Private Sweeet, A New Friend

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"Alright," the teacher called from the front of the room. Set up so half the room was kitchen, it was a funny little room. "This lab, you will focus on the aspects of a good plate on the fly. Because we're doing our dessert unit, today's task is to create a sweet treat for me. Extra kudos go to the team that incorporates unusual ingredients well. Surprise me, and remember it's formative, so get creative and have fun!"

Things like this were exactly what Nix loved about the course - freedom to try and experiment with food. It wasn't without its dull moments, sure, but stuff like this excited him. The class began to disperse toward the kitchens, grouping up, and Nix claimed the one near the end.

Hmm, what to make...? He couldn't always go for cookies. He'd have to get creative. Maybe...?

He grabbed the flour and began to measure it out.

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Haritia practically vibrated as her eyes darted about the kitchen. She loooved labs like this. Her usual cooking buddies had already asked her if she wanted to pair up, but she turned them down. It was no fun if she kept cooking with the same people all the time. She was familiar with their styles already.

She scanned the room, looking for an empty spot she could insert herself in.

And... There!

That guy didn't have a partner yet! She came up behind the guy as he was handling the flour, already grinning with questionably innocent intent.

"What'cha makin'?" she asked abruptly as she snuck up close enough to peer over his shoulder.
 

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Obviously he couldn't do cookies. They were way too normal for this lab, and plus there were only a few that he'd tried and liked the proportions of. Mom used to make 'em way better - better quality mix-ins, probably, and a recipe all her own - but he ran a close second. And his favourites, the peanut-salt studded ones, were banned because of nuts. Bullshit.

On the flipside, there was one recipe from home he was dying to try. Mom always used to make this banana-bread that was just like, packed with coffee and sweet flavours. It tasted amazing... and it reminded him of home. It'd be a challenge to plate and everything, but....

He grinned as he spooned the flour out. After this, two bananas -

"What'cha makin'?"

He turned round and nearly clocked her with the measuring cup. Flour spilled from it onto the counter, though he was pretty sure none fell on them, thankfully. His eyebrows shot up in surprise, and he let out a yelp. "Ah, sorry!"

She was tall, man - taller than him. Only by about an inch, but still! She'd been peering over his shoulder. Suddenly awkward, he scratched the back of his head. "Ahaha, sorry. Kinda surprised me there. Uh, is there anything you want?"
 

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She grinned wide at the guy's reaction, baring her teeth like a cheshire cat.

"Yeah, a partner," she replied bluntly. "Your table was open. Well, what'cha makin'? You already got an idea for this assignment?" As she spoke, she leaned from side to side, peeking around him to get a look at what he had set out and possibly make a guess as to what he had been planning.
 

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Okay, so she might've startled him, but man, her teeth...! Kinda looked like a Cheshire Cat, actually. The rest of her looked kind of catty, too, if you looked at it in that way. Probably. Honestly, he'd seen weirder. He smiled and stepped aside. "Hell yeah. You can definitely join me - I could use some extra hands. Come lean on the counter here. I've got something for the competition."
His weight shifted to allow her to lean up against the counter and read the little paper of notes he'd been taking. Measurements, proportions... plating. He was still stuck on that one.
"It's a banana bread my mom used to make back at the cafe. Caramel macchiato banana bread. It was the best, man. Mom makes it better, though. Only thing I haven't figured out is how to plate it so it looks good." As he spoke, he got quieter and quieter. This was not, in fact, because he didn't want the competition to hear, but rather, he was going to go get the bananas needed.
 

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The girl didn't seem to notice as he walked off, as she continued to nod along with what he was saying as she skimmed his notes. She was skeptical at first. Banana bread was kind of lame. The "caramel macchiato" part definitely got her interested, though.

"Well we obviously have to decorate it. Bread looks boring, even when it's full of banana. What if we slather the top with icing? Ooh, or powdered sugar! We could make cool designs with powdered sugar!" she suggested.

She already began to clear a space on the counter – for her crazy artistry later – and picked up where he left off with mixing the dry ingredients.
 
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