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6 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:45 pm

"I do," I nod, reaching over to pull my plate back towards me before I pick off a piece of my bread. "Is she well?"

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7 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:49 pm

"Very," I nod before reaching over to steal a piece of food from her plate. "Her and Nik are talking about building a greenhouse next summer. What about you? How have you been?"

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8 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:03 pm

I only smile as I shrug, curling a leg into the booth as I watch him. "I've been good - I have my own little apartment and I sort of work at the Rusty Nail as a musician... Or... I did, before I headed out this way."

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9 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:06 pm

"That's good!" I grin as I reach over to touch her knee briefly. "I'm glad you're finding your niche in the world. Are you moving out this way now?"

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10 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:26 pm

"No, just going through." I respond, picking again at the bread on my plate. "Marnin and I are looking for someone."

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11 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:27 pm

"Oh yeah?" I ask as I pick at the piece of bread I'd stolen from her plate. "Who are you looking for? Maybe I can help. I've been traveling a lot these past few years, met a lot of people."

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12 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:49 pm

"It's sort of a personal thing..?" I frown a bit, reaching up a bit self-consciously to shake my hair over the scarred half of my face. "And a bit silly, really."

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13 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:53 pm

"As silly as climbing out your third story bedroom window to go driving around with your sister's boyfriend at three in the morning because he had your favorite smokes and didn't get off work until two?" I ask with a cocked eyebrow.

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14 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:09 am

I grin a bit as I shrug, looking over at him with a smile. 

"Silly in a different way." I laugh softly, "Let's talk about something else, though."

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

"Alright," I grin as I bring my leg up partially into the seat, my foot bumping hers as I take another bite of her bread. "What kind of music are you playing these days? Still the same broody, horny stuff you played when you were a teenager?"

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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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