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Charlie Baker [ Artist ]
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mulder and scully [fflur]
« on: September 22, 2020, 09:57:27 PM »
tuesday 7 oct, 2003

Charlie discarded his not-quite finished cigarette in the last bin before they reached The Three Broomsticks. “Saw Michel the night before you came out,” he said, continuing their conversation about Paris -- the last time they’d seen each other. He grinned back at Fflur as he reached for the door, “Liam—” he stopped suddenly, his hand not meeting the door where he had anticipated it because it had been opened inwards in the same moment he’d gone to push. His eyes went to the person holding it and he blanched. Fuck.

Honey seemed just as surprised to see him -- or, perhaps a little less, ironically, given that she was the one who actually lived here. Acutely aware that Fflur was behind him, Charlie wasn’t sure whether he ought to smile politely (a smirk was the usual go-to but he couldn’t risk that right now) or if he should just ignore her, but he’d already made eye contact— Honey rolled hers at him and Charlie attempted to pull an apologetic expression whilst also trying to keep his face impassive, and ended up with something between the two (thank Christ Fflur couldn’t see).

He moved out of the doorway quickly, averting his gaze in search of their usual table. He’d picked Tuesdays with Fflur specifically to avoid—

So she still hates you.

Charlie laughed (nervously, though he was hoping Fflur couldn’t tell) and sat down quickly. “Yeah,” he attempted a casual grin -- as if it were true and as if that wouldn’t faze him if it was. “How did Robin like Paris, then?” he asked, just to have something to talk about that wasn’t Honey because while he was good at lying sometimes he was less good at it when it was Fflur.


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Fflur Blevins [ Professor ]
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Re: mulder and scully [fflur]
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2020, 01:20:32 AM »
The last drag (or two) of her cigarette took longer than Charlie’s, and she had to step lively to catch up after stopping at the bin. He’d seen Michel--so had she, but Michel hadn’t said anything that would have made her think there was more to tell--and Liam-- Liam what? She didn’t find out, too busy catching up again, this time with whatever situation was unfolding at the door to the Three Broomsticks.

Fflur was half a step behind and a little to the side and it didn’t take more than a glance to figure out what was going on. She raised her eyebrows but no one was paying attention to her. She rolled her eyes (to herself, apparently), about to push Charlie through the doorway--Honey didn’t own the space around them--so at least someone would move, not getting the chance before room was made for them to scoot on through to the pub.

Finally inside, Fflur followed Charlie to their table, taking a seat across from him and leaning back into the cushion of the booth. “So… she still hates you.” As if he just wasn’t going to address whatever had just happened. Maybe she didn’t hate him but it had to be close, not even bothering to really acknowledge his presence. She needed to get over herself--Honey, not Fflur--but Charlie agreed and they moved on. She was happy enough to not talk about that anymore.

She shrugged. “Not bad.” Fflur was a shit tour guide because she didn’t know where to go without having a drink in mind, but it hadn’t been bad. She stuck her hands in her jacket pockets, considering Charlie for a second. She’d already given him shit about his stage presence, but-- “Who can really remember Paris when they’ve seen--” she waved vaguely at him, her hand still in her pocket-- “On stage.” She could have done with a little less hip motions, anyway.

One of the new waitresses popped over and Fflur ordered herself tea and a sandwich, waiting until she’d left again before moving on. “How was the rest of it?” The tour. “Oktoberfest?” At least one of them still got to enjoy it; there was no point going just for the pretzels.

Charlie Baker [ Artist ]
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Re: mulder and scully [fflur]
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2020, 01:28:47 AM »
Charlie turned his head--subtly, he thought--to watch Honey through the window as she crossed the street and made the short walk back to Honeydukes. He glanced back at Fflur and stared at her blankly for a second--still thinking about Honey--before he caught up with what she’d just said. He rolled his eyes and reclined in his chair. “If I didn’t know better I’d take that as a compliment.” He looked at her again and had the decency to flush under her scrutiny. "Can't deprive 'em, can I?" he mumbled in a weak attempt at being cocksure, hoping it was obvious he was joking. Sort of, anyway.

Charlie let Fflur order first, changed his mind midway through her order about what he wanted; went with fish and chips and a lager.

Charlie recognised that now might be the moment to tell Fflur about bumping into his stalker in Amsterdam, or maybe admitting to inviting Honey out for a night in Switzerland, but that all seemed like more hassle than it was worth--plus, he was supposed to be being discreet and he was hoping not to have a repeat performance of her breaking his nose (now, or ever), which was probably what would happen when she found out--and then she provided him with a topic he could safely focus on instead: Oktoberfest.

"It was right good," he grinned, scratching at the side of his nose. He wasn’t trying to rub it in, but it had been probably the best way they could have ended the tour, given everything that had happened since their last one. "Was good to have something to look forward to," he admitted. "Shame you couldn't, you know…" he teased; a night out in Paris was one thing, a week of beer tents and oompah bands was something quite different for a recovering alcoholic. As a functioning one, however, he'd had no issues.

Charlie sat up when their drinks arrived, wasted no time in picking his pint up for a sip. "Could probably do with a detox," he smirked.
 
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Fflur Blevins [ Professor ]
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Re: mulder and scully [fflur]
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2020, 09:02:32 PM »
“Oh, good.” Fflur rolled her shoulders and sat back again with a little nod. She hoped he’d been able to turn off for the week, after two months of being constantly on-- never mind the months before, here, with all his shitty personal problems. She wasn’t his mum, though--it felt like she was, at times--so she kept that particular musing to herself.

She laughed, shrugged. “I could--” she shrugged again-- “Just chose not to.” And today was one of those days she was feeling good about it--hadn’t thought twice about Charlie ordering a pint--though those sort of days came and went with a pretty high frequency; she wasn’t focused on that now.

The waitress returned with their drinks and Fflur smiled at their waitress before rolling her eyes at Charlie. “You think?” She hoped he didn’t think he was detoxing just because it wasn’t a dark beer or something. She rolled her eyes one more time for good measure before she poured out some milk, letting her tea steep a little longer.

Fflur leaned forward, her arms folded on the table in front of her. “What were you saying about Michel earlier?”  He’d been about to say something about Liam, really, but she didn’t want to appear too interested. Still, she didn’t have a lot going on and there was only so much gossip about students she could handle.

Charlie Baker [ Artist ]
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Re: mulder and scully [fflur]
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2020, 06:54:21 AM »
She could, and if he were being honest he was a little disappointed she hadn’t--more and more lately he was convinced he missed the old days--but Rob had been with her too, and Charlie supposed it wasn’t worth it. He wondered, now that the thought had crossed his mind, if he’d ever choose not to. Unlikely. He could, of course, if he really wanted to. But he didn’t want to, so why bother depriving himself?

Charlie caught Fflur’s eye roll and narrowed his eyes in return. He couldn’t quite tell if she was having a go or not, but by the second roll he was pretty certain she was. Charlie pulled his beer closer and had another sip defiantly.

His brow furrowed— “Michel?” Then— “Oh, right.” He sniggered and glanced away. It occurred to him at this point that perhaps he shouldn’t be telling Fflur about Liam but -- fuck it, he needed something to distract her with, and he needed somebody to tell other than Sam (there was only so much he could talk about one band member in front of the other). Charlie sighed and folded his arms on the table, leaned in and lowered his voice. “Liam and him, er…” he bit his lip and waggled his eyebrows, grinning through it.

He picked up his beer again and had another sip.
 
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Fflur Blevins [ Professor ]
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Re: mulder and scully [fflur]
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2020, 01:32:06 AM »
Fflur sipped her tea to match Charlie sipping his beer, though she regretted it immediately; it still needed another minute to steep.

But Michel? Fflur nodded, about to remind him he’d said ‘Liam’, too, but he remembered quickly enough. She raised her eyebrows when he laughed, clearly wanting to be let in on the joke. “C’mon.” He couldn’t hold out on her now, not now that she really did want to know, damn it. She mirrored him as he shifted, folding her arms on the table and leaning in.

It took her a second to connect ‘Liam and him’ with the way Charlie was moving his eyebrows, but as soon as she jumped to that conclusion, her eyebrows shot up again as she leaned back. “Oh, that…” She grinned, quickly flipping through as many memories of Liam--it was already an established fact about Michel, of course--as she could and she nodded once. “Explains a lot.”

Fflur tilted her head side to side, trying not to really think about it. She shook her head and had another sip of tea, nearly choking when she remembered something vaguely related. She coughed and set her cup down, her cough turning into a laugh after a few seconds. “Michel figured that about you for as long as we didn’t…” She trailed off, leaving it there, and smirked before she had another sip of tea.

Charlie Baker [ Artist ]
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Re: mulder and scully [fflur]
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2021, 08:29:28 AM »
It was rare that Charlie had gossip to bestow upon Fflur that wasn’t of his own making, so of course he was going to milk it a little bit -- that, and how did one reveal that their bandmate--up until now believed to be straight as an arrow and a mild homophobe to boot--was bumming a mutual friend who was, if it could be said, a quintessentially camp homosexual?

Charlie could see the metaphorical penny drop by Fflur’s change in expression and he laughed again. “What?” he asked, offended on behalf of one of his oldest friends. “It’s not like it were obvious,” he said, though the grin on his lips sort of weakened his defence somewhat.

He could tell Fflur was doing what he--and Sam, once he’d found out--had done next: let her imagination run wild for all of thirty seconds before deciding it wasn’t necessary (nor desired). Charlie was still smirking, smug little prick he was about it all, and had a sip of his beer as Fflur had some of her tea. His eyebrows rose inquiringly when she started spluttering—

What?” Charlie stared at her. “Fuck off,” he said, grinning nervously -- this was a joke, she was having him on— And Michel didn’t have a leg to stand on, mincing about his Parisian loft with a Carmen Miranda headdress. “No he didn’t,” Charlie argued, almost convincingly. He frowned, then, backtracking. “Did you tell him?” 
 
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