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    Post by Arizona Samples on Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:53 pm

    The sun was setting, reflecting off the water, and Arizona could see the ferris wheel's lights in the distance from the Taffy Carnival. It was beautiful, and what was even better was that she had just arrived at a restaurant on the docks with Joel! They had originally planned on having lunch together, but Arizona had been so busy catching up with her work that she worked right through lunch! Oh well, this was much more romantic. Stars were already peaking out from behind the blanket of sunlight, and soon it would be completely dark. She was holding Joel's hand, waiting to be seated, and smiled up at him.

    "I'm so glad you're here with me," she told him. "This is such a beautiful place!" She looked back at the restaurant. "Can we sit outside? I wanna watch the rest of the sunset!"
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    Post by Joel Angelo on Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:06 pm

    Ari wrote:"I'm so glad you're here with me,"

    "I'm...glad to be here," Joel said, after a short pause. He offered a small smile, finding that it was getting easier and easier to act friendly with Arizona. He tried to tell himself he was just getting better at his job, but in reality he was actually starting to enjoy her company. Her little quirks that he found so annoying at the beginning were starting to grow on him, little by little.

    This made Amp nervous. Joel's growing comfort with Arizona might be making it easier for him to talk to her, but it was not making it easier for him to lie to her. She could feel the way Joel's stomach squirmed unpleasantly every time he managed to weasel a new secret out of Arizona.

    Ari wrote: "This is such a beautiful place! Can we sit outside? I wanna watch the rest of the sunset!"

    "We can sit wherever you want," he told her. It was pretty nice out, after all. This was so much more enjoyable than that awful party. "This was a good idea, Arizona. Coming here."
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    Post by Arizona Samples on Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:23 pm

    Finally a hostess came to seat them, and Arizona squeezed Joel's hand before following her. She didn't let go until they were seated at their table, and luckily they had a perfect view of the sunset. "It's so beautiful!" She commented, after the hostess left them their menus. "I've honestly never gone to this restaurant." She grabbed her menu and immediately searched for the alcohol, but then decided maybe she should be sober for once, and settled on water.

    "I think I'm going to get the king crab legs," she said, after setting down her menu. "What about you?"
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    Post by Joel Angelo on Sat Oct 04, 2014 1:17 am

    Joel looked at the menu and cringed a little bit at the prices. Despite Arizona making exponentially more money than him, he fully intended to pay for both of them. If he was going to pretend to date a girl, he was going to do it right. "Maybe just a catfish wrap," he said, choosing one of the cheaper (and healthier!) options. He was pleasantly surprised when Arizona chose water to drink, considering the impressive amount of alcoholic options on the menu.

    He looked across the beach at the sunset. It really was beautiful. "You know I've never just sat and watched a sunset before," he told Arizona. It was something he'd have considered a waste of time. "It's actually pretty relaxing, isn't it?"
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    Post by Arizona Samples on Sat Oct 04, 2014 9:45 pm

    "That sounds good too!" Arizona said, commenting on his choice for dinner. She had no idea that he was planning on paying for their dinner. She had every intention on paying for them both, she obviously had more money, and if she had known initially his plans, she would have ordered something cheaper. Oh well.

    Joel wrote:"You know I've never just sat and watched a sunset before,"

    "That's crazy!" She replied. "I love watching the sunset!" The waitress returned and took their orders then left to put them in. "We need to do more things together," she said to him. "Have you ever been to the Taffy Carnival?"
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    Post by Joel Angelo on Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:50 am

    "Er, I think maybe once when I was little," Joel replied thoughtfully. His mom had taken him, though he had really been too young to do much besides maybe play a few games. There was no way his mom ever would have gotten on any of the rides with him, or bought any of the disgusting "food" they served there. "I don't remember too much about it though."

    "Why, you want to go there?" he asked, a little skeptical. He may have been too young to appreciate the carnival when he went as a child, but now he felt he was a little too old. To him it was a place for kids, parents and teenagers. "I don't really know about that."
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    Post by Arizona Samples on Sun Oct 05, 2014 10:29 pm

    Joel wrote:"Why, you want to go there?"

    "We definitely should!" Arizona replied, while staring off into the distance at the lit up ferris wheel. She had a feeling that Joel wasn't the carnival type, but that's okay. She got him to come to her party afterall! (Even though it was a complete disaster.) But carnivals usually didn't include alcohol and dancing. She'd get Joel more out of his shell eventually.

    They continued to chit chat for a little while, until finally their waitress brought them their food. They politely thanked her for their food and she left to help some other customers. "Oh my gods!" Arizona gasped. "This looks delicious!" Immediately she cracked open one of her crab legs. She dipped the juicy piece of meat into a cup full of butter, then held it out in front of Joel's face. "Try this!"
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    Post by Joel Angelo on Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:48 pm

    Joel was about to take a bite of his food when Arizona suddenly shoved a crab leg in his face. He leaned back in surprise. "Oh, um," he said, a little taken aback by her lack of table manners. Though he supposed at this point he shouldn't have been surprised. Not to mention, the crab did look pretty good, despite being slathered in butter. He took it from her hands and took a bite. "That is good."

    He then returned to his own food. "You know, Arizona," he said, taking a bite. "I don't think I've ever met anyone like you before."
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    Post by Arizona Samples on Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:53 pm

    Arizona was a little disappointed that he wouldn't let her feed it to him. Oh well. She started to eat her meal, sighing every once and a while because of how good it was. Crab legs was definitely the best choice.

    Joel wrote:"You know, Arizona," he said, taking a bite. "I don't think I've ever met anyone like you before."

    "Is that a good thing, or a bad thing?" She asked, with a playful smirk on her face. She really hoped it was a good thing.
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    Post by Joel Angelo on Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:57 am

    Joel smiled. "A good thing," he said, surprised to find that he was being honest. Arizona's wackiness had been really off-putting at first, but the more he was around her, the more he actually started to sort of appreciate it. His life had always been really, well, structured, and Arizona just provided such a refreshing contrast to what he was used to.

    Joel, Amp said exasperatedly.

    I know, I know, Joel replied. Just because I like her as a clio doesn't mean I'm not gonna keep doing my job.

    Although lately, his mission had felt more like a sentence than a job. It wasn't as though he could quit, even if he wanted to. That would put him and his family in danger. Did he like what he was doing? No, he could finally admit to himself that he didn't. But he had to do it. He didn't have a choice at this point.
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    Post by Arizona Samples on Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:54 pm

    Arizona's smirk turned into a smile to answer Joel's. It was nice to go on an actual date, she hadn't been on one in a long time. Usually she just got wasted and made out with a guy or two, but never actually got to know one. She probably wouldn't have liked half of them anyway. Although she was determined to get Joel to loosen up, she also liked his serious demeanor. She noticed that she was actually growing up a little, she was drinking less, and doing more work than usual. Kavi even noticed too, and even complimented her on her hard work. It felt good, to make clio proud.

    After their dinner, the sun had finally set, and the moon finally made its way out to say hello. "Let's go take a walk on the beach," she said, as the waitress set their check on the table. "Oh, I've got this!" She said, reaching for the check.
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    Post by Joel Angelo on Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:26 pm

    "Oh no, please, let me," Joel replied, reaching for the check at the same time as Arizona. It was closer to him so he happened to get it first. "Call me old-fashioned, but I always pay for dates." Urg. The bill was pretty high, but he couldn't let the girl pay for the two of them, no matter how rich she was. It was just how he'd been raised. So he got out his wallet and handed the waitress some cash as well as a good tip. He'd just have to be more frugal till his next paycheck.

    "A walk on the beach sounds fantastic," he said as they got up from the table.
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    Post by Arizona Samples on Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:19 am

    Arizona slowly pulled her hand back, feeling surprised and guilty all at the same time. She had ordered one of the most expensive things on the menu, and now Joel was paying for it. She loved how he called it a date though. Internally she sighed, and if her life had been a cartoon, she'd melt right there in her seat. "Thank you, Joel." She said to him, "That's really sweet of you!"

    The two of them got up out of their seats and made their way down the dock and to the beach. There were a few clio still bumming around in the sand, and there was even a bonfire in the distance, but Joel and Arizona kept close to the water. It was chilly out, so Arizona walked closer to Joel, her arm touching his.

    "Look at how beautiful it is," she said, commenting on the stars and moon. "Do you ever wonder what's out there?"
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    Post by Joel Angelo on Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:32 am

    As the two of them walked along the beautiful beach, a chilly wind blew through. Joel noticed that Arizona was wearing short sleeves, so without a word he pulled off his jacket and placed it on her shoulders. "You looked cold," he told her.

    He looked up at the sky as she did. "To be honest, no, I haven't," he replied. Of course he knew about the stars and the moon and the planets, but he had never really just sat and thought about it. "It is beautiful, though," he agreed.

    He glanced down at her and hesitated for a second. He had a sudden, crazy urge to lean down and kiss her. Fuck. He couldn't, though. It was bad enough that he was taking her on a date while deceiving her. Toying with her feelings. He was terrible.
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    Post by Arizona Samples on Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:10 am

    Arizona instantly felt warmer when Joel set his jacket on her shoulders. She reached out from underneath his jacket, and grabbed his hand. Hamilton smiled a little doggy smile at his clio, so happy to see her so happy. He liked Joel, he seemed to settle Arizona down a little.

    "We should have brought a blanket," she said. "So we could have laid under these stars." She glanced up at him, wishing she were a little bit taller, so that she could kiss his cheek.
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    Post by Joel Angelo on Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:59 am

    "Yeah," Joel said absent-mindedly, quickly becoming lost in his guilty thoughts. He shouldn't be doing this. Dating Arizona to spy on her. Hell, why was he spying on her at all? His boss, the middleman between him and the overloridian, had explained that it was for the good of Deilig. That it was to protect them against potential enemies. But Arizona and Adhbhar as a whole weren't enemies, Joel had realized after living here. The vast majority the stuff he found out had absolutely nothing to do with Deilig at all. They were completely benign. Why was he really doing this?

    "Hey, uh, you think we should head back soon, maybe?" he asked, suddenly feeling as uncomfortable as the day he'd first started. "It's a long ride back to Adhbhar from here."
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    Post by Arizona Samples on Mon Oct 13, 2014 2:37 am

    Arizona sensed Joel's sudden change in mood, and she frowned. She thought that he had been having a good time! Was it something she said? She noticed that he never let go of her hand, so that was something good, right? She was starting to feel paranoid.

    Joel wrote:"Hey, uh, you think we should head back soon, maybe?" he asked, suddenly feeling as uncomfortable as the day he'd first started. "It's a long ride back to Adhbhar from here."

    "Oh yeah," she replied, with obvious disappointment. "I guess maybe we should." The two of them turned, and began walking in the general direction of the hot air balloons. Arizona didn't want this night to end, why did Joel? She sighed a little too loudly than she would have liked and pouted. "Tonight was a lot of fun," she said, while staring at her feet as they walked. "I'm glad we did this..."
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    Post by Joel Angelo on Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:39 pm

    "Oh. Yeah, me too," Joel mumbled, suddenly unable to meet her eyes. He could tell she was disappointed, and felt bad. But pretending like everything was okay, getting even closer to her, kissing her? That would be worse. He couldn't keep deceiving her like that. He had two choices: Back off, or tell her the truth. But both of those options could result in him losing his job, which could result in him losing his life.

    Fuck. What a mess he was in.
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    Post by Arizona Samples on Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:54 pm

    Arizona was starting to get irritated. Why the sudden change? He had a great night with her, didn't he? Why was he reverting back to the guy she first met all the sudden? She stopped walking with him suddenly, and put her hands on her hips. "Okay, Joel," she said, exasperated. "What's up?" She removed her hands from her hips and crossed her arms over her chest and walked closer to him. "I mean, don't you like me? Why are you acting all distant all the sudden?"

    She cared about what Joel thought about her, but she also didn't care about what he was going to think about her reacting this way. If he liked her, awesome, if not, he needed to stop toying with her like this, asap.
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    Post by Joel Angelo on Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:22 pm

    And now she was scrutinizing him. Shit. Just what he didn't need right now, when he was agonizing over what to do about his "job situation." "I--of course I like you, Arizona," he insisted weakly. It was true, and that was the problem. He couldn't keep doing this to someone he liked. He never should have done it to anyone at all. "It's just...I have a lot going on in my life right now. It's really complicated. I'm not sure a relationship would be the best idea."
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    Post by Arizona Samples on Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:22 am

    Joel wrote:"It's just...I have a lot going on in my life right now. It's really complicated. I'm not sure a relationship would be the best idea."

    Arizona really didn't like the sound of that. Her bottom lip quivered slightly. She really like Joel, and couldn't bare think about him rejecting her. She always heard stories like this, the guy leads the girl on, then breaks her heart because he really wasn't into it. She wasn't about to take that though.

    "Prove it," she said suddenly. "If you really like me...kiss me!"
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    Post by Joel Angelo on Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:39 am

    Joel looked at Arizona helplessly, at a loss of what to do. He liked her, yes, and he wanted to kiss her. But he didn't want to take advantage of her, or lead her on knowing full-well that she would never want to be with him if she knew the truth.

    Joel, it's just a kiss, Amp said. Just go with it for now, and we'll figure this all out later on when we're alone, okay?

    Maybe Amp was right. Maybe just a quick kiss to keep things okay with Arizona for now before he decided what to do for sure. Feeling like the worst clio in Amelia, he leaned in and kissed her. He wanted so badly to just be able to let go and let himself enjoy it, but his guilt wouldn't let him. He wished he had never gotten involved in this sketchy stuff, so that he could just be a normal couple with Arizona. But he had, so he couldn't, and that was that.
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    Post by Arizona Samples on Sat Oct 18, 2014 1:47 pm

    Unaware of Joel's internal battle, Arizona was happy to kiss him back. If he had been holding back at all she didn't notice, or at least didn't want to notice. Once their kiss was broken, she smiled up at him, feeling satisfied.

    "Thank you," she said, looking smug. "I thought you liked me!"

    She grabbed his hand, and continued in the direction of the hot air balloons. "Stop retreating into yourself all the time," she teased. "It's unattractive." It was impossible, of course, for Joel to ever be unattractive. She just liked teasing him.
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    Post by Joel Angelo on Sat Oct 18, 2014 2:17 pm

    Joel's guiilty feelings didn't fade, especially as he looked down at Arizona, smiling happily back up at him. He wanted nothing more than for this to just be real, no lies and secrets. He even flushed slightly at her teasing of him. "I'll try," he told her, trying to sound lighthearted.

    As the two kept making their way back, they kept up a light conversation, while Joel continued to struggle on the inside. He wasn't sure how much longer he could keep doing this. He had a decision to make.

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