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126 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:12 am

"Super." I huff, crossing my arms back as I turn back towards the car.

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127 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:28 am

"Yes, it is super," I say, refusing to move as she starts back toward the car. "I never leave her place feeling like a piece of shit for existing. And I never feel like I got kicked in the chest when I walk downstairs to find her singing to someone who hasn't fucking been there for her for the past six god damned years."

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128 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:35 pm

I stop cold at his last remark, my fists clenching tightly as I turn back to glare at him. 

"If I make you feel like such shit, why did you even want to come with me? Why are you even here!?" I yell, my cheeks burning against the winds as my eyes threaten to water from more than just the cold. "Jean is my friend! I haven't seen him since right after Maja died, and I don't blame him one bit for leaving! He loved her, just like I did! You are not going to make me feel bad for being happy to see him!"

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129 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Thu Jan 07, 2016 4:33 pm

"Because I'm your friend, too!" I shout back at her. "Or at least I try to be! But all you ever do is shut me out! Then his highness comes and everything I've worked so hard for trying to get close to you is just given to him, in a public inn for everyone to hear except me! You were mortified when you found out I could hear you, too! I've been asking for years for you to let me hear the words to all your songs, I asked so much I had to make up my own! How hard did he have to beg to get you to share, huh? "

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130 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Thu Jan 07, 2016 4:59 pm

"It's not like that!" I frown, sinking my hands into my sleeves to try and stave off the cold. "Why do you even care!? Back home, you're the only person who even hears my voice at all! You can't see how fucked up I look, and I damn sure don't want you to hear it!"

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131 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Thu Jan 07, 2016 5:10 pm

"You sounded gorgeous!" I snap, tears threatening my cold stung eyes as I grind my teeth. "And I know I'm the only person who gets to hear you, that's why it felt like getting slapped in the face when you were talking and singing for-," I wave my hand toward the car, biting my tongue to stop the spew of foul things I want to say about the man. "Cologne guy!"

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132 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Thu Jan 07, 2016 5:15 pm

"He was Maja's boyfriend, for fuck's sake!" I exclaim, "He just reminds me of... before."

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133 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Thu Jan 07, 2016 5:17 pm

"And I remind you of Gatz," I say stiffly, a sick feeling settling in my throat as I nod weakly. "Yes, I know. Just - forget it."

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134 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:07 pm

I stiffen as he says it, my cheeks paling as I shake my head roughly. 

"Well, Jean won't leave without you so..." I say softly, "If you want me to send him off, I will."

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135 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:11 pm

"He's your friend, Lju," I scowl, shaking my head as I start toward the car. "I'm not going to make you choose between us, and I'm not going to make you walk in this weather. Just forget I said anything, alright? I had a bad night, I'm just being a dick."

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136 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:21 pm

The urge to ask what happened vanishes as soon as I glance over to see the scowl still marring his features, my shoulders hunching towards the wind as it whips against my back. The walk to the car is horribly tense, and my cheeks burn from the freezing winds as I swallow past the lump in my throat.

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137 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:26 pm

Between the weather and the unfamiliar tension between Lju and I, the walk back to the car is positively miserable. I feel defeated as I climb into the backseat, Jean's innocent concern souring my mood further as he glances between Ljuba and I.

"Everything settled?" he asks as he slides the key into the ignition.

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138 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:43 pm

"Just drive." I huff as I sink into the front seat, resting my arm against the door as I ignore the man sitting behind me.

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139 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:47 pm

"Alright," Jean frowns slightly as he starts the car and then hesitates as he goes to put it into drive. "Where are we going?"

"Back to the Crossroads so we can find a new car," I say, suppressing a groan. I have no idea how we're going to afford that.

"I could take you," he offers, glancing at Ljuba expectantly. "I don't have anywhere else to go right now."

I can tell he's waiting for me to shoot the offer down, but instead I just wave a hand. "It's Ljuba's call, this is her journey."

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140 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:03 pm

"Let's just head to that town for now, can we?" I say lowly, rubbing at my face anxiously. "Sort it out there. I don't care."

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141 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:23 am

Jean puts the car in drive at that, the rest of the trip silent but for the quiet music coming from the radio. I'm a tad disappointed when he parks in front of a different inn this time, the desire to see Luella again the only thing worth looking forward to on the drive here.

"Where are we?" I ask unnecessarily. I know where we are and I know Ljuba suspects I know, too.

"The Sleeping Dog," he replies as he shuts the car off. "I thought Ljuba might appreciate the atmosphere a little better."

Asshole.

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142 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Fri Jan 08, 2016 7:13 pm

Peering up at the inn through the window, I grimace a bit before glancing back to see Marnin staring blankly at his own door in annoyance. 

"They look busy," I say softly, "If they don't have enough rooms, we could always just go back to the Crossroads..."

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143 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:13 pm

"They'll have rooms," I frown heavily, already recalling the community rooms they offer. "They ALWAYS have rooms."

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144 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Sat Jan 09, 2016 4:39 pm

"Then let's just get one." I grumble, shoving my door open before crawling out to get my things from the back.

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145 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:01 am

My teeth are grinding to the point that my head has started to ache as I make my way inside behind Jean and Ljuba. My frustration only grows as Jean tries to pay for the room with a currency note so large that most people have never even laid eyes on one much less had one to spare. When the wide eyed innkeeper explains that he can't make change for it and Jean waves it off, allowing the man to keep the change, I go upstairs without another word, my cane tapping angrily the entire way.

I can hear the innkeeper give Jean the room number before pointing him and Ljuba up the stairs, my cane already guiding me to the door so I can claim my bed before the other man has a chance. The door doesn't appear to lock, a fact I'm not really surprised about given the cheaper quality and the communal set-up of the rooms. I don't lose a single step as I go straight for the bed in the middle of the far wall, dropping my bag on it and pulling the contents out to deter Ljuba or Jean from moving it to take the bed. 

They'll simply have to sleep on opposite sides of the room with me in between them. What a shame.

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146 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:37 am

Once we're given a room number and key, I look back to see Marnin is long gone. Sighing, I hoist the guitar back onto my shoulder and head for the stairs before Jean can offer to take any of my bags. I'm not mad at him, but I can't help but be annoyed by him. By Marnin. By the innkeeper's blubbering show of gratitude as Jean assures him it's no problem. Everything is just another annoyance at this point. 

Reaching the room, I shove the door open to see Marnin already setting up on the center bed. Of course

"Getting comfortable?" I ask dryly, narrowing my eyes a bit as I move to the furthest corner to drop one of my bags onto the bed.

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147 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:49 am

"As comfortable as I'm going to be," I respond, my voice lacking the clipped tones it's had up until this point, instead it sounds defeated and weary. When Jean comes in and clears his throat to get our attention, the only sign I give that I've heard him is the stiffening of my shoulders.

"I'm going to step out for a quick smoke, if that's alright with you two?" he says, his accent setting my teeth on edge. Cigarettes. That's the other smell, the one mingled with the cologne that's put my stomach in knots.

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148 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:59 am

Nodding back at Jean, I just watch quietly as he heads back out the door once he's left a bag on the remaining bed in the room. Now I'm alone with Marnin, something that would normally set me at ease. Now it only sets my nerves further on edge. 

"So what's the plan?" I ask, glancing back at him tensely. "We finding another car? Finding a new ride?"

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149 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Sun Jan 10, 2016 2:04 am

"No," I sigh heavily, my shoulders sagging a little bit as I begin picking through my clothes, my hands running across the fabrics to distinguish which item is which until I find the pajamas I want. "We don't really have the money to find one this late in the season, and Jean offered, so..."

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150 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Sun Jan 10, 2016 2:52 am

"Well, I can't say I'm eager to spend the next few weeks driving around in tense silence." I frown, twisting to sink into the bed as I watch him. "I'm sorry."

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