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601 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 12:56 am

"Of course," Lue smiles, leaning over to kiss his hand before she takes the liberty of refilling our glasses. Marnin sends her off with a "Thanks, love," that sets my teeth on edge. Clearing my throat, I take my napkin and fold it out across my lap before turning to my silverware so I can dig in.

"You two seem very familiar," I remark offhandedly, cutting into my chicken as I glance up past him.

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602 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:00 am

"Yeah, she's nice," I smile to myself as I cut into my own chicken. It isn't until I've taken a bite and paused to listen to Ljuba's movements as I chew that I realize how tense she is. My chewing slows a bit as I frown slightly.

"Is that not good?" I ask hesitantly.

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603 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:05 am

"Wha- No!" I frown, "No, it's great. I'm glad you've got friends out here. Makes me feel better about you wandering out of the city on a whim all the time." I smile, shrugging as I lean over my plate.

"Seems like a good place for you."

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604 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:10 am

"Yeah," I respond uncertainly. Somehow I feel like I'm sitting across from Richard at the moment, though I'd never say it. I can almost taste the bitterness on her tongue, the barely concealed sourness needling under her voice. But then, I could just be imagining it - a remnant from being shaken by the phone call only moments before. 

"Yeah," I say again, more genuine this time as I let the smile that's always so at home on my lips when I'm here overtake me. The disturbing thoughts pushed aside, I dig into my chicken with renewed enthusiasm. "It's nice here. Good food, good company, nice beds. I can't complain."

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605 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:15 am

I glance up at Marnin with a faint smile, "I'm glad," I say. Genuinely, this time. He does seem comfortable here, at ease. After seeing him so tense at points in the trip, I'm happy to see it. Even if it is here.

Just then, Luella returns with another pitcher of ale, two shot glasses clutched in her fingers before she sets them down between us.

"Didn't know what you wanted today, Marn," she remarks, glancing back as another waitress comes up behind her. It's the petite blonde from earlier. "Vodka, whiskey, bourbon. Pick your poison."

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606 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:21 am

"Whiskey," I respond quickly, the rough drink striking me perfectly as I catch an image of Richard's scathing sneer in regard to the poor man's drink, as he'd call it. I give it a moment's pause as I tilt my head back toward Ljuba. "Unless you'd prefer something different?"

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607 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:23 am

I shake my head as I raise a hand towards the glass. I don't want a shot, I want a nap, but Marnin can do whatever he pleases.

Lue watches our exchange before nodding, turning to take the bottle of whiskey from the younger girl so she can fill the two shot glasses.

"Shall I leave the bottle?"

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608 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:26 am

"Please," I respond, slamming back the first shot before pouring the second into my glass. I realize my lack of manners a moment too late, the liquor making my voice husky as it burns at my throat. "Uhm, thank you. I think that should do us for now."

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609 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:31 am

Luella smiles as she and the other girl leave, and I eye my shot dubiously before I return to my food.

"I haven't seen you drink anything harder than a stout in years," I remark, glancing up at him.

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610 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:36 am

"Yeah, well," I shrug as though that should be response enough. I realize it isn't of course, and sigh as I take another drink from my mug before setting it down dutifully. "Richard doesn't like it when I drink... so naturally, I drink when he calls. I know he'll hear about it, and I guarantee he'll call to complain sometime after I've stumbled off to sleep it off in a ditch or upstairs or something. Our calls are never so honest as when I'm shitfaced."

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611 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:38 am

"So... That was him that called." I frown, watching him as I pick at my plate absently. "Does he have people who... You know, people watching?"

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612 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:42 am

"He must," I respond a little heatedly, the subject one that's driven me mad since the first time he called me six years ago. "I've sat out and listened to every single person in Old North, tested them for lies and deception, and nothing. I don't know who the hell it is, but it must be someone! He knows precisely when I crawl into bed, and he texts to say good-night. Every. single. night. I don't know how he does it. Surely I can't be that predictable?"

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613 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:44 am

I only frown as I watch him, unsure of what to even say at this point. Instead, I push my shot towards him before I take a long drink of my ale, setting the glass down heavily as I reject his attempt to refill it.

"So why do you keep the phone?" I ask after a pause.

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614 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:48 am

"I've throw it out before," I admit a little shamefacedly. "Twice, actually. The first time I panicked and dug it out of the garbage. The second time, I passed out drunk and when I woke up, there was a new phone on the nightstand. I never left the flat. I don't know how it got there, but I never had the courage to test it again. I feel like that second time was a warning."

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615 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:53 am

"I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation." I offer, "Maybe you weren't as sober as you thought? And you ran out and got a new one... I mean, I'm sure you'd have spotted someone following you for six years."

I shrug lamely, not even sure I believe what I'm saying as I take a final bite of chicken. "Either way, I'm stuffed."

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616 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:57 am

"Yeah, who knows," I shrug as I finish off the first mug of ale and whiskey. I can already feel a pleasant warmth spreading through my limbs, my eyes feeling a little droopy as I lick my lips and lean forward to refill the glass.

"Shall we take this up to the room?" I ask as I palm the key and start sliding to the edge of my seat. I catch myself hesitating there as the music kicks up, the afternoon crowd giving a whoop as one of the girls takes to the stage in an already revealing outfit. "Mmm, room ooor... right, yeah, room. Not as though I can see her tits, is it? Damn shame, too, I bet they're brilliant."

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617 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 2:01 am

Im wide eyed and stunned as I glance up at the stage, frowning a bit as I take my bag and guitar and stand.

"They're breasts, they're all the same." I say, still eying the girl with a bit of self-loathing as I shrug. "Or not..."

Huffing, I hoist my bag onto my shoulder and wait for him to lead the way, my eye scanning the crowd nervously until someone makes eye contact. Their gaze lingers on my scarred cheek and misshapen eye, a hand going up to self-consciously shake my hair over my face as I drop my gaze. This place is more like Old North than I'd hoped.

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618 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 2:08 am

"Hey," I say quietly as I come up to wind my arm in hers, squeezing it tightly. I lean in to place a soft kiss on her shoulder as I use her as a guide to the stairs. "You're the prettiest girl in here, just so you know. And the very best company. You know why? Because you're not for sale."

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619 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 3:14 am

"You're drunk." I chide, despite the faint flush in my cheeks as we wind our way through the crowd.

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620 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 9:09 am

"Doesn't detract from the truth," I argue as I try to keep my pitcher steady, the bottle of whiskey tucked safely under my arm. It's an awkward trip up the stairs with bags and drink in tow, but we manage to make it up the stairs in one piece.

"Ah," I can't help but grin as I recognize the room with fondness before going to drop my bag on the familiar bed. "This was my very first room here. I remember because I was a nervous wreck and Darryl left me in here by myself to go rent another room."

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621 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 9:28 am

I follow Marnin into the room, looking around at the almost meager accommodations. He was right - the room is clean, but bare aside from two thin beds, a single night stand, and a suitcase stand. The linens are an odd mix match of various sets, and the blankets clash horribly. I realize these things wouldn't matter to a blind man.

Approaching the furthest bed, I unload my bag and guitar onto the floor before sitting on the edge, the mattress and bed frame creaking under my weight. I groan a bit as I hunch over my own lap, running my hands across my face tiredly with a yawn. After a moment, I lean over to unlace my boots, kicking them off with a near moan of relief before crawling back onto the bed.

"Yeah... This will do nicely." I groan.

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622 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 2:12 pm

"Won't it, though?" I say wistfully as I fall back on my own bed, my hands falling above my head to tangle in the sheets. "The linens are mismatched, though," I frown as I clench the fabric, my fingers rubbing across it before I sit up to peel the scratchier top sheet off the bed. I wouldn't normally raise a fuss, but here? Here, I get to.

"Give me yours, too," I say as I begin peeling the pillow case from my pillow before I reach over to ring the bell near the door. "Luella will bring us softer ones. Do you want some soap or some hot towels or anything?"

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623 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 2:15 pm

"I am not changing my sheets," I grumble, twisting as I crawl further into the bed. "It could be sandpaper, I don't care at this point."

Kicking the blankets off so I can slide underneath, I sit up awkwardly to peel off his scarf and my sweaters. Once I'm down to my shirt, I straighten it before laying back down with a thick yawn. "I just want to sleep on a bed. My joints hurt from sleeping all curled in that truck."

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624 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 2:21 pm

"Ooh, can I have them draw you a bath?" I ask, not even hesitating as I ring the bell again. "I'll have her draw you a bath. The hot water feels amazing, and they have bath oils and salts that just melt the world away."

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625 Re: Finally... on Fri Dec 25, 2015 2:25 pm

"I just want to sleep," I say roughly, twisting around to turn my back to him as I settle onto my stomach. I stretch an arm over my face, curling my fingers into my hair as I stifle another yawn.

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