[looks thoughtful for a moment, almost relieved, in a sense]
You give me too much credit, you know. Not many would agree with what you are saying. Not many, indeed.
[emerges from his daze as Feliciano is at his side]
What the … what do you think you’re — ?!
[cuts off and glances at the menu] [follows his finger]
E-everything sounds expertly prepared. I think I know exactly what I would like to try, now.
Too much credit? Why’s that? I like to think I can judge people’s characters well enough after all this time. [He laughs a little, before humming after Arthur decides on what to eat.]
Great~ Then you can enjoy yourself. I think I know what I’ll get too, I want to try the gnocchi pesto, I think. Maybe some fois gras bits on bread for an appetizer, I like getting it as a treat once in a while.
[He stays put beside Arthur, apparently quite content with his company.]
So, what are you gonna do after this?
I am not grumpy! Don’t you compare me to him.
[falls silent for a moment, reminiscing] [murmurs softly to himself]
… Is that so?
[trails behind Feliciano into the restaurant, taking in their surroundings]
The atmosphere isn’t bad, so I suppose I’ll hear your recommendations.
Hey, it’s not a bad thing~ He’s a good guy, really.
And si, although I didn’t quite think you meant to be. All the empires back then had that powerful aura… it was rather intimidating. Especially during the more bloodthirsty ages…
Nn, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about~ Here, I’ll point out some good dishes.
[He scoots over until he’s right next to Arthur, and starts to run his finger down along Arthur’s menu, pointing out the best dishes.]
The way they do this dish makes it so much more delicious than you’d normally expect, and this one here might normally be simple but they really take it to a new level! Although, if you like really fancy things, the way they prepare the fois gras here is amazing…
[grumbles a bit, avoiding his eyes] [throws embarrassed glances at anyone who passes them by]
… Hmph. We’ll see about that when we finish our meal. Just focus on finding this place, first.
[Feliciano just laughs a bit and tugs him along.] Okay, okay. Huh, you really are grumpy, huh? [He’s teasing.] You’re a little like Ludi, I think.
At least you’re not as scary as you were back then~ [That is, when Arthur was still an empire.] And I promise it’s good food, so trust me on this one! Here, it’s this place.
[He tugs Arthur into the restaurant, and asks for a table for two- and the hostess leads them to sit.]
I can guarantee that everything is good! But I’ve got recommendations, if you like.
[falters as his hand is grabbed]
W-wait! What on earth do you think you’re … !
[he stumbles after him, huffing and puffing as he does so]
I can walk just fine, mind you! A few blocks is nothing, and I shall protest all I want. I do not like being indebted to people. Lord knows if I don’t repay you, Ludwig might chew me out for a solid hour at our next meeting.
I’m taking you to dinner, sciocco!
[He laughs a little, smiling over at him as he keeps tugging him along.]
Even so, I want you to stay close just in case you get light-headed. Not eating is serious, you know! And you don’t owe me at all! It’s my treat- a treat! Not a loan.
W-well, it’s only because I haven’t eaten anything today. I suppose going to eat would be all right, then.
As expected of you. We better be going somewhere outstanding.
You haven’t eaten at all?! Then, let’s hurry! Come on, you need to eat or you’ll end up passing out! [He’s fussing a little, taking Arthur’s hand and tugging him along insistently.]
Luckily, one place is pretty closeby… Just a few more blocks, okay? And then you’ll eat your fill of delicious food~! I promise! After all, I have some of the best taste in Europe! [He boasts and giggles, very proud of his cuisine.]
My treat, so no protesting!
But… they taste so good… [He pouts but cheers up in no time.] Yeah, okay! I’m good with checkin’ out some other desserts!
I’m not very good at ice-skating… [It is a confession that looks painful to even say. Clearly he’s not enthusiastic about not being good at things.] But I don’t even remember when the last winter… oh, well, I mean, I do but… I was fighting, it wasn’t really fun wintery stuff. But like the last time I was awake in winter and not at war was probably at least 60 years ago.
Of course you can trust me! I’m not gonna tell anyone n’ it’s not like I wanna try to take over or anything stupid like that.[Alfred returns the smile, looking a little nervous when Feli’s cracks. He listens with an ever growing frown, and when Feli is done, Afred wraps his arm around his shoulders, pulling him into a hug.] I’m sorry, man… stuff like that’s never fun to deal with.
[He lights up.] Si! I’ll make you tons of tasty treats! I know how to make lots from all over, so I’ll do my best on them for you. [He’s excited and bouncing, cuddling up to Al and practically vibrating with energy for a few moments.] I love cooking for others a lot.
Ah? You can’t ice skate? Then, I should teach you! It would be so fun, at my place we’ve got his pond where it’s perfect for skating on in the winter once it’s frozen over. I could teach you then! And if we’re lucky it might even snow a little! I love snow, but unless I go up to the mountains, I rarely see it… [He pouts a tiny bit.]
[As Al pulls him into a one-armed hug, he adjusts and hugs him completely, a tight hold as he buries his face into Al’s chest.] Grazie, Alfie. I mean- it usually only lasts a few days at a time, so it’s not so bad! And it doesn’t make me love winter any less. I just wish it didn’t happen so much. It’s much more fun when I can go out and be with everyone.
[harrumphs a bit and crosses his arms]
Well, I simply needed to stretch my legs. That’s all! I can sit through a meeting without sleeping, mind you, and I don’t always sneak out.
[his stomach growls, and he coughs to cry and cover the sound up]
Erm, I was going to wander about for a while until I have to go back.
Was that your stomach..? [He laughs a little, before hopping a bit and falling into step beside Arthur.] Well, since we both ended up out here, want to avoid our meetings together and get some dinner?
I know a few good places around here!
★ I’d Dominate you
☆ I’d Submit for you
☼ In public
✪ Put on a Show (exhibitionism)
○ Be my Slave
◎ Be my Master
☾ Dress up
♪ Talk Dirty
☺Make a baby
☑ Add your own!
Hm. All right, then. Another time.
I’m around for something of the same, actually. I managed to escape from the offices for a little while. It can get rather dreary in a conference room for too long, yeah?
Although, running into you was a surprise! Of all the face, I didn’t expect to see yours. Aha, but I guess this just means we’re both like-minded, sneaking out like that.
[He’s grinning.] Si, si, meetings are awful most of the time, which is why I tend to sleep through them… And Ludi wasn’t at this one to keep me from sleeping or sneaking out, so I did!
What were you planning to do with the freedom~?