Isaac walked through the doors of Rapture, and a smile instantly appeared on his face. Now this was entertainment. This was a bar. It was clean, it was lively, it was atmospheric. The girls working were gorgeous, from the bartenders to the dancers. And really, the only way to make a bar better would be to add a brothel, which Rapture had. But Isaac was staying away from there. He was pretty much broke and couldn't afford alcohol AND a good romp, so he had to stay away from the ladies. Plus he would much rather get his sex for free, which he was fairly confident he could do. This was Knockturn Alley, where the girls liked bad boys. And what was badder than a former Azkaban prisoner?
But tonight, well, it wasn't about picking up any girls. He knew his therapist would have a few choice words for him if she found out he'd been here. He wasn't sure what her whole take on prostitutes were, but Isaac was fairly sure Summer would disapprove. She wouldn't approve of this whole atmosphere, and him mingling with people just like himself. He was supposed to be on his best behaviour and doing his best to reform. That meant not visiting brothels, especially ones where a former friend of his worked. But wouldn't that make him an asshole, if he just ditched all of his old friends simply because his therapist told him he needed to choose better ones? Ones like Christine Potter, who would help him get his life back on the right track. But see? He was friends with Christine. He'd made friends with her when she'd walked into the Hog's Head on one of his very first full shifts there. So he was reforming. And so he found nothing wrong with popping in on an old friend while he worked.
Isaac headed straight for the bar and claimed a stool. He sat slightly sideways, his body language inviting anyone not behind the bar to talk to him, although he was mostly here to talk to Levi, who he'd heard worked at Rapture. It took a moment before Isaac spotted his pre-Azkaban friend working the bar. It was weird; it had been over a year since he'd seen Levi, but the guy looked pretty much the same. Isaac knew he himself looked a tad different - a little more gaunt in the face than he used to, but he was gaining back the weight he'd lost in Azkaban. Being forced to be depressed all the time by living through your worst memories sort of did that to you. But no one else really seemed to change all that much. At least no one his age. But then Levi was younger than him, not exactly the same age.
Isaac shook his head to rid himself of the pointless thought. Who cared how people looked a year after not seeing them? They were the same people. He just had to accept that he was the one who'd changed when he'd flipped out on his now ex-girlfriend and got sent to Azkaban for it. But he was determined to be the guy he was before he lost his temper completely and nearly killed someone with his bare hands. He didn't want to be that guy. But did he really have to ditch his 'bad influences'? He was his own person. He could make his own decisions. He could learn from his own mistakes.
"Levi!" he shouted over the noise of the bar in order to get his friend's attention. He lifted his hand in a wave. "Nice digs! Wish this place had been hiring when I was looking for a job." Not that he hated the Hog's Head. It was a good job. But Rapture had its perks. "Bet working here is ..." He trailed off, distracted as a dancer in very little clothing walked by. A grin broke out on his face as he turned back to Levi. "Incredible."
Busy nights were always a plus. From the entertainment of the patrons to the busyness of the night. All of had its perks. The best part was that there was never a dull moment. On these nights there was usually a bit of a lull after awhile. The people settled in to watch the shows, he just had to keep the drinks filled. Occasionally there would be someone to talk to while they drank but tonight, the entertainment was strictly the alcohol and dancers.
Things had been going really good lately. Maia was moving in with him and his brother, he loved his job and he was getting to know some interesting people. It seemed like even the people in his life were having things look up for them. Jayden had gotten his wife back, who returned from the dead anyway? Xavier had gotten married. It just seemed like things were going great in almost every way.
Levi turned as he heard someone call his name. At first he thought it was just another customer but the more he looked as he walked towards him, the more he could make out that it was a familiar face. A huge grin took over his face. "Issac! I didn't know you had gotten out!" He exclaimed as he quickly poured him a drink. "It's great to fucking see you." He let his eyes look over his face and couldn't seem up shake the grin. "Missed you man!" Things were just getting better and better.
Isaac had definitely changed but that didn't surprise him. He'd seen the pictures of his father before and after Azkaban and knew the price people paid. "Drinks are on me! You look a hell of a lot better than I expected you to." He glanced around and nodded. "It definitely has perks." He wasn't going to go into all the perks right now. "Been out long?" He asked motioning to the other bartender on duty at the moment that he was taking a break.