damncompass: let's try to teleport! (brb (lol))
Joshua Donovan ([personal profile] damncompass) wrote2013-06-15 08:41 pm

June 2012: Badlands of South Dakota; Ted's Diner

Travelling is hell, especially when you're half-moving anyway. Joshua had decided that he was going to take some books and the Artifact to the B&B, to just have a few less things things to take when he actually moved a week later.

Flights were late, Customs was eying Joshua's papers like they were in Greek, and the closer they got to South Dakota, the more unsettled Helena was. So, when they got to the airport finally, Joshua decided to fuck it, and get the flashiest car that the Hertz place rented: a red convertible something-or-other that suited Joshua's mood just fine. However, to his vast embarrassment, he'd almost forgotten how to drive in the fifteen years that he didn't actually need to. He was able to get the car in gear and going, with a minimum of offers to drive from his Victorian now-girlfriend.

Driving into the address that he'd been e-mailed a couple days ago (how they got his e-mail, he wasn't actually going to ask at this point), he parked (very poorly) and looked around, wondering where the shit everyone else parked, as the lot was mostly empty.
timelessinventor: ([w13] oh dear)

[personal profile] timelessinventor 2013-06-16 01:07 am (UTC)(link)
Frankly, Helena would have rather liked to drive, at least for a bit. It would have helped her keep her mind off things. When one's career is on the line, one cannot help but be a little nervous.

By the time Joshua parks, she's trying once again to stop shaking (nothing violent, but her hands are decidedly unsteady). "Well then."
timelessinventor: ([w13] serious face)

[personal profile] timelessinventor 2013-06-16 01:10 am (UTC)(link)
She does take a deep breath (then two, then three). "I hope so. I do rather like this line of work." She can't think of another that would suit her half as well.
timelessinventor: time machine box ([W13] inventor)

[personal profile] timelessinventor 2013-06-16 01:13 am (UTC)(link)
"I just hope they agree." Helena leans into the embrace; she rather needs it right now.
timelessinventor: ([w13] nose wrinkle)

[personal profile] timelessinventor 2013-06-16 01:15 am (UTC)(link)
She kisses him back, just as thoroughly. "Just make your argument well."
timelessinventor: time machine box ([W13] inventor)

[personal profile] timelessinventor 2013-06-16 01:21 am (UTC)(link)
One would certainly hope it is. "I love you." She's trying like hell to hang onto that.
k39zzz: (Mrs. Frederick)

[personal profile] k39zzz 2013-06-16 01:27 am (UTC)(link)
"Ahem." Mrs. Frederick clears her throat, probably a bit more loudly than is truly necessary.
timelessinventor: ([w13] serious face)

[personal profile] timelessinventor 2013-06-16 01:27 am (UTC)(link)
Helena starts out of Joshua's arms. "Oh. Sorry."
k39zzz: (Mrs. Frederick)

[personal profile] k39zzz 2013-06-16 01:29 am (UTC)(link)
She doesn't say anything, just raises her eyebrows and takes note of this very interesting development.
timelessinventor: ([w13] nose wrinkle)

[personal profile] timelessinventor 2013-06-16 01:30 am (UTC)(link)
"True. We don't want everyone else biased against your opinion already." Helena sighs (and might roll her eyes a little). "See you in a bit, then."

And with that, Helena follows Mrs. Frederic into the diner. (Hopefully the food's good. She barely had the stomach for what airplanes seem to think they can pass off as edible.)
k39zzz: (Regent Jane Lattimer)

[personal profile] k39zzz 2013-06-16 01:46 am (UTC)(link)
It's rare that Jane gets company back in her corner, but she's not at all surprised, in this case; she looks up and smiles.
"Not at all. I've found this is the best seat in the house, actually."
k39zzz: (Regent Jane Lattimer)

[personal profile] k39zzz 2013-06-16 01:50 am (UTC)(link)
"Most of the food and all of the pie." It's one of the perks to having the meetings here, really.

It's not long before Theodora comes by to take Joshua's order (she looks more than a little displeased that he's here - Jane has no idea what that's all about).
k39zzz: (Regent Jane Lattimer)

[personal profile] k39zzz 2013-06-16 01:56 am (UTC)(link)
"Sometimes. I have no idea what her problem is today, though." It could be the meeting, it could be Joshua, it could be something in her private life.
Jane does, however, raise an eyebrow at Joshua's order. "Do you always eat that much junk or only when you're worked up about something?"
(Sure, it's a bit of an assumption to say he's nervous, but she certainly was before her first meeting, back in the day.)
Edited 2013-06-16 01:56 (UTC)
k39zzz: (Regent Jane Lattimer)

[personal profile] k39zzz 2013-06-16 02:02 am (UTC)(link)
"Ah. I can give you a pass, in that case. As my husband would have said, airplane food doesn't count."
(That pass only covers this meeting, Joshua. Next time she might hold you to getting a salad.)
k39zzz: (Regent Jane Lattimer)

[personal profile] k39zzz 2013-06-16 02:09 am (UTC)(link)
Jane smiles. "Good thing we're meeting here today, then. I'd been wondering about that - something as... contentious as this can get isn't, usually."

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