Posted by Civilian Linarra Riccio (Head of Medical and Social Services) in Cafe Serendipity: Linarra and the Wolf
Posted by Civilian Atticus Wolf (Bounty Hunter) in Cafe Serendipity: Linarra and the Wolf
The small cafe was crowded for lunch, as it often was. Various peoples and species all gathered here for their short lunch breaks from work, a light tune played in the background barely audible among the chatter and laughter, but there nonetheless helping the feeling that even if you were there alone, you were never really lonely. The smells of fresh bread and lunch time delicacies mixed with the aroma of actually coffee, not the replicated sort. This cafe was so popular because it was one of the few that used real food, and had real chefs cooking for the customers. And of course real coffee made from real coffee beans.
Even if Atticus had not invited Linarra to meet him here, then despite his aversion to crowded public places in his leisure time he would most likely have been here anyway, it was that kind of place. Atticus sat at a small two person table tucked into one of the corners, but he didn’t sit with his back to the wall. He had adjusted the seating so that when she arrived, and he had a very good thought that she would, even if only to return the trinket and tell him it wasn’t appropriate, both he and the Head of Medical would be seated in such a way that they could look out over the people seated at the other tables and the large square of green and the tree’s outside. He didn’t want her to feel closed in or trapped, like he knew a crowded cafe and an unfamiliar person could make you feel, he wanted her to be relaxed during their small interlude.
Atticus looked different to how Linarra would last have seen him. Then, he was wearing hospital clothing, had a few days more growth than he usually wore and his hair was disheveled from the surgery and the crash, although clean. Now, the man was sporting a light growth of beard, trimmed to be light and tidy, had visited a hairdresser and was looking professional again, and was wearing a simple ‘casual’ light grey suit, open necked with a white collared shirt slightly unbuttoned in the warmth of the day. He had retrieved his items from the hospital when he had left, his wrist communicator/watch and other items that were still usable after the damage most of his worn clothing and things had received in the crash. He had also purchased a new pair of sunglasses, but these he had folded and placed on the table. He had been here for an hour already after having done his business that was due that morning, and now he relaxed at the table, an empty coffee cup to one side and waited, and watched the people go about their lunch and their business.
Linarra had spent hours going back and forth about whether she was going to go or not. It was flattering to have been invited in such an extravagant way but was it really appropriate for a public official to be seen taking gifts? In the end she decided to go to explain she couldn’t accept the pendant but the thought had been appreciated. As Linarra left for her lunch Rila, her secretary, raised an eyebrow.
“Actually going out for a change,” the woman asked as she looked down her sharp nose with a grin before continuing. “It wouldn’t happen to be to meet up with that handsome Mr. Wolf would it? It’s been the talk of the hospital these past few days.”
Linarra looked sharply back at Rila before nearly tripping over the steps as she she left with a blush on her cheeks.
“Oh hush it or I’ll write you up for being a gossip,” she snapped and then walked out.
When she arrived at the Cafe she looked around admiringly, she had never been here before but it seemed pleasant. The doctor was still dressed in her business attire, this time a light blue silk blouse with a black tight skirt and jacket. Her hair was down and it seemed a bit more styled around her face than usual. When she spotted Atticus she couldn’t believe he was even more attractive than she remembered. Now all healed and cleaned up he was gorgeous. Not that she would tell him that. With a nod to the man she came over and sat down next him.
“Nice to see you again Mr. Wolf,” Linarra said with a small smile that lit up the gold in her eyes.
Linarra Riccio-Head of Medical and Social Services
Coming to his feet, Atticus returned the smile and moved to pull out her chair for her. “You know that the feeling is mutual” he said and the smile turned into a grin before he made a small motion to the waitress, who began to gather her things to approach them for their orders. “I almost thought you might not come today, I know that getting an invite like this is a little unusual perhaps, but I wanted to thank you properly for saving my life.”
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