Who: Amanda and Melanie De Luca When: Wednesday evening Where: Mel's apartment
The move to New York had gone as smoothly as it could have possibly gone, considering where Amanda had decided to go. The first thing she had wanted to do when she was all moved in and unpacked was to see her sister, but that had taken a few days. She had been in the city since Saturday and was only now just finished with decorating. After all, she didn't want Mel coming over to her new place and having boxes lying everywhere.
When it was all finished she pulled on her coat and headed out to Mel's apartment. She was practically bouncing as she went, eager to see her baby sister because it had been a little too long between visits. She probably stuck out like a sore thumb, but she was excited and Amanda did like this feeling and wanted to hold onto it as long as possible.
She arrived at Mel's place and rang the door bell. When the door opened she smiled widely and said, "Surprise!"
Melanie had just gotten back from Christmas and New Years with her older sister, to see her new nephew. Amanda had been away, so it was just Melanie and the newer additions to their family. She'd had no idea that Amanda was so close.
Melanie had been relatively alone since moving to New York, except for Triton. He'd been wonderful in every way. She still missed Japan, her friends there, it had become home. Raiden tagging along with her and Triton at times still made her uncomfortable. A lot had happened in the short time she'd been here, so to see her sister's bright face made her smile as well as tear up.
"Amanda?" she cried pulling her into a hug.
Amanda had made their older sister swear not to mention this move to Mel, because she wanted it to be a surprise. And she had succeeded.
She hugged her sister tightly and kissed her on the head. "It's me." When they let go she made her announcement, "I've moved to the city. A few days ago, actually, but you know how unpacking and decorating takes forever. I wanted it to be a surprise."
Melanie's grin turned on full blast as she bounced in her sister's hug. "Oh my gosh, really?" In a matter of seconds her world was a lot brighter. Having her sister around now would be amazing, and she'd missed the girl talk.
She couldn't stop crying.
Amanda grinned in return and nodded her head, "Really. I've been planning it for months now, but I wanted to wait until I had a job before I ventured off to a gigantic city. I live a few blocks down."
She looked inside for a second and then asked, "Sooo, let's go get some dinner and catch up. I heard about this great bistro just down the street."
Melanie bounced on the balls of her feet too ecstatic to really think of anything else to say. She wiped away the tears from her eyes with a giant laugh.
"Yes, lets go! Just let me wash up a little."
Amanda stepped inside after her sister, locking the door behind her; one couldn't be too careful. She was still getting used to being there, entirely on her own except for the one person she knew who lived a few blocks away. It was a huge step, but she felt it was necessary.
"Hurry up! I'm starving," she laughed, looking around at Mel's things. It was nice being in a place that at least held some familiarity.
"I'll be real quick!" She hopped off for a shower and something nicer than sweat pants and a t-shirt.
There were various pictures of her and Triton framing her apartment along with other things that were distinctly Mel.
In ten minutes tops she came out refreshed and bright eyed with make-up and a fire dress with leggings.
"All ready!" There was a lot to catch up on.
Amanda looked around, stopping to look at the pictures of Mel and what looked to be an ex-boyfriend. She wondered if they had remained friends since then, or if her sister just held sentimental value to the pictures.
When Mel spoke, she hadn't realized she'd stopped looking at the pictures. She would have to ask about this at dinner. She grabbed Mel's arm and led the way, "Onward to food and drink."
Melanie caught the attention to her photos. "Oh, it's Tri---" she paused mid sentence. Well, that was awkward. She was so used to being around people who were immortal it was hard to remember what Triton's real name had been now. "Remember Lane?" she asked stepping out and pulling her coat on.
Amanda did catch that and thought how weird it was, but she didn't push it. "He was the one before the jerk, right? The cute one?" She grinned at that, "I have no idea why you ever let that one get away." From what she could remember Lane was the best guy that had ever happened to her sister, but things happen for a reason.
"Things are perfect now," Melanie said with a beaming grin. "I shouldn't have left. But he's very understanding."
She linked her arm around her sister's, leading the way outside after locking the door behind her.
Amanda looked confused. "Wait, what? Are you guys back together or something?" If so, this was all news to her and as far as she knew their older sister didn't know either. That was something they would have revealed to each other if the topic ever came up.
She followed along, watching her sister. "Perfect, huh? You know I love you and I want things to be good for you, but we both know there's no such thing as perfect. Something always seems to crop up."
"Yes!" She bounced. "I thought I told you guys. He was here when I moved and we've been together ever since." She wouldn't have survived this without Triton.
"His family is a little...." how did she put it, "extreme, but he is Amanda. He really is." In an unconventional sort of way.