Joan and Aiden shared a sideways glance while they entered the cafe. Immediately a blast of cool air chilled their faces and brought a grimace to Joan, a sigh of relief from Aiden. She loved naturally cold air, not air conditioning, while as Aiden didn't care what kind of cold it was. He was hot-blooded to the point of almost being a dragon. He chuckled at the benign look on his sisters face when she saw the bustling crowd of academy students huddled in several different booths. He could tell, they were wearing the academy uniforms. He glanced down at himself noting his black pants and deep blue button up top. His sister hadn't exactly followed protocol either... He glanced at her again, lifting an eyebrow when she decided to place a white miner's cap and hide her hair inside. He barely noticed Darwin introducing himself to the others so focused on being protective of his sister.
"Joan, what are you doing?" He said too soft for others to hear.
Joan shrugged indifferently and gave him a 'It's cool' glance before leading the way towards a booth about two booths down from the bustle of students. He followed her while barely side-stepping from a girl accidentally falling in someone's lap then clumsily heading face first towards the floor. His cheeks heated, getting a glance of pale skin from the top of her shirt while she fell. He swallowed and was about to make an effort to help when Darwin stepped forward a second ahead of him. He scratched the back of his neck with a small smile, glad he'd made a good friend like Darwin. His eyes fell on his 'bald' sister, sitting alone at the booth while staring out the window. She didn't do well in groups... especially strange groups. He was a bit baffled however. She was usually attempting a stage act with every new person she meets. Perhaps there was just too many here today. He didn't want to leave his sister alone so he stayed by Darwin's side just for half a minute, too distracted to make a proper introduction. He couldn't just leave without saying hi either.
"Hi, guys I'm Aiden, going to Silver Screen as well. Since this booth is full I"ll be two booths down with my sis. Fill free to join if you want. Darwin buddy I'll be over there." Aiden gave a thumbs up sign and a smile before joining his sister at the booth. He nudged her gently before sliding next to her and she just gave a small smile before nudging him back, keeping her eyes out the window. He sat beside her because he didn't want anyone to show up and surprise her by sitting next to her... It could be some deranged pervert or a pretty girl might try sitting by him! He didn't know which was worse... probably the former.
Shelli kept her eyes fixed on everything going on in the cafe, with a large smile. She inhaled the fresh foods being prepared, and her smile grew brighter when she saw a waitress headed her way. She couldn't wait to have something to eat. Her ears perked up when she thought she heard the words 'Silver Screen'. She looked around for a minute before spotting familiar uniforms at the far side of the cafe.
"Oh, look Uncle, there's our old school." Shelli said, tapping Richard on the shoulder.
Instead of looking towards the crowd, he avoided it. "Oh, really?" He asked indifferently, a frog in his throat and water in his eyes. Shelli should know better than bring up Silver Screen... where he had met his ex-fiance. He stifled a cough from the silvery blond hair flashing before his eyes, and the scent of daisies suffocating all present smells in the cafe.
"I'm going to introduce myself," Shelli exclaimed excitedly and stood from the table.
A rough, harsh hand gripped her palm and pulled her back to the table. She yelped silently and plopped back down in the seat, widened, concerned eyes on her uncle. Of course... he hadn't even corrected her when she called him uncle. His smoky eyes were distant, remembering someone long gone... She frowned when she realized he couldn't possibly let go so soon... Definitely not now. It could hardly be called a year since then... It felt like a month.