♥ - Felicity twines her fingers together and stretches her arms out in front of her with a grunt, heels clicking against the floor as she approaches one of the empty tables at the Oakwood Restaurant. The daily rush had been particularly hectic today, and after a work day that felt almost like an eternity, she was glad that the end of her shift was finally in sight.
Lavender eyes shift down to the man who had been seated at the table, no doubt enjoying his own bit of down time before heading home. She smiles. Kai was someone who had always interested her, and she wanted to get to know him a bit better. Now that they didn’t have work to worry about, now might be her chance!
“Kai~” Rachel called out as she entered the kitchen of the Starry Sky Cafe. Since the Leuda location had opened, they’d had a steady stream of customers. It was a unique place to eat, unlike any of the others around the island, after all. “We’ve got another order in! One Omelet Curry Rice and a side of fries. Oh, and I’ve got a table that was asking for something special from the chef. You up for it? I’ll give you free reign on that one~”
Rachel placed the order ticket up on the line in the kitchen, then went to get the table their drink orders. She missed using the espresso machine at the other location, her skills in latte art ever-improving, but making the extremely aesthetically pleasing Italian cream sodas was good enough. “If you need anything, just check the walk-in. We got our order in this morning, so we should be fully stocked.”
[ ♥ ] — Felicity sighs contently to herself as she sits on the sun deck of the Frying Pan, enjoy the crisp ocean breeze through her hair as she finishes up what was probably her fifth ordered meal within the last hour alone.
The waitress had been dining on the ship for the last couple of hours, not in her capacity as a food critic, but rather as an act of leisure. She hadn’t gotten the chance to visit the ship restaurant yet, and since she had some time off of work today, Felicity decided to use this rare free time to come and finally check it out for herself.
And what a wonderful decision it had been. The food here was delicious— so much so that she just couldn’t get enough of it! She wanted to order even more, perhaps maybe move on to the dessert course, but even Felicity knew she needed to exercise restraint. Everything was better in moderation, and she needn’t exceed her limits.
By the time Felicity’s finishing up her current meal, the sun was already starting to set, covering the ocean and boat in a warm, gentle glow. She smiles at the sight, and then pulls up the Frying Pan’s information on her phone. If she was reading the operating hours right, then the employees should be having an hour break around this time.
Maybe she could stick around, and wait for the evening hours to begin?
After the weird dance that had turned everyone into a younger version of themselves and the embarrassing apology he had to give to Laney (and Georgia it felt like), Neil had some questions to ask Felicity. After doing some interrogating, he found out a not so pleasant news about Felicity’s new friend, Kai.
As it turns out, this Kai guy, eats woolies! Cute innocent monsters! Not only woolies, but other monsters too! So he assumed. Felicity had only let the part about the woolies slip, but he wouldn’t it past this man. If this menace could eat one species, he could certainly eat another.
So, after doing a little research, Neil found out this sick person owned a restaurant that served the fluffy monsters. Without wasting any more time, he ventures out to the so called Frying Pan and waits around until he sees the culprit. When the man appears he takes a stance and crosses his arms.
“You.” Was all the needed to say, the sharp glare in his eyes and furrowed brows said quite enough.
Pia turned from her mini sand castle at the sound of someone approaching. Her first thought was that it was Kai since they specifically made these plans and when she met the face of the person near her, she was right. A smile spread across her face and she stood up, wiping her hands against her thighs.
“I made a castle!”
She giggled, proud of her accomplishment. It may not have been the best out there, but she was proud of it nonetheless.
Marlin wasted no time. The second that the bandanna-wearing man walked out of the medical tent after Popuri’s fight - the one who’d carried her in, the one who’d kissed her at the dance - he stepped forward, holding an arm out to catch him in case he tried to walk by.
“She okay?” It was an asshole thing to jump right into it with no introduction, question, or explanation, but worry palpably dripped down Marlin’s frame, and he looked like he was about to burst in there himself, if he could.
He hadn’t placed among the top three of the tournament, but honestly? Fourth wasn’t bad. It was pretty great! Especially for his first tournament.
Coming out of the med tent, he was surprised to find Maerwen there. And…
“Whoa!” He lifted the cloth delicately, fingers padding over the material and the designs like he might ruin them if he touched too much. As Maerwen explained, his grin only grew wider and wider.
One hand pulled off his purple bandanna and seamlessly tucked it into his pocket. Afterward, he started to tie the new one on. “Show off? What?” He looked a little hurt by the comment, a small frown pulling at his lips. He’d just been having fun. His grin quickly returned. “Well, maybe I was trying to show off for you.”
Bandanna tied, his brown eyes fixed on Maerwen. He took a step toward her like he wanted to take her in his arms, and he really a did, but instead only offered her his hands. After a hesitating moment, she took them. “Seriously, this is the best. And handmade, I… I’m always gonna take care of it, ok?” His hands squeezed hers, their brown skin complementing each other.
“Can I kiss you?” The question seemingly popped out of nowhere, but he was grinning and asking in broad daylight, eyes only for her.
Maerwen kept her gaze down as he spoke, opening and closing her mouth a few times before she managed a response to his suggestion that he’d been showing off for her. “Well, you don’t need to waste your time doing that. I already think you’re impressive all the time,” she mumbled. She started to turn to leave, but he extended his hands right into her frame of vision, and she looked up, startled, hesitating just a moment before she took his hands.
She’d always liked his hands. And she was always disappointed she’d never been able to see them chop or cook something, given how deeply passionate he seemed about it.
After all her time spent snipping at Matai for how he’d taken kisses from her with no request, she was…confused by how unnecessary a request from Kai felt. The exploring kisses in her office that one April afternoon followed by the more fervent ones that night had made it feel almost a moot point.
“You never have to ask.” She enjoyed those little moments of brief intimate contact more than she knew how to put into words after decades of barely any touch at all, not even a hug. “I…I always enjoy the thought of them.” That was too much to admit, and her cheeks flamed a little deeper. She was almost certain she wasn’t supposed to enjoy such casual kisses, and yet she did, far more than she’d ever anticipated.
It wasn’t too often that Ash went drinking, and it was rare for him to go alone. However, today was just one of those times he need a moment for himself. While there was a bar not too far from his job, it just didn’t compare to the Frying Pan. He was biased since he was friends with the owner, but hey, nothing better than winding down near someone you know.
As he boarded the ship, he inhaled and let out a sigh. It something was smelling good as always. Maybe he’d grab a bite to eat too.
Two flowers, a blue lisianthus and a pink peony, are tied together with a pink string and delivered to Pia. A note is attached.
I’ve always been grateful to have you in my life, especially lately. I don’t know what I’d do without you!
Happy Flower Festival~
With love, Kai
Pia had no clue what most of the flowers she had received today meant, but they were extremely pretty and that’s only part of what mattered. The sender was a big part, too! Particularly, with these. Kai was always super nice to her and had more patience with her than any other person she had met in the last few years. There was no doubt in her mind that she shared the same sentiments that he wrote in his note.
Two flowers, a pink peony and a purple iris, are delivered to Maerwen tied with a purple ribbon.
Happy Flower Festival! I don’t look at the meanings of flowers much but these seemed perfect for you. You’re an amazing woman, Maer.
With love, Kai
Flower language wasn’t one that Maerwen spoke particularly well either, in all honesty. She faintly remembered the references from the festival booths, and her lips quirked. Hope. Royalty. Valor. Romance. Prosperity. Fortune. All good things to wish to someone, and none that alarmed her in any way coming from him - perhaps the royalty, but…well. He didn’t know better.
Perhaps it had been a bit much, in hindsight, sending him an entire bouquet when he’d only sent her two. Lolth, did he think her excessive? She nearly crumpled the note in her hand in a sudden spark of concern. She would…she would have to apologize. Yes, absolutely. Before he thought her overbearing.
Flower Festival || Kai, Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
Two flowers, a blue lisianthsus and a purple anemony, are tied together with a pink string and delivered to Sonja. A note is attached.
Being around you always lifts my mood. We need to hang out more, a place that isn’t work, you know? Maybe another spontaneous trip haha Hey I know a maybe good place actually! I’ll tell you about it.
Happy Flower Festival~
With love, Kai
When Kai told her that he delivered her flowers, Sonja couldn’t wait to get home. Even if the Flower Festival was more important than her own birthday, she felt as if all these flowers she was receiving were presents all the same. Even if no one was wishing her happy birthday.
Reading over the note and looking over the flowers, she smiled. Sonja told herself that she would have to work extra hard tomorrow, and maybe plan a thing or two with Kai. Gotta find out what that “good place” was, after all!
Two flowers, a purple anemony and a purple iris, are tied together with a purple string and left in Iluka’s kitchen. A note is attached.
Happy Flower Festival, Iluka. Thanks for everything and maybe one day I can pay you back, huh?
With love, Kai
A lot of purple. He knew her well.
Since he wasn’t around to see her, she smiled at the note and the flowers left for her. Iluka very much appreciated everything Kai did for her and felt that she wanted to show or tell him more often. Then again, he’s living in her home for free so maybe not… He should know by that, right?
Well, either way, she might make his favorite meal one day to thank him for the flowers.
Early in the morning when she got to work, Sonja had a bright and cheerful grin on her face. It was the Flower Festival! And she would be giving flowers to everyone she knew! Or at least, as much as her wallet could handle anyways.
So, when she saw Kai around the back, Sonja handed him a pink peony and a red alstromeria. “Happy Flower Festival, Kai! Thanks for being my friend after all this time!”
In the guest room of her home, where Kai stayed, she left a red alstroemeria and a blue lisianthus in a vase with water. Much like Ludus, Kai was a brotherly figure for her, especially during her time alone on Arcadia. She felt that he watched over her as a brother and as a friend and though she doesn’t often say it to his face, she very much appreciated everything he did for her.
You better like these flowers or else I’m going to start charging you rent.
At the maid café, there were several hard-working co-workers and Laney was glad to be a part of the team. Since today’s the Flower Festival, she decided to give them a token of her appreciation. She had a white calla lily and a red alstroemeria tied together in a pretty bow with a red satin ribbon. She handed them to each of her co-workers with a grin.
“Thank you for everything you do! Happy Flower Festival! Thank you for being such good co-workers, I’ve had the most delightful time working with you guys~”
It was another day at work. Though, could she really call it work if she enjoyed it? She was great friends with the owner and she loved to cook as well! Though, she spent her time maintaining the front of the… boat, but she didn’t mind. After all, Kai can’t be at two places at once, and while she would love to trade places with him once in a while, no one knows the menu better than he does.
So when she strolled onto the boat, she took a deep breath, smiling all the while. Another day of going around places (a bonus from this job, she got to see all the wonderful scenery) and smelling delicious food from the back. Honestly, Sonja thought that they made quite a pair at work.
“Kai!” She called out as she ran into the kitchen. “I’m ready for work! What are we gonna be doing today?”
A boat that traveled between the islands and a restaurant?
Elli signed herself up as soon as she heard about it. She knew it was a bit of a reckless expense–she had more important things to save her money for–but she justified it as treating herself once in a while would do some good. Plus, keeping herself open to new cuisine did wonders for a culinarian such as herself. If she wanted to keep her edge she’d need to keep her new tastes in her diet.
Plus, it would be fun!
She boarded the boat a little after noon, a bounce in her step from the excitement. Of course, she’d need to bring something home for Granny, too. She waited on the deck for someone to seat her. There were already a few others being seated–most were with other people. Maybe she should have invited someone with her on this trip? She honestly hadn’t thought about it… Would it be weird for her to dine alone?
She supposed not. After all she was genuinely excited for the dining experience. Who cared if someone saw her and thought she was just lonely and sad… right?
The matter of his hair was…was still questionable, to say the least. Elliott had taken to avoiding the mirrors in his house, even as it made Angela watch him too closely, and only after he realized how exhausted Chase looked and sounded every time he checked in with Elliott while running these two simultaneous restaurants did he decide that…well, ultimately, something had to change. Fears had to be faced. A balance needed to be found again.
It wasn’t about the hair. He knew that logically. He understood it. But…but it was better to put blame on that. Better to focus on it than the fears lurking deep inside of himself.
Regardless, he had to get out of the house, if only so Chase didn’t give him that look when he saw him next and had to confess that he’d worked from home every day that week again. He had to. And the beach had always been soothing.
Just after the sun had kissed the sky, Elliott found himself at the beach, shirt quietly discarded on the ground, his bare feet digging into the sand, as he slowly took himself through a form. It was a simple one, with just enough flair to get his muscles pumping. Nothing too extreme. He’d ease more into his capoiera later. For now, just the steady, building pace of orchestrated punches and kicks, until he was moving through it at full speed, sending sand flying with his foot or letting out a sharp, stilted breath when he threw a controlled punch.
By the time he finished, sweat beaded his brow, and he faced the rising sun, taking a deep breath and trying to settle the weight still stirred in his chest.