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                Aren’t they all good sessions?  he pouted, frowning at his companion as he threw his shirt back on.  Of course that wasn’t the case — everyone had their good and bad days and he was no exception, but he still liked to kid around with him, and didn’t really think much of poking fun at his words.  Besides, he knew that he definitely had fun with Conall whenever they happened to work together — that much was, at least, true.   Just kidding.  I don’t know when next we’ll see each other, though. 

                                                                    

"Of course they are." He let out a little laugh, shaking his head. That was Yao alright. Sighing a little, he picked up his camera bag, a rather thoughtful expression on his face before he spoke again. "Well, uh..I was wondering." He took a deep breath, rubbing at his face in embarrassment. "Would you, um..would you like to go out sometime? To dinner..or..something." His face burned, and he peeked up at him with a sheepish grin.

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                I suppose you could.  It’s unfortunate that you can’t just petition the workplace for a new camera like other jobs would let you do.  Please try not to drop it again, alright? 

               At that, his face finally settled into a more heated gaze, a small, confident smile still alight on his features as he struck pose after pose for him.  If Conall needed it, surely he knew he’d help him replace his camera.  But that probably wasn’t the case — he was a smart man who knew to save for a rainy day, and besides, it had only been dropped the once.  So he relaxed into his work and let the photographer take his last few pictures, waiting patiently until he’d set the camera down again to shake himself a bit and stretch his arms above his head.   Hm, that was fun.  I always seem to feel more free during partial nude shots… 

                                                                    

Conall’s face was still red by the time they finished. He honestly couldn’t help it. Yao was really attractive, and Conall couldn’t help but feel a little attracted to him. It was embarrassing..”Hm? Well, you do seem a little more relaxed in these pictures.” he said, trying not to eye them too much before he put the camera away. “It was a good session.”

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                Well I kind of have to worry, don’t I?  I mean….  Technically, just very technically, I’m part of what makes your money.  If I don’t look good, then the magazines won’t like me as much, and that means they won’t pay either of us.  So really, it’s me looking out for you and both of our best interests.  You know, I mean, besides the fact that you probably work with a hundred other models. 

               At that, he chuckled and offered an actual smile with his next pose, trying to rein himself back in to offer the sort of sexually appealing gaze he knew these sorts of shoots called for.  It was a bit difficult, though, when he wasn’t feeling in the mood and he so naturally smiled around Conall. 

                                                                    

"Well..that’s true. I could always get a new one if this one broke, no problem." He snickered a little, grinning at him before looking back through the camera and faltering ever so slightly. God dammit, why did Yao have to be so attractive? Especially with that sort of gaze..ugh, he’d be embarrassed for days after this.

"I think we just need a few more and we can call it a day." he said, peeking over the camera. "That alright?"

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                Well, if you say so.  I just don’t want it to break on account of one picture, you know? 

               He was simply worried about Conall, that was all, and he didn’t see a problem with that.  However, he did as the photographer asked and got back into position, hesitantly posing for him and offering a smile in return once he’d received one.  As long as Conall said he was alright, he supposed he ought to believe him, even though he’d been acting strange for quite some time now.   How’s this? 

                                                                    

"It won’t break. I’m sure."

Letting out a long breath, he looked over him, a tiny blush rising to his cheeks. “It’s..it’s good.” he stuttered out, blowing his bangs out of his face before he began to take pictures again. He really had to get a hold of himself, quite honestly. “You look good, no worries.”

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               He watched the camera fall in some semblance of horror, his body shooting outward as if to catch it though he knew he’d never reach in time.  That was…  Quite strange.  He’d never actually seen Conall drop a camera before.  Perhaps he was coming down with something?

                Right…  Yes, resilient.  Are you sure you don’t…  Maybe want to get a tripod, or something?  I wouldn’t want it to break permanently. 

               Yao bit his lip and offered a sheepish smile, only concerned for his friend and his belongings.  He didn’t want him to have to replace his own camera, after all.  

                                                                    

"No..a tripod wouldn’t be good for this sort of thing. I wouldn’t really be able to move around freely with it." He sighed, brushing off his camera and looking through it. "Everything seems fine.." he muttered, giving him a shaky smile.

"I’m fine. It’s fine. Er. Let’s just get back to it, okay?" Holding the camera back up, he let out a long breath. God..talk about making a fool of himself.

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                Oh, right, we actually have work to do.  Best be off, then. 

               An inelegant snort left his lips as he downed the rest of his tea, leaving a little tip on the table before he stood to leave with him.  In another few moments they were back again, and he slowly began to remove his shirt once more before he folded it and set it on a chair so that he could climb back upstage.  And there, he fixed himself back into the set, smiling slightly as he posed.   That was nice, having lunch. 

                                                                    

"Yeah, it was."

He tried to keep his gaze not fully on him, but it was hard. Letting out a long breath, he took a few more pictures..and then he dropped the camera. “Aw, shit..” he muttered, rubbing at his face as he picked it back up, making sure there weren’t any scratches or anything. “Sorry about that..good thing this camera is so resilient.”

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                Oh, isn’t he? That’s interesting.  I’m glad I could capture their interest so fully.  But that’s mostly your work, I’m sure. 

               And at that, Yao lifted his cup in his companion’s direction in a sort of salute simply to honor him.  After all, he may have been the model, but Conall was the one who cleaned him up and made him look…  Well, good.  At least, what passed for ‘good’ in today’s standards.  They made a good team, though he rarely ever said so.  He did try not to get too close with his co-workers, after all.   Ah, you’re done.  Does that mean we have to head back, now? 

                                                                    

"Oh, I don’t know about that." He laughed a little, a tiny blush rising to his cheeks at the compliment.

Honestly, he knew he was a good photographer, but he was very humble about it, despite being published in several major magazines. At Yao’s statement, he tilted his head before standing. “Well, we really should, if we want to get anything done..” he muttered, shrugging a little. “So..yeah.”

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                Oh, I…  Wouldn’t worry about that very much.  Francis is what most people would say are an ‘acquired taste’.  I don’t imagine that you’d get along, but  I do hope he said good things about me. 

               He shrugged, continuing to sip at his tea until he’d downed it and the salad that he had been eating.  All in all, he was mostly satisfied with what had come to him and didn’t really feel a need to complain about a small slip up, so Yao simply smiled and nodded.   I’m never really around here enough to say that I frequent any other place, but…  Yes, I find I quite enjoy this cafe; it’s become one of my favorites since I’ve started working with you. 

                                                                    

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"I don’t worry too much. I get the shoots done, at least..though he’s not as popular with the magazines I work with as you are."

He grinned a little, finishing his tea and setting it down next to his half eaten sandwich. Yao was definitely something—a sort of gem, in his mind. “Mm, I think it could become one of mine, too..it’s quaint. I like it.” he said, brushing his pants off.

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                Ahh, that’s good. And yes…  Bonnefoy? I do know him.  We’ve worked together on a few projects — he’s a good friend of mine. 

               It didn’t really surprise him that Conalll had worked with Francis before — though, he did wonder how they got along.  But that was mostly because Francis wasn’t exactly an easy person to get along with (at least, in his opinion).  Tilting his head, he nodded at the tea and stirred his own by swirling the leaves within his cup, studying them dubiously before he took another sip.   I got oolong,  but I must say I’m a bit disappointed.  Too much honey when I didn’t even ask for any.  Ah well.  A little bit of sweetness never hurt anyone. 

                                                                    

"Oh? That really doesn’t surprise me. He’s mentioned you before in some conversations. Though..sometimes we tend to bump heads."

He snorted a little, sipping his tea. Bumping heads was sort of an understatement—but oh well. Humming, he tilted his head, wrinkling his nose. “Oh well. Mistakes happen sometimes. It’s really nice here..I don’t come here too much.”

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                Very well then, it’s settled.  How’s your tea? 

               He peered curiously into Conall’s cup before leaning back and sighing softly, glancing out the window at the passerby.  It was nice to be able to relax during work like this, and not be ordered around as he was prone to being from other photographers.  Mostly they saw him as a centerpiece and tended not to consider any of his thoughts or feelings even when it came to the content of their pictures.  Naturally, this was something he appreciated about Conall, so he tended to gravitate toward him more when it came to doing any of his projects.   And how’s work going?  Besides, you know…  Me. 

                                                                    

"It’s good. Jasmine tea."

He hummed, taking another sip and closing his eyes in content. It was good. Slumping into his chair, he let out a tiny sigh, just relaxing. He didn’t get to do so often, so this was a rather nice change of pace, especially with Yao around. He had just never had as good of a connection with his other models as he did with Yao. “Hm? It’s going well. Do you know a model by the name of Francis? I do a few shoots with him. About once a month. And there’s others..it’s a steady flow, really. I’m content.”