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Dec 14, 2019 10:22 AM
James travels through the multiverse to have lots of sex and adventures
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"Oh?"

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He shakes his head. "Sometimes I just feel like I'm some trouble magnet or something. I'm not complaining, see, I like leading an interesting life."

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"I'm pretty content with my reasonably boring life, personally."

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"Really? Then I suppose you won't want to go out for dinner with me tonight."

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She pauses in the middle of setting down her milkshake, studies him for a moment, then slowly completes the motion.

"Well. And what does James Orland the Eternally Single Adventurer want with a humble baker like myself?"

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"To get both of us some free breakup chocolate and, who knows, maybe more."

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"I'm not sure that answers my question," she says, taking another slurp of milkshake without breaking eye contact.

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"Doesn't it? I think it does, but you're free to ask for clarifications."

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"Why? Why me, why now?"

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"Those are both very good questions. You're extremely charming, I like you a lot, and I'll answer the last one only if you say yes, and only after the date."

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...she puts her milkshake down so she can cross her arms and glare at him. But she keeps smiling, so it's not much of a glare even so.

"...Fine," she says at last. "If the answer turns out to be 'so I can introduce you to my collection of taxidermied ex-girlfriends', I have at least two friends you've never heard of who'll know where to send the police."

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This was a bad moment for him to be sipping coffee again. He sporfles but manages not to spill any coffee; instead, he chokes on it, and spends a few seconds choke-laughing at it, setting his coffee down and hitting his chest a couple of times. "I promise there's nothing like that," he says, then coughs some more. "Cross my heart."

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She grins, sunny and cheerful. "I believe you!"

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He grabs a napkin and holds it in front of his lips to cough some more, his eyes watering. "So," cough cough, "how about I pick you up here after your shift ends? Or do you want to go home first to get ready?"

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"Depends how fancy a date you plan to take me on," she says, smirking.

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"Sky's the limit, dear heart, unless you prefer I surprise you."

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"Hmm." She thinks it over. "...Pick me up after work and don't take me anywhere where I'll be embarrassingly underdressed."

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"As you wish."

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She laughs. "And don't forget to hide the taxidermied ex-girlfriends."

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"You will see no hint of them."

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Giggle. "Good!"

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He drinks the last of his coffee and grabs his untouched pastry. "Now I believe I should go to let you mock me to all your staff."

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"You got it," she says agreeably. "See you at six-thirty."

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"I will see you then!"

So he excuses himself and goes back to his apartment, eating his pastry on the way.

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On the way out of the bakery, he is accosted by a game window:

Successfully arranging a date with Valentina despite her suspicion of your motives has caused your SED to go up by 1!
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