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 Expect the Unexpected, Tag: Jaya, Seraphim Drake
Monday West
 Posted: Jun 17 2017, 02:06 PM
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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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Monday West
 Posted: Nov 25 2017, 08:26 AM
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Why was Nana there? Why was Monday's mother there? He had no clue and was on the verge of panicking, his mind blank. He took in a deep breath, smiled down at Tom, and a calm washed over him just as his mother entered the diner.

"She must be here to visit!" Monday plastered a smile on his face and ruffled Tom's hair. He couldn't sort out the problem until later, but in the meantime he could carry out damage control.

Tom looked confused but didn't protest and Monday stood up to greet his mum as she waded over with a mass of shopping bags. There were literally so many, he didn't know how she was holding them. He dreaded what they might contain considering his mum didn't have much disposable income, especially considering the dangerous spending habits he knew she had.

Still, he smiled. It was strained, but his mum didn't seem to notice as she walked up and gave him a hug.

"Mum... What a surprise! I didn't know you were coming." Monday laughed, but he managed to keep the nervousness out of his voice. He barely had enough time to pat his mum on the back before she was pulling back and offloading all her shopping bags to him. He struggled to hold them all, looking around for where to put them and placing them as neatly as possible next to Josh's high chair.

"Aren't I allowed to surprise my grandchildren?" His mum laughed and in that instant confirmed Monday's thoughts - she was not okay. Her laugh was wild and loud, showy. Manic was a good way to describe both the laugh and her general demeanour. "It's not like I can see them when you ran off to another country! Where's Josh? I want to see my grandchildren."

"This is Josh... " Monday stoked a whisp of his son's hair down, Josh so busy chewing his plush toy that he only gurgled.

"Don't be silly, Monday, Josh is a baby. And what do I have to do to get a drink around here?"

Monday paused, staring at his mum a second, before fastening his smile back in place, just in time for Sera to return with the drinks.

"Ah... Sera. Could I get another coke?" Monday asked, widening his eyes slightly - a signal that was an apology and a warning for how his mum might be.

"I don't want that rubbish. I need a cup of tea. And none of that iced crap either." Monday's mum piped up, as she began shedding layers of clothing and her handbag, taking up the space Monday had been sitting in prior to getting up. He steeled himself, ignored the annoyance, and walked around the other side of the booth seating to sit opposite Tom instead.

He turned to Sera before he sat down. "Do you do hot tea? And... " he lowered his voice, glad his mum was distracted talking to Tom about all the gifts she'd bought, and took a step away from the table. "Would you be okay keep an eye on the boys when you get back? I need to make a quick phone call. " he glanced from his mum and back to Sera. "It won't be for long."
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Seraphim Drake
 Posted: Dec 31 2017, 07:51 PM
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Well, whatever was going on, Monday did not seem to be enjoying it. Seraphim didn’t know him well enough to take any guesses, but she had even the slightest ability to read people’s reactions. Sera had left them to get the drinks, and when she returned, she was asked for another coke. “Certainly, one moment.” She was about to leave, when she was informed that a coke wouldn’t be good. Monday seemed so uncomfortable, poor dear.

His mother wanted tea… and not ice tea. Okay. Sera nodded. Monday asked if they had hot tea, “Yes, we have hot tea. I can get some.” Also… he quietly asked if she could keep an eye on his sons when she got back. Sera arched an eyebrow. Apparently he needed to make a call. Well that sent up some red flags for just how uncomfortable he was in this whole situation. Sera considered herself wholly reliable, but most people picked their mother over a relative strangers. “Sure. Just a sec.

Sera headed to the kitchen and put in the order, taking a minute to make sure she actually had the tea before coming back to the table and giving the drink to the woman. She smiled at Monday, hopefully letting him know she would stay around the table. “So, Tom, how’s your drink?

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Monday West
 Posted: Jan 10 2018, 12:34 PM
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Sometimes, Monday thought reincarnation had to be true. The only scenario that made sense was that he had committed some unspeakable wrong in a past life, because nothing else came close to explaining why his life was so monumentally messed up. He was like a disaster magnet, like life had chosen him to pick on and hadn't let up since, just letting Monday have a few stress free months every now and then - just enough to lull him into the false sense of security that things might be okay.

Apparently there was no getting away from having a crazy mother. And no, for once Monday didn't care about being politically correct, agreeing with his older sister's point that, 'if anyone gets to call someone crazy, it's bloody well us'. The inevitable stress their mother put them through earning them that right was one thing all three siblings agreed on.

Monday couldn't rush off to the bathroom without raising suspicion and he needed to wait for Sera, so he smiled and laughed a bit.

"Just don't let her leave with them." he whispered to Sera as he passed her, following up with, "I think we'll be ready to order when I'm back!" before ambling his way over to the bathrooms. He could hear Tom chatting happily away to Sera, proud that he was allowed coke, a rarity and a treat.

Once in the privacy of the bathroom, Monday scrabbled for his phone and made a rushed call to his older sister. After the initial shock wore off it turned out that no, nobody back home was even aware their mum was in America, that she had taken her passport from where Indie had put it for safekeeping without Indie knowing, and also that one of Indie's credit cards were missing. The origins of the pile of shopping bags was no longer a mystery. After some rushed discussion and promises to call up and try and sort things out later, not wanting to give their mum a chance to realise what Monday was doing and do a runner again, as well as Indie telling their grandma and getting her to hopefully come and rescue Monday and the boys, Monday turned on the hand dryers so the noise could be heard when he opened the door and emerged, rubbing his hands together like he'd just washed and dried them.

His mum had spent the whole time Monday had been absent listing off the things she'd bought for Tom as presents, Tom looking fairly excited but also wary.

"Nanny, are you joking?" He asked, a little frown on his face.

Monday mouthed a thank you to Sera, who was still at the table. He clapped his hands and smiled brightly as he approached, all eyes immediately on him. Even Josh gurgled happily.

"Are we all ready to order?" he asked, drawing attention the the menus in the table.

He just needed to stall and keep his mum entertained long enough for his grandma, his mum's mom, to show up, so he could at least remove the boys from the situation before deciding what to do with the problem that was his mum. At the end of the day she was unpredictable, and with that unpredictability came a danger that Monday didn't want to subject his sons to.

"I just can't decide what to have..." Monday made a show of looking over the menu, encouraging Tom and his mum to do the same. He glanced up to Sera, "Is there anything you'd recommend?"
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Seraphim Drake
 Posted: Jan 15 2018, 12:53 AM
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Were any parents truly so bad that you felt you were being punished by being born to them? Absolutely. Still, you never wanted to think that way, especially not about someone else’s family. Just hope it was quirky and you didn’t get the big picture. Seraphim didn’t want to stand around judging what was going on. It was definitely strange, Monday was uncomfortable, his boys seemed fine, and his mother seemed… enthused.

Monday left, and Sera held down the fort. She was highly suspicious of his quiet comment though. Don’t let her leave with them. Um. Was she… was that likely? Was his mother liable to actually walk off with his children? That was disturbing more than anything else. Certainly not funny. She didn’t know Monday very well, but he didn’t seem to be that humorous, and he definitely didn’t seem like he was joking around right now. Sera kept an eye on Monday’s mother, even while telling Tom she hoped he liked his special treat.

Seraphim did not leave, even as Monday’s mother began listing gifts. It was a long list. Seraphim was wealthy, but she spent almost no unnecessary money. She got things for her daughter, but not enough that she filled the apartment, and she rarely spent extra money on herself. Especially with all the things she “inherited” from her old life. A whole new wardrobe and too much stuff to fit in her place. Monday’s mother seemed to have spared no expense. It was enough that Tom found it questionable. Monday was back though, thanking Sera and putting on a bright face. Ready to order?

Monday said that he couldn’t decide on what to have, and Seraphim wondered if her suggestions would be questioned by his mother. She seemed to have enough opinions about the drink options. “Well… we have some good burgers, or the French toast that I think are very good. I have a salad a lot of the time also, so those are good too.

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Monday West
 Posted: Feb 4 2018, 09:08 AM
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Monday set to ordering food and light conversation, to trying to maintain some semblance of normality. It wasn't easy. He was the sanest, most responsible out of the four of his family members at the table and even he felt like just screaming with frustration. The circumstances were too much for his mind to handle. They were beyond his nightmares - and he'd had plenty of nightmares about his mother turning up.

At one point the cafe must have become too warm for her many layers and Lynne began shedding her jacket. Monday's gaze moved to the faded track marks amidst blurred old tattoos and slicing scars. So much for the image he'd tried to build of himself and his small family in the town, he couldn't help thinking cynically, bitterly. And yet at the same time he realised that his sisters' accusations of him trying to 'play' happy families and pretend to be someone he wasn't were truer than he'd liked to admit. He had been chasing after some middle class, suburban dream, white picket fences and the lot. It was all so far away from what he'd come from. As he watched his mother, her movements a little too energetic, her laugh that tiny bit too shrill, an old anger simmered within him. Why was it so bad to try and get away from how he'd grown up, where he'd come from, the struggles of being at the very bottom of life's scale? His mother's presence was just a stark reminder. Just from one look, her past was obvious. Not only her past, either, because some of the track marks on her arms weren't yet scars.

He smiled despite it all, putting up a front for the benefit of his kids. He dreaded to think what Sera might think, or anyone else in the cafe.

It didn't take too long for his grandmother to arrive. He was relieved when she seemed willing to take control of the situation, sitting back, feeling like a bystander. To his surprise, his mother didn't kick off as much as he'd expected. It seemed he'd underestimated Edie's history with her daughter, the times she must have had to talk her down and settle situations while she was growing up. Monday hadn't asked much about his mum's younger years. He'd been apprehensive of what the answers might be.

After only a little shouting, Monday reddening under the stares of the cafe's other patron, Lynne was convinced to leave. Monday watched her go with Edie, feeling unsettled but relieved, unsure what would happen in the long run but content to appreciate the small moment of peace. At least she hadn't gone into an all out rage. Nothing was broken, the manager hadn't yet asked him to leave, and despite the awkward atmosphere, Monday was left in peace at the table with his sons.

Monday immediately consoled Tom, who was visibly upset, quiet, after the ordeal. Josh was mostly oblivious, his small hand clamped around a mushy fry. Unlike his older brother, he'd hardly met Monday's mum, the woman a stranger to the baby.

"I don't know why she's here." Monday answered Tom's question, moving around the table to sit next to him, hugging him to his side. He looked up, catching Sera's eyes as the waitress walked over. Monday glanced away a second, a little ashamed, but quickly fixed a smile in place. "I'm... I'm sorry about all that. If we need to leave, I understand." he said, his smile weak.
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Seraphim Drake
 Posted: Feb 4 2018, 05:09 PM
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Seraphim did not have a mother, who was alive, to show up and make things awkward. She did not remember her enough for a clear image to show up in her dreams or nightmares, no matter how many pictures or videos she stared at. She couldn’t begin to guess how Monday was feeling, but she could sense the tension. It was her job to be polite. Cater to his needs, as an employee, and as a caring person, try not to make anything worse. She didn’t mind a bit of rudeness or criticism about the menu. She was paid to be there, and even if she wasn’t, she did not have a short fuse.

The woman took off layers and Sera noticed the marks without dwelling. It was something she might think about later. She had her own marks that she didn’t like people to see. But there were a variety there. She seemed slightly unhinged? Teetering happily like a top near the edge of a table, spinning fine but dangerously close to something. Maybe Sera was just imagining that. She returned her eyes to Monday.

Another woman, older, showered up. Sera had to move around to tend to other customers. They were yelling. Well, Monday’s party had some yelling. The other patrons were staring. Seraphim took some deep breaths and tried to tend to them without paying it any mind. She was asked a couple of times if she could ask them to leave. She said that she was pretty sure they would be leaving soon. Did her best to dance around the subject and distract them. Really, if it got bad enough someone would come out from the back.

Sera returned to their table when Monday was once more alone with his sons. Josh was fine, Tom was upset, Monday must be, but he was looking far more okay than he ought. He apologized, said they’d leave if they needed to. “Um, no. You’re… alright. Is there anything I can do? They left, you weren’t yelling, I don’t think anyone wants to make you leave… don’t worry about that.” She tried to smile reassuringly but it was all pretty bizarre. No doubt it wouldn’t make him feel any better.

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Monday West
 Posted: Feb 5 2018, 12:51 PM
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It had been a rocky hour or so. Monday felt as if his life had been turned upside down, inside out, and then dumped back on him to deal with the consequences. Since his move away from England he'd forgotten how tiring dealing with his mothers problems was, the way you felt sapped of all energy afterwards. It didn't help that he was at somewhat of an impasse until he knew what was going on. The atmosphere in the restaurant wasn't the most comforting but he had no idea what was happening at his grandma's house and felt unwilling to go back there until she'd contacted him with what was happening. He wasn't entirely sure it would safe to go back with the boys. His mum could be... unpredictable.

Sera was doing her best to be comforting and professional but Monday's skin still crawled, feeling the sensation of other patrons sneaking glances at him.

"Thank you..." he murmured, still holding Tom against him, "I'm sorry you had to see that." his apparent calmness might have seemed eerie to some, but perhaps it gave away that it wasn't the first time Monday had found himself in such a situation. Numb was probably more apt a descriptor. He checked himself, picking up on his cold mood and smiling, starting to focus on what he could do to save some of the situation.
He didn't like the idea of their first family meal out being tainted by his mum's appearance and while he couldn't take that back, he'd to what he could to salvage it.

"You might be able to help...." he looked to Tom, who'd gone from fidgeting with the fork on his plate to pushing the remainder of his meal away. It wasn't the time to focus on the importance of finishing his food. "I saw some ice cream sundaes on the menu," he could see form the corner of his eye that he had Tom's attention, "And I thought Tom might want one." he smiled at his son. At other times, the treat might have felt like an attempt at bribery, but he just wanted to cheer
Tom up. It seemed to be working, Tom blinking in surprise and then grinning. "I can get one? I didn't finish my food." Monday gave him a squeeze. "I think that's okay for today, don't you think, Sara?" he winked at the waitress, seamlessly putting aside his own mood and issues for the good of his son.

"Here," he passed Tom the menu so he could see a picture of one of the sundaes, "Which one would you like? This one has sprinkles and marshmallows on top. And chocolate sauce!" Josh took that moment to throw the now very soggy and chewed up remainder of a fry at Monday. It splattered onto his front and he pulled a face, over-emphasising for the benefit of Tom, who was finding it hilarious. "Yuck!" he laughed along with them. I was going to be one of those days. At this point, if Joshy didn't have some form of diaper explosion before they left the cafe, Monday would be surprised. Josh looked up to Sera, gurgling between giggles, apparently very proud of himself.
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 Posted: Feb 6 2018, 04:55 PM
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Monday liked to keep it together, and that was probably an extra strain on him in the face of embarrassment and chaos. An average person might struggle through the mess, but if you were trying to pick up the pieces and keep it looking tidy you would be worn out all the more and so much faster. Sera would absolutely not bother to add stress to the already uncomfortable situation if she could help it.

Seraphim was thanked and apologized to. “Oh, its no problem.” She’d seen Monday uncomfortable at his son’s reaction before. Tom had not appreciated Seraphim’s name. She couldn’t do much about that. Monday had not come back to the class. Now his mother had shown up, and Seraphim wondered if he would ever come to Gertie’s again. She wouldn’t let herself dwell on that curiosity though. Sera might be able to help. “Oh?” she perked up, and watched in polite amusement as he tried to lure out Tom’s interest with sugar.

I think that’s okay for today, don’t you think, Sara?

Sera chuckled, “There are always exceptions to rules sometimes. Today could be it.

Josh threw fry mush on Monday’s face, and Monday, apparently not bothered by this, played along. Sera had to laugh with Tom, although not as much. Great. Definitely… one more thing. Josh giggled at Sera, who found it all a strange mix of adorable and kind of horrifying. That just made her chuckle some more, really. “Monday, would you like some napkins or something? I can be back in a minute to see if Tom has picked his treat,” she offered, speaking more to Tom in that moment.

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 Posted: Feb 9 2018, 01:55 PM
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The front of Monday's shirt was covered in chewed up fry and toddler slobber, but after the afternoon he'd had, he didn't even have it in him to be bothered about it. He just laughed, tiredness creeping in at the edges, and offered Sera a smile.

"Today's an exception day." he liked the sound of that, "You know what? I'm going to have one too." he nodded at Sera, " A napkin would be good - or two." For the amount of mess in Monday's shirt, Josh still had a remarkable amount of mess around his mouth. Monday did have baby wipes with him for Josh, but it felt too much effort to move around the other side of the booth and fetch them, especially when Tom was still leaning on him slightly.

The prospect of ice-cream had brightened him mood, though. "I'll have this one! No, this one!" He held the menu with both hands, all attention absorbed in the details of each ice-cream. Monday waited for him to choose and mentally selected the other one Tom had in the running, knowing he'd be sharing it.

"Can we get these ones?" he asked Sera, showing her in the menu when she came back. "And... Thanks, again, really. " he smiled, taking the napkins she offered and doing the best he could for his shirt. "Are you still going to that knitting class?" he asked, feeling slightly guilty, but then life had just gotten in top of him the past few months.
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