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"Well... you did want to make that hazelnut torte. We can still make that if you'd like." Sanji moved with Thea as if they were one. Some people even turned to look at the two since their level seemed much higher than whoever else was dancing. "Seems you know your way around dancing as well my dear." Sanji smiled softly while spinning her.
Thea moved from her seat and followed Sanji down to the dance floor. When he took her hand in his, she smiled. "I think if I had any other partner, this would be a disaster." As if on cue, the music took over and the two were dancing in rhythm. "So, which dessert are you looking for when we get back?"
Sanji nodded with a kind smile. "A taste tester would be very helpful actually." When she asked if he knew how to tango he chuckled lightly. "Of course."
He noticed the waiter heading their way and smiled while nodding his head. "Delicious thank you. No dessert for me either, I'm afraid. Thank you though." He heard the tempo of the music change and he looked at Thea with a flirty smile. "It would be my pleasure."
"Right, you're like Caramelle in that aspect. She won't waste food either." Thea popped another brussel sprout in her mouth and chewed it thoughtfully. She wanted to help him with the dish but she wasn't as skilled as he was when it came to food. Hell, the only thing she was skilled at was fixing ships. "I'll be your taste tester if you want," she offered.
When he mentioned the tango she raised a brow, "Do you even know how to tango?"
The waiter returned And looked at the couple, "How is your meal?"
"Fantastic, thank you."
"Is there anything else I can get you? A dessert menu perhaps?"
Thea shook her head, "No thank you." When the music changed, her gaze shifted back to Sanji. "Shall we?"
“Hmm probably try to balance out the flavor. I try not to make dishes too spicy since I cook for the whole crew. Its better than making multiple meals and wasting ingredients.” Sanji smile softly listening to the music playing and chuckled softly. “I wonder if they’ll play something to tango to.”
[i If only I'd gotten there in time, you would have,] Thea thought. When she heard him comment on the meal she smiled slightly. "Tweak it how? Make it less spicy? More spicy? Or add another flavor to balance it out?" In between bites of her own food, she watched him, waiting to see if he said anything else about the dish.
Sanji smiled softly listening how intently Thea spoke of her grandmother. “She sounds like an amazing woman. I wish I could have met her.” He took a bite of his dish and smiled softly. “ Hmm its a tad spicy. Not bad at all. I may try to tweak the recipe though.”
"Fate has a bad sense of humor. Putting us that close." Thea shook her head trying to get rid of her slight annoyance with the universe. When their food arrived, she took a deep breath, inhaling the scent on her meal. "It smells delicious." She was about to ask why Sanji hadn't moved but she noticed that he was analyzing the dish. [I I bet he is going to try and recreate it later.]
Carefully she picked up her knife and fork. Her first move was to cut until the chicken and take a bite of it. She made sure to eat it slowly, wanting to taste it. Next she moved onto the brussel sprouts. "Seems you picked the perfect dish."
Over the course of their meal, the two exchanged stories on their lives growing up. Things they hadn't told their friends. Precious memories they may have had. Thea talk about her grandmother and how great she was and that when she was defending someone or something she was the firecrest woman she'd ever seen. She told of how she came to idolize her. How each leaf and flower of her tattoo represented a memory.
"I wish you could have met her. You two would've spent hours talking about recipes." She swirled her wine a moment. "She knew about you. And I think," she chuckled a little, "I think she [I knew] we'd meet again. That picture of us as kids, I can't tell you how many times she hung it on my wall later I tore it down."
Sanji smiled softly. "Like you said... am I lucky? Or maybe this really was fate." He saw a waiter approaching and smiled softly. "Looks like the food is here."
The waiter set down Thea's meal first followed by Sanji and bowed slightly. "Enjoy your meal. If there is anything else I can help with do not hesitate to ask."
"Thank you." Sanji looked over his meal noticing what was used to make it by smell and sight. Taste would be the final test.
"That was you? You sounded so stubborn," Thea laughed then sighed, "Just a door apart." If he'd only walked out that door. What would she have done if she'd seen him again? Would it have been like an open wound as it had been when she saw him a few months ago? Would she have reached differently because her grandparents were there. "Just a door apart."
Sanji listened to what Thea said and his head hung slightly. "... Brat huh? He was yelling at me." He sighed softly then couldn't help but laugh. "Damn... to think if I would have marched out to the dining area I could have seen you... We were just a door apart from one another..."
"Heard of it? I've been there. My grandparents took me there but my 16th birthday." Thea thought back to that day and laughed lightly. "We head yelling coming from the kitchen. Thought someone was going to get killed back there. The word [I brat] was thrown around a few times. Sounded like a kid was yelling [I old man]." She laughed more at the memory, always wondering who Zeff was yelling at.
Sanji's eyes widened when Thea mentioned the restaurant. "Yeah, it is. I was the Sous-chef there... So you've heard of it then?" He smiled happily. "Yeah the owner. Zeff... he taught me a lot. And almost starving to death made me realize it really is life or death on the sea and you need to make the most of every meal."
Thea listened intently and it felt like her heart was being squeezed when he said he almost died. [I Starvation. I've heard from Chase what it's like. To think Sanji went through it as a child.] When he mentioned the restaurant she blinked. "The Baratie? Is that the restaurant you worked at?"
Sanji smiled then thought back. "Well... after I ran away I ended up finding some nice guys who worked for a cruise ship in the kitchen. I learned a bit from them... That ship was attacked by pirates. He clasped his hands together and sighed softly. Myself and one other man were the only survivors of the two ships colliding. He cut off his own leg to save my life because my dream was the same as his. To find the All Blue. We both almost starved to death on a rock in the middle of the ocean. He said that if we both survived. He would want to create a restaurant situated in the middle of the ocean. That would feed anyone who was hungry. Pirate, Marine, Civilian. It didn't matter. Luckily we survived by a passing cruise ship and that dream was seen to be a reality."
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