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Hannibal Lecter ([personal profile] sharp_man) wrote in [community profile] fandomtownies2017-07-04 08:22 am

The Park, afternoon to evening

Hannibal really did enjoy his adopted country (it had immense opportunities for someone like him), and he would also accept any excuse for a party.

So, here they were. He'd set up a decent, industrial-sized grill on the lawn, arranged for an insane number of picnic blankets (mostly red, white, blue, or some combination thereof), and even bribed one of the local magical types to ensure that the weather would be perfect. And he had, of course, been cooking for days; all that was left was grilling the last-minute things.

Jono had agreed to handle the fireworks later, but for now there was mostly mingling and food.

There were several dips: tomatillo salsa verde, french onion, and a bagna cauda, with both traditional and less common vegetables for dipping, along with homemade potato and tortilla chips.

There were any number of salads: crispy potato with chiles, celery, and peanuts, tomato, onion, and roasted lemon, cabbage and jicama, potato with grilled kale, and raw beet and cucumber.

Then there were the non-salad side dishes: flatbread with fava beans, cucumbers, and burrata, salted and spiced melon, "tater tots" with spicy mayonnaise, and of course grilled corn (with miso butter).

On the grill were burgers with a high-quality meat blend, veggie burgers, the best hot dogs available (with a number of interesting toppings available, and ribs.

To go with all of this were mint tea, watermelon basil iced tea, iced hibiscus sweet tea, watermelon sangria, and a keg of Baltimore Pale Ale.

And if the main dishes weren't enough, there were of course desserts. Sorbet in grapefruit cups, strawberry rhubarb pie, roasted pears with espresso mascarpone cream, and s'mores cupcakes.

This was Hannibal. There was no such thing as going overboard with food.

[OOC: Open post! Come and party!]
vdistinctive: (parker amused-face)

Re: Mingle!

[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-04 10:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Eliot was most assuredly not wearing red, white, and blue. Well. He was wearing a red shirt and blue jeans, but he did that all the time.

He was wearing one of his straw cowboy hats though. And quite cheerfully enjoying an American beer.

"Very festive," he said of Parker's dress. "Where'd you pick that one up?"

Depending on the size of the business she'd stolen it from, he might quietly send them the money to pay for it.
whoisalicewhite: (contented)

Re: Mingle!

[personal profile] whoisalicewhite 2017-07-05 04:10 am (UTC)(link)
"There was this exhibit in D.C. There were a lot of these, they won't miss this one." Well, they probably would when they saw that one mannequin was now only wearing patriotic underthings, but hey, that was a good look on her. "I like the hat."
vdistinctive: (inner light-face)

Re: Mingle!

[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-05 04:33 am (UTC)(link)
"Got one even more obnoxious for this weekend," Eliot said, reaching up to tip the hat up just a little. "Can't wait to see what you wear for Pride."
whoisalicewhite: (Squee! (mini-flamethrower))

Re: Mingle!

[personal profile] whoisalicewhite 2017-07-05 04:36 am (UTC)(link)
"When is that?" Diverted, Parker reached for his hat, tipping it back down over one of his eyes. "And what do we wear? Are there signs, or colors? Or is it just anything we feel like?"
vdistinctive: (hair in the-face)

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[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-05 04:39 am (UTC)(link)
Eliot nudged the hat back into place. "Next weekend. Pride month was last month, but Fandom's always gotta be different. The rainbow flag's what most folks default to, but there's plenty other options if you want. . . . Not sure if there's a poly one, though."

Triangles, maybe? They could all three just wear a whole lot of triangles.
whoisalicewhite: (with the guys)

Re: Mingle!

[personal profile] whoisalicewhite 2017-07-05 04:50 am (UTC)(link)
"Hmmm. Rainbow triangles?" Parker was going to be researching this, so she could have the best outfit for Pride ever. "Should we match?" She frowned. Somehow, that didn't seem like the best idea, but on the other hand, maybe just... have matching T-shirts? Jackets? Something. They were together, not triplets. "What are you going to wear?"
vdistinctive: (innocent-face)

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[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-05 04:54 am (UTC)(link)
"Trusent me a big ol' rainbow cowboy hat. Other'n that, no concrete plans."

He'd probably end up with a bi flag in there somewhere.
whoisalicewhite: (Default)

Re: Mingle!

[personal profile] whoisalicewhite 2017-07-05 04:59 am (UTC)(link)
"Tru is awesome," Parker decided. "They should visit us here. On a quiet weekend. Especially your niblings." Back on topic, at least for a moment, she added, "Have you ever been in a Pride parade before?"
vdistinctive: (innocent-face)

Re: Mingle!

[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-05 05:23 am (UTC)(link)
"Not really," Eliot said. "Been in the same area as one or two."
whoisalicewhite: (leaning on Eliot)

Re: Mingle!

[personal profile] whoisalicewhite 2017-07-05 05:30 am (UTC)(link)
A thought, and a question, that had occurred to Parker before surfaced, and she bit her lip, torn about asking. Because mostly it was curiosity and not her business, but. "Hey Eliot." She leaned against him, and said carefully, "Can I ask you something personal that you don't have to answer, I was just wondering?"
vdistinctive: (innocent-face)

Re: Mingle!

[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-05 03:18 pm (UTC)(link)
"Can always ask," Eliot said. "What's up?"
whoisalicewhite: (neutral)

Re: Mingle!

[personal profile] whoisalicewhite 2017-07-06 03:31 am (UTC)(link)
"Aside from Aimee," she said cautiously, "have you been in any other. Um. Serious relationships?"
vdistinctive: (thinky-face)

Re: Mingle!

[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-06 03:33 am (UTC)(link)
Eliot frowned, giving a small shrug. "Define 'serious'."
whoisalicewhite: (considering)

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[personal profile] whoisalicewhite 2017-07-06 03:38 am (UTC)(link)
Parker imitated his shrug, looking perplexed. "I'm asking you because I don't think I've been in any before."
vdistinctive: (pensive-face)

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[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-06 03:45 am (UTC)(link)
"Well, some folks would go by length of the relationship. Like, if it lasts a long time, then it's serious." Eliot shook his head. "Those, nah. Nothin' between Aimee and you guys. But if you go by passion. . . . Yeah. Not a lot. But yeah, I had a couple."
whoisalicewhite: (Happy)

Re: Mingle!

[personal profile] whoisalicewhite 2017-07-06 03:53 am (UTC)(link)
Parker nodded, filing this away. Would he ever want to talk about those others? Did she even want or need to know?

"They didn't work out?" She paused and said, "I never was going to have a relationship. The same way I wasn't going to have a family. But. Then you guys and Nate and Sophie happened."
vdistinctive: (Parker kinda-snuggly-face)

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[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-06 03:56 am (UTC)(link)
"Uh, yeah. For one reason or another." Usually, people dying.

Eliot huffed a small laugh. "Hell, darlin', that's about where I was when y'all were workin' on 'plan E'." He gave her a knowing look. "Folks have a way of sneaking up on ya, huh."
whoisalicewhite: (with Eliot)

Re: Mingle!

[personal profile] whoisalicewhite 2017-07-06 04:05 am (UTC)(link)
Parker gave a vigorous nod, glad he seemed to get what she meant. "Yes. And that's okay. Better than okay! It's just. Weird. A little."

Words were hard, okay? At least all these feelings-words, without Sophie there to read her mind and explain what Parker was feeling to her.
vdistinctive: (parker amused-face)

Re: Mingle!

[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-06 04:09 am (UTC)(link)
"Your life looks a whole lot different than you ever expected," Eliot said. "Takes gettin' used to." He leaned into her with one shoulder, the Parker equivalent to a casual hug. "Hell, darlin', we're downright respectable. Who the hell woulda thought that?"