Guys and Ragdolls (for [personal profile] raggedy_doll)

Jun. 4th, 2013 11:36 am
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Bass, Alto, and Soprano had known about Billy's new consort shortly after Billy did. Of course he'd left out some of the details of how it had happened (the drunken half-remembered sex, for instance) but the general gist was that he had a Romantic Partner and everyone should recognize how awesome he was for having one.

Alto found Music Meister's enthusiasm adorable, like an eager teenager trying to work references to having a <3~boyfriend~<3 into every single conversation. Her boss had always seemed like a fairly sweet guy and she had extended fantasies of candlelight interludes, riverside serenades, and expensive gifts stolen from the most elite of galleries.

Soprano, who'd had a rotating string of bad boy affairs that almost inevitably ended in disaster, was a little more cynical about the subject. Music Meister had a tendency to bring drama into everything, no pun intended, and the person he waxed eloquent about this week might be the unholy spawn of the Devil as soon as they found something to argue about.

Bass had little opinion on Ragdoll, but he rarely had opinions on things that didn't involve money, imminent danger, or edible products. A happy boss meant less fuss and tantrums so he supposed he was for it.

And their happy boss had been quite daring tonight. Between hectic missions, Arkham visits, and troublesome New England geography Billy and Peter hadn't seen each other in person since the cultist incident. Worryingly explicit (or even more worryingly vague) text messages were no match for a proper romantic get-together. With Ragdoll arriving in town that evening Billy needed to get boyfriend funds together quickly, so he'd neglected the usual ploy of stealing a large shiny object in favor of going after actual cash--in this case, a craps game run by one of the more affluent Gotham gangs. Such games dealt in untraceable cash and goods, and tended to be more on guard against cops than a rousing rendition of "Luck Be a Lady". They'd be upset later, Billy imagined, but what could they possibly do to him? They were mere mobsters and he an archcriminal. At least he'd be spending the money on healthier things than drugs and prostitutes.

The Tempest wasn't originally designed to hold company for more than the length of a show, but Billy had made appropriate accommodations. A few seats had been removed from the balcony to make room for an antique table, as well as an easy chair from which to watch films on the theater's retractable projector screen. Bass, in pinstripes-sans-jacket, was setting the table with fancy silverware and candlesticks. They'd been drafted into wait staff duty for the 'afterparty', as well as making the preparations while the boss was out buying appropriate romance supplies.

Alto was lounging in her flapper girl costume, playing with the long string of beads. A glittering headband with a peacock feather stood out in her blonde hair. Soprano, with her boy cut and less flamboyant style, wore a Coco-Chanel styled women's suit whose kitten heels she'd swapped for sturdy leather boots. Her bell-shaped hat was hanging off the armrest of one of the chairs.

"So what's he like?"

"Freaky."

"I mean, as a person."

"Freaky. He's got these scars all over him and the way he moves is just...freaky. It's like watching a spider with half the legs."

"That doesn't mean he's a bad guy." Alto re-crossed her legs, stockinged feet propped up on the balcony railing. "Meister's plenty weird too. And there's Mr. Nygma, he treats his girls real well and he's all kinds of crazy."

"Look, I only met the guy once and we were both kinda busy. I got no idea what he does in his personal time."

"Besides the boss, hee hee."

"You are such a goddamn twelve-year-old."

"Come on, it's cute that Meister's got a guy. He even went and rescued the boss from those jerks who kidnapped him and that's totally adorable. I bet he's got that same romantic spark Meister does."

"You know Ragdoll's on a mercenary assassin team, right? He's probably wanted for murder in ten states."

"...still doesn't make it not cute."

Date: 2013-06-10 03:25 pm (UTC)
raggedy_doll: (pardon me! sorry!)
From: [personal profile] raggedy_doll
"You're incorrigible around an audience, William." Not that it took an audience to make Billy slip into these theatrical spells, really. Not that Ragdoll wasn't fond of the ridiculous treatment.

"But it certainly has been too long. Always a danger in our line of work, of course." He took the honeysuckle wreath, going along with the grand romantic act -- before looking pleasantly surprised as he actually examined it. "Ooh, you went with perverted flowers. How nice!"

Date: 2013-06-10 03:42 pm (UTC)
raggedy_doll: and your blatantly obvious self-delusion (completely sincerely sort of believe you)
From: [personal profile] raggedy_doll
"And dirty puns? Why, you're absolutely spoiling me. Am I forgetting an anniversary?" Did they do anniversaries? He assumed they did anniversaries, what with William's obvious romantic streak.

He tilted his head to accept the kiss, however, before taking the wreath and placing it on his head like a flower crown, over top his mask and its "hair."

Date: 2013-06-10 04:01 pm (UTC)
raggedy_doll: (i'm ever so nice)
From: [personal profile] raggedy_doll
"Oh, goodie, I have something to look forward to indeed!" Even if they didn't have actual diamonds crafted into suggestive states, he was certain one of those fake-near-diamond sculptures could be found. If they had them shaped like kittens and unicorns and so on, they must have more interesting options available somewhere.

"The sentiment is returned, William, I assure you." The slightest dip into that faintly more serious tone of voice, the slightly less whimsical smile, before he tried looking past Billy in interest. "Now, what are you doing in there? Why, we could hear you from up in the balcony!"

Date: 2013-06-10 04:19 pm (UTC)
raggedy_doll: (i'm ever so nice)
From: [personal profile] raggedy_doll
"Do I get to see?" Alto had said 'romantic stuff'. And even if it wasn't romantic stuff, he was in a nosy mood.

"You said that we would be eating on the balcony, so I came in through the vents." As if that were the most logical cause-and-effect possible. "Did you know you're employing a ridiculous romantic? I quite like her."

Date: 2013-06-10 04:44 pm (UTC)
raggedy_doll: and your blatantly obvious self-delusion (completely sincerely sort of believe you)
From: [personal profile] raggedy_doll
"She said you like my eyes." Was that propriety? He could never be sure.

All right, so maybe he just wanted to tease. Just a little bit. And why not? William's embarrassment was terribly endearing.

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