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351Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 8:58 pm

I tense as I practically crawl onto Marnin's lap to get between them, looking up at Richard defiantly as he glares at the man behind me.

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352Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 9:18 pm

My fear of the man is nearly crippling as soon as the words have left my mouth, but I can hear the way his heart pounded when he'd seen what I'd done. It's the first weakness I've seen in him that I can exploit, and by the saints, if there's one thing he's taught me it's how to exploit every weakness. And the moment he grabs Ljuba to jerk her away from me, exploit I do.

"If you hurt her, I swear to god, I won't fail next time!" I scream at him as I hold onto Ljuba as tightly as my damaged arms will allow. "I'll never stop trying to get away from you, Richard. So long as Ljuba lives, the worst that can come is me trying to escape, but if you take her from me... if you take her, the only body next to you will be rotting and cold - I swear that much to you."

"Fine," he breathes seethingly, his grip on Ljuba's neck lingering before he shoves her back into me. "If you want to play it like that... fine. Put him back together... and see that the whore gets the same care. I want them both bathed and ready for dinner by nine. We're done playing now."

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353Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 9:50 pm

I tremble as Richard leaves the room, the rest of our time in the bathroom passing in a flurry. Another servant joins us shortly after Richard leaves, and I'm stuck sitting in the edge of the bathroom as they tend to Marnin's wounds. Marnin is more at ease now that his hearing is somewhat returned, and my soft whispering is enough to keep him at ease while the two women work to stitch his arm and bandage him properly. 

We're bathed one at a time, Marnin in and out first before I'm dealt with. The nurse returns for my bath, helping bathe me so she can get a look at the stitches on my leg. Several have ripped, and she has to redo them before bandaging it. We're both dressed in our respective clothes from the closet in Richard's room, and we find ourselves left alone with nothing to do but wait for Richard's arrival at nine.

I curl up against Marnin's side on the couch near the window, where we've been in silence for much of the evening. I can feel Marnin tense behind me, shaking me from the near-sleep I'd been in as I twist to look up at him.

"What's wrong?"

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354Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:00 pm

"Nothing," I respond after taking a moment to listen uncertainly. "I think... I don't know. My hearing keeps going in and out, buzzing and ringing... I thought I heard one of the servants scream, but-," I stop as I hear it again, louder this time, my whole body tensing as the sound of running joins the shrill and fearful screams.

"It's that nurse," I wince, my arm tightening around Ljuba anxiously. "The one that yelled at him... he's set one of the feral mutts on her."

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355Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:04 pm

"Wha-" I frown, twisting in his arms gingerly to sit upright as I seem to watch the door as though they might burst in any moment. "He has mutts?"

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356Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:11 pm

"A dozen or so of them," I nod weakly. "It's how he gets rid of the people he kills - or kills them if he's in a particularly sour mood. He uses them for training, too, sometimes... you'll never run faster or find more clever ways of losing your tail than when you have the memory of cannibalistic monsters chasing you."

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357Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:25 pm

I cringe as I twist around to bury my face against his shoulder, my arms snaking around his torso as I inhale him deeply. 

"Next time," I whisper, picking my chin up to rest on his shoulder as I look at him, "Next time, we're gonna make it. We just have to bide our time."

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358Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:27 pm

"We'll take a car next time," I nod as I try to envision the fantasy. "Wait until the dead of night... creep out while no one is looking. That's what went wrong last time... I was too hasty, too eager to get out. I should have waited. I'm sorry..."

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359Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:38 pm

"No," I say firmly, shaking my head against him as I rest at his side. "Don't apologize."

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360Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:42 pm

"But I am," I sigh, pressing my lips to her cheek and dragging them along her scars lightly until I find the edge of her mouth. I hesitate for a moment before kissing her, slowly and deliberately, relishing every bit of intimacy I can get from her.

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361Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:46 pm

Tears threaten to well in my eyes as I scoot closer to dissolve against his kiss, my hand cupping his neck tenderly. There's a comfort in his kiss that eases the pain in my body, the tightened knot of anxiety that's permanently been pulling at my insides. There's no threat behind it, no ulterior motive or cruel intention. No expectation of further intimacy or owed favors. Just the offer of comfort.

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362Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:59 pm

It doesn't really register until I go to touch her back, the warmth drawing me to it, that I realize that I can't really feel her skin under my fingers - just a shapeless pressure. My forehead presses against hers as I draw my lips from hers to frown as I touch her a little more insistently, my hand coming up to feel her cheek and lips.

"My fingers are numb," I frown a bit, not really worried, but not exactly happy about it. "The nurse must have put something on my arms to stop the pain."

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363Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:08 pm

"You cut yourself up pretty good," I frown softly, nuzzling against his touch as I move to kiss his fingers tenderly. "You can't do that again, okay?"

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364Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:25 pm

"I won't," I murmur as I lean forward a bit to brush my lips across hers. It feels weird as I feel my own fingers hit my lips, the appendages not really registering the touch even when I press them against my mouth with a frown. "Richard is going to be angry," I whisper a bit anxiously. "How will I know which fork is which..? How will I hold a fork?"

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365Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:31 pm

"Shh," I frown, reaching up to catch his hand as I squeeze it softly. "We'll get through it, it's just dinner."

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366Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:35 pm

"It's never just dinner," I frown, my anxiety picking up a little as I hear a not screaming servant coming our way. "He's angry. We should be afraid, but dear god, don't show it."

I press my forehead against hers, kissing her once more as I curl my hand against her chest. I can still make out the dull beat of her heart through the damaged nerves, and it comes as a comfort when the servant opens the door to summon us to dinner.

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367Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:40 pm

I withdraw from Marnin as I look towards the servant, the young man waiting by the door as he informs us it's time to head to the dining room. I rise from our seat, my leg wobbling beneath me as Marnin stands at my site to give me a brace. 

"I love you," I say quietly, my arm around his as I look over at him nervously.

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368Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:42 pm

"I'd die for you," I respond, smirking a bit at my own tasteless joke as we start out into the hall.

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369Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:46 pm

The smile that tugs at my unscarred cheek is bitter sweet as we make our way into the hall, our pace slow with my injured leg despite the servants seeming need to urge us on.

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370Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:55 pm

I grow a little more anxious the closer we get to the dining room, my grasp on Ljuba tightening along the way. I feel faint and dizzy from the blood loss, a cold sweat coming over me by the time the servant opens the door. Richard is already seated, enjoying his first course when we come in.

"Sit," he says, lacking any malice in his voice as he smiles slightly and gestures toward the table. It's just us... a fact that concerns me as Ljuba and I approach to take our seats. "Feeling better?"

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371Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:03 am

"Not particularly..." I say weakly, looking across the table before glancing towards Marnin. There's only two chairs at the table for us to take,  and Marnin pulls the nearest one out for me to take my seat. I tense before sliding into the seat, looking down at the first course anxiously as my fingers run over the collection of silverware as Marnin moves to sit on the other side of Richard.

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372Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:11 am

"Well, we're not dead," I offer as I take my seat and reach for my napkin so I can lay it out on my lap. It takes some effort with my numb fingers fumbling to find it amid the silverware and fine china. "I suppose some would call that improvement, but let's not debate over dinner, hm? It's rude."

"Quite," Richard forces a smile before nodding for the servant to serve our soup. "What shall we talk about then? Ljuba? You're so determined to be part of the family, why don't you pick a subject?"

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373Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:15 am

"Uh-" I frown as I look up at Richard, like a deer in headlights as I sit back to let the servant get to my bowl. 

"I don't know- I don't have anything..." I say with a vague shrug, my jaw tensing as I wait for Richard's response.

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374Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:33 am

"Fascinating," Richard responds after a moment of staring at her. "Well, I can certainly see why Marnin likes you." My jaw tenses at the way he talks down to her, his body shifting in his chair as he puts his spoon down and sits back to look at her. "How about your guitar? Did you like it?? The one Marnin had me get for you?"

"That was my money," I say stiffly. "All you did was contact some people."

"Mm, yes," he smiles. "And made a few creative changes."

"Richard," I warn aggressively.

"Darker woods sound so much better," he says, wisely not mentioning the changes he'd made to her name on the handle.

"You can't even hear-" I shout before biting my lip roughly, my breath coming angrily as I shake my head. "Stop pretending you can hear what I hear. You're normal. You can't hear anything."

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375Trigger Happy Jack - Page 15 Empty Re: Trigger Happy Jack on Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:38 am

I flinch as Marnin yells, my hand still wringing nervously in my lap as I look between them before my gaze rests on Richard.

"You got my guitar..?" I frown, whatever warmth lingered with its memory fading as I look down at my soup.

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