I like being low-key. You'll see me when you see me.
Going to a foreign country was always a daunting experience, especially if you meant to settle there. It was like scaling a mountain for the first time, or going to see a movie you've never seen before. The journey was a mystery but the destination was clear, and you'd never really know if it really lives up to your expectations until after you've run the mile.
Such was the case for Ignacio "Ignis" Capricho, one of the many sons of the esteemed Capricho family—a name founded on their several successful wineries in Ca-Elum and Enca. Over the years, they had built up quite the reputation for themselves, but that was all relative. Recently, they had decided to expand out of Ca-Elum to the other Ishgaran countries, and Fiore was but one of their growing pursuits. It was going to happen sooner or later, so it was no surprise that the Caprichos was finally going for it.
It really just so happened to be Ignis to be the one they decided would take up their Fiore branch. He was twenty-five years young, reliable, hard-working, and frankly, he wasn't really doing much of anything in Ca-Elum nowadays. His life was easy, and between the lively members of his family and the drug cartel he had kept under the wraps for years, his life began to feel stagnant, as if he were gazing over still waters without a single ripple. Moving over to Fiore seemed like a good getaway, and it was his honor to push the family name across the border. Easy enough, right? Well...
"Tía, if something were really wrong, I'd call you... yes Tía... how am I supposed to know what those two are doing? It's not like I keep tabs on them. Besides—" Ignis suddenly made an exasperated sigh as the voice on the other end of the iLac suddenly began blasting so much that he had to pull the iLac away from his ear, rolling his eyes, "Yeah, yeah. Everything's fine. The place is almost done being furnished, so I need to go. Yes... yes... bye."
The tap of a button ended the call with his Aunt Sofia, who always had this protectiveness that sometimes became overbearing and naggy. Honestly, it hadn't even been a week and it was just non-stop phone calls from her and some of his other aunts as well! Ignis had devoted himself to getting the winery set up as quickly as possible, so he hadn't had the chance to settle into this city. It was just phone calls and reports with construction workers—hopefully, things would chill out once it was all over, or else he wouldn't know what to do with these constant tests of patience.
God, it feels like she'd never stop if I don't hang up first. What a drag... Ignis thought to himself as he pulled a small carton of cigarettes out from his pocket and plucked one between his lips as he groped around for his metal lighter. He was standing outside of Capricho Winery, letting smoke float out of his mouth as he watched a company of men haul expensive-looking furnishings from trucks into the building.
Ignis rested on a fine line between standing out and blending in. He was decked in very dark and solid fabrics, with most of his features hidden beneath his milky-chocolate locks or his baseball cap. From afar, he looked quite ordinary. But as people approached and passed by, it was easy to see some of the finer details in his appearance for what they really were. He sported a crisp charcoal cap, short-sleeved dress shirt, slacks, and sandals. His gloves were thin and onyx, and the tail of a dragon tattoo coiled around his left arm. His eyes were like honey and his skin was like toffee. His ears were heavily pierced, but he only seemed to wear simple and minimalistic studded earrings and the necklace that hung wasn't anything special, but he wore it very well. All in all, he was quite the catch up close, but he didn't look particularly approachable.
Disinterested in his bustling surroundings, Ignis continued to puff his cigarette as he observed the winery finally begin to take shape. Once it was furnished, he vowed to take the day off and open in next week. He needed time to settle in, right?
Thwump! Ignis perked up when he felt someone small and thin bump into him, and as if his neutral face wasn't already unapproachable, the narrowing in his eyes surely didn't help.
"Hey, watch where you're going—" Ignis began, but stopped himself from completing his thought when he looked down. It was a freckle-faced boy wearing a tee-shirt and a leather jacket that seemed one size too large for him. When he realized this, Ignis relented with another smokey sigh, "You're just a... whatever. Look where you're going next time, kid."
"Sorry, mister. Didn't see you there," the young boy responded, looking at his feet.
"Yeah, no kidding. Beat it."
After that particularly critical comment, the kid did as he was told and passed by. He was smiling for some reason, and while Ignis found it a little weird, he didn't think much of it. He returned to puffing his cigarette, thinking about how he'd spend his afternoon once this was all over. Was setting up shop supposed to be this exhausting?
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Tía = Auntie — @Kyra Velkhomme
Tía = Auntie — @Kyra Velkhomme
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