Jun 23, 2021 7:48 PM
James's mate considers herself sufficiently wooed
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James shrugs, then smiles again. "Not a big deal. It has been decades."

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"Fair enough," says Blair, nodding. He doesn't quite accept that answer, but - yeah, it's not like either of them can do anything about it right now.

He will instead gracefully change the topic! America is having a bad time, would James like to hear about Blair's observations of it?

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Oh yeah for sure. He's heard about that economic downturn, he bets some vampires are having a field day with all the bankers.

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And all of the other variously unemployed people, yep! It's pretty horrible.

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And in the morning:

Here is Yvette! She has by now quit her job in preparation for fleeing the country with her vampiric husband; this has resulted in quite a lot more free time.

She knocks on her fiancé's door and singsongs, "Jaaaaames, save me from the horrors of wedding planning, I've been fussing with seating arrangements for way too long! I'm just about at the point where I start planning to burn down all of the seating and telling everyone to sort themselves out on the floor! It will make the church very unhappy with us, save me from myself so we don't have to elope!"

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"Eloping is not that bad an idea you know. Hi, good morning, I love you, your brother's here," he says in a single breath as he opens the door.

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"Hi, good morning, I love you too, oh good, I can stop fretting about his welfare and location," she says, gleefully flinging herself at him for a hug. "And if we were to elope now all of my work would be for nothing, which I will not stand for! Where is Blair, is he—" She spots him and beams."Hi Blair, is it safe to hug you?"

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"Hey! It is, but I won't be very good at hugging back, so it'll be tragically one sided."

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"That's fine!" She gives James a quick peck before going and flinging herself at Blair for another hug. Blair smiles down at her, even as he stays perfectly still so as not to break the squishy human. A hug is had, then she pulls away so she can talk to him.

"You! I'm so glad to see you, wow the vampire pretty is some nice stuff, oh good you have gold eyes, I'm so glad, and would it have killed you to send a telegram! I was worried the letter hadn't reached you at all!"

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"Oh. That was a thing I could do, wasn't it. Oops. Forgot, sorry. As an apology, I got you a house?"

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"Wh—how."

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"Well, don't tell anyone, it's kind of a secret, but your brother's a witch." He winks. "I was very charming and helpful, got a discount, and paid up front!"

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"I have so many more questions but, but, okay! Thank you! For the house!" Hug! "Love you, glad you're okay!"

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"I was all proud of getting your ring on the same day we looked for them and he had to go and one-up me."

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"He did not, he has probably been planning this since he realized you'd mated to me," sniffs Yvette, returning to her fiancé's side and giving him a peck on the cheek. "Besides, it's not a contest."

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"Very prescient of him."

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"Mhmmm. ... Also your house doesn't have any furniture. And it kind of needs some repairs. In my defense, I was rushed for time."

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Snort.

"See, it's still not a contest, but you didn't have any caveats upon presenting me with my ring."

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"Uh huh. 'It's not a contest, but if it were, you'd win...'"

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"Well then aren't you glad it's not a contest, Blair!"

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James laughs again. "I suppose I should get that house fixed for our honeymoon then."

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"You have a week and a half until our wedding, and the house is on another continent," Yvette points out, raising her eyebrows.

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"Blair, did that sound like a challenge to you? It sounded like a challenge to me."

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"Sure did! This seems like the time to mention that I can't take part in the ceremony at all because I'd definitely be recognized, and that I am absolutely happy to assist with a conspiracy."

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Yvette snorts. "As long as I have a groom for the wedding. And my fiancé doesn't disappear for a week and leaving me to deal with the horrors of event planning on my own."

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