Ciara and Leon leave for their date. Lily and Conrad stay at home, opting not to spy. Conrad makes an amusing display of fighting off Angus and his army of gnomes while Lily is entertained with watching and teasing. Conrad shows that he’s not one to be bullied!
Ciara and Leon have dinner at a pizza place! It is pleasant and uneventful thanks to Evangeline having convinced Gabriel that they needed to do some undercover body-guarding! Evangeline tries to explain the important of love to Gabriel as he fights off beasties from entering the restaurant.
Ciara and Leon play miniature golf! Ciara displays her severe distaste for not being good at something and demands Leon’s help. She teases Leon about being afraid of kisses, and when he gives her one she finds herself disturbed and thinking about Leon in a weird new way! It messes up her gameplay and she accidentally hits an old man with her ball, then blames it on Leon!
Meanwhile Evangeline and Gabriel are still keeping watch. Evangeline tells Gabriel that he needs a little fun-training and tries to show him how to dance. Gabriel points out “THAT is love?” at Ciara’s weird behavior and Evangeline tries to explain what’s happened. She admits that tonight was mostly an excuse to take Gabriel out and try something besides slaying things. Gabriel admits that maybe he did need a break.
Trinny gives Leon a good peptalk about the date and sends him back to Ciara with juice! Ciara had apologized to that old man, and tries to shake off those weird thoughts about Leon and get through that date!
- Conrad can be teased but he won’t be bullied.
- Ciara finds herself confused by this adult Leon and thinking about him in a new way.
- Evangeline tries showing Gabriel life outside of slaying.
- Gabriel is confused by Evangeline, but still tries the things she requests.
Lily: Does it help at all to know mommy didn’t go on a single date when I was small? I mean… she can’t be all that good at it. *Lily was trying not to laugh at Leon, but he was sure making it hard.*
Trinny fluttered to sit on the back of the sofa! She was there and ready to help! “Just do what they do in the movies! Even if you set something on fire, everyone laughs because it’s a romantic comedy!”
Conrad: *Glanced at Lily. The mention of Leon as a “furry target” almost made him chuckle softly–but he stopped himself in time!*
Lily: *If Lily saw or heard the pixie on the sofa, she completely ignored it!* …are you kidding? She’s wound tighter than a ball of yarn. Then just… do something to different!
“Oooo! Take her to see a scary movie, and then she will get scared and hug you and be all “Oh leon! I am scared!” and you can snuggle in the dark!” Trinny thought this was genius!
Lily: *Lily eyed the sofa again, a slight confused look, but rubbed her forhead.* Okay.. You’re not going on a date. You’re… going out to play! That’d be easy, right?
Conrad: *Watching Leon pace and get nervous was making him nervous. This was going to be a long evening …*
Trinny landed on Conrad’s head, crossing her arms and huffing. “But flinging mud is the best part!”
Lily: Yes. See, you’re playing a game and the object of the game is to have a fun night without getting killed. That’s really easy!
Conrad: *Looked up at the pixie on his head! He didn’t want to say anything that might upset the pixie, like what was on his mind right about now.*
Lily: Be nice to him, mother. *Lily stood and waved from the living room!* …I’m serious! Be nice to Leon! And pretend to have fun!
Conrad: *Waited until Ciara and Leon were gone! He turned to Lily!* So … do we just kick back here or … we’re not actually going to follow them, are we?
Lily: And watch Leon flunder helplessly while she tortures him? No way. We’re going to… *She blinked slowly.* …I don’t know. Homework?
Conrad: *Thoughtful!* That’s a good question. Hey, by the way, we were going to Montana … on Sunday? Like tomorrow?
Lily: Yes! I think… is that too soon? I didn’t really think about plans for it!
Conrad: Not at all. I think the sooner you and your mom get a vacation the better. Things are still pretty hot here.
Lily: Like the whole world is going to implode at any moment. Guess I’ll pull some clothes out of mama’s closet. Maybe you can try on some of her dresses. *A grinning Lily as she hopped up to her mother’s room!*
Conrad: … You’re never going to let me live that down, will you? *He muttered as he scratched his head.*
Lily: You really made it too easy. *She replied, opening up that closet and snooping inside. The thing was huge… and hey! There were plenty of dresses for him to wear!*
Trinny appeared on Leon’s shoulder, hiding just under his collar! “Hold her hand!! And say she smells pretty!!”
Conrad: *Coughed! He sat down on the edge of the bed!* I certainly don’t mean to …
Lily: I don’t think my mother has normal clothes in here at all. *She returned to the closet doorway to eye Conrad! …and a garden gnome?* Where did that gnome come from?
Trinny gulped! “Eep! Sorry Leon!!” And poofed out of sight!
Conrad: *Turned to the garden gnome.* You probably … wouldn’t believe me if I told you.
Angus snorted. “Just flat out ignores us. At least that bone headed mother of us still believes!”
Conrad: *Raised an eyebrow at him.* That’s not nice. She’s been through a lot. Now hush before I hide every drop of beer I can find in this place. *It was common knowledge gnomes LOVED their beer.*
“And I’ll be dropping itching powder in yer shorts while yer sleeping, you big headed lout!” Angus kicked Conrad with his gnomish boot!
Lily: ….I’m just going to get some water while you discuss this with the gnome. *Lily eeeease herself away!*
Conrad: At least I don’t need a high stool to reach the beer. *He grabbed the gnome and headed out of Ciara’s room–to lock Angus into one of those convienent bathroom closets where you keep towels and stuff!*
“Don’tcha think this closet will hold me for long, ya buggar!! I’ll come in there and whallop the both of you until your human skin turns purple!”
Conrad: *Propped up a chair with a few little things to keep it nice and steady! He found Lily in the kitchen!* Now, about Montana and your mom’s clothes … I’m guessing she’ll need to buy some … hardier things. Like jeans and boots.
Lily: *Lily eyed him carefully, like he might be a nutcase!* I don’t think I’ve ever seen her wear a pair of jeans before… That’s going to be interesting.
Conrad: Well … she can’t be running around in skirts and slacks. *Scratched his head.* Not even those name brand clothes could withstand a good douse of Montana life.
Trinny appeared behind Ciara, trying to give Leon some signals! Only, it couldn’t be sure if she meant to strangle her, kiss her, or call the police!
There was a huge rustling inside one of the kitchen cabinets… And Angus came rolling out! “HA HA! I’M A GNOME YOU FOOL! WE’RE MAGICAL!” He was charging for Conrad’s leg!
Conrad: *Sighed softly! Dodged said charge!*
Lily: *Lily hopped up to sit on the counter! It was an angry attack garden gnome! What the hell?! Ignore it, maybe it will go away!* I’m sure we’ll find something good!
Conrad: Do you think your mom will find the uh … need for a few new outfits of clothing?
Conrad: *a bit too much
Evangeline: *Evangeline was a pillar of good intentions. Like making sure Ms. Grey and Leon had a nice problem free evening! And how Gabriel needed to do something besides kill beasties, and Brutus needed to run around and stretch his legs! But of course, she was going to go crazy if she made one more giant newspaper reproduction of historial London buildings. Gabriel was starting to have a small city in his warehouse.* …Okay! You know your job, right Brutus?
“Arf! Arf!” went Brutus, tail wagging, tongue hanging out! He jumped around a bit, excited!
Lily: She’s got to do something besides work and go to fancy parties. *Lily wasn’t sure if she should point behind Conrad… that gnome was sneaking around the corner with an axe. How was it holding that up?*
Conrad: *Grabbed a frying pan and batted that axe out of the gnome’s hands! It went flying into the air! He caught the axe by the handle and hopped onto the counter with Lily!* I’m all for getting some ice cream. How about we go out and grab some?
Lily: You know. I’m good here! We could even watch a movie. *…so maybe she was a tad bit curious on what else that gnome could do! Or Conrad for that matter!*
Conrad: *Sighed and scratched his head.* You’re serious about staying here? *When he realized she was, he shrugged.* Well, you’re the boss. *He didn’t think Ms Grey would appreciate an axe in her kitchen wall so … he just settled for holding onto it.*
“Arf! Arf!” Brutus began sniffing and led the way to Luigi’s Pizza Parlor! “Arf! Arf!”
Evangeline: *A crystal in hand, Evangeline was following Brutus!* We don’t want them to know we’re watching, that would ruin the romance. So if they look our way, we’ll hide!
“Arf! Arf!” said Brutus, a lot more quiet now! He slinked back so they couldn’t see him in the window!
Angus was on the floor cursing up a storm! “Goin’ ta run off and escape? Ha! Little Miss wants to see ya banged up with my mighty arm! Come on down here and fight, ya coward!”
Conrad: *Yawned!* I could have sworn I just heard a toilet flush … Did you know another name for the toilet or “john” is an “angus”? *He told Lily casually.*
Lily: That couldn’t possibly be true… *She said slowly, not sure if she were going to laugh or not!*
Conrad: *Perfectly straight and serious face!* Yep. It is. Especially garden gnomes named Angus. They were often used as a substitute when toilets weren’t around.
Angus was furious! So furious he was spitting more than cursing! The little garden gnome stormed out of the kitchen in fury!
Evangeline: *Leaning against the wall, it being usless to spy inside the window… but oh did she want to!* It’s so sweet! Best friends and then dating, wouldn’t you love to meet someone like that, Brutus?
Lily: That’s impossible, you know. Using a gnome for a toilet. You’d have to take off his hat or.. Ick! That’s awful!
Gabriel: *In the alley next to Evangeline! He elbowed the vampire in the face, grabbed his hand, twisted his wrist and brought him to the ground with a kick to the back of the knees! As soon as the vampire was down, he pulled out his knife and staked the vampire in the heart! All while Evangeline was swooning over Leon and Ciara with Brutus!* I am doing this why …? *He walked up to Evangeline and Brutus while the vampire’s body turned to ash behind him!*
Conrad: *Watched Angus storm off! He was definitely going to pay for that later but … it’d been worth it. He snickered.*
Evangeline: It’s important for the world. Maybe not as much as saving it, but they are everything that’s goodness and light, just like your family is-..well, that’s not the point. The point is that it’s for love. Love means everything!
Lily: *Deeming it safe from attack gnomes, Lily slid off the counter carefully.* You’re going to get in so much trouble.
Conrad: Yep, that I am. So … how about some popcorn and cold drinks?
Gabriel: *Raised an eyebrow. He didn’t feel the same way about “love”, although he understood the concept so little.* Love also means risking attack from weres and vampires.
Lily: *Lily shook her head, but she smiled! Moving to the cabinet to find the popcorn box and one of those big bowls.* I like action movies… the ones with cops and spies. Do you?
“Arf! Arf!” went Brutus.
Evangeline: We’re here to make sure they get one night beastie free! Now, look in the window and then try to tell me that’s not sweet!
Conrad: Definitely. Although I tend to fall asleep when I watch something where people aren’t running or shooting at each other every five minutes.
Gabriel: … *Doesn’t even try to look in the window.* That is not sweet.
Evangeline: *Evangeline frowned as she crossed her arms.* You’re not even looking, Gabriel.
And that is when Angus returned! With two friends! And spears! “There’s the uppity human! Spear him good, men!*
Gabriel: This may surprise you, Evangeline, but despite what I do … *He grabbed a passer-by the collar of his jacket making his way into the pizza parlor and threw him backwards! The passer-by growled and mutated into a werewolf half-human hybrid, snarling!* I am still a vampire. *He stepped to the side, narrowly missing a slice of werewolf claws!* Emotions are not my forte. *He kicked the were’s jaws, elbowed it in the back, and slammed it into the ground! He pulled out a silver knife and thrust it into the wolf’s heart.*
Conrad: Well … that was quick. Good thing I kept this baby. *In one hand, he held the frying pan. In the other, the axe.*
Evangeline: That’s no excuse. There’s plenty of not evil vampires out there. …Well maybe not plenty, but I know they exist! Just like there’s good weres and occasionally a good warlock, but we don’t want them to know I said that, because they get awfully big headed about it.
Lily: I guess I did tell mama we were going to wreck the place… *Lily just made sure to stay out of the way as she popped a bag in to the microwave and set the timer!*
Ciara: As a matter of fact, you said chipmunks were cute and furry, and it ended up biting the devil out of you when you tried to pick it up.
Conrad: Somehow I doubt this is what she had in mind, though. *He deflected one spear thrust with the flat of frying pan while parrying another spear thrust!*
“For our honor!!” shouted Angus! Those gnomes sure were serious about spearing that hunter! And climbing up on the counter too!
Conrad: … You guys need a hobby! *He knocked one gnome off the counter while he was climbing onto it! And knocked the other gnome off as well! He did the same for the third, swatting!*
Gabriel: Considering my circumstances, I find it curious not to be as bloodthirsty or evil as Michael and Anthony. *He said, returning to her after getting rid of the were’s body.*
Evangeline: I can’t imagine you being evil… You just weren’t made to be that way. *She pointed a finger over her shoulder at the window.* Haven’t you ever thought about love and girls?
Gnomes were relentless warriors! Ones packing bows and arrows made of match sticks! They stood back on the floor and started firing! ..Ding! Went the microwave!
Lily: *She pulled out the bag, being mindful of her fingers and dumped the popcorn in to a big bowl!* … *Lily leaned against the counter and popped a piece in her mouth! This was like a good movie too!*
Gabriel: … I was made to be a lot of things. *He glanced over her shoulder at the window.* No. I only have one mission in this period you humans call a life. That is to eliminate Anthony and Michael. Love and girls have nothing to do with it.
Conrad: *Moved over to the sink! He was able to deflect the arrows with the frying pan! Until he reached over and grabbed the faucet with the nozzle and handle and extendable cable! He sprayed those gnomes good!*
Finally! Ciara and Leon’s food came! The pizza and the breadsticks looked and smelled delicious!
Evangeline: That’s… awful! Really? No, that’s not right at all… Love is the whole reason that anything can even exist. Everything good has something to love.
Gargleblaargh! Gnomes went running away in fury! Waters is disgusting! Blech!!
Conrad: *Just kept spraying and spraying! He should trade his handgun in for a super soaker! One of those super soakers with ice cold water!*
“Arf! Arf!” went Brutus!
Lily: … *She watched for a minute until half the kitchen was covered in water, then she quickly snatched the nozzled out of Conrad’s hands!* …okay, they get the point..!
The gnomes huddled behind the kitchen door, peering around the corner. “Aye, you tell him, Missy! Rip off his ears and eat his spleen!”
Conrad: Yes, ma’am. *Soaked, he went to go get the mop and the bucket!*
Lily: *With Conrad out of sight, she squirted at the gnomes too! Ha ha ha!*
Gabriel: *Decided to wait awhile and lean against the wall with his hands in his pockets!*
Coughsputterblaargh!! “CHARGE THE WENCH!!” Shouted Angus, pointing his spear! Gnomes charged!
Lily: *Half laughing half screaming, she hopped back up on the counter!* It’s put away! I stopped! That’s my foot!
Conrad: *Returned, ready to clean!* I can see leaving you alone for five minutes isn’t an option. *He started mopping up the floor!*
Lily: I don’t know what you’re talking about. *…She shouldn’t. …But she did! Lily squirted Conrad with the nozzle, being rewarded with a gnomely cheer!*
Conrad: *But just to be on the safe side … he took the nozzle from her!*
Conrad: … Keep spraying me and you’ll be the one mopping the kitchen up. By yourself. While I go out and get some ice cream.
Lily: Technically you’re not allowed to leave, so that’s an empty threat! *Drats! She was going to get him again too!*
Conrad: Technically … you’re not allowed to leave.
Conrad: Not without someone tailing you.
Evangeline: *Evangeline was thinking… And seriously too by the way she was chewing on her lip and twirling her hair around her finger.* …Maybe if you played games with Brutus… *She said to herself!*
Lily: And you’re supposed to tail me, so you can’t leave if I don’t leave.
Those gnomes were quiet. …which meant they were tying something around Conrad’s legs while he was distracted.
Conrad: *Sprayed the gnomes with the water which he catches tying something around his legs!*
“Arf! Arf!” Brutus jumped on Evangeline at the mention of games!
GRAAG!! One of the gnomes kicked Conrad in the leg, before they ran out of the kitchen!
Conrad: *Rubbed his leg where they kicked him but stopped spraying when they ran out of the kitchen! He sat down and undid the knots before returning to mopping up the floor.* Well, that wasn’t in the training manual.
Evangeline: With Gabriel, Brutus! I love you already! Gabriel needs something to love now, so he’ll have a good reason to save the world.
Gabriel: … Stopping Anthony is reason enough.
Lily: Better tell my mother. She said this morning that she was going to do something about Oracle. *Lily behaved. Even when the nozzle was put up and in perfect reach.*
Conrad: I think I’ll have enough to tell her when I explain why her kitchen looks the way it does. *He ran his fingers through his wet hair as he finished mopping up the floor.*
Evangeline: It’s a pretty good reason, but it’s not really a happy one. Like… If you saved the world, you could spend the rest of your nights knowing that puppies wouldn’t be put through evil expirements!
Gabriel: I will play one game with your pup. If you stop trying to show me how human I can be. I am content with how I am.
Lily: I hope you realize you’re tempting that evil kid part of me that really wants to make a huge mess just to watch you scramble, right?
Conrad: … In that case, I would save your mother the trouble of firing me and quit. *And he meant every word of it, too!*
On the next course, a couple of kids golfing with their parents got holes in ones! There was a lot of cheering and clapping for them!
Gabriel: *Standing beside Evangeline as they continue keeping an eye on Grey and Santos.* I believe we have chased away every demon, vampire, and were in the area.
Evangeline: I think you’re exaggerating. *Evangeline was crouching on the ground to share her donut puffs with Brutus! One for the puppy, and one for her! And one she held up for Gabriel!*
Gabriel: *Glanced down at the offered donut puff … and finally took it. He ate the puff.* Why do you humans insist on wasting your time with games? *He suddenly asked after a few moments of silence.*
“Arf! Arf!” Brutus barked. He was certainly happy to get that donut puff! It wasn’t long before he’d finished off his and began jumping on Evangeline for another!
Evangeline: You always say ‘you humans’. It’s not just humans, everyone likes to have fun. Don’t you do anything at all to relax? *Evangeline held up the puff so Brutus would hop in circles before she gave it to him!*
“Arf! Arf!” Brutus followed that puff as if it was a light and he was a moth! A furry, hyperactive moth! He hopped in circles again and again!
Gabriel: *Watched the people as they played and laughed and hugged each other.* … I sleep.
Evangeline: …Okay, you’re in serious need of fun-training. *Evangeline rewarded Brutus with his donut and gave him a good petting!* Since we are out, we should do something fun while we bodyguard!
“Arf! Arf!” Brutus ate that donut puff and licked Evangeline’s hand, covering it with sugar and werepup slobber!
Gabriel: *Sat back on the bench and stretched his legs out! He clasped his hands behind his head and leaned his head back!* I see no reason for this fun-training of yours.
Evangeline: Because the thought of you never having done anything just for the fun of it is awful! What sort of life is that? *Evangeline dried her hands from puppy slobber as she stood up.* We can play hopscotch. Wait no, I guess that’s too silly for adults to be doing. Maybe playing fetch with Brutus!
Gabriel: You are impossible, Seer. *He remarked as he watched her wiping her hands of puppy drool.*
Evangeline: If I were impossible then I’d be… …I’m not really sure how I could be impossible, but I think you’re just being difficult. Give me your hand, I can show you how to tango! *Evangeline held out her hand, fully expecting him to take it!*
Gabriel: *After studying her with her hand out for several moments, he reached out and took it.* I am only doing this to humor you.
Evangeline: *Evangeline smiled brilliantly, moving him in to place with an arm around her waist and holding his other straight out!* I think you’re amused with me and Brutus, and you’re curious to see what we’ll do next! Now move your feet like this! *She led by example!*
“Arf! Arf!” went Brutus! Whatever they were doing looked like fun and he started jumping up and down! Maybe they’ll let him play too!
Gabriel: *Didn’t reply to that! He glanced at how Evangeline had arranged his arms and looked down at how she moved her feet! He followed her example exactly–just slower!*
Evangeline: *Step, step, step, step.. The she moved his arms so they could switch to the other way!* …that’s it! Actually, I think there’s a lot more to the tango, but I only know how to do this one part. Besides dips! Those are fun too. Oh! But swing dancing! I used to do that really well!
Gabriel: *Slowly followed Evangeline’s lead! He looked up from watching their feet when she mentioned swing dancing.* I know a vampire who loves to swing dance. He owns a club and holds competitions every week.
Evangeline: See, you know vampires that do enjoyable things, and you haven’t even tried them. You should go and try his swing club! *She stopped to spin herself under his arm, which wasn’t even the tango anymore but it was still dancing!*
Gabriel: I am busy. *He watched as she moved under his arm, spun herself around.* And I am not popular with vampires, weres, and demons.
Evangeline: I guess I can believe that. Being busy and there not being anyone friendly. Buuuut, there’s not any excuses with me and Brutus around. I’ll help you save the world, and show you how nice it is to be alive! *She was going to try and dip him, but the confusion on trying figure out how she was going to do that had her stopping and thinking on it.*
Brutus decided this was his cue! When Evangeline stopped, he jumped into her and Gabriel’s joined arms!
Gabriel: *Caught the pup! He managed to take the puppy lickings and the tail wagging with the same silent … ness that he took everything.*
Evangeline: *There was a slight eep out of her in catching the werepup! Blinking she scratched behind his ears!* Are you a jealous puppy? We’re not going to forget you. What do you think about playing catch? Of course, we’ll have to get a ball… but Gabriel should be good at throwing!
“Arf! Arf!” Brutus turned to soak Evangeline with wet puppy kisses! “Arf! Arf!”
Gabriel: … That is love? *He asked to no one in particular as he watched Grey blame Santos for something she did.*
Evangeline: *Evangeline was trying so hard not to laugh… Which didn’t work so well at all! At least she laughed softly so everyone in town wouldn’t hear her!* Poor Ms. Grey…! She just realized Leon is very much an adult now! She’s never thought of him like that before. *Evangeline grinned at Gabriel.* This is love before you realize it’s love!
Gabriel: You humans make things so complicated. *He remarked as Brutus brought that stick he’d thrown earlier back to him. He threw it again and watched the pup run after it.*
Evangeline: Everything is complicated. That’s what makes life so interesting. Kissing someone for the first time gets anyone all flustered! haven’t you tried it before?
Gabriel: No. And before you start thinking it … no. *He watched Brutus come back with the stick and tossed it away again.* And for your information, everything is complicated. But you humans make it more so.
TRinny appeared sitting on the top of Leon’s drink! “LEON!” She squeeled! “You can’t leave a date alone, another man could steal her! What if she falls in love with that cute twelve year old boy with the pokemon shirt!! He’s a dreamy one!”
Evangeline: *Evangeline laughed again!* Thinking what, suggesting kissing lessons? I’m afraid I don’t have any practice for that. I had one boyfriend once and before we got to the kissing I accidentally told him that he was going to get Miss Stephanie Duncan pregnant during senior year and he suddenly wasn’t so interested anymore.
Fluttering down, Trinny landed on his knee! “I know! Isn’t it great! She’s never ever done THAT before when someone kissed her! It’s always “oh, you’re so handsome!’ or a slap in the face!”
Gabriel: Contrary to what you may believe, I do not dabble in mind games. And where you are concerned, I can never tell what you are thinking.
Evangeline: *Blinking, she looked somewhat surprised!* Is it really hard to tell what I’m thinking? I always thought I had a bad habit of blabbering everything out loud, even when I really should have kept it to myself. It’s not like you at all. You’re impossible to read most of the time unless I’m close enough to touch you.
Relanding herself on his head, Trinny listed off a long list of things, and the only word that could be made sense of was ‘juice’! “…and you should try again! Practice makes perfect!”
Gabriel: You do not blabber everything out. *He sat back.* I certainly did not see that idea of yours … to learn to dance … coming.
Evangeline: I didn’t really plan it ahead of time. The only the I really plotted was keeping an eye on Ms. Grey and Leon, and counting on your liking of keeping an eye on me and Brutus to get you out and doing something besides being Mr. Hero. It wasn’t too devious, was it?
“Yes! Try again! Oh, oh, oh! At the movies it will be dark and that’s the best place ever to sneak a kiss! …and she won’t have anything to clobber you with!” Trinny glanced around before she poofed. Only her voice was heard. “Besides, you’re on a date! There HAS to be kissing!”
Gabriel: Somehow I expected as much.
Evangeline: *Evangeline looked guilty, and enitely too apologetic.* I’m sorry! Please don’t be mad at me. I was just so sure you’d never agree to doing something different, and I really did need to make sure their date wasn’t interupted, so it was just a perfect opportunity to do two good things at once!
“Arf! Arf!” Here came Brutus, brandishing the stick in his mouth just before putting it into Gabriel’s lap!
Gabriel: *Picked up the stick and threw it for Brutus again.* … Perhaps … I was in need of a break.
Evangeline: *Evangeline sat back against the bench with a relieved breath!* Oh good! I was going to have to bribe you with candy if you were angry, and I’m almost out of the chocolate ones.
“Arf! Arf!” Brutus dropped the stick and began jumping on top of Evangeline!
Evangeline: *Oof! Evangeline quickly was giving Brutus the obligatory scratchies!* You’re going weight, Brutus! You’ll be knocking me down before long!
Brutus panted and gave Evangeline lots of wet, sloppy puppy kisses!
Evangeline: *Skilled at the art of dodging, Evangeline turned Brutus so he’d be giving the stoic vampire sloppy wet puppy kisses, while she dried her face with her sleeve!*