cutting_edgex23: ([TX] serious smile)
X-23 ([personal profile] cutting_edgex23) wrote2013-05-15 08:04 pm

There are no teddy bears at this picnic

It's a lovely, sunny afternoon in the Forest of Faraway, which is why X and Bruce have brought the Princess Royal out for a picnic.

The blanket was carefully chosen by Susan, as was the basket containing the food.

The food itself is a product of the castle kitchens. They know all of Susan's favorites. It seemed easiest.

There may also be some apple pastries, just in case Norman stops by. It is best to be prepared.
master_bruce: (I Smrt)

[personal profile] master_bruce 2013-05-16 10:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Bruce likes it here. It's beautiful - fairy-tale beautiful, literally - and also weird enough to stay interesting.

Not that he's expecting anything weird to happen today. Other than helping babysit a five-year-old, which is an entirely new experience. And a rather terrifying one, at that. Maybe X is building him up to meet her Little League team again.

'Your mom bring you out here a lot, Susan?'

It's a lame question. But he has little idea how to talk to children.
merry_heart: (Daisies and Daydreams)

[personal profile] merry_heart 2013-05-16 10:29 pm (UTC)(link)
The only lame question is the one you don't ask! Or so Susan would tell him if anyone had coined that particular phrase in Ambergeldar yet.

Instead she nods. "Mama and Daddy both. And my brothers." The former is much more excitng than the latter, and it shows in the tone. "We come every second Thursday, because that's Daddy's afternoon off. At least it's supposed to be. Sometimes, he is very very busy and cannot make it. Then we take things back for him. He's very fond of blackberries, but they're not in season right now. We could look for strawberries later, though. They're best when you eat them in the woods. And Daddy says when we're a little older he'll teach us all how to catch fish. I said he could go ahead and teach me, because I'm already older, but he says I still have to wait. I hope I don't have to wait until Caspian Malcolm and Laurence are older. They're little."

She turns her attention back to X.

"Do you know how to catch fish?"
master_bruce: (Have A Good Day)

[personal profile] master_bruce 2013-05-17 07:20 pm (UTC)(link)
'You've never been fishing?'

He's surprised, though doesn't know why. X-Men probably don't have a lot of use for it.

He offers a smile to Susan.

'I'd show you, but I don't want to get in trouble with your dad.'
merry_heart: (HRH Does Not Approve)

[personal profile] merry_heart 2013-05-17 07:35 pm (UTC)(link)
"People usually don't."

It goes with that whole absolute monarch thing her dad has going on.

Susan sighs in the really incredibly put-upon way of five-year-olds and melodramatic ingenues, then instantly brightens.

"We can climb trees instead."

Susan is very good at it.

Her mother taught her.

(And no one, but no one, climbs a tree like Her Majesty the Queen.)
master_bruce: (I Smrt)

[personal profile] master_bruce 2013-05-17 08:11 pm (UTC)(link)
He glances at X, then looks to see if the trees around are good for climbing.

For kids to climb, that is. He and X would probably manage regardless.

'Yeah. Be careful. I don't want my head chopped off for letting you fall.'

...wait, is it OK to talk to children getting beheaded?

Too late now.
merry_heart: (Merry Heart)

[personal profile] merry_heart 2013-05-17 08:18 pm (UTC)(link)
"Daddy wouldn't do that. He says it's a little barbaric.

"That means it's bad and something you shouldn't do," she adds, helpfully.

"He locks people in the dungeon instead."

The dungeons in Ambergeldar actually aren't that bad, as dungeons go. There's decent light and airflow and all the graffiti is spelled correctly.

(The food's terrible, though.)
master_bruce: (I Smrt)

[personal profile] master_bruce 2013-05-17 08:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Bruce manages to look chastised. And indeed, feels it! A bit.

'Well, I wouldn't like to make either of your parents mad at me. It's nice here.'

He wonders whether they'd approve of letting their daughter play with a zipwire. Quicker than actually climbing the trees, and possibly more fun.

merry_heart: (Ooooh Neat!)

[personal profile] merry_heart 2013-05-17 08:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Don't be too sure. Climbing trees is really fun, Bruce.

Of course, it's also a subject Susan has been completely distracted from at the moment.

"Why are you good at choosing locks?"

Do they do a lot of lock choosing?

Does anyone do a lot of lock choosing?
master_bruce: (Have A Good Day)

[personal profile] master_bruce 2013-05-17 08:45 pm (UTC)(link)
He glances sideways at X. He really has no experience with kids - but this doesn't seem like the sort of thing they should be telling her about. In case she gets ideas.

...though how lock-picking would be of any use to a princess is, admittedly, not clear to him.


'Only for...good reasons, though. Not like when bad people do it.'

:D?
merry_heart: (Ooooh Neat!)

[personal profile] merry_heart 2013-05-17 08:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Susan considers this.



Carefully.




Very carefully.




"Can I learn?"

Please?

She's not a bad person!
Edited 2013-05-17 20:50 (UTC)
master_bruce: (Wait...what?)

[personal profile] master_bruce 2013-05-17 08:58 pm (UTC)(link)
'Uh...'

Ahaha.

He looks at X again. But on thinking about it...

'Well. It could be useful, I suppose. In case you were ever kidn...in case you ever got stuck somewhere you needed to get out of.'

Like, a spare room in her enormous castle. Not after having been abducted. At all.
merry_heart: (Little Lady)

[personal profile] merry_heart 2013-05-17 09:00 pm (UTC)(link)
"I promise."

Wait . . .

"What if somebody else needs to be safe? Who's not Mama or Daddy or Merry or Caspian Malcolm or Laurence?"

Or one of her dozens of cousins?

"Am I allowed to use it then?"

Because she has Responsibilities, X.
master_bruce: (Amused)

[personal profile] master_bruce 2013-05-17 09:06 pm (UTC)(link)
He has a bad feeling about this. A lot of people don't agree with what he and X consider priorities.

At the same time, it's a useful life skill! And it couldn't hurt.

'Maybe we should only show you if your parents say it's OK first.'
merry_heart: (HRH Does Not Approve)

[personal profile] merry_heart 2013-05-18 01:23 am (UTC)(link)
Seriously, Bruce? Seriously?

"X said it was all right. If I promised."

And she totally promised.

She'd cross her heart and pinkie swear, too! (Football wasn't the only thing Parker Lee introduced to Ambergeldar.)

So what's the problem here?
master_bruce: (Have A Good Day)

[personal profile] master_bruce 2013-05-18 08:48 pm (UTC)(link)
He holds his hands up, palms outwards.

He is not about to argue with these two ladies.

'OK, OK. You win. Just...promise you won't become a famous aristocrat cat burglar when you're older.'

Those totally exist.
merry_heart: (Ooooh Neat!)

[personal profile] merry_heart 2013-05-18 09:14 pm (UTC)(link)
"Why would I want to steal cats?"

You're kind of weird, Bruce.

You're nice. X likes you, and Mama likes you, so Susan has decided to like you, too. But you're weird.
master_bruce: (I Smrt)

[personal profile] master_bruce 2013-05-18 10:49 pm (UTC)(link)
He glances between the two of them, unable to be sure if they're making fun of him.

'You don't have cat burglars here?'

Wow.

He makes a mental note to get hold of The Scarlet Pimpernel for X. Just so she knows he's not crazy.

'They're people. Who steal things...quietly. Like cats.'

OK, he didn't make that sound cool.

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