Meals on Wheels

Restaurant Row 
#1
Janus was at a loss. He should have planned out the move better, but everything had happened so fast. Between packing and getting the paperwork settled for his residency Janus had all but forgotten Elis’s new found fear of cars. It really hadn’t been a problem until now. The plane ride had been smooth, and then the light rail, it was only when they got to the taxi that there were any problems.
They were in front what appeared to be a restaurant area, with many shoppers. A taxi stood in front of them, trunk open ready for their luggage. But Elis refused to get in. Janus couldn’t really blame him, not after the crash. Even now Elis was stuck in a wheelchair, his leg wrapped tightly in a cask. But there as no way they were going to get to the house without taking a car.
Desperately Janus looked around, looking for anything he could use to calm his brother. His eyes meet a person in the crowd.
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#2
She was minding her own business, alright? Her headphones were blasting in her ears, listening to her "I'm a fucking badass" playlist. Because clearly, that's what she was, ok? Okay.

Birdie waited at the crosswalk, hands on her wheelchair wheels, ready to push herself forward at any second. As she looked up from her lap, she caught instant eye contact with some dude who seemed desperately staring into her soul. She scrunched up her nose and prayed that he wasn't going to talk to her. The crosswalk turned and she quickly pushed herself, keeping an eye on the dude out of the corner of her eye. As her eyes wandered back to him, she noticed someone with him, also in a wheelchair.

Fuck. Nope. Nope. Nope.

She increased her arm pumping speed, rolled over the bump up onto the other side of the sidewalk and kept her eyes down as she attempted to roll past them.
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#3
Janus frowned as he watched the girl roll the wheelchair. They way she was pushing, it was rather hard and probably wasn't very good for her wrists. Some part of him wanted to step forward and offer to push her towards where ever she was off to in such a hurry, but he was fairly certain that was the last thing she wanted from a stranger. Besides he had more pressing concerns.
He turned back to his brother and gave a heavy sigh. Elis for his part had yet to say anything in response, which Janus counted as a blessing at the moment. "This is getting us nowhere. You can't stay here and there is no other option for transportation."
Elis was giving him that look, the one that looked like a kicked puppy, so now he was the villain. Not to mention the taxi driver was starting to look annoyed. Janus looked at the woman again a frown on his face. Hesitantly he stepped towards her. What would be the best way to grab her attention? Giving it his best shot he reached out and made a motion with his hand towards her. "Excuse me Miss."
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#4
And he did. He fucking did it.

Birdie sighed and rolled her head. He stopped her with a handwave and some words. Ripping her earbud out, she waved her hand at him, "Don't want anything you're selling, dude." Perhaps that would throw him off enough for her to make her escape, but her eyes were drawn to the dude in the wheelchair. Her eyes were probably wild looking as she stared at him. They then wandered to the taxi. Were they tourists?

She slowed down enough where now she just felt awkward and obligated to stop. Grumbling, she grabbed her wheels and halted quickly. "Fine, what do you want?"
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#5
He thought she wouldn't be too happy about him stopping her, and by the sounds of her words he was right. At least she stopped, even if she seemed reluctant to do so. "It seems you're in a hurry and as I can't take this taxi anymore I thought I would offer it to you, ride paid for of course"
Okay he felt guilty, it was the wheelchair which was to much like Elis, besides he really couldn't take the taxi with Elis as he was. He could at least help someone else who was in need.
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#6
Elis leaned forward in his wheelchair to get a better look at who his brother was talking to. A woman in a wheelchair? That was surprising, though he supposed if Janus was feeling guilty it would make sense for him to find someone he could help. As long as it got the taxi as far away from Elis as possible then everything would be fine. There was no way he was getting in the car even if that meant waiting here. He just couldn't not after....He closed his eyes and rubbed a hand over his temples. Soon enough they would be to their new house and he could sleep and forget.
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#7
Her eyes shot back to the able-bodied man. Why would she need to take a taxi? She was only in a hurry to avoid these silver spooners as quick as possible. That eye contact clearly made it obvious he needed something.

"Um, excuse me? What did you just say, EXO?" she sneered at him, "Do I look like I need a handout?" Birdie narrowed her eyes at him and tilted her head, awaiting his response. And why the hell didn't they need the taxi? Oh wait, was their personal driver coming to pick them up instead?

She looked them up and down. Talk about Crazy Rich Asians. Fuck.
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#8
EXO? Wasn't that some Korean band? He supposed that was a jab at him. "It's not a hand out. I really can't take the taxi, and it seemed like you were in a hurry"
He turned his attention away from her then with a sigh. It seemed he would have to find someone else for the driver to take. He really hadn't meant to demean her, although he supposed not everyone could just offer free taxi rides. "I suppose I'll have to find someone else"
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#9
The EXO jab made Elis look up. It wasn't everyday that someone new enough about kpop to insult them, although the genre had gained more popularity recently. But then she looked Korean as well. Oh well he certainly wasn't going to stop anyone who wanted to make snarky remarks at Janus, not right now anyways. He still hadn't forgiven Janus for a number of things, and it wouldn't hurt to have some stranger damage his ego.
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#10
"And why can't you and broken dude over here take the taxi? Why call it over if you're not even going to use it?" Did these people not think things through? Pfft. Snobby Asians. "I take a thing we poor people call, a bus." It was much more handicap available and honestly made her life a little more normal.

She then noticed the crippled one take a look at her to which she glared, "The heck are you staring at, handicap?" She ignored her irony, of course.
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#11
Oh he had made a mistake alright, he should not have stopped her. She was worse then Elis with her snarky words. "I'm sorry for stopping you. If you don't want the taxi I'll leave you be"
He was still polite, even if she was rude. It wasn't like he knew her situation, she could be lashing out at for various reasons. He could just think of it as good practice for when he was going to have to handle disgruntled patients. Looking around he spotted an older gentlemen who could possible use the ride.
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#12
Elis raised an eyebrow at the remark. "Pot calling the kettle black aren't you? I'm no more crippled then you are"
Although this was interesting it was starting to border on headache territory and the taxi driver was definitely not happy now that he was having to wait even longer. Then the rest of her words sunk in. There was a bus? He turned to Janus. "Why don't we take the bus? Surely there would be a stop near the house"
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#13
Birdie frowned at the realization of her irony. Whatever. She didn't care that much.

"Fine," she sneered. The handicap was right, she guessed. "Where are you trying to go? The bus stop is a block down," she jerked her chin in the direction. Though she didn't know how they would fair taking all that luggage onto the bus. The locals might be a little grumpy about it, but she doubted anyone would say anything, just stew in silence.
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#14
"Yes we can take the bus." He sighed as he moved off to deal with the driver, Maybe he could get the taxi to take the luggage to the house it would be better then trying to get it all onto a bus.
He talked with the driver for a few minutes before loading the suitcases and bags into the cab and handing a fair amount of cash to the driver.
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#15
Elis attempted a smile at her while his brother moved off to deal with the taxi. At least she seemed to be less prickly at the moment. "We're going to rose street."
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#16
Blegh, she didn't know where that was, but it sounded TERRIBLE.

Pursing her lips together, she looked at the handicap suspiciously. "Right this way then, peasants." She pushed herself forward to lead the way to the bus stop. "There's a map by the bench so you can take a gander at that and figure out where to go." Birdie didn't wait to see if they were following her because she didn't care. She had priorities to do, not give a tour to some rich Asians.
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#17
Janus moved up behind Elis's wheelchair and began to push him, following after the woman. He had to admit he was impressed with how well she handled the wheelchair, it probably meant she had been in it for a while. At least it looked like she was getting good treatment from what he could tell, he was still inexperienced though after all he was just starting his residency.
Hopefully the bus would work. Elis didn't seem to have any problems with trains, and with how bad the trauma was it would be a blessing if they made it to the new house at all.
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#18
Catching a quick glance over her shoulder, she saw them following along. Hm.

Her eyebrows twitched briefly before she turned back around to wheel around a few people. She would then slow down to a steady pace so the strangers could catch up. "He can't push himself?" Birdie asked, keeping her gaze straight ahead. The cross-walked turned red and she came to a halt to wait their turn. She remembered when the nurses and doctors and her dad would push her wheelchair for her. She wasn't that broken... She could snarl at them and insist on pushing herself, determined to power through the pain. She was missing a fucking leg, not her arms.
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#19
"Of course he can push himself, it's just faster this way" Janus replied as they reached the crosswalk. Elis gave him a look which he ignored. Soon enough the signal turned green and he pushed the wheelchair out onto the crosswalk.
Now that the car and luggage had been dealt with his mind turned to other concerns. Most of his shifts would be during the day, giving him some time in the morning with Elis, but maybe he should hire a care taker. A frown formed on his lips as he thought it over. They already had a housekeeper set for ever Wednesday so the only thing left would be meals and making sure Elis didn't hurt himself trying to do something stupid...which considering how his brother had broken his leg it seemed very likely to happen.
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#20
"Of course he can push himself, it's just faster this way" Janus replied as they reached the crosswalk. Elis gave him a look which he ignored. Soon enough the signal turned green and he pushed the wheelchair out onto the crosswalk.
Now that the car and luggage had been dealt with his mind turned to other concerns. Most of his shifts would be during the day, giving him some time in the morning with Elis, but maybe he should hire a care taker. A frown formed on his lips as he thought it over. They already had a housekeeper set for ever Wednesday so the only thing left would be meals and making sure Elis didn't hurt himself trying to do something stupid...which considering how his brother had broken his leg it seemed very likely to happen.
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#21
Birdie rolled her eyes at them both. It's just faster this way, she mocked inside of her head. Whatever. She shook her head and pointed at the bus stop with a single finger. "Thar she blows, mateys." A few people were standing around waiting for it to arrive. Birdie led them to the map and displayed some jazz fingers at the excitement of it all. "Now this is what we poor people use to get around. Don't be frightened. It's a lot of lines and numbers, but you should be literate enough to understand it. "
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#22
Janus settled Elis down by the station and went over to check the maps. He traced the line needed and made mental note of the stop. "Thank you for your help"
He gave her a smile before turning back to his brother. It seemed they would be fine after all. Well as long as Elis didn't freak out when they got on the bus. He really hoped that didn't happen.
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#23
Birdie saluted them a farewell. She would take the next stop. She was done being the tour guide for these weirdos. Being this nice took a lot of energy out of her. "Peace out." The girl flashed them the peace sign and with her other hand, pushed herself forward. "Don't let the old homeless woman with the baby carriage sit next to you." She shuttered at the time she had fallen to that mistake. The woman had started a neverending conversation with her about her baby in the carriage. As Birdie leaned in to get a better look at the potato baby, to her disbelief, it was actually... a potato. The woman had insisted on having her hold it, but Birdie declined, fake coughing uncontrollably. It was enough to get the woman to move away and try the next person.


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