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16 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:19 am

"I still have Maja's guitar, so that." I shrug, "I don't have the fiddle anymore... Not since... Ya know."

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17 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:21 am

"Yeah," I frown, a twinge of pain catching me off-guard as I draw my gaze away to stare at the table.

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18 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:30 am

"How have you been, though?" I ask, glancing up at him as I try to force a smile, unwilling to let anything mar the pleasant surprise of seeing him. "You look good."

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19 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:41 am

"Oh, you know," I smile faintly, my shoulders shrugging as I run a hand through my hair. "I've been doing a lot of freelance work, driving folks around, snatching up good trades here and there and turning them for a profit, and occasionally working the inns like this. Nik still throws his money at me every chance he gets. Makes it easy to do whatever I like."

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20 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:49 am

"What do you do at the inns?" I ask, for some reason the prospect of another of my male friends running through brothels catching my attention more than anything else. "This doesn't seem like your sort of... I don't know - Stomping grounds?"

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21 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:54 am

"Ehe," I laugh awkwardly, a faint flush coming to my cheeks as I shrug. "Just whatever needs done, I guess. Sometimes I'll work security, other times I'll work the bar... or, you know... whatever. I don't usually work here because the clients are typically men, but I've found a few opportunities here and there. Mostly I just come here for the cornbread and beans."

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22 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:59 am

"They do have good food," I nod, what he's said not really registering until my eye widens and I look up at him. "No," I exclaim in a whisper.

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23 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:02 am

"Shhh," I whisper back, my eyes darting around the empty inn as I feel my face go hot. "Don't judge. It's only every once in awhile and it's good money! These clothes aren't free, you know."

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24 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:04 am

"Well, god forbids you dress like the rest of us!" I scoff, my own face flushin as I turn back to the table so I can pick at my breakfast.

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25 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:16 am

"It's hardly my fault the people in this part of the country don't dress better," I retort before clearing my throat as I sit up to wave at Martha for something to eat. "Really, though? It's not so bad. I've only done it a few times, but it helped get me through some pretty tough winters. And it's easy work. I've had a girl pay me just to sit and talk with her over dinner, and another paid me to pretend I was her boyfriend so her parents wouldn't find out about the woman she was living with. It's not always... you know. A lot of the time I'm just company."

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26 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:19 am

I sigh a bit at the thought, silently wondering if Lue is just company, or ya know.

"Well, I'm glad you're doing well." I say after a moment, pushing my plate away as I sit back to look over at him. "Really, I can't even believe you're here! Of all the places, to see you. I think I needed it."

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27 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:21 am

"Well, good," I smile. "I'm glad I could make you feel better." I hesitate for a moment before holding my hand out with a cheeky grin. "That'll be twenty notes."

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28 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:22 am

I laugh as I look over at him from over my shoulder, leaning over to bump his hand with my arm before picking at whatever's remaining on my plate.

"Sod off."

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29 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:26 am

"Well, that'll cost you quite a bit more than twenty," I grin before chuckling as her cheeks turn pink. "Really though, it's good to see you, Ljuba. I've missed you and-," I find my throat closing on the word before I clear it and nod toward her, knowing she'll know what I mean. "I missed you."

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30 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 5:23 pm

We fall into a quiet conversation at the table, at first solemnly reminiscing about my sister before we turn to a more joyful exchange of anecdotes. The dawn pushes forth into morning, the conversation only slowing as shifts seem to change and girls come and go. 

Luella is headed home when she stops by the table, smiling broadly over me to Jean as she leans against the opposite bench. 

"Jean, I didn't know you'd be coming through this week," She says pleasantly, her warm smile leaving me a bit soured as I drop my head and lean over the table. "You already find yourself a friend for the day?" She asks a bit suggestively, and I can't stop myself from scowling as I look up at her. 

"No." I respond roughly.

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31 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:53 pm

"Ljuba and I go way back," I smile, making a mental note of the way Luella's presence has soured her mood. "Haven't seen each other in an age, just catching up on the good old days now. How's your night going? Did you make any good tips?"

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32 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 7:13 pm

"Had a regular tonight, so yeah." Luella smiles, and my stomach turns uncomfortably at the implication as I shift in my seat. "You going to be staying long?"

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33 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 7:19 pm

"Haven't decided yet," I shrug as I look around at the people who have filed into the inn. "Doesn't really look like there's much work here for me, but you never know. Snow makes people lonely. Who was your regular?"

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34 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 7:47 pm

"I need to run to my room," I say quickly, before Luella can respond. I slide out of the edge of the booth, not even looking back at them as I grumble about returning shortly. 

By the time I've returned, my bags on my shoulder and my guitar hanging off the other. I can't explain what urged me to go get my belongings, but I had the overwhelming need to have my belongings with me. Heading back to the booth, I can see Luella's already gone and Jean is still sitting there - his own plate of food and a few drinks for us setting out in front of him. 

"Your friend leave..?" I ask softly, the growing population of the bar leaving me a bit less comfortable than I'd been before as I set my things down and sink into my seat.

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35 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 7:56 pm

"Yeah, she went home to see her family," I nod as I look up at Ljuba, frowning slightly as I notice her things. The moment Luella had answered my question, I'd regretted asking and I'd found myself wondering about Ljuba's relationship with the man. "What about your friend? Where's he hiding? Still asleep?"

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36 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:02 pm

"I don't know, he never came back to the room after his bath with that blonde woman." I shrug, trying to sound nonchalant as I adjust my bags in the seat beside me.

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37 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:04 pm

"Is he your... you know?" I ask hesitantly.

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38 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:04 pm

"My what?" I frown back at him.

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39 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:05 pm

"I don't know," I shrug. "Boyfriend? Romantic interest..?"

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40 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:06 pm

I sigh as I shake my head, pulling my drink towards me. "No, he isn't. He's just my friend."

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