them over in that cooling rack?"

She pointed to the oven, and then to the cooling rack, which looked like a shelf on small wheels. She gave Anya a thankful smile then went back to work, frying the bacon until it was crispy without it being too hard. "As for coffee, there's some in the smaller coffee pot over by the food. Cream and sugar are right next to it. There are also some flavor-shot ingredients under the counter near the cash register too."

She wondered if Aidric would be getting up to join them. If not then she'd just put some food aside for him.
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"Mmmmnnnngggg..." Hector grumbled, making a face, "You're making me getting uuuppppp..." He slid reluctantly out of the booth and shuffled over to the counter and poured himself a cup of coffee, forgoing the cream and sugar and the flavors for pitch black.

Hector made a satisfying humming noise as he slid back into his favorite seat, fingers wrapped around the cup in his hands, "Ant, your coffee is the greatest."

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Anya nodded in compliance to Ant's orders, placing the bowl of fruits in front of Hector before turning to the oven. Donning on the oven mitts hanging from the cupboard from the side, she carefully moved each tray over to the shelving of the nearby cart.

Seing that Hector was still working on his own coffee (as much as his groggy-state would allow), Anya reached for a separate cup before turning to Ant.

"Ms. Ant, would you like a cup of coffee as well?"
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"Sorry, sweetheart, but everyone needs to wake up now and again. And I'm glad you like it. I make sure that only the best beans go into our coffee." She piled the cooked bacon on a plate then brought it over to the table. By now, she was actually smiling quite widely and even moved to give Hector a light hug.

"So glad to see you're alright, hun. I don't think I've ever seen you this relaxed. I'm happy." She gave his forehead a motherly peck then let go and pushed him toward the table. "Now then get some food, okay~? As for drinks, I already made myself tea, Anya but thank you."

Once the cinnamon rolls had cooled enough, she pulled them out of the rack and covered them with hand-made icing. "Come and get these when you're ready~" She finally sat down at the table herself, handed both of them a plate while keeping one for herself, and started to take a little bit of the food she had just cooked,
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Hector allowed Ant to give him the light hug but what brought him sharply awake was the kiss on the forehead. It was the most motherly gesture he'd been given in...he didn't even know how long and it took him completely by surprise. He felt his face turning red and quickly busied himself with taking a deep drink of his steaming coffee.

He shuffled away from Ant, head spinning all over again as he tried to think about all the things that were going on around him. Women were beginning to seem like some strange, alien species he would never understand.

But he picked up a plate and stacked a couple of pancakes and a few pieces of bacon on it before taking it back to the table. The teenager spread some butter over the pancakes and then dug in, staring silently across the cafe at the far wall without really seeing it as he ate.

The pancakes were just as good as the coffee and if it hadn't been for how awkward he felt, Hector might have said so to Ant. But now he didn't know what to do. So he sat quietly and at his delicious breakfast, trying to make sure that his face didn't start turning red when he began thinking about how nice these people were being to him.

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Again, Anya found herself amazed by Ant's ability to get around with such proficiency. But this time, or perhaps it had just now become apparent enough to notice, there was something else mixed within that admiration; As if there was a small hole slowly expanding within her chest.

When compared to the amount of work that Ant had managed to put into preparing breakfast, the redhead felt that her own work seemed quite meager... inadequate even.

The feeling then spiked into an odd curl when she noticed that Hector seemed to become more at peace with the older woman's embrace.

It was as if as the morning progressed, the significance of her being there was slowly being replaced...

Replaced by what?

Anya shook her head back to reality. She was overthinking things more than she should.

Grabbing a plate and pancake of her own, she joined the two at the table. They both were enjoying themselves, and her unnecessary emotions had no right to take that away from them.

And so, she lifted a fork of pancake to her mouth, a thoughtful smile on her face as she savored its sweet taste. It was good.
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Ant smiled at Hector's expression then nibbled on the fruit salad. "So, Anya, how did you and Hector meet? Friends in common? Class assignment?" She usually wasn't this chatty, but the motherly-figure in her couldn't help it. On top of that, she was usually in good spirits in the early morning. She also noticed that Anya had a pensive look in her eyes.

Both the kids seemed lost in their thoughts and while the cafe owner usually enjoyed when things were quiet, she felt compelled to break it. "As for you, Hector, how's the food? Did you get a good rest?" She reached over to the condiments at the end of the table and took a small container of honey, pouring it into her tea then stirring. She only hoped she'd done enough to get them talking again.
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Hector shot a glance at Ant and dropped his gaze to his food again, pushing his blueberry pancakes around his plate in a distracted sort of way,

"Uh, it's okay. Er, good." He shurgged one shoulder as if it were too much of a bother to use both, "Better than the food at the cafeteria. And, uh, I slept fine." He felt heat beginning to creep up his neck as he remembered Anya sleeping at the foot of his bed and quickly buried his face in his coffee again.

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