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 Expect the Unexpected, Tag: Jaya, Seraphim Drake
Monday West
 Posted: Jun 17 2017, 02:06 PM
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(OOC - Outfits)

Going out with two kids wasn't easy - no, going out with a toddler full stop wasn't easy, but Monday was never one to shy away from something because it wasn't 'easy'. He wanted to give his sons good experiences while they grew up and a part of that was managing through situations that were more difficult than just staying home and never going out.

They'd made it to the cafe in one piece and without tears. It was fairly family friendly, low budget but welcoming, and Monday felt more comfortable about any ensuing tantrums happening there than any other place in town. With Josh on his hip and Tom at his side, his hands clutching the two identical pterodactyl toys, Monday located a high chair for Josh and lifted it over to one of the booth seats.

Josh started flapping his arms when he was put into the high chair but his attention was soon distracted by 'Flappy 2', produced by Tom, and Monday was able to sit down and settle both the boys into a not too noisy hum, hoping a waitress would be along soon.

"Hey, Dad, look - it's Seraphim!" Tom piped up, waving at the woman across the cafe and climbing up onto his seat. Monday hadn't seen her since he'd practically run away from her outside the school and he was surprised Tom even remembered her, and more surprised that he seemed excited to see her.

"Yeah, Tom - shoes off the seat! - I don't know if she'll be able to serve us, she might be busy-" Monday began, but his heart sank a little as she started over to them. He didn't know she worked at the cafe, or if he did he'd forgotten, and he prepared to try and put on a calm and collected air.

Josh took the opportunity of Monday's distraction to throw his dinosaur toy on the floor, giggling, clapping his hands together and shouting "No!" - his favorite word since he'd started talking. Monday plucked the toy up, only feeling more flustered.

"Hi," Monday grinned, slightly sheepish when Sera arrived at their table, "Sorry." He hardly knew what he was saying sorry for. Perhaps his abrupt exit from their initial meeting, perhaps the noise his family was undeniably making and going to continue making as long as they were in the cafe. "Uh... how are you? How's Lainey?"
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Seraphim Drake
 Posted: Jun 21 2017, 12:27 PM
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Going out with small children definitely had its concerns, but Seraphim really didn’t go out for food very often. Sometimes she ate at Gertie’s when she had just finished a shift, but it was less and less often. Diner food was good, but it wasn’t the best for a pregnancy. It also wasn’t good for trying to find a former athletic figure, and it still wasn’t great for breastfeeding. That combination of things meant that Sera sometimes brought her own lunch to work, or had very specific orders for the cooks when her break time came. It was probably good that she had a taste for healthy food. However Lainey was a bit pickier. Really the only times Seraphim tried to take her daughter out for a meal around other people was when her father wanted her to be along for some sort of date. It wasn’t really the best way to reconnect with Seraphim on any level besides being Lainey’s mother, but it gave her enough personal experience to know she did feel bad any time Lainey got fussy. She had never been particularly impatient with customers though, and she was happy to see when people brought in kids, even if they often looked unhappy to be testing those waters.

What surprised Sera about the situation that she was now in was that she recognized the little family in one of her assigned booths, but that she hadn’t seen them in months. Most of a year in fact. She was surprised to suddenly see them now, and also surprised that Tom seemed to be pleased to see her. She’d felt pretty awful for how clearly uncomfortable her nickname made him. Of all the things to make a little boy unhappy, she really wouldn’t have predicted that one. Just like she did not predict Monday’s sudden evaporation from the knitting class. Sera felt worse when he wasn’t there to following Monday, and then the next Monday, and after that she just assumed that he wasn’t coming. She had continued to attend though because she really wanted to learn to knit. Lainey had some adorable little booties because of it. They weren’t that hard to make. Of course it was a lot easier to make a scarf, and Sera had made those too. Plus, she’d actually bonded with a few other parents, and none of them had… run away.

Seraphim didn’t hold a grudge, she didn’t have ill feelings. It had been last Fall, and so much time had passed. She was really just surprised. He was in her section though, and she came over to the booth with a smile. Josh wasn’t trying, Tom wasn’t screaming, and so the noise wasn’t an issue. She didn’t recall if she’d ever mentioned that she was a waitress, it had been so long ago, but now he probably had a good idea. Just before arriving, Josh threw a dinosaur toy to the ground and exclaimed a much happier “no” than she would have expected. Sera giggled some before she even got there. She recalled that Tom really liked dinosaurs, and so it might be his influence, or else they both had a shared tasted.

Monday greeted her, and apologized. Sera could guess where the emotion came from, but she wasn’t going to draw attention to it. “Hello everyone,” she said when she got there, flashing a smile, that didn’t really leave her face even when she wasn’t using it as a greeting.

How was she? How was Lainey? “Lainey’s doing well. I’m doing well. She’s at day care right now. She’s gotten better at making friends now that she can actually interact some more.” Cooper hadn’t even been out of jail when she met Monday, and so Sera chose not to say anything about him. It wasn’t necessary after all. “I mean, I don’t know if they’re exactly friends, but its friendly. So. You seem to recall, but I’m Seraphim,” she tapped the nametag. Saying it, and pointing it out for Tom’s sake more than anything. So that he could see the spelling. He seemed fine today though, so she wasn’t that worried. “Have you all ever been in to Gertie’s before? I haven’t seen you here before but I don’t work every day.

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Monday West
 Posted: Jul 16 2017, 02:06 PM
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"Hiya!" Tom said in a sing-song voice when Sera arrived at the table, beaming like he'd never gotten himself worked up over her name, all grins and excitement. Monday raised an eyebrow but said nothing - whether Tom had forgotten the ordeal months prior or had moved past it, he didn't want to call it to mind. He smiled at Sera over the top of Tom's head while Josh joined in the greeting with a bubbly "No!" and a peal of laughter.

"...it's good you're both well." Monday said sincerely and smiled, losing his nervousness when he could see how relaxed Sera was. "It's our first time here!" Tom piped up, "I want ice-cream for dessert, with all the syrups... chocolate, caramel..." Tom started listing them all off and Monday plucked up one of the menus, looked to see where the dessert section was and laid it in front of Tom.

"It might say what syrups they do." He offered as guidance. He didn't want Tom to end up setting his heart on something the diner didn't even offer. "And you need to choose what to have before dessert.. and a drink!"

Tom gave a little sigh but didn't complain, and Monday glanced back to Sera. Tom was talking to himself, reading the things he could manage off the menu and thinking about what to choose, Josh offering a bright 'No!' each time Tom said something.

"It's one of the only words he can say... and he likes saying it - to everything, for everything." Monday explained, smiling at Josh's behavior and the way his happiness completely contrasted with the word. It didn't matter what you said, what you asked him, the answer would be no, even if he meant yes, Josh would still say no, nodding away as said it. "And yeah, it's our first time here as a family." He smiled.

He was about to say something else when his phone rang. Monday pulled it out of his pocket, ready to decline the call and set his phone on silence for the duration of what was supposed to be family time, until he saw his grandmother's name on the screen. "...one sec, I gotta take this." He answered, pressed the phone to his ear and didn't even manage a hello before Edie was talking, launching into a hurried explanation come warning.

His mum was in town. His mum had gone to the house. His mum was looking for him, and she got upset, and...

Scratch all that.

His mum was in town?

His mum was in the country?!

"What?!" Monday said, eyes wide and face paling, starting to give away the sort of news he was receiving. It was like one of his worst nightmares, only it was true. He couldn't believe it. He didn't want to believe it. "Thanks, thanks for... yeah, I'll see you." He bid his hurried goodbyes to Edie, still trying to work out exactly what he was going to do, all the ways everything could go wrong considering his Mum was in town playing through his mind.

Tom had turned to him, a slight look of worry in his eyes at his dad's behavior. "It's okay Tom, everything's fine." Monday forced a smile, everything obviously being as far away from fine as possible, while Josh, growing bored, just shouted "No!" and threw his toy on the floor again, landing on Sera's feet.
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Seraphim Drake
 Posted: Jul 26 2017, 01:11 PM
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Sera giggled when Tom greeted her. He seemed to have no ill feelings about the experience. Either his father had had a successful talk with him about the circumstances, or more likely he was a kid and he’d just moved on. Most things were not a long term ordeal at that age. Although Sera only had so much experience with that age range right now. She again giggled when Josh said no, just for the fun of it.

They were all quite cute, even if the last time she’d seen them had been unpleasant. It hadn’t been unpleasant with Josh though, since he’d been asleep at the time. She held no grudge. Tom went off about how it was their first time here, and he wanted ice cream. Sera directed them to the place on the menu that included the syrup options for desert, and when Monday said that they should pick something to eat before desert, Sera chimed in trying to be more helpful.

We have some homemade style macaroni and cheese, or sandwiches, or there’s some breakfast foods, if you like those.” Of course he could pick anything off the menu, it wouldn’t bother her. She just tried to give suggestions sometimes. She still had a smile on hearing Josh’s instance of “No” at random.

Monday explained that this was one of the only words that Josh had learned, and Sera nodded, “I understand. His enthusiasm is charming.” She might have said more to that, but Monday had to excuse himself from the conversation to answer a call. Sera took the moment to instead ask Tom “Do you have a favorite food?

What surprised Seraphim was the sudden exclamation of “What?!” from Monday. That was certain new. Monday told his son, once he was off the phone, that everything was fine, and Sera was still standing there. “Is everything alright? Would you boys like a minute?” she suggested, not wanting to eavesdrop or bother them. She crouched for a moment and picked up Josh’s toy and placed it on the edge of the table near Monday.

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Monday West
 Posted: Aug 6 2017, 05:43 AM
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Tom was poring over the menu, seemingly enjoying holding the large item, feeling grown up to do so. Monday could hardly hear Tom answering Seraphim that he liked pizza. It felt like all he could hear was white noise, like someone had turned up an out of tune radio inside his head and he couldn't think past it.

Jesus, his Mum was in town.

He pulled out his phone, checking to see if he had any messages from his sister, struggling to both handle the situation and maintain an air of normalcy. "No, no, things are fine!" he swallowed thickly, his laugh a little strained, his eyes wild. No message from his sister meant that she might not even know their mum had left England. Surely, she would have messaged him otherwise. How did his mum even do it? Get away, get money for tickets, her passport.... Last Monday knew, his sister had it to keep it safe.

It all sounded so crazy, so illogical, and yet... Unfortunately, knowing his mother, the situation wasn't a foreign one to Monday. She shattered normalcy and quiet realities wherever she turned up, turned things on their head, a whirlwind of ridiculous and unrealistic whenever she was off her medication.

Monday stared at his phone, trying to think of something to do, but nothing came to him. He felt cold and numb.

Tom nudged his side, "Dad?" And Monday returned from his internal struggle. He smiled, glancing from his son to Sera, realising he was yet to answer her second question. What to do?

He smiled, slipping into a cheery facade of everything being fine. "No, we're good. Ready to order drinks. Ill have..." he flipped the menu over, scanning quickly through the drinks list. "A coke." Staying at the diner, staving off the inevitable of facing with his mums presence. His heart felt like a ticking time bomb in his chest despite his relaxed exterior. "Me too!" Tom chimed in. Monday quickly fired off a text to his sister - do you know where mum is? - hoping it could maybe be a mistake, his grandmother mistaken, anything, when really... He knew the truth.

He smiled up at Sera, only for his smile to drop from his face when he saw a figure outside the diner window. A figure clambering out of a taxi. A figure who stopped, looked up, and started waving wildly at him.

"Oh my god." Monday could only say, staring in shock. This wasn't a nightmare, no, at least you could wake up from nightmares. This was worse. This was everything he'd been working to forget and move past turning up in his new life, his new start, and out in public, no less. She started towards the shop, laden with multiple bags and a suitcase in tow. Monday just stared.

Tom followed his stare, frowning in disbelief himself. "Dad? Why's... Nana here?"
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Seraphim Drake
 Posted: Aug 20 2017, 10:47 PM
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Tom liked pizza, although unfortunately at the diner they didn’t have a pizza oven, and she informed him of this. She described some sort of pasta item that had similar ingredients to a pizza. She also said that she liked pizza too. She did not tell him that it was not her favorite, because that would serve no purpose. She honestly thought that the last time she’d had pizza must have been when she got locked out of a car that she was borrowing. So it was before she bought her car. The day she met a strange young man that she seemed to feel responsible for now. He was lost, and not that much younger than her, but she was just that kind of person.

Monday still insisted that things were fine, but from just a look at him, she could tell that he was lying. Keeping up a front. Something was very wrong, and it had derailed all of his thoughts. He was staring at his phone, clearly the source of the news. Whatever had disturbed him was beyond his control at the moment, and Sera didn’t want to stare. Tom was nudging at Monday, and he seemed to be recovering, but she wondered if that was sincere. Not that she would call him on anything.

He said that things were good, and he would have a coke. “Sure thing,” Sera said, her smile more genuine. She wrote that down. Tom wanted one too. Often times kids would say that they wanted something that their parents didn’t want them to have. She couldn’t tell without spending more time with someone what they actually wanted their kids to eat. Monday didn’t protest. Sera put in a x2 on her paper.

Sera was still there when she heard Monday’s next words. She followed his face. Some woman was outside near a taxi, waving at him. The woman was carrying a lot of stuff with her. Why was she lugging hat around toward the diner? Should Sera do something? She wasn’t sure. Tom asked about his Nana. “Is that your mother?” Sera asked. “I’ll be right back with the drinks,” she added. She didn’t want to pester him, although her tone was a bit less cheerful, since it was mixing with confusion.

She left quickly, got a refill for another table, and returned with the two cokes in under two minutes, she had been keeping an eye on them. “There you go, two cokes.

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