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11 Re: Finally... on Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:53 pm

I watch as he digs into the bag to retrieve the item, glancing up at him occasionally before he hands it to me. My eyes widen as I look down at the brooch, the cool metal rough against my fingers. Enamel colors the bee and beehive, beads dangling as honey from the bottom. Another immaculate gift from the seemingly oblivious Marnin. 

"Well, it's hideous," I tease, still inspecting it as I nudge him with my elbow, "You're really awful at this."

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12 Re: Finally... on Tue Dec 01, 2015 12:01 am

"Damn, I guess I should find another job," I sigh heavily before cocking my head as I reach forward to pick a string on her guitar. "And this whole time, people have been paying me for trash. I hope they don't find out."

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13 Re: Finally... on Tue Dec 01, 2015 12:09 am

"They'll run you out of the city," I grin, watching him as I tuck the brooch into my pocket. "Poor blind man like yourself, you wouldn't last long."

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14 Re: Finally... on Tue Dec 01, 2015 12:17 am

"Nope," I sigh as I grab her glass and bring it to my lips to take a sip. "It would be up to you to protect me. So I can keep bringing you hideous things."

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15 Re: Finally... on Tue Dec 01, 2015 12:33 am

"So how was your trip?" I ask, twisting to look up at him as I nudge his side with my shoulder, "Was it so awful you decided to never leave again?"

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16 Re: Finally... on Tue Dec 01, 2015 12:38 am

"Even worse," I respond as I nudge her back. "So bad that I'll need to sleep at your place tonight. Otik will have turned my heat off while I was gone, and it'll take him a day or two to get it back on and I could really do with someplace warm and dry right now."

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17 Re: Finally... on Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:00 am

"Oh, you can't. I've a roommate." I nod with a grin, "Big solid bloke, real jealous."

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18 Re: Finally... on Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:02 am

"Not to worry, I won't look if you decide to get frisky," I respond without missing a beat, only just managing to mask the falter in my voice as I wonder at the truthfulness of her claim.

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19 Re: Finally... on Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:07 am

"No, of course you won't, hmm?" I laugh, "Maybe, next time, you should tell Otik you're leaving, too?"

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20 Re: Finally... on Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:21 am

"I'm not too worried," I shrug as I settle back to begin rifling through my bag as I lay a few items out on the table, each one in their own neat little rows. "You know my neighbor. She'd have his hide if he kicked me out again. She told him I was her son last time. Poor Otik... really, I didn't mind him giving the apartment to someone else. I was gone so long, it's only fair."

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21 Re: Finally... on Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:25 am

"So why don't you go stay with her, I'm sure she'd take you." I answer, "And dote on you, cook your meals and clean your glasses. I'm not convinced she isn't in love with you."

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22 Re: Finally... on Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:56 am

"She's not as pretty as my Ljubie, though," I respond with a teasing wink as I nudge her side. "I'd be lost without my Ljubie."

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23 Re: Finally... on Tue Dec 01, 2015 2:12 am

"You sound like you're saying loogie," I remark, "Always sounds like that. Am I spit, now? Snotty spit?"

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24 Re: Finally... on Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:38 pm

"Better than Ljoob-ah," I retort as I draw her mug to my lips again. "Sounds like someone trying to say lube and getting cut off by something pleasant. Like an orgasm."

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25 Re: Finally... on Wed Dec 02, 2015 12:26 am

"Get your own," I chide, snatching my mug from his hands as a bit spills out on the table. "And there's nothing wrong with my name, just when you say it wrong."

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26 Re: Finally... on Wed Dec 02, 2015 12:34 am

"Rude," I scoff as I shake the beer from my fingers and then hold a hand up toward Itsy. I make a sign like I'm drinking something when she responds, my attention returning to Ljuba after Itsy's acknowledgment. 

"So what's been going on in my absence?" I ask. "Anything interesting or important?"

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27 Re: Finally... on Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:59 pm

"Well, there's my roommate. He's massive. Thor. I mean, who names their kid Thor? This guys parents, apparently." I shrug, taking a long drink of my beer before I twist to start absently gathering my things. People have begun filing into the bar and it leaves an uneasy feeling in my stomach with my things strewn across the table.

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28 Re: Finally... on Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:20 pm

"Do you really have a roommate named Thor or are you just trying to make me jealous?" I ask, taking note of the way she starts clearing her things from the table. I pause for a moment as I cock my head back toward the door where the people have filed in, the sound of heavy boots and boisterous chatter enough to convince me to begin clearing my own things from the table. Too many to coax into fair trade, unfortunately. They'd be more likely just to take what they want given my seeming handicap in comparison to their own girth and numbers.

Smiling slightly, I turn my attention back to Ljuba as Itsy comes over with my drink. "Because you know how much I've always wanted my own roommate named Thor."

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29 Re: Finally... on Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:23 pm

"Oh, he's totally real," I respond quietly as Itsy heads away from the table, watching her with a bit of envy as the crowd seems to part for her passage. 

"Rotten roommate, though. Eats all the cheese, chews on my wires."

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30 Re: Finally... on Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:36 pm

"...," I stare toward Ljuba sightlessly, my head cocking to the side thoughtfully as my eyes narrow. "Is Thor a rat? Did you really name one of the rats? Oh, honeybee. Now you're making me feel guilty, leaving you alone like that."

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31 Re: Finally... on Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:38 pm

"As you should," I grin into my beer, anxiously watching the crowd as they settle in around the bar. "Thor's my friend, now. He won't like you, so... You know."

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32 Re: Finally... on Wed Dec 02, 2015 5:08 pm

"I guess I'll have to buy his loyalty," I smile as I take a sip of my drink. "In all seriousness, though, there's something we should probably talk about... do you remember that man you told me about?"

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33 Re: Finally... on Sat Dec 05, 2015 9:09 pm

"Hmm?" I frown a bit as I watch the tables around us fill, my hand catching his wrist as I squeeze it gently. It's a familiar notion, a silent way to let him know it's time to go. The bar is getting loud, raucous laughter and loud voices reverberating off of every surface. I tuck my coin purse back into my pocket after I've rounded up what few coins were left on the table, a hand reaching up to draw my hood back over my head. 

With one hand resting on the neck of my guitar, I reach back out to catch Marnie's hand, my finger tapping against the back of his hand to signify where we're going. One tap is outside, two is his place, three is mine. Three taps.

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34 Re: Finally... on Sat Dec 05, 2015 9:20 pm

"Right, yeah," I nod, remembering how uncomfortable she is in crowds. Clearing my throat, I pull a few coins from my pocket and drop them on the table for Itsy before taking one last drink from the mug. I'm a bit sad to leave it behind, but Ljuba is already on her way to the door before I can even pull my cane from my bag.

"Alright, alright, slow down, will you?" I call once I've made it outside.

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35 Re: Finally... on Sat Dec 05, 2015 9:50 pm

I hesitate just outside of the bar's dim light, keeping my head down as people meander around me. It's always busy this time of night. People tend not to wander so far from the city they can't be back by dark. I wait as Marnie makes his way to me, reaching out to pat his arm before I turn to head towards my apartment.

We walk in silence, much to Marnie's disdain, before I remember the lack of anything in my apartment. There's a small bodega right around the corner, and the man who runs it is one of the few who doesn't give me grief for coming in. No, in fact, Kray is one of the few who looks at me with empathy. When the world turned to shit, the ones who weren't killed by the blasts but were too close to get away unscathed had their bodies ravaged by the heat and debris. Some were so scarred by the magic that disfigured them that it seemed to mutate in their flesh, their organs, even spreading to their offspring.

It's rarer now, but there are still mutts lingering in the populace. Mutts, a pejorative term, stemming from mutated. They're seen as the lowest of the low, living ugly reminders of what happened. The stories would lead you to believe that the original mutts were rabid and fierce, often alienating themselves from civilized society, instead choosing to raid or attack whoever was unfortunate enough to cross their paths. These rabid mutts allegedly still roam the world outside of the cities, or so they'd like us to believe. 

Kray's mother was the daughter of a mutt, making him only two generations removed from the war that ruined our world. His ears fused to the side of his head, his nose flat and skeletal, he looks like a burn victim. According to him, people used to fear him when he was younger. His eyes had a fierce glow that demanded attention, and his towering height didn't help. Now, though, well into his old age, he's simply frail. Perched on his stool behind the register, a shot gun resting across his lap should anyone try anything. Kray's made a life in our little city, even earned the respect of the lowly who populate his neighborhood. 

"'Ello, beautiful," He calls as we make our way in, his eyes twinkling as he smiles at me. His eyes don't glow anymore, the cataracts instead turning them glossy and reflective behind his spectacles. I raise a hand in a wave, smiling up at him as he leans a bit to try and see under my hood, a broad smile stretching his cheeks. Monstrous as he may look, he's only ever been kind to me. 

'Hi, Kray,' I sign, nodding towards the far wall as I glance back at Marnie, 'I need some things for home, won't be long.'

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