Violet squeezed his hand again. "And you won't have to I'm sure," she said to him as Dino came out with a beautiful plate that he set down in front of Seth.
"Now I can sear it and then all you have to do is throw it in the oven for a bit and put all the other things on the plate," he explained. "And I'm working on a small cake for you two to share for desert," he advised.
"Man are you trying to crash this plane?" Seth griped at his cousin as the Cessna was buffeted about by the air currents. It had been a bumpy flight since shortly after take off.
"I might if you don't shut the hell up," Dixon answered, giving one of the wings a sudden tilt to screw with the younger man.
Seth cursed and gripped at the arm rest, mumbling under his breath about how much he hated small air craft.
Dixon didn't pay him any mind as he leveled the plane out again, "We're almost there princess. Just keep holding into your husband's hand there," he antagonized, glancing into the mirror and making eye contact with Alice long enough to flash a grin.
The week was slow, as expected. The only thing they had to look forward to was getting back to their room alone for a sex and a movie. The pair had found that it was a great way to release their tensions. It helped that they both loved it rough and and with teeth. Most days they couldn't get back to the barracks fast enough.
Now they were going back to main base for their first off week rotation, to where the recruits would get a few nights out of the base to let off some steam. Both Alice and Seth were still tinged colors of purple and pink but they didn't seem to care as they got ready in their civvies to go have a night out.
"You ready to go?" she asked dressed in a slinky black dress that exposed the tattoos down her back that Seth had started to become intimately aware of.
Alice, Dixon and Seth had all grown up together. Dixon had asked Alice out in high school and they basically hit it off... basically. Unfortunately they didn't realize that the only reason they never actually split up in high school was due to the other guy that had feelings for Alice, both of their best friend, Seth Redford.
So, when he arrived at the airport, despite trying to be calm she literally ran up to Seth and jumped on him, forcing him to drop anything in his arms so she could hug him basically like a monkey. "You've been gone too long," she said to him squeezing him as Dixon stood back for a moment.
Mordria was nervous. She hadn't seen Chance in a month and she had disseminated the information as she could. Quite a few of the places were ready but where still over powered.
She sighed as the last place she had on hand until Chance turned, was his dad's place of business. She assumed it was the best place as it was the last even though he constantly insisted she waited for him to shift.
Dino hated preparing food for creatures that weren't Lilin. Vampires were boring but particular. They preferred fresh and when they couldn't get that then room temperature blood was not good enough but much hotter than 98 degrees nearly burned it.
For there shifters, they had sensitive tongues. A single ingredient that didn't sing was a single ingredient gone wrong.
Mages were pushy and annoying and prissy.
And to throw a dinner party for primarily women? (The men weren't the ones that needed impressing so much. At least not according to Violet, well except for the shifters as the alpha didn't have a female lead).
Dino settled the last empty plate into its spot as Violet walked in followed by Ivan and his son Chance. Next was Elizabeth and her partner Damion. Beside them was Lilya the Mage and Romeo. Finally they were all followed by the medium Scott Mongomery and his ghost friend Sally.
Dino exchanged looks with Ciolet as they all flocked around the table to the name cards for each of them.
It was uncomfortably quiet. This wasn't exactly normal but there was a threat and it was necessary.
Violet and Dino were the last to sit. Dino looked around at the table. He hated other supernatural a.
After a short conversation, the only true message that Lucy got to tell the others was, "Easter Dinner tentatively at Five o'clock at your place. Invite whoever you want. There will be plenty to eat. I'll drop Chuck off early."
Reggie had decided in his limited wisdom that with everything that had happened, with the ruined dinner, with the new family, and all of the announcements, that this year was the first of hopefully many that he started doing the large family meals he used to do as a child. Vive Beatus, while closed for the holiday, would still be working as Reggie could think of no other way to do all of the food. There was a grand menu in store for all. He had even went as far as to make it open invitation, hoping Dino would join them as well. All were told to bring dishes if they saw fit, but all of the heavy cooking he had handled.
Chuck had been dropped off with the Sorokins to spend time with them as he went to become a maniac in the kitchen. It was a big task to take on, but Reggie was confident he could handle it.
Dino had returned, but things were not as they were before. It was clear that the chef was still quite upset with everything that had happened before. It took Reggie off guard the first time Dino had called him 'Chef Marrow', but the werewolf knew he would have to endure it for a while until he and his friend could talk and hopefully get through whatever issues they were having.
With all that had happened in the last few days, it became clear to Reggie that he couldn't let it continue. Stepping up had worked with Chuck, and now it was time for him to gather his courage, and hopefully get back the oldest friend he had.
The restaurant was closed, and the last of the others had left. This night was always a later one for Dino as he went made sure the books were in order. Reggie knew that was his only chance for the two to have a private conversation for at least another week, and with everything going on, he couldn't stand the idea of letting it continue.
Taking a breath and stepping up to the office door, Reggie knocked, "Dino, could we talk a moment?"
Reggie knew his first day back after Dino finding out Chuck was pregnant was going to be rough. There was going to be a million and a half jokes about 'pups' or 'litter' or something like that. While he loved his friend, he hated his sense of humor. It could be down right annoying sometimes, and he was expecting that until that child popped out, Dino was going to make sure that the Sous-Chef was doing everything he could for Chuck right... while also not forgetting his duties to the restaurant.
The uratha had taken that following day off regardless, not using it to move his things, but just to stay home with Chuck, and comfort her. Her getting pregnant was a big deal, and Reggie knew that she was scared. The man was going to have to work hard to show her that he wasn't going anywhere, and also knew that he was going to start asking more of Dino to allow him to do so. There was going to be an important conversation today between the two, and Reggie was not looking forward to it.
The man was also not prepared for what his friend and boss had prepared for him at the restaurant that day as he walked into the back door...
The whole walk back Reggie had been working to build up the courage to ask his boss, his friend a favor he never imagined he would have to ask. The walk had helped as he quickly realized how horrendously far Chuck lived in comparison to him. Neither of them had a car, and while the walks were nice, it was eating up entirely too much time. Crossing the bridges was always a pain in the ass with all of the exhaust and noise, so he was left with either spending entirely too much on cab rides, or doing what he was about to do.
Arriving at the restaurant, Reggie caught Dino before he even when to go get changed for his shift, "Hey Chef, can I talk to you in your office a moment?"