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A Fancy Restaurant on the Mainland, Saturday Night
If anybody had asked Jonothon even yesterday what his feelings were about Emilio Pucci, he probably would have stared blankly at them and asked them to repeat the question. He might have guessed, under duress, that perhaps it was some sort of fashion label. He never would have guessed that Hannibal would manage to talk him into wearing it. Especially a dress. In public. Which he was reasonably certain was made up of black duct tape and gauze. Not to mention the underthings that he'd gotten to wear with it. The less said about those...

Because really, one didn't need to discuss underwear when it was somewhat clearly visible through one's dress, and all.

Not that Jono was feeling shy, really. Hell, no. He was bloody gorgeous today, and feeling confident about being seen in public for the first time since he was a stupid bloody teenager back in London, and if he had to have a woman's body in order to manage that... he'd cope. He wasn't thrilled, but sitting down to dinner, actual dinner, in a restaurant that wasn't frequently patronized by fellow freaks of nature or Fandomites just so that he could be positive that nobody was going to spit in his food? That was pretty priceless.

Of course, if anybody spat in this food, Jono was fairly sure there would be somebody in the kitchen, claiming it was a delicacy and then charging an extra fifty dollars for the addition of such carefully prepared garnish. Jono appreciated fine dining, but what was on the menu here bordered on couture itself. Maybe he could supplement his strappy gauze dress with it...

//Those are forty dollar crab cakes, aren't they? I'm reading the menu properly? Perhaps it's a typography error...//

Telepathy came in handy for moments when out-loud incredulousness would go over poorly. Thank god.

[OOC: NFB for distance, for the date!]

never_dull

2015-06-07 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Hannibal hid a smirk behind his menu. Yes, he thought back, I do believe they are. He was sitting elegantly around the table's corner in his Ermanno Scervino, his hair twisted up neatly.

"The rabbit looks interesting."

furnaceface

2015-06-07 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)

"With... coco bean and... I don't know what those words actually are," Jono confessed, glancing up at Hannibal from his own menu. "Food. They're most likely food. I've figured that part out. But beyond that..."

never_dull

2015-06-07 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)

"Andouille is a smoked pork sausage. Generally either French or Cajun. A cassoulet is simply a dish of beans and meat cooked in an earthenware pot," Hannibal explained. "You might also enjoy the duck or the veal."

He took Jono's free hand and twined their fingers together, stroking it with his thumb. "Get whatever you like. I hope this will be a regular occurrence eventually."

furnaceface

2015-06-07 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)

"Hopefully," Jono agreed, smiling and ducking his head a little to look down at their hands. "Though preferably without the dress."

As nice a gauzy duct-tape dress as it was...

"The duck's intriguing. I actually know what potato and bacon are, which are definite points in its favour. Hell, I'm half tempted to aim for one of everything, except I'm certain I'd only be paying through the nose to eat myself to death. Turbot is... a fish, isn't it?"

never_dull

2015-06-07 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Hannibal chuckled. "It is. And yes, I believe we'll reserve the dress for days like this."

furnaceface

2015-06-07 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Jono pursed his lips for a moment, thoughtfully. He did get to choose at least three courses...

"I'm trying to wrap my head around grits being on a menu with a price comparable to swordfish," he noted. "Or the scallop. Which I sincerely hope is more than one single scallop."

But again, he wouldn't put it past.

"... What even do fava beans taste like, anyway?"

never_dull

2015-06-07 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)

"They are..." Hannibal thought of a way to describe it that would make sense to Jono. "Very green tasting, a little nutty. They should go very nicely with the lemon in that dish." He glanced further up the menu and smirked again. "The spinach salad has strawberries in it."

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After dinner!

never_dull

2015-06-08 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

While their dresses were lovely, they were hardly suited for more than sitting or standing, so before heading out (and after a brief pause), they changed in the women's lounge. Hannibal had all but dared Jono to wear the dress with flames on it, and in retaliation had been encouraged into a snakeskin dress himself.

"I found a few clubs we might both not mind." He passed his tablet to Jono after pulling them up. "What do you think?"

Re: After dinner!

furnaceface

2015-06-08 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Jono accepted the tablet with a raised eyebrow, but settled in to look over the selection with a smile.

"They all look promising," he noted, nodding faintly. "This one even specifies that they'll remove people who are being... well... terrible."

Not at dancing, no. You could be as bad at that as you wanted. Terrible in that bigoted sort of way. Rude. Jono was perfectly fine with spending a night not having to worry about any of that nonsense.

Re: After dinner!

never_dull

2015-06-08 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

And while Hannibal was perfectly happy to take care of the rude, his dress didn't have pockets for a scalpel or syringe, so he was limited in options.

He glanced over. "The swing club? I had thought you might go for one of the ones with billiard tables."

Re: After dinner!

furnaceface

2015-06-08 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

"I'm full of surprises," Jono replied, flashing a crooked little grin. "Anyway, much as I love billiards, tonight seems like a good night to have eyes turned to us in a good sort of way, and I don't know about you, but I rather feel like showing off."

He didn't get to do so often, was the thing. Not without feeling horribly self-conscious about it all.

Re: After dinner!

never_dull

2015-06-08 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Why not?" Hannibal asked, grinning. After all, his dress was likely to turn heads, and Jono's was certain to. "Can you dance swing? We might be too late for the lessons."

Re: After dinner!

furnaceface

2015-06-08 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

"I can fake it," Jono laughed. "Probably. I've never exactly attempted to dance as a woman before, whatever the sort of dancing. Might end up on my face anyway."

He leaned forward a little, smiling at Hannibal playfully.

"Did you have a preference?"

Re: After dinner!

never_dull

2015-06-08 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

"True." Hannibal grinned. "In that case, I'll lead." Since he knew what he was doing. "I'll go anywhere we can enjoy ourselves, although I would prefer nothing too loud."

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furnaceface

2015-06-08 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

"So, no mosh," Jono replied, smirking a little. "Though you'd be more than welcome to lead if we found ourselves somewhere like that, too."

Actually, Jono would be happy to sit back and see what Hannibal did when presented with that particular sort of music to dance to.

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