RP: Family Dinner

[Rated G for general family mush]

Reserved for: Harou and Mal

Harou has invited Mal to dinner so they can reconnect. Mal reluctantly accepts the invitation, after years of maintaining her distance. Let's hope the first entree isn't accompanied by a side order of drama.

    • Queen Malicia of St. Canard
      Queen Malicia of St. Canard

      Mal was late. By an hour, to be precise. Hopefully, poor Cassi would not have worn herself down with anticipation, having eagerly awaited her mother's arrival.

      But, finally, the door bell rang. And behind it would be the demonness in question, accompanied with a handful of decorated gift bags. All for Cassi, of course.

      Gotta make up for last time, after all.

      • Harou
        Harou

        Takeo was the one who answered the door since Harou was in the kitchen finishing up with the cooking.

        "Konbanwa, Malicia." He greeted with a bow. "Come on in. Harou is just about finished with the cooking." His English had gotten better over the years since Harou was teaching him. "Let me take those." He offered to take the bags from her.

        "Is she here?" Harou poked his head out from the doorway. "I'll be with you in a minute. It's about time. I thought Cassi was going to explode."

        • Queen Malicia of St. Canard
          Queen Malicia of St. Canard

          "Not going to tackle me this time, are you?" Half-teasing, half-serious. She allowed him to take the bags and stepped inside, glancing around.

          "I am." She said in response to Harou. "And where is my little Cassi?"

          • Harou
            Harou

            "No." Takeo shook his head as he took the bags. "I'll behave." He chuckled a little.

            "I think she's in her room playing where I told her to wait." Harou points to the door in the hall.

            • Queen Malicia of St. Canard
              Queen Malicia of St. Canard

              Mal followed the finger until she reached the room in question, opening the door.

              Almost immediately she froze, her eyes settling on the little girl who... wasn't as little as she remembered.

              But mommy still looked the same as ever to Cassi, who let out an excited squeal and ran straight for her, wrapping her tiny arms around the demonness' legs.

              "MOMMY'S HERE! MOMMY'S HERE!" She giggled and shrieked. Then, taking Mal by the claw to lead her to her arts 'n crafts table. "Look what I made outta macaroni mommy! And look, I wroted my whole name too!"

              Mal, meanwhile, was trying to remember when her daughter had started speaking in full sentences and... spelling. Writing. Reading, even. 

              How much time had passed?

              • Harou
                Harou

                "Showing mommy how creative and smart you are?" Harou leaned against the doorway after he had finished in the kitchen. He could hear their daughter from the other room. "I have been teaching her both languages. She could strike up a convo with Takeo easier than he could when he was learning English."

                He looked over at the table. "Still teaching her to write. Working on getting it better."

                • Queen Malicia of St. Canard
                  Queen Malicia of St. Canard

                  "That's... that's something." She fumbled, still struck by the sudden weight and realization of it all.

                  Time for a distraction.

                  "I brought you some gifts, Cassi. Plenty of goodies straight from St. Canard." She gave her daughter an awkward pat on the shoulder.

                  This, of course, led to even more excited squealing and hopping up and down.

                  "Can I go open my gifts now, daddy?! Pleeeeeease?"

                  • Harou
                    Harou

                    "Children are like sponges. They absorb everything and learn quickly." Harou looks down at Cassi. "Dinner is about ready. You'll have to wait until after dinner. You should wash up."

                    "Are you sure it's a good idea to make her wait? She's all excited again." Came a new voice before the drake in question appeared behind Harou. He was a white faced duck with a black and white tuft. His black patches on his eyes made him look like a panda. "She'll never sit still if you don't let her."

                    "She needs to learn patience." Harou sighs deeply.

                    The other drake looked at Malicia for a moment. "You must be Malicia. Harou's told me all about you."

                    "This is Hayate." Harou coughed before blushing (if that was possible with his dark feathers). "My boyfriend." How cute. They both had names that started with "H".

                    • Queen Malicia of St. Canard
                      Queen Malicia of St. Canard

                      Mal gave the new guy a good up-and-down look (because a firm ass is always top priority). Then, finally, she held out her clawed hand to shake his.

                      "I'm sure he has." She smirked. "I can't say the same, although Harou did mention he had a new companion."

                      Cassi, all-too familiar and bored to tears by formal introductions, was whining and hopping around the two. "C'moooon!"

                      Mal glanced her at daughter, then at dad. "I'm with New Boyfriend on this one, Harou. At least let her open a few."

                      • Harou
                        Harou

                        Hayate was toned that's for sure. The scar on his forehead suggested he was a fighter like Harou. He noted she was inspecting him and only merely grinned before reaching out to take her hand.

                        "Oh? He did?" He tilts his head. "Well pleasure to meet you." Then the drake leaned over to nip Harou. "Come on. Just let her open at least one. How can you say no to that face?"

                        "Oh. Alright. But just one. Then we need to eat dinner before it gets cold." Harou gave in. Leave it to them to team up against him and use Cassi's adorable face as a weapon.

                        • Queen Malicia of St. Canard
                          Queen Malicia of St. Canard

                          It was definitely a good thing she was only allowed to open one gift, because there were so many that dinner would've frozen over by the time she got through them all.

                          "EEEEE!" The almost six year-old was hopping up and down as she tried to decide which gift to choose.

                          Eventually, she settled on a massive box (how that was hidden in Mal's gift bags, who knew). When she tugged on the massive bow, the sides of the box collapsed downward to reveal...

                          ...Her very own child-sized car! Battery-powered steering and all. It had obviously been customized to suit her -- there was a license plate that read "Cassi" on the back, and it was hot pink with star decals.

                          She nearly broke the sound barrier with the noise she made.

                          "You'll be the envy of all your friends." Mal bragged, as Cassi rushed to give her another giant hug.

                          • Harou
                            Harou

                            "She certainly will in that." Harou says as he watched their daughter opening the gift with excitement. "After dinner you can open the rest of your gifts. Tell mommy thank you."

                            He moved to the kitchen to start setting things on the table.

                            "You must be rich to afford all of this." Hayate was a bit in awe in what must have been an expensive gift. He could only imagine what the rest of things were.

                            • Queen Malicia of St. Canard
                              Queen Malicia of St. Canard

                              "Thank you mommy!" More kisses and hugs for Mal, who was tensing up awkwardly at the wave of affection.

                              At Hayate's comment she quirked a brow at Harou. Didn't you tell him what we do?

                              "Money certainly isn't an issue with my lifestyle." She said, taking her seat at the dinner table.

                              • Harou
                                Harou

                                "I see." Hayate gave Harou a look. The kind of "you didn't tell me" look.

                                The meal consisted of squid stuffed with rice, several various fish dishes, eel fried rice especially made for Malicia, and of course noodles. Harou this time made sure to set out silverware for Malicia instead of chop sticks.

                                "Everything smells so good." Hayate says. "You're spoiling us."

                                "Mother made us learn to cook for when we were on our own." Takeo had taken a seat on the other side of Hayate. "Harou's better at it than me."

                                "Well, after being alone a long time it just came naturally." Harou started dishing out food for Cassi.

                                • Queen Malicia of St. Canard
                                  Queen Malicia of St. Canard

                                  Both Mal and Cassi were right at home with the selection. Cassi, because she was raised on Harou's delicacies, and for Mal it reminded her of her childhood monster cuisine (with slightly less moving things).

                                  "Mmff.." Mal grunted happily as she shoveled rice into her mouth. "So tell me, how did you two meet?" A motion to Hayate and Harou.

                                  • Harou
                                    Harou

                                    "That's a funny story honestly." Hayate replies. "Kind of embarrassing one. But Harou literally fell into my lap."

                                    "Not on purpose!" Harou groans. She had to ask that question. Now she got to hear of his undignified meeting.

                                    "One of his legs got caught and it came off sending him down the hill where he landed on me." Hayate was trying hard not to laugh.

                                    Harou was red in the face from a blush. "I was wearing my non-robotic limbs that day." He started shoving noodles into his mouth so he wouldn't have to talk about it farther.

                                    "Aw. Well after that we started seeing each other more, became friends, and now partners." Hayate reached over to pat Harou's shoulder. "Come on tough guy. It's funny when you look back on it."

                                    • Queen Malicia of St. Canard
                                      Queen Malicia of St. Canard

                                      "You have to admit, Harou, you are not the most graceful individual." She grinned cheekily. She hadn't forgotten the time he tripped over the bed after they slept together.

                                      "And what about you, baby girl?" She teased her daughter. "Have you charmed any of the boys at school yet?"

                                      "Mmmffff." Cassi grimaced, her mouth full with bits of rice stuck to her bill. She swallowed before trying to speak again.

                                      "Boys are icky. I'm gunna marry Lydie when I growed up!"

                                      That amused Mal. "Well, do invite me to the wedding then."

                                       

                                      • Harou
                                        Harou

                                        "I used to be." Harou shakes his head before he looks over at Cassi. "Only if she returns the feelings, sweetheart." Although he was not ready for the day when he would have to have the talk and such.  He didn't care who she ended up with as long as the other person treated her right and they were happy.

                                        "Boys icky? Well some of them are. Others are not." Hayate grins.

                                        • Queen Malicia of St. Canard
                                          Queen Malicia of St. Canard

                                          Mal didn't read much into Cassi's statement - after all, most girls her age were still in the 'ew boys' phase. It would be awhile yet before Mal had to worry about guys chasing her down.

                                          With parents like Harou and Mal, their daughter's future suitors better tread carefully.

                                          "Daddy's not icky, I like him." Cassi agreed with Hayate's sentiment.

                                          Attention back on Hayate now, Mal propped her hands under her chin. "What do you do for a living, Hayate?"

                                          • Harou
                                            Harou

                                            "I should hope I'm not icky." Harou slurped up some noodles. "Daddy likes you too."

                                            "Me? I was a fighter and a trainer at one time. But I'm an operative in the Network that Takeo was a head of." Hayate assumed it was safe to reveal that part to her since she knew about Harou's status.

                                            "Yes. He was one of my agents." Takeo nodded.

                                            "Which reminds me. You said you were going back into the business. " Hayate looks over at Harou.

                                            "I am and Takeo will be as well. But we have to be more cautious because of the crime fighter." Harou frowns deeply.

                                            "Oh yes. What's his name? Darkwing?" Hayate jabs at a piece of squid. "If he's so dangerous he needs to be stopped. I'll challenge him."

                                            "You will do no such thing." Harou bristled. "He is insane. Who knows what he'll do!"

                                            "Takeo didn't tell you what I did as an operative did he? I'm an assassin. I'm the one they call when the Network needs someone gone because they are too much of a threat." Hayate narrows his eyes.

                                            • Queen Malicia of St. Canard
                                              Queen Malicia of St. Canard

                                              Mal was liking this guy more and more. A professional who can take out Darkwing for her? Yes, please!

                                              "Perhaps you could teach Cassi a few moves." Because the girl was going to need it. In fact, Mal had already been researching self-defense and professional fighters, but hadn't settled on anyone yet. She had no idea what to do with a helpless 'Normal' daughter.

                                              "What's an ass-in?" Cassi piped up, her eyes were wide and curious now. She had noticed the tone of the dinner conversation had shifted into 'important grown-up talk' and she wanted to be 'in' on it too.

                                               

                                              • Harou
                                                Harou

                                                "Well, you could say I kick people in the ass." Hayate tried to explain to Cassi in the best way he could.

                                                "Assassin." Harou corrects her and he eyes Hayate. "Language please."

                                                "She's a little young for that. But maybe when she's older I could show her a few moves. If you're wanting her to learn self-defense assuming." The drake shrugs at Harou about the language.

                                                "It looks like I'll need to be having a word with Takeo later about some things." Harou wasn't liking the fact that Takeo seemed to have now gone against the code they had made when they formed the Network. "You will not be killing Darkwing unless out of self-defense. That's not how we do things in the Network."

                                                "Harou. Brother. Times were tough back home. I needed someone to protect us. There is a lot of dangerous people that had threaten my agents. I had no choice." Takeo sighed. "It was only as a last resort."

                                                Hayate excused himself for a moment before going into the room to fetch something. He returned with a box which he opened and placed a sharp blade on the table. "Alright. I won't kill him. But I can disable him then if it would ease your mind. One prick of this and the poison from the blade will bring him down. It will blind him. He'll be completely useless."

                                                • Queen Malicia of St. Canard
                                                  Queen Malicia of St. Canard

                                                  "I don't know what your issue is with wiping him out, Harou. He should have been dealt with years ago." Mal leaned back in her chair.

                                                  "Nicolas at school says Darkwing saves people from the bad guys." Cassi scrunched her face in confusion.

                                                  "Well Nicolas probably still wets the bed." Mal narrowed her eyes. "Don't listen to what other children say, Cassi."

                                                  "Oh, okay, mommy." A glance at Harou and his knife. "Are you gonna cut the cake with that?" Yay, dessert time!

                                                  • Harou
                                                    Harou

                                                    "He did save people from the bad guys. But he has allowed himself to become corrupted. He has done something a hero isn't supposed to do." Harou shakes his head. "If I did that I would be no better than him."

                                                    "No. This knife isn't for cutting cake, little one." Hayate made sure she didn't get a hold of it.

                                                    • Queen Malicia of St. Canard
                                                      Queen Malicia of St. Canard

                                                      "You're not a hero, Harou." Mal argued. "You don't have to live by any rules." She wasn't sure where all these weird moral values were coming from.

                                                      Cassi, meanwhile, was pouting at Hayate. "When do we get to eat the cake then?"