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Annika Twain

"This wasn't my choice, you know."

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a character in “Are You Ready?”, as played by FantasyWreck

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ANNIKA TWAIN

by Andreja Pejic


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Name: Annika Twain
Nickname: Anni
Age: 18
Birthday: 5th January
Star sign: Capricorn
Hometown: East London, England
Profession: Waitress
Gender: Female (she/her/herself)
Sexuality: Pansexual

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On The Outside

Appearance: Anni has fairly long, golden blonde hair that's going dark at the roots. She tends to wear it loose, often swept out of her face with a few bobby pins. She's quite tall and fairly slim, with a relatively flat chest. At the moment her most discerning feature is the only-just-healing scar across her nose, which cuts through any amount of foundation she puts over it.

Scars: She has several scars, most of which are hidden. She has one on the back of her right shoulder blade, a thick little white dent only three centimetres long that was the courtesy of one of her father's broken beer bottles. She also has a much thinner, longer scar running down the back of her left calf, but it's almost invisible. That was purely an accident - she fell on a rock at the beach and slit the skin on a barnacle. She also has several little wiggly scars across her hips. She doesn't like to talk about those.

Clothing style: Anni has a soft spot for tight jeans and baggy jumpers with a pair of killer heels. Although she's fairly tall already, she tends to tower over people due to her shoes. She also likes wearing little skirts and crop tops. When relaxing, it tends to be pyjamas or just comfy tops and pants, and she never wears makeup unless she's going out somewhere. If she's going out somewhere and doesn't care how she looks she'll go for jeans, jumpers and boots, and she likes to wear a fair few layers. She uses a shower gel that smells of parma violets and a perfume that smells of vanilla - along with the fact that most of the time she'll be chewing something aniseed flavoured, she tends to smell like a sweetshop.

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Underneath

Personality: Anni tries her hardest to be sweet and becoming. She's a waitress, so she really needs to be. However she can often come across as snappy or, more often than not, a little disconnected. She sometimes finds it hard to relate to people or react to them appropriately. This is largely due to recent events... Her sweeter, softer side has been scabbed over in a mask of something much tougher and angrier. At her best she is lovely, but it takes a lot to dig that out. She isn't in the best mental place right now. She feels like a child shrouded in layers of jarring personalities.

Background: From a young age, Anni knew she wasn't the boy she'd supposedly been born as. And her father couldn't deal with that. As a result, she's grown up quite mistrustful of men. Her mother, while not a perfect parental figure, was not terribly fussed about her daughter's transition. Saying that, she never did anything to stop her husband's abuse of their daughter. Anni drew the line several months ago. Her father, in a rage, threw a plate at her, hitting her square in the face and leaving her with black eyes and a cut across her nose. Anni, with the help of her mother, packed her bags and used the last of her money to buy a plane ticket to the States. She wanted to get as far away as possible.

Family: The person Annika is closest to is her brother, Billy. He's only nine, and doesn't really understand why Anni has had to leave. It's not him who's been at the center of violence for years. Anni calls him often and gets very teary afterwards. She misses him a lot. She doesn't really miss her parents. Perhaps she could find a little shred of regret for leaving her mother, Sharon. There's absolutely nothing but hatred towards her father, Eric.

Now: Anni lives in a tiny basement apartment, working in a local restaurant and making just enough money to survive. She lives mainly off cafe leftovers and ready meals due to her long hours. It isn't the glitzy life she dreamed of, and although she knew her dreams would never be reality, it's really taking its toll on her.

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And Then Some

Likes:
- Platform heels, winged eyeliner and dark lipstick
- Liquorice, coffee and chocolate
- Sleeping late wrapped in thick blankets
- Warm hugs and warm people
- Mooching around marketplaces or junk shops

Dislikes:
- Forced interaction
- Insects of any kind
- Tea, breakfast and too much meat
- Horror films, or even just films with something horrible in them
- Getting ready in the morning

Fears:
- Men who are too loud or bolshy
- Losing her job
- Spending her life alone
- Not being able to make enough money to have the surgery she needs

Strengths:
- She's pretty lippy, and is learning to stand up for herself
- She forces herself to be optimistic
- She can usually keep her head in an emergency

Her music:
- Arctic Monkeys
- Lorde
- Lana Del Rey
- Kasabian
- Fall Out Boy
- Owl City

And a little bit more:
- She's always had a thing for cats. Not that there are many in the city, but the one time she was late to work was because she'd stopped to pet a little ginger kitten that had decided to sleep outside her door.
- She collects pretty things. Little glass bottles, ceramic animals, anything cheap and decorative.
- She dreams of (one day) being able to afford her surgery. She'd really rather not spend the rest of her life in such restrictive clothing. She loves to look good, and prefers to do so comfortably.
- To relax, she really enjoys knitting. But she can only really do scarves at the present time.
- At school, she was considered fairly bright. She achieved two B's and a C at A-level, in English Literature, Psychology and French, respectively.
- She has a particular affinity for the sweetcorn and broccoli pastries her cafe serves, and has been known to occasionally steal one off the hotplate. Nobody seems to mind. She's also a sucker for sausages and mash.

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So begins...

Annika Twain's Story

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{Here's the first official post of 'Are You Ready?'! Have fun!

ON A SIDE NOTE: Just because your and another writer's character's number was the same, does not mean that they have to get with that character. For example, Boy 1 and Girl 1 do not HAVE to end up together. Heck, we could even date twice if we really wanted. What happens, happens! }

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It's 2 o'clock on a chilly, Fall afternoon in New York City. It's bustling about as it is daily, as if the people who lived in the streets of NY didn't even notice the change of seasons. It's pratically the season of newfound love, and you can see couples hand in hand crowding the sidewalks.

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Sammie enjoyed the nice tone of the big city, seeing the different shades of browns, oranges, yellows, and even reds on the few trees scattered throughout the city, and the parks. But there was something else she noticed too.

All the new couples that seemed to appear overnight.

She doesn't remember there ever being this many, but she was starting to feel jealous of all the girls cuddling up to their significant other by the fire place sipping hot chocolate, and... she shook her head, she needed to get those thoughts out of her head. She was perfectly okay with not being in a relationship, at least for now.

Besides, she was already running late, to her job at a small cafe just a few miles from her own apartment. Arriving at the cafe at about 2:30, she smiled at the light shining in through the giant windows. It was always nice to the sun, it warmed her skin in that chilly place.

She slipped behind the counter, not really taking notice of how crowded it was today. She saw some of her fellow baristas going at it, and she grabbed her tray, notepad, and threw on her khaki colored apron, and straightened her silver name tag that read 'Sammie'.

Sammie then came out from behind the counter, and went towards a table where there where a group of people sitting and chatting. "Hey guys, did you need anything?"

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AJ sat at his desk, thinking, about were to go to lunch. Being the IT systems tech for TIME had its benefits. He sat up and went through the list of local places in his little peace of NYC. "No, no, no....Hmmm" he had scrolled down the web page to find an ad for a small little café down the street. He decided it was time to go and enjoy his 2 hour lunch he had yet to take. He shut his laptop off for now, closed it, sliding I in to his computer bag. He pulled his green hoodie on and reached for his desk drawer and stopping as he looked at what was inside. His gun, a smith and Weston .357 snub nose, it was his item of power, his heat sink. He puled the holster on so it was hidden under his hoodie on his right hip. He also slid his security badge on to his lanyard that also had his employee badge as well as his network IT card. He began the roughly 5 minute walk down his particular part of the floor and ended up at the elevator.


Another 2 minutes and 40 floors later, he was exiting the building via the employee only exit/entrance and heading out along the short walk along the street, sliding his ear pieces on and flipping to his droids music files unto it hit his preferred tracks and Spectrum of the sky began playing. The song was what summarized the things around him, it put it all into perspective and allowed him to evaluate the people he saw as he walked. He saw traces of happiness, sadness, even a few guilt filled faces, as he walked passed. He arrived at the little coffee shop and slipped through the small door...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwx6BNwXBaA

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...Only to find the pace full of people....and not just people, couples. He sighed at the small stab of pain that went to his heart and sat down at a small table that was located next to a Wi-Fi modem. He opened up his bag and turned his laptop on. He logged in to his work account and began working on the data needed the next hotfix to the TIME servers, when a waitress approached him. He looked up to find a rather attractive looking girl around his age and a small smile formed on his face.

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Annika had been distracted by a mug of coffee when one of her co-workers gave her a nudge and pointed her towards a man who had just taken a seat alone at a table. She set the mug down, donned her best smile, and waltzed to the table, taking out her little writing pad. She was in a decent mood today, so her walk and grin doesn't look quite so mechanical as it usually does. She strolls over easily, tossing her head slightly to rearrange her hair.

"Afternoon, sir, can I get you anything?"
Her flat London accent sounds vaguely jarring against all the other voices present. Still, she wasn't faking the chirpiness today. She tilts her head slightly, waiting for the man's answer.

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"Uh yea, coffee, with two sugars and two creams, thanks" AJ spoke to the waitress in the best talking-to-people voice and switched his attention back to his laptop. A little red note pinged up on his IM application on the lap tops screen and he clicked on it, seeing it was from a friend back at TIME.


Hey AJ, Beth here, first, I need the new hot fix by the end of the day, sorry to push you like this, second, me and some of the other co workers were wondering if you wanted to come out with us to this place we found on east 42th

Hey Beth, I can have the hot fix by 8pm, and I would have to decline the offer, thanks though, AJ

He dropped his smile and began typing in line after line of code, loosing himself as he had zoned out with his music playing in to hi earpieces and he didn't even notice the waitress had brought his coffee until she tapped him on his shoulder.

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Annika flashes him another sweet smile before going off to make up his coffee. She's really trying her best today. As the drink's brewing she absent-mindedly rubs at the scar on her nose, smudging the foundation slightly. She doesn't really notice.

She sweeps back to the man's table with the drink.
"Sir... sir?"
She peers at the screen, intrigued for an unprofessional second. He looked like he was out of it. She taps his shoulder gently, not wanting to disturb him too much. Whatever he was doing looked important...

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Annika glances up as someone else comes in, accompanied by the scent of cigarette smoke. She bites her lip, standing up straighter. She never liked telling people to get rid of their cigarettes, but it had to be done.
"I'm sorry, sir, but you're not allowed to smoke in here."

She gives the man a smile, although she's slightly apprehensive. She's always faintly terrified of someone getting aggressive, and it shows. Her hand trembles ever so slightly and she closes her hand more tightly around the coffee she was carrying. She holds her stance, flicking a strand of hair behind her ear.

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AJ looked up when he felt the waitress tap his shoulder and gingerly took the coffee from her. the reason for his caution was that the waitress was shaking, not much, but enough that he could tell she was scared of something. He spoke "Hey, you all right??" he looked around spying a rather strange looking guy at the entrance.

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"Hmm?"
She looks round, her eyes wide. People don't usually ask her things like that. She brings a smile back to her face. It's a skill she's slowly refined, and her tense features almost instantly smooth out into her best smile. But it's still not entirely convincing.

"Yeah, thanks. Is there anything else I can get you?"
She clasps her still-trembling hands, trying to look professional. Her voice shakes ever so slightly, as his concern has really thrown her.

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He looked at her for a second longer and saw a flash of something in her eyes. He smiled again and spoke "All right then, and thanks for the coffee" he sipped the coffee and found that is was good...really good "Wow. this is better then I though tit would be, here" he offered her a $10 bill as a tip.

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Her eyebrows shoot up. It's the biggest tip she's ever been offered.
"Wow--"
She grins broadly, and it's genuine this time.
"Wow. Thanks. Really."

She smiles sweetly at him, and it reaches her eyes.
"Make sure you come back here tomorrow and tip me like that again, yeah?"
She's only joking, but in all honesty she could do with more people like him. With a last smile, and another nervous glance at the smoking man, she goes to serve somebody else.She's still glowing.

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"Hey, with coffee like this, dam strait I'l come back" he smiled again and returned to his coding, the smile staying on his face and his head now bobbing with he music going through his headphones.

Maybe New York isn't as bad as he thought.

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Sammie's face turned into a frown as the other waitress that worked there stole her table. Mentally cursing, she walked to the front where an alright looking guy stood with a cigarette. "Don't listen to her. She's new, and following all the rules. Our manager smokes, so, you should be alright." Sammie then winked, and her grip tightened on her tray she had in front of her.

"Do you need help with a table? There might be one over there." She pointed to a wall, where there was exactly one table left. "I'll be right there to take your order, unless you already know? But, I don't think you're a regular here. " She turned a faint pink at how much she was talking. "I'm so sorry. Excuse me." She stepped back, and ran a hand through her curly hair.

"I need to calm down. She's got to be a new waitress... I've never seen her here before." She mentally sighed, and then went behind the counter to her purse, slipping a pack of cigarettes under her apron, and in her jeans pocket, hidden. "I really need a smoke break.." She sighed.

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Olivia ran her fingers slowly through her damp hair as she looked in the long black door mirror. She put on some black liquid eyeliner and ruby red lipstick on. She tied her hair into a ponytail sigh a dark blue lace scrunchy and ignored the loose strains of hair that escaped. After she pulled on a dark blue lace long sleeve shirt. She wore a dark blue bra with lace trim with a small bow in between the cups. Next she slid on faded gray ripped skinny jeans and knee length black boots with a small one-inch heal.

She looked in the mirror once more before she slid on her black leather jacket. She clipped a chain to a belt loop on right side of her jeans. The sliver chain connected to her black wallet. She slid her wallet into her back right pocket. After she placed her lipstick and chapstick in her front left jacket pocket. She put her keys and pepper spray in her right jacket pocket. She zipped her jack up. After she grabbed her red knitted infinity scarf and placed it over her head. She turned it in half to pull it over her head again.

As she left her small new apparent she put both locks on the door. Olivia quickly headed down the stairs as she thought about her plans for the day. She started her new job starting on the upcoming Monday. She got a job as office assistance in a fashion company. Her friend had moved to New York a few years ago and got a job at the company. He was able to get her a job there too as his boss’s assistance.

Olivia was glad for the job, but she felt nervous about her first day. She walked a few miles before she came upon a coffee shop. Olivia debated with herself if she should go in or not, but then she saw one of the waitresses. She had seen the girl a few days ago when she was going to her apartment. The only thing she knew about the girl was her name was Sammie. She only knew that because of the name tag the girl wore.

‘I think I will go in, maybe I will even be able to talk to her. I haven’t had breakfast yet anyways,’ she mused. She took in a slow deep breath before she opened the door and entered. She looked around, but all of the tables were full. A soft sigh escaped her and she turned to leave, but then someone had gotten up and left their table. She went to stand near the table to claim it. Though she did not want to sit yet as money was still on the table and it was a bit dirty. She glanced around as she took in her surroundings carefully.

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Olivia tensed in surprise, but smiled in pleasure also when Sammie came to the table she claimed. She stayed quiet when Sammie spoke at first and simply nodded in reply. Her eyes looked Sammie over as she leaned over the table and wiped it down. Though she quickly looked away when she noticed Sammie was also done wiping.

As Sammie spoke again Olivia found Sammie's gaze once more. She smiled at the female warmly. Olivia just nodded again in response. She still couldn’t find it in herself to speak. She was still surprised at her luck. Olivia watched Sammie walk off only for a second before she sat down at the table. She couldn't believe Sammie would be serving her; maybe today would be a good day for her.

When Sammie returned she slowly looked up at her from under her lashes. “Hello Sammie. I am new here so I am not sure what to get besides coffee. Though, I was wondering, do you guys sell any type of tea or muffins, maybe corn muffins? If not I will just have some plain coffee and something to eat maybe if you have it,” she stated softly. She knew it was a coffee shop, but she decided to ask anyways to try her luck. Olivia took in a very slow and deep breath to keep herself from blushing. She felt a bit fluster talking to Sammie.

‘Hopefully I am not being a pain by asking her any of this. I wonder if she likes girls. I wish I could just ask, but that would be awkward, even for me and it would be very random. Though it does not matter as I think I will come here again to see her. I could try to flirt with her and just see how she reacts...Why can't I just tell what gender she likes magically?' she mused as she gazed off into the distance. A soft sigh escaped her lips unknowingly as she thought about all of this.

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Olivia listened as Sammie spoke and then left to check on the muffins. She smiled at herself in thought. Olivia liked when Sammie called her pet names like hun and dear. Though, she could be calling her hun and dear to just be nice or out of habit. She didn’t like that thought so she pushed it away quickly. She didn’t even notice Sammie was distracted. Olivia looked up again when Sammie came back. She looked at the muffin and then at Sammie again when she spoke. She smiled at her when she asked her if she want anything to drink.

“I’ll have tea with honey if you guys serve that here, but if not I will just have coffee with cream please. Also to answer your earlier questions, my name is Olivia Lillian Nightingale. You can call me Olivia or Lillian, but I have the nickname Lilly too so you can call me that if you like, but if you have another nickname you want to call me then you may,” she paused as she realized she was blabbing; she thought of the other question she had asked before she went to get the muffin, “Also I do not happen to be allergic to anything, but thank you for asking Sammie.”

She watched her bite her lower lip for a few seconds. It was distracting and enticing. ‘Let me not be a creep and stare now,’ she scolded herself mentally. Olivia eyes went to the muffin again and she slowly pulled the wrapper off of the muffin. She kept her expression blank as she noticed writing on the napkin. Olivia’s heart raced in hope, but she kept herself from moving the muffin to see if what she hoped was on the napkin. ‘Is that handwriting or is it just part of the napkin’s design?,’ she thought frantically. She decided she would look at the napkin once Sammie left to get her drink.

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She smiles faintly, and then the smile drops. She goes back behind the counter, leaning her chin on her hand and staring into space. He wouldn't come back. Not now that she'd let herself think it.

Still, she peers at him, trying to be subtle. He looked happy enough... Pfft. No chance. He'd be out of here as soon as she looked away.

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Sammie, biting her lip, nodding as Olivia spoke. "Alright then, Liv, I'll go get that tea with honey for you now." She smiled, and left the table, going back behind the counter.

When she was reaching for the tea bags, that new waitress was in her way... Again.

"Excuse me..." She peered at her tag. "Annika?" The blonde seemed to be mesmerized by something. Just leaning on the counter like that.

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"Hmm?"
She looks round, jumping slightly, jolted out of her daydream.
"God, sorry."
She shifts, shooting Sammie an apologetic smile and getting out of her way.
"In a world of my own today..."

She blushes slightly, a little embarrassed, and bows her head, tucking a strand of hair back behind her ear. She'd end up losing her job here if she wasn't careful. Stupid...

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Sammie sighed as the girl moved to the side. "God, Sorry." Sammie shrugged. "It's alright." She grabbed the honey, and quickly made Olivia's tea, and glanced up, to see her enjoying the muffin. Sammie cracked a small smile, and let out a sigh of relief.

With the honey tea, Sammie set it down carefully in front of Olivia, smiling as she did. "Here ya go, hun. I hope you enjoy. Did you need anything else? Napkins? " Sammie tilted her head, and then turned as she heard the door open, seeing the man from earlier leave.

"I wonder what tip she got.." Sammie mentally wondered, as she awaited Olivia's response. God, she just got more beautiful every time she looked at her..

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Celeste Xifeng Liu held her 3-year-old brother’s hand. It was a crisp fall day, and Dante Longwei Liu was having a ball with all the crunchy (or damp) leaves fallen into the New York City sidewalks, giggling in his high, sweet voice and exclaiming things in a mixture of Mandarin and English.

“Jaijai!” he exclaimed, holding up a particularly brilliant red leaf. Jaijai meant big sister in Mandarin. “Jaijai! Look! Pretty!” Xifeng broke into a wide smile.

“It is a pretty leaf, Xiaolong,” she said, admiring it briefly. Xiaolong meant little dragon, a nickname of sorts for Longwei, which meant great dragon. Xiaolong still had plenty of growing up to do, before he could grow into his name.

“Take Mr. Leaf with us?” he asked, spinning it by rubbing his fingers on the stem. Xifeng sighed through her nose. On one hand, the leaf was probably filthy from all the exposure it had since it fell off the tree. On the other hand, Xiaolong was giving her the best puppy eyes she’d seen since he told her that he wanted a scooter for his birthday, and it was pretty educational to learn about leaves, anyway. And it was free, which was a big plus to her corset-tight budget.

“Alright,” she said, smiling. “Make sure you don’t lose it, okay?” Xiaolong nodded eagerly, chattering animatedly to the leaf, who seemed pretty pleased with the attention it was getting. In a leaf-y sort of way.

Xifeng hummed. They were walking back to their little apartment from the subway station, where they’d gone to a few daycare centers. Although there was one on the college campus where she was going, she figured that she shouldn’t just settle on any old place for Xiaolong. Luckily for her, though, the college center was better equipped and overall safer than the other centers she had gone to, and best of all they were hiring students to help out.

She snapped out of her musings when she felt Xiaolong tugging a little on her arm. His head was down, and he was dragging his feet a bit. With another, fonder sigh, she grasped him under his arms and hauled him up with a grunt. He was getting pretty heavy, to the point where it was hard to walk long distances holding him. She could remember when he was just as big as a loaf of bread…

And today’s award for sentimental old women goes to Xifeng Liu, she thought sarcastically.

“Are you tired already?” she asked even though she already knew the answer, looking around to see if there were any cafes or fast food restaurants around where they could rest for a bit. She was pretty thirsty anyway, and a cup of hot chocolate that didn’t originate from a Swiss Miss or Nesquik powder was a nice treat after a long day.

Spotting a cafe, she walked faster, as Xiaolong blew wet raspberries in an attempt to make helicopter noises, which the leaf now was. She clumsily opened the door and walked in. There were several couples chatting sappily over mugs of overpriced coffee, but also several empty tables. Xifeng walked over to one with two chairs, setting Xiaolong into one and taking the other. A pretty blonde waitress went around taking orders and generally looked pretty busy, so she decided to wait for a while, talking quietly to Xiaolong (partially about what Mr. Leaf was doing and partially telling him about the information she found about the leaf from her phone) and Mr. Leaf (who had become either a Pokemon or a Pokemon Trainer) in turns.

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Annika sees someone sit down and bustles over, wishing her shift would just speed up. She darts over to the young woman with a little boy and shoots them both bright smiles.
"Can I get anything for either of you?"
She flicks a strand of hair behind her ear, her other hand feeling in her pocket for her notepad. Hopefully the order wouldn't be too difficult to write down. Her hands and head have started to feel weak, her thoughts a little foggy.

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Sammie walked in the club, and following Olivia's directions, she soon found the girl.

"Hey!" Sammie spoke a little louder, over some of the music. "Wanna dance, or get some drinks? I don't have a preference.. in case you were wondering." She winked, and smiled. Sammie checked out the crowd, and thought she saw the guy that Annika took from her earlier.

Shrugging, she turned back to Olivia.

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Xifeng looked up at the tired-looking waitress.
“Just one hot chocolate for us,” she said. No need to make the poor girl’s life any more difficult, and she had never developed any interest in coffee, anyway. Xiaolong smiled at the blonde girl, waving at her.
“Hi!” he said cheerfully, Mr. Leaf flapping with him. Xiaolong was starting to lose his fear of strangers, which had lead to less awkward conversations but more lessons on how to act around people they didn’t know.