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51 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:57 pm

"Oh god no," I laugh, my eyes widening at the suggestion as I shake my head. "You ought to remember, commitment issues were a problem for me before, and I can tell you now: they've only gotten worse in the past six years. I've had a couple dates here and there, but yeah... I haven't really clicked with anyone, I guess."

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52 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:15 pm

"That, I can understand." I respond with a light chuckle, "I've hardly done more than hug anyone in the last six years."

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53 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:36 pm

"Aww," I frown as I put my glass down and hold my arms out with a pout. "Can I hug you?"

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54 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:44 pm

"I'm not getting up," I laugh, shaking my head as I curl my legs into the seat underneath me. "That's not how I meant... I just haven't been- I haven't-" I sigh, shrugging as I reach over to pluck a chord on my guitar absently. "I haven't really sought it out. Like you said, I haven't clicked."

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55 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:49 pm

"Yeah, I know what you mean," I nod as I take another sip of my tea, my gaze falling to her fingers plucking at her guitar. "That's Maja's old guitar, isn't it?" I ask, my head cocking to the side in recognition.

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56 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:41 pm

"Yeah," I nod, plucking at it again before I sit back with my drink resting in my lap. "It's in a lot worse shape than it was when she had it, but it still plays the same."

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57 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:42 pm

"Will you play something?" I ask hopefully.

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58 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:50 pm

Laughing, I shrug as I take a long drink, shaking my head a bit bashfully. 

"I wouldn't even know what to play."

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59 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:52 pm

"Just whatever," I wave a hand before leaning forward, my elbows resting on the table as I rest my chin in my hand. "The first thing that pops into your head."

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60 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:17 pm

"Hmm," I hum thoughtfully, moving my drink to the table as I lean back to pull the guitar into my lap. I pluck randomly at several strings, tuning them before I fall back into a familiar rhythm. Playing has always been something that's calmed me, and having Jean across from me brings me back to my teen years. 

Swaying lightly, I melt into the music, and before I even realize it, I've started singing softly. 

"That boy, take me away, into the night
Out of the hum of the street lights and into a forest
I'll do whatever you say to me in the dark
Scared I'll be torn apart by a wolf in mask of a familiar name on a birthday card

Blow out all the candles, blow out all the candles
"You're too old to be so shy," he says to me so I stay the night
Just a young heart confusing my mind, but we're both in silence
Wide-eyed, both in silence
Wide-eyed, like we're in a crime scene

Well I have brittle bones it seems
I bite my tongue and torch my dreams
Have a little voice to speak with
And a mind of thoughts and secrecy
Things cannot be reversed, we learn from the times we are cursed
Things cannot be reversed, learn from the ones we fear the worst
And learn from the ones we hate the most how to

Blow out all the candles, blow out all the candles
"You're too old to be so shy," he says to me so I stay the night
Just a young heart confusing my mind, but we're both in silence
Wide-eyed, both in silence
Wide-eyed

Cause we both know I'll never be your lover
I only bring the heat
Company under cover
Filling space in your sheets
Well I'll never be a lover
I only bring the heat
Company under cover
Filling space in your sheets, in your sheets

So, please just blow out all the candles, blow out all the candles
"You're too old to be so shy," he says to me so I stay the night
It's just a young heart confusing my mind, but we're both in silence
Wide-eyed, both in silence
Wide-eyed, like we're in a crime scene."

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61 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:31 pm

I can't help but grin behind my hand as I listen to her singing. She's gotten better since the last time I heard her, much better. Those near us in the other booths have gone quiet as they listen to her singing.

"That was good," I grin when she finally finishes. Seconds later, I startle a bit as a man comes up to the table uninvited. I catch the scowl forming on my lips before I notice the cane held between his hands, the end bumping against the edge of the table.

"Hey," he says, frowning a bit as his eyes stare at a spot on the wall just above Ljuba. I can sense the tension in him as he refuses to acknowledge my presence, a tension that tells me that he's aware that I'm sitting here, he just doesn't want to acknowledge it. "Your stuff wasn't in the room? Is everything okay?"

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62 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:44 pm

The guitar rests against my arm as I look up at Marnin, a bit put off by the cold shoulder he's giving Jean as I glance at the man across from me. 

"You weren't in there..?" I shrug, playing an odd tune before I rest my hand against the strings to stifle the music. "I didn't know when you planned on going back for the truck, so I figured I'd just sit down here ready."

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63 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:53 pm

"Right, yeah," he seems to sigh in relief as he nods and scratches the scruff on his cheek, his head turning back toward the rest of the inn as though looking for someone. "Luella was supposed to ask one of her friends about getting us a ride back... I think she might have forgotten."

"I can take you," I offer as I shrug toward Ljuba with a smile. "I need to take the car out after they've fixed the belt anyway, just to see how it's running. May as well kill two birds with one stone."

"I'm sorry, who are you?" Marnin frowns as he turns his head to look at me. And it's creepy, it really does appear as though he's looking at me... I can almost see him taking in every detail of my appearance, measuring me up... but of course that's impossible. He can't actually see me.

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64 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:05 am

"He's Jean," I interject firmly, frowning at his attitude. "He dated my sister when I was younger, he was a close friend of ours... I haven't seen him in years." I find myself grinning a bit as I look back at Jean, "It was quite the surprise when he came up to the table earlier."

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65 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:16 am

I return Ljuba's smile, winking at her playfully before I look up at Marnin. "And you must be Marnin," I say as I hold a hand out toward him. "Ljuba's told me all about you."

"That's funny," he smiles, not seeing - ignoring? - my hand as he keeps his resting comfortably on his cane. "She's never said a word about you."

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66 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:19 am

"Marnin," I frown, scowling slightly as I look at Jean apologetically. "We'd love a ride, thank you."

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67 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:24 am

"Ah, right," I nod, trying to keep the smile on my face as I withdraw my hand and nod at Ljuba. "How about I just go and settle the tab? Then we can head down to the shop and see if the car is ready, yeah?"

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68 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:29 am

"Go on," I nod, "I'm going to finish this drink and talk to Marnin." 

I watch as Jean heads out of the booth and up towards the bar, my gaze trailing up to Marnin as I frown. "Did you not sleep well?"

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69 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:35 am

*Marnie*

"Oh, I slept fantastic," I reply as I slide into the booth where Jean had just been sitting. I have to train the expression on my face to keep it from sliding into one of disgust as I push his coat away from me, the smell of expensive cologne tainting my hand as I do. "What about you? Did you get any sleep or were you down here singing to Jean all night? I always liked those chords by the way, always wondered about the words that went with them."

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70 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:39 am

"You heard it?" I ask a bit self-consciously, frowning as I run my fingers over the guitar in my lap. I sigh as I thump at a chord, shrugging as I sink into the booth. 

"I didn't sleep much - I woke up around midnight alone in the room. Wasn't really able to calm back down, so I came down here. He only got here about an hour ago."



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71 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:43 am

"Course I heard it," I scoff under my breath before frowning as I run a hand through my hair guiltily. "Sorry... I fell asleep in the tub and when I woke up, it was really late and I didn't want to wake you going back to the room. Luella was able to convince the couple across the hall from you to let me rent that room so you could sleep."

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72 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:49 am

"Of course she did," I grumble, glancing up to see Jean wrapping up his tab. Moving over to the edge of my seat, I tug my guitar over my shoulder and reach for one of my bags. "Doesn't matter - I slept through most of the afternoon. I'll be fine."

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73 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:51 am

"You don't like her," I point out as I slide over to the edge of the seat as well, my own bags sitting on the floor next to me. "I can tell. Your voice does a thing."

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74 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:56 am

"My voice doesn't do anything," I say indignantly, "I couldn't care less about your Lue."

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75 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:01 am

"It just did the thing!" I argue, scowling at the scathing way she'd said the name. "Why don't you like her?"

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