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Baltimore, Friday Night
Tonight was one of the rare, quiet nights in Baltimore. Banzai patrolled her beat, but other than a few loud fights and a mugging or two, nothing serious seemed to be going down. Hell, it was the kind of night where most people were even sticking to the speed limit and crossing the street at the designated crosswalks. What was a costumed crimefighter supposed to do when nobody was even jaywalking?

Well, currently, she was sprawled out on a rooftop, looking up at the stars. Sure, the neon glow from a hundred signs and streetlights washed out most of them, but the night was clear enough that she could pick out a few. The breeze off the ocean was cool and kept the bugs away, leaving her pretty comfortable. Sure, it was no thrilling chase that ended with a desperate fight in an alleyway or anything, but the night itself was young. Maybe this was just the calm before all hell broke loose and Banzai would end up bringing down a drug-smuggling ring.

She'd done that before. Kinda by accident, but she had done it.

All right, she'd give it another hour or so. If nothing livened up by then, she'd take it as a sign and head back to the island and go to bed relatively early. And until then, she'd relax here for a little bit, trying to pick out constellations by the few stars that made it through the light pollution before going back to patrolling her beat.

Even being a superhero couldn't be exciting all the time.

[And this is what happens when you wanna make a Baltimore post and have zero inspiration! Open for texts, calls, or folks with a reason to be out in Baltimore?]

not_every_mage

2015-08-15 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Her phone beeped with a text from Anders.



I NEED THEM BOTH. Do you think it'd make Lachlan jealous?

Then, a moment later:

P.S., where are you? I want pizza.

spin_kick_snap

2015-08-15 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Her phone was set to silent, but she felt the buzzing in her pocket (bless you, Barry, keep doing the lord's work). She pulled it out and grinned at the message. She bet he'd gotten the gif off Tumblr.

He would make such a good big brother! she declared via text. They could keep him company when you're not around! In Baltimore, keeping the streets safe from criminal evil. As soon as it shows up. Any minute now I bet.

And a minute after those texts arrived came another.

...Dammit, now I want pizza too.

not_every_mage

2015-08-15 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)

He would, absolutely. And I don't think pizza places deliver to roofs, Anders texted back, with a sad emoji. (Something else he'd picked up off Tumblr, source of much that was good or evil in his world just then.)

Then: Crazy thought, but should I come find you? Or is that just stupidly impractical? I'd even bring the pizza.

spin_kick_snap

2015-08-15 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)

You totally should! Kathy sent with three thumbs up emojis. Who doesn't wanna have a pizza picnic on a rooftop. I mean, check out this view!

She snapped a picture and sent it to him.



And then added the address of where she was, considering she doubted Anders could figure out her location via Snapchat.

not_every_mage

2015-08-15 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)

He wouldn't have known how to even start doing that, so he was grateful for the address. He sent back a cu soon with pizza emojis, found his shoes and (cleverly, he thought) called a pizza place close to Kathy's location in Baltimore, so the pie wouldn't get cold on the way.

An hour or so later:

Hello! I come bearing pizza. Where's the fire escape?

If Kathy looked down, she'd see Anders standing in front of the building, holding a pizza box and waving like a dork.

spin_kick_snap

2015-08-15 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Which of course meant that she had to wave like a dork back, because that was just what you did!

She waved him over to the side of the building, exaggerated pointing and then sent another text, Left side, come on up! just to be safe.

The rooftop was actually a pretty nice one, clean and debris-free. And since Kathy routinely carried around a bag in a pouch (in case she ran into someone in shock! She liked to be prepared!), she was able to open it up and spread it out, making it look a little more like a real picnic.

not_every_mage

2015-08-15 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Really, they were lucky they weren't attracting bad guys just by being their dorky selves.

Anders galumphed up the stairs and took in the rooftop, letting out a low whistle as he did. "This is probably the nicest roof I've ever eaten pizza on," he said, setting the box on the cloth. "And that might even be true if I;d eaten pizza on more than one roof."

spin_kick_snap

2015-08-15 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)

If they suddenly got jumped while nerding out, Banzai would never be able to live it down. Kathy would have to come up with a whole new code name and look just to escape the shame.

"Isn't it cool?" she asked, beaming at him. "Trust me, I've been on a ton a roofs and most of the are way less nice."

Opinions on things she'd never thought she have for $100, Alex.

"You've never eaten up on the roof of the dorms, though?" she asked, opening the pizza box. A fragrant cloud of steam wafted up and her stomach rumbled. Loudly. "Oh my god, that smells amazing. Best idea you've ever had, bar none."

not_every_mage

2015-08-15 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

"That doesn't say much for my other ideas, does it?" Anders asked lighty, grinning at the praise. "And not that I can remember? Maybe an apple or something. Why, do you do it a lot?"

spin_kick_snap

2015-08-15 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

"During the summer and fall, I try to get up there at least once a week," Kathy said, lifting up a slice. "It's just nice being up there, with the garden and the sun on your face, you know? It's also a good place to study cause people don't seem to go up there much."

She bit into the pizza and--yep, definitely his best idea. She wolfed down her first slice and reached for the second.

"So, how've you been? I don't think I've seen you since we bailed on your princely duties."

not_every_mage

2015-08-15 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

"I was up there a couple weeks ago," Anders told her as he detangled his own bit of melty cheese. "Did a little weeding because it looked like the poor plants were choking. You're right, it's nice."

He shrugged at her. "I'm afraid that was sot of the high point of my last few weeks. I haven't been terribly motivated. How have you been?"

spin_kick_snap

2015-08-15 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Tsk tsk tsk, laaaazy," Kathy chided with a grin, wagging her finger at him. "Me? I've been kicking around the idea of a slumber party. I've never had one. Or, well, thrown a party at all. So I've been looking up ideas to maybe throw one. Or something. I dunno, it may end up with me chickening out and tossing the whole idea."

not_every_mage

2015-08-15 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

"I don't even know what a slumber party is," Anders admitted. "So I wouldn't know if you were doing it right or wrong. But parties are good, aren't they?"

spin_kick_snap

2015-08-15 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

"It's a regular party but everyone sleeps over," Kathy explained. "So you show up, party late into the night, crash, and then maybe do some kind of breakfast the next day?"

That sounded fun, right? Tell her it sounded fun, Anders.

"I was thinking of having it up on the sixth floor, maybe. Like Sunday into Monday, since it's break week."

not_every_mage

2015-08-15 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

There was no way Anders was shooting her down when she had that kind of hope in her eyes.

"If you hold it there we could sleep in the ball pit," he suggested. "No, that's a brilliant idea. And probably a good way to fill part of the break."

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