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James Jordan
 Posted: Apr 20 2017, 01:11 PM
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People laughed about the fashion sense of someone obviously going through a mid-life crisis, a well known trope that sadly could ring true. James didn't have the excuse of a mid-life crisis. While he was nearing the big 3-0 too, his awful taste when it came to clothes couldn't be explained away by that either, as it was something he'd always had. He'd never been good at matching colours, or patterns, or styles... or very much at all, really. It ended up with outfits that at times looked like he was trying too hard and others that he'd had some sort of accident and had to raid a lost and found box. James was completely oblivious to all of it.

He liked his new plaid shirt. He was taken with the bright colour, even if it really didn't suit him, and was sure that plaid was in. Beards and plaid, the whole 'lumberjack' look, he'd seen people around sporting looks that seemed familiar so he was falsely confident in his selection. The shirt was a little too big, the sleeves slightly too long while the sleeves of his jacket didn't quite hang right and looked too short. With the strange choice of corduroy pants along with a signature pair of sneakers, the look was definitely something.

James was smiling, completely oblivious, drinking in the sights and smells of the food festival. He'd chosen to go on the Saturday. His roommate come best friend Gabriel had come with him, only James had lost him a few stands ago to some organic, locally sourced something or other being sold. It might have been a food festival, but James wasn't exactly there for the food.

He was there to network!

It was a new town, new people, with endless friend-making opportunities. Friends... and perhaps even dating. Who knew? James felt very positive. He'd already befriended his and Gabriel's elderly, widowed neighbor and offered to mow her front lawn for her. He had no idea how to use a lawn mower and had never cut grass in his life, but he was sure he'd figure something out nearer the time.

He made small talk with a few stall holders, attempted to flirt with a very pretty girl selling some locally made condiments only to be introduced to her business partner and boyfriend, and had a bag full of foodstuffs he didn't necessarily like but had bought to be nice. He was walking along, humming to himself, when he saw another girl.

Oh, she was beautiful. James actually stopped and stared for a minute before catching himself and trying to play it cool. She had a tote bag with a picture of an owl on it and was on her own, attention absorbed by her phone. James watched, waiting to see if anyone would join her, and felt a renewed sense of confidence when no-one did. He lived by the mantra that if you never tried, you'd never succeed.

He began walking over. He smiled, fixing his hair as he walked, and stuck his hand out for a handshake when he was next to the girl.

"Hi!" he grinned, his muscles taut with nervous excitement, "My name's James, I'm new to town." He paused, smoothing his hair again, trying to remember the variety of things he could say next, according to his extensive research about ice breakers and chat up lines on the internet. "Do you come here often?"
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Teagan Landry
 Posted: Apr 21 2017, 11:56 AM
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Teagan was thrilled for his son to be coming home two weekends in a row. As he told Robin, he was not delusional about Robin just coming home because he missed his “old man.” Robin blandly informed him that he needed to be a bit older for that. Maybe another year. Teagan pretended to pout at him, but honestly at least Teagan knew that he took his own aging more seriously. He wanted to have kids that were more than eight years younger than him, he really did. It would be different. Maybe even one biologically related to him, that would be even more different. He wasn’t that picky though. He hadn’t felt quite this restless before Robin went to college. The entirety of his son’s college education had been “a weird time” for Teagan Landry. He was out the other side though, and craziness aside, he was alive and healthy, so there was that.

The three of them walked to the food festival. Orianna had been reluctant to go, but when it was mentioned that they would be selling tea somewhere at the festival, she agreed to go, equipped with a cute little owl bag. She really liked owl things. Both Landry men knew this. Teagan couldn’t really escape it, even if she avoided ever leaving her things out around the house. She did like to wear her nocturnal bird adoration on her sleeves. If Teagan had been in a better place emotionally when they met, he might ever have developed some amount of romantic feelings for her. However, when they met he was between romantic entanglements with his again ex, and she wasn’t exactly the sort who brought that kind of attention on herself. As it was now, Teagan didn’t see her that way, fortunate for everyone, but he was quite protective of her.

He also knew that Orianna did not want to be hit on. She took it poorly. He could physically see her wilting as a stranger spoke to her nearby.

The Landry men had similar looks, despite having no shared genetics. They both wore watches, both had phones and wallets in their pockets. Robin also had a small compass in his pocket. He’d left his backpack at home and his arms were bare in short sleeves. Robin had well maintained short brown hair, lighter than Teagan’s, and a short sleeved white shirt with alternating light blue or gray stripes. Jeans and brown boots. He looked about as he would on a Saturday on campus, as opposed to a Saturday back at home. Teagan was a bit more done up. His dark brown hair was trimmed and maintained, but he had a face full of stubble. He went months of shaving every work day, but he was growing it out a bit this week. He had on converse shoes and a tweed flatcap. Instead of a t-shirt, although he had a white tank top on under it, he wore a long sleeved light to dark blue plaid button down. Anything Robin knew about dressing himself, he learned from Teagan, although they didn’t dress like twins. They had a fairly good sense of style. Enough that they no doubt both recognized the oddity that was the man talking to Orianna’s outfit.

Orianna seemed lacking in words to respond to the obvious pickup line, and while Robin had not made it completely back to his father from something he was purchasing, Teagan decided to walk over and see what was happening. He put a hand on Orianna’s shoulder gently while she stumbled around for a lack of answer, “Hello mon cher, wondering off again?” She had actually probably just gotten distracted and stopped walking at some point. Teagan turned his attention better to the other man, smiling. He didn’t have animosity, he just wanted to rescue his friend from her awkwardness. And his. “Hello, are you two acquaintances?

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James Jordan
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The woman didn't respond to James' question, looking rather surprised and at a loss for words. James noticed, but he didn't stop, instead surging ahead. Once he'd started, it was difficult for him to stop. He was filled with a sense of overgrown confidence after getting the initial introduction out of the way that had mixed with excitement - James had never been good at telling when his friendliness wasn't wanted and with those two things stacking up, he was oblivious an ever. He was too focused on making friends. The other party in the 'friends' equation didn't usually get a choice in the matter

"Sorry, did I startle you?" He laughed when Orianna failed to respond, his nervousness melting away. "I just wanted to say hi." She was joined by another man who James was delighted to see was also wearing a plaid shirt. He knew he'd been right when he thought plaid was fashionable. Gabriel was as useless as ever when James had asked what he thought about his outfit, giving his usual answer subsisting of people should wear clothes they like, not want they think might impress others, so did James like his shirt, because that was all that mattered. He'd not quite gone off into what usually sounded like an inner monologue of a philosophy professor, but it was close. It was also alright for Gabriel. The man looked good in everything while not giving a damn whether he did or not. James didn't want to be some sort of raving fashionista and he wasn't dying to fit in. He just wanted to look nice, approachable, likeable.

Another plaid shirt in the vicinity boosted his confidence even more. It helped that the man looked friendly, not like the couple James had met at the aforementioned stall, the male of who had stared James down until he'd bid his goodbyes. Rather than be swayed by the fact this newcomer might be the woman's boyfriend, James instead smiled, excited at the prospect of two friends rather than just one.

"Hi!" He greeted the man, still smiling, letting out a chuckle at the question. "Probably just about!" He had introduced himself to the woman, after all. That probably counted as acquaintances. "I'm James. James Jordan. I'm new to town. Was that French you were speaking? Wow. It's a real hub of cultures here."
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Teagan Landry
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Teagan liked plaid, or more accurately he liked button down shirts. It just so happened that plaid came with buttons, and he didn’t want to wear solid colors constantly. Solids leaned toward monochrome, and that was a bit more awkward for a man. He didn’t like to wear matching shirts and pants, unless his pants were black. Then that was fine. It was easier for a girl because they could wear dresses. Then again, his goal was not to wear all one color, so “easy” might not have been the best word.

Orianna was easily startled. She was, after all, basically a flittering little baby bird. So worried that everyone was a predator, and that even if you weren’t the first time, you might get bored of her later. Always cautious. Never outgoing. It was truly a strange sight, seeing a stranger socializing with her. It would have been wholly irresponsible for Teagan to not pull his little bird friend from the social snare. He’d thank him for it later. Her face said she was thanking him for it now.

Teagan wasn’t sure he’d ever stared a person down in his life. Probably not. Robin might have, but less intentionally. Robin just looked rather blank when he was dealing with people he didn’t like. Other than one instance that Teagan remembered with less than fondness, Robin wasn’t aggressive. Even though he was in the area with a box stuffed into a bag, he was not close enough to say anything. Teagan actually had to chuckle when the strange man responded to his question about acquaintances. “Probably just about!” Well that was optimistic.

James Jordan.

Teagan’s face washed off all emotion. No. Nah. No, no… maybe, no. No. Certainly not. No, stop being weird. Its two common names. Remember how to function. He took a deep breath, and brought back a smile. Easy to fake if need be. “Pleasure to meet you, James. I’m Teagan.” Why not give his last name? Because this was all just a bit too… weird. As if the other man was going to know Teagan’s last name without being told. He was just being crazy. Wishful thinking. Fear mongering. Teagan took his hand off Orianna’s arm and put it out to shake James’ hand. “And yes. Very minor French.” Two words, to be exact. Mon cher. My dear. Not enough to claim Teagan was cultured, although he did actually speak French. “Although I’m not actually French, just Cajun. Part Cajun.

“I’m Orianna,” the awkward young woman finally added. She did seem less awkward with Teagan standing nearby. He wasn’t her life chaperone, or her emotional body guard, but apparently when she felt that she had backup, she relaxed. Teagan’s eyes moved around the area for a few seconds, realizing he had lost track of his son, and wondering when he would walk back over.

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"Teagan!" James shook his hand, an oddly formal gesture for the occasion, and did so rather enthusiastically. "Great to meet both of you! Huh... that's funny. I used to know a Teagan when I was a kid, he was part Cajun or something like that too, at least he spoke like you. We lost touch. Small world!" James recognized the first name, marveled at the similarity, but didn't think it could be much more than a coincidence. The Teagan Landry he knew, he still pictured as a young child, the image in his mind of the boy when they'd last seen each other. Thinking of him as a grown man was altogether quite strange and something James hadn't thought to dwell on. Chances were the man before him was simply another Cajun man named Teagan rather than the Cajun man named Teagan James had known. James tried to be a man of logic, most of the time. When it came to love and all matters involved, though, his brain tended to fail him.

He switched his gaze to the female in the strange group, smiling brightly at her. "I never met an Orianna before." His gaze revealed his obvious interest in her but his expression wasn't perverted, barely suggestive... it was more like a lovestruck puppy since she'd found enough conversation to actually speak. James beamed at the trio of people in the group he'd crashed. "I don't have to worry about finding my friend now I can go around here with you guys! Which way are you going around the stalls?"
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Teagan Landry
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Sometimes Teagan could be oddly formal. Maybe because he was learning to be a teacher when he was rebuilding his world after its eventual collapse. Maybe it was way simpler than that. He was hardly always formal, but he liked handshakes fairly well. James went on to say that he knew a kid named Teagan who was part Cajun growing up. They lost touch. Small. World. Well shit. Teagan’s face was nearly blank again, but still retained a certain amount of happiness. Internally screaming. Was this good? Was this bad? Shit, he had never even coped with the idea that he may or may not have seen his father’s semi sometime in the past few years. Absolute paranoia, or something much more dangerous? Not okay. Not okay. He liked James, oblivious as he was, but shit. Teagan was not a man who swore out loud, because of his job, but right about now he was at a loss for anything to say out loud.

But he hadn’t met an Orianna.

“Yeah,” Orianna said, with a small noise that might have been a timid laugh, “It isn’t a very common name.”

Words. Teagan, words. Silence. WORDS!Yeah, I’ve only met one in my life as well, Orianna, anyway. But, um, I…” He coughed once and turned to Robin when the younger man came into Teagan’s peripheral vision.

Robin, what do you have?

Robin paused, already standing still. His voice had no amount of anxiety, no jitters, not quite monotonous, but nearly plateaued all the same. “I found some tea that Orianna was looking for.”

“Oh!” Orianna seemed immediately interested, even while holding onto that aspect of herself that seemed to never want to emote too strongly.

Teagan pulled his keys out of his pocket before remembering that they’d walked. He put them back. He felt the need to have James not be near his two other people, while also not sure how to be around James himself. He ran his fingers through his hair, hat in his other hand for a moment. Something he’d been doing since he was a child. A nervous tick. Robin picked up on it at least. His inflection changed to something slightly more engaging.

“Do you want a drink?”

Sure, can you grab me a green tea?” Teagan answered quickly, putting his hat back and hands down. He pulled some money out of his wallet despite Robin not needing it.

“Okay,” Robin answered. “Does anyone else need anything?” he asked, being polite, not sure exactly if he should be making anyone come with him.

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 Posted: Apr 22 2017, 03:18 PM
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The timid laugh - it was overwhelmingly cute and James found himself laughing along with Orianna, unable to resist the mimicry. A pretty lady with an equally pretty name. He might not have known her very well - or at all - but James was already imagining a life for her that befitted a Disney princess rather than any real, living and breathing female.

He almost missed Teagan's awkwardness, so caught up in wondering whether Orianna had a nice singing voice. Pointless, he knew, as she and the Cajun Teagan were most likely together, but James was quite struck with her.

He looked at Teagan just at the right time. His head cocked to one side as he watched Teagan run his fingers through his hair. It was such a simple action, yet it struck an image with James. He stared at Teagan, the image of the childhood best friend he had overlaying with the very much grown up man before him. No. He stared a little longer. No.. But... yes?

"Teagan?" He said, his face slowly lighting up as he properly took in the man's appearance. The shade of his eyes, the accent, his hair colour... while two decades had passed and both of them were hardly mirror images of their eight year old selves, a resemblance was there. "Teagan!" He repeated, his excitement overriding his uncertainty. He rushed towards the man and wrapped him in a sudden hug. It didn't last long, a by-product of James' excitement more than anything long and meaningful, and James was bouncing back, grinning at Teagan. "Woah. You're so..." He looked Teagan up and down, realising that pointing out he was no longer a child was a little redundant. "Who'd have thought it, huh?" He slapped Teagan's arm. "James - it's James! You do remember me?" He laughed. He hardly thought it possible that Teagan didn't.
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Orianna was an artist who could inspire other artists for how sensitive she was. Not to mention how striking soft and lovely she looked. Then there was her history. She was a porcelain doll with long, extended limbs, brought in on herself to protect her heart. Getting trapped in social situations. She didn’t actually have wings to use to fly away, but it was not a stretch to imagine her surrounded by small forest creatures just as delicate and whimsical as she.

It didn’t take a lot, but it didn’t take nothing either, for him to end up with his fingers in his hair. It was never very long. Never enough to sink his fingers in for a long time, but enough that he could feel the blades between his fingers. Could grip on just slightly if he needed to. It was what Chandra had done. Running her fingers through Teagan’s hair anytime she felt that he was upset. If she was upset and just needed to touch her son. It was familiar, and after all those years, it still brought him down a bit. He didn’t think about James actually recognizing him from that.

Teagan heard his name being pronounced suddenly with meaning. And Robin looking at him when the seeming stranger hugged him. Robin looked distinctly surprised, and Teagan was quick to say “Tea,” as a direction.

“Um, Orianna, I can show you where I got the tea while we grab something to drink.” Robin’s comment to Orianna was enough to pull her along with him, although he never physically touched her. Too polite. Too reserved. Certainly not a man who hugged someone that he hadn’t seen in nearly all of Robin’s lifetime. Teagan was different. He was physical, he was touchy. He was friendly. He was so unlike the boy that had grown up in Clarkedale. That boy had not yet learned social skills. He hadn’t learned how to smile and relax. He was so much like Robin had been when he was a child. A bit like Robin was now. Teagan barely hugged back, still so thrown off.

You’re so…

Teagan’s face said “what?” He wasn’t sure how that sentence ended. He was something, but he never heard what. Who’d have thought? Certainly not Teagan, clearly. Although he had figured it out before James. Despite James now standing there asked Teagan if he remembered him. “Um, y-yes.” There, that was more like childhood Teagan. He cleared his throat into his first, “Yes. I remember you.” He had, after all been writing letters to James for three years before the day they last saw each other. It had been James’ letters that were burned up in a pan in the back yard after Teagan got his black eye. It had been his friendship with James that made Teagan for once in his life stand up to his father, and whether it was a good memory or a bad one that led to Chandra taking her son Teagan away from Mississippi, Teagan certainly remembered it. He had not forgotten anything.

His arm had been slapped, and usually Teagan was a ball of cheer, but right now he was staring in the face of his past, and realizing that there were only two living people that would give him this conflicted feeling in his stomach. Except that the other would have been met with sheer, unadulterated panic. “Sorry, um… you, um, moved to town?” Teagan was struggling to remember where he was with all these things rushing through his mind, but he was still more or less functional.

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James was so excited, he hardly noticed Teagan revert from the confident man who'd so naturally and easily slipped French into greeting a stranger back to a shadow of the shy, nervous boy James had befriended so many years previously. Decades, it had been decades since they'd first met. They were lifetimes apart from the children they had been and yet that didn't nullify the connection those two young boys had made so long ago.

"Good! How could you forget me, huh?" James grinned at Teagan, practically bubbling over with excitement. As a child, he'd been naive to what had been going on in Teagan's household. He'd felt uneasy about things at time, but he was young, so young, too young to understand warning signs for what they were. After growing up, with the benefit of age and hindsight he could recognise that something had definitely been amiss with his friend, possibly more than James as a child could have begun to understand, but he still had no real idea what. The memories that had stuck with him were mostly happy ones. Them playing together.

Besides, at the sight of Teagan actually there in the flesh, all grown up and very much an adult, James' excitement had overtaken any concern he'd previously felt about his friend. He barely noticed Teagan removing the other two people from the group, leaving them alone. Orianna with her Disney princess sensibilities was temporarily forgotten.

"Yeah, I just moved here the other week! With a friend - you'll have to meet him. This is.. amazing. Crazy. Do you live here, or are you visiting for the festival?" He gazed at Teagan, still overcome with surprise. "Who'd have thought it...?" He repeated, shaking his head. "Look at you... all grown up!" He laughed, teasingly, grinning up at his long lost friend. James didn't think in the past tense or even consider that Teagan had moved on or their friendship may have also, he was bouncing right back to when he'd last seen Teagan, overflowing with familiarity.
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How could Teagan forget about James? Maybe a really bad blow to the head? Decapitation, maybe? It was pretty difficult to forget, even when Teagan avoided thinking about all these things. He didn’t talk to a lot of people about what exactly led him in life to where he was now. Led him to Lochland Grove. Led to him being the outgoing, cheerful man that loved his job, and was enjoying where he was in life. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a good life. It was nothing like what it had been. How did he go from Clarkesdale to Lochland Grove, from who he’d been to who he was now? How did anyone make that leap? Well, two decade helped, but it had mostly been the first decade that did the trick.

As children, Teagan had told James about what he felt, but he didn’t tell him about what was happening. When James had asked about Teagan’s black eye on the bus, it had been jarring because James didn’t know what was going on. At least not if he hadn’t guessed. Maybe he’d guessed. Maybe he’d thought it over. Maybe his parents had told him not to worry about it, and that since the Landry’s were no longer there, that they should just move on. Teagan didn’t know. He wasn’t in a place to ask, and he sure as hell hadn’t gone back to Mississippi since that December.

James had just moved here the other week. So probably just a week ago, maybe two. With a friend that Teagan would have to meet. Teagan’s face was not showing the level of overwhelmed that he felt. It was amazing and crazy. Well, yeah, it was that. Certainly… strange. Unexpected. He felt like the middle pin at the end of a lane just ravaged by a bowling ball. Just spinning around until the machine would come down, scoop him away, and put up another. Eventually he would get back on his feet. Maybe get knocked down again. He was just reeling.

Um, yes, I live in town, actually. Yeah, I didn’t… expect to see you. You’re…” he chuckled, once, finding it all a bit amusing for how ridiculous this was, “the same. Bigger, certainly, yes, we’re both grown up. You’re the same though. Wow… I haven’t seen anyone from Mississippi…. Since I left.” Not under good circumstances, after all. He scratched at the back of his head, still nervous but slowly recovering. “And why, uh, did you move to Lochland of all places?

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James wasn't an easy person to forget once he'd wormed his way into your life, that was for sure. He'd never forgotten Teagan either, and not just because James' real childhood friends were few and far between. He couldn't forget the suddenness with which Teagan had left.

And now, an answer to a prayer James didn't know he'd made, Teagan was right there, in the flesh, as real and live and breathing as anything real and live and breathing could be. Yes, they'd both grown up, but for all intents and purposes, they were still Teagan and James.

Teagan asked why Lochland and James rolled his eyes, pushing at Teagan's arm.
"Hey, you say that as if you don't like the town! It's cool. Cute! Very different to Cali, but I like it." He looked around the festival as if he was surveying the town, nodding in approval. "My parents moved to Cali not too long after you left, I haven't heard from anyone back in Mississippi either. Anyway, why here - well, Gabe - that's my friend - had to move out here, a long story to do with his mom being sick and his sister getting put in jail, it's a crazy story, but I thought, why not go with him? So here I am! It's a cool change of scenery. And hey, now I met you here too so it's even more worth it. Maybe it's fate!" He laughed, slinging an arm around Teagan's shoulders. "I bet we've got a lot of catching up to do! What've you been up to?" He paused, attempting to turn Teagan as well as himself, his arm still hooked over Teagan's shoulder, looking out over the food festival, "Let's get a drink somewhere. Catching up with drinks, that sounds fun."
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James was a fountain of words, and Teagan, in any other situation, would have been laughing and smiling and quite entertained. For now, he was still adjusting. It might take a short time to put the lid back on his reaction, but it would certainly take longer to really feel normal again. But after years not telling a therapist how he felt, Teagan was pretty good at acting fine. He just needed to get his footing. Accept that this was reality. Should he pinch James? No, they’d touched. This was real. Where was Robin again? He would be a few minutes yet, Teagan took a deep breath as James talked about California.

His friend, Gabe, had a sister in jail, and a sick mother. Cool change of scenery. So it was just luck of the draw, basically. “Maybe its fate!

I guess that’s as likely as anything else,” Teagan agreed. He was still surprised when James put an arm around his shoulder, but he didn’t shrug James off. What had Teagan been up to? Get drinks and catch up. Teagan didn’t really drink a lot, although the cabinet dedicated to his large collection of almost untouched alcohol might look like he really wanted to drink. He just liked variety. And as of over a year prior, everyone who came to the house was actually legally allowed to drink. It didn’t come up often though.

Well, my son is getting me a drink, so… they should be back soon…” Teagan admitted, although he couldn’t see them coming back just yet. He didn’t think Robin would hurry, but he wasn’t going to dawdle. A couple more minutes maybe? It depended on how long they had to walk, and Teagan wasn’t sure about that. So what had Teagan been up to? A… lot. So what all did he want to admit? “Um, a lot has happened, currently I have a house in town, and I teach Spanish at the high school.” It wasn’t pulling teeth to get information, but it was still slow going.

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When he talked about drinking, James tended to accidentally mislead people because while other people thought he meant alcohol, James was really thinking of a coke, or a coffee. He didn't handle liquor well at all and tended to get very unintelligible when drinking alcohol - and giggly. Very giggly. Either way, it wouldn't help at all with the catching up and James wanted to enjoy Teagan's presence, not end up three sheets to the wind and due a hangover the next day.

"Your son?" James repeated, momentarily bypassing Teagan's profession and removing his arm from Teagan's shoulder so he could stare at him face on. "That was your son? Adopted, he has to be adopted? Unless you got held back a few grades and forgot to tell me, because that's a very old son!" James laughed, but with a sense of wonderment as he processed the fact that Teagan was a father. It was definitely unexpected. He shook his head at Teagan, thinking that they really did have a lot of catching up to do.

"A son. And you're a teacher. Wow." James chuckled, "Where were you when I was close to flunking high school Spanish? You sound like a total linguist. French and Spanish... you kept up with them both? I couldn't even remember how to ask my Spanish teacher for the hall pass, even though she must've reminded me a billion times." Laughing, James was oblivious to how close he was skirting to a deeper conversation. Where had Teagan been while James was in high school? Why had he left, and so suddenly, too? James was too caught up in reveling in his friend's presence to remember to ask.
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Teagan Landry
 Posted: Apr 23 2017, 02:13 PM
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Although Teagan did assume that people meant alcohol when they asked about “getting a drink” he had answered that Robin was getting him on, and green tea was really not alcohol. He wasn’t sure if it would mix with alcohol alright. Maybe? That sounded gross. At a random comment about Robin being Teagan’s son, James caught on quite quickly. James even let go of Teagan’s arm and was staring at him. Teagan arched an eyebrow. He must be adopted. Teagan actually laughed.

Yes, he is adopted. Robin is only eight years younger than I am… so… I’m not really sure it would be possible for him to be biologically mine…” Teagan squinted. Maybe? Was that possible? It would depend on puberty, and Teagan definitely hadn’t gone through puberty by that age. How common was that? Must be amazingly uncommon. How many eight year olds had sex?! No. No, Teagan had had these thoughts many times over when people were surprised that his “son” was not a little tike, but was nearly out of college. It had, after all, come up many times in the last twelve years since he’d adopted Robin. Teagan had no biological children, and he was able to be one hundred percent certain on that.

And he was a teacher. Where was Teagan when James was flunking high school Spanish? “Oh, probably… around here.” Teagan had graduated from the school he now taught in. He’d gone to the community college. All things that James did not know. “I learned them as much as I learned English as a child so… I keep up with them. I sometimes substitute for the French classes.” Of course as a sub he didn’t have to manage their lesson plans. Teagan noticed Robin and Orianna approaching, and Robin held out a bottle of green tea for Teagan, who took it and downed a portion.

Right, uh, Robin, this is my old friend James. And of course Orianna has met him now.

Robin scrutinized James in more detail than Teagan might have expected. Robin knew who old friends were. And he knew the name James. He was putting it together, but remained pretty stoic externally. This was strange. “Hi,” Robin said very little.

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James Jordan
 Posted: Apr 24 2017, 12:17 PM
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"I hope it'd be impossible." James said, slightly perturbed at the thought of an eight year old father. That was... very not right. A lot more disturbing than Teagan being a father, which wasn't really disturbing at all, more surprising. A father. James was well-acquainted with other people his age being parents but it felt more unusual that Teagan was. It was such a stark example of how much they both must have grown from when they were children. Even James, who still regularly burnt toast, had grown up to some extent, even if he wouldn't count himself as responsible as he thought you'd need to be a parent. "That's amazing, though - you, a dad! And a teacher... you must be Mr. Responsible."

It seemed like Teagan had moved to Lochland Grove shortly after he'd upped and vanished from James' life, but James didn't get to ask about it as Teagan's son returned. His son - that was going to take some getting used to.

"Hi, Robin!" James greeted enthusiastically, grabbing Robin's hand in a handshake. "It'd probably be weird if you called me Uncle James, wouldn't it? I think it would. Just James it is! It's great to meet you." James rounded on Teagan again, "This just all makes me think we've got even more to catch up on, and now we can all hang out! Where were you guys going next?" The items in his bag clattered together with his slight bouncing about, "That green tea looks good, where was it from?" He looked at the drink in Teagan's hand and then at Robin.
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