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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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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.

December 2009

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