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Post by Jazz Johnson on Jan 14, 2018 12:06:52 GMT -8
Jazz was having a bit too much fun just watching Mia and Marceline dance along to the song and have fun. Man, this was kinda cool wasn't it? He may have forgotten for a moment that Sera was next to him until he felt her hip bump his and quickly closed his mouth. Nope, you didn't hear anything, nuh uh, he wasn't singing along you were clearly imagining things. Arceus his face was burning again. Fuck. Smirking a bit, Jazz tried his best to look innocent or ignorant of what he knew Sera had heard but well, all he got out was something of a murmured apology.
Then the doorbell rang, or... he thought it rang? Oh, cool, Orion was getting it and... wait, what? Looking over at Nik and back at the woman in the doorway it was painfully clear how similar the two of them looked. Was he imagining things or were there two Niks now? U-um... well? Someone help him out here? And then it seemed Marceline and Mia froze so... Who was this new person and why wasn't anyone at least saying hi?
Thankfully Mia saved the day and at least gave a name to the new face in the room. Thank Arceus. Though Dash... wait, hadn't Nik talked about a Dasha before? Right, sister, that explained it. Opening his mouth to at least try and say hi or even Merry Christmas, Jazz found that his voice just... wouldn't cooperate. If anything, more of a strangled squeak was all that escaped him. Fuck. This was all too awkward for him and the tension in the room after Dasha appeared... what was with that even? Nevermind that he was still very aware that Sera was next to him. It had gotten a tiny bit easier not to stare at her but... Ehh, he didn't even know what to say, not that his damn voice would let him anyway. Help? Someone?
Post by Nikolai Laska on Jan 21, 2018 22:54:30 GMT -8
Door? Oh, that must be Dasha! Nik would have gotten it, really! Just... their executive dysfunction protested 'but getting up 8c' just long enough that Orion was already headed that way, so welp oh well guess they may as well take their time.
By the time she'd come in, though, Nik was sliding out of their barstool, and just after Mia offered her greeting, Nik met her for one of their own, wrapping Dasha in a tight hug as she came in the door. "Hey~! Merry Christmas again!♥"
Sera smiled bright and waved as Dasha came back into view when Nik moved. "Hey, glad you could make it~! Long time no see, eh~?" She giggled in an intentionally cutesie manner.
Quiet enough only Nik and Dasha and probably Orion could hear, Nik murmured, "Really though, it means the world to me that you were willing to give this a shot."
"Not giving a shit is the most liberating thing in the world, to a point of convincing yourself that you don't give a shit because you passionately, passionately give a shit."
Post by Orion Alim-Verdi on Jan 22, 2018 13:55:21 GMT -8
The color in Dasha’s features was up tinging redder than her soft makeup. Her eyes flickered from Orion to Mia as she came up. She— ah, she just…. Uhmph… Yeah. She wouldn’t even register Marceline or Jazz right then, but— Oh!! Nik! Yes, good timing, yes. Hugging back the minute those arms wrapped around her, she breathed a little easier. “Merry Christmas,” she answered her voice projecting to everyone even as she eased up from the hug.
A soft chuckle escaped from Orion thereafter his gaze flickering from Nik and Dasha. With his back to the kitchen, he wouldn’t even register Marcie’s turn around yet either.
Dasha, meanwhile, smiled a little at Sera’s words and gave a small nod. It had been… since the Gala, she guessed, yeah. That and…. Lips pressed together but wouldn’t turn down. Her focus shifted instead as Nik started speaking. Ugh, that … thanks or assurance or whatever it was made her stomach tighten, and she really just… wasn’t even sure what she wanted other than for this to go well so… “Itshouldbegoodhopefully.”
“Is that everyone?” Orion finally spoke looking around and going over a headcount. His gaze would finally flicker to Marcie, however, and he… did register something was wrong but wasn’t entirely sure of what. It would take him much longer to register it on his own. Too much cheer and whatever else. “You wanna do presents now or later?”
Dasha chewed the inside of her mouth, the arm that was pressed on her bag concealing exactly one present for Nik (for now) and …ah….. uhm…. Yeah. “Sure…” she mumbled.
Post by Mia Kearney on Jan 23, 2018 2:20:13 GMT -8
Well this was...awkward. For both Mia and Marcie for individual reasons. In truth Mia hadn't expected Dasha to come, given Nik apparently had christmas with the family already, but then again she did come to their birthday body which was supposed to be a friends only thing, so she was bound to come to this one too...right. Surely Dasha couldn't still feel awkward around her just cause she popped out of a stripper cake...and cried at a party...and admitted she loved her brother-now-sister...
Arceus maybe she was the drama whore not Nik...
Marcie herself was cautious to even turn back around, but doing so slowly she'd try and gauge Dasha's face to see if she herself was recognized...if not she'd cautiously approach the tree where the presents had been left, not comfortable enough to take a seat in her cautiousness, but willing to play nice if Dasha didn't recognize her...she didn't even know why she was worrying really, she had a mask that day and none of the pokemon she used were currently present...
"Yeah er...presents sound dandy right about now." Putting on a smile, Mia eased herself out of the kitchen area too, grabbing a loose cushion off one of the couches and sliding it across the floor so it stopped beside the tree, sitting on it cross legged as she started to unload her lot of presents. There was a very small box in green and purple wrapping for Jazz, a couple, variously sized, silver wrapped ones for Nik, (one of which was actually for Jasna) another silver, but with rose patterns in a lighter color for Sera, and finally a...clearly less purposefully wrapped present for Orion. Unlike the other's it wasn't box shaped and looked like she'd thrown last years wrapping paper's scraps around something rather flimsy itself.
If anyone asked later, they'd find out Vesta wrapped Sera's and Jazz's, while she helped Mia with Nik's, and left Mia to wrap Orion's herself.
"I'm good too...do we want to do this in any order?" Marcie was still a little nervous to take a seat, flipping her eyes to the bag containing the presents she'd brought. "I'm not sure how you all do it but my family tend to have each person all the presents meant for them at once, so Nik would open hers, then perhaps Orion, then Mia here, or do you lot do it by the person handing them out rather than recieving."
"My family tend to leave them all under the tree and dash at them with hungry hands and sharp, tape tearing teeth.~" Mia smirked as she chimed in, and Marcie returned a playful smirk.
"Ligg's underground right?" She asked back with a smirk of her own.
"Born and bred~" Mia finished with a wide, smug grin. With all her presents already out, she shrugged and smirked to the others. "Well I got all these out anyway, may as well hand 'em out while I know who's is who's right? No problems?" The rpers agreed there would be no objections to this grand giving of presents, and Marcie began to hand them out. "Okay so no opening till you all get your hands on them...~"
Making sure everyone had their presents, Mia sat cross legged again and followed the order of posters after her so as not to get confusing. Marcie sat to one side, having no present to receive, sitting somewhere close to Orion, likely the arm of a couch, looking over his shoulder and narrowing her own eyes at the shoddily wrapped present.
"Okay so sorry to Marcie and Dash...didn't know you guys were coming." Turning to Jazz as he started opening his, Mia grinned wide as she watched him open up what was inside. A small box, the kind you'd put jewellery in or something, but it was just re-used from an old gift she'd gotten Vesta a while back. The box actually had a single key with a Luxray on the keychain, and a turned over photo beneath that. "Okay so, since I've had a lot of spare time lately with the gym closed, I started working on an old piece of kit. She purrs real nice now that I got her workin' but...well, you really seemed to like going out on mine, and I ain't got any room in my garage for another, so I thought you could have it. Worse comes to worse you can just sell it right?" She smiled softly and added. "That there's a photo of it. (though a little less shiny and with Mia's garage as the backing) I can hire an abra or something to drop it off one day, or even bring it across on Sinclair?" She offered, forgetting once again she had a teleporting pokemon of her own.
Hoping Jazz liked the gift, given Jazz could have owned a bike of his own by now, she turned her eyes to Sera next. Mia didn't know her too personally so she worried this one wouldn't be all that good, and it was a lot less expensive. As she opened it she'd find a decorated rose hair clip. There was a very small red gemstone in the center of the flower, but it clearly wasn't a ruby or anything overly extravagent, with smaller gemstones in the petals of the flowers to make it rather sparkly. "I er...hope its alright? Your boyfriend said roses were kinda your thing..." She'd blink and add. "Oh er, you wanna hand him my present when you next see him too?" She held up a small cube in black wrapping paper. "I can hand it across next time I see him anyway if not."
Whether Sera took the box or not, Nik would be next and, while not as personal a project as Jazz's technically, Mia was hoping he'd enjoy the few he got her. One was...rather sizeable, and she'd quietly guide him away from opening it, though as he opened the others it might become obvious. First was a small box containing 3 decorated guitar pics, one with a picture of Jasna imposed onto it, one with Orion, and one with Mia herself, the last of the 3 clearly the most posed for given how they had to be prepared. Mia...had thought of going with fancier ones, something more decorative, but when the guy at the store told her she could use her own pics she couldn't resist. There was a small box of various guitar fixing bits, like extra string and general polish for the wood, and finally, unrelated to the final gift, Mia had wrapped up a small wicker basket she'd filled with various treats and stuff, like pringles, sweets, fancy little chocolates, adding "That one's half from Vesta."
As the final present came to, Mia was grinning wide despite how obvious it was. She knew Nik liked his music, so she'd gotten a friend in the underground to make a guitar for a good price. Opening up the case she'd somehow managed to wrap without giving away the shape, it would still look rather shiny, and, much like the pics, Mia had been a bit silly, and gotten a picture of herself on it, though this one wasn't a photo, but actually painted onto the wood of the guitar, her half-turned giving a thumbs up and a cheeky grin with golden flames and a dark red background across the rest of the guitar. The art style was similar to stuff you'd see on the side of old vans.
"Before you freak out or anything, I got a really good deal, the art was free from an old buddy for bailing him out so many times, the guitar...well it was still a bit expensive, but I'm sure you'll make it up to me by playing me another goofy love song sometime.~"
Snickering at Nik's pout, but immensely glad she'd gotten such a squeaky reaction, she'd offer to come over and hug Nik and the guitar in a double Mia group hug, but given Jazz probably wasn't letting her go too soon, all she could do was giggle. "Well hug your new baby for now and I'll get you a hug from the real thing in a sec...oh! I nearly forgot!"
She handed him two more presents specifically afterward, a bit awkard given Jazz was still hugging her, one marked for Jasna, but if Jasna showed up to open it, or Nik opened it for her, it would reveal a tiny plush of a Bounsweet. It had a slightly funny smell but not in a bad way, and Mia would explain it was stuffed with berry scents Mienshao were supposedly supposed to like, though she was just going off the salesguy on Ebay so she could be wrong.
The other gift was from Henne Kearney, and was a long knitted hat. Originally it had been planned to be a scarf, which still showed in the fact the tip had a lot of dangling fabric like the edge of a scarf might, but Mia had suggested she change it to a hat mid-knitting. It was a green and red n a striped pattern from the tip to the base, with dangling baubly bits either side like some winter hats might have. "Mom made it special."
Finally, Orion's present. She'd feel a bit shit with what she got him in comparison...they'd hung out once, REALLY, at least just the two of them, and she had no idea what he was into...so unwrapping the gift, he'd just find a deluxe size bag of Haribo. "...Merry christmas!" Maybe if she said it with enough enthusiasm it'd make up for how last minute it was.
Post by Jazz Johnson on Jan 23, 2018 16:50:58 GMT -8
Thankfully the somewhat tense atmosphere didn't last long and Jazz was breathing a sigh of relief. Good, that was good... and hmm? Sera seemed to know Dasha already? Why was it that everyone else seemed to know her except for him? Well, at least Orion was moving on to presents which had Jazz excited all over again. Refilling his coffee cup, he moved over to the couch and sat down, making sure to leave enough room for anyone else that wanted to sit down.
At the suggestions about how to exchange the gifts, Jazz mostly stayed silent. Whatever was fine, but well, the small purple and green box that was given to him had Jazz raising an eyebrow. This was pretty small, like a jewelry box or something. Heh, well, maybe it was some kind of awesome accessory he hadn't grabbed from Hot Topic. Not that he needed anymore but oh well. Still, when he opened the box to see a key, Jazz simply stared at it, mind racing at the possibilities it could be.
And then Mia started explaining what it was and fuck, now he was blushing. It... meant so much to him? After spending so much time with Mia, how many times had he admired her bikes? Shit, why was he getting teary eyed? Why wouldn't his voice cooperate? It took a good few moments and some deep breaths before Jazz's throat stopped cutting off his voice. "I love it." Ok, that came out as more of an awe-filled whisper than anything else but it was progress. Great, more tears were filling his eyes and just fuck, why was he this touched by something as simple as a bike?
Another deep breath would be taken before Jazz hugged Mia perhaps a little too tightly, if briefly. He... still couldn't put into words how much the gift meant to him but this was something at least. Yeah. That and he just couldn't stop smiling. Man, this was awesome.
Post by Nikolai Laska on Jan 23, 2018 17:54:25 GMT -8
As talk of presents started up, Nik decided the cookies were probably fine. (The art was just showing off more than anything anyway.) They moved back over to the counter to snap a few quick pictures on their phone so as not to forget, then made their way over to the couch to sit down between Jazz and Orion, now that Mia was up sorting presents. (Nik half wanted to scold Marcie for sitting on the arm but it wasn't like the couch wasn't already a but worn down so oh well, at least she hadn't taken up the regular seat next to Orion.)
Sera let others get situated a bit before figuring out where she wanted to sit. There was a decent armchair near the door and perpendicular to the couch, but Dasha might prefer that to one of the dining room chairs, ssooooo~ Oh dear seemed she had just no choice, and with a cheeky grin plopped down between Jazz and Nik, leaning a bit into the latter.
"Ffdbldbhtfhhh." Nik shoved her away with a splayed hand, but only very lightly, and Sera giggled at the effort. Nik had already been sitting a bit closer than necessary to Orion, so it wasn't even a particularly tight squeeze. This also coincidentally lined Mia's recipients up in perfect order, a fact SG would only realize after having decided where Nik and Sera were most likely to sit based on what others had mentioned, but whoo!
As Jazz opened his and Mia explained, Nik and Sera were both a little stunned. Sera moreso-- Nik knew this wasn't nearly as big a deal for Mia for numerous reasons, including but not limited to her income, her existing bike collection, and her incredibly generous nature in general-- but both were at least somewhat surprised to realize Jazz and Mia were that close?
And as she opened her present, Sera may have been very slightly jealous, not of the bike, but that it seemed he was closer to Mia than she was, even though Sera fully acknowledged this was her own fault, heh... Ah, she did genuinely smile at the pin regardless. "It's beautiful, and I do love roses." She probably would have been outright excited if not for the massive value gap, really, and tried to remind herself to appreciate the gift for what it was rather than comparing-- "Oh??" The black box really did excite her, though, and her face genuinely lit more at that. "It's so nice of you to get him something! I'll definitely pass it along~" She didn't even know what it was, but the fact someone other than her had gotten Niso a present meant so much to her?? She was so pleased.
As Nik's turn came, they got immediately very excited at the first present. "Ohmygod they're pic picks I love themmmm." They nodded at the other guitar stuff, pretty well guessing from the building theme here what the big present would be, but the basket caught them a bit off-guard. "Ah~! Ah, tell her thanks from me." Nik had guessed 'guitar', but the customization and artwork did get them very excited, and a prolonged questioning SQUEEAAAK?? escaped them. "I LOVE," Nik more or less yelped. They hadn't had an electric guitar since they left their old one in-- ah a long time anyway. But!! Good!! LOVE? Nik hugged it, but then frowned, looking down and then to Mia and back and forth again. "Miaaaaaaaaaaaa why would you do this to meeeeee. I wanna hug my beautiful new baby but I also wanna hold the real thiiiiiiiiiiiiing." They put on the biggest faux-dramatic pout, and Sera could only half-suppress a light snicker as she rolled her eyes.
Hm? ... "Acceptable," Nik said when Mia promised a real hug later, doing their best to sound vaguely huffy despite clearly fighting so hard not to grin. That fight was lost with, "There's more!?"Nik's face was burning, especially knowing Dasha and Mia hadn't gotten anything so far. "Y--you're spoiling me." That was half meant as a complaint but... but no Nik was not actually complaining they were just very flustered fffff. ... Oh!! "Jazzy!" Nik called. "...Not you. Jasna!" In the meantime, the unwrapped the hat and--!!!! "I love it!" ... Oh but??
>.> <.< This had never stopped Nik before. They took off the elf hat, pulled on the knitted one, and put the elf back on over that, such that the long tassels now fell over their ears while the more rigid hat still stood tall and the bell could dangle freely.
Just after, Jasna slid down the railing of the stairs. There were an awful lot of people here so she hadn't wanted to be under foot, but if Nik was inviting? ...Was that a present for her? She couldn't "read" outright, but recognized many words including her own name, and though her fur would hide a blush she could feel her face burning. She took and unwrapped it and??? This... The more cultured part of her mind insisted she should be offended. She worked so hard to live more like a human than many Pokemon, to learn things like words and money. But... it smelled... so good... and??? aijwijaiowjiofjiowa maybe it wouldn't hurt to just-- She put it in her mouth and squeezed a bit and-- ajijaiowjif SHE LOVED. She was so embarrassed how much she loved??? She kind of wanted to go hide with it but... fuck it she still hoarded everything in sight it wasn't like anyone was buying her Iz People efforts anyway and she wanted to indulge. So she climbed up and nestled between Nik and Orion and continued nomming on the good plush as Nik chuckled softly and pet her.
Post by Orion Alim-Verdi on Jan 24, 2018 6:20:07 GMT -8
Dasha was extremely thankful not to get a gift from Mia. The implications would have both set her on edge even further and made her feel guilty for not having reciprocated. “It’s fine thanks,” was all she’d mutter before shifting down into the arm chair Sera hadn’t sat down in. Maybe in the next couple of minutes, she could settle and actually start to enjoy herself.
Orion, meanwhile, leaned against the arm of the couch a little more as three people squeezed in, and Marcie sat there. Heh, this was… more enjoyable than he was going to admit to right then. As the presents were handed out and he took up his strangely wrapped gift, the weight of it would have his eyebrow raising. This would get thrown to the back of his mind, however, as Jazz opened his gift.
Wait what the fuck?? What the— Arceus??? Orion’s jaw dropped a little, and yellow eyes blinked very, very slowly. This was? Jazz was? Mia was??? Damn. A weird chuckle escaped from Orion, and a hand reached up to curl a few fingers through his hair. “Jazz you be careful riding it—“ Shit brain did you have to flip flop to worry on a dime? Apparently. A weird, forced chuckle escaped from him. “LikeIknowyouwillorsomething.”
Dasha was trying very, very hard not to show even a hint of interest in the motorcycle. Her own was just fine, very nice even, and yeah whatever.
Both sets of player controlled eyes flickered over to Sera’s and then Nik’s gifts, and while this made perfect sense to Orion— Dasha was nearly left sputtering. This was— Mia knew Konto was— ugh? How many were in this conspiracy, Nik. A weird coughing sound escaped from her, and had she not wanted to see it through, she would have gotten up right then and retreated to the kitchen. Lucky for everyone involved, she hadn’t yet registered any relation of Marcie to the woman with the mask so many months back. Perhaps someone else’s stupid green hair had upped her tolerance for it.
The next round of presents were Nik’s, though, so… So. Damn… Wow. Just damn. Jazz got a fucking motorcycle and Nik got an electric guitar and— Yeah he worked stupidly hard to afford this house, but it was coming in at such a low run speed by comparison. A hand reached up and covered over his lips doing his best to conceal them. And wait a fucking minute that painted on the side was— Ok, now he was snickering for real and feeling a little more amused. Ok, yeah. Ok good. Look at how happy Nik was too. Yes, best. Damn and even Jasna got a gift and …. Ah man, look at Nik being so excitable and cute and good and yes. This was actually fine.
Dasha blanched a little on seeing the hat, but Nik’s immediate movements with it had recapturing herself pretty quickly. Ah yeah, good.
At last Orion would open his gift only to find the deluxe bag of— FEEEESSSSSSSHHHHH. As last minute and vaguely disheartening as this should have come across when compared to the rest of the gifts, Orion could not stop grinning. Shit? These looked like Wishiwashi? Was this a School Form bag? He was so endeared? Where had she picked these up? He needed to find the store. Man, he almost didn’t wanna eat this but of course he was going to cause what would be the point otherwise but. “Thank you~” he mused over to Mia.
Post by Mia Kearney on Jan 24, 2018 11:08:08 GMT -8
Seeing that everyone enjoyed their presents, especially Nik and Jazz (though Sera's look of mild dissapointment hadn't gone unnoticed and she was worried she was just being nice about the present, unaware of what actually seemed to bother her). "Well I'm glad you guys all like 'em!" She snickered as she gave Jazz one last tight squeeze before holding him at arms length. They'd taken her own bikes out a few times but all the same she offered. "If you need any lessons on how to ride it, I can show ya, and I know a nice teacher in Liggs who can test ya for a license too.~"
Marcie had watched all the presents being given out, and just as Mia moved from Jazz to Nik, giving them a big hug too, she wondered if her own presents could really compare...well no. Of course not. As much as she learned about these people, that was for manipulation. She didn't know them like she did her own family, well,except for Orion maybe, but even then.
"Well you certainly know how to make yourself a hard act to follow don't you Kearney?~"
Post by Jazz Johnson on Jan 24, 2018 12:47:20 GMT -8
As the rest of the gifts were opened, Jazz sat back and watched, fiddling with the key now and again. It was still hard to believe that the bike in that photo was now his. This was real, wasn't it? It certainly felt real. The surprise on everyone's face was something too. Heh. Had he not talked about Mia around them before? Well, even Nik had been surprised initially but Mia was the first friend he'd made in Veria so it made sense. Orion's statement though had Jazz laughing. "Course I will~." Oh right, the others were opening presents now.
Sera's pin was pretty, but the box had him raising an eyebrow. Boyfriend? Huh? What else was he missing out on and... umm, why was she being so flirty when she was in a relationship? Ehh, it wasn't his business. Still, who was this boyfriend? Oh well, not important right now. Then Nik got... oh wow, that was a lot of presents. Granted that not all were from Mia but it made his presents seem sub par considering where all his time had been spent. Well... it would be alright, yeah... as long as they enjoyed it.
Nik's reaction was something though, even if him calling for Jasna like that had him doing a double take. Jasna was so cute nomming on that plush toy though and then Nik decided to put both hats on. Pffffffttttt. Wow, he was a dork, a sweet dork, but still a dork. Mia's present for Orion was about as perfect as it could get too. A bag filled with Wishiwashi candy. Dasha was nearly left sputtering. "Are ya gonna make a model of a schooling form Wishiwashi, 'rion~?" Jazz teased, grinning when Mia started talking about teaching him and even getting a license. "Sweet! I'd have to take ya up on that~. As soon as I git the license we kin be racing 'round Liggs again." That was an exciting prospect, wasn't it. Just like old times but this time he had his own bike.
"So, uh... who's next?" Please don't make him reveal his presents this soon. Not after Mia's awesomeness.
Post by Nikolai Laska on Jan 24, 2018 19:40:29 GMT -8
Ehehehe. Once Mia was free from Jazz, Nik leaned forward to carefully set the guitar on the coffee table, a bit more of a reach than usual as it had been pushed back to give everyone more room. "Pretty sure no one wants to follow all that so I guess me and Ri' can go next," they offered. "Between the house and traveling to see his fam last week and hosting we didn't go too big on anything." They flashed a cheeky grin as they rose to their feet. "But maybe this way rather than disappointed you'll all be glad at least you're following us instead of Mia~"
Speaking of, after a brief snicker, they wrapped their arms around her and stole a quick kiss. "Thanks again for everything, beautiful♥" As Nik moved toward the tree, Sera gestured to the now empty seat beside her for Mia, smiling brightly at her. Once she took it, Sera would lean over and nuzzle affectionately for just a moment, and on Mia's other side Jasna would do the same for a little longer.
"Ah, did you have anything you needed to check cooking, babe?" Nik briefly prompted Orion. Whether he did or not, though, Nik went ahead and dug their presents out from under the tree. None were very fancily wrapped, but they were nice enough-- not sloppy or hack jobs at least-- considering none were in actual boxes, just soft cloth wrapped up; and all the same navy blue silver-shape-patterned paper with just simple name tags.
"Spoiler alert, mine are all shirts," they prefaced as they handed them out.
Jazz's package would contain this shirt but in dark forest green instead of blue, and this one in black with the top word in lime green, and without the words being censored.
Sera's contained this design, but in soft pink and a more feminine cut. The second... Nik begged Orion to tell them not to buy, but Orion was a horrible enabler with as bad a sense of humor as Nik so Sera got this apparently.
Mia's might have been a bit predictable but oh well. This tank and this shirt, including frayed edges on the sleeves. A third shirt under them might have been more mean-spirited in the moment, but between Mia's own jokes and what Nik knew was under the tree, Nik felt pretty okay about it.
For Dasha, a more fashionable shirt Nik had managed to find with tags still attached at a thrift store, along with this tank top. Dasha's package had a third shirt at the bottom, as well: a bit baggy for her but Nik hadn't been able to resist.
Marcie had two picked up from a thrift store as well, one green and one white. Nik didn't really know her well enough to to anything too personal, but she always struck them as pretty fashionable so? They hoped she'd like them and that they'd fit okay.
Nik had seen one he particularly wanted for Orion a few weeks ago online, and would have sworn they bookmarked it, but couldn't find it later. The alternative,, however, was still pretty good and ought to be especially amusing to see Orion wear around Luke for reasons ehehehe. Under that, Orion would find another shirt that Nik may have appreciated more than he did but knowing Orion it was hard to say. Finally, there was a dark green version of this one.
As Sera opened hers, she'd give a brief "Daww~" at the Hello Skitty shirt, but as she read the other... SNORRRTTT. She shoved it down in her lap to hide the text (though Jazz and/or Mia may have had a chance to read it already), and her face was almost darker than her hair, but she was having trouble breathing as she tried desperately to suppress her laughter. NIK that was such a dick mov-- WAIT NO oh no that thought made it worse oh no she was not mature enough someone help please.
Post by Orion Alim-Verdi on Jan 24, 2018 20:32:02 GMT -8
Orion snorted softly at Jazz's question. He could… probably make a cake based around these, actually, but it'd have to be very well planned out and necessary and proper and- oh huh, wasn't somebody's birthday coming up? Heh, yeah probably not the best idea there. Who was next? Apparently, Nik was, heh.
Oh shit- hang on, yeah, he did need to check the oven. He didn't smell anything burning but… He did shift up and go and check anyways. Ah, yeah that's right, the bread needed to come out actually. Good timing probably. Yeah, just a quick slide out here, and he'd slide back onto the couch right in time to get his own soft-wrapped present into his lap.
Hm? Nik he swore they weren't going to exchange (any more) presents but- heh. His lips quirked a bit on seeing the first- and twisted up in a snicker at the second- and sort of melted at the third. That was… awe, yeah. He was endeared again just from the thought involved and it always being Nikki and yeah. "Gonna have to wear this one everywhere." He flipped it around in case anyone else wanted to see. A smile held on his features for a little longer than necessary before he eased up again.
Dasha, meanwhile, was very pleased with the first fancy shirt and even a little humored by the second. The third though- FFFFFFFF…. Ah no, she was ….. very sure she reserved the right as the evil twin at this point, probably. Her shoulders shook with a small laugh, and a softer smile came to her features as she looked up again. "I…. actuallyonlyhaveonegiftforNik…. so," she was shifting her purse around, opening it and pulling out a decently sized purple bag stuffed with pink packing paper. It was quickly handed over to Nik before she sat back again watching.
Inside, Nik would find a hat with some earrings pinned to the ears. Stuffed in the hat itself, however, were several cassettes of makeup, each compact meant very specifically for Nik's skin tone but variable enough in color and tone to fit any occasion. All of it was high grade, hand-picked, and perfectly chosen- Not that they couldn't just go to a spa, which oh look just in case there was also a spa pass right under that!
Post by Mia Kearney on Jan 25, 2018 2:43:12 GMT -8
Glad to see even Orion liked his gift, though in truth she had no idea he liked fish, she'd just picked the first bag she'd seen at this big sweet store in upper Liggs, Mia gave Nik a tight squeeze and, at Sera's light prodding by gesturing to the open seat, would shift around to take his spot. She'd briefly look to the pillow she left on the floor, tending to prefer her own space than be trapped on a small couch like this, especially now Jasna was taking up, but as both girls beside her nuzzled up to her, a light rosey tint took to her cheeks and she ruffled the hair behind her neck.
"Geeze ladies, I know I'm hot stuff but one at a time please~ I've only got one hand for the two of yas now.~" Of course that could come off sexual but Mia had more meant it as a light tease, more in the idea of a juggling act than...well. You know. All the same she was a little comfier, and with Sera (hopefully) to her left, she hooked an arm around the back of the pink Gal's neck, pulling her into a brief hug. "Glad you liked the gift hun...You too Jazz." She reached over with her stump, just brushing it between the Mienshao's ears in an attempt to ruffle her fur. "You too little Jas." Mia settled back into her spot on the couch, watching Nik give out his presents, snickering about his shirt comment. She considered teasing him about it, but he had just bought a house, so maybe it wasn't the best idea to highlight his money issues too much.
Marcie was surprised she got ones herself, and watching the other's open there own, didn't honestly expect much for her to wear in public...maybe for pyjamas? There was probably some weird "boss lady" quip on the shir-oh. Oh wow these...she could tell they weren't too expensive but they were actually very nice? She especially liked the green one, turning it around and holding it against her torso, trying to lay it out flat and turning to everyone, the look in her eyes clearly asking what everyone thought, Mia offering a "Suits you.~" before Marcie leaned across and gave Nik a brief peck on the cheek. "Thank you dear, these are lovely." She'd show them each to Orion, fishing for a compliment off him especially, clearly seperate from everyone else as she beamed brightly in his direction.
Mia herself made it through the first two of her shirts, snickering a little. "These'll be great for summer. Thanks Nik.~" She was about to get into the third when she spotted Sera push something down into her lap, leaning over her shoulder and reaching an arm around her side, trying to just casually peer over her shoulder at the pink top. "What ya got there...?" Her sneaking hand suddenly dove into Sera's opposite side, trying to tickle her till she loosened up enough for Mia to use the same hand and steal away the shirt behind her back, snickering loudly as she managed to read what was on it, but careful enough not to let anyone else (but Jasna) see...
At least till she threw it at Jazz over Sera's head. It was up to her if she was quick enough to catch it before it reached Jazz though.
"Suits you too.~" She'd give a playful link before bringing the last gift up to her mouth. She could open it with one hand if she tried but she found it quicker to just use her teeth, tearing it open till she could see what was written on it...oh. Oh fuck you. It'd be laid flat on her lap for anyone to see as she just gave Nik a look that said they were a little shit of the highest order. Placing the shirt to one side, she rose up, and held out her arm and a half as she walked across the room to them. "C'mere.~"
Her smile made it clear he was not going to entiiiiirely enjoy the hug she was offering.
As he dipped away to escape the hug in a playful chase, she dove after him, hitting the floor so they were both on their sides, squeezing Nik as tight as she could till it hurt just a little, but not so much that it ruined the playful mood. "Yeeeeah! Can still crush you with one arm! Feel the love you cheeky shit!~" Giggling and snickering as she eased up, she gave him a brief 'mwah' style kiss before easing up to her feet, rubbing the stump arm she'd fell on a little before offering out her good arm to help Nik to their feet.
"Seriously though...that is fucking great!~ Expect an angry look next time you see Vesta though.~"
Post by Jazz Johnson on Jan 25, 2018 10:58:51 GMT -8
Jazz was actually really glad that Nik volunteered to go next. He didn't want to reveal his gift to Mia right away anyway, even if it could feasibly top the gifts she had given them. As Orion went up to to check the kitchen, Jazz sat back and relaxed a bit more, chuckling at Mia's comment about being between two ladies. "Yeah, I'm gonna look forward to kickin' yer ass racing, Mia~," Jazz teased, smirking a bit before Orion came back and sat back down.
Nik's spoiler alert had Jazz smirking a bit. Well then, he could always use a few more shirts no big deal. What he opened to find however had him snickering a bit too hard. The first one was awesome and in one of his favorite colors but the second one? Hell yeah. "This is awesome! Hope ya know I'm nevah gonna take dis off." Well, that was a bit of an exaggeration but regardless he would proudly show it off to everyone else, especially Mia. It just proved a point and made him remember that he said he'd rather be called badass over 'pretty' when he first met Mia. Did he tell Nik about that time? No? Well, whatever. He had a shirt to prove it now.
Sera's shirt, or rather, her reaction to the shirt caught his attention next. He actually had seen what it had said but before he could say anything, Mia had grabbed it and was throwing it at him. Snerking a bit too hard, Jazz grabbed it and looked at the lettering before giving it back to Sera face down but not before leaning over to whisper." 's my favorite too~." Heh, that was probably Too Much but well, this was a little too much fun.
Orion's shirts were gold though and Jazz was snickering a bit too much when he showed the last one. That was adorable and Nik and Orion were so sweet together. He'd grown used to seeing this level of sweetness from both of them but it was still endearing regardless. From his position, Jazz couldn't quite see what Dasha got but judging by her reaction it must've been pretty good. Marceline's shirts were pretty and suited her style pretty well. Mia's were awesome and definitely her but that last one had Jazz snickering a bit too hard, especially when Nik was tackled and hugged as a consequence. Ehehehe, Mia was awesome wasn't she.
Post by Nikolai Laska on Jan 25, 2018 17:38:12 GMT -8
Nik beamed as Orion showed off his shirt. They knew he'd love that more than a "more romantic" thing, ehehe.
ajiwojiofao-- Nik recoiled as Marcie kissed their cheek, face scrunching a bit. They bit their tongue, and then forced a smile. They were glad she liked the gifts but she was--.... actually probably the only person here Nik was entirely uncomfortable being kissed by huh? Ha... Jazz would surprise and confuse them but would register as a similar brand of affection as Sera after the initial 'bwah?', and Dasha would be a bit of a surprise but Nik had kissed her forehead or top of her head (which even was it when she was in the hospital?) at least once or twice in their adult lives, so? shrug? Nik wasn't even sure if they should be annoyed with Marcie or kind of proud of themself that they had numerous people they weren't super awkward around, heh.
As Mia teased Sera, her face finally did darken redder than her pink hair, and vague words of defense came out as sputtered half-sounds-- followed by a yelp as Mia took and tossed it to Jazz. Oh no on no!?? Jazz's quiet comment as he gave it back did not earn much visible reaction, but internally a layer of shame mixed into her embarrassment as she realized that... actually vaguely turned her on ugh wow she has a problem what was wrong with her. ;-; (Granted the empathic absorption of Jazz's flirty vibes probably didn't help but even still. OTL)
In the meantime, Nik had taken their present from Dasha-- "Ah, thanks~" --and had almost finished opening it when Mia saw and reacted to her last one. O--oh uh. That smile didn't look-- Nik started backing up and briefly turned to run (where did they think they were gonna go?? probably nowhere but they did't think that far lol) only to be tackled by Mia. "WAH--"
"Feel the love you cheeky little shit!" Nik let out another high-pitched noise of whining "protest", but was clearly suppressing some laughter despite everything. That MWAH! had them grinning ear to ear, though.
[approved by Yumi to insert here] Nik feigned another whine and complained, "My poor elbow though.." For all the hilarity, they actually did hit the floor kind of hard heh.
"Your elbow?" Mia retorted, and Nik sputtered in response. OKAY MIA they were sorry for brining injured elbows into this aijiajiwa pfff.
"Nnnbdfbdbnnn get off."
Mia did start to let them up then, but teased, "Maybe later~" and earned a sharp blush from Nik in the process.
"Seriously though...that is fucking great!~ Expect an angry look next time you see Vesta though.~"
"I-I'll live.." Nik chuckled softly (and somewhat nervously) as they took her hand and got to their feet. Ah... right they still had a gift to open. They gently pushed aside the stuff sitting on the coffee table and took a seat there.
Oooh~ They had a Snorlax hat but it was darker and fleece, and this teal and softer material was a lot nicer. "Fairies!" they quietly exclaimed at the earrings. And... Oh wow this was?? a lot more makeup than they'd probably use but maybe they should start looking into doing a little more a bit more often? Heh. "Ah.. thanks Dashie~ I love it all."
"Not giving a shit is the most liberating thing in the world, to a point of convincing yourself that you don't give a shit because you passionately, passionately give a shit."
Post by Orion Alim-Verdi on Jan 25, 2018 19:01:41 GMT -8
And compliments Marcie would indeed get. "The green one is especially nice~" he grinned briefly leaning towards. "Works well with your hair~" The lighter hue of her hair fit with the dark green and just yeahhh good.
His attention would get briefly diverted, however, by Mia. Hm? He didn't catch what that shirt said but- oh it was that one wasn't it? Even without seeing it, he knew what it was (and had been the asshole to encourage Nik's horrendous humor in getting it after all). And… then he watched Jazz and Sera and Mia tackle Nik and he might have leaned a little more against the arm of the couch where Marcie was still presumably sitting.
Dasha was…. feely very awkward and trying very hard not to show it immediately. Her features had flushed watching… basically everything and getting this vague second-hand embarrassment from the room itself. At least it settled pretty quickly and Nik seemed to like her gift. "Welcome~" she answered with a small nod. Nik… actually probably had a bunch of other gifts still, but it was a matter of finding them all in her apartment and just yeah… Gifts through out the year were more fun anyways.
Hmmmmmm. Well, it was his turn wasn't it? Yellow eyes flicked briefly up to Jazz before going towards the tree. Yeah, probably so considering what he knew of Jazz's specific gift that was to be the grand finale of sorts. Shifting up off the couch again, stretching once, and fighting back a yawn (oops???) he chuckled a bit. "Now that you all have your shirts guess I'll go." And with that, he made it the short distance to the tree and started fishing around for the gifts that he had wrapped. Ah here they were- all in a giant cooler that had been shoved in the back (why was that there??)
Marcie would be handed the first to be handed up a suspiciously wrapped present. It was… very obviously a mug from the wrapping and that prominent handle but, heh. What Marcie would find was a mug similar to this mug but in a light green color. Inside, however, was a huge assortment of homemade chocolates all decorated and structured so that they sat nicely in the mug for now.
Mia's gift was also suspiciously mug shaped, and when she opened it, she'd find it was indeed a mug with a slightly different styled set of homemade chocolates all stacked up inside.
By this time, it was probably obvious what Sera's was going to be. Though- she'd actually be handed two? "This one's for your boyfriend~" he chuckled softly. Sera's would be rather simple while said boyfriend's would be possibly a little more humorous. Each was filled with specialty chocolate~!
Jazz would get a slightly edgier mug and some gear-like chocolate pieces instead of fully designed chocolates.
Dasha's mug was probably a little too on the nose for anyone's taste but the chocolate's smelled good, right??? Oh, she was... squinting very hard actually and not really saying anything. Maybe that was too hard on the nose. Oh well.
Nik had already gotten theirs during actual Christmas and they may have gotten a pointed look for the shirts before a small snort escaped and grin again.
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