The Bite Before Christmas (Open RP)

Gemini was busy reading in her apartment when she was startled was by an unusual clatter downstairs. There hadn't been any noise down there for months since the restaurant below closed. She glanced at the calendar on the wall to double check that it was only the 22nd, “Well, it can't be Santa.”

 

Of course she had to investigate. Since the restaurant closed she had been using the outside staircase on the side of the building to get down. The Agent shivered s bit, since she had rushed outside in her casual t-shirt with no jacket.

 

Gemini wiped some fog of the the closed restaurant front window and peered inside. What she saw looked like the dinner spread in a Norman Roverwell painting. The main course wasn't  on the table yet but plates and silverware was set on a wine red tablecloth and white lace placemats. There was serving bowls of cold sides already on the table. There was a heaping bowls of ambrosia salad, potato salad, and regular salad.

 

Gemini was clearly bewildered as to what was going on until she saw a familiar face bring a large orange jello mold to the table. She rushed over to the front door to find it open.

 

“Joaquin! What the hell!?” she exclaimed in a cheerful tone, happy to see her old coworker. She found the restaurant to be warm with the smell of cooking food and a strong waft of hot chocolate.

 

“Ha, I told Tablita you’d hear us before we could surprise you,” the brown male beagle said as he placed the jello mold on the table. He was dressed like the stereotypical Dad during a ‘fancy’ holiday. He had navy suit pants and a dark green tie with a light mint shirt. He sported a ‘I might soon be having a midlife crisis’ ponytail, “I'm actually surprised it took you this long. Don't tell me you were already asleep. SHUSH must be running you ragged, huh?”

 

“Hardly. I wish they would,” Gemini replied as she walked up to give Joaquin a short hug. He returned a hearty pat on the back like she was one of his own kids. She heard more noises from the kitchen, “I take it the whole fam is here?”

 

“Naw. The eldest is back in Arizona with protectorate duty. We're actually on our way up to see Yamka and Waki on the holiday. They both were accepted to the ranger job in Canada earlier this year.”

 

“Oh wow! That's so cool. I know they were working has towards that. I guess that means the three other trouble makers are here,” Gemini then looked a bit sheepish, “Sorry I haven't been keeping good contact. I will after the new year!”

 

“Hey, don't worry about it. We know you are busy. Part of the reason we're here is because Tablita felt you were going to be lonely during the holidays, based on that e-mail you sent asking for some of your recipes,” chuckled the beagle.

 

“Well. Okay,” Gemini was a little surprised by that, “Sorry if a bled too much emotion in asking how she made that bread with the creamed corn in it.”

 

“It's  fine. It's fine,” Joaquin still smiled. A gray female wolf stepped out of the back kitchen and called out. She was wearing a mint green dress that matched Joaquin’s shirt and wore it with a dark green wide belt.

 

“Jo- Do you know where Junior went? He was supposed to help with the- oh you're here! Well, now you have to help with your own surprise,” Tablita let out a short nasaled laugh.

 

“I don’t know about that,” Gemini started in a joking tone, “I'm not sure this place is up to code. We're not positive why it closed. I hope no one notices its temporarily reopened.”

 

“I highly doubt anyone will. They're busy dealing with real criminals, yes?” the wolf replied, “Now, why don't you let your friends know they can come over for dinner tonight. You already have a little gaggle of friends by now, right?”

 

“Well, kinda. Yeah,” Gemini answered slightly unsure. She was picking up Tablita’s mothering vibe. The wolf mom's style was demanding but honestly meaning well.

 

“Go ahead and ask them over before I show you how I make that cream corn bread,” Tablita smiled as she walked up to Gemma, giving her a tight hug, “You're going to have such a good time. And you deserve it. It has been you you that's been emailing me, right?”

 

“Yeah… so uh, let me text some if my friends and see if they can come,” Gemini said as she pulled out her phone. She sent a few quick texts to co-workers to and friends she had already fought beside in the city. It was just an average text saying friends of hers were in town and they were having a huge dinner if anyone wanted to come. The address of the restaurant was attached.

 

((Anyone who has had contact with Gemini is invited. I know there is ongoing posts not finished with her and other characters but let's ignore any details that may happen in those since we don't know the conclusions of those. Characters can be invited by other characters second handedly as well. If a plot happens just know that characters that drink the hot cocoa are gonna be a part of the problem. Ones that don't drink it can help solve the problem- heh. Have fun!))

    • Sans the Skeleduck
      Sans the Skeleduck

      Almost just a few seconds after she sent the text, there was a flurry of excited knocking on the door. When answered, a huge mass of wet, bloody wiggling noodles greeted them.

      THE FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER. IT'S HERE. TAKE YOUR CHILDREN, TAKE YOUR CHILDREN AMD RUN- oh there was someone standing behind it. Wow that was a lot of Transylvanian spaghetti.

      "THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR INVITING US, GEMINI!!" 

      • Agent Gemini
        Agent Gemini

        Gemini was unfazed by the unusual spaghetti. The confused look on her face was concerning something else, “Wha- How did you get here so fast? Do you live nearby here? I can take your dish to the table for you. ”

         

        She stepped aside to let Papyrus come in. Joaquin smiled came over to the other side of the table to greet the newcomer, “Hello there! I'm Joaquin. Go ahead and make yourself at home. Can I get you anything to drink? We have hot cider and hot cocoa.”

        • DarkwingPsycho
          DarkwingPsycho

          It wasn't long before another knock sounded at the door, and Jacob Mallard stood there, dressed formally but with a charismatic smile on his aged face.  "Hello Miss Gemma.  A pleasure to see you again.  I was in the area when I received your gracious invitation."

          • Sans the Skeleduck
            Sans the Skeleduck

            "THANK YOU, BUT I CAN MANAGE!! I WAS ABOUT TO SEND YOU AN INVITE MYSELF!" Papyrus grinned as he walked in with the mass of spaghetti. "IT WAS... GETTING A BIT LONELY. THIS IS OUR FIRST AMERICAN CHRISTMAS! ONCE I GOT YOUR TEXT, I GRABBED SANS, MY SPAGHETTI, AND TELEPORTED!" 

            Sans yawned and scratched his neckbone as he walked in. It was obvioys he was just roused from sleep. He had on an ugly Christmas sweater that said "Up To Snow Good" but aside from that, he looked the same, with his black shorts and pink fuzzy slippers. 

            "COCOA DOUNDS GREAT! WE'LL HAVE ONE EACH!" Papyrus smiled. "I'M PAPYRUS, AND THIS IS MY BROTHER SANS! NICE TO MEET YOU MISS JOAQUIN! MERRY CHRISTMAS!" 

            Sans grinned and waved. "hey." 

            When another visitor arrived, Papyrus got up to greet the newcomer, after Gemini answered first. "HELLO, NEW FRIEND! I AM PAPYRUS! NICE TO MEET YOU!" 

            "ooh, you're here too? now it feels like friday," Sans remarked with a wink at Jacob. 

            "SANS, DON'T BE SILLY, IT'S SATURDAY!" 

            • Agent Gemini
              Agent Gemini

              Gemini gave a small chuckle at Papyrus.

               

              “Well, it's technically our first X-Mas in St. Canard. I'm glad you two could join us. Ah yeah- Us,” she gave both the skeleton bros a smile, “I'll go get my sister in a moment. She'll probably take her time getting ready.”

               

              “Alright. I'll go grab two hot cocoas. My son is supposed to be helping serving drinks but you know teenagers. The rest of dinner should be done soon,” Joaquin replied to the the skeletons as he got up to go to the kitchen.

               

              Tablita came out of the kitchen at around the same time Joaquin entered. She had a large basket of warm bread rolls with a cloth on top to keep in the warmth. A little canine child followed Tablita with her own little smaller bowl of rolls.

               

              “Oh! Hello Jacob!” Gemini greeted him a bit surprised he was there. She had invited almost everyone in her phone without a second thought. There was a mix of normals and others on that phone. Though, when Sans knew him she let out a sigh in relief, “Ah! You know each other.  From work? I guess I need to get out of my office more often.”

              • DarkwingPsycho
                DarkwingPsycho

                He stepped inside and took off his overcoat, then hung it on the wall.  "Ah, hello Papyrus," he said with an amicable smile.

                The agent did not seem to be in the mood for jokes and ignored Sans' as he looked back at Gemini.  "Yes, he...doesn't he work in your division?  You definitely should endeavor to survey the rest of SHUSH should you find an opportunity."  He paused, then added, "I apologize I brought nothing with me for the festivities."