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26 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:16 pm

"Yeah, she's real quiet now," I sigh. "And doesn't seem to like being touched... like she let me hug her and everything, but I feel like there was some tension there, you know? That's nothing like how she used to be. I couldn't keep her off of me before, even when Maja was sitting at the bloody dinner table with us, she'd have her hand up my shorts in a heartbeat if I didn't keep an eye on her."

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27 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:17 pm

"Really?" My attention is drawn back to Jean as my face seems to twist in surprise, "Weren't you engaged to her sister..?"

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28 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:20 pm

"Yes," I frown, shifting uncomfortably. "She was all over me all the time. She only got more aggressive when we got engaged or when I said no... I hate that I can't say I had a firmer resolve when it came to... well, everything Ljuba."

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29 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:26 pm

I frown as I watch him, rising from my seat to bring my mug to the sink as I rinse it out.

"So she was, what? In love with you?" I ask absently, glancing back at him over my shoulder, "That's really odd... I'm sorry, it's none of my business, really. I've just always been sort of curious about other people. 

"You all seem so interesting compared to me." I laugh weakly, setting my mug off as I twist to rest back against the counter. "Growing up, I was surrounded by echoes and even a Prime once or twice! All walks of life, traipsing through my house while my dad fixed them up. They'd all have these interesting stories, and all I ever did was sit in that house and study my dad's texts. "

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30 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:32 pm

"Frankly, that sounds more interesting than my fucked up sexual relations," I laugh lightly as I use the corner of one of the cards to pick at the dirt under my nails. "I don't even think she was in love with me, honestly. I think she was just... I don't know - obsessed with the attention her body could get her. She loved to flirt."

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31 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:36 pm

"My dad used to say that girls who acted like that weren't getting the attention they needed at home." I say offhandedly, glancing at Jean a bit guiltily as I frown, "I don't know if there's any truth to it, but... It's what I heard."

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32 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:43 pm

"I don't know anything about that," I shrug with a faint frown. "I had an amazing mother and two dads who fought over who got to spoil me more. My biggest grief comes from my biological father not liking the line of work I chose to get into... and not being more like him. But he's still a good man, so, ya know...

"What was your life like growing up?" I ask as I grab my drink, the ice having long since melted, watering down the alcohol.

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33 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:53 pm

"Pretty much sitting in my house while echoes and such happened through, watching my dad work and studying his books." I repeat with a slight grin.

"My mum died when I was about eight, she got really sick. It took her fast, and my dad never remarried. Just buried himself in work, and let me apprentice. It's been that for the last nine years. I've only been away from him about a month."

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34 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:55 pm

"That's exciting," I grin as I grab the bottle of alcohol and hold it up in offering toward her. "What coaxed you away?"

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35 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:58 pm

I shake my head at the offer, glancing back to see if the kettle is still set up. Deciding it's useable, I start making another pot of tea.

"My wedding's in a few days."

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36 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:09 am

"Your-," my eyes widen in shock at that news, words failing me for a moment. "Your wedding! Wow... I, uh - congratulations?"

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37 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:14 am

I blush as I laugh lamely, shaking my head as I set the kettle up and the readied tea ball to the side so I can sit back at the table.

"No, no congratulations." I say, "I'm actually sort of nervous, I think. My dad set it up, I'm supposed to go meet him tomorrow, actually."

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38 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:22 am

"Wait," I frown in confusion. "You're marrying a man you've never actually met?"

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39 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:27 am

"That's how these marriages work," I shrug, "The families decide to merge, and the most suitable of-age children marry."

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40 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:32 am

"That's-," I laugh awkwardly, shaking my head. "Hmm... I guess it makes sense? They had some odd customs where Nikolai is from, too. How do you feel about it??"

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41 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:38 am

"I d'know. It worked out well for my parents. They were happy, so..." I shrug again as I look at him. "I wasn't too keen on it when my dad first mentioned it. I was still sort of dating Gerard, but I don't get much say in it."

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42 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:44 am

"Why not?" I ask genuinely. "You're an adult, you have your own path... would it really be so bad if you made your own decision?"

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43 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:51 am

"It's already been decided, the wedding's been planned." I say, looking at him seriously, "This is my path. I mean, if I were meant to go another way, I'd know by now. I'd have seen it, or my father would have.

"I trust his experience not to lead me astray."

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44 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:53 am

"Yeah, but-," I pause, sighing heavily as I look at her with concern. "Are you happy? I know you have this gift to see the future or whatever, but sometimes the only sign you need is simply that... are you happy??"

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45 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:55 am

I frown as I look at him, shifting uncomfortably in my seat as I glance back towards the door. Where is Cael?

"I d'know..." I shrug, "I haven't even met him yet... I'm just nervous."

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46 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:05 am

"Will you stay in touch?" I ask hesitantly after considering her for a moment. It's a risque question, given our relationship so far... but it's one I feel the need to ask. "Not for - you know - just... to talk? If you need to?"

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47 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:12 am

"Of course," I nod, my tense posture softening as I offer a smile, "I definitely don't want to make friends just to ignore them."

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48 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:49 pm

"That's good," I smile faintly as I look her over. "Sorry if I offended you or anything. I've just heard so many horror stories, and I worry... you're too sweet to fall to something tragic like that. I hope everything works out for you, but I'm around if they don't."

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49 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:53 pm

"You didn't offend me," I smile, "If I've learned anything since leaving my dad's, it's that poth customs are quite peculiar compared to what people consider normal. I really don't mind the off-guard reactions, they sort of amuse me.

"And I do appreciate the notion, but I'll be fine."

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50 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II.V on Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:23 pm

"I hope so," I smile faintly before nodding for her to join me at the table.

And that's how we pass the time, playing cards and chatting. There's a tension underlying it all as we wait for Cael and Ljuba to return. When the door finally opens, I feel relief and dread all at once. I still don't know how to deal with Ljuba lately.

That is until I notice Cael, by himself, with a dejected and panicked look on his face and a scrape above his right temple.

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