20100202 - New Wolves in Town

GAME> Wednesday, Feb 02 17:46:42 2011 - Winter Night < Blizzard >

Setting

MacKeough's Bistro and Bar: Main Bar and Restaurant - Clarke Street: South

Moody without the onslaught of an atrociously misbehaving decorator, this room boasts of darker, personal and private ambience, something to tease the more sensual sides of visiting patrons. Subdued track lighting that dangles overhead - a duo of vermillion bulbs for each private table and a stunning quartet for larger booths - combined with tactically placed chandeliers continue the insinuation of sleek design and mood manipulation.

An exquisite, antique mahogany bar lines the entire back wall, several leather-clad stools dotting along to offer seat for those who are waiting for tables or those who are just here for a drink. An ebon mini grand piano greets patrons just to the left and beginning of this establishment, effectively drowning out any noise from the streets during the hours the restaurant is open with the soft, fluid tones of jazz, blues, and classical music.

Cast

Scene

"It is done." Robert agrees, turning to lead her to the SUV outside, with a light touch. His energy is slightly warmer, reaching out to soothe and comfort silently, as his own emotions are hidden and kept to himself. "I believe after today's tasks, we should seek out something to eat. In peace." There is very little flexible about that offer, and he drives them to a location…

MaryJane nods her head as she keeps quiet she's been far too emotioanl that she avoids eye contact at the moment. She does move to sit down when they get the some food.

Robert and MJ are seated, quietly and unobtrusively, at a private table. The seriousness of the man's face, the neutrality of his expression, gives nothing away about his feelings. It is later in the evening, and the man holds a menu, considering his options with as much weight to the choice as any other he might make. In the end though, the choice is easier. "Steak." The word is a pronouncement, softly spoken in a low rumbling voice from deep within his chest.

Una's footfalls are quiet, lost to the music that plays within the bar as she enters. A moment is spent to allow her eyes to adjust to the light before she wanders further within.

MaryJane does order a nice wine to go with her steak as she sits back against her table while they are talking quietly. She tilts her head a bit as she thinks a moment to his statements and nods agreeing with them.

Robert's order is requested, adding a beer to it, the waiter losing his attention as he takes a deep breath, glancing first at MJ and then turning, unsubtly, to move his gaze across the bar. The neutral expression does not change, not an atom of emotion showing on his face. "There." The single word is low, to MJ, as the man utterly ignores the waiter.

Una is, currently, oblivious to any attention turned her way. Her steps have brought her to the bar, and she leans up against the mohogany lightly while pulling a wallet out from her back pocket. Her request is a simple one, a straight up shot of Jack.

As he makes his way into the Bistro, Zander shakes his head out and snow begins to fall onto his shoulders. He runs a hand through his hair as he looks around allowing his eyes to adjust to the new lighting.

MaryJane tilts her head a bit as she nods her head to Robert. "Thank you." She says softly before thinking as she sits with Robert at a small private table. They've just ordered dinner and MJ has ordered a drink. Una just happened to come in and well MJ is smelling something about as she looks to Una and then to Robert for a moment.

Robert gives MJ a slow nod as he rises to his feet. He moves slowly towards the woman at the bar, his path bringing him towards her from the doorway, so that he stands between her and it. He moves slowly, casually, as if he intends to order from the bar, stopping just out of arms reach from the woman. He doesn't speak, nor look at her for that moment, lifting a finger to attract the attention of the bar staff.

As he makes his way to sit at an empthy table, Zander plops down in the chair, sliding his coat off as it drapes over the chair behind him. He pulls out his cellphone and sets it down on the table, as the waitress comes over and he says softly, "Water with lemon…a burger med…steak fries with buffalo sauce." His eyes begin to scan the bistro.

Una startles slightly as Robert takes a place down the bar from her. There's a slight widening of her eyes as she tries to, subtly, glance over at him. Her fingers wrap around the shotglass, but she doesn't lift it yet.

MaryJane starts to eat, rather used to eating alone while her friend goes to chat it up with a girl at the bar. She does smile a bit at that while she sidles her knife into the steak and starts to cut it up. She takes bit and starts to chew, mmmm steak is good.

"A beer. And something for my friend here." Robert turns his head slowly, his face neutral, but unthreatening. He keeps his arms resting on the bar, his hands resting with his fingers meshed. "Will you join us for dinner?" The invitation is offered softly, as the man keeps his posture calm, watching her reaction thoughtfully. "I am Robert Moye."

"I'll have what he's drinking," Una decides, since she could use a chaser for her shot, anyways. She turns so that she can look at Robert better, and look towards MaryJane in the process. "I'd hate to intrude." There is a pause, before she offers, "Una Walker."

As his eyes move over towards Robert, Zander cocks an eyebrow. He cocks his head to the side and hmmms as he takes a sip of water.

MaryJane seems to be eating and taking her time enjoying the food. She lets her friend talk to the woman at the bar while moving to sip her wine. Dressed in a suit she knows she's standing out just a bit but coming back from work to this it's hard to change.

"You would not be intruding." Robert takes his bottle of beer, offering her the other, leaving a note on the bar. There is a flicker of wry humor in his eyes then, lurking behind the serious expression. He holds out a hand, indicating MJ at the table. "My treat." The low rumbling words hold an undercurrent of amusement. It is evening, and MJ is sitting at one of the private tables, as Robert stands beside the bar, beside Una, near Zander, to whom Robert is oblivious.

Karmen seems almost underdressed to be here, but be here she does. Clad in her normal black on black, the young woman enters MacKeough's and idly winds her way towards the bar, complete with hands shoved firmly into the front pocket of her hoodie. And upon reaching the said bar, onto a seat she slides as Karmen simply places an order for a soda. She doesn't look towards Robert, not yet, perhaps thirst over riding the need to verbally make her presence known for know.

Zander 's eyes fall on Maryjane, and he cocks his head to the side and hmmms looking her up and down.

Una, beer in one hand, shot in the other, takes a step back away from the bar. A once-over is given to Zander, with the man being so close, before she looks back to Robert. "If…you're certain. I mean, only a fool turns down a free meal." When Karmen ends up at the bar as well, there's a hint of nervousness to her. "Maybe I should just…go." Second thoughts, much?

MaryJane tilts her head as she looks over to Robert and chuckles gently. SHe then moves to face the pair. "You're more than welcome to join." She says as she then sees Karmen and nods her gently as well offering her a place at the table too. SHe moves to take another sip of her wine before noticing the man looking at her. SHe turns her head to Zander and nods to him in a silent greeting.

Robert glances at Karmen, his expression unchanging, as he greets her with a brief nod of his head, "Karmen." The single word is a greeting, neutral, soft. Then he does reach out to Una, using his energy, warm and soothing. "Please join us." He repeats the invitation softly, his voice gentling, lowering in pitch. There is something slightly wolf-like in the tilt of his head, and in the steady, considering gaze. His awareness of MJ draws the man at the bar to his attention, but only for a moment.

"Hello Robert." A faint smile from Karmen to the man, looking briefly at Una, then to MJ, then back to Robert as she simply pays for her drink before plucking it from the bar. Apparently having taken MJ's offer, she simply moves over towards the table now, a sucking of her soda via a straw. A sideways glance to Zander then away, seeming to dismiss him.

As he raises his glass to Maryjane, Zander knocks his phone off the table. His eyes divert down to it instantly as it falls to the ground. Yet, someone with good senses would notice it never hit the ground is and is currently floating a half inch off the ground. Zander sets his drink down and leans down to get his phone.

Robert glances at Karmen, his expression unchanging, as he greets her with a brief nod of his head, "Karmen." The single word is a greeting, neutral, soft. Then he does reach out to Una, using his energy, warm and soothing. "Please join us." He repeats the invitation softly, his voice gentling, lowering in pitch. There is something slightly wolf-like in the tilt of his head, and in the steady, considering gaze. His awareness of MJ draws the man at the bar to his attention, but only for a moment.

"Hello Robert." A faint smile from Karmen to the man, looking briefly at Una, then to MJ, then back to Robert as she simply pays for her drink before plucking it from the bar. Apparently having taken MJ's offer, she simply moves over towards the table now, a sucking of her soda via a straw. A sideways glance to Zander then away, seeming to dismiss him.

As he raises his glass to Maryjane, Zander knocks his phone off the table. His eyes divert down to it instantly as it falls to the ground. Yet, someone with good senses would notice it never hit the ground is and is currently floating a half inch off the ground.'

Asked again, Una finally nods in acceptance. "If you insist," she says, and makes a jutting gesture with her chin that suggests Robert lead the way to the others. Zander, he's given a questioning look before she remarks, casually, "Nice save."

MaryJane smiles to the two women as she asks for two more seats at the table and waits for them to join after the settings are complete. She then nods her head to the man and is rather observant to see that the phone didn't hit the floor. She nods and agrees with Una. "Very nice save sir, glad to see it didn't break." She states to Zander in a pleasant tone.

Zander's save is noted by the steady, considering look of Robert and he narrows his eyes, suspicious and wary for an instant before the neutrality returns, and he walks ahead of Una to the table, his pace easy, covering the small distance easily. "Una Walker. This is MaryJane, our Geri, and Karmen." He takes a seat, selecting the one that allows him to watch the bar, to watch Zander.

As he young man runs a hand through his hair, he mutters something that sounds like a thanks. He takes up his water and begins to sip it. His eyes moving to Una over the rim of his glass.

Karmen doesn't seem to have noticed Zander and his phone save, that or she has no comment on it. Moving to the woman's table she just settles herself in one of the newly arrived chairs as her drink is sat in front of her and her hands stuff back into the pockets of her hoodie. "Karmen Guerrero. Nice to meet you Una." A faint smile to Karmen at this before her eyes drift to MaryJane and once the woman is close enough, she tugs a hand free from her pocket to offer it to the other woman. "Nice to finally meet you. I have been waiting for time we could both speak. I am glad it is sooner than later."

Una takes a seat, but it's one that leaves her with room to make a sudden exit, should she desire it. "A pleasure to meet you both," she says quietly, hand not offered just yet. Seated, now she downs the shot of Jack like a pro, followed by a drink from her bottle of beer.

MaryJane watches the two women and then looks to Karmen as she talks. Her head dips down in a nod as she acknowledges what Karmen is saying. "Yes, I agree. It's very nice to meet you. I do apologize I couldn't speak last night, I was working a difficult case for one of my patients." She says taking the woman's hand and shaking it firmly. When the handshake is over, she turns to smile to Una. "It's a pleasure to meet you as well."

Robert offers menus to both women, pushing them across the table before he sits back in his seat with his hands, resting his hands lightly on his thighs. His gaze flickers over the three women, and to the other man, cautious and wary. "It is not an easy place to speak freely." He sounds a note of cautious, as his ordered food arrives. He glances down at it, before he lifts his gaze to the others, a question in his face. "Do you mind if I eat?"

As the Empath cocks his eyebrow at Una, he looks up at the barmaid when she brings him his meal. He nods slowly and says, "Thank you." Zander begins to eat and focus on his food.

Karmen gives a firm shake to MJ's hand before she pulls her own back, a flash of a smile as well as a shrug of her shoulders, "No worries there. I have had good company to keep me occupied. I have also met a handful of others. They are all nice." When Robert asks if they mind that he eats, "Nah man, eat. I had chili cheese fries before I came here, so I ain't hungry. A soda will do." And that soda is sipped at gently, sips and swallows. "We are meeting now, only thing that matters."

"Please, do not let me stop you from eating," Una offers, voice still fairly quiet. She takes the menu, glad that her hands have something to do now, and flips through it. "I admittedly just arrived here. Just…earlier today. Wasn't expecting to meet people this early on."

MaryJane smiles gently and nods her head to Karmen before looking to Robert as she starts to cut up more of her steak. "Well that's fantastic I'm so glad that you have met them. They are a rather interesting and lively sort." She says before having a few more bites to eat. "Oh?" She asks softly. "Really where did you come from?"

Robert doesn't hesitate once the others express a lack of problem with him eating, beginning to cut the steak quickly, eating neatly and precisely. He listens to their conversation as he eats, his gaze flickering between the three at the table, letting MJ take the lead. His attention flickers occasionally to Zander, warily, before he pauses his meal to comment softly. "Welcome to Chicago."

As he trembles, Zander can feel the woman's nerves at her level and he closes his eyes a moment and begins to take a few breaths. He opens his eyes and seems more relaxed as he continues to eat.

Karmen watches Robert eat for a few moments, seeming to enjoy the cutting up of his steak ever so precisely. Another small sip of her soda as the young woman just passes the time. Every so often she'll glance over to Zander, but her attention always moves back to the table. Tight lipped this evening she is, turning her glass of soda on the table as the others talk.

Una takes an ocassional, slow drink from her bottle. Her other hand holds the menu, like she's giving it actual and deep consideration. "Thanks," she says to Robert, before lifting her gaze up to MaryJane. "Arizona."

MaryJane looks to Zander for a moment and then looks to Una for a moment. "AH hon easy your emotions down, it's alright you're friends." She says trying to sooth her emotions so they don't bleed out. "Well that's lovely, we've had others close to that state just come recently."

Robert's precise movements extend to the pause, his wrists resting on the table. "It is coincidence that we found you. MJ and I were hungry." The comment is made to Una, an attempt, however awkward, but his energy is more useful, easing out to attempt to soothe, to calm. "Karmen, are you settled with accommodation? I apologize for my abrupt departure." His gaze flickers towards her, watching her as he takes another bite.

As he continues to eat, Zander turns his head slightly towards the wolves. His hair covering the majority of his face as he gives them a side glance or two. He finishes his burger and begins to pick at his fries.

"Yes, I will be staying with Riley and your sister for the time being." A brief gaze to Robert from Karmen before her eyes roam to Maryjane. "I was asked to meet you, before I could return home. I assure you, I am tired of wearing the same clothing for days now." A flash of a grin to Mary at this, then a soft chuckle, "They are clean, but the same pieces of clothing." Another small sipping of her soda as she looks at Una for a moment, then back to Robert. "I will be getting my own place after a while, a month or so."

Una does settle a little, but it is only slightly. "I tried to have notice sent that I was coming, but my Uncle couldn't find anyone to do so with," she offers, like it's a lame excuse. Then, she adds, "Weather like this is making me regret leaving the desert behind." She looks to Karmen, briefly, and then back towards Zander.

MaryJane smiles as she finishes her steak and nods her head a bit to Karmen. "Oh that's wonderful, I'm so glad to hear it." She says as she smiles to the news about lodging. She then smiles to Una and nods her head. "Well the weather here can be quite odd at times." Gesturing to the blizzard outside.

Robert nods slowly to Karmen, eating his food slowly. The meal apparently takes more of his attention than the comment about Riley and Ricci, as he takes another piece, eating it neatly. He pauses, speaking softly to Una, his voice steady. "There are some changes in the pack. You have arrived at a difficult time. But you are welcome, nonetheless."

While he eats his fries, Zander brings his hand to his temple and squeezes his eyes shut. He lets out a gasp as he grabs onto the table. His body locked in a rigid form. When suddenly his body relaxes and he opens his eyes. He slumps in his chair and mutters, "Shit." He begins to take out his wallet.

Karmen gives a nod to MaryJane's words about her lodging arrangements as a napkin is used to wipe the condensation off of her glass. She has nothing more to add to the conversation now, just looking about the room, every so often at Zander.

Una nods to Robert, slowly. "We figured that something had happened, but I was transfering to the university here, so…" She shrugs. She looks over to Zander, head cocked. "Is…that guy alright?"

MaryJane nods her head as she smiles to the women talking and then looks to Robert. She then signals for the check, when the when it comes she pays for it. She grins happily before looking to the party. "Shall we head over?" She asks as she turns and looks over to Zander. She looks to them. "Robert would you take them, I'll ask." Being she is a doctor she heads over to Zander.

As he is getting out his own money to pay, Zander is standing. He slides his money under the check and looks over at MJ as she arrives. He cocks his head to the side and takes his jacket and says softly, "Yeah…just a bad headache. I am good."

"I will." Robert's steak is history anyhow and he rises from his seat, pulling his wallet from his pocket to drop notes on the table. "If you ladies would come with me, we'll head home." The formal invitation is given in a low tone, and he waits for both to move to the door before he does.

Karmen stands from the table now after drinking the rest of her soda, a dabbing of her lips with a napkin before it's wadded up and left discarded there. "Thanks Robert." The only words spoken from her as she begins to head out with the man.

Una nods, and smoothly rises to her feet. Her half-finished beer is left behind, and her hands slide into the pockets of her jeans. Dark eyes give the room one last scan before she makes to follow Robert out.

MaryJane nods her head to Zander for a moment while she moves to slide her card to the man. "If you need any help I am more than happy to assist." She says before gently patting the man's shoulder healing any pain he has at the moment. "Do take care then." She moves to join her group before they head off.

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