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15 February 2012 @ 06:03 am
FIC: Lovers' Day  
Author: Osiris Brackhaus
Story Title: Lovers’ Day
Part: 1/1
Rating: PG
Configuration: /
Warnings: /
Word Count: 1.400
Setting: 'Phoenix Empire' verse, see Phoenix Empire Timeline & Index
Characters: Bobby, Mandy
Summary: An unpleasant encounter on a Lovers’ Day party leads to unexpected fun...
Feedback: Yes, please!

„Bobby Dover! The prettiest cocksucker of all town, here at my party!“

Rolling his eyes, Bobby turned around to face the one person he had hoped not to meet tonight.

„I thought it was your uncle’s party, Julio? At least, it was him who invited me and my girlfriend. And it’s his house.”

“Shesh, my party, his party – we’re all a big family here, you know?”

Yes, Bobby knew all to well. Julio Mostarda’s uncle Antonio owned several discos and nightclubs in the area, and a handful of brothels on top of that. Basically, the Mostarda family had turned entertainment into a family business here in the area, and made sure the competition never gained so much as even a foothold here in the north. They were just small enough not to get into trouble with the guilds, polite enough to keep the nobles happy and violent enough to discourage anybody else.

And while his Uncle Antonio was a decent man with surprisingly good manners, Julio was just a mean little thug with too much money and a family name.

Right now, this slimy little specimen with his ridiculous, gelled-back hair studied Mandy with an expression of affected surprise.

“Your girlfriend, eh? You disappoint me, Bobby, you could do so much better.”

“You mean, I could do you?” he quipped in reply, pointedly sneaking an arm around Mandy’s waist. “Been there, done that.”

“And? Still hungering for more of the same?”

Bobby was just about to reply something politely declining as Mandy cut him short. She was a nice girl, but she didn’t quite manage to put up with idiots as well as Bobby.

“I’m really sorry that I have to break it to you, Julio. But he slept with you because otherwise you’d have drugged and raped him.” Her voice was even, cool and very sharp. “Just like all the others.”

“Hey, watch your tongue, little hobo slut!” Julio snapped instantly. Apparently, telling him the truth wasn’t the best way to get on his good side. “One more fucking word and I’ll have my men kick you out on the curb where you belong!”

“And you watch how you treat my girlfriend!” Bobby heard himself say despite trying very hard to keep his mouth shut.

“Oh yeah? Or else what? Huh?” Pushing out his chest, Julio walked up to Bobby until they were almost face to face, staring each other down. “What you gonna do, little cocksucker?”

“Boys,” Mandy said in a voice that managed to sound firm and calm and surprisingly motherly. Cautiously, she pushed her hands between the two would-be combatants, pulling them apart before it came to bloodshed. “Calm down, both of you.”

Julio gave her a withering stare, a vein on his forehead standing out with barely suppressed rage. He was a tightly wound guy, little question there.

“Please, Julio,” she continued. “We don’t want to make a scene, and surely you don’t want either. It’s your uncle’s Lovers’ Day Party, and we’re all grateful he invited us to his place.”

“Fools.” Julio hissed, almost looking as if he was about to spit on the floor. “One day, this will all be mine. One day you’re all going to work for me.”

Almost, Bobby would have countered that remark with a snide comment on his own. But Mandy pinched his arm just in time to remind him that this was not the parking lot behind their favourite disco, but the mansion of the town’s only commoner bigwig. So he remained silent, looking at his feet, doing his best of looking contrite.

“Idiots!” Julio hissed one more time, then turned around on the heels of his fancy shoes and left.

For a moment, they just stood in the hallway where Julio had crossed their way, calming their nerves and trying to regain some measure of posture. In the adjoining rooms, the party was progressing splendidly, and the sounds of music, laughter and slightly intoxicated people talking way too loudly washed over them.

“I am sorry,” Bobby finally said. “I really thought this would be a nice evening for the two of us.”

“Never mind. It’s not as if I had to sleep with the guy to prevent him from raping me.” Nudging him gently, Mandy continued with a conspiring smile. “And I fully plan on having a wonderful evening still. After all, silly little Julio is going to pay for this silly little scene.”

“What do you mean?”

Instead of an answer, Mandy produced an expensive-looking wallet from one of the many folds of her outfit. “Maybe I’m not the best pickpocket on Espen, but with you as my distraction, I’m still a hundred times too good for that stupid little shit.”

“Oh you got to be fucking kidding me!” Bobby exclaimed, torn between the terror of having Julio screaming for their hides for the rest of their lives and the utter pride in his gorgeous girlfriend. “You didn’t!”

“Sure I did. He was trying so hard to get back into your pants, I could have stolen his knickers without him noticing.”

“You’re my hero, you know that?” Bobby said softly, meaning every word. “But we can’t take the money. He’ll kill us.”

“I’m not sure he’ll even notice.” Mandy sounded not too sure herself, and with a little sigh she added: “Of course you’re right. Just a few bills, and we’ll drop the wallet near the pool where someone can find it.”

“A few bills should be fine. I really don’t think Julio knows how much he’s been carrying around, after all.”

So Mandy started rummaging through the wallet while Bobby watched her thoughtfully.

It had been a very nice gesture of Uncle Antonio inviting them for the party. He had been looking for some more handsome people to fill some gaps in his guest-list, and he had asked Bobby straight away if he wanted to come for exactly that reason. Maybe not the most romantic way of being invited, but still a great night out after all. The Mostarda mansion was one of the finest residences this side of the palace, and parties here were legendary, to say the least.
The whole Mostarda family had come from Nabucco, a few years after the war, and they still made a big show out of being different. Which was fine with Bobby, after all they apparently were the only ones here on Espen knowing how to throw a proper party.
If it weren’t for the occasional rotten apple on the family tree, Bobby could have actually liked them.

“Wait a minute.” Bobby suddenly said. “Hand me the wallet.”

“Why?” Mandy asked, instantly handing it over none the less.

“I think I have an idea...”

Now it was Bobby’s turn to rummage through Julio’s wallet, and it took him only a moment to find what he had been looking for.

“Jackpot!” he exclaimed, holding up what looked like little square pieces of translucent plastic. His face took on a decidedly vengeful look. “What about we dose Julio with some of his own medicine?”

“Soluble know-out drops?” Mandy asked, her eyes glittering with delighted mischief. “I think if it helps making this evening safer for a lot of other pretty boys, I can get myself to apologize for my bad manners earlier on.”

“See?” Bobby offered his arm to Mandy, who took it with a grand gesture. “And what a luck I coincidentally know Julio’s favourite drink.”

“What a lucky coincidence, indeed.” Smiling widely, Mandy kissed him onto his cheek. “May I suggest we pick up the drink at the pool bar? We still have to drop off something there, methinks.”

“Oh how wonderfully smart of you, my dear!”

No longer able to keep a straight face at their banter, the two broke into loud laughter, for the first time not feeling awkward among all the rich and beautiful people here tonight. Maybe they would never belong here, but they still were able to have great fun and enjoy themselves.

And maybe that’s what Lovers’ Day was all about, in the end.

idolme922idolme922 on February 15th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
That's one way to have a good time at a party thrown by a prick!!

That was a fun little Lovers' Day romp!! Thank you!!

Hugs... :D
osirisbrackhausosirisbrackhaus on February 16th, 2012 05:11 am (UTC)
Well, thank you for reading and commenting! Unfortunately, it will not be the last time we see Julio...
triptyxtriptyx on February 15th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
Hee! I have to say it again: I love Mandy and Bobby! :) :) :)

They fight crime together! I really like the idea that Julio cant drug and rape someone tonight!

But now I am a little bit scared that something will happen to them in the future and our crime-fighting-couple will be separated...I know they are not romantically involved but they are so good together and look out for each other! :)

Thank you! :)
osirisbrackhausosirisbrackhaus on February 16th, 2012 05:12 am (UTC)
You're right, they are damn sweet-cool together. Mandy wasn't planned to get such a prominent role, but there you go, that happens if you let your characters talk you into things. ^^

And you're most welcome!
issuesgrrrlissuesgrrrl on February 15th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Ugh. You can't mess with a scummy little perv like Julio hard enough - his money and family connections should be getting him the finest paid playmates of every stripe who would actually enjoy his freaky power trip games but instead he goes all roofies on people who want nothing to do with him for all the right reasons, i.e. he's an ugly little freak with relationship issues and shit for a soul. You couldn't arrange for the cops to find him out in public, naked, drugged to the gills, soaked in shit, plenty of really, REALLY illegal drug evidence on him and no way in a thousand hells even his uncle's money will let him wiggle completely out of weeks of embarrassing tabloid headlines? Pretty please?
Mandy feckin' RULES by the way, I'd have dropped Julio's gold card in the charity collection box of the Goddess's Little Servants of the Poor, just to mess with him and maybe do some good for some deserving folks...

Also, if I may:
"prettiest cocksucker of all town, here on my party" - well I'm sure he IS but perhaps you wish to describe him as 'of all time, here at my party'. Or he's the 'prettiest cocksucker in town, here at my party'. 'On the party' kinda sounds like he's The Entertainment, not a guest, yanno? THAT kind of entertainment...

Soluble knock-out drops sound exactly like Julio. If he couldn't buy it or drug it he'd never get any, the loser scumbag. Let's hope Uncle Antonio buys a clue soon.
PS: Write Moars! MOARS! ;^)
osirisbrackhausosirisbrackhaus on February 16th, 2012 05:14 am (UTC)
As I said, it's not the last time we see Julio, alas. But yes, you are right, he deserves all kinds of evil happening to him. Maybe not really what will happen to him, but still.

Preposition is fixed, thanks for pointing this out.

*goes back to writing*
Beryllrynthjan on February 16th, 2012 05:19 am (UTC)
I can assure you dear Julio will die slowly in absolutely terror, shitting himself.
BerthaBlueberthablue on February 15th, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
Yay! More Bobby :) I think he and Mandy are just the fucking cutest - and what a pair! I love that they're going to pay Julio back in kind :)
osirisbrackhausosirisbrackhaus on February 16th, 2012 05:15 am (UTC)
Yep, they are a one-of-a-kind couple. We have a clear plan for what is going to happen to Bobby in the future, but I really think we have to incorporate Mandy somehow...
Thanks for commenting!
hab318princess on March 16th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
revenge is sweet
great story
osirisbrackhausosirisbrackhaus on March 16th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I never thought Mandy would become the character she is now, but as it seems we'll have to make plans for her to appear in later stories as well.