Dinner is Served



Dinner is Served (#TiD-46) unknown


SCENE SET »  Dinner, the breaking of bread. Traditionally it has been a place for people to come together. Family and old friends reconnect; new friendships are strengthened. Sometimes dinner has a surprise or two up its sleeve, though.

The Kaplan home is loud and warm and filled with chaotic exuberance. Theresa Altman has always kept herself and her son a bit apart, but she sees that she can no longer keep Teddy from being a part of the world around him. Can frenzy and reserve find common ground upon which to base a friendship? Can Billy and Teddy put aside their dislike for each other long enough to get through one dinner without killing each other? Will Tommy just find a way to distract everyone then sneak up to his room with all the food?


Chimaera » Teddy trudged along behind his mother hating every moment of this. he'd much rather have stayed at Calvin's house playing video games than having to dress up and play nice with some weirdo neighbors. His mom had told him that the Kaplans were both like shrinks or something, so he was envisioning them all sitting around in a circle and singing kumbaya or something as they ate. Totally not his idea of a fun first evening exiled to Brooklyn.

He'd almost been late for this little experiment in terror, too. He and Calvin had wanted to clear just one more level, but it had taken longer than they'd expected. He'd had to duck into an alleyway and sprint home as a pigeon in order to not incur his mother's wrath. It allowed him to change back to his normal 'home' size, too. And, honestly, he knew that he was supposed to be all rebellious and stuff as a teen, but it had always been him and his mom 'against the universe,' she'd say. He knew that suffering through dinner with some randos wasn't really asking much of him on her part.

And who knew, maybe they'd have a cute son or visiting nephew or something. Maybe they'd taken in a nephew and made him live under the stairs like in the Potter books. That Radcliffe guy was cute...

He grinned at that thought as he changed into some clothes after grabbing the world's fastest shower. Luckily, as the clothes were actually a part of him rather than something he had to drag out of moving boxes and put on, he was down the stairs to meet his mom by the front door in record time.

"There you are," his mom smiled at him as she grabbed her purse and handed Teddy the dinner rolls she'd made earlier that day. She was a surprisingly good cook. "And right on time. How did the tryout go this afternoon?" she asked as she opened the door.

"They said we'd find out this week, but," Teddy smiled, "I'm pretty sure I made the team. And I met some guys at school. I was hanging out with them after the tryouts. They don't seem too bad," he rolled his eyes thinking of Billy, "well, most of them don't."

"Good," Theresa said, though she didn't look all that thrilled that Teddy was hanging out with people she didn't know. "Rebecca said that she has a couple of boys your age, too. Maybe you can make more friends tonight so you'll have some nearby." They went down their front steps and crossed to the Kaplan's house. Theresa pressed the doorbell. "Best behavior, Theodore," she reminded him as they heard movement from within. Teddy just rolled his eyes.

Post » [0686]

Where » Kaplan home, Brooklyn

When » 2016-09-03

Phase » Early_Evening


Wiccan » The sound of the doorbell had barely wained when a great stampede of footfalls could be heard rushing toward the door, followed by a muffled scream. The only truely audible word which seeped through to the outside sounded a lot like 'door'. And likely it was as the stampeded of footfalls came to a lurching halt; Seconds later two heads appeared in the bay window, their faces plastered to the window payne distorting their faced. This was the youngest members of the Kaplan clan. They looked at the altman's with huge wide enthusiastic eyes and goofy smiles.

A moment later a pair of hands appeared behind them and pulled them away from the window.

Their was a prolonged quiet pause, followed by the opening of the door into the Kalplan residence. The home was decorated in early colonial and the walls were adorned by hundreds of pictures of every size and dimension possible it seemed. Holding the door stood a raven haired youth with two small toe hair youths peering out from behind his middrif area - it was the same two faces that had been pairing at the Altman's the large bay window.

The raven haired youth, lets call him Billy, his race was turned away from the Altman's as he guestured for them to enter the residence in a freindly cordial manner; Most of Billy was obscured by the large door.

Post » [0687]

Where » Kaplan home, Brooklyn

When » 2016-09-03

Phase » Early_Evening

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Chimaera » Teddy had always been good with kids, so the swirling vortex of chaos that was the youngest Kaplans wasn't a big deal to him. He held the rolls up high as he himself crouched down lower to greet them. He'd found that was generally the best way to connect with kids, treat them like equals.

"Hey guys," he said in the face of their energy. "Nice to meet you both. I was wondering...which one of you is going to help me find the kitchen? I really need to give these rolls to your mom, and...I'm kind of lost here." It wasn't exactly true. He was pretty sure that he could find the kitchen in a house without aid, but he sold it by remembering how lost he'd felt when he'd first stepped out of the registrar's office this morning. Seeing the destructive force that was two small Kaplans suddenly redirect itself into being two small, but helpful, Kaplans, Teddy straightened up to greet the man who'd opened the door, though it looked like his mom had actually done it first.

Theresa Altman had stepped into the house ahead of her son and turned to greet the young man who'd opened the door for them, letting Teddy charm his was into the hearts of the two rambunctious youngsters. "Well hello, young man, I'm Theresa, Nice to meet you." A moment later she heard the shouting begin to move away and decrease in volume; she knew Teddy had worked his magic. Taking his sleeve, she turned him toward the young man she'd just met.

"And this is my son, Teddy." She turned to her boy. "Say hello to Billy, Teddy.

Teddy felt his stomach drop. This was exactly how he suspected his nightmares were going to be starting soon. "You? Perfect." He rolled his eyes. To his mother he said, "We've already met, mom." Turning back, Teddy tried to muster up a smile. "Hi, Billy." He offered his hand to shake because, well, his mother was right there, and he wasn't about to be rude right in front of her no matter how much he wanted to scowl.

Post » [0688]

Where » Kaplan home, Brooklyn

When » 2016-09-03

Phase » Early_Evening


Wiccan » Billy gave Mrs. Kaplan, er, Theresa, no, Mrs. Kaplan a warm smile and welcoming nod as he opened the door further while trying to shue his brothers away. That didn't work. It never worked. Never ever. They were a force unto themselves. Billy glanced from them back to Mrs. Altamn with a slightly apologetic look. " Welcome to the neighborhood Mrs. Altman. I hope you like kids." Billy raised his eyebrows slightly as he spoke, emphasising the word 'hope' as he ending his words with a tightly closed lip smile. He'd not yet seen Teddy as his mother was in the way.

And then she wasn't as she pulled her son into view.

Billy's head tilted slightly as he looked at the blond. He was tall, broad shoulder, obviously very strong to, just, something was off. He wasn't quite as 'big' as Billy recalled from earlier in the day. There was like literally several inches of missing Teddy. Literally.

Billy accepted Teddy's hand and smiled a very curious smile while Teddy explained that he'd met Billy before. When Teddy's attention turned back to Billy, he still had the same intriqued, curious look on his face as he wondered if he had just imagined that Teddy was taller. Was it just an exaggeration of his memory? Did he have a bigger brother with the same name wondered Billy as he peeked back around the door to see if there was anyone else out there. "Is this all of you coming? " billy asked before closing the door politely. He then gestured for them to move to the parlor - as they made their way to the parlor, Billy took up the rear as he placed the palm of his hand on the top of his head and then moved towards the back of Teddy's to get a better sense of his actual height.

Something was off here.

Post » [0689]

Where » Kaplan home, Brooklyn

When » 2016-09-03

Phase » Early_Evening


Chimaera » Teddy saw what looked like confusion on Billy's face. Then he asked if there were more people coming. "Uh, unless my mom's had another kid I don't know about, I'm pretty sure we're it." He wasn't really sure why Billy was acting so strange, but at least he wasn't being an ass. Teddy considered that a major improvement.

He turned to head back the way Billy had indicated, but sensed all still was not right. He spun back around and stopped just in time for Billy's extended hand, perfectly level with the top of Billy's head, to hit Teddy in the throat. That's when he realized the problem. This was why he never brought friends home in the last few years. Away from his mom, he'd started altering his appearance in order to...well...influence his environment. But he always kept his worlds separate before. Now they were colliding.

He brushed Billy's hand away, pushing it up a bit. He hoped that might throw off Billy's sense of just how tall Teddy was, or wasn't, right now. Quietly he protested, "Hands off, dude. What's your problem?" Deflection seemed like the best defense at the moment. "If you're wanting to grope this, you gotta wait until you're asked." He gave another smile, this one far more suggestive than the last. He figured that considering how Billy felt about him, flirting ought to get him a little upset and distracted pretty quickly.

Post » [0690]

Where » Kaplan home, Brooklyn

When » 2016-09-03

Phase » Early_Evening


Wiccan » He'd didn't just do that?! Not the brushing Billy's hand away as if it were a gnat, folks had done that to Billy before and he accepted that as being part of 'what comes around goes around'. No, it was the insinuation that Billy would ever attempt to take advantage of someone else. That if left to his own means AND he thought he could get away with it, Billy would have had his way with Teddy. What did this concieted jerk think Billy was going to do, toss him down to the floor of his parents parlor?

Billy's face flushed with embarrasement, his ears turned red with rage.

So miffed was Billy with the alagation that the observation Billy had been making went right out the window as he just stood staring at Teddy. His eyes narrowed, his lips pulled into a small sour pucker, his brow furrowed, his hands fell to his sides, his fingers pulled themselves into tight little balls.

"What?" Billy replied in a sharp tone. "I was not 'attempting' to grope you you conceited wall of of... of.. of whatever it is you are." Billy said with obvious exasperation. " I don't know where you came from, but here, in Brooklyn, not everyone wants to squeeze the tomatoes when no one is looking. 'Kay?" Billy added in a sharp, crisp tone that was just low enough for Teddy to here.

Continuing to look at Teddy, Billy slowly shook his head in misbelief. Seeing the blond interact with his brothers had been kind of sweet and Billy might have started to wonder if that was the real Teddy, but here it was, the real Teddy. A stereotypical jock which Billy was going to half to endure for the remainder of the night.

"And put your smile away, perv."

Post » [0693]

Where » Kaplan home, Brooklyn

When » 2016-09-03

Phase » Early_Evening


Chimaera » Teddy sighed in frustration. He'd honestly only meant to deflect Billy away from asking questions he really didn't want to answer, but of course he'd ended up looking like a total dick. Some small part of him thought that meant that now he and Billy were even after the way Billy'd treated him when they first met, but the larger part of him knew that didn't justify his behavior.

He reached out gently to touch Billy's shoulder softly. It was just enough to make sure Teddy had his attention. "Sorry. I...I guess I'm not handling this move as well as I'd like. What do you say we call a truce at least for tonight? You clearly don't like me, and I admit I haven't given you much reason to like me. We can go back to each of us thinking the other is a jerk tomorrow, but we'll make our parents happy tonight. Cool?"

He tried to smile to break some of the tension. "Besides, you still owe me a dessert after you tossed my last one to your brother." He hoped that they could just get through one meal. He'd rather be just about anyplace else, and he was pretty sure Billy would, too. He could smile and nod and get through a couple of hours, though. He promised himself that once he got back home, he'd sneak out later to blow off some steam and maybe get to know his new neighborhood better. The thought of that helped firm up his resolve to make it through this dinner without starting a war.

Post » [0698]

Where » Kaplan home, Brooklyn

When » 2016-09-03

Phase » Early_Evening


Wiccan » "Sorry. I...I guess I'm not handling this move as well as I'd like." said Teddy as he placed a hand on Billy's shoulder. Billy looked at it and raised his hand so that he could wrap his fingers around Teddy's hand to remove it from Billy's shoulder. As he did this, Billy paused ever so momentarily as he took notice of how strong and warm Teddy's hand felt. His eyes glanced toward Teddy's, if only he weren't such a jerk, not that it mattered as they were oil and water right? Billy brushed Teddy's hand from his shoulder.

"No. It's not that dislike you, I would say it's more that neither of us have any reason to like the other." Billy retorted. "and i've no intention of doing anything to distrupt tonight, I'm a good boy." Billy said. Why didn't he say 'man'?. 'I'm a good man', why couldn't he of at least said that. Maybe it wasn't the best choice of words, but it's what he said.

"And I didn't realize gift's came with strings. You might want to talk to my brother then, Tommy - he's the one I tossed the sandwich too. I'm sure he'll be happy to pay you back - maybe he'll let you win at something." Billy said with a slight roll of his eyes; Tommy wasn't the type to let anyone win at anything. Not that Tommy was a bad or conceited person. Ok Tommy was concieted, but in his defense he was pretty freaking amazing.

Billy smiled a very tight lipped smile and then pushed past the jock.

Teddy was kind of hot though. Why were the hot ones always jerks? He and Tommy ought to hit if off figured Billy. Hopefully they'd remember to use condomes and not Billy's bed the last time Tommy got nasty with someone. Billy rolled his eyes at that one.

Post » [0703]

Where » Kaplan home, Brooklyn

When » 2016-09-03

Phase » Early_Evening



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