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176 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:53 pm

"I suppose that makes sense," I frown slightly. "Sometimes I forget that I can't compare all the races out there to Nik. Primes are different. Their whole demeanor just gives this impression that they've always been here and have always been superior to the rest of us, and they're just waiting for all the madness to end so they can take back their world. But not in an arrogant way, you know? They're just... patient. Like they're above all the petty nonsense that's going on."

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177 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:57 pm

"We're just a blip to them." I say with a sigh, sitting back again as I look towards the windshield. "If you compare average life spans, I'm actually closer to the end of mine than Cael is his. I mean, relatively. Obviously he'll outlive us all, but that's not what I meant."

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178 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:01 pm

"Yeah," I sigh sadly. "You know, Nik has had three families before me and my mum... sometimes I'll catch him staring at us and there's just this sadness there like he's watching us slip through his fingers. I couldn't imagine living like that."

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179 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:21 pm

"Do you think they feel more intensely than we do?" I ask absently, "Love harder, hate harder? 

"I remember a man come in once, his wife had just died. He hardly looked older than you, but he had these pictures of her and she was ancient. Probably well into her nineties. He was just distraught, and he kept asking my dad to give him something so he could end it. He wanted to die with his wife.

"My dad sent me out of the room, swears he did no such thing... But I never saw that man again."

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180 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:39 pm

"I don't know, I could see it," I shrug. "I mean after so many lifetimes of loving and losing, it has to wear on you... I don't know how many times I could go through that before I'd want to end it, too."

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181 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:10 pm

"I don't know that I could ever feel that way," I sigh softly, "Giving up the world for someone who's already gone?"

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182 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:12 pm

"Maybe not now, but after losing love after love?" I ask as I glance at her. "And knowing that the next time and the time after that and the time after that will always end the same way?"

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183 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:19 pm

"But to just wipe your slate clean and start over..?" I frown.

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184 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:20 pm

"Better than living the same hell over and over until you waste away in misery," I shrug.

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185 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:22 pm

"It's just not something I've ever understood," I shrug as I look out the window. "But I suppose it makes some sort of sense. Life is for living, if you're done, you're done."

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186 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:26 pm

"Exactly," I nod.

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187 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:35 pm

"Ah," I nod my understanding as I settle in to my seat further, dozing off in no time.

***

I'm not sure how much time has passed before I stir back into consciousness. The sky is still black above us, and Cael is still sound asleep in the back of the van. Meanwhile, Jean is staring boredly at the road, with only a hint of exhaustion marring his handsome features. 

"Sorry, I didn't mean to fall asleep," I frown as I rub at my eyes, sitting up to stretch a bit, "Leave you all alone. How are you doing?"

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188 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Tue May 03, 2016 8:27 pm

"I'm alright," I respond, my voice coming a bit blearily as I lick my lips with a dry tongue. "I enjoy driving, and just... thinking. It's relaxing... probably too relaxing. I feel like I could fall asleep."

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189 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Tue May 03, 2016 8:49 pm

"How long has it been?" I ask with a thick yawn, twisting about to look out of Jean's window before settling in. "Do you need anything from the back?"

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190 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Tue May 03, 2016 9:02 pm

"Something to drink and some food?" I ask as I glance over at her before shrugging. "Honestly, I really need to see a man about a dog... we've been driving since morning and it's going on late afternoon now."

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191 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Tue May 03, 2016 10:40 pm

I look at Jean perplexed as I crawl out of my seat to see what I have in my bag to offer him.

"What do you need a dog for?" I ask as I settle in to see what food I might have.

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192 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Tue May 03, 2016 10:57 pm

"Not-," I shake my head, scoffing as I glance back at her in the rearview mirror. "Not a real dog... I mean I need to pee."

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193 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed May 04, 2016 12:56 am

"Then what's that got to do with a dog?" I ask, my nose pinching in confusion as I grab a pack of trail mix and a bottle of water to head back to the front seat. "You're a silly man, you know that?"

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194 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed May 04, 2016 1:01 am

"It's a turn of phrase," I sigh in exasperation as I take the bottle of water and shake my head at her in amusement. "Like I've gotta take a leak... only it's more polite."

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195 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed May 04, 2016 1:04 am

"Ah," I nod, coming to sink back into my seat as I stretch my legs up to the dash. "It's an odd phrase." I shrug, "Kind of like when my dad used to tell me a girl in my class had a funny uncle. You know how long it took me to realize he didn't really mean funny?"

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196 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed May 04, 2016 1:07 am

"Two months ago?" I ask teasingly.

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197 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed May 04, 2016 1:14 am

I pause as I glance at him, narrowing my eyes a bit bashfully as I open the pack of trail mix.

"Cael explained it to me..."

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198 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed May 04, 2016 1:18 am

I laugh heartily at that, grinning broadly as I reach over to steal a handful of the trail mix.

"You're too much," I chuckle. "Don't feel bad, though. I was nearly thirty when I learnt the meaning behind ring around the rosie. Needless to say, I was horrified."

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199 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed May 04, 2016 1:25 am

"Oh my god! The Plague Song!?" I gape at him, "I remember reading about that when I was studying the plague a few summers back. How twisted is that!?"

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200 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed May 04, 2016 1:27 am

"Right?!" I ask loudly. "What sick fuck teaches that to kids?! God."

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