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It was ridiculous to feel nervous. She knew that, it wasn't like she had just met this guy and it wasn't like they hadn't slept in the same bed when she let him come stay with her over Christmas. It had been a couple weeks since then, Julian had insisted that they go out on a real date but they'd been texting a lot since then and seen one another a few times at work. One time had resulted in a pretty heated makeout session in the break room which told her that everything she was feeling wasn't just going to disappear. She liked him, dammit she really liked him.
She had picked out her outfit the night before to avoid her getting in a last minute panic. Nora didn't really pay much mind to what others thought about her fashion but perhaps for one night she wanted to impress him a little. The feminist in her was shaking her head in disapproval but she couldn't bring herself to care in that moment. She was wearing her favorite pair of jeans, a pretty blouse paired with a loose-fitting black cardigan which would keep her warm enough as they wandered around the aquarium together.
A blush rested upon her cheeks as she thought about the idea of going on a date with him, in public no less. She wondered if he would hold her hand while talking about something dorky, whether that stupid grin would plant itself on her lips and refuse to leave like it usually did when she was with him. As if he could sense her nervousness, Cloud jumped up for her attention which made her laugh and tell him to settle in her bed "I'll be fine, it's only a date, what's the worst that could happen right?" she attempted to laugh it off but really she was wondering how tonight would go.
She grabbed her bag and keys and headed towards the door, closing it and locking up behind her before heading down the steps of her home and down the driveway. She decided to get a cab rather than drive because she wasn't really sure what the plan was. She knew where they were meeting but it seemed open ended on whether they would stay together after or where they might go. She wanted the freedom to have a few drinks if she wanted. She hopped into the cab she called and before long she was across the city to the busier tourist part at the center.
She got out of the car, looking around as she pulled her cardigan tighter because the air was colder than she was expecting it to be. She made her way to their meeting spot outside of the building and tugged on her sleeves a little as she waited.
He wasn’t particularly afraid that she’d see this other side of him that often repelled people in his life. It wouldn’t be the first time nor will it be the last but despite the worry that sets in his heart, he didn’t think he could just put a smile on her when he’s hiding something else underneath. That doesn’t work with him. He wondered… if she had done the same to him, there was no way, right? They were doing so well so far… nothing else was there to be placed as a potential conflict and Julian hoped it would remain that way. “Because why wouldn’t you want people to like you? Being likable is… a heavy work to do but… I can see why people do it.” Perhaps some cared too much to the point it became unhealthy.
He raised his eyebrows and chuckled when she said that “Maybe… Maybe I was tempted to do that too… but hey, if I don’t accept all of you, do I deserve you at all?” That’s always the question, right? The nephilim always found himself going back at that, to ask whether he deserved her or not. She was the one who allowed him in, after all. If she didn’t, then would any of his advances come through? He had that stupid grin plastered on his face when she said the taller the better, he could do with that. He ruffled his hair dramatically and shrugged “I don’t know… I think pink would still be fine, you don’t think I’d rock hot pink? Well, here I was thinking you had my six all the time, such a devious woman.” God she might not be the only one to question it though.
“Lucky for you miss, my workplace will never allow me to dye my hair any obnoxious color, I have a reputation to keep, and pilots and engineers don’t… have time to fashion themselves like that.” Understandable, they’re often somewhere that doesn’t really care if you’re covered in mud or gold. “Naturally, I do have wings for a reason, don’t I? If I don’t make use of it, then my sister would just say cut off your wings so I can auction them off” he grumbled and rolled his eyes, she would actually do that and he’s genuinely freaked out. “That and I’m in aeronautics for a reason baby. It’s my job, my whole lifeline that I dedicated myself to.” He didn’t think he could actually give that one up, in any circumstances. When she mentioned a neck ache, he brought his hand up to massage the back of his and grinned sheepishly “I mean, you can stand on my feet, so long as they’re not covered in heels…” Would that even help? He’d still need to look down or she’d need to look up still. “We’ll find a way to get used to it.”
He playfully hit her side when she said it was nothing special for lunch “Does your royal highness, not like such things?” he teased, “Because I’d kill for a burger and milkshake right about now, do you know my supervisor has been putting us on this tight diet? It’s killing me to even continue eating chicken breasts.” Soon enough, they reached the entrance where a few were queuing. “Is it bad if I hoped people will go because if we have to queue for another 20 minutes, I’m bailing?”
She shrugged her shoulders slightly “Isn’t it exhausting to try and reach people’s expectations?” she questioned in a soft voice, especially if the person you were trying to get to like you wanted you to be someone you’re not. Julian hadn’t asked her to do that, if anything he seemed to embrace her with all of her flaws and that was what made him so different from others she knew. “I don’t want to change myself if that’s the only way someone will see me as someone good” she murmured softly, maybe she wasn’t good but she was who she was, if that wasn’t enough then eventually all she was going to do is let someone down.
Her eyes softened a little, she wasn’t mad to hear that he’d thought about running because that meant he had given what he wanted serious thought “You just keep surprising me” she murmured softly as she looked up at him “But you’ve already proved yourself more than worthy of me, god knows no one else has ever had the patience you have, you must have been a saint in another life” she teased, shaking her head in an amused manner. She laughed as she attempted to picture him with pink hair in her head “I’m not sure I could even process the idea of you with lighter hair” she teased as she lifted her hand to push his hair out of his face and block it with her palm so she could look at him “I don’t think hot pink is in your cards” she murmured softly.
She grinned slightly “It must be fun just to be able to fly wherever you want to…” it would be enjoyable she was sure and very freeing because you would never really be held back by anything “Your sister sounds like quite the character” she commented and laughed softly, shaking her head slightly “But it’s kinda crazy like someone who can fly all by himself wanted to work in aviation” honestly it made her curious what it was “Do you find it fascinating how the same thing can be replicated with machinery?” it was pretty amazing how far things had come she would admit that much.
She laughed softly when he said she could stand on his feet as long as she wasn’t wearing heels “You’re really scared of my heels now aren’t you?” she jested with an amused smile, she gasped and nudged him back when he hit her side “I can…eat a burger” she commented and grinned sheepishly “I don’t like this judgment I’m getting for having high standards of food…” she murmured softly. She chuckled when he said he didn’t want to have to queue for the cafeteria food “That same thought comes up in my head all the time” she commented and laughed but tugged him to join the queue and before long they were up to the counter.
"You I can't see that way. You can't be someone else Len, it'll break my heart… and yours too." All he wants is for her to be herself, even if it's only around him. That's fine, he could take that. "I want to be your comfort." He couldn't help but to chuckle when she pointed out that he must've been a saint from another life "Perhaps I was, and for that I am truly grateful, because only then was I able to get someone like you, right? I can handle you, I will… I don't want anyone else. Why else would I pursue you without resting…? Giving up is definitely a lot easier, especially when it's Eleanora Nordstroem, but I don't think I could live on thinking it's okay, I missed my shot. I had to try."
He cleared his throat and pursed his lips slightly, "Though I had to admit, I was afraid you were going to say no. Because my fragile heart might not be able to take it." The nephilim stared at the girl in front of him, pressing her palm against his forehead so she could brush his hair away. He softened his eyes and brushed his thumb against her knuckle gently "Then what suits me?" He might do whatever color she wants, without hesitation. It's hard for Julian to really say no when she was asking anything. Even when it ends up not being an ask. "My sister is crazy, you mean. She would like you and I'm somewhat afraid of that happening… because if she meets you, she's gonna drag you into the craziness that is my family. It's scary, you might pack up and leave" he grumbled. Knowing his sister, that might actually happen.
The male rubbed the back of his heard awkwardly and nodded when she asked if he was fascinated "It was a bit unhinged at first, not gonna lie. But when I learned about the technology, all the science that goes behind it? It's remarkable. I wanted to be an astronaut but I don't think birds will fare well in enclosed spaces… so that's a pass. Having a job that involves flying is the best occupation for me." Because it aligns with his interest, which later concludes a good outcome in his work ethic. "I'm scared of you in general baby, you can be scary but I like it too." His cute girl.
"Then prove me wrong, I want to know more about you… everything about you, slowly." He was not in a rush and didn't want to push her. Once they were up at the counter, he made his order and waited for her and paid before getting their number. His eyes were searching for a table and literally went straight to the one that was just emptied, tugging her wrist without a care. "Have you been on dates like these?"
He was sincere and she liked that about him, he had sought her out for the exact person she was right now and she had never asked him to be anything different. She offered a small smile when he said he wanted to be her comfort “You are” she pointed out “I’m not an easy person to sway but with you, I feel like I can forget things for a little while” he was so humble and kind to her that it was almost impossible not to get taken away with his sentiment, especially because unlike others who she could tell only said things to score a few points here and there, he was the kind of person who proved his words, over and over again. “You really are tireless to your cause” she teased softly and nudged him.
“I would have said no to most” she responded and nodded her head, if it wasn’t for Christmas and getting to spend time just…free of any pretext or obligations, she was sure she would have convinced herself it was another person just pushing themselves into her way. She parted her lips in surprise at his soft little gesture against her hand and then she offered a small smile “Maybe an undercut would work” she suggested with a slight nod of her head, she didn’t want him to change too much, she liked how he looked right now.
Him voicing his concerns about his family scaring her off made her laugh “Well trust me you can’t outdo me on fucked up families so anything would be better by comparison” her voice was a little sarcastic, she didn’t talk much about her parents but when she did, she rarely had anything nice to say. She raised her brows and smiled as he talked about his work and what made him so interested in it “I think every kid has a brief period where they wanna be an astronaut” she definitely did, though she quickly moved on from that phase “At least you have a built-in parachute if needed huh?” she commented and smiled softly, he seemed proud of his work and it showed.
She smiled when he said he wanted to know everything about her “Well I’m not even sure where to start…” she confessed and looked down for a moment before looking up to him “Well my favorite snack is nachos but not the terrible ones you get from stalls or fast-food restaurants, it has to be the real stuff, with salsa…guacamole…lots of cheese sauce” she grinned slightly, she was a bit of a snob when it came to her food but she did love it when it turned out delicious. After a while, she sat across from him and shook her head “No, never…I mean I’ve never really done proper dates full stop…not ones where someone makes an effort to…you know” she laughed and tilted her head “You must have more experience than me right?”