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626 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:24 am

"Was it his idea to teach you how to fight?"

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627 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:31 am

"Sort of," I respond with a tight frown. "He'd started teaching me that before I was ever blind, though. I was picked on a lot when I was little, and I don't really remember exactly how it started, but I remember coming home all scraped up and bruised and crying, and I'd gotten sent to my room after getting in trouble for fighting again. When he came to me and asked if I wanted to make the other boys afraid of me the way the older boys were afraid of him, I didn't even hesitate. 


"And I never really thought about it until I was much older, but they never bothered me after that. Not even while I was learning how to fight back. I just remember that one of them had had this horrible accident, nearly lost his whole family, and him and the other boys never came near me again - meanwhile Richard was teaching me what to do if they ever did."

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628 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:34 am

"Did he go after that boy's family..?" I gasp, my voice nearly muffled in the blanket as I pull it closer to my chin.

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629 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:41 am

"If you'd asked me then, I'd have laughed at the notion, but yeah," I whisper back, my voice becoming even quieter, if that's possible. "I think maybe he did... but that's Richard, you know? There's always been something off about him. If we lived in the old days, they'd have had him committed for instability or psychopathy or whatever it was they did back then. But what's to be done about him now..? My parents never believed me when I went blind and tried to tell them Richard had done it, and when they died and I tried to tell someone it was him... well, Father Donovan tried to put me in a home for disturbed children. But Richard wouldn't have it, even though the accusations were leveled at him. Everyone thought he was a bloody fucking Saint for keeping me around after that, his poor, damaged baby brother."

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630 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:31 am

"I can't decide if I should be in awe of him, or afraid," I respond quietly, nestling my hair against his neck as I yawn.

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631 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:37 am

"Both?" I suggest a bit breathlessly, the abundance of information I've just shared on the man catching me off-guard. Though I'm grateful that she hadn't pushed for more information on how he'd blinded me or how he'd been responsible for the death of our parents, I'm still floored that I'd been comfortable enough to share those facts at all. 

"Definitely both," I sigh again, my thoughts going to my phone as I think about the conversation I need to have with him tomorrow. He'll be delighted that I've come to him for help, I'm sure... or maybe he won't. It's one of those times when I don't know if he'll be the brother I need him to be, or the abuser. But I need to try, for Lju's sake. 

"How is your name spelled again?" I ask after a few moments of silence have passed between us. "L-j-u-b-a?"

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632 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:42 am

"Mmhmm," I nod, my hands moving through the signs as I spell my name against his chest. "L-j-u-b-a. The J's sort of a Y.


"I used to love hearing my dad say my name. He had a bit of his mother's accent, I think, and it just sounded so genuine when he'd say it. Ljuba."

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633 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:46 am

"Mm," I smile as I wrap my arms around her, my hand rubbing her back as I rest my cheek against her more comfortably. "Tell me about them? You never talk about them enough."

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634 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:53 am

I sigh as I close my eyes to his embrace, inhaling his scent fondly before letting my arm wrap across his front.

"I didn't know my grandmother, I think she died when Maja was young," I start, "And my dad's too good for this world. To my knowledge, he's still puttering away in his old gardens, surrounded by his dogs and spending the weekends gathering what fruits and vegetables he can to sell to the merchants on the Northern stretch of the town."

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635 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:57 am

"Where were they from before coming to the Old North?" I ask quietly. "You said your mum had an accent?"

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636 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:07 am

"My dad had the accent from his mum. My mother was from further south. My dad's family, though, they were from across the seas." I answer, stretching my legs out across the end of the bed before I let them tangle back against his.

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637 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:16 am

"So was Richard and my step-dad," I nod, trying to picture her father and his mother getting on a boat to come here, of all places. "I've often wondered about visiting over there. Just to see what it's like, if it's any different from here. In my head, it's cleaner."

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638 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:19 am

"If my dad's to be believed, everything is farmlands and gardens and plants. He used to tell me the buildings there never had stairs because people had no use for that much manufactured nonsense." I grin, "Sometimes, I'm sad for him. Living in Old North, where it's just so cluttered and filthy. I wish he'd never come to this world."

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639 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:23 am

"Yeah, it's really not very good, is it?" I laugh quietly, my toes wiggling against the back of her calf as I sneak a feel of the smoothness of her skin. "There's a smell that most people don't even notice anymore, but it's really not very pleasant to come back to after you've been out in the country for awhile. It just smells dirty."

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640 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:25 am

"The Northern end isn't so bad, but I know what you mean. It just smells rotten." I frown, my muscles tensing under his touch. "I guess I'd stopped noticing, but now when I think of it, it's all I can think about."

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641 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:31 am

"Mm-hmm," I nod, my foot stilling as I feel her tense against it. Instead, I stretch my leg out so that our ankles are tangled together in a mess at the foot of the bed. "Maybe one day we can take a trip overseas, see if your dad is telling the truth. A country full of gardens might be nice for awhile. It's certainly a step up from this dump."

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642 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:38 am

"I think Maja's mum was from there, too," I respond lightly, more just thinking aloud at this point than carrying on any real conversation. "I'd like to see the world they came from."

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643 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:44 am

"That would be lovely," I agree past a yawn, the words coming out louder than I'd intended as I hear Jean stir in the bed opposite us. Going still, I hear the man speaking gibberish in an exasperated exhale as he tosses around onto his other side, clearly frustrated with something in his dream. Letting out a breathy laugh, I smirk into Ljuba's hair as I turn my head to whisper to her. "What do you think he's dreaming about? I thought I heard something about nylons, did you?"

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644 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:51 am

I only giggle as I grab the blanket and tuck it over my face, half-hiding and half-stifling my laughs. I feel giddy, like a teenager at a sleepover. 

"You reckon he's having a sleazy dream?" I grin, peering up from under the blankets.

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645 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:53 am

"Probably," I grin, snickering quietly as I pull the blanket up over my head as well. "He did have all those dirty things in his bag. I wonder if he's got nylons in there as well."

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646 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:56 am

"Can't you use your psychic vision to figure it out?" I tease, grinning a bit as he seems to shift under the blankets with me.

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647 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:58 am

"Truthfully?" I ask, cocking an eyebrow at her from under the blanket, our breath mingling in the confined space. "As soon as I noticed that stuff, I ew'ed straight the hell out of there."

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648 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:07 am

"Liar," I smirk, "How can you see what's in a bloody bag? How does that even work? You smelled it, didn't you?"

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649 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:31 am

"I smell everything," I scoff, rolling my eyes as I poke her side lightly. "It's how I interface with the world... or at least part of it. Smell, taste, touch, sound, the lot of it. It all just sort of comes together to paint one big picture. And that picture had condoms and kinky shit in Jean's bag."

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650 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:39 am

"Ugh!" I snicker, covering my face with my hand as I giggle.

"What do I smell like?" I ask after a moment, twisting a bit so I can lay on my back despite hanging slightly off the edge of the bed. "I'm curious."

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