piesordeath: (the piemaker)
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[ooc: backdated to April 1st; takes place in the bar.]


It is April the 1st.

In other words, April Fools Day.


Of course, the Piemaker doesn't take any note of this fact as he walks into the bar that day, followed at a safe distance by Lonely Tourist Charlotte Charles.

He is used to Weird Things happening in his life - things that include the bar. But he's never been personally subjected to any of Bar's flavour of Weird.

Date: 2009-04-03 04:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lonelytouristcc.livejournal.com
Chuck is actually more preoccupied with the fact that spring and its rainy weather have taken over Coeur d'Coeurs for the past few days. Walking into the bar is a refreshing change.

She hasn't come around enough to be subjected to Bar's unique sense of humor, but after witnessing some pretty strange events, she figures it'll only be a matter of time.

Date: 2009-04-03 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piesordeath.livejournal.com
It is only after a moment that he notices a little more ... enthusiasm amongst some of the bar's patrons.

"It seems a little louder today," he observes aloud.

Date: 2009-04-03 04:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lonelytouristcc.livejournal.com
"And different," she adds, watching a patron pour maple syrup on his pancakes and attempt to take a bite before declaring that it tastes like jalapeno peppers.

Date: 2009-04-03 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piesordeath.livejournal.com
"Yeah," he agrees, glancing in the same direction, still pleasantly oblivious. "Special occasion?"

Date: 2009-04-03 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lonelytouristcc.livejournal.com
Chuck's mind races through all the potential reasons for Bar's mischief.

"Could be the day itself," she says.

Date: 2009-04-03 04:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piesordeath.livejournal.com
He opens his mouth, thinking, then closes it.

Then: "April first," he says. "... April Fools."

From the slightly crestfallen look on his face, one can gather he isn't a big fan of April Fools Day.

Date: 2009-04-03 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lonelytouristcc.livejournal.com
Chuck's seen that pout before.

(Of course, it was on an eight-year-old Ned's face, but the resemblance is remarkably identical.)

"Why that look?"

Date: 2009-04-03 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piesordeath.livejournal.com
"I'm ... not a big fan of April Fools," he says. "I don't like surprises."

Date: 2009-04-03 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lonelytouristcc.livejournal.com
"I can understand bad surprises, like finding half a worm in your fruit or stepping on a bee," and here she almost shivers at that option, "but what if it's a good surprise?"

Chuck's caught up in her thoughts, and doesn't realize she's headed for collision with the piemaker.

Date: 2009-04-03 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piesordeath.livejournal.com
He pauses, shaking his head.

Turning, he tells her (before being rather abruptly cut off), "Most of the surprises I've dealt with haven't exactly been -"

Cue gaaaasping.

Date: 2009-04-03 05:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lonelytouristcc.livejournal.com
Chuck steels herself - for what? She doesn't have any idea how it would feel to get touched again, so all she can do is screw her eyes up tightly and wait for it.

And wait.

And wait.

She slooowly opens one eye.

"... Ned?"

Date: 2009-04-03 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piesordeath.livejournal.com
He isn't breathing.

He doesn't think he can.

He is still as a sculpture.

Date: 2009-04-03 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lonelytouristcc.livejournal.com
Chuck doesn't think she can say anything.

But she's very much alive. Which is - well, new, to say the least.

"I'm still here."

Forget that inability to speak, then.

Date: 2009-04-03 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piesordeath.livejournal.com
He swallows and finally his features seem to fill again with life.

"Ch - Chuck."

He keeps his hands firmly behind his back, sounding almost uncertain.

"You're - you're okay."

Date: 2009-04-03 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lonelytouristcc.livejournal.com
"As alive as a girl-who-was-originally-dead-but-then-touched-alive-again can be, I suppose," she says, sounding a little short of breath.

It's the shock.

"That wasn't because of the day, was it?"

Date: 2009-04-03 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piesordeath.livejournal.com
He shakes his head as the adrenaline in his entire body continues to flood through him.

"I don't know," he admits, watching her closely. Because they'd touched and she's still here. He can't quite believe it. "But ... thank goodness."

Date: 2009-04-03 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lonelytouristcc.livejournal.com
Chuck looks as relieved as Ned feels. Maybe even more so.

"Did Bar take away your... you know," she concludes, nodding with her head in the direction of the clasped hands behind his back.

Date: 2009-04-03 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piesordeath.livejournal.com
"Only one way to find out," he says, then turns to the bar. "A rotten apple, please?"

There is no way he is going to try it on Chuck. Not if there's a chance it could have been nothing but a fluke, some ... temporary shield of magic or something.

His requested fruit appears (looking black and mouldy, rather pathetic actually) and he takes a breath before sticking one finger out to touch it.

Date: 2009-04-03 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lonelytouristcc.livejournal.com
The apple itself remains moldy and disgusting, but it's enough to make Chuck's gaze turn to Ned's with an expression of wonder and utter bewilderment.

"How long do you think it'll...?"

Date: 2009-04-03 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piesordeath.livejournal.com
He turns back to her, his eyes slightly wide while he, too, remains amazed.

It didn't turn back into something scrumptious and alive.

It's still -

"I don't know," he says, and suddenly his hands are feeling a little sweaty.

Date: 2009-04-03 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lonelytouristcc.livejournal.com
"It must be because we're here," she deduces, "on April first."

The second they walk back through that door, they'll be back to announcing their presence before heading into a room.

Date: 2009-04-03 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piesordeath.livejournal.com
"This is the joke?" he asks, glancing from the mahogany surface to Chuck.

He still has his hands to himself - but he can definitely feel the anticipation and anxiety start to cloud his logic.

Date: 2009-04-03 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lonelytouristcc.livejournal.com
"I knew Bar had a unique sense of humor," Chuck says, "but I guess I never knew how unique it was."

Until now.

"What do we do?"

Date: 2009-04-03 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piesordeath.livejournal.com
While he may not know what they ought to do, he certainly has a couple of ideas of what he wants to do.

He takes a breath.

"Nothing ... drastic," he says, finally. "Right? I mean ... we shouldn't do anything irrational."

Date: 2009-04-03 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lonelytouristcc.livejournal.com
"Irrational would be bad and likely end in disastrous consequences."

However, the look on Chuck's face is a clear indication that she's just about prepared to forget rationality entirely.

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