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Gotham University Stadium and the Clocktower; New Gotham City; Saturday
CLASS OF 2014
GOTHAM UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT
12 PM

[Due to security concerns, the commencement will be held at the stadium this year for all colleges.]

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Please Join Us for a Graduation Party!
at the home of
Dinah Laurel Lance

Saturday, May 10, 2014
3PM

To celebrate her graduation from
Gotham University
with the
Class of 2014


[ooc: Invites went out to all her friends! So if you want to attend either the graduation ceremony or the party, feel free, and people can stay overnight at the Clocktower.]

Re: The party at the Clocktower

Jono was going to behave himself, and refrain from pointing out that it was difficult to carry poison around in your lungs if you actually didn't have any anymore. See? Being good!

//Sixteen? The circus really needs to visit more often,// he quipped. //Though I have to admit, I'm not the best role model in that regard. I've been tempted a time or two, myself.//

Unfortunately, he'd probably end up a sideshow act, meant for gawking and pointing at, which didn't sit so well with him for whatever reason.

//Unfortunately, being a cat owner didn't properly prepare me for a life of lion taming, so I've been forced to re-think my career goals.//

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"They never visited Opal," Dinah grumbled, turning pink. "And it was Cirque de Soleil, come on! Anyone would want to join that."

Camille wandered through and wound herself around Jono's legs about then, then sat on his feet, staring at him. Beaming waves of FEED ME at him.

"We're really, really proud of her," Barbara said, smile softening as she looked at Dinah. "And if you'd taken another year to finish, or taken it off, it wouldn't have mattered, you know. But," she added, looking at Jono, expression very deadpan, "Sometimes she's stubborn. And sometimes she's asleep."

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//And sometimes she's a little bit of both at the same time,// Jono agreed, crouching down a little to let the cat sniff at his fingers. Because... cats. //She's done a lot of growing since we were both in school together. I'm proud of her, too.//

From the standpoint of somewhat older friend who used to be the same age, and all. And from the standpoint of comrade-in-arms, of someone who had fought and won the same war.

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Camille deigned to lick his fingers and rub her face against them, because her subjects deserved appreciation. Also he smelled interestingly of fire, so.

"You guyssss," Dinah groaned, turning even pinker.

"No, you have to put up with this, it's your graduation day," Barbara told her. She smiled at Jono. "As long as she stops getting any taller, so we don't have to modify her uniform again, she can grow as much as she wants. I still say it would be fine for you to move back in here," she added to Dinah, in tones of resignation that Dinah didn't agree. "We'd love to have you back here, you know."

"I know. I just..." Yeah. Wanted to try and prove she was a full adult now.

Barbara shook her head, then smiled at Jono. "So you're teaching, and Dinah said you were managing the music store on the Island. You're not in Glacia full-time?"

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//Not at the moment, no,// Jono replied, and my, scratching the cat behind the ears was terribly fascinating, now. //I'm not going to go so far as to call it shellshock, but it's been... difficult, going back there. I'm working up to full-time, but...//

He shrugged.

//I visit when I can. But I'm a soldier at heart, not really suited for entertaining Glacian aristos at parties, I'm afraid.//

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Helena wandered by at that point, and snorted as she handed Dinah another slice of cake. "Nobody worthwhile is." She gave Jono an approving look, she and Camille shared a Look of Cat People Who Get it, and then she wandered off again.

"That was Helena," Barbara said, continuing with the deadpan. "She doesn't do manners. And doesn't get why that bothers anyone." She blew out a breath, then looked down at her chair. "And I get shell-shock." She looked back at Jono. "It gets better."


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Jono would have frowned a little as he realized just what that look at her chair and that statement meant, if not for the obvious technical difficulty. Instead, he just nodded a little, giving Camille a pet for good measure before standing up again.

//So I've been told,// he offered. And then shrugged. //I'm acutely aware that I've got a duty in Glacia that I've been more or less blowing off for a while now. Karla's been all too forgiving of my being away, all things considered. But... I'm trying. It's a work in progress.//

It was rare, when Jono could say that and actually mean it.

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"All we can do," Barbara agreed. Dinah had slipped around her chair to hug her, and rest her head on top of Barbara's, earning her a fond and eye-rolling grin upward. "And celebrate the wins, of course. Like graduation." She gave Jono an assessing look. "But if you do want to talk about it, or need a place to get away-- the Clocktower is always open to Dinah's friends."

"Although it also means she'll go all Big Sister on you and have cameras follow what you get up to while you're here," Dinah added.

"Oh!" Barbara's face lit up with mischief. For just a second, they really did look related. "I have the videos of you and Momoko to show everyone!"

"Nooooooooooooo!"

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Ooh! A topic change! Jono was going to cling to that! Desperately!

//Videos? What sort of videos might those be?//

He might even take Barbara up on that invitation. But for the time being, this was a party, and he had no place bringing it down with talk of war, did he?

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"You can't show those!"

"It'll either be here, or your wedding. If you ever get married." Dinah hid her face in Barbara's hair, as Barbara hit a few controls on her chair, grinning.

Two of the larger screens lit up with Dinah and Momoko. Dancing around a streetlight. Singing competing versions of Don't Stop Believing.

"Oh, god..."

"I don't condone underage drinking," Barbara said cheerfully. "But I let Dinah make her own mistakes. Including dancing and drinking where I could record it. Anywhere in New Gotham."

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Jono wasn't laughing! He wasn't!

Because laughing was hard. But he was standing there and watching intently, arms crossed in front of him, a glimmer of amusement in his eye.

//Really, if you know there are cameras on you, it's your own fault when somebody turns around and, say, puts it on a big screen for all of your friends to see.//

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"We were drunk! I forgot. And I underestimated Barbara's evil," Dinah complained.

Helena swung by again for two seconds. "Didn't Momoko wake up under your bed that time? Wrapped up in toilet paper? With flowers all over you like your were dead? It's too bad Barbara doesn't have pictures of that, too."

Exit stage right, zinger delivered.

"Thanks, Helena!" Dinah called after her, then poked Jono in the side. "Quit iiiit. I can tell you think my pain was funny." She sighed. "I've learned better."

Another Look from Barbara.

"Don't you dare show the video of the time we went out drinking like this with Karla."

Barbara grinned wider, and said to Jonothan, "I had no idea when we adopted her how amusing having a teenager around would be. Do you want me to send you a copy of the highlights of the second one?"

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//Barbara, luv, I would pay you for a copy of that footage. Dare I ask who all was involved that time? I know for a fact that Lucivar would like a chance to lau -- er -- see that one.//

Jono, you were a telepath. You didn't do 'slips of the tongue.'

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"I hate you both so much," Dinah informed them, glumly consoling herself with cake. "Not Lucivar, aaagh, noooo!"

Barbara hit a few buttons on her chair and grinned. "Dinah, Momoko, and Karla. At various bars. With a great many shots. 'When sempai says drink, we drink,'" Barbara quoted back to him, giving Dinah a sly smile. "Give me your email address and I'll send it right now."

Dinah was still grumbling.

"I don't suppose you have any really good stories from the Island or Glacia that I haven't heard before?" Barbara asked hopefully.

MEEP said Dinah's expression.

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Oh, Dinah. Dinah, you were doomed, weren't you?

//Well, I wasn't there myself, but there was this one time, at the hot spring...//

Now would be a good time to tackle him, wouldn't it? It was fascinating, some of the stories that Warren had been willing to share during some downtime at the war camps in Glacia.

Re: The party at the Clocktower - furnaceface, 2014-05-12 12:52 am (UTC)(Expand)