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It was a little before nine-thirty when Zoraida had finally finished reading, signing and initializing the last document. She then looked at the clock when it chimed softly in the corner and realized, in surprise, what time it actually was... More than five hours had gone by and she had only meant to spare an hour looking over work-related things.

Shaking her head in quiet disbelief at how time had just slipped by that afternoon, Zora let out a tired sigh and got up off the couch, taking the documents with her and placing them in a folder to send back to the office in the morning. So much for taking it easy, she thought wryly as she closed up the folder and put a note on it for her grandfather.

"I really need something to eat, or drink," she murmured to herself as she thought about getting dinner and whether or not she should bother Felen. She had told her assistant he could take the day or two off if he wanted to since she had planned to stay home all weekend, recuperate from all the craziness going on, and just spend some quality time with her son.


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Felen knew when to take time off and relax. Especially after the third or fourth time Zoraida had insisted she wouldnt need him. Except he felt it was necessary to always be available on short notice. So while he was sitting at the bar of a club that clearly catered to a younger audience, complete with glowing accent colors and dumb light up fake ice cubes in the drinks, his phone was on him ready to sound an alert. And he knew where the nearest large pool of shadows was.

It was funny really, for some reason he had the desire to collect one of each color led 'ice cube' and he was stacking them idly, having barely touched his drink. He had to pay extra for the special request. The odd look he had gotten from the bartender was ignored.

As for Zora, he'd left a sticky note in her folder for her to find whenever she finished her not-work: "If you need me just call and keep the closet dark."
 

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As Zora placed the files on her desk, she noticed the post-it type note that Felen had left on another pile of work. Picking her assistant's message up, Zora stood a few minutes just staring at the note sort of surprised. Felen had gone out - something which caused mixed emotions in her.

On the one hand, Zora was happy that he had actually taken some time off to himself. Since part of her still had a hard time believing that he enjoyed being there for her 24/7. A fact that naturally led to feelings of guilt because she hated to disturb him just because she wanted dinner company ... she was, after all, fully capable of dining alone.

However, as she stood there undecided, she realised that there was a third emotion in play... Zora kinda missed having Felen around. Ever since Broen had passed away, he had sort of become her rock, somebody she could count on. He had even helped her begin to move on, and deal with her grief when she had been drowning in sorrow and guilt.

And so, after a few minutes of mentally trying to justify her intrusion on his day off, Zoraida finally picked up her cell phone while making sure the closet was dark and she sent him a short text. "Have you already eaten? I was thinking of order in."
 

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Felen had not, in fact, eaten a proper meal for the evening yet. He hadn't quite gotten that far yet. Heck he hadn't finished his first drink yet either. And he had no desire to do the latter now that Ms. Del Bosque was contacting him.

"Would you like me to pick something up for you? It would be quicker than delivery." His text was sent not long after he received hers. And he was already paying for his drink and pocketing the stupid ice cubes. Preparing to leave regardless of her answer, it was just the destination that was to be decided still.
 

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Zoraida clicked on the message as soon as she received it, and smiled when she read it. She had kinda been hoping Felen hadn't eaten yet, and his offer to pick up something to eat was quite welcome.

Texting him back moments later with a, "Thank you that'd be great. " Zora then added, "Whatever you feel like. I could easily go for Chinese, Italian or Greek."

And with that, she went to the kitchen to grab some plates, cutlery, wine glasses and some wine and a bottle of water to set out in the living room where they could eat comfortably together.
 

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Of the three choices Felen was most feeling the Italian food so he replied to let her know and ducked into a shadowy corner to whisk himself away to a small family owned restaurant he'd picked up food for Zora at on previous occasions. It was best to go with what he knew she liked unless she made it clear it was an adventurous sort of mood- which it did not sound like in this case.

Naturally it did take a fair amount of time for the food to made but, well, freshly made was better than something waiting under a heat lamp. Fortunately his commute back to where Ms. Del Bosque was went much quicker. Just into another dark area- this time an alleyway, and suddenly there was a soft knocking at the closet door. From the inside. Also the faint aroma of hot and fresh food.

For his part Felen had selected a portion of lasagna, which he'd certainly only eat half of or less for this meal, and a small side salad. For Zora he had trusted his experience as her assistant in determining what to get, except where any texted details might have overridden his selections.
 

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Zora opened the closet as soon as Felen arrived and let him into the house. The delicious smell of Italian food immdiately filled the living room and made Zora realise just how hungry she actually was.

"Thank you for joining me for a bite to eat, and for picking up dinner," she said as she gestured for Felen to join her in the living room where she had everything set out for them to eat. There was even dessert. She had remembered that she had ordered a tiramisu cake along with some bagels, muffins and homemade bread that week.

"I set everything out for us," she told him. "Did you maybe want some wine to drink, or do you prefer something else?" she offered as she opened the bottle of merlot.
 

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Felen nodded and stepped into the house, or rather out of the closet into the rest of the house. "I was not doing anything of great consequence anyway. Never hesitate to ask if you need something."

The packages of food were quite warm and Felen hurried to unpack them before the steam made everything soggy inside. Fortunately it was only moments from acquisition to unpacking since he used his abilities to make the delivery himself.

He considered the drinks for a moment. "One glass shouldn't hurt I suppose," he relented as he began transferring food to plates. Cutting his own food in half though, so as to not waste it. Felen didnt need to eat much after all so it was more about enjoying the flavor anyway.

"Were you still working when you contacted me?"
 

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Zora visibly coloured at Felen's question. She had actually been working, even though she had assured him earlier that she was just going to take it easy today.

"I just finished," she admitted somewhat sheepishly as she poured Felen a generous glass of red wine and handed it to him before she poured herself a glass and sat down to eat.

"I meant to only put in an hour, but, well, five went by..." she explained as she pulled back the foil on her eggplant parmigiana and garlic bread. God, it looked delicious, she thought as she grabbed a fork and knife.

"How about you? Did I interrupt anything?" she asked curiously as she cut into her food.
 

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Felen smiled slightly. Of course she'd been working. That was precisely why he'd left a note on her folders. "I've spent enough time around you to predict something like that was going to happen. If you dont mind me being blunt, you're almost as bad at taking time off as I am."

He played his own food and sat down with his own set of utensils. Taking a single sip of the wine at first. And he noted with interest that the glass was filled with quite a healthy amount of it. Clearly she wasnt planning on going back to her work that night.

"As I said, nothing of consequence. I was investigating a small club that caught my eye." He reached into a pocket and withdrew the half dozen plastic LED 'ice cubes' and stacked them on the table. "Just casual amusement really."
 

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