Jan 27, 2020 6:56 AM
Joss finds a window
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Joss tries to not obviously roll her eyes as her father continues to scold her. She hated these things anyway, but as part of one of the founding familes, and the Mayor's daughter to boot, she didn't have a choice.

"-once you could at the very least pretend like you care," he snaps. "For God's sake, Jocelyn, would it kill you to wear a dress for once?"

Joss looks down at her shirt, fitted waistcoat and dress trousers. "I mean, why would I take the chance when I look fine like this?" (Plus she has pockets, in which she has concealed the hipflask filled with pilfered liquor.)

"Don't talk back, young lady," his voice has lowered dangerously.

Her back tightens. "I wouldn't dare, sir," she responds glibly. "Shall I go mingle?"

He grabs her arm, his grip far tighter than it looks. "Do not embarrass me," he orders.

"Yes sir," she says, and steps back, pulling her arm free, and heading, in fact, for outside.

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Elena really hoped she would be able to sneak a glass of champagne from the drinks table. It looked so bubbly and though it tasted so gross the buzz it gave her was a welcome reprieve from the dullness that was a Founders Party.

At least her parents said she could bring Alex with her this time. Sometimes her mom was weird about him being a Donovan. The highschool rivalry she had had with Alex's mom was the stuff of legend in town. But Elena had slowly been whittling her down and Alex was very charming when he really tried. Elena had high hopes.

"Do you know the girl at the bar?"

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"Ahh, yess. I think that I do. But she also knows me. No way she's going to give us any drinks. Serg keeps on dropping her shifts at the Grill and giving them to me. She really doesn't like me."

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Elena pouts up at him.

"Can you see Joss around? Maybe you can use your magic Joss seeking capabilites. This is her house, she knows where all the secret alcohol is." 

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Joss is not that far away, looking like she's trying to escape a conversation, but not currently having much luck at that.

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"Looks like she's mingling. It's terrifying."

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"Well obviously we have to go save her from this terrifying fate. Lead on, Sir Knight."

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"As you say, my lady."

He leads Elena over to Joss.

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"Alex, Elena!" Joss greets, turns back to the man she was talking with. "It was delightful talking to you," only someone who knows her will realise she's lying. "But if you'll excuse me."

She hardly waits for an answer before starting to walk away. "Shall we?" she says to Alex and Elena, nodding towards a quieter corner and tapping one pocket with a meaningful look.

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"I knew I could count on you, Joss."

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"Is the party really so bad?" He looks around at it all and stares at the food table. "I'm pretty sure one of those entrées could feed me for a week."

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"The people are inane and Dad's being all...mayoral," Joss says as she fishes her hipflask out, she takes a surreptitious sip before handing it to Elena. "I know," she agrees sourly. "And what's the betting half of it just gets tossed?"

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She takes a sip and makes a face as she swallows it, coughing a little.

"Maybe we can take a bunch of it to school tomorrow and have ourselves a picnic. Mal would love that. And can you just imagine Seo."

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"Oh, jeez," Joss chuckles. "She would take full advantage. Okay, I'll see what I can rescue. Rally the troops and let them know it's a go."

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"Caaaan you hide away those little pastry things over there? My life for those little yummy pastry things."

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"I think your life is worth a little more than that."

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Joss loops one arm around Alex's shoulder. "Your life is definitely worth more than that, and you should definitely think twice before selling it to me for those pastries. But I shall do my utmost." She glances around. "I'm assuming Seo's actually going to show up at some point?"

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"Well, I think she wanted to make an entrance."

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"Pastries and those caviar things? I've never had baby fish eggs before."

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Joss looks a little dubious. "I can totally try," she agrees. "To be fair, the caviar things tend to hang around. Apparently, despite Mum and Dad's insistence on serving it, the good people of Mystic Falls do not really have a taste for it."

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"That's because all you fancy suit people keep hogging them all. Give them all to me, my stomach is like a black hole."

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"He even ate my eggs yesterday. I don't think he has tastebuds."

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"...seriously, Lex? You know I think you're great, Lena, but a cook you are not. You know you can help yourself right now if you want to, Lex?"

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"I feel like all these suits will judge me for indulging in their fancy people food."

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Joss frowns briefly. "Well," she declares. "Stay right here. I'm peckish anyway."

That the plate she comes back with is more full than 'peckish' would suggest, and also laden with items Alex had expressed an interest in is neither here nor there. She's busy eating something off a tiny skewer. "I'm not sure if these prawns are the best thing I ever tasted or an absolute travesty. Chili lime?"

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"Sharing is caring."

He takes some prawns from her plate.

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