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Jo Claudine

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by Rhasslairiel

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Jo Claudine The boots thumping on the ground was the first indication that a new person was walking into the bar. A low humming, which sounded mysteriously like Sweet Child of Mine was the second. Jo pushed open the bar and walked in like she owned the place, but that was just the effect she had. Her brown boots thumped on the ground, and her tight jeans hugged her legs. She wore a white, button up shirt and a little tie, and a black fedora on her head, tilted back. She wore a big watch on one wrist, and a bunch of beaded bracelets on the other. She did a quick sweep of the bar before walking over and turning one of the bar-chairs around, sticking one leg on either side of the back of the chair, and ordered a whiskey. On the rocks.

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Jo Claudine Crack, crack Jo tilted her head to each side and felt the bones in her neck pop, sending relief from the base of her skull to the bottom of her spine. She turned her dark eyes, and followed the direction with her head to the man who had sat a few chairs away. "I wouldn't know," she said, and a thick New York accent tinted her words. More like made her words shine, if you asked her. "I've never been here before." she smiled as she watched the glass become placed in front of her, and she tilted her head back as the cold whiskey went smoothly down her throat.

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Jo Claudine She played with the drink in her hand, swirling it around the glass for a few seconds before looking at him. "Just passin through the city," she shrugged her shoulders before climbing down from her seat and walking over to the one next to him, again turning it around backward so she could sit in it. She took her hat off and set it down on the table next to her almost gone whiskey.

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Jo Claudine "I might. Depends on if I like what I see." she smiled, her little mouth spreading across her face, and straight teeth pointing out from just below her red lips. She reached her hand over to snatch the hat away from him before he put it on his head. Jo's shoulders shook up and down as she laughed, and she ordered another round of drinks for both her, and this stranger. "On me," she said, and stopped to think for a while when he asked her what she did for a living. "I was a singer," she said, almost melancholy and swished the last of her glass in her hand. "Now I dunno..." Jo shrugged her shoulders before she tipped her head back again, straight brown hair swishing as she swallowed the last of the drink.

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Jo Claudine "Not necessarily, don't sell yourself short," she said and reached one skinny leg over to kick him lightly with her heavy boot. She took another swig of her new drink, the ice clinking around in the glass as she swung one of her legs back and forth, tapping against the wall of the bar lightly. She smiled again at his nodding, before shrugging a shoulder. "You seem like a nice guy, and I got a lot of money, so..."

Jo's eyebrows raised as she look at the man sitting next to her. "Sing some?" she repeated back, "Like right now?"

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Jo Claudine "The first thing when I think of you selling yourself," she said, "is that you were a male prostitute. And even if that's not true, we're going to assume that it is. Makes the conversation a bit more interesting." she winked when he mentioned her kick and kicked him again. "I'm kinda nice, I guess," Jo said and shrugged her shoulders. "I just thought I'd buy you a drink. I don't know what your name is, by the way." she said, and took her hat back from him. She placed it on top of her head again, tilted back so it really only sat on the back of her head.

"Well, I mean, sure." she said and shrugged her shoulders, leaning forward so her arms were on the bar. "What kind of tunes do you listen to?" she asked, and looked over at him.

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Jo Claudine "I dunno if I want you to be," she said, "I'm from New York. I've seen some male prostitutes." she made a face, "People are... interesting..." It was the only way she could think to describe her years in New York. She made a face at him. "Oh man up," she laughed before giving him a little playful punch on his arm, indicating that she was joking.

"I'm Jo," she said. Jo laughed, and propped the toothpick between her teeth before reaching her hand out and shaking his hand firmly. Her nails were short, and painted a deep purple, almost black. "Something from the 50's?" she asked through a chuckle and sat there, thinking for a second. "I didn't even know they had music back then," she joked.

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Jo Claudine "The normal kind of male prostitute?" she asked, and raised one thin eyebrow, "I didn't know there was a such thing." her eyes were wide, long eyelashes brushing against the skin of under her eyebrows. "My womanliness is rubbing off on you?" she asked and looked down at herself. She definitely didn't feel very womanly, and she had never been called anything of the sort. "Okay, sure," she laughed sarcastically.

"You too, and it's just Jo," she said, shaking her head. Her laugh was quiet as she took another swallow of her whiskey. "I mean, I'm sure they sang about poodle skirts and Christmas," she said, shrugging her shoulders. "Nah, it's now that the real music is starting to hit. Or starting to come back, I should say." her voice was fused with passion when she spoke of the current music scene, and she nodded her head at him.

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Jo Claudine "Because I'm just so womanly," sarcasm. She laughed, and hopped down from her stool. She wasn't short, but not really tall either. Just average Jo. Ha ha ha. Jo walked over to the other side of this stranger to look at his swords. "What do you need them for?" she asked as she looked at them before looking up to meet his eyes.

"Well just think about it," she said and leaned against the bar before smiling, "Or I can just show you," Jo laughed and looked around at the few straggling inhabitants of the bar, people sitting quietly here and there, and then there was this guy. They wouldn't mind if she sang one little song, would they? She glanced toward the stage, and shrugged her shoulders before looking back at him. "If you can handle it here without my company for just a couple seconds." Jo winked.

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Jo Claudine "The competition?" she asked, and rested one elbow on the bar before looking him up and down, "I don't think you have to worry about that," she said jokingly. "What kind of prize?" she asked, and touched the hilt of one of the swords, but she didn't remove it from where he had them stored.

Jo suddenly became a little nervous, and she reached down by where her seat was to pull out a very old beat up looking guitar. She took a few seconds to tune it, and the instrument sounded beautiful, no matter how old it looked. She went up to the stage and adjusted the mic, dragging a stool up there with her. With limited effort, she climbed up and propped the guitar on her knee, tested the mic, and gave a little wave of her hand. "Hey everybody," she said to the inhabitants of the bar, eyes particularly resting on Sangrei. The others looked up at her, bored, and she made a little face. "I'm Jo," she said, and her beads almost jingled as she moved her hand to the neck of the guitar. "And I saw that the stage was empty up here so I thought I'd take a shot at a new venue." The crowd was rather quiet and she forced herself to remember what it was like before her band took off in NY, before people knew her face, back when she was a nobody. She wasn't sure she liked the feeling again.

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Jo Claudine She noticed his change in demeanor when she touched his swords, and made a mental note not to do so again. He seemed protective of them.

Jo smiled back at him before looking out in the general direction of her center view. "So I actually didn't write this one," she continued to talk. She was cut off by Sangrei's clapping and whistling and she laughed, "This guy's my biggest fan. He's a male prostitute you know, so ladies, if you're looking for some fun and you got a little extra cash, he's your guy." she was playing this joke for all it was worth.

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"One more thing before I start," she said, and strummed her guitar, "This song has the word fuck in it, multiple times, so if you're insulted by the word fuck, you're fucking got three seconds to leave ready? 3... 2... 1... okay here we go." she smiled, adjusted her hat, and played the opening chords to Here's To Us by Halestorm. Her voice, in the beginning, was sweet, but when she got to the chorus, a different side of her voice came out. A raspy, deep, rock n roll forever soul voice that seemed to shake the windows.

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Jo Claudine "He's lying. He knows I ain't gonna pay him." she slipped in before she started singing, and cast multiple smiles at him throughout the song.

When she finished the song, she smiled sweetly and bowed a little bit before hopping down and making her way back to the bar. "Almost got famous on that song," she said, wistfully, and sat down to order another couple drinks. "So how'd you like it?" she asked, "y'know, for the new stuff?" she laughed and nudged his shoulder with hers. She looked over and saw the girl in pink, before nodding politely and giving a little wave.

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Jo Claudine "Well then I guess I've got at least one customer, yeah?" she asked and smiled. "Thanks for the compliment, though," she said, "Hopefully I can get my music back on its feet," Jo gave a little smile before lifting an eyebrow. She leaned into his side as he put his arm around her and she leaned forward to pick up her drink, and take a swig of it. She put her fingers in the ice, swirling it around at the bottom of her glass before looking at him.

"Why would I pay you?" she asked mischievously and lifted an eyebrow. She saw someone new come into the bar, a tall man smoking a cigarette. She was a friendly girl, and she lifted one hand and waved as she peeked out from under Sangrei's arm. "Hey there." she said and smiled.

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Jo Claudine "He's reserved," she said right as he finished the sentence to the girl, and she giggled just a little bit. Her eyes flickered to the next guy that came in. Some working stiff it looked like on a phone. She lifted one eyebrow. Was he talking about a band? Did he work for some kind of a record label. She made a note to talk to him before she left for the night, but her eyes flickered back to Sangrei before she could think too hard on it.

"All right, well," she started, and watched as he took her drink. As he lifted it up to his lips, she tapped the bottom of the glass, causing a little bit to run over the sides of his mouth, and down onto his shirt. Jo giggled. "Hm..." she said and tapped the bottom of her chin with one finger. "I like the idea of a free night a little more."

Again her eyes flickered back to the man who had been on the phone. He had seated herself not too far away from her, and it was easy for her to glance at him every now and again. The trick with record labels, she had always found, was not to go rushing to them. Be casual about it. That was the way she was anyways, so Jo had never really had a problem with that.

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Jo Claudine Jo returned the peck on the cheek to Sangrei, before watching him walk out. She nodded. She was from Manhattan. It wasn't as if she didn't know how to watch her own back. With a wink and a smile she called "Catcha later!" to him as he left, before she chuckled and threw back the last of the whiskey in her glass. She took the bottle off the edge of the bar, and held it in her hands.

Casually, Jo stood up and moved to sit next to Mammon, taking the bottle of whiskey and her glass of ice with her. "My friend says you give him a bad feelin," she said, and pointed to the chair beside him, "Mind if I take a seat?" she asked.

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Jo Claudine Jo reached her hand up to scratch her head, one of her hands covered by a fingerless glove. She remembered that Sangrei had left her fedora by where they were sitting and hopped down before going to get it and coming back to sit down where she had been before, straddling the chair. "Well that's just what he told me." she said and shrugged her shoulders. "And isn't it the working stiffs who need to go to the bars the most?" she asked, in good humor. She wondered how he had known to use the term working stiff, directly mirroring her initial thought of him. Creepy is what that was. Or maybe just a coincidence. "And I don't know about working stiff," she continued, "I'd say more along the lines of Mafia member or something. No offense." she held up one hand and watched as his glass was pushed toward her. What did she look like, the bartender? She didn't say anything though. She was the one holding the bottle, after all.

"It was kinda loud, I'm surprised the whole city didn't hear me." she said as she filled up his glass, right before filling up her own. Tilting the glass just a little bit, she took a small sip of her drink. Usually she was one to throw them back like nobody's business, but she was in a town where she knew a grand total of one person, and drinking too much seemed a little dangerous. "I'm Jo, by the way," she said and held out her hand, the one without the glove on, "Jo Claudine." her New York accent tinged the ends of her words as she spoke.

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Jo Claudine Jo hadn't had a cigarette in a long time, and she suddenly found herself hurting for one. "Would you mind if I bummed a cigarette off of you?" she asked, right before he spoke, as the smoke wafted into the air. She listened to him as he spoke about being a Renaissance man. Jo laughed, "You forgot to tell me what kind of dates you go on. Also your social security, if you've got one." she laughed a little bit and took another sip of her drink.

Jo gave him a nod in thanks as he lifted the glass to hers. She didn't blush when he complimented her, but she did smile. "Thanks a bunch," she said, and as her hand touched his, she felt something. A tug at her emotions. She wasn't sure what it was, but she wanted more. "Nice to meet you Mr. Hughes," she said and nodded her head. "Do you live here in the city?" she asked, still curiously trying to debate exactly what it was that she wanted. She didn't know, Joe just wanted it.

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Jo Claudine The cigarette to her right now was like water when she'd been in the desert for years or something. She spent all her money on gas for the Chevy in the back, and not enough money on cigarettes. "Looks like I should hang around you then," she joked and lit her cigarette on the flame that he held out for her, nodding her thanks, but being careful to make sure her bangs didn't fall into the flame. "I suppose not. I just figured you were telling me all that about yourself, maybe you missed a couple things." she had been joking, of course, and offered the man a wink.

"Rain-man, huh?" Jo asked and nodded slowly. "Oh, a casino?" she asked and her eyes widened, "I've never heard of it. This is my first night in the city, actually." Jo smiled a little shyly at this point, "I'm from New York, USA. Used to be a singer there until--" there was a pause, "I had to leave. Just been passing--" she paused, "wait, did you say recording studio?" she asked, and her eyes lit up a little bit as she was taking a few more swallows from her drink. It stung on the way down, but she didn't flinch. She was a hard liquor kinda gal.

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Jo Claudine Jo licked her lips, slowly, as she took another drag from the cigarette and took a drink. Her immediate answer was yes, absolutely yes. She didn't know that so soon after leaving New York she would come across a string of luck this good. "You've only heard me sing once," she said, fighting the urge to say yes and get in her car and drive them to start right then. She laughed when he called her a beauty. "I dunno about beauty," she said, "But if you think I got a shot..." she was fighting the urge. Fighting it with all her might. But she wasn't one to jump all over something like this.

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Jo Claudine Jo stared at him, listening for a long time before she put out her cigarette. "I dunno about all that," she said and laughed as she took the card from him, "I mean yeah, it sounds nice, but I just like makin music," she laughed and looked at the number on the back.

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"I'll make the deal, sure," she said, and looked up at him, a smile on her lips. "This sounds like it'll be fun."

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i agree. it's nearing 1 am where I am. we'll pick it up later, yeah. I'm gonna go catch a few before finishing an essay. have a good night! thanks for the rp. continue sometime.

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Jo Claudine Jo's arms were stretched over her head, her shirt coming up a little bit to show her stomach. She arched back once she was in the door, and glanced around the bar. Her eyes caught sight of Sangrei, and she gave a wave, but didn't want to interrupt his conversation with Choli.

Her hair was up and rather messy. A small, black t-shirt hugged her little curves, and she wore converse and dark jeans, and her guitar was strapped over her shoulder. With her dark painted fingernails, she drummed her finger on the bartop, and waited for her drink to come.

When she had been waiting a few minutes, Jo looked to the right, and to the left, before hopping over the bar, and grabbing a few bottles before mixing her own damn drink. She had been a bartender for a few years anyways. Not like she couldn't make her way around a bar.