|Erebos (the__dark__one) wrote in paxletalelogs,|
@ 2011-09-05 21:21:00
|Entry tags:||erebos, tiamat|
LIGHT AND DARK [Karin]
WHO: Elias + Karin
WHAT: Wherein the trouble at Pax is further revealed
WHERE: The Starbucks on 549 Newport Center Drive
WHEN: 7:58 p.m., Monday, September 4th
Monday typically meant that the Starbucks was relatively deserted. Today was Labor Day, however, and it was slightly more crowded -- crowded enough, as it turned out, that the table at the northwest corner was already taken. It didn't help his chances that he'd arrived slightly later than he'd intended to. Grim-faced, he placed his coffee order - Tall Americano, no room - and then quietly requested that the occupants of the northwest corner table relinquish their seats. $20 dollars later, the two sharply dressed, slightly effeminate men transferred themselves to a table across the room.
Elias brushed the table off, set his carefully-prepared notes on it, then turned when the barista called his name. He felt out of sorts. Today had not been a particularly good day and he was making inefficient choices. Adjusting the strip of black silk knotted at his shirt collar, he headed back to the counter, gritted out what he intended to be a polite "Thank you", and returned to his seat again. Sitting down, he tugged his jacket straight and flipped open his notes.
Before he got through the first paragraph, he turned his wrist over and looked at the time. 7:58. He realized he was uncomfortably nervous. If he had been the only one who'd been... affected.... that night, perhaps he wouldn't have chosen to meet this stranger. But Charlie was hurt, too. And the boy she cared for, that Rylee, had been hurt worse. It was important to learn as much as possible. It was important to try to understand. With a rough sigh, he turned back to the notes he'd written for himself and continued to read while he waited.