Do the Drink Thing

Old Rose Harbor is Anaxas' main trade port; it is also the nation's criminal headquarters, home to the Bad Brothers and Silas Hawke, King of the Underworld.
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Leander
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Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:37 pm

31st Day of Achtus
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To say that Leander Aguilar’s face wasn’t a familiar one in certain… establishments would be a lie from the lips of whoever uttered it. In his formative years, when the young passive wanted to pretend to himself that he hadn’t sunk so low, he had developed a routine of patronage: visiting each in turn, changing his location each night so as to avoid the suspicion that he did not rely so heavily on the toxic liquids to get though each day. It became a pattern, and the rotation took a few days, but it was nightly and, as the years passed, it could not be ignored, not least by himself.

By that point, Leander was so ingrained in his routine that it had become a tradition of sorts, and he continued to meander on his crawl, never deviating from his self-imposed rules on drinking. Whatever the bar tenders thought when he walked through the door, there was no doubt they were aware of his consistency: he was expected. Regular patrons also grew to expect him and, though he mostly kept to himself, Leander had managed to develop a relationship of sorts with some of them.

One such regular, Leander often crossed paths with. Not always: Kit was hardly as rigid in his routine as Leo, so hardly as predictable. There were many things about the pair that were as different as the sun and moon, but they shared enough in common that drinking together was easy. The knowledge of the other’s status as a galdor initially had Leo warring with himself: here was a man who had had everything, and had thrown it away. The years of company had painted a very different picture, however.

It was a while into their acquaintanceship that Leo started to feel a pleasant warmth of familiarity spread through his gut whenever he saw the older man, inevitable drink in hand, standing at the bar. It took even longer until he realised what that sensation was.

This afternoon, pushing open the door to the tavern, he saw the galdor’s silhouette in the dimly lit room as his eyes adjusted to the light. The corners of his lips curled upwards into a smile and he sauntered over. “We must stop meeting this way,” the counterfeiter said, clapping a hand on the other’s shoulder as he announced his presence and came to rest against the bar. “The usual,” he muttered to the barmaid with barely a glance in her direction, typical for his interaction with anyone providing him a service. That done, he looked back at Kit, smile returning to his lips and his tone becoming more animated, as he finished his greeting, “People will talk.

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Kit
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Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:50 am

31st Achtus | Evening
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Kit would say that it had been a long day… but he’d woken around noon so that would have been a blatant lie. It had been a slow day. The music wouldn’t muse and he had no jobs for the day and far too much energy, and the walls of his little apartment had felt like they were closing in.

Shae was… somewhere. She’d said she had some business and he hadn’t been in the mood to ask what. He’d left a note in the pie tin that seemed to have become a permanent fixture on his kitchen table- you were supposed to clean and return them, but somehow they never had- telling her he’d be out late and not to worry.

Might as well be bored and guttered as bored and sober, he’d figured, so here he was, propping up the bar at the nearest seedy inn. Kit didn’t want quality liquor tonight, he wanted cheap and strong, and the paintstripper gin that they served here, alongside their piss-poor beer, fit the bill just nicely.

The golly was leaning back against the scarred and pitted bar, one elbow propping him up as he swirled the liquid in his chipped glass when a familiar face caught his eye.

“Leo!”

The corner of his mouth lifted in a lazy half-smile, and he raised his glass in greeting as the younger man joked.

“Oh, come now, darling, you’d be so bereft if we didn’t bump into each other at least once a week. Though...mind you… it’s been a while since I last saw your shining face, though that may be...hmm…”

… I've been spending more time at home than usual...for some reason...

He hadn’t eaten much today, and this was his second glass- and, if you knew him, you could tell. Though perfectly composed, when Kit was sloshed, his words became crisper, more defined, his accent more cultured, and it was impossible to forget you were dealing with a galdor. As if the high cheekbones and insouciant field didn’t scream it for him anyway…

“What's been filling your time this last month or so?”
he enquired sociably, knocking back the dregs of his gin and turning towards the passive as he nudged the glass over the bar with a nod to the barmaid.

“Same again, thanks sweetheart,” the man confirmed, crossing one ankle over the other as he settled back again, this position clearly one he'd been in for a while.
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Leander
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Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:27 am

31st Day of Achtus
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It was all too easy to fall to Kit’s charm. He had had years of practice and had easily ensnared Leo with his quick wit and penetrating cerulean eyes. It also helped some that the two shared many things in common, such as their distaste for society and how it had shat on the both of them. The fact that Kit had become a solid and reliable drinking buddy was neither here nor there, but Leo had never had reason to complain, given his own renowned proclivity to drink to excess.

Oh, it seems I could never hoe to lie to you again, how well you know me!” It was overstated: a mockery of the posh twits who inhabited the world they grew up in, but the words were no less true. There had to be an exception to the rule of his hatred of his broth brethren, and Kit fit that place perfectly. “Quite, my soul has been bereft without you, my heart broken. Ask the bartender, I was a lost little kitten these past few days.” He put on a dramatic show of waving his arms and clutching at his chest, be recovered himself to joy just as quickly, “Thank the Circle you return to keep me whole.

Ah, besides a couple of lovely young ladies? Nothing more to report.” Truth be told, Leander had probably experienced more than his fair share of excitement, and his tone probably intimated towards that. He just hoped Kit was tipsy enough (and Leo could tell he was) to not pick up on it. Now in the service of the Bad Brothers, It was no understate say Leander hated being in the service of Silas Hawke. Gods, Kit probably knew - some time had passed and the ruined card game as a result of his diablerie was now common knowledge.

Wow, had it really been that long since they had last seen each other? What had Kit been doing, where had he been? Leander wanted to pry, to know where the only man he called friend had been. But the pair, for all their years of fellowship, shared a rather shallow bond. They drank and joked and complained together, but that was the extent.

He, too, downed his drink as Kit ordered again, nodding his agreement for a refill. “And you? Don’t tell me another foolhardy scrap has been keeping you away from me, my dear friend?

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Kit
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Wed May 15, 2019 4:02 pm

31st Achtus | Evening
Some dive
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The older golly chuckled appreciatively at the passive's dramatic flourishes and declarations.

“A lost little kitten, eh? Interesting choice of words…” He ruffled Leo's dark, cropped hair with a gleeful grin, tongue caught between his teeth.
“Has my little lion cub been so starved for attention?”

When Leo assured him that his time had been so very uneventful, Kit raised a concerned eyebrow.

“Mmmmm, I must have been mistaken then. I could have sworn I heard that you, my nimble-fingered friend, had finally been clasped warmly to the familial bosom.” He winked at the young man with a smirk and a stage whisper...
“Brothers at last…” and the musician reached out a long arm to tug the youth in to his side, nodding his thanks to the barkeep as she slid another brimming glass across the bar.

Kit always been a physically affectionate man, never one to shy away from contact, but when he was guttered… every gesture was more expressive, more invasive, more intimate. It was simply the way he was.

Leo's own enquiry made him chuckle.

“And you? Don’t tell me another foolhardy scrap has been keeping you away from me, my dear friend?”


“Funny you should say that...I've had a house guest. It's been a strange few weeks, I'm not quite sure why she's hanging around...cute little thing though, brings in the coin when we’re hopping doorways with songs, I’ll give her that.” He paused, suddenly hit with a pang of bitterness.


“She’ll find out who I really am soon enough, then I shan’t see her for dust I’m sure.”

He looked over at the young forger beside him, arm still around the other's waist as he tossed back another swig of that gin that burned unpleasantly all the way down.

“Not like you. You know exactly how low I can sink, eh Leo? And you haven’t run yet. Why is that, I wonder?”

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