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Index was once a small and close-knit community, but the town located on the western side of Washington state has grown in recent years beyond anyone's expectations. It is the ideal place for those who work in Seattle but can't afford the city's high real estate prices, and for others the natural beauty attracts them to the town. And Index truly is a beautiful place - surrounded by thick evergreen trees, tall mountains and glistening rivers and lakes. While weather is typically rainy with overcast skies even this does nothing to take away from the beauty of the town, and it is only highlighted further when the heavy snow graces the town and caps the mountains in winter. To many, Index would seem like a paradise. And yet lurking beneath this visual beauty there is more to this town than anyone might ever imagine...

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[Private] Brightside

Lenny Tronconi | Army of God; Hunter

Posted on Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:08 am

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Warm & Sunny | 2:30pm

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Lenny's wearing his work uniform - a black polo shirt with the Uncommon Grounds Logo, black jeans that look enough like pants for him to get away with them and his usual, short, engineer-style black boots. He should be wearing an apron but avoids wearing it unless he's behind the counter.


The sun insistently shining through the windows was taunting me, beaming off the tables I was trying to clean and glaring from every single slightly reflective surface in the shop, a constant reminder that the weather outside was actually good for once and I was stuck in, working. Not that it'd have made any difference if I'd had a day off - the sun taunted in another way, too. Normally I'd have leaped at the chance to sunbathe or even just sit out with the rays warming my skin, but that day my mood was anything but sunny. A dark corner where I could sit and feel shit over all the shit that was making me feel shit seemed more appealing. I didn't want to have to deal with anything. If I hadn't been in work I'd have literally spent the day in bed avoiding things instead.

But none of that mattered because I was at work. The lunchtime rush had come and gone and there were only two of us left working in the shop, everyone else either having finished their shift or gone on break. Cara was behind the counter, giving the worktops a lazy clean down but ready to serve if needed, and I had the task of clearing up all the tables.

I slumped my way around the occupied seating, taking my time with the task seeing as it was quiet. There were only a handful of customers and most were sitting outside. I slapped the wet cloth down on to the next table, glaring down at the light rays falling down on it and only glaring more when my sprays of the cleaner made the light more intense. Quote Begin Fucking hospitals.Quote End I muttered to myself, grabbing the cloth and beginning to scrub at the surface as if I could scrub away the patches of light if I cleaned hard enough.

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Lenny Tronconi | Army of God; Hunter

Posted on Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:26 pm

My gaze only flicked up a second when the door audibly opened, just long enough to clock that it wasn't one of the regular eccentric and annoying customers, or someone I was trying to avoid. I returned my attention to near polishing the surface off the table I was washing, and my bad mood.

Quote Begin Hey, Lenny!Quote End Cara waved at me from behind the counter, for some reason looking a lot more energetic than she usually did. My gaze narrowed with immediate suspicion that she wanted me to do something for her, but I grabbed the cloth and the sanitizer spray and went over anyway.

Quote Begin What?Quote End I put down my cleaning items on the counter between us and folded my arms, waiting for her to ask me to clean a disgusting toilet in the bathroom again or something similarly unsavoury. Instead I was pleasantly surprised by her reply. Quote Begin Can you take this out to the guy out there? The one who just came in?Quote End She asked, twirling her hair round her finger I stared blankly at her, no idea who 'the guy' was, and frowned down at the cup of black coffee she pushed at me. Judging by the look Cara had in her eyes she probably thought he was attractive. Quote Begin Why can't you do it?Quote End I offered, thinking she might want to go and take it to him herself. I was surprised she hadn't suggested us swapping so she could do just that.  Quote Begin Because, that guy is hot as shit and I want to appear mysterious, right? Like I don't care about him, haven't even noticed him. Guys love that. So you go out there and give that to him, so he wonders why it's not me giving it to him and when he looks round.. I'll be looking busy and sophisticated.Quote End Cara smirked, taking the opportunity to adjust her cleavage.

I stared at her, everything she had said to me as if it was a foreign language. I had no idea what she was going on about. Quote Begin ...what?Quote End I began to argue, but she just pushed the coffee further towards me and fixed me with an insistent stare. Quote Begin Just go, Lenny. You need to clean the tables out there anyway.Quote End

Quote Begin Okay, whatever.Quote End I said, giving in. I sighed and took the coffee and started towards the door with a roll of my eyes. I'd never understand women but I wasn't about to argue with one at work either, not after Mary-Ann had already warned me about that particular topic. Quote Begin And see if he's gay while you're out there! Quote End Cara stage-whispered across the room just before the door shut behind me, much to my exasperation. I just held back from opening the door again and shouting that for what must have been the hundredth time, I did not have some super gaydar like some gays apparently did.

The air was hotter outside without the air conditioning of the cage but I still breathed out a sigh of relief, glad to be out of the weird atmosphere and away from Cara's strange demands. I glanced over the people out there, trying to work out who the coffee was for. There were six small tables out the front at the moment, all but one occupied. A family had spilled onto two of the tables and I crossed them off my mental list, there was a couple.. which I hoped the male part wasn't who Cara had her eye on, and then two women chatting...

I finally noticed a guy at the table furthest away. By process of elimination I figured the coffee had to be for him and started making my way over. It became obvious the nearer I got that he didn't already have a drink and that - okay, he was hot. The last thing was what got my attention though. He was smoking - literally. I caught the scent of the cigarettes and immediately felt angry and happy simultaneously - because of the obvious reminder I was trying to quit, but also at least I could smell that sweet, gorgeous, illicit smell. Cara might have to wait in line if she wanted to grab the guy because I was desperate enough that I could kiss him, regardless of what he looked like, just in an attempt to steal the smoke and flavour from the cigarettes out of his mouth.

I tore my eyes away from the desire in question when I reached the table. Quote Begin Hey,Quote End I sniffed, trying to keep it as subtle as possible that I was smelling his cigarette smoke,  and quickly set the cleaning stuff I'd bought out with me down on the empty chair opposite him so I could scratch at the nicotine patch on my arm. I wished I didn't care so much about Avery's opinion and could still smoke without knowing I'd disappointed her. I held up the coffee at an awkward angle to catch the guy's attention. Quote Begin Is this yours?Quote End I said, a little gruffly, purposefully leaving off any stupid 'Sir'. If I started that like some of the girls did then next I'd be expected to shake hands or wear a fucking dress shirt and neither of those were happening. I was in a bad enough mood that day that I didn't even care how much I owed Mary-Ann. If she'd been there personally telling me to call people - people who drank weird black coffee - sir, then I'd still have refused.

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Lenny Tronconi | Army of God; Hunter

Posted on Fri Aug 14, 2015 3:05 pm

My mouth fell open in a frown at the man's response, unsure what to make of his comment. Quote Begin She was that bad?Quote End I thought out loud before I caught myself, remembering that the guy was a customer and I didn't want to start bitching about my colleagues when it might deter them from the business, or shed a bad light on Uncommon Grounds. Even if Cara was annoying sometimes, she wasn't really all that bad. Not all the time at least...

Quote Begin Sure.Quote End I set the coffee down, glad to be rid of the hot, annoying cup. I picked up my cleaning stuff instead, eyeing the table a load of kids were on and looked to soon be leaving. I was so preoccupied it took me a second to realise the guy was talking to me. I had no idea what he was talking about either, only frowning and trying to work out what he might mean before he realised I had no idea. My gaze darted around, over my body, the table occupied by the children and the guy's table, until finally I followed his line of sight to the patch on my arm.

When what he said finally made sense I felt an initial spark of satisfaction. It then fast morphed into annoyance when the meaning of his words sunk in. I might have hated the patches and wondered if they worked myself but someone else doubting I could do something only pissed me off, whether I thought I could do it or not.

Quote Begin Yeah, well, maybe I'll be better at.. giving up than you were.Quote End I said, bristling. He might have been hot like Cara said but he also seemed like an asshole. Worse still, the scent of cigarette smoke lingered in the air and only made my cravings kick in double time. What I'd do for a smoke.. just one crappy little cigarette... I almost got caught up in the ridiculous, angry daydream before someone passed by in the street and snapped me out of it. I shook my head at the intensity of my own cravings and sighed at the effort over the whole quit smoking ordeal, all the angry tension in my body deflating as fast as it had built up. All the stress and I didn't even want to quit. Quote Begin Not that I have a choice, anyway.Quote End I muttered, rolling my eyes and looking back to the guy. But though I might not have had a choice, it still didn't mean that I wasn't going to be able to properly quit.

The guy wasn't exactly great company but I hesitated from moving on. The parents were still sorting their children out so I couldn't clean their table yet, and I could see Cara trying to catch my attention from inside, making some strange signals with her hand that meant nothing to me, apart from that she hadn't forgotten about the guy. There was no point in me rushing to move on from him when there wasn't anything to move on to yet and I didn't fancy going back inside only to have Cara nag me to do something else in order to get his attention. I stood awkwardly in front of his attention, not sure what to do. His plain drink caught my eye again and I gestured at it. Quote Begin You don't want anything else?Quote End I asked him, less from a customer service point of view and more down to plain old curiosity. Like milk, I couldn't help thinking as I stared at the depths of his dark coffee. The shop was full of treats of all shapes and sizes, and they were good, really fucking good, and yet this guy didn't even have milk in his drink. Cara really did pick the weird ones.

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Lenny Tronconi | Army of God; Hunter

Posted on Sat Aug 15, 2015 5:35 am

I shrugged, not interested in talking about Cara but more wary of the guy, watching him out of the corner of my eyes. Quote Begin I've never preferred blondes.Quote End I kept my expression guarded, my gaze flitting from the smoke when the man breathed out, to his eyes, trying to suss him out. I never trusted anyone these days, regardless of whether they could be a vampire. What if they were something else? This guy was sitting out in the bright sunlight though, so he had that going for him at least.

My eyes narrowed at his smirk and his taunt. Quote Begin Uhh.. you mean customers, right?Quote End I snorted back at him, a tempting semi-friendly fuck off on the tip of my tongue. He was right, I shouldn't have been speaking to any customers like that, and as much as that reminder annoyed me, it was also a reminder. Anywhere else I'd have flung a curse at him but I had to remember that he could just turn round and make a complaint at me. It'd taken me long enough to wrangle this job - I wasn't going to throw it away just like that. I watched him cautiously and for once managed to hold my tongue. Quote Begin And it's not that I don't want to smoke, anyway.Quote End Want had nothing to do with my battle with quitting smoking.

Some of my guard dropped and I scoffed at what he said next, amused and then confused.. Quote Begin What? I never said I had a girlfriend?Quote End I replied, frowning at him and wondering where he'd got that idea from, Quote Begin I mean, I don't. Have one. It's health shit.Quote End I admitted, once again dragging my eyes from his cigarette. It was so tempting, so easy to stare at and be mesmerized by the movement of it to and from his mouth.

Quote Begin You're sure?Quote End My nose wrinkled in disbelief and I pushed further before shaking my head, dropping the matter. It was the guys loss if he didn't want anything else. I looked round the small outside seating area at the front of the shop and only glanced back to the guy when he spoke up. My gaze found the seat, then him again, and I raised one eyebrow. Quote Begin I'd sit if I wanted to sit. But I'm at work, I've actually got to do stuff.Quote End Or at least look like I was doing stuff. I stood aimlessly, wondering what exactly I could do to look busy, when a familiar face approached.

Quote Begin Hey, Lenny. You want your break?Quote End Kate walked up, uniform a replica of mine minus my sneakily worn jeans, her bad under an arm and as usual, a smile on her face. Quote Begin I didn't know it was that time yet.Quote End I admitted, squinting against the sun to face her. Kate checked her watch and nodded at me. Quote Begin Sure is! If you wanna stay out here I can bring a drink out to you after I've apron'd up. A frappe?Quote End I nodded, knowing Kate knew what I liked, and she continued walking, passing through the door and into the shop.

After the unexpected encounter I stood, still feeling a little lost, and then glanced back at the guy, remembering his offer to sit. Or order, it had seemed more like. It actually irked me that I was going to sit, simply because he'd told me to, but I tried to push the feeling aside, especially as another couple had taken the last remaining table outside and there was nowhere else to sit. It didn't stop me feeling stupid after my rant about working but I figured standing around was only even more stupid. I took the chair the guy had kicked, re-positioned it and sat down, refusing to acknowledge the coincidence, or even the guy at first. My fingers tapped on the table, void of something else to do without a drink, snack or.. cigarette to occupy them, and my gaze, which I tried to keep pointedly off of him, found his cigarette again. I hastily looked away and removed my hands, only to started chewing at my nails instead. If there was one thing smoking had done it was shorten my already barely existent nails.

Quote Begin So..Quote End I started, otherwise feeling that the silence, though fleeting, was awkward. I glanced across the table at the guy. Quote Begin Some girl turn you off blondes or something?Quote End I said through my fingers, biting at a short piece of nail that was still longer than the rest.

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Lenny Tronconi | Army of God; Hunter

Posted on Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:30 am

Cara, I decided, had a weird taste in men. And this man might have had good taste in cigarettes but everything else about him so far was also really fucking weird.  Quote Begin Uhh... okay. Quote End I side-eyed him, Quote Begin Lone wolf? What's that? I mean, you're not.. an actual wolf...?Quote End I trailed off, suddenly cautious. What if he was a wolf? It was possible as far as I knew, not having met one before. I shuffled my chair away slightly, trying but failing to be subtle and only looking up to shoot him an unimpressed glare. Quote Begin I bought your drink out and talked to you, that's fucking work. Customer service and shit.Quote End I argued back, not actually giving much care for customer service beyond what I felt obligated to do for Mary-Ann. When she wasn't around it was very easy to forget it existed at all. Quote Begin Most customers aren't rude as fuck either.Quote End I muttered to myself. Why was it that the one time I actually spoke to someone they were only an ass back?

My hands were itching for something to do and I was really hoping Kate would appear with my drink sooner rather than later. I almost zoned out, staring at the dissipating smoke, when it suddenly disappeared and the cigarette was thrown on the floor. Quote Begin Huh? What? Shit, you don't have to put it out, I didn't say anything or ask you to. If you can smoke then.. do, I don't fucking know.Quote End I didn't want to admit that I was already missing the smell because it sounded pathetic. Quote Begin And cut what out?Quote End It couldn't have just been me, the guy obviously had issues. I leaned further away for him, tapping my fingers against my leg and wondering where the fuck Kate had got to.

It was getting harder and harder to ignore the guy's rudeness, reminding myself of Mary-Ann and how disappointed she'd be, what it had been like to not have a job and endless other things to stop me throwing the guy's coffee over him. Quote Begin I was only fucking asking.Quote End I muttered darkly, tempted to either move myself or move him.

Kate finally saved me by making an appearance. My eyes lit up when she not only set down a Frappe Latte but also a plate with two gooey chocolate chip cookies, my biggest weakness.

Quote Begin They need to be eaten by today anyway and we've got a rack full of them.:Q2 She winked at me and disappeared back into the shop, leaving me in such a state of awe that I didn't have time to say thanks.

I blinked out of it when the smell of the warmed cookies wafted under my nose. If I wanted to eat them warm, when I thought they tasted the nicest, I had to start soon before they cooled too much. I grabbed four of packets of sugar and ripped them open, poking a whole in the whipped cream of my frappe and depositing the sugar through it, one packet after another. The mouthwatering snack in front of me had easily been enough to distract me from the rudeness of my table companion, for a while at least. I glanced up at him over my frappe as I poured in the last packet of sugar, my gaze full of suspicion. I didn't want any trouble, I couldn't be bothered with it. I'd had enough shit to last me a lifetime without some stranger starting more. Quote Begin Y'know, if you don't want to talk about shit, you don't have to get pissed about it. I was only fucking asking, and you were the one who started talking to me, anyway.Quote End I said, the words I was thinking fell from my mouth and I closed it after in case any of the other things I was thinking spilled out too, my lips closing in a firm, unimpressed frown.

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