Things and Stuff
When they stepped into the house, George crouched down to stroke the by now familiar dogs that came to greet him. He stood and looked around as Finn pointed out the kids weren't causing mayhem in the house. "Ah, maybe they're saving their energy until they've filled up on sugar after dinner," he remarked. He thanked Finn for helping him with his coat before Thomas joined them. Apparently the kids were playing hide and seek, but Thomas wasn't bothering to go find them. George couldn't help but chuckle at the boy's admission. "Well, I suppose that buys us all a few more minutes of peace and quiet," he pointed out. He then observed as Finn helped Thomas take his tie off. He remembered all too well being a boy and forced to wear ties for church or family dinners. The only difference was, he expected Lucy's intentions were far more wholesome and caring. His own parents had merely been obsessed about impressing the others in the village. After Thomas had run off, George looked back to Finn and slowly shook his head. "You're done for if Mrs. Porter finds out. I mean, I'll try to defend you, of course. I can't make any promises it'll help," he teased.
As they stepped into the lounge, George noticed the pair of feet poking out underneath the closed, full-length curtains. He nudged Finn, clearly having already found one of the children without even needing to try. "It's awfully quiet in here, huh?" he asked Finn in a louder than normal voice. There was a brief movement behind the curtains before Olivia gave up her hiding place and stepped out into view, approaching the two men.
"I've been hiding behind there for ages but I don't think Thomas is even looking!" she complained to Finn and George.
"Maybe..." George replied, pausing as he pensively rubbed his chin. "Or maybe your hiding place was too good for him to figure out."
Olivia shrugged and let out an exasperated sigh. "Because boys are shit," she grumbled. George raised an eyebrow, used to correcting the kids when they swore but deciding it was his day off from it. Olivia flashed and angelic smile. "Okay, well I'm going to go find Lorelei and Natasha, because they're probably bored by now!"
After Olivia rushed off George turned to Finn and grinned. "These youngsters and their potty mouths. Although, they've sworn blind the grown-ups are to blame in the first place."
Bella:D (Finn, Thomas)
Conor Sullivan and Rachel Harris
The conversation took a different direction when Syd and Roxie joined the group. Although he hadn't had a real talk with his nephew since their recent heated argument, Conor was glad to see Syd looked to be in good spirits with Roxie safely by his side. There was something off about the way Syd greeted Mitch. He couldn't quite pinpoint it but he figured it had something to do with James' birthday party a few months back. Conor had been given the gossip during one of his prison telephone calls with from Sinead. Something about Syd and Mitch chatting up Roxie, then some drama unfolded, but in all honesty Conor had struggled to keep up with Sinead's fast-paced family updates during that conversation.
Working in the Sullivan-owned pub, Rachel recognised Syd and knew plenty about him, but they'd never met or been introduced before now. "Rachel Harris. Pleasure to meet you," she warmly replied, returning Syd's handshake. She then reached out to shake Roxie's hand. "Lovely to meet you," she said, only needing to briefly glance to Roxie's stomach to get confirmation of her pregnancy, "and congratulations!" Rachel briefly looked to Mitch, not really noticing anything tense in him but aware he was sticking close to her. She placed her arm around his waist as she listened to him congratulate the couple on the pregnancy. "It's a miracle you get any work done with a messy office," she teased Mitch. However, she fell silent again, figuring the men might have some kind of catching up or further updates to share.
He stood by Aliana's side as she greeted the others but when she turned to him and spoke with her voice lowered, he rested his hand on her shoulder as he moved in closer to listen. "Finn? He's around somewhere. I haven't had chance to talk to him yet but I think he and George headed into the living room." He raised a curious eyebrow to his wife as she didn't look or seem at all injured. "You alright love? You and Luce haven't been trying to move the tables again, have you? I can sort them," he said, having already stepped in to push together and position the dining tables earlier. "Is someone hurt?" he asked, his voice reflecting his concern.
RayPurchase (Mitch) Pyroclast (Syd) Melanin-Gxdess (Aliana) Bella:D (Roxie)