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16 Re: An exchange of goods on Tue May 10, 2016 11:58 pm

"Well, I could definitely use the help," I admit with a sigh as I pick up the mess of empty glasses and blood bottles from the coffee table before glancing back at her. "I'm so far behind on my orders from all of this that I'm losing clients left and right. Between being a verbal punching bag and trying to make amends, I haven't had time to actually work on the orders.

"And then there's this place," I can feel my cheeks flush a bit with embarrassment as I look around at the disaster that is my apartment. Dishes, laundry, and trash are scattered across virtually every surface. Suddenly I regret sitting down to draw out plans for a trash chute rather than simply suffering through the discomfort of taking it all down to bins outside the shop. And that's another thing that's scattered everywhere: blueprints and plans and lists of ways to improve the place and the make-shift prosthetic that I'd managed to fabricate from what scraps of material I had at the time.

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17 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 12:02 am

"It'll be good as new soon enough." I offer with a smile, coming up behind him to help pick up the dishes and bits of rubbish.

"Tonight was meant to be more of a getting acquainted sort of thing, but really what more do you need to know aside from the fact I've been hired to clean your home?"

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18 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 12:09 am

"Well, there's no reason we can't get better acquainted," I shrug as I limp toward the kitchen with the dishes. "Particularly if you're going to be around a lot."

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19 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 12:11 am

I nod as I stop near the coffee table to fill my arms with emptied bottles and dirty dishes.

"Do you have company a lot?" I ask, "Do a lot of entertaining? I'm not sure I have any attire fitting of city gatherings."

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20 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 12:13 am

"No, not really," I frown a bit as I arrange the dishes into something a little less chaotic next to the sink. "I sort of had a falling out with the friends I had here after the accident."

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21 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 12:15 am

My eyebrows pinch a bit at the mess of bottles as I head into the kitchen, setting them on whatever empty surface I can find before I move to the sink to start washing.

"So you don't have many Prime happen through?" I ask with a frown, politely shooing him out of my way so I can start sorting the dishes. "Lady Veretrum lead me to believe you were not of Prime blood?"

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22 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 12:17 am

"What?" I ask a little more sharply than intended. Clearing my throat, I shake my head uncomfortably. "What gave her that idea??"

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23 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 12:22 am

"I believe it was something Doctor Heely had said?" I respond, keeping my head down as I manage to plug the drain and cut the water on. "Perhaps I misheard."

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24 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 12:31 am

"God d-," I bite my lip sharply as I shake my head and inhale sharply. "Whatever happened to doctor/patient confidentiality?" I sigh heavily as I move away from the sink to get the food I'd hidden in the fridge. No point hiding it now. "I am a Prime, right now. Though, if you ask them, I may as well be a grotesque bug pretending it's not food for some... I don't know, something analogous of an arrogant sack of shit in a nice dress or suit. A bird or something."

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25 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 12:36 am

I glance at him in confusion, turning back to the dishes.

"I'm afraid I don't understand, Master Rhodes." I say as I cut the water down and look for the soap. "But, to be entirely honest, whatever you may or may not be is no concern of mine. You're under no obligation to clarify if you don't want to."

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26 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 12:42 am

"Well, that's good, because I don't," I say lightly as I grab out a bottle of blood to go with my dinner before turning toward the kitchen table. "Let's just suffice it to say that I'm different than the Primes you might be used to."

I'm grateful to finally dig into my dinner, a contented sigh escaping me as I chew happily.

"So where are you from?" I ask curiously. "You smell cleaner than the people in the city, if that makes sense. Sometimes I think there's more fog than people walking around this place."

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27 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 12:45 am

"South of the city," I answer lightly, "Amongst the farms there.

"And Lady Veretrum is the only one I've ever dealt with. My parents were farmers, I had no cause to enter the city."

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28 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 12:52 am

I nod at the farmer connection, the smell of earth and water clinging to her skin making perfect sense. "What is Lady Veretrum like?" I ask curiously.

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29 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 12:53 am

"Peculiar?" I offer lamely, "Out of touch? I'm not really sure. She's quite sharp, but she means well."

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30 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 12:56 am

"Mm," I nod. "Sounds like a Prime, that's for sure." I feel a moment of discomfort as I watch Niamh working at the sink, a bit of guilt knotting in my stomach as she washes the dishes. "You know, you really don't have to do that tonight... I know it's late."

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31 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 12:59 am

I hesitate as I set a plate off in the drain board, shrugging as I reach up to tuck hair behind my ear.

"No time like the present," I say as I pick up another plate to start scrubbing. "And once this is finished, I can bring some of the rubbish to the bins on my way out. I'll be out of your hair for the evening within an hour, if you need me to be."

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32 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 1:05 am

"Actually..." I clear my throat uncomfortably as I shift a bit in my seat. "There is one thing I could use some help with before you go, if you wouldn't mind?"

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33 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 1:09 am

"It's what I'm here for," I say as I glance back at him, "So, out with it."

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34 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 1:17 am

I wince a bit as I get up to go to my desk. Grabbing the roll of tools there, I return to the kitchen as I search for the right tool.

"I'm having trouble getting my leg adjusted," I frown a bit as I hold the tool out for her. "I have to be wearing it to adjust it, but when I bend down, it alters my stance. I need someone to adjust it while I'm standing up..."

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35 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 1:20 am

My hands are wrist deep in the sink of dirty dishes as I look back to see the tool he's offered, and I nod as I use the front of my dress to dry off before taking it.

"Ah, okay," I nod, "Just... This is one of those righty tighty, lefty loosey moments, isn't it?" I laugh a bit awkwardly, "Been reciting that since I was a kid. Don't get to use it often enough."

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36 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 1:24 am

"Something like that, yeah," I laugh as I step back to lean against the table so I can unfasten my belt and remove my pants. "Just, uh... be careful? It's still really tender."

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37 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 1:29 am

I'm taken aback as he maneuvers to drop his pants, my cheeks flushing as I step back to give him his room. I have to stop myself from staring at the prosthetic that makes up three-quarters of his right leg. What's left of his thigh appears red and swollen tucked into prosthetic, and I wince as I glance up at him.

"I'm sorry, what am I adjusting..?"

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38 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 1:33 am

"Sorry, um," I can feel my face flush as I realize the immodesty I've shown. Avoiding eye contact, I maneuver my pants over my front to hide my leg as I lean down to point out the gear that needs adjusting.

"Loosen that bolt there slowly," I instruct before showing her the other spot she'll need to adjust. "Then turn that. Just don't loosen it too quickly or it'll come apart."

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39 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 1:38 am

I nod my understanding as I look at the tool in my hands and kneel down in front of him. The mechanisms on the prosthetic leave my head spinning as I look it over curiously, moving to adjust the first bolt slowly.

"How much should I be twisting this one..?"

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40 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 11, 2016 1:40 am

"Just until the other gear moves," I say, still avoiding looking at her knelt in front of me.

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