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Meeting

CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She closed the door behind hgger, placing the bag on a wooden table. It was a small house, three rooms. It wasn't falling apart which Charlie was happy about. She hadn't changed much in the past month and had been working in a supermarket to pay the rent. People would get suspicious if she didn't have a job. She looked out the window before pulling the curtains closed.


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Kaz Novacek
After a long day of work at the workshop, Kaz walked home to hopefully find his mother sober, and his siblings alive and well. He walked across the house next to them, that up to about a month or so, had been uninhabited for over a decade. He gave a nod of acknowledgement and a quick wink at the girl inside it just before he noticed the curtains were pulled tight shut.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She saw him and pulled them closed as fast as she could. She moved out of sight and groaned. He was a pain. Lived next to her and was hot as hell. But she promised herself not to get to know anyone. Especially boys like him. They were loud too. As well as a troubled mother. She'd come up to her often to harass Charlie, often drunk. She sighed, before jumping when her oven exploded open and black smoke poured out. After getting the fire under control, she swore.


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Kaz Novacek
Just as he was about to enter his own house, a loud and obnoxiously high-pitched and repetitive sound erupted from the mysterious girl's house: the distinct tone of old fire alarms. Figuring that it would be a good time to try practicing his fire powers and to finally introduce himself and get a good look at the relatively new neighbour, Kaz stretched his arms and walked briskly towards the front door. Once he got there, he knocked twice. "Hey, is everything okay inside?" He asked in asperous Czech, his voice the low grating of stone against stone.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
Her head whipped around to the door and bit her lip. Shoot. She grabbed a tea towel to swipe against the alarm, trying to get it to stop. When that didn't work, she opened a window on the side of the house. Maybe he'll loose interest and go away. she knew the oven was broken and it would cost to get someone in there to fix it, lord knows she has no idea what to do when it came to fixing things. After a moment, she didn't hear the stairs creak and sighed, "yeah, everything's fine, sorry!" She called out.


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Kaz Novacek
He knocked again, noticing how much smoke was coming out from a window on the other side, "Ah, an American." He changed to his course English before continuing, "It does not look fine from outside. You need help? That sound is now drilling into my skull."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
The door flew open and she glared up at him, "it's fine, the oven just....stopped working. There's no fire and the smoke should be gone in a few moments. If it's drilling into your skull then I'd suggest you leave as distance usually works with noise. Ear plugs might also be helpful." She scowled, tapping her foot.


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Kaz Novacek
He brazenly rolled his eyes. "Just trying to help, so don't rage." he replied and quickly checked her out before starting to walk away. "And get it fixed," he deadpanned as he pulled out and threw a business card at her that read: "Novacek & Brekker: Automovile and Domestic Appliance Mechanics" followed by the phone number.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She rolled her eyes as she saw the card, "always an opportunity to advertise." She huffed as the oven made a noise once more. She whipped out a phone and dialled the number.


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Kaz Novacek
He got out his cellphone and answered as he crossed the threshold to his household, "Ahoj?" He greeted, not really expecting the lady to call so quickly, so instead thinking it was a normal customer.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Ahoj to you too," she grumbled, "I have an oven that needs fixing. And you walked away."


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Kaz Novacek
He sighed heavily, and his voiced seemed to sound ever-so lower than normal, "Be right back," and without further ado, he hung up and showed up on her front porch a few seconds later. "I'm here. May I come in?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She beamed at him and stepped back, "sure," she said.


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Kaz Novacek
He stepped in, and looked around, the house now almost clear from any smoke, "Now, where is your oven?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She pointed towards it before rushing over to extinguish some flames. Swearing under her breath as the alarm went off once more.


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Kaz Novacek
Before she managed to finish extinguishing the flames, he discreetly closed his right hand into a fist and watched as the fire died down. Without waiting for the oven to cool down, he took the hot racks out nonchalantly and placed them on top of the nearby stove before doving his head inside the oven and looking around it for the source of trouble.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
He was an elemental. Of course h read. Just. Her. Luck. She leaned against the wall, "how expensive will it be, do you know?" Novacek. Novacek.


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Kaz Novacek
"I'm in a good mood, and my psychotic mother says you did not welcome her (probably burnt) cookies as a welcome gift to the neighbourhood when you got here. So let's just say I'll replace the cookies for a free oven-fixing-card." He said as he examined the entrails of the complex and antique heating machinery until he found a gas leak and the igniter with a fusion problem. He got out special tape from his pockets and a small toolkit from his messenger bag and continued fixing the malfunction, "That is, if you let me buy you a drink."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She flushed, there were multiple reasons why she denied the cookies. One, she asked Charlie to pay for them and two...she'd been struggling to keep food down recently and better for the women to give it to someone who'd appreciate them. "I wouldn't have appreciated them, plus she asked me to pay for them," she forced out, "and I can pay. Even if it's just a tip." She hesitated at the last question. "I don't know your name."


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Kaz Novacek
"Let's play a game then. You guess my name before I pay, and I'll pay the drinks and the tip. You don't guess it, I still pay the drinks, but you pay the tip." Kaz explained as he finished sealing everything and making sure the oven was fixed in the aspects that could actually be fixed. After this, he stood up, put the racks back in, closed the oven, and clapped his hands together once in conclusion. "You game?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She narrowed her eyes, "that's...do you realise how many names there are in the world? Not including the unisex names."


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Kaz Novacek
"Fine," he conceded and proceded to ponder for a few moments as he brushed the grime off his hands with a small cloth from his bag that he always used to clean himself. "I'll give you three major hints. It's specifically for men, starts with "K" and is Eastern European."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Kookie," she said deadpanned.


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Kaz Novacek
He furrowed his eyebrows and glowered at her; "Is that even a name?" he queried as he walked out of the house, expecting her to follow.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"People have called their kids apple, so Kookie might just be," she replied, following, "I'm not that well dressed to get a drink," she observed looking down at her clothes. Jeans, plain black boots and a woolen shirt, no sleeves and a turtle neck. It hung loose below her waist line.


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Kaz Novacek
"Well, forgive me, but I am not exactly taking you to a fancy bar, but rather to my go-to pub. Besides, no one dresses up for a pub. I mean, look at me." He gestured to himself, his most decent pair of dark low-rise jeans, a tank top with a few black grime stains and a worn-out genuinely vintage brown leather jacket to match his boots.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"You're a man," she pointed out as she walked passed him, "you can get away with it."


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Kaz Novacek
"Granted, but you're still not very bad." He turned around after reaching the lowest stair of the porch, "Are you not going to lock the door?" His thick ñeyebrow became an arch of testing.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"I already have," she replied frowning, "you can check if you want,"


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Kaz Novacek
The barest of smiles crawled unto his lips, "I don't need to. It's your loss, after all." He then shrugged and continued walking, not quite waiting for her to follow, "So I take it that you gsve up on the name hunting?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"I decided Kookie was the right one," she informed him, easily keeping pace.


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Kaz Novacek
"Well. It is not, so I am sorry to say you will have to pay the tip," He half-joked as he then stuck his thumbs into his pockets.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She chuckled, "fine by me, kookie."


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Kaz Novacek
He gave a right turn in the narrow streets which lead to a better-looking alley with small pintoresque shops on the sides. "What is yours, by the way?"



CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
she hummed, "treat me right and I might tell you."


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Kaz Novacek
"Oh, I am sorry, am I not treating your Majesty well enough?" He inquired mockingly in czech.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"I don't speak Czech," she pointed out but she got the idea of what he was saying.


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Kaz Novacek
"Oh please. You may not speak it, but you have a job, so you must understand the main points." He continued in his native language before finishing in English, "Am I wrong?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She chewed her lips, "fine, I do know a bit," she confessed, "a...friends boyfriend taught me some."


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Kaz Novacek
"You bite your lower lip a lot," He pointed out as he came to the conclusion. He then stopped dead in his tracks. "Well, this is "The Lucky Strike", the best Irish pub around here."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Bad habit," she muttered, looking up at the pub, "aren't we a bit...away from Ireland? Like very far away?"


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Kaz Novacek
"We are," he chuckled, "But we're still farther away from the US, and yet we're still speaking American English."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Do you want to change it to British English?"


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Kaz Novacek
"That is not my point." He said after quickly furrowing and releasing his eyebrows, "What I mean is: countries are multicultural, so why not enjoy the diversity?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She shrugged, "I suppose," she replied, fiddling with her shirt.


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Kaz Novacek
Kaz remained silent as they both entered the threshold and suddenly there were people, music, indistinct chatter and laughter filling the air and giving Kaz a chill in his spine. Finally home... He thought.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She followed after him, her gaze sweeping the room. She looked on through hooded lids, her mouth a perfect frown and her back was arched. For a moment, she'd accidentally slipped back into her old persona but it soon slipped off. "Cosy," she said.


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Kaz Novacek
"Depends on your definition," he snorted before walking towards the bar.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She frowned, following him, "you don't think it is?"


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Kaz Novacek
"I do think so. But this lifestyle is not for everyone. Specially not for my sister."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She raised an eyebrow, "what? You don't think she can handle a few drinks? You only have one, right?"


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Kaz Novacek
"No. I have two. You've probably seen the eldest. The youngest rarely ever leaves home, and she is twin to my only brother. I was referring to her not because of the drinks, but rather because she is..." he looked for a word to describe her without sounding harsh, "...odd, and a little antisocial."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Oh, right," she replied, "nothing wrong with that." She shrugged, still eyeing the place, "you have a big family."


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Kaz Novacek
He shook his head, "Not that much. We are only six, and if you keep in mind that two of my siblings are twins, we were only supposed to be three siblings. Many people don't know what it's like to be twins and invade them with the usual questions that we all get tired off. Do you have any friends or close people that are twins?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She paused at the question. Not saying anything for a few minutes, looking for the bartender to get out of it, before eventually saying, "no, no, no I don't know anyone who are twins. Not that I'm close with anyway."


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Kaz Novacek
"Ah," He smiled at her as the bartender approached them and asked for what they were going to drink in Czech.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She glanced at Kaz before looking up at him and saying in fluent Czech, "do you have beer?"


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Kaz Novacek
Kaz stifled a snort and then looked around, so she didn't catch his amused expression as the bartender frowned slightly, "Of course, lady. Corona, Heineken, Stella Artois, and quite obviously, Guinness."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She cut a glance towards Kaz before back to the bartender, "heineken. In the. bottle."


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Kaz Novacek
He turned back to the bartender and raised his hand, signaling the bartender that he wanted the same as always. "A Guinness for Nováçek and a Heineken for his... lady".


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She frowned at the label and turned back to Kaz, done with the bartender.


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Kaz Novacek
The bartender, after a few moments, gave Kaz both drinks, and he, in turn, gave Charlie the Heineken. "Am I really that bad a human being to be related to?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She sipped the drink, "I don't know, I'm not related to you."


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Kaz Novacek
He blinked, "I did not mean necessarily family related, but rather related as in any label, form, or relationship."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Makes it seem like I belong to you. I'm your lady. It's not really got anything to do with you, I just don't like labels in general," she replied. Plus, I kind of ran away from a label and secretly desired another label for my whole life. She didn't say this, though. Instead, she changed subjects, "say, why do they call you by your last name?"


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Kaz Novacek
He shrugged, "Is it not common? They only call me that either in bars or at sports. Other than that, everyone calls me Kookie," he joked playfully as a cheeky grin snuck into his expression.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She laughed unexpectedly, "see? I was right," she joked, "seriously, though, what is your name?"


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Kaz Novacek
He turned to face her and try to see in her eyes if she was actually interested, and he squinted ever-so-slightly to do this. "Kaz," He concluded.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Kaz," she repeated before humming. She didn't expect that, she expect a long, complicated name. "I'm Charlie."


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Kaz Novacek
"Charlie?" It had taken him slightly aback. He had somewhat expected an elegant and sultry old-fashioned American name. "Is it short for something else?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Charlotte," she conceded, "I don't really like it, though."


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Kaz Novacek
That's more like it, he thought before replying, "I understand. Some long named are nice to have to be able to shorten them. I don't really have anything to shorten mine to, though.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"You could change it to Kookie," she suggested, "it suits you much better."


OOC:I would like to point out Charlotte is British not American.


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Kaz Novacek
"Hmmmmm," he mused amusedly, "Now, does it?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Oh certainty," she said, nodding, taking another sip, "taking out random people for drinks, fixing their ovens for free–most people would consider that pretty kooky."


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Kaz Novacek
Considering his English wasn't the perfect, he didn't quite get her pun, but chuckled anyways, figuring it was supposed to be humorous due to her phrasing and the context. To conceal this, he pouted, "No. Not random people. Only attractive neighbours," he said playfully as he winked


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She smiled at the compliment. No matter how much she was running from everything she use to be–a compliment was always nice. "Is it often you have attractive neighbours coming through?" She asked, "I haven't really met anyone but..." she trailed off with a shrug, unsure of where she was going with it. "Not many people seem to come and go."


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Kaz Novacek
He didn't quite know how to reply to that, so he just decided to go safe, "It is a pretty secluded neighbourhood. And let's say it's not for everyone, so once a family thinks they fit there, they tend to stay st home for really long periods of time.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She took a short sip of her drink, "no offence, but that sounds really boring," she said, "I can't imagine staying in this place forever. Or having a family here." Or having a family at all, she thought to herself.


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Kaz Novacek
"Well, then we're quite different, because I really can not bare to imagine otherwise. I attribute this to the fact that I have been living this alway ever since I can remember."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"I grew up somewhere where we had to travel for quite some bit to meet any other human beings, so I suppose that might play into effect," she shrugged, "but I still think you're Kookie for wanting to spend every single moment of your life here."


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Kaz Novacek
He furrowed his eyebrows, "That's not what I said. I believe I just stated I can not reckon my life any other way: doesn't mean I do not want to have it any other way."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"So you're torn between the comfortable life and the life you desire?" She asked, rubbing the neck of her bottle with a sly smile.


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Kaz Novacek
He took a long swig from his drink and quickly after swallowed it before he grabbed the bottle nimbly from its neck and swilled it graciously in near-perfect circles, "It sounds so much more dramatic when you put it that way..."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She grinned, "everything's dramatic," she said, "so, question, why don't you to an academy or something? Surely your siblings are elemental's as well? Might open your eyes and then, after graduation, decide if you want to come back."


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Kaz Novacek
He grinned inanely down at her and stifled a petty snicker from his part, "I was right. You are an elemental after all. Guess I should've known right when I was fixing your smoking oven bare-handed and you didn't shriek to stop me..." He trailed off for a few seconds before coming back to her, "Getting to your question, yes, my siblings are elementals, and I do wish to go to the academy, but..." he gave way to a second of reticece but shrugged it off shortly aftwerwards, "I've heard there are still some negative stigmas about us, you know, bi-elementals."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Depends which one you go too," she replied, "most ones...the rich ones, where all the royals go to...aren't that fussed."


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Kaz Novacek
"You mean, like, the actual Elemental Academy? I don't know if I could go there, I mean, I have been saving, but I don't know if that's enought to pay for enough for my siblings' education. Or even just mine for that matter." He sighed, "I don't know if that's a price that is worth paying."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"You could try for a scholarship?" She asked, "and I hear it's a really good school."


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Kaz Novacek
He smiled humbly, "The only one with above-average academic performance is my younger brother. My sister, the older one, is also very smart, but I don't knoow if we'd get a scholarship."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Don't they do sibling accomodation?" She furrowed her eyebrows.


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Kaz Novacek
He shrugged, "I honestly don't have any clue. Never researched anything about it. Just've heard from a few guys from the middle-high-class families in the neighbourhood that it's a good school and yada yada yada."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She grinned, "but I suppose it shall never beat the life of a mechanic."


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Kaz Novacek
"That, I do not know at all. But maybe I should try going to this academy and see if it would fit my siblings after all."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She nodded. "I wish you luck with it."


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Kaz Novacek
"Have you ever studied in the academy, Charlie?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She shrugged, taking a small sip, "briefly. I'm not looking to go back though."


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Kaz Novacek
He frowned and yawned shortly, "I thought you'd just said it was a great place?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"It is," she replied, "I didn't leave because of it."


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Kaz Novacek
"Would it be in order to know the reason behind it, then?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
she winked, "I think I'll keep you guessing."


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Kaz Novacek
He rolled his eyes playfully, "My father once told me never to trust women, specially if they were mysterious and attractive. Does that mean I shouldn't trust you?" He winked back and took a sip from his drink.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She frowned, "smart guy. He was right. You really shouldn't trust me."


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Kaz Novacek
"Yet I am inclined to do so, anyway." He smirked politely, "Could you tell me why is that?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Then I wouldn't be mysterious and attractive, I'd only be attractive."


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Kaz Novacek
He laughed heartily, "You really are something," he spoke lowly, his voice ever-so raspy as he offered her a warm smile, "Are you planning on staying here for long, Charlie?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She shrugged, "as long as I can," she replied, "maybe eventually to a city."


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Kaz Novacek
"Well, just because it's the suburbs you're living in, doesn't mean that you're not technically in the city..."


CharlieWb2