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Jan. 22, 2013 at 7:28 am

 
Jefferson leaned against the wall, watching Lila clean. Her heart was in a far away type of haze, but he couldn't quite catch the edge of her daydream. He slipped into the bathroom to don his visibility.
Maybe she'd wait on him and he'd get a chance to know her heart better? Coming out, Jefferson sat down at a newly clean table. He watched Lila from under his lashes, so that it looked like he could be staring at anything.

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Jan. 22, 2013 at 7:34 am

Jefferson leaned against the wall, watching Lila clean. Her heart was in a far away type of haze, but he couldn't quite catch the edge of her daydream. He slipped into the bathroom to don his visibility.
Maybe she'd wait on him and he'd get a chance to know her heart better? Coming out, Jefferson sat down at a newly clean table. He watched Lila from under his lashes, so that it looked like he could be staring at anything.

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Jan. 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Lila took a while to notice that a new customer had entered the shop. Usually the bell above the door was enough to warn her that someone had come in, but obviously not this time.
She stepped up to the man's table and smiled warmly. "What can I get you, sir?" she asked politely. "I can personally recommend the cakes. My friend makes them all by hand."

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Jan. 23, 2013 at 7:24 am

Jefferson smiled widely, not quite a genuine one, and shrugged. "The cakes, as long as they are as good as you say they are. Oh, and a hot tea with honey, if you can." His smiled settled into a polite grin and he sat back in the chair.
 
Why did they want her for that despicable man? The two hadn't even met yet, but it was only a matter of time. Jefferson's eyes glazed over, giving the impression that he was no longer paying attention. In reality, he was scoping for Micheal. The older man had lost his wife several years back, and now Jefferson's higher-ups were trying to ease the pain.
This girl didn't deserve to be told she's in love with an old man.

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Jan. 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Lila scribbled down the order and took it to the counter. There was no point bothering the chef with it so she made it up herself. Of course they didn't have honey - what did the man think this place was?

Lila spooned extra sugar into the man's mug, hoping he wouldn't notice the lack of honey, and brought it to his table with the cake. "Here you are, sir," she said kindly. "Is there anything else you'd like?"

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Jan. 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Jefferson sipped his tea, immediately notiicing the lack of honey. The sugar coated his tongue, distracting him. "Hm? No, but thank you." He pretened to squint at her name tag. "Lila," He tacked onto the end.
Jefferson would wait until she walked away to tip some honey into his drink. But this was exciting! He was actually talking to one of his charges.
Psyche would be angry with him, but honestly so would everyone else. Jefferson didn't care in the least. No matter what they owed that man, Lila deserved more.

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Jan. 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Lila smiled as she walked away to get the order from another table. She had to get the couple seated there to repeat their requests several times because she was too busy daydreaming about the gorgeous man she'd just waited on to hear them properly.
She kept throwing him glances as she brought the couple their meal, looking away every time she thought he was about to look in her direction. He probably already had a girlfriend, but I girl could dream, right?

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Jan. 24, 2013 at 8:27 am

The fluttery heart caught Jefferson'd attention and he looked around. Someone had the beginnings of a crush, but whose heart sounded so familiar?
He met Lila's eyes, grinning when she quickly turned away. Suddenly he knew the heart and he took a quick note of all the males in the room, testing each out.
Jefferson knew that she'd have gotten a reaction from them if this was how they'd left her. But no hearts sang in the entire restaurant. He searched out further, trying to find the man who'd left with a piece of Lila's heart. Nothing.
Jefferson frowned at his tea. This was odd, indeed. She couldn't have just spotaneously given someone her heart, right? In 500 years he hadn't been so confused about a woman's heart. What was wrong with him?

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Jan. 24, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Lila waited for a while until the guy finished his cake and drink. She didn't want to seem pushy or over-eager. That would put him right off. After a short time she approached his table.

"Can I get you a refill? Another cake?" she offered, a slight blush on her cheeks. She found herself wanting to know this man's name, certainly wanting to know more about him than she already did.

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Jan. 25, 2013 at 11:44 am

((This is Hands but it won't let me log in.  I WILL BE GONE FOR TWO WEEKS, THOUGH MY LAPTOP IS BROKEN))

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Jan. 25, 2013 at 11:46 am

((Thanks for letting me know :) I hope you manage to get it fixed.))

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Jan. 31, 2013 at 2:53 pm

((I'll be able to reply today and tomorrow, but not over the weekend.))
 
Jefferson had been watching her, so when she walked over he was prepared. The smile that found itts way to his lips must have alerted her... Maybe she wasn't receptive to his supposed charm? Ah, but there was a blush gracing her cheeks.
"A refill would be lovely, thank you." He shrugged. The lingereing smile had a flirtacious edge, making him seem interested rather than bored. "I've nowhere to be right now." Jefferson hoped that would hold true for awhile longer. He didn't want to leave quite yet.

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Jan. 31, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Lila smiled and fetched the teapot. "We're going to be closing up the restaurant soon," she told him. Already people were beginning to drift away into the darkening night. 
She stared dreamily out onto the pavement. This was the time she most liked working as a waitress. She got to see all the people out on dates as they left. Some together, some separating at the door. But she got to see people in love, and that made her happy.

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Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:06 am

Jefferson caught the dreamy look and his smile widened. Maybe they were of the same mind? The moment before a person could say night had fallen was a moment of love.
Just as Jefferson was settling in to enjoy his refill and about strike up a normal conversation, his body pulled towards the door. He sighed. "Well, I've got to go, it seems. I'm Jefferson, by the way." He tipped his imaginary hat and went outside to lose himself in the crowd. Slipping his visibility, he followed the sparks of new love. Sometimes, they needed to kindled. Jefferson was the only one on shift that night, so he had to take care of it.
 
Just as I was starting an intelligent conversation with her... Jefferson grumbled under his breath, not worrying about the people around him. They all looked towards the empty air where his voice had come from but wrote it off as the wind.

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Feb. 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Lila frowned at Jefferson's abrupt exit. Was it something she had said? Something she had done? But he'd told her his name; that had to count for something, right?

She thought it over as she finished her shift. It didn't take long before the restaurant was empty and all she had to do was clear away and lock up. The other waitresses and chefs had left with the last customers.

For a while, Lila sat at a now-empty table and flicked through her sketch pad. Eventually she got to a blank page and paused for a moment and stared at it. Then she began to draw - a picture of Jefferson so lifelike it was if he were staring up at her. Even if she never saw him again she'd at least have this to remind her.

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Feb. 4, 2013 at 9:08 am

Jefferson spent the night on a low branch of the tree outside his other charge's window. It wouldn't be hard to make this girl fall in love; she already had a crush on the boy. Still, though, he watched to make sure she didn't have any doubts.
 
Occasionally, Jefferson would gaze longingly back the way he'd come. Before stopping at Delia's, he'd went to Lila's house. She'd probably be home by now, he could just walk down there to see how she was doing...
No, stop it. You don't need to be down there. What if you ruin something? Jefferson let his head fall back against the rough bark of the tree. In the morning , he'd find Lila.

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Feb. 4, 2013 at 9:21 am

Lila walked home quickly in the dark, wary of the shadows and what could be lurking in them. Her over active imagination allowed her to picture a multitude of horrible creatures jumping out on her in the darkness. She'd been afraid of being out alone for as long as she could remember, but there wasn't anything she could do about it. What was the use complaining?

Lila unlocked her front door and went straight to her room. She fumbled about in the dark getting ready for bed, trying not to wake her roommate. She slid into bed and sighed, her aching body finally able to relax. Her last thoughts were of Jefferson and she fell asleep with a smile on her face.

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Feb. 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Jefferson stretched on his branch. The sunlight slanted through the leaves, causing him to squint and almost fall out of the tree. After a moment of grappling, he realized it was morning.
"Lila," He almost shouted her name, but caught himself in time to cover it with a cough. Jefferson could go and see her today. Maybe he'd go back to the cafe and talk to her?
 
Jefferson donned his visibility and started walking down past her house. He didn't see the man until they'd run in to each other. When Jefferson saw who it was, he almost swore. 
Why had they sent him early? Jefferson was supposed to have another week with Lila; yet here was her assigned match.
 
((I could play him as well, if you want))

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Feb. 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm

((Sure, if you want to))

Lila was woken early in the morning by her alarm clock. She groaned as she rolled out of bed - her optimistic nature was always forgotten in the mornings. Bleary-eyed, she packed her rucksack with her art supplies for the art class she was teaching that morning. It was mainly for adults, although a few kids tagged along.

After glugging her morning coffee, Lila scurried out of the front door and set off for work. Her shoes slapped the pavement as she half ran, conscious that she was running late already.

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Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:26 am

Micheal
Micheal stood across the street, staring after the running girl. There was something about her that made his chest constrict. He'd only been walking along this road to get a feeling of freedon. For too long, he'd been wrapped in his dead wife's suffocating presence. Micheal deserved a bit of time away from that house and those memories... didn't he?
 
When he was about plowed over by a young man, he remembered where he was. The guy looked almost scared, but there was anger there as well. What had Micheal done to get this type of rise out the boy?
 
Jefferson
Jefferson ground his teeth and started after Lila. He couldn't believe they'd sent her match early. She wasn't ready to give her life over to a grieving old man. Had they no sympathy at all? No sense of what was right? There was no reason to send Micheal early.
 
Jefferson fought the urge to look back; he already knew the man's heart. He'd felt it stretch towards Lila... When was there going to be any freedom for him? All he wanted was to spend a bit of time with her before putting her into a situation she'd hate.
Of course, Lila wouldn't know  that she hated it. Her heart would tell her she was happy...

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