Avery had sent out invitations to her siblings and to Caspian to come over for a family lunch - although Anakin and Caspian were the only ones who had been able to make it. Which was mildly entertaining, considering that Caspian ran a whole department, and still managed to untangle himself enough to say that he could turn up for lunch.
Right now however, it was just her at home, lying on the floor with Elsie who was building a block tower. "Oh oh, careful," she said as the little girl stuck another block on it, and the whole thing went tumbling to the ground.
Elsie looked at the blocks on the floor. "Oh," and then pulled them towards her to start building again. Which also was when she heard the front door open. "Hey!" she called, sitting up, so she was no longer lying down.
Post by ANAKIN LUCAS HARLOW on Dec 16, 2016 22:53:02 GMT -6
you are the piece of me
Anakin was running a little late, which honestly shouldn't surprise his twin at this point. Despite being a "distinguished" professional at the Ministry, he wasn't exactly super responsible all the time. This left him racing to get to Avery's, spewing a string of apologies as he rushed through the door. He didn't bother to knock - he didn't need to. He and Avery didn't deal with such formalities.
He raced into the room. "Sorry, sorry. I'm late, I know." He said, smiling widely at his twin. Then, he reached down and scooped his niece off the ground easily, spinning her around once before setting her back down. "Elsie! You've grown two feet, haven't you?" He teased, before settling down on the floor beside the pair.
Caspian was keeping his eye on the clock. He had to be at Avery's later. And he said that he would, and he wasn't one to go back on his word. He just...had to make sure that he got everything in order here first. And that was the difficult thing. Possibly doable, but difficult. Unless he just dumped a bunch of it on his head auror, that was tempting.
Somehow, he managed to pull himself away. Though who knew for how long, he might get called back in, if things started falling to pieces. Here was to hoping that that did not happen. Hoping.
Getting to Avery's he let himself in, finding Anakin on the floor beside Elsie, and Avery, who looked up at him as he wandered in. Who needed to knock anyway? "Long time no see, Anakin," he teased, having bumped into his cousin at work earlier that day. Though he had also seen Avery and Elsie earlier in the week, so it really hadn't been long on all accounts.
Both Caspian and Anakin were running late. She wasn't surprised. Anakin had a habit of running late - no matter to what it was. And well, Caspian ran a department. He could be forgiven for turning up late to things, with all that he had to deal with. "I'll hold the telling off then," she said teasingly, watching as he scooped Elsie up off the floor. Her heart leapt in her chest for a moment, picturing what could happen if he accidentally dropped her. But he didn't, so that was fine.
Elsie giggled at her uncle as she was spun, and then looked down at her feet. "Always had two feet?" she said, squinting a little bit. Avery stiflted a laugh behind her hand, which was when she heard the front door open again. And there was Caspian. Perhaps the boys should have just come together. They were coming from the same place after all.
"Uncle Casp!" Elsie yelled, ducking around Anakin to go throw herself at her other uncle. Well, uncle wasn't exactly the right term, but he was practically a sibling rather than a cousin, all things considered. Elsie grabbed onto his leg. "Hi."
Post by ANAKIN LUCAS HARLOW on Dec 20, 2016 21:42:08 GMT -6
you are the piece of me
Anakin looked up as his cousin entered, a bit more quietly than he had. Of course, most people were a deal more subtle than Anakin was - he had a tendency for the dramatic, somehow. "Oh, yeah, I almost started to miss you, Casp." He joked, rolling his eyes at him, shaking his head a little. He remained on the floor, though, getting up seeming like too much effort currently. He'd engaged in some training that morning that had left him more sore than he cared to admit.
He heard the comeback that Elsie shot back at him and stared at the small girl in mock disbelief, before looking over at Avery. "Now where did she get her smart mouth, I wonder?" He asked, rustling her hair and playing at mock innocence. He was surely at least partly to blame, he had no shortage of sarcastic comments for any given situation and he spent a decent amount of time with the little one.
He watched Elsie greet Caspian with mock hurt, gripping his chest a little, pretending to be wounded. "Well now we know who you like the best, huh?" he asked, pretending to pout before turning his attention back to Avery, his gaze softening. "How have you been, sis? Doing okay?" He asked, always concerned about his sister's well being above all else.
"Almost?" he asked, raising an eyebrow at his cousin. "I think I should be offended." He grinned at his cousin eyeing him. "How'd you training go?" Which had been what the younger man had been heading off too when Caspian had come across him.
"Hello, little one," he greeted Elsie, ruffling her hair. He was going to be stuck now, with the girl attached to his leg. Except she let go, and then reached for his hand, pulling him over the floor where his two cousins were sitting.
"I have no idea," Avery said with a laugh, shaking her head at her twin. From any of them in this family, likely. She watched fondly as Elsie pulled Caspian over to the group. Forcing him down onto the ground, she pulled all her blocks towards herself, and then started building her tower again.
"I'm good," she said with a smile. "Busy, but," she shrugged her shoulders. They were all busy. But between work and a three year old, she was certainly keeping on her feet. "How are you? Casp isn't running you too hard, is he?" she asked teasingly.
Post by ANAKIN LUCAS HARLOW on Dec 22, 2016 15:56:54 GMT -6
you are the piece of me
Anakin put on what he hoped was a particularly brave face, trying to wave off the training as if had been nothing at all. In reality, one of the other aurors had gotten a pretty hearty kick in, and his leg was all but black and blue at this point. He was hoping Caspian would not have heard the story. He was still working on honing his combat skills and was by no means very accomplished. "Oh, you know. Pretty unexciting. Hit this, kick that, blah blah blah. I wonder when the real challenge will present itself?" He said mildly, attempting to adopt a bored, unflappable tone.
With Caspian's attention now on Elsie, his attention turned to his twin. He didn't worry about much, but he was always, always worried about her. She was part of the reason he had grown up so much in the last few years and taken on more responsibilities. He was a far cry from the prankster he'd been during his school years, the boy who never took anything very seriously at all. "It's definitely a lot harder than I thought it would be. I just thought I'd be a little bit better at this, you know?" He said, using the defeated tone with her that he refused to let Caspian hear.
Caspian looked at his cousin in amusement. "Not challenging enough for you, huh?" he asked, raising an eyebrow. "If that's the case, I'll just make sure the trainings are harder," he deadpanned. "That way you'll be sure to get a challenge." As far as he had heard, they were challenging enough - at least for those around Anakin's level of experience.
"So what are we building, Elsie huh?" he asked the girl. A block in her hand, she looked at him. "A tower," she said, as though it should have been obvious. Perhaps it should have been obvious. He didn't know what the mind of a three year old was like.
Avery watched the two boys talk with a faint amusement. Them working in the same department was somewhat amusing at times - especially considering that Caspian was Anakin's boss. Not that was really a new dynamic for them, Caspian had always been the one in charge.
"Hey, you're doing well," she said, reaching out and patting her twin's knee. "It's not meant to be something that is easy," her eyes flickered to Caspian, helping Elizabeth building her block tower. "Unless you're Captain America over there," she said jokingly. "You'll get there."
Post by ANAKIN LUCAS HARLOW on Dec 25, 2016 12:39:01 GMT -6
you are the piece of me
He rolled his eyes at his cousin, still trying his best to appear composed and tough but knowing that Caspian had probably already heard of him getting his ass handed to him at that morning's practice. "Eh, we wouldn't want to make it too tough, you know? For the others' sake, of course. I mean, I could definitely handle anything you could throw at me, though. Don't worry." He said calmly, attempting at keeping a straight face although he felt like keeling over on the spot at the thought of a more intense training session. He had barely just recovered from the basic one today.
With a sigh, he tried to take Avery's word to heart. "Thank you Avery. You always know how to make me feel better. It's just hard living up to his name...." He said, smiling at the Captain America reference. "By the way, I have this nasty bruise on my back I was wondering if you could heal for me. Actually, I don't know how bad it is because I can't really see it. I hate going to other healers and besides, you're the best one." He said, adopting a bit of a pleading tone that his twin was usually on the receiving end of.
Caspian watched Anakin with amusement. His trying to play off what had happened in his morning’s practice. It was hard, Caspian had to admit that, but that was the point. His job wasn’t to let them cruise through their time as aurors, they needed to be pushed so that they could be the best. “Oh of course,” he said, mouth twitching with amusement. “Well for the other’s sake I’ll make sure that I don’t.” He was actually, planning on going to oversee some of the training that next morning, to see how everyone was getting along.
“No, not that block.” Pausing about to place a block on top of the tower, Caspian looked down at his niece. She stared back at him, holding out a different block. “This one first.” “Oh, okay,” he said, placing his back on the floor, and letting the little girl place the larger block on top. The whole tower tumbled to the floor. “Oops,” Elsie said, watching it.
“I know it is,” she said, with a half smile. “It’s hard enough living up to him when you’re not even an auror,” her eyes flickered to Caspian, and the tower that was now on the floor. Elsie was gathering all the pieces back to her. “You’ll be alright. And I’m sure he’ll help you, if you ask him nicely,” she teased.
She laughed softly. “I can do it. And this way you skip all the needing to wait around in the waiting room,” she grinned. “I can do it later, if you’re still trying to hide that you’re sore from Casp.”
Post by ANAKIN LUCAS HARLOW on Dec 29, 2016 22:59:01 GMT -6
you are the piece of me
He nodded. Of course, now Caspian was likely to show up at the training tomorrow, which would mean that he'd have to train as if he was not completely sore as it was. That was going to make for a morning full of fun. He tried to keep his smile in place, even as he imagined this. "Oh, sure. We Harlows have to make sure everyone else can keep up with us, after all." He said, maintaining his light-hearted, playful tone.
He was glad he had Avery to vent to, though. She proved a very valuable shoulder to lean on, no matter what he was going through with his training. "That sounds like a brilliant idea." He agreed, quietly, so only she could have heard him. He then turned his attention to the toppled tower, using its chaos as a distraction to haul himself to his feet, wincing ever so slightly. "Okay, so, you promised food?" He asked, glancing at Avery, offering a hand to pull her up.
Caspian actually did have to watch over the training soon. He did have people that reported back to him about it, but it was best to keep an eye on it himself every now and again, so he could be absolutely certain that things were running the way that they were meant to. "We do, yes," he said with a laugh.
He was watching Elsie staring at her broken tower. She seemed to take it into step, going to set it up again. He was glad that she wasn't throwing a fit because it had been broken, that would have been tiresome.