(2018-12-23) Christmas at the Square
The townfolk (and visitors) gather to celebrate the holidays.
Players:
august..felix..warren..uma..wyatt..esme..katherine..

A lofty tent has been erected amid the decorated Christmas trees, heat being pumped in to keep people warm. Tables have been set up, laden with food and plenty of drinks. A cash bar (for charity) has been set up in one corner, a man in a suit manning the station. Christmas music pumps out of the speakers, and people are dancing on the floor that has been set up in the middle of the tent. Presents are handed out to children, and some of the elderly, people just genuinely seem to be taking in and giving out Christmas cheer.

*——*

Katherine is standing near one of the food tables, stirring some hot teriyaki chicken as she helps people get food together. She hands out plates, helps people find seats and gives out cookies. There sure is a lot of food here. She looks incredibly distracted as she flits from one table to another, trying to be everywhere at once, helping everyone. She rushes past a group, who are just arriving, a drink in her hand that she sets down at a table where an elderly woman is sitting.

*——*

Uma is here to meet the locals…and participate in the Christmas cheer of course. The doctor rugged up against the cold - it is slightly colder than Iraq - as she wanders around the tables. The pink nose is entirely due to the temperature. She has not been drinking. Yet. Uma can't help but stare for a moment at people dancing to Christmas music but she will probably join in when 'Nutbush City Santa' starts up.

*——*

Warren comes hobbling in, balancing steadily on his crutches. There'll be no dancing for him tonight, but the food looks good and look, there's someplace to sit, thankfully. He steals a chair at a table closest to the tent's entrance, noting Kate as she flits about from place to place. Eventually, she'll come close enough so he can lift up his hand and wave to her. "You look busy!" he says with cheer, chuckling a bit. "Is this your show, or are you just helping out?"

*——*

Wyatt is around as well. Having brought along some food and sweets. Ending up near the food tables to offer help and putting stuff down. Once done he does look around. Spotting Katherine running back and forth. "Need any help?" Is offered as he looks about the area. A smile and a wave. Talking to people freely. Spotting Warren as well, to give him a bit of a wave. Then to Uma, "You seem lost." He offers with a smile. Trying to keep up the cheering.

*——*

"Not really my show, but I helped get a lot of it together. Hey, sit down, Warren…take a load off —especially with that cast on. Can I get you a plate of food or something to drink?" Katherine asks, a bright smile on her face. She picks up a wrapped box, placing it near him. "Your present is in here, if you don't like it, you don't have to use it. Okay?" She waves to Uma, not recognizing her from a brief look, but she gestures to the table. "Please, have a seat, would you like me to get you something to drink or eat?" She looks a little distracted and slightly stressed, even if she's smiling. "Uhm, Wyatt.. if you can help me make sure the food is going over well? That'd be excellent."

*——*

Felix did go in for a moment. Currently standing near the edge and sipping on something warm. Waiting to see if anyone need a ride. A smile on his lips and most likely studying people. His car not too far away. Ready to head out whenever needed.

*——*

Warren laughs at the fussing, but he has at least already found himself a seat. "I'm fine. You'll be amazed the things that can still be accomplished even with a broken ankle. But thank you," he says to her, looking to the box she places before him with lifted brows. "Oh, you didn't have to get me a present, Kate," he says that genuinely, but he'll tug on the bow to start unwrapping it. "I feel a little strange not having gotten you anything," he admits, and then tips a short nod over to Wyatt. "How are you doing, Wyatt?"

*——*

"Is it that obvious?" Uma winces to Wyatt's comment. "Not /totally/ lost. Probably more bewildered. Can't say I've been to many town celebrations like this. You know, where the whole town seems to come along." She offers her mittened hand. "Uma Campbell. Pleased to meet you." Catching the wave from Katherine, she nods to the suggestion of sitting. And food. And drink.

*——*

Wyatt smiles to Warren, "All good. Hope you get back to normal soon." He offers to him before turning to nod to Katherine's words. "Of course, on it." Moving to help out with the food. Serving, changing, and anything else that is needed. Letting Katherine handle Warren and the others sitting. Still close enough to talk to people if need be though. Chuckling a bit at Uma's words. "Well, feel free to sit, eat, relax." He offers. Taking her hand and shaking it. "Wyatt Roswell. Nice to meet you."

*——*

Esme has been in the area, kind of mingling near the outskirts of the festivities - maybe looking for someone. However, she finally seems to put the search on hold and drifts closer to the main event and to Kate. Smiling to the woman, "This is all fantastic." As she claimed an open seat. She was dressed in a pair of dark blue jeans, brown boots, and a long-sleeved white sweater, hair pinned up in a bun. She gave a little wave to those around her. "Evening, everyone."

*——*

Kate spots Esme, bouncing over to give her a one-armed hug. "Do you want something to eat or drink, Esme? How are you doing?" She doesn't wait for a response, moving to get the librarian a plate of food. "Go ahead and introduce yourself to some people, I have a present for you!" She turns to put her attention to scooping food on a plate, moving over to Esme, setting a plate in front of her. "How is the library doing? I'm going to come by soon, need some new books."

*——*

"I'll be back up on my own two feet soon enough," Warren remarks to Wyatt with a grin, before he takes a look into the box that Kate's given. The knit cap is taken out and inspected appreciatively, before he looks back up to Kate with a smile. "Thank you, Kate. This is really well done, did you make it yourself?" As Esme heads in, he tips a nod to her, and then leans to look a touch curiously at Uma. "Campbell, eh? Any relation to an Eve? She's my sister's friend," he says.

*——*

"Nice to meet you, Wyatt" Uma smiles. "Happy holidays." She makes her way over to the table to sit. "And to all of you. Happy…whatever it is you are celebrating at this time of the year." A little sigh at the mention of Eve before she has to nod in the positive. Just admit it from the beginning, it will be easier. "Yes, Eve is my sister. Who is your sister? I don't think I've seen any girlfriends at our house. Boys…"

*——*

Esme chuckled softly, returning Kate's hug and letting her get the food. She blinked a bit, "A present? That's sweet of you Kate." Once settled in her seat she looked up when the plate was given to her. "It's doing rather well. We were closed today and we're closing early tomorrow so it'll be a relaxing day I think. You're always welcome. You know I enjoy when you visit." She flashed a bit of a brighter smile. Warren got a nod of greeting in return as she surveyed the rest of those present with a milk curiosity before looking down at the plate set in front of her.

*——*

"I did make it myself, yes." Katherine says to Warren as she passes by his table, setting a drink down for Esme. Everyone seems settled now, and she turns in a small circle, kind of lost as what she should do now. She makes her way to the food table and fixes herself a plate, finding an empty table to settle at. She is close enough to connect with the conversation, and she gives it her attention as she slowly eats her food. "Maybe I can come to the library with you one day before New Year? You still up for a house guest?" She aims a look at her before she smiles over at Uma. "Nice to meet you, you been in town long?"

*——*

Wyatt ahs and smiles to Warren's words on Campbell. "Right, Eve." He says and smiles. "Met her briefly when we were all buying christmas sweaters." He says as he listens to Uma and Warren. Chuckling a bit. Ready to get food for anyone that wants some. Talking to others that might pass by.

*——*

"Presley," Warren says to Uma with a slow chuckle, his grin wry. "She's a fan of boys, too. I don't know how close the two of them are, but I saw them hanging out at the diner a few weeks past," he rolls his shoulders back into a shrug. There's a glance to Esme after, a curious sort of look. "You work at the library? That must be an interesting job."

*——*

Felix is near the edges so when Esme arrives she will be met with a nod by Felix. "Feel free to shout for me if you need a taxi when you leave." Offered to her as much as to anyone else that is about.

*——*

"Just over a month now" Uma replies to Katherine after some consideration. "We met at Maude's. I don't blame you for not remembering me. Since then, busy, busy, busy. The practice is running smoothly but the house could still do with some unpacking." She gives Wyatt a curious look. "You're to blame for that sweater?" she asks in mock horror before shaking her head. "I shall never forgive you, Wyatt." To Warren she thinks on his sister's name before another shake of her head. "Don't know her. I wouldn't worry about it. She doesn't tell me /everything/ she does. Which is probably best for everyone" she smiles.

*——*

"Of course. I've got a bag all ready to pick up after I'm done here and bring over." She grinned to Kate, giving her hand a quick squeeze and then started to dig in. Nodded to Warren as she swallowed, "I'm the head librarian. It's a fun job, I enjoy it. I get to read all day and help people find things that they want to read so I can't complain too much." She flashed a brief smile. "Aside for the fact that I can't live there full time."

*——*

"A month, we met?" Katherine looks thoughtful for a few moments before she slaps herself on her forehead with the palm of her hand. "I feel like such an idiot. That was your card that Franklin gave to me! When the party is finished, I need to talk to you, if you have a few minutes." She goes back to eating, watching the others speak to each other. More Christmas music is piped through the speakers and a few older people get up and start to dance on the dance floor, super slow. She perks up, grinning at Esme. "Good, I have some gossip for you. We can have s'mores and binge on Netflix."

*——*

"Ah, I don't worry too much about Presley to begin with. She's a good girl," Warren says easily over to Uma, "This boyfriend of hers on the other hand, well.." he wags his hand back and forth in a so-so sort of expression. "But I'm glad she's got herself some friends. Your sister go to UCC? Maybe she can convince mine to take a couple of classes." It is back to Esme he looks after, squinting at her, before he chuckles. "I dunno about living in a library. Where would you put the bed?"

*——*

Wyatt laughs but shakes his head at Uma's words. "Finn was the one that helped find shirts for all of us. I got one with a gingerbread man." He offers. "But. I did not stop her. So I guess that I am an accomplice." He suggests and grins. "I'll try to make it up to you." He offers in return to Uma, with a soft chuckle. Nodding agreeingly with Warren about Presley. Raising a brow about Finn though. "I've tried suggesting it to Presley a few times." Comes his words on classes, shaking his head. Looking between the others as well.

*——*

"Gossip?" Esme raised a brow, looking intrigued. "Well I certainly can't pass up on that. Sounds like a good night to me." She chuckled and then looked to Warren again. "Good point. Probably in the Science section." She laughed at that and relaxed a little, taking another bite of food.

*——*

"Sergeant Payne?" Uma asks Katherine. "That was nice of him to give you the card. Luci is so adorable." A little sigh before it is time to get serious. "Something medical? Of course, though you may want to talk with me before I get /too/ drunk" she grins before the doc winces at Warren's comment about boyfriends. "Sorry to hear that about the boyfriend. Eve has a male friend, I'm not allowed to call him a boyfriend, who stays with us at the moment. Had a bit of a tragedy recently." No need to put the mood down. "Anyway, yes, she goes to UCC. She's also 'Queen of the Snow', so you might have seen her on the television. She would have turned the lights on here. So proud of her." Her eyes narrow at the info from Wyatt. "Finn, huh? Hmm…I shall have to keep an eye out for him. I will have my revenge. Oh, yes, I will have my revenge."

*——*

"Oh, was she?" Warren says of Eve being the Queen of Snow. "I didn't get to see it, the show. I was actually supposed to participate, but, well," he motions down to the cast on his leg. "Between the broken ankle and some other stuff, I've got a lot on my plate." And yet, he seems pleasantly happy about his being busy. When Wyatt mentions Finn, Warren gives him a pointed look and a shake of his head. "That's the one, the boyfriend. And she doesn't listen to me, either, Wyatt."

*——*

Katherine nods at Uma, smiling slowly. "Luci is adorable, they're on their way to Disney right now. Luci is going to be a princess, or a queen, depending." She finishes with her plate, pushing it aside. "I thought the contest was pretty endearing, that was your sister who was dressed up as Elsa? She was something else, let me tell you."

*——*

At some point after the festivities have started, August Lexington wanders out of Totally Baked, a cupcake in hand one hand, a little biodegradable bamboo spoon in the other. She wanders across to the setup in the square, wearing a white double-breasted wool coat with a stand-up collar. It's a tailored fit to the waist where it flares out over a pair of white skinny jeans. A huge fluffy white scarf is wrapped many times around her throat to protect her from the chill in the air. Her boots are shiny black, ankle height, with a fairly modest three inch heel. Still, that brings her height to 6'2". Very little of her flesh is exposed, meaning most of her tattoos are hidden save those at her temples and hands.

*——*

Wyatt nods to Warren's words on his sister, chuckling at that. "Yeah. I think she feel like she need to stay and help at home." Shrugging. As for Finn, he will just keep that in mind. He's coming at it from a different place than Warren. His own part is to help and support his friend. Continuing to serve food to people. Moving to grab more of things as they start running low. "Don't think I've met Franklin." He offers. As for Queen of Snow, he nods. "I missed that as well. Send my regards to Eve." Is offered to Uma.

*——*

Felix does offer a wave and a smile as he spots someone new arriving. "Hey. If you need a ride after having enjoyed the festivites. My service stand at the ready." Is offered to August. A gesture to his taxi at that. Having moved around the area some. Now with a plate of sausages in hand. Listening in on conversations. Not having gotten to meet too many yet though.

*——*

Katherine gets back to her feet, moving to clean up around the area now that people are done with their meals and taking part in other aspects of the festivities. She spots August exiting from the cupcake shop and waves at her, a cheery smile on her face. "Are you feeling better?" She asks, moving in that direction to give the taller woman a look. "I was worried about you last night." She gestures to the food and the drinks. "There is still plenty of food left, get yourself something to eat, or a container to take some home."

*——*

"Elsa" Uma nods to Katherine. "I didn't know she had it in her. Shows how little you can know about siblings, right?" she smiles before a wave to the woman as she heads off to clean again. "Catch up with me later" she offers before turning to the W boys. "I'll let her know" Uma nods to Wyatt, "Though don't be surprised if she's around here somewhere?"

A smile for Warren from Uma. "I don't think they'd let you in the Queen competition" she teases. "Shame you missed out on trying for King though. What was going to be your talent? Where did you get your leg done? Hospital?"

*——*

Auggie offers a smile to anyone who looks her way and says hello, well-wishes, or likewise smiles. She glances over to Felix as he offers a ride after the festivities, lips parting to reply, though she pauses as he gestures, and her pale-grey gaze shifts to his cab. Ah. Her smile warms a little at that. "Thanks, sweet. I'll keep you in mind if I nog a little too much." She definitely does look like the type who'll need a ride home after this shindig. She finger-waves to Felix, pointed fingernails a glossy black contrast to her white attire, wandering off in the direction of more food. One cannot live on frosting alone.

She does catch Katherine's wave out of the corner of her eye, turns to look that way and waves. "Kate!" The smile warms more then. She has degrees, ok. "Yes, I'm so sorry about last night. My mama taught me that when a lady is experiencing a moment, she should take her leave until it passes, so as not to disrupt polite company." Whatever that means! "Course that's mainly because she tends to solve most of her problems with her fists." Story, perhaps, for another time. "Oh, I was—" She shakes her head, nestling down into the white scarf a little more. "Thank you." Something is left unspoken, but that might be a conversation for another bottle of wine without the other recreationals. "I will. Food smells delicious."

*——*

"You don't think so?" Warren says to Uma with a stroke to the scruff on his chin, before he breathes an exaggerated sigh. "I suppose you're right. I guess my dream of being Snow Queen will have to continue being just that. A dream," he smirks at her, and then glances at his leg, head bobbing in an affirmative sort of nod. "Yeah. I fell off my horse a couple of weeks ago. I shouldn't be in this thing too much longer," he leans back into his chair, "But it could've been a lot worse. So for that, I'm thankful." There's a look up to August when she comes in, offering her a small nod.

*——*

Katherine rubs a hand up Auggie's arm, aiming a smile in her direction. "We'll talk hon. You know exactly where to find me." She turns back to her cleaning, nodding at Uma. "I'll catch up with you, I have got your card after all." She stares at the dance floor, frowning a bit before she turns to grin at Esme. "Dance with me?" She asks, laughing softly as she holds out a hand. "C'mon, we can get down to Jingle Bells." She drags the librarian with her, and they dance together, laughing out loud.

*——*

Esme was quietly listening to the others as she ate. A little wave to August as she vaguely recognized the woman. She looked surprised as Katherine asked her to dance and laughed, offering a grin. "I can't promise I don't have two left feet." But she let the woman drag her off on to the dance floor!

*——*

"Kate." August just says the other woman's name, smile lingering in it too. She touches Katherine's elbow, then wanders off, as Aug does, in the direction of the snacks. She catches sight of Esme, and lifts her cupcake to salute the librarian. On she goes. A smile is turned to Uma, who Kate's talking to, but she doesn't interrupt.

Aug lifts her bamboo spoon and returns Warren's nod with a little wave of frosting. She continues on to a table laden with food, lingering there for a long moment, visually surveying the selection of dishes. She licks off her spoon and shoves it down into the cupcake in her other hand, where it stands on its own. Give her a moment, she doesn't cook and this looks amazing compared to her usual lazy fare of microwave mashed potato cups and veggies in bags.

*——*

Wyatt chuckles and nods to Uma, about Eve. "Well, we will notice if she is. Sooner or later." He offers and grins. Spotting Auggie as well. Gesturing for her to come grab food, as Wyatt is currently helping out with sending it out and stirring as needed.

*——*

Felix grins as he notices August's initial reaction. "Perfect. Thanks!" Is offered as he waves to her in return. Turning to look around a bit more. Seeing some people leaving but not quite able to get anyone to take his cab as of yet.

*——*

Katherine finishes her cleaning up, and things start to wind down, but people are still dancing and gathering leftovers to take home. She walks towards Felix, gazing at his vehicle. "Still open for rides? I'm going up to Oak Ridge." She pulls her coat on, glancing back at the heated tent. "I'm going to head home, folks! I hope all of you have a wonderful and happy holiday!" She calls out, waving merrily.

*——*

"Hmm. You know what, your dreams should stop being just dreams" Uma nods sagely to Warren. "I will back you up to compete in the Queen competition next year. And with my backing…umm…nothing will probably change." A shrug before she sips on some hot chocolate. At least she hopes it is hot chocolate. Uma grin as Katherine and Esme head off to dance to 'Jingle Bells' - not even 'Jingle Bell Rock'! "Hi" she smiles up to August. "Uma Campbell" she manages to get out before the other woman is roaming once more. A nod for Wyatt. "Yeah, if Eve is here, we'll know about it." And then Katherine is leaving so Uma will give her a wave. "Call me any time. Merry Whatever-You-Celebrate."

*——*

"August Lexington!" Auggie calls back to Uma, introducing herself on the meander to food. She flashes a little apologetic grin to the blonde. In an aside to Wyatt, August says, "Did you make any of this?" She isn't sure where to start, it seems. The woman holds most of an oreo cupcake still in hand, about half the frosting scooped off. "And how's your ink healing? Not too itchy yet? You can cry to me if you want to. That was a lot to pack into one arm." She picks up a plate, nestles her cupcake to one side, and holds it like a little tray on the flat of her left palm. She slowly begins selecting items to pike onto that plate and take home with her. She looks up from a plate of cookies and lifts a hand to wave, "Happy Yule, Kate!"

*——*

"Well, I truly appreciate your support all the same," Warren jokes with Uma about the whole queen thing, uttering a low chuckle. As Kate returns from her dancing and then goes to take her leave, he offers her a small wave. "Have a Merry Christmas, Kate," he says to her, before he, too, will get to his feet, fetching his crutches. "It was nice to meet you, Uma. I'm sure I'll see you about sometime," he offers her a warm smile, and then Wyatt gets a wave. "Be good, Wyatt."

*——*

Felix does turn to Kate, nodding. "Of course." Seeming happy that there is someone taking him up on the job. Gesturing for her to come with him. Moving to unlock the car. "You can sit where you wish. Except for the driver's seat." He offers to her. Opening the door for her before moving to get in himself.

*——*

"Don't worry, I don't want to drive." Katherine settles into the passenger seat, setting her to-go container on her lap. "Thanks so much." She calls out as he shuts the door behind her. "Nice."

*——*

Wyatt nods, "Some of it. But not all." Gesturing to some of the stuff that he brought with him. "It's healing quite well. Think it was smart to get it during this colder period." He offers and chuckles. Shaking his head. "Not too bad. But I could come crying anyway, just for fun, if you're bored." He offers to her. Turning to Kate. "Happy Holidays!"

*——*

"If you need someone to look at your leg once it's healed, keep me in mind" Uma smiles to Warren, standing along with him just in case he needs help. "Nice to meet you." August gets a nod of thanks for the introduction before she eyes off the dancefloor and the synchronised dance routine to 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing'. Who thinks of these things? Time for a harder drink. Off to the bar goes the doctor.

*——*

August glances over from her food gleaning to say to Wyatt. Then she stares at him for a moment, trying to keep a smirk off of her face. "Phrasing."

(This is where I left, the RP might have continued. Thanks to all who attended!)

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