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Happy Birthday to you!

Who: Sherry open to whomever
Where: Corona Beach
When: Thursday Afternoon
What: Surprise party for Val
Summary: Today is Val's Birthday, and Sherry got a party together for him.  Everyone is invited!
Incomplete/ Complete: Incomplete
Rating: PG

Sherry loved birthdays, especially when one of her friends had a birthday.  It was Valentine's Day, yes, but it was also Val's birthday.  She decorated a small section of the beach in his favorite colors, and set up a few tables, chairs, and a barbecue.  (having obtained permission first, of course)

Nica would arrive with the cake soon, and she already had a few presents stacked up for him.

She hoped he would like everything, and that nothing would go wrong.

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the_nica
Feb. 15th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
Nica drove up in her Sentra, a circular plastic container carefully balanced on the seat beside her. She got out and headed down to the beach. "Hey ... this looks great! Nobody else is here yet, huh?"
sherrybb
Feb. 15th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
"Not yet, but they should be here soon." Sherry smiled "The meat should be done soon... and the cake can go on the table next to the gift table."
the_nica
Feb. 15th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
"Cool." Nica set the container there and took off the cover; it was a German-chocolate layer cake with coconut-pecan frosting. "Happy Bday Val!" was written in red icing.

Nica kicked off her flip-flops and tied back her hair with an elastic she's been wearing on her wrist. "Nice day for this, anyway. What'd you bring to drink?"
sherrybb
Feb. 15th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
"I made tea and lemonade." said Sherry "And sodas are in the cooler."
the_nica
Feb. 15th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
Nica nodded. An appletini would have been great, but those were always so much better when she didn't have to drive afterwards. She grabbed a Coke and twisted off the cap. "You need a hand with anything, or have you got it under control?"
sherrybb
Feb. 15th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
"You could hang the rest of the decorations." suggested Sherry, pointing the barbecue fork to a pile of colorful birthday decorations.
the_nica
Feb. 15th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
Nica continued with the decorating.

"So, that weird-ass article about us ... Are you a little creeped out that someone got a picture of the inside of our fridge?"
sherrybb
Feb. 15th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
"Yes." Sherry nodded "I'm nut sure how... but, yeah. It's weird. Someone will probably do something more news worthy, and they'll leave us alone."
the_nica
Feb. 15th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
"More newsworthy than labeling our food?" Nica said, and laughed. "Impossible!"
sherrybb
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
"That wasn't even food." Sherry sighed "Well, not people food. It was food for Fluffer. I put my name on it so you wouldn't open it."
vavarner
Feb. 15th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
Valentine had been sleeping in, and let his voice mail pick up when Sherry'd called with the invitation. Eventually though, he got up, showered and dressed, and then checked the voice mail.

The message said to meet her down at their favorite section of the beach, so he caught a bus and headed on down there. One of these days, he would have to see about getting some sort of car - of course, that would require learning to drive. But hey, details.

When he got off the bus, he saw Sherry and Nica down on the beach It looked like they'd set up for a party. Huh. She hadn't mentioned that.

"Hey guys!" he called.
sherrybb
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
"Hi!" Sherry smiled, and waved her friend over "Happy Birthday!"
vavarner
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
"Oh! Hey yeah, that is today," Valentine said.

He'd been avoiding thinking about that, as per usual. To the point that it didn't even occur to him that anyone else would remember, or think of it. "Well, thanks. Is this for me? Wow..."
sherrybb
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
"Yep! It's for you!" Sherry grinned "The meat will be ready soon... And I made tea and lemonade. Soda is in the cooler."
the_nica
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
"Yeah, happy birthday," Nica said, giving him a hug. "You want something to drink? Tea, lemonade, soda ... ?"
vavarner
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
"Meat, um..."

Valentine fidgeted a bit. "About that. I probably should have told you guys before this..."

He hugged Nica, and looked kind of embarrassed. "I'm a vegetarian. But yeah, a lemonade would be great."
sherrybb
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
"Oh." Sherry shrugged "Not a problem. Gimmie a hug, then I'll grab some tofu stuff out of the fridge. Are you vegan, or just a vegetarian?"

Sherry turned to Nica

"Nica, watch the meat while I grab more food." she handed the fork over.
the_nica
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
"Yeah, what you said," Nica chuckled.
the_nica
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
"Oh, dude ... sorry. I could go get some veggie burgers, there's a store right up the street ... " She poured him a glass of lemonade and handed it to him.
vavarner
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
"Just vegetarian," Valentine said. He took the lemonade. "And it's okay, really- I can eat snack foods and like, the tomatoes and stuff. Really, it's alright..."

They'd already gone through a lot of trouble, and he didn't want to be a bother.
sherrybb
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
"I'll be back!" Sherry hurried off to get tofu burgers and hotdogs."
vavarner
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
"Sorry," Valentine repeated to Nica, and looked apologetic as he settled down onto one of the foldy chairs.

"I didn't know you guys were going to put this together for me, or I would have mentioned... it's really nice that you did this, by the way. Thanks again."
the_nica
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
"Yeah, you're welcome and no worries. We wanted to surprise you." Nica turned a few burgers and dogs so that they didn't burn. "I made a German chocolate cake ... I hope that's okay ... "
vavarner
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
"Mmmm.. that's yummy," Valentine said.

"Good choice. Is anyone else coming?"

By 'anyone else', he mostly meant Pete, for whom he'd developed a fondness from their hanging out at the apartment complex.
sherrybb
Feb. 16th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
"I invited him." smiled Sherry "So, hopefully he shows up."
vavarner
Feb. 16th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
Valentine beamed. "I hope so too. He's nice."

He wasn't surprised she knew who he was talking about.
the_nica
Feb. 16th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
"So are you to an item, or what?" Nica asked, sipping her drink.
vavarner
Feb. 16th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
"An item like - oh, no. He's just my friend," Valentine said, blushing.

"I'm not even sure he's ... y'know, into guys. He's just my buddy."
sherrybb
Feb. 16th, 2008 06:53 am (UTC)
"What happens, happens." said Sherry, going back to cooking "Everything usually works out for the best."
sherrybb
Feb. 16th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
Sherry returned a short while later, bearing veggie food.

"I'm glad you made it." she said , to Val "Nica brought cake... I love doing birthday parties."
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