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The Apartment Above the Groovy Tunes, Wednesday Evening
So, that singing reality show was apparently starting a new season, and Jono had... procured... an episode. Mostly out of curiosity, admittedly. He wasn't really big on reality television, especially of the singing persuasion, since it still rubbed a sort of sore spot now that that sort of thing was pretty much all you could find on MTV these days. And he'd managed to successfully swear off the damn things until...

Well, until now. Right now, he had staked out a place on the Couch that Comfort Forgot, and had even attempted to pad out the offending anti-comfort zone with a few extra pillows and a couple of thick blankets. Joni had found her way over and was in the process of saying hello, if only because she was curious about the food that Hannibal had brought over. (Hannibal had asked if Jono had any requests. Jono wasn't certain how asking for 'I dunno, haven't had strawberries in ages' had led to a pork dish, some manner of salad, and a tart, but he supposed at the end of the day, he wasn't actually the one who had to eat it.)

//You know, I don't trust that one judge. There's such a thing as too pretty,// Jono decided, attempting to dislodge the cat from where she had her claws suck in the sofa, //and I don't think I like his pointy little nose.//

That was his professional opinion, as somebody who was also possessive of a nose.

[OOC: For that guy with the strawberries! Or the roommates, if they want to crash. They live here too, after all.]


2015-03-05 12:01 am (UTC) (Link)

"His smiles aren't very sincere," Hannibal agreed. "I realize 'reality' TV is generally meant to be anything but, but you might think they'd make an effort to act genuine."

He reached across Jono to dangle a tiny piece of pork at Joni. Wasn't meat more interesting than sofa?


2015-03-05 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)

//Never trust a man who can't manage a convincing smile for a scared fifteen year-old,// Jono decided, giving a decisive nod. //That must be it. Christina is making a much better go of it, I think. She might actually legitimately enjoy being there.//

Joni, meanwhile, had decided that meat was much more interesting than sofa, and was now attempting the arduous process of trying to pluck her little claws free from the upholstery so that she could go after the offered morsel.

It was easier said than done. The couch... needed help.


2015-03-05 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Hannibal could help. He chuckled and held the meat a little closer for her. "She seems to be stuck."

He glanced back at the show. "I've never heard Christina's music. What is it like?"


2015-03-05 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Jono was near-chuckling himself as he reached over to try to pluck Joni's claws from the sofa. Poor little girl needed all the help she could get, and she let the two men know with a plaintive mew.

//On the one hand, it's fun,// Jono replied, //and she's got an excellent singing voice when she puts her mind to it. On the other hand... her music is exactly the sort of thing you'd expect from an artist who spells 'dirty' with a double-r.//


2015-03-05 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)

..."Why?" Hannibal asked. He...wasn't entirely sure what the word gained by that.


2015-03-05 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Mostly it just gained a redundant consonant.

//Presumably so that it sounds more like a sexy purr when said aloud,// Jono replied with a shrug of his shoulders as he got one of Joni's paws free. One was enough. She was trying to reach for the pork with it before he could even free the other three. //Hell if I know, really. The video was practically soft porn. Take from that what you will.//


2015-03-05 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Hannibal chuckled. "What I take from that is that I am not the target audience for her music. And that she is likely either extremely confident, or very good at faking it." He watched her on the screen for a moment. "A bit of both, I think."


2015-03-05 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)

//Probably a bit of both. That seems to be the case with most famous people, I've found.// Jono shrugged a little, freeing another one of Joni's paws. //Something to prove, even after they've already proven it well.//


2015-03-05 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)

"It's good to have something to strive for, no matter what." Hannibal smiled at Joni and gave her the pork. "Even if it's only a treat."


2015-03-05 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Joni's day? Was officially made. And Hannibal was now way up there on her list of best people ever.

//We all need to have goals,// Jono agreed. //Hopes and dreams. There's not much of a point otherwise.//


2015-03-05 01:13 am (UTC) (Link)

"True." Hannibal waved at the screen. "Isn't that what this show is meant to be about, after all? The desire it preys upon in everyone, wanting to see somebody realize their dreams?"


2015-03-05 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)

//... Well, now that you've pointed it out.// Not that Jono was having some great revelation, here. //And plenty of the contestants are young, yet. Even if they don't go on to win, getting this far is a huge step for any one of them.//

A beat as somebody stepped up to the mic and started to sing.

Jono winced.

//Except that one.//


2015-03-05 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)

"It's still a huge step." Hannibal sighed. "Only perhaps not the best one." He turned to pay more attention to his meat. And to the little nose that wanted very much to share it with him. "May she have some more?"


2015-03-05 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)

//Share as much with her as you like,// Jono replied, a little smile at the corners of his eyes. //She'll spoil her dinner, but when her choice is between pork and kibble, it's something of a no-brainer.//

And for such a tiny cat, Joni had one hell of a mighty purr.


2015-03-05 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Hannibal chuckled and rubbed her head gently as he passed her another tiny piece. "You," he told her, "are an extremely spoiled little cat."

Yes, his whole "why talk to animals when they don't understand you" had long since fallen by the wayside.

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