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So Brodie had kind of been a pussy. He'd known that he wanted to ask Zoe out since pretty much the second time he'd talked to her, and it had taken her drunkenly accosting him at an island party to make it happen. Maybe it had been the fact that he wasn't exactly used to chicks quoting The Trilogy back at him or knowing what the fuck he was talking about when he made references to how Rob fucking Liefeld had almost single-handedly ruined Marvel comics with his shitty art. He'd always had to explain that shit to Eden, and Renee hadn't given a crap as far as Brodie could tell.

Brodie wouldn't say he was intimidated. He wasn't. Truthfully, it was HOT.

And that meant, of course, that it was time to break out the romance. Contrary to popular ex-girlfriend belief, Brodie was aware that chicks craved romance, and he wasn't half bad at doling it out. But he WAS rusty as shit at it.

He'd grabbed them at table at The Winchester that night, and after talking the cook with the ears as big as fucking satellite dishes into making something slightly off-menu, he waited for Zoe to show.

Date: 2010-08-22 09:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] practicallyaguy.livejournal.com
Sometimes, not all the time, Zoe wondered if she had suffered some sort of brain damage as a kid. Or if being raised around her brothers had made her stupid in the area of boys. That was probably it.

Sure she had been the one to press Brodie into manning up and asking her ought, but now that there was an actual date in place she had contemplating blowing it off. It wasn't him, it wasn't anything other than the fear that this was some sort of weird joke.

A lot of pacing in Cyd's room and six tee shirt swaps later and she walked into the Winchester, casting a look around before spotting him and walking over.

"Hey. How's it going?" Ugh, could she sound any more ridiculous? This was just great.

Date: 2010-08-22 09:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] segaboybrodie.livejournal.com
"Hey," Brodie said, and then was really fucking glad he hadn't decided to dress up or anything. He knew chicks went for that shit, and while he'd put on his best Green Lantern t-shirt, he hadn't opted for anything with buttons or anything.

He stood and pulled out a chair for her, all GENTLEMANLY and shit.

"It's uh. It's good. You?"

He nearly fucking WINCED at how lame he sounded.

Date: 2010-08-25 01:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] practicallyaguy.livejournal.com
Staring at the chair for a moment and then back at Brodie before looking back at the chair, it felt impossibly long before she actually sat down. This was definitely new territory for her. She'd dated before (she wasn't some sort of prudish spinster, not by a long shot) but she'd never dated a guy who had been a friend first.

"Yeah. Good, really good," she said with nod, making a face and then nodding again. Leaning forward, she rubbed her eyes with her fingers contemplating gauging them out to break the tension. "Shit, is it going to be this bad all night? Cause if it is, it sucks balls."

Date: 2010-08-25 03:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] segaboybrodie.livejournal.com
Oh, THANK FUCK.

Brodie had been anticipating this whole thing being easier, given that Zoe was a chick who GOT IT. If he had to endure more than another minute of everything feeling awkward as shit, he was pretty sure he was going to have to just say 'fuck it' and call it a wash. Zoe calling the first minute out as really fucking weird though? Good goddamn, but he was relieved.

Yes, he still assumed that he'd be subject to the normal quota of girl conversations about shoes and clothes and tampons and shit, but it was a pretty fair trade in this case.

Brodie took his own seat across from her, visibly more relaxed.

"Jesus fucking Christ. I thought I was the only one." He said.

Date: 2010-08-25 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] practicallyaguy.livejournal.com
"Um, not by a long-shot."

Making a face, tongue sticking out like she had just suffered some sort of brain damage Zoe held that pose for a moment before shrugging and relaxing. It shouldn't be hard. Dating wasn't exactly rocket science given the sheer number of morons who managed to accomplish it.

"Any longer and I would have had to kill you. Just to save myself."

Date: 2010-08-26 05:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] segaboybrodie.livejournal.com
"Yeah right," Brodie replied, "Like you could take me anyway."

Not that Brodie was sexist or anything and didn't think that a chick could take him-- Rogue was a good example of one who could hand his ass to him if he got on her bad side-- but with his own fucking LEFT HAND OF DOOM at his disposal, he was pretty sure he'd be alright.

Plus, Brodie wasn't afraid to break the Guy Code if need be. Sometimes, kicks to the fucking balls were NECESSARY.

Date: 2010-08-28 06:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] practicallyaguy.livejournal.com
Leaning back in her chair, Zoe rolled her eyes and let out of 'pfft' sound. It was nice that he had confidence about that sort of thing, even if he was totally wrong. He might be sporting a pretty awesome fake hand, but she could hold her own. That year of peewee football had taught her a lot.

"Take you? I could own you. You'd be a little bitch and you'd love every minute of it." Cracking her knuckles, she grinned and shrugged her shoulders. Now that was something she was confident in.

Date: 2010-08-28 07:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] segaboybrodie.livejournal.com
Okay, sure they were speaking in hypotheticals, but Brodie couldn't help but feel the need to take up arms anyway. It was like if someone ever said that fucking Robin could take Jean Grey in a fight. It didn't matter that there was no way in hell that the match-up was going to happen in the first place, Brodie would defend tooth and nail that the goddamn Phoenix was the stronger bird in that fight.

"In what fucking world?" Brodie asked, "Look, it doesn't have anything to do with the fact that you're a chick, I've just got a longer reach."

He shrugged. That wasn't the only reason, but Brodie figured it was a pretty good place to start.

Date: 2010-08-31 04:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] practicallyaguy.livejournal.com
"Maybe so." Zoe would give him that point. It was a minor one and totally irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. Just because the Hulk was big and could smash things didn't make him exactly limber. Speed and agility could go very far in a fight.

All it took was one little window and the whole thing would come crashing down. Just like the Death Star.

"But I'm pretty fast. Not to mention my secret weapon. You don't stand a chance in frozen Hoth against that."

Date: 2010-08-31 05:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] segaboybrodie.livejournal.com
Long reach, and what Brodie lacked in strength, he made up for in speed. His physique was one toned by years of bolting through The Mall at the first sign of trouble or call of Free Comic Book Day. He'd been like the fucking Flash when it came to that shit.

"What secret weapon?"

Date: 2010-08-31 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] practicallyaguy.livejournal.com
Smirking she felt a little bad that she as enjoying this as much as she was. There was something just flatly appealing about being able to go at it like this. Normal dating was never this fun. Unless this was normal dating and then whatever she had been doing before was just weird.

"These puppies." Zoe pointed to her chest. She wasn't exactly well-endowed but she knew how to work what she had. "You can't resist my sweater yams."

Date: 2010-08-31 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] segaboybrodie.livejournal.com
Well-endowed, schmell-endowed. He wasn't really picky. The truth was, once you got over a handful, they got in the way more than not.

Brodie had never been one to pass up a free pass to look at tits. So, he did. Unabashedly.

"Touché." He said.

Date: 2010-09-04 06:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] practicallyaguy.livejournal.com
"Thank you," her tone was just a little smug. There was nothing wrong with being confident in a victory, no matter how small or ridiculous it was. Big victories were boring, all flash and bullshit.

This was better. Sweeter even.

"Now that we have that settled. What are we going to eat?"

Date: 2010-09-05 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] segaboybrodie.livejournal.com
Usually, Brodie wasn't so much with the handing over victories, even SMALL ones. But when it came to arguments about tits, Brodie had to concede that he was powerless against a good pair. What could he say? He was a warm-blooded American male.

"I called in a favor," Brodie said, sounding impressed with himself, "What do you think about burgers?"

Date: 2010-09-09 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] practicallyaguy.livejournal.com
Typically when guys used the phrase "called in a favor" it was immediately followed by something stupid. Not even a little stupid, but moronic and mind-blowing levels of stupid. Thank God this was not the case.

Fanning herself slightly, she smirked. "I think that I'm in love...with the concept of eating a burger for the first time in year. Who knew that I'd miss them so much?"

Date: 2010-09-09 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] segaboybrodie.livejournal.com
"It's not REAL hamburger or anything, but it tastes alright," Brodie said. It was no White Castle or Mickey D's, that was for sure. Usually it ended up being boar meat or some shit, but Brodie liked it okay.

Besides, they usually got the REAL stuff on New Year's Eve.

Date: 2010-09-12 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] practicallyaguy.livejournal.com
"It's not one of those veggie burgers is it?" The thought alone turned her stomach. Zoe was pretty much willing to try anything once but she absolutely drew the line at fake meat. Vegetarianism might before other people, but she was definitely not one of those people.

She frowned slightly, definitely suspicious of what wouldn't be the real kind.

Date: 2010-09-12 05:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] segaboybrodie.livejournal.com
Brodie was almost OFFENDED.

"What the hell do you take me for?" He asked. If she thought he was one of those tree-hugging 'don't eat anything with a face' freaks, then Zoe didn't really know him AT FUCKING ALL, "It's boar or something. You know, since we don't really have any cows around here."

As if on cue, their waitress showed up just then, island burgers and fries in tow.

Date: 2010-09-15 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] practicallyaguy.livejournal.com
"Hey! Don't get your panties in a twist. Just because you wouldn't ask for it, doesn't mean that they try to slip it in on the side."

If there was one thing that Zoe hated more than veggie burgers and fake meats of similar ilk, was when they were stealthy fake meats. That was just cheating.

Looking down at the burgers she grinned. "Smells normal enough though."

Date: 2010-09-17 03:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] segaboybrodie.livejournal.com
"Oh, calm down," Brodie said, and almost rolled his eyes. Instead, ne grinned before grabbing his own burger and taking a big bite.

"See, it's fine. I'm not dead or anything."

Date: 2010-09-21 04:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] practicallyaguy.livejournal.com
Sticking her tongue out, Zoe followed suit. Picking up the burger and taking a bite out of it, she let out a soft moan as she ate it. God she missed burgers, even if it wasn't quite like the staple food of back home.

It was still amazing. Her mouth still a little full, she didn't care because she had to say it. "God. You're amazing for this."

Date: 2010-09-21 05:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] segaboybrodie.livejournal.com
"Oh ye of little faith. Next time trust, alright?" Brodie said, pausing in between bites. He KNEW this was a good idea. Not all chicks were into that French restaurant wine and cheese shit. He was a goddamn GENIUS.

He started to take another bite, then stopped. "How the fuck do you look hot eating a HAMBURGER?" He asked, mostly rhetorical.

Date: 2010-09-23 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] practicallyaguy.livejournal.com
Zoe shrugged, taking another bite and actually waiting until she had finished it before talking. Baby steps.

"I have brothers. My gut instinct is to assume the worst. But next time I'll give you a little trust." Smirking she continued to eat, taking time to pick at what was passing for fries. Definitely good enough. "Magic. It's because I'm magic."

Date: 2010-09-25 03:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] segaboybrodie.livejournal.com
"You mean like David Copperfield magic or Scarlet Witch hex magic?" Brodie asked, not bothering to go into the difference between the two. He figured she'd know what he meant.

"You know, before that House of M shit."

Date: 2010-09-27 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] practicallyaguy.livejournal.com
"Definitely old school Scarlet Witch magic. David Copperfield is just faking it. I like to keep it real."

Which was pretty hilarious given that the lady in red's magic was very unreal. That was pretty much the definition of what she did. Groaning, she made a face. "Let's not even discuss House of M. Or Skrulls."

Date: 2010-09-28 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] segaboybrodie.livejournal.com
As far as Brodie was concerned, after visiting the Marvel universe twice and being friends with Rogue and Madox, Scarlet Witch's hex bolts seemed more real to him than any crappy stage show.

"Agreed," Brodie said, taking another bite of boar burger, "It's like Bendis decided to take a giant shit on the whole franchise, right?"

FINALLY, someone who actually understood. This whole thing was like a moment of goddamn CLARITY.

Date: 2010-09-30 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] practicallyaguy.livejournal.com
"Yep. And then rub our noses in while dancing around like a five year old kid on crack."

Which he had to be. Between that and this Brand New Day shit, Zoe was grateful that she managed to miss the first decade of the new century. Throw in about half of the movies that the shelf gave her and she was doubly glad. What the fuck had happened?

God if all the things she loved were crappy did that mean that she did something unthinkable like become a teacher? Gross.

Date: 2010-10-04 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] segaboybrodie.livejournal.com
"Four year old," Brodie added, arbitrarily, "Five year olds have enough common sense to be in kindergarten." Brodie wasn't about to give this guy that much credit.

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