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COOKIES!!

Who: Innes and Tana Alastair
What: She's making cookies, and Tana takes this as her mission to get her older brother to help.
When: During the bad weather when they're not much else to do.
Where: Their apartment.
Warnings: Uhm...sibling stuff?



Tana had woken up this morning hoping that the weather report would be wrong. Unfortunately, it had been right, and she sighed as she looked at the dark clouds and torrents of rain streaming from the sky. Great. She still needed to do Christmas shopping, but it didn't look like the weather wanted her out.

It wasn't long before an idea struck her. The apartment she was sharing with Innes had yet to be decorated for Christmas, and she had yet to make cookies! She went online and sent messages to her friends, promising them some, and looking up recipes, then flew to the kitchen. She tore through the cabinets, collecting ingredients and putting them on the counter where she could see them. Somehow, they had the right ones to make sugar cookies. She wanted to cut them out with cookie cutters in holiday shapes, but she would figure out how to do that without cookie cutters later.

She didn't try to keep the noise down. The kitchen was full of clanging and other noise from Tana collecting mixing bowls and cookie sheets. She was hoping to attract someone's attention anyway...

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What a racket. No chance of getting anything done today with that sort of noise going on in the apartment. At this point, the people three floors down could probably hear her. Even Ephraim and Eirika were quieter than she was.

With a sigh, Innes rose from his desk. Studying would not happen today, would it? He had, in fact, agreed to baking cookies, but he'd hoped it would be after studying. In socked feet, he padded into the kitchen, then leaned against the wall, arms folded, a sour look spanning his face as usual, silently watching the mess she was making, hoping to high heavens she would be the one to clean it up. It was her mess, after all, though there was a great chance that would not be happening.
By the time Innes had shuffled in to the kitchen, Tana was busy reading off the measurements and other directions to make the cookies. Her computer sitting far away from what would soon be a mess on the counter, she scrolled up and down, making sure she would get everything right. She was about to pour the flour into the measuring cup when she finally noticed her brother.

"Innes! You're hear to help right? I've already gotten everything out. We're making sugar cookies, and I even found a simple recipe to make icing so we can decorate them!" She said this pretty fast, and was really quite excited to be making the cookies. She didn't wait for him to respond, and started scooping out the flour, measuring it, and pouring it in the large mixing bowl.
He frowned at the suggestion, as expected. He hated doing such domestic affairs but it would make Tana happy and keep her from going out and getting into trouble by finding herself in the wrong district at the wrong time. Too many creepers in this city.

"They need to be shaped like fish," Innes stated. It was one thing he missed from home was how much fish he'd have on a normal basis. Of course, Frelia had the best fish, outdoing the SF Fish Market, which was pretty well known in itself. Then again, Innes was severely biased.
"Fish aren't Christmasy!" She tapped her chin, forgetting that they were covered with flour. "Well, we'll just have to decorate them in Christmas colors then." As for cutting the cookies out, she figured cutting with a knife would be best. It might even be more fun that way.

"Come over here and help me add stuff." She then added sugar and other dry ingredients into the mix. "We'll need a few eggs and some vanilla." Tana realized that this would probably be the only time ever where she would be telling Innes what to do. She'd have to treasure this moment.
She'd have to treasure the moment as it would never happen again. "Nonsense," he proclaimed about the fish shape, reaching for the eggs. He'd bear with the cooking business if he could get his way with the shapes. It seemed like a fair exchange. Until photos of some sort were involved. Then the unspoken deal was off.
Fortunately for Innes, Tana had not even thought about taking pictures, and it would be difficult to do so anyway with messy hands. He would get away from this experience without any blackmail pictures. Lucky him.

"As long as you make them Christmasy, you can have your fish." She flashed a grin and continued to follow the recipe, adding the wet ingredients to the dry ones. "Hurry up with those eggs!" She poked him with the clean end of the spoon she would use to mix the dough.
They'd be most likely green and blue, the colors he wore most often but could somehow be passed off as Christmasy colors. Or something. He could give them Santa hats. That'd make her happy, wouldn't it?

He, of course, returned the demands with a rather large frown. The poking only made him frown harder. "Here," he offered the eggs to her.
Tana ignored his frowns like she usually did and added the eggs. All the ingredients were together and she started mixing the dough. Despite Innes attitude, she was having fun.

"We can make icing once the cookies are in the oven. I found some food coloring hidden behind all the sugar, so we can make them different colors." Decorating the cookies was the best part, other than eating them of course. She gave Innes a pseudo-glare. "And you're not allowed to eat all of them! We have to save some for Eirika and Ephraim." She had promised them some, and she would make her brother's life miserable if he did in fact consume their cookies.
He frowned again. Like he'd eat all of them. He'd end up sick first. "Nonsense, I wouldn't do that." That was just absurd anyway. He'd just leave the not-best cookies for Ephraim, because he and Tana would get the best. That's how it worked.

I love your Innes. I want to give him a hug.

"Sure you wouldn't." Tana's words were dripping in sarcasm. She loved bugging Innes. Being his little sister, it was her job.

The dough was getting more difficult to mix, and Tana felt her arm tire, so she switched them. It didn't take too long for the dough to get to the right consistency and for the lumps to go away. She grinned and scraped the remaining dough on the spoon into the bowl and set it down. She then cleared a spot on the counter and sprinkled flour on it so the dough wouldn't stick as she dumped it on top. She grabbed the rolling pin, sprinkled more flour on that, and rolled the dough out. It took her a few times to get it right, but she soon worked it in the right way so it would be easy to cut out shapes and pick them up. "Grab a knife and start cutting out shapes!" It would be harder without cookie cutters, but it would be more fun too.

aw thanks. he does need a hug.

"Nonsense," Innes shot back.

He watched her mix the dough. For a moment, he thought she wouldn't be able to mix it, but then again, she was his sister. She'd do it just fine.

A knife to cut cookies? Well, whatever suited her. He could handle cutting dough just fine but he didn't want her cutting her fingers off. Last thing he wanted was to drag her to the hospital and explain she took out her fingers while cutting shapes in cookie dough. Lovely.

"I'll cut then." He fished out a knife to start cutting shapes out, particularly fishy shapes.

He does. Tana can glomp him for me. >:3

Tana's face formed a pout from a smile in less time it takes to flip a light switch. "You're just going to make a bunch of fish! Making the cookies was my idea, so I should cut some out too!" Tana knew she could be a bit childish, like right now, but this was ridiculous! Did Innes think she'd be so stupid as to cut her fingers off or something? She did have training with deadly weapons, so she knew what not to do with something like a little kitchen knife.

rofl he'd throw such a fit

"Nonsense!" Innes shot back. "I can make plenty of shapes." He completely avoided the subject of her cutting the cookies. It wasn't that he thought she was stupid, it was that he wanted to keep an accident from happening and the fiasco which would likely follow.

A fit...with some love?

Tana kept the scowl on her face as she went to the drawer and pulled out a knife for herself. "There. Now we can both cut out shapes." She hated it when he treated her like this. She wasn't a child anymore, and he seemed to forget that. A lot.

of course! :D

Innes sighed, "Fine." He couldn't control her, no matter how much he wanted to for the sole purpose of protecting her. And that usually backfired right in his face too. Cheer leading, cutting cookies with a knife (which hardly sounded safe in the first place), gallivanting off on her own in the city. Keeping her safe felt like a full-time job.

8D Nice icon

Tana stuck her tongue out at Innes when he backed down. She pushed him over a bit so she could cut out shapes easier and so she could bug him a little more. He was such a jerk sometimes. Why couldn't they get along like Eirika and Ephraim?

She carefully started to cut out shapes. They weren't very good, but you could still tell what they were supposed to be. Sort of. She attempted to cut Christmas tree, snowmen, stars, and other Christmas shapes. She then looked over to see what Innes was cutting out.

Haha thanks X3

Innes didn't express himself like Ephraim did. It wasn't his style at all, though he did deeply care about Tana more than the world itself. He just couldn't say it.

He scooted over, allowing her to where she wanted to go, then he busied himself cutting out first fish, then other things followed: snowflakes, stars, and trees. They were pretty well cut, as he took his time to make sure they were the best.
Tana smiled as she saw Innes cut out more than just fish shapes. "Those are really good!" She looked back at her own sloppy shapes and pouted a bit. Maybe she should take her time with these...

Even while taking their time to cut out nice shapes, it didn't take too long for them to fill the cookie sheet. Tana had thought ahead and preheated the oven to the correct temperature while she had been mixing the cookie dough. She grabbed the cookie sheet and opened the oven, carefully popping the sheet inside, closing the door, and setting a timer. She tured to Innes. "Now we can make the icing!"
They were the best, as he had to be great at everything, even greater than Ephraim. Though Innes doubted his rival was really great at cutting out cookies anyway.

He perked an eyebrow at that. As if she needed the sugar, but she would complain cookies weren't cookies without icing, or something along those lines. He'd end up giving in to her in the end so he didn't feel like fighting and he carefully placed the knife in the sink to be washed later.
Tana got out another mixing bowl and opened the recipe for icing on her computer. It wasn't long before the ingredients were together and mixed into a nice creamy texture. She couldn't help but dip her finger in to try a bit. It was delicious.

"Mmmmm. All we have to do is add food coloring and wait for the cookies to finish baking!" She couldn't wait. Decorating the cookies was the best part!
Waiting. Innes could do that. He could be patient. Sometimes. Okay, not so much but he was more tolerant with Tana (sometimes) and folded his arms, watching her mix this sugary concoction. "We must have green icing."
"We'll have green icing, and red icing, and white icing, and any other color you want." She gave her older brother a large grin while she started to scoop out globs of icing into separate bowls. Tana then ran over to where she had put the food coloring, and opened the lid to put a few drops of green into one of the bowls. Instead of a few drops, however, the top popped off and half the bottle ended up in the bowl. "Oops."
Innes immediately brought his hand to his forehead in disbelief. Well, not really disbelief. He should have expected that. "That'll be very green. Make sure the tops on next time."

This happened when I was making cookies with my grandma last week. XP

Tana only flashed an embarrassed grin and did what she could to drain the puddle of food coloring down the sink without letting the icing go with it. She succeeded, but the icing turned out a very bold, bright green. Oh well.

She added the color to the rest of the icing, following her brother's request and making sure the top was on so only a few drops would come out at a time. "Are there any other colors you want, Innes?"

oh rofl XD

At least she listened. There wasn't any need to make any more of a mess than she already had. The food coloring probably would stain the counter and that would only make things worse in the end. He wanted that full deposit back on the apartment and no dumb stain would take that way from him.

"These are just fine," Innes replied.
It was at this moment that the timer went off for the cookies. Just in time too.

Tana dug around for some oven mitts and opened the oven door, carefully pulling out the cookie sheet and placing it on top of the stove while closing the door to the oven, which she promptly turned off. After the cookies cooled, they could start decorating. "They already smell so good! I can't wait to eat them!"
He definitely agreed, internally, of course. They sure smelled incredibly tasty. He watched her cautiously, hoping she wouldn't burn herself in the process of taking the cookies out.

"Let's ice them then."
Tana didn't need to be told twice. She took a spatula and carefully moved the cookies from the cookie sheet to a plate where they would cool off faster. She then moved everything to the table, sat down, and took a butter knife to begin icing the cookies.
Innes followed suit, seemingly randomly smearing designs on the cookies with icing. Of course, he had some method to it, but heaven forbid he should actually share it. In the end the cookies were pretty neatly decorated with designs in the icing to match the cookie's shape so it didn't really matter anyway.
Tana took her time, making sure the cookies looked nice. Even the lopsided cookies she cut out looked pretty good.

She licked her fingers and stood up with a satisfied smile on her face. The cookies were done, and more importantly, she had gotten her older brother to help her and spend quality time with her!

She immediately picked up a cookie and took a large bite out of it. All that hard work wasn't for nothing. She was the cook, and thus it was in her interest to make sure her products came out perfect. They did. "Try one Innes," she managed to say after swallowing.
Quality time. Right. Though truthfully he did enjoy spending time with her. Far from him to admit it, though.

With a not-so-sour expression, he plucked a fish cookie from the counter and began to munch on it. "They're good," he said, such a rare compliment.
If it had been anyone else, Tana would have pouted as a reaction for such a remark. These cookies weren't good, they were delicious!

This was Innes though, and he only complimented things that were really to his liking, and Tana knew this. She smiled and ate the rest of the cookie. She'd have to make sure that not all of them went to her friends. She and her brother deserved some too, right? "We should do this every year!"
"I'll consider it," Innes stated sharply, plucking another cookie off the counter before she could take it from him. This, of course, meant he'd be bribeable or compete with Ephraim to make the better cookie.
To Tana, that was just as good as a 'yes.' "I'll get something to put the cookies in. I need to save some for Ephraim, Eirika, and Demyx." She was sure he'd ask about Demyx, but he had been so nice to her when she went out. She had to make him cookies too.
Innes had expected the first two names but the last he didn't recognize. "Who is this Demyx?"
"He's a guy met when I went out exploring. He was nice enough to show me around, though he was a bit lost himself." Demyx seemed a little spazzy, but Tana enjoyed his company. "Don't worry. He's not a creeper."
He folded his arms. She had that ability to meet people so well but it was that ability which worried him in the first place. "He better not be. How old is this guy?"

Sorry it took me so long!!

Tana had gotten out some goody bags to fill with cookies for friends when Innes started to interrogate her. She filled them up with cookies as she spoke.

"He's about your age. He said he worked as a DJ in some night club." She tapped her chin. "I can't remember what it was called though. I've been thinking about asking Eirika to go there with me. It sounded like a lot of fun!" She doubted that Innes would agree with this, but ti was easy enough to sneak out of the apartment. She did it before, and she could do it again.

all good

Innes folded his arms again. Night clubs were brooding grounds for creepers. "I'm going with you."

<3<3<3

If it had been anyone else, Tana would have been thrilled. However, the only reason Innes would go to a place like this was so he could play babysitter and make sure she wouldn't get into trouble. "I can take care of myself you know. If you do come though, you'll have to dance." She gave him a teasing grin. "Maybe Eirika would be nice enough to dance with you."

She was almost done filling up the goody bags. She'd have to clean the kitchen next. It wouldn't be fun, but she didn't want things to grow where they prepared food either.

Re: <3<3<3

He had about to call nonsense on her as usual, but the possibility of dancing with Eirika wouldn't be too bad. "Fine."
She couldn't help but smile. Tana normally couldn't get Innes to agree much on anything, and so far she had two for two. She wondered how long this winning streak would last.

"Great!" She had finished with the goody bags, and now placed the dirty dished and such in the sink and turned on the faucet to let it fill with hot water. She got out soap, and while the sink was filling, she wiped off the counters. Maybe she could get Innes to help? "The dishes will get done faster if we both work on them." She gave her brother a hopeful look.
He folded his arms. Now she was pushing it. "Just put them in the dishwasher. That's what it's there for." As if he could properly wash dishes. What nonsense was that?
Tana pouted. "But this way I'll know they're clean! I hate it when I get stuff out of the dishwasher to put away, and there's still stuff on it."

The sink was just about full, and Tana had finished with the counters. She add the soap to the water and grabbed a rag and started scrubbing. It wasn't to hard to wash the dishes, as nothing had a chance to dry and stick.
He folded his arms and watched her putz about. In the end, she would do as she pleased, no matter how much he fussed at her and tried to protect her. Never seemed to work in the end. Didn't mean he wouldn't try, anyway.

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