Coffee and Motorcycles

July 22, 2018:

Johnny Blaze and Adara Hong meet in a coffee shop at random

Brooklyn - New York City

One of the most famous of boroughs, Brooklyn is a cluster of small towns
in a big town. When night falls in the good weather, in the more 'city'
area, apartment stoops are pulled up and mothers chat with other mothers
while the kids play in the streets under the block's watchful eye. Gossip
abounds, and there is a spirit that seems to transcend all- when one grows
up in Brooklyn, one is never truly far from home.

Traffic on the street is heavy at times, pedestrian traffic even more so.
There is a lot to see when one gets away from the residential areas. Stores
of all ethnic variety serve their populations be it Russian or Ukrainian,
African American, Hispanic, Italian, Polish, or Orthodox or Ultra Orthodox
Jew; whatever one wants, it's easily obtainable.

Northern Brooklyn is closest to the vital economic engine that is Manhattan
and has benefited a lot from the ongoing prosperity there. Bedford,
Brunswick, Cadman Plaza and the like are the site of a number of lovely
public works and important institutions such as the Navy Yard, or the
Botanic Gardens. Business thrives here and the lives of the people, while
busy, tend to be full of plenty.

South Brooklyn is composed primarily of resort style housing and the
attractions for which 'Brooklyn' and 'Coney Island are famous mixed in with
commerce catering to tourists and locals.

Eastern Brooklyn is a lower income, largely African American section of
Brooklyn given over to low income public housing and other cultural
monuments. Crime is a bit higher here and public works slightly less nice,
but all in all it's still a livable place outside of some truly destitute
hotspots.

Central Brooklyn is the melting pot for the many ethnicities and cultures
that call the borough home. For the most part tensions are low and people
get along, though the general process of gentrification taking place all
over the island is causing some resentment among the poorer families feeling
the pinch.

Characters

NPCs: None.

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Fade In…

Adara had needed to get herself some coffee. She'd been working all day on a new formula that she was gonna use in her research. She had to get ready for some papers that will be handed out on day one for teaching and…so much…just so much. She shrugs her shoulders and goes up to the counter to order a cascara cold brew and then finds one single table in the busy cafe, snagging the seat just in time and sighing happily as she gets her little corner of the cafe even as every other seat is filled.

Adara wasn't the only one who decided to get herself a cup of joe. Needless to say, Johnny Blaze was also feeling a little bit thirsty so he came on down! Driving his motorcycle up to the little coffee shop, with the bike's engine easily loud enough to probably wake a neighborhood. Soon after he parks that bad boy, the legendary stuntman himself walks into the coffee shop and orders himself a nice little mug of coffee with extra sugar. Though as he seems to grab a newspaper, he notices Adara and comes to the conclusion that she seems friendly and sitting by himself is awfully boring. "Mind company?"

A blink and she looks up with a tilt of her head, "Oh, umm…no, I suppose not." She gestures to the chair across from her and shifts back a little as she sips her coffee, "Umm…" She is kinda looking for an excuse but notes that no matter his motives, the room is full and her chair is the only free one. She takes a breath and looks across, "Have a seat I suppose, I'm Adara."

"Johnny, nice to meet you. and thanks." taking the seat across from her and sitting down in it with his chest pressed against where is back is supposed to be and his legs straddling his seat, he pops open the newspaper and sets his mug of coffee aside. He appears to just be reading the printed news..which is somehow still a thing. "So, hope I didn't interfere in a meeting? Should I expect a boyfriend to get jealous?" he asks curiously. He isn't romantically attracted to Adara, but…it's better safe than sorry. It's happened before…

A grin at him and she laughs a little, "Umm, no." She shakes her head, "I'm a teacher-student at Columbia University. I don't have time for relationships most of hte time." Between that and ya know, occasionally flying around as a half-dragon woman. She smiles as she looks down at her coffee, "Thank you for being considerate though. I'm just here to relax for a ltitle while."

ohnny smiles a little bit to Adara. "Good to know. Sorry if the question was weird, but for some reason I have a bad habit of accidentally picking the wrong ladies to sit next to, even if the only free chair left happens to be at their table. It's gotten violently physical on more than one occasion, so I figure it's always easiest to check." Hey, Johnny feels the same way. I mean, he's married, sure, but being the Ghost Rider is busy stuff!

Speaking of being the Ghost Rider…

Johnny actually seems to be trying to read her soul to see if she's innocent. Like if she's ever murdered someone in cold blood, etc.

Adara is basically pure. As pure as any person could be in today's society. She's got her jealousies and her lies of course but nothing serious. Just a typical, clean human soul. Many people think themselves far more guilty than they are but much like Adara, the worst they have ever done is cheat on a test or tell a lie to seem cooler than they are. Adara really just seems like a typical girl but there's something odd there. It's almost like when he looks in at her soul he can see something past her soul. Perhaps sense something past it? Like there were more souls behind her. Almost like looking at a family picture where the youngest is at the front with the older members standing back behind them, "Well, you needn't worry about any big mean guy coming along to try to take back the chair."

And that is more than enough to keep the Ghost Rider calm, which is always a good thing, considering that the Ghost Rider is literally the bane of…well, everything evil. With that in mind, he offers Adara a small, warm smile as he leans into his chair a little bit and sets aside his newspaper, laughing a little bit. "Good, good. As long as that's settled, I think we'll be pretty clear. So, making a quick stop before you run off to work or just killing time?"

"Just a quick stop. Always more to do when you are teaching and working on your doctorate at the same time." She smiles and nods, "One doesn't get a lot of free time so I'm just taking a mental stop break." She then sips her coffee and looks across at the newspaper before looking back at Johnny, "And you? Most come in, grab coffee and go. Today seems to be the day to stop."

Johnny nods a little bit. "Fair enough, fair enough." Johnny seems to understand the feeling extremely well. "Yeah, I'm just stopping by. I actually have to go pretty soon, but I figure it's good to just stop and smell the roses, or in this case, coffee beans." he makes a small joke. "and very true."

"Yeah." She grins, "Well, I've said what it is I do but what do you do, Johnny?" She grins and sips her coffee, "Besides smelling roses?"

Johnny smiles lightly to her with a tiny nod. "Well, I work as a mechanic. Just over at my humble little garage slash shop slash home. I fix up, mod, and build cars and bikes." he shrugs lightly.

"Oh!?" She asks and seems suddenly interested and grins, "So, like you work on cars and bikes? I always wanted a motorcycle but…" She blushes a little, "I'm not really that good with s uch things. I also was always a little worried about riding around on one. I mean, they seem pretty unsafe and I'd hate to go down because I was riding around and some jerk didn't look both ways."

Johnny smiles to her softly, apparently amused how much she perked up. "Yeah. It's kinda my calling in life. I used to be a stuntman." he shrugs lightly. "If you want, my wife or myself could probably teach you how to ride a motorcycle if you came down. Probably wouldn't cost you anything either." he teases. "Yeah, it's happened to me a few times. But if you don't become a speed demon like me, you'll be fine."

A smile as she persk up and nods her head, "That sounds great…" SHe writes down her number and slides it over, "Give me a call later so I got your number." SHe nods her head and then stands up, "It was really good meeting you, Johnny." She nods her head, "Hope your wife doesn't get too upset about a girl giving you her number." She chuckles.

Johnny smiles to Adara as she writes down her phone number and hands it to him. SCORE! oh wait, married and happily so. Sorry! Johnny boy's off the market. But! he smiles warmly to her. "Don't worry, as long as I tell her it's a business number, you'll be fine." he teases her with a smile. She stands up and he stays seated. "It was good meeting you too, Adara. let's meet again soon." and with that, he'll watch her leave.

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