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Kezia Darby

A bubbly, curious and innocent girl, eager to meet new people and figure out her purpose.

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a character in “Beating Heart Cafe”, as played by stealthpanther

Description

Name: Kezia Darby

Age: 20

Gender: female

Role (If you have one): none

Personality: Curious and bubbly. Likes to explore and meet new people, and is very friendly towards everyone. Is always happy when she makes a new friend, and is genuinely innoccent in many ways. Can be a bit nosey without meaning to, simply curious and eager to learn. Enjoys seeing people smile. She feels a bit out of place, not quite sure what her purpose is yet, but she is determined to find out. Kezia can be a bit impulsive, which can lead to her making mistakes or getting her into embarassing situations. She doesn't know much about love, but someday she hopes to know what it feels like. Even if she isn't sure what someone feels or thinks, she feels strongly when seeing pain or happiness in a person.

Appearance:Image

History: Grew up in a pretty normal home, a fairly normal life. Her parents work to develop new medicines, and are busy often. She does well in learning new things, eager to absorb as much as she can. She has no talent for any sport, and she hasn't quite figured out what her dream career is yet. Works as a helper at a local farm, but wants to relax at the cafe.

Love Interest: Seen the heartless one around sometimes. has a bit of a crush on the Heartless one, though she doubts he'd be much interested in her. She'd probably be annoying to him. But, perhaps maybe, just maybe they could become friends someday?

Likes: books,walking through sprinklers/water, music you can dance to, new places, peaches, interesting people, cute fuzzy things, soft hair, spiced cider, and mysteries

Dislikes: creepy crawlies, pork, being cold, clowns, lace, balloons, the color yellow, dirty areas, foul language, and squash.

So begins...

Kezia Darby's Story

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Glad to finally have some free time to herself, Kezia hummed amiably as she wandered the streets, looking for the newest little cafe in her town. She had passed it several days prior on her way to work, and had thought the place looked charming. She couldn't actually recall seeing it go under maintenence or having any official opening, but perhaps she hadn't been paying attention.

Now, the young woman approached the building with curious wonder, noticing guards in front, something that confused her. Was it a dangerous place? Were there an increase in crimes lately? Was someone important inside? Before she could venture forward to actually talk to someone, she noticed a tall, well-put together male passing with a box he seemed to be holding rather akwardly. Did he need help?

Kezia turned and followed the man, wondering why he seemed to not have any help. Apparently he seemed to work here, but he seemed to be alone at the moment. "Excuse me!" she called out, hurrying to catch up to the stranger. As he reached the door, she heard a piteous sound, the unignorable sound of tiny mewling kittens. Her eyes lit up in joy. "Oh! You're helping some kittens? That's so kind of you! Did you need a hand sir? I promise I won't hurt them..may I..may I see them?"

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Character Portrait: Blair Hallen Character Portrait: Kezia Darby

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Blair turned around in doorway at the light voice behind him. Looking at the young woman with curiosity, he didn't know her. Did she work here? He had no idea since she wasn't wearing a uniform. She was shorter than him, most woman were. Her long blond hair hung in a heavy braid down her back. He didn't know her age but he considered that the braid made her look younger than she actually was. The door's weight attempted to bring it back into it's frame, instead it bumped against his shoulder. The edges of his lips twisted up in a small half smile as she offered her help.

"Thank you, but I'm okay. Of course you can see them."

He lowered the box slightly so the woman could see inside at the fluffy tabby kittens. They looked up, four sets of beady eyes as they struggled for attention. Even Blair, who was a "man", couldn't deny how cute they were. He let the new arrival reach in and touch the small ones. Although he didn't expect her to attempt to remove them. He wouldn't do anything if she did and he didn't expect he actually could do anything while holding the box. Her attempts to soothe his worries didn't really concern him. Few people in their right mind would actually go out of their way to hurt a set of kittens. By accident possibly, he just hoped that didn't happen.

"Um..."

He said, somewhat nervously as the woman cooed of the balls of cuteness. He had to address the problem about what to do with them. He didn't think she was a worker here but he had to know for sure. Even if she wasn't it shouldn't be too embarrassing, since he had already seemed to make good impression with the kittens.

"Do you work here? Since I'm new I'm not sure what to do. I, uh, didn't have time to take them home."

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Character Portrait: Blair Hallen Character Portrait: Kezia Darby

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Kezia pet the little balls of fluff and cuteness with a gentle hand, smiling at the little animals. The man may have said he was ok, but she still worried if he was struggling. His words managed to bring the woman out of her thoughts, her nutty brown eyes meeting his.

"Oh, no sir, I don't work here. I'm really sorry! Sh-should I not be back here? I really should've checked first..but I thought you looked like you could use some help..not that you are incapable of course! I just wanted to make sure. And, well, it's always nice to know someone is concerned or willing to offer help.."

the girl babbled on quickly, trying not to offend the gentleman. She really needed to learn how to act her age. His explanation of the kittens earned him a nod of understanding. That made sense, if he was to bring them home, he'd risk being late for his job, which would certainly not look good, especially if he was new.

"It's still very nice of you to take the time to try and help them. I..I don't work here, but if you were willing to part with them, I could take them to the farm I work at. Or I could just watch them if you wanted to take them home after your workday?"

Kezia offered the man, petting the kittens again. It was honestly hard to resist just petting the little ones.

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Character Portrait: Blair Hallen Character Portrait: Zeron Hichai Character Portrait: Dae Calse Character Portrait: Odera "Odie" Barlin Character Portrait: Kezia Darby

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Dae Calse


With hands stuffed in his pockets and a lazy grin on his face, Dae strolled down the sidewalks, whistling a cheerful tune and surveying the areas around him as he made his way to his favorite Café. As soon as it had opened he had pretty much claimed it as his own, a complete regular and also one who went into pretty much every room in that shop with little repercussion. It was a shame, though, really. He spent practically all of his spare time there, and yet the manager refused to give him a job, no matter how much he begged. But Ari wasn’t one to give up so easily. At his musing, a soft chuckle passed his lips, and he soon found himself at the door. A brilliant smile lit up his face, and he flung the door open wide, the small bell at the top of the door jingling to announce his arrival. Normally, he would have called out to some of the workers there, or had gone to hunt Eros down, but as he took a few steps in, something had caught his attention.

A low, appreciative whistle squeezed through his lips and filled the café, and Dae had his gaze set upon a particular individual, to which he quickly rushed over to with wide eyes and a half grin. He leaned over the first barstool, hands placed comfortably on the cushion and looking at the guy seated a couple chairs over.



Odera Barlin


Odie quietly peddled along the roads, back straight and wind whipping through her hair while the sun leant itself for warmth. A gentle smile was presented on her lips as she eased her bike around a corner, the Beating Heart Café now in sight and she was rapidly approaching it. Otter had a total of three means of travel for delivering in her job: truck, bike, and simply walking. Seiri had requested a few ingredients, which Odie had been more than happy to fulfill, so she had taken her bicycle today. It was a really nice day today, and it just made Odie’s heart happy to be out and about doing things to benefit other people.

She soon came skidding to a halt behind the building, letting her feet raise up above the pedals as she gently applied the brakes. The two bags in the woven basket between her handles rustled a bit from the wind change. Otter soon walked her bike over to the wall before getting off of it and leaning it against the building. After rubbing down the wrinkles in her shorts, she seized the bags by their bottoms and carried them to the door. Except, there happened to be a bit of traffic, as two people seemed to be standing in the way of her path, and a box of some kind shared between them.

As Odie approached, she soon discovered that the box contained none other than little mewling kittens. A hesitant smile teased at the corner of her lips, but she breathed gently and looked up at the two, “Oh um, ah, sorry, can I just squeeze past you guys, if it wouldn’t be too much trouble?”

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Character Portrait: Blair Hallen Character Portrait: Odera "Odie" Barlin Character Portrait: Kezia Darby

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Eros C. Valentino


A block away from the new cafe a white car was parked close to the sidewalk. Its small body was shaded by a nearly tree blocking the harsh sunlight from its passenger. If you peer into window you would a snoring Eros with his head leaning against the window.Tired from the early morning routine he thought he would catch up on some sleep before he headed into his cafe. He didn't lack any sleep though--that is a full 10 hours rest last night meant he should have enough energy for the morning. But alas, his body constantly craved for slumber.

A low hum and soft shake awoke the God of love. He slipped his hand into his pocket bringing out a white rectangular phone to hush the annoying alarm. "I'm late." He sighed heavily as he slipped the phone back into his jeans pocket. Normally he would allow himself a couple more hours to sleep--it wasn't like anyone would scold the owner for being late--but today a newly hired employee would have his first day. He should at least greet the new boy into the cafe and brief him of his job--or force Shima to do it for him.

He climbed out of his car, making sure to lock all doors and walked the rest of the way. He yawned ever step of the way and dragged his feet across the pavement. As he approached the entrance of his cafe, he could see somewhat of a commotion in the shop. "The day just started and there's already so much happening." He smiled to himself as he approached the three, two of them he recognized as the "errand girl"--as he referred to her-- and his new employee.

"It's just your first day, and you're already causing some trouble." Eros said to the male blond in a playful tone. "What's all the commotion about?" His attention was stolen by the ball of fur peeking out of the box. He bit down on his lip stopping the urge to scream like a little girl and reach inside to pet the kittens.

"Are these a gift for me?" He smiled at Blair jokingly. "Normally I wouldn't allow any pets in the building, but if they're for me I'd make an exception." He winked playfully at the male.Of course he was joking, pets were in fact not allowed but he didn't want his newest member to get into trouble on his first day.

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Character Portrait: Blair Hallen Character Portrait: Eros C. Valentino Character Portrait: Odera "Odie" Barlin Character Portrait: Kezia Darby

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Blair inwardly smiled at the blond's ramble while being distracted by the felines. He didn't interrupt or respond as she talked, gently listening. He had met people who just talked on and on, he usually got along well with them since he didn't mind just listening. He also wasn't surprised that she was treating him very formally. He gave that impression and didn't mind, it did tend to keep people away in some situations. In his waiter uniform he looked like he fit the role perfectly. He was about to, slightly eagerly, take her up on the offer. He didn't necessarily want to get rid of the kittens, he wouldn't mind having kept them being a little lonely as his place. Yet it might be the easier route and he expected the young woman to at least offer a better home than a box on the street. He was about to accept.

He immediately froze up when yet another woman arrived and asked to push past. Now she looked like one of the workers and Blair had to hide his flustering. He had been thrown a hope to escape from this awkwardness and then it was suddenly removed. He did shift back, pressing the door closer to the wall and moving himself out of the way. Unfortunately that drew the box and the slightly disappointed kittens away from Kezia, whom he didn't actually know by name. He was already rather straight backed and rigid as it was but the next voice he heard made him tense, obviously. Blood rushed to his cheeks at the embarrassment. He had hoped to avoid this. It seemed that the lifeline thrown to him was tied into a noose. He took a sharp breath. He had to deal with it now, with luck he wouldn't fail before he began.

"I'm sorry sir. I happened to come across them in an shortcut on the way here."

He looked down his feet, a small sign of the fear and nervousness he felt, although he couldn't actually see his feet. Instead he was looking into the box and the cute fluffy animals. They did help to ease his nerves slightly, until he looked back up.

"I didn't have time to return them home. I was hoping there was somewhere I could leave them until my shift was over. Although... Uhh..."

He looked to the pony-tailed young woman, realising that they hadn't formally introduced met each other. She didn't know his name and he didn't know hers. That would make for all sorts of awkwardness, Blair knew since he had a terrible trait of forgetting names quickly. Ultimately, unless she visited the cafe sometime and he wasn't fired, he wasn't expecting to know her much longer. A little bit of a pity, he didn't have many friends after he moved.

"This lovely lady offered to care for them."

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Character Portrait: Blair Hallen Character Portrait: Eros C. Valentino Character Portrait: Odera "Odie" Barlin Character Portrait: Kezia Darby

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Moving aside from the door as the woman asked to get through, Kezia waved her hands apologetically.

"So sorry! I didn't mean to hold up the area! I was keeping him here, so please, it's my fault. I'm sorry, it won't happen again!" she quickly apologized, feeling bad for so rudely obstructing the way. She felt a bit embarassed, bemoaning her tendency to get caught up in things and forget her surroundings.

Before she could say anything more, a new voice interrupted her thoughts, and the young woman turned to face where Blair looked, feeling even sillier at being caught by what she assumed must be the owner, judging by how the blond male addressed him. Hearing him gently berate the blonde with the kittens, she opened her mouth to protest and take responsibility for holding him up, but the gentleman beat her to it. Kezia flushed slightly at the comment of 'lovely lady'. He was a nice gentleman!

Glancing between the kittens, the blond male and the owner, she lifted her hand slightly, signaling she wanted to speak.

"Pardon me sir. I fear I kept him lingering with my chattering. Please don't be mad at him! He was trying to do a good deed is all. And I will take the kittens until he can pick them up and take them home. If that's ok that is? I'll be sure to watch over them until he collects them. But please..don't get mad at him for helping the little ones!" Kezia explained in defense. She truly hoped the blond wouldn't get into trouble because of her holding him up. She'd feel awful.

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Character Portrait: Blair Hallen Character Portrait: Haru Zawa Character Portrait: Shima Shoose Character Portrait: Kezia Darby

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Eros turned his attention back to box of kittens. Eros was an understanding God. He wouldn't get angry with new employee. He peeked into the large window of the shop thinking of a place to hide the balls of fur. Keeping them in the kitchen would be an automatic visit from the health inspector. It would be too hot to keep the kittens in the employee locker room. He frowned a little as he listened to the male's excuse.

The frown on his face was broken to a small chuckle hearing the customer's attempt to rescue the male. "Well if you wish to stay for eight hours in our little shop, I won't stop you." He flashed his famous heart warming smile. "But I have to make a small request, would you mind staying at the corner of the shop just to hide the kittens? I wouldn't want other customers to be bothered them, nor do I want them to be bothered by you."

He smiled playfully at Blair. "For your punishment, you have to serve this young lady for the rest of the day. See to it that she get's comfortable. After all it will be a long wait." With that Eros moved closer to the entrance about to step foot into the office until he was stopped by a familiar voice. He turned over to pink haired girl and arched his brow. Normally he would ask if it could wait but by the body language of the girl it seemed urgent.

He nodded and smiled warmly. "Of course, Haru. Let's talk in my office." He opened the door gesturing for everyone to enter the cafe. "Let me just find someone to show Blair around." He followed everyone inside and scanned the now busy cafe.

"Shima!" The young God practically screamed his name from the entrance, merely smiling at those who looked over at him. "This is Blair, he's new so play nice and show him around. Alright?" He smiled at Shima playfully patting the male's head.

"Please make yourself comfortable miss." He smiled at the customer gesturing for her to take a seat in one of the booths. "Just call and someone will come take your order."

He bowed at the rest and turned his attention to Haru. "Let's go." He said warmly leading the pink haired maiden to the back of the cafe and into a small office. He walked over to his wooden desk and sat on the surface letting a great big yawn. "Have a seat." Said as he rubbed the corner of his eye, gesturing for her to sit on the nearby chair. Now that customers were no where in site, he dropped the serious "owner" act and went back being the sleepy and lazy God of love. "What's the matter?" He asked Haru once she sat down.

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Character Portrait: Blair Hallen Character Portrait: Haru Zawa Character Portrait: Seiri Shoose Character Portrait: Shima Shoose Character Portrait: Eros C. Valentino Character Portrait: Odera "Odie" Barlin Character Portrait: Kezia Darby

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Odie


Suddenly there was an immediate explosion of chatter and excitement around her, and she sort of just shrunk back against the wall, still not having entered the café as more and more people arrived and spoke interesting things. She simply hoped that she wasn’t in the way of any of these people, and therefore kind of shrunk in on herself. She really didn’t take heed of the golden haired girl who had tried apologizing, as she really didn’t mind it at all, other than the fact that Seiri might be a little disappointed she still didn’t have the things she needed.

As Eros arrived on the scene, she kind stepped to the side and held the bags closer to her chest, and as he poked fun at the new guy here at the café, she couldn’t help a small smile coming onto her face. But it really wasn’t her place to be here anyhow, and Odie really should have been in the kitchens five minutes ago, and yet another person, one she actually recognized, sort of merged into the group.

Haru was a nice guy, but really reserved around everyone who worked at the café. It was sort of weird really, considering she didn’t necessarily work there, and yet the boy still avoided all gazes with that reserved look of his. Otter’s curiosity peaked when he asked Eros to speak privately, but she quickly scolded herself for wondering about other people’s personal business.

With the hubbub around her, Odie apparently got lost in the scene, as all attention was focused on Eros, but everyone was still positioned at a point where she thought it to be rude to try to interrupt and push past them. So there she remained, waiting patiently for all of this to dispel, when suddenly Eros decided to call Shima over to assist Blaire around the restaurant, thus making Otter come to a quick decision to make a break for it as swiftly as possible.

Ducking her head, she sort of wormed her way around the masses, making soft apologies for miniscule bumps, but otherwise made it through without any real issues. As she skirted to the left and through the kitchen doors, she came upon the scene of a slightly panicking Seiri and blood dripping onto the floor. A look of horror filled Odie’s features, and she quickly- though carefully- placed the bags on a nearby counter before appearing at her side to assist. She highly doubted that the kitchen held medical supplies, which was a little ironic considering that was where all the sharp, pointy, and dangerous things were located, but went to grab a clean cloth to stem the small blood flow.

“Ah, Seiri, you’re hurt, hold still for just a second…. Do you need any help with stirring or anything? Would you rather me do that instead?” It was a little hard to discern whether she should be focusing more on Seiri or on her food- mainly because the woman always seemed to have a greater concern for the latter, and Odie didn’t want to make her more stressed by asking her to stop working.

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Character Portrait: Blair Hallen Character Portrait: Eros C. Valentino Character Portrait: Kezia Darby

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Kezia felt a wonderful relief wash through her as the owner pardoned the blonde man, even going so far as to insist she be 'served' by said blonde for the day. Flushing in flattered embarassment, she offered her arms for the box once inside.

"Of course! I wouldn't want to cause a commotion, and I'm ok. I don't have anything important to do today, so I really don't mind! All I'd really need is something to drink and maybe a small bowl of soup if you have it. Please, don't let me keep you too much! I don't want to be a bother!" Kezia chimed before realizing she hadn't properly introduced herself. She squeeked in dismay before deciding to correct her mistake.

"I'm so terribly sorry! I didn't even think to introduce myself, so you know who is going to watch over your precious kittens. I'm Kezia Darby. I-It's very nice to meet you both!" she said with a slight bow of her head, smiling brightly and offering her hand to the two men.

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Character Portrait: Blair Hallen Character Portrait: Shima Shoose Character Portrait: Kezia Darby

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Blair nodded silently in response to the decisions made, he let make decisions around him. He didn't mind. As long as they were content with the results he most probably would be. Also, he didn't want to give Eros a reason to change his mind. When Blair had met the man and got the job he seemed kind enough. Also enhanced by the actual reputation of the cafe but Blair didn't know for sure and wasn't about to make assumptions that would cost his job. Although he was somewhat pleased by the decision made by the owner, he didn't mind just serving this one lady. She wasn't unattractive and it would help him actually get into the flow of how things were done here. Although eight hours was a bit of a long shot, there wasn't much reason for her to stay the whole time. He would've like to keep the kittens but having her wait so long was ridiculous. He'll let her take them home, or to a farm once he actually started working.

He was a little bothered by the fact he was getting in everyone's way. First the other girl, then the owner of the cafe of things. There was also the pink haired waiter to contend with and whoever was going to be showing him around. He had made the decision to work here but he doubted he was going to enjoy having such a horrid start. From his experience the first day was usually the worse and when it was this bad he had suffered for the rest of his term of employment.

"Please to meet you Shima, I'm Blair Hallen."

Despite the older man speaking faster Blair caught pretty much everything and could fill in the blanks reliably enough. He silently listened to Shima Shoose's introduction after introducing himself. Answering the question without elaborating. He wasn't the best of cooks and had never engaged in learning many sports, including martial arts of any kinds. Additionally he didn't want to spend too long learning the ropes. Shima had only really pointed out what Blair could have figured. He was thankful though, it did mean he didn't fumble with the basics and that would help him learn more.

"Yes. I'm a waiter, I was just hired. Thank you, I think I can handle it"

He turned to Kezia, coating of his mostly expressionless gloom with a small sincere smile and a larger fake one. He held the door open for her to enter. He put his gentleman demeanor on Over-The-Top mode. He didn't need to try too hard. The upright, butler posture was already there as well.

"Miss Darby, it's a pleasure to meet you. If you would be so kind as to find a seat that suits your fancy I will return with your soup."

He moved off dropping into a back room to remove the dirtied jumper he was wearing, glad to find the uniform underneath was untainted. To his surprise, despite his skepticism he had found that that simple action of inviting Kezia in had brought up a trace of confidence. Perhaps he wasn't going to suffer in this job. Checking that his hands were clean and hair was controlled he returned. Careful not to bump into the young woman who headed out of the kitchen he placed the order for a soup before quickly returning. Although not without a concerned glance at the chef's bandaged finger. He spotted the table Kezia had claimed and headed over.

"Thank you for taking care of them." He said sincerely, if slightly guiltily. "If you want you could take them to the farm. I don't mind, as long as their home isn't a box on the street. Umm, you never specified what you want to drink."

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Character Portrait: Blair Hallen Character Portrait: Kezia Darby

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Feeling an odd combination of flattered and suddenly shy, Kezia nevertheless smiled brightly at the gentleman. Having sat herself in the corner, she pet the kittens, whispering sweet assurances to them that they were ok and that they were behaving ever so well.

Just as the girl took out a book to read, she heard the gentle voice of the new waiter once more, a smile lighting up her face.

"Oh it's no trouble at all! I'm happy to help. They really are adorable, and you were so kind to help them!"

Kezia reassured the man, only to shake her head as he spoke of letting them go. Maybe he really wouldn't mind, but she knew if it were her, she'd be tempted to keep them. Besides, he had gone through the trouble and mentioned bringing them to his home.

"Oh no, it's perfectly allright! I don't mind waiting, I'm sure you want to keep the little guys. I can relax here and read, plus, I get to spend a day with adorable kittens!"

Kezia countered him sincerely, showing him she did in fact, have a book or two in her bag. Realizing he still might argue, she raised a finger up, indicating he listen.

"If it really will bother you sir, then the only compensation I might want is maybe..taking one of them for myself? If you don't mind, that is!" she offered, resuming her petting of the adorable balls of cuteness and fur. Honestly, it was hard to resist the urge to squeal in joy and hug the poor little things. They probably wouldn't like being hugged and loudly fussed over.

Brought to reality by his inquiry, Kezia flushed in embarassed realization. Of course! How silly of her! She really was hopeless sometimes. Looking at Blair apologetically, she pondered what she'd like.

"Oh! Of course..that was dumb of me. Um..I'll have an iced mocha please."

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Character Portrait: Shima Shoose Character Portrait: Leon Christopher Character Portrait: Kezia Darby

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He minded his own business. He really did. But somehow, a guy decides to come and talk to him casually and throw some rude words at him. What has Leon done? All he had been doing was just sit here and do nothing. Okay, well, maybe he's been a bit too suspicious, but that doesn't gain him the bad words at him. That's just... rude.

But then again, the man apologized later so Leon wasn't really hung up on it. The problem now lies that he has to converse with this man. Leon, for one, is a social-awkward kind of guy. He can't come up with topics to talk with and all he knows is that he can only look around the place to avoid eye contact. But as Leon didn't want any unneeded attention, he tried to end the conversation as quick as possible. "E-erm... It's okay... I don't need... any waiter... I just came here.... to look for my... my kittens... They were... taken by... by someone... who just came in here... so..." He paused abruptly. Just as he turned around, he saw the same box that he was trying to find, alongside with a woman who seems to be playing with the kittens inside.

He quickly got up and slowly approached the woman. "Excuse me... I've found, found my kittens..." He tried to avoid being rude and excused himself from the man who talked to him. For now, he had his eyes set on the box. It only took a few seconds and he was already here. But he was extremely nervous. He didn't know what to say to the woman. What if he said something rude to her without him knowing? Well, whatever he was gonna do, he need to do it fast. He just need to get a hold of the box and somehow escape the cafe.

"Erm, miss... that box... is mine... Can I have it... back?"

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Character Portrait: Kuran Akito Character Portrait: Blair Hallen Character Portrait: Angel Kalovar Character Portrait: Kezia Darby

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Blair smiled back at Kezia's sincerity. He silently thanked Eros for the appointment of tending to her for a day. Although he felt a flush of embarrassment every time she rejected his offers. She was kind enough in her words and demeanor to help him relax and not push his failure. He perked up when she showed him the books, he was considering about asking what books they were. If there was one thing he loved, it was reading. Although there was certainly more than one thing he loved as he tried not let a massive break his composure. Now he wasn't as worried about his job he could actually allow the fluffy cuteness of the kittens to get to him. He made no motion to speak, even before Kezia indicated his silence with a finger. She had made her decision and he couldn't exactly argue with that, even if she wasn't a customer.

"Of course you may Miss Darby, Kezia. Four of them would probably be a handful for me."

He let it drop to first name terms. He had a feeling she would reject the formalities. Not to mention he wouldn't mind to get to know her better. Also, there was no rules about that in this cafe. As far as he heard. The formality and uptight, butler attitude was his own. So he could make the exceptions he chose. He let a small smile slip as she seemed a little flustered by the fact of forget the details.

"No problem. You were distracted." He nodded at the box of kittens as he began his retreat. He wanted to give a good impression the first day and promptness would probably help. Also he didn't want to keep the young lady waiting.

"Alright, I'll be back with your drink and hopefully your soup."

He moved through the cafe again. It wasn't difficult to avoid people, although the popularity of the cafe was already obvious. his attention was caught by a small commotion coming from Shima. He paused and watched with a frown, he was being notably rude to this new arrival. Although Blair knew nothing of the problem and couldn't form any opinion he also didn't see how Shoose could make one so vehemently. Although Blair did recall that Eros had mentioned having guards. Perhaps Shima was one, which would somewhat excuse his suspicion at the somewhat shady looking man. Although to Blair's relief Shima started to apologise profusely. Although by now his attention was drawn away.

He gaze had been drawn past the two, through the window and the other side of the street. A small figure slumped in the darkness of the opposite alleyway. It always shook him seeing that, just like with the kittens. No one should have to spend time on the dirty concrete of those places. It was unhealthy and horrid. He cursed his bleeding heart sometimes. The amount of times he had picked up and fed or paid some beggar or homeless was notable. He just couldn't stand seeing anyone in that condition. Glancing around he noted that everyone who was there seemed preoccupied. Kezia's attention seemed to be on the kittens. He hoped no one paid too much attention as he slipped out the door and crossed the street.

He was mildly surprised when someone else reached the figure first. Just as much as he was surprised when he saw the young woman. She seemed certainly far too clean to actually be the sort of person he found on the streets. Her long brown hair was smooth and straight. She didn't seem to a have speak of dirt on her pale skin, her clothing was only dirtied where she sat down. It was he face that caught him most. She wasn't ugly, quite the opposite. She had a quiet, delicate beauty that made Blair's breath catch. Yet. Yet her face almost seemed gaunt like drawn into a perpetual frown.

In a way it made it even worse, why was someone like her sitting in a dark, dirty alley? He felt a pang of sorrow, adding to the concern from earlier. There was something about her that reminded himself of himself, always keeping his appearance controlled. His worry was clear in his voice. He didn't ignore the other man, in fact he was relieved that the two knew each other. It didn't prevent him from speaking though.

"Excuse me miss. Are you okay?"

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Kezia smiled at the blond waiter, flushing in delight as he agreed to her 'term' of giving her one of the kittens. He seemed to be more comfortable now, dropping the last name and talking to her in what seemed to be a more relaxed manner. It made her smile all the more, glad to make friends and see people comfortable and happy. Before Blair could leave, she waved and smiled cheerfully. It was nice of him to be concerned, but she didn't want him to overly concern himself. Besides, she wasn't going anywhere.

"No need to rush! I'll be here whenever it's ready, so please don't worry!" she chimed, waving goodbye to the kind waiter. She sipped the complimentary water from her tumbler, about to begin her book when a shadow and then a voice interrupted her.

Glancing up, Kezia found herself looking at a young man around her age looking down at her and, more importantly, at the precious kittens in her charge. He had an air of uneasiness around him, though she couldn't fathom why. About to ask if the man was ok, Kezia noticed the intensity of his gaze on her box. Cradling it protectively, she was glad she sat on the outside of the booth, the kittens nestled between her and the wall. Tilting her head in confusion at his words, Kezia felt a small bubble of unease in herself. Now what was she to do? If they truly were his, she didn't want to deprive him or steal. But then again, Blair obviously cared a great deal about the future of the little kittens. Besides..something bothered her about his statement.

"Your box sir? But..but why was your box outside? And...if the kittens are yours, why were they outside in the cold? Shouldn't you have them inside? Taken care of?" her tone was not angry or overy confronting, but there was concern in her eyes.

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Kezia Darby

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Kezia Darby Takes a glance around anxiously, trying to adjust to the dim lighting