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Iris Floros

"Sit down, I'll make you a scotch."

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a character in “Beyond The Sea”, as played by RPGRosa

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{"Internalize the conflict, externalize the mayhem.”}
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|{Full Name}|
Iris Ernesta Floros
|{Nickname}]|
Ernie
|{Age}|
27
|{Nationality}|
Atlantian
|{Sexuality}|
self actualized pansexual, historically heterosexual
|{Occupation}|
Flower Shop Owner
|{Group}|
Orphic




|{Appearance}|
Plain features and strong brows delicately drawn across a still youthful face, full and healthy. Skin like cream with rosy cheeks, Iris often is mistaken for younger than her actual age. Her hazel eyes often are glazed over in thought, trained off into the distance. Short brown hair messily fall to tickle the tops of her shoulders, often hidden under a hat to block the sun as she works in the garden. When she isn’t in her dirt covered overalls or torn jeans, Iris is found wearing feminine dresses and skirts, pastel and demure shades with a print of the very flowers she sells. Modest and casual, Iris considers herself low maintenance, preferring a natural appearance.

|{Power}|
The Floros family are well known for their generation and generations of healers, most pursuing medical careers. It’s family legend that with each generation, healing abilities grow exponentially. Despite recent generations proving this theory, it has also shown to take a greater mental and emotional toll on the healer, having to absorb that pain and struggle to redirect it.
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||{Likes}|
White tea || The smell of rich soil || Precious gems || Doodling || Long-winded prose || wide brimmed hats || Scotch || Peaches || Rustic jewelry || tobacco || Shorelines || Botany || Live Music || Exploring

|{Dislikes}|
Fried food || Segregation || Cold weather || Moths || English Breakfast tea || Mind-altering drugs || Gun control laws (or lack of) || Hospitals || Brand names || Wasting anything

|{Hobbies || Talents}|
-Using recyclables to create sculptures or garden art
-repurposing objects into furniture, i.e. a door into a work table
-Hiking/Camping
-Apothecary

|{Fears || Weaknesses}|
Insanity || Mood Swings
feeling Vulnerable || Neck kisses
Change || Poets


|{Secrets}|
It feels like she’s slowly losing her mind.
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|{Personality}|
Despite her preference for solitude, Iris is in no way antisocial. In fact, around others Iris is lively, playful and coy however Iris prefers to take plenty of time between social situations to recharge her social batteries. Spending most her days with her hands in the dirt or meticulously manicuring her dirt babies and her nights drinking wine around a bonfire, her laid back nature makes her easy to get along with. When she was younger, Iris would be accused of “not caring enough” or being indifferent to the world around her, however in her own perspective she simply enjoys watching the world unfold around her as it is, without any of her own personal bias. Often Iris packs up and heads into the woods for a few days surrounded by nature and it’s critters, enjoying a break from civilization. She’ll dress up and drink wine with her feet in the water, reading a book and soaking in the moment. A listener by preference, people often open up to her and ask her for her advice. She tends to only offer abstracts answers, often posing a question in return. Although Iris would never turn someone away who needed advice, she often has a hard enough time making decisions in her own life, it feels hypocritical to try to help anyone else. She likes to keep things simple, often detaching herself from anyone or anything that might feel as if it were growing to be too complicated. Although most of her long term friends are married or otherwise preoccupied, Iris maintains friendships well with her easy going ways, although the same couldn’t be said about her romantic life. Easily pressured, Iris often doesn’t date an individual very long, although she has is notorious for overnight guests. She prefers high intensity relationships that burn bright and quick, but often don't last. Iris finds herself thinking to much, feeling too much. The grander scale that she uses her power and is exposed to the energies of others, the more she feels herself losing her grasp on reality. Often when overwhelmed Iris begins having irrationally paranoia or self depreciating thoughts, which can make her spiral into self destructive behavior putting herself in risky situations or saying the wrong things to push those concerned away. Without her doses of solitude Iris is convinced she would have gone insane ages ago.



|{History}|
Coming from a well established family in Atlantis, Iris was raised in elite society. It’s said when a Floros is born there is a battle between good and wrong to decide which the soul will be destined to be. With a family filled with egotistical maniacs with a god complex, anyone else is excommunicated from the family. Her parents were always hard working and charitable, although they preferred to keep things topical. Problems were ignored, swept under the rug. As a single child, Iris spent most of her childhood playing on her own. At an early age she took to her aunt from her fathers side, the black sheep from her fathers side of the family. Tanya owned a flower shop and taught Iris how to use gardening as therapy for the side affects from the use of healing. From the beginning Iris was a quirky girl, spending her days reading or exploring nature. Lacking the ambition to pursue the medical career, as Iris became older she became more and more of a disappointment to her parents. Often Iris would fight with her parents and run to Aunt Tanya for advice. The two grew to be very close, and when Iris’ parents gave an ultimatum that she pursue higher education or move out of their home, Iris chose to move with her Aunt into the flower shop. For five years Iris worked in the flower shop under her aunt when tragedy stuck. During a riot in Atlantis Tanya was killed, leaving everything in her possession to her 24 year old niece. For three years now Iris has been running the flower shop on her own, content with her humble existance
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|{Theme Song}
“We'll take this way too far, 
it'll leave you breathless
, or with a nasty scar, got a long list of ex lovers they'll tell you I'm insane”

Blank Space - Taylor Swift

|{Face Claim}
Arizona Muse
Character Dialogue || #H563o


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So begins...

Iris Floros's Story

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~ January 15th, 8 pm. ~




ImageImage Tonight is a very special night. Perhaps the most special night if you don't count Christmas or New Years. January 15th is Conjoinment Day in Atlantis. That's the day when the surface dwellers first came down into the underwater city, connecting themselves with the seafarers, creating one indivisible population that still resides inside Atlantis's great protection today. Traditionally, the holiday is spent in great celebration. The Cabaret, Pub, and Casino are usually packed, and even on the streets, crowds of socialites are chatting and cheering. Everyone is dressed to the nines, whether they be dancing in the club or just chilling out at home. It's supposed to be a very peaceful, unified day full of fun and excitement. But during these times of segregation, revolution, and change, tradition may not last for too long...




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There was a type of simple beauty in the flowers sourced from the surface. Tulips was always a favorite of Iris. It’s as if they were the stencil which all flowers were based from, six perfect petals pointed up to the sky, reaching for sometime more. Tulips of all colors littered across Iris’ work table, along with a few more surface flowers and some of the more native breeds. Sitting in a wooden lawn chair, lemonade in hand and little tufts of blonde hair coming out from the messily tied bun at the crown of her head. She set her glass beside her gardening gloves, using the back of her hand to wipe at her dirt streaked cheek. A brief sigh of satisfaction was followed by her slumping into her chair were signs of a job well done.

The delivery truck had just carried away 150 floral arrangements that Iris had spent the last week pouring over. She had to design the arrangements, which took several models to perfect, then buy the supplies, followed by many brief moments of panic as she stressed over the next two days building the actual pieces, all with her single employee MIA. It was if a huge burden was lifted off her chest, and a huge deposit was placed into her bank account. Glancing at the clock on the wall, she sighed a different sort causing her to straighten out. She only had an hour before she had to leave for Conjoinment Day. Finishing off her lemonade, she decided to save the clean up for the morning, locking the doors to her workshop behind her.

The first floor of her home was mostly a work place, the living and dining room filled with sample arrangements and the sun room was yet another green room. She had transitioned a guest bedroom where she spent most of her adolescence into a office, which was speckled with tributes to her Aunt, the Flower Shop founder. Not much had changed on the second floor, even Iris’ Aunt’s room was kept the same way, although all her personal belongings had been stored in a box and places in the basement. After Iris officially moved into her Aunt’s house, she had moved into the attic, which was homier than most attics, albeit quite a hike. Most times if Iris brought a friend home she wouldn’t get past the first floor, and hardly ever would her friend make it to her bedroom.

Smiling to herself, Iris thought of her last overnight visitor, a tourist from the surface. They were always so naive and full of dreams, and so enchanted by Orphics. Tonight was one of the biggest nights in Atlantis, insanity bound to happen. It was one of the few nights a year she ever crossed paths with her family, which often only consisted of the exchange of brief niceties and a ‘Well, you have a fun night dear.’ which translates to ‘Well, you have a nice life my poor excuse of a daughter.’ which Iris had grown to accept.

She showered quickly, the rest just was like routine. Although she left the house late, she was still impressed with her timing. Petite white flowers had been braided into her hair into a french twist, some baby hairs twisting at the back of her neck and around her ears. The slinky cream colored silk dress connected at the gold band around her neck, her tawny shoulders freckled from the sun. The slit went from her ankles to her mid thigh, shifting as she walked. Dressed in all white, with fair hair and dark eyes, she was like one of those Roman Goddesses from the surface, although her figure wasn’t quite as curvy. She was only a ten minute walk from the event, and already so many other people were filling the streets. She followed the crowd, enjoying the art of people watching. People were in their finest robes, the whole city was one huge extravagant party. While she could see that everyone was headed to the Parade, Iris wanted to make a brief stop at Patty's Pub.

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Character Portrait: Iris Floros Character Portrait: Patrick Murphy Character Portrait: Alexis Ingrid Suess

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ImageThe miracle pills had more than one benefit, the internal clock it provided woke Patrick every morning about an hour before the bar opened, the beginning symptoms of withdrawal manifesting themselves. This time it was cold sweats, he had thrown the sheets off of himself, his naked figure sprawled across the mattress. He reached out around blindly, trying to feel the soft bodice of a young blonde beauty. “Lexiii...” He groaned, rolling on his side to look around the room. He had to blink a few times before realizing he was alone. “Alexis?” He asked again, meaning to wipe the sleep from his eyes, but unintentionally slapping his own face.

Walking from his bed to his dresser, bare assed, the first think he did was light the first cigarette of the day. The first draw of smoke was like a tall cold glass of water on a hot day, taken slow and deliberate. Like a switch when he exhaled, his eyes lit up with awareness. Time to start the day.

His flat was relatively small. It was the back unit above the bar, Ophelia had the larger unit that faced onto the street. The ground floor he had made into his living area, which had a convenient entrance into his office in the bar, and stairs that led into the one big room that was his living space. His bed was pushed up against the far wall, framed by the peaked roof and large windows behind the headboard. There was a stove built into the unit complete with a black kettle chimney, his kitchen built along one wall. He set the kettle on the stove with water to boil, preparing his french press for his coffee, all the while smoking his cigarette.

While waiting for his coffee to brew, Pat finally found a pair of jockeys to put on, cigarette hanging out of his mouth. He could never part from his first cigarette of the day, it was a terrible habit of his. For the last seven years Pat hadn’t been able to function in the morning until he had his first cup of coffee and dosage of nicotine. It wasn’t until after he poured his mug of coffee he found the note from Alexis. He smiled at her delicate penmanship, remembering their night. It was always a little adventure with Alexis, she was a wild ride. The best thing was she didn’t demand anything from him or bombard him with ultimatums or corner him to talk about serious commitment, She just took it easy.

He tossed the note into his drawer, finishing his cigarette and first cup of coffee around the same time. Dressing himself he poured himself another cup of coffee before putting on his shoes and trotting down the stairs. He drank his coffee as he started to prep the bar for the day. They would be closing early due to conjoinment day, so there wasn’t much work to do for the day. He opened the doors and took his place behind the bar, lighting another cigarette and pouring a shot of baileys into his cup.


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When Iris walked through the doors of Pat’s Pub he was already closing shop. “Hey, where’s the rush? The bar hasn’t even opened at the ball yet.” she joked. He smirked at her entrance, taking her words as a cue and pulling out two shot glasses to set on the bar.

“Scotch, I presume?” He asked with a quirked eyebrow.

“You know me so well.” She pulled down a few stools he had flipped onto the bar before mopping, gracefully posing herself on one of the stools. It was so rare to see Iris so dressed up, most of the times he came across her it seemed like everything she wore had a hole or a rip, sometimes a little dirt on the butt of her jeans - not that he checked out her butt, often. “Why aren’t you dressed up, aren’t you going out?”

Patrick sighed, pouring the shots for them both. He raised his glass, gesturing for her to do the same, “I know your a naive native Atlantian, dear, but where I come from we don’t let time dictate our actions.” She grinned as she grabbed her own class, offering a toast. “Cheers.” Pat said.

“Cheers.” Iris mimicked, shooting back the shot. She hardly winced, “Alright, scotch straight up, throw in some rocks. Two fingers scotch, one water.” It was as if her order was scripted, but Pat had already gotten her drink started. He served her drink on a coaster, and putting the dirty glasses in the sink.

“I’m headed up to me flat to change, watch the bar for me.”

Iris hopped up from her seat, “What do you mean? I don’t know how to make those fancy cocktails.”

He laughed as he headed back to his office, “Please, all the people who want those fancy drinks are already out with the rest of the sheep. Anyone who’s coming in here want’s a beer or a shot, you’ll be right.”

She wanted to fight him but he was gone too quick, leaving her alone. Shrugging she reached across the bar and grabbed the bottle of scotch he had left out.

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Character Portrait: Owen Kelly Character Portrait: Iris Floros Character Portrait: Patrick Murphy

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Owen blinked awake glaring out of the single small window on the wall, he tucked his hands behind his head and watched as several fish swim past with a quick shimmer from the lamp on the night stand. After a few minutes of gazing into the abyss he threw his legs over the bed and changed out of his clothes. He stood out longer than usual last night and didn’t even bother changing out of the worn clothes and into a fresh pair of gray slacks and a white long sleeve shirt, a simple outfit that he feels no need to change.

He stepped out of the room and walked down the tight hallway into the small kitchen of the small apartment that he’s lived in since his father dragged him down here. Owen wasn’t fond of change and it was suitable enough for him after taking over his father's former room and converting his old room into a workshop of sorts. Grabbing the same white mug he always used and flicked on the coffee machine as he took a bagel from the fridge and slid it into the toaster. Taking a seat at the table he flicked the radio on to a bluesy station and waited for everything to finish when over the radio an announcement shouted out “Conjoinment Day! Remember to come on out and join in the festivities and cheer!”

“Conjoinment Day.” He grumbled looking over to the clock. “It’s that late?” Placing the mug back into the cabinet he decided to forget about the coffee and just take the bagel after hearing the satisfying sound of the toaster pop. He threw on his jacket and locked up his apartment and headed to Patty’s.

Everyone on the street seemed happy as they walked the streets and why shouldn’t they? Today was a special day for those that care about those things. Owen didn’t really like to join in on the festivities especially with so much shit happening especially with the fighting and smell of revolution in the air. He’d be lying if he said he hadn’t run into any problems lately with some of the riff raff but it’s never been something he couldn’t handle, a few idiots every now and then.

Before he knew it he was outside of the pub that was already packed with every sort of person. Luckily for him he slipped in without to much notice and took his position behind the bar almost immediately drowning in the orders people were yelling to him.




He was surprisingly tired after the shift blaming it completely on missing out on his scheduled morning coffee and after taking a seat at a booth wound up laying completely back resting his head on one of his arms as he lit a cigarette. With the few stragglers heading out and Pat closing up shop he slowly let his power encompass him. Consider it a break. And with no one able to notice him for now he settled into the booth just as Iris came in exchanging a few words with Pat as well as a drink. He wouldn’t necessarily call what he was doing eavesdropping as he wasn’t actually paying attention to their conversation but he was definitely paying attention to what was happening in his surrounding environment.

“I’m still here.” Owen raised his arm with cigarette in hand. “Ya’know if anyone comes in wanting any of those ‘fancy drinks’."

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Character Portrait: Owen Kelly Character Portrait: Iris Floros Character Portrait: Patrick Murphy Character Portrait: Alexis Ingrid Suess

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Pat was gone before Owen spoke up, mildly startling Iris. "Owen, Pat hasn't sent you home yet?" She recovered, drinking her scotch like water.

She stood and walked to the window, looking at everyone dressed up walking through the streets. She sighed to herself, holding her drink close to her chest. After several beats, she pulled a sleek metal cigarette case from her bag, lighting one as if it was second nature. Looking over to Owen she offered her cigarettes, continuing to speak. "I know this holiday may seem made up from an Alterist perspective, but you have to know, as a native born Atlantian - I always loved Conjoinment day. It's the one day a year the entire city seems united...I don't know. At least from a child's perspective."

She walked back to the bar, topping off her scotch. She always evened her tab eventually. "How long have you been in this underworld, Owen?...I feel like I don't know much about you - you're a bit of a mystery sir." She joked, gesturing her drink at the bartender, the poor sucker now was stuck with her.

The sound of Patrick thumping around over their heads reminded Iris of the real reason why she had showed up. "Oh, Ophelia, I was going to pop in at her place - have you seen her around?"

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Although Pat's apartment was a mess from a third party perspective, he was surprisingly aware of where everything was. He hopped in the shower and was able to dress quickly, checking the time every so often. At one point he knocked over a table that had heaps of books and papers strewn across the surface, cursing loudly to himself. He wondered how Alexis was able to tolerate his mess, she never complained about his home or how he chose to live. He wondered what she was doing, was she off to work yet, were they supposed to meet up later?

Pat didn't really know what to do about Alexis, and until forced to think about it, he wouldn't. He didn't want to ruin the fun thing they had going, but it probably wouldn't last - it never does. Lighting a cigarette he remembered the first time they talked, she was the playful and sexy, heaven sent. It felt like ages ago....actually it was probably around four months ago..

Suddenly aware of how long he'd been seeing Alexis, he froze, unable to finish getting changed. It had already been four months? Wasn't this when everything was supposed to come crashing down? Yet here she was, and here he was, happy. As if in autopilot, Pat went through the motions to finish getting ready, changing into a well tailored black suit with a slim tie. When he found himself strolling back into the bar, he snapped back to reality, seeing Owen behind the bar.

"Didn't I send ya home hours ago?" He asked, pointing at the man.

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Character Portrait: Owen Kelly Character Portrait: Iris Floros Character Portrait: Patrick Murphy

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“I mean technically he did but I wasn’t in no hurry to head out.” He listened as she walked around the bar eventually ending up next to the booth holding out the cigarette case as she went on about Conjoinment Day. “What can I say? I’m just not into the grandeur of things.” Sure there was a lot of people around and he could easily lose himself in the crowd but it wasn’t something he cared about celebrating, even though it was in good favor.

He gladly accepted one of her cigarettes and slid it behind his ear as she walked back to the bar. "Owen?...I feel like I don't know much about you - you're a bit of a mystery sir."

“Well,” Owen adjusted himself before sliding out of the booth. “I rather like being a mystery.” Flashing a smirk he headed behind the bar grabbing a bottle and popping the cap off with the edge of the bar. “Anyway I’ve been down here going on maybe fourteen years give or take.” Fourteen years. It didn’t sound real as the words past his lips, was it? It sounded right but he never really counted for the time he first arrived.

"Oh, Ophelia, I was going to pop in at her place - have you seen her around?"

“Ophelia? I might have seen her earlier but I’m not sure the place was packed and I was neck with orders.” He finished as the door opened revealing Patrick. “You did let me go but after I took a seat at the booth,” He nodded over to where he was sitting. “I was long gone.” Quickly downing the beer he grabbed for himself.

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Character Portrait: Owen Kelly Character Portrait: Iris Floros Character Portrait: Patrick Murphy Character Portrait: Alexis Ingrid Suess

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"Better keep your eyes on me, because I'm a shooting star."
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Alexis finished her set and was finally done for the night. Of course, if she wanted to she could have stayed and tried to weasel her way into the other dances or get in another performance but that would mean skipping meeting Patrick. And she had a surprise with him. She went into the bathroom that was for the dancers, glad that the shower was empty. She quickly showered off her sweat, not bothering to get her hair wet. It still looked great- the miracle of hairspray.

She dried off and changed into a strapless, and slightly see through, blue dress that she had gotten especially for this night. She loved Conjoinment Day. It took a bit to lace up the back but once she did it made her figure look even better. She slipped on her heels and made her way back to her makeup table. She reapplied her makeup and lipstick. She packed her things away when one of the bartenders came back, carrying a bag. She squealed, hopping up and turning to him.

"Is that it?" Alexis asked, taking the fancy bag. She peaked into to find a wooden box. Inside that was the Holy Grail of Irish whiskey. Midleton Whiskey. It was one of only a few and it had cost her 1153.88 just for the whiskey. She only managed to get a deal on the shipping because she got it to ship with what the Cabaret was already getting in.

"That's it. Whoever is getting this is a lucky guy." Todd said, shaking his head and walking away.

Alexis grabbed her bag and purse, already carrying the package in her other hand and headed out the back. Now there were a few reasons why she had decided to give this to Patrick. One it was Conjoinment Day and they were friends so it was a nice gesture. Another was two weeks ago, she had done a little math and their four month anniversary was tonight. Now, they were only casually seeing each other. But what if he had planned something or gotten her something and she didn't get him one? She would feel horrible. So she got him the present. Something she knew he would love.

Pushing open the door, Alexis smiled at those in the room, her eyes finally landing on Patrick. "Happy Conjoinment Day!" She said cheerfully. She walked over to Patrick and gave him a peck on the cheek.

"I got you something." Alexis said holding the bag out for him. She felt the need to explain. And what did she do when she was nervous? Ramble.

"I didn't know if you counted but we've been... seeing each other for four months now. I didn't know if you had planned on getting me something or doing anything so just in case, I got you this and even still it makes a great Conjoinment Day gift so don't feel pressured to do anything or get me anything... Seriously, okay?" She bit her lip, stopping herself from saying more and making herself into an idiot. She smiled at him. "I just knew this was something you'd like either way."

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Owen Kelly Character Portrait: Iris Floros Character Portrait: Patrick Murphy Character Portrait: Aaria Devoroh Character Portrait: Alexis Ingrid Suess

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"Well don't just stick around to drink all me booze, ya fiend." Pat joked, readjusting his tie and then going back to reorganizing the bottles on the shelf according to the new shipment. "If you insist on hanging around, help me finish up this shipment." Although Pat could be coarse, he had nothing but good intentions - albeit he expressed it in strange ways. Owen was one of the best employees Pat ever had, it would be a real loss when and if he left the bar. He always gave the guy a hard time, but he never meant any harm.

Iris interjected, "You know Pat, I was talking to Owen before you rudely interrupted."

Pat turned to look at Iris, scotch bottle inches from her hands on the bar. With an accusing expression, he plucked the scotch from her, placing it in its place on the shelf. "You know Iris, I was almost done for the night until you walked in." He assumed Owen would start stocking the beers in the fridge, so Pat took it upon himself to start polishing the glasses for tomorrow, putting them all away carefully. Iris had walked to the jukebox and started to play old school American rock when he heard the door open. There was a petite blonde, she sat at the bar in silence. She didn't seem in a rush to get a drink, not even so much as an attempt to get his attention on her part. Pat put aside the glass he was polishing, striding over to the new comer. "Aye, 'ows it goin?" He asked, getting her a cup of water before she even asked. "Can I get you anything?"

As if on cue, the door opened once again, as if a magic portal to the land of gorgeous women. Alexis came through, pausing before she linked eyes with him, looking sinful as usual. "Happy Conjoinment day!" she cheered, walking behind the bar to peck him on the cheek. She held out a gift to him, once again there was that glint in her eyes that made him sense adventure was on the way. "Uh...Owen?" He said to his coworker, gesturing to the mysterious woman at the bar he had been helping, pulling Alexis away a few steps before she could continue her ramble.

He took the box with a smile on his face, she was cute as a bunny when she got nervous. If it wasn't for the fact of him already realizing earlier that today he had been dating the girl for four months, he probably would be a mess in this conversation. Instead he pulled Alexis in for a hug, kissing the top of her head. "This is really sweet, but I didn't know we were doing gifts. It's just another day in paradise." He managed, evading the issue.


"Now, that's not to say I won't accept any presents, because damn am I excited to open this baby." He joked, setting down the box on the counter. He could see Iris watching out of the corner of his eye. He opened the box carefully, almost flinching when he saw its contents. There it was, Midleton Whiskey, he couldn't even remember ever mentioning the brand to Alexis. "Wow," he said, picking up the bottle and turning it in his hands, "I think this is the best gift I've ever gotten." He seemed to be in mild shock, inspecting the bottle. It took him several moments too long to realized he had fallen silent past the appropriate amount of time. He wished he wasn't surrounded by people right now. Even though it was just a simple gift, it was the first time in all his life Patrick felt like someone understood him well enough to get him the perfect gift. Alexis had gotten way too close for comfort, and Patrick could feel his panic kick in.

"God, I wish I had thought to get you something, but I didn't know we we're doing the whole anniversary thing." He almost kicked himself for saying it, he had been with enough women to know that wasn't the right thing to say.

As if sensing the rising awkwardness, Iris chimed in - "You know, I'm buzzed enough, I'm just going to go." And she slipped out onto the street, although Pat could see out the window she had just taken a seat outside and started on another cigarette, which reminded Pat to do the same.


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Character Portrait: Owen Kelly Character Portrait: Iris Floros Character Portrait: Patrick Murphy Character Portrait: Aaria Devoroh Character Portrait: Alexis Ingrid Suess

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Alexis grinned at him, watching him. "Seriously, it's no big deal. My mom just taught me to never go to a party without a gift." She told him, down playing the gift before he started to open it. She hoped he'd love it. She had done a lot of research before getting him that bottle of whiskey. He had mentioned it once but she didn't understand what was so special about it until she did her reading. Not only did it come from Ireland, it was a very rare and expensive whiskey. She wonder if he had ever had it before.

"Of course not. Even still, I wouldn't let you give it back." She smirked.

A smile played on her red lips as she watched him open the box. He looked like he was in heaven. "Wow, I think this is the best present I've ever gotten." Her smile widened. "You really mean that?" She couldn't help but ask. She pushed a curl behind her ear nervously. She hadn't realized she had been so nervous about him actually liking the gift. It was the first thing she had got him that she actually cared what he thought of.

"God, I wish I had thought to get you something, but I didn't know we we're doing the whole anniversary thing."

Alexis shook her head quickly."No, it's okay. I don't need anything." She told him honestly. She kissed his cheek. "Except maybe a shot of that." She teased him. "I'm glad you liked it."

She smiled at Iris. "I wish I was buzzed. We'll see you at the festival?" She asked her but guessed Iris didn't hear her. Or maybe she didn't like her. She looked at Pat and smiled.

"So the festival... wanna grab something to eat around here or try to get something there?" Alexis asked, moving to sit down at the counter. She smiled at Owen and the other girl.

"Hey... I know you." Alexis said, having to think about it. "You own the Gallery right? I love going in there." She said smiling at her. She extended her hand to her. "I'm Alexis. You probably know my parents the Horns." They were always donating money to the arts.


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Character Portrait: Kyrie Illue Character Portrait: Owen Kelly Character Portrait: Ian Moore Character Portrait: Aldric Dahl Character Portrait: Iris Floros Character Portrait: Patrick Murphy Character Portrait: Aaria Devoroh Character Portrait: Alexis Ingrid Suess

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Unable to look away from his whiskey, Patrick barely registered when Alexis asked him a question, something about the festival. "Oh, um...whatever you'd like." He said with obvious distance, leaning against the bar and smoking his cigarette with diligence.

Forgetting how to act like a cordial gentleman, Patrick allowed Alexis to go on being a saint while he still hadn't said thank you. Somehow managing to keep the situation light, Alexis had already introduced herself to the woman at the bar. She was unreal, he wasn't sure if she was just pretending to not care he hadn't gotten her a gift or if she was genuinely that laid back of a woman - which again would be unreal.

He thought back to that night they first met, her coming in as he was closing the bar with the other girls from her job, she shone like star. She danced, and it seemed like it was all for him. Things had been so easy, and she hadn't indicated wanted to make matters different - so what was scaring him so much?

Sighing, he looked up to see Iris peaking back in. He chuckled under his breath, waving her in. Grabbing a handful of shot glasses, he lined them up along the bar, coming up behind Alexis to pin her against the bar pulling her close and giving her a big kiss on her cheek. "Thank you love, no man could ask for a better present." Raising his bottle to Iris as she re-entered the bar and the others, "Shots on the house!" He cheered.

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It would be difficult to ignore that Patrick was quite the catch of the town, but Iris had seen enough women alternate in and out of his life it was hard for her to ever take any of them seriously. From any outsider perspective, it would be easy to spy Iris' jealousy. Alexis seemed like one of those fun girls from the surface who were able to live a life teetering on the edge of recklessness, not that Iris had taken the time to figure out otherwise.

Orphics were never taken seriously, painted as frail dolls with only their natural magical abilities having kept their society apart. She sighed, lighting yet another cigarette. Besides the fact that Iris had never gotten along with most people, especially pretty girls, she had just felt pushed on the fringe of all the lives around her. Holidays such as conjoinment day reminded her of such feelings, the impending doom of running into her family at the ball looming over her.

She looked back into the bar, locking eyes at Pat who gave an amused grin and beckoned her back in. Contemplating on facing her family or going in for another drink, the answer seemed obvious. She opened the door, glancing down the street to see none other than the Sheriff and the Deputy along with another woman Iris couldn't place a name to, although her face seemed familiar. Assuming they were headed into the pub, she waved, knowing she had made the right decision to stay as Pat called out shots.

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Character Portrait: Kyrie Illue Character Portrait: Owen Kelly Character Portrait: Ian Moore Character Portrait: Aldric Dahl Character Portrait: Iris Floros Character Portrait: Patrick Murphy Character Portrait: Aaria Devoroh Character Portrait: Alexis Ingrid Suess

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"Better keep your eyes on me, because I'm a shooting star."
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Alexis smiled back at the girl as she recognized her parents. "It's a pleasure to meet you as well. Uh, actually my boyfriend owns the pub so let me buy you one." She said laughing softly. She smiled as Owen came over. She had become pretty good friends with Owen since she was typically here before closing. It made sense that they talked a lot.

"Hey, Owen. I would like-" She broke off when Patrick came up behind her. She giggled as he pinned her to the bar and kissed her cheek. She turned to look at him, grinning. "You're welcome. I'm glad you like it." She said to him.

After all this time, how did he still give her butterflies? If things were ever to get serious between them, it wouldn't be because she pressured him. She truly cared for him and wouldn't force him into anything he didn't want. She also knew he wasn't used to a serious type relationship. She was happy just to plan it by ear. "Yeah! Shots on the house! Isn't my boyfriend the greatest?"

Alexis giggled, leaning over and giving him an affection peck on the cheek. She sat back down at the bar. She smiled at Aaria. "That's Patrick. Do you know anyone else here? I can introduce you around." She offered. She smiled at Iris, hoping to lighten things up between them. She wouldn't mind having a few friends that were girls. Besides her family and Owen, she didn't really have many friends. "Hey, Iris! Why don't you come sit over here with us?"