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Discussion in 'Elsewhere In Pandora' started by Toby Daye, Jun 15, 2018.

  1. Toby Daye

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    and through the woods

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    June 20th, Year 7

    This wasn't that weird, right? Toby was pretty damn sure that things like this were considered normal in many regards. Qrow had talked about his house once or twice before and she had managed to figure out where it was. She was terrible at reading maps that didn't have street names and terrible at judging distance when it wasn't in a city. Without her car and only with her legs, she didn't realize how far things could be. Like say a house in the middle of no-where between Pandora Town and Cascade Bay.

    Really she just wanted to visit her boyfriend. Qrow had been the one stopping by instead of the other way around and she kind of wanted to return the favor a touch. Maybe she just wanted to make him smile. He had a nice smile when he was caught a little off guard. So the brunette had left Pandora Town in the early evening, figuring it would take her a bit to get there. She was also kind of hoping she'd be able to spend the night but that was mostly because she was visiting her boyfriend. Even if all they did was pass out on the couch while watching who knew what on tv, that was good enough for her. More than good enough.

    Except Toby hadn't really figured on how far the house was. Just like when she had gone hiking with Qrow out into the woods, she hadn't been prepared. She may have gotten lost a time or two. May have stumbled down a hill at one point because her sneakers slipped on some dewy grass that just so happened to be placed in just the right spot. She may have also had a few branches slap her in the face. Generally Toby was not comfortable in any setting but a city but she was making an effort. An effort she regretted after a good amount of time had passed.

    The sun had not yet set by the time that Toby laid eyes on Qrow's goddamn house but it wasn't far off from sinking completely out of view either. She was cranky and exhausted. There might have been some new scuffs on her shoes and there was a twig hanging out the back of her leather jacket. Some leaves were clinging to one of her cuffs were she had stumbled through a bush. "Why the fuck would anyone live out here." It was mostly grumbling. Mostly. Toby felt like she had a right to bitch after what she had gone through to make Qrow smile but she took a breath to calm herself and then knocked on the front door. Quickly patting down her jacket and trying to shake off the leaves before he answered the door. The point of this surprise was not telling Qrow she was coming over, so she wouldn't have known that Qrow wasn't home and his roomie was. Toby had in fact forgotten that the huntsman even had a roommate. One of those little details that didn't seem to matter much at the time but would have been important now. Instead she was sort of half smiling like a dork as the door opened, ready to see that smile on Qrow's face.




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    Things were just more of the same so far. Qrow was off doing who knows what outside, probably his typical hero stuff or just finding some kind of trouble for himself. Sans, meanwhile, was just lazing around like always. He was lying down on his bed and messing with his phone while his skeledog was poking around, as usual.

    When he heard a sudden knock on the door, he figured it wasn't Qrow. Who would visit a house like that though? It was a bit of a trek so for someone to go looking for this house, in particular, it must have been someone who knew him, probably a friend. Sans had a feeling an enemy wouldn't bother knocking at the door unless they were unusually polite.

    Sans walked downstairs at his usual slow pace and began unlocking the door. Then, when he opened it he saw a woman with a dopey expression on her face that could only suggest one thing. Clearly, he wasn't the person she was expecting to open that door and by virtue of that alone, he had to hold back some laughter.

    "you must be the girlfriend. hey girlfriend. qrow's not here right now." He informed him with his usual grin and laidback attitude.
     
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  3. Toby Daye

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    and through the woods

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    June 20th, Year 7

    The door swung open and Toby felt this little tingle of anticipation. Surprising Qrow was probably going to be a good thing, at least out of context of her abilities and crazy choices in the middle of a fight, and she was sort of excited to be the one to get the drop on him for once. Except when the door swung open the dark haired man wasn't standing there. In fact there was no one at her eye level at all.

    Instead the brunette had to look down, spotting a... skeleton??? She took a moment to take that in. She had met a lot of different people and a lot of different creatures, even before Pandora, but she had never seen a walking skeleton in a hoodie. Not that it was a big deal, really there were some weird ass things in faerie that Pandora couldn't hold a candle to, but was he wearing a hoodie? Sneakers. Hoodie. Shorts. Looking almost exactly like one of the teenagers that had always been rolling into and out of her house back in San Francisco.

    You must be the girlfriend. Who somehow knew who she was? But sort of as the girlfriend instead of her name? Of course that's when it clicked that Qrow had a roomie. He had said something once or twice before, but she had forgotten on the way over. "And you must be the roommate. Hi Roomie." There had been a little bit of a smile at that but her smile might have dropped a touch when the roomie mentioned that Qrow wasn't there. Of course he wasn't there. That was just her kind of luck.

    There was a backwards glance at the trail she had attempted to blaze from Pandora Town to Qrow's house. The walk home wasn't exactly going to be fun in any sense of the word. Her head swiveled back to the skeleton, one eyebrow lifting slightly as she hoped for a better answer to her next question. "Is he... going to be home soon? Possibly?" Toby didn't want to come all this way for nothing. If he'd be home soon then maybe she could surprise him then or... well, some of the air beneath her wings had stopped pushing her forward at this point. Less excitement and more acceptance at the hand that fate had given her. She shoved her hands into her leather jacket pockets and just sort of stood there. This felt way more awkward than it should have. Like she was asking if Qrow could come out to play.




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    The change in her expression was expected, seeing as she probably wasn't expecting to meet with a skeleton at her boyfriend's house. After all, people's skeletons were usually in their closets, or at least that was how the saying went. From the looks of it, Qrow had never told her that he had a skeleton living in his house with him, probably not out of any embarrassment so much as he didn't mention that particular detail.

    She did know he had a roommate though, so Qrow had likely just left it at that. She answered him in kind and Sans could appreciate a little sense of humor. At least that confirmed that they were both out of the "s/he's not my boyfriend" phase.

    "no clue. even if he had given me a time, he probably would arrive late anyway so i guess there's not much of a point in doing that." Sans shrugged. "if you wanna wait for him, you might be here for a while."

    Sans then opened the door further and stepped a little to the side, quietly inviting Toby to come in if she felt like it, or she could just go home and complain to her boyfriend about it via text later, one of the two. Given the look on her face at that moment, Sans could tell that she really wasn't looking forward to walking all the way back.
     
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  5. Toby Daye

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    and through the woods

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    June 20th, Year 7

    Toby knew what the roomie was going to say even before he said it. Qrow wasn't the type of guy to tell people where he was going or when he was likely going to be back or anything of that nature. Instead he just sort of did as he pleased. Which was exactly what he should have been doing it just made it hard for Toby to predict things in order to surprise him. Maybe that was something to tuck away for later.

    They had managed to get out of the first stage of denial, to dating, but the rest of it was staying firmly in the shadows. Arriving late could mean a number of things for people who slept at night. Toby was nocturnal and she would be up all night anyways since she had only woken up an hour or so before heading out. Long enough to eat a bowl of cereal, run through a quick shower, and get dressed. Or rather slogging through it all because Toby had trouble waking up until she had at least two cups of coffee.

    Still the roomie was opening the door and inviting her in. Maybe Qrow would show up soonish. She could hang out for a bit until she was ready to trek through the woods again to drag herself home. Toby gave a bit of a shrug and walked in, taking a careful look around as she did so. There was a bit of a smile in that factor because this was a glimpse at something she hadn't seen before. Painting a little bit more of a picture really. Qrow had already been in her apartment, both bedrooms, hung out on her couch, seen her office... and this was the first time she was seeing his place. Though she had seen his classroom first, or that workshop, whatever that had been.

    "I'm Toby." Once she was inside Toby held out her hand to the skeleton, not fussed by shaking his hand. Not even thinking about how it might be weird or odd to anyone else. It was only decently polite to introduce yourself to your boyfriend's roomie. Doubly so when he had invited you inside the place.




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    Given who she was, Toby was probably already expecting that kind of response and it showed. She must've just wanted to cover her bases, or maybe she just had that slight hope that for once Qrow was trying to stick to some kind of schedule. Unfortunately for her, that wasn't the case. At least she didn't seem to mind it too much.

    "yeah, i know. you actually share a name with my dog." Sans informed her before looking towards and raising his voice ever so slightly. "hey, toby!" he called out

    It didn't take long before the sound of rattling bones came from upstairs as the tiny skeleton dog hurried downstairs so quickly that he tripped on the first step and landed on his face. Yep, that was his Toby alright. It didn't even seem to faze him in the slightest as he got back up in an instant and he ran over to Sans and the other Toby, panting and looking at the new person with curiosity.

    "anyways, did you come here without telling qrow? doesn't seem like him to leave someone hanging like that for no reason." He asked as if nothing at all had happened in the past few seconds.
     
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  7. Toby Daye

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    and through the woods

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    June 20th, Year 7

    Hey, Toby! She turned slightly to see a tiny skeleton dog run down the stairs. A skeleton dog that had the same name as her. She stared at the dog and then back at the roommate, slowly coming to the realization of how goddamn weird all of this was. It took her a moment, wheels turning in her head before she took the plunge and looked back at the skeleton who hadn't introduced himself in return.

    "Call me October." Toby wasn't a fan of her full name but she was not going to want anyone to call her Toby with that dog around. Qrow could use Tobe. That was his nickname for her which meant it wasn't natural for anyone else to use it. So October was just going to have to do for the roomie. She didn't want... anything else at the moment.

    "Uh, no. He didn't know I was coming." Qrow would have been here if she had told him. Hell, he probably would have met her at her place and then helped her get here. Quicker, without so many slips, and walking like a graceful mother fucker the entire way while she stumbled into trees. This was supposed to be a surprise. She pulled out her phone and looked down at it, debating sending Qrow a text to ask him where he was. But if there was still a chance to surprise him, then she'd wait a bit longer.

    "I've got a rose goblin who's about the same size. Maybe a bit bigger." Toby nodded at Toby, trying to come up with some sort of conversation as they stood there. Awkwardly. All of this awkward and Toby knew it. Where the fuck was Qrow?




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    October, huh? So Toby was meant to be an abbreviation of that? Sans could understand it, but he still had to wonder why anyone would name their kid that. Not a name that suited a girl very well, at least in his opinion.

    Either way, apparently she was there to pay Qrow a surprise visit, probably just a nice little gesture to make to her boyfriend, except it all got ruined by the fact he wasn’t there when she arrived. Plus, Sans was there which would inherently make things a little less romantic than they could be, not that the skeleton had any intentions of ruining their moment. If there was anyone who needed something nice to happen to him, it was Qrow.

    "a what?"
    Sans asked, never having heard of anything like a rose goblin before and having no idea of how to even picture such a thing. He didn’t linger on it for long though and shook his head. “anyway, it might take a while before qrow shows up, so you want anything to eat? you look like you’ve been walking around the woods for a while.”
     
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  9. Toby Daye

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    June 20th, Year 7

    If Qrow wasn't going to show up for awhile, Toby didn't know what she was going to do. The changeling still wanted this to be a surprise for Qrow because she had put a decent amount of effort into actually showing up. Trekking through the woods and showing up unannounced, it was supposed to be... fuck if Toby knew. Cute? Maybe cute. She didn't often think of herself as "cute" but maybe she kind of hoped that she was a little bit. At least to Qrow.

    Fuck. Now she had all these weird mixed emotions about this and Toby didn't know if she was going to text her boyfriend or wait it out. Thankfully his roomie seemed to understand and went about doing the social, expected thing. Asking her if she wanted anything. "Coffee?" Sans had said to eat but October was more of a coffee fiend than anything else. She drank several pots of the stuff per day and one could easily argue that she had just as much coffee running through her system as blood.

    Qrow didn't have a coffee pot though. Toby didn't understand the level of bachelor that the huntsman and his roomie had achieved out in the woods. Never mind her own stark apartment, every kitchen had to have a coffee pot right? Everyone drank coffee, right? Qrow had even drank coffee with her more than a handful of times because she had offered it to him at her office and at her apartment. A real sign of love there, sharing her coffee, so she didn't even think for a minute that the two dudes living out in the forest wouldn't have such a basic item in their kitchen. Instead she was a little hopeful because a little bit of coffee could really help her relax.




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    "man, what's with you people and coffee?" Sans commented in an amused tone, he knew that humans their coffee a lot, as he had gone to many a cafe in Pandora Town and seen a lot of people drinking a bunch of it, he couldn't help but think it was some sort of addiction. "lemme see if there's any of it still left..."

    Sans then headed towards the kitchen, trying to remember where Qrow would leave the coffee, if there even was any. Meanwhile, Toby the skeledog was still there with Toby the person, just looking at her and wagging his tail, managing an impressive puppy-dog eyes for something that didn't even have proper eyes to begin with, pretty much begging for some petting.
     
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    June 20th, Year 7

    Toby was worse than a lot of other people when it came to coffee. She could down several pots a day and she had become addicted to it over twenty years prior. Back when she had been trying to live as a human. Which wasn't to say she didn't still drink as much but she was often able to sleep during the day, so the changeling might have eased back a touch since then. Of course when Sans and Toby went to the kitchen, there was no coffee to be found. Qrow didn't even own a coffee pot, which was a sin in Toby's opinion and she was certainly going to let her boyfriend know that.


    Still Sans' dog with her name was staring up at her, little tail wagging, and Toby stared down at the creature. Normally she didn't have any problem petting animals or pets. She certainly gave Juliet scratches behind her ears often enough when the hellhound was around but this was a little weird. First, because the dog was actually a skeleton and how did you properly pet a skeleton? But secondly, and more importantly, the dog had her name. That made it weird more than anything else and Toby wasn't sure she was ready to touch the skele-dog that shared her name.


    Wasn't the dog's fault though, so the changeling offered a little bit of a tense smile and patted the thing on the head carefully, figuring that would have to be good enough for the moment. But after discovering the fact that Qrow did not have any coffee and only seemed to have booze or Gatorade stocked in his kitchen, Toby snagged one of the "sports drinks" and went to plop herself on Qrow's couch. It was bigger than her own and a lot more comfortable but that was a given considering the huntsman lived in a house and not just a run down apartment in Blackhaven.


    For a little bit, Toby wondered if she should text Qrow or not. Letting him know she was here. Telling him that he was an abomination for not at least owning a coffee pot. They had been together for almost three weeks at this point and he had invited her over several times. He should have known better. One eyebrow lifted in amusement as they flicked the tv on and settled in, figuring it was best just to relax so she could still surprise Qrow. "How long have you been living here?" Toby had no clue who Sans was or what his story was either. But the changeling was more than willing to have some small talk while she killed time. Qrow had to show up sooner or later.




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    ~Did I break this broken home?~
    ~Can I get a sign? Some peace of mind?~

    Qrow was in no rush to get home, knowing Sans wasn't counting on him to be back at a certain time (or at all) and that he definitely did not have a curfew-- as much as the government of Pandora town wanted to play parent to any and every grown ass person under their literal Watch. Qrow was glad that he had taken up residence at his own property outside of their jurisdiction-- so wouldn't be ordered to put his lights out or keep down the noise of his welding and music, nor be tucked into bed like a baby.

    Clearly, there were times where he really hated authority. Maybe tonight was an especially bitter night because he had finally reached his favorite Chinese restaurant just after they'd locked their doors for closing time, and then had to track down another location that was open until the curfew, haggle with them for a decent price, and then evade the Pandora Town Watch so he didn't go to jail again for staying up past his bedtime and helping circulate the economy.

    He did pay for that food, and he did conclude his business before the witching hour, and he wouldn't have been a 'nuisance' at 9:01 pm if it weren't for the officers yelling at him and chasing him with butterfly nets right on the hour. It was an extra shitty night that didn't need to be shitty, but that was just how his luck worked, even with his semblance tamed.

    Regardless, he made it home without losing any precious primary feathers and landed on his human heels in front of his door, sighing to himself and adjusting the bags of take-out in his arms to allow himself inside. His sour mood was entirely wiped clean as he saw Toby and Sans on the couch watching a comedy show, and he stopped in his entryway to gawk at the scene. "Oh. Hey." A grin soon formed on his face as he continued walking into his house to deposit the bags on the kitchen bar counter, hardly taking his elated eyes off Toby. "What are you doing here, Tobe?" Had she walked here? Qrow tried to quell his grin as he slid his hands in his pockets and then meandered over to the edge of the living room, glancing at the television, then Sans. "I see you've met funny bones. And he's got you hooked on his silly stand-up show, no doubt."

    He smiled at Toby before remembering, and then gesturing back at the kitchen which was quickly filling up with a warm scent of steaming noddles, veggies, rice, and chicken. "You guys hungry? I brought extra."


    ~Just look at what you've done.~
    ~But don't you dare forget the sun, love.~



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