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101 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:04 pm

"Soltera's a few days north," I sigh, "I'll see more on the way. It'll start to make more sense the closer we get, I promise."

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102 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:13 pm

"I hope so," Jean sighs as he adds a couple of spoonfuls of the tea leaves to his cup.

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103 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:35 pm

"What about you, Cael?" I ask as I finish up one of the tea balls for his tea, setting it aside as I rise to go get the kettle so I can pour him a mug to let the tea begin steeping. 

"You look flustered, you okay..?"

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104 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:47 pm

"Fine, just-," I start with a frown. "Overwhelmed."

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105 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:56 pm

I frown as I look him over. He looks sallow

"Hold on," I sigh, pushing his mug towards him before tugging my bag back into my lap so I can find the tin of smokies I'd kept made. I pull one out, digging around for a lighter before handing them off. 

"It might be best to stay here the night." I frown, "I don't know that you should be driving anywhere, and the van's a ways off."

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106 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 20, 2016 9:42 pm

"Jean can drive," I frown, shaking my head quickly. "We can't give that other echo a head start, not if he's taking her towards the Gatz motherfu - sorry - towards the Gatz family."

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107 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 20, 2016 9:49 pm

"Of course," I frown, shaking my head as he takes the smokie and lighter, leaving me to tend to what's left to do with everyone's teas. 

"Once you two are set up here, I'm going to try and run into town. I need to grab a few things, stuff for my bags, but I won't be gone long. I have a pretty good idea of where they'll be, so it shouldn't take me more than half an hour, tops."

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108 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:24 pm

"Should we meet at the van?" Jean asks before I shake my head.

"Can't," I say simply. "She'll need my magic to get through the wall. But we could meet at the wall?"

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109 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:29 pm

I nod as I finish off making Jean's tea before rising to start gathering my things into my bag. 

"That sounds good, I'm pretty sure I remember the spot. How long you think before you're feeling up to it, Cael?" I ask over my shoulder as I grab what things I've left on the counter.

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110 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:43 pm

"I've gone further feeling worse than this," I say as I take a hit off of the smokie before waving my hand at her as I exhale slowly. "I'll be fine. You sure you're alright to be going out and about? You still look kind of flushed."

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111 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:55 pm

"I'm fine," I shrug, zipping off my bag so I can go find my shoes. "Besides, the warmth will be good in the cold outside." I grin slightly. "I'm gonna get going, I'll see you both at the wall in about half an hour, okay?"

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112 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:57 pm

"Be safe," I say earnestly, a sudden knot of anxiety twisting my insides as I watch her put her shoes on and head toward the door.

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113 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:21 pm

***

My shoulder aches with the weight of my bag as I make my way back to the wall, ignoring the occasional strange glance I get from passersby. It took me a moment to figure out why people kept staring, until the shop owner at my last stop finally asked if I was okay. Exposed legs, arms, wet hair. I hardly fit in with everyone and their thick coats surrounded by snow. 

Not to say I'm not cold, I am. But after years of visions and exposure, it's not much of an issue anymore. I do regret not paying more attention to my father when he'd expressed the importance of dressing for the weather though. As though I don't seem weird enough as it is. 

I'm grateful to see Jean and Cael ahead of me as I trudge out of the alley just a block from them, though, and I shift my bag to my other shoulder as I try to pick up my pace.

"I didn't leave you waiting too long, did I?"

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114 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:43 pm

"We just got here a few minutes ago," Jean says as he glances back at me, his concerned look earning an ugly one from me. "Cael was kind of dragging."

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115 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:48 pm

"Are you sure you're okay?" I frown at Cael as I get closer, looking up at him as I drop my bag to the ground. "You look tired."

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116 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:53 pm

"Will you quit fussing, mom?" I groan as I take a step back and edge over toward the wall. "Let's just get out of here, alright? Sooner we get to the van, the sooner I can nap and then I'll feel fine."

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117 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:56 pm

"Hold on," I frown, squatting down to dig into my bag to find more of the smokies. "I don't like that you're using magic right now... You're sapped. Why can't we just walk around?"

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118 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:58 pm

"Because I'm tired and it's a long walk," I frown as I glance back at the wall before looking at the smokies uncomfortably.

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119 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:05 am

"You need something if you're going to be using again," I frown, handing him up the smokie as I stand to rest a hand against his cheek before moving it to his forehead. He feels clammy.

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120 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:11 am

I sigh in exasperation, trying to not-rudely lean away from her touch. I hate the way my fingers tremble as I hold the smokie. I hate it even more that I have to bring it to my lips to light it, that it makes me feel better almost instantly.

"Have you ever-," I start, my lips clamping shut as I exhale slowly, hesitation making me tense before I continue. "Have you ever - I don't know - removed the magic from an echo? You know, made them normal?"

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121 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:14 am

My eyes widen a bit as I withdraw my hand from him, frowning as I shake my head. 

"No, I haven't." I say softly, "Is that something you want..?"

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122 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:19 am

"I don't know..." I shrug, taking another hit off of the smokie, nearly finishing it in one long drag. "Sometimes? I don't know, I'd just like to know what it feels like to not have my life depend on shit like this, you know? I hate having to plan my every move around when my next fix is gonna come. Or choosing between a hot meal and this, or having to stop to question: if I do this, will it be too much and be the last thing I ever do? I just hate it..."

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123 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:40 am

"It won't always be like that," I frown at him seriously, hoisting my bag back onto my shoulder as I look at him sadly. 

"Your tolerances will go up, the levels of echostone in your system will regulate... You will feel normal in time, if I do my job properly." I say, "I promise."

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124 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:55 am

"You think we'll be together that long?" I ask hopefully.

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125 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:57 am

"Even if we aren't, I will make sure you have what you need to be healthy until you find a new poth." I say firmly, pointedly avoiding the question's answer.

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