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sǝʇǝןpǝp ([personal profile] depletes) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2017-03-20 01:36 pm
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Got them wrapped around your finger

wrapped around your finger
selectively sweet shipping meme
You might be the biggest curmudgeon in the known universe, just as prickly as a porcupine. Perhaps you're on the other end of the spectrum, cool like a cucumber and never letting anyone get to you. They're not worthy of your time. Still, despite what the case may be, you have one little weak spot. The person you love gets all the sweetness and kindness you have, which admittedly may not be too much, and in your rare moments together, many would be shocked at how you behave. In fact, your special person might not even know that you can be grumpy outside of your encounters!

Well, goes to show that everyone doen't know everything about you, do they?

  • This meme is pretty shamelessly for fluff, opening up, dokis, and also more dokis.
  • Respond with your character, preferences, what role you'd like to play if it matters, and any other info.
  • Then, respond to others.
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ward meachum / marvel's iron fist

[personal profile] embezzle 2017-03-20 07:06 pm (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] meachumheiress 2017-03-21 05:46 am (UTC)(link)
((Ward <3 ... minus the shipping part, of course?))
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[personal profile] embezzle 2017-03-22 01:20 am (UTC)(link)
[ sure thing! i'm easy either way. ]
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[personal profile] meachumheiress 2017-03-22 01:51 am (UTC)(link)
((I'm also easy, so I guess we'll just go with the flow))

[When was the last time they did anything together, honestly. Anything that isn't work related, anyway, because Joy's starting to think she sees less and less of her brother, more and more of the steadfast businessman. How she got him to agree to breakfast on a weekend, at her place, she'll never know, but she'll take it.

She sets a plate of quiche in front of Ward (she didn't make it, sure, but she'd gone to pick it up from a specialty store a few blocks over), and tops off his coffee. The weather's nice enough that they can sit on the roof and look Manhattan around them.
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Is there anything else you want?
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[personal profile] embezzle 2017-03-23 02:55 pm (UTC)(link)
[ They don't really spend that much time together out of the office. In fairness, they don't really leave the office all that often, either, so it's less a matter of choosing to spend time apart than it is a byproduct of running Rand. But that doesn't account for all of it— Ward's always run a bit hot and cold, but never to the point of alienation from his own sister. (Joy is and always has been something of a true north for him; he just doesn't know how to reconcile that with the elephant in the room that she can't see — namely, that their father isn't six feet under.)

She suggests breakfast during the middle of the week. He agrees to it without really thinking about it, only to have it start hanging over him as the week draws to a close. It's been long enough since they discussed anything but business that he almost feels nervous about it, like making normal conversation is something to be eased back into rather than an innate ability. At the least, though, the weather's nice.
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Nah. Come on, sit down. You're making me look bad. [ He smiles — a little wanly, but sincerely enough — as he straightens up in his seat, reaching out to tap her place setting. ] I'm not gonna eat by myself.
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[personal profile] meachumheiress 2017-03-23 09:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Sorry for trying to be a good hostess.

[Joy smiles as she sits, mostly pleased to see Ward smile. As much as Ward ever smiles, anyway. He grows more distant as the days pass and Joy's been realizing that she might be acting on it too late. They shouldn't let work govern their lives entirely - though there are days where she feels she owes it to their father and the Rands to put in the long hours - and they ought to know better than most that family can be fleeting.

She stirs some cream and sugar into her own coffee. Both hands cup the mug as she raises it for a sip, eyes glancing to a bird that stops for a moment on the ledge before taking off again. Under the table, Joy nudges her foot against Ward's, playful and a bit teasing.
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You can relax. It's not as if I set this up as an elaborate way to spring something on you.
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[personal profile] embezzle 2017-03-24 07:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, now I'm suspicious.

[ He says it archly enough to make it clear he's joking, looking away briefly to cut into the quiche. He glances up again when her foot nudges his, his expression trying for annoyance but landing somewhere closer to amusement. ]

I'm relaxed, I promise. [ As if rattling off a laundry list: ] I'm having a meal with my sister, it's the weekend, and my phone hasn't gone off yet; I'm practically zen.

[ His heel taps against hers, a diminished version of the kind of teasing they indulged in as children (though, granted, his target had usually been Danny, and the subject of a little more malice). It hasn't escaped his notice that they've started to drift when it comes to their lives outside the company, so he's glad for the time, even if it isn't immediately evident. ]

You gonna have anything to eat?
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[personal profile] meachumheiress 2017-03-25 02:30 am (UTC)(link)
Now that you mention it, I do have this friend you might like ...

[It's obvious by the quirk of her lips that she's joking. Joy would probably call Ward married to his work, and she's not sure most people would be willing to deal with his aggressive Type A personality. Though maybe he just hasn't found the right person to keep him line, and, if she had the time, she might consider setting him up.

At his question, she snorts, plucking a strawberry from a nearby dish. She gives her brother a pointed like while she eats it.
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What do you do on weekends? [It's embarrassing that she's never actually asked him before. Joy helps herself to her own serving of quiche, giving Ward an expectant look while she eats a bite.]
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[personal profile] embezzle 2017-03-26 05:25 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Ward rolls his eyes, though the expression's good-natured more than not. (There's the kneejerk instinct to point out that everyone they know, friends or otherwise, is within Rand, but he knows — as brusque as he can be — that it's a little presumptive.) It's true, at any rate — work takes up the bulk of his waking hours, and the coil of his personality has never been one that's lended itself to any kind of intimacy. Joy's the only exception to the rule, though, again, even that tether has started to strain.

Funny how these things happen.
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Work, [ he says, with a slight shrug, fork balanced between his fingers. ] Everything I couldn't get done during the week. You know how it is — we don't exactly get days off.

[ He pauses, reaching out for his coffee as the sound of a siren down on the street flares up and then fades in traffic. ]

What about you, then? I assume you haven't exactly been sneaking off to Cabo.
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[personal profile] meachumheiress 2017-03-27 01:54 am (UTC)(link)
I -- Work.

[Joy has to laugh, knowing she's been caught out. She doesn't take it to quite the same degree as Ward, no one does. Beyond the walls of Rand she at least tries to invite other things into her life.]

I take Toro to the dog park on Saturdays, try to get in the latest Netflix craze. Cabo sounds like a great idea, though.

[Unlikely, but great. They could both use a vacation.]
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[personal profile] embezzle 2017-03-28 04:51 am (UTC)(link)
A House of Cards binge doesn't sound too bad.

[ There's still a wryness to his voice — he knows it's about as likely as their taking a vacation, though maybe a little more realistic. It's that knowledge that it's likely a broken promise that keeps him from fully meeting her gaze, directing the smile that sits on his features down at his plate instead of directly at her. (He doesn't like disappointing her, he never has — she's the only one in their family who's ever loved him unconditionally. And that's— well, it's not something he's willing to let go.) ]

I think the last time I watched anything except the news was when we were kids. Saturday morning cartoons, stuff like that.

[ He laughs, mostly to himself. He'd been a pill as a teenager, and he remembers it well enough. The only thing that's changed is that he's gotten better at hiding his resentment. ]
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[personal profile] meachumheiress 2017-03-28 05:00 am (UTC)(link)
You grew up too fast.

[It's said in a way that's meant to excuse his behaviour. Maybe Ward isn't anyone's idea of a good person, but she knows he's just trying to do his best. They were thrust into a bad situation when they were still too young, Ward barely out of high school and Joy still a couple of years behind him, and they learned to cope the best they could.

Ward has a lot of weight on his shoulders, Joy can't hold it against him.
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Maybe we should take a vacation. Even if it's just for a day. Getting out of the city might be nice.
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[personal profile] embezzle 2017-03-28 05:15 am (UTC)(link)
[ His demeanor shifts almost imperceptibly — that's the thing about her, she's right more often than not, and the fact of the matter is that they'd both been forced to grow up too soon, childhoods curtailed by tragedy (and his before their father had even supposedly passed away). Rand weighs on him, and their father's perpetual disdain and disappointment does, too. ]

Where'd you have in mind?

[ He's still only entertaining the idea — the idea of one of them taking time off seems farfetched to him as it is, let alone the both of them at once — but it's further than they've gotten with this conversation before. Maybe it's just the right place and the right time — they're not at work at the moment, which is also more than can be said for a lot of the time they've spent together recently. ]
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[personal profile] meachumheiress 2017-03-28 07:40 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't know. Florida?

[It's a quick trip, and Miami sounds nice. It's not Cabo, but the beach in the day and the clubs at night ... Well. That'd be a switch from the norm. If she could ever get Ward out of the hotel room.]

You could probably use a tan.

[Joy smirks at him around a fork of quiche.]
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[personal profile] embezzle 2017-03-29 03:55 pm (UTC)(link)
[ He laughs, slightly, a little bemused but still warm more than not. ]

You make it sound like we're going on spring break.

[ Again, there's a lull as he eats, his teasing still as non-committal as ever. (He's not always kind, even to her, but he tries. As most things do, it comes down to their father, and the perpetual frustration he feels of the ignorance of the rest of the world, despite the fact that he's complicit in it.) Beneath the table, there's still that point of contact, his foot by hers. ]

Could be nice, though. Rent a house on the Keys or something like that.
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[personal profile] meachumheiress 2017-03-29 05:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't remember either of us actually having spring break.

[But the fact that he's at least entertaining the idea, whether it's to humour her or just make idle conversation, makes her smile. She settles her fork on her plate, elbows on the table as she leans in towards him. There might almost be something conspiratorial about her look.]

Why not? You, me, a private beach. Detox from Manhattan for a couple of days.
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[personal profile] embezzle 2017-03-30 04:12 pm (UTC)(link)
[ His eyebrows arch, the note of dubiousness in his expression growing a little more pronounced though, again, he doesn't outright say no. (It's hitting him again just how rare it is that they spend time together in a context that doesn't solely have to do with Rand, and for all that he might not be a good man when it comes down to brass tacks, he likes being able to make her smile.) ]

You think the building won't crumble the minute both of us are out the door? [ he intones, the line of his mouth twisting as he tries not to laugh. ]

We might be out of a company by the time we get back.
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[personal profile] meachumheiress 2017-03-30 11:56 pm (UTC)(link)
[She rolls her eyes, glancing out over the city. There are too many taller buildings between her home and Rand to see it, but she still sips her coffee with the shrug of one shoulder.]

I don't see any smoke in the sky so I have to assume it's doing just fine right now.

[His foot gets another nudge from hers, and for a brief moment her fingers press to Ward's wrist.] We can start small and work our way up to Florida.