A repeat visit to Haly's Circus was a bad idea. Dick knew he was being watched by the League and that consistent trips to the place where he left his old life behind would cause them to draw conclusions. As a Shadow, Dick was supposed to have severed his ties to all life before the League, which he had for the most part. But being back at the Circus a few weeks back had drawn out the nostalgia in him. Plus, Vi had caught his attention. He wasn't sure if it was romantic attraction or merely physical, but being in the right place at the right time had him attending the show once more, watching Vi's act with wonder in his eyes.
As the show began to wind down, Dick casually ducked back stage and into the exit tunnel where he'd originally met Vi. It was still a tad sketchy for him to be lurking around, but he made sure to be completely visible this time so that she'd see him from afar. Hands in his pockets as Vi approached, Dick put on a bright smile that reached his eyes and spoke up as soon as she was within earshot.
"You're so good at that." The compliment was genuine. Watching a Meta in the Circus environment was so interesting to him. "Sorry for lurking again. I just wanted to catch you here, rather than follow you back to your trailer and... well yeah." Dick offered a chuckle, appearing to be a little nervous before he took a breath and spoke again. "Anyway, there's a purpose for my loitering, I promise. I was wondering if you wanted to get dinner with me? Totally platonic of course." In the dim light, a glint of mischief shone in Dicks eyes. "So whadya say?"
Vi breathed heavily, hurrying down to the tunnel to hurry herself to her trailer so she could relax. It always took a lot out of her every show. Least they couldn't say she didn't give them her all. She stopped at the sight of a now familiar shape in the dimly lit tunnel. A small smile tugged at her lios as she appreached him. "I saw you in the crowd when I flew over. If you're not careful, I'l pick you for a volunteer to help with the act." She winked a honey gold eye at him.
"Actually didn't think I'd see you again...you know, past experience, and all." She rolled her eyes a little. Not meaning to be so catty but, it slipped out. Which was stunned when she heard him offer to take her to dinner. "Platonic free food? Sure." She thought about it for a bit. "Let me get a shower and I'll be dressed and ready to go. You can wait outside my trailer while I get pretty."
Dick wasn't at all phased by Vi's slightly hostile reaction to seeing him again. He was aware of what he looked like, and the vibe he gave off. A previous love interest had called it 'big fuck boi energy' which definitely nailed him to a tee. Not that he meant to. But when you're used to having to drop everything at a moments notice to go on an assignment on the other side of the world, you generally get used to not forming any real connections. Romance wasn't really a thing he could buy into. But for now anyway, his assignment would keep him close to Vi, so they might as well explore whatever connection it was.
"Of course! I would never intrude on a lady while she puts herself together." His expression was sincere, but his eyes glowed playfully and he happily followed the Meta back to her trailer, leaning up against it while he waited. He couldn't help but examine the other tents and vans, in some vain hope that he'd see somebody familiar. But nope. When Vi finally emerged, Dick gave her a once over, followed up by a sly smirk. Whatever he was thinking, he didn't address it when he spoke. "So, what kind of food are you feeling tonight?"
Vi hurried, being far more energetic than she had lead on earlier. Yes she was tired, but her heart was in her throat right now! She was asked on a date. no matter wat he said this was so totally a date! OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD. She finally settled on a nice sundress with a flared skirt and small cropped jaket to go with it. Paired with a nice pair of heels, and fine set of hose. Vi even broke out her only nice jewelry, a simple gold chain with a gold heart pendent with a citrus semiprecious stone in the middle a sbg as her thumbnail. Which of course, had matching earings, though smaller. Her hair was left down to drape over her shoulders and down her back.
When she finally did exit, she was almost out of breath but was pretending to be just fine Play it cool. Vi smiled, "Okay, I guess I'm ready. I'm fne with anything really."
It was such a stock standard answer that Dick almost felt himself making a sarcastic remark about originality. But instead he felt the words stick in his throat as he properly took in Vi's appearance. She looked so amazing. There were a few moments of silence from the young man as he caught himself and cleared his throat awkwardly.
"You look really pretty." The compliment was out before he could really think about it and Dick almost kicked himself for how generic it was. "If you're feeling particularly adventurous, I know a good Sushi place where they make it all right in front of you. Or we could just go to a restaurant? Honestly, I could even do burgers. It's been a loooong day."
Dick let out a sigh, shoulders slumping. The reality of the situation was that he'd been staking out a target until the early hours of the morning and his body clock hadn't registered that there had been no sleep had. So he'd been awake for over twenty-four hours and couldn't seem to break through. Could be the reason why he had let himself even come to Haly's in the first place, despite the potential danger for himself and others. Plus, Vi really was a cutie. Once she'd decided, Dick began to lead her towards a parking lot near the front of the Circus.
"Do you tend to spend a lot of time exploring the cities where the Circus takes you these days?"