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651 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:54 pm

"I d'know," I mumble, shrugging sheepishly as I try to scoot over a little bit so we both fit on the bed more comfortably. "You smell like Ljuba. Like... lavender and honey, and poplar wood with that tiny bit of metal and fading varnish so I know it's you." I frown a bit as I inhale deeply, the smell of the wood and metal and varnish still there, but I can already tell it's fading just a bit. "Of course, now all that'll change... I'll have to relearn your scent, and I hate that."

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652 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:17 pm

"You knew me by the smell of my guitar?" I ask softly, frowning as I shift back onto my side to face him. "Now how will you pick me out of a crowd?"

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653 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:23 pm

"Simple," I smile as I tilt my head toward her as though to look at her. "I won't let you wander into any crowds."

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654 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:50 pm

"I just think you're going to keep buying me your fancy soaps, and you're going to be putting stuff in it that stands out. I mean, how many people around here probably smell like some fancy Capitol soap?" I smirk.

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655 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:01 pm

"I'll have you know I based that soap off of a smell that was already there," I say quietly, smiling to myself as I tilt my head just enough to bury my nose in her hair. "You were going through a honey phase when we met, and I think your dad had sent you the flowers. I don't know, I just remember the first time I walked into the bar, I smelled it and I had to know you."

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656 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:13 pm

"My dad never grew lavendar, took up too much room in his gardens." I respond, closing my eyes as he leans in towards my hair. "I think the lavender was from Jean. Maja always liked it, kept it hanging in her wardrobe, and he got me a bouquet after everything happened. It stayed in my old guitar case until it just fell apart."

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657 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:17 pm

"Ah," I nod, trying not to let that news get to me as I cock my head a little toward the lightly snoring man. "Well, that was nice of him."

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658 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:26 pm

"Not really." I swallow softly, "He gathered what was salvageable from our place - Her guitar, the case, some clothes, what not - and he stuck around just long enough to see to it I had a place to live. I've never gotten anyone to admit it, but I think he's the one who paid up the first few months rent for me way back when.


"I was staying with this elderly woman, Mrs. Maggie, who was seeing to my care. You've met her, lived a floor up? 


"It didn't take long for him to stop visiting, and once he set up that apartment and we got the key, he was gone. I went home to a pile of her things - that bundle of lavender - and no one. I think that's why I sort of lost it when I realized that guitar was gone. For so long, pieces of her were all I had."

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659 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:16 pm

"Why would he do that, though?" I ask with a frown. "Just up and leave..?"

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660 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:24 pm

"He didn't take it well," I shrug softly, "He and Maja were really close, I think they were talking marriage and babies and..."

Sighing, I stretch out on the mattress before curling my arms against my chest in the gap between us. "I couldn't talk for awhile at first, I'd bitten into my tongue and cheek, no one could understand me. I don't think he could stand to just sit there."

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661 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:16 pm

"I'm sorry," I say, sighing softly as I rub my hand across her back. "I wish I could have been there for you back then."

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662 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:26 pm

"I'd have been rubbish company," I force a grin, shrugging against his touch comfortably. "Mags was really patient, but I sort of just laid there. It'd been nearly four months before I even bothered to learn signing, and if it hadn't been for you, I'm not sure I would've started talking again ever."

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663 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:30 pm

"I'm glad you did," I smile before holding my hands up in the dim light where Ljuba can see them, my hands and fingers forming the words to what I say next. "It was really rather difficult to learn how to talk like this. Took me at least two years of listening to you and Itsy to work it out."

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664 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:35 pm

I cheese broadly as I reach up and grab his hands, squeezing them fondly before I kiss his finger tips.

"You learned to sign!?" I ask, having a hard time keeping my voice low as I look up at him.

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665 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:39 pm

"Of course," I laugh, a warm blush creeping through my cheeks as I lace my fingers between hers, squeezing lightly. "I didn't really have a choice, did I? I wanted to know if you were talking about me. Does Itsy really think I've got nice eyes? Or was she just teasing because they're blind?"

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666 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:44 pm

"Itsy was really enamored with you for a while," I grin, "She really liked your smile, too. Your laugh."

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667 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:47 pm

"Aww," I laugh quietly, the blush going to my ears as I grin sheepishly. "She should have said something! I spent entirely too much time trying to figure out if she was making fun of me or if she was being genuine."

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668 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:10 pm

"She might not have been so enamored if she thought you were eavesdropping... You are a blind man reading sign language, after all." I tease, "Makes you seem like a liar... And a creep."

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669 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:22 pm

"I am that," I smirk, intentionally not specifying which that I am. "You know what else I am? Tired. And a teensy bit sore." I wince through a yawn as I shift a little bit to relieve some of the pressure she's putting on my side. I'm fairly certain I've dislocated a rib or two. "Think she'll still find me pretty when I wake up looking like minced meat in the morning?"

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670 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:47 pm

"Oh, no," I sigh, shaking my head as we settle against each other, my arm wrapping in the blanket as I tug it up around us. "I don't think you'll be able to show you face around Itsy's anymore."

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671 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:59 pm

"Aww, that's a shame," I sigh heavily. "Guess I'll just have to settle for you, huh?" I smirk as I squeeze her teasingly, a comfortable silence settling between us as we start slowly drifting off to sleep. After a moment, however, I remember our ride here and inhale sharply, "Oh! You still haven't told me your secret!"

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672 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:14 pm

"Hmmm," I sigh, reaching up to scratch at my cheek, "No, not now." 

I grin as I look up at him, "Maybe later. I like this right now, I don't want to mess it up."

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673 Re: Crossing Paths at the Crossroads on Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:27 pm

"Well, that certainly doesn't make me curious," I say with a light sarcasm, a yawn interrupting me half way through. "Let's get some sleep, yeah? Sun'll be up soon."

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