... didn't see anyone he knew well on the way to the snacks table, though he did spot Maeryn/Kaliel there and gave the Tok'ra a wave. He made himself a mental note to go and say hello properly in a moment.
First, there was a quantity of chocolate laid before him that he felt certain wasn't allowed under normal circumstances, possibly not even under these circumstances. There was a reason most agents weren't allowed any, he thought as he reached for a chocolate-covered mint. It had to be some kind of drug—the chocolate-covered ham, for sure. That couldn't possibly be legal, it went down far too easily for something so rich and complex. He was all right, though. He had been working on his discipline of late, and as he chewed on a chocolate-covered orange slice, he felt confident that it was working. He was pretty sure he took the time to smile and nod at the other agents near the table between bites, though they did give him some odd looks in return. It had to be the smile—he just couldn't quite master the trick, and it put people off. Oh well.
He jumped at a sudden tap on his shoulder and spun around, a fistful of chocolate-covered eggnog drops on its way to his mouth. His eyes popped and he nearly choked when he recognized Orken, the one person he least wanted to catch him indulging in what Nume called "stupid Andalite cliches," however well he thought he was behaving himself. His face got hot and red, clashing ferociously with his carroty hair. He swallowed hard to get rid of the gooey mess already on his tongue, tipped the rest of the drops into a nearby plastic cup, and brushed his hand on his pant leg. The smear of chocolate on his chin was completely lost on him.
"Orken!" he said hoarsely. Desserts were murder on human vocal cords. "I didn't expect—that is, I had hoped to meet you here, but when I arrived—." He cut himself short. Babbling like an idiot wasn't going to help. He took a deep breath, straightened up, and started over. "I am pleased to see you. Have you been well?"
Her eyes were open wide as she took in all the colorful decorations and lights. "Oh wow! Look at this! Hey," she said trying to get her partner's attention, "Natasha! What are those?" She pointed... more
Colt grinned, and poured a shot for himself, which he promptly downed. "Couple years back! After all the macrovirus stuff and everyone went back in. I nearly shot you!" This got Colt an elbow to his... more
...Derwin's offer and after examining it, took a bite out of the chocolate covered treat. Natasha, dodging between party goers, caught up with her partner. "Natasha! Try this!" Sylvia reached for... more
...was lightened slightly by Ilraen’s disheveled state. The Andalite was behaving like a fool, and no matter how well he liked this particular Andalite, well, seeing one covered in food and making a... more
"Not really." He said, giving a shrug. "Gurgan says that they overstimulate me, and that the 'last thing I need is another headache brought on by you going into other agents rooms and breaking their... more
"Okay then." Natasha tried again to strike up a conversation, "What fandoms are you into then? Also, um, is Gurgan your partner?" Meanwhile, Sylvia had wandered off, distracted by the many curious... more
Ilraen sighed in relief and finally thought to wipe his mouth on the back of one hand while the partners talked. He frowned at the amount of chocolate that came away. He hadn't been that overtaken... more
"You... shot me?" She blinked at Colt and held up her gun. "With a gun?" "Everyone /down/!" a woman's voice yelled, and the redhead who had been following Morgan around dove between her and Colt,... more
"I have no idea, and yes, that was," she grumbled. Colt was blinking in surprise, both arms up, before he properly processed that the strange woman had disappeared. "Uh. No. Nearly. But didn't."... more
"And I think there's some at the snacks table too." "There better not be," Gerry said. "I really don't want to deal with anything strange tonight. At least, anything stranger than what's normal... more
" My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic, Fallout, - well. Not so much INTO it as Knows a lot about it - Harry Potter, Discworld." Derwin said promptly. "And yes, Gurgan is my partner. Unfortunately, he ... more
Maria looked desperately around the room for a friendly face. "Soo... we pretend we never went under the mistletoe, and Luxury never caught us?" Mark cleared his throat and ran his hands through his... more
...jumped when he saw Cadmar. “Hey! Dude girl! It’s been a while, yeah, but don’t worry, I got something for you! Uh… Orken has it though. And he’s talking to his pal over there.” He rolled his eyes... more
...grinned. “I’m having a blast! I get to sing loudly without anyone complaining, eat food that’s terrible for me and the best part is, no missions! Also, presents. I don’t know how many people are... more
and he knew it. With three ‘Sues against one agent, things were looking dire. It didn’t help that they were all wielding blasters and the lone agent on the field was armed with a butter knife. With... more
"Weeeell. That WOULD be telling, but since you got me something too, I suppose I can give a hint." Cadmar looked around sneakily. "Have you ever played Fallout 3? It's what your friend gives you."... more
...thought it over. “It was a boost to your strength, I think? What was that item called…” he snapped his fingers. “Grognak the Barbarian? You have a real one of those! Dude, that’s awesome.” He... more
Natasha nodded, "Yeah, I don't really like parties all that much either. Too much going on at once. The only reason I actually came was because Sylvia wanted to go and ,well, I um, I didn't want to... more
"Yeah, it is. It's good to see you again, it's been a while! We've all missed you guys!" Maria got up and helped Miah up as well. "Oh, and I can give you your gift now too!" She reached into a pocket ... more
"I can understand that. Being alone on the holidays bites the big one, it really does." He took on a thoughtful expression, and nodded to himself. "Right then..." He suddenly reached into his pocket... more
Skorp quite literally snorted awake, wondering when she'd drifted off. Chocolate-covered sleep pills, of all things. Who on Earth had come up with that one? "Finally, you woke up, now allow me to... more