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 The List Goes On, Charles Red Fish
Theo Elliot
 Posted: Jan 31 2018, 02:44 AM
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Considering how he had gotten himself wrapped up with a new cohort was somethin that Theo was trying rather hard not to do. He worked perfectly well alone, he had gotten this far in the years since his father's death and never needed anyone to bail him out. In fact, Theo had been the one to dig his former accomplice out of the hole the other had sunk into a few times before he finally fell too far. That was somethin else he liked to avoid thinking about but the matter with Charles was far more pressing as it was presently affecting him.

He had no qualms with the other man, it wasn't anything like that, but more so a matter of liability. Maybe Charles was good at what he did and could be an asset to the Dane's operation overall but the more people who got involved the more likely it was that information could get leaked. All it took was one rumor to breed suspicion. Besides that, the dancer had even admitted that their trust would be forged from the fact that they both had dirt on each other. In many way their cooperation was unnerving.

All of this was shoved to the back of his mind for later pondering. While he had been given a choice in the matter of working with the other man, there wasn't much room to really deny such a request either. He had to believe that working with the dance would benefit the both of them but in order for that to happen he needed to ensure that the other was properly supplied. There were basic necessities that Theo wanted Charles to have that would make things go more smoothly and, given the way they had met, it was safe to assume that he would need to supply his new partner with the essentials that he wanted him to have.

That was fine. It wasn't like Theo didn't have the means to drop some extra cash on a secondary setup, especially considering he wasn't going for anything extravagant. He had a mental list of the things he intended to acquire for the other but had insisted that Charles tag along for the shopping expedition regardless with the intention of making it seem like the dance was his assistant. If anyone decided to look into their relationship, for lack of a better term, this was the most rational explanation as far as the Dane was concerned.

Since meeting the dancer, Theo had spent relatively little time outside of the man's company and was slowly coming to accept that he was becoming a more permanent fixture in his day to day routine. Part of him was mildly uncomfortable with the intrusion into his home-life but it helped that Theo was new in the town and hadn't established much of a routine so it was certainly easier to incorporate a change.

"Charles," his gaze swiveled from the line of storefronts ahead of them to his companion's. "Do you have a mobile phone?" He was certain that this hadn't come up yet in their conversations and whether the dancer did or did not have such a device, Theo was going to insist on a new one. His own cellular phone was outdated by most standards but he did that on purpose. Most people entrusted their handhelds with too much delicate data and this made them easier targets. His glasses were pushed higher onto his nose as his dark eyes blinked at the other. "I would like you to have one so I can reach you whenever needed. A business line of sorts." It would be a decent enough starting point.


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Charles Red Fish
 Posted: Jan 31 2018, 04:46 PM
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Things were...interesting. It seemed that Charles had a job now, though one that was highly illegal in some respects. Essentially he was hiring himself out as a lackey to some computer whiz who had agreed to work with him. Charles didn’t know why he offered but seeing as Theo was living in the lap of luxury, and essentially his age, then clearly he was doing something right. That’s all the Sioux wanted, a hunk of the well-off pie that so many people seemed to be dining from. It wasn’t his fault he was born where he was and had been essentially stepped on the majority of his life; but he was certainly going to start changing things now.

Besides, Theo was far too interesting to hang around and tease the blonde as much as he could. Though, in terms of keeping things “professional”, as Theo suggested, Charles was doing his best to be on his best behavior. He wasn’t nearly as forward with Theo, unless the mood struck him, and even then he knew when to reel himself in as to not make the Dane spontaneously combust with embarrassment.

Still, he toed that line whenever the mood struck him.

Now it seemed that he and his sugar...buddy...were out in order to get Charles equipped with some necessary gear. Theo seemed almost confused how Charles could still carry around a Microsoft Zune, let alone a fully functional one, and seemingly spurred on this little trip to mainstreet. The Sioux, apparently, was woefully out of date and needed some upgrades -- not that Charles was going to complain. Maybe he could broach the subject of getting him out of the motel he was holding up in.

A penthouse sounded nice. He was sure that Theo could swing that. But, for the time being, he would keep thoughts like that to himself -- at least until he had the Dane wrapped around his finger.

Strolling down the sidewalk, dressed in his jeans, sneakers, and his hoodie, the young man with the bronze skin and the jet-black hair, walked alongside Theo as he whistled a jaunty tune to himself. The sleek, aviator glasses he wore reflected everything that he saw, even his new found friend, whom had turn to ask him a question.

The Sioux rolled his eyes a bit. ”You do realize that this is the Twenty-first Century, right?” he asked teasingly. ”Even the homeless have cell phones.” Charles couldn’t help but sass Theo from time-to-time. The others deadpan responses were too adorable to no elicit time and again. But, rather than sound like a complete ass, he continued be pulling out his phone. ”Not the most up-to-date, maybe two or three years old. Allows me to record some dances and update my Instagram.” He shrugged. ”Part of the reason on how I ended up in this shithole of a town.”

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Theo Elliot
 Posted: Feb 2 2018, 11:46 AM
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Theo tried not to focus on the illegality of the projects with which he involved himself. Of course, he was more than aware of all the legal and moral lines that were crossed in order to do the things he did but the money was worth the risk. It might have been a different story if he were any less careful but he had several precautions in place to protect himself from any potential backlash. He had seen more than enough things go horribly wrong to think he was immune to it himself and made sure he was prepared.

Charles was something new, an unpredictable cog in a system that the Dane had already considered flawless. Involving the dancer could potentially destroy everything that he had already worked so hard to establish, but there was a chance that the other could improve it as well. Admittedly, it made him a bit nervous but he had never been one to wear his emotions on his sleeves and now was no different. Hm.

Nerves aside, he had figured the best way to make sure that his operation stayed polished and undisrupted while the dancer transitioned to part of it was to make sure that he had everything he needed. First on Theo's list was ensuring his phone was on par with what the Dane wanted, if the other had one. "You do realize that this is the twenty-first century, right? Even the homeless have cell phones." He wondered for a moment how he would have had need for such information prior to then but didn't draw attention to it, simply shrugging his shoulders lightly and watching as the phone was proffered.

"Not the most up-to-date, maybe two or three years old." Whether the device was intentionally being offered to him or not, Theo took it and looked it over carefully as Charles went on to say it was part of how he'd ended up in Lochland. Hm. That wasn't right, he had meant his social media was to blame not the phone. "Yes," he frowned lightly at the memory of what he'd seen. "A shame too, one with think with a full life living with her brother as she does she'd have better things to do." The woman was a right piece of work.

As he spoke he had carefully popped the back and battery off of the phone and was inspecting the product. "I should be able to add some security to this." He stated and offered the pieces back. "I prefer the older models, these smartphones are too easy to get into for my taste." His own cellular phone was severely outdated to the point that it wasn't even a touch screen. "A burner wouldn't be a bad idea to get but that should do for basic contact." As long as the service was current but it would have been horribly rude to ask that.

"Here." He broke off of the path they'd been walking and turned towards a shop where he could find a suitable computer for his accomplice.

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Charles Red Fish
 Posted: Feb 2 2018, 07:22 PM
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Charles had to admit that he didn’t plan this out for himself in the time leading up to his meeting with Theo. He planned solely to continue working on his predicament and to hopefully get himself out of Lochland Grove. But desperation, and a horny old motel owner, had forced his hand. Now it seemed that he was getting himself into a business that was altogether different than what he was used, and yet the same. He would be using his skills in whatever way that Theo needed him to. Theo would handle the digital side of things, and Charles would be the go-to for the more physical stuff. Seemed like a match made in heaven.

Also there was the indisputable fact that Theo was fairly handsome, as well as an individual prone to blushing at the drop of a hat. Charles loved to tease him, of course, but he knew he was going to have to reel it back after their first encounter. If he was going to be working with Theo then he needed to make sure the guy had a clear head, after all.

And the other head he could clear out later, heh.

At the question about whether or not he had a cellphone, Charles had to snort derisively. Seriously, no one makes it in this world without a cellphone. It was just one of those unwritten laws that everyone lived by. Even if you lived in a shack, struggling to find food every day, you still had a goddamn phone payment to make.

Theo muttered about the woman that had brought Charles out here to this town and the Sioux had to just snort and shake his head. God she and her brother were a piece of world, claiming themselves to be “seekers of justice” or whatever the hell they claimed they were. But Charles didn’t want to get into that now. Instead he kept silent on the matter and simply pushed on.

Theo inspected Charles phone, stating his dislike for smartphones because they were too easy to break into. But with some added security, his own phone would suffice, additionally, a burner wouldn’t be a bad idea. Charles had to chuckle a bit as the thought of him carrying a burner made him think he was more of a drug dealer than the “assistant” to a hacker.

But, he merely shrugged. ”Whatever you say, boss,” he smirked. At the instruction to turn, Charles did and found himself in a computer store. He looked about, grinning a little at the prospects. Theo said he needed equipment, he wondered just how much he could get out of him. ”Ooooh, what’re we getting here?” he teased. ”Couple a webcams so I can set up private shows for you?”

He winked, turning around and toying with Theo’s shirt. He did say he was going to tone it down, but he wasn’t going to turn it off completely. This was too much fun.

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Theo Elliot
 Posted: Feb 3 2018, 12:14 AM
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Though he was rather intelligent, there was a fair number of things that generally sailed right over his head and flirting was one of those things. It took him a decent amount of time to notice that sort of attention if it was subtle and if it was obvious he would either ignore it entirely or comment sarcastically. Such desires were useless as far as he was concerned and he tended not to dwell on them once the moment had passed.

The dancer confused him though. His efforts came in full force one moment and dissipated completely the next with no cause or pattern behind it that he could tell and he certainly hadn't concluded that this was part of some game for Charles. If he had figured that the other was flustering him for sport he might have had more to say about it, however, there was little chance of that happening unless his accomplice got too carried away.

As it was, he tolerated the awkwardness because the other had a decent grasp on what was acceptable and where the Dane's boundaries were. Hm. Perhaps the Sioux had just gotten lucky up to that point and just managed to not cross Theo's threshold for awkward contact yet. There was really no way for him to know or care since he hadn't clued into what was happening.

His attention was aptly focused on collecting the essentials so that he could customize the things that he wanted and be done with it. The faster this got done, the quicker that he could actually put his new cohort to work and since a phone was already in the other's possession that put a computer next. Granted, Theo would be doing the real legwork there it was important that Charles look the part if their story was going to be believable.

Once inside the store, Theo b-lined toward an area of laptops as he listened to the other speak. Webcams? He frowned, turning away from the displays to face the man he'd entered with. "Video feeds are not very secure. Cameras, in general, are easily hacked and can be accessed remotely whenever the computer is on." He paused to push his glasses back into place. "You can do as you like, of course, but I don't recommend shows, private or otherwise." Hm. That was his two cents on that.

Turning back to the display items, he changed the subject. "Do you have a preference?" He had meant about computers but had failed to specify.

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Charles Red Fish
 Posted: Feb 3 2018, 01:07 AM
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Charles really couldn’t help himself with Theo. It wasn’t that he found the man to be incredibly attractive, he was but he had slept with better. The truth was that Theo was looking more and more like a challenge that needed to be surmounted than anything else, and that was what called to the Sioux more than anything else. He both liked and was infuriated by the fact that Theo was just so damn unsure of the signals that Charles was sending out. He definitely would have slept with him that night if the man had only made a move but the hacker was just so shy that he had to sit back and admire that first.

Still, for as much as he liked making the man blush, he had to be careful with his advances. Theo was pretty much his cash cow now until he could get something more stable for himself. He didn’t want to push him to the point that he would cancel their new partnership. Of course he would keep playing with him from time to time, and now happened to be one of those times.

When they were in the tech store, as Theo looked over equipment, Charles couldn’t help but tease the other man relentlessly. He inquired if maybe they were here to get some webcams for a few private showings. Maybe Theo was the type to watch rather than touch -- he seemed like the type.

But, as it was, Charles was instead graced with a lecture. He rolled his eyes a little, crossing his arms over his chest as he arched his eyebrow at the blonde. It was the same stuff he had been hearing for a bit now; security this, hacked that, blah, blah, blah. He only briefly mimed his distaste in the topic before he just grinned and shrugged at any annoyance Theo would show him.

”Theo, you keep warning me of this stuff but it’s not like I have any of it in my hands yet,” he laughed. ”Just relax, okay? I’m not going to fuck this up.”

Theo didn’t recommend private shows either, and, when he turned around asking about his preference, the dancer got a wicked smile on his face. Moving to some unheard music in his head, he danced up behind Theo and started to grind against him in a subtle but clearly obscene way.

”Fine, no priivate shows,’ he teased. ”I’m cool with people watching too.” he chuckled. ”And I’m an open book, baby. Top, bottom, you name it. I’m versatile.” He whooped a note, smacking his own right butt cheek for effect before he straightened up one Theo looked properly mortified. Chewing on his wad of gum, Charles placed his hands on his hips and just grinned before he pointed at the shiny laptop. ”I like that one. It’s pretty.”

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Theo Elliot
 Posted: Feb 3 2018, 02:18 AM
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Attraction was, to put it simply, a distraction. Not for Theo, it took him a decent length of time before he could actively say that he found a person physically appealing. Hm. No, that wasn't entirely accurate. He knew that Charles was a good looking person, the type that others might wish to look like, but while he could acknowledge the fact it wasn't the same as feeling a craving for the dancer. What did he feel for the other man?

It was a question he found himself wrestling with more and more frequently. The Sioux was something of a mystery to him with the way he flitted so easily between his physical quirks and honoring the Dane's personal space. On occasion, he had seen fit to question the motives behind the actions but he none of the answers he had received to this point had been any he believed.

None of that was overly consequential for trying to get a computer anyway and after Theo was satisfied that he had spoken his piece about webcams, he had turned shifted his focus back to shopping. Charles mentioned that he wasn't going to ruin anything and Theo merely shrugged because that remained to be seen. For all either of them knew, the computer shop could implode at that very moment and then nothing would matter. The chances of that were less likely but he was somewhat paranoid and tended to err on the side of caution.

"Fine, no private shows." The dancer had said after slyly working his way behind Theo and pressed his hips against him. He had lurched forward, rocking himself into the sturdy counter as he tried to distance himself and only succeeding in stumbling back into Charles anyway.

He was able to catch his balance as the dancer was explaining he was versatile and that only fueled the pink heat that was spreading over his cheeks. To make matters worse, an employee had heard him hit the metal front of the counter and was hurrying over. "I like that one. It's pretty." Charles announced as the employee asked if everything was alright.

That brilliant blush was steadily getting deeper. "Nåde." He mumbled as he ran a hand over his face and tried to recompose himself. "We'll take that model." He told the worker and indicated the one Charles had pointed to moments prior. Whatever the specifications were he knew he could get it to do what he needed and wasn't interested in being in the shop any longer after that little display.

There was a moment of hesitation before the third man snapped into action and Theo moved aside so he could get the cabinet. This moment also worked to put a small cushion of space between himself and the dancer.

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Charles Red Fish
 Posted: Feb 3 2018, 09:55 AM
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Charles couldn’t help himself. As he danced up behind Theo, he made the moves as obscene as he was willing to do in public. Of course he had to be careful as he didn’t want to cause too much of a stir in the middle of a computer store. The last thing he needed was to get hauled away by security and have them do some digging into his past and record. He was certain that Theo would have dropped his ass as a partner right then and there. But he was certain he was careful enough to not draw too much attention. There was only one person whose attention he wanted anyways.

As Charles committed to his moves, she bit his lower lip, grinning as Theo struggled to get away from him, but was caught between the hard-bodied dancer and the glass case in front of him. Sure it was probably a little cruel but it wasn’t as if the other were really trying to stop him. Charles knew his limits but a little tease now and again wasn’t going to hurt anyone.

When enough of a clatter had been caused, Charles stepped back, giving Theo his space, and smiling nonchalantly as the clerk who came to see what the ruckus was about. Before the clerk got any closer, the Sioux nodded to the shiny, sleek silver looking laptop and told Charles that was one he wanted. He had really only been half joking, expecting the Dane to lecture the proper way to pick out a laptop and to read its specs and shit first...but he didn’t.

Without missing a beat, and controlling his blushing, Theo announced to the clerk that the one Charles had pointed out was the one that he wanted. Interesting. He was certain he was in for another long torrent of words from Theo’s mouth but, when none came, he had to take note of it. Briefly he wondered if, maybe, that was something he could use to his advantage; he would have to test it.

As Theo moved away to the next item on the list, Charles followed, his hands in his pockets as he strolled about. He would give the Dane a little more space this time, at least until he felt like embarrassing him again. Humming to himself, he lazily circled around Theo, like a predator trying to act cartoonishly innocent around their prey. One when he was behind Theo, picking up something random to look at from the shelf did he speak to him.

”So what’s next on the list?” he asked innocently. ”I could always use a fancy new stereo to go with my new computer.” He thought for a moment before seriously turning to him. ”Wait, this computer will let me redownload my Zune app, right? I have to keep my MP3 player up-to-date for my performances.”

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Theo Elliot
 Posted: Feb 3 2018, 01:30 PM
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Theo knew about Charles' record. Background checks were well within his range of capabilities and often one of the first steps he took when researching a person. Hm. Well, that sort of depended on why he was researching them and for business purposed he was absolutely going to look at any criminal dealings or charges. The dancer's record was neither immaculate nor the worst he had ever seen and the Dane tried to look at those things objectively.

He was aware of the sexual harassment charge and had been meaning to look into the woman on the receiving end but had yet to do so as he hadn't found it terribly pressing. From his experiences with the other, he was certain that there was something… hm, off about that blip on the man's record. Surely, if he was the sort to sexually assault someone then he wouldn't back off as willingly as he did with the programmer, no? Whatever the Sioux's intent with his sporadic disregard for personal space, Theo was positive that it was not malicious and so it would hold no bearing on his opinion of the other.

However, he absolutely would have no problem cutting any and all ties to the partnership if the dancer endangered Theo's reputation or the work he did. Most other things could easily be overlooked or dismissed away. Even the display that had earned a spastic reaction from the Dane and pull an employee towards them was only a minor inconvenience and that was more due to the hit Theo's pride had taken than anything else. No matter, they'd get the 'pretty' computer since it was easier and offered an out of the conversation.

They weren't yet through in the store and while the computer was retrieved Theo carried on his perusing with Charles hot on his heels. What was next had been the next question but there was no time to respond before the other was tossing out a new idea. A stereo? Theo's brows knitted together for a fraction of a second before he was further distracted by the mention of the MP3 player. Evidently, Charles needed to keep his Zune up to date for performing but the statement was massively contradicting in the Dane's mind.

"As long as the app is available the computer will handle it just fine." Which was true but it wasn't all he had to say about it and paused just long enough for a thoughtful hum. "The trouble is that the Zune itself is outdated and eventually you'll run into the issue that no one will want to keep coding updates for it." As he spoke he pulled a stack of flash drives, roughly ten of them, from where they hung and handed them to his companion. "For example, even an iPod will get to the point where it can't handle a product update anymore. There's a reason for this beyond just money hungry manufacturers. Technology changes, hardware changes, and what used to be state-of-the-art can't keep up with the newer advances." He shrugged and collected a case of blank disks in one hand, the other sliding his glasses up again. "My point, Charles, is that it should work for now but sooner or later you'll need to replace the device."

For a moment he stared down at the package of unwritten CD-rs in his hand. "Hm." He mused, wondering just how much performing the dancer would be doing if he was making money with Theo now. Was his dancing a regular part of his trickery? Mainly, was it something the Dane should feel responsible for helping to maintain? None of that was voiced, instead, he merely tapped the plastic of the case in his hand and cast a glance around the shop before picking a new direction and heading off again.

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Charles Red Fish
 Posted: Feb 5 2018, 01:45 PM
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Yeah, Charles still used a Zune. To be honest it was probably the best purchase he had made since the device still worked, unlike Apple products which the owners have admitted to purposefully slowing down so that people can keep buying the latest iterations. Really, and people called him a scam artist? It was just disgraceful, really. But, that being said, he knew that his little device was getting further and further out-of-date. It worked, for the most part, but he still feared the day that it would finally just completely crap out on him. He didn’t want to rely on his phone for those purposes either as he preferred to not have his battery drain every two hours.

So, conundrum. He would stick with his Zune, that is, unless someone else were to get him something of an even greater value.

Standing in the shop, he pointed out that the computer would be fine, so long as it was capable of playing the Zune app so that he can update his device with illegally downloaded songs (as if Charles would pay for such things.). Charles was assured that, so long as the app was still working and updated then the computer should handle it just fine. Relieved to hear this, he was ready to press on but stopped when it became apparent that his question was going to result in lecture time.

Sigh.

Hanging back, he crossed his arms over his chest as he listened to Theo, trying to look extremely interested but also dipping his head down to mime falling asleep once or twice. However he didn’t show annoyance for long as he did want Theo to feel like he could trust him. Therefore, the second Theo said “my point”, Charles zeroed in, ready to listen with the utmost care and respect.

But that was seemingly the end of his lecture. Theo turned away, letting his statement hang in the air. He would need to replace his Zune for something a bit more modern. Interesting. He, of course, couldn’t argue with Theo as the Dane was the computer expert between the two -- but he was also the finances and Charles wondered if he could get a new MP3 player out of him, maybe even that coveted iPod.

With Theo turned away, Charles followed, smirking a bit as he wrapped his arm around the Dane’s shoulders, pulling him close as they walked. ”You know, you’re so smart, I really should follow your advice more often,” he sighed. ”You’re right. I should replace my Zune. And given how important it is for me to dance and update my portfolio, I should get the latest and greatest. You’ve seen me dance, right?” he said, hinting to their first meeting and bumped him with his hip to remind him in case he forgot. ”I think it only fair that I have the best materials to make my dreamers of being a professional dancer come true.” He sighed and snapped his fingers. ”If only I had enough money to purchase one...or...knew someone who could…” He made little circles around Theo’s shoulder with his finger, all the while, smiling as he watched the Dane’s expression.

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The Dane had a habit of updating his electronics rather frequently, though this was due to the fact that he disposed of anything that could be incriminating regularly and simply needed to replace those pieces with clean ones. His phone was one of the few, if not, only devices that he didn't bother to update and that was because he preferred the simplicity of it to the over-productive smartphones. Charles had the same issue with his MP3 device in that it was outdated but, contrastingly, it was not by choice.

He could more than likely guess the reason behind the outdated music player but he wasn't going to bother bringing funds into his conversation points; first, because it would be rude to publicly assume such a thing and second because he had no intention of offering a solution to that. No. He made his point by informing the other that eventually a new player would be the only option and it was better to prepare for that now than be surprised later.

As he headed off in a new direction he was made aware of Charles following him by the presence of an arm around his shoulders. Theo tensed at the contact, his cheeks turning a soft pink as he pretended not to notice the invade space and listening to the dancer's voice close to his ear. Had he seen him dance? Of course, he had but that didn't stop the other from bumping their hips together as a reminder which made the Dane squirm under Charles' hold and frowned softly.

Gentle touches on his shoulder accompanied the other's musing over not having enough money and while he could almost ignore the arm, the soft swirling fingers were far more distracting. Reflexively, his hand covered Charles' pressing it flatly against him for half a second, just long enough to get the movement to stop. "Rør ikke" His hand had fallen back to his side before the words finished falling from his lips and he was attempting to duck under the other's hold.

Theo was distracted, whatever he had been going to look at was pushed well out of his mind for the time being and had been replaced by the fluster of Charles touches. He shook his head, trying to recall the conversation prior to his distraction. Music players. "Would you like to look at them?" It would give him a moment to collect his thoughts at any rate.

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 Posted: Feb 9 2018, 10:55 PM
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Charles smirked as he toyed with Theo’s arm. He was still learning what his boundaries were with the pinkening Dane, and he needed to keep pushing that envelope to know just how much he could get away with. While he didn’t want to jeopardize their ‘working relationship’, Charles was an opportunist who needed to take whatever whatever chances were offered to him. He knew that Theo was loaded and while he wanted to ensure that he could earn that money himself, he didn’t see anything wrong with dipping into the company inkwell when it suited him.

Besides, it was Theo’s fault for seeming so damn manipulatable. A few teasing words, a bump of his hip, and sultry look was all it took to turn him into a stammering mess. How was Charles supposed to just ignore that? It was ridiculous.

So, when Theo had suggested that Charles would have to eventually change his MP3 player, what else could he do by try and wheedle a new one out of him? He leaned against his lovely benefactor, running his finger in tiny circles around the man’s shoulder, bringing his touch dangerously close to the back of his neck. He tried to squirm a little, maybe even shy away, but it didn’t seem as if he would be successful. Instead, once the Sioux persisted, he heard that familiar sound of Theo’s native language and the coloring of his cheeks.

Hehehe...perfect…

Seemingly confused as to what had happened, Theo inquired in Charles wanted to look at whatever selection the store had available. Grinning from ear to ear, the Sioux nibbled on his bottom lip and nodded his head. Reaching up, he lightly ran his fingers along Theo’s cheek as he turned towards where the music players were located.

”You read my mind,” he said sweetly. ”That’s clearly why you’re the smart one.” He sighed, his voice sounded impressed and, yet, almost condescending at the same time, not enough for Theo to notice. Instead, Charles leaned in close to him, wrapping his arm around his waist and smiled. ”Why don’t you help me pick one out?”

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The problem with Theo's habit of digging into people's backgrounds, the juicy details of their past, was that it made him feel overconfident in his ability read people. He figured there was little that could be hidden when he had an entire digital portfolio at his disposal. In Charles' case there was still plenty he had no clue about but Theo wasn't questioning Charles the way he should be. That wasn't to say that he entirely trusted the man because trust was hard won, but he wasn't suspicious of his motives either. He should have been but Theo had been unknowingly taken advantage of before and had remained oblivious until considerably after the fact.
 
Now, Theo wasn't some poor naïve soul who needed pity. No, he did rather well for himself even despite his downfall in interpreting intent but to be fair he rarely let anyone close enough to fulfil anything too malicious anyway. Again, Charles was seeming to be an exception. While the Dane had worked with many other people before he had never worked with them on this level. Not even Brice, who he had dated for years, knew the full extent of what Theo could do or how frequently he accepted contracts. Brice knew of his business but the dancer had inserted himself right down into it.
 
In Theo's mind, his new partner had what he wanted from him and that gave him reason to ignore anything that might have otherwise been questionable. As upfront as the other had been about being let into his operations, it only made sense that he would demand anything else that he wanted. That was Theo's logic anyway. Whether or not such assertions would be effective on the Dane was speculative. Regardless, he was assured that the touching was just part of the other's character and nothing to concern himself with.
 
Only they did concern him, mainly when the dancer decided to do something overly forward and toss Theo entirely out of his comfort zone. An involuntary shudder ran up his spine when Charles' fingers grazed over his cheek and that blush grew even redder. "N-nåde." He stumbled over the word, frozen from the contact that wasn't relenting as the other leaned in closer to him and wrapped an arm around his waist. "Why don't you help me pick one out?"

He was pushing awkwardly at the other's arm now, squirming in a more determined attempt at freedom as he repeated his words from moments prior. "Rør ikke, r-rør ikke." It was too close, too public, for him to be comfortable. Of course, he would help pick out a device but he needed to collect himself first, he needed space first.

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Charles Red Fish
 Posted: Feb 10 2018, 02:52 PM
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Charles grinned as he wrapped his arm around Theo’s waist and pulled him in closer. He could feel the other man squirm a little bit but that just seemed to be his way. He continued to mutter in his home language, something which Charles still didn’t know. He could have very well been asking the Sioux to hold him tighter. But, given the blush and the nervous look that appeared in his eyes, he doubted that was the answer. No, more than likely Theo was trying to get away from him again, too embarrassed to remember that Charles didn’t speak his native Danish. That was just Theo’s go-to move and the dancer was slowly getting used to that.

When, finally, it seemed that Theo was fit to burst, Charles released him, pouting softly as the other man took the personal space he needed. Charles was really curious about this, wondering if maybe Theo just had a complete aversion to touch. Weren’t there movies and TV shows about people like that, people who felt way too uncomfortable with physical sensation, like it hurt them or something? Maybe Theo was like that, in which case, Charles would have really, really felt bad for pushing him. Then again, it wasn’t as if the Dane were really saying that was such to him.

Charles sighed. He really needed to figure this guy out. He knew that he was a cash cow, that he could probably wheedle whatever he wanted out of him if he really set his mind to it. But Charles also wanted to think of things in the long term. While stealing from the Dane would have been easy, coercing him into buy him shiny baubles, a snap, Charles really wanted to ensure he was never in this kind of situation again. Theo was his key to learning to do that but he needed figure his way around him first.

Once Theo had his sufficient space, Charles sighed, placing his hands on his hips and just followed behind him for a few steps. When he noted where the MP3 players were, he broke away, knowing that Theo would follow before long. Charles hummed to himself, slightly bent as he peered through the cabinet at all the amazing looking devices. He always wanted one of the more high-end ones, especially given their capabilities these days. Sometimes it may as well be like getting a second phone.

But he wouldn’t get that greedy...yet.

Charles looked down at the multi-colored iPods, all the same type, one of the most recent out in the market. He was going to get one for the purposes of his “career” then he may as well get one of the best, no? Why go for subpar models?

When Theo had finally drifted close enough again, Charles shot him a pleasant smile. ”I’ll let you pick,” he said. He gestured to the ones he had been looking at. Not the most expensive, but pretty close. ”Any of these. They have all the capabilities I need for music, recording, and internet connectivity.” Another charming smile. ”Trust me, well worth the price, handsome.”

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Theo Elliot
 Posted: Feb 10 2018, 04:56 PM
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The Dane had clear issues with not having his personal space respected. Whenever a person got too close or familiar without permission it left him absolutely flustered and unable to function properly until he was given his space again. It wasn't anything that he had put a great deal of effort into figuring out because he assumed it to be a normal trait. After all, it was called personal space for a reason wasn't it? In his mind, it was reserved for those who knew him well enough to evolve their relationships a personal level, which was a feat in and of itself. Getting a willing hug from Theo was nearly impossible and that was just the tip of the iceberg.

Charles was finding new ways to push his limits every few minutes it seemed like and Theo, though uncomfortable, was trying to be accepting of what he deemed a cultural difference. He could be patient and tolerant within reason even if it came at the cost of his personal space. However, the arm around his waist and the press of Charles' hardened chest and stomach against his back was very much unnerving.

His natural reaction was to squirm for freedom and insist not to be touched, the trouble being that his insistence came in a language that the dancer was entirely unfamiliar with. 'Rør ikke', the phrase he'd chosen, directly translated to 'touch not' and would have been perfectly clear if Charles knew Danish but Theo was too flustered to remember that his companion did not speak his native language.

However, between the gibberish and awkward flailing, the dancer had picked up on the hint and finally released him before meandering towards the MP3 players. The Dane took his time, regaining his composure before following the other to look into the glass case at the devices displayed there. "I'll let you pick, any of these. They have all the capabilities I need for music, recording, and internet connectivity." Peering at the options he'd been gestured to, he pushed his glasses back up. "How considerate of you." He said with flat sarcasm. "Trust me, well worth the price, handsome." Theo hummed lowly, curious about the compliment.

Focusing his dark jade eyes on the other, he forgot about the players for a moment. "Do you flatter everyone this way?" He wondered, waiting for an answer before he would continue perusing the items.

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