joker's always wild
but I just can't smile without you
Laughter was probably one of the best qualities that Emi liked about someone, along with a smile. Hearing that soft laugh from the well-dressed red head caused her to blink her large green orbs with an endearing little grin of her own to spread across her lips. 'Forget about it.' There was something in the way that he spoke that was just so cute and charming, but also made her so alarmingly comfortable enough to lower her guard to reveal her true self, if only a little. She was drawn to him saying more, even if it meant saying stupid shit just to hear him talk. That was always fun.
“Plus, you don’t strike me like someone who usually needs help.”
"You think so?" The petite girl in the burgundy dress rested her chin over a hand propped up by an elbow at the table, biting her lower lip to stifle a soft giggle, "Hm.. that's funny.." She remarked with a playful smile, yet never confirmed or denied anything, nor even explained what was so funny. It was almost as if it were an inside joke that she made on her own, and her smiling face was quite the poker face. It was always fun when people tried to figure her out. No one ever succeeded and she had too much fun keeping them guessing.
“As to the night, I’m still here, aren’t I? Unless you have other plans for me, I don’t think I’d be leaving anytime soon.”
In all her efforts to throw pick up lines at people just to garner a reaction, she hadn't come to the part where the pick up lines would actually stop. She was hoping to tease him, yet he managed to cleverly throw it back at her by taking the bait and it was catching her off guard enough for her to not be able to retort with any pick up line joke. Well, she'll just have to tease him back another way. This just made it all the more interesting. "Hmm, I guess you did survive this long..Wesley.." The mint-haired rogue in the stolen dress mulled over his words with a sultry tone of amusement as she watched him write out his name, Wesley, so neatly on his name tag and pin it so formally on his lapel. "But that was only a warm up for tonight's entertainment..are you sure you can last that long?" Her large green orbs eyed that sexy smile he wore with a bite of her lower lip that failed to hide an enticed smile of her own. Maybe that was a teasing innuendo, maybe not. Either way, she still didn't mention whether there were plans in the works for him or not and simply let it hang in the air in a scintillant manner.
“Who’s gonna stop you from winning?”
"Hah! They can just try it!" With a narrowing of her minty green eyebrows, Emi's green orbs glinted in fierce competition as she smirked at him. " 'Cause I play to win, and I don't let anyone stop me! One more Vyldka shot please!" Fueled by her fiery competitive state, Emi ordered another shot from the bartender and drank it down before returning her gaze at Wesley, nearing him to whisper in a velvety voice with a narrowing of her eyebrows and a competitive smirk, "The way I see it, you're either with me or against me.. so if you think you have what it takes for these competitive games, Wesley.. then maybe you and I could- " Suddenly, an all-too familiar voice caused her to falter from her being able to finalize her proposition with Wesley to join her in the games. "..Pom Pom?" A gasp escaped her lips and her green eyes widened at Wesley for a minute, almost as if she worried that she was hearing things. No, it wasn't coming from him. Emi glanced over to the side and parted her lips in shock at the tall red headed childhood friend that she hadn't seen in so long. He wasn't even looking her way!
Narrowing her eyebrows, Emi glimpsed back over at Wesley with a mischievous smile drawing along on her lips as she held up her finger to indicate that she was going to be right back, then slipped off the bar stool and crept just enough to jump onto Pom Pom's side with her arms wrapped over his shoulders to keep herself clung onto him like the minty haired koala she always was to her loved ones. "POM POMMMM!!!" Emi giggled and she instantly kissed him on the cheek. "How are you?! I've missed you sooooooo much!" It wasn't possible to tell if Emi was just nuzzling against him in her embrace just then because she had tears in her eyes that she wanted to hide away, or if she just wanted to nuzzle him for affection that she hadn't felt in so many years. Emi would never tell, and by the time she pulled her head back, she was already beaming broadly and laughing again. In a swift, fluid motion, Emi used her upper body strength to swing herself around then over to his back before she twisted around with a twirl of her dress, landing on her feet again in a dance style manner that was unknown to this world; one that she just called free-styling without realizing what sort of dance it belonged to. Either way, Emi just liked to dance and did so whenever she had the chance.
"Pom Pom and I have been childhood friends for so long, he's like a brother to me!" Emi commented to Wesley with a hand held to the side by her mouth to explain how they knew each other. "Only I haven't seen him in who knows how many years.. I don't even know..but you haven't changed a bit, Pom Pom! You're still pretty as always!" Emi was probably a little too buzzed to recall that it was 5 years precisely at this moment, but she aknowledged that he was always pretty to look at even if she only saw him as a childhood friend. Pomme was pretty but Wesley, on the other hand- mm. Seeing those sexy blue eyes gazing into her green orbs at eye level was a pleasant change from being looked down at all the time. She didn't think it consciously mattered, but it was nice being seen on an equal level for once. Emi winked at him before returning her attention back to Pom. Was she going to face the successful and elegant Pom Pom with the bitter truth of her failure to find an upstanding job or even a home, all while wearing a stolen burgundy dress? Nope! Emi was all about the philosophy: Fake it until you make it!
"I bet I'm a lot different since you've last seen me as a teenager, huh?!" Emi was boldly direct about her weight gain with a confident grin, realizing that this may be the reason she wasn't immediately recognized by him. "Well, I've been just fine, as you can see!" Sure, it was a result of her eating her frustrations due to her lack of success, but she didn't have poor self esteem. She was fine with filled out curves and her soft edges. Unfortunately, the voluptuous girl in the knee-high burgundy dress knew in that moment, that the dreaded subject was coming like diarrhea of the mouth: the subject of her running away from the circus or even talking about what she had been doing this entire time. In an instant, Emi immediately drew backwards to Wes' side in hopes to derail the subject.
"...And currently enjoying the company of this handsome man.. have you met Wesley?" Emboldened by the drinks she'd had, Emi placed a hand on Wes' thigh in that moment, pressing her butt against him in attempts to sit on his lap and failing to do so due to her petite height, merely leaning onto him and placing a hand on his chest with a giggle. She didn't care if Wesley played along or not, she honestly just wanted a few seconds to make Pom uncomfortable enough not to talk about private matters in front of a man that appeared to be with. She'd rather talk about anything else than about her own failures. "Wesley and I were just talking about the games for Single's Night.." She smirked at Wesley playfully, making it vague enough to allow him to decide if he wanted to be on her team or not, before glancing back at her brother. "Are you going to play, Pom Pom? 'Cause, no offense, but I have a sign already in the works for anyone that tries. See?" Instantly, she began to use one hand to turn an invisible crank while raising her arm in a mechanical way to allow her hand to form an L for Loser on her forehead while sticking out her tongue followed by a wink. "Nyahhhh~ Hahahah! Just kidding!" The minty haired girl giggled playfully before her voice drew lowly again with a competitive glint in her green eyes, "But seriously.. you know what'll happen when it comes to games, so get ready!" Emi was all the more pumped to show her brother that she could be successful and beat him in anything that he can do!