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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What was he signing himself up for? Glad he didn't say that out loud or she'd be highly disappointed. Christmas was one of her favorite holidays. The tree, the lights and the snow on the rare occasion that happens.

"It's just a small tree.." Gauging his interest or lack there of. "A few lights on it. Maybe some ornaments. If that's not to your liking, I'll just put one in my apartment." Which is also where she'd sleep so he wouldn't have any need to figure out who goes where. Obviously they were both two very different people with very different views of the holidays.

"How long has it been since you celebrated a holiday of any kind, Vinny? You don't have to be a kid to enjoy yourself. Besides, I'm not really tired at the moment.."
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Her question caught him a little off guard. He stopped, thought about it, and got a funny look on his face. "Not since I've been here. So about twenty years, at least. I'd kind of forgotten what it was like to do that." A light sigh coming out of him. "I just never was able to get into the festivities, other than occasionally running into some stuff on the street. Lately, I've just been too much of a recluse. The holiday season isn't very fun when it's just you and an AI to keep you company." Who knew though, maybe she'd pull him out of his shell a bit and help him be a little more festive.

"We can put one in both places. And maybe make some egg nog. That is one thing I do like about this time of year." He liked snow too...maybe some other things if he thought hard about it. Playing with her hair as he looked up at the tv. "Mike! Change of plans. Put on The Charlie Brown Christmas special. I'm going to watch it with someone other than myself this year."
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"So, what you're saying is that you've forgotten what it's like to live a real life. Sure, the AI is great for many things in this tower; but, think of how much you have missed out on in twenty years of hiding away here." While it suddenly dawned on her that means there is rather sizable age difference, living in a place like this seemed to have a way of freezing time. Even if they were miles apart in age, she didn't mind. However, he'd have to be accommodating to getting out more. It was important for her to have friends and a social life so it'd be nice if Vinny would be a part of it.

For now, baby steps.

"How about we start over with the basics. Tomorrow we can get a tree and a few lights in your place or mine."

"Tonight, You can share your favorite drink with me, we'll watch the Charlie Brown movie. When that's over, we can play some nice music.." Growing up with grandparents who loved records, she'd be familiar with songs from his era pretty well. "If we happen to fall asleep on the couch, so be it. I'll try not to take up all the room." Draping her arm over his chest while resting her head on his shoulder. "This is a good movie by the way..I love Woodstock."
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"What is life?" he philisophically asked. Even though she was right and he had spent a fair amount of his recent years hiding away up here. "I think it starts with getting a tree, for both our places, and finding a few cutesy ornaments to put on them. And no, I won't try any funny business."

He opened up a small portal next to them, reached in, and pulled out two London sours. Handing her one with a smile. "My favorite drink. If you don't like it, I'll be happy to drink it for you." Eyes going back to the movie. "In my opinion, Linus' speech is criminally underrated. Says a lot about life, the universe, and what people should act like."
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is life? That was a deep question. "Life is what's spinning around you every single day. All those things you've not left your tower long enough to notice. The moon, stars the beauty of the universe itself. Drinking a cold beer on a hot day..snuggling in a warm blanket on a cold night. Sledding down a hill at break neck speed. Give me a few weeks, I'll make you remember."

Envisioning the scene in her mind.

"Buuuuuut, it starts with a tree, a few ornaments, some hot chocolate and mistletoe. The later may be the hardest to find."


When he pulled out those London sours, she'd pop the top on hers and offer a clink to his own glass before taking a sip. "Oooo..that's pretty good." chuckling at he statement about the universe. "Well, you can't control the masses. But, you can watch a peanut's movie.."
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

She was right in that he had been fairly detached from things as of late. He'd seen world, been to several places in the multiverse, but hadn't really lived the little things that made life enjoyable. The thought of doing so was itself almost a foreign concept to him, but one that he was looking forward to doing. Likely without the cheats and shortcuts he had at his call. Which would probably feel...normal. A concept he hadn't had to experience in years. Would that make a paradox about normal being extraordinary considering is was the less common of the occurrences?

"Mistletoe? That's easy enough to find, if we want Mike to do our shopping. But, I think you'd have more fun if we went and did it ourselves." He had been leaning on Mike a lot lately, more from convenience than anything. It was probably a good thing for him to do his own work for once before he became soft and complacent about it.

Taking a sip of his drink, he went back to watching the movie with her. "Snoopy is also a jerk. A lovable one, but still a jerk. Still, I'd probably have him as a dog if I ever wanted a pet."
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sometimes the crux of the problem is you're just thinking it through too much. That's what she believed anyway. It's often better to undo the shackles and burdens of life and just remember what it's like to live in the now. Put up a tree, put on some lights and a few ornaments, get out in the snow and remember what it's like to be five or ten sliding down the hills on a trash can lid or whatever you could ride on.

"I think Mike needs a break now and then don't you? We can get our own little tree, put on a few strands of light and find our own mistletoe." Hopefully, he'd find some fun in the whole adventure. "Probably too early for you to get a real dog; but, I bet you could build one. Might be more your style."
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What was left of his drink was being swirled as he thought about it. "Do you know a good place to get one, or are we going to cut down out own?" He wasn't sure how she planned on getting one, but he was certain he knew how to use an axe without chopping off an appendage. It'd be more fun that way, anyways. Just walking up and paying for a tree was like hunting a deer by walking outside and paying someone for one that had already been shot. Unsatisfying, really.

There was a bit of blinking as she mentioned him getting a dog. "Ha. I've avoided getting a pet so far because I'm always worried about spending enough time with it and I don't want it to be the responsibility of the staff. A mechanical one would work, but it just wouldn't feel the same." He didn't mention that he could engineer one to his exact specifications and weed out some undesirable traits down in the lab, but that would kind of defeat the purpose of enjoying a pet for what it was.

The late night was making him a little philosophical. "Want to play a game? It's like truth or dare, except it's truth or truth."
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"My family always got a tree the tried and true way. By walking through two feet of snow, or more, to find the perfect one. By that, I mean it was usually more of an imperfect tree. Not the Charlie Brown tree so much; but, pretty close. Even those trees that most see as ugly can beautiful with some tinsel and a few candy canes. It was always a cedar because my dad would create things from the heart wood once the wood had been left to season good enough. It has the best smell of any tree around." Made her smile just thinking about it.

As far as animals go, you either love them or you didn't. "I grew up with plenty of animals around. Chickens, ducks, bulls, turkeys, horses...lots of horses. I always had a dog. Not big on cats. They can be unpredictable. A dog can be trained. But, I guess you can train a mechanical one much easier though." Giggling softly. He was a different kind of guy.

Her head titled a bit at the idea of a truth or truth game. That doesn't leave much room for much. "And if you don't like the answer?" Everyone has a side they'd rather not talk about.
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"Hey, don't knock the Charlie brown tree. It works just fine with a little sprucing up." He thought for a minute on the merits of various woods. he wasn't a woodworker by nature, but he had come across a few trees in his day. Usually from a safe distance. Who knew what they would do to you if you got close enough. "I'll take your word for it about the cedar. Maybe you'll show me once we're done with the tree."

A little shrug and grin given as she wondered about his game, a finger coming out to poke her nose. "Truth is, it's nice having company to relax with. And as much fun as it would be to keep you up all night, we should probably attempt to get some rest if we're going to be out and about in the morning." He knew she wasn't the type to ask pointed questions, but he was the type to make an occasional bad joke.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When it came to sleeping arrangements, he'd find she was amicable to share the bed; but..and it was a big but..if Vinny was expecting to have a romp, he hadn't earned the goodies yet. Would he ever? Perhaps. The age difference does make a difference. Couple that with that fact that, despite the tattoos and red hair which most men seem to believe is an open invitation for her to be loose, Kenzie had a family. A family that hammered a certain amount of moral values into her head.

She could also hear her mother's words on replay in her head every time she was about to go out on a date. 'If there's an 'oops' and you pregnant all of your dreams will be ruined.' Which seems a little harsh since kids are kind of cute. But, Kenzie had never aspired to have children. At least not until she was forty or more. There was a whole world..actually, more than one world as she knew now. Being latched to a kid would surely put a kink in her personal aspirations.

But, she didn't see Vinny as someone who wanted to tie her down or be heavy handed. Could she claim to know him enough to be sure?

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Once the holidays were over, Kenzie had picked up a few jobs and stayed quite busy in her own apartment to do her work which took place in the span of about three weeks. If he wanted to come over, the door was always open for Vinny. Then he'd find her trying to complete a few paintings which would probably leave him bored. But, when they were apart, she'd always manage to send a little note his way..with Mike's help of course.

It was always just a short quote so he'd know she was still around.

"Life isn't about finding yourself. It's about creating yourself."
George Bernard Shaw
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It was a quiet night once they decided to settle in. He'd just gone about his regular routine and helped her find anything she needed. He knew she wasn't ready to have those kinds of escapades just yet and honestly, it didn't matter to him. Her company was enough. By the time they both got into bed, he'd let her enjoy most of it while he stayed near the edge, and was out cold shortly after giving her a goodnight kiss.

The next few days were among the best he'd had in a while. Cutting down a tree, finding some ornaments and mistletoe, being a generally normal and cheerful person. Even Mike got in on it by singing a few songs and pretending to get drunk off spiked egg nog. With her Christmas present, he tried not to go too overboard. He knew she wouldn't go for some extravagant gifts, and she was the kind of person who'd prefer something from the heart. So he went with a stained glass heart, handmade down in the lab with some help from Mike and a few instruction manuals.



After the festivities had quieted down, they had settled slowly back into their regular lives. She had been busy with projects. He was up to no good down in the lab. He'd visited a few times, and enjoyed watching her work on the paintings. Just to provide company and keep the two of them from shutting out the rest of the world. It was easy for them to get absorbed into what they were doing. But anytime spent with her was good time.

After a few days of this, he decided to respond to her little notes with one of his own- "How about I create ourselves up a nice dinner and we enjoy a night out?"
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smart move. A very smart move on his part. Though it left Vinny barely hanging on to his side of the bed most of the night after sharing a smooch or two. Hopefully, he'd be pleasantly surprised to wake up the next morning with her back pressed against his own. To turn ones back on someone, especially before falling asleep, meant putting a great deal of trust in that person.

Kenzie was proud to see how Vinny threw himself into the holiday decorations. From the tree to the lights, mistletoe and decorations, there was no one complaint. If she didn't know better, Kenz would swear he might even be enjoying himself a wee bit. After going through all that trouble to create their own little winter wonderland, she was perfectly content. Then he slipped a present into the mix as well. The stained glass heart was stunning. "That's not fair." Admiring the gift all the same. "I didn't get you anything."

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As the holidays wound to a close, she'd done well with her paintings and made enough to pay the bills and put a bit away. So his suggestion of a night out was perfectly timed.

Sending a message. "Sounds like a great idea. You fix the dinner and I'll bring dessert."
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Once they'd settled on a time, he was excited to see it finally arrive. He'd thought about what to cook and eventually settled on a salad to start, followed by pad thai that had just enough spice to add flavor, but not enough to burn her taste buds off. All made from scratch because he thought she would appreciate it more than if the hotel chefs cooked it up for them. However, the one thing he did leave to the chefs was the cheesecake, because he couldn't bake worth a damn. Some candles, a little light music playing in the background, and the ambiance was all set for a nice, relaxing dinner.

"Mike! Kindly warn Kenzie that I'll be opening up a portal in her living room if she's ready to come over. I don't want to just pop in and scare the dickens out of her."
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