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An optimist might say the day upon the other side of the door is balmy, but only because it's a little too early in the afternoon for it to be called sultry.

And only a little too early. Already halfway down its trek across the sky, the sun's great heat is partially mitigated by the sea-scented breeze off the Gulf and the shade of decorated balconies. Groups of people walk along Bourbon Street in front of the small alleyway in which the door from Milliways appears. The alley entrance is somewhat sheltered from the street by a fire-escape so none notice three dapper gentlemen arriving from nowhere. Faint conversations and laughter and the mingling strains of lively music reach them, and the varied smells of a port city known for its cuisine.

Yrael's green eyes glance up at the roof-edges for a moment as they enter, a half-smile on his face, before he turns to his guests. "Welcome to New Orleans."

Date: 2016-06-20 09:17 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] just_cant_lose
just_cant_lose: (Eye)
Jim slips his shades on, and surveys the scene. New Orleans. It's been a couple of years since he was last in his home version of it, but this one doesn't look much different. He's always liked this city. It's a dirty place, but undeniably alive.

Date: 2016-06-20 09:20 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] cook_the_rude
cook_the_rude: (Informal cannibal in Paris)
Hannibal closes his eyes and takes a deep breath.

Date: 2016-06-20 10:02 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] just_cant_lose
just_cant_lose: (Casual)
Jim likes it because people here are brought up on tales of dark magic, retribution, souls bought and sold with blood. Because it's all rubbish, but they believe it - or at least, don't wholly disbelieve it - and people with that as part of their DNA will believe anything. And less prosaically, the murder rate is high, the drug use is off the scale, and the rest of the world thinks it's a party town...it's made for people like Jim, who trade in the solid facts of money and murder, but don't mind weaving a tale through them at the same time.

His eyes scan the street as they walk, always moving behind his glasses. A whole new world, where his name means nothing at all. It's a gift.

'As long as the music's good, they can celebrate anything they like.'

Date: 2016-06-20 10:10 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] cook_the_rude
cook_the_rude: (Informal cannibal day on the beach)
"They might celebrate celebration itself," Hannibal says, walking along in a much more easier pose than his usual poise. He doesn't stand out, for once, no more than either of his companions.

Date: 2016-06-21 09:51 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] just_cant_lose
just_cant_lose: (Gif - Neck Stretch)
Jim grins back - he has no doubt the competition has a way to go to keep up with Yrael - and then his face sets when someone barges past and knocks his shoulder. Inevitable, of course, but still rude.

'That's all it takes for some people,' he says to Hannibal. 'They haven't got anything better to do.'

Whatever. No one here needs the inadequacy of normal people pointed out to them. He listens to the music instead, a corner of his mouth turning up. He prefers blues to jazz, but New Orleans knows how to do both well.

Date: 2016-06-21 10:02 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] cook_the_rude
cook_the_rude: (Confetti for the cannibal)
"Please be careful," Hannibal says, silky smooth, to the person who has knocked Jim's shoulder and afterwards slides by him.

"Of course, in this city, we can't expect to not be bumped into. Distance isn't what we came for. But some people should use their eyes."

Date: 2016-06-22 03:14 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] just_cant_lose
just_cant_lose: (Orange)
Jim thinks people who just keep afloat in chaos are pointless. He also thinks people are never really aware of the proximity of death - but if a city was made to make people think about it, it would be this one.

Thinking about stuff like this is conducive to having a good time, but usually at the expense of someone else's life. He's not about to insult Yrael's hospitality by hating people too pointedly this evening. Unless things happen that way naturally. Sooooo, he just sticks his hand up and catches a lei out of the air, which he promptly puts around Hannibal's neck.

'It's Pride, then?'

Ugh. Pride.

'Or just because of this shooting you mentioned?'

Date: 2016-06-22 07:58 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] cook_the_rude
cook_the_rude: (Confetti for the cannibal)
"Thank you," Hannibal says. "It's the season for Pride, at least. I hope there won't be haters on the margin, you know, young men considering themselves edgy and provocative, marinated in whiskey and cola."

Date: 2016-06-23 06:02 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] just_cant_lose
just_cant_lose: (Butter Wouldn't Melt)
Whiskey and cola. Heh. Adorable.

'For God's sake. Tomatoes?'

Whhhhhhhy. But his attention is caught by the Mutant Pride banner, and he tilts his head at it.

'Are they proud of being mutants, or of being gay mutants?'

Date: 2016-06-23 06:31 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] cook_the_rude
cook_the_rude: (Tiny tomato of madness)
"Both?" Hannibal says, smiling. "And tomatoes are very well worth celebrating. They might go well with that marinade, too."

He accepts a string of blood-red beads from a pretty young mutant of indeterminate gender and green hair.

Date: 2016-06-23 07:42 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] just_cant_lose
just_cant_lose: (White Shirt)
'Yeah, I've seen Live and Let Die.'

Ooooh, a lie. Thanks, Yrael. Classy stuff.

But fine, he's fitting in and at least the colour doesn't clash with his shirt. He likes jazzy funeral marches too. Killer brass.

'I don't suppose there's a real Baron on this world? I could use his skills at resurrection.'

Date: 2016-06-23 08:13 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] cook_the_rude
cook_the_rude: (Smug smirking snake)
"That's always useful if somebody dies even though you still have questions," Hannibal agrees.

Date: 2016-06-23 09:06 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] just_cant_lose
just_cant_lose: (Beaten You Already)
'Or if you want to win a bet,' he says to Hannibal.

And to Yrael, 'a friend - for want of a better word - doesn't like being dead. I'm scoping out options for him.'

His eyes follow the fake Baron, as if wanting him to be real could make it happen.

And also to keep the mention casual, because c'mon, he was always going to sound out Yrael on this front.
Edited Date: 2016-06-23 09:11 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-06-23 09:12 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] cook_the_rude
cook_the_rude: (**smirk**)
"Yes, there is a number of dead people in the bar who might like a change," Hannibal agrees.

Date: 2016-06-23 09:32 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] just_cant_lose
just_cant_lose: (Gentle Contempt)
Jim is lighting a cigarette - Sherlock is being a bad influence - and his hand falters slightly as he snaps his Zippo shut. He glances at Yrael, then Hannibal, then back to Yrael.


'...what?'

Date: 2016-06-23 09:34 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] cook_the_rude
cook_the_rude: (Doctor Lecter is prepared and ready)
"Many people can learn magic, at least in Milliways," Hannibal says. "I haven't, yet, but I might."

Date: 2016-06-23 09:51 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] just_cant_lose
just_cant_lose: (Listening)
'Sameth never mentioned that.'

Hmm.

He doesn't know what to make of that. Of course part of him yearns towards the idea of learning something, anything, completely new. The rest of him...he's got this plan, and it has an inevitable outcome unless something drastic changes.

'Maybe this isn't the time to be discussing it.'

There's no rush. But he does glance at Hannibal, and asks, 'you'd really learn magic?'

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