Maverick looked entirely out of place in his expensive suit, but he certainly didn't show an ounce of concern about the fact. He had led the way to an out of the way table and taken a seat in the booth with its worn padding. The menus were already on the table, stained and battered, and he picked one up. "I could probably eat," he decided. "You?" He had invited her for tea but now that he was in a diner, he realized he was actually quite starved.
Nadine sat across from Maverick at the booth and had the sudden realization that she hadn't been on a date in a while and she really, really hoped this wasn't supposed to be one. "Oh, erm." She was hungry, actually. She had missed her usual lunch break and didn't expect that she would be able to get another once she got back to the office. "Me too," she said. "But I've just realized I don't have any muggle money." She hadn't expected she would need it. She couldn't imagine forking over galleons and sickles at a place like this, though.
Maverick was so relaxed about everything. He had apparently decided on what he wanted since he tossed the menu aside flippantly a moment later. "If you're gonna feel weird about it, I'll let you pay me back," he winked before she could object.
"Alright," Nadine said, trying not to frown at the wink. The winking was still a problem. "Thanks." She looked at the menu and decided she would order the biggest, greasiest cheeseburger she could reasonably eat, so that if this was supposed to be a date he might change his mind. Men didn't like that, right? Nadine didn't really pay attention to what men liked. But in any case, she liked cheeseburgers, so it would work out either way.
Apparently Nadine's plan to gross him out with her unladylike food choices had not succeeded. Oh well, at least she was getting a meal out of it.
"Oh." She wasn't sure how best to answer his question without revealing how inexperienced she really was. "Not here in London," she said after a moment. "I spent a year in Romania working with Longhorns." She didn't bother asking him about his field experience. It was clear he had a lot of it.
"That's pretty incredible," Maverick smiled genuinely. He had no ulterior motives here whatsoever. He was just hungry and Nadine had been so pathetic when there hadn't been a dragon that he'd felt like inviting her along. "I've not done a lot of traveling, actually. Though my friend said I was welcome to stay at her family home in Italy sometime. I don't think it's right to take her up on that, since I don't intend to date her or anything."
Nadine leaned forward, eyebrow raised and palms up in a sort of confused shrug. "If you're friends, she probably invited you as a friend. Just because you're a man and she's a woman doesn't mean it has to be about dating." Oh. Good point, Nadine. Maybe she could calm down and not assume all men were trying to force a date on her.
He cocked a smile at her - or did his smile just never, ever leave? - and folded his hands neatly on the table as the water delivered their beverages. Maverick had asked for an iced water in addition to a cup of tea. "You're right," he allowed, "but ours is a very...flirtatious relationship. It's fun, but I wouldn't want to misinterpret it."
Maverick had invited her here on the premise that this place had great tea, so she ordered tea despite the fact that she really wanted a coke with her burger. It was good tea though, once she got it the way she liked it with milk and sugar, so she was pleased. "Ah," she said. Nadine had only ever had one relationship, and she didn't find it easy to flirt casually with people. She imagined that Maverick was the type to flirt casually with people--women--all the time. Nadine wished it was that easy for her, but she had to be much more careful. "Why don't you just talk about it, if you're that concerned?" She thought maybe he wasn't actually concerned, but she was trying to make conversation.
"I'm not that concerned," he replied with a chuckle. That would explain why he didn't talk to Kerrigan about it. He was sure that she'd only offered her family home as a locale to garner a bit more attention. He was fine with that - he'd only brought it up now as a way to propel the conversation. He got the distinct impression that Nadine wouldn't take kindly to his usual blatant flirtations. "Where else have you traveled? Anywhere good?"
"Thailand," Nadine said, glad for the change of subject. "It's where my mum is from, and my gran and grandad and everyone are still there, so I've been there a lot." She had taken for granted as a child how easy it was to travel there with magic. That half of her family were all wizards, so they saw each other with a lot more frequency than most who emigrated would have.
Maverick's brows lifted. He was a mixture of impressed and jealous. "Have you ever seen a Thailand dragon up close?" he wondered. Her being a dragon expert, he imagined that she would have at least tried to hunt one down. "I've heard they're real elusive, but beautiful if you can find one. Supposedly good luck, too."
"Yeah," Nadine said offhandedly. "Of course." She paused as their food arrived, letting Maverick hang on that for a moment as she smiled at the waiter and thanked him. The service here was fast. "My uncle rehabilitates dragons in Mae Hong Son." She lifted her knife and fork to cut her burger in half. "In the country," she clarified. "Not a lot of humans out there." Nadine picked up half of her burger and took a bite. After a moment of chewing, she continued. "The Thai dragons are similar to Chinese fireballs, but they're a green-gold color." They were beautiful; Maverick was right about that. "They're not good luck, as far as I know. Just shy."
Maverick was proud of himself for bringing up the dragons - it gave her something to talk about while he picked up his burger and ripped into it with reckless abandon. He hadn't been joking about the food here. It was one of the best cheeseburgers he'd ever had and he was thoroughly enjoying it. He wasn't gross about it, of course. He wiped his mouth with a napkin when she stopped talking, then his fingers. He did have on an Armani suit, after all.
He lifted his finger slightly to get the attention of the waiter. "We're gonna need more napkins," he said in a friendly manner, then turned back to Nadine.
"Are you close to him, then?" he asked, clarifying a moment later with, "Your uncle. Is that where you get your obsession with dragons?"
Teegan: For anyone not on the discord, the group thread has been started in the "Other Locations" board
May 23, 2018 2:17:56 GMT -5
Teegan: A year, a month, and three days since the last shout. Still love you all! Hope we could someday find some free time in our crazy lives to get back here. Love this place!
Jun 26, 2019 19:45:26 GMT -5