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Aug. 3rd, 2011

Detective Marchese walked into Steve's Diner, on Broadway near Fort Tryon Park, and shook his head. Hispters ... the place was filling up with hipsters. Considering the location, he shouldn't have been surprised, but he was rarely in the restaurant this late and he was used to seeing the place wall-to-wall with business suits and and the occasional uniform. Now, though, it was all guys in skinny jeans and turtlenecks and girls who were either completely enamored of glitter, tattoos or vast quantities of makeup. He caught a few odd glances over laptops and notebooks and textbooks, but just ignored them and settled into a corner booth with a view of the street.

"Heya, Mina," he said to the waitress, "any of that meatloaf left, or did it all evaporate at lunchtime?"

"Think we got a plate for ya," Mina said, and cracked her gum. "You want the salad?"

"Nah, I'll pass on the rabbit food. I'll take a ginger ale and a coffee, though."

"Right away," the waitress said, and hurried off.

Vito took out his cell phone and set it on the table, watching people walk past on the sidewalk. It was almost sunset and the foot traffic was mostly heading downtown.

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a_time_slip
Aug. 4th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
Janie wasn't even sure what time it was or what day it was- just that she finally had a couple of days off of work and could sleep. Before sleep, however, came food, and something she was sure she was forgetting.

But right now, food, and a little out of the way diner looked like the perfect place for it.

She walked in, and should have felt out of place. Instead of being dressed like a hipster, she was in high heels, a pair of tiny denim shorts and a low cut tank top. Those were her work clothes, and they smelled strongly of beer.

Trying to sober up, she wandered until she found a free booth (which happened to be near Vito's) and tried to remember whatever she forgot.
vito_the_mook
Aug. 4th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
Vito did a double-take as the young woman settled into the seat near his. He was pretty sure she wasn't a hooker ... not because of how she was dressed, but because of how she carried herself. Wasn't really a big deal, either way; he didn't work Vice, and he was off the clock anyway.

"Nice afternoon," he said to her, adding sugar to his coffee.
a_time_slip
Aug. 4th, 2011 04:04 am (UTC)
Janie's mind raced for a moment. Afternoon? That meant she should have been home hours and hours ago. Where had all that time gone? She looked at the man blankly for a moment, and nodded.

"Yes. It's nice. Good afternoon." for a second, she looked at the coffee. She'd have to order it when the waitress came by. "No cream for your coffee?"
vito_the_mook
Aug. 4th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
"Just haven't gotten to it yet," he said with a smirk. "You look like you could use a cup of it, yourself. Long day for you?"
a_time_slip
Aug. 4th, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
"Oh gods, yes. It feels like it's been two days, but I think I have time off coming up. Did you have a long day too?"

She looked at the man, and tried to place what he did for a living, but her mind was still foggy.
vito_the_mook
Aug. 4th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
"Always," Vito said. "Come on over here, have a seat with me. Unless you want to be left alone ... Conversation always make a meal go down better, right?"
a_time_slip
Aug. 4th, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)
She obeyed instantly, as if it were an order instead of an offer, and slid in next to him. "Yes. I don't usually have anyone to talk to."

It was mostly true, and then she remembered what she forgot.

Shit. She'd forgotten something really important, but that couldn't be helped until she got back home- and if she returned in that condition she was pretty sure there'd be consequences.
vito_the_mook
Aug. 4th, 2011 04:17 am (UTC)
Vito had expected the woman to sit across from him, so he was a little surprised when she sat beside him. Wasn't usually conducive to conversation; it was more intimate, better for, say, holding hands. Vito was starting to rethink his whole "She isn't a hooker" theory.

"My name's Vito, by the way," he said, offering his hand. "Vito Marchese."
a_time_slip
Aug. 4th, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
Janie wasn't a hooker, and would probably be offended if she realized people thought of her that way. She was a bartender, though not a good one.

"Janie... Uh. Taylor. Janie Taylor. It's a pleasure to meet you Vito." She smiled, and shook Vito's hand.
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a_time_slip
Aug. 4th, 2011 05:54 am (UTC)
"I wouldn't accept if I wasn't desperate, officer Vito." smiled Janie. It was obviously a fake smile. "I'll pay you back for this. Thank you."
vito_the_mook
Aug. 4th, 2011 05:57 am (UTC)
"No payment necessary, and you can still call me Vito," he said. "Off the clock, remember? It's rough, working across town from where you live. Bein' at the mercy of public transportation's no fun."
a_time_slip
Aug. 4th, 2011 06:01 am (UTC)
"It is." she admitted, though she hadn't tried to find another job, or different place to live. "But that's the price a young American must pay."

Though she wasn't as young as she looked, and she spoke with an unidentifiable accent.
vito_the_mook
Aug. 5th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
"Something like that," Vito said. "I dunno, I'd just rather this city was a little easier to get around sometimes. Not to be rude, but are you from here? You a native New Yorker?"
a_time_slip
Aug. 5th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
"No. I'm an immigrant." she admitted, well, it was mostly true. "We have lived here two weeks. From far away."
vito_the_mook
Aug. 5th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
"You moved here with your family? Two weeks ... not a lot of time to get to know the place."
a_time_slip
Aug. 5th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
"I have a thirteen. No, she is twelve, will be thirteen soon. Just her and myself for a new start."

SHe really hoped he wasn't INS.
vito_the_mook
Aug. 5th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
"Nah, you're pulling my leg," Vito said. "No way you have a teenager."
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a_time_slip
Aug. 5th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
"Which is your vehicle?" she asked, because she would pay him back. Even if he said not to.
vito_the_mook
Aug. 5th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
"That would be the primer-gray Chevy Nova across the street," Vito said, walking in that direction. "It looks rough now, but it's a work in progress."
a_time_slip
Aug. 5th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
"It looks functional." Janie commented, walking towards the car "What color will it be?"
vito_the_mook
Aug. 5th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
"Haven't quite worked that out," Vito said, unlocking her door before opening his and settling in the driver's seat. "I tend to be pretty traditional about cars ... the only colors that look good to me are red, white, black and blue. The factory color for this model was sort of a medium metallic blue, I might go with that."
a_time_slip
Aug. 5th, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
Janie slid in and buckled up, before reciting her address to Vito.

"That sounds nice. Is that all you need to finish it?"
vito_the_mook
Aug. 5th, 2011 04:28 am (UTC)
Vito started the car and it grumbled to life, emitting a loud backfire and a cloud of dark smoke. "Not exactly," he said, and chuckled.
a_time_slip
Aug. 5th, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
Janie jumps when the car backfires, then tries to pretend that nothing happened. "Is that next to fix?"
vito_the_mook
Aug. 5th, 2011 04:57 am (UTC)
"That'd probably be a good idea, because I'm due for inspection soon, and it sure won't pass as-is." He eased into traffic and headed towards Harlem, taking side streets and the occasional alley. The speedometer never climbed above thirty-five, but their trip was very efficient, in as much of a straight line as could be managed between Washington Heights and Janie's neighborhood.
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