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JayBird -- Romance -- Posted: 25/09/2013 -- Updated: 25/09/2013
The PPC cafeteria was bustling, as always, but in a strange way, that made it a more private environment than the corridors outside. With everyone occupied by their own conversations and food, why would they bother to eavesdrop?

"I didn't think you meant chocolate pizza," Acacia complained as the Assassins found an empty table. "And with cheese and everything…"

"I don't know why not," Jay shrugged. "You asked about chocolate, I gave you a list ending in 'pizza'. What's so tricky about that?"

"Maybe the part where it defies all sanity?" Acacia suggested. Jay looked thoughtful.

"Sanity… SANity… sanITy… no, I don't think they serve that here."

"Hush, you," Acacia said, throwing a chip in her general direction. Then, remembering Jay's literal-mindedness, she amended herself: "I mean, hush about the pizza."

"What else is there to talk about?" Jay asked. "Food and missions is all I can come up with. Do you want to chat about Emma and Kivan?"

"I'd prefer to forget all about them," Acacia shuddered. "At least Ranger's okay…"

"I think he'll do well with Robyn," Jay agreed around a mouthful of tuna salad. "They can balance each other out."

"That seems to be the Flowers' general plan," Acacia agreed. "Sort of like throwing you and me together."

"A bit," Jay agreed. "Although that doesn't work in the case of our dear slashbunnies."

Acacia shuddered. "Didn't you say Lux joined because of Sean?"

"It's a bit more complicated than that," Jay said, "but yep. I suppose it's a good trick if you can pull it off…"

"What, being partners with your 'partner'?" Acacia snorted. "Having seen what they get up to, I'd think it's more likely to get you killed."

"Not everyone is like Sean and Lux," Jay pointed out. "Some people are capable of restraining themselves in the field. And it would be a pleasant way to spend downtime back in HQ…"

"I suppose it could be," Acacia agreed, putting a slight emphasis on 'could'. "But on the other hand, we don't actually get any downtime…"

Jay waved a hand. "Details, sliated," she said. "I wasn't talking about us anyway – was I?"

"You mean other people do get free time?" Acacia demanded. "Oh, we definitely need to have another word with that Flower…"