Bianca’s day had been just like usual aside being brought yummy cake for breakfast and being sung the happy tune of “Happy Birthday” by her three favorite people in the world. Of course, mostly Erik got all the words out. Although she was another year older, she didn’t feel very different. There had been so much change already that a little age increase wasn’t much of a shock at this point.
Now that Mason and Lucia had been taken away from she and Erik for the night, she couldn’t help but wonder what would happen. For the most part, she felt a bit sad that her babies weren’t with her, but she was very happy to have some alone time with Erik. That didn’t happen very often, so she had to stop herself from smiling so stupidly and embarrassing herself. After all, she was officially a lady now.
And with this age, she knew what also came along; legal drinking. Bianca had only downed enough wine to make someone’s head spin once in her lifetime. She had occasional glasses of wine at parties, but she never took the time to drink so casually.
About to sneak up on Erik when his back was turned, she heard him say the strangest phrase to a few bottles of alcohol. He never ceases to entertain her. Shifting her weight over to one side, she placed her hands on her hips and smirked. “Erik, what may I ask are you doing?”
Hearing her voice so suddenly, he stood up straight, trying not to look embarrassed. “A-Ah, well I was giving it a stern warning, of course!” He looked over at the assorted bottles. “You’ve only seen me intoxicated once, and that was far from the worst ever.”
He smiled, giving her a hug. “Just want to make sure I’m sober enough not to let you drink too much. Because that would just be irresponsible of me! N-Not to scare you or anything…”
He paused, letting go of her for a moment. “And if you do end up having second thoughts, or if you change your mind completely, please, please, please tell me!”
Yeah yeah, shut up, old man! *laughs brightly, then grins a bit darkly* Ethics isn’t part of the family creed.
"Family" creed? /His expression is unnaturally serious/ I’m not sure what kind of family you mean, but ethical treatment of your fellow human beings is not something to be so casually shrugged off!
If all scientists began to ignore ethics, then…I can’t even imagine what kind of a nightmare it would be!
You might say that, but I feel like it’s something you would have done anyways. You were always too nosy. Heh, I guess it all worked out for you in the end though, since you seem to get along with them so well.
Well, you know how it is. Bad things happen, right? Don’t worry about it. If your kids are anything like you, they’ll have absurd abounds of pure dumb luck to keep them safe from anything like that. The rest of us are the ones who’ve got to be careful.
Man, don’t. I just… I know I’ll regret not saying anything if I never get around to it… But once I say something, it’ll be out there for good, you know? And I’ll have to deal with the consequences, whatever they are. So… for now it’s just easier to carry on like this. Just for a little bit longer. I mean hey, it’d be great if I got a positive response, but… There have just been some things… and I’d really rather not have to worry about something like this now.
Well yeah, because I know that they have some sort of…telepathy that allows them to be able to perform joint attacks on me! But…yeah, they’re good guys. And I’m glad they are.
/Laughs/ You always say that, but most of the time, I never know what the hell you mean by it!
/Listens to what he says, frowning at how conflicted he sounds. He takes a deep breath, and then smiles/ Okay, maybe you’re right about me having too much dumb luck. I mean, what with how my life has progressed in the past year and a half or so, it’s really amazing that it’s turned out so well, especially considering how many times I chose to dive headlong into things. But…that’s not something I would recommend, understandably.
What I mean is that there isn’t any need to try and suddenly tell her everything all at once. I understand what you mean, that you don’t want her to learn of how you might be feeling, since it would be awkward for the both of you if she turned you down. That’s not to say it would be because she dislikes you, but because she might not know how to process it immediately. She’s still pretty dense about that sort of thing! /Smiles/ However, in the meantime, you can make steps. Obviously, she’ll be in a rush to get the mail delivered on most days, but her last stop is in the Business District. And from what I understand, she usually stays out there for a short while after. I’d say that would be a good opportunity to strike up a conversation. That’s a good start, and it’s nothing too serious, right?
After a day of fun things like cake and family time, Erik was determined to let it end as well as it had started (after all, being brought cake for breakfast never fails to keep a person happy on their birthday). And considering 21 meant alcohol to most, Erik would really, really have to be vigilant. His own 21st birthday had been a mess, or rather, he had been a mess. And he was not about to let that happen to Bianca.
He’d gotten together a fair selection, for the sake of diversifying options for drinks. At the same time, though, he’d been careful not to buy too much.
With the twins in capable hands, Erik did feel less worried, and happy that he would be able to participate in Bianca’s first experience with such a thing. That reminded him too, he needed to drink water. Taking care of Mason and Lucia once they got back the following day wouldn’t be easy if he was hung over.
He looked over at the various bottles, scanning across them with narrowed eyes. In a voice that was just a bit louder than a threatening whisper, he said, “You will not destroy me tonight.”
Yeah so yesterday I woke up to find I had a sore throat, stuffy nose, pressure-y ear, and pressure behind the eye, but only on the right side of my head. Today is the same, but like…way worse.
Needless to say, my brain is not behaving properly, so even the few replies I’ve gotten done today have been exhausting. But I made a list!
I owe Meg on both Daria and Xiao Pai, and I owe Rosetta on Lukas. Erik owes nobody at the moment.
I’ll still be awake and stuff…just totally unproductive. Hehe.
Hey, sometimes you need to go for things, not because you think you can do it better, but because of a responsibility to your customers.
See you around, pretty lady! /walks off humming “dude looks like a lady”/
Yes, I guess that’s true…wait, pretty lady?!
/Once she’s a safe distance away, he sighs/ Between those comments and what might happen to Danny, I’m not sure I’ll be able to deal with her!
He probably does talk about the kids a lot, but he never comes into the shop my father owns in Kardia, he gets his things delivered and my father was in charge of the deliveries so I didn’t see him much, only really on festivals.
I understand there’s another shop here, but you know the old saying, you snooze you lose. I am mainly selling flower seeds and some basic equipment because to my knowledge nobody around here sells them, there actually isn’t much overlap in the inventory lists.
Ah, that makes sense…the family sure is all about imported goods, after all!
/Sighs, though he’s not entirely relieved/ O-Oh, that’s good then…
*coughs into her other hand* Ahaha. I work in experimental medicine, so if there’s anything that juuust isn’t working out for you no matter what your doctor says… maybe I can hook you up with something!
U-Um…no offense, but that sounds a bit…dangerous. Is it really okay to just experiment on people like that?