Her smile and her laugh were contagious. Jesse felt good anyways, and her slight laugh drew one from him as well. “Top service,”
she said, and he laughed again. "That's what they tell me,"
he said with a confident smirk and a nod. The drink weighed cold and heavy in his hand, and he put the bottle to his mouth. He could feel the liquid pressing against his lips, but despite the rush of confidence, he kept his teeth clenched. The Firewhisky smelled awful; even the optimist in Jesse couldn't hide that. It didn't need to taste
good, though. It was all part of the feeling. “It was worth a try.”
Jesse's mouth turned in a smile once more, and although he found it a little funny, malice couldn't find its way into his expression. Something about this girl made him feel friendly and confident. There wasn't any room for bad feelings. Because even though Jesse's eyes would drift around the room, and they would find some shady figure and Jesse would inhale shakily, then he would look back and Lily and grin. Her smile just lit one on his face as well. A friendly person in a dark room could do that. "If you say so,"
he'd said with a laugh. It seemed that every time she said something, Jesse had something to say back. The Gryffindor couldn't deny that he was awkward sometimes. There were times when the Gryffindor would freeze in silence, and the other person would look at him like he was crazy. Not tonight, though. Now all of his words had just the right balance of sarcasm and genuine friendliness, with even a wink thrown in now and then for good measure.
With all the attention he'd been paying to her smile, he noticed when it changed. An eyebrow jumped up his forehead as a strange expression crossed the girl's face. Jesse couldn't quite read her; maybe that was a good thing. His eyes remained on her as she spoke, and Jesse smiled - though a bit confused - at her words. “You really think that?”
Jesse hesitated for a moment; the change in her voice startled him. After a moment, though, he found the right thing to say: "Sure. You seem like you know what you're doing."
He shrugged, the grin returning to his face. The bartender, who Jesse had barely noticed walk up, slammed the drink on the counter. Jesse popped the cap, grin flashing as he caught it in his other hand. Before he could make up his mind about a drink, though, her hand shot out and grabbed it. Jesse's eyes flicked up to her face, a little surprised, but he made no move to stop her from taking it from him. “You don’t mind right?”
Not skipping a beat this time, Jesse chuckled and said, "'Course not. That one was for you anyway."
On second thought, he held back the wink for now. He merely watched as she downed half of the drink in one gulp, and he contained a chuckle at her expression. He'd never seen anyone make a face like that while drinking anything
. She spluttered and sprayed some of the Firewhiskey out. Jesse laughed softly, muttering "Attractive"
with a wink and wiping his hand across his face. Eyes blinking open to find Lily's disgusted face staring back at him, Jesse laughed again. “That’s… horrible. How can you drink that stuff? It’s like poison. No, it is poison,”
Jesse shook his head slowly, flicking open the second drink. He'd never done this before, but how hard could it be? Bottle to mouth, liquid in mouth, keep mouth shut. He smelled it, eyes flickering as the strong alcoholic smell almost made his eyes water. Nevertheless, his confidence didn't waver as he spoke softly, as if confiding in her. "Lemme tell you a secret... It's all in the way you take it. Watch."
Jesse raised his own bottle to his mouth, then, winking at her again and trying not to think about it, slowly leaned back and let the cold Firewhisky run down his throat. Merlin, it burned
! Jesse's eyes began to water for real, and he contained a cough. He removed the bottle, and, slightly red, looked back at Lily. "That's how you do it."
Jesse didn't plan on drinking any more... but the moment called for it. So he clinked his bottle against hers, cocked it towards the roof, and challenged her with another nudge: "Wanna give it a shot?"
Then he tilted his head back and took another quick gulp. It burned as it went down - a cough escaped this time and he almost wanted to spit it out - but the prickling at the bottom of his throat cured the pain and made Jesse chuckle and grin back across at Lily.
bleh. sorryyy >.< I take my time.