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Post by Sam Tan on Sun Oct 18, 2015 6:14 pm

Sam adjusted her sash and cord and breathed hard through her nose as stared at the cafeteria doors. It was dinnertime. On a Friday. The mess hall was absolutely packed.

Tebryn had promised to steer Ineo to a specific table while Sam was putting on her costume. It was ridiculously difficult to choose between Sailor Uranus and Prince Eric for this, but with Ineo's affinity for Ariel, Sam's decision to dress up as the latter seemed much more appropriate. She would just have to save Uranus for another time-- that costume was her favorite.

She raked her hand through her hair and fought down the rising heat in her cheeks. It was now or never-- Ineo made the butterflies in her stomach act like sharks in a feeding frenzy, and if she couldn't make herself walk through that doorway Sam knew her nerve would break.

She braced herself and put on the most princely air she could muster; she held a hand-painted rose (whittled from rosewood because of course it was) behind her back and eased open the doors before striding into the cafeteria.
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Post by Ineo Minn on Sun Oct 18, 2015 10:21 pm

Ineo was a creature of habit. She ate her lunch at precisely 12:30 every day, at the table in the corner. She never consciously chose to sit with anyone in particular, but often she was joined by the Baratoge twins, and sometimes their friends as well. Other times she would eat alone, though it didn't bother her so much.

Ineo had made her peace with being by herself years ago — in fact, with as chaotic as Dunehelden could be, she often treasured her moments of quiet solitude.

She looked up from her salad, which consisted mostly of seaweed and kelp and algae, just in time to see Sam standing in the doorway.

Standing in the doorway and looking utterly, devastatingly precious. She bit back a smile and wiped her mouth on her napkin, then simply watched, waiting to see what Sam had planned.
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Post by Sam Tan on Sun Oct 18, 2015 10:49 pm

Sam gulped and marched forward, unable to stop a big crooked smile from curling across her features. Seeing Ineo watching her felt like a jolt to her chest, and sent tingles running through her nerves all the way to her fingers and toes.

Same strode through the tables, back straight, blush rising in her cheeks the closer she got to the girl who made her feel simultaneously like one of the rain-drenched kittens brought into the shelter, and a valiant knight in shining armour. When she reached Ineo, she leaned close before sinking down on one knee.

"This is absolutely terrifying," she confessed with a chuckle, just loud enough for Ineo to hear. She produced the wooden rose, holding it up to her hopeful lady fair in blackened fingers that trembled almost imperceptibly.

"Jiejie," she rasped, then cleared her throat. "I feel like an absolute idiot when I'm around you, but the happiest idiot in the world. I can't think about you and not smile-- and I want to be able to bring a smile to your face just as often as you bring one to mine. Will you be my princess?"
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Post by Ineo Minn on Sun Oct 18, 2015 11:19 pm

Ineo was prepared to be asked out, and she had expected it to be dramatic and over-the-top, in part because Sam had as much as said so. But she wasn't quite prepared for the speech, or the outfit, or... well, anything really.

She pressed her hand close over her mouth, devoid of the ability to do anything beyond smile and — Goddess help her — blush, which she could feel herself doing more and more by the second.

Ineo reached out the very same hand that had been covering her smile to take the wooden rose from Sam. It was a beautifully carved thing, and Ineo was weak to Sam's pretty, hand-made gifts.

At the mention of her smile, Ineo ducked her head down, her blush spreading. She could sense the attention of the entire cafeteria on them — or perhaps that was only Ineo's nerves.

"I would be honored," Ineo replied, her voice deceptively even. "Though I'm curious, does that make you my knight or my prince?"
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Post by Sam Tan on Sun Oct 18, 2015 11:33 pm

"I can be both." Sam tipped her head to one side, beaming, chest swelling with joy. "Though I suppose, technically, I'm also a princess. Totally cool with being a knight first, though. So long as it's you I'm fighting for."

Seeing Ineo blush was giving her courage. Also the costume probably helped. Some part of her brain knew for certain that she wouldn't have had the balls for this if she weren't dressed up.
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Post by Ineo Minn on Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:37 am

"I'm perfectly capable of fighting for myself," Ineo pointed out, though the smirk on her lips made it clear that she took no true offense. "But I'll always be happy to have such a valiant knight at my side."

Ineo looked down at the wooden rose and ran a finger over the smoothly polished petals thoughtfully. "I was beginning to worry you wouldn't ask me. It had been so long..." She glanced back up at Sam. "But I suppose this rose must have taken you a while to carve, didn't it?"
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Post by Sam Tan on Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:42 am

"Happy to be there."

Sam chuckled and wiggled her fingers. "That's the fourth one. I kept breaking them once I got the stem to the right size." She straightened and took the seat next to Ineo. "Jaebi had to help me in the end."

She felt herself blushing, and rubbed her nose in an attempt to hide it.
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Post by Ineo Minn on Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:49 am

Ineo noticed Sam's embarrassment and smiled up at her. "It's beautiful," she said. "Thank you. I'll keep it on my nightstand, along with the paper flowers you made."

Then, schooling her features into an expression that was carefully neutral in a way that was clearly practiced, she said, "So, where are you taking me on our first date? Offering to fight in my honor is well and good, but every once in a while a girl wants something pleasantly ordinary."

Despite her cool tone, the corners of her eyes pulled up like she was fighting not to smile.
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Post by Meriel "Du" MacNamara on Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:58 am

Du had come into the cafeteria not far behind Sam, and her curiosity at the other girl's outfit had quickly turned to hurt when Sam went right for Ineo's table with a carved wooden flower. It was all too clear what her intention was.

Du didn't make a move to intervene, cursing herself for not working up the nerve to do the same thing just a few minutes sooner. She sighed and turned away, heading for the kitchens in search of food. Even if her appetite was now nil, she should at least try to get something down or she'd regret it by suppertime.
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