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*Horatio is a busy man--he's holding down a part-time job, pursuing a master's in physics, and being a full-time boyfriend to Hamlet. nonetheless, there are some times when he feels a degree of stress that even Assassin's Creed can't help ... and for those times, he may be found volunteering at a daycare center*

Date: 2008-01-14 04:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itmeans-arm.livejournal.com
*the first time that Forti and Horatio are there at the same time, Forti will smile at him, thinking he looks familiar but not remembering why - it's hard to concentrate when the little ones are screaming for their mommies not to leave* Hey, thanks for coming. We've got our hands full today.

Date: 2008-01-14 04:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
It's no problem--! I don't have any classes today, so I can stay all day, if you need me. *and he knows who Forti is, but he's not rude enough to mention it* I'm Horatio. *he smiles, and takes up three little beanbags, and tries to juggle them. he's not good at juggling, but it distracts a few children briefly, and they help him to pick up the beanbags when they fall*

Date: 2008-01-14 04:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itmeans-arm.livejournal.com
Horatio, that's right... you came to that party I had a while back, didn't you? *gently pries a beanbag out of a toddler's mouth*

Date: 2008-01-14 04:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
*sheepish* That was a long time ago, though. I'm sorry I left so quickly. And I'm sorry Guildenstern was so hostile. He's like that, sometimes. *making sure every one of the beanbags is accounted for* A lot of the time, actually.

Date: 2008-01-14 04:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itmeans-arm.livejournal.com
*laughs* Don't worry about it.

Date: 2008-01-14 05:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
*mentally counting the kids in the room* Would you like to take the older ones, or the younger ones? Because it might be easier for everyone if we split them up ...

Date: 2008-01-14 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itmeans-arm.livejournal.com
I prefer younger, if you don't mind. *and there's at least one other person there today, usually more, but someone's on vacation and someone called in sick*

Date: 2008-01-14 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
Good. I prefer older. ^___^ *and, in typical Horatio fashion, he starts gathering up the oldest third of the kids and asking them if they want to draw pictures to go on the walls*

Date: 2008-01-14 05:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itmeans-arm.livejournal.com
*while Forti looks after the younger ones, glad that he doesn't really have to talk to them (it's tough being consistently entertaining). they all come together at lunchtime* How's it going?

Date: 2008-01-14 05:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
It's nice. ^____^ One of the girls wants to write a story about a werewolf, but she can't write yet, so she's telling me the story and I'm writing it. And everyone else is drawing the pictures for it. *smiling, eating a bag of crisps absently* The werewolf likes flowers and sunshine--like Ferdinand the bull. Did you ever read that, when you were little?

Date: 2008-01-14 05:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itmeans-arm.livejournal.com
I don't think so... Danish thing?

Date: 2008-01-14 05:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
American, I think ... but we got a Danish translation. There's probably a Norwegian translation, too. *smile* It was about a bull who didn't want to fight in the bull-fights, because he liked flowers more. If I ever have kids, I want them to have that book.

Date: 2008-01-14 05:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
*smile* How long have you been working here? Because I volunteered, last semester, but I never saw you ...

Date: 2008-01-14 05:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itmeans-arm.livejournal.com
Only since- you know. The Norway thing.

Date: 2008-01-14 05:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
Oh. *quiet* I read about that. You're staying with Rey and Laertes now, right? I thought I'd heard that, somewhere ...

Date: 2008-01-14 05:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
*a careful smile back* That's really good. Rey's really nice, and responsible, and he cares about everyone. And Laertes ... he scares me, a little, but I think it's because he cares, too, and he doesn't know how to show it except by not letting himself bend. *remembering when Laertes shouted at him not to neglect his friends* Or letting anyone else bend too much, either.

Date: 2008-01-14 05:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itmeans-arm.livejournal.com
He's not so scary once you really get to know him. Then, he's just annoying.

Date: 2008-01-14 06:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
Are you looking for your own place, then?

Date: 2008-01-14 06:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itmeans-arm.livejournal.com
*laughs* God, no. I, uh- you didn't hear why I'm living with them?

Date: 2008-01-14 06:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itmeans-arm.livejournal.com
We're together. Me and Rey, I mean, and Rey and Laertes.

Date: 2008-01-14 06:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
Oh. *delicately* I'd known they were, but ... that must be a little awkward.

Date: 2008-01-14 06:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
Does Rey have any free time coming up? Because it's been a while since I've seen him at all ... and I miss him.

Date: 2008-01-14 06:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itmeans-arm.livejournal.com
I think so... his schedule can be a little unpredictable. I can tell him to call you, if you want. *in the meantime, has stopped a potential food fight*

Date: 2008-01-14 06:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
That would be nice! ^___^ *helping out with that--he has no military reflexes, but he did grow up with a younger brother, and so he's good at cajoling kids into eating lunch rather than wearing it*

Date: 2008-01-14 06:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itmeans-arm.livejournal.com
Great. *cleans up the kids who end up wearing their food whether they mean to or not*

Date: 2008-01-14 06:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
*and there's really not much to say during the rest of lunchtime, and before they know it, lunch is over--there are stories to finish, and nap time to have, and cars to be played with and block castles to build, and blocks to extract from children's clothes, and a fight to break up before someone loses an eye--but the day winds down, eventually*

Date: 2008-01-14 06:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itmeans-arm.livejournal.com
*and finally the kids go home and the grown-ups are free! smiles at Horatio* Thanks for the help.

Date: 2008-01-14 06:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
*a smile back* It was fun! *taping the story and pictures up--high enough that they can't be torn down* Um ... can I ask you something?

Date: 2008-01-14 07:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
*embarrassed, and for more than the fact of the question* Do you feel ... what's it like, when you see him kissing someone else?

Date: 2008-01-14 07:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itmeans-arm.livejournal.com
Uh. *sheepish* It's not really an issue. We're kind of all together.

Date: 2008-01-14 07:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
*a little smile* That sounds nice. *nicer than being forgotten and remembered imperfectly, at least*

Date: 2008-01-14 07:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itmeans-arm.livejournal.com
Yeah. *tapes up a picture that has fallen* And you're still with Hamlet?

Date: 2008-01-14 07:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
*nodding, looking to see if they've missed anything* Just until he's better, probably ... he should get married and have a family.

Date: 2008-01-14 07:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itmeans-arm.livejournal.com
*a crooked, very knowing smile* Of course.

Date: 2008-01-14 07:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
Not just because he's the prince ... because it's good for people, to take care of things. To make something as good as possible. *littlesmile* Like how you help the kids. But he shouldn't try to take care of anyone else until he can take care of himself.

Date: 2008-01-14 07:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itmeans-arm.livejournal.com
And you guys couldn't take care of something together?

Date: 2008-01-14 07:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
Maybe him and another man ... not me. *shy* As long as I'm with him, I'm going to want to take care of him, because he knows I need him to need me, and we're just going to keep being like that and never getting anywhere. And I don't know if he could ever take care of anything properly, if I was taking care of him all the time.

Date: 2008-01-14 07:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
*sheepish* I'm sorry. I don't usually talk this much.

Date: 2008-01-14 07:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ay-my-lord.livejournal.com
I hope you have a good night, then--say hello to Rey for me! *and with that, Horatio will shrug on his coat and head out the door*

Date: 2008-01-14 07:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itmeans-arm.livejournal.com
Will do - see you around!

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