souris_de_banquette: (Mobster)
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The year is 1928. Just off the Narrows Strait in New York there’s a pair of neighborhoods called Bensonhurst & Gravesend, just north of Coney Island Amusement Park. It’s a quiet part of town when the mobsters and molls aren't gunning each other down, and right now it's quiet enough to hear a pin drop. Folks are a little nervy, but the neighboring outfits - one per hood - are both making a good profit, so why spoil anybody's night with lead confetti?


This is an OPEN RP POST for anyone wishing to participate in a 1920's Brooklyn! Make your own threads, jump in under OTA toplevels, or make closed toplevels if you have a particular idea! Just please mark in the subject line if you go NSFW in content or there is a content warning you feel ought to be mentioned. Thanks!

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Date: 2016-03-20 12:24 am (UTC)
darkhourdear: (Teen!Phillip [Happy])
From: [personal profile] darkhourdear
Fillipo's having a good night, all things considered. It doesn't take a lot to keep him happy- are he and his still alive and not starving? Yes? Excellent! Ok, it takes a little bit more than that, but the point is it's hard to get him down.

And that's no different tonight, flitting between the different establishments- checking in on his siblings at their gig, running around to find his mob family on their various errands, and stopping to chat with anyone he might know or looks like they could be interesting. He's a friendly guy, and nothing much else about him is well known, so there's really no harm in talking to him. No business is being carried out tonight.

Date: 2016-03-20 12:50 am (UTC)
chalicejoker: (Amused)
From: [personal profile] chalicejoker
"Hey, Fillipo!" Joker calls out from the table he's claimed at the speakeasy he's working tonight. "You up for a little game?" Granted, he knows the kid's smarter than to take him up on that, but he's shuffling the cards anyway.

Date: 2016-03-20 12:54 am (UTC)
darkhourdear: (Teen!Phillip [Happy])
From: [personal profile] darkhourdear
Fillipo grins brightly as he sees the man, walking over but not taking a seat just yet. "Short on suckers for the night, Joker?" he teases with a laugh, "I can help you drum up some interest, if you want, but you know gamblin's not my vice." Does he even have one of those yet?

Date: 2016-03-20 02:25 am (UTC)
chalicejoker: (Amused)
From: [personal profile] chalicejoker
Joker laughs. "Yeah, I think this well might be running a bit dry for the old Joker tonight." Word can get out about certain canny card players, after all. "Might have to go over to Mulligan's place tomorrow, see what the fishing looks like there."

Date: 2016-03-20 02:28 am (UTC)
darkhourdear: (Teen!Phillip [Smile])
From: [personal profile] darkhourdear
Now that it's clear Fili's not gambling, he'll slide to sit down across from his friend. "You'll probably have better luck there. This place is looking a bit dead tonight, anyway." It happens. "Doin' alright, even with the slim pickings?"

Date: 2016-03-20 03:38 am (UTC)
chalicejoker: (Satisfied)
From: [personal profile] chalicejoker
"Oh, can't complain, can't complain. How are things going with you?" As he talks, he grins and shuffles that deck. "And while you're at it, why don't you pick a card, I'll show you a trick."

Date: 2016-03-20 01:56 pm (UTC)
darkhourdear: (Teen!Phillip [Smile])
From: [personal profile] darkhourdear
"Alright," Fili says, picking out a card- ace of spades- when the deck is offered to him. "Things are pretty good, I suppose. Nothin' major's come up." Which is to say, Fili hasn't been assigned anything other than being an errand and lookout boy yet. He's not sure if he's looking forward to or dreading the day that's no longer the case.

Date: 2016-03-23 02:26 am (UTC)
chalicejoker: (Casual)
From: [personal profile] chalicejoker
Joker shuffles the deck a little bit. "Now put the card back in the deck there." He gives a thoughtful nod. "Ah, well. You know how it goes. When it rains, it pours, then you'll have no end of things to do." Don't rush that whole growing up thing too fast, kid.

Date: 2016-03-23 01:15 pm (UTC)
darkhourdear: (Teen!Phillip [What...?])
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Maybe he wants to be an adult, though. Hell, he pretty much is, and right now it's not like he's pulling in a lot of dough to help his non-mob family. Ah well, there's not much of a point in arguing it right now. "I guess so," he says, slipping the card back in.

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Date: 2016-03-20 01:02 am (UTC)
darkhourdear: (Teen!Phillip [Happy])
From: [personal profile] darkhourdear
[Fili actually isn't old enough to get into the clubs where Alais works- not that legality is really that much of a concern, but it turns out that his charisma fails him a little bit in these kinds of things. Comes with being 17 and having no experience, really.

But he's run into her a few times at clubs and things, and she's pretty and friendly so of course they chatted. Fillipo... pretty much immediately turned beet red when she started hitting on him, but otherwise they got along pretty well.

Tonight he's popped in to catch a bit of his siblings' performance, and it's a happy coincidence to spot her at the bar.] Alais! How you doin', doll?

Date: 2016-03-20 01:58 pm (UTC)
darkhourdear: (Teen!Phillip [Happy])
From: [personal profile] darkhourdear
[Fili has, at least, trained himself to accept the cheek kisses as what they are, and he returns the gesture.] 'Course I am, doll, what kind of guy would I be if I stood a dame like you up? [Not a good one, in his opinion. But he'll settle at the bar next to her for a bit, flashing a bright smile.] Looks pretty hopping here tonight. Have I missed anything?

Date: 2016-03-23 02:06 am (UTC)
darkhourdear: (Teen!Phillip [Happy])
From: [personal profile] darkhourdear
[it's really not hard.

He grins, winking at her. Look, he's sort of trying to be flirty! Ish. It's going to come back to bite him.] All the better songs for us to dance to, then.

Date: 2016-03-24 09:54 pm (UTC)
willyousee: (Femme smirk)
From: [personal profile] willyousee
[Oh yes it is.]

Y'know it's Tango and Tuxedos night, yeah?

[Which means a whole room full of ladies with low cut dresses gluing themselves to their dance partners between drinking Tuxedo #2s. And he just promised her a dance. Which is probably why she's smiling like that.]

Date: 2016-03-25 12:55 am (UTC)
darkhourdear: (Teen!Phillip [Blushing])
From: [personal profile] darkhourdear
[That would be what Alais is looking for, then, because Fili pieces together what's happening quickly enough and turns a bright red.]

You sure know how to sucker me in, don't ya doll? [He's not actually complaining but he's probably going to be this red for the rest of the evening.]

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Date: 2016-03-25 02:34 pm (UTC)
neverfeltthatway: (thanatos drive)
From: [personal profile] neverfeltthatway
[Though he knows it's not a good idea - both having done it so recently, and with information out there that could easily make him a target, depending on Sansa - Armin's slipped out without his bodyguard once again. He finds he just can't sit still, after what happened the other night, and he needs to get away from his family for a while - away from their war and their expectations and their legacy.

He walks into Le Chateau Blanc - considered neutral territory enough for him to be fairly safe, but more in Bensonhurst territory, so he's less likely to be recognized. He's barely conscious of what he orders, and eats with a similar absent-mindedness. All he can think about is Sansa, and how she grew up - utterly ignorant of who her family is and what they do. He gets angry, thinking of them lying to her like that - but then, he doesn't really want her to have had to live the kind of life he has, either. He frowns, stabbing his fork absently down at his food - scrambled eggs, apparently - with far more force than is strictly necessary.
]

Date: 2016-04-01 09:09 pm (UTC)
willyousee: (Golden smile)
From: [personal profile] willyousee
[The doorbell jingles and a few minutes later there's the click of mary-janes next to him and a slender young woman, all done up too pretty for just a stroll and a shop, is standing there with a bright smile and an odd intensity in her eyes.]

You are just the man I had been hoping to meet, though I hadn't thought to do it here. Alais Montreve. Mind if I sit down?

Date: 2016-04-02 09:50 am (UTC)
neverfeltthatway: (instability the anime the manga)
From: [personal profile] neverfeltthatway
[Uncharacteristically, Armin doesn't pay attention to the jingle of the doorbell - until the woman unexpectedly comes up to him. As he doesn't recognize her, he frowns, a little taken aback - why would she want to talk with him? Is she a Bensonhurst? Did Sansa tell her father? He doesn't see any weapons, but there are plenty of places she could be hiding something.

Normally, he'd act out the part of a gentleman, greeting her courteously no matter who she is - but right now he's more a frustrated, moody thirteen-year-old than a genteel mob heir, and it's nearly impossible to be both those things at once.
]

...I guess not. Why do you want to talk with me? [Though his eyes are suspicious, he doesn't question how she knows who he is. Even if Sansa didn't tell her family, he's the son of Aria T'Loak - everyone knows who he is, whether he wants them to or not. Everyone but Sansa, anyway, because she doesn't know anything.]

Date: 2016-05-15 12:26 am (UTC)
neverfeltthatway: (furious champion)
From: [personal profile] neverfeltthatway
[Armin's expression clouds in anger, though it isn't entirely directed at Alais.]

I haven't done right by her? How dare you? It's you, you and her father and everyone else in her goddamn life who hasn't done right by her!

[Armin brings all the attendant pride of his name to bear as he raises his head and stares at Alais.] My name is Armin Arlert, son of Aria T'Loak. And alone of anybody in her life, I told Sansa the truth.

Date: 2016-05-15 12:52 am (UTC)
neverfeltthatway: (furious champion)
From: [personal profile] neverfeltthatway
That's not what I said! [It comes out in a frustrated shout, because he's furious now. He's furious and hurt and stuck in a situation far outside his control.] So what? I'm supposed to be sorry I didn't just assume you'd been lying to her all her life? I should be sorry that I'm not okay getting into a relationship with her without her understanding just how much danger it would put her in?

How much danger is she in when she doesn't even fucking know about the danger? That she's thinks she's fine sneaking out of the house at night and walking straight into Gravesend territory? That she has no idea how much she'd be worth as a hostage, or how many people would be happy to see her dead? Is that the safety you're talking about?

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Date: 2016-03-20 12:46 am (UTC)
chalicejoker: (Default)
From: [personal profile] chalicejoker
Joker never makes his base in just one speakeasy. He rotates from club to club night after night, always seeming to find himself a nice corner table he can use to keep an eye on potential marks.

Players. Potential players. Nothing but the most fine, upstanding card games here. He'll deal poker, he'll deal blackjack, he's even got a deck of hanafuda cards he'll break out if someone wants to get adventurous with things. The best part of those is that half the time, he can make up whatever rules he likes, and these rubes never know the difference. (For some reason, no one ever really wants to play him with those...)

"Hey, hey, hey, now you look like you could use a game of cards," the grinning man with the thick Jersey accent that I am not typing out for my own sanity calls out to someone as he shuffles his deck. His fedora is pushed down low on his head and an Ace of Hearts jauntily stuck in the hatband. It pays to be personable before you try to take someone's money, even if part of you would rather be brawling out behind the bar. But armed robbery just lacks a certain sort of class, so that's right out.
Edited Date: 2016-03-20 12:47 am (UTC)

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